Melissa Connolly

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August 16, 2015
I have started visiting colleges with my daughter who is entering her senior year in high school. I know she can get an outstanding education at Hofstra but I also know she is looking for an experience away from home.
June 28, 2015
In addition to serving as Provost, I also have the privilege of serving as president of my local school board. As president, I get to deliver a brief commencement address and hand the students their diplomas.  
January 12, 2014
As an economist, I always await all the major economic data that is released on a regular weekly or monthly or yearly basis.
August 4, 2013
I was not familiar with the word "nance" until I looked it up after the announcement that Nathan Lane would be coming back to Broadway as the lead role in "The Nance."
May 2, 2012
My older daughter came home last week, after taking a New York State ELA (English Language Arts) statewide exam.  Normally after she takes a test, she mentions whether the test was easy or hard and what, if any, were the areas that give her difficulty.  This time it was different.  She complained about a reading passage concerning a race between a pineapple (that did not move) and a hare. 
April 29, 2012
This is the season.  Winter gray is replaced by the color of spring and the blank spots on my schedule are filled with more and more end of the semester, as well as end of the academic year, activities.  Plus my school board activities also escalate as the Board works to provide a clear understanding of the proposed budget before the community votes and hopefully approves the budget.
April 1, 2012
Earlier this week, I sat through an excellent presentation on social media.  And in terms of my skill set in this area, I consider myself to be an effective communicator.  I was a very early adopter of email.  I enjoy using PowerPoint.  I blog on a regular basis.  In addition, I text message regularly;  I Google often; and I  Iook at various YouTube postings relatively often.  I also have a Facebook page that I hardly ever look at and a LinkedIn page that I look at occasionally.  After the presentation, I have come to the conclusion that this is not good enough and that I need to upgrade my social media skills. 
December 19, 2011
As I am entering the library earlier this week, I pass by a student on a cell phone and hear the student make the following statement: “I finished all my finals but I still have to write a 60 page term paper which is due in two days.”  As hard as it is to believe, the student clearly stated that the paper is due in two days.
December 11, 2011
Late this week, I received a letter from our longest serving faculty member. This person has served for over 50 years as a full-time faculty member and continues to be an excellent teacher, an outstanding colleague and a respected scholar.  
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