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Meet Margarita Koutsouras - Student Profile

Margarita Koutsouras

Senior nursing student Margarita Koutsouras talks about her NYIT adventures abroad and anticipates an exciting – if unknown – future. Read more.


Senior Countdown: 24 Days Until Commencement

Speaker Photo Michael Cavalli Wins Student Speaker Contest
Computer engineering senior and student ambassador Michael Cavalli will be the student orator at NYIT's 50th annual commencement. Erica Ayisi, Luke Ferland, and Peter Pitzner will serve as student marshals and hooders for this year's honorary degree recipients. Watch Michael's video.

Surgeon General, NBA Legend, and Education Leader To Be HonoredRecipient Photos
NYIT will award honorary degrees to the U.S. Surgeon General, a legendary NBA player, and a leader of international education at commencement. The recipients, who will speak to an expected audience of 12,000, are Vice Admiral Regina M. Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General; former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, founder of the Skyhook Foundation; and Denis Huisman, founder and president of the international school, Groupe EDH. NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., will send off graduates and congratulate relatives during his address to the Class of 2011. Read more.


Ticket Distribution
The first days of ticket distribution are next week for both the Manhattan and Old Westbury campuses. Get the schedule and locations here. If you haven't received tickets, there's still time. Go to the reservation page by Friday, May 13.

For more information, visit the commencement website.

Rally for Relay for Life

Relay for Life

On Friday, April 29, support the fight against cancer by participating in NYIT's third annual Relay for Life at NYIT-Old Westbury.

In advance of the event, $3,380 was raised at the first-ever Relay for Lunch attended by 90 people on April 20 at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion. The luncheon was hosted by Michael Burnett, associate dean of student services, Pilar Visconti, director of food services, and the Relay for Life Student Committee. Register for Relay for Life.

Wanted: Eco-Conscious Artists

Energy Conference

Submit your original artwork on sustainability and alternative energy for the exhibition, "The Energy and Technology Art Show," at the 2011 Energy Conference at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion on Thursday, June 2. A jury of professional artists and faculty will select artwork for the show based on how it visually represents the issue of sustainability through original 2-D forms, such as paintings, collages, and photography. Submissions are due by Friday, May 20. Read the official guidelines.

NYIT-Old Westbury Students: Get Out the Vote

Online elections for next year's Student Government Association at NYIT-Old Westbury go live on Monday, May 2, at 9 a.m., and close Wednesday, May 4, at 6 p.m. Old Westbury students may log into MyNYIT on May 2 and click on the voting button to cast your vote.

SOURCE Spotlights Research


See fellow students' cutting-edge research and ideas at NYIT's annual Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) tomorrow, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NYIT-Manhattan. The event's keynote speaker is Don Greenberg, professor and director of Cornell University's Computer Graphics Program. He will deliver the lecture, "Left Brain/Right Brain: Round Two, Four Decades of Change in Visual Computing and What Comes Next," at noon at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Read more.

Art Benefit Raises Over $17,000

Oda artwork

The art benefit, "We Are One," in Gallery 61 at NYIT-Manhattan raised $17,203 on April 11. Four hours into the event, works by 109 artists had sold out, thanks in large part to the support of NYIT's faculty, staff, and 40 student-volunteers. The event was led by Yuko Oda, assistant professor of fine arts, along with seven other organizers. More than $16,000 that came from the art sales was presented to the Japan Society Earthquake Fund, while $1,141 collected in donation boxes went to the Japan Red Cross. Read more.

Bowl for Ghana Strikes at Poverty

Ghana Bowl

More than 90 guests attended Bowl for Ghana, a charity event that raised $830 on Saturday, April 9. NYIT officers from Phi Eta Sigma, Golden Key, GIVE, and SGHA collaborated to make the event a success. Charity proceeds went to the Rohde Foundation, which works to end poverty and provide hospital care to those in need in Ghana.

