From My Desk
See President Riordan’s latest From My Desk message and stories below.
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!
Dear Adelphi family and friends,
Tech is becoming a critical part of every student’s higher education—and Adelphi is helping our Panthers keep pace. Over recent years at Adelphi, we have launched an innovative partnership with Brookhaven National Labs and new programs in cybersecurity, software engineering and scientific computing. We’ve also established STEM-designated degrees in our Robert B. Willumstad School of Business.
Adelphi Panthers everywhere are plugging into the tech-focused learning and career opportunities that we offer:
- Read how an Adelphi athlete took his game online—and his plans to make it a lucrative career.
- Find out why a graduate student from Peru chose Adelphi’s MS in Business Analytics for a truly global career.
- See how Adelphi encourages hundreds of high school students of color to aim for STEM careers.
- Meet a young woman from Nepal who traveled across the world to study computer science at Adelphi in Garden City.
Especially worth noting, tech at Adelphi played a critical role in sustaining our mission during the pandemic. We moved more than 1,000 courses online in Spring 2020, are offering virtual internships and hosting online events, clubs and collaborations, and we even celebrated our annual three-day Spirit Weekend together in Zoom rooms. This fall, tech continues to play a tremendous role in our safe return to campus—with many of our students learning in hybrid environments. Tech is even helping our students in the arts: A recent virtual performance by our Department of Theatre students listed a new backstage credential: virtual background designer. Theatre design/technology student Chloe Yoo created the sets from her home in South Korea. Astounding!
I hope you enjoy reading about how tech is transforming lives, every day, here at Adelphi.
All the best,
Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.
In his first job after graduating from Adelphi, Jaime Dasso ’18 discovered a passion for the way data helps businesses make better decisions. Now he’s returned to Adelphi to pursue a master’s degree in our new graduate program in business analytics.
Bitcoin and other digital currencies have been in circulation since the financial crisis of 2008, but they retain an air of mystery and a whiff of disrepute. Mark B. Grabowski, JD, associate professor of communications, set out to clear up misconceptions about the currencies and explain their underlying technology in Cryptocurrencies: A Primer on Digital Money, cited as one of 2019’s best books on money. Read about it in “Taking the ‘Cryptic’ Out of Cryptocurrency,” a feature article in our Fall 2020 Academic and Creative Research Magazine.
Alumni Who Made a Difference:
Betty L. Forest ’47, PhD, ’10 (Hon.)
This month, I am pleased to honor an alumna who spent a lifetime supporting Adelphi, our nursing program and our nursing students. Betty Forest, who passed away in August 2019, left an extraordinary planned gift to the University, one that includes $4.7 million for nursing scholarships, an innovation fund and an endowment for the deanship of the College of Nursing and Public Health. On behalf of everyone at Adelphi, I express my deepest gratitude for Dr. Forest’s generosity and loyalty.
Standing Strong in a Pandemic
At a time when the financial outlook for many colleges and universities has suffered due to the pandemic, careful planning has kept Adelphi on firm footing. Standard & Poor’s recognized this in October when it reaffirmed the University’s bond rating of A- with a stable outlook. We will continue to monitor expenses while working with students and their families who are facing financial challenges.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Adelphi
University-wide, Adelphi is taking action to create change. I invite readers to explore our most recent actions taken—and our progress since 2015—as we report on the work we are doing to support this vital mission.