Sheila Friedman Retirement

We invite you to share a special day honoring Sheila Friedman on her retirement. Please join the staff of the Center for International Service on Wednesday, May 20 in Building 2A, Room 206 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

Please RSVP by Thursday, May 14 to Joanne at 718.982.2611 or Carolyn at 718.982.2101.

Park Café Restaurant

The Park Café Restaurant will be open through and including Wednesday, May 13.  However, the restaurant will be closed for the remainder of the semester and for the summer sessions beginning Thursday, May 14.

Commencement 2009

Commencement 2009 will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 10:00am on the Great Lawn, rain or shine.  Professor Sandi Cooper will serve as Grand Marshal.  CSI music student, Ann Marie Nacchio ‘09 will sing the National Anthem.  Professor Richard Flanagan will bring greetings from the faculty, Ms. Cynthia DiMarco ’74 will bring greetings from the alumni, and Besim Mehmedovic ’09 will bring greetings from the students.  Lady Borton will accept the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, and give the Commencement address.

Departmental exercises begin immediately after the College-wide Commencement.  A reception in the Campus Center (Building 1C) for graduates and their guests and the College community will follow the departmental exercises.

The Alumni Association Reception for the faculty and staff will be held in the Sports and Recreation Center (Building 1R), from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.

The Honors Convocation Program will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) Springer Concert Hall beginning at 7:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you at all events.

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.

To read this important announcement and sign up for this valuable service, Click Here.

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.