Alumni Fall Festival

Fall Festival 2014: Alumni Stories

We caught up with a few Hofstra alumni visiting for Fall Festival! Check out their photos and stories below.

Top image: Ebony Washington ’00 (right) led the Admissions tour that sold Veronica Davis Barkley ’04 on attending Hofstra. Veronica was active with Entertainment Unlimited and the dance group Unique Expressions while Ebony was in Sigma Gamma Rho and the Speech and Debate Team. They said they were excited to see the performances by TLC and Janelle Monae.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(From left to right) ​Judy Cella Gilligan ’67, ’72 with Hofstra parent Eve Cruz were waiting for the Parade of Floats. “I met the student playing Cinderella in today’s parade, and what’s funny is that I was Cinderella in the parade in 1967,” said Judy, who is coach of Team AOB Hofstra alumni. Judy earned a BS in elementary ed and an MS in special education and spent 38 years in education, the last 21 of which she spent as the chair of the special education department at Walt Whitman High School on Long Island. Eve’s daughter Iveriana is an AOB sister and a dual major in psychology and anthropology.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALike their sorority sister Judy (from left to right) Anita Ellis ’88, ’90, Peggy Laibach ’80 and Dawn Giudice ’85 were excited to be on campus spending the afternoon together. Peggy is past president of the AOB alumnae organization and Dawn is historian of the group. Peggy was a liberal arts major at Hofstra who eventually went on to a career in accounting, while Dawn, a communications major, did voiceover work for a while before pursuing work in banking.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJared Berry ’10 and Kate Legnetti ’09 nabbed a prime spot on the grass to view the Parade of Floats. Jared, a music education major, teaches music at St. John the Baptist and heads Hofstra’s music education alumni group. He’s currently working on a music alumni concert scheduled for November 2 on campus. Kate works in academic and alumni affairs at New York University. A poli sci and history alumna, she was very active in Hofstra’s Debate ’08 activities.
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Recent graduate Carl Rohde ’14 was most looking forward to Kathy Griffin’s performance. Carl, former president of Hofstra’s rugby team, earned a BS in exercise science and plans to return to the University for graduate school.
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JOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAared Cohen ’13, with Glenn Weberman ’14, said he was most looking forward to Vibe Live and Janelle Monae. Jared, a film studies and production alum, is currently a production assistant at Nickelodeon.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKathy Griffin was the draw for Lisa Murphy ’12, a psychology grad, who now works as an academic adviser Queensborough Community College. She was accompanied by her mom, Laura, who serves on the Hofstra Parent Council. Not pictured is younger sister Christina, who is a junior marketing major.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJosh Carpenter ’08 came all the way from Louisiana for Fall Fest and to visit friend Koren Leonardis, who is graduating this year from the Deane School of Law. Josh, who earned a graduate degree in mental health counseling is a psychotherapist.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPaul Flora ’68 is vice president for services for the Hofstra Alumni Organization. He’s stayed active with the University all these years because he feels it’s important to give back to the school and share his professional expertise with students. Paul, who majored in economics, is retired from the corporate world now has his own consulting firm. He says the best part of Fall Fest is “meeting other graduates who haven’t been back to campus in years and are amazed by how much Hofstra has grown.”
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASpeech-Language-Hearing major Colleen O’Mara ’13 (left, with senior Alyssa Michnevitz) said seeing good friends was what brought her back for Fall Fest. When asked what her favorite Hofstra memories are, the former co-captain of the Quidditch team said Fall Fest has consistently been a great time for her.
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Hofstra sweethearts Andrew ’91 and Jodi ’89, ’91 Johnson returned to OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAcampus for Fall Fest, and son Tyler is following in their footsteps, having just started his freshman year. The Johnsons, who met while living in Tower F (now Vanderpoel), are now living in Maryland. While TLC was performing, they reminisced about their favorite concert while they were students –  The Kinks in 1990.

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