NEIT graduate produces video series to combat Domestic Violence

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the movement for “No More Domestic Violence”, New England Tech Digital Media Production graduate Neil Guliano joined forces with Ten Men to produce a series of digital stories aimed at combating domestic violence.

from Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence website:

The Ten Men 2015 Digital Stories series features current members, all local Rhode Island men, sharing their stories about why preventing domestic violence is important to them and why they joined Ten Men.

The following digital stories were filmed, edited, and produced by Neil Guliano (NEIT Digital Media Production student), a 2015 Ten Men member.

To continue watching more of Neil’s Video Series OR learn more about Ten Men and the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Click Here.

Save the Date: Power Game Day 10/23/2015!

The 6th Annual NEIT Power Game Day is approaching! Set for October 23th, the day-long event features guest speakers from the game industry, the Student Showcase of Games and a marathon game tournament. All Video Game Development and Design/Game Development Simulation classes will be canceled that day so all students can attend this important event. Save the date!

Summer Game Jam 2015

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The 2015 Summer Game Jam took place August 9th and 10th, for 24 continuous hours. Thirty‐three students made working games from concept through completion on in this year’s event.

One team broke from the video game tradition, creating a full table card game, adding a new dimension to the mix. This year’s theme, ”Which came first: the chicken or the egg,” spurred the seven teams to create a wide variety of game concepts.

The next Jam will be the 48 hour Global Game Jam, January 29‐30, 2016. Save the dates!

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Iyaz, NEIT Grad performs on The Today Show

New England Tech graduate, Iyaz released his latest single #Alive.

“Alive” Featuring Nash of HOT CHELLE RAE; Performed on THE TODAY SHOW September 28th.

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NEIT student named a Changemaker Fellow

New England Institute of Technology is proud to have one of our Video Game Design students, Tom Sulahian named a Changemaker Fellow.  Tom was one of only eleven, Rhode Island college students to be given such an honor. Congratulations, Tom!

From: The Changemaker Fellowship | SE Greenhouse

The Changemaker Fellowship is a program for undergraduate student leaders in Rhode Island who want to change the world through entrepreneurship. A Fellow is selected at each of the 11 Rhode Island college and universities to represent their school. Together, the Fellows are charged with engaging their fellow students in entrepreneurship and connecting them to local resources to help them succeed.

Tom Sulahian, Changemaker Fellow at the New England Institute of Technology

Tom Sulahian is a junior at the New England Institute of Technology studying video game design. Tom is from Arlington, Massachusetts and is passionate about video game violence and children. Thomas was raised by a single father who had his mind set on being an entrepreneur. Tom learned a lot about entrepreneurship through watching his dad. In his free time, Tom enjoys being with his friends, long boarding, and driving. He is excited about becoming a Changemaker Fellow because helping others comes naturally to him. Tom wants to change the world through play. He thinks that sometimes a game is the best way to bring people together.

He took a few minutes to share her thoughts on what it means to change the world through entrepreneurship.

What does being a changemaker mean to you?

A changemaker is somebody who can make a difference and an impact whether it’s in their small community or a larger community as a whole. It’s always good if you can start small. Eventually, that will work its way out. A changemaker is someone who can start with one person and work their way out to many.

What is the best part about starting something new?

Starting something new is a nice change from the usual rut. It’s nice to be able to do something that will break up the monotony of going to class, sitting through class, doing homework. Somewhere in there you have to do something that means something instead of sitting in front of a computer all day thinking “I should do something with my life,” but never getting a chance to actually do it. Starting something new is a great way to keep things fresh and keep things exciting, too.

What is your favorite thing about Providence that makes it a great place to start things?

I love Waterfire. They’re awesome. Starting something in Providence makes sense because it’s kind of the hub of Rhode Island. Rhode Island is so small that so many people just kind of end up there. It’s easy to reach a lot of people in such a small space. That’s the best way to make a change.

What is one issue or topic that you are most passionate about and why?

The issue of video game violence and children is really important to me. Being a game design student, I see video game violence on a regular basis. It’s weird when it’s sensationalized in the media in a weird way. They always ignore the fact that the parents still buy their children the games. It’s not the games themselves so much as the parent purchasing something like Call of Duty and giving it to their child that interests me. Parents shouldn’t be buying those types of games for their children. This is something I really care about, and something we talk about a lot as video game designers. Some people are mixed on it, but I definitely feel like the parents have to lock down on the decision making.

How do you want to change the world?

