The College of Staten Island was defeated by Mount St. Vincent , 3-0, in Riverdale, New York on Monday afternoon. The Dolphins of CSI dropped to a 1-10 record while the Dolphins of MSV extended to a 9-6 record. 
The teams went point for point in set one until the seventh point when MSV pulled away with five consecutive points. CSI tallied just two kills against MSV 8 kills finishing the game with a score of 25-15.
Set two started the same as the two teams went point for point with five tie scores and three lead changes. MSV took hold of the game and the win with a final score of 25-11. 
The CSI Dolphins showed some life in the final set. The team was down by three most of the set as the teams continued to rally back and forth. A solo block by Joanna Tepedino closed the gap to one and put the score at 23-22. An attack error by MSV tied the score at 23 to give CSI the ball for service. A kill by MSV put the ball back on the home side and a later kill gave them the 24-23 lead. An attack error on CSI closed the game giving MSV the win. 25-23.
Leading the Dolphins of CSI was Tepedino with a double-double including a game-high 10 kills and 10 digs. Setter Danielle Ponsiglione added 8 assists, 10 digs and two kills. Diana Stout tallied seven digs and two assists. 
For the MSV Dolphins, Jessica Williams totaled 9 kills while Bridget Leonard tallied 14 assists. 
CSI hosts their third annual Serving for a Cure Breast Cancer Awareness game on Thursday, October 7, at 7:00 pm in the CSI Sports and Recreation Center. The team will wear pink jerseys as they help raise funds for the Staten Island Breast Cancer Research Initiative.

[video] CSI Supports SIEDC Health and Wellness Expo

President Morales (back row, center, smiling) poses with CSI student Expo attendees yesterday.

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The College of Staten Island mobilized its staff, students, faculty, and its President in support of the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Health and Wellness Expo, which took place yesterday at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Under the theme, “Plan to Be Healthy,” the Expo featured classes and seminars on healthy eating, the latest exercise regimens, men’s and women’s health issues, living fully with disabilities, and other opportunities for increasing one’s well-being and health. The event was sponsored by Councilman James Oddo and the Northfield Bank Foundation, and hosted, in part, by CSI.

President Morales (back row, center, smiling) poses with CSI student Expo attendees yesterday.
President Morales (back row, center, smiling) poses with CSI student Expo attendees yesterday.

CSI President Dr. Tomás Morales, who served as Expo Ambassador, underscored the crucial importance of the event and the College’s participation in it. “Health care and wellness are some of the major challenges on Staten Island. The Commissioner of Health for New York City this morning gave us a very startling statistic. While Staten Island has the highest per capita income, we also have the highest mortality rate, the highest rate of diabetes, the highest rate of smoking of any borough in New York City. Given that the College of Staten Island is the only public institution on Staten Island, we serve the public good, and so to be involved, myself as Ambassador, and of course our Nursing and Physical Therapy departments and our students and faculty, it really demonstrates that we are indeed committed to health and wellness here on Staten Island.”

Other College representatives included the Office of Recruitment and Admissions and the Alumni Association, who staffed tables at the Expo, as well as CSI Health and Wellness Services and the Nursing and Physical Therapy departments, who provided health screenings and co-hosted (with Wagner College and St. John’s University) a seminar entitled “College Health: Health for a Lifetime.” The two academic departments also hosted the “Finding Balance in Your Life” seminar, an interactive approach to helping seniors avoid life-threatening falls.

Commenting on the latter seminar, Dr. Jeffrey Rothman, Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, noted that “The second leading cause of death in people over the age of 65 is falls. So what we’re trying to do today, between [the] Physical Therapy and Nursing [departments] is to present some strategies and some things for people to do to maintain their fitness level so that their balance and coordination are improved or are not in a situation that will allow them to fall and suffer an injury.”

Students from CSI and other colleges were well-represented at the Expo and some of them were appreciative of the efforts to address college-age wellness issues, such as the “College Health” seminar.

Gloria Lopez, a senior Nursing major, said, “This was a great interactive fair for all college students and for Staten Island [residents]. I think that it touched a lot of topics that college students need to be exposed to.”

Jessica Ng, a senior Psychology major, also valued what she learned at the event. “I think the Expo today is a great and interactive way to promote wellness throughout the entire borough.”

