NJIT Community
Robert A. Altenkirch
August 29, 2004
Welcome Back

As we begin another academic year, I would like to extend my best wishes to all students, faculty and staff for success and personal growth in the months ahead. Those returning to NJIT, or joining us for the first time, will see and be able to enjoy the continuing physical transformation of our campus. This year, all the facilities of our new Campus Center will be available for use. Lubetkin Field, home of the NJIT Highlanders men’s and women’s soccer teams, has been enhanced with the installation of an artificial playing surface, a jogging track, and other improvements. The women’s team opens at home today under the leadership of new head coach Alyssa Radu, and the men’s team will host NJIT’s first NCAA Division I athletic event on September 1.


There will also be “music in the air” at NJIT, thanks to the generosity of alumnus Gail Clarke and his wife, Dee. The carillon they’ve donated, located near the southeast corner of the Campus Center, south of the sky-bridge, will sound regularly throughout the day. A mechanical engineer, Class of 1944, Gail says that he would like the carillon to inspire reflection on how a creative combination of science and art can improve the quality of life. Take a moment or two and listen to the music, and please join me for the dedication of the carillon on September 13.


In the coming year, I know that you will share my great pride and enthusiasm in being a member of the NJIT community and participating in our mission of education, research, economic development, and service. Take some time to review our Strategic Plan on the NJIT Website. What we accomplish has the potential to make a significant difference in the lives of the NJIT community, the people in our home city of Newark, our state and nation, and around the world.


Being part of the NJIT community also means getting to know each other and having some fun. Please enjoy the many social and cultural events planned for this year and, as a student, consider becoming involved in a sport, club or service organization. I’m especially looking forward to seeing everyone on October 23 for our first NJIT Day, a day to celebrate the University, welcome alumni and friends back to campus, and showcase our campus renewal projects. You’ll find more information on the NJIT Website about this full day of entertainment, competitions, and good food.


It is my hope that all of your experiences on campus this year will be personally fulfilling. I also hope that experiencing our vibrant academic and social environment will contribute to building strong ties between every student and NJIT as alumni. And do pause now and then to enjoy the music!