HCLAS Dean's Weekly Message Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

HCLAS Dean’s Weekly Message

HCLAS Dean's Weekly Message

Dear HCLAS Students:

It’s the middle of February already, which means the spring semester is well underway. I hope your classes are all going well. 

I want to take this moment to address anyone for whom the semester has hit some snags.  Whatever you’re experiencing, whether it’s a personal issue or an academic issue, you are not alone.  There are people at Hofstra who stand ready to help.  Please remember that you’ve got resources here, including Student Counseling Services in the Wellness and Campus Living Center (https://www.hofstra.edu/community/slzctr/stdcsl/index.html) and the Center for Academic Excellence, located on the third floor of Axinn Library (https://www.hofstra.edu/studentaffairs/academic-excellence/index.html), among others. 

If you want to reach out for any kind of help, but aren’t sure where, you can start with asking your RA in your residence hall if you’re living on campus and if you’re a commuter student, you can start with asking the staff in the Office of Commuting Student Services (https://www.hofstra.edu/studentaffairs/commuting/commutingstudent/index.html).   And you can contact my office at hclas@hofstra.edu or 516-463-5410 and we can match you with the best people for you to talk with.

Whatever you need, there are people to help you because – and this is the important thing: you are NOT ALONE here at Hofstra.

Here are some important opportunities for you to consider: 

The Spring 2019 Study Abroad and Global Engagement Fair will be held on Wed., Feb. 13 from 11 am to 1 pm in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Center:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31542  If you’re thinking about going on study abroad in Summer 2019 or Fall 2019 or beyond, you will find it helpful to come to the fair.

If you have a business idea you are invited to participate in the Entrepreneurship Competition open to all Hofstra students: see www.hofstra.edu/digitalremedy with cash and prizes from Digital Remedy totaling $75,000!  The deadline to submit your idea is Feb. 15.

For students interested in applying for a Fulbright opportunity abroad for 2020-2021 (www.cies.org): the deadline to apply is in September and the application requires advance planning and thought. If you’re thinking you might be interested, go to the InfoSession on Wed., Feb. 20 in Roosevelt Hall 106 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm to learn more about the application process. 

Every semester Hofstra College gives out small grants to HCLAS majors with financial need as verified by SFS for transformative learning projects (study abroad, internships, undergraduate research, community service).  The Spring 2019 deadline to apply for this grant (for projects in summer 2019 or fall 2019) is Friday, March 1. You can learn more about the grant and download the application forms from this website:  www.hofstra.edu/tlg 

And, finally, here are some events you should not miss coming up this week:

Dr. Jessica Stites Mor, University of British Columbia at Okanagan, will give a talk about artistic production in solidarity movements in Latin America at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the Guthart Cultural Center Theater: https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31681

On Wed., Feb. 13, at 4:30 pm in the David Filderman Gallery (9th floor of Axinn Library) Kristen Rudy, collections manager at the Hofstra University Museum of Art, will lead an indepth look at the exhibition Hidden in Sight: Photographing Incarceration:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=28447

On Wed. Feb. 13 at 7 to 8:15 pm in the Fortunoff Theater of the Monroe Lecture Center we’ll be hosting Science Night Live with Darwinian Valentines, featuring our own Dr. J. Bret Bennington (Department of Geoogy and Sustainability) and Drs. Russell Burke and Lisa Filippi (Department of Biology) with a fun look at why choosing a mate is one of the greatest forces driving evolution.  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31672

On Thurs., Feb. 14 Major Garrett from CBS News will be presenting an evaluation of the Trump Presidency at midterm at 9:30 am to 11 am in the Student Center Theater: https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31680

Also on Thurs., Feb. 14, we’ll be celebrating Douglass Day 2019 with a live-streamed read-a-thon of his work.  Come by and see us in the Axinn Library lobby from 11 am to 1 pm to join the read-a-thon and lend your voice to the celebration of Frederick Douglass’s legacy:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31682

We’re delighted to host an exhibit of the works of sculptor Stuart Farmery (http://www.stuartfarmery.com/) beginning Feb. 14 and running through March 27 in the Rosenberg Gallery in Calkins Hall.  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32007

Have a great week and then – I hope you enjoy our President’s Day Break.  The next weekly message will be sent out on Wed. morning, Feb. 20.

Sincerely,
Your friendly neighborhood dean,
BR

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