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Goal 4
A powerfully connected university

Momentum: The Strategic Plan for Adelphi University, 2015–2021

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We will extend the reach and resources of our community through a potent network of relationships. We’ll bring together faculty, staff, families, alumni and business and industry partners, maximizing our traditional associations here on Long Island as well as in the great city that is our neighbor.

Here is a sample of our key initiatives. / See some of our progress.

Develop University Pride

Inspire Alumni

Build a Robust Parents and Families Program

Develop University-Wide Strategic Partners Program

See some of our progress:

A First: Adelphi Grad Sits on the Security Council
José Singer Weisinger graduated from Adelphi with a bachelor’s degree in business back in 1973, then built a highly successful career in the Dominican Republic as the owner of two companies while serving in public roles on economic councils. In January 2019, he was sent by the president of the Dominican Republic to serve as a special envoy during the country’s two-year term on the U.N. Security Council. Weisinger told PassBlue, which covers the United Nations, that he was chosen for his negotiating skills, which will help the country make an impact in its first-ever term as a member of the Security Council.

› Read More About This Outstanding Adelphi Alum

Adelphi Emerges as International Leader in Emergency Management
Organizations across the Northeast regularly turn to David R. Williams, EdD, director of Adelphi’s Emergency Management program, for his expertise in training first responders and civilians. Now international organizations are seeking him out. In Spring 2019, representatives from Japan’s National Resilience Promotion Headquarters visited Dr. Williams to discuss Adelphi’s program and bring best practices back to Japan. The meeting included a tour of the state-of-the-art simulation lab at the College of Nursing and Public Health and a visit to the Public Safety Command Center. The group from Japan was so impressed that members stayed 45 minutes longer than scheduled.

› Dive Into Adelphi’s Emergency Management Program

President Riordan, Alumnae Premier Business Women of Long Island Award
President Christine M. Riordan has made engagement with the Long Island community a priority at Adelphi and is extremely active in working with local organizations. Her leadership was recognized in the spring of 2019 when Herald Community Newspapers honored her as one of the Premier Business Women of Long Island. Two Adelphi alumnae also received the award: Christine Chipurnoi ’02, senior vice president at USI Insurance Services, and Carol O’Neill ’85, MSW ’86, a senior director at EAC Network.

› See More About President Riordan

Adelphi Joins 12,000 Voices to Support Voter Registration
In April 2019, multiple Adelphi University partners collaborated on a national initiative inviting 1,000 theaters across the country to present all-female readings of the classic play 12 Angry Men. Adelphi presented an inclusive reading that included students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni, one of whom is a transgender actor. The reading was directed by associate professor of theatre Maggie Lally and assisted by a Tasha Berol ’19. Held in the Olmsted Theatre, the reading was followed by a voter registration drive to raise awareness of voting rights.

› Learn More About Our Efforts to Get People to Vote

Students Combat Hunger With New Food Recovery Program
We are proud to announce an initiative to combat hunger in the local community—one created by caring students. Jenna Szabo ’19 and Wensley Bynoe ’19 mobilized fellow members of the Levermore Global Scholars program in Spring 2019 to create and carry out a food recovery program in partnership with Adelphi Dining Services. The students have begun collecting packaged to-go foods, including sandwiches and salads, and redistributing them to nonprofit partners Glory House Recovery, Bethany House and Hope House. Their project—which has already succeeded in delivering more than 1,000 food items—gets to the heart of the Levermore Global Scholars mission on social justice and sustainability and the Adelphi Momentum strategic plan’s emphasis on community engagement. Peter DeBartolo, administrative director of the Levermore Global Scholars program, and Kathryn Krasinski, PhD, assistant professor of anthropology, will help students continue to grow the project in the fall.

