CSI Offers Nursing Certificate in Cultural Competence, First in the Nation

In an effort to address the critical need for cultural competence in the health care profession, the College of Staten Island’s Department of Nursing will launch a new Advanced Certificate in Cultural Competence program this fall, the first certificate program of its kind in the nation.

The program is the brainchild of internationally renowned expert Marianne Jeffreys, Professor of Nursing at CSI, who points out the importance of being culturally competent in health care. “We have an increasingly diverse population. With increased globalization and immigration worldwide, people are moving more rapidly and cultures are changing. Nurses and other health care professionals are also becoming more diverse, so we really need to do this to enhance health care outcomes.”

“I applaud and fully endorse CSI’s Advanced Certificate in Cultural Competence. This program has it all: culturally specific action plans across diverse practice settings for educators, practitioners, managers, and researchers,” said Larry Purnell, a nursing professor with the University of Delaware. “Graduates of [CSI’s] program will have readily available knowledge and skill that will enhance their cultural competence as well as the skills necessary to conduct culturally competent education and research and work more effectively with culturally diverse staff.”

The Website www.culturediversity.org notes that “[t]o be culturally competent the nurse needs to understand his/her own world views and those of the patient, while avoiding stereotyping and misapplication of scientific knowledge. Cultural competence is obtaining cultural information and then applying that knowledge.”

The program is open to graduate and post-graduate students. For more information, call the CSI Department of Nursing at 718.982.2019 or email nursingmasters@mail.csi.cuny.edu.

CSI Making Strides toward a Greener Campus

The College of Staten Island (CSI) is accelerating its efforts to protect the environment and develop sustainable and responsible patterns of development.

First and foremost, CSI is an active participant in Chancellor Goldstein’s University Sustainability Council, which is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all campus buildings by 30 percent over the next decade. The University Council has held its first meetings and is developing plans and protocols to make CUNY the greenest university in the United States.

Part of those plans will call for the College’s new student residence halls to be
LEED-certified, which means they exemplify Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The new eco-friendly residence halls are scheduled to open in summer 2010, and will include state-of the-art heating and cooling systems, as well as energy-efficient building design.

Campus-wide, CSI has has ramped up its recycling effort. The College has developed recycling centers in each building. Three receptacles–one each for paper; cans, bottles, and glass; and trash, have been prominently positioned to make recycling easier. In addition, the Office of Buildings and Grounds is working to ensure that paper recycling is carried out in every building and that recyclables are not mixed with other solid waste materials.

To assist recycling efforts throughout the region, CSI also accepts limited amounts of millings from reconditioned highways. These millings are then recycled on campus for the repair of gravel areas, parking lots, and footpaths.

As part of an innovative recycling plan that is aimed at reducing fossil fuel emissions, the College is exploring the possibility of converting used cooking oil into biodiesel, a substance, that when added to diesel fuel, reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The use of biodiesel can limit atmospheric pollution from the College’s heavy equipment, as well as the temporary lighting towers throughout campus that are diesel-fired. CSI is also exploring the acquisition of a hybrid bus for use on campus. This vehicle is
partially powered by batteries that eliminate atmospheric emissions.

CSI also believes that a recently introduced pilot program featuring non-stop bus service between the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and the campus will reduce the College community’s reliance on automobiles. The program will become permanent in the fall. Finally, CSI is striving to become a paperless campus. Through a greater reliance on electronic communication, the College can significantly reduce its solid waste stream and lower its overall postage costs.

Cumulatively, the College believes that these initiatives–and others–will help the CSI campus and Staten Island to create a sustainable energy environment. As stewards of this site, members of the campus community are making important strides and look forward to introducing other innovations to protect our environment and brighten our future.

CSI is accelerating its efforts to protect the environment.

CSI Partners with Barnes & Noble of Staten Island for Autism Awareness Month

The Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development, and the Office of Disability Services of the College of Staten Island are teaming up to offer educators of Staten Island an opportunity to participate in professional development specific to Autism Spectrum Disorders as part of an awareness campaign hosted by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, “National Autism Awareness Month.”

Staci Weile, Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development and Karen M. Gallo, Counselor, Disability Services will be offering instructional strategies and discussion on available resources, IEPs, and the importance of identification of the student population with ASDs.

The event will be held on Monday, April 28 from 3:30pm to 5:00 pm with a reading from the book, All Cats Have Asperger’s Syndrome. The professional development component of the event will commence at 4:00pm, and will include a review of selected titles of literary resources that will be available for purchase. Hand-outs will be made available to participants of this event and a question/answer session will follow.

The Barnes & Noble retailer is located at 2245 Richmond Avenue. Please RSVP to Michele Murray; Community Relations Manager for Barnes & Noble Booksellers at 718.982.7623.

CSI President Announces New Full-Tuition Music Scholarship

Exceptional music students now have an opportunity to receive free tuition at the College of Staten Island, thanks to a new music scholarship funded through the generosity of former CSI Dean and English Professor Dr. Michael Shugrue. CSI President Tomás Morales announced the new award at a reception prior to a performance of Spectrum Concerts Berlin, which was made possible by the Shugrue Cultural Development Fund.

