January 2017
I Am Inspired by the Many Ways We Change Students' Lives

Here in Garden City, the mercury has dropped. We’re all walking more quickly across campus, eager to get inside and get warm. The campus is serene and peaceful. It’s the perfect backdrop for contemplating all that we have accomplished together and the exciting opportunities ahead.

I keep thinking about the thousands of students whose lives we have transformed.  I read and hear such stories virtually every day—in letters, in casual conversations, on social media.

Each story is like a gift—inspiring me personally and renewing my commitment to helping students from all backgrounds define their success in the classroom, on campus, in careers and communities and beyond.

This is our vision and, together, we are making tremendous strides toward making it come true.

In the stories below, you will see how. 

All the best,
Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.
Early Applications Show That an Adelphi Education Is in Demand
Early action applications to Adelphi have spiked—again. Following our 2015 success, we’ve seen another big jump in these applications to a new record. In Fall 2016, we received 4,529 early applications—an increase of 1,246, or 41 percent. The good news about Adelphi is getting out, and we are delighted to see so many highly qualified future Panthers. 
Our Nexus Building Is Transforming the Student Experience  
Last month, we celebrated the opening of Adelphi’s Nexus Building. We heard from nursing major Alexander Klotsche about the critical care lab that “looks like any ICU in a major hospital.” And Isuri Wijesundara spoke about finding under one roof the many student services that have helped make Adelphi her home away from home. In this video, you can see just how Nexus is reshaping the Adelphi experience. 
Our student composers will have their original compositions played by the groundbreaking Parhelion Trio. This year’s workshop, on Friday, March 3, brings Adelphi students together with The Parhelion Trio, a New York City-based, all-woman ensemble that is dedicated to bringing contemporary music to diverse audiences. Following the workshop, on Saturday, March 4, The Parhelion Trio will give a concert as part of Adelphi’s performing arts series. Learn more here
Announcing the NYC Scholars Program for undergraduates, an unforgettable way to experience the world's most exciting city firsthand.  This new program takes Adelphi's New York connections to new heights. NYC Scholars will live, study and intern in the great city on Adelphi's doorstep. Interested students are invited to apply by February 15, 2017 . Learn more about the NYC Scholars Program here
Adelphi students have a new way to explore the literature and culture of one of the world's foremost literary cities: Dublin, Ireland. This March, 13 Adelphi students of various majors will travel to the home of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde with two of our distinguished English department faculty members. The travel is woven into a course at Adelphi’s Manhattan Center and is another way Adelphi opens doors to New York City and the globe. Learn more about it here
I would like to welcome our 160 new Adelphi International (AUI) students who come from across the globe to experience this personalized program. Starting with the moment that students in our AUI program arrive, we help them feel at home—from making up their beds to helping them find comfort food. AUI students are paired with advisers who go out of their way to get to know them personally and ensure that they are feeling connected. Learn more here  
For students with autism spectrum disorder, it can feel overwhelming to volunteer on campus or find a job. Our Bridges to Adelphi program goes the extra mile to help such students get involved and get hired. “Someone who graduates from Adelphi with a 3.3 GPA shouldn’t end up bagging groceries,” says Mitch Nagler, M.A. '06, the program's director. With grants from the Adelphi University Women's Giving Circle, he has set up two initiatives to help ensure that doesn't happen. Learn more here.  
Richard Bedard is a student with a disability who is thriving at Adelphi and following his dream to become  become a disability rights lawyer. Born with cerebral palsy, he chose to attend Adelphi because of its reputation for being disability friendly, and he stayed because the promise held true. He calls the education “excellent.” A senior majoring in English, he intends to practice law to help people with disabilities get equal access to quality education. Learn more here
The Latest Panther News: Athletics Update
Following a standout fall season, Adelphi tied for first place in the Northeast-10 Conference Presidents’ Cup standings. We have won the cup, which is given for overall athletic excellence in the NE-10, three times in the past four years. This past fall, the Panthers won two NE-10 championships, two regular season crowns and had three teams—mens soccer, womens soccer and volleyball—make NCAA Tournament appearances.

To watch the Panthers on the road, tune in to our free live and on-demand streaming service, aupanthers.tv#HailAdelphi
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