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Hofstra’s University Advising Hosts Information Session For First-Year Student-Athletes

The Hofstra University Department of Athletics, in conjunction with the Center for University Advising, recently held its first of two annual information sessions for first-year Hofstra student-athletes. 

The information session is required for all freshmen and transfer student-athletes at Hofstra.

The session is broken up into two groups to allow for in-season (fall) student-athletes to attend once they return from competition.

“The academic achievements of our students in the athletic department is paramount to the success of our overall athletic program,” stated Hofstra Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway. “We are grateful to the Center for University Advising staff in The Fried Center and to the entire academic community for their support of our students.”

“Helping first-year student-athletes and transfer student-athletes get acclimated to the University is one of the most important aspects of our job at Hofstra,” commented Associate Dean for the Center for University Advising Rachel Peel-Macandrew. “Our staff always looks forward to this meeting as we inform new members of the Hofstra community about various policies and procedures, and answers any questions they may have.”

The Hofstra NCAA Student-Athlete Advising Team consists of Peel-Macandrew, Assistant Dean of Advising Michelle Spaterella and Administrative Assistant Robin Sandas.

The goal of the meeting and the department’s academic support division is to put all student-athletes, including the freshmen and transfers, in the best position to succeed during their tenure as members of the Hofstra community.

During the meeting, Peel-Macandrew and Spaterella go through the multitude of ways they are there to assist Hofstra student-athletes, including weekly meetings, progress reports, specialized support and study hall. In addition, they also discuss the many other areas of the campus that are there to assist – University Tutorial Program, Writer Center/Math Tutoring Center, Career Center, Student Counseling Services and Student Access Services.

The meeting also touches on a few items as it relates to NCAA eligibility, which are also covered much more in depth during each team’s initial compliance meeting of the year. The one area covered extensively in this meeting is NCAA bylaw 14 – progress towards degree.

The Academic Support-University Advising Office within Hofstra University’s Department of Athletics is housed in The Fried Center for Student-Athlete Development.

The Fried Center, located on the second floor of James C. Metzger Hall at James M. Shuart Stadium is available for use by all of Hofstra’s student-athletes and has a capacity of nearly 150. The facility, which opened in 2010, is the home for academic and career development pursuits and also houses the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the athletic department’s community service program.

The Fried Center is a 3,000-square foot facility with 12 computer workstations, three laser printers, two private conference rooms for tutorial assistance, a group study area, 40 individual workstations and a full-time University staff of four to assist Hofstra’s student-athletes with their academic, social and post-graduate endeavors. The entire facility is also equipped with wireless internet access.

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