Fordham Notes: 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. 1918-2008

The life of Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., America’s preeminent Catholic theologian, was celebrated on Dec. 18 in a Mass of Christian Burial held at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in New York City. The Mass drew hundreds of mourners to the cathedral, including Cardinal Dulles' friends and family, as well as fellow Jesuits and other members of the New York and national Catholic communities.

News and Media Relations staff attended the Mass and offered their informal observations on it and the cathedral:

For those who aren’t familiar with the Cathedral of St. Patrick, as it’s formally known, attending a funeral there can be an educational experience on both the layout and the schedule of New York City’s most famous house of worship. If you arrive early with the hopes of getting a good seat, you will find that even as tourists mill about the aisles looking at the Christmas Creche and the Stations of the Cross, masses are performed at noon, 12:30 and 1 p.m.

In the case of Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., whose Mass of Christian Burial was held today at 2 p.m., the same is true, even though Cardinal Dulles laid in state at the Cathedral from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors wishing to pay their final respects to the Cardinal needed only walk around the sanctuary where mass was being celebrated to the Lady Chapel, a much more intimate space with pews for about 50 that’s dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Located at the eastern end of the cathedral, the Lady Chapel is far enough away from the hubbub of the rest of the church to allow for serious reflection on the accomplishments of a man who lived the kind of life that inspired millions.
Patrick Verel, Assistant Editor
Inside Fordham

What began with a moment of silence ended with applause, long and loud, ringing out through St. Patrick’s Cathedral for Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.

Mourners greeted the Cardinal’s casket with respectful quiet as pallbearers moved it into place at the foot of the main altar to begin the proceedings.

When Archbishop Edward Cardinal Egan closed the Mass, Cardinal Dulles’ family and friends began a round of applause that moved like a wave through the assemblage. The final salute followed the casket as it was moved down the center aisle out of the church.
Joseph McLaughlin, Editor
Inside Fordham

For more detailed coverage of Cardinal Dulles' life, see Fordham Mourns the Death of Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., and U.S. Catholic Community Bids Farewell to Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Fordham Mourns the Death of Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.

Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University since 1988, an internationally renowned author and lecturer on theological topics, and the first American to be named a cardinal who was not a bishop, died at the age of 90 on December 12, 2008. Read the full obituary.

In accordance with the traditions of the Church, the Cardinal's death will be marked by the celebration of three Masses:

Tuesday, December 16, 7:30 p.m. | University Church
Wednesday, December 17, 7:30 p.m. | University Church
Thursday, December 18, 2 p.m. | St. Patrick's Cathedral

The members of the University family are invited to join the Jesuit Community at each of these Masses. Both Masses will be streamed live on the Web.

In addition, the Cardinal's family will receive visitors in the University Church on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 5 p.m.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Fordham Receives $670k Federal Grant for Robotics Research

Fordham University has received a $670,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop robotics research and education in The Bronx. The grant, which became effective on Sept. 30, was secured by U.S. Rep. Jose E. Serrano, D-N.Y.

The money will be used to purchase equipment for the University’s Robotics and Computer Vision Laboratory (in the Department of Computer and Information Science), the RETC—Center for Professional Development, and the Science and Technology Entry Program/Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP/C-STEP).

“I am very pleased to support the great work that Fordham is doing both in the classroom and the community,” said Rep. Serrano. “This grant is an investment in scientific education which will have short and long term results. I look forward to watching as it exposes students to new areas of study and challenges them to reach for new achievements. I also look forward to continuing to partner with Fordham in new ways to serve our community.”

“We are deeply grateful for Rep. Serrano’s help in securing this grant,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham. “His leadership in this is an example of what Jesuits mean when they say ‘men and women for others.’ By securing these funds, Representative Serrano ensures Fordham can continue to support critically important science and mathematics education in Bronx high schools.”

Local high school students and their teachers will be introduced to new technologies that will support them in teaching and learning the New York State Regents’ standard STEM disciplines. In particular, the teachers will be trained in using robotics technology to help their students get a ‘hands-on’ feel for STEM topics.

“Each program seeks to enhance its education and research capabilities, providing opportunities for teachers and students in Bronx area high schools to become involved with the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math),” said Damian M. Lyons, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science and director of the Robotics and Computer Vision Laboratory.

The proposal came about as Fordham sought federal funding for programs that would further the University’s mission of service. Fordham’s intention to expand its existing science community on campus to the surrounding communities coincided with the Congressman’s desire to address the educational needs of local students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Two months into the contract, Lyons has used $119,000 to buy the first set of robots and control computers for the program. Lyons has already organized a preview of the program for the RETC’s Annual Bronx Technology Collaborative for Bronx parents, students and teachers.

