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NYIT Garners East Coast Conference Awards

Jessica Zinno, NYIT Athletics and Maggie McKee (B.S. '10) receiving ECC award for community engagement.

Director of Athletics Clyde Doughty and student-athlete Luci Ferraro

Old Westbury, N.Y. (July 19, 2010) – New York Institute of Technology’s (NYIT) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation was recognized  by the East Coast Conference (ECC) for excellence in community engagement, as well as the extraordinary efforts of student-athlete Luci Ferraro.

The department received the ECC Community Engagement Award of Excellence for their “Night Out on the Bears” event, which is an annual event that gives parents from the community an opportunity to enjoy an evening out while student athletes and staff care for their children free of charge. The event was held in December 2009, allowing parents to complete their holiday shopping while their children were cared for in a safe, healthy, and fun environment with dinner, arts and crafts, and games. NYIT received a grant for $500 to offset the expenses for next year’s event.

Additionally, Luci Ferraro (B.S. ’10), a recent graduate of NYIT’s elementary education program and senior outside hitter for NYIT’s women’s volleyball team, received the John Smillie, Jr. Award, conferred annually to student-athletes who have overcome personal or physical challenges and hardships to pursue their intercollegiate athlete careers. Because of Ferraro’s diagnosis of Crohn’s disease in her sophomore year at NYIT, she was unable to play in the fall semester of her junior year due to pain and weakness. Ferraro (Smithtown, N.Y.) took a medical withdrawal from NYIT to have surgery and needed a colostomy bag attached, which at the time was non-reversible. Ferraro played the entire season with the bag attached during the fall of 2008 and never missed a game.

Fortunately, Ferraro was chosen as a candidate for a reversal procedure and, after enduring a difficult surgery, Ferraro returned to NYIT and was able to play for her last season of volleyball. She appeared in 23 matches and tallied 11 service aces.

Ferraro was on the Dean's List and the Athletics Directors Honor roll every semester at NYIT.  She was an active member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, the honor society, and was a volleyball captain for two years. Ferraro was also one of thirty selected to receive $10,000 from the UCB Crohn’s Scholarship.   

“Luci’s strong commitment to academic and athletic excellence never wavered throughout her difficult ordeal with Crohn’s disease,” said Gail Wasmus, assistant athletic director and head women’s volleyball coach. “I am so proud to have been able to coach her during the past four years and watch her develop into such an outstanding young lady.”
NYIT’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation sponsors a Division I baseball team, and nine Division II teams for men and women, including cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, and softball.

NYIT’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation sponsors a Division I baseball team, and nine Division II teams for men and women, including cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, and softball.

About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), founded in 1955, offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 90 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 15,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 85,000 students have graduated from NYIT. For more information, visit


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