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Meet Theresa Piccolo

Theresa Piccolo

On a journey more than 3,000 miles from New York, Theresa Piccolo channeled her love of children and a spirit for giving back into the volunteer opportunity of a lifetime: a weeklong service trip to Peru. Read more.

Congratulations, Student Leadership Winners!

Edward Guiliano and Shannon Pearce

NYIT honored student leaders on April 11, presenting 45 awards for outstanding service, dedication, and contributions to the university. Architecture student and leadership award winner Shannon Pearce is pictured with President Guiliano.
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Read the Alternative Spring Break Blog

Peru Students

A team of students participated in NYIT's second Alternative Spring Break Project, March 17-25 in Independencia, Peru. During the service trip, they continued the water purification initiatives begun on the first Alternative Spring Break Project in 2011, helped to build a pharmacy, and volunteered at an orphanage. Read a blog about their experiences.

Commencement Checklist


Get ready for NYIT's Commencement on Sunday, May 20. Check the following items off your commencement to-do list, including:

Commencement Tickets Each graduate may receive up to four tickets. Reserve your tickets online and select one of several ticket pickup dates, including: Thursday, May 3, Wednesday, May 9, and Saturday, May 19 in Old Westbury, or Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 16 in Manhattan. Register for commencement tickets.

Commencement Accessories Order a class ring, announcement cards, and/or a diploma frame. Class rings may also be purchased on some ticket distribution days. For more information, call 631.757.3040 or order items online.

Order Regalia The deadline for ordering regalia has been extended to Sunday, April 15. Regalia includes cap, gown, hood, tassel, and custom stole of gratitude. Place your regalia order.

DVD of Your Special Day Remember commencement with a DVD of the event ceremony. To place an order, download and fill out a pdf form.

Celebrate National Student Employment Week


Do you work, study hard, attend class ... and need to relax? The NYIT Office of Student Employment is celebrating National Student Employment Week until Friday, April 13 to thank student workers for all they do to make the university a great place to work and learn. Get your free NYIT flashlight keychains and enter a raffle to win a $100 Best Buy giftcard. For more information, email

Support Relay for Life Fundraisers

Relay for Life

Support Relay for Life and have fun at fundraisers in Old Westbury, including:

Fashion for Life The NYIT Women's Association invites you to an evening of dancing, singing, and raffles at a fashion fundraiser on Friday, April 13, 7 p.m. in Salten Hall, rooms SC1/SC2. Dress to impress—there will be a special prize for Best Dressed audience member. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. For tickets or more information, email,, or

Purple Palooza Challenge Compete for prizes to support NYIT's Relay for Life on Tuesday, April 17, 12:30-1:50 p.m. at the Student Activities Center field. There are three ways to play:

  • Grab a friend and sign up for $5 each.
  • Sign up and get a partner on the event day.
  • Get someone to sponsor you and your partner. Raise the most money through sponsors and win a prize.

The deadline to sign up is today. Email names and email addresses for all participants to Money will be collected at the event.

NYIT's Relay for Life will take place on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. to Saturday, April 21 at 7 a.m. in President's Stadium, Old Westbury campus.

Calling Designers - Arizona Beverages Contest


Show your flair for creativity by entering the Arizona Beverages 20th Anniversary Contest. Design and submit a label for an Arizona flavor from Tuesday, May 1 to Friday, June 29. The winning design will be featured nationwide, and the designer will receive a year's supply of Arizona beverages. Read more.

Skate for Ghana


Improve the lives of people in Ghana—all you have to do is ice-skate today, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Port Washington Skating Center, 70 Seaview Blvd., Port Washington, N.Y. There will be raffles, food, and entertainment. Tickets cost $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Rohde Foundation. For more information, email

Cinema and the Image of the City Film Series

NYIT Auditorium on Broadway

Attend the spring film series, "Cinema and the Image of the City," through Thursday, April 19 at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. All films are free, start at 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by a post-screening conversation and refreshments. Today's film screening will feature The Cranes Are Flying.
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Be a Student Leader - Advising and Enrichment Center


Do you have what it takes to be a student leader for the Advising and Enrichment Center? The Center is looking for supplemental instruction leaders, peer advisors, and peer tutors. These roles provide the opportunity to become more involved at NYIT, give back to peers, build your resume, and receive competitive pay. Learn more at information sessions on Tuesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 19, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in Old Westbury (Harry Schure Hall, room 227) and Manhattan (Edward Guiliano Global Center, 1855 Broadway, room, 702). For more information, email

NYIT Students Bring Cultural Diversity to Kindergarten Class

kindergarten class

NYIT students and staff from the Office of International Education raised multicultural awareness on a March 22 visit to a kindergarten class at Briarcliff Elementary School in Shoreham-Wading River, N.Y. Students represented their native countries—Abishek Dileep Kumar (India), Samprada Shrestha (Nepal), and Ab Zemirline (Island of Comoros)—and wore cultural dress, sang, danced, and read poetry. The 20 kindergarteners prepared for the visit by creating “passports,” which were stamped with each NYIT student's name and country.

