Sewell resident picked for college post College Notes

Posted: November 18, 2001

Lisa Draper has been appointed to the new post of administrator for enrollment development at Gloucester County College, and Audreen Pittman has been appointed coordinator of outreach for the college's Educational Opportunity Fund.

A resident of Sewell, Draper will work with contacts at high schools and with adults wishing to enroll at the school.

Her appointment, said William Austin, vice president for enrollment management and student development, is part of the college's efforts to increase enrollment, which had declined over the previous five school years. But this semester, enrollment of full- and part-time students is nearly 5,000, a 5 percent increase over last year.

"We hope to do even better in 2002-03," Austin said.

A resident of Sicklerville, Pittman had been the recruiter for the fund for the last year and will now coordinate the entire program. The fund brings to the college students who might not otherwise be able to attend college.

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The Nov. 3 auction and brunch sponsored by the Gloucester County College Foundation raised more than $15,000. The money will be used for scholarships, grants and programs benefiting the student body.

Princeton University

The university has received a $60 million gift from auto-insurance magnate Peter B. Lewis, a member of Princeton's Class of 1955 and a trustee of the university. The money will be used to support the construction of a science library, which will be near Ivy Lane and Washington Road and will have a connection to the math-physics library in Fine Hall.

Lewis is chairman of the board of Progressive Auto Insurance, one of the nation's largest auto insurers.

Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, will give a free talk on terrorism, nonviolence and justice at 8 p.m. tomorrow at McCosh 10 on the Princeton campus. For information, call 609-258-3601.

Susan W. Chik, a Chinese opera actress and teacher, will give a free performance and workshop on Chinese opera at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Princeton's Frist Campus Center. For information, call 609-258-5006.

Richard Stockton College

The Verizon Foundation has given a $50,000 grant to the college's Atlantic County Educational Technology Training Center, which will use the funds for the project "The World Comes to Your Classroom." The project aims to improve educational-technology use statewide by helping schools increase their video-conferencing abilities, said Anu Vedantham, director of the technology training center.

Rowan University

The university's College of Education Beginning Teacher Induction Center will hold a workshop, "School Law: What Novice Teachers Need to Know," at 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Gloucester County Education Office, 335 Glassboro Rd., Woodbury Heights. The workshop is open to first-, second- and third-year teachers. The fee is $55. For information, call 856-256-4730.

The university's Mechanical Engineering Department has won an honorable mention from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for curriculum innovation. The award is based on Rowan's engineering clinic, an eight-semester course sequence in which juniors and seniors work together in teams to solve open-ended problems. The design problems are largely derived from local industries.

The university has received a $2 million grant from NASA, which it will use to purchase new science equipment for the $41 million science building now under construction.

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