SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Faculty and students of Seton Hall University gathered in front of the South Orange Police Departments headquarters to celebrate the recent donation of 20 computers to the SOPD. The computers, ten new Lenovo all-in-one desktops and ten used Lenovo T520 laptops were donated by the University last month.
Representatives of village government were also on hand.
Alex Torpey, South Orange Village President, told TAP, "We've been doing a lot with technology with the town." Technology is not only an important part of the relationship between the university and village government, "It's priority for us." said Torpey. "It's just one more piece of our really great relationship."
The computers are worth an estimated $16,000, which is another reason town officials are grateful. Barry R. Lewis, Jr., South Orange Village Administrator remarked that, "Like every other town, we have budget constraints. They've just been really supportive of the town"
The laptops are already being used in the field and were an upgrade that the Police Department appreciates. South Orange Police Chief James Chelel announced that "The computers will be used for training and then will passed on to the detective bureau for day-to-day work."
Dennis Garbini, Seton Hall’s Vice President of Administration, added, "We want everyone to be successful and have the best technology."
Tracy Gottlieb, Vice President of Student Services, noted that, "The University's been part of the community for hundred and fifty plus years. The police force has been tremendously helpful to the university. When we have events on campus that require a police presence the police department has been nothing but responsive."
This is another strong showing of support that the university has given to South Orange. In November of 2013 four Panasonic Toughbooks, two Windows 8 Laptops and Two Windows 8 Tablets were donated to the South Orange Fire Department.
Other attendees included:
Seton Hall Assistant Vice President of Administration John Signorello, Associate Vice President for Alumni and Government Relations Matthew Borowick and Fahim Abedrabbo, Associate Director of Government Relations, as well as student leadership from the Seton Hall University Student Government Association. South Orange Village Trustee Sheena Collum (who is a Seton Hall Alum) and Trustee Howard Levison.