Friday, March 14, 2014

St. Baldrick's Event Raises Record $ for Children' Cancer



It has always been the goal of the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation event at Hofstra University to raise enough money to get Provost Herman Berliner to shave his head in solidarity with children fighting childhood cancers. Every year, Dr. Berliner has said that if the school raised over $25,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, he would join in and shave his head. Over the past four years, the school has come close, but had not quite reached that $25,000 mark. This year, however, that goal was shattered. At the end of the event, students, faculty and community members alike raised over $36,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Register NOW: Hofstra Siblings Day 2014



Easily one of our favorite events every year here at Hofstra's Office of Parent and Family Programs, Siblings Day is fun-filled day and a great experience for any student with a younger sibling and/or relative. Both Hofstra commuting students and residents of any class year are invited to bring their younger sibling or relative, ages 13-17, to Hofstra for a day of games, fun and experience. Siblings Day will take place on Saturday, March 1st, 2014 from noon until late Saturday night. Games and activities include a pizza party lunch, a dodge ball tournament, scavenger hunt, a Men’s Basketball game against James Madison University, a Late-Night breakfast (one of the best traditions at Hofstra) and a sleepover for residential students.

The siblings and relatives of your Hofstra student will gain first-hand experience of living in a college environment all while having a blast with their older brother, sister, or relative! In addition, your student and sibling will be walking out of their experience with their own Siblings Day T-shirt that they can tie-dye at the late-night breakfast! You may register your student’s sibling or relative at the Siblings Day Registration Site. After registering, you MUST complete the Acknowledgement and Release form and either email it to us at parents@hofstra.edu or fax it to (516) 463-7017.

We look forward to seeing you child there and as always we welcome any questions or concerns. Please call the office at (516) 463-4698 or email us at parents@hofstra.edu!

-Craig Camara, undergraduate assistant, Class of 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

How to Talk to Your Student About Grades


We’re days away from the new Spring semester. For many parents, winter recess is a time to check-in with their students to see how well they did during the Fall semester and to help plan for the Spring semester. In a best-case scenario, your student has shared with you his or her grades, presented an official printed copy of his or her transcript, and initiated a conversation with you on their plans for the next semester. However, students can be tricky and life doesn’t always go as you planned. If your student is leaving you in the dark in regards to his or her academic progress from last semester, know that you’re not alone.
Below are our tips on how you can have a productive conversation with your student about his or her grades, as well as, campus resources available to your student throughout the year.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

“Land of the Rising Sun: Art of Japan”



Keisai Eisen, Fukagawa from the series One Hundred Famous Places in Edo for Flowers, ca. 1810-1845,
color woodcut, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Goldberg, Hofstra University Museum Collections, 74.05.17



Hofstra is keeping busy this winter season and invites you to check out a fantastic exhibit. If you’re dropping off your student for the spring semester, take a break from heavy traffic and check out the Hofstra Museum’s current exhibit, “Land of the Rising Sun: Art of Japan,” which is currently on display through February 2, 2014, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the David Filderman Gallery located inside the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library (south campus) on the ninth floor. The exhibit, which features 41 works of art and objects dating from the 16th to the 20th century, was recently covered in a New York Times article found here. Local parents will appreciate experiencing a rich exhibit without having to travel into the city.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Last Minute Hofstra Gift Ideas


Give the gift of Hofstra this season! If you’re picking up your student this week to bring them home for break or finding yourself on campus and maybe needing to do some last minute gift shopping, here are some great gifts that your student, loved ones or friends are sure to enjoy.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tips for Getting Your Student Ready For Winter at Hofstra!


As your student may have told you, it’s getting cold here at Hofstra. We have already had a couple of white mornings. While some students are used to the cold and love it, like Craig, a native Vermonter, others are going to feel father winter’s cold for the first time. Your student is probably wrapping up finals and term papers this week, but as he or she returns home for break or remains here at Hofstra for intercession classes, we would like to remind you of a few tips for getting your student ready for those cold months!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Two International Hofstra Students Experience Thanksgiving for the First Time.




During Thanksgiving break, two of our International students, Mika Nakazato (China/Japan) and Fangqi “Bridget” Xing (China), had the opportunity to experience their first American Thanksgiving at the home of fellow student, Rebecca Putorti, sophomore, in Connecticut. Here is their correspondence from after their stay.