Midyear Commencement Features CNN’s John King and Alumnus Robert McKeon
The fall 2010 semester offered one more cause for celebration: midyear commencement on December 19.
Approximately 600 undergraduate, graduate and law students participated in the ceremony. CNN’s John King, anchor of John King, USA, was the guest speaker, and Hofstra alumnus Robert F. McKeon, chairman and principal owner of Kemark Financial Services Inc., received a Doctor of Humane Letters.
- Law Professor Vern R. Walker established the Law, Logic and Technology Research Laboratory, which strives to conduct empirical research on legal reasoning.
- The Dance and Dance Education Programs and the Association for the Help of Retarded Children (AHRCNassau) hosted a celebratory, end-of-semester performance on December 8 at Dempster Hall. Hofstra’s Dance and Dance Education Programs have been working with the AHRCNassau for two years to help adults with mental disabilities explore their creativity through dance. All Hofstra participants volunteer their time by choreographing and leading workshops each week for AHRC-Nassau participants under the direction of Anita Feldman, director of the B.S. in Education – Dance Education program at Hofstra.
- Hofstra University and its School of Law were deeply saddened in December by the death of Eric J. Schmertz, distinguished professor emeritus of law and dean of Hofstra University School of Law (1982-1989). In addition to his affiliation with Hofstra, Professor Schmertz was one of the nation’s most noted arbitrators and experts in labor law and was a former commissioner of labor relations for the City of New York. When Professor Schmertz joined the Law School as a charter faculty member in 1969, he was already a former assistant vice president of the American Arbitration Association, and had been executive director and a three term member of the N.Y.S. Board of Mediation. In May 1981 he was named the Edward F. Carlough Distinguished Professor of Labor Law, occupying the school’s first endowed chair. The following year he was appointed dean and served for seven years.
- The Center for International Financial Services and Markets, in collaboration with Hofstra’s Zarb School of Business, presented a conference titled Social Responsibility in Business in the 21st Century. The conference banquet featured an address by former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and former Chairman and CEO of ALCOA Paul O’Neill. The daytime keynote speaker was Stanford University Professor Joseph Grundfest, who discussed why the topic of corporate social responsibility is, and will always be, controversial. The conference also featured a thought leadership panelwith Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. CEO Richard Daly.