There were many accomplishments for CSI President Tomás D. Morales to discuss at this year’s Convocation last week, but the President reminded the nearly 400 people in attendance that none of it would have been possible without the dedication and commitment of the College’s faculty and staff.
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Dr. Morales began his remarks by commenting that although there are many definitions of the word “convocation,” the central idea is “a group of people assembled for a special purpose. Today,” Dr. Morales continued, “that group of people is you–our faculty and staff. And the special purpose for which we assemble today is to celebrate you.”
The President underscored the contribution of CSI’s faculty, 18 of whom recently joined the College, who, through their, “excellence in research, scholarship, and service, bring ever-increasing academic prestige and honor to the College of Staten Island.”
He also detailed the dedication and hard work of the College’s professional administrative staff, support staff, campus peace officers, and custodial assistants who are all ensure that the College runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis.
Following Dr. Morales’s remarks, CSI Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. William Fritz concluded this year’s Convocation by recognizing the contributions of faculty and staff members who have reached milestone anniversaries of service. As Dr. Fritz called the honorees to the stage to receive gifts of appreciation, he lightened the atmosphere by reading historical and amusing facts from each anniversary year. Music from artists as disperate as B.J. Thomas, Captain & Tennille, Seal, and Kelly Clarkson also helped take people back in time.
Faculty and staff who were honored this year included:
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