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  • Six New Members Elected to NJCU Foundation Board
    --April 15, 2013

    Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Pledges $100,000 to Establish Endowed Scholarship Fund for Mature Students
    --March 6, 2013

    Alumnus George Karnoutsos Donates $440,000 Towards Scholarships for Honors Program Freshmen
    --February 28, 2013

    NJCU Launches ‘Build Your Dream™’ Student Competition for Best Original Business Concepts
    --January 10, 2013

    More Than 500 to Attend Legacy and Promise Tribute and Gala at Westin Jersey City Newport
    --October 16, 2012

    Award-Winning Author Neela Vaswani to Speak at NJCU on October 23
    --October 11, 2012

    New Jersey City University to Hold Legacy and Promise Tribute and Gala on October 18
    --September 27, 2012

    NJCU Receives $50,000 Bequest to Establish Scholarship in Memory of Professor Janak Batra Chopra
    --July 19, 2012

    NJCU Awarded $15,000 in Grants from Verizon Foundation to Support Annual Scholarships, America Reads

    --October 20, 2010 

     Proyecto Science at East Hanover Middle Sschool Resumes Following Unprecedented Fundraising Campaign
    --July 20, 2010

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    Six New Members Elected to NJCU Foundation Board

    Six new members have been elected to the Board of Directors of the New Jersey City University Foundation, Inc. The announcement was made by Dominick D’Agosta, chair of the Board.

    When making the announcement, Mr. D’Agosta said, “As chair of this Board, I am delighted to welcome six new members, but am especially happy to announce that five of them are NJCU alumni, giving the Board an opportunity to have an unprecedented number of members who have firsthand experience of the great work done by this special institution.”

    William Y. Fellenberg, NJCU vice president for university advancement and interim executive director of the Board, said, “The addition of these members greatly expands the scope and breadth of the Board and the varied expertise of these new members will be invaluable to the Board as it moves forward in this age of increased demand for capable fund managers and fundraisers.”

    The new members are John Lahoud ’85 of Upper Saddle River, senior vice president of investments at UBS Financial Services; Dr. James V. Menoutis ’77 of Somerset, president and CEO of Quantex Laboratories; Ana M. Oliveira ’06 of Lyndhurst, senior vice president, regional manager for Investors Bank; Paul A. Silverman of Upper Montclair, a principal of SILVERMAN; J. Cole Slattery ’82 of Leesburg, Virginia, a lead associate at Booz Allen Hamilton; and Judith Wodynski ’76, M.A. ’77 of Leesburg, Virginia, director of development, community relations and educational/public programs for the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation.

    The NJCU Foundation is designated by the NJCU Board of Trustees to solicit, receive, hold, and manage funds and property on behalf of the University. Working with the NJCU Office of the Vice President for University Advancement and the University’s Development Office, the NJCU Foundation Board of Directors encourages community members, alumni, friends, parents, business leaders, faculty, staff, retirees, foundations, and corporations to invest in NJCU through charitable gifts.

    Founded as the Jersey City State College Development Fund, Inc. in 1977, the Fund became the NJCU Foundation, Inc. in 1998, reflecting the institution’s new name and University status.

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    Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Pledges $100,000 to Establish Endowed Scholarship Fund for Mature Students

    The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation has pledged $100,000 to New Jersey City University to permanently endow the Charlotte W. Newcombe Endowed Scholarship Fund for Mature Students.

    This new Fund will award scholarships to full- or part-time students who have completed at least 60 undergraduate credits, are at least 25 years of age, and maintain a 2.5 grade point average or higher. Preference will be given to female students whose pursuit of a bachelor’s degree is complicated by personal responsibilities such as balancing work, school, and family obligations.  Awards will be based on financial need and will range from $500 to $2,500 per student.
     
    “Establishing the Charlotte W. Newcombe Endowed Scholarship Fund for Mature Students at NJCU, where the average age of students is 26, makes perfect sense,” said Lori Summers, NJCU director of development. “So many of our students are working, studying, and taking care of families, proving how committed they are to earning a college degree to improve their lives.”

    The NJCU Scholarship Fund pledge will be matched 2:1 by the NJCU Foundation; half of this will be matched by a Title V grant awarded to the University by the U.S. Department of Education and the other half will come from private donations.

    Based in Princeton, the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation is an award-winning, independent foundation established in 1979 through a bequest from the estate of Charlotte Newcombe, a Philadelphia philanthropist. The Foundation continues Mrs. Newcombe's support of students as they pursue higher education degrees by maintaining scholarship and fellowship programs that are in keeping with her lifelong interests.
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    Since 1981, the Newcombe Foundation has awarded grants totaling $56.3 million to provide scholarships and fellowships in higher education. For 2012-13, 42 colleges and universities and one foundation received grants totaling $2,210,060.

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    Alumnus George Karnoutsos Donates $440,000 Towards Scholarships for Honors Program Freshmen

    Dr. George Karnoutsos ’55, a professor emeritus of philosophy at New Jersey City University whose commitment to his alma mater spans more than five decades and whose $2.5 million gift in celebration of his 50th reunion remains the University’s largest to date, has donated another significant gift: $440,000 to help support scholarships for high-achieving freshmen accepted into the University’s Honors Program.

    In announcing the gift, NJCU President Sue Henderson thanked Dr. Karnoutsos and said, “Dr. Karnoutsos’ commitment to this University has been unwavering, first as a dedicated and beloved faculty member and, through the years, as one of this University’s most loyal and significant donors. High-achieving students for generations to come will benefit from his unparalleled generosity.”

    Dr. Karnoutsos, for whom the University’s George Karnoutsos Arts and Sciences Hall is named, taught at his alma mater for 40 years before retiring in 2000. During his four decades at the institution, Dr. Karnoutsos also served as assistant director of graduate services; chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion; and chair and vice chair of the College Senate.

    In addition to his most recent gift, Dr. Karnoutsos has made many other financial donations to the University, including annual contributions to the George Karnoutsos Endowed Scholarship Fund, which he established in 2001 and is the largest fund managed by the NJCU Foundation.

    William Y. Fellenberg, interim executive director of the NJCU Foundation and NJCU interim vice president for University Advancement, said, “Dr. Karnoutsos is one of NJCU’s most generous donors and through his regular contributions to his Scholarship Fund, the NJCU Foundation is able to award five scholarships each year, helping well-deserving students to continue their education. Just as with his namesake Fund, Dr. Karnoutsos has again stepped forward to help students.”

    Through the Honors Program, New Jersey City University will award full and partial scholarships to academically-talented incoming freshmen admitted to the Program. Scholarship awards will be based on high school class rank, grade point average, and SAT scores.

    Among other opportunities, students in NJCU’s Honors Program will receive laptops and will have the chance to participate in two fully-funded exchange programs, either abroad or within the United States.

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    NJCU Launches ‘Build Your Dream™’ Student Competition for Best Original Business Concepts

    New Jersey City University has launched “Build Your Dream™,” a competition that will award prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250 respectively to the top three original business concepts developed by NJCU students. The prizes will be sponsored by the NJCU Foundation, Inc.

    Launched in December at a campus program that featured a workshop on financial and business plans, the four-month long Build Your Dream™ competition will support student contestants through regular feedback and networking, team-building, and idea-pitching workshops and programs.

    Build Your Dream™ will be judged by NJCU alumni entrepreneurs and representatives from NJCU’s Business Administration Department, Business Development Incubator (BDI), and Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and private equity firms. Finalists in the competition will be judged on Monday, April 8.

    The competition is part of an ongoing series of campus programs that focus on entrepreneurship and various aspects of starting a business. The programs typically feature NJCU business faculty, representatives from the SBDC at NJCU, NJCU alumni entrepreneurs, and other experts in various fields, as well as networking opportunities.

    Offered in response to students’ interest in meeting with alumni entrepreneurs and others in the business world to gain firsthand knowledge about starting a business, the campus programs are coordinated by NJCU’s Office of Alumni Relations, BDI, Business Administration Department, Media Arts Department, Office of Academic Career Planning and Placement, and student Business Society.

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    More Than 500 to Attend Legacy and Promise Tribute and Gala at Westin Jersey City Newport

    More than 500 guests will attend New Jersey City University’s Legacy and Promise Tribute and Gala, an elegant evening of dining and dancing that will benefit the University, on Thursday, October 18 at The Westin Jersey City Newport in Jersey City.

    Presented by the NJCU Foundation, Inc., the Legacy and Promise Tribute and Gala will honor Dr. Carlos Hernández on the occasion of his retirement as president of the University and Dr. Sue Henderson on the beginning of her tenure as NJCU’s 12th president.

    Mistress of ceremonies for the evening will be Giovanna Drpic, anchor of FiOS1 News Long Island’s "Money & Main$treet."
    The program will feature the presentation of NJCU’s Global Leadership Award to Dr. Hernández by Rafael Perez, chair of the NJCU Board of Trustees, and Dominick D’Agosta, chair of the NJCU Foundation Board of Directors; screenings of two videos, The Legacy and The Promise; remarks by Dr. Henderson, Mr. D’Agosta, Dr. Hernández, and Ambassador Clay Constantinou (Ret.) ’73, ’99 (Hon.); and music by the NJCU Jazz Ensembles under the direction of Dr. Edward Joffe and a DJ.

