Yesterday, we learned of the loss of a member of our CSI family, Jennifer Straniere of the Department of Performing and Creative Arts. Jennifer’s association with CSI went back to her own college days, as she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Richmond College, where she also worked for a period of time after graduation.  

Jennifer went on to have a successful career in theater and with the Board of Education before returning to work at the College of Staten Island, first as an instructor and then as a performing arts technical manager, supporting the Music, Drama, and Dance programs in the Department of Performing and Creative Arts.

Jennifer was a natural fit for her position at the College, working with faculty, staff, and students in managing the complex logistics of the varied menu of the offerings of the Department of Performing and Creative Arts. She also helped the College run our special College-wide events in the Center for the Arts, ensuring that each production went as smoothly as possible. She was a hard worker, never hesitated to help out when needed, and always provided a cheerful public face to those attending CSI events.  

Jennifer was well known in the Staten Island community for her volunteer service, support and ​love for the arts, and great work at the College and other performing arts venues throughout the Borough. As a result of her many contributions to the community, she was recognized as a Staten Island Advance Woman of Achievement in 2009.  Jennifer will be greatly missed by the CSI community. 

By the Division of Academic Affairs