Presidents Morales and Smulski Engage Students at First-Ever Presidents’ Forum

Student Government President Jolanta Smulski and CSI President Dr. Tomás D. Morales fielded questions from students at the Presidents' Forum.

In the spirit of continuing administrative openness and transparency at the College of Staten Island (CSI), as well as collaboration between students and administrators, College President Dr. Tomas D. Morales and Student Government President Jolanta Smulski fielded questions from students side-by-side at CSI’s first-ever Presidents’ Forum recently.

The event was well-attended with approximately 100 students and administration members on hand to hear the presidents’ remarks.

In her introduction, President Smulski welcomed the students and explained that the event was organized not only to give participants a chance to ask important questions, but also to give students the chance to listen to one another and discuss campus issues. She also encouraged attendees to read the Student Government newsletter, Time-Out CSI, and mentioned an ongoing survey regarding student rights, which may eventually lead to a proposed Student Bill of Rights at the College.

President Morales, in his introductory remarks, noted that this cooperative event speaks to the College’s values. He also discussed the role of Student Government and called on student leaders to reach out to their constituents to gauge their opinions and to foster dialogue between students and the College. In addition, Dr. Morales discussed the difficult budget situation that CSI will face for at least the next year, he encouraged students to participate in the campus-wide review of the College’s new Strategic Plan, and he recommended that students take part in the wide variety of activities that are available through the Division of Student Affairs, Student Government, the Office of Student Life, and other clubs and organizations.

The presidents next turned to student questions, which had been submitted on index cards. The questions addressed topics ranging from the availability of more class sections, how an increase in Student Activity Fees will affect child care on campus, the effectiveness of writing to government officials, student involvement, the College’s image during a period of economic downturn, and the Student Bill of Rights, among others. As both presidents addressed the questions, a central theme was their encouragement of students to take an active role in their College, underscoring the significance of collaboration between students and the administration in the ongoing effort to move the College into the future.

After the initial questions, event moderator Ken Bach, CSI Director of Communications, turned the floor over to audience members who asked the presidents questions on topics ranging from learning communities to traffic issues to alcohol policy.

The event concluded with President Smulski recognizing Student Government members in the audience and calling on students to seek their assistance regarding matters of concern. President Morales then introduced the members of the administration and commented that he is privileged to have the chance to work with the College’s exemplary faculty, staff, and student leaders.

Goldwater Scholarship Awarded to CSI Undergrad for Research and Development of 3D Robotic Printer that Simulates Surface of a Butterfly’s Wing

Mark Barahman is the College's first Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship winner.

Mark Barahman, a junior with the Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island (CSI) and a Goldsmith Scholar, was named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship winner, a first in the history of CSI.

The Goldwater Scholarship was established by the United States Congress in 1986 and is the premiere federally funded undergraduate award of its type.  It is designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers and PhDs in the sciences, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and related fields. Only 300 students nationwide earn this prestigious distinction.

Dan Feldman, also a junior in Macaulay Honors College at CSI, is majoring in Physics with a concentration in Astronomy. He has received an Honorable Mention for the Goldwater Scholarship. Only 150 students receive an honorable mention award.

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A Biochemistry major at CSI, Mark has worked in two prestigious laboratories—the neuroscience lab of Professor Abdeslem El Idrissi and the chemistry lab of Professor Alan Lyons.  He currently works with Dr. Lyons on research related to super-hydrophobic surfaces.

Mark’s most notable accomplishment during the summer of 2009 was the construction and programming of a robotic printer that prints in three dimensions (3D) on a microscopic scale.

“Commercial 3D printers are available, but they are often extremely expensive, fragile, and very limited with respect to the building material,” notes Barahman. “We needed to build something that would allow us broad applicability and flexibility, while also being inexpensive and scalable to industrial-size processes.”

“He programmed the robot early that summer and quickly developed two printing methods to produce ‘super-hydrophobic surfaces’,” commented Dr. Lyons.  “One method used highly viscous materials that deposited drops similar to a chocolate kiss, and the other method used a lower viscosity material that printed thinner, pancake-shaped layers.”

Both of these methods created super-hydrophobic surfaces, three-dimensional surfaces that hold droplets of water on multiple microscopic “spikes.” This surface prevents the water droplet from strongly adhering to the surface, allowing it to roll rather effortlessly, while maintaining the integrity of its spherical shape.

