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.

Civil Service Exam – IT Senior Associate

The Civil Service Exam unit will be accepting applications for IT Senior Associate now through Friday, September 25, 2009. The filing fee is $60 and the exam is open competitive.
 
Applications will not accepted at any college HR department or at the 80th street location. Applications must be completed online via Exam Xpress. Click Here to access Exams Xpress.

New Library Hours of Services

CSI has increased hours of operation of the Library (Building 1L) in response to requests from the College community.  As of the first day of the fall semester, Aug. 28, the new Library hours of service will be as follows:

  • Mondays through Fridays: 8:00am to 11:00pm
  • Saturdays: 8:30am to 9:00pm
  • Sundays: Noon to 9:00pm

These new hours extend the previous hours of service by 12 additional hours per week (i.e. an additional hour during weekdays and two additional hours during weekends). In addition, new service has been added for the weekend following Thanksgiving.

Exceptions to these hours are as follows:

Schulman joins Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Sarah Schulman, Professor of English at the College of Staten Island, has been named to the Founding Advisory Collective of the Human Rights and Social Movements Program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

Speaking of the appointment, Schulman, who is an author, playwright, historian, and activist, says, “This is a huge moment for me personally. For years I have worked and accomplished a great deal in many arenas, but because I have had integrity about my lesbian content, I have often not been acknowledged at my level of merit. To sit on a board with [New York Times columnist] Frank Rich and [journalist, author, and activist] Naomi Klein means that The Carr Center has come to the place where they will not allow indifference or marginalization of lesbian content to demean intellectuals and artists and keep us from our appropriate peer group.”

Timothy McCarthy, Lecturer on History and Literature and on Public Policy, and Director of the Human Rights and Social Movements Program, notes that the Program, which will launch this fall, seeks to answer the questions of “what happens when we put human rights and social movements together, how do social movements challenge the way we think about human rights, and how do human rights inform, inspire, or confound social movements that seek to transform society?” The Program will employ research and teaching to address these issues and, McCarthy states, it “will sponsor conferences and lecture series, biweekly study groups, a spring-term brownbag series on humanities and human rights, a whole range of things.” As for the Advisory Collective, he explains that it “includes scholars and activists and policymakers from a whole range of backgrounds and institutions.”

Discussing his reasons for selecting Schulman, McCarthy says that he has “long admired Sarah’s work, as a scholar, a writer, and as a public intellectual and activist. She is someone who quite deftly combines all those roles in a way that’s pretty rare. She is someone whose political activism I’ve always admired, whose writing I find provocative and powerful, and who personally I know to be someone who is deeply engaged and committed to the public work of bringing ideas to bear on the world problems so that we can work together to change society. She is someone I see as having done that for her entire career.”

Schulman notes the timeliness of the Program’s launch, especially in relation to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) issues. “Politically, it is time that the human rights movement, internationally, acknowledge that LGBT people are “human” and that our liberation movements are “human rights” movements. I have a 30-year history of political and cultural activism for LGBT people and people with AIDS, and it’s time for that work to be seen in the broad human rights paradigm. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to bring my perspective to a wide range of global events, and be allowed to participate in the big conversation.”

Schulman is the author of 14 books : the novels The Mere Future (2009), The Child (2007), Shimmer (1998), Rat Bohemia (1995), Empathy (1992), People in Trouble (1990), After Delores (1988), Girls Visions and Everything (1986), The Sophie Horowitz Story (1984), the nonfiction books The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination (forthcoming in 2010), Ties that Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences (2009), Stagestruck: Theater, AIDS and the Marketing of Gay America (1998), My American History: Lesbian and Gay Life During the Reagan/Bush Years (1994), and the plays Carson McCullers (2002) (published by Playscripts Inc,), Manic Flight Reaction (2005) and Enemies, A Love Story (2007) adapted from IB Singer.

Her awards include a Guggenheim (Playwriting), Fulbright (Judaic Studies), Revson Fellow for the Future of New York at Columbia University, two American Library Association Book Awards (Fiction and Nonfiction), three NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowships (Fiction and Playwriting), finalist for the Prix de Rome, Kessler Prize for Sustained Contribution to LGBT Studies.

A participant citizen, Schulman has been active in a number of foundational movements for social change including abortion rights, AIDS activism, and the gay and lesbian liberation movement. She is co-founder with Jim Hubbard of both: MIX:NY LGBT Experimental Film and Video Festival, and the ACT UP Oral History Project (www.actuporalhistory.org).

Schulman is also a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University.

English Professor Sarah Schulman has been named to a program advisory collective on human rights.

Master Plan Town Halls

Cooper Robertson & Partners entered into a contract with The City University of New York to produce a Master Plan Amendment addressing the needs of the College of Staten Island for a projected ten-year period.  The Master Plan Amendment will provide a guideline for the physical development of the campus to effectively support the academic mission, create an aesthetic environment to support learning and student development, and to provide a document to support the College’s need for capital funds.

