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.
The Hit Men are a collection of hit-makers whose friendships and individual record successes have been interweaving with each other for most of their lives. This group of performers consists of Lee Shapiro, Gerry Polci, Jimmy Ryan, Larry Gates, and Russ Velazquez.
Most donor recipients do not usually get the chance to meet the strangers who saved their lives on national television, but that is just what Joseph Yannantuono did on Good Morning America, as he was introduced to Justin Jenkins, the man who donated his stem cells to save Yannantuono just 21 months earlier.
The Northfield Bank Foundation was honored by College of Staten Island (CSI) President Dr. William J. Fritz and the CSI Foundation in appreciation of their generous support of the Student Internship Stipend Program at CSI. The Career and Scholarship Center at the College manages the program, which pays for student internships at local nonprofit organizations on Staten Island.
Artist and professor Michael Mandiberg gathers with Secretary of State John Kerry and co-honorees in Washington, DCA leading educator at The City University of New York’s (CUNY) College of Staten Island (CSI) was recognized during a recent Washington, DC gala as one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014.”Michael Mandiberg, an Associate Professor in CSI’s Department of Media Culture in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, was selected for the distinction by Foreign Policy (FP) magazine for his work on Art+Feminism, an initiative focused on bolstering a more balanced presentation of art, feminism, gender studies, and LGBTQ issues on Wikipedia.
The Ebola crisis in the United States has been met with a response that has obscured the suffering faced by the most affected countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. On Tuesday, November 25 at 7:00pm in the College of Staten Island’s Center for the Arts, the Department of Sociology & Anthropology presents a free public forum that will address many of the issues made evident by the outbreak, and the global risks it poses.
The College of Staten Island Foundation’s Fifth Annual Celestial Ball will be held at the Richmond County Country Club on Saturday, December 6. The reception will begin at 6:30pm, followed by dinner and the program. The goal of the Celestial Ball is to raise much-needed funds to benefit all aspects of the College—from support for students and faculty through infrastructure and everyday needs.
It was clear from his Commencement address that 2012 CSI Salutatorian Daniel Feldman was on the correct track, headed for success in whatever field he chose. During the address, which impressed so much that CSI President Dr. William J. Fritz quoted it during his 2013 Commencement address, Feldman discussed the “Imposter Syndrome.” A term coined by Pauline and Suzanne Imes in 1978, it refers to a phenomenon in which people are unable to believe that they deserve the success they achieve.