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Winter 2010 MAGAZINE



Dance Program Celebrates Years of Rave Reviews

Inside: Medical School 2009 Alumni Awards Hofstra Athletics Homecoming 2009

The OfďŹ cial Publication for Hofstra Alumni and Friends Hofstra

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departments 4 President’s Letter

6 Hofstra Happenings

5 Letter from Alumni Organization President

10 Faculty News

62 Hofstra Athletics

48 Class Notes

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Support Our Scholarships Benefit Performance “Night of Broadway Stars” February 6, 2010 8 p.m. (516) 463-5339 Co-Ed Alumni Hoops Fest Scholarship Fund-Raiser February 27, 2010 (516) 463-5339 “Great Writers, Great Readings” Series presents Novelist Mona Simpson March 10, 2010 7 p.m. (516) 463-5410 New Directions in American Health Care: Innovations From Home and Abroad A Hofstra Cultural Center Conference March 11 and 12, 2010 (516) 463-5669

61st Hofstra Shakespeare Festival Featuring Twelfth Night The Shakespeare Festival Musicale and The Ides of March: A One-Hour Julius Caesar March 11 to 21, 2010 (516) 463-6644 12th Annual Irish Experience Festival March 14, 2010 11 a.m. (516) 463-6582 Child’s Play, Children’s Pleasures: Interdisciplinary Explorations A Hofstra Cultural Center Conference March 19 and 20, 2010 (516) 463-5669 Hempstead for Hofstra Scholarship Dinner April 8, 2010, 6:30 p.m. (516) 463-5339

Hofstra Magazine is published two times each year by Hofstra University. Our goal is to provide the Hofstra community with exciting and informative news about Hofstra University and its alumni, students, faculty and staff. Hofstra University continues its commitment to extending equal opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status in the conduct and operation of its programs and activities, including admission and employment.

27th Annual Dutch Festival May 2, 2010 11 a.m. (516) 463-6582 14th Annual Hofstra Gala Black Tie Preferred May 6, 2010 7 p.m. (516) 463-5284 The Bronx Opera Company presents Don Pasquale By Gaetano Donizetti May 14, 2010 8 p.m. May 15, 2010 2 p.m. (516) 463-6644 Hofstra Golf & Tennis Open July 19, 2010 9:30 a.m. (516) 463-5284


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President Stuart Rabinowitz Vice President for University Relations and Publisher Melissa Kane Connolly ’89 Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs Alan J. Kelly Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs Meredith H. Celentano Executive Editor and Assistant Vice President for University Relations Karla Schuster Senior Director for Alumni Affairs Robert Saltzman Editor and Director of Public Relations Ginny Ehrlich-Greenberg ’90 Director of Design and Interactive Media Francis A. Rizzo III ’99 Contributors Alicia Battinelli ’06 Brian Bohl ’08 Lindsey Calabrese ’04 Jacqueline Carlson Andrew Coen Lisa Comegna Katie Davis Kristen Ehrling Mary Fuchs Asia Hauter Kaitlin Kenny ’10 Nicole Piampiano Leonard Skoros Deanna Tropeano ’06 Doug Vandewinckel ’86 Ben Vogt Gwendolyn Armstrong Wade Leila Zogby Contributing Photographers Brian Ballweg ’77 Rychard Curtiss Mark Getman ’94 Martin Heitner Phil Marino John McKeith Graphic Artist Denise Sarian University Archivist Geri Solomon Editing Staff Jacklyn Blaney Linda Merklin Alison Zorn

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Hofstra and North Shore-LIJ Reinvent Education of 21st-Century Physicians

22 Dr. Irwin Redlener: Part of the Solution

27 Dance Program Celebrates 25 Years of Rave Reviews


32 Women in Leadership 35 2009 Alumni Awards 40 Alumni of the Month


alumni organization Officers Laurie J. Bloom ’95 Frederick E. Davis, Jr. ’85 Robert Salvatico ’95 Michelle Robey ’93, ’99 Tanya Levy-Odom ’90 Joseph Sparacio ’89

Council of Presidents President Vice President for Programs Vice President for Services Secretary Parliamentarian/Historian Immediate Past President

William R. Agresti ’78 Paul W. Bartels ’59* Daniel DeStefano ’69, ’72 Gary Diana ’80 Eleanor Haley Drayton ’65 James Drayton ’65 Madelyn E. Leibowitz ’64 John G. McAlonan, Jr. ’69*

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Linda Rose Obedzinski ’88 Alan R. Plotz ’58 Thomas Santucci, Esq. ’93 Harriet Schiff Serota ’64 Terence E. Smolev, Esq. ’66 Joseph Sparacio ’89 Barbara Walsh-Dreyer ’80 E. David Woycik, Jr., Esq. ’77, ’80

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Alumni Assembly Brendan Andersen ’98 Robert J. Bernstein ’55 Irene Bossert ’64 Christian Braunlich ’75 Kenneth Brown ’79 Edward Carp ’88 Todd Cohen ’00 Martin Cohn ’81

James Cusack ’90, ’97 Herbert A. Deutsch ’56 Peter DiSilvio ’09 Richard Drury ’89 Anita Ellis ’88, ’90 Stefano Fasulo ’03 Steven Fendell ’78 Simone Freeman ’01

Patricia Gabberty ’84 Glenn Gans ’88 Judy Gilligan ’67, ’72 William Green ’67 Jeremy Gussick ’98, ’00 Robert Harrison ’75 Kenneth Horowitz ’86 Roger Hughes ’64

Vincent Lopes ’01 Tara Maino ’07 Arisleyda Maldonado ’94 Benjamin Malerba, III ’01, ’05 Jeffrey Minihane ’96 Jeanine Narita ’89 Hillary Needle ’89 Carl Petersen ’72

Thomas Toy ’91 Paul Quinlan ’01 Edward G. Watson ’89 Brian Rabinovitz ’90 Marc Wiener ’76 Rey Reyes ’98 Matthew Zvolensky ’91 Janet Rosano ’73 David Sarnoff, Esq. ’90 Ilene Schuss ’80, ’84 Amy Spintman ’85 Kathleen H o f sStanley t r a ’91 w i n te r 2 01 0 3

P resident’s Dear Alumni, or Hofstra University, 2009 has been a year filled with both unexpected challenges and great accomplishments.


The year began with a series of accreditation visits that reaffirmed the University’s commitment to academic excellence, including the NCAA accreditation process and our 10-year Middle States review and site visit. The Middle States reaccreditation process took more than two years, and involved more than 100 faculty, administrators and alumni, in writing the report and hosting a comprehensive threeday campus visit, but the hard work we have done to enhance the value of a Hofstra education was validated. To quote from the report of the Visiting Team: The team congratulates Hofstra University for the thoroughness of its Self-Study, for its wonderful cooperation, and its superb hospitality throughout this process. Hofstra is a solid university with an extraordinary spirit and sense of purpose that is making progress in its primary mission: providing “a quality education to its students in an environment that encourages, nurtures, and supports learning through the free and open exchange of ideas, for the betterment of humankind.” Although constrained by its relatively small endowment and dependence on tuition revenue, Hofstra has evolved in recent years into a complex organization of extraordinarily dedicated and loyal faculty, staff, and students. Hofstra has embraced – and is commended for its success with – broad-based planning and performance in recent years that has enabled progress on a number of academic, student recruitment and retention, faculty recruitment and development, and facilities initiatives. Students report significant satisfaction with efforts in the Student Affairs division and with the faculty. The faculty, likewise, appears enthused about students and about the administration. 2009 was a year in which our schools and colleges were also recognized for their programs. The Frank G. Zarb School of Business’ undergraduate and graduate programs were highly ranked in Business Week, Forbes, The Princeton Review, and U.S. News & World Report Report,, and the School of Education, Health and Human Services was listed as a Top 100 program in U.S. News. News. Our innovative IT initiatives garnered a CIO magazine CIO 100 Award, and our educational outreach programs, such as Educate ’08, were recognized by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and PRWeek PRWeek.. The severe economic downturn and recession have affected virtually every institution of higher education, and Hofstra is no exception. However, in this difficult economic climate, we continued to improve the academic profile of our incoming first-year class, again recruiting the most talented students in Hofstra’s history. During 2009, the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency announced two senior presidential fellows,



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Edward J. Rollins and Howard Dean, and took a lead role in Define ’09, our follow-up program series to Educate ’08. Define ’09 featured speakers such as David Plouffe, Donna Brazile, Anderson Cooper (who did his CNN show live from Hofstra), Eugene Robinson and Soledad O’Brien, and many others. In 2009, we announced the second Guru Nanak Prize for Interfaith Understanding, and hosted one of our largest academic conferences ever, on diversity in the suburbs, courtesy of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University and the Hofstra Cultural Center. In 2009, our dream for one of the nation’s most innovative new schools of medicine came closer to realization, as hundreds of doctors, scientists, planners, and scholars came together to write the curriculum and create the structure for the Hofstra University School of Medicine in partnership with North Shore-LIJ Health System. The application for accreditation, which is hundreds of pages, has been filed with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, and we await a spring 2010 visit from the LCME team. At that time, the medical school’s interim facility, the former home to the New York Jets, will be nearly ready, converted to state-ofthe-art classrooms, labs and offices. The development of the School of Medicine has spurred many plans for enhanced science programs, in medical physics, in engineering and computer science, in other health-related science fields and in policy areas such as public health. There is an expanded profile of the School of Medicine within the pages of this magazine. 2009 was a year in which we also faced challenges. In September many of you were shocked by the report of a horrible crime on campus, and even more shocked by the recanting of those allegations. To say it was a difficult time for our entire community is an understatement, but we learned how resilient and loyal our students, faculty and friends are, and we became an even stronger community because of the adversity we faced – and came through – together. And on December 3 we announced the elimination of our FCS (formerly known as Division I-AA) football program in order to reinvest those resources into new academic programs and needbased scholarships. The cost of the football program, now and in the future, far exceeds the return possible from an FCS program, which does not generate significant national interest. Given that, along with the low level of financial support and attendance among our students, our alumni and the community, the choice was painful, but clear. This was a difficult decision, made after a thorough review by our Board of Trustees, and one we understand that not everyone agrees with. As difficult as this is, if we are to continue to improve the University’s academic programs and standings, and provide more need-based aid to all students, this decision was right for us and for our future. We will continue to invest significantly in our athletic programs and compete for national recognition in each of them, and we are grateful for the contribution of our football program, all of its alumni, and especially our student-athletes and coaches. They will always be an important part of our University’s history.

As we prepare to commemorate the University’s 75th anniversary, beginning on September 23, 2010, we have much to celebrate. The value of a Hofstra degree is greater than ever, thanks to the dedication of our faculty, the work of our students, and the success of our alumni. I ask that you contribute in some way to the 75th anniversary celebration, 75 Years of Pride and Purpose, by serving on a committee, by submitting your memories or photos, by nominating someone for our special 75th Anniversary Awards, or by joining us for one of our programs. For more information about how you can get involved, visit

Thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, for this great University. I hope to see you in 2010. It promises to be another great year for Hofstra University.

Dear Hofstra Alumni, t’s hard to believe that a full year has passed since I became president of the Hofstra University Alumni Organization. It has been an exciting year, both for me and for the Alumni Organization. This past year we have worked hard to develop ways to strengthen the Hofstra connection for the more than 118,000 Hofstra alumni. Our focus has been on creating more relevant and meaningful affinity programming – areas in which alumni can express interest in staying connected – and we’re starting to see significant increases in volunteer interest and involvement.

interesting. Next year’s Homecoming Weekend will focus on a tremendous milestone – the University will celebrate its 75th anniversary. The Alumni Organization, along with a large University committee, is planning many special celebratory efforts. If you have never come to Homecoming before, this would be the perfect time! Scheduled for September 23-26, 2010, the University will hold Homecoming, Reunions, Family Weekend and the 75th anniversary celebration all together. Surely there is something planned that will capture your attention.


You may know that the Alumni Organization has been renewed and restructured over the past year. Thanks to the efforts of Alumni Organization Vice Presidents Fred Davis ’85 and Rob Salvatico ’95, and the various committee chairs, our alumni leadership has made significant accomplishments redesigning the ways in which all alumni can make an impact here at the University. We have established 10 general areas of involvement – admissions, campus relations, career networking, communications and marketing, finance and development, fraternities and sororities, Graduates of the Last Decade, homecoming/reunions, regional chapters and scholarships. If you have an interest in joining one of our areas of involvement, please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (516) 463-6636. We are always looking for alumni to get involved. If you want to make a difference in the lives of fellow Hofstra graduates and current Hofstra students, and are interested in being reconnected to your alma mater, please consider attending the newly created “Committee Rush,” planned for spring 2010. The “rush” will provide you with an opportunity to meet current alumni leaders and learn about the work our committees are doing. Contact the Alumni Affairs staff for more details. This year’s Homecoming, held in October, focused on the theme “Myths & Legends” and was a tremendous success. Thousands of alumni, students and families enjoyed the Homecoming Weekend activities, reconnecting with the University and with friends, faculty and others who made our time here exciting and


Stuart Rabinowitz President

One of the focuses of the Alumni Organization has been ways to assist alumni and students in their professional lives – and this has become of particular importance over the past 18 months. Our Career Networking Committee proudly launched MyWorkster@Hofstra, an online career-advising program for alumni and students. Working closely with the Hofstra University Career Center, the committee is recruiting alumni advisers while, simultaneously, career counselors promote the program among students. Not only does this online feature assist students, but it is also designed as a tool for those currently employed looking to make a move, or for those seeking employment. It’s a tool that strengthens the Hofstra network. We know that professional networking opportunities are of great value to our alumni, and we are very excited about the opportunities this new initiative provides. Please be sure to visit and sign up as a mentor! Finally, I wish to offer congratulations to Hofstra Radio as it celebrated its 50th anniversary in November with a wonderful gala attended by more than 400 alumni and friends. Additionally, Hofstra Radio inducted an inaugural class of 18 impressive alumni and friends into the newly established Radio Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Radio Alumni – here’s to another 50 years! Hofstra University’s future holds many exciting opportunities for alumni. I look forward to welcoming you back to campus. With Pride, W th Wi hP Pri riide e,

Laurie Bloom L ur La urie ie JJ.. Bl Bloo oom ’9 ’95 5 President, Hofstra University Alumni Organization


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(L to r) Howard Dean, Ed Rollins and Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz get ready to take the stage at the Kalikow Center Symposium.

Ed Rollins and Howard Dean Named Kalikow Center Senior Presidential Fellows Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz announced in September the appointment of two senior presidential fellows at the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency: Republican strategist and former presidential adviser Edward J. Rollins and former Vermont governor, presidential candidate and Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean. “Due to the vision and generosity of Peter S. Kalikow, as well as Hofstra’s tradition of hosting comprehensive conferences on presidential administrations, the Kalikow Center has become a leader in the study of the history and politics of the American presidency. We are pleased to add two of our nation’s most respected and experienced political advisers, both of 6


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whom have unique perspectives on the executive branch, to the Kalikow Center,” said President Rabinowitz.

understanding of the role of the American presidency in the political system.”

Governor Dean and Mr. Rollins had their first joint appearance on campus on November 5, during the final panel of the Kalikow Center Symposium President or King? Evaluating the Expansion of Executive Power From Abraham Lincoln to George W. Bush. As senior presidential fellows, both will guest lecture, participate in University events, and work with Hofstra students throughout the year.

President or King? Evaluating the Expansion of Executive Power From Abraham Lincoln to George W. Bush took place November 4 and 5. The symposium’s keynote address featured The New York Times Op-Ed Columnist David Brooks.

“The expertise and knowledge of these two respected and senior political professionals will be an extraordinary educational resource for the Kalikow Center, our students, and the University community,” said Dr. Meena Bose, Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies at Hofstra University and director of Hofstra’s Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency. “Their rich professional experiences bring a unique

Hofstra Recruits Student Oral Historians in Preparation for Its 75th Anniversary In conjunction with plans to celebrate Hofstra’s 75th anniversary in 2010, Hofstra has been training students for positions as oral historians during the anniversary celebration. In order to be considered for a position as an oral historian in spring 2010, students were to apply after the completion of the fall 2009 course History 178A.


HAPPENINGS In History 178A, students worked collaboratively with community-based organizations, performed interviews, collected and documented data, and studied the Hempstead community, exploring racial, ethnic and class dynamics in Hempstead neighborhoods, looking especially at the impact of recent immigration. During the final weeks of the course, students transformed their testimonies into creative or documentary pieces in formats such as video, photography, radio, journalistic writing, theatrical performance and graphic illustration. In spring 2010, students will be selected from among those who participated in the course for paid positions as oral historians. Ten selected students will work in pairs and be assigned to take approximately 20 oral histories from Hofstra alumni, faculty, emeritus faculty and administrators.

Hofstra student Richard Traub as Don Diego in Richie Pepio’s production of the classic Le Cid.

Drama Alumni Join Current Students in Off-Broadway Production of Le Cid A cast and crew composed of recent Hofstra University graduates and current students from Hofstra’s Department of Drama and Dance presented Pierre Corneille’s Le Cid, July 24 to 26, 2009, at the Gene Frankel Theater in Manhattan. This off-Broadway production began as a senior project, developed and directed by Richard Pepio ’09. The play reunited the entire Hofstra student cast, which originally performed the work at Hofstra’s Emily Lowe Hall in December 2008. Pepio says he selected Le Cid as his senior project or practicum because he studied the 1637 French play in his “History of Drama” class. Pepio says, “I probably never would have been exposed to this play if our department didn’t place such an emphasis on classical theater, for which I have gained a real passion.” After choosing Le Cid as his senior project, Pepio says he spent the summer of 2008 researching Corneille and the period of time in which the play was written, and reading different translations of the play. He ultimately chose a translation by Ranjit Bolt first produced in 1994. The Hofstra production was well received, particularly by Pepio’s professors, who encouraged him to mount a New York City production. Afterward he said, “In January I contacted several theaters, and researched possible avenues to present this production, asking recently graduated friends in the post-Hofstra theater world for advice.” It was then that Pepio received an offer he couldn’t refuse from Kelly Feustel ’08, to produce Le Cid through the Carousel Theatre Company, where she is artistic director.

In Pepio’s distinctive interpretation of Le Cid, audiences were able to see the battles – usually offstage – unfold chronologically between scenes. Three artfully potent tableaus served as chapter headings, emphasizing the ever-changing relationship between the lovers, Rodrigo and Ximena. A clever stage setup forced two sections of the audience to face one another, creating the illusion for audience members that not only were they part of the action but also that they had to choose a side. The cast of Hofstra students and alumni included Matt LeClair ’10 as Rodrigo, Chelsea Frati ’11 as Ximena, Louis Aquiler ’09 as Don Arias, Jeremy Benson ’09 as The Count, Lea Marie Heller ’09 as Elvira, Bethany McNamara ’10 as The Infanta, Keith Pinault ’11 as Don Fernando, Christian Titus ’12 as Don Sancho, and Rich Traub ’11 as Don Diego. Among the crew were Pepio, who directed, fight choreographer Charles Rohlfs ’09, and stage manager Abigail Strange ’10.

