A “Round” of Applause

On Monday, July 14, 2014, NEIT hosted its 5th Annual New England Tech Alumni Golf Tournament at Alpine Country Club in Cranston, Rhode Island. An amazing field of 146 golfers participated in this sold out when the max is 144!  How can that be?

This year’s tournament generated interest beyond capacity. Despite the unprecedented large field of players, the round was played in record time. “The demand outweighed the supply”, said Joan Segerson, Director of Development/Alumni Relations. “We were sorry we had to turn foursomes away right up to the day of the tournament. That said, we were very excited about the overwhelming interest in the tournament.”

Congratulation to this year’s winners! First Place: Flagship Staffing; Second Place: Shawmut Design and Construction; Third Place: Saccoccio & Associates.

Flagship Staffing - 1st Place a

1st Place Winners, Flagship Staffing

The financial success of the tournament is attributed to the continued commitment of the tournament sponsors, players, and prize donors raising more than $83,000. A special thank you goes to Platinum Sponsor, Terry Regan, President of Regan Heating & Air Conditioning, and Titanium Sponsor, Vincent Rossi, President of Rossi Electric and a 1984 NEIT grad, both have been faithful sponsors of this event since its inception in 2010.

All tournament sponsors provide significant financial support so with sincere gratitude that we acknowledge their continued commitment and support of NEIT students. Dinner Sponsor: Shawmut Design & Construction; Gold Sponsor: DiFazio Site Corp; Silver Sponsors: Adler Pollock & Sheehan PC, Atrion Networking Corporation, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Chartwells, DiPrete Engineering Associates, Inc., DiSanto Priest & Co., and Ruggieri Brothers, Inc./Synet; Bronze Sponsors: Anodyne Corp., Delta

From left: Doug Sherman, NEIT's Senior Vice President and Provost, with Matt Regan and Terry Regan of Regan Heating & Air Conditioning

From left: Doug Sherman, NEIT’s Senior Vice President and Provost, with Matt Regan and Terry Regan of Regan Heating & Air Conditioning

Dental of RI, Inc., Dennis F. Leonardo Builders, Inc., Liberty Mutual Insurance, Roney & Labinger LLC, TD Bank, and United Health; Cart Sponsor: Portfolio Strategy Group; Grille/Lunch Sponsor: RICOH USA, Inc.; Hat Sponsor: WB Mason; and Print Sponsor: OmniColor Printing.

Unfortunately, no one got a hole-in-one but it was great having a kicky Beamer as the hole-in-one prize by provided by Inskip-BMW, the Hole-in-One sponsor. Snacks and beverages were provided by Foley Food Services, Ocean Spray Cranberries, and Chartwells.

Special thanks to the NEIT Golf Committee and volunteers who made the 5th Annual NEIT Alumni Golf Tournament a success in many ways. Mark your calendar for Monday, July 13, 2015, as we host the 6th Annual NEIT Alumni Golf Tournament at Alpine Country Club and celebrate New England Tech’s 75th Anniversary.
From left: Vin Rossi of Rossi Electric with Rocky McDonough and John McDonough

From left: Vin Rossi of Rossi Electric with Rocky McDonough and John McDonough

Alumni Golf Tournament: A Win-Win Situation

Flagship Staffing - 1st Place a

1st Place Winners Flagship Staffing

On Monday, July 14, 2014, 146 players headed to the links at the Alpine Country Club in Cranston for the 5th Annual New England Tech Alumni Golf Tournament. Thanks to the support and dedication of the golf sponsors, players, committee members, and volunteers, proceeds from the tournament to benefit the NEIT Scholarship Fund exceeded its goal.

Special thanks to the tournament’s Honorary Co-Chairs for the second consecutive year, Terry Regan, President of Regan Heating and Air Conditioning, and Vin Rossi, NEIT graduate and President of Rossi Electric. The financial support of the many sponsors and raffle prize donors greatly contributed to the financial success of this tournament.

According to Joan Segerson, NEIT’s Director of Development and Alumni Relations, the tournament raised nearly $85,000. Joan stated, “Because of the success of this event, we are all so thrilled to contribute the net proceeds to the NEIT Scholarship Fund. The generosity of the many people involved with this tournament will offer our students in financial need the opportunity to continue with their studies.”

