Hofstra Magazine

A Letter From President Stuart Rabinowitz

Dear Friends,

In the latest issue of Hofstra Magazine, you will see how much we have accomplished during the 2018-2019 academic year, from our focus on research and experiential learning to our commitment to improving the quality of life in our region.

You will read about the Advanced Summer Program in Research (ASPiRe) – a 10-week, intensive program that allows students in the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science to pursue research related to their major, under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

In these pages you will also learn about Hofstra’s Center for Public Archaeology and the work of our anthropology students, who spent several weeks during the summer unearthing details of an important chapter in Long Island’s history.

This magazine also chronicles how our faculty and students are using technology to help meet the region’s critical challenges, including virtual reality simulations designed to improve hurricane and rip current warnings.

These types of programs are cornerstones of a Hofstra education because they provide our students with opportunities for hands-on learning, scholarly research, and community service. And along the way, students also make important discoveries about themselves.

At the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, two federal grants totaling more than $3 million were awarded this year to create programs that will help the most vulnerable among us by producing a nursing pipeline for underserved communities in addition to increasing the number of nurses certified and trained to work with victims of sexual assault.

You will meet Dr. Janet Lenaghan, who became the Frank G. Zarb School of Business’ first female dean this year. Dean Lenaghan’s appointment was one of many highlights at the Zarb School in 2019, including the opening of its new building, which is designed to enhance student learning with high-tech, hands-on facilities and dedicated student collaborative spaces.

We’re also delighted to welcome Hofstra’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer, Cornell Craig, who joined the University in April, and will help shape and fortify Hofstra’s continuing commitment to creating an environment that values and celebrates diversity.

We also celebrate the 60th anniversary of our award-winning, student-run radio station, WRHU-88.7 FM, Radio Hofstra University – a community treasure that has been an essential source of information for Long Island while training generations of broadcasting professionals.

You will also find stories that celebrate the success of our alumni, such as Rondell Wescott ’03, a TV/video production major and vice president of Hofstra’s Black/Hispanic Alumni Association, who helped produce an ad for Gillette about toxic masculinity that has been viewed millions of times.

This magazine is more than a snapshot of a single year at Hofstra. It reflects what it means to be a member of the University community and the values we share: intellectual curiosity, innovation, determination, and service.

The bond we share as members of Hofstra University transcends time and place. We encourage you to visit our campus and reconnect with your Pride family because Hofstra is your home, now and always.

Stuart Rabinowitz
President, Hofstra University