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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about Nada Anid's appointment to the Board of Distinguished Advisors for ENCSS; Tobias Holler's grant from Architectural Research Centers Consortium; Bhuall Kumar's research on modeling the molecular world; Hui-Yin Hsu's and Shiang-Kwei Wang's presentation on global literacy; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Catherine Flickinger, J.D.

Catherine Flickinger

General Counsel Catherine Flickinger, J.D., who spent more than 20 years providing legal counsel for media giants such as CBS and Hachette Filipacchi, talks about her natural transition from media to education law and goals for the year ahead. Read more.

Congrats to NYIT's Technology Based Learning Systems on $229K Grant


NYIT's latest technology-based partnership will enable grade school students to tap into museum collections, thanks to a $229K grant awarded to Technology Based Learning Systems in the School of Education. The federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will be used to train teachers and museum educators to develop interactive presentations and technology-based lessons for the classroom. Read more.

NYIT Engineering Wins Education Award


The School of Engineering and Computing Sciences won the World Congress Asia Award for Best Educational Institute in Engineering on Sept. 25 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Pictured mid-center is Garon Wheeler, Ph.D., campus dean at NYIT-Abu Dhabi, who accepted the award. Read more.

Hospitality Department Receives Nearly $7,000 for Student Scholarships

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The Department of Hospitality Studies at NYIT has recently received nearly $7,000 from the Long Island Hotel and Lodging Association to provide student scholarships and financial assistance. James Henry Dunne, J.D., assistant professor of hospitality management, accepted the check, bringing the total amount he has raised since the scholarship fund's inception to more than $100,000.

In addition, Professor Dunne and the Department of Hospitality Studies are collaborating with NYIT Dining Services and the NYIT de Seversky Mansion on 12 paid, 200-hour internship positions on the Old Westbury campus for hospitality students this semester. Interns will have the opportunity to work in dining services, banquet event sales, dining room management, and kitchen management.

Host An International Student for Thanksgiving


Invite an international student from NYIT's Old Westbury or Manhattan campus to join your family for a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, Nov. 24. If you are able to host one or more students, please complete an application by Saturday, Oct. 15 and return it to Barbara Multari (Harry Schure Hall, room 207, Old Westbury campus, Download the form.

Schedule Your Flu Shot


Flu shots are now available for all faculty and staff members at the Riland Academic Health Care Center, Old Westbury campus, and at the Central Islip Family Health Center. Schedule your appointment by calling 516.686.1300 (Old Westbury) or 631.348.3254 (Central Islip).

Save the Date: 2011 Holiday Parties


Mark your calendar for NYIT's upcoming holiday parties at the New York campuses:
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

Columbus Day Weekend - Wisser Library Schedule

Wisser Library

Wisser Library's schedule for this Columbus Day weekend is:
Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 9, 1-6 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 10, 2-10 p.m.


2012 Holiday Schedule


The 2012 holiday schedule for NYIT’s New York campuses is available as a pdf on the Human Resources website at If you have any questions, call the Office of Human Resources at 516.686.7667. View the full schedule pdf.


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 On Wednesday, Oct. 5, watch the Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, 5:30 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, room 102 (The Soundstage). Refreshments will be served.

Light the Night Walk Support Team NYIT and raise money for cancer research on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m. at the South Street Seaport/Brooklyn Bridge Pier 17, at Fulton and South Streets, New York City. Money raised will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

College PrepTalk Newsday presents a free webinar on college admissions on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m., featuring expert panelist Jacquelyn Nealon, Ed.D., vice president for enrollment, communications, and marketing. Register at or call 1.877.545.4834.

Provost/Faculty Conferences All full-time faculty are expected to attend the upcoming Provost/Faculty Conferences. The first, for Manhattan campus faculty, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 11 during free hour at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. The Old Westbury campus event will occur during free hour on Thursday, Oct. 13 at Riland Auditorium. Important initiatives and plans will be shared by Provost Shoureshi, who will answer faculty questions as time allows. R.S.V.P. to if you have not done so already.

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.

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 invited to watch the competition and enjoy food and beverages. To compete, download and complete a free application by Wednesday, Oct. 5. To attend the event and cheer on your favorite team, R.S.V.P. to Ytala Ruiz at 516.686.1421 or email

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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, Manhattan campus. Register today.


Faculty and Staff Achievements

Tobi Abramson, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of mental health counseling and director of the Center of Gerontology and Geriatrics, will present the paper, "MemoryWorks: An Evaluation of a Brain Fitness Program for People with Dementia," and the poster, "Human Happiness: The Triumvirate of Eudemonia, Positive Psychology and the Creative Process," at the annual conference of the Gerontological Society of America this November in Boston.

Nada Anid, Ph.D. (, dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was named to the Board of Distinguished Advisors of the Environment and Public Health Network for Chinese Students and Scholars.

Carol Caico, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of nursing, published the article "Do Perimenopausal and Menopausal Symptoms Affect the Marital Relationship?" in the Journal of Research in Nursing on July 22. She also presented the research poster "Perimenopause/Menopause Support Program" at the North American Menopause Annual Meeting.

Elizabeth J. Donaldson (, associate professor of English, presented the paper, "My 12 Hours as a Madman: LSD and Disability Immersion Experiences of Schizophrenia," at the annual Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts conference, September 2011 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Read the paper.

Tobias Holler (, assistant professor of architecture, is the recipient of a $1,200 grant from Architectural Research Centers Consortium for the BuckyFarm: Suburban Agriculture 2.0 Project, for which he is developing a suburban prototype for a high-efficiency farming structure that is water-, energy-, and carbon-neutral.

In addition, Holler and Matthias Altwicker (, associate professor of architecture, are developing sLAB LI, an initiative that will engage teams of NYIT students, professional consultants, and community groups to design and build high-performance, cost-effective, single-family building prototypes for Long Island communities on a biannual basis.

Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D. (, associate professor of teacher education, and Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D. (, associate professor of instructional technology, presented their research "Global Literacy: Comparing China and New York City High School Students" at the Chinese American Academic and Professional Society on Sept. 17 in Flushing, N.Y.

Bhuall Kumar, Ph.D. ( adjunct instructor of life sciences, collaborated on "Modeling the Molecular World," a research project at The Rockefeller University in New York City, and contributed to "Silencing Genomes: Preparing Students and Families to Thrive in the Gene Age" at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.

Isaac Kurtzer, Ph.D (, assistant professor of neuroscience and histology, published the paper, "Primary Motor Cortex Underlies Multi-Joint Integration for Fast Feedback Control," on Sept. 28 in the journal Nature. Read the article.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D. (, associate professor of English and director of technical writing programs, is serving on the organizing committee for this year's national Conference of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, in October at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Krishnamurthy Ravichandran (, assistant professor of management at NYIT-Abu Dhabi, presented the paper, "Empirical Study on Trading Volume and Stock Returns Volatility in U.S. Stock Market," at the International Conference of Organization Innovation, July 27-29, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Michael Schiavi (, professor of English, was interviewed about his book Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo for the September 2011 edition of Out newspaper.

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