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Adelphi's 10th President is an internationally recognized expert in leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and team performance.

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Meet President Riordan

An internationally recognized expert in leadership development, diversity and inclusion and team performance.
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Message from the President

For the Holidays, Six Heartwarming Student Stories From Our Adelphi Family

December 5, 2018

Whenever I get the chance to walk around Adelphi’s campus—whether going to meetings and events, catching a game, attending a performance or strolling with Georgia—I often get a special opportunity to chat with a student about their studies, their goals and their unique experiences. As a matter of fact, of all the many things I do as president of Adelphi University, one of my favorites will always be this: meeting our students—current and alum—and hearing their stories. They inspire me endlessly.

I thought it would be fitting for the holiday season to share with you—from our Adelphi family to yours—some of the amazing student stories I’ve heard. I hope you enjoy them.

I’m confident you’ll share my admiration of Melissa Emilcar, a brilliant and kind campus leader who spent her summer doing neurological research at the internationally known Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. I was impressed by the work of senior Evan Leider, who co-authored a textbook on gaming with his computer science professor Lee Stemkoski, Ph.D., and I was moved by the experience of Walace Kierulf-Vieira, a Brazilian emigrant who spoke only Portuguese when he came to the United States as a 21-year-old and is now pursuing a degree in chemistry at Adelphi as a U.S. Army veteran. Walace said he finds chemistry challenging and fascinating.

With our relentless dedication to student success, career preparation is always top of mind at Adelphi, so when I heard that star softball pitcher and M.B.A. student Jessica Vadala ’18 had her pick of five different job offers, I had to celebrate that astonishing predicament! And if you’ve ever wondered if artists can be scientists—or vice versa—please read about Adelphi’s amazingly versatile and multitalented Lani Chau ’18.

Represented this month—not with a story, but in the video below—is another of our extraordinary students, Usman Anwar, a wonderful artist.

Student by student, we are changing lives at Adelphi. Some are preparing for careers they always knew they were meant for (like so many Adelphi nursing students I meet) and some discover their passion in the course of exploring all that Adelphi has to offer—like archaeology student Julio RuizDiaz, who said, “I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do in life and, finally, it clicked.”

I truly admire all our students—each remarkable one of the 8,146 this year—who are pursuing dreams and finding their passion here at our student-centered University. I also appreciate our exceptional alumni—topping 115,000 now—who are inspiring evidence of the powerful Adelphi experience.

Happy holidays from our Adelphi family to yours!

All the best,

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Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.

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