The Staten Island Colloquium: Progress on Staten Island Research

The College of Staten Island and co-conveners Richard Flanagan, Associate Professor, Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy, and James Kaser, Associate Professor, the CSI Archives present “The Staten Island Colloquium: Faculty/Staff Works in Progress on Staten Island Research,” two lectures in October and November that address the political climate on Staten Island.

On Tuesday, October 18, Professor Emeritus Daniel Kramer (Political Science) will present “Staten Island: ‘Red State’ or ‘Blue State’?” in the CSI Library, Room 216 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. In this lecture, Professor Kramer will argue that there is a competitive two-party system on Staten Island. While Staten Island “leans” Republican, charismatic Democrats who are seen as tough on welfare and crime, can win elections. The political differences between North and South Shore communities, as well as the role of incumbency and intra-party fights, will be considered.

The Colloquium will continue on Tuesday, November 15 with a lecture by Associate Professor Richard Flanagan (Political Science) entitled “Democracy in the Global City: The Case of the Staten Island Secession Movement” in the CSI Library, Room 216 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Associate Professor Flanagan will present his research on the Staten Island secession movement, drawing on comparisons to secession movements and governance conflicts in other global cities.

For more information on The Staten Island Colloquium, please call 718.982.4218.2365 by September 30.

SI Colloquium

The College of Staten Island and co-conveners Richard Flanagan, Associate Professor, Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy, and James Kaser, Associate Professor, the CSI Archives present “The Staten Island Colloquium: Faculty/Staff Works in Progress on Staten Island Research,” two lectures in October and November that address the political climate on Staten Island.

On Tuesday, October 18, Professor Emeritus Daniel Kramer (Political Science) will present “Staten Island: ‘Red State’ or ‘Blue State’?” in the CSI Library, Room 216 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. In this lecture, Professor Kramer will argue that there is a competitive two-party system on Staten Island. While Staten Island “leans” Republican, charismatic Democrats who are seen as tough on welfare and crime, can win elections. The political differences between North and South Shore communities, as well as the role of incumbency and intra-party fights, will be considered.

The Colloquium will continue on Tuesday, November 15 with a lecture by Associate Professor Richard Flanagan (Political Science) entitled “Democracy in the Global City: The Case of the Staten Island Secession Movement” in the CSI Library, Room 216 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Associate Professor Flanagan will present his research on the Staten Island secession movement, drawing on comparisons to secession movements and governance conflicts in other global cities.

For more information on The Staten Island Colloquium, please call 718.982.4218.2365 by September 30.

CSI Hosts NY Times Bestselling Author

New York Times bestselling author Alan Tennant will bring his tales of radio-tracking the transcontinental migration of peregrine falcons to the Center for the Arts on the campus of the College of Staten Island/CUNY (CSI) on Thursday, October 6 at 7:30pm.

Tennant is the author of On the Wing: To the Edge of the Earth with the Peregrine Falcon, named as one of The New York Times’s “100 Best Books of 2004,” as well as the recipient of the New York Public Library Award, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize in Science and Technology. On the Wing tells the story of Tennant’s uniquely in-depth study of these majestic birds from the Texas barrier islands to the Arctic to their eventual return to the warmer climates of Mexico, Belize, and the Caribbean. At the helm of this adventure is Tennant’s partner in falcon chasing, George Vose, a septuagenarian World War II veteran who trusts his instincts as much as his instruments. As the two men nearly lose their lives and run afoul of the law in the race to keep their birds in view and their rattletrap Cessna gassed up and running, Tennant renders with gorgeous precision and skill the landscape and wildlife they pass on the way and the falcons that direct their course.

An author of a number of books on nature and wildlife, Tennant has traveled throughout the world on a variety of natural history adventures including whale watching off the coast of Baja California, whitewater canoe rafting through the Big Bend Canyons of the Rio Grande, a Darwin lecture series in the Galapagos Islands, and safaris to the Amazon and Africa.

Tennant’s CSI lecture is made possible through the generosity of Michael Shugrue. A reception and book signing will follow.

To RSVP for this free event, please call the CSI Office of College Advancement at 1.718.982.2365

College of Staten Island Calls on Its Seniors to Honor Outstanding High School Teachers

The College of Staten Island/CUNY (CSI) is calling on its seniors to nominate high school teachers who have made a significant impact on their lives. Potential candidates include teachers who played a role in a student’s future plans, one who made a subject come alive, or someone who challenged a student to excel beyond his or her expectations.

