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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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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.

Meet Michael Schwarting

Michael Schwarting

Architect Michael Schwarting, director of NYIT's graduate program in urban and regional design, is designing a sustainable waterfront for the Long Island village of Port Jefferson, N.Y. Read more.


NYIT-Motorola Partnership Brings Golden Opportunity


Professors and students in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences are collaborating with Motorola Solutions to bring the world's first hands-free, wireless headset computer to market. NYIT students and faculty members will provide software solutions for the new device. Read more.

R.S.V.P. Online for Convocation Today!


Reserve your spot today for NYIT's annual convocation, featuring President Guiliano's state-of-the-institution address, presentation of the Presidential Technology Awards, and acknowledgements of new personnel and promotions. This year's event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 11 a.m. in Riland Auditorium, Old Westbury campus; it will be streamed live to the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. R.S.V.P. online to attend at either campus.

Global Staff Visitors Get New York Insights


Visitors from three NYIT global campuses immersed themselves in "Big Apple" culture during a week-long training session at NYIT's New York campuses. Tony Lei Tong, Amal al Dallal, and Lina Mattar, associate directors of alumni and employer relations at NYIT-Nanjing, Bahrain, and Amman, respectively, worked with colleagues in New York from July 25 to 29. Their goal: to define the best ways to serve students and graduates through NYIT career counseling and networking events around the world.

President Touts New Developments

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"What makes a university a great place to work is the culture," said President Guiliano at the NYIT-Old Westbury ice cream social on July 26. He discussed the status of construction at the Student Activity Center and addressed the Glen Cove Plaza project, designed to bring jobs and affordable housing to the area. "We can attract more students if we can accommodate them," he said, noting NYIT's interest in securing apartment space in Glen Cove Plaza. He also said that "the biggest construction project -- the highest capital priority -- is dorms on this campus." Read about President Guiliano's take on blended courses.

Professors Lead High-Tech Training


Nature, technology, and social media converged during a workshop taught by NYIT professors leading the $1 million, five-year National Science Foundation grant to train New York state teachers in new technology applications. Read more.

Home Page Quick Links ... Have You Noticed?

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NYIT's home page has a new look. There's a central location for news and events, plus student profiles and a link to the Weekly Update. Even more helpful for staff and faculty members is the Quick Links menu, available at the top of the screen on the home page and throughout the site.

Summer Institute Features Cultural Competence

Summer Institute

NYIT faculty members and students led graduate students, school counselors, and professors from the University of North Florida, Oregon State, Portland State, and University of Missouri-St. Louis at the 4th annual Summer Institute sponsored by NYIT's Department of School Counseling. Educational panel discussions, neighborhood walks, and visits to cultural organizations were among the activities planned for the cultural immersion using New York City as a backdrop for the experience.

NYIT Partners with County on Vaccine Project

A partnership and sustainability education service model has been co-developed by the Nassau County Department of Health (NCDOH) and NYIT's Department of Nursing, led by Associate Professor and Chair Susan Neville, in response to the 2009-2010 H1N1 Flu Crisis. As part of the project, NYIT's nursing faculty members -- including Maureen Cardoza, Carol Caico, Elaine Della Vecchia, Patricia Montano, and Lisa Sparacino -- held two in-service didactic and practice sessions. One of the clinics provided vaccines to NYIT students, staff members, and the neighboring community.

The NYIT Trivia Winner Is ...


Lucy Torcasso, administrative assistant in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. She responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update:

NYIT made news this year for all of the following except:
C. A famous TV cook who came to campus for MayFest.

Wisser Library's End of Summer Hours

  • Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Closed: Saturday - Sunday, Aug. 20 - 21, 27 - 28
  • Closed: Saturday - Monday, Sept. 3 - 5

NYIT Gets Prepped for Emergencies

On Aug. 3, a group of NYIT faculty, staff, and administration at the Manhattan and Old Westbury campuses attended an all-day emergency planning exercise. They reviewed current policies and plans and then broke into teams to discuss how to respond to potential emergency scenarios at the Manhattan campus. Future exercises will focus on NYIT's Old Westbury and global campuses.

President Guiliano to Speak at the World University Presidents Forum

President Guiliano will speak about globalism and higher education at the World University Presidents Forum in Shenzhen, China on Aug. 13. More than 150 representatives of Chinese and foreign universities are expected to attend. His remarks will include a presentation on NYIT’s sustainability practices and ideas about global education in the 21st century. Watch the NYIT website for a full transcript of his speech.

Need a Student Worker?

Are you looking to hire a federal work-study student? If so, contact Caren Sobier, assistant director of student employment, at or call 516.686.7606.

