January: Heavenly Musicals on Campus
Theatergoers braved the cold to see two comedy musical productions at the University. The Hofstra Gray Wig performed Nunsense at Monroe Lecture Center Theater, while Hofstra USA Productions presented Forever Plaid at the West End Theatre.
Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz welcomed freshmen and transfer students at the third annual New Student Convocation held the first day of classes, September 6.
February: Great Writers, Great Readings Continues
Hofstra’s inaugural “Great Writers, Great Readings” series continued into a second semester with an appearance on February 7 by Cynthia Ozick, acclaimed author ofArt and Ardor and Levitation. Ms. Ozick’s most recent essay collection, Quarrel & Quandary, won the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.
On February 9 it was standing room only at the Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall in the Axinn Library when Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst and author of Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws, addressed a group of students and faculty members on “Our Civil Liberties During Wartime.”
The Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal hosted a symposium in commemoration of “The 40th Anniversary of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” Held on February 25, the symposium provided in-depth analysis of the act, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.
March: Et Tu, Brute?
The spring semester got off to a dramatic start with the 56th annual Shakespeare Festival, performed March 3 through March 13. For the first time in 41 years, Julius Caesar was performed on the Globe stage, constructed in 1951 by Hofstra’s second president, John Cranford Adams, for whom the Playhouse is named.
On March 10 the “Great Writers, Great Readings” series presented playwright and screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan, whose works include You Can Count on Me and This Is Our Youth. Mr. Lonergan also co-wrote the film Gangs of New York, which garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, among other awards and nominations.
The Center for Suburban Studies joined the Hofstra University Library, the Long Island Studies Institute and the Hofstra Cultural Center to present the interdisciplinary conference “New Visions of Suburban Life” on March 18 and 19. The event examined the evolving suburban context of American life. The Hofstra-based American Chamber Ensemble (ACE) presented a gala 40th Anniversary Concert on March 20. Naomi Drucker ’57 and Blanche Abram, Music Department faculty and directors of the ensemble, were joined by Marilyn Sherman Lehman ’75, piano; Patricia Spencer, flute; and the ACE String Quartet. ACE was founded in 1965 by Naomi Drucker and Blanche Abram, who as young mothers were eager to find a forum where they could continue to perform without traveling far from their families.
April: In Fashion With the Saltzman Center
The Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center presented its first fundraising dinner and fashion show on April 5. Serving as the evening’s master of ceremonies was Hofstra alumnus and popular TV weatherman Irv Gikofsky ’67 (“Mr. G”). Held during the “Week of the Young Child,” the event featured the rollout of the newest Kenneth Cole Reaction Spring Looks for Boys.
On April 12 Paul Rusesabagina, the real-life hero portrayed in the acclaimed film Hotel Rwanda, spoke to more than 1,100 students at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse about his life experiences that inspired the movie. Mr. Rusesabagina, a hotel manager in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, is credited with saving more than 1,000 Rwandans from certain death during the genocidal clash between the Hutus and Tutsis.
The Hofstra Cultural Center, in cooperation with The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, presented the Eighth International F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference at Hofstra, April 14 to 16. The conference, “F. Scott Fitzgerald On Long Island and New York,” focused on the portrayal of these locales in Fitzgerald’s novels, primarily The Great Gatsby.
On April 21 Hofstra’s Institute for the Development of Education in the Advanced Sciences (IDEAS) hosted the lecture “The Science Behind The Day After Tomorrow: Global Warming, Ocean Circulation, and Rapid Climate Change” by Dr. Christa Farmer of the Department of Geology. This lecture discussed how the long-term state and stability of our global climate is largely controlled by the movement of water through the world’s oceans. IDEAS, based within the School of Education and Allied Human Services at Hofstra University, provides a focus on cutting-edge issues in science and technology for the general public, local public and private school teachers and administrators, and college educators.
April 21 to 24 the Department of Drama and Dance presented its Spring Dance Concert, continuing the dance program’s 20th year celebration. Since dance was first offered as a major in 1984, the program has grown from three instructors and one full-time accompanist to 11 instructors and five accompanists. The fall and spring dance concerts, held every November and April, traditionally feature new choreography as well as revivals by the dance faculty and visiting guest artists.
