A Salute to a NEIT Occupational Therapy Grad

n.petrucci picNatalie Petrucci, MS, OTR/L, is a three-time graduate of New England Tech! Her degrees include an  Associate in Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Currently, she is employed at Fatima Hospital and works in its two inpatient psychiatric units. Natalie also serves as the student coordinator for Occupational Therapy (OT) students who require placement in a mental health setting.

Natalie first began her career at Fatima Hospital in May 2013 as a part time occupational therapist on the locked psychiatric intensive treatment unit (ITU).  Her role has grown considerably since then now serving as the main occupational therapist for the two adult in-patient psychiatric units. Natalie has integrated occupational therapy back into Fatima Hospital’s partial hospital program facilitating three groups on a weekly basis teaching coping skills, evaluating patients, and providing one-on-one therapy. She also serves on the behavioral emergency response team.

Natalie is the student fieldwork coordinator for psychiatric placements and coordinates schedules with NEIT, CCRI, Worcester State and Quinnipiac University to maintain a steady flow of students each year.  She passes her extensive knowledge and skills on to her students. Natalie said, “Students bring with them new ideas and new ways of learning. They are excited to work in this environment, which means they bring a lot of positive energy with them.”

7th Annual NEIT Scholarship Golf Tournament

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NEIT Earns Distinctive Military Friendly® Schools Designation

2016_Military Friendly_Logo_150x150EAST GREENWICH, RI – New England Institute of Technology announced today that the university has received the Military Friendly® Schools designation joining more than 1400 higher-education institutions in the United States who have been recognized for exhibiting leading practices in recruiting and supporting post-military students.

Developed through more than a decade of research by veteran-owned Victory Media headquartered in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Military Friendly® ratings and resources provide service members and their families with information needed to make decisions about civilian careers and education opportunities. Veterans benefit when companies and schools invest in engaging, educating and employing them.

New England Tech’s data was compiled through Military Friendly® Schools annual survey open to more than 10,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. Each year, schools completing the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria, and weightings developed with the assistance of an advisory board. Research findings are compiled and weighted according to the following categories to determine a final score:  academic credibility, support on campus, admissions and orientation, graduation and retention rates, military student body composition, career outcomes, government approvals, tuition assistance, flexibility, and military spouse policies.

Many employers contact the Career Services Office at New England Institute of Technology seeking military and veteran students and NEIT graduates for job opportunities. Patricia Blakemore, Director of Career Services stated, “Our military students and grads are highly prepared for the job market through the education they receive at New England Tech coupled with their military training.   These individuals are a most sought after group of candidates by prospective employers.”

Through NEIT’s Financial Aid Office, a full time VA Coordinator reviews all applicable VA programs and benefits with each military and veteran student and assists with the application process.  “New England Tech honors the Post 911 Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program, as well as numerous other forms of financial aid that support higher education and personal development of veterans,” stated Anna Kelly, Director of Financial Aid.  “We offer our computer lab to those individuals who wish to complete their application in the Financial Aid Office, and our staff is always available to assist as needed.” Additional information may be found at http://www.neit.edu/Financial-Aid/Veterans-Benefits.

For more information on NEIT’s more than 50 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and online degree programs, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744 or by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu. Complete program descriptions and military and veteran information may be found at http://www.neit.edu/military.

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Congratulations to Dr. Linda Del Vecchio-Gilbert

Linda DelVecchio-Gilbert

Linda DelVecchio-Gilbert

A poster abstract submitted by Linda Del Vecchio-Gilbert, DNP, CPNP-PC, ACHPN, CPON, a New England Tech nursing instructor, was selected for presentation at a Research Podium during the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners 37th National Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 16 –19, 2016. She was also asked to speak at the convention on the topic “Emerging Knowledge for Clinical Practice: Research Agenda Priority: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention”. Thank you to Dr. Del Vecchio-Gilbert for her dedication to the field of pediatric nursing and for representing NEIT so well.

