It is with great sadness that I share with you the news regarding the death of our friend and colleague, Professor Stephen J. Stearns (1935-2011).
Professor Stephen Stearns earned a PhD in History from the University of California, Berkeley. He also held a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and a Master’s Degree from Columbia University. Professor Stearns began his distinguished career at Richmond College in 1967, was tenured in 1970, and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1980.
Professor Stearns was a historian of early modern England, and his teaching included modern European and United States history. He was particularly interested in foreign policy because of its vital importance and relevance in today’s world.
During his time at CSI, Professor Stearns was a member of the PSC Campus Chapter Executive Committee, a delegate of the University Faculty Senate, and Deputy Chair of the History Department. He also served on the Teacher Education Advisory Committee (TEAC), The Verrazano School Advisory Committee, and the Science, Letters, and Society (SLS) Committee.
In 2010, Professor Stearns was awarded the Dolphin Award for Outstanding Service and Contribution by a Member of the Full-time Faculty. He was deeply committed to the College of Staten Island in a profound way and worked long and hard toward its success.
A memorial at the College will take place later in the spring, and the College will provide further information when it becomes available.
Professors at the College of Staten Island are leaders in their fields. One way to further their research and solidify this position is through the publication of new text books dedicated to helping teachers approach old issues with new teaching solutions.
No textbook does this more directly than Dr. Irina Lyublinskaya and Dr. Judit Kerekes’ recently published textbook entitled, Teaching Mathematics and Science in Elementary School: A Technology-Based Approach (Whittier Books, 2010).
One unique feature of the book is that each chapter starts with a real-life scenario and/or story written by CSI pre-service teachers as reflections of their first encounter with teaching in the classroom.
“The book looks at issues that teachers face in the classroom from the perspective of teacher candidates,” said Dr. Lyublinskaya.
The book focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of elementary education and need for developing connections between various subject areas, especially in mathematics and science. The authors suggest that teachers have more resources available through technology than ever before, but have not received sufficient training in the effective use of technology to enhance learning. The textbook uses a technology-based approach to improve the preparation of new elementary school teachers in the use of technology.
Dr. Irina Lyublinskaya is Associate Professor of Mathematics and Science Education at CSI. She received a PhD in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics in 1991 from Leningrad State University and has published substantially in that field. She has taught at the university and high school level for over 25 years and has published multiple articles and 14 books about the teaching of mathematics and science education.
Dr. Judit Kerekes is Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at CSI. She received her EdD in Education in 1990 from Eotvos University in Hungary and has taught university- and high school-level mathematics, physics, and pedagogy for over 25 years. In addition to co-authoring this book, Dr. Kerekes’s publications include many research articles.
“Dr. Lyublinskaya and Kerekes have been dedicated teacher-mentors for more than two decades. Their records of teaching and scholarship have demonstrated outstanding expertise in the field of Teacher Education,” commented David Bloomfield, Chair of the Education Department at CSI. “Congratulations to them as they continue to bring acclaim to the College and push our discipline into the electronic age.”
CSI Professor Alan Zimmerman was invited to speak before the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) last month to discuss the economic impact of the sale of counterfeit goods in China.
In his talk entitled “Protecting International Property Rights: The Special Case of China,” Zimmerman focused on how the counterfeit market in China adversely affects sales of genuine goods in the U.S. The talk, based on the book, The Economics of Counterfeit Trade: Governments, Consumers, Pirates, and Intellectual Property Rights, co-authored by Zimmerman and Prof. Peggy Chaudhry, pinpointed specific issues of counterfeit trade, namely the level of consumer complicity and extent of the host country’s enforcement of intellectual property (IP) laws.
The size of the Chinese counterfeit market is vast, 93% of the potential market for the film industry is lost to counterfeiting as well as 25% of health care goods. The most damage is done through business software piracy, which accounts for nearly 100% of software used in China. “The Chinese government recognizes this issue as a major problem and they are working hard to improve the situation,” says Zimmerman who is currently visiting China to continue his research.
At the USITC, Zimmerman primarily focused on his findings from a researcher’s lens, but he also defined certain situations in China that helped breed the sale and consumption of counterfeit goods, such as the lack of enforcement of IP laws. Zimmerman also touched on Chinese history and philosophy in pinpointing the obstacles that legitimate brand holders must overcome, outlining one major historical pillar of Chinese belief, “individual inventions draw on past knowledge, which belongs to all citizens.”
The USITC is an independent, quasi-judicial Federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade. The agency investigates the effects of dumped and subsidized imports on domestic industries and conducts global safeguard investigations. The Commission also serves as a Federal resource where trade data and other trade policy-related information are gathered and analyzed. The information and analysis are provided to the President, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and Congress to facilitate the development of sound and informed U.S. trade policy.
