New Student Conference/Spring Undergraduate Open House

Thank you to all members of the College community who assisted us at the New Student Conference this past Sunday. We hosted 328 students and the feedback has been very positive.

As a reminder, the Office of Recruitment and Admissions will be holding a New Student Conference/Spring Undergraduate Open House for prospective and admitted students on Sunday, Apr. 18, 2010 from 10:30am to 2:00pm in the Center for the Arts ( Building 1P).

As always, we invite all members of the College community to participate in this important recruitment event. Together, we can showcase the many opportunities available to students at CSI with the following goals:

– To encourage the newly admitted students to accept our offer of admission and enroll at the College.
– To recruit prospective students (primarily high school juniors).

The Academic and Student Services Fair is tentatively scheduled from noon to 2:00pm.

I ask that you please confirm your department’s attendance at this event by contacting Julia Zerato in the Office of Recruitment and Admissions by Friday, Apr. 9. Ms. Zerato may be reached by phone at 718.982.2012, or by email at

-Emmanuel Esperance, Jr.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, April 22, 2010

On Thursday, Apr. 22, CSI will participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2010. All full- and part-time College employees are invited to bring their daughters and sons (ages 6 to 16) to the day’s events.

As part of the day’s activities children will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of planned activities and to meet CSI President Dr. Tomás Morales. A schedule is forthcoming.

In order to accommodate, we ask that you pre-register your child(ren). Please contact Veronica DiMeglio at 718.982.2436 or Hernan Green at 718.982.2126 no later than Monday, Apr. 12.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is a national event held annually on the fourth Thursday in April. The program was started as Take Our Daughters to Work Day by the Ms. Foundation for Women in 1993, with the goal of choosing a day to bring girls and young women into the workplace to mentor and inspire the next generation of women. Over the years, formalized programs at companies, schools, and government agencies have grown to include boys as well as girls in activities designed to introduce children to careers and the opportunities available to them in the workplace. What better place for children to explore the vast opportunities of their futures than on our campus. We look forward to an exciting day and to meeting your children.

-The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Committee

CSI Annual Day of Assessment

The CSI Day of Assessment is scheduled for Friday, Apr. 9, 2010, from 9:00am to 4:00pm in the Campus Center (Building 1C) Green Dolphin Lounge. This year’s program will again feature five presentations, which highlight varied assessment and institutional effectiveness initiatives from diverse sectors of the campus community. Presenters representing the Business Department, the Library, the STEAM Project, transportation and operations, and the Middle States reaccreditation effort will share information on survey data use, closing the loop, and campus renewal. Alan Hoffner will again add perspective to our five topic areas in his own lunchtime segment.

The Day of Assessment is open to all our CUNY colleagues, but space in the Green Dolphin Lounge is limited. If you are planning to attend all or part of the day, please register for the event by contacting Robin Cavagnaro in the Testing Office at 718.982.2360, or via email at We ask that you let her know about special dietary restrictions, as lunch will be served. Please Click Here for further details.

-Dr. Susan L. Holak

Emails to Legislators via

This is a follow-up to my message to you of Monday, Mar. 1, 2010 and your assistance is needed urgently.

Both houses of the legislature have now adopted budget resolutions so it is timely to again write to our senators and assembly members. The New York State Legislature has passed one house resolution on the 2010-2011 Executive Budget. The State Senate Resolution proposes an additional cut of $19.3 million to senior college operating aid (on top of the proposed Executive Budget cut of $84.4 million) and restores funding to community college base aid. The State Assembly resolution retains the Executive Budget cut to senior college operating aid in the amount of $84.4 million, restores community college base aid, and includes a ten percent non-resident tuition increase. If the proposed senior college funding reductions are implemented, it will be extremely detrimental to CUNY students, colleges, faculty, and staff.

Legislators should be informed that instruction, academic support, libraries, advisement, counseling, student services, and child care will all be negatively impacted. Course sections will be eliminated and that will increase class size and restrict the ability of students to graduate.

Please email the legislators immediately. State government leaders are asking conference committees to prioritize budget decisions and are quickly moving toward the Thursday, Apr. 1, 2010 budget deadline. There is a small window of opportunity to influence the process.

The letters are already written; all you need to do is fill out your name and address. There is a letter that asks for restoration of budget cuts and a letter requesting that the Assembly match the $1.5 million in CUNY LEADS (Linking Employment, Academics, and Disability Services) funding that was included in the Senate Budget Resolution.

Each letter really makes a difference. Please act now!

-Tomás D. Morales, PhD

Access to On-Campus Discussion Boards

The College has implemented a system that permits secure access to the following Websites and discussion boards from off-campus:

Master Plan
-Strategic Planning
-College Budget Information

These sites require user login with your College email user name and password (FLAS user name and password). Now with the secure access, to view these posts users are required to log into the secure area both on and off campus.

Please Click Here to view these sites from on and off campus.

-Michael E. Kress

CSI Master Plan Amendment

The College of Staten Island Master Plan Amendment is now available for viewing at the secure CSI Intranet site and is also now available for viewing off site.

These sites require user login with your College email user name and password (FLAS user name and password).

Please Click Here to view these sites. Once you are logged in, please select Master Plan and then select Presentations.

-Division of Finance and Administration

"Simpsons" Writer/Producer to Visit Campus

A bit of The Simpsons comes to Staten Island on Monday, April 19 as Mike Reiss brings his 20 years of experience as a writer and producer for the show to the CSI Center for the Arts Recital Hall from 12:30pm to 2:00pm.

Reiss will provide a unique insider’s view of the popular show, including rare video segments from The Simpsons and The Critic. He will also discuss how The Simpsons was almost canceled before it debuted, share trivia about the program, and tell stories about dealing with censors and celebrity guests. In addition, Reiss will examine the current state of television and where he sees it going. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask this television veteran, who has also written for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, questions at the end of the presentation.

This event, which will be introduced by CSI Assistant Professor of English Ava Chin, is sponsored by Operation 3-Legged Dolphin and Caesura, and the English and Media Culture departments.

After this free presentation, which is open to the public, Reiss will meet privately in a seminar-style roundtable discussion with CSI students from the student humor and literary magazines, Operation 3-Legged Dolphin and Caesura.

2010 CSIAA Outstanding Student Leadership Award

The CSI Alumni Association welcomes nominations for its 2010 Outstanding Student Leadership Award. To be eligible, a candidate must:

-Receive an undergraduate or graduate degree from CSI in 2010
-Have a GPA of 3.0 or above
-Demonstrate leadership qualities
-Have a record of volunteer service to the College or community

Please submit a brief recommendation letter, along with relevant documentation, supporting the nomination by Friday, Apr. 9, 2010. Nominations should be sent to the attention of Those selected will be acknowledged at Commencement and will be presented to the CSIAA Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting in June.

-Jennifer Lynch