The adage “it’s never too late” is proven again. Rose Zrake, age 87, will receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature during commencement at College of Staten Island on May 28. A dream that began decades ago is realized.
Kawsar Ibrahim, a student of the Macaulay Honors College, is graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and minors in Biochemistry, Chemistry and Studio Art. Kawsar’s parents originally emigrated from Egypt and settled in Brooklyn where Kawsar and her siblings were born.
The College of Staten Island athletics program celebrated another great year that was this evening, dishing out over 60 awards at its annual awards banquet held at The Vanderbilt at South Beach in Staten Island, New York. The annual event recognized the top performers and other distinguished award winners spanning CSI’s 15 intercollegiate programs.
In a story more suited for a Hollywood movie script than for collegiate conference championship, the College of Staten Island crammed a season’s worth of drama and late-game heroics into an afternoon, scoring two come-from-behind wins over Baruch College, 7-4, and 10-9 in 12 innings, to claim the 2015 CUNYAC Baseball Championship at MCU Ballpark in Brooklyn, NY.
Sean Thatcher, a senior with the Verrazano School Honors program at the College of Staten Island (CSI) was recently named a 2015 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, one of only 300 students nationwide to earn this prestigious distinction. A Biology major with Geology minor, Sean has been working with Dr.
The fourth annual CSI’s Got Talent competition featured a rich mosaic of student talent who brought their best to the spotlight at the sold-out event in the College of Staten Island’s Center for the Arts. Hosted by Sal Vulcano from TruTV’s Impractical Jokers and Jay Miller from Mid Evenings with Jay Miller, 12 student contestants went head-to-head for the grand prize of $2500, second place prize of $1000, and the $500 third place prize.
The College of Staten Island scored early, held on in the middle innings, and then broke things open late, scoring a three-peat as CUNYAC Champions with an 8-1 win over Hunter College in the 2015 Pepsi/CUNYAC Softball Championship played at the CSI Softball Complex this afternoon.
Anton Mararenko, Class of 2015, Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island earned the prestigious CUNY Jonas E. Salk Scholarship. The Salk scholarship identifies students entering the fields of medicine and the biological sciences who are most likely to make an impact on medicine and research.
STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE — StarTalk, a late-night talk show about all things geeky with host Neil deGrasse Tyson made its debut with a look at the legacy of “Star Trek.”College of Staten Island professor Charles Liu, a guest on the show, comfortably held his own discussing the finer points of warp drive with Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History where the show takes place.
CSI’s Got Talent is a student talent show featuring CSI’s most talented musicians, dancers, singers and instrumentalists. The competition is judged by CSI faculty, staff and students. The event will once again be hosted by Sal Vulcano from TruTV’s Impractical Jokers and Jay Miller from Mid Evenings with Jay Miller.
Michael Cooper: Masked Marvels & Wondertales brings a brilliant one-man extravaganza that will enchant young and old alike with its eye-popping theatrics, dazzling imagery, and stunning disguises. Right before children’s eyes, Cooper transforms himself into a giant, a baby, a giant sneezing nose, a bubble-blowing fish, a galloping horse—all with the aid of his exquisite handcrafted paper and cloth theatrical masks.
Light-Powered Gyroscope is World’s Smallest: Promises a Powerful Spin on Navigation TechnologiesA pair of light waves – one zipping clockwise the other counterclockwise around a microscopic track – may hold the key to creating the world’s smallest gyroscope: one a fraction of the width of a human hair.
STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE — Kristin Golat of Westerleigh has been named an inspirational Staten Islander. She received 30.27 percent of the 1,391 votes cast. Coming in second place, with 28.54 percent of the vote, was Greg Hansen of Tottenville. Hansen rode his bike from San Diego to Staten Island ultimately raising $140,000 for clean water in Africa.
STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE — Divina Wiley’s dream college was Boston’s Northeastern University, but even with a partial scholarship, she realized she’d have to take out a sizeable student loan. So when she applied to the College of Staten Island, and was accepted into CSI’s Macaulay Honors program, she said she “just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to graduate debt-free.”The CSI senior hasn’t regretted her decision; in fact, as a psychology and Spanish major, she even had the opportunity to study abroad in Spain, something, she said, she likely wouldn’t have been able to afford to do at another school.
STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE — A longtime Staten Island educator will run a $150 million program designed to support the city’s struggling schools. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday that Staten Island high schools superintendent Aimee Horowitz will oversee the massive effort to turn around 94 institutions.
The New York Times bestselling author Dana Goldstein gave a lecture at the College of Staten Island (CSI) discussing her book The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession (Doubleday, September 2014). Hosted by the CSI School of Education, the lecture event drew more than 200 people from the campus and Staten Island community to learn more about her groundbreaking history of 175 years of American education, which the author feels may help find answers in the past to the controversies that plague public schools today.
The College of Staten Island has launched its second year of student service in the non-profit sector with the CUNY Service Corps. While participating in the program, students will be building professional skills by engaging in work that addresses the City’s most pressing needs.
Scott Savitt, former correspondent for the LA Times and United Press International (UPI) in Beijing, who covered the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, visited the College of Staten Island last semester to discuss these significant historic events of political dissent. This inspired Professor Ann Daly to create a project for her editorial design class where students made their own poster designs using several of Savitt’s images of Chinese protestors.
Brian Kateman, cofounder of the reducetarian movement, presented his initiative at The City University of New York’s historic TEDx event last semester. The initiative urges regular, everyday omnivores to simply reduce their meat consumption. Kateman referred to reducetarians as “a community of individuals who are committed to eating less meat for the benefit of themselves and the environment.”Kateman, who graduated from the College of Staten Island’s Macaulay Honors program with a degree in Biology in 2011, was also CSI’s Salutatorian.
Geraldo Rivera returned to the Willowbrook neighborhood of Staten Island, NY to be the speaker at the College of Staten Island’s (CSI) Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work commencement ceremony in May 2014. The graduates from this newly accredited program were so impressive, their chosen profession so vital, that Rivera was inspired to establish The Geraldo Rivera Fund for Social Work and Disability Studies at the College.