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  • NJCU Now Official Educational Partner of National Park Service at Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island

    New Jersey City University (NJCU) is now the official educational partner of the National Park Service (NPS) at the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. New Jersey City University is located approximately four miles from the historic site.

    NJCU’s status as the educational partner will provide students with unparalleled opportunities to utilize the resources of the Park and NJCU faculty, staff, and students will benefit NPS by sharing their expertise in a wide range of fields.

    Administered by NJCU’s William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Sciences, the formal relationship grew out of an informal collaboration between NJCU and the NPS that was formed about two years ago. Through the informal collaboration, NJCU and the NPS have already worked together on a host of mutually-beneficial programs and initiatives.

    Among the many initiatives that have now been formalized is an internship program for NJCU students at the Park, which provides them with real work experience as well as academic credits. The formal agreement will also enable the curriculums of NJCU programs as well as the educational activities of the NPS to continue to be enriched by the reciprocal flow of information and shared expertise.

    Through the agreement, NJCU will now officially continue to serve as the NPS’ community partner for the “Navigating Difference” project under the auspices of the International Coalition of Sties of Conscience, a multi-year, multi-component project to explore and promote an understanding of the immigrant experience worldwide.

    The NPS and NJCU will also continue to partner on an artist-in-residence program at Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. Launched this past summer, the inaugural program selected three artists from an international pool of applicants for month-long residencies during which they had unparalleled access to the National Park’s resources, created art inspired by the two islands, and had use of NJCU studio and living space; each of the participating artists will present a formal lecture/workshop at NJCU this fall and each will be required to donate one original work created during the residency to the NJCU Foundation, Inc. and another to the National Park.

    Additionally, the formal agreement will enable NJCU students who have first-hand experience of the national historic site to have and share a deeper understanding of the history of immigration; promote an understanding of the NPS and its mission as well as the mission and purpose of the parks; and enable both NJCU and the NPS to leverage the resources of other partners and institutions to support partner activities.

    Among other collaborative projects over the past two years have been:
    --The NPS hosted an online “Liberty’s 125th Anniversary Logo Contest” and a juried poster competition to select designs by NJCU students for use in commemorative materials for the Statue of Liberty National Monument’s milestone. The logo design by Joseph Domalewski is being used for commemorative pins, patches, banners, posters, printed publicity materials, and the NPS’ web and social media sites. The poster by Filipé Barros has been reproduced, exhibited, and sold, and is also on tote bags, t-shirts, and mugs. All of the posters selected to be juried were displayed in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum last October, the first month of the year-long celebration.

    --Barry Moreno, a librarian at the Bob Hope Memorial Library of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum who is an authority on topics related to cultural history, including immigration and ethnicity in New York City and Tin Pan Alley, and the vaudeville stage, spoke on “125 Years of History: A Celebration of the Statue of Liberty” as a guest lecturer at NJCU.

    --NJCU hosted an exhibit of student paintings of Ellis Island created during “Special Topics in Art,” a course taught both on campus and on Ellis Island by William Low, the author and illustrator of countless children’s books who served as a visiting instructor for the course.

    For further information call Ella Rue, assistant to the dean of NJCU’s William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Sciences, at (201)200-2296.
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