› Get the Inside on the New Food Recovery Program

Adelphi Announces New Minor in Scientific Computing
This minor, housed in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, provides undergraduate students, primarily those who major in sciences such as biology, chemistry, physics and computer science, with a solid background in computational techniques and data analysis skills to prepare them to pursue an advanced degree in their major discipline. This new minor, in partnership with Brookhaven National Laboratory, is part of a strategic initiative at Adelphi to expand our leadership in data sciences.

› Learn About the New Minor

Adelphi’s Ties to Off-Broadway Strengthen
The critically acclaimed play School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play—featuring alumna Mirirai Sithole ’12—was optioned for a television run. The groundbreaking play, which wrapped up its extended Off-Broadway return engagement on December 9, 2018, is slated to premiere on WNET-TV in 2019. We congratulate Sithole, whom The New York Times described as “simply extraordinary,” on her continued success on the stage—and now the small screen.

› Learn More About the Production

Adjunct Professor and Author Speaks to the National Council of Jewish Women
Author of the true story The Ropes That Bind, Tracy Stopler spoke about what she calls “a silent epidemic” before the National Council of Jewish Women in November 2018. There are currently 56 volunteers working with Stopler to educate adults throughout Long Island on how to protect children against childhood sexual abuse. A long-time adjunct professor of nutrition at Adelphi, she is currently coordinator of The Enough Abuse Campaign and worked as a volunteer for The Safe Center LI, Inc., in Bethpage, New York, for eight years as a child victims’ advocate.

› See Stopler’s TedXAdelphi Talk on the Issue

Adelphi Takes the Lead In Supporting Healthy Parent-Child Relationships
Adelphi’s Institute for Parenting plays a vital role on Long Island in helping new families thrive, providing guidance and support for new parents through its clinic, community initiatives, and degree and certificate programs. The Institute supports healthy child and family development through consultation in school and pediatric settings and also provides specialized direct services that enhance secure caregiving relationships for young children in court-involved families in Nassau County. The Institute has just welcomed a new director, Joaniko Kohchi, an expert in infant and early childhood mental health. She has years of experience working with children and families and supervising students and professionals in early care, school, child welfare, medical and clinical settings. She is also co-president of the New York Zero-to-Three Network and a member of the Endorsement Committee of the New York State Association for Infant Mental Health.

› Learn About the Institute for Parenting

Adelphi Says Hello to All Its Neighbors
Adelphi has so much to offer our friends in Nassau County and across Long Island that most people probably aren’t aware of all the opportunities that are available. That’s why we created a new publication, Hello, Neighbor, a guide to University programs for children, students, adult learners and anyone interested in art and culture, sports, and staying in shape. It also provides contact information for University health, mental health, literacy and parenting services. Available online, on campus and by request, Hello, Neighbor was mailed to 100,000 homes in Garden City, Hempstead and other communities within 10 miles of campus and was promoted on social media.

› See Hello, Neighbor Online

Adelphi Professor Takes on Regional Leadership Role in Promoting Diversity Issues in Higher Education
CarolAnn L. Daniel, PhD, director of diversity and inclusion, has played a vital role in making Adelphi a role model for institutions nationally. Now she is adding a regional component to her work as chair of the newly formed New York/New Jersey/Connecticut chapter of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. Dr. Daniel, who is also a professor in the School of Social Work, will help other colleges and universities strive toward greater inclusion and diversity.

› Explore Diversity at Adelphi

Planned Innovation Center Attracts Attention of Long Island Business Community
Adelphi’s Innovation Center, which is scheduled to open in 2019 and serve as a home for interdisciplinary teaching and research partnerships between Adelphi and industry, was prominently featured in an article in Innovate Long Island in November 2018. The 2,000-square-foot studio on Adelphi’s campus will allow faculty members and students to increase the scope of work they are already doing with companies like GEICO, UPS and, Inc.; it will also function as an incubator of student-created businesses and new campus organizations. As its name suggests, the center will be devoted to the development of innovative solutions to real-world challenges, solutions that will benefit the region and the nation.