As Morales discussed this new opportunity for music students to receive instruction from the College’s world-class music faculty, he appealed to directors of high school music programs in the audience. “I am asking you, in particular, to partner with us and think about the students you have now who could benefit from such a scholarship in the future. I believe that CSI’s Music Program will give any of the programs in the area a run for its money, and we’re putting up the money to prove it.”

Morales also announced the first recipient of the scholarship, Gerald Gallardo. Gallardo is a junior Music major at CSI, studying composition with Prof. David Keberle and violin with Prof. Olivier Fluchaire. He is first violinist in the CSI student string quartet and he plays in the Hunter Symphony Orchestra. A Dean’s List student, he has earned a 3.62 GPA. Gallardo serves the College as a technical and teaching assistant in CSI’s Digital Music Laboratory and he is also a private instructor of piano and violin.

Commenting later on his experience in the CSI Music Department, Gallardo said, “CSI’s Music Program is extremely special — it’s like a village where everyone knows each other and supports each other. No matter what time of day it is, when you pass through the music hallway, you will always run into a familiar face. During the semesters that I have studied music at CSI, I have acquired many skills and tools to become a better performing violinist, a much more knowledgeable music instructor, and a deeper, more thoughtful composer.” Gallardo also thanks the Music faculty for their contributions. “All of the professors in the Music Department are extremely talented, very smart, and very helpful. They never allow any students to be in the darkness. I sincerely thank each and every one of them for guiding me on the right path to becoming a better musician.”

Near the end of his remarks, Morales underscored the importance of partnerships between CSI and the community, such as the one between the College and Dr. Shugrue, which ensures that students and Borough residents have free access to performances by some of the world’s best musicians. Morales also called on members of the audience to form similar relationships with CSI to improve life on the Island.

Exceptional music students now have an opportunity to receive free tuition at CSI.

CSI Phonathon Is Reaching out to 30,000 Alumni

The College of Staten Island Foundation and the Office of Institutional Advancement are in the midst of their annual spring Phonathon, an effort that, as part of the College’s Annual Fund, raises funds for student scholarships, research stipends, internships, and library acquisitions.

Anthony Zic, Director of Development, explains that his office is stepping up its fundraising efforts this time around, thanks to the support and enthusiasm of CSI President Tomás Morales, noting that the President has provided additional resources and given a green light to invest additional monies into [the Phonathon] and Annual Fund.” As a result, the Phonathon has moved from its original location in the Advancement Office to the College’s Financial Aid Office. This location, according to Zic, gives Phonathon staff “access to a greater number of phone jacks and phones, a greater number of calls made, and, therefore, resulting in a greater number of gifts to CSI. The space,” Zic continues, “is an environment that is far more conducive to calling donors. It’s a wide-open space, where pretty much everyone can see everyone, buzz is created, and the callers feed off of one another as they’re making these phone calls. That kind of buzz generates enthusiasm on the callers’ end and on the receiving end.” In addition to the improved location, this session will extend over 17 evenings, as opposed to the usual seven, and the number of callers is significantly greater, as well.

Thanks to Morales’s help, the goals for this round of the Phonathon have also changed, as the Advancement Office hopes to reach out to an unprecedented number of alumni and friends in one session, 30,000 (as compared to the average number of calls made per Phonathon session to date, 3,000). Subsequently, this single Phonathon session is also expected to raise more than double the amount relative to previous results. These efforts are important, Zic notes, because both the Phonathon and the Annual Fund are “really what build a foundation for philanthropy. For many CSI alumni, the Phonathon is the first way that a potential donor is exposed to the idea of charitable giving to the College. Once this foundation has been established and we prove to be good stewards of their gifts and further cultivate these relationships, it is our hope that not only will they continue to contribute to the College in the context of the Annual Fund, but they may also be interested in other projects, some of which may represent more substantial commitments on their behalf.”

Although some members of the CSI staff place calls to alumni, the grand majority of callers consist of current CSI students. This, Zic says, has an added benefit as students “have the unique opportunity to form a bond with the person they’re calling, because most of those people are alumni. In a lot of cases, there’s an instantaneous connection that’s made between the caller and the callee.

The coordinator of this spring’s Phonathon is Debra Santulli-Barone ‘07, who is no stranger to CSI Phonathons, having worked as a caller and supervisor at these events for the past six years. Describing the scene in the call room, Santulli-Barone notes, “The process is hectic and funny at times. In one of the rooms, there are six callers talking at once, so there is a variation of conversations going on. This particular room is a conference room where I have the newest callers working. It gives me the opportunity to listen, critique, and advise. So one conversation might be a pleasant one because the alumna is pleasant. Then, we have the alumna that will hang up before the caller has a chance to finish the script. Others will say they are sorry but cannot donate.”

