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Read about Tobi A. Abramson's symposia and workshop at the Aging in America Conference; Carol Dahir and Kate O'Hara's papers on instructional technology and cultural immersion in education; Alexander Shakal's Nassau County Medal of Valor; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Jennifer Kelly (M.S. '99)

Jennifer Kelly

Since the moment Jennifer Kelly (M.S. '99) set foot on the Old Westbury campus, NYIT's new alumni relations director knew she had made a lifelong connection. "While I was a student at NYIT, I had such a great experience interacting with professors and other people on campus," Kelly says. "I loved the campus culture and thought it would be a great place to work." Read more.

Countdown: 19 Days Until Commencement

Honorary Degree Recipients

Health Care Leader, Segway Inventor, and U.S.-China Expert to be Honored
NYIT will award honorary degrees at commencement to a leading health care educator, an inventor with more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, including the Segway Human Transporter, and the business-minded lawyer who helped found Carlyle Asia, one of the continent's largest private equity funds. The recipients, who will speak to an expected audience of 12,000, are Jordan J. Cohen, M.D., professor of medicine and public health at George Washington University; Dean Kamen, president of DEKA Research and Development Corp.; and Stephen A. Orlins, president of the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations. NYIT President Edward Guiliano will send off graduates and congratulate relatives during his address to the Class of 2012. Read more.

James Marsanico

James Marsanico Wins Student Speaker Contest
Electrical and computer engineering senior James Marsanico will be the student orator at NYIT's 51st annual commencement. Ami Patel, Shannon Pearce, and Elizabeth Varadian will serve as student marshals and hooders for this year's honorary degree recipients.

For more information, visit the commencement website.

NYIT Unveils Center for Humanities and Culture in Nanjing, China

President Guiliano

President Guiliano opened the NYIT-Nanjing Center for Humanities and Culture at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications on April 21. The center features a 40-seat lounge and study center as well as an 80-inch display for movie screenings, thanks in part to a grant from the U.S. Department of State and the American Embassy in Beijing. Pictured are President Guiliano and Shanghai Consul General Robert D. Griffiths, who attended the center's ribbon-cutting ceremony. Read more.

Architects and Engineers Kickstart Campaign for Community Service Project

Costa Rica

A team of 25 NYIT architecture and engineering students has launched a kickstarter campaign to raise $15,000 by Monday, May 21 for their trip this summer to Costa Rica, where they will build a community-run recycling and education center. Assistant Professor of Architecture Tobias Holler is their faculty co-leader for the project. Read more, follow them on Facebook, and support them on

Faculty Scholars Earn Top Honors

NYIT Faculty Scholars

President Guiliano honored more than 150 NYIT faculty members at the April 26 Faculty Scholars Reception, commending their work as authors, presenters, designers or exhibitors, grant recipients, and awardees. Pictured (left to right) with President Guiliano are: Rahmat A. Shoureshi, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs; Dolores Burton, Ed.D., associate professor and chair of the Teacher Education Program; Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D., assistant professor of English; and Tao Zhang, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. Read more.

NYIT Students Make News

NYIT students

NYIT students impressed judges at the New York State Business Plan Competition on April 26 with their pitch for a water-bottle roofing system, an ongoing research project of NYIT's School of Architecture and Design. The interdisciplinary team of architecture, engineering, and M.B.A. students won the $1,000 Judges' Choice Award. Their faculty mentors include Jason Van Nest, assistant professor of architecture; Michele Bertomen, associate professor of architecture; Farzana Gandhi, visiting assistant professor of architecture; and Joanne Scillitoe, associate professor of entrepreneurship and director of the NYIT Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.
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Danielle Clarke

Information technology student Danielle Clarke won NYIT's Astoria Federal Savings Laptop Competition for her video encouraging women to enter the engineering and computing science fields. On April 20, Clarke (pictured top right with Patty Carrotta, assistant secretary/Glen Cove branch manager at Astoria Federal Savings) received her new Dell laptop, which she will use to research the use of a genetic algorithm to find the fastest way to send information across a network. Read more about Danielle Clarke.

Skype Session

NYIT-Nanjing students planning to study in New York this fall participated in a Skype session on April 25 to discuss their expectations for transitioning to campus life in the United States. The successful event broadcast between the Manhattan campus and the NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture in China was a collaboration between the Center for Global Exchange and the offices of career services and international education.

Stay at a Wyndham Hotel, Get a Discount


NYIT is now part of the Wyndham Hotel Program, which offers discounts of up to 20 percent off at Wyndham Hotel’s 14 brands and 7,400 hotels worldwide. All NYIT employees, associates, contractors, students, retirees, and alumni are eligible. To reserve a hotel room, call 800.525.5501 and provide NYIT’s discount account ID number (1000007780) and affiliate ID number (003353). You may also use the Wyndham online reservation system to get the discounted rate.

Technology Tip

Tech Tip

If your inbox is filled with hundreds of messages and your email is running slowly, then it's time for some spring cleaning. Start with your NYIT email account. All you need is two minutes to follow these quick and easy cleaning steps.


