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

May 4, 2020

Dear Students:

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well.

Here we are: the final week of classes this semester and my final weekly message to you for Spring 2020.

As you look back, may you see that you have demonstrated resilience in the face of the many challenges of this extraordinary year. Many of the individuals and families in our extended community have struggled or are struggling with health issues, emotional well-being, and financial challenges, and our hearts go out to you.  As you look back during this final week of classes, may you see that you have had many allies supporting you in the challenges of the semester.  May you find that among those allies supporting you were members of the Hofstra Pride:  classmates, friends, faculty, staff members, and, even, your friendly neighborhood dean.

As you look at “now,” may you see that you have the resources you need to succeed in the classes you’re taking this semester, with all the papers, exams, and projects coming due this week and next.  May you know that if some resource is missing, some help you need that you don’t have, that you can reach out to a faculty member, friend, or staff member to get that additional support.  Remember, you have access to tutoring through the Writing Center, the Center for Academic Excellence, and tutoring programs directly available from some of our departments, including Math, Chemistry and Physics. If you need to do any research and are not sure of how to access materials online, build in time to reach out to the Library to get your questions answered, starting with resources on this page:  https://libguides.hofstra.edu/students.  The chat option on that page is attended 24/7!  And of course you’ve got help just a click away from the Dean of Students Office and Hofstra’s Health and Counseling Center and our Center for University Advising.

As you look forward to the future, may you see your way through to a safe and fulfilling future in which you will be happy and successful.  For those of you continuing at Hofstra, we have classes this summer you can take (remote instruction in Summer I and II, possibly face to face for Summer III).  If you are considering taking a summer class, reach out to your faculty advisor or your advisor in CUA to help you make the best choice, whether it’s fulfilling a requirement or exploring a new area of interest.  See “Opportunities” below for the link to look at the listings of courses available.  For those of you graduating in May, I hope you will find pride in the completion of your degree program and some sense of celebration now and that you’ll be able to return to campus for a real face-to-face commencement ceremony sometime in the future.  Remember, you can reach out for help from our Career Center to help move forward with whatever your plans might be.

As you begin to prepare for final exams, papers, and projects, I encourage you to take a deep breath and assemble a list of projects and deadlines.  Then expand the list to map out what you have to do – the “subtasks” as it were – and the amount of time you estimate you’ll need to accomplish each of those subtasks.  Next, schedule those subtasks on a day by day basis so you can get each of them done in a timely fashion to meet all your deadlines.If, for any reason, you need to ask for an extension, ask your professor as soon as you can: be ready to explain why you need an extension, just as you would in a face to face semester.You can do this.  You’ve got this.  I believe in you.I wish you success in all your work: your every success brings me (and all your faculty) joy and pride. Remember that YOU ARE #HofstraStrong, YOU ARE THE PRIDE!

May you and your loved ones be safe and well.  

Sincerely, Your friendly neighborhood dean,



Congratulations to every Hofstra student, faculty member, and staff member for making it through another week of the global pandemic.

Congratulations to all the students being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa tonight!  You can join the fun on Youtube (see events for May 4.)

Congratulations to Rocco DiStefano  (double-major in History and Philosophy) and Simon Ignat (double-major in Political Science and History) for having received Firestone Fellowships for undergraduate research projects this summer, about the history of the KKK on Long Island and Nietsche and the World Well Lost, respectively, and to their faculty mentors, Dr. Alan Singer and Dr. Terry Godlove.

Congratulations to the following students who have won Transformative Learning Grants for Summer or Fall 2020.  Due to the circumstances in which we find ourselves, they will be able to use their grants through December 2021 (as long as they’re still enrolled at Hofstra as undergraduates!) without having to reapply.  The next deadline to apply for an HCLAS Transformative Learning Grant will be in October 2020 for projects in January Term in 2021 and the Spring 2021 semester.  You can find more information about the HCLAS Transformative Learning Grant here

  • Denise Acevedo, Chinese Major, for study abroad in Japan in Fall 2020
  • Michael Bailey, Music Composition/Theory Major, for an internship in Summer 2020
  • Emma DeSimone, Political Science Major, for a Washington Center experience in Summer 2020
  • Madison Fitzpatrick, Psychology Major, for an internship at the Bio-Behavioral Institute in Summer or Fall 2020
  • Julianna Iovino, Japanese Major, for study abroad in Japan in Summer 2020
  • Brandon Khanyan, Biology Major, for undergraduate research in ophthalmology in Lakewood, NJ, in Summer 2020
  • Sarah Klush, a triple-major in Anthropology, Global Studies, and Geography, for study abroad in Peru in Fall 2020
  • Antonia Moffa, a double-major in Global Studies and Political Science, for an internship in the Nationalities Service Center, in Summer 2020
  • Jenna Reda, a triple-major in English, Global Studies, and Geography, for an internship in Summer 2020, with internship site still pending
  • Olivia Tu, a double-major in Global Studies and Geography, for an internship in Fall 2020, with internship site still pending
  • Mitchell Ulrich, a double-major in Political Science and PPPS, for an internship in Summer 2020 in the district office of a PA congressperson

