Important Information Regarding the CUNY Alert System

CUNY Alert is the University’s notification system that will enable the College of Staten Island to advise students, faculty, and staff of an emergency (a severe snowstorm or an armed intuder on campus, for example), and provide timely information to protect lives and minimize campus disruption.

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CSI Phi Beta Kappa Associates Ceremony

Please join CSI Phi Beta Kappa Associates for their ninth annual ceremony honoring the College’s top graduates in the liberal arts. Our event this year will be held on Thursday, May 14, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) Recital Hall. Grace Cho, Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, and author of Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), will give this year’s Phi Beta Kappa Address. After Professor Cho’s talk, we will present awards to 15 of our graduating seniors. We hope to see you there.

Important Information for All SIMS Users

CUNY policy regarding SIMS passwords has changed.  Effective immediately, you must change your password at least once every 45 days.  Also be advised, if you do not use your SIMS account within 120 days, it will be revoked.  These rules are designed to assist in protecting the privacy of our student information and to help ensure the integrity of our student and course data. To begin enforcing this policy, your password will automatically be changed for you, Thursday night, May 14.  Your SIMS Userid will not be altered.  The mailroom will soon deliver correspondence to your office address with your new password and these same instructions. We ask all faculty and adjuncts to please sign onto SIMS before leaving for the summer. The first time that you log on beginning Friday, May 15, you must enter this new password. You will then be informed that your password has expired and you will be directed to enter your SIMS Userid, your assigned password, and a new password of your choosing.  You will then hit the “enter” key and again enter only the assigned password and the one of your choosing.    
All passwords must be exactly eight characters long and contain at least one number that is not in the first or last position.  You can only use letters and numbers in your password.  You will not be allowed to reuse any previously used passwords or any passwords that too closely resemble a previous password. 
If you have any questions, please call 718.982.2209.

Winner of the Rehberg and Sagaldo Poetry Prizes

The Department of English is proud to announce that CSI Student & English Major Daren Bastedo is the winner of both the Rehberg Poetry Prize (for best group of poems) and the Keyla Sagaldo Poetry Prize (for best love poem). The judge was poet Denise Duhamel.

Denise Duhamel’s most recent books are Ka-Ching! (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009), Two and Two (Pittsburgh, 2005), Mille et un Sentiments (Firewheel, 2005); Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (Pittsburgh, 2001); The Star-Spangled Banner (Southern Illinois University Press, 1999); and Kinky (Orchises Press, 1997). A bilingual edition of her poems, Afortunada de mí (Lucky Me), translated into Spanish by Dagmar Buchholz and David Gonzalez, came out in 2008 with Bartleby Editores (Madrid.) A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, she is an associate professor at Florida International University in Miami.

Message from the President

The administration of the College of Staten Island has a deep commitment to shared governance and an immutable dedication to academic freedom and the right of free speech.  Contrary to the suggestion in an email from Professor Cooper dated Thursday, May 7, 2009, the administration acted consistently with those principles in connection with the recent performance of a student play at the College.

The play, when it completes its scheduled run, will have been produced seven times at the College, in addition to a performance of one act of the play at the Undergraduate Research Conference, with no attempt to censor its content.

There were discussions, which included the student director of the play as well as members of the faculty and the administration, about the appropriateness of its contents for high school students, who would be visiting the College during the Conference as part of an outreach initiative.  However, the only decision that was made by the administration was to allow the play to be performed at the Conference as planned.  That decision was made on the merits and was not the result of external pressure.

Congressional Art Competition

The Discovery Institute is hosting its annual Congressional Art Competition sponsored by Congressman Michael McMahon’s office.  This year it will be held on Monday, May 11 in the Center for the Arts (Building 1C) Williamson Theatre at 3:30pm.  Come see our talented high school artists’ work displayed.  Congressman McMahon, along with professors from the Art Department, will be judging the event.

The Discovery Institute would like to welcome our new congressman to the College.

Electrical Emergency Notice

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There is a serious problem in the College’s electrical substation and, after extensive consultation with CUNY Engineers, private electrical engineers, and Con Edison personnel, it has been deemed necessary to shut down the electrical power to the entire campus. This repair requires the services of a specially trained vendor and thus, based on vendor availability and the advice of Con Edison, power to the entire campus will be shut down on Saturday, May 9 at 4:30pm in order to conduct the necessary emergency repairs. This will impact all of the College’s buildings and activities–all classes and activities scheduled after 4:00pm [on May 9] will be cancelled and the College will be closed at that time, due to lack of electrical power. We anticipate having power restored within six to eight hours. The repairs will be conducted by a private contractor as well as Con Edison. 

In order to ensure a smooth shutdown the following steps MUST BE TAKEN:

-All offices must turn off all computers, printers, fax machines, copiers, and all electronic equipment. Also, disconnect this equipment from electrical outlets. Please make sure that this is done at the end of business on Friday, May 8, 2009.

-The College’s Website and email system will shut down at noon on Saturday, May 9, 2009 until power is restored. 

-Only emergency lighting will be available in campus buildings. 

-Faculty, staff, and students conducting experiments in any campus laboratory are strongly encouraged to power down sensitive equipment if at all possible.  Back-up power may be available but cannot be guaranteed under the current conditions.   

-In Building 6S any equipment that cannot be powered down should be connected to red emergency power outlets, and any data or settings should be backed up. 

We apologize for this inconvenience; however, we need to take these actions and implement these critical repairs. 

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation. Should you have any questions please contact AVP James Pepe at 718.982.3210.

Essay Writing Contest

The English Department would like to announce its third annual campus-wide essay contest.  There are two separate categories:  English 111/151 and upper-division writing in all disciplines.  I encourage you to help your students select one of their essays to submit and suggest they revise their essays before doing so. 

The winners will receive a prize generously provided by Dean Francisco Soto and they will be published in Inkwell.
This essay contest is a great opportunity for students to see their work in print. The resulting publication showcases the best of student writing across the disciplines, and it is a valuable teaching tool as well.

Please share this announcement with your students.

Essays written during the spring semester should be submitted in three clean copies to the English Department by Tuesday, May 26 at 2:00pm along with the cover sheet.  Click Here  to view the cover sheet.