In Memory of Dr. Rizzini

5-Dr. William H. RizziniDr. William H. Rizzini, a longtime member of the New England Institute of Technology community, passed away on February 29, 2016. Dr. Rizzini received an honorary doctorate from New England Tech in 1978 and served as a member of New England Tech’s Board of Trustees beginning in 1979.

After serving in the Army as a Lieutenant, Dr. Rizzini launched his career as a high school English teacher and taught from 1957-1961. He then began 28 years of service at the former Roger Williams Junior College, later Roger Williams College (and now Roger Williams University), in the English Department and as an administrator. Dr. Rizzini’s many roles at Roger Williams included department chair, director of the evening program and acting dean at the college.  He served as Acting President on two different occasions before being named President, serving from 1978-1989 during a period of important growth at Roger Williams. Dr. Rizzini was honored with the title of President Emeritus of Roger Williams University upon his retirement.

From 1989 – 1996, Dr. Rizzini served as the Special Assistant to the President at New England Tech, helped in creating the college development program, and also taught English. In 2010, he established the Dr. William H. Rizzini Interior Design Scholarship fund to benefit NEIT students.

Dr. Rizzini touched many lives in numerous ways. He will be truly missed by his New England Tech colleagues.

Phi Theta Kappa Students Are Honored

21-Phi Theta KappaOn March 10, 2016, the Media Presentation Theater at the East Greenwich campus was the setting for the 11th Annual Phi Theta Kappa awards presentation. Established in 1918, the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is the oldest, largest, and most respected honor society serving associate degree students.  Phi Theta Kappa serves to recognize and encourage academic excellence and provides opportunities for growth and development through honors, leadership, and service.  The Beta Xi Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was chartered at NEIT on February 16, 2006.

To be eligible for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, students must have completed at least 24 quarter hours of coursework leading to an associate degree and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.80.

Congratulations to the 11th Annual Phi Theta Kappa Award Recipients

Leger Antoine Ian Arsenault Jameson Arsenault
Jayson Bennett Courtney Boyd Kaitlyn Costa
Jennifer Demers Michaeld Dobachesky Abigail Dyer
Jesse Emerson Kathleen Emerson Matthew Filippini
Ashley Flowers Joseph Fox Jason Gagnon
Eli Ghali Benjamin Gordon Gianna Johnson
Timothy Kinnaman Kathleen LaBonte Angela Lavoie
Jacob Lee Joshua Loper Urassana Martinez
Zachary Miller Ian Morris Kimberly Mossman-Yee
John-Oscar Nilsson Deanne O’Brien Adetayo Okeowo
Evelyn Pardo Matthew Pelletier Nathan Pereira
Susan Pimental Andrew Roopnarine Jillian Rossi
Marguerite Sargelis Erika Sinesi Viktor Stanley
K-shawn Thomas Nicholas Underwood Ernestine Vaill-Larocque
Maria Veliz Caleb Whewell Irene Winkler

April as Donate Life Month

NEIT helped celebrate April as Donate Life Month supporting organ and tissue donation with a presentation from New England Organ Bank.  There are over 121,000 nationally waiting for a life-saving transplant.  One person can save up to 8 lives and enhance the lives of over 50 people.  Register as an organ and tissue donor when getting your driver’s license or ID at the DMV or online at www.DonateLifeNewEngland.org

Photo Courtesy of the New England Organ Bank.

Photo Courtesy of the New England Organ Bank.

Auto Collision Repair Grad Shares Valuable Advice

Nick Mancini has been a busy man since graduating with honors from the Auto Collision Repair Technology in March 2015. One of only sixteen students in the country to be accepted into the prestigious BMW Service Technician Education Program (STEP) for Paint and Body, the NEIT “Best of Tech” recipient spent the last eight months training at BMW’s North American headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. He graduated from the STEP program on April 14, 2016, but not before receiving three different job offers with dealerships in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He visited the Access Road Campus the day after he graduated, on April 15, to share his experience with current students in the Auto Collision Repair Technology and offered some simple, yet important advice for auto collision repair students on how to prepare for a successful future, “Keep your driving record clean, come to class, and get good grades.”

