Campus Members Join SI African Parade

Members of the College of Staten Island community demonstrated their support for the Borough’s rich African American, African, and Caribbean history by taking part in the Third Annual Staten Island African Parade, which was held last Saturday.

Approximately 50 CSI students joined the procession. They were accompanied by College President Dr. Tomas Morales, Provost and Senior Vice President Dr. William Fritz, Vice President for Student Affairs Jerald Jones-Woolfolk, and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Dr. Christine Flynn Saulnier.

It was a beautiful day for the parade, which proceeded from Borough Hall onto Bay Street, ending at Tappen Park where a culture festival was held.

Approximately 50 CSI students participated in the Third Annual Staten Island African Parade.

Public Safety Advisory

Public Safety has received inquires regarding scheduled fire alarm testing performed in Buildings 3S and 4S this morning, Thursday, Sept. 24. 

These tests were scheduled to gauge the effectiveness of the audible alarm systems, and were conducted as planned in order to ensure system compliance to ADA guidelines.

The buildings remained open during these system tests.  Testing has successfully concluded, and the buildings remain open with normal class schedules in operation.

If you have any questions regarding the above subject matter please contact the Public Safety Office, Building 2A, Room 108.

President and Mrs. Morales Presented Outstanding Contribution to the People of Staten Island Award by Project Hospitality

CSI President Dr. Tomás D. Morales and his wife Evy were presented with The Les Trautmann Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to the People of Staten Island award at the annual Fall Dinner of Project Hospitality this week.

“Les Trautmann’s lifetime of civic leadership as the Editor of the Staten Island Advance is remembered each year at this dinner. He immersed himself fully in the life of our community and shaped the community-centered mission of the Staten Island Advance for years,” began community leader Norma D’Arrigo, the Dinner co-chair, during her introductory remarks. “Tonight we honor Dr. Tomás and Evy Morales, two Staten Islanders who have given of themselves fully to our community.”

Dr. Morales was recognized for his lifelong dedication to improving the access and quality to higher education and for his leadership position on local boards such as those of the Staten Island Foundation, SINY Inc., A Vision for Staten Island, and his ambassadorship with the Immigrant Entrepreneur Program of the Staten Island Economic Development Committee. He was recently appointed to the city-wide Panel for Education Policy by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He serves on the boards of many national leadership institutions, and is the recipient of many national honors.

Evy Morales was recognized for more than 20 years of dedication as an educator and career counselor, assisting underprivileged and underrepresented high school students, as well as her work as a literacy volunteer in the public libraries, and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and most recently with the CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project. At Project Hospitality, the skills and compassion of Mrs. Morales touched the hearts and minds of clients in their Single Stop Help Center, helping them navigate the complex system of applying for benefits.

Also recognized at the Dinner were Richard and Lois Nicotra, who were awarded The Richard E. Diamond Award Memorial Award for Exemplary Commitment to People in Need; the Reverend Will Nichols and Janice Holleny, who received The Eleanor and Paul Proske Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to the Poor; and Dr. Lucy Cabrera, who was awarded the Distinguished Community Service Award.

In her closing remarks, Project Hospitality Executive Director The Reverend Terry Troia noted that Dr. Morales is the only college president to ever visit a soup kitchen, and that Mrs. Morales was the only spouse of a college president to ever volunteer translation services in support of Project Hospitality’s mission.

Project Hospitality is a community-based, not-for-profit agency established in 1982 as an interfaith volunteer emergency response to the needs of homeless and hungry persons in Staten Island. It provides comprehensive services for hungry and homeless and inadequately housed people, especially those who are living with multiple diagnoses such as HIV, substance use, and/or mental illness, and works with them to achieve their self-sufficiency — thereby enhancing the quality of life for our community.

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[L-R] CSI President Dr. Tomás D. Morales, Mrs. Evy Morales, and Fall Dinner co-chair Norma D'Arrigo

Alumni Association Presents "Taste of SINY"

Please join the CSI Alumni Association and popular Staten Island restaurants for “Taste of SINY” on Sunday, Oct. 11 in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) Atrium from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

Signature dishes and more will be showcased in this unique tasting event, with all proceeds supporting much-needed student scholarships. Sample the bountiful cuisine and enjoy wine tasting, beverages, desserts, and music. People’s Choice and Professional Chefs’ Awards will be presented. 

Admission is $40 per person, payable to the CSI Foundation. Please RSVP to the Alumni Relations Office (Building 1A, Room 111) by Thursday, Sept. 30.

Participants include:  Afternoones, Alfonso’s Bakery, Arirang, Bayou, The Beer Garden, Bob Z Ribz, Bocelli, Bridge Tavern, Burmeister’s Chow, Cookie Jar and Cake Chef Bakeries, Canlon’s, Casa Mila, DaNoi, Elm Park Inn, Espana, Hilton Garden Inn, Historic Old Bermuda Inn, Jimmy Max and Jimmy Max Great Kills, Jody’s Club Forest, Killmeyer’s, Lorenzo’s, Manor Restaurant, Mezcal’s’ Mexican Restaurant, Nucci’s North and South, Park Café, The Polish Place, South Fin Grill, Superior Chocolates, A Taste of Honey, The Vanderbilt, Vine Divino, and Z One Restaurant.    

