Thursday, November 16, 2017

Pride Guides in HAIR

When they aren’t working in the Office of Admission, Maya and Lyndsey (Pride Guides and drama performance majors) are singing and acting their hearts out. Recently, they performed in Hofstra's production of HAIR!
The cast of Hofstra University's main stage production of HAIR

“Working on such an inspiring show was amazing," said Lindsey. "Being surrounded by so many people who are putting in all this effort to produce a great show was an experience like no other."

The process of putting on HAIR started well before fall classes began. 

“We did research over the summer about the show and watched a number of documentaries about what it was like in America during the Vietnam War,” said Maya.

Lyndsey says her favorite moment from this whole experience was the first day the cast was on the set for tech. “It felt like we were stepping onto this amazing playground for the cast to grow their story around. It was so cool to see everyone really become their characters."

Maya’s favorite moment was the first time they ran the ending of the show. “The overwhelming amount of support that every single member of the cast showed for one another was incredible. Also, just getting to sing those beautiful songs with so many people that I love every night is something that I will cherish forever.”
Pride Guides Lyndsey (top left) and Maya (top row, fourth from right) in Hofstra University's main stage production of HAIR.

Both said that the show itself really relied on the ensemble becoming a tribe - a family. And after rehearsing for over two hundred hours together in Emily Lowe Hall and the Adams Playhouse, you can bet they did, in fact, become a family. 

“The show has such a powerful message, and the opportunity to be a part of spreading it was life-changing."

Monday, October 30, 2017

Meet Our Pride Guides: Jared, Maya and Mikayla

Get to know three more of our amazing new Pride Guides!

Jared Keyes

Year: Senior
Hometown: Mount Laurel, NJ
Majors: Economics and Political Science
Campus Involvement: Resident Assistant, Hofstra Pep Band
Favorite class so far? Political Science Scope and Methods
Favorite Hofstra Moment? "The entire 24 hours when we hosted the Debate last year!"

Maya Deschenes

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Franklin, MA
Major: Drama Performance
Campus Involvement: Masquerade Musical Theatre, The Pride Network, HUHC
Favorite class so far? Drama 60- Fundamentals of Acting II
Favorite Hofstra Moment? "Being cast in my first department show!"

Mikayla Van Dam
Year: Junior
Hometown: Putnam, CT
Major: Biochemistry
Campus Involvement: Resident Assistant, National Residential Hall Honorary, Residence Hall Association, HU Honor Board
Favorite class so far? Intro to Cinema Studies
Favorite Hofstra Moment? "Realizing that I made a lifelong friendship with my best friend Mario."

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Meet our Pride Guides: Lyndsey, Delaney & Bhakti

With the fall semester in full swing, we’re so excited to introduce you to some more of our new Pride Guides!

Lyndsey Yackel

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Williamson, NY
Early Childhood/ Childhood Education & Drama Performance
Campus Involvement:
Danceworks, Rhythmix, the fall main stage production of HAIR
Favorite class so far? "Drama 55! I am on an assignment in the costume shop for "The Nerd" (one of our fall productions), so i get to do something I've never done before."Favorite part of campus? "The Student Center. I love when all the tables in the atrium are full of clubs and campus involvement! Also the food! :)"

Delaney Barac
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Franklin, MA
Major/Minor: Public Relations Major, Music Minor
Campus Involvement: WRHU Radio Hofstra University, Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association, Public Relations Student Society of America, She EO's, Her Campus
Favorite Class So Far? Fundamentals of Public Relations
Favorite Part of Campus? "Definitely the 10th floor of the Axinn Library."

Bhakti Patel
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: New Hyde Park, NY
Major: Pre-Health with a concentration in Disability Studies
Campus Involvement: American Medical Student Association, Project Sunshine
Favorite Class So Far? Music Around the World
Favorite Part of Campus? "I love the quad area, especially during the spring. It's a great spot to hang out with friends and enjoy the beautiful surroundings."

