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The College of Staten Island is one of the 11 four-year senior colleges within the City University of New York system. Programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies lead to bachelor's and associate's degrees.
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The College of Staten Island (CSI) is a senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY), the nations leading urban university, offering masters, bachelors, and associates degrees in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies to 12,500 students.

The 204-acre landscaped campus of CSI, the largest in NYC, is fully accessible and contains an advanced, networked infrastructure to support technology-based teaching, learning, and research.

Master's programs at CSI include Biology; Business Management; Cinema & Media Studies; Computer Science; English; Environmental Science; Childhood (Elementary), Adolescence (Secondary), and Special Education; History; Liberal Studies; Nursing; and Neuroscience, Mental Retardation, and Developmental Disabilities.

In addition to the 43 undergraduate and 14 Master's degree programs, students at CSI can earn a Post-Master's Leadership in Education professional certificate, as well as advanced certificates in Nursing for Adult Health, Cultural Competence, Gerontological, and Nursing Education.

CSI participates in the University's Teacher Academy and Macaulay Honors College. CSI recently launched the Verrazano School, a selective program that expands upon the college's successful Learning Communities model.

CSI also participates in the Doctoral programs of The City University Graduate School and University Center in Biology (Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Neuroscience), Biochemistry, Computer Science, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Physics, Polymer Chemistry, and Psychology (Learning Processes).

College of Staten Island CUNY Newswire

CSI Center for the Arts Announces Its 2008-2009 Season: CFA Presents: Close to Home
September 8th, 2008|College of Staten Island
The Center for the Arts (CFA) at the College of Staten Island (CSI) announces its 2008-2009 performing arts season, CFA Presents: Close to Home, to open on Saturday, September 13 and run through Sunday, April 26. The season will …

CSI Associate Provost Graduates from Higher Education Resource Services Bryn Mawr Summer Institute
September 5th, 2008|College of Staten Island
Dr. Susan L. Holak, who serves as Interim Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Professor of Marketing at the College of Staten Island/CUNY, recently graduated from the 2008 Class of the Higher Education Resource …

Richmond County Savings Foundation awards CSI $75K
September 4th, 2008|College of Staten Island
Funds will be used for Physician Assistant training program, Center for the Arts, and ESL bridge program
August 27, 2008, Staten Island, NY: The College of Staten Island (CSI) today received a $75,000 grant from the Richmond …

CSI Archives and Special Collections to Mark 100th Birthday of Donor
September 2nd, 2008|College of Staten Island
On Wednesday, September 10 at 1:30pm, the CSI Archives and Special Collections (College of Staten Island Library, Room 1L-216) will host a program and reception marking the 100th birthday of Staten Island journalist and author…

Richmond County Savings Foundation Awards CSI $75K: Funds will be used for undergraduate fellowships benefitting the disabilities community, Center for the Arts, and ESL bridge program
August 27th, 2008|College of Staten Island
The College of Staten Island (CSI) today received a $75,000 grant from the Richmond County Savings Foundation to establish a new community service learning partnership and revitalize other core services fundamental to the…

CSI Student Interns for NY Congressman
August 11th, 2008|College of Staten Island
College of Staten Island Junior Matthew Signorile is currently working as an intern for U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY). Signorile was selected for the internship through The City University of New York (CUNY)-sponsored…

CSI Prof Receives Prestigious Technology Award
August 11th, 2008|College of Staten Island
Irina Lyublinskaya, an Associate Professor of Education, and a former co-director of the College’s Discovery Institute, has recently received a Vernier NSTA Technology Award in recognition of her innovative use of …

CSI Works to Build Tomorrows Engineers: H.S. Students Learn Critical Thinking Thanks to National Grid
July 31st, 2008|College of Staten Island
At first glance, the third workshop at the College of Staten Island (CSI) involving 20 Staten Island high school students looked like a lot of fun as the students began to assemble their mechanized LEGO® Mindstorms® kits.

A Vision for Staten Island Appoints Executive Director
July 28th, 2008|College of Staten Island
After an extensive search, the Initiating Committee of A Vision for Staten Island is pleased to announce the appointment of Adena Long as the Executive Director for the upcoming A Vision for Staten Island process.
Ms. Long, who

Engineering College Brings Success for High School Students
July 23rd, 2008|College of Staten Island

High school students across Staten Island are building exciting engineering projects involving robots and engineering microcontrollers with a College of Staten Island engineering professor, thanks to a dynamic new summer workshop


The Stakes are High: Election 2008


Three College Lecture Series - Presidential Election 2008 CSI will host one of three lectures as part of a high-profile speakers series dealing with national issues of interest to residents, faculty, and students.


Latest News

Chemist Honored
Myra Hauben, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the College of Staten Island, has received the 70th Oscar Foster Award from the Chemistry Teachers Club of New York.

