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NYU-Poly Gala to Raise Funds for Higher Education Scholarships

        NYU-Poly Gala to Raise Funds for Higher Education Scholarships

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NEW YORK, March 27, 2013

NEW YORK, March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Polytechnic Institute of New York
University (NYU-Poly) will honor three remarkable leaders of industry and
education during its annual i^2e Gala, on April 17, 2013 in Grand Central
Terminal, Manhattan. The event will recognize Ursula Burns, chairman and CEO
of Xerox Corporation; Jerry M. Hultin, NYU-Poly president on sabbatical; and
Arthur Martinez, retired chairman and CEO of Sears Roebuck & Co.


President Bill Clinton will pay a video tribute to their contributions to

Proceeds from the gala will benefit NYU-Poly's Promise Scholarship Fund, which
has raised millions of dollars in the 24 years since its inception and helped
over 8,000 of the brightest students fulfill their dreams of earning a college
degree at NYU-Poly.

Most Promise Scholars are from groups traditionally underrepresented in
science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education; many are
the children of immigrants and the first in their families to attend college.
All recipients demonstrate extraordinary promise. Promise Fund scholarships
bring some of the country's brightest aspiring inventors to NYU-Poly. Last
year's inaugural gala raised more than $600,000 for the fund.

"NYU-Poly has a long tradition of educating innovative thinkers from all walks
of life," said Katepalli Sreenivasan, acting president and provost of
NYU-Poly. "All three of our honorees have contributed greatly to our
tradition. This gala will remind our students that – like Ursula Burns and
Arthur Martinez, who once studied here, and Jerry Hultin who led the
institution for the last seven years – leadership is within their reach, and
that true leaders use their roles to inspire and help others."

DATE:   Wednesday, April 17, 20113
TIME: 6 p.m. Reception, Dinner and Program
LOCATION:    Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal
TICKETS: Nick Masciotti, or (212)
                      997-0100 x230

Burns, who earned her undergraduate degree from the Institute in 1980 and was
awarded an honorary doctorate in 2005, will receive the i²e Leadership Award,
recognizing her inspired work in business as well as her deep commitment to
STEM education. The acronym i^2e refers to invention, innovation and
entrepreneurship – guiding principles of NYU-Poly that Hultin set in place
after assuming its presidency in 2005. He will receive the i²e Innovation and
Impact Award for his contributions to strengthening the academic and business
foundation of NYU-Poly for the benefit of students, faculty and the economic
health of New York. Martinez ('60, '08 HON) will receive the i²e Vision Award,
recognizing his outstanding insight in business and guidance of the NYU-Poly
Board of Trustees.

NY1 reporter Tara Lynn Wagner will serve as the emcee for the evening.

About Polytechnic Institute of New York University
The Polytechnic Institute of New York University (formerly the Brooklyn
Polytechnic Institute and the Polytechnic University, now widely known as
NYU-Poly) is an affiliated institute of New York University, soon to be its
School of Engineering. NYU-Poly, founded in 1854, is the nation's
second-oldest private engineering school. It is presently a comprehensive
school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted
in a 159-year tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. It
remains on the cutting edge of technology, innovatively extending the benefits
of science, engineering, management and liberal studies to critical real-world
opportunities and challenges, especially those linked to urban systems, health
and wellness and the global information economy. In addition to its programs
on the main campus in New York City at MetroTech Center in downtown Brooklyn,
it offers programs around the globe remotely through NYUe-Poly. NYU-Poly is
closely connected to engineering in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai and to the
NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) also at MetroTech, while
operating two incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. For more
information, visit

SOURCE Polytechnic Institute of New York University

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