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HCLAS Dean’s Weekly Message

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

April 8, 2019 

Dear Students:

As your thoughts turn to summer and beyond, I thought I would share with you some research about the skills that are in highest demand across all sectors in the US economy, based on a new report from Burning Glass Technologies.

It turns out that many of these skills are embedded in your HCLAS liberal arts curriculum:

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Data Analysis and Management

In addition, one more skill is likely a part of your experience in a student organization or a community organization in which you volunteer: 

  • Project Management

Burning Glass reports that individuals with these skills get a salary bonus of $8,000 for an entering position. 

I urge you to give some thought about how you can articulate your skills in these areas on your resume  and cover letter for when you might be applying for internships or jobs.  And if you want some help with that, I know that there are terrific staff at Hofstra’s Career Center ready to help you.  And if you’d like to take a one-credit pass/fail course in the fall on this and related topics, we’ve got that for you, too (UNIV 006).

With that, I turn my attention now to Congratulations, Opportunities, and Events.


Congratulations to Michael Lai (Biology) who is a finalist in the Digital Remedy Venture Challenge for his project on mobile technology to fight addition.  Congratulations to Olivia Feldman (English), Katherine Stoddard (English and Psychology), and Alysia Fleming (English and Sociology) who are finalists for the Digital Remedy Venture Challenge Final Round for their project to create an artisanal ice cream company.

Congratulations to Yurui Xe who participated in the Global UNDP Youth Co Lab Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, last week.  At the summit she enjoyed talks about social entrepreneurship and met talented and ambitious young people from around the world.

Teaser for next week’s congratulations:  Next week I will be congratulating some of the HCLAS students who have accepted an invitation to join Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious collegiate honor society.  Stay tuned!


UNITY: An Interactive Community Art Project starts at 10 am in the Calkins Quad, consisting of 32 posts marked with idenfiers such as “I am multilingual, I identify as LGBTQ+, I live with a disability,” etc. and community members tie colorful yarn around the posts to create an interconnected web that reflects our community. It’s extraordinarily beautiful: I encourage you to participate! For more information, see https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32631 You can participate in the UNITY Project from Tuesday through Friday of this week from 10 am to 6 pm each day.


All Week

The FORM Gallery features works by Kiarra William (’19) and Dana Kamieniecki (’19) this week.

Monday, April 8

Annual Joseph Masheck Lecture by Dr. Suzie Kim of the University of Mary Washington:  The Legacy of the Bauhaus: The Conept of the Gesamtkunstwerk in Japanese Modern Architecture” at 4 pm in Calkins 208.  For more information, contact the Department of Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Art History.

Tuesday, April 9

At 11:10 we have a lecture from NY Times bestselling author Michael Moss entitled Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, in the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, see:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31956

Wednesday, April 10 (rescheduled from April 3)

The Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice presents The Distinguished African Scholars and Writers Series inaugural speaker: writer and activist Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel (Equatorial Guinea, West Africa) will offer a writing workshop in Roosevelt 203 at 12:45-2:15pm, followed by a reception and Q&A with students and faculty at 2:30-4:00pm also in Roosevelt 203, and a public lecture at 4:30-6:00pm in Roosevelt 201.  (This was rescheduled from last week.)

Thursday, April 11

Financing the American Dream, a panel discussion with Molly Reynolds (Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution) and Thomas Brackett Read (Professor at Bowdoin College) together with our senior presidential fellows (Howard B. Dean III and Edward J. Rollins) and our own Dr. Meena Bose (Political Science) from 9:30 to 11 am in the Student Center Theater: https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31963

Immediately following the panel discussion, we have a talk by former US Treasury Secretary and former director of the Office of Management and Budget Jacob J. Lew on “Challenges and Opportunities for OMB Leadership in US Policy Making Today” at 11:10 to 12:35 pm in the Student Center Theater:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32938

Japanese Woodblock Prints Reception with remarks by Dr. Patricia Welch, Professor of Japanese, at 4-6 pm in the Filderman Gallery on the 9th floor of the Axinn Library: https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32879 

Tonight starts the final series of performances of She Stoops to Conquer, a comedy in the Black Box Theater:  8 pm tonight, 8 pm on Friday and Saturday night, and 2 pm on Sunday.  For more info, see: https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31148  Don’t miss it!

The Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice fellow Michelle Boo will present a debriefing, and lead a discussion, on the Jussie Smollett Case, and why it is crucial to Queer and Trans people of color, at 7pm in Room 142 of the Student Center. 

You have a few chances to see the Spring Dance Concert, which I promise will knock your socks off:  Tonight at 8 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31154

Friday, April 12

From 12 noon to 2 pm you can go watch the final round of the Hofstra Digital Remedy Venture Challenge in the ideaHUb, on the first floor of the new Business Building.  Among the ten students in the final round, there are several HCLAS students competing, so you can go root for your HCLAS friends! First prize is $12,000 in prize money and $30,000 worth of in-kind services from Digital Remedy and therea re second and third place awards, too.   RSVP here: https://events.hofstra.edu/?eID=30263

You can see She Stoops to Conquer or the Spring Dance Concert tonight; see listings above for Thursday, April 11 for details.

Saturday, April 13

You can see She Stoops to Conquer or the Spring Dance Concert today; see listings for Thursday, April 11 for details.

Sunday, April 14

The Archaeological Institute of America sponsors a lecture by Jonathan Kagan from Corpus Christi College on what we can tell about ancient history in Britain from Celtic, Roman, and Anglo-Saxon coins, at 2 to 3:30 pm in 105 Breslin:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31984

Save the Date:  On Monday, April 15 Dr. Mona Domosh (Dartmouth Colege) will give a talk entitled “Practicing Development in the Jim Crow South” from 12:50 to 2:15 pm in the Fortunoff Theater (Monroe Lecture Center): https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31931  The talk is free but please rsvp at this link:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?com=rsvp&eID=31931



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