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CSI Continues to Collect National Honors

After an eventful fall semester that saw them collect many local and national honors, the College of Staten Island is continuing to gain national attention with a series of accolades collected already this spring.

Most recently, public policy organization Third Way has cited the College of Staten Island as one of the nation’s best in providing a pathway to economic mobility for low- and moderate-income graduates, confirming similar past rankings from U.S. News & World Report and CollegeNet.

Third Way’s citation is one in a series of 2022 laurels for CSI.  The Princeton Review recently listed CSI among its Guide to Green Colleges: 2022 Edition, and this spring, University HQ (UHQ) recently selected CSI as one pf its best Bachelor’s Degrees in New York.

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities has also selected CSI as one of only 15 participating schools to take part in the Transformation Accelerator Cohort (TAC), designed to help institutions eliminate race, ethnicity, and income as predictors of student success. The announcement came after a rigorous and competitive application process.

The CSI Athletics program has also received a pair of citations following the fall semester.  The ECC has named three teams to their Academic Teams of Excellence list and most recently, the College Swimming Coaches Association of American designated both CSI swim teams as Scholar All-America teams for 2022.

Verene Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Chris Verene, Associate Professor of Photography at the College of Staten Island, has received a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2021. According to the organization, “The Foundation has awarded Fellowships this year to 184 American and Canadian scientists, scholars in the social sciences and humanities, and writers and artists of all kinds, selected from almost 3,000 applicants.

CUNY Geographer Wins $2.5M to Participate as Co-Investigator for Global Nonviolent Civilian Protection Research

Dr. Nerve V. Macaspac, an Assistant Professor of Geography at the College of Staten Island (CSI) and Doctoral Faculty at the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Program at The Graduate Center, CUNY won a $2.5 million (£1.87 million) research grant through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as a Co-Investigator for a major international research project aimed at providing greater protection for millions of civilians caught up in conflict zones.

Ismael García-Colón Receives Second Place Book Award

Ismael García-Colón, Associate Professor of Anthropology at CSI and The Graduate Center, CUNY, has received a Second Place Book Award from the Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists for his book, Colonial Migrants at the Heart of Empire: Puerto Rican Workers on U.S. Farms (University of California Press, 2020).

Vadim Oganesyan Elected American Physical Society Fellow

Vadim Oganesyan, Professor and Chair of the CSI Department of Physics and Astronomy, has recently been elected as an American Physical Society (APS) Fellow. Professor Oganesyan’s nomination, made by the Division of Condensed Matter Physics, cited him “For highly influential and foundational work on the theory of strongly interacting quantum systems, including ground-breaking work on many-body localization.”

Seals Wins John Dewey Society Outstanding Achievement Award

Greg Seals, Associate Professor in the CSI School of Education, has won the John Dewey Society Outstanding Achievement Award, which is awarded by the Council for Social Foundations of Education (CSFE). The award committee’s assessment stated, “Several well-respected Dewey scholars nominated Dr. Seals and his most recent book for this award. Teachable Moments and the Science of Education (Routledge, 2019) has been called an ‘innovative, groundbreaking, and pioneering work in progressive education’ and ‘a bold new look at Dewey’s educational ideas.’”

Gates Is Recipient of an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Scholar Award

CSI Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies Racquel Gates is the recipient of one of this year’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Scholar awards, for her book in progress, Hollywood Style and the Invention of Blackness.

Gillespie-Lynch Receives Nearly $946K NSF Grant

Kristen Gillespie-Lynch, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the College of Staten Island, has recently received a three-year, $945,539 National Science Foundation grant for her research, entitled “Collaborative Research: Promoting Engagement in Informal STEM Learning as a Path to Employment for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Sarah Berger Is Co-Recipient of Almost $486K NSF Grant

CSI Psychology Prof. Sarah Berger has received a three-year, $485,916 National Science Foundation grant (with co-PI Regina Harbourne, Duquesne University) for research entitled “The Role of Sleep in Infant Motor Problem Solving.”

Hwang Receives Prestigious Deloitte Academic Research Award

Dr. Seokyoun Hwang, Assistant Professor of Accounting in the College of Staten Island’s Lucille and Jay Chazanoff School of Business, has just received a prestigious Deloitte Academic Research Award for his research paper entitled, “Auditor’s Quality Control Efforts and Independence: Evidence from the Korean Audit Market,” presented at the Korean Accounting Association’s Annual Global Meeting (KAGM 2020).

Alexander Zevin Receives the Henry Wasser Award from the CUNY Academy

Alexander Zevin, Assistant Professor in the History Department at the College of Staten Island, has received a 2020 Henry Wasser Award, of the Feliks Gross Endowment Awards. The award is presented by the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences. According to the CUNY Academy’s Website, “The Feliks Gross Awards and the Henry Wasser Awards are presented each year to assistant professors in recognition of outstanding research, or potential for such, in the humanities or sciences, including social and life sciences.

