New Year Brings New Accolades for CSI

The year 2020 has brought a number of new accolades for the College of Staten Island, recognizing the excellence of its academic programs.

In just the last few weeks, the College of Staten Island was notified that its Economics and Philosophy Baccalaureate programs were recognized by Great Value Colleges, Economics ranked as 15th in the nation and Philosophy as 59th; while its Electrical Engineering Baccalaureate program was ranked 25th in the nation by Affordable Schools.

Even more impressive has been the recognition of CSI’s Social Work program, which was recently cited for having the lowest debt and highest earnings of any program in NYC, including Columbia and NYU.  Dean Savage, a professor at Queens College, CUNY analyzed program-specific data from the College Scorecard at the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), examining data on 11 nationally accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) programs in the New York City metropolitan area, including two SUNY campuses, NYU, Long Island University, and Columbia University. Savage found that of the 11 institutions in the NYC area that have accredited MSW programs, College of Staten Island students graduate with the lowest debt (in federal loans taken out during enrollment in the MSW program) and the highest earnings.

Additionally, GradReports Best Colleges List ranked CSI’s Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work programs each as 20th in the nation. Grad Reports has also named CSI’s Undergraduate Nursing program to its Top 25 Undergraduate Nursing Schools 2020 list.

By Editor

Technology Today Newsletter – Winter 2020

I hope you enjoy reading the latest issue of Tech Today, a Web-based newsletter updating you on new, significant technology initiatives supporting academia at CUNY.

Topics Include:
• Claiming Your Dropbox Account Is Now Easier!
• Microsoft Office 365 Training
• Update Your CUNY A!ert Contact Info!
• 11th Annual CUNY Accessibility Conference

If you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to email

By Brian Cohen

Tournées Film Festival

Join us as we launch the Fifth Tournées French Festival.

From new directors to classic French film, this year’s Tournées Film Festival theme is Against All Odds.

We hope you can see some terrific filmmaking while attending a CLUE event.

We look forward to seeing you.

By the Tournées Festival Team, the Department of Media Culture, and the Department of World Languages and Literatures

International Coffee Hour: Celebrate the Lunar New Year

You are invited to our monthly International Coffee Hour at the Center for Global Engagement on Thursday, Feb. 13 to celebrate the Lunar New Year (Year of the Rat) in Building 2A, Room 206 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm.

The International Coffee Hour at the Center for Global Engagement is a time for social interaction and is also an ideal environment for the expression of ideas. The monthly event also enables students to meet new friends out of a classroom setting. Moreover, students interested in studying abroad are encouraged to join this gathering so that they can begin to understand more about the world through discussions with people from different countries. Faculty and staff can meet colleagues from across the campus to share their international interests.

Everyone is welcome to bring their own music and pictures from their own countries to share.

Chinese refreshments will be served. This is a PG CLUE event.

A printable flyer is online for you to post on your door or forward to others who may be interested.

By the Center for Global Engagement


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) continue to monitor a novel strain of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China.

Health and Wellness Services is proactively working with CUNY, local and state public health organizations, and Staten Island University Hospital, Wagner College, and St. John’s University to stay on top of this evolving situation. 

There are still no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in New York State and the risk to the community remains low. Please note these important CDC recommendations:

If you have been in China within the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should self-isolate and seek medical care. Call ahead and tell your provider about your travel and symptoms. 

At the same time, it is also flu season. Influenza and coronavirus are both thought to spread by contact with respiratory droplets. Therefore, students, faculty, and staff can reduce their risk for these infections by:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

While getting a flu shot will not provide protection against coronavirus, according to CDC estimates, influenza has caused at least 22 million illnesses, 210,000 hospitalizations, and 12,000 deaths this season. Influenza can last through May so, if you have not had one already, consider getting a flu shot. The vaccine is still available for students at the Campus Cneter Health Center (Building 1C, Room 112).

For up-to-date information on the coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website.

If you have questions or concerns, you may call the Health Center at 718.982.3045.

By Linda Conte

This Week in Core 100

The Core 100 program invites students and faculty from the College to join us for our weekly lecture series. Each week, all of the first-year students participate in lecture-discussions with about 400 of their classmates. We have space in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) Williamson Theatre to accommodate individual guests, and can have as many as two additional classes at each of the lectures. No permission is needed for classes to attend, but please notify Donna Scimeca (718.982.3405) if you plan to bring a class.