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    Award-Winning Author Neela Vaswani to Speak at NJCU on October 23

    Neela Vaswani, award-winning, multicultural author of the memoir, You Have Given Me a Country, and the short story collection, Where the Long Grass Bends, will speak at New Jersey City University on Tuesday, October 23, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., in Room 202 of Hepburn Hall, 2039 Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City.

    Sponsored by the M. Jerry Weiss Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature through the NJCU Foundation, Inc., the program is free and open to the community.

    Ms. Vaswani is also co-author of the Middle Grade novel-in-letters, Same Sun Here.  Her fiction and nonfiction have been widely anthologized and published in such journals as Epoch, Shenandoah, and Prairie Schooner.

    The recipient of an American Book Award, O. Henry Prize, and the ForeWord Book of the Year gold medal, Ms. Vaswani has been a visiting writer-in-residence at more than 100 institutions, including Knox College, 92nd Street Y (Tribeca), Jimenez-Porter House at the University of Maryland, Kentucky Women Writers Conference, Whitney Museum, and IIIT Hyderabad in India.

    Ms. Vaswani teaches at Spalding University’s M.F.A. in Writing Program and Manhattanville College's M.F.A. in Writing Program. An education activist in India and the United States, she is founder of the Storylines Project with the New York Public Library.

    Ms. Vaswani’s father is Sindhi-Indian and her mother is Irish-Catholic. By the time she was 18, Ms. Vaswani’s family had lived in 13 homes and had traveled to 25 countries.

    For further information about the NJCU program call the Weiss Center at (201)200-3548. To support the Weiss Center call the NJCU Office of Development at (201)200-3196.

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    New Jersey City University to Hold Legacy and Promise Tribute and Gala on October 18

    New Jersey City University will hold a Legacy and Promise Tribute and Gala, an elegant evening of dining and dancing that will benefit the University, on Thursday, October 18 at The Westin Jersey City Newport in Jersey City beginning with a reception at 6:30 p.m.

    Presented by the NJCU Foundation, Inc., the Legacy and Promise Tribute and Gala will honor Dr. Carlos Hernández on the occasion of his retirement as president of the University and Dr. Sue Henderson on the beginning of her tenure as NJCU’s 12th president.

    “Supporting this Gala pays special tribute to Dr. Hernández’s legacy as president of NJCU for almost two decades and warmly welcomes President Henderson by providing funding that will be critical as she helps to shape and fulfill NJCU’s promise,” said William Y. Fellenberg, NJCU interim vice president for university advancement and interim executive director of the NJCU Foundation.

    Individual tickets are $250 with $100 being tax deductible. Sponsorships with varying benefits range from Bronze, which is $1,000 and includes listing on a dinner placard, a half-page, black-and-white advertisement in the journal, premier seating for two, and a $1,600 tax deduction, to President’s Knight, which is $50,000 and includes verbal recognition at the Gala, listing on an entrance placard, a full-page, color advertisement on the journal’s inside front cover; photographs with the honorees, two premiere tables, and a $47,000 tax deduction.

    Advertisements in the journal range from a listing for $100 to Gold Level, which includes a full-page advertisement and two tickets.

    For further information contact Lori Summers, director of development, at (201)200-3489 or lsummers@njcu.edu.

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    NJCU Receives $50,000 Bequest to Establish Scholarship in Memory of Professor Janak Batra Chopra

    New Jersey City University has received a $50,000 gift to establish a scholarship in memory of Dr. Janak Batra Chopra, a mathematics professor at the University for nearly three decades who died in 1992. The bequest was made to the NJCU Foundation, Inc. through the estate of Dr. Chopra’s husband, Kewal Chopra, who taught mathematics at Rutgers University and passed away in May 2011.

    The Janak Batra Chopra Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships for students majoring in mathematics at New Jersey City University.

    “This bequest will honor Dr. Chopra’s memory for years to come while continuing to help students pursue a field of study which was very important to her,” said William Y. Fellenberg, interim executive director of the NJCU Foundation and NJCU interim vice president for university advancement.

    “This gift also builds upon the growing support that NJCU has received for its STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs, which includes a $9 million Title V United States Department of Education grant to support laboratory renovations and academic enhancements in these fields,” said Lori Summers, NJCU director of development.

