A team led by CSI students was recently awarded First Place at the 2013 CUNY Design for UNICEF Challenge. The competition, titled, “Fulfilling the Promise” tasked teams of CUNY students to design a solution that has the potential to save children’s lives.
Full-time undergraduate students in science, engineering, and mathematics at CSI can now secure financial assistance to pursue their studies, thanks to the establishment of a $100,000 fully endowed scholarship by CSI alumnus Dr. Michael Nakao. Dr. Nakao, who has been a practicing physician in Albany, NY for 30 years, and who is on the clinical faculty of Albany Medical College, explains why he decided to establish the scholarship.
Gifts to the CUNY Campaign for Charitable Giving provide assistance for the homeless, home-bound senior citizens, daycare centers, teens who are struggling to complete high school, and others who may be facing economic and social challenges. The CUNY Campaign has more than 1,200 charities participating.
Dr. William J. Fritz, Interim President and Professor of Geology at the College of Staten Island, The City University of New York and Member of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Doctoral Faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center, was the featured expert for the ABC Eyewitness News Special “Superstorm Sandy: What We Learned,” with ABC TV’s Bill Ritter and Diana Williams, and Newark Star-Ledger Columnist and reporter Mark Di Ionno.
Since September 11, 2001, over 6,700 service men and women have perished in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Beginning the morning of November 7, 2013 the College of Staten Island CUNY Veterans Support Services (VSS) will place 6,700 American flags, each bearing an individual’s name, on CSI’s Great Lawn in remembrance of the fallen.
STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE — Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy’s devastating attack on our portion of the East Coast. The storm was a wake-up call to the entire New York metropolitan area — but especially to Staten Island, the Rockaways, Breezy Point and other low-lying coastal areas.
College of Staten Island students have showcased their talent for a few years now at the annual CSI’s Got Talent competition. This has left some faculty and staff yearning for a creative outlet of their own. It was a mild September evening at Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn when two CSI-fueled bands, DNR and Tony and the Teckees, played in the restaurant’s outdoor Beer Garden to a sold out crowd enjoying music, food, and each others company.
G.I. Jobs magazine named the College of Staten Island a Top Military-Friendly School in the country based upon the college’s commitment to serving the needs of students with military experience and its wide array of services designed for student veterans. This is the fifth year in a row in which CSI was ranked in the top 20 percent of military-friendly colleges, universities, and trade schools in the nation.
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the College of Staten Island is well known for providing leadership during many periods of changing economies and unexpected disasters. Having worked directly with over 6,300 businesses and having created or saved over 4,300 jobs through its consistent service to business leaders for over two decades, the Staten Island Small Business Development Center (SBDC) celebrated their 20 years of service to the local business community.
This fall semester, three CSI students are benefiting from full scholarships to study in Florence, Italy. Two of them, with previous Italian language coursework at CSI, were awarded additional grants from CSI’s Italian Studies Program, which is a part of the World Languages and Literatures Department.
STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE — A sea of pink descended upon the College of Staten Island Saturday morning for the third-annual walk-a-thon to help support breast cancer research. View the CSI Today Photo Gallery>The school’s Center for Environmental Science organized the event to also benefit its Staten Island Breast Cancer Research Initiative — a program that studies the environments effect on a person’s health.
STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE — No longer a “commuter-school” where students simply take classes and leave campus, the College of Staten Island (CSI) now houses an international community due to new dorms at the Willowbrook campus. “The new residence halls are at 97 percent capacity, with well over 400 students,” said William J.
The Center for Student Accessibility (CSA), in conjunction with the Department of Psychology and the Department of Computer Science, embarks upon its second semester this month with a new program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and other disabilities. The initiative, funded by the FAR Fund, is called Project REACH.
As part of an ongoing commitment to bringing the College of Staten Island family closer together, Dr. William J. Fritz launches his inaugural video greeting series for the Fall 2013 semester. In this inaugural update, Dr. Fritz speaks about the many accolades and accomplishments the College has celebrated, such as recognition by US News & World Report and GI Jobs Magazine, and the opening of Dolphin Cove, CSI’s first-ever student housing.
Zach Crespi, a CSI triple major in Accounting, Economics, and Finance, as well as a Macaulay Honors College student who is planning to graduate next year, just completed an internship that was fulfilling on a number of levels—strengthening his career experience, but also giving him the opportunity to make the world a better place.
A new exhibition of antiquities from ancient Egypt, Greece, Italy, and the ancient Americas will open in 2014, thanks to an innovative collaboration between curatorial staff at the Staten Island Museum (SIM) and History Department faculty and students at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York (CSI-CUNY).
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.
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.
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.
The College of Staten Island was included in the 2014 US News & World Report Best Colleges issue for the first time in the college’s 58 year history. In the Regional Universities (North) category, CSI was ranked 44th among Top Public Schools and 135th in the overall Best Colleges category. CSI’s national ranking for Nursing is 295 (2011), and Physical Therapy, 172 (2012).