Undergraduate Conference on Research, Scholarship, and Performance

We are pleased to announce that the College of Staten Island’s 19th annual Undergraduate Conference on Research, Scholarship, and Performance will be held on Thursday, Apr. 30 from 11:30am to 4:30pm in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P).

As one of the highlights of our academic calendar, this event showcases the work and accomplishments of CSI’s undergraduate students through academic posters, paper presentations, artistic displays, and performances. We hope that you will join us to support and celebrate our students and recognize the work of dedicated faculty mentors from across the College.  

Mentors are urged to encourage their students to participate and take advantage of this invaluable experience in public presentation/performance.

Student application and abstract submissions are due on Monday, Mar. 16 (no extensions). Faculty mentor approval of all submissions is mandatory and must be in place by Wednesday, Mar. 18.

For additional information, please visit the Conference Website or contact Lynne Lacomis (ugconference@csi.cuny.edu or718.982.2341).

We look forward to many wonderful submissions again this year and to seeing you all at the conference.

By Margaret-Ellen (Mel) Pipe

Technology Training Program – February Is PowerPoint 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 for 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 attached calendar.

February is PowerPoint Month. 

Topics will include:

  • Slide Layouts
  • Inserting Graphics
  • Inserting Audio and Video
  • Working with Themes and Templates
  • Working with Transitions
  • Working with Animations
  • Conducting a Presentation (Slide Show)
  • Printing a Presentation

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

*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

CSI Chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success

The Division of Student Affairs / Office of Student Life is pleased to share that in the fall 2019 semester, the College of Staten Island established a chapter with The National Society of Leadership and Success. In December, we inducted our first 50 students into NSLS. This spring, we are continuing with our second cohort. Robert King Kee, Coordinator of Student Leadership Development, serves as the Chapter Advisor, helping to facilitate the five-step leadership program on campus.

What Is The National Society of Leadership and Success?

The National Society of Leadership and Success is the nation’s largest leadership honor society and collegiate leadership development program. It’s the only program of its kind to have earned accreditation for its programming.

NSLS differentiates itself from traditional honor societies in that students must complete a step-by-step leadership development program in order to become inducted. The curriculum offers students the opportunity to develop many in-demand skills such as leadership, communication, and team building. They will also have the opportunity to complete additional online educational modules in order to earn credit for their work with NSLS. 

1. Orientation: This is the first event on campus for new members to learn the steps of the program and the schedule of events for the semester.

2. Leadership Training Day: Members attend an interactive video training session where they identify goals and overcome obstacles.

3. Three Speaker Broadcast Events: Live-streamed events with leaders, celebrities and best-selling authors are scheduled six times per year.

4. Three Success Networking Team Meetings: Members are assigned to small peer groups and meet biweekly to set goals and hold each other accountable.

5. Induction: Members receive their Foundations of Leadership Certificate honoring their achievement and lifetime membership into NSLS.

Who Is Invited to Join NSLS?

Candidacy is determined by the local Chapter Leaders. For the College of Staten Island chapter, second-semester freshmen and first-semester sophomores with a minimum GPA of 2.75 were selected for nomination.

What Are the Benefits to Students?

  • Scholarships and Awards: NSLS members have access to more than a quarter-million dollars in exclusive scholarships and awards.
  • Job Bank: Members can apply to jobs/internships and have access to employers seeking to hire NSLS members.
  • Partner Discounts and Benefits: Discounts on many retail goods and services.
  • Custom Recommendations: Members receive personalized letters for graduate admissions officers and employers.
  • Professional Communication Training: A professionally administered communication assessment tool (DISC) helps to identify communication style, recognize and appreciate other styles, and prepares how to interact effectively with others.
  • Nationwide Network: Members will join more than a million members at over 650 colleges in a network of support and motivation.

If you are interested in learning more about the College of Staten Island NSLS chapter, please contact Robert King Kee, Chapter Advisor at robert.kee@csi.cuny.edu or at 718.982.3119.

By Carol Brower

This Week in Core 100

The Core 100 program invites students and faculty from the College to join us for our weekly lecture series. Each week, all of the first-year students participate in lecture-discussions with about 400 of their classmates. We have space in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) Williamson Theatre to accommodate individual guests, and can have as many as two additional classes at each of the lectures. No permission is needed for classes to attend, but please notify Donna Scimeca (718.982.3405) if you plan to bring a class.

The lectures are 50 minutes and are all in the Williamson Theatre. They meet on the following days/times: Wednesdays at 11:15am and 1:25pm; on Thursdays at 8:00am, 10:10am, 4:40pm, and 6:30pm; on Saturdays at 10:10am in Building 1P, Room 119.

