The HUHC Faculty mentor program helps us to grow as a community by broadening and deepending relationships among students and their faculty. Faculty Mentors sponsor informal cultural and intellectual events like New York City trips to the theater, museums, and historical sights. They also lead students in purely fun activities such as Mets and Yankees games, ocean kayaking, apple picking, and hiking. Finally, our Faculty Mentors are liaisons and co-leaders in a variety of social service programs such as tutoring in local schools or working with a nearby food bank and shelter. In these ways HUHC students often discover new things about themselves while meeting others with whom they share common interests and passions.
HUHC Faculty Mentors serve all HUHC students. They hold hours in the lounges of our residential complex (Liberty/Republic) as well as in and around the HUHC offices where they engage in informal conversations, provide academic advice and occasionally academic instruction. We foster these forms of informal contact with faculty because we know that students learn better when they see their faculty as partners in the learning process. By expanding HUHC student access to faculty outside the classroom we extend the learning process in new and exciting ways.
Raymond N. Greenwell earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics from the University of San Diego, and an M.S. in Statistics, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Michigan State University. Since 1983 he has been at Hofstra University, where he is currently Professor of Mathematics, as well as coach for the Putnam Mathematical Competition team. He has published articles on statistics, fluid mechanics, mathematical biology, genetic algorithms, combinatorics, undergraduate mathematics education, and diverse applications of mathematics. He is coauthor with Margaret L. Lial and Nathan P. Ritchey of the texts Finite Mathematics and Calculus with Applications, published by Addison-Wesley. He is active in the Mathematical Association of America, and has served the Metropolitan New York Section as Chair (1999-2001) and Governor (2002-2005). He is also a member of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences. He loves outdoor activities, including boogie boarding, surfing, hiking, and cross-country skiing, and he leads trips with the Sierra Club’s Inner City Outings Program. He enjoys involving HUHC students in any of these activities, as well as in music and theater events both on- and off-campus. He is also the advisor for the Hofstra Christian Fellowship.
Lauren Kozol is currently the Faculty Teaching Fellow in Honors College and Associate Adjunct Professor in the Writing Studies Department at Hofstra University. She received her B.A. from Columbia University and her PhD in English Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, which won the Robert Adams Day Award for “the best dissertation involving interdisciplinary work.” She also holds a Professional Certificate in Music Composition from Berkeley College of Music and has done further studies in connection with Mannes and the Juilliard School. In addition, she participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar on Literature and the Visual Arts. Her primary area of scholarly research is avant-garde collaborations among poets, composers and artists in the 20th and 21st century. Before coming to Hofstra, Dr. Kozol was the Director of Academic Writing at Manhattanville College and Research Assistant Professor at Polytechnic University where she won prizes for “outstanding and dedicated service” and as “Faculty Advisor of the Year” for her work with the Performing Arts Club. As well as teaching traditional writing and literature classes, she has offered interdisciplinary courses in the arts, Professional Writing for Artists and Architects, Contemporary Theater, and Latino Culture in New York. She enjoys collaborating with students both academically and creatively and has run workshops for them with professional actors, musicians and orchestral conductors in the city. Her most ambitious excursion to date involved co-leading a semester abroad program at Polytechnic in which she took twenty-three students to seven countries in Asia – China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. Outside the university, her favorite activities include writing poetry, composing music, and playing the piano in chamber groups.
Sina Y. Rabbany is the Nerken Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Hofstra. He earned a B.S.E., M.S.E., and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. From 2001-2004, Dr. Rabbany served as the chairperson of the Department of Engineering, and has directed the Bioengineering Program since its inception in 1990. His current area of scholarly activities is in the field of cellular and tissue engineering as applied to the vascular system. The research applies engineering principles to the advancements being made in the differentiation of embryonic stem (ES) cells toward engineering vascularized tissue. He has published articles on cardiac mechanics, biosensors, leukemia, mobilization of marrow-derived stem cells, and stem cell differentiation into angiomyogenic and vascular tissue. He enjoys serving all HUHC students and engaging them in social, cultural, and intellectual activities outside the classroom.
Holly J. Seirup is currently an Assistant Professor in the Counseling program in the School of Education, Health and Human Services. Dr Seirup earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Springfield College in Massachusetts, before coming to Hofstra in 1982. She earned her doctorate degree from Hofstra University in Educational Administration in 1995. Before joining the faculty in 2006, Dr Seirup held various positions in Student Affairs at Hofstra.
Dr. Seirup is an active member of professional and community organizations. She serves on the President’s Advisory Council for the Nassau County Coalition of Domestic Violence, the Board of the Eglevsky Ballet, secretary of the board for Long Island Middle and High School, and was named by the Nassau County Girl Scouts to the list of 90 Women in 90 Years. She has presented seminars at numerous conferences on a variety of topics ranging from the impact of campus life programs on students collegiate experience, mental health issues on the college campus, the transition from high school to college, safety issues in schools, and issues regarding women in management. As a mentor, Dr Seirup collaborates with students in the HUHC service corps regarding volunteer opportunities at the Mary Brenan INN (Interfaith Nutritional Network). She holds regular office hours at Liberty/Republic, and has hosted a number of trips including a tour of the UN, the Bayville Scream Park, the Radio City Spectacular, and a trip to Broadway to see Spam a lot.