Chancellor Announces "" A New Jobs Web Site for CUNY Students

Chancellor Matthew Goldstein announced today that The City University of New York is launching a quick, comprehensive and easy-to-use employment web site to help undergraduate and graduate students find full-time and part-time jobs on and off campus while they are pursuing their degrees. is a one-stop employment site that consolidates postings from the 19 CUNY campuses and also provides information on jobs at metropolitan-area companies and agencies that are offered to CUNY students.

The creation of the Internet job site is part of CUNY’s ongoing program to help students receive a high-quality higher education while meeting the costs of attending college.

“Just as every penny counts, every student needs to know about available job opportunities and financial aid,” Chancellor Matthew Goldstein said. “By making available this site, we are renewing our efforts to let them know all available ways to defray the costs of their college education.”

The CUNY site also makes it easy for employers: They can post jobs directly via an electronic form and target particular jobs to students at the appropriate colleges.

CUNY, the largest urban university in the United States with 19 campuses, 208,000 degree credit students, and more than 208,000 professional and continuing education students, established this site to make it easier for students of all economic levels to continue their education without interruption.

Key components of include:

The CUNY Metro Job Bank lists hundreds of part-time and full-time jobs offered to CUNY students by government agencies and private companies in the New York metropolitan area. Recent postings included listings for a part-time photo cataloger at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; a full-time registered nurse for Covenant House; a part-time mailroom clerk for the Educational Alliance; a part-time receptionist for the New York Society for the Deaf; and a full-time account representative for Metropolitan Life.

In an exclusive arrangement with the city’s Department of Information Technology, CUNY/311 Project offers CUNY students part-time jobs with New York City’s new Customer Service Call Center, which provides city residents with an easy-to-remember number, 311, to dial for access more to city agencies for non-emergency information. Students answer incoming calls, enter data into a computer bank and do clerical work.

Poll Worker Initiative recruits and trains hundreds of CUNY students to be poll workers for citywide primaries and general elections, where they earn $200 per day, plus a bonus and training stipend.

CUNY College Job Bank lists the entry-level jobs at the CUNY
colleges, everything from tutors and college assistants to custodial assistants and lab technicians.

In addition to links to state and national employment sites, the CUNY website includes information on opportunities for disabled students, financial aid, job fairs, internships, literacy, vocational training and the Federal Work-Study Program.

The site, which is being launched on April 2, highlights specific CUNY job-related programs, including:

Counseling Assistantship Program or CUNYCAP, through which graduate students work at CUNY’s senior and community colleges and several New York City high schools in various positions in admissions, financial aid, career development, counseling, academic advisement, health services and student activities.

Teaching Opportunity Program or TOP, where highly qualified baccalaureate program students who want a teaching career are recruited to teach in public schools. Undergraduates, recent graduates and those career changers with academic majors that have been identified as current and future areas of teacher shortage are targeted. The program is run in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education.

College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment or COPE provides information and support services, including education counseling, child-care referrals, social services liaison and job-placement assistance to students receiving public assistance.

CUNY Literacy Education and Employment Program or LEEP offers participants the chance to improve their basic academic skills to qualify them for better jobs or training programs.

CUNY Individual Vocational Education and and Skills Training Program or InVEST offers participants the chance to learn new skills that help qualify them for better jobs.

CSI announces new public affairs initiative – the Staten Island Project

The College of Staten Island recently announced the creation of a dynamic new initiative that will integrate the work of the college with the public affairs concerns of Staten Island. The venture is appropriately named the College of Staten Island–Staten Island Project, or CSI-SIP.

The inauguration the CSI-SIP, followed by a reception. There will be a roundtable discussion of the future goals of the CSI-SIP.

John J. Marchi, NY State Senator; Marlene Springer, President, CSI; Mirella Affron, Director, CSI-SIP. There will be representatives from city and state government, as well as CSI faculty representing the four main policy domains.

Friday, April 11, 2003; 4 p.m.

