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Read about Nicholas Dagen Bloom's new book on American Tourism; Tobi Abramson's presentations on brain fitness and human happiness; Albert Machlin's role at the USAIDIS conference in Puerto Rico; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Laurie Harvey

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When Director of Client Services Laurie Harvey talks about the best part of her job, one word always comes to mind – collaboration. It's her guiding principle in overseeing NYIT's departments of information technology (IT) and academic computing. Read more.


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NYIT Launches Alliance with Leading Chinese Polytechnic University

President Guiliano

NYIT President Edward Guiliano has signed an educational collaboration agreement with the China University of Mining and Technology. On Nov. 30, he met with the university's President Ge Shirong in Manhattan, where they took the first step toward initiating joint academic programs. Read more.

Cast Your Votes for Architecture Students and NYIT in the Long Island Press

In lieu of the Weekly Update trivia question, we ask that you vote in two important contests, including:


Vote on Facebook for your favorite architecture project by 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 to send NYIT students to Costa Rica to create a recycling and education center in the rural Nosara community along the Pacific coast. This is part of an interdisciplinary design-build project initiated by Tobias Holler, assistant professor of architecture. The team with the most votes will travel to Costa Rica. Vote for your favorite project.

Best of Long Island

The Long Island Press has nominated NYIT in its "best of Long Island" categories for college/university, college president, and college sports program. Vote by Thursday, Dec. 15 (as many times as you like!) for NYIT to win a spot in the newspaper's "Best of Long Island" 2012 issue. Vote for NYIT.


Congrats to the Weekly Update Trivia Winner

Congratulations to Director of Financial Aid Doreen Meyer, who responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update.


Which of the following is true of the pictured bridge:
B. It's located near the NYIT de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury.

NYIT Celebrates Employee Service Milestones


NYIT celebrated service milestones on Dec. 1 for 143 employees, who have served 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years. "It's one of those great NYIT traditions that we gather to honor our colleagues," said President Guiliano to faculty and staff members at the event at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion.

Pictured above are Dennis McAleer, senior media services technician (5 years); Zennabelle Sewell, associate dean of student development (25 years); Gary Stephens, professor of English (35 years); Anthony Di Santo, professor of architecture (45 years); President Guiliano; Gabriel Sunshine, professor of physics (45 years); Timothy Loughlin, professor and chair of the mathematics department (35 years); Linda Darroch-Short, director of student life for NYCOM (10 years); Patricia Hunter, manager of student solutions (20 years); and Celia Prieto, associate dean of transfer, graduate, and international admissions (30 years).

View the Employee Recognition Ceremony photo gallery.

Review NYIT's Online Office Directory


NYIT's online office directory is a great way to help students and guests find the right contact. The Office of Communications and Marketing asks that you review your department's or office's directory listing for accuracy by double-checking all office locations and phone and fax numbers.

Review the online office directory and submit updates and corrections to Service Central at

Benefit Summary Annual Reports Now Available


Information regarding NYIT’s Defined Contribution Retirement Plan and Tax Deferred Annuity Plan are available in the form of Summary Annual Reports on the Office of Human Resources portal. Follow this link, Benefit Summary Descriptions (login required), to access the documents. This information is provided as part of benefit plan information disclosure guidelines.

If you have any questions, call Maureen Gaughran, associate director of human resources, at 516.686.1012 or Terri Katsch, benefits associate, at 516.686.7668. If you have difficulty logging in to the portal, contact Service Central at


Upcoming Events

Collection Day Extended Help New Yorkers in Catskill, N.Y., which suffered extreme flooding after Hurricane Irene, by donating canned food, boxed food, and toys for kids today and Wednesday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Simonson House Loading Dock, Old Westbury campus.

PHONEography NYIT Gallery 61 presents an exhibition of mobile phone images by faculty, staff, and students, Thursday, Dec. 1 - Monday, Jan. 9 at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, Manhattan campus. Save the date for the opening reception on Thursday, Dec. 8, 5-7 p.m.

Toys for Tots Drive NYIT's Department of Athletics will host its annual Toys for Tots drive today and Wednesday, Dec. 7 during its home basketball games against C.W. Post. In lieu of paying for admission, fans may bring a new, unwrapped toy. For more information, call 516.686.7504 or email

Dinner with Dickens Enjoy a special four-course, Victorian-style dinner themed on Dickens' classic story, A Christmas Carol, on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion. Cost is $75 for NYIT employees, friends, and families. For reservations, call 516.686.7675.

