Three CSI Grad Students to Participate in World Shakespeare Congress [Updated to add third CSI student participant]

Three CSI English MA students, Anh Le, James Barone, and Alexandra Stein, will be participating in the World Shakespeare Congress this summer, July 18-24, hosted by the Asian Shakespeare Association at the University of Singapore. Anh is writing a paper for a seminar on Shakespeare and Dance and James is writing a paper for a seminar on Shakespeare and carnival. 

By Editor (originally published on April 8, 2021)

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

Macaulay’s Syleste Alexander Accepted to CUNY Cultural Corps

Syleste Alexander

Macaulay Honors College at CSI student Syleste Alexander has been accepted to the CUNY Cultural Corps, where she will work on a project that documents what past and present Service Corps participants have experienced while in the program.

Syleste shared her thoughts about Macaulay and her new role in the CUNY Cultural Corps:

“As a Marketing major with an interest in management and art history, Macaulay at CSI was the gateway for me to take part in amazing internship opportunities in the heart of New York City that were perfect for my career path.

“Currently, I am able to take part in bringing the arts to my College community in various ways. Through my internship with CUNY Creative Arts Team through CUNY Cultural Corps, I am able to gain professional development skills while also being a part of the arts sector. Through volunteering at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a member of the Met Collective, I am able to bring my perspective as a college student to help make the museum more accessible and appeal to a college audience.

“In previous summers, I participated in two professional development experiences as both a Student Ambassador for CUNY Arts and the Museum of Modern Art, and as a Business Development Intern at Reel Artistry. As a MoMA Ambassador, I was able to experience the MoMA behind the scenes. My peers and I took part in several private seminars at the MoMA, which focused on different aspects of working at the museum, such as curation, preservation, and art history. During these seminars, we were also given the opportunity to discuss how CUNY students can get more involved in the art museums available in New York City. At Reel Artistry, I was given the chance to work as a business development intern, while also being involved in a company that shared my passion for theater and the arts. I gained experience in business administration and digital organization, as well as working on marketing projects for the company.

“Currently, I am working as the Social Media Intern for the Macaulay Honors College, where I attend student development meetings, and manage and curate posts for both Instagram and Facebook!​”

By Editor

Freshmen Pair Highlighted by NY1 News

Their competitive careers at the College of Staten Island haven’t even started yet, but freshmen pair Maxim Kleyer of the Men’s Swimming and Diving team, and Daniel Wronski of the CSI Cross-Country, and Track and Field teams, are already making headlines. This month, both were featured in High School Scholar-Athlete spotlights by NY1 News, and have begun their academic careers at CSI in the Macaulay Honors College.

Profiled by NY1 reporter Kristi Lee Neuberger, both Kleyer and Wronski’s paths to CSI, and their respective sports, wasn’t always a sure thing. Kleyer picked up swimming just five years ago after stints in soccer and baseball, and Wronski started his first foray in the running world while attending Susan Wagner High School. Not only did they find arenas in which to excel athletically, but the pair has also dominated in the classroom, sporting near-perfect GPAs, making them two of Staten Island’s premiere scholar-athletes when it came time to make their college decision. CSI’s NCAA Division II program is now one that they will call home.

A scholar-athlete-driven institution, CSI Men’s Swimming specifically has been cited as a Scholar-Athlete All-America team for the past four years, and Kleyer and Wronski are two of nearly a dozen CSI student-athletes enrolled in the CUNY’s prestigious Macaulay Honors College.

NY1’s full story of Maxim Kleyer
NY1’s full story on Daniel Wronski

By David Pizzuto

Anastasia Hayes ’17 Accepted to Georgetown Law

Macaulay and CSI alumna Anastasia Hayes ’17,  will be attending Georgetown Law School this fall. She graduated with majors in U.S. Political Geography and Italian Language, Culture, and Politics.

Hayes said, “I am thrilled to have been accepted to Georgetown University Law Center and know that I couldn’t have done it without the support of the Macaulay and the wider CSI communities. Professors [Gerry] Milligan and [Peter] Kabachnik were fantastic mentors and Professor [Michael] Paris provided invaluable counseling throughout the law school application and decision-making process. Lisa [French] and Anita [Romano, both of the Macaulay Honors College at CSI] set me up for success, counseling me on everything from course scheduling to internship opportunities.”​ ​

During her undergraduate years, Ana completed two U.S. Dept. of State internships, one in Berlin and another at the UN, where she supported the daily activities of then-ambassador Nikki Haley.

By Editor