August 27, 2019
Just one week from today our community will reconvene and classes will begin for the fall 2019 semester. I hope you are excited about the academic journey that begins on Sept. 4; I know all the faculty and I are busily finishing off our syllabi and handouts to be ready for your arrival.
In this message I want to let you know about a couple of special opportunities that are available for you this semester:
First, all students are welcome to participate in a volunteer project in which Hofstra students tutor immigrants and refugees in the greater Hempstead area through a non-profit agency called CARECEN. If you are interested in participating and have 10 hours to contribute (one hour per week for 10 weeks during the fall semester) at the CARECEN site in Hempstead (a few minutes’ walk from the Hempstead LIRR Station, to which we have the Hofstra shuttle running), please the website.
Students volunteering for this project are required to attend two orientation sessions (either Sept. 3 and 10 OR Sept. 4 and 11) conducted on campus in the evening. You must register for the orientation session of your choice at the website listed above. In order to participate in this project, we need you to attend one orientation session the first week of classes and the second one the following week, so please pre-register for orientation now (or soon).
Second, here’s a course that might be of interest to our new first-year students:
Dangerous Ideas: a one-credit class meeting on Mondays from 4:30 to 6:25 pm, cross-listed (with seats available) in Philosophy, History, Geology, Anthropology, Religion, and English, in which students each week get to learn from faculty in a different department. This course allows you to explore several different liberal arts disciplines and departments in one class.
Third, here’s a course that might be of interest to all our returning students (first-year students – please wait until sophomore year):
Careers and the Liberal Arts (UNIV 006): a one-credit class meeting on Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:20 pm designed to help liberal arts majors find their career passion (if they don’t know yet what it could be) and, even for those who have a career direction, prepare to launch themselves to that career (resume writing, cover letter writing, interviewing skills, finding an internship, planning for study abroad, engaging in undergraduate research, etc.). This course features panel discussions with Hofstra liberal arts alumni who transitioned from one of our majors to careers in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. The course also includes a project designed to help students apply to graduate or professional school.
Lastly, I want to call your attention to the fact that this year Hofstra will be sponsoring many events related to the 400th anniversary of the first arrival in Virginia of enslaved Africans. I strongly encourage you to come to as many of these events as you can (I will list them for you as they come up in my weekly messages). In addition, if you want to read some background on this commemoration, I encourage you to explore the essays in the New York Times Project 1619.
If you can’t access the essays at this link directly, you can do so through Hofstra University’s library with your Hofstra log-in credentials following the instructions on the attachment appended below.
I wish you a happy and healthy end to the summer break and a smooth transition to Hofstra. For those of you moving to campus, may your journey be easy!
I look forward to seeing you all on campus soon as we come together for the fall 2019 semester.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Dean