Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hofstra Students Step It Up

Whether they were concentrating on their studies, working in the community or for charity, or establishing themselves professionally, Hofstra students had quite an eventful 2011-2012.

Service Opportunities Draw Praise ...
For the third straight year, Hofstra University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for “exemplary commitment to service and volunteering.”

Hofstra was one of 114 colleges and universities – out of 851 that applied nationwide – to receive the “Honor Roll with Distinction” designation as an institution whose students, faculty, staff and alumni show the highest level of dedication to community service and civic engagement. Hofstra also made the honor roll in 2008 and 2009.

The University offers students opportunities to volunteer in the community in a variety of ways, through the Office of Student Leadership and Activities. Among these opportunities are Service Days, in which students spend time during the weekends doing community service in the local area; volunteer as mentors and tutors at local elementary schools; and work in community soup kitchens and homeless shelters.

Dorm Decorating ...

Freshman Lucy Nieves and Miesha Dans
were featured on NBC-TV's Today show
in a segment on dorm decorating on
a budget. Both girls were teamed with
professional interior designers, and cameras
followed their shopping and decorating
Excitement for the new academic year actually started weeks before the fall semester began, when NBC-TV’s Today show contacted Hofstra and asked to follow the adventures of two incoming freshmen, Miesha Dans and Lucy Nieves. The show gave each of the girls a budget of $300 to decorate two single rooms in the Colonial Square residential complex. The students were paired with celebrity interior designers, and camera crews followed their August 1 shopping sprees to area retail outlets. Woman’s Day magazine Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Mayhew arrived at the end of the day to decide which team had done a better job of decorating and maximizing the functionality of each space. How’d they do? Visit hofstra.edu/Today2011 for the stylish details.

Something to Cheer About ...
The Hofstra cheer and dance teams both placed first in their divisions at January 2012’s Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA)/Universal Dance Association (UDA) College National Championship in Orlando, Florida.

The cheer team’s first place finish marked the seventh national championship for the team since 2003. The Pride cheerleaders have been ranked among the nation’s top 10 teams for more than a decade. The dance team took home four first place titles, three of which were in the UDA World Competition. The fourth first place title was in the Hip-Hop competition. In addition, the team placed second in Jazz.

Student Scholars ...
At the May 20, 2012, Latin Honors Recognition Convocation at the Playhouse, Samantha Lynn Arpino (second from right), an accounting major; Jade Ayn Keena (right), a public relations and English major; and Christopher Tirri (far left), also an English major, were presented with the University’s Outstanding Senior Scholar Awards. At the same ceremony, graduates William Barna II and Etana Jacobi received the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library Undergraduate Research Awards.

At the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, Danielle E. Shure and Dana Bergstrom, both from the Class of 2011, were named recipients of Hofstra’s Albert I. Da Silva Memorial Endowed Scholarship for earning a 4.0 GPA. The late Mr. Albert Da Silva was a noted entertainment lawyer, and his wife, Zenia Da Silva, is a Hofstra professor of romance languages and literatures, who has been on the Hofstra faculty for more than 50 years.

Present at the Primary ...
More than 50 Hofstra students experienced the excitement of the 2012 presidential race when they traveled to New Hampshire, January 7-9, to take part in various Republican primary events, including private sessions with the candidates, town hall style meetings, campaign headquarters tours, and Q-and-A sessions.

Dr. David Green, professor of political science, has led Hofstra students to New Hampshire for previous primaries. This time around the students took more ownership of the trip and planning its agenda. After a town hall meeting with then-Republican candidate Rick Santorum, the students invited him onto their bus for a private Q-and-A session. “The trip was the highlight of my undergraduate career,” said David Zuniga, then-president of Hofstra’s Student Government Association and former chairman of The College Republicans.

