International Coffee Hour

Please join us for our first International Coffee Hour of the 2009-2010 academic year on Thursday, Sept. 10  from 5:00pm to 6:30pm in the Center for International Service Lounge in Building 2A, Room 206. 

Meet students, faculty members, and visiting scholars from around the world in a relaxed, friendly environment. 

Everyone is invited and refreshments will be served. This is a PG CLUE-certified event. Call 718.982.2100 for more information.

CSI Unveils New Steinway Piano with Inaugural Concert

The College of Staten Island inaugurates a new Steinway grand piano with a solo piano recital by CSI Music professor, pianist, and musicologist Sylvia Kahan. The performance will take place on Wednesday, September 16 at 7:30pm in the College’s Center for the Arts.

Kahan says she is “delighted to be presenting the first musical spin around the block of CSI’s new Steinway grand. As a performing musician within an academic context, I’m so grateful that CSI administrators are big fans of the arts. They have been so supportive of all of the College’s performance and creative arts programs. When Provost and Vice President William Fritz informed me that the College was purchasing a new concert instrument, I was thrilled.”

The new piano, a seven-foot Steinway B concert instrument, will be used for performances in the College’s Center for the Arts’ Williamson Theater and the Department of Performing and Creative Arts’ Lab Theatre.

“This is an important moment for the Center for the Arts as well for the College’s Music program,” Kahan adds. “Our concert facilities are among the best in the five boroughs. However, the Steinway that had previously served the Williamson Theatre was not sufficiently powerful for the space. Now, with the purchase of this magnificent new concert Steinway, the Williamson becomes a more viable concert venue. And I know that our new Jazz professor, Michael Morreale, can’t wait for the new piano to be incorporated into CSI Jazz Ensemble performances in the Lab Theatre.”

Kahan has performed as concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and throughout North America and Europe. The New York Times has called her work “stimulating” with a “playful, fluid sense of ornamentation.” For her September 16 performance, she has chosen a program that includes Franz Joseph Haydn’s Sonata in D Major, Yehudi Wyner’s Piano Sonata, Felix Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words , preludes by Claude Debussy, and rags by Scott Joplin. According to Professor Kahan, “The program is designed to celebrate several anniversaries associated with the year ’09’ in three centuries: the anniversary of Haydn’s death and Mendelssohn’s birth (1809), the 80th birthday of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Yehudi Wyner (2009), and important compositional trends that, by 1909, were permeating 20th-century piano repertoire, such as Debussy’s ‘impressionist’ harmonies and Joplin’s ragtime idioms.”

A musicologist as well as a pianist, Sylvia Kahan serves on the Music faculties of CSI and the CUNY Graduate Center. In addition to teaching piano and chamber music, she also teaches courses in music history, music theory, and keyboard musicianship. Professor Kahan’s scholarly specialty is French music and culture in the Belle Epoque and early 20th century. A sought-after lecturer, she is a regular speaker on French opera at the New York City Opera. She is also the author of two books: the first, Music’s Modern Muse, has received outstanding reviews and has just been republished in paperback; a new volume, In Search of New Scales, examines the history of the so-called “octatonic” scale, used prominently in modern music, especially in the music of Stravinsky.

The piano recital will take place in the Williamson Theatre of the Center for the Arts at the College of Staten Island at 2800 Victory Boulevard. The concert is free and open to the public, and is presented by the Department of Performing and Creative Arts and the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences.

A free concert by CSI Music professor Sylvia Kahan will inaugurate CSI's new Steinway grand piano.

mtvU Channel Interviews CSI Student/Veteran

U.S. Army veteran and reservist Daniel Castillo went in front of cameras for the mtvU channel yesterday for an interview that will be played on the station in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Castillo, who served in Iraq in the infantry division and is still a member of the Reserves as a drill sergeant, is currently a police officer with the NYPD. He is also a Political Science major at CSI.

During the interview, Castillo discussed his military service and what it’s like to be both a member of the NYPD and a CSI student. Regarding the services that CSI offers U.S. military veterans who return to College, as Castillo has done under the G.I. Bill, he says that he was impressed with Assistant Registrar Vito Zajda, who is also the Veterans Advisor Certifying Officer and a Transfer Evaluation Specialist at the CSI Veteran Center.

Castillo noted that Zajda, “treats all of the vets with respect and helps us with everything. So, far, I’ve had a hassle-free [admission] to CSI. He sat me down, got my information, and took care of everything from there.”

CSI was named a Top Military Friendly school by G.I. Jobs magazine earlier this month.

The CSI Student Veteran Center offers services that include confidential personal and academic assistance provided by a professional counselor, sensitive to veterans’ issues. The Center also works closely with many other campus departments providing readjustment counseling, academic advisement, and educational and financial aid benefits, along with information and referrals to disability and mental health services, academic support, health and wellness services, academic and vocational counseling, and various community resources.

Click Here to learn more about the CSI Veteran Center.

Student and U.S. Army Vet Daniel Castillo as he was interviewed by the mtvU Channel on campus today

Employee of the Month

President Morales has approved the selection of Chris Mazzotta, Supervisor Electrician in the Office of Buildings and Grounds, as the Employee of the Month for September 2009.

New Director of Compliance and Diversity

Following a nationwide search and extensive campus participation, Mr. Kenichi Iwama, Esq. has been appointed as the new Director, Diversity and Compliance at the College of Staten Island, effective September 15, 2009.

