From My Desk

See President Riordan’s latest From My Desk message and stories below. 

President Christine Riordan

On the first Wednesday of each month, I send out a personal newsletter on a topic that interests me deeply. Here at Adelphi, we are transforming students’ lives, and I have so many stories to tell about how we do that—with our outstanding faculty and diverse and welcoming campus; through life-changing internships and winning athletics and performing arts opportunities; and by our personalized approach to higher learning. The Adelphi community of students, faculty, staff and alumni is making news around the country and the world, and I am thrilled to share these stories with you! 


Discovering What He Was Meant to Do

During his time at Adelphi, first-generation student Ernesto Marcano Jr. ’19 took advantage of many leadership opportunities here. Now a graduate of the nursing program, he’s set to begin a career in pediatric nursing.


Research: The Critical Role of Social Entrepreneurship

Renewable energy technology can bring a better life to rural villages in developing countries, but establishing those technologies isn’t a simple task. Gita Surie, PhD, professor of management and department chair in the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business who used a Fulbright-Nehru fellowship to conduct research in India, found that social entrepreneurs must play a critical role in the spread of renewable technology. Find out why by reading “Electrifying Remote Villages,” a feature article in our Academic and Creative Research Magazine.


Honoring Traditions While Preparing for the Coming Year

Mens Soccer Celebrating their championship

The legendary coach and athlete Janet L. Ficke ’59 helped us celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Ficke Panther Golf Classic—another successful outing at the Hempstead Golf and Country Club. We also began making preparations within the department for the return of our student-athletes and staff, including placing signs in our hallways featuring parts of our Diversity Pledge, which each athlete signs at the beginning of the year. We also welcomed a new member of the department—Frank Russo, who is taking on the role of head coach for both men’s and women’s tennis.

Alumni Making a Difference

Kevin Mawae, MS ’06

The Pro Football Hall of Fame now boasts an Adelphi alum! My congratulations to Kevin Mawae, MS ’06, the former New York Jets star and eight-time Pro Bowler, who earned his master of science degree in sport management at Adelphi while playing for the Jets. He excelled in the classroom too, winning the Jack Foley Award as the most accomplished student in the program. He also worked with pediatric patients at NYU Winthrop Hospital, reflecting Adelphi’s commitment to giving back.

Momentum Tour 2019–2020

The 2019–2020 Momentum Tour begins on Thursday, August 15, at Clovis Point Vineyard and Winery in Jamesport, New York. The event, in beautiful Long Island wine country, will be hosted by Dina and Mark Misk, Adelphi parents of rising senior Morgan Misk. This is the first of many stops on this year’s tour, including get-togethers on Long Island and in New Jersey, New York City, California, Arizona and Florida. Stay tuned for more information!

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