CSI PRESENTS FREE YOUTH SOCCER CLINIC AT NEW CAMPUS FIELD

The College of Staten Island’s Soccer Complex will be the home field for a FREE Youth Soccer Clinic this Saturday. Kids age 8-18 are invited to visit the new facility and learn tips and tricks from the college’s varsity players and coaches while playing on the recently installed hi-tech playing surface.

“Just show up in appropriate footwear and clothing” says Harold Merritt, director of athletics at CSI, who also said they are expecting several organized teams from the Staten Island Soccer League to participate.

This is the kind of use for the new field that I have been envisioning since this project was first conceived ,stated Council Member Oddo. I am happy that CSI is throwing open its doors for this free soccer clinic and I continue to encourage those organized athletic leagues who would like to use the field to contact us so that a workable schedule can be made.

WHAT:
FREE Soccer Clinic for children age 8-18 at the brand new CSI Soccer Complex. For more information regarding the youth clinic, please call (718) 982-3167.

WHO:
Angelo Aponte, VP for Finance and Administration, CSI
Harold Merritti, Athletic Director, CSI
Fran Mitilieri, Assistant Athletic Director, CSI
Vito Veneruso, Head Men’s Soccer Coach, CSI
John Guagliardo, Head Women’s Soccer Coach, CSI

WHERE:
CSI Soccer Complex, Parking Lot 6
2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island NY

WHEN:
Saturday, November 20
1 – 3 p.m.

The College of Staten Island Soccer Complex had its grand opening two weeks ago when CSI the hosted The City University of New York’s (CUNY) Athletic Conference soccer tournament. Councilman James Oddo and CSI President Marlene Springer were in attendance for the festivities, which signified the successful partnership that brought the field to CSI.

Through Councilman Oddo’s ability to secure the funding for the project, the college was able to build a state-of-the-art soccer field for the college’s teams to compete on. In addition, when the field is not in use by the intercollegiate athletics program, it will be made available to various community school teams and youth groups, who will be able to take advantage of playing on a first-class field surface.

Contacts:
Jason Fein, CSI Athletics: (718) 982-3149
Ken Bach, CSI PR: (718) 982-2328

An Invitation to Hissing and Stomping

Franz Lists’s monumental Sonata in B minor for piano was reviewed as “eine Herausforderung zurn Zischen und Pochen” or, an invitation to hissing and stomping, by the German newspaper ‘Nationalzeitung’ after its premiere.

The work, written in February 1853, is now considered by many to be one of Franz Liszt’s most extraordinary.

On Tuesday, November 16 at 2 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Center for the Arts at the College of Staten Island, audience members will have an opportunity to decide for themselves (although actual hissing and stomping will be discouraged) during a concert of piano music by Geoffrey Dorfman.

The List B Minor Sonata was composed during the composer’s Weimar years (1848-1861), when he also completed many of his most impressive large-scale works including his two piano concertos, both the Faust and Dante symphonies, the Totentanz for piano and orchestra, and his symphonic poems.

Dorfman’s program will also include the Sarabande from Pour le Piano by Claude Debussy, and the Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Admission is free and open to the public. The concert is sponsored by the Department of Performing and Creative Arts of the College of Staten Island. For more information please contact David Keberle at (718) 982-2523.

BACKGROUND:
Geoffrey Dorfman is a painter, writer, and musician. He has given several solo concerts in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, as well as at Columbia University, Westminster Choir College, Stevens Institute of Technology, and the Cooper Union. His full-length recital opened Great Britain’s Marlborough Summer Festival in 1997. Fanfare magazine critic Peter Rabinowitz commented on Dorfman by saying “this is authoritative playing, both technically assured, (nothing on this program seemed to challenge his fingers) and interpretively individual.”

Paul J. Pelkonnen, Classical Editor on Newyorkcitysearch.com wrote, “an impressive recording from a pianist worth investigating.”

Geoffrey Dorfman is currently writing the liner notes for forthcoming compact discs, The Complete Josef Hofmann, Vol. 8 (Marston label), Vladimir Horowitz in Leningrad, and Natan Brand: the Legacy (Palexa label.)