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:

NYIT Campus

Where in the world is this NYIT campus?

A. Manhattan
B. Vancouver
C. Abu Dhabi
D. Nanjing

Congrats to Gerri Flanzraich, Ph.D., librarian and director of branch services, who responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update.

The sculptures in the window of a library on NYIT's Old Westbury campus depict the "father of osteopathic medicine" and a founder of NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine. Who are they (left to right)?


A. Andrew Taylor Still and Kenneth Riland

Upcoming Events

Presidential Technology Award

Presidential Technology Awards Nominate your colleagues by Friday, May 4 for outstanding achievements in one of five categories for this year's Presidential Technology Awards. The awards are open to all faculty and staff members from all NYIT campuses, and recognize and encourage the creative and effective use of technology to enhance teaching, research, and service. They will be presented at convocation on Thursday, Aug. 30. For more information, visit the awards Web page.

ConnectToTech NYIT will host its first ConnectToTech Showcase on Wednesday, May 2, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at NYIT-Old Westbury. Teams of local high school students will exhibit their ongoing science and technology projects in Harry Schure Hall, and judges, who will include faculty, alumni, and students, will award cash prizes for the best projects.

Free Flick View the final free flick of the spring semester, the film-noir thriller The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, on Wednesday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the NYIT de Seversky Mansion (The Soundstage, room 102), Old Westbury campus. Refreshments will be served.

Vitality in Aging

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.

sLAB Costa Rica Attend a film screening and reception about the School of Architecture and Design's project to build a recycling center in Costa Rica on Thursday, May 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. Read more, follow them on Facebook, and learn about their project fundraiser on

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

Mayfest and Top Chef Compete to be NYIT's next Top Chef on Thursday, May 3, noon to 3 p.m. during Mayfest at NYIT-Old Westbury. Three competitors (one each from staff, faculty, and students) will face off to win the grand prize: an Apple iPad. Apply by Tuesday, April 24. For an application and/or more information, email or

Gold Coast Classic

Gold Coast Classic It's not too late to R.S.V.P. for the 2012 Gold Coast Classic on Thursday, May 3, at the Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park, in New York City. This year, the event will celebrate 15 years of student scholarship support while honoring distinguished culinary and oenological leaders. For more information, visit

National Nurses Week Celebrate the nurses who have made a difference in your life during National Nurses Week, Sunday, May 6 to Saturday, May 12. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is offering a free webinar series in support of the White House initiative, Joining Forces, based on the theme, "Educating Future Nurses to Care for Veterans." Register for the webinars.

Art of the Digital Age 2012 Attend a panel discussion about digital art on Monday, May 7, 6:30-9 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. To R.S.V.P., email with Art of the Digital Age 2012 in the subject line. Read more.


TIAA-CREF Appointments A TIAA-CREF representative will be visiting NYIT's New York campuses to provide personal investment and retirement counseling for program participants. To schedule an appointment, call 800.732.8353. Appointments may be scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 7 in Old Westbury (Wisser Library, room LL15) or Thursday, May 24 in Manhattan (26 W. 61st St., room 206).

NYIT Energy Conference Save the date 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. 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 and register for the conference.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Tobi A. Abramson, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of mental health counseling and director of the NYIT Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics, presented the invited symposia, "Clinical Interventions in Group Therapy Models" and "Clinical Interventions for Cooling the Flames: The Role of Mindfulness in Addressing Anger," at the annual Aging in America Conference, March 28-April 1 in Washington, D.C.

In addition, Abramson presented the conference workshop, "Paying It Forward and Honoring the Past: The Reciprocal Value of Mentoring."

Carol Dahir, Ed.D. (, professor and chairperson of School Counseling, and Kate O'Hara, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of instructional technology, presented papers at the symposium, "Breaking the Mold of Tradition: A Broader View of Diversity," April 14 at the 2012 American Educational Research Association Conference in Vancouver, Canada. O'Hara presented "Window Dressing the Urban Classroom: Exploring Technology, Diversity, and Economics," and Dahir presented "Supporting Diverse Student Populations through Cultural Immersion."

Leonard B. Goldstein, Ph.D., D.D.S. (, associate professor of family medicine and director of clerkship education for NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine, published a review of the textbook, Prosthetic Rehabilitation Part II: Technical Procedures, in the March 2012 issue of the New York State Dental Journal.

Jaime E. Martinez, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of instructional technology, participated in the symposium, "Creating the New Play Agenda: Bringing Together Research, Practice, and Advocacy to Support Human Development and Learning," April 16 at the business meeting of the Cultural-Historical Special Interest Group at the 2012 American Educational Research Association Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

Michael Schiavi, Ph.D. (, professor of English, gave a reading and signing for his book, Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo, April 19 at the John D. Calandra Institute for Italian-American Studies in New York City.

Alexander Shakal (, maintenance electrician at NYIT and volunteer firefighter in Glen Cove, N.Y., received the Nassau County Medal of Valor on April 25 from the Nassau County Fire Commission for helping to rescue a woman from a house fire in February 2011.

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