New Music by David Keberle Featured at Merkin Concert Hall

New York City — A new music concert by College of Staten Island (CSI) music professor David Keberle will be featured at Merkin Concert Hall on March 7 at 8:00pm. Merkin Hall is located at the Kaufman Center in New York City.

The concert consists of six original compositions by Keberle including one world premiere (WP) and three New York premieres (NYP): Percorsi d’anima for violin, clarinet, violoncello, and piano (WP); African Reveries for solo piano (NYP); Galoppando attraverso il vuoto for clarinet solo (NYP); Three Songs on the Poetry of Yeats for tenor and piano (NYP); Quattro chiacchiere ed un aperitivo for violin, violoncello, and piano; and SLICE for solo violin.

In addition to the Trio Johannes (Italy) — Francesco Manara, violin; Massimo Polidori, violoncello; Claudio Voghera, piano — the concert also features Grammy-Award winning American tenor Richard Clement, and composer/clarinetist David Keberle.

After receiving a Fulbright Scholarship in composition, David Keberle worked in Rome for 16 years as a freelance composer and clarinetist specializing in new music. His compositions are published and recorded by EDIPAN, Rome and BMG Ricordi, Rome.

Keberle joined the music faculty of CSI in the fall of 2004. He teaches music composition, clarinet, electronic music, and music theory.

Tickets are $20; $10 for students and seniors with ID. Tickets are available at the Merkin Concert Hall box office located at The Goodman House, 129 West 67th Street in Manhattan, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

To purchase tickets and for more information call 212-501-3330 or visit

Funding for this concert is provided in part by a grant from The City University of New York (CUNY) PSC-CUNY Research Award Program and a generous gift from Geraldine S. Kunstadter. Additional support comes from the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at CSI/CUNY, and the CSI Performing and Creative Arts Department.

The College of Staten Island (CSI) is a senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s leading urban university. CSI offers 36 academic programs, 15 graduate degree programs, and challenging doctoral programs to 12,000 students.

The 204-acre landscaped campus of CSI, the largest in NYC, is fully accessible and contains an advanced, networked infrastructure to support technology-based teaching, learning, and research.



Of David Keberle:

“Giacinto Scelsi meets Benny Goodman…”
-Chicago Tribune

“a wonderful example of what the clarinet is capable of doing in a master’s hands.”
-The Clarinet

“…the superlative art of interpretation with David Keberle as the protagonist. A clarinetist who demonstrates the capacity to invent and reinvent…”

Of the Trio Johannes:

“Brilliantly insightful performances.”
-Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“the rightful successors of their mentors, Trio di Trieste.”
-Fedeltá  del Suono, Italy

Editor’s Note:

For more information, to schedule an interview, or obtain high-resolution images, contact:

David Keberle
Assistant Professor of Music
Department of Performing and Creative Arts, 1P-203
The College of Staten Island/City University of New York (CSI-CUNY)
2800 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10314
Tel: 718-982-2523

Dr. Christine Cea Elected New President of the Friends of CSI

Dr. Christine Cea was recently elected the new president of the Friends of CSI, an association of community members who are dedicated to helping the College of Staten Island (CSI) realize its goals and educational mission.

The Friends volunteer their time, energy, and finances to strengthen and enhance the bond between the college and the Staten Island community, and support CSI through educational and cultural event programming.

Dr. Cea is the fifth president of the Friends since the organization was formed. Previous presidents include Norma D’Arrigo, Giovanna Scano, Carol Berardi, and most recently, Mary Regan.

“Collectively, it has been their work and their vision that has so greatly contributed to the success of the Friends,” commented Dr. Cea. “As we enter our fourth decade of service to CSI, the Friends continue to play an important role in the evolution of the college.”

“The College has long been grateful for the efforts of the Friends of CSI,” said President Marlene Springer. “For over 35 years, their events, such as the annual Literary Brunch, have been instrumental in developing CSI’s exceptional relationship with members of the Staten Island community. We are delighted that Dr. Cea has been elected the fifth president of the Friends, and look forward to expanding these relationships even further.”

Dr. Cea plans to carry on in the spirit of the mission of the Friends. “In keeping with the wonderful work of its members, the Friends will continue to serve as ‘ambassadors’ of the college. Our mission has always been to explore ways to acquaint our Staten Island community with the life-enriching educational and cultural resources that CSI has to offer,” Dr. Cea said. “I will see that we continue with this mission and in addition, strengthen our support by engaging the interest of other community leaders to join in our efforts. Mary Regan, I believe, had a term for this; she called it ‘friend-raising’.”