Dr. Patricia Lambert Stock, professor of writing, rhetoric and American cultures at Michigan State University, accepted the second Hofstra University National Research Award on April 26. The National Research Award is an annual prize given in a discipline related to the mission of Hofstra’s Saltzman Community Services Center. This year’s award was designated for contributions to the field of literacy studies and – specifically – teacher research in writing instruction.
Also in April, construction began on a new four-story academic facility that will include a black box theater, a state-of-the-art rehearsal hall and office space for Hofstra’s School of Communication and Departments of Music and Drama and Dance. The building is scheduled to be completed in August 2006.
May: The Month Takes Off With JetBlue’s David Neeleman
The Merrill Lynch Center for the Study of International Financial Services and Markets of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business presented its Fourth Annual Business Conference, “International Investments: Opportunities in the Equity and Bond Markets.” Held on May 9, the event featured a keynote address by Dr. Jos‚ M. Barrionuevo, head of emerging markets strategy and economics, Barclays Capital, Barclays PLC.
JetBlue Chairman and CEO David Neeleman spoke to a full house at the Guthart Cultural Center Theater about “The History of JetBlue” on May 12. His talk about staying true to dreams, values and friends inspired both the visiting professionals and many students who attended. The event was part of the Scott Skodnek Business Development Center’s ongoing “Operation Downtown” lecture series.
On May 22 approximately 2,000 students celebrated their graduation from Hofstra University. Speakers included Chairman and CEO of HBO Chris Albrecht ’74; Marvel Studios Chairman and CEO Avi Arad ’72; and U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer.
Robert Wood Johnson IV, chairman and CEO of The Johnson Company, Inc. and New York Jets LLC, was honored at the Hofstra University Gala Ball on May 26 at a transformed Hofstra University Arena. Proceeds from the Gala benefited the Hofstra University Endowed Scholarship Fund.
June: And the Award Goes to…
After the spring 2005 semester had come to a close, word was received that several Hofstra students and recent graduates were to be recognized for national awards earned for outstanding academic achievement. Andrew Falzon ’05 placed second in the radio category of the 2005 Hearst National Broadcast News Championships. Jessica Leffler, a second-year student in the Physician Assistant Studies program, was named the recipient of a national scholarship from the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology. Alla Sorokosh, a December 2004 doctoral graduate in educational and policy leadership at Hofstra University, was named the first recipient of the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Teaching in Educational Administration Special Interest Group (TEA/SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). This award recognizes outstanding doctoral research that helps to improve the quality of teaching and learning in educational administration. Lastly, Jeanine Poggi, a Hofstra senior, was awarded a Scripps Howard Foundation scholarship and a magazine internship from the Magazine Publishers of America. Jeanine is currently editor-in-chief of The Chronicle at Hofstra.
The nation’s first summer seminar to examine the complexities of Sikh mysticism was held June 2 to 8. Approximately 30 people from around the world participated in the unique program. Many were practitioners of Sikhism, but some were students of religion and philosophy interested in learning more about this South Asian religion.
July: New Logos Are Unveiled
Hofstra announced the launch of a new University logo, the shield, designed by Powell New York, a full-service branding and marketing agency. The logo was designed using input from many focus groups, interviews and surveys with students, faculty, staff and alumni. The shield represents the University’s commitment to its heritage and a tradition of academic excellence, while the dynamic representation of the H within the shield embodies the evolutionary, changing nature of the University. Hofstra Athletics also has a new logo and is now known officially as “The Pride.” The Hofstra Pride refers to a pack of lions, male and female, who work together toward a common goal and symbolize determination and strength.
President Bill Clinton at Hofstra University’s Presidential Conference
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation notified Hofstra that it had awarded a prestigious graduate scholarship to Honors College graduate Christina Cipriano ’05, who is currently pursuing a master’s degree in international educational policy at Harvard University.
Hofstra USA Productions continued its successful summer theater season with a production of Annie Get Your Gun at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse. The following month the group’s summer season closed with the East Coast premiere of The Cat’s Meow, directed by Ed Dennehy ’68.
