As November comes to a close, we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday and a well-deserved break from the work of a busy fall semester. I hope you are able to take advantage of this time to be with your friends and family or to prepare for the final weeks of the semester.
It is also this time of year when we consider how we can best help others and contribute to the world around us. Hofstra has a long tradition of service and our students are among the most altruistic in the nation. We see examples of this every day. For example, on Saturday, November 15, more than 300 students helped local elderly and disabled residents clear their yards during our annual Shake-A-Rake program. This turnout, representing 20 athletic teams, fraternities, sororities, and clubs, is the largest in the program’s history.
And, to help in the effort to beautify downtown Uniondale, students worked with the Center for Civic Engagement to plant about 550 tulip bulbs, donated by the University.
From the tables in the Student Center with bake sales and seasonal items to raise money, to the Discovery Program for first-year students, to the efforts of our Greek organizations to help charities, to the clinics in the Saltzman Center and the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, our students and our faculty are an important part of the community around us, and give back to others every day.
A walk around campus this week will tell you everything you need to know about the generosity of the Hofstra community. Already there are numerous drives going on for coats, food, toys and basic needs. If you are not already involved in service, there are many opportunities to get involved this holiday season.
Let this Thanksgiving be a reminder of all we can do, all we do already, and what more we can do if we work together.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!