Eventually, the University hopes to build a state-of-the-art science facility, of which computer and information science will be a vital component.

“Fordham’s commitment to addressing teaching, research and student learning allows the University to demonstrate academic ingenuity that currently exists on campus,” said Lesley Massiah, assistant vice president for government relations, who developed the proposal for the grant.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Seminar: The Changing Landscape of Conservation

John G. Robinson, Ph.D., executive vice president for conservation and science at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), will lecture on “The Changing Landscape of Conservation,” on Thursday, December 11, 2008, at 6 p.m. in the Flom Auditorium, Walsh Family Library, Rose Hill Campus.

Robinson will explore the intersection of conservation and science and how the conservation movement is adapting to confront increasingly complex and global issues in the conservation of biodiversity in this seminar sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences at Fordham.

Robinson oversees WCS conservation programs in the Americas, Africa and Asia. He received his doctorate in zoology from the University of North Carolina in 1977, focusing on primate behavior and ecology. His postdoctoral studies were with the Smithsonian Institution. In 1980, Robinson established the University of Florida Program for Studies in Tropical Conservation, a graduate program providing training to students from tropical countries. Robinson joined WCS in 1990 as director for international conservation programs. He is past president of the Society for Conservation Biology, on the steering committee of the IUCN World Conservation Union’s species survival commission, and the executive committee of the IUCN’s sustainable use initiative.

For more information, please contact J. Alan Clark, Ph.D., J.D.:, (718) 817-3678.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Indelible Mark: The Writer and a Catholic Childhood

Q: What do you do with a Catholic childhood?
A: You write about it.

The temptations, excitements, satisfactions and angst of going from childhood memories to written text are explained by writers who have done it—readings and discussion with four distinguished writers who had Catholic childhoods.

WHO: Fordham Center on Religion and Culture
WHAT: The Indelible Mark: The Writer and a Catholic Childhood
WHERE: Fordham University, Pope Auditorium, 113 West 60th Street
WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. | Tuesday, December 9, 2008
RSVP: Free and open to the public, (212) 636-7347

Patricia Hampl, poet and memoirist, author of A Romantic Education, Virgin Time and most recently The Florist’s Daughter. She is Regents Professor and McKnight Distinguished Professor at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches in the English department’s MFA program.

Stuart Dybek, author of three collections of short stories, I Sailed with Magellan, The Coast of Chicago and Childhood and Other Neighborhoods, and two collections of poetry, Streets in Their Own Ink and Brass Knuckles. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic and in Best American Fiction and Best American Poetry. He is distinguished writer in residence at Northwestern University, and was a 2007 MacArthur fellow.

Lawrence Joseph, poet, critic, essayist. His books of poetry include Into It, Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos, Before Our Eyes and Shouting at No One, which received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowships. He teaches law at St. John's University School of Law and wrote Lawyerland, a book of prose.

Valerie Sayers, author of five novels, Who Do You Love and Brain Fever--both named "Notable Books of the Year" by the New York Times Book Review--Due East, How I Got Him Back and The Distance Between Us. She has received a Pushcart Prize for fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She is on the creative writing faculty at the University of Notre Dame.

Friday, December 5, 2008

WFUV Launches The Alternate Side

WFUV, Fordham's noncommercial radio station, launched its highly anticipated Internet and HD Radio indie music destination, The Alternate Side on Friday, Dec. 5. The Alternate Side will highlight the most exciting talent from the New York area, playing Santogold, MGMT and The Menahan Street Band alongside more established acts like TV On The Radio, The National and Sonic Youth. Listeners can experience this complete multi-media music service at and, on HD radios, at 90.7 FM WFUV-HD3.

The Alternate Side includes a full-time music stream that features exclusive artist interviews and broadcasts from local music venues, and a state-of-the-art web site with video content, a blog, a concert calendar and other interactive features. The site will also connect artists directly to their fans, as local bands and artists will be able to set up profiles, blog, upload mp3s and update tour information. The site's unique social networking platform puts bands and fans in control, giving local musicians the ability to share their music with a worldwide audience. Listeners can discover up-and-coming artists from all over the world and all over the musical landscape and play DJ themselves, building custom mp3 playlists from a database filled with local talent.

The Alternate Side will complement WFUV's existing service, which will continue in its present format at 90.7 FM and The Alternate Side logo is also available for download.

