NJIT Faculty, Staff and Students
Robert A. Altenkirch
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Welcome Back

As we begin the 2005-06 academic year, I want to extend a warm welcome to those returning to and to those starting new at NJIT and express my wishes for the greatest measure of success and personal fulfillment to all - students, faculty, and staff - who share in the life of the university. Together, we take part in a mission bounded only by our imagination. Exciting work is indeed underway at NJIT, inspired by the vision of our Strategic Plan to be recognized as a preeminent technological research university known for innovation, entrepreneurship, and engagement.

I also invite you to enjoy a campus that continues to be transformed physically and with an increasingly energized sense of community. October will see the dedication of an extensively renovated Eberhardt Hall, which will serve as a focal point for alumni activities, serve as a home for the Alumni Association of NJIT, and house much-improved facilities for our university advancement efforts. This landmark building, long recognized as a symbol of the university, has been restored to its nineteenth-century roots, and new, more open landscaping emphasizes the historic connection between NJIT and our surrounding host city of Newark.

The October 7 dedication of Eberhardt Hall will be on the afternoon before our second annual NJIT Day, which promises fun, food, music and a look at computing of the future to top last year's very successful kick-off event. And be sure to join us for the women's and men's soccer games scheduled for NJIT Day. The student-athletes on the men's soccer team, eligible this year for Division I post-season play, are in the forefront of advancing all men's and women's sports at NJIT to Division I, a transition that will allow us to align athletically with our academic peers. The women's soccer team will be eligible for Division I post-season play following the fall 2007 season, and the remainder of the program follows shortly thereafter.

Later in the month, on October 21, there will be another event of special significance to everyone associated with NJIT. The East Building, completed and opened last year, will be dedicated as Fenster Hall in honor of Saul K. Fenster, president of NJIT from 1978 to 2002. In addition to academic initiatives on which we continue to build a world-class technological research university, President Fenster took bold steps toward a more attractive and welcoming campus. Our new Campus Center as well as the East Building are important expressions of his vision.

The transformation of the NJIT campus is inspiring further development that will not only serve NJIT but also contribute to the renaissance of our host city. The land now cleared along Lock Street and Central Avenue is the site of a private development that will offer additional housing opportunities for NJIT students as well as retail space that will contribute to the vitality of the area.

There is a great deal more to look forward to in the year ahead, with challenges and accomplishments as diverse as the individuals who study and work at NJIT. As varied as our aspirations and responsibilities may be, there is one thing that we do have in common. We can all be very proud of being part of a great university.

Best regards,