College of Staten Island Library (1L) Archives and Special Collections
2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island NY 10314

Building on a solid foundation of conferences and programs already in place, the CSI-SIP will become the umbrella organization to expand the college’s role in the Staten Island community.

The CSI-SIP will serve as a non-partisan public affairs interface between borough officials and community leaders. The expertise of CSI faculty and staff will be at the service of community needs.

The CSI-SIP will be a dynamic forum that encourages and facilitates debate and discussion on controversial issues crucial to the community, while attempting to resolve the issues before they become urgent problems.

“As the only public institution of higher education on Staten Island, CSI is ideally positioned, through the newly established CSI-SIP, to play an even more central role than it has in the past in public affairs debates that affect the borough, its relationship to the city, and its link to the immediate region,” commented Marlene Springer, president of CSI.

CSI-SIP will interface with the community in four main policy domains:

Governance: will increase the stock of knowledge about Staten Island’s institutions and how they work, as well as expand participation in local civic and political life.

Civic Education: this initiative will present new programs that combat cynicism and apathy while strengthening the community’s connection with city administration.

Health, Environment, and Land Use: the management of urban growth is a critical problem on Staten Island. This initiative will focus on the rapid expansion of the Island’s economy and population while recognizing opportunities and overcoming challenges.

Economic Development: the educational resources offered by the college will strengthen education in the training-intensive fields of the post-industrial economy that attracts productive workers and successful firms.

The CSI-SIP initiative is inspired by Senator John J. Marchi’s historic service to the Staten Island community and the college, and his pivotal role in establishing the CSI Archives and Special Collections with a gift of his papers in 1999. For more information visit the CSI-SIP Web site at

EDITOR’S NOTE: You are invited to send a reporter and/or camera crew to cover this event. If you plan to attend or send a representative, please contact Ken Bach, director of public relations, to make arrangements.

National Institutes of Health place CSI researcher in top 5 percent of productive investigators nationwide

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded a $1.4 million four-year grant to Fred Naider, PhD, for his continued research on the biological function of peptides. This NIH funding marks 30 years of continuous funding to Naider, and supports his research through 2006.

“Dr. Naider is in the elite group of productive NIH investigators — the top 5 percent — to be funded continuously for 30 years,” commented Jean Chin, the program director for the Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics at the NIH.

“He is not only an outstanding chemist and biophysicist; he also understands and uses the power of interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to push his research to the highest levels. He has so much enthusiasm for his very significant research,” Chin continued, “and is also very proud of his students, postdoctoral fellows, laboratory, and the College of Staten Island.”

Additionally, Naider has been invited to serve as a member of the Bioorganic and Natural Products Chemistry Study Section of the NIH’s Center for Scientific Review through June 2006. Members are responsible for reviewing grant applications, recommending applications to appropriate councils, and surveying the status of research in their fields of science.

Ellie Ehrenfeld, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services at the NIH, commended Naider’s “demonstrated competence and achievements…as evidenced by the quality of [his] research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors,” in her letter of invitation.

A Distinguished Professor of chemistry with The City University of New York’s College of Staten Island, Naider’s research is focused on the biological function of peptides (small chains of amino acids) and their role as nutrients and signaling molecules.

Basically, Naider investigates how peptides cross cell membranes, and how cells communicate by the use of peptides.

In nature, more specifically in our bodies, many hormones are peptides. Naider’s research entails learning how receptor proteins receive signals from such hormones. His work is designed to understand how a family of receptor molecules works, and to learn fundamental information about the process of cell-to-cell communication.

Such information might prove valuable to others studying the disease process involving members of this family of receptors, and who wish to design therapeutic approaches to cure various pathologies. Among those processes controlled by these receptors are blood pressure regulation, pain perception, growth, taste, and smell.

“When you establish a reputation for basic research and gain a certain expertise with technologies, people come to you for advice, materials, and measurements,” says Naider, who has also recently received a grant from an Israeli company that is working on a new approach to treating burn victims.