Dr. Meena Bose (second from left) with Sidney Madden,
Simran Nanda and Marina Pino - three of the four students
who are interning at the national political conventions.
Students Work the Presidential Conventions
Hofstra students are studying and working as interns at the Democratic and Republican national conventions as part of Hofstra’s Debate 2012: Pride, Politics & Policy initiative – a slate of programs and events planned around the University’s hosting of the second presidential debate on October 16. The participating students are broadcast journalism major Sidney Madden and political science major Simran Nanda, who are attending the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, August 18-31, and political science majors Jesse Crosson and Marina Pino, who are attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, August 25-September 7.

This opportunity to participate in the Campaign 2012 National Convention Seminars is sponsored by The Washington Center, a nonprofit organization that offers programs and seminars for credit for college students.

In the Schools

Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Medical Jeopardy ... Question: A 60-year-old man has symptoms that include fever, malaise and chest pain two weeks after he suffered a heart attack. He is suffering from ...? The answer is: What is Dressler’s Syndrome? A team of Hofstra students won bragging rights as New York’s sharpest physician assistant students after correctly answering this question, and were named the 2011 champions in the New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA) Medical Jeopardy competition. The three-student team from Hofstra’s Physician Assistant Studies Program – Jason Wieland, Edward Wansor and Jaclyn McQuade – triumphed over students from P.A. programs from nine other colleges and universities in the state.

LTC David Daniel (right) at the Winter
Commissioning ceremony for 2LT Shelton
Thelismon, who completed his studies as
a Distinguished Military Graduate.
Commissioning Ceremony Honors Young Officers ... Hofstra’s Military Science Department held its Winter Commissioning Ceremony on December 19, and 2LT Shelton Thelismon, who received a B.B.A. in management from Hofstra at midyear commencement on December 20, took his oath of appointment and became a commissioned officer in the United States Army. 2LT Thelismon, from Brooklyn, NY, completed his studies as a Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG), a designation awarded to the top 20 percent of ROTC seniors in the nation.

On May 17, the ROTC’s Spring Commissioning Ceremony saw a total of 10 Hofstra students – 2LT William Barna II (DMG), 2LT Matthew Clements, 2LT Francesco Fanelli (DMG), 2LT Prescilla John, 2LT Kryslyn Lotspeich, 2LT Joshua May (DMG), 2LT Christopher Morrison, 2LT Mikhal Polan, 2LT Brittany Rose and 2LT Alexandria Wiedenbaum – take their oaths of appointment to become commissioned Army officers.

Design Inspirations ... An exhibition of student design from Professor Bez Ocko’s First- Year Connections (FYC) class was on display at the FORM Gallery in Calkins Hall in March. The exhibition included more than 100 works of student art from the years 2008, 2009 and 2011. Design Inspirations is a freshman-level course offered by the Department of Fine Arts and Art History. The class utilizes historical examples as a framework for creating new graphic works.

The exhibit included large posters in the style of the object poster, monograms modeled after Vienna Workshop designs, music festival posters referencing Victorian wood type posters, and personal identification designs inspired by a Paul Rand ad of the 1940s.

Matthew Neugeboren
collaborated with musician,
composer and producer
Mitch Allan to release his
second EP, I Would Run.
Reaching for His Musical Dreams ...
English major Matthew Neugeboren released his second EP, I Would Run, with songs currently available for download on iTunes. The 19-year-old, whose album was released under the name Mat Brandon, has been playing piano since the age of 5 and songwriting since he was 12. Then his work was brought to the attention of SR-71 front man Mitch Allan. Allan, who has produced and written for Daughtry, the Jonas Brothers, Hannah Montana, Bowling for Soup and Simple Plan, was so impressed with Mat’s homemade demos that he invited him out to Los Angeles where they recorded and produced I Would Run together. Almost as an afterthought, Allan shared a track he co-wrote with Kara DioGuardi, “I Am.” Mat was given creative license to rework the song, and it became a last-minute addition to the album.

“Chinese Bridge” Competition ... Hofstra sophomore Eric Leonardis placed second in the third “Chinese Bridge” East USA Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, organized by the New York Service Center for Chinese Study Fellows, under the guidance of the Chinese Counsel in New York. This event is an international contest that aims to persuade students in various countries to learn Chinese and strengthen the world’s understanding of Chinese language and culture. Eric, a triple major in psychology, history and Chinese studies, has also participated in the Hofstra in China study abroad program.

