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Meet Dyesha Durm

Dyesha Durm

Sociology major Dyesha Durm shares her experiences volunteering at an orphanage, teaching English, and helping to build a soccer field –all in Peru, where she finds "there is something magical." Read more.



NYIT Achieves Best Universities Ranking

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Once again, NYIT has been ranked among the top universities in the north in U.S. News and World Report's 2012 Edition of Best Colleges. This is the 14th straight year that NYIT has achieved a top tier ranking and this year, NYIT jumped 13 places. The rankings are based on a set of up to 16 indicators of excellence used to compare accredited four-year colleges and universities. Read more.


Don't Miss Tonight's Architecture and Design Lecture on Bottle Roofing

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The first architecture and design lecture of the semester will delve into a collaborative project by NYIT faculty members and students who are researching bottle roofing, a system for reusing plastic bottles to build roofs in developing nations. The lecture "Thatch for a New Century: Bottle Roofing" will be presented today by Jason Van Nest, associate professor of architectural building technology, and Farzana Gandhi, visiting assistant professor of architecture, at 6:30 p.m., 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium, NYIT-Manhattan. Read more.

Thrillers, Media Moguls, Manhattan at AOB

The Center for Communication presents its media movie series at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. All events are free and feature film screenings followed by a panel discussion:

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Newspapers-Pages from the Past View two films about the newspaper business on Monday, Sept. 26, 5 to 9:30 p.m. They are: Deadline-U.S.A., starring Humphrey Bogart as a crusading editor of a big-city newspaper (5 p.m.), and The Paper, a journalism thriller about a New York City tabloid directed by Ron Howard (6:30 p.m.) A panel dicussion at 8:30 p.m. will include author Pete Hamill and New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel. Register today.


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Deja Vu All Over AgainOn Wednesday, Sept. 28, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., watch Network, a satire about the broadcast TV industry (4:30 p.m.), and Sweet Smell of Success, a film noir about a ruthless Broadway newspaper columnist (6:45 p.m.) A panel dicussion at 8:30 p.m. will include Larry Hackett, managing editor of People magazine, and New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel. Register today.



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Reporting News in the 21st Century Watch Page One: Inside the New York Times, a 2011 documentary about how the newspaper is trying to stay profitable in the digital age, on Friday, Sept. 30, 6:30 to 9 p.m. A panel dicussion following the film will include Page One director Andrew Rossi, author William McGowan, and New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel. Register today.

Welcome New York Exchange Students

Chinese exchange students

This fall, the Center for Global Academic Exchange welcomes 164 new students from around the world, including those from NYIT's campuses in Nanjing, Amman, Bahrain, Vancouver, and Abu Dhabi. In addition, there are 56 students from Huajing, China, as well as others from Denmark, Germany, and the Dominican Republic. The Chinese Students Association helped the Office of Global Exchange welcome Huajing students at orientations during the first week of September.

Follow the Center for Global Academic Exchange on its new Facebook page.

New for iPads: First Digital Edition of NYIT Magazine

NYIT Magazine

The digital edition of NYIT Magazine is now available as a PDF optimized for viewing on iPads and PCs. Download the Summer 2011 issue.




NYIT Partners with Broadway for Arts Education

No Snap Judgments

NYIT is teaming up with Broadway to integrate arts education into schools by using technology. On Oct. 13, the Broadway cast of The Addams Family will lead a live broadcast from the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway to several middle schools around the country and address the need for tolerance and acceptance. The cast will speak to educators, students, and representatives from the media, and encourage students to take the No Snap Judgments pledge to spread understanding and tolerance in their schools. This new approach to theater arts education through the use of technology in the classroom is facilitated by the Educational Enterprise Zone (EEZ) in NYIT's Technology Based Learning Systems Department.

NYIT Students Remember 9/11

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NYIT students remembered 9/11 at vigils on Sept. 11 and 12 organized by the Student Government Association (SGA) and senators for housing and residence life (HRL) at the Old Westbury campus. At the remembrance vigil on Sept. 11, retired NYPD officer turned criminal defense attorney Pierre Bazile spoke about his experience as a police officer on 9/11. Pictured are SGA President Robert Hammarberg and HRL SGA senators Sunny Park (sitting) and Brandon La'lone. Students at the Manhattan campus participated in a memorial walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to commemorate 9/11.

NYIT Conference Discusses Hacktivists, Online Privacy, and Mobile Devices

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Experts at this year's Cyber Security Conference called for cooperation among companies, government agencies, and nonprofit groups to nab cyber criminals. Conference topics included the latest security threat posed by hacktivists (people who hack systems to draw attention to a specific social issue), dealing with world governments rich from cybercrime, protecting personal information on mobile phones, and balancing privacy and security as cloud computing gains popularity. Read more.

School of Management Students Represent NYIT at New York Conferences

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For 23 hospitality students interested in organizing events, trade shows, and conventions, a daylong conference in New York City provided firsthand exposure into their chosen career paths. They attended the New York Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Day on Sept. 16 at the Millennium Hotel. Read more.

MBA students

Six outstanding School of Management M.B.A. students represented NYIT at the National Association of Asian M.B.A. Student Leadership Conference, Sept. 8-10 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Read more.

Free Mental Health Screenings

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

Are You an NYIT Athlete or Residence Hall Student With Your Own Health Insurance?

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The NYIT Health Insurance Waiver website is open through Friday, Sept. 30. Log on to and click on NYIT Domestic to waive the insurance. The waiver site is open until Friday, Sept. 30. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Wellness Services at 516.686.7697.

Upcoming Events

Help Heal Haiti Support Haiti relief today from 5 to 10 p.m. at the NYIT-Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. For $2, enjoy food, music, and live entertainment. Donations accepted.

Mid-Autumn Festival and New Student Welcome Party The Chinese Student Association hosts a lunar harvest celebration on Friday, Sept. 23, 6 to 9 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. The event will feature martial arts, music, dancing, and Chinese games. Food will be served. Read more.

Fraternity-Sorority Volleyball Tournament The sorority Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha and the fraternity Iota Nu Delta will host a volleyball tournament on Tuesday, Sept. 27 during free hour on the SAC Field, NYIT-Old Westbury.

Free Flick On Tuesday, Sept. 27, watch the Woody Allen film, Sleeper, at 12:20 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, room 102 (The Soundstage). Refreshments will be served.

Wicked on Broadway Old Westbury students are invited to enjoy the Broadway show Wicked on Thursday, Sept. 29. The cost is $20 for busfare and ticket. All proceeds go to Relay For Life. Tickets can be purchased starting Sept. 12 at the Student Activity Center, room 101. For more information, contact Mehtap Donuk, assistant director of student activities, 516.686.1223 or

SIA Meeting Learn about the sorority Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha (SIA) at an informational meeting on Thursday, Sept. 29, during free hour in Anna Rubin Hall, room 311, NYIT-Old Westbury.

Malled Caitlin Kelly, author of Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail, will visit NYIT on Thursday, Sept. 29, 1-2 p.m., 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium, Manhattan campus.

Energy Management Lecture Craig Ennis, founder and CEO of EFT Energy, Inc., will present "Energy Information Systems and Data Collection" on Monday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in room SC-1, Salten Hall, Old Westbury campus. This event is sponsored by the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. For more information, contact Robert Amundsen, Ph.D., director of energy management, at

Propagation Seems Good Here Tonight Terry Nauheim, associate professor of fine arts, performs her latest art project on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, N.Y. Read more.


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

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