Friday, March 30, 2012
Spring arrived early this year and we at Student Counseling have been excited to get out into the university community and meet with our students. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been partnering with student groups to provide psychoeducational workshops on a variety of mental health topics including understanding depression, stress management, and healthy relationships. Hofstra students are also taking advantage of our groups offered here at the Saltzman Center. One of our popular groups continues to be our Mindfulness Meditation group held every Tuesday at 8:00 pm. As we move toward the final part of the Spring semester, we look forward to seeing many of you at a workshop or group program. For more information on this, please visit the Student Counseling Services webpage and check out our Annoucements section.
Monday, March 26, 2012
|Key Note Speaker Mr. Van Jones doing his kick off speech|
|ACPA conference Location|
Friday, March 23, 2012
Here are my Top 10 Tips for a healthy and joyful spring at Hofstra:
1. Listen to Music that Celebrates Spring
All of us have a favorite artist or type of music that makes us want to sing out loud and puts a smile on our face. Spring is a time of joy and love, thus whatever music makes you cheerful, is the music that celebrates your spring.
2. Clear your Mind
Get rid of any negative thoughts. Don’t hold on to past mistakes or grudges. Replace all those negative spirits, with positive ones. Clear your mind and begin to think about your goals, plans, all the positive things in your life and start dreaming. Dreams are the start of something great.
3. Eat Healthy
Start fueling your body with healthy, nutritious food. You won’t believe what an impact this will have on your overall energy and happiness. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. They are yummy. Obviously, reward yourself with some chocolate. Chocolate makes you happy and sends out all those endorphins. That is a must to my “diet.”
4. Be a Frequent Visitor at the Hofstra Fitness Center
It’s never fun to work out on your own. Take some great classes offered by the Fitness Center and hard work will turn into fun. Everything else will come by itself. They offer a great variety. Take your pick between Zumba, Jazzercise, BCT, Yoga or Cycle class. Needless to say, your body will love you for it.
5. Beach Time
Who does not love the beach? Personally, it just reminds me of vacations and good times. Even if it might not be warm enough yet to go for a swim, there is nothing more fueling, calming and at the same time cheerful to me then the sound of the waves and the smell of the ocean. A long beach walk is a definite must. Long Beach and Jones Beach are nearby.
6. Splash in a Puddle
We all know springtime is not just sunshine but also brings rain. What is better though than rain on a warm day. Wear your funkiest and most colorful rain boots and be sure to splash those puddles and go back to your childhood for just a few minutes.
7. Grab a Blanket & Enjoy Hofstra’s Gorgeous Flora On a sunny day I love to bring a blanket and layout in front of Memorial Hall to soak up the sun and gaze at the beautiful flora Hofstra has to offer. Give it a try, it’s amazing for the mind and great to relax. Where’s your favorite spot on campus to soak up some sun?
8. Ralph’s is a Must
Any Hofstra student should know about Famous Italian Ices. No matter what your taste is, you will find it. My favorite is strawberry cheesecake and peanut butter and jelly ice cream. Delicious. And please don’t even waste a minute thinking about calories. Yes, you should eat healthy, but still eat what you love. I guarantee Ralph’s makes happiness, literally. At this point, I do have to confess, my teammates and I went to Ralph’s every single day during preseason. Sorry coach! That season … most successful season.
9. Attend Hofstra’s Musicfest
Musicfest at Hofstra on a warm spring day = fun times. Attend Musicfest on May 5th presented by Hofstra Concerts and OSLA. Great music, a great crowd and lots of great memories guaranteed.
10. Spring Cleaning
I never thought I would ever put this one on my list, but it can be rewarding. Have fun doing it. They actually have mops you can put on your feet to clean. I got pink ones. Slipping Hazard. Besides, there are many ways to make this fun. Turn that music up loud and get your friends to help. It will feel great afterwards. And please, don’t forget to reward yourself when the work is done. Make a trip to your favorite restaurant and treat yourself.
