Annual Providence Rotary Street Painting

IMG_1952 NEIT students participated in the Annual Providence Rotary Street Painting Festival on Saturday, October 10. The 8’x8’ square was designed and completed by Stanley Leo, Digital Media Production, Kira Lollar, Architectural Building Engineering and Kelli Donnelly, Graphic Multimedia and Web Design. Judah Giudici, (DJ Judah), Digital Media Production student and owner of All Of The Above Entertainment, provided music at this event.

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Alumni Association Update

NEIT_Alumni_Logo approved 4-1-15

The Alumni Association’s Board of Directors met on Wednesday, November 18th in the Hall of Fame Room at the East Greenwich Campus and achieved another historic milestone. The Board of Directors reviewed proposed Association Bylaws that were drafted at the September meeting. The Bylaws will establish the organizational structure for the Association.

After review, discussion, and amendments to the draft Bylaws, the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of New England Institute of Technology voted on and ratified the “first” Alumni Association Bylaws. The Bylaws outline:

(1)The definition of an NEIT alum;

(2)The purpose of the Alumni Association;

(3)Board eligibility;

(4)The role and responsibilities of Board members and officers;

(5)Board tenure;

(6)Meeting schedule; and,

(7)Board Committees.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16th at 6:00 p.m. at the East Greenwich campus and open to all alumni who wish to attend and participate. For more information, contact Joan Segerson, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at jsegerson@neit.edu or extension 3704.

RI FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifier Results from 12/5

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 1st of 3 RI FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournaments.

Congratulations to the 11 teams advancing to the state tournament.

154      Renegade                    Burrillville

252      Electric Quahogs         Wheeler School

8129    Canebots                     Warwick Veterans Memorial HS

121      Rhode Rage I              Aquidneck Island Robotics

149      Robo Hawks               Bishop Hendricken HS

652      TACT Bots                 Mt. Hope HS

7093    Raider Bots                 Shea HS

689      Avengers                     East Greenwich HS

9900    Scituate HS                 Scituate HS

3351    Tater Bots Rehashed   Mt. Hope HS

9906    SHS4                           Scituate HS

Finalist Alliance 652 TACT Bots and 154 Renegade 

Winning Alliance 252 Electric Quahogs and 121 Rhode Rage I

The Motivate Award

This Judged Award celebrates the Team that exemplifies the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge competition and embraces the culture of FIRST while making a collective effort to make FIRST known throughout their school, and community and sparks others to embrace the culture of FIRST.

The finalists for this award:      Team 252, Electric Quahogs and Team 8129, Canebots

The Motivate Award is presented toTeam 652, TACT Bots

Rockwell Collins Innovate Award

The Rockwell Collins Innovate Award celebrates a Team that has the ingenuity and inventiveness to make their designs come to life.

The finalists for this award: Team 689, Avengers and Team 252, Electric Quahogs

The Rockwell Collins Innovate Award is presented to:  Team 8129, Canebots 

The Connect Award

The Connect Award, is presented to the Team that the Judges feel most connected with their local community, FIRST and the business world. The best Team is more than the sum of its parts, and recognizes that their schools and communities play an essential part to their success. The recipient of this Award is recognized for helping the community understand FIRST, the FIRST Tech Challenge, and the Team itself. In addition, the Team that wins this Award is aggressively seeking engineers and exploring the opportunities available in the world of engineering, science and technology.

The finalists for this award are:  Team 121, Rhode Rage I and Team 4497, Rhode Rage II

The Connect Award is presented to:  Team 7093, Raiderbots 

The Think Award

The Think Award is given to the Team that the Judges feel best reflects the journey the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season. The Engineering Notebook is the key reference for Judges to help them identify the most deserving Team. This Teams Engineering Notebook focused on the design and build stages of the Teams robot and exemplified their journey as a team and engineers.

The finalists for this award:  Team 8129, Canebots  and Team 252, Electric Quahogs

The Think Award is presented to:   Team 149, RoboHawks 

The Inspire Award

The Inspire Award is given to the Team that the Judges felt truly embodied the challenge of the FTC program. The Team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and works to promote FIRST and make it loud in their community. The Team that receives this Award has performed well in all Judging categories and was chosen by the Judges as a model FIRST Tech Challenge Team on and off the playing field. The Judges used Match performance, observations made during interviews and in the pit area, the Teams Engineering Notebook, and performance on the playing field in determining the winner.

