Following a great scholastic year in the pool and in the classroom, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has bestowed laurels to the men’s and women’s swim teams at the College of Staten Island. The women’s swimming & diving team, which took home the College’s Team GPA award at the Dolphins’ end of year awards banquet, was one of 406 schools spanning all NCAA Divisions to be designated as a Scholar All-America team in 2014-15, and CSI sophomore Tim Sweeney on the men’s side was honored as a Scholar All-America Honorable Mention as an individual.
CUNY Matters: In his widely acclaimed poetry collection, Accepting the Disaster, Joshua Mehigan takes on grave topics filled with tragedy, suffering, and death. But, the dark message of his poems comes veiled by the musicality of rhyme and meter. As an example, Mehigan’s narrative poem “The Orange Bottle,” uses uncanny, tender rhyming verse to tell the story of a man who stops taking his medication and suffers a psychotic episode before being arrested and sent to a mental hospital.
Dr. Christopher M. Giordano has been named Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students at The City University of New York’s College of Staten Island. Dr. Giordano has a 20-year career of progressive leadership in all matters of higher education student affairs.
Dr. Gary W. Reichard has been named Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at The City University of New York’s College of Staten Island. Dr. Reichard has a career in higher education spanning over 40 years. He began his academic career at The Ohio State University, where he taught for eleven years and served as chair of the History department.
STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE — The borough’s art council has selected a new executive director — he’s not from the North Shore, and he isn’t your typical art type. Christopher Hellstrom will lead Staten Island Arts starting July 6, the council announced today after reviewing more than 100 candidates.
The College of Staten Island is hosting two world class dancers as part of The CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI), a new residency program providing rehearsal and performance space to New York City choreographers and dance companies. Maira Duarte is a Mexican dancer, teacher and choreographer whose choreographies have been presented in several venues and festivals in Mexico, Spain, Uganda and the United States.
The past academic year has been exceptionally rewarding for Dr. Zaghloul Ahmed, who has earned four major grants for his work in treating mobility complications due to serious spinal cord injuries. The grants, two awarded by the New York State Department of Health, one by PSC CUNY, and one by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) total nearly $850,000 toward Dr.
Nabila Zubair was awarded the 2015 Peter Jennings Scholarship Laurel Award at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY). The Peter Jennings Scholarship Laurel Award Program provides scholarships to adults who have recently completed their coursework with great success, achieved their High School Equivalency (HSE) diplomas through CUNY’s Adult Learning Centers (ALC), and who will continue their education at a CUNY College.
CUNY MATTERS – On a geology class field trip in 2014, two College of Staten Island students – 2015 Goldwater Scholarship winner Sean Thatcher and classmate Victoria Rivelli – discovered something geologically new about the exhaustively studied Palisades cliffs, along the west flank of the Hudson River.
The adage “it’s never too late” is proven again. Rose Zrake, age 87, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature during Commencement at the College of Staten Island on May 28. She has now realized a dream that began decades ago.
Dr. Emily Rice was awarded the Henry Wasser Award for Outstanding Scholarship. The award is given to a tenure-track assistant professor who shows great promise. Dr. Rice is completing her fourth year of teaching at CSI, and is currently five years into her work researching brown dwarfs with the BDNYC—the Brown Dwarfs in New York City research group at the American Museum of Natural History, Hunter College and CSI.
When Dr. Fred Naider attended the 2013 Weizmann Institute of Science’s gala at The Pierre hotel in New York City as a distinguished guest from the scientific community, his lifelong contributions to the field of scientific research came full circle. While mingling with the many donors and supporters, Dr.
Cate Marvin was recently awarded a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Poetry. Professor Marvin conducts poetry workshops and teaches creative writing and literature classes with the English Department at CSI, claims that this year was not the first year that she applied for the Fellowship, which makes the award even more “rewarding” since she understands the effort that goes into the application process as well as what the award means for an artist’s career.
The cloudy skies over the sixty-sixth Commencement at the College of Staten Island on the morning of May 28 did not darken the joyous mood of the 2,631 graduates, their families and friends, and College faculty and staff as they gathered on the Great Lawn of CSI’s Willowbrook campus.
The College of Staten Island honored its top students at the Eighth Annual Honors Convocation at the Center for the Arts Springer Concert Hall. Lucinda Zawadzki, the CSI Class of 2015 Salutatorian and graduate from the Macaulay Honors College: University Scholars Program at CSI, was the student speaker at the event.
The Staten Island LGBT Community Center will honor the College of Staten Island with its 2015 Community Enrichment Award. The award is in recognition of the College’s continued dedication and contributions to the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and /or Queer) community under the leadership of Presidents Tomás Morales and William Fritz, and in acknowledgment of their commitment to providing a welcoming atmosphere for LGBTQ faculty, staff, and students on campus.
The Verrazano School Honors Program at the College of Staten Island held its sixth annual Verrazano School Honors Program Senior Convocation with 43 graduates in the Class of 2015 representing 19 different majors. As has become a Verrazano tradition, Professor Charles Liu, the multi-talented Director of the Verrazano School, provided a live piano prelude before welcoming the graduates and guests at the start of the ceremony.
Jaclyn Miceli is a June 2015 graduate of the Science, Letters, and Society major at the College of Staten Island. In addition to completing her Science, Letters, and Society degree, Jaclyn has also completed the course requirements for childhood education. A Macaulay Honors student, Jaclyn has maintained a GPA of 3.9 throughout her years at CSI.
The Relay for Life at the College of Staten Island (CSI) brings together students, faculty, and staff from different areas of the College to unite and work together toward a common goal: winning the fight against cancer. Relay for Life this year raised more than $12,000 from 275 participants, raising the six year fundraising total to $100,000.
The adage “it’s never too late” is proven again. Rose Zrake, age 87, will receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature during commencement at College of Staten Island on May 28. A dream that began decades ago is realized.