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
Something to Cheer About ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
collaborated with musician,
composer and producer
Mitch Allan to release his
second EP, I Would Run.
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.
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.
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.
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
Mentoring Grant Awarded ...
Grad Student Earns First Place in Poster Contest ...
Inaugural Year Comes to a Close ...