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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about Cecilia Dong's presentation with NYIT students for the Girls in Science and Engineering Weekend; Susan Neville's training in emergency response roles; Oren Shtayermman's paper on mental health data collection using online methods; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet John Hyde

John Hyde

John Hyde is one of NYIT's most connected people—as the stacks of business cards rubber-banded by industry in his office confirm. As dean of career services, Hyde matches students with job prospects, alumni with mentoring opportunities, and companies with future employees. Read more.

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President Guiliano

NYIT President Edward Guiliano

Post your well wishes online for the naming of the Edward Guiliano Global Center at NYIT's main Manhattan campus building at 1855 Broadway. All messages will be posted on a virtual wall. If you prefer to do so in writing, please address your letters to: Edward Guiliano, President, NYIT, 1855 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10023-7692. Read the hundreds of messages already posted by the NYIT community and colleagues.

In addition, if you have R.S.V.P.-ed for the naming of the Edward Guiliano Global Center on Friday, March 16, roundtrip bus service to/from the Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses will be offered. The expected departure from Old Westbury is 2:30 p.m. in front of Anna Rubin Hall, with the bus leaving the Manhattan campus at approximately 6:30 p.m. If you are interested in roundtrip bus service, email If you haven't R.S.V.P.-ed to the March 16 event, please do so at

NYIT Begins Planning Phase for Old Westbury Residence Halls


NYIT President Edward Guiliano has announced that NYIT has formed a steering committee to help solicit ideas and input about plans to construct dorms in Old Westbury. Vice President for Financial Affairs Len Aubrey and Vice President for Information Technology and Infrastructure Niyazi Bodur are co-chairs of the committee, which will seek input from students, faculty, staff, and other groups. NYIT has engaged the design firm of Fletcher Thompson to work on the development of the plans. In addition, over the next month, surveyors in low-flying helicopters and planes will be onsite to develop land use and environmental surveys.

NYIT will also work closely with the villages of Old Westbury and Brookville to secure necessary approvals and ensure that NYIT remains a good neighbor. University representatives said planning and construction of the dorms will take several years to complete. Read more.

Save the Date: NYIT Energy Conference

energy conference

Mark your calendar 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." Faculty members from the Center for Global Health and School of Architecture and Design, among others, will discuss their work. Download a pdf to register for the conference.

Mireille Guiliano Featured in The Wall Street Journal

Mireille Guiliano

NYIT First Lady and author Mireille Guiliano shares cooking tips in a Wall Street Journal article, "Mastering the Omelet." She is the author of four New York Times best-selling books, including The French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook. Read the article.


NYIT Faculty Demo Motion Capture at Provost Discovery Luncheon

Peter Voci

NYIT's motion capture lab has the technological capability to enhance the work of engineers, scientists, and filmmakers, as demonstrated during the March 1 Provost Discovery Luncheon presented by Peter Voci, chair of NYIT's fine arts program and director of the M.F.A. program. Read more.

Show Your NYIT Pride

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The Carleton Group presents the NYIT Pride Contest. Upload your favorite NYIT photos and videos that you are proud of and win a prize. The winners will be picked biweekly through Monday, May 14. Show your NYIT Pride!


Scholars Address Social Impact of Modernism at NYIT Conference

Jonathan Goldman

Modernist visual art, literature, society, and politics of New York shaped the discussion of nearly 100 scholars who attended NYIT's day-long interdisciplinary conference on March 2 at the Manhattan campus. The conference, organized by faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences, featured presentations on topics ranging from the global city to how economics and class issues from the Modernist period of the early 1900s have influenced current social movements such as Occupy Wall Street. Read more.

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 solar panels did NYIT install last year on the Green Lodge building in Old Westbury to cut electrical costs?

A. 10
B. 35
C. 50
D. 65

The answer to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update is:

computer lab

Choose the leading Long Island company that dedicated the pictured computer lab to NYIT:
A. Grumman Corporation

Upcoming Events

calendar Free Flick This semester, the theme of Wednesday night free flicks is "dangerous women and their endangered men." View The Hot Spot, directed by Dennis Hopper, on Wednesday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the NYIT de Seversky Mansion (The Soundstage, room 102). Refreshments will be served.

