Hofstra Responds to Superstorm Sandy
The past few weeks have been a test of our region and our community. While the Hofstra campus made it through the storm with minimal loss, mostly to trees, many faculty, staff and students sustained great damage, and in some cases, total loss - of their homes, cars and possessions. This has been a storm, and a time, like no other in our memory, and it will take a long time to get past the trauma that many in our community have suffered and continue to suffer.
Times like this, however, are the true test of the character of a community, and in the aftermath of the losses incurred during Hurricane Sandy, the Hofstra community has been extraordinarily generous, running supply, food and blood drives. Many of you have personally volunteered in efforts in Long Beach, Freeport, the Rockaways, Island Park and Staten Island, and I know of entire departments who provided shelter, comfort and assistance to students and colleagues. Student Affairs, the Provost’s Office, Facilities and Operations, the Counseling Center and Human Resources have all responded to the call, providing emergency housing, referrals, counseling and support. Each of you, departments and individuals alike, have all responded with great warmth and generosity, and I have never been prouder to be a member of the Hofstra community than I am today.
Our work, however, is not complete. Even the best insurance coverage and the ongoing relief efforts and grants undertaken by others will not make those with great losses whole, and while no amount of money will give people back everything they have lost, we can try, as the Hofstra family, to do everything we can to provide comfort and assistance.
- Announcing the Hofstra University Community Disaster Relief Fund
- Hurricane Sandy Digital Photograph Project
- Lackmann Donates to Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy
- Students: Reaching Out to Faculty Following Hurricane Sandy
- Deadlines and Other Changes Following Hurricane Sandy
- Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI)
- NEFCU Working with Hofstra to Rebuild Our Community
- How we’re helping on-campus
- Message from Human Resources – Share a Ride
- Cancellations and postponements (Please read!)
Announcing the Hofstra University Community Disaster Relief Fund
I am pleased to announce the Hofstra University Community Disaster Relief Fund, to assist full-time Hofstra employees and students who have suffered losses due to Hurricane Sandy. The fund will be managed by an advisory committee organized through our Human Resources Department and will disburse grants to fulltime employees and students who suffered loss due to the hurricane and who complete the necessary paperwork. Our goal is to provide grants of up to $500 - $1000 to each person who qualifies for relief. All monies raised will be spent solely for hurricane relief.
In addition, I am pleased to announce the University will match funds, up to $50,000, raised for the Relief Fund.
We now ask that you be as generous as your means allow, to help the many, many members of our community we estimate suffered great losses. You can donate to the fund by check (made payable to Hofstra University, with the note “Sandy” in the memo) and send the check to the Office of Development in Hofstra Hall. To donate online, please go to www.hofstra.edu/giving and follow the procedures for making a gift. Click “other” when you reach the gift designation section. At that point, please type in SANDY and your gift will be designated to the Fund.
For those who would like to be considered for a Sandy relief grant, please complete the application available on the portal. Because we’d like to provide some small measure of relief to our community before the holidays, we will ask that applications be returned by Monday, November 19, 2012.
Thank you for your continued generosity.
Multimedia: Students Step Up for Sandy Relief Efforts
As Hurricane Sandy was a weather event of historic proportions, the Long Island Studies Institute is making a public call for digital photographs that document the effects of this devastating storm on Long Island. Our plan is to preserve and arrange these photographs and, in the future, make them available to researchers. Should you care to contribute a digital image(s) to this project, please send it/them as e-mail attachments to LISI@hofstra.edu. Any descriptive information (e.g., date and location) that you can provide will be greatly appreciated. As fellow Long Islanders we understand the gravity of this tragic event, and we pledge to process these materials with sensitivity and decorum. All attribution will be given to photographers, please provide all information.
Note: Please send only photographs of which you are the copyright holder. All photographs contributed to the project become the property of Hofstra University.
The Long Island Studies Institute, which is part of the Hofstra University Special Collections Department, is a major center for local history research.
Thanks to our food service vendor, Lackmann Culinary Services, for their generous donation to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The food you donated fed over 250 people on Wednesday, 11/7 - Long Beach residents, medics, National Guardsmen, firefighters and many other first responders.