WFUV is a non-commercial, listener-supported public radio station, licensed to Fordham University for 60 years. One of the nation's highest-ranking stations in its format on both the radio and on the web, and a leader in contemporary music radio, WFUV offers an eclectic mix of rock, singer-songwriters, blues, world and other music, plus headlines from National Public Radio and local news

Thursday, December 4, 2008

GSS Professor Lauded for Mentoring Latinas

Ellen Silber, Ph.D., of the Graduate School of Social Service’s Institute for Women and Girls, was named a 2008 Purpose Prize Fellow by Civic Ventures, a national think tank on boomers. Silber was named a fellow for Mentoring Latinas, a program in which college Latinas mentor middle school Latinas to inspire them to graduate from high school and go on to college. She founded the program in 2003, and Fordham College at Rose Hill has participated in the program since the spring of 2007.

“Recognition as a Purpose Prize Fellow by Civic Ventures means a great deal to me,” Silber said. “Adolescent Latinas can realize their dreams with the help of their mentors, and being a Fellow inspires me to try even harder to acquire the resources to expand the program.”

The Purpose Prize is a $9 million program for people over 60 who are taking on society’s biggest challenges. The prize, now in its third year, is the nation’s only large-scale investment in social innovators in the second half of life.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

New Blood

Fordham Notes welcomes two new contributors to the Faculty & Staff Blogs section: Clark Gregor, project manager in Marketing and Communications, with New York Restaurant Reminder; and Mark Naison, Ph.D., professor of African and African American Studies, today debuts With A Brooklyn Accent, with two posts on the current economic crisis.

Get Oriented

Orienting the Public on New York City Streets
A student exhibition and panel discussion on orientation elements in New York City.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008
5:30 to 8 p.m.
A.I.A. Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Pl. (between W. 3rd and Bleecker Sts.)

Fordham Visual Arts students are taking part in the Compass Decal Design Exploration sponsored by the New York City Department of Transportation. The competition is soliciting design proposals for orientation elements to point pedestrians toward their destinations as they exit from below-grade subway stations or descend to the street from above-ground platforms at 16 locations in The Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. The work of Fordham students (and students from other universities) will be on display from December 9, 2008 to January 24, 2009.

Monday, December 1, 2008

IPED Lecture: Post-Conflict Economic Recovery

John Ohiorhenuan, former deputy assistant administrator for crisis prevention and recovery at the United Nations Development Programme, will present findings from the report, “Post-Conflict Economic Recovery,” at the International Political Economy and Development (IPED) program weekly lecture on Thursday, December 4, at 4 p.m. in the Flom Auditorium, Walsh Family Library, lower level.

Free and open to students and faculty.

ICCS 2009: Standing Room Only

Registrations for the International Conference on Cyber Security (ICCS 2009) are officially sold out, and more than a dozen cyber professionals have asked to be placed on the waiting list.

The conference, a joint effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Fordham University, will bring together global leaders in emerging cyber threat analysis and enforcement at the University's Lincoln Center campus from January 6 through 8, 2009.

Among the many sessions ICCS will feature Anatomy of a Modern Homegrown Terror Cell: Aabid Khan et al., by Evan F. Kohlmann, senior investigator and private consultant, Global Terror Alert; Child Pornography: Investigations, Trends, and Legal Issues, by Denzil S. Fearon, senior investigator, computer crimes unit, New York State Police; The Hacker Factor, by the AT&T Ethical Hacking Team; and Penetrating Mind of Mayhem: Inside the Mind of an Islamic Extremist, by the Honorable Shannen L. Rossmiller (Ret.), cyber operative and co-founder, AC-CIO.

See the ICCS newsroom for more details. For media queries, please contact Bob Howe, director of communications at Fordham University.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The History Show

Sheila Ross, senior designer in Marketing and Communications at Fordham, has her work on display as part of "A.I.R. The History Show: Work by A.I.R. artists from 1972 to the present," at A.I.R. Gallery in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

The show runs through November 29, 2008, and is curated by Kat Griefen and Carey Lovelace.
A.I.R. Gallery, 111 Front St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

Monday, November 24, 2008

Fordham in the News

Absence of independent judiciary makes constitution an irrelevant text: Iftikhar Chaudry
International News Network
Deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has said in the absence of an independent and empowered judiciary, a perfectly well conceived constitution can be reduced to an irrelevant text. In his speech to Fordham Law School on Rule of Law and independence of Judiciary, the deposed CJP said…

Aztec Two-Step channel
Trenton Times
The live album was culled from a performance of the songbook last year at WFUV in New York, Fordham University's radio station -- and home of famed disc jockey Pete Fornatale, one of the original voices of WNEW.

