December 2016
An Extraordinary Adelphi Story to Share  
As I travel across the country on the Adelphi Momentum Tour, I repeatedly hear from alumni as well as the parents of current students about the ways we have transformed students' lives.

A shining example is Carmen Ortiz '78, '12 (Hon.), J.D., who returned to Adelphi to share her story. I am proud to tell you that Ortiz is both the first woman and the first Hispanic to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, appointed by President Obama. But she started here at Adelphi on a scholarship, while working in her family's gift store in Spanish Harlem.

During her long career, she has prosecuted the Boston Marathon bombing case, mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger and a number of white-collar criminals, all of which captivated our political science and criminal justice majors. She fondly remembered Adelphi Professor Emeritus Jose Sanchez, who saw the potential in this brilliant young woman from Harlem and urged her to follow her dreams, despite tough times at home.

Because of an Adelphi internship in Washington, D.C., Ortiz found her calling. "I had the opportunity to challenge myself personally and intellectually at Adelphi," she told us.

When asked about the recent presidential election, she responded, "We want to move forward, and we're not going to be able to move forward if we're not working together."

In this holiday season, I take heart in celebrating Ortiz' story and spreading her message. Let us all work together to move forward--this month and all through the year.

All the best,
Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.

The Adelphi Experience Goes Global  
My deepest congratulations to the winners of our 2016-2017 International Faculty Development Grants to support research into important global issues. This is part of our strategy to bring Adelphi into the global arena.

John Drew
, assistant professor, will develop courses that demonstrate how food in Latin America connects local environmental issues with global ones, such as climate change.

Beth Christensen, Ph.D.
, associate professor and director of the environmental studies program, and Aaren Freeman, Ph.D., associate professor, will explore Belize as a destination for students to conduct independent research on marine biology and climate change.

Chrisann Newransky, Ph.D.
, assistant professor, and Bradley Zodikoff, Ph.D., associate professor, will develop a study-abroad course in Japan on social welfare policy, macro social work and human services.

Public Health for the Public Good
Public health expertise can open doors, particularly in the booming medical and health fields. In fact, the Institute of Medicine has recommended that all medical professionals have some exposure to public health. It's no wonder, then, that Adelphi's new public health minor is popular. M. Pilar Martin, M.D., assistant professor and director of Adelphi's Master of Public Health program, points out that the minor is a wonderful way for undergraduates to explore the field. Plans are underway to create a public health major too. This is how strategic growth fosters student success. Learn more about our new minor here

A Veteran's Story at Adelphi 
We are ranked as one of the best colleges in the nation for veterans, and U.S. Marines veteran Edwin Alburquerque is a prime example as to why. Following six years in the Marine Corps, he followed his passion for fitness to become a personal trainer, and is now taking prerequisites for our nationally ranked B.S. in Nursing program. He has worked hard to restore our critically important Veterans Club while balancing a job, studies and family, and we are deeply grateful. We honor his service to our University and to our country. Read more about Alburquerque here .

More information about Adelphi's Veteran Resource Center can be found

The play,  Nat Turner in Jerusalem , produced by the New York Theatre Workshop, was refined during this summer's residency at Adelphi.
Broadway Comes to Adelphi  
Every June, New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) 2050 Fellows program participants spend between one and two weeks in residence at Adelphi. It's an exciting partnership that not only provides playwrights, directors and actors the chance to intensively develop new theater, but also gives Adelphi students the opportunity to act as interns on projects and make direct connections with the New York theater community. Learn more about the Adelphi-NYTW collaboration here

Film by Adelphi Faculty and Students Wins at Film Festivals
When the Sun Came for Them , a powerful new film about the Saharawi people now living in 40-year-old refugee camps in the Sahara Desert, was created and shot in an extraordinary collaboration between Adelphi students and faculty. The film was directed, written and edited by Terrence Ross , professor of communications, in collaboration with Cindy Maguire, Ph.D., acting associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Maguire traveled with recent graduates Enas Elmohands '14, Bec Everett '13 and Lara Hnizdo '13 to Algeria to shoot the film.

The film has garnered many awards, including a Human Rights Silver Award at the World Human Rights Festival; awards of merit at the World Documentary Festival, the Docs Without Borders Festival and the World Film Awards; a Certificate of Merit at the New York City International Film Festival; and a Special Jury Award for Excellence at the Barcelona International Film Festival. This is a terrific example of learning that extends far beyond the classroom.

Find out more about the film here.

Nursing Professor's Extraordinary Contributions Honored 
Patricia Donohue-Porter , Ph.D. '87, associate professor and director of the Ph.D. program in the College of Nursing
and Public Health, was inducted as a fellow into the New York Academy of Medicine on November 3. This prestigious honor recognizes Dr. Donohue-Porter's distinguished career in academic and clinical nursing. In addition to conducting important research on diabetes management, nursing management and improving medication safety, Dr. Donohue-Porter has helped to make our College of Nursing and Public Health the leading institution that it is.

Read more about her accomplishments and this well-deserved honor here.
The New York Times: The University's Bridges to Adelphi program earned the spotlight in a powerful feature story on ways colleges are supporting students with autism spectrum disorder. Bridges to Adelphi currently serves about 100 students and is inspiring the autism community. Read it here
The Huffington Post: Joel Weinberger, Ph.D., professor in the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, offered a provocative explanation for the surprising presidential election results. Rather than looking at voter anger, experts should have focused on the emotion of disgust. Analyzing voter responses to both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton through the lens of clinical psychology, Dr. Weinberger explains that the election results may not be so unexpected after all. Read it here
The Atlantic: In an article about "Tyrannosaurus teens" and how they differed from the adult T. rex, assistant professor of biology Michael D'Emic, Ph.D., shared his expertise on fossil records and dinosaur research. Read it here

U.S. News & World Report : Rakesh Gupta, associate professor in the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, discussed the reason most consumers overspend and how to attack the problem. Read it here

Effingham Daily News: Mark Grabowski, J.D. , associate professor, commented in the Illinois publication on media bias in the election and how it has undermined the public's already low confidence in news journalism. Citing survey results showing that 60 percent of independent voters found the media in the election campaign biased against Donald Trump, with a content analysis slanting toward Hillary Clinton, his op-ed calls journalists to account. Read it here

The Adelphi men's soccer team captured its first Northeast-10 Conference Championship title at home on Sunday, November 6, and  advanced to the   NCAA Division II Elite Eight  for the fourth time in program history (1973, 1974, 1975, 2016). The Panthers also had four players honored as All-Americans, while   Alejandro Penzini  was celebrated for his play and his academic achievements as a CoSIDA Academic All-American.

The women's soccer team clinched the NE-10 regular season title and advanced to the 
East Region Final of the NCAA Division II championshipMorgan Santoro led this record-setting group, earning Regional Player of the Year honors and  Northeast-10 Player of The Year accolades.  

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