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Meet Student Orator James Marsanico

James Marsanico

When James Marsanico, winner of NYIT's student speaker contest, addresses students on commencement day, few people in the audience will guess this driven engineering major once struggled to find his niche. Now, as president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) chapter at NYIT-Old Westbury, a peer advisor, and a presidential scholarship awardee, Marsanico has come a long way toward reaching his goals. Read more.


Commencement Season Schedule

NYIT graduates

The following 2012 commencement and graduation ceremonies are slated for NYIT's campuses:

The NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Hooding Ceremony will take place on Monday, May 21, 10 a.m. - noon at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at C.W. Post in Old Westbury, N.Y.

Stress-Free Events - Free Food, Fun, Massages


Take a break from studying for finals at stress-free events in Harry Schure Hall Lobby at NYIT-Old Westbury (unless otherwise noted), including:

  • Monday, May 14, Healthy Snacks, 9-11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 15, Massages, noon-4 p.m.
    Milk and Cookies, 10:30 p.m., SUNY Old Westbury Residence Halls
  • Wednesday, May 16, Student Appreciation Day (free food), noon-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 17, Healthy Snacks, 9-11 a.m.
  • Friday, May 18, T-Shirt Pillows, noon-3 p.m.

Architecture and Engineering Students Kickstart Campaign for Costa Rica

In two weeks, NYIT architecture and engineering students have raised more than the target amount of $15,000 on kickstarter.com to fund their trip to Nosara, Costa Rica, this summer to build a recycling and education center. Their efforts continue, with a new goal to reach $24,000 by Monday, May 21. Read more.

MayFest Fun

MayFest Fun

NYIT students celebrated before finals at MayFest on May 3 in Old Westbury. View the photo gallery.

Congratulations, Student Award Winners!

This month, NYIT is honoring students for academic success, leadership, and community service initiatives.

SGA Awards Given to Students, Faculty, and Staff
The Student Government Association (SGA) at NYIT-Old Westbury honored students, faculty, and staff members for their service to NYIT during the 2011-12 academic year at a May 7 awards dinner. Winners and their awards include:

  • Sabeen Sheikh, senator for fall 2011
  • James Marsanico, senator for spring 2012
  • Derrol Rhodes, administrator of the year
  • Francy Magee, mentor of the year
  • Mehtap Donuk, spirit award
  • Alida Thompson, student spirit award

Senior Awards

Senior Awards Banquet Honors Student-Athletes
NYIT Athletics hosted the 14th annual Senior Awards Banquet on May 2 to honor student achievements on the courts and fields, in the classroom, and for community service. NYIT student-athlete Emily Syers (pictured second from left) received the Patty Burnside Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award. Read more.

NYIT Graduate Student Wins Award for Academics and Leadership
Congratulations to School of Management graduate student Jennifer Rosenblum, who received the 2012 Matt Halpern Memorial Award for academic achievement and leadership at the April 27 annual conference of the Long Island Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. She is enrolled in the M.S. in Human Resource Management and Labor Relations program.

Announcing NYIT's New Student Government Officers

The results are in for NYIT's Student Government Association (SGA) elections for the Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses. Elected officers for 2012-13 include:

SGA Old Westbury
  • Robert Hammarberg, SGA president
  • Sana Ali, senator for the College of Arts and Sciences
  • George Elkomos-Botros, senator for the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Niti Patel, senator for the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Nicholas Corso-Passaro, senator for the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences
  • Michael Harris, senator for the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences
  • Jasmine Eldomyati, senator for the School of Health Professions
  • Thu Hu Gracie Le, senator for the School of Health Professions
Executive Board for SGA Manhattan
  • Noura Ragab, president
  • Shanice Doyle, vice president of judicial and compliance
  • Geoffrey Kaicher, vice president of finance
  • Nicole Lundergan, vice president of programming
  • Joy Otibu, chief of staff

For a full list of newly-elected officers for the Campus Programming Board and Greek Letter Council in Old Westbury, read more.

