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November 2019
Once Known as a Regional College, Now Winning National Recognition

I am lucky to have an opportunity to “brag” quite a lot on our community this month. In this newsletter, I highlight some of the many awards and recognitions that Adelphi has received in the last few months. The stories that I share with you today prove that our mission to transform lives is being noticed far beyond our New York borders.

In the end, this month’s newsletter is also a thank-you—to the students who are working so hard on their many different pathways to success; to faculty who are innovating in both research and teaching; and to our staff, who are creating new approaches to diversity, inclusion and social mobility. 

Our Adelphi family is proud and excited about these recognitions. I hope you will be too!

All the best,
Christine M. Riordan, PhD
Transformation story

Getting involved in national movements like Take Back the Night and The Clothesline Project was life changing for Nicole Zisa ’19.
The secret's out. Adelphi used to be in the "best-kept secret" category. Today, we're a U.S. News & World Report Best College in the nation—and a "best" in four other important areas.
Adelphi now a national top performer on social mobility. Adelphi is committed to transforming students' lives. Our U.S. News & World Report ranking as a Top Performer on Social Mobility reflects our success in meeting that goal.
A student-athlete scores national honor. Already named the NE10 Woman of the Year, lacrosse star and classroom standout Chelsea Abreu '19 also became the first Panther to be named a finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
An inspiring STEAM program wins award. There's a severe shortage of science teachers in underperforming schools. Adelphi's award-winning STEAM Pipeline program is helping to change that.
A national leader in diversity and inclusion. Adelphi is becoming a model of diversity and inclusion. Our second consecutive HEED Award shows our progress—and compassion.
National recognition for outstanding teaching. Innovative methods developed in Adelphi's nursing and psychology programs are teaching students to provide extraordinary care—and winning awards.
Research: A new window into autism
Assistant professor of psychology Damian Stanley, PhD, has developed a sophisticated test to measure impairment of theory of mind, the ability to comprehend what others are thinking and feeling. The test, which revealed that people on the autism spectrum experience great difficulty in one neural process, may lead to a better understanding of autism itself. Read about it in " Mind Over Matter ," a feature in our 2019 Academic and Creative Research Magazine .
A sterling record of student success
Just-released NCAA statistics show that our student-athletes posted an exceptional graduation rate of 89 percent, a figure that far exceeds the Division II national average of 73 percent. Six of our programs—women's basketball, field hockey, women's lacrosse, softball, women's tennis and volleyball—achieved a 100 percent Academic Success Rate. Above: Master of Public Health graduate student Aleisha Jeffers '18, champion sprinter and member of the NE10 Academic Honor Roll, receives her diploma.
Alumni making a difference: 10 Under 10
Career success comes quickly to so many Adelphi graduates, and each year we celebrate 10 young alumni who stand out by achieving exceptional career and personal accomplishments before their 10th reunion. Meet our Class of 2019 10 Under 10 and see how they've made careers by helping others.
Momentum Tour 2019–2020
The Momentum Tour heads north on Long Island this month with a visit to Roslyn, New York , for an event hosted by John Jeffrey ’75, retired partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Mary Frances Buquicchio Jeffrey ’77, RN. Join me at Limani restaurant for an evening of celebration with fellow alumni and friends.
Dr. Riordan is an internationally known expert and frequent speaker on leadership, diversity and inclusion, and career success. She has published nearly 70 academic and business press articles and is authoring  Shift Happens: How to Adapt and Thrive in a Rapidly Changing World of Work —a book on helping employees adapt to the changing workplace. Dr. Riordan’s TEDx talk, “Dare to Be Extraordinary,” has received more than 20,000 views. She has been interviewed by and written articles for media such as  The Financial Times , the Harvard Business Review , Forbes and HuffPost . Her work has been cited more than 5,400 times by other authors, and she has appeared in the press more than 130 times. For more information on her research, christineriordan.com .