College of Staten Island

ARP Holds First Annual Luncheon

June 10, 2010 | College of Staten Island

The Academy of Retired Professors recently held its inaugural luncheon in the Campus Center Park Café, providing a warm and friendly atmosphere for retired faculty to socialize, catch up, share a delicious buffet lunch, and plan the future course of the organization.
CSI President Dr. Tomás Morales addressed the attendees and stressed the importance of exploring ways in which the faculty emeriti could become more involved with the College.

When Preparing Students for International Business CSI Is “All Over the Map”

June 9, 2010 | College of Staten Island

With U.S. businesses of all sizes increasingly involved in global commerce, CSI’s International Business program is, literally and figuratively, “all over the map” in preparing students to meet the challenges and opportunities.
In addition to required formal courses, students are exposed to arts and culture of foreign economies with tours of area cultural centers, studies and trips abroad, and addresses by alumni and others successful in international commerce.
Professor Alan Zimmerman, Area coordinator of International Business, declares: “The world today is linked so inextricably, everything tied together so tightly, you can’t be in business without connecting to the international market.

CSI Alumnus George Lekovic Produces Award-Winning Film, “Here and There”

June 8, 2010 | College of Staten Island

CSI Alumnus George Lekovic (BA, Media Studies, ’04) is the main producer of Here and There, an award-winning film with parallels to his life. The movie recently finished brief runs at the Quad Theatre in Manhattan and Laemmle’s Music Hall in Los Angeles and is booked in 15 to 30 other cities.
Lekovic prefers filmmaking’s creative side, but became a producer “when I met Darko Lungulov [director and writer of Here and There] and I really wanted to make that project happen on the big screen.”
Art Reflects Life
In the film, a poor musician takes an offer to go to Belgrade to marry a Serbian immigrant’s girlfriend and bring her to New York for $5,000.

CSI Selected to Attend National Summer Institute on General Education Reform Sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities

June 7, 2010 | College of Staten Island

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the colleges, universities, and state systems sending teams to its 2010 summer institutes. The College of Staten Island, a senior college of The City University of New York, was selected along with 36 other institutions from across the country to attend the AAC&U Institute on General Education and Assessment at the University of Vermont from June 4-9, 2010.

SBDC at CSI Has Helped Thousands of Businesses to Start-Up or Expand

June 3, 2010 | College of Staten Island

Staten Islanders who want to start a business or expand an existing one have an expert friend at CSI–the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
Offering its many free, confidential services to both small business owners and new entrepreneurs, the SBDC assists clients with such essentials as discovering sources of funding and obtaining loans, developing an all-important business plan, devising business strategies, controlling cash flow, and marketing successfully.

CSI/National Grid Help Knowledge Take Flight

June 2, 2010 | College of Staten Island

Students from Port Richmond, Curtis, Susan E. Wagner, and New Dorp high schools recently had a unique opportunity to come to the campus of the College of Staten Island and learn various aspects of engineering, thanks to National Grid’s “Engineering Our Future” initiative. This unique workshop was sponsored by National Grid in partnership with the College’s Liberty Partnership Program (LPP).
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Loretta Smith, National Grid director of corporate citizenship, said: “National Grid is taking action through ‘Engineering Our Future’ to inspire youth and attract and develop engineers to make sure there are enough engineers in the future workforce.

CSI/National Grid Help Knowledge Take Flight

June 2, 2010 | College of Staten Island

Students from Port Richmond, Curtis, Susan E. Wagner, and New Dorp high schools recently had a unique opportunity to come to the campus of the College of Staten Island and learn various aspects of engineering, thanks to National Grid’s “Engineering Our Future” initiative.

College Recognizes Student Achievement at 34th Commencement

June 1, 2010 | College of Staten Island

Although the skies were cloudy last Thursday, the mood at the College of Staten Island’s 34th Commencement was warm and sunny, as President Dr. Tomás Morales told 2,272 students that, thanks to their own achievements and the world-class quality of the College’s faculty, they “have a degree that is second to none.”
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The student speaker was Michael Young, who graduated magna cum laude from the Macaulay Honors College at CSI with a Baccalaureate degree in American Studies with minors in Studio Art and Spanish.

Top Grads Honored at Third Annual Honors Convocation

June 1, 2010 | College of Staten Island

CSI honored its best and brightest recently as students, their families, and friends, and College faculty and staff gathered in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall for the Third Annual Honors Convocation. Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Jerald Jones-Woolfolk was the event’s emcee.
After opening remarks from Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr.

College Recognizes Student Achievement at 34th Commencement

June 1, 2010 | College of Staten Island

Although the skies were cloudy last Thursday, the mood at the College of Staten Island’s 34th Commencement was warm and sunny, as President Dr. Tomás Morales told 2,272 students that, thanks to their own achievements and the world-class quality of the College’s faculty, they “have a degree that is second to none.”View the CSI Today Photo Gallery.

