What’s Happening in Globesville?

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NYIT’s new 24/7 entertainment destination, Globesville, is being re-launched on April 25th to a large audience of both students and faculty. The program was created by Professor Don Fizzinoglia of the Communication Arts Department, allows current students and alumni to interact over a wide host of topics and post their content for everyone in the NYIT community to see. Starting last fall, Globesville incorporates not only the Communication Arts department, but every major involved at NYIT.  With two classes offered during the week, it gives students the opportunity to create and demonstrate their ideas to a potentially large audience.”The focus of Globesville is to connect alumni and current students of all the NYIT campuses together,” said Professor Fizzinoglia. “How it’ll work is that there will be content streaming from our Old Westbury Campus and mobile devices to check in and comment, similar to how Skype is.”

All of the work conducted on the site is original content, showcasing student’s current work along with their alumni counterpart, such as designs for a new, energy efficient building to techniques for a healthier body.  There are plans for Globesville to develop an application for smartphones in the near future. “It would give us a sizeable advantage in order to get content out there.” saysProfessor Fizzinoglia. “We can easily update content on a regular basis for everyone to see.”

Professor Fizzinoglia, along with new adjunct professor George Weiner, eventually hope to produce sufficient content to enable Globesville to stream on a 24/7 basis, with a wide arrange of topics from sports to politics. “We have over 1,700 minutes of content uploaded currently on the site and is watched among 1,600 students, faculty, and alumni in the past few months,” said Professor Weiner. “The way we obtain information has changed dramatically and Globesville reflects that universal change.”

The concept of Globesville doesn’t just apply to Communication Arts majors; in fact, it incorporates all aspects of business, marketing, design, and engineering. “Globesville, in a sense, allows you to prepare for the real world,” Professor Weiner said when asked about Globesville reach outside Communication Arts. “It allows for real world experience to be applied and that in turn causes an increase in your job marketability.  Without those extra skill sets, especially in this day of age, most people would be looked past when applying for a job,” he adds.  The location of the class, which is in Education Hall’s LI News Tonight- the nightly student-produced TV newscast that was part of NYIT for over 25 years- serves as a fitting reminder to Professor Weiner. “It allows you to see how the old model of media failed and why the new one has been so successful,” he says.

About 35 students are involved in Globesville this semester, including senior Vinny Caccavale. He and a few other students are planning to release a sports orientated show on the Globesville website within the next few weeks. When asked about the prospects the program can provide for students interested in the media and communication field, he had this to say: “Education with real world stuff,” he says, “I treat it as a job as Professor Fizzinoglia expects us to do and it gives us an opportunity to work on a sports show, something I want to do in the future.”

The re-launch of Globesville will happen on April 25th in the Athletics Hall of Fame Lobby during free hour, with free food and live entertainment to showcase the work students have done for the program.  To view more content, visit their website at www.Globesville.com and see all the work done by NYIT  students and alumni.

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