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Sep 04 2012

NYIT Welcomes New Students and Faculty

Old Westbury and Manhattan, N.Y.  (Sept. 4, 2012)New York Institute of Technology President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., told new students today that an NYIT ID card is “your ticket to the global interconnectivity that is this university.”
 
In separate addresses to incoming freshmen at the Manhattan and Old Westbury campuses, Guiliano reminded them that they will need to be culturally and intellectually savvy.
 
"Timely feedback, frequent collaboration, active engagement, and rich give-and-take are what you can expect here," he said. "They are also what will be expected of you in the world after college."
 
Later, Guiliano urged 14 new faculty members to “make lasting connections with our students…stoke their curiosity and academic passions, challenge them, and help them incubate ideas in and out of the classroom.”
 
Guiliano’s addresses were just a few of the numerous events held yesterday as NYIT's New York campuses bustled with activities in advance of the start of classes on Wednesday, Sept. 5 
 
NYIT student ambassadors and professional staff led freshman students in icebreaker games and urged them to make new friends, explore club opportunities, visit the Office of Career Services, and take advantage of the resources available to them, including the Student Solutions Center and counseling and wellness services. Students also broke into groups to meet with academic deans and other faculty members to learn more about their individual schools.
 
In one session, Department of Nursing Chair Susan Neville, Ph. D., advised students to "orchestrate your own career here" and told them to pledge to do their personal best.
 
"You have to vision it," Neville said to students at Anna Rubin Hall. "If you can vision it, you can do it."
 
International students enjoyed a day-long introduction to NYIT. More than 250 new international students have begun academic programs at NYIT’s New York campuses, joining more than 900 international students already here. The number is expected to increase as additional students continue to arrive.
 
“I wanted to come to American for my education,” said Arantxa Lopez, 19, who will major in business administration and compete on NYIT’s tennis team. “I’m so excited. I’m going to be very focused all the time so I don’t miss anything.”
 
NYIT’s new faculty members also enjoyed a full day of orientation, with sessions on grants, distance learning classrooms, and teaching with technology. Among the speakers was Associate Professor Karen Friel, chair of the physical therapy department in the School of Health Professions, who talked about last year’s successful integration of iPads into the curriculum.
 
“It took a lot of work but the outcomes were so good,” said Friel, who won a President’s Technology Award last week with her colleague, Associate Professor Veronica Southard. “I can’t imagine going back to teaching the old way.”
 
But Friel noted that faculty involvement remains paramount, even as technology helps increase student engagement and provides greater access to information.
 
“We’re not ever trying to replace the instructor [with technology],” said Friel. “The human interaction is too important.” 
 
At an afternoon reception for new faculty, Guiliano said that engagement is "important to the success and satisfaction of our students." 
 
Guiliano added: "There is much to do to ensure we meet our objectives and fulfill our mission as a model 21st-century global university. We are educating students to become part of the world's knowledge economy, one that requires global perspectives and understanding. And now you are part of our journey, ready to contribute unique talents and ideas to this university."
 
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About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has 14,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.
 
Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, more than 92,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.
 
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