MHC Alumna Working in NYC Comptroller’s Office

Olivia Frasca ’21

Macaulay Honors College alumna Olivia Frasca ’21 is currently a Press Fellow with the NYC Comptroller’s Office. 

When describing the office and her responsibilities, Olivia says, “The Press team is a liaison between the Comptroller’s Office and the public, creating both written and visual communications on behalf of the agency, as well as sharing reports on the Office’s latest audits and policy recommendations with news outlets from all over the five boroughs. 

“As a Press Fellow, I have the unique opportunity to pursue my interests in both public policy and journalism while learning about—and contributing to—the inner workings of the city’s chief financial oversight agency.”

In addition to performing her Press Office duties, Olivia facilitates professional development events featuring other departments within the massive 800-person agency. For example, she recently organized a brown bag seminar with the Bureau of Public Policy designed to give interns and fellows at the Office valuable insights into the work of the policy team. 

Olivia majored in Political Science and completed minors in Business and Economics. She had extensive internship experience (including two summers with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Correspondence and at the District Office of NYS Assemblyman Michael Cusick) and volunteer experience (with the American Red Cross and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society). At CSI, she served as Deputy Commissioner of Academic & Curricular Affairs on Student Government and as Politics Editor/Contributor for The Banner.  

Olivia was awarded the Macaulay Community Service Award and CSI Laura Schwartz Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Science upon graduation.

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Alumna Moné Skratt Henry ’19 to Attend Vanderbilt in the Fall

Moné Skratt Henry ’19

CSI and Macaulay Honors College alumna Moné Skratt Henry ’19, who graduated from CSI with a BA in Linguistics and Psychology, will be attending Vanderbilt University this fall to pursue a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. A University Scholar (four-year tuition merit scholarship), Dean’s List student, and recipient of a Phi Beta Kappa Associate’s Award, she conducted research in the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program and served as a Linguistics Research Assistant. She also served as an English Teaching Assistant in Malaga, Spain from 2019-2020 and volunteered with Literacy Partners and Speech Recovery Pathways in 2020-2021.

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CSI Alumna Alexa Zuffante Selected as a 2021 Champion of Humanistic Care

Alexa Zuffante

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.”

More information on Champions of Humanistic Care is available on the Gold Foundation Website.

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Finance Club Holds Speaker Event Featuring Multiple CSI Alumni

Chazanoff School of Business alumni recently spoke to CSI students in a virtual event.

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.

By Warrick Bell

CSI Alumna Fatu Amara ’20 Accepted to NYC Urban Fellows Program

Fatu Amara

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.

By Michele Callahan

For Her Relentless Commitment to Expanding Rights for Immigrants and Dreamers; the Around-the-Clock Care She Provided as a Nurse During the Pandemic; and Her Work to Help Underserved Communities, Hina Naveed is a CUNY Hero

CSI Alumna Hina Naveed (Photo: CUNY)

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.

By The City University of New York

A year of COVID: A VCU Health student finally gets his chance to fight the pandemic (features Verrazzano School alumnus Saleh Smadi ’18)

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.

By Eric Kolenich

CSI Alum Receives Mention on “The Tonight Show”

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.

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