Tuesday, January 31, 2012
As a reminder, the Office of Off-Campus Living and Commuting Student Services is involved with a program called "Snow Angels." This program provides students from Hofstra an opportunity to help senior citizens that live in the area by shoveling snow. If you are interested in helping out please stop by the office.
-Anita Ellis, Director Off-Campus Living and Commuting Student Services
So great to see everyone back on campus for the start of the Spring semester! I hope the nice weather makes it easier for students to get out and explore or even find their way over to the Saltzman Center for our new groups. I’m really excited about the free groups we are holding this semester and believe they will offer lots of opportunities for personal change and growth. Some of the groups being offered include Mindfulness Meditation, Social Connections and an Emotion Regulation Skills group. We will also be holding a Bereavement group for students who are looking to connect with others who share similar experiences of loss.
Student Counseling is always available to answer any questions you have about the groups or any of the other services we offer. Looking forward to meeting you in some of our groups this semester. Enjoy Spring!
Friday, January 27, 2012
Winter Blast weekend comes to campus to heat things up Friday, February 3, through Sunday, February 5, 2012. Let us cure your winter blues!
Friday, February 3:
Show off your dance skills at the Dance Dance Revolution tournament hosted by the Office of Student Leadership and Activities. Winner will receive a prize!
7 p.m., Hof USA
Saturday, February 4:
An action packed day with the following signature events:
. "Pre La Fete" - An indoor celebration that will feature indoor attractions including a mechanical bull, laser tag, karaoke contest on our main stage, food, prizes, and much more!
1:30-3:30 p.m., David S. Mack Physical Education Center, North Campus
. Hofstra Men's Basketball Game vs. Georgia State University - Students attend the game for free but must pick up tickets ahead of time at the Arena Box Office. Students can purchase additional tickets to the game for guests.
4 p.m., David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex, North Campus
*Welcome Back Students and Staff Appreciation Day
. "Mardival" -Hosted by our mistress of ceremonies Olivia from Vh1's Love & Hip Hop with music by Power 105.1's DJ Norie, and performances by Hofstra's Imani Dance Ensemble, The Sugar Tone Brass Band and Fat Joe! Think beads, masks, feathers, costumes and fun!
6:30-9 p.m., David S. Mack Physical Education Center, North Campus
Sunday, February 5:
Whether you are a fan of New York, New England, or just a fan of having a super fun time, join the Office of Student Leadership and Activities, and fellow students, for all the action! Watch the game while winning prizes and enjoying free appetizers and food specials!
5 p.m.-end of game, Hof USA
Admission for Winter Blast weekend is FREE for all Hofstra students! Students will need a ticket for admission, which can be picked up starting Thursday, January 26 at the Arena Box Office. Tickets will also be available in the Student Center Atrium starting Wednesday, Feb. 1. Families and Alumni are welcome. In addition, there will be a one-to-one guest policy. *The 1-to-1 policy allows each Hofstra student to purchase a ticket for one (1) guest at the adult ticket price in effect based on the date of purchase. For more information, please visit www.hofstra.edu/winterblast.
We hope you enjoyed your winter break and we look forward to unveiling Winter Blast when you return!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
While many of you have been spending your Holiday Break catching up with family and friends, there has been quite the renovation going on at the Hofstra Fitness Center. On January 3rd, crews began the process of sanding down the old gym floor to bring the Hofstra community a professionally designed court that will be admired by students for years to come.While the sanding process made for a few dusty days around the facility, progress was quickly made, as workers sealed and then lined the new floor. Once the lining was done, the tedious job of painting the multitude of lines on the floor commenced. Watching the attention to detail that these workers had was truly something to see.
As I sit here writing this blog, the final coat of finish is continuing to dry on the new and improved floor. The renewed energy of the entire facility is palpable, as the new floor has brought a brighter, fresher feel to the building. The newly painted boundary lines are very distinct, which will provide players with a better playing experience. All in all, the new floor cements the Hofstra Fitness Center's status as a first-class facility. A big thanks goes out to Hofstra Vice President of Student Affairs Sandy Johnson, Dean of Students Pete Libman, and Senior Associate Athetic Director for Facilities Jay Artinian. Without their help and dedication, this project would never have happened.
So as you return from what I hope was a relaxing and rejuvenating winter break, make sure you stop by the Fitness Center and check out the new floor. I promise you you won't be disappointed!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Today the Division of Student Affairs staff had the opportunity to volunteer at the Mary Brennan INN. Fourteen staff members from across campus came together to volunteer and spend some time getting to know our colleagues better. We arrived at the INN at 9am and they put us right to work doing a variety of tasks from organizing the pantry, stocking food donations, organizing and hanging clothing and toiletry items and sorting items for the boutique. We took a break at 11am to meet again with all volunteers and discuss lunch service. Many of the staff were able to serve food, deliver food to the tables for families with small children and those unable to get food for themselves in the buffet line. While lunch was going on all the winter clothing items that had been sorted were brought out to the lunch room for the consumers to take if they wanted.
After lunch we cleaned and continued sorting clothing and toiletry donations. One team spent the last 45 minutes packing almost 300 shower kits for the consumers! Everyone who participated had a great time and wanted to come back for more.
We hope you have the opportunity throughout your time at Hofstra to give back to the community and if it is at the Mary Brennan INN we know your experience will be great. Throughout this holiday weekend please take the time to reflect on Martin Luther King Jr. and the community service spirit that he embodied. Enjoy the rest of the winter break and see you on the 26th for the first day of classes!
"Every man must decide if he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness." MLK Jr.
The Mary Brennan INN is always looking for volunteers and donations. Please contact the Office of Student Leadership and Activities for more information on student community service opportunities (516-463-6914 or hofstra.edu/osla). To contact the Mary Brennan INN directly call (516-486-8506).