The focus of the Core Lecture Series this semester will be to directly link the program’s curriculum to current events.

The Lecture Series Schedule for the Week of Feb. 3, 2020:

Wednesday, Feb. 5:

-11:15am: “The Democratic Primary and 2020 Presidential Election,” presented by Edward Manganel

The Democratic Party primaries, from February 2020 to early June, will not only select a candidate to challenge President Trump’s bid for a second term, but they will also highlight and encourage a national discussion on the very difficult problems – health care,  for example – facing Americans in the near and distant future. These are problems of considerable relevance to college students, who must engage their attention in the primary process and, of course, register for and vote in the November Election.

Edward Manganel received his BA from Marist College and his MA from University of Colorado. He is former Chair of the Social Studies Department and APUS History teacher at Monsignor Farrell HS, teaching at CSI for 25 years and Core 100 for ten years.

Thursday, Feb. 7:

-8:00am and 10:10am: “Impeachment,” presented by Rosemary McCall

This lecture will review the Donald Trump impeachment process and explain the arguments raised for and against impeachment.

Rosemary McCall is a graduate of Brooklyn College, CUNY. She holds advanced degrees from University of South Carolina and GWU National Law Center.

-4:40pm: “President Donald Trump Impeachment,” presented by Robert Young

This lecture will examine the impeachment process of President Donald Trump from inception to conclusion, highlighting the various constitutional issues raised throughout.

Robert Young earned his BA in History from St. John’s University, an MA in American History from Brooklyn College, and a PhD in Military and Modern European History from The Graduate Center, CUNY. In addition to his work here at CSI, he is a tenured Professor of History at American Military University. Dr. Young is the author of three books and seven articles, and also contributed a chapter to the U.S. Army’s recent historical series on small-unit actions in U.S. military history.

By the Division of Academic Affairs

CSI Performance Competition for Strings

The CSI Performance Competition for Stringd – Winner’s Recital will take place on Saturday, Feb. 1 in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) Recital Hall from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

Come hear Staten Island high school winners of the annual CSI strings competition perform.

The CSI Performance Competition for Strings focuses on rewarding the dedication of S.I. strings students and their teachers.

Judging the competition this year are:

Dr. Dan Auerbach (PCA)

Prof. Edward Brown (PCA)

Maestro Alan Aurelia (Richmond County Orchestra)

The Competition is made possible, in part, by the Music Program of the Department of Performing and Creative Arts, an anonymous donor, the CSI Administration, and Rustic Music Center.

By the Division of Academic Affairs

February CSI Food Pantry Hours

The Office of Student Life (OSL) would like to remind our campus community of a vital resource for students who may be facing food insecurity. If you know of a student who is having difficulties accessing food, please let them know that CSI’s Food Pantry is open weekly and by appointment to serve their needs. The pantry provides non-perishable items and is located in the Green Dolphin Lounge in the Campus Center (Building 1C).  The pantry is open from 10:00am–noon every Friday during the semester or by appointment (call the OSL at 718.982.3088).

In addition, the College can help students receive a hot meal in real time due to a generous grant. Students simply need to walk into specific offices throughout the campus with their Dolphin Cards to access the program. We are able to place funds on their ID cards within minutes for use with CSI Dining Services in 1C and the Library (Building 1L).  Please call the Vice President for Student Affairs Office for more information at 718.982.2335.

We look forward to working together to ensure that hunger doesn’t interfere with our students’ education.

Thank you.

By Carol Brower

Nominate a Presenter for the World on Wednesday Lecture Series for Spring 2020 Semester

The Center for Global Engagement needs your help. As many of you are aware, the World on Wednesday (WOW) program brings faculty, staff, and outside experts to talk to the CSI community about ideas and experiences that lead to an increased awareness of global issues. WOW is especially intended to inspire students to want to learn more about the world during their time at CSI.

Speakers talk about their own personal experience and present their topics in an informal style including audiovisual tools. Past presenters have represented the disciplines of history, economics, geography, political science, health sciences, cinema studies, environmental science, business, and literature. Discussions have focused on topics related to China, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, South Africa, and other countries or cultures.

We’re setting up our spring 2020 schedule now and are looking for exciting speakers. All lectures take place on Wednesdays from 12:20pm-1:10pm in the Campus Center (Building 1C).

If you wish to participate or to nominate another speaker, please contact Winnie Brophy at the Center for Global Engagement, 718.982.2100 or winnie.brophy@csi.cuny.edu.


By Winnie Brophy