Beyond the informative aspects of the Expo, Alexis Garcia, a junior Psychology major, enjoyed the social dimension of the event. “You make a lot of connections, you network, and interact with other college students and figure out how to get the whole community together [regarding health issues].

Other CSI representatives agreed that the Expo was a success, as it brought the community together to address important health issues.

Dr. Mary O’Donnell, Chair of the Department of Nursing, commented, “Health is the major concern of all of nursing, and health and wellness are among our target goals…I think that anything that exposes the public to healthy lifestyles is going to be a plus for all of us.”

Maureen Becker, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, drew attention to CSI’s role in the community. “I think the College has a great influence on Staten Island because of the number of students [who attend CSI] and that so many of our students are going into the health care profession. So if we all can be role models, we can help our patients and the community more.”

Linda Conte, Director of the CSI Health and Wellness Services, focused on the importance of student health as a key ingredient to success. “College students are so much a part of the culture on Staten Island and if we expect our students to succeed, there is no way that they’re going to do that without attending to their health and wellness. Health and wellness is intrinsic to anything anyone does. So, if they want to do anything well, they need to be in a good place physically, as well as emotionally.”

Finally, Donna Garambone, Alumni Affairs Coordinator, emphasized the social connections that the Expo fostered, especially among alumni. “The CSI Alumni Association needs to connect with our alumni. Over half of our alumni live locally on Staten Island and many of them are in the health care professions.”

Connections were certainly made at the Expo, as attendees had the opportunity to hear celebrity guests Lisa Oz and Joseph T. Bonanno, who shared their knowledge on healthy living. Other aspects of the Expo included demonstrations and classes taught by fitness experts from the JCC, YMCA, and other organizations; health screenings for glaucoma, hearing, and brain tumors, and more; onsite mammograms; raffles; free massage therapy; a blood drive; more than 100 vendor tables; healthcare counseling; and even a farmers’ market.

CSI Author Talks

The Archives & Special Collections unit of the Library (Building 1L) is proud to host a series of Author Talks, on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 1:30pm in Building 1L, Room 216, to give CSI authors an opportunity to discuss the research that went into their books. Featured authors include:

Jessica Burke, Department of English
The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who.
Kitsune Books, 2010.
This volume of essays examines the abundant mythological elements underpinning the 46-year run (and many more!) of popular BBC television series Doctor Who. Contributors include a well-known Doctor Who novelist, an organizer of one of the largest Doctor Who online communities, plus several university scholars and founders of the American Northeast Tolkien Society. Explore the universe of The Doctor as seen through the eyes of myth and legend.

Todd Craig, Department of English
New York: Swank Books/Blacker Inkwell, 2008.
The novel is a coming of age story of three African American brothers growing up in the inner city. Each chapter is based on one of the Ten Commandments, while drawing its morals from Supreme Mathematics, an Islamic concept originated from the Nation of Gods and Earths. In each chapter one of the three brothers is faced with the choice of breaking one of the Ten Commandments (before, during, or after). Craig seamlessly interweaves these seemingly disparate philosophies as his characters navigate the urban U.S. The story unfolds in a cinematic sequence that engages readers, propelling them to reposition this literary jigsaw puzzle.

Timothy Gray, Department of English
Urban Pastoral: Natural Currents in the New York School.
Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2010.
In Urban Pastoral, Timothy Gray urges us to reconsider our long-held appraisals of Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, Barbara Guest, and their peers as celebrants of cosmopolitan culture and to think of their more pastoral impulses. As Gray argues, flowers are more beautiful in the New York School’s garden of verse because no one expects them to bloom there. The New York School poets and their coterie have become a staple of poetics, literary criticism and biography, cultural studies, and art criticism, but Urban Pastoral is the first study of the original New York School poets to offer sustained discussion of the pastoral and natural imagery within the work of these renowned “city poets.”

George Jochnowitz, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics
The Blessed Human Race: Essays on Reconsideration.
Lanham, MD: Hamilton Books, 2007.
George Jochnowitz is a professor emeritus of linguistics whose specialty is Jewish languages, in particular the dialects of the Jews of Italy and southern France. He taught for many years at the College of Staten Island/CUNY, and was an exchange professor at Hebei University in Baoding, China, during the spring semesters of 1984 and 1989. The Blessed Human Race addresses the changes in Jochnowitz’s views on Marxism after his experiences in China. His interests range far and wide, and include politics, music, the Bible, and humanity itself.

