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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about Nada Anid's honor as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business; Susan Neville's role in the Nassau Center for Health Initiatives leadership program; Mike Nolan's sci-fi music video; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

NYIT Expands Global Educational Programs

President Guiliano and Yang Szu-Wei

President Edward Guiliano welcomed Yang Szu-Wei, president of NYIT's global partner National Taichung University (NTCU) in Taiwan, to New York last week to discuss the development of a series of dual graduate and undergraduate degree programs. The proposed degree programs, shaped by an interdisciplinary team of NYIT faculty members, include concentrations in international business, computer science, and information technology as well as an intensive English program for undergraduate students.

Meet Caren Sobier

Caren Sobier

For the 653 students working on NYIT's New York campuses, Caren Sobier is the go-to person for their training and professional development. The assistant director of student employment has pursued a career in higher education since her days as a work study student at La Roche College in Pittsburgh. Read more.

Congratulations, NYIT Faculty


The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2012 Faculty Salary Survey was published on April 9, and NYIT faculty are at the top of the charts. NYIT full-professor salaries are in the 99th percentile of the master's institutions surveyed; associate professors in the 99th percentile; assistant professors in the 98th percentile; and instructors in the 99th percentile. Since 2000, faculty salaries at NYIT have risen more than twice as high as those at typical master's institutions.

Faculty Scholars Reception

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPAR) is collecting materials from the 2011 calendar year for inclusion in the Faculty Scholars Reception brochure and exhibit. At this time, we are in need of the hardcopy publications and other materials that you may already have emailed to OSPAR as bibliographic citations.

Please mail or hand-deliver exhibit-quality hardcopies of materials from 2011 that you would like to have honored and exhibited to Allison Andors, Ph.D., assistant provost and director of sponsored programs and research, Tower House, room B11, by Wednesday, April 11 at 5 p.m. Materials include books, edited volumes, journal articles, abstracts, papers and posters, patents, exhibits, films, grants, awards, creative works, or other recognitions from outside organizations.

R.S.V.P. for the NYIT Gold Coast Classic

Gold Coast Classic

NYIT faculty and students are invited to attend the 2012 Gold Coast Classic on Thursday, May 3, at the Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park, in New York City. This year, the event will celebrate 15 years of student scholarship support while honoring distinguished culinary and oenological leaders. For more information, visit To attend the event or for sponsorship, ticket sales, and auction lot donation information, call Lisa Moore, director of development operations, at 516.686.7644 or email

Nurses Join Forces to Support U.S. Veterans

NYIT's Department of Nursing has pledged to support First Lady Michelle Obama's national initiative Joining Forces to educate America's future nurses to care for the nation's veterans, service members, and their families. U.S. veterans returning from war zones often deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, depression, and other clinical issues. Read more.

Submit Nominations for Vitality in Aging Contest

vitality in aging

Do you know someone who views aging as an opportunity and/or someone over 65 who is thriving and aging with vitality? Nominate yourself or someone you know for the 2012 Vitality in Aging campaign. Fill out an online entry form by Friday, April 13. Select nominees will be featured in NYIT’s Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics’ Older Americans Month Tribute in May. Read more.

NYIT Friends and Family VIP Tour


Do you have a child who will be or is thinking about attending NYIT? The Office of Admissions is hosting a VIP Friends and Family Tour exclusively for NYIT faculty and staff members on Thursday, April 19 at NYIT-Manhattan and Thursday, April 26 at NYIT-Old Westbury. The event will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on both days, followed by an optional residence halls tour. R.S.V.P. by Thursday, April 12 to Celeste LaCasse at 516.686.7923 or Include your name, student's name, the number of people attending, which campuses you'll be visiting, and if you're interested in a tour of the residence halls.

Save the Date: NYIT Top Chef for Staff, Faculty, Students

Top Chef

Compete to be NYIT's next Top Chef on Thursday, May 3, noon to 3 p.m. at Mayfest in Old Westbury. Three competitors (one each from staff, faculty, and students) will face off to win the grand prize: an Apple iPad. Apply by Tuesday, April 24. For an application and/or more information, email or



NYIT Medical Pros and Students Participate in Training Course

Nursing Faculty

NYIT hosted the Nassau County Department of Health's Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Pediatric Core Disaster Management Training Course on March 27 and April 3 in Old Westbury. More than 55 MRC members and NYIT faculty and students attended the two-day, eight-hour course, which was a successful academic service partnership between Nassau County and NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine and School of Health Professions. Pictured are Carol Caico (center), Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing, and Susan Neville (far right), Ph.D., R.N., associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Nursing.

