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Meet Demetrio A. Lima

Demetrio Lima

There’s no better “win-win” situation than seeing the world without having to take time off from school, according to engineering student Demetrio Lima, who has studied solar energy and more in Lyon, France. Read about his experiences studying abroad.

Congrats to NYIT's Golden-i Winners


Congratulations to NYIT students who participated in Motorola Solutions' Golden-idea Competition and Partner Conference. Team Third Eye won third place and will receive a Golden-i headset when it comes to market.

Their project (pictured top left) entailed programming Golden-i to operate a drone. A pratical application of this innovation would enable surveillance guards to oversee multiple locations at one time, improving performance, efficiency, and productivity.

In addition, students who attended the conference networked with business and technology leaders and learned about opportunities for university and business collaboration.

Celebrate Thanksgiving and Give Food in New York


Upcoming Thanksgiving celebrations at the New York campuses, include:

Thanksgiving Luncheon Enjoy turkey and all the trimmings at this luncheon, part of International Education Week, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 12-2 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium, Manhattan campus.

Celebrate Thanksgiving with The Campus Slate Attend this celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 12:30 p.m. in the Sports Complex, Hall of Fame Lobby, Old Westbury campus.

In addition, there are several Thanksgiving food drives under way that need your support, including:

NYIT's Thanksgiving Food Drive for the INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) Drop off your donations by Friday, Nov. 18 in the blue boxes in Gerry House located at both entrances and on the staircase platform. Non-glass items are needed, such as stuffing; cranberry sauce; canned fruit, soup, vegetables, yams, and gravy; and boxed mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese.

City Harvest Food Drive NYIT's Society of Hosteurs is sponsoring a food drive through Friday, Nov. 18 in Manhattan. Drop off your donation at 26 W. 61st St., room 508.

Island Harvest Food Drive Donate one can or $1, Nov. 7-Dec. 9 in the decorated boxes in the Office of Student Employment in Old Westbury or Manhattan.

Collection Day Help New Yorkers in Catskill, N.Y., which recently suffered flooding, by donating housewares, cookware, electronics, and other household items on Saturday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Salten Hall, Old Westbury campus. Read a full list of items for collection.

Share, Create, and Schedule: NYIT Gets Google Apps


NYIT has released Google Apps for Calendar, Docs, and Sites tied to NYIT email accounts. Share documents and files, and create calendars and web pages for collaboration.

Access NYIT Apps through My NYIT, the university portal. Log in and you'll find the buttons for apps in the left column. If you have questions, Google has documentation accessible within the apps. You can also contact Service Central at 516.686.1400 or

Reserve Your Seat for Celebrity Event at AOB


Attend a screening of Albert Nobbs, the latest film starring Glenn Close on Monday, Nov. 21, 5:30-10 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. The actress will answer questions following the film as part of a Screen Actors Guild Foundation event. Seats are reserved for the NYIT community on a first-come, first-serve basis. R.S.V.P. to to reserve your seat.

Makenzie Jones Wins Astoria Federal Laptop Competition

Makenzie Jones

Mechanical engineering student and women's softball player Makenzie Jones won NYIT's annual Astoria Federal Laptop Competition for her video encouraging women to enter the engineering and computing science fields. On Nov. 8, Jones (pictured top right with Laura Schmid, Greenvale branch manager for Astoria Federal Savings Bank) received her new Dell laptop, which she will use to research alternative energy and design engineering solutions using software such as AutoCAD and Mathcad. Read more about Makenzie Jones.

Students Around Town - Galas, Nonprofit Networking, Social Causes

Get in the mix and find out what's been keeping students busy. Check out who's networking, the latest events, and the hottest social causes:

soup kitchen

Students from the HEOP program, Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE) National Honor Society, and NYIT staff members volunteered today at a soup kitchen at the Church of St. Paul of the Apostle in New York City.


Students in Adjunct Professor Rob Seitz's special events class raised $500 for the Preeclampsia Foundation and helped to produce its Nov. 12 gala, "Saving Grace: A Night of Hope and Gratitude."