Dorfman’s paintings show at the Painting Center in New York with his most recent exhibition of monotypes called “a gem of a show.” He has authored several articles on painting for Artforum and on music for Stagebill magazine. His new book, “Out Of the Picture; Milton Resnick and the New York School,” received terrific reviews in the College Art Association Art Journal and on artcritical.com. It was begun in 1978 with an NEA Individual Fellowship Grant.

Gracie Mansion Event to Kick Off CUNY Month CSI Jazztet provides entertainment

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will proclaim November CUNY Month at a Gracie Mansion reception Thursday, November 6, at 5:30 p.m. The event will kick-off a month that will include more than 500 special public activities at The City University of New York’s 19 campuses including open houses, lectures, performances and concerts. Other distinguished speakers will include Chairman of the CUNY Board of Trustees Benno C. Schmidt, Jr. and Chancellor Matthew Goldstein.

Place:
Gracie Mansion, East End Ave. at 88th Street

Time:
Thursday, November 6, 2003, 5:30 p.m.

Providing entertainment at the event will be the College of Staten Island Jazztet. The CSI Jazztet, known for its provocative music outreach program with city high schools, features tenor saxophonist Martin Bough, guitarist Joe Maniscalco, drummer Frank Cavallo, and bassist/ leader Dominick Tancredi. Mr. Maniscalco, Cavallo, and Tancredi are CSI alumni.

In homage to this quintessentially American art form, these four musicians seamlessly weave together the sounds of their respective instruments into a rich musical tapestry, full of color and movement.

The group has been playing the Staten Island and New Jersey area cafe’s and coffee houses since the summer of this year.

The main objective of the CSI Jazztet, and reason for its inception, is to bring Jazz to the music programs of Staten Island’s high schools and middle schools. The seminars demonstrate the complexity of events that create the jazz aesthetic, and it is an understanding of these events that will increase the students’ appreciation for this American art form, and hopefully inspire its continued practice.

Future engagements of the CSI Jazztet include Curtis High School on Monday, November 15, 2003, as well as New Dorp and Tottenville High Schools and the Petrides School, all on Staten Island.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information contact Ken Bach at 718-982-2328.

CSI inaugurates new Soccer complex funded with $800K allocated by Council Member Oddo

The College of Staten Island (CSI) inaugurates its new Soccer Complex with a ceremony that includes NYC City Council Member James Oddo (R-Mid-Island) and others kicking ceremonial soccer balls towards the CSI goalie. The ceremony and kick-off precedes two back-to-back CUNY Athletic Conference championship games on the new field with teams from CSI, John Jay, CCNY and Baruch College.

“All of us at the College of Staten Island are thrilled that our student athletes, as well as our borough’s youth and community groups, will now have a state of the art facility at which to play,” said Marlene Springer, president of CSI, during the brief ceremony held at the center of the new field. “CSI can now add its Soccer Complex to a growing list of fine athletic facilities that are second to none in the region.”

She continued by thanking the hard work of everyone that made the field possible, especially “Council Member James Oddo for helping secure the funding that made our very own field of dreams a reality.”

WHO:
James Oddo, NYC Council Member, (R-Mid-Island)
Marlene Springer, President, CSI
Zak Ivkovic, CUNY Athletic Conference Executive Director
Harold Merritt, Athletic Director, CSI

WHAT:
Press Event and Photo Op. Visuals include participants kicking a soccer ball towards the goalies from the four teams playing in back-to-back semi-final games of the City University of New York Athletic Conference championships. Participants will be available for comment.

WHEN:
Saturday, October 30, 2004 – 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:
College of Staten Island Soccer Field
(near the Astrophysical Observatory)
2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10314

The soccer field was constructed with $800,000 in funding from New York City Council Member James S. Oddo (R-Mid-Island). Oddo’s funding, secured in Fiscal Year 2003, allowed the Willowbrook campus to install a new type of maintenance-free artificial playing surface that duplicates the playing conditions of real grass.

The new field is being installed by the LandTek Group of Amityville, Long Island using a new technology called “Field Turf.” It is engineered to provide ideal playing conditions all year long. Marty Lyons, a former NY Jet, is the sales and marketing director of LandTek. Recent projects by LandTek include an NCAA Division 1 baseball field at Hofstra University and the NY Jets Training Facility.

