Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Discovery Program 2017

Are you a first year or new transfer student? Do you want to get involved on campus? Well here is your chance to learn about yourself and Hofstra University with the Discovery Program.
The Discovery program is a dynamic, interactive program designed to help students transition to college through their experience and participation in advocacy, community service, outdoor exploration and reflection.  You can choose from three different tracks to participate in.

“The Discovery Program gave me a great opportunity to form connections with other students on campus and refine my leadership skills. I was surrounded by people with the drive to succeed and make a difference, and the things I learned from each and every Discovery Leader helped spark my growth as a first year at Hofstra.” Gwyneth Harrell, former Discovery Student

Discovery Path I - Community Awareness
Students participating in this path will develop an understanding of how community organizations are managed and the strategies they use to empower communities to take action. Students, who choose this path may participate in maintaining the local community center, working with non-profits or brighten the walls at a local youth center by painting. 

Discovery Path II- Outdoor Exploration
Students participating in this path will explore the outdoors and challenge themselves by taking risks while reflecting on living life intentionally. Students, who choose this path may participate in team building and cooperative game activities, high and low ropes course, canoeing, hiking and orienteering. After the activities, the students will have time to reflect on the day and discuss how to live life intentionally.

Discovery Path III- Leadership Path
Students participating in this path will enhance the leader within them by learning different leadership styles as well as their top leadership strengths. They will experience firsthand what being a leader means and what it takes to be a leader among fellow peers. Students may participate in intensive team building activities such as high and low ropes courses, the Leadership Practice Inventory, an assessment to achieve the extraordinary as well as work with faculty and administrators on campus to build connections and their leadership skills.

First year and new transfer students who decide to take part in the Discovery Program will be able to move on to campus Sunday, August 27 and will be taking part in programing until Wednesday, August 30, which will then lead in to Welcome Week!

Participants are led in small groups by upperclassmen Discovery Leaders who have participated in the Discovery Program their first-year at Hofstra as well! Additionally, there will be faculty, administrators and community partner who share the same passions for discovery heightening their experience. This is an opportunity for first-years and transfer students to build connections, hone leadership skills and begin the transition to college life and learning. As a participant in the Discovery Program, students take their first step toward discovering their path here at Hofstra University. The fee for the Discovery Program for 2017 is $500, which includes on campus housing, meals, transportation, T-Shirt, water bottles, and program expenses. 

Sign Up TODAY by going to or email us with any questions as Deadline for applications are August 4th

Tori Succi- Graduate Assistant Student Affairs Communication 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Phi Delta Theta Receives National Recognition

This past weekend several of the Phi Delta Theta brothers went to Ohio for the Phi Delta Theta Kleberg Emerging Leaders Institute where they received the prestigious Founders Trophy from Phi Delta Theta! Phi Delta Theta awards the Founders Trophy to one chapter at a mid-sized institution each year. The New York Kappa Chapter was chosen because of their dedication to their institution, the surrounding community, and their national organization.

Phi Delta Theta was founded in 1848 at Miami University in Ohio, when six men built an organization that stood for Friendship, Sound Learning, and Rectitude.
These are the same principles and values that we see from the men of the New York Kappa Chapter of Phi Delta Theta at Hofstra University.  The men of Phi Delta Theta continuously exceed the expectations that Hofstra has for the members of Fraternity and Sorority Life, winning Chapter of the Year at the Hofstra Student Leadership Awards for the last three consecutive years. This acknowledgement is from their continuous efforts in helping better the Hofstra Community both on and off campus.

 “Just being able to make an impact any way we can is great. Being active around campus and in the community makes our brotherhood stronger,” says Gio Annatelli, current President of the New York Kappa Chapter.

Some of the events that Phi Delta Theta has participated in this year are Hofstra’s Shake-a-Rake  and Snow Angels programs, where they had every member of their fraternity raking leaves and shoveling snow for community members that are unable to do it for themselves. Along with their community service efforts, the brothers of Phi Delta Theta  pride themselves on their philanthropic efforts, raising $1,193.50 for Hofstra University’s Relay for Life and $500 toward Phi Delta Theta’s national philanthropic partnership with the ALS Association.   The brothers of Phi Delta Theta are also well known for their events they have on campus

, to name a few:  Just Sing: The Annual Pete Teleha Memorial Concert co- hosted with the Honors College in honor of one of their brothers that passed away, Pie-a-Phi where students can pie any brother in the face in efforts to raise money for ALS and Phi-Hop where students are able to pre-order pancakes to be delivered by the men of Phi Delta Theta. 

