Sewer Line Repair

Tomorrow, Thursday, July 22, there will be several pieces of equipment on the lawn in front of the Library (Building 1L) for repairs to the failed sewer line. There will also be some plastic piping along the lawn and over the sidewalk, which will be in place until the repairs are completed. The repair is expected to occur between 7:00am and 5:00pm. Please use caution when walking in this area.

No utilities within any of the campus buildings will be affected during this repair.

Richardson Named a CUNY All-Star

The City University of New York (CUNY) has announced its latest team of award-winning “All-Star” students and CSI’s Ain Richardson is in the line-up.

When asked how she feels about receiving this honor, Richardson said, “When I was first contacted about becoming a CUNY All-Star I was quite confused, not only because it was around 7:30am but also because I didn’t really understand what an honor it was. I just knew it was something that CUNY wanted so I agreed. The weight of it all didn’t hit home until my mother called me to tell me I was in the paper and I received many different Facebook messages saying ‘I saw you in the paper and just wanted to say congrats on your All-Star’. The more and more I see the reactions of the people who helped me reach this point, the more and more I understand what it means. I am now a person who was chosen to not only represent my school, but all of CUNY. I feel proud of my tasks, and sometimes still can’t believe that I was able to make what at first was just an idea become a piece of reality that will always live with me. I now also know that I have the ability to both tell and prove to other students that they can do the same thing if they are willing to work hard, stay focused, and never even think about giving up.”

Richardson, a graduate of Port Richmond High School, is a sophomore majoring in International Business, who, as a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar, received a grant this year to study in China at Nanjing (Nanda) University through the College Consortium of International Studies. She has studied Chinese since she entered CSI with the ultimate goal of working for an international firm in the world’s largest market.

CSI President Dr. Tomás Morales, who had the opportunity to meet Richardson while he was in China last semester, noted, “It is an honor to have another CSI student make the CUNY All-Star team. Ain’s accomplishments, both at CSI and in China, as a Gilman Scholar, exemplify the exceptional caliber of students at the College. On behalf of the College, I congratulate Ain for her many ongoing achievements.”

Regarding the latest team of All-Stars, CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein said, “We are enormously proud of their significant academic achievements and, to recognize their success…Because increasing numbers of CUNY students are competing successfully for ‘major league’ awards we selected our team from a deep pool of talent. They boast impressive statistics and have earned superb reputations reflected either in highly competitive awards won or the prestigious graduate or professional schools that have accepted them for advanced study.”

WSIA’s Fourth Annual Greenbelt Concert Series

WSIA 88.9 FM and the City of New York Parks and Recreation return with the fourth annual WSIA Concert Series every Wednesday night from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Greenbelt Recreation Center located at 501 Brielle Ave. These free weekly concerts feature up-and-coming area bands selected by WSIA’s music department. Bring a chair or blanket, but don’t be surprised if you’re overcome with an urge to get up and dance.

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For more information and directions contact WSIA Radio at 718.982.3050.

Anderson Wins First-Ever Burd Urban Journalism Research Prize

C.W. Anderson, Assistant Professor of Media Culture at CSI, has recently received the first annual Gene Burd Urban Journalism Research Prize for his dissertation, entitled “Breaking Journalism Down: Work, Authority, and Networking Local News, 1997-2009.” Anderson received the prize at the most recent International Communication Association (ICA) meeting in Singapore.

Commenting on his award, Anderson said, “Obviously, receiving any academic award from a prestigious association like the ICA is an honor. Receiving it for research that I think sheds light on current public debates — what’s the future of American journalism?– is a particular honor. And I’m excited to be able to continue to build on this research here at CSI, with the support of the school and the fantastic Media Culture faculty.”

Cindy Wong, Chairperson of the Department of Media Culture, stated, “The Department is very proud that Professor Anderson is the first recipient of the Gene Burd Urban Journalism Research Prize. His dissertation on local Philadelphia media examines how journalism has changed in this very important juncture where traditional print journalism is facing challenges imposed by the development of online, digital journalism, both in the gathering as well as dissemination of news. Instead of giving a simplistic view on the projected demise of print journalism, Anderson provides a nuanced understanding of what new journalistic work entails and examines the changing standard of journalistic authority where the digital bloggers can no longer be ignored.”

Dr. Wong added, “With his deep understanding of this very complex new journalistic landscape, the Department is looking forward to Professor Anderson’s leadership in redesigning a new curriculum that will provide our students with the most up-to-date journalistic theories and practices to empower them to become journalists of the new 21st century digital environment.”

Feola Elected as Parliamentarian at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

CSI English Professor Maryann Feola has recently been elected as a Parliamentarian of the Calandra Institute’s Italian American Faculty and Staff Advisory Committee (IAFSAC) for a three-year term. As a result, she is also a member of the IAFSAC’s Executive Committee.

“My reaction to the election of Parliamentarian of the Calandra Council is a happy one,” Dr. Feola says. “It is an important service to a body dedicated to representing Italian Americans–students, faculty, and staff–at CUNY and promoting cultural events. I look forward to working with Council President Donna Chirico and Calandra Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri. My PhD dissertation and a subsequent book discuss the parliaments that shaped events in 17th-century England, so I have a special interest in this work.”