CSI inaugurates its new Soccer Complex

The College of Staten Island (CSI) inaugurates its new Soccer Complex with a ceremony that includes NYC City Council Member James Oddo (R-Mid-Island) and others kicking ceremonial soccer balls towards the CSI goalie. The ceremony and kick-off precedes two back-to-back CUNY Athletic Conference championship games on the new field with teams from CSI, John Jay, CCNY and Baruch College.

“All of us at the College of Staten Island are thrilled that our student athletes, as well as our borough’s youth and community groups, will now have a state of the art facility at which to play,” said Marlene Springer, president of CSI, during the brief ceremony held at the center of the new field. “CSI can now add its Soccer Complex to a growing list of fine athletic facilities that are second to none in the region.”

She continued by thanking the hard work of everyone that made the field possible, especially “Council Member James Oddo for helping secure the funding that made our very own field of dreams a reality.”

WHO: James Oddo, NYC Council Member, (R-Mid-Island)
Marlene Springer, President, CSI
Zak Ivkovic, CUNY Athletic Conference Executive Director
Harold Merritt, Athletic Director, CSI

WHAT: Press Event and Photo Op. Visuals include participants kicking a soccer ball towards the goalies from the four teams playing in back-to-back semi-final games of the City University of New York Athletic Conference championships. Participants will be available for comment.

WHEN: Saturday, October 30, 2004 – 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: College of Staten Island Soccer Field
(near the Astrophysical Observatory)
2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10314

The soccer field was constructed with $800,000 in funding from New York City Council Member James S. Oddo (R-Mid-Island). Oddo’s funding, secured in Fiscal Year 2003, allowed the Willowbrook campus to install a new type of maintenance-free artificial playing surface that duplicates the playing conditions of real grass.

The new field is being installed by the LandTek Group of Amityville, Long Island using a new technology called “Field Turf.” It is engineered to provide ideal playing conditions all year long. Marty Lyons, a former NY Jet, is the sales and marketing director of LandTek. Recent projects by LandTek include an NCAA Division 1 baseball field at Hofstra University and the NY Jets Training Facility.

CSI celebrates Alumni & Community Day

On Saturday, October 23, 2004, the College of Staten Island Alumni Association holds their 4th Annual Alumni & Community Day. Former College of Staten Island (CSI), SICC and Richmond College graduates, faculty, staff and friends will reunite for a day of presentations and Celebration of Excellence Luncheon.

Moving beyond its nearly 50,000 alumni, CSI opens its doors to all community members for a morning filled with fun and friends, and the opportunity to explore and learn from one of many informative presentations.

Presentations at 10 a.m. include:

***In Pursuit of Happiness, by George Stern, Jr.
All human actions are directed toward happiness. But, what is it? How can we work to become happier? Is there a difference between happiness and pleasure? As a society, are we becoming happier? Why, or why not? Can money buy happiness? These are some of the issues that will be explored in this stimulating presentation. For over 25 years, Professor George Stern, Jr. has been studying the factors that impact human behavior and performance. He has written a number of articles on motivation and performance and a book entitled: What Do You Think? He produces and hosts a weekly TV show, The Thinking Mind, and has been characterized as a creative, dynamic, and energetic speaker.

***Where’s the Melody? by William Bauer
There’s so much going on in jazz, that sometimes it¹s hard to know what to focus on. Let Dr. William Bauer lead you through to the other side. Guitarist, recording artist, and composer Jimmy Prav (Pravasilis ’03) of Groove Assault will perform. He has most recently performed with actor, singer Danny Aiello. Assistant Professor William R. Bauer, PhD coordinates the Music Program in CSI’s Department of Performing and Creative Arts. An expert on the jazz vocal tradition, Dr. Bauer is the author of Open The Door: The Life and Music of Betty Carter and the groundbreaking article on scat singing that appeared last spring in Current Musicology.