When these surfaces are used, the fluids are able to effortlessly move along the surface with minimal force. These surfaces can be applied to facilitate transportation of fluids in the medical profession.

The next challenge was controlling direction of the water droplet flow on these super-hydrophobic surfaces.

Looking to nature, Mark became inspired by the water-shedding properties of the butterfly’s wing.  When a butterfly lowers its wings, the water rolls off onto the ground. When the wing is raised, the water is pinned and does not roll down the wing onto the body of the butterfly.  This adaptation keeps the butterfly’s body dryer and lighter.

Mark experimented with multiple concepts, and learned that by programming the robotic printer to deposit the 3D “kisses” and “pancakes” at an angle, the water droplet would flow easily in one direction, and with great difficulty in the other direction.

On the microscale, Mark had developed a synthetic material that emulated the water shedding effects of the butterfly wing.  This new biomemetic surface containing angled “spikes” acted as a “one-way” sign or “liquid ratchet” controlling the directional flow of water using only the interactive properties of the fluid with the solid.

Whereas super-hydrophobic devices allow for the easy transportation of fluids within many applications in the medical field, these new directional-devices may transport cooling fluid in micro-electronic devices without back flow.  This could minimize the size and heat-producing pressure often needed for the transportation of fluid, and allow for a 360-degree application environment without the chance of backflow.

“I am exceedingly proud of Mark’s important research at CSI,” said Dr. Lyons. “He is a serious scientist who works very hard and thinks deeply about problems.  I expect that when he enters graduate school he will rank amongst the top echelon of all graduate students.”

“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Mark Barahman for his well-deserved distinction,” said CSI President Dr. Tomás D. Morales. “He has forged a place for himself in the history of the College by being the first Goldwater Scholar at CSI, and has earned himself great honor and national recognition.  I offer my thanks to his faculty mentors for supporting Mr. Barahman’s academic goals, and challenging him to succeed. Together we are bolstering CSI’s national and world-class reputation.”

“Winning the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship would not have been more than a dream without the guidance and teaching of my mentors and professors at CSI,” Barahman states.  “The scientific training and opportunities at CUNY are first class. I am truly grateful to have the opportunity to work with experienced and distinguished scientists like Dr. Alan Lyons, and to be taught and guided by Dr. Fred Naider, Dr. Charles Kramer, and Dr. Abdeslem El Idrissi. I am excited about winning this award as it reveals the terrific opportunities CSI offers and the world-class science taking place at the labs.”

Mark’s professional aspirations include obtaining an MD/PhD in the field of Biomedical Engineering.

Mark grew up in Israel, working as a teenager as a first responder for MDA (Magen David Adom, or Red Star of David), an emergency medical organization, which is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.  He immigrated to Brooklyn in August of 2006. During the summer of 2010, Mark participated in NYU/Bellevue Hospital’s prestigious Project HealthCare summer program, in which he was able to work in the emergency room and operating room, where he interacted closely with patients and the hospital staff, as well as assisted with clinical research projects and work on the annual Bellevue health fair.

Mark was the only undergraduate invited to give an oral presentation at the Young Chemists Committee ACS Symposium at The Cooper Union in March 2011.  The presentation was entitled “Printed Super-hydrophobic Surfaces Exhibiting Slip-Angle Anisotropy.”

His research has also been presented by Dr. Lyons in a variety of prestigious forums, including the 2010 SPIE Optics and Photonics Conference in San Diego.

Learn more about the valuable services of the Career and Scholarship Center at CSI.

[video] Northfield Bank Provides Support for Internships

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The College of Staten Island has received a $25,000 grant from the Northfield Bank Foundation for internship opportunities to support financially disadvantaged students.  The students, who are traditionally unable to participate in non-paid internships, now have the opportunity to gain experience and explore their fields of choice, while developing new skills via hands-on training, while working at a number of non-profit organizations.

Diane Senerchia, Executive Director of the Northfield Bank Foundation, recently visited the CSI campus to present the check to CSI President Dr. Tomás D. Morales.

John Alexander, President of the Northfield Bank Foundation, commented on the grant at last December’s Celestial Ball. “It is an honor to support the College. More importantly, it’s all about the students, getting them out into the community and giving back to community through their work at the non-profits on Staten Island,” he said.  The program provides the students with a unique opportunity to give back to the community as their positions are in organizations on Staten Island with limited budgets that cannot hire much support staff.