› See the Article on the Adelphi Innovation Center

Adelphi Program Brings Needed Aid to Puerto Rico
Adelphi’s Alternative Break programs help spread the University’s impact to communities far beyond Long Island and the region. Launched in 2012 to give students the opportunity to spend winter and spring breaks helping those in need, Alternative Break has sent volunteers to New Orleans, South Florida, Houston, Belize, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. For winter break 2017–2018, it partnered with Appleseed Expeditions to fly students to Puerto Rico to work in orphanages and schools, helping those still affected by Hurricane Maria.

› Learn About Adelphi’s Alternative Break Program

How Far and Wide Can Jaggar Community Fellows Reach?
Every summer, Adelphi’s Jaggar Community Fellows Program places 70 of our most outstanding and committed students in paid internships at local nonprofits. These experiences don’t just benefit our students—they help organizations by providing talent and helping them establish important connections with the University. At 2018’s Annual Poster Celebration, the most recent fellows presented about their summer’s work at institutions such as the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island, Friends of the Bay, United Way of Long Island, Island Harvest and the local branch of the American National Red Cross. Jaggar fellows also worked at nonprofits in the boroughs of New York City, including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the National Urban League.

› See More About the Jaggar Program

Adelphi Athletics Joins Forces With NYU Winthrop Sports Medicine
The Sports Medicine Center at NYU Langone Orthopedic Center has been providing care for Adelphi athletes for more than a decade, but as of fall 2018 the Orthopedic Center, based at NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, New York, is an official partner of Adelphi Athletics. The Sports Medicine Center will treat and coordinate medical care for more than 350 student-athletes in 23 sports, including office visits, on-site clinic hours and surgical needs.

› Learn About the Partnership

Adelphi Is Preparing for Emergencies, One Nail Salon at a Time
The isolation and challenges faced by Long Island nail salon workers—mostly immigrants with limited English—is a crucial problem for our area. Adelphi’s Center for Health Innovation has taken the lead on this issue by partnering with the Town of North Hempstead to create information packets in four languages to educate these workers, their families and communities on how to be prepared in the event of an emergency. This is just one inspiring example of how Adelphi is committed to helping people in our community.

› Read About Outreach to Immigrant Populations

New Study Outlines Long Island’s Long-Term Care Trends and the Future Impact of Its Aging Population
As the elderly population doubles, care delivery models must adapt, according to a comprehensive study commissioned by Adelphi’s Center for Health Innovation.

› Explore the Study

President Riordan Launches the Adelphi Momentum Tour
As part of her Adelphi Momentum Tour, President Christine M. Riordan will visit many cities where Adelphi’s alumni and parents live.

› See the Momentum Tour Schedule

Something to Talk About: TedxAdelphiUniversity Returns to Campus
For our second annual Tedx event, Adelphi’s Center for Health Innovation (CHI) has convened innovators and thought leaders from Adelphi and beyond to address the question: “What now?”

› Get Ready for TedXAdelphiUniversity

The President’s New Monthly eNewsletter Now Reaches More Than 130,000 in Third Month
This monthly newsletter goes out to a broad audience of parents, donors, fellow college presidents, guidance counselors and other peer influencers, and promotes and celebrates the president’s vision for the University. The news stories she selects tell the stories of student transformation at the heart of the new Adelphi University mission and strategy.

Connecting to Alumni Is Increasing Dramatically Through Alumnifire, an Online Networking Tool
Adelphi now has over 1,000 newly engaged alumni thus far. This will increase dramatically through our social alumni networking tool, Alumnifire. Alumnifire will help alumni connect with potential students, create internship opportunities, and create donor engagement and awareness.

› Get Connected on Alumnifire

Parent Database Is Finalized
Creating a parent database has been a critical need which is now being coordinated through the Division of Student Affairs. A parent newsletter is being planned. Parents will now receive the president’s newsletter to keep them engaged and informed.