"NY Times" Visit Macaulay
Macaulay Honors College students had some special visitors recently, as they attended class in Manhattan-
New York Times reporter Marc Santora and photographer Ruby Washington.

Accounting Program Gears Up for Changing Requirements
The Accounting program has received approval from New York State for its 150 Program, meeting the changing requirements for Accounting majors to sit for the New York State Certified Public Accountant exam.

CSI Newsmakers -Daily E-Magazine

Attention Valedictorians & Salutatorians!

Scholarship HS Valedictorians and SalutatoriansThe College of Staten Island is proud to introduce the new CSI Scholarship for Staten Island High School Valedictorians and Salutatorians.


Upcoming Events

  • Annual Community Fall Festival
    Saturday, October 11, 11am-4pm
    Family-friendly celebration featuring raffles, live music, vendors, crafts, contests and more!
  • Creative Teaching in the Modern Classroom
    Saturday, October 25, 9:00am
    The T3 conference examines the use of educational technology to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.
  • Graduate Information Session
    Wednesday, November 5, 6:30pm
    Admissions representatives will be available to answer questions regarding all CSI graduate programs. Presentations from selected programs.
  • Fall Undergraduate Open House
    Sunday, November 9, 11:00am
    Prospective students and their parents are encouraged to join us for a wonderful opportunity to learn about CSI. 
  • CSI Events Calendar


Northfield Bank Foundation Awards CSI $25,000 for Internship Program

June 17, 2008

CSI students and Staten Island not-for-profit organizations will benefit from $25,000 in funding from Northfield Bank Foundation. The funds will sustain a program to provide stipends for CSI students with financial need who intern at various not-for-profit agencies in the borough.

The Northfield Internship Program is offered through CSI’s Career and Scholarship Center, and has been funded for three consecutive years by Northfield Bank and the CSI Foundation. The program offers internship opportunities to students who are traditionally unable to participate in non-paid internships, with preference given to those with financial need. It provides students with the ability to gain experience in, and/or explore, their field of interest while helping them to develop new skills through experiential learning.

The program also serves a tremendous service to the community, by placing the students in not-for-profit agencies throughout the borough whose budgets do not allow for much support staff. The interns are carefully placed to ensure that they match the specific intern job description provided by the selected not-for-profit sites.

Lucille Chazanoff, treasurer of the board of directors for the Northfield Bank Foundation, notes, “This is a wonderful program. It brings new employees—young people and possible future contributors—to those organizations, so it’s just a win-win for everyone.”

CSI President Tomás Morales, says, “I really appreciate that the Northfield Bank Foundation was willing to provide us with its support. My vision, and the vision of many of us here—the staff and faculty—is to create opportunities for our students to give back to the community, and to align those experiences with their curriculum.”

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, while these students are still in college. The program provides 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 or participation.

CSI students Sharon Daniel and Raquel Brown
participated in the program last summer.

Daniel, who interned at the Seaman’s Society working with youth, comments “I learned a lot from the youth; they were very broadminded, eager to learn, and just wanted to know what lies ahead of them. It was a privilege to represent the College of Staten Island to be there and be a part of their lives and it also inspired me to go out there in the future and work with the youth in our community.

When I first started learning about the inner workings of an organization, I didn't realize the complexity involved in keeping it running smoothly. Initially, I was only aware of the front office areas with secretaries and the executive offices. What I hadn't considered was the crucial role of the procurement department in acquiring all the necessary materials for the company's production or daily operations. Most major companies and even some government organizations rely on this department, but at the Seaman’s Society, it's just one person handling these responsibilities.

This department or individual's role is not just about ordering supplies; it's about ensuring the organization operates efficiently. In managing these responsibilities, I've learned that many organizations are moving beyond traditional tools like MS Access. They are now adopting MS Access alternatives, which provide more efficient, integrated, and user-friendly ways to handle procurement tasks. This shift to an MS Access alternative is significant, as it streamlines procurement processes, aligns them more closely with the organization's overall strategy, and enhances overall operational efficiency.

Brown, who worked with AIDS patients at Community Health Action, says, “For me, it was a very rewarding experience...and it really influenced me in the [career] direction that I wanted to go.

To participate in the program, students must have completed 24 credits, have a GPA of 3.0 or better, and submit an essay on how an internship would help them to achieve their career goals. Selected students must work a total of 60 hours for 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.

With the $25,000 grant, 25 students will be placed in internships at not-for-profit organizations including Community Health Action, Eden II Community Resources, Seaman’s Society for Children and Families, Staten Island Center for Independent Living, and Staten Island Mental Health Society.

