FOCUS2 is back

The Center for Career and Professional Development is pleased to inform you that the Focus 2 Career Planning System for College Students has been renewed through April 2021.  A promotional flier with link and access code is online. Create your account today.

By Caryl Watkins

Your Individualized Career Plan and Resume

During this summer of remote learning, now is a good time to check on your career progress using the online Individualized Career Plan (ICP) and the online ICP Guide.  Doing this will keep you on track in your preparation for internship and employment applications, as well as preparation for graduate school.  

One key step is to update your resume regularly to reflect your new skills and experiences.  If you need some advice or assistance with your resume, remember the CSI Resumepalooza is this Thursday, July 9, but you must register. 

By Caryl Watkins

Technology Training Sessions for the Week of July 6

In lieu of our monthly Lunch and Learn Series, Technology Training will continue to offer weekly training sessions on the applications that will assist you with your telecommuting efforts. 

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

Please use our Registration page to sign up 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 7/6/20 9:30am – 10:30am Need Help? Visit with Doriann during a Virtual Office Hour
Monday 7/6/20 10:30am – 11:30am Office 365 – One Note (Create shared notebooks for your department and classes.)
Monday 7/6/20 2:00pm – 3:00pm Office 365 – Teams (Learn how to collaborate with coworkers.)
Monday 7/6/20 4:30pm – 5:30pm Excel – (Functions including Vlookup)
Monday 7/6/20 5:00pm – 6:00pm Technology Overview for Students
Tuesday 7/7/20 9:30am – 10:30am Need Help? Visit with Doriann during a Virtual Office Hour
Tuesday 7/7/20 10:00am – 11:00am Technology Overview for Students
Tuesday 7/7/20 1:00pm – 2:30pm Blackboard Collaborate for Faculty
Tuesday 7/7/20 4:30pm – 5:30pm Office 365 – OneDrive (Learn how to store your documents in the cloud.)
Wednesday 7/8/20 9:30am – 10:30am Need Help? Visit with Doriann during a Virtual Office Hour
Wednesday 7/8/20 Noon – 1:00pm Dropbox – (Learn how to store files in the cloud.)
Wednesday 7/8/20 2:00pm – 3:00pm Google Voice – (Learn how to mask your personal phone number.)
Wednesday 7/8/20 4:00pm – 5:00pm Technology Overview for Students
Thursday 7/9/20 9:30am – 10:30am Need Help? Visit with Doriann during a Virtual Office Hour
Thursday 7/9/20 1:00pm – 2:30pm WebEx – (Learn how to conduct virtual meetings.)
Thursday 7/9/20 2:30pm – 3:30pm Technology Overview for Students
Thursday 7/9/20 4:00pm – 5:00pm MS Forms – (Create surveys, quizzes, polls.)

We look forward to working with you.

Be well.

By Doriann Pieve-Hyland

Communication Schedule Regarding Planning Efforts for Campus Re-Entry

The College of Staten Island is planning for a safe and academically rigorous fall semester. Because CUNY, State, CDC, and Federal guidance on the COVID-19 Pandemic changes daily, we as a campus need to be flexible in our expectations, and prepared for the possibility of both traditional in-person instruction and distance education. Because CSI has traditionally focused on in-person instruction, the bulk of our academic planning is focused on a model of continued distance education and improvements to provide an enriched educational experience for our students. We will also be preparing plans to return to campus for research, instruction, and service functions.

To that end, we are co-chairing a large committee focused on determining what re-entry to in-person activities might look like, and to determine what policies, infrastructural changes, and safeguards need to be in place for in-person activities to resume. The committee is composed of six subcommittees. The membership of the committee and the charges of the subcommittees can be found online.

We expect a lot of changes over the coming weeks, and we are planning regular communications to faculty, staff, and students every other week, starting in early July. We will send email updates, post new information on the re-entry Website, and distribute news via social media. In the meantime, we hope that you are all doing well during this difficult and most atypical summer.

By Hope Berte

OER Tutorials Available in July

We invite you to take advantage of the following OER tutorials in July, which are available to you through CUNY’s membership in the CCCOER.  

The spread of COVID-19 has required a rapid response by educators to meet student needs. CSI has transitioned to distance learning for the summer semester, and there is still uncertainty about the nature of instruction for the coming fal semester. Many instructors might find themselves looking for resources that are easily accessible and don’t require an in-person visit to the Library. Open Educational Resources are freely available online, and have been licensed by the creators so that copyright restrictions are not a barrier to open use. At a time of economic distress for many of our students, who may be out of work and/or facing additional financial burdens due to COVID-19, zero-cost OER textbooks and learning materials can make education much more affordable and easily accessible at this time. To learn more about OER, please go online.

By the Division of Academic Affairs