One of the cornerstones of the Friends is their commitment to public higher education. Through their years of fundraising, a scholarship endowment is maintained that provides several scholarships annually to CSI students. The group will also continue to explore new opportunities that allow this endowment to grow, according to Cea.

“Several definitions describe what it means to be a ‘friend’,” continued Dr. Cea. “One that is particularly relevant to our relationship with the college is that of ‘one who supports others and is concerned with their welfare.’ I like to think that collectively, the Friends of CSI are carrying out our mission by doing just that.”

An alumna of the College of Staten Island who graduated in 1988 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology with honors, Dr. Cea’s undergraduate education has served as the cornerstone of her professional activities. A long-standing advocate for people with developmental disabilities, Dr. Cea went on to receive her doctoral degree in developmental psychology from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship as associate director of the Developmental Disabilities Project at Fordham’s Center for Ethics Education, and is presently a research scientist at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR), where she has worked for the past three years.

Dr. Cea has also taught in both the psychology and the sociology departments at CSI, and has authored several articles and chapters concerning the rights, well-being, and ethical treatment of people with developmental disabilities.

Dr. Cea has a lifelong dedication to serving the Staten Island disabilities community, and is equally committed to the importance of public higher education. She is a vice chair of the Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council, a member of the board of directors of the Staten Island Mental Health Society, and serves on the Human Rights Committee on Informed Consent and other organizations that speak to the betterment of services and improved quality of life for people with disabilities and their families.

Dr. Cea also serves as secretary of the board of directors of the CSI Foundation, is a board member of University Hospice at Staten Island University Hospital, and is a trustee of the Staten Island Museum. This year, she also received the 2007 Women of Distinction in Human Rights award from Soroptimist International of Staten Island.

Christine Cea lives with her husband Peter Cea, who is also a member of the Friends of CSI, on Emerson Hill. They have two adult children.

Borough President Molinaro Announces Capital Funding for Improvements and Projects at the College of Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, NY–Borough President James P. Molinaro today announced the allocation of $325,000 in capital funding to the College of Staten Island for infrastructure improvements and special projects.

A total of $135,000 has been allocated to the College to help fund a Transportation Modeling and Visualization Laboratory. The laboratory will be part of a technology center that will support transportation modeling for Staten Island and the Southern Corridor of New York State, which links New Jersey with Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island, and is considered one of the key transportation routes for freight, passenger vehicles, and mass transit in the region and heavily impacts traffic congestion on Staten Island. The modeling lab will enable students, faculty, and researchers to estimate the current system performance as well as model the potential impact to Staten Island should changes be made in the system.

The improvements to the library rotunda will include construction of a new entrance consisting of two pairs of doors and a temperature-conditioned vestibule between them. A total of $100,000 has been allocated for the improvement, which will help limit the inflow of extreme hot or cold air into the library lobby. The new doors will provide greater comfort for library users as well as energy savings for the College.

The Archives and Special Collections project boasts several collections of papers from elected officials, including former State Senator John Marchi and the late former Assemblywoman Elizabeth Connelly. Borough President Molinaro is providing $90,000 to the College to help purchase appropriate shelving and a new display area within the library to showcase parts of the collections. In addition, Borough President Molinaro is coordinating the donation of former Borough President Guy V. Molinari’s papers to the Archives, and will donate his own papers when he leaves office at the end of the year 2009.

CSI President Marlene Springer said, “CSI continues to be grateful for Borough President Molinaro’s support–with this funding for the library rotunda and archive exhibition area, our students, faculty, and community will have comfortable access to a wider variety of the archived materials that have been so generously donated to the college. The funding for the Transportation Modeling Laboratory will provide students with the tools needed to research current trends and develop predictions for the future of transportation in our area. We thank him for funding these projects.”

Borough President Molinaro said, “I am delighted to be able to fund projects that improve the educational environment for students at CSI. I am particularly proud to be donating my papers to the college, and it is my hope that the archives collection continues to grow and provide a wonderful, hands-on learning experience for students.”

Borough President Molinaro to Announce Capital Funding for Projects at CSI

STATEN ISLAND, NY–Borough President James P. Molinaro will hold a press conference on Tuesday, February 6, 2007, at 1:00pm to announce the allocation of $325,000 in capital funding to the College of Staten Island for three projects: improvements to the library rotunda, funding for a transportation modeling and visualization laboratory, and funding directed toward the Archives and Special Collections area, which will house papers from Borough President Molinaro’s administration. The press conference will be held at the College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Boulevard, in the Archives and Special Collections Room, located on the second floor of the Library.

