Although the weather was humid and rainy outside, the kids of faculty and staff at the College of Staten Island (CSI) recently had another opportunity to enjoy a day of fun and inspiring events inside during Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
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After registration and refreshments in Building 2A, the young visitors went to Building 1A where they listened to CSI faculty members Donna Scimeca, Jennifer Silverio, and George Stern, who spoke about notable Americans, American Sign Language (with a demonstration), and the power of positivity in one’s life.
The next stop for the kids was the Sports and Recreation Center for a Basketball Camp with members of the Athletic Office.
After their workout, the children enjoyed pizza and cupcake decoration, and had the chance to pose for a group picture with CSI President Dr. Tomás D. Morales and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. William Fritz.
The afternoon had even more to offer with a visit to the Asian Cultures Day event in the Campus Center Green Dolphin Lounge, which was sponsored by the Pluralism and Diversity program. The event featured exhibits on Asian culture, origami folding and henna demonstrations, Chinese brush painting instruction, and Chinese food. During that time, other students took an impromptu tour of the College radio station, WSIA.
Next, Prof. Jason Simon gave the kids a tour of the College’s Digital Video Production facilities in the Center for the Arts, which included a surprise visit with CSI music students, who performed some rock tunes to get the children dancing and tapping their feet.
After the Media tour, the kids enjoyed rock of another type, as they visited Prof. Alan Benimoff’s popular geology lab in Building 4N, learning about crystal structures, looking at minerals through microscopes, and getting to handle some of Dr. Benimoff’s vast collection of geological samples.
After a break for cake, thanks to the CSI Great International Bake Sale, sponsored by the Club Council of the Student Government, the day wrapped up with a return to the Center for the Arts for a rehearsal of the CSI Guitar Ensemble under the direction of Prof. Edward Brown.
Initially established as “Bring Your Daughter to Work Day,” the annual event provides an opportunity for parents to bring their daughters, and sons, to work to see, first-hand, what they do, so the kids can learn about their parents’ professions.
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at CSI was sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of Academic Affairs. It was coordinated by the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Committee.