An Interior Design Degree Opens Many Doors

Great story in October 2014 issue of Rhode Island Creative Magazine about our Interior Design Degree program.

RI Creative Monthly Interior Design


Click here to read this story or any of the other great stories in Rhode Island Creative Magazine October 2014.

The Grainger Foundation Supports NEIT

Bob Theroux, NEIT's Vice President of Finance and Jim Crowley, Branch Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (l-r)

Bob Theroux, NEIT’s Vice President of Finance and Jim Crowley, Branch Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (l-r)

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation, has donated $5,000.00 to New England Institute of Technology in support of the college’s mission to provide students with a hands-on technical education.

“This grant will be used to provide scholarships to students in NEIT’s Associate in Science Degree program in Refrigeration/Air Conditioning, Heating and Gas Technology said Robert R. Theroux, Vice President of Finance and Business Administration at New England Tech. “We will assist those students experiencing financial challenges in completing their degrees.   We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity.”

This donation was recommended by Jim Crowley, Branch Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s Warwick location. Grainger has been a part of the Warwick business community for more than 30 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products.  “We are proud to recommend the programs offered by New England Institute of Technology,” said Crowley.  “We understand the goal of the college to support those students with financial need.”

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Vinny Ritoli named NEIT Instructor

Vinny Ritoli

Vinny Ritoli

Vinny Ritoli has worked as an adjunct instructor at NEIT since 2007, teaching courses in Design, GUI Design, Flash, Javascript, HTML 5, XHTML, CSS, Digital Audio, and Digital Editing. He has developed courses for both the Information Technology and Graphic, Multimedia and Web Design programs.

As a freelance designer and developer, Vinny is the founder of Imagery Studio, which specializes in web animation and interactive website design. He has developed projects for a wide range of clients in diverse fields including 20th Century Fox, the Hospital Association of Rhode Island, First Look Pictures, and Biowater Technology. He has also worked on the designs for NEIT’s new Library website and that of the Center for Technology and Industry. In addition to web design, he also designs for print (logos, letterhead, business cards) and marketing (advertisements, brochures). Previous to developing his own company, Vinny worked for SilverLight Productions as a multimedia designer.

Vinny has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Communications from American Intercontinental University and an Associate in Science Degree in Multimedia Design from NEIT.

Chris Arsenault named Assistant Professor

Chris Arsenault has been an adjunct instructor in Information Technology, teaching programming for game development since 2009, including game persistence and game architecture at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art with a Computer Science minor from Rhode Island College and has put both his artistic and technical talents to use in a variety of occupations. As a self-employed producer/photographer/artist, he has produced high quality bridal, family, and event photography as well as media production, slide shows, presentations, videos and websites. In addition, he has been a software engineer and the architect of an extendable screensaver framework, which served as the primary product foundation of a software development/new media company.

As an independent author/developer, he worked on improving multimedia authoring tools, 2D animation systems, and plug-ins to provide end users with very rapid multimedia design software. Chris has also done instructional design at GTECH, creating and teaching a course for lottery systems operation that was modular and adaptable to customized instruction. At Rhode Island College, he was Development Manager for Project Clio, producing a computer-based introductory Western Civilization course, used at over ten colleges and universities nationwide.

Susan Pilkington named Nursing Admin Assistant

Susan Pilkington

Susan Pilkington

Susan comes to NEIT with skills she developed working in a wide variety of fields. Most recently, she was the manager of a restaurant, performing both front of house management as well as fiscal duties, hiring, scheduling, and maintaining the website and social media sites. Previous to that position, she worked as a legal secretary. While attending college, she held positions in a variety of offices for the State of Rhode Island, including Rhode Island Department of Transportation in the Audit Section, Director’s Office, Chief Engineer’s Office, Assistant Director’s Office, and Legal Office as well as in the RI Attorney General’s Office, Environmental Unit.  All positions required a wide variety of administrative duties and skills which she will certainly use in her new position at NEIT.

Susan has Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Bryant College.

NEIT names new Registration Coordinator

Evelyn Dennis

Evelyn Dennis

Evelyn Dennis comes to the Registrar’s Office after having worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Academic Skills Center since 2011. Previous to working at NEIT, she was the Administrative Assistant for a design firm where she assisted with bookkeeping, invoicing, billing, and maintaining records. As Document Control Administrator at JFK International Airport, she managed a system database for correspondence, organized documents, prepared regular reports, and generated a procedure manual. As the Accounts Receivable Clerk at Central Texas College, Evelyn worked with Pell grants and scholarship funds and maintained student accounts and files. 

