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Read about Nada Anid's honor as one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business;” Eddie Murray's guest blog about his AmeriCorps service in Louisiana, Colorado, and Texas; Julie Fratrik's role as a selection panelist for a scholarship serving underrepresented students; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

NYIT Salutes the Class of 2012

Class of 2012

The achievements of NYIT's 3,325 graduates from 41 states and 84 countries were celebrated at the 51st annual commencement ceremony on May 20 in Old Westbury, N.Y. President Guiliano, who addressed the Class of 2012, said: "Here at NYIT, you are the beneficiaries of American higher education, prized the world over. A style of education that promotes experimentation, accepts failure, rewards creativity, and breeds innovation." He is pictured with Courtney Sampson, singer of The Star-Spangled Banner; student marshals Elizabeth Varadian, Shannon Pearce, and Ami Patel; and student orator James Marsanico.

During the ceremony, President Guiliano awarded honorary degrees to Dean Kamen, president of DEKA Research and Development Corp. and founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology); Stephen A. Orlins, president of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations; and Jordan J. Cohen, M.D., professor of medicine and public health at The George Washington University.

Student orator James Marsanico spoke to graduates and said: "We are the ones who will shape the world for the coming generations because we are the catalysts of the future." View his speech.

After the main commencement event, students attended ceremonies hosted by their schools.

On May 21, 291 students of NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine graduated during a ceremony where they were hooded by faculty mentors, family members, or friends. The event marked the culmination of a week of celebrations for students in the medical field, including a hooding ceremony for physician assistants on May 18 and a valedictory ceremony for occupational therapists and a pinning ceremony for nurses on May 17.


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.


School of Education Earns Reaccreditation


The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has reaccredited NYIT's School of Education through fall of 2018. Congratulations to all of the faculty and staff members who participated in this process!


NYIT Weekly Update Summer Schedule


The NYIT Weekly Update will be published on a biweekly schedule through Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 3), with the next edition coming on Tuesday, June 5. Please continue to send your faculty/staff news to



View Summary Annual Reports


Information about NYIT's life insurance, long-term total disability, and medical/dental plans are available as Summary Annual Reports on the Human Resources portal site under "Benefits." This information is provided as per benefit plan information disclosure guidelines. For more information, call Terri Katsch, benefits associate, at 516.686.7668, or Maureen Gaughran, associate director of human resources, at 516.686.1012.

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:

Which New York politician spoke at NYIT's annual commencement on May 20?

A. Andrew Cuomo
B. Michael Bloomberg
C. Peter King
D. Charles Schumer

Congrats to Paula Harran, assistant to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update.

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.

B. Purple - Architecture and Design

Upcoming Events

Parking Lot Closures - Old Westbury: The parking lot near the tennis courts is closed through Monday, May 28.

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.

Management Student Showcase Join the NYIT School of Management for its annual showcase of student work today at 6 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Old Westbury campus. Read more.

Meaning Is the New Money Best-selling author and motivational speaker Gabrielle Bernstein and Women's Health magazine will host this free event on Wednesday, May 23, 6:30-9 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. R.S.V.P. to Read more.

Engineering Seminar NYIT faculty members in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences are invited to attend the seminar, "An MDP Framework for Centralized Dynamic Spectrum Auction," on Thursday, May 24, 11 a.m.-noon in Manhattan (Edward Guiliano Global Center, 1855 Broadway, room 708) and in Old Westbury (Harry Schure Hall, room DL-4). Guests speakers include Joan Garcia-Haro and Juan Jose Alcaraz Espin, professors at the Technical University of Cartagena in Spain.


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 on using social media to creatively build relationships and community 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

Nada Anid, Ph.D. (, dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was named one of the top 50 most influential women in business on Long Island by Long Island Business News for the second time in two years. Read more.

Annie Christain, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of English at NYIT-Nanjing, will have two poems published in The Chariton Review: "A Maple Gets Red" and "Sometime Under Prague." Read more.

Julie Fratrik (, director of the Center for Global Exchange, served as a selection panelist for the 2012 Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship Program, May 8-9 in Houston, Texas. The Gilman Scholarship, administered by the Institute for International Education and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, seeks to diversify the types of students who study abroad by providing scholarships to those with high financial need.

Norm Gevitz, Ph.D. (, professor of the history and sociology of medicine and director of the academic medicine scholars program at NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine, delivered the May 12 commencement address at the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tennessee.

Mindy Haar, Ph.D. (, director of the graduate nutrition program, presented "Nutrition and the Older Adult" on May 10 at the Gold Coast Public Library in Glen Head, N.Y.

John Hyde (, dean of career services, was interviewed for a May 16 WNYC-AM radio report on job outlooks. Listen to the segment.

NYIT Engineers

Abdolhossei Kashani, Ph.D. (, associate professor of telecommunications, and Cecilia Dong, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, accompanied a team of NYIT students—Wenjie Zhuang, Min Chen, Yumin Hua, and Yuchen Xu—on a May 9 visit to Motorola Solutions in Holtsville, N.Y. The team toured the Motorola design and innovation labs and demonstrated an augmented reality project to Motorola engineers. View a demo of their project.

Eddie Murray (, a K-12 technology trainer in the Department of Technology Based Learning Systems, wrote a guest blog for AmeriCorps Alums about his AmeriCorps service in Louisiana, Colorado, and Texas. Read more.

Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N. (, associate professor and chairperson of the nursing department, attended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health Workshop, May 6-9 in Atlanta, Ga. She is part of a four-person team selected competitively (20 teams across the United States) to participate in the yearlong academy for the implementation of a public health initiative in Nassau County, N.Y.

Michael Schiavi, Ph.D. (, professor of English, gave a reading from his book, Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo, on May 11 at Bluestockings bookstore in New York City. The reading was part of an event celebrating finalists for the 2011 Lambda Literary Awards.

Erin Vlasak (, director of student support services for the Vocational Independence Program of NYIT, organized a May 16 campus auction and raised $436 for the art department and office of residential life in Central Islip, N.Y.

Sabiha Wadoo, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, presented two papers with NYIT students at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' LISAT conference, May 4 in Farmingdale, N.Y. They included "A LEGO-Based Undergraduate Control Systems Laboratory," presented with undergraduate engineering student Rahul Jain, and "Optimal Control of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle," presented with graduate engineering students Sadiksha Sapkota and Keerthish Chagachagere.

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