Six NEIT students headed to National competition

Good luck to the six New England Institute of Technology SkillsUSA first place winners who will be traveling to Kansas City, Missouri, with Amanda Metzger, New England Tech’s Special Events Coordinator and Criminal Justice faculty member, Mike Pezzullo, for the national competition scheduled for June 24-27, 2014.

SkillsUSA is national organization serving more than 300,000 high school students, college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations. During the annual national level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 6,000 students will compete in 99 occupational and leadership skill areas.

New England Institute of Technology has a postsecondary Chapter of SkillsUSA.

The six gold medalists competing at the national competition are:

If you are headed to the competition in Kansas City and have interest in learning more about New England Institute of Technology be sure to visit our booth #363 and say hi to Erin Flynn, Manager of Admissions Outreach and Events.

VAP/DRA Students Learn Etiquette

VAPFilm Set Etiquette, that is! Local filmmaker/actor and NEIT Digital Recording Arts (DRA) Technology graduate, Tom DeNucci, presented students and alumni with tips on what to do and what not to do as a production assistant on set. On Saturday, April 19th, Tom was at the East Greenwich campus along with a film crew that included assistant director, Jon Schermerhorn, also a New England Tech Video & Audio Production (VAP) Technology grad. Those who attended got real world advice from the pros and practiced making a good impression on set. Here’s what some NEIT students had to say. “It’s the little things that make a big impact on set,” stated Sebastian Cruz, a Quarter 3 VAP student. “What a great way to get your foot in the door,” according to Eric Rudman, a DRA Quarter 7 student.

Having worked as an actor/producer/director on films such as Self Storage and Inkubus, Tom will soon begin production on a new movie, Almost Mercy, a psychological thriller. He is shooting this film in Rhode Island and hopes that some of the students from the workshop will become production assistants on the film. “We may be PAs but we will be the best PAs on set. I learned so much,” stated Haley Dutra, a Quarter 7 DRA student.

Another key player, Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film & Television Office, opened the event and offered some sound advice on looking for work in the state. VAP and DRA students may contact him at the RI Film and Television Office to learn about job opportunities at, 401-222-3456, or

Special thanks to Tom Strolla, Professor/Department Chair, Video and Audio Production/Digital Recording Arts; Sally Kingsbury, Professor, Video and Audio Production/Digital Recording Arts; and Joan Segerson, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, for putting this workshop together to benefit our VAP and DRA students and grads.

Special Olympians Learn Automotive Skills

Michael Isabella, Assistant Professor, Automotive Technology, along with Dr. Robin Schutt, Assistant Provost, developed an innovative program involving Special Olympics Rhode Island, and NEIT’s Automotive Technology department, based on a similar program Mike initiated while employed at West Bay Vocational (now Coventry Career Center.) Robin has been a dedicated volunteer for Special Olympics for four years serving in various capacities including Excelsior for the 2013 Penquin Plunge. Through their concerted efforts, a winning program was created at New England Tech.

With the help of volunteer automotive students, faculty and staff, twelve Special Olympians will visit NEIT’s Center for Automotive Technology for six weeks. In two hour sessions, one day per week, the Olympians will learn basic automotive skills that include car maintenance such as washing and vacuuming, along with basic lighting and safety checks.

Special thanks to students Tom Rawlinson, Joe Zing, Zack Casper, Mike Hogan, Wayne Turley Jr., Daniel Champagne, and Jake Gelacek along with faculty and staff members Herb Gowdey, Derek Martel, Norm Messinger, Dan Perry and Donald Champigny, Sr., for sharing their time and talent with the Special Olympians and giving back to our community.


Congrats 2014 Degree recipients

Now that you’ve completed you degree, its time to get involved with the Alumni Association.  It’s a great way to stay connected with your fellow classmates.  Not to mention it is a great networking resource.

As a graduate of New England Institute of Technology, you automatically are a member of the Alumni Association. Your participation in the Alumni Association is critical to its success. Graduates’ input will determine what activities and benefits will be offered to NEIT Alumni Association members. Please consider becoming an active member of this important organization. And the best news of all: There is no fee for membership.

If you would like to receive information about the Alumni Association, please contact Joan Segerson at 401-739-5000 X3704 or by email at

via New England Tech Alumni Association.

Scott Carlson Memorial Road Race surpasses half-million in donations

The memory of Scott Carlson lives on and his inspiration has raised more than $500,000 in the last 14 years in the fight against ALS.

Last Thursday, Mayor Scott Avedisian made a point to congratulate the organizers and participants of the Scott Carlson Memorial Road Race 5K run/walk on their milestone. Funds benefit the ALS Association-Rhode Island Chapter.

“I am proud to recognize the extraordinary efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers, athletes, and spectators who gather every year to honor Scott’s memory and raise money for such a worthwhile cause,” Avedisian said. “It’s incredible that in a relatively short time they have raised such a significant amount of money on behalf of all those who are affected by this disease.”

Just over 600 runners/walkers gathered under a bright, sunny sky at Goddard Park on Saturday, April 19, joined by hundreds of spectators and a volunteer group of at least 60 strong. Volunteers come from all walks of life, according to Judy Pratt, race director, with the largest contingent from the East Greenwich Rotary Club, as well as many from the New England Institute of Technology’s Rotaract Club, Warwick Veterans Memorial High School, and Boy Scout Troop 1/East Greenwich.

