Rebecca Hacia

It is with sorrow that we announce to the College community the passing of Rebecca Hacia, Custodial Assistant, for the past 18 years in the Office of Buildings and Grounds.  Rebecca is survived by her fiancé, two children, and two grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank her friends and co-workers during this difficult time. No arrangements have been made at this time and we will inform you once additional information is provided.

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

By the Office of Human Resources​

Technology Training Sessions for the Week of May 18

In lieu of our monthly Lunch & Learn Series, Technology Training will continue to offer weekly training sessions on the applications that will assist you with your telecommuting efforts. The schedule will be updated every Friday evening for the following week.

If there is a topic that you would like to have covered in the future, please contact us and we will do our best to assist you.

Please use our Registration page to register for this week’s sessions. Please note that this schedule is fluid and we may add or cancel training sessions as needed to better serve the College community.

Day Date Time Class
Monday 5/18/20 9:30am – 10:30am Need Help? Visit with Doriann during a Virtual Office Hour
Monday 5/18/20 1:00pm – 2:00pm Office 365 – Teams (Learn how to collaborate with coworkers.)
Monday 5/18/20 2:30pm – 3:30pm WebEx – (Learn how to conduct virtual meetings.)
Monday 5/18/20 5:00pm – 6:00pm Blackboard Collaborate for Students
Tuesday 5/19/20 9:30am – 10:30am Need Help? Visit with Doriann during a Virtual Office Hour
Tuesday 5/19/20 10:00am – 11:00am Blackboard Collaborate for Students
Tuesday 5/19/20 11:00am – NoonDropbox – (Learn how to store files in the cloud.)
Wednesday 5/19/20 12:30pm – 1:30pm Blackboard Collaborate for Faculty
Tuesday 5/19/20 3:30pm – 4:30pm Excel – (Comparison between Excel 2016 and Excel 365)
Wednesday 5/20/20 9:30am – 10:30am Need Help? Visit with Doriann during a Virtual Office Hour
Wednesday 5/20/20 2:00pm – 2:30pm Scanning Documents using your smartphone.
Wednesday 5/20/20 4:00pm – 5:00pm Blackboard Collaborate for Students
Wednesday 5/20/20 4:00pm – 5:00pm Google Voice – (Learn how to mask your personal phone number.)
Thursday 5/21/20 9:30am – 10:30am Need Help? Visit with Doriann during a Virtual Office Hour
Thursday 5/21/20 11:00am – NoonOffice 365 – OneDrive (Learn how to store your documents in the cloud.)
Thursday 5/21/20 12:30pm – 1:30pm Office 365 – One Note (Create shared notebooks for your department and classes.)
Thursday 5/21/20 2:30pm – 3:30pm Blackboard Collaborate for Students
Friday 5/22/20 9:30am – 10:30am Need Help? Visit with Doriann during a Virtual Office Hour
Friday 5/22/20 10:30am – 11:30am Blackboard Collaborate for Students
Friday 5/22/20 11:00am – NoonOffice 365 – Word (Comparison between Word 2016 and Word 365.)
Friday 5/22/20 12:30pm – 1:30pm PowerPoint – (Introduction to PowerPoint
Friday 5/22/20 2:00pm – 2:30pm Office 365 – (Learn how to use Office 365 to collaborate on Office documents.)
Friday 5/22/20 3:00pm – 4:00pm Outlook – Tips and Tricks for working remotely.

We look forward to working with you.

Be well.

By Doriann Pieve-Hyland

China Is Trying to Improve Its Global Image — and Using Hollywood to Do It

CUNY SUM – A new book, Soft Power With Chinese Characteristics: China’s Campaign for Hearts and Minds, examines China’s efforts to improve its global image through film, branding, news media, and promotion of Chinese language and culture. The book was co-edited by Professor Ying Zhu (College of Staten Island), along with Kingsley Edney and Stanley Rosen.  Read more at CUNY SUM.


CSI Food Pantry Is Open and Ready to Serve Students in Need

The CSI Food Pantry remains open during the pandemic, working to serve CSI and local CUNY students in need.

The COVID-19 pandemic might have closed most of the College of Staten Island’s Willowbrook campus, but the CSI Food Pantry is still open, ready to assist the growing number of CSI and City University of New York students (who live on Staten Island) who are facing food insecurity.

Jennifer S. Borrero, JD, CSI Vice President for Student Affairs and Alumni Engagement, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our students academically, emotionally, and financially. We see a far greater need now than during the Great Recession or Superstorm Sandy. The CSI Food Pantry is a necessary resource for our students and their families. No student should have to worry about their next meal.”

Established in 2016, the Food Pantry provides non-perishable food assistance for all CUNY students who need it. At this time, the Pantry is accessible by appointment only, but Pantry staff have doubled the hours when students can pick up food, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30am to 1:00pm. Students can schedule an appointment online.

According to Carol Brower, Director of Student Life, the Pantry has been having a significant impact, serving food to more than 80 families since the College closed. The problem, however, is ensuring that there is enough food on hand. “Our primary challenge has been keeping the food pantry stocked,” Brower noted. “Inventory is extremely low in supermarkets and delivery is not available for the demand we need. Our staff has been shopping as needed, and some members of the CSI community have made food donations.”

Those who would like to lend a hand to keep the Pantry stocked may make monetary donations online.

By Terry Mares

Reminder about Religious Accommodations during Exam Period

As we enter the final exam period, please be mindful that Ramadan is being observed through May 23 and that there may be other religious observances during the close of the academic year.  Please remember CUNY’s policy about religious accommodation, which allows for students to request and be granted an accommodation on the basis of religious belief.  The policy is available online. For any questions about CUNY’s policy on religious accommodations, please contact Chris Rosa, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Inclusion Initiatives at

By the Division of Academic Affairs

The Virtual Computer Lab and Training Office Are Available to Support Students through Finals Week

The Virtual Computer Lab and training team are available to assist students with their technology and Blackboard questions through finals week. We know that there are students who are struggling with the technology. We are here to help them.

The “lab” will be open, Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 10:00pm to answer any of your technology training and Blackboard questions.

Stay well.

By Doriann Pieve-Hyland