Technology Training Sessions for the Week of June 22

In lieu of our monthly Lunch and Learn Series, Technology Training will continue to offer weekly training sessions on the applications that will assist you with your telecommuting efforts. 

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 6/22/20 9:30am – 10:30am Need Help? Visit with Doriann during a Virtual Office Hour
Monday 6/22/20 10:30am – 11:30am Office 365 – One Note (Create shared notebooks for your department and classes.)
Monday 6/22/20 11:30am – NoonOffice 365 – (Learn how to use Office 365 to collaborate on Office documents.)
Monday 6/22/20 4:30pm – 5:30pm Excel – (Excel functions)
Monday 6/22/20 5:00pm – 6:00pm Technology Overview for Students
Tuesday 6/23/20 9:30am – 10:30am Need Help? Visit with Doriann during a Virtual Office Hour
Tuesday 6/23/20 10:00am – 11:00am Technology Overview for Students
Tuesday 6/23/20 12:30pm – 2:00pm Blackboard Collaborate for Faculty
Tuesday 6/23/20 4:00pm – 5:00pm Dropbox – (Learn how to store files in the cloud.)
Wednesday 6/24/20 9:30am – 10:30am Need Help? Visit with Doriann during a Virtual Office Hour
Wednesday 6/24/20 Noon – 1:00pm Google Voice – (Learn how to mask your personal phone number.)
Wednesday 6/24/20 3:00pm – 3:30pm Scanning Documents using your smartphone.
Wednesday 6/24/20 4:00pm – 5:00pm Technology Overview for Students
Thursday 6/25/20 9:30am – 10:30am Need Help? Visit with Doriann during a Virtual Office Hour
Monday 6/22/20 1:00pm – 2:30pm WebEx – (Learn how to conduct virtual meetings.)
Thursday 6/25/20 2:30pm – 3:30pm Technology Overview for Students
Thursday 6/25/20 3:30pm – 4:30pm PowerPoint Basics

We look forward to working with you.

Be well.

By Doriann Pieve-Hyland

PCA Student Statements Update

Last week, I sent a message highlighting the poetry readings of Zaenob A. Bashir and Mayah Burke, students in the Drama Program of the Department of Performing and Creative Arts. In the message, I should have mentioned that these two talented students received important and caring mentoring from PCA faculty members Sean Edgecomb, Maurya Wickstrom, George Sanchez, and Kevin Judge. A solidarity statement, written by the aforementioned faculty, accompanied the two poems. The entire presentation can be viewed online. 

Wishing you all a joyful Juneteenth.

By Michael Parrish


One hundred and fifty-five years ago today, a federal order was read in Galveston TX, declaring that all enslaved people in Texas were free. The news was delivered more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863. Today marks the first time that New York State and CUNY will observe Juneteenth as a state holiday. In Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order declaring this a holiday, it is noted that the day is a “reminder of the hardships and losses suffered by African Americans in their struggle to attain freedom, and we pay tribute to the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in this quest; through their experiences and those of others who were successful in achieving victory, we find among the most poignant and valuable lessons of humankind that continue to resonate with people of all backgrounds.” I hope everyone takes time today to reflect on these lessons and commits to employ them in creating a better and more just world.  

​If you are interested in learning more about this emancipation celebration, please register for today’s virtual presentation:  The Evolution of Juneteenth​, Friday, June 19; 11:45am to 12:45pm. This is a CC CLUE event.

Register to attend online. ​Join public historian and CSI alumna Debbie-Ann Paige for a discussion of the history and significance of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated ommemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States and the culmination of the many celebrations created along the road to freedom. The discussion will be moderated by  CSI’s Vice President for Student Affairs, Jennifer S. Borrero.   

By William J. Fritz

Blackboard Turnitin Upgrade

CUNY CIS will be upgrading the Turnitin Blackboard building block late in the evening on Friday, June 19. While the building block is being upgraded, you and your students may experience momentary connection issues while attempting to use Turnitin. This maintenance upgrade is being performed to address a known issue where opening a student’s submitted paper from the Needs Grading View or from within the Blackboard Grade Center causes no submission or the incorrect submission to be displayed. Student submissions open correctly when accessed through the Turnitin Assignment tool listed under Course Tools on your course Control Panel.  No new functionality is being introduced at this time.

