Saturday, October 13, 2018
6:30–9:30 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center Atrium and Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom

Second Annual Legends Dinner

2017 Legends Dinner Event

This second annual signature event will recognize three Adelphi faculty, staff and alumni legends. Attendees will enjoy a seated dinner featuring remarks by President Riordan, the Legend recipients, and a special presentation by best selling author, Alice Hoffman ’73, ’02 (Hon.)

Recognition of the 2018 Class of 10 under 10 will also be included in the evening’s program. 

Online Registration is now closed.  Please contact Kaitlyn Woods at or 516.877.3087 if you would like to attend.


Alice Hoffman ’73, ’02 (Hon.)

Olympian Mel Pender ’76, ’97 (Hon.)

Leader Kathleen Gallo, Ph.D. ’95, M.B.A. ’98


Alice Hoffman ’73, ’02 (Hon.)Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman was born in New York City on March 16, 1952 and grew up on Long Island. After graduating from high school in 1969, she attended Adelphi University, from which she received a BA, and then received a Mirrellees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center, which she attended in 1973 and 74, receiving an MA in creative writing.  She currently lives in Boston.

Hoffman’s first novel, Property Of, was written at the age of twenty-one, while she was studying at Stanford, and published shortly thereafter by Farrar Straus and Giroux. She credits her mentor, professor and writer Albert J. Guerard, and his wife, the writer Maclin Bocock Guerard, for helping her to publish her first short story in the magazine Fiction. Editor Ted Solotaroff then contacted her to ask if she had a novel, at which point she quickly began to write what was to become Property Of, a section of which was published in Mr. Solotaroff’s magazine, American Review.

Since that remarkable beginning, Alice Hoffman has become one of our most distinguished novelists. She has published over thirty novels, three books of short fiction, and eight books for children and young adults. Her novel, Here on Earth, an Oprah Book Club choice, was a modern reworking of some of the themes of Emily Bronte’s masterpiece Wuthering Heights. Practical Magic was made into a Warner film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Her novel, At Risk, which concerns a family dealing with AIDS, can be found on the reading lists of many universities, colleges and secondary schools. Hoffman’s advance from Local Girls, a collection of inter-related fictions about love and loss on Long Island, was donated to help create the Hoffman Breast Center at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. Hoffman has written a number of novels for young adults, including Aquamarine, Green Angel, and the New York Time bestseller The Ice Queen. In 2007 Little Brown published the teen novel Incantation, a story about hidden Jews during the Spanish Inquisition, which Publishers Weekly has chosen as one of the best books of the year.

Hoffman’s work has been published in more than twenty translations and more than one hundred foreign editions. Her novels have received mention as notable books of the year by The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, Library Journal, and People Magazine. She has also worked as a screenwriter and is the author of the original screenplay “Independence Day,” a film starring Kathleen Quinlan and Diane Wiest. Her teen novel Aquamarine was made into a film starring Emma Roberts. Her short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine, Kenyon Review, The Los Angeles Times, Architectural Digest, Harvard Review, Ploughshares and other magazines.

Toni Morrison calls The Dovekeepers “.. a major contribution to twenty-first century literature.” The story of the survivors of Masada is considered by many to be Hoffman’s masterpiece. The New York Times bestselling novel was adapted for television in a 2015 miniseries, produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, starring Cote de Pablo of NCIS fame.

Her most recent novels have received many accolades, and are New York Times bestsellers. They include The Museum of Extraordinary Things, The Marriage of Opposites, and Faithful. Her newest novel, The Rules of Magic, is the prequel to her cult-classic Practical Magic. It was selected as a LibraryReads and IndieNext List Pick for October 2017 and is one of the Most Anticipated Books on iTunes. Reese Witherspoon picked it as her October 2017 Book Club read, remarking that the “story is full of magic, love, family, heartbreak, and redemption.” Set in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, The Rules of Magic is a timeless story that reminds us that the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself.

