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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about interdisciplinary research by nursing faculty members; Dan Quigley's blog on The Chronicle of Higher Education's website; Thomas Philbeck's paper on posthuman agency; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Troy A. Miller (M.A. '11)

Troy Miller

For Associate Dean of First-Year Admissions and Scholarship Troy A. Miller (M.A. '11), the best thing about his job is the people  – both the students he meets in the admissions process and his colleagues. Read more.


Reserve Your Seat for Celebrity Event at the AOB

Take Shelter

Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon will discuss his career, including his latest film, Take Shelter, as part of a Screen Actors Guild Foundation event on Friday, Nov. 4, 7-9 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. Seats are reserved for the NYIT community on a first-come, first-serve basis. R.S.V.P. to to reserve your seat. Read more.



Vote for Best College, President, Sports

Best of Long Island

The Long Island Press has nominated NYIT in its "best of Long Island" categories for college/university, college president, and college sports program. Vote (as many times as you like!) for NYIT to win a spot in the newspaper's "Best of Long Island" 2012 issue. Vote for NYIT.


NYIT-Nanjing Hosts Education Forum

NUPT students

NYIT's Nanjing campus in China hosted an education forum in collaboration with the Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPT) on Oct. 27. More than 100 people attended a classroom lecture on American-style education by Timothy Smith, Ph.D. (pictured facing students), assistant dean of arts and sciences at NYIT-Nanjing. Read more.

Play Trivia, Win a Prize

questions Test your NYIT knowledge by answering this Weekly Update trivia question correctly. Email your answer to The first to answer correctly will win an NYIT t-shirt:

Midge Karr Fine Arts Center at NYIT-Old Westbury was originally built as a:

A. Gymnasium
B. Theater
C. Stable
D. Gold Coast mansion

Congrats to Lynn DeFillipo, library associate in the Art and Architecture Library, who responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update.

In which parade was an NYIT grad the first female grand marshal?
C. St. Patrick's Day

School of Education Showcases Scholars


The School of Education hosted a "Scholar's Showcase" attended by faculty members, alumni, and students on Oct. 16 as part of a reaccreditation visit by the Board of Examiners from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Faculty members displayed and discussed recent videos, books, articles, and presentations of their scholarly activities with the visiting team, and NYIT's Technology-Based Learning Systems spoke of partnerships with Google, Intel, Oracle, Verizon Thinkfinity, and iTunes University. Pictured above are Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D., associate professor of teacher education (far left); Dolores Burton, Ed.D., associate professor and chairperson of teacher education (second from left); and Janice Sawyer, Ph.D., director of field placements and certifications (middle in pink blouse).

Students also presented interactive multimedia projects, and recent alumni demonstrated how they apply their education in the workplace.

Let's Go Bears - Men's Soccer


The NYIT men's soccer team will host Bridgeport in the East Coast Conference (ECC) semifinals today at 2 p.m. at President's Stadium, Old Westbury campus. Come cheer on the Bears as they compete for their fourth ECC Championship. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students (with ID) and senior citizens, and free for children under five years old.

Call for Talent - All Faculty and Staff


Got a special talent? Share a skit, song, or dance that reflects your culture or religion at the tryouts for the Festival of Lights on Thursday, Nov. 10, 12:45-2:10 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, room 308/310, Old Westbury campus. This year's Festival of Lights will take place on Thursday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m. in Salten Hall, rooms SC1 and SC2.


Open Enrollment for Medical Plans Runs until Friday, Nov. 11

If you need to change from one medical plan to another, enroll in the waiver bonus program, or contribute to a health care or dependent care Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you may do so during the annual enrollment period, now through Friday, Nov. 11. Update your options online through the NYIT Human Resources self-service portal.

NYIT Joins Long Island Alternative Energy Consortium

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NYIT is expanding its academic programs in energy studies by joining five other colleges and universities to form a Long Island Alternative Energy Consortium. Read more.

Nurses Make Strides for Breast Cancer


Nursing faculty members joined the NYIT Student Nurses Association to participate in the Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Oct. 16 at Jones Beach. They raised $630. Faculty members included assistant professors of nursing Maureen Cardoza, Elaine Della Vecchia, and Carol Caico.

Upcoming Events

Operation Christmas Child - How to Make a Box Want to make a child happy? Decorate a shoebox for underprivileged children anytime during 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.

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

Provost Discovery Luncheon Join NYIT Provost Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., at his first Provost Discovery Luncheon for the Old Westbury campus on Thursday, Nov. 3. R.S.V.P. for the luncheon.

