CSI Archives & Special Collections Receives Award

At the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference in Albany last month, the CSI Archives and Special Collections received a second-place award for the finding aid to The Eric N. Vitaliano Papers.

The finding aid award recognizes “outstanding achievement in the preparation of finding aids, paper or electronic, by institutions within the MARAC region (NY, NJ, PA, MD, DE, DC, VA, WV).

Archival finding aids are publications that provide researchers with information about the contents of manuscript collections and the award committee looks for effective, complete, concise organization of information and a pleasing visual appearance.

Second place winners over previous years have included: Princeton University, Rutgers University, The Museum of Modern Art, and the New York State Archives.

To view the winning finding aid visit the CSI Archives web site at:
http://www.library.csicuny.edu/archives/ and click on the
Assemblyman Eric N. Vitaliano Papers link.

New York State Archives awarded the College of Staten Island a $10K exploratory grant

This past year, the New York State Archives awarded the College of Staten Island a $10K exploratory grant focused on documenting the Willowbrook State School .

On Tuesday, May 10, the grant consultant’s report will be issued, and CSI’s Library Archives and Special Collections will host a tour of the Willowbrook sites at 2:15 p.m., followed by a public reception at 4 p.m.

A Celebration of the Donation of Papers to the
Willowbrook State School Archives of the College of Staten Island
by Bernard Carabello and Diana McCourt .

Elizabeth Connelly , former assemblywoman
Diana McCourt , parent of a former resident of the Willowbrook State School
Bernard Carabello , former resident of the Willowbrook State School
Marlene Springer , president, CSI

College of Staten Island
Library Archives and Special Collections
Building 1L, Room 216
Staten Island NY

Tuesday, May 10, 2005
4 p.m.

At the 4 p.m. reception, Mrs. Connelly , Mrs, McCourt, and Mr. Carabello will be speaking.

“This archive project is a healing project,” says Mrs. McCourt , and “although much of the official state and court records about the Willowbrook State School have been collected, this project is special in documenting the activities of families, caregivers and the people who lived in Willowbrook. In this great project our separate stories: sad; heroic; funny and desperate; become part of a whole history. It is a sacred trust that the stories held here will inspire future holy warriors to defend against such horrors ever happening again.”

Erica Jong named commencement speaker at CSI graduation CSI’s class of 2005 is the largest in college’s history

A record 2,100 baccalaureate and master degree candidates will graduate at the College of Staten Island’s 29th annual commencement exercise on Thursday, June 2, at 10 a.m, rain or shine, on the college’s Great Lawn.

Erica Jong photo © James KriegsmannThis year’s commencement speaker is Erica Jong, author of eight novels including Fear of Flying, Fanny: Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones and the recent novel Sappho’s Leap. Ms. Jong will also receive an honorary PhD degree from CSI, Doctor of Humane Letters.

Ms. Jong holds the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature, and has received Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize for her poetry and the Deauville Award for Literary Excellence in France. In Italy, she received the Sigmund Freud Award for Literature. Her book Fear of Flying, which was first published in 1973, was recently re-issued by New American Library in a 30th anniversary edition. The book is printed in 27 languages worldwide, with sales of 12 million.

“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.”

Representing an alumni association with more than 50,000 members and five regional councils, Ferdinand Alvaro, class of 1975, will also address the gathering.

Alvaro, a senior partner with one of the leading minority-owned law firms in the United States, Fitzhugh, Parker and Alvaro, is dedicated to resolving complex legal problems exclusively for corporate clients through aggressive representation in the areas of environmental law, employment law, product liability, personal injury and general corporate litigation.

photo by Ken BachThe student speaker is Sophia Tamezrian. She is one of six children raised by a widowed mother in war-torn Beirut, often studying by candlelight. She came to America and worked for the United Nations (U.N.) before pursuing her degree. “I believe in the missions of the U.N.,” she said, “and the work they do that benefits people of the world, especially during time of humanitarian emergencies.” She plans on returning to work at the U.N. after graduation.

At 44 years old and with 20 years worth of interruptions to her education, Ms. Tamezrian graduates with a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) in accounting with minors in both economics and finance. She plans on eventually becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and obtaining a masters and doctorate degree in accounting.

When asked about her speech, the Brooklyn resident says it will focus on “my strong belief that education is the key both to personal and professional advancement.” She also says that education is a “crucial component” to creating and maintaining peace.

“I am always proud to hear about the lives and accomplishments of our alumni,” Dr. Springer said, “and I am inspired by the galvanizing determination of our students as they discuss their education and goals. Commencement is yet another step forward in their continuing journey of improving their lives, careers, and ultimately, the world.”

The event’s invocation will be performed by Reverend Bhante Kodanna, Staten Island Buddhist Vihara.

Departmental exercises begin immediately after the college-wide commencement. A reception in the Campus Center for graduates, their guests and the college community will follow the departmental exercises.

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

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.

