For the last four days, I have been driving a Chevrolet Volt which is a real electric car (different from the typical hybrid) with a back-up gas powered engine to charge the Lithium-Ion batteries when necessary. The “when necessary” is when you drive the Volt for more than 40 miles. It’s been very interesting and the future is clearly visible here. The car will be displayed on campus (courtesy of East Hills Chevrolet) as part of the University’s Earth Day activities, and the dealer also invited me to drive the car for a few days before it goes on display.
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April 17, 2011
April 11, 2011
On the news recently there was mention of a scavenger hunt that will be held in the New York Public Library as part of the centennial celebration of the magnificent Stephen A. Schwarzman building. I am one of a legion of fans of this magnificent building and I am even more appreciative of the incredible collection housed in the building. My relationship with the Public Library goes back to when I was a little kid and always excited to go to my local library and pick out another book to read.
April 3, 2011
I have been busy completing my remarks for this season’s first admitted students’ day event. Actually there are now multiple admitted students’ day events since we want the experience to be both as convenient and as personal as possible. And though my remarks are substantially changed from what I said last year, the message each and every year has been remarkably similar. I urge potential undergraduate students and their families to look for the long term value of the higher education the students are about to embark on.
March 27, 2011
At least one a year, an entry level administrator will ask me if it is OK to disagree with his/her boss and, if yes, how should s/he disagree. We all know that differences of opinion and the resulting discussions are valuable aspects of an enlightened decision making process. And I could just respond to the question (since I am a Broadway musicals fan) by saying (since singing is not my strong point): just do everything “the company way.” Instead, my answer is that it is certainly OK; if you keep in mind the time, the place, and the style.
March 20, 2011
Today was the day but it actually started last August. At that point in time, I purchased four tickets to Spiderman so that my wife, my kids and I could attend. The tickets were full price and I was hoping this show would be a great family outing. But this is a show we have all heard about almost non-stop. There have been a number of accidents, equipment malfunctions, and delayed opening after delayed opening.
March 13, 2011
For all of us as educators, the Lumina Foundation draft report on “The Degree Qualifications Profile” needs to be must reading. The Foundation in the first paragraph of the report states that the Profile is “a tool that can help transform U.S.
March 6, 2011
I think we would all agree that our country is confronting a series of challenges in key areas such as the economy, health care, education, the environment, and national security. How we handle these challenges will determine whether the United States continues its global leadership role or whether we are eclipsed by other great powers on this globe. Regardless of your priorities, as we look to secure our future, education has to be a key part of any solution. But at this moment in time, education and especially schools of education are under attack.
February 27, 2011
Part of what attracted me to higher education in the first place and still attracts me is the shared governance environment. Economics was the discipline that excited me, and higher education was the environment where I felt most comfortable and most productive. And from my experience shared governance works well in most places and in most cases. My first experiences were in the area of curriculum, beginning with the department’s efforts to fine tune the economics major and subsequently extending to the committee that reviewed the undergraduate curriculum.
February 20, 2011
This past Tuesday evening, February 15, was special for a number of reasons. Hofstra played William & Mary in a great basketball game with a last second overtime victory by Hofstra. For the last ten minutes of the game, all eyes were riveted on the court with great basketball, great drama; and (especially since I am a Hofstra person) a great conclusion. But equal to the game, was the halftime happening.
February 13, 2011
We are in the process of preparing our next five year plan which will cover the years 2012-2017. Our previous plan focused on providing additional resources to enhance the academic profile of the University and very substantial progress was made in enhancing undergraduate student quality as well as adding additional faculty lines and other resources. This new plan will again have an academic orientation but not the luxury of focusing just on what we would like to add.