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Meet Jeremy Ducos

Jeremy Ducos

"Students first" is the motto of Assistant Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development Jeremy Ducos, who is currently planning the second Alternative Spring Break Project to Peru. Read more about Jeremy Ducos.

Viva, Peru - Alternative Spring Break Needs You!

Peru students

There's just one day left to apply for NYIT's Alternative Spring Break in Peru, March 17-25, 2012. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience helping others. Questions? Email Jeremy Ducos at or Amy Bravo at Apply now.

In addition, you can earn donations for NYIT students going to Peru by attending the taping of a daytime TV talk show next week in New York City. For every 15 students who sign up and attend a taping of the U.K. hit Jeremy Kyle Show, NYIT will receive a corporate donation of $200 for Alternative Spring Break, reducing the student cost of the trip. This one-time offer is also open to NYIT friends and family. Get your free tickets for Thursday, Oct. 27 or Friday, Oct. 28.

President Guiliano Announces Center for the Humanities and Culture in China

President Guiliano

NYIT will open a Center for the Humanities and Culture in Nanjing, China, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State and the American Embassy in Beijing. The center will offer monthly public lectures, weekly educational and cultural programs, and technology resources. In April, the center will sponsor a film and academic conference.

President Guiliano, who announced this news while in China last week, also spoke to students at National Taichung University of Education in Taiwan on Oct. 14, where he talked about the evolution of higher education in the United States. Read his speech.

Submit Artwork for I-Photography Exhibit


Callling all student-artists to submit photos snapped on their smartphones for consideration in the "I Photography: Images From the Edge" exhibit, Dec. 6, 2011 to Jan. 6, 2012 at NYIT Gallery 61, Manhattan campus. The exhibit will feature images taken from iPhones, Androids, and other advanced phones. All submissions must be printed, matted in a 4-ply mat, and framed. Participants may also email digital submissions to be considered for display on the gallery's website. For more information, contact Jennifer Mitchell, curator of NYIT Gallery 61, at 212.261.1562 or

Last Call for December Grads


If you're planning to graduate in December, you only have until Friday, Oct. 28 to register for graduation on NYITConnect. Access the registration at


Make Money at a Nonprofit

career net

Did you know that non-profit jobs are among the fastest growing in America? Earn $12.50/hour and a free monthly MetroCard by interning this fall at one of several local nonprofits. Grant-funded internship positions are available in communications and marketing, computer technology, literacy, museum education, general administration, and youth development. Log onto NYIT Career Net, click on job search and look for "grant 2011" under the position-type category, and then follow application instructions.

To apply, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and be eligible for federal work study (or have been in the past). Act now - positions are limited and only open for fall 2011!

Apply Now - Student Scholarships


Travel the world on these government-funded scholarships:

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships Program U.S. undergraduate students can apply for up to $20,000 scholarships for an academic year’s study abroad in world regions critical to American interests, and U.S. graduate students for up to $30,000 fellowships for language study and international research. Applications are due in 2012. Read more.

Critical Language Scholarship Program This program offers scholarships for overseas intensive summer language institutes in 13 critical-need foreign languages. Applications are due by Nov. 15. Read more.

Good Luck Team NYIT in Battle of the Brains Competition

Battle of Brains

Three NYIT students will take part in a battle of logic, strategy, and mental endurance in IBM's Battle of the Brains competition on Sunday, Oct. 30. Good luck to students Nicholas Maccharoli, Iskandar Askarov, and Robert Pinkerton who will be led in competition by Felix Fischman, adjunct professor in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. Read more.


Students Around Town - Networking, Social Causes, Italian Spirit

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


Students learned how to leverage social media to build their brand and bottom line on Oct. 18 at the event "Social Media Victories: Real Businesses, Real Campaigns, Real Results." It was hosted by the School of Management's Student Advancement Program, Bloomberg Television, Time Warner Cable Business Class, and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Social media guru and best-selling author Patrick Schwerdtfeger (pictured center in blue tie) gave the keynote address and signed copies of his book Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed.

breast cancer walk

Students in HEOP Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society joined more than 35,000 people at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Oct. 16 in Central Park. The team raised more than $200 for the cause and walked four miles.

Columbus Day parade

Students in NYIT's il Circolo Italiano walked in the Columbus Day parade on Oct. 10 in New York City. They are pictured with Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio (holding the left side of the banner) in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Upcoming Events

Free Basketball Tickets Cheer on NYIT men's basketball on the road at a preseason game at Villanova on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Complimentary tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The bus will leave at 1:30 p.m. from NYIT-Old Westbury and return the same night. For more information, contact Sabrina Polidoro, assistant director of sports information, at 516.686.7504 or

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 Joanne Scillitoe, Ph.D., director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, at

Energy Auditing Demonstration Representatives from National Grid, the Building Performance Contractors Association, and Efficiency First will give an energy auditing demonstration today, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Simonson Annex, Old Westbury campus. For information, email Robert N. Amundsen, Ph.D., director of energy management, at

Celebrity Wranglers: Getting the Guest The Center for Communication presents its free panel with television bookers from popular TV talk shows such as The View today at 5 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. Register today.

NHL College Night Kickoff Order your $20 tickets to see the New Jersey Devils take on the San Jose Sharks on Friday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. You will get a $10 food and beverage card with your online purchase, plus a free Devils cup at the game.


9th Annual Paws for Parkinson's Howl-O-Ween Dog Walkathon Raise money for Parkinson's research on Sunday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Marjorie Post Park, Merrick and Unqua Roads, Massapequa, N.Y. Activities include a one-mile walk, Halloween Hounds costume contest, prizes, raffles, refreshments, and more. Registration is $25 per dog (part of the proceeds will be donated to participating animal shelters). This event is presented by the American Parkinson Disease Association and generously sponsored by the Adele Smithers Parkinson's Disease Treatment Center at NYCOM of NYIT. For more information and/or to register, call 516.626.6114 or go to

New York City Greek Film Festival Screen the Greek film Attenberg on Monday, Oct. 24, 6-11 p.m. at the AOB. Purchase tickets.


Ending Alzheimer's NYIT's Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics is co-hosting a special screening of "Ending Alzheimer's," a video presentation of experts on aging and Alzheimer's disease. The event, which includes a reception and post-screening discussion, is on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the AOB, Manhattan campus. Registration is requested for this free event, which is also open to the public. Register for the event.

Architecture and Design Lecture Peter Eisenman, principal of Eisenman Architects in New York City, will give a special presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Old Westbury campus. Read more.

Halloween Rooftop Party Celebrate the holiday with fellow NYIT students on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. at the Midtown Loft and Terrace (sponsored by the Manhattan SGA). Buy your $5 ticket.

Parkinson's Lecture Series The Adele Smithers Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Center presents an educational seminar for people with Parkinson’s disease and their families on Tuesday, Nov. 1, noon-2 p.m. in Riland Auditorium, Old Westbury campus.

Jam-BEAR-Ree Basketball Rally Show your NYIT spirit at this pep rally on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. in Recreation Hall. Tickets are $5 and available in advance at the athletics office in the Sports Complex, Old Westbury campus, as well as at the door on the day of the event.

Prince Among Slaves Screen this film and attend a panel discussion for New York City educators on Thursday, Nov. 3, 4:30-8:30 p.m. at the AOB, Manhattan campus.

Laser Tag Night Play laser tag for only $10 on Thursday, Nov. 3, 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

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. Lunch will be provided. For more information, email counselor Joan O'Connor at

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. “Adopt a smoker” to help someone you care about quit smoking. Lunch will be provided. For more information, email counselor Joan O'Connor at

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