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 william.dalton@csi.cuny.edu.

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

IT Assistant Exam

The Civil Service Exam unit is accepting applications for IT Assistant now through Friday, Oct. 9, 2009. The filing fee is $45 and the exam is open competitive.
Applications will not be accepted at any college HR department or at the 80th Street location. Applicants are required to apply online via Exam Xpress.
Click Here to access Exams Xpress.  
Applicants who do not wish to complete the application online can download the application by Clicking Here .
The filing fee must be mailed to:
            CPS Human Resources Services
            Attn:  CUNY Examinations
            241 Lathrop Avenue
            Sacramento, CA 95815

Employee of the Month Program

As the new semester begins, we are looking for nominations for Employee of the Month. This is a program that rewards CSI employees for their dedication to the College. Please Click Here and take some time to review the requirements for nominations with the appropriate forms.

World on Wednesday Series, Fall 2009

The Center for International Service at the College of Staten Island has announced the line-up for this fall’s World On Wednesday Lecture Series.

“Our speakers at the World on Wednesday events talk about their own personal experience and present their topics in an informal style, including audio-visuals as appropriate,” says Winnie Brophy, Special Programs Assistant at the Center. “Discussions in the series serve to introduce and encourage students to participate in the wide range of study abroad programs available to them through the Center for International Service.”

For a complete list of of updated events, visit the CSI Event Calendar.

The schedule of lectures, which all take place in the Campus Center, Room 227 from 12:20pm to 1:10pm (except where noted), is as follows:

October 7: Zamira Begolli, a CSI student from Albania studying Psychology, and Daria Petrova, a CSI student from Russia studying International Business, “Learning About the United States and Foreign Affairs”

October 14: Alan Benimoff, Engineering Science and Physics, and the Center for Environmental Science, “Worldwide Geologic Hazards”

October 21: Catherine Lavender, History and the American Studies Program, “Ecotrekking in Costa Rica”

October 28: Cary Karacas, Geography, “Effects of the U.S. Occupation on Tokyo, 1945-2005”

November 4: Roshen Hendrickson, Political Science, “Obama’s Foreign Policy toward Sub-Saharan Africa”

November 11: Robert William Dry, U.S. State Department Diplomat-in-Residence, “The Role of Diplomacy in an Increasingly Complex World.” This lecture will be held in the Campus Center, Room 211.

November 18: Barbara Clark, Center for International Service, “My Journey to Japan”

December 2: Maria Clara Mondejar-Nicasio, the Adult Learning Center, “Mixing Languages in the Global Environment”

December 9: Ananya Mukherjea, Women’s Studies and Sociology, “Sex Worker Organizing, Welfare, Health, and Legality in South Asia: An Introduction to Some of the Largest Concerns”

The World on Wednesday series is sponsored by the Center for International Service and is approved for CC CLUE credit.

The World on Wednesday series at CSI offers a wide variety of interesting lectures this semester.

College Marks 9/11 Anniversary

The College of Staten Island marked the eighth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks with a Campus Memorial Service.

The service, held in the Campus Center Green Dolphin Lounge, featured remarks from College President Dr. Tomás Morales and CSI Student Government Senator Dennis Gaffigan.

The emotional highlight of the ceremony was the dramatic reading of original poems by two new faculty members in the English Department. (See full poems below.)

Assistant Professor Tyehimba Jess presented his poem “They rushed in,” which is dedicated to the firefighters and the police officers who were killed on 9/11. His first book of poetry, leadbelly: poems, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry
Books of 2005.”

Assistant Professor Patricia Smith, presented her poem “To the Woman, Not Trying to Fly, Who Fell with Her Legs Closed, Arms Pressed Against the Front of Her Body, While Primly Clutching Her Purse.” She is the author of five books of poetry including Blood Dazzler, chronicling the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and winner of The Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement; and Teahouse of the Almighty, winner of the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award.

Associate Dean for Student Affairs Michael Daniels closed the ceremony with a moment of silence, and reminding the College community of the Multifaith Center’s prayer and meditation room on campus, as well as the availability of professional counselors. Music was performed by CSI students Gerald Gallardo and Daniel Muccio.

They rushed in

by Tyehimba Jess

They rushed in,

oxygen in one hand,
axe in the other,
badged, boisterous,
spreading their bodies
through the fire.
They rushed in:
they didn’t think,
they were one
sweat soaked reflex,
an army of nerve
pushing through
each ascended door,
their voices squelched,
distant signals,
buried in smoke.

September 11, 2001

by Patricia Smith


You didn’t topple, cartwheel or plummet. You believed
that your descent, while swift, would end tenderly,
and that there would then be things to attend to.
While others fell past you, screeching for mercy
and splayed like stars, you aimed your pinpoint of body
towards a future that included checkbooks,
snapshots of squirming children,
a scarlet stump of lipstick.
There would be need for these things again.
Your keenly ordered mind couldn’t help but see the vertical
drop as a mere inconvenience. You didn’t hurtle, flail or pinwheel.
Your eyes straight ahead, your sweet drumming heart
struggling toward a fuss, you were most concerned with decorum,
the proper way for a lady to manage adversity. I watch your fall
and ready myself, for I have been called a lady too.
I will be there to help you to your feet,
to brush strands of the sky from your eyes.


