New Jersey Institute of Technology honors D/C publisher
Student lounge and office will serve the Albert Dorman Honors College's student council
The Albert Dorman Honors College, a part of NJIT, has named a student lounge and office for Roberta Renard, publisher of Diversity/Careers magazine, in recognition of her many contributions to the college. The dedication took place at Fenster Hall, where a fourth floor study lounge for honors students has become the Roberta Renard Student Council Office at the Albert Dorman Honors College; it will serve the members of the Albert Dorman Honors Council. The event featured balloons, a ribbon-cutting, a presentation of flowers to Renard, and the unveiling of a plaque at the entrance to the room, followed by a festive reception.
"I'm overwhelmed and honored," Renard said. "I'm delighted to be able to support the work of the Honors College. These students are the future of technology."
Attending the ceremony were Dr Robert Altenkirch, president of the Albert Dorman Honors College; Dr Joel Bloom, VP for academic and student services and dean of the Albert Dorman Honors College; Dr Charles Dees, VP of university advancement; Dr Paul Dine, assistant dean for student programs; Dr Atam Dhawan, associate dean; Dr Lois Chipepo-Hulin, assistant dean for enrollment and Mary Jane Pohero, assistant to Bloom. Three of the five current recipients of Renard Communications scholarships also attended: Lindsey Chin, Christie Schulz, and Jackleen Samuel.
A supporter since 2002
Renard was honored for contributions to the college dating from April 2002, when she joined the ADHC Board of Visitors, on which she still serves. For the past year she has chaired the board's ad-hoc marketing committee.
Renard endowed five scholarships in 2002 in recognition of NJIT's commitment to educating inner-city, minority and women students, especially in technical fields like engineering, architecture and IT. Renard Communications scholarships are awarded to women or minority students in technical majors, selected by NJIT.
A room for the Honors Council
The Albert Dorman Honors Council represents the student body of the Honors College. The council is a liaison between the honors college students and the Albert Dorman Honors College administration, giving honors students a way to voice their opinions and offer suggestions to improve the college. In all there are twenty council members, several of whom also attended the ceremony.
The room is close to the much-used computer lab and library. "The students had petitioned Dr Bloom for the room," explained Chipepo-Hulin. "It's great that they have an office dedicated to their future careers. Many of these students already held leadership roles in high school and this allows them to continue that."
"Having an office gives them an opportunity to listen carefully and learn what the students are talking about, and to make sure their ideas are heard, worked on and acted on," added Dine.
ADHC enriches students' education
The Albert Dorman Honors College is a public scientific and technological research university that helps the brightest students in the fields of engineering, architecture, management, the sciences and liberal arts, and computing sciences to achieve their full potential. Over 650 select students do research projects, participate in leadership development activities and work on current scientific and social issues in addition to their regular technical curricula. The mission of the honors college is to nurture a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs by offering a well-rounded education that includes emphasis on social consciousness and community service.
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