“Joining Forces for a Better World”: That’s the feature story in this year’s Adelphi University Magazine.

Adelphi Magazine CoverWe take an up-close look at how Adelphi partnerships are making an extraordinary impact on our world. See how Bharat Bhisé, MBA ’78, is giving back by establishing the Bhisé Global Learning Experience that brought eight students on a life-changing journey to India. Our Women’s Leadership Conference—which broke attendance records in 2023—continues to empower and inspire women in their careers and in their personal lives. We look back on the work of two retiring faculty members, Jacques Barber, PhD, former dean of the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, and Nicholas Petron, MA ’70, former professor and chair of the Department of Theatre, and the profound impact they’ve had on students and alumni during their years at Adelphi.

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I have been slowly sharing the news of Nick Petron, MA ’70’s retirement after 50 years at Adelphi, the first 10 as professor and director and approximately 30 as chair of the Department of Theatre. Once they get over their surprise, many acknowledged that “it’s the end of an era.” Nick was my instructor and…

Congratulations, Class of 2023

Adelphi University celebrated our 127th Commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 23 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and our Doctoral Hooding ceremony for doctoral graduates on Monday, May 22 at our Performing Arts Center.

Inside This Issue


When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, three Adelphi alumni—international students Aleksandar Aleksiev ’11, Gabriel Hardy-Françon ’14, and Camille Pajor ’09, MBA ’16—quickly decided they couldn’t stay on the sidelines. All three made humanitarian trips to the border—and inside Ukraine—to bring aid and to help refugees escape and get resettled away from the war zone.…

A woman in the foreground in a dance move, leading a group of elementary school children who are following her moves. The children's shirts have the words "PS 14Q Chorus." The curtain behind them reads "Fairview School Chorus."

Just two days before Thanksgiving last fall, The Kelly Clarkson Show announced to the world that The Fairview School Choir from P.S. 14, a Queens, New York, elementary school, had been named the 2022 NBC Star Choir. That meant that a couple of weeks later, the students, dressed in festive red and green, were singing and…


Organized by two Adelphi Department of Mathematics and Computer Science assistant professors, the inaugural session of the Adelphi Summer Institute in Mathematical Epidemiology gave Long Island high school students an opportunity to conduct original research projects in mathematical epidemiology that focused on COVID-19 and cancer.

Isuri Wijesundara

Little America, an acclaimed anthology series on Apple TV+, is inspired by the true stories of U.S. immigrants. All eight episodes will become available on December 9 on Apple TV+. And the third episode, “The 9th Caller,” is about a young Sri Lankan woman who is played by Isuri Wijesundara ’18. Like the title character, Wijesundara…


For David Machlis, PhD, an associate professor of finance and economics at the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business and inaugural recipient of Adelphi President's Humanitarian Award, “fighting hatred is a team game and can't be done alone." As a national leader in this fight, he is piloting an exciting new program that will bring Adelphi's Black and Jewish students together to make a difference in the world.

Sarafina Bush ’12 on the red carpet for opening night of PASS OVER

Sarafina Bush ’12 majored in French and minored in dance at Adelphi, but she found her true calling designing costumes for student productions performed in the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center. That path took her to New York City, where she worked in costume design and productions such as Pass Over and MJ the Musical. Now she’s been nominated for a…

New Program for Students Returning to College

If you left college three or more years ago without finishing your degree, the Finish Line Program at Adelphi will help you be readmitted. You can earn your degree quickly and economically, with our convenient online, evening and weekend classes.

Awards and Accolades

With roots that stretch back to the 1860s, Adelphi University has been transforming lives with our unique approach to learning for more than 150 years. Throughout the decades, we’ve welcomed students from around the globe, expanded our academic offerings and geographic reach, and celebrated significant milestones in diversity, rankings, and successful outcomes.


Adelphi’s annual Scholarship and Creative Works Conference, better known as Research Day, celebrated its 20th anniversary with undergraduates and graduate students presenting their work in each of our Core Four areas of focus: arts and humanities, STEM and social sciences, health and wellness, and the business and education professions.

 collage of four photographs.  Top Left: A faculty member advises two students, who sit to her left and right around a round table; a bookcase is against the wall.  Top Right: A student in a red hoodie, seen talking with another student in a black sweatshirt.  Bottom Left: A female student wearing an “Adelphi Gives Back” t-shirt and gardening gloves smiles at the camera while standing in a greenhouse.  Bottom Right: A student wearing a virtual reality headset, with faculty members at his left and right.  A screen in the background shows the landscape that he sees in the headset.

In Adelphi’s first general education redesign in decades, faculty have reimagined the general education curriculum to be a pathway for self-discovery. Each step on the PATH helps students explore their strengths, engage with the world and embrace their career potential.

An illustration shows dinosaurs of varying sizes walking from left to right against a landscape of trees and mountains.

The latest research on how sauropod dinosaurs reached their massive sizes, authored by Michael D’Emic, PhD, associate professor of biology, has overturned decades of thinking on the topic. His groundbreaking research has been covered globally and will appear in Scientific American in September.

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