Fine Arts Student Exhibits Her Work ... Kaitlyn Yale ’12, a fine arts major with a specialization in painting and portraits, was given a prestigious opportunity during the spring 2012 semester to show three of her works at the Director’s Cut exhibition at the Long Island Art League. Director’s Cut is a talent showcase for students from the art departments of Long Island’s colleges and universities. Kaitlyn previously had a show at Hofstra’s Axinn Library titled If You Only Knew. Also during the spring semester she spent two days a week in Manhattan interning in the art department of The Rachael Ray Show.

Engineering Student Receives NSF Fellowship ... Steven Miller ’12 has been awarded a three-year graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation that will provide him with an annual stipend of $30,000. This fall Steven enters the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering Program at Cornell University, on a full academic scholarship.

Steven’s honors thesis, titled “Trellis Demodulation of Two-Level Read-Solomon-Modulated FH-CDMA Wireless Communication Systems,” was written with the guidance of Professor of Engineering Wing C. Kwong. The research involved improving the sending and receiving of data – for example, the encoding of one’s voice during a cell phone call and the decoding of it on the receiver’s end.

All the Right "Moves"...
Dance major Katherine Mayo '12 was selected to perform her original choreography, "Augusta Moves," at the gala performance of the prestigious National College Dance Festival, at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in May 2012.

Katherine, a native of Augusta, Maine, explained that the performance, while a great honor, was the culmination of a long process and series of performances, both for Hofstra faculty and later for regional judges from the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA).

School of Communication

SOC Professional Club Recognized ... Ed2010, an organization of rising professional and aspiring magazine editors, praised Hofstra’s “Ed on Campus” (EOC) chapter for its accomplishments during the 2010-11 school year. Hofstra was noted for organizing two large-scale events connecting students with top magazine-industry leaders and for a compelling essay written by its president, Gennifer Delman ’12. EOC at Hofstra was founded in 2008 by Priscilla Rodriguez ’09.

Journalism Major Receives Opportunity at Fox News ... Luz Peña ’12 was named an Ailes Rising Apprentice for 2011, winning a $10,000 scholarship and a paid summer internship with Fox News. The Ailes Rising Apprentice program identifies and nurtures promising journalists at the college level.

(L to r) Melanie Rubin, Jackie De Tore, and Beth Laschever
won the opportunity to work with KABC-TV's On the Red
Carpet (OTRC) team and report live during the "On the Red
carpet at the Oscars" pre-show.
Reporting Live From the Red Carpet ... A team of three Hofstra students won the opportunity to report live from the Academy Awards after winning the “On The Red Carpet” College Journalist Contest, beating out more than 200 entries from around the country.

The winners – Jackie De Tore ’12, Melanie Rubin ’13, and Beth Laschever ’12 – were in Los Angeles from February 23 to 27, covering several Oscar Week events, including the Foreign Language Film Award press event and the Governors Ball preview. They also had the exclusive opportunity to work with KABC-TV’s On the Red Carpet (OTRC) team and report live during the “On the Red Carpet at the Oscars” pre-show on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center, as well as visit backstage during the awards show and attend the Governors Ball.

School of Education and Program in Health Professions and Kinesiology

Two students from the Athletic Training Education Program
(ATEP), Elizabeth Smith and Alexandra Sperduti, received
prestigious scholarships. Here, ATEP students show off
their skills at the Fifth Annual ATEP Olympics in May 2012.
Hofstra Students Win Athletic Training Scholarships ... Elizabeth Smith ’12 and junior Alexandra Sperduti, both majors in Hofstra’s Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP), have been named recipients of prestigious scholarships within their area of study. Elizabeth won the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association (NYSATA) Edward Abramoski Scholarship, established by the Buffalo Bills in honor of the team’s longtime athletic trainer. Alexandra was awarded the District II scholarship through the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA).

