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VanBergeijk Scales Rock Wall to Meet Students' Challenge
May 07, 2015

"Since this is a developmental disability, and that's for life, obesity is then potentially a lifetime issue, along with the health problems that come along with that," says Ernst VanBergeijk, associate dean and executive director of the Vocational Independence Program, in an interview with Suffolk Times and Riverhead News-Review about his annual fitness challenge to his students. "So we try to help them develop health habits."

VanBergeijk agreed to scale a 30-foot rock wall after his students accepted this year's challenge to walk 62 million steps. The idea, he says, is to have students with learning disabilities and/or autism spectrum diagnoses to focus on fitness and healthy habits, particularly because children on the autism specturm are 42 percent more likely to be obese. When his students surpassed the goal -- as they have done for the past few years -- he cheerfully scheduled his rock wall climb and invited the students to join him at the Baiting Hollow Boy Scout Camp to watch..

The Vocational Independence Program's goal to get students into college or full-time jobs is a wise investment, VanBergeijk tells the newspaper.

"A generation ago, these same children would have been relegated to institutions away from the community and away from a fulfilling life."

In a letter to the editor in the Riverhead News-Review, VanBergeijk also calls on state and Federal funding agencies to support special education students, as mandated by law. Funding students' enrollment in college-based special education and transition programs that seek to educate students to live and work independently, is a better investment, he says, than spending funds to fight school districts' resistance to pay for the services.

Matt Cornelius: Oculus Rift is a Game-Changer
May 06, 2015

"It's something you wear, it' s not too cumbersome, and it fits with the current way that people play games and view video -- it's like a low impact change to what people are familiar with," says Matt Cornelius, director of NYIT's motion capture lab in the College of Arts & Sciences, referring to the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

Cornelius commented on Oculus Rift for an article in TechNewsWorld.  The device, he says, may change the face of gaming and entertainment because of its design and ability to transport users into immersive, virtual worlds. He also noted that some virtual reality devices are becoming important in fields other than gaming.

"They are also starting to couple these things together with things like motion capture and omnidirectional walking pads," says Cornelius. "When you start to couple things together, you approach a more immersive environment."

NYIT, Rep. Israel Call for Student Loan Debt Relief: FiOS1
Apr 08, 2015

Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington), NYIT President Dr. Edward Guiliano, and Nicole Soman, president of the Student Government Association at NYIT-Old Westbury, urged Congress to pass the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act (H.R. 1434, S. 793), which would allow borrowers with high interest rates on their existing student loans to refinance at lower levels. See coverage on FiOS1 News.

“As a university president, I am keenly aware of issues relating to student debt in America. Anything that offers relief from this burden is welcome,” noted Guiliano in a statement.  

Nicholas Bloom on NYC Affordable Housing in USA Today
Mar 26, 2015

"Can you build enough to make New York more affordable? I don't think this program can do that," New York Institute of Technology professor Nicholas Bloom, a public housing expert city, says of New York City Mayor de Blasio's plan in a USA Today article about the city's affordable housing stock. "You have a global city problem. It needs big money."

Bloom, an associate professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, says that while 200,000 units may seem like a large amount, New York's housing market would not be altered unless millions of new, affordable apartments were available.

Bloom also noted that a shortage of affordable housing will push working-class people to the city's suburbs, resulting in lengthy commutes to the city for work.

PA Chair Larry Herman in Wall Street Journal
Mar 10, 2015

The Wall Street Journal quoted School of Health Professions Physican Assistant Studies Chairman Herman in an article on Yale University's new online degree for PA students. Herman is chairman of the board of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 

“Rigorous is, perhaps, an understatement to describe these programs,” said Herman, speaking of the requirements of PA programs.  “This is not a shortcut in any way.

Herman said a number of PA training programs are beginning to put certain courses online, but students still need several thousand hours of in-person time with patients to gain certification.

