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.

Welcome New Admissions Staff

Admissions Officers at New England Tech play a key role as they serve as the first point of contact for individuals interested in learning about the many programs officered at our college.  Once an individual enrolls at NEIT, the Admissions Officer then coordinates all enrollment-related activities such as academic testing and financial aid processing.  Admissions Officers may conduct campus tours as well as visit high schools, college fairs, and community colleges for recruiting purposes.  We welcome the following individuals to the New England Tech community and wish them the best of luck in their new positions.

Maria DeCristoforo

Maria DeCristoforo

Maria DeCristoforo, Admissions Officer

Before joining the Admissions team at NEIT, Maria served as an Admissions Representative for The Salter School and ITT Technical Institute.  She also was employed at several media companies serving as a producer for Channel 12, a freelance writer for local, national and international publications, and a talk show radio producer for the WHJJ Helen Glover Show. Maria also served as a modeling/television instructor as well as a sales specialist for two top modeling agencies.  She is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Lucy Fernandez

Lucy Fernandez

Lucy Fernandez, Admissions Officer

Lucy joins New England Tech with twelve years of experience working in technical education.  Most recently she served as the Executive

Director of Empire Beauty School in Boston.  Lucy has extensive management experience in retail/visual merchandising ranging from Chess King to Gucci Boston USA in Copley Place.  She also managed Bob the Chefs (restaurant with jazz venue) in Boston and started its catering division. Lucy also attended Northeastern University.


Kerrin Cano

Kerrin Cano

Kerrin Cano, International Admissions Specialist 

Kerrin will serve as NEIT’s International Admissions Specialist.  In her new role, Kerrin is responsible for all aspects of the international admissions process, including interacting with international students and agents in person, via email, and by telephone.

She also collaborates with Student Accounts and Student Support Services to facilitate the student’s successful arrival on campus.  Kerrin educates and advises students on rules and regulations pertaining to F-1 VISA and assists with the International Student Orientation.

Prior to joining NEIT, Kerrin served as an Outreach Coordinator at Lincoln Technical Institute.  Kerrin is currently a student at the University of Rhode Island and will soon complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Psychology.

Laurence Spitz

Laurence Spitz

Laurence Spitz, High School Representative

Laurence will serve as the High School Representative covering the Long Island, New York area. He comes to NEIT with a wealth of experience in admissions and sales in addition to serving as founder and president of his own retail memorabilia/collectibles company.  He served as the Executive Advisor/Student Acquisition at DeVry College of New York/DeVry University for more than eleven years.  Laurence earned an MBA from the Keller School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Wagner College.

Congratulations Karen Morgenstein!

Karen MorgensteinAnyone who has worked with Karen Morgenstein, lab assistant in the Occupational Therapy (OT) department, knows of her passion for the OT field.  As a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) for 37 years, Karen always speaks very highly of her profession and her experiences.  Karen is an amazing role model for New England Tech students.  She demonstrates the importance of her role as a COTA, recently being elected as President of the Rhode Island Occupational Therapy Association (RIOTA).  NEIT students hope to be an avid and dynamic leader and practitioner as Karen Morgenstein.  Congratulations to Karen for being selected President of the RIOTA for a second term.

Software Engineering Grad Starts Girl Develop It Providence

Associate Degree in Software Engineering graduate, Zalyndria Crosby starts Girl Develop IT Providence to help mentor other females in the Information Technology field.

From Rhode Island Monthy:

Girl Develop It Launches Providence Chapter

The organization provides code and coffee meetups and classes.


Organization provides code and coffee meetups and classes.

When some people think of software developers, Catherine Plotts says they sometimes picture a stereotype.

“They’re in the basement, coding all day, surrounded by Doritos and Mountain Dew,” says Plotts, who is a lead developer at Kenzan Media in Pawtucket. “And you know what? Don’t be intimidated by that stereotype. We come in all shapes and sizes and all different levels of interest in video games.”

That’s part of the reason why Plotts recently launched Girl Develop It Providence, with her former co-worker, Zalyndria Crosby, who is now a junior applications developer at CVS.

“If you’re interested, come out and learn about it,” Plotts says. “It may surprise you.”

In a field where some are self-taught or learn in boot camps while others earn degrees, Plotts and Crosby also took different professional paths.

Crosby, who is from New Mexico and has been in Rhode Island for about four and a half years, didn’t have much technical experience before going to New England Tech for their associate’s program in information technology, with a focus in software engineering.

