Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Office of Off-Campus Living & Commuting Student Services: Shake a Rake, Flavors of the neighborhood, and Commuter hour in the game room

What a week the Office of Off-Campus Living and Commuting Student Services had! From student/community inclusion, to Cuban cuisine, to the commuting student hour in the game room; the commuting and off-campus students were sure involved on campus this week!

This past Saturday, over 180 students got together to volunteer for our annual Shake a Rake program. The students were ready and roaring at 9 a.m. to make a difference in a senior community member’s day. The students enjoyed a breakfast together, and then dispersed in groups with rakes in hand to go rake the yards of community members in need.

The students raked the leaves in the yards of 19 homes in the Hofstra vicinity, and helped beautify two community parks.

The community members were extremely grateful to have this experience with the students, many of them home bound due to health issues. The students’ visits to the homes lifted the community members’ spirits and made them feel like students really do care for them and the community. Many of the citizens chatted with the volunteers and expressed their deep gratitude for the student's actions.

 The students also felt very grateful for the experience. They knew that what they were doing was so much more than raking leaves, rather, lending a hand to people who could really use the help and interaction.

A sincere thanks to the students who volunteered their time and effort on that beautiful Saturday morning!

On Thursday, November 14th, our office combined programming efforts with the Office of Multicultural and International Student Programs to take  Commuting students and international students on a Latin food-venture! Students enjoyed a sweet and savory Cuban meal at Havana Central in Garden City and immersed themselves in the Cuban culture while eating gastronomic staples such as empanadas and tamales all while enjoying the traditional Latin music and ambiance.

The commuting student hour in the game room was great fun, hosted with the Office of Student Leadership and Activities! Commuting students had the opportunity to play games, have snacks, and get to know each other during common hour on Wednesday, November 13th.  The students enjoyed playing Foosball and  video games, creating bonds with one another and further establishing themselves on campus. 

If you are a commuting or off-campus student, be sure to check your Hofstra pride email for our regularly sent newsletter to get the latest scoop on any events we are hosting to get involved! 

Cristina Pappadake-Gomez
Graduate Assistant
Office of Off-Campus Living & Commuting Student Services 


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