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HCLAS Dean’s Weekly Message

HCLAS Dean's Weekly Message
HCLAS Dean's Weekly Message

Dear Students:

I hope that everyone enjoyed the break and that all those who celebrated Thanksgiving had a warm and delicious holiday.

It’s hard to believe that this semester, which seems to have started just the day before yesterday, is coming to a close.  This will be the last weekly message for the semester, so please look carefully at the information about opportunities and events.  You’ll notice that the events dwindle off toward the end of this week because we don’t want to distract you from your end-of-semester academic work.  I do want to call to your attention the fall 2019 concerts of the Hofstra University Choir and Chamber Orchestra (Tuesday) and the Hofstra Symphony Orchestra (Friday), as well as the Student Rep (Friday and all weekend).  The people who are performing are your classmates: they’ve been working hard all semester for just this moment, so please join me in showing up to show your support and enjoy the #ArtsAtHofstra!

As we approach the end of the semester, we’re always mindful of the deadlines for final projects, papers, and exams.  This is a good time to take a deep breath and look at all the academic obligations you have in order to schedule the work you need to do to be successful in all your work.  Please think back about what you’ve done to complete assignments earlier this semester and reflect on whether or not those strategies have been successful.  This week is a good time to check in with your faculty to clarify any questions you might have about the nature of final projects, papers, and exams so you can confidently set out to meet your goals.

While you’re scheduling the work you have to get done, I recommend you build in little breaks – perhaps as rewards – to keep your mind clear.  Take a walk, take a coffee break with a friend, or call a far-away friend or family member for a chat.  Those “breathers” will help you succeed.

Don’t forget that you have resources you can draw upon as you embrace this work:  The Writing Center, the Math Tutoring Center, the Center for Academic Excellence, The Counseling Center, among them.  The people who work in these centers are here for YOU. 

And through all the work, remember, there are a lot of people who have confidence in you: I’m one of them.  You’ve got this!

For those who are graduating in December:  Congratulations!  I look forward to shaking your hand at Commencement as we celebrate, as a community, all that you’ve achieved!

For those not yet graduating, as you think about the spring semester, please consider taking UNIV 006, “Careers and the Liberal Arts,” which will be very helpful for you as you plan what you want to do after graduation.

In Spring 2020, we look forward to some terrific cultural events on campus, including a visit by Hofstra alumnus Francis Ford Coppola for a screening of one of his films, a presentation by Nikole Hannah-Jones of the New York Times about Project 1619 in conjunction with our own Legacy 1619-2019 series, lots of discussions of the presidential primaries unfolding during the semester, and many, many more.  We’ll get updates from Hofstra students going to New Hampshire for that state’s “first-in-the-nation” primary and we’ll have our annual college-wide opportunity for students to go to Washington, DC for a networking trip.

Lastly, I wish everyone a happy and healthy winter break and all those celebrating a holiday a warm and meaningful celebration.


Your friendly neighborhood dean,



Congratulations to the members of the University Chorale and Chamber Choir, and their conductor, Dr. David Fryling, for their magnificent fall concert the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Congratulations to all those who performed in the breathtaking Fall 2019 Dance Concert and all their faculty mentors and guest choreographers, also held the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Congratulations to all those who performed in the Jazz Ensemble Concert, also held the weekend before Thanksgiving, and to their director, Dr. David Lalama, for their moving concert, part of the Legacy 1619-2019 series.

Congratulations to Amber Richetelli who was awarded the 2019 undergraduate student scholarship by the NY State Dance Education Association.

Congratulations to Manmeet Nijjer, who was among those HCLAS students who joined Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious liberal arts honor society, this semester.

Congratulations to all the students recognized with a Phi Beta Kappa book award earlier this semester!

Congratulations to all the students recognized in Spring 2019 for being Provost’s Scholars at the recent luncheon held to honor them.  Provost’s Scholars have a 4.0 GPA, so this is a very big “wow”!

Congratulations to the students in Professor Devine’s Sustainability in Art class, whose works are exhibited in the Student Gallery in Calkins Hall now: Go see this exhibit!

Congratulations to Professor Roskin whose works were exhibited at Salon Art + Design in Armory, NY late last month.

Congratulations to Professor Susannah Ray, whose work is featured both on the cover and inside the latest issue (fall/winter, dedicated to labor) of the on-line journal, Underwater New York.

Congratulations to HCLAS Dean Benjamin Rifkin who was honored with the Interfaith Service Award by the Islamic Center of Long Island.


Mon., Dec. 2, 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM:  Apply to the Student-Run Record Label

Mon., Dec. 2, 06:30 PM – 07:30 PM:  MS Computer Science Information Session Webinar

Consider an internship with the US Postal Inspection Service: The Postal Inspection Service has an unpaid internship program for college students in their junior and senior years as well as graduate students. The program offers students an opportunity to gain a meaningful law enforcement experience while earning college credits. Watch the video and view the FAQs to learn about the College Student Internship Program. Each field division has a College Student Internship Program coordinator. Please contactUSPISinternship@uspis.gov to get your point of contact.

There are jobs available for college students to participate in the 2020 US Census.  If you are interested, see this website:  www.2020census.gov/jobs.  The Census Bureau representative will be tabling in the Student Center Atrium on Monday, Dec. 9 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm if you want to talk about this opportunity and get more information.

The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad.  The Peace Corps representative for our region is Teckla Persons and if you’re interested in learning more about this opportunity, please see this website https://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/volunteer-openings/ or contact her directly at tpersons@peacecorps.gov.  The Peace Corps will be visiting Hofstra in February 2020 to give an information session.


All Week

Environmental Impact

Other People’s Parties

The Rosenberg Gallery: Skye Hilton Exhibition

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

06:00 PM – 07:30 PM: Building Worker Power: A Conversation with NY Times reporter and author Steven Greenhouse

08:00 PM: Hofstra University Choir and Hofstra Chamber Orchestra

Thursday, December 05, 2019

07:00 PM – 08:00 PM: Poetry of Witness Reading

07:30 PM: Kwanzaa Celebration

Friday, December 06, 2019

11:00 AM – 01:00 PM: 3D Printing Workshop 

07:00 PM – 09:00 PM: The Student Rep: A Festival of Student Works

08:00 PM: Hofstra Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, December 07, 2019

07:00 PM – 09:00 PM: The Student Rep: A Festival of Student Works

Sunday, December 08, 2019

03:00 PM: Hofstra Opera Theater Scenes

07:00 PM – 09:00 PM: The Student Rep: A Festival of Student Works

Monday, December 09, 2019

12:00 PM – 03:00 PM:  Stressbuster Therapy Dogs

07:00 PM – 09:00 PM: The Student Rep: A Festival of Student Works

Thursday, December 12, 2019

12:00 PM – 03:00 PM:  Stressbuster Therapy Dogs

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