During his career, Naider has interacted with both academic and industrial scientists. One of these interactions resulted in a patented class of molecules that is currently used to make an antiviral agent more effective.

“Dr. Naider’s research and teaching are at the highest levels,” commented Marlene Springer, president of CSI, “and have helped CSI establish a reputation for excellence that ranks our polymer chemistry program among the very best.”

Naider’s laboratory is an active place with undergraduates, PhD students, and postdoctoral fellows working side by side. Recently, the Naider laboratory was awarded a $47,043 one-year supplement from the NIH to support a graduate student working under his mentorship. Many of Naider’s students have gone on to careers in medical technology, medicine, optometry, dentistry, and the basic sciences.

“I have benefited from my students thirst for knowledge, their youthful enthusiasm, and their desire to improve the world” explains Naider. “I hope they have benefited from my passion for teaching and for peptides.”

During Naider’s 30-year career at CSI, his findings have appeared in nearly 200 refereed articles and he has been awarded more than $8 million in research grants.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Awareness Day: Creating Success through Independence

The dictionary defines a disability as “an inability to perform some or all of the tasks of daily life.” And it is those very tasks, which many people may take for granted on daily basis, which can be challenged at the College of Staten Island’s Disability Awareness Day this Thursday, April 3, 2003.

The day is filled with hands-on and interactive disability sensitivity workshops in the college’s Center for the Arts that allow everyone to learn that overcoming a dictionary-defined disability actually requires great ability, and a mastery of a challenging new skill set, such as reading Braille, conversing in sign language, or maneuvering a wheelchair. Exhibitors with have informative booths set up in the building’s Atrium.

The workshops will be presented from 10:15 – 2 p.m. in room 202 and will raise your awareness regarding deafness, disability parking, and the learning-disabled, as well as blindness and wheelchair sensitivity.

In addition to the exhibits and workshops, Alvin Law will present “Never Say I Can’t,” from 2 – 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Law, who was born without arms, is a noted motivational speaker who will discuss the power of a positive attitude. His talk is sponsored by the college’s Program Development Committee.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Awareness Day at CSI:Creating Success through Independence

Thursday, April 3, 2003; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

Exhibitors include: the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities; VESID (Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities); C-Tech (technology for the visually impaired); Concepts of Independence; Multiple Sclerosis Society; Seymour Joseph Institute; New York Commission on Human Rights; and Freedom Box.

The day’s events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by the College of Staten Island Office of Disability Services. For more information regarding the event contact Irene Mucciariello at 718-982-2176.

If you plan to attend or send a representative, contact Ken Bach at 718-982-2328.

Presidential Lecture for Excellence in Teaching

Professor of History David Traboulay, the recipient of this year’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, spoke to a crowd of 100 faculty, staff, and students who gathered in the Center for the Arts’ Williamson Theater today.

President Marlene Springer and David TraboulayCSI President Marlene Springer opened the event with comments on Dr. Traboulay’s achievements as a scholar, and upon being awarded an engraved plaque and check for $1,500 to commemorate the day, Traboulay began his lecture by saying “I am grateful and happy to receive this first Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, and feel humble about this splendid recognition.”

Traboulay’s lecture, entitled “Universitas: The Academic Community as Inspiration,” opened with a quotation from John of Salisbury, “Happy is the Exile that brings such a Home.”

Traboulay, a native of Trinidad on faculty at CSI since 1971, discussed his feelings about teaching. “I must confess the paradox that I have been aware of from 1957, when I was first hired as a teacher, of acknowledging the great joy and inspiration that teaching brought to my life on the one hand, and in similar measure the profound doubts I have had about the effectiveness of my teaching.”

After a recounting of his academic travels, Traboulay closed his lecture by expressing “my gratitude to all those who have made my life and work a ‘happy exile.’ Although I still find effective teaching elusive and, when you think that you have found it, it is impermanent, I have always considered myself fortunate to have been able to work at what I loved, and feel that it was the spirit of the college communities that inspired my teaching.”

