Saturday, November 12, 2016

International Education Week (Nov.14th - Nov. 18th)

International Student Affairs将在11月14-18日举办International Education Week (IEW) 2016, 这是全美大学一起庆祝的文化周活动。IEW是由美国国务院和教育部联合举办的,旨在提供学生适合的国际环境,使之更好地为未来海外学习和交换项目做准备。

本次IEW2016涉及五个活动,从周一到周五,每天的主题都不同。学生们可以通过参加不同的主题活动展示自己国家的文化,或者学习其他国家的文化。

1.      周一:品尝世界茗茶
11:00 am-12:30 pm, Student Center 142
学生们有机会来品尝很多种世界茗茶,来一场味觉和嗅觉的世界之旅。

2.      周二:家-心之所地
11:00 am- 12:30 pm, Student Center Atrium
家乡是每个人内心最柔软的部分,来和我们分享你的家乡吧

3.      周三:我的名字
11:15 am- 12:45 pm, Student Center Atrium
世界上有很多种语言和文字,你知道自己的名字在用其他语言怎么写吗?我们的学生志愿者会帮你用多种语言写出你的名字

4.      周四:你想去哪个国家
11:00am -12:30 pm,
Student center atrium
和我们分享你想去哪个国家旅行或者学习,并现场了解Hofstra海外学习的项目

5.      周五:国际才艺大赛
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Cultural Center Theater.
参加国际才艺大赛来展示母国的文化并有机会赢得奖励。奖项分为三个:最受观众喜爱奖,最佳表演奖,最佳文化展示奖。



Attention Current Students: come join us for International Education Week! If you can sing, dance or play an instrument, we want YOU! Sign up through the Google link below:

Sign Up HERE

Monday, November 14, 2016

International Tea Tasting

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Student Center 142

Tea is the second-most common drink in the world after water. Tea culture around the world is so different from the Japanese matcha ceremony to the Argentine mate experience. The international tea tasting is a great chance for you to have a worldwide sensory experience. Join us to take a sip of different varieties of teas!

 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Home is Where My Heart is

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Student Center Atrium

There is always something special about our hometown. It is the place where we grew up, it is the place where we made our first friend, it is the place that we left behind to come to college here. You may have multiple places that you call home: please share them all with us! Stop by to share your hometown and enjoy a sweet treat!

 

Say My Name

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Student Center Atrium

There are roughly 6,909 distinct languages in the world. Are you curious what your name would look like in other languages? Our student volunteers can help write you name in different languages!

 

H1-B Presentation, Goldstein and Cheung LLP

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Cultural Center Theater

If you are interested in finding out about work options after your OPT benefit, please join us as the law offices of Goldstein and Cheung LLP explain the H1B option in depth from filing fees to quota exceptions. This firm has concentrated on U.S. immigration and nationality law for more than 40 years.

 

Where in the World Would You Like to Go?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Student Center Atrium-11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

There are around 200 countries in the world, and the food, language, culture is different to what's in your home country. Which country would you like to go to? Write it down on the speech bubble.

 

International Showcase

Friday, November 18, 2016

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Cultural Center Theater

What's special in your home country? Do you have any traditional dance? Do you play any special instruments? Do you have any special songs? Join the International Showcase to show your own culture and win a big prize!

Big Data Analytics and Changing Business Practices

Farrokh Nasri, professor of informative systems and business analytics at the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, recently moderated a discussion about the intersection of big data, business, and technology that brought together experts from a variety of industries. 

Big data offers “new opportunities for competitive advantage. It unlocks the predictive potential of data and helps improve operational efficiency, financial performance, and strategic decisions,” he said.

Data analytics, often referred to as business analytics or big data analytics, is a reformation of data analysis techniques. The increase in accessibility, accuracy, fast pace advancement, and cost effectiveness are all contributing factors to the importance of using data analytics across all industries.

