Nina B. Ciavolino

July 17, 1938October 26, 2018
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Nina B. Ciavolino was born on July 17, 1938 and passed away on October 26, 2018


  • Visitation hours Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • St. Frances de Chantal RC Church Wednesday, October 31, 2018
  • St. Charles Cemetery Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Nina B. Ciavolino

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Carlos Martinez

October 31, 2018


How does one even begin to write words for someone so amazing? She was a beautiful soul, a heart of gold. Nina had a profound impact on everyone she met. From the tennis shoes and big coats during her walks to the life lessons she taught us all.

She lives on in our hearts and memories. There wasn’t a person who didn’t like being at the front desk of admissions with her. She always knew what to say. Had the best advice, full of endless wisdom. Thank you for showing us the good of a person. You’ll always carry a special place in the hearts of many. Forever fabulous, fearless and loved. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Rest In Peace.

Sunil Samuel

October 31, 2018

What can I say about a woman who was elegant, smart , funny and always loving. She loved Hofstra and Hofstra loved her. We always had our chats about flowers and what to plant and how to plant them. She put up with my ignorance of gardening even when I had to bring in a picture of my front yard and she laid out what needed to be done. I loved the day when she got her first phone and we started texting each other from 30 feet away. She never stopped responding to my texts even when she left Hofstra. No matter how sick she got she always wrote me back. She was a fighter till the end but she knew that God had her on a path. Nina, no one will ever fill your shoes, I know your the best dressed women in heaven. Love you..

Jared Berry

October 30, 2018

Many of my closest friends and I worked as Pride Guides in Hofstra Admissions, and anytime the office came up, there was always a conversation about Nina. Even after graduation, I kept in touch with her by e-mail and occasional visits to the office. She always remarked about how amazing it was that the "greatest group" was still together and loved hearing about all we were doing in the world. I recall many times working at the front desk and talking to Nina about the future, watching her spruce up the flowers if they were starting to lilt, and making sure everything was orderly in the office. She will be missed by so many!

Samantha Leger

October 30, 2018

This makes me so sad but also so glad that I had those years with her. She made coming into admissions something I looked forward to and she will be missed by many, many, many people 💔

Hofstra University Alumni 2008, 2010

Sammy Gergis

October 30, 2018

Nina was a huge part of my Hofstra life. The confidence she had (and instilled) in me, and appreciation for how I went about my students and responsibilities truly shaped me into the educator and person I am today. Being that she came from a similar background, she clearly knew how to motivate and inspire others. Her incredible words, rapport, and regular "you can do it" talks, paid off through graduate school, post-grad studies, and beyond. I don't think I could have pushed myself or advanced, without her advice, candor, or faith. I am beyond grateful for that. After I left the Admissions Office, I would come and visit on occasion, of course talking it up with Nina for long periods, and I cherish every one of those moments. She was truly one of a kind. She saw in others, qualities and strengths that seemed elusive to that individual, and had a way of manifesting those very talents. Nina was a true advocate for children, students, education, and Hofstra. I, and all that ever came across her caring and loving nature, are indebted for that. May God bless her and her family. And, thank you for all that you said and did for me all those years.

Sammy Gergis
Hofstra Staff 2004-2008

Leslie Donelin

October 30, 2018

I always think of Nina as smart and sassy; loving and welcoming to all and an inspiration to me to be a better person. She loved her family above all else...especially talking about her time spent with her granddaughters. I like to think she lives in all of us who knew her but she will be terribly missed by all. I will miss you and thank you for everything.

Cathy Valarezo

October 30, 2018

Oh Nina,
It was always a pleasure to be greeted by you at the front desk at Admissions. You were ever so soft spoken and your fashion was impeccable, I used to tell myself "Look how beautiful she looks." You always brought a smile to my face. You were truly the Face of Hofstra University. You will be missed. Rest in Peace my friend.

Carol Arent

October 30, 2018

Dearest family of Nina - sending sincere condolences to you all. I loved hearing stories of your family celebrations and milestones, getting to know Stephen and Michael and the girls over the years, her sister Mary and nieces and great nieces. You all her life and soul. I always believed Nina was immortal, it was impossible for me to ever pity her through her illness because she was much too quintessential and it just didn't seem proper. An amazing woman with more wisdom and grace than I've honestly ever met and I will forever cherish our friendship, her advice, and our memories forever. I know Nina was welcomed by her late husband and her mom whom I've also grown to know over the years. Together with Stephen they will all continue to watch over. God bless.

Clarice Smith

October 30, 2018

I worked in Admissions when I first came to Hofstra and Nina left such a special place in my heart such a kind and loving person. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this most difficult time God Bless you Nina rest in peace.

Andrea Nadler

October 30, 2018

I have known Nina since my freshman year of college (in 1994) and worked with her since then. She was a big part of how my confidence was built and the wisdom she shared has guided me along the way. Our hearts and lives have been touched and so many others have benefited by what we’ve learned from her and paid forward. She will live forever in our hearts!