Upcoming Events


Chat Partners Enhance your intercultural skills and chat with fellow NYIT students from around the world every Tuesday, 12:45-2 p.m. at 26 W. 61st St., room 502, Manhattan campus.

Yoga Classes Do yoga at the Old Westbury campus every first and third Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. in the Occupational Therapy Lab, 500 Building, room 511. Pay what you can (the suggested donation is $3) to support the Student Occupational Therapy Association. For more information, email

Movie Day Join the Student Government Association at NYIT-Manhattan on Friday, April 13 to watch the film Friday the 13th, 2-5 p.m. at 1849 Broadway, Student Activities Lounge.

Yankees vs. Angels Enjoy a day at the ballpark for opening weekend as the Yankees take on the Angels, Saturday, April 14, 1 p.m. at Yankee Stadium, 1 E. 161st St., Bronx, N.Y. Student tickets cost $25; guest tickets cost $50. Purchase tickets.

Casino Night Try your luck at Casino Night on Sunday, April 15, 7:30 p.m. at SUNY Old Westbury, Cafe 9.

NYIT Greek Week Enjoy free food and prizes at events on Monday, April 16 to Sunday, April 22 in Old Westbury, including:

  • Movie Night Watch Anchorman starring Will Ferrell on Monday, April 16, 8 p.m. in the SUNY Old Westbury Residence Halls. 
  • Bouncy Boxing Work out in the Quad on Tuesday, April 17, 12:30-1:50 p.m. 
  • Bingo Night Play bingo on Tuesday, April 17, 7 p.m. in Salten Hall.
  • Talent Show Enjoy an evening of entertainment on Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m. in Salten Hall, rooms SC1/SC2. 
  • Greek Games Play outdoor sports on Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m. at the Student Activities Center field.

Poetry Reading April is poetry month. Students are invited to read their writing, favorite, poems, or lyrics at an open mic poetry reading on Tuesday, April 17, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, rooms 308/310, Old Westbury campus. Lunch will be served.

Free Flick View the film noir thriller Detour, on Wednesday, April 18, 5:30 p.m., in the NYIT de Seversky Mansion (The Soundstage, room 102). Refreshments will be served.

Autonomous Robotic Competition Attend the competition on Thursday April 19, 12:30-2 p.m., 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium, Manhattan campus. For more information, email

NYIT Technical Writing Contest This year's contest will take place on Thursday, April 19, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, rooms 308/310, Old Westbury. A total of $800 in cash prizes will be distributed to winners, who will be announced at an awards luncheon on Thursday, April 26.

SOURCE The NYIT Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) will take place on Friday, April 20, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at NYIT-Manhattan. Keynote speaker Sidney Perkowitz, professor emeritus of physics at Emory University, will present "Science and Art: Closer Than You Think." Read more.

Happy Hour Comedy Show Comedian Ronnie Jordan will perform on Tuesday, April 24, 12:30-1:50 p.m., in the Student Activities Center, Old Westbury campus.

Green Careers Forum A panel of energy professionals and NYIT alumni will discuss careers in energy management and environmental technology on Wednesday April 25, 6-8 p.m., Harry Schure Hall auditorium, Old Westbury campus. For more information, email Robert Amundsen, Ph.D., director of energy management,

Read the Signs Have an astrology reading done by a pro on Tuesday, April 26, 12:30-1:50 p.m., Harry Schure Hall lobby, Old Westbury campus.

Cossacks & Commissars: A Musical Trip Through Russian History, 1900-1950 Experience a crucial period of Russian and world history through the music and documentary footage of the first half of the 20th century on Thursday, April 26, 12:30-1:50 p.m., in Anna Rubin Hall, room 307, Old Westbury campus. R.S.V.P. to Librarian Jeffrey Feinsilver at 516.686.1153.

Top Chef Compete to be NYIT's next Top Chef on Thursday, May 3, noon to 3 p.m. at Mayfest in Old Westbury. Three competitors (one each from staff, faculty, and students) will face off to win the grand prize: an Apple iPad. Apply by Tuesday, April 24. For an application and/or more information, email or

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