The finalists for this award:  In Second Place: Team 8129, Canebots and in Third Place: Team 252, Electric Quahogs

The Inspire Award is presented to: Team 154, Renegade

Thank you for all you do for RI students!

Career Exploration Series

This is an awesome new series to help potential students get a taste of what these careers in these fields would be like.  All Career Exploration Days are FREE of charge.  To RSVP or learn more, visit www.neit.edu/careerexploration or call Admissions at 401.467.7744 ext. 3357.

New England Tech Career Exploration Days

 

 

Additional Parking Availability – EG Campus

To keep pace with projected parking demand on the East Greenwich Campus, the college has been developing a new parking lot, located on the west side of the building, which will provide over 400 additional parking spaces upon completion in the Spring of 2016.        

In the interim, a section of this new lot has been outfitted with temporary lighting and is available for use as of Monday, December 7.

The entrance to the new lot aligns with the main traffic lane at the rear of the building.  To access the West Lot, continue past the main student entrance (Stair 2) and beyond the former patio and loading dock areas.  If you opt to park in this lot, you should plan to use the Stair 2 entrance.

Please note that parking will no longer be permitted in the field on the east side of New England Tech Blvd., developed on an interim-only basis to handle overflow parking.

AARC Members Celebrated Big During RC Week 2015 – AARC

Respiratory Care Week 2015 was a great time to recognize the accomplishments of Respiratory Therapist’s, and AARC members all across the nation did just that the last week in October.

Source: AARC Members Celebrated Big During RC Week 2015 – AARC

Campus Construction

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MEMORANDUM

TO:         The College Community

FROM:  Richard I. Gouse, President

RE:          Campus Construction

I am pleased to announce the following exciting projects are underway at NEIT.

This fall, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) will begin the construction of two buildings on the East Greenwich Campus.  The first building is a new 416-bed residence hall, the first residence hall built in our college’s 75-year history.  The four-story residence hall will be located approximately 200 yards to the south of the main building forming the southern end of an academic and residential campus green which will continue to develop over subsequent campus projects. The building will feature a façade of brick and metal paneling, with ample windows in student rooms and on the ground floor. The residence hall will offer a mixture of unit types for its students, including traditional single and double occupancy rooms, and semi-suites. The facility will also feature student lounges, study rooms, a game room, a fire-placed lounge, and flexible spaces for multi-purpose use.

The second building will consist of an addition to the main building at 1 New England Tech Blvd and renovation of the existing dining area and kitchen.  The first floor will feature an expanded kitchen with multi-platform dining services, a restaurant/marketplace containing a variety of seating/dining arrangements, game areas, and gathering spaces.   The second floor will feature an outdoor patio, indoor lounge area and an 8,000 sq ft fitness center.  The third floor will consist of 8,400 sq. ft. of innovative classroom space.  Attached are renderings of the addition of the current building on the East Greenwich campus.

Concurrent with these two projects is the construction of a new loop road and an additional 400-car parking lot on the western side of the campus.

These projects mark a point of transformation for NEIT from a commuter college to a residential campus that will enhance the culture and enrich both the academic and social experience of students in positive ways.  If you have any questions related to these projects, please feel free to contact Pat Tracey, Director of Auxiliary Services, at extension 3540.

The Annual Employee Campaign Really Does Make a Difference!

The Employee Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 to address the financial needs of incoming students, and, in the course of just two years, the Employee Scholarship Fund has provided more than $33,000 to our students thanks to NEIT staff and faculty’s generosity.

As students enroll for the October quarter, many of them, even with financial aid awards, still fall short financially and may have been precluded from obtaining an education at NEIT.  Due to your generosity and that of others in the community, nearly $65,000 in scholarships has been awarded to 27 students. Contributions to the Employee Scholarship Fund, the General Scholarship Fund and the Alumni Scholarship Fund have made these awards possible.  If you have participated in past Employee Campaigns and designated your contributions to any one of those funds, or participated in the Annual Alumni Golf Tournament, you have had a “direct” impact on the future of these students.  And that is something of which you should be very proud.