Follow those tips and I will guarantee you an amazing spring. Welcome the season with open arms.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Are you on Twitter? If you are, I hope you attended Tuesday night’s “Hashtag to Hired” event in the Student Center! And if you’re not on Twitter yet, you may be missing out on making new connections that could get you hired!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Hofstra held its first Greek Leadership Conference this past weekend. We had over 180 fraternity and sorority members, an outstanding turnout for a new tradition. The purpose of the conference was to provide our members with the skills needed to excel within the Hofstra community and beyond. With hopes to provide our Greek Community with leadership development, intentional dialogue, and a sense of unity, the participants were exposed to sessions about risk management, using their affiliations to network, programming, recruitment, taking the next step towards leadership, and bystander intervention. The Greeks, despite not wanting to wake up by 10am on a Saturday, found the Conference to be fulfilling.
The Conference started with a keynote from Don C. Sawyer III, M.S., M.A., a doctoral candidate and instructor of sociology in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, who spoke about his experience in Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and rising to challenge stereotypes of Greek Life on college campuses. Hofstra administrators facilitated the next two rounds of sessions, and the Conference closed with an alumni panel. Five alumni, ranging in graduation years from 1980 to 2009, spoke about their experience of being a member of Greek Life at Hofstra University and how it helped them mature into the successful men and women they are today.
I would like to thank Gerard Brogdon, Joseph Gebbie, Robyn Kaplan, Sarah Young, and Jackson George for being presenters throughout this conference. All in all, we had a lot of positive remarks from students about the experience, and we are hoping that we have paved the road for an annual leadership development opportunity for our fraternities and sororities. We hope to involve more members from the Hofstra community in the future, so if you’re interested in getting more involved, contact Mario Bolanos (Assistant Director for the Office of Student Leadership and Activities).
Posted by Mario Bolanos, Assistant Director for the Office of Student Leadership and Activities
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Everyone was covered in green with fun heads and customs. This was such a great event and adding to that it was for a good cause. All net proceeds benefit the Hofstra University Scholarship Fund.
I really enjoyed watching how people in the U.S. celebrate their ancestry and roots. It always has been amazing to me when friends tell me about all their various backgrounds, as most Europeans just have one single ancestry. I for example, am only German. I love the multiculturalism. It is this melting pot atmosphere that I really love about this country.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
DKMS is the world's largest marrow donor center. Too often when a bone marrow transplant is the cure there simply isn't a donor. The DKMS mission is to fight blood cancer and save lives by registering bone marrow donors for patients in need.
In cooperation with DKMS, Hofstra co-hosted a bone marrow drive, in conjunction with the university’s semi-annual blood drive, for former student Dionis Guerrero Baez, who is battling leukemia.
Yesterday's event was a great success with 84 people receiving swabs to join the international registry.
Help somebody else to live. This inspired everyone, including me. I am now officially a proud, registered bone marrow donor. There is no better feeling than knowing you can possibly save somebody's life. I truly hope my bone marrow will match Dionis Guerrero Baez's or anybody else's in the world. I am so glad Hofstra supports this cause. It encouraged me to do so, and hopefully many others. You can make a difference.
Share your love and you will receive love. I know we will find a match for Dionis Guerrero Baez to enable him to live the life he dreams of and be able to fulfill his wish to resume his studies at Hofstra University. I cannot wait to see him walk through campus, healthy, with a smile on his face. YOU can help make this happen. I hope I did.
If you missed the event yesterday, then you can visit the DKMS website and register online. You will receive your Do-It-Yourself cheek swab kit in the mail, collect your sample and send it to the lab for tissue typing.
You might be a match and help somebody else to live the life they dream of.
Monday, March 12, 2012
|All the locations and dates for info sessions.|
Friday, March 9, 2012
Spring is just around the corner and for many of us here at Hofstra, that means it's time to get our spring haircuts! For the 5th year, and my 3rd year as a participant, the Hofstra Men's Roller Hockey Team will be holding their annual St. Baldrick's Day event. The event will take place next Wed., March 14th, during common hour in the Student Center Atrium. This is a collective effort by students, faculty, and members of the administration. Last year almost $10,000 was raised in support of children's cancer research.
