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This Week @ Hofstra

Thanksgiving Edition

What To Do During Thanksgiving Break

For those traveling off campus for the holiday, safe travels and enjoy the long weekend. If you plan to stay around Hofstra for Thanksgiving, here is some helpful information and ideas for keeping busy during your break from classes.

Airport Shuttle for Thanksgiving

Public Safety will run a free bus shuttle from Hofstra campus to JFK airport on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, November 21, 2012. There will be three trips to JFK, at 7:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., leaving from the Mack Student Center. To reserve a seat, students should email with their Hofstra ID#, their cell phone number, the desired shuttle time, and the airline name. The reservations are first-come, first-served; there is limited seating. The shuttle will stop at the terminals in the order they are along the route, not according to their flight time.

Classes are supposed to run as scheduled on Wednesday. Please talk with your professors about your travel plans.

The regularly scheduled campus shuttle schedule can be found by clicking here, and the LIRR schedule can be found by clicking here.

Adjusted Office Hours

Public Safety Open 24/7
  • For any emergency (police, fire or medical) please call 516-463-6789
  • For information, please call 516-463-7878
  • For all other inquiries, please call 516-463-6606
  • Campus Shuttles will run as scheduled

Residential Programs
Resident Assistants will be on Duty 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The resident director on duty can be contacted through Public Safety at other times.

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Health and Wellness Center
Closed from 11/22 -11/25. Public Safety can be reached for emergencies at 516-463-6789.

Student Counseling
Closed from 11/22 - 11/25. A 24 hour crisis counselor is on call and can be reached at (516) 463-6789.

  • Wednesday, November 21 - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 22 - CLOSED
  • Friday, November 23 - 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 24 - 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 25 - 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Hofstra Card Services
Closed from 11/22-11/25

Fitness Center
Wednesday, 11/21 6:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., no evening group exercise classes. Closed Thursday, 11/22. Friday, 11/23 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.. Regular hours resume Saturday, 11/24.

Things To Do

Thursday, November 22, 2012. Thanksgiving Dinner with VP Johnson. Those students who RSVP'd in time will be enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with VP Sandy Johnson

Be Spontaneous
When you're not studying, here are some festive ideas to keep you busy on/around campus:
  • Bake a pumpkin or apple pie
  • Round up other students who are staying on campus and watch a Thanksgiving movie like A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving showing at 8:00 p.m. on 11/22 on ABC or one of these top ten Thanksgiving movies
  • Order in from Zorns (or each make a dish) and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (on tv at 9:00 a.m.) from the warmth of your Residence Hall
  • Start a pickup game of football with your friends out on the intramural fields

Explore NYC
Looking to get out and about to really take advantage of the long weekend?
Watch the 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at 9:00 a.m. The parade will begin at 77th Street and Central Park West, moving down Central Park West to Columbus Circle. The parade will then turn onto Central Park South and head south on 6th Avenue until hitting 34th Street and turning west. The parade will conclude in front of Macy's Herald Square.

Check out a Holiday Light Tour of NYC either here, or here.

Ice Skate. Ice skating in Rockefeller Center is a popular option if you want to ice skate in New York City, but did you know you have other options? In addition to skating at Rockefeller Center, you could try Central Park,  Riverbank State Park, or one of these other choices.

Shop at Union Square Greenmarket. North and west sides of Union Square Park. Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Catch a Broadway show. For a list of Broadway shows this week visit here.

Visit the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island. Click here for more information.

Walk the Highline. Built in the 1930's as a form of public transportation, this old freight rail line is now a public park owned by the City of New York.

Sample some cheap eats.

Shop to Eat! Eataly, located 200 5th avenue, is an energetic Italian marketplace. It is known by locals as the heartbeat of Italy in New York.

Shop Til You Drop! Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On this day, many retailers open very early, often at 4:00 a.m. or earlier, and offer promotional sales to kick off the shopping season. The day's name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that "Black Friday" indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are "in the black”.

American Museum of Natural History. Central Park West (at 79th St) Come check out a new exhibit, Creatures of Light  which showcases all that glows. Welcome to the world of bioluminescence—the generation of light by living things.

Visit the Brooklyn Museum. Located at 200 Eastern Pkwy (at Washington Ave). Currently featuring the Mummy Chamber in which over 170 objects from the Brooklyn Museum’s world-famous holdings of ancient Egyptian material are now on view.

Give Back

Help package 10,000 Thanksgiving meals for the victims of Hurricane Sandy on Long Island. Click here for more information about how you can help.

Volunteer for the Bowery Mission’s Red Door Hunger Drive to serve over 100,000 meals to our neighbors in need during the holiday season with 9,000 of them being during Thanksgiving Week alone! Click here for more information.

Sign up for the Explore Next Door trip to the Brooklyn Nets v. Golden State Warriors on December 7, 2012. Sign ups begin on November 28, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. in 260 Student Center.


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