Scholarships awarded to new students starting October, 2015

First Name Last Name Technology Degree
Amaral Eliacin Mechanical Engineering AS
Sam Ulubiyo Video & Audio Production AS
Noah Chace Mechanical Engineering BS
Christopher Connors Paramedic AS
Shannon Conroy Architecture BS
Gagny Diawara Welding Engineering AS
John Falvey Cyber Security BS
Kelsey Figueiredo Automotive AS
Elmer Fuentes Vargas IT Software BS
Joseph Gemma Elec Tech Renewable Energy/Electrical AS
Gwendolynn Jones Digital Media Production BS
Edwin Laboy Welding Engineering AS
Jeremy Larimer Mechanical Engineering AS
Cameo Lobo Mechanical Engineering BS
Carly McGee Criminal Justice BS
Teddy Misitsakis Electrical Engineering BS
Terrance Myers Respiratory Care AS
John Perry Criminal Justice AS
Lisa Reagan Criminal Justice BS
Eric Rivera Digital Media Production BS
Korie Robinson Video Game Design AS
Michael Roderick Automotive AS
Jacob Russo Digital Media Design AS
Scott Vereen IT Software BS

Department-specific scholarships will be awarded to current students who apply for these scholarships during the annual scholarship application period now underway.  Current students are urged to apply for the many scholarships available within their technology, as well as for a range of scholarships funded by friends of the college.

Welcome to the NEIT Community

We welcome the following individuals to the New England Tech community and wish them the best of luck in their new positions.

Taryn Aldrich

Taryn Aldrich

Taryn Aldrich, Coordinator of the Writing Center 

Taryn has been named Coordinator of the Writing Center in the Academic Skills Center.  For the past year, she has been teaching the AS 044 Reading for Technology class and has also worked in the Writing Center as a tutor.

Taryn has a Master’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s degree in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University.  Taryn’s teaching and tutoring experience gives her a wealth of knowledge that will benefit the students at NEIT.

Taryn is looking forward to expanding the services of the Writing Center and reaching a greater portion of our student population.  She hopes to accomplish this by increasing Writing Center publicity via social media, enhancing the Writing Center website, and integrating virtual and peer-to-peer tutoring services as New England Tech continues to grow.  She also looks forward to collaborating with faculty to identify and address students’ needs when they visit the Writing Center.

Sarah Bosworth

Sarah Bosworth

Sarah Bosworth, Assistant Registrar

Sarah has joined NEIT as the Assistant Registrar and is responsible for assisting with all Registrar functions including scheduling, grade changes, term setup and maintenance of the student information system.  She brings more than ten years of work experience in higher education.

Sarah has a Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in College Student Personnel and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies from the University of Rhode Island (URI).  While at URI, she worked in Residential Life, the Center for Academic Support, and tutored students.

After leaving URI, Sarah worked as a career counselor at an alternative high school and later returned to higher education where she spent the next ten years at Johnson & Wales University in Experiential Education and Career Services, Student Academic Services-SAS (also known as the Registrar’s office) and in the School for Online & Continuing Education.

Katie Jourdenais

Katie Jourdenais

Katie Jourdenais, Feinstein Enriching America Program Coordinator 

Katie will oversee the annual Feinstein Enriching America Awards program, as well as the quarterly Feinstein Enriching America Scholarship program. She will promote the Community Enrichment course amongst the student body by presenting to all English 102/331 classes each quarter. Katie will also instruct the Community Enrichment courses CE101/CE301. She will organize quarterly on-campus donation drives as part of the Feinstein Hunger Initiative. Prior to joining NEIT, Katie coordinated service-learning and volunteerism programs at Johnson & Wales University since 2005.  She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA from 2004-2005.  Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public and Community Service Studies from Providence College.

Alumni Association Steering Committee Establishes Board of Directors

NEIT Alumni Board MembersMembers of the Alumni Association Steering Committee continue their efforts to establish an active alumni association.  At a meeting held on August 26, 2015, the members established the Alumni Association Board of Directors, electing Jason Albuquerque ’05, President; Michelle Pope ’90, Vice President; Tim Danielson ‘08, Treasurer; and Terri Sardelli ’08, Secretary.

Other Board members include, Chris Harrington ’00, Rebecca Renaud ’88, Bethany Pratt ’12, Bob Larrabee ’06; and Gordon Briggs ‘83.  Establishing the Association’s Bylaws is the first order of business for the Board. The Board will meet on a monthly basis and all alumni are invited to attend.