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Bill Gates Invites You to the Imagine Cup

Imagine CupImagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems. Microsoft's Imagine Cup inspires students to tackle the ambitious problems of our world. On Tuesday, Feb. 1, Microsoft's Academic Developer Evangelist, Andrew Parsons, will be at NYIT-Manhattan and NYIT-Old Westbury for workshops to prepare you for this global competition. Find out more.

Catch Waiting for Superman at NYIT AOB

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 on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, 7 - 10 p.m. "Bring on Superman," a panel discussion featuring regional educational experts, will follow. For more information or to R.S.V.P., e-mail

Education Without Borders Conference

Education Without Borders Conference School of Engineering and Computing Sciences students Dhirar Al-Mukhtar (NYIT-Amman) and Christopher Jewth (NYIT-Old Westbury) have been selected as delegates to the 2011 Education Without Borders international student conference. The biennial event aims to create networks across cultures and among innovative students and leaders in business, technology, education, and humanitarianism. Al-Mukhtar and Jewth, who were selected to attend based on screening, mentor references, and research papers they submitted, will travel to the United Arab Emirates to attend the conference at the end of March. Read profiles of Dhirar and Chris.

NYIT-Bahrain Basketball Wins Championship

NYIT-Old Westbury's Student Government Association

NYIT-Bahrain's basketball team claimed the first Ajiaal Basketball League title in December by defeating rivals from Bahrain Training Institute 64-51. Students from universities across Bahrain participated in the tournament, which began last October under the auspices of Bahrain's Minister of Labour and the United Nations Information Centre for the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

NYIT-Old Westbury's SGA Honored

NYIT-Old Westbury's Student Government Association

NYIT-Old Westbury's Student Government Association -- including treasurer Alexana Gaspari, SGA president Dominic Tetro, vice president Jacqueline Saleh, and secretary Marian Faris (pictured from left to right) -- was selected last week as "group of the week" by the National Center for Student Leadership. The organization provides leadership training opportunities for college student leaders and their advisors.

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Save the Date: Have Some Fun

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.

PT Students Exceed Expectations

In December, the NYIT Student Physical Therapy (PT) Society sponsored the first annual First Year vs. Second Year Holiday Toy Drive. The drive benefits the children of the Sloan-Kettering Ronald McDonald House, on behalf of the Friends of the Matt Baisley Foundation. Matt, who succumbed to Ewing's Sarcoma in 2003, was a friend of event coordinator and first-year PT student Lindsay Kane. Upon receipt of more than 100 toys, Kane said, "There were too many toys for the amount of kids there, so every extra toy that we had was donated to the Sloan-Kettering pediatric oncology ward." Second-year students slightly edged out their first-year classmates in the playful competition.

Spotlight on New Student Association

Student officials in the new NYIT PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) chapter, were featured in a recent PCMA New York Area Chapter e-newsletter. The chapter's president, Kiara Caba, and vice president, Asia Tanner, are featured for their volunteer work at the Bowery Mission. Zineb Chaabi, the chapter's public liaison, wrote an article for the newsletter detailing the launch of NYIT PCMA.

Free Yoga

The Counseling and Wellness Center, in conjunction with the West Side Y.M.C.A, is offering free yoga classes every Wednesday through May 11 from 1 to 2 p.m. at 16 W. 61 Street, 11th floor auditorium.

Basketball: Time for Hoops!

basketball Sign up for the Intramural Full Court Basketball Tournament at NYIT-Old Westbury. All teams must have between seven and nine members. Deadline for registration is Feb. 2. For more information, call 516.686.1209.

Calling all iPods

iPod donationsMP3 player outdated? iPod not mod? Don't toss them! Instead, help someone find peace. NYIT, in association with the nonprofit organization Music and Memories, is collecting old digital audio players to donate to senior citizens with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's, or who have suffered a stroke. Drop off at the following NYIT-Manhattan locations: Riverside/Affinia Residence Halls (contact your Resident Advisor); 1849 Broadway, room 204; 1855 Broadway, main lobby; 16 W. 61st St., room 612 (drop in the black box). For more information, e-mail

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