Parking Decal

We would like to remind the campus community of our parking guidelines and policies for the upcoming year.

As a follow-up to our previous communications regarding parking decals, starting on Monday, Sept. 20, our enforcement agents will begin distributing information on how to obtain your parking decal. It is important to note that effective Monday, Sept. 27, Parking Services will begin to ticket cars that are parked illegally or without a proper parking decal.

As previously noted, all returning faculty/staff members who had a decal that expired on Aug. 31, 2020 will not be charged for the upcoming semester and will have a credit that can be utilized for their fall decal. Please note that all 2019/2020 decal credits will expire on Aug. 31, 2022.

If you are new to the campus, you will need to purchase a decal in order to park on campus through the semester.

To obtain your credited decal or purchase a new decal please visit our Website.

We are also pleased to announce the additional parking option of a “Daily Parking Pass.” This pass is an option for those who will not be visiting the campus on more than three occasions. It is accessible via our Website.

Should you need further assistance or have any additional questions do not hesitate to contact our office.

By the Office of Parking & DolphinCard Services

A Big Week for CSI Faculty

With all of our focus lately on things like the pandemic, vaccinations, and severe weather events, it is a pleasure to share some remarkable accomplishments of CSI Faculty this week.

Distinguished Professor of English Patricia Smith was honored with the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Award. Here is how the foundation describes this award on their web site:  “The Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize annually honors a living U.S. poet with an award of $100,000 in recognition of their outstanding lifetime achievement. It is one of the most prestigious awards given to American poets and one of the nation’s largest literary prizes.”​ Congratulations to Professor Smith on this recognition of her exceptional talents and body of work as one of this country’s most distinguished poets.

This morning, Dr. Grace Cho of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology was named as a Longlist recipient of the National Book Award for her 2021 publication Tastes Like War: A Feminist Memoir. Congratulations to Professor Cho for this national recognition of her most recent publication. 

I wish you all a safe and enjoyable weekend.

By Michael Parrish

Thomas Volscho Wins Edward R. Murrow Award

CSI Associate Professor of Sociology Thomas Volscho has recently won an Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting for his work on the ABC Radio News podcast Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein. The Award is presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).

Volscho’s reporting for the podcast, especially Episodes 3 and 4, working closely with Mark Remillard and Senior Producer James Hill of ABC News, won him the award. In addition, he also did reporting and on-camera interviews for two episodes of the ABC News television program 20/20, one on Epstein and the other on Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s associate.

“I worked on investigating Jeffrey Epstein’s finances and how he accumulated his fortune,” Volscho explained. “We found that Epstein began accumulating his real estate, airplanes, island, and other things shortly after selling stock on behalf of his billionaire client Leslie Wexner. I also reported on Epstein’s time as a teacher at the Dalton School and how he was dismissed, contrary to what he told people.”

Volscho is currently writing a manuscript for a criminology book titled Sexual Predator, Master Manipulator: How Jeffrey Epstein Got Rich and Became the Most Prolific Child Sex Predator in American History. He said, “The reporting overlaps with parts of the book because for the book I had to investigate how he got rich. His fortune made his sexual abuse crimes possible.”

According to RTDNA Website, “Since 1971, RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards. Among the most prestigious in news, the Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community. Murrow Award winning work demonstrates the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.”

By Terry Mares

Remembering Professor Yale Meltzer

For numerous reasons, the Department of Economics has been greatly delayed in informing the CSI community of the passing of one of our long-time faculty members, Professor Yale Meltzer. We sincerely regret this delay. This past summer the Chair interviewed Yale’s son, Mr. Benjamin Meltzer, and is putting together a short biography for the legacy project at the Chazanoff School of Business. A summary is below.

Yale Meltzer passed away in September 2018. He was a professor in our former Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy (PEP) Department for 32 years, first at the Sunnyside campus from 1977 until 1982 and then on the current CSI campus until 2009, the year he retired.

He spent most of his life in New York City. A Brooklyn native, he graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1950, and Columbia University in 1954 (Chemistry and Liberal Arts majors); he also studied law at Columbia for one year, completed an MBA (Economics) at New York University and in the mid-1960s finished most of the coursework toward a PhD in Economics at The Graduate School, CUNY. Prior to becoming a full-time professor, Yale was employed in a variety of positions, including assistant to a chief patent lawyer, factory manager, research chemist at H. Kohnstamm & Co., and finally a securities analyst. Further, from 1962 until 1968, he worked on a special study, first on request by President John F. Kennedy and later by President Lyndon B. Johnson on an analysis of the effects of the Kennedy Round of GATT negotiations on the U.S. economy.

Within the PEP Department at CSI, Yale brought and developed a strong interest in teaching about finance and financial markets. He had a penchant for teaching students about the U.S. economy, the federal budget, the allocation of public resources, the taxation system, and taxation principles. 

Yale  spent  many  hours  advising  students  for  careers  in  the  finance  sector. It was clear that he cared very much about his students and what they planned to do with their professional lives. We estimate that through his teaching he came into contact with well over 6,000 different students. According to his son Benjamin, his favorite career, and his final one, was college professor.

Over the course of his professional life, he published 16 books, about one a year during a 17-year stretch from 1967 to 1984. A few concerned economics and finance, but the majority were about specific topics in chemistry, such as the Soviet chemical industry, plastics, and water-soluble polymers. His writing career came to an end in 1984 when he shifted some of his time to caring for his wife Annette, his college sweetheart.

A handful of us in the former PEP Department knew Yale in the 1980s and 1990s, while a much greater number knew him from the 2000s. We all remember him as an excellent member of the PEP Department.

He was an exceedingly polite colleague and always greeted people on campus with a smile. We department members in Economics and in the other offshoots of the former PEP Department will never forget his kindness and his devotion to his students, the Department, the College, and to his family. We mourn Yale’s passing and miss him.

Simone Wegge and Vasilios Petratos

Vaccine Clinic on Campus – Sept. 17

Johnson & Johnson shots will be administered on campus this Friday, Sept. 17, from 11:00am 4:00pm. 

Vaccines will be administered in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) Conference Room on the First Floor.

More information will be announced shortly.

This event is organized by CSI, SuperHealth Pharmacy, and the Office of the Staten Island Borough President.

By the Office of Human Resources