Getting Oriented at The Herbert School

Getting Oriented at The Herbert School

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Annemarie LePard ’22 wants to change the world. The Higganum, Connecticut resident is one of hundreds of incoming freshmen who will join the Hofstra Pride this fall. Annemarie chose The Herbert School to earn her degree in journalism because it’s where she believes she has the best opportunity to make a difference.

“I don’t like the way the media does things right now,” LePard said. “I really want to change it, and Hofstra’s where I can make it happen.”

During a recent new student orientation session Annemarie met with Herbert School Assistant Dean Michele Roberts. There, the two huddled over a desktop plotting the best course of academic action.

“I was really stressed out yesterday because there were so many options,” Annemarie said. “But I’m very excited that I’m going to be starting my major right away — I can figure out more of my interests and get more in depth.”

After touring Hofstra University and The Herbert School during her sophomore year of high school, Annemarie knew Hofstra was the school for her. Two years later, Annemarie enters her university of choice having already made a name for herself — most notably for winning a nation-wide student televised network competition with her documentary, The Track Gang.

Michelle Roberts advises Annemarie LePard

New student orientation aims to help students acclimate to the Hofstra campus and to develop the tools needed to succeed in their first year.

Now she will join the ranks of a journalism department bolstered by the arrival of The Herbert School’s new dean, Mark Lukasiewicz, who comes to Hofstra after a stellar career overseeing award-winning news programming at NBC and ABC.

But for now, it’s preparation time.

Annemarie singled out two classes she was excited to enroll in: Journalism 10 and a RTVF (Radio/Television/Film) course. “I’ll be able to do print and broadcast at the same time. I want to be able to do both after I graduate.”

“I definitely want to do broadcast because I love reporting — I really like documentaries, more nonfiction versus fiction, because you see the passion in people, you get to hear that story.”

Annemarie’s story begins September 4. Stay tuned.

In addition to course registration and participating in one-on-one advising, the orientation team also recommends all new students do the following:

• Take your HofstraCard photo in Room 303 C.V. Starr Hall, South Campus.
• Visit the Club Fair in the Netherlands Complex.
• Head to the Hofstra Bookstore for easy textbook ordering instructions. Grab some Hofstra gear before you leave or order online at
• Grab a bite to eat using your meal card.
• Complete the FERPA waiver and eBill authorization; see step-by-step instructions in your handouts or at
• Register your vehicle and get a parking sticker at the Mack Public Safety and Information Center, South Campus (corner of California Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike).
• Attend a “It’s Who You Know … Bingo!” session. From the day you step onto the Hofstra campus, you are building your network – a key to your future success. Join The Career Center for a fun, interactive game of Bingo designed to help you make connections and learn about the importance of networking with classmates, faculty, administrators, alumni, and even potential employers.
• Attend a “Building Your Academic Experience (Group Advising)” session.Your Center for University Advising deans, Center for Academic Excellence team and Hofstra faculty will be with you from orientation to graduation. Join us to learn how to achieve academic success at Hofstra starting in your first semester!