Class of 2021 Grad Walks

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding Grad Walks for the Class of 2021 on June 9, 10, and 11. The Grad Walks are an opportunity for students to have a short, informal celebration of their achievement with their classmates. Students will wear caps and gowns, have their names called, have a professional photograph taken, and be cheered on by a small group of faculty and staff. Events will be live streamed on the College’s Facebook page for family, friends, and the CSI community.

Due to the size limits on gatherings of this type, these events are for graduates only. Students cannot bring guests.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration will close at 11:59pm on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, or earlier if slots fill so, please register as soon as possible. Please register online via Navigate using your CUNYfirst credentials (first.last##@login.cuny.edu).

Visit the Grad Walks Website for more information.

By the Division of Student Affairs

Let Us Know about Your Upcoming P&D Programming

As the semester comes to a close we are looking to the Fall semester for programming that celebrates, explores, and examines Pluralism & Diversity. We encourage any and all departments to organize programming.

Months/Dates of Significance this Fall: Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month: September 15 – October 15 Italian Heritage Month: October Eastern European Heritage Month: October Native American Heritage Month: November Middle Eastern and North African Heritage Month: November Transgender Day of Remembrance: November 20 World AIDS Day: December 1

If you or your department/office is interested in planning any event honoring P&D we would be happy to partner. Please email me at Jeremiah.Jurkiewicz@csi.cuny.edu
I am happy to provide support to make your event a success.
————- Jeremiah Jurkiewicz (He/Him/His)

By the Division of Student Affairs

Middle States Self-Study Updates and Feedback Request

Earlier this month, the draft of CSI’s Self-Study for Middle States reaccreditation was released to the College community, and we could use your help with its review.

We want to make sure that this document accurately represents CSI’s policies, procedures, and programs. Every member of the community therefore has a stake in how we represent ourselves in this process.

To assist with reviewing the document, it may help to search for keywords that are related to your work and review these areas in detail. To access the Self-Study draft please go onlineYou will need to log-in with your CUNYfirst username and password. You can still share your thoughts by using the online form, or by sending an email to CSISelf-Study@csi.cuny.edu. We will be accepting feedback through Monday, June 7, 2021.

More details about recent work accomplished and a timeline of next steps can be found online

On behalf of the Middle States Steering Committee, we would like to thank you for all of your contributions to the Middle States Self-Study process this academic year.

By Chris Miller and Tara Mastrorilli

Annual Vacation Carryover Deadline Extended to Dec. 31, 2021

This is to announce that the University is extending the annual vacation carryover deadline to Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 as below.

PSC, ECP, Classified Managers, excluded and unrepresented staff: 

For the annual leave year ending Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, the Aug. 31 deadline to use annual leave will be extended to Dec. 31, 2021, as follows:

·        Annual leave above the designated cap as of the close of business Aug. 31, 2021 may be carried into the annual leave year that begins Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. For example, if you have ten days in excess of your annual leave cap on August 31, 2021 then you may carry the ten days over to be used between Sept. 1, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021.

·        The annual leave balance in excess of the cap will be deducted from the employee’s accrual balance on Dec. 31, 2021. For example, if you had an excess of ten days on Aug. 31 but only used seven days between Sept. 1, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021, then three days will be deducted from your annual leave balance on Dec. 31, 2021, end of day.

·         For PSC members, the provisions of Article 14.9(b) concerning compensation for an annual leave balance if the employee is separated from service will remain in effect, except that, for the annual leave year ending on Aug. 31, 2021 only, the annual leave payment due to the employee upon separation, or to his/her estate, shall be the lesser of: (1) the leave balance to the employee’s credit on the date of resignation, retirement or death; or (2) the contractual cap, (45 days or the personal accrual maximum as of Aug. 31, 1987). Nothing here is intended to alter the provisions of Article 14.9(b), except as specifically set forth in this agreement.

·         Unscheduled holidays from the annual leave year ending Aug. 31, 2021 will not be carried over.

