The College of Staten Island men’s and women’s basketball teams are riding some impressive highs, and the teams are celebrating with another pair of honors this week.  Senior standout Katelyn Hepworth took home the CUNYAC’s Player of the Week honor, while freshman standout Frankie Schettino on the men’s side earning Rookie of the Week honors from the conference.

CSI Explodes Offensively to Oust MEC, 113-79

In what was their highest point-total scored in over two decades, the College of Staten Island men’s basketball squad scored early and often, coasting by the Medgar Evers College Cougars by a 113-79 count at the Cougar Cave in Brooklyn, NY, tonight as part of CUNYAC play.  The win, the 9th-straight for CSI, lifted the team to 10-2 overall and 5-0 in the CUNYAC, while the Cougars dropped to 1-12, 0-6.

CSI Women Blow by Medgar Evers, 94-23

The College of Staten Island women’s basketball team got up early and never looked back, blowing by Medgar Evers College in CUNYAC play, 94-23, at the Cougar Cave in Brooklyn, NY, this evening.  CSI improved to 10-3 overall and a perfect 6-0 in the CUNYAC, while the Cougars fell to 2-12, 0-7, respectively.

Thomas Chin ’80 | An Alumni Profile

Thomas Chin, who graduated from CSI in1980 with an associate’s degree in Electronics Engineering, was an ideal candidate to speak at last June’s induction Ceremony of Phi Beta Delta, the honor society for international scholars, as he is currently the Vice President of infrastructure operations, Latin America and Canada, for JPmorgan Chase. Chin is responsible for the day-to-day technology operations in multiple countries and major cities in the region.

Discussing his often challenging role, Chin explains, “my job is very dynamic and my day can sometimes be very unpredictable. My duty is to manage our region’s technology infrastructure to support our users’ business functions. I never know what and when an incident can strike, but when it does, it is my job to manage the situation and get the problem fixed as quickly as possible so the users can go back to their Business as Usual operations. And that is the fun and challenging part of my job—always being ready to tackle different problems and situations. You sometimes feel like you are sitting behind a race car on the starting line waiting for the flag to drop.”

Looking back on his college and life experiences, Chin notes that CSI laid the foundation for his success, while simply living life in our complex world helps him to grow professionally. “I personally don’t think you will be able to learn everything from school, as there is so much to learn in this world of ours. There are new technologies and apps by the hours or minutes. But i know CSI gave me the good start I needed—my baseline knowledge, how to think logically, and the technology concepts. after CSI, I still need to expand my knowledge and continue my learning skills from my industry peers and colleagues on the job.”

Chin was happy to have the opportunity to return to his alma mater last June. “It was great coming back to CSI after 33 years! CSI looks great—from the moment I came through the gate and got lost looking for the right parking lot—it is so big. The campus buildings are beautiful and I would have loved to have time to check out the tech labs. Even though it is not the same campus I graduated from, I still got chills stepping into the auditorium and speaking in front of the Phi Beta Delta honor society members and their families.”

He also had a positive experience meeting CSI’s international scholars at the induction Ceremony. “When I talked to the students about my job and my career and saw that they were so interested, it really made me feel good. I loved speaking to young people as I do with many of the young entry-level members of my staff. I enjoyed passing on my work experience to them and sharing with them the different situations that I have faced, how I would handle situations, and what my thinking was behind taking certain actions.”

”Fortunately, this visit went so well that the future might hold more trips to campus for Chin. “I enjoy being a mentor,” he says, “and would love to provide any assistance to my fellow CSI students.”

President Clinton joined by School of Business Prof in China

President Bill Clinton and School of Business Professor George Wang at the Global Summit of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Leaders in Guangzhou, China.

The Global Summit of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Leaders, held in Guangzhou, China last month, was attended by over 300 SME executives worldwide, along with global political leaders, international organizations, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) representatives, and scholars from academia.

Professor J. George Wang of the School of Business at CSI attended the conference as one of the keynote speakers and as the moderator for Mr. Bill Clinton (42nd president of the United States of America). As the first program on the conference agenda, President Clinton spoke for 30-minutes, addressing the issues of SME development worldwide.

Following his speech, Professor Wang conducted a 15 minute face-to-face dialogue with President Clinton, covering the issues related to the recovery of the US and global economy, the sustainability of the economic growth in emerging countries such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), US-China trade relationships, the potential roles of the US dollar, Euro, and RMB in international financial markets in the future, and what China’s SMEs can learn from US SMEs. Both President Clinton’s speech and the following dialogue were very well received by the audience.

