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Read about Maureen Cardoza's role at the United Nations NGO forum on mental health and the scope of non-communicable diseases; Leonard Goldstein's article "Clinical Approach to the Evaluation of the Headache"; Oren Shtayermman's presentation at an international congress on addictive behaviors and other mental disorders; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Jeremy Ducos

Jeremy Ducos

Building civic engagement is central to the job of Assistant Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development Jeremy Ducos. He is currently planning the second Alternative Spring Break Project to Peru, and is looking for faculty and staff members interested in trip leader positions. (Note: To get an application, email Read more about Jeremy Ducos.

President Guiliano Welcomes NYIT-Nanjing Students

President Guiliano

President Guiliano welcomed more than 300 new students to the Class of 2015 at NYIT-Nanjing on Oct. 12, sharing with them the news that 98 percent of the China campus' first graduating class accepted outstanding job offers or educational opportunities after graduating in June 2011. Read his speech.

While in Asia, he will also discuss the value of the American higher education system with students at National Taichung University of Education in Taiwan.

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 Hosts First Faculty/Provost Conference


NYIT Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., shared ideas and celebrated faculty scholarship and achievement at the first Faculty/Provost Conference on Oct. 11. He encouraged faculty to "imagine, design, and create" to differentiate the university on a global scale. In an interactive talk at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Shoureshi encouraged faculty to work together on developing and expanding interdisciplinary centers in health, sustainability, and other areas.

The next Provost/Faculty Conference for all full-time faculty will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13 during free hour in Riland Auditorium, Old Westbury campus. R.S.V.P. to if you have not done so already.

Schedule Your Appointment with TIAA-CREF


A TIAA-CREF representative will be visiting NYIT's Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses to provide personal investment and retirement counseling for program participants. To schedule an appointment, contact Kendis Riley, TIAA-CREF representative, at 516.454.4006. Appointments may be scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:

Wisser Library, room LL15, Old Westbury campus
Thursday, Oct. 20
Wednesday, Nov. 16
Wednesday, Dec. 7

16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, Manhattan campus
Wednesday, Nov. 9 (room 1119)
Tuesday, Nov. 22 (room 1118)

Submit Artwork for I Photography Exhibition


Faculty, staff, and students are invited to submit their artwork for consideration in the "I Photography: Images From the Edge" exhibition, Dec. 6, 2011 to Jan. 6, 2012 at NYIT Gallery 61, Manhattan campus. The exhibition will feature images taken from iPhones, Androids, and other advanced phones. Pictured at left is an image taken by Robert Sherwin, associate professor of communication arts. All submissions must be printed, matted in a 4-ply mat, and framed. Participants may also email digital submissions to be considered for display on the gallery's website. For more information, contact Jennifer Mitchell, curator of NYIT Gallery 61, at 212.261.1562 or

Screen East Coast Debut of Ending Alzheimer's


NYIT's Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics is co-hosting a special screening of "Ending Alzheimer's," a video presentation of experts on aging and Alzheimer's disease. It was filmed before an audience of 2,000 people at the American Society on Aging's annual conference in San Francisco. The event, which includes a reception and post-screening discussion, is on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. Registration is requested for this free event, which is also open to the public. Register for the event.

Upcoming Events

Free Basketball Tickets Cheer on NYIT men's basketball on the road at a preseason game at Villanova on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Complimentary tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The bus will leave at 1:30 p.m. from NYIT-Old Westbury and return the same night. For more information, contact Sabrina Polidoro, assistant director of sports information, at 516.686.7504 or

Free Flick Watch the sci-fi thriller, Gattaca, today at 5:30 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, room 102 (The Soundstage). Refreshments will be served.

GEOMETRIC STRANDS: Silk, Glass, Paper Come to the opening lecture and reception for this art exhibition on Thursday, Oct. 13, 5-7 p.m. at NYIT Gallery 61, 16 W. 61st St., Manhattan campus. The exhibition is on display until Thursday, Oct. 27.

NYIT Fed Challenge Watch this student competition on the economic, interest rate, and financial market outlook on Friday, Oct. 14, 12:30-2 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Garden Room. Lunch will be served.

Alcohol Awareness Week The Counseling and Wellness Center at NYIT-Old Westbury is hosting free events for National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, Oct. 17-21:
So You Think You Are a Social Drinker? A discussion on this topic will be presented by counselor Joan O'Connor on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 12:30 p.m., Anna Rubin Hall, room 308. Refreshments will be served.
Alcohol Screenings and Information Table Become informed on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Harry Schure Hall, lobby.
Stories of Substance A professional peer theater group will perform to tell stories of substance abuse, domestic violence, self-esteem, and depression on Thursday, Oct. 20, 12:30 p.m., Harry Schure Hall, room 130. Lunch will be served.