I want to change the world any way I can. We’re only here for 80 or 90 years. I want to make an impact somewhere along the line. I don’t necessarily want to be remembered, that’s not really want it’s about. I want to do something that will stick with society after I leave so that way at least I’m not just written on a headstone and that’s it.

What is your biggest dream?

My biggest dream is to one day be a manager at a game design company, preferably an indie one because big companies tend to not enjoy their employees as much and screw them out of benefits and stuff. Being a manager or an owner of an indie game company would be awesome because then I can kind of work on my own terms that way.

Read about the other Changemaker Fellows here.

NEIT Gaming Students Present Games at MIT

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Assistant Professor, David Johnson (DJ) took his Video Game Design and Development (VGDD) class to the Boston Festival of Indie Games on September 12th. VGDD Senior Project – The “Nu” Class (14th greek letter) had to present their capstone games at the festival  which was held on the MIT campus in Cambridge. New England Tech’s four teams rotated through the booth during the six-hour event with the goal of trying to get 100 players and user feedback.

Team One had a multiplayer “capture the flag” game called Block Island Bots.

Team Two featured a mobile device game called ”Human Cannonball” The objective of this game was to dodge mid-air obstacles and capture coins.

Team Three presented Grand Techno Rush, a racing game with an interesting musical effect.

Team Four offered a dark stealth game called Agent Scorpion. The event gives each team the experience of crafting release quality games for a rabid player audience.

Gamasutra – Press Releases – Boston Festival of Indie Games 2015 Receives Over 200 Tabletop & Video Game Showcase Submissions!

About the Boston Festival of Indie Games ( www.bostonfig.com )

The Boston Festival of Indie Games is a celebration of independent game development with emphasis on the New England and neighboring regions. The Boston Festival of Indie Games seeks to support and showcase the efforts of independent game developers by providing an inclusive, safe, family-friendly event that encourages attendees to share and interact with games in various media, from video games to tabletop games and beyond. The Boston Festival of Indie Games is focused on creating an intersection between community, academic and development interests in game play.

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NEIT to Host Two Open Houses, Criminal Justice & Automotive

Automotive Career Open House, Wednesday September 23, 2015, 3:00-6:00 pm

Criminal Justice Open House, Thursday, September 24, 2015, 1:00-5:00 pm

EAST GREENWICH, RI – Individuals interested in learning more about New England Institute of Technology’s (NEIT) Automotive and Criminal Justice Technology programs are invited to attend its upcoming open houses. Tours of the innovative, hands-on labs and classrooms will be conducted. Faculty, students, graduates, as well as Admissions, Financial Aid and Career Services representatives will be on hand to answer questions.

The Automotive Career Open House will be held at the college’s Warwick, Rhode Island  campus located at 101 Access Road. NEIT offers Associate in Science degree programs that include Automotive Technology, Automotive Technology with High Performance, and Auto Body/Collision Repair as well as a Bachelor of Science degree program in Automotive Service Management. Individuals will hear about the exciting career opportunities within the automotive industry and NEIT’s hands-on approach to learning. The college’s NEW Automotive Scholarships will also be revealed.

To RSVP to the Automotive Career Open House, please visit www.neit.edu/AutoCareer

or call the Admissions office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, or email NEITAdmisisons@neit.edu. To learn more about New England Tech’s automotive programs, visit www.neit.edu.

The Criminal Justice Open House will be held at NEIT’s Warwick, Rhode Island campus at 65 Access Road. The college offers Associate in Science degree and Bachelor of Science degree programs in Criminal Justice Technology.  In March, 2015, NEIT launched its flexible Criminal Justice Hybrid Bachelor of Science degree program designed for busy working professionals. This new hybrid program offers fully on-line courses while combining on-line activities with face-to-face classroom and lab experiences.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet faculty to learn about the various Criminal Justice Technology programs and to tour the college’s unique forensics and criminal justice facilities.

To RSVP to the Criminal Justice Open House, please visit www.neit.edu/cj or call the Admissions office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu. To learn more about New England Tech’s Criminal Justice programs, visit www.neit.edu.

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Since 1940, New England Tech has provided employer driven education to its students through more than 50 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and on-line degree programs.

Listen to NEIT’s Paul Harden’s radio interview

New England Tech’s Transportation Technologies Department Chair, Paul Harden was recently interviewed by WPRO’s Gene Valicenti about the average age of today’s vehicles and the required knowledge to service them. Then Paul talked to Gene again about the best and worst vehicles of 2015. Paul followed that up with an interview with Kim Kalunian about 2015 American Consumer Satisfaction Index survey that says American’s are dissatisfied with their vehicles.

