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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about Babak Beheshti and Nada Anid, who served as ABET reviewers; Paul Cavanagh and Ernst VanBergeijk's article on autism spectrum disorders; Ellen Greer and Susan Neville's presentation on breast cancer; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Carol Dahir, Ed.D.

Carol Dahir

Professor Carol Dahir, Ed.D., travels the world to find inspiration for NYIT's school counseling program. Read more about her global perspective.



President Guiliano Announces Center for the Humanities and Culture in China

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NYIT will open a Center for the Humanities and Culture in Nanjing, China, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State and the American Embassy in Beijing. The center will offer monthly public lectures, weekly educational and cultural programs, and technology resources. In April, the center will sponsor a film and academic conference.

President Guiliano, who announced this news while in China last week, also spoke to students at National Taichung University of Education in Taiwan on Oct. 14, where he talked about the evolution of higher education in the United States. Read his speech.

HR Launches New Portal

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NYIT is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of a Human Resources self-service online portal where faculty and staff may review and update vital employee records, such as address, benefits information (if applicable), and emergency contacts. The online portal supports NYIT’s ongoing goal to leverage technology in its sustainable initiatives. To get started, you will receive a secure login and password by mail to your home address in the next two weeks. If you are currently an Oracle user, you will continue to use your existing login information.

Mark Your Calendar - Provost Discovery Luncheon


Join NYIT Provost Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., at his first Provost Discovery Luncheons for NYIT's New York campuses on Tuesday, Nov. 1 in Manhattan and on Thursday, Nov. 3 in Old Westbury. R.S.V.P. for one of the upcoming luncheons.


Viva, Peru - Alternative Spring Break Needs You!

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Participate in NYIT's Alternative Spring Break in Peru, March 17-25, 2012. Faculty and staff members interested in this once-in-a-lifetime experience helping others should request an application from Amy Bravo, director of experiential education and employer outreach, at Applications are due on Friday, Oct. 21.

Questions? Email Amy Bravo or Jeremy Ducos, assistant director of student activities and leadership development, at

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:

What was the name of the NYIT yearbook from 1961 to 1991?

A. NYIT Times
B. The Edumator
C. NYIT Slate
D. NYIT Year in Review

NYIT and Broadway Stage Arts Program

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Middle school students experienced Broadway in a novel way on Oct. 14 when stars of the musical The Addams Family led a live Internet broadcast from the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway to classrooms across the country. The program was led by Director of Technology Based Learning Systems Stanley Silverman. Read more.

4-3-2-1 Plan Engages First-Year Students


The Student Solutions Center (SSC) is meeting with first-year students this semester as part of its 4-3-2-1 Plan to integrate academics, financial literacy and awareness, and community service projects or internships into their campus experience. The plan encourages students to:


  • Graduate within 4 years to ease the financial burden of additional semesters and summer school costs.
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 G.P.A., which is important for scholarships, graduate school admission, and employment.
  • Commit to studying at least 2 hours per week for each credit to ensure academic success.
  • Participate in 1 community service project or internship, to distinguish themselves to employers and graduate schools valuing volunteer and experiential education.

Schedule Your Appointment with TIAA-CREF


Starting this week, a TIAA-CREF representative will be visiting NYIT's New York 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)

Shoot and Submit Artwork for NYIT Gallery 61 Exhibit


Faculty, staff, and students are invited to submit their artwork for consideration in the "I Photography: Images From the Edge" exhibit, Dec. 6, 2011 to Jan. 6, 2012 at NYIT Gallery 61, Manhattan campus. The exhibit 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

Save the Date: 2011 Holiday Parties


Mark your calendar for NYIT's upcoming holiday parties:
Manhattan Campus  – Wednesday, Dec. 14, 3:30 to 5 p.m., 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor
Old Westbury Campus  – Thursday, Dec. 15, 3:30 to 5 p.m., NYIT de Seversky Mansion ballroom


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

GEOMETRIC STRANDS: Silk, Glass, Paper View this art exhibition on display until Thursday, Oct. 27 at NYIT Gallery 61, 16 W. 61st St., Manhattan campus.

