Art Exhibit: Surviving Hurricane Katrina

The Gallery of the College of Staten Island/CUNY is honored to be the first New York showing of Thomas Neff’s acclaimed photographs of the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Please join us for wine and cheese at the Opening reception on Wednesday Sept. 23 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Click Here and Here for more information.

Green Dolphin Café

The Office of Student Life and the Campus Activities Board present the Green Dolphin Café, every Wednesday starting at 5:30pm in the Campus Center (1C), Green Dolphin Lounge.

Click Here for the full schedule of GDL Café events or join the CAB Facebook Group: CSI Campus Activities Board. 
All events are CLUE-certified and are funded by Student Activity Fees.

Fall Open House

The Office of Recruitment and Admissions will be hosting a Fall Open House for prospective undergraduate students on Sunday, Nov. 15 from 11:00am to 2:00pm in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P).  Registration will begin at 10:30am for the attendees.

This event is designed to inform interested students and their families of the many opportunities available to them at CSI.  Consequently, participation from the College community is strongly encouraged so that we can showcase and recruit for our academic programs, and highlight our student services and campus life.

More information will be provided to you in the upcoming weeks.  If you wish to reserve a table at this event, please contact Julia Zerato in the Office of Recruitment and Admissions at 718.982.2012 or

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Fourth Annual CSI Archives History Day

The CSI Archives & Special Collections is hosting Archives History Day on Thursday, Oct. 8 in the Library (Building 1L), Room 216 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.

Archives History Day is an open house to learn about our collections, as well as a chance to find out about how researchers use primary sources to write history. During the event, two Staten Island authors will talk about their books. 

Tottenville: The Town the Oyster Built by Barnett Shepherd.
Shepherd, an executive director of Historic Richmond Town for 20 years, founded the Staten Island Preservation League and is the author of two other local histories,  Sandy Ground Memories (with Lois A. H. Mosley) and Sailor’s Snug Harbor.  

Caddell Dry Dock: 100 Years Harborside by Erin Urban with photographs by Michael Falco.
Founding executive director of the Noble Maritime Collection, Urban has written three other books and seven museum publications. In addition to her duties as executive director and member of the Board of Trustees of the Noble Maritime Collection, Urban serves as curator of the museum’s exhibitions.   The event is held in conjunction with American Archives Month, an opportunity to explore the importance of archival and historical records to our lives and to foster an increased public awareness of the relevance of archives to modern life.

This is a  CLUE-certified (Co-curricular) event.

For more information, please call 718-982-4128

William Canary, Sr.

It is with sorrow that we announce to the College community the passing of William Canary, Sr., former College Assistant in the Mail Room and father of William Canary of the Office of Information Technology.

For those wishing to send a card to Bill’s Mom, Marion, her address is as follows: 

Marion Canary

5 Eagle Drive

Whiting, NJ  08759
The College community sends its sympathy to Bill and his family.

Executive Committee, College Council and Faculty Senate

On behalf of the Executive Committees of the Faculty Senate and the College Council, we write to welcome you to the fall 2009 semester and to provide a sketch of our activities and responsibilities.

CSI has a Charter, approved by the CUNY Board of Trustees, that provides for shared governance. The Council is composed of all the members of the Faculty Senate plus representatives of the Higher Education Officer series, the Student Government, and the College Administration. It functions through monthly meetings and committees reporting to it, and is engaged with fundamental issues of the campus such as budget planning, facilities planning, planning for institutional futures, the quality of life at the College, and similar concerns.

The Faculty Senate is composed of delegates from departmental chairs and delegates with authority over curricula, degree requirements, graduation requirements, new programs, new degrees, and decisions over honorary degrees. Each department elects a representative and either your departmental delegate or chair can clarify any issue concerning faculty governance.

Both bodies meet monthly with the Council usually preceding the Senate. Meetings are on Thursdays from 1:30pm to 3:30pm in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) Room 119.

Several years ago, the highest court in New York State, the Appeals Court, ruled that faculty bodies not only must operate under the Sunshine Law but are policymaking bodies. This ruling followed a case brought by students at Hostos Community College, Perez et al. We refer to the Perez decision as shorthand for democratic decision making.

As part of CUNY, we are also represented at the CUNY-wide University Faculty Senate. This body meets once a month at the Graduate School (Fifth Ave. and 34 St.) on Tuesday evenings. The CSI delegation is composed of Sandi Cooper, Roberta Klibaner, Alfred Levine, Kathryn Talarico, Vasilios Petratos, and Mohammed Youssef, and the adjunct representative is Steven Beyer. Once a month following its meetings, notes are posted to the faculty. This meeting is where the faculty has an opportunity to ask questions of the Central Administration, the Chancellor (Matthew Goldstein), and of members of the Board of Trustees, and where general university policy is challenged, debated, and presented. The UFS spends considerable energy in the winter months lobbying for CUNY in Albany.

The first meeting of the CSI Council/Senate will be Thursday, Sept. 17 and we invite you to attend. Voting is reserved to elected and designated members but others are invited to speak and ask questions at all times.

CSI Faculty and Staff Seasonal Flu Vaccine Clinic

The Visiting Nurse Association of Staten Island Corporate Flu and Pneumonia Prevention Program will be held at the College of Staten Island’s Health Center on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Nurses will be administering the flu and pneumonia vaccines for all interested staff and faculty members.

The cost of the flu vaccine is $30 and the pneumonia vaccine is $40. Medicare-eligible persons can present their Medicare Part B card as payment. Non-Medicare-eligible persons pay the fee. Please contact the Health Center at 718.982.3045 to reserve your seasonal flu vaccine dose. 

In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated. The seasonal flu vaccine will not protect people against the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. The FDA is currently working with manufacturers, international partners, and other government agencies to facilitate the availability of a safe and effective vaccine against the H1N1 influenza virus.

For more information please contact Terianne Darragh, RN, at 718.982.3045.

New "A" Gate to Ease Traffic Flow in and out of Campus

The College of Staten Island is now using the new “A” Gate as an entrance and exit to and from campus. When classes are in session, “A” Gate will be open Monday through Thursday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm.

“A” Gate is located across from Building 5N and Parking Lot #4 and the use of the gate is encouraged to alleviate main road traffic on campus during evening hours. Public Safety officers will be present to direct traffic.

The addition of this gate, according to Milton Santiago, Vice President for Finance and Admnistration at CSI, “demonstrates the College’s commitment to improving the quality of life for CSI students, faculty, and staff, as well as for members of the Staten Island community by easing traffic congestion inside and around our campus.”

“I would also like to thank our neighbors at SIDDSO [Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Services Office],” Santiago added, “who agreed to let us use their property, therefore making this new entrance and exit possible.”

For further details, please call the Office of Public Safety at 718.982.2116 or email the Assistant Director of Public Safety, William Dalton, at

CSI is using the new A Gate in an effort to alleviate traffic congestion in and around its campus.