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Stevens celebrates 150th anniversary

Hoboken officials honored Stevens Institute of Technology with a proclamation celebrating the university's 150th anniversary. Photo by Jerry Lore.
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Hoboken officials honored Stevens Institute of Technology with a proclamation celebrating the university's 150th anniversary. Photo by Jerry Lore.

Stevens Institute of Technology celebrates its 150th anniversary this year with service, stories, and progress.

“The anniversary of the founding of Stevens Institute of Technology offers an opportunity to reflect on the significant contributions of Stevens and the extended Stevens community across a wide range of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics domains,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin.

“In areas ranging from research innovations that advance the frontiers of knowledge and improve lives, to the development of a high technology talent pool that fuels business and our economy, the footprint and the impact of Stevens over the last 150 years has been nothing short of extraordinary,” he said.

He added, “With Stevens’ current momentum, combined with the talents and efforts of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni, Stevens’ influence and impact will only expand in the future.”

On Feb. 19, the Hoboken City Council and Mayor Ravi Bhalla presented a proclamation to Stevens Institute of Technology commemorating the anniversary.

The proclamation celebrated Stevens for its “profound, momentous, and far-reaching contributions” to the community since it’s founding.

Stevens Institute of Technology was founded on Feb. 15, 1870 by the Stevens family as the nation’s first college of mechanical engineering.

At the time the student body was only 21 people led by eight faculty members.

Three years later, in 1873, the first graduating class graduated with only a single student.

Now, Stevens has grown into a technology-focused university with more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

In the sixth straight year of record-breaking highs, the school saw a 191 percent increase in applications and a 51 percent increase in enrollment from 2011 to 2019.

Additionally, a recent study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, “A First Try at ROI,” ranked Stevens as No. 14 in the nation for return on investment 40 years after enrollment among all U.S. colleges and universities awarding a four-year degree.

Celebrating all year long

The sesquicentennial celebration will extend throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, concluding in spring 2021 with a multi-day event.

The celebration includes events for students, alumni, faculty, staff and the community.

Students are also celebrating with the “150for150” student service project, which will bring 150 hands-on STEM workshops to local K-12 students throughout the Hoboken Public School District.

To begin the celebration, the university launched stevens150.com in February, which includes 150 stories recognizing the university’s past and present, and highlighting its future built on a foundation of innovation, drive, and collaboration.

The website features an interactive timeline and a video on the university’s history.

The timeline features historic photographs and illustrations along with events ranging from the founding of campus organizations, notable inventions created on campus, and important alumni graduations.

The website also includes a section dedicated to outlining future plans for Stevens called “Our Future.”

This includes investments in campus facilities including the recently opened Gateway Academic Center and the Student Housing and University Center project scheduled to open in 2022.

The website also includes a collection of 150 stories about students, faculty, alumni and university milestones as well as a social media feed highlighting posts that utilize the hashtag #Stevens150, which students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to use to share Stevens memories.

The website will continue to be updated with additional stories, news and upcoming events regarding the 150th celebration.

For updates on this and other stories keep checking www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Marilyn Baer can be reached at Marilynb@hudsonreporter.com.

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