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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about Nicholas Dagen Bloom's editorial in Newsday; Donna Dixon's article published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association; Gail Feinzig's East Coast Conference Faculty Appreciation Award; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Kristen Smith

Kristen Smith

Kristen Smith joined NYIT as the new registrar in March. She talks about career goals, what inspires her, and how she raised nearly $3,000 for leukemia and lymphoma research. Read more.



Want to Win a Kindle Fire?

Kindle Fire

Take the Faculty Survey of Library Resources and Services, and you could win one! The Library Systems Committee of the NYIT Academic Senate requests all faculty members to complete the survey, which will be used to improve library services and resources. Two faculty members who complete the survey will be chosen randomly to win a Kindle Fire. For questions, email or Take the survey.

Register for the NYIT Energy Conference

energy conference

Plan to 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. The theme of this year's conference is "Off the Grid: Power, Water, and Shelter." Read about the guest speakers and register online.

Parking Closures at NYIT-Old Westbury


Beginning Wednesday, May 9, sections of the parking lot near the tennis courts will be closed for commencement preparations. The entire lot will be closed from Wednesday, May 16 through Monday, May 28.


NYIT Wins 10 Communicator Awards


Congratulations to the Office of Publications and Advertising on winning 10 communicator awards, including the Award of Excellence (gold) for the NYIT Jeopardy video in the film/video/self-promotion category. NYIT also won nine Awards of Distinction (silver) for websites, the NYIT App, a brochure, and multiple videos. Communicator awards honor creative excellence among communications professionals, and this year's competition included more than 6,000 entries from around the world.

Student Headlines - Business Leader, Athletics Senior Awards, Engineering Competition

NYIT Graduate Student Wins Award for Academics and Leadership
Congratulations to School of Management graduate student Jennifer Rosenblum, who received the 2012 Matt Halpern Memorial Award for academic achievement and leadership at the April 27 annual conference of the Long Island Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. She is enrolled in the M.S. in Human Resource Management and Labor Relations program.

Senior Awards

Senior Awards Banquet Honors Student-Athletes, Faculty, and Staff
NYIT Athletics hosted the 14th annual Senior Awards Banquet on May 2 to honor student achievements on the courts and fields, in the classroom, and for community service. Pictured (left to right) are: Gail Wasmus, head volleyball coach; NYIT student-athlete Emily Syers, who received the Patty Burnside Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award; Patricia Burnside (B.S. '86, M.S. '91); and Clyde Doughty Jr. (B.S. ’81, M.S. ’96, M.P.S. ’98), director of athletics. Read more about the faculty, staff, and student honorees.

Nada Anid with students

Engineering Competition Showcases Science and Technology Projects
NYIT's School of Engineering and Computing Sciences organized its first competition for science and technology projects by high school students on May 2 at the Old Westbury campus. The competition spearheaded by Dean Nada Anid (pictured far left) was judged by faculty members Frank Lee, Ph.D., associate professor and chairperson of the computer science department at NYIT-Old Westbury, and Sabiha Wadoo, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, as well as students Patrick Guillaume, John Koziatek, Kurbra Kuzu, and James Marsanico, winner of the NYIT Student Speaker Contest. Read more.

In addition, the Windows Phone 7 app "Java Jam Session," developed by School of Engineering and Computing Sciences students, is for sale on Microsoft's Marketplace. The students include Pranav Krishnamurthy, Scott Fitzsimons, Kevin Hibbert, Kevin Wakatama, and Athansios Mokos. View the app.

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:


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

A. It was donated by an NYIT alum.
B. It honors people who donate their bodies for science education.
C. An NYIT student wrote the inscribed dedication.
D. This is the first time such a memorial has been dedicated.

Congrats to Ken Masarovich, assistant director of the NYIT Academic Computing Lab, who responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update.

Where in the world is this NYIT campus?

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Technology Tip

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Upcoming Events

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!


