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

HCLAS Dean’s Weekly Message

HCLAS Dean's Weekly Message
HCLAS Dean's Weekly Message

February 19, 2019

Dear Students:

It’s Tuesday afternoon of the President’s Day Break and we’ll be resuming classes tomorrow (Wed. morning).  I hope you enjoyed the break! 

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit a student exhibit in the FORM Gallery, featuring the work of your classmate, Ian Byrd.  The work was beautiful and I was particularly struck by a text that he had hung next to one of his paintings:

Embrace the things that make you different!  Don’t worry that you don’t fit in with others.  Instead, let your uniqueness be what others will find amazing about you!

Thank you, Ian!  This is great wisdom and I urge everyone to embrace it both in how you see yourself and how you see others.

And now – congratulations, opportunities, and events:


Congratulations to all the students, faculty, and staff who organized and ran our annual Douglass Day Celebration last week!

Congratulations to 2018 Political Science alumnus Alexander Hayes (now a grad student in that field at UCLA) who is co-author with Dr. Carolyn Dudek (Professor and Chair of Political Science) on an article entitled “How Radical Right-Wing Populism Shapes Migration Policy: Austria and Germany’s Divergence” that was accepted for publication in the Journal of Immigraiton and Refugee Studies.

Congratulations to Dr. Stanislao Pugliese, Department of History, who has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar for Spring 2020; he will spend that semester in Italy.  (The Department of History is on something of a “Fulbright roll,” since Dr. Brenda Elsey had a Fulbright in Spring 2018 that she spent in Argentina.)

Congratulations to Professor Phyllis Levin, Department of English, whose poem “Chamber,” was published in The Atlantichttps://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/03/phillis-levin-chamber/580450/

Congratulations to Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Department of Geography, who was named as the recipient of the 2019 Edward L. Ullman Award in Transport Geography by the American Association of Geographers.


Info session on summer study abroad in Bremen, Germany at 11:15 am Wed., Feb. 20 in 415 Business School Building – https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32495

Fulbright Scholarship info session at 4:30 pm Wed., Feb. 20, in Roosevelt 106 – https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32330

Peer Mentor info session at 3 pm on Thurs., Feb. 21 in 142 Student Center – https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31583

Remember, the deadline to apply for the HCLAS Transformative Learning Grant (for HCLAS students with financial need as verified by SFS) to defray costs associated with study abroad, internships, undergraduate research, or community service in summer 2019 or fall 2019 is March 1, 2019.  For more information, including the application itself, see: www.hofstra.edu/tlg

Students seeking an interesting internship or volunteer opportunity for Summer 2019 should head over to the Career Center (https://www.hofstra.edu/studentaffairs/studentservices/career/index.html) and/or take a look at Handshake, available through your portal, where you’ll find opportunities like the one at the Tanenbaum Center to participate in the 2019 Peacemakers in Action Working Retreat.


Webinar on harnessing big data in Medical Physics (in which you can learn more about the field of medical physics) at 7 pm on-line, access through this link: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED56DB82844C30

They’re on their way to NCAA, so see them now:  Men’s Basketball (vs James Madison) at 4 pm on Sat., Feb. 23 in the Mack Center – https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=29553 Go Pride!

Please plan ahead for these events on Monday, Feb. 25: 

From the Convent to the Brothel: Female Disobedience and Counter-Discourse, lecture by internationally recognized author Darcia Maraini, at 4:30 pm on Mon., Feb. 25 at 103 Breslin Hall – https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32460

Great Writers / Great Readings with TED Fellow Mitchell S. Jackson, author of The Residue Years and Survival Math, at 6:30 pm on Mon., Feb. 25 in the Guthart Theater (Axinn Library) – https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31964

Opening of student art exhibit in the FORM Gallery, featuring the work of Jacob Ferrandi (“It’s All In Your Head”), at 8 pm on Feb. 25 in the FORM Gallery in Calkins Hall.

Next week’s weekly message will return to Monday morning (Feb. 25) and of course it will feature all the events for the week beginning Feb. 25.



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