New Appointment

I am pleased to share with the College community the appointment of Ms. Shawn Landry as Acting Director of the CSI New York State-supported Liberty Partnership Program (LPP), effective Aug. 1, 2010. The LLP falls under the auspices of the Division of Student Affairs. Ms. Landry served as Youth Organizer/Intern Coordinator for the LLP since January 2003 at the College. She replaces Deborah Rose, previous LPP Director and current Council Woman for District 49 in Staten Island.

Over the past several years, Ms. Landry developed and expanded relationships with at-risk students by working closely with Staten Island schools’ principals, teachers, and parents, and the provision of target program efforts such as the provision of crisis intervention for students and their families, educational workshops, field trips, and other special events designed to support students’ graduation from high school and entry into higher education.

In 2010, Ms. Landry received the National Council for Negro Women, Staten Island Chapter, Community Leaders Award. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the New York University Silver School of Social Work, and a MS degree in Public Administration and BS degree in Professional Services from the Metropolitan College of New York.

Please join us in congratulating Ms. Landry on her new appointment.

Archives & Special Collections Events

As a corollary to the Library’s display of books authored by CSI faculty and staff, the Archives & Special Collections hosts events during club Hours each semester to give authors a chance to talk briefly about the research that went into their books. The talks are open to the entire campus community. At each event three or four authors speak for five to ten minutes each and have an opportunity to respond to audience questions.

If you are interested in presenting at an event Thursday, September 30, 2010, please let me know in an email that also includes the publication information about the book you wish to discuss.

Please respond as soon as possible to James Kaser at kaser@mail.csi.cuny.edu.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

9/11 Campus Memorial Service

The College community is invited to honor and remember those who perished on September 11, 2001. On Saturday, September 11, the nine-year anniversary of the tragedy. Please join President Morales and the CSI community in remembrance and reflection.

The program will take place at 9:00am at the World Trade Center Memorial on the lawn between Buildings 2N and 2A and will include reflective words, poetry, music and remembrances of CSI Alumni who lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy. The rain location for the event is the Green Dolphin Lounge in the Campus Center (Building 1C).

FLAS Domain Password Reset Functionality

Based on requests from the College community and in an effort to enhance performance and minimize the impact of forgotten passwords, Office Automation and User Services has implemented automatic password reset functionality into the FLAS domain. The automatic password reset will be based on the user initially answering pre-defined challenge questions. If answered correctly, the user will then be able to reset their FLAS password without the intervention of Technology Systems. Keep in mind that changing your FLAS password will also change your Microsoft Exchange password and vice versa.

In addition, the College of Staten Island will be following the Computer Security Policy put in place by CUNY, which states that passwords need to expire every 90 days. Having the automatic password reset functionality will help in transitioning to the 90-day password change. In order to take advantage of the self-service password reset for the FLAS domain please Click Here, enter your FLAS/Exchange username and password and then answer the challenge questions.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Office Automation and User Services at 718.982.4080.

Welcome from the President

It is with great excitement and anticipation that I welcome back our returning faculty, staff, and students. For those who are new to the College, I extend to you a very warm, “Welcome to CSI.” Today, as we commence the start of the 2010-2011 academic year, there is much to reflect upon, much to look forward to, and especially much to celebrate.

At the top of the list of our reasons to celebrate, student enrollment continues to flourish as more and more students are choosing to attend CSI. For the fourth consecutive year, CSI has experienced record enrollment (over 14,000 students). More than just the overall numbers, the academic profile of this incoming class has reached heights unparalleled in the history of CSI.

As a testament of our commitment to those students who have chosen CSI for its excellence in education, we also celebrate the arrival of an extraordinary group of 18 new faculty and several new administrators to the CSI community. This extremely accomplished cohort of faculty and staff represent some of the most promising talent in their respective fields, and they are certain to contribute to our evolving status as a world-class educational institution.

We can also now reflect upon a remarkable summer in which CSI established itself as a global destination for cultural exchange and academic excellence. Approximately 200 students from prestigious middle and high schools in and around Shanghai, China visited CSI this summer as part of the Continuing Education Summer Camp Program to learn and study English and Art. This international partnership resulted in a transformative experience for the visiting Chinese students as well as the CSI students and staff who served as gracious hosts.

Looking forward, the 2010-2011 academic year will be a time filled with momentous activity and progress in CSI’s Middle States reaccreditation process. More than 130 members of the broad campus community, assigned to seven different working groups, are involved in this process, which will culminate in a visit to our campus by the Middle States Commission evaluation team in 2011-2012.

Additionally, the Institutional Planning Committee (IPC) will continue to develop CSI’s new Strategic Plan, which will guide planning and decision-making at the College for many years to come. Through its hard work and diligence, the IPC has already successfully finalized the College’s new Mission, Vision, and Values statements as well as the strategic directions that form the foundation for the Strategic Plan. I encourage you to visit the Strategic Planning Website. When prompted for your username and password, type in your email name and email password and you will be able to log-on.

On behalf of the College, I thank you for your continued support, and I wish you a great year at CSI.

Acting Director of Diversity and Compliance

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Danielle E. Dimitrov, Esq., to the position of Acting Director of Diversity and Compliance effective Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010. Ms. Dimitrov holds a Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and a Master’s degree in Health Education from New York University.

Ms. Dimitrov was most recently in practice as a contract attorney for various law firms in Manhattan handling legal matters in the areas of employment discrimination and securities litigation.

Previously, Ms. Dimitrov worked in the legal services department for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Ms. Dimitrov also worked as a Research Aide for the College of Staten Island Center for Environmental Science providing support for research conducted by the Staten Island Breast Cancer Research Initiative and was an adjunct faculty member at CUNY LaGuardia Community College.

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Dimitrov to the College of Staten Island.