Just a few weeks before this issue of Hofstra Magazine was complete, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that Hofstra University will have the honor of hosting the first presidential debate on September 26, 2016. We will soon become the first university ever to host presidential debates in three consecutive election cycles.
Much has changed in the eight years since Hofstra first hosted a presidential debate — on our campus, in our nation and around the world. But our goal in serving as a debate host remains the same: engaging our students and the community in the democratic process and promoting constructive discourse about critical policy issues.
So as we prepare to host the first presidential debate of the 2016 general election, we also take a look back in photos at the history made on our campus at the debates in 2008 and 2012.
This issue also is full of stories about exciting new programs and facilities, and about the contributions our faculty, students and alumni are making in our region and across the globe.
You’ll learn about our newest school, the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, and a new, interdisciplinary undergraduate program in public policy and public service that will begin this fall.
You’ll read about plans for new buildings for the Frank G. Zarb School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Zarb School, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, has set a course for the future that focuses on expanding experiential learning programs, from a student-managed investment fund to a dual-degree program with a Chinese university.
The work of our faculty continues to inspire our students, and reminds us that great teaching and scholarship are at the core of everything we do. Among their varied stories and accomplishments: Professor Valeria Luiselli, winner of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, whose work as a local court translator for immigrant children motivated her students to form a new club to mentor Latino youngsters.
In these pages, Emmy Award-winning actor and drama alumnus Joe Morton reflects on his career, while Fulbright scholar Marissa Espinoza ’15 recounts her deeply emotional year in earthquake-ravaged Ecuador. You’ll also get a look inside the offices of Topps Digital, where Editor-in-Chief Chris Vaccaro ’07 produces some of the world’s most popular sports and entertainment apps with a team that includes eight Hofstra alumni.
Finally, we remember and honor President James Shuart, who died earlier this year and whose contributions transformed Hofstra University and helped it grow from a regional university into an institution of international reputation and reach.
The stories in this magazine reflect the diversity of Hofstra, but they share one fundamental truth: Hofstra’s story is your story, unfolding and evolving with every passing year and every new challenge. Hofstra will always be your home, and we encourage you to visit campus and reconnect with your university family.
President, Hofstra University
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