August: “Ides of March” Finds a New Home on North Campus
The Hofstra Museum installed a diamond-shaped sculpture, “The Ides of March,” on the North Campus on August 26. The work by famed sculptor Philip Pavia made headlines last spring when three of its four pieces were stolen from a warehouse at the Hippodrome in Manhattan. The unexplained removal of the three “Ides of March” pieces was very puzzling, as each component was extremely large and weighed approximately 1,000 pounds. The pieces were returned under mysterious circumstances. Mr. Pavia passed away weeks later with the peace of mind that one of his favorite works was again intact. “The Ides of March” is a very recognizable piece of art, as it had been on display outside the New York Hilton on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan for many years.
The Frank G. Zarb School of Business and the North Shore- Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System announced on August 16 the addition of two new Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) programs, offered with concentrations in health services management and quality management. The programs, the first of their kind on Long Island, include instructors from North Shore-LIJ. No other business school on Long Island has aligned itself with a hospital or health system to offer such programs.
Hofstra and the company, Ruckus, reached an agreement during the summer that gave students access to Ruckus’ digital entertainment network. The agreement between Hofstra and Ruckus makes the service, and its library of more than 1.2 million songs, available to all Hofstra students. Ruckus also allows students to find friends and exchange tracks and playlists through their community and legal music sharing features.
On August 30 Aaron D. Twerski was installed as the new dean of Hofstra University School of Law. The convocation included remarks by the Honorable Judith S. Kaye, chief judge of the state of New York, and James A. Henderson, Jr., the Frank B. Ingersoll Professor at Cornell Law School. Dean Twerski first served the Hofstra Law School community as a faculty member as well as interim and associate dean from 1972 through 1986. He is a scholar of international renown in torts and liability. On August 31 Hofstra announced that it would help accommodate displaced students from colleges and universities in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The University registered students from affected institutions under “visiting” student status and provided special academic advisement, counseling, and financial aid assistance to students and their families.
September: Start to an Exciting Semester Begins With a Grant for Excitable Media
The semester began on September 6 with the University’s third New Student Convocation. This new tradition, held at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, allows Hofstra’s senior officials to formally welcome freshmen and transfer students and introduce them to the faculty and administrators with whom they will work during their college years.
Hofstra received a three-year grant with anticipated funding of $270,000 from the National Science Foundation for the investigation of “Fundamental Principles Governing Spontaneous Activations of Chemical Excitable Media.” Dr. Harold M. Hastings, professor and chairperson of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Dr. Sabrina G. Sobel, associate professor of chemistry, are leading the project. The cardiac electrical system is perhaps the best known biological excitable medium. What are commonly known as heartbeats , for example, are the results of electrical activations which are propagated through the atria and ventricles.
A state-of-the-art digital Language Learning Center opened at Calkins Hall, featuring IBM flat screen computers, SMART interactive white boards and Sony Virtuoso software. The 44-station Language Learning Center, which includes a language classroom and small wireless lab, features a total of 65 computers. Flat screen monitors have PC-TV cards that allow the computers to receive satellite or digital cable footage. Advanced language students – studying everything from Arabic to Swahili – will be the primary users of the Center. However, other members of the campus community, such as professors who may be traveling to other countries to study and ESL students will also use the equipment to refine their language skills.
September 15 and 16 an international conference, titled “Youth Employment in the Global Economy,” was held to examine the far-reaching implications of an important job sector. The number of young people with jobs in the United States has fallen to its lowest level since 1948, when the government first started counting. The conference analyzed the forces behind young Americans’ worsening economic status and the most promising strategies to improve their future employment prospects.
October: Legal Lectures Take the Spotlight
October 14 Hofstra began its Homecoming Weekend festivities with the Alumni Awards Dinner, honoring Phil Rosenthal ’81, Norm Coleman ’71, Martin Greenberg ’60, Donna Mendes ’73, Elaine Sherman ’78, Horace and Amy Hagedorn, and Robert Salvatico ’95 (see profiles in Hofstra Update, fall 2005 issue). The October 15 Homecoming parade, featuring the float theme of “Board Games,” started at Oak Street and finished at James M. Shuart Stadium, where the Pride later celebrated a 44-0 Atlantic 10 Conference victory over the Maine Black Bears. On October 16, Phil Rosenthal, the creator and executive producer ofEverybody Loves Raymond – joined by his wife, Monica Horan ’84, who played “Amy” on the show – performed a benefit show at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse. There he waxed nostalgic on the sitcom and revealed how his real-life family experiences inspired some of Raymond’s funniest moments.