For employees in blue collar, white collar and skilled trade titles:

The University has likewise agreed to modify the relevant provisions in CUNY’s Rules and Regulations 6.1.1 and Personnel Policy Bulletin 18-90, dated Nov. 20, 1990, regarding annual leave usage and the conversion of excess annual leave to sick leave for employees in full-time titles.

These modifications shall be in effect for the period through Dec. 31, 2021, and are as follows:

·        For the annual leave year ending Aug. 31, 2021, the August 31 deadline to use annual leave will be suspended consistent with the provisions contained in this email.

·       Annual leave that as of the close of business Aug. 31, 2021 is above the two-year carryover cap that an employee is eligible to accumulate per year in accordance with PPB 18-90 (“excess annual leave”) will not be converted to sick leave but will instead be carried into the annual leave year that begins Sept. 1, 2021.

·        Any excess annual leave carried into the leave year that begins Sept. 1, 2021 must be used by no later than Dec. 31, 2021. For example, if you have 10 days in excess of your annual leave cap on Aug. 31, 2021, it will not be converted to sick leave and it will be carried over to be used between Sept. 1, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021.

·        If because of extenuating circumstances an employee, who would otherwise have his/her annual leave convert to sick leave at the end of a leave year, is unable to exhaust his/her leave by Dec. 31, 2021, any remaining excess annual leave will convert to sick leave effective close of business Dec. 31, 2021. For example, if you had an excess of ten days on Aug. 31 but only used seven days between Sept. 1, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021, then three days will convert to sick leave effective close of business Dec. 31, 2021.

·        If an employee resigns, retires, or dies prior to Dec. 31, 2021, any excess annual leave above the annual leave cap will be forfeited, and the annual leave payment due to the employee upon separation, or due to his/her estate, shall be the lesser of: (1) the leave balance to the employee’s credit on the date of resignation, retirement or death; or (2), the leave balance credited to the employee as of the close of business on Aug. 31, 2021.

These modifications will expire on Dec. 31, 2021, after which the terms of PPB 18-90 will be reinstated in full force and effect.

By the Office of Human Resources

CSI Virtual Commencement Premieres Tomorrow Morning

We are excited to invite you to join us in celebration of the College of Staten Island’s 2021 graduates!  The Class of 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony​ will premiere tomorrow morning at 9:30am.  

Please invite your family and friends to join in on the celebration of our graduates and our honorary degree recipients: Virginia Allen and Jay & Lucille Chazanoff.

To the Class of 2021, you reached this milestone under unprecedented circumstances.  Your response to the pandemic underscores the Dolphin Spirit and only makes us prouder of your achievement.  Welcome to the CSI alumni family. 

Congratulations to All.

By William J. Fritz

Virtual Commencement Is Thursday, May 27, 2021

The CSI Commencement Committee invites you to join us in celebrating the Class of 2021 on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 9:30am.  You will find the link to this ceremony on the Commencement Website.

We have planned a virtual program full of Dolphin spirit, including student, faculty, and alumni speakers, as well as distinguished guests. On this day, we will honor the graduates for their achievements, resilience, and fortitude. 

We extend special thanks to the Student Government for their sponsorship of this event. 

By the Division of Student Affairs

Fast-Track Exam for World Languages

The online Fast-Track Exam for Chinese Mandarin, French, Italian, or Spanish will be available to students throughout the summer.  

What is the Fast Track Exam?

Many majors at CSI require students to attain an intermediate level of proficiency in a foreign language. However, students who have previously studied one of the languages taught at CSI or are heritage speakers of one of the languages taught at CSI may be “fast-tracked” to reduce the number of semesters of language study required. 

In order to do so, students should take the Fast-Track Exam. 

How do I take the Fast-Track Exam?

For discussing the possibility, if any, of testing in languages other than the languages above, students should contact Professor Ureni at paola.ureni@csi.cuny.edu.

By Valeria Belmonti, MEd