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Read about Michael Schwarting and Frances Campani's latest efforts on behalf of the Aluminaire House; Yvonne Harrison and John Hyde's presentation at the National Association of Colleges and Employers Annual Conference; Larry Herman's presentation at  the American Academy of Physician Assistants Conference; and more in this week's list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Congrats to NYIT's Latest Graduates!

Congrats to the Class of 2012 at NYIT's Abu Dhabi, Vancouver, and Nanjing campuses, representing the final three ceremonies of this year's commencement season.

NYIT-Abu DhabiOn June 5, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, the United Arab Emirates Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, received an honorary degree at NYIT-Abu Dhabi’s sixth graduation ceremony. President Guiliano praised Sheikh Nahayan’s creation and implementation of policies for education and human resource development in the United Arab Emirates, conferred degrees, and delivered an address urging graduates to innovate and cultivate “an interconnected mentality” as they pursue their careers or additional schooling. Read more.

NYIT-VancouverNYIT Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rahmat A. Shoureshi, Ph.D., conferred degrees to NYIT-Vancouver’s Class of 2012 during a ceremony and luncheon on June 8. President Guiliano congratulated NYIT’s newest alumni in a  video greeting. Among the graduates from NYIT-Vancouver’s Class of 2012 is Ravi Muti, who recently won a “Top 25 Under 25” award from the Surrey Board of Trade in recognition of his entrepreneurship and leadership skills. Read more.

NYIT-NanjingOn June 9, the accomplishments of 311 students graduating from NYIT-Nanjing were celebrated by President Guiliano, NYIT Board of Trustees Chairperson Linda Davila, Chief of Staff Peter C. Kinney III, and Director of Alumni Relations Jennifer Kelly. One significant accomplishment of note: Of those graduating, nearly 99 percent have received job offers or are pursuing graduate degrees. Read more.

Energy Experts Go Off the Grid at Conference

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The challenges of providing power, water, and shelter to poverty-stricken areas or regions hit by disaster are formidable yet possible to overcome, experts agreed at NYIT’s annual energy conference on June 13.

In wide-ranging discussions about “off the grid” power, water, and shelter solutions for developed and developing nations, panelists highlighted the intersection of technology with questions about emergency preparations and adequate natural resources.

Edward Gotfried, D.O., of NYIT’s Center for Global Health took conference attendees on a visual tour to Haiti and Ghana, where NYIT medical students and faculty provide health care. Engineering students have also traveled to the latter to work on projects that would bring energy and clean water to medical clinics. “There’s a certain synergy that develops when you take other disciplines with you,” Gotfried said. “There’s an interconnectedness to all of this.” Read more.

It's That Time of Year: Orientation and Placement Exams

It's That Time of Year: Orientation and Placement ExamsYou're sure to see some new faces on campus this summer as incoming members of the Class of 2016 arrive on campus to take their placement exams and participate in orientation. Take an extra moment during your day to welcome them or offer assistance. Read the schedule for placement exams and orientation.

NYIT Magazine: Coming Soon!

NYIT Magazine: Coming Soon!Check your mailboxes next week for the latest issue of NYIT Magazine, which includes a special focus on our College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM). Features include the newest NYCOM learning technologies and unique teaching environment, a closer look at NYIT's Center for Global Health, and the latest from our anatomy professors unearthing fossils around the world.

Save the Date: NYIT Cyber Security Conference

Join cyber security experts and government officials on Thursday Sept. 20, 2012, at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway to discuss cyber vulnerability and how individuals and organizations can protect themselves against cyber attacks.

Play Trivia, Win a Prize

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

Which coach holds the most wins in his or her NYIT coaching career?

a. Gail Wasmus
b. Sal Lagano
c. Jack Kaley
d. Bob Hirschfield

Congrats to Ingrid Rockford, associate bursar, who responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update.