Cuomo seen as top contender for senate seat
AM New York
“Getting Cuomo out of the state may be wise for Paterson,” said Bruce Berg, chairman of the political science department at Fordham University.

Bound for Perdition
Wall Street Journal
Mr. Cassuto, a professor of English at Fordham University, is the author of "Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories," just released by Columbia University Press.

A look back at the JFK presidency
News Close-up with Marvin Scott (WPIX-TV)
Prof. Himmelberg discusses JFK.

Brooklyn Continues to Inspire Native Son Who Co-Authored The Life of Meaning
Brooklyn Eagle
Nevertheless, (William) Bole gravitated back to religion by way of attending the Jesuit-run Fordham University. At Fordham, Jesuit Priest, Journalist, and Professor Ray Schroth encouraged Bole to focus on a broad liberal arts education.

MASSARO: Student helps doctors in India
Rocky Mountain News
"It was emotionally and physically draining," said (Jacob) Pellinen, a senior biology major at New York's Fordham University. Pellinen is one of two Fordham University students to receive the annual Tobin Award, given to those "who show the most creativity and adventure in choosing a self-made summer abroad program between their junior and senior years," according to a Fordham release. The award is named in honor of Mark Tobin, a Fordham student killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Last Minute Reminder

The Fordham Community was saddened to learn in September of the tragic death of Zander Toulouse, the eight year old son of Christopher Toulouse, visiting professor of political science, in a bicycle accident near his home in Brooklyn.

All are invited to attend a Memorial Service to honor Zander, give thanks for his life and his wonderful spirit, and to show our support to Professor Toulouse and his wife.

The service will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, November 21 on the 12th Floor of Lowenstein Center, at Fordham's Lincoln Center Campus.

For further information, please contact Rev. Vincent DeCola, S.J., at (212) 636-8269, or at

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Silent Running

Sorry for the absence. The past week saw a lot of nasty head colds among the staff and several high profile events:

Fordham Law Kicks Off $100 Million Campaign
Bolivian President Outlines Plans for Sharing Nation's Wealth
Documentary Shows that Kindness Gets Results

We'll resume regular blogging tomorrow.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Food and Clothing Drives

Fordham's Community Service Program and Campus Ministry are once again sponsoring the annual Food and Coat drives to benefit the local community partners in the Bronx and Manhattan. Community-based organizations such as Part of the Solution (POTS), Concourse House, National Student Partnerships (NSP) and Cathedral Community Cares of St. John the Divine will benefit greatly from your generous support.

Thanksgiving Food Drive - November 10 through 21
Local food pantries are struggling to meet the needs of their clients, particularly during the holiday season. If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, please make checks out to "Campus Ministry."

Non-perishable food items and checks may be brought to:
ROSE HILL: McGinley Center 101 or 102
LINCOLN CENTER: Lowenstein 217

Winter Clothing Drive - December 1 through 19
As the weather gets colder, we will begin to collect warm winter clothing in good condition to be distributed through our community partners. If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, please make checks out to "Campus Ministry."

Coats, sweatshirts, scarves, gloves, sweaters, and socks, as well as checks may be brought to:
ROSE HILL: McGinley Center 102
LINCOLN CENTER: Lowenstein Plaza (bins at the top of the escalator)

For more information, please contact

Rose Hill: 718-817-4501 or
Lincoln Center: 212-636-6267 or

Rose Hill: 718-817-4510 or
Lincoln Center: 212-636-7464 or

We thank you on behalf of our community partners and neighbors for your generosity.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Student Research Fair

Undergraduate researchers from across the University will discuss their work and have it judged by faculty experts at the annual Research Fair at Lincoln Center on Thursday
November 13, 2008.

The fair, sponsored by the Office of the Dean at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and the Department of Natural Sciences, will highlight the work of 18 students at a poster session, and five students presenting abstracts, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lowenstein Plaza, followed by an award ceremony from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria Atrium.

The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Fordham Mourns Martin King, Longtime Employee

Martin King, who worked at Fordham University for 43 years in the machine shop of the Physics Department, died on Nov. 4 after a brief illness.

Services for the longtime Fordham employee will be held Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10:45 a.m. at St. Barnabas Church, 409 E. 241st Street, Bronx, N.Y. 10470.

King was known to many on the Fordham campus as a master of all trades. Among the things King repaired are the clock and the WFUV transmitter at the top of Keating Hall, the grandfather clock in the president’s office, and the historic lamp posts near the University Church. His workshop was in the basement of Freeman Hall, and he frequently fixed critical pieces of equipment over the years. Fordham will remember the things seen and unseen that he has done for the university over the last four decades.