Olympian Mel Pender ’76, ’97 (Hon.)

Born October 31, 1937 in Atlanta, Georgia is an American former athlete, winner of a gold medal in the 4×100 m relay at the 1968 Summer Olympics. He was a member of the Philadelphia Pioneer Track Club where he was coached by Alex Woodley.

Mel Pender was a decorated Vietnam war combat veteran, serving in the U.S. Army for 21 years and retiring at the rank of captain in 1976. While in the U.S. Army, early in his service, Pender took up athletics, where his incredible quickness was noticed in camp football games. His progress was remarkable and he was selected to the 1964 Olympic Team but hampered by injury he did not medal.

At the Mexico Olympics, Pender made it to the 100 m final where his explosive start and exceptional acceleration brought him to the lead midway through the race. But he faded slightly and finished sixth. In the relay, he was chosen to run the second leg and he performed that duty exceptionally. The American 4×100 m relay team won the gold medal in a new world record of 38.24. Mel set world records in the 50 yds at 5.0, 60 yds at 5.8, 70 yds at 6.8 and 100 meters at 9.9. Pender is in several halls of fame. What people don’t know is he didn’t run track until the age of twenty five while he was serving in Okinawa with the 82nd Airborne Division.

After his athletics career, Pender earned a bronze star in Vietnam and worked as the head track coach at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Leader Kathleen Gallo, Ph.D. ’95, M.B.A. ’98

Kathleen Gallo, RN, Ph.D., is senior vice president and chief learning officer for Northwell Health. Under her leadership, the Center for Learning and Innovation, Northwell Health’s corporate university, and the Patient Safety Institute were created to transform the health system into a learning organization by strategically focusing on workforce development. Dr. Gallo is also the founding dean of the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies.

Dr. Gallo is responsible for leadership development throughout the organization as well as the creation and implementation of a comprehensive learning strategy.

Within Northwell, she has served as system director for emergency medicine and vice president for emergency medical services. She has more than 25 years experience in emergency nursing, having held a variety of clinical and administrative positions in tertiary care hospitals on Long Island.

Dr. Gallo serves on the advisory boards for the Executive Program in Work-based Learning Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania and the IHI Open School for Health Professions. She is the former chair of the Quality Committee for the Council for Accreditation, Society for Simulation in Healthcare and serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Applied Nursing Research. Dr. Gallo is an associate professor of science education at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and an associate adjunct professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She served as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Program from 2003-2005 and also served on the advisory board for the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) from 2004-2010. In addition, she has held several regional posts for emergency medical services and emergency nursing.

A noted author and speaker, Dr. Gallo has collaborated with Lawrence Smith, MD, executive vice president and physician-in-chief at Northwell and dean of Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, in a Springer publication entitled, Building a Culture of Patient Safety Through Simulation: An Interprofessional Learning Model. She also speaks on a wide range of topics including “Future Workforce Requirements,” “Preparing Tomorrow’s Clinicians for Tomorrow’s Healthcare System,” “Enhancing Patient Safety Through Interprofessional Education and Collaboration,” “Heralding in a New Era: Patient Safety at the Forefront,” “Transforming Healthcare into Higher Reliability Organizations,” and “Creating a Culture of Safety: Lessons Learned from Aviation.”

Dr. Gallo is a board member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Futures Task Force, the American Nurses Foundation Board of Trustees, the National Advisory Council for the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, the Advisory Council for Career and Technical Education for the New York City Department of Education and the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. She previously served on the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice for the US Department of Health and Human Services.

She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine, and is a distinguished scholar and fellow of the National Academies of Practice. In 2005, she was inducted into Adelphi University’s College of Nursing and Public Health and she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Stony Brook University.

Dr. Gallo received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Excelsior College, University of the State of New York; a Master of Science in Nursing from Stony Brook University; and a Ph.D. in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration from Adelphi.

Recognition of the 2018 Class of 10 under 10 will also be included in the evening’s program.