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

April 1, 2019

Dear Students:

It’s April.  In some ways, April is the most challenging month for students on a university campus because final papers, projects, lab reports, are all coming due.  It’s just as challenging for the faculty, who have to grade all those papers, projects, and lab reports, and finish up their own committee reports, while attending lots of events all scheduled to occur by the end of the academic year. 

So I’m writing today with a suggestion about one way you can be kind to yourself.

In the context of all the stress, don’t forget to notice the beauty all around you.

There are a lot of different kinds of beauty.  Some of the beauty, especially on our campus, is visual and emerges on schedule.  It’s April: the trees will leaf and flower and the tulips will bloom.  Don’t take it for granted.  Take a moment to take it in.

Then there’s the beauty we make plans to experience:  Grab a ticket and go to a concert or a play or head to the ocean to spend some time watching and listening to the surf.  Make a plan to enjoy some beauty every now and then.

But most importantly, there’s the beauty that happens around us spontaneously:  acts of kindness among friends and strangers.  Don’t let those go unnoticed, unrecognized, or uncelebrated.

Savor the spontaneous beauty around you, especially in the midst of the stress.

And now … Congratulations, Opportunities, and Events:


Congratulations to all the musicians of the Hofstra Symphony Orchestra and the Hofstra Chamber Orchestra for an outstanding concert Friday night, March 29!  And congratulations to their conductor, Professor Adam Glaser! 

Congratulations to all the members of Hofstra’s Speech and Forensics Team, and to their director, Dr. Tomeka Robinson, for an outstanding showing at the national Pi Kappa Delta tournament last weekend.  And congratulations to these students, in particular, for their excellent results …. (drum roll please, perhaps from the orchestra – see above!)!  In Prose Interpretation:  Mary Joseph (Top Superior), Stephanie Avila (Superior), Jewell Stewart (Superior).  Broadcast Journalism:  Richard Caldwell (Top Superior).  Reader’s Theater: The Team of Jack Dalrymple, Richkisha Walcott, Alexis Hughes, and Mary Joseph (Top Superior).  After Dinner Speaking: Jack Dalrymple (Top Superior).  Duo Interpretation: Teams of Rickisha Walcott and Jack Dalrymple (Superior) and Stephanie Avila and Mary Joseph (Excellent).  Impromptu Speaking:  Jewell Stewart (Superior); Richard Caldwell, Jack Dalrymple, and Donovan Harvey (each recognized as Excellent).  Extemporaneous Speaking: Donovan Harvey (Superior).  Poetry Interpretation:  Richkisha Walcott (Top Superior) and Mary Joseph (Superior).  Program Oral Interpretation: Alexis Hughes (Top Superior) and Jewell Stewart (Excellent). Interviewing: Jewell Stewart (Superior).  Persuasive Speaking: Richkisha Walcott (Excellent).  Dramatic Interpretation: Jack Dalrymple (Excellent).  Open IPDA Debate: Donovan Harvey (Quarter Finals).  Combined Team Sweepstakes: Hofstra ranked “Excellent”.  And Individual Events overall: Hofstra ranked “Excellent”.  Congratulations to everyone on our outstanding team!

Congratulations to Dr. Katrina Sims (History) who, together with faculty colleagues in HCLAS and HPHS, has won a grant from the NEH to develop a curriculum on global health across space and time, connecting the humanities with the health sciences.  Brava!


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 on the topic of Sexual Assault Awareness this week:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32550

The Filderman Gallery (9th floor of Axinn Library) is hosting an exhibit of Japanese Woodblock Prints from the 19th century to today.  For gallery hours, see: https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32799

This is National Public Health Week: There are many events and activities sponsored by the School of Health Professions and Human Services and the Division of Student Affairs.  For a full listing of these events, please see:  https://www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/health-human/publichealth/national-public-health-week-2019.html

Tues., April 2

All day today and tomorrow we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing from July 1969, starting with a keynote address by Dr. Matthew Hersch at 9:35 at the Cultural Center Theater.  The full schedule can be found here:  https://www.hofstra.edu/pdf/community/culctr/apollo-conference-schedule.pdf  The signature speaker, Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first woman of color to go into space, will be speaking at 6:30 pm in the Cranford-Adams Playhouse, and attendees are asked to rsvp at https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?com=rsvp&eID=27429 

Wed., April 3

Public lecture in Spanish and English and writing workshop in Spanish by distinguished African writer, blogger and activist Juan Tomás Ávila:  workshop at 12:45 to 2:15 in Roosevelt 203; meet and greet with author 2:30 to 4 pm in Roosevelt 203; public lecture from 4:30 to 6 in Roosevelt 201. For more information, see: https://www.hofstra.edu/academics/race-culture-social-justice/

The Apollo 11 commemoration continues today with talks starting at 9:05 am in the Cultural Center Theater; the link for the full schedule is above (see April 2).  The signature speaker closing out the symposium is Dr. Douglas Brinkley; his talk will be at 7 pm in Monroe Lecture Hall:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32680

The annual St. Baldrick’s Day fundraising drive is today, at 11:15 in the atrium of the Student Center: https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32777

Angela J. Davis will give a lecture entitled “Prosecution Ethics in Current Times” for the 2019 Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professorship in Legal Ethics Lecture at 12:10 to 1 pm in the Sidney R Siben and Walter Siben Moot Courtroom, Room 308 of the Law School:   https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=30680 

Thurs., April 4

A Conversation with Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello on key  policy issues on Long Island today at 11:10 in the Guthart Theater:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31969

Destressing the Job Search:  A Presentation from the Career Center at 4 pm in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Center: https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32312

Fri., April 5

An evening with Mickella Mallozzi: learn to do the Italian dance Tarantella from 5 to 7 pm in the Multipurpose Room East:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32940

Premiere of the Drama Department production of She Stoops to Conquer, a comedy of practical jokes, assumed identities, and schemes-within-schemes.  Friday and Saturday night at 8 pm, Sunday matinee at 2 pm, in the Joan & Donald Schaeffer Black Box Theater:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31145

Sat., April 6

She Stoops to Conquer at 8 pm, see April 5 for full information

Sun., April 7

She Stoops to Conquer at 2 pm, see April 5 for full information

American Chamber Ensemble Spring Concert at 3 pm in the Fortunoff Theater of Monroe Lecture Hall:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31173

Save the Date:  Next week Hofstra will host its annual Unity Project, an interactive community art project that celebrates the diversity of our community, in Calkins Quad.  It’s sponsored by International Student Affairs at Hofstra. This is an extraordinary event and you will absolutely want to be a part of it!  For more information, see https://events.hofstra.edu/?eID=32631


Your friendly neighborhood dean,


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