Christine Riordan

Adelphi, SBU mix it up in Island-wide diversity drive

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the It Takes a Village file come multiple attempts to promote inclusion at some of Long Island’s top universities, and beyond. Just weeks after Stony Brook University announced it would steer nearly $1 million of SUNY money toward a new faculty-diversity initiative, Garden City’s Adelphi University has announced the appointment of a new vice president and new executive director of diversity and inclusion. Adelphi’s equality effort, announced Friday, involves two…


New Adelphi student affairs VP is a multicultural match

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Fulbright Award winner with a multicultural M.O. will direct Adelphi University’s student affairs. The Garden City-based university has named Ronald Sentwali Bakari its new dean of students and vice president for student affairs, effective Dec. 3. Bakari is currently chancellor for student success at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. At Adelphi, he’ll oversee key student-oriented services and programs, ranging from student-involvement and residential-life programs to health and professional-development services. These…


No. 436: On Patriots, procurements and busy college presidents (and aliens and cyborgs) 

  New day: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of this late-summer week of socioeconomic innovation. New world: It’s Sept. 11 out there, a date that truly needs no further exposition. Those who lived through it will never forget. Schools and media inform younger generations. And its fallout both strengthens and weakens our nation to this very day. Eighteen years already, unbelievable. New meaning: While Sept. 11 is forever entwined with the 2001…


‘Food for thought,’ redefined, at the Panther Pantry

By GREGORY ZELLER // Following Albany’s lead on food-insecurity issues among New York college students, Adelphi University has opened the doors of its first-ever food pantry. Late last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a comprehensive No Student Goes Hungry program, with the ambitious goal of providing “a food pantry or stigma-free food access for students in need” at every school in the State University and City University of New York systems by the end of…


No. 302: Inventor-palooza at SBU, drones in the Mohawk Valley and why Long Island’s Craft Beer Week will fill bellies with more than brew

You certainly May: Enough with the Marching like a lion and the April showers (and April snow, for the matter) – it’s May and time for the good stuff. The weather people say 80 degrees all over Long Island today. Rejoice. It’s May 2, to be exact, and the midpoint of another exciting week in Long Island socioeconomic innovation. Welcome new newsletter subscribers Paul, Evan, Kerry, Krista, Rick and Paolo – you’re just in time…


Adelphi alum endows $1M to ‘Faculty Leadership’ effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // A $1 million endowment from a former student will help Adelphi University faculty members become the academic leaders of tomorrow. The Garden City-based university announced this week that 1995 graduate Lionel Viret, president of French bioscience company Stago, has “pledged $1 million to transform the lives of future leaders at Adelphi.” More specifically, Viret has gifted a cool mil to the university’s Faculty Leadership Fellows initiative, which has been rechristened the…


Adelphi orchestrates new provost, baton included

By GREGORY ZELLER // Adelphi University has plucked its next provost from the orchestra pit. The Garden City university has named Steve Everett, currently dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Architecture, Design and the Arts, as executive vice president and chief academic officer. His appointment as Adelphi provost is slated to begin before July 1. An accomplished composer, conductor and professor of music, Everett succeeds Sam Grogg, a former dean of…


Adelphi sets its first TEDx

A heady selection of Adelphi University faculty and graduates will share “ideas worth spreading” April 5 when the university hosts its first-ever TEDx event. Christine Riordan, who this month was officially installed as Adelphi’s first woman president, headlines a selection of speakers scheduled to take the stage beginning at 9 a.m. at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall in Garden City. Riordan, an award-winning educator and recognized leadership and diversity expert, will discuss…