Campus Launches Zipcar Car Sharing Program Hofstra University and Zipcar, the world’s largest car sharing service, announced in September the launch of Zipcar’s car-sharing program on campus. The decision to offer Zipcar to the Hofstra community was driven in part by strong student involvement and advocacy, and reflects Hofstra’s commitment to a high-quality campus lifestyle and a reduced carbon footprint. Two self-service Zipcars – one Honda Insight Hybrid and one Honda Civic – are available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cars are located in reserved spaces and available to all students and staff aged 18 and older. Gas, insurance, roadside assistance, 180 free miles, and reserved parking are included in low hourly and daily rates. The partnership with Zipcar is another step toward a greener Hofstra. The Hofstra

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HAPPENINGS University is committed to sustainability, with support from students and faculty, including an Environmental Priorities Committee (EPC) that works to include environmental perspectives in issues relating to University life at all levels, from operations to academics to student life, retention and recruitment. “While there’s no doubt that Zipcar is a great addition to our sustainability efforts, the fact that our students felt strongly about the program made the decision even easier,” said Hofstra Vice President for Student Affairs Sandra Johnson. “We’re glad we can provide a service that meets the needs of our students, our university and our community.” Zipcar was selected as Hofstra University’s car-sharing partner based on its industry-leading brand, superior technology and operations, membership experience and track record of providing peer universities with a proven, costeffective and environmentally friendly transportation solution. Zipcar currently

serves more than 130 colleges and universities nationwide.

Hofstra Recognized in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2009 Great Colleges to Work For® Survey Hofstra University is among a select group of 150 colleges recognized in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2009 Great Colleges to Work For® program, according to the results of the second annual survey announced in a special supplement of The Chronicle in 2009. Hofstra was noted for best practices in seven of the 26 categories: collaborative governance; teaching environment; supervisor-department chair relationship; vacation or paid time off; internal communications; perception of and confidence in fair treatment; and tenure clarity and process. “It is gratifying to be recognized for our employment practices, especially with regard to our outstanding faculty and

their commitment to teaching. This confirms what we all know already to be true about working at Hofstra University,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “We are a collaborative and congenial community dedicated first to the education of our students and committed to shared responsibility for university governance.” To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle turned to ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting fi rm that has conducted numerous Best Places to Work programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide. The Great Colleges survey included a two-part assessment process: a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff (the ModernThink Higher Education Insight Survey©) and an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies and practices from each institution. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback collected from faculty and staff.

California Pizza Kitchen Opens in Mack Student Center Atrium In time for the fall 2009 semester, California Pizza Kitchen, Inc. opened its first location on a college campus at Hofstra. The new quick-serve location, opened by Lackmann Culinary Services, is located in the University’s Mack Student Center Atrium, across from the Hofstra University Bookstore.

The first college campus location of California Pizza Kitchen opened at Hofstra in time for the fall 2009 semester.



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Students are able to order from a specialized selection of California Pizza Kitchen’s most popular pizzas, pastas, salads and panini sandwiches. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 2 a.m. After 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, residential students may choose to have their orders delivered to their rooms.


HAPPENINGS Yellow Ribbon Program Covers Tuition Costs for Veterans of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Dependents Hofstra University announced in June 2009 its participation in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This program allows degree-granting institutions of higher learning in the United States to enter into an agreement with the VA to subsidize tuition expenses for veterans of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their dependents. The institutions can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses, and the VA will match the amount contributed by the institution. Tuition expenses covered under the Yellow Ribbon Program are those that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. “Hofstra is very proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program,” said Jessica Eads, Hofstra vice president for enrollment management. “Many of the students who will come to us through this program have had to put their academic interests on hold while serving their country. Hofstra University is very excited about having the opportunity to help these men and women pursue and complete their studies.” The Yellow Ribbon Program at Hofstra began in the fall 2009 semester and is available to students wishing to pursue a bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or law degree. Through the program, Hofstra has agreed to accept 100 undergraduate, 75 graduate and 15 law students who meet the University’s regular admission standards. These students will work with a specially assigned advisement counselor who will ease their transition into Hofstra’s academic community. For more information on eligibility and guidelines, call (516) 463-4467 or visit

Pulitzer Prize winners Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof celebrated the publication of their new book with a lecture and book signing at Hofstra.

Innovative Define ’09 Series Concludes During the spring 2009 semester, Hofstra University presented Define ’09: New Challenges, New Solutions, a series of programs to examine the new presidential administration, its policies and initiatives, the challenges the country is facing and ways to address the nation’s most pressing issues. Define ’09 was designed to keep Hofstra students and the entire surrounding community engaged and informed about the administration of President Barack Obama and to encourage civic awareness and engagement. Spring speakers included Jonathan Alter, senior editor of Newsweek and NBC News correspondent; Michael Barone, senior writer, U.S. News & World Report; Donna Brazile, political strategist and CNN commentator; Anderson Cooper, anchor, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360; and David Plouffe, campaign manager, Obama for America.

The series continued into the fall 2009 semester with Pulitzer Prize winners Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof, authors of Half the Sky – Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide; New York Times columnist Ross Douthat on “Does Conservatism Have a Future?”; CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien and Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson on “Race, Diversity and a New America”; activist Majora Carter on “Sustainable South Bronx and Environmental Advocacy”; and “The Inner Workings of the Supreme Court,” discussed by NPR’s Nina Totenberg and MSNBC and NBC News’ Dan Abrams.

Activist Majora Carter presented “Sustainable South Bronx and Environmental Advocacy.”


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Associate Professor of English, Martha McPhee

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Habib M. Ammari, assistant professor of computer science, received a three-year, $400,000 federal grant to further his research in wireless sensor networks. This type of network consists of independent, battery-powered devices, called sensors, which communicate with a central base station that collects data. The networks can be used in a wide range of civilian and military applications to monitor conditions over a large geographic area. The grant from the National Science Foundation was awarded for Dr. Ammari’s research to build a theoretical foundation for the analysis and design of mobile wireless sensor networks and find ways to increase their energy efficiency. First developed by the military for tasks such as surveillance, wireless sensor networks now have many uses, including air monitoring, so-called “smart home” automation, and traffic monitoring and control. “There’s a lot of potential real-world applications for this, including intruder detection and tracking,” Dr. Ammari said. “This project will give more visibility to Hofstra, and I would very much like to eventually introduce and involve graduates and undergraduates in my research, mentor them, train them, and provide them with the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge and successful research in wireless sensor networks.” Dr. Ammari also recently published his fi rst book, Challenges and Opportunities of Connected k-Covered Wireless Sensor Networks: From Sensor Deployment to Data Gathering. Dana Brand, professor of English, saw the fall 2009 publication of his book The Last Days of Shea: Delight and Despair in the Life of a Mets Fan. The book is a follow-up to 2007’s Mets Fan, about his lifelong experiences as a fan of the team. In 2012 he and Richard Puerzer, associate professor and chair, Department of Engineering, will co-direct a Hofstra Cultural Center conference titled The 50th Anniversary of the New York Mets, scheduled for April 26 to 28. John Bryant, professor of English, has received a grant for $175,000 over the next two years from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The award is the largest humanities grant in Hofstra history and will be used to launch the Melville Electronic Library (MEL), a digital “critical archive” of the works of Herman Melville. MEL will become the primary online site for Melville research. Users of MEL, including scholars, critics, students, and general readers, will have unprecedented access to a searchable collection of interlinked versions of Melville’s manuscripts, print texts, sources, art works, and other research and secondary materials. Dr. Bryant says by the conclusion of the two-year grant period, Moby-Dick, Billy Budd, and Battle-Pieces, Melville’s collection of Civil War poems, will be the first works to populate MEL. It will take approximately 15 years to complete the digital archive. Once completed, Dr. Bryant says it will be “an intellectual playground” for Melville scholars and students. One key feature of MEL, presently under development by Hofstra’s Web development team, is the innovative software program TextLab, which will enable users to compare varying manuscript stages and published versions of Melville’s writings, or what Dr. Bryant calls “fluid texts.” This unique digital research “tool” will also allow scholars and readers to work collaboratively in developing “revision narratives” that explain Melville’s revisions and his evolving creative process. Marilyn Buono, adjunct assistant professor of English, was a presenter at the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in 2008 in San Antonio, Texas. In November 2009 she again presented at the conference, this time in Philadelphia. The title of her panel was “Reading Is Believing: Agency and Identity Through Reading and Writing,” and her co-presenters were fellow Hofstra faculty Elizabeth Hynes-Musnisky, adjunct instructor of literacy studies, and doctoral student Melinda Smith.

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Russell Burke, associate professor of biology, is participating in a consortium of professors from five other universities to study why the risk of Lyme disease is much higher in the northern United States than in the southern part of the country. The research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, and findings will help public health agencies develop better prevention strategies for Lyme disease, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports infects more than 20,000 people in North America each year. Lyme disease, first identified in Connecticut in the mid-1970s, has become a major public health issue in the northeastern United States. Blacklegged ticks occur in both northern and southern states. However, 93 percent of all Lyme disease cases occur in only 10 northern states. Researchers and public health providers are puzzled by the lack of human cases in the South. A number of hypotheses have been put forward to explain why the disease agent at this time is rare in southern tick populations. Dr. Burke has been investigating the role of lizards in the transmission of Lyme disease since 2002 as part of his research program on the ecology of native and non-native lizards and their parasites. Some of these lizards live in habitats ranging from natural woodlands to downtown urban areas, and thus could be important to human health issues in both positive and negative ways. David C. Cassidy, professor of chemistry, published the biography Beyond Certainty: Heisenberg, Quantum Physics and the Bomb in February 2009 about Werner Heisenberg. Dr. Cassidy is also the author of 1992’s groundbreaking Uncertainty, also about Heisenberg. For Uncertainty, Dr. Cassidy became the only author to receive both the Science Writing Award from the American Institute of Physics and the Pfizer Award from the History of Science Society. Lynn Cohen, adjunct assistant professor, School for University Studies, presented a lecture on Gerard Manley Hopkins in Ireland on July 28, 2009, at the 22nd Gerard M. Hopkins International Literary Festival. The title of her lecture was “The Kingfisher as a Symbol for Hopkins and Later Poets.” G. Thomas Couser, professor of English and director of disability studies, presented a lecture on what disability studies has to offer medical education at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University on September 2. Dr. Couser’s books include Recovering Bodies: Illness, Disability, and Life Writing; Vulnerable Subjects: Ethics and Life Writing; and Signifying Bodies: Disability in Contemporary Life Writing. He is currently writing a book about contemporary American “patriography,” memoirs of fathers by sons and daughters, and a memoir of his own father. John DiGaetani, professor of English, saw the publication of his new book, titled Wagner Outside the Ring, an edited anthology of essays on the non-Ring operas of Richard Wagner. Included in this book are interviews with Ben Heppner, tenor, and Michelle De Young, mezzosoprano, of The Metropolitan Opera. Gregory Kershner of the Department of Comparative Literature and Languages and Richard Harris of the English Department have written essays for this anthology. The book includes more than 40 photos from The Metropolitan Opera and the Bayreuth Festival. The book is published by McFarland Press and is also available on Kindle. Simon Doubleday, associate professor of history, is founding and executive editor of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies (JMIS), a new, peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal for innovative scholarship on the multiple languages, cultures, and

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historical processes of the Iberian peninsula, and the zones with which it was in contact. The inaugural issue of JMIS was published in January 2009 by Taylor and Francis, and has an editorial board of 40 international experts from countries such as Japan, Argentina, France, Portugal, the United Kingdom, United States, and Spain.

Laurie Fendrich, professor of fine arts, spent five weeks in April and May 2009 as a Brown Foundation Fellow, which allowed her to travel to France to live and work in the historic Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, a small village located in the Luberon mountains. The fellowship program, coordinated by the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, Texas, provides writers, artists and others in the arts and humanities with an opportunity to step away from their daily obligations to concentrate on their fields of expertise. The retreat allowed Professor Fendrich to complete a portfolio of drawings that was featured in a solo exhibition at the Gary Snyder Project Space in New York City from November 4 to December 19, 2009. Professor Fendrich has also been working on her retrospective, scheduled to open in fall 2010 at the Williamson Art Gallery at Scripps College in Claremont, California. The exhibition will include 30 paintings and 30 drawings dating back to 1992 and will be accompanied by a full-color catalog with an essay by Mark Stevens. Jean Giebel, associate professor and chair, Department of Drama and Dance, started the theater company Fat Melon Productions in summer 2009. She also directed its inaugural production, The Smoking Diary, written by Loretta Dillon, which ran through the end of July and August at the ATA American Theatre of Actors Chernuchin Theater in Manhattan. Professor Giebel founded Fat Melon Productions as a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support emerging artists. Works developed by the company present contemporary social or cultural themes in a context that is entertaining and enlightening. Raymond N. Greenwell, professor of mathematics, was a guest lecturer at various secondary schools and universities in Uganda in June 2009 through the Teach And Tour Sojourners program. His article “Statistical Significance of Ranking Paradoxes,” with Anna E. Bargagliotti of the University of Memphis, was accepted by the journal Communications in Statistics, and his article “Solving Linear Diophantine Matrix Equations Using the Smith Normal Form (More or Less),” written with Stanley Kertzner, Hofstra professor emeritus of mathematics, was accepted by the International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics. Scott Kovar, adjunct assistant professor of chemistry and director of the Forensic Science Program, was chosen as the 2009 recipient of the Nassau County Police Department’s Detectives’ Association, Inc. Career Achievement Award. Over the years, Professor Kovar has received a number of police service awards for his forensic work. He has presented scientific papers at professional forensic science conferences, has moderated or taught many workshops on specialized forensic science methodologies, and has been a television guest to discuss careers in the forensic sciences. Professor Kovar has been “court qualified” as a forensic expert more than 100 times in the examination of many types of evidence, including gunshot residue, controlled substances, footwear and tire track impression evidence, hairs and fibers, physical jigsaw-type matches, paint and polymers, glass, and even serological fluids. He has been certified by the American Board of Criminalistics as a diplomate since 2004 and a fellow since 2005 in the specialty areas of hairs and fibers and paints and polymers. He is past-president and a fellow of the New York Microscopical Society.

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Zachary Lazar, adjunct assistant professor of English, has been awarded a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, which supports emerging talents in the arts and sciences. He also received a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, where he is working on a new novel through 2010. Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The Hodder Fellowship is awarded to individuals during that crucial period when they have demonstrated exceptional promise but have not yet received widespread recognition. Hodder Fellows spend an academic year at Princeton pursuing independent projects. At press time, Professor Lazar was working on his third book, Evening’s Empire, a nonfiction novel. Sway, his second novel, was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and was named a Best Book of 2008 by Publisher’s Weekly, The Los Angeles Times and Rolling Stone. Phillis Levin, professor of English and poet-in-residence, presented a number of readings and participated in several panel discussions and literary workshops over the summer and fall 2009. From June 22 to 26 she was the poet-in-residence at the Manhattanville Summer Writers’ Week, a five-day intensive poetry workshop and conference. On July 4 she gave a reading at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in Herefordshire, England. This was followed on July 9 by a reading at London’s renowned Poetry Society. On September 24 she gave a reading at the launch of The Best American Poetry 2009 at The New School, and on October 10 she was a panelist on “The Once and Future Sonnet” at the Annual Convention of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics in Denver. Greg Maney, associate professor of sociology, has been elected chair of the Peace, War and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA). Much of Dr. Maney’s current research explores peace and war rhetoric, conflicts over day labor markets, and strategies for sustaining peace processes in divided societies. Along with two colleagues, Dr. Maney has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the American Sociological Association’s Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline to conduct a longitudinal and comparative organizational study of discourses by the U.S. peace movement. Findings from this research have recently appeared in a book titled Contesting Patriotism: Culture, Power, and Strategy in the Peace Movement, published by Rowman & Littlefield. Martha McPhee, associate professor of English, had an article featured in the May issue of More magazine, “Unforgotten Italy,” about her recent visit to Italy, a country she fell in love with as a teenage exchange student. She writes about how her re-immersion in Italian culture and language helped her better understand and appreciate the girl she once was and the path her life has since followed. Professor McPhee has recently completed her fourth novel, Dear Money, which will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in spring 2010. John Moore, professor emeritus of history, saw the publication of his biography Pope Innocent III (1160/61-1216): To Root Up and to Plant, in paperback in January 2009. Robert Papper, professor and chair, Department of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations, was installed as Hofstra’s Lawrence Stessin Distinguished Professor in Journalism on March 18, 2009. Professor Papper is recognized nationally for his outstanding research examining the state of American radio and television news departments. His research efforts include reports

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that detail the status of minorities and women in the news industry. These reports, now known as the RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey on the state of radio and television news in the United States, are published annually by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and considered required reading for news practitioners and administrators.

Connie Roberts, adjunct instructor of English, was nominated for the prestigious Hennessy X.O Literary Award. Now in its 38th year, these awards provide the undiscovered writer and poet with an opportunity to break through the barriers to see their work published. Ms. Roberts attended the awards ceremony in April 2009 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. Ms. Roberts, an Offaly native, immigrated to the United States in 1983. Her poetry has appeared in journals in the United States and Ireland. She was a finalist in the Strokestown Poetry Competition in 2001 and the Dana Awards in 2003, as well as a semifi nalist in the “Discovery”/ The Nation Contest in 2000 and 2002. Her book-length manuscript Not the Delft School, a memoir in verse inspired by her experiences growing up in an orphanage in Ireland, placed second in the 2007 Patrick Kavanagh Awards. Ms. Roberts teaches in Hofstra’s Creative Writing Program and Irish Studies Program. Blidi S. Stemn, assistant professor of curriculum and teaching, and Behailu Mammo, assistant professor of mathematics, have been awarded $898,976 from the National Science Foundation, for the Noyce Scholarship Program, a four-year research project for Hofstra students studying to teach mathematics. Professors Stemn and Mammo, in collaboration with Westbury, Uniondale, Roosevelt and Brentwood School Districts on Long Island, will recruit, prepare and retain 16 undergraduate mathematics students. These students will receive $20,000 per year when they enroll in the secondary mathematics teaching program at Hofstra. For every year they receive scholarship funding, these students, upon graduation, will be required to teach two years in a high-needs middle or high school. The scholarship program is named for Robert Noyce, nicknamed “the Mayor of Silicon Valley,” who is the co-founder of Intel and also credited with the invention of the microchip. Gayl Teller, adjunct associate professor of writing studies and composition, was named Nassau County poet laureate, 2009-2011, by the Nassau County Poet Laureate Selection Committee. Professor Teller’s poetry collections are At the Intersection of Everything You Have Ever Loved, Shorehaven, Moving Day and One Small Kindness – a finalist for the Blue Light Poetry Prize. Her most recent poetry book, Inside the Embrace, was selected in national competition to be published by WordTech/Cherry Grove. She is director and founder of the Poetry Reading Series, under the auspices of the New York State Council on the Arts at the Mid-Island Y JCC for the past 14 years. Her work has received the Edgar Allan Poe Prize, the Peninsula Library Poetry Prize, a National Federation of State Poetry Societies Prize, a National League of American PEN Women Prize, and The Connecticut Writer Prize. Nanette Wachter-Jurcsak, associate professor of chemistry, serves as program director for Hofstra’s annual Summer Science Research Program (HUSSRP). For the summer of 2009, through a generous grant from National Grid, HUSSRP was able to offer “green” research projects ranging from household energy demand and alternative fuels to environmental engineering. Since 2002 HUSSRP has offered high school students opportunities to conduct individual scientific research projects under the direction of Hofstra faculty in the physical and natural sciences, psychology and mathematics. HUSSRP draws high school juniors and seniors from all over Long Island, but Dr. Wachter-Jurcsak receives inquiries about it from students across the country and Canada. Students are selected for this program on the basis of their high school science experience, a personal interview and a high school teacher’s recommendation.

