Professional Attire Clothing Drive

The Career and Scholarship Center is sponsoring a professional business attire clothing drive. All donated clothing for men and women must be appropriate for students interviewing for jobs or for on-the-job wear. Men’s and women’s apparel will be accepted as long as it is clean and in good condition. Donated items will be available for student pick-up in March, which will coincide with a Professional Dress Seminar.

As you start to clean out your closets for this spring’s new fashions, please remember our CSI students. Donated clothing will be collected in the Career and Scholarship Center in Building 1A, Room 105.

For more information, please call the Center at 718.982.2300.

2010 CUNY Nobel Science Challenge

The CUNY Faculty Senate announces the 2010 CUNY Nobel Science Challenge: The Science Behind the Prize:
A Competition for CUNY Undergraduate Students.

The Nobel Prizes in physiology or medicine, physics, chemistry, and economics were recently announced. CSI students are invited to describe, in 1,000 to 1,500 words, the scientific concepts behind the work for which one of the 2010 Nobel winners received his/her respective prize and the present and future significance of the research to humanity. The outlines must make the science accessible to the layperson. 

The essays will be read and judged by a distinguished CUNY faculty committee. Three prizes will be awarded in each category (physiology or medicine, physics, chemistry, and economics) and one additional prize will be awarded to the best essay submitted. 

The prizes are as follows:

-First Prize: Apple iMac Computer
-Second Prize: Apple iPad
-Third Prize: Amazon Kindle wireless reading device
The entrees of First Prize winners from each category will be forwarded to a second faculty committee that will select the Grand Prize winner for the best essay submitted overall. The winner will receive a Grand Prize of $3,000.

Essays must be submitted by Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. They should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format and submitted by email with the subject heading: “CUNY Nobel Science Challenge – your essay category” and should be sent to

Questions may also be submitted to the email address above.

Please note:

-Essays must be your own original and independent work.
-Essays will be judged on accuracy and clarity.
-The Challenge is open to all undergraduate students currently registered in a degree program at CUNY.

Winners will be announced in February 2011.

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Jeannette K. Watson Summer Fellows Program

If you are a CSI student: How would you like to work for a summer in a public relations firm? In community development in Africa? For a New York State judge? At a social services agency helping children? At a Fortune 500 company? At a museum in Italy? At an international non-profit organization? 

These and similar internship placements are available to students through the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship. The Watson Fellowship offers students paid internships for three consecutive summers. Internships are available in several areas of interest, including education, the arts, public policy, private enterprise, and social work. Through these placements, students are given opportunities to develop their leadership skills, acquire experience in their chosen fields, explore possible career trajectories, network with professionals in their fields, and prepare for graduate school. To be eligible, applicants must be freshmen or sophomores, not older than 25 years old, and U.S. citizens/green card holders. 

For further information, or to submit a completed application, please contact Dr. Geoff Hempill in the Career and Scholarship Center (Building 1A, Room 105), or contact us at 718.982.2300. Further information and a downloadable application are also available online.

CUNY Board Approves Budget Request and New Tuition Schedule Linked to Compact Funding

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York on Monday, Nov. 22 approved a University-wide $2.8 billion budget request to State and City officials, which includes an additional $95.2 million for mandatory needs and $63.1 million for programmatic needs over this year’s adjusted levels.

The request is based upon the University’s financial model, known as the CUNY Compact, which seeks to provide stable funding through a balance of stakeholder responsibilities: public allocations, private philanthropy, operational efficiencies, revenues from increased enrollment and modest, predictable tuition increases to permit families to plan to meet college costs.

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Cyber Café Is Open

The Cyber Café is now open under regular operating hours. The plumbers from the Office of Buildings and Grounds completed the repairs to the hot water heater Monday night at approximately 8:30pm.

The staff of the CSI Auxiliary Corporation would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.

Campus Email Upgrade

The Office of Technology Systems will be applying a necessary upgrade to the campus’ Microsoft Exchange servers. Once complete, this upgrade will provide a more efficient method for the Exchange servers to communicate with each other and a more efficient method for storing and handling user mailboxes.

The upgrade, which will be segmented into several steps, will take place during the week of Monday, Nov. 29 and last for the whole week. There will be no expected downtime for the campus during the entire upgrade process. Technology Systems will keep you informed as the upgrade takes place.

If you have any questions, or feel that you are experiencing abnormal behavior from the email system during the week of Nov. 29, please contact Office Automation and User Servers at 718.982.4080 or myself at 718.982.3978.

2010 Form W-2

The State of New York will be mailing 2010 Form W-2 statements directly to the home address on record in the State Payroll PayServ System. Please verify that the address on your paystub is correct; contact payroll immediately regarding any changes.

The W-2s will be postmarked no later than Monday, Jan. 31, 2011. W-2s that cannot be delivered to the addressee will be returned to the College.

If you have any questions, please contact Gloria Cortopassi, Payroll Director at 718.982.2492.

Holiday Reception

President Tomás D. Morales cordially invites faculty, staff, and students to a Holiday Reception on Monday, Dec. 6, in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) from 4:00pm to 1P Atrium from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. Come and enjoy.