Joining the Borough President will be CSI President Marlene Springer; Vice Presidents Angelo J. Aponte, Carol Jackson, Michael Kress, David Podell, and Richard Truitt; Deans Francisco Soto and Gail Simmons; Mr. Robert Huber; Mr. Thomas Tyburczy; and Dr. Lia Kudless.

The transportation modeling laboratory will help students and researchers to view the impact of transportation trends on Staten Island and in the southern corridor of New York State. The lab will allow students to estimate current system performance as well as model the potential impact of changes in the system. The Archives and Special Collections area houses papers from local elected officials and will showcase papers and documents from Borough President Molinaro’s two terms in office. The library rotunda improvements will allow for a new vestibule to be built at the entrance of the library.

Disney Foundation and WABC-TV Help Pave the Way for CSI Engineers

J. David Davis, President of WABC-TV, will unveil a plaque at The City University of New York’s College of Staten Island (CSI) in recognition of The Walt Disney’s Company Foundation’s gift to the Don DiFranco Memorial Scholarship Fund (on behalf of WABC-TV).

Don DiFranco, a CSI alumnus, died tragically in 9/11. He was a broadcast engineer who worked atop the World Trade Center for WABC-TV. His story received national coverage on the latest anniversary of 9/11.

J. David Davis, president of WABC-TV
Angelina DiFranco, Don’s mother
Lisa Pipitone, Don’s sister
Richard Truitt, vice president for college advancement, CSI
Gail Simmons, dean of science and technology, CSI
CSI engineering students

College of Staten Island
2800 Victory Boulevard
Engineering Science and Physics Building (1N)
Staten Island, NY 10314

Friday, February 2, 2007
1:45pm (plaque unveiling)

CSI’s engineering department has received an unprecedented amount of financial support for scholarships in the past year. The DiFranco endowment has now exceeded the $100,000 mark (as a result of a large Walt Disney Foundation gift); a generous board member of the CSI Foundation has established a new engineering scholarship endowment; and a third organization is establishing an endowment (pending contract agreement). Overall, there is potential for approximately $150,000 in new money, according to Richard Truitt, CSI vice president for college advancement, and executive director of the CSI Foundation.

The College of Staten Island Foundation is the private not-for-profit organization in a public/private partnership with the College of Staten Island. The Foundation was established in 1992 to stimulate and strengthen community, corporate, and foundation support for public higher education on Staten Island.

The CSI Foundation allows the College of Staten Island to expand the margin of excellence, and ensures that CSI students and the community have the finest facilities and faculty available. The Board of Directors of the Foundation is composed of distinguished alumni and prominent community leaders committed to excellence in education.

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CSI Launches Verrazano School: Expands Successful Learning Communities Model

The College of Staten Island (CSI) of The City University of New York (CUNY) will launch a pilot class of “The Verrazano School at CSI” when spring classes begin on January 29. The School is the latest step toward the ongoing advancement of the College, and joins other innovations such as CSI’s participation in CUNY’s William E. Macaulay Honors College, the opening of the CSI High School for International Studies, and the establishment of a center for engineered polymeric materials.

The Verrazano School represents yet another opportunity for well-prepared incoming CSI students to achieve academic and career success, as it provides them with unique benefits like convenient and flexible class schedules, priority registration, and the chance to study alongside academically motivated peers. Full-time faculty will teach the majority of classes, there will also be specialized mentoring, advisement, and career sessions, and students will receive recognition at the College’s Commencement ceremony and by annotation on students’ transcripts.

“The Verrazano School addresses the objective of attracting better-prepared students to the College, which is one of the cornerstones of CSI’s Strategic Plan, 2006-2011. The School will provide its students with the necessary resources to succeed, not only at CSI, but also in graduate school and in their careers. Staten Island will benefit as these graduates move into the world of work and effect positive change in the community,” commented Dr. David Podell, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at CSI.

Requirements for admission to The Verrazano School include a strong high school grade point average, a proven record of academic excellence, high SAT scores, and successful completion of or exemption from the CUNY Basic Skills Assessment Exams.

The Verrazano School has chosen students for its pilot class of 200 from the College’s Learning Communities program, which the College developed in 2003 to assist academically strong students in the transition from high school to college. Students in the Learning Communities receive instruction in cohorts (groups of students who attend blocks of classes together) building on cooperative relationships with peers to ensure academic achievement.

Verrazano School students will begin their programs in Learning Communities and will then have the option of selecting from between 18 and 20 Verrazano School-specific course sections per semester. Although they are required to take at least two of these sections each semester, Verrazon students may also elect to take other ““non-Verrazaon sections, as their majors require.

