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

September 16, 2019 

Dear Students:

The fall semester is well underway now and most of you are now settled in your classes and the rhythm of the new semester.

This is a good time to take out the syllabus for each of the courses you’re taking and making one comprehensive list of all the tests, papers, projects, and presentations you’ve been assigned this semester together with their deadlines.  I recommend that you create a comprehensive calendar of these deadlines and then build into your calendar the time you need to prepare for each task.  For instance, if you have a test on October 14, add an entry for your new calendar of assignments for October 12 and 13 for study time for that test.  If you have a research paper due in November, block out time for library research in October. 

Once you’ve completed the calendar for your course assignments, add to that calendar any other projects that you’ve committed to undertake this semester, such as events you’re planning for a student organization or projects you’ve promised to do at your internship or job.  In this way, you’ve created a comprehensive calendar for all the work you need to do this semester to be successful.

This is what it’s all about:  we want you to be successful and happy here at Hofstra.  One of the secrets of success is planning to succeed, protecting in your daily or weekly calendar the time you need to prepare for success.  I hope this planning process will help you do just that.




Congratulations to students participating in Hofstra’s Speech and Debate Team, directed by Dr. Tomeka Robinson, for the following outstanding achievements at this weekend’s International Public Debate Association Tournament hosted at Queens College:

Saturday Events:

Novice IPDA Debate:  1st place for Savannah Miles and 2nd place for Richkisha Walcott

Novice IPDA Debate Speaker:  2nd place Richkisha Walcott and 3rd place for Savannah Smiles

Open IPDA Debate:  1st place for Arielle Ruiz and 2nd place for Alexis Hughes

Open IPDA Debate Speaker:  1st place Arielle Ruiz

Team Sweepstakes:  First place …. for HOFSTRA!  

Sunday Events:

Open IPDA Debate:  1st place for Arielle Ruiz with Alexis Hughes and Savannah Miles as semi-finalists

Open IPDA Debate Speaker:  2nd place for Arielle Ruiz

Team Sweepstakes:  First place … for HOFSTRA again!

In Sunday’s events novice and open (varsity) were combined, so special kudos to Savannah Miles who debated for the very first time on Friday during practice and did so well in the tournament!

Congratulations to Ryan Leighton, a senior with a triple major in Political Science, Public Policy/Public Service, and Global Studies, who has had a research paper accepted for publication in the Fellows Review!

Congratulations to Dr. Margaret Abraham (Professor of Sociology and Senior Vice Provost), who has been installed as Hofstra’s Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professor for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change, reflecting her more than 25 years of research and activism in the fields of domestic violence and social justice, including her edited volume, published earlier this year, Sociology and Social Justice.


Don’t forget that the deadline to apply for the HCLAS Transformative Learning Grant (grants of up to $1,000 for students with demonstrated financial need to help defray costs associated with internships, study abroad, undergraduate research, and community service projects) is October 15.  You can find out all the details and download the forms at this website:  www.hofstra.edu/tlg 

Events:  Now that the semester is really underway – we have lots of events!

Exhibits All Week

The Rosenberg Gallery: Randy Moore Exhibition

Environmental Impact

Other People’s Parties

Monday, September 16, 2019  

07:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion: Bag It with George Povall

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

12:10 PM – 01:00 PM

Constitution Day 2019: Representing the Government in the Supreme Court: A Conversation with Michael Dreeben

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Entrepreneurship Assistance Center (EAC) Webinar

05:00 PM

3rd Annual Zarb Leadership Series Event: An Evening with Michael J. Dowling

06:30 PM

Unheard Voices Performance and Post-Show Talkback 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

11:15 AM

Memorial for Dr. Jennifer E. Henton, Associate Professor of English

Thursday, September 19, 2019

12:50 PM – 02:10 PM

Intenational Scene Lectures: Prospects for Peace: Ending Forever Wars

03:30 PM – 04:30 PM

Tango Demonstration 

04:30 PM – 06:30 PM

Environmental Impact Exhibition Reception

Saturday, September 21, 2019

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

New York Slavery Tour – African Burial Ground walking tour

12:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Museum Day Live

Save the Date:  Monday, September 23, 2019

06:00 PM

Issues in Judaism Lecture Series: In Darkness film screening

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