Christopher Bitetto graduated from the College of Staten Island as the valedictorian of the class of 2013, with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Communications: Media Studies. While at CSI, Chris served as the Sports Director at the student-run campus radio station, WSIA, where he helped grow community engagement with student athletics. Chris earned a Master of Science degree in Sports Business from New York University in 2015. During his time at NYU, Chris was named captain of the 2014 Diamond Dollars graduate team and was selected to attend both the 2014 Major League Baseball (MLB) Winter Meetings and 2015 Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Conference. After interning at Major League Baseball's Office of the Commissioner, Chris was hired as a Replay Administrator in MLB's Replay Operations Center in 2015. During the 2018 season, Chris was promoted to Supervisor of Replay Administration, where he holds an integral role in the daily operations of the ROC, most recently leading the development of Replay's department-wide process management and data collection application, BedROC. In addition to his work at MLB, Chris also works as an adjunct instructor, teaching baseball analytics in NYU's School of Professional Studies' Continuing Education program.
Dan Colonna began to work, after graduation, for Rodale Inc. as a web developer on the redesign for MensHealth.com. He also runs and contributes articles to a political/technology discussion-based blog
Casey Cooper (BA, Cinema Studies 2006) moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in screenwriting. He also worked as a Production Assistant on America's Next Top Model.
Kayla Ciaramella, class of 2018 graduated with a BA in Communications: Design and Digital Media, with a minor in Media Studies. During her time at CSI she interned at Richmond City Media as an assistant editor, and her film Rising Star was part of the CSI Film Festival in 2017. After graduating she did freelance work for multimedia company Visiontech, and worked part-time in the summers of 2018 and 2019 at New York Film Academy as an Edit Lab Teaching Assistant. Since December 2019 she has been working at Talent Recap as the Senior Video Editor for their Youtube channel.
Michele Cynowicz is currently working as a Front End Web Developer for Marvel Entertainment (marvel.com). She also consults for web development and print media projects for small businesses under the name FanBrush Media, LLC, providse design for the web and for print as well as web hosting services for a variety of projects including static websites and e-commerce. View her current portfolio
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Renée Lynette Ferrara (BA, 2011) is the proud recipient of a Drama Desk Award, and has stage-managed off-Broadway shows including Platanos and Collard Greens and Fuhgeddaboutit!
After interning for course credit at CBS Radio, Jayme LaBrocca moved up the ranks to become Assistant Production Director at 923 Now. She now produces Nick Cannon's Top 20 (Urban) and Top 30 (Mainstream) Countdowns, which are syndicated globally.
Joyce Lau co-produced two short films, Trek 183 and Waiting for Her, which screened at the Coney Island Film Festival, Words, Beat & Life Hip Hop Film Festival, Staten Island Film Festival, Long Island International Film Expo, HBO Presents The New York Latino International Film Festival, and LA Shorts Fest. She also teaches as an Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter College and completed a second master's degree, in Mental Health Counseling, at Queens College. She is currently in preproduction on a short film entitled Long Roads.
Class of 2009 (Cinema-Critical Studies, VP of the CSI Film Club and a prizewinner at the CSI Film Festival). She is the data manager at the Technicolor-Postworks, a leader in film and television post-production. Stacey has been the media-data team leader on such productions as The Deuce, Lady Bird, Succession, Logan Lucky, The Get Down, The Florida Project, and many others since 2012.
George Lekovic (BA, 2004, Magna Cum Laude + Elliot Rubenstein Memorial Award for Academic excellence) has produced several feature films, including Here and There (2009) starring David Thornton, Cyndi Lauper and Jelena Mrdja. George Lekovic graduated from the College of Staten Island in 2004 with high honors.
Qimei Luo (BS, 2011) worked as the chief correspondant in New York reporter for Sina Finance, China's largest web and social media company. In 2011 she started her corporate public relations career, working with companies such as Ant Financial, LeEco, and SF Motors. Her extensive public relations work has put her in a unique position for understanding U.S./China media relations and corporate culture.
In 2009, Stephen Barnett and Mike Maslankowski (BA, 2011) presented original work at the Third Annual Midwest Undergraduate Film Studies Conference at Notre Dame University.
Since graduating from CSI with a BS in Communications, David Maltz moved on to Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, to study Print and Multimedia Journalism. David says that many of the Communications classes he took at CSI helped prepare him for more advanced coursework. COM 277 Intro to Journalism and COM 450 Senior Seminar, directly tied in to the work he did in his first semester of graduate school. The numerous design courses I took at CSI also help me now with our projects.
Carlo Montagnino (BS, 2008) is a web technology consultant and co-owner of the award-winning web design firm NBTechnologies. He is also Co-founder and Executive Producer for his Dog and Pony Show Media Group (daps.tv). In his spare time he develops web applications that exploit the concepts of social networking sites. In Fall 2009 he will be in residency at the Banff New Media Institute to develop a project. You can find out the intimate details of his life on his twitter and his blog.
Evan Moran has worked for Subsidiary Design, spent 3 years at Morgan Stanley, as a web designer through R.R. Donelly. He is currently freelancing, and working on personal projects: freaksuncensored.com, a movie about the history of human freaks, and speekspace.com, a venue for spoken word.
Graduated 2014 (BA, Cinema Production, Eliott Rubenstein award winner) - Mel co-created the collective Richmond City Media- with three short film and two features in the works they're turning a dream into reality. Since graduating, Mel has gone on to work for Huffpost and A Plus. They currently work as a digital producer and editor for InsideEdition.com for ViacomCBS.
BS, Corporate Communications, 2021. During Veronica's time at CSI she was editor-in-Chief of The Banner newspaper and social media manager for the Macaulay Honors College. For her senior honors project she researched the impact of social media as a cultural tool for the Deaf Community. Upon graduation, she began working as an Assistant Media Planner for Merkley + Partners ad agency with Mercedes Benz as a client.
Dominic Provenzano graduated magna cum laude from the Department of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island in 2014 with a B.A. in Communications. After receiving his B.A., he received his M.B.A. in Marketing Management from the Tobin College of Business at St. John's University, where he worked as a Graduate Assistant in the school's marketing office. Dom's career began as a Marketing Assistant at Pryor Cashman LLP, where he was promoted to Marketing Coordinator shortly after. Later, Dom became the Marketing & Communications Manager at the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, handling the entirety of the nonprofit's marketing efforts. One of Dom's most formative experiences was during his undergraduate studies, where he worked with Professor Reece Peck on an independent study on music streaming. The one-on-one relationship built between student and professor molded Dom to be self-driven, marketing minded, and versatile - all skills that he uses in his field.
After graduating in 2017 (BA, Communications-Media Studies with a minor in Cinema Studies, 3 CSI film festival awards for Liberation and Edgar's Invention), he was head video editor and vieographer for Visiontech Inc. He is currently a video editor and content creator for The Drone Racing League on NBC. Matt continues to write and produce short and feature length films, and recently created a docuseries podcast called Shock Jocks. His work has been featured at Atrium Stadium Cinemas, at film festivals around the world, and on the television networks ESPN, NBC, and TBS.
During his last semester in Spring 2006, Michael Sgalambro worked as a production assistant on NBC's short-lived television program, Conviction, and later, on the hit comedy 30 Rock.
Graduated in 2016 (Cinema Studies-Production, CSI film festival prize winner). Christine is a film editor in Staten Island, she edited the feature film Specialish in 2019, starring comedian Jessicsa Watkins, as well as editing major mini-series for Netflix and Rolloing Stone. Her media work also brought her on tour with artists like Madonna and Beyonce, and her own rock band Plastic Passion.
Dominick Tucciarone graduated from the College of Staten Island in May 204-18 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications: Design and Digital Media. His undergraduate work in design, media, and cinema studies prepared him for a social media internship with a company based in Brooklyn named Rentah, which provides peer-to-peer marketplace services, as well as freelance opportunities in design and video, and then a career with the Walt Disney Company. In 2019 Dominick was accepted as a Communications Intern with Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida. In 2020, Disney hired Dominick as a Social Media Coordinator, then promoted him to Social Media Producer in 2022. Dominick loves telling stories through digital media and has created a portfolio showcasing his work from CSI to the present day
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Steven M. Volpe (BS, 2010) was appointed social media associate at the Alzheimer's Association following an internship completed for course credit. His role in developing the nonprofit's social media presence is profiled in The New York Times.
Film Matters Magazine (V. 1, no. 3, July 2010) published an article by Steve Waldow (BA, 2010) on women in the films of early cinema pioneer Georges Melies.
Stephanie Ward (BA, Cinema Studies, 2006) worked as a freelance media planner for Nicktoons Network. This freelance work grew out of her two internships she did: a programming/acquisitions internship for Nicktoons Network and a production internship for MTV2's High School Stories: Scandals, Pranks and Controversies.
Liza Zusman (BA, Cinema Studies, 2012) works in New York City as an assistant at Kipperman Management, which is involved in talent management, as well as feature film and television production. Previously, she was an assistant at the bi-coastal talent agencies International Creative Management Partners and Don Buchwald & Associates, and completed internships with Pressman Film and Maven Pictures, where Liza worked on the set of Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's feature film Girl Most Likely.