Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Call for Chance Auction Donations

Hello Hofstra Parents!  If you have been following the Parent Council Minutes of the past meetings, you will know that we are starting early to request donations for an item, gift certificate or service of any size to our upcoming Chance Auction during Hofstra’s Fall Festival: Alumni, Student and Family Weekend on September 27 -28.   Cash donations of any value are also greatly appreciated. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Hofstra University is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. 


At our last Parent Council meeting we learned that the Chance Auction Tickets will be sold on Friday and Saturday, September 27 and 28 with the drawing to take place on Saturday, September 28, 2019.  Branka Kristic, Director of Student and Family Programs and Francine Berman, Chance Auction Chair explained by donating an item, gift cards, or making a cash donation, you are supporting our Emergency Student Fund, as well as help raise seed money for the following year Hofstra Fall Festival budget.  The Fall Festival is run by the Hofstra University Office of Student and Family Programs. Without our parents supporting the Chance Auction, the charge for this event would be fully passed on to those in attendance.  The money set aside helps with Guest Speakers, as well as the Saturday Family Breakfast and Friday Reception dinner.  Your little gift card or item will help 5,000 plus people the following year enjoy the Festival, as well as fund the Student Emergency Fund.   We are so excited to announce that we have received Family Disney Hopper Passes, as well as the use of a Condo in Salt Lake City, Utah for two days for our chance auction, as well as many local business gift cards.

If you are interested in donating an item or have access to a business, vendor or tickets to an event please contact parents@hofstra.edu to get a link to our donation letter and form. Please note that the legal department says the bottom of the donation form must be filled out stating that you or a business are contributing, item(s) or service(s) described to Hofstra Parent Council Chance Auction. Submitting this form agrees to provide the items(s) or service(s) to the Hofstra University Office of Parent and Family Programs.  Francine and the entire Parent Council Executive Board thank everyone in advance who can contribute to the Chance Auction in any way possible.

For more information on how to donate to Chance Auction, please visit: https://www.hofstra.edu/parent-family/parfam_chanceauction.html.

Catherine Fisher
President,
HU Parent Council

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Parent Council Meeting Recap: Guest Speaker: Dr. John Guthman, Executive Director of Student Health and Counseling Center


25 February 2019

Hofstra’s Parent Council had the opportunity to hear from Guest Speaker, Dr. John Guthman, Executive Director of Student Health and Counseling Center. 

Below are notes from the meeting:

Branka Kristic, Director of Parent and Family Programs, introduced our Parent Council to Dr. John Guthman, Executive Director of Hofstra University's Student Health and Counseling Center (SHACC).  Dr. Guthman explained how Hofstra supports all students while emphasizing support for students with anxiety, depression, and other mental/medical health concerns. SHACC is structured as an integrated medical and counselling support for all Hofstra students. Students in need of any medical attention may make an appointment with SHACC to see nurse practitioners, psychologists, or other professional staff. SHACC also offers group counseling to students to come together to discuss common concerns once a week. If students are in need of immediate mental health support after hours, they can contact the Office of Public Safety who can put them in touch with our on-call counselors.

Dr. Guthman reviewed statistics regarding mental health among college students. In 2018, depression was the number one mental health concern in college students, followed closely by anxiety. He further explained the impact parents often have on students' lack of resilience in their well-meaning attempts to shield their students from failure. He explained the importance of parents letting students struggle (and sometimes fumble!) in order to learn to tolerate failure and its resulting anxiety. 

SHACC also provides preventative measures against harassment across campus. All incoming students at New Student Orientation receive information about the services SHACC provides, as well Title IX and bystander intervention training.  All club executive board members, Resident Student Safety, and student government groups are required to take additional Title IX and bystander training. Additional preventative measures include optional programming such as mental health screening days several times per year, as well as our CARES program. As part of our CARES program, administrators, faculty, and staff meet bi-monthly to communicate concerns about students who might need extra support. Support staff determine which offices and administrators will provide support to each student and concerns are re-addressed at follow-up meetings. 

Hofstra University conforms to HIPAA standards: if a student is 18 or older, they do not have to inform their family, staff, or faculty in order to receive SHACC services. Students younger than 18 do require parental consent to attend individual psychological counseling. Additionally, students are also advised on the limits of confidentiality under Hofstra Title IX rules, as only chaplains, counselors, and medical staff do not have to report harassment to the Title IX office.  

Support Staff Contact Information:
Student Health and Counseling Center: 516-463-6745
(After SHACC is closed, on-call counselors can be reached by contacting Public Safety at 516-463-6789)
Branka Kristic, Director of Parent and Family Programs: 516-463-4698 or parents@hofstra.edu
Allison Vernance, Title IX Officer: 516-463-5841 or Allison.Vernace@hofstra.edu
 
Submitted by Susan Heilig, Communications Chair

Monday, January 28, 2019

Parent Council Chatter - Stay Virtually Connected


PARENT CHATTER!

Hello fellow Hofstra parents!  One of the things I hear often when speaking with you is that we don't know what's going on at Hofstra with our students.  My student doesn't tell me anything!  As a parent of a third-year, I researched online how Hofstra communicates. Be sure to check out this blog and get connected by signing up to receive the Hofstra Family Link e-Newsletter. (Sign up here.
Additionally, you may want to get informed on social media! On Facebook, we have @HofstraU - Hofstra University, @HofstraParents - Hofstra Parents, @HofstraBookstore - Hofstra University Bookstore, and many more accounts for students where you can see posts with up-to-date information and events. 
On Twitter, you can follow @HofstraU, @HofstraParents, @HULconnect (library hours and updates), @Hofstracareer (The Career Center), @HofstraRec (Hofstra Recreation), and @HofstraPride (Hofstra University Pride Athletics). 
Checking out these sites that will give you a sense of your student's interests, what is going on at Hofstra, and future topics for discussion with them.
Hope this helps you keep in the know and get back in touch with your students! 
Many thanks to the parents who attend the Parent Council meetings in person, online, and via telephone!  It's wonderful to get involved through Parent Council.

Stay well!

Susan Heilig
Secretary, Hofstra Parent Council

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Does your student have a maintenance problem in their residence hall?

Here at Hofstra, the Plant and Campus Operations department works hard to keep
each residence hall in optimal condition. If a problem arises, they will be there to fix it. All
your student has to do is fill out a simple work order!

What is a work order?
A work order is an online form that students can fill out detailing the task they need
completed in their room. Anything from a leaky faucet to a broken exhaust fan or a jammed window to a clogged drain can be addressed using a work order.

How can your student fill out the work order?
It is simple to navigate and can be completed in a matter of minutes. Your student must:
1. Log on to their Hofstra portal
2. Click the drop down “My Apps” located in the top right corner of the screen
3. Select the App “WebTMA”
4. Fill in their name, provide a very detailed description of the task needed to be completed,
fill in building, floor and room number
5. Click save on the top right corner

Simple as that!

If your student has a maintenance emergency that requires immediate attention they can reach
out to the Residential Life office at (516) 463-6930 or Public Safety at (516) 463-6606.