Nanette Wachter-Jurcsak, associate professor of chemistry, directed Hofstra’s annual Summer Science Research Program, which offered students the chance to work on “green” research projects. (L to r) Hofstra Associate Professor of Engineering Margaret Hunter, National Grid Accounting Supervisor Peter McGoldrick, students Peter Kenisgsberg, Amanda Bressingham, Michael Abbatemarco, Michelle Ynsinare, and Zachary Goldsmith, National Grid Program Manager for Residential Gas Efficiency and New Construction Patricia Harper, and Professor Jurcsak-Wachter.


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All medical schools are trying to improve,” Dr. David Battinelli explains. “We have the advantage at Hofstra of starting with a clean slate. We don’t have to spend time breaking out of established models and can go right into implementing the best practices we’ve found.



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While the debate on health care reform captures the public’s attention, Hofstra University is establishing a medical school that may have a part in revolutionizing the education of tomorrow’s physicians.

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ubject to receiving preliminary accreditation and state approval, the Hofstra University School of Medicine in partnership with North Shore-LIJ Health System, is scheduled to accept its first students in fall 2011. The School of Medicine has been simultaneously working its way through the accreditation process and designing an integrated curriculum that will put medical students in patient care settings from Day One. The traditional medical school model places students in life and medical science classes during the first two years and then offers clinical training in the final two years.

Patient interaction from the start Hofstra’s entering medical students will be trained during their first few months as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and will take shifts riding the ambulances of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. North Shore-LIJ is the nation’s third largest nonprofit, secular health care system (based on number of beds) and is partnering with the University in establishing the medical school. “The purpose of the EMT training is to give students hands-on skills early to give them the opportunity to understand how patients interact with their environment,” says Dean Lawrence G. Smith, M.D. “Equally important is the fact that by experiencing the ER, they’ll be able to discern the difference between books and reality, a good thing to understand early on.” The medical school’s curriculum was developed by the Educational Program subcommittee, chaired by Senior Associate Dean for Education David Battinelli, M.D., after visiting and consulting with more than a dozen medical education institutions in the United States and abroad. A rendering of a tiered lecture hall on the second floor of the School of Medicine.

“All medical schools are trying to improve,” Dr. Battinelli explains. “We have the advantage at Hofstra of starting with a clean slate. We don’t have to spend time breaking out of established models and can go right into implementing the best practices we’ve found.”


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Why a new approach? The United States is facing an anticipated shortage of U.S.-trained physicians in the 21st century, a trend that has spurred the opening of new medical schools. To review the nation’s medical education practices, The Josiah Macy, Jr., Foundation in 2008 gathered leading medical educators who concluded that medical education needs to be brought into better alignment with societal needs and expectations. Accomplishing this requires preparing physicians to manage such contemporary realities as the accelerating pace of scientific discovery, the calls for more public accountability, the unsustainable rise in health care costs, the well-documented shortfalls in quality of care, racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care, and the increased burden of chronic illness and disability. The School of Medicine curriculum aims to prepare physicians to address these issues. For example, health care increasingly will be delivered through inter-professional teams as a way to improve quality and control costs. The EMT experience immediately will immerse students in the world of health care teams. Classes also will be designed on the team model, with most classes offered in small groups as opposed to large lectures. Scientific training remains the foundation of medical education. Students will learn how to apply the concepts they learn in the classroom to real-life situations. The basic sciences will be team-taught so that the interrelationship among subject areas will be evident. This means that rather than learning normal versus abnormal structure and function of a certain part of the body separately and, perhaps, months or years apart – as has been the tradition – students will take an integrated approach. For example, students exploring the human shoulder will learn the anatomy and physics involved, study how the shoulder works normally, learn what can go wrong, and then, in a clinical setting, observe how these conditions are treated.

Layout of the first floor of the School of Medicine.

Students will benefit from the latest simulation technology, available at North Shore-LIJ’s Patient Safety Institute (PSI). PC-based, digitally enhanced mannequins can be programmed to simulate countless medical scenarios, such

Medical decisions need to be made in societal context,” says Veronica Catanese, M.D., M.B.A., senior associate dean for academic affairs. “They must address improving the health of the entire population. We plan to equip our students with a background in the social sciences, as well as with root-cause analysis skills and other techniques commonly used in the business world, so they can be part of finding solutions.



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as stroke and heart attack, so that students can learn to diagnose and manage treatment without risk to real patients. PSI also offers clinical education facilities that can replicate for training purposes situations in a critical care unit or an operating room. Cultural literacy is an essential component to understanding and affecting population health. The New York metropolitan area offers Hofstra School of Medicine students exposure to a myriad of cultures, particularly as they train in North ShoreLIJ’s facilities in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the nation.

Weight Rooms to Classrooms Hofstra converts New York Jets training facility to interim home of medical school By next summer, the renovation of the former New York Jets football team training facility on the North Campus will be completed, and the building will become the interim home of the School of Medicine.

Doctors with broader perspectives As patients, we travel through a continuum of care: home, clinic or physician’s office, hospital, nursing or rehabilitation facility. Controlling costs and improving outcomes depends on 21st-century physicians understanding and managing every phase of this continuum. With its 14 hospitals, 18 long-term care facilities, three trauma centers, five home health agencies, a hospice network, dozens of outpatient centers and the worldrenowned Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the North Shore-LIJ Health System exposes medical students to a full range of experiences. The University – with its schools of Business; Communication; Education, Health and Human Services; Law; and Liberal Arts and Sciences – offers students a wealth of academic and interdisciplinary exposure. Physicians increasingly will be called upon to participate in public discussions regarding health and health care. “Medical decisions need to be made in societal context,” says Veronica Catanese, M.D., M.B.A., senior associate dean for academic affairs. “They must address improving the health of the entire population. We plan to equip our students with a background in the social sciences, as well as with root-cause analysis skills and other techniques commonly used in the business world, so they can be part of finding solutions.”

The exterior of the new school.

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Designed as a microcosm of the permanent home that will be built on an 11-acre parcel in the northeast corner of the North Campus, the interim building will emphasize small classrooms conducive to group study and maximum class interaction and will offer students various communal areas for study and socializing. This utilization of space reinforces the team building and integration of subjects at the heart of the school’s innovative curriculum. Administrative offices will be located alongside classrooms to facilitate interaction between students and faculty. The interim building also will feature a lecture hall, an anatomy lab and a medical library that will contain primarily documents in digital form, in keeping with the current trend in academic publishing. Every effort has been made to reduce the building’s environmental impact. A more efficient heating and cooling system has been installed, and new furniture and carpeting meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System standards developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. “In designing the interim building,” explains Joseph Barkwill, Hofstra vice president for facilities and operations, “we emphasized the concept of a living and learning environment. We’ve created in miniature what we will carry over to the permanent building, which we expect to complete in 2014.” Hofstra

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Tapping into Hofstra’s resources Medical schools often are located on their own campuses, separate from the academic centers of their parent institution. That will not be the case at Hofstra, where the medical school and medical student residence will be on Hofstra’s North Campus. “The University made the conscious decision to integrate the medical school into the larger campus,” explains Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Herman Berliner. “We want to share faculty and resources and to create collaborative programs.” For example, the curriculum anticipates partnering with the School of Law and Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Department of Drama and Dance to help medical students improve their communication skills. Better communication will lead to better care, but, equally important, it will help doctors understand how to influence patients to change lifestyle habits that contribute to the rise in chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease. School of Law faculty, who were represented on the medical school curriculum design group, will help teach bioethics courses. And an innovative exhibit has been proposed for the Hofstra University Museum to showcase the “art” of designing prosthetic devices. There is a broader context for the choice to integrate the new school into the larger Hofstra world, according to Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “Hofstra has made progress in enhancing its national reputation for excellence,” President Rabinowitz says. “We believe that significantly expanding our science programs is the next logical step on that journey, and the medical school will be a catalyst for expanding that expertise.” The benefits are already evident. Also in partnership with North Shore-LIJ, a new master’s degree program in medical physics is awaiting approval, and planning is underway for the creation of a Ph.D. in molecular medicine, in collaboration with the Feinstein Institute. A Master of Public Health is being designed with Hofstra’s School of Education, Health and Human Services, a school that will likely see more of its health professions programs expand as the School of Medicine grows.


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And then there is the potential economic impact on Long Island. “North ShoreLIJ and Hofstra already are major players in Long Island’s economy,” says President Rabinowitz. “The medical school partnership can be a driver for biotech and biomedical sciences companies. There are many examples nationwide of academic science centers stimulating this type of economic growth, and there is no reason to believe it would not happen here.” Next steps The Hofstra University School of Medicine in partnership with North Shore-LIJ Health System faces its first critical step toward accreditation this spring with the official visit of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in the United States and Canada. During the past 18 months, more than 250 people from Hofstra and North-Shore LIJ have contributed to preparing the school’s preliminary proposal. Subject to receiving preliminary accreditation, the School of Medicine will become Nassau County’s first allopathic (M.D. degree-granting) institution and the first medical school on Long Island in 35 years. The first class would enter in fall 2011. The School of Medicine administration also will begin exploring ways to raise monies for scholarships and financial aid. “We need to make it possible for academically qualified students to enter medicine who otherwise could not afford to do so,” says Dean Smith. “Right now, more than 80 percent of medical school graduates carry a debt burden of $130,000 on average,” the dean continues. “Not only does this discourage students from low-income families from pursuing careers in medicine, but also it steers young doctors away from less well paying, but potentially more socially responsible careers. We are hopeful that the community will help us to address these important issues by expanding financial aid opportunities.” Dean Smith’s enthusiasm for the medical school and its innovative curriculum is irrepressible as the dream moves closer to reality. “I can see a day, not too far off, when residency directors will covet our graduates. They will say that Hofstra School of Medicine grads have learned how to care for patients competently and how to think clearly.”

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Solution Disease. Poverty. Natural disasters. Acts of terrorism. There’s plenty to worry about in today’s world, but for physician, activist, author and disaster response expert Irwin Redlener, M.D., ’64, one concern is paramount:

How will it affect our children?


n 1971, 27-year-old pediatric resident Irwin Redlener’s life was changed by a poster with a now time-worn sentiment: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. One week later, he began a life journey that would touch the lives of more children than he could have imagined.

Dr. Redlener and Paul Simon held a press conference to launch Children’s Health Fund.

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“I was in residency at University of Colorado Medical Center, heading toward a career as a pediatric cardiologist,” said Dr. Redlener. “I’m carrying my tray in the cafeteria when I see this poster calling for VISTA doctors to serve in Lee County, Arkansas, which was then the sixth poorest county in the country. There was this black and white picture of a doctor walking away down a country road, carrying his black bag, and it just seemed right, like ‘that’s what it’s supposed to be about.’ So the next weekend I took a trip to see for myself, and it was unbelievable. Here we were, the richest country in the world, but these kids were growing up in hard-core poverty with practically no medical care. How could we have let that happen? And how could I not do something?” Since those early years of his career, Dr. Redlener has made an impact in more ways than most could hope to achieve, as a physician, activist, relief worker, public health expert and one of the nation’s leading voices in disaster preparedness. He has walked with stars and talked with national leaders about issues from children’s health to nuclear proliferation. And yet, despite his ability to grasp such an array of lofty, complex matters, Irwin Redlener’s greatest gift seems to be his ability to remain focused on the simpler, more compelling question within: how will today’s problems affect tomorrow’s children?

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Acting Locally Born in Brooklyn in 1943, Irwin Redlener and his family lived in California and rural Pennsylvania in his early school years, finally moving to Long Island when he was in his teens. While casting about for a college choice, his interest was piqued by Hofstra University’s New College. “The professors were uniformly remarkable and inspiring,” said Dr. Redlener. “They helped us not only grasp individual topics, but also relate them to larger concepts, and see how different issues and ideas are interconnected.” After graduating from Hofstra in 1964, Irwin Redlener attended the University of Miami School of Medicine, and from there went to Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York. He was about to complete his second year of residency at University of Colorado Medical Center when he took his detour to VISTA, the domestic equivalent of the Peace Corps. “When I started my work in Arkansas, the aura of activism from the Kennedy-Johnson years was still running strong,” noted Dr. Redlener. “We all had that spiritual connection to the idea of doing something ourselves to make the world a better place ... The VISTA job was a way to put my money where my mouth was. And we were full of hope. I was actually predicting that our problems of poverty and access to basic health care would be resolved in a decade!” he added ruefully. After two years, Dr. Redlener returned to complete his residency and begin work in pediatric intensive care, but continued to be involved in public health initiatives, creating a new Child Action Center to study and treat child abuse, and leading medical relief missions to Central America. In 1979, after a brief stint in neonatal intensive care at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, he left academics to establish a private practice in Utica, New York, torn between academic intensive care and his ideal of the hands-on country physician. He would return to academics in 1987, joining the staff of the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, where he directed ambulatory pediatrics. In 1990 Dr. Redlener moved to Montefiore Medical Center, where he led efforts to create a model children’s hospital, serving as its president until 2003. But between Utica and the Bronx, Irwin Redlener’s world expanded in unexpected ways.


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In 1986 one of the “We Are the World” performers, singersongwriter Paul Simon, contacted USA for Africa seeking help closer to home: New York City’s children of poverty and homelessness. Dr. Redlener arranged for what he called “the tour from hell,” and he and Simon visited one of the city’s most notorious welfare shelters, the Martinique Hotel in Herald Square.

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Thinking Globally Despite his retreat to small-town medicine, Dr. Redlener soon became involved in larger world issues, particularly as a leader in the anti-nuclear organization Physicians for Social Responsibility. While maintaining an active pediatric practice, he traveled often, speaking about what he still perceives as one of the greatest dangers we face today. But in 1985, a chance conversation with a patient led to a unique challenge: distributing the funds raised by United Support of Artists (USA) for Africa through the sale of its multi-star, mega-platinum anthem and album, We Are The World. More than 20 million records were sold, raising more than $63 million for humanitarian aid in Africa and the United States. Dr. Redlener joined the organization’s board, and was soon was named USA for Africa’s medical director and director of grants. “I’d seen all kinds of terrible conditions in Arkansas and Miami and Central America,” said Dr. Redlener. “But what was happening in Africa was extraordinary, almost beyond comprehension ... it was an emotional experience that even today I have a hard time explaining. The level of suffering and starvation, the rampant disease ... and on the other side this incredible outpouring of public support and dedication. It was this crazy, complex experience that was heartbreaking, yet somehow beautiful in its chaos.”



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“The place was teeming with children ... thousands of children and families warehoused in this wreck of a building. On the mezzanine above, people were hanging over the railing looking down at us, absolutely hopeless. We saw hundreds of people waiting for a hot meal ... talked to mothers who couldn’t get basic medical care for their kids. By the time we left, we were utterly speechless.” In response, Dr. Redlener wrote a concept paper about improving access to health care by using mobile pediatric clinics. “We figured if we couldn’t get the children to the doctor, we’d bring the doctors to the children, like that country doctor making a house call, but now with the whole clinic stuffed into his black bag.” Dr. Redlener and Simon recruited Irwin’s wife, Karen, to serve as executive director of what was to become Children’s Health Fund (CHF). Karen Redlener herself had a long history in social services; she and Irwin had

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Dr. Redlener with a child and health care worker in post-Katrina New Orleans, part of Operation Assist.

met working together at the Arkansas clinic and married a few years later. By the fall of 1987, CHF’s first mobile pediatric unit, hit the streets of New York. Today, CHF operates 38 mobile clinics in a network of 24 sites around the United States, bringing health care and hope to children who once had precious little of either.

Starting a New Mission The advantages of the mobile pediatric clinic concept were fully revealed in the wake of Hurricane Andrew’s 1992 devastation of South Florida, and again on September 11, 2001, as CHF dispatched three units to help perform triage at Ground Zero. For Dr. Redlener, the events of that terrible day and its aftermath were a catalyst. “September 11 showed us just how unprepared we were to handle a major disaster. Our intentions were good, and our efforts were heroic, but our planning was completely inadequate. There just weren’t enough resources in place to handle even a limited disaster effectively, and virtually nothing for children specifically.” In 2003 Dr. Redlener was given the chance to act on his growing concerns when he was recruited to establish the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The post dovetailed seamlessly with his diverse interests, as was demonstrated when the NCDP teamed with the Children’s Health Fund on the post-Katrina recovery effort, Operation Assist.

“Disaster response wasn’t part of our initial plans,” said Dr. Redlener. “But after Hurricane Andrew, we realized that an organized network of mobile medical clinics had an important role to play. When Katrina hit, we deployed eight mobile units to the area. We now have six units working out of permanent programs in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Mississippi, and we’ve served more than 80,000 children. We’re also conducting studies to see how children in the Gulf are faring medically and academically, so we can do a better job next time.” According to a 2008 report by the CHF and NCPD, the well-being of the poorest Katrina kids had “declined to an alarming level.” Forty-two percent were diagnosed with anemia and respiratory infections, and more than half with mental health problems. Much of the blame was placed on the “unending bureaucratic haggling” at federal and state levels over how to provide services and rebuild health centers for the Gulf’s poor. In a Newsweek article following the release of the report, Dr. Redlener noted that government’s response to the disaster had actually made a bad situation much worse. “As awful as the initial response to Katrina looked on television, it’s been dwarfed by the ineptitude and disorganization of the recovery,” he said. Dr. Redlener remains disappointed with the state of affairs in the Gulf and is still very much involved. In fact, this interview was conducted over the course of several days in which Dr. Redlener attended President Barack Obama’s visit to a New Orleans school on October 15, 2009, having provided briefing materials to the White House recovery team in the days prior to the visit. At that time, he expressed mixed feelings about the president’s trip. “Some people are upset because he’s spending so little time here. And I understand, because they’ve waited a long time for somebody to finally pay attention. But beyond its symbolism, the president’s visit isn’t that important. What matters more is that his Cabinet members and other people spend time here, and that is happening. But we’ve got a long way to go ... the region’s health infrastructure is still fractured, and there are thousands of families that have fallen through the cracks.”


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Part of the Solution Dr. Redlener’s exasperation led him to become one of the most outspoken critics of the Bush administration’s handling of Katrina, quoted in countless articles and appearing on such shows as Charlie Rose and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. It also led to his authorship of Americans At Risk: Why We Are Not Prepared for Megadisasters and What We Can Do Now. Published in 2006 and touted by former President Bill Clinton as “compelling” and “eye-opening,” the book presents a razor-sharp analysis of how the nation’s lack of preparedness played out in Katrina. It also describes five natural and man-made disaster scenarios and where we have fallen short in preparation. At the top of his nightmare list is an act of biological or nuclear terror. “High-level U.S. targets are accessible, soft and plentiful,” said Dr. Redlener. “But the danger has morphed from total annihilation to a single act of nuclear or biological terrorism that would most likely involve a smaller weapon. Yet to this day I know of no American city that has developed effective plans to deal with a nuclear detonation. Part of the problem is that the emergency planners themselves are psychologically overwhelmed by the thought of nuclear catastrophe. They’re still living in the Cold War, thinking, ‘My God, what’s the point? Everything will be gone!’ We’re trying to make people understand that now we can and should prepare for even the worst imaginable disasters and dramatically increase the number of survivors by doing so.”

