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! 


A Call for Universities to Live Up to Their Promise

In his keynote address at Adelphi’s Teaching and Learning Conference 2019, Dr. Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College in Dallas and one of a select group named to Forbes magazine’s list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, set a new direction for America’s colleges and universities: to serve those who have never been served.


Research at Adelphi

Changing the Culture of American Schools

Can America’s public schools learn from those in other countries? Devin Thornburg, Ph.D., professor of education at Adelphi, thinks so. A champion of immigrant and multilingual students, he’s traveled worldwide researching best practices. Read about it in “Found in Translation” a feature article in our Academic and Creative Research Magazine.


Spring Teams Escape the Cold, While Winter Squads Thrive Indoors

Adelphi Women's Lacrosse

As the winter sports teams make their push to the playoffs, spring sports got underway in February with trips to sunnier, warmer fields. Men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse traveled to Florida for games, while the softball team headed west to California. All will have their first home games in early March. Meanwhile, indoor track performers Felipe Custodio and Victoria Major once again punched their tickets to the NCAA Indoor Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas, after qualifying in the 200-meter dash and high jump, respectively.

Adelphi Men's LacrosseOff the field, six Panthers from three fall teams were honored with selection to NE10 Academic All-Conference teams, as Jackie Brown and Danielle Kempf (field hockey), Nicole Julian (cross country), and Kerianne Scorce, Savannah Taylor and Mia York (women’s soccer) represented the Brown and Gold among the league’s selections for the elite athletic and scholastic honor.

Alumni Making a Difference

Emily Ladau ’13

Since this letter is devoted to teaching, I celebrate this unstoppable disability rights advocate. Emily Ladau ’13 recently lectured on disabilities to medical students at Temple University, got her first CNN byline with her article “What it’s really like to fly as a wheelchair user,” and appeared on the Vox Media webcast Consider It. Thank you, Emily, for the lessons taught!

Momentum Tour 2018–2019

After February dates in Florida and California, the Momentum Tour stays closer to home this month, starting with a stop in Philadelphia on March 8 hosted by trustee emerita and passionate supporter of the University Majorie Weinberg-Berman, M.S. ’61. Then it’s on to Greenwich, Connecticut, on March 22 for a get-together hosted by Gary Dell’Abate ’83, executive producer of The Howard Stern Show. Both events will be entertaining evenings and great opportunities to reconnect with fellow alumni and learn what’s new at Adelphi. I hope you’ll be joining us. And save the date! March 27 is Giving Day. It’s your chance to be part of something big by contributing to your favorite Adelphi cause.

Please join us!

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