The College Challenge Homestretch

As you probably know, CSI is competing against 17 other NYC Colleges and Universities to see which college community volunteers the most time for community service, as part of the College Challenge. The Challenge is an NYC initiative to promote service and volunteerism at CSI and in New York City. Its aim is to achieve two overarching goals: make our city the easiest place in the world to volunteer and set a new standard for how college communities can tap the power of their people to tackle our community’s most pressing challenges.

We are now in the last few weeks with the Challenge, ending at midnight on Friday, Apr. 30. CSI is currently in a tight race for second place, but we’re aiming high. We need your help to make CSI finish strong. If you are currently volunteering for any non-profit organization, school, hospital, group, or fundraiser, log on now and help those hours earn CSI the title of most socially responsible school in NYC.

If you not currently volunteering, but want to do your part to help CSI and your community, we have just the event for you. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life will be held on Friday, Apr. 30 at CSI’s track by parking lot 6.  The walk will begin at 3:00pm and end at midnight. This is a celebration that brings together neighbors, friends, work associates, and families to celebrate the lives of those who have had cancer and to remember those we have lost and fight back against a disease that takes too much. Teams from CSI and the Staten Island community will compete against each other to raise the most money and travel the most miles around the CSI track into the night.  While the Relay is going on, team members hang out and enjoy food, games, and live entertainment. Start your own team or join one of the teams already formed on campus.

To learn more about the College Challenge and/or to sign-up for the Relay for Life contact Robert King Kee in the Office of Student Life at 718.982.3119.

-Carol Brower

Keith Rowan

It is with sorrow that we announce to the College community the sudden passing of Keith Rowan, Senior Astronomy Technician and Adjunct Lecturer from Engineering Science and Physics.

The wake will be held at Scalia Funeral Home, 28 Eltingville Blvd. (off Richmond Ave near the Eltingville train station, 718.356.6363) on Tuesday, Apr. 13 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm and 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

The Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, Apr. 14 at 10:00am at the Holy Child Church, 4747 Amboy Rd. (off Arden Ave).

The College community sends its sympathy to Keith’s family.

-Toni Gill

Technology Awareness Events

The Office of Information Technology will be offering a series of Anti-Virus Awareness Events during the month of April in Building 2A, Room 306:

-Wednesday, April 21 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
-Saturday, April 24 from 10:30am to 1:30pm

Students, staff, and faculty are welcome.

Do you need an anti-virus program for your home pc or laptop? Stop by to receive a free copy of Symantec Anti-Virus Software. Does your flash drive have a virus, spyware, or worm? Stop by to find out. Let us scan your flash drive for free.

For more information, please contact the Student Technology HelpDesk at 718.982.3695 or visit us in Building 2A, Room 306.

-Doriann Pieve-Hyland

Group A Space Science I and II – AST 120 and AST 160

Please inform students interested in a challenging Group A Science course that AST 120 Space Science I and Ast 160 Space Science II will be offered in sequence in fall 2010 and spring 2011. The Space Science courses require a pre-/corequisite of Calculus I and II and they satisfy the Group A General Education requirements for Science.

The Aerospace industry is still very viable in the job market. This course could also help STEM students who wish to work in this industry. In addition, NASA offers many opportunities for scholarship and summer work for undergraduates. Click Here and Here for NASA opportunities for all levels of education (including graduate, postdoc and professors).

-Irving K. Robbins

Campus Security Assistant Opening

The Civil Service Exam unit will be accepting applications for Campus Security Asstistant now through Friday, May 14, 2010. The filing fee is $30 and the exam is open competitive.

Applications will not be accepted at any college HR department or at the 80th Street location. Applicants are encouraged to apply via Exam Xpress, which is accessible via the CUNY Website Click on Employment, click on Classified Civil Service, click on Upcoming Civil Service Exams, and then click on Campus Security Assistant (CSA) 2031 for the exam notice or click on the Exams Xpress link at the top of the page to begin the application process.

Application-related support material and the filing fee can be mailed to:

CPS Human Resources Services
Attn: CUNY Examinations
241 Lathrop Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95815

-Human Resources

ALPHA Club Hosts Red Cross Presentation on Haiti, Presents Contribution to Relief Effort

Last week, ALPHA Club members, as well as representatives of the CSI Office of Disability Services and Office of Student Life, hosted a presentation by Denise Bloise, Director of the Brooklyn and Staten Island Chapter of the American Red Cross, not only to present Ms. Bloise with over $1,000 that students had collected for Haitian relief, but also to discuss the current Red Cross efforts in Haiti, and encourage CSI students to get involved to help others in need.

As for the student relief efforts, back in the cold and snowy days of February, members of the ALPHA (Academics, Leadership, Public Service, Humility, and Acceptance) Club (formerly known as the Organization of Unique Individuals) mobilized CSI students, staff, and faculty members, as well as Staten Island businesses, in a two-day effort to raise urgently needed funds to assist victims of the Haitian earthquake that devastated the island nation on January 12, 2010.

The event’s host, Christopher Cruz Cullari, Interim Director of the Office of Disability Services, underscoring the importance of service, noted that the February fundraiser was an example of “good promoting good.” The club’s effort assisted the people of Haiti, and it also brought together people at CSI and in the surrounding community. Further, the fundraiser’s success brought the Red Cross to campus and is now inspiring people to do further good.

ALPHA Club members Marybeth Melendez and Kelyn Potes discussed the reasons for the fundraiser, and the success that they achieved, despite the challenging weather.

Debi Kee, Associate Director of Student Life, commended the ALPHA Club for their efforts and provided other examples of how students can volunteer their time.

The keynote speaker, Ms. Bloise, presented facts and statistics regarding the Red Cross’s massive relief efforts in Haiti and presented examples of what typical monetary donations will provide. She also mentioned that many Haitian Americans from New York City volunteered to go to the stricken island to provide crucial translation services to help Red Cross representatives better help those in need. The presentation concluded with a brief video outlining the services that the Red Cross offers local citizens who have encountered disasters and other adversities.

For more information on the Red Cross Haitian relief, or to volunteer at the local level, go to the Red Cross Website.

Network Maintenance

Due to network maintenance, Buildings 1N, 2N, and 1C will experience intermittent Internet and Intranet access from 3:00pm to 6:00pm on Friday, Apr. 9. No other buildings will be affected. The maintenance will impact 1N, 2N, and 1C only. These locations will experience intermittent network access to campus services such as email and the CSI Web page, as well as Internet.

We apologize for the interruption of service in the scheduled areas for this necessary maintenance.

-George Concepcion

Replacement of Loop Road Lighting

The Office of Buildings and Grounds has identified 30 light poles, which are along the Loop Road, as potential hazards because of the deteriorating bases. The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) has contracted with a vendor to secure and replace these poles. Therefore, you may notice wood and metal bracing on the poles identified until the replacement poles arrive. We anticipate the order for the new poles to be filled within six to eight weeks. At that time the bracing will be removed and a new poles will be installed.

Thank you for your patience as this work progresses. Please call or email me if you have any questions.

-James Pepe