It also helps to be ambitious, which Mancini exemplifies. The STEP program only accepts graduates of colleges with automotive paint and body programs, or technicians who already work at a BMW dealership. He credited Auto Collision Repair Assistant Professor Ray Mann with telling him about the program when he was only in his 3rd quarter. Mancini submitted his application a year early, was granted an interview, and made enough of an impression that BMW kept him on the top of their list for when he did officially become eligible. In the meantime, he worked for small auto collision repair shop but always knew he wanted to work at a larger facility, “Working for a good dealership is always a great opportunity because there’s a lot of money to be made when you’re working for someone who’s going to feed you work.” Mancini’s enthusiasm for the STEP program, and for his future career, was evident when asked why he decided to apply for the program, “I wanted to work for BMW and work on incredible cars every day.”

The training that students of the STEP program receive is state-of-the art and in a controlled environment, which Mancini said is not unlike the training students receive at NEIT; “It’s not the real world yet, but it prepares you for the real world.” BMW invests in the technicians they train, paying them an hourly rate throughout the program. Mancini explained that it would cost a dealership close to half a million dollars to train technicians on what they learn during their eight months in the program.

Alongside two instructors, who were graduates of the STEP program themselves, Mancini and his classmates were able to work on a number of high-end BMW’s, with the deconstruction and repair of a $125,000 hybrid vehicle being one of his personal favorites. He loved having the opportunity to work in a corporate facility that allowed him to see, and work on, the newest BMW models before the general public had access to them.

One of the things that stuck with him was BMW’s idea that “you can’t teach a good attitude, but you can teach skills”. He referenced a fellow classmate in the program who he thought embodied the motto, stating that the student came in with minimal hands-on experience, but showed up every day with a smile on his face and eager to learn. Before the program even ended, the student had a job offer lined up. “It just goes to show how far a good attitude can take you,” Mancini said.

While participating in the rigorous, five-days-a-week training program that began promptly at 8 am every morning, Mancini admitted there were times when he felt like packing up and going home. But when you have companies “that are literally fighting over you to hire you it helps put into perspective why you’re there.” And the effort paid off; he accepted a position at Wagner Motors in Worcester, MA as a Factory Trained BMW Technician, which he begins at the end of April. Mancini, though modest about his accomplishments at age 21, made sure to point out that determination is his key to success, “However hungry you are to get a job, that’s where you’re going to end up.”

For more information on BMW STEP, visit www.bmwstep.com.

(From L to R): Assistant Professor Ray Mann, Nick Mancini, Assistant Professors Manny Couto, Instructor Kevin DiGiovanni, and Steve Bova

(From L to R): Assistant Professor Ray Mann, Nick Mancini (2015 AUB grad), Assistant Professor Manny Couto, Instructor Kevin DiGiovanni, and Steve Bova

 

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Congratulations to Nick on his achievement!

Our Commencement Speaker for 2016 is…

BASKETBALL GREAT AND SPORTS COMMENTATOR BILL WALTON TO DELIVER NEW ENGLAND INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS

RHODE ISLAND BUSINESS LEADER KARL WADENSTEN TO BE HONORED

Bill Walton - Photo Courtesy of Pac-12 Networks

Bill Walton – Photo Courtesy of Pac-12 Networks

East Greenwich, RI – Former Boston Celtic and two-time NBA Champion Bill Walton will deliver New England Tech’s 2016 commencement address. Walton is considered to be one of the greatest basketball players in history, but it is his triumph over overwhelming adversity and his humanitarian work to help others that makes him a standout. A superstar student-athlete at UCLA, Walton had a Hall of Fame basketball career, and went on to excel in sports broadcasting. Along the way he immersed himself in a celebration of life, music and learning while facing life-altering challenges. Walton will share his inspiring story with New England Tech graduates during commencement on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Commencement begins at 11 a.m.

