CSI MEN & WOMEN IMPRESS AT METROPOLITAN CHAMPIONSHIP


The College of Staten Island men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs impressed at every turn this weekend, finalizing their team postseason competition with a strong showing at the Metropolitan Swimming & Diving Championships held at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey.  The meet, which sees competition between all metropolitan area team spanning all NCAA divisions saw CSI place 8th on the men’s side, their highest ranking ever, while the women placed 14th overall.
The 40-event, three-day meet started on Friday and ended on Sunday.  Preliminary rounds were held in the morning with Final heats drawn in the evening.  CSI had a total of 66 entries in both men’s and women’s competition.
On the men’s side of the ledger, CSI got off to a nice start on Friday.  In the morning preliminaries, CSI qualified for final heats in six of their eight entries.  To start things off, CSI’s Danila Novikov, Pavel Buyanov, Joe Lee, and Andrey Tarasov raced to a 1:28.77 finish in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay, placing them 10th overall and qualifying them for the final round in the evening in the B-division.  There, they finished 10th overall again with a final race time of 1:29.29, less than a second ahead of both New Jersey Institute of Technology and Baruch College.
In individual competition, Nikolay Shevchenko, Novikov, Tarasov, and Buyanov all qualified for the finals in the 200-yard Individual Medley, setting up for a spirited evening race.  In the A-Final heat, Novikov was the one to shine, pulling in a time of 1:52.84, making the NCAA B-cut time in the process, placing second overall and improving his own personal best mark by almost one full second.  Placing behind him in fifth place was Tarasov, who flew in at 1:55.34, also shattering his own personal best time.  In the B-Final heat, Shevchenko and Buyanov were neck and neck, with Shevchenko taking 11th overall with a time of 1:57.88 and Buyanov just a touch behind at 1:58.09.
In the 400-yard Freesytle Relay, CSI finished fourth overall after scoring fifth in preliminaries, with a time of 3:32.14 in the A-Final heat featuring Tarasov, Buyanov, Shevchenko, and Novikov.  Joe Lee and Paul O’Hara were participants in the 50-yard Freestyle as well in the evening, placing 36th, and 74th, respectively.  Rounding out competition on Friday, CSI’s Andy Gill scored a total of 248.55 points on the 1-meter board, placing 10th overall at preliminaries.
On Saturday, the action continued for CSI.  In the 200-yard Medley Relay CSI placed 8th in the preliminary round with Shevchenko, Novikov, Buyanov, and Lee racing in that order.  They followed up the effort by placing fifth overall during the final heat with a time of 1:36.82, beating their own personal best time by almost three full seconds.  Novikov followed up the effort in the very next event, the 400-yard Individual Medley.  he placed third in the field at preliminaries, and then followed by besting his personal-best time by an unbelievable eight and a half seconds, racing the event in a time of 4:02.82, winning the gold medal, CSI’s first of the meet.
Nikolay Shevchenko followed that showing up with a 9th place faring in the 100-yard Butterfly event qualifying him for the final heat, where he also improved, placing seventh overall with a time of 52.40, his best of the season.  Zhihao Zhang also participated in the preliminary for the event.  Paul O’Hara and Dmitriy Lyubarskiy did the same in the 200-yard Freestyle events topping out in 56th, and 58th, respectively.
That set the stage for an intense showing in the 100-yard Breaststroke event, where Andrey Tarasov bested Pavel Buyanov by coming in first in preliminaries with a time of 58:28, beating Buyanov’s 58.62.  Buyanov got even, however, by placing second overall in the final with a time of 56.34, which was over Tarasov’s time of 58.48 which helped him finish fourth.  When play shifted to diving, Andy Gill had his turn on the three-meter boards, and placed 8th in the field in both preliminaries and the final round with a score of 224.15.
