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Let Your Voice Be Heard! Enter the Commencement Student Speaker Contest

Commencement Student Speaker ContestAll members of NYIT’s Class of 2011 are invited to enter this year's commencement student speaker contest. Represent your classmates, your future alma mater, and make your family proud! Deadline to enter is Friday, March 11, 2011. Find out more and complete your application.

The NYIT Commencement Executive Committee is also looking for students interested in opening the May 22 ceremony by singing the national anthem. Interested? E-mail

Upload Your Photos and Videos to

Photo and video upload A new tool launched today that lets NYIT community members, including students, add their photos and videos to the NYIT Web site. Log in to MyNYIT to find the tool, which is just below the buttons for Blackboard and e-mail access (see image and click for full size). Once you upload, your submission will be reviewed to make sure it conforms with NYIT policies, and then it will appear at Two suggestions:

1. Upload photos that are "landscape" -- wider than they are high. The tool might crop your photo otherwise.

2. Please be kind and respect one another! We want this to be a fun tool for all to enjoy.

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VENUE ADDITION: Catch Waiting for Superman at Manhattan and Old Westbury Campuses

Waiting for Superman

Waiting for Superman, one of 2010's most powerful and talked-about documentaries, will be shown at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway and at Rockefeller Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, 7 - 10 p.m. "Bring on Superman," a panel discussion featuring regional educational experts, will follow and be streamed from Manhattan to Old Westbury. R.S.V.P. online or e-mail for more information.

Student Success Stories

Students at NYIT-Manhattan Start United Nations Club


Twin brothers Omar and Ali El-Kom have started a United Nations club at NYIT-Manhattan to foster international awareness. The brothers, who were born in Egypt, drew inspiration from current events in their homeland. The club plans a visit to the United Nation headquarters in NYC this month. Read more about them in the NY Daily News.

Nicholas Beatty Named NYCOM Student D.O. of the Year 2011

Nicholas Beatty

NYCOM Dean Thomas Scandalis (D.O. '87) announced that Nicholas Beatty, OMS-III, has been selected as the NYCOM Student D.O. of the Year 2011. "Nick has consistently proven himself to be a hardworking member of the community and an exceptional student leader." Beatty will represent NYCOM in the national competition for student D.O. of the Year. Read more.

NYIT Hostos Dream Team Visits Dominican Republic


Students from the School of Architecture and Design recently returned from the Higuey area in the Dominican Republic. The students, in collaboration with the Hostos Dream Team project, are designing a sustainable model for school buildings in the Dominican Republic. They also visited elementary, high, secondary, and specialized schools in Higuey as part of their research.

Students Head Community Health Screening

In January, the Latino Medical Students Association (LMSA) e-board members and Sonia Rivera-Martinez, D.O., NYCOM assistant professor of family medicine and clinical sciences, coordinated a successful health screening for the Latino community in Port Washington, N.Y. Twenty-two NYCOM students under the supervision of Rivera-Martinez, provided community members with blood pressure, BMI, and blood glucose values. The club distributed pamphlets on diabetes (in Spanish), and provided more health information in Spanish. The LMSA e-board members included Nicolay Hernandez (president), Surayda Herrera (vice president), Desmond Fonji (secretary), Pamela Medina (treasurer), Cynthia Sanchez, and Emily Aponte.

Upcoming Events

National Sexual Responsibility Week
National Sexual Responsibility Week is Feb. 14 – 18. On Thursday, Feb. 17, the Old Westbury Counseling & Wellness Center will present "Sex Expo" – Healthy Relationships, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, Room 308. Give-a-ways and refreshments will be provided.

Spring Cruise, Friday, May 20: All members of the NYIT community are invited to participate in 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 for the Spring Formal Cruise.

Lobby Day Sets Record for NYIT

Lobby Day

NYIT sent its largest contingent ever to New York state's annual student lobby day on Feb. 8, with 65 students, faculty, and staff from NYIT's New York campuses convening in Albany, N.Y. They boarded buses at dawn on Tuesday morning, and hours later immersed themselves in meetings with local assembly members and senators to discuss state-funded programs such as the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). They also called for an end to budget cuts in education and health care. Read more.

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