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

October 14, 2019

Dear Students:

It’s midterm time:  papers, projects, presentations, and exams.  I have a simple message for you:

You can do this!

I encourage you to take some time to map out all your responsibilities and deadlines and schedule the work you need to do to meet those deadlines:  reviewing the parameters of the assignment so you are certain what your professors are looking for and how they will evaluate your work – including how the work is to be submitted (hard copy? Through Blackboard?) and in what format (Microsoft Word? PDF?), gathering the resources you need to do the work (articles and books, lab results and computations, and so forth), reading/reflecting/analyzing, creating an outline for your paper, project, or presentation or notes to study for the exam, writing and revising or studying the notes.  If it’s a presentation, practice giving the presentation out loud with a timer, preferably with a friend who can point out any areas for improvement.  If it’s a paper, read it out loud or ask a friend to read it out loud and listen carefully for any moment when the reader stumbles – those are passages to revise!  If you’ve got an exam, after you’ve had a study session, try creating a series of questions or problems you think you might encounter on the test and see if you can successfully answer them or solve them.  If not, study again and try again.  If you’ve got a friend in the class, swap sample test questions with one another and try your friend’s questions.

By chunking the work out and scheduling those chunks over time, you make the work more manageable. You might also want to schedule in rewards for accomplishing some of those chunks of work, for instance, a half hour reward of time having a cup of tea with a friend or a half hour watching a favorite streaming show.  And build in time to get some physical exercise:  take a walk – maybe with a friend – to get some fresh air.  Remember that when you reach a dead end in working on a project you’ll find that if you give your mind a break, your creative problem solving skills will be able to use that break to offer you a solution that gets you past that dead end.  But you have to give your mind that break, that time without work (or solitaire on your phone) to be the empty canvas you’ll paint on.

Remember also that you can reach out for help since we’ve got lots of resources for you here at Hofstra:  The Writing Center, Tutoring through the Center for Academic Excellence, the Mathematics Tutoring Center (through the Math Department), among others.  There is no shame in asking for help: I wish I had sought help when I was a first-year student in college and nearly failed a class!

So remember, you’ve got thisWe believe in you – so you should believe in yourself, too. 


Your friendly neighborhood dean,



Congratulations to Economics Majors Ranganath Trinivasan and Harminder Pathania who were among HCLAS students participating in the Policy Hackathon organized by the Hofstra University Center for Entrepreneurship and the Kalikow School, with support from the Nassau County Comptroller’s Office and held on our campus last week.  Special congratulations to Ranganath who won the Innovation Award at this competition, which came with not only a lovely certificate but also a check.  There will be another Hackathon coming either next semester or next year so stay tuned to these weekly messages for information about how you can participate in this event in the future.

Congratulations to recent Hofstra grad Miranda Pasquarella (Linguistics major) who recently returned to the US from a position teaching English in China.  The Hofstra Pride is proud of you! By the way, for current HCLAS students interested in teaching English abroad: you might want to take some linguistics classes, too!

Congratulations to all the first-year students of the Zucker School of Medicine, especially those in the class who are HCLAS graduates (we see you!) on getting their white coats on Friday, October 11.  We are proud of you!

Congratulations to Assistant Professor James Lee (Department of Fine Arts, Design, and Art History) whose solo exhibition “Make It Magnificent” opens at the Larry Becker Gallery of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia on October 19. 


Don’t forget that tomorrow, Tuesday, October 15, is the deadline to submit a transformative learning grant proposal.  Eligibility information and forms are available at hofstra.edu/tlg.

Wednesday, October 15  at 07:00 PM: Medical Physics Open House

RSVP Deadline Coming up October 21: There will be a Herstory Writers’ Workshop on Oct. 26 from 9 am to 3 pm on campus; it’s free but you must rsvp by Oct. 21 by writing to Anne Mongillo, Director, International Student Affairs at Anne.M.Mongillo@hofstra.edu by Monday, October 21st.

There will be informational meetings to learn more about applying for a Critical Language Scholarship at the end of the month (for summer study abroad of a language deemed critical by the US Department of State and the Defense Department, including Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian/Farsi, Russian, Urdu, and others) and in early November about the Fulbright Scholarship.  The meetings will be listed in the dean’s weekly message the week before they happen but in the meantime, if you’re interested in these opportunities, check out the relevant websites to prepare for the relevant meeting(s):




All Week 

Environmental Impact

Other People’s Parties

The Rosenberg Gallery: Keiko Narahashi Exhibition

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, 2019

12:45 PM – 02:10 PM: 2019 Donald J. Sutherland Lecture on the American Vice Presidency

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

11:15 AM – 12:40 PM: From Classroom to Boardroom

11:15 AM – 12:40 PM: THE LEGACY 1619-2019 Keynote address by Deborah Gray White, PhD

11:15 AM – 12:40 PM: The Rosenberg Gallery: Keiko Narahashi Exhibition Reception

11:30 AM – 12:40 PM: Private Lives Symposium

11:30 AM – 12:40 PM:  Coming Out Stories

06:00 PM – 08:00 PM: Early Voting Seminar and Panel Discussion

06:30 PM: 16th Annual Great Writers, Great Readings Series presents Kenny Fries

07:00 PM:  Science Night Live: The Surprising Origin of Long Island’s Landscapes

Thursday, October 17, 2019

11:10 AM – 12:35 PM: Political Science Talks Politics: The State of the Union

06:20 PM: Issues in Judaism Lecture Series: Ushpizin screening and discussion

Friday, October 18, 2019

09:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Brooklyn and Abolition walking tour

Monday, October 21, 2019

07:00 PM: Francis Ford Coppola screening: Apocalypse Now – Final Cut (1979/2019)

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