April 6, 2020
I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy; I hope those who are ill will have a full and speedy recovery.
We have now completed two weeks of classes in the new online world of social distancing. I hope you have all found a new equilibrium in which to participate meaningfully both in your classes and in other social contexts, including any student clubs or organizations that you belong to.
This coming week many of us will be observing a religious holiday. For many Christians, yesterday was Palm Sunday and later this week we will have Good Friday and Easter Sunday. (Orthodox Christians celebrate these holidays a week later this year.) Jews will be observing Passover starting on Wednesday evening.
Whether you observe one of these faith traditions, another faith tradition, or no faith tradition at all, I offer you today about the possibility of inspiration from the messages these holidays bring to us:Let us all try to find a way to resurrect and sustain community at this challenging time.
Let us all try to imagine ways to find freedom from a plague.
At the end of the Passover seder, Jews around the world make a toast with very sweet wine or grape juice anticipating next year’s Passover celebration. I suggest a modified toast:
Next year, at this time, may we be all together.
I wish you strength, health, and a sense of connectedness to our Hofstra community: May each of you be – and therefore may we all be together – #HofstraStrong.
PS Happy Easter to all who celebrate it and Happy Passover to all who celebrate it!
Congratulations to Biochemistry Junior Joseph Mancuso, who has received a Goldwater Scholarship to help finance his graduate studies in the field of biological chemistry. He is the first Hofstra student to receive this prestigious scholarship.
Congratulations to Music senior Matthew Cerillo, who was chosen by Metropolitan Opera star Angel Blue to perform live on Facebook yesterday.
Congratulations to Rocco DiStefano, a junior double-majoring in History and Philosophy, for winning a Firestone Fellowship to do research this summer on the history of the KKK on Long Island under the supervision of his professor, Dr. Alan Singer (Teaching, Learning, and Philosophy).
Congratulations to Simon Ignat, a sophomore majoring in Philosophy, for winning a Firestone Fellowship to do research this summer on Nietzsche, under the supervision of his professor, Dr. Terry Godlove (Philosophy)
Monday, April 6
12:00 PM – 01:00 PM: MSEd in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies webinar to learn about the opportunity to earn your MSEd at Hofstra
Tuesday, April 7
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Big Interview Online Workshop
01:00 PM – 02:00 PM: NPHW 2020: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Public Health webinar
03:30 PM – 04:30 PM: How to Prepare for a Virtual Career Fair (co-hosted by Vault)
Wednesday, April 8
06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: NPHW 2020: Delta Omega Public Health Career Panel Virtual Event
Thursday, April 9
12:30 to 1:30 pm: Biology and Urban Ecology webinar
Monday, April 6
05:00 – 6:00 pm: Keep Calm and Carry On
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
05:00 PM – 05:45 PM: Zarb Mindfulness and Meditation via ZOOM!
Wed., April 8
Friday, April 10
10:30 – 11:30 AM: Safe at Home? Cybersecurity and Coronavirus