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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.

NYIT Celebrates the Class of 2011

Bittersweet farewells, new beginnings, and moments of pure celebration united students in the Class of 2011 at NYIT's 50th annual commencement ceremony on May 22 in Old Westbury, N.Y. NYIT President Edward Guiliano saluted the 3,500 members of the Class of 2011 as global citizens and advised them, "Be flexible ... Be nimble ... Keep dreaming about the distant future, but prepare for the near tomorrow." Read President Guiliano's speech and view his salute on video.

Following his remarks, President Guiliano conferred honorary degrees to Vice Admiral Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., U.S. Surgeon General; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA legend and founder of the Skyhook Foundation; and Denis Huisman, Ph.D., founder and president of Groupe EDH, a group of higher education institutes in France. To view the full speeches by each honorary degree recipient, visit the commencement video gallery.

The ceremony ended on a high note as student orator Michael Cavalli addressed his peers. He emphasized the importance of positive role models and having empathy for others, especially in an age of instantaneous communication. "To create a better tomorrow we must better ourselves today," he said. View his inspirational speech.

After graduates exited the main commencement tent, they headed to their school ceremonies. View the commencement photo gallery.

On May 23, 267 students of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) of NYIT graduated. The ceremony celebrated the achievements of this latest group of NYCOM graduates, 46 of whom were hooded by their parents, grandparents, or siblings in the medical field. U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., addressed the graduates, urging them to always fulfill their medical oaths. "People are going to trust you and they’re going to respect you because you are a physician," she said. Read more.

Register Now for NYIT's Energy Conference

NYIT's sixth annual energy conference, "Beyond Carbon: Offshore Energy and Technologies," will convene a roster of impressive speakers on Thursday, June 2, from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury, N.Y. View this year's program agenda. During the conference, artwork created by NYIT students to address sustainability issues will also be displayed in the Energy and Technology Art Show. Don't miss the conference. Register today.

Bill Plympton to Offer Free Master Class

Prolific animator and cartoonist Bill Plympton will give a free master class on Friday, June 3, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion on the Old Westbury campus. Plympton's work as an animator for independent films has garnered multiple Academy Award nominations. His illustrations have been published in the New York Times, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and National Lampoon. This event is free for NYIT faculty, staff, students, alumni, and board members. Seating is limited. R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, May 25 to Read more.

Summer Food Service Hours

Summer food service hours and/or closures for NYIT's New York campuses are effective now as follows:

Old Westbury campus
  • Riland Coffee Bar: 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Riland Cafe: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Closures: Education Hall, Salten Hall, and SAC
Manhattan campus
  • Metro Cafe: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (Monday, May 30-Thursday, Sept. 1.)

Upcoming Events

Blackboard Support for Faculty
Academic Computing Services is available to assist faculty with Blackboard functions such as: uploading documents, enabling student tracking, and copying course content from a previous semester. To register for one of our upcoming sessions, please register online.

Summer Art Exhibition
The collaborative work of students in the Vocational Independence Program (VIP) and NYIT's School of Architecture and Design and Department of Fine Arts will be displayed through Aug. 6 at Gallery 61, 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, NYIT-Manhattan. The opening reception will be today from 5 to 7 p.m.

PlaNYC 2.0
The Municipal Arts Society of New York will host "PlaNYC 2.0: In Conversation with Director David Bragdon," today 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.

Ronald McDonald Fundraiser
Eat to support the Ronald McDonald pasta dinner fundraiser today at 5:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the NYCOM cafeteria at NYIT-Old Westbury. Dinner costs $5, and all proceeds will provide housing supplies for families in need on Long Island.

The High Cost of Living Actor Zach Braff's new film, The High Cost of Living, will be screened on Thursday, May 26, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. A Q&A with the actor follows the screening.

Starla NYIT alumni and students are invited to the premiere of Starla, a new film by alumnus and filmmaker Rik Cordero (B.F.A. '02), on Saturday, June 25, at 9 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. A pre-screening reception starts at 8 p.m., and a Q&A session will follow the film. Get exclusive updates.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Cathy Bernard, Ph.D. (, associate professor of English, published a letter to the editor in the New York Times. Read more.

Gabe Bever, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of anatomy, recently published landmark papers on the evolutionary origin of the digits in bird wings in the journals Evolution & Development and Developmental Dynamics.

Terese Coe (, adjunct professor of English, published the poem, "Existential Angst 33," in Tar River Poetry and three translations from French to English in the Connecticut Review, including Pierre de Ronsard's sonnets "Wicked Nights" and "These Long Winter Nights," and Arthur Rimbaud's "Boy Asleep in the Valley."

Jeffrey Feinsilver (, reference librarian at NYIT-Old Westbury, delivered opening remarks for "Celebrating Choose Privacy Week," at the 36th Annual Long Island Library Conference on May 5 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y. He is serving his eighth annual term as chairperson of the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Nassau County Library Association.

Claude E. Gagna, Ph.D. (, associate professor of life sciences, received the 15th annual 2011 Spirit Award from White Plains High School for outstanding support, dedication, and commitment to its science research program. This award honored his mentorship of a high school student who studied tuberculosis under his tutelage in the NYCOM research lab for two years.

Leonard B. Goldstein, D.D.S., Ph.D. (, director of clerkship education, teamed with Steven Ross, a fourth-year osteopathic medicine student, to publish their article, "Non-Pharmacologic Remedies for Back Pain during Pregnancy," in the May 2011 issue of Practical Pain Management. He also collaborated with Timothy W. Hegeman, an NYIT pre-doctoral academic scholar, to publish "Diagnosing and Managing Hand Osteoarthrirtis," in the May 2011 issue of Practical Pain Management.

Lawrence Herman (, assistant professor of physician assistant studies, made the presentation, "Improving Patient Outcomes: Guideline-Based Approach to the Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease," at the Practicing Clinicians Exchange CME Conference on May 14 in Lombard, Ill. In addition, Newsday quoted him in its May 14 article about this year's allergy season. Read more. He also gave the webinar, "The Expanded Use of Advanced Practice Clinicians and Malpractice Avoidance," on May 18 for CNA Insurance's 25,000 malpractice insurance agents.

Michael Schiavi, Ph.D. (, associate professor of English, read from his new book, Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo, and led a panel discussion at Barnes and Noble, 82nd Street and Broadway, on May 16. He was also interviewed about his book on May 16 on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM Radio.

Jeanne Strausman ( and Mahnaz Tehrani (, librarians at the NYCOM medical library, presented the poster, "Through the Library Lens: Using Videocasts to Market Library Services," at the Medical Library Association's annual meeting on May 17 in Minneapolis, Minn.

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