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personal missions are practically inseparable, and our shared values keep both of us going. I’m constantly sleep deprived, but at the same time I’m constantly energized by the work we do together.” Dr. Redlener’s other motivation is living in what he calls “a state of chronic outrage.” “I’m involved in a lot of things that can be tough to think about, let alone deal with, but I don’t think any of these situations are unfixable. We need to push ourselves and our society, and come together to support political leaders who can see beyond the next election. But you only have to look at the health care reform fight to see that change in this country is a slow, incremental process. I’ve been doing this a long time, so as a practical matter, I get that. But on a personal level, I’m deeply impatient and chronically outraged by the inequities we allow in our world, especially regarding children.

“Over the years, I’ve seen people put forward every manner of rationale about why we need to take care of kids. But no matter where you are on the ideological spectrum, it ought to be clear that failing to take very good care of our children is going to have disastrous consequences. It’s maddening that some people still don’t get it.”

Long after most of his generation’s best intentions were left by the wayside, Irwin Redlener is still fighting the good fight, driven onward by two very different forces. The first, and most important to his sanity, is his relationship with his family, and with his wife, Karen, in particular. “One of the major antidotes to what otherwise might be seen as a despairing career agenda has been having an extremely positive relationship with my family. We have always included our children in the work we do, and we all still get together at least weekly. And this might sound funny, but I think Karen and I working together has been incredibly romantic ... Our lives, our work and our



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Dr. Redlener announcing the CHF’s “Health & Nutrition Action Initiative.”


Dance Program Celebrates Years

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Canto/Pianto, choreographed by Trisha Brown and restaged for Hofstra students by Keith Thompson, was a highlight of the spring 2009 dance concert.


For a quarter of a century, Hofstra’s Dance Program has been preparing students for successful careers in the performing arts, education and dance and physical therapy. The Department of Drama and Dance currently boasts 70 dance majors and 78 minors, making it hard to believe that the program started as just a few disjointed classes in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences. Today, graduates are living out their dreams, performing with the world’s most prestigious dance companies, working with their own dance companies, teaching new generations of dancers, and working in the administrations of major performing arts organizations and in the growing field of dance therapy. In 2008 the program expanded to include a B.S. in Dance Education – the first degree program of its kind on Long Island.


dance officially became a major at Hofstra in 1984 under the auspices of Professors Harriet Peters and Carl Morris, it did so with only four students and a dance studio with a ceiling so low, that it posed problems for taller students, says Associate Professor Stormy Brandenberger, who has been with the program since the beginning. Nonetheless, she says, “Dance classes were always popular and very full. And the students were also very active within the department and within the social organization of the University.”

“Aria” was choreographed by Ali Pourfarrokh for the 1988 spring dance concert.

The faculty hail from diverse backgrounds and talents – they are not all cut from the same mold.



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As the popularity of the program grew, so did the diversity of the classes. Initially, only modern dance classes were offered, but soon ballet, jazz and choreography at all different levels were added. Associate Professor Lance Westergard, who served for many years as director of the Dance Program, says, “More faculty came on board, and they were all artists with remarkable professional backgrounds.” The faculty continues to be a major draw of the program. Professor Brandenberger adds, “The faculty hail from diverse backgrounds and talents – they are not all cut from the same mold. Outside of Hofstra, they continue to choreograph and run their own dance companies. Our students are learning from professionals – some may enter the program with more training than others, but they are all performing at the same level by the time they graduate.” A major turning point for dance at Hofstra came in 1988, when the program presented its first major concert at Dempster Hall. Now the Dance Program presents a concert every semester at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, featuring original choreography by faculty and students and re-creations of famous dances and period pieces. Often guest artists are brought in to work with the students. In spring 2007 Martha Clarke, a celebrated choreographer known for her production Garden of Earthly Delights and other groundbreaking, visually inspired musical theater pieces, joined the dance faculty as a visiting professor for the spring semester. In spring 2009 Keith Thompson, a former member of the renowned Trisha Brown Company, worked with students on recreating Brown’s choreography for a piece titled Canto/Pianto, an abstract retelling of the Orpheus myth.

Alumni like Larry Keigwin ’94 remain appreciative of the creative and supportive environment they experienced as students. Keigwin is now artistic director of Keigwin + Company, a modern dance company that combines physicality with theatricality and pop culture references. The company recently made its debut at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in October 2009 and will have its first full season at Manhattan’s renowned Joyce Theater this March. “I started dancing a few years prior to starting at Hofstra,” he says. “When I was 16, I became a dancer on Club MTV with Downtown Julie Brown. I didn’t realize that dance was something that I could major in at college, until someone suggested it to me. Hofstra offered me a great scholarship, and I thought the facilities and studios were beautiful. I studied with Stormy Brandenberger, Lance Westergard and Robin Becker, who really nurtured me. Even today, when my company is performing in New York, I always see the faces of my professors in the audience.” Keigwin was one of several dance alumni invited to return to the Hofstra stage and participate in the fall 2009 concert, November 19 to 22, as part of the program’s silver anniversary celebration. Joining Keigwin were Dina Denis ’02, founder, artistic director and president of Dance Into Light, Inc., a nonprofit modern dance company; Salvatore LaRussa ’00, artistic director and choreographer of Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theater; and Makeda Thomas ’99, dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Makeda Thomas/Roots & Wings Movement!, which creates new dance works through cross-disciplinary collaboration with artists around the world.. Even with today’s shaken economy, Professor Brandenberger and her fellow professors have high hopes for the marketability of dance alumni and students. “There are so many doors that are open to students of dance. They have to be creative, know rhythm, have a great eye and an understanding of the physics of movement. These are skills that have applications in a number of different areas.” There is currently a 99 percent graduate school acceptance rate for students pursuing studies in dance therapy. Because so many of the dance faculty have their own dance companies and are strongly connected to other companies and artists, there are numerous opportunities available for students who want to perform. Many of the program’s graduates have gone on to careers behind the scenes in writing, arts administration and grant writing.

Dance is a very special art form,” Professor Brandenberger says. “It is demonstrated and physically shared from one generation to the next ... I hope our students graduate with the confidence to follow their dreams. Twilight Journey, choreographed by Maureen Dunn, was performed at the 1989 spring dance concert.

As for the future of dance at Hofstra, Professor Brandenberger says to watch how studies will continue to extend to other programs within the University, like African Studies, Irish Studies, History and other cultural studies. “Dance is a very special art form,” she says. “It is demonstrated and physically shared from one generation to the next. I feel very blessed that my life has been about dance, and I hope our students graduate with the confidence to follow their dreams.” For more information on the major or minor in dance and future dance performances on campus, call the Department of Drama and Dance at (516) 463-5444. Hofstra

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Dance Students Learn from the Masters Robin Becker is founder of her own dance company and a former performer with the Martha Graham Ensemble. She has served on the faculties of American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City, the Princeton Ballet Society, The Actors Studio, Peridance Center, and the Stone-Camryn School of Ballet in Chicago.

Stormy Brandenberger’s diverse choreographic talents were highlighted in the off-Broadway production Slow Drag at The American Place Theatre in New York City, and a multimedia collaboration, with artist Susan Share, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. Her more recent projects include choreography for the Yale Repertory Theater’s 2002 production of Iphigenia at

Aulis by Euripides and To My Chagrin, in collaboration with performance artist Peggy Shaw.

Christina Briggs Winslow hails from Virginia, where she danced with the Richmond Ballet. In New York, she has been dancing for Heidi Latsky since 2000 and has worked for other choreographers, including Carrie Ahern, Pat Cremins, and Susan Osberg. She performs for children nationwide with the Hudson Vagabond Puppets, and she is co-director of Incidents Physical Theater.

Darrah Carr, named one of the “Top 100 Irish Americans of the Year” by Irish America Magazine, has been active for more than a decade in both the Irish and modern dance communities as a choreographer, dancer, educator, and writer. In addition to her work as artistic director of Darrah Carr Dance, she served as assistant choreographer for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical James Joyce’s The Dead and has worked with a number of local and regional dance companies.

Anita Feldman, director of the Dance Education Program, has garnered an international reputation as a leading innovator of tap dance, choreographing pieces in collaboration with new music composers that incorporate electronics and the patented “Tap Dance Instrument,” a wood and brass multi-timbre floor. Anita Feldman Tap, a company of musicians and dancers, has performed at more than 100 venues in the United States, Japan and Germany.

“Galaxies” was choreographed by Associate Professor Robin Becker for the spring 2009 dance concert. Top: Faculty member Maxine Steinman’s “Bach & Forward” was performed at the fall 2008 dance concert. Photos by Johan Elbers.



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Giada Ferrone came to the United States from Italy as a member of the Florence Dance Theatre. She later joined the Peridance Center, Michael Mao Dance Company and the Neo Labos Dance Theatre in New York City. In addition to teaching ballet at Hofstra, Ms. Ferrone has also taught at Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech, and the Peridance Center, and is currently on faculty at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Amy Marshall has performed in the companies of esteemed choreographers Paul Taylor and David Parsons. While a member of these companies, she taught master classes and residencies throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. She formed the Amy Marshall Dance Company in 2000. In 2002 Winthrop University commissioned the creation of her “Sentido de Mujer” for a gala honoring the venerated Broadway costume designer William Ivey Long.

Niles Ford is a dancer, teacher and choreographer with an extensive background in ballet and modern dance. He has performed with the Boston Ballet, Bill T. Jones, Ron Brown, the Rod Rodgers Dance Company and Dance Theatre of Harlem, among others. In 2003 he began creating and producing his own work, and he is the founder and artistic director of the Urban Dance Collective.

Dyane Harvey-Salaam has performed as a principal soloist with some of the most recognized dance companies in the United States and abroad. In 2004 she participated in the New York City Dance Divas and Divos Concert at Symphony Space. The year before, she was involved with the founding of the series New York City Dance Divas at the The Schomburg Center’s Langston Hughes Auditorium with Dr. Glory Van Scott, among other distinguished dancers. She was a solo performer for a benefit for Fred Benjamin at Symphony Space in New York City, and she is a founding member of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company.

Rachel List is director of Hofstra’s Dance Program. She has taught ballet nationally and internationally since 1978. She has taught at the Paul Taylor Summer Dance Intensives, Bates Dance Festival, the Balettakademien in Stockholm, Sweden, and Danse Projektet in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has been a member of the New York Baroque Dance Company since 1990, performing soloist roles at venues such as Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, the Meyerson Center and the Handel Festival in Goettingen, Germany. JoLea Maffei teaches the Horton technique. She served as the choreographic and teaching assistant to Milton Myers from 1988 to 1998 and has taught, choreographed, and performed both nationally and internationally. In addition to her work at Hofstra, Ms. Maffei has also been on the dance faculties of Marymount Manhattan College, New York University, City College of New York, the Ballet Arts School and Steps on Broadway.

Teresa (Te) Perez has her own collection of choreographic works, which she has presented in venues such as The Evolving Arts Theater, Galapagos Art Space, Williamsburg Arts Nexus, Joyce SoHo, Kasser Theater at Montclair State, and The Little Theater at Queens College. Her international teaching credentials include master classes and workshops in Canada, Holland, Spain, and Scotland, and nationally in Texas, Montana, Connecticut, New Jersey, Tennessee and the Bates Dance Festival in Maine.

Maxine Steinman has been presenting her choreography for the past 10 years at various venues such as Joyce SoHo, Dance Space, the Dumbo Arts Festival, Teachers College, New Dance Group, Urban Artworks, Ballet Arts, The Limon Institute, The Field, Peridance, American College Dance Festival, and the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center. Maxine Steinman & Dancers was formed in 1996 and is dedicated to expressing thoughts about the human experience though movement.

Lance Westergard made his professional debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in a work especially created for him by the great choreographer Antony Tudor, titled Concerning Oracles. He has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, Eliot Feld’s American Ballet Company, Lotte Goslar’s Pantomime Circus, Kathryn Posin Dance Company, Los Angeles Dance Theater, Lar Lubovitch, Manuel Alum, Kazuko Hirabayashi, and Remy Charlip’s International All Stars. He has been the ballet master for both the Joffrey II Dancers and Ballet Hispanico of New York.

Karla Wolfangle danced with the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1981 to 1993 and was also a member of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and The Boston Ballet, and was co-director and co-founder of the Cliff Keuter Dance Company. Her choreography has been presented in New York City at City Center, Cunningham Dance Center, Dance Theater Workshop and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.


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President Stuart Rabinowitz addresses the group, including Hofstra Chair of the Board Marilyn Monter ’76 and Senior Vice President for Planning and Administration M. Patricia Adamski.

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in Leadership Group Assemble Assembles to Advise, Mentor and Engage

Facing forward: Jill Rabin, M.D., ’75; Freida Foster ’92; and Diana E. Lake, M.D., ’68.



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Celia Berk ’79 and Jeanette Betancourt ’80


n October 8, 2009, the first meeting of the newly formed alumnae group, Women in Leadership, convened at the offices of Young & Rubicam in Manhattan. Over the past several years, Hofstra University has made strides toward increasing the quality and breadth of alumni outreach efforts and has reconnected many successful alumni to the institution. In the process, it became clear that a greater emphasis should be placed on highlighting the accomplishments of the many successful Hofstra alumnae. Hofstra alumnae fill the ranks of the top U.S. companies and serve in all facets of the working and volunteer world. Women in Leadership at Hofstra University is expected to become a professional resource and powerful network for both alumnae and current students. The planning committee that gathered in October has charged itself with assisting Hofstra in its continued efforts to promote the University’s brand and generating a greater sense of alumnae involvement. The small group will continue to meet before rolling out any formal initiatives.

Pamela Mastrota ’87

Pamela Mastrota ’87

Initiatives for this group include: >> Planning a series of round-table discussions where students can meet with alumnae to discuss career possibilities and advancement, as well as life experiences. >> Developing meaningful interactions and relationships between graduates and students. >> Creating relevant networking opportunities for all Hofstra alumni. Evelyn Harrison ’84 Hofstra fa l l 2 0 0 9


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Judith A. Jedlicka ’66, ’76


Priscilla Almodovar ’87 Jennifer C. Appel ’86, ’90, ’93, owner, Buttercup Bake Shop Celia I. Berk ’79, chief talent officer, Young & Rubicam Brands Jeanette Betancourt ’80, vice president, outreach and educational practices, Sesame Workshop Laurie J. Bloom ’95, director of marketing and communications, Rivkin Radler LLP Beth Carey ’94, producer, CNN Headline News/Nancy Grace Ellen B. Deutsch ’96, senior vice president/chief growth officer, Hain Celestial Group Freida Foster ’92, commissioner, NYS Workers’ Compensation Board Diane Garnick ’96, investment strategist, Invesco Maria A. Grasso ’86, executive vice president and COO, Flushing Savings Bank Evelyn Harrison ’84, COO, Ophthotech Christine R. Houston ’76, managing director, ESGI Limited Donna Iucolano ’86, ’88, ’94, executive vice president, general manager, Direct Group, New York & Company Judith A. Jedlicka ’66, ’76, managing partner, Solutions for Arts and Culture Diana E. Lake, M.D., ’68, oncologist, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Therese M. Lendino ’78, grand jury administrator, Office of the District Attorney, Queens County Jacqueline O. LiCalzi ’85, managing director for legal and compliance, Morgan Stanley Catherine Marino ’96, chief medical officer, Magnacare Pamela Mastrota ’87, president and CEO, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Long Island Chapter Michele Medaglia ’93, president and CEO, ACC Construction Constance Pizarro ’82, managing director, The Bank of New York Mellon Jill Rabin, M.D., ’75, clinical associate professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; chief, Ambulatory Care and Urogynecology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center Patrice Sedelmaier ’79, vice president/business manager, J.J. Sedelmaier Productions Ellen Shedlarz ’73 Kathleen Stanley ‘91 Gail Winston ‘65

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Alumni Award Winners Hofstra University and the Alumni Organization hosted the annual Alumni Awards Dinner at the Garden City Hotel on October 9, 2009. Alumni and friends celebrated the personal and professional accomplishments of nine distinguished alumni and friends of Hofstra University. By Andrew Coen

(L to r) Hofstra Alumni Organization President Laurie Bloom; Alumnus of the Year Kurt Lambert; Young Alumni of the Year Carlton B. Hickman and Michael Seiman; Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz; Honorary Alumnus Larry Bloom; Lifetime Service Recognition Award recipient Madelyn Leibowitz; Alumni Achievement Award winners James K. Donaghy, Joseph Sparacio and Stanislao Pugliese; and Hofstra Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs Alan J. Kelly.

Alumnus of the Year The Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award is given by Hofstra University and the Alumni Organization in recognition of exemplary career achievement and/or outstanding service to Hofstra University or the Alumni Organization.

Award for Alumni Achievement The Award for Alumni Achievement is given to those Hofstra alumni who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields of endeavor and/or rendered exemplary service to Hofstra University.

Young Alumnus Award The Young Alumnus Award was first presented in 1996 by the Hofstra Alumni Organization. It is awarded to alumni who, within

10 years of graduation from Hofstra, have achieved significant accomplishments in their professional lives or rendered outstanding service to Hofstra University or the Alumni Organization.

Honorary Alumnus Award First awarded in 1977, the Honorary Alumnus/Alumna Award is given by Hofstra University and the Alumni Organization to friends of Hofstra in recognition of outstanding service to the University or the Alumni Organization.

Lifetime Service Recognition Award Presented for the first time in 2009, the Lifetime Service Recognition Award is presented in recognition of a longtime history of alumni volunteer activity and support to the University.

AlumnusKurt of Lambert the Year’88 Dr. Kurt Lambert, who graduated from Hofstra with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, co-founded Zegora Investment Management in 2005 and serves as president of the board of directors and partner with the Zurich based fund manager that specializes in socially responsible investments. Minoring in anthropology at Hofstra had a major impact on Dr. Lambert and prepared him well for working at a global company like Zegora. “Cultural anthropology, with its core underlying message of empathy, helped to reinforce an interest in and respect of other cultures, which is helpful when one travels as much as I do,” he said. “Hofstra has played a pivotal role in arousing my intellectual curiosity, and the balance of work and play within the Hofstra environment made for four of the most wonderful and memorable years of my life,” he added. In addition to his involvement with Zegora, Dr. Lambert is a member of the advisory board of the FTSE Hedge Fund Index and the board of trustees for Africa Foundation. He also recently founded the Zegora Foundation to provide support to disadvantaged sections of the Barbadian community in the areas of education, social development and entrepreneurship. Dr. Lambert’s financial services career includes the 1997 founding of Harcourt Investment Consulting, a provider of hedge fund products and services with more than $4 billion in assets under management as of June 2009. Prior to founding Harcourt, Dr. Lambert worked at Bank Leu and UBS AG. Dr. Lambert was the February 2008 Alumnus of the Month, and in May 2008 he established an endowed scholarship at Hofstra.

