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Send news to editor, Joan Hartman.  Her email address is:  Joan.Hartman@csi.cuny.edu .  News will be posted monthly.

ARP News  March 2015

          In Memoriam

          Andre Weiszmann (Physics), 21 February 2015

ARP News  April 2014

Personal News

Richard Schwartz (Mathematics) will be honored on the occasion of his eightieth birthday by the Jewish Vegetarians of America on 19 May. Now president emeritus, he served as president for many years and has published extensively on the subject. For more information and to reserve a place at the dinner, go to http://jewishveg.com/schwartz-at-80.

In Memoriam

 Betty Bressi (Nursing), 3 January 2014

ARP News  January 2014

ARP held its annual holiday festivity on Wednesday, 11 December, when a group of some twenty of us met for lunch in the Green Dolphin Lounge. Jodi Merendino provided the usual excellent food. We enjoyed each other’s company as we renewed old friendships and made new ones. 

In Memoriam

 Annabelle Cohen (Biology), March 2013
 Michael Greenberg (History), 29 December 2013
 Barbara Luise (Nursing), 1 July 2013
 Phyllis Powders (Nursing), 6 June 2013
 John Shawcross (English), 8 March 2011
Stamos Zades (Student Services), 26 November 2013

ARP News  June 2013

ARP’s final meeting of the 2012-2013 year was our fourth annual Commencement Week luncheon, held on Tuesday, 28 May, in the Park Café. We enjoyed a good lunch and each other’s company and were pleased to welcome some new retirees to our ranks.

We awarded certificates of appreciation to Deborah Meise of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs, who has been indispensable in arranging our meetings, and to Ken Bach, Director of Communications, who has publicized them.

Most important, we awarded our first ARP scholarship to Alexandra Doronina. She was born in Kharkov, the Ukraine, and educated there through high school. She studied English in school and also with a private tutor, inasmuch as her mother wanted her to learn English well—which she did. After finishing high school in the Ukraine she came to Staten Island to join her mother, who lives here. She entered CSI through the SEEK program and, well qualified in English, intelligent, and hardworking, proceeded to a successful academic career. An accounting major, she amassed a grade-point average of 3.67. She expressed her appreciation of all the faculty she encountered at CSI: she found them approachable and eager to be helpful. She had particular thanks for Gene Rasmussen, an adjunct in the Department of English, who encouraged her in first encounters with English at CSI.

ARP takes as one of its missions raising scholarship money for CSI. Students like Alexandra Doronina are an inspiration to us and to their fellow students. Those present at the luncheon were delighted to meet her and to award her a scholarship of $1200. She was chosen by the CSI Scholarship Committee on the basis of achievement and need.

Personal News

 Stanley Barlow (Philosophy) and his wife Nell divide their time between a retirement community in the Research Triangle of North Carolina and Bradenton, Florida. He has written and published three books since retirement: Swimming Laps in August and Other Poems (2001), Appalachia and Beyond: Yarns and Yearnings in Prose and Poetry (2006) and, most recently, Pastor: A Fictional Reminiscence with Conversations on Religion and Society.” The last he describes as “a muted apologia for institutional religion.” It consists of “an ongoing dialogue between a fictional pastor and his skeptical close friend and former college roommate, who teaches math and physics and who represents every negative criticism of organized religion one can think of.” To read three chapters on-line, go to Amazon and search under Books/Authors using his full name, James Stanley Barlow.

In Memoriam

William Demby (English), 23 May 2013
Mary Ellen Keaveny (Nursing), 5 May 2013
Rose Volpe, 11 May 2013  

ARP News  May 2013

On Friday, 26 April, Ed Brown and fifteen musicians from the College of Staten Island Guitar Ensemble presented an after-lunch concert in the Park Café. Those present were delighted to hear these talented musicians. The full ensemble totals some twenty-eight musicians; Ed Brown, their director, is an alumnus of CSI. Before the ensemble performed, Sylvia Kahan, Professor of Music, spoke about the various instrumental and choral groups the Department of Music supports and encouraged us to attend their performances, which are frequent at the end of each semester. Announcements appear in the CSI Calendar of Events.