Elizabeth maintained a 3.8 GPA and was named a Provost’s Scholar in spring 2010. She served as a manager for Hofstra’s women’s basketball team. She said, “Being a women’s basketball manager, I have the ability to treat players and work with the professional trainers on the road, and that’s something you don’t get with many clinical experiences.”

Alexandra’s District II scholarship makes selections from applicants from Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and New Jersey. The scholarship is awarded to 10 outstanding students from the EATA membership. The $2,500 scholarship was awarded to Alexandra on January 7, 2012, at the annual EATA Meeting in Boston, MA. 

Frank G. Zarb School of Business 

Hofstra NABA Chapter Takes Top Honors ... Zarb School of Business students took top honors in the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Student Chapter Reporting & Evaluation Program (SCREP). “This honor has everything to do with our chapter’s present leadership under Brittany Hinds and our present executive board,” said Eugene Maccarrone, Hofstra associate professor of accounting, taxation, and legal studies in business, and chapter advisor. SCREP is a national program that requires all NABA student chapters to report on the activities that take place within their chapter.

Alpha Kappa Psi Hosts Internship and Networking Event ... Alpha Kappa Psi hosted a November 29, 2011, internship panel that explained the benefits, as well as the steps to take, to obtain an internship. Students from each business major were represented. A networking hour followed the panel presentation. Alpha Kappa Psi is Hofstra’s only coed professional business fraternity that promotes professional development, networking skills, leadership, and unity.

Corporate Connections Networking Night ... Zarb School Graduate Career Services presented a November 30, 2011, networking night for M.B.A./M.S. marketing, marketing research, and management majors. Students had the opportunity to meet representatives from a wide variety of industries. Participating corporations included The NPD Group; ArkNet Media; Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum; IPSOS; J. D’Adarrio & Company, Inc.; Sleepy’s, LLC; United Way; and North Shore-LIJ Health System.

Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

School of Medicine students
celebrated the publication of
their new literary journal,
Narrateur: Reflections on
Narrateur: Reflections on Caring Gives Voice to Challenges and Celebrations of Patient Care ... Students at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine celebrated the publication of their new literary journal, Narrateur: Reflections on Caring. The creation of the medical journal stands as a symbol of the School of Medicine’s commitment to self-expression, reflection, compassion and respect for the patient-physician relationship. Narrateur publishes works – fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography or illustration – by students, faculty and employees of North Shore-LIJ Health System, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and Hofstra University.

Mentoring Grant Awarded ... 

The School of Medicine received a $5,000 grant from the Association of American Medical Colleges, Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA) Educational Research/Innovation Grants Program to study the best way to advise and mentor medical students at schools with new, developing medical programs. The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine is one of 17 schools in the United States known as “Millennial Medical Schools,” schools for students born between 1982 and 2002. The School of Medicine has a mentoring and advisement plan in place, administered by “Society Masters.” Society Masters provide students with a layer of support and advisement that carries them through their undergraduate medical education and beyond. Researchers will look at advising/mentoring programs in place with a focus on career counseling, student-faculty connection, humanism and professionalism, stress reduction, and ongoing support and guidance.

Grad Student Earns First Place in Poster Contest ... 

James Carrion, a student pursuing a Ph.D. at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, earned a $1,000 scholarship for his first place finish in the Empire State Medical Association’s fifth annual research poster competition, held at the Mentoring in Medicine Conference in New York City. James’ project, titled “Metabolic Response to Acute and Sub- Chronic Morphine in Rodents,” looked at changes in brain function during opiate use in rodents and how this information might help predict eventual widespread damage. James is pursuing a Ph.D. in molecular basis of medicine and, as part of his education, also conducts research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

Inaugural Year Comes to a Close ... 

As Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine wraps up its founding year, the 40 students have an extensive collection of patient experiences to look back on, usually reserved only for medical residents. These patient experiences, which have included attending surgeries, delivering babies and rotating through many of the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s hospitals and physician group practices, are at the curriculum’s core and teach biomedical science through real-life patient encounters. 


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