Chazanoff School of Business Hosts Fireside Chat with NY Federal Reserve Bank President John C. Williams

A screenshot of John C. Williams, President of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, during his recent Fireside Chat

The Lucille and Jay Chazanoff School of Business provided viewers with a rare opportunity on June 24, 2021, when they hosted a virtual Fireside Chat with John C. Williams, President of the New York Federal Reserve Bank (“the Fed”). The event was moderated by Mark Stroud, a Lecturer in the Department of Economics in the Chazanoff School.

Dr. Susan Holak, the Founding Dean of the School, recalled that, “The Federal Reserve staff contacted Professor Stroud and myself about the opportunity, noting that President Williams would be doing a virtual ‘listening tour’ for three days on Staten Island. They wanted a final event that would be culmination of this visit.” Other “stops” on this tour included meetings with business leaders, government representatives, and community leaders and stakeholders from across the island.

Stroud, who also mentors Chazanoff School students for the NY Federal Reserve Challenge competition, asked President Williams a variety of questions, ranging from the state of the economies on Staten Island and in NYC, to other topics like challenges to the national economy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fed’s measures for curbing inflation, the possibility of modeling climate change into analyses of long-term regional growth, and President Williams’s views on cryptocurrencies. These questions were drawn from attendees’ submissions when they registered for the event.  President Williams underscored that transportation issues had come up a number of times in his listening tour of the Borough.

Dean Holak noted that she was thrilled with the audience that had been in attendance, even though there were fewer classes in session during the summer term compared to fall and spring semesters. Students from a number of disciplines such as economics, finance, public administration, and business law had nevertheless tuned in to the Zoom session to view the event. In addition, community members, School of Business alumni, and press correspondents from around the world were on the call.

Summing up, Dean Holak said, “It was a highly successful event! We are sincerely honored that the Fed reached out to us as an anchor institution in our community. It was a great opportunity for the Chazanoff School to work with a variety of business groups, to meet President Williams, and to collaborate with the NY Fed staff.”

By Terry Mares and Warrick Bell

CSI’s Oldest Living Alum, Margaret Ricciardi, Donates Painting to the College

Margaret Ricciardi poses with her painting, “Welcome.”

Margaret Ricciardi, who at 107 is the College’s oldest living alumna, donated “Welcome,” an oil on canvas painting completed in 2016, to CSI in an unveiling ceremony, last Wednesday on the Willowbrook campus.

The small gathering included CSI President William J. Fritz and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Michael Parrish; one of Ricciardi’s mentors, Associate Professor of Art Marianne Weil; as well as members of Ricciardi’s family and CSI staff.

In her remarks, Ms. Ricciardi expressed her desire to share the work with students, faculty, and visitors so they will feel welcomed by all the good things CSI has to offer.

In 1986, Ms. Ricciardi earned her Bachelor’s in Art from CSI at age 72. Beyond the donation of her beautiful painting, she has given back to CSI in a number of ways. Throughout her time at the College, younger students have often looked up to her for advice and guidance, and Ms. Ricciardi continues to help them through the Margaret and Frank Ricciardi Scholarship, which allows financially disadvantaged students who are taking Italian language classes to study in Italy. Additionally, she provides funding for the annual Margaret Ricciardi Commencement Award in Studio Art for a graduating Studio Art major.

In recognition of her many years of dedication to the College, Ms. Ricciardi received an Honorary Doctoral degree from the College in 2017.

In celebration of Ms. Ricciardi’s 100th birthday in 2014, a retrospective exhibition of her paintings and sculptures was held at the Gregg Gallery at the National Arts Club in Manhattan. Assistant Professor Weil served as curator.

By Terry Mares and Jennifer Lynch

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.

By Editor