CSI Summer Blood Drive

Take part in the CSI Summer Blood Drive.  The Brooklyn/Staten Island Blood Center’s Bus-Mobile will be on campus on Monday, July 6 from 11:00am to 4:30pm outside the Library Cafe.  Donors are in demand to support NYC’s need for blood this summer. 

Please call Wellness and Health Promotion at 718.982.3113 to make an appointment or just show up on the day of the drive.  Remember to bring a photo ID and eat within three hours prior to donating. T-shirts will be provided to all donors.

Employee of the Month

President Morales has approved the selection of Lori Uccio, College Assistant in the Physical Therapy Department, as the Employee of the Month for June 2009.

Campus Salvage

It’s time for broken and unused equipment to be removed from areas and salvaged or discarded.  Buildings and Grounds will conduct campus-wide pick-ups of the equipment from mid-June through mid-July. 

If you need equipment removed for salvage/discard:

-Forward a memo or email to Georganne Sassano, 2A-301 at Georganne.sassano@csi.cuny.edu, stating what equipment is to be salvaged/discarded
-Include the CUNY barcode tag
-Provide a written description of the location of the equipment

There is a limited area to accumulate salvaged/discarded equipment. Requests will be handled on a first-come basis. Marilyn Ulrich, Supervisor for the Laborers in B&G, will coordinate a scheduled time with each requestor for a convenient pick-up time. Please make your requests as early in the month as possible. We have limited storage space; therefore, once we reach our capacity, any remaining requests will be held until the next salvage pick-up period in January.

Paid Parental Leave Policy and Application

The Paid Parental Leave Policy provides for eight weeks of paid parental leave upon the birth or adoption of a child for full-time members of the Professional Staff Congress bargaining unit, who have a minimum of one year of service with CUNY.  The employee must complete an Application for Paid Parental Leave and submit it to Human Resources. 

Click Here  to view the policy.

Click Here  to obtain a copy of the Parental Leave Application.

Email Spam Alert

Please be advised that an email being sent from verifywebmail @ mail .com is being circulated on campus.  The email warns users that there is a lot of spam getting through the email server and that all email accounts need to be reset.  You are then instructed to click on the link in the email and provide email user name, email user password, and date of birth.  DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK.  This email is a spam attack known as phishing.  I am in the process of having it blocked by the College’s spam detection devices (Proofpoint).  Emails of this sort get through because they appear to be legitimate and come from a source that has not been flagged as spam.  Always keep in mind that the Office of Technology Systems will NEVER send out an email asking you for account names, passwords, and personal information such as date of birth.  Also, when you receive your digest from the Proofpoint devices, it will have an audit section that shows all mail arriving in your inbox.  There will be a link to mark any of the emails as spam.  By doing so, you are helping us train the Proofpoint servers to catch these emerging phishing schemes.

As always, thank you for being vigilant in helping us combat these attacks.  If you have any questions, please call 718.982.4080.

Discussion with Lady Borton

Please join us for informal discussion with the Commencement Speaker, Lady Borton, on Wednesday, May 27 in the Center for International Service (Building 2A, Room 206) from 10:00am to 11:00am.

Lady Borton is a nationally acclaimed scholar, author, and humanitarian whose expertise focuses on Vietnam. Her writings include Sensing the Enemy: An American Woman Among the Boat People of Vietnam (1984), the only account of the Boat People’s exodus written from the inside, and most recently, The Defiant Muse: Vietnamese Feminist Poetry from Antiquity to the Present (2007). This book, published by the Feminist Press of The City University of New York, is the first book from Asia in the Feminist Press’ Defiant Muse Bilingual Poetry Series.
Lady Borton continues her work as a writer, editor, and translator, and is currently an advisor with the Center for Sustainable Community Development in Hanoi, a non-profit dedicated to rural development projects.
Lady has also been a terrific friend to CSI. She has lectured at the College, helped us to understand Vietnam, and provided invaluable guidance as CSI has developed programs and friendships in Vietnam.

CUNYfirst Implementation Update

There have been a number of important developments in the delivery of CUNYfirst to report.

On the current timetable, many applications in the Human Resource module are scheduled to “go lve” on Friday, June 19, pending agreement between the CUNYfirst leadership and the campus teams. Other processes under review for readiness prior to release include line-item budgeting, course catalog creation, data preparation/readiness, Help Desk support, communication, and security. After “go live” occurs in a respective area, a systems status review will occur to determine which parallel systems may no longer be needed.

Those involved in Human Resources processes will attend training at the CSI borough center beginning on Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, June 19. Access to CUNYfirst will only be granted to those who complete the training process. In addition, individuals being trained have been informed as to their respective CUNYfirst roles and the associated security authorizations and restrictions.

Manager self-service training is now scheduled for July, with employee self-service to follow in the fall, released in phases. CSI will be the first college to have CUNYfirst employee self-service released. To use this system and be kept aware of the process, each employee has been assigned an official CSI email account. This email account must be used for all College correspondence. Those who have received a new email account have been notified. To assist those not familiar with our email system, the Help Desk provides training. For more information about available training, please contact the Help Desk at 718.982.3695.

As always, please forward questions on these or any other CUNYfirst matters to either of us. Click Here for current information.

Fall 2009 World on Wednesday Lecture Series

Would you like to speak in the fall 2009 World on Wednesday Lecture Series?

The World on Wednesday (WOW) is currently seeking faculty, staff, and outside experts to talk to the CSI community about ideas and experiences that lead to an increased awareness and understanding of global issues on Wednesdays in the Campus Center (Building 1C) from 12:20pm to 1:10pm. WOW is especially intended to inspire students to want to learn more about the world during their time at CSI. Discussions in the series serve to introduce and encourage students to participate in the wide range of study abroad programs available to them through the Center for International Service.

Speakers are encouraged to talk about their own personal experience and to present their topics in an informal style, with the use of audio-visuals, as appropriate. Past presenters have represented the disciplines of history, economics, geography, political science, health sciences, cinema studies, environmental science, business, and literature.  Discussions have focused on topics related to China, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, South Africa, and other countries.

If you wish to participate or to suggest another speaker, please contact Winnie Brophy at the Center for International Service at 718.982.2100 or brophy@mail.csi.cuny.edu.