Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hofstra Alumni Organization President's Message

What a great role I have at Hofstra!

Since I became president of the Hofstra University Alumni Organization eight months ago, the University has launched a spectacular 75th anniversary celebration, and there has been a surge in alumni involvement.

You will read in this magazine about the successful Diamond Weekend we had in September.  Thousands of Hofstra alumni, students, parents, staff and friends were on campus celebrating time-honored traditions and beginning new ones. Alumni spanning eight decades had a wonderful time, and now are looking for ways to remain connected.

To answer that call, the Alumni Organization sponsored a “Meet, Greet and Network” reception in October that featured 22 campus departments and alumni groups looking for volunteers and members. The evening was a huge success and has become an instant tradition.

A university is strengthened by the bonds it creates, and – especially when vast numbers of alumni wish to remain involved – it is incredibly gratifying.  We are proud of the more than 800 alumni volunteers who stepped forward during the past year.  You can see the honor roll at  There are dozens of volunteer opportunities – professional or social, on or off campus – and I urge you to contact the Office for Development and Alumni Affairs to learn more.

The Alumni Organization is taking the lead in supporting Hofstra’s “7500 for 75” campaign this year in our effort to generate 7,500 undergraduate alumni contributions – of any size – in honor of the University’s 75th anniversary.  This effort will bring our alumni donor participation rate to 15 percent, from its current rate of 10 percent.  Increasing this percentage means we are keeping pace with the country’s best schools, and, more important, it means our alumni are proud of their alma mater.

Our alumni affinity groups have been encouraging their members to make contributions and to attend more events this year.  It is easy to call the Alumni Office or visit to make a secure gift online and/or set up a monthly payment arrangement.

We all share a common Hofstra legacy and, yet, also forge our own legacies.  My Hofstra legacy began as a new student in September of 1981 and has continued to grow and develop for the past three decades.   I have enjoyed being a volunteer all these years and working with great administrators, faculty, parents and our future leaders – Hofstra’s students.  I urge you to get involved and to make a difference at Hofstra University.

Frederick E. Davis, Jr. ’85
Hofstra Alumni Organization


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