Archive: NYIT Student Update: May 12, 2011
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Special Announcement - Parking

Portions of the east NYCOM parking lot (adjacent to the basketball/tennis courts) on the Old Westbury campus will be closed from Friday, May 13 through Tuesday, May 24. Beginning Wednesday, May 18, the entire east NYCOM lot will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. These measures are being taken to ensure the safety of NYIT community members and to avoid potential damage to vehicles during the installation of tents. The lots will fully reopen on Wednesday, May 25.

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Commencement Season in Full Swing

The following 2011 commencement and graduation ceremonies are slated for NYIT's campuses:

The NYCOM Hooding Ceremony will take place on Monday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at C.W. Post in Old Westbury, N.Y.

Congratulations, Class of 2011.

Spring Semester Roundup


As the spring semester nears its end, be sure to check final exam schedules for your classes at NYIT-Old Westbury and NYIT-Manhattan.

Get a headstart and register for fall classes.

Got everything covered? Have a great summer!

Wanted: Eco-Conscious Artists

Energy Conference

Submit your original artwork on sustainability and alternative energy for the exhibition, "The Energy and Technology Art Show," at the 2011 Energy Conference at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion on Thursday, June 2. A jury of professional artists and faculty will select artwork for the show based on how it visually represents the issue of sustainability through original 2-D forms, such as paintings, collages, and photography. Submissions are due by Friday, May 20. Read the official guidelines.

Thousands Raised at Relay for Life

Nearly 500 people turned out for NYIT's third annual Relay for Life, which ran for 24 hours starting at 7 p.m. on April 29 at President's Stadium. The event exceeded exceptations by raising more than $40,000. Cancer survivors Carlos Munoz, an architecture student, and Linda Spangler, an admissions representative, spoke about their experiences battling the disease. Read more.

Highlights from SGA Awards and Elections

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its awards dinner at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion on May 2 and honored Zennabelle Sewell, associate dean of student development, with its Administrator of the Year Award.

In addition, more students than ever logged their votes in SGA's online elections on May 2-4 at NYIT-Old Westbury. Next year's SGA officers for NYIT-Old Westbury include:

  • President: Robert Hammarberg
  • Vice President: Leila Eldomyati
  • Secretary: Stephanie Idjadi
  • Treasurer: Marina Makarious
  • Senators: George Elkomos-Botros, John Koziatek, James Marsanico, Ammen Malik, Anthony Gaspari

SGA officers for NYIT-Manhattan are:

  • President: David Duong
  • Executive Vice President of Judicial and Compliance: Zikomo Barr
  • Vice President of Programming: Danielle Maxwell
  • Vice President of Finance: Stefan Kamer
  • Chief of Staff: Edgar Goldshmidt

Creative Meets Technical at SOURCE

Students presented an array of impressive research and new ideas at NYIT's Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) on April 29. Nearly 140 people attended the keynote presentation, "Left Brain/Right Brain: Round Two, Four Decades of Change in Visual Computing and What Comes Next," by Donald Greenberg, professor and director of Cornell University's computer graphics program.

Greenberg offered his perspective on visual computing during the past 40 years, which he says has been dominated by technical "left brainers." He asserted that "right brainers" are the future of the new generation of cloud computing. "My belief is that creative minds will rule." Read more.

Actress Lights Up NYIT's Auditorium on Broadway

Isabella Rossellini made an appearance at NYIT's Auditorium on Broadway on May 9 for an evening of film screenings and conversation attended by 180 people. Audience members viewed two of her short films, My Dad is 100 Years Old and Animals Distract Me, as well as two selections from her Green Porno series. David Schwartz, chief curator of the Museum of the Moving Image, moderated a Q&A session between Rossellini and the audience.

In response to a question from an aspiring starlet in the audience struggling to find her niche as an actress/writer/director/producer, Rossellini advised, "You should do it all!" 

NYIT Students Celebrate MayFest


Students turned out for music, games, and a Top Chef cooking contest during "Cinco de MayFest" on May 5 at NYIT-Old Westbury. See the photo gallery and watch a MayFest video.

Upcoming Events

Stress-free Zone Destress at NYIT-Old Westbury events now through Thursday, May 19. Read more.

Cloud Computing with Cisco
On Wednesday, May 11, a representative from Cisco will discuss cloud computing from 5 to 6 p.m. in conference room B302 at NYIT-Amman. For more information, contact Lina Mattar at

Long Island Walkathon to Cure Parkinson's Disease
On Saturday, May 21, join the 18th annual walkathon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon, N.Y. Register now on the Long Island chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association's website.

PlaNYC 2.0
The Municipal Arts Society of New York will host "PlaNYC 2.0: In Conversation with Director David Bragdon," on Tuesday, May 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Bragdon directs Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability for the City of New York. This event is free and open to the public. Register or R.S.V.P. by calling 212.935.2075.

Summer Art Exhibition The collaborative work of students in the Vocational Independence Program (VIP) and NYIT's School of Architecture and Design and Department of Fine Arts will be displayed from May 24-Aug. 6 at Gallery 61, 16 W. 61st St., Floor 11, at NYIT-Manhattan. The opening reception will be Tuesday, May 24 from 5-7 p.m.

Wedding Planning Certification The Bridal Society will give a two-day wedding planning certification course at NYIT-Manhattan on Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. The course is open to any students interested in wedding planning. NYIT students are eligible for a special discount. Read more.

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