In addition to the memories you're going to make taking part in all of these events and activities, we have some traditions here that we think you'll love. For example, every year the freshman class takes a photo in front of Hofstra Hall during Welcome Week. We also can't wait to see what new traditions the Class of 2020 brings to Hofstra!
Hofstra has been home to quite a few historical events and welcomed a number of prominent figures to campus over the years. For example... The University proudly presented Martin Luther King, Jr., Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and more with honorary degrees. Hofstra also hosted two (soon to be three) presidential debates in 2008 and 2012. The Annual Shakespeare Festival at Hofstra has been performed regularly from 1951 through 2008 on a 5/6 life-sized replica of the Globe stage. The Festival celebrated its 50th year in 2000. History continues to be made at Hofstra, and we look forward to having YOU be a part of it with us!
Winter Storm Jonas was no match for the Pride - especially when the Snow Angels came to the rescue. Members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity braved the elements to shovel snow for local senior citizens back in January 2016. The university also collected 1,000+ items for donation as part of the 6th Annual Holiday Drive to benefit the Mary Brennan Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN). A spring blood drive held in February drew in 296 donors. One of the donors, Nicole Mosca, said that knowing she can make a difference in someone's life means everything to her. March brought Hofstra's 8th Annual St. Baldrick's Day, where students, faculty and staff donated their hair and raised money for cancer research. And undergraduate student organization 180 Degrees Consulting was awarded the Frank G. Zarb School of Business's 2016 Undergraduate Dean's Award for Outstanding Service, having consulted with seven local nonprofit organizations this year. See below for more incredible stories about the Hofstra community's involvement with philanthropy:
Spreading joy, spending time with loved ones, and making memories that will last a lifetime. What's not to love about the holidays? Campus also happens to be stunning this time of year.
Hofstra is full of holiday traditions, one being the annual lighting ceremony, where the community comes together to light Hofstra Hall. Another tradition is window decorating. Every holiday season, students decorate windows in the Student Center to add to the holiday cheer. Hofstra students also see the holidays as an opportunity to give back. Some examples include:
"When I visited Hofstra for the first time, I was just walking around campus with my Dad, and we met a student who was incolved with the radio station. We were talking about radio and the communications industry, and he was raving about how great communications is at Hofstra. Then I met a film student who was raving about studying film here. I left campus with that in mind and with a bunch of brochures in hand. I just kept reading about communications at Hofstra and how incredible it is. And once the serious research started about where I wanted to go, Hofstra really stood out."