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Our Focus: Health and Safety

Since March, our collective focus has been on the health and well-being of our campus community as we continue to innovate and implement short- and long-term plans for our new normal. In the midst of this, the University continues to thrive, and I am pleased to share with you just some of these accomplishments and initiatives as we prepare for an exciting fall.
As you read about our initiatives, you'll see that our momentum is strong, our community is engaged in forward-thinking work, and our collective efforts continue to produce meaningful progress.
I thank each and every one of you for your collective efforts in making NJCU the dynamic and thriving campus that we have all come to know and love. I am truly honored to be part of our vibrant community. While we face unprecedented uncertainty, together, there is no challenge we cannot overcome.
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Telemedicine Screening
As part of our comprehensive planning strategy for a safe return to campus, the University has entered into an agreement with Diligent Urgent Care, LLC, a medical service delivery practice in New Jersey. This telemedicine platform will develop a HIPAA-compliant protected health information database for the University of all students, staff, and faculty members. Learn more about monitoring and testing.
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Educating Our Students This Fall 
While a significant portion of the University’s courses must remain online, we will also provide alternate opportunities for students who would benefit from in-person connections to the campus community, and for instruction in areas of study that require an on-campus environment. One of the innovations that NJCU’s Academic Affairs and IT departments has been working on is the creation of HyFlex spaces for learning. Discover more about how we are supporting students.
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2020 Incoming Class
As of July 29, we have 981 new first-year students registered for the fall and are on track to bring in 1000 or more new students. The quality of the incoming class represents a significant increase over last year and represents the strongest freshman class in NJCU’s history. Get more details about the class. 
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Student Profile: Sandra Guerrero
An incoming first-year student from West Orange High School, Sandra will headline NJCU’s inaugural women’s wrestling team which launches in the 2020-21 academic year. In a sport with trailblazers emerging nationally, Sandra was the 2020 NJSIAA state champion and region champion. Read more about Sandra.
Partnership With Chinese Universities Continues
The NJCU School of Business joint-degree faculty will teach online courses to students in China currently in the first three years of the program.  Students in their final year at Beijing City University and Jilin International Studies University who were expected to come to NJCU this fall, but are unable to do so because of the pandemic, may apply for Spring 2021 if the situation allows.
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Music, Dance and Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet School
The Music, Dance and Theatre Department has been closely monitoring the pivots in the music industry due to the pandemic. In order to fully engage our students and to leverage the inherent needs and opportunities of the industry, MDT has followed a model to empower students to work creatively from home recording set ups. Learn more about MDT's plans.
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Margaret Williams Theatre Renovations

Our renovation efforts in the Margaret Williams Theatre continue to progress. This year, are purchasing a new inventory of LED lighting equipment for use in both the Margaret Williams and the West Side theaters. This, along with the dimming system overhaul, will catapult our lighting capabilities, offering a great deal of flexibility to rental and student productions alike. Learn more
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NJCU Summer Camp

The annual NJCU Summer Camp has become a staple in the Hudson County community and while many camps across the state were closed this summer due to the pandemic, NJCU’s Community Rec Summer Camp was able to successfully operate in a modified, in-person format, with all state-mandated restrictions and safety guidelines in place. Learn more.
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Engaging Student Athletes

While the NJCU Athletics Department, in conjunction with the New Jersey Athletic Conference, ultimately had to make the difficult but necessary decision to suspend fall athletic competition, the department will continue its robust student-athlete leadership development programs while permitting sport-specific instruction and team-building exercises. Get more details about fall sports.
Rising Kniht Leaders Danielle Beam and Pete Vincent
Rising Knight Institute (RKI)

RKI, entering its third year of existence, has evolved its nationally recognized holistic student development program for NJCU student-athletes. Beginning in fall 2020, the RKI program will launch a new workshop calendar of events entitled The UknightED Series. This is part of a pivotal shift for to offer all programs in a hybrid model approach, whether in person or virtually. Learn more.
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Proyecto Science

Proyecto Science continued this summer as it has since 1997! This year, we moved the program online using the Schoology platform and 223 students attended from June 29 to August 4.The program is managed by talented NJCU students and NJCU alumni, working as teachers and administrators under the guidance and mentorship of the program director, Dr. Meriem Bendaoud. Learn more.

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Sustaining Research in a Remote Environment
Faculty in NJCU’s William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Sciences have continued scholarly research initiatives in a remote capacity and were able to sustain the college’s already successful initiatives in STEM, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Psychology, and more. Read about our continued research


Our fundraising efforts continue to be fruitful. I would like to highlight the exceptional success of our fundraising efforts. In the midst of economic uncertainty, NJCU alumni and friends continue to show their generosity. To date, we have raised $12.5 million from 1,643 donors, a 461% increase in dollars raised and a 45% increase in donors, respectively. I am deeply grateful to all who recognize that now is the time to provide additional support to our students.  
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