Surgical Technology Students Sharpen Their Skills in Europe

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Surgical Students Caitlyn Turenne, Krystal Andrade, and Tracy Fortes

This past summer three ambitious and adventurous Surgical Technology (ST) students traveled to Europe to observe surgical techniques used at hospitals in Italy and Lithuania. Each of the students researched, planned and financed their own trips. The Surgical Technology faculty are proud of these students for taking the initiative to study abroad. Here’s a recap of their learning experiences:

 

Tracy Fortes: “I completed my Pre-Med fellowship program at Kauno Klinikos Hospital in Kaunas, Lithuania, where I stayed for three weeks. It was my first time traveling to Europe so I was extremely excited. As part of my program, I observed an Aortic Valve Replacement. The anesthesiologist was the only person in the operating room who understood English so he explained the procedure and the patient’s background. I got to watch this amazing surgery front and center. I learned about their surgical procedures and noticed that some of the set-up techniques were slightly different, but the sterile techniques were the same. I also had the opportunity to attend a pain management lecture with the Nephrology Department. I did a lot of shadowing on the hospital floor in the Pediatric ICU, Cardiovascular and Nephrology departments and learned more about the anatomy of the human body. I learned a lot about myself and the role I want to partake in the medical field. I got to experience and learn about a different culture.”

 

Krystal Andrade and Caitlyn Turenne:We took our first trip to Europe and completed a medical fellowship where we observed various procedures for four weeks. We stayed at an old military hospital that was converted into apartments. The building was very interesting and had so much history. We shadowed at a hospital in a small city in Trieste, Italy. The hospital was called Cattinara and it’s the city’s general hospital. Each week we shadowed a different wing of this hospital. During our third week we observed various surgeries and many different techniques. The atmosphere in the operating room was a little more relaxed than it is here.  We learned from this experience that being part of a health care team, whether you work on the patient floors or in the operating room, everyone works together for one specific goal and that is to give the best care to each patient.”

Film starring and co-produced by NEIT grad Screening Tonight 10/23 at 7:00 pm Showcase Cinema Warwick, RI

Screening Tonight – Oct 23 at 7:00 pm Showcase Cinema Warwick, RI

Movie poster of Adam Carbone - Randy Canvas screening - Rhode IslandNew England Institute of Technology graduate Adam Carbone has co-produced and plays the lead role in a new film titled “Randy’ Canvas.” It is being screened on Monday, October 23 at 7:00 pm at the Showcase Cinemas Warwick Mall.

Proceeds from Randy’s Canvas to benefit The Autism Project, RI

The film revolves around a high-functioning autistic character named Randy, who is trying to get his artwork displayed in an art gallery. His pursuit turns into an obsession, along with his relationship with a female who is involved in a relationship with another man.

The film was shot in various locations in Rhode Island in the summer of 2016, including scenes shot at New England Tech. Carbone spends time in both Rhode Island and Los Angeles. He grew up in Cranston and received a degree in video and audio production from New England Tech before he moved to L.A. to pursue his film career.

The film was directed and co-written by Sean Michael Beyer. It was Beyer who thought of Carbone for the role of Randy. Carbone then suggested making the movie in Rhode Island.

Carbone and Beyer have worked together on other projects, including a cooking show. For this project, they wanted to be respectful of the subject matter. They spent time researching autism and meeting with young adults and teens to talk about how autism should and should not be portrayed.

“Randy’s Canvas” will be at Showcase Cinemas Warwick Mall, 400 Bald Hill Road, Warwick, at 7 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $10 and are available at randyscanvas.brownpapertickets.com.

Content in this blog was sourced from the film’s website: http://www.randyscanvas.org/, its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1735084290126152/, and from an article posted in the Providence Journal on October 19:  http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20171019/ri-filmed-randys-canvas-to-be-screened-in-warwick

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NEIT to Host Paranormal Researcher and Investigator Thomas D’Agostino

Legends and Haunts of New EnglandImage of Paranormal Researcher and Investigator Thomas D’Agostino - speaker at New England Tech - Rhode Island

Join us Wednesday, October 25, for an evening of the otherworldly and supernatural, as the famed paranormal researcher and investigator Tom D’Agostino takes us deep into the realm of “Legends and Haunts of New England.”

Tom is a well-known figure in the paranormal community all over New England. He’ll take us on a journey to some of the most haunted places in New England. Bara-Hack, The Victorian, John York House, Belcourt Castle, an 1801 farm in Thompson, The Tavern on Main and more.

Tom’s unique presentation will use videos, pictures, electronic voice phenomenon, and some as yet undisclosed, amusing events. The event is sponsored by NEIT Library & Information Commons

  • When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: New England Tech | 1 New England Tech Boulevard | East Greenwich, RI 02818
  • Location: Media Presentation Theater, Room N106
  • Hospitality: Light refreshments will be served

Free Public Event

Speaker Bio
Tom D’Agostino is an educator and author of several published books on ghosts and legends of New England and has been a paranormal researcher/investigator for 35 years with more than 1,200 investigations to his credit in both the public and the private sector. His books have prompted several PBS series, documentaries and television shows in which he has appeared. Tom and his wife Arlene Nicholson constantly travel the region in search of the countless mysteries and haunts that make New England so rich in legend and history. Tom is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a degree in Political Science, and he studied music, history, and business as minors. Tom also builds and plays musical instruments from the Medieval, Renaissance periods and present.