Back row (L-R) Caryl Watkins, Dr. A. Ramona Brown, Diane Senerchia, and Dr. Tomás D. Morales join student recipients of the Northfield Bank Foundation internship program. Front row (L-R) Michael Andrews, Sarah Alexis, Leticia Rodriquez, Margaret Harper, and Ann Mackey

“Many CSI students express interest in participating in an internship because of the great rewards it provides, such as developing contacts and job-relevant skills,” commented Barbara Eshoo, CSI Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Relations. “The program provides 25 qualified students with the opportunity to intern and develop strong skills, while being paid a $1,000 stipend. This program eliminates the difficult choice between finding paid employment to offset personal expenses and participating in a career-related educational experience.”

“The responses from students who have participated have been overwhelmingly positive because they now feel more comfortable in their professional abilities and performance,” according to Caryl Watkins, Director of CSI’s Career and Scholarship Center, which is administering the program. “Real work experience goes a long way in developing a student into a young professional.”

“This is a wonderful program for students who financially would not have the opportunity to intern, thus developing job-ready skills and gaining the competitive edge upon graduation,” commented Dr. A. Ramona Brown, CSI Vice President for Student Affairs. “I extend my sincerest thanks to Northfield Bank Foundation for their continuing support of CSI students and the Staten Island community.”

Organizations participating in the 2010-2011 program are the Alzheimer’s Foundation; the American Cancer Society; Art Lab, Inc.; COAHSI; Eden II; The Grace Foundation; the Greenbelt Conservancy; Northfield, LDC; Staten Island NFP Association; the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce; the Staten Island Museum; Snug Harbor Cultural Center; and Staten Island University Hospital.

To participate in the program, students must have completed 24 credits, have a GPA of 3.0 or better, and submit a 500-word statement on how an internship would help them to achieve their career goals. Applicants will also be expected to submit an unofficial copy of their transcript and job résumé. For some applicants, a personal interview may be required. Selected students receive the $1,000 stipend award upon successful completion of 80 hours of service to the organization to which they are sent. Upon completion of the internship, students must complete an evaluation of their internship experience, submit an essay that describes their internship experience, and receive an overall “Satisfactory” rating from their employer.

For more information contact the Career and Scholarship Center.

Conference to Address Staten Island’s Past, Present, and Future

L-R: NY State Assemblyman Matthew Titone and City Councilwoman Debi Rose will be among the featured speakers at the conference.

Everyone is invited to participate in this weekend’s groundbreaking conference, Staten Island in American History and 21-Century Education, a two-day event with 80 presentations, including panels on various themes from Dutch architecture to contemporary politics, from war memorials to the history of local parks, including the tenth anniversary of the closing of Fresh Kills. Other special panels will examine transportation history, Miller Field, Catholic and Jewish history, Dorothy Day, and immigration. The conference will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20 in the College of Staten Island Center for the Arts from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

View the full schedule of activities.

On Sunday at 10:30am, City Councilwoman Debi Rose will make opening remarks at the roundtable on civil rights, exploring her role in the naming of the Martin Luther King Expressway and other turning points in borough history, while at the same time Assemblyman Matthew Titone will make introductory remarks at a roundtable on the history of the LGBTQ movement on Staten Island since the 1950s.

In addition, the preeminent historian of New York City, Prof. Kenneth T. Jackson, author of the newly released The Encyclopedia of New York City will speak and do a book signing on Sunday from 12:30pm to 1:45pm. His topic “Emerging from the Shadow: Staten Island and the Challenge of the 21st Century” will explore the transformation of the borough since the opening in 1964 of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the ways in which Staten Island differs from the other four counties in New York. Prof. Jackson argues that “this borough has many advantages that could become critical in the next half century.”  Borough President James Molinaro is expected to make opening remarks and dozens of local historians and speakers from across the country will participate in discussing local sites and topics.

The fee is $15 for one or both days and can be paid at the door. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend lunch on Saturday or Sunday or if you’d like to participate in the full program. Additional information is available on the conference Website.

The conference is co-sponsored by si350, the Staten Island Foundation, and the College of Staten Island, Wagner College, and St. John’s University. Event Co-Chairs are Prof. Phillip Papas and Margaret Berci.

