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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about Larry Herman's election as president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants; the Office of Career Services' first-place award for best practices in career development; Xiaohui Cui's federal grant to develop a disease surveillance tool; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Commencement Season Schedule

NYIT graduates

NYIT's annual commencement ceremony will take place this Sunday, May 20, at 9:30 a.m. on the Old Westbury campus, and will be webcast live on our website.

The following 2012 graduation ceremonies are slated for NYIT's global campuses:

The NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Hooding Ceremony will take place on Monday, May 21, 10 a.m. - noon at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at C.W. Post in Old Westbury, N.Y.

Parking Lot Closures - Old Westbury: Sections of the parking lot near the tennis courts are closed this week for commencement preparations. The entire lot will be closed from Wednesday, May 16 to Monday, May 28.

Meet Student Orator James Marsanico

James Marsanico

When James Marsanico, winner of NYIT's student speaker contest, addresses commencement attendees on Sunday, few people will guess this driven engineering major once struggled to find his niche. Marsanico, as president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) chapter at NYIT-Old Westbury, a peer advisor, and a presidential scholarship awardee, has come a long way toward reaching his goals. Read more.

Gold Coast Raises More Than $314K

Gold Coast Classic

NYIT raised more than $314K at the annual Gold Coast Classic. Two-hundred guests attended the food and wine awards ceremony and fundraiser on May 3 at the Ritz Carlton-Battery Park in New York City. The donations will fund student scholarships and programs. Read more.

Look for NYIT on American Idol!

American Idol

NYIT will reach more than a million people in the New York metropolitan area when ads for the university air during American Idol on Wednesday, May 16 (9:06 p.m.) and Thursday, May 17 (8:46 p.m.) as well as a bonus spot during the 10 p.m. news hour (10:42 p.m.) on the latter day. Ads may run within 10 minutes of the estimated times. Stay tuned!

NYIT Testifies: How Engineering Schools Prepare Their Students for the Future

Rahmat Shoureshi and Nada Anid

Rahmat Shoureshi (left), Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Nada Anid, Ph.D. (right), dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, participated in a May 9 oversight hearing sponsored by the New York City Council's Committee on Higher Education and the Committee on Technology, to explore how engineering schools in New York City prepare their students for current and emerging occupations in engineering and technology. They are pictured with Ydanis Rodriquez, city council member and chairperson of the committee on higher education. Read more.

Blackboard Advisory - Service Upgrade


The NYIT Blackboard system will be offline beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday, May 25, for a service upgrade. Summer session faculty will be notified by email on Monday, May 28, when the system is back online.


New NYIT Print Request Forms

The NYIT Office of Publications and Advertising has revamped its print request forms. View a pdf of the new form at

Library Trial Databases


Gale Business Insights Global and Opposing Viewpoints in Context are trial databases on the NYIT Library's Web page. Use them before the trial period ends on Tuesday, May 29 and email your feedback to or


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:

Colors mark the tents where most NYIT schools will have their graduation ceremonies after the main commencement on Sunday, May 20 in Old Westbury, N.Y. Choose the color that is correctly matched to its school.

A. Red - Health Professions
B. Purple - Architecture and Design
C. Orange - Management
D. Green - Engineering and Computing Sciences

Congrats to Janice M. Sawyer, Ed.D., director of field placement and certification, who responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update.

Choose as many statements as are true about the depicted memorial.


B. It honors people who donate their bodies for science education.

C. An NYIT student wrote the inscribed dedication.

Technology Tip

Tech Tip

Summer vacation is coming up. Learn how to add holidays to your Microsoft Outlook 2010 calendar. Read more on Service Central's Technology Tips Web page.

Upcoming Events

Older Americans Month Join NYIT's Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics in celebrating older adults during May. This month, the center is showcasing older adults nominated by the NYIT community for their vitality and healthy lifestyles. Read more about the 2012 Vitality in Aging winners.

International Visitor Program Two members of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Program will visit NYIT's Old Westbury, N.Y., campus on Friday, May 18. They include Carlos Mauricio Serodio Figueiredo, a researcher and professor at the Center for Analysis, Research and Innovation in Brazil, and Maria Lage, contract interpreter. Figueiredo will give a presentation on how technology can be used to address environmental concerns and urban planning issues from 10 - 11 a.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion. For more information, email

Spring Formal Dinner Cruise Sail around Manhattan in style on Friday, May 18, 6-11 p.m. at Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, New York City. There will be dinner, dancing, prizes, and entertainment aboard the cruise. Tickets cost $45 for NYIT faculty staff, and students, and $50 for their guests. Read more and register for the dinner cruise.

Citizen Schools "WOW" Presentation Attend a presentation by NYIT student leaders and their middle school mentees from Harlem, N.Y., on Monday, May 21, 4:30 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., room 723, Manhattan campus. The presentation is the culmination of "WOW," a 10-week Citizen Schools program during which NYIT mentors taught middle school students engineering principles by building robots on the Lego NXT platform. Light refreshments will be served.