The lectures are 50 minutes and are all in the Williamson Theatre. They meet on the following days/times: Wednesdays at 11:15am and 1:25pm; on Thursdays at 8:00am, 10:10am, 4:40pm, and 6:30pm; on Saturdays at 10:10am in Building 1P, Room 119.

The focus of the Core Lecture Series this semester will be to directly link the program’s curriculum to current events.

The Lecture Series Schedule for the Week of Feb. 10, 2020

Wednesday, Feb. 12: College closed for Lincoln’s Birthday

Thursday, Feb. 13:

-8:00am and 10:10am: “Media Bias,” presented by Robert Grosso

Professor Robert Grosso will discuss perceptions of media bias in the United States. This lecture includes a discussion of the historical roots of media bias, the rise of penny presses, the modern usage of Fake News and Yellow Journalism, the Rashomon Effect, and the growing use of social media, which exacerbate our own personal perceptions of the news.

Robert Grosso has been teaching with the Core Program since 2014, and has lectured on numerous topics in history, civics, and economics for the program’s lecture series. He also teaches at Union County College in NJ, primarily teaching the history of Western civilization.

-4:40pm: “Privilege and Constitutional Democracy.” presented by Patrice Buffaloe

This week’s lecture will require large group participation. As a group, we will define Constitutional Democracy. And through the process of active learning, the students will address the concept of privilege. It is paramount to note that the issue of privilege in this lecture will not be centered on race or gender. Rather, it is important to see that we all are privileged. Recognizing privilege is an opportunity to foster empathy, increase understanding, and play our own part in correcting some of the inequities that exist in our society. In this lecture, participation is very important, as each member is viewed as an agent of change, helping other members, being supportive, and providing feedback to others. This will ultimately serve to help the students answer the essential question of the lecture: To what extent does privilege work as the antithesis of Constitutional Democracy?

Patrice Buffaloe is a proud graduate of the College of Staten Island. In 2003, she earned her MA in Liberal Arts and 2005, her MS in Adolescent Education. Professor Buffaloe holds New York State certification teaching licenses in Special Education, Grades 7–12; Social Studies, Grades 7–12; and Elementary Education, Grades 1–6. She has had the pleasure of teaching EDS 201 and EDD 602 the Social Historical Foundation of Education to pre-service teachers with a focus on urban education and the effect of social, economic; and political conditions on the public education system. However, Professor Buffaloe is most proud of the work she does with the students in the Core 100 classes.

By the Division of Academic Affairs

It’s Time for “CSI’s Got Talent” Auditions

Can you sing, dance, play an instrument, tell a joke, do magic, juggle, yo-yo, or mime?

Whatever your talent, we want you to audition for “CSI’s Got Talent.”

The top ten to 12 most talented acts will compete the evening of Wednesday, Apr. 22.
The top 3 acts will receive prizes: 1st place: $2,250; 2nd place: $750; 3rd place: $250

First-Round Auditions will be held on the following dates:
Friday, Feb. 14: 10:00am – 4:30pm
Tuesday, Feb. 18: 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Thursday, Feb. 20: 2:30pm – 4:30pm

A semi-finals round of auditions will be held in mid-March.

To sign up for an audition, please complete the online application.

Students must log in with their CIX email and password to access the application form ( and password you use to access campus computers and the wireless).

In order to be eligible to audition:

• You must be a CSI student registered for classes in Spring 2020.
• You must be in good standing with the College (including a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better).
• CSI student(s) must have a prominent role in the performance.
• You may only audition for one performance (either as an individual or as part of a group and in only one talent category).
• Cash prize winners from previous “CSI’s Got Talent” competitions are not eligible to audition.

If you have trouble accessing the application, please call 718.982.3268 or email You will receive a confirmation email verifying your audition time. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please call 718.982.3268 to verify your application has been received.

Audition slots are limited, so students are encouraged to register early. Auditions will be scheduled in the order they are received. Completed applications must be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 13 by 11:00am. The Office of Student Life reserves the right to close or extend the acceptance of applications based on the number of responses received.

“CSI’s Got Talent” is sponsored by the Office of Student Life, the Campus Activities Board, and Student Government.

For more information about “CSI’s Got Talent” and the audition process, please contact Debi Kee at 718.982.3268 or email

By Carol Brower