Updates - NYIT and Hurricane Sandy

Unsung Heroes: NYIT Community Provides Services Through Storm

Nov 06 2012

Thank you to NYIT faculty and staff members whose preparations ensured smooth operations during the havoc of Hurricane Sandy and who are helping others in the storm's aftermath. Due to their efforts, pay checks were distributed on time, campus buildings were protected, and much more. If you know of "unsung heroes" among the NYIT community whose actions made a difference during the storm, email updates@nyit.edu. Here are some examples:

Sandy Strikes, ABET Accreditation Visit for Engineering Programs Accomplished
Nada Anid, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, reports that an Oct. 29-31 accreditation visit by ABET (the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) to NYIT's Manhattan campus during Hurricane Sandy was conducted smoothly and impeccably, thanks to the professionalism of the departments of facilities operations and campus security. The ABET reviewers came from around the world for the long-scheduled re-accreditation visit for NYIT programs in electrical and computer engineering and computing sciences and mechanical engineering. Staff members such as Jaime Cardenas, manager of facilities operations, quickly replaced ceiling tiles torn down by the storm in room 801 of the Edward Guiliano Global Center, and security personnel unable to commute to/from campus stayed overnight, often sleeping on the floor. Regardless of the circumstances, the enthusiasm of staff members never wavered during the three-day visit.

Athletics Staff Goes Beyond Call of Duty for Men's Soccer Team
Members of the Department of Athletics provided support to the NYIT men's soccer team as it advanced to the East Coast Conference Championship in the days following Hurricane Sandy. Team Coach Carlos Delcid gathered the student-athletes at least twice before a match against Bridgeport on Nov. 2, giving rides in his own cars to practice and making sure students had food. Director of Athletics Clyde Doughty washed the team's uniforms for the Bridgeport game, which NYIT won despite practicing only twice that week. DelCid gathered the team for one more practice before its Nov. 4 championship game against LIU Post and again drove them, even when running low on gas.

Prior to the NYIT-LIU Post game, Athletics Manager James Massari attempted to wash the team's uniforms in Old Westbury, but the power went out. Delcid and his wife, Angela, director of transfer evaluations and recruitment at NYIT, washed the uniforms at home with the help of their three-year-old daughter, the team's No. 1 fan. After the game, Delcid ran out of gas and a neighbor of one of the student-athletes donated three gallons of gasoline, so the team could return to the SUNY Old Westbury residence halls. The team also enjoyed a post-game barbecue generously provided by the Halls and Caccavales, parents of NYIT soccer players Chris Hall and junior captain Vinny Caccavale.

Show Goes On at NYIT Auditorium on Broadway
Though the Manhattan campus was closed on Nov. 2, the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway hosted a screening for new client, Fox Searchlight, of its soon-to-be released film, Hitchcock, for members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and movie critics. Jennifer Cucura, director of the NYIT AOB, says the venue fared so well through the storm due to the efforts and support of staff members from buildings and grounds and media services. The film, stars Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma.

Payroll and IT Coordinate Pay Checks Before Storm
The departments of information technology and payroll have been working together since the day before Hurricane Sandy hit and much of the past week to ensure that pay checks reached the NYIT community. A special thank-you goes out to Lead Systems Analyst Ravi Krishnaswamy, who worked closely with Payroll Manager Daphne Lawrie and her staff.

Facilities and Dining Services Restore Campus Operations
Members of the Department of Facilities Operations worked through the week to restore NYIT's New York campuses to full operations. In Old Westbury, in the days before the storm hit, they pumped out the pond next to Serota and removed banners and other wind-susceptible items. Post-storm, they quickly cleared trees and debris from campus roads and walkways, and repaired broken windows in Manhattan. They also monitored the initial power outage on the Old Westbury campus and activated generators to keep electricity running until it was fully restored by the Long Island Power Authority. Meanwhile, members of the departments of dining services and campus dining such as Director of Dining Services Robert Rizzuto and Director of Food Services Pilar Visconti made sure that facilities staffers had coffee and meals while working round-the-clock in Old Westbury.

Health Professions Professor Finds Power, Safe Place for Student Interview
NYIT's Department of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies had previously scheduled interviews for prospective students on Oct. 29; however, due to the impending hurricane, all appointments for out-of-state candidates were canceled, except for one who had already arrived in New York. Undeterred by the storm and campus closure, Lawrence Herman, director of PA admissions, found a diner with power in a safe area, where he arranged to meet the candidate on Oct. 31. There, he conducted the interview and waited for her to complete two essays. The woman safely flew back to her home in Florida later that day.

Emergency Communications Team Keeps Information Coming 24/7
Thanks goes to the Communications and Marketing Emergency Response Team for keeping the NYIT community updated before, during, and after Hurricane Sandy. Dedicated team members (often without electricity in their houses) posted, emailed, and texted at all hours of the day on mobile devices using their thumbs … and roaming their towns for Wi-Fi hotspots … in order to keep the community informed.

VIP Students at Central Islip Site Appreciate Staff Support
According to students in NYIT's Vocational Independence Program, resident assistants at the Central Islip site provided them with information, food, and a sense of comfort and safety during Hurricane Sandy. Also keeping them safe were the efforts of Facilities General Foreman George Giosi and security guards on the grounds. Students also helped each other, as noted by Andrew Asch, who says his friend Chris Gibson provided good advice for hurricane preparations.

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