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

November 4, 2019

Dear Students:

Tomorrow is election day.  If you are eligible to vote here in the New York area and haven’t voted already, please be sure to cast your vote and make your voice heard:  #HofstraVotes!

Speaking of voting – and our civic duty – we have a couple of events about politics and history listed in the events section below, so please check them out.

One of the highlights of the week is most certainly the lecture by Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies, the author, most recently of Exodus! Religion, Race, and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America.  His lecture is part of the series of events exploring the Legacy of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to British North America 1619-2019.  This will be an event not to miss!

As your week unfolds, I wish you strength to meet all the challenges you face, resilience to rise up when you fall, the determination to persist, the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you are doing all you can to succeed in every context of your life at Hofstra and beyond, and the wisdom to ask for help when you need it.  Of course, there are lots of resources for you to take advantage of at Hofstra, including the Writing Center (Mason Hall), the Math Tutoring Center (Roosevelt Hall), the Tutoring Center in the Center for Academic Excellence (3rd floor Axinn Library), the Student Health and  Counseling Center (Wellness and Campus Living Center), the Dean of Students Office (243 Student Center), the Center for University Advising  and Student Financial Services (both in Memorial Hall), just to name a few.  If you want to reach out for help and aren’t sure where to turn to, you can start with the Dean of Students Office and the staff there can help you find the right person to help you meet your needs.


Your friendly neighborhood dean,


Thanks to Our Alumni

In the past couple of weeks, some of our HCLAS alumni have come back to campus to share with current students, for example: 

  • Delilah Buitron, class of ’00, came back to campus and gave a master class in our dance program on Flamenco dance (see my twitter feed @benrifkin for some video of that event).  Delilah teaches Flamenco in Texas, where she is the founder of The Flame Foundation.  Delilah has also joined the HCLAS Dean’s Advisory Board in service to the College.
  • Craig Dempster, class of ’94, spoke to a political science class about his career journey: he is now President of Merkle Americas in Connecticut.  

If you were among the students at either of these events, you know how lucky you were.  I hope that participating in and hearing about these visits will encourage each of you to be engaged alumni after you hang your framed diploma up on the wall in your home or office!


Congratulations to the cast and crew of Legally Blonde for a fantastic production that brought joy into the lives of all the audiences!  

And while we’re talking about Hofstra Drama, let’s everyone wish “Break a leg!” to the cast and crew of Fefu and Her Friends, which will have its opening night on Friday, Nov. 8.

Congratulations to members of Hofstra’s debate team who had a spectacular showing at a recent tournament at Northern Virginia Community College. For Saturday’s events:  Savannah Miles (2nd place) and Imani Thompson (2nd place) in IPDA Debate, with Savannah Miles in 1st place as IPDA Debate4 Speaker; Jack Dalrymple in 1st place for Impromptu speaking; and overall that day Hofstra Debate took 2nd place.  For Sunday’s events:  1st place for Savannah Miles and Richkisha Walcott for Duo Interpretation, Richkisha Walcott took 1st place for Persuasive Speaking, Alexis Hughes took 1st place for Oral Interpretation, Jack Dalrymple took 1st place for Dramatic Interpretation, Alexis Hughes took 1st place for Poetry Interpretation, Alex Dersh took 1st place for IPDA Debate, and …. for the IPDA Debate Team Sweepstakes, Hofstra took 2nd place and for the Overall Team Sweepstakes Hofstra Debate took …. (drum roll, please) 1st place!  Congratulations to all the Hofstra debaters and public speakers and to our fantastic coach, Dr. Tomeka Robinson!


On Wed., Nov. 6 at 6:00 PM – 07:30 PM:  Information Session for Hofstra in Ireland 

On Fri., Nov. 8 the School of Education Open House will host an open house.

On Fri., Nov. 8, registration opens for Fall Writing Proficiency Exam (Registration Opens)

Memorial Sloan Kettering has undergraduate summer research programs for the period from June 1 to August 7, 2020, in a variety of science-related fields: 

Each of these programs has its own deadline and application requirements and each is open to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.  Click on the relevant link to learn more about each opportunity and learn how to apply.


All Week

The Rosenberg Gallery: Keiko Narahashi Exhibition

Environmental Impact

Other People’s Parties

Monday, November 04, 2019

07:00 PM:  Francis Ford Coppola screening: The Rain People (1969)

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Election Day:  Don’t forget to vote!

06:00 PM – 08:00 PM:  Digital Marketing Workshop: Facebook Advertising Techniques

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

11:15 AM – 12:40 PM:  ACE the GRE:  Get Graduate School Ready, presented by Kaplan, in Breslin 200.  This is a great session to attend if you’re interested in applying to graduate school at some point in the future (even if not for Fall 2020).

11:15 AM – 12:40 PM:  Fall 2019 Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Impact of Demographic, Psychographic, and Perception of Negative/Positive Candidate Character on Voter Choice

11:30 AM:  Legally Blonde Symposium

02:55 PM – 04:30 PM:  Rupturing the Walls of Discontent: Racialized Borders and the Political Economy of Imperial Citizenship with Dr. John Maerhofer

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM:  Sustainability Webinar 

06:00 PM – 08:00 PM: Fall Writing Proficiency Exam

Thursday, November 07, 2019

04:30 PM:  THE LEGACY 1619-2019 Keynote address by Eddie S. Glaude Jr., PhD

Friday, November 08, 2019

08:00 PM – 10:00 PM:  Fefu and Her Friends (opening night!) 

Saturday, November 09, 2019

11:30 AM – 01:00 PM: Spectacular Sculpture!

08:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Fefu and Her Friends

08:00 PM: Hofstra Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band

Sunday, November 10, 2019

02:00 PM – 04:00 PM:  Fefu and Her Friends

Monday, November 11, 2019

07:00 PM:  Francis Ford Coppola screening: Tetro (2009)

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