There will be a special gathering on Tuesday, Nov. 9., where we will mark the launch of the Faculty and Staff Giving Circle with a breakfast with President Morales.

Those invited have given a donation of $100 or more to the CSI Foundation since July 1, 2009.

If you haven’t made a gift, I invite you to join this prestigious circle with a donation of $100 or more. Your gift can go to our Annual Fund, which provides scholarships, technology support, and funds for student affairs and academic affairs, and helps us to increase support for programs and research. Gifts can also be made to many existing scholarships and programs, such as the Dan Kramer Memorial Scholarship, the Louise Fontanarosa Memorial Scholarship, the Gittleson/Support Staff Scholarship, the SI Breast Cancer Research Initiative, and the Center for the Arts fund.

Our contributions pave the way for others and allow CSI to expand its margin of excellence. I encourage you to make your gift by Sunday, Oct. 31, either by visiting our office in Building 1A, Room 401; online, or by credit card over the phone at 718.982.2365.

Help us increase our faculty and staff participation percentage by making your gift and join us for this special recognition event. If you are unable to make a gift of this size, consider any amount, as it will help us reach participation goals. If you would like to learn more about establishing a scholarship or for more information, please feel free to contact me at 718.982.2365 or

-Erika E. Hellstrom