More points were earned on Sunday for the men’s unit.  In the 100-yard Freestyle event, Novikov’s time of 48.06 in preliminaries was good enough to earn a spot in the finals.  Joe Lee finished 31st in the field as well while Louis Algarin also hopped in at 58.77, good for 69th.  Novikov finished 11th overall in the Finals heat, coming in with a personal-best time of 47.92.  Then, in the heavily-contested 200-yard Breaststroke event, Buyanov secured second and Tarasov fourth in the preliminaries, setting up another great finals race.  Buyanov came in at second at Finals as well with his best time of the season at 2:04.96, while Tarasov followed with a time of 2:06.12 good for 5th in the field.
Shevchenko was next and the final CSI swimmer to qualify with a 2:00.13 time in the 200-yard Butterfly event, good for 9th in preliminaries.  When play shifted to the Finals, a time of 1:59.04 was had by Shevchenko, also 9th overall in the field.
CSI earned 8th place overall in the field at the conclusion of the meet among the 18 total schools that performed.  It also placed them higher than their fellow CUNYAC brethren (Baruch – 12th, Lehman – 18th) and NCAA Division II institutions Adelphi University (11th) and Queens College (13th).
Next up for CSI is the ECAC Open in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Five CSI swimmers will compete in this event, hoping to build on national qualifying times as they set their sights on the NCAA National Championships in mid-March.
Over on the women’s side of the ledger, CSI placed 14th among the 19 schools in attendance, and the Dolphins continued to improve on times in the pool.  CSI only qualified for one Final round in the 400-yard Medley Relay.  The team of Jessica Pifalo, Elaina Lee, Gabriella Villarruel, and Priscila Alvarez turned in a time  of 5:00.55, good for 16th overall in the field, which was their same outcome in the preliminary heat as well. 
In preliminary heats on Friday, the same foursome swam to a 2:00.30 finish in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay which was good for 18th in the field.  Later in the morning, Villarruel, originally seeded 48th in the 200-yard Individual Medley chimed in with a 36th place faring in preliminaries with a time of 2:36.28.  CSI saw three competitors in the 50-yard Freestyle event as Vasiliki Stergioula, Josetta Adams and Jessica Irizarry all performed.  Among 12 competitors in three-meter diving on Friday, April Bartlett was impressive, qualifying for finals and coming eighth overall with 329.70 points.
On Saturday, CSI just missed making finals in the 200-yard Medley Relay, coming in at a 2:15.99 for 17th overall.  Next up, in the 100-yard Butterfly competition, Lauren Overeem led CSI with a 1:23.88 finish which helped her finish 42nd overall, a few spaced ahead of teammate Natasha Caicedo, who came in at 1:38.85.  CSI’s Alvarez saw a similar fate in the 200-yard Freestyle, coming in at 2:51.43, good for 59th.  The Dolphins then saw three competitors in the 100-yard Breaststroke event with Lei (43rd), Jeanne Leung (52nd), and Stergioula (56th) all competing.  Pifalo then improved on her own time by two seconds in the 100-yard Backstroke, placing 31st overall.
A total of 25 divers were on hand for the women’s one-meter competition and again, April Bartlett shined, posting 345.95 points, good enough for 5th in the field in one of CSI’s greatest highlights of the meet.
On the final day of competition, CSI had a handful of great performances as well.  Pifalo placed 47th in qualifying for the 200-yard Backstroke, while Adams and Irizarry both participated in 100-yard Freestyle events.  In a strong showing in the 200-yard Butterfly event, Villarruel placed 29th overall with a 2:48.50 showing.  To finalize the women’s side, the team of Alvarez, Lei, Pifalo and Villarruel came in at 4:33.80 in the 400-yard Freestyle Relay, good for 18th overall.