Honorary Alumnus Larry Bloom Larry Bloom spent nearly two decades at Hofstra University as director of sports facilities from 1987 to 2006, and in that stretch oversaw numerous construction projects that helped bring Hofstra’s athletic teams to a higher level. Mr. Bloom earned a B.A. in political science and a M.Ed. from Northeastern University in 1969 and 1973, respectively. He began his administrative career in 1970 at Northeastern University, first as building director and then as assistant director of housing. In 1973 he relocated to Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus as director of housing, and three years later became its assistant director of athletics. Since his retirement, Mr. Bloom remains connected to Hofstra and is active as a season ticket holder for the Pride men’s basketball team. “Being a part of the Hofstra family is the best thing that happened in my career in higher education,” he said. “It’s something I’ll never forget.” During his tenure as Hofstra’s director of sports facilities, Mr. Bloom helped facilitate the construction of key projects such as the Recreation Center and the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. Ironically, Mr. Bloom’s career highlight came after he retired in 2006, when he was asked by President Stuart Rabinowitz to return to campus to coordinate the bidding and subsequent hosting of the third and final 2008 presidential debate at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be involved with the greatest event ever held at the University,” he said. Now fully retired, Mr. Bloom enjoys golf and traveling with his wife, Lainie. As for the future, he may make yet another return to Hofstra should a bid by the University to host a 2012 presidential debate prove successful. 36


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LifetimeMadelyn Service Recognition Award Leibowitz ’64 From the moment she arrived at Hofstra College in 1960, Madelyn Leibowitz has been an enthusiastic supporter of the school, with that passion that has never wavered over five decades. “I arrived at Hofstra 49 years ago, and I never left,” said Ms. Leibowitz. Since graduating from Hofstra, Ms. Leibowitz has held key leadership roles within the Hofstra Alumni Organization, including serving as president for two years. Her involvement began with Delta Chi Delta Alumnae Association, where she continues to serve as president. She was also named Alumni Organization Senator of the Year in June 1992 and received the prestigious Award for Alumni Achievement in fall 1998. She has been a member of the Hofstra Advisory Board since 1996. “To be part of this dynamic institution brings me nothing but tremendous pride,” she said. As a student, Ms. Leibowitz was a member of the sorority Delta Chi Delta and was captain of the cheerleading team. As a member of the Hofstra Pride Club Board of Directors since 1993, she is still cheering on Hofstra Athletics and is currently serving as the group’s membership co-chair. Ms. Leibowitz has also distinguished herself beyond Hofstra, serving as president and owner of ML Realty Group, Inc. and vice president for business development of the family-owned Atlantic Agency/DCAP Insurance and Taxes. In addition to several other charitable endeavors, she established the Ira Leibowitz Endowed Memorial Scholarship at Hofstra (in memory of her late husband) to assist undergraduate students with college expenses. Ms. Leibowitz resides in Holtsville, New York, where she is close to her three children and five grandchildren.

Young Alumnus Awards Carlton B. Hickman ’01

Michael Seiman ’01

Carlton Hickman, who graduated from Hofstra with a B.A in computer science, is chief technology officer and co-founder of CPX Interactive. Mr. Hickman describes himself as having been just an average student at Hofstra, but a friendship with fellow computer science student Michael Seiman led to the co-founding of CPX, a progressive online ad network and global marketing company.

Michael Seiman graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A in computer science. He is chief executive officer and co-founder of CPX Interactive, a progressive online advertising network and global marketing company recently named by Inc. Magazine as the sixth-fastest growing privately held advertising and marketing company in the United States. While a student at Hofstra University, Mr. Seiman teamed up with Carlton B. Hickman to begin monetizing a handful of entertainment Web sites they had created together. The ad server they built in 1999 set new standards for the industry and developed into a global company that now employs more than 90 people and serves more than 30 billion online ad impressions every month, in more than 60 countries.

Hofstra also fueled Mr. Hickman’s entrepreneurial success by offering many seminars with key computer science industry leaders. “You always had a lot of very interesting people coming to Hofstra,” he said. “The seminars help get you closer to your dream.” Mr. Hickman planted the seeds for CPX when he was a Hofstra student, after building his own ad server and network in 1999 and 2000. CPX has now grown to five ad servers and more than 90 employees. Mr. Hickman is proud to use the exposure generated by CPX to promote charitable causes of all kinds (i.e., and Children International). His ad network also produced and distributed a pro-voting online public service announcement starring celebrities Russell Simmons, LL Cool J and George Lucas. Mr. Hickman credits Hofstra for playing a large role in the success of CPX. The combination of Hofstra’s small classes and knowledgeable professors was particularly appealing for him. “You got to know the professors very well,” he said. “It was a very good environment for learning.”

Mr. Seiman credits his education at Hofstra and the relationships he developed at the University for the success story CPX has become. “[The small classes] definitely helped keep a tighter focus and helped develop a better relationship with the professors,” he said. “Hofstra provided a nice environment and well-rounded education that allowed me to prepare for a competitive environment.” Mr. Seiman prides himself on his drive to “give back,” and to that end he established a philanthropic division at CPX that has contributed millions of ad impressions across its vast network to causes such as the Save Darfur Coalition and the American Diabetes Association. He is also a principal of an independent movie production house, Chaos2, which recently completed its first feature-length project, the retro-style “slasher flick” Bloodnight: The Legend of Mary Hatchet.


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Awards for Alumni Achievement James K. Donaghy ’90 James K. (Jim) Donaghy, who graduated from Hofstra University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, is chairman of the Structure Tone organization, a $3.1 billion construction services firm headquartered in New York City. In 2009 the company was ranked No. 21 worldwide on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR’s) Top 400 Contractors List. Mr. Donaghy’s Hofstra experience included being a starting first baseman for the baseball team and a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, which helped him form many lasting friendships. “There was no down time when I was at Hofstra, which is important at that age,” he said. “Hofstra was a good experience for me.” Mr. Donaghy is very active in a number of charitable causes, serving on the board of directors or as a committee member for organizations such as United Way, Capuchin Food Pantries, St. Thomas Aquinas College and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Structure Tone also supports more than 100 charitable organizations throughout the United States and United Kingdom by providing significant financial assistance as well as encouraging volunteerism among its employees. Mr. Donaghy currently serves on a Hofstra advisory council discussing the potential for a new engineering school. He is thrilled to see the growth of Hofstra since his graduation. “I sensed when I was there that it was a school that was forward-thinking and forwardmoving,” he said. “It has a great reputation.” Mr. Donaghy resides in Old Tappan, New Jersey, with his wife and son.

Alumni Achievement Kathryn V. Marinello ’84 Kathy Marinello, who earned an M.B.A in marketing at Hofstra, has been chairman and chief executive officer of Ceridian Corporation for the past three years. Prior to joining the Minneapolis-based human resources and payroll processing services firm, Ms. Marinello served as president and chief executive officer of multiple large General Electric businesses, including Fleet Services, Inc., Consumer Financial Services, Auto & Home Insurance, and the GE Financial Network. Ms. Marinello was heavily influenced at Hofstra by businesses professors Dr. Joel Evans and Dr. Barry Berman, for whom she did research. “They were very passionate, committed and very bright,” she said of Drs. Berman and Evans. “They were two great professors who cared deeply about student learning.” Ms. Marinello, as a member of the Business Roundtable, has had the opportunity to meet with both Presidents Bush and Obama. She has also served on the board of directors of General Motors and was re-elected to the board of directors of the “new” General Motors. Through all her professional success, Ms. Marinello has always been grateful for her experience at Hofstra and has hired many fellow Hofstra alumni at Ceridian. “We try to reach out and bring Hofstra graduates into the company,” she said. Ms. Marinello resides in Apple Valley, Minnesota, with her husband and three children. 38


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Awards for Alumni Achievement Stanislao Pugliese ’87 Stanislao G. Pugliese is professor of modern European history at Hofstra University and Hofstra Cultural Center Fellow. A specialist on the Italian antifascist resistance and Italian Jews, he has authored, edited or translated a dozen books on Italian and Italian-American history. Professor Pugliese is a former research fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and the University of Oxford. Professor Pugliese became inspired to pursue a career in academia during his days at Hofstra, when he was fortunate enough to have four influential history professors in John Marcus, John Moore, Louis Kern and Michael D’Innocenzo. Additionally, two professors he credits for his career inspiration were Pellegrino D’Acierno and the late Tom Belmonte. “It was taking classes with these professors that really stirred my imagination,” he said. “It was also intellectually exciting.” Professor Pugliese directs the Hofstra Cultural Center’s Italian-American Lecture Series and has organized several international conferences at Hofstra. His essay “The Books of the Roman Ghetto Under the Nazi Occupation” was presented at Hofstra’s 17th Annual Distinguished Faculty Lecture in 1999, and he was awarded Hofstra’s Peter E. Herman Literary Award. He is currently editing a volume of essays titled Answering Auschwitz: Primo Levi’s Science and Humanism After the Fall, and collaborating on a film documentary on the Jews of Rome under the Nazi occupation. In 2009 Professor Pugliese’s newest biography, Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Professor Pugliese and his wife, Jennifer Romanello ’87, have two children, Alessandro, 12, and Giulia, 9.

Alumni Achievement Joseph Sparacio ’89 Joseph Sparacio is chief executive officer and managing partner of the Woodbury, New York-based The Island Financial Group, a subsidiary of MassMutual. Mr. Sparacio credits his two-decade career in the financial services sector – including 16 years at Prudential – to his liberal arts-rooted curriculum at Hofstra. “A solid liberal arts background is really key in the business world,” he said. “The whole experience at Hofstra really positioned me tremendously for the career I have now.” Mr. Sparacio was active in Hofstra’s Student Government Association, and one of his college highlights was hosting then-Secretary of Defense and future Vice President Dick Cheney during a presidential conference about Gerald R. Ford. He also took advantage of Hofstra’s study abroad opportunities to spend a summer in Spain. Mr. Sparacio has remained active as a Hofstra alumnus and in 2009 was selected to serve on the University’s Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Hofstra University Honors College Advisory Board and the Hofstra Pride Club Board of Directors, and is past president of the Hofstra University Alumni Organization. He has established the Joseph Sparacio Endowed Scholarship to assist Hofstra students majoring in speech communication. In addition, he is very involved as a major donor and an active volunteer with a number of charities, including the Breast Treatment Task Force and the American Cancer Society, which selected him as a 2007 honoree at the Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball Gala. Mr. Sparacio and his wife, Robin, currently reside in Sag Harbor, New York, with their four children − Allison and triplets Elle, Ava and Anthony. Hofstra

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Launched in fall 2006, the Alumnus of the Month program is designed to recognize alumni who are doing interesting and exciting things, or who have made exceptional contributions to their chosen profession. To read full profiles of all our Alumni of the Month visit, If you know someone who should be an Alumnus of the Month, please send an e-mail to or a fax to (516) 463-5897. Include the person’s name, class year and a brief paragraph describing his or her achievements. Please also include your name, class year and phone number.

JANUARY Melanie Moore Carpenter ’95, ’98

Melanie Moore Carpenter

Melanie Moore Carpenter is founder and partner of i-advize Corporate Communications, Inc., an investor relations agency based in Manhattan’s financial district. Founded in 2000, i-advize’s clients include some of the largest publicly traded companies in Latin America. Carpenter launched her post-college career as a market analyst at IFR-Latin America, covering the macroeconomics and politics of the Andean region. Her renowned pieces were published in several major newswires worldwide. She earned a B.B.A. with a concentration in international business and an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from Hofstra’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business. A New Jersey native, Carpenter lives with her husband of 10 years, Matthew Carpenter, B.B.A. ’96, and their two children, Vincent and Madeleine. Carpenter is a permanent fixture in the Chelsea Piers Recreational Women’s Basketball League.

FEBRUARY Jeff Saliture ’08 As founder and CEO of MyWorkster, Jeff Saliture is securing his position as one of the brightest young minds in the social media marketplace. Since founding MyWorkster in 2005, Saliture has helped grow the company from a dorm room start-up to a leading professional networking utility that provides access to 5 million jobs and thousands of human resources. Seeing the impact of networking utilities like Facebook on social trends, Saliture responded by building the same successful social model into a professional utility. This was the foundation for MyWorkster. Since then, Saliture has overseen the company’s deployment of a world-class product that is changing the way students, graduates and employers network. Through Saliture’s efforts, Hofstra University has become the fi rst higher education institution in the United States to provide online career advising through MyWorkster.

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MARCH Meredith Poulten ’73 A fierce believer in the power of prevention, self-esteem, and resiliency, Meredith Poulten has led numerous programs on substance abuse, coping skills, suicide prevention, parenting, and other topics of interest to the community. She has developed a multitude of programs for Medway High School in Massachusetts, including a peer counseling program, a teen diversity group, and a health advisory program. Poulten began her career as a middle school guidance counselor. In 1987 she pursued a large grant from the U.S. Department of Education and tirelessly petitioned for support to start a health education program. Her persistence paid off, and Poulten received the funding to establish a walk-in center at Medway High School. The center is located within the school, enabling students to obtain psychological services on site, in a timely manner. Now retired, Poulten has lectured widely about her experiences working with adolescents and has received several dedications and awards from the school district, colleagues, and students.

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APRIL Dennis Scott ’74 Two-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer/writer/performer Dennis Scott has had his songs performed by such diverse artists as Faith Hill, Ray Charles, Sugarland, Allison Kraus, The Muppets, Amy Grant, Trisha Yearwood, Donna Summer, The Charlie Daniels Band, Jon Secada, Roberta Flack, Tanya Tucker, Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs, and Ben Vereen. His numerous honors include two Grammy Awards, an Emmy and a Parents’ Choice Award. His songs have also been featured on many television shows. In fact, he receives many inquiries about “Always a Friend,” performed by Ray Charles on ABC-TV’s Who’s the Boss, from brides asking to use the tune at their weddings.

Dennis Scott Scott has served as music director for several children’s television shows, including the PBS series Noddy, for which he composed and produced more than 100 original songs. He is also a contributing writer for Sesame Street Live and composed a new score for the live touring show of Scholastic’s Magic School Bus.

MAY Linda Gassenheimer ’64 Linda Gassenheimer is a television and radio personality, syndicated journalist, bestselling author, spokesperson and food consultant. She went on to teach after earning a B.A. in history at Hofstra, but later followed her passion to all things culinary. She is the producer and host of the weekly segment “Food News and Views” on WLRN, 91.3 FM National Public Radio. She has appeared on national and international television programs, including Good Morning America, Cookin’ U.S.A., and Canada AM, and had her own segment titled “Dinner in Minutes” on the Miami NBC-TV affiliate. She has appeared many times on the Food Network.

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2009 Alumni of the Month Her Miami Herald column “Dinner in Minutes” is syndicated to more than 4 million readers each week. She has written for Food & Wine, Prevention magazine, Cooking Light, and other national publications. Her books include Mix ‘n Match Meals in Minutes for People with Diabetes (second edition), The Portion Plan, and Prevention’s Fit and Fast Meals in Minutes.

JUNE James Coll ’95 When U.S. Airways Flight 1549 crash landed in the Hudson River, James Coll was a first responder on the scene. In 1997 Coll – like his father and brother before him – was sworn in as a New York City police officer. He worked in patrol assignments before being selected in September 2002 with the distinct honor to be part of the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit (ESU). In 2004 he was promoted to detective and continues to work in the NYPD, assigned to ESU.

James Coll

For his work with the NYPD, Coll has received numerous accolades, including a Mayor’s Certificate of Appreciation for an elevator rescue during the blackout of 2003, a commendation from the Life Saving Benevolent Association of New York for a water rescue in April 2006, and Cop of the Year from the New York City Police Foundation for efforts during the U.S. Airways Flight 1549 plane crash in the Hudson this past January.

JULY Sheryl Hall ’82 Sheryl Hall holds the distinction of being the third person in Hofstra history to score 1,000 points in basketball. She came to Hofstra as a walk-on athlete in both field hockey and basketball and earned a B.S. in physical education. After graduation, Hall began teaching at a New York City private school, and later worked at a residential school for emotionally disturbed and learning disabled children, where she became assistant principal.

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In 2001 Hall began teaching at the Margaret C. Ells School in Springfield, Massachusetts. Due to her efforts, the Ells School added one of the first community climbing walls to its physical education program. Hall’s goal in developing a quality physical education program is to teach the fundamentals that enable children to build the confidence they need to be successful in a variety of activities. Hall firmly believes it is her responsibility to help her students develop a foundation for participation in physical activities. She strives to continually enhance her program to reach every student. In 2008 she was selected Massachusetts Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

AUGUST Thomas DeLorenzo ’84

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Thomas DeLorenzo has some pretty outrageous stories to tell, after nearly 15 years as an entertainment publicist in Los Angeles, working with clients such as Chad Allen, Lyndsy Fonseca, Kathy Joosten, Alison Mack, Carter Oosterhouse, Cameron Romero, Nancy Sinatra, Heather Tom, Nicholle Tom, David Tom, Jim Turner and Bree Williamson. DeLorenzo has the most nominated client list

Alumni of the Month 2009 in Emmy history for an individual publicist, having four nominated clients at one Emmy® Awards ceremony alone. In 2006 The New York Times chose DeLorenzo as one of five “Unsung Heroes in the Battle Against HIV/AIDS” for his project benefiting the hospice clients of the San Antonio AIDS Foundation. His profile ran in The New York Times World AIDS Day section. In 2008 the San Antonio AIDS Foundation named him “Angel of the Year.” In 2008 he expanded the project to include Joseph’s House, an AIDS hospice in Washington, D.C. As a person living with AIDS, DeLorenzo continues to work on behalf of a variety of AIDS organizations throughout the country. He is also a regular columnist for, writing about health care from the point of view of a person with AIDS.

SEPTEMBER Alyssa Jayson ’00 Alyssa Jayson graduated from Hofstra with a B.F.A. in performance and acted on ABC-TV’s All My Children, as well as in independent films and regional theater productions. In 2002 she entered the business side of entertainment as an associate producer for ADM Productions in Port Washington, New York, where she produced corporate media events for Fortune 100 companies. In 2005 Jayson’s life took a brand-new direction when she was diagnosed with myopic macular degeneration, a complex retinal disease. This diagnosis motivated Jayson to focus on performing and pursue a lifelong passion for composing music. At the urging of a business colleague, Jayson decided to take her music into the studio. Her debut CD, titled Use As Needed, is a collection of the beautiful, thoughtprovoking songs she’s been working on her whole life. Today, Jayson is combining her musical talent with her business skills and has started her own independent record label, My Mind Records. She is currently performing and promoting the release of Use As Needed.

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OCTOBER Jorge Sanchez ’87 As a Hofstra student, Jorge Sanchez studied psychology and speech and played NCAA Division I baseball. After graduating, he attended the University of Texas School of Law on a full scholarship. After completing his studies, his career path took a unique turn. After a grueling tryout, he was chosen from 10,000 individuals to compete on the national television show American Gladiators – from which he emerged the champion. At this time he also began modeling and acting. His roles have included The Rookie with Dennis Quaid and The Life of David Gale with Kevin Spacey. Sanchez also has his own production company, Blessed One Productions. More recently, Sanchez started a sports agency firm, where he represents several NFL and NBA players, and concurrently established the Sanchez Law Firm. Realizing the need to give back to the community, Sanchez started and coached a little league team as a part of a program called ACTS (Assisting Communities for Success), where he has had the opportunity to mentor hundreds of at-risk youth.

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NOVEMBER Erin Fogel ’04 Erin Fogel discovered her comedic skills while standing up to school bullies, often embarrassing and leaving them speechless. With a passion for performance, she attended Howell High School of the Performing Arts and pursued a B.F.A. at Hofstra University. Between productions at Hofstra, she commuted to the city for auditions, rehearsals, and performances. Fogel began performing in Manhattan theater and was honored with the Jean Dalrymple Award for her work in the premiere play The Mother Song. She continued working steadily, jumping from one play to another, until it was time to expand. She entered the world of voice-overs and began meeting casting directors. After some time, Fogel signed with the Kolstein Talent Agency and landed the role of Shari Rabinowitz in the People’s Choice Award-winning comedy 27 Dresses – her first noteworthy booking. Watch for her next role as Mrs. Mills, the bohemian fifth-grade teacher, in the touching Gary Terracino film Elliot Loves.

