Our Commencement Speaker for 2016 is…

BASKETBALL GREAT AND SPORTS COMMENTATOR BILL WALTON TO DELIVER NEW ENGLAND INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS

RHODE ISLAND BUSINESS LEADER KARL WADENSTEN TO BE HONORED

Bill Walton - Photo Courtesy of Pac-12 Networks

Bill Walton – Photo Courtesy of Pac-12 Networks

East Greenwich, RI – Former Boston Celtic and two-time NBA Champion Bill Walton will deliver New England Tech’s 2016 commencement address. Walton is considered to be one of the greatest basketball players in history, but it is his triumph over overwhelming adversity and his humanitarian work to help others that makes him a standout. A superstar student-athlete at UCLA, Walton had a Hall of Fame basketball career, and went on to excel in sports broadcasting. Along the way he immersed himself in a celebration of life, music and learning while facing life-altering challenges. Walton will share his inspiring story with New England Tech graduates during commencement on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Commencement begins at 11 a.m.

Walton is one of only four players in the history of basketball to win multiple NCAA and NBA championships and one of the few to ever lead the league in both rebounding and blocked shots in the same season. He helped UCLA to two national championships and 88 consecutive wins under famed coach John Wooden. He began his professional career with the Portland Trail Blazers as the number one overall pick in the 1974 NBA Draft and led them to the championship title in 1977. Injuries plagued Walton and, over the years, he missed more games than he played. He credits the Boston Celtics with giving him his life and career back when he joined them in 1985 after missing entire seasons due to injury. As the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, he helped the Celtics win the league Championship in 1986, and secured a place in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

After retiring from basketball Walton turned his sights to a career in sports broadcasting. He has received numerous broadcasting awards and currently works as a commentator for ESPN and the PAC 12 Network. Walton recently wrote a best-selling book about his triumph over adversity in sports and in life called Back from the Dead: Searching for the Sound, Shining the Light, and Throwing it Down. He also helped start a program that assists struggling spinal patients in recovering their health and lives. He volunteers with numerous non-profits including the Challenged Athletes Foundation which purchases wheelchairs and prosthetics to give injured athletes, soldiers and others a chance to participate in life through sports. He will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters during commencement in recognition of his achievements.

Karl Wadensten

Karl Wadensten

Rhode Island business leader will also be honored at commencement. Wadensten is president of VIBCO Vibrators, a company based in Wyoming, Rhode Island, that manufactures industrial and construction equipment for material handling, roadwork and tunnel jobs, food packaging and agriculture across the globe. Wadensten is also a member of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and sits on the Governor’s Lean Steering Committee which works to improve jobs and engage Rhode Island workers in problem solving. He also serves as the Mentoring Officer for a program that pairs Rhode Island business leaders with government leaders for learning, sharing and collaboration.

VIBCO is committed to producing products that are made in the USA and specifically in Rhode Island, but that’s not the only thing that sets it apart. Under Wadensten’s leadership, VIBCO has implemented thousands of employee ideas, aimed at improving products and customer experience. VIBCO’s model of operational excellence empowers employees and encourages them to work together at all levels to strive for improvement. It’s been so successful that organizations from all over the world travel to VIBCO to see how it works. VIBCO has opened its doors to more than six thousand business and community leaders and their employees, offering them an up close look at the inner workings of the company. Under Wadensten’s leadership, VIBCO has won numerous awards, including Best Places to Work in Rhode Island, by the Providence Business News. It was also the subject of a Harvard Business School study.

Wadensten is dedicated to making a positive difference far beyond the walls of his company. He supports the efforts of South County Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, the Animal Rescue League in Wakefield and numerous other organizations. His biggest commitment, next to VIBCO, is to the Young President’s Organization, an international organization working to create better company presidents through knowledge and information exchange. Wadensten will receive an honorary doctorate in recognition of his achievements during New England Tech’s commencement.

This year marks New England Institute of Technology’s 76th anniversary. More than one thousand students will receive associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

New England Institute of Technology Hosts TechArts Exhibition

East Greenwich, RI – New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) will host TechArts, an art exhibit showcasing the talents of its students, faculty, staff and alumni. The public is invited to visit the library at NEIT’s East Greenwich Campus located at One New England Tech Blvd. from March 28 to June 4 and enjoy the many creative works on display.  All types of fine art and applied art will be exhibited including drawings, sculpture, photographs, paintings, handmade furniture, costumes, watercolors and more.

TechArts offers members of the New England Tech community the opportunity to share their creativity and talent.  Art has a permanent place in New England Tech’s Library.  Some of the student work on display is a product of the art-related humanities and social science courses offered at NEIT.

The New England Tech Library is open Monday-Thursday from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  For more information, visit http://library.neit.edu or contact Susan Warthman, MLIS, AHIP, Director of the Library and Information Commons at 401-739-5000, ext. 3553 or swarthman@neit.edu.

Save the Date: Global Game Jam

New England Tech will once again be hosting the 48 hour Global Game Jam, which is scheduled for January 29‐30, 2016. Save the dates!

More info to follow as we get closer.

