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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about Babak D. Beheshti and the Office of Career Service's contributions to the Citizen Schools program; Gabe Bever's research in the journal Nature; Francy Magee's presentation at a symposium hosted by the American College Personnel Association; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Charles Matz

Charles Matz

Traveling to one of the most remote plateaus in the world with hundreds of pounds of media equipment is all in a day's work for Charles Matz. The latest mission of NYIT's assistant professor of interior design is a geospatial mapping project in Harar, Ethiopia. The medieval city's historic center is a world heritage site designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Read more.


Save the Date for Ice Cream

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NYIT's annual ice cream socials will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Manhattan campus (16 W. 61st St., 11th floor) on Thursday, July 19, and at the Old Westbury campus (NYIT de Seversky Mansion) on Tuesday, July 24. Enjoy refreshments and a question-and-answer session with President Guiliano. Attendees are invited to send their questions ahead of time to


Congrats to NYIT's Middle East Graduates!

Congrats to the Class of 2012 at NYIT's Middle East campuses, where students graduated today in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; on June 4 in Manama, Bahrain; and on June 1 in Amman, Jordan.

Bahrain graduation

At the graduation ceremony in Bahrain (pictured above), President Guiliano told the 180 graduates: "The degree that I will confer on you is respected the world over. It is your business passport to the 21st-century global economy." Read his speech.

Jordan graduation

In Jordan, President Guiliano (pictured above) presented degrees to 180 graduates who join NYIT's more than 92,000 alumni worldwide. Read his remarks to graduates.

Don't Miss the NYIT Energy Conference

energy conference

Register for NYIT's annual energy conference on Wednesday, June 13, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury, N.Y. The theme of this year's conference is "Off the Grid: Power, Water, and Shelter." Read about the guest speakers and register online.


NYIT Campaign Takes Times Square

NYIT Brand

This summer, look for NYIT ads in midtown Manhattan as part of the brand awareness campaign “We’re Out There. Join Us.” They are running through Sunday, Sept. 30 on the CBS Super Screen at 42nd Street in Times Square, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. Read more and view a photo album of ads.


Baseball, Fireworks, and NYIT Pride

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New York staff members enjoyed NYIT Pride Night on June 2 at a Long Island Ducks baseball game, followed by a fireworks show, at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip, N.Y. They are pictured with Ducks manager Bud Harrelson, former Gold Glove shortstop and manager for the New York Mets. View photos of the event.


VIP Students Graduate, Remember NYIT Staff Member

Tree Planting

The Vocational Independence Program (VIP) of NYIT celebrated graduation on May 18 on the Old Westbury campus. Sam Matukonis '10 addressed the Class of 2012, and graduate Katherine Anne Scheffler served as the student speaker for the ceremony. A reception at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion followed the ceremony.

The day before, VIP students and faculty members gathered with staff from food services and facilities in Central Islip, N.Y., to honor the memory of former NYIT Chef Paul Hornik, who passed away earlier in the year. The Hornik family planted a tree, and VIP's Class of 2012 donated a plaque to commemorate the event. Pictured (left to right) are: Paul's mother, Anne, children Brendan and Claire, and wife, Monique, with VIP students Abby Kroll, Alex Wood, and Kelli Barry.

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:

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

A. 5,200
B. 6,200
C. 7,200
D. 8,200

Congrats to Katherine Lee, student solutions manager, who responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update.

Which New York politician spoke at NYIT's annual commencement on May 20?

D. Charles Schumer

Upcoming Events

Modern Tide Members of the NYIT community are invited to attend the New York premiere of Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island, on Thursday, June 7, 6-9 p.m. at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York City. Among the architects and historians who provide commentary in the documentary film are NYIT architecture professors Frederick Bentel and Frances Campani. Read more.

Collaboration 3.0 Attend a workshop on using social media to creatively build relationships and community led by Jim Martinez, Ph.D., assistant professor of instructional technology, on Saturday, June 9, 3:30-6 p.m. at 99 Madison Ave., 5th floor, New York City. Cost is $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Register for the workshop.

Cystic Fibrosis Walk Join members of the NYIT community for a 5K walk on Sunday, June 10 at the Old Westbury campus to benefit the Greater New York chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Registration opens at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m. There will be food, live music, and other entertainment. Read more.

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

Robert Allgor (, adjunct professor of energy management, received a Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships award for the downstate New York region for his work on a project for the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center.

