Business Management Graduates Share Their Experiences

Pictured from left, seated: Panelists Terri Sardelli, Marianne Solsberg, Keith Thompson and Lester Laracuente. Standing: Students Evelyn Pardo, Kyla Broomfield, Peter Cauchon, Luis Calderon, Cody Drew, Timothy Gatzke, Jorge Pinto, Jamal Brooks and Associate Professor Elizabeth Hoch. Panelists not pictured: Jennie DeSantis, Maria Bourski and Ed Carlson.

Pictured from left, seated: Panelists Terri Sardelli, Marianne Solsberg, Keith Thompson and Lester Laracuente. Standing: Students Evelyn Pardo, Kyla Broomfield, Peter Cauchon, Luis Calderon, Cody Drew, Timothy Gatzke, Jorge Pinto, Jamal Brooks and Associate Professor Elizabeth Hoch. Panelists not pictured: Jennie DeSantis, Maria Bourski and Ed Carlson.

Business Management Technology (MGT) students conducted two alumni panel discussions as part of their lab work in a newly redesigned course, MGM 198 Business Management Practice Lab as taught by Associate Professor Elizabeth Hoch. The curriculum provides students the opportunity to manage projects and to work in teams to plan events. For this project, students wrote biographies of the panelists and devised panelist questions, ordered refreshments, and took photos of the participants. Speaking with the graduates was the highlight of the project because students wanted to know “what it’s really like out there.”

The day class hosted five MGT bachelor degree graduates: Denise Provost ’14, financial aid officer at NEIT; Bob Larrabee  ‘06, senior account executive at NEIT’s Center for Technology and Industry;  Elizabeth Scotto ’07, human resources generalist at Brown University and MBA graduate from Johnson & Wales University; MGT associate degree graduates Anthony Badessa  ‘14, director of e-commerce and store manager at Diamond Legends; and Lucas Wilbur ‘12, supervisor of environmental systems in the environmental office of the Rhode Island Army National Guard.  As Scotto stated, “You may be overwhelmed with classes, homework, and exams, but remember to take one day at a time. Paraphrasing from Nelson Algren’s novel A Walk on the Wild Side, Scotto said,  “Inch by inch, life’s a cinch; yard by yard, life is hard.”

The evening students hosted bachelor’s grads Marianne Solsberg, ’05, a special education teacher at Hope High School, a MGT adjunct faculty member, and a master’s degree graduate from Johnson & Wales University; Terri Sardelli ‘08, a former buyer at Yardney Technical Products; Lester Laracuente ‘13, owner and operator of Meticulous Paintless Dent Removal; Keith Thompson ‘08, IT training and development specialist at Brown University; Jennie DeSantis, ’05, executive director of player development at Foxwoods Resort Casino and a MBA graduate from Johnson & Wales University; associate degree MGT grad, Maria Bourski ‘13, a human resource coordinator at Hasbro, Inc.; and Ed Carlson, manager of player development at Foxwoods and a MBA graduate from the University of New Haven.

 “It was a good experience for the business management students to be acquainted with the alumni and see where they are today,” observed one student.  “I learned that anything is possible and having a degree is more important than I thought,” stated another student. As Dr. Karen Whalen-Berry, Business Management Technology department chair concurred, “Any management curriculum will provide an understanding and ask you to explain how to, in this case, effectively manage projects.  Much more important and at the heart of NEIT’s business management degree programs is practicing the skills and being able to actually complete the task, or to practice effective management of a project.”

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Criminal Justice Students visit Boston

25a-CJ Club  Page 6On May 15, 2015, the NEIT Criminal Justice Club took a field trip to Boston to visit the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Police Memorial. This trip coincided with National Police Memorial Day. The memorial, located in Ashbury Park, is just steps away from the Massachusetts State House. The names of all Massachusetts police officers killed in the line of duty are inscribed on the memorial including the most recent name to be added, that of Off. Sean Collier of the MIT Police Department who was killed by the terrorists responsible for the Boston Marathon Bombings.  A police officer is killed in the line of duty in the United States approximately every 56 hours.  May, 2015, saw 16 line of duty deaths nationwide.  The students also visited the finish line of the Boston Marathon, which has taken on a new meaning since the events of April, 2013.

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VET Tech students attend Annual Convention

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Pictured back row from left: Laure Wajda, Alison Silveira, Rachel Barile, Dr. Darlene Jones-VET Department Chair, Maria Veliz, and Ashlee Julius.  Front row from left:  Sydni Martin and Jennifer Demers.

Veterinary Technology (VET) students and graduates attended the 152nd Annual American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention held July 10-14, 2015, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.   The 8,900 convention attendees included veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, veterinary technician students, and exhibitors.  Nearly 590 attendees were veterinary technicians or veterinary technician students.  More than 1,000 educational sessions and 300 exhibitors were on hand.  The college’s VET students received complimentary registration provided by the AVMA.

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Mechanical Engineering Grad Shoots for the Moon!