CSI will recruit new Verrazano School students for the fall 2007 semester and beyond from among newly admitted freshmen who meet the admission requirements, and accept 200 students per year. Many of these students will also be eligible for Peter F. Vallone Academic Scholarship funding to offset the cost of tuition, because Vallone Scholarships are available to students who have demonstrated academic excellence in high school.

Danielle Bergman, who entered CSI as part of the college’s FIRST program, is currently working as a mentor with the program transitioning students in The Verrazano School. She says the new Verrazano School provides an excellent environment with dedicated services and staff to further assist with the transition from high school into the challenging academic setting of college.

“I feel that the Verrazano School gives the students a sense of belonging at CSI,” commented Bergman, adding, “This connection is extremely important and will influence their pride in CSI, as well as their grades. Extending and continuing this sense of belonging to CSI is extremely beneficial for these students and necessary in their freshman year of college.”

It gives the students a sense of belonging, and that connection is extremely important and this will increase the students pride and its necessary their freshman year.

Verrazano School students will benefit from unique educational opportunities, but according to Podell, they will also gain an advantage as they compete for placement in graduate schools after they receive their degrees from CSI.

“As a result of the specially designed and academically rigorous instruction that they receive, students who graduate from The Verrazano School will have the experience and credentials necessary for admission to the nation’s top graduate schools,” Podell commented.

The College of Staten Island is a senior college of The City University of New York, the nation’s leading urban university. CSI offers 35 academic programs, 15 graduate degree programs, and challenging doctoral programs to 12,000 students.

The 204-acre landscaped campus of CSI, the largest in NYC, is fully accessible and contains an advanced, networked infrastructure to support technology-based teaching, learning, and research. For more information, visit

LUMA: A Techno-Circus that Has You at the Edge of Your Seat

Staten Island, NY — Take a giant leap into the world of light, color and motion with LUMA, high-tech light circus by grand wizard Marlin at the Center for the Arts (CFA) at the College of Staten Island (CSI) on Saturday, February 3, 2007, 3:00 pm. Bring your flashlights, keychain lights, cell phones and any other fun lighting devices to help participate in this amazing show that is bound for Off-Broadway later this year. Tickets are on sale at $15, $12 and $10. Contact: (718) 982-2787 (ARTS), or

LUMA is an exhilarating and entirely original form of performance art that fuses the performance genre of a light show with the dynamism of live, human performers. The performers dress head to toe in black and perform on a dark masked stage. They use an enormous array of glow-in-the-dark, lit and black-light props to create incredible visual experiences, sculpting dynamic forms that dance, spin and orbit to enchant the viewer and stimulate the imagination. Experience fireflies dance, shooting starts flash across a darkened stage, screen savers undulate, carnival rides spin and EKG monitors pulse the heart beat of the body electric.

LUMA uses the dark as a canvas and light as the brush to paint imaginative stories. Standing on a lava flow on the ‘edge of the earth’, Marlin had an epiphany that all life is drawn to light. Like a deer in headlights, a moth to a flame, a seed to the sun, we humans are also inextricably pulled to the light. We all have a memory of playing with a flashlight under the covers, waving a sparkler, gazing at the lights on our birthday cakes and this fascination never ends even after we have grown up. LUMA is fun for all ages, from ages 3 to 93; it’s a celebration of the luminous by using the dark to bring the light in our lives to life.

CSI hosts series on Developmental Disabilities

The College of Staten Island and the Institute for Basic Research host their annual Colloquium Series on Current Topics in Developmental Disabilities.

This year’s topic highlights include presentation on the Introduction to Adolescence, Taste and Food Preference, and Ethics and Basic Research.

Monday, November 27
Sonia Ragir, Ph.D., Professor, CSI, Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Behavior of Twins

Monday, December 11
Anthony Sclafani, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Brooklyn College of CUNY
How Sweet It Is! Mouth and Gut Taste Receptors Determining Food Preferences

Monday, December 18
Miwa Koizumi in collaboration with Marco Scoffier, Studio at 35 Claver Place, Brooklyn, NY
Food Art Interpreted through the Taste Experience

Monday, January 8
Julia Currie, Ph.D., Head, Bioinformatics Resources, Institute for Basic Research
Revisiting Ethics: Finding Middle Ground

Monday, January 29
Daryl Spinner, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Dept. of Biochemistry, Institute for Basic Research
Innate Immunity and Therapies for Neurodegenerative Diseases

The series is presented by the CSI/IBR Center for Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities. Each day’s event begins with light refreshments at 9:30 a.m. and the presentation at10 a.m. at College of Staten Island’s Biological Sciences/Chemical Sciences buingldin (6S) at 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY. For additional information, contact Diane Cocozza, Executive Assistant, CSI/IBR Center for Developmental Neuroscience, at (718) 982-3950.