Today, companies can decipher consumer habits and gather a series of algorithmic profiles that can provide clues to what products will appeal to them. Timothy Cecere, chief talent officer and director of human resources at GroupM Worldwide, emphasized how this use of data analytics is especially useful in advertising. “Advertising agents want a happy client with sales going up, Cecere said “We are moving toward a social listening world where the most valuable brands will utilize analytics at their core, with the goal of using data to better understand and serve their consumers.”

At the Krasnoff Quality Management Institute (KQMI), Dr. Yosef Dlugacz, senior vice president and chief of clinical quality, education, and research for Northwell Health, emphasized that data provides a preventative approach to health care. “We analyze data and transform it into evidence-based measurements to provide accurate outcomes,” he said. He added that big data can help educate health care professionals about vital patient history, which allows for a transparency into the clients’ needs when it comes to quality care. “The goal is to process information as quickly as possible to facilitate the best possible outcome for patients and the future of medicine.”

Diane Garnick, managing director and chief income strategist for TIAA and a Zarb alumna, outlined  how data has evolved  over the years. In phase one, raw data and theories transitioned from paper form toward the beginning of computerized systems. Forecasting consumer wants became key, and information was broken down by generational groups. Phase two was the introduction of semi-structured data –  data that could be sorted. However, in this phase there was very little predictive power. Phase three she refers to as “zip code economics.” Garnick said that a “zip code is one of the most important data points about an individual.” The geographic area in which a person lives can help predict what their needs and wants might be. The most valuable tool for a successful businessperson is access to data. Without it, Ms. Garnick says, “you’re just another guy with an opinion.”

Vice president of technology at Avis and a Zarb alumnus, John A. Turato, provided valuable data analytics from an engineering standpoint. He emphasized Moore’s Law, which states that the computing power of a single microchip should double approximately every two years as scientists figure out how to fit increasingly more information into a shrinking space.

Turato related this philosophy to Avis and described how data analytics helps drive the company’s sales. “The level of electronic integration has increased,” he said. “Cars are connected more now than ever (i.e. Wi-Fi, self-driving). Accurate data analytics affects the pricing of cars and amount of time consumers take when shopping for the cars that they want. At Avis, and in general car sales, it is essential for those behind-the-scenes to get involved with the data, and do the analysis required to obtain those key insights.”

The panel closed with a discussion by Michael Rappa, a distinguished professor and director of the Institute for Advanced Analytics at North Carolina State University. He explained that there is an emerging data ecosystem, creating phenomenal change. Rapidly progressing electronic data creates an urgency to keep up with the masses, while simultaneously keeping personal information secure. “In today’s digital world, we have so much information that must be protected,” Rappa said. “The more data we are able to gain, the more we want to contain, thus, creating the need to delete data as capacity becomes full.” He highlighted the fact that we are “living in a data ecosystem, but [we are] clueless about how it works. Consumer-driven industries value data because of the levels of insight it offers, and it is critical that businesses have the knowledge and expertise to facilitate the extraction and understanding of those key characteristics.”



Farrokh Nasri, 霍夫斯特拉Zarb商学院信息系统和商业分析教授,最近开展了一次关于大数据、商业、技术交融结合的学术讨论。这次学术讨论吸引了各领域多个专家参与。大数据提供“竞争优势的新机会。它解锁了数据预测的潜能,帮助提升运营的效率,财政表现,以及战略决策。”他说到。

Data Analytics,通常也被称为Business Analytics或者Big Data Analytics,是Data Analysis技术的革新。 数据的可取性,准确性,快速的进步,以及低成本高收益的特性都是数据分析在各行业无比重要的原因。

今天,公司能够解密消费者习惯以及收集一系列演算资料以了解什么样的产品能够吸引他们。Timothy CecereGroupM Worldwide,才能总监和人力资源部的执行官,强调数据分析的运用在广告业格外有用,“广告商希望看到的是一个快乐的用户,以及销售量的增加”Cecere说,“我们正在向一个社交聆听型社会前行,最强大的品牌将运用数据分析提高品牌核心价值,目标于运用数据更好的理解和服务他们的客户。