JUFE Students Graduate in China


NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., congratulated graduates in NYIT's 10th M.B.A. cohort at partner institution Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics (JUFE) on Saturday, April 23. The 93 graduates were honored during a ceremony at JUFE's campus in Nanchang, China. Read his address.

Going Gaga for NYIT

Gaga Ad

NYIT, in conjunction with marketing group GoGorilla, created a buzz outside the April 23 Lady Gaga concert at Nassau Coliseum. During the "guerilla" brand awareness campaign, Gaga look-a-likes handed out free T-shirts and shared information about NYIT with concert-goers, while photos and videos were posted on the Gaga for NYIT Facebook page.


New Ask a Librarian Service Launches

Ask a Librarian

The new and improved Ask a Librarian service is now available 24/7 for all NYIT community members. This service builds a keyword-searchable knowledge base made up of questions and answers. Search engine users can plug in their questions to get immediate answers. Questions can be submitted via multimedia channels. To submit a question, do one of the following:

NYIT Students Clean City Park

Students Cleaning

On Saturday, April 16, a group of NYIT-Manhattan residential students helped clean up Astoria Park in Queens as part of Hands On New York Day, sponsored by the nonprofit New York Cares. They painted park fences and picked up trash. Read more.

Nursing Senior Class Gets Political

On Tuesday, April 12, the NYIT Department of Nursing's senior class and faculty got a taste of politics by attending the New York State Nurses Association Lobby Day in Albany, N.Y. This endeavor was part of a civic engagement project for the Nursing Capstone course, NURS 480. The students lobbied congressional members in support of bills, such as one that requires all RNs to earn a bachelor's degree within 10 years of licensure, addressing abusive workplace environments, establishing minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios in acute care facilities, and requiring health care facilities to establish safe patient handling policies.

Upcoming Events

Final Exam Schedules
Spring 2011 final exam schedules are now posted for students at NYIT-Old Westbury and NYIT-Manhattan.

Greek Week
From Monday, April 25 to Sunday, May 1, enjoy the festivities of this year's Greek Week, presented by NYIT's fraternities and sororities. For a full listing of weeklong events, read more.

CNN Anchor Headlines Lecture
CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien will give a presentation on Monday, May 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. She will discuss her memoir, The Next Big Story, and talk about her experiences covering the London terrorism attacks in 2005, Hurricane Katrina, and more.

Race to Nowhere

Race to Nowhere Film Screening
The School of Education will host a screening of the documentary Race to Nowhere on Thursday, May 5, at 5 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Read more and reserve your seat at this free event today.


Save the Date for MayFest Students in need of a study break can unwind at MayFest 2011, an outdoor festival on Thursday, May 5, featuring food, entertainment, and games in celebration of Senior Week. This event will take place at the Student Activity Center field at NYIT-Old Westbury, and a bus will be provided for NYIT-Manhattan students. 

Modernism and Celebrity Lecture
On Thursday, May 5, Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, will present the lecture, "How Modernist Literature Created Celebrity As We Know It…and Vice Versa," at 1:15 p.m. at the New York Public Library in Manhattan. The event is open to the NYIT community. The lecture will expound on his monograph, Modernism is the Literature of Celebrity. Read more.

Top Chef PosterTop Chef Contest
Participate in NYIT's very own Top Chef Contest on Thursday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Food Service House at NYIT-Old Westbury, and win an iPad. For more information, contact Michael Burnett, associate dean of student services, at, or Pilar Visconti, director of food services, at


Calling All Students: Spring Formal Cruise Join members of the NYIT community on Friday, May 20, for the Spring Formal Cruise around lower Manhattan. Enjoy dinner, a cash bar, DJ and dancing, prizes, and entertainment. Board at 7:15 p.m. at Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, and sail until 11 p.m. Price: $35 per person for NYIT students, faculty, and administrators; $40 per person for guests. Register for the Spring Formal Cruise.

Long Island Walkathon to Cure Parkinson's Disease
On Saturday, May 21, join us for the 18th annual walkathon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon, N.Y. Register now on the Long Island chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association's website

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