CSI Receives Funding from New York City’s $20M CUNY 2x Tech Initiative

Pictured left to right are Jasmine Cardona, Susan Imberman, Ken Iwama, Michael Cavagnero, and  Zhanyang Zhang.

The College of Staten Island was chosen this winter to be a major recipient of funding from New York City’s $20 million CUNY 2x Tech Initiative, which seeks to double the number of career-qualified tech graduates by 2022. Designed and delivered in partnership with industry and academia, the initiative focuses on building the capacity of computer science departments to offer rapidly evolving industry-aligned skills, awareness, and experience to enable students to connect to jobs in the NYC tech ecosystem following graduation. Funding will support new, industry experienced, full- and part-time faculty, advisors, and job coaches.  

CSI’s successful application was a result of a collaboration among the Computer Science Department,  Academic Affairs, and the Division of Economic Development, Continuing Studies, and Government Relations. Department Chair Shuqun Zhang welcomed the opportunities that CUNY 2x will bring to the students and the department. “We are excited by the opportunity for CUNY 2x to build upon the excellent reputation of CSI’s Computer Science Department, which is already recognized for excellence nationally pursuant to its accreditation by the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. I would like to commend the special efforts of Sarah Zelikovitz, Deborah Sturm, Ken Iwama, and Jasmine Cardona in supporting our successful application.” 

Commenting on the initiative, Vice President for Economic Development, Continuing Studies, and Government Relations Ken Iwama also applauded the cooperative effort. “We are honored to have been able to collaborate with the Computer Science Department and Academic Affairs to successfully attain CUNY 2x funding. A core mission of the Division of Economic Development, Continuing Studies, and Government Relations is to connect academic departments to external opportunities to bring added resources and collaborations for our students. We are all ecstatic about this outcome.”

PCA Music Hour: Sylvia Kahan Performs Piano Music of “Les Six”

The Music Program of the Department of Performing and Creative Arts presents faculty pianist Sylvia Kahan in a program of piano music by the French composers known as “Les Six.” The recital takes place in the Center for the Arts Recital Hall (Building 1P, Room 120) on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 3:00pm and is presented free of charge.

The program celebrates the centenary of the French composers known as the “Groupe des Six,” whose notoriety began in 1920: Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, and Germaine Tailleferre. This group of young composers who came of age during World War I were influenced by avant-garde composer Erik Satie and were promoted and publicized by poet and critic Jean Cocteau. During the exuberant post-War period, a new generation of musicians and artists drew their inspiration from everyday objects and events, from the factory and the workplace, from the cinema, the circus, and the cafés. 

Rarely heard in concert, the piano works on the program reflect the youth and ebullience of their composers and herald the beginning of an era of shifting artistic trends, including surrealism, Dada, and neo-Classicism. 

Come share in the celebration.

By the Division of Academic Affairs

Admitted Student Conferences – Spring 2020

Please mark your calendars!​ 

The Office of Recruitment and Admissions will be hosting Admitted Student Conferences (ASC) for newly admitted undergraduate students on the following dates:

Sunday, Mar. 22 from 9:30am to 2:00pm in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P)

Sunday, Apr. 26 from 9:30am to 2:00pm in the Center for the Arts ( Building 1P)​

The ASC is designed to inform students and their parents/guardians about the many opportunities available to them at CSI with the goal that they accept our offer of admission and enroll at the College. At past events, students and their families have been particularly eager to hear directly from faculty members and staff about specific academic programs and student services. I strongly encourage you to send a representative to this program so that you can recruit and familiarize newly admitted students about CSI’s offerings as they build their academic plans. Where possible, we will accommodate special program/department/school specific sessions and tours. 

On average, 70-75% of students who attend an ASC enroll at the College. This is a great opportunity to help students explore and discover majors, minors, and other programs.

The event will begin at 9:30am. The Academic and Student Services Fairs are scheduled from 9:30am to 1:00pm. Representatives covering an information table should arrive by 9:15am. Special sessions will begin at 10:00am and repeat throughout the day. Attendees will be informed of the program prior to the ASC and they can tailor it to their interests and availability.

We will continue to use a campus open house format. In addition to the Center for the Arts, we plan to use some other locations to accommodate the numbers and provide a more manageable and consistent traffic flow. More information will follow as the events approach.

I ask that you please confirm your department’s attendance at this event by contacting Jesse Rodriguez, New Student Programs Coordinator, by Friday, March 6. She may be reached at jesse.rodriguez@csi.cuny.edu or 718.982.2593.  

If you are interested in offering a special session and/or tour on the majors offered in your department or on a particular program, please contact Sean Walsh, Assistant Director for Orientation, at sean.walsh@csi.cuny.edu or 718.982.2470.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.​​

By Emmanuel Esperance, Jr.

English Language Institute Begins Spring 2020 Classes with Students from 16 Countries

Spring 2020 ELI students with Gonzalo Villena (far right)

The English Language Institute (ELI) at the College of Staten Island (CSI)/The City University of New York (CUNY) started its Spring semester term on January 21, 2020. The international office of CSI, the Center for Global Engagement, welcomed students from all over the world with an orientation session and an English placement test. These students will learn English until mid-May and many of them will return to their home countries, apply to CSI, or apply for a better job.

The ELI director, Gonzalo Villena, held a welcome and orientation session where he explained all the academic features of the program and the benefits they could get while learning English at the largest CUNY campus. “Our students will have the best experience of their lives, learning English with a university environment and living in New York City”, ELI director highlighted.

This spring, ELI received students from 16 different countries, which makes classes more fun since students will force themselves to speak in English and learn from everybody’s culture. Students are from Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Guatemala, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Ukraine. They will have an intensive English program with 18 hours of class per week, with different courses such as reading, writing, grammar, conversation, and a TOEFL test preparation. At the end of the semester, they will take the TOEFL ITP test, and if they pass, they are eligible to apply to any CUNY school degree program.

ELI congratulates all these students for coming from far away to have the best time in New York City and extends the best wishes during this semester at the College of Staten Island.

By Gonzalo Villena

Microsoft OneDrive and Dropbox Training Sessions

Are you looking for a location to store your files or email attachments?  Would you like to be able to access your files from any device connected to the Internet? 

As a CUNY employee, you have access to two free Cloud Storage Services, Microsoft OneDrive, and Dropbox. 

The Technology Training Team will be hosting a series of Tech Byte Tuesday virtual sessions to explain the difference between the programs.  Click on the link below to see the dates and times for the sessions. Join as many of the sessions as you like.  There is no need to register in advance. You can access the sessions by clicking on the links on the flier.

Tech Byte Tuesdays Series

Please contact the team at718.982.2345, if you have any questions.

By Doriann Pieve-Hyland