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:

  • 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 today at 8 p.m. at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, N.Y. Read more.

Free Flick Watch the British sci-fi flick, Things to Come, Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, room 102 (The Soundstage). Refreshments will be served.

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.

Group Poetry Reading Listen to poems read by Terese Coe, adjunct professor of English, at the launch of the literary journal Raintown Review on Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in "The Parlors," St. Joseph's College, 245 Clinton Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.


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.


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. The event, which includes a reception and post-screening discussion, is on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the AOB, Manhattan campus. Registration is requested for this free event, which is also open to the public. Register for the event.

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.

Parkinson's Lecture Series The Adele Smithers Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Center presents an educational seminar for people with Parkinson’s disease and their families on Tuesday, Nov. 1, noon-2 p.m. in Riland Auditorium, Old Westbury campus.

Prince Among Slaves Screen this film and attend a panel discussion for New York City educators on Thursday, Nov. 3, 4:30-8:30 p.m. at the AOB, 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. Lunch will be provided. For more information, email counselor Joan O'Connor at

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. “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

Two members of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences recently served as evaluators on ABET program review teams. Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D. (, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering technology, was part of a team reviewing several engineering and technology programs, Sept. 24-27, at the University of Toledo, Ohio, and Nada Anid, Ph.D. (, dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was part of a team reviewing engineering programs, Oct. 9-11, at Hampton University, Virginia.

Zehra Ahmed (, assistant professor of physician assistant studies and assistant director of research and planning at the NYIT Center for Global Health, published the article, "A Day in the Life: Zehra Ahmed," in the October 2011 issue of the Journal of The American Academy of Physician Assistants. The article highlights her experiences last year in Ghana with students and faculty members of the Center for Global Health. Read more.

Lewis Bass, D.O. (, clinical associate professor of family medicine, and Timothy W. Hegeman, OMS IV, published their article "Multiple Primary Cancers Including Mesothelioma of the Tunica Vaginalis: Case Report and Literature Review With Primary Focus," in the Aug. 11 issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

Paul Cavanagh, Ph.D. (, director of academics and evaluation for the Vocational Independence Program (VIP), and Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (, associate dean and executive director of VIP, published their article, "The Unique Needs of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders Transitioning to College" in the Fall 2011 edition of Autism Spectrum News. Read the article.

Wei Ding, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of computer science, co-authored the paper, "To Shift or Not to Shift: Maximizing the Efficiency of a Wireless Sensor Network" in the International Journal of Networked Computing and Advanced Information Management.

In addition, Dr. Ding and Cecilia Dong, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, attended the AT&T Mobility Service Providers Security Research Workshop on Oct. 13 at the AT&T Security Research Center in New York City.

Dr. Dong also published "Network Measurement Based Modeling and Optimization for IP Geolocation" in the journal Computer Networks. On Oct. 15-16, Dr. Dong and Helen Gu, Ph.D. (, associate professor of computer science, attended the Society of Women Engineering Academic Leadership Workshop in Chicago funded by the National Science Foundation.

Ellen Greer, Ph.D. (, chairperson of the department of occupational therapy, and Susan M. Neville, Ph.D., R.N. (, chairperson of the department of nursing, presented "The Community Speaks: Voices of Underserved Latina Women at Risk for Breast Cancer: An Academic Service Community Health Focus" at the International Rural Nursing and Rural Health Conference, Oct. 6 at Binghamton University, Binghamton, N.Y.

Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D. (, associate professor of teacher education, and Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D. (, associate professor of instructional technology, were interviewed on Oct. 6 by Sino Television for a feature story about their study, "Global Literacy: Comparing Chinese and U.S. High School Students" and "A Comparison of Education System in China and the United States." Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the interview on YouTube.

Michael Schiavi, Ph.D. (, professor of English, delivered the inaugural William R. Johnson Guestship Lecture on Oct. 14 at Elmhurst College in Chicago. 

Sabiha Wadoo, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, presented four papers at the 14th International IEEE Annual Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Oct. 5-7 at George Washington University, Washington D.C. Dr. Wadoo also chaired a conference session on simulation and modeling.

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