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Feb 09 2011

Students Speak Out for Education

Old Westbury and New York, N.Y. (Feb. 9, 2011) New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) sent its largest contingent to the annual student lobby day, with 65 students, faculty, and staff from NYIT’s New York campuses converging in Albany, N.Y.

They boarded buses at dawn on Tuesday morning, and hours later immersed themselves in meetings with local assembly members and senators to discuss state-funded programs like the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). They also called for an end to budget cuts in education and healthcare.

During the Student and Alumni Speak Out event, two students told a crowd about how the government has given them opportunities to pursue their educations at NYIT. The students included Oliver Vasquez, who is a junior with a major in telecommunications network management from the Dominican Republic; and Sonia Perry, a senior with a major in communication arts and a concentration in TV-radio program production.

In addition, student-athlete representatives from six of NYIT’s intercollegiate athletic programs – lacrosse, women’s soccer, volleyball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, and men’s soccer – joined in support of the state-funded programs, and strongly urged representatives to continue funding of these programs for their fellow NYIT classmates.

Along the way, students learned about state government and advocacy as part of the event, known as New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day.

NYIT’s group joined more than 1,200 others from 60 schools across the state for the event, organized by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities.About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) 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 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit


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