Valerie Tevere Is Awarded 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship

Valerie Tevere, Professor of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island, CUNY has been awarded a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship (jointly with Angel Nevarez of the Faculty of Art, Media, and Technology at the New School University) in the field of Fine Arts. According to their Website, Tevere and Nevarez “are multidisciplinary artists whose projects and research investigate contemporary music and sound, the electromagnetic spectrum, dissent, and public fora. Their interests lie in the formation of itinerant, performative, and discursive-based social spaces with works that move between the spatial simultaneity of performance and enunciation, reflecting upon political agency through lyrics, audio, and transmission.”

Matt Brim Named Distinguished CUNY Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC)

Matt Brim, PhD, Associate Professor of Queer Studies and English at the College of Staten Island, has been selected as a Distinguished CUNY Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) for the fall of 2019. His project, titled Poor Queer Studies, offers a class- and race-based analysis of the field of queer studies, arguing that the discipline should be reoriented away from elitist and exclusionary educational institutions and toward poor and working-class students and underfunded public colleges.

CSI/Verrazzano Student Anes Ahmed Selected Critical Language Scholarship Program

Anes Ahmed of the Verrazzano School Honors Program and a graduating senior, has become CSI’s first student to be selected to participate in the Critical Language Scholarship Program, a nationally competitive program that provides students with the opportunity to study a critical-need language in an immersive environment.

This summer, Ahmed will spend ten weeks studying Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) via a language learning site based in Meknes, Morocco. Typically, students travel to the host country to engage in intensive language and cultural studies; however, due to the pandemic, the program will again be conducted remotely this year.

Notable Business Student Receives Prestigious Scholarship

Nicole Agu, a current student in the Lucille and Jay Chazanoff School of Business who is notable for her many outstanding achievements and contributions to the School, the College, CUNY, and the community, has added another accomplishment to her résumé, having recently been named a recipient of the PSC-CUNY Belle Zeller Scholarship for 2020.

School of Business Student Receives Scholarship from International Honor Society

The Lucille and Jay Chazanoff School of Business at the College of Staten Island/CUNY is pleased to announce that one of its students, Frimcha Fuchs, was named the recipient of a 2020 Fellowship from Sigma Beta Delta (SBD), the International Honor Society for Business, Management, and Administration, which boasts 97,000 members worldwide.

Chazanoff School Students Continue Winning Streak, Take Another First Place in National Case Competition

Following a first-place finish last year, a team of students from the Lucille and Jay Chazanoff School of Business at the College of Staten Island (CSI) has again taken the top prize in the annual Government Finance Case Challenge from the Association of Government Accountants (AGA). The Government Finance Case Challenge is a national competition that began in 2015. At the undergraduate level, three teams from across the country were chosen for the finalist group this year, with two of those teams coming from the Chazanoff School of Business.

Diane Quince Receives 2020 Women’s Forum Education Award

Diane Quince has recently been selected for the Women’s Forum Education Award, a prestigious city-wide opportunity that provides $10,000 to women who have overcome extraordinary challenges to pursue their educational goals.

Winnie Brophy Awarded the 2021 Blankenship Outstanding Staff Award from Phi Beta Delta Honor Society

Winnie Brophy was awarded the Edward S. Blankenship Outstanding Staff Award at the 35th Annual International Conference of the Phi Beta Delta, held virtually May 24 and 25. The Edward S. Blankenship Outstanding Staff Award is given for superior scholastic achievements, outstanding leadership, efforts to promote excellence in global education, and support of the development and activities of a local chapter of Phi Beta Delta.  

CSI Alumna Alexa Zuffante Selected as a 2021 Champion of Humanistic Care

CSI Nursing and Verrazzano School alumna Alexa Zuffante, who is a Registered Nurse with Northwell Health, has been selected by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation as one of its 2021 Champions of Humanistic Care, sharing the honors with Dr. Anthony Fauci. She is also the only nurse in the entire Northwell organization to be chosen.

CSI Awarded IDEAS Grant

The College of Staten Island has been selected to receive an IDEAS (Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students) grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad. CSI is one of 26 colleges and universities from across the United States, selected from 132 applicants, to create, expand, and/or diversify American student mobility overseas in support of U.S. foreign policy goals. This U.S. Government program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and supported in its implementation by World Learning.

CSI Ranked No. 11/85 for Early Childhood Ed

Discover Early Childhood EDU has ranked the College of Staten Island Number 11 of its Top 85 Most Affordable Early Childhood Programs 2021.

CSI Ranked No. 2 on Military Friendly® Schools List 2021-2022

The College of Staten Island has been named Number 2 on the 2021-2022 Military Friendly® Schools list under the category “Small Public.” Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,200 schools participated in the 2021-2022 survey with 747 earning the designation.

Best Value Schools Names CSI #1 in Its Best 19 Music Colleges in New York in 2021

CSI is Number 1 on Best Value Schools’ list of the 19 Best Music Colleges in New York in 2021. In its description of the College, Best Value Schools said, “CUNY — College of Staten Island stands out as one of the best value music colleges in New York….”

The Year 2020 Brings New Accolades for CSI

  • CSI’s Economics Baccalaureate program was ranked 15th in the nation by Great Value Schools and its Electrical Engineering Baccalaureate program was ranked 25th in the nation by Affordable Schools.
  • CSI’s Social Work program, which was cited for having the lowest debt and highest earnings of any program in NYC, including Columbia and NYU. 
  • GradReports Best Colleges List ranked CSI’s Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work programs each as 20th in the nation. Grad Reports has also named CSI’s Undergraduate Nursing program to its Top 25 Undergraduate Nursing Schools 2020 list.

Prof. Sarah Schulman’s Latest Book Reviewed in The NY Times

Distinguished Professor of English Sarah Schulman’s latest book, Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 was reviewed in The New York Times.

Macaulay Honors College Receives a Grant to Support Its Bridge Scholars Program

Macaulay Honors College has received a generous $200,000 grant from GS Humane Corp., a private charitable foundation, allowing the college to expand its Bridge program, which creates a pathway to honors education for transferring CUNY community college students.

CSI Receives Funding from New York City’s $20M CUNY 2x Tech Initiative

The College of Staten Island was chosen this winter to be a major recipient of funding from New York City’s $20 million CUNY 2x Tech Initiative, which seeks to double the number of career-qualified tech graduates by 2022. Designed and delivered in partnership with industry and academia, the initiative focuses on building the capacity of computer science departments to offer rapidly evolving industry-aligned skills, awareness, and experience to enable students to connect to jobs in the NYC tech ecosystem following graduation. Funding will support new, industry experienced, full- and part-time faculty, advisors, and job coaches. 

CSI ASAP Receives $475K Grant from the Tudor Foundation

The Tudor Foundation has awarded a $475K grant to CSI’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) to support 75 ASAP scholars over three years. The award is to be named after Louise Zarrilli, a beloved colleague who recently passed away. Ms. Zarrilli’s family has deep historical ties to CSI, as she was raised on Staten Island and her mother worked at CSI. This is a very special gift, as the Tudor Foundation noted that this will be an exciting opportunity to build from this initial gift.

St. George Theatre, CSI virtual reality lab will get part of $10 million in state funding along with other Island projects

SI LIVE – Eight projects on the North Shore will share $10 million in state funding as part of Albany’s broader efforts to revitalize downtown areas around New York. Read more on SI Live.

Distinguished Professor Agaian Leading International Team Working Remotely to Combat COVID-19

Sos Agaian, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the College of Staten Island, is working with an international team of scientists in the fight against COVID-19. The core of the group formed under the direction of Dr. Agaian, whose work revolves around computer enhancement of images. Working remotely through the CSI Department of Computer Science’s Computational Vision and Learning Laboratory, the team’s goal is to create an automated system to detect and measure COVID-19 accurately, with the goal of employing this new technology in developing countries.

CSI Biology Professor Chang-Hui Shen Conducting Genetic Research on COVID-19, Collaborating with International Scientists

Professor Chang-Hui Shen, who is also the Chair of CSI’s Department of Biology, is lending his expertise in the fight against COVID-19. His research focuses on understanding the mechanism of gene activation.  This is relevant not only to molecular biology but also to the field of biomedical research where current therapies are being used and developed that are specifically based on the regulation of gene expression. Dr. Shen and his team are also working with IBR [the Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities] to develop projects to sequence the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19 virus) genome from nasal swab specimens to see if there is a correlation between the infection persistence and mutations in the virus genome.

CSI Professor Louis Petingi Conducting RNA Research in the Fight against COVID-19

College of Staten Island Professor Louis Petingi, PhD, is presently performing research in Ribonucleic acid (RNA, which carries genetic information) prediction and structure, that can help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic using Graph Theory.

NYSBDC Leads the COVID-19 Economic Recovery

Amid the pandemic, the NYSBDC has taken a place at the front and center of the COVID-19 economic recovery. The organization has been leading Webinars across the state to help guide small businesses through these tough times. Additionally, Nora Santiago from the Division’s Office of Sustainable Community Planning developed a COVID-19 resource dashboard that provides critical data for New York City and Staten Island, including the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.

CSI Nursing Alumni Serving on the Front Lines during Pandemic

Nursing alumni from the College of Staten Island are on the front lines with other healthcare workers working tirelessly to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Janett Perez ’12 and Alexa Zuffante ‘14 have been featured in local media reports on NY1 and WABC 7, and in The Washington Post.