Occupy NYIT Keynote speakers will discuss the current Occupy Wall Street protest and why civil disobedience is still an important way to advocate policy change on Thursday, Nov. 3, 4-5 p.m. at 26 W. 61st St., 2nd floor, Manhattan campus. Stop by the Community Service Center (1849 Broadway, room 204) to find out how you can advocate policy change in different ways.


Prince Among Slaves Screen this film and attend a panel discussion for faculty members, students, and New York City educators on Thursday, Nov. 3, 4:30-8:30 p.m. at the AOB, Manhattan campus.

Environmental Issues in Latin America and the Caribbean Carl-Axel Soderberg, regional director of the USEPA Caribbean Environmental Protection Division in Puerto Rico, will give a presentation on Nov. 3, 6-8 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., room 723, Manhattan campus.

SOURCE Kickoff Party Faculty members from all schools are invited to share their ideas for the 2012 Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) by attending one of two kickoff parties at the New York campuses:
Manhattan campus: Tuesday, Nov. 8, 12:45-2:10 p.m., 16 W. 61st St., room 723
Old Westbury campus: Thursday, Nov. 10, 12:45-2:10 p.m., Anna Rubin Hall, room 311

Waste-to-Energy Exchange Learn about waste-to-energy as a sustainable source on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the AOB, Manhattan campus.

South Asian International Film Festival Screen films from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal during this festival, Nov. 10-15. The AOB will show several films starting with the North American premiere of The Temple, on Thursday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. A Q&A with Director Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni will follow the film.

Market Makers Want to know what it takes to make green, high-performance building the new normal? Don't miss a panel of leading experts who will answer this question and more on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, Manhattan campus.

Marijuana Smokeout Learn about the dangers of marijuana use and strategies to quit on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 12:45-2:10 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, room 308, Old Westbury campus. Lunch will be provided. For more information, email counselor Joan O'Connor at

Motorola Golden-idea Competition and Partner Conference Attend the conference's workshops and presentations, Nov. 16-17 at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Old Westbury campus. All sessions are free of charge.

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

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Nursing faculty members presented research posters at the sixth annual research conference, "Evidenced-Based Practice-Interdisciplinary Research," at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, Oct. 27 in Melville, N.Y. They include the poster, "An Academic-Service Community Initiative: Educational Empowerment, Risk Reduction, and Community Protection in an Era of Reduced Resources and Increased Expectations," presented by:

  • Carol Caico, Ph.D., R.N. (, assistant professor of nursing
  • Maureen Cardoza, Ph.D., R.N. (, assistant professor of nursing
  • Elaine Della Vecchia, Ph.D., R.N. (, assistant professor of nursing
  • Patricia Montano, Ph.D., R.N. (, instructor of nursing
  • Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N. (, associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Nursing
  • Lisa Sparacino, Ph.D., R.N. (, instructor of nursing

In addition, the poster, "Health Literacy for Health Care Providers: An Interdisciplinary Education Program," was presented by:

  • Maureen Cardoza, Ph.D., R.N. (, assistant professor of nursing
  • Anne Ganzer, Ph.D., R.N. (, assistant professor of nursing
  • Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N. (, associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Nursing
  • Lisa Sparacino, Ph.D., R.N. (, instructor of nursing

Nada Anid, Ph.D. (, dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, attended the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minn., where she presented "Sustainability Education in Progress at New York Institute of Technology" and chaired sessions on green engineering and sustainability in the collegiate curriculum and sustainable fuels from renewable resources I and II.

John Hanc (, associate professor of communication arts, wrote the article, "The Pilgrims Before Plymouth," published Oct. 19 on Read more.

Thomas Philbeck, Ph.D. (, assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at NYIT-Bahrain, and Curtis Carbonell, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of English, co-organized the international conference, "Transforming Human Nature in Science, Technology, and the Arts," Oct. 21-23 at Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland. NYIT's College of Arts and Sciences co-sponsored the conference, where NYIT faculty members presented their research:

  • Dr. Philbeck presented the paper, "Posthuman Agency."
  • Dr. Carbonell presented "Brave New World and Transhumanism."
  • Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D. (, associate professor of English and director of technical writing programs, presented "Aristotle and the Ancient Roots of the Posthuman."

Daniel Quigley (, associate professor of English and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, published the blog post, "Of Pomodoros and Pastimes: Why I Have Started Writing at the Racetrack," on The Chronicle of Higher Education's website. Read more.

Caren Sobier (, assistant director of student employment, presented "Bridging the Gap between Student Employment and Career Services," at the National Student Employment Conference, Oct. 17-20 in Seattle, Wash.

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