The event chaired by James McBratney, ’05, Alumni Board Member and President, SI Restaurant and Tavern Association.

For more information, call the CSI Alumni Association office at 718.982.2290.

Leading the Way to Staten Island’s Future

Great leadership is always in demand, especially on Staten Island, which continues to face challenges as
its residents work to improve the quality of life in the borough. Once they have honed their skills, leaders also
need to connect with one another so that they may find solutions to the problems that we all face.

In an effort to train tomorrow’s leaders, and ensure that they form a network, CSI launched The Staten Island
Leadership Institute in 2003 and the Institute just celebrated its sixth graduation. According to Hugo Kijne,
Executive Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development at CSI, the Institute’s purpose is “to
provide a forum where emerging community and business leaders come together in an environment that fosters growth
and dialogue on community issues.” Every year, up to 20 people from the public sector, the business community, and
not-for-profit organizations are selected to participate in the Institute’s ten-month program. Candidates for
selection should, according to Kijne, “be on a career track that will put them in a leadership position.” The
tuition is $500 per person, but the Institute receives crucial funding from many of the borough’s most prominent
businesses and organizations.

Participants meet once a month from October through June to learn about all community-related aspects of Staten
Island; its relationship to New York City (NYC), state, and federal offices; and institutions of international
governance. The curriculum covers government and politics; the borough’s economy; traffic, transportation, and
development; education; law enforcement, safety, and security; the environment; healthcare and social services;
communities and demographics; and the arts.

As they progress through the Institute’s curriculum, students have the opportunity to meet with community, city,
and state leaders and they visit locations that are crucial to the future of life in the borough. Past speakers
include the Borough President, the Staten Island District Attorney, U.S. congressmen, New York State politicians, NYC councilpersons, and representatives from the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation and Project Hospitality. Institute participants have taken field trips to places such as Borough Hall, the Fresh Kills landfill, Staten Island University Hospital, and cultural institutions on the Island.

After students have completed the curriculum, they have an in-depth understanding of how decisions are made on
Staten Island. Another important aspect of the Institute is the sense of connection that participants gain from
getting to know each other over the course of the program. Once they graduate and go their separate ways, they
become part of a network of leaders who can work together to move the borough forward.

As the seventh class of the Institute convenes this fall, Kijne reports that “the students are generally very
happy” with the program. In addition, the alumni “are very visible [in the community] and they recognize each
other’s visibility.” So far, Kijne says the leadership network created by the Institute “works incredibly well.” As
more and more people pass through the Institute, that group of problem solvers will grow and become more efficient
as it works to make Staten Island a better place to live.

Anyone who is interested in participation in the 2009-2010 Leadership Institute should call Hugo Kijne at
718.982.2191 or email him at

Staten Island Leadership Institute Class of 2009:

Valarie Contrino, President, Contrino Travel Inc.
Gina DiSalvo, Career Counselor, CSI
Richard Flood, Chief, FDNY
Lana Flotteron, Accountant, Wagner College
Ellie Galizia, Development Associate, SI Historical Society
Andrew Kennedy, Adjutant, Sector New York, U.S. Coast Guard
Linda Laner, Assistant Manager, Staten Island University Hospital
Kimberly Losack, Communications Coordinator, SI Chamber of Commerce
Janet Langton Magnuson, Office Manager, Scaran
Gabriella Nortesano, Senior Customer Service Representative, TD Bank
Anthony Orlandi, Chief, FDNY
Antonio Pepe, Senior Customer Service Representative, TD Bank
Jennifer Sammartino, Director of Communications, Richmond University Medical Center
Kenneth Schnetzler, Communications Specialist, U.S. Coast Guard
Danielle Tornabene, Job Developer, CSI

SI Leadership Institute graduate Janet Langton Magnuson, Office Manager at Scaran, with Hugo Kijne

IT Support Assistant Exam

The Civil Service Exam unit will be accepting applications for IT Support Assistant from now until Friday, Oct. 23, 2009. The filing fee is $30 and the exam is open-competitive.
Applications will not be accepted at any college HR department or at the 80th Street location. Applicants must apply via Exams Xpress. Click Here to access Exams Express.   
The application must be completed online, but application-related support material and the filing fee can be mailed to:
            CPS Human Resources Services
            Attn: CUNY Examinations
            241 Lathrop Avenue
            Sacramento, CA 95815


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Heritage Speakers Series: Mexico

The CSI Pluralism and Diversity program’s “Heritage Speakers Series: Mexico” presents a lecture by CSI Math major Liliana Cruz Lopez on Thursday, Sept. 24 in the Center for the Arts Conference Room (Building 1P, Room 116) from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Ms. Lopez will speak about the culture of Mexico and her parents migration from Mexico to the U.S.

This PG CLUE-certified event is part of the Heritage Speakers Series during the fall semester.  Contact the Pluralism and Diversity program in Building 2A, Room 208 or call 718.982.2597 for more information.

Counseling Center Event

The CSI Counseling Center is sponsoring “Mood Matters,” a one-day program designed to help students understand, express, and improve their moods, on Tuesday, Oct. 6 in the Campus Center (Building 1C) Green Dolphin Lounge from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Activities will include free massage therapy, counseling Jeopardy,  mood quilt, and worry bead creations. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Counseling Center and the Campus Activities Board.