The College of Staten Island’s Center for International Service English Language Institute (ELI) Summer Culture Day 2013 was made all the more special because this class was the first to host English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers from Thai Nguyen University of Technology (TNUT) in Thai Nguyen,Vietnam.
“People seem nervous about communicating with me, but they really shouldn’t be,” urged College of Staten Island senior, Brigette Jara, a student who is deaf. The Cinema Studies major was one of 11 students with disabilities who spoke at the Center for Student Accessibility’s (CSA) third annual “My Story” event last semester.
Amelia Sanchez gave the keynote address at Concord High School’s graduation ceremony this year. What makes this an amazing story is that she graduated from the College of Staten Island only weeks earlier. Amelia worked as a student teacher at Concord, a public transfer high school for students who have struggled in traditional high schools, while earning her degree in Adolescence English Education at CSI.
The College of Staten Island Cheerleading squad is continuing to make headlines past their competitive season, and this time it is on a national level. The squad celebrated its first ever All-American awards, bestowed to Ashley Isaacs and Giana Abbrusseze by Inside Cheerleading magazine.
When Sami Jo (Samantha) Frank heard that she was the Grand-Prize winner of CSI’s Got Talent, she couldn’t believe it was real. “It was like an out-of-body experience. I felt amazing, but I was really in a state of shock,” said the College of Staten Island (CSI) senior. When the news had settled, Samantha realized that she had an opportunity to share her experiences as a CSI student with a disability as she celebrated her amazing accomplishment. Samantha was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) at a young age and continues to struggle with learning, focus, organization, and anxiety.
Justin Giles scored in the 99.7th percentile on his LSAT and is preparing to study Criminal Law at Fordham University this fall after graduating from the College of Staten Island last May. Giles, who graduated cum laude, is one of many great success stories coming from this year’s crop of CSI graduates, explained that his current success is due in no small part to his PreProBono Fellowship during the summer of 2012.
The College of Staten Island will launch an Advanced Certificate Program in Autism in the Fall 2013 semester. This MA-level program, consisting of four three-credit courses, will focus on training professionals to work effectively with people who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Melice Golding, a senior Psychology major at CSI, won first place for her poster at the 21st annual CSTEP conference at The Sagamore on Lake George in Bolton Landing, NY. Golding’s poster, “Processing of an Unfamiliar Foreign Language in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)” was CSI’s second win in a row for psychology students—CSI swept the Psychology field this year—and the College’s sixth first-place finish in a row. The poster focused on children with ASD and used a discrimination-choice procedure embedded in a video game to examine whether these deficits might be due to unusual patterns of attention.
The College of Staten Island celebrated its third annual induction ceremony of students, faculty, staff, and alumni into the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. View the CSI Today Photo Gallery. In all, 43 scholars were inducted into the Eta Lambda Chapter at CSI—each with a different perspective of the world but tied together by their commitment to spreading their knowledge and experience across the globe, eliminating cultural and geographic borders.
The College of Staten Island honored 485 of its top students at the Sixth Annual Honors Convocation, and featured Christina Terracino, BA, English, as the 2013 CSI Salutatorian. View the CSI Today Photo Gallery>After Vice President for Student Affairs A. Ramona Brown welcomed the honored students and their friends and families, and Honoree Samantha Frank sang the National Anthem, Interim President Dr.
Evelyn Okeke has been conducting research as a Biology (BS) major with a double minor in Biochemistry and Chemistry at CSI in Dr. Abdeslem El Idrissi’s lab since the summer of 2010, where she worked on a project that led to two publications.
Christopher Bitetto is graduating from The Verrazano School Honors Program as a Communications major with a concentration in Media Studies. Upon matriculating to CSI after graduating fifth in his class at Susan Wagner High School, Christopher set out to accomplish two goals during his career at CSI: To maintain a 4.0 GPA and to become the Sports Director at WSIA so he could broadcast all of CSI’s basketball and baseball games, and host a weekly sports talk show.
On a basic level, Christina Terracino’s coming of age story can be related to that of Jane Eyre. Charlotte Brontë’s classic journey of maturation, self-discovery, and increasing confidence almost mirrors that of Ms. Terracino’s, who, being a young woman who has always resided in her hometown, feels great pride in the powerful and independent growth she has shown during her tenure with The Verrazano School Honors Program at CSI.
The Verrazano School Honors Program at CSI, home to the College’s co-valedictorians and salutatorian this Commencement year, celebrated its largest graduating class to date at the Verrazano Senior Convocation in the Center for the Arts on Friday, May 17. View the CSI Today Photo Gallery>There are 56 graduates in the Verrazano Class of 2013, the program’s fourth graduating class, representing 20 different majors. The evening featured remarks by Professor Charles Liu, Director of The Verrazano School, as well as Provost Fred Naider and Associate Provost Deborah Vess.
The 2013 Class Gift Committee seeks to endow The Class of 2013 Legacy Scholarship, an endowed scholarship that will remain in perpetuity, long after the graduates leave campus in celebration of the College’s 37th Annual Commencement ceremony. It’s an ambitious goal that requires raising $25,000, and is a unique opportunity to leave a legacy by giving back to the next generation of CSI undergraduates.
Dr. Sebastien Poget was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER grant totaling $1.18 million—the highest total ever for a CAREER proposal from the College of Staten island—for his work studying ion channels, very important components of our nervous systems that allow the flow of electricity in our bodies.
The College of Staten Island held its second annual induction ceremony for the Business Honor Society, Sigma Beta Delta, on May 2. The gathering of more than 100 students, family, faculty, alumni, and College leaders celebrated the success of this year’s inductees and reflected on the fine example that they set for the College. In total, over 50 undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members were inducted into the College’s chapter.
The Second Annual CSI’s Got Talent competition and showcase brought out the best of the College’s performers for a nearly sold-out event in the Williamson Theatre of the College of Staten Island’s Center for the Arts (CFA). Prior to the performance, the backstage and hallways of the CFA were buzzing with the sounds and sights of the evening’s 12 contestants.
The College of Staten Island men’s baseball team is back atop the City University of New York Athletic Conference, and the Dolphins did it the hard way on Friday night. CSI was tripped up by No. 2 seeded Baruch College in 11 innings, 6-5, before taking a 1-0 win in a winner-take-all scenario at MCU Ballpark in Brooklyn, New York as part of the CUNYAC’s double-elimination postseason tournament.
The Math for Early Childhood Symposium was held, May 9 2013, at the College of Staten Island. It culminated the week long Mathematics Connections Conference, sponsored by the College’s Education Department. The symposium and conference were initiated by Dr. Judit Kerekes chairperson, Department of Education/ Mathematics.