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

October 9, 2019

Dear Students:

For all those observing a holiday today, I wish you a meaningful Yom Kippur fast and a sense of renewal as you begin the new year.

I hope that all of you had a fun and productive fall break and that you are ready to re-engage in classes for the second half of the fall 2019 semester.

Time moves swiftly, as we see from the leaves that are beginning to change color.  Some of you have begun to register for Spring 2020 classes and others will be registering soon.

Because time moves swiftly, I urge you to take a moment to think about your plans for life after graduation.  What are your dreams, hopes, and ambitions?  How will you achieve them?  What can you do now to achieve those goals?

Toward that end, I encourage all HCLAS students to sign up for UNIV 006, “Careers and the Liberal Arts,” a one-credit pass/fail course co-taught by Dr. Rosanna Perotti (Political Science) and Ms. Sabeen Sheikh (HCLAS Liaison at the Hofstra Career Center).  This course meets on Thursday evenings and helps students discover their career interests and map what they can do while at Hofstra to prepare to launch their professional lives after they take off their caps and gowns.  Part of the course includes a conversation about applying to graduate and professional school.  I promise you that this experience will help you make the most of your undergraduate experience as you prepare for life after commencement.  And life after commencement is coming sooner than you think! (This course is open to all HCLAS students who will have completed their first semester at Hofstra by the time the course starts in January 2020 and to all HCLAS transfer students.)

In addition, I suggest you think about what minor might you add to your major to increase your attractiveness to employers or to graduate or professional schools.  For instance, if you’re majoring in History or English, you might want to consider a minor in Data Analysis and Scientific Reasoning.  If you’re majoring in Chemistry or Biology, you might want to consider a minor in a foreign language or Philosophy.  

Lastly, I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to attend one of our Sikh music concerts this weekend (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings): these are extraordinary performers whose music will certainly move you.  This is one of those times when something truly very special is right here on our campus – don’t miss it!


Your friendly neighborhood dean,



Congratulations to the cast and crew of Private Lives!  What a great show! If you haven’t seen it, make it your business to get to the Black Box this coming weekend for the last performances of this terrific production.

Congratulations to all the members of the Hofstra Forensic Team (Speech & Debate) who had an outstandingly successful experience at the ACHOIE Speech and Debate Tournament at Lafayette College this past weekend.  Hofstra Debate took 2nd place overall in the tournament and among the individual awards I can highlight, let’s congratulate Alexis Hughes for 1st place Program of Oral Interpretation and Jack Dalrymple for first place in Dramatic Interpretation!


Friday, October 11: 08:30 AM – 01:30 PM:  Policy Innovation Hackathon 

Tuesday, October 15: Deadline to apply for the HCLAS Transformative Learning Grant:  More information at www.hofstra.edu/tlg 


Exhibits All Week

The Rosenberg Gallery: Randy Moore Exhibition

Environmental Impact

Other People’s Parties

Thursday, October 10, 2019

05:30 PM – 06:30 PM: Smartphone Photography Workshop

07:00 PM: Francis Ford Coppola screening: The Godfather (1972)

07:30 PM – 09:00 PM: Guru Nanak’s Musical Word sung from Sikh Sacred Scripture 

08:00 PM – 10:00:  Private Lives

Friday, October 11, 2019

09:00 AM – 05:30 PM:  Guru Nanak’s Ek-Anek Vision: Beyond Relativist and Plural Diversities of the Musical Word

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Fall Writing Proficiency Exam

04:00 PM – 05:30 PM: DeMatteis Executive Speaker Series: Satellite, WiFi and Cellular Wireless Communications: Strengths, Weaknesses and Future Growth

07:30 PM – 09:00 PM: Saint Kabirâ’s Musical Word sung from Sikh Sacred Scripture 

08:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Private Lives

Saturday, October 12, 2019

09:00 AM – 05:00 PM: Guru Nanak’s Ek-Anek Vision: Beyond Relativist and Plural Diversities of the Musical Word

11:30 AM – 01:00 PM: Picture a Party!

12:00 PM: Medical Physics Open House

07:00 PM – 08:30 PM: Saint Faridâ’s Musical Word sung from Sikh Sacred Scripture 

08:00 PM – 10:00 PM:  Private Lives

Sunday, October 13, 2019

02:00 PM – 03:30 PM: AIA/LIS Lecture Series: “Painted People” of Scotland: Investigating Late Roman A.D. Post-Roman Pictish Power Centers in Northeast Scotland

02:00 PM – 04:00 PM: Private Lives

03:00 PM: The American Chamber Ensemble (ACE) Concert

Monday, October 14, 2019

11:15 AM – 06:00 PM: Indigenous Peoples Day: Confronting Colonialism, Climate Change, and Columbus 

11:15 AM – 12:40 PM: Indigenous Peoples Day: Why Columbus? A Panel Discussion about the History of Columbus Day and the Global Call to Change the Narrative

12:50 PM – 02:30 PM: Indigenous Peoples Day: ‘Kawsak Sacha: The Living Forest’

02:55 PM – 04:20 PM: Indigenous Peoples Day: ‘For the Right to Communication’

04:30 PM – 05:55 PM:  Indigenous Peoples Day: Indigenous: Beyond the Meaning – A North-South Perspective

All Day:  Fall Writing Proficiency Exam (Registration Opens)

Tuesday, October 15

Don’t forget that the deadline to apply for the HCLAS Transformative Learning Grant is Tuesday, October 15:  More information at www.hofstra.edu/tlg 

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