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

HCLAS Dean’s Message

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

March 11, 2019

Dear HCLAS Students:

There are times during the semester when it may feel that the workload, combined with other stresses (deadlines for activities in clubs and organizations, health issues both physical and mental, issues in relationships here on campus or at home or somewhere else, or other things entirely) may seem like it’s just too much.

I’ve been there.  I have felt this way, too.  I had a class in college my first semester that I thought I was going to fail.  I worked really hard to pass that class, and it hurt my performance in my other classes. Ultimately I failed that particular class, but the professor gave me a D in an act of sheer generosity (trust me, there was absolutely no basis for a grade above F in any of my work for his class!)  This was – and remains for me – a powerful lesson about not giving up, about persisting, and trying, but also about asking for help when you need it. (I wish I had asked for help, but I was too stubborn to do so!)

So today I’m writing to encourage you: You can do it. Yes, YOU CAN!  You CAN make it through to this weekend and then enjoy the breather of spring break that comes just after the end of classes on Friday.

Do what you can, make your best effort, ask for help as you need it, consider all the resources at your disposal here on campus and beyond.  As you do your best, be kind to yourself.  Demostrate self-care and self-compassion, just as you care for your friends and family all around you.  Keep focused on your goals:  to finish the semester with the best possible grades you can get, to accomplish all the things you set out to do beyond your classwork, and in the process, be the best person you can be.

And now, here are the weekly lists you’re expecting: people to congratulate, opportunities to take advantage of, and events to attend.


Congratulations to Political Science major Sara Ahmed who has been chosen to be a student blogger for the Washington Center internship program this semester. You can see her blog here:   https://www.twc.edu/people/sara-ahmed  (Sara is one of 7 Hofstra students participating in the Washington Center program this semester.)

Congratulations to all the men playing on Hofstra’s Basketball Team for their extraordinary run this season, but a special shout out to those among them who are, of course, HCLAS students!  You know who you are, gentlemen!

Congratulations to Dr. Singer, Department of Teaching, Learning, and Technology, who was interviews for an article in Newsday about the lack of diversity among teachers in Long Island’s K-12 schools: https://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/minority-teachers-long-island-1.28259515


The Spring Semester Career and Internship Fair will be held on Wed., March 13 from 11 am to 2 pm in the Mack Sports Center.  Even if you don’t think you want an internship in summer or fall 2019, it’s a great idea to go to the fair, meet people and get a sense of what it’s about before you’re on the market to get that internship or job!  Here’s the link with all the info you need:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32318

The Fulbright Information Session, postponed from early this semester due to snow, will be held on Wed., March 13  from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in Breslin Hall 105.  For more information, contact Vice Provost Donahue at Neil.H.Donahue@Hofstra.edu

You can sign up to participate in an “Explore Next Door” to trip to Broadway to see “Come from Away.” Show time is 3 pm on Sunday, March 31, get your ticket now before they run out! Tickets available for sign up at 11:30 in 244 Mack Student Center:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32663

The Hofstra University Department of Writing Studies and Rhetoric has announced its 2018/2019 Annual Writing Contest, on the topic “What Is Honor?”  Essays must be 1,000 words or less and discuss the nature of honor in the 21st century, using MLA documentation style.  There are prizes!  The deadline to submit is Monday, March 25 (the Monday after Spring Break).  Please look at this website for more information https://writingstudiesandrhetoric.wordpress.com/2018/09/18/140/ Maybe you’ll want to spend some time during spring break writing for this contest?


Songs of Survival, Hope and Humanity with jazz vocalist Tabreeca Woodside, a Hempstead native, accompanied by esteemed pianist Jon Cowherd, on a lyrical journey into the spirit of jazz on Mon. March 11 at 6:30 in the Emily Lowe Gallery:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31352

World Music Duo from Hungary with a concert program bassed on multicultural diversity in music eaturing traditional Hungarian folk songs in unique arrangements on Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 pm in the Fortunoff Theater of Monroe Hall:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32003

On Wed., March 13 we’ll have the 70th Annual Hofstra Shakespeare Festival Symposium at 11:30 to 12:30 in the Spiegel Theater:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31144

Visiting Artist Trudy Benson will share insights about her craft and career on Wed., March 13 from 3 to 5 pm in Calkins 115.  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32653

The FORM Gallery, Hofstra’s student-run gallery, features the work of Sara Lillienthal this week, with a reception on March 15 at 8 pm.  The exhibit is called “The Skullery” and it is inspired by the CBS crime show NCIS, featuring 30 different depictions of skulls:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32540 

Diversity, Dialogues, and Desserts:  Which Suffragette Said that?  Part of the Celebration of Women’s Herstory Month here at Hofstra:  Wed., March 13 at 7 pm in 15 Mack Center:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31995

For those of us sticking around on campus over spring break, I call your attention to:  The International Championship of Colegiate A Capella (ICCA) Groups, Northeast Quarterfinal, which will be hosted right here on campus on Sat., March 16 at the Cranford-Adams Playhouse, at 7 pm.  Hofstra is the only institution with three groups competing in this year’s quarter-final:  The Hofbeats, Makin’ Treble, and Sigma’capella (listed in alphabetical order / no favoritism!).  I’ll be there cheering them all on (and enjoying the music).  I encourage you to join me, but you have to buy tickets online or in advance at the door.  See more information here:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32183 (And with this announcement, I am sending a special shout-out to all the HCLAS majors and HCLAS still-deciding students in each of those groups!)

Save the date:  On March 25 we’ll have the screening of the film U Turn with a discussion of the filmmaker about immigrant workers working in a meatpacking plant in Iowa; there’s a showing with discussion at 12:30 to 2:10 open only to HU students and then another showing and discussion open to the public at 4:30 to 6 pm.  Both are in the Guthart Theater:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31955

Remember, Monday, March 25 (our first day back from Spring Break) is the deadline to submit an essay for the Writing Studies and Rhetoric Essay Contest. (See the announcement above under “Opportunities”.)

Next week I will take a break from sending out a weekly message because you’ll be on spring break, so the next weekly message will hit your inbox on the morning of Monday, March 25.

I wish you a successful and fun week and a restful and productive spring break!


Your Friendly Neighborhood Dean,


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