CSI Undergraduate Conference on Research, Scholarship, and Performance

The CSI Undergraduate Conference on Research, Scholarship, and Performance has been scheduled for Thursday, April 14 from 1:30pm to 4:00pm in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P).  Building upon the success of the event last spring, the 2011 conference will recognize and celebrate the student-faculty collaborations that have become a hallmark of the College of Staten Island.  Now in its tenth year, the conference showcases the creative work of the College of Staten Island’s undergraduate students in academic poster format, artistic display, paper presentation, or performance. 
Please electronically submit all abstracts no later than March 4, 2011 by visiting the Undergraduate Research Conference Website.
 
Special conference preparation sessions (PowerPoint skills, large poster production) will be available on Thursday, March 24 and Thursday, April 7 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.  Both training sessions will be held within the Media Services Lab located in the Library (Building 1L), Room 201.  Please contact kristen.lindtvedt@csi.cuny.edu  to reserve a seat.
 
Students or faculty mentors who wish to receive more information about the conference are encouraged to contact Jessica Stein, the event coordinator, at 718.982.2341. 
 
                              

DOLPHINS STAY POISED AT CUNYAC SWIM CHAMPIONSHIPS; RECORDS SET ON DAY 2


The College of Staten Island men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs continued to impress at the 2011 CUNYAC Swimming & Diving Championships on Friday at Lehman College, as both teams have been faring well.  The Dolphins men sit in second place behind Baruch with Lehman trailing a close third, while the Dolphins women are scrambling for third place, sitting in fourth just a handful of points behind Lehman College.
On the men’s side, the Dolphins were looking to continue to search for gold, having swept five-of-five swim events on Thursday.  The Dolphins were almost perfect again, going six-for-seven events.  Starting it off was a great effort by the fearsome foursome in the 200-yard Medley Relay.  The team of Vladislav Romanov, Pavel Buyanov, Nikolay Shevchenko and Danila Novikov finished in 1:35.71, almost a full 10 seconds in front of 2nd place Baruch, and shattering the old CUNYAC record by a full four seconds.  The team of Louis Algarin, Joe Lee, Zhihao Zhang and Andy Gil also fared well, posting fourth place with a time of 1:59.82.
CSI medalled twice in the next event, the 400-yard Individual Medley.  Andrey Tarasov came in top in the field, also setting a CUNYAC record with a time of 4:18.13, blasting the old record by a full 12 seconds.  After Gabriel Yanez came in second for Baruch, Joe Lee picked up a bronze with a time of 4:42.98.  The Dolphins took another pair of medals in the 100-yard Butterfly.  Shevchenko took gold with a 52.10 mark, as his teammate Buyanov gave him a run for the money with a time of 53.60, taking second.  CSI also picked up points here with Zhang (9th) and Mitchell Lovell (10th).
Shevchenko doubled his efforts in the next heat, the 200-yard Freestyle, coming in first with a time of 1:45.83.  Paul O’Hara followed in 8th place while Harith Wickramarante finished 12th.  Buyanov won by a clear six seconds in the 100-yard Breaststroke, and in the next event, Romanov broke another CUNYAC record by posting a 52.78 time in the 100-yard Backstroke, breaking his own record by two-one-hundredth’s of a second.  
The CSI string of gold medals ended in the final event, as two Baruch teams were better in the 800-yard Freestyle Relay, where CSI could only take bronze.  O’Hara, Lee, Algarin and Tarasov did the honors here posting a time of 8:32.25.  The Dolphins also took a silver in diving, where Andy Gill topped his own personal best on the 3-meter platform, finishing with 246.05 points.  
On the women’s side, CSI stayed within their form, battling for third place behind frontrunners Baruch and Hunter.  In an ultra-competitive diving round on the one-meter platform, April Bartlett shined with a score of 310.43, just under three points behind Lehman’s Mailys Besnard, earning her a silver medal performance.
In swim events, CSI also did well.  The team of Jessica Pifalo, Elaina Lee, Gabriella Villarruel, and Bartlett just missed a medal by placing fourth in the 200 Free Relay, coming in just a second behind third place Hunter with a time of 2:11.64.  Pifalo did earn a medal for CSI in the 400 IM, coming in at 5:38.28, besting her own regular season mark by 30 seconds.  Lauren Overeem also scored points, finishing 8th.  Villarruel was next to take bronze, posting a 1:09.89 mark, her best of the season, in the 100 Fly competition.
Lei finished 6th in the 100 Breast, while Bartlett took 12th there, and one event later, Pifalo took fifth in the 100 Back.  
All told after two days, the CSI men sit with 610 points, 117.5 points behind Baruch and 65 in front of third place Lehman.  Brooklyn is in fourth place with 212.5 points, while York is in fifth with 146.  On the women’s ledger, Baruch has an overwhelming 666 points while Hunter has 539 followed Lehman’s 337.  CSI trails in fourth place with 322 points.  Brooklyn (224), John Jay (219), and York (146) round out the field.
The CUNYAC Championship will conclude today at Lehman College at 9am.