Beyond all of the activity, Santulli-Barone explains that she is glad to be the coordinator. “I was honored to accept the position. As a recent graduate of CSI, and having attended the College for 14 years, I have such a large connection with CSI. I believe in the cause. In fact, due to the College’s fundraising efforts and the generous donations of our alumni, I had the opportunity to be awarded scholarships. I have spoken with delightful alumni who believe in the cause, too.”

The Spring 2008 Phonathon will run until May 8 with calls being made between the hours of 6:00pm and 9:00pm. For more information on volunteering as a caller for future phonathon sessions, or contributing to the Annual Fund, call the CSI Office of Institutional Advancement at 718.982.2365.

CSI to Host 21st Annual Academic Olympics

The Discovery Institute and the College Now program at the College of Staten Island are hosting the 21st Annual Academic Olympics on Saturday, April 12. The event begins with registration at 9:30am in the CSI Campus Center, followed by testing at 10:15am.

The Academic Olympics is open to students who attend Staten Island our community of high schools, with this year’s competition incorporating the four major disciplines into one competitive event.

An 11:30am lunch will precede the Awards Ceremony at 12:30pm in the Campus Center’s West Dining Hall.

Each participating high school may send a team of up to 16 students if they wish to compete in all the events. No student may participate in a level below his or her currently enrolled class. Participating schools include:

CSI High School
Curtis High School
McKee Vocational High School
New Dorp High School
Petrides High School
Port Richmond High School
Staten Island Technical High School
Susan Wagner High School
Tottenville High School
Miraj Islamic School
Monsignor Farrell High School
Moore Catholic High School
Notre Dame Academy
St. John Villa Academy
St. Joseph Hill Academy
Staten Island Academy

For more information, call the Discovery Institute at 718.982.2325.

CSI Co-sponsors Veterans Resource Day

The College of Staten Island’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) co-sponsored a Veterans Resource Day on March 18 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Great Kills, Staten Island, the first in a series of outreach programs for veterans. The event’s other co-sponsor was Support Our Soldiers, a veterans’ advocacy organization on Staten Island.

Initiatives such as these provide a number of resources available for veterans including small business counseling and business plan development, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Veterans programs, educational programs and assistance at CSI, and job opportunities and skill development through the Department of Labor and other key organizations.

The next scheduled event will be a Veterans Job Fair program to be held at CSI on Wednesday, April 23. For further information, please contact the SBDC at 718.982.2560.

CSI's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) co-sponsored a Veterans Resource Day.

CSI’s Staten Island Project Convenes Conference to Address Housing Questions on the Island

Staten Island’s future promises a much larger population, raising questions of where these new residents will live, how development will be managed, and how the borough can continue to offer affordable housing to the middle class. These issues, among others, will be addressed by experts and community members at the fourth annual policy conference of CSI’s Center for the Study of Staten Island/Staten Island Project on Friday, April 11 in the College’s Center for the Arts. Registration begins at 8:30am. The conference is free and open to the public.

Richard Flanagan, Center associate director, says that the conference will “bring together policymakers, academics, and the community, students, and faculty to discuss [housing and development] issues.”

Mirella Affron, Center director, notes that this conference “is centered on the connections among development, transportation, and employment on Staten Island. The centrality of the issue of housing at this moment, in which affordable housing and the ability of people to hold on to their houses in this crisis of mortgages and loans, is particularly acute.” Affron adds that as other Center conferences have addressed Staten Island “transportation, economy, and social capital, this year’s conference makes a circle back to our first very successful conference and Working Paper on transportation.”

The conference will consider a draft paper on the borough’s housing situation, based on research by CSI faculty member Associate Professor of Finance Jonathan Peters and Senior Lecturer in Finance Cameron Gordon, University of Canberra, Australia. This research was generously funded by New York State Senator Diane Savino, Assemblyman Michael Cusick, and former New York State Assemblyman the late John Lavelle.

Confirmed panelists at the conference include, so far, Drs. Peters and Gordon; Rae Rosen, Federal Reserve Bank of New York; R. Randy Lee, Leewood Real Estate Group; Vicki Been, NYU; Jonathan Bowles, Center for the Urban Future; Michael Friedman, NYS Mortgage Agency (SONYMA); Margaret Becker, SI Homeowner Defense Project; and Claire Mitchell-Dumas, Neighborhood Housing Services of SI.

The mission of the Center for the Study of Staten Island is to serve the community by integrating the work of the College with the public affairs concerns of the people of Staten Island. Designated a College Center in April 2005 by The City University of New York, the Center creates a bridge that joins the scholarly work of College faculty, staff, and students with the aspirations of Staten Island leaders and residents. The Center partners with organizations and agencies in the government, not-for-profit, and business sectors to address issues vital to the future of Staten Island, and to better prepare the Borough for the challenges ahead.

For more information and a detailed program of conference events, please call 718.982.2727. The Center can be found online at www.csi.cuny.edu/csisip and www.sipindicators.com

CSI’s Staten Island Project Convenes Conference to Address Housing Questions on the Island.