Mr. Iwama is an attorney with over a decade of comprehensive experience in Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employment, and labor, employment, and education law. Mr. Iwama comes to CSI from the State Operated School District of Jersey City in New Jersey, where he held several positions including: the General Counsel/Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator supervising the handling of all discrimination, labor, employment, and education matters before various New Jersey commissions as well as the U.S. Federal District Court and the Supreme Court of New Jersey; Chief Labor Counsel/Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator; Assistant General Counsel. In addition, Mr. Iwama has been in private practice where he represented colleges, school districts, and other public and private entities in the areas of discrimination, labor, employment, and education law.

Mr. Iwama received his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of New Hampshire, and is currently enrolled in a Master’s degree program in Employment and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. Mr. Iwama has also completed specialized training in Mediation and in Investigation.

CSI President Dr. Tomás Morales says, “I commend the outstanding work of the search committee co-chaired by Ms. Lisa Ebert, Esq. and Dr. Ann Lubrano. The Committee’s diligence and insight produced an impressive pool of applicants, and its hard work assured the successful outcome of this important search. I especially want to thank the committee for its participation and feedback; for giving your valuable time in support of the search for this important position.”

Kenichi Iwama, Esq. is the new Director of Compliance and Diversity at the College of Staten Island.

President’s Welcome Message

One of the age-long traditions of American higher education is the ceremonial beginning of a new academic year. So let me be the first to wish you a Happy New Year! Exciting things are happening at CSI.

I am pleased to share with you that this fall 43 new faculty and several new administrators have joined the CSI community. These extraordinary and diverse faculty and staff are representative of CSI’s ongoing commitment to inclusive excellence and concerted outreach and advertising efforts to attract a qualified pool of applicants from a wide variety of sources. By bolstering the number of new faculty our students will reap the benefits due to an increase in the number of courses taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty. I want to thank the faculty and staff who dedicated countless hours of time and energy to ensure that these faculty and administrative searches were successful.

Under the auspices of CSI’s new Enrollment Management team and other members of the professional staff, and in conjunction with our outstanding academic programs and quality faculty, enrollment continues to surge. We have realized an increase in the number of students entering our baccalaureate degree programs, and our student persistence rate continues to rise as reflected in the high number of returning students.

The College had a very busy summer. We hosted the New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s summer concert, enjoyed a robust summer enrollment, and made significant progress in the development of the High-Performance Computational and Visualization Center. We offered an array of faculty development activities including a China Study tour in which 11 faculty and staff participated. Additionally, 33 CSI students took part in study abroad programs in countries such as Italy, England, Greece, Ecuador, Israel, Spain, France, Poland, and China. 

One of the most enjoyable activities in which I personally participated last year was marching with faculty, students, and staff at the Staten Island LGBT Pride and the African Heritage parades celebrating the rich diversity of our community. I invite all of you to come out and join us this year at the Third Annual African Heritage Parade on September 19.  Also, on October 3 the College will host the Fall Festival on the Great Lawn to raise money for breast cancer research. I look forward to seeing you at these events, which bring CSI and our Staten Island neighbors together in shared experiences.
In the coming academic year, I look forward to working collaboratively with you on two exciting projects that will shape the future of our College. First, the College’s Institutional Planning Committee will spearhead the strategic planning process that will draft a revised mission, vision, and values statement.  It is my hope that the entire campus will be involved in this important process. 

Second, the campus Master Planning process has resumed and we will be engaging the College community as we design space to meet our needs and aspirations, and, most importantly, bring alignment with our new Strategic Plan. I encourage you to provide input and feedback to the Master Planning process by participating in the Town Hall meeting on September 23.

We will accomplish a great deal this year by working together and being engaged.

Have a great year and welcome back!

Federal Work Study Program

The Financial Aid Office would like to alert all instructional and administrative personnel that students participating in the Federal Work Study (FWS) program are available to work on campus around their class schedules. If you are a member of the faculty or of the administrative staff of the College and would like to hire a FWS student to assist you with routine tasks, please contact Donna Brogna via email at

New Season for Online CLUE News

The CLUE Program is preparing its fall editions of the online CLUE News, which will start on Sunday, Aug. 30.  As you may know, the CLUE News comes out every Sunday and runs through the following Saturday. CLUE News is available on the main CSI College web page.  Click Here  to see the latest issue.

Click Here to download a CLUE event proposal form at .  You may also pick up a proposal at our office in Building 2A, Room 208 or call us at 718.982.2529 and we will fax or mail a proposal form to you. After completing the proposal, either fax (718.982.2599), mail, or deliver it to our office at least two weeks prior to the event.  Once we receive your proposal and certify it, we will send you a CLUE attendance sheet. 

Please be sure that all participants at your program print their name, birth date, and the last four digits of their Social Security number on the attendance sheet. The attendance sheet needs to be returned to our office within 48 hours of your event to ensure CLUE credit for the students. The form may be faxed, mailed, or delivered.

Double CLUE Nights will take place from Sunday, Nov. 8 to Saturday, Nov. 14. and CLUE Marathon Week will take place from Sunday, Nov. 15 to Saturay, Nov. 21.

If you are not sure whether your program or event is a CLUE or if you need further information, please contact us at 718.982.2529. 

Take advantage of this opportunity to share your interesting and informative events with the entire College community.