How long have you been at Hofstra?
14.5 years as an administrator + 4 undergraduate years
Associate Dean of Admission
Major accomplishment or contributions to Hofstra community:
Serving as a counselor and getting to know countless students and see them transition from high school to Hofstra and beyond is special.
Collecting inspirational quotes, reading books that enhance personal development, listening to country music. I am pretty good at Texas-Hold-Em poker too… though I don’t play much anymore.
Why did you go into your field?
I always wanted to be a source of inspiration and encouragement to others. Counseling and guiding others on their journey through life is great, but being there and development a great relationship with families, cheering for the students when they succeed in what they’ve set out to accomplish is the ultimate reward.
Favorite campus activity:
Admitted Student Days
It is so joyful seeing the newly admitted students deciding on where to go to school. The attendees are so happy and parents are so proud. What a beautiful environment to be part of.
Favorite Activity with the student body?
It is so great to see students find their niche in leadership on campus. That is where I met my first friend at Hofstra in 1994 . Starting our journey together and figuring out where our collegiate journey would take us helped on our path to personal development and led us to our chosen co-curricular activities where I believe we became more confident leaders among our peers.
What do you take the most “Pride” in here on campus?
Working with each student and their family to give them the personal Hofstra touch is so important.
Favorite campus eatery:
Organic Grill- what a special treat!
Favorite campus spot:
The Hofstra Hall Parlor Room holds sentimental memories for me- that is where I was interviewed by a panel for a position on the Homecoming Court.
What general advice or information about your department/services would you give students?
With regard to admission, there are so many choices when it comes to college. Get all the information, ask the tough questions of students, professors and staff and try to envision yourself as a student there. Remember to make well informed financial decisions as well and listen to the opinions of those who care most about you. But always follow your heart.
What general advice about college life would you give students?
Be open to new opportunities and be willing to emerge from your comfort zone. At the same time, be careful not to overburden yourself and be realistic about what you can handle. Ask for help when it is needed- this is not a sign of weakness- rather it is a sign of strength.
Best Hofstra memory:
The opportunity to be part of the Homecoming Court in 1997 was such an honor. Having administrators, staff and alumni support me made me feel so special.
Favorite (short) Hofstra story:
Becoming a tour guide for Hofstra Admissions as an undergraduate enhanced my confidence in myself and in my speaking abilities. I was so afraid of public speaking and had little self-confidence before I got here. I believe that this one aspect of my Hofstra experience helped shape and prepare me to enjoy a rich, full life pursuing many dreams and goals.
What do you take the most “Pride” in here on campus:
I take most pride in how Hofstra presents in Admissions process. Working with each student and their family to give them the personal Hofstra touch is so important. Our department aims to create a smooth process for students that make them feel good about themselves, so they can feel good about themselves at Hofstra.
What have you found as your “Purpose” here on campus:
I apply my passion for inspirational speaking to every aspect of my job. By inspiring self-worth in our students as entering first years, we can set them on a path of professional development and prepare them to take advantage of every opportunity college life presents.