In addition, the NYIT Department of Nursing held the spring colloquium, "Augmenting Healing through Alternative Therapies," on March 15 in Old Westbury. The event, attended by nearly 300 nurses, health practitioners, and students, highlighted holistic assessment and treatment modalities with a focus on nursing research and the outcomes of holistic programs and patient care studies. View pictures of the event.

Faculty Present Heart, Reflex, and Anatomy Research

NYIT Faculty

A trio of experts from NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) presented research on heart disease, body reflexes, and the diversity of scaled reptiles at the Faculty Cross-Disciplinary Health Research Series on April 3. Pictured (left to right) are: Isaac Kurtzer, Ph.D., assistant professor of neuroscience and histology; Jack Conrad, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy; Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., vice president for health sciences and medical affairs; Thomas Scandalis, D.O., dean of NYCOM; A. Martin Gerdes, Ph.D., chair of biomedical sciences; and Rahmat A. Shoureshi, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs. Read more.

Students and Prospective Employers Pack NYIT’s Annual Career Fair

Career Fair

Six hundred students from NYIT's New York campuses met with 150 representatives from 98 companies to discuss job and internship opportunities at the university’s annual career fair on April 5. Read more.

Upcoming Events

National Student Employment Week This week is the perfect time for faculty and staff members to honor their student workers. NYIT has more than 600 student workers in work study and student aid positions. The Office of Student Employment encourages you to thank students for helping to fulfill NYIT's mission. For more information, email

Free Flick View The Last Seduction, directed by John Dahl, on Wednesday, April 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the NYIT de Seversky Mansion (The Soundstage, room 102). Refreshments will be served.


Yoga Classes NYIT's Department of Occupational Therapy is offering yoga at the Old Westbury campus every first and third Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. in the Occupational Therapy Lab, 500 Building, room 511. Pay what you can (the suggested donation is $3) to support the Student Occupational Therapy Association. For more information, email

Chat Partners Enhance your intercultural skills and chat with members of the NYIT community, who hail from 109 countries, every Tuesday, 12:45-1:45 p.m. at 26 W. 61st St., room 502, Manhattan campus.

NYIT Pride Contest The Carleton Group presents the NYIT Pride Contest. Upload your favorite NYIT photos and videos you are proud of and win a prize. The winners will be picked biweekly through Monday, May 14. Show your NYIT Pride!


TIAA-CREF Appointments A TIAA-CREF representative will be visiting NYIT's New York campuses to provide personal investment and retirement counseling for program participants. To schedule an appointment, call 800.732.8353. Appointments may be scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the following locations/dates:

  • Wisser Library, room LL15, Old Westbury campus: Wednesday, April 11 and Monday, May 7.
  • 26 W. 61st St., room 206, Manhattan campus: Thursday, May 24.

Blood Drive Give blood on Thursday, April 12, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Hall of Fame, Old Westbury campus.

Cinema and the Image of the City Faculty, students and friends of NYIT are invited to attend the spring film series, "Cinema and the Image of the City," through Thursday, April 19 at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. All films are free, start at 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by a post-screening conversation and refreshments. The next film screening on Thursday, April 12 will feature The Cranes Are Flying. Read more.

Information Session - Extended Education Attend an information session about the Sustainable Advisor Certificate Program on Monday, April 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, room 305, Old Westbury campus. NYIT's nine-month program will start in June for professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, construction, real estate development, building, facilities management, utilities, and municipalities. To R.S.V.P. for the information session, call 516.686.7491 or email

Cast Iron Chef Step out of the office and into the kitchen for the next Cast Iron Chef event on Thursday, April 19, 4-7 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion. Faculty and staff members are invited to support colleagues at this event. For non-participants, the cost is $20, including food, drinks, and entertainment.

SOURCE Mark your calendar for NYIT's Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) on Friday, April 20, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at NYIT-Manhattan. Keynote speaker Sidney Perkowitz, professor emeritus of physics at Emory University, will present "Science and Art: Closer Than You Think." Read more.