Based on the response of the audience, the feeling was mutual.

Arab Americans in the Current Political Landscape

The College of Staten Island hosts a lecture by Kareem W. Shora who will speak on issues related to the U.S. Department of Justice’s post-9/11 initiatives including Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) programs during an informative, interactive lecture series at the CSI Library.

Kareem W. Shora, JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence) LL.M.(Master of Laws), Legal Advisor for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

Shora will speak on issues related to the U.S. Department of Justice’s post-9/11 initiatives including Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) programs during an informative, interactive lecture series at the CSI Library. Other topics may include ethnic profiling, hate crimes, and unlawful discrimination issues, and the more general situation of Arab Americans and Muslim Americans in the aftermath of 9/11.
Post-9/11 legislation issues may also be addressed, such as the USA Patriot Act and the proposed Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003, aka the USA Patriot Act II. The lectures will be followed by a question and answer session.

Thursday, March 27, 2003
1:30 – 2:30 pm and
3:00 – 4:00 pm

College of Staten Island, Library Theater (1L-103)
2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island NY 10314

Both sessions are free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Pluralism and Diversity Program, and the Center for International Service. For more information regarding the event contact Winnie Brophy at 718-982-2100.

You are invited to send a reporter, photographer or camera crew to this event. If you plan to attend or would like to schedule an interview, contact Ken Bach at 718-982-2328.

Heather Courtney Sweeps Two of the Most Prestigious Citywide Awards

Out of seventeen undergraduate institutions and more than 200,000 students in The City University of New York, Heather Courtney, a junior at the College of Staten Island, was selected for both the prestigious Belle Zeller and Melani Scholarships. Citywide, only 10 students were awarded the Belle Zeller and merely 5 garnered the Melani.

Heather Courtney, with a 3.817 grade point average and a love for her double major of Bioinformatics and English, finds it difficult to confine her interests to only these two subjects. Among her many talents are painting, the study of foreign languages, music and politics. During the summer of 2002, she put her Spanish skills to the test in a special study grant she won in Ecuador.

Although serious academic scholarship has been her priority, Ms. Courtney possesses the high octane energy to take on a leadership role both at CSI and in the community. She has spearheaded the organization of trips for our student body to cultural, educational and entertainment destinations, worked for CSI’s Emerging Leaders Program. She has lent her administrative skills as President of Unique Individuals, a club that assists disabled students in every aspect of college life, and has served as a long-time volunteer in the Ophthalmology Department of Bayley-Seaton Hospital, as well as in office and patient support roles.

Even before winning the Belle Zeller and Melani competitions, Ms. Courtney has been the recipient of scholarships from the Business and Professional Womens’ Association, the American Associations of University Women, the Art Lab Studio’s art program and is a member of CSI’s Dean’s List.

“I have no doubt that this energetic, charming, exceptionally intelligent CSI student will succeed in all she undertakes,” said Dr. Adrienne Siegel, the faculty advisor who helps CSI students prepare their applications, “she has and continues to give fully of herself to others.”

Ms. Courtney has achieved so much despite the terrible pain that has been her constant companion ever since a serious car accident in 1994 left her with permanent spinal injuries. But she looks on her physical disability as a gift instead of a curse. Rather than taking the comfortable route of staying in a routine job as a customer service representative for The Putnam Berkely Publishing Group, she decided that further education was the logical next step.

Ms. Courtney came to CSI nearly twice as old as many incoming freshman. She walked with a cane and was scared. She decided that what others might think of her was less important than the goals she wanted to achieve. CSI offered her the opportunity to explore many interests, and she discovered that she was “a student of life at heart.”

She decided to tackle Bioinformatics, the application of computer technology to biological questions, and is using this career path to someday allow her to delve into questions of how to prevent debilitating diseases.