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New England Tech Vet Tech Program Earns National Ranking

New England Institute of Technology’s Associate in Science degree program in Veterinary Technology was ranked 35 out of 221 accredited programs in the U.S. by The Best Colleges whose mission is to help match prospective students to those accredited colleges and universities that best fit their academic goals.

According to The Best Colleges, it selected the top colleges and universities that provide hands-on learning with a variety of animal species. Other factors considered were admissions rate, loan default rate, retention rate, graduation rate and the percent of students enrolled in online classes which are all common predictors of future student success and a school’s commitment to its students.  

All data points were taken from information provided by New England Tech to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), a resource maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics.

One of the reasons NEIT’s Veterinary Technology program received an impressive ranking by The Best Colleges was because of the university’s commitment to practical, experienced-based learning. NEIT Vet Tech students gain real-world experience working two days a week at the Pets in Need (PIN) Veterinary Clinic in Riverside, RI. The Clinic offers services to low-income pet owners at a 70 percent discount. The PIN Clinic opened in June 2016. Within 48 hours, it received 106 calls from people who were unable to afford the veterinary care their pets desperately needed. Today, thirty veterinarians volunteer time to help PIN’s pets and their owners.

 

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New England Tech Hosts Summit of Self-Driving Car Companies, including GM and Lyft

New England Tech recently played host to an automobile and high-tech transit summit of the future. A range of companies that are in the process of designing and building self-driving cars and other advanced transit technologies converged in Rhode Island to share ideas, visions of the future – and to get a tour of locations around the state where they can test their prototype models.

New England Tech was selected to host the summit because of its national reputation and top rankings for its automotive technology degree programs.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation invited these companies and other researchers in the advanced automobile technology and transit sectors in an effort to attract leading-edge automotive innovations to the state. According to R.I. Transportation Director Peter Alviti, this summit is the first of an ongoing series to be held.

The state of Rhode Island has invited these companies and transit researchers to submit proposals for their high-tech transit projects to be tested in the state in October.

Representatives from carmaker General Motors and ride-hailing app Lyft were among the speakers. The conference was followed by a tour the following day for attendees to such possible test locations as the future Pawtucket/Central Falls transit center, downtown Providence, and the Quonset Business Park, among other locations.

For the third time in this past year, NEIT was nationally recognized for the quality of its automotive degree programs. Most recently, NEIT was one of just nine schools nationally – and the only one in New England – to receive a Tier I Rating for Collision Repair by the Collision Repair Education Foundation.

 

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New England Tech Grad Brian Bouyea Wins Best Film at Providence 48 Film Project

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[Brian is in the center of the picture]

New England Institute of Technology graduate Brian Bouyea – screenwriter, and founder and executive director of Root Beer Studios, cleaned up at this year’s 2017 Providence RI 48 Film Project for his film Homestead.

Brian’s winning entry will be going on to screen at Filmapalooza 2018 in Paris, France.

The western genre film he directed took numerous top awards – most notably “Best Film.” His production was also awarded in the categories of best sound design, best editing, best cinematography, best and best acting.

The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which a team makes a movie – write, shoot, and edit – in just 48 hours. On Friday night, teams draw a genre from a hat. They are then given a character, prop and line to include in their films. On Sunday night, in a wild dash to the drop off event, the film is turned in. The films are then screened in front of an audience of filmmakers, friends, and families.

Brian is no novice filmmaker. He was director and screenwriter of the suspense thriller Famous, which explores the desire within humanity to become more than who we really are. He was also director and screenwriter of The Network, a terrifying film that follows a sadistic serial killer who stalks and murders young high school students through a social networking site known as MyFriends; and wrote and directed the 2015 film The Case of the Open Door.

Brian’s Root Beer Studios is an independent motion picture company based in Rhode Island. With the mission of “Making Modern Movies Classic,” Root Beer Studios has produced feature-length films, film festival shorts, and countless client videos.

Brian says that he’s had a passion for acting, art, and filmmaking all of his life. A 2012 graduate of New England Tech, he holds an Associate degree in Audio and Video Production. He’s in love with the spirit of independent filmmaking and the opportunity it’s given him to tell his stories to the world.

 

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NEIT’s Annual Health Sciences Fair – Wednesday, October 25, 2017

New England Tech Career Services Office will be hosting the annual Health Sciences Fair on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, for NEIT students and alumni. This event will be held at the East Greenwich Campus, 3rd floor in Tech Way from 9:30 am to 12 pm.