[video] The Verrazano School Celebrates Its First Graduating Class

May 27, 2010 | College of Staten Island

Today’s Commencement will include 20 graduates of The Verrazano School, the first students to graduate from the prestigious program.
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According to Katie Geschwendt, Coordinator of The Verrazano School and the FIRST Program at CSI, “nearly every member of the first graduating class from The Verrazano School entered in the spring of 2007 at the inception of the program.”
Charles Liu, the Director of The Verrazano School, praised the graduating class.

[video] The Verrazano School Celebrates Its First Graduating Class

May 27, 2010 | College of Staten Island

Today’s Commencement will include 20 graduates of The Verrazano School, the first students to graduate from the prestigious program. [View the CSI Today Video short.]According to Katie Geschwendt, Coordinator of The Verrazano School and the FIRST Program at CSI, “nearly every member of the first graduating class from The Verrazano School entered in the spring of 2007 at the inception of the program.”Charles Liu, the Director of The Verrazano School, praised the graduating class.

CSI Graduating Seniors Accepted into Teaching Program in France

May 26, 2010 | College of Staten Island

Two CSI graduating seniors, Political Science major Justine Pinzone, and Science, Letters, and Society major and French minor Tara Meiners, have been accepted into the Teaching Assistantship Program in France. The two women will be teaching English for seven to nine months, with a stipend, in an elementary or secondary school, with the goal of improving their French language and teaching skills.
“I feel amazed about receiving this honor,” Pinzone said.

[video] CSI Geologist Analyzes Staten Island’s “Rocky” Past and Future on NatGeo TV’s Prestigious “Known Universe” Series

May 25, 2010 | College of Staten Island

Staten Island’s literally “rocky” past–and future–were analyzed this May by veteran CSI geologist Dr. Alan I. Benimoff on the “Cosmic Fury” episode of the prestigious Known Universe TV series on the National Geographic Network.
[View Dr. Benimoff’s segment on Staten Island geology.]
Participation in the internationally broadcast program along with prominent scientists from Caltech, the University of Arizona, the United States Geological Survey, astronomers and others, symbolized recognition of CSI as “world class” according to Benimoff.
A distinguished scientist in his own right, Dr.

[video] CSI Geologist Analyzes Staten Island’s “Rocky” Past and Future on NatGeo TV’s Prestigious “Known Universe” Series

May 25, 2010 | College of Staten Island

Staten Island’s literally “rocky” past–and future–were analyzed this May by veteran CSI geologist Dr. Alan I. Benimoff on the “Cosmic Fury” episode of the prestigious Known Universe TV series on the National Geographic Network. Participation in the internationally broadcast program along with prominent scientists from Caltech, the University of Arizona, the United States Geological Survey, astronomers and others, symbolized recognition of CSI as “world class” according to Benimoff.

Discovery Institute’s GEAR-UP Program Wins $3.7 Million Dept. of Education Grant

May 24, 2010 | College of Staten Island

GEAR-UP, a multifaceted CSI Discovery Institute program aimed at making college a realistic goal for students at Intermediate School 49 (the Berta A. Dreyfus School) and Curtis and New Dorp high schools, has been awarded a six-year U.S. Department of Education GEAR-UP grant totaling $3.7 million. GEAR-UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a national educational program for students and teachers in high-need schools.
The program features visits to CSI to experience the college environment; tutoring and mentoring by trained CSI students known as Teaching Scholars, some of whom are also GEAR-UP ‘graduates’; and summer computer “boot camps” and science experiments held in college laboratories.

Grand Marshals Set for Pride Parade

May 20, 2010 | College of Staten Island

SI LIVE – Robin Garber and Dr. Kathleen Cumiskey have been selected as the grand marshals of the sixth annual Staten Island LGBT Pride Parade & Festival, scheduled for June 5.
Ms. Garber and Dr. Cumiskey will lead the parade, which steps off at noon from Central Avenue between Slosson Terrace and Hyatt Street, through the streets of St.

CSI on Track to Fight Cancer at Its First “Relay for Life”

May 19, 2010 | College of Staten Island

With more than 300 members of the CSI community participating, nearly $10,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society (ACS) recently, as the College hosted its first Relay for Life on campus, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs’ Office of Student Life. The event was held on and around the track near Building 6N.
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“The entire event was a wonderful blend of memories fun, laughter, and recollection,” said Junior Biology major Lisa LaManna.

CSI Grad Receives Prestigious Horst Schulz Prize in Biochemistry

May 18, 2010 | College of Staten Island

Kelly Levano, who obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2003 from the College of Staten Island and her PhD in Biochemistry in August 2009 from the CUNY Graduate Center (home campus CSI), has recently received the Horst Schulz Prize in Biochemistry.

CSI Grad Receives Prestigious Horst Schulz Prize in Biochemistry

May 18, 2010 | College of Staten Island

Kelly Levano, who obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2003 from the College of Staten Island and her PhD in Biochemistry in August 2009 from the CUNY Graduate Center (home campus CSI), has recently received the Horst Schulz Prize in Biochemistry. Her winning paper was entitled “A Genetic Strategy Involving a Glycosyltransferase Promoter and a Lipid Translocating Enzyme to Eliminate Cancer Cells.” Levano received the award at a ceremony at the CUNY Graduate Center.