Dear HCLAS Students:
I hope that your first week of the spring 2019 semester was successful. As we head into the second week, I encourage everyone to reach out and make new friends in your classes and student organizations. It’s about 40 years since I started college: my graduating class was around the same size as the graduating class here at Hofstra and I’m still meeting people who graduated with me whom I didn’t know when we were in college. The students at Hofstra are amazing: take advantage of this precious opportunity to get to know your classmates!
I’m going to take the opportunity, as the cause arises, to use the Weekly Message to congratulate community members for their achievements. So, here we go …
Congratulations to all those who performed on stage or in the orchestra pit as well as all those who worked backstage on this past weekend’s production of FIGARO. You were all amazing! The music was sublime and your voices are amazing. Special kudos to Professor Isabel Milenski for making the magic happen.
Congratulations to our Speech and Debate team for their outstanding performances at the NY State Championship this past weekend, winning 15 awards including 5 state co-championships in Prose, Program Oral Interpretation, Poetry, IPDA Debate, and Impromptu Speaking. We placed 2nd in Overall Team Sweepstakes, 2nd in Debate Team Sweepstakes, and 3rd in Individual Sweepstakes. One of our juniors was selected for the second year in a row to representative NY in the Interstate Oratorical Association Tournament, the oldest speech competition in the country, giving Hofstra a “three-peat” in participating in that event this past season. Among our individual award winners there are: Jewell Christian Stewart – 1st Place for Prose 1st place in Program Oral Interpretation; Donovan Harley – 1st Place IPDA Debate & 1st Place for Impromptu Speaking; Christina Mary Joseph – 1st Place for Prose and 2nd Place for IPDA Debate Speaker; and Richkisha Walcott for NY State Interstate Oratorical Association Representative. Special kudos to Dr. Tomeka Robinson who is our director of forensics.
Congratulations to the Hofstra students and faculty who served as moderators and judges for this past weekend’s Long Island High School Ethics Bowl: https://www.hofstra.edu/home/news/ur/ethicsbowl/index.html We’re proud of all those who volunteered to make this event so successful.
Here’s a reminder about a deadline:
The HCLAS Student Advisory Council is open for new members to join! If you’d like to participate in the SAC, which meets three times during the semester on Friday afternoons Feb. 15, March 22, and April 12, from 2 to 3:30 pm, please go to this link and fill out the form no later than 5 pm today, February 4, 2019:
There are some great events this week: Please take advantage of these (and other) opportunities to expand your horizons.
The Hofstra Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is presenting a Lunar New Year’s Celebration on Monday, February 4 from 7-9 pm in the Plaza West Room of the Student Center: https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31368
On Thursday, February 7 Dr. Susan Birren, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biology and Neuroscience at Brandeis University will give the annual Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture at 4:30 pm in the Guthart Cultural Center Theater on the topic “Building a Brain: Cells, Circuits, and Developmental Disorders”: https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=30405
On Sunday, February 10, our Department of Anthropology is sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Kelly Graf of Texas A&M University on the Peopling of Siberia, Beringia, and the Americas from a Northern Perspective, looking at the latest findings on the dispersal of the first Americans on the basis of DNA findings and archaeological records. The lecture will be at 2 pm in 105 Breslin Hall: https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32106
Your friendly neighborhood dean,