STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE — Growing up in the digital age, Adam Mohamed, 21, was always fascinated with technology. “I always liked to keep up on the latest cell phones and devices that were coming out,” he said. As the son of an electronics store business owner, he’s been taught from a young age that hard work and dedication pay off.
The “America’s Top Colleges” list by FORBES showcases colleges that offer a high return-on-investment education with a focus on just one measurement: outcomes. The College of Staten Island ranks 154th in the Northeast, and 433rd in the nation on this prestigious list.
A recent and proud cum laude graduate of the School of Business and the Verrazano School at the College of Staten Island, Sally Mach stepped directly from CSI into a full-time position as a Financial Analyst on the Disaster Recovery Team at the Langone Medical Center of New York University.
STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE — Maya Angelou put it best: “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”Meet Andrea Dalzell, who lives by those words each and every day of her life.
“Saadyah Averick from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (USA), won the DSM Science & Technology Awards Americas 2014 with his Ph.D. research titled “The Preparation of Functional Bioconjugates Using Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, which he conducted under supervision of Dr. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski.
MONEY magazine has published its list of the Best Colleges for 2015-2016 this week, identifying 736 schools, out of approximately 1,500 nationwide, that provide the best value for your tuition dollar. With a “Value Added Grade” of A-, the College of Staten Island is ranked third for public institutions in New York State behind CUNY Baruch and SUNY Maritime, eighth among public institutions in the Mideast region, and 123rd overall on the Best Colleges list.
Jenny Pisani, 24, of Staten Island, N.Y., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Cambodia July 23 to begin training as an education volunteer. Pisani will live and work in a community to teach English at the secondary level and participate in a secondary project to help meet community development needs.
The CSI Alumni Association elected a new Executive Committee on June 15, 2015. [LR:] Krytstian Gargasz ’06, Treasurer; Jacqueline Armani ’06, Secretary; Carole Gervasi ’02, President; and Jennifer Rodriguez ’06, ’12, Vice President. Outgoing Executive Committee Members [not pictured] were Dr.
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.