Faculty and staff members at the College of Staten Island and their children enjoyed another fun-packed Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, last week.

After a welcome reception that included light refreshments and the chance for the kids to receive CSI ID cards, the children gathered in the Student Art Gallery to hear Prof. Donna Scimeca, Prof. Charles Liu, and Student Art Curator Meg Rowan discuss their roles at the College. Questions for Liu, an astronomer, quickly turned to whether Pluto is still considered a planet.

The young visitors then were able to run around a bit at a mini basketball camp in the Sports and Recreation Center, hosted by members of the CSI Athletic Department.

After a pizza party, the day’s events turned musical as Prof. Giancarlo Lombardi treated the kids to videos of popular Italian children’s songs and Artist in Residence Jean Rohe and her band performed a vibrant set of mostly Portuguese/Brazilian-flavored music in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

The day wrapped up with an opportunity for the kids to meet CSI President Dr. Tomás Morales and have their picture taken with him.

Initially established as “Bring Your Daughter to Work Day,” the annual event has evolved into an opportunity for parents to bring their daughters and sons to work to see what they do, giving them insight into their professions.

The event at CSI was sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of Academic Affairs. It was coordinated by Veronica DiMeglio of the Registrar’s Office and Michelle Buonacore-Artz of the Office of Recruitment and Admissions.

Children of CSI faculty and staff pose with President Dr. Tomás Morales in the Center for the Arts.