“It is easy to be so successful when you are surrounded by the right people. Our success is a direct testament of our brotherhood and the quality of our members.”- Moises Philippsborn - Vice President 2016-2017

“Phi Delta Theta has consistently pushed themselves to be a better organization, better men, and a better example of what fraternity is. I am so excited to see their hard work, creativity, and dedication recognized both at Hofstra and at the national level.” Sara Diem, Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Engagement.

Student Affairs at Hofstra University encourages all students to succeed in whatever they put their minds to and we are proud to have students on our campus that value fraternity and Hofstra’s commitment to better our community. Congratulations to the students on your award, we are excited to see what your organization has instore for our campus this year.

Tori Succi- Graduate Assistant Student Affairs Communications 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Did You Know - 2nd Edition!

Did You Know?

Here’s part 2 of our series on what you need to know about bug borne illnesses especially if you are traveling to areas that are known to have these diseases.

We all know that mosquito bites cause itchy bumps but they can also be responsible for a number of illnesses. Mosquitoes are known to transmit West Nile virus, Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya as well as Yellow fever and Malaria through their bites. Some of these illnesses previously just seen in other countries are now being seen in the continental United States.

What are the symptoms of some of these illnesses seen most frequently in the US?
West Nile Virus – A majority of people have no symptoms at all. A small number may develop fever, headache, body aches and joint pain. Most people recover completely. A few may have weakness and fatigue that lasts for weeks or months.  As few as 1 % may develop more serious neurological issues.
Zika – Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain or red eyes. Pregnant women are at risk of passing on serious birth defects to their unborn child. Zika can also be passed through sex from an infected individual to their partners. Symptoms generally resolve quickly in most people.
Dengue – Most people who are infected have mild to no symptoms. A small number will develop fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, join pain and rash.
Chikungunya – Sudden onset of high fever, headache, joint pain and swelling or rash are among the most common symptoms. Most patients completely recover but pain can last in some people.

How do you protect yourself?
Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are known to bite
Wear long sleeves and long pants
Use an insect repellent that is right for you.

What do you do if you plan to travel to a country where mosquito borne illness is an issue? Learn about the possible health related risks and advice from the CDC by visiting:

You can also schedule a travel consult visit with Student Health Services at 516-463-6745 or see a private travel doctor.

To find a repellent that is right for you:

Monday, June 26, 2017

Did You Know - Part 1

Did You Know?

As it is getting warmer you may realize you are no longer alone outside.  It’s bug season! Gnats, ants, mosquitoes and ticks are everywhere. Here’s part 1 of what you need to know to about the bug borne illnesses and how to prevent them.

Ticks are responsible for transmitting a number of different diseases. The most common tick borne illness in the eastern part of the US is Lyme disease which is spread primarily by deer ticks. Approximately 300,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported nationwide each year. Those infected may present with a red ring-like rash (but not always), flu-like symptoms (fever, malaise, headaches and muscle aches) and enlarge lymph glands in the early stages. If untreated Lyme disease can lead to cardiac, rheumatologic and neurological symptoms. 
The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to avoid tick bites all together. How do you do that?
·       Avoid wooded and high grass areas when possible by staying in the middle of cleared well-traveled trails and don’t sit directly on the ground or on stone walls
·       Wear light colored clothing to spot ticks easily and tuck in your clothes especially your pants into your socks
·       Check for ticks on your whole body daily after being outdoors
·       Bathe or shower within 2 hours after being outdoors
·       Consider using insect repellent with DEET, parcaridin, permethrin or IR3535
·       Treat dogs or cats who are outside
·       Put your clothes in the dryer for 10 minutes on high heat
Have a question about a tick bite? Call your healthcare provider or Student Health Services at 516 463-6745.

More information on preventing tick bites:

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Did You Know?????

Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States and is, in most cases, preventable. As many as 90% of melanomas, the deadliest form of skin cancer, are directly related to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. The rates of new cases of melanoma has doubled since 1982.
How do you protect yourself? Reduce your risk factors! A base tan is not a healthy tan!

  • Do not use any kind of indoor tanning. Indoor tanning increases your risk for developing skin cancer especially if you do it at an earlier age.

  • Do use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher when outdoors even on cloudy days and reapply per manufacturer’s directions but at least every 2 hours. Wearing a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses also offers you additional protection.

  • Do limit your time in the sun. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10-2pm even when it’s cloudy.

  • You can still get burned when you are in the water so use a sunscreen and reapply more frequently. There is no such thing as waterproof sunscreen so reapply as directed by the manufacturer.

Remember tanned skin is damaged skin!