King is survived by his wife Eleanor, daughter Michelle (FCRH ‘94), and son Patrick (FCRH ‘99, GBA ‘07).

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Theology Chair Feted by Alma Mater

Terrence W. Tilley, Ph.D., professor of theology at Fordham and chair of the department, was named Alumnus of the Year by the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley). Tilley, president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, was presented with a plaque by James Donohue, Ph.D., president of the Graduate Theological Union, at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion on Saturday, November 1, in Chicago. Tilley is pictured flanked by Donohue (left) and Rev. Arthur Holder, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate Theological Union.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Students Gather at Rose Hill Election Returns Party

You know something unusual is happening on campus when there's a Ben & Jerry's truck parked outside O'Hare Hall at 8 O’Clock at night. Fordham students gathered in O'Keefe Commons on election night to watch the returns come in on two huge projection television screens, fueled by catered sandwiches, salads and fruit, and a cup of Ben & Jerry's ice cream for every attendee.

More than 100 students attended the watch party, and from 7 p.m. to almost midnight the room was abuzz with conversation, punctuated by shouts of glee (and a few groans of despair) as CNN and Fox News started calling states for the candidates. A number of students were interviewed and photographed by the Daily News and News 12 The Bronx, who were on hand to get reactions live as the results came in.

College Democrats were unsurprisingly jubilant when CNN projected Senator Barack Obama as the winner shortly after 11 p.m. Some students watching the returns on the Fox network were more subdued. The only strongly negative reaction students had was to the CNN hologram interview with rapper—at issue wasn’t what he had to say to Anderson Cooper: students apparently thought the hologram experiment was pretty cheesy.

The event was sponsored by the Dean of Students, Residential Life, Office of Student Leadership and Community Development, the Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program, USG, RHA, CSA, College Democrats, Young Republicans, Community Service, Peer Educators, American Age and The Ram. The watch party was similar in format, and drew about the same number of students, as previous election year events sponsored by the same groups, including viewings of the first presidential debate in September, and the vice presidential and presidential debates in October.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Fordham Professor Crunches Election Numbers

Guest Post:

Janet Sassi, Staff Writer
Inside Fordham

If current presidential polls hold steady for Sen. Barack Obama, Monika McDermott, Ph.D., may be looking at an early night on Nov. 4. But given the historic volatility of the final weeks of a presidential campaign, and with the issue of race a still wild card, the associate professor of political science is not going to hedge her bets.

McDermott is an expert in political psychology and voter behavior who moonlights as a CBS election exit poll consultant. After crunching the numbers on Election Night, McDermott’s analysis of who voted for whom, and why, will assist news anchors in explaining why Obama or McCain won or lost a state or region. Election 2008 marks McDermott’s fourth presidential election behind the scenes.

“Exit polls are one of the few times where you know you are actually talking to people who have voted,” she said. “[Exit voters] are also more likely to be enthusiastic and give honest answers, more honest than someone you just interrupted during dinnertime with a phone call."

Although pre-election polls suggest a win for Obama, McDermott believes that the presidential election is still in uncharted waters. “This race has more dynamics than any other at the presidential level, and so many unknowns,” she said.

The complete interview with McDermott appears on Fordham’s main page. McDermott will also be a guest on Fordham Conversations this Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 a.m. on WFUV-FM (90.7) or

Fordham Turns Seventeen

Fordham Notes welcomes Freshman Sharai to the ranks of the digitally literate. The commuter student is blogging about college life on, one of the Freshman 15 at the magazine. She calls the debut of her blog "extremely weird and exciting all at the same time."

The student bloggers, Sharai among them, were announced in the November issue of the print edition ("with Ashley Tisdale on the cover" Sharai writes).

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fordham Faculty “Get Funded!”

Guest Post:

James S. Wilson, Director of Faculty Development
Office of Research

On Wednesday, Oct. 22, 100 Fordham faculty came out with their co-researchers, community collaborators and graduate students to “Get Funded!”

A full day of skills based workshops led by Michaela Kiernan, Ph.D., of Stanford University, “Get Funded!” gave attendees the opportunity to hone their research writing, graduate from mere grant submission to grantsmanship, and in so doing consciously create their career path rather than follow each foot as it falls.

“This is a tough funding environment,” Kiernan coached our colleagues, “but my position at Stanford is 100 percent soft money—if I didn’t do research, if I couldn’t get grants, I wouldn’t have a job. It can be done. You can do this!”