How many guest and student chairs (not including stage chairs) are set up in the main tent for NYIT's annual commencement?

b. 6,200

Upcoming Events

Art Exhibit NYIT Gallery 61 presents an art exhibit through Thursday, Aug. 16 featuring work by students in the Vocational Independence Program, College of Arts and Sciences, and schools of Architecture and Design and Engineering and Computing Sciences. Viewing hours are Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. at NYIT Gallery 61, 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, Manhattan. For more information, email

Teacher Education Summer Institute Join NYIT's School of Education for a summer institute on "The Common Core: Missing Link to Implementing RTI," Monday, June 25 - Thursday, June 28, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Old Westbury campus. The institute can be taken as a workshop ($225), for continuing education credits ($275), or for three graduate credits (tuition plus fees). For more information about these options and/or to register, call 516.686.7777 or email

New Practices New York 2012 View work by Holler Architecture, run by Tobias Holler, assistant professor of architecture, on display from Thursday, June 14 to Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, Manhattan. The exhibit, organized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), features seven firms selected as AIA New Practices New York 2012, a biennial award recognizing and promoting innovative and emerging architecture firms in New York City. Much of Holler's work was done in tandem with his NYIT coursework. Read more.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Danielle Apfelbaum (, Librarian I, presented "Prezi: One Editor, Endless Possibilities" on June 8 at the SUNY Librarians Association Conference in New York City. 

School of Architecture and Design Associate Professor Frances Campani (, associate professor, and Professor Michael Schwarting (, director of the graduate program in urban and regional design, were invited to participate in a design session and workshops on architecture organized by the Politecnico di Milano, in Palanzano, Italy, May 20 -27. The project focused on investigating potential sustainable development for a number of sites and towns in the Val di Cavaliere in the Appinine Mountains south of Parma, Italy. Schwarting also led a walking tour in Rome for trustees of the American Academy in Rome on May 28. The tour examined Renaissance palazzi and piazze on the Papal processo routes through the Camp Marzio area.

Schwarting and Campani have also formed the Aluminaire House Foundation to help find a new site for the 81-year old home that introduced prefabricated design methods. Read more.

An interview with Susana H. Case, Ph.D. (, professor and Manhattan campus coordinator for behavioral sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, appears in Laura Madeline Wiseman's chapbook blog series. Read more.

Anthony DiMatteo (, professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, had two poems published in Avatar Review, Issue 14. Read more.

Leonard B. Goldstein (, D.D.S., Ph.D., director of clerkship education and associate professor of family medicine at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Margarita Makhaylova, OMS III, had their article, entitled “Current Understanding and Management of Medication-Overuse Headache,” published in the June 2012 issue of Practical Pain Management.

Lawrence Herman (, professor of physician assistant studies in the School of Health Professions, gave a presentation entitled "More Twisted Tales from the Emergency Department: Malpractice Cases You Don’t Want To Miss" and presented three posters ("Practicing Physician Assistant Point of Care Learning Preferences," "Does Delay in Appointment Impact Patient Provider Preference?," and "Methicillin-Resistant Stahpylococcus Aureus Colonization of Primary Care Offices") at the American Academy of Physician Assistants' 40th Annual Conference and CME in Toronto, Canada, May 24 - May 30.

David S. Hogsette, Ph.D. (, professor of English and writing coordinator in the College of Arts and Sciences, delivered two lectures, "Bringing Hope to Orphans in Kunming, China" and "What in the World is God Doing? Sovereign Grace and Providential Workings in the Life of a Christian" at Green Run Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, Va., on June 10.

Dean of Career Services John Hyde ( delivered the presentation, “Supplying the Global Workforce,” at the National Association of Colleges and Employers “Smart Solutions” conference in Las Vegas. Associate Director of Career Services Yvonne Harrison ( moderated the panel discussion, which focused on global operations of university career service offices. 

Sabiha A Wadoo (, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, had her paper, "Sliding Mode Control of Crowd Dynamics," published in IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, a journal published by the IEEE Control Systems Society. Read more.

Shiang-Kwei Wang (, Ph.D., Hui-Yin Hsu (, Ph.D., associate professors in the School of Education, and Lisa Runco (, Ph.D., Department of Life Sciences assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, presented at the National Science Foundation Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education 2012 PI meeting in Arlington, Va. Their project is entitled "Cyber-Enabled Learning: Digital Natives in Integrated Scientific Inquiry Classrooms."

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