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Alumni Profiles
Randi Davis-Levin

Randi Davis-Levin

Class of M.A. '93

Alumni Spotlight
NYIT Magazine, Fall 2012

Graig Weich

Graig Weich

Class of M.A. '99

Holy Alumnus, Batman!
NYIT Magazine, Fall 2012

Sal Augugliaro

Sal Augugliaro

Class of B.F.A '78

Keeping His Eye on the Ball
NYIT Magazine, Winter 2012

Sylvia Nagginda Luswata

Queen Sylvia Nagginda Luswata

Class of M.A. '89

An Education fit for a Queen
NYIT Magazine, Summer 2011

Jim Geoghan

Jim Geoghan

Class of B.F.A. '69

Alumni Spotlight
NYIT Magazine, Fall 2007

Xiang Ji

Xiang Ji

Class of B.F.A '11

Mentoring Matters
NYIT Magazine, Summer 2011

Rik Cordero

Rik Cordero

Class of B.F.A. '02

Lights, Camera, Alumni!
NYIT Magazine, Summer 2011

Brittney Nespola

Brittney Nespola

Class of '07

Announcements, 2012

NYIT Magazine Lights, Camera, China
NYIT Magazine, Summer 2012
NYIT Magazine Actor & Activist Light Up NYIT
NYIT Magazine, Summer 2012

More Alumni Notes:

| 1960s |

Ron Flaum (B.F.A. ’66) has produced and directed shows at CBS television for 45 years, including Sunday Morning and 48 Hours.

Poestory, an animated film of Edgar Allan Poe’s life that’s voiced by an all-star cast (actors Hugh Dancy, Alfred Molina, and Dianne Wiest) is slated for release in 2012, courtesy of Michael Sporn (B.F.A. ’67). His New York-based animation studio is behind the production. Read about it at

| 1970s |

As a judge of the 20th International Communicator Awards Competition, Stephen Longo (B.F.A. ’71) reviewed more than 300 graphic design entries in advertising, corporate communications, public relations, and brand identity. He received five Awards of Distinction at the the 29th Annual American Graphic Design and Advertising Awards competition this past July. Longo lives in West Orange, N.J., and teaches graphic design at County College of Morris. Prior to his teaching career, he worked at ad agencies such as Young & Rubicam and later opened a design business.

Tom Bergen (B. F. A. ' 76) is enjoying retirement after nearly 32 years working for JPMorgan Chase

Diane Ketcham (M.A. ’78) is an award-winning former New York Times columnist and author of the crime thriller The Vanishing A-List (

| 1980s |

Frank Governale (B. F. A. '80) is vice president for operations at CBS News in New York City

Thom Gencarelli (B. F. A. '81) is associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Communications at Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y.

Tony Jones (B.F.A. ’83) serves as public information officer for St. Mary’s County, Md. He’s also a sports fan and enjoys traveling.

Alexander Markowski (B. F. A. '85) is president and founder of Audio Kitchen Post, a Wilmington, N.C.- based company that provides audio services for filmmakers and television producers

Randy Friedman (B. F. A. '87) is president of Six Points Media Group, a public relations and communications firm in Fort Lauderdale, Fla

| 1990s |

Tony Lanni (B.F.A. ’90) is a senior producer for IMG Media, a global sports, fashion, and media company in New York City. In this role, he produces the U.S. Open Tennis Championships for USA Network’s sports division.

Marc Loftus (B. F. A. '91), senior editor and director of Web content for Post Magazine, specializes in new techniques for film, television, and commercial post production

Gary Licker (M. A. '92) is a director at Scott Entertainment in Westbusy, NY. He produced and directed the documentary film, Selling Cars in America, which premiered on CNBC in February and will air throughout the year.

Tune in to CAWL to Arms, a new actionpacked television series about college arm wrestling created and produced by Robert Buchalter (M.A. ’92). The show airs on ESPN2.

Ted White (B. F. A. '93, M.A. '95) is a reporter for WPBF 25, an ABC news affiliate stationn in West Palm Beach, Fla

Leslie Gonzalez (B.F.A. ’94) is vice president of communications and digital services at LG World Communications, a personalized, full-service company for media outreach, communications, and digital needs.

| 2000s |

Jayson Vitta (B.S. ’00) has more than 10 years of experience in the advertising/marketing/PR field, has consulted for the likes of the global agency Euro RSCG in New York City, and credits his NYIT education for preparing him to succeed in his chosen career.

James Gaddis (B.F.A. ’02) report for NewsChannel 9, an affiliate of ABC News in Syracuse, N.Y.

Choreographer, international Latin dance champion, and licensed stockbroker Christian Perry (B.F.A. ’03, M.A. ’05) owns Havin’ a Ball Dance Studio in Valencia and Pasadena, Calif., where he teaches ballroom dancing.

After an eight-month reporting stint in Ghana, Erica Ayisi (B.F.A. ’03, M.A. ’10) began the prestigious NBC Page Program in January 2012. She was one of 50 applicants selected from a pool of about 8,000 and joins the ranks of past Page Program participants turned media personalities such as Regis Philbin, Ted Koppel, and Sara Haines.

The NYIT career network is a useful resource for Michael Benjamin (B.F.A. ’03, M.A. ’04) who used it to find his job at Certified Site Safety in Purchase, N.Y., a company of trained safety professionals who service construction sites. Benjamin is the company’s controller.

Chris Bondy (B.S. ’04) is the Gannett Distinguished Professor and interim administrative chair of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Print Media in Rochester, N.Y. is the Gannett Distinguished Professor and interim administrative chair of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Print Media in Rochester, N.Y.

Love, intrigue, and drama are central to God’s Great Stories, the first film written, produced, and directed by Paul Jacobs (M.A. ’05), who studied with communications arts professor Michael Banks while at NYIT-Manhattan.

Erin Stoen (B.F.A. ’05) is a graduate student pursuing an Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Northern Colorado.

Sang Kromah (B.P.S. ’07, M.A. ’10) published Concealed, a debut novel inspired by her parents’ tales of Liberia, their native land.

Brittney Nespola (B.S. ’07) is a digital advertising account manager for entertainment and lifestyle properties at CBS Interactive in New York City. She visited an NYIT advertising class in April and discussed how to get ahead in the media industry.

Emily Bolling (B.S. ’08) is communications coordinator for the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization in Anchorage, Alaska

Nigel Chiwaya (B.F.A. ’08), a reporter and photographer covering the Highbridge section of Bronx, N.Y., for, is a digital media student in Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

Garance Clos (B.F.A. ’09, M.A. ’10) of is an editorial assistant. The online media company that covers nightlife, restaurants, style, and entertainment in New York City.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Michael Allen (B.F.A. ’07) a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing. He is a freelance audio engineer
for NBC Sports.

Mass media, pop culture, and intercultural communication are just a few of the research areas that Sheena Howard (M.A. ’07) investigates. She is an assistant professor in the department of communication and journalism at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J. Her first book, Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation, has been nominated for a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award.

Robert Mansheim (M.A. ’09) is director of communications for the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer in Aurora, Colo.

Colleen Murphy (B.F.A. ’08) celebrated a career milestone when her production team won a 2014 Emmy Award for their work on The Bracket for MSG Interactive. To support the original TV series, which pitted New York’s greatest athletes against each other, the team developed interactive content, including show clips, interviews, and photo galleries. Murphy is an editorial website programmer for

| 2010s |

Multimedia journalist Kate Mosso (M.A. ’10) honed her skills at LI News Tonight and now reports for WVVA News in Bluefield, W.V.

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