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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about Francine Glazer's book; Bhuma Krishnamachari's research poster; John Hanc's article in The New York Times; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Terese Coe

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A manner of speech, a witty remark, the flash of happiness or anger betrayed by a person's eyes – these are the human details mined by adjunct professor of English and poet Terese Coe, who counts Lord Byron, W.B. Yeats, Virginia Woolf, and John Lennon among her artistic mentors. Her poem, "Houston and Sixth," recently appeared in The New York Times.
Read more.


Mark Your Calendar - International Education Week

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Several events will be held to celebrate International Education Week, Nov. 14-22 at NYIT's New York campuses. First up is the Fair Trade Festival in Old Westbury (Nov. 14-16, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Harry Schure Hall Lobby), featuring handcrafted gifts by artisans from developing countries around the world. Read a full list of International Education Week events.

Faculty Present Research at Provost Discovery Luncheon


NYIT professors presented their research at the first pair of Provost Discovery Luncheons. On Nov. 1 in Manhattan, Joanne Scillitoe (top left), director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, discussed innovation in technology incubators for nurturing business ventures. Read more.

In Old Westbury on Nov. 3, Lisa Runco, assistant professor of life sciences, Shiang-Kwei Wang, associate professor of instructional technology, and Hui-Yin Hsu, associate professor of teacher education (pictured left to right with NYIT Provost Rahmat Shoureshi), described their interdisciplinary research on cyber-enabled learning funded by a $1 million, five-year National Science Foundation grant. Read more.

Apply for Research Grants by Tuesday, Nov. 15


Grant applications to support NYIT faculty research are due on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research is offering a total of $200,000 in grants for research, scholarship, and creative activity. Faculty members can apply for two types of grants; preference will be given to interdisciplinary projects and those that involve a mix of junior and senior faculty. Read more.

Get Your Free Memory Screening


Free, confidential memory screenings will be conducted by NYIT health professions and medical students on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1-4 p.m. at Riland Academic Center in Old Westbury and the Family Health Center of Central Islip, and 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Gold Coast Public Library in Glen Head, N.Y. Appointments are not necessary. Screenings are the first step toward proper diagnosis and care for memory problems, such as Alzheimer's disease. Read more.

Open Enrollment for Medical Plans Ends this Week

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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.

Staff Members and Students Attend Leadership Conference

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NYIT staff members accompanied 35 New York-based students to the National Center for Student Leadership's 71st Leadership Conference, Nov. 2-6 in Miami, Fla. Pictured above (second from left to right in front row) are Megan Siemers Livingston, director of student activities (Manhattan); Michael Schneider, director of counseling and wellness (Manhattan); Michael Scarpa Burnett, associate dean for campus life (Old Westbury); and Deepa Bhalla, director of HEOP (Manhattan). Derrol Rhodes, director of housing and residential Life (Old Westbury), also attended the conference.

The conference equips collegiate student leaders and advisors with tools to achieve their leadership potential and positively impact their campuses and communities, and provides opportunities to collaborate with other student leaders.

Tell Your Students - Disney/ABC Coming to New York Campuses


The lead recruiter for the Disney/ABC Television Group will give an information session on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 12:45-2 p.m. in Old Westbury (Salten Hall, room 3) and Manhattan (26 W. 61st St., room 211). Information will be provided about internships at ABC Television Network, ABC Owned Television Stations Group, ABC Studios, Disney Channels Worldwide, ABC Family, and SOAPnet, as well as Disney/ABC Domestic Television and Disney Media Distribution.

Do Your Students Need Help Preparing for Advisement and Registration?


Advisement workshops are scheduled for NYIT's New York campuses on Tuesday, Nov. 15 and Thursday, Nov. 17, 12:45-2:10 p.m. Peer advisors are available to help students prepare for advisement by reviewing their completed courses and remaining curriculum requirements. Workshop locations are:
Manhattan – 16 W. 61st St., room 919
Old Westbury – Harry Schure Hall, room CLC 4

Save the Date: Employee Recognition Ceremony

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Each year, NYIT honors faculty and staff who have worked at the university for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years or more by inviting them to an annual Employee Recognition Ceremony. This year’s event will be held 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 invitations), call 516.686.7667.

Fall Open House Recap

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NYIT's Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses hosted 700 students at two Open House events recently, showcasing the university's award-winning programs and counseling prospective students and their parents on admissions and financial aid. A record total of 1,400 people – students and their families – attended presentations for various schools and went on walking tours led by NYIT student ambassadors.

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

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

A. Seton Hall University
B. Limestone College
C. Dowling College
D. Long Island University

Congrats to Terri Katsch, benefits associate in Human Resources, who responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update.

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

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.

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.

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 NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus.

South Asian International Film Festival Attend screenings of films from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal during this festival, Nov. 10-15. The NYIT Auditorium on Broadway in Manhattan 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.

Energy Management Lecture NYIT alumnus Elijan Avdic, an electrical engineer at Power Management Concepts, LLC, will give a presentation on Monday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m. in Salten Hall, room SC-1, Old Westbury campus. For information, email

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.

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.

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.

Eleanor Baum Lecture The dean of The Cooper Union 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 at this event will benefit Relay for Life.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Nada Anid, Ph.D. (, dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was featured in the Oct. 28th article, "LI Leaders Share their Childhood Dreams," in Long Island Business News. Read more.

Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D. (, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering technology, presented a paper, "A Proposed API for the Control Plane of the WSN Integrated Technical Reference Model (I-TRM)," at the 8th International Conference and Expo on Emerging Technologies for a Smarter World, Nov. 3 in Hauppauge, N.Y. He also chaired a session on "Research and Applications in Cloud Computing."

Dolores Burton, Ed.D. (, chair of the Teacher Education Program, and Janice Sawyer, Ed.D. (, director of field placement and certification, presented the paper, "Preparing Teacher Candidates for APPR: One Institution's Journey," at the New York Association of Teacher Educators and New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Fall Conference, Oct. 20 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Carol Caico, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of nursing, presented the poster, "Perimenopause and Menopause Support Program," based on a research study at the American Academy of Medicine, Oct. 13 in New York City.

Francine Glazer, Ph.D. (, assistant provost and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, published the book, Blended Learning: Across the Disciplines, Across the Academy, and had a book signing at the international conference of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, Oct. 26-30 in Atlanta, Ga. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls it a "selected new book on higher education."

John Hanc (, associate professor of communication arts, wrote the article, "A Mobile Oasis in a Food Desert," published Nov. 2 in the Giving section of the New York Times. Read more.

Mindy Haar, Ph.D. (, was interviewed about the NYIT online Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition program in the November cover story, "Program Profile: Move to Cyberspace Saves Struggling Graduate Program," in Recruiting and Retaining Adult Learner.

Bhuma Krishnamachari, Ph.D. (, assistant professor and director of clinical research at NYCOM of NYIT, will present the poster, "Knowledge and Attitudes of HIV Among Registered Dental Hygienists," Nov. 14-15 at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network Annual Conference in Canada.

Michael Schiavi, Ph.D. (, professor of English, was interviewed in a homepage article for Elmhurst College's website. Read the article.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (, associate dean and executive director of the Vocational Independence Program of NYIT, published a review of the book, Crafting Connections: Contemporary Applied Behavior Analysis for Enriching the Social Lives of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Oct. 29 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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