Professor of Law J. Herbie DiFonzo presented the Fall 2005 Distinguished Faculty Lecture on October 19, titled “The Surprising Unreliability of DNA Evidence: A Tale of Bad Labs and Good Statutes of Limitations.” The lecture explored how DNA evidence has proven itself to be unexpectedly unreliable, due not to any question about the scientific principles underlying its methodology, but rather to the public DNA labs’ systemic corruption, gross negligence and endemic failure to properly train technicians on how to process DNA samples.
On October 20 Raymond Cross, whose legal career is chronicled in the book Coyote Warrior: One Man, Three Tribes and the Trial That Forged a Nation (Little, Brown Publishing Co., 2004), was the guest speaker for the 13th Annual Axinn Lecture Series. Mr. Cross, who works extensively with Indian tribes, Indian organizations and federal agencies on issues of Indian education, tribal self-determination and cultural and natural resources preservation, received a Hofstra Presidential Medal, one of the University’s highest honors.
For the third consecutive year, Hofstra University was the host and site of a unique musical and educational event. On October 20 and 21, approximately 200 Long Island seventh graders performed alongside 100 players of the Hofstra Symphonic Band, who acted as teachers and mentors to their younger counterparts. Rehearsals on October 20 and on the early evening of the following day culminated in a concert for family and friends at the Hofstra University Arena at 8 p.m. on October 21. The event was organized by Professor Peter Loel Boonshaft.
The School of Communication hosted an October 26 appearance by Aaron Brown, formerly of CNN, who spoke to students from all disciplines at the Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall, Axinn Library.
Hispanic Heritage Month continued on October 28 with “Beyond Borders: A Celebration and Exploration of Hispanic Culture, Education and Life,” a symposium co-directed by Hofstra Professors Andrea Garcia and Miguel-Angel Zapata. The event featured an array of international guests with the goal of bringing together diverse voices from different fields to engage in a dialogue about issues that shape Hispanic lives in New York and Latin America, including culture, literature, arts, education, politics and everyday life.
The School of Law held its fifth major conference on legal ethics, October 30 to November 1, titled “Lawyers’ Ethics in an Adversary System.” The conference marked the 30th anniversary of the publication of Hofstra Law Professor Monroe Freedman’s seminal book,Lawyers’ Ethics in an Adversary System (Bobbs Merrill, 1975), which remains one of the most influential books ever written on the subject of legal ethics. Over the course of the three-day event, 19 speakers from around the country – with as many different perspectives – examined the ethics of lawyers in an adversary system. Highlights included a keynote address by Alan M. Dershowitz, Harvard Law School’s Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law.
November: Presidential Conference Makes Hofstra History
In celebration of Hofstra’s new Department of Religion and the establishment of the Msgr. Thomas J. Hartman Chair in Catholic Studies, Archbishop Joseph M. Zycinski, Ph.D., presented a lecture on November 7 titled “The Evolutionary Genesis of the Human Person in the Evolving Universe.” Archbishop Zycinski is the author of nearly 40 books on philosophy of science, relativistic cosmology, and the history of the relationship between natural sciences and Christian faith.
The “Great Writers, Great Readings” series continued for a second year of high-profile appearances by acclaimed writers. On November 7 Haruki Murakami spoke at Monroe Lecture Center Theater. Mr. Murakami’s books published in the past five years include Kafka on the Shore, Sputnik Sweetheart, A Wild Sheep Chase, Underground, Norwegian Wood,and South of the Border, West of the Sun. Playwright Donald Margulies completed the fall 2005 semester schedule of the series on November 17. Mr. Margulies received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Dinner With Friends.
