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From research to published articles to key presentations, read this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements or review NYIT's archive of faculty and staff accomplishments.

NYIT Announces New Chief of Staff


NYIT welcomes Peter Kinney as the new chief of staff to President Edward Guiliano. He will work closely with the president to drive the growth and quality of the university worldwide. Kinney brings more than 20 years of experience to the position, including service in the U.S. Army, security operations and program management in the Middle East, and construction and real estate industries in New York City. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and Harvard University, and won a Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq.

New York Times Touts Global Education at NYIT 

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The New York Times featured NYIT in its Education Life section on Friday, April 15. The article highlighted universities that foster innovative global education by operating international campuses. Read the full article.


Scholars Discuss Impact of Charles Dickens in the 21st Century


More than 100 literature lovers gathered on Friday, April 15 at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway to hear a panel discussion by scholars sharing their insights into Charles Dickens' legacy and what it means to 21st-century readers. President Edward Guiliano, who serves as the co-editor of the Dickens Studies Annual, moderated the discussion among nine literary scholars. The event, which convened on the eve of the 200th anniversary of the author's birth, explored the impact of emerging technologies such as Google books, YouTube, and iPads on interpretations of Dickens.

105 Student-Athletes Reach Honor Roll


The largest group ever of NYIT student-athletes made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll in fall 2010. The 105 honorees from 13 NYIT sports teams were honored at a luncheon on Thursday, April 14 in the Hall of Fame at NYIT-Old Westbury. Find out more.

R.S.V.P. Now for Gold Coast Classic

Gold Coast

All faculty and staff members are invited to attend this year's Gold Coast Classic Professional Excellence Awards on Thursday, May 5, at the Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park. This year's honorees include Barbara Lynch, chef/owner of Barbara Lynch Gruppo, and Michael Martini, third-generation winemaker, Louis M. Martini Winery. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Lisa Moore at or visit

Save the Date for NYIT's Energy Conference

Energy Conference

The sixth annual NYIT energy conference, "Beyond Carbon: Offshore Energy and Technologies," will be held on Thursday, June 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion on the Old Westbury campus. This year's conference will focus on how countries can tap into clean, renewable offshore energy sources along the coastline as well as above and beneath the water.

HEOP To Honor New York State Senator

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

On Thursday, April 28, the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) will recognize New York State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins as an honorary member at the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society Induction Ceremony. This event is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at NYIT- Manhattan in the 11th floor auditorium at 16 W. 61st St. For additional information, contact Deepa Bhalla, HEOP director, at 212.261.1542 or Read more about Senator Stewart-Cousins.

Cricket, Anyone?

NYIT School of Management students are encouraging friends and faculty to grab some willow bats and "take to the pitch" as they plan the university's first cricket tournament on May 3 to raise funds for a local charity. The tournament will take place during free hour at the practice field at NYIT-Old Westbury. Proceeds from sales of tickets ($1 each), food, and bracelets will be donated to the AMT Children of Hope Foundation. To register, contact Jeannine Francis-Gamble by April 24 at or 516.686.1175.

Upcoming Events

L'Avventura Screening

Free Italian Film Screening
On Friday, April 22, the School of Architecture and Design will host a screening of the Italian classic mystery, L’Avventura, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. The event is free and open to students, faculty and staff members, and the public. For more information, call 646.273.6100 or e-mail

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 here.

Research Seminar Series
On Thursday, April 28, the next session of this series presented by the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences features Cindy Chang, Ph.D., discussing her research on “Real-Time Decision Support for Factory Control.” The 45-minute brown bag seminar is held during free hour at 12:30 p.m. in room DL3 of Harry Schure Hall at NYIT-Old Westbury and room 704 at NYIT-Manhattan. Please R.S.V.P. by e-mailing

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. Read more.

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 recently published monograph, Modernism is the Literature of Celebrity. Read more.

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

Countdown to Commencement 2011 commencement
Mark your calendar for the 50th annual commencement for students attending all NYIT campuses. The ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2011, at NYIT-Old Westbury. Find out more.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Nursing faculty members and their service partners presented five peer-reviewed poster presentations at the Seventh Annual Nursing Leadership Conference, "Meaningful Leadership: The Barometer for an Ever-Changing Climate in Healthcare," on Wednesday, April 6 at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y. NYIT nursing faculty participants included:

Nada Anid, Ph.D. (, dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, hosted a special luncheon on Wednesday, March 30 for previous recipients of the esteemed LISTnet Diamond Award, which recognizes accomplished women in the field of technology on Long Island. Anid won the LISTnet Diamond Award in 2010 for her commitment to educating women in technology.