Below is Paul’s interview with Kim Kalunian, which aired on August 26, 2015.

Below is Paul’s interview with Gene Valicenti, which aired on July 30, 2015.

Below is Paul’s interview with Gene Valicenti, which aired on September 3, 2015.

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Business Management Graduates Share Their Experiences

Pictured from left, seated: Panelists Terri Sardelli, Marianne Solsberg, Keith Thompson and Lester Laracuente. Standing: Students Evelyn Pardo, Kyla Broomfield, Peter Cauchon, Luis Calderon, Cody Drew, Timothy Gatzke, Jorge Pinto, Jamal Brooks and Associate Professor Elizabeth Hoch. Panelists not pictured: Jennie DeSantis, Maria Bourski and Ed Carlson.

Pictured from left, seated: Panelists Terri Sardelli, Marianne Solsberg, Keith Thompson and Lester Laracuente. Standing: Students Evelyn Pardo, Kyla Broomfield, Peter Cauchon, Luis Calderon, Cody Drew, Timothy Gatzke, Jorge Pinto, Jamal Brooks and Associate Professor Elizabeth Hoch. Panelists not pictured: Jennie DeSantis, Maria Bourski and Ed Carlson.

Business Management Technology (MGT) students conducted two alumni panel discussions as part of their lab work in a newly redesigned course, MGM 198 Business Management Practice Lab as taught by Associate Professor Elizabeth Hoch. The curriculum provides students the opportunity to manage projects and to work in teams to plan events. For this project, students wrote biographies of the panelists and devised panelist questions, ordered refreshments, and took photos of the participants. Speaking with the graduates was the highlight of the project because students wanted to know “what it’s really like out there.”

The day class hosted five MGT bachelor degree graduates: Denise Provost ’14, financial aid officer at NEIT; Bob Larrabee  ‘06, senior account executive at NEIT’s Center for Technology and Industry; Elizabeth Scotto ’07, human resources generalist at Brown University and MBA graduate from Johnson & Wales University; MGT associate degree graduates Anthony Badessa  ‘14, director of e-commerce and store manager at Diamond Legends; and Lucas Wilbur ‘12, supervisor of environmental systems in the environmental office of the Rhode Island Army National Guard.  As Scotto stated, “You may be overwhelmed with classes, homework, and exams, but remember to take one day at a time. Paraphrasing from Nelson Algren’s novel A Walk on the Wild Side, Scotto said,  “Inch by inch, life’s a cinch; yard by yard, life is hard.”

The evening students hosted bachelor’s grads Marianne Solsberg, ’05, a special education teacher at Hope High School, a MGT adjunct faculty member, and a master’s degree graduate from Johnson & Wales University; Terri Sardelli ‘08, a former buyer at Yardney Technical Products; Lester Laracuente ‘13, owner and operator of Meticulous Paintless Dent Removal; Keith Thompson ‘08, IT training and development specialist at Brown University; Jennie DeSantis, ’05, executive director of player development at Foxwoods Resort Casino and a MBA graduate from Johnson & Wales University; associate degree MGT grad, Maria Bourski ‘13, a human resource coordinator at Hasbro, Inc.; and Ed Carlson, manager of player development at Foxwoods and a MBA graduate from the University of New Haven.

 “It was a good experience for the business management students to be acquainted with the alumni and see where they are today,” observed one student.  “I learned that anything is possible and having a degree is more important than I thought,” stated another student. As Dr. Karen Whalen-Berry, Business Management Technology department chair concurred, “Any management curriculum will provide an understanding and ask you to explain how to, in this case, effectively manage projects.  Much more important and at the heart of NEIT’s business management degree programs is practicing the skills and being able to actually complete the task, or to practice effective management of a project.”

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Criminal Justice Students visit Boston

25a-CJ Club  Page 6On May 15, 2015, the NEIT Criminal Justice Club took a field trip to Boston to visit the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Police Memorial. This trip coincided with National Police Memorial Day. The memorial, located in Ashbury Park, is just steps away from the Massachusetts State House. The names of all Massachusetts police officers killed in the line of duty are inscribed on the memorial including the most recent name to be added, that of Off. Sean Collier of the MIT Police Department who was killed by the terrorists responsible for the Boston Marathon Bombings.  A police officer is killed in the line of duty in the United States approximately every 56 hours.  May, 2015, saw 16 line of duty deaths nationwide.  The students also visited the finish line of the Boston Marathon, which has taken on a new meaning since the events of April, 2013.

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