Nora Demleitner, professor of law and vice dean for academic affairs for Hofstra Law School, was called to testify by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary at its hearing on the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Demleitner served as a law clerk to Judge Alito when he was on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Hofstra cheerleaders and the Hofstra dance team both walked away with first place awards at the 2006 College Cheerleading and Dance Team Championship held in Orlando, FL, January 13 and 14. Hofstra cheerleaders placed first in the category of Small Coed, Division I. The Hofstra dance team placed first among Division I schools in the Hip-Hop category.
Hofstra stages were busy with productions of And the World Goes ‘Round: The Songs of Kander & Ebb performed by The Gray Wig and Rose’s Dilemma performed by Hofstra USA Productions.
Commerce Band opened its first satellite store on campus on January 30 to provide students and faculty with a convenient, full-service bank. The 1,000-square-foot location is open seven days a week and is conveniently located on the main level of the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center.
A celebration of the 197th birthday of Charles Darwin was hosted by the Hofstra Library and the Department of Geology on February 8. Associate Professor of Geology J Bret Bennington dressed as Darwin for the festivities. “Most science faculty feel that if you don’t understand Darwin, you can’t understand modern science,” said Daniel R. Rubey, dean of library and information services at Hofstra. “The theory of evolution was a crucial building block in understanding the modern world.”
On February 9 Congressman Charles B. Rangel offered his perspective on the State of the Union at Monroe Lecture Center Theater. His address was Hofstra’ s third Arnold A. Saltzman State of the Union Lecture, a program conceived of and endowed by Ambassador Saltzman. Students were encouraged to participate in the State of the Union process by watching President George W. Bush’s State of the Union address on January 31, then attending Congressman Rangel’s lecture the following week and engaging in a dialogue on the two views.
Four School of Communication students traveled with Professor Dennis Mazzocco to the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, for prestigious behind-the-scenes internships with NBC-TV. Only nine universities nationwide placed students with the network. While in Torino, the students, Anthony Scarola, Crystal Cohen, Lauren Fernstrom and Lauren Mann, were able to share their unique experiences with classmates back on campus enrolled in the “Olympic Production and Programming” class. Using telecommunication connections provided by Blackboard.com, Hofstra’s Hempstead students “met” regularly with those in Torino to discuss preparations and coverage of the Olympics.
February 10 to 12 Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues was presented by the School of Communication and Hofstra’s Chapter of The Association for Women in Communications as part of the international V-Day College Initiative 2006 to end violence against women. The V-Day movement began in 1998 with a benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues at an off-Broadway theater and has become more widespread each subsequent year. The benefit performances at Hofstra have raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
On February 11 the Hofstra University Museum opened the exhibition Robert Rauschenberg, Artist-Citizen: Posters for a Better World at the Emily Lowe Gallery. The exhibition featured approximately 20 framed posters produced between 1970 and 1996 that addressed such issues as apartheid, artists’ rights, Earth Day, and nuclear disarmament; works produced for the Rauschenberg Overseas Cultural Interchange (ROCI) were also included. The show ran through April.
The “Great Writers, Great Readings” series featured poet Jean Valentine on February 15. Ms. Valentine received the 2004 National Book Award for Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003. Prior to her reading, Ms. Valentine participated in a master class with creative writing students.
The influence of local cultures on Islam was the focus of a panel discussion sponsored by the Department of Religion on February 22. One Islam With Many Faces compared the Muslim cultures in Indonesia (Java), Turkey and Yemen, examining the relationship between universal Islamic ideals and claims on the one hand, and local expressions of Islam on the other. The panel featured Hofstra professors Drs. Daniel Varisco and Timothy Daniels of the Department of Anthropology and Dr. Markus Dressler of the Department of Religion.
The Hofstra University Athletics Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class on February 25. Honorees included Crystal Boyd, Irving Burton, Wayne Chrebet, Jr., Nick Gallo, Sylvia Giallombardo, Liz (Irwin) Knauss, Walter Kohanowich, Rich Laurel, Joseph M. Margiotta, Howard “Howdy” Myers, Steve Nisenson, Carl Orent, John Schmitt, James M. Shuart, Nathalie J. Smith, William Thieben, Susan (Gades) Trommer and Owen Walsh.
On February 28 the Center for Suburban Studies, the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation and the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal co-sponsored Design Guidelines for Main Street Programs, a seminar to help communities revitalize their Main Street and neighborhood commercial districts.
Amy Krysiewski ’06 was named the recipient of the American Association for Health Education Outstanding Health Education Major of the Year Award. The award recognizes one exceptional undergraduate student majoring in health education/promotion from each degree track among U.S. universities with professional preparation degree programs. Ms. Krysiewski graduated in May with a B.S. in community health and a B.A. in public relations.
The University celebrated the 57th Annual Shakespeare Festival with a production of King John, which had not previously been performed at Hofstra. Other featured presentations included the companion play Calamity John, a merrie musical, directed by Hofstra alumna Kara Lynn Vaeni ’92. The Festival Musicale, directed by Professor of Music William E. Hettrick, was a concert titled Dear John, featuring harpsichordist and Hofstra music faculty member Sonia Gezairlian Grib. The festival ran from March 2 to 12.