At a later session of the conference, Professor Wang presented to the conference a preliminary report of a research project that was conducted by a team led by Professor Wang, regarding the development of the global SMEs. In his presentation, Professor Wang discussed the status of global SME’s development by looking at data collected from 14 representative countries across 5 continents, citing 12 indicators. The report also analyzed root causes of the challenges and issues that face SMEs worldwide, proposing a “cocktail” type of solution for SMEs to meet these challenges. Professor Wang’s presentation was also well received by the audiences, and Professor Wang was invited on the spot to conduct joint research, and to speak as a keynote for events that will be held next year in China, Europe and Latin America. The research report conducted by Professor Wang – when it is completed and finalized –  will be published by Springer Publishing based upon an agreement signed earlier this year.

Other attendees included: Mr. Jean-Pierre Raffarin (former prime minister of France), Mr. John William Ashe (president of the United Nations General Assembly), Mr. Carlos Magarinos (former director general of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and former minister of industry and mining of Argentina), Mr. Canseco Terry (former vice president of Peru), Ms. Patricia Espinosa (former minister of foreign affairs of Mexico), Mr. Mohamed Dhaoui (director of the business, investment and technology services branch of UNIDO), Mr. Ronald Bew (former associate deputy administrator of US Small Business Administration), Ms. Li Xiaolin (president of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries), Mr. Zhu Xiaodan (governor of Guangdong Province), and Mr. Chen Jianhua (mayor of Guangzhou City), all of whom were speakers at the event.

The Campaign for CSI: For College and Community

Last night, at An Evening Above and Beyond with CSI, the College of Staten Island launched the public phase of the first-ever fundraising campaign in our College’s history—a comprehensive campaign with a $20 million target that will provide greater resources for students and faculty, enhance CSI’s signature campus, and increase endowment.

The Campaign for CSI: For College and Community, which has already raised $7 million since its silent phase began in 2009, will enhance our ability to provide access to excellent educational opportunities for all deserving students and build on the strong foundation of scholarship and research that already exists at CSI.

The priorities of the campaign will also advance CSI’s commitment to our community, and allow us to further our educational and outreach programs to the benefit of our Island, City, and region.

To learn more about the College’s campaign, I encourage you to view a brief video and keep an eye on your inbox and mailbox for special campaign-related news.

The opportunities and challenges at CSI have never been greater, and I am proud to embark upon this campaign with you during such an exciting time in our College’s growth and development.


William J. Fritz, PhD
Interim President 

Long Artistic Journey of Award-winning Alumnus Leads to a New Book

Richmond College alumnus Andy Fraenkel has published a new book.

Andy Fraenkel was among the first incoming class when the new Richmond College opened its doors at St. George. He enjoyed reading and writing, and was one of the founders and editors of the College’s first literary magazine, Dying Gardens. Spending a good deal of time in the College library, he  discovered an old book, The Indian Story Book (1914) by Richard Wilson, about India’s ancient stories, which included some from the epic Mahabharata. The book jumped out at him–an old collectable that started him on a journey that he continues to this day. Fraenkel, majoring in Theater, turned one of the Mahabharata stories into a one act play. His theater class decided to use his piece as one of four plays they performed for elementary schools on Staten Island.

After graduating in 1970, Fraenkel left New York and over the years was involved with several regional theater groups, including the long-lived Broom Street Theater in Madison, WI. In the  early 1980s, he formed his own group, the Theater of Understanding, and staged stories from world cultures. Eventually, Fraenkel made several trips to India, which helped shape a full-length, two-man Mahabharata drama that appeared Off Broadway in 1987 at the American Theater of Actors in Manhattan.

After suffering a heart attack, Andy transitioned to dramatic storytelling, became a member of the National Storytelling Network, and began offering multicultural storytelling programs and workshops in schools, colleges, libraries, museums, and special events. He was to receive a West Virginia Artist Fellowship Award for his work. Information about his professional programs is available online.

Now, with the recent publication of his book, Mahabharata: The Eternal Quest, Andy Fraenkel has come full circle since the time he first discovered The Indian Story Book.  He had started working on his Mahabharata manuscript in 2000. He explains the intent of his rendition was threefold, “to deliver the story as good literature, to give it a cinematic slant, as potentially the basis for a film, and to keep it at a length that could easily be studied in college classrooms.”

Since he doesn’t read Sanskrit, his primary source was Kisari Mohan Ganguli’s monumental, first-ever, complete English translation, completed in 1896 in 12 volumes. “Writing Mahabharata was like going on a journey,” says Fraenkel. “Sometimes it was exhilarating. Sometimes it was discouraging. I wondered if I could really pull it off successfully. I would stop writing for months at a time and go on to other projects. Ever so gradually, the manuscript came together. I tried to find the unique elements of each part of the story. Over the years, writing Mahabharata has been a wonderful meditation for me. An old Hindu monk in India told me, ‘Once you let the story into your heart, it will never leave you’.”

To learn more about his book, visit the Mahabharata Project Website.