Thursday, May 22, 2014

NY Senator Charles Schumer's New Plan

(with Sen Charles Schumer, Craig Camara closest to foreground)

On Monday, May 19,  NY Sen. Charles Schumer spoke on Hofstra’s Campus to unveil a proposal aimed at reducing student loan debt. I received a great opportunity to attend the speech and stand behind the senator as he gave his speech as well as speak to the media after the speech and tell them my story. Under Sen. Schumer’s plan, students would be able to restructure their federal loan debt to a much more manageable interest rate, allowing them more financial mobility. While the average interest rate for most students with federal student loans is hovering around 7% (with some going as up as high as 9%) Sen. Schumer’s plan would allow students to lower that to about 3.8%.

As a student graduating with a lot of student loan debt, this was a very reassuring message to hear for me. Coming out of college while not currently employed and staring down potentially hundreds of dollars in payments per month is certainly a terrifying notion. Being able to restructure my debt down to a much more manageable interest rate is definitely reassuring to hear. I loved my time here at Hofstra and I feel the education I received, in addition to putting me in a good position to land a strong job was well worth taking out my student loans to fund my education. Being able to much more easily pay off those loans after graduation is really going to help me out and get me on my feet. -Craig Camara, '14

Friday, May 9, 2014

Fine Arts Student Art Show

Through May 12, the Hofstra Department of Fine Arts, Design and Art History are presenting its annual Student Art Show! Students from all of these departments are presenting hundreds of impressive works of art, including paintings, drawings, 3D art, photography and other forms of media as well. The art show is open to the public and is being held in Calkins Hall on the south side of campus. Parents and family members are always welcome to come and check out these great works of art.

Definitely check out the wall of paintings. The impressive amount of detail and craftsmanship that is exhibited in these paintings is simply amazing! These students have devoted lots of time to perfecting their skills and these paintings really show it. Come check it out and see how talented our Hofstra artists are.

-Craig Camara, '14

Monday, April 28, 2014

Come to the 31st Annual Hofstra University Dutch Festival

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Outdoors on the South Campus

Admission: $7.00 adults, $5.00 seniors
Children under 12 – FREE
One of my favorite things about Hofstra is seeing the gorgeous tulips bloom each spring. It's a nice reminder that old man winter is finally at rest and summer with all the fun it brings is almost here. The Hofstra Dutch Festival celebrates its 31st year this coming Sunday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. I understand there will be swinging jazz music, tulips in bloom (weather permitting), face-painting, craft vendors and authentic Dutch food and beverages. If you find yourself on campus visiting your student this coming weekend, be sure to check it out. 

For more information, please visit Dutch Festival or call the Festival Hotline at (516) 463-6582.


Friday, March 14, 2014

St. Baldrick's Event Raises Record $ for Children' Cancer

It has always been the goal of the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation event at Hofstra University to raise enough money to get Provost Herman Berliner to shave his head in solidarity with children fighting childhood cancers. Every year, Dr. Berliner has said that if the school raised over $25,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, he would join in and shave his head. Over the past four years, the school has come close, but had not quite reached that $25,000 mark. This year, however, that goal was shattered. At the end of the event, students, faculty and community members alike raised over $36,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Register NOW: Hofstra Siblings Day 2014

Easily one of our favorite events every year here at Hofstra's Office of Parent and Family Programs, Siblings Day is fun-filled day and a great experience for any student with a younger sibling and/or relative. Both Hofstra commuting students and residents of any class year are invited to bring their younger sibling or relative, ages 13-17, to Hofstra for a day of games, fun and experience. Siblings Day will take place on Saturday, March 1st, 2014 from noon until late Saturday night. Games and activities include a pizza party lunch, a dodge ball tournament, scavenger hunt, a Men’s Basketball game against James Madison University, a Late-Night breakfast (one of the best traditions at Hofstra) and a sleepover for residential students.

The siblings and relatives of your Hofstra student will gain first-hand experience of living in a college environment all while having a blast with their older brother, sister, or relative! In addition, your student and sibling will be walking out of their experience with their own Siblings Day T-shirt that they can tie-dye at the late-night breakfast! You may register your student’s sibling or relative at the Siblings Day Registration Site. After registering, you MUST complete the Acknowledgement and Release form and either email it to us at or fax it to (516) 463-7017.

We look forward to seeing you child there and as always we welcome any questions or concerns. Please call the office at (516) 463-4698 or email us at!

-Craig Camara, undergraduate assistant, Class of 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

How to Talk to Your Student About Grades

We’re days away from the new Spring semester. For many parents, winter recess is a time to check-in with their students to see how well they did during the Fall semester and to help plan for the Spring semester. In a best-case scenario, your student has shared with you his or her grades, presented an official printed copy of his or her transcript, and initiated a conversation with you on their plans for the next semester. However, students can be tricky and life doesn’t always go as you planned. If your student is leaving you in the dark in regards to his or her academic progress from last semester, know that you’re not alone.
Below are our tips on how you can have a productive conversation with your student about his or her grades, as well as, campus resources available to your student throughout the year.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

“Land of the Rising Sun: Art of Japan”

Keisai Eisen, Fukagawa from the series One Hundred Famous Places in Edo for Flowers, ca. 1810-1845,
color woodcut, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Goldberg, Hofstra University Museum Collections, 74.05.17

Hofstra is keeping busy this winter season and invites you to check out a fantastic exhibit. If you’re dropping off your student for the spring semester, take a break from heavy traffic and check out the Hofstra Museum’s current exhibit, “Land of the Rising Sun: Art of Japan,” which is currently on display through February 2, 2014, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the David Filderman Gallery located inside the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library (south campus) on the ninth floor. The exhibit, which features 41 works of art and objects dating from the 16th to the 20th century, was recently covered in a New York Times article found here. Local parents will appreciate experiencing a rich exhibit without having to travel into the city.