CSI’s Angelyne Acevedo Embodies the Spirit of Volunteerism during COVID-19

Angelyne Acevedo has been working to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Angelyne Acevedo, an Accounting/Business Management major in the Lucille and Jay Chazanoff School of Business, and also a Verrazano School student, is no stranger to volunteering to help out those in need. Prior to the pandemic, she had been making a difference through her membership in the CSI chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) as Vice President of Community Service, and CSI Student Government. Now that COVID-19 has introduced an almost unlimited number of challenges to people’s lives, Acevedo is still there to lend a hand.

One target audience is her fellow CSI students. As a member of CSI NSCS, Acevedo says that she is contributing to the local chapter’s efforts to foster “fun and interactive” virtual club meetings, and boosting its social media presence to keep everyone connected while they are away from campus. In addition, she reported that CSI NSCS is “connecting with other clubs at CSI in an effort to help those affected by COVID. We have been working with CHASI-NY, the Community Health Action of Staten Island-New York, through food drives and collections to deliver to the public and those in need of assistance.”

Through the CSI NSCS chapter, Acevedo has also been able to spread some joy to another group on the Island, local middle schoolers, in an effort to give these locked-down children something exciting to do. The event was a virtual movie night via Zoom. The kids responded to a poll and selected Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Besides watching the movie with other children, participants were able to connect and share ideas. “Before the film, we asked the children to get their favorite snack to enjoy with the movie and the children had a hilariously heated debate on the deliciousness of movie theater popcorn versus kettle corn,” she said. Considering the success and positive impact of this movie night, Acevedo noted that CSI NSCS is working to create other events for elementary and middle school kids.

As for her work in CSI Student Government, Acevedo said that, like CSI NSCS, it is working to keep student clubs together and active, so that members have an opportunity to stay involved with campus life, albeit remotely. She also stated that Student Government is actively working with the administration to ensure the safety of the College community when the campus welcomes them back, and to assist with academic resource and funding issues to keep courses running smoothly.

Acevedo shared her thoughts on why she continues to volunteer. “It is important to help those in need because without each other, we would be nowhere as a society… Some moments in our lives we have no control over and it can overwhelm us. In order for a community to thrive and succeed, it needs to work together. Helping others helps build a happier society for everyone. It is not only about raising money; we can also give our time, ideas, and energy to each other.”

What does the future hold for Acevedo? After she graduates, she says that she hopes “to earn my Certified Public Accountant licensure. Using my CPA licensure, I plan to help people in underrepresented communities and low-income households increase their financial literacy while building their financial portfolios.”

Academic Affairs Updates Regarding Re-Entry Plans

The campus has been involved in collaborative faculty/staff/administration efforts to develop re-entry plans for CSI as a whole, and a separate one specifically for research re-entry. I wanted to update you on both of these processes. The Campus Re-Entry committee is working hard on the re-entry plan, which we will submit to CUNY at the end of the week. As President Fritz has announced on several occasions, the submission of a plan does not mean that we will be returning to campus any time soon. Our fall schedule currently shows 91% of class sessions being offered online, and 6% scheduled as hybrid, which means that those sections may include a limited in-person presence when some parts of the campus are ready to open on a limited basis using CUNY, State, and CDC guidelines for safe campus operations. We are looking at options to address a few pedagogical needs dictated by accreditation and licensure. At this point, virtually all campus services will continue to be offered online as well. When we do return to campus, it will be a gradual, carefully monitored process. 

A separate committee developed a plan for research re-entry, which was submitted to AVC Tamera Schneider at CUNY for review on July 17. It was returned with requests for revisions last Thursday, and a revised version was sent back to CUNY for final approval today. The plan was approved yesterday by EVC Cruz, and is now published on the CSI Research Website​. As with campus re-entry, the process detailed in their report will be slow and measured, and dependent on the campus meeting the same health and safety benchmarks addressed in the campus report. 

A thread running through both plans is that the health and safety of our campus community will be our foremost concern. We have significant challenges to our campus infrastructure that will need to be addressed before we can return to campus for even limited classroom instruction and research. I know we are all anxious to return to a state resembling the pre-pandemic normalcy, but cautionary tales from other states and educational institutions support the notion that we need to re-open slowly, monitoring conditions as we do so.

I hope you are all safe and healthy.

J. Michael Parrish

Valorant E-sports Team Interest

The newest game from Riot Games, Valorant, has made its way to CSI and we are looking for interested students to play competitively on our Valorant E-sports team, which will compete in the East Coast Conference this fall.  

If you are interested, please fill out the online Valorant Esports team interest form.

By CSI Athletics

Seals Wins John Dewey Society Outstanding Achievement Award

Greg Seals, Associate Professor in the CSI School of Education, has won the John Dewey Society Outstanding Achievement Award, which is awarded by the Council for Social Foundations of Education (CSFE).

The award committee’s assessment stated, “Several well-respected Dewey scholars nominated Dr. Seals and his most recent book for this award. Teachable Moments and the Science of Education (Routledge, 2019) has been called an ‘innovative, groundbreaking, and pioneering work in progressive education’ and ‘a bold new look at Dewey’s educational ideas.’ They highlighted two different substantive contributions. First, Seals’ book takes the idea of social justice away from attempts to instill in teachers a desire to bring about social change. Instead, the book describes teaching as itself a socially transformative practice when aimed at creation of educational energy among students. Change in theoretical perspective makes possible improvement in student achievement in all strata and segments of society by transforming contexts of schooling in ways that connect them to improvement of life in schools and of life in communities served by schools. Dewey’s reconciliation of theory and practice is alive and well in Seals’ work. Second, in bringing together the teachable moment and ethnographic practices, Dr. Seals provides simultaneously an anchor and scaffold for the non-science-oriented educationist to grasp the conceptualization of teaching as basic and applied science. This discussion of teaching moves our thinking beyond the simplistic notion of standardized test results as evidence on which to base teaching practices that facilitate learning.”

According to CSFE, the Award for Outstanding Achievement is “awarded to those individuals who, in the judgment of the committee, have most strongly exemplified the Deweyan tradition of connecting theory and practice. Each year, the awards will recognize significant achievements in scholarship and/or in social, cultural, or educational practice accomplished within the two previous calendar years.”

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Faculty Center Info Hub (CSI): CSI Faculty Center Updates for Week of Aug. 3, 2020

There are still cohorts of the Bb Basics and Teaching Remotely courses available before the Fall 2020 semester begins. If you have not yet taken advantage of these wonderful online teaching and learning training resources, you still have time to enroll. Available course sections are as follows:

Blackboard Basics Course

This is a self-paced general overview of the basic tools and functions inside CUNY’s current installation of Blackboard. There are three remaining cohorts of the course available as follows:​​

  • FINAL COHORT – Begins on Monday, Aug. 10, enrollment closing at 5:00pm on Sunday, Aug. 9 

Teaching Remotely: Pedagogical Practices and Practical Skills Course:

This two-week, advanced-level course has been developed as an equivalent alternative to the CUNY Online Initiative’s SPS OTE course. It has been designed to fully instruct teaching faculty, department facilitators, and course developers at CSI in the actions and preferred techniques required to effectively stage and develop fully online courses. There are three remaining cohorts of the course available as follows:​​

  • COHORT 11 – Began Monday, Aug. 3, currently in progress
  • FINAL COHORT – Begins Monday, Aug. 10, enrollment available until 5:00pm on Friday, Aug. 7

By Kristen Lindtvedt