Dr. Feola received her PhD at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York, where she pursued her interests in the various cultural aspects of the Renaissance and 17th century. Her research includes 16th- and 17th-century radical writers, including Christopher Marlowe, John Milton, early Quakers writers, and the literature of kingship and regicide. She also writes about the experience of Italian American women who have challenged boundaries. Dr. Feola has published articles on instructional approaches to the teaching of reading and writing to college students. At the College of Staten Island, she teaches such courses as the English Renaissance, 17th-century English Literature, John Milton, Medieval and Early Modern Culture, Women and Literature, and College Writing. She is also the Coordinator of Master of Arts Program in English.

Dr. Feola has received a Mellon Fellowship and several funding opportunities from The Folger Shakespeare Library. In 2003 she received the CSI Dolphin Award for Excellence in Teaching, and she has been recognized by The City University Access to Excellence program. She was the co-founder and former co-editor of The Journal of College Reading, and has written several biographies for Oxford University Press’s The Dictionary of National Biography, as well as reviews of books and plays concerning Renaissance literature, Italian American studies, and pedagogy. Her articles have been anthologized and appear in publications, including New Light on George Fox and Curraggia: Writing by Women of Italian Descent. Her George Bishop: Seventeenth Century Soldier Turned Quaker (1997) was published both in England and the U.S. She is working on an article concerning reflections of the Protestant Reformation in the plays of Christopher Marlowe, and a multi-genre book, tentatively titled: Geography of Shame: A Not-Too-Fictionalized Memoir, which explores southern Italy and the lives of Italian and Italian American women.

During the fall 2010, Dr, Feola will finalize the preparations for a conference that will be at CSI’s Green Dolphin Lounge on March 24, 2011. The conference, “Remembering the Triangle Fire of 1911,” will commemorate the March 25, 1911 tragedy that took the lives of 146 factory workers, most of whom were members of NYC’s Italian and Jewish immigrant communities.

Director of Communications and Marketing

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Kenneth T. Bach as Director of Communications and Marketing at the College of Staten Island, following a national search. His appointment is effective Thursday, July 1, 2010.

Mr. Bach has been serving as the College’s Acting Director of Communications and Marketing for the past three years, where he led a strategic, integrated multimedia marketing communications program; developed new Web communications vehicles, annual multimedia advertising campaigns, and video production venues; and managed the College’s media relations. From 2001 to his current appointment, Mr. Bach served the College as Director of Public Relations.

Mr. Bach’s previous professional experience includes as Executive Officer for Liza Minnelli, Inc., where he acted as company manager, production manager, stage manager, and executive assistant during national and international tours. His experience also includes company manager for Summerset Productions, Inc., producing and co-directing stage plays and managing technical, venue, and production personnel. From 1989 to 1995, Mr. Bach was Box Office and Front of House Manager for the College of Staten Island’s Center for the Arts.

Mr. Bach earned a Bachelor degree with Double Major in English Literature and Media Communications from St. John’s University.

I wish to extend my appreciation to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Ann Lubrano, and to the Search Committee members.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Bach on assuming this position.


College of Staten Island women’s soccer senior and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President Ednita Lorenzo has been tabbed the College’s NCAA Woman of the Year, a yearly distinction bestowed on her as part of the NCAA’s recognition of female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, leadership, and community service.
A four-year stalwart and captain of a women’s soccer team that collected three championships in her years at CSI, Lorenzo added four goals and an assist over her career, including a trio of scores in 2009, playing in the midfield and at the front.  Lorenzo was named Female Student-Athlete of the Year at CSI’s Commencement Honors in May 2010 prior to graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communications with a concentration in Journalism, boasting an outstanding 3.11 GPA.
Shadowing her performance in the field is Lorenzo’s passion for her fellow student-athletes.  The 2009 senior was a two year member of the executive committee of the CSI SAAC, where she served as President this past year.  She was part of a team that spear-headed multiple fund-raising campaigns including Change for Haiti, aimed at collecting spare change for Haitian Relief efforts, collecting nearly $1,000 in total.  She also organized multiple community service ventures including the SAAC’s annual holiday trip to Eger Nursing Home.  Her pioneering also saw the SAAC introduce a new award at CSI’s annual Awards Banquet.  Called the CSI G.L.O.V.E. Award, the award honors a coach and team who exemplify giving, leadership, organizing, volunteering and encouraging.  On top of her multiple endeavors, she also served an internship in the CSI Athletic Department, serving as principal photographer and gameday event assistant at CSI home athletic contests.
Lorenzo’s NCAA Woman of the Year honor makes her one of 452 honorees spanning all NCAA Divisions nationwide.  Conference Women of the Year honors will be announced in late-September of 2010, with a national winner being announced on October 17, 2010 in Indianapolis.


As a reminder, the College is no longer accepting undergraduate applications (freshmen, transfer, readmission, non-degree, visiting students) for Fall 2010. Please inform students that applications are being accepted for Spring 2011.

The Office of Recruitment and Admissions handles the processing of freshmen and transfer applications.The Spring 2011 deadline for undergraduate applications is Wednesday, September 15, 2010.

The Office of the Registrar handles the processing of applications for undergraduate readmission, and non-degree and visiting students. The Spring 2011 readmission priority deadline is Friday, October 15, 2010.

Any questions may be directed to the appropriate department.