Larry Kamguia (M.A. '13), assistant director of career services, counts a difficult period as one of his proudest experiences at NYIT: when Hurricane Sandy hit the New York tri-state area in 2012. The storm made landfall on Oct. 29 and affected everyone at NYIT. Homes and roads in coastal communities were flooded and many neighborhoods suffered damage and lost electrical power, including most of Long Island, neighborhoods south of 39th street in Manhattan and throughout New York City's other boroughs, and swaths of New Jersey and Connecticut. Hurricane Sandy would set a record as the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history.
As recovery began in the days and weeks after the storm, NYIT faculty, staff, and students came together to help each other and their surrounding communities. They volunteered at cleanups and donated food and supplies for those in need. Kamguia, who was a student at the time and a resident assistant at NYIT-Manhattan, joined fellow students to raise $275 for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. He is pictured above (second from left) at a fundraiser in front of the Edward Guiliano Global Center held in early November 2012.
"It was my first time experiencing a hurricane," says Kamguia. "Many of my classmates saw their homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Our fundraiser was a way for me and other students to show our support for affected families. It's this sense of solidarity during hard times that makes me proud to be part of the NYIT community."