Visiting Presidential Scholar Simi Linton led a March 8 screening and panel discussion on Shahar Rozen’s awardwinning documentary Liebe Perla, exploring the abuse and murder of disabled people in Nazi Germany. Dr. Linton, a disability advocate and scholar, is the author of My Body Politic and Claiming Disability: Knowledge and Identity.
Assistant Professor of Sociology Gregory Maney and Hofstra’s Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy released a study on March 9 about government responses to day laborers on Long Island. The study reports that efforts to eliminate day labor markets by threatening, fining and arresting day laborers and contractors contribute not only to human rights abuses but also to deteriorating community relations. The study was conducted in conjunction with the Hempstead-based Workplace Project, an immigrant rights group.
March 9 to 11 the Hofstra Cultural Center presented the conference Asian Merchant Cultures at the Crossroads. Conference Director Patricia Welch, associate professor of Japanese and comparative literature, said the goal of the conference was to analyze Asia’s prominent and growing role as a primary trading partner with the United States.
The “Great Writers, Great Readings” series continued on March 20 with author Edward P. Jones. Mr. Jones won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Known World, a bestseller set in the pre- Civil War South. Prior to the reading, Mr. Jones participated in a master class with creative writing students.
Also on March 20, Visiting Presidential Scholar Daniel C. Kurtzer, who served as U.S. ambassador to both Egypt and Israel, spoke on “Terrorists, Tycoons and Theocrats: American Policy Challenges in the Middle East.”
President Stuart Rabinowitz publicly announced on March 21 that Hofstra received a $6 million gift for its Honors College, one of the largest donations and the largest individual gift ever made to the University. The gift was from Hofstra Board of Trustees Chair John D. Miller ’79, the retired CFO of Arterial Vascular Engineering. “This generous gift from Mr. Miller will allow our Honors College program to continue to grow and attract the very best students from around the country,” President Rabinowitz said. Mr. Miller said, “Hofstra’s growth in the years since I graduated has been phenomenal, and it is very satisfying to me that I am able to give back to the University that had so much to do with my business success.”
More than 1,000 high school students designed and built robots that competed in a regional robotics competition at the Hofstra University Arena on March 24 and 25. The Long Island FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Regional Competition featured 29 Long Island school districts as well as schools in New York City and Connecticut, competing in categories of design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and high-impact partnerships among schools, businesses and communities.
On March 30 Richard J. Field, Hofstra visiting presidential scholar and professor emeritus at the University of Montana, gave a lecture about Erwin Schrödinger, the father of molecular wave mechanics, at the Chemistry and Physics Building.
Also on March 30, President Rabinowitz announced that Hofstra trustee Marilyn Monter donated $1 million to Hofstra to be used for scholarships and capital improvements. Ms. Monter, who serves as secretary of the Board of Trustees, is a 1976 graduate of Hofstra Law School and vice president of the Holiday Organization.
The 32nd Annual Hempstead for Hofstra/Hofstra for Hempstead Testimonial Scholarship Ball was held. Scholarship money raised by this annual event has helped hundreds of high school students from Hempstead pursue their higher education goals at Hofstra.
The Laramie Project was the last Department of Drama and Dance production to play at Hofstra’s West End Theatre, which opened in 1972. Fittingly, The Laramie Project was also the last play directed by Professor D.J. Markley, who retired from Hofstra after 36 years on the faculty. He had been involved with all 99 drama productions performed at the West End. In the fall of 2006 a new theater opened in the New Academic Building.
Two Hofstra seniors, Jessica Levy ’06 and Tessa Sphar ’06, turned Hofstra volleyball’s invitational tournament on April 1 into a breast cancer fund-raiser and awareness event. The student athletes worked in conjunction with the Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition.
Just coming off a successful concert at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the American Chamber Ensemble (ACE) performed on April 2 at Monroe Lecture Center Theater. ACE presented this concert in celebration of the life of composer Amy Beach, widely considered the first successful American female composer.
The School of Education and Allied Human Services (SOEAHS) announced the approval of two programs: an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and an M.S.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health. Both degrees provide students with a critical knowledge base of 11 content areas in mental health counseling and both satisfy the educational requirements for mental health counseling licensure in New York. The SOEAHS also announced in the spring that its Master of Arts in creative arts therapy is a licensure-qualifying degree. That program is designed to prepare candidates with competency in art to serve as members of therapeutic teams in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools and other therapeutic sites.
On April 4 the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center presented a “Bollywood Chic” fashion show and reception. The honoree was Tejinder Pal Singh Bindra, senior vice president of the Jeetish Group of Companies.
On April 4 New York Times national legal correspondent Adam Liptak spoke to School of Communication and Hofstra Law School students about recent court rulings affecting journalists and the current state of the newspaper industry.