"I'll Take Health Care for $50 Billion Please, Alex" IT industry experts will discuss the role of data and analytics in health care on Wednesday Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m.-noon at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium, Manhattan campus. The event will be streamed to Serota Hall, Conference Room C, NYIT-Old Westbury. Register for this free event.

Joint Faculty Research Presentations All Manhattan and Old Westbury faculty members are invited to attend the first Joint Faculty Research Presentations, hosted by Provost Rahmat Shoureshi on Thursday, Dec. 8, 12:45-2:10 p.m. in Riland Auditorium, Old Westbury campus. The presentations will be simulcast from Riland to the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. R.S.V.P. for the presentations.

Festival of Lights - Old Westbury Dress in your native country's cultural attire and enjoy entertainment and food from around the world on Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-10 p.m., Salten Hall, rooms SC-1 and SC-2, Old Westbury campus.

Island Harvest Food Drive Donate one can or $1 through Friday, Dec. 9 in the decorated boxes in the Office of Student Employment in Old Westbury or Manhattan.

Holiday Buffet Luncheon NYIT Dining Services invites all faculty and staff members to its luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion. Seatings are available at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the cost is $30 per person (plus gratuity). R.S.V.P. by calling 516.686.1421.

2011 Holiday Parties Mark your calendar for NYIT's holiday parties in New York:
Manhattan Campus – Wednesday, Dec. 14, 3:30-5 p.m., 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor
Old Westbury Campus – Thursday, Dec. 15, 3:30-5 p.m., NYIT de Seversky Mansion
R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, Dec. 13 for the holiday parties.

Home Modification Project View interior design and occupational therapy students' presentations of their joint projects on Thursday, Dec. 15, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Rockefeller Auditorium, Old Westbury campus.

Covenant House Toy Drive NYIT's Society of Hosteurs is collecting new toys for children ranging from infants to age seven through Friday, Dec. 16. Drop off unwrapped toys to 26 W. 61st St., rooms 508 and 511, Manhattan campus.

Coat Drive The Office of Housing and Residential Life in Manhattan is collecting new and gently used coats through Thursday, Dec. 22 as part of the 23rd Annual New York Cares Coat Drive. Drop off coats at 26 W. 61st St., room 108. For more information, email

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Tobi Abramson, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of mental health counseling and director of the NYIT Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics, made two presentations at the annual Gerontological Society of America's conference, Nov. 18-22 in Boston. They included the research paper, "MemoryWorks: A Brain Fitness Program for People with Dementia," and the poster, "Human Happiness: The Triumvirate of Eudemonia, Positive Psychology, and the Creative Process."

Nicholas Dagen Bloom, Ph.D. (, associate professor and chair of interdisciplinary studies, wrote his fifth book, American Tourism: Constructing a National Tradition, which will be published in April 2012. Read more.

Terese Coe (, adjunct professor of English, published the poem, "Approaching Salt Lake City from the East," in a special issue of Umbrella e-zine dedicated to the history of the poetry reading series, "Carmine Street Metrics." Coe has helped to initiate, co-host, and run this poetry series for many years. Read more.

John Hanc (, associate professor of communication arts, wrote the article, "The Sentimental Ballad of the Civil War," published Nov. 30 on Read more.

Tobias Holler (, assistant professor of architecture, presented the paper, "LIRR Long Island Radically Rezoned," at the Spaces and Flows: Second International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Nov. 17-18 at Monash University Prato Centre in Prato, Italy.

Albert Machlin (, adjunct professor of environmental technology, is the regional vice president of the U.S. Inter-American Association of Sanitary Engineering and Environmental Sciences (USAIDIS) and served as U.S. representative at the organization's regional environmental conference, Nov. 16-18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In addition, Professor Machlin helped to organize the Nov. 3 NYIT-Manhattan presentation, "Environmental Issues in Latin America and the Caribbean," by Carl Soderberg, director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Caribbean Environmental Protection Division in Puerto Rico. Stanley Greenwald (, professor and chair of the department of environmental technology, attended this presentation about air pollution, contaminated drinking water, and degraded coral reefs, along with 30 other faculty members and students.

Oren Shtayermman, Ph.D. (, director of the mental health counseling program, published the article, "Louise Weston: Connecting with Your Asperger Partner: Negotiating the Maze of Intimacy," on Nov. 19 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (, associate dean and executive director of the Vocational Independence Program of NYIT, published the online article, "When a Student with an Intellectual Disability Needs Money for Continuing Education," Dec. 1 on Read more.

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