CSI Nursing and Verrazzano School alumna Alexa Zuffante, who is a Registered Nurse with Northwell Health, has been selected by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation as one of its 2021 Champions of Humanistic Care, sharing the honors with Dr. Anthony Fauci. She is also the only nurse in the entire Northwell organization to be chosen.
The Gold Foundation states that the award goes to “physicians, nurses, and healthcare team members who have been selected by their healthcare institutions for compassion and courage during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 200 healthcare team members have been chosen from Gold Partners Council member institutions and Gold Corporate Council member companies, as well as other affiliated Gold partners.”
The Finance Club of the Lucille and Jay Chazanoff School of Business recently held an online speaker event involving three CSI Management alumni at various stages of their careers, all of whom currently work in the finance and banking fields at JPMorgan Chase.
Organized by Finance Club President John Buscini and the other club officers, with the assistance of Andrew Colbeck, Technician for the Con Edison Trading Room, the event included Barnie Keller, Matthew Fleming, and Brittany Fumando. The participants spoke about their current positions, as well as the varied career paths that brought them to Chase. As the most recent graduate, Brittany touched upon her college years along with her other work experience, noting that “CSI can really make a difference with helping start a career and a bright future.” Matthew spoke primarily about his experiences at Chase, as well as his positions prior to being hired there. Barnie discussed some of her background and noted that there are a large number of alumni from several CUNY schools at Chase, including many from CSI.
Each participant spoke about the culture of their workplace and the importance of understanding it, the critical need to network with colleagues and contacts, and the benefits of developing a relationship with a mentor. One point that was strongly emphasized by the speakers was the advantage of micro-credentials on a candidate’s resume when they apply for a position. For the financial sector, these can include passing the Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exam, the General Securities Representative Exam (also known as Series 7), and the Uniform Securities Agent State Law Exam (Series 63), all administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Some Chazanoff School students have already begun achieving some of these qualifications prior to graduating – Andrew Colbeck is available to provide useful information and guidance in this area.
The Finance Club is to be commended for its initiative in engaging and bringing together these alumni for this valuable event. The Founding Dean of the Chazanoff School of Business, Dr. Susan Holak, expressed sincere gratitude to the former students who took time out from their own busy schedules to help build connections and impart knowledge to the next generation of graduates. Speaker Matthew Fleming summarized this, noting that “CSI and [the Department of Accounting and Finance] continue to provide excellent direction to the many minds they’re committed to molding.”
The Chazanoff School of Business looks forward to providing many more opportunities to engage with our alumni in different fields, and fostering connections between them and our current students.
Fatu Amara, Class of 2020 alumna and former Verrazzano Honors student, has been selected to participate in the NYC Urban Fellows Program, a nationally competitive opportunity, which selects 25 students annually from across the nation to gain experience working in Mayoral offices and City agencies throughout the nine-month long program. Fellows also engage in volunteer service projects and attend a seminar series to address current urban issues impacting public policy.
Amara aspires to work on public health-related issues and will use the fellowship experience to build upon her substantial background relevant to her career goals. In her sophomore year at CSI, she was inducted into the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, a highly selective three-year program that provides students with internships, mentoring, and professional development. During the fellowship, she interned at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, where she assisted in facilitating We Speak NYC classes for English language learners. She has additionally interned at the AVSI Foundation in post-genocide Rwanda, working with public health and development programs for low-income residents in rural areas, as she wishes to help communities both domestically and abroad.
Amara graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, with a research focus on the biochemistry of infectious disease, and minors in Psychology and Political Science. To further support her goals in public health, she conducted research via an internship at The Wellcome Center for Ethics and Humanities at the University of Oxford during the summer of 2020, where she worked on a project centering on preparedness and decision-making in humanitarian crises and pandemics.
Amara has also engaged in extensive service to the College and has demonstrated her leadership abilities as former President of the CSI Student Government and President of the Psychology Club, managing budgets and consistently seeking out new resources for the CSI student body.
After graduating from CSI, Amara joined AmeriCorps, through which she completed ten months of service via the NYC Civic Corps by working at Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI) as a Volunteer Project Coordinator. Through CHASI, Amara recruited and managed teams of volunteers to meet the needs of NYC residents and address food insecurity issues during the height of the pandemic. Her future goals include completing a Master’s degree in population health, and working with local governments and community organizations to implement health policies and programs.
The City University of New York – Even as she cared for COVID-19 patients as a volunteer with the NYC Medical Reserve Corps at the height of the pandemic, Hina Naveed spent her nights studying law at the CUNY School of Law. A registered nurse, Naveed earned her Juris Doctorate on Jan. 14, her third degree from CUNY. Read more at the CUNY Website.
RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH – Saleh Smadi begins by rubbing an alcohol swab in a circular pattern on the patient’s upper arm. He squeezes the deltoid muscle twice and gently inserts a thin needle. With his right thumb he pushes down on the plunger, inserting 0.3 milliliter, about one-twentieth of a teaspoon, of one of mankind’s greatest scientific achievements into the shoulder of 65-year-old Tim Dumas. Read more in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Former Macaulay Honors College at CSI student and Salutatorian Brian Kateman ’11 was recently mentioned on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Kateman, who is the founder of the Reducetarian Foundation, is doing a documentary, Meat Me Halfway, on the cause of promoting less meat consumption. The documentary’s executive producer, Madeleine Petsch, who also stars in Riverdale, mentions Kateman in her interview with Fallon at around the 3:55 mark.
pleaforthefifth.com – This year’s police killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd reignited a national conversation about Black people’s place in America and in its history. In Staten Island, this summer’s activism exposed residents to the borough’s lesser-known, and often overlooked, Black History. Many people, however, only learned about the Sandy Ground Settlement. Debbie-Ann Paige, Staten Island Public Historian and Professional Genealogist, wants residents to realize that Black History on the Island goes beyond Sandy Ground. Read more at pleaforthefifth.com.
NHL.com – Lou Lamoriello knows a thing or two about hockey talent. He’s apparently a pretty good musical talent scout, too.
The then-president and general manager of the New Jersey Devils was walking down Second Avenue in Manhattan in 1998 when he was drawn into a restaurant where he discovered Arlette, a Trinidad-born singer who was performing in perfect Italian.