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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.

NYIT Named 2011 Great College to Work For

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For the second-straight year, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named NYIT a "Great College to Work For." This year, NYIT is recognized for its teaching environment in addition to compensation and benefits offered to employees. Read more.

Aspiring Doctors Achieve White Coat Milestone

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At the White Coat Ceremony on July 20, 288 students in NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine reached the halfway point of their medical education, a milestone marking the start of clinical assignments at local hospitals. Robert J. Corona (D.O. '86), a 2011 Distinguished Alumnus (pictured at left), gave an inspiring keynote speech to the aspiring doctors. Read more.

Meet Sheldon Yao, D.O.

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Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Sheldon Yao's (D.O. '02) recent collaboration on a small study of how osteopathic manipulative treatment alleviates stress has big potential for the health care industry. Read more.

Online R.S.V.P. System Open For Convocation


Reserve your spot today for NYIT's annual convocation, which will feature 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 the morning of Thursday, Sept. 1, 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.

Hot Topics Join Cool Company at NYIT-Manhattan Social

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Faculty and staff members got the scoop on NYIT's latest initiatives and campus plans at the 12th annual ice cream social on July 19 at NYIT-Manhattan. President Guiliano engaged the audience during a Q&A session, which included queries about construction of a new building at 26 W. 61st Street ("We're going to be 100 percent in that building on Sept. 1") and whether the opening of dormitories and more campuses factors into future plans ("In 2030 will we have a campus in India? I certainly hope so."). Read more.

New Features Coming to NYIT Auditorium on Broadway


A new sound system, flat screen TVs, and revamped rooms will debut at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway when it reopens on Aug. 23 with a full slate of lectures, celebrity events, and cocktail parties in time for the fall semester. Read more.

Play Trivia, Win a Prize


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

NYIT made news this year for all of the following except:

A. A station-domination advertising campaign in Manhattan's Columbus Circle subway station.
B. A professor who went skydiving after losing a bet to students.
C. A famous TV cook who came to campus for MayFest.
D. An astronaut who spoke at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway.

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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.

Summer Art Exhibition
The collaborative work of students in the Vocational Independence Program (VIP) and NYIT's School of Architecture and Design and Department of Fine Arts will be displayed through Friday, Aug. 26, at Gallery 61, 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, NYIT-Manhattan.

Thursday Night at NYIT Mingle for happy hour with the NYIT community on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 5 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion. The event costs $10 at the door for beer, wine, and food. All faculty and staff members are welcome. To R.S.V.P., call 516.686.1421.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Several NYCOM of NYIT faculty represented New York state's osteopathic physicians at the American Osteopathic Association's 91st Annual House of Delegates meeting in Chicago on July 15-17. The following NYCOM faculty members participated:

  • David Broder, D.O. (, associate dean of postdoctoral education, who served as chairman of the New York delegation, as well as chairman of the constitution and bylaws committee;
  • Kym Carpentieri, D.O. (, assistant professor of family medicine;
  • Lynn Mark, D.O. (, clinical assistant professor of family medicine, who served on the education affairs committee;
  • Donna-Marie McMahon, D.O. (, assistant professor of pediatrics;
  • Sonia Rivera-Martinez, D.O. (, assistant professor of family medicine, who served on the professional affairs committee; and
  • Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O. (, vice president for health sciences and medical affairs, who presented the A.T. Still Memorial Lecture.

Frank Acevedo, PA-C, M.S., D.F.A.A.P.A. (, assistant professor and associate director of the department of physician assistant (PA) studies, and Justin Anzalone, PA-C, a 2011 graduate of the NYIT PA program and current Duke University PA surgical resident, co-authored the article, "Mesenteric Ischemia: Rapid Diagnosis and Prompt Treatment Are Essential," in the July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Stephen Blythe, Ph.D., J.D. (, professor of business law in the School of Management at NYIT-Abu Dhabi, attended the Fourth Annual Global Studies Conference, July 18-20, in Rio de Janeiro, where he presented the paper, "A Critique of Argentine E-Commerce Law and Recommendations for Improvement." Read more.

Maureen Cardoza, Ph.D., R.N. (, nursing instructor, presented "Preparing Students for Professional Practice: Using an Electronic Portfolio to Showcase Students Accomplishments," at the Drexel University Nursing Education Institute's national conference in Atlantic City, N.J., June 27-30.

In addition, Dr. Cardoza and Patrice Hood, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of nursing, presented "Comparison of a Two-Year High Fidelity Pediatric Nursing Simulation" at a conference sponsored by the 10th annual conference of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning in Orlando, Fla., June 16-18.

Carol Dahir, Ed.D. (, associate professor and school counseling program coordinator, along with NYIT school counseling alumni Olcay Yavuz and Yvonne Corcho, made a presentation about using data-driven practices to close information, opportunity, and the achievement gaps at an annual conference by the American School Counselor Association in Seattle, Wash.

Elizabeth J. Donaldson, Ph.D. (, associate professor of English, completed a criminal justice advocacy training program sponsored by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill's New York State group at Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in April 2011.

Herbert Fox, Ph.D. (, professor of mechanical engineering, was interviewed for the CNBC article, "NASA Takes a New Route in Space Leadership." Read more.

Birasnav Muthuraj, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of management at NYIT-Bahrain, published the paper, "The Impact of Organizational Investments on Human Capital Creation: An Empirical Study," in The International Journal of the Computer, the Internet, and Management.

Work by Yuko Oda, (, assistant professor of fine arts, is part of the summer art show, "Promised Land," July 22 -Aug. 13, Tokyo. Read more.

Michael Schiavi, Ph.D. (, associate professor of English, had his book, Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo (published by University of Wisconsin Press), reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., M.S.W. (, associate dean and executive director of NYIT's Vocational Independence Program (VIP), published a review of the book Doing Therapy with Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome in the journal Children and Youth Services Review.

In addition, Dr. VanBergeijk's article "Preparing Children on the Autism Spectrum for Travel" was published in the Organization for Autism Research Newsletter on July 24.

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