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Career Cab Canvasses Campus

Career Cab

NYIT's Career Cab launched today on the Old Westbury campus. Inspired by the popular Discovery Channel trivia show, Cash Cab, this new effort targets students preparing for next month's career fair who are quizzed on career services, green energy and technology, and electric vehicles as they are driven to destinations on campus. Students who correctly answer questions posed by volunteers from the Office of Career Services and the NYIT Green Careers Network will be entered into a raffle to win a laptop and other prizes. Read more.

Relay for Lunch

Relay for Life

NYIT-Old Westbury's Student Government Association invites students to a fundraising buffet luncheon at NYIT de Seversky Mansion on Wednesday, April 20. A minimum donation of $20 per person is requested. All proceeds will go directly toward this year's Relay for Life efforts to fight cancer. Seating is limited, so R.S.V.P. by April 13 to For more information, e-mail Pilar Visconti ( or Michael Burnett (

China Visitors: NYIT Students for a Day

Students from China Visit NYIT

Six business students and one professor from the Shandong Institute of Business and Technology (SIBT) experienced NYIT's New York campuses on March 7 as part of a Chinese delegation to American universities. The students started their day in a microeconomics class in New York City, taught by Diamando Afxentiou, Ph.D., associate dean of management, and later discussed the differences between teaching styles in America and China. Read more.

NYIT Takes the Gold, Silver, and Bronze: Seven Awards in Communications and Marketing

NYIT picked up seven Mercury Excellence Awards in the 24th international competition honoring excellence in professional communications. More than 760 entries were received from 21 countries, with NYIT earning a gold, a silver, two bronzes, and three honors. Gold was given to the Ghana print ad in the new "Join Us. We're Out There" campaign; silver for the "Join Us. We're Out There" series of three campaign ads; and a bronze each for the redesign/relaunch of the NYIT website, and the "NYIT Moments: Leah Robinowitz" video. Honors were awarded for the NYIT 2010-2011 undergraduate catalog, the M.S. in Environmental Technology brochures, and and the "It Will Get Better" public awareness video.

Nurses' Get Nod to Lobby

For the sixth consecutive year, the New York State Nurses Association has awarded NYIT's Department of Nursing students one of a limited number of "Student Participation in Government" stipends. The stipends offset the costs of students' attendance at New York Nurses Lobby Day 2011, scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, in Albany, N.Y.

Help Get Your Messsage Out: Learn About NYIT Brand Standards and Style Guides


The NYIT logo is a powerful communications tool intended for use as specified within all communications media to express the values of the institution. When used properly, logos inspire confidence and commitment in the minds of our colleagues, students, and alumni. Learn more about the NYIT logo, editorial style guide, and social media guidelines from the Office of Communications and Marketing.

Student Volunteer Opportunity Awaits

citizen schools

NYIT is the first university in the New York area to partner with Citizen Schools to provide at least 20 NYIT student volunteers for its apprenticeship program. All NYIT students are welcome to apply (a special focus is being placed on students with a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math). Encourage students to attend information sessions in March and April for fall 2011 apprenticeships. Contact Amy Bravo at or call 212.261.1538 to learn more.

Celebrate Women's History Month

The Manhattan Community Service Center (CSC) will present a seminar on healthy living and domestic abuse prevention. Janel Keeys, assistant director of housing and residential life, will offer information on preventing or coping with domestic abuse, and Richard Huang, NYIT student and CSC program coordinator, will explain how to adopt a healthy and fit lifestyle. The presentation will be held at the New Technology Building, 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, on Friday, March 18, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Sign Up for May Blackboard Workshop


Blackboard certification workshops will be held in May for faculty members who want to teach fully online courses and are not yet certified. Each workshop consists of two half-day sessions (Course Redesign for Online Learning and Hands-on Blackboard), followed by a one-on-one consultation, scheduled at your convenience. For course details, go to the event web page and register online. Seats are limited. For more information, e-mail

Family Health Care Center in Central Islip to Open in Spring

Dean Tom Scandalis recently toured the site of the new Family Health Care Center in Central Islip with New York State Senator Lee Zeldin, 5th Senate District. Serivces at the new facility, set to open later this spring, will include physical and occupational therapies.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D. (, associate professor in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was elected vice chair, Engineering and Technology Disivion programs, for the 2010 American Society for Engineering Education's Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration.

Patricia Burlaud, Ph.D. ( dean of operations, assessment, and accreditations, Global Academic Programs, and New York State Coordinator for the American Council of Education/Office of Women for Higher Education National Conference (ACE-OWHE), presented a session on "The Re-emerging New York State ACE-OWHE Network" at the ACE-OWHE national conference in Washington D.C., March 4-6, 2011.

Leonard B. Goldstein, D.D.S., Ph.D. (, director of clerkship education for the College of Osteopathic Medicine, and fourth-year osteopathic medical student Jessica Patehad their article, "Post-Operative Patient-Controlled Analgesia in Pediatric Patients," published in the March 2011 issue of Practical Pain Management.

David S. Hogsette, Ph.D. (, associate professor of English and the writing program coordinator at NYIT-Old Westbury, published his second book, E-mails to a Young Seeker: Exchanges in Mere Christianity.

On March 11, Director of Media and Public Relations Dave Marcus ( served as a judge for the Folio Awards of the Fair Media Council, Long Island, N.Y.

Innovative teaching strategies used by Daniel Quigley, Ph.D. (, associate professor of English, and Nader Vossoughian, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of architecture, are being showcased in a series of nine online courses produced by Epigeum, the online course development arm of the Imperial College of London. NYIT had the opportunity to shape the program as part of the "University and College Teaching" collaboration, which includes 16 colleges and universities from around the world. Read more.

Jessica Stein, a physician assistant student in the Class of 2012, described her experiences visiting Ghana last sumer as part of the NYIT Center for Global Health in the most recent issue of PA Professional.

Ernst Dr. VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (, had his article, "Doing Therapy with Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome," published online in Children and Youth Services Review.

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