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Meet Danielle Clarke

Danielle Clarke

Technology has always fascinated Danielle Clarke, winner of the Astoria Federal Savings Laptop Competition for her video about pursuing a career in network security solutions. Clarke transferred to NYIT from the University of South Florida in Tampa, after deciding to shift her studies from engineering to information technology. Read more.

Students Debut Work at Film Festival and Symposium

film festival

Aspiring student filmmakers showed their work at the NYIT-Nanjing film festival and symposium on April 21-22 at NYIT's Center for Humanities and Culture at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications. International students from Europe, Asia, and the United States submitted 80 short narrative and computer-animated films on the theme of “longing and inhibition.” Two NYIT-NUPT students won awards for best drama. Read more.

Design Students, Alumni Blog from Milan

NYIT designers

Interior design and architecture students explored art and design, fine food, churches, and historic homes in Italy as they represented NYIT at the SaloneSatellite Exhibition, April 17-22 at the Milan Furniture Fair. NYIT's School of Architecture and Design was one of two U.S. universities selected to exhibit student work at the largest furniture trade fair of its kind in the world. Students included Melanie Li Foo Wing, Ashley Sarazen, Liz Cuadrado, Alex Alaimo, and Barbara Schoenenberger, whose chaise lounge was displayed along with a desk and video about the school's programs. They also distributed 10,000 graffiti-inspired bicycle reflectors to fairgoers. Read the blog.

Commencement Checklist


There are only 24 days left until NYIT's Commencement on Sunday, May 20. Check the following items off your 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.

Senior Portraits After picking up commencement tickets, have your senior portrait taken on Thursday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 9 in Old Westbury or Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 16 in Manhattan. Arrive with your hair and makeup ready, and the photographer will provide you with regalia (cap and gown) to wear for the photo. Read more.

Photo Montage If you are a member of the Class of 2012 who has captured unique NYIT memories with your camera or smartphone, share them for a photo montage on commencement day. All images should be 1600 x 1200 pixels (2MP) or higher and have a file size of less than 10 MB. Email your favorite photos to by Sunday, April 29.

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.

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.

Show Your NYIT Pride

NYIT Students

The Carleton Group presents the NYIT Pride Contest. Upload your favorite NYIT photos and videos you are proud of and win a prize. The winners will be picked biweekly through Monday, May 14. Show your NYIT Pride!

NYIT Teams Pitch Business Plans

NYIT students

Two NYIT student teams—from the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of architecture and design, management, and engineering and computing sciences—are competing today at the New York State Business Plan Competition in Albany, N.Y. One team will pitch a business plan for a water-bottle roofing system, while the other will present "Green Kids Media," an online interactive game to save endangered animals. The teams are vying for cash prizes worth more than $150K. Read more and watch a YouTube video about the the interactive game.

Share Your Success, Take a Survey


Going to grad school? Have a job lined up for after graduation? NYIT's Office of Career Services wants to know. Share your success by taking an online survey.


Summer Class in Germany


Travel to Soest, Germany, this summer to study business and receive three credits. The session runs from Saturday, July 21 to Saturday, Aug. 4, and is open to NYIT undergraduate and graduate students of all majors. Read more and email for more information.

M.B.A. Students Graduate in China

M.B.A. graduates

NYIT celebrated the graduation of 98 M.B.A. students on April 23 at partner Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics (JUFE) in Nanchang, China. Students speakers included Xiaoliang Xie and Yongna Chen. Read more.

Students Around Town - Relay for Life, SOURCE, Robotics, Lobby Day

Relay for Life

More than 300 participants rallied to raise $35K (and counting) for Relay for Life, April 20-21 on the Old Westbury campus. Team NYIT organizers included students Paolo Pironi, relay chair, and Mariel Liboreiro, co-chair.


Scholarly and creative work by students was on display at NYIT's annual Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) on April 20. The event featured 88 research abstracts by more than 205 undergraduate and graduate students representing all of NYIT's campuses and schools. Topics ranged from robotics to art as adventure to cognitive behavior therapy. Pictured is Rahmat A. Shoureshi, NYIT provost and vice president for academic affairs, presenting a student with a certificate of recognition.


Engineering students faced off for the Autonomous Robotic Competition organized by NYIT's IEEE club on April 19 at the Manhattan campus.

nurses lobby

Twenty-one nursing students in the Class of 2012 participated in the New York State Nurses Association Lobby Day on April 17 in Albany, N.Y., to meet with state politicians about legislation impacting the nursing profession. They are pictured with New York State Sen. Jack M. Martins.

medical students

NYIT's osteopathic medical students also headed to Albany on April 17 for D.O. Day, a lobbying event organized by the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society. They attended state Assembly and Senate sessions and met with legislators to discuss meaningful liability reform, truth in advertising, and collective negotiations between health care providers and insurers.

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

The Dining Room NYIT's student theater performance workshop presents a comedy of manners on Thursday, April 26 - Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m. in Salten Hall, room 2, Old Westbury campus. Cost is $10 for tickets sold at the venue. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Come early; seating is limited.

Alternative Spring Break Video Attend a video screening and panel discussion on NYIT community service projects in Peru on Tuesday, May 1 at 12:45 p.m. in Old Westbury (Harry Schure Hall, room 130) and Manhattan (16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium). Students involved in the Alternative Spring Break Project will participate in a panel moderated by Dr. Richard Pizer, Ph.D., professor of life sciences (Manhattan), and Edward Gotfried, D.O., director of the NYIT Center for Global Health (Old Westbury). Lunch will be served. R.S.V.P. to and indicate the campus where you will attend the event.

Free Flick View the film noir drama, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, on Wednesday, May 2, 5:30 p.m. in the NYIT de Seversky Mansion (The Soundstage, room 102). Refreshments will be served.

No Mistakes, The Concert R.I.C.H. Records presents a concert about pop culture, morals, and religion on Wednesday, May 2, 6-9 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. Admission is free for NYIT students, $5 for guests.

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. For more information, email or

sLAB Costa Rica Attend a film screening and reception about the School of Architecture and Design's project to build a recycling center in Costa Rica on Thursday, May 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. Read more, follow them on Facebook, and learn about their project fundraiser on

Cultured Couture Attend NYIT's rooftop fashion show fundraiser on Friday, May 4, 7:30-10 p.m. at Midtown Loft and Terrace, 267 Fifth Ave., New York City. Cost is $20 for NYIT students, $25 for guests. Dress to impress and bring an article of clothing to donate for charity!

Fire and Ice Ball The Student Government Association of NYIT-Old Westbury will host a spring 2012 formal on Thursday, May 10, 7:30-11:30 p.m. at the Floral Terrace, 250 Jericho Tpke., Floral Park, N.Y. Tickets cost $20 per person. Each NYIT student is permitted to bring one guest. Buy your tickets in advance; they will not be sold at the door. For more information, email

Six Flags Trip Have fun at Six Flags Great Adventure on Saturday, May 12 in Jackson, N.J. The cost for tickets and transportation to/from park is $10 for NYIT seniors, $20 for other students, and $25 for guests and alumni. Bus departs NYIT-Manhattan at 8:30 a.m. and leaves Six Flags at 9 p.m. Buy tickets online.

Spring Formal Dinner Cruise Sail around Manhattan in style on Friday, May 18, 6-11 p.m. at Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, New York City. There will be dinner, dancing, prizes, and entertainment aboard the cruise. Tickets cost $45 for NYIT students before Tuesday, May 1, $90 after this date. Read more and register for the dinner cruise.

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