Alan Zimmerman is a Professor of Business and Area Coordinator for the International Business program at CSI. He teaches Global Strategy and Business-to-Business Marketing for the Master’s program. He has co-authored three books on international business.
Dr. Fred Naider, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at CSI, and Member of the Doctoral Faculty at The Graduate Center/CUNY, highlighted student achievements and the importance of scholarships during his acceptance speech of the President’s Medal at the second annual Celestial Ball.
After thanking the Ball committee and his family, friends, and colleagues, Dr. Naider told the attendees about his father, Leonard, known to his children as “The Old Sarge,” who fought at Normandy in World War II. Although Leonard never received a college degree, he valued education and worked hard to ensure that his children benefited from a good education. He also taught his children to recognize kindness and express their gratitude. With those sentiments in mind, Dr. Naider thanked CSI President Dr. Tomás D. Morales and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. William Fritz for the honor of receiving the President’s Medal.
Dr. Naider then explained that he has “lived a privileged life…I am one of those people who just never left school. I have spent virtually all of my life learning, teaching, or doing research.” His main focus, however, was on the wonderful students at CSI with whom he has had the pleasure of working, including Dr. Leah Cohen, who recently attended a Nobel symposium in Germany. “At CSI, our students receive an education that is second to none, and they have the opportunity to inspire their teachers and, in turn, to hopefully absorb some of the passion that we have for our disciplines,” he added. Dr. Naider concluded his remarks with stories of CSI students who beat almost insurmountable odds to graduate and eventually become very successful in their scientific careers, noting that scholarship funds help to create more stories with happy endings like these.
Four teams of upper-class marketing research students presented the results of their semester’s marketing research projects to representatives of the Sundog Theatre, Richmond County Orchestra, Riverside Opera Company, and the Little Cupcake Bakeshop recently at the College of Staten Island’s Center for the Arts.
On-Point Marketing Research members Lorna Wilson, Jeffrey Drouillard, and Gideon Omagbemi gave a 20-minute presentation on their findings to the Director of Sundog Theatre, Susan Fenley.
Student researchers from Elite Entertainment including Katie Kapitan, Kiki Kosmidou and Sandy Tang presented their results to Maestro Alan Aurelia of the Richmond Country Orchestra as did C3 Research, Vincent Cannone, Melissa Castellanos, and Shannon Clark with their segment on the maestro’s Riverside Opera Company.
Market research for a CSI alumni member’s Little Cupcake Bake Shop in Brooklyn, a for-profit business, was presented by NEKS Level Research team members Sagi Alkobi, Kristie Draper, and Nelson Ortiz.
These Student Service Learning presentations were executive summaries of information gleaned from their marketing research projects. Each team met with their client to determine the problem areas; define the research objectives, constructs, and measurements; and to develop a questionnaire. The questionnaires were completed electronically and manually by a convenience sample of both organization supporters as well as Staten Island Chamber of Commerce members who agreed to participate. The students’ data were then analyzed via SPSS, a statistical software application, and then crafted into a final report and PowerPoint presentation. Each team was able to demonstrate new and surprising insights to each organization from their support base as well as Chamber members, and provide real-world suggestions for cultivating future donor/supporter involvement and market expansion potential. This year the students added their first for-profit client.
Past research projects from CSI marketing research students have included a study for a St. John’s University continuing education program; SCORE, Staten Island branch; The American Cancer Society, Staten Island division; and COAHSI, Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island.
Maestro Aurelia commented, “I learned a lot about how we can reach more people on Staten Island and what our general audience is thinking. The teams of students you selected to work on this report were fantastic to work with. I also learned from the other teams’ remarks during their presentation.”
Susan Fenley added, “Thank you so much for allowing Sundog to be part of this wonderful program. I think it was a completely win-win situation, with everyone benefiting.”
Professor Thomas Tellefsen, Chairperson of the Business Department at CSI, acknowledged, “The feedback has been great. It’s particularly gratifying when real managers speak well of our students.”
Jeffrey Drouillard, a student who worked on the Sundog Theatre project noted, “I wanted to thank you for allowing me to be part of something [in which] a select few students get to participate. I have learned so much in this quick semester-–this class gave me an insider look into the real business world–-late nights and very early mornings…Thank you for the learning experience – I will hold it with me wherever I go in the future.”
The client-sponsor for Little Cupcake Bakeshop was not able to attend the presentation because of holiday business issues but stated in an email, “Your students very much impressed me and I know the work will be stellar!” He will receive his report after the holidays.
Bill Dubovsky, Adjunct Lecturer in Business, welcomed the audience with a brief presentation on how marketing research can be used by non-profit organizations to build capacity (audience and supporters) and video-recorded the presentations for future marketing research classes. “Our community client-sponsors all came away with useful information and learned from each other’s presentations. It’s gratifying to see students excited about doing real research and then see their results put to practical use by real organizations,” stated Dubovsky, who thanked them all for their time and support of the students.
