Renard Communications wins NJIT Outstanding Corporate Partner recognition
Presented at NJIT 2012 Celebration event January 25, 2013
Springfield, NJ – Renard Communications, the parent company of Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology magazine and Diversity/Careers Online (www.diversitycareers.com), was recognized by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT, Newark, NJ) as its 2012 Outstanding Corporate Partner. The award was formally presented to Roberta Renard, president and CEO of Renard Communications and publisher of Diversity/Careers, at NJIT’s 18th annual Celebration event on January 25th, 2013. Originally scheduled for November 2, the event was rescheduled after Superstorm Sandy hit the area at the end of October. The event is the major fundraiser for the university’s scholarship fund.
Renard has been a member of the Board of Visitors of NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honors College since 2001. Renard Communications established an endowed scholarship in 2004 for women Honors College undergrads in technical majors, and has expanded the scholarship in the years since. The scholarship has supported multiple students each year since it was set up. In appreciation of ongoing support from Renard Communications, in 2010 the Albert Dorman Honors College established the Roberta Renard Student Council Office in Fenster Hall to serve members of the Albert Dorman Honors Council. In the spring of 2011 the Honors College senior class honored her with an award for “exceptional support.”
In accepting the Outstanding Corporate Partner award, Renard noted that “The world needs a workforce that’s fluent in the technology that drives human and economic progress. That workforce must include people of all backgrounds and situations.” Diversity/Careers, she continued, “has been promoting diversity in the technical workforce and supply chain for the last twenty years.
“We feel a real kinship with the Honors College,” she said. “Its student body is a tapestry of the rich colors and textures of diversity -- and diversity is the foundation for the creativity and innovation the world needs so badly. The Albert Dorman Honors College does a spectacular job of preparing the leaders of tomorrow, and we’re honored to do our part to support its efforts.”
Al Dorman, founder of global technical and management support services firm AECOM and the donor who established the Honors College, sent his personal congratulations to Renard. He was not able to attend because of a conflict with the rescheduled Celebration date, but in a note to Renard he said, “Our thoughts will be there, as will our everlasting gratitude for your whole-hearted dedication to the Honors College.”
In a letter to Renard Communications when the award was announced, Dr Joel Bloom, president of NJIT,told Renard, “Your representation on the Board of Visitors and your establishment of the Renard Communications Endowed Scholarship demonstrate a sincere commitment to our mission to provide quality education in engineering, science and related technologies to a diverse student body.”
One NJIT Outstanding Corporate Partner is named each year. Past recipients have included Panasonic, Exxon, PSE&G;, BD, Prudential Insurance, Schering-Plough, UPS, Merck, Verizon, Hess Corporation and AECOM.
The black-tie Celebration was held at Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, NJ. Over the years Celebration has raised more than $3 million for student scholarships.
About Renard Communications:
Renard Communications publishes Diversity/Careers magazine in print and digital editions, and a companion website, www.diversitycareers.com. Both serve engineering and IT professionals who are women, African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, Native Americans, people with disabilities and members of other diversity groups. Diversity/Careers published its twentieth anniversary issue in October 2012.
NJIT is New Jersey’s science and technology university. Since the mid 1970s, NJIT has grown to house nearly fifty laboratories, centers, and business incubators, resulting in hundreds of breakthroughs such as new methods for producing carbon nanotubes, techniques for monitoring the earth's climate using measurements of earthshine, approaches to use membrane separation technology to desalinate water and algorithms for wireless telecommunications and signal processing.
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