Event Details:

Saturday, March 19:

-9:00am to 10:15am: Five sessions including:

“Monuments and Memories: World War I, 9/11, and Beyond”

Gravestones at Moravian Cemetery, Richard Simpson, Historian, Moravian Cemetery

“Doughboys in Marble and Stone: The ‘Great War’ in Staten Island Memory,” Phillip Papas, Union County College

“Staten Island’s 9/11 Memorial: The Architecture of Memory,” Jenny Pachucki, National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, and Wagner College

-10:30am to 11:45am:  Five sessions including:

“Staten Island Politics since the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge” (Roundtable). Participants: Tom Wrobleski, Staten Island Advance; Richard Flanagan, College of Staten Island/CUNY; Jeffrey A. Kroessler, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY; Thomas LaManna, College of Staten Island/CUNY.

-11:45am: Lunch

-1:00pm to 2:15pm: Five sessions and 15 papers, including:

“The Archaeology of Sailors’ Snug Harbor,” Sherene Baugher, Cornell University

-2:30pm to 3:45pm, Fve sessions including:

Contextualizing the Willowbrook School Site:

“A History of Land Use of the Willowbrook School Site,” James A. Kaser, College of Staten Island/CUNY

“Halloran General Hospital,” Henry J. Kennedy, Esq., Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

“An Institutional History and Sociological Analysis of the Willowbrook State School,” David Goode, College of Staten Island/CUNY


The Spirit of Place and Legend:

“The Neighborhood Games: Coaching Legends, Community, and Thanksgiving Day Football,” Jay Price, Staten Island Sports Historian, former Staten Island Advance reporter

“Genius of Genius Loci: An Exploration of Sense of Place in the Works of Paul Zindel,” Jessica R. Kratz, Greenbelt Nature Center, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

-4:oopm to 5:15pm: Keynote Address:

Carmen Fariña, former NYC Deputy schools chancellor, “Making Connections: Social Studies as a Vehicle for Understanding Ourselves and the World”

Sunday, March 20:

-9:00am to 10:15pm: Five sessions including:

The Legacy and Promise of Fresh Kills:

“The History of Fresh Kills Operations,” Ted Nabavi, NYC Department of Sanitation

“Interpretations of Made Land,” Robin Nagle, New York University and the NYC Department of Sanitation

“The Transformation of Freshkills,” Eloise Hirsh, Freshkills Park Administrator

-10:30am to 11:45am:

Trains, Bridges and Highways: The Politics of  New York City Transportation and Its Impact on Staten Island: Chair/Commentator: Charles L. Sachs, Historian and former Senior Curator, New York Transit Museum

“Missing the Train: New York City Subways, the Dual Contracts, and the Failed Effort to Tunnel to Staten Island, 1898-1913,” Kenneth M. Gold, College of Staten Island/CUNY

“Beyond the Bridge: Robert Moses and the Parkways on Staten Island,” Jeffrey A. Kroessler, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/(CUNY

-11:45am-12:30pm: Lunch

-12:30-1:45: Keynote Address:

Prof. Kenneth T. Jackson, “Emerging from the Shadow: Staten Island and the Challenge of the 21st Century”

-2:00pm to 3:15pm: Borough Historians’ Plenary Session:

“1898: New York City’s Consolidation and Its Ramifications” (Roundtable Discussion),  Chair: Robert Weible, New York State Historian. Participants: Thomas W. Matteo, Staten Island Borough Historian; Michael Miscione, Manhattan Borough Historian; Ron Schweiger, Brooklyn Borough Historian; Jack Eichenbaum, Queens Borough Historian; Lloyd Ultan, Bronx Borough Historian

Federal Budget and its Impact on Education

Dear Members and Friends of the CUNY Community:

We need you to visit today to focus on the federal budget and its impact on your education and that of your families and friends.

Full funding of the federal Pell grant program and other financial aid for college students is jeopardized by the provisions of the recently passed budget bill, known as HR1, by the U.S. House of Representatives.

CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein is working with public higher education system leaders throughout the nation to oppose the bill, which includes reducing the maximum Pell grant award by $845 annually, eliminating the federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant program, and decreasing support for college readiness provided by Gear-Up.

Please visit now, use sample letters or write your own, and e-mail U.S. senators and congress members from New York to oppose the proposed reductions.

