Vol. 19, No. 1, Spring 2006
Allegro Con Brio Music Alumni
President - Herbert A. Deutsch '56
Alpha Phi Alumnae
President - Stephany Samuels '02, '04
Alpha Theta Beta Alumnae
President - Judy Cella Gilligan '67, '72
Our new executive board members are: President Judy Cella Gilligan '67, '72; Vice President Peggy Braun Laibach '80; Treasurer Patrice Gallo Rachlin '78; Recording Secretary Irene Urwiler Bossert '64; Corresponding Secretary Dawn Giudice '85; Historian Claire Paider Vohs '66, '69; and Immediate Past President Ann Semineri Doxsey '78. Our Hofstra Alumni Organization representatives are Sue Nolan '81, '89 and Martha Sweeney Green '68.
We attended the East End Wine Tasting in September to support the Carlin-Rudolph Scholarship, and Homecoming in October. Congratulations to our undergraduate sisters for winning the award for Most Original Float!
At our November 17 Annual Business Meeting we celebrated the 69th birthday of AOB, and presented our 2005 scholarship recipient with a certificate and gift. We are so proud to be the oldest Greek organization at Hofstra!
In January we gathered at Milleridge Inn for our holiday dinner and in February joined AOB undergrads for "AOB Through the Years."
With the help of Fred Soviero, Hofstra's director of grounds, we revitalized the AOB garden.
*Black/Hispanic Alumni Association
President - Frederick E. Davis, Jr. '85
On September 20, we hosted a successful event and general meeting at Tonic in Manhattan, where we shared good company, food and conversation. In October, we sponsored a tent at Homecoming and provided alumni with Soul/Caribbean/
American food and gifts. We would like to thank Stacey Bonello (SMB Solutions), who created BHAA bookmarks, and Chenelle Blackman '96 (TIAA-CREF), who donated many of our giveaways. In December, we enjoyed the NYC Alumni Holiday Reception in Manhattan.
If you have the opportunity, please visit the Hofstra Walk of Pride. BHAA had the honor of donating Walk of Pride bricks in memory of Deanna L. Hunter '71, '77, Kenneth M. Caldwell '93, Jeffrey M. Dingle, Noel A. Allwood, Cheryl Maynor, and Duane J. Nelson '87.
Our Scholarship and Recognition dinner, on April 22 at the Hofstra University Club, featured special guest President Stuart Rabinowitz. Last year, more than 130 people attended, and we are pleased to report that scholarship applications have already been distributed to students by Ebony Washington and Veronica Davis.
For membership applications or more information, please contact Fred Davis.
President - Glenn Gans '88, '91
The Booster Alumni recently celebrated its 20th year in existence at its annual anniversary luncheon. The luncheon was held February 5 at Domenico's Restaurant in Levittown. The afternoon was filled with good food and the conversation of new and old Hofstra friends.
This year's Booster Alumni Endowed Scholarship will soon be awarded to a member of one of Hofstra's spirit support groups. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a member of the Cheerleaders, Kick Line, Twirlers or Pep Band who exhibits outstanding school spirit. Last year's scholarship was awarded to Daniel Lantowski, Pep Band member and Hofstra Class of 2006.
Members of the Hofstra Booster Alumni Organization look forward to their summer picnic and annual miniature golf tournament. The miniature golf tournament is scheduled for July. The group has plans to raffle off many valuable prizes at this upcoming summer tournament. You and your family are guaranteed a fun-filled Sunday morning!
For more information about our popular miniature golf tournament, contact Glenn Gans. If you are a spirited Hofstra alumnus who would like to become a member of our organization, please call Valerie Anderson-Byrne '89, membership chairperson, at (631) 587-3840. Our membership fee is still only $15 for an individual and $25 for a family. New members are always welcome!
President - Jim Cusack '89
Our continuing membership and fund-raising successes have enabled us to establish a second scholarship. The Crown & Lance Alumni Athletic Endowment Program Scholarship will provide financial assistance to a male student-athlete chosen on the basis of academic and athletic achievement. We also supported the 2005 Alumni Awards Dinner and co-sponsored Football Alumni Day this past fall.
We look forward to another successful year and remind brothers to keep an eye out for 2006 membership and activity information that includes details about our fifth annual Scholarship Golf Outing, which will be held Monday, June 12 at Timber Point Golf Course and Country Club.
Contact Jim at the Email listed above, or call the Alumni Relations Office at (516) 463-6636 for more information. Recht Door Zee!
*Dance Alumni Association
President - Dina Dennis '02
Representative - Jessica Powers '01
The Dance Alumni Association received its official charter in 2005, and was welcomed into the Alumni Organization.
