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President Morales/CSIAA Host Nursing Reception

July 6, 2010 | College of Staten Island

Nursing Alumni and Faculty recently attended a special reception at the College’s home. The reception was hosted by CSI President Dr. Tomás D. Morales and Mrs. Evy Morales, and the CSI Alumni Association (CSIAA) Board of Directors.
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As a follow-up to their first-ever reunion in May 2009, Nursing alumni and faculty were invited to hear the latest news about CSI.

Alumni Association Board Holds Annual Meeting

July 1, 2010 | College of Staten Island

The CSI Alumni Association (CSIAA) Board of Directors recently held their annual meeting. The evening was a mix of tradition, with former Board members in attendance, and a glimpse into the future of CSI alumni as 2010 grads were also present.
Vullnet Kolari ’98 welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order. As in the past, the annual meeting was a celebration of the year’s accomplishments.

Alumni Association Board Holds Annual Meeting

July 1, 2010 | College of Staten Island

The CSI Alumni Association (CSIAA) Board of Directors recently held their annual meeting. The evening was a mix of tradition, with former Board members in attendance, and a glimpse into the future of CSI alumni as 2010 grads were also present.

Macaulay Honors College at CSI Welcomes the Class of 2014

June 30, 2010 | College of Staten Island

The Macaulay Honors College at CSI hosted an orientation recently for its incoming class. The 38 new students enjoyed an opportunity to see their new campus and meet each other and members of the College community.
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One of the new students, New Dorp High School grad Tom Rodberg, when asked about how he feels about being a part of Macaulay, said, “I’m extremely excited.” Rodberg, who was CEO of the New Dorp team that won the 2010 U.S.

Macaulay Honors College at CSI Welcomes the Class of 2014

June 30, 2010 | College of Staten Island

The Macaulay Honors College at CSI hosted an orientation recently for its incoming class. The 38 new students enjoyed an opportunity to see their new campus and meet each other and members of the College community. View the CSI Today Photo Gallery.

Berger Wins Fulbright Scholarship

June 29, 2010 | College of Staten Island

CSI Associate Professor of Psychology Sarah Berger has won a coveted Fulbright scholarship to work abroad examining how locomotor development in infancy affects other types of development taking place at the same time.
Professor Berger will work for ten months at Haifa University in Israel, in collaboration with Professor Anat Scher, chair of that university’s Department of Counseling and Human Development.

Berger Wins Fulbright Scholarship

June 29, 2010 | College of Staten Island

CSI Associate Professor of Psychology Sarah Berger has won a coveted Fulbright scholarship to work abroad examining how locomotor development in infancy affects other types of development taking place at the same time. Professor Berger will work for ten months at Haifa University in Israel, in collaboration with Professor Anat Scher, chair of that university’s Department of Counseling and Human Development.

Cho Wins Best Book on Asia Award

June 28, 2010 | College of Staten Island

A book by Grace M. Cho, Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Women’s Studies at CSI, has been selected by the American Sociological Association to receive this year’s award for best book on the subject of Asia and Asian America.
The 232-page work, Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War, describes the profound effect that the Korean War has had on Koreans in the United States… and how, since the conflict, more than a million Korean women have acted as “sex workers” for U.S.

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.