Presentations at 11 a.m. include:

***Touring Mars and Saturn 2004 by Irving Robbins
New spacecraft have landed on Mars and are encircling Saturn. President Bush has ordered NASA to undertake a manned journey to Mars. How these planets may impact our future will be highlighted. Irving K. Robbins is an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Director of the Astrophysical Observatory at CSI. He is currently directing a program at the Observatory to track near Earth objects (i.e., asteroids and comets) that might hit the Earth and cause global devastation. He is also a principal investigator for the new space science efforts and a CUNY baccalaureate that was formed by two grants from NASA to CUNY valued at about $1.5 million.

***Imagining Immigrants: New Immigrants in Fiction and Film by Dalia Kandiyoti
In this broad look at new forms of writing and films about immigrant lives, Dr. Dalia Kandiyoti discusses creative works of the recent period. Fiction and films about Latin American, Asian, and Middle Eastern immigrant and diaspora experiences offer new forms of storytelling as well as transformative ideas on migration U.S. literature. These works take us outside of the linguistic, literary, and social frame through which American culture is usually viewed and raise crucial questions about belonging and culture. Dr. Dalia Kandiyoti has published articles on diaspora and gender issues in U.S. and Latin American literatures. She is currently working on a manuscript about the idea of place in diaspora writing.

Presentations at Noon include:

***What’s So Funny about Suffering? Humor & Health: An Interactive Workshop by Irene Deitch
The role of humor as a legitimate mechanism for coping with life’s challenges has been underutilized, under-researched, & misunderstood. In this program, we will demonstrate our capacity for fun, joy, play, laughter, and humor, in the face of personal conflicts and crisis. We will develop and apply appropriate, positive, emotional strategies to reduce tension or upset. Dr. Irene Deitch is a CSI Professor of Psychology (Emerita) and former Director of OPTIONS: College Study Program for Older Adults. In 40 years of teaching, she introduced the courses Psychology of Death and Dying, Group Dynamics, and Psychology of Aging and Adult Development to the College curriculum. Dr. Deitch, a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist, was co-founder of the Richmond County Psychological Association.

***Fun and Games in Twentieth-Century America by Ralph G. Giordano
Throughout the 20th Century, America underwent rapid change, from horses and buggies to the arrival of the Internet. But Americans have always needed time for relaxation and recreation. Ralph G. Giordano, will discuss the developments of leisure time through the 20th Century and how American culture has intertwined with leisure time. Ralph G. Giordano is an Adjunct Professor of History at CSI. He holds a license as a professional Registered Architect in the State of New York and a Master of Arts in History. His previous published works include three entries on the architecture of the Gilded Age, and biographical entries on John Deere and Levi Strauss. He has also contributed articles to several historical journals.

Alumni and Community Day 2004 at CSI on Saturday October, 23, begins with coffee and registration at 9 a.m. After the faculty and alumni presentations, everyone will join together to share stories and memories, and make new friends, during the Celebration of Excellence luncheon at 1 p.m. and at 3 p.m., WSIA 88.9 fm, the college’s student-run community radio station, holds a reunion for past volunteers and staffers.

Attending the the presentations and luncheon cost $20 per person, and reservations are required. Retired CSI faculty and staff members may attend free of charge.

For additional information about Alumni and Community Day or to make reservations, contact Francine Raggi, director of the CSI Alumni Association at (718) 982-2290 by Thursday, October 21.

Una Notte della Canzone A Celebration of Italian American Heritage Month

The College of Staten Island celebrates Italian American Heritage by presenting an evening of culture, style and song, and honoring three outstanding individuals whose lives and contributions represent the notable service of Italians and Italian Americans to our borough, city and country.

The special evening, entitled Una Notte della Canzone, includes a performance of select Italian arias and popular songs on Friday, October 29, 2004 at 6:30 p.m. in the College’s Center for the Arts.

Honorees include Antonio Bandini, Consul General of Italy in New York City, The Honorable James Molinaro, 14th Borough President of Staten Island, and John Dabbene, Chairman of the Board of the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum on Staten Island.

Event chairs include Christine Cea; Norma D’Arrigo; Joe Franzese ’88, chief financial officer of Fortis Financial Services on Madison Avenue in NYC; and John Mazza ’85, president of ADAK Contractors and Consultants in Annadale, Staten Island.

