Archive: NYIT Weekly Update: May 10, 2011
NYIT's E-Newsletter for Staff and Faculty | Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Special Announcement - Parking

Portions of the east NYCOM parking lot (adjacent to the basketball/tennis courts) on the Old Westbury campus will be closed from Friday, May 13 through Tuesday, May 24. Beginning Wednesday, May 18, the entire east NYCOM lot will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. These measures are being taken to ensure the safety of NYIT community members and to avoid potential damage to vehicles during the installation of tents. The lots will fully reopen on Wednesday, May 25.

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From research to published articles to key presentations, read this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements or review NYIT's archive of faculty and staff accomplishments.

Gold Coast Auctions Raise More than $375K

NYIT raised more than $375,000 from live and silent auctions at the 11th annual Gold Coast Classic. More than 200 guests attended the food and wine awards ceremony and fundraiser on May 5 at the Ritz Carlton-Battery Park in New York City. The donations will fund student scholarships and programs. Read more.

Commencement Season in Full Swing

The following 2011 commencement and graduation ceremonies are slated for NYIT's campuses:

The NYCOM Hooding Ceremony will take place on Monday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at C.W. Post in Old Westbury, N.Y.

Actress Lights Up NYIT's Auditorium on Broadway

Isabella Rossellini made an appearance at NYIT's Auditorium on Broadway on May 9 for an evening of film screenings and conversation attended by 180 people. Audience members viewed two of her short films, My Dad is 100 Years Old and Animals Distract Me, as well as two selections from her Green Porno series. David Schwartz, chief curator of the Museum of the Moving Image, moderated a Q&A session between Rossellini and the audience. In response to a question from an aspiring starlet in the audience struggling to find her niche as an actress/writer/director/producer, Rossellini advised, "You should do it all!" 

The event was presented as a preview of the upcoming Gold Coast International Film Festival from Wednesday, June 1, to Sunday, June 5, at venues in the Long Island towns of Great Neck, Port Washington, Roslyn, Manhasset, and Herricks/New Hyde Park. Read more about the festival.

Top Faculty Scholars Honored

NYIT commended the scholarly work of 108 full-time and adjunct faculty and staff members at the tenth annual Faculty Scholars Reception on May 4 at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion. Honorees were recognized for receiving a grant, publishing original research, producing a major creative work, or obtaining a patent, among other endeavors. Read more.

Calling All NYIT Community Members: Become an NYIT Expert

All faculty and staff members are encouraged to be resources for the media and the community. Join NYIT's "Experts" database and Speakers Bureau to increase the visibility and impact of your research, initiatives, and expertise. To participate, contact Briana Samuels at

Skydiving Dean Lands in New York Daily News

Ernst VanBergeijk, associate dean and executive director of NYIT's Vocational Independence Program (VIP), recounts his experience skydiving as the result of a fitness bet with his students. Read more.

NYIT Earns Folio Awards for Top Journalism

NYIT Magazine and LI News Tonight nabbed top honors at the 2011 Folio Awards on May 6 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y. NYIT Magazine won first place in the Newspaper/Magazine Feature Story category for "In Sickness and In Health," which ran in the Winter 2010 issue.

LI News Tonight grabbed the top prize in the Continuing News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast category for its segment, "Wasabi Challenge," which aired June 15, 2010. Several presenters acknowledged the legacy that will be left by LI News Tonight, whose alumni included several of the award-winning journalists in attendance.

Upcoming Events

Cloud Computing with Cisco
On Wednesday, May 11, a representative from Cisco will discuss cloud computing from 5 to 6 p.m. in conference room B302 at NYIT-Amman. For more information, contact Lina Mattar at

Long Island Walkathon to Cure Parkinson's Disease
On Saturday, May 21, join the 18th annual walkathon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon, N.Y. Register now on the Long Island chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association's website.

PlaNYC 2.0
The Municipal Arts Society of New York will host "PlaNYC 2.0: In Conversation with Director David Bragdon," on Tuesday, May 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Bragdon directs Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability for the City of New York. This event is free and open to the public. Register or R.S.V.P. by calling 212.935.2075.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Nursing faculty members who completed an end-of-life nursing education consortium training course taught by Maureen Cardoza, Ph.D. (, nursing instructor, include:


Reem Abu-Sbaih, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine at NYCOM, has been accepted as a fellow in a new program to train mid-career osteopathic physicians as clinical researchers. She is one of only 14 fellows in the inaugural class at the Osteopathic Research Center in Fort Worth, Texas, and will attend weekend seminars through next December to complete training in clinical research.

Nada Anid, Ph.D. (, dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, participated in a security conference organized by the U.S. Department of State and FBI on May 4. The conference explored “Crime and Terrorism: Law Enforcement Ten Years after 9/11.” Bill Cheswick, the keynote speaker at NYIT’s first Cyber Security Conference in September 2010, discussed cyber security.

Dolores Burton, Ph.D. (, chairperson of NYIT's teacher education program, visited Kenya as a guest of Moi University. During her stay, she lectured on qualitative data analysis and the use of technology in teaching and learning to audiences of graduate students and School of Education faculty members in Nairobi and Elldoret City. She also visited schools throughout the country and met Mama Sarah Obama, President Obama's grandmother.

Cecilia Dong, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, published "Non-Blocking Memory-Memory-Memory Clos-Network Packet Switch," at the 34th IEEE Sarnoff Symposium on May 3-4 in Princeton, N.J.

John Hanc (, associate professor of communication arts, published the article, "Calisthenics Come Back as the Anywhere Workout," on May 4 in the Business Day section of the New York Times. Read more.

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (, associate dean and executive director of NYIT's Vocational Independence Program (VIP), presented the paper, "Innovative Models for Transitioning Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders into Adult Life," at the 32nd Annual International YAI Conference, "Bridges to Success in Developmental and Learning Disabilities," on May 5 in New York City.

Mandy Zhang, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of communication arts, presented her poster, "A Two-Level Model of Viewing HIV Videos: Exploring the Effects of Message Appeals and Viewer Characteristics on Information Processing," at the first biennial D.C. Health Communication Conference, April 29-May 1, in Washington, D.C.

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