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Meet RuiJun (Sunny) Saperstein

Sunny Saperstein

Engineering graduate student RuiJun (Sunny) Saperstein's mission to stabilize climate change sounds complicated, but the motivation behind it started with some simple pop culture about public advocacy  – the Academy Award-winning film Bowling for Columbine. Read more.

Today's Events: Occupy NYIT, Film Screening, Environmental Issues, Laser Tag

Prince Among Slaves

Don't miss these events scheduled for today:

Occupy NYIT Keynote speakers will discuss the current Occupy Wall Street protest and why civil disobedience is still an important way to advocate policy change, 4-5 p.m. at 26 W. 61st St., 2nd floor, Manhattan campus. Stop by the Community Service Center (1849 Broadway, room 204) to find out how you can advocate policy change in different ways.

Prince Among Slaves Attend a screening and panel discussion of this award-winning documentary film about the life of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, a West African prince enslaved in the American south for 40 years. The event is 4:30-8:30 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus.

Laser Tag Night Play laser tag for only $10, 7-9 p.m. at Q-ZAR, 151 Voice Road (off Glen Cove Road), Carle Place, N.Y. Admission includes unlimited arcade games and free food. All proceeds benefit Mary Brennan Inn Soup Kitchen. For more information, contact

Environmental Issues in Latin America and the Caribbean Carl-Axel Soderberg, regional director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Caribbean Environmental Protection Division in Puerto Rico, will give a presentation, 6-8 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., room 723, Manhattan campus.

Vote for Best College, President, Sports

Best of Long Island

The Long Island Press has nominated NYIT in its "best of Long Island" categories for college/university, college president, and college sports program. Vote (as many times as you like!) for NYIT to win a spot in the newspaper's "Best of Long Island" 2012 issue. Vote for NYIT.


Spend the Spring 2012 Semester in Nanjing, China


Learn about studying abroad in China during an information session on Thursday, Nov. 10, 12:45-2 p.m., Harry Schure Hall, room DL3 (Old Westbury campus) or 1855 Broadway, room 704 (Manhattan campus). Read more.

Are You the Next Female CEO?


NYIT's School of Management has launched the Society for Women in Leadership to provide opportunities for mentorship, networking, and training. The society also offers a special certificate program, Developing the CEO Within. To complete this certificate, students are required to attend a minimum of four of five program sessions.

The next session is Administration ... Foundation Keys for a Business on Thursday, Nov. 17, 12:45-2 p.m. To register and find out session location, email Read more.

Congrats to the Men's Soccer Team!

men's soccer

The NYIT men's soccer team won against Bridgeport on Nov. 2 and is advancing to the East Coast Championship on Friday, Nov. 4, 2:30 p.m. at C.W. Post. Go Bears! 

Call for Talent - All Students


Have a special talent? Share a skit, song, or dance that reflects your culture or religion at the tryouts for the Festival of Lights on Thursday, Nov. 10, 12:45-2:10 p.m., in Anna Rubin Hall, rooms 308/310, Old Westbury campus. This year's Festival of Lights will take place on Thursday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m. in Salten Hall, rooms SC1 and SC2.

Participate in the IBM Global Student Study


All NYIT students are encouraged to take this global student survey to help IBM measure students' perspectives of the changing world around them.



Know Your Rights - Federal and State Law for College Students

Federal and New York state laws require that all U.S. college and university students know about these policies:

Students Around Town - Halloween, 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:


The Manhattan Student Government Association and the Campus Programming Board hosted a rooftop Halloween costume party on Oct. 27 at the Midtown Loft and Terrace in New York City, where students had a full view of the Empire State Building and mingled with special guests: the Mario Brothers, Alice and her Mad Hatter, Hugh Hefner and his "Bunnies," and a clone of Assistant Director of Student Activities Jeremy Ducos. More than 200 NYIT students and their guests dressed in costume and enjoyed music, giveaways and prizes, food, and a costume runway show.


