Celebrations Bring Hofstra’s 75th Anniversary to a Close
Hofstra’s 75th Anniversary Gala was held at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex on May 5 to celebrate the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and its inaugural class. The honorees were Leo A. Guthart, CEO, Topspin Partners, LP, and former chair of the Hofstra University Board of Trustees, and Roy J. Zuckerberg, former vice chairman of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and former chair of the North Shore-LIJ Health System Board of Trustees. Both gentlemen serve as co-chairs of the School of Medicine’s Steering Committee. Approximately 900 people attended the gala, and the event raised $1.35 million for School of Medicine student scholarships.
“Do the show you want to do!” Phil Rosenthal ’81 advised undergraduate students celebrating commencement on May 22 at James M. Shuart Stadium. Mr. Rosenthal’s speech (available for viewing at hofstra.edu/commencement) was called one of the year’s 10 best by TheDailyBeast.com. Seated next to him on the dais was his wife, actress Monica Horan ’84 (“This is one more thing I got from Hofstra,” he exclaimed as he presented her to the audience). In all, approximately 2,000 students graduated that day. The speaker at the graduate ceremony was former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Jan Peter Balkenende, and New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman gave the address at the Hofstra University School of Law commencement.
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- Hofstra’s Department of Fine Arts and Art History presented its annual Student Art Show from May 4 to 13 at Calkins Hall. The show featured more than 100 pieces of the finest artwork created by Hofstra students in painting, drawing, 3-D, photography, design and new media. At the opening reception on May 4, awards were presented to recognize the finest student art work in a variety of categories. The Outside Juror Award was judged by graphic designer and illustrator Isabel Roxas.
- At its annual spring concert on May 7, the Hofstra Symphonic Band, directed by Peter Loel Boonshaft, premiered a new musical composition, “Pompeii,” by Satoshi Yagisawa, one of Japan’s most preeminent composers. Mr. Yagisawa had flown to New York from Japan in April in order to rehearse with the students, allowing them the unique opportunity to work on a new piece with the internationally renowned composer. “Pompeii” was commissioned by Hofstra to be performed by the University’s Symphonic Band.
- Alumni and parents around the country celebrated Hofstra’s 75th anniversary with specialty cakes at regional events throughout the year. Among them was the Hofstra Club of Washington, D.C., at its spring reception on May 17. Regional celebrations werealso hosted in Stamford, Connecticut; Boca Raton and Port Charlotte, Florida; Baltimore, Maryland; Hackensack, New Jersey; White Plains, New York and on Long Island.
- The Hofstra community was deeply saddened by the passing of Professor of English Dana Brand on May 25. Dr. Brand was a former chair of the English Department and taught all genres and periods of American literature. He had been on the Hofstra faculty since 1989. He was the author of The Spectator and the City in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Cambridge, 1991) and numerous articles on topics in English, American, and French literature, philosophy, and film. He was also a personal essayist and the author of 2007’s Mets Fan, a collection of essays about his experiences as a baseball fan, and 2009’s The Last Days of Shea.