Kiernan covered concrete steps to convert one’s writing into the format and style grant reviewers prefer to receive. Grant and fellowship applicants don’t fully realize how critical this is to getting funded until they understand the review process.

“Because of sheer volume, your first audience will be a computer. If you haven’t taken the care to ensure that your proposal meets an agency’s criteria—for length, number and type of documents, the form of attachments—all your hard work may never be read,” Kiernan warned. “Once your proposal does go before a human being, your initial reviewers will probably have no more than ten minutes before they need to make a decision whether to send your proposal forward for further review.”

To learn how to capture and command reviewers’ continued attention, Kiernan advocates:

• using her six steps to conciseness and clarity;
• serving on an agency’s grant review committee;
• forming peer groups within and across disciplines in order to critique each other’s abstracts; and
• relying on Fordham’s Grant Officers to be a critical second set of eyes from outside their field of study that are focused solely on a proposal’s preparation.

To do all that on top of teaching and administrative duties is a challenge, but one that was both recognized and addressed in the afternoon’s final workshop: “Developing Your Academic Plan.”

“I anticipated feeling anxious about all I haven’t done, but the workshops weren’t that way at all,” one Fordham faculty member commented, a sentiment echoed by her colleagues: “presenting general strategies rather than just descriptions of grants was particularly helpful,” “very motivating” and “Kiernan is excellent!”

Make getting funded part of your academic plan—please contact James Wilson, director of faculty development, at or (718) 817-4964 and “Get Funded!”

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Student Discounts to Academy of American Poets' Forum

Sarah Gambito, assistant professor of English and the new director of creative writing, is a featured participant in the Academy of American Poets' Poets Forum, which is offering Fordham students discounted tickets because of Gambito’s participation.

“If you're an MA/creative writing, please clear your calendar for this. If you're a scholar interested in modern poetry, ditto. And anyone else interested—please take advantage of this great opportunity!” writes Mary Bly, associate professor of English.

Fordham University students interested in attending the Forum, November 6 to 8, 2008, should contact Emily Hunt at (212) 274-0343 ext. 10, or Students interested in attending all of the events, including the Poetry Walking Tours reserved for All-Events pass holders, can purchase an All-Events Pass at the discounted student price as well: $85. There are a limited number of these special student tickets available, and they are selling rapidly.

Poets Forum Reading
Thursday, November 6, 2008 | 7 p.m.
The Times Center, 242 West 41st St., New York City
Some of the most acclaimed poets of our day read together on one stage. Participants include Frank Bidart, Victor Hernández Cruz, Louise Glück, Lyn Hejinian, Sharon Olds, Ron Padgett, Carl Phillips, Robert Pinsky, Kay Ryan, Gary Snyder, Gerald Stern, Susan Stewart, Ellen Bryant Voigt, C.K. Williams, among several other highly acclaimed poets.

Poets Awards Ceremony
Friday, November 7, 2008 | 7 p.m.
Tishman Auditorium, The New School
66 W. 12th St., New York City
Celebrate contemporary poetry and the recipients of the premier collection of awards for poetry in the United States. The night will include readings and presentations by Lucie Brock-Broido, Henri Cole, Louise Glück, Eamon Grennan, and Brigit Pegeen Kelly.

Poets Forum: Discussions of Contemporary Poetry
Saturday, November 8, 2008 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, New York University
60 Washington Square South, New York City
Some of the most important poets of our time explore questions central to poetry today. Participants in the four intimate panels will include Frank Bidart, Victor Hernández Cruz, Louise Glück, Lyn Hejinian, Sharon Olds, Ron Padgett, Carl Phillips, Robert Pinsky, Kay Ryan, Gary Snyder, Gerald Stern, Susan Stewart, Ellen Bryant Voigt, C. K. Williams, and moderators Timothy Donnelly, James Longenbach, Maureen McLane, and Tree Swenson.
$60.00 only $35.00 for students!

American Poet Launch Party
Saturday, November 8, 2008 | 7 p.m.
The New School, Wollman Hall
5th Floor, Room 550, New York City
Reading and reception for the new fall issue of American Poet, the journal of the Academy of American Poets. Charles Bernstein, Major Jackson, and Cecily Parks will read from their work.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Fordham in Top Tier of Fulbright Producers

Fordham is ranked among the top 30 research universities nationwide for the number of Fulbright awards to U.S. students in 2008-2009, and has a higher ratio of awards to applicants than Harvard, Columbia and New York Universities.

