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HCLAS Dean’s Message

HCLAS Dean's Weekly Message
HCLAS Dean's Weekly Message March 10

March 25, 2019

Dear Students:

Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope the week was just what you needed with a perfect balance of rest/relaxation and productivity.  Now we’re back for the second half of the spring semester and I think we’re all feeling like we’re about to hit the top of the roller coaster ride that is going to go really fast to the end of the semester, and for our seniors, to commencement and the beginning of life after graduation.

Take a deep breath:  you can do this!

Many HCLAS students have a very clear sense of what they’re going to do after graduation, but just as many don’t feel certain.  No matter what, I promise you one thing:  your professional trajectory is going to take many surprise turns throughout your life.  As you think about summer jobs or after-graduation-jobs, I encourage you to think about how to describe the skills you’re acquiring in your HCLAS courses.  Goldman-Sachs CEO David Solomon, in an interview with Yahoo Finance, spoke about how he looks to hire people with excellent writing, critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills, the core skills of a liberal arts education. He also emphasized how much he looks to hire people with emotional intelligence, the talent of successfully interacting with diverse people in a variety of contexts and roles. 

In order to enhance your job-readiness, I encourage you to visit Hofstra’s Career Center.  Consider taking our UNIV 006a “Careers and the Liberal Arts” course in Fall 2019 (1-credit, pass/fail), and review your engagement with student organizations and clubs to build your leadership skills and enhance your emotional intelligence.

Of course, I also encourage you to take advantage of opportunities and participate in our many events, which you’ll find listed below.


These past few weeks have been glorious for Hofstra student performances:  From the basketball courts (both #MBB and #WBB), to the stage (we’re talking about you, RichardIII, and what fools, too!), and the concert hall, the laboratory, the pages of our literary magazine, the geographic information systems labs, and, last but certainly not least, the podiums used by our public speakers and debaters:  Hofstra students are amazing.  As dean, I couldn’t be prouder than when I’m watching (or listening) to your success.  And here are just a few snippets of those successes from the past two weeks:

Congratulations to all the members of Hofstra’s outstanding Speech and Forensics Team, who participated in the International Forensics Association Tournament in Berlin and took third place!  May I repeat the word “international” for context?! And we have some individual award winners, too including Donovan Harvey, 1st Place for IPDA Debate; Jewell Christian Stewart, 1st Place for Prose Interpretation; Mary Joseph – 2nd Place for Prose Interpretation; and Stephanie Avila, 4th Place for Prose Interpretation.  Our Speech and Forensics Team give new meaning to the phrase “Hofstra University is DebateU!”  Congratulations to all the others who placed in events at the tournament.

In addition, our Speech and Forensics Team racked up a number of awards at the Pi Kappa Delta Tournament held on our campus this past weekend.  I’ll be extending congratulations to our students recognized at that event in next week’s weekly message.

Congratulations to the HCLAS Students selected for the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Book Award!  This year’s honorees include (drum roll please):  Michael Callahan, Nicole Dykeman, Nadine Khalaf, and Sasha Pezenik.

Congratulations to Poli Sci alumnus Alexander Hayes (class of 2018), who co-authored, with Dr. Carolyn Dudek (Professor and Chair of Political Science) an article entitled “How Radical Right-Wing Populism Shapes Migration Policy:  Austria and Germany’s Divergence,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Immigration and Refugee Studies.

Shout out to Hofstra’s A Capella groups for an outstanding performance at the ICCA Quarter-Finals held on our campus on March 16.  The Dutchmen gave a great (non-competing) performance while the judges conferred.  Competing groups including The Hofbeats, Makin Treble, and Sigma’Capella.  The Hofbeats won an award for outstanding choreography and Sigma’Capella came in second, which means they’re heading for the semi-finals at Boston’s Symphony Hall this coming weekend.  Many of the performers in these groups are HCLAS majors and we’re especially proud of their success.  Sigma’Capella: go knock off their socks in Boston! 

Congratulation to Professors Dan Devine and Alex Roskin, both of the Department of Fine Arts, Design, and Art History, whose works have been on exhibit this past month:  Professor Devine’s work is featured in a show called “IMPACT” in the Thompson Giroux Gallery in upstate New York and Professor Roskin’s work has been featured in exhibits with the Todd Merrill Gallery in Geneva, London, and Brussels with a show coming up soon in Basel.


The Major/Minor MeetUp will be on Thurs., March 28 from 11 to 1 in the MultiPurpose Room of the Student Center.  Come meet students and faculty from majors and minors you might be interested in exploring.  Advisors from CUA and the Career Center will be there, too.

Starting April 1 we’ll have our “Spring Cleaning with Meaning Clothing Donation”: drive so you can contribute gently used warm clothes for distribution to the homeless community at the end of April.  For more details:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32390


All Week

The Form Gallery in Calkins Hall presents works by Jorden Prussing and Issybella Lang this week:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32544

March 25

Screening of The U Turn, the third documentary in Luis Argueta’s immigration trilogy, twice today, at 12:30 to 2:10 and at 4:30 to 6 pm, both showings in the Guthart Cultural Center Theater:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31955

March 26

The Center for Civic Engagement presents Globalization Day with events all day from 10 am to 9 pm, for details see https://www.hofstra.edu/cce/cce_events_globalizationday.html

At 4:30 to 7 pm come to the screening of “Everything Can Change on a New Year’s Day” with a post-screening discussion with the filmmaker, in the Plaza Room of the Student Center.  Details:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32772

At 6:30 pm in the Fortunoff Theater (Monroe) we have a performance of Artemisia’s Intent – note that some content of the performance involves the description of sexual violence and its aftermath.  For details:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32002

At 7 pm in the Guthart Theater we have the Italian-American Experience Lecture Series, featuring Anthony J. Tamburri (Queens College) on five writers living in the US who write in Italian.  For details: https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32004

March 27

At 11:20 to 12:30 we have the inaugural meeting of the Greg Maney Memorial Reading Group in Mason Hall 223, with reading of the bilingual Brave Journeys collection of first-hand accounts of immigration.  Details:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32652

Therapy dogs will be on campus at the Fitness Center from noon to 3 on March 27:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32616

March 28

At 12:45 Jonathan Haidt, NYU, will give a lecture entitled “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure,” in the Student Center Theater.  Details: https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31814

The Labor Studies Program presents a panel on equal pay on the topic “Winning the Fight Against Workplace Discrimination: Recent Progress and Future Challenges” at 11:10 to 12:35 pm in the Guthart Cultural Center Theater:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32786

Meet the C-Suite:  Panel Discussion on Leading the Workforce of Tomorrow, check-in at 5:30 at Monroe Lecture Hall, event starts at 6 pm:  RSVP at https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32338

Great Writers / Great Readings features Zingonia Zingone, a multilingual poet, novelist, and translator at 7 pm in the Lowenfield Exhibition Hall of Axinn Library:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31965

March 29

The Hofstra Music Department presents (drum roll please) the Hofstra Symphony Orchestra at 8 pm in the Sosnoff Theater (Cranford-Adams Playhouse):  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31171

March 31

At 2 to 3:30 we are presenting a lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Terese Newman (Stony Brook University) on the Archaeology of a Mexican Hacienda in 109 CV Starr Hall: https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31671

Save the date: April 2-3 our two-day symposium commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon in July 1969.  Details:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=27429



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