CSI Golf Outing Fundraiser

The College of Staten Island (CSI) Foundation will host its fifth annual “CSI Alumni and Friends Golf Outing” on Friday, May 6, at Staten Island’s South Shore Country Club in Huguenot.

The ticket price of the golf outing is $175 and includes green fees for 18 holes of golf, use of a cart, beverages on the course, breakfast and a deluxe barbecue lunch.

Breakfast and registration will begin at 7 a.m. with a shotgun tee-off following at 8 a.m.

All proceeds will benefit the CSI athletics department, scholarships and undergraduate research opportunities that will help prepare CSI students for continued success after graduation.

John Mazza, president of Adak Contractors & Consultants, Annadale, is chairing the event. Involved with the CSI Foundation for four years, Mr. Mazza was also last year’s golf outing chair.

“Your participation and sponsorship are solid investments in our students and our community,” said Mazza. “From personal experience as a CSI golf outing sponsor, I am proud that my support helps so many deserving students pursue their educational goals.”

Mr. Mazza and his firm are noted for volunteering their services to various foundations, such as the GRACE Foundation and Eger Nursing Home. He is currently president of the North Central Kiwanis and was voted Kiwanian of the year 2002-2003. The Tottenville resident and his wife, Jodi, have three children.

The golf outing event will feature extraordinary giveaways, awards and prizes, a silent auction and raffle drawings.

During the deluxe barbecue luncheon following the round of golf, Freeman McNeil, former New York Jet running-back, will make a guest appearance. He will be available for photo opportunities. Marty Lyons, his former teammate, also is expected to attend and play as part of a foursome.

Following lunch, a silent auction with various items up for bid will be provided by Unique Memorabilia. Items will include a golf cap worn by Mickey Mantle obtained from family estate auction accompanied by a signed 8×10 photograph, an authentic Giants stadium seat signed by numerous New York Giants including Phil Simms, Steven Baker, Lawrence Taylor, and Tikki Barber, and a NY Yankee’s pinstripe jersey signed by nine Yankee stars
including Joe Torre, Derek Jeter, and Gary Sheffield, in addition to other items from numerous celebrities.

The grand raffle prize is a two-night, three-day trip to the Howard Johnson Oceanfront Plaza Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland. The prize includes three rounds of golf for two players. Other raffle prizes include four field-box tickets, stadium club passes and a preferred parking-pass to a home game at Yankee stadium, and a membership to the New York Sports Club (NYSC).

For additional information and reservations, call the CSI advancement office at (718)982-2365

NYS's first African-American woman CPA presents "It's Not a White Collar Profession"

In 1954, Bernadine Coles Gines became the first African-American woman Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York state, and the 34 th African American CPA in the U.S.

This week, the Accounting Club presents Ms. Gines in an historic lecture presentation at the College of Staten Island (CSI). She is a good figure for us to present, with a great message for the community says Taiwo Olasupo , president of the CSI accounting club, and vice president of the college’s student government.

She is an African-American woman of great achievement and accomplishment, Olasupo continued, and we are ecstatic that she will join us and share her experiences with the college and Staten Island community.”

The College of Staten Island Accounting Club presents a lecture entitled It’s Not a White Collar Profession”.

Bernadine Coles Gines will discuss her experiences as the first CPA in New York state.

College of Staten Island Center for the Arts
Lecture Hall (1P-119)
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island NY 10314

Thursday, April 14, 2005 – 1:30 p.m.

Gines graduated from Virginia State College. She received a BS in Business Administration and was ranked first in her graduating class. In 1947, she earned her Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from New York University She has been featured in the book A White Collar Profession: African American Certified Public Accountants since 1921.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the CSI Accounting Club.


A multifaith symposium
Stem Cell Research: Ethical Perspectives

Dr. Richard Flanagan, CSI
Dr. Abdeslem El Idrissi, CSI
Dr. Allen Bennett, MD
Dr. Marilyn Martone, St. John’s University
Dr. Faiz Khan, MD

Thursday, April 7, 2005 – 1:30 p.m.

CSI Center for the Arts (1P) Lecture Hall
2800 Victory Boulevard

Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Sciences, the Office of the Dean
of Humanities, the Pre-Medical Society, the Muslim Student Association,
Hillel in the Multifaith Center, and Catholic Campus Ministry in the
Multifiath Center.

The art of new music CSI will showcase two leading composer/performers in a free evening of unique compositions

The College of Staten Island (CSI) Foundation presents An Evening with Two Composers on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the college’s Center for the Arts.

The composers, Cristian Amigo and David Keberle, each bring a unique perspective to the art of musical performance.

Amigo, a guitarist and ethnomusicologist, produces music for film, dance, theater, and live performance. His music, which combines elements of electronics, world music, jazz, Latin American music and new music, often takes the form of interdisciplinary/intercultural works.