 KQMI(Krasnoff Quality Management institute)的高级VP,Northwell Health的临床质量、教育和研究总监,Yosef Dlugacz博士,强调数据提供了医疗保健的预防性措施方法。“我们分析数据,转移数据到有证据支持的方式中去提供准确的结果。”他说。他继续补充:大数据能够在质量护理方面帮助医疗护理的职业人士认识了解客户的需要。“目标是越快越好的处理信息,有助于病人得到最好的治疗效果,以及医药的未来。”

Diane Garnick, TIAA的执行官和Chief Income Strategist,Zarb 校友,列举出数据在这些年是如何进化的。第一阶段,基础数据和理论从纸的形式到电脑系统。预测消费者的需求成为了关键,信息根据时代群体分化。第二个阶段是半分化数据的介绍 - 数据能够被分类。但是,在这个阶段,数据有极少的预测力。第三个阶段是“邮政编码经济”,Garnick说到“邮编是一个个体最重要数据之一。”一个人居住的地理位置能帮助预测他们的需求。对一个成功的商人来说最有价值的工具就是可获取的数据。没有了数据,Ms. Garnick 说,“你就是只是一个有观点的人。”

Avis的技术VP,Zarb的校友,John A. Turato, 从一个工程师的角度提供了宝贵的数据分析。他重点强调了Moore’s Law(Moore’s Law指出,在一个日益缩小的空间, 一个单独的芯片的计算能力应该在每两年双倍提高)。

Turato将此哲学和Avis联系起来,描述了数据分析如何帮助促进公司的销售。“电子整合的程度在提高,”他说,“车辆现在比以前更加紧密的联系在一起(wifi,无人驾驶)。准确的数据分析影响车的价格以及消费者在购买想要的车辆时花费的时间。在Avis,以及一般情况下的车辆销售中,这些幕后发生的过程需要和数据结合联系起来,对这些过程进行分析是非常有必要的。”

这次圆桌会议以Michael Rappa(北卡罗莱纳州立大学数据分析所的执行官以及教授)的讨论结束。他解释说, 数据生态系统正成为一种趋势,这种趋势正在创造巨大的改变。迅速进步中的电子数据创造了与大众同步的紧迫性,同时令个人信息得到保密。“在今天的电子世界中,我们有太多的数据需要被保护,”

Rappa说,“更多的数据,令我们有能力包容更多的数据,但是,同时也创造了在容量漫溢的时候删除数据的需求。”他强调,“尽管我们生活在数据生态系统里,然而我们对它的运作模式没有头绪。一些由消费者需求推进的产业看中数据因为它能提供的洞察力。商业机构必须有足够的专业知识来获取和理解这些关键的因素。”

Friday, October 14, 2016

Halloween is coming!


Halloween is coming! Last October, I was brought by a dear friend of mine to a costume shop near Cambridge. Usually on Halloween, a group of friends go to a costume party and have fun together. If you are staying on campus, I have discovered some spooky festivities: 
Saturday, October 15th 6pm to 8pm
NorWITCH Haunted House!
Saturday, October 15 2016, 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm
BYOB: Bring Your Own Bear to Movie Night
Sunday, October 16th, 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Courtyard Carnival
Thursday, Occtober 20th, 8:30pm to 9:30pm
Pumpkin Carving Party
There are two Halloween movies (or Cartoon movies) I really want to share with all of you. I think both are great movies to watch with your friends or your family!


Now get into the Halloween spirit and sign up on GetInolvedHU!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Bear's Bio

Hi Everyone! I am Bear! I am a passionate, optimistic person studying marketing at Hofstra University. I previously got my bachelor’s degree in international business. I work with Maggie on Hofstra’s Weibo and have some work experiences in social media and marketing research. My strengths are organizing, communicating and leadership.

As a marketer, I learned how to deal with data and organize it well from my working experience. For what I am doing now, I keep learning how to manage my time better and get knowledge of the world of public relations. I gained a better understanding of what’s behind social media and that’s so cool. I love being a social media person, and I love being part of Hofstra that makes me so proud!

