Jun 17 2014
"I wanted to give back."
Tony Epifane (B.S. ’85, M.B.A. ’09) mentors NYIT students Kavita Ramdeen (left) and Shanice Doyle.
Tony Epifane (B.S. ’85, M.B.A. ’09) knows a good idea when he sees one. And when he heard about NYIT’s Alumni Mentor Program, he took the opportunity to contact the university’s Office of Career Services and ask what he could do to help. As director of sales and applications engineering for Karl Storz Endoscopy, a major U.S. distributor of medical devices, he felt gratitude to NYIT for his own professional success, which spans nearly three decades.
The Office of Career Services connected him with biomedical majors Kavita Ramdeen and Shanice Doyle, both from Trinidad, who were looking for a mentor. Immediately, the trio bonded as Epifane took them on tours of New York City medical facilities, gave them valuable real-world insight, and answered questions they had about their education and future career planning.
“He is wonderful, so friendly,” said Ramdeen, who is interested in pursuing a career in prosthetics. “It’s mind-blowing when you find out what you can do with an NYIT degree. You can really do anything.”
For Doyle, joining NYIT’s Alumni Mentor Program was, in her words, the best decision she ever made. “The opportunities and experiences I have received have been priceless,” she says. “Anytime I had questions, Tony would call or email back and talk about his contacts. From day one, he showed interest and made sure we got everything we possibly could out of the experience.”
Interested in participating? Contact the NYIT Office of Career Services at 516.686.7527, 212.261.1537 or email Leigh Mascianica, Assistant Director for Career Services.