Evelyn has an Associate in Science Degree in Accounting from Plaza College in New York and is pursuing an Associate in Science Degree in Business Administration from CCRI. She has also volunteered her expertise as a recording secretary and as a treasurer for the PTA in two schools.

 

How You Know You’ve Found the Right Career | LinkedIn

From LinkedIn:

Warren Buffett claims that he tap-dances to work every day. And why not? In 2013 alone, he made $12.7 billion. That’s $1.5 million per hour – even while sleeping. Clearly, Buffett picked the right career – not just for himself, but also for those lucky enough to have picked up a few shares of Berkshire Hathaway.

My father bred new strains of onions, carrots and cucumbers as a professor and research scientist. Having grown up as a farm boy, he was in heaven, developing high-beta-carotene carrots in a quest to keep 500,000 kids per year in developing countries from nutritional blindness. He believed he had the greatest job in the world and would never have traded careers with Warren Buffett.

Cecile Pelous was an executive in the fashion industry nearly 30 years ago, working with the grand couturiers in Paris, when she sent a letter to Mother Teresa. “Can you use me?” she asked. Mother Theresa wrote a one-word response, “Come!” Cecile sold her house to start an orphanage in Nepal. Before long, she had legally adopted 79 kids and was raising and educating a hundred more from the streets to help them lead productive lives. Cecile wouldn’t trade places with Buffett either.

Whatever you’ve picked as a career, I hope it makes you want to tap dance – at least a few times in your work life. When you look back and survey where you’ve been, look ahead to the distant shore, or consider the people who have rowed alongside you, take an occasional pause to click your heels.

Few of us know what career is in store for us when we take our first job. But here are some signs that you’ve increased the odds for a spontaneous outbreak of tap dancing:

1. You’ve found something you can be really good at. I recall taking up piano lessons at the same time as another young hopeful would-be musician. It wasn’t long, though, before she was in “John Thompson Book Three,” while I remained stuck in “Book Two.” Had I stayed with piano, I’d have been as miserable as those on the receiving end of my performances. My fellow student, however, went on to delight others with her gift as she became a professional musician. Thankfully, I merged into her audience – to the benefit of all. There’s no sense in fighting Mother Nature on the career front if you ever hope to tap dance.

2. You like the nuts and bolts of the job. Pick something where you don’t have to fake it to make it. When I watch natural extroverts gather energy from social situations, I recognize they have something I don’t. Whereas Bill Clinton comes alive and is energized by others, being on stage for too long drains my energy. I can finally host events without anxiety, even enjoying the occasional party – but I’m always happiest to retreat into a book or a private conversation with a friend. This means that as much as I love policy issues, governance and leadership, a career in elected politics would have undone me.

3. The job lifts you. For those doing what they were meant to do, the normal irritants of the job become a kind of “atmospheric dust” that creates the foundation for beautiful sunsets. Every career has its dust, but you might be in the wrong one if that’s all you see. If you find yourself grousing, fussing and fomenting, give yourself – and the rest of us – a break. In your torrent of objections and cautions, you’ll never build a great career – and you might just keep others from achieving their dreams. No career is perfect, but the right one for you will be filled with many uplifting sunsets.

4. You’re in the thick of things. Life in the backseat or on the periphery of the action rarely makes for a great career. Naturally, there are lots of great support roles on the edge of every industry, but if you’re determined to leave a mark, it generally pays off to operate at the center. If you love accounting, work for an accounting firm. If you’re fascinated by the law, get into the judicial system. If you’re an engineer, build cool new stuff. If you love finance, work for a bank or an investment house. Build the motor, buy the brake pads.

5. You’re in an industry that fits your personality type. Engineers are not like real estate developers, who in turn don’t think like fashion mavens, who are wired differently from lawyers and accountants. We all have psychometric preferences – ones that tend to make us more or less like those in various industries. While this alone shouldn’t determine what you choose (as there are many roles on every winning team), make sure you understand your dominant traits and those of industry leaders. Then get on a field with those playing the same sport as you.

6. You like the other people in your field. My best-ever career (and investment) decisions have come from genuinely liking and admiring people I’m working with. Grappling with the discomfort of interpersonal contretemps is never productive. It saps everyone and it ensures suboptimal performance. Also, it can take down a career faster than anything else. If you can handle snakes, you’ll be OK getting into the viper pit; but if not, pick another industry.

