Monthly Archives: December 2015

Pictorial: Hofstra’s Year in Review

The University has produced a pictorial look back at Hofstra happenings during 2015.

To access the online show, click on the image below. Then, scroll down through the photo album. Hover your mouse over any photo to see the event that it captures.

Students competed in the Hofstra CPXi Venture Tech Challenge for $100,000 in prize money.


Zarb Prof’s Tips and Quiz for Being Safer Online

Although it’s nearly impossible to totally protect ourselves (whether a person or a company) against identity theft and an invasion of our online privacy by hackers, there are several things that we can do to make it tougher for hackers to get into our online accounts and social media.

How big is this problem? Take a look a look at this chart on cyber crime based on November 2015 data generated by Hackmageddon. Cyber attacks on U.S. sites dwarf those in the rest of the world.

Watch the two videos highlighted below to see some of the things we can do. Can YOU pass the quiz in the second video?


Bio of Zarb School Dean Berliner and His Concern for the LI Economy in 2016

Dr. Herman A Berliner, formerly Hofstra University ‘s Provost for 25 years, has been  serving as the Zarb School’s Dean for the past six months. He recently was interviewed for an article in Newsday about the Long Island labor market heading into 2016. Here are his observations:

Although the unemployment rate on Long Island is quite low: “You’re not ahead if you lose some highly paid jobs and you gain more jobs that are not well compensated,” said Herman Berliner, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Economics at Hofstra University’s Zarb School of Business. “Your numbers in terms of unemployment would look impressive, but the reality is that the area is not better off.”

In fact, the three occupations projected by the state Labor Department to have the biggest percentage increases on Long Island between 2012 and 2022 are among the lowest paying. They are health-care support, personal care and service, and food preparation and serving-related employment. Finally, external blows like fallout from more terrorist attacks in the country could also increase economic wariness and hurt hiring, Berliner said. “I am worried about external shocks and what kind of impact that will have on the economy,” he said.

Take a look at Dean Berliner’s biography to see his impact on Hofstra and the Zarb school of Business.
Berliner Bio

4.00 GPA Zarb Alumna Wins Endowed Scholarship

Hofstra 2015 BBA graduate Abigail Singley of North Bethesda, MD, is a recipient of the Albert I. DaSilva Memorial Endowed Scholarship for achieving a 4.0 G.P.A. while she earned a BBA degree in Accounting. The scholarship may be used toward her graduate studies or other academic pursuits.

The late Mr. Albert DaSilva was a noted entertainment lawyer. His wife, Zenia DaSilva, was a professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Hofstra. She has the distinction of being Hofstra’s longest-serving faculty member. Though now retired, she taught at Hofstra for 54 years.

Singley recently met with Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz, and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Gail Simmons, and Dr. DaSilva who shared her and her husband’s shared commitment to education, the humanities, and to helping young people achieve their professional and academic goals. “He was a champion of the liberal arts and believed that young people ought to experience a textured education that instills an appreciation of both the arts and sciences,” Dr. DaSilva said.

Hofstra’s dual-degree BBA/MS accounting program, in which Singley is enrolled, allows students to complete the 150 credit hours required for CPA licensure and both undergraduate and graduate studies in five years. As an undergraduate, Singley served as vice-president for Beta Alpha Psi, the honor organization for Accounting, Finance and, Information Systems students. She was a peer tutor for various business courses and has been a teaching assistant in the Department of Accounting, Taxation, and Legal Studies in Business. For a semester, she worked with the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, helping low- to moderate-income Long Island residents and international students at Hofstra prepare their tax returns.

During the summer of 2015 Singley interned with a data analytics group at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). She is currently studying for and taking the CPA exams while completing the MS in Taxation. In fact, she recently found out that she passed the first of these exams. She will graduate with her MS in May 2016 from Hofstra and has already accepted a full-time job offer with PwC’s advisory practice.

Photo Credit: Provost Gail Simmons, Dr. Zenia DaSilva, Ms. Abigail Singley, and President Stuart Rabinowitz

This post was written by Ginny Greenberg of Hofstra.