The “Great Writers, Great Readings” series featured author and essayist Jonathan Franzen on April 5. Mr. Franzen’s third novel, The Corrections, was an international bestseller nominated for nearly every major book prize. Prior to his reading at Hofstra, Mr. Franzen participated in a master class with creative writing students.
Sixteen Hofstra students volunteered their time during spring break (April 6 to 12) to help in the recovery and cleanup effort for the city of New Orleans, still largely devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Three administrators accompanied the heroic students, who spanned all class years, faiths and fields of study. Working with Catholic Charities and Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, the Hofstra students tackled jobs such as minor construction, cleaning of debris and providing hospitality to displaced families.
Yolande Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni, Jr., poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator, spoke at Hofstra on April 6 in a program sponsored by New Opportunities at Hofstra (NOAH) in cooperation with the Hofstra Cultural Center.
On April 7 it was announced that a $500,000 gift from the family of Ishar Singh Bindra would establish an international prize to be given by Hofstra University to individuals or organizations that promote interfaith harmony. The prize, to be named for Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh religion, will be given every two years. Winners will receive a prize of $50,000 and will be recognized at a gala dinner at Hofstra. The first award is planned for 2008.
Internationally acclaimed guest dance artists Errol Grimes and Olivia Rosenkrantz, and Hofstra Dance faculty members Robin Becker, Stormy Brandenberger, Rachel List and Karla Wolfangle, joined Hofstra students in a beautiful array of unique modern pieces, Baroque dance, and contemporary tap dance at the 2006 Annual Spring Dance Concert, held April 6 to 9 at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse.
Hofstra Law School Dean Aaron Twerski announced on April 13 that alumni Andrew Boas ’80 and Mark L. Claster ’77 pledged a major gift in support of the Child and Family Advocacy Fellowship Program. The program was established in 2002 in response to the urgent need for lawyers who are trained in an interdisciplinary environment to provide effective representation for children, participate in ongoing education and research, and improve services to families in need. Fellowships are awarded to entering J.D. students who intend to pursue careers in child and family advocacy.
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff addressed an April 19 forum on disaster planning sponsored by Hofstra’s Center for Suburban Studies. Emergency Preparedness – Risk-Based Assessments Post-9/11 and Post-Katrina touched on lessons from Hurricane Katrina and what local governments can do to plan for hurricanes or other natural disasters.
Hofstra’s Forensic Linguistics Project presented an April 19 seminar titled Current FBI and Academic Techniques in Forensic Linguistics. Forensic linguistics is an emerging science that uses language to help solve criminal and other cases. FBI Supervisory Special Agent James R. Fitzgerald gave a presentation titled “The FBI’s Use of Forensic Linguistics to Solve Crimes, Identify Anonymous Threatening Authors, and Prevent Acts of Terrorism.” Dr. Robert Leonard, director of Hofstra’s Forensic Linguistics Project, also talked about some of his cases.
The April 20 conference Understanding, Adapting to and Embracing Cultural Change on Long Island explored the changing “cultural mosaic” of Long Island. The goals of the event were to heighten awareness regarding the cultural, economic and social changes and trends throughout the region, as well as provide tangible tools to promote organizational responsiveness within the educational and not-for-profit sectors.
Also on April 20, it was announced that Hon. David S. Mack, president of The Mack Company developers and a Hofstra trustee, donated $5 million to Hofstra for scholarships and other purposes. “You’ve got to give back,” said Mr. Mack, who also is vice chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and a 1967 Hofstra graduate with a degree in business administration. In recognition of Mr. Mack’s years of service on the Board of Trustees, his generous support over the decades and his work as chair of the committee that oversaw the development of the Hofstra University Arena and other buildings, the University announced that it would rename the arena the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex.
On April 26 The Hofstra Career Center hosted its largest job fair ever, featuring more than 100 companies looking to recruit new employees and interns. More than 1,000 students and alumni attended the event. Among the companies and organizations that participated were MTV, the Peace Corps, the CIA, Pfizer, the Armani Exchange and the Hershey Company.
Also on April 26, activist Angela Davis spoke at Monroe Lecture Center Theater. In 1969 Ms. Davis received national attention after being removed from her teaching position at UCLA as a result of her social activism. She is co-founder of the National Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression.
President Rabinowitz announced on April 26 that Joe Gregory ’74, president and chief operating officer of Lehman Brothers and vice chairman of Hofstra’s Board of Trustees, and his wife, Niki, donated $5 million to Hofstra.
On April 27-29, the Merrill Lynch Center at Hofstra hosted an international conference titled Managing Risk in Financial Institutions: From Theory to Practice. The keynote speakers were Anthony Saunders, the John M. Schiff Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University, and Charles Smithson, an economist and president of Rutter Associates, a credit risk management firm.
On April 27 Hofstra Law School announced a new 24-credit Master of Laws in Family Law program. The only program of its kind in the eastern United States and one of only three programs in the country, the LL.M. in Family Law furthers the Law School’s commitment to developing skilled and compassionate family lawyers who are trained in issues central to the field – divorce, family violence, child custody, abuse, neglect and support – as well as knowledge in related areas such as tax, contracts, real estate and partnership law, child psychology and treatment options.
