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HCLAS Dean’s Weekly Message

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

May 6, 2019

Dear Students:

This is my last weekly message for the Spring 2019 semester. 

It’s the first week of May, the last week of classes.  It’s clear that there is an increase in everyone’s stress with regard to papers, projects, and exams. 

In the middle of all of this stress, I have a very simple message for you:

All around you here at Hofstra there are people who respect you, care for you, think you are wonderful, and take delight in every single one of your accomplishments. 

This message is just a reminder that I’m one of them.  Nothing makes me happier than to see all of you thrive. 

I want each of you to be happy and successful and I know that that is within reach for all of you when you take advantage of the resources – including your own personal support systems as well as all of the resources available here at Hofstra and in the greater community – that are there for you for the asking.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to ask for help as you need it, including asking a friend for a hug.

Take a deep breath. You’ve got this.

May the semester come to a successful and happy end for each and every one of you.  I look forward to seeing all of you in the fall when our community reconvenes – and I’ll resume sending weekly messages then.  (Seniors, I’ll be writing you a couple of separate messages as you prepare to don cap and gown and celebrate graduation.)

And now …. Congratulations and Events!  Be sure to read the congratulations section, because YOU are among those being congratulated!


Congratulations to Dr. Bret Bennington, chair of the Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability, who is the 2019 recipient of the Neil Miner Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers: this award recognizes an individual for “exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the earth sciences.”  The award will be presented at the national conference of the Geological Society of America in September.  

Congratulations to each and every HCLAS student who has accomplished or experienced any of the following this semester:

  • Worked hard
  • Overcame a challenge whether in the classroom or beyond the classroom walls
  • Juggled competing and sometimes conflicting obligations and priorities
  • Made a new friend
  • Helped a friend through a challenge
  • Allowed a friend or mentor to help you through a challenge
  • Learned something that made you change your mind about something important
  • Learned something about yourself
  • Learned something about others
  • Gave of yourself without any expectation of something in return
  • Tried something new
  • Placed yourself in a zone of discomfort in order to learn something
  • Was a good friend to someone who needed you
  • Volunteered to do something for a student club or organization or a community organization

And congratulations to all those who have not experienced any of the above, but who are seeking one or more of them, because the journey is also worth congratulations, not only the destination.


All Week

The Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History has their annual student art show in Calkins Hall featuring the year’s best student works including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, furniture models, works of 3D, design and new media.

Pushing Boundaries Exhibit in Emily Lowe Hall: In the aftermath of World War II, artists in America continued explorations begun earlier in the 20th century, pushing the boundaries of accepted subject matter and artistic form. Drawn from the Museum’s collection, including works by Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Stanley Twardowicz, and Andy Warhol, this exhibition illuminates the great diversity of art in postwar America. Additionally, a selection of paintings by artist/poet and Holocaust survivor Yonia Fain are highlighted. All day in the Emily Lowe Gallery.

Funding has been provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.    https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31288

May 6

Tonight is the last night to see the Student Rep at 7 pm in the Joan & Donald Schaeffer Black Box Theater: Don’t miss it!  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31164

Tonight is the concert of our Hofstra Percussion Ensemble at 7 pm in the basement of Shapiro Family Hall:  Come and hear the rhythm!  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31180

May 9

It’s Undergraduate Research Day: Come see the work of your classmates in the Multipurpose Room today and talk with them about their research projects.

Final Round of the Writing Studies & Rhetoric Oratory Contest.  All are invited from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM in the Guthart Cultural Center Theater. For additional information, contact Amanda Schmidt amanda.schmidt@hofstra.eduhttps://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=33114


Your Friendly Neighborhood Dean,


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