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Meet Iskandar Askarov

Iskandar Askarov

When Iskandar Askarov graduates in May 2012, he'll have a head start in making a career of his favorite hobby – building electrical circuits. The electrical and computer engineering major already works as a paid systems engineer for a financial services company in New York City. Read more.

Vote NYIT Architects to Costa Rica


NYIT students are competing to travel to Costa Rica to create a recycling and education center in Nosara, a rural community along the Pacific coast, as part of an interdisciplinary design-build project initiated by Tobias Holler, assistant professor of architecture. The NYIT community will have an opportunity to make this happen by voting for their favorite projects through a competition on Facebook. Vote now through Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. The team with the most votes will travel to Costa Rica.

Vote for your favorite project.

Save the Date: Intersession Events


If you're in New York during intersession, sign up for these events at discounted student rates:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 28, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, $25
  • Wednesday, Jan. 4, Empire State Building Observatory, $10
  • Friday, Jan. 6, Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center, $10
  • Sunday, Jan. 8, The Lion King on Broadway, $30
  • Tuesday, Jan. 10, Bronx Zoo, $8
  • Thursday, Jan. 12, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, $10
  • Saturday, Jan. 14, Frames Bowling Lounge, $10
  • Wednesday, Jan. 18, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway, $20

Register by Thursday, Dec. 15 for these events. For more information, call 212.261.1684 or email

Apply for NASA Summer Internship and Women's Forum Education Awards


Application deadlines are approaching for two once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for students, including:

NASA Summer Internship: Atmospheric Chemistry Fly onboard a NASA P-3B aircraft and learn about surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes during this paid eight-week summer internship in Palmdale, Calif. Juniors, seniors, and early graduate students are invited to apply by Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 for early acceptance. The final application deadline is Friday, Feb. 10. Read more about this internship.

Women's Forum Education Awards Apply by Thursday, Dec. 15 for the 2012 Women’s Forum of New York Education Awards. Female applicants must be at least 35 years old and living in New York City, be pursuing their first associate's or bachelor's degree, have attended a college in New York City during the 2010-11 academic year (enrolled for at least six credits that year), and have at least one additional semester of three credits to complete graduation requirements after June 2012. Read more about awards criteria.

Spread Holiday Cheer to Needy Families


Bring holiday cheer to those in need through these events at the New York campuses:

Collection Day Help New Yorkers in Catskill, N.Y., which suffered extreme flooding after Hurricane Irene, by donating housewares, cookware, electronics, and other items on Saturday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Salten Hall, Old Westbury campus. Read a full list of items needed.

Island Harvest Food Drive Donate one can or $1 through Friday, Dec. 9 in the decorated boxes in the Office of Student Employment in Old Westbury or Manhattan.

Covenant House Toy Drive NYIT's Society of Hosteurs is collecting new toys for children ranging from infants to age seven through Friday, Dec. 16. Drop off unwrapped toys to 26 W. 61st St., rooms 508 and 511, Manhattan campus.

Toys for Tots Drive NYIT's Department of Athletics will host its annual Toys for Tots drive on Tuesday, Dec. 6 and Wednesday, Dec. 7 during its home basketball games against C.W. Post. In lieu of paying for admission, fans may bring a new, unwrapped toy. For more information, call 516.686.7504 or email

Coat Drive The Office of Housing and Residential Life in Manhattan is collecting new and gently used coats through Thursday, Dec. 22 as part of the 23rd Annual New York Cares Coat Drive. Drop off coats at 26 W. 61st St., room 108. For more information, email

Congrats to NYCOM Scholar and Grant Awardee Danielle Janosevic

Danielle Janosevic

Congratulations to medical student Danielle Janosevic, who was awarded an American Society of Nephrology Scholar Grant for her project, "Hydrogen Peroxide-Induced Modulation of Paracellular Permeability of Renal Epithelial Cells: Roles of SRC Family Kinases and Occludin." Kurt Amsler, Ph.D., associate dean for research and professor of biomedical sciences, will be her mentor for this six-month project.

Remember NYIT Student Joseph Oliva

Joseph Oliva

This year marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of NYIT student Joseph Oliva. Remember Joseph at the dedication ceremony of a bench purchased by his family on Thursday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m. under the tree on the north end of Harry Schure Hall.


Extended New York Library Hours for Finals

Wisser Library

The Wisser Library in Old Westbury and the Manhattan Library will have extended hours for finals on:

Monday, Dec. 12 - Friday, Dec. 16, 8 a.m.-midnight (both libraries)
Saturday, Dec. 17, 9 a.m.-midnight (Old Westbury), 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (Manhattan)
Sunday, Dec. 18, 1 p.m.-midnight (Old Westbury), noon-8 p.m. (Manhattan)
Monday, Dec. 19 - Wednesday, Dec. 21, 8 a.m.-midnight (both libraries)
Thursday, Dec. 22, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. (Old Westbury), 8 a.m.-midnight (Manhattan)

Both libraries will be closed for the holidays on Friday, Dec. 23 - Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.

Upcoming Events

Chat Partners Practice speaking English with other students on Thursdays, 12:45-2 p.m., 16 W. 61st St., room 623, Manhattan campus. Food will be served.

Free Mental Health Screenings Free, confidential, and anonymous online mental health screenings are available to all students through the Counseling Office.

IDEA X-Change Every Thursday, NYIT students are welcome to join the IDEA X-Change discussion group focused on entrepreneurship. Meetings occur 1-2 p.m., 26 W. 61st St., room 402, Manhattan campus. For more information, email

Professional Speed Networking Polish your networking pitch with industry leaders from companies such as Leviton, Northrup Grumman, and CA Technologies today at 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Salten Hall, room 2, Old Westbury campus.

Designing a Better World NYIT’s Fine Arts Department presents a panel discussion on how design improves the world today at 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, Manhattan campus.

Solar Energy in New York Solar energy experts will discuss industry initiatives on Monday, Dec. 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway in Manhattan.

Interdisciplinary Lecture Independent historian John L. Busch will give a presentation on his new nonfiction book, Steam Crossing, on Monday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. in Salten Hall, room SC-1, Old Westbury campus.

Citizen Schools Attend a volunteer orientation with the nonprofit Citizen Schools to learn about the organization and its available internship opportunities on Monday, Dec. 5, 4-5 p.m. in the Office of Career Services, 26 W. 61st St., second floor, Manhattan campus.

PHONEography NYIT Gallery 61 presents an exhibition of mobile phone images by faculty, staff, and students, Thursday, Dec. 1-Monday, Jan. 9 at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, Manhattan campus. Save the date for the opening reception on Thursday, Dec. 8, 5-7 p.m.

Festival of Lights - Old Westbury Dress in your native country's cultural attire and enjoy entertainment and food from around the world on Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-10 p.m., Salten Hall, rooms SC-1 and SC-2.

NYIT Against Cancer Raise money for NYIT's 2012 Relay for Life at this event in collaboration with singer/rapper Fonzworth Bentley on Friday, Dec. 9, 6-9:30 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. Food will be served, and musicians will perform. Tickets are $5 in advance/$7 at the door.

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