Also announced was the launch of Long Island’s first Master of Arts in Journalism. The program offers a choice of specialization in either science and health or business writing.
The Third Annual Long Island Psychology Conference took place at Hofstra on April 30. This is a student-focused conference that consists of research talks and poster sessions of empirical work by undergraduate and graduate psychology students from 11 area colleges and universities.
On May 4 President Rabinowitz announced the launch of a $100 million capital campaign – only the second in Hofstra’s history – aimed at increasing the University’s endowment and enhancing its reputation as a national center of academic excellence. The formal announcement was made by Capital Campaign Chair and Chair of the Board of Trustees John D. Miller ’79 at the 10th Annual Hofstra Gala at the Hofstra University Arena before more than 800 business, government and community leaders. “These funds will help us enhance our already strong academic infrastructure, increase scholarships and attract nationally known scholars to the Hofstra campus,” said President Rabinowitz. The Gala honoree was Hofstra Trustee Helene Fortunoff, president emeritus of Fortunoff.
Hofstra University celebrated its Dutch heritage at the 23rd annual Dutch Festival on May 7. Hofstra’s South Campus featured thousands of tulips in bloom, face-painting, live music and dance entertainment, craft vendors, and authentic Dutch food and beverages.
Students and faculty from the School of Education and Allied Human Services participated in a videoconference with children from the Sabine Pass Elementary School in Texas on May 11. The Sabine Pass students thanked Hofstra for coordinating a Scholastic book fair earlier in the year. The proceeds benefited the elementary school, which had been ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Dr. Donald Henderson, professor of communicative disorders and sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, was honored with a Hofstra University National Research Award. Dr. Henderson was recognized for distinguished contributions to the field of hearing science. The Hofstra University National Research Award is a prize given in a discipline related to the mission of Hofstra’s Saltzman Community Services Center, a facility dedicated to the education of students and the health and well-being of the community.
Hofstra English professor and essayist Phillip Lopate was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Lopate, who holds the John Cranford Adams Chair in the Humanities at Hofstra, is among 175 new Fellows and 20 new foreign honorary members, including two former U.S. presidents, a Nobel laureate, winners of the Pulitzer Prize and a member of the French Senate. Those elected to the Academy are believed to be the finest minds and most influential leaders from each generation.
Hofstra’s Student Film Festival marked its 10th anniversary on May 18 and 19 with 26 student films ranging in length from 2.5 to 12 minutes. All of the movies were produced in conjunction with School of Communication film classes. The judges were Fred Lebow, who has written more than 15 screenplays for Hollywood, including While You Were Sleeping; sound editor Melissa Cohen ’90, who has worked on films such as The Producers, A Beautiful Mind, Man on the Moon and The Big Lebowski; and assistant camera person Sarah Hendrick ’01, whose credits include the independent feature films The Killing Floor, Descent, The House is Burning and Mom.
On May 21 more than 2,000 students celebrated spring commencement. The speaker for the undergraduate ceremony was Morton Owen Schapiro ’75, president of Williams College. Also honored were philanthropists Gerry and Lilo Leeds. Congressman Michael G. Oxley, who is serving his 12th full term in the House of Representatives and is chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, addressed the graduate ceremony at the Hofstra University Arena. The School of Law commencement featured Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Also at commencement, the Teachers of the Year were announced. Esther Fusco received the honor from the School of Education and Allied Human Services; Eric Freedman and Mark Movsesian from Hofstra Law School; John Morrissey from Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Dennis Mazzocco from the School of Communication. The awards, which are coordinated by the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, are based on nominations by graduating students. Additionally, Sally Charnow, associate professor of history, and Zilkia Janer, assistant professor of romance languages and literatures, were named recipients of the 22nd Annual Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication.
On May 23 President Rabinowitz announced that Salvatore F. Sodano ’77, ’83, the former head of the American Stock Exchange (Amex) and vice chairman of the National Association of Securities Dealers, was appointed dean of Hofstra’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business.
In time for summer travelers, a treatment program for sufferers of flying phobia began at Hofstra’s Psychological Evaluation Research and Counseling (PERC) Clinic at the Joan and Arnold A. Saltzman Community Services Center. The research study, which is ongoing, uses the newest technology of virtual reality to treat fear of flying.
Improving the efficiency and accountability of Nassau County’s 200 special tax districts with an eye toward saving taxpayer dollars was the topic of discussion and debate at the first-ever countywide conference on Nassau County special districts, held June 8 at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse. A distinguished roster of local elected officials and experts on law, economics, and local government participated. The event was co-sponsored by Hofstra’s Center for Suburban Studies, the Long Island Association, The Rauch Foundation, Cablevision and Herald Community Newspapers.
Hofstra’s national reputation for presidential studies was enhanced through the establishment of the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency and the Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies. In June President Rabinowitz announced that Meena Bose, Ph.D., director of American politics at the United States Military Academy at West Point, will hold the Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies. Both the Center and Chair were funded by a $3.5 million gift from Peter Kalikow ’65.
