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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July 2021

Dear Adelphi family and friends,

Last month marked Adelphi University’s 125th Charter Day. In honor of our milestone anniversary, I invite you to watch Building Tomorrow Together—Adelphi’s inspiring history, captured in two powerful minutes.

After more than a century, Adelphi continues transforming lives. Our Hispanic Community Partnership Program offers new pathways to promising high school students from around the country. Our scholar-athletes repeatedly shine in their sports and excel in academics. And our world-class faculty are often on the cutting edge of their fields—like our cyberworld expert Mark Grabowski, JD, who looks at aging privacy laws in a fascinating interview about online security.

Wishing you a safe and healthy summer!

All the best!


Now in its third year, our Hispanic Community Partnership Program has more than tripled in attendance and is drawing interest from Hispanic teens as far away as California. The program is just one part of our commitment to student success and access to education, and a significant stepping-stone toward our goal to be a Hispanic-Serving Institution.


Adelphi College opened its doors 125 years ago in Brooklyn, New York, with 57 students. Now we celebrate a milestone birthday as a major metropolitan university with almost 8,000 students and more than 118,000 living alumni around the world. Witness our successful journey in pictures.

Adelphi is making local, national and global news.

Here are some recent media highlights:

  • CNN story on mindfulness featured Deborah Serani, PsyD, senior adjunct faculty member in psychology, sharing her “5 ways to free yourself” from overthinking.
  • In Scientific American, Michael D’Emic, PhD, paleontologist and associate professor of biology, shares his thoughts on unscrambling dinosaur bones.
  • On News 12, Lea Theodore, PhD, professor of psychology, shared her expertise during a live segment on the pandemic’s toll on children’s mental health.
  • Adelphi student and admissions ambassador Sarah Menzel gave viewers a campus tour in a Newsday feature video.

What I would love for people to be reassured about is that there have been lots of times in history when things haven’t gone the way we’ve expected them to. We adapt, and our children will have skills and strengths and resiliencies that we didn’t have.

Joaniko Kohchi, director of Adelphi University’s Institute for Parenting, in the Associated Press article “Polio: When vaccines and re-emergence were just as daunting” that ran in The Washington Post,, U.S. News & World Report, and more than 400 other news outlets nationwide.”
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