Nominations will provide the basis for consideration of the high school teacher. A selection committee, comprising three CSI faculty members, three students, and one College administrator, will then select two winning educators who will each receive $1,000, and will be honored at the Student Awards ceremony that is held during Commencement week. In addition, the honorees will be invited to the Commencement ceremony.

CSI Vice President for Student Affairs, Carol Jackson tells CSI seniors, “We really want to make this first year a great success. So please take the time to jog your memory. Devoted high school teachers do not receive sufficient recognition, and we at CSI would like to change that a little by rewarding two of them this coming June.”

Students can pick up nomination forms in the College’s Office of Student Affairs in Building 1A, Room 301. Interested seniors can also call the office at 1.718.982.2335 for more information.

Italian Heritage Celebrated in College Gala

A night of Italian music and great food is planned for Friday, September 23rd at 8 p.m. at the College of Staten Island, as CSI celebrates the borough’s Italian heritage and honors two Italian-Americans who have left an indelible mark on Staten Island.

Called La Notte della Canzone, or Night of Songs, the evening will feature performances by members of the cast of the Bronx Opera and include a concert of arias and popular Italian songs.

The performance will be followed by a dessert and wine reception, with proceeds from the evening going to the College’s Italian Studies Overseas Language Award (ISOLA), a program to support study in Italy for high-achieving CSI students of Italian language and culture. Tickets for the evening are $50 per person. Both the concert and reception will be held at the College’s Center for the Arts, heralded by one critic as one of the premier performance spaces of any college in the East.

“This is an affordable and thoroughly enjoyable way to recognize one of the world’s great cultural traditions,” said Dr. Marlene Springer, CSI president. “In one wonderful evening, we support our students in their academic journey, rejoice in our Italian heritage and honor important community members.”

This year’s honorees are Mae Seeley and Frank Naso.

Ms. Seeley has been a long-time friend of the College and an important community activist on Staten Island. She is the past administrator of the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences (where she developed a joint arts program with CSI) and a member of many Staten Island cultural organizations, including the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, where she was curator/director. During her leadership of that organization, she introduced an Italian language program for adults and children, while restoring the museum’s Rosebank facility. She was also one of the leaders in the community effort that preserved the Staten Island Greenbelt. At CSI, she was active in Friends of the College. Through her work with that organization, she was able to raise significant funding for the school’s library. A graduate of Barnard College, she is married to Dr, David Seeley, a professor of education at CSI, and lives in New Brighton.

“Mae’s contribution to our borough is huge,” Dr. Springer said. “If she had done nothing else except dedicate her time, talent and energy to preserving the Greenbelt, her legacy would be secure. But when you consider that in addition to this remarkable achievement, she was a driving force in many other cultural organizations, including fundraising for our college, you see just how important she has been in the history of our borough.”

Frank Naso is vice president of the Naso Organization and has been active in the real estate industry on Staten Island for 17 years. His organization has provided quality housing for more than 500 Staten Island families. He is a community activist, supporting the Boy Scouts of America, Eden II, the Community Resource Center, Project Hospitality, the March of Dimes and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. He is a graduate of St. John’s University and is a past president of the Building Industry Association of New York City and is chairman of the 2003 Chamber of Commerce Building Awards. He and his wife, Danielle, have three children and live in Castleton Corners.

“Commitment to community is a key element in selecting our honorees,” Dr. Springer said. “Frank Naso not only meets that standard but far exceeds it. His commitment to our borough extends over years and is driven by a dedication to enhance the quality of life in our community.”

For more information about the evening, contact the CSI Advancement Office at 718-982-2365.

College of Staten Island CUNY Opens Doors to “Katrina Students”

College of Staten Island President Dr. Marlene Springer today announced that CSI will admit immediately any students who had planned to attend colleges now closed due to Hurricane Katrina.

“One of CSI’s greatest strengths is its total commitment to students,” Dr. Springer said, “Today, that commitment goes beyond our campus to students directly affected by Katrina. Certainly, everyone’s attention is focused on the life and death issues surrounding the tens of thousands of refugees from this devastating storm. But in the midst of this catastrophe it’s easy to forget about students attending storm-ravaged colleges along the Gulf coast. Those students might not have lost loved ones or their homes but they have lost their schools. CSI is reaching out to those students, to the Katrina students, and offering them an academic home.”

The president noted that the academic logistics might be initially difficult.

“There’s no communication coming out of these schools,” Dr. Springer said, “and that’s not likely to change for some time. There are also issues of registration here at the College. But these are all manageable, indeed, of only minor significance compared to the moral imperative to lend a hand. We have the opportunity to do more than express our sympathy. We can take action. CSI is a senior college in the CUNY system with a wide array of courses and majors. We can enroll affected students and work with them to resume their education during this very difficult time.”