My favorite restaurant on Long Island is Jane Café, which is Korean food. The owner is a really nice lady, and my recommendation is the seafood tofu soup, it’s so good! Also, my favorite place on Long Island is Jones Beach. I enjoy walking on the boardwalk near the sea and feeling so cozy and relaxed.


Maggie's Bio


Hi! My name is Li Pan. I’m a graduate student studying accounting at Hofstra University, as well as a Chinese Social Media Assistant in the Office of University Relations. I write a lot of blogs on Sina Weibo about my travels and own personal experiences in college, but I also help to tell the stories of other Chinese students who attend Hofstra. In addition to the blog, I also volunteered for the first presidential debate that was held here at Hofstra on September 26. During the day, I went around Broadcast Plaza and Issues Alley and took photos and videos of the student experience. I was also fortunate enough to be interviewed by China News Services after the debate.

I have a lot of interests: cooking, traveling, movies, music, learning new things… and I’m a big fan of being organized. Pop music by Adele and Lana Del Rey are my favorites these years. Except for the fact that I ask myself to listen to music produced by instruments like piano and cello, I listen to jazz and world music sometimes too. Oh, and I like making friends, as well. Upon graduation, I hope to find a position in an accounting advisory firm where I will be happy to utilize the skills acquired and the knowledge learned here at Hofstra. I bought a car recently, and I’m very excited to learn more about my new neighborhood on Long Island.

Some people describe me as “capable” and “intelligent.” One of my favorite quotes is by Thomas A. Edison: "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

Monday, October 3, 2016

Food in China versus food in the United States

While the food in the Student Center here at Hofstra is great (the reason why I purchased meal plans for the whole year in my first year at Hofstra), it's interesting to compare food in China to food in the U.S.  学生中心琳琅满目的饮食选择是我上学期坚持购买就餐方案的原因,比较中美两国的饮食习惯也是很有趣的。

I found it really easy to compare the food because people in China and people in the U.S. eat very differently. First of all, chopsticks are used in China while knives and forks are used in the United States on dinner tables. During festivals, people in China eat… 我觉得比较中美两国的饮食很简单,因为我们吃的习惯不太一样。首先,中国人用筷子,美国人用刀叉。节日的时候,中国人吃……

 Shanghai hairy crabs during Mid-Autumn Festival
 Dumplings during New Year
 Yuan Xiao during Lantern Festival

When looking at U.S. festivals (or holidays), pumpkin dishes are common during Thanksgiving season.
Pumpkin pie

 On a Thanksgiving dinner table, a big roasted turkey is a way to celebrate family gathering. As a huge foodie, I like to go to restaurants as much as I like to cook at home. In about two months, Thanksgiving is going to be here so I will watch out for Starbucks pumpkin spice latte. Thanksgiving is only one of the many holidays celebrated here in the U.S. Although the food can be different, it's all delicious to me! I love trying new things, and I hope you do the same! 在感恩节的餐桌上,一只烤熟的火鸡用来庆祝家庭的团聚。作为一个彻底的吃货,我喜欢在家里做饭和去餐厅的程度是一样的。俩个月后,感恩节就到了,我会注意星巴克有没有南瓜口味的拿铁。感恩节只是美国众多节日里的一个。虽然俩国饮食很不同,
但是我都非常喜欢。希望你也和我一样喜欢尝试新的事情!




Travled back with pictures and memories


Hello blog readers! Now when everyone is busy with the beginning of this semester, studying and recuperating from the presidential debate, I’m still reminiscing on the time when my parents visited me in the United States AND my trip to South America. Below are some photos from my trip. Enjoy!
大家好!当大家都在为秋季学期努力学习,并从上周的总统辩论中恢复精力的时候;我还在留恋暑假父母来美探望我,以及我最近到南美洲的旅行。这些是我的旅行照片的一部分,与你们分享。
 baby alpaca being fed by a local
 Colca Canyon altitude is as high as 4225 km
 Condor flying in distance in Colca Canyon
 Flamingos in one of the lagoons
 Me watching a volcano in Uyuni, Bolivia
Rocks in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile