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Faculty, Staff, and Retirees

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  • Demonstrating the lifelong connection between NJCU and the individuals it touches, University faculty, staff, and retirees have been known to enjoy a presence with the Foundation beyond their years of service. 

    While many faculty members at NJCU impart gifts of knowledge, inspiration, and encouragement to their students, some also leave a legacy of practical support by providing scholarships. During FY12, three new scholarships honoring former faculty members were established through the NJCU Foundation.

    In October 2011, hundreds of friends attended a retirement celebration for Professor Emeritus Ben Jones, a world renowned artist and a member of the art faculty for four decades. The event, which included the sale of Professor Jones’ art work, raised $100,000 to establish the Ben Jones Endowed Scholarship Fund. Professor Jones has made significant contributions to the University through the decades and has been equally generous with his time, as an active member of several groups on campus and an ever-present guest at art openings for students and fellow faculty members.

    “Our students really need and appreciate scholarship assistance because so many of them are from working class families,” said Professor Jones, who noted that applicants for his scholarship will be required to list their community service. “The most important thing in life is that we are willing to serve one another and build better communities.”

    Professor Emeritus George E. Hansler has established the George Hansler Endowed Scholarship with a gift of $100,000, which will be presented annually to students studying choral music. Dr. Hansler taught music and directed choral groups at then Jersey City State College, 1958-1991. A former resident of New York City, he now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, near his sister Elsie Trapp and other family members. For many years following his retirement in 1991 he held reunions for former students at his summer home on the New Jersey shore that always included performances of choral works. Dr. Hansler said many times through the years that he was especially pleased to have taught such diverse and enthusiastic students, most of whom were the first in their families to attend college.

    The NJCU Foundation has also received a gift of $50,000 to establish a scholarship in memory of Dr. Janak Batra Chopra, who taught mathematics at then Jersey City State College for more than three decades. The gift was made through the estate of her husband, Kewal Chopra, who taught mathematics at Rutgers University and died in May 2011. The scholarship donation has been matched by a $50,000 U.S. Department of Education Title V Grant. Dr. Chopra earned four degrees from the University of Punjab as well as a master of education degree from the University of Delhi and a doctoral degree from the University of London. She died shortly after her retirement in 1992.

    “These three faculty members have all been known through the years for their exceptional dedication to their students,” said Lori Summers, director of development. “It is indeed heartening to know that the scholarships that carry their names will continue to assist NJCU students into the future.”