“Black Student Life on Campus”

In celebration of Black History Month, the CSI Library, in collaboration with the Black Student Union and the Office of Student Life, invites you to an online event, “Black Student Life on Campus.” The program will feature a discussion with members of the Black Student Union about the Black student experience through the lens of newly digitized student publications from across the decades.

This CC CLUE event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, from 2:30pm to 4:00pm. Register in advance online.

Learn more on our News and Events blog.

I hope to see you there.

By Amy F. Stempler

World on Wednesday Lecture Series Spring 2021

While the events of this term have required that we move away from our traditional campus-based formats and engage in more remote forms of learning and sharing, we should not turn away from the pressing global issues that remain present. Our World on Wednesday lecture series was designed to bring a glimpse of the larger global environment to all of us at CSI. 

The Spring 2021 series has continued as planned but is being delivered via Zoom in a virtual format. Below and in the online flyer are the links to the WoW lectures. 

All lectures run from 12:20pm to 1:10pm EST.

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Wednesday, Mar. 10: Title:  Peace Corps Info Session: Education Programs Speaker: Sara Price, Peace Corps Summary: Educate our world through the Peace Corps. Education and English-teaching specialists are needed to address global education and training needs at grassroots levels. Come speak with a recruiter to learn more about opportunities to live, learn, and work with a community overseas.   

Wednesday, Mar. 17 Title:  English Education in South Korea Speaker: Yun Heo, Visiting Scholar from South Korea Summary: Ms. Heo will discuss the elementary, middle, and high-school English educational system in South Korea. She will also share her personal teaching experience as an English teacher.  

Wednesday, Mar. 24 Title: Global Education, Global Indicators, and Cultural Values: A Cross-National Comparison Speaker:  Pascale Benoliel, Visiting Scholar from Bar-Ilan University, Israel Summary: Prof. Benoliel will focus on the influences of “education governance” on educational policies worldwide.  

Wednesday, Apr. 14 Title:  Comparing Social Welfare Classes from CUNY and in Korea and the U.S. Speaker:  Kyoung Sook Jung, Visiting Scholar from South Korea  Summary: Ms. Jung will share her experience of taking CUNY’s Social Welfare course. She will also share how Koreans make contributions to the community.  

Wednesday, Apr. 21 Title: Telehealth from a Legal Perspective Speaker:  Dayun Kim, Eunice, Visiting Scholar from South Korea  Summary: Ms. Kim will discuss a legal perspective between a patient and a physician during a telehealth meeting, especially during this unprecedented time.  

The World on Wednesday lecture series is sponsored by the Center for Global Engagement and all lectures are approved as CC CLUE events.   

If you wish to present at a future lecture, please contact Winnie Brophy at 718.982.2100 or winnie.brophy@csi.cuny.edu. If you need a CLUE, email winnie.brophy@csi.cuny.edy with your full name and Empl ID.

By the Center for Global Engagement

Re-Entry Update

As the vaccines for COVID are being distributed and the number of cases is going down, CSI is looking ahead to the Fall 2021 semester when we anticipate having a greater number of face-to-face experiences and more faculty and staff on campus. Most forecasts by health professionals indicate that we will still be using social distancing and masks for the fall semester, so we need to plan accordingly. Allowing for the gradual transition detailed in the CSI re-entry plan, we expect to be at phase 3 (roughly 25% occupancy) by the beginning of the Fall semester. For our campus, this still means that the bulk of courses will be delivered entirely or partially via distance education, and that classes with some or all instruction done in person will be prioritized to those with the greatest programmatic need for face-to-face interactions, including accreditation needs, lab experiments, or studio instruction. Chairs, Deans, and Program Directors have been asked to work together on this prioritization as we develop the Fall schedule.

One of the main obstacles we face as we contemplate return to campus is the capacity of classrooms, teaching labs, and studios as is required for social distancing. For in-person instruction, the capacity of most rooms will be 50 to 60% of that previously allowed, which will require modifications on a room-by-room basis for any on-campus instruction. We will also be outfitting up to 40 classrooms with technology to allow blended instruction, reaching a mix of students attending in person and those participating by distance education.