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DECEMBER John and Peter Coco ’04 Brothers John and Peter Coco are co-founders of The Music Academy of Garden City (MAGC), which provides high-quality music education to students in Garden City, New York, and surrounding communities. Peter Coco, bassist, pianist and cellist, and guitarist John Coco, recognized the need for a school such as MAGC while they were majoring in music at Hofstra. Their ingenuity and their ability to build, grow and market the new school has helped it become a successful venture.

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The brothers have impressive dossiers of their own and continue to perform solo and in professional ensembles. Peter Coco has toured extensively and performed and recorded with artists such as Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jane Monheit, Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, drummer Matt Wilson, trumpeter Jon Faddis, Tony Bennett’s musical director John Bunch, and vocalist Janis Siegel of The Manhattan Transfer. John Coco has performed with Anthony Hart, Tony Tedesco, Frank Vignola and Jerry Weldon from the Harry Connick Jr. Band. He is also founder of Gravity Guitar Innovations, which manufactures original tools and accessories for guitar and bass.


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In November 2009 hundreds of current students, staff, faculty, alumni, family and friends gathered to celebrate 50 years of radio broadcasting at Hofstra University. The festivities began on November 6 when WRHU General Manager Bruce Avery was presented with a citation from Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray proclaiming Saturday, November 7, 2009, as “WRHU Day.” On November 7, members of WRHU (Radio Hofstra University) and its predecessors – WHCH (Hofstra College Hempstead) and WVHC (Voice of Hofstra College) – gathered at a banquet at the Hilton Long Island in Melville, New York, to honor 18 prominent members of the radio industry who were the first to be inducted into the Hofstra Radio Hall of Fame. The weekend concluded with an alumni brunch and the unveiling of the picture “wall of fame” in Dempster Hall, South Campus. With the help of University Archives, Hofstra alumna Karen Hambel Montalbano ’80 collected hundreds of photos that highlighted the past half-century of Radio Hofstra University.

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WRHU’s Ed Ingles, John Mullen and Bruce Avery receive a proclamation from New York State Senator Kemp Hannon (second from right) for providing quality programming to the Long Island community.

INTRODUCING THE FIRST INDUCTEES TO THE HOFSTRA RADIO HALL OF FAME Todd Ant ’81 has spent nearly 30 years in the New York market, working at WCBS Newsradio 88, CBS Radio Network, 1010 WINS-AM and Metro Networks. He is currently with ABC Sports Radio Network and is the American sports correspondent for BBC Radio, UK.

Bruce Avery has been general manager at WRHU-FM since 1994. He has produced local radio and television programming since 1978 and is currently a broadcast meteorologist for News 12 Long Island. Garry Armstrong ’66 was a reporter on Boston television for more than 30 years, and is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Silver Circle Award for Life Achievement, and the Kauff Lifetime Achievement Award.

Joe Barone ’85 is owner of the award-winning agency Bar 1 Productions in New York, producing music, video and radio advertising. Clients include Disney, HBO, Audi, Dell, Oxygen, Denny’s, FedEx and Saatchi.

Alan Colmes ’71 is a nationally recognized television and radio host, as well as the author of the 2003 book Red, White and Liberal: How Left Is Right and Right Is Wrong. From 1996 to 2009, he cohosted the nightly political-debate TV show Hannity & Colmes on the Fox News Channel and currently hosts the nationally syndicated program The Alan Colmes Show on Fox News Radio.

John DeBella ’72 became famous as part of Philadelphia’s WMMR-FM’s Morning Zoo. Now he is the morning host at WMGK-FM. Before arriving in Philadelphia, he worked at WLIR-FM in the early 1980s, hosting The DeBella Travesty and helping to introduce the Dare to Be Different new wave format.

Steven Epstein ’73 was a longtime executive producer for Sony Classical Music. Over his 30-year career, he won 13 Grammys and worked with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman and Isaac Stern.

Lisa Glasberg ’77, aka Lisa G, is a news correspondent on The Howard Stern Show on SIRIUS Satellite Radio. During the 1990s she helped Dr. Dre and Ed Lover make WQHT-FM (Hot 97) a New York City institution, which earned her a prestigious Billboard’s “Personality of the

Year Award.” She reunited with the duo in 2001 to successfully launch WWPR-FM (Power 105.1). In 2003 she received a “Gracie Allen Award” for best local radio host.

Lee Harris began broadcasting at the age of 13 by voicing Schoolscope reports for WGBB-FM and worked at WVHC-FM at Hofstra. In 1995 he became the “top of the hour” anchor for morning drive on 1010 WINS-AM and was honored as best newscaster at the 2000 New York Achievement in Radio Awards. He is also president of Harris Media, a Web site and development application company he co-founded in 1996. Michael Harrison ’71 is a special media correspondent for Talk Radio News Service and editor and publisher of TALKERS magazine, the leading trade publication for the talk radio and television industries. His 40 years in radio includes on-air work at WLIR-FM, WNEW-FM, and WCBS-FM and a talk show at KMET-FM, as well as executive positions as station manager, program director, and station owner.

Jim Helfgott ’79 began his broadcasting career as station manager for WVHC-FM in the late 1970s. Currently based in Budapest, Hungary, he is the managing director (Europe) for Sand Cherry Associates, which serves the broadband industry, and he serves as co-chair at CTAM Europe, the Cable Marketing Association for Europe. Ed Ingles’ association with WRHU-FM is the reverse of most: he came to Hofstra after a successful career in radio that included 30 years with WCBS – 24 of those years as the sports director and morning drive time sports anchor at WCBS Newsradio 880. He has reported from 11 Olympics and 35 Masters Golf Tournaments. In his 11 years as WRHU’s professional in residence, he has mentored countless students, run successful summer sports camps and sportscasting institutes for adults, and earned a FOLIO Award.

Dan Ingram ’56, the iconic top-40 disc jockey, is one of the most illustrious graduates of Hofstra radio, dating back to when the call letters were WHCH-FM. His name became synonymous with music radio WABC-AM, where he was on the air for 21 years. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2007, and he received the New York Achievement in Radio Award in 2005.

Charlie Kaye, executive producer of CBS Radio News, traces his news radio roots back to 1965 when he was news director at Hofstra’s radio station. He currently oversees CBS News-on-the-Hour broadcasts on the CBS Radio Network and other CBS News radio programming.

Jeffrey C. Kraus ’61 is a name that is practically synonymous with Hofstra radio for many people. Starting as a student with WHCH-FM, he signed WVHC-FM on the air for the fi rst time on June 9, 1959. Decades as general manager followed, where he oversaw everything from the change in the station’s call letters to WRHU-FM, to upgraded and improved studios and broadcast facilities. For the Hofstra Communications Department, and later School of Communication, he designed courses and the radio major, along with broadcast and production studios. He served as a teacher, mentor and inspiration to the hundreds of students who worked with him at the Hofstra radio station. Jeffrey Kraus passed away in 1993. Dick Maitland ’63 is an award-winning Foley artist and sound effects engineer who has worked on shows ranging from Sesame Street and The Muppets to the annual Thanksgiving Day parade, the Grammy Awards and the celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, We Are One, for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Darrin Smith is vice president of music operations and weekend host of 1st Wave for SIRIUS Satellite Radio in New York. In 2000 he became program director and on-air host for WTHG-FM, an alternative station in New Jersey, and simultaneously took on the same roles at two of the company’s other stations before moving to SIRIUS in 2004.

Marc Wiener ’76 has book-ended his broadcasting career with WVHC-FM and WRHU-FM. As a Hofstra student in the late 1960s, he served as station manager and music director. He worked through the 1970s into the 1980s as assistant chief engineer and production director for WCBS-FM. After retiring from WCBS-FM, he returned to Hofstra radio, where he now mentors students, provides technical assistance and helps produce the award winning Community Spotlight show. He is currently president of the Hofstra Radio Alumni Association.

The Hofstra Radio Hall of Fame inducted its first members. Back row: (l to r) Todd Ant, Jim Helfgott, Bruce Avery, Marc Wiener, Darrin Smith, Lisa Glasberg, Dick Maitland, Garry Armstrong,John DeBella, and Alan Colmes. Bottom row: (l to r) Charlie Kaye, Sue Zizza (accepting for Jeffrey C. Kraus), Steven Epstein, Ed Ingles, and Lee Harris.


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NOTES 1948 Dr. Guy Stern (B.A., H.N.D. ’98) of West Bloomfield, MI, was appointed interim director of the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Dr. Guy Stern ’48 Family Campus in Farmington Hills, MI. He continues to publish in his specialty areas of German literature of the 18th and 20th centuries, as well as co-curating exhibits with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, including The Nazi Book Burnings and the American Response ...


John D. Killian (B.A.) of Mechanicsburg, PA, is senior partner of Killian & Gephart, LLP, and was recently awarded the 2008 Humanitarian Award John D. Killian ’50 by The Pennsylvania Association of Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disabilities ...


Alan Goldsamt (B.A.) of Delray Beach, FL, recently won a third place writing award in the 11th annual Writers’ Network of South Florida. The award was for a children’s story ...


Charles Hynninen (B.S.) of Aqueboque, NY, has two children. His daughter is executive vice president at National Geographic in Washington, D.C., and his son is a successful doctor in Amherst, MA, specializing in pain management and sports medicine ...


Dick Fricklas ’55

1957 Ralph Barrocas (B.A.) of Huntington Station, NY, donated art to the Hofstra University Museum ...

1961 Peter Lee (B.A.) of East Northport, NY, is retired but still active with music, writing and photography. He just opened a mini-gallery/car museum at his Southampton home ...


Anne (Carotenuto) Fitzgerald (B.S.) of Lamoine, ME, is retired and living on the coast of Maine, near Acadia National Park. Anne worked in Long Beach, CA, Farmingdale, NY, and Maine, teaching parent-child communication skills. She would love to be in touch with Hofstra friends ...


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The Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars ...


Edward Oleske (B.A.) of Laramie, WY, is a retired university budget officer with 35 years of combined service to the state of Wyoming and the University of Wyoming ...


Clay Clement (B.S.) of Campbell Hall, NY, married Linda McGregor in 1971. They have two children, Sarah-Rae and Clay G. Clay retired in 2006 from IBM after 32 years. He received an M.A. in physics from SUNY New Paltz in 1996 ...


Mark Drummer (B.A., M.A. ’75) of Bethpage, NY has been the head coach of the Long Island Lightning Junior Wheelchair Basketball Team since 1997. For more information on the team, visit ...


Edwina (Foster) Beck (M.S.Ed.) completed four post-graduate programs at Hofstra ...


Petera (Dubovick) Mironchik (B.S.Ed.) of Dix Hills, NY, is retired from teaching, and thoroughly enjoying spending time with her grandsons, and traveling and gardening ...

1975 Edwina (Foster) Beck ’74

1967 Anne Taylor (B.A.) of Hempstead, NY, is the vice dean for academic affairs and professor of medicine in cardiology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She recently was elected to

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Dick Fricklas (B.A., M.S. ’72) of Centennial, CO, received the Correll Award from The Institute of Roofing and Waterproofing Consultants (RCI, Inc.) ...

Christopher Mennone ’75

Lita Smith-Mines and Barry Mines (in middle) were presented with honorary membership in the U.S. Power Squadron District 3 at the USPS Change of Watch held at the Sheraton Long Island on Saturday, March 21, 2009.

Christopher Mennone (B.A) of Reading, PA, was appointed vice president of international business at Artromick International, Inc. ... Dr. Jill Maura Rabin (B.A.) of New York, NY, is an obstetrician

Alan Cohn and his family at the Peabody Award Ceremony, (from left to right, wife Patricia, daughter Ann, mother Miriam, son Aaron and Alan Cohn ’85).


NOTES and gynecologist. Dr. Rabin recently wrote the book Mind Over Bladder: I Never Met a Bathroom I Didn’t Like! ... Morton Schapiro (B.S.) of Williamstown, MA, Morton Schapiro ’75 has left his position as president of Williams College to become president of Northwestern University ...

1976 Neil Cotty

Dr. Ann (Thomas) Esposito ’76

(B.B.A.) of Charlotte, NC, was named chief accounting officer at Bank of America Corporation ... Dr. Ann (Thomas) Esposito (M.S.Ed., CERT ’93) of Bayside, NY, recently earned an

Ed.D. at Teachers College, Columbia University ... Claire Meirowitz (B.A.) of Babylon, NY, was named 2009 Communicator of the Year by the International Association of Business Communicators-Long Island Chapter ...


Rona (Shor) Cherno (M.B.A.) of New York, NY, has been a member of the NYS Board for Public Accountancy since July 2004. She is

catching up with Traci Schiffer ’89 What is she doing now? Traci Schiffer graduated from Hofstra with a Bachelor of Arts in communication arts with an emphasis in journalism. After graduation, she began working for Godiva Chocolatier, where she is currently the project manager for retail training. Ms. Schiffer recently started an organization to help local pet owners who face overwhelming veterinary bills; she hopes to eventually expand internationally.

Why did you decide to start the Fenny Fund? This past summer my Boston terrier, Fenway, contracted leptosporosis, a contagious bacterial infection contracted from contaminated water puddles. During her weeklong stay with the good people at Long Island Veterinary Specialists, her prognosis didn’t look good. I even had to sign a “do not resuscitate” order for her. Eventually she recuperated and was healthy and happier than ever, but I was saddled with a debt of $9,000. I realized I couldn't be the only person who faced a financial crisis because they refused to give up on their best friend, so I organized the Fenny Fund to help those with unexpected vet bills.

How long has the Fenny Fund been in existence? Only since June 2009, but so far we have had great luck getting media placement, starting with a very random encounter with a New York Times real estate writer who found my review on a moving company's Web site and wanted to hear about my recent apartment search. She is an animal lover and said she would be glad to mention the fund

in her article. Within days, we had our first donation and our first dog to help.

How has your work experience/ business education helped you organize the Fenny Fund? I've never considered myself to have a great business mind, but what I do have is crazy ideas and a passion for seeing them come to life. The greatest thing about "growing up" is you suddenly realize you have friends who have amazing lives and careers, and they can help you and your ideas grow. The Fenny Fund board is made up of friends who are lawyers, PR specialists, graphic artists and accountants. It's amazing how things fall into place when you really believe in what you're doing.

Can you share a personal story about how the Fenny Fund has been able to help? In August we were thrilled to help a New Jersey family with a large vet bill for their beautiful pit bull, Nala. They found me through The New York Times article after Nala was diagnosed with lepto. Currently, we are working with a family in Maryland whose 9-month-old Chihuahua, Zoey, requires brain surgery.

What are your future plans for the Fenny Fund? I would love for this to be Fenway’s and my legacy. My dream, of course, is to have chapters of the fund all over the country to help dog owners maintain financial security and help dogs be happy and healthy. We've already received an inquiry from the United Kingdom. But for now, our goals are small.

I want the fund to grow so people are aware that they have options.

What is the most important lesson you learned at Hofstra? To read the paper. It sounds simple, but so many people don't take the opportunity to educate themselves daily on what's happening in the world. My life isn't measured in years, but in election cycles and breaking news.

What are some memories you have of Hofstra? My memories are mostly of the Communication Arts Department. The building was new then, and we felt pretty special to be a part of something so big and new on campus. Plus when you told people you had a class that allowed you to watch movies, they got so jealous.

What advice would you give to current students? Don't panic. My sister knew in high school what she wanted to do with her life ... I'm still waiting because there is so much I want to do. Don't worry if you have so many interests you can't pinpoint a career that fits. Eventually you will find what fits you best, and, like all good things, it usually comes when you aren't looking for it.


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NOTES also a literacy program volunteer ... Lita Smith Mines (B.A, J.D. ’81) of Commack, NY, is editor-in-chief of Boating Times Long Island, and husband Barry Mines (B.A.’75), is a publisher ...


Sherry Goldman (B.A.) of Bayside, NY, is the president of Goldman Communications Group, a public relations/marketing agency. Goldman Communications was the recipient of the 2009 Silver Anvil Award for Crisis Communications. The award-winning campaign focused on efforts to make East Coast writers’ voices heard during the 100day Writers Guild strike in 2007-2008 ... Dr. George Hong Dr. George Hong ’80 (Ph.D.) of Montebello, CA, was elected president of the Society for Family Psychology – Div. 43 of the American Psychological Association ...

1981 Rick Collins (B.A., J.D. ’84) of Mineola, NY, appeared in and served as a consultant to the acclaimed documentary Bigger, Stronger, Faster, which premiered at the Rick Collins ’81 Sundance Film Festival. A far-ranging exploration of performance-enhancing substances in American society, the film is now available on DVD ...

1982 Dr. Joseph O’Connor (Ed.D.) of Freeport, NY, is a motivational speaker and recently gave two presentations at his mother’s nursing home in the Bronx ... Dr. Marc Saunders (B.A.) of Youngstown, OH, is on the board of the Ohio State Medical Association as the Sixth District Councilor. He recently opened a new office for the practice of general surgery and endoscopy. In addition, his daughter, Shira, recently became a bat mitzvah ...

1984 Steve Meier (B.B.A.) of Sudbury, MA, was appointed executive vice president at State Street Corporation. He is the chief investment officer of Global Cash Steve Meier ’84 for State Street Global Advisors and oversees securities lending cash collateral management, registered and unregistered commingled vehicles, and separate account and subadvisory mandates ...


Alan Cohn (B.A.) of Torrington, CT, is a reporter for WTNH News Channel 8. Alan investigated production problems with Black Hawk helicopters. His investigation helped earn WTNH the George Foster Peabody Award for Journalism ... Ron Dilbert (B.S.) of Hewlett, NY, started Ron Dilbert ’85

Single Parent Power in October 1996. He was recently chosen to work with author, speaker, impact guru and businessman Ken McArthur and his team of experts. They will work together to help more than 100,000 single parents and their children by December 1, 2010 ...


Athan Vorilas (B.B.A.) of West Islip, NY, joined the John Hancock Financial Network as managing partner of Lighthouse Financial Network. Athan is also the manager of his Athan Vorilas ’87 children’s Little League teams and is chairing the Children’s Aid Society’s Bikes for Kids event, which collects bicycles to give to underprivileged children in New York City ...


Anthony LoGrippo (B.B.A.) of Floral Park, NY, joined Jeffries & Company as managing director ... Andrea Nitzan (B.B.A.) of Montvale, NJ, is the senior vice president of expense Andrea Nitzan ’89 management for AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company ... Karen (Mulroy) Slishinski (B.B.A.) of Hazlet, NJ, stays at home with twins Christopher and Brooke, born in 2007 ...


Susan Maurizio Christiano (B.B.A.) of Monroe, CT, is the owner of Da-Ve Communication, a full-service

c l assNOTES Stacy Goldberger ’91 in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.



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Kathryn O’Sullivan ’91



Neal Meltzer ’90

public relations agency, and co-owner of Bowtique Alley and Beauty Editor Rx ... Neal Meltzer (B.A.) of Tappan, NY, was hired as the TV production teacher at Waldwick Middle and High Schools ...


