CSI SHAPE UP! Kick Off, October 16

Join us for a free eight-week health and wellness program for employees/staff at the College of Staten Island. It is “barrier-free” as it is free to all employees/staff. Now is the perfect time  for this program. Research shows that Americans gain anywhere from eight to ten pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This phenomenon is linked to the numerous New Year’s resolutions that follow to lose weight/get fit. The rationale here is that if people gain knowledge and improve their physical well-being before and during the holidays; there will be an increased awareness during the holidays about what one chooses to eat and how important it is to stay active.

From an ergonomic viewpoint, additional rationale for the importance of this program is that employees/staff who are healthier (i.e, understand better food choices and engage in physical activity) are found to be happier and more productive. This program is a pilot and will be sponsored/administered by the School of Health Sciences with coordination and assistance from the CSI Association, Sports and Recreation, and the Human Resource Department.

The proposed kick-off event would be a breakfast event on Friday, Oct. 16 in the Campus Center (Building 1C) at 8:30am. The program will be explained and optional baseline measurements can be taken, and of course, a healthy breakfast will be provided. Prior to the kick-off event, email blasts and other forms of announcements will occur with an RSVP to motivate the attendance at the kick-off event. For those individuals opting to have their baseline measurements taken, a report card will be available where their results are recorded (BP, weight, BMI, flexibility, etc.). These measurements will be taken by nursing and physical therapy students from the School of Health Sciences.

The eight-week initiative will begin the week of Friday, Oct. 16. People can join at any point in the eight-week cycle as the goal is to engage as many CSI employees/staff as possible. During the  eight weeks, a calendar will be in place with weekly events consisting of:

(1)    Educational sessions (once a week at 8:30am, locations TBA)  and physical activity classes ( held at 5:30pm, once a week)

(2)    Physical activity classes

(a) All can attend any classes offered in the Sports and Recreation Center (Building 1R) free

(During this time period you do not need to be a member.)

(b) Special classes will be announced and held (Fitness Supervisors)

(3) Walking sessions (will be held two times a week – Mondays and Thursdays at 12:15pm at

the track)

The eight weeks end on Friday, Dec. 11 with a Grand Finale breakfast at which optional final measurements could be obtained, and well wishes given to all who attend for a wonderful, healthy upcoming holiday season.


Seminar Announcement

The CSI Chemistry Department, MMA, and CDN will present Amitabha Chattopadhyay, PhD, Scientist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Uppal Road, Hyderabad who will discuss “Interaction of Membrane Cholesterol with
G Protein-Coupled Receptors: Novel Insights in Health and Disease” on Monday, June 29. More information is available online.

66th Commencement Spotlights Accomplishments and Progress

Valedictorian Kawsar Ibrahim

The cloudy skies over the 66th Commencement at the College of Staten Island on the morning of May 28 did not darken the joyous mood of the 2,631 graduates, their families and friends, and College faculty and staff as they gathered on the Great Lawn of CSI’s Willowbrook campus. After opening remarks by then Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Fred Naider, President William J. Fritz came to the lectern. He began his remarks by emphasizing CSI’s great legacy, which was built upon the impressive achievements of the students, faculty, and staff at CSI’s predecessor institutions, Staten Island Community College (SICC) and Richmond College. Then, after an audio clip of Charlotte Eldred (née Montalbano, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 75), one of the first graduates from SICC, speaking at that institution’s first Commencement in 1958, he went on to outline Charlotte’s remarkable journey through life as a dedicated, accomplished, and award-winning teacher, as well as a published writer.

To view the full article, check out Eye on CSI.




2015 Graduates

CSI Study Abroad Fair

Studying abroad is often called the most life-changing opportunity for an undergraduate student and I’m sure that you share our desire to have more CSI students study abroad. While all of our students can take advantage of the wonderful opportunities that we offer through the College, faculty and staff encouragement is the key to motivating our students to take the initiative to study abroad. Our students need your help and we need your help.

-Please encourage everyone to stop by our CSI Study Abroad Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 24 (please post the online flyer on your door).

-Please schedule a brief study abroad presentation to your classes.

In addition to your encouragement, classroom presentations with a study abroad advisor from the Center for International Service are an excellent way to get the word out. To schedule a class visit of ten to 15 minutes this term, please send an email to Russell Davis, Study Abroad Advisor, at russell.davis@csi.cuny.edu. Please include your name, phone number(s), the course title(s,) and number(s), along with the scheduled time and place, approximate class size, and preferred date for the class visit. We will get back to you to confirm the details of the visit. If you have any questions, please call Russell at 718.982.2098.

While you might already know that most financial aid applies and significant scholarships are available, you might not have heard that CSI students won nearly $300,000 in scholarships to study abroad over the last three years, including semester grants of up to $8,000 from our program partner in Florence, Italy. To see more about our students’ experiences abroad, we invite you to check out student photos and testimonials at our CSI Study Abroad Blog.

Lastly, I want to thank the many faculty and staff members who are working so hard to internationalize the academic life of our campus community and to help foster an awareness of the interdependence of nations, the value of diversity, and the importance of global-international understanding. I look forward to working with many more of you in the semesters to come. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to ask.



CSI Halloween Blood Drive

The two-day CSI Halloween Blood Drive is being held on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from noon to 5:30pm and on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 8:30am to 2:30pm in the Campus Center(Building 1C) Green Dolphin Lounge. We encourage you to be part of the four percent of the Staten Island population who choose to donate blood. All blood collected is distributed to patients in need at over 220 hospitals in our area, including Staten Island University Hospital. Remember to eat before donating and bring a photo ID. You can call 718.982.3113 to schedule an appointment or just stop by at a time that is convenient for you.

SEEK Newsletter Spring/Summer 2013

Welcome to our latest edition of the SEEK Newsletter. It has been a busy and productive semester here at the CSI Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program. Please accept our best wishes for a happy summer season and enjoy reading the newsletter. We look forward to sending you our next issue this fall.


Stair Tower Renovations

Renovation of the exterior stair towers to replace the stair treads and flooring for buildings 1N, 2N, and 4N will begin on Monday, May 13. The east side stair tower in each building will be closed first; only one stair tower in each building will be open while work is in progress. The project will take approximately two weeks.  

After these buildings are complete, the stair treads and flooring in the exterior stair towers in buildings 2S and 3S will begin. After the flooring is complete, painters will be scheduled to paint the stair towers.  

Appropriate signage will be posted in the buildings to indicate the closing of the stair towers for renovation.  

We are sorry for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact Betsy Green in the Office of Campus Planning at 718.982.3219.