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.
Marco Costanza ’19, a first-generation and former Macaulay Honors College student, has been making quite an impact at the University of Michigan Medical School, after earning a BS in Psychology and Spanish at CSI, where he conducted research on income inequality and both cardiac and mental health.
At U-M Medical School, Costanza has been awarded a Dean’s Scholarship, which provides him with the full cost of attendance for his MD and prospective MBA. Similar to his time at CSI, Marco has been heavily involved in many mentorship, DEI (diversity/equity/inclusion), and human rights endeavors.
He currently sits on the executive board of LANAMA (Latin American Native American Medical Association) as the chapter’s Admission’s Ambassador and Co-social chair with goals of increasing Latinx representation among the student body, mentoring Latinx undergraduate students at U-M, and fostering community among his classmates and undertaking community action campaigns.
Additionally, Costanza has been heavily involved in the University of Michigan Asylum Collaborative, a joint endeavor with the U-M Law School and Physicians for Human Rights. He serves as the executive board’s Evaluations Coordinator where he assists in conducting free forensic medical evaluations and medical affidavits to survivors of persecution seeking asylum in the U.S.
Costanza also sits on the executive board for OutMD (U-M’s LGBTQIA+ and straight ally identity group) as the Social Chair where he works on endeavors to create a safe space and fostering community for LGBTQIA+-identifying medical students.
Similar to some of the many mentorship programs in which he participated at CSI (CSTEP/ANY Fellowship) Marco is dedicated to giving back—he serves as a mentor for the Doctors of Tomorrow Program where he mentors underrepresented students interested in healthcare from the Detroit Metro Area.
Looking back on his CSI and Macaulay days, Costanza has many words of praise. In regard to Macaulay, he says that the honors college “provided me with an interdisciplinary education grounded in art, science, diversity, and social justice, which has influenced my outlook on the future of healthcare delivery and policy.”
As for CSI, he adds, “CSI provided me with a world-class education, research, and opportunities at the national and international level, which helped me cultivate a diversity of thought and passion for healthcare equity that I yearn to share with my future patients and medicine at large.”
After he receives his MD/MBA from U-M, Costanza says that he hopes to continue his work in DEI, human rights, and health disparities at the intersection of medicine and policy.
Hina Naveed, who graduated from CSI with a BS in Nursing in Fall 2016, and also recently graduated from the CUNY School of Law in Fall 2020 with a Juris Doctor, was praised by Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, in his remarks from the floor of the Senate, for being “an immigrant healthcare hero, a DACA healthcare hero,” noting that “she should not have to worry about being deported.”
A video of Senator Durbin’s statement is available online.
The Lucille and Jay Chazanoff School of Business at the College of Staten Island/CUNY takes great pride in announcing that Accounting alumna Rrita Rexhepi has been named as a recipient of a CPA Exam Scholarship by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). This is the inaugural year of the scholarship.
Only 50 scholarships of $1,500 each were awarded nationally to AICPA Student Affiliate and Exam Candidate Affiliate members. The funds may be used to reimburse exam-related fees and preparation courses for individuals who are pursuing CPA certification. Rexhepi has already passed all four parts of the CPA exam, and is awaiting final certification from the New York State Licensure Board.
Rexhepi’s instructors at CSI recall that she was a “hardworking, effective communicator,” who was “dedicated to success, always prepared, and an overall pleasure to have in the classroom.” As is appropriate for a public accountant, one instructor noted that she is “a highly ethical person with a very good work ethic.”
Rexhepi has worked in the accountancy field since graduating in 2018. She is currently employed at Arthouse, a digital marketing and advertising firm based in New York City. She began her professional career at a tax company, in an internship that she obtained through the CSI Accounting Career and Internship Fair. The Fair is held each fall semester.
During her time at CSI, Rexhepi took advantage of some of the opportunities that the School of Business offers, including the Career Fair noted above. She participated in the VITA income tax internship program and was named to the School’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta international honor society for business, management, and administration for her outstanding academic achievements.
Rexhepi’s fondest memories of CSI involve studying in the Library with her classmates from different majors. She had initially considered a career in engineering, but changed her academic path after taking ACC 114 out of sheer curiosity. Looking back on her choice of the College of Staten Island for her education, she says, “many people think that going to a private university and paying an absurd amount of money will be the answer to their careers. That is not always the case.”
She adds, “When a student makes it their duty to become educated, they will do it. CSI has been a great experience and prepared me for the path I chose.”
As a recipient of this scholarship, Rexhepi joins an esteemed group of students from a wide variety of institutions across the country.
Founding Dean Susan L. Holak and the Lucille and Jay Chazanoff School of Business community commend Rrita on her achievements and offer her congratulations on her great success!
CSI Alumna Sabrina Vayner has been accepted to the prestigious New England College of Optometry in Boston with a recurring Dean’s scholarship for all four years. She will begin her program of study this fall.