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

Dear Students:

I hope all of you and your families are well and safe.

This past weekend was to be opening weekend for Hofstra Drama’s production of Tennessee Williams’s 1948 play Summer and Smoke.  The students in the cast auditioned at the end of the fall 2019 semester and the cast and crew had been hard at work preparing for the production until the cancellation of classes the week before spring break.  One of the most important mottos for people who work in theater is that “the show must go on,” but this is a situation in which the show could not go on.  (Hofstra doesn’t have video rights for the production.)

Many HCLAS students had their own exciting plans for big projects fall apart with the shift to online instruction:  science laboratory experiments, art projects possible only in the studio,internships in Manhattan,  orchestra, choir/chorale, and jazz ensemble concerts,  study abroad in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, volunteer projects in Hempstead and Uniondale, and many, many more.

But we are #HofstraStrong.  We may not be physically together as a community on our beautiful campus, but we are connected in Pride and Purpose.  The show didn’t go on, but the lights are on in our theater, waiting for us to come back.  And like the leaves on the trees that have endured darkness and cold, we, too, will emerge when it’s safe, and then we will unfurl and soak up the nourishing sun.  When we do, we will not take for granted the beauty and warmth of togetherness in our physical community.

I wish you all resilience and I send to each and every one of you my best wishes for health for you and your families.  Take care of yourselves and one another and reach out safely through the technologies that allow us to remain connected. 




Congratulations to all our students and faculty for making the transition from face to face classes to online classes.  It’s a whole new rhythm to our lives, but you all making it happen:  the campus is closed, but learning and teaching continue!The Goldwater Scholarship was created to foster and encourage outstanding students in the fields of natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics to pursue research careers and advanced degrees in this field.  This past year there were over 5,000 applicants from over 400 institutions and 394 students were selected for this extremely competitive honor.  One of those 394 students was Hofstra’s own Joseph Mancuso, a junior majoring in Biochemistry, whose career goal is to earn a Ph.D. in Chemical Biology and develop pharmaceuticals to treat rare diseases, such as Langerhans cell histiocytosis.  Joseph achieved this prestigious award with the help of his Hofstra faculty Chemistry faculty mentors, Dr. D’Amelia, Dr. Huang, and Dr. Finzel.  Congratulations, Joseph!  We are #HofstraProud of you!

Congratulations to our Medical Physics master’s degrees students who matched for residency programs for 2020-2021.  We are also #HofstraProud of you! 


The Career Center is holding an online interview workshop TODAY, Monday, March 30, starting at noon, to practice tough interviewing questions.  You should make your account here at https://hofstra.biginterview.com and then attend through this zoom link:  https://hofstra.zoom.us/j/322504739

If you can’t make the interview workshop today, it will be offered again on Wed., April 1 – https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=37246 and Fri., April 3 at https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=37258

Speaking of the Career Center, please consider signing up for UNIV 006, Careers and the Liberal Arts, in Fall 2020 to explore your options for life after graduation and what you can do while still in college to help prepare for your career launch, whether it’s a job or graduate or professional school right after college.

On Mon., April 6, the Higher Education Leadership and Policy Master’s Degree Program will offer a webinar on career opportunities in the field at 12 noon.  You can find the full description and rsvp link here:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=37313


Monday, March 30

Keep Calm and Carry On:  From 5-6 pm.  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=37315 Tour of the National Museum of Women’s History at 6 pm:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=37316 Uncubed:  Hear about internships from a former Amazon and soon-to-be Facebook intern at 7-8 pm.  RSVP here:  https://uncubed.com/learn/office-hours/navigating-internship-search

Tuesday, March 31

Adulting 101 with Student Access Services (for all students) at 5pm:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=37320

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