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 March 10

April 15, 2019

Dear Students: 

The phrase “Pride and Purpose” is emblazoned on banners and posters all over campus.  As you walk the campus, you may tune this phrase out as something that you see so often it no longer has meaning. 

I’d like you to take a moment to ponder this phrase:

  • What are you most proud of?
  • What gives you purpose?
  • And what does that mean to you for what you do every day?
  • How will you approach the tasks and projects of the end of the semester in the context of your answers to these questions?

I think many of us spend some part of every day on “auto-pilot,” just going with the flow.  In asking you to consider these questions, I’m asking you to be more mindful, more present, and to connect your own personal goals with the decisions you make every day about how you spend your time, especially as the semester races toward its conclusion with final papers, projects, reports, and exams.

And now it’s time for the week’s Congratulations, Opportunities, and Events.


Congratulations to all the HCLAS students who have accepted an invitation from the Hofstra Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa to join PBK.  Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious honors society in the liberal arts in the United States.  Being asked to join PBK is an extraordinary honor and so all of us at Hofstra College are particularly proud of these students and their remarkable record of accomplishment. The 2019 PBK inductees from HCLAS include (in alphabetical order):  Irene Bachas, Madeline Currie, Sukhjit Dhaliwal, Sarah Gerber, Rosemary Gomez, Michelle Gruber, Adanya Hicks, Brandon Jurewicz, Jerry Karagiannis, Jessica Kurz, Amanda Lastella, Hayley Levine, Catherine Matteson, Hannah Matuszak, Abby Normandin, Crystal Ortiz, Christian Santos, Leia Seereeram, Samantha Storms, Mia Thompson, Kira Turetzky, Kaitlyn Yonamine, and Jillian Yuni.

Congratulations to these seven HCLAS students who have won transformative learning grants from Hofstra College to pursue special projects in summer or fall 2019:

  • Veronica Catricala (Psychology) for study abroad in Florence
  • Kimberly Chambers (Music Business) for a music business internship in NYC
  • Alexandra Johnson (Theater Arts) for a community engaged learning project teaching children in a theater program
  • Tyrone Harmon (Japanese) for study abroad in Costa Rica
  • Komal Khokhar (Biochemistry) for a community engaged learning project in Peru
  • Manmeet Niijer (Triple major in Criminology, Religion, and Public Policy and Public Service) for internships with the NYC Department of Investigation and the Innocence Project.
  • Emma Trombetta (Linguistics and Economics) for study abroad in Amsterdam

You can learn more about our college’s transformative learning grant program at hofstra.edu/tlg.  The next deadline to apply for a transformative learning grant will be in October 2019 for projects that will unfold in January 2020 or in the Spring 2020 semester.

Congratulations to Biology Major Michael Lai (’21) who won third prize for his “Cress Health” project designed to fight addiction in the Digital Remedy Venture Challenge competition!  Michael and his project came out ahead of numerous projects and teams from the Schools of Business, Engineering, and Engineering: Way to go, Michael!

Congratulations to all our students who performed in arts events this past weekend in a variety of contexts:  our dancers in the Spring Dance Concert; our musicians in the Brass Ensemble Concert and the Jazz Ensemble concert; and the cast and crew of “She Stoops to Conquer”! It was an extraordinary weekend of the arts here at Hofstra and we thank you all for your months of hard work to make it so successful.

Congratulations to Dr. Steven Raciti (Biology) for winning a grant of $240,000 from the Long Island Regional Planning Council on water quality in Nassau County!


Seats are still available in the University 006 course “Careers in the Liberal Arts,” a one-credit pass/fail course for HCLAS majors to explore their own career interests, learn how to write a good coverletter and resume, and how to network. The course features opportunities to talk with 15-18 HCLAS alumni from diverse majors who transitioned to careers in business, government and the non-profit sector. 

We also have seats available in an interdisciplinary course called “Exodus: Exiles, Migrans, and the Global Politics of Sanctuary” taught by Professors Brenda Elsey (History) John Maerhofer (Writing Studies and Rhetoric).  Look for it under HISTORY 177G or WSC 180W in the schedule for Fall 2019.


All Week

Two exhibitions, Waves by Stephen “Spike” Pike ’21 and Beth Fontillas: A Self-Titled Collection by Hannah Emory ’19, will be on display at the FORM Gallery, April 15-20. The shows feature more than 30 works of art, including sketchbooks, paintings, metalwork and woodwork: https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32555

Monday, April 15

A Discussion on Brexit by Professor Chris Gilligan, University of the West of Scotland.  Professor Gilligan’s new book Northern Ireland and the crisis of anti-racism, makes an important contribution to the discussion on the ‘crisis of anti-racism’ in the United Kingdom.  Lecture is in Mason Hall, Room 223, at 12:30-2:00 PM.  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=33082

Dr. Mona Domosh, Professor of Geography, Dartmouth College, will give a lecture “Practicing Development in the Jim Crow South” which is based on archival research in Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi.  This event is at the Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Hall, at 12:50-2:15 PM.  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31931

Tuesday, April 16

Dr. Yisheng Peng will be speaking on workplace mistreatment among racial minority workers.  This lecture examines whether the racial category with which one identifies contributes to the frequency of experiencing workplace mistreatment.  This event is being held in the Guthart Cultural Center Theater at 4:30-6:30 PM. https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=28961

Wednesday, April 17

A Discussion of the Department of Drama and Dance presentation of She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith in the Spiegel Theater, South Campus, at 11:30 AM.: https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31153

Let’s Talk Art and Activism: a discussion about art to promote social movements, from 11:20 am to noon and 12:20 to 1 pm (two sessions) in the Emily Lowe Gallery:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=33076

Our Great Writers, Great Readings Series presents David Baker who is one of contemporary poetry’s most gifted lyric poets.  This reading will be in the Guthart Cultural Center Theater at 6:30 PM.  This event is free, but advance registration is required.  Please RSVP using the RSVP for this Event link.  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31966

Thursday, April 18

A Lecture “Psychographics: Graphic Memoirs and Psychiatric Disability” will be given by Elizabeth Donaldson: she will juxtapose the linkage of psychosis and violence in the superhero comics tradition with representations of mental illness in contemporary graphic memoirs.  This lecture will be at9:35 AM in the Guthart Cultural Center Theater.  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31957

A Lecture by Dr. J. Michael Rifenburg, whose recent book The Embodied Playbook offers groundbreaking insight into the teaching of scholar-athletes, in the Guthart Cultural Center Theater at 11:10 AM.  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31958

A webinar about the Premedical Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program at Hofstra University is being offered by Dr. Ellen Miller to provide the opportunity for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and who have not previously studies the sciences or who would like to enhance their academic record, to prepare for entrance into a medical/health profession of their choice.  The webinar is online:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32624


Your friendly neighborhood dean,


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