Our nation’s economy and ability to thrive in global competition depends on a well-educated workforce. The Pell grant program is the key building block for access to college. Recipients repay the investment made in their education many times over through increased earnings and taxes over the course of their lifetime. Negotiations are taking place this week in Washington, D.C. so please communicate today.

Thank you for your support.

CUNY’s Tobacco Policy

Please be advised that the CUNY Board of Trustees recently approved an expanded tobacco policy that will make CUNY the largest smoke-free public university system in the United States. The revised policy, which must be implemented University-wide no later than Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, prohibits the use of tobacco on all grounds and facilities under CUNY’s jurisdiction–indoor and outdoor–as well as tobacco industry promotions and marketing on campus properties, and tobacco industry sponsorship of athletic events and athletes.

Reaffirming CSI’s status as a leader in health and wellness in the community, and in accordance with CUNY’s revised tobacco policy, I have formed a Tobacco-Free Environment Task Force to research best practices and make recommendations about our transition plan to a healthier, tobacco-free campus.  Professor Richard Gid Powers, Department of History, and Linda Conte, Director of Health and Wellness Services, are co-chairs of the Task Force, which consists of faculty, staff, and students, including the Student Government president.  The group has met weekly since January, and will be submitting a transition plan in early March. The plan, entitled “Change Is in the Air,” will include targeted visibility campaigns utilizing print and Web that promote educational and motivational cessation programs and resources available to students through the Wellness Program, as well as faculty and staff through Human Resources.

You will be provided with updates concerning any developments with this new initiative.

-Tomás D. Morales, PhD

IME Grants Funds for Scholarships to Mexican Students in New York

CSI President Dr. Tomás D. Morales (left) and Acting Consul General Ismael Naveja (second from right) are joined by CSI student scholarship recipients at the Mexican Consulate’s Endowment Awards Ceremony.

The Mexican Consulate in New York announced today that the scholarship program of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) has awarded $20,000 to support the education of the low-income immigrant community that resides in this city.

These funds provide scholarships to eight students of Mexican origin who carried out studies at the College of Staten Island (CSI), The City University of New York (CUNY). The eight students were selected from 20 young people who applied for the scholarship.

The recipients are young people between the ages of 19 and 27,  born in Mexico or in the U.S. with Mexican parents, who already conduct their studies in areas such as history, nursing, business administration, and international relations.

To Araceli Neri Maron, who came from Mexico to the United States 20 years ago when she was seven, it is a great motivation to have been granted this scholarship, amounting to $2,500 per student and covering a semester. “I want to study to be able to help people who do not speak English. In addition, I want to change the stereotype that Mexicans only have low-paying  jobs,” said Araceli, who is studying nursing.

“It is essential that our youth have the same educational opportunities,” said Ismael Naveja, consul general.

Ibarguen Irvin, another recipient, was born 20 years ago in New York shortly after his parents reached U.S. soil from Puebla in search of a better future.

Ibarguen will use his scholarship to help fund his fourth year of studies in history. The money will ease the burden on his parents who work in a factory in the city. “This money lessens the burden that my parents have to support my studies. My father has three jobs,” said Irvin, one of three brothers.

Of the 250,000 students in the CUNY system, University executives estimate that between 5,000 to 6,000 are of Mexican origin, although that number could be larger, as indicating origin is voluntary.

In addition, Jay Hershenson, CUNY Vice Chancellor, said that this alliance sends a clear signal to the Mexican community on the importance of education. “Especially during this economic period it is critical that people receive education. Students are the future of the city, nation, and the world, ” said Hershenson, who noted that CUNY has experienced a 215 percent increase in enrollment of Mexican students in the last decade.

The goal is to promote education among young Mexican Americans and decrease the rate of students who drop out from school,” said Jesus Perez, IME council member and who leads the Academic Advising Center of Brooklyn College.

According to Luz Valdez, who is studying business administration, it is a great opportunity to be able to continue studying. “It was difficult to get the scholarship but I did it,” said the student, who lives in Staten Island, a borough that has seen an increase in its Mexican population.

The Mexican government has signed several educational agreements with CUNY, such as the recent one that offers English classes for Mexicans working in restaurants and the construction industry.

University Rolls Out Total Smoking Ban

CUNY will become the largest smoke-free public university system in the United States once a broad new policy, approved by the Board of Trustees at the start of the spring semester, goes into full effect over the next year and a half. 

