Professor emeritus Frederick Binder made quite an impact on CSI during his 24-year tenure with the College (from 1974 to 1998). Beyond teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and chairing the History Department, he founded the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies [MALS] program, was instrumental in gaining approval for the MA in History program, helped to establish the General Education program, assisted in bolstering the number of faculty in the History Department, and served on the College Council and University Senate.
In a story that started way back in late September, one of freshman Danila Novikov’s dreams has been fulfilled, as the Russian-born native became only the second College of Staten Island men’s swimmer to medal at the NCAA Division III National Championship, taking home the bronze in the 200-yard Individual Medley event this evening at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Novikov used a sensational back-end to nearly make a run at first place, posting a time of 1:49.99, a personal-best, and CSI and CUNYAC record. Novikov was less than a second behind gold medalist Paul Dyrkacz of Williams College, who topped the field with a time of 1:49.10.
The College of Staten Island has received a $25,000 grant from the Northfield Bank Foundation for internship opportunities to support financially disadvantaged students. The students, who are traditionally unable to participate in non-paid internships, now have the opportunity to gain experience and explore their fields of choice, while developing new skills via hands-on training, while working at a number of non-profit organizations.
The Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and the College of Staten Island have been involved in cooperative efforts for over four years and the results have been better than expected. CSI business students looking for a study-abroad opportunity are beginning to choose Ireland as the “gateway” country to studying in Europe.
The geologic and cultural history of the first-century Roman Empire came alive for 12 College of Staten Island students last summer thanks to Professor Anderson Ohan’s 13-day geology field course at the Mt. Vesuvius region of Italy. View the CSI Today Photo Gallery.
The Archives & Special Collections will present another in its series of Faculty Author Talks on Thursday, March 24.
Nan Sussman, Associate Professor of Psychology at CSI, and two-time Fulbright award recipient, has recently returned from a tour of Asia, where she discussed her book Return Migration and Identity: A Global Phenomenon, a Hong Kong Case. Prof. Sussman, who has gained international recognition for her research regarding the psychological impact of Chinese return migration,has received enthusiastic media attention in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing for her book, which has also been nominated for an Asia Society Book Award.
CSI Foundation Board member Dolores Morris is one of 31 women who are featured in the docu-series NYC Women: Make it Here, Make it Happen. According to a press release, the series, which is presented by NYC Commission on Women’s Issues and NYC Media in honor of Women’s History Month, focuses on the stories of women “who are changing the face of New York City.” A new episode of the series will be available every day throughout the month of March.
Everyone is invited to participate in this weekend’s groundbreaking conference, Staten Island in American History and 21-Century Education, a two-day event with 80 presentations, including panels on various themes from Dutch architecture to contemporary politics, from war memorials to the history of local parks, including the tenth anniversary of the closing of Fresh Kills.
The Staten Island Jewish Alliance (SIJA), with the support of Survival through Education and KosherTroops.com, hosted a meeting on the CSI campus recently, which featured Rabbi Dovid Winiarz, Co-Rabbi at the College’s Multi-Faith Center, and Corporal Sean Kaplar of the United States Marine Corp., a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Recently, four aspiring violinists from Staten Island had the rare opportunity of working with the Russian American virtuoso violinist Yevgeny Kutik, who was at CSI to perform a program of classical music later that day. The 24 year-old musician, who has rapidly gained international acclaim since his 2003 concerto debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra, gave the students inspiring criticism of their performances of challenging compositions from the violin repertoire, including movements from violin concertos by Felix Mendelssohn and Samuel Barber.
The Center for the Arts at the College of Staten Island presents The Chamber Music Collective (CMC) of CSI on Monday, March 14, 2011 at 7:30pm. The Chamber Music Collective of the College of Staten Island is a group of faculty musicians who teach in the Music Program of the Department of Performing and Creative Arts.
John T. Matteson, author of Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father, will be the featured speaker at the Friends of CSI Literary Brunch on Sunday, March 13 in the CSI Library (Building 1L), Second Floor from noon to 3:00pm.
The CSI Alumni Association and Supporting Sponsors Liberty Mutual and National Grid are giving the Staten Island community the chance to stimulate their taste buds, while raising funds for scholarships. “Savor the Flavors: Celebrate Our Island’s Diverse Cuisine” will be held on Sunday, March 27 in the Center for the Arts Atrium (Building 1P) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
The College of Staten Island Foundation recently received a grant of up to $300,000 from The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation in support of the Petrie Student Emergency Fund. View the CSI Petrie Grant Website and download the Petrie Grant application form.
CSI students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate in the Tenth Annual Undergraduate Conference on Research, Scholarship, and Performance (URC). The event will be held on Thursday, April 14 in the Center for the Arts from 1:30pm to 4:00pm. Every year, the goal of the event is to celebrate the student-faculty collaborations that have become a hallmark of the College of Staten Island.
Hillel at the College of Staten Island hosted an elegant cocktail reception and book talk last week at the residence of CSI President Dr. Tomás and Mrs. Evy Morales to launch its new fundraising initiative, The Hillel Kavod Circle of Honor. View the CSI Today Photo Gallery.
The Mexican Consulate in New York announced today that the scholarship program of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) has awarded $20,000 to support the education of the low-income immigrant community that resides in this city. These funds provide scholarships to eight students of Mexican origin who carried out studies at the College of Staten Island (CSI), The City University of New York (CUNY).
The Department of Modern Languages at the College of Staten Island recently implemented new oral OWL Testing Software. The platform is now being used by more than 800 CSI students for all proficiency levels of French, Spanish, and Italian. There are also plans for the Department to employ the software for the assessment of Mandarin Chinese and Basic Arabic later this semester.
Public School teachers, principals, pre-service teachers, educators, scholars in all academic fields, and the general public are invited to a special event to celebrate Staten Island’s 350th anniversary. The College of Staten Island will host a two-day Academic Conference and Education Symposium entitled “Staten Island in American History and 21st Century Education” to take place at the Center for the Arts on March 19 and 20, 2011.