Matthew Solomon, Department of Media Culture
Disappearing Tricks: Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century.
Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2010.
Disappearing Tricks revisits the golden age of theatrical magic and silent film to reveal how professional magicians shaped the early history of cinema. The first to reveal fully how powerfully magic impacted the development of cinema, the book combines film and theater history to uncover new evidence of the exchanges between magic and filmmaking in the United States and France during the silent period. Highlighting early cinema’s relationship to the performing body, visual deception, storytelling, and the occult, Solomon treats cinema and stage magic as overlapping practices that together revise our understanding of the origins of motion pictures and cinematic spectacle.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost/Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs.

College Council and Faculty Senate Election Results

The results of the latest College Council and Faculty Senate elections are as follows:

-CSI Association-College Council (one-year term, 2011), selected by the President from members elected:
Vadim Oganesyan (Engineering Science and Physics)
Aru Raychaudhuri (Math)
Roberta Vogel (SEEK Program)

-Faculty Student Discipline Committee–College Council (one-year term, 2011), elected:
Baruch Englard (Business)
Stephen Morris (Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy)
Vadim Oganesyan (Engineering Science and Physics)

-CSI Auxiliary Services Corporation-College Council (one-year term, 2011), selected by the President from members elected:
Vasilios Petratos (Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy)
Jonathan Peters (Business)

-Appeals Committee–College Council (three-year term, 2013):
Francisco Soto (Modern Languages) (H)

Alternates (one-year term, 2011):
Mark White (Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy) (H)-alternate#1
Baruch Englard (Business) (H)-alternate #2

-Research Committee-Faculty Senate (serving out the remainder of Richard Flanagan’s term, ending 2012):
Dan McCloskey (Psychology) (H)

Alternates (one-year term, 2011):
Mark Lewis (History) (H)-alternate#1
Sonia Ragir (Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work) (H)-alternate #2

-Delegate-at-Large-Faculty Senate (three-year, 2013)
Richard Flanagan (Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy) (H)

Alternates (one-year, 2011)
Catherine Lavender (History) (H)-alternate #1
Gerry Milligan (Modern Languages) (H)-alternate #2

(H) = Humanities

-Debra Lane

7) Adjunct Representative- Faculty Senate-1 yr term-2011
Steven Beyer (Eng. Sci. & Phys.)
Paul Burdett (History)

Alternates-1 yr term-2011
Jessica Burke (English)

8) HEO Steering Committee-College Council-3 yr term-2013
Emmanuel Esperance (Admissions)
Alan Hoffner (Testing)

Alternate-1 yr term-2011
Lisa Ebert (Sponsored Programs & Research)


College of Staten Island women’s soccer kicks off the 2010 season today with a 5:00 pm game start against NYU-Polytech at the CSI Soccer Field. After finishing 3-11-2 in the 2009 season, the Dolphins are back and have been working hard for a more promising season.
With six freshmen and nine first year players, the young Dolphins have a lot to do. “We’re a new and young team,” states sixth year Head Coach John Guagliardo, “But we’re faster, quicker smarter and better.”
In goal for the Dolphins will be freshman Victoria Donegan. “She was the best goalie on the island in high school,” says Guagliardo of the 5-8 keeper, “Donegan will add atleast three or four wins to our schedule just by being in goal for us.” Sharing the duties of goalkeeper is former CSI basketball star Daniellie McLaughlin who sees her first year on the roster with senior status.
“She’s got a nose for the net,” says Guagliardo of freshman forward Demi-Jean Martorano who will serve as a key scorer. Moved from her original position, veteran player Paige Buono will be playing center-mid along with senior Lauren Neglia and senior Michelle Kelley. Guagliardo is confident with the trio reporting that, “The three of them are the base of our team’s strength.”
At mid-field are Christina Sgarlato and Natalie Tombasco. Defense will be led by two-team athlete Nicole Quattrocchi along with Jessica Levy and heavily recruited freshman Amanda Peccacio. “My mid-fielders are very physical and I’m very excited about defense is rock solid,” states the head coach.
Freshman Cassandra Black will add a lot of depth to the mid-field while Christina Jacob and Stephanie McNichol will share the stopper position defensively. Helping up front on offense will be sophomores Christina Flynn and Nicole Iacona.
The Dolphins suffer the loss of Valerie Incontrera who tore her ACL in the team’s scrimmage a few weeks ago.
Hoping to bring the CUNYAC Championship trophy back to CSI, Guagliardo believes, “We are a very young team but I am so optimistic about how the season will turn out.”