We hosted our first alumni reception April 23, 2005, at Dempster Hall, following the afternoon performance of the annual Spring Faculty Dance Concert. Hofstra Dance faculty, students and alumni gathered to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Dance Department and to share memories.
We most recently hosted our second annual reception on April 8, following the Saturday matinee performance of the Spring Faculty Dance Concert. The event was a great success, and thanks to all who attended in support of the Dance Alumni Association.
Anyone interested in joining the Dance Alumni Association should contact Dina Denis, Jessica Powers or the Office of Alumni Relations at (516) 463-6636.
*Delta Chi Delta Alumnae
President - Madelyn Leibowitz '64
Representative - Emily Schreiber '65, '95
Our Eighth Annual Day at the Races was held September 25 at Belmont Park Race Track. The event was a great success, raising funds in support of the Ira Leibowitz Endowed Scholarship. This year's event is tentatively scheduled for September 24. Please make plans to attend!
*Gray Wig Alumni Repertory Theater
President - Christopher Crosby '97
We wrapped up the 2005 season with our production of Ragtime. Our highly acclaimed performance capped off a season that saw record attendance, subscriptions and funds raised for scholarships. The Gray Wig also raised close to $5,000 for the Red Cross to assist in relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
At the end of January, we also wrapped up our performance of And the World Goes Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb. This musical review featured songs from hit shows likeChicago, 42nd Street and Cabaret. Our March concert showcased the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
We have two shows left! Performances include:
Stones in His Pockets, Spiegel Theater: June 8 and 15 at 8 p.m.; June 2, 9 and 16 at 8 p.m.; June 3, 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.; and June 4, 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.
Thoroughly Modern Millie, John Cranford Adams Playhouse: September 1, 8 and 15 at 8 p.m.; September 2, 9 and 16 at 8 p.m.; and September 3, 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.
For tickets and more information call the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office at (516) 463-6644, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
*Hofstra George M. Estabrook Alumni Association, Inc.
President - Kenneth Bagatelle '64
Chair - Michael Sansevero, Jr. '74
The 45th Annual George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Awards Dinner was held Saturday, November 19, at the Long Island Marriott Hotel. Awards for career achievement and alumni service were presented to Lorraine Serabian '59, Nancy Deutsch '66, James Barbour '88, Beth Levinthal '73, '75, Debra Sandler '82, Susan Striker '64 and Robert Spiotto '84. The evening was a great success!
Save the dates! Our next alumni 5K race is planned for October 29. If you are interested in entering, helping with the race, or joining the board of directors, please contact Mike Sansevero.
The 46th Annual George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Awards Dinner will be held Saturday, December 2, at the Long Island Marriott Hotel.
If you are interested in serving as a director for the Hofstra George M. Estabrook Alumni Association, please get in touch with us and we will invite you to one of our meetings.
Hofstra Radio Alumni Association
Chair, Steering Committee - Michael D'Antonio '98, '02
The Hofstra Radio Alumni Association is gearing up for the expected 2006 launch of its new interactive Web site, which will be a virtual time machine of Hofstra radio. Once launched, Hofstra alumni will be informed and encouraged to visit. We are also working closely with WRHU, Radio Hofstra University, and General Manager Bruce Avery in preparing for the 50th anniversary of Hofstra radio, planned for 2009.
Hofstra Pride Club
President - Joseph M. Margiotta '50
Director - Mark Cox '92, '01
We currently have more than 1,200 members and have raised in excess of $400,000 in membership contributions.
Our Annual Hofstra Pride Club Golf Outing will be held Thursday, June 1, at the Tam O'Shanter Golf Club.
Manchester House Alumni
President - Todd Cohen '00
Manchester House celebrated its Alumni Reunion in New York City on March 11. For information on future events, contact Todd Cohen at Manchester.House@gmail.com or visit www.ManchesterHouse.org.
Political Science Alumni
President - Simone M. Freeman '01
Are you a political science alumnus who wants to become involved? If so, check your mailbox for membership information, as our membership drive is underway!
If you have received a membership form, please send it in today! Thank you to all who mailed in 2006 membership forms and/or scholarship donations.
For more information or to request a membership form, contact Simone Freeman.
*Q-8 Alumni Association
Representative - Matthew Zvolensky '91
The Q-8 Alumni Association has been very active since receiving our charter from the Alumni Organization in 2005. In the past year we have been able to award $7,500 in scholarships to seven active members of the Pershing Rifles. Q-8 Alumni also created an "Adopt a Rifle" program to give our alumni a chance to support the Pershing Rifles and help restore Q-8's trick drill rifles in time for the re-instituted PR Invitational Drill Meet on campus this fall.
