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Meet Melanie Li Foo Wing - Student Profile

Melanie Li Foo Wing

Interior design student and volleyball player Melanie Li Foo Wing recently won a Decorators Club award for her work, inspired by high-tech architecture in the big city and sustainable values sown by life on a tropical island. Read more.


Commencement Checklist

NYIT's 50th annual commencement ceremony will take place this Sunday, May 22, at 9:30 a.m. Seniors - make sure to check the following items off your list ahead of the big day:


  • Arrival Times Come early at 8 a.m., when parking lots open and shuttle service begins. Arrive on campus fully robed and report to the President's Stadium track to line up between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. For a full schedule of the day's events and arrival times, read more.
  • Tickets Bring your commencement tickets for family members and friends to be seated for the commencement ceremony. If you ordered tickets, but didn't pick them up, they will be available onsite on Sunday.
  • Regalia It's not too late to buy your cap and gown at the NYIT Bookstore in Salten Hall at NYIT-Old Westbury or the Student Activity Center at NYIT-Manhattan.
  • Rings, Cards, and Frames Commemorate your milestone day by purchasing a class ring, announcement card, or diploma frame. Read more.
  • Picture Perfect Get your photo taken by a professional prior to lining up for the commencement ceremony. Read more.
  • Commencement DVD Order a DVD of the commencement ceremony by filling out this form.

Not graduating yet but curious about the ceremony? Tune in at 9 a.m. on commencement day for a live webcast via our website.

Congratulations, Class of 2011.

Bill Plympton Teaches Master Class at NYIT

Prolific animator and cartoonist Bill Plympton will give a free master class on Friday, June 3, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion on the Old Westbury campus. Plympton's work as an animator for independent films has garnered multiple Academy Award nominations. His illustrations have been published in the New York Times, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and National Lampoon. This event is free for NYIT faculty, staff, students, alumni, and board members. Seating is limited. R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, May 25, to Read more.

Last Call for Eco-Art

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.

VIP Students Graduate

The Vocational Independence Program (VIP) held its 21st annual graduation on May 13 at the Central Islip Student Activities Center. Stephen Shore, a professor and internationally recognized autism expert, gave an inspirational commencement address about his life as a person with autism and finding one's strengths and passions.

Public Service Art Raises Violence Awareness

NYIT fine arts student Miriam Amanollah (third student from the right in the above picture) won the Grand Prize for a poster she designed for a contest organized by the Nassau County Executive Task Force on Family Violence. Her entry, which topped those by entrants representing several Long Island colleges, raises awareness of family violence. It will be used as a public service announcement (PSA) on LIRR trains and Long Island buses.


NYIT Designer Recognized by Hospitality Group

The sleek, modern rooms crafted by NYIT-Old Westbury student Jessica Shields, an interior design major, recently won her a $5,000 scholarship from NEWH, The Hospitality Industry Network, a nonprofit organization that bestows such awards to students from schools with accredited programs. She is only the second NYIT student to win this scholarship.

NYIT Magazine Joins the Twitter-sphere

The spring 2011 issue of NYIT Magazine has arrived in mailboxes and online this week. For updates, follow @NYITmag, the magazine's new Twitter account.

Upcoming Events

Animation Festival
The Fine Arts Department presents its annual animation festival today from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium, NYIT-Manhattan. The event showcases final student projects by B.F.A. and M.F.A. students from the Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses.


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 May 24-Aug. 6 at Gallery 61, 16 W. 61st St., Floor 11, at NYIT-Manhattan. The opening reception will be Tuesday, May 24, 5-7 p.m.

Ronald McDonald Fundraiser
Eat to support the Ronald McDonald pasta dinner fundraiser on Tuesday, May 24, at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, May 25, at 7 p.m. in the NYCOM cafeteria at NYIT-Old Westbury. Dinner costs $5, and all proceeds will provide housing supplies for families in need on Long Island.

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. NYIT students are eligible for a special discount. Read more.

Film Screening NYIT alumni and students are invited to the premiere of Starla, a new film by alumnus and filmmaker Rik Cordero (B.F.A. '02), on Saturday, June 25, at 9 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway in Manhattan. A pre-screening reception starts at 8 p.m., and a Q&A session will follow the film. Get exclusive updates.

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