Looking to the future, President Morales looks to establish “a center for community service learning that would provide an opportunity for faculty to engage in some cost redesign work where students, as part of a course, would go out and do community service. At the same time,” Morales continues, “a structure would be created where a professional staff would go out and negotiate those placements with non-profit organizations on Staten Island and beyond.”


Presidential Investiture and Afternoon Awards Ceremony Complement Commencement Day at CSI

June 3, 2008

Commencement Day at the College of Staten Island last week realized the dreams and ambitions of 2,376 students, as they received degrees for their hard work and determination. Although this is the headline story, the College also celebrated the Investiture of Tomás D. Morales as CSI’s third president and recognized the contributions of members of its faculty, staff, and supporters.

After his Investiture, conducted by Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor of The City University of New York (CUNY) and Philip Berry, CUNY Vice Chair, Morales commended the graduating class for a job well done and praised the College’s world-class faculty.

In concluding, Morales expressed his enthusiasm for CSI and everyone who is working to help it achieve its goals, “Our energy is terrific. Our hopes are high. Our vision is 20/20. And looking at our graduates, faculty, and staff, I am confident. Through your work, through your devotion, you have made a CSI degree a goal to be desired and an achievement to be respected. I can’t wait for tomorrow to continue the great work we have undertaken together to move the College of Staten Island forward.”

Later that day, the CSI Library hosted an awards ceremony that honored outstanding contributions to the College. CSI Foundation Board members Sally Williams and Samir Farag received College Awards for their tireless efforts to advance the mission of the College. Associate Professor George Emilio Sanchez, Chairperson of the Department of Performing and Creative Arts was honored with the second annual Presidential Award for Innovation in Pedagogy for his unique and effective approach toward teaching theater. Also, eleven members of the CSI community received Dolphin Awards for their significant contributions to the College. They include:

-Margaret Lunney, Professor, Department of Nursing for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement by a Member of the Full-Time Faculty

-John Osakue, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy for Outstanding Teaching by a Member of the Full-Time Faculty

-Harry Cason, Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy for Outstanding Teaching by a Member of the Adjunct Faculty

-Vasilios Petratos, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy for Outstanding Service and Contribution to the College by a Member of the Full-Time Faculty

-Mary Beth Reilly, Higher Education Officer, Office of Recruitment and Admissions, and Nicholas Saccone, Higher Education Associate, Business Office for Outstanding Service and Contribution to the College by a Member of the Non-Teaching Instructional Staff in HEO Title

-Avi Gannon, IT Senior Associate 3, Office of Information Technology for Outstanding Service and Contribution to the College by a Member of the Non-Instructional Staff in CLT and OIT Specialists Title

-Palma Eadicicco, CUNY Administrative Assistant, Office of the Registrar, and Marguerite Fuller, CUNY Administrative Assistant, Office of Finance and Administration for Outstanding Service and Contribution to the College by a Member of the Non-Instructional Staff

-Berardino Grieco, Maintenance Worker, Office of Building and Grounds for Outstanding Service and Contribution to the College by a Member of the Non-Instructional Staff in Maintenance, Operations, Security

-Alokika Fernandes-Prabu for Outstanding Service and Contribution to the College by a Currently Enrolled Student

After emcee Robert Huber, Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement, recognized the honorees, President Morales concluded the ceremony by thanking the CSI faculty and staff for their contributions to Commencement Day, as well as for their efforts since he took the helm as President.

  By Terry Mares


CSI offers Nursing Certificate in Cultural Competence, first in the nation

May 6, 2008

In an effort to address the critical need for cultural competence in the health care profession, the College of Staten Island’s Department of Nursing will launch a new Advanced Certificate in Cultural Competence program this fall, the first certificate program of its kind in the nation.

The program is the brainchild of Marianne Jeffreys, Professor of Nursing at CSI, who points out the importance of being culturally competent in the health care field. “We have an increasingly diverse population. With increased globalization and immigration throughout the world, people are moving more rapidly and cultures are changing. Nurses and health care professionals are also becoming much more diverse, so we really need to do this to enhance health care outcomes.”

“I applaud and fully endorse CSI's Advanced Certificate in Cultural Competence. This program has it all: culturally-specific action plans across diverse practice settings for educators, practitioners, managers, and researchers,” said Larry Purnell, a nursing professor with the University of Delaware. “Graduates of [CSI’s] program will have readily available knowledge and skill that will enhance their cultural competence as well as the skills necessary to conduct culturally competent education and research and work more effectively with culturally diverse staff.”

The Website notes that to be “culturally competent the nurse needs to understand his/her own world views and those of the patient, while avoiding stereotyping and misapplication of scientific knowledge. Cultural competence is obtaining cultural information and then applying that knowledge.”

Jeffreys adds that cultural competence is also valuable as health care professionals relate to one another, as well as with their patients.

The program is open to graduate and post-graduate nursing students. For more information call the Nursing department at 718.982.3823.