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Food for Thought: NYIT, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Host Green Film Festival

green globeAttend the first Green Film Festival at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway on Thursday, Feb. 24. Sponsored by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Green Committee, the event will feature screenings of Food, Inc.; Fresh; Flow; and Gasland; a panel discussion moderated by the executive director of GrowNYC; and a cocktail reception featuring organic food and beverages. For more information, e-mail School of Management Associate Dean Robert Koenig at Register online.

NYIT and the Intrepid Museum Partner for Salute to Women


NYIT and the Intrepid Museum have formed a partnership in celebration of the museum’s first Salute to Women program during Women’s History Month in March. Funds raised will provide resources for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), educational programming for girls, and programming at the Intrepid. Read more.

Don't Miss Entrepreneur and Astronaut Greg Olsen

Greg Olsen

Scientist and multimillionaire Greg Olsen, Ph.D., will give a lecture, "From Entrepreneurship to Spaceship," on Wednesday, March 9, at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; lecture from 6 to 7 p.m. Olsen was the third private citizen to orbit the earth on the International Space Station. After training for five months (900 hours) at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Moscow, he spent 10 days in space, performing more than 150 orbits of the Earth. R.S.V.P. at

Re-Appearing Act: The Star Spangled Banner at the Smithsonian

Star Spangled Banner

The School of Architecture and Design will host the exhibition "Re-Appearing Act: The Star Spangled Banner at the Smithsonian" from Thursday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, March 27, at Gallery 61, 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, Manhattan campus. The exhibit shows the transformation of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., from late 2006 through early 2009. An opening lecture by Rob Rothblatt from Skidmore, Owings, Merrill will take place on Thursday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m.

Honor Your Colleagues

Look for an e-mail soon re: nominations for this year's Presidential Technology Awards. The nomination process will begin in the coming week. If you know someone who is a trendsetter in using technology at NYIT, don't hesitate — nominate!

TIAA-CREF Visits Campus

HR info

A representative from TIAA-CREF will visit NYIT's Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses to provide individual investment and retirement counseling for employees. To schedule an appointment, please contact TIAA-CREF's Kendis Riley at 516.454.4006.

Old Westbury campus (Wisser Library, room L15): Wednesday, March 23; Thursday, April 7; and Wednesday, May 4.

Manhattan campus (16 W. 61st St., room 1119): Thursday, March 10.

Free Yoga Is Back


The Old Westbury campus Counseling and Wellness Center will offer a free Yoga class during free hour (12:30 - 1:50 p.m.) on Tuesday, Feb. 22, in room 105, Harry Schure Hall. Evening classes will be held on Tuesdays in the month of March (no class on March 22) at 5:15 p.m. in room 208, Harry Schure Hall. Contact Alice Burke at or 516.686.7976 for further information.

Upcoming Info Sessions on Sexual Assault, Depression, Stress Management

The Counseling and Wellness Center at the Old Westbury campus will provide an educational seminar about Sexual Assault on Tuesday, March 1, during free hour (12:30 - 1:50 p.m.) in Harry Schure Hall, room 105. Informational materials, resources, and lunch will be provided. Contact Alice Burke at or 516.686.7976 for further information.

The Counseling and Wellness Centers at the Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses will also provide screening assessments for depression on Wednesday, March 3. Confidential assessments will be provided as well as free informational materials, giveaways, and refreshments.

  • Old Westbury – noon - 2 p.m., Harry Schure Hall, room 208
  • Manhattan – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1855 Broadway, Lobby

The Counseling and Wellness Center at the Manhattan campus will present an educational seminar about Stress Management on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 1 – 2 p.m., Student Activities Lounge, 1849 Broadway. Strategies to manage stress and refreshments will be provided. Contact Michael Schneider ( for information.

Student Success Stories

Hospitality Students Visit Oheka Castle

Hospitality Students at Oheka Castle

On Feb. 15, 2011, James Henry Dunne, J.D., chairman of the Department of Hospitality Studies Chairman and School of Management assistant dean, accompanied Society of Hosteurs club members and hospitality majors to Oheka Castle in Huntington, N.Y., for a comprehensive operations tour. It began with an overview and history of the facility, lead by Danielle DiTomasso, an NYIT hospitality major interning at Oheka, followed by an intensive presentation by Oheka executives on maintaining budgets, marketing, banquet sales, event forecasting, room sales, facility design, and training standards.

Students Celebrate Year of the Rabbit

Year of the Rabbit

More than 150 students and 20 volunteers celebrated the Year of the Rabbit at the Chinese Spring Festival Dinner on Monday, Jan. 31, at the Manhattan campus. Organized by NYIT’s Chinese Students Association and Community Service Center, the event featured food, social activities, group dancing, and networking opportunities for attendees.

NYIT-Bahrain Students Premiere Movie

Ten undergraduate students from NYIT-Bahrain will premiere their student movie project, Gilgamesh Pearl, at Saar Cinema Complex on Feb. 26. The students, who are studying Fine Arts and Computer Graphics, hope to use the action-thriller based on the legend of Gilgamesh to connect their audience with their Bahraini heritage. The filmmaking team will also use proceeds from the feature to support My Charity Water, an organization that helps build water wells in African villages. Read more.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Department of Physician Assistant Studies Professors Frank Acevedo ( and Barbara Piccirillo ( presented a lecture and workshop on ultrasound utilization in primary care entitled "Introduction to Ultrasound in Your Practice: Techniques and Applications." The presentation was delivered at the 29th Annual Vermont Academy Winter CME Conference in Manchester Village, Vt., on Jan. 21, 2011.

Maherukh Akhtar (, instructor and advisor in the Department of Computer Science Department, participated as a judge in the computer science category at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF - on Feb. 14, 2011. Finalists from 17 categories will be sent to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Patricia Burlaud, Ph.D. (, dean of operations, assessment, and accreditations for NYIT's Global Academic Programs, attended the American Association of Colleges & Universities Annual Meeting, entitled "Global Positioning: Essential Learning, Student Success, and the Currency of U.S. Degrees," Jan. 26 - 29, in San Francisco.

Works by Frances Campani (, associate professor in the School of Architecture and Design, will be featured in "Frances Campani: A Retrospective of Paintings and Drawings" at the Port Jefferson Village Center in Port Jefferson, N.Y., March 1 - April 26. The opening reception will be Sunday, April 10, 4 - 7 p.m. For more information, visit the center's Web site.

Petra Dilling (, assistant professor in the School of Management, NYIT-Vancouver, participated in the Seventh International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability, Jan. 5 - 7, 2011, at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. Her contribution, "Stakeholder Perception of Corporate Social Responsibility: Reporting and Organizational Age Matter," was presented virtually.

Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., NYIT president, gave a presentation about support for energy funding and research at an energy conference of the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE) on Friday, Feb. 11, at Stony Brook University. Speaking to a group of Long Island college presidents and administrators, he surveyed the funding landscape today in America and used specific NYIT examples as some of his illustrations. He told colleagues that, as educators, their "task is to lead by example - by teaching students and the general public about new technologies, energy innovation, and sustainability practices." Also attending the conference were NYIT Vice President of Information Technology and Infrastructure Niyazi Bodur, Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Nada Anid, Ph.D., and Director of Business Development Greg Banhazl.

Stefania Mariano (, assistant professor of management, had her article, "An Analysis of the Impact of Blogging on Knowledge Processes," published in Journal of Information & Knowledge Management (Vol. 9, Issue 4).

Oren Shtayermman, Ph.D. (, had his review of the book, Autism Handbook for Parents: Facts and Strategies for Parenting Success, by Janice E. Janzen published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Feb. 4, 2011.

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