CUNY rolls out new master’s degree in business management at the College of Staten Island

he City University of New York’s Board of Trustees has recently approved the creation of a Master of Science degree in Business Management at the College of Staten Island (CSI).

The program will accept its first class of 25 students this fall pending approval from New York State ’s Education Department, and will focus on strategic management skills in business and government organizations, according to Laura Nowak , Chair of the Business Department at CSI.

Additionally, students at CSI enrolled in the administrative track of the master’s degree program in Urban Health Sciences, which was co-developed by the College’s Biology and Business Departments, will have the option of taking select courses in the new business MS curriculum.

Students in the new graduate program will use advanced analytical methods and theory in the program’s capstone course, Managerial Decision-Making and Applications. The course involves a comprehensive and integrative approach to managing an organization over time through computer simulation. There is also a significant quantitative aspect to the course which will be complemented by a qualitative analysis of business policy and strategy, according to Nowak.

This MS program brings CSI into early compliance with New York state accountancy licensure standards to take effect in 2009. These new state standards require that students wishing to take the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam have 150 credits completed, raised from 120. These new standards are currently in effect for the state of New Jersey .

For more information about CSI’s new master’s program in business management, visit or call (718) 982-2010 .

CSI inaugurates new research center

The College of Staten Island (CSI) inaugurates 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.

WHO: Alan G. MacDiarmid, Nobel Laureate in chemistry

Russell W. Bessette, executive director of the New York
State Office of Science, Technology and Academic
Research (NYSTAR)

Marlene Springer, president, CSI

Nan-Loh Yang, director, CePM

WHAT: Center for Engineered Polymeric Materials inauguration and ribbon-cutting

WHEN: Thursday March 10, 2005 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: College of Staten Island
Center for the Arts (1P)
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10314

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

Focus on Western China – Beijing Photo Exhibition

Focus on Western China is an exhibition of 50 works by famous photographers from Beijing. The photographs highlight the rugged mountains and rivers of Western China, the extensive and abundant natural resources, and intriguing folk customs of the region.

WHAT: Focus on Western China – Beijing Photo Exhibition

WHERE: College of Staten Island

Campus Center (1C) Park Café

2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island NY 10314

WHEN: February 7-24, 2005

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday thru Thursday

The exhibit showcases the towering Meili Snow Mountain, the glorious Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, range upon range of hills on the Loess Plateau, the fishing lights on Li River in Guilin, the high waves of the Yellow River, the vast expanse of Badain Jaran Desert, galloping horses on the north grasslands of the Great Wall, the gorgeous scenery of the nature reserves, the mysterious site of ancient Guge Kingdom in Tibet, the ancient Buddhist temples, the simple towns and dwellings, the curling smoke from kitchen chimneys, the solemn religious ceremonies, the vibrant holiday activities, and the vigorous appearance of people of various nationalities.

This exhibit is presented by the Beijing Photographers’ Association in conjunction with the Beijing People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and sponsored by the US-China People’s Friendship Association (New York City Chapter) and the Center for International Services at the College of Staten Island/CUNY.

Photographers include:

Chi Yujie is a photographer for the Beijing Political Consultative Conference, a member of Chinese Photographers’ Association and a council member of Beijing Photographers’ Association. Since the 1980s, many of his works have been selected for nationwide exhibitions. Mr. Chi was granted a government award for his art achievements in 2003.

Min Qiang is a member of Chinese Photographers’ Association, Beijing Photographers’ Association and Chinese Great Wall Association, teaches photography in Beijing United University. He won the nomination for the first Golden Figure Award of Chinese Photography in 1989.

Zhai Dongfeng is an independent photographer and a member of the Chinese Photographers’ Association. In 1997 Mr. Zhai won the Golden Figure Award of Chinese Photography, the greatest honor for photographers in China.

High School for International Studies to open in September at College of Staten Island Admissions policy will feature a prioritized lottery for students wishing to enroll

The College of Staten Island (CSI), a senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY), with its partners, Region 7 of the New York City Department of Education and the Asia Society, today announced the application and admission process for the inaugural ninth-grade class of its High School for International Studies.

The new high school, scheduled to open September 2005, will be the focus of information sessions to be held in Brooklyn and Staten Island. The school will also be featured in new school fairs to be held in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Applications are expected to far exceed the school’s first ninth-grade class capacity of 108, with the freshman class ultimately chosen by lottery. Eighth-grade students wishing to enroll must attend one of the information sessions or new school fairs, as well as update their school choices with their guidance counselors before March 1 to be prioritized in the lottery process.

“There is a lot of interest in the school from parents and prospective students, and we are expecting an overwhelming response,” said Dr. Francisco Soto , CSI’s Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The school was originally conceived in 2003 by CSI’s President Marlene Springer , as she was seeking new ways to extend the resources of the college to the larger Staten Island community. The school will be initially located on the first floor of CSI’s ‘5N’ building in the Willowbrook neighborhood of Staten Island .