Each attending client-sponsor received a copy of the research report, data, the PowerPoint presentation, as well as a PDF copy of Non-profit Marketing – Capacity Building Workshop Participant Workbook to act as a guide in developing marketing strategy from the data.
The CUNY Campaign provides desperately needed assistance for the homeless, home-bound senior citizens, teens who are struggling to complete high school, and others who are facing economic and social challenges.
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CSI students’ lives are also positively affected by The CUNY Campaign through contributions that are designated for the CSI Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides crucial funding for scholarships. Just select code 1618 on your Pledge Form.
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Contributions can be automatically deducted from your salary and documented on your pay stub. What does your support provide?
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$6 per biweekly pay period will pay for three months of prescription medication for an uninsured working person or 21 meals per year for elderly people who cannot leave their homes.
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Give up just one deluxe hamburger a month, your monthly payroll contribution of $4.00 = an annual gift of $48
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The CUNY Campaign has more than 1,200 charities participating. You may choose to support the CSI Foundation as one of the four charities of your choice available through CUNY Campaign payroll deduction. Other organizations and programs that touch our lives on a regular basis, such as daycare centers, senior citizens centers, and after-school activities, also benefit from the support of The CUNY Campaign.
Barbara Eshoo, CSI Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Affairs, is the Campaign coordinator for the CSI campaign for this year. All members of the College community are encouraged to review the CUNY Campaign brochure and are encouraged to make the most generous gift that they can afford.
If you have questions about the campaign or completing the form, please contact Susan Been in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 718.982.2365. Completed Pledge Forms can be returned to Susan in Building 1A, Room 401, or you may call the Advancement Office and request to have your completed form picked up. Contributions are tax deductible in accordance with law.
Last year, members of the College community contributed $12,539 to The CUNY Campaign to bring some joy to the lives of those who are less fortunate.
A thirty-eight member delegation from Vietnam’s Ministry of Education visited the College of Staten Island campus as a part of their ongoing effort to promote major reform in their nation’s Higher education program.
The December 7 visit of the heads of Vietnamese Universities comprised the fourth such group to visit CSI in the last two years, sponsored by the National Institute of International Management in Vietnam. They were welcomed by a CSI delegation organized by the Center for International Service. They were then led on a tour of the campus and the Interdisciplinary High Performance Computing Center followed by a talk by Dr. Michael Kress, Vice President of Technology Systems.
Dr. Kress discussed the collaboration of science research between universities and industries, a major issue in the Ministry’s plan to reform Vietnamese Higher Education. “The focus on training Vietnamese teachers to teach English will provide business and educational opportunities for Vietnamese people to work effectively with people throughout the world who speak English,” Dr. Kress said in his remarks to the delegation. He also went on to elaborate on the many collaborations that CSI has fostered with universities world-wide utilizing video conferencing. “We started our first series of Virtual Classroom Events using 2 way video connections between New York, Turkey, South Africa, and China.”
CSI, which has had a fairly well-known presence in Vietnam since 1997, will be conducting a working visit/study tour to Vietnam for a group of eleven faculty and staff in January led by Ann Helm, Director of the Center for International Service. The exchange of ideas in meeting with Vietnamese counterparts actually aids the implementation of the country’s education reform.
“The Vietnamese come from a very established system of education based on memorization, specialization, and testing,” said Helm in a recent interview. American universities, on the other hand, excel at practical application blended with theoretical learning techniques. Vietnam’s Ministry of Education is especially interested in US universities’ research capabilities. In Vietnam, “usually, industry does the bulk of the research.”
The visit provides just one example of the far-reaching activities of the Center for International Service. There are many opportunities for CSI to not only host Vietnamese leaders in an attempt to aid in their educational reform, but for Vietnamese students to study here as well. “It is important to see that our outreach is reciprocal,” said Ann Helm.
CSI is partnered with the Post and Telecommunications Institute of Technology (PTIT) in Hanoi, Vietnam. This articulation/transfer program consists of students completing two years undergraduate work at PTIT and then completing their junior and senior years at CSI, degrees from both institutions.
The purpose of such outreach programs is for CSI to “form partnerships” with universities around the world in order to build programs and eliminate cultural and geographical borders. According to Ann Helm, this partnership “is not just an idea” but an “opportunity for everyone” to collaborate with Vietnamese institutional partners not only to aid in the growth of the Vietnamese Higher Education program but to expand our borders as well.
Visit the Center for International Service online for more information about programs in Vietnam or call (718) 982-2100. The Center for International Service is located on CSI Campus in North Administration building 2A, room 206.