Virtual Town Hall for Faculty and Staff

Please join Provost Michael Parrish, who will be hosting another virtual Town Hall for faculty and staff on Wednesday, May 27 at 3:00pm. This Town Hall will focus on and address those questions that arose during the previous Town Hall. 

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By the Division of Academic Affairs

Technology Training Sessions for the Week of May 25

In lieu of our monthly Lunch & Learn Series, Technology Training will continue to offer weekly training sessions on the applications that will assist you with your telecommuting efforts. The schedule will be updated every Friday evening for the following week.

If there is a topic that you would like to have covered in the future please reach out to us and we will do our best to assist you.

Please use our Registration page to register for this week’s sessions. Please note that this schedule is fluid and we may add or cancel training sessions as needed to better serve the College community.

Day Date Time Class
Monday 5/25/20   Memorial Day
Monday 5/25/20   Thank you Heroes!
Tuesday 5/26/20 10:00am – 11:00am Blackboard Collaborate for Students
Tuesday 5/26/20 Noon – 1:000pm Dropbox – (Learn how to store files in the cloud.)
Tuesday 5/26/20 3:30pm – 4:30pm Excel – (Intro to Excel/Comparison between Excel 2016 and Excel 365)
Wednesday 5/27/20 9:30am – 10:30am Need Help? Visit with Doriann during a Virtual Office Hour
Wednesday 5/27/20 11:00am – NoonGoogle Voice – (Learn how to mask your personal phone number.)
Wednesday 5/27/20 2:00pm -3:00pm Blackboard Collaborate for Faculty
Wednesday 5/27/20 3:30pm – 4:00pm Scanning Documents using your smartphone.
Wednesday 5/27/20 4:00pm – 5:00pm Blackboard Collaborate for Students
Thursday 5/28/20 9:30am – 10:30am Need Help? Visit with Doriann during a Virtual Office Hour
Thursday 5/28/20 11:00am – NoonOffice 365 – OneDrive (Learn how to store your documents in the cloud.)
Thursday 5/28/20 1:00pm – 2:00pm WebEx – (Learn how to conduct virtual meetings.)
Thursday 5/28/20 2:30pm – 3:30pm Blackboard Collaborate for Students
Thursday 5/28/20 4:00pm – 5:0pm Office 365 – One Note (Create shared notebooks for your department and classes.)
Friday 5/29/20 9:30am – 10:30am Need Help? Visit with Doriann during a Virtual Office Hour
Friday 5/29/20 10:30am – 11:30am Blackboard Collaborate for Students
Friday 5/29/20 11:00am – NoonOutlook – (Tips & Tricks for working remotely.)
Friday 5/29/20 2:30pm – 3:00pm Office 365 – (Learn how to use Office 365 to collaborate on Office documents.)
Friday 5/29/20 3:00pm – 4:00pm Office 365 – Word (Mail Merge.)

We look forward to working with you.

By Doriann Pieve-Hyland


As you know, in-person Commencement ceremonies are not being held due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are still optimistic that we might be able to hold a physical ceremony in the fall, and we will keep you posted as we learn more about the reopening of New York State. We know that having a traditional ceremony would mean a lot to you, our students, and their families, and we will do our best to make it happen – if we can do it safely.  

Although Commencement is postponed, many students requested caps and gowns for their personal celebrations or portraits. Purchase information may be found on the CSI Commencement Webpage.

Many students have also asked about diplomas. We are pleased to announce that we can mail diplomas to our June and August graduates. More information regarding when graduates may expect their diplomas in the mail will be forthcoming, including how to access a free PDF version. For those who received their degrees in January, we are currently working on getting their diplomas to them. 

Please know that we are excited to honor our graduates. Beginning Tuesday, May 26, 2020, we are going to start celebrating our graduates. Please follow CSI on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter to see our social media campaign. We will also list the names of candidates for graduation on the CSI Commencement Webpage and in the Staten Island Advance (special June edition).

Finally, we will be releasing a Salute to the Class of 2020 video on Thursday, May 28, 2020. CSI created this video to share our messages of congratulations and best wishes, including special messages from President William J. Fritz and the outgoing Student Government President and Class of 2020 graduate, Fatu Amara.

We know this is not the way our students planned to end their collegiate experience, and we understand their disappointment. However, we will have a Commencement celebration in the fall, and we look forward to giving our students the sendoff they deserve.

By Jennifer S. Borrero, JD

CSI BFA Online Exhibition

The Art Program at the Department of Performing and Creative Arts presents: BFA Senior Project in Art and Photography.

College of Staten Island undergraduate students have come together to virtually present their BFA degree senior projects, which marks the culmination of their studies. We invite you to view this online exhibition showcasing their works online.

Student-artists include Leslie Abernethy, Brianna Caraballo, Denzyl Daniel, Joseph Liss, Jorge Martinez, Danfeng Qiu, Irvin Rodriguez, and Lex Wittlin.

By the Division of Academic Affairs

CSI Film Festival Online Edition

The CSI Film Festival will be having an online edition that kicks off this week. The short films included in this year’s festival will be available to watch starting Thursday, May 21. More films will be added every day to the festival’s live stream, which will run on Monday, May 25 at 4:00pm. We’ll be rolling out films submitted by current students, plus the best films from the past five years of the festival. Invite your friends and family to watch the live stream together. After all, there’s no seating limit.

We are also taking in submissions on a rolling basis up until Saturday. All students are welcome to share their videos. 

Submissions can be any video completed in the past three years, and they must not have been screened at any previous iteration of the CSI Film Festival.

Short films and videos can be submitted online.

By Mitchell Lovell