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Meet Benjamin Alling

Benjamin Alling

Since the age of 14, Benjamin Alling has aspired to become an architect. As a fifth-year architecture student at NYIT, he’s come a long way since taking his first drafting class at Vinal Technical High School in Middletown, Conn., where he became involved in local competitions through SkillsUSA (formerly the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America). He went on to complete a two-year degree in architecture before transferring to NYIT and has already amassed an impressive resume. Read more.

Commencement Checklist

NYIT's commencement day is only a few months away. Check the following items off your commencement checklist, including:

student speaker Student Speaker Contest NYIT is looking for an outstanding speaker in the Class of 2012 to represent students' experiences at this year's commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 16. Read more about application guidelines for the student speaker contest.


Share Photos 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


Order Regalia All graduates must order their regalia by Sunday, April 1. Regalia includes cap, gown, hood, tassel, and custom stole of gratitude. When ordering your regalia, indicate the NYIT campus where you will go for pickup. Place your regalia order.


Spring Break Schedule - NYIT Student Update


The next NYIT Student Update will be published on Thursday, March 29, after students return from spring break (March 17-25). Enjoy spring break!


Be a Contestant, Win Money


Calling all student writers and software developers to participate in two contests, including:

  • ESPN Contest ESPN is looking for software developers to use its experimental open API (application programming interface) called ALPS to build innovative applications for scoring NCAA basketball or lacrosse. More than $10,000 in cash prizes will be distributed to the winning applications. Submit your application by Monday, April 9. Read more about the ESPN ALPS API Contest guidelines.
  • NYIT Technical Writing Contest This year's contest will take place on Thursday, April 19, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, rooms 308/310, Old Westbury. A total of $800 in cash prizes will be distributed to winners, who will be announced at an awards luncheon on Thursday, April 26.

Save the Date: Spring Break Events in New York


Have fun in New York City at spring break events planned by NYIT's Office of International Education, including:

  • Hop On/Hop Off New York City Bus Tour - Tuesday, March 20, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Pickup times for NYIT students are 7:30 a.m. (Old Westbury) and 9:30 a.m. (Manhattan). Cost is $15, plus lunch.
  • Empire State Building Tour - Wednesday, March 21 at noon. Meet at Sixth Avenue and 34th Street. Cost is $10.
  • Chicago on Broadway - Friday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. Meet at the Ambassador Theater, 219 W. 49th St. Cost is $20.

Register by Wednesday, March 14, for these events. For more information, contact Christopher Olagunju at 212.261.1684 or

NYIT Students Rally for Engineering

Stay With It

NYIT engineering students will participate in a social media campaign and national pep rally on Wednesday, March 14. The Stay With It campaign encourages students to continue their pursuit of engineering degrees. Read more.


Summer 2012 Class Schedule Available

Are you planning to take summer classes at NYIT? Log in to NYITConnect for the summer class schedule.

Need Help with Math?

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The Math Resource Center is here to help. Visit Harry Schure Hall, room 214, on the following days/times:

  • Monday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

For more information, email

International Student Tuition Payments


NYIT has partnered with Pay to Study to make students' international payments easy, convenient, secure, and less expensive. This service is an alternative to bank wires and gives better currency exchange rates than those offered directly by banks or credit cards. Visit Pay to Study to learn more and to make your payments.

Buy a Mac, Get a Discount


Did you know Apple offers a discount for NYIT students buying its products online? Go to and enter your NYIT email and password. After logging in, choose the option to shop the Apple custom store. For help buying a Mac, email

NYIT Students Around Town - Costa Rica, Graffiti, Intrepid, and Red Cross

architecture students

Architecture students were interviewed by News 12 Long Island about their design-build project to develop a recycling and education center in the coastal community of Nosara, Costa Rica. Watch the video.

architecture students

Interior design and architecture students put the finishing touches on large acrylic panels inspired by New York-style graffiti during a painting session on Feb. 24. The panels will be cut up and manufactured into 10,000 bicycle reflectors that NYIT interior design students will distribute at the prestigious Milan Furniture Fair in April. Read more.

medical students

Medical and engineering students and faculty members demonstrated robotics technology at the Girls in Science and Engineering weekend, March 3-4, at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. Read more.

nursing students

Nursing students attended the Nursing Students Association of New York State's 60th Annual State Convention, Feb. 25-26, in White Plains, N.Y. The students participated in a live TableTop exercise during the Disaster Health and Sheltering course led by Red Cross nursing faculty and became certified to volunteer in American Red Cross disaster shelters. Pictured NYIT nursing students include: Ruth Bonilla, Jeannette Cruz, Jenna Callahan, Christian Velez, and Shanie Kowlessar.