Nearly 200 NYIT students proved their interest in community volunteer work by attending the first volunteer fair on Nov. 3 in Old Westbury and the Nonprofit Networking Luncheon on Nov. 8 in Manhattan. The volunteer fair drew a variety of students, from computer science majors, who explored opportunities to design and create databases for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, to health care majors who learned about the American Cancer Society of Nassau County.

At the Nonprofit Networking Luncheon, students including Richard Huang (pictured top left) helped to raise $85 for the 2012 Alternative Spring Break Project in Peru. 

food drive

NYIT's Student Physical Therapy Society hosted their first holiday food drive and collected more than 100 pounds of food to benefit the INN in Hempstead, N.Y. Pictured left to right are Class of 2013 D.P.T. students, including Nancy Villagran, Kerri Boerner, Shivani Shah, Danielle Buglione, Divya Mathew, Cynthia John, Lauren Sabia, and Stephanie Bradbury. Danique Williams also participated and snapped the photo.

Upcoming Events

Chat Partners Practice speaking English with other students on Thursdays, 12:45-2 p.m., 16 W. 61st St., room 623, Manhattan campus. Food will be served.

Free Mental Health Screenings Free, confidential, and anonymous online mental health screenings are available to all students through the Counseling Office.

IDEA X-Change Every Thursday, NYIT students are welcome to join the IDEA X-Change discussion group focused on entrepreneurship. Meetings occur 1-2 p.m., 26 W. 61st St., room 402. For more information, email

Operation Christmas Child - How to Make a Box Want to make a child happy? Decorate a shoebox for underprivileged children anytime in November. These shoeboxes will be filled with toys, clothes, school supplies, and hygiene products. Drop off your boxes at the Community Service Center, 1849 Broadway, room 204, Manhattan campus.

UN Team: Movie Day NYIT's UN Team presents The Intrepreter, the first film shot inside the United Nations headquarters, on Friday, Nov. 18, 2:30 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., room 623, Manhattan campus.

New York Women in Communications Career Conference Meet leading women in media and attend sessions on broadcast and cable, marketing, print to digital, and more at this conference on Saturday, Nov. 19, 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt New York, 109 E. 42nd St. (Park Avenue at Grand Central Terminal), New York City. Read a full schedule of events.

Covering Bad Behavior: Pervs, Pols, and Pundits Attend a presentation on media coverage of the latest sex-money-power scandals in the news on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 6:30-8 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus.

Wing-Eating Contest Do you think you can take the heat? Prove it by participating in the this wing-eating contest on Monday, Nov. 28, 2-5 p.m. at the Student Activites Building (1849 Broadway), Manhattan campus.

Festival of Lights - Manhattan Celebrate NYIT's diverse cultures by sampling unique food, music, dancing, and poetry on Monday, Nov. 28, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway.

SGA Relay for Life Fundraiser Join the Student Government Association for its Relay for Life fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at Moe's Southwest Grill, 90 Northern Blvd., Greenvale, N.Y. Proceeds raised will benefit Relay for Life.

Eleanor Baum Lecture The first female dean of a school of engineering in the United States will give a presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. presentation at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway in Manhattan.

Professional Speed Networking Polish your networking pitch with industry leaders from companies such as Leviton, Northrup Grumman, and CA Technologies on Thursday, Dec. 1, 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Salten Hall, room 2, Old Westbury campus.

Designing a Better World NYIT’s Fine Arts Department presents a panel discussion on how design improves the world on Thursday, Dec. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, Manhattan campus.

Citizen Schools Attend a volunteer orientation with the nonprofit Citizen Schools to learn about the organization and its available internship opportunities on Monday, Dec. 5, 4-5 p.m. in the Office of Career Services, 26 W. 61st St., second floor, Manhattan campus.

Festival of Lights - Old Westbury Dress in your native country's cultural attire and enjoy entertainment and food from around the world on Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-10 p.m., Salten Hall, rooms SC-1 and SC-2.

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