Fordham students received 11 Fulbrights this year, from a pool of 32 applicants. The top producer of Fulbrights, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, had 31 Fulbrights from a pool of 144 applicants.

Approximately 1,500 students and 1,300 scholars from the United States and abroad are studying and working on Fulbrights this academic year. The program, begun in 1946, offers grants by bi-national Fulbright commissions and financed by the U.S. government and the government of each country in which the awards are available.

Look for full coverage of Fordham’s Fulbright achievements on the home page this week and in an upcoming issue of Inside Fordham.

Update Oct. 29: Fordham actually has 11 Fulbright awards (out of 32 applicants), not 10 as previously reported.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Homecoming: Damp Weather, High Spirits

Fordham's Homecoming took place yesterday with the tents on Eddie's Parade, a break from past years on Martyrs' Lawn and closer to Jack Coffey Field.

Coach Tom Masella called the Rams' 48 to 13 loss frustrating, but neither the persistent drizzle nor the Leopards' victory appeared to have much effect on the enthusiasm of the attendees. We'll have to wait for Alumni Affairs' official tally, but the crowd seemed bigger this year. You could hear the convival rumble of the crowd in the tent from all the way back at Spellman, and the returning alumni were full of compliments for the state of the campus and the University.

This year, the staff of the News and Media Relations Bureau fanned out with digital recorders to capture the memories of alumni for our Fordham Stories project, an audio archive of campus life that will eventually be available on the eNewsroom. Homecoming was a test of the technology—though we'll eventually post the best of those clips, too—Jubilee will be the first real effort to chronicle campus life through oral history.

More Homecoming coverage will be available on the Fordham home page on Monday.

Blind Item: Which Jesuit knows his way around a stove? His mother's recipe was the perfect sendoff on Saturday.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Art Professor "Speaks Out"

Abby Goldstein, associate professor and head of the design concentration at Fordham, is the guest curator of Speak Out: Art, Design & Politics, opening on Saturday, November 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 516 Arts, Albuquerque, N.M.

Speak Out is "a provocative two-floor exhibition featuring artists from across the country and the world who are not afraid to speak out.... This exhibition showcases artists and designers who have taken on the challenge of creating socially and politically charged messages that are responses to and meditations on injustices and atrocities around the globe."

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fordham Debuts eNewsroom

This week the News and Media Relations Bureau launched its eNewsroom, the one-stop source for University information and contacts. The first stage of the launch, consolidating news, video and contact links in a single location, has been completed. Over the coming months look for the rollout of more features, including:
  • Faculty Experts Database
  • RSS Feeds
  • Blogs
  • Photo Gallery
  • Audio Library
We'd like to thank Fordham IT, especially the Webgroup, and the staff of Marketing and Communications, for launching the eNewsroom in what has been a long and grueling week—the culmination of months of programming and design work.

We'd like to hear your thoughts on the eNewsroom: especially what features you'd like to see added in the future. You can comment here or write to us privately at:

Thursday, October 23, 2008

All the President's Faculty

A reception and panel discussion with Fordham faculty on the historic 2008 presidential election, as they offer advice for Senators Barack Obama and John McCain.

WHO: Fordham University Faculty
WHAT: Shadow Cabinet for Senators
McCain and Obama
Tuesday, 28 October 2008 | 6 p.m.
WHERE: 12th-Floor Lounge | Lowenstein Center | Lincoln Center campus

Free and open to all students, alumni, faculty and staff.

For more information, contact Nicole Moore at (212) 636-6528,

Panel on Women in Leadership Positions

Women are underrepresented in management in part because they are faced with a no-win conundrum which has not changed since the 1970s, according to Roslyn H. Chernesky, D.S.W., professor of social service at Fordham.

Chernesky, along with Ruth Brandwein, Ph.D., professor of social policy and director of the Social Justice Center at the Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare, will talk about the glass ceiling in a panel “The Conundrum of Women in Leadership Positions,” sponsored by Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service’s Institute for Women and Girls on Monday.

WHO: Roslyn Chernesky, D.S.W., and Ruth Brandwein, Ph.D.
WHAT: The Conundrum of Women in Leadership Positions
WHEN: Monday, October 27, 2008 | 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Pope Auditorium, Lincoln Center campus
RSVP: Priscilla Dyer (212) 636-6623,
The panel is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Trick or Treat? Mostly Treat.

Jean Marie McCormick, a 2001 graduate of Fordham College at Rose Hill, will be a contestant on the popular ABC program Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, on the episode airing on Halloween. McCormick is the daughter of the delightful Linda McCormick, confidential secretary to Father McShane, in the Office of the President at Rose Hill.

