Joy of creativity is never lost

“The final pieces of art are so beautiful and striking. It’s stunning. You would never know these pieces were made by someone experiencing memory loss and that’s the beauty of it all,” Dottie …

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“The final pieces of art are so beautiful and striking. It’s stunning. You would never know these pieces were made by someone experiencing memory loss and that’s the beauty of it all,” Dottie Santagata, administrator of Cornerstone Adult Services on Warwick Neck Avenue said recently.

Cornerstone Adult Services is on their second installation of Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program, a 10-week program that pairs memory loss patients one-on-one with occupational therapy students to work on abstract art pieces. Cornerstone is the only facilitator of the national program in the Northeast.

Santagata explained that even as one’s memory fades, the desire and drive to express ourselves and to be creative remains.

OMA offers participants “failure free” art activities with manageable steps and support from an occupational therapy student. Studies also find that when individuals with memory loss participate in artful self-expression it improves their physical and psychological well-being.

“We gear our programs to focus on the participants’ abilities not disabilities. We emphasize what they can still do, what brings meaning and engagement into their lives,” Santagata said.

Cornerstone began with two sessions in January partnering with New England Institute of Technology’s occupational therapy department. The sessions were so successful they continued with the program. The art created in these sessions is displayed throughout Cornerstone’s facility. Cornerstone is planning an art gallery sometime in June with competition of the second session. In many cases caregivers and family members can’t believe their loved ones created the art and often get emotional seeing them. The art is becoming so popular family members are asking to purchase prints of the work.

At the end of each session, Cornerstone participants get the opportunity to title and share their art with the rest of the program.

Santagata said, “Our participants are so energized and when they get to show off their work they are just beaming. It’s just amazing people who never thought they were creative leave considering themselves artists. They receive so much joy and validation from this program.”

In an artist quote provided by Santagata, one of the OMA artists said, “I never thought of myself as an artist before starting this. I like all the different materials we use in the art. I never know how it will come together in the end. It’s amazing how different everyone’s art turns out.”

Another said, “I wish I could have done more with art. I discovered that I really enjoy art, and I never had the chance to do art before. I find that all I am really interested in right now is art.”

Patients aren’t the only ones benefiting from OMA, the NEIT students get two days of working with patients with memory loss previous to the program and get real world experience throughout the 10-week program.

Doug Fallow, who participated in the program’s last session, said OMA was an “eye opening experience” for him. He was better able to understand how memory loss can affect someone’s entire life. He was able to take what he was learning in the classroom and “put it to work in the real world.”

“When you ask people what they like to do they may not remember or it may not translate to their current abilities,” Fallow said. “This is universal, everyone can participate and be creative. It’s important to build on these experiences.”

Both Fallow and Satagata said that students and participants form a strong bond over the 10 weeks they work together.

“It’s a win-win all around,” Satagata said. “Everyone has been so enthusiastic. This program has really surpassed all of our expectation on so many fronts. We see it in the expressions of our patients faces.”

ONE-ON-ONE PARTNERSHIPS: Cornerstone Adult Services participants are paired with an occupational therapy student from New England Institute of Technology once a week to work on step-by-step abstract art projects. (Warwick Beacon photos)

STRIKING: Administrator of Cornerstone, Dottie Santagata, said that the final art pieces are becoming so popular that families are asking for prints of the pieces. Cornerstone intends to open an art gallery with all the work later this summer.

BEAMING FACES: At the end of each session, all of the Cornerstone participants have the opportunity to share their piece of art. Santagata said the patients are beaming and take a lot of pride in their work.

The 25 Best Jobs of 2016

These top-tier careers offer great salaries, low stress and robust job growth.

Source: The 25 Best Jobs of 2016

New England Tech loves when careers on the U.S. News report for Best Jobs are ones that our students have the opportunity to experience.  Here is a list of the careers that made the U.S. News report:

#3 Computer Systems Analyst

#13 Software Developer

#20 Web Developer

#22 Registered Nurse

#23 Occupational Therapist

#24 Occupational Therapy Assistant

 

NEIT Faculty is coauthor of text book

Timothy Henry, coauthor of Data Abstractions & Problem Solving with C++: Walls and Mirrors, winner of a 2016 McGuffey Longevity Award: “I have expanded the writing and explanations in both the material I prepare to support lectures and the assignments I give to students. This provides an opportunity to practice a writing style similar to the one we use in our books and to receive feedback from students on the effectiveness of the writing.”

Timothy Henry: “I ensure I have a good block of time with no meetings or classes. With my schedule, I have come to accept a block of 2 to 3 hours as valuable (though I do occasionally have an entire day). Because that is a short window to write, my normal writing day begins by clearing my desk and work list of distractions, such as  minor ‘ToDo’ items, urgent emails, etc. Then, my email, phone and other messaging apps/devices are turned off so there will be no interruptions. I try to have any needed research completed outside of my writing time, since research can be done in ‘snippets’ of time.”

Carrano & Henry: “We are most proud of these key pedagogical features:

  • Security Notes.
  • Relatively short chapters that provide focus one a topic.
  • Chapter dependencies and content are designed to give an instructor great flexibility in the order topics are covered. (Concept/Abstraction Chapters, Implementation Chapters, Language/C++ Chapters).
  • Many diagrams that clearly show step-by-step how algorithms work.
  • That the differences between steps are highlighted with color. (As opposed to a single diagram with numbered arrows to show sequence).
  • That the book is culturally sensitive.”

Carrano & Henry: “We describe the features of the book, major changes in a revision, and remain receptive to user questions and suggestions. We are open to email correspondence with both instructors and students who use our book.”