November 10 to 12 Hofstra hosted its 11th presidential conference, William Jefferson Clinton: The “New Democrat” From Hope. Former President Clinton delivered a major address at the Hofstra University Arena on the first day of the conference where he said, “If I could live my life over again, I would not avoid a life of public service. With all its slings and arrows, I would do it all over again.” The conference included the participation of scholars, journalists and many members of the former president’s Cabinet, including Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; Permanent Representative to the United Nations Richard C. Holbrooke; White House Chief of Staff Thomas “Mack” McLarty III; Director of the Office of Management and Budget and Chief of Staff Leon E. Panetta; Secretary of Defense William Perry; Chief of Staff John D. Podesta; Attorney General Janet Reno; and U.N. Chief Weapons Inspector in Iraq Scott Ritter.
On November 14 E. R. Shipp, columnist for the New York Daily News and former reporter forThe New York Times, was installed as the University’s Lawrence Stessin Distinguished Professor of Journalism. Since 1994 Shipp has been a columnist for the New York Daily News. She was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1996 for her penetrating columns on race, welfare and other social issues.
There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 22 to celebrate the opening of the Trading Room at Hofstra’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business. Located in the Zarb School’s technologically enhanced classroom building, this facility has 34 dual-panel Bloomberg terminals that provide access to Bloomberg Professional services. The facility offers opportunities for individuals to access and analyze a vast array of financial and economic data, apply analytical methods and conduct interactive trading simulations. At the ceremony, former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Arthur Levitt, Jr., received a Presidential Medal from the University.
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the School of Communication hosted a tribute to the late Madeline Kahn ’64 at Tribeca Grill in Manhattan on November 30. All proceeds from “Memories of Madeline” benefited an endowed scholarship in the actress’s name for a film or television student. In attendance were many celebrities, including Jane Alexander, Barbara Barrie, Bill Cosby, Ms. Kahn’s husband John Hansbury, Eric Mendelsohn, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert Klein and Wendy Wasserstein.
Two Zarb School of Business faculty members were named distinguished professors in a ceremony on November 30. Esmeralda O. Lyn, professor of finance and chairperson of the Department of Finance, was installed as the C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor of Finance and International Financial Services. George J. Papaioannou, professor of finance, was installed as the C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor of Finance and Investment Banking.
December: Physics Launches New Stargazing Program
The Department of Physics and Astronomy launched a new program called “Stars on Sundays” to take place the first Sunday of every month. Guests from both on campus and off view the evening sky from the fourth-floor astronomical observatory of the Chemistry/Physics Building on California Avenue. For the first program on December 4, stargazers were able to see the best view of Mars, at its closest point to the Earth until 2018.
On December 6 law enforcement officials, education scholars, school personnel and administrators, parents and representatives from faith-based and governmental agencies from Nassau and Suffolk counties convened at Hofstra for a conference co-sponsored by the School of Education and Allied Human Services, titled “Youth, Violence and Gangs: A Call to Action II.” The event analyzed the gang problem spreading throughout Long Island and taught current intervention strategies.
John D. Miller ’79 was elected chairman of the Hofstra University Board of Trustees. Mr. Miller previously served as vice chair of the Board. The other elected officers to the board are Vice Chair Joseph M. Gregory ’74, president of Lehman Brothers, Inc.; Vice Chair Edwin Reed, CFO of the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York in Jamaica, Queens; and Secretary Marilyn Monter, vice president of The Holiday Organization and a 1976 graduate of Hofstra Law School.
Dr. Laurie Johnson, a professor in the School of Education and Allied Human Services with expertise in conflict resolution, was awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant to work extensively with counselors and teachers in Cyprus. Cyprus has been a divided land since 1974, when Turkey invaded the island, ethnopolitically dividing it into Orthodox Christian Greek Cypriots in the south and Muslim Turkish Cypriots in the north.
Dave Cohen, former defensive coordinator at the University of Delaware, was named head football coach on December 13. Cohen became Hofstra’s seventh head football coach in the program’s 65-year history, replacing Joe Gardi, who retired at the end of the 2005 season after 16 years at the helm. Midyear commencement, celebrated on December 22 at the Hofstra University Arena, marked the first graduation ceremony for Saturday College, a relatively new division of the University that allows students to complete their bachelor’s degree by taking courses on the weekend. The ceremony’s honorary degree recipient was Dr. Colin Goddard, chief executive officer of OSI Pharmaceuticals.