From My Desk
See President Riordan’s latest From My Desk message and stories below.
On the first Wednesday of each month, I send out a personal newsletter on a topic that interests me deeply. Here at Adelphi, we are transforming students’ lives, and I have so many stories to tell about how we do that—with our outstanding faculty and diverse and welcoming campus; through life-changing internships and winning athletics and performing arts opportunities; and by our personalized approach to higher learning. The Adelphi community of students, faculty, staff and alumni is making news around the country and the world, and I am thrilled to share these stories with you!
Throughout the global COVID-19 crisis, support and help have come from all directions within the Adelphi community—faculty leaders, alumni and students in the fields of epidemiology, healthcare, social work and psychology are tackling the pandemic head on.
The arts are also playing a powerful role in our togetherness, compassion and healing. This month, I want to share the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and University Professor Paul Moravec—his inspiring and joyful composition, “Light Shall Lift Us.” More than 100 opera singers of all ethnicities—each singing from home—came together to participate in this amazing event.
As you listen, I hope you will also be inspired by these Adelphi stories:
- How we are providing food to the healthcare front lines
- How we are housing local healthcare heroes who are hesitant to go home
- Why we are launching research into the psychological effects of a pandemic
- How we’re offering teletherapy to those in our community with urgent mental health challenges
As we watch our Class of 2020 take their first steps into the future as Adelphi alumni and we diligently plan for our safe, smart and smooth return to learning this fall, I wish you a happy summer and continued safety.
All the best,
Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.
A Healthcare Hero Shares His Story
Although he has a farm in upstate New York, Joseph Brennan, MS ’20, came to Adelphi to become a nurse practitioner—and found himself in the midst of a global pandemic. Now a Class of 2020 graduate, he dreams of returning to his farm town to help those with no access to reliable healthcare.
Celebrate Adelphi while helping our juniors and seniors who face sudden financial problems stay on track toward earning their degree. Join President Riordan on Adelphi’s Facebook page at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, for this year’s unique virtual gala. It’s our opportunity to donate to the President’s Student Success Scholarship and enjoy a performance of the Rent classic “Seasons of Love” by Adelphi students, alumni and original cast members Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal. For more information, visit the President’s Gala website.
The Promise of Remote Monitoring
The pandemic has brought telemedicine into widespread acceptance. Remote monitoring of patients through wearable devices could be the next step, but healthcare providers will first need to be trained to take advantage of the technology. A. Hasan Sapci, MD, assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Public Health, conducted a study showing how that training might work. Read about it in “The Future of Medicine Is Digital,” a feature article in our Fall 2019 Academic and Creative Research Magazine.
A Song of Hope
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and University Professor Paul Moravec gathered more than 100 opera singers for a virtual performance of “Light Shall Lift Us,” a work he created with his librettist, Mark Campbell. Listen and be lifted up.
Alumni Making a Difference
The Women’s Giving Circle
This month, I’d like to thank Adelphi’s wonderful Women’s Giving Circle for their $25,000 donation to the Student Emergency Fund and their other charitable work during the pandemic. Led by Chelsea Wollman ’14 and composed of alumni as well as current students and friends of the University, the Circle provides assistance to Adelphi students and the larger community year-round.