The OMNI Ensemble

The Music Program of the Department of Performing and Creative Arts presents The OMNI Ensemble on Thursday, Oct. 21 in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) Recital Hall at 1:30pm.

Directed by CSI faculty member David Wechsler, flute, the ensemble includes Brian Snow, cello; James Johnston, piano; and guest artist, Renee Manning, vocalist. The program will feature recently composed works by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki (b. 1933), Jay Vilnai (b. 1977), and Eric Klein (b. 1960), as well as the Sonata for cello and piano by Claude Debussy (1862-1918).

Admission is free of charge and this event is open to the public.

-Jennifer Straniere

Faculty and Staff Giving Circle

There will be a special gathering on Tuesday, Nov. 9., where we will mark the launch of the Faculty and Staff Giving Circle with a breakfast with President Morales.

Those invited have given a donation of $100 or more to the CSI Foundation since July 1, 2009.

If you haven’t made a gift, I invite you to join this prestigious circle with a donation of $100 or more. Your gift can go to our Annual Fund, which provides scholarships, technology support, and funds for student affairs and academic affairs, and helps us to increase support for programs and research. Gifts can also be made to many existing scholarships and programs, such as the Dan Kramer Memorial Scholarship, the Louise Fontanarosa Memorial Scholarship, the Gittleson/Support Staff Scholarship, the SI Breast Cancer Research Initiative, and the Center for the Arts fund.

Our contributions pave the way for others and allow CSI to expand its margin of excellence. I encourage you to make your gift by Sunday, Oct. 31, either by visiting our office in Building 1A, Room 401; online, or by credit card over the phone at 718.982.2365.

Help us increase our faculty and staff participation percentage by making your gift and join us for this special recognition event. If you are unable to make a gift of this size, consider any amount, as it will help us reach participation goals. If you would like to learn more about establishing a scholarship or for more information, please feel free to contact me at 718.982.2365 or

-Erika E. Hellstrom

Eye on CSI

It is our pleasure to announce the fall issue of Eye on CSI, our magazine for alumni and all friends of the College.

Our PDF magazine is reaching more alumni with each new issue. In the fall 2010 issue, we highlight the Class of 2010, our most recent graduates to join the alumni family. In addition, there are feature articles on alumna and CUNY Trustee Kathleen Pesile and Professor Emeritus Frederick Binder.

Included as a supplement to this issue is the Honor Roll of Donors for fiscal year 2010.

The generosity of our donors has provided much-needed funding for scholarships, research, Library acquisitions, and more.

-Jennifer Lynch and Erika Hellstrom

Leroy Moore, Jr.

Leroy Moore, Jr., an African American disabled writer, poet, community activist, and feminist, will discuss “Krip-Hop: Who Needs a Label; From Africa to America, Disabled Hip—Hop Artists’ Rhythms” on Tuesday, Oct. 19 in the Library (Building 1L), Room 103 at 2:30pm.

Moore is the author of a spoken-word CD and chapbook entitled Black Disabled Man with a Big Mouth & a High IQ, and his poems and articles have appeared in numerous publications. He lectures regularly on the intersection of race and disability and is the founder of the Krip-Hop Project, which produces hip-hop mixtapes featuring disabled hip-hop artists from around the world.

Moore is also the co-founder and community relations director of Sins Invalid, a performance project on disability and sexuality that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities that have been historically marginalized from social discourse. His film-based collaboration with Todd Herman on disability and sexuality resulted in the internationally award-winning work Forbidden Acts.

This event is CLUE-certified (Co-Curricular pending).

-Office of Academic Affairs

Holiday Gifts for Staten Island Project Homefront

This is the fifth year that we will be collecting holiday stockings and gifts for Staten Island Project Homefront. Thanks to all who have supported our troops in the past.

We must remember the sacrifice that our soldiers are making when they are overseas. They will be away from home and their loved ones for the holidays. Last year, many of our troops were very happy to receive your gifts of sporting equipment (footballs, soccer balls, etc.) and small hand-held games.

If possible, we would like to send similar gifts this year. Groups can also chip in and send a gift that the soldiers can share. All gifts that will help to entertain our troops are welcome.

A personal note to the soldiers may be enclosed with your package. We have received some thank you letters.

Anyone interested can give their package to Urszula Echols in the Student Veterans Center in Building 1C, Room 219 or Cheryl Wu in the Bursar’s Office in Building 2A, Room 105. Please drop off your gifts by Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 to allow time for shipping.

Let our troops know that we have not forgotten them.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

-Cheryl Wu

Public Safety Advisory

Last Thursday evening, at approximately 10:30pm, a female CSI student, reported that she was approached by a unidentified male, as she walked by the Handball Courts, on her way to Parking Lot #6. The male asked the student for her phone number and when the student said “no,” the male grabbed her wrist and exchanged words with the student. After a brief struggle, the student ran to parking lot, drove home, and reported the incident to the Public Safety Office the following evening.

Description of the Suspect:

-Male, White, approximately 21 years old, 6 feet tall, 190 lbs., wearing a navy blue “hoodie,” blue jeans, and black Reebok sneakers

The Office of Public Safety would like to remind the members of the Campus community to be cognizant of their surroundings when walking on campus at night.

-If possible avoid walking alone.

-Walk in well-lit areas. Do not take shortcuts through dimly lit areas.

-Have your Keys ready when walking to your vehicle.

If you encounter any act of harassment or assault on campus, commit the identity/description to memory and report the incident immediately to the Public Safety Office.

The Public Safety Offiice offers a Safety Escort Program to all members of the campus community. Call 2111 from any building lobby phone or place 718.982.2111 on your cell phone speed dial. Public Safety officers will meet you at your location and walk you to your destination.

If you have any questions regarding the above subject matter, please contact the Public Safety Office, Building 2A, Room 108, at 718.982.2111 or 2116.

-Paul Murtha

CSI Online Timesheets

PLEASE NOTE: This message applies only to those members of the College community who use the CSI Online Timesheet application.

In an effort to unify User IDs and passwords on campus and eliminate the use of Social Security numbers, we are implementing a new logon system for the CSI Online Timesheet application.

Your new logon information will be the same as your official CSI exchange email User ID (FLAS account) and password. Generally the format for the User ID is firstname.lastname.

If you do not have this information or have forgotten your password, please contact:

-The Help Desk at 718.982.3695 or

-Office Automation and User Services at 718.982.4080

The new logon will go into effect on Friday, Oct. 15, 2010.

The CSI Online Timesheet application will be unavailable all day, Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, to make the necessary updates to the system.

-Joyce Taylor

Security Advisory

We need to have full awareness throughout our University for the need to protect the personal and private information of our constituents. Your help and assistance is very much appreciated.

The Private Information Advisory underscores the importance of protecting the personal private information of our students, faculty, and staff, and outlines security practices that should be followed when handling this type of information.

This information can be found at the CSI Governance and Policy Website and the CUNY Security Policies Website .

-Michael Kress, PhD