    “This bequest will be matched dollar-for-dollar by this Title V grant, which NJCU received in 2011,” added Ms. Summers.

    Dr. Chopra, who died shortly after retiring from NJCU, joined the mathematics faculty of what was then Jersey City State College in 1962. She also served the institution as chair of the Mathematics Department.

    Dr. Chopra held four degrees from the University of Punjab: bachelor of arts, bachelor of technology, master of arts in mathematics, and master of arts in the Punjabi language. She received a master of education degree from the University of Delhi and a doctoral degree from the University of London.

    Founded as the Jersey City State College Development Fund, Inc. in 1977, the Fund became the NJCU Foundation, Inc. in 1998, reflecting the institution’s new name and University status.

    Working with the Office of the Vice President for University Advancement and the Development Office, the NJCU Foundation solicits and receives gifts from alumni, friends, parents, business leaders, corporations, foundations, faculty, staff, and retirees. Gifts made to the NJCU Foundation, Inc. may be made in cash, stock, securities, real estate, and personal property, and are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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    NJCU Awarded $15,000 in Grants from Verizon Foundation to Support Annual Scholarships, America Reads

    The New Jersey City University Foundation has been awarded two grants totaling $15,000 by the Verizon Foundation: $10,000 to fund the 2010 Verizon Communications and Information Security (COMMOINFOSEC) Scholarship program for national certification in cyber security and $5,000 through the Verizon Foundation’s “Check Into Literacy” program to support the NJCU America Reads Program.  

    Verizon Communications and Information Security Scholarships will pay for one undergraduate student and one graduate student to pursue U.S. Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency certification as Information Security and Information Security Systems Officer, respectively.

    The Verizon Foundation’s “Check Into Literacy” grant will support the NJCU America Reads Program, a program through which University students tutor elementary school students.

    “I am grateful to the Verizon Foundation for these gifts,” said Khatmeh Osseiran-Hanna, NJCU vice president for university advancement and executive director of the NJCU Foundation. “Our national securities studies programs are among the best in the nation and Verizon understands the importance of preparing leaders for the security challenges of today’s world. But, Verizon, a corporation that has always cared about the communities it serves, also supports NJCU’s kindred commitment to its urban community and recognizes the necessity of lending a helping hand to the youngest members of our society.”

    The NJCU Foundation, Inc. is an independent, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that supports the University through fundraising initiatives and advances the goals of NJCU through the direction of those funds to scholarships, research technology, special programs, and general operating costs. The Foundation is also engaged in the West Campus project, which involves the development of a 21-acre site bounded east by West Side Avenue, west by Route 440, and north to south by Carbon Place and the Home Depot property. The Foundation directs funds to the project, which will include several academic buildings, a performing arts center, student and staff housing, and retail stores.

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    Proyecto Science at East Hanover Middle Sschool Resumes Following Unprecedented Fundraising Campaign

    Proyecto Science at East Hanover Middle School, a New Jersey City University-administered program that prepares students for careers as engineers and scientists, has been restored due to an unprecedented fundraising campaign that raised almost $30,000 and involved many sectors of the northern New Jersey and University communities.

    Threatened by funding cuts, the summer program in mathematics, sciences, computer science, and technology for select middle and high school students from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, was saved by the collaborative efforts of East Hanover Middle School parents and the NJCU Foundation staff, who were supported by East Hanover Mayor Joseph Pannullo, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Givaudan Fragrance Corporation, and Dr. Joseph Ricca, East Hanover superintendent of schools.

    Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation awarded a $9,900 grant and Givaudan Fragrance Corporation awarded $1,000 to the East Hanover program. Mayor Pannullo donated $5,000 and the parents of Proyecto Science students contributed $14,000 through personal donations and corporate matching gifts. 

    “I know that Proyecto Science is a great program that opens doors for children in the sciences and related fields,” said Mayor Pannullo. “The program was in trouble and I welcome any opportunity to help children further their education, especially over the summer months. The most important part of our lives is our children’s education--they are the future of our country.”

    Leading the parents’ efforts was Mario Accumanno, former president of the East Hanover Community Partnership, which is also known as the East Hanover Special Improvement District.

    Mr. Accumanno, president of the East Hanover Business Association, explained, “Having been a student in a similar program in New York City enabled me to attend The Bronx High School of Science, an experience that possibly saved my life but definitely changed my life. I feel that it is extremely important for these children to have the same opportunity as I did.”