We strongly encourage all instructors to access student Turnitin Assignment submissions via the Turnitin Assignments tool on the course Control Panel and not the Grade Center to ensure full functionality of the Turnitin building block. Turnitin submissions accessed via the Blackboard Grade Center may not function properly. 

Please feel free to contact the Faculty Center’s Blackboard support team at with questions, concerns, or your thoughts on the process. 

​ By Michael Castelli

CSI Professor Louis Petingi Conducting RNA Research in the Fight against COVID-19

CSI Professor Louis Petingi is conducting RNA research in the battle against COVID-19.

College of Staten Island Professor Louis Petingi, PhD, is presently performing research in Ribonucleic acid (RNA, which carries genetic information) prediction and structure, that can help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since 2013, he has been collaborating with a research group led by Tamar Schlick, from Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Chemistry departments from New York University. Schlick’s research group is composed of biologists, chemists, mathematicians, and computer scientists, and the team has been supported by several NIH and NSF grants. This group has currently taken a leadership role in fighting the pandemic by conducting research on RNA structure, with support from an NSF grant.

Dr. Petingi’s field of expertise is Graph Theory, one of the subfields of mathematics. “This area of research has been applied to study systems that can be modeled as graphs, such as social, communication, chemical, and biological networks (e.g., DNA, RNA, and protein networks). “My research was focused on the study of the reliability of communication networks (e.g., wireless, Internet, and satellite networks), but in 2013, I became very interested in RNA prediction and structure,” noted Dr. Petingi, “when I had the opportunity to write a paper in this area with Tamar Schlick.” Since then, he has published several research articles on this area of research with Dr. Schlick and her team.

According to Dr. Petingi, “as RNA secondary structures can be represented as graphs, we found how well-known graph-theoretical algorithms can be applied to partition RNAs into basic regions and allow classification and identification of complex structures called Pseudoknots. Many RNA viruses use Pseudoknots in the control of viral RNA translation, replication, and the switch between the two processes. One of the techniques used to destroy viruses is to inhibit the Pseudoknotted region of an RNA. The RNAs of the COVID-19 and SARS viruses are composed of thousands of basic elements called nucleotides, and the exact structure of the Pseudoknots have not been yet experimentally observed, and they have been predicted by algorithms. My current research goal is to develop, more precise algorithms using the graph-theoretical representation of RNAs to predict RNA structure.”

Pseudoknots are also identified using other computational techniques (e.g., dynamic programming, and formal language theory), but Graph Theory offers a different perspective and an alternative research path to systematically investigate the structures of RNAs,” explained Dr. Petingi.

“Collaboration with this group of researchers is not only giving me the unique opportunity to expend my scientific knowledge, but also to serve a higher purpose by helping humanity,” Dr. Petingi concluded.

Juneteenth Holiday Information: College Closed Tomorrow, June 19, 2020

We are pleased to announce that CUNY will be closed tomorrow, June 19, 2020,  in observance of Juneteenth, an annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. The Board of Trustees approved a resolution to observe June 19 as a CUNY-wide 2020 holiday in support of the statements expressed in the Governor’s Executive Order No. 204, and in recognition that the observance of this holiday “honors the history, perseverance and achievements of African Americans, and celebrates America’s progress and continuing commitment to realizing the principles of liberty and equality upon which our nation is founded.”

Please see the online Juneteenth memo for additional information.

By the Office of Human Resources

LGBTQ+ Youth Panel

In honor of Pride Month, the Staten Island community is invited to a virtual panel of LGBTQ+ youth on Wednesday, June 24 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. These young people will be talking about their experiences growing up, living, and going to school on Staten Island. It’s important to listen to our youth to understand what they and their peers are experiencing. Please join us.

You must register to attend this event.

The first 50 people will receive an Amazon gift card.

This event is a collaboration between the College of Staten Island, the Pride Center of Staten Island, and TYSA (Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness). Funding for this event is provided by the Staten Island Foundation.

If you have any questions please contact​​ .

By Jeremiah Jurkiewicz