“Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy…” Remember this ear worm that you could not get out of your head last summer? (Okay, I will admit that I kind of like the song.) Well, within the Division of Student Affairs over the summer months, our tune is call me DEFINITELY! What am I talking about? Well, in addition to all the great initiatives in place to welcome our new students described in the previous blog entry (New Student Orientation, Discovery Program, Welcome Week), we also engage in a calling initiative. That is, every single new Hofstra first-year student receives a phone call from a member of the Division of Student Affairs. Our goal is to welcome each member of the class of 2017, answer any questions they may have, and make a personal connection with them. We want each student to know that we value them as an individual and they are not just a number in the crowd.
|Jenn Christ, Director of the Multicultural & International Student Programs Office, welcomes new students to Hofstra.|
Speaking of numbers, we are reaching out to over 1600 students who are part of the incoming class, which means there are a lot of phone calls to make! Luckily, many staff within the Division pitch in to accomplish this task. For example, new students may be hearing from staff from Residential Programs, Student Counseling Services, the Dean of Students Office, or even from the Vice President for Student Affairs herself! So to all you new students out there, when your phone rings, it may just be a member of Hofstra’s Division of Students Affairs. If they say “here’s my number,” call them back- DEFINITELY!