Q-8 Alumni were proud to support last year's Homecoming with a festive tailgate party that attracted Pershing Rifles Alumni from five decades. We regrouped on November 5 at the Veterans Day Salute, with another strong showing of support for Army Major Adam Roth '87, who was honored as a 2005 Veteran of the Year. We thank the Veterans Alumni Chapter for recognizing Major Roth with this award. On December 8, the Q-8 Alumni Association joined Hofstra ROTC in conducting a Retreat Ceremony to retire a flag sent from Afghanistan by Army Colonel Patrick Higgins '80.
Q-8 alumni interested in contributing to our scholarship fund, or becoming dues-paying members, can do so by visiting our Web site, www.prq8alumni.com. The Web site lists current activities, picture galleries and a directory of all Q-8 members.
School of Communication Alumni
Representative - Steve Fendell '78
We are delighted to announce that the 2005-2006 scholarship recipient is Jillian Schalk, an audio/radio major and member of the Hofstra Tennis team, who hails from Maryland. By the time she graduates in May 2006, Jillian will have interned at WCBS and FOX Radio News.
A meeting of the advisory board was held in January for planning additional events in 2006, including an alumni commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the School Of Communication.
The Alumni Association has also benefited from a raffle for tickets to the premiere of the sixth season of The Sopranos, was held earlier this spring. The tickets were graciously donated by HBO and proceeds from the raffle support the SOCAA Scholarship Fund.
School of Education and Allied Human Services Alumni
President - Jacqueline Borruso '84, '90
On Tuesday, February 7, Dr. Benedict Baglio, adjunct professor of counseling, research, special education and rehabilitation at Hofstra University, presented "The Efficacy of the New York State Standards and Assessments: The Perspective of High School Seniors."
Save the date! Our annual Spring Brunch and Alumni Arts Exhibit took place on Saturday, May 13.
We encourage you to join the School of Education & Allied Human Services Alumni Association and attend the meetings, which are ideal for networking, learning, and enjoyment. For more information contact Jackie Borruso or Shola Akintobi, Assistant Director of Alumni Programs, in the Alumni Relations Office at (516) 463-6636.
School of Law Alumni
Chair - Michael Kimack '95
*Sigma Pi Alumni
President - Jeffrey Minihane '96
In October we sponsored an alumni tent at Homecoming that was well attended, and we especially enjoyed spending time with our undergraduate brothers. One of our major objectives this year is to reconnect with the undergraduate chapter. Our goal is to strengthen and help build a better fraternity, and ultimately, a stronger alumni association for the future.
We hosted a networking/rush event December 4, attended by a group of alumni representatives that proved outstanding. We had 100-percent attendance from the fraternity and the largest rush turnout in years. More events involving our undergraduate brothers are in the works.
Look for the 2006 SPAA Newsletter in the mail, which will highlight our recent events and our overwhelming fund-raising success. It will also include our 2006 calendar of events, and information about the re-launch of our alumni Web site.
Our signature event, the Seventh Annual Sigma Pi Alumni Golf Outing, which benefits the Joseph Ades Endowed Memorial Scholarship, is scheduled for Monday, July 17, at Timber Point Golf Course and Country Club. Last year's outing raised more than $9,000 in support of the scholarship. Please join us this year as either a golfer or sponsor. Let's make this year better than last!
Make a contribution to the SPAA and/or the Joseph Ades Endowed Memorial Scholarship today. Remember to make your gift through the Annual Fund and designate your donation to either of the above. Contact Jeff Minihane or the Alumni Relations Office at (516) 463-6636 for more information.
Upsilon Gamma Alpha/Tau Kappa Epsilon Alumni
President - James Beach '64
The brothers of UGA/TKE tailgated in support of Homecoming this past October. We will have an annual meeting date selected shortly. Stay tuned for details! Contact Jim for more information.
*Veterans Alumni Chapter
President - E. David Woycik, Jr., Esq. '77, '80
On November 5 we hosted our annual Veterans Day Salute to honor the 2005 Veterans of the Year: Lieutenant Colonel James McDuffie '77, Major Adam Roth '87 and Kenneth Tyler. More than 20 local veterans and firefighter organizations participated.
Our Annual Raffle Drawing and Ticket Holders Reception will be held Sunday, May 7, following the 23rd Annual Dutch Festival. This is the final year we plan to conduct the raffle, so don't miss your chance to win substantial cash prizes! Tickets are $100 each, and only 225 tickets will be sold. All proceeds benefit the Veterans Alumni Chapter Endowed Scholarship.
