By Keli Van Cott (Special to The Chronicle) Don’t try looking for Dempster Hall on any campus map this semester. The Hofstra School of Communication is now named The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication.
“The naming of this school will reinforce Hofstra’s reputation as one of the leading communications schools in the nation,” Dr. Evan Cornog, Dean of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, said.
Herbert has given a multi-million dollar donation to the School of Communication. Dempster was renamed after Lawrence Herbert as a tribute to his contribution to print and design, as well as Hofstra.
“Mr. Herbert’s generous support will provide the school with the funding it needs to increase scholarship opportunities for our students, implement innovative ideas and continue to keep pace with change,” said Cornog.
Junior T.V. production major Hanna Knuuttunen also likes the name change, “I always referred to it as a Dempster student, and even though the name change might take a while for me to get used to, I think it will give the department credibility in the future.
However, not all felt this way.
“It’s nice that he donated…[but] if you gave money out of your heart I don’t think you need a school in your name to feel like you did something great,” Kyrissa O’Garro, sophomore public relations major, said.
Herbert was the vice chairman of the Hofstra Board of Trustees from 1982 to 1986. He has also been awarded the Alumni Achievement award, Distinguished Service award and Alumnus of the Year award.
Earlier this May, Lawrence Herbert was honored at the 17th Annual Hofstra Gala.Convocation will be held this fall to honor him.