Consultants from Cooper Robertson & Partners and staff from CUNY’s Office of Space Planning will hold the first of two town hall meetings for faculty, staff, and students on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm in The Center for the Arts Lecture Hall (Building 1P, Room 119).  The consultants will give an overview of the Master Plan project and be available to answer questions.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation for all incoming freshmen will take place during the following dates and times:
Thursday, August 20                                          6:00pm-9:00pm

Monday, August 24                                            9:00am-4:00pm

Tuesday, August  25                                           9:00am-4:00pm

Wednesday, August 26                                      9:00am-4:00pm

Thursday, August 27                                          9:00am-4:00pm
On each day of orientation, the program will start in the Center for the Arts, and then move to Buildings 2N and 3N, the Campus Center, and return to the Center for the Arts.  The night session will move from the Center for the Arts to Buildings 2N and 3N.  The Orientation is filled with important information for all new students and includes training by the Office of Information Technology so that students will become familiar with their CSI email and other accounts.  The “Expo” information fair will take place only on the August 24, 25, 26, and 27 in the 1P Atrium/Lobby. 
The Parent/Family Orientation will take place on Thursday, August 27 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm in the Center for the Arts.
If you see new students wandering around on these dates, please send them our way.  Should you have any questions or need information, feel free to stop by the New Student Orientation/CLUE Office in Building 2A, Room 208 or call 718.982.2529.

Paul Bobb Appointed Interim Athletic Director

Mr. Paul Bobb has been appointed interim Athletic Director at the College of Staten Island (CSI), effective September 1, 2009.

Mr. Bobb brings to CSI a wealth of experience in athletics administration and education having served as Director of Athletics and Associate Professor in the Department of Physical and Health Education at The City College of New York (CCNY) for 11 years. He also served for eight years as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at CCNY.

Mr. Bobb contributed to the development of the CUNY Athletic Conference and demonstrated a strong commitment to the academic success of student athletes throughout his career. Mr. Bobb also held positions at Medgar Evers College where he was an Associate Professor, Director of Athletics, and Director of the Health and Physical Education Program; and at George Washington High School, where he was a teacher of Health and Physical Education.

Mr. Bobb received an MS in Education – Health and Physical Education, and a BS in Education – Secondary Health and Physical Education, both from CCNY.

Mr. Bobb is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including The CUNY-Con Edison-Ellis Bullock Jr. Award; The Edward Carpenter Education Award presented by The Harlem Network; and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Service Award.

“Please join me in welcoming Mr. Bobb to the CSI community,” said Jerald Jones-Woolfolk, Vice President for Student Affairs at CSI, adding, “I want to take this opportunity to thank David Pizzuto for his leadership of the program this past year. David will be returning to the position of Associate Athletic Director.”

Mr. Paul Bobb has been appointed as new Interim Athletic Director at the College of Staten Island.

CSI Named a Top Military Friendly School

G.I. Jobs announced the release of its 2010 list of Military Friendly Schools. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace the United States of America’s veterans as students.

The College of Staten Island, a senior college of The City University of New York, was recognized for its commitment to serving the needs of students with military experience, and its wide array of services specifically designed for current, new, and future Veteran students.

“The Office of the Registrar and Student Veteran Center currently uses a ‘One-Stop’ approach to assist with the transition from soldier to student,” said Vito Zajda, Deputy Registrar at CSI. “The services offered include individualized workshops with each student to discuss benefits, advisement, financial aid, registration, college life, and a detailed graduation plan.” He added that the College also has a Veterans student club, as well as an Armed Forces Club, where students can meet, network, and plan activities.”

Zajda, who is also the Veterans Advisor Certifying Officer and a Transfer Evaluation Specialist, adds that CSI is “anticipating an enrollment of over 200 Veterans this semester.”

These students also have the resources of the CSI Student Veteran Center, which is available online at www.csi.cuny.edu/veterans. Services 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.

To further serve the increasing population, CSI will be offering a required general education course called Core 100, which will be specifically designed for Veterans for the first time this fall. Zajda will be teaching this section and serving the Veterans in the dual role of administrator and faculty member, providing the students with ready access to information pertinent to veterans’ affairs.

“I am very pleased that CSI has been honored by being named a Military Friendly School. This is in no small part due to the efforts of Vito Zajda, Rose Meyers, and Urszula Echols, who have worked so hard to make CSI a welcoming place for returning veterans,” commented Donna Scimeca, the Core Program Coordinator at CSI. “Our new course, Core for Veterans, will also provide an informal student support network and is designed to help make the transition to civilian life just a little bit easier for these brave young people.”

“Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend,” said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher.

The list was compiled through exhaustive research starting last May during which G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria, and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) consisting of educators and administrators from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Toledo, Duquesne University, Coastline Community College, and Lincoln Technical Institute.

A detailed list of Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools. A new Web site, www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, will launch in September with interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans in choosing schools that best meet their educational needs.

CSI has been selected for inclusion in the G. I. Jobs 2010 list of Military Friendly Colleges.