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Strategic Outreach and Retention Initiatives

Strategic Outreach and Retention Initiatives


Jennifer Boscarino-Green,
Senior Associate Dean/Director
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Mary Etienne,
Associate Director
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Liz Babinecz,
Assistant Director
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This team leads the development and implementation of retention initiatives for undergraduate students. They work closely with the other CUA teams and campus colleagues to develop and maintain communications campaigns, registration processes, grade review, scholarship review, orientation registration processes, and other CUA practices.

This team also provides academic advising for students majoring in the Performing Arts, and undecided students in the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (HCLAS).

Faculty in Residence Program

Student Affairs Faculty in Residence Program

What is a “Faculty in Residence”?

The mission of the Netherlands Faculty in Residence (FiR) Pilot Program is to extend and deepen relationships within the Netherlands first year student residential community by adding an in-residence faculty member who works with the residential life team to augment the social and intellectual experiences that are central to the success of this first year complex. The role of the FiR is to provide students with a role model, educator, and community leader.  Through ongoing collaborations, the FiR will contribute to the community by integrating the academic, social, and developmental experiences of residential students.

In fulfillment of this mission the Netherlands Faculty in Residence program goals include:

  • foster social engagement, promote leadership, and active participation in and beyond the classroom.
  • strive to deepen intellectual inquiry and exploration.
  • engage students both formally (through planned programming) and informally via regular interaction with students.
  • encourage student contact with additional faculty through formal and informal programs. 
  • collaborate with residence life staff to promote a strong living-learning community.
  • create and promote opportunities for students to serve the university and the broader community.
  • serve as a resource for all students providing support for them as they adjust to University life.

Living-Learning Communities

Living-Learning Communities

Where each facet of your college EXPERIENCE enriches the other

Students who take several classes together make friends more quickly, form study groups, and generally have an easier time 

adjusting to college life.

But some students want more. They'd like a stronger connection between their academic goals and their extracurricular activities.

They hope college will introduce them to other students who share their passion for a subject and will challenge them in new

and exciting ways.

Borrowing from the thematic learning and close-knit classroom settings that are hallmarks of the First-Year Connections program,

Hofstra has also created special opportunities for a first-year residence experience.

Eight thematic "living-learning communities" are associated with several first-year clusters and seminars, giving students the

opportunity to live with many of the same students they are in class with, as well as students who share the same passion for

leadership, business, communications, math and sciences as well as  health science issues and the arts.

Students who choose a living-learning community reside together in the Netherlands Complex in a house with 55 other first-year

residential students.  Honors College students reside in Vander Poel Hall and L.E.A.D resides in Stuyvesant Hall.  These students

enjoy class-based activities and events as well as interaction with faculty outside the classroom within their living-learning community.

Commuting students who register for the First-Year Connections clusters and seminars may also participate in the activities

associated with these living-learning communities. 

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