CSI SHINES; RECORDS FALL AS DAY 1 OF CUNYAC CHAMPIONSHIPS CLOSE


The College of Staten Island men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs are off to a good start at the 2011 CUNYAC Championships at Lehman College, as Thursday saw exceptional highlights on the competition’s first day of events.  After five events of 20 events completed and half of diving down, the CSi men sit in second place with 254 points, 57.5 behind leaders Baruch College, while the CSI women are in fourth place, with four teams all in the running for a third place showing.
On the women’s side, CSI has fared respectively well.  The team of Priscila Alvarez, April Bartlett, Jessica Pifalo and Gabriella Villarruel posted a seventh-place finish to kick things off in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay, an event won by Baruch with a record-setting time of 1:46.41.  CSI registered a time of 1:57.02, just over their regular season qualifying time.  Alvarez earned points in the 500-yard Freestyle competition shattering her fourmer best time by nearly four whole seconds to score an 11th place finish with a time of 7:37.81.
Both Villarruel and Elaina Lee earned points in the 200-yard Individual Medley.  Villarruel just missed a medal, coming in 4th place with a time of 2:34.04, Lei finished 12th with a time of 3:01.77, but more importantly, improving on her own personal best time by 13 seconds.  Finally, CSI saved its best relay for last, as Alvarez, Lei, Pifalo and Villarruel came in at 4:55.69 in the 400-yard Medley Relay.  It broke their previous best mark by nearly five seconds and was good enough to place third overall, a surprise for Head Coach Oleg Soloviev.
To conclude the scoring, April Bartlett picked off where she left off last year on the diving board.  In three-meter competition, Bartlett posted a score of 323.30, a new CUNYAC diving record, gaining quality points for the Dolphins.  Bartlett is set to also shine in one-meter competition today.
On the men’s side the goal for Soloviev’s squad was to sweep the gold medals in swimming events, earning quality points for the Dolphins’ top-heavy squad that’s looking to squeak out a championship.  The Dolphins are on their way by taking five-out-of-five on the first day, with records smashed in the process.
Right out of the gate, the team of Pavel Buyanov, Joe Lee, Danila Novikov and Nikolay Shevchenko were supreme in the 200 Free Relay, coming in three seconds ahead of Baruch with a time of 1:27.86, a new CUNYAC record. CSI’s team of Louis Algarin, Paul O’Hara, Vladislav Romanov and Andrey Tarasov also posted a fourth place finish in the event with a time of 1:35.91.
Individually it was Shevchenko’s turn to shine first.  In the 500 Free, Shevchenko turned in an amazing time of 4:45.93, coming in 38 seconds ahead of second place Patrick Campbell of Baruch.  The awesome time was good for both a CUNYAC Championship record and a new CSI record to boot.  O’Hara also earned points here by placing 10th in the field.  In the men’s 200 IM, it was Novikov’s turn, and the rookie placed nearly 8 seconds ahead of the field with a cruising 1:57.73 finish to win the event, just under two seconds off Shevchenko’s record-breaking mark in 2009.
A record was almost had again in the next event courtesy of Novikov in the 50 Free.  The frosh posted a 21.87 mark in that turn, just off Baruch’s Kenny Kim’s record setter of 21.73 set last year.  Algarin earned points as well with an eighth place faring at 25.38.  Finally, CSI did get their hands on another record, this time in the 400 Free Relay.  This time Buyanov, Novikov, Shevchenko, and Romanov were up to task, posting a CUNYAC record 3:30.78.
Andy Gill, CSI’s most accomplished diver also took center stage during his turn in the men’s one-meter competition.  Gill turned in his best effort of the season with 262.6 points, good for third in the field.  Baruch’s Nicholas Smith took top honors with 346.45, a new CUNYAC record as well.
There are still fifteen swim events left to go and one diving turn each over the next two days.  The Championship resumes today at 1pm and Saturday at 9am at Lehman College.
After day one on the men’s side Baruch leads the way with 311.5 points, followed by CSI with 254, Lehman at 246, Brooklyn at 128.5, and York with 64.
On the women’s side Baruch is ahead with 293 points followed by Hunter’s 231, Lehman follows with 154, followed by CSI’s 124 and Brooklyn’s 107.  John Jay College has 91 points, while York College trails all with 90.