Students Around Town - Dedication, Field Day, NYC Tour


Nearly 200 NYIT students honored the 57 men and women who donated their bodies to science at a memorial service on May 3 in Old Westbury. They expressed gratitude with poetry and music, and dedicated a flowering cherry tree with a stone inscribed with a message by medical student Marwah Ibrahem. Read more.

NYIT Students

NYIT's Vocational Independence Program held its annual Field Day, April 20 in Central Islip, N.Y. Students competed in a soccer shootout, basketball free-throw contest, relay races, tug-of-war, and bowling.

NYC Tour

International students participated in a six-hour tour of New York City on March 20 that included Strawberry Fields in Central Park, St. John the Divine Cathedral, sites in Battery Park, St. Paul’s Chapel in Trinity Church (the Sept. 11 “little chapel that stood”), and Harlem, where they lunched at Manna’s Soul Food Restaurant.

Upcoming Events

Resident Student Checkout All NYIT students residing in the SUNY Old Westbury residence halls must check out 24 hours after their last exam or no later than 6 p.m. on Friday, May 18. Read checkout guidelines.

NYIT Pride Contest The Carleton Group presents the NYIT Pride Contest. Upload your favorite NYIT photos and videos and win a prize. The contest ends Monday, May 14. Show your NYIT Pride!

Fire and Ice Ball The Student Government Association of NYIT-Old Westbury will host a spring 2012 formal today, 7:30-11:30 p.m. at the Floral Terrace, 250 Jericho Tpke., Floral Park, N.Y. Tickets cost $20 per person. Each NYIT student is permitted to bring one guest. Buy your tickets in advance; they will not be sold at the door. For more information, email mmakario@nyit.edu.

Six Flags Trip Have fun at Six Flags Great Adventure on Saturday, May 12 in Jackson, N.J. The cost for tickets and transportation to/from park is $10 for NYIT seniors, $20 for other students, and $25 for guests and alumni. Bus departs NYIT-Manhattan at 8:30 a.m. and leaves Six Flags at 9 p.m. Buy tickets online.

Fine Arts Animation Festival Attend a screening of motion capture, advanced modeling, and animation projects by NYIT B.F.A. and M.F.A. students on Monday, May 14, 6-8 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium, Manhattan campus. Refreshments and pizza will be served.

Milk and Cookies Study Break The Student Solutions Center invites you to take a final exams study break at NYIT's Manhattan campus, 10 a.m. - noon on Monday, May 14 (16 W. 61st St., floor 1), and Tuesday, May 15 (26 W. 61st St., floor 1).

Spring Formal Dinner Cruise Sail around Manhattan in style on Friday, May 18, 6-11 p.m. at Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, New York City. There will be dinner, dancing, prizes, and entertainment aboard the cruise. Tickets cost $45 for NYIT students before Tuesday, May 1, $90 after this date. Read more and register for the dinner cruise.

Citizen Schools "WOW" Presentation Attend a presentation by NYIT student leaders and their middle school mentees from Harlem, N.Y., on Monday, May 21, 4:30 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., room 723, Manhattan campus. The presentation is the culmination of "WOW," a 10-week Citizen Schools program during which NYIT mentors taught middle school students the basic principles of engineering by building robots using the Lego NXT platform. Light refreshments will be served.

Student Showcase Join the NYIT School of Management for its annual showcase of student work on Tuesday, May 22, 6 p.m. in the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Old Westbury campus. Read more.

Take a Survey, Share Your Success Going to grad school? Have a job lined up for after graduation? NYIT's Office of Career Services wants to know. Share your success by taking an online survey.

Summer Abroad in Germany Travel to Soest, Germany, this summer to study business and receive three credits. The session runs from Saturday, July 21 to Saturday, Aug. 4, and is open to NYIT undergraduate and graduate students of all majors. Read more and email dafxenti@nyit.edu for more information.

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