Upcoming Events


Architecture Lecture Attend the presentation, "Response to Explosive Metropolitan Growth: Madrid," by Pedro Ortiz, senior urbanist for the World Bank, today at 6:30 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium, NYIT-Manhattan. Ortiz will discuss strategies for urban planning.

Assignment China Join Mike Chinoy, senior fellow at the University of Southern California’s U.S.-China Institute and former CNN senior Asia correspondent and Beijing bureau chief, for a showing of his film Assignment: China – The Week that Changed the World, today at 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. R.S.V.P. to

Career Services

Career Services Workshops From finding an internship and cover letter writing to practicing for job interviews, NYIT's Office of Career Services has these topics covered and more at its March workshops. Read a full list of upcoming career events.

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

Chat Partners Enhance your intercultural skills and chat with fellow NYIT students from around the world every Tuesday, 12:30-2 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

Brown Bag Lunch Series A new series on health, wellness, and aging topics will convene with its first session on Tuesday, March 13, 1-2 p.m. in Riland Auditorium, Old Westbury campus. The event, organized by the NYIT Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics, features Robert Schwalbe, Ph.D., a leading New York-based psychoanalyst and author of the book, Sixty, Sexy, and Successful: A Guide for Aging Male Baby Boomers.

Women's History Month Discuss important issues that affect women at this month's events at NYIT's Old Westbury campus, including:

  • Women and Cancer - Tuesday, March 13, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, room 309
  • Women, Nutrition, and Fitness - Tuesday, March 27, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, rooms 308/310
  • Embracing REAL Beauty Inside and Out - Wednesday, March 28, 12-2 p.m., Student Activities Center Café

Free Flick This semester, the theme of Wednesday night free flicks is "dangerous women and their endangered men." View Meet John Doe, directed by Frank Capra, on Wednesday, March 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the NYIT de Seversky Mansion (The Soundstage, room 102). Refreshments will be served.

March Madness - NYIT Annual Fund Let your school pride show, have some food and fun, and support the NYIT Annual Fund at March Madness on Friday, March 16, noon-3 p.m., Sports Complex Gym, Old Westbury. Watch your friends compete in March Madness and enjoy gummy bears, free NYIT t-shirts, and the opportunity to win an iPod shuffle. Every Annual Fund dollar raised makes an important and immediate difference supporting scholarships, student programs, and technology upgrades. You can also support the Annual Fund by visiting (a minimum gift of $1 is required to process via credit/debit card).


Calling All Student Filmmakers - Longing and Inhibition in Film If you're a student filmmaker at any of NYIT's campuses, take advantage of an opportunity to submit a short film for the NYIT-NUPT Student Film Festival and International Symposium, April 21-22 in Nanjing China. Submissions should explore the event's theme, "Longing and Inhibition in Film." To learn more, email Film Festival Chair Kim Bigelow at or visit the festival website. Submissions are due by Wednesday, March 21.

Energy Management Lecture Charles R. Goulding, C.P.A., president of Energy Tax Savers, Inc., will give a presentation on Monday, March 26, 7 p.m. in John J. Theobald Hall, room 409, Old Westbury campus. For information, email

NSBE Convention Looking for opportunities to network and hone your leadership skills? If so, the NYIT-Manhattan chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers has the opportunity for you—NSBE's convention, Wednesday, March 28 - Sunday, April 1 in Pittsburgh. For more information, visit or email

What Happens at a Passover Seder? Learn about the core Jewish holiday of Passover and sample some of the ritual foods and songs of this more than 3,200-year-old festival on Thursday, March 29, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, room 307, Old Westbury campus. R.S.V.P. to Librarian Jeffrey Feinsilver at 516.686.1153.

Poetry Reading April is poetry month. Students are invited to read their writing, favorite, poems, or lyrics at an open mic poetry reading on Tuesday, April 17, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, rooms 308/310, Old Westbury campus. Lunch will be served.


SOURCE Mark your calendar for NYIT's Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) on Friday, April 20, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at NYIT-Manhattan. Keynote speaker Sidney Perkowitz, professor emeritus of physics at Emory University, will present "Science and Art: Closer Than You Think." Read more.

Cossacks & Commissars: A Musical Trip Through Russian History, 1900-1950 Experience a crucial period of Russian and world history through the music and documentary footage of the first half of the 20th century on Thursday, April 26, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, room 307, Old Westbury campus. R.S.V.P. to Librarian Jeffrey Feinsilver at 516.686.1153.

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