Dr. Springer, immediate past chair of the executive committee of the College Consortium for International Students and a member of the Professional Development committee of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, said she chose international studies and foreign language education as a focus of the school because CSI’s faculty is strong in those areas, and CSI is a “flagship” site for international exchange programs with CUNY.

“CSI is a strong and active leader in international education. We are home to the CUNY China Program and offer international study abroad programs in 35 countries around the world,” she said.

“The high school’s hallmark will be the extensive professional development of its teachers though the college’s Discovery Institute, a city-wide model of professional development dedicated to an interdisciplinary, ‘discovery’ based teaching methodology that empowers teachers,” continued Dr. Springer.

“The high school will greatly benefit from the talent and resources of the College,” she added, noting that college faculty will work collaboratively with the high school teachers on curriculum development, as well as offer additional lectures and seminars.

“The new small high school at CSI is a premiere example of the city-wide and national trend that finds educators increasingly looking to small high schools as an alternative to the more traditional large high school,” said Dr. David Podell, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at CSI. “This new approach to education will improve young people’s preparation not only for college, but for entering an increasingly global world.”

The CSI High School for International Studies will offer a curriculum that encourages inquiry-based instruction and integrates international content across all subject areas. It will receive support from national and community sponsors, provide opportunities for student and teacher international travel and exchanges, and feature four years of intensive world language study.

The school will be part of a nationwide network of 10 small schools supported by the Asia Society through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“The CSI High School will join a prestigious community of affiliated institutions that will benefit from each other’s experience and expertise in international educational instruction,” added Dr. Soto , saying that those experiences may include “rich curricular materials, international exchanges, and multimedia resources.”

Aimee Horowitz, an Assistant Principal in Social Studies at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn and a graduate of CSI’s post-master’s program in Educational Leadership, has been selected as project leader until the school’s principal is officially named.

“These new, small international studies schools will become beacons of excellence by establishing creative, rigorous ways to prepare the City’s youth as informed global citizens,” said Michael Levine , Executive Director of Education at the Asia Society. “In the 21st century, international knowledge and skills are no longer a luxury for a small number of diplomats and business leaders–they are a necessity for every student.”

To find out more about the new CSI High School for International Studies, prospective students should attend area events, visit the school’s Web site at or call (212) 327-9311 for more information.

Region 7 Information Sessions

Tuesday, February 8; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
IS 259, 7301 Ft. Hamilton Parkway , Brooklyn

Thursday, February 10; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Petrides Complex, 715 Ocean Terrace, Staten Island

Monday, February 14; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
IS 49, 101 Warren Street , Staten Island

Tuesday, February 15; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
College of Staten Island , 2800 Victory Blvd. , Staten Island
Williamson Theater, Center for the Arts

New School Fairs

Saturday, February 5; 10:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. HS Campus , 122 Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan

Sunday, February 6; 10:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. HS Campus , 122 Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan

Saturday, February 12; 10:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Brooklyn HS of the Arts, 345 Dean Street, Brooklyn

Sunday, February 13; 10:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Brooklyn HS of the Arts, 345 Dean Street, Brooklyn

Finding Your Passion Leadership Workshop at CSI focuses on more than hearts and flowers

The College of Staten Island (CSI) helps students in “finding their passion” by hosting a fun and informative interactive workshop presented by local community leaders Charles LaGanga and Dr. Mohammad Khalid.

LaGanga, managing director of Direct Access Partners, LLC, is a 2004 Ellis Island Medal of Honor winner, which is presented to outstanding Americans who preserve and enhance the values of a particular heritage group. Dr. Khalid has been a dentist on Staten Island for over 20 years and is the president of the Iron Hills Association and president of the Pakistani Civic Association, and has served as a mayorial appointment on the charter revision committee for the City of New York and on other community boards.

The workshop, which is part of CSI’s Emerging Leaders Program, is entitled “Finding Your Passion” and helps students to identify those things in life that they are passionate about. Students are then encouraged to take this passion and put it to use in the development of their CSI Leadership Project, a community service oriented activity.

Originally presented to the Fall 2004 class, LaGanga and Khalid have been brought back presentation for the Spring 2005 class based upon “an overwhelming response” from last semester’s students, according to Carl Stiles, the associate director of Student Life at the Willowbrook college.

This year they will be joined by special guest Richard Bruno, a Deputy Inspector with the 120th Precinct of the New York Police Department. The workshop will take place Thursday, January 20th at 7:00 pm in the Green Dolphin Lounge in the Campus Center (1C) at the College of Staten Island.

“The opportunity for students today is tremendous. Learning from people who have been there and done that and want to make a change is what it is all about,” said LaGanga when asked about his experience with last year’s workshop presentation. “Community service is very good for everyone. CSI provides the bridge between the students and community.”

