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Long Artistic Journey of Award-winning Alumnus Leads to a New Book

September 17, 2013 | College of Staten Island

Andy Fraenkel was among the first incoming class when the new Richmond College opened its doors at St. George. He enjoyed reading and writing, and was one of the founders and editors of the College’s first literary magazine, Dying Gardens. Spending a good deal of time in the College library, he  discovered an old book, The Indian Story Book (1914) by Richard Wilson, about India’s ancient stories, which included some from the epic Mahabharata.

Advanced Imaging Facility Has Grand Reopening

September 16, 2013 | College of Staten Island

After eight months of renovation and expansion, the College of Staten Island’s Advanced Imaging Facility (AIF) reopened recently with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included CSI Interim President Dr. William J. Fritz, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr.

Poetry, music tributes at College of Staten Island’s Sept. 11 ceremony

September 12, 2013 | College of Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE — The College of Staten Island held a 9/11 remembrance with interim President William J. Fritz and another 150 CSI alumni, officials and students. The noon program at the World Trade Center Memorial on the Willowbrook campus included a somber acoustic guitar performance and an emotional poetry reading with speeches noting the tragedy.

Gold Named Interim Founding Dean of New School of Education

September 10, 2013 | College of Staten Island

College of Staten Island Interim President Dr. William J. Fritz has named Dr. Kenneth Gold as the Interim Founding Dean of the new School of Education. Dr. Gold earned a BA in History from Princeton University, where he graduated cum laude. He then received an MA and PhD in History from the University of Michigan. Dr.

Holak Named Interim Founding Dean of New School of Business

September 9, 2013 | College of Staten Island

College of Staten Island Interim President Dr. William J. Fritz has named Dr. Susan Holak as the Interim Founding Dean of the College’s new School of Business. Dr. Holak has earned a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she was named to Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honorary society.

Before We Look Ahead: CSI Celebrates a Year of Symposia

September 4, 2013 | College of Staten Island

The Dean’s Symposium, a series of panels sponsored by the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences along with the Department of the Library, features discussions of and by CSI’s faculty on important new scholarship, national and international issues, and new curricular development.

[video] Turtles of the Freshkills Park Reclaimed Ecosystem

September 2, 2013 | College of Staten Island

As habitat alteration is the top threat to biodiversity globally, Dr. Eugenia Naro-Maciel and a team of student researchers at the College of Staten Island and The Graduate Center, CUNY are researching Freshkills Park on Staten Island in New York City, site of the infamous former landfill.

[video] CSI Celebrates Dolphin Cove Opening

August 26, 2013 | College of Staten Island

The aroma of homemade waffles greeted residents and their families during the opening and move-in celebration of The City University of New York’s College of Staten Island Dolphin Cove Student Housing today.  Under brilliant blue skies, Dr. William J. Fritz, interim president of CSI, and his wife Bonnie, prepared the homemade waffles from a longtime favorite recipe using a personal collection of waffle irons from the 1900s. “Bonnie and I are thrilled to welcome the newest members of the CSI family to campus,” commented Dr.

[video] Newly Formed Partnership with Vietnamese University Celebrated

August 7, 2013 | College of Staten Island

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.

“My Story” Panel Reflects on College Life

August 6, 2013 | College of Staten Island

“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.

CSI Graduate Amelia Sanchez Offers Valuable Advice During High School Graduation Keynote

July 24, 2013 | College of Staten Island

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.

Inside Cheerleading magazine Names Two Dolphins All-Americans

July 15, 2013 | College of Staten Island

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.

Samantha Frank Wins CSI’s Got Talent: Student with a Disability Urges People Not to Doubt Themselves

July 10, 2013 | College of Staten Island

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.

CSI Graduate Justin Giles Prepares for a Life of Law

July 9, 2013 | College of Staten Island

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.

CSI to Launch Advanced Certificate Program in Autism

June 19, 2013 | College of Staten Island

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).

CSI Wins Sixth Consecutive First-Place Honor at CSTEP Conference

June 18, 2013 | College of Staten Island

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.

[gallery] Phi Beta Delta Honor Society Holds Third Induction Ceremony

June 17, 2013 | College of Staten Island

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.

[gallery] CSI Honors Students Take Center Stage

June 4, 2013 | College of Staten Island

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.

Meet Evelyn Okeke – 2013 Co-Valedictorian

May 28, 2013 | College of Staten Island

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.

Meet Christopher Bitetto – 2013 Co-Valedictorian

May 28, 2013 | College of Staten Island

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.