Students learned how to leverage social media for businesses on Oct. 18 at the event, "Social Media Victories: Real Businesses, Real Campaigns, Real Results," sponsored by the School of Management's Student Advancement Program, among others. Read more.

nursing students

The NYIT Student Nurses Association participated in the Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Oct. 16 at Jones Beach. They raised $630. Pictured above are student-walkers Mary Carson, Kristin Schmidt, Christine Gasser, Katelyn Oswald, Jeannette Cruz, and Jenna Callahan.

biomedical students

NYIT students majoring in life sciences attended the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Conference on Oct. 15 in Hartford, Conn. Read more.

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 during 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.

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

Student Professional Awareness Conference Explore the topics that affect engineers' careers during this conference on Friday, Nov. 4, 1-4 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium, Manhattan campus.

F.a.U.L.T. Design Attend a presentation of a design proposal for the town of Nuoro in Sardinia, Italy, prepared by NYIT alumni and faculty in the School of Architecture and Design. The presentation will take place on Friday, Nov. 4, 6-8 p.m., 1855 Broadway, 11th floor gallery, Manhattan campus.

Nonprofit Networking Luncheon Students will have the opportunity to meet with professionals from various nonprofits to learn about volunteer and internship opportunities on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 12-2 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium, Manhattan campus. All majors are welcome, and international students are encouraged to attend this event sponsored by the Community Service Center and NYIT Chinese Student Association.

Texting While Driving Simulation Think you can text and drive? Experience how texting impacts your driving abilities at this simulation event presented by Counseling and Wellness Services on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Sports Complex Gym, Old Westbury campus.

SOURCE Kickoff Party Faculty members from all schools are invited to share their ideas for the 2012 Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) by attending one of two kickoff parties at the New York campuses:
Manhattan campus: Tuesday, Nov. 8, 12:45-2:10 p.m., 16 W. 61st St., room 723
Old Westbury campus: Thursday, Nov. 10, 12:45-2:10 p.m., Anna Rubin Hall, room 311

Waste-to-Energy Exchange Learn about waste-to-energy as a sustainable source on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway (AOB), Manhattan campus.

Comedy Night The Campus Programming Board (CPB) presents comedy night on Thursday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m. in Salten Hall, room SC1, Old Westbury campus.

South Asian International Film Festival Screen films from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal during this festival, Nov. 10-15. The NYIT Auditorium on Broadway (Manhattan campus) will show several films starting with the North American premiere of The Temple, on Thursday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. A Q&A with Director Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni will follow the film.

Silicon Alley Talent Fair Meet 100 of New York City's fastest-growing startups at this event on Friday, Nov. 11, 12-7 p.m. at The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St., New York City. Register to attend this event.

Grab-and-Go Pies Get your free apple and pumpkin pies from CPB on Monday, Nov. 14, 12:30 p.m. in Harry Schure Hall Lobby, Old Westbury campus.

Energy Management Lecture NYIT alumnus Elijan Avdic, an electrical engineer at Power Management Concepts, LLC, will give a presentation on Monday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m. in Salten Hall, room SC-1, Old Westbury campus. For information, email

Market Makers Want to know what it takes to make green, high-performance building the new normal? Don't miss a panel of leading experts who will answer this question and more on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, Manhattan campus.

Marijuana Smokeout Learn about the dangers of marijuana use and strategies to quit on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 12:45-2:10 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, room 308, Old Westbury campus. Lunch will be provided. For more information, email counselor Joan O'Connor at

Motorola Golden-idea Competition and Partner Conference Attend the conference's workshops and presentations, Nov. 16-17 at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Old Westbury campus. All sessions are free of charge.

Women's Self-Defense Class NYIT women are invited to wear comfortable clothing and attend this class on Thursday, Nov. 17, 12:30-2 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., room 721, Manhattan campus.

Great American Smokeout Learn about the dangers of tobacco use and strategies to quit on Thursday, Nov. 17, 12:45-2:10 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, room 308, Old Westbury campus. “Adopt a smoker” to help someone you care about quit smoking. Lunch will be provided. For more information, email counselor Joan O'Connor at

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

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 at this event will benefit Relay for Life.

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