Click the link to read the entire story Scott Carlson Memorial Road Race surpasses half-million in donations – Warwick Beacon.

Students hold TOY DRIVE


Toys to Facilitate ALL the Senses

Sponsored by: MSOT & SOTA CLUBS

April 28 – May 9, 2014

Please place your donations in the blue box at the entrance of the food court, East Greenwich Campus. 

This toy drive was created to collect toys to send overseas with the Therapy Missions Organization.

Example of toys:

Tactile toys, Sound toys, Fidget toys / Stress balls, Stuffed animals, Yoga balls, Putty, Play dough, Blankets, Beanbags, Learning toys.

“According to the book The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz M.D. Sensory Processing Disorder can affect how a child processes sensory information, which than makes it hard for children to function in their daily life (play, make friends, learn, live ).”

For more information about Sensory Process Disorder visit:

For more information about Therapy Missions visit:

The message below is being sent on behalf of the Occupational Therapy student clubs. 

Soccer Tournament

Friday, April 18, 2014 was cloudy and chilly, but that didn’t stop the NEIT students who competed in the first Spring Quarter Soccer Tournament.

The teams were named by the color of the tee shirts worn by the players. Each team played three, 22-minute games, and the orange team won the tournament and the purple team came in second.

Goal stats from the tournament: 

Game 1           Purple 2 vs. Green 2

Goals:              Purple Team – David Santamaria (2)

Goals:              Green Team – Leonardo Ribeiro (1), Alvaro Soto-Oyola (1)

Game 2           Orange 3 vs. Blue 1

Goals:              Orange Team – DaJon Carey (2), Jamieko Smith (1)

Goals:              Blue Team – Taylor Gardner (1)

Game 3           Purple 1 vs. Orange 3

Goals:              Purple Team – David Santamaria (1)

Goals:              Orange Team – Regino Smith (1), Jamieko Smith (1), Reginald Smith (1)

Game 4           Green 2 vs. Blue 3

Goals:              Green Team – Leonardo Ribeiro (2)

Goals:              Blue Team – Justin Caporiccio (3)

Game 5           Green 5 vs. Orange 7

Goals:              Green Team – Leonardo Ribeiro (4), Byron Geoffrey (1)

Goals:              Orange Team – Regino Smith (3), Reginald Smith (3), DaJon Carey (1)

Game 6           Blue 0 vs. Purple 1

Goals:              Blue Team –

Goals:              Purple Team – David Santamaria (1)

The next soccer tournament will be held on Friday, May 9, (week 6) at 1:30 p.m. REGISTER NOW!Students may enter individually or as a team. Teams must have a minimum of 6 players, with a maximum of 10 players. The entrance fee is $5.00 per player and includes a tournament tee shirt. Payments must be received prior to the start of the tournament by Melissa Hague in room S120B, on the EG Campus. To register, email, also include your shirt size (medium, large & extra large). The tournament will begin at 1:30 pm sharp.

Best of TechArts 2014

Thanks to all the artists who submitted art work for the 2014 TechArts Exhibit and who voted for the Best of TechArts. 

The top three winners with the most ballots were Manny Couto for Scrappy, Brittaney Lanphear for Flowers in the Grass, and Jeff Rosario for Penguin.

Auto Collision Repair faculty, Manny Couto's 'Scrappy'

Auto Collision Repair faculty, Manny Couto’s ‘Scrappy’


The winner of the NEIT bookstore gift certificate goes out to Brittaney Lanphear, who came in second place.  Her statement about Flowers in the Grass states, it “portrays the beauty of nature created by materials that could destroy this beauty by simply not recycling it.”  The piece is made of recycled materials; soda cans, tabs, pieces of cardboard box, and plastic bags braided, painted and glued in a circle.

Manny Couto (automotive school faculty) graciously declined to accept the prize so that it could be given to a NEIT student.

Student, Brittaney Lanphear's "Flowers in the Grass"

Student, Brittaney Lanphear’s “Flowers in the Grass”

Student, Jeff Rosario's "Penguin"

Student, Jeff Rosario’s “Penguin”

Grad Fair is scheduled

2014 Grad Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, April 30th from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

If you have not yet ordered your cap & gown, please visit to do so as soon as possible.NewGradFair2014

“One thing that really helped me after the Career Expo was writing those thank you letters to the companies for taking the time to talk to me. In addition once I received a one on one interview I brought in nice copies of my resume, references, and letters of recommendations from my teachers. The companies really appreciated the extra effort and plus it gives them something to look at while interviewing. Thanks again for everything.” – Jennifer Adamek, CBYT student who received 2 job offers as a result of attending the Career Expo event.

Quadricycle Club News

Quadricycle PhotoChristopher Vasconcelos, an NEIT adjunct faculty member, still manages to find time to work with members of the college’s Quadricycle Club as they continue to build a replica of Henry Ford’s quadricycle. Chris took advantage of a great opportunity and had his vocational high school students from Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School collaborate with New England Tech Quadricycle Club students on this project. He took the quadricycle engine frame to his high school Metal Fabrication and Welding students to see if they could assist.

As a result, the water jackets and engine frame assembly were welded by three of his high school students. NEIT club members then assembled the engine at their last meeting of the quarter. Great job, Chris, and all of the students involved as the progress of building the replica rolls on!

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