Carrano & Henry: “After publication of an edition and even before the first book is sold, we maintain a list of tweaks or changes that we either could not make during production or that occurred to us after publication. During the course of the edition’s lifetime, we collect any comments and suggestions that are made to us by current instructors and students. About a year before the next edition will go into production, I ask the publisher to get reviews of the current edition. We analyze these reviews and decide how these comments and suggestions fit with our own ideas about how to improve the book. We also look at any updates or changes to the programming language discussed in the book to see whether the changes are relevant and need to be covered. Typically, we discuss the plan with our editor.”

Timothy Henry: “I now clearly understand the phases/steps in the process. Ask for a clear timeline from the publisher.”

NEIT ranked in TOP 40 in New England for Nursing Schools

We are thrilled to learn that New England Institute of Technology was named one of the country’s top nursing schools. The Nursing Schools Almanac collected data on over 3,200 institutions nationwide and New England Institute of Technology is pleased to report that we have ranked:

#39 nursing school in the New England region

To review the complete list or to view the ranking methodology visit http://www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com/articles/top-50-nursing-schools-new-england

To learn how to get started on your associate degree in Nursing and to schedule a visit to our campus, please call Admissions at 800-736-7744, ext. 3357, or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu.

NEIT 2016 Gold Sponsor of CMAA

The New England Institute of Technology, Masters of Science in Construction Management program is proud to be a 2016 Gold Sponsor of the Construction Management Association of America – New England chapter (CMAA NE). Our faculty designed the program for the hands-on construction manager, and the curriculum aligns with the CCM certification. Visit our website to learn more. We look forward to working with you to advance your career in Construction Management.

NEIT Joins the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements for its Online Degree Programs

Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the university has been approved by the State of Rhode Island to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). SARA is a voluntary agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to simplify the process for students taking online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.

SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts. The members of SARA are states, not institutions or students. Therefore, a state becomes a member of SARA while a college or university participates in the SARA initiative.  States may join SARA through their respective regional compact.

In order to gain SARA approval, the State of Rhode Island passed legislation to join the national agreement at the state level.  NEIT had to also participate in a certification process by the Rhode Island Office of the Commissioner for Postsecondary Education to be granted status as a participant.  Nearly 40 states across the country have earned the SARA designation. New England Tech is one of four Rhode Island participating institutions of higher learning.

SARA’s mission is to make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines, as well as make it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education work.  As a result, institutions of higher learning can make their academic programs more widely available and accept enrollments from students in many other states. All SARA institutions must annually commit to providing high-quality online learning opportunities to students.

In January of this year, U.S. News & World Report released its 2016 Best Online Programs and New England Tech earned the No.1 spot in Rhode Island for its online bachelor of science degree programs and was ranked 3rd in New England as well as 49th nationally. Sherman stated, “Earning this recognition is a testament to the important work that our faculty, instructional design staff and student services team have performed in making our online learning environments the absolute best that they can be. Now that our university is a SARA participant, we look forward to assisting students across the county to achieve their academic goals.”

For more information on any of NEIT’s programs, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or visit www.neit.edu.

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Lending a Helping Hand

22-Feins Group

From left: Alison McShane, Alycia Salvas, Aanuoluwapo Akinjagunla, Cherine Whitney, Joseph Scanlon, James Thornley, Preyas Thakkar, and David Bienkiewicz. Not Pictured: Sharon Adickah, Christian Blackman, Paige Desrosiers, Alexander Hulk, Antuan Melkoun, and Ryan Silva

The Feinstein Enriching America Awards were held on March 8, 2016, at NEIT’s East Greenwich campus. Students and staff were recognized for their tireless efforts in sharing their time and talent with so many worthy organizations within the community. Individual awards were presented to an associate level student, a bachelor’s level student, and an NEIT librarian.  Students from the Automotive Technology program and the Information Technology program were also recognized for their good work. Congratulations to the following individuals for serving those in need.

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Warwick Beacon: NEIT shipbuilding program graduates 11 more

CLASSMATES: Friday’s graduating class was one of the biggest the SAMI program has seen with 11 students. All 11 students were able to secure employment before graduation. Of the 217 students to go through SAMI, 201 have been hired before or directly after graduation.

By Kelcy Dolan

Since its inception in July of 2013, the SAMI program at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) has seen nearly all of their graduates connect with employers.

The Shipbuilding/Marine and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) has two programs, one in welding and the other in machinery. The program began in 2013 through a collaboration between NEIT and employers within the industry to create a pipeline of skilled entry-level, reliable individuals for Rhode Island employers.

Initially, the program partnered with five companies, but since then the program has grown to include 64 employers hiring SAMI students.

Two hundred and seventeen students have graduated with the program and 201 of them were hired upon or just after graduation from the 10-week program.

On Friday, April 1, SAMI had 11 individuals graduate the program, all of which had been hired by various companies with an average starting salary of $15.75. This is one of the largest graduating classes for SAMI’s machinery program, which typically averages around four to five students per session.

Robert Palumbo, SAMI program coordinator, congratulated all the graduates for not only completing the program successfully, but also for securing employment.

Palumbo noted that currently there is a lot of opportunity in the industry because of what he considered the “gray tsunami.” The industry is seeing a generation begin to retire, allowing for new positions to be open at companies across the state that allow for a lot of growth for new hires.

SAMI also provides students with academic credits should they decide to further their education as well.

Todd Sposato, SAMI’s machine training coordinator, said the reason this program is so successful is because of the close partnerships with employers.

“We can change alongside the industry, see what employers are looking for and make sure our students match that,” he said.

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