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University Relations

University Relations Staff Information

Melissa Connolly

Melissa Connolly
Vice President
University Relations
Hofstra Hall
Phone: (516) 463-4160
Fax: (516) 463-5146
Email | Bio

Ginny Greenberg

Ginny Greenberg
Director for University Relations
University Relations
Axinn Library
Phone: (516) 463-6819
Fax: (516) 463-4358
Email

Anthony P. Sarchiapone

Anthony P. Sarchiapone
Executive Director of Advertising and Digital Marketing
University Relations
Oak Street Center
Phone: (516) 463-6712
Email

Alicia Battinelli

Alicia Battinelli
Director for Advertising
University Relations
Hofstra Hall
Phone: (516) 463-6902
Fax: (516) 463-5146
Email

Kristine M. Glanzer

Kristine Glanzer
 Communications Coordinator
University Relations
Hofstra Hall
Phone: (516) 463-5521
Fax: (516) 463-5146
Email

Debra Cohen

Debra Cohen
Content Producer
University Relations
Axinn Library
Phone: (516) 463-7781
Fax: (516) 463-4358
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Aliyah Harith

Aliyah Harith
Content Producer/PR Assistant
University Relations
Axinn Library
Phone: (516) 463-6907
Fax: (516) 463-4358
Email

Johanna Farrell

Johanna Farrell
Event Manager
University Relations
Hofstra Hall
Phone: (516) 463-8809
Fax: (516) 463-5146
Email

Carley Weinstein

Carley Weinstein
Associate Director of Public Relations for Digital Engagement
University Relations
Axinn Library
Phone: (516) 463-6053
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Karla Schuster

Karla Schuster
Assistant Vice President
University Relations
Axinn Library
Phone: (516) 463-6493
Fax: (516) 463-4358
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Neena Samuel

Neena Samuel
Associate Director of Public Relations
University Relations
Axinn Library
Phone: (516) 463-6816
Fax: (516) 463-4358
Email

Francis Rizzo III

Francis Rizzo III
Assistant Vice President
Creative Services
University Relations
Butler Annex
Phone: (516) 463-4428
Fax: (516) 463-5277
Email

Janine Macedo

Janine Macedo
Director, Print and Mail Services
University Relations
Butler Annex
Phone: (516) 463-4737
Fax: (516) 463-4711
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Kelvin Fonville

Kelvin Fonville
Creative Director
University Relations
Butler Annex
Phone: (516) 463-7404
Fax: (516) 463-4711
Email

Linda Merklin

Linda Merklin
Director
Editorial Services
Butler Annex
Phone: (516) 463-6884
Fax: (516) 463-5277
Email

Brian D. Potts

Brian D. Potts
Director
Hofstra Media Productions
Herbert School of Communication
Phone: (516) 463-5240
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Phil Hinds

Philip Hinds
University Photographer
Creative Services
100 Butler Annex
Phone: (516) 463-6321
Fax: (516) 463-5277
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Melissa Kane Connolly

Melissa Kane Connolly

Vice President for University Relations

Melissa Kane Connolly, vice president for University Relations, joined Hofstra University in 2003 and is responsible for Hofstra’s communication, marketing and public relations efforts. She chaired Hofstra’s 75th Anniversary committee and helped lead the University’s hosting of the 2012 and 2008 presidential debates; chaired each debate’s award-winning companion event series, and the 2010 New York State gubernatorial debate at Hofstra.

In December 2009, Connolly was named PR Professional of the Year for an academic institution by PR News, the national publication for communications professionals. Ms. Connolly was named to Long Island Business News’ "50 Most Influential Women" Hall of Fame, as a "40 Rising Stars Under 40" in 2002, and has been noted as one of the paper’s "Marketing Achievers." She was an Athena Long Island finalist in 2013. She is involved as a Work Group member for the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council. Her former community service includes the Long Island Women's Agenda (as a vice president and president), as a board member for the YMCA of Long Island and the Long Island Visitors and Convention Bureau, and as a member-at-large of the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, where she served as a co-chair for their annual awards luncheon. She is a co-founder and founding chair of the Girls Go the Distance Walkathon, now in its sixth year. She was awarded the Honor Pin by the Girl Scouts of Nassau County in March 2010 and the Thanks Badge in March 2014.

A past president of the International Association of Business Communicators’ Long Island chapter, Ms. Connolly received the Achievement in Communications award from the chapter in 2006. She has served as a co-chair for the CASE District II Accolade Awards committee, a judge for the PRWeek Platinum Awards, and a judge for PRSSA’s Bateman Competition. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America's Counselors to Higher Education and on the Government Advisory Team for the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, as well as several fundraising and advisory committees for professional and charitable organizations, such as 100 Black Men of Long Island and the Interfaith Nutrition Network. Ms. Connolly has also served as an Americorp Volunteer for Project Challenge in Long Beach. She is an adjunct assistant professor at Hofstra, teaching mass media, public relations and crisis communication, as well as a frequent speaker to business, trade and student groups. Under her leadership, Hofstra University's communications team has won several Admissions Marketing, CASE Accolades, Communicator and Telly Awards, as well as a CASE Silver Circle of Excellence Award.

Prior to joining Hofstra, Ms. Connolly served as director of communications for New York State Senator Kemp Hannon and as the first director of marketing for Farrell Fritz, P.C., one of Long Island's largest law firms.

Ms. Connolly received a bachelor of arts in communication arts from Hofstra University in 1989, where she was a member of Alpha Epsilon Rho. She is a long-time Girl Scout leader; past president of the St. Thomas the Apostle Parents Club and currently the chair of the St. Thomas the Apostle pastoral council.

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