DOLPHINS SET TO TAKE TO WATER AT 2011 CUNYAC CHAMPIONSHIPS


The College of Staten Island men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs will take center stage today at Lehman College, as they set their sights on the 2011 CUNYAC Championships.  The three-day event will kick-off with diving events today and resume through Friday and Saturday morning where medalists will be presented along with championship teams crowned.
Both teams will have a lot to look forward, looking to the CUNYAC Championships not only as a part of a championship run, but to bolster times and diving scores which have spiraled upward through the season under Head Coach Oleg Soloviev.
The CSI men’s program ripped through the CUNYAC regular season, sporting an unblemished 4-0 conference mark to go with a 5-2-1 regular season standing.  The team is anchored by defending NCAA finalists Pavel Buyanov, Nikolay Shevchenko, and Vladislav Romanov, who is personally enjoying his finest season, specializing in backstroke events.  On the diving board, Andy Gil has prospered, and should be a CSI highlight when the Dolphins start with diving.
Newcomer Danila Novikov has been hard to avoid this season as the freshman has decimated the competition, specializing in short and long distance freestyle events as well as adding top times in relay events.  Second semester edition Andrey Tarasov is a top-time getter for the Dolphins this season in the 400-yard Individual Medley, where he will be spotlighted in the CUNYAC meet this week.
Based on regular season performances in the pool, CSI is slated as the favorite in 19 of the 20 events at the championship, but the CUNYAC title has been elusive for the Dolphins who haven’t won the meet since 2005.  The five-team event awards scoring in 16 places, meaning the championship favors a squad with depth, something CSI has lacked in the past.  That’s where the Dolphins hope to improve in their year’s faring.  Swimmers like Joe Lee will look for quality points in the 200 & 400 IM as will Mohamed Hikal in the 50 & 100 Free and Mitchell Lovell in the 100 Butterfly & 100 Breaststroke.  Other notables are Harith Wickramarante, Louis Algarin, Zhihao Zhang, and Dmitry Lyubarskiy.
“Our goal is to take first place in every event,” said Soloviev of his top-heavy group.  “We will try and do the best we can to place first overall but the talent level with the other schools is very high top to bottom and it will be a challenge.  We have a chance, so we’re going to do our best swimming and diving and let the score decide.”
On the women’s end, improvement in the pool will be the overlying key, as the Dolphins finished the season 5-5 overall and 4-2 in conference action.  Senior Gabriella Villarruel leads the team, having posted a top time for CSI in six separate events this season including the 200 IM, 100 Butterfly, and 200 Butterfly, where she will be featured at the CUNYAC Championship.  Diver April Bartlett, an ECAC finalist on the boards last season is an odds-on-favorite to medal in both the 1-meter and 3-meter competition at this year’s finals as well.
Jessica Pifalo (400 IM, 100 & 200 Backstroke), Priscilla Alvarez (500 Free, 1650 Free), Elaine Lei (200 Free, 100 & 200 Breast) and Vasiliki Stergioula (200 Free, 100 Back) will try and garner much needed points while other notables like Natasha Caicedo and Lauren Overeem will hopefully garner points as well.  Overall, Coach Soloviev is confident his team will put up their strongest effort of the season in time for CUNY’s.
“We have a very nice, solid, team this year,” said an upbeat Soloviev.  “Our group is really together.  They practice hard and always bring out the best in each other.  We have a chance for a few first place finishes and that’s exciting.  We’re certainly limited and we are not a favorite going in, but I think if we swim our best we can be very happy with the results.”
All legs of the CUNYAC Championship are held at Lehman College and admission is free of charge for all spectators.  The championship will commence with diving at 1pm on Thursday.  Friday’s events will again start at 1pm and the Championship will conclude with final events and medal presentation on Saturday at 9am.




CSI SWIMMING AND DIVING DEFEAT LEHMAN COLLEGE


College of Staten Island men and women’s swimmers and divers captured victories over Lehman College on Saturday afternoon at the CSI Sports and Recreation Center. The men took a lopsided 151-63 win while the women snagged a close 112-107. The men are now 4-0 in the conference while the women rose to a 4-1 conference record.
 
The men took first place in all 13 events while the women grabbed 8 golden wins.
 