This is an excellent opportunity to network with potential employers! Students from all quarters and alumni from the following technologies are encouraged to attend:

Attending companies (as of 10/5/2017):

AccessPoint RI – Cranston, RI

BAYADA Home Health Care – Providence, RI

CharterCARE – North Providence, RI

Children’s Friend – Providence, RI

Coastal Medical – Providence, RI

CODAC Behavioral Healthcare, Cranston, RI

Community Care Alliance – Woonsocket, RI

Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, New London, CT

Mass Eye & Ear – Boston, Massachusetts

Meeting Street – Providence, RI

Professional Ambulance – Providence, RI

Seven Hills RI – Woonsocket, RI

South County Health – Wakefield, RI

South Shore Health System – Weymouth, MA

Tender Touch Rehab Services – Multiple Locations

Thundermist Health Center – Warwick, RI

University Medicine – Providence, RI

University Orthopedics – Providence, RI

Westerly Health Center – Westerly, RI

Westerly Hospital – Westerly, RI

Wingate Healthcare – Needham, MA

Yale New Haven Health Care – New Haven, CT

 

 

*Please note: This event is for NEIT students and graduates only and is not open to the public

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New England Tech to Train Fiat Chrysler Automotive Technicians to Combat Technician Shortage

The Center for Technology and Industry at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) – in cooperation with Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA US LLC) – has established an FCA Performance Training Center at NEIT’s Access Road campus in Warwick, RI.

In collaboration with the FCA Performance Institute, NEIT instructors will receive FCA-specific training relating to the service and maintenance of FCA vehicles. In turn, NEIT faculty will instruct FCA dealer technicians employed throughout the FCA distributor network.

“We’re delighted that New England Institute of Technology will join our efforts to increase the number of automotive instructors who’ll train new and existing service technicians in our U.S. dealership network,” said John Fox, Director of the FCA Performance Institute. “Enlisting the help of New England Tech is another step that Fiat Chrysler is taking to combat the industry shortage of trained service technicians.”

FCA logosCurrent Fiat Chrysler classes focus on the Fundamentals of Gas Engines as well as noise, vibration, and harshness training. Future plans include the enhanced training of NEIT instructors so that they can deliver additional FCA programs to dealer technicians. These training programs benefit FCA dealers since New England Tech instructors help expedite the training process of new-hire technicians through important phases of their original equipment manufacturer (OEM) training.

“Students enrolled in New England Tech’s Automotive Technology degree programs benefit from our relationship with FCA since we can incorporate emerging technology into our curriculum,” says Steven Kitchin, NEIT Vice President for Corporate Education and Training.

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10 College Hacks for Freshmen

 

Starting your freshman year at New England Tech? Chances are, pretty much everyone has given you advice on what to do – whether you asked or not! Don’t skip classes (of course). Get involved (yup, easy one). Get to know your professors (sure). All good tips, right? Well, here are some additional college hacks that nobody may have recommended — and that’ll help you get the most of your freshmen year.

Let’s start a conversation. What do you think of these hacks, and what other suggestions do you have for your fellow freshman classmates?

  1. Take a pic of your course schedule and keep it on your phone. That way, you’ll never have to think twice about where you need to be and when.
  2. Make at least one friend in every class, so if you can’t make a class, you can always get the notes and not fall behind.
  3. Speaking of notes, take lots of them. And get involved in class discussions. Chances are if you do both, you’ll perform better.
  4. Consider recording lectures and “how to” discussions in our labs, and then listen to them at 1.5 times the speed. Listening again will help you absorb more of the material, and playing it back at a faster rate will save you time.
  5. Maybe a no brainer — but make time for exercise. Too many students don’t. Hitting the gym (or the road if you run or even just walk) helps burn off stress. Not only does this increase your ability to focus, but it will also help you fend off that “freshman 15.”
  6. Heavy sleeper? Drop your cell phone into an empty glass to amplify the alarm at o’dark hundred.
  7. Use a planner to stay on top of your assignments and due dates. Break down big projects into manageable chunks and give each part a due date. No one wants to remember – and dread –a big project looming over their head.
  8. Make the most of your space. Invest in a couple of under-the-bed storage containers to store items you don’t use regularly.
  9. Use the timer on your phone. Often. That 5-minute break from studying you promised yourself could quickly turn into 50 if you start surfing the web or social media in search of shiny objects that distract you from your study time. Set a timer and stick to it.
  10. Ask about student discounts when shopping. Many stores offer discounts to students — not all advertise them. It never hurts to ask.

There are dozens of more hacks that can be recommended. Share your favorite ones and pass these along.

 

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Construction/Design Networking Night

Image from the 2016 Construction/Design Networking Night

The Career Services Office will be hosting the 2nd annual Construction/Design Networking Night on Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 4 pm to 6 pm on the East Greenwich Campus. This event is an opportunity for students and alumni from Architectural/Building Engineering
Building Construction/Cabinetmaking TechnologyCivil Engineering TechnologyConstruction Management, and Interior Design to meet with employers from the industry in a casual setting. Our students are always looking for ways to network with companies and learn about future opportunities, and Networking Night offers a chance to do just that, with 30 different companies from around the region!

*This event is open only to NEIT students and alumni.

Companies signed up to attend as of 9/12/2017:

If you would like additional information about this event, please contact Caitlin Beagan at cbeagan@neit.edu.