Dr. George Odian

It is with sorrow that we announce to the College community the passing of Dr. George Odian who was a giant figure in polymer chemistry and made enormous contributions to the Chemistry Department at CSI and the CUNY Polymer Program in CUNY.

The College community sends its sympathy to Dr. Odian’s family.

By the Office of Human Resources

Winter Session Dining Services Hours of Operation

Happy Holidays from Dining Services.

Please note the following hours of operation :

The Campus Center (Building 1C) will be open from 8:00am to 2:00pm on the following dates:

Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30
Jan. 2, 3
Closed Dec. 24 and 25; Dec. 31 and Jan. 1

The Cyber Café will be closed Dec. 20th through Jan. 5

Winter Session (January 6 through 23)
-Campus Center: 8:00am to 2:00pm
-Cyber Café: 8:00am to 2:00pm

The College is closed on Monday, Jan. 20.

By Jodi Merendino

Notice Regarding Sexual Misconduct

Please be advised that the email below was sent to all students this afternoon:

This notice is being issued to remind you, especially during the holiday season, that sexual assault is a crime and “only yes means yes.”

Anyone can be a victim of sexual assault and anyone can be a perpetrator – sexual assault does not just occur between strangers.

Remember, consent to engage in sexual activity must be clear and unambiguous for each participant at every stage of a sexual encounter – and consent can be withdrawn at any time.

Someone not saying “No” should never be interpreted as a “Yes” – again, only yes means yes.

And perhaps the most important reminder during the upcoming festivities:  a person who is asleep, or mentally or physically incapacitated due to drugs, alcohol, or for any other reason, is not capable of giving valid consent to engage in sexual activity.

Here is our Policy on Sexual Misconduct.

CSI has resources for you, if needed:

  • The CSI Public Safety Office is available to assist you on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and may be reached at 718.982.2111. Put this number in your phone.
  • The CSI Counseling Center offers confidential counseling support and resources. They may be reached at 718.982.2391, including after hours.

In addition, Safe Horizon is a community resource that offers a support line 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 800.621.HOPE (4673).

By Catherine M. Ferrara, Esq.

Campus Planning and Facilities Updates

The Division of Campus Planning, Facilities Management, and Operations is working hard to ensure that general maintenance matters are addressed and capital projects are funded. Currently, CSI has more than $100M allocated in State Capital funds for specific projects. Among the funded projects that are in progress are: Academic Stair Tower exterior roof repairs, sidewalk replacement, entry plaza reconstruction, Campus Center/Dining Hall/Kitchen reconstruction, and continuation of Building 2M design and construction. 

In addition to the above projects, we recently replaced hot water heaters in multiple buildings, replaced overhead lighting fixtures and ceiling tiles, and continue to work on the upkeep of restrooms. We welcome campus input and appreciate your continued feedback. The health and safety of our campus community is our priority. Please report issues of concern to Environmental Health and Safety at ehs@csi.cuny.edu.

On behalf of the division, I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.

By Hope Berte

CSI MSWs Have Lowest Debt and Highest Earnings in NYC

CSI MSW students, l to r, Rosetta Harris, Nicole Mollinel, Shannon Foreshee, and Roberto Melendez

If you are looking to earn an MSW in New York City, your best bet is the College of Staten Island. Our MSW graduates have the lowest debt and the highest earnings of any MSW graduates in the City – including the graduates of programs that are very highly ranked nationally.

Dean Savage, a professor at Queens College, CUNY analyzed data on the newly released program-specific data from the College Scorecard at the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), examining data on 11 nationally accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) programs in the New York City metropolitan area, including two SUNY campuses, NYU, Long Island University, and Columbia University.

Savage found that of the 11 institutions in the NYC area that have accredited MSW programs, College of Staten Island students graduate with the lowest debt (in federal loans taken out during enrollment in the MSW program) and the highest earnings (one year after graduation, based on pooled earnings estimates for graduates of 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, from IRS Treasury files [W2 and 1040 forms]). This is among graduates of both public and private schools, including NYU and an Ivy League school (Columbia).

An analysis of Savage’s numbers finds that the highest average debt was for graduates of Columbia ($76,985), and LIU and NYU, (both at $75,960), compared to the average debt for CSI graduates at $29,305, the lowest of all 11 programs.