Gov. Paterson Announces $839K Noyce Grant for Teacher Education

The exceptional efforts of the College of Staten Island to train tomorrow’s teachers recently received a significant boost by way of an $839K National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce grant.

The funding, announced Tuesday by New York State Governor David Paterson, builds upon the success of the College’s highly successful Teacher Academy program. Renamed the Teacher Education Honors Academy, the program maintains its mission to produce excellent teachers of math and science who will teach in high-need schools.

“The Robert Noyce grant acknowledges CSI’s history of success in producing first-quality teachers for our school system,” says Dr. Jane Coffee with CSI’s Mathematics Department. Coffee is co-author of the grant proposal with Dr. Susan Sullivan and Dr. Irina Lyublinskaya from the Education Department.

The Teacher Academy at CSI began in 2006 with support from the Petrie Foundation. The success of the program was cited by the NSF in awarding the Noyce grant. The major difference between the two programs is that a student enters the Teacher Education Honors Academy as a freshman or sophomore, and transitions into the Noyce program as a junior.

Coffee explains that Noyce funding is almost entirely for student scholarships, and that students in the program will receive $11K a year to pay for tuition, fees, work done in schools, laptop, books, and living expenses. She adds that students must also maintain a 3.0 grade point average in the program and for each year they receive support and they have to commit to teach two years in a high-need middle or high school in the United States.

Coffee also reports that the Academy is on track to double the number of majors in math and science who will graduate from CSI with initial teaching certification.

Marianne Orla, an academic adviser with the two-stage program, outlines how students progress through the Academy. “From the very first semester that they’re in the program they work one day a week in a Staten Island middle or high school. They start as observers in the classroom, but they progress through the continuum of professional development of math and science educators. Ultimately, they’re teaching lessons in the schools. That, I think, is what actually reinforces the idea that they want to be teachers. We’ve had some talks with some of the Academy students and said to them ‘are you sure that you want to be in this program?’ because they have to sign a commitment letter. What they say is ‘I really love teaching’.”

The students are certainly enthusiastic about the Academy and the unique opportunity that it gives them to teach in actual classrooms to pupils in borough high schools (at present, New Dorp, Curtis, CSI High School for International Studies, Port Richmond, William A. Morris IS 61, Dreyfus IS 49).

CSI Junior Maria Pellegrino says, “It’s amazing. When we’re in our education classes, students just sit there and observe the teachers. But, because we’re in the Academy, we can actually get up and teach, kids are asking us questions.”

Raechel Strobel, also a junior, adds, “It’s a lot of good, hands-on experience and we get a lot of feedback from the collaborating teachers.”

Finally, senior Alvin Hillary says that his students are “really excited” to see him, hoping that he’ll be teaching class when he arrives at their school.

In fact, last spring, Pellegrino, Strobel, and Hillary, as well as other students had the chance to show off their pedagogical skills at the third annual Teacher Academy Conference, where area educators and the students’ parents were treated to lessons that the students prepared and taught. According to Coffee and Orla, not only were the attendees amazed by the teaching prowess of these budding educators, they were also surprised that they skillfully employed technology, like interactive SMART boards, to teach their lessons.

The Academy is producing enthusiastic, quality teachers, who are attracting lots of attention, but Coffee notes, it also makes a significant contribution to the local community and economy. “This program is not just about undergraduate education; it’s about getting students employed in the schools.”

Whereas CSI students mostly come from Staten Island and Brooklyn, Coffee adds “they stay here because they want to be here and teach here.”

A CSI student gives a presentation at the Third Annual Teacher Academy Conference held last spring.

CSI International Business Program Offers a World of Opportunities

Jessica Serrano, a recent graduate of the College of Staten Island’s International Business program, is working on her master’s degree. However, unlike a lot of graduate students in the U.S., who move on to another college in this country, Jessica is out seeing the world. As a result of the experience that she gained in the CSI International Business program, she has been accepted into an International Business Practice program that is giving her the opportunity to study for her MBA in London and Bangkok. The program was developed by the Mountbatten Institute, in conjunction with American National College, School of Business Administration (AIC) in Springfeld, MA.

