College of Staten Island

Jennifer Straniere: Serving the CSI and Staten Island Communities through the Arts

June 24, 2010 | College of Staten Island

Every semester at the College of Staten Island, the Center for the Arts is abuzz with music, drama, and dance performances. None of this would be possible without the tireless efforts of Jennifer Straniere, Director of Facilities for the Department of Performing and Creative Arts.
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Straniere, who is used to having a chaotic schedule, explains, “I have the opportunity to work with the faculty and students of the Drama, Music, and Dance programs.

Donna Gerstle: Research to Conquer Cancer and Improve the Environment

June 23, 2010 | College of Staten Island

From her office in the Biological and Chemical Sciences Building (6S), Donna Gerstle has been extremely busy. Currently, Gerstle, who received a Master’s degree in Elementary Education in 1981 and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science 1984 from CSI, and recently a law degree from New York Law School, is the Director of the College’s Center for Environmental Science (CES), Deputy Chair of the Environmental Science Master’s program, and Principal Investigator and Director of the Staten Island Breast Cancer Research Initiative (SIBCRI).

Debra Evans-Greene: Empowering Students’ Lives

June 23, 2010 | College of Staten Island

Debra Evans-Greene has a long and impressive track record at CSI of working to ensure that students from historically underrepresented groups get their diplomas, both at the college and high school levels. However, beyond her official capacity as a director of student retention programs such as the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP), the Collegiate Science and Technology Program (CSTEP), and the College Success Initiative/Black Male Initiative (BMI) program on campus, many CSI students throughout the years have come to know her as their special friend and mentor, thanks the guidance that she has given them throughout the years.

Donna Gerstle: Research to Conquer Cancer and Improve the Environment

June 23, 2010 | College of Staten Island

From her office in the Biological and Chemical Sciences Building (6S), Donna Gerstle has been extremely busy. Currently, Gerstle, who received a Master’s degree in Elementary Education in 1981 and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science 1984 from CSI, and recently a law degree from New York Law School, is the Director of the College’s Center for Environmental Science (CES), Deputy Chair of the Environmental Science Master’s program, and Principal Investigator and Director of the Staten Island Breast Cancer Research Initiative (SIBCRI).
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Recalling how it all began, Gerstle says, “I started as a graduate student in Environmental Science and was awarded my first grant from the New York State Department of Health for a half million dollars to study Air Pollution and Lung Cancer on Staten Island.

Debra Evans-Greene: Empowering Students’ Lives

June 22, 2010 | College of Staten Island

Debra Evans-Greene has a long and impressive track record at CSI of working to ensure that students from historically underrepresented groups get their diplomas, both at the college and high school levels. However, beyond her official capacity as a director of student retention programs such as the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP), the Collegiate Science and Technology Program (CSTEP), and the College Success Initiative/Black Male Initiative (BMI) program on campus, many CSI students throughout the years have come to know her as their special friend and mentor, thanks the guidance that she has given them throughout the years.
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A Long Association with the College
Evans-Greene was focused on pursuing her baccalaureate education at CSI as a Nursing major, but soon gravitated to sociology, a discipline that gave her a brand new outlook on life at the old Sunnyside Campus, where she worked for the Dean of Students.

Rising to Challenge, CSI Wins NYC “Distinguished Award in Service” for More than 11,000 Hours of Volunteer Work

June 21, 2010 | College of Staten Island

CSI has won New York City’s “Distinguished Award in Service,” in recognition of its impressive showing in New York City’s first College Challenge. The Challenge was a four-month event in which 18 NYC colleges and universities strove to amass as many volunteer hours of community service time as possible against their own pre-set goals.
With more than 500 students contributing more than 11,000 hours of volunteer service to a variety of projects, CSI was one of three winners overall, and was ranked first among CUNY participants.
Diahann Billings-Burford, appointed by Mayor Bloomberg last year as the first municipal Chief Service Officer, said that the Distinguished Award in Service was being given to CSI “for strong campus mobilization, an extensive network of community partnerships, and a willingness to make the Challenge a central part of the campus’ plan for service.”
“Our students were constantly telling us how good they felt giving back to our community, and they’re eager to do it again,” said Carol Brower, CSI’s Director of Student Life.
The Challenge, covering the period from January 1 though April 30 of this year, was a New York City initiative aimed at promoting service and volunteerism.

President Morales Honored as Community Partner

June 17, 2010 | College of Staten Island

The New York Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID) recently honored College of Staten Island President Dr. Tomas D. Morales at its 2010 Dinner and Auction.
Regarding his award, Dr. Morales said, “I am proud to accept this award on behalf of all faculty, staff, and students, who, together with the Center’s dedicated staff, work to strengthen our community, and in particular, the lives of our youth, through education and our collaborations.”
According to its mission statement, NYCID “is a not-for-profit organization on Staten Island providing youth, community and professional development programs as well as dispute resolution services that educate and inform the public about constructive problem-solving, effective communication and intercultural awareness.

Unique CSI Project Demonstrates Impact of Science on Civic Issues

June 16, 2010 | College of Staten Island

Because civic issues often require understanding of science and technology, CSI is melding the disciplines in a unique project that demonstrates their interrelationship.
The project–the joint creation of CSI’s CORE and Computer Science departments–combines two general education courses: CORE 100 (which every CSI student is required to pass) and CSC 115 (a hands-on computer science course that fulfills a general education requirement in the area of “Scientific Analysis” for non-science majors).
A unique aspect in the development of the course, due to start this September, is that three faculty members share the planning with three students, who previously took both courses.

Mummert Selected as New Athletic Director

June 15, 2010 | College of Staten Island

Following a nationwide search and extensive campus participation, Mr. Vernon Mummert has been appointed Athletic Director at the College of Staten Island (CSI), effective July 15, 2010.
Mr. Mummert brings a rich portfolio of talents to CSI. Having spent over three decades in athletic administration, he has served as an Athletic Director within the NCAA Division III, NAIA, and NJCAA.

CSI Alum’s Film Wins SIFF Award

June 14, 2010 | College of Staten Island

Jonathan Liguori, who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema Studies at the College of Staten Island in 2009, recently won Best Comedic Feature honors at the Staten Island Film Festival for his first feature-length film, Randal & Simon’s Big Damn Movie. Regarding his award, Liguori, who is a screenwriter, film producer, actor, cinematographer, director, and the founder of the independent film company Rising Star Pictures, says, “I’m very proud to win this award since it justifies all of the hard work my cast, crew, and myself put into the film.” The award is Liguori’s first, and the Staten Island Film Festival is the first festival where the film was screened.

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.