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

April 13, 2020

Dear Students:

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. (You may have noticed that I am opening all my weekly messages to you with that sentence since we dispersed: your health and safety are always at the top of my concerns.)

It may be hard to think about or plan for the future in the middle of the enormous disruptions of the lives we each of us had expected to be living, but part of getting through these disruptions is planning for life after the disruptions.  And I am confident that that life is coming.

To that end, I remind you that our career and internship fair is going forward this Wednesday. Please check the “opportunities” section below for more details.I would also like to point out to you that we have summer courses available – all for remote learning to keep you safe – that will help you move forward with your plans for degree completion.  Just take a look at the course listings and I’m sure you’ll find things that will be helpful and intriguing.

In addition, for those of you who are current sophomores and juniors, you might want to explore the possibility of an accelerated master’s degree to add on to your bachelor’s degree.  We have a number of programs in HCLAS as well as programs elsewhere at Hofstra that allow qualified students to start their graduate work before completing their bachelor’s degree in order to complete the total bachelor’s / master’s degree program in five years instead of six.  In the current economic situation, entering the work force later but with two degrees, bachelor’s and master’s, might be a good strategy for some students.

Right now, for example, New York State has a teacher shortage.  With many majors in the arts and sciences at Hofstra, you can add on a master’s of science in education and complete all your state requirements for licensure with the 5-year MSEd program at our School of Education.  You can learn more about this particular opportunity by contacting Ms. Victoria Kobel at Victoria.R.Kobel@hofstra.edu.There are many other graduate opportunities at Hofstra, including our master’s degrees in biology and forensic linguistics* in HCLAS, as well as the MBA at Zarb and graduate degrees in the Herbert School and in HPHS that can be combined with liberal arts bachelor’s degrees.  You can learn about all of them at this one website and find Hofstra contacts to learn more about the program you’re interested in at this one website:  https://www.hofstra.edu/graduate/events.html. *If you’re not sure what forensic linguistics is, you might want to consider attending the event on Friday of this week (see “events” below).

Last, but not least, Happy Vaisakhi – also pronounced Baisakhi – for all those celebrating today and Tuesday! Happy Puthandu for those celebrating on Tuesday! And Happy Easter to all those celebrating Orthodox Easter this coming Sunday!I wish you a healthy and successful week. Please take advantage of the opportunities and attend some of the events listed below to stay #HofstraStrong.


Your friendly neighborhood dean,



Congratulations to Alexis Marking, a senior global studies and political science major, chosen for a profile in The Hofstra Chronicle

Congratulations to all our student teachers this semester who are continuing to complete their field placement through online instruction in their school districts. 

And congratulations to our School of Education field placement team, led by Associate Dean Jay Lewis, who has achieved a 100% placement rate for all our student teachers this semester!  Click here for more information.

Congratulations to all our students, faculty, and staff for being resilient in the transition to online learning: sustaining progress towards the primary goal of Hofstra University – student learning!  We are #HofstraStrong!  


All Week

Check out the twitter feed from @ArtsHofstra to see images created by your classmates!

Keep up-to-date with news of Hofstra and of our local community through the continuing media work from your classmates in the Herbert School of Communication.  Find out all the options, including WHRU, by clicking here

Wed., April 15

10:00 AM – 02:00 PM: Virtual Career and Internship Fair 


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

09:30 AM:  Extreme Weather on Long Island

1:00 PM:  Coping with Covid19:  A conversation about mental health during the pandemic.  Click here for more information and to register.

05:00 PM – 06:00 PM:  Autism and Communication: A Non-Verbal Autistic Individual Finds his Voice Through Poetry

05:00 PM – 05:45 PM:  Zarb Mindfulness and Meditation via ZOOM!

06:00 PM – 07:00 PM:  What Every Elementary and Middle School Student Needs to Know about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) webinar

06:30 PM – 08:30 PM:  Ascend Long Island Presents: Sustainability During the Covid-19 Pandemic: ‘Resources For Your Financial Survival & Recovery’

07:30 PM: What Is Public Relations? A Primer on One of the World’s Oldest Professions 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

03:00 PM: Turtles in Trouble: Hofstra University Team Uncovers Secrets of Local Wildlife Populations

05:00 PM – 07:00 PM: The State of H.O.P.E. (Healthcare Opportunities and Policy Exchange) presents Closing the Gap on Health Emergencies

Thursday, April 16, 2020

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Reputation and Crisis Management with Dr. Kara Alaimo

04:30 PM: Nevertheless She Persisted Virtual Exhibition Reception

07:30 PM – 08:30 PM: What Every High School Student Needs to Know about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) webinar

Friday, April 17, 2020

12:00 PM – 02:00 PM: NPHW 2020: Birth Equity Concerns during the COVID-19 Pandemic

02:00 PM: Forensic Linguistics: Using Language Analysis to Solve Crimes with the FBI

03:00 PM – 05:00 PM: Legal Basics for Entrepreneurs Zoom Workshop with Robyn Herman 

Saturday, April 18, 2020

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM: What Every Elementary and Middle School Student Needs to Know about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) webinar

Sunday, April 19, 2020

07:30 PM – 08:30 PM: What Every High School Student Needs to Know about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) webinar

Monday, April 20, 2020

03:00 PM: Hidden Chemistry from the Apollo 11 Mission

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