Library Hours – Spring 2011

The hours of operation for the CSI Library for the Spring 2011 semester (Friday, Jan. 28 to Sunday, June 5) are as follows:

Monday through Sunday: 8:00am to midnight

Exceptions:

Friday, Feb. 11 and Monday, Feb. 21: Closed

Spring Recess, Sunday, Apr. 17 to Tuesday, Apr. 26:

Monday through Friday: 9:00am to 10:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Intersession, Saturday, May 28 to Sunday, June 5:

Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30: Closed
Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, June 3: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5: Closed

Condolences on the Passing of Professor Stephen J. Stearns

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news regarding the death of our friend and colleague, Professor Stephen J. Stearns (1935-2011).   

Professor Stephen Stearns earned a PhD in History from the University of California, Berkeley. He also held a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and a Master’s Degree from Columbia University. Professor Stearns began his distinguished career at Richmond College in 1967, was tenured in 1970, and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1980.

Professor Stearns was a historian of early modern England, and his teaching included modern European and United States history. He was particularly interested in foreign policy because of its vital importance and relevance in today’s world.

During his time at CSI, Professor Stearns was a member of the PSC Campus Chapter Executive Committee, a delegate of the University Faculty Senate, and Deputy Chair of the History Department. He also served on the Teacher Education Advisory Committee (TEAC), The Verrazano School Advisory Committee, and the Science, Letters, and Society (SLS) Committee. 

In 2010, Professor Stearns was awarded the Dolphin Award for Outstanding Service and Contribution by a Member of the Full-time Faculty. He was deeply committed to the College of Staten Island in a profound way and worked long and hard toward its success. 

A memorial at the College will take place later in the spring, and the College will provide further information when it becomes available.

The CUNY Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The CUNY Summer Undergraduate Research Program (C-SURP) invites applications from talented undergraduates interested in research careers in the sciences or engineering. The program offers practical research experience and is open to students interested in key research areas in the biological, physical, and chemical sciences, and in engineering. These areas may include energy technologies, nanoscience, photonics, environmental science, neuroscience, and structural biology, among others. In accordance with their expressed scientific interests, successful applicants will be matched with a faculty mentor at one of the CUNY senior colleges. In addition to working with a faculty mentor, students will participate in a weekly lecture/workshop series on topics related to their research. The program culminates in a final poster session where each student will present his/her own work. All undergraduates completing their sophomore or junior years may apply.

The application deadline is Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2011.  For more information on the research projects available or to download the application, visit the Program Website. Students interested in applying may contact Dr. Geoff Hempill at geoffrey.hempill@csi.cuny.edu 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.

CUNY Trustees Expand Policy Prohibiting Use of Tobacco Making CUNY the Largest Smoke-Free Public University System In the United States

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York has approved an expanded tobacco policy that will make CUNY the largest smoke-free public university system in the United States. The policy prohibits the use of tobacco on all grounds and facilities under CUNY’s jurisdiction–indoor and outdoor–as well as tobacco industry promotions and marketing on campus properties, and tobacco industry sponsorship of athletic events and athletes.

The Board’s resolution updates and supersedes the University’s previous policy, which prohibited smoking inside all facilities, including vehicles operated by the University. The revised tobacco policy must be implemented University-wide no later than Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.

The action was approved by the Board at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 24, 2011.

In a joint statement, Board Chairperson Benno Schmidt and Chancellor Goldstein said: “The harmful effects of tobacco use are well known. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the world today–and in New York City–and this action will further reduce exposure to tobacco and improve public health. As the nation’s largest urban public university, as a source of thousands of health-professions graduates, and as the home of the new CUNY School of Public Heath, CUNY has an opportunity–and a responsibility–to set appropriate standards as an example for universities seeking to protect the health of their students and employees.”

“I heartily congratulate the Board at CUNY for taking this groundbreaking step to protect the health of its students, faculty, and staff,” said Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City Health Commissioner. “I urge members of the CUNY community who smoke to use this as an opportunity to quit, as it is the single most important step you can take to improve your health. The Health Department looks forward to supporting CUNY as it implements this pioneering policy. Because of the Board’s actions, the CUNY community will be a healthier place to work and learn.”

Smoking-related deaths from cancer, heart and lung diseases, and other conditions account for more than 440,000 premature deaths each year, about one in five deaths in the United States. The U.S. Surgeon General has determined that exposure to secondhand smoke is dangerous to health and that reducing exposure will save lives and reduce health expenditures. Research further shows that any exposure to secondhand smoke–even outdoors–has harmful biological consequences. In addition, removing all smoking opportunity facilitates quitting, and research demonstrates that 70 percent of smokers wish to quit. Therefore, expanding the University’s policy will achieve a dual effect: motivating current smokers to cease smoking, and safeguarding CUNY students, faculty, and staff—more than 85 percent of whom are nonsmokers—from the toxic effects of secondhand smoke.

New York City has been a national leader in acting to reduce smoking. Through education, taxation, support of cessation programs, and expanding tobacco-free spaces, the city has helped to reduce smoking rates below national levels. All New York City public schools and medical facilities are already tobacco-free both inside and outside buildings.