“When I found the program at New England Tech, what attracted me most to it was knowing that it would prepare me to be job-ready by the time I graduated,” she says.

Internships in the IT department of the secretary of state’s office and the Providence Plan helped her develop her skills and taught her the importance of a mentor.

“Everyone I worked with at the Providence Plan was really amazing,” Crosby says.” All the tech guys — they were all guys — helped me every single day. Because doing web development can be a little daunting. There’s a lot to learn actually. So everyone that I worked with always gave it to me in bite-sized pieces and was always really encouraging. So having a mentor was really significant.”  Continue reading…

Digital Media Production Grad Starts Film Fest

Support ‪#‎DigitalMediaProduction‬ graduate, Adam Theroux by checking out 401 Film Fest this Friday and Saturday. ‪#‎401FilmFest‬ is FREE to attend and 100% of the money raised on the sale of food and raffle tickets will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State.

From Rhode Island Monthly:

The Scoop on the 401 Film Fest

The free inaugural event features films and music videos by local and international talent.

By Casey Nilsson

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I went to New England Tech for audio/visual. I’d already had some experience with audio, but I fell in love with video while I was there. Now I work for WPRI as a video editor, and I still do some independent film on my own.

There are lots of established film festivals out there already. Why start a new one?

I started this for zero-dollar independent filmmakers, not $20,000 indie filmmakers. We don’t have an outlet like this, especially not locally. We’re just a bunch of people getting together for the love of the art, not necessarily to make money.

Is the focus on local talent?

I wanted to have at least half of the selections be from Rhode Island; the last thing I wanted to do was not accept a Rhode Island submission, and we ended up having, for content reasons, to say no to two Rhode Island submissions. But I also wanted anyone to be able to enter. We got about 1,000 submissions in the end. It just took off and I got some great submissions.

What can attendees expect?

Everything from local talent in the music video showcase, including Roz and the Rice Cakes and Ravi Shavi, to a music video featuring Willie Nelson. It’s pretty hilarious stuff: One day I had this crazy idea to start a film festival, and then I received a short with Corey Feldman acting in it.

Some films are from people who are doing well in their field, which brings in some higher quality content. So we have a music video from a famous pop star from Kuwait and a video from a fifth grader from Rhode Island, which he made for a school project. He shot the whole thing on his cell phone. It’s inspiring.

Another inspiring thing: All funds raised will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State, right?

Yes, 100 percent of all funds raised through raffles and food. I’m a mentor, and it’s a blast. It’s really changed my life in the past year. I’ve seen a lot of good that it does. It benefits my life too, not just a child’s.

And admission is free?

Both days are free. We are expecting to sell out – well it’s hard to sell out when you’re not selling tickets but…. When I came up with the idea, I wasn’t expecting it to blow up as it has. The whole thing melted my heart in the greatest way. It’s free, it’s local and there’s a little something for everybody.

The Details: Nov. 13, 7-10 p.m. Arctic Playhouse, 117 Washington St., West Warwick. Nov. 14, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. William Hall Library Auditorium, 1825 Broad St., Cranston,

Associate Professor Completes Research Project

New England Tech would like to extend congratulations to Associate Professor, Dawn Edmonson on the completion of her research project.  Professor Edmonson’s research subject was Rhode Island’s Maker-Related Assets”.


New England Institute of Technology | Associate Professor, Department of Design + Architectural Building Technology & Humanities and Social Sciences

Source: Dawn Edmondson

Dawn Edmondson completed the research project “Rhode Island’s Maker-Related Assets” for our 2014-2015 Research Cycle. 

Save the Date: Global Game Jam

New England Tech will once again be hosting the 48 hour Global Game Jam, which is scheduled for January 29‐30, 2016. Save the dates!

More info to follow as we get closer.

The Library Presents: Economic Espionage

The New England Tech Library will host Carmin Nigro, Special Agent, FBI Boston Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership Coordinator on November 4, 2015.  Nigro will show FBI produced short film based on an actual case, The Company Man: Protecting America’s Secrets.  After viewing the film there will be a discussion about our national security risk.

From FBI website: Economic Espionage

Economic espionage is a problem that costs the American economy billions of dollars annually and puts our national security at risk.

To raise awareness of the issue, the FBI and the National Counterintelligence and Security Center have launched a nationwide campaign and released a short film aimed at educating anyone with a trade secret about the threat and how they can help mitigate it. Based on an actual case, The Company Man: Protecting America’s Secrets illustrates how one U.S. company was targeted by foreign actors and how that company worked with the FBI to resolve the problem and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Economic Espionage