Students: Reaching Out to Faculty Following Hurricane Sandy
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, please reach out to your faculty members should you have any problems with getting to campus or completing your assignments. If it is not possible to reach out to all of your faculty members, we ask that you contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your ID (700#), contact information, and the courses in question. Someone will follow up, as appropriate.
Deadlines and Other Changes Following Hurricane Sandy
We have instituted the following changes in response to Hurricane Sandy:
- Classes will extend through Friday December 14th
- Finals will be given from Saturday, December 15th through Thursday, December 20th; the specific revised final schedule will be posted online shortly at www.hofstra.edu/finalexams
- The course withdrawal deadline has been extended to Monday, December 3rd
- Incompletes: You also have the option of reaching out to your faculty to request an Incomplete grade if it will be impossible for you to complete all requirements for your course(s) by the end of this semester.
o The deadline for filing a Pass/Fail form has been extended to Monday, December 3rd. Please note that the original deadline has already passed. However, in an effort to be as flexible and compassionate as possible, we have extended this deadline. Forms must be filed by December 3rd; no retroactive forms will be accepted.
o For this Fall 2012 semester only, we are permitting students to file a Pass/Fail form for courses that are normally not eligible to be taken on that basis (e.g., WSC 1 & 2, distribution courses, courses taken in fulfillment of any language requirement, courses required in the major or minor field, Zarb School of Business courses). You will have to file a Pass/Fail form by the December 3rd deadline for each course.
o Note: Taking a course(s) on a Pass/Fail basis might have potential ramifications (e.g., pre-med courses for those intending to apply to medical school). Please reach out to your adviser – in the Center for University Advisement or your faculty adviser, as appropriate.
Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI)
Long Island residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy can access important regional, statewide and national web links and hurricane relief information by visiting the Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI) website www.cdcli.org CDC offers several programs that may be able to assist Long Island residents, including its Emergency Home Loan Repair Program.
NEFCU Working with Hofstra to Rebuild Our Community
Hurricane Sandy has brought hardship and many challenges to our area. NEFCU employees will be on campus to discuss special Hurricane Relief Programs available to the Hofstra Community.
Date: Thursday, November 8th and Friday, November 9th
Time: 10:00AM -2:00PM
Place: The Plaza Rooms in the Student Center
If you are unable to attend these sessions, call our Hurricane Hotline at 516-714-2928 or visit any NEFCU branch for assistance.
According to NEFCU, they have programs that offer the following:
- *Hurricane Relief Loan – Apply for a personal loan with a low fixed interest rate of 1% APR** for the first year, and benefit from an optional 90-day deferral of your first payment. After one year, the rate will revert to the prevailing rate on the day of application (as low as 9.49% **APR).
- *1% Discount on Auto Loans – Purchase a quality pre-owned vehicle from Enterprise Car Sales and receive a full 1% discount off our already low rates, plus an optional 90-day deferral of your first payment. Members can lock-in a rate as low as 1.29% APR** for the term of the loan.
- *Auto Loan Payment Deferral – Apply for any NEFCU Auto Loan and receive an optional 90-day payment deferral.
- *0% Rate on Credit Card Home Improvement Purchases – Receive a 0% APR** for 6 months on all purchases made at major home improvement retailers with your NEFCU Platinum VISA® Credit Card. Visit www.myNEFCU.org for more information on our VISA credit card program or for credit limit increase information.
- Hardship Loan Considerations – Existing Members with NEFCU loans who have experienced a hardship as a result of the storm are encouraged to speak with us and we will be happy to work with you to address your concerns.
All loan programs with the exception of our VISA Credit Card program are available now through January 31, 2013. Our credit card program will be available November 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013.
For more information on these programs, contact us at the number below or send us a secure e-mail by logging into Home Banking at www.myNEFCU.org/home-banking.
We Are Here To Help With a Special Hurricane Hotline- 516-714-2928
Dedicated representatives are here to help you during regular business hours with your hurricane related questions.
Please know that our thoughts and well wishes go out to you and your family and we look forward to working with you to rebuild our community.
*Loans subject to credit approval and rates/terms are determined by applicant’s credit history.