For poets, these are difficult days.
We have at our disposal every letter of every syllable
of every word ever written or spoken in any language,
but when I attempt to bellow the word fly, I discover
that it can no longer conjure sound.
There’s the man with his skin fused to his shirt.
Perhaps he can tell us why.
There are hands, shoes, cell phones, sudden gifts
in the grit and rubble. Maybe they hold a clue.
There is that blue Toyota Camry sitting for nine days
in the train station lot in Tarrytown, there is have you
seen him her them he was she is brown eyes limp tattoo
there are those thousands of mothers suddenly convinced
that their children had learned to (fly),
and chose that one fierce moment
to do so


My granddaughter is obsessed with the drawing of stars.
Each point must be perfect, meticulously measured,
twinkling beyond all reason. We have experimented
with the most efficient ways to manufacture whole
crayoned parades of starlight. We fill entire pages
with the nighttime skies where no fiery wink is allowed to flaw.
“Why are you so worried about how the stars look?” I ask.
Grandmaaaa, she says, in that slow exasperated whine
that makes me feel feeble and clueless and utterly loved,
A star has got to be perfect
before God lets it fall.

CSI faculty members Patricia Smith and Tyehimba Jess read poetry at the CSI Campus Memorial Service.

Sanchez Delivers Convocation Speech at LIU

In recognition of his professional and academic achievements, George Emilio Sanchez, Chair of the Department of Performing and Creative Arts at the College of Staten Island, recently delivered a speech on Convocation Day at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. The annual event welcomes incoming freshmen to the campus.

In his address, Sanchez, a critically acclaimed performance artist, writer, and educator, underscored the theme of Convocation, “Believe in Yourself.” Recalling how he failed to deliver a speech in a General Education class as an undergrad due to fear, he urged the members of his audience to not only go forth with self-confidence, but also to realize that they become who they are thanks to others who also believe in them, noting the contributions that his parents and a philosophy teacher had made to his own life.

In addition, he encouraged the new students to use their potential to help others. “I have heard it said that our collective destiny is to become more fully human. But if we follow this lead, it becomes vastly clear that one does not become more fully human alone. This is why I love to be in a classroom because it provides us with the concrete image of reality of how we have to, and need to, learn together. Learn from each other, teach one another, where what we strive for is shared with others, among others, where there is give and take and if one is willing to give one is equipped to take,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez also stressed the invaluable gift of education and art. “It was through education and art [that] I stumbled upon the light of the day and [it] gave me the assurance that the darkness was no longer something to fear but rather another resource to complement my solitude and my desire to live and work with others. It is education that taught me how to ask questions and it was my art that guided me into living with the questions.”

In his concluding remarks, Sanchez urged the freshmen “to garner the courage…to never fear entering the classroom as I once did. I urge you to take multiple risks and veer a little from your comfort zones. I urge you to delve a little deeper into the fray, and to never doubt your doubts. Just don’t keep them to yourself. We’re all in this together and anything short of that denies us all the possibility to become more fully you and me.”

Among Sanchez’s areas of expertise are the methods that are connected to Augusto Boal’s “Theater of the Oppressed,” and how the arts can be employed to advance education in all subjects. The New York Times once called him, “extremely funny but also poignant…fearless and incredibly precise…what timing is all about…”

CSI Assoc. Professor George Sanchez delivered a speech on Convocation Day at LIU.

CUNY Work/Life Program

CUNY is pleased to offer its employees a new benefit to help balance personal and professional responsibilities.  The CUNY Work/Life Program is a voluntary, confidential, and free program that offers a wide range of information and support to employees and their families.  It includes traditional counseling for stress, family problems, and substance abuse, as well as many additional services such as referrals for child and elder care, financial services to help with budgeting, referrals for legal services, and much more.  These and other services are available to all CUNY employees and their families free of charge by simply calling 800.833.8707 for a consultation.  A work/life counselor will assess your needs and clarify your options, so that you or your family member can make informed choices.

The University is offering this new program through Corporate Counseling Associates, Inc.(CCA). CUNY pays the entire cost, so you and your family can speak with a counselor, access information, and use any of the services without paying a fee.  However, if you require a referral outside of the program for specialized assistance or long-term counseling, there may be a charge for those services.  Please be assured that all employee contact with the program is strictly confidential, and no one at CUNY will ever know that you or a member of your family called or met with a work/life counselor.

Click Here to see the program’s Website.   CCA’s team of experienced, professional work/life counselors are available 24/7.  Please be sure to take advantage of this valuable benefit.