Category Archives: Zarb in the Community

On the 15th Anniversary of 9/11/01

It has now been 15 years since one of the worst days in American history. It is a tragedy that many of us will remember forever, and one that claimed the lives of several members of the Hofstra family (including the Zarb School). On this anniversary, it is a good time to reflect.

Each year on this date, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum has a “Tribute in Light”. This is

“an [iconic] art installation that is produced annually in New York on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Tribute in Light illuminates the New York City sky just south of the Memorial site. On 9/11, the 9/11 Memorial plaza is open to the public from 3 p.m. to midnight for the viewing of Tribute in Light.”

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum also has available online multimedia information about an incredible exhibit called “Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11.” Click on the preceding link to see the summary.

If you click on this link, you can see a video clip about one of the works of art. It is very moving. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum says the following about the clip:

“Papers, letters, business forms, and personal notes flutter through the air in this film by the creative collective, Blue Man Group. Inspired by the scraps of paper that blew from the World Trade Center into the yard of their rehearsal space in Brooklyn on Sept. 11, the members of Blue Man Group wrote the song, “Exhibit 13,” featuring spoken recitations of the papers’ contents, and created the accompanying video, both named after one of the scorched pieces of paper they found. Blue Man Group members Chris Wink, Matt Goldman,and Phil Stanton are New York residents and were in various locations in Manhattan on 9/11. The performance group is based in New York.”


HAMA Recognized with Award

The Hofstra American Marketing Association (HAMA) was recently awarded the 2016 Reginald Andre ’04 Endowed Award for Zarb School of Business Student Activities. This award is granted by Reginald Andre (BBA ’04) and sponsors a new program, event, or initiative.

In the fall of 2016, HAMA members (some of whom are pictured below) will be organizing a marketing pitch competition. Groups will be led by one alumni each, and together they will create a marketing plan for the different companies that are selected. A panel of marketing professionals will judge the competition and network with students and alumni. The goal of this event is to cultivate alumni connections and assist the local business community while also improving students’ presentation, communication and teamwork skills.


The Zarb School’s 2016 Undergraduate Dean’s Award for Service

The Hofstra University undergraduate student organization 180 Degrees Consulting is “a branch of the world’s largest student consultancy that helps nonprofits achieve a greater social impact.” The group’s mission is “to strengthen the ability of socially conscious organizations in order to achieve high impact social outcomes through the development of innovative, practical and sustainable solutions.”

During the current 2015-2016 academic year, 180 Degrees Consulting has received two major awards: Pre-Professional Organization of the Year at Hofstra University and 2015-2016 Zarb School of Business Dean’s Award for Best Student Organization.

As the Zarb School’s Patricia Ciavarello reports:

“The undergraduate student organization 180 Degrees Consulting has been awarded the Frank G. Zarb School of Business’s 2016 Undergraduate Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service.. The group prides itself on giving students the opportunity to combine their passion for business with their passion for giving back to the community. This year, the organization consulted with seven local nonprofit organizations including Bethany House, New Ground Inc., STW Advocacy for at Risk Youth, Morrison Mentors, IPOV Agency, The Book Fairies, and Heeling Soles.”

“Students assisted these organizations with a variety of services including creating a comprehensive strategic plan, addressing recruitment and marketing issues, creating awareness, and improving financial viability. In addition to the plan proposals, students also donated their time to support their causes. At the conclusion of each semester, the organization held a final presentation night where students completed their reports to each of the organizations and present recommendations to the leadership of each nonprofit.”

As Brendan Rourke (BBA 2016) noted: “When I created 180 Degrees Consulting at Hofstra, I was looking for a unique experience to introduce students to the concept of corporate social responsibility and get them better acquainted with the constant challenges that are present in the non-profit sector. In addition, we are assisting our consultants to effectively run a business and think analytically and creatively – skills that anyone, regardless of career path, can apply to a professional setting.”

We Should ALL Be Welcome Here!

