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Catch Waiting for Superman at NYIT AOB

Waiting for Superman

Waiting for Superman, one of 2010's most powerful and talked-about documentaries, will be shown at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, 7 - 10 p.m. "Bring on Superman," a panel discussion featuring regional educational experts, will follow. For more information or to R.S.V.P., e-mail

NYIT Collaborates with Indian University

Bharathidasan University

NYIT-Abu Dhabi recently signed a memorandum of understanding with India's Bharathidasan University (BU) that serves as a step toward joint academic programs and research activities in commerce, management, and financial studies. Sanjay Bose, associate dean of the School of Management at NYIT-Abu Dhabi, and BU Vice Chancellor K. Meena exchanged the documents at the Indian university.

Student Success Stories

Education Without Borders Conference

School of Engineering and Computing Sciences students Dhirar Al-Mukhtar (NYIT-Amman) and Christopher Jewth (NYIT-Old Westbury) have been selected as delegates to the 2011 Education Without Borders international student conference. The biannual event aims to create networks across cultures and among innovative students and leaders in business, technology, education, and humanitarianism. Al-Mukhtar and Jewth, who were selected to attend based on screening, mentor references, and research papers they submitted, will travel to the United Arab Emirates to attend the conference at the end of March. Read profiles of Dhirar and Chris.

NYIT-Bahrain Basketball Team Wins Championship

NYIT-Old Westbury's Student Government Association

NYIT-Bahrain's basketball team claimed the first Ajiaal Basketball League title in December by defeating rivals from Bahrain Training Institute 64-51. Students from universities across Bahrain participated in the tournament, which began last October under the auspices of Bahrain's Minister of Labour and the United Nations Information Centre for the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

NYIT-Old Westbury's SGA Honored

NYIT-Old Westbury's Student Government Association

NYIT-Old Westbury's Student Government Association -- including treasurer Alexana Gaspari, SGA president Dominic Tetro, vice president Jacqueline Saleh, and secretary Marian Faris (pictured from left to right) -- was selected last week as "group of the week" by the National Center for Student Leadership. The organization provides leadership training opportunities for college student leaders and their advisors.

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VIP Goes Hawaiian

VIP in Hawaii

Carol Jockle, teacher and counselor, and Ernst VanBergeijk, associate dean and executive director of the Vocational Independence Program (VIP), led an excursion to the Hawaiian island of Oahu with 16 VIP alumni and students in January. The group toured cultural, historic, and geologic sites, including the Pearl Harbor National Monument, the Bishop Museum, and the Polynesian Cultural Center. They also hiked to the rim of Diamond Head volcano and learned to paddle an outrigger canoe and surf at Waikiki Beach.

Upcoming Events

iPad Group

iPad Users' Group
The Center for Teaching and Learning and the ITI-Client Services Division invites faculty at NYIT's New York campuses who have iPads to join an iPad Users' Group. Groups will meet at NYIT-Old Westbury on Thursday, Jan. 27, 12:30 - 1:50 p.m., at Anna Rubin Hall, room 307, and at NYIT-Manhattan on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 12:30 - 1:50 p.m., at 16 W. 61st St., room 820. For more information, contact Francine Glazer,, or Laurie Harvey,

Greg Olsen in Outer Space

Greg Olsen: 21st-Century Leaders Series
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

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Deepa Bhalla (, director of NYIT's Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), recently presented information about HEOP to guidance counselors at the annual New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA) High School Guidance Counselor Workshop at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Patricia Chute (, dean of the School of Health Professions, was recently interviewed for an article on about health care recruitment. Read more.

Terese Coe (, adjunct professor of English, has had her translation of Jorge Luis Borges' "1964" published in the latest issue of Agenda, a literary magazine published in the United Kingdom. Some of Coe's previously published translations of authors Rilke, Borges, and Lope de Vega are featured on the magazine's Web site.

Jonathan Goldman (, assistant professor of English, organized a panel on modernism and branding as well as presented a paper entitled "Ur-signia: The Bass Ale Logo" at the annual meeting of the Modern Languages Association in Los Angeles, Jan. 6-9.

"Transitioning Traditional Programs to Online Programs" an article by Mindy Haar (, director of clinical nutrition, was selected for inclusion in the American Council on Education's Online Department Chair Resource Center.

Sheree Incorvaia (, director of recruitment and admissions for NYIT's Vocational Independence Program (VIP), published an article, "Shattering the Silence of Selective Mutism," in the 2010 winter edition of Mental Health News Journal.

An article written by Kevin LaGrandeur (, associate professor of English, entitled "The Talking Brass Head as a Symbol of Dangerous Knowledge in Friar Bacon and in Alphonsus, King of Aragon," has been published in the Gale Library Reference Series, Literature Criticism 1400-1800. The series reprints selected essays that have proven to be significant over the course of time.

NYIT's LI News Tonight assignment manager Carol Pack ( was a panelist at the Huntington Chamber of Commerce's "Meet the Media" breakfast in Melville, N.Y. on Jan. 20.

Steven Shapiro (, professor of finance, has assumed office as president of the National Association of Forensic Economics. His term lasts until January 2013.

A National Science Foundation-funded research project, led by Shiang-Kwei Wang ( and Hui-Yin Hsu (, associate and assistant professors, respectively, in the School of Education, and Lisa Runco (, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was featured in a article, "Prepare Public Teachers to integrate Social Networking Tools in the Classrooms." It detailed how the NYIT team will prepare New York City public school teachers to integrate technology in science classrooms.

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