Many New England Tech faculty and staff volunteered their time and talent to help ensure the success of this most important event. Thanks to the 2014 Golf Committee members: Cheryl Booker, Bob Goulet, Melissa Hague, Michael Hayes, Bob Kennedy, Cathy Kennedy, Steve Kitchin, Phil Marks, Bill Menard, Leslie Peck, Joan Segerson, Doug Sherman, and Bob Theroux. Tournament day ran smoothly with the additional help of the 2014 volunteers: Karen Arnold, Caitlin Beagan, Pat Blakemore, Roberta Hayes, Cheryl MacDonald, Michelle Paiva, Anne Ryan, and Carole Stiles.

2nd Place Winners Shawmut Design and Construction

2nd Place Winners Shawmut Design and Construction

3rd Place Winners Saccoccio & Associates

3rd Place Winners Saccoccio & Associates

2014 ALUMNI GOLF TOURNAMENT SPONSORS

PLATINUM SPONSOR
Regan Heating and Air Conditioning

TITANIUM SPONSOR
Rossi Electric Company, Inc.

DINNER SPONSOR
Shawmut Design & Construction

GOLD SPONSOR
DiFazio Site Corp.

SILVER SPONSORS
Adler Pollock & Sheehan PC
Atrion Networking Corporation
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Chartwells
DiPrete Engineering Associates, Inc.
DiSanto Priest & Co.
Ruggieri Brothers, Inc. /Synet

BRONZE SPONSORS
Anodyne Corp.
Delta Dental of RI, Inc.
Dennis F. Leonardo Builders, Inc.
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Roney & Labinger LLC
TD Bank
United Health

CART SPONSOR
Portfolio Strategy Group

Grille/Lunch Sponsor
RICOH USA, Inc

HAT SPONSOR
WB Mason

PRINT SPONSOR
OmniColor

HOLE-IN-ONE SPONSOR
Inskip-BMW

PRIZE DONATIONS
Alpine Country Club
American First Aid
AMPM Facility Service
Arrow Florist
Bob Goulet
Burns Tools
Cardi’s Furniture
Cat Country 98.1
Cathy Kennedy
Clear Channel
Cox Media
Cumulus/Providence
Dr. Mario Andretti
Doug Sherman
Michael Flanagan
Eleven Forty Nine
Entercom Boston
Garland Writing Instruments
Haxton’s
Karen Arnold
Lindenmeyr Munroe
L’Osteria
Michael Flanagan
Ocean Spray
Patricia Blakemore
Pawsox
PBruins
Pranzi
Sharon Charette
Snap-On
Swansea Country Club
The CW Providence
Tree House Tavern & Bistro
WBRU
WJAR-Channel 10
WPRI – Media

IN-KIND SPONSORS

Chartwells
Foley Food Service
Ocean Spray and George DaCosta

2014 TEE SPONSORS
Action Auto Parts
AFLAC/Phillips & Associates
AMPM Facility Services
Big Blue Bug Solutions
Checkmate Consulting Group
Crown Supply Company
Design Fabricators
East Greenwich Rotary
Electrical Wholesalers, Inc.
Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC
Gulf Electricity
Herff Jones
Industrial Welders Supply
J.J. McNamara
Ocean Spray
Plantasia Interiors
Protech Automotive Services LLC
Reynolds, Inc.
Rhode Island Cleaning Services, Inc.
RIBI Security
Rice Machinery
Saccoccio & Associates, Inc.
Shawmut Metal
Target Direct Marketing, Inc.
TCI Printing

International Mechanical Engineering Grad Makes His Mark

Libardo OchoaLibardo Ochoa earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 2013 after receiving his Associate in Science degree in 2011 from the same technology program. What makes Libardo’s story unique is that when he relocated from Colombia to the United States six years ago, he had difficulty finding work in his field. He had been a mining engineer at a large Colombian coal mine. He also had a problem with the language barrier. Libardo eventually found work here with his first job at the Keffe Commissary Network, a division of Department of Corrections, but he soon realized that he needed to further his education. Libardo now serves as the Vice President of Engineering at Quick Fitting, Inc. in Warwick, RI, a company that plans to bring 650 manufacturing jobs back to the state. Libardo is proud to share his story.

What made you decide to attend NEIT?

I was invited to attend an Open House back in 2009. The presentation of the mechanical engineering program was very interesting and attracted my attention.

How did you choose your program?

I am originally from Colombia where I was a mining engineer with nine years of experience. I tried to apply for some positions over here using my experience but with no luck. Then the NEIT Open House presentation made me think about becoming a mechanical engineer. I felt it would be a good opportunity for me in this country, and I was right!

What did you do to get started with your career?

I did some research about job openings in this country before I made my decision to enroll in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.

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