Dr. Bill Blazey on Electronic Health Records in Physician's Money Digest
Mar 02, 2015

“When the security features of an EHR (Electronic Heath Record) are explained to patients and they understand their privacy rights, then they’re often more open and honest in how they inform me about risk factors,” says College of Osteopathic Medicine Assistant Professor William Blazey, DO, in an article in Physician's Money Digest about EHRs. “More and more, I’m seeing my patients being comfortable if I show them how it’s being documented and presented. A physician can complete documentation regarding a patient’s medical needs and still be sensitive to their privacy.”

Blazey, a family medicine expert who has EHRs since 2008, says he understands patients' reluctance and sensitivity about electronic records, especially since they may not understand how the records are stored and they may have a false sense of security about paper records. Yet, patients who withhold information from physicians because they fear breaches of electronic records may be harming themselves, he says, because their physicians may not be able to provide preventative treatment.

“If a female patient is a smoker and seeks birth control but does not disclose her smoking behavior, she is at higher risk for adverse effects from birth control,” says Blazey.

Adrienne McNally Shares Interview Tips on Monster.com
Mar 01, 2015

“Interns should take full advantage of being in a professional environment,” says Adrienne McNally, associate director of experiential education at NYIT's Office of Career Services, in a Monster.com article on key questions intern candidates should ask during their interviews.

"Try asking 'What opportunities will there be for me to talk to and interact with people outside of my department?'” McNally suggests, noting that candidates should also be well-informed about the company before the interview process begins.

“Internship candidates should ask questions that demonstrate their knowledge of the company by inquiring about news items related to the organization or requesting more details on information they found on the company's website,” McNally says. “Students can also demonstrate their interest in being engaged employees and citizens by asking questions about how the organization contributes to its industry and community, and how as an intern they will be working towards these causes.”

Charles Matz Talks 3-D Scanning Technology and Art with the Daily Dot
Feb 26, 2015

“There’s a strong tie-in to the early advances in two-dimensional photography or print photography and what is now digital photography,” School of Architecture and Design Associate Professor Charles Matz says in an interview with the Daily Dot on lidar technology. “The potential future of three-dimensional representation of things in the art world—that is a subtext that’s extremely strong. We’re just coming to the beginning of discussions in the art world and our peers about what this could actually mean.”

Matz used lidar technology to scan architecture and locations in Harar, Ethiopia, a Holy city in Islam. The results were surprising when the 3-D scans of the architecture looked more like art than an historic document.

“There’s an interesting parallel between rise of this technology in the world of gaming, defense, and so forth, which are very well-funded industries, and also the fact that no one has tapped into it in the fine art world,” Matz says. “I think it has huge potential.”

VanBergeijk in Parenting Special Needs Magazine
Feb 05, 2015
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“I search over research and government agencies for labor trends and effective training techniques so that my program can help young adults with disabilities find and maintain employment,” writes Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., M.S.W., associate dean and executive director, NYIT’s Vocational Independence Program (VIP), in Parenting Special Needs magazine.  

In his article Green Jobs, Green Money!, VanBergeijk talks about a 3 certificate program in computer and electronics recently launched at NYIT in partnership with e-Work Electronic Services Incorporated, a leader in the green goods and services industry and electronics recycling, whose mission is to hire people with developmental disabilities.

“The recycling of e-waste presents an opportunity for meaningful employment for individuals with a variety of disabilities,” VanBergeijk notes.

NYIT Alum Cited As Model Study Abroad Student
Feb 05, 2015
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"The ability to mention that you studied abroad, and also worked abroad, was a great way to connect with different employers,” says NYIT alum Calvin Xu in a recent story on the career impact of studying outside the U.S. Calvin won a Gilman Scholarship, administered by the Institute of International Education, which allowed him to study and work for a full year in Germany. Later, he spent an academic year studying at NYIT-Nanjing.

The story at News4JAX, a Jacksonville, Florida television station, includes information from experts about the value employers place on study abroad experiences.

Xu, who graduated in 2012 with a B.S. in Computer Science, states that because of his time in other countries, "I became a more open person.” He now works in New York City's Financial District and serves as an NYIT alumni admissions ambassador.

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