Amigo has received fellowships and commissions from Meet the Composer, the UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance, and the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. He is currently a visiting scholar and adjunct faculty member at the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Amigo’s 30-minute performance, entitled points of departure, features excerpts of original music from his various theater and performance works. It highlights the composer playing solo guitar on Roots/Routes. Joining Amigo for music and songs from his works Grace and Señorita X, as well as his song suite points of departure, are percussionist Guillermo Cardenas, a virtuoso performer of Afro-Dominican genres; singer Lucia Pulido, founder of Fiesta de Tambores, a percussion and vocal ensemble dedicated to the traditional music of Columbia; and Julio A. Santillán, a young composer and guitarist from Tucumán, Argentina, who is currently a faculty member at Manhattan College.

Examples of Amigo’s work can be found online at: http://homepage.mac.com/camigo/

Keberle, an award-winning clarinetist and composer, is primarily recognized for his solo and chamber works which utilize acoustic, electronic, multimedia (including dance, sculpture and art), and crossover elements. His music draws inspiration from minimalism, as well as popular music, jazz, and intercultural materials.

A Fulbright scholar in composition, Keberle’s recent awards and honors include an Individual Artist Grant from the A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, and an Astral Career Grant from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. He is one of the founders of the ElectraVox Ensemble, a live electronics performance group based in Rome, Italy. His compositions have been performed in new music festivals in North America, South America, Europe and China, and are published and recorded by EDIPAN, Rome and BMG Ricordi, Rome. He joined the music faculty of the College of Staten Island in 2004, teaching composition, electronic music, and music theory. He is also the coordinator of the college’s music program.

Keberle will be conducting David Wechsler on flute, Jeff Adler on clarinet, Olivier Fluchaire on violin, Debbie Sepe on cello, Yoojin Oh on piano, and Ray Grappone on percussion in the performance of his chamber work Four to Go. Olivier Fluchaire will also perform SLICE for solo violin. Keberle will perform Incroci for Clarinet and Piano, joined by pianist Sylvia Kahan, chair of CSI’s performing and creative arts department.

The evening is underwritten by former CSI professor Michael Shugrue, a patron of the arts dedicated to bringing sophisticated, world-class performances to Staten Island. Call the CSI Advancement Office at (718) 982-2365 for more information and to reserve tickets. The concert is free, and includes a champagne reception immediately following the performance. The Recital Hall is in the Center for the Arts on the Willowbrook campus of the College of Staten Island at 2800 Victory Boulevard.

Nobel Laureate inaugurates new polymer center at CSI Staten Island researchers target more powerful batteries for consumer electronics and pollution abatement resins

The College of Staten Island (CSI) inaugurated its Center for Engineered Polymeric Materials (CePM), funded by a five-year, $2.3 million grant to “bolster and expand high-tech research” as a part of Governor Pataki’s initiative to spur technology-based applied research and economic development across the state.

CSI was one of two colleges in New York State to receive the grant, which is funded through the College Applied Research and Technology (CART) program of the New York State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research (NYSTAR).

“Today is another milestone for CSI and the scientific research accomplishments of our faculty,” noted CSI President Marlene Springer during her opening remarks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“We are furthering our commitment to both basic research in polymer chemistry and its application to industry. With the establishment of this center, CSI is now an integral partner in New York State’s economic engine,” she continued.

She was joined onstage by keynote speaker Alan G. MacDiarmid , the 2000 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Kathleen Wise , program director of the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR), and Nan-Loh Yang, CePM director.

Nan-Loh Yang, a CSI chemistry professor and chair of the Polymer PhD Program at The City University of New York (CUNY), will lead the endeavor with a team of three co-directors, CSI faculty members Bhanu Chauhan , Ralf M. Peetz , and Chwen-Yang Shew.

CePM will also enrich the industrial and scientific community by offering outreach programs to professionals to bring them up to date on the latest advancements in the field. In addition, consumers will gain as this work will help to create, among other products, more powerful batteries for consumer electronics and cell phones, materials for medical applications, fibers that will improve optical communications, and pollution abatement resins that will absorb pollutants contained in exhausts.

In his keynote lecture, Professor MacDiarmid explained how electronic polymers are set to impact technologies of the 21st century, emphasizing that “the technology of tomorrow is based on the fundamental research of today.”

CePM orchestrates the effort of nine polymer science faculty members at CUNY. The Center has Hunter College as a consortium member and is currently involved with collaborations and outreach programs with six other institutions.

The official opening ceremony was accompanied by a one-day symposium titled “Polymeric Materials and their Industrial Applications,” attracting nearly 200 scientists and researchers from across the nation.

The Center’s research activity will be overseen by an advisory board of leaders from industry and academic institutions, who will work with CePM scientists to support the overarching goal to promote the economy of New York State through collaborative research and development.

For more information on CePM, visit:
www.chem.csi.cuny.edu/cepm .

In 2003, CSI was awarded a NYSTAR grant for $2.5 million in support of its CUNY Institute for Macromolecular Assemblies on its Staten Island campus, which is focusing on research in biomedical fields.