Ms. Courtney came to CSI after life had dealt her some bad cards, but it did not stop her from playing her hand with exceptional bravery, generosity and intelligence. “Now that her efforts have won such amazing recognition from the City University of New York,” said Dr. Siegel, “we are sure that she will continue to be a credit to CSI, her profession and our community.”

Mulling the Mayoral Mindset Politicians, Insiders, and Scholars meet to discuss the Toughest Job in American Politics

As New York City struggles with another fiscal crisis and Mayor Bloomberg engineers monumental school reform, it is vitally important that New Yorkers understand the historical events that shaped our contemporary problems and inform potential solutions.

Much of the city’s current politics are rooted in decisions made from 1954 to 1965, while Robert F. Wagner was Mayor of New York City. To address how recent history has played a hand in today’s political climate, the New-York Historical Society and the College of Staten Island (CSI) are co-sponsoring their first biennial conference, “The Mayoralty of Robert F. Wagner, 1954-1965.”

“It was during Wagner’s administration that the first law against racial discrimination was enacted, the Landmark Preservation law was signed, public employees gained the right to collective bargaining, and The City University of New York was created,” notes Jeffrey Kroessler, author of New York Year by Year and historian with the Archives and Special Collections at CSI’s library.

This historic, first-of-its-kind conference marks the 50th anniversary of Wagner’s election and brings together political veterans, leading scholars, and Wagner-insiders for a two-day, two borough conference that discusses the politics and policies of NYC during Wagner’s administration, as well as comparing Wagner’s leadership with that of his successors: Lindsay, Beame, Koch, Dinkins, Giuliani, and Bloomberg.

Thursday March 20th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The New-York Historical Society, 2 West 77th Street at Central Park West, NYC

“Wagner and the Democratic Party” focuses on Wagner’s titanic battle and victory over Tammany leader Carmine DeSapio and the dramatic election of 1961. Participants include:

Edward Costikyan, former Democratic Party leader; headed a mayoral commission on school safety under Mayor Giuliani; an expert on school reform and party politics

Manfred Ohrenstein, former Minority Leader of the New York State Senate

Carol Greitzer, former City Councilmember

Hermann Badillo, former Congressman and Bronx Borough President

Friday March 21st, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. College of Staten Island, Center for the Arts (1P), 2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY

“Wagner and City Government,” “Intergroup Relations,” and “The Wagner Legacy: Assessing Urban Liberalism.” Participants include:

Ruth Messinger, former Manhattan Borough President

Milton Mollen, Court Judge; head of the Mollen Commission under Mayor Dinkins, assigned to investigate police corruption

Theordore Kheel, labor arbitrator

Julius C.C. Edelstein, CUNY Vice-Chancellor Emeritus; cosponsor of the CUNY open access policy; Wagner confidante

John Marchi, New York State Senator

Historians Fred Siegel, Vincent Cannato, and Clarence Taylor

A highlight of the day’s event includes a video presentation of Mayor Wagner’s farewell address of December 1965, as recorded by WNYC-TV.

“Wagner is perhaps the city’s forgotten mayor,” continued Kroessler, who is also moderator for “The Wagner Legacy: Assessing Urban Liberalism” portion of the conference, “but during his three terms in office, he presided over a city very much in change, and we continue to live with the legacy of his mayoralty today.”

During Bob Wagner’s three terms in office, he quietly revolutionized the office of mayor, modernized city government, and transformed New York City’s political landscape. He was a central player in the contest between the reform and regular factions of the Democratic Party. His notable accomplishments include:

Instituting collective bargaining with the city’s municipal unions.

Expanding the stock of public housing for the poor and the middle class.

Expanding the system of public hospitals.

Establishing The City University of New York.

Advancing civil rights in education, housing and employment policy.

Instituting the Community Board system for neighborhood representation.

Enacting landmarks preservation legislation.

You are invited to send a photographer, reporter, or audio/visual crew to any or all of the conference segments. Please call Ken Bach, director of public relations at CSI to make arrangements and to receive a complete schedule of the days’ events.