Green Careers Forum A panel of energy professionals and NYIT alumni will discuss careers in energy management and environmental technology on Wednesday April 25, 6-8 p.m., Harry Schure Hall auditorium, Old Westbury campus. For more information, email Robert Amundsen, Ph.D., director of energy management,

Cossacks & Commissars: A Musical Trip Through Russian History, 1900-1950 Experience a crucial period of Russian and world history through the music and documentary footage of the first half of the 20th century on Thursday, April 26, 12:30-1:50 p.m., in Anna Rubin Hall, room 307, Old Westbury campus. R.S.V.P. to Librarian Jeffrey Feinsilver at 516.686.1153.

NYIT Energy Conference Save the date for NYIT's annual energy conference on Wednesday, June 13, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury, N.Y. The theme of this year's conference is "Off the Grid: Power, Water, and Shelter." Faculty members from the Center for Global Health and School of Architecture and Design, among others, will discuss their work. Download a pdf to register for the conference.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Nada Anid, Ph.D. (, dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was named one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business by Long Island Business News. This is the second time she has been honored with this distinction.

Amy Bravo (, director of experiential education, co-presented "Ethical and Logistical Implications of Requiring Service Learning in One Section of a First-Year Critical Thinking Core Curriculum Course," March 30 at the 4th Annual NYMAPS Symposium on Ethics and Service Learning: Best Practices for Empowering Community Partners and Educating Students. Her co-presenters included NYIT students Liliya Bakibayeva (advertising, public relations, and marketing) and Marty Magaan (computer science), and Diosdado Gica, executive director of the International YMCA/New Americans Initiative.

Dolores Burton, Ed.D. (, associate professor of education and chair of teacher education, and John Kappenberg, Ed.D. (, adjunct associate professor of education, presented "Implementing RTI: One Tech Byte at a Time" on March 12 at the 14th Annual Conference of Suffolk ASSET: Rebooting Education Common Core Melville, N.Y.

Susana H. Case, Ph.D. (, professor and NYIT-Manhattan program coordinator for behavioral sciences, published two poems in the book, Token Entry: New York City Subway Poems. Read more.

Paul Cavanagh, Ph.D. (, director of academics and evaluation for the Vocational Independence Program (VIP) of NYIT, and Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (, associate dean and executive director of VIP, co-published the article, "Comprehensive Transition and Post-Secondary Programs: An Emerging Model for Transitioning Individuals with ASDs to Adulthood," in the spring 2012 edition of Autism Spectrum News. Download a pdf to read the article.

Samy Nathan Garas, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of accounting at NYIT-Bahrain, has achieved certification as a public accountant (C.P.A.), anti-money laundering specialist (C.A.M.S.), internal auditor (C.I.A.), and certified fraud examiner (C.F.E.)

In addition, Garas has published the article, "The Control of the Shari'a Supervisory Board in the Islamic Financial Institutions," in the 2012 issue of the International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management.

Faculty members from NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine, including Abraham M. Jeger, Ph.D. (, associate dean for clinical education, and Leonard B. Goldstein, Ph.D. (, director of clerkship education, presented the lectures, "An Accelerated D.O./Family Medicine Residency Continuum: Planning and Development" and "Enhancing the Transition from Pre-Clinical to Clinical/Clerkship Education," at the 2012 national meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine in Washington, D.C.

In addition, they co-authored the conference poster, "Retrospective Analysis on the Relationships of Clerkship Assignment and Selection and Residency Match Outcomes," with Doreen Meinberg (, coordinator of education evaluation, and Stacey Elliot, OMS IV. The poster was selected for possible publication by the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N. (, associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Nursing, is the command staff board member for the Nassau County Department of Health Medical Reserve Corps and represents NYIT on a four-person team supporting the Nassau Center for Health Initiatives (NCHI) leadership program, "Health Checks." Her team, one of only 20 selected from across the country, includes members from the Department of Health, NCHI, and the Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security, who will work together to address health disparities and emergency preparedness in communities with the greatest health needs.

Mike Nolan (, associate professor of architecture, has produced "Lookout Science," the second of a 10-part series of sci-fi music videos released on April 2 on Read more.

Steven J. Shapiro, Ph.D. (, professor of finance, presented the paper, "Stationarity of Ibbotson Associates Equity Risk Premiums," at the Eastern Economic Association Annual Conference, March 10 in Boston.

Artists Michelle Posner-Stylianou ( and her husband, Stelios, have re-opened Studio E, an art education center in Miller Place, N.Y. Read more.

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