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NYIT Hosts U.S. Navy "Top Gun"

Admiral Willard

Admiral Robert F. Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), will discuss the Asia-Pacific region and the strategic challenges and opportunities surrounding the rise of China at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway on Thursday, April 7, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Admiral Willard has served as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the world's largest fleet command, and the 34th vice chief of naval operations. On a lighter note, he was aerial coordinator for the 1986 movie Top Gun, and appeared on film, piloting an enemy aircraft against "Goose" and "Maverick."

NYIT's College of Arts and Sciences and the National Committee of US-China Relations (NCUSCR) are sponsoring the presentation, which is free of charge to NYIT faculty, staff, and students. Because of the high level of security surrounding the event, you must register online by the close of business on Monday, April 4 in order to gain admittance. For questions, contact NCUSCR at or 646.273.6100.

Dickens on Broadway: A Pre-Bicentennial Celebration

Charles Dickens

On Friday, April 15, Dickens on Broadway: A Pre-Bicentennial Celebration comes to the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. The event includes a Charles Dickens roundtable discussion featuring seven panelists, a Dickens reading by Michael Slater, and a reception. The panel's remarks will be moderated by Edward Guiliano, Ph.D, president of NYIT and an editor of Dickens Studies Annual. Learn more about about the event, and R.S.V.P. to attend.

Station Domination in Full Force

Columbus Circle

NYIT's Columbus Circle "station domination" advertising campaign started on Feb. 28 and will run until the end of March. Enjoying foot traffic of more than 66,000 people daily, the campaign includes ads at entrances and in the subway that highlight NYIT's green, global, and giving/collaborative contributions. The campaign is part of the full launch of the "We're Out There, Join Us" ad campaign, which includes New York Times print ads, sponsorships and presentations with the Intrepid Museum for the March Women in Science and Technology Month, and online ads for the New York Times, Newsday, Daily News, and Yahoo that will begin in April.

NYIT Welcomes New Events Team

Jerry Limoncelli (, NYIT's new director of events and hospitality in the Office of Communications and Marketing, joined NYIT on March 14, bringing with him more than 25 years of experience in event communications. Notable assignments include the dedication of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., launch events for all new U.S. currency in the past 10 years, New York area event producer for several presidential campaigns, and corporate event management for Fortune 100 companies. If you have event-related questions or need assistance, please reach out to Jerry or Nicole Hall, (,  NYIT events manager.

Help Make NYIT a Great College

Great Colleges

Check your NYIT email for a special invitation from the Great Colleges Team. NYIT faculty and staff members have been randomly selected and contacted to participate in this year's "Great Colleges to Work For" survey from The Chronicle of Higher Education. If you received an email, please do your part and help make NYIT an even greater university to work for!

NYIT Rallies for Japan

Yoichi Chiba

Members of the NYIT community are holding bake sales, raffles, selling origami, and taking part in walkathons to support relief efforts for those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11. The Office of International Education, is, as always, supporting and advising international students on personal, financial, and immigration issues as a result of any traumatic event. In addition, the Office of Counseling and Wellness is providing support to Japanese students as needed. Upcoming fundraisers include:

  • Hope for Japan bracelets, Thursday, March 31, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., in Salten Hall and the Student Activities Center at NYIT-Old Westbury
  • Student-created origami cranes and calligraphy, Thursday, April 7, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., in the Student Activity Lounge, 1849 Broadway, NYIT-Manhattan
  • More NYIT activities for Japan relief

Read the story of Yoichi Chiba  (pictured above), an NYIT student from Japan whose family survived the earthquake.

Enjoy the World of a Cosmic Visionary

Mathematician, patent owner, painter, and author Edward Belbruno, Ph.D., will share unique insights on "The Art and Science of a Cosmic Visionary" on Thursday, March 31, 6 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Belbruno, a consultant with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has had exhibitions in Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C. A reception will follow at NYIT's Gallery 61 (NYIT New Technology Building, 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor), which is exhibiting Belbruno's artwork through April 7.

Support NYIT's Relay for Life

Don't miss Purple Palooza on Thursday, April 14, 12:30 to 2 p.m., on the fields outside the Student Activity Center, NYIT-Old Westbury. You and a partner will pay $5 each to compete in a series of fun mini-challenges using balloons, pencils, utensils, balls, and cups. Prizes will be donated by local establishments and the American Cancer Society.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Brian Beatty, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of anatomy, was quoted in a Washington Post article about one of the richest fossil bed discovereies on the East Coast. Read the story.

Construction Book Treena Crochet (, associate professor of interior design and assistant dean of the School of Architecture and Design, NYIT-Bahrain, has written a new textbook: Designer's Guide to Building Construction and Systems for Residential and Commercial Structures (Prentice Hall).

John Hanc ( had a story, "Supplementing a Physical Collection, Online," published on March 16 in the Museums section of The New York Times. The feature focused on the emergence of new “hybrid” museums that supplement a physical collection with a powerful virtual component.

Dean of Career Services John Hyde ( was a keynote speaker at the awards gala of the Black Culinarian Alliance, an association of hospitality and food service professionals, on March 12 in New York City. He spoke about preparing for careers in the global economy.

Frank Mruk (, associate dean of the School of Architecture and Design, was quoted in "Architect's Lead by Design," an article about the power of design and the societal role of archictects in Long Island Business News.

Susan Neville, Ph.D. (, chair of the Department of Nursing and associate professor, and Ellen Greer, Ph.D. (, program director of the Department of Occupational Therapy and assistant professor, presented their collaborative research, "The Voices of Latina Women: A Cultural Perspective on the Meaning of Femininity and Returning to Paid and Unpaid Work After Treatment: Round 1" at the Sigma Theta Tau International/Alpha Phi Chapter's Research Conference at Hunter College, on March 12.

Michael Schiavi, Ph.D. (, associate professor of English and coordinator of English as a Second Language at NYIT-Manhattan, wrote the book Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo (University of Wisconsin Press).


David Tegay, D.O. (, associate professor of medicine and medical genetics, has been appointed editor in chief of the journal The Application of Clinical Genetics.

Shiang-Kwei Wang (, Ph.D., associate professor of education, was interviewed for the article, "iTune Apps Applications in K-12 Education," which appeared in the Chinese-language World Journal.

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