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Read about The Hon. Stephen L. Ukeiley's book on landlord and tenant disputes; Sonia Rivera-Martinez and Brian Hallas' research on the thoracic and lumbar spine; Linda Friedman's article in the journal Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Julie Fratrik and Barbara Multari

Julie and Barbara

Directors Julie Fratrik (Global Academic Exchange) and Barbara Multari (International Education) help to make students from around the world feel at home in New York, and work to extend understanding of the cultures comprising the NYIT community. Central to this goal is International Education Week, going on now (see below).

Read more about Julie Fratrik.

Read more about Barbara Multari.

Celebrate International Education Week

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It's not too late to attend events for International Education Week, including:

Fair Trade Festival Shop for unique gifts made by artisans from developing countries around the world at this festival through Wednesday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Harry Schure Hall lobby, Old Westbury campus.

United Nations Tour Visit the United Nations Headquarters (First Avenue between 42nd and 48th Streets in Manhattan) on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost is $5.

Thanksgiving Luncheon Enjoy turkey and all the trimmings at luncheons at NYIT's New York campuses. In Old Westbury, mark your calendar for Thursday, Nov. 17, 12:45-2:10 p.m. in the Hall of Fame. The Manhattan luncheon will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 12-2 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium.

Read a full list of International Education Week events.

NYIT Prepares to Host Motorola Conference

Edward Guiliano

In advance of tomorrow's Motorola Solutions' Golden-idea Competition and Partner Conference, President Guiliano met with NYIT students who developed unique applications for the new wireless headset computer last week. Pictured with President Guiliano from left to right are software engineer Zhuang Wenjie, NYIT-Nanjing computer science student; team leader and hardware engineer Robert Pinkerton, electrical and computer engineering student; Sandra Kopecky (B.S. ’88), computer science graduate student; Ziqian Dong, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Hossein Kashani, Ph.D., associate professor of telecommunications and electrical engineering technology.

Students and faculty members will present two projects at the two-day conference at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury. All NYIT faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend conference sessions, which are free of charge for them. Read a full schedule of Golden-i events.

Share, Create, and Schedule: NYIT Gets Google Apps


On Monday, Nov. 13, NYIT released Google Apps for Calendar, Docs, and Sites tied to NYIT email accounts. These let NYIT faculty, staff, and students share documents and files, and create calendars and web pages for collaboration.

You can access NYIT Apps through My NYIT, the university portal. Log in and you'll find the buttons for apps in the left column. If you have questions, Google has documentation accessible within the apps. You can also contact Service Central at 516.686.1400 or

What's the best way to use Google Apps and help students collaborate? In the spring semester, the Center for Teaching and Learning will offer workshops on best practices. Please watch for upcoming announcements.

Give Food for Thanksgiving


Support these Thanksgiving food drives at the New York campuses:

NYIT's Thanksgiving Food Drive for the INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) Drop off your donations by Friday, Nov. 18 in the blue boxes in Gerry House located at both entrances and on the staircase platform. Non-glass items are needed, including stuffing; cranberry sauce; canned fruit, soup, vegetables, yams, and gravy; and boxed mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese.

City Harvest Food Drive NYIT's Society of Hosteurs is sponsoring a food drive through Friday, Nov. 18 in Manhattan. Drop off your donation at 26 W. 61st St., room 508.

Island Harvest Food Drive Donate one can or $1, Nov. 7-Dec. 9 in the decorated boxes in the Office of Student Employment in Old Westbury or Manhattan.

Attend Market Makers Panel Today in Manhattan

green building

Want to know what it takes to make green, high-performance building the new normal? Don't miss today's panel of leading experts who will answer this question and more, 6-8 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, Manhattan campus. Read more.


Reserve Your Seat for Celebrity Event at AOB


Attend a screening of Albert Nobbs, the latest film starring Glenn Close on Monday, Nov. 21, 5:30-10 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. The actress will answer questions following the film as part of a Screen Actors Guild Foundation event. Seats are reserved for the NYIT community on a first-come, first-serve basis. R.S.V.P. to to reserve your seat.