Discussing CSI’s International Business program, program chairperson Alan Zimmerman says, “It’s the only undergraduate international business major in CUNY. There aren’t any others; they’re all graduate. We have about 60 majors now. Most of our students have double majors—they’re majoring in International Business and Finance or International Business and Marketing, and a few of them are double majors in Accounting.”

Zimmerman adds that the program also gives business students a unique edge in today’s competitive marketplace, “It’s a good idea for students to have double majors because their initial job may not be that much different from somebody else. For instance, it might be in marketing or in finance or it might be in accounting. But that International Business degree and all the other experiences that go with it put them a notch over just a marketing major or just a finance major. Then, as they progress in their career, they can get more involved in the international side.”

At present, the program offers internship opportunities for students to get them out in the real business world before they graduate. Zimmerman says that many International Business students participate in the College’s program in China, and he notes that there are also student exchange opportunities in Ireland (Dublin Institute of Technology) and France (IPAG).

Beyond the success that Jessica Serrano has had post-CSI, Zimmerman notes that other graduates of the program have gone on to careers in places like the U.S. State Department, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, top companies in the fashion industry, and more. As the number of students in the program has doubled in size since Zimmerman assumed the helm more than ten years ago, these success stories are surely just a small sample of what the program will accomplish for its graduates in the future.

Jessica Serrano, a recent grad of CSI’s International Business program, is working on her master’s.

CSI Students Find Keys to History and Future Drought Areas in Palisades Trees

As concern over the effects of global warming continues to increase, two researchers from the College of Staten Island/CUNY (CSI) have conducted a study of trees in Palisades Park in an effort to unlock evidence of past droughts, and predict future dry spells.

Athanasios Koutavas, Assistant Professor of Geology at CSI, and Jessica Mulligan, a CSI junior with the Macaulay Honors College, have discovered that the rings of old-growth oak trees in the famous park contain a chronicle of moist and dry periods over the past 200 years. By studying the past trends of droughts, some of which lasted for a decade, Koutavas and Mulligan hope to predict future trends, particularly in light of warming global temperatures and the increasing demand for water by our rapidly growing population. Koutavas reports that past drought history indicates that “the vulnerability of New York to drought remains a serious concern, with the next persistent dry spell possibly around the corner.”

Mulligan, who took the first tree samples, began work on this project in her sophomore year, and analyzed the material in the CSI tree-ring laboratory using microscopy and computer-assisted measurement techniques.

Commenting on Mulligan’s invaluable contribution to the project, Koutavas says, “Whether sampling oaks in the field with an increment borer, measuring ring widths in the lab at the Velmex workstation, or analyzing the data on her personal computer provided by the Honors College, Jessica has worked patiently, methodically and tirelessly. This experience has guided her through all the steps of the scientific process, from formulating hypotheses, collecting samples in the field, making laboratory measurements, analyzing data, synthesizing results, and integrating them with previous studies, all the way to interpreting, discussing and presenting her work.”

Mulligan, who recently presented her findings at the annual National Collegiate Honors Council conference in Denver, notes, “I am so lucky to be able to have this experience of going out into the field, coring trees, and analyzing the data with Professor Koutavas. The research has opened my eyes as a global citizen and has made me more aware of my role in the environment.”

Mulligan’s co-presenters in Denver were Macaulay Honors College students Ray Pfaff and Samantha Balestriere.

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Why the Palisades? by Tom Koutavas

The geomorphology and soil type make the trees in this park very sensitive to moisture stress. The park is over ten miles long, along the Hudson River so by sampling at several sites we avoid “microclimate” influences that may be atypical of large scale climate. In general the climate changes we see there should be characteristic of the metropolitan New York Area. More importantly: the park has old trees! The oldest one we’ve found dates to 1771. Old growth trees are rare in the northeast as they were massively logged by early settlers.

The trees have many stories to tell and drought is one of them. We see clearly the evidence of known droughts in 1999, the 1980s and 1960s, and we see earlier ones in 1945, 1910s, 1896, and beyond. The recurrence of drought is unmistakable and of most concern are those droughts that persist for more than one year such as in the ’60s and ’80s.

This is one of several tree-ring research projects underway. The tree ring lab at CSI is the only one of its kind in CUNY, and is less than two years young, but we are already working in diverse areas from Tennessee to California, to Greece, and soon the Canadian Arctic.

Within three to five years we hope to have climate change projects underway from every continent.

Jessica Mulligan, a CSI junior, taking tree samples to be analyzed in the CSI tree-ring laboratory.