President Rabinowitz announced on June 23 that Dr. Julie Byrne, an assistant professor of religion at Duke University, was named Hofstra’s Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman Chair in Catholic Studies. The endowed chair, the second in the Department of Religion at Hofstra, was funded through money raised at a 2004 testimonial gala in honor of Monsignor Hartman, better known as “Father Tom” or one-half of “The God Squad.”
The 29th Annual Hofstra Golf Open on June 26 at the Old Westbury Golf and Country Club honored Ralph Polimeni, vice provost for accreditation and assessment, formerly the dean of the Zarb School of Business.
Hofstra USA Productions and The Gray Wig began their summer seasons. Hofstra USA Productions presented the comedy musical Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! in June, followed by Grease in July and Amadeus in August. The Gray Wig staged the comedy Stones in His Pockets in June and the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie in September.
The School of Communication launched a program on July 5 titled “Documenting Diversity,” which allowed 10 metropolitan area high school students from different walks of life to engage in an artistic and enlightening exchange of ideas and experiences. “Documenting Diversity” required each student to make a film about the life of another participant in the program. Dr. Sybil DelGaudio, professor of audio/video/film and dean of the School of Communication, said, “The goal of the program is not only to teach students how to produce short films, but also to change their outlooks on other groups through the experience of documenting their lives.” The films were made using video cameras and laptop computers with appropriate digital editing software. The students were guided by a team of faculty experts drawn from disciplines such as film, video, speech communication, performance studies and sociology. The students’ experiences were also documented in a film by Associate Professor of Audio/Video/Film Phil Katzman.
Hofstra announced that for the 2006-2007 academic year, offerings in Persian language and literature would be expanded, based on the very enthusiastic response to an inaugural class offered the previous academic year. No other school on Long Island currently offers Persian language and literature studies.
University College for Continuing Education held its 32nd Annual Summer Writing Workshops, July 10 to 21. Instructors included editor, journalist and actor Andrew Salomon, who has worked for The Washington Post, Newsday, The New York Post and The New York Daily News; novelist Allen C. Kupfer, whose most recent work is A Meal to Die For (2005); and poet Julie Sheehan, who won the Barnard Women Poets Prize for her second book, Orient Point. Adjunct Associate Professor of English Richard Pioreck served as co-director of the Summer Writing Workshops.
Carolyn Dudek, an assistant professor of political science, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and research in Argentina during the 2006-2007 academic year. Dr. Dudek’s areas of research interest include regional economic development, European Union-Latin American relations, Spanish politics, clientelism, decentralization/regionalism, regional integration, domestic effects of regional integration, nationalism and pension reform.
Nicholas Fevola ’06 was named a recipient of this year’s Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship, one of the most prestigious honors in higher education. Mr. Fevola is currently attending graduate school at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music to study scoring for motion pictures. The graduate scholarship covers tuition, room, board, fees and books – up to $50,000 annually – for up to six years.
Hofstra Law School’s clinical education program announced the formation of two new clinics. A Securities Arbitration Clinic began over the summer to give students hands-on experience in pursuing securities-related claims, which are subject to arbitration agreements. Students in the Community and Economic Development Clinic provide transactional (nonlitigation) assistance to nonprofits, community-based organizations and micro-enterprises in low-income communities in and around Nassau County.
A new Bachelor of Science in forensic science was launched. “Forensic science is a rapidly growing and evolving field that requires a sound foundation in the sciences as well as training in the latest investigative techniques,” said Rodney Finzel, chair of the Chemistry Department. “Hofstra’s program integrates our existing chemistry program with other science disciplines and draws on the expertise of Hofstra Law School faculty and professional criminalists.” Forensic science professionals from the New York City, Nassau and Suffolk County Police Departments serve as adjunct faculty for the multidisciplinary program.
September 5 marked the first day of classes for the 2006/2007 academic year. A formal academic convocation at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse officially welcomed new students to the Hofstra community. Speeches were given by President Stuart Rabinowitz, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Herman A. Berliner, Associate Professor of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations Ellen Frisina ’77 and Student Government Association President Peter DiSilvio.
Also on September 5, Hofstra hosted a symposium on how the tragic events of September 11, 2001, impacted society and culture and how that day will continue to be remembered. The Future of September 11 brought together elected officials, scholars, artists, psychologists, journalists, first responders, and groups representing the families of victims. New York Times reporter Jim Dwyer, co-author of 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers, was the keynote speaker. The event was presented by Hofstra University and the World Trade Center Family Center, a program of South Nassau Communities Hospital, and sponsored by Newsday.
Voiceless in the Presence of Realities, a collaboration between the Hofstra University Museum and the Long Island Studies Institute at Hofstra, officially opened at Emily Lowe Gallery on September 5 as part of the 9/11 retrospective. It included works by about a dozen prominent Long Island artists and by children who are part of the World Trade Center Family Center at South Nassau Communities Hospital.