Friday, September 29, 2017

Meet Our Pride Guides: Lauren, Kennedy & Brandon

With the fall semester in full swing, we’re so excited to introduce you to some of our new Pride Guides!


Lauren Denker

Year: Junior

Hometown: San Rafael, CA

Major: Public Relations

Campus Involvement: Alpha Phi, Hofstra Hillel, PRSSA, NRHH, Swim Club
Favorite movie: “Ghost”
Favorite Hofstra moment: Volunteering in the Media Filing Center during the debate.


Kennedy Cymerman

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Major: Drama

Campus Involvement: Chorale, Band, Orchestra, Makin' Treble, WRHU

Favorite movie: “Dodgeball”
Favorite Hofstra Moment: Spending her summer as a Welcome Week Coordinator.

Brandon Crofts
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Lynbrook, NY
Major: Mathematics
Campus Involvement: HUHC, Resident Assistant, SGA, Quidditch
Favorite movie: “Toy Story" (1, 2 & 3)
Favorite Hofstra Moment: The CAA Watch Party last March, watching the men's basketball team play in the opening round of the playoffs.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Meet Our Admission Counselors

Get to know our admission counselors with a fun game of 'This or That.'

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Hofstra Does Pride 2017

The Hofstra community was out in full force on Sunday, June 25, marching for love and equality in the 2017 New York City Pride Parade. This is Hofstra’s second year marching in the parade. Organized by the Division of Student Affairs, participation tripled over the course of one year with 90+ students, alumni and staff in 2017.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

A Reflection

As I quickly approach student teaching and graduating in December, I look back at the years I spent at Hofstra and how many amazing and challenging experiences I had during my years here. I walked onto Hofstra’s campus as a freshman for what would be my first long-term stay away from home, and my family. I was determined to be the coolest and most mature person I could be, but let’s be honest, I was so nervous to meet everyone, and a huge klutz. As my parents and I got out of the car a huge grin and some strawberry blonde hair greeted me with a huge hello and, “Welcome to Hofstra!” This was the first friend I met here at Hofstra. His name was Kilmer, and he became the older sibling I never had. He was there for me through everything. He helped me adjust to life at Hofstra, telling me who the best professors to take were, where to eat, and most importantly, he was there when I needed a hug.

As I started my second year at Hofstra, I walked in more calm, cool and collected, ready to take more education classes, and ready to commit to the five-year masters program. My sophomore year was my year of discovery. I tried new things and explored all of my interests. I was the assistant costume designer and soundboard operator of Masquerade Musical Theatre’s Assassins, I took a history class, a subject high school Emma hated, and I got to spend some time observing in local schools. This year was also a year filled with challenges. I remember I was taking Human Biology, and it just wasn't clicking for me. So I went to see my Biology professor, and after working with him, I got an “A” on the paper! I was so proud of myself and so grateful to Adam, I still make a point to go see him each semester to say hello.

My junior year at Hofstra has just come to a close and I can honestly say it has been the best and most interesting so far. My first semester was spent in a school that I fell in love with that I hope to work at someday. I still go back and see the fourth graders I taught from time to time. I also took an amazing Human Geography class which really opened my eyes to the incredible world we have. I even decided to take another geography class the second semester. Although, I would have to say my favorite classes from my junior year were both with Dr. Jase Bernhardt. Jase is one of the most brilliant and awesome professors I have encountered here at Hofstra. 

As I look forward to my last semester as an undergraduate here at Hofstra, I am excited to be in the classroom student teaching full time, and being able to do research on a topic I am passionate about at the same time. Jase and I even discussed presenting my work at the American Geographical Association’s upcoming conference. Also, some advice to students who are looking into coming to Hofstra or any other school for that matter: you are your own best advocate. Talk to the mentors and professors around you, they are full of knowledge and wisdom, as well as connections that can help you in the future and get you where you wan to be. The people around you are the people that will help lift you to the stars because that's where we are shooting for here at Hofstra.

-Pride Guide Emma Vaccaro