HERE (or go to stbaldricks.org, and enter Hofstra University event) to donate money for this worthwhile cause. And please be sure to stop by the atrium on Wed., 3/14, to cheer us on. Men's basketball coach Mo Cassaro will be on hand as well. Hope to see you there. Best, Dean Libman
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012 @12:01AM – Open now to all current Hofstra Students
Monday, March 5, 2012 for Undergraduate Seniors (90 credits earned)
Monday, March 12, 2012 for Undergraduate Juniors (60 credits earned)
Monday, March 19, 2012 for Undergraduate Sophomores (30 credits earned)
Monday, March 26, 2012 for Undergraduate Freshman (less than 30 credits earned)
HAPPY REGISTRATION FROM THE CUA!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Every woman has a story and many of them have very special ones.Women's Herstory Month honors the history of women and their role and empowerment over time. Even more important though, it is told from the view of a woman. Women tell their stories of struggles, strengths, empowerment, education and growth. Their stories come from heart and personal experience, which make them so real and relatable.
Even though nowadays women outnumber men in American colleges, this has only been a recent trend. Women's history and empowerment have come a long way with a long road ahead still.
There are still many work fields, where men clearly outnumber women. Some of those areas are computer science, engineering and mathematics. Those areas are the so-called STEM fields. There is a lack of such areas in the U.S. overall, but specifically a lack of female participation. Hofstra does support a center for STEM research and encourages change and growth. Once women start learning more about such fields in their early childhood as now introduced, soon to be, we will have many female scientists, mathematicians and engineers. And who knows, women might soon outnumber men here too. I personally made a start with choosing to pursue a Masters in Computer Science.
Chaundra Daniels always seems to be the center of attention. With her impeccable charisma and sense of humor, she catches everybody's ear. It was inspiring to hear her talk and learn about her accomplishments and the big heart she has. Chaundra helps out many people in need to keep dreaming and make those dreams become a reality by getting them focused on an education and a career.
The opening reception was a great introduction for many more Herstory Month events to come. Go listen to those strong women out there. They are right near you, maybe just right next to you. They inspired me and I am sure they will inspire you.
Tell us your story.
The Office of Residential Programs likes to recognize Resident Assistants each month who go above and beyond in their role as an RA and stand out as truly inspiring individuals. For the month of February we want to congratulate Brittany Hinds, Gareth James, and Nicole Burke for their outstanding achievements!
RA of the Month:
Brittany Hinds: RA in Bruekelen House in the Netherlands. Brittany has been an RA at Hofstra for three semesters. She started working in the Graduate Residence Hall and then moved to the Netherlands this year; certainly not an easy transition! Brittany has an amazing attitude and personality. She is outgoing, personable and really takes the time to get to know the staff and residents. She has great relationships with them and is willing to help a fellow staff member in need. She knows quite a bit about her residents and their concerns, and is always caring and sensitive to the needs of first-year students. Brittany is exactly the opposite of the typical outgoing, burned out RA. She is three months shy of graduation and has already secured a job, but has only increased her dedication and hard work for the department. Thanks Brittany for all you do!
Program of the Month:
Presented by Gareth James and Nicole Burke. This dynamic duo presented a program creatively named “A Kiwi Is Coming”. This program was excellent and successful on several levels: Gareth James is an international student from New Zealand. He used this program as a way for residents to get to know more about him, learn about another country and learn about what it’s like for international students at Hofstra. The staff hosted a jeopardy game with a variety of facts about Gareth’s home country and information about international students and the unique challenges they face. Many of his favorite snacks from his home country were available for students to try. The event was titled, “A Kiwi Is Coming” because a kiwi is the national bird AND a fruit from New Zealand which was one of the trivia questions in his game. Awesome job Nicole and Gareth!
Stay tuned next month to see who the winners will be for March!
Graduate Resident Director