In September Hofstra launched a branding effort to bring the University’s evolving identity into clearer focus. The new brand design was introduced on the Hofstra Web site, www.hofstra.edu, the Hofstra alumni magazine and in brochures and advertisements. The Hofstra logo, “Find Your Edge,” was also introduced. Hofstra alumni, students, faculty and staff were all part of the process in developing the new look for the University and for implementing its components.
The Department of Fine Arts, Art History and Humanities opened a student gallery in Calkins Hall. Coordinated by the student organization Form, the exhibitions change weekly to highlight the work of students, not only in the fine arts but also other disciplines. The adviser to Form is Laurie Fendrich, professor of fine arts.
In celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Department of Music and the Hofstra Cultural Center launched a special semester-long series of concerts of Mozart’s music and lectures about his life and influence. The celebration continued into early 2007.
Frank Bowe, Hofstra’s Dr. Mervin Livingston Schloss Distinguished Professor for the Study of Disabilities, released a study titled “Disability in America,” which concluded that people with disabilities make up the third largest minority in the United States, and yet are the least likely of any demographic to achieve the American dream. Dr. Bowe found that among Americans with disabilities, one in four subsists on below-poverty level income and more than 75 percent have an individual income of less than $20,000. Dr. Bowe also found that educational opportunity for students with disabilities and those without is not parallel.
Hofstra Law School and Reach Out America marked the birthday of the U.S. Constitution by examining the conflict between civil and religious rights with Your Rights and the Religious Right on September 17. The conference brought together legal scholars and religious leaders to look at how constitutional rights are often at odds with rights claimed by various religious groups.
On September 27 students, faculty and community residents read from books that have been challenged or banned from libraries and schools as part of an annual nationwide celebration of intellectual freedom known as Banned Books Week. The 2006 event, co-sponsored by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom and the Hofstra University Library, celebrated 25 years of fighting to keep books freely accessible in schools and libraries.
Also on September 27, a photographic remembrance of the July 1995 massacre of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys debuted at the Hofstra University Museum. The Betrayal of Srebrenica: A Commemoration was an artistic exhibition that reflected not only on the events of the war in Bosnia (1992-1995) but also on the human rights and ethical issues that arose.
Hofstra broke ground on a $23 million residence hall for graduate and law students, reflecting a growing demand for on-campus housing. The 225-bed, fivestory structure, scheduled to open in January 2008, will feature suites with small kitchens. “Over the past several years, the percentage of Hofstra students who come from across the country has dramatically increased, and now nearly half of our undergraduate students come from states other than New York. As our national reputation has grown, so has the demand for on-campus housing by both graduate and undergraduate students,” said President Stuart Rabinowitz.
Jeffrey Preval, a senior journalism student at Hofstra, was named a recipient of the prestigious Carole Simpson Scholarship from the Radio-Television News Directors Association. The $2,000 scholarship was created by ABC News senior correspondent Carole Simpson to encourage and help minority students overcome hurdles along their career path. Mr. Preval has held numerous positions at Hofstra’s radio station, WHRU, including anchor, producer and engineer. Currently he is the assistant news director for the station and a host and newscaster on Hofstra’s Wake-Up Call.
At a September 28 event sponsored by the School of Communication titled “Radio Realities,” Heather Cohen of Greenstone Media, Scott Miller of 97.5 WALK Radio, Rick Martini of MIX 102.7, Ben Burnside of 98.7 KISS FM, and Ken Webb of Sirius Satellite Radio spoke to students about the evolution of jobs in the radio industry.
Hofstra Law School and the Hofstra Cultural Center presented the October 4 and 5 conference Biomedical Research and the Law, with a special focus on the pharmaceutical industry and its relationship with government, academia, physicians and consumers. The aim of the event was to address public concern about the credibility of pharmaceutical research, which has increased in response to a number of well-known incidents such as the withdrawal of Vioxx from the market.
At the 2006 Alumni Awards Dinner on October 6 at the Garden City Hotel, Hon. David S. Mack ’67 was named Alumnus of the Year, while Dr. Laurie Shepherd Johnson ’85, David M. Katz ’86, Scott Masterson ’77 and Joanne Minieri ’82 received Alumni Achievement Awards. Jed R. Morey ’02 was named Young Alumnus of the Year, and Gary Barth and Joseph D. Monticciolo were named Honorary Alumni of the Year.
On October 7 Hofstra celebrated Homecoming. This year’s parade theme was “Broadway Musicals: Then and Now.” The parade was followed by a football game against Villanova at Shuart Stadium and an Alumni Pride Party.
The “Great Writers, Great Readings” series began its third year on October 9 with Pulitzer Prize-winning author John McPhee at Monroe Lecture Center Theater. Mr. McPhee is a staff writer at The New Yorker. His most recent books are the Pulitzer Prize-winning Annals of the Former World, The Founding Fish and Uncommon Carriers, published in June 2006. Prior to the reading he participated in a master class with creative writing students.