The College of Staten Island ’s Emerging Leaders Program provides over 25 students per semester with the opportunity to gain insight into the ideals and practices of leadership through a series of workshop sessions. It is focused on leadership skills, community awareness, and self-exploration and assessment. The college’s “premier leadership program” is open to all CSI students with a grade point average greater than 3.0, Stiles noted.

CSI produces A Christmas Carol to air on 88.9 FM

The College of Staten Island ‘s radio station, WSIA 88.9 FM, presents a newly produced radio play of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol this holiday season.

The production was created, produced and edited by students and staff in the WSIA studios, located on the campus of CSI in the Willowbrook section of Staten Island. It was written, produced and directed by Laura Parnizari.

A Christmas Carol airs on 88.9 fm every night at 8 p.m. , now through Saturday December 25th.

“I am tremendously proud of the efforts and dedication of the students of WSIA who put in many long hours crafting this program. The studio was in use nearly around the clock during the last few weeks of production,” said John Ladley , the chief engineer of the radio station.

But it wasn’t just the actor’s voices that made the final cut. All of the sound effects used during the performance have been created in-house also. Staffers at WSIA built platforms to record the sounds of walking, running and dancing, and they also constructed Marley’s “chains” to ensure they had the right sound.

Ladley, who also plays the part of Ebenezer Scrooge in the drama, encourages “everyone to listen to this program, saying that “you will be amazed by the quality and creativity of this production.”

The Cast of WSIA’s A Christmas Carol include:

John Ladley as Scrooge
James Sorrenti as Bob Cratchet
Christina Velez as the Ghost of Christmas Past
Steven Hager as the Ghost of Christmas Present
Carl Sabatino as the Narrator

EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information contact John Ladley at 718-982-3051 or Laura Parnizari at 718-982-3062 .

CSI requests nominations to their Alumni Hall of Fame

The College of Staten Island Alumni Association (CSIAA) will honor alumni at their bi-annual Hall of Fame reception on Sunday, April 10, 2005.

The CSIAA requests nominations of graduates from the College of Staten Island and its predecessors, Richmond College and Staten Island Community College, no later than January 7, 2005.

The criteria for nomination include career success and a distinguished service to the community.

This year’s chairperson of the Hall of Fame Committee is alumna and CSIAA Hall of Fame recipient Fran d’atria Romano.

Ms. Romano is a recently retired High School Art Coordinator. Ms. Romano is well known for her Staten Island Ferry Etchings and has won over 100 awards for her artwork.

All nominations should be forwarded no later than January 7, 2005 to the attention of College of Staten Island Alumni Association , Francine Raggi , director, 2800 Victory Blvd. 1A-111, Staten Island , NY 10314 .

For additional information, please call 718.982.2290.


Borough President James P. Molinaro and College of Staten Island President Marlene Springer today officially unveiled CSI’s new Digital Library Learning Lab, the only Information Literacy Center of its kind in the CUNY system.

Molinaro, who allocated $137,000 in capital funding to CSI for the purchase of the state-of-the-art computer laboratory, said, “I am happy to help provide our students with 21st Century resources by equipping them with up-to-the minute computer technology. The Digital Library Learning Lab will help students learn how to properly and responsibly use CSI’s wealth of electronic research subscriptions, where students can look up legal rulings, or access any newspaper or journal on-line. CSI has a proud record of providing its students with the best academic opportunities possible, and the Digital Library Learning Lab will only expand their understanding of the world and broaden their horizons.”

President Springer said, “The Digital Library Learning Lab is the only facility of its kind within CUNY that is fully equipped to support Information Literacy instruction. In this lab, students will learn how to access the college’s comprehensive collection of database subscriptions from the library’s newly designed website and how to critically analyze the plethora of research information available. We appreciate Borough President Molinaro’s continued support for the College of Staten Island as we continue to enhance our students’ education with the latest pedagogical technology advancements.”

With the Borough President’s funding, CSI has renovated and redesigned its Library’s former 1,500-square-foot microform reading room. In contrast to the old facility that was created in 1995, the new digital lab:

• Doubles the seating capacity
• Doubles the number of computers, which have full multimedia capability to display any format and create media-rich documents. Students can insert video, audio, still images and text into their documents, which can then be transferred to any type of storage device: CD-ROM, DVD, Thumb Drive, or Network Storage Space
• Provides instructors with ample space to move through the aisles, as well as a dedicated station for disabled students
• Enhances the learning experience with two electronic SmartBoards, which allow the instructor to highlight, emphasize, and annotate any type of digital content, including websites, subscription database articles, interactive videos and text
• Provides connectivity from all workstations to the campus network

Pat Wilks (Borough Hall): 718-816-2049
Ken Bach (CSI): 718-982-2328