To incorporate on-campus instruction, we will need to employ more flexibility in times, dates, and locations where courses are scheduled. We are looking at maximizing the time slots for course offerings, including weekends and evenings. Courses may be offered in different rooms and buildings than where they usually take place, and our re-entry plan calls for some campus buildings remaining closed for instruction while we remain in phase three. 

We have a lot of work to do to prepare for the fall, and the Administration and the Re-Entry committee will be working over the spring and summer to ensure that our return to campus is as safe and academically rich as possible. Those students who want an entirely online education may still be able to do so, but we also want to provide as many opportunities for on-campus learning as resources and facilities allow. 

I am grateful to all of you for your dedication and persistence as we have moved through this difficult period. It is hoped that we are near the end of the beginning of our global response to this pandemic, and I look forward to the time when we can all safely be back on campus again.​ In the meantime, I hope you are all staying warm and safe.

By Michael Parrish

Important Reminders: VOE Rosters Due Today & Others/Form A

Please be reminded that verification rosters are due today. All students marked as non-attending will receive a WN grade tomorrow morning.

Also, today is the Form A/Census date. Today is the date our official enrollment is captured.  Also, it is the:

  • Last day to change or declare a major/minor to be effective in spring term.
  • Last day to request Pass/Fail option.
  • Last day to drop for 25% tuition refund.
  • Last day to drop without a grade of ‘W.’
  • Date in which Verification of Enrollment Rosters are due from faculty.
  • Last day to register for an independent study course for the spring

Please remind students to review the academic calendar, as the dates within have great impact on their academic success. The next important date is:

  • Monday, Mar. 1 – Last day for students to apply for June 2021 graduation.

Finally, as a reminder, any student not registered for a course, as evidenced by inclusion on your course roster, should not be allowed to attend class meetings  Allowing students to “sit in” impacts:

  • Financial aid allocations
  • The National Student Clearinghouse enrollment verification files
  • Our form A/census data accuracy (causing audit issues)
  • The verification of enrollment process
  • The ability to locate those impacted by any emergency
  • The student’s ability to access Blackboard

Thank you in advance for your continued support in helping us adhere to these dates and deadline put into place to support our students.

By Kerri Gerson

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ and Resources

As vaccines for COVID-19 become available, you may soon be faced with the decisions of whether and when to be vaccinated. As you weigh these choices, it can be helpful to ground yourself with reliable information about the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccines in general.

The online tip sheet, COVID-19 Vaccine: Making the Decision, is a useful starting point for understanding the benefits and risks of getting the vaccine, as well as what the vaccine can and can’t do.

In addition, the following Websites provide answers to FAQ’s regarding the COVID-19 vaccination:

CDC

Mayo Clinic

WebMD

Chop.Edu

Please also be reminded of the other COVID-19 resources featured online. The COVID-19 Info tab, featured in the “News for You” section mid-way down on the homepage, is designed to keep you informed on the pandemic’s current status and to provide tools to strengthen emotional resilience and preparedness. Check back regularly for continuously updated resources on:

•             Physical health

•             Emotional health

•             Quarantine wellness

•             Working during the pandemic

•             Caregiving and parenting

•             Coping with grief and disappointment

•             Financial tips

•             Online programming

By Anne Alarcon

CSI Ranked No. 2 on Military Friendly® Schools List 2021-2022

The College of Staten Island has been named Number 2 on the 2021-2022 Military Friendly® Schools list under the category “Small Public.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,200 schools participated in the 2021-2022 survey with 747 earning the designation.

The 2021-2022 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.

According to Viqtory Media, “Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey response set and government/agency public data sources, within a logic-based scoring assessment. We measure the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.”

The mission of CSI’s Veterans Support Services is to facilitate a smooth transition from military life to the college experience by providing veteran students with centralized “vet-friendly” services and a strong support system. Veterans Support Services collaborates with veteran organizations within the community in order to identify additional resources and foster a sense of community between CSI student veterans and the veteran population on Staten Island. This relationship ensures that Veterans Support Services stays current on all new legislation and initiatives that will affect our student veteran population.

Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them to select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.

By Editor