Technology Training Program – November is Excel Month

The OTS Training Team is excited to continue our Lunch & Learn training program. 

Each month at noon* on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the team will meet you online to demonstrate a 15-minute technology topic. The team will stay online for another 15 minutes to answer any questions you have on that day’s topic.

Join as many of the sessions as you like.  There is no need to register in advance.  You can access the session by clicking on the link in the attached calendar.

November is MS Excel Month. 

Topics will include:

  • Setting up a spreadsheet
  • Creating a table
  • Filtering
  • Conditional formatting
  • Creating a chart
  • Basic calculations
  • Viewing spreadsheets and workbooks
  • Math functions and LookUp function
  • Text functions
  • Tricks to working with functions
  • Pivot tables
  • Protecting spreadsheets

In addition to the Lunch & Learn Sessions, the Fall semester is full of addition training, including classroom training, Tech Byte Tuesdays, and Meet, Greet & Learn Sessions. Please refer to our Webpage for additional information.

We look forward to meeting you in one of the sessions.

*You can join the session 15 minutes prior, to conduct a link and audio check. The sessions require speakers. Please call extension 718.982.2345 if you have any questions.

By Doriann Pieve-Hyland

First-Generation College Celebration

Were you the first in your family to attend college? If so, you are among the millions of people — including the 46% of incoming students at CSI — for whom a college education opened doors to a better life in terms of social and professional mobility. You overcame obstacles and forged a path for yourself, and the College would like to celebrate your accomplishments. And we also would like your help to support others pursuing the path you have traveled. ​

Friday, Nov. 8 is the annual National First-Generation College Celebration, honoring the 54th anniversary of the signing of the 1965 Higher Education Act (HEA), which has helped millions of first-generation, low-income/under-resourced students persist to degree completion. On this date, college and university campuses around the nation will hold rallies, panel discussions, listening sessions, celebrations, and more in recognition of their first-generation students, staff, and faculty.

CSI will take part in this celebration of First Generation College Students with an informal reception on Friday, Nov. 8 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm in the Center for the Arts Green Dolphin Lounge. This kick-off event marks the beginning of a campus-wide initiative to recognize and support First-Gen Students through a series of activities to be held throughout the academic year. We look forward to honoring First Gen staff and faculty as well, and hope you will join us. 

As we move into the future, CSI’s goal is to foster a supportive community for our First-Generation students. First Gen faculty and staff are role models, mentors, and formal and informal advisors — your experiences and accomplishments can serve as a foundation upon which others can build a successful and productive future. To begin this process, we hope you will join us on Nov. 8. 

For more information and to RSVP, please contact

By the First Generation Team@CSI: Ralf Peetz, Sarolta Takacs, Jane Marcus-Delgado, and Jennifer Durando

Free Career Makeover Day

Join us for Fresh Face Friday on Friday, Nov. 1 in the “CCPD Salon,” located in the Center for Career and Professional Development (Building 1A, Room 105) from  11:00am to 2:00pm and get a free career makeover, courtesy of Macy’s, professional photos for your LinkedIn profile, career-wear advice for men and women, over-the-shoulder résumé review, and a chance to practice your branding pitch. There will also be snacks, giveaways, and discount coupons for styling products. Enter a raffle for a chance to visit LinkedIn.

By the Division of Student Affairs

Important: Security Alert Regarding Spam Emails

Information Technology Services is aware of fraudulent email that is asking users to reset their password. The email appears as if it is coming from CUNY. Also the body of the email contains information asking for payment using a Bitcoin transaction.

Do not respond to this email. Information Technology Services has implemented all of the necessary security protocols and have contacted CUNY.

By Patricia Kahn