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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about Sarah Meyland's commentary in Newsday about water management on Long Island; Bhuall Nand Kumar's recognition as a European Professional Biologist; Hui-Yin Hsu, Shiang-Kwei Wang, and Lisa Runco's paper presentation and poster session at an education conference in Vancouver; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

NYIT Hosts Film Festival and Symposium

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President Guiliano kicked off the NYIT-Nanjing student film festival and symposium on April 21-22 with the speech, "Moving Beyond Metaphor: A Film Story of America and China," at NYIT's Center for Humanities and Culture at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications. The event featured panel discussions, academic paper presentations, screenings, and remarks by directors and dignitaries. Pictured at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Center for Humanities and Culture at NYIT-Nanjing are President Guiliano with Beverly Butcher, symposium chair and associate professor of English at NYIT-Nanjing, and Shanghai Consul General Robert D. Griffiths. Read his remarks.

Meet Jennifer Griffiths, Ph.D.

Jennifer Griffiths

Exploring the creative genius of women who have bared their souls in writing inspires Jennifer Griffiths, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and writing program coordinator at NYIT-Manhattan. These women are featured in her book, Traumatic Possessions: The Body and Memory in African American Women's Writing and Performance. Read more.

Design Students, Alumni Blog from Milan

NYIT designers

NYIT's School of Architecture and Design was one of two U.S. universities selected to exhibit student work at the SaloneSatellite Exhibition, April 17-22 at the Milan Furniture Fair (aerial view pictured), the largest trade fair of its kind in the world. The team of students, alumni, faculty, and staff members displayed a patented chaise lounge designed by NYIT B.F.A. student Barbara Schoenenberger, a desk, and a video display. They also distributed 10,000 graffiti-inspired bicycle reflectors to fairgoers. Read more.

President Guiliano Addresses International Forum

International University Presidents' Forum

President Guiliano encouraged a delegation at the April 20 International University Presidents' Forum to look beyond traditional rankings when measuring university outcomes. Read his speech.

Take an Online Survey, Win a Kindle Fire


The Library Systems Committee of the NYIT Academic Senate requests all faculty members to complete the Faculty Survey of Library Resources and Services. Survey feedback will be used to improve library services and resources. Two faculty members who complete the survey will be chosen randomly to win a Kindle Fire. For questions, email or Take the survey.

Congratulations, Sizzlinn' Sixties!

Sizzlinn' Sixties

The winner of the April 19 Cast Iron Chef competition is Team Sizzlinn' Sixties. Pictured are teammates Karen Wiesman, manager of accounts payable, Patricia Depase, supervisor of payroll, and Zinnur Ulgen, assistant supervisor of payroll, with Robert Rizzuto (far left), director of dining services, and Eric Redlich (far right), sales and operations manager.

M.B.A. Students Graduate in China

M.B.A. graduates

NYIT celebrated the graduation of 98 M.B.A. students on April 23 at partner Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics (JUFE) in Nanchang, China. President Guiliano saluted the Class of 2012—the 11th NYIT JUFE cohort—and urged graduates to implement their knowledge to improve the world. "We as a university embrace the innovative potential of rapidly evolving new technologies and the relationships that emerge through them, both here and abroad," he said. "You, as business leaders, will need to do the same as you continue your lifelong learning process." Read his remarks.

Students Present Research at SOURCE


Scholarly work by students was on display at NYIT's annual Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) on April 20. The event featured 88 research abstracts by more than 205 undergraduate and graduate students representing all of NYIT's campuses and schools. Topics ranged from robotics to art as adventure to cognitive behavior therapy. Pictured is Rahmat A. Shoureshi, NYIT provost and vice president for academic affairs, presenting a student with a certificate of recognition.

Relay for Life Raises $35K

Relay for Life

More than 300 participants rallied to raise $35K and counting for Relay for Life, April 20-21 on the Old Westbury campus. Team NYIT organizers included Michael Scarpa-Burnett (campus chair), associate dean of student services; students Paolo Pironi (relay chair) and Mariel Liboreiro (co-chair); 5-year cancer survivor Laurie Hollister (survivor dinner chair), associate director of student development; and Dina Karafantis (faculty outreach), assistant professor of psychology.

NYIT Celebrates Police Appreciation Day

Police Officers

NYIT recognized outstanding service from the Old Brookville, Old Westbury, and Nassau County, N.Y., police departments—including the heroics of a sergeant who saved the life of a heart attack victim earlier this year, at a ceremony in honor of Police Appreciation Day on April 19 at the Old Westbury campus. Read more and view the photo gallery.

Nurses and Doctors Lobby for Health Reform

nurses lobby

Nursing faculty mentors and 21 members of the Class of 2012 participated in the New York State Nurses Association Lobby Day on April 17 in Albany, N.Y. The senior class met with state politicians to lobby for legislation impacting the nursing profession. They are pictured with New York State Sen. Jack M. Martins. Faculty mentors include Cheryl Zauderer, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing and clinical coordinator; Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Nursing; Elaine Della Vecchia, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor of nursing; and Lisa Sparacino, R.N., instructor and nursing arts lab coordinator.


NYIT's osteopathic doctors and medical students also headed to Albany on April 17 for D.O. Day, a lobbying event organized by the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society (NYSOMS). They attended state Assembly and Senate sessions and met with legislators to discuss meaningful liability reform, truth in advertising, and collective negotiations between health care providers and insurers. Pictured are Sherman Dunn (D.O. '84); Barbara Greenwald, coordinator of project development for NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine and NYSOMS executive director; Richard Terry (D.O. '88); Anna Lamb, D.O., NYSOMS president; Joan DeCamp, D.O., NYSOMS office manager; and Sonia Rivera-Martinez (D.O. '02), assistant professor of family medicine.

