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Meet Valerie Suttenberg - Student Profile


Valerie Suttenberg, an NYIT mechanical engineering sophomore, shares her experiences at the recent international Education Without Borders conference in Abu Dhabi. Read more.


Don't Miss Dickens on Broadway


On Friday, April 15, Dickens on Broadway: A Pre-Bicentennial Celebration comes to the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. The event includes a roundtable discussion featuring seven expert panelists as well as a Dickens reading and one-man show. The panel's remarks will be moderated by President Guiliano, who is an editor of Dickens Studies Annual. Attendees must R.S.V.P. online.

Campus Career Fairs Host Hundreds

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At NYIT-Old Westbury, 90 employers and more than 500 students attended the 28th annual All Majors Career Fair on April 7. Employer attendance increased by 60 percent over last year. Employers reported how impressed they were with the students, and many said it was best fair they've attended this year. See photos of the career fair.

NYIT-Amman's eighth All Majors Career & Internship Fair on April 4 attracted hundreds of students who discovered networking, internship, and job opportunities. Participating companies and non-profit institutions included Arab Bank, Nissan, Orange, Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS), and the Royal Film Commission.

International Alumni Share Secrets of Success

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The International Student Association and advisor Karen Johnson, associate director of the Office of International Education, presented "What’s After Graduation?" on April 7. Three international alumni -- Nipun Manglik (2009), Soumya Lanka (2010), and Orville Taylor (2004) -- shared their employment success stories with current international students and answered their many questions.

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NYIT Students Volunteer in Peru for Spring Break


Ten students from NYIT-Manhattan put their time off during spring break to good use by bringing clean water and composting projects to Independencia, Peru. In addition to field work, they volunteered at a local orphanage and shared ideas on alternative energy and maximizing benefits from waste material. The trip was a collaboration between the Office of Career Services' Experiential Education Program and the International YMCA. Watch their video.

NYIT Students Raise Hopes and Money for Japan


More than 30 NYIT students volunteered at the "We Are One" charity art auction for Japan disaster relief on Monday, April 11 at Gallery 61, NYIT-Manhattan. Yuko Oda, assistant professor of fine arts, says the eight organizers and 109 artists raised more than $16,000. Proceeds will be donated to the Japan Society Earthquake Fund and the Japan Red Cross.

Project Ghana


Four NYIT student groups (Golden Key, SGHA, GIVE, and Phi Eta Sigma) raised more than $800 at a charity bowling event attended by 90 people on Friday, April 8, to help fellow students improve medical care in Ghana. Funds from "Bowling for Ghana" will support a special project created by NYIT students, faculty, and staff: "Web of Wonder," an original puppet show designed to teach Ghanaian children the importance of using bed nets to prevent malaria. In a collaborative effort led by the School of Education, the story and puppets were created by students and staff to be both educational and culturally relevant.  The show stars Anansi, the trickster spider who spins a web of protection -- a natural bed net -- over children each night.

Students from NYCOM, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Allied Health Professions will travel to Ghana this June to present the show to hundreds of Ghanaian children, distribute bed nets provided by the Rohde Foundation, and give medical care to residents in several villages. A current exhibit at Wisser Library includes artifacts and textiles from Ghana, a bed net, and information about malaria.

International Students Visit Elementary School

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On March 24, four international students at NYIT-Old Westbury -- Samprada Shrestha (Nepal), Elphas Kimutai (Kenya), Viviene Williamson (Jamaica), and Abishek Dileep Kumar (India) -- visited a kindergarten class at Briarcliff Elementary school in Shoreham-Wading River, N.Y. This visit was part of a special initiative, developed by the Office of International Education, to bring multicultural awareness to local schools. The international students, some dressed in cultural attire, joined 20 kindergarten children to enjoy songs, storytelling, and poetry. The children prepared by creating "passports," which were later marked with the native countries of the students.

President Obama Invites Students to Roundtable Discussions


It's not true what they say about "walking the walk" -- if you're not talking about it, you're not doing anything about it. President Obama is inviting students from around the country to participate in 100 Youth Roundtables, a series of discussions organized by and for young people in America to debate, discuss, and plan around today's national and international issues.