Definitions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities both from within those diverse communities and from society at large were examined at an October 11 Hofstra symposium, “What Does Gay Mean Today?” The program kicked off Hofstra’s new LGBT Studies program, which will offer its first courses in the spring 2007 semester.
The annual Donor Appreciation Reception was held at Hofstra’s New Academic Building on October 18. The celebration included a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the building. The 86,000-square-feet, $16 million structure features a 230-seat black box theater designed for dramatic productions that has a technical balcony, stage and dressing rooms. The architecturally distinctive structure also contains an acoustically isolated band rehearsal hall that seats 120, two breakout rehearsal rooms, an extensive music library and storage facilities. The building also provides additional office space and meeting rooms for music, speech, journalism, history and other faculty.
October 21 and 22 Hofstra and The Neysa Jane Body Dysmorphic Disorder Fund presented the second annual Body Dysmorphic Disorder Conference. The conference was designed for mental health professionals, patients, as well as family members and friends of BDD sufferers. BDD is a serious psychiatric illness characterized by an intense preoccupation with a perceived defect or slight imperfection in one’s appearance.
On October 25 Hofstra Law Professor Mark Movsesian was installed as the third Max Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Law. A faculty member since 1993, Professor Movsesian teaches contracts, international civil litigation, international commercial arbitration, international law, and international trade. Max Schmertz (1985-1943) was a business and political leader in New Rochelle, New York. The event’s guest speaker was John O. McGinnis, professor of law, Northwestern University School of Law.
Karenna Gore Schiff, daughter of Al and Tipper Gore, visited Hofstra on October 26 to talk about and sign copies of her new book, Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America. Prior to the signing, Ms. Schiff was the guest lecturer in a freshman American studies class taught by Michael D’Innocenzo, the Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professor for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change, where the students had been assigned to read the book.
Later that same day, Phil Rosenthal ’81, Hofstra alumnus and Emmy Awardwinning executive producer of Everybody Loves Raymond, returned to campus to talk about his new book, You’re Lucky You’re Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom. He was joined by his friend, Hofstra alumnus and actor Tom McGowan ’81, who was a frequent co-star on Everybody Loves Raymond.
Also on October 26 Hofstra’s Institute for the Development of Education in the Advanced Sciences (IDEAS) hosted “Shining Light on Alzheimer’s” by Dr. Lisa Miller, biophysical chemist, National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory. Dr. Miller discussed her work using synchrotron infrared and X-ray microscopes to provide a better understanding of how Alzheimer’s occurs and potential ways to prevent it.
October 27 and 28, the Hofstra Cultural Center presented Rubén Darío: 90 Years Later in honor of one of the great poetic innovators in the Spanish language. Ninety years after his death, Rubén Darío continues to be a monumental presence in Hispanic literature. Both bilingual and Spanish panels were conducted by scholars from all over the world.
On Halloween, trick-or-treaters at Hofstra’s astronomical observatory were treated to the sights of Uranus, Neptune, the moon and various star clusters. Hofstra astronomy students and professors provided families with a guided tour of the mid-autumn sky.
On November 1 the Department of Fine Arts, Art History and Humanities launched the month-long exhibition Harvey Wang’s America. The show was a collection of images by New York photographer and film director Harvey Wang. Mr. Wang was present for an opening day reception.
Hofstra Law School hosted the conference Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship on November 3 and 4. The conference brought together a group of distinguished scholars to examine the multiple dimensions of women’s equal citizenship.
On November 7 New York University School of Law Professor Noah Feldman, whose books address issues of religion and government, Islamic democracy, and war and nation building in Iraq, delivered the fourth Arnold A. Saltzman Lecture on the State of the Union, presented by Hofstra University Honors College.
Hofstra students reported on-site from local Democratic and Republican headquarters as they covered the 2006 midterm elections for WRHU, 88.7 FM. Other students interested in watching the election night returns gathered at the Political Junkies’ Election Night Party, sponsored by the Political Science Department.
The Baltimore Consort, an internationally renowned early music ensemble, presented a November 8 concert featuring music from the Sephardic tradition, dances from Renaissance Spain, and music by Juan del Encina. The performance, “¡Cancionero! Romances, Villancicos & Improvisations of Spain, circa 1500,” was sponsored by Hofstra University Honors College.
The renovated main floor of the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library officially reopened on November 13 with a ribboncutting by Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Herman A. Berliner, Dean of Library and Information Services Daniel R. Rubey, and Joan and Donald Everett Axinn. “The renovation transforms a traditional and aging library into a modern, light and airy space of metal and glass, which reflects the library’s new role as a gateway to information and knowledge from around the world through the Internet,” said Dean Rubey.
Confucianism and the many misconceptions about the Asian religion were the topics of discussion on November 15 at an event presented by the Department of Religion. The aim of the lecture, given by Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion Warren Frisina, was to overcome extreme portraits of Confucianism.
Law enforcement officials, education scholars, school personnel and administrators, parents, faith-based agencies and governmental agencies from Nassau and Suffolk Counties convened at Hofstra on November 16 for a conference co-sponsored by the School of Education and Allied Human Services. The event, titled Youth, Violence and Gangs: Promoting Healthy Alternatives, analyzed the gang problem spreading throughout Long Island and taught current prevention and intervention strategies.