Play Trivia, Win a Prize

How well do you know NYIT? Test your knowledge by answering this Weekly Update trivia question correctly. Email your answer to The first to answer correctly will win an NYIT t-shirt:


The sculptures in the window of a library on NYIT's Old Westbury campus depict the "father of osteopathic medicine" and a founder of NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine. Who are they (left to right)?

A. Andrew Taylor Still and Kenneth Riland
B. Kenneth Riland and Nelson Rockefeller
C. Andrew Taylor Still and Charles Serota
D. Kenneth Riland and Charles Serota

Congrats to Robin Thompson, associate bursar, who responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update.

NYIT's 14,000 students represent how many countries?

C. 109

Upcoming Events

Presidential Technology Award

Presidential Technology Awards All members of the NYIT community are encouraged to nominate colleagues for outstanding achievements in one of five categories for this year's Presidential Technology Awards, which will be presented at convocation on Thursday, Aug. 30. Open to faculty and staff members from all NYIT campuses, the awards recognize and encourage the creative and effective use of technology to enhance teaching, research, and service. Visit the awards Web page for more information; online nomination forms must be completed no later than Friday, May 4. Read more.

Free Flick View L.A. Confidential, directed by Curtis Hanson, today at 5:30 p.m. in the NYIT de Seversky Mansion (The Soundstage, room 102), Old Westbury campus. Refreshments will be served.

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

Global Expo Dance the Dabke and make Filipino lanterns today at 4-7 p.m. in the Academic Quad, Old Westbury campus. The Global Awareness Task Force invites faculty and staff members to support student leaders and learn about their diverse cultures at this event.

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

Green Careers Forum A panel of energy professionals and NYIT alumni will discuss careers in energy management and environmental technology today at 6-8 p.m., Harry Schure Hall auditorium, Old Westbury campus. For more information, email

Faculty Scholars Reception Celebrate the achievements of your NYIT colleagues at the annual Faculty Scholars Reception on Thursday, April 26, 4-6 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Garden Room, Old Westbury campus. The event is hosted by Rahmat A. Shoureshi, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs. R.S.V.P. for the reception.

Alternative Spring Break Video Attend a video screening and panel discussion on NYIT community service projects in Peru on Tuesday, May 1 at 12:45 p.m. in Old Westbury (Harry Schure Hall, room 130) and Manhattan (16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium). Students involved in the Alternative Spring Break Project will participate in a panel moderated by Dr. Richard Pizer, Ph.D., professor of life sciences (Manhattan), and Edward Gotfried, D.O., director of the NYIT Center for Global Health (Old Westbury). Lunch will be served. R.S.V.P. to and indicate the campus where you will attend the event.

Short Scenes and Plays Attend an event presented by students in Adjunct Professor of English Adam Kraar's advanced acting class and workshop in theatrical production on Tuesday, May 1 at 1 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., room 822, Manhattan campus. Admission is free.

Gold Coast Classic

NYIT Gold Coast Classic NYIT faculty and staff members 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

Top Chef Compete to be NYIT's next Top Chef on Thursday, May 3, noon to 3 p.m. during Mayfest at NYIT-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

National Nurses Week Celebrate the nurses who have made a difference in your life during National Nurses Week, Sunday, May 6 to Saturday, May 12. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is offering a free webinar series in support of the White House initiative, Joining Forces, based on the theme, "Educating Future Nurses to Care for Veterans." Register for the webinars.

Art of the Digital Age 2012 Attend a panel discussion about digital art on Monday, May 7, 6:30-9 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. To R.S.V.P., email with Art of the Digital Age 2012 in the subject line. Read more.


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. on Monday, May 7 in Old Westbury (Wisser Library, room LL15) or Thursday, May 24 in Manhattan (26 W. 61st St., room 206).

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. 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

Brian Lee Beatty, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of anatomy, was interviewed on the blog, The Open Source Paleontologist, about the Dental Microwear Image Library he assembled with Matthew Mihlbachler, Ph.D. (, associate professor of anatomy. Read more.

Francine Glazer, Ph.D. (, assistant provost and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, had the introduction to her book, Blended Learning: Across the Disciplines, Across the Academy, selected for distribution by the Tomorrow's Professor listserv and blog, which is published biweekly and sent to nearly 40,000 subscribers at more than 700 institutions and organizations in over 100 countries around the world.

Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D. (, associate professor of teacher education, Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D. (, associate professor of instructional technology, and Lisa Runco, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of life sciences, presented the paper, "Investigation of Middle School Science Teachers' Preparedness to Practice New Literacies," and the poster session, "Teachers' Self-Efficacy in Teaching Science as Inquiry and their Classroom Practices," at the 2012 American Educational Research Association annual conference, April 16-17 in Vancouver, Canada.

Sarah Meyland, J.D. (, associate professor of environmental technology and director of the NYIT Center for Water Resources Management, wrote the April 17 Newsday commentary, "Leaky Water Policy Will Hurt LI," about the need for a comprehensive water management authority on Long Island. Read more.

Bhuall Nand Kumar, Ph.D. (, associate adjunct professor of life sciences, is a member of the Society of Biology and has been admitted as a European Professional Biologist for 2012-2015 in recognition of his professional contributions.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (, associate dean and executive director of the Vocational Independence Program of NYIT, presented the paper, "Transitional Programs," at Moving On: Preparing Students with Autism, Asperger's, and Learning Differences for College Conference, April 22 at Yale University School of Medicine Child Study Center.

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