To become a member or to purchase raffle tickets, contact Noel Correnti in the Alumni Relations Office at (516) 463-6636.
*Zarb School of Business Alumni
Contacts - Jason McKenna '96
Chair, B.B.A. Alumni
Howard Kahn '83
Chair, M.B.A./M.S. Alumni
Ed Fred '02
Chair, E.M.B.A. Alumni
(631) 586-5200 ext. 114
The Zarb School of Business Alumni Association was very busy this fall with its Executive Speaker Series, which included Steven Krauser, president of Network Associates; Andrew Goodman, senior vice president of Computer Associates; and, most recently, Ellen Deutsch '81, '91, senior vice president and CEO of The Hain Celestial Group.
In October, Steve Krauser spoke to Zarb alumni about professional networking skills and winning strategies for achieving successful professional relationships. In November, Andrew Goodman, sharing his technological expertise, discussed "Best Practices and Hiring Trends for Technology-Related Businesses." Hofstra alumna Ellen Deutsch wrapped up the fall series in December with a winning presentation on "Effective Global Branding" and how The Hain Celestial Group has achieved it with its various product lines, such as Celestial Seasonings Tea and Terra Chips.
On March 8, Kathryn Marinello '84, president and CEO of GE Commercial Finance, Fleet Services, discussed "Leadership Development in the 21st Century: How GE Stays on Top." Paid members of the Zarb School of Business Alumni Association receive discounted admission to these events.
If you have not done so yet, become a member of our association and connect with fellow business alumni. For more information, please contact Shola Akintobi, assistant director of alumni programs, at (516) 463-6636 or Email Devaoa@hofstra.edu.
CHAPTERS IN FORMATION
LGBT Alumni Association
Contact - Larry Russell
The creation of an LGBT scholarship and a Queer Studies Program at Hofstra signals a new era for the Long Island gay community. The LGBT faculty would like to invite all LGBT alumni to join with us to celebrate these advances and perhaps to launch an LGBT alumni association that could promote these and similar undertakings.
Those interested should contact Larry Russell at Larry.E.Russell@hofstra.edu.
Alumni Book Club
The Alumni Book Club has been busy. Recent discussions include Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and Night by Elie Wiesel, and a pot luck lunch and movie viewing of the classic film Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe,.
The next Book Club meeting will be held June 4, to discuss Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. 1 by Blanche Wiessen Cook.
If you are interested in joining the Alumni Book Club, contact the Alumni Relations Office at (516) 463-6636.
GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade)
Contact - Vincent Lopes '01
GOLD is in the process of organizing area socials for New York City and Nassau County this spring. If you would like to participate in the planning of these events or would like more information, please Email Vincent Lopes.
*Hofstra Alumni Recruitment Team (HART)
This fall, HART volunteers were busy recruiting prospective students by participating in college fairs, adopting high schools in their areas and participating in on-campus recruitment events.
On November 13, HART volunteers came to Hofstra to assist the Admissions Office during Fall Open House. HART volunteers were there to help prospective students and their families with questions, while providing insight into academic departments and majors, as well as personally conveying their experiences as Hofstra students. HART volunteers also assisted in a Legacy Reception in the Alumni Parlor of Hofstra Hall, where alumni and their children gathered with HART volunteers, Alumni Relations and Admissions staff.
If you would like to get involved as a HART volunteer, please contact Julie in the Alumni Relations Office at (516) 463-6636 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit www.hofstra.edu/alumni for more information.
*Hofstra CAN! (Career Assistance Network)
Last semester, we once again took the CAN! program directly to the students. During Career Week and The Career Center Open House, more than 150 students signed up for a mentor through Hofstra CAN! Starting this winter, CAN! partnered with the Athletics Department to serve student-athletes. Athletics is assisting us in recruiting more alumni mentors so we can continue to increase our pool of volunteers.
During Career Week, we were pleased to bring Alan Nierenberg '63 back to campus for a presentation titled "Winning the Interview Game." Alan's presentation, as well as his book of the same name, taught students and professionals alike the strategies necessary to "win over" prospective employers during an interview. Feedback from students and alumni attending the event was fabulous.
If you or an alumnus you know are interested in becoming a CAN! volunteer, please contact Vincent Federici at (516) 463-6636 or Vincent.Z.Federici@hofstra.edu.