Walton is one of only four players in the history of basketball to win multiple NCAA and NBA championships and one of the few to ever lead the league in both rebounding and blocked shots in the same season. He helped UCLA to two national championships and 88 consecutive wins under famed coach John Wooden. He began his professional career with the Portland Trail Blazers as the number one overall pick in the 1974 NBA Draft and led them to the championship title in 1977. Injuries plagued Walton and, over the years, he missed more games than he played. He credits the Boston Celtics with giving him his life and career back when he joined them in 1985 after missing entire seasons due to injury. As the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, he helped the Celtics win the league Championship in 1986, and secured a place in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

After retiring from basketball Walton turned his sights to a career in sports broadcasting. He has received numerous broadcasting awards and currently works as a commentator for ESPN and the PAC 12 Network. Walton recently wrote a best-selling book about his triumph over adversity in sports and in life called Back from the Dead: Searching for the Sound, Shining the Light, and Throwing it Down. He also helped start a program that assists struggling spinal patients in recovering their health and lives. He volunteers with numerous non-profits including the Challenged Athletes Foundation which purchases wheelchairs and prosthetics to give injured athletes, soldiers and others a chance to participate in life through sports. He will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters during commencement in recognition of his achievements.

Karl Wadensten

Karl Wadensten

Rhode Island business leader will also be honored at commencement. Wadensten is president of VIBCO Vibrators, a company based in Wyoming, Rhode Island, that manufactures industrial and construction equipment for material handling, roadwork and tunnel jobs, food packaging and agriculture across the globe. Wadensten is also a member of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and sits on the Governor’s Lean Steering Committee which works to improve jobs and engage Rhode Island workers in problem solving. He also serves as the Mentoring Officer for a program that pairs Rhode Island business leaders with government leaders for learning, sharing and collaboration.

VIBCO is committed to producing products that are made in the USA and specifically in Rhode Island, but that’s not the only thing that sets it apart. Under Wadensten’s leadership, VIBCO has implemented thousands of employee ideas, aimed at improving products and customer experience. VIBCO’s model of operational excellence empowers employees and encourages them to work together at all levels to strive for improvement. It’s been so successful that organizations from all over the world travel to VIBCO to see how it works. VIBCO has opened its doors to more than six thousand business and community leaders and their employees, offering them an up close look at the inner workings of the company. Under Wadensten’s leadership, VIBCO has won numerous awards, including Best Places to Work in Rhode Island, by the Providence Business News. It was also the subject of a Harvard Business School study.

Wadensten is dedicated to making a positive difference far beyond the walls of his company. He supports the efforts of South County Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, the Animal Rescue League in Wakefield and numerous other organizations. His biggest commitment, next to VIBCO, is to the Young President’s Organization, an international organization working to create better company presidents through knowledge and information exchange. Wadensten will receive an honorary doctorate in recognition of his achievements during New England Tech’s commencement.

This year marks New England Institute of Technology’s 76th anniversary. More than one thousand students will receive associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

NEIT SkillsUSA team take home 7 Gold medals

SkillsUSA is national organization serving more than 264,500 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations.

SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. During the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 4,500 students compete in 77 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom.

NEIT is a postsecondary Chapter of SkillsUSA and on Thursday, March 24th RI SkillsUSA held their annual awards ceremony at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.  That night we found out who the winners were in their technical areas.  First place winners will go on to nationals in Louisville, KY to travel on to the nation championship in June to compete against other college students from all over the country.  There the students will compete against top students in their technical area from all over.

We are pleased to announce that we have 7 NEIT gold medalists going on to nationals this year.

Architectural Drafting

1st place: Michael Webb (2nd year in a row)

Crime Scene Investigation – 3 person team

1st place:  Shelby Mortin, Mikayla Guarino and Stas Belch

2nd place: Kyle Reis, Courtney Beauchamp and Bevin Bankston

Automotive Service Technology

1st place:  Justin Suttles

2nd place:  Stephen Harland

3rd place: Jason Driscoll

Industrial Motor Controls

1st place:  Zachary Miller

2nd place:  Edward DiPasquale

Construction

1st place:  Nicholas Brecken