Approximately 200 hungry attendees recently enjoyed the signature dishes of some of the finest Island restaurants at the Second Annual “Savor the Flavors” event in the Center for the Arts Atrium on the campus of the College of Staten Island (CSI).
In the spirit of continuing administrative openness and transparency at the College of Staten Island (CSI), as well as collaboration between students and administrators, College President Dr. Tomas D. Morales and Student Government President Jolanta Smulski fielded questions from students side-by-side at CSI’s first-ever Presidents’ Forum recently.
The CSI Alumni Association (CSIAA) gave College alumni the opportunity to mix and mingle recently at its annual Manhattan Networking Party at The Ketch restaurant. Attendees enjoyed a buffet and open bar while catching up with old friends and forging new connections.
In honor of Women’s History Month, CSI’s Career and Scholarship Center, in conjunction with the Women’s Leadership Council and several independent professional women, recently held a networking event for CSI students at the Park Café. The event, entitled “Working Women,” included over 20 female professionals living on Staten Island. In all, 48 students attended.
The devastating images left in the wake of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake which struck Japan on March 11, will, no doubt, linger in our minds for a very long time. For the Japanese people, however, those images are an everyday reality.
It can be said that many students are reaching for the stars as they pursue their degrees, but in the case of CSI Junior Daniel Kurzweil, that phrase is just a little more apropos. Daniel is one of only 30 students selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to participate in its Student Airborne Research Program (SARP).
Mark Barahman, a junior with the Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island (CSI) and a Goldsmith Scholar, was named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship winner, a first in the history of CSI. The Goldwater Scholarship was established by the United States Congress in 1986 and is the premiere federally funded undergraduate award of its type. It is designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers and PhDs in the sciences, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and related fields.
Recently, the Department of Education at the College of Staten Island decided to apply for a grant for Project S.P.E.L.L., an alternative certification program in special education and English language learning that seeks to create highly effective educators for local high-need elementary and middle schools.
The 2010 CUNY Campaign for Charitable Giving (United Way) at CSI, which has recently just concluded, has exceeded its goal. The Campaign raised $18,474, which is $3,474 over this year’s goal of $15,000. In addition, the total exceeds last year’s amount by 47 percent.
“The training that I received in the leadership program at CSI has helped prepare me for success in a demanding educational environment. After completing the program, I became a more reflective educator and leader.”Those are the words of Marquitta Speller, Principal of Promise Academy Charter High School in the Harlem Children’s Zone, which seeks to break the cycle of poverty for all 10,000 children in a 97-block zone of Harlem.
According to its home page, Japanairraids.org is “an ongoing project to build a digital archive dedicated to the international dissemination of information about the World War II air raids against Japan.” The site’s creators, Cary Karacas, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy at the College of Staten Island and Bret Fisk, a writer and translator living in Japan, have compiled an impressive collection of official records and first-hand accounts of the air raids.
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.