Congrats to NYIT's Laptop Award Winner

Makenzie Jones

Mechanical engineering student and women's softball player Makenzie Jones won NYIT's annual Astoria Federal Laptop Competition for her video encouraging women to enter the engineering and computing science fields. On Nov. 8, Jones (pictured top right with Laura Schmid, Greenvale branch manager for Astoria Federal Savings Bank) received her new Dell laptop, which she will use to research alternative energy and design engineering solutions using software such as AutoCAD and Mathcad. Read more about Makenzie Jones.

Technology Tip

Tech Tips

Squinting at your screen? Learn how to adjust text size on your computer monitor. Read more on Service Central's Technology Tips webpage.


Play Trivia, Win a Prize

questions How well do you know the 1990s at 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 events as occurred in the 1990s at NYIT:

A. School of Engineering students took first place in the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Air Road Rally in Los Angeles.
B. NYIT was the only Long Island college or university to make U.S. News & World Report's list of top higher education institutions.
C. Actor Denzel Washington spoke to students at NYIT.
D. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates received NYIT's Presidential Medal.

Congrats to Eileen Gillespie, accountant in the Controller's Office, who responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update.

The NYIT men's lacrosse team won the NCAA Division II championship in 2003 and 2005 by defeating this rival:
B. Limestone

Upcoming Events

Operation Christmas Child - How to Make a Box Want to make a child happy? Decorate a shoebox for underprivileged children in November. These shoeboxes will be filled with toys, clothes, school supplies, and hygiene products. Drop off your boxes at the Community Service Center, 1849 Broadway, room 204, Manhattan campus.

Help the Homeless and Needy Families The Community Service Center and Chi Alpha Epsilon national honor society are collecting toys, school supplies, and clothing for the homeless and families in need throughout November at the Manhattan campus. Donation boxes are located in the Office of Career Services (26 W. 61st St., 2nd floor), the HEOP Office (16 W. 61st St., 7th floor), and Student Activities Building (1849 Broadway, room 204).

No Globe Exhibition Seven paintings by Frank Meuschke, workshop supervisor for architecture, are on display now through Saturday, Dec. 3 at No Globe Exhibition Space, 488 Morgan Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.

Women's Self-Defense Class NYIT women are invited to wear comfortable clothing and attend this class on Thursday, Nov. 17, 12:30-2 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., room 721, Manhattan campus.

Advisement Workshops Peer advisors are available to help students prepare for advisement by reviewing their completed courses and remaining curriculum requirements on Thursday, Nov. 17, 12:45-2:10 p.m. in Manhattan (16 W. 61st St., room 919) and in Old Westbury (Harry Schure Hall, room CLC 4).

Great American Smokeout Learn about the dangers of tobacco use and strategies to quit on Thursday, Nov. 17, 12:45-2:10 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, room 308, Old Westbury campus. “Adopt a smoker” to help someone you care about quit smoking. Lunch will be provided. For more information, email counselor Joan O'Connor at

Covering Bad Behavior: Pervs, Pols, and Pundits Attend a presentation on media coverage of the latest sex-money-power scandals in the news on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 6:30-8 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus.

Festival of Lights - Manhattan Celebrate NYIT's diverse cultures by sampling unique food, music, dancing, and poetry on Monday, Nov. 28, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway.

Eleanor Baum Lecture The first female dean of a school of engineering in the United States will give a presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. presentation at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway in Manhattan.

SGA Relay for Life Fundraiser Join the Student Government Association for its Relay for Life fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at Moe's Southwest Grill, 90 Northern Blvd., Greenvale, N.Y. Proceeds raised will benefit Relay for Life.

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Employee Recognition Ceremony Join NYIT in honoring faculty and staff who have worked at the university for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years or more on Thursday, Dec. 1, noon at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Old Westbury campus (a bus service from/to Manhattan will be provided.) For more information (or if you did not get your invitation), call 516.686.7667.

