Respiratory Care Students Become Advocates

Resp Care PhotoNew England Tech Respiratory Care (RC) students recently completed a capstone project focusing on advocating for the Medicare Respiratory Therapist Reimbursement Act – HR 2619. RC students met with Congressmen James Langevin and David Cicilline and presented their views on the importance of the HR 2619 act.  At the conclusion of each presentation, both Congressmen Langevin and Cicilline agreed to co-sponsor HR 2619.  This capstone project will be submitted as a “Best Practices” model for Respiratory Care advocacy to the American Association of Respiratory Care.

This project was a great example of how these students used the knowledge they gained in the classroom to the betterment of their profession and the treatment of patients.

Mechanical Engineering Faculty Are Published

Mech Eng. ArtCongratulations to Christopher Vasconselos, an adjunct instructor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MCT) department who authored an article published in the July/August 2014 issue of The Home Shop Machinist magazine. The article titled, “Building Henry Ford’s First Stationary Internal Combustion Engine”, Part One, is Chris’ sixth published article with a couple more in the works. Ed Martins, also an MCT adjunct instructor, co-wrote the second half of this article and helped Chris get this engine up and running. This engine was Henry Ford’s first stationary internal combustion engine and was built 3 years before his Quadricycle. Chris also serves at the Faculty Advisor for NEIT’s Quadricycle Club.

NEIT welcomes New International Students

Int'l Orientation ArtInternational Student Orientation 2014 was held on Wednesday, October 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the East Greenwich campus. More than 58 new international students and family members will be in attendance. Four current NEIT international students, Tiffany Samuels, Sherika Parfitt, Ziggy Dawkins, and Antonio Adderley, will serve as peer leaders.

New students will be welcomed by Mark Seltzer, Director of International Admissions, along with Catherine Fabrizi, International Student Advisor, and Angela Marzolo, International Admissions Specialist. The international team will lead discussions on important topics such as immigration, academic policies, transportation and legal issues.

Other NEIT administrative staff will address the international students. Lee Peebles, Director of Student Life and Academic Advisors; Pierre Morin, Director of Student Accounts; Ann Ricci, Director of Academic Skills Center; Eddie Morales, Senior Systems Administrator; and Susan Warthman, NEIT Director of the Library and Information Commons are also scheduled.

An indoor picnic lunch is planned where outside vendors such as the Chamber of Commerce, Stop & Shop Peapod grocery delivery service, YMCA, and RIPTA. Students will have the opportunity to meet NEIT’s Student Activities Coordinator, Melissa Hague, to learn about the college’s Rotaract Club and many other student clubs.

NEIT welcomes these international students to our college community.

NEIT’s Nursing Department Educates Health Sciences Professionals

Dr. Darlene DelPrato and Dr. Kathie Lasaster (left to right)

Dr. Darlene DelPrato and Dr. Kathie Lasaster (left to right)

The Nursing Department at New England Tech hosted a lecture on September 11, 2014, featuring internationally known nurse educator, Kathie Lasater, Ed.D., RN, ANEF, who presented her insights on the topic, “Thinking like a Nurse: Bridging the Clinical Judgment Gap”.  Individuals in the health sciences field such as nurses, nurse educators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and respiratory therapists, along with NEIT faculty and students, had the opportunity to hear Dr. Lasater’s thoughts relating to clinical reasoning when making bedside patient assessments. Dr. Lasater also made a special presentation to NEIT’s nursing faculty which was videotaped for future use for  training nursing faculty. 

Dr. Lasater has served as both an academic nurse educator and a staff development/quality improvement specialist in practice. She holds a Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership (Postsecondary). Currently, Dr. Lasater is a professor at the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) School of Nursing and served as the University’s Interim Statewide Director of Simulation Learning from 2007 to 2008. She is best known for the creation of the evidence-based Lasater Clinical Judgment Rubric, an assessment instrument widely used in simulation as well as clinical settings in academe and practice.  Dr Lasater is a frequent presenter and has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals on the topics of clinical judgment and the use of simulation in healthcare education. She is Assistant Editor of Nurse Education Today and a regular reviewer for several other journals. In addition, Dr. Lasater has worked on numerous grant projects serving in several capacities.

Special thanks to Dr. Darlene DelPrato, Professor and Nursing Department Chair, for inviting Dr. Lasater to NEIT to share her wealth of knowledge with the health sciences community.

New England Tech hires new Chief Information Officer

NEIT_Logo_282_136NEIT’s Chief Information Officer, Stan Bailey, has informed us that he will be leaving his position. Stan has been at NEIT since 1983, and has progressed from being a classroom instructor, to assisting in developing and maintaining our original, home-grown administrative computer system; to being NEIT’s first and so far only Chief Information Officer.  Stan has provided incredibly insightful guidance as NEIT has built and developed a robust computational infrastructure and a set of administrative and academic tools to support the needs of the various constituencies of NEIT.  We are thankful for all that Stan has done for NEIT over his many years of service.

