Newark, NJ (PRWEB) November 11, 2015
WHAT: NJIT will host a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, Nov. 12, for the Wellness and Events Center (WEC), a $102 million multi-purpose building. At 200,000 square feet, WEC is key component of the university’s $300 million plan to revamp the campus. The event will also feature a fundraising announcement about the NJIT NEXT campaign.
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 12, starting at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: NJIT’s Lubetkin Athletic Field, at the corner of Warren and Lock streets, Newark, N.J.
WHO: The ceremony will be attended by Marjorie Perry, co-executive vice chair, board of overseers, NJIT; Joel S. Bloom, president, NJIT; Stephen DePalma, chair, the board of trustees, NJIT; the Honorable Paul Sarlo, deputy majority leader, State of New Jersey; Charles Fey, vice president for academic support and student affairs, NJIT; Michael Siegel, faculty athletics representative and professor of mathematical sciences, NJIT; Mal Simon, former director of physical education and athletics, NJIT; Leonard Kaplan, assistant vice president and director of athletics, NJIT; Camerin Spahn, student athlete representative, NJIT; Rajeet Das, NJIT student senate president; Charles Dees, Jr., vice president for university advancement and president and COO of the foundation, NJIT; and Steve Cordes, NJIT NEXT campaign leadership vice chair, board of trustees, NJIT.
WHY: The Wellness and Events Center is a multipurpose building that will offer something to everyone at NJIT. Slated to be finished in the fall of 2017, it will be equal parts a fitness center, a study space, a gathering spot and a sports arena that will double as a conference and events center. WEC will offer students a place to stay fit; athletes a place to practice and play games; and the university a place to host on-campus events and professional conferences.
The NJIT NEXT campaign recently met its original $150 million goal two years early, becoming the largest fundraising effort in NJIT history.
One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 11,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks fifth among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to Payscale.com.