Students affected by Katrina have already contacted CSI and expressed interest in enrolling. Daniel Lederman from New Springville is a senior at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he is majoring in business.

“The CSI faculty and staff that I have spoken with have been very helpful and welcoming,” he said. “I appreciate the moves taken by CSI and other institutions across the country. I am considering all of my options, and I am waiting for more news and comments from Tulane University before making a decision. My thoughts and concerns are with the people of New Orleans.”

In addition, CSI is planning a fundraising campaign on campus to aid communities is storm-damaged areas.

BOROUGH PRESIDENT MOLINARO ANNOUNCES CAPITAL FUNDING FOR CSI COMPUTER LABORATORY Allocates $128, 000 for GIS Data Systems for Traffic and Development Research

Borough President James P. Molinaro today announced the allocation of $128,000 in capital funding to the College of Staten Island (CSI) for the purchase of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology for traffic and development research.

The funding will create a computer laboratory to make possible research and teaching in GIS. The laboratory will consist of high-end computers and a large, high-resolution plotter, scanners, special purpose software, statistical analysis, database, and visualization computational systems.

“Population growth and the traffic problems that accompany it are the two greatest issues facing Staten Island today,” said Molinaro at a press conference at CSI. “I am very proud to provide this state-of-the-art technology to CSI, and expect great things to develop from this important research tool. I look forward to working with CSI to continue providing not only community resources, but educational resources as well.”

Marlene Springer, President of CSI, said, “This new technology will provide us with opportunities for collaboration among researchers at CSI, New York City and State agencies, and elected officials. GIS models of New York, the tri-state area, and Staten Island will be developed to help understand cause-and-effect relationships, such as traffic flow, school redistricting, social services, economic development, and environmental conditions. I would like to thank Borough President Molinaro for his ongoing support of CSI and in particular for his support of this project.”

GIS is a computer program that permits the user to collect and analyze information spatially. The system presents layers of information in a visual representation across geographic locations. Users may compare distributions from place to place or pile layers of different kinds of information and see how they interact with each other — and GIS presents all the information visually.

“But this powerful technology will do more than just display data,” said Deborah Popper, CSI geography professor. “With transportation and development issues, for example, GIS will not only display infrastructure data, such as sewage and water pipes, electrical and utility lines and transportation information in synergy with census data, but it may also project infrastructure stresses and overloads should a single-family residence community have a high density, multiple-family housing unit constructed.”

GIS models are one of the most powerful analytical tools for understanding demographics and population dynamics. The availability of GIS models will enhance the scientific and geographic research of CSI faculty in Economics, Geography, Political Science and Sociology. The lab will also allow them to incorporate hands-on GIS modeling in their classes, which will enable students to learn to develop GIS models for use in their future careers.

Erica Jong to deliver commencement address and receive honorary PhD from the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island

Erica Jong, author of eight novels including Fear of Flying, Fanny: Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones and Sappho’s Leap, will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary PhD
degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from The City University of New York’s
College of Staten Island.

WHO:
Erica Jong, commencement speaker and honorary PhD recipient

WHAT:
Twenty-Ninth annual commencement exercise for a record 2,100 baccalaureate
and master degree candidates.

WHERE:
The City University of New York / College of Staten Island
Great Lawn (rain or shine)
2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island NY 10314

WHEN:
Thursday, June 2 at 10 a.m.

“We are honored that Erica Jong will deliver the commencement address to our
graduating class this year,” commented Dr. Marlene Springer, president of
CSI. “She is known around the world as a leader committed to women’s rights
and freedom of expression. She cares deeply about her commitments, and she
challenges us to overcome our fears. Her presence is sure to be compelling,
provocative and motivational.”

Alumni Speaker: Ferdinand Alvaro, a senior partner with one of the leading
minority-owned law firms in the United States, Fitzhugh, Parker and Alvaro.

Student speaker: Sophia Tamezrian, one of six children raised by a widowed
mother in war-torn Beirut, often studying by candlelight. She graduates
with a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) in accounting with minors in both
economics and finance. “Education is the key both to personal and
professional advancement,” said this long-time employee of the United
Nations, adding that it education is a “crucial component” to creating and
maintaining peace.”

For more information, visit: www.csi.cuny.edu/graduation.

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you plan to attend or send a representative, you must
contact Ken Bach at (718) 982-2328 to arrange access and parking.

The College of Staten Island (CSI) is a senior college of The City
University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s leading urban university. CSI
offers 35 academic programs, 15 graduate degree programs, and challenging
doctoral programs to 12,600 students.