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HCLAS Dean’s Weekly Message

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

February 3, 2020

Dear Students:

Happy Day After Groundhog Day and Thank you to Puxatawney Phil for not seeing his shadow!  May spring weather come soon!  Already, I’m feeling that there’s more sunlight in the early mornings and the late afternoons and it lifts my spirits.

I hope you are enjoying your classes, time with friends, and opportunities to engage in all that Hofstra has to offer:  events, clubs and organizations, and experiences in New York City.

This week is the beginning of Black History Month. How will you celebrate or engage with Black History this month?  You can start by coming to an event TODAY:  a lecture by journalist and public intellectual Nikole Hannah-Jones, right here on our campus at 11:15 (Cranford Adams Playhouse).  See the information in the events section below.  Don’t miss it!  There will be more events on campus throughout the month, as well as events in the community: take advantage of the opportunities all around you to commemorate, observe, and celebrate!

Now that you’ve settled into the rhythm of your new semester, it’s a good time to take out the syllabi for all your courses and map out when your assignments are due so you can schedule the time you need to do the work that will lead you to success.

Lastly, please remember, tomorrow, Feb. 4, is the deadline to apply to the Hofstra College Student Advisory Council.  See the information in the opportunities section below.


Your friendly neighborhood dean,



Congratulations to the following students who won Transformative Learning Grants last semester from HCLAS for a January 2020 or Spring 2020 project, listed here:

  • Jennifer Atkinson, Drama and Creative Writing, on Study Abroad in London, Spring 2020
  • Lucy Byrne, Criminology and Linguistics, Internship at ACE Community Employment for the Homeless in Spring 2020
  • Paula Chirinos, Global Studies, Internship at the United Nations Foundation in Spring 2020
  • Sarah Dowd, Triple Major in Anthropology, Global Studies, and Geography, Undergraduate Research Project on Gender Issues, Spring 2020
  • Olivia Feldman, English and Psychology, Internship at Disney, Spring 2020
  • Gillian Greene, Music Business, Music Business Internship, Spring 2020
  • Miranda Maliszka, Environmental Studies and Geography, Study Abroad in the Galapagos and Ecuador, January 2020
  • Olivia Tu, Global Studies, Study Abroad in New Zealand, Spring 2020
  • Samantha Wilder, Sustainability, Study Abroad in Australia with Undergraduate Research Component, Spring 2020

Would you like to see your name on a list like this in the future?  The deadline to apply for a summer or fall 2020 experience is March 1, see below under opportunities (hosfstra.edu/tlg).


Congratulations to the Hofstra Speech and Debate Team, which hosted the NY/NJ State Championship Tournament on our campus this past weekend.  AND Congratulations to these Hofstra Speakers and Debaters, who won top prizes in their competitions:

  • Persuasive Speaking: 1st-Richkisha Walcott
  • Dramatic Interpretation: 1st-Jack Dalrymple
  • IPDA Debate: 1st-Savannah Miles

Special shout out to these debaters who won other awards in their categories as well:  Blaise Rowlands, Gisselle Ortiz-Jimenez, and Danae Byer.

The entire Hofstra Team won first place overall in the Debate Category and 2nd Place Overall in all events.  We ARE #DebateUniversity!  If you would like to join the Hofstra Speech and Debate Team, reach out to its outstanding faculty director, Dr. Tomeka Robinson (tomeka.m.robinson@hofstra.edu).


Congratulations to Professor Alex Roskin (Fine Arts) whose “My Trios James” stainless and copper table won the silver prize for Home Interior Furniture at the 13th Annual International Design Awards. This piece will be exhibited soon in both Brussels and Paris:  https://www.instagram.com/p/B7tg87DJvyF/


Congratulations to Professor Dyane Harvey-Salaam (Dance), a founding member of the Forces of Nature Dance Company, has worked for over 50 years in dance on and off-Broadway.  Her career as a principal soloist with numerous theatre and dance companies was highlighted in video clips in “The Dance Historian Is In” series recently at the New York Public Library. We are so Hofstra-Proud that part of Professor Harvey-Salaam’s journey as a dance educator has been with us at Hofstra!


Congratulations to Art Education alumna Carol DeGregory who was selected as Artist of the Month by Members of the El Falle Artist Association:  https://www.verdenews.com/news/2020/jan/24/carol-degregory-el-valle-artist-month/


Monday, February 3: 03:30 PM – 05:00 PM:  Ask a Career Advisor- School of Education

Tuesday, February 4:  06:00 PM – 09:00 PM:  Beginner QuickBooks Desktop Workshop

Tuesday, February 4 is the deadline to apply to be a part of the Hofstra College Student Advisory Council (SAC).  The SAC meets on Friday afternoons (2 to 3:30 pm) three times during the spring semester to raise questions with the dean.  If you’d like to join, please fill out the form at this link:  https://hofstra.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3w5VHyzjEDDmFk9

March 1 is the deadline to apply for a transformative learning grant to help defray expenses associated with your study abroad, internship, undergraduate research, or community service project for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020.  Please look at this website for more information: Hofstra.edu/tlg.  This opportunity is available only to current Hofstra students with at least one major in HCLAS or HCLAS-undeclared status.


All Week

The Rosenberg Gallery: Daniel Giordano Exhibition

Other People’s Parties

Uncharted: American Abstraction in the Information Age

Monday, February 03, 2020

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM:  Reframing History Through Slavery’s Legacy with Nikole Hannah-Jones

Thursday, February 06, 2020

08:00 PM – 09:00 PM:  Stand-Up Comedy with Chris Fleming

Friday, February 07, 2020

09:00 AM – 11:00 AM:  State of H.O.P.E. (Healthcare Opportunities and Policy Exchange): Aging in America

Sunday, February 09, 2020

02:00 PM – 03:30 PM:  AIA/LIS Lecture Series: Ballcourts, Temples, and E-Groups: The Latest From ‘Nixtun-Ch’ich’

Monday, February 10, 2020

12:00 PM – 01:30 PM: Medical Physics: Radiomics webinar

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