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 2, 2020

Dear Students:

With the beginning of March, we are entering the season of midterms.  Some of you might have midterms this week or next week, so I thought I’d share some ideas with you about how to prepare for the exams, papers, and projects that are coming due before or right after spring break.

I recommend that you start by making a list of all the work you have to submit by a deadline in the next few weeks by examining your course syllabi, handouts, announcements on Blackboard, and other communication streams from your professors.  Put those deadlines into your whatever calendar application you use or create a calendar in Excel or Word that you can use for your planning.  Look again at the list of the projects:  take each one in turn and map out the steps you have to take to complete the project successfully.  For instance, if you have a research paper, you know you have to identify a thesis statement, compile a list of sources to consider, collect data, analyze the data, draw conclusions, write up the paper citing the sources properly, double check that you’ve addressed all the issues specified in the assignment, edit the paper, get the paper ready for submission, and submit the paper.  Once you have the list of tasks, estimate a number of hours you will need to complete each of these tasks and schedule them on your calendar leading up to the due date for the project.

Now go back and do that for each of the projects, papers, and exams you have so that you have a schedule of how to get all this work done by the deadlines your professors have set for you.

One of the most important learning outcomes of a liberal arts education is the ability to organize yourself and plan to get high quality work done by the deadline set by your employers.  In other words, the cumulative effect of preparing for multiple midterm exams, papers, and projects is growing the skill to multitask on competing projects with competing priorities and deadlines for the rest of your life, bringing you success not only in your first job after college, but over your entire career trajectory.

As always, I wish you success in all you do, both here at Hofstra and beyond!




Congratulations to the cast and crew of Troilus and Cressida for their extraordinary work on this innovative production.

(And to everyone who isn’t on the cast and crew of this show:  If you haven’t seen the show, you have more chances this coming weekend.  The production is very creative – with references to the Vietnam War, terrorism in the Middle East, and 70s night club culture created in part with ingenious use of video, lighting, costume, and set design.  Don’t miss it!  See events for more information below.)

Congratulations to all the members of our community who celebrated Darwin Day last month, and especially Dr. Bennington (Geology, Environment, and Sustainability Studies) and Dr. Filippi (Biology), who shared from their experiences leading a study tour to the Galapagos Islands as part of the celebration.

Congratulations to all our community members working with students in local schools on projects commemorating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved persons to British colonies in North America as those students begin to complete their projects (a year-long process), with special kudos to University Archivist, Geri Solomon, who is leading the effort.

Congratulations to Dr. Bruce Torff and his student Audrey Figueroa Murphy for their work on a project about how teachers’ beliefs about English language learners contributes to the problems those learners experience in their classrooms.  The paper was published earlier this year and picked up in some media outlets, helping to disseminate the message that teacher attitudes shape teacher actions and student learning outcomes.

And …. Break a leg to the cast and crew of “What You Will,” the one-hour adaptation of Shakespeare’s 12th Night that will have its Hofstra premiere this week (see “Events,” below for more details).


Today, March 2 is the last day to apply for these two opportunities:

Last Day to Apply to the Hofstra-Digital Remedy Venture Challenge

Hofstra College Transformative Learning Grant

Monday, March 9 is the first day to register for the next writing proficiency exam:

Spring Writing Proficiency Exam (Registration Opens)


All Week

Other People’s Parties

Uncharted: American Abstraction in the Information Age

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

12:50 PM – 02:15 PM:  International Scene Lectures Series: Foreign Policy in the 2020 Election with Ariel Gold

06:00 PM – 11:00 PM: Super Duper Tuesday – Debate and Watch Party

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

11:15 AM – 12:40 PM: State and Local Politics Lecture Series: Advocating for Change from the Outside 

11:15 AM – 12:40 PM: Student Workers Forum

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM: Ceremony of Thanks in Honor of Women’s Herstory Month

02:55 PM – 04:30 PM: With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Gendering Emotions in Late Medieval and Early Modern Iberia

06:30 PM: College Behind Bars Film Screening and Discussion 

Thursday, March 05, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: 71st Annual Hofstra Shakespeare Festival: What You Will A One-Hour Twelfth Night 

11:10 AM – 12:30 PM: Digital Nonfiction: Composing Identities In and Beyond the Classroom

08:00 PM – 09:00 PM: 71st Annual Hofstra Shakespeare Festival: What You Will A One-Hour Twelfth Night 

Friday, March 06, 2020

09:00 AM – 04:00 PM: Hofstra-Digital Remedy Bootcamp

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

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: 71st Annual Hofstra Shakespeare Festival: What You Will A One-Hour Twelfth Night 

07:00 PM: Faculty Cello Recital – Her Music in Our Time: The Musical Works of Female Composers in the Era of Women’s Suffrage

08:00 PM – 10:00 PM: 71st Annual Hofstra Shakespeare Festival: Troilus and Cressida

All Day: Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair Preliminary Round

Saturday, March 07, 2020

02:00 PM – 04:00 PM: 71st Annual Hofstra Shakespeare Festival: What You Will A One-Hour Twelfth Night with The Hofstra Collegium Musicum

08:00 PM – 10:00 PM: 71st Annual Hofstra Shakespeare Festival: Troilus and Cressida

Sunday, March 08, 2020

11:00 AM – 05:00 PM: 22nd Annual Irish Experience Festival

02:00 PM – 04:00 PM: 71st Annual Hofstra Shakespeare Festival: Troilus and Cressida

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

Monday, March 09, 2020

10:00 AM – 04:00 PM: The Rosenberg Gallery: Joyce Kubat Exhibition

12:50 PM – 02:10 PM: Why U.S. Policy Is Failing, and How to Fix It with Chris Preble

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM: The Rosenberg Gallery: Joyce Kubat Exhibition Opening Reception

07:00 PM – 08:00 PM: Shakespeare Festival Distinguished Artist Lecture Ruben Santiago-Hudson 

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