The Friends of CSI have provided the College with $33K to support student scholarships and the CSI Library.

The Friends of CSI held their annual meeting recently and announced the awarding of $26,000 in student scholarship support and $7,500 in support to the CSI Library.

During the meeting, Dr. Christine D. Cea, President of the Friends for the past three years, announced that she was stepping down to rejoin the general board of the Friends. (Dr. Cea was recently named President of the College of Staten Island Foundation Board.) Beverly Garcia-Anderson, First Vice President of the Friends and notable community activist, was elected as the new President of The Friends of CSI.

“I am very proud of all of us, of all of you,” Dr. Cea told the Friends membership at the meeting. “It is because of your dedication that we have achieved the many goals that we set out to accomplish. Through our fundraising efforts, we have been able to financially support our students and contribute to the CSI Center for the Arts and Library. I know that the future of the Friends will continue to florish under Beverly’s leadership.”

Student support, available to eligible students in the coming academic year, includes scholarships in the name of: Stella DeLuca, Norma D’Arrigo, John Marchi, International Study Abroad, Ephraim Bodine, Louie Miller, Giovanni and Giacomo Scano, Rose Volpe, Mary F. Regan, and 14 others awarded in the name of the Friends of CSI. Scholarship recipients must be Staten Island residents with a 3.0 Grade Point Average or higher and a demonstrated financial need. One of the scholarships must be awarded for International Study Abroad.

The Volpe Library Fund will provide support to the CSI Library in the coming academic year.

The Friends of CSI slate of officers nominated for 2011-2013 include:

  • Beverly Garcia-Anderson, President
  • Laura Kennedy, First Vice President
  • Anne Mondello, Second Vice President
  • Anthony DeFazio, Treasurer
  • Wilma Jones, Recording Secretary
  • Nancy Myers-Benbow, Corresponding Secretary

For nearly 40 years The Friends of CSI have assisted the College of Staten Island to realize its goals and educational mission. The Friends is a volunteer organization comprised of members of the community who are dedicated to the mission and Strategic Plan of the College as outlined by the President of the College. The organization has a rich history of creating programs that engage the community in the educational and cultural activities of CSI, including the Starlight Ball, known today as the Celestial Ball, and the engaging Literary Brunch author series.