Congratulations to Dennis Belen Morales, whose contributions to a blog sponsored by EdWeek were very well received (see link below) and whose contribution to the “Coronavirus Rx for Education” open mic webinar session was described as simply fantastic.  Here’s the link to the blog:  http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_now/2020/04/teachers_get_tips_on_distance_learning_strategies.html

Congratulations to Makayla Farrell for winning the Spring 2020 Digital Remedy Venture Challenge – and a prize of a $42,000 package in start-up capital and business development services – with her Totally Tubular Tats proposal, temporary tattoos for feeding tubes to encourage patients and their loved ones a confidence boost.  Makayla is a double-major in Criminology and Global Studies, not a management or accounting major.  By the way, the third prize winner of the Digital Remedy Venture Challenge in 2019 was a biology major, so HCLAS a record of doing well in this competition.  I encourage all our continuing arts and sciences majors to start dreaming now of competing in the 2021 Digital Remedy Venture Challenge!

Congratulations to our education faculty whose students have a 100% pass rate on the EdTPA portfolio assessment, including David Morris, Dean Bacigalupo, Elvira Morse, Bruce Abgarian, Jane Burstein, Marcia Iverson, Ro Paternostro, and Bobbie Robinson.  This is an extraordinary record!  (Students, if you’re thinking about embarking on a certification program, we’ve got great faculty to help you through this process right here at Hofstra University!)

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Sanderson, director of Hofstra’s doctoral program in Clinical Psychology, for his work with News12LI and Newsday in several webinars on the topic of mental health and the pandemic.

Congratulations to Drs. Jase Bernhardt and Bret Bennington for their media appearances on the positive environmental impact of the stay-at-home orders.

Congratulations to Hunter Wexler, who had a poem published in the literary journal, Mistake House


It’s not too late to submit your entry to the Words & Images contest:  Images and Words HCLAS Contest.  The deadline to submit is Monday, May 11.

Monday, May 4, 2020 at noon: Aspiring Teacher webinar for all students considering a career in teaching  Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 1 pm, you can attend a webinar on Graduate Programs in Computer Science and Cybersecurity webinar

Don’t forget to look at classes offered in Summer 1, Summer 2, and Summer 3 sessions!  See https://www.hofstra.edu/academics/summer/index.html for more information.

Here’s some information about jobs working for New York State:  New York State is looking to immediately fill the following roles:

  • Contact Tracers: reach out to the contacts of anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 to assess symptoms, ensure compliance with quarantine and determine social support needs.
  • Team Supervisors:  lead a team of 20 Contact Tracers, and one Community Support Specialist who are working remotely using digital tools.
  • Community Support Specialists: work with the team and the local health departments to address the physical/mental health, and social/human service needs of those contacted, especially those who are under isolation or quarantine.

Click here if you or someone you know in New York State is interested in applying to be a part of the Contact Tracing team.https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-help

Events through May 16

Monday, May 04, 2020

Today the 2020 Hofstra Student Art Exhibition, “Tooth and Nail,” opens on Instagram. 

The awards ceremony is on Wed., May 6 on Zoom (see below).04:30 PM: The Art of Journaling

06:30 PM: Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony (Virtual)

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM: Virtual Conversation Cafe: Managing Stress 

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

06:30 PM – 08:30 PM: Ascend Long Island Presents: Sustainability During the Covid-19 Pandemic: ‘Tips from the Trenches’

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM: Dean’s Business Scholars-Meet and Greet with Reese Ritzpatrick of Bayer

11:30 – 12:30:  2020 Hofstra Student Art Exhibition and Awards Ceremony

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Consumer Pharma: Insight from a Global Marketing Leader-COVID-19 and Beyond

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

05:00 PM: Hope in the Time of Chemo, A Book Reading & Discussion with author David Lee Nelson

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

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

06:30 PM: A Special Great Writers, Great Readings: Martha McPhee and Hofstra Alum and Author Dina Santorelli

03:30 PM:  Hofstra Lavender Graduation Ceremony 

06:00 PM – 08:00 PM: A Celebration of Visual Art: Art Exhibit and Reception

06:00 PM – 08:00 PM: Art in Medicine Event: Sixth Annual Celebration of Visual Art Exhibit

Friday, May 15, 2020

06:30 PM:  First Generation Graduates Celebration

Saturday, May 16, 2020

10:00 AM:  Graduates of Color Graduation Ceremony  

The next weekly message will be sent out in the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester.  For those graduating, if you want to know what’s going on in HCLAS, you can always access the weekly message online at https://www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/hclas/hclas_updates.html on Tuesdays each week of the semester.  (And, graduates, you’ll be getting HCLAS Alumni Newsletters twice a year from me!)  

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