National Nurses Week Celebrate nurses who have made a difference in your life during National Nurses Week, through 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.

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.

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 the basic principles of engineering by building robots using the Lego NXT platform. Light refreshments will be served.


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.


Faculty and Staff Achievements

Christine Alter (, teacher and counselor for the Vocational Independence Program of NYIT, published the May 2 article, "What is Motivational Interviewing? Part 1," on Read more.

Danielle Apfelbaum (, librarian I at NYIT-Old Westbury, presented "An Introduction to Prezi," and Sebastien Marion (, librarian III, presented "Mind Mapping: Towards Patterns for Learning" on April 27 at the 41st Annual Nassau County Library Association Continuing Education Conference in Brookville, N.Y.

Nicholas Dagen Bloom, Ph.D. (, associate professor, chairperson of interdisciplinary studies, and director of the NYIT Core Curriculum, published the April 25 editorial, "Culture War on the Hudson," in Newsday, one of the first in the newspaper's Westchester edition. Read more.

Eduard I. Dedkov, M.D., Ph.D. (, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, presented the research poster, "Structural Composition of Myocardial Infarction Scar Does Not Differ Between Male and Female Middle-Aged Rats," at the 2012 Experimental Biology Meeting, April 21-25 in San Diego, Calif. The meeting abstract was published in the April 2012 issue of the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Read more.

In addition, Dedkov is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology.

Donna Dixon, Ph.D. (, associate professor of biomedical sciences, published the research article, "Prediction of Osteopathic Medical School Performance on the Basis of MCAT Score, GPA, Sex, Undergraduate Major, and Undergraduate Institution," in the April 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Read more.

Jeffrey Feinsilver (, reference librarian at NYIT-Old Westbury, presented the program, "Protecting Privacy in a World of Mobile Apps and Social Networks," sponsored by the Intellectual Freedom Committees of the Nassau and Suffolk County Library Associations, on May 3 at the Long Island Library Conference in Melville, N.Y.

Gail Feinzig (, adjunct professor of English, is the recipient of the inaugural East Coast Conference Faculty Appreciation Award for her support of intercollegiate athletics and student-athletes at NYIT. Read more.

John Hanc (, associate professor of communication arts, wrote the May 2 New York Times article, "Massage Spas, New Oases for the Harried Flier." Read more.

Tobias Holler (, assistant professor of architecture, is the faculty co-leader for a team of NYIT architecture and engineering students who raised more than $15,000 and counting in two weeks to fund their trip to Costa Rica this summer to build a recycling and education center. Read more.

Sharon Koehler, D.O.

Sharon Koehler, D.O. (, assistant professor of medicine, presented information about breast health at the April 28 annual symposium on women's wellness of the Global Associates for Health Development (GAHD) in New York. Pictured is Koehler receiving GAHD's congratulatory plaque for humanitarian service. The symposium was videotaped and will be shared with women in Ghana.

Keh Kwek (, assistant professor of management at NYIT-Nanjing, was honored with the Jiangsu Province May 1st Labor Day Honor Award "for the outstanding contributions made in the economic construction and development of social undertakings of Jiangsu Province." Among the 48 award-winners, he was the only one from a university in the Jiangsu Province.

Satyen Rawal (, project manager of design and construction at NYIT-Old Westbury, completed professional certification on April 22 in LEED AP building design and construction from the Green Building Certification Institute.

Lois Small (, project manager for educational grants at NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM); Mary Ann Achtziger (, associate dean of NYCOM student affairs; and Ronald Portanova, Ph.D. (, professor and associate dean of NYCOM academic affairs, presented the poster, "Project Advance: Making Positive Strides Through Medical Education for Prevention and Change," at the Osteopathic Medicine Annual Meeting, March 28-31 in Washington, D.C. Their presentation discussed how NYIT's Health Careers Opportunity Program, managed by Small and funded by a federal grant, is successfully preparing students from diverse backgrounds for the health care workforce.

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