Hofstra University’s annual Fall Faculty Dance Concert, held November 16 to 19, was highlighted by the Jean Erdman Dance Notation Project. Jean Erdman is considered to be one of the pioneers of modern dance. The goal of the notation project was to create Labanotated scores of three of Erdman’s historic dances, including the trio Daughters of the Lonesome Isle (1945) and two solos, Hamadryad (1948) and Creature on a Journey (1943). Labanotation is a standardized system for analyzing and recording human motion.
On November 17 and 18 Professor of Curriculum and Teaching Alan Singer hosted a special equal rights forum for middle school students from New York City and Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The students brought materials such as posters, dioramas, videos and computer presentations for an exhibition pertaining to the history of slavery in New York.
Also on November 17, the Department of Drama and Dance held its inaugural performance in the Black Box Theater in the New Academic Building with a production of Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes, directed by Peter Sander.
An announcement was made in November that Hofstra and Claflin Universities would exchange faculty for the spring 2007 semester as part of an ongoing program to establish closer ties between the two institutions. Dr. Daniel Sciarra, associate professor and chair of Hofstra’s Department of Counseling, Research, Special Education and Rehabilitation in the School of Education and Allied Human Services, is teaching at Claflin for the spring 2007 semester. Annette Grevious, an assistant professor of speech and drama at Claflin, is teaching at Hofstra during this same period.
Building affordable housing, revitalizing downtowns and preserving open space were among the issues that real estate professionals and those in related fields tackled at the conference Redeveloping Long Island in the 21st Century. Richard V. Guardino, vice president for business development and executive dean of the Center for Suburban Studies, said the event, co-sponsored by the new Institute of Real Estate at Hofstra University, was a forum “for real estate professionals to share experiences, lessons and articulate a regional agenda for redevelopment and investment on Long Island.”
The Fourth Annual Round Table on Corporate Governance and Responsibility on November 29, presented by The Merrill Lynch Center for the Study of International Financial Services and Markets of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, looked at “The Executive Compensation Debate.” Questions posed by the panels were whether the current models for executive compensation are flawed, and whether executive pay is truly based on corporate performance.
Also on November 29, poet Sharon Olds participated in a master class with creative writing students and held a reading at the Guthart Theater as part of the “Great Writers, Great Readings” series. Ms. Olds is a former New York state poet laureate and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Later that same evening, construction continued on Hofstra’s third pedestrian bridge, located at the intersection of Oak Street and California Avenue. Hempstead Turnpike was closed to traffic so that the frame could be installed.
IDEAS held a program on November 30 titled “Inner Space: The Final Frontier – Exploring the Biology of the Deep Sea,” presented by John Morrissey, associate professor of biology. In his lecture, Dr. Morrissey summarized current knowledge of the biology of deep-sea organisms, from those that dwell within the water column thousands of feet below to those that make their living at the very bottom of the abyss.
On December 4 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn presented a reading of his work at the Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall. Mr. Dunn, who received a B.A. in history from Hofstra in 1962 and the University’s Award for Alumni Achievement, won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 2001 for Different Hours.
On December 5 the 23rd annual Sinterklaas Festival was held. Festivities included a toy drive to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Hempstead.
On December 6 Hofstra students unfurled a 40-foot scroll in the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center as part of a Thanks & Giving Project in which they thanked those in the University community for contributions to campus life. The students also raised $500 for local charities.
Also on December 6, the Zarb M.B.A./M.S. Executive Speaker Series presented James P. Campbell, president and chief executive officer, GE Consumer & Industrial. Mr. Campbell holds an M.B.A. in marketing management from Hofstra’s Zarb School of Business.
Two Hofstra mechanical engineering seniors unveiled their senior design project – a dream car they built themselves – on December 13. Eyal Angel and Seth Rosenberg concluded their presentation by taking their professors for a spin around the parking lot. All Hofstra engineering students take part in a senior research and design experience as a component of their capstone project. “This is what we would like to see in our senior designs, our students creating their own projects,” said Dr. Richard Jensen, associate professor of engineering at Hofstra. “These students wanted to have something to remember Hofstra by.”
Law School Dean Aaron Twerski was appointed by Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein as one of two special masters to handle cases filed by workers who suffered respiratory illnesses as a result of their cleanup efforts at the World Trade Center site after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. He will be joined by Professor James A. Henderson Jr. of Cornell Law School. The appointments were made in an effort to ensure the thousands of cases already filed are handled in a timely and efficient manner.
Hofstra celebrated midyear commencement on December 21. The guest speaker and honorary degree recipient was Hon. David A. Paterson, the newly elected lieutenant governor of New York state. A 1983 graduate of Hofstra Law School, he has served in the New York State Senate since 1985. In November 2002 Senator Paterson was elected New York Senate minority leader, serving as the highest-ranking African-American elected official in New York state and the first nonwhite legislative leader in Albany’s history.