Lisa Fischer Macon (B.S.) of Orlando, FL, graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in mathematics from the

University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. Her dissertation title was “Almost Regular Graphs and Edge-Face Colorings of Plane Graphs” ... Stacy Goldberger (B.A.) of West Orange, NJ, is an eighth grade English language arts teacher in Cedar Grove. She was awarded the Martha Rich Scholarship to attend a Holocaust educational seminar for two weeks in July 2008. Her journey took her to Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands ... Joseph Macchia (B.A.) of Buffalo, NY, completed two years of service as an AmeriCorps*

VISTA member. He recently relocated to Buffalo and is currently in his first semester as an M.S. candidate in the College Student Personnel Administration program at Canisius College ... Kathryn O’Sullivan (M.A.) of Reston, VA, served as executive producer of the independent thriller The Fugue. The film had its Washington, D.C. premiere in July 2009, and began screening at film festivals in fall 2009. The film is available at ... Kathleen Stanley (B.B.A.) of Hicksville, NY, was named one of the “40 Under 40” by Long Island

catching up with Koshin Paley Ellison ’92 What is he doing now? Koshin Paley Ellison is a New College graduate and co-founder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care (NYZCCC) in New York City. He graduated with a degree in interdisciplinary studies. He is proud to have maintained many friendships that began at Hofstra and has held onto an intellectual curiosity that he says was sparked during his student years.

How was Koshin first exposed to Zen Buddhism? “My interests and social connections at Hofstra led me to begin practicing Zen Buddhism,” Koshin says. “My experience at New College allowed me to explore my interests in the world. I didn’t come to Hofstra for an education that would only help me to get a job. I came to Hofstra because I wanted an education that would allow me to live a rich life.”

In 2006 Koshin and his partner, Chodo, both Zen Buddhist priests and chaplains, established NYZCCC. The center is the first and only Buddhist organization in America to offer a fully accredited Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program. The center’s training integrates Buddhist contemplative practices, creating a dynamic program that is interfaith and experience-based, appropriate for training professionals and those simply seeking to deepen their spiritual practices.

house, an education center and a meditation hall.

Just what the doctor ordered …

An unusual wedding invitation …

Under Koshin and Chodo’s direction, NYZCCC has become the first Buddhist organization to provide chaplains and chaplains-in-training to a mainstream hospital, Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center. NYZCCC provides a contemplative care program in which student chaplains visit with patients and staff under the supervision of senior chaplain supervisors.

Not only has Koshin remained close with his peers, but he stayed in touch with some of his former professors. In fact, Professor of Global Studies and Geography Linda Longmire and Professor Emeritus of Foundations, Leadership and Policy Studies Timothy Smith asked Koshin to officiate at their wedding this past summer.

There is also weekly group meditation for staff, patients and families and regular talks to the Beth Israel community and neighbors on the health benefits of meditation and on contemplative approaches to care. NYZCCC also works closely with the Visiting Nurse Service Hospice, providing student chaplains for patients and staff and to home care patients and families. In the future, Koshin and Chodo hope to create a Center for Contemplative Care in Manhattan. The center would house an end-of-life guest

How has he stayed connected with Hofstra? “I keep in touch with a handful of close friends from New College,” said Koshin. “We all live a great distance apart – from Oregon to Germany – and yet we still manage to see each other and stay connected.”

“I was so touched. It was an honor just to be asked to give back something meaningful to Linda, who was my adviser and mentor in New College,” said Koshin. “The day of the wedding was filled with many people, including former students and teachers and the former dean of New College.” “My love for the work I do and my cherishing others is what makes me me,” said Koshin. “At New College, I had both the support to learn and the encouragement to follow and go deeply into my interests. It was a rare and wonderful time.”


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NOTES catching up with Rana Sweis ’02 thinking and analysis. It was also about helping other students understand about my part of the world. The education and life lessons really shaped who I am today.

I was a staff writer at The Chronicle and a writer for a University magazine. I also played intramural soccer throughout my four years at Hofstra.

Journalism is changing so rapidly. The media moving online is a reality. It’s like a train that is whizzing by, and if you don’t jump on the train, you are left behind. There’s so much new to learn every day – social media, podcasts, multimedia. It’s really important to keep up with it all, but above everything, you need to be a good writer.

Are the challenges of being a working journalist overseas different than being a writer in the United States?

Previously you worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. What did that position entail?

It’s really different in every way. You have to factor in the different challenges each country faces, the culture, the politics, the social issues. It’s a whole different ball game, really. Of course, you stick to the basics – good research, good writing skills, ethics, interviews, getting all sides – but at the end of the day, you are in a different place, writing and facing different challenges. You are writing for a different audience.

I worked for almost two years with UNHCR as a public information officer. There are almost a half-million Iraqis who fled to Jordan. Many of them are living in Amman, the capital. But there was also a refugee camp called Ruwayshed, about an hour from the Iraqi border, that we were maintaining.

What extracurricular activities were you involved with?

What led you from Jordan to come to New York and attend Hofstra University? Growing up, I had the opportunity to visit the United States several times, especially during the summer. I always knew I wanted to go to university there. Of course, education was the main reason I came to the United States. I applied to many universities and visited some of them before I made my decision. I really liked the Communications Department at Hofstra. I saw how the students were running the radio station and the newspaper. I also felt overwhelmed by New York City, so I thought Hofstra had the best of two worlds; it was close to New York City, but it was also outside the city. I remember riding the train back to Manhattan from Hofstra, and on the way I had this feeling that this was where I wanted to be.

What are some of most important lessons and skills you learned as a Hofstra student? At Hofstra, I soon realized that university was about more than just books. It was about finding myself, adapting to a new culture and environment, learning how to deal with people from different cultures, and learning about new subjects that required critical



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What advice would you give to students who might be interested in careers in journalism today?

I am currently focused on major social issues facing Jordan, such as street children, prison reform, child abuse and refugees. I am very passionate about these issues because I have gained confidence in terms of getting good information, good interviews and a good understanding of these subjects. You don’t always make change happen, but you try to shed light on issues that should be discussed within society and are not covered enough in the press.

How did you come to be so widely published in a number of very prestigious publications? I think I have a long way to go, really. But I try to do my best. I think the Middle East is a hot spot, and there’s always news happening over here. There’s interest. Another important part of our work in the media is networking. I’ve worked as a translator and fixer for various U.S. newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The Baltimore Sun. I’ve kept in touch with the journalists, and I attend conferences on the media, and I look for opportunities to collaborate and contribute.

In 2007 there were a lot of media outlets from all over the world covering the story of Iraqi refugees. My main task was to present background information to the media on their living situation, the situation in Jordan, and the limited resources of the country. I also arranged interviews and accompanied the press to the Ruwayshed camp so they could interview the refugees. Many of the Iraqis who fled their homes to neighboring countries could not, and many still cannot, return home because they have been threatened or have relatives who were killed or are missing.

Have you had opportunities since graduation to reconnect with classmates and former professors? Some of my closest friends and mentors today are from Hofstra. I see them whenever I visit New York, and I make an effort to keep in touch. Some of them have also visited me in Jordan. They mean a lot to me, and my experience there would not have been the same without them.



Kathleen Stanley ’91

Business News. Kathleen is married and a mother of three beautiful children ... Glenn Werner (B.S.) of Centereach, NY, has been working for the LIRR for 10 years. He was married in 1995, and has two beautiful daughters, Maria, 6,

and Abigail, 1 ...

1992 Scott A. Goldstein (J.D.) of Lake Worth, FL, was promoted to partner at the law firm of Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler ... Scott A. Goldstein ’92

1993 John Katz (B.B.A.) of Salem, VA, is now general manager of the Red Sox Class A franchise in Salem, VA ... Lisa (Cella) Ortiz (B.E.) of Valley Stream, NY, has been working as a parttime project engineer in the Water Supply Division at Dvirka and Bartilucci Consulting Engineers since 2006. She also assists her husband, Edwin, with managing the family landscaping business. She has two sons, Edwin, 7, and Nicholas, 5. She would love to hear from any other local engineering alumni ... Suzanne Vieux (B.S.) of Ridgefield, CT, has been appointed lead prosecutor at the Norwalk Courthouse ...

firm Lowenstein Sandler P.C., was the recipient of the 2009 NJBIZ “Forty Under 40” Award and named to the New Jersey Law Journal’s 2009 “40 Under 40” list ...

1995 David Nemeroff (B.S.) of Whitehall, PA, recently wrote the book Enter Into Aikido ...


Kimberly Amato (B.A.) of Hicksville, NY, is playing the role of Jenna Bradley in the television pilot Party Girl. Kimberly also co-produced, co-edited, co-wrote, and directed the pilot ... Jeremy Gussick (B.B.A., M.B.A. ’00) of Collingswood, NJ, has joined the independent wealth management firm LPL Financial ...

1999 Christopher Gegwich (J.D.) of Jericho, NY, is a partner at Nixon Peabody ... Darcy Norfolk (B.B.A.) of Lake Placid, NY, was recently named general manager Darcy Norfolk ’99 of AdWorkshop, the North Country’s largest marketing communications company ...

2000 Michelle Peterson

1994 Miguel Alexander Pozo, Esq. (B.A.) of Roseland, NJ, a member of the

Michelle Peterson ’00

(M.S.Ed.) of Westbury, NY, has been named director of reading and language arts for the Westbury Union Free School District ... Jennifer Sadaka (B.B.A.) of New Haven, CT, joined the

Middletown, CT office of Gibson & Behman, P.C. as an associate ...

2001 Keren Day (B.A.) of Great Neck, NY, stopped on her way to work to come to the aid of a worker who suffered a severe electric shock from an aluminum ladder that had fallen on a power line. The man’s heart had stopped beating, and Keren was able to resuscitate him through CPR ...


Nicole Acquilano (M.S.) of Orlando, FL, relocated from New York City and is teaching dance, physical education, pilates and yoga. She started a business, Pump Plank Plie, which focuses on personal training, athletic training, and health and wellness. She is training for her first marathon, Miami Marathon 2010 ... Andrenna Gibson (M.A.) of Norristown, PA, recently wrote the book Girls Set the Ground Rule: I’m Not an Ordinary Chick! I’m an Extraordinary Woman! ... Chris Kutner (M.B.A.) of Rockville Centre, NY, was appointed to the advisory board of Stony Brook University’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Chris Kutner ’03 Information Technology Medical Division ... Charles Ward (B.A.) of New York, NY, joined Fox Residential Group, a boutique residential real estate firm ... Marney White (B.A.) of Oceanside, Marney White ’03

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NOTES NY, is the president of Marneycakes, Inc. She designs cakes for weddings and all other special events ...


Derek Mangi (B.A.) of Garden City, NY, competed in the No-Gi Pan American Games of Jiu Jitsu on October 4, 2008, and won the gold medal in the purple belt heavyweight class ... Gordon Tepper (M.S.Ed.) of Gordon Tepper ’04 Long Beach, NY, is the director of marketing for Gettry Marcus Stern & Lehrer in Woodbury ... Joe Todd (B.B.A.) of Staten Island, NY, is the linebackers coach at Wagner College in

Staten Island. Joe was the leading tackler for Hofstra University during his senior year. He was a member of the New York Jets in 2001 and played four preseason games for the Joe Todd ’04 Tampa Bay Buccaneers the following season ...

2005 Lois Brenner (C.L.) of New York, NY, is affectionately referred to as the “Divorce Doctor” and is widely recognized for her compassionate approach to divorce, including a unique mediation process that she developed using her rare combination of training in

law and medicine ... Jasmattie Sankar (B.B.A.) of South Richmond Hill, NY, moved back to her home country of Guyana to assist her father with the establishment and development of his business Sankar’s Rice Trading Investment. She is engaged and plans to marry in 2010 and move back to New York to pursue a master’s degree ...

2007 John Manarte (B.B.A.) of Farmingville, NY, is a graduate assistant coach for the wrestling team at Stevens Institute of Technology ...


Shellane Ogoshi (B.B.A.) of Kaneohe, HI, is currently head coach of women’s volleyball at C.W. Post ...

catching up with Joseph Carroza ’07 What are you doing now? I just started a new position as manager of publicity for Sony’s Epic Records. In my new role, I am responsible for publicity efforts surrounding label artists such as Good Charlotte, The Fray, Sean Kingston, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. Among many different tasks, my job includes pitching artist stories and appearances to television, print and online outlets nationally.

What was one of your most memorable Hofstra experience? Winning Homecoming king [2007] was definitely one of the highlights of my time at Hofstra. After winning, we put together a board that raised thousands of dollars for scholarship awards for future students.

What were some of your learning experiences outside the classroom? Interning was the single most important aspect outside the classroom that has led me to where I am today. In my four years at Hofstra, I gained much experience by interning and working in the PR field for many different companies, including Universal Music Group’s Island Def Jam,



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Coach, Rogers & Cowan, The Britto Agency and Stepinac Theater. The variety of internships I had really helped me narrow my interests in the field. I never treated any of my experiences as “internships,” but went every day with the mentality that I was at a full-time job. Every internship led me to the next with the help of past supervisors. My last internship, senior year at Rogers & Cowan, led to my first job in the industry.

Which professor did you find most influential? Professor Ellen Frisina in the School of Communication was my most influential teacher and adviser. I developed a great relationship with her during my first-year orientation and met with her frequently throughout my four years at Hofstra. She was always there to guide me through my class schedules each semester and, more important, has always been there with excellent career advice – even today.

How did Hofstra prepare you for where you are today? I am almost three years out of college and am working at my dream job. If I didn’t have the training, values and education that Hofstra provided for me, I would not be in

the place I am now. The experiences I gained from the faculty and the friendships I developed at Hofstra have taught me that I can do anything I want in life if I put my mind to it. Hofstra showed me that it is just as important to be a team player as it is to be a leader. I cherish my college experience and will do my best to make Hofstra proud. I am so grateful for where I am today.

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new arrivals

Jonah Ethan born July 22, 2008, to Jacqueline (Rubin) Alter (B.A. ’97) and Stephen Alter (B.A. ’96). He joins big brother Benjamin, 3 years old.

Carmello Joseph born to Pina Gulla-Campagna (B.S. ’00) and Charles Campagna, November 28, 2008.

Mark Joseph born to Stefan Chernaski (B.B.A. ’93) and Natasha Mattera (B.A. ’95, M.S.Ed. ’99). Mark joins his big brother, Luke.

Jeff Minihane (B.B.A. ’96) and Jennifer (Galgano) Minihane (M.S.Ed. ’99) welcomed son Connor William.

Lori (Genovese) Piazza (B.S. ’00, M.S. ’02), Steven Piazza (B.A. ’99), and big sister Julie welcomed Emily Lauren on July 27, 2008.

Ilisa (Haimes) Salazar (B.A. ’00, J.D. ’03) and Johnny Salazar welcomed Coralie Madison on March 30, 2009.

Susan (Maurizio) Christiano (B.B.A.’90) and David Christiano, along with big sister Kaela, welcomed Summer Lynn on May 29, 2009.

Joanna (Kay) Silberman (B.A.’93, M.S.Ed. ’96) and Brett Silberman, along with big sister Marley Rebecca, welcomed Darin Mitchell on June 22, 2009.

David Berez (B.A. ’97) and Stephanie Berez, along with big brother Alexander, welcomed Zachary Cole on July 15, 2009. Katie (Feid) Bloom (B.A. ’00) and Rory Bloom welcomed their second child, Griffen James, on July 16, 2009. Lynn (Weber) Cardozo (B.S. ’64) and Richard Cardozo (B.B.A. ’64) became proud grandparents to twins Michael Scott and Julia Renee on December 29, 2008. William Doherty (B.A. ’98) and Deborah Doherty welcomed William Anthony on July 14, 2009. Jay McKenna (B.B.A. ’96) and Virginia (Kane) McKenna (B.A. ’97, M.S. ’98) welcomed daughter Francesca.

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Rebecca Berger (B.A. ’00) and Andrew Nadler on October 14, 2007. Danielle Giaime (B.A. ’01) of Bayside, NY, and Alain Attias.

Hope Powers Pursel (B.A. ’08) of New York, NY, and Daniel Frederic Ellen on September 13, 2008.

Talene Issa (B.A. ’05) and Joseph Caruso on August 2, 2009 Jason Lotkowictz (B.B.A. ’04) and Lauren Crampsie on August 22, 2009 Marc Marino (B.B.A. ’03) and Patricia Busse on April 17, 2009 Christina Michelle Spann (B.B.A. ’02) and Ellis Tyson Whitehurst (B.B.A. ’02) on May 17, 2009

Megan Brady ’99 and Michael Monforte ’99 were married on November 21, 2009, in a ceremony officiated by Associate Professor of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations Ellen T. Frisina ’77. The ceremony took place at the Blue Bell Country Club near Megan’s hometown of Hatfield, Pennsylvania.

in memoriam Charles O. Aborisade (B.B.A. ’96) Frederick Bariteau (B.A. ’50) Alice Barnes (M.S.Ed. ’71) Barbara Barnes (M.S.Ed. ’86) Thomas E. Barrett (B.S. ’75) Jerome S. Baum (B.A. ’60) Carolyn R. Berlind (B.A. ’69) Sharyn Berliner (Faculty) Richard Bomse (B.A. ’65) Dr. Jacqueline Borruso (PDIP ’84, Ph.D. ’90) William Braun (B.B.A. ’84) Leslie Warshaw Brown (B.A. ’68) William Carberry (B.S. ’50) Jules Chorna (B.S. ’39) Lenora Coe (M.S.Ed. ’66) Allen R. Cooley (M.A. ’83) Eugene Diamond (B.A. ’41) Jessie F. Egan (B.S.Ed. ’57) Roy Esiason (M.S.Ed. ’59) Allan Felson (ALND) Charles Fina (B.B.A. ’67) Daniel Flesch (Staff)

Jessica Gohring (B.B.A. ’09) Ellie Greenwich (B.A. ’62) Dana Hummel (B.A. ’92) Bruce Irwin (B.A. ’65) James Kettgen (B.B.A. ’53) Henry Kohlmann (B.B.A. ’57) Lawrence B. Lehman (B.A. ’75) Scott Leighton (M.A. ’99) Robert Lemke (ALND) Denise Lewis (Staff) George Linder (B.S. ’84) Frieda Lodato (B.S.’62, M.S.Ed. ’66) Paul K. Lynner (Faculty) Edwin McCarthy (B.S. ’64) Thomas McCartin (B.A. ’50) Sarah McGovern (ALND) Theodore S. Millison (J.D. ’88) Barbara Montegary (B.B.A. ’98) Michael J. Murray, Jr. (B.S. ’54) Richard Nasse (B.B.A. ’57) Clifford Nilsen (B.B.A. ’58) Dan Notine (B.A. ’58)

Albert R. O’Connell (M.S.Ed. ’63) Mary Lynn Odum (B.B.A. ’69) Dr. Patricia Porinchak (M.S.Ed. ’80, Ed.D. ’82) John F. Raffa (B.B.A. ’64) Dr. John Rawlinson (Faculty) Elizabeth Savarese (B.S.Ed. ’61) John M. Shannahan (B.S. ’49) Ronnie Shapiro (B.S.Ed. ’65) Harold Silkworth (B.A. ’43) Daniel B. Silver (B.B.A. ’69) Robert Stamatis (B.A. ’73, M.A. ’77) Edward Starr (Faculty) Hilda Strauss (M.S.Ed. ’73) Rosemary Stroud (B.B.A. ’72, M.B.A. ’75) Dr. Marc D. Summers (Faculty, B.A. ’67, M.A. ’68, Ph.D. ’74) Harry Volz (M.S.Ed. ’59) Dorothy Werner (Staff) Carol Wink (B.A. ’79) Brad Wolk (J.D. ’84)


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Alumni Group

ROUNDUP The Gray Wig The Gray Wig is happy to be producing theater once again at Hofstra. After successfully completing a production of 42nd Street with Hofstra Entertainment this past summer, The Gray Wig is looking forward to presenting a Rodgers and Hart concert this spring at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse. Members will also be co-producing Last Night at Ballyhoo and Annie with Hofstra Entertainment during the 2010 summer season.