Beyhan Karahan (, professor of architecture, gave a lecture on "The Natural Forces That Shape Buildings in the 21st Century" on April 14 at New York University.

Amy Bravo (, director of experiential education and employer outreach, received the Volunteer of the Year award for outstanding and dedicated service at the YMCA of Greater New York's 159th Annual General Assembly and Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on March 16 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.

Dolores Burton, Ph.D. (, chairperson of the Teacher Education Program, presented "Teacher Work Sample, One Leg of the Journey to Create Effective Teachers," at the spring 2011 statewide meeting of the New York Task Force For Quality Inclusive Schooling. One hundred faculty members from higher education institutions and representatives from the New York State Education Department attended the meeting.

Terese Coe (, adjunct professor of English, has recently published two poems: "Notes from a Tenement Downtown" in the Alaska Quarterly Review and "Hawk" in The Raintown Review.

Anthony Dimatteo (, professor of English, published the poem, "The Opening," with Connotation Press. Read his interview about writing poetry.

John Hanc (, associate professor of communication arts, commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with an article for Read it here.

Lawrence Herman (, assistant professor and director of physician assistant admissions, delivered a keynote speech on behalf of the Idaho Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Continuing Medical Education Conference on Friday, April 8 in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Tobias Holler (, assistant professor of architecture, published his research project, "LIRR Long Island Radically Rezoned," in the updated edition of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs by Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson. Read more about the book on and check out the project's page on Facebook.

Tom Jacobs (, assistant professor of English, presented a paper entitled, "Secret Systems of Tactile Correspondence," at the American Comparative Literature Conference from March 31 to April 2 in Vancouver, Canada. 

Susan Neville, Ph.D. (, associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Nursing; Carol Caico, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of nursing; Patricia Montano (, nursing instructor; Maureen Cardoza, Ph.D. (, nursing instructor; and Zehra Ahmed, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of physician assistant studies and clinical coordinator, completed the two-day Pediatric Disaster Management Core Curriculum Course sponsored by the Nassau County Department of Health Medical Reserve Corps, the College of Osteopathic Medicine of NYIT, and the School of Health Professions. Caico also presented a lecture on pediatric bereavement.

Xuetai Qi (, assistant professor of philosophy at NYIT-Nanjing, published “Ideas and World: Disagreements Between Locke and Berkeley and a Response” in the April 2011 issue of the Journal of Social Sciences.

Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O. (, vice president for health sciences and medical affairs, prepared a report about the physician workforce for President Barack Obama and Congress. Read more about how she is blazing a policy trail in Newsday.

Richard Savior (, director of global academic programs, had his paper, "The Corporatization of American Higher Education," accepted for publication in the annual conference proceedings for the International Society of the Social Studies.

Michael Schiavi, Ph.D. (, associate professor of English, gave a reading from his new book, Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo, published by University of Wisconsin Press. The reading took place on March 26 at the Rainbow Book Fair held at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in New York City.

Zeeshan J. Shah  (, assistant professor of fine arts and computer graphics, led 10 undergraduate students from NYIT-Bahrain in the production of the film, Gilgamesh Pearl, which premiered at Saar Cinema Complex in Manama, Bahrain, on Feb. 26. The filmmaking team donated proceeds from the feature to support My Charity Water, an organization that helps build water wells in African villages. Read more about the film at

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., M.S.W. (, associate dean and executive director of the Vocational Indepedence Program, co-authored the article, "Divorce with a Child on the Autism Spectrum," published in the spring 2011 edition of Autism Spectrum News. In addition, a book chapter that he co-authored entitled, "What Can Help People With Autism Spectrum Conditions To Find and Keep Employment?” was published in Autism Spectrum Conditions: International Experts Answer Your Questions on Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and PDD-NOS.

Faiz Zoubi, Ph.D. (, professor and assistant dean of the School of Management at NYIT-Amman, had his paper, "Consumers' Perceptions and Expectations of Mobile Services Quality Provided by the Mobile Companies in Jordan," published in the Jordan Journal of Business Administration, Vol. 7, No. 1, January 2011.

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