Regional Alumni Chapters
Sharing Pride Nationwide
Nassau County, NY
Suffolk County, NY
New York City
Northern New Jersey
West Coast Florida
To learn more about regional chapter events and how you can get involved, contact your local alumni chapter chair or visit www.hofstra.edu/Alumni.
*Nassau County Chapter
Chair - Michael Devlin '89
On December 14, Nassau alumni gathered for a cocktail reception prior to the Hofstra vs. Stony Brook Men's Basketball game. Alumni were joined by Men's Basketball Coach Tom Pecora and Athletic Director Jack Hayes.
*Suffolk County Chapter
Chair - Michelle Gordon-Robey '93
The Suffolk Chapter held an East End Wine Tasting at the Chowder Pot Pub in Greenport. The event, spearheaded by the Carlin-Rudolph Scholarship Committee, helped raise more than $9,000 in support of the Carlin-Rudolph Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Local vineyards, such as Lenz, Pugliese and Bedell, showcased some of the area's top wines.
The Suffolk Chapter is in the process of planning a spring networking social. Contact Michelle Gordon-Robey if you would like to join the committee or for more information.
*New York City Chapter
Chair - Michael Ayres '93
On September 20, 2005, the chapter spent the evening watching the Yankees take on Baltimore. On December 6, 2005, the NYC Chapter capped off the year with its annual holiday party at Club 101 in Manhattan. NYC alumni enjoyed a festive evening with food, music, networking and remarks from President Stuart Rabinowitz.
The NYC Alumni Chapter meets bi-monthly. All alumni who live and/or work in the New York City area are encouraged to join the committee and support local events. Please contact David Sarnoff if you are interested.
*Northern New Jersey Chapter
Chair - Dino Catozzo '92
On February 16, alumni in northern New Jersey met at Mayfair Farms for a networking social and to recruit chapter members and leadership. If you would like to join the committee, please contact Dino Catozzo.
Chair - Doug Fox '93
On November 11, the Greater Boston Chapter gathered for breakfast before watching Pride Football take on Northeastern. The event was held at the Sheraton, Newton, and was hosted by Paul Brady '83, CEO of Mazu Networks. The Boston Chapter is looking for volunteers to help lead the chapter and plan and host events. A networking social is being scheduled in the spring, with more details to follow. Contact Doug Fox if you are interested in serving on the committee or for more information.
*Washington D.C. Chapter
Chair - Ed Carp '88
The Washington D.C. Metro Area Chapter hosted an area alumni reception at the Army Navy Club in Washington, D.C., on September 23, 2005, with special guest President Stuart Rabinowitz. Prior to the event, the chapter held a meeting to organize leadership and the chapter committee.
If you would like to participate in chapter events or join the chapter committee, please contact Ed Carp.
*South Florida Chapter
Chair - Herb Scolnik '54
On November 12, Hofstra University Trustee Terence Smolev '66 and wife Phyllis sponsored a South Florida brunch at the Woodfield Country Club. Area alumni gathered to reconnect and learn about the formation of the South Florida Chapter Leadership Committee.
If you want to get involved with the South Florida Chapter (Boca Raton/Ft. Lauderdale area) or if you have event ideas, contact Herb Scolnik.
West Coast Florida Chapter
Chair - Bob Benjamin '54
In March the West Coast Florida Chapter cheered for the Pride Softball team at the Adidas Invitational Tournament in Clearwater, Florida. The chapter also hosted a dessert reception for the team at the Cove Cay Country Club on March 9. If you want to get involved or have event ideas, Bob Benjamin would appreciate hearing from you!
*Los Angeles Chapter
Chair - Brian Rabinovitz '93
On January 26, the Los Angeles Chapter gathered at the Cypres Family Sports Museum in Los Angeles. The event was sponsored and hosted by Gary Cypres '66, enabling alumni and friends to network and enjoy a unique and exclusive facility. The 30,000-square-foot museum, which is not open to the public, houses one of the largest private sports collections in the world. Thanks, Gary!
If you want to get involved with the Los Angeles Chapter, please contact Brian Rabinovitz.
Chair - Jeremy Gussick '98
The Philadelphia Chapter will be hosting a reception to recruit members and leadership for their newly formed chapter this spring. For more information please contact Jeremy Gussick.
San Diego Chapter
Chair - Amy Spintman '85
The San Diego Chapter is recruiting members and leadership for committees. For more information please contact Amy Spintman.
*San Francisco Chapter
Chair - Jeanine Narita '89
The San Francisco Chapter hosted a social at the World Trade Club in San Francisco on January 28. Alumni from Northern California came to meet one another and learn about the newly formed chapter committee. For more information on the San Francisco Chapter, please contact Jeanine Narita.