Business Showcase Join the NYIT School of Management for its annual showcase of student work on Tuesday, May 22, 6 p.m. in the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Old Westbury campus. Read more.


TIAA-CREF Appointments Don't miss the final opportunity this semester to meet with a TIAA-CREF representative, who will provide personal investment and retirement counseling for program participants on Thursday, May 24 at NYIT-Manhattan (26 W. 61st St., room 206). Appointments may be scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 800.732.8353.

Collaboration 3.0 Attend a workshop about social media 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.

NYIT Energy Conference Attend 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. Read about the guest speakers and register online.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Alva C. Cooper Award

Congratulations to the Office of Career Services for winning an Alva C. Cooper Award on May 11 from the Metropolitan New York College Career Planning Officer's Association. The award, which recognizes best practices in career development, was for NYIT's career cab at the Job and Internship Fair on the Old Westbury campus. Pictured are (left to right): Jennifer Grauso, chair of the Alva C. Cooper Award Committee; Charlene DeGregoria (, director of career services; Laurie Hollister (, associate director of career services; Yvonne Harrison (, associate director of career services; and Steven Maybloom (B.S. '09).

Robert Amundsen, Ph.D. (, associate professor and chair of the NYIT energy management program, serves on the advisory board of the Long Island chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, and attended the organization's May 9 meeting in Hauppauge, N.Y.

Christine Alter (, teacher and counselor for the Vocational Independence Program of NYIT, published the May 10 article, "What Is Motivational Interviewing? Part 2," on

Babak D. Beheshti (, associate professor and assistant dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, presented the paper, "A Cross Layer, Adaptive Data Aggregation Algorithm Utilizing Spatial and Temporal Correlation for Fault Tolerant Wireless Sensor Networks," at the the 2012 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Long Island Systems, Applications, and Technology Conference, May 4 in Farmingdale, N.Y.

David Broder, D.O. (, associate dean of postdoctoral education at NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM), and Felicia Bruno (, assistant dean of student administrative services and alumni affairs for NYCOM, were quoted in the May 9 Long Island Business News article, "Long Island Facing Shortage of Young Doctors." Read more (login is required.)

Patricia Chute, Ed.D. (, dean of the School of Health Professions, contributed the chapter "Educating Children with Hearing Loss in the Technology Age" to the book, Translational Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology: Essays in Honor of Dr. Sadanand Singh.

Xiaohui (Sean) Cui, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of computer science, has received a multi-year sub-award from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory under a U.S. Department of Energy Laboratory Directed Research and Development grant for his project, "Bio-Threat Web 2.0 Data Retrieval and Analytics." He will serve as principal investigator on research to develop an intelligent disease surveillance tool for detecting pandemics by harnessing social media.

Cecilia Dong, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, visited Motorola Solutions with NYIT students on May 9 in Holtsville, N.Y. They viewed a demo of Entervise, a remote service application by Intelligent Product Solutions for Motorola's Golden-i wireless headset computer.

Leonard B. Goldstein, D.D.S., Ph.D. (, associate professor of family medicine and director of clinical education at NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine, and life sciences student Shelley Gilbert published the article, "Tooth Loss in the Chronic Pain Population," in the May 2012 issue of Practical Pain Management.

John Hanc (, associate professor of communication arts, wrote the May 10 New York Times article, "In Sitting Still, a Bench Press for the Brain." Read more.

Larry Herman (, associate professor and director of physician assistant admissions and primary care initiatives, has been elected president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the only organization representing PAs globally and in all specialties and practice settings. He'll be president-elect for one year, followed by president and chairman. The AAPA—the national equivalent of the American Medical Association for M.D.s or the American Osteopathic Association for D.O.s—represents more than 100,000 physician assistants and students, and the profession is expected to double in size in the next decade. Read more.

NYIT Faculty and Students

Alice Heron-Burke (, senior director of the Office of Counseling and Wellness (pictured with an NYIT banner), gave a May 8 lecture on stress management and study skills for students preparing for finals at NYIT-Old Westbury. Her presentation sponsored by the International Student Association (ISA) was also attended by Karen Johnson (, associate director of the Office of International Education (second from left). They are pictured with ISA board members.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (, associate dean and executive director of the Vocational Independence Program (VIP) of NYIT, and Paul K. Cavanagh (, director of academics and evaluation for VIP, had their article "Federal Student Aid for Students with Intellectual Disabilities: A Well-Kept Secret?" featured as a cover story in the May/June issue of Parenting Special Needs magazine. Read more.

In addition, VanBergeijk gave a May 8 talk on "Post-Secondary Educational Options for Students with Learning Disabilities: What Do I Need to Know Before I Go?" in Manhattan.

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