Antonio Bandini is known for having greatly enhanced the relations between Italy and the U.S., underscoring the importance of Italian Americans in New York’s economy. Mr. Bandini has held his current post since 2003, but has been in the Italian diplomatic service since 1974. He has held positions with the United Nations Human Rights Commission and served as Ambassador to Eritrea, among others.

The Honorable James Molinaro is the Italian-American Borough President of Staten Island. For more than 25 years, Mr. Molinaro has served as an active leader in the New York political scene, serving as deputy borough president before his election to the office in 2001. He is a strong proponent of education and has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for all Staten Islanders.

John Dabbene has been active in both charitable and civic affairs in greater New York for more than 25 years. He is noted for his leadership role in our community, tirelessly enhancing and promoting a positive image for Italian Americans.

The celebration of Italian-American culture begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 29th with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, with the Bronx Opera taking the stage at 8 p.m. Dessert with the cast members follows the performance. Tickets cost $125.00 per person, with the proceeds providing scholarships to CSI students for study opportunities in Florence, Italy next summer.

The college is also preparing a souvenir program for the memorable event. A full-page ad costs $100, a half-page ad $50, and quarter-page ad $25.

For more information, place ad or reserve tickets to this event, please contact the College of Staten Island advancement office at (718) 982-2365 or visit their website www.csiadvancement.net.

National Park Services and CUNY Inaugurate New Education Center

The College of Staten Island (CSI) and Brooklyn College, of The City University of New York, are collaborating with the National Park Service (NPS) to develop the National Parks of New York Harbor (NPNH) Education Center that will serve a multi-faceted audience. This partnership will engage the K-12 student population of the New York Harbor region on both sides of the Hudson River, teachers of grades K-12, higher education faculty and students, non-formal educators and the community as a whole.

WHAT:
The National Parks of New York Harbor Education Center will officially open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the facility. Students will be engaged in hands on activities in two of the Center’s discovery rooms.

WHERE:
The National Parks of New York Harbor Education Center, located in Building 210 at historic Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, NY.

WHEN:
Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at 10 a.m.

WHO:
The opening ceremony will be attended by officials from the National Park Service, Brooklyn College, the College of Staten Island, members of the New York City Board of Education and local elected officials.

Contacts:
Brian Feeney (NPS) 718-354-4602
Joe Fodor (Brooklyn College) 718-951-5882
Ken Bach (CSI) 718-982-2328

Directions:
Mass transit: S51 Bus from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal to the Fort Wadsworth entrance on Bay Street. From Brooklyn, S53 Bus. By car from Brooklyn: Verrazano Narrows Bridge to the Bay Street Exit. From Staten Island: Staten Island Expressway East to the Bay Street Exit. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp and proceed to Bay Street and the Fort Wadsworth entrance.

The Education Center serves the public as:
• An idea factory where university and NPS staff and educators design, develop, evaluate and implement innovative education programs
• A living laboratory where professionals study and promote environmental, historic and cultural education
• A community center where the public learns how to best protect and conserve natural systems and cultural resources
• A model educational facility, reaching out to diverse and under-represented groups by tailoring programs to their interests and needs
• A professional development center for NPS staff, university faculty, their students, and a wide variety of educators

Benefits of the Partnership
This partnership with Brooklyn College and the College of Staten Island enables the National Park Service to improve and increase opportunities for students, teachers, and the general public to better understand the heritage embodied in the NPNH sites. It creates a continuum of learning that lays the foundation for stewardship of our natural and historic resources now and into the future. As envisioned in the NPS Advisory Board report, Rethinking the National Parks for the 21st Century, the partnership enables the National Park System to offer “citizens of all ages opportunities to strengthen their connections to the environment and to renew their sense of wonder and appreciation for our democracy.”

Unique Assets of Each Partner
The College of Staten Island’s Discovery Institute provides a venue for the renewal and development of teaching for its vast network of new and experienced teachers.

Brooklyn College brings a distinguished faculty ready and eager to utilize the NPS resources for research and scholarship to stimulate student achievement and intellectual growth.

The National Parks of New York Harbor contain sites of significant American political and social history, are home to some of the enduring symbols of our country and showcase the importance of open space and the connection between ecological and urban systems. Using the real places, objects and real world issues of the parks, this partnership can become an effective force in the reform and renewal of the local school system.