**APR = Annual Percentage Rate
A message from Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz
The past week has been difficult for all of us who lived through Hurricane Sandy, and almost all Long Islanders have had to deal with tremendous inconvenience, such as the loss of power, heat, water, cable; disruptions to work; terrible traffic and long gas lines. On the Hofstra campus, we’ve been fortunate to have power and food for most of the past week, thanks in great part to our dedicated facilities and public safety personnel and Lackmann staff.
However, in the past few days it has become terribly clear that for many members of the Hofstra family, their lives have been irrevocably changed. We have spoken to many employees, faculty and students who have lost homes and cars, people looking for shelter, food and clothing, friends and colleagues who have lost everything. Those all around us are in shock, still assessing the damage to their lives, not knowing when they will be able to get home.
It is imperative that we respond to our community in this time of need.
In the days since the storm, we have begun the following:
We will begin our supply drive to assist the victims of Hurricane Sandy. We are working with the Long Beach distribution network, an informal network bringing food and supplies into central Long Beach and managed by the City of Long Beach. They are asking for non-perishable food items (that do not require preparation; pop-top cans preferred); gluten-free food; water; cleaning supplies such as air fresheners, brooms, Lysol, other cleaning supplies; personal items such as mouthwash, cotton balls, first-aid kits, floss; and miscellaneous items such as AAA batteries, plastic storage bins. NO CLOTHES PLEASE. They are currently at capacity with clothing donations. Drop-off points will be established on Monday morning at Hofstra Hall (lobby); Student Center Main Dining Room; Alumni House; Adams Playhouse; Continuing Education and Hagedorn Hall.
Some on campus resources that may be helpful to students:
Center for University Advisement: 463-6770
Student Counseling Center: 463-6791
Health and Wellness Center: 463-6745
Residential Programs: 463-6930
Thank you for your patience.
The Exchange (Sandy's List):
We've established a place on the portal where people can advertise donations or needs they have. If you have a room or apartment available, if you need an apartment or a couch or a used textbook, if you have kitchen items or bedding to donate to someone, this exchange will allow our community to match needs with donations. It is available at https://my.hofstra.edu/Home/main/SList.jsp
The University offers employees a Share-A-Ride Program that assist employees interested in Carpooling. Employees are encouraged to take advantage of the Share-A-Ride Program this difficult situation. Employees can access the Employee Share-A-Ride Program through the Hofstra Portal at http://my.hofstra.edu/Employee/main/Employee_support_hrsharearide.jsp
After you submit your interest to Share-A-Ride you will need to check your email for responses from other employees interested in carpooling to coordinate the locations and times for pick-up.
University's Share-A-Ride Program is also available to students. Students interested in participating in the Share-A-Ride should contact the Office of Commuting Students.
First-year registration change
Due to continued power outages, the sophomore class’ ability to register has been significantly impacted this week. Therefore, we have postponed Freshmen registration to open 12:01am on Monday, 11/12.
Please call or stop by the Center for University Advisement to schedule or reschedule an advisement appointment (516) 463-6770, 101 Memorial Hall; (516) 463-7222, 107 Student Center. Note: The first-year registration celebration originally scheduled for Sunday, November 4th, in the Netherlands cafeteria will be rescheduled. More information will be sent early next week.
Sustainability conference and Diversity Banquet
Hofstra University's Celebration of Suburban Diversity banquet, scheduled for Nov. 8, has been postponed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. We will reschedule as soon as possible.
Because of the continuing challenges facing our community in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the University has decided to postpone the conference, From the Outside In: Sustainable Futures for Global Cities and Suburbs, that was to be held on our campus November 8-10, 2012.
We will reschedule this conference as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The problems caused by Hurricane Sandy indicate a need to add a new focus for the conference on suburban resiliency. We will highlight some of the emerging issues brought out by this disaster in new sessions that we will organize for the rescheduled event.
From the Office of Professional Development Services:
We apologize that the PE Consortium Dance Workshop scheduled for Monday, 11/5/12, 4-6:30 pm was canceled.
Due to continuing difficulties resulting from Hurricane Sandy, the Reading/Writing Learning Clinic at the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center will not be holding individual or small group literacy sessions on November 5, 6 or 7. We anticipate resuming the clinic’s full schedule of literacy services Thursday, November 8, 2012. Please call (516) 463-5805 to confirm that literacy classes will be in session.