Vlad Romanov and Danila Novikov led the Dolphins with three first place wins each. Romanov saw gold in the 1000 Freestyle with a time of 10:32.03 and the 100 Backstroke with a time of 52.80. Alongside Pavel Buyanov, Joe Lee and Andrey Tarasov, Romanov helped complete the 200 Medley Relay in first with a time of 1:38.92. Novikov finished the 50 Freestyle with a time of 20.54 and the 100 Freestyle at 49.64. The combo of Buyanov, Novikov, Lee and Andy Gil finished the 200 Freestyle relay with a time of 1:40.11.
 
Gabriella Villarruel and Jessica Pifalo captured first place in three events each. Senior Villaruel finished at 2:37.34 in the 200 IM and 1:04.36 in the 100 Freestyle. Pifalo saw first in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 1:16.35 and 1:13.39 in the 100 Butterfly. Together, along with Elaina Lei and Priscilla Alvarez the team grabbed first in the 200 Medley relay with a 2:14.39 finish.
 
Gil and April Bartlett took first place in the 1M and 3M dive.
 
The Dolphin women are back in action on Wednesday evening as they host Hunter at 6:00 pm. Both teams will then travel to Long Island on Tuesday, January 25 for a 6:00 pm meet against Old Westbury.




CSI Student Service Learning Marketing Research Projects Provide Valuable Insights

On-Point Marketing Research members (L-R:) Jeffrey Drouillard, Lorna Wilson, Susan Fenley (Executive Director, Sundog Theatre), Gideon Omagbemi

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.

Elite Entertainment members (L-R:) Katie Kapitan, Melissa Castellanos, Maestro Alan Aurelia (Richmond County Orchestra/Riverside Opera Company), Sandy Tang, Shannon Clark, Kiki Kosmidou, Vincent Cannone

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.

NEKS Level Research members (L-R:) Sagi Alkobi, Kristie Draper, Nelson Ortiz

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.

WOMEN’S SOCCER PRIMED FOR POSTSEASON RUN


The College of Staten Island were on the outside-looking-in when it came time to determine a CUNYAC Championship last season, losing their stranglehold on the top spot in the conference for the first time in half of a decade.  But the 2010 Dolphins have erased the bad memory of yesteryear and now sit atop the conference standings once again, taking a No. 1 seeding into the CUNYAC Women’s Soccer Championship, which begins Sunday with semifinal play.  The Dolphins will take on No. 4 seed and defending CUNYAC Champion City College of New York.
There is no question about the Dolphins’ advancement from last season to 2010.  The Dolphins are improved at every position and up and down the heart of the field, where it matters most.  The goalkeeping tandem of Victoria Donegan and Danielle McLaughlin have been nothing short of sensational in the back, combining for a 1.81 goals against average and a .790 save percentage.  A goalkeeper by committee unit in 2009, CSI was labored with a 4.09 and .676 mark, respectively a year ago.  
The shining at the back line is complemented by almost a complete transformation at the front, where freshman phenoms Demi-Jean Martorano and Natalie Tombasco have helped the Dolphins double their goal scoring total from last season.  Martorano’s 16 goals are a new CSI record, as the freshman has also contributed five game-winners.  Tombasco has added 10 goals, including a trio in CSI’s final regular-season game against Medgar Evers, a 4-1 win that gave CSI the regular season championship over the Cougars.
Not to be outdone, CSI’s midfield attack of Lauren Neglia (8 goals, 4 assists) and Christina Sgarlato (2 goals, team-leading 9 assists) have packed a healthy scoring punch as well, and CSI’s shut-down back line of Amanda Percaccio, Nicole Quattrocchi and Jessica Levy, have been nothing short of outstanding.
All told, CSI has raced to a 10-4 record to finalize the season (CSI has one last regular season game next week between CUNYAC rounds), improving on the 3-11-2 campaign of a year ago.  The team finished 5-1 in CUNYAC, taking both regular season meetings from CCNY, their first round opponents, 1-0 and 5-1.  CSI’s only loss in the CUNYAC was a 4-2 tilt to No. 2 Medgar Evers on October 9 on their home field, but CSI erased that memory with last week’s 4-1 win at Aviator Field, in a game that saw every goal come in the first half.
No. 2 Medgar Evers will take on No. 3 John Jay College in a game also played on Sunday at CSI.  Kickoff time for that is scheduled at Noon, with CSI’s game to follow.  The two winners will advance to the CUNYAC Championship on Saturday, November 6, at 2pm.