Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Alumni of the Month- December 2010

Alexa Silverman ’08

“My fondest memory [of the University] is my first day at Hofstra in September 2005. As a transfer student, I expected my needs to be swept under the rug. I quickly realized that Hofstra was the type of school that would help me to assimilate and reach my goals.” 

In summer 2009 Alexa and a close friend founded a 501(c3) nonprofit organization, NY Fresh Connections, with a mission to engage young adults in meaningful service through leadership, professional development, and hands-on events. Alexa is currently a law student at New York Law School. She recently competed in the Charles W. Froessel Moot Court Competition, which led to a seat on the New York Law School Moot Court Association. She is involved in the pilot program of the New York Law School POWER Mentor Program and is a candidate for the New York Law School Public Service Certificate.

Daniel Spahr ’02 

"Up until I had come to Hofstra, I had never been very social, and when I heard about Entertainment Unlimited and Hofstra Concerts, I quickly joined. ... Those two organizations gave me so many real-life experiences that I never could have had in a classroom.” 

One particularly special part of Dan’s Hofstra experience was the study abroad opportunities, the first of which was five weeks in Italy. Following graduation, he began to work as a part-time teacher, while also pursuing a Master of Arts in school counseling. He later worked in the Bay Area of San Francisco as a high school counselor and followed that up with a position as a day counselor and job coach for five mentally disabled adults. He also volunteered his time to and financially supported Under One Roof, which raises money for HIV/AIDS charities. In 2010 he published a memoir, The Montepulciano Mob, about his first study abroad experience and what he discovered about himself, his peers, and the
world. Proceeds benefit a study abroad scholarship that he established at Hofstra.


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