The Library Presents: Economic Espionage

The New England Tech Library will host Carmin Nigro, Special Agent, FBI Boston Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership Coordinator on November 4, 2015.  Nigro will show FBI produced short film based on an actual case, The Company Man: Protecting America’s Secrets.  After viewing the film there will be a discussion about our national security risk.

From FBI website: Economic Espionage

Economic espionage is a problem that costs the American economy billions of dollars annually and puts our national security at risk.

To raise awareness of the issue, the FBI and the National Counterintelligence and Security Center have launched a nationwide campaign and released a short film aimed at educating anyone with a trade secret about the threat and how they can help mitigate it. Based on an actual case, The Company Man: Protecting America’s Secrets illustrates how one U.S. company was targeted by foreign actors and how that company worked with the FBI to resolve the problem and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Economic Espionage

New England Ghosts and Good Spirits on 10/29

Paul Eno and Ben Eno to speak at NEIT
Thursday, October 29th, 7 p.m.

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Paul and Ben Eno

…sinister interest in the paranormal, and why?
What do your own paranormal experiences really mean?

These and other mind-expanding questions will be on the table as Paul & Ben Eno, co-hosts of CBS Radio’s and 1240 AM’s “Behind the Paranormal with Paul & Ben Eno” present famous cases from their combined 55 years of experience, at the East Greenwich campus of the New England Institute of Technology on Thursday, Oct, 29, 7pm.

Their “What’s Really Behind the Paranormal” program will take listeners through Paul Eno’s first shocking investigations, including the chilling “Village of Voices” case of 1971, the world-famous Bridgeport Poltergeist of 1974 (with Ed & Lorraine Warren), up to the bizarre and ongoing Connecticut paranormal flap that started with ghosts in 2005 and now involves UFOs, the military and a secret base. Other Eno cases from America and Europe will be included.

After the program, there will be a “Meet and Greet” in the New England Tech library.

For more information on the presentation,
contact Librarian
Anthony Loffredio @ 739-5000, x3578

For more information about the Enos, visit www.behindtheparanormal.com/.

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“Behind the Paranormal with Paul & Ben Eno” is in its eighth season and has been compared in quality with shows on National Public Radio. It aired on CBS Radio in Boston, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Seattle from 2009-2014, and is now heard in a Boston/Providence drive-time edition on Mondays on WOON 1240 AM, streaming live at ONWorldwide.com and in delayed broadcast on Dark Matters Radio. A regular on “Coast to Coast AM” with George Noory and a familiar face on the History and Travel Channels, Paul Eno is the author of six books on the paranormal. He and Ben starred in “The Devil’s Hour,” a Warner Brothers featurette that accompanied the 2013 release of “The Conjuring.”
Brief Biography of Paul Eno and his son, Ben Eno

Noted Author, Radio Personality, Journalist and Paranormal Investigator PAUL ENO will speak and present a powerpoint on his more than 45 years of paranormal investigations.  Paul has had “hair-raising adventures with famous hauntings, along with utterly unique, riveting theories about paranormal and its meaning for our understanding of the world and ourselves.”

Paul & Ben Eno are best known as the father-son co-hosts of the CBS Radio and WOON 1240 Boston/Worcester/Providence drive-time show “Behind the Paranormal,” with an estimated 3 million listeners. But with a combined 55 years of experience as paranormal researchers, they are far more than talk-show hosts.

Paul was one of the first paranormal investigators of the early 1970s, beginning while he was studying for the priesthood. His early mentors included parapsychology pioneer Dr. Louisa Rhine, Fr. John J. Nicola S.J. (technical advisor for the film The Exorcist) and legendary, first-generation “ghost hunters” Ed & Lorraine Warren. He graduated from two seminaries but was expelled from a third because of his paranormal work with less than two years to go before ordination. He ended up as an award-winning New England journalist and the author of five books on the paranormal and two books on history.

Early on, Paul found that many ghost cases, if thoroughly researched, turned into UFO cases. This led to theories and methods involving never-before-suspected connections between ghosts, cryptids and UFOs.

Ben Eno joined his dad’s adventures in 2005 at the age of 13, demonstrating some unique insights and, at 16, becoming the youngest syndicated broadcaster in America. Ben is a sound expert and is a recent graduate of Emerson College in Boston with a degree in audio engineering and sound design.

2015 Seasonal Flu Vaccine Clinic

Flu Shot

Mark your Calendar: November Open House is…

College Open House Tech Nite RI New England Tech Email

For additional information or to RSVP visit www.NEIT.edu/EmailTN1115

WordPress WordCamp RI 2015

It was a great few days with everyone from WordCamp RI on campus.  We hope everyone had an awesome time here at New England Tech.

Coming this Fall from the NEIT Alumni Association

NEIT Alumni Association Sponsored Events

Financial Basics

Small Business Workshop

Contact Joan Segerson, Director of Development/Alumni Relations for more information at 401-739-5000, ext 3704 or jsegerson@neit.edu.

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

Titanium

Rossi Electric

Silver Sponsors

Chartwells

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

RICOH-USA

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

PepsiCo

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