Babak D. Beheshti (, associate professor and assistant dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, encouraged sixth-grade students from Global Tech Prep in Harlem, N.Y., to embrace learning new things at the May 22 robotics "WOW" presentation at NYIT-Manhattan. The event was part of NYIT's participation in the Citizen Schools program, an effort coordinated by the Office of Career Services. During the spring semester, seven NYIT students volunteered as mentors to students at New York City and Bronx middle schools on topics such as emergency responsiveness, robotics and engineering, and Web design.

Gabe Bever, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of anatomy, is a member of a research team that published "Birds Have Paedomorphic Dinosaur Skulls," a study about the bird-dinosaur connection, in Nature. Read more.

Nicholas Bloom, Ph.D. (, associate professor, chair of interdisciplinary studies, and director of the core curriculum, has been awarded an advance contract from Cornell University Press for the edited collection Public Housing Myths: Beyond Victims and Villains. His co-editors will include Professor Lawrence Vale (MIT's Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning) and Fritz Umbach (associate professor at John Jay College).

Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, presented the paper, "MCS: Buffered Clos-Network Switch With In-Sequence Packet Forwarding," at the 35th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Sarnoff Symposium, May 21-22 in Newark, N.J. She serves as a member of the IEEE's organizing committee and chaired the invited and student poster sessions. During the latter session, her students Hao Liu and Robert K. Pinkerton presented the posters "An Online Tweets/Microblogs Collection and Analysis Tool" and "Third Eye: WiFi Voice and Head Gesture Controlled Devices."

Hospitality Students

James Henry Dunne, J.D. (, assistant professor of hospitality management and advisor to the Society of Hosteurs (SOH) at NYIT-Old Westbury, participated in the 20th Annual Boomer Esiason Foundation Golf Invitational Supporting Cystic Fibrosis on May 21 in Old Westbury, N.Y. The event, which raised more than $750K, was supported by four SOH student-volunteers: Melissa Ford (club president), Matthew Kozarsky (club officer), Courtney Preston (club officer), and Christine Scardera (club member).

John Hanc (, associate professor of communication arts, presented "Engaging Students With Readings of Literary Journalism" on May 19 at the Seventh International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. The presentation was based on a survey Hanc conducted with research partner Professor Mitzi Lewis at Midwestern State University in Texas.


Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D. (, associate professor of teacher education (pictured far left), and Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D. (, associate professor of instructional technology (second from left), presented two papers and one poster with four participating grant teachers at the 2012 National Science Teachers Association STEM Forum and Expo, May 17-19 in Atlantic City, N.J.

Francy Magee (, dean of campus life at NYIT-Old Westbury, was invited by the president of the American College Personnel Association to present a session at the group's annual symposium on May 18 at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sarah Meyland, J.D. (, associate professor and co-director of NYIT's Center for Water Resources Management, was quoted in a May 30 Newsday story about rising saltwater levels in Long Island's water supply. Read more.

Birasnav Muthuraj, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of management studies at NYIT-Bahrain, published the research paper, "The Role of Career Management Between Human Capital and Interim Leadership: An Empirical Study," in the Journal of Advances in Management Research.

Alexander Ott, Ed.D. (, associate dean for academic support and enrollment services, is the president of the New York State Transfer and Articulation Association and presided over the group's annual conference, May 22-24 in Albany, N.Y. The conference drew a record turnout of more than 180 transfer professionals from two- and four-year colleges throughout New York state. He also co-presented the May 23 workshop, "Financial Aid 101 for Transfer Professionals."

Giovanni Santamaria (, adjunct assistant professor of architecture, worked with NYIT students to create a design proposal for the expansion of the L. Bocconi Business School in Milan Italy. Read more.

David Tegay, D.O. (, associate professor and acting chair of the Department of Medicine at NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine, co-authored the research paper, "Tetrasomy 15q26: A Distinct Syndrome or Shprintzen-Goldberg Syndrome Phenocopy?" published in the May 2012 issue of Genetics in Medicine, the flagship journal of the American College of Medical Genetics. Read more.

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (, associate dean and executive director of the Vocational Independence Program of NYIT, was quoted in the article, "70+ Tips and Tricks for Special Needs Road Trips," on the Friendship Circle Blog. Read more.

Jueman (Mandy) Zhang, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of communication arts, co-authored two articles presented at the 2012 annual conference of the International Communication Association, May 24-28 in Phoenix, Ariz. They include: "Effects of Message Framing and New Media Platforms on Health Risk Perceptions of Painkiller and Information Recall: Learning from Twitter, Facebook, and E-newsletter," and "Opinion Leaders, 'Onlookers,' and Health Communication on Microblog: A Social Network Analysis of Sina Weibo."

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