Thursday, December 19, 2013

Last Minute Hofstra Gift Ideas

Give the gift of Hofstra this season! If you’re picking up your student this week to bring them home for break or finding yourself on campus and maybe needing to do some last minute gift shopping, here are some great gifts that your student, loved ones or friends are sure to enjoy.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tips for Getting Your Student Ready For Winter at Hofstra!

As your student may have told you, it’s getting cold here at Hofstra. We have already had a couple of white mornings. While some students are used to the cold and love it, like Craig, a native Vermonter, others are going to feel father winter’s cold for the first time. Your student is probably wrapping up finals and term papers this week, but as he or she returns home for break or remains here at Hofstra for intercession classes, we would like to remind you of a few tips for getting your student ready for those cold months!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Two International Hofstra Students Experience Thanksgiving for the First Time.

During Thanksgiving break, two of our International students, Mika Nakazato (China/Japan) and Fangqi “Bridget” Xing (China), had the opportunity to experience their first American Thanksgiving at the home of fellow student, Rebecca Putorti, sophomore, in Connecticut. Here is their correspondence from after their stay.

Stressbusters at Hofstra!

You're going to wish you were a Hofstra student yourself when you learn about the great de-stressing activities that the Office of Student Leadership & Activities has planned for your students to get them through their finals… like complimentary massages (now that's the life!).

From December 12th through the 18th, students cane take a break from the stress of final exams and papers, and find their inner peace during Stressbusters week. Students will enjoy free food with grab&go meals in the Student Center, some pet therapy by petting cute puppies and kitties today in the Plaza Rooms, yoga, and free massages!

Please encourage your student to visit to find out more including a full list of dates, times, and locations.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Winter Commencement Information


Many of you now are gearing up for the holidays and another special day – your student’s December graduation!
However, before the BIG graduation day here are some things you and your student should know:

Hofstra Roller Hockey Semester Wrap-Up

Hello, Hofstra Parents! My name is Craig Camara and I am an undergraduate assistant for the Office of Parent and Family Programs here at Hofstra University. I've probably talked to some of you on the phone or met you at some of our events throughout the almost two years I have worked in the parent and family office. I’m a Senior Marketing Major with an Information Technology minor. I am also a member of the Hofstra University Roller Hockey Team, one of the most prominent club sports on campus. The Roller Hockey Team, in addition to being ranked the #15 team in the nation, is also highly involved on-campus, giving back to Hofstra and the community. Here is what the team has done so far this semester and what the future holds.
The nationally ranked Hofstra Division I Roller Hockey Team wrapped up its first semester just last week with an outstanding record of 8-2. The team walks away from this semester of hockey with a hold on the #15 spot in the national rankings. Hofstra enjoyed wins over teams such as West Chester University, Temple University, Rhode Island University, Stony Brook University, Central Florida University, #17 ranked Northeastern University and Rowan University. Hofstra’s only losses came at the hands of #17 ranked Northeastern University and the #3 ranked Neumann University. Hofstra’s record puts the team in a good position to make a strong national championship run during next semester.

                  Hofstra’s scoring is led by Jeff Stern (12 goals, 17 assists), Mike Lasher (17 goals, 8 assists) and Pat Rosa (14 goals, 7 assists). All three players are native Long Islanders. In net, DI first-timer James Lauto has done his part in keeping the team in close games. Lauto’s 3.30 Goals Against Average and .829 Save Percentage have been more than enough to help the team win games.

                  In addition to the Division I team, Hofstra also has B division team as well; this is the team I play goalie for. Our B team possesses a 3-6 record, with all three wins coming against rival Stony Brook. The team has lost to many highly national-ranked teams such as Temple, West Chester and Northeastern. While the team may have a losing record at the halfway point, the B team is working hard and is eager to turn the season around and make a push for a regional championship.

                  In addition to successful play on the rink, the Roller Hockey Team has been involved with a lot of off-rick activities. During the most recent home weekend (The team plays at the SkateSafe Facility in Old Bethpage), both the DI team and the B team teamed up with rival Stony Brook to collect canned goods for those less-fortunate. In all, the teams collected over 1,000 pounds of canned goods and delivered them to food shelves around Long Island.

                  Coming up next semester, Hofstra will be hosting its annual St. Baldrick’s Day event, in which the team raises money to help find a cure for cancer. The team will be shaving their heads in solidarity with those who have to go through chemotherapy and also raising money to help support children going through the treatment. Last year, the team, along with its partners Hofstra Medical School and the Dean of Students Office, collected over $17,000! This year, the team is hoping to reach their $20,000 mark.

                  To find out more information about my team, feel free to visit our website at or send us an email at

-Craig Camara

Hofstra's Study Abroad Program

Photo Credits: Hofstra Students in Beijing, China during Study Abroad Program

Has your student ever told you their dream about visiting Germany, China, Italy, France, Japan or another country? Hofstra offers students 13 different countries to choose from through the Study Abroad Program.
Hofstra’s Study Abroad Program is offered during the January, spring (European Odyssey) and summer semesters. The programs allow students to earn credits while visiting another country and provide them with opportunities to learn about other cultures. While students are there, they will visit some of the countries’ well-known monuments, buildings, museums, and other sites that they may have read about.

Photo Credits: Hofstra students in France during Study Abroad Program

On top of visiting a dream spot many of your student’s peers have made lifelong friends, met people across the globe and built a strong resume with knowledge of other cultures. These rewards will last long after their college graduation.

Over the course of the next few months, we will have guest blogs from students sharing their first-hand experiences about the Study Abroad Program. This will help you and your student gain insight on the program, what it’s like to visit a new country, and learn about a different culture while in college.
Is your student interested in learning more? Please encourage your student to contact the Study Abroad Programs office located in 107 Roosevelt Hall at 516-463-4765 or visit their website here.  Although the deadlines have passed for the January and spring 2014 program, there’s still time for your student to apply for the Summer 2014 Abroad Program! Your student can check here for upcoming informational meetings. The application deadline to the Summer 2014 Abroad Program ends on March 7, 2014. So, don’t wait, help your student get started now living their dreams abroad.