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Fall Semester 2010…and we’re off!

Sep 11 2010

Welcome back!  When I last saw most of you we were concluding the spring semester, hotly anticipating the summer months. Well, the summer flew and much anticipated vacations at the Jersey shore washed up, literally.  So much happened and upon reflection, I realize that we accomplished much more than we expected!

Christina McNally

 First, Adrienne McNally, the Assistant Director of Experiential Education in OW, delivered a flawless baby girl.  One might even say she is practically perfect!  All those months of suffering from merry-go-round and tea cup rides in her belly certainly paid off.  Congratulations Adrienne!  We look forward to your return in mid-October.

The Internship Certificate Program flourished with nearly 60 students receiving certificates.  Collectively they earned over $65,000. Not too Calvin Xu intern at the NY Stock Exchangeshabby! This fall we have almost all NYIT schools that offer internships requiring their students to go through the ICP for the support our staff offers their students and participating employers.

Dean John Agnelli required service-learning in his Introduction to Sociology course offered as part of the summer Jump Start Program.  30 students volunteered in the local community for over 30 hours and provided overwhelmingly positive feedback in their evaluations.  This fall, service-learning is being offered in six courses on two campuses, a record number for NYIT since the program started one year ago. Students are working in NYC to educate community members about the dangers of childhood obesity and diabetes prevention; others are engaging with local youth to get involved with local, State and Federal governments to make changes in their community; some students are helping alleviate hunger and issues related to homelessness in Long Island; while other NYIT service-learning students are using their persuasive writing skills to encourage more people to sign organ and tissue donor registries.

However, the most exciting projects beginning this fall are the opening of two Community Service Centers (one in MA and another in OW), and the creation of the Alternative PeruBreak Program. The Community Service Centers are student-run offices designed to identify volunteer needs in the community and to bring them to NYIT students. These centers will help find volunteer projects for individuals looking to get involved while building their professional resumes, in addition to helping students who are encouraged to volunteer as members of clubs, organizations, athletics and Greek Life.  The Centers will also provide valid volunteer opportunities to International Students interested in getting involved in their new communities, in as early as their first semester on campus.  One student will serve at the center liaison to our Global Programs and assist our Nanjing students get involved in the community early and often – something many aren’t able to do because of Visa restrictions. The centers will serve as NYIT’s one-stop-shops for all of our volunteer needs.

The Alternative Break Program offers students the opportunity to travel together and to provide service to communities in need during spring and intercession breaks. While Alternative Break is new to NYIT, it was started by college students in the early 1980's as an alternative to stereotypical "beach party" spring breaks. These drug and alcohol-free service trips include orientations and ongoing reflection that are designed to address social issues like poverty, hunger, inadequate housing or gender inequity. The ultimate goal of alternative break trips is to get students to think of themselves as global citizens and to inspire them to use their college learning to solve public problems. Our first trip is scheduled for spring 2011 to Peru, where students will serve on water recuperation and native agriculture projects.  Applications are due by September 24, so if you are interested please log into www.nyit.edu/peru and APPLY!

And if this weren’t enough, Career Services is pumping with new programs designed for seniors in November, a series of workshops called “Tea Talks” for international students, a growing alumni mentoring program and a series of Crash Course workshops for resume writing and interviewing, to name a few. All of our new events and initiatives are posted under the events section of our Website, www.nyit.edu/cs.

When you get a chance, visit one of our new Community Service Centers (in MA on the 2nd floor of the Student Activities building and in Career Services, Salten Hall OW), and stop in to say hello to us in Career Services.  We look forward to seeing you!

PS – Have you updated your Career Net profile and resume??? Log and update now!

Author: amy_bravo