The CUNY Board’s action comes at a time when an ever-increasing number of colleges and universities are instituting tobacco-free policies. As of Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at least 466 colleges and universities had enacted smoke-free or tobacco-free policies for their entire campuses, indoors and out.

At Chancellor Matthew Goldstein’s request, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and University Provost Alexandra W. Logue led the University Advisory Committee on Tobacco Policy that researched and developed the recommendations that helped form the new policy. The Committee, which included faculty, staff, and students, conducted an extensive outreach program including the establishment of a Website to receive input from the University community.

“Part of our job is to promote the basic values of 21st-century higher education in the United States,” said Executive Vice Chancellor Logue. “These values include cultivating respect for others, emphasizing the importance of health and wellness, supporting environmental sustainability, and preparing students for professional success in workplaces that are, increasingly, tobacco-free.”

Under the leadership of University Director for Mental Health and Wellness Services Luis Manzo, CUNY will support the new policy by providing training, information, and other resources across the University system. Each college, as well as the Central Office, will be expected to submit college-specific implementation plans, allowing for the specific needs of each campus, for review and approval by the Chancellery by no later than Thursday, June 30, 2011.

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847 as The Free Academy, the University’s 23 institutions include 11 senior colleges, six community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies, and the CUNY School of Public Health. The University serves 262,000 academic credit students and 269,808 adult, continuing, and professional education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program for 32,500 high school students, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The University offers online baccalaureate degrees through the School of Professional Studies and an individualized baccalaureate through the CUNY Baccalaureate Degree. More than one million visitors and two million page views are served each month by the University’s Website.

REVISED TOBACCO POLICY

The largest urban university in the country, The City University of New York is committed to promoting the health and well being of its faculty, students and staff.

The harmful effects of tobacco use are well known, and have been confirmed increasingly by scientific research in the 16 years since the Board last considered the subject. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the world today—and in New York City.  Smoking-related deaths from cancer, heart and lung diseases, and other conditions account for more than 440,000 premature deaths each year, about one in five deaths in the United States. The U.S. Surgeon General has determined that exposure to secondhand smoke is dangerous to health and that reducing exposure will save lives and reduce health expenditures. Research further shows that any exposure to secondhand smoke—even outdoors—has harmful biological consequences. Further, removing all smoking opportunity facilitates quitting, and research demonstrates that 70 percent of smokers wish to quit. Expanding the University’s policy would therefore achieve a dual effect: motivating current smokers to cease smoking, and safeguarding CUNY students, faculty, and staff—more than 85 percent of whom are nonsmokers—from the toxic effects of secondhand smoke.

Therefore,  effective no later than September 4, 2012,  the following shall be prohibited at The City University of New York: (i) the use of tobacco on all grounds and facilities under CUNY jurisdiction, including indoor locations and outdoor locations such as playing fields; entrances and exits to buildings; and parking lots; (ii) tobacco industry promotions, advertising, marketing, and distribution of marketing materials on campus properties; and (iii) tobacco industry sponsorship of athletic events and athletes.

This policy promotes basic values of 21st-century American higher education:  cultivating respect for others, emphasizing the importance of health and wellness, supporting environmental sustainability, and preparing students for professional success in increasingly tobacco-free workplaces.

Spring Transportation Information

Spring session begins Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. Effective Jan. 28 and running through Tuesday, May 31 there will be a three-bus Ferry Shuttle service as well as a two-bus Campus Loop. The schedule and calendar are posted on the CSI Website. They can be found on the CSI homepage, on the right, under Announcements, Spring session shuttle. If you have any transportation questions please feel free to contact Operational Services at 718.982.3220.

Outlook 2003 Calendaring Exchange Issues

We have just been notified by Microsoft that users with Outlook 2003 may experience problems when accessing multiple shared calendars. If you cannot open a shared calendar that you have permission to view, follow these steps:

1.       Right-click on the problematic calendar name, and choose “Remove from other calendars” from the list.

2.       Exit Outlook 2003 completely and then restart Outlook 2003.

3.       Click the “Calendar” button in Outlook 2003.

4.       Click the “Open a shared calendar” link.

5.       Click the “Name” button in the pop-up window.

6.       Make sure “Global Address List” is selected under Address Book.

7.       Find the calendar that you want to open from the list and click on it.

8.       Click the OK button twice to back out of the pop-up menus. 

The calendar will now be viewable in Outlook 2003. 

If you have any questions or need any help, please contact Office Automation and User Services at either 718.982.3973 or 3979.

Ferry Shuttle Construction Update

We have just been notified by the Department of Transportation (DOT) that due to design issues the construction at the St. George Ferry Terminal will be delayed indefinitely. Consequently, the drop-off and pick-up area for the CSI/Staten Island Ferry Shuttle will remain at the lower level of the terminal behind Richmond County Bank Ballpark.  

The current Shuttle schedule is in effect.  

Additional updates will be provided as construction resumes. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Operational Services at 718.982.3224.