Upcoming Events

Cyber Security Conference: NYIT's second annual Cyber Security Conference will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway – look for updates in future Weekly Updates and online.

Blackboard Support for Faculty
Academic Computing Services is available to assist faculty with Blackboard functions such as uploading documents, enabling student tracking, and copying course content from a previous semester. Register for an upcoming session today.

Need Certification in Blackboard?
Blackboard certification workshops are running throughout the summer. Register online or call TBLS at 631.348.3317.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Members of NYIT's Office of Career Services ( were featured in a Newsday article on Aug. 1. The article stressed experts' advice to parents, encouraging them to move from a "helicopter" style of hovering over children to "perimeter" parenting that guides children in solving their own problems as they enter college.

Faisal B. Al-Khateeb, Ph.D. (, associate professor of management at NYIT-Abu Dhabi, attended the Fourth Annual International Business Conference, July 14-16, in Dearborn, Mich., where he presented the paper, "Predicting Students' Usage of Internet in the United Arab Emirates Using an Extended Technology Acceptance Model."

Nada Anid, Ph.D. (, dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Helen Gu, Ph.D. (, associate professor of computer science, and Cecilia Dong, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, represented NYIT at the 118th Annual Conference of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in Vancouver, Canada, June 26-29. Dean Anid attended the U.S. Engineering Deans Council Public Policy Committee Meeting, Gu co-chaired a session about "Engaging Students in Engineering," and Dong chaired a session on "Recruitment and Retention of Women."

Nada Anid, Ph.D. (, dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was quoted in an IEEE-USA Today's Engineer article (August 2011) entitled "Career Focus: Cyber Security - A Growing Threat, a Growing Career." Read the article. The article also mentioned NYIT's upcoming Cyber Security Conference on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Susana Case, Ph.D. (, professor of behavioral sciences, read her poems at the Annual Small Press Celebration at the Hudson Valley Writer's Center, Westchester County, N.Y., Aug. 7.

Cecilia Dong, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Helen Gu, Ph.D. (, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, served on a mentor panel at the Camp GOALS Youth Leadership Conference at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Aug. 5. The professors shared their professional and personal stories with 77 eighth- and ninth-grade girls.

Norman Gevitz, Ph.D. (, professor of clinical science and director of the Center for the Future of Health Professions, was quoted in an Oregon Live story about the growth of osteopathic medical schools. Read the article.

Tobias Holler, A.I.A., LEED AP (, assistant professor of architecture, presented "LI: XS-XL (Long Island: Extra Small to Extra Large) - Scales of Suburban Sustainability" at VERITAS School of Architecture in San Jose, Costa Rica, on July 29. Holler presented two of his recent research projects on suburban sustainability: his regional study, "LIRR-Long Island Radically Rezoned," and his recent design competition entry, "Attain This," a sustainable, affordable single-family house in Wyandanch, N.Y.

Robert J. Koenig, Ed.D. (, assistant professor of hospitality studies, was featured in the Aug. 1 Long Island Business News article, "Hospitality Management Degrees Add Heat to Resumes."

Eugene J. Mitacek, Ph.D. (, professor of life science attended the Asia Pacific Congress on Clinical Nutrition in Bangkok, Thailand, June 5-9. He presented a research paper, "Dietary Intake of Nitrate, Nitrite, and Nitrosodimethylamine with Relevance to New Trends in Liver and Gastric Cancers in Thailand." The paper appears in the July 2011 issue of Journal of Nutrition. The research was based on collaboration of NYIT life science faculty members and faculty at universities in Mahasarakham, Chiang Mai, and Naresuan in Phayao, Thailand.

Susan Neville, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Nursing, presented "An Academic-Service Community Initiative: Educational Empowerment, Risk Reduction, and Community Protection in an Era of Reduced Resources and Increased Expectations" at the 22nd Annual Research Congress in Nursing in Cancun, Mexico, on July 11. She also has been named to National Multiple Sclerosis Association Educational Workshop Taskforce. In addition, Working Women of Manhasset chose Dr. Neville as its 2011 Manhasset Working Woman of the Year. The award was given based on Dr. Neville's professional accomplishments, including recent publications and presentations.

Tanya Patterson-Stanley (, assistant director of financial aid, won Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators' Robert Cunningham Rookie of the Year Award, and Caren Sobier (, assistant director of student employment, won the Robert Gallione, Jr. District Representative of the Year Award for their work in planning and facilitating one of the association's best attended and best evaluated regional meetings hosted at NYIT's Manhattan campus on June 2.

Caren Sobier (, assistant director of student employment, and Amy Bravo (, director of experiential education and employer outreach, presented "Bridging the Gap Between Student Employment and Career Services" at the Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators Annual Conference in July in Williamsburg, Va.

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