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Alexandrea Pimental

Alexandrea Pimental graduated from NEIT in May, 2015, with an Associate in Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. A U.S. Navy Veteran, Alexandrea’s ultimate goal is to one day become an astronaut. This fall, she will combine her passion for physical fitness and mechanical engineering as she continues her studies at Brown University where she will work towards completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomechanical Engineering. There are many steps Alexandrea must complete on her journey to becoming an astronaut.  This very ambitious and extremely focused young woman shares her insights with Tech News readers. 

What made you decide to attend NEIT for your degree? 

When I graduated from Cumberland High School in 2006, I decided to join the U.S. Navy rather than head right off to college as many of my friends did. In October of that same year, I enlisted in the Navy and shipped off to boot camp for eight weeks in Great Lakes, Illinois, in February, 2007.  From there, I trained in Pensacola, Florida, to become a Cryptologic Technician (CT).  I served as a CT for two years at Fort Meade, Maryland, and for three years in Kunia, Hawaii.  During my time in Hawaii, I volunteered to deploy to Baghdad, Iraq, for six months.  I then returned to Kunia to complete my tour of duty. 

Upon separation from the Navy, my original plan was to continue working for the government as a civilian.  While I was waiting to get hired for a government-contracting job, my brother, who graduated from New England Tech in March 2005, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Building Engineering Technology, suggested I take a look at the many programs offered at NEIT.  Both my fiancée and I found programs that we were interested in pursuing and enrolled in October, 2013.  New England Tech’s quarter system allowed us to begin classes immediately. We both graduated in May, 2015.  Interestingly enough, my fiancé earned the “Best of Tech” award for the Software Engineering program. 

How did you choose your program? 

I chose the Mechanical Engineering Technology program for a couple of reasons.  First, I researched the possibility of working at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI, and when doing so, I learned that many of the employees had mechanical engineering degrees. My ultimate goal is to one day become an astronaut, and once again I found that many astronauts have mechanical engineering degrees. NEIT’s hands-on approach to Mechanical Engineering was of great interest to me.  I was impressed with the level of critical thinking, creativity, and excitement that I felt while involved in this program.

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IT Student and Army Veteran Receives Scholarship

Kyle Daun

Kyle Daun

Congratulations to Kyle Daun, a Bachelor of Science degree student in NEIT’s Information Technology/Cybersecurity program, on receiving a generous scholarship from Lighthouse Computer Services through Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s Bioscience and Information Technology Industry Association. Lighthouse Computer Services awards scholarships to Rhode Island students enrolled in Information Technology programs at a Rhode Island college or university and with an affiliation to one of the five U.S. Military branches. Kyle enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17 and served as a Military Police Officer for 12 years, stationed in Missouri, Germany, Hawaii and Virginia. Knowing a college degree would advance his career, this devoted husband and father of four young boys decided to enroll at NEIT. Still in the Army Reserves Kyle stated, “Enlisting in the Army after high school was the best choice for me.”  This well-deserved scholarship could not have been awarded to a more worthy individual. Great job, Kyle!

Scholarship Golf Tournament Raises Nearly $80,000!


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New England Tech hosted its 6th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament on Monday, July 13, 2015, at Alpine Country Club in Cranston, RI.

Thirty-five foursomes competed for the tournament’s number one spot.  Congratulations goes to the 1st place foursome of Tom Forsythe, John Sayles, Frank Previti and Brendan McLaughlin from DiSanto, Priest & Co.  Each of these players received a $150 gift certificate to La Masseria Restaurant in East Greenwich, RI. For Tom Forsythe (pictured in the red shirt) the event was especially exciting when he shot a hole-in-one on the 12th hole, winning a Krank Golf Formula 5 Driver sponsored by BMW of Warwick. Tom also won the “closest to the pin” contest since you can’t get much closer than that!

Second place winners were Robert Rainville, Alan Lao, John McNulty and Charlie Perry representing Ruggieri Brothers, Inc.  Each player received a $100 gift certificate to Besos Tea House in East Greenwich, RI.  Third place went to Greg Coady, Matt Finger, Kerry Cole, and John Feldman representing Chartwells.  Each player received a $50 gift certificate to Bistro 9 in East Greenwich, RI.  Our thanks to these establishments for their generous donations.

Winners of the Longest Drive contest were Robin Degraide from Design Fabricators and Nick Soares from Anodyne, Corporation.

The success of the golf tournament is attributed sponsors, players and in-kind donors.  It is with great appreciation that we acknowledge those sponsors who made the tournament one to remember.

Platinum Sponsors

DiFazio Site Corporation

Regan Heating and Air Conditioning


Rossi Electric

Silver Sponsors


TD Bank

DiSanto Priest & Co.

Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.

DiPrete Engineering 

Bronze Sponsors                                 

Anodyne Corporation

Checkmate Consulting Group

Dennis Leonardo Builders, Inc.

Delta Dental of RI, Inc.

Design Fabricators, Inc.

RIBI Security

Roney & Labinger

Ruggieri Brothers, Inc.

Saccoccio & Associates, Inc.