    Khatmeh Osseiran-Hanna, NJCU vice president for university advancement and executive director of the NJCU Foundation, said, “Having personally seen what Proyecto Science did for their children, the parents of East Hanover refused to allow the program to be terminated due to budget cuts. These parents joined hands with Mr. Accumanno, the Mayor, and NJCU to raise the funds necessary to continue the program. We are grateful to everyone for their help and are delighted that East Hanover students will once again experience NJCU’s Proyecto Science, a program that makes studying mathematics and sciences fun and enjoyable. How incredibly important it is for parents to be involved in their children’s lives and their education, especially in these globally competitive fields.”

    Students are first selected for Proyecto Science, a three-summer, six-week program that includes intensive courses in algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, calculus, probability and statistics, biology, physics, chemistry, computer science, logic and set theory, finite mathematics, and JAVA programming, when they are in the seventh grade. Students who succeed are invited to reenroll as eighth and ninth graders.

    Proyecto Science at East Hanover Middle School, a branch of Proyecto Science at NJCU, was first offered last year. An opening ceremony was held on June 28 and classes will be held through August 5. The East Hanover program enrolls 18 eighth-grade students.

    Proyecto Science Background
    In 1996, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) created Proyecto Science’s predecessor, Proyecto Access (USPA). The nationwide program was first implemented at nine institutions throughout the United States, including New Jersey City University.

    As a member of the USPA conglomerate, NJCU Proyecto Access (NJCU-PA) followed the core curriculum of the nationwide program. However, since its inception, the NJCU-PA program incorporated additional academic and non-academic activities, including website development, chess, photography, advanced placement statistics, computer architecture, and robotics, initiatives that were replicated in other Proyecto Access sites in the country.

    In spring 2005 when the major sponsor, NASA, ceased its support of the nationwide Proyecto Access program, NJCU, HACU, and the school districts of Bayonne and Jersey City combined resources to continue the program at the University under the name of the NJCU Proyecto Science Consortium, or simply, Proyecto Science.

    Since 1997, 1,567 students have completed at least one summer in the NJCU program.

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    NJCU’S Proyecto Science Awarded Grants by Roche, Prudential Foundation, and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

    The New Jersey City University Foundation has been awarded a $50,000 grant by Roche, a $10,000 grant from the Prudential Foundation, and a $9,750 grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation to support Proyecto Science, a University-administered summer program in mathematics, sciences, computer science, and technology that prepares select middle and high school students from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds for careers as engineers and scientists.

    The $50,000 grant from Roche is the largest gift the University has ever received from the world's leading biotech company. A donor to various University scholarships since 1986, Roche has previously awarded two grants to Proyecto Science: $25,000 in 2007 and a $20,000 in 2005.

    The Prudential Foundation grant, the first the University has received, was made through the Foundation’s 2010 Summer Learning Initiative, which funds programs that enable children and youth to learn while working and having fun.  The Initiative funds programs that serve youth from Elizabeth, East Orange, Irvington, Jersey City, Newark, Orange, Paterson, and Trenton in three categories: culture/arts, recreation/education, and summer employment. 

    The $9,750 grant is the fifth awarded by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation to Proyecto Science, bringing the company’s total donations to $94,750 since 2006.

    Students are first selected for Proyecto Science, a three-summer, six-week program that includes intensive courses in algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, calculus, probability and statistics, biology, physics, chemistry, computer science, logic and set theory, finite mathematics, and JAVA programming, when they are in the seventh grade. Students who succeed are invited to reenroll as eighth and ninth graders.

    The 2010 Proyecto Science Program, which will be held July 1 through August 5, will feature two new classes: “Reading Across the Curriculum” and “Urban Environment Science.” In addition to the academic component, Proyecto Science also features several special activities, including “Engineering Days” and “Special Student Projects Day,” both of which are open to the community.

    In 1996, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) created Proyecto Science’s predecessor, Proyecto Access (USPA). The nationwide program was first implemented at nine institutions throughout the United States.

    As a member of the USPA conglomerate, NJCU Proyecto Access (NJCU-PA) followed the core curriculum of the nationwide program. However, since its inception, the NJCU-PA program incorporated additional academic and non-academic activities, including website development, chess, photography, advanced placement statistics, computer architecture, and robotics, initiatives that were replicated in other Proyecto Access sites in the country.

    In spring 2005 when the major sponsor, NASA, ceased its support of the nationwide Proyecto Access program, NJCU, HACU, and the school districts of Bayonne and Jersey City combined resources to continue the program at the University under the name of the NJCU Proyecto Science Consortium, or simply, Proyecto Science.

    Since 1997, 1,567 students have completed at least one summer in the NJCU program.