Propagation Seems Good Here Tonight Terry Nauheim, associate professor of fine arts, performs her latest art project on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, N.Y. Read more.

Cast Iron Chef

Cast Iron Chef Competition NYIT Dining Services presents the first staff and faculty culinary cook-off on Thursday, Oct. 20, 4 to 7 p.m., at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Old Westbury campus. The cost is $15 for faculty and staff members to watch the competition and enjoy food and beverages. Competing will be teams Sizz & Fizz (office of enrollment, communications, and marketing), Team Royalty (office of campus life/HEOP), and Little-Endians (English department). R.S.V.P. to Ytala Ruiz at 516.686.1421.

Energy Auditing Demonstration Representatives from National Grid, the Building Performance Contractors Association, and Efficiency First will give an energy auditing demonstration on Thursday, Oct. 20, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Simonson Annex, Old Westbury campus. For more information, email Robert N. Amundsen, Ph.D., director of energy management, at

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Celebrity Wranglers: Getting the Guest The Center for Communication presents its free panel with television bookers from popular TV talk shows such as The View on Thursday, Oct. 20, 5 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway (AOB), Manhattan campus. Register today.



9th Annual Paws for Parkinson's Howl-O-Ween Dog Walkathon Raise money for Parkinson's research on Sunday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Marjorie Post Park, Merrick and Unqua Roads, Massapequa, N.Y. Activities include a one-mile walk, Halloween Hounds costume contest, prizes, raffles, refreshments, and more. Registration is $25 per dog (part of the proceeds will be donated to participating animal shelters). This event is presented by the American Parkinson Disease Association and generously sponsored by the Adele Smithers Parkinson's Disease Treatment Center at NYCOM of NYIT. For more information and/or to register, call 516.626.6114 or go to

New York City Greek Film Festival Screen the Greek film Attenberg on Monday, Oct. 24, 6-11 p.m. at the AOB. Purchase tickets.

Architecture and Design Lecture Peter Eisenman, principal of Eisenman Architects in New York City, will give a special presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Old Westbury campus. Read more.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Frank Acevedo (, assistant professor, academic coordinator, and associate director of the department of physician assistant studies, had his abstract accepted for the February 2012 Society of Critical Care Medicine on Ventilator Associated Pneumonia and Compliance with Head of Bed Elevation.

Maureen Cardoza, Ph.D, R.N. (, assistant professor of nursing, is the United Nations Advisory Council on Global Nursing representative for the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing. She attended the United Nations NGO forum on mental health and the scope of non-communicable diseases, Sept. 19-20 in New York City.

Deborah Cohn (, associate professor of marketing and director of professional enrichment, was quoted on the Russian Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty during a discussion about Apple founder Steve Jobs.

Elizabeth J. Donaldson (, associate professor of English, published the essay "Revisiting the Corpus of the Madwoman: Further Notes Toward a Feminist Disability Studies Theory of Mental Illness," in the collection Feminist Disability Studies published by Indiana University Press. Read more.

Leonard B. Goldstein, D.D.S., Ph.D. (, director of clerkship education, and Richmond Lo (D.O. '11), an emergency medicine resident at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, published the article, “Clinical Approach to the Evaluation of the Headache,” in the September 2011 issue of Practical Pain Management.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D. (, associate professor of English and director of technical writing programs, gave the presentation "How Advisable Are Advisory Boards for Academic Programs?" on Oct. 7 at the Conference for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Jacquelyn Nealon, Ed.D. (, vice president for enrollment, communications, and marketing, shared her expertise on college admissions as a panelist for the Newsday webinar, College PrepTalk on Oct. 6.

Alex Ott (, associate dean of academic support and enrollment services, wrote the president’s message in the fall 2011 edition of NYSTAA News, a publication of the New York State Transfer and Articulation Association. Read more.

Oren Shtayermman, Ph.D. (, director of the mental health counseling program, gave the presentation, "Six-Month Follow-Up on Risk Factors for Suicidal Ideation Among College Students: A Longitudinal Examination," at the "II International Congress On Dual Disorders: Addictive Behaviors and Other Mental Disorders," Oct. 5-8 in Barcelona, Spain.

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