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! 


See how a fossil discovery changed the evolutionary timeline

With his find of a petrified log in the Utah desert, assistant professor of biology Michael D’Emic, PhD, provided evidence that large flowering trees existed in North America 15 million years earlier than previously thought.


Research: Preparing nurses for a data-driven future

Healthcare, like so many fields, is increasingly being driven by data—vast amounts of it—and the more capably nurses can turn data into actionable information, the better they can help patients. Edmund J.Y. Pajarillo, PhD, associate professor of nursing and department chair, is leading the effort to prepare Adelphi nursing students through research and a classroom focus on nursing informatics. Read about it “Knowledge Is Power,” a feature article in our Academic and Creative Research Magazine.

Athletics: Panthers Are Tops on the Field—and in the Community

Even as our men’s soccer team achieved the program’s first-ever No. 1 ranking in the NCAA Division II poll and senior field hockey standout Elissa Frein garnered National Offensive Player of the Week honors, our programs still managed to find time to give back to the community. From participating in the Panther Day of Service on September 21, to volunteering selflessly on Sundays throughout the month, our athletes have performed enough community service hours to earn a spot in the Top 10 in this year’s Division II rankings. And Adelphi was thrilled to learn that Chelsea Abreu ’19 was named one of nine finalists for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which honors a just-graduated student-athlete for academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service and leadership.

Alumni making a difference: Jon Contino ’05

The influential award-winning designer Jon Contino ’05 returned to Adelphi in April to give the keynote address at Research Day. Here he is talking about his life in design and his book, Brand by Hand. We thank him for sharing his vision on creativity—and for designing the cover of our annual Adelphi University Magazine.

Important Events on Campus

This month is highlighted by the biggest alumni event of the year, Spirit Weekend, starting on Thursday, October 3, and running through Sunday, October 6. It includes our Legends Dinner, a carnival, reunions and much more. I hope you’ll join your Adelphi family! On October 17, we’ll host a reception and screening of The Last Full Measure, the new feature film directed by Todd Robinson ’82, and our third annual Women’s Leadership Conference is Saturday, November 2, featuring addresses by Dottie Herman, CEO of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, and Neha Gandhi, editor in chief and COO of Girlboss.

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