The American Express OPEN Forum has produced a valuable video, All Are Welcome Here,  based on the acceptance of diversity:

“More than 10,000 small business owners around the country are sending a message. They want their communities to know that all customers are welcome to walk through their doors regardless of religion, country of origin, or immigration status. Amanda Ballantyne of the Main Street Alliance and Elana and Danny Schwartzman, the owners of the Common Roots Café in Minneapolis, tell us about the ‘All Are Welcome Here’ campaign.”

Here is the headline of a poster prepared by the Main Street Alliance.


Hofstra Institutes and Centers

Hofstra University and the Zarb School of Business support a number of institutes and centers. In this blog, we previously posted about the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Center for International Financial Services and Markets, the Center for Civic Engagement, Money & Me, and the Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room.

In addition to the organizations noted above, Hofstra also has these centers that interact with the Zarb School and other academic units. Click the images to read about these resources:


Asia Center


National Center for Suburban Studies


Institute of Real Estate


Scott Skodnek Business Development Center


Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies


Do YOU Have Hofstra P.R.I.D.E.?

For the last several years, the Hofstra University tag line has been “Pride and Purpose”; and our athletic teams have been known as the Pride.

But, are you aware that P.R.I.D.E. Principles” are described on one of Hofstra’s Web pages? These are lessons for all of us, whether currently at Hofstra or a graduate from many years ago:

Hofstra students have many guides, teachers, and mentors throughout their time on campus, all of whom work toward helping students reach their goals. While each student has some unique goals, we also strive to help students develop a wide range of abilities that are important for all students. A Hofstra student who is actively engaged in his/her college experience, in and out of the classroom, will develop Hofstra PRIDE, defined in the following ways:

Personal/Social Responsibility: During college, Hofstra students will develop and demonstrate the skills needed to steer their own personal, academic, and career paths and to take full ownership of their decisions, in and out of the classroom. They will engage in a process of self-discovery, and develop interpersonal and intrapersonal competence. They will develop their intellectual curiosity, and learn to engage in informed and responsible risk taking. Students who have developed personal and social responsibility are reflective and have a clear sense of purpose, and are cognizant about how their actions impact others. They maintain a healthy balance of autonomy and interdependence, responsibly manage their personal affairs, and use their time wisely.”

Respect for Self and Others: Hofstra students will show respect for all individuals they encounter on and off campus, as well as demonstrating self-respect. They will become effective, appropriate self-advocates who display emotional maturity in their interactions with others. Recognizing their own strengths and abilities and seeking help as needed, they will learn the components of a healthy lifestyle and positive health decisions in order to sustain their physical and psychological well being.”

Integrity, Ethics, and Leadership: Hofstra students will demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior in all aspects of their lives, in and out of the classroom. They will continually work to understand themselves and the world around them, improve their collaborative skills, and work to become effective, principled leaders.”

Diversity and Community: Hofstra students will appreciate the unique perspective of each individual based on his or her diverse experiences, while also respecting the responsibility to the broader community. They will demonstrate the awareness, knowledge and skills necessary to effectively engage with a diverse community. They will develop into good global citizens, as well as showing a commitment to service to one’s own community.”

Expression & Free Exchange: Hofstra students understand and demonstrate the importance of respectful free expression and exchange for learning. Participation in these practices leads to the development of critical and integrative thinking, and the ability to apply knowledge across different contexts. Through dialogue and engagement, students clarify their sense of purpose, including their academic and career goals, as well as learn effective decision making, communication, and technological skills.”



Zarb School Experts and Media Coverage

Under the auspices of University Relations, Hofstra has a number of experts who interact with the media on behalf of the University:

“The Hofstra University Press Room [(516) 463-6818] serves as a resource for the media to discover the many different areas of specialization of our diverse faculty. They are available for expert commentary on breaking news or feature stories on hundreds of topics.  This section was designed to help reporters reach Hofstra University experts easily. The site is a tool that will offer the most current information on some of our experts currently in the media. Here, many topics from many experts, are at your fingertips. Our goal for this section was to best serve the University by informing the public and the media of Hofstra’s distinguished faculty achievements, most current research and activities, as well as expanding the general visibility of the University.”

Here, shown alphabetically, are Zarb School faculty who participate in this initiative and are currently listed on the Hofstra experts’ Web page: