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Read about Jacquelyn Nealon's presentation on "The Business of Getting Into College" panel for CBS Radio; Anthony Errichetti's presentations on health care simulation in Pakistan and Malaysia; Erin Vlasak and Walter Mayer's articles about students with autism; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Annie Christain, Ph.D.

Annie Christain

Poetry as music, Chinese ghosts, and actor John Wayne's connection to Joseph Stalin intrigue poet Annie Christain, assistant professor of English at NYIT-Nanjing. The Pushcart Prize-nominated poet recently co-produced her first poetry/music album, If True, She Had Clap from Everyone.
Read more.

NYIT Friends and Family VIP Tour


Bring your friends and family to meet our NYIT family and enjoy a special campus tour on Thursday, April 19 at NYIT-Manhattan and Thursday, April 26 at NYIT-Old Westbury. The event will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m., 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.

Take a Confidential Survey on Faculty Retirement


The American Council on Education and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation are gathering information regarding best practices for faculty retirement plans and transitions. They are asking faculty at colleges across the country to participate in a survey, which only takes a few minutes to complete. We encourage you to complete it as the results will aid NYIT and other institutions in developing more helpful plans and resources for retiring faculty.
Take the survey.

Schedule an Appointment with TIAA-CREF


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.

Tell Your Students - Attend the NYIT Job and Internship Fair

Career Services

Students of all majors are invited to the NYIT Job and Internship Fair this Thursday, April 5, noon-3 p.m. in Old Westbury. Share this opportunity with your students. Executives from 95 companies ranging from H2M Architects and Engineers to MTV Networks/ Viacom are slated to attend. Read more.


New Advisor Resources Web Page


The Advising and Enrichment Center is pleased to announce our new Advisor Resources Web page, with links to advising information and resources for academic advisors. Use this page as your virtual advising hub. Is there something else you would like to see on the page? Email suggestions to

Celebrate National Student Employment Week


The week of April 9-13 is National Student Employment Week, 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

Global Roundtables Gather Students, Faculty, Staff


During February and March, faculty, staff, and students at all NYIT campuses participated in roundtable discussions on the meaning and importance of being a global institution of higher education. The discussions included suggestions for improvements to academic and co-curricular programs to enhance our students' global competency and distinguish them as global citizens. Outcomes of the meetings, organized by Sarah McPherson, chair of the Academic Senate's Institutional Development Committee, are being collected and reviewed so the committee can share findings and suggest plans to the Academic Senate.

NYIT Hosts Regional Anatomy Conference


Anatomy experts from across the Northeast gathered at NYIT on March 29 for a day-long symposium on the evolution of anatomy in modern and extinct animals. Their studies include the anatomies of a range of modern and fossil organisms, including African clawed frogs, otters, rhinos, and a 100 million-year-old marine crocodile, which was as large as a modern-day killer whale.
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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:

digital sign

How many digital signs (indoor and outdoor TVs) advertising news and events are there on NYIT's campuses?

A. 10
B. 16
C. 29
D. 40

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

What was the Edward Guiliano Global Center at 1855 Broadway in Manhattan before NYIT's ownership of the building?

B. A hotel.

Upcoming Events

Preparing Health Care Workers for Pediatric Emergencies Attend this course, which is part of the Pediatric Disaster Management Core Curriculum, today at 6-9:30 p.m. in Riland Auditorium, Old Westbury campus. Registration is free for NYIT faculty, staff, and students. Register for the two-day course.

Flying Yuko Oda, assistant professor of fine arts, will present her interactive artwork and research, "Flying," Wednesday, April 4, 7-9 p.m. at Location One Gallery, 26 Greene St., New York City. Admission is free. Read more.

Free Flick View Scarlet Street, directed by Fritz Lang, on Wednesday, April 4 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

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!

Management Strategies for Cloud Computing InformationWeek editor-at-large and author Charlie Babcock will discuss trends in cloud computing today at 6-8 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium, Manhattan campus. Read more.

Relay for Life

Relay for Lunch Faculty and staff members are invited to attend a "Relay for Lunch" event on Tuesday, April 10, 12:30-2 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion. The buffet luncheon, donated by NYIT's Dining Services, will support NYIT's Relay for Life on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. to Saturday, April 21 at 7 a.m. Cost is a $20 minimum donation at the door; 100 percent of proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life. Make checks payable to the American Cancer Society. To R.S.V.P., email by Tuesday, April 3. For more information, email or

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

vitality in aging

Vitality in Aging Contest 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.