We are pleased to announce that Jacques Laflamme of Smithfield, RI, will be joining the staff on October 6 as Stan’s successor as Chief Information Officer.  Jacques will be working closely with Stan over the next several months to effect an orderly transition.

Jacques comes to New England Tech with over 25 years experience in both higher education and business.  His most recent position was as Director of Network Services at Harvard University.  Previously, he had also held positions at Thompson Financial, State Street Bank, and Fidelity.

We look forward to Jacques’ joining our team.  I know he is eager to meet with you to learn of and assist you in your information technology requirements.

Volunteers Needed for RI First Tech Challenge

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RI FIRST Tech Challenge 9th Season Call for Volunteers 

The 9th season of the Rhode Island FIRST Tech Challenge (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) hosted by New England Institute of Technology( NEIT) is underway.  NEIT is looking for technical professionals, educators, parents and all others interested in encouraging middle and high school robotic teams.  Each season approximately 32 robotic teams design, build and compete with their robot in the RI FIRST Tech Challenge.

We need you! Adult volunteers are assigned key roles to keep the qualifiers and tournament on track.  No need to be an expert in robotics or engineering, just a willingness to support our R.I. students in their interest in technology.

Volunteer at a Qualifier! Teams in RI need to advance to the state tournament by participating in a qualifying tournament.  The dates for the qualifiers are 11/22/14, 12/6/14 and 1/3/15. All qualifiers

Volunteer at the State Tournament! 32 teams will advance to the RI State Tournament. The event is a held on 1/31/15 with set up and prep on 1/30/15. Volunteers for State Tournament must volunteer at one qualifying tournament.

Register with FIRST! All FIRST volunteers are required to use this system. https://my.usfirst.org/FIRSTPortal/Login/VIMS_login.aspx

Please register with FIRST and complete the attached form. Return the form to Erin Flynn. For more information on FIRST and the FTC Challenge go to www.usfirst.org.  If you have any general questions please contact Erin Flynn, RI FIRST Affiliate Partner at New England Institute of Technology, 800-736-7744 ext. 3462 or by e-mail at eflynn@neit.edu.

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NEIT VP talks Jobs, Jobs, Jobs with Dan Yorke’s State of Mind

New England Institute of Technology’s Vice President of Corporate Education and Training sat down with Dan Yorke recently for a candid conversation about “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” in Rhode Island.

“There are opportunities in Rhode Island and they are all related to skills.  Twenty to twenty-seven jobs that have the most need in Rhode Island require an Associate degree or better” said Kitchin.

For more information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Online degree programs, call Admissions at 800-736-7744 ext. 3357 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or for additional information about the SAMI program, call 800-736-7744 ext. 3700 or email info@samiri.org.

Health Sciences Fair 2014 Scheduled

Health Sciences Fair

Faculty Awards for Excellence in Design

Nominees David Nacci and Victoria Cornell

Nominees David Nacci and Victoria Cornell

On Wednesday September 10, 2014 the Department of Design + Architectural Building Technology held the Faculty Awards for Excellence in Design for the Spring Quarter 2014.

The award is in recognition of students who have excelled in design studio work for the previous quarter. At the end of each quarter the faculty nominates students whose work demonstrates superior creativity, imagination, sensitivity and technical competency.

The nominees for the Spring Quarter were;

Victoria Cornell Interior Design Freshman Residential Studio

David Nacci Architectural Building Technology Senior High Rise Studio

The winner of The Faculty Award for Excellence in Design was David Nacci. His project was Capital Condominium/Hotel Tower located in Providence, R.I.

NEIT students create ‘happy’ tribute

Grandma Betty became an internet sensation when her grandson created an Instagram account for her. In spite of her medical diagnosis of terminal cancer, Grandma Betty had still had a positive outlook on life. Her grandson began sharing Grandma’s words of wisdom through her new social media account and she quickly gained hundred of thousands of followers.

One video had Grandma Betty dancing to Pharrell Williams’s “Happy.” This video caught William’s attention and he shared with his thousands Instagram followers.

East Greenwich resident Bianca Sperduti was so moved by Grandma Betty that she felt sending a sympathy card to Grandma Betty’s family was simply not enough. That is when she turned to New England Tech Video Audio Production student Neil Guliano, whom she was classmates with at East Greenwich High School.

New England Tech students Neil Guliano, Robbie Savage and Joseph “Judah” Giudici then helped by directing, videography and edited the video, completely as a volunteer project. Here is the result an awesome memorial video to Grandma Betty. May we all learn from Grandma Betty.

Special thanks to www.eastgreenwichnews.com for making sure we were aware that our students volunteered and helped to produced such a quality project.