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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about Brian Beatty's study of marine mammals; John Hanc's latest book, Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life; Erin O'Keefe's photographs published online; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Matthew Koziarz

Matthew Koziarz

Having problems with Excel spreadsheets, leaky faucets, or zapped light bulbs? Service Central Manager Matthew Koziarz can help.

"When people call extension 1400, we're here for them," Koziarz says. Read more.


President Guiliano Featured in Prominent Chinese Newspaper

President Guiliano

"Creative genius found in cities or regions with research universities leads to new companies, jobs, and economic vitality," President Edward Guiliano told Shenzhen Special Zone Daily. He spoke with the prominent Chinese newspaper about globalization in higher education, building a first-class university, today's knowledge economy, and the role of technology in a model, 21st-century institute of higher education. Read more.

New York Spirit Awards Kick Off at NYIT AOB

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Come to the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway for screenings for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards, which kicks off this week. NYIT community members are invited to reserve spots for free screenings now through Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. The first screening is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m. (check-in starts at 6:15 p.m.), and features Bill Cunningham New York, a film about a legendary New York Times photographer. Read the full New York Spirit Awards film schedule, and email to R.S.V.P. for screenings.

In addition, the NYIT AOB was recently upgraded to include Dolby 7.1 surround sound, a larger screen, and a new 3-D projector.

Get Fit - Free Yoga


Free yoga is back on 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. The first session is Tuesday, Jan. 17. For more information, email


CNN Features Computer Science at NYIT

CNN interview

Ten job offers for a new college graduate? Check out the Jan. 6 CNN segment on the popularity of computer science at universities such as NYIT. CNN features NYIT students and a recent grad, along with Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, who talks about the thrill of inventing and creating new technologies. Read more.

NYIT Hosts Premiere of Online Teaching Courses

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NYIT unveiled a new series of nine online courses designed to help professors sharpen their teaching skills on Jan. 9 at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. The series, designed by online course developer Epigeum and 17 universities, features a course showcasing NYIT faculty and students. The interactive courses include videos, case studies, and simulations. To use or view them, email the Center for Teaching and Learning at

Brides Pick NYIT de Seversky Mansion


Congratulations to the NYIT de Seversky Mansion on winning the 2012 Bride's Choice Awards by! Winners represent the top five percent of WeddingWire's vendor community across all services in the United States and Canada.


Were You Caught?


Congratulations to those who were caught with the correct out-of-office message for email during the holiday break. They are:

  • Robert Koenig, Ed.D., associate dean of the School of Management's Student Advancement Programs and Department of Hospitality Studies.
  • Christopher Scimone, associate director of financial aid.
  • Jessica Wietsma, coordinator of the Advising and Enrichment Center.

Play Trivia, Win a Prize

questions Test your knowledge of NYIT in 2011 by answering this Weekly Update trivia question correctly. Email your answer to The first to answer correctly will win an NYIT t-shirt:

NYIT achieved many "firsts" last year. Order the following milestones from earliest to latest in 2011:

A. NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine opened a Family Health Care Center in Central Islip, N.Y.
B. Architecture students competed in a Facebook contest for a design-build initiative in Costa Rica.
C. NYIT-Nanjing hosted its first international "Crossing Borders" conference.
D. At the World Congress Asia Awards ceremony in the United Arab Emirates, NYIT was honored as Best Educational Institute in Engineering.

Congrats to Nancy Borchers, associate registrar, who responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update.

The number of mini-light bulbs used to decorate the NYIT de Seversky Mansion for the holidays is closest to:
C. 5,500

Upcoming Events


School of Education Symposium The Teacher Education Program will host the symposium, "Rethinking Education with RTI in Mind: Academic Success for Every Child," Friday, Jan. 27 at 8:30 a.m. - noon, NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Old Westbury campus. Registration costs $25 and includes a copy of the book, The Complete Guide to RTI: An Implementation Toolkit.

Desert Rooftops William Rockwell, adjunct professor of architecture, has collaborated with artist David Brooks on the first installation of his project, Desert Rooftops, on view through Sunday, Feb. 5 at The Last Lot project space, 46th Street and 8th Avenue in New York City.

A Conversation with the Provost: Tenure and Promotion Processes Tenure-track faculty members are invited to attend a Q&A session with NYIT Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rahmat Shoureshi on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in Harry Schure Hall, room 227, Old Westbury campus. For more information, email

Modernist Manhattan NYIT's annual interdisciplinary conference will gather scholars to interpret modernism on Friday, March 2, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium, Manhattan campus. For more information, email or Read more.

Energy Conference Save the date for NYIT's seventh annual energy conference, "Off the Grid: Power, Water, Shelter," Wednesday, June 13 at 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Old Westbury campus.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Nada Anid, Ph.D. (, dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was quoted in the Dec. 21 Long Island Business News article, "LI Schools Filling Engineering Demand."

Brian Beatty (, assistant professor of anatomy, presented his study, "Gross Dental Wear of Manatees from Chetumal Bay, Mexico: A Beginning to Exhaustive Studies of the Ecological Variables Affecting Tooth Wear in Marine Mammals," at the biennial meeting of the Society for Marine Mammalogy's Fifth International Sirenian Symposium, Nov. 27 in Tampa, Fla.

Frank Catalano (, director of security for the Central Islip campus, was appointed the 2012 advisory director for the Long Island Infragard Members Alliance, a consortium of security-minded individuals partnering with the FBI to educate and share information on security issues.

Jonathan Friedman (, professor of architecture, published his article, "On Hearing Space: Echoes in Jazz" in French as "Entendre L'Espace: Échos dans Le Jazz," in the 2011 issue of the annual magazine, L'art du jazz.

John Hanc (, associate professor of communication arts, published the book, Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life, about using the latest understanding of the way the brain works to minimize distractions and gain more focus.

Peter Harris (, professor and chair of NYIT's department of accounting and finance, was honored with the position of Subject Matter Expert in the financial reporting analysis topic area of the Chartered Financial Analyst examination.

Tom Jacobs (, assistant professor of English, wrote the article, "Recollecting and Repeating: Or, Kierkegaard vs. Benjamin Franklin," which was a featured philosophy link on the New York Times' Opinionator blog. Read more.

Erin O'Keefe (, associate professor of architecture, exhibited her photographs in the "ReMasters" art show, Nov. 18, 2011-Jan. 7, 2012 at Plug Projects in Kansas City, Mo. Read the Kansas City Star's review of the show.

In addition, her work was featured in the "Alternative Vision" issue of SuperMassiveBlackHole, an online journal of contemporary photography based in Ireland. View her photos online.

Michelle Posner Stylianou (, teacher/counselor in the Vocational Independence Program of NYIT, and her husband Stelios, presented their artwork in the exhibit "Double Vision," Jan. 7 at the Brickhouse Brewery in Patchogue, N.Y.

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