In the earnings column, the lowest earnings were for graduates of Yeshiva ($44,300), SUNY/Stony Brook ($45,800), and Touro ($46,200), while CSI graduates reported average earnings of $52,200, the highest of all 11, higher than Columbia ($50,700) and NYU ($48,200).

The College of Staten Island MSW program admitted its first class in 2014. It takes a minimum of three years after the first group of students is admitted to achieve initial national accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and CSI’s program has been accredited since 2017.

The MSW program has a single specialization in disability studies, which CSWE says is unique in the country. It focuses on people with physical, sensory, developmental, intellectual, and psychiatric disabilities, as well as those who have substance use disorders or impairments associated with military service, aging, and chronic health problems. Faculty members are nationally and internationally known and produce critical research in disability studies and other areas including returning citizens, stress in police officers, and the national social work curriculum.

The program is purposely small, allowing faculty and students to form close academic bonds and work together on research with national and global implications. Admission is competitive. Scholarships are often available. Go to https://www.csi.cuny.edu/ and search for MSW Admissions.

For more information, contact Christine Flynn Saulnier, Professor and Chair, Department of Social Work at christine.flynnsaulnier@csi.cuny.edu, 718.982.2020.

By Christine Flynn Saulnier, MSW, PhD and Terry Mares

Distinguished Professors and Other Academic Affairs News

I am pleased to announce that the three candidates the campus put forth for Distinguished Professors were approved at Monday’s CUNY Board of Trustees meeting. Our new Distinguished Professors are Patricia Smith and Tyehimba Jess, both from the Department of English, and Joel Hamkins from the Department of Mathematics. Drs. Smith and Jess have received many accolades and awards for their groundbreaking work in poetry, including a Pulitzer Prize for Jess’s 2016 book, Olio, and several national awards, including nomination as a Pulitzer finalist, for Smith’s 2017 book, Incendiary Art. Hamkins’ work bridges the areas of mathematical logic and philosophy, and he is currently on leave at Oxford University as Professor of Logic in the Faculty of Philosophy and Sir Peter Strawson Fellow in Philosophy. Please join me in congratulating these remarkable scholars for this recognition of their work.

Last week, Professor and Chair of Economics Simone Wegge saw publication of Networks and Opportunities: A Digital History of Ireland’s Great Famine Refugees in New York, a paper co-authored with Tyler Anbinder and  Cormac Ó Gráda that was the lead article in the December issue of American Historical Review. This paper utilizes records from the Emigrant Savings Bank dating to 1850 that trace the economic history of emigrants from Ireland to New York in the wake of the potato famine.

Earlier this month, I attended the Music Recital performed by the CSI Orchestra. This group, under the direction of Dr. Dan Auerbach from the Department of Performing and Creative Arts (PCA) and James Minenna from Curtis High School, pairs Staten Island high school students with mentors from regional orchestras. This program, which featured excerpts from classical favorites, offered valuable performing experience for these students, and was an inspiring and very well performed set of music. The PCA Department offers a full range of musical programs during the year, most featuring CSI students, and I urge you to take advantage of these events when time permits during the semester.

Finally, I wish you all a joyful and rejuvenating holiday season.

By J. Michael Parrish

Technology Training Program – January Is MS Outlook Month

The OTS Training Team is excited to continue our Lunch & Learn training program.
Each month at noon* on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the team will meet you online to demonstrate a 15-minute technology topic. The team will stay online for another 15 minutes to answer any questions you have on that day’s topic.

Join as many of the sessions as you like. There is no need to register in advance. You can access the session by clicking on the link in the online calendar.

January is MS Outlook Month.

Topics will include:
• Reply to an email through Instant Messaging
• Use OneDrive or Dropbox to store your attachments
• Turn an email into a meeting invite
• Create quick steps to save time
• Customize alerts for specific emails/eliminate alerts for spam emails
• Create an email template for emails you repeatedly send

We look forward to meeting you in one of the sessions.

Don’t forget to stop by our office today (10:00amto noon) for our Technology Training Holiday Open House.

*You can join the session 15 minutes prior, to conduct a link and audio check. The sessions require speakers. Please call 718.982.2345 if you have any questions.

By Doriann Pieve-Hyland