The new policy expands the University’s current ban on smoking inside all facilities and vehicles to include all outdoor grounds. And it bars all tobacco-industry promotions and marketing, including sponsorship of athletic events and athletes. The board’s resolution requires the 23 CUNY campuses to implement the new policy by September 2012, giving them time to develop educational campaigns, post signs and add counselors trained in helping smokers quit.

“The harmful effects of tobacco use are well known,” board Chairperson Benno Schmidt and Chancellor Matthew Goldstein said in a joint statement. “Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the world today — and in New York City — and this action will further reduce exposure to tobacco and improve public health. As the nation’s largest urban public university, as a source of thousands of health-profession graduates and as the home of the new CUNY School of Public Health, CUNY has an opportunity — and a responsibility — to set appropriate standards as an example for universities seeking to protect the health of their students and employees.”

The move is part of a national trend on college campuses that has gained momentum in the past year. The University at Buffalo banned smoking on its three campuses last summer and Columbia University recently prohibited smoking within 20 feet of buildings — two of the 466 campuses that have banned smoking, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation.

But the breadth of the CUNY policy and its reach across a public university system of nearly half a million students and more than 20,000 faculty and staff makes it the boldest move yet — one that has brought national media attention and praise from public health advocates. The action was reported by major news outlets throughout New York City and well beyond, from The Huffington Post to The Jerusalem Post, as well as in the higher education media.

“I heartily congratulate the board at CUNY for taking this groundbreaking step to protect the health of its students, faculty and staff,” said New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley. “I urge members of the CUNY community who smoke to use this as an opportunity to quit, as it is the single most important step you can take to improve your health. The Health Department looks forward to supporting CUNY as it implements this pioneering policy. Because of the board’s actions, the CUNY community will be a healthier place to work and learn.”

Smoking-related deaths from cancer, heart and lung diseases and other conditions account for more than 440,000 premature deaths each year, about one in five deaths in the United States. The U.S. Surgeon General also has determined that exposure to secondhand smoke — even outdoors — is dangerous to health, and that reducing exposure will save lives and cut health care expenditures.

The University estimates that 13 percent of its students, faculty and staff are smokers. According to Alexandra W. Logue, executive vice chancellor and University provost, the University’s recent creation of a School of Public Health helped prompt support for an expanded anti-smoking policy that included barring any marketing presence by the tobacco industry on campuses.

At Goldstein’s request, Logue led a University Advisory Committee on Tobacco Policy, which researched and developed the recommendations that helped form the new policy. The committee, which included faculty, staff and students, conducted an extensive outreach program that included a special website to receive input from the University community.

“Part of our job is to promote the basic values of 21st-century higher education in the United States,” said Logue. “These values include cultivating respect for others, emphasizing the importance of health and wellness, supporting environmental sustainability and preparing students for professional success in workplaces that are, increasingly, tobacco-free.”

Under the leadership of Luis Manzo, the University’s director for mental health and wellness services, CUNY will support the new policy by providing training, information and other resources across the university system. By this June, each college, as well as the University central office, will be required to submit implementation plans that address its specific needs. After review and approval, the colleges will have until Sept. 4, 2012, to fully implement the new policies.

The new smoke-free philosophy is aligned with New York City’s under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose strong anti-tobacco push has made the city a national leader in government actions to reduce smoking. Through education, taxation, support of cessation programs and expanding tobacco-free spaces, the city has helped cut smoking rates below national levels. New York City public schools and medical facilities are already tobacco-free, both inside and outside buildings.

Still, smoking is permitted on city sidewalks and that may minimize the impact  on urban-style campuses such as Hunter College, Baruch College and LaGuardia Community College more than on more traditional-style campuses such as Queens College, the College of Staten Island and Kingsborough Community College, which have space between their buildings — and, in some cases, on top of them.

At John Jay College of Criminal Justice, smoking will be banned on the new rooftop commons of a block-long building that will be part of the college’s expansion next fall. “Before this ban, we would have had to permit smoking,” Karen Kaplowitz, a professor of literature and a former smoker who served on the advisory committee, told The New York Times. “But now we’re going to have a beautiful, tobacco-free campus in the middle of Manhattan that is unthreatened by cigarette smoke and butts.”