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

President’s Newsletter

Each month, I share stories of how Adelphi continues growing, leading and making a difference through our mission to transform lives. I invite you to see the ways our University, students, faculty, staff and alumni are contributing to our communities and advancing their professions and fields of study. I am thrilled to share these stories with you and welcome you to be part of our University community.

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January 2022

Hope you had a safe and healthy holiday season!

It was one year ago that Adelphi opened our reimagined Ruth S. Harley University Center, and I’m happy to share how it has transformed our campus life in that time. The new UC, our vibrant campus and 10 of our Panthers are in a new episode of Amazon Prime’s The College TourAdelphi is the first in New York to be featured. 

For National Mentoring Month, I’m highlighting Adelphi’s award-winning program for helping our students reach their fullest potential. And, I share Adelphi’s interpretation of an innovative trend in interdisciplinary studiesnew 360 courses in our College of Arts and Sciences.

We also honor Martin Luther King Jr. this month. At Adelphi, we continue to be inspired by Dr. King’s quote, “Intelligence plus characterthat is the goal of true education.”

Wishing you health, happiness and success in 2022.

All the best,


Our award-winning mentoring program is key to providing Adelphi’s life-changing opportunities to all students. We help our students define their own success and nurture their goals with exceptional programs that support continued learning, personal growth, professional development and career advancement.


We are breaking down the traditional one-class, one-professor model in courses like Race 360 and Water 360. Adelphi’s interpretation of this innovative trend gives students a chance to see a single subject from varying fascinating perspectives. For undecided students, 360 courses offer fresh insight and new options for college careers.

First in New York on Amazon Prime

Next month, Adelphi will become the first New York college or university featured on the Amazon Prime TV show The College Tour. Watch this high-impact campus tour and the stories of 10 of our students in STEM, arts and humanities, and healthcare, and professions like teaching and business. It’s sure to inspire current and future Panthers. 

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Adelphi is making local, national and global news.

  • In a recent U.S. News & World Report article, Mariano Torras, PhD, professor and chair of finance and economics, says stagflation in the U.S. economy is “not unlikely” in the future.
  • Chronicle of Higher Education story featuring Carol Lucas, MSW ’02, PhD ’13, of Adelphi’s Student Counseling Center, talks about the rising need for campus mental health support.
  • Newsday announced that Adelphi President Christine M. Riordan, PhD, is among the members of the transition team for Nassau County executive-elect Bruce Blakeman.

Pindar (Vineyards) joining Local 388 RWDSU/UFCW is the start of a wave of labor successes for New York state farmworkers. The effects of this momentous decision have already been felt.

Maggie Gray, PhD, associate professor of political science, in a commentary she wrote for La Voz about the official establishment of New York’s first agricultural workers union. She also contributed to an op-ed on a related topic in The Buffalo News.
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