Assignment: China Join Mike Chinoy, senior fellow at the University of Southern California’s U.S.-China Institute and former CNN senior Asia correspondent and Beijing bureau chief, for a showing of his film Assignment: China – The Week that Changed the World on Thursday, March 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus.

Brown Bag Lunch Series A new series on health, wellness, and aging topics will convene with its first session on Tuesday, March 13, 1-2 p.m. in Riland Auditorium, Old Westbury campus. The event, organized by the NYIT Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics, features Robert Schwalbe, Ph.D., a leading New York-based psychoanalyst and author of the book, Sixty, Sexy, and Successful: A Guide for Aging Male Baby Boomers.

Augmenting Healing Through Alternative Therapies Attend the seventh annual NYIT Department of Nursing Colloquium on Thursday, March 15, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Riland Auditorium, Old Westbury campus. Read more.


Yoga Classes NYIT's Department of Occupational Therapy is offering yoga at the Old Westbury campus every first and third Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. in the Occupational Therapy Lab, 500 Building, room 511. Pay what you can (the suggested donation is $3) to support the Student Occupational Therapy Association. For more information, email

ASSE Conference NYIT will host this year’s American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Professional Development Conference on Wednesday, March 21, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in Salten Hall, Old Westbury campus. The event will feature a keynote address about risk and crisis communications by Pamela Walaski, president of the Pittsburgh-based JC Safety and Environmental, Inc.; a panel discussion with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration; and several other technical topics on the safety industry. This year, the ASSE will also be offering the Transportation of Dangerous Goods course, which includes a certificate of training compliant with the Department of Transportation/International Air Transport Association. To attend the conference or ask questions, call Kristen Panella at 516.686.7731.

Energy Management Lecture Charles R. Goulding, C.P.A., president of Energy Tax Savers, Inc., will give a presentation on Monday, March 26, 7 p.m. in John J. Theobald Hall, room 409, Old Westbury campus. For information, email

What Happens at a Passover Seder? Learn about the core Jewish holiday of Passover and sample some of the ritual foods and songs of this more than 3,200-year-old festival on Thursday, March 29, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, room 307, Old Westbury campus. R.S.V.P. to Librarian Jeffrey Feinsilver at 516.686.1153.

vitality in aging

Vitality in Aging Contest Do you know someone who views aging as an opportunity and/or someone over 65 who is thriving and aging with vitality? Nominate yourself or someone you know for the 2012 Vitality in Aging campaign. Fill out an online entry form by Friday, April 13. Select nominees will be featured in NYIT’s Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics’ Older Americans Month Tribute in May. Read more.

SOURCE Mark your calendar for NYIT's Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) on Friday, April 20, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at NYIT-Manhattan. Keynote speaker Sidney Perkowitz, professor emeritus of physics at Emory University, will present "Science and Art: Closer Than You Think." Read more.

Cossacks & Commissars: A Musical Trip Through Russian History, 1900-1950 Experience a crucial period of Russian and world history through the music and documentary footage of the first half of the 20th century on Thursday, April 26, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, room 307, Old Westbury campus. R.S.V.P. to Librarian Jeffrey Feinsilver at 516.686.1153.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Cecilia Dong, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, accompanied a group of NYIT students on a March 3 trip to the Intrepid Museum in New York City for the Girls in Science and Engineering Weekend. The group presented engineering design projects and demonstrated LEGO robots.

Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N. (, associate professor and chairperson of the NYIT Department of Nursing, is a member of the Command Staff of the Nassau County Department of Health Medical Reserve Corps. On Feb. 28, she completed training in the emergency response roles and core functions of the Strategic National Stockpile Plan for Medication and Treatment Responses to Mass Casualty Incidences.

In addition, Neville has been appointed to the System Nursing Research and Evidenced Based Practice Council of the Institute for Nursing at North Shore/LIJ Health Care Systems in New York.

Charles Pavia, Ph.D. (, associate professor of biomedical sciences, co-authored the article, "Failure of Topical Antibiotics to Prevent Disseminated Borrelia Burgdorferi Infection Following a Tick Bite in C3H/HeJ Mice," published in the March 2012 issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Read more.

Michael Schiavi, Ph.D. (, professor of English, gave a Feb. 23 lecture and reading from his book, Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Oren Shtayermman, Ph.D. (, published "Consideration for Mental Health Data Collection Using Online Methods" in the spring edition of Mental Health News.

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