Designing a Better World NYIT’s Fine Arts Department presents a panel discussion on how design improves the world on Thursday, Dec. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, Manhattan campus.

Festival of Lights - Old Westbury Dress in your native country's cultural attire and enjoy entertainment and food from around the world on Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-10 p.m., Salten Hall, rooms SC-1 and SC-2.

2011 Holiday Parties Mark your calendar for NYIT's holiday parties in New York:
Manhattan Campus – Wednesday, Dec. 14, 3:30-5 p.m., 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor
Old Westbury Campus – Thursday, Dec. 15, 3:30-5 p.m., NYIT de Seversky Mansion

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Tobi Abramson, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of mental health counseling and director of the NYIT Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics, was re-appointed for a second two-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Society on Aging (ASA) and elected to chair the ASA Leadership Coordinating Council.

Julie Fratrik (, director of the Center for Global Exchange, chaired the session, "Working Moms in International Education," at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators' Region X Conference, Nov. 6-8 in Bolton’s Landing, N.Y.

Linda Friedman

Linda Friedman, Ph.D. (, associate professor of neuroscience (top left), and Victoria Rudenko (D.O. '11), a former fellow in Dr. Friedman's laboratory (top right), co-authored the article, "Inverse Relationship of Cannabimimetic (R+)WIN55, 212 on Behavior and Seizure Threshold during the Juvenile Period," to be published in the January 2012 issue of the journal Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior and currently available online. Read more.

The project "LIRR Long Island Radically Rezoned" led by Tobias Holler (, assistant professor of architecture, was one of 35 shortlisted projects of more than 80 submissions for The International Living Future Institute's Living City Design Competition, hosted in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D. (, associate professor of teacher education, conducted the workshop, "Apple Mobile Devices for K-12 Educators;" presented the paper, "Using Web 2.0 to Facilitate Pre-Service Teachers' Diversity Awareness in Reading Context;" and co-presented another paper, "The Impact of Using Blogs on College Students’ Reading Comprehension and Learning Motivation," with Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D. (, associate professor of instructional technology, at the 2011 Annual Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Nov. 7-11 in Jacksonville, Fla.

In addition, Dr. Wang conducted the workshop, "Apple Mobile Devices for Teacher Educators," and presented the paper, "Explore the Use of Mobile Devices to Conduct Teacher Professional Development," at the conference.

Sarah Meyland, J.D. (, associate professor and co-director of NYIT's Center for Energy, Environment, and Economics, gave a presentation on groundwater management on Long Island at the 2011 Water Forum, Nov. 5 at Cold Spring Harbor Library, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.

Tricia Nicholes (, assistant professor of occupational therapy, presented "Supervising the ‘Generation Me’ Fieldwork Student: Tools to Assist Supervisors" at the annual New York State Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Oct. 21-23 at SUNY Orange in Middletown, N.Y.

Sonia Rivera-Martinez, D.O. (, assistant professor of family medicine, and Brian Hallas, Ph.D. (, professor and chair of neuroscience and histology, presented the poster, "Effects of Short-Term Examiner Training Upon Interexaminer Reliability of Diagnostic Palpation for the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine," Oct. 30 at the 2011 Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Fla.

In addition, Dr. Rivera-Martinez was a conference panelist for the Women's Health Program on Hormone Therapy Management and presented "How to Treat Menopausal Symptoms in a Woman with a History of Breast Cancer Currently on Aromatase Inhibitors."

The Hon. Stephen L. Ukeiley (, adjunct professor in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences and Suffolk County district court judge, wrote the book, The Bench Guide to Landlord and Tenant Disputes in New York, which details a landlord and tenant summary proceeding from start to end. Read more.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (, associate dean and executive director of the Vocational Independence Program of NYIT, published the online article, "When a Student with Autism Enters the College Classroom," Nov. 11 on Read the article.

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