Tell President Obama today that you will organize a roundtable around extreme poverty, and his administration will get back to you within 48 hours about whether it can get a representative from the White House to attend. The roundtable organizer, Millennium Campus Network (MCN) is also looking to hire at least four interns this summer: two millennium outreach interns, one associate communications intern, and one director of finances. MCN is a nationwide group of student organizations dedicated to eradicating extreme poverty.

NYIT-Amman Hosts International Workshop on Global Business

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A record 56 students from 11 countries participated in the 14th International Workshop and Management Game Project earlier this month at NYIT-Amman. The workshop focused on the value of international communication in business and exposed attendees to the cultures and value systems of different countries. Participants worked on international, practice-oriented problems in marketing, economics, foreign trade relations, and product management. Read more.

Upcoming Events

Screen Free Films at NYIT
L'Avventura Screening

Take a break from the end-of-semester rush and sample the selection of free film screenings offered by NYIT. On Wednesday, April 20, Platoon will play as the free Wednesday night flick at 5:30 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion in room 102 (The Soundstage), NYIT-Old Westbury. Directed by Oliver Stone, Platoon is set during the Vietnam War and tells the story of a young army recruit faced with a moral crisis. Refreshments will be served.

On Friday, April 22, the School of Architecture and Design will host a screening of the Italian classic mystery L’Avventura from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. This screening is part of the spring 2011 film series "Cinema and the Image of the City," presenting films that trace the social, political, and physical transformations of Italian cities from the end of the 19th century through the mid-20th century. Released in 1960, L’Avventura was considered a critical success for director Michelangelo Antonioni. This event is free and open to students, faculty and staff members, and the public. For more information, call 646.273.6100 or email

Explore Global Warming at Sustainability Lecture The Sustainability Club will be hosting a lecture on Thursday, April 21, at 12:30 p.m. in Harry Schure Hall, room 130. This event is open to all NYIT students who wish to hear about global warming and other sustainable topics.

Cash In on Writing Contest NYIT students who participate in the annual Technical Writing Contest on Thursday, April 21, stand to win up to $1,000 in prize money. The contest, co-sponsored by NYIT and the Society for Technical Communication, is open to all NYIT students and will take place from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. in room 314 in Anna Rubin Hall, NYIT-Old Westbury.

Celebrate the Planet on Earth Day Earth Day Earth Day is coming up on Friday, April 22. There are many ways that students can take part in activities that benefit the environment. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation provides tips for celebrating Earth Day.


Enjoy Free Theater During Free Hour Students are invited to attend a free performance of The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden on Tuesday, April 26, at 1 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., room 822. The play, written by Thornton Wilder, will feature members of theater classes taught by adjunct professor of English Adam Kraar, including Carine Harley, Elizabeth Hutzler, Corina Johnson, Anastasia Matzaris, James McGinty, and John Morales.

Save the Date for MayFest Students in need of a study break can unwind at MayFest 2011, an outdoor festival on May 5 featuring food, entertainment, and games in celebration of Senior Week. This event will take place at the Student Activity Center field at NYIT-Old Westbury, and a bus will be provided for NYIT-Manhattan students. For more information, contact Michael Burnett, associate dean of campus life/director of student activities and leadership development, at or 516.686.1224.

Calling All Students: Spring Formal Cruise Join members of the NYIT community on Friday, May 20, for the Spring Formal Cruise around lower Manhattan. Enjoy dinner, a cash bar, DJ and dancing, prizes, and entertainment. Board at 7:15 p.m. at Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, and sail until 11 p.m. Price: $35 per person for NYIT students, faculty, and administrators; $40 per person for guests. Register here for the Spring Formal Cruise.

Countdown to Commencement 2011


Mark your calendar for the 50th annual commencement ceremonies for students attending all NYIT campuses. The ceremonies will being 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at NYIT-Old Westbury. Graduating students are allotted up to four guests, and seating is first come, first serve. Find out more about commencement.

105 Student-Athletes Excel To Honor Roll

The largest group yet of student-athletes made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for Fall 2010. The 105 student-athletes from 13 NYIT sports teams were honored at a luncheon on Thursday, April 14 in the Hall of Fame. Find out more.

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