Alpha Epsilon Phi Alumnae The newly reinstated Alpha Epsilon Phi Alumnae held a reunion at Blackstone’s Pub and Restaurant in New York City on Saturday, March 21. A group of more than 80 sisters, ranging from founders to recent graduates, gathered for drinks, food, laughs, stories and pictures. If you are an alumna of the AEPhi Phi Upsilon Chapter and are interested in participating in our group, please e-mail Sarah Velardi, AEPhi alumnae chair, at or become a member of the Hofstra AEPhi Facebook group.

The Gray Wig and Hofstra Entertainment presented 42nd Street this past summer.

Delta Chi Delta Alumnae DXD Alumnae continued its 70th anniversary celebration when alumnae met at the Boca Pointe Country Club, Boca Raton, Florida, in January. The alumnae – including year-round Florida residents, snowbirds and visitors to the Sunshine State – enjoyed seeing each other again. The luncheon ended with the sisters singing the DXD alma mater – always a sentimental experience.

The new Q-8 Alumni board of trustees from left to right: Matt Zvolensky, Tony Biello, Jim Ridley, Paul Farinella, Paul Flora, Bill Wagner and Jim Cameron.

PR Q-8 Alumni Brigadier General Patrick Higgins ’80 is awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal from General William Ward for his outstanding service in U.S. Africa Command.

Q-8 Alumni Association, Inc. Alpha Theta Beta Alumnae Alpha Theta Beta’s annual May dinner and meeting held at the 56th Fighter Group Restaurant in Farmingdale was such a great success, a Saturday luncheon was added in June. Many sisters also gathered on campus in November to celebrate AOB’s 73rd birthday. As the oldest Greek organization at Hofstra, it is looking forward to its 75th anniversary celebration in November 2011.



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Back row (l to r): Lorraine Henkus Goldstein, Susan Ritter Kerievsky, Arlene Perlman Ehrlich, Arlene Hirsh Stein, Helen Penner Ackerman. Middle row (l to r): Deena Irwin Drandoff, Phyllis Goren Epstein, Barbara Gluck Schaeffer, Barbara Weiss, Phyllis Katz Mosher. Front row (l to r): Phyllis Korenthal Gelb, Maddy Frischman Leibowitz, Emily Kleinman Schreiber, Bonnie Greenfield Hiller, Ellin Bauman Goldstein, Audry Aranow Frankel.

The Pershing Rifles Q-8 Alumni Association held a successful alumni dinner in April, attended by members from the last six decades. The dinner helped raise $5,000 for the Q-8 scholarship funds and for support of the Pershing Rifles fraternity. Many alumni awards and scholarships were given to active fraternity members. Matt Zvolensky ‘91 was the recipient of the 2008 Michael J. Constatinou Alumni of the Year Award. The Q-8 alumni dinner for 2010 is

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Veterans Alumni Chapter President Paul Farinella ’68 presented ROTC Cadet Anthony J. Fasano, Jr., with the SGM Churchill Award.

Veterans Alumni Chapter In May the Hofstra Veterans Alumni Chapter President Paul Farinella ’68 presented the 2009 SGM Churchill Award to ROTC Cadet Anthony J. Fasano, Jr., in recognition of his academic performance and community service. In August the members honored past President Richard Drury ’89 and Treasurer Robert Lamar ’58 for their service to the chapter with a dinner cruise to the Statue of Liberty. In October LTC Paul Flora ’68 and 2LT Mark Getman ’94 were honored at the annual Veteran of the Year Salute at the Hofstra vs. University of New Hampshire football game.

Los Angeles In March Hofstra Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs Alan Kelly met with Los Angeles-area alumni at a Sunday brunch hosted by Martin Landis ’55 at his home, which overlooks Malibu.

San Diego San Diego alumni enjoyed a March winetasting “lesson” at Belle Marie Winery in Escondido, California.

Washington, D.C. Thanks to host Gerald Giovaniello ’64, Washington, D.C., alumni had a great view during a May cocktail reception on the rooftop terrace of the National Association of Realtors’ building.

Zarb Alumni Association Graduates of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business were able to participate in several networking events this year in New York City and Long Island. In April alumni enjoyed a reception at BNY Mellon in Manhattan that featured remarks by Frank G. Zarb ’57. In August Diane Garnick ’96 hosted and spoke at a “Networking to Career Transition” dinner, also in New York City.

In Other News: Hofstra George M. Estabrook Alumni Association, Inc. The Hofstra George M. Estabrook Alumni Association, Inc., held its 49th Annual Distinguished Service Award Dinner on December 5. The honorees were Lou Berger ’72; Joseph Covello ’79; Joseph DeGrocco ’83; Thomas McKevitt ’93, ’96; Robert M. Phillips ’75; Barry Poznick ’90; Donald White ’57, ’73; and Sue Zizza ’87, ’95.

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Westchester County/Southern Connecticut Alumni cheered on the Pride men’s basketball team against Fairfield University at a March ESPN Bracket Buster game in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Phi Epsilon Sorority, which has been a part of Hofstra for more than 70 years, has recently formed the Phi Epsilon Alumnae Association. If you are an alumna of Phi Epsilon or can help locate missing alumnae, e-mail or visit the sorority’s Facebook page.


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1. Hofstra alumni and their families gathered under the Alumni Pride tent both before and after the football game against the University of Maine. 2. Antonio and Marsha Garay, both Class of 1971, were the recipients of this year’s Marjorie and James M. Shuart Alumni Family Award for their and their family’s continued involvement with Hofstra University. 3. Family Fun Day activities attracted hundreds of parents and children. 4. Members of the 1959 Hofstra football team were guests of honor at the football alumni reunion luncheon. 5. Among the many fraternity and sorority groups that socialized throughout the day were these Alpha Theta Beta alumnae. 6. The halftime show featured the crowning of the 2009 Homecoming king and queen. Pictured from left to right (and in between Kate and Willie): 2008 Homecoming Queen Kate Legnetti ’09, Homecoming Committee Chair Ilene Schuss ’80, ’04, Hofstra Vice President for Student Affairs Sandra Johnson, Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz, newly crowned Homecoming Queen Emily Miethner ’10 and Homecoming King Edwin Ragaas ’10, Hofstra Alumni Organization President Laurie Bloom ’95, Hofstra Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs Alan Kelly, and 2008 Homecoming King Joe Bennethum ’09. 60


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7. Alpha Kappa Psi and Delta Gamma won the award for Most Beautiful Float with their creation, “Mount Olympus and the Underworld.” 8. Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Sigma Delta Tau won the Most Humorous Award for their “Salute to Michael Jackson.” 9. Among the guests at the post-game party under the Alumni Pride tent were relatives and friends of the Garay Family. Background photo: Hundreds of students, alumni and families lined the parade route Saturday morning.


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Women’s Basketball: Brigham Motivated to Compete

By Brian Bohl

Blue-and-white sneakers pivoted right after starting left. The direction change brought her near the foul line, where her outstretched hands intercepted a pass to stymie the opposition’s scoring chance. Sam Brigham would have been able to initialize a fast break off a turnover if this had been a game instead of just a late October preseason practice. But the steal still demonstrated Brigham’s value to a Hofstra women’s basketball team that will look to blend a mixture of youth and experience as it competes for a Colonial Athletic Association title. Brigham is entering her fourth year, having been a member of the most successful team in Hofstra history and a starter for a rebuilding team that won only five games the next season. She has experienced the entire emotional spectrum in basketball. The Simsbury, Connecticut, native is now expected to be a leader on a Pride team that returns four of its top five scorers from a 16-win team in 2008-09. Brigham said she followed her hometown UConn growing up and watched the Huskies qualify for the NCAA Tournament almost every year. Those memories now motivate her to help Hofstra win a CAA championship for the first time in school history. Brigham was a valuable role player during her freshman campaign, drilling 24 three-pointers for a Pride team that made it to the CAA semifinals before advancing to WNIT’s fourth round for the program’s best-ever finish. That also marked head coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey’s first season at Hofstra. The two are now looking to make a similar run, with Steveskey imploring Brigham to become a vocal leader on and off the court. “She does so many things so well and so textbook that I think the other players are learning by her example,” Kilburn-Steveskey said. “Sam’s not a player who can put the whole team on her back, but she is the glue of the team that will be hard to replace [next season].” During a break between low-post drills, Brigham talked to a small group of players wearing blue practice jerseys before

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continuing the intersquad competition. Each tidbit is a reminder that attention to detail is what can prevent a difficult season like the one Brigham endured her sophomore year, when Hofstra struggled to a 5-25 record in 2007-08. “My freshman year, we had great leadership,” Brigham said. “My sophomore year, we had a very shallow bench, and people would be tired, and it would cause problems. Last year and this year, we became deeper at the guard position.” Brigham averaged 8.5 points and 2.4 rebounds as a junior in starting 26 of the Pride’s 29 games. She also provided an outside threat by shooting a team-high 36 percent from threepoint range. Brigham will be expected to lead a backcourt that will have sophomore Candice Bellocchio returning from injury. Nicole Capurso is also returning, and freshman Candace Bond will be expected to fortify depth in the guard rotation, giving Brigham help in replacing Niki Williams. But as the only senior guard and just one of two seniors on the roster, Brigham said her contributions have to extend beyond points and steals. Or else she will hear about it from KilburnSteveskey. “If I’m having a bad day, she’s going to get on me, but I can’t take that personally,” Brigham said. “I have to see that she wants me to be better because she’s seen me grow and knows what I can handle. It’s been a give-and-take relationship over the last four years.” Fellow senior Jess Fuller and sophomore Joelle Connelly return as the starting center-forward tandem to complement the guards and keep intact a core that held opponents to just a .353 field goal percentage while shooting at a .423 clip last season. Unexpected contributions from the newcomers could determine how far Hofstra can go. For players like Bond, the adjustment to Division I can be jarring. Brigham said she struggled at times in her transition and can try to alleviate the pressure for Hofstra’s three freshmen. “College is so much different than high school, where the little things you get away with in high school, you can’t get away with in the college game,” Brigham said. “People respect me, and if they have any questions, they’re not afraid to ask me.”

“ The conference is wide open, and you have to take advantage of that,” Brigham said. “I made that a goal for myself, and just to achieve that would be awesome. It would feel like my four years would be complete.” Hofstra

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Men’s Basketball: Jenkins Leads Hofstra Athletics

On and Off the Court Charles Jenkins racked up the awards at nearly the same prodigious pace as he compiled baskets. As a sophomore, the Hofstra guard averaged 19.7 points per game. In becoming just the second Pride player to reach 1,000 career points in just his second season, Jenkins won the Haggerty Award as the best player in the New York metropolitan area. But the hardware didn’t exactly earn quiet reverence from his teammates. Not even a first team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection and three conference Player of the Week awards prevented the Queens, New York, native from receiving some good-natured ribbing. “Cornelius Vines and Nathaniel Lester always give me a hard time with the awards,” Jenkins said with a laugh. “Sometimes they mess up the name, or if I do something wrong they’ll say, ‘oh, you’re the Haggerty winner?’ But it’s all love from them.” Jenkins smiled before turning serious when discussing Hofstra’s chances for its first CAA championship. The 6-3, 220-pound guard said his past accomplishments didn’t assuage his angst after Hofstra ended the 2008-09 campaign with a heartbreaking 52-51 loss to Old Dominion in the CAA Tournament’s second round. “Once the games begin, everything goes in the past,” Jenkins said. “Last year’s accolades were good, but this is a new year, and my stats are back to zero.” Jenkins roomed with former Pride leading scorer Loren Stokes during his redshirt freshman season and now is the unquestioned leader of a team that features six freshmen along with returning players like Lester, Vines, Greg Washington and Miklos Szabo. After learning from prolific scoring guards like Stokes and Antoine Agudio, Jenkins said Hofstra’s chemistry is the best since he arrived in Hempstead. “I’m actually staying in the same dorm Loren stayed in,” Jenkins said. “My door is always open for any questions or if they need a ride somewhere. I’m always there for them because I know what it’s like to be a

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freshman.” Tom Pecora, the team’s head coach, is trusting Jenkins to be assertive for a team that has just two seniors on the roster. Like Stokes, Jenkins said he was a quiet leader, but is finding his voice. “I’m starting to get used to it, but coach says I need to be more vocal,” he said. Jenkins also leads the group away from the court. The former Springfield Gardens standout said many evenings turn into impromptu social events for the entire team. “This year, we’re more like a family,” Jenkins said. “It’s always about eight of us hanging out, going to the movies. After study hall, we meet up to eat. It’s just a different situation for me. I never really had that before. Everywhere we go, it’s the whole team walking around together.” Camaraderie only goes so far. The Pride completed a 21-11 season and yet finished short of an NIT bid for a second straight year. While winning the CAA would mean an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, Pecora said he’s looking for Jenkins to continue his maturation and for a young team to gain some valuable experience in the opening five games before the conference portion of the schedule commences.

us, so it’s only going to help us in the long run.” The Pride started the previous campaign against nationally ranked Clemson. Hofstra lost to the Tigers before winning the next eight. Jenkins said playing a national power carries a residual benefit for the rest of the season. “Clemson was a great opportunity because they pressed us hard, and it just prepared us for playing teams in our league and in other leagues,” Jenkins said. Jenkins averaged 15 points per game as a freshman, picking up the CAA Rookie of the Year Award as well as Metropolitan New York Rookie of the Year honors. He improved his production from one year to the next, though he said statistics aren’t driving him for his junior season. “Having all the accolades and losing is worthless,” Jenkins said. “I don’t want to be a part of a losing team. My freshman year was a frustrating time when we were 12-18, and that’s something I never want to experience again in this program.” Pecora said Jenkins sets the example that could lift Hofstra to the upper echelon of a competitive conference.

Pecora was a Hofstra assistant coach when NBA guard and Hofstra alumnus Speedy Claxton made his collegiate mark. Pecora then coached Stokes and Agudio and said Jenkins is similar to the program’s other productive guards. “He’s a complete player and very coachable,” Pecora said. “Charles lives in the gym. One time last season I literally had to tell him to stop coming to the gym at night and shooting because I thought he was exhausting himself. He understands there are still things he needs to improve, and that’s what makes him a special player.” Hofstra opened up the new season against No. 1 Kansas, a team that advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2009. While Hofstra lost the game, Jenkins still saw the positive side of playing an elite team. “It was a great experience because we can learn from it,” Jenkins said about matching up with the Jayhawks. “We might not play other teams as athletic or as physical as they were against

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Hofstra Wrestling: CAA Champion Gillespie Readies for New Season

By Len Skoros

P.J. Gillespie Rows of free weights adorn the Hofstra wrestling team’s renovated strength and conditioning room, waiting to help Hofstra student-athletes build muscle and increase strength for the upcoming season.

carried momentum into the NCAA Tournament, which featured matches against top-seeded opponents from powerhouse programs. “It gave me a big confidence boost, just knowing I could hang with some of the best guys in the country,” Gillespie said.

P.J. Gillespie is one of the team members taking advantage of the new training facility. But the sophomore is also spending more time on the cardio machines as he prepares for the jump into the 165-pound weight class, after wrestling at 149 pounds last year.

Ryan Patrovich is also making a move up in weight class for the Pride, vacating the class that Gillespie now occupies. The junior will wrestle this season at 174 pounds. Patrovich’s move comes after the Bohemia, New York, native qualified for the NCAA Tournament the previous two seasons as a 165-pounder. In addition to training for stronger opponents, Patrovich is also taking on the role as Gillespie’s mentor, instructing the fellow Long Islander about the strategy and preparation required to succeed in the 165-pound bracket. Patrovich said his move will lift last season’s burden of losing pounds to make weight every week. Gillespie’s move could also alleviate the strain during weigh-in time.

The move comes one year after the Long Beach, New York, native captured a Colonial Athletic Association championship and became an NCAA qualifier. After winning the CAA Rookie of the Year Award and earning a selection on the All-Freshman team, Gillespie is challenging himself by moving into a weight class that historically has been one of Hofstra’s greatest strengths, led by Mike Patrovich’s two All-American selections in 2006 and 2007. “I’m just getting my strength up because wrestling bigger guys obviously takes a lot more energy,” Gillespie said. “I need more strength in order to execute more moves.” Gillespie went 21-15 last season after redshirting the year before. Despite the move to 165 pounds this season, the physical education major said his goals remain similar to those he achieved in his first full season.“I want to make it to the national championship and win the CAA again,” Gillespie said. “Just do it over, except this year, I obviously want to get to the All-America stand.” Gillespie’s senior year at Long Beach High School in 2007 resulted in a New York state championship and a 41-0 record. That immaculate ledger led to eroded confidence when Gillespie lost some early-season matches to start his Hofstra career. Yet he said those struggles helped him improve to the point where he still racked up five pins and won two matches against nationally ranked opponents in the NCAA Championships before losing in the national quarterfinals. “Last year there was a one-month period where I wasn’t wrestling well and had a bunch of losses that defi nitely put me down in the dumps,” Gillespie said. “But you have to get over it and amp yourself up.” Hurling a top-ranked opponent to the mat is one way to infuse adrenaline. Perhaps Gillespie’s most impressive victory came during the second tie-breaker of the CAA championship match when he outlasted No. 1-seed Mike Roberts, defeating the Boston University standout by a single point. Gillespie’s win put him into the national tournament, where he won twice despite being neither ranked nor seeded. The Roberts’ takedown from the previous tournament affi rmed Gillespie’s talent and

“I think he’ll stay fresher throughout the year, and it’ll be more enjoyable for him,” said Patrovich, who said Gillespie has the skills to bypass the 157-pound class for the 165-pound spot. “It’s not like high school, where you can go up a weight class or two for another match. It takes a toll on your body when you’re cutting a lot of weight.” Patrovich and Gillespie share the distinction of redshirting before becoming key contributors to Hofstra’s eighth consecutive CAA championship team last season. A year of rest also allowed Gillespie to heal a season-ending meniscus injury that occurred during his fi rst collegiate tournament. “It did a lot for me as far as watching other guys and realizing that college wrestling is a new level from high school,” Gillespie said. “I had to do a lot of rehab, but it helped as far as the observing part.” Gillespie continues to learn from Patrovich, while also getting some encouragement from former champion Pride wrestlers who still maintain a connection with the program. Jon Masa became the Pride’s only three-time All-American, winning in 2003, 2005 and 2006 at the 149-pound weight class. After grappling with Masa during fall practices, Gillespie said the winter matches that count in the standings seem less daunting. It also helps that the former champions set a high standard that Gillespie hopes to reach with more experience. Gillespie works with Masa twice a week, working out at clinics that Gillespie’s father helps organize. The constant stream of friendly challenges from his fellow Pride wrestlers has Gillespie primed for another successful season that will include matchups against non-conference powers like Ohio State and Nebraska. “Pins almost never happen in college, so every match is literally a battle,” Gillespie said.


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