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.

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

Susana H. Case, Ph.D. (, professor and NYIT-Manhattan program coordinator for behavioral sciences, read from her book, Manual of Practical Sexual Advice, at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City.

Terese Coe (, adjunct professor of English, published a translation of Bertolt Brecht's "Pirate Jenny" in the literary journal, The Raintown Review, and the poem "Sponge" in the spring 2012 issue of the annual arts and ideas journal Stone Canoe. Read "Sponge."

In addition, six more of Coe's poems are forthcoming this year in international publications: The Warwick Review and New Walk (United Kingdom), The Stinging Fly (Ireland), and The Raintown Review and Per Contra (United States).

Elizabeth J. Donaldson, Ph.D. (, associate professor of English, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession by the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association. The committee considers the needs and interests of scholars with disabilities as well as issues on scholarship in the field of disability studies.

James Dunne, J.D. (, assistant professor of management, accompanied the NYIT-Old Westbury Chapter of the Society of Hosteurs on a March 8 tour of the Oheka Castle, Long Island's only five-diamond-rated facility, in Huntington, N.Y. The group also met with the Oheka management team, including operations, public relations, and marketing professionals.

Anthony Errichetti, Ph.D. (, professor and chief of virtual medicine, presented the keynote address, "Ensuring Patient Safety Through Standardized Patient and Mannequin Simulations," at the Association for Excellence in Medical Education 2012 Conference, March 3-5 in Islamabad, Pakistan. He also participated in a workshop on feedback and debriefing for simulations.

In addition, Errichetti lectured on debriefing standardized patient and mannequin-based simulations at the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research Conference, March 9-13 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Julie Fratrik (, director of the NYIT Center for Global Exchange, participated in Advocacy Day, March 20-21 in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the two-day workshop provided advocacy training on issues related to international education. Fratrik also met with Congressional staff to advocate for support of the Paul Simon Study Abroad Act and for comprehensive immigration reform to maximize benefits for international students.

Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O. (, professor and chair of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), and Michael Terzella, D.O. (, assistant professor of OMM, served on the international judging panel for the Louisa Burns Osteopathic Poster Competition, March 21-25 at the American Academy of Osteopathy's annual convocation in Louisville, Ky.

In addition, Gilliar and Sheldon Yao, D.O. (, assistant professor of OMM, were quoted in the Jan. 13 article, "Osteopathic Treatments Help Patients in Pain," on Read more.

John Handrakis, D.P.T., Ed.D. (, associate professor of physical therapy, and Karen Friel, D.H.Sc. (, associate professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, had their research manuscript, "Key Characteristics of Low Back Pain and Disability in College-Aged Adults: A Pilot Study," accepted for publication in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Francy Magee (, dean of campus life, presented three sessions at the annual convention meeting of the ACPA - College Student Educators International, March 24-28 in Louisville, Ky., including: "Networking Senior Student Affairs Officers: Building a Community, Building a Profession," "Seasons of a Student Affairs Professional's Career: Developing a Theory," and "Planning, Developing, and Managing Budgets? No Sweat!"

Terry Nauheim Goodman (, associate professor of fine arts, exhibited her artwork in the group show, "Pathway: Drawing In, On, and Through the Landscape," March 29-April 1 during the "Drawing Now" contemporary art fair in Paris.

Jacquelyn Nealon, Ed.D. (, vice president for enrollment, communications and marketing, served as an expert panelist for the CBS Radio presentation, "The Business of Getting Into College," March 31 in New York City. She also presented two breakout sessions on financial aid.

Michael Schiavi, Ph.D. (, professor of English and coordinator of ESL, was quoted in a March 16 New York Times article, "Keepers of the Gay Film Legacy." Read more.

Rozina Vavetsi (, associate professor of graphic design, displayed "Languages of the World" at the Visualizing Information Technology exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry, March 17-21 in Tampa, Fla.

Erin Vlasak (, director of student services for the Vocational Independence Program (VIP) of NYIT, and Walter Mayer (, coordinator of residential life for VIP, co-authored the two-part article, "When a Student with Autism Goes to College," on Read Part 1 and Part 2.

In addition, Vlasak published the article, "Transitioning Your Student to a Residence Hall Environment," in EP Magazine.

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