Shawmut Metal Products

Synet, Inc.

United Health Services of RI, Inc.

Reception Sponsor

Portfolio Strategy Group 

Cart Sponsor

Shawmut Design & Construction 

Lunch/Grille Sponsor


Affinity Partner Sponsor

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Print Sponsor

Omni Printing 

Shirt Sponsor

WB Mason

Hole-In-One Sponsor

BMW of Warwick

Refreshment Sponsors

Ocean Spray and George DaCosta

Foley Food Service


Tee Sponsors

Action Auto Parts

AMPM Facility Services

Big Blue Bug Solutions

Bucci Insurance Group

Cox Media

Crown Supply Company

East Greenwich Rotary

Electrical Wholesalers, Inc.

Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC

J.J. McNamara and Son, Inc.

Ocean Spray

Pioneeer Financial and Don Horn

Plantasia Interiors

Reynolds, Inc.

Rhode Island Cleaning Services, Inc.

Rice Machinery

Robert N. Karpp, Co.

Scituate Lumber

Target Direct Marketing, Inc.

Whalley Computers

Criminal Justice Club will be hosting a September 11th Remembrance

On Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 10:30 am the NEIT Criminal Justice Club will be hosting a September 11th Remembrance Ceremony.

The event will take place in front of the Criminal Justice Building (AD) which is located at the Access Road campus. The students and faculty of the NEIT Criminal Justice Technology would be honored to have you attend this event. We expect the ceremony to be approximately 30 minutes in length and will include representatives from a variety of law enforcement agencies from our area. Current and former CJ students will participate in the ceremony as well.

Summer Quarter soccer tournament

IMG_0237On August 7th, a gorgeous Friday, NEIT’s Student Activities Office held its first Summer Quarter soccer tournament.  The Blue and Orange teams played two 25-minute halves, with the Blue team winning 5 to 4.

Ezekiel Shiell scored two early goals that gave the Blue team an early advantage. Ezekiel’s sharp play along with teammate Tayo Okeowo’s passing precision, worked to the team’s advantage. After being held scoreless in the first half, Kyle McNeil of the Orange team rallied his teammates with assisting and scoring to help tie the game. There were many off side calls handed down to both teams, but mid-quarter gave the Blue team the advantage as Sterling Davis scored an unassisted goal. All was not lost for the Orange team who held the ball for the majority of the second half; the team had two late goals by Regino Smith and Reginald Smith. Rico Weldon, one of the top players of the game, played a very good and consistent.  He started as goalie in the first half with multiple saves, and in the second half, he scored the final two goals for the Blue team. The match was very intense, and both teams played well, but defensively the Blue team held up during the final two minutes to win the game.

Blue Team

Ezekiel Shiell          2 Goals        

Tayo Okeowo          2  Ast

Sterling Davis         1 Goal

Rico Weldon            2 Goals

Bevin Bankston      2 Ast                        

Orange Team

Kyle McNeil               1 Goal, 1 Ast

Nick Lopez                 1 Goal

Reginald Smith        1 Goal

Regino-Che Smith   1 Goal

RI FIRST Tech Challenge 10th Season!

You are invited!

RI FIRST Tech Challenge 10th Season!

2015-2016 Season Kick-off

Saturday September 12, 2015 

Calling all students, educators, parents, mentors, and volunteers who have an interest in robotics!  The Rhode Island FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) sponsored by New England Institute of Technology invites you to the kick off the 2015-2016 robotic seasons!

The FIRST Robotic Kickoff will feature a keynote presentation from Electric Boat as well as workshops offered by RI students.  The 2016 game will be revealed for the first time.  Groups interested in establishing a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotic team are encouraged to attend.  Bring your robot and try out the new game! 

Saturday September 12, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Registration at 8:30 am 

New England Institute of Technology

One New England Tech Boulevard

East Greenwich, RI

Over 37 Rhode Island teams were involved in FIRST Robotics last season.  Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge.  Don’t miss out! Teams are welcome to attend without their coach.  Please RSVP by September 8th to:  Erin Flynn, New England Institute of Technology, 401-739-5000 ext. 3462,  For more information on FIRST Robotics go to For more information on New England Tech go to

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

Sign up NOW – 8th Annual Golf Tournament – Students vs. Faculty

It’s that time of year AGAIN!  A chance for the students to show up the faculty on the golf course.

The golf is FREE to play and includes a cart.

Date:               Friday, September 11, 2015

Tee Time:       12:00 p.m.

Meal Cost:      Lunch is approximately $15.00 (menu items to be determined), following the tournament

Course:          East Greenwich Golf Club, 1646 Division Road, East Greenwich, RI 02818

If you are interested in playing please email AUT Instructor, Bob Kennedy,

The tournament format is a shotgun start, match play (2 students and 2 faculty members per foursome), with handicaps. The handicap system will be used for scoring; therefore, it doesn’t matter what your level of expertise is – just play golf and have FUN!

The tournament is open to ALL students at NEIT, not just those in the student golf club.