Tickets on Sale Now for “CSI’s Got Talent”

The “CSI’s Got Talent” finale is Thursday, Apr. 19 in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) Williamson Theatre at 7:00pm. (Doors open at 6:30pm.) The final 12 acts will compete for the grand prize of $2,500 and the bragging rights of CSI’s most talented.
Come witness the amazing range of our talented students including singers, dancers, musicians, and even a yo-yo-ist. Each act will get one chance to impress our judges (faculty, students, and staff, whom you’re sure to know), and then after an intermission, the top five will move on to the final round to crown CSI’s most talented.
Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office for for only $5. Be sure to get your tickets early and be there for a dazzling night of entertainment. Call the CFA Box Office at 718.982.2787.

For up-to-date event information visit the CSI Event Calendar.

University Faculty Senate Election Results

The results of the University Faculty Senate elections are as follows: 

  -University Faculty Senate: Full-Time Faculty Senator – Elected (Three-year term, 2012 to 2015)

                         -Sandi Cooper- History

                         -Alfred Levine-Engineering Science and Physics

                         -Vasilios Petratos- Political Science, Economics, Philosophy            

   -Adjunct Rep. (one-year term, 2012 to 2013)

                          -Rad Dimitric-Mathematics 

    -Adjunct Alternate Rep. (one-year term, 2012 to 2013)

                          -Blanca Ching-Engineering Science and Physics

CUNY Presidential Evaluation Team Visit

The City University of New York instituted a new five-year evaluation process for CUNY presidents in 2008.  In October 2011, more than 200 members of the CSI campus community and external constituents were randomly selected by an independent company, Academic Management Systems/ConnectEDU, to participate in an online survey review process.  The results of the survey were reported to and for the exclusive review of the Chancellor and Board of Trustees. 

Subsequent to that review, the Chancellor has invited a committee of four distinguished educators to conduct an onsite visit. The Evaluation Team will visit from Sunday, April 29 to Tuesday, May 1 of this year. They are Evaluation Team Chairperson Dr. Lois B. DeFleur, President Emerita, Binghamton University, New York; Dr. Carlos Hernandez, President, New Jersey City University, New Jersey; Dr. Jolene Koester, President Emerita, California State University—Northridge, California; and Dr. Frank Pogue, President, Grambling State University, Louisiana.

During the Evaluation Team’s visit, its members will meet with me, as well as with a number of constituent groups including faculty, students, administrators, staff, alumni, and community representatives. The Team will also meet with the Chancellor and Vice Chancellors. 

Ms. Sandra Sanchez, Campus Liaison to the Evaluation Team, will post the interview schedule, developed by the Evaluation Team.

These past few months have provided a unique opportunity for us all to reflect on the progression of our institution’s evolution—our successes, our challenges, and our aspirations. I wish to extend my appreciation to everyone for your willingness to participate in these most important endeavors as we continue to work collaboratively for the betterment of our institution, our students, and our community.

HACU Scholarship Program

The Hispanic Association of College and Universities (HACU) Scholarship Program is now accepting applications.

HACU is an association representing colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher-education success. In an effort to improve students’ access to quality educational opportunities, HACU offers internships and scholarships to qualified students at HACU-member colleges (CSI is a member of HACU). The program currently offers several scholarships in the fields of accounting, business, computer science, clinical psychology, finance, pre-dental, pre-medicine, public health, and nursing. All scholarship applicants must be able to meet the individual criteria for each scholarship, must possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and be able to demonstrate financial need.

The application deadline is Friday, May 25, 2012.

For more information and to complete an application, visit the HACU Website.

Students interested in applying may contact Dr. Geoff Hempill at or 718.982.2301 for assistance with their applications. Further information can also be found in the Career and Scholarship Center in Building 1A, Room 105.

Middle States Reaccreditation Visit

I am pleased to announce that in its oral summary, the Middle States Visiting Team determined that the College is in compliance with all 14 Standards. The Visiting Team will recommend full reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, Chair, and the entire Evaluation Team for their hard work, thoughtful suggestions, and positive commendations.

On behalf of the entire College community, I extend a special note of appreciation to Dr. Susan Holak, the College’s Middle States liaison, and Professor Richard Powers who co-chaired the Steering Committee. I also want to express my gratitude to the members of the College’s Middle States Steering Committee; all faculty, staff, and students who participated in the various working groups; and all those who have contributed to the development of the Self-Study.

The successful reaccreditation visit involved the entire College community. I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to everyone who participated in the process over the last two and a half years.

Best wishes for a safe, restful, and well-deserved holiday.

20th Annual Willowbrook Memorial Event

The 20th Annual Willowbrook Memorial Event will take place on Wednesday, Apr. 25 in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) Recital Hall from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. This year’s theme will be “Inclusion: Far-reaching Benefits for Social Growth.”

The program will include:

-Willowbrook Memorial Event Opening Remarks, Professor David A. Goode, Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Department

-The Willowbrook Consent Decree, Henry Kennedy, Esq.

-“Inclusion: Far-reaching Benefits for Social Growth,” a multimedia presentation, Lisa LaManna and Erica Zito, CSI Class of 2012.

-“Today’s Accomplishments – Tomorrow’s Challenges,” Professor Edward F. Meehan, Psychology Department

This event is sponsored by The Friends of CSI, the Green Thumbs Garden Club, and the Social Work Club.

For up-to-date event information visit the CSI Event Calendar.

As I See It: Staten Island through the Lenses of CSI Students: A Photograph Contest

Get exhibited in the new CSI Library Gallery. Receive an exhibition print of your photograph and have your work added to the permanent collection.

In an era when the environs of U.S. cities and suburbs have become homogeneous, filled with chain stores and prefabricated housing, this contest asks participants to consider what makes Staten Island distinctive from other areas. Statements by each photographer presenting their view of what makes Staten Island unique and how their photograph captures that quality should accompany each photograph.

The entry deadline is Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2012 and winner notification will take place on Sunday, Apr. 22, 2012. The exhibition will open on Thursday, May 3.

Go to the CSI Archives Website for complete details.  Call the CSI Archives & Special Collections at 718.982.4128 or email for more information.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Office of the Dean of Science and Technology, and the College of Staten Island Archives & Special Collections.


Asian Cultures Day

You are invited to the Eighth Annual Asian Cultures Day on Thursday, Apr. 5 in the Campus Center (Building 1C) Green Dolphin Lounge from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. This event is part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Join us for Chinese brush painting, Japanese origami, henna demonstrations, writing your name in a native language, and a Dabke dance presentation. You will also have an opportunity to meet and speak with representatives from Study Abroad, the Sri Lankan Club, and the Japanese Visual Club.

There will also be Asian-inspired music and raffle prizes for local Asian Pacific restaurants.

All of these events are CLUE-certified.

For more information, contact the Pluralism and Diversity Committee in Building 2A, Room 208; 718.982.2597;
or go to the Pluralism and Diversity Website.