Al TrautwigDear friends of Adelphi,

Welcome to the 2018 Adelphi University President’s Gala!

It is an honor to be joined by so many great friends who want to help Adelphi students. What a privilege and joy it is to share this important goal with you—that the academic dreams of current and future Panthers should have an opportunity to thrive.

This year I have met so many outstanding Adelphi students who are making a difference in our communities. They are our future leaders, artists, scientists, educators, caregivers, entrepreneurs and more. Every day we witness their transformation as they attack their dreams with unquenchable drive and optimism—in our classrooms and labs, on our stages and athletic fields, in our clubs and organizations, in our community and beyond.

I am proud that Adelphi University gives their ambitions a platform. I am grateful to all our friends, guests and sponsors who help make it attainable.

Tonight we honor several remarkable alumni whose lives were also transformed by their time at Adelphi. You might notice a common theme among them—the enduring friendships they formed as undergraduates. I think you will agree that their stories are inspirational, and I can’t help but imagine all the extraordinary futures taking shape at Adelphi at this moment, right before our eyes!

For the inspiration and opportunity they continue to make possible for future students, I extend my warmest congratulations and heartfelt gratitude to our honorees of the night: Nicholas Papain ’74, J.D., and the Adelphi 7 Sisters— Lavida Allen ’72, Renaye Cuyler ’70, Charlotte Harris ’69, the late Diane Hazel ’69, Jacquelyn
Lendsey ’71, Joyce Montague ’69 and Lorene Wilkerson ’69.

I hope you enjoy the evening. Thank you again for being my guests and for the meaningful impact you are making on students’ lives.

All the best,
Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.