ARP’s final event of the semester is our fourth annual reunion luncheon, scheduled for Tuesday, 28 May, at 12:00 noon in the Park Café. Join us for good food, good drink, and conversation. Reserve by the Friday preceding, that is, 24 May. Call Deborah Meise at 718-982-2365718-982-2365 or email her at deborah.meise@csi.cuny.edu. The luncheon is $28.00.

We invite all faculty, especially those who are newly retired or even thinking about retiring, to join us.

In addition, we hope the first recipient of the ARP scholarship will join us. And the luncheon will be followed by a tour of CSI’s new residences at 2:30 pm.

ARP News  April 2013

On Friday, 22 March, after a Park Café lunch, Michael Kress spoke to us about the new CUNY-wide computer center located at CSI, the work it is doing now in its present facility, and the new building planned to house it on campus. (He’s now Vice-President for Information Technology and Economic Development and Executive Director of what’s called The City University of New York Interdisciplinary High Performance Computer Center.) The center, the largest academic computing facility in the New York area, is currently housed in Building 1M, one of the buildings in the former Willowbrook power plant complex. A new building on the north campus is in the planning stages and high on CUNY’s list of funding priorities. It will house the departments of Computer Science, Engineering and Physics, and Mathematics as well as affording CSI additional much-needed classroom space.

Michael Kress spoke about the projects the computer center currently supports, including a project for predicting storm surges on Staten Island and in the area that has come within one foot of predicting the actual surges from Hurricane Sandy. He also showed a Weather Channel video about the project, you can access it at http://csitoday.com/2013/03/storm-surge-researchers-featured-on-weather-channel/#.UV6fjKKG1KI

After his talk we visited the center, saw the range of computers it houses, and talked with its staff, who obligingly answered our many questions. CUNY faculty do not have to visit the center; they can use their own computers to send programs and data and receive results electronically.

ARP News February 2013

On Friday, 22 February, after a Park Café lunch, Francine and Richard Kitts, our local Sherlockians, spoke to us about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his popular detective hero, Sherlock Holmes. So popular was Holmes that when Doyle tried to kill him off, once, he had to bring him back, so to speak, from the grave. Francine Kitts discussed the Strand Magazine, in which Doyle regularly published, its role in enlarging Doyle’s audience, and British magazine culture of the late-nineteenth and earlier-twentieth century. Richard Kitts discussed the Baker Street Irregulars, a New York Society of Holmes fans founded by Christopher Morley, and its activities and rituals. Joel Schwartz revealed himself as a member of both the Baker Street Irregulars and its Boston counterpart, The Speckled Band.

 February 2013 Personal News

 Claude Campbell (English), now living in Arizona, describes a seventy-five day cruise to the Orient with his wife Audrey and a portable oxygen tank. When he asked his doctor if he should attempt the trip, his doctor replied (according to Claude), “You got to die somewhere.” Since retiring, Claude has published two novels, Abou and the Angel Cohen and In a Yellow Wood. Tired of dealing with agents, he plans to enlist his daughter in publishing them and four other novels since completed as e-books.

Lorie (Fairfid M.) Caudle (Psychology) attended the Democrats Abroad United Kingdom Inaugural Ball in London on 21 January 2013 to celebrate the inauguration of President Obama. Preceding the election she worked as a volunteer on both sides of the Atlantic. The Cecilia Chorus of New York, in which she sings, will be giving the New York premiere of Dame Ethyl Smith’s Mass in D (1893) in Carnegie Hall on 14 April 2013. Smith, an English composer, was also a suffragette and spent time in Holloway Prison as a result of agitating for the right to vote.

ARP News January 2013


On Friday, 16 November, ARP members met for lunch and then heard Richard Schwarta discuss his recent book, Who Stole My Religion? Revitalizing Judaism and Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal Our Imperiled Planet. Those present were engaged by his presentation of the impending environmental crisis and his insistence on how imperative it is that we begin to take action to avert it. The book can be downloaded free at whosestolemyreligion.com; look under the picture of the cover.

On Friday, 14 December, ARP members met for a festive holiday lunch in the Park Café.

January 2013 Personal News

Lorie (Fairfid M.) Caudle (Psychology) continues to sing with the Cecilia Chorus of New York (formerly known as The St. Cecilia Chorus when it was conducted by the late David Randolph.) She was recently elected to the Board of Governors of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an organization of atheists and agnostics whose mission is to maintain the separation of state and church required by the US Constitution. It opposes efforts by religious organizations to further their own agendas by gaining access to publically-funded venues such as government organizations, educational institutions, sports arenas, and displays on public property. To find out more about Freedom from Religion, go to www.ffrf.org and request a copy of its newsletter, Free Thought Today.

 Richard Schwartz (Mathematics) tries to increase awareness that the world is rapidly approaching a climate catastrophe, severe food, water, and energy scarcities, and other environmental disasters. He is president of Jewish Vegetarians of North America and the Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians. He has published Judaism and Vegetarianism, Judaism and Global Survival, and Mathematics and Global Survival, and Who Stole My Religion? Revitalizing Judaism and Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal Our Imperiled Planet, the last available at  whostolemyreligion.com. His articles and podcasts are available at JewishVeg.com/Schwartz. His documentary, “A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal the World,” can be viewed at aSacredDuty.com.

In Memoriam

 John Nankivell (Mechanical Technology), 2 November 2012
 Carol Stier Goetz (Nursing), 27 November 2012
 Panagiotis Razelos (Engineering Science), 7 January 2013

 October 2012 Personal News

Irene Deitch (Psychology)

Irene Deitch reports that she serves as Co-Chair of the Academy of Retired Professors at CSI, a board member of the Staten Island Hospice, a volunteer at the Sunrise Home/Assisted Living Facility, and a member of the Steering Committee of Brooklyn College’s Alumni Organization, as well participating in various psychological associations. Her son Jonathan (on Staten Island) has a two-year old daughter and her daughter Michele (in Austin, TX) has two daughters, fourteen and seventeen. Irene and her husband Jack divide their time between Staten Island and Austin and welcome visitors.

Richard Currie (English)

On 17 November, as part of the National Endowment of the Arts-sponsored Big Read (and with the cooperation of the Department of English at CSI), Richard Currie will speak on story-making in Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried,” along with Frank Battaglia (English) and the Staten Island playwright Michael Sulsona. The event, in the Recital Hall of 1P, is open to the public. On 8 December he will speak about Dickens (“Dickens and a Touch of Twain”) at the monthly meeting of the Charles Dickens Fellowship of New York.

Joan Hartman (English)

Joan Hartman now teaches in the Options Program at CSI. Options, a program for seniors founded by Irene Deitch, offers a variety of non-credit courses. She is on her third Shakespeare play: each semester she spends six classes on a single play and is now doing 1 Henry IV. Faculty who miss the classroom should consider Options: no papers, no examinations, no grades, just interested students.

Mimi Tausner (Computer Science)

Miriam (Mimi) Tausner writes that she went on a wonderful intergenerational trip to Arizona with her ten-year-old granddaughter.  The trip was run by an organization called Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel).  They went to Sedona, Arizona, and to the Grand Canyon, hiking through spectacular scenery, and took a raft trip along the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  They rode some white water rapids, rated 7 on a scale of 1 to 10.  She recommends the trip to all hardy grandparents who want to share a great experience with their grandchildren.

In Memoriam

 Robin Carey (Politics, Economics, and Philosophy), 9 October 2012

 Pat Passlof (Performing and Creative Arts), 13 November 2011

There will be a memorial celebration in the CSI Library on Sunday, 18 November 2011, from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. Donations in her name may be made to the Tenenbaum Materials Scholarship Fund or the Library Fund for Photography and Art.

Maurice Richter (Mathematics), 26 June 2012

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