SAMI Turns Two!

Sami Group

l-r: Sean Davies, Electric Boat; Rep. Patricia Sepe; Rep. Lou Raptakis; Karl Wadensten, Vibco; Matthew Topper,SAMI Welding Instructor; Senator Sheldon Whitethouse; Mayor Scott Avedisian; Kathy Partington, SAMI, Client Services Representative; Congressman David Cicilline; Congressman Jim Langevin; Steve Kitchin, NEIT, Vice President for Corporate Education and Training; Maria Rivera, SAMI Outreach Case Liaison; Senator Jack Reed; Todd Sposato, SAMI Project Assistant Machinist Trainer; Cynthia Toti, SAMI Program Case Manager; Lt. Governor Dan McKee; Catherine Cilcius, NEIT Administrative Assistant; Fred Santinello, Director of Workforce Grants and Programs; Amanda Handfield, SAMI Administrative Assistant; Michael Senerchia, SAMI Case Manager; Bob Palumbo, Project Coordinator.

The Shipbuilding/Marine Trades and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) celebrated its second birthday on Friday, November 13, 2015, at the Post Road campus. The celebration included accolades from the members of the Rhode Island congressional delegation. They complimented NEIT and the SAMI faculty for their efforts in training 200 unemployed Rhode Islanders in just two years for careers in welding and advanced manufacturing. Special thanks to Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman James Langevin, and Congressman David Cicilline for their continued support of the SAMI program.

Also bringing greetings at the celebration were Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, along with SAMI employers Sean Davies, Facilities Manager at General Dynamics/Electric Boat, and Karl Wadensten, President of VIBCO Vibrators.

Following the speaking program, guests enjoyed tours of the SAMI facilities, lunch, and of course, birthday cake. Congratulations to the SAMI faculty, staff, and students for making the SAMI program such a great success.

Technical Advisory Committee Meeting

Wade Gibson

l-r: Dr. Doug Sherman, Senior VP and Provost with Wade Gibson

The Crown Plaza in Warwick, RI, was the venue for the 2015 Technical Advisory Committee Appreciation Dinner held on November 12th. This annual gathering is hosted by the Office of Teaching and Learning and offers faculty and staff the opportunity to meet with their respective technical advisors. The advisors are dedicated technical experts who offer their time and expertise to keep the college abreast of industry changes so that all NEIT programs incorporate the latest skills sought by today’s employers.

This year’s guest speaker was Wade Gibson, Chief of Staff, of the Executive Office of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. Known as CommerceRI, this full-service agency is the official economic development organization for the state of Rhode Island and serves as a government and community resource to help streamline the business expansion in, and relocation to, Rhode Island. Mr. Gibson shared his insights regarding the various marketing and incentive programs that CommerceRI is promoting to attract new businesses to the State. He spoke about the “Waymaker Fellowship” program where students may be reimbursed a portion of their college expenses to make it more attractive for them to work in Rhode Island after graduation. He commended New England Tech for the active role it plays in training students to meet the demands of today’s competitive workplace.

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.