7. You’ve found an inspiring mentor. Having someone to look up to is a key to finding a meaningful career. Your mentor doesn’t need to be your file leader – or even in your industry. But if you would have a great career, find a mentor… then become one yourself.

To continue reading click link: How You Know You’ve Found the Right Career | LinkedIn.

Choosing the career that will make you want to tap dance your way to work is one of the most important decisions of your life.  Which is why New England Tech offers the Student Interest Survey, to help students find the right career choice.  Not sure what you career path you should take?  Click Here to take our Student Interest Survey.

NEIT names new VP of Enrollment Management

Kathleen Devine

Kathleen Devine

Kathleen Devine joined NEIT in August, 2014. In this new position, Kathleen will oversee the Admissions and Financial Aid Departments.

Kathleen brings more than 20 years of direct experience in admissions, financial aid, and campus operations. She began her career as an admissions representative and over the years, she has assumed greater responsibility by managing several admissions departments; serving as a campus director; and overseeing the operation of several campuses. Along with her wealth of experience, Kathleen brings her commitment to the education of students.

Vampirism in New England…the Dark Ages of Medical Science

Tillinghast NightmareDATE: October 30, 2014

LOCATION: New England Institute of Technology

Media Presentation Theater

One New England Tech Blvd.

East Greenwich, RI

TICKETS: $10.

TIME: 6:00pm

SPECIAL GUESTS: Christopher Rondina, storyteller and author of Vampires of New England.

WEBSITES: https://library.neit.eduwww.histhaunts.com

Historical Haunts LLC is a film production company with a passion for history, the macabre and modern storytelling.  They produce films based on real characters and places from American folklore interwoven with supernatural elements.  Currently focused on New England based legends, their films are distributed at select events and on Amazon.com.  Each fall, Historical Haunts celebrates New England Horror folklore with a series of film screenings throughout New England.

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Additional information: Vampires of New England was originally titled The Tillinghast Nightmare.

Documentary trailer: http://histhaunts.com/VAMPS_OF_NE.html

On-line Press Kit for film and dacre stoker presentation:  http://histhaunts.com/PRESS_KIT.html

More photos and artwork available upon request

EXHIBITION: We were part of an exhibition on Vampires, The Blood is the Life, at  the Everthart Museum in Scranton PA  http://everhart-museum.org/exhibitions/past-exhibitions-2/2013-exhibitions/  .  The exhibition had about 6,000 visitors.  It won a special achievement  award from PA museums  http://www.pamuseums.org/pa-museums-2014-special-achievement-awards“The Tillinghast Nightmare trailer Historical Haunts put together for our exhibit THE BLOOD IS THE LIFE on vampires in art and nature perfectly illustrated the narrative of how diseases were often woven together with the causes of vampire epidemics in history. The focus of the film on the American experience of vampires highlighted an overlooked, and seldom-thought-of, social history detail that greatly informs how people look at disease and epidemics, as well as monsters, today.” ~ Nezka Pfeifer, Curator, The Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art, Scranton, PA.

Background on Topic of Vampires in New England : http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-great-new-england-vampire-panic-36482878/?no-ist Note: All the individuals that are quoted in the article speak on-camera in Vampires of New England

Facebook pages : https://www.facebook.com/historicalhaunts andhttps://www.facebook.com/tillinghastnightmare

New England Tech names new Nursing instructor

Matthew James

Matthew James

Matthew James joins the faculty full-time after having taught as an adjunct Clinical Nursing Instructor at NEIT since 2013 and at the University of Rhode Island from 2013-2014. In those positions, he worked with nursing students in clinical, classroom, and laboratory settings. He also helped to improve syllabi and curricula for both programs. 

In addition to teaching, Matthew served as an RN in the Emergency Department at Kent Hospital and Miriam Hospital providing patient care and triage to ensure the appropriate treatment of patients. He assisted physicians in a wide range of procedures. Matthew was the Emergency Department Nurse Manager for three years while at Kent. 

Matthew has an Master of Science Degree from the University of Rhode Island, a Bachelor of Science Degree from Rhode Island College, and an Associate in Science Degree from the Community College of Rhode Island, all in Nursing. He is certified in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. He is a member of the Rhode Island Nurse Practitioner Association, the Emergency Nurses Association, the National League of Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.