WHO: Jean Marie McCormick
WHAT: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 31, 2008 | 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: WABC TV—Channel 7 (Tri-State Area Only: Elsewhere Check Local Listings)

McCormick the Younger reports that it will be strange to watch her 20-minute segment, given that she devoted an entire day to the taping. Sadly no word on whether she is, in fact, a millionaire.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Things We Should Have Thought of Sooner

Visitors to Fordham's home page,, will have noticed that the IN THE NEWS and INSIDE FORDHAM links default back to the home page. Likewise, the headlines haven't been updated on the home page since Friday, October 17. Our IT staff is in the process of rolling out an eNewsroom and adding new functions to the home page: these will be a big improvement for users of the Fordham site, and for news media. Meanwhile, however, the news content is unavailable.

It should have occurred to us to post a notice on the home page before we began the process. We hope to restore full functionality, as the IT folks say, soon.

Young Alumni Gatherings


Advent Evenings of Reflection for Fordham Young Alumni

The Office of the Vice President for University Mission and Ministry, and Campus Ministry, invite Fordham’s young alumni to attend with a classmate, meet old friends, catch up with their inner selves and catch up with happenings at Fordham.

Enjoy a pre-dinner social, dinner and post-dinner reflections on “The Meaning of Advent Today.”

Tuesday, November 18, 2008
6 p.m. | O’Keefe Commons, Rose Hill campus
RSVP by Nov. 14: (718) 817-4501
$10 per person

Wednesday, December 10, 2008
5:15 p.m. | Lowenstein 217, Lincoln Center campus
RSVP by Nov. 30: (212) 636-6267
$10 per person

Monday, October 20, 2008

Filmmaker Michel Auder Lectures at Fordham

Senior Seminar Lecture Series

Filmmaker Michel Auder talks about his work and his career of more than 40 years. A member of the 1960s Zanzibar French filmmaker collective, and married to Warhol superstar Viva and later to Cindy Sherman, Auder has spent his career voyeuristically documenting his own life and the downtown New York art scene with both poignancy and irony. Auder's work has been included in numerous prestigious film festivals and collections and has been featured at the Museum of Modern Art, the Anthology Film Archives, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Free and Open to the Public/All Students
Tuesday, 21 October 2008

6 to 7:30 p.m. | Room SL24H, Lowenstein Center, Lower Level

Softball Team Battles Breast Cancer with $6,315 Walk

The Fordham Softball team walked in the American Cancer Society Walk for Breast Cancer on Sunday, October 19, in Central Park, raising $6,315.00 in donations for completing the five-mile walk.

The event was co-chaired by Coach Emily Friedman and Sarah Campbell, a senior, according to Bob Baxter, the assistant softball coach. Baxter also thanked all those helped with donations. Altogether, Fordham raised more than $17,000.

The team's photographer, Tom Wasiczko, walked with and supported the team and documented the event.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Art of Direction

We have often come up out of a subway station in an unfamiliar neighborhood and been confused (yes, yes: more confused). Help, it appears, is on the way: Fordham Visual Arts students are taking part in the Compass Decal Design Exploration sponsored by the New York City Department of Transportation.

The competition is soliciting design proposals for orientation elements to point pedestrians toward their destinations as they exit from below-grade subway stations or descend to the street from above-ground platforms at 16 locations in The Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. The proposals will include a full-scale mock up; a site plan illustrating the proposed location; visual documentation (drawings, renderings, photographs or footage of proposal located at site); and research, including a description of site and community and copies of any surveys or interviews.

Between 6 and 10 students from the “Graphic Design II” class will have their proposals ready in November, says Abby Goldstein, associate professor and head of the design concentration at Fordham. The project started in Goldstein’s “Graphic Design III” and Colin Cathcart’s “Design and the City” classes last fall. There will be an exhibition of the proposals, and they will be judged by some of the most prestigious designers in New York, according to Goldstein.

Fordham is the model for the project, Goldstein says, and is one of the few Universities invited to participate. In November 2008 the top proposals will be reviewed, and winners selected, by officials from the Business Improvement Districts in which the 16 subway stations are located. The temporary compasses are scheduled to be installed sometime in spring 2009.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Business Leadership: A Lesson in Kindness

One of Fordham’s newest faculty members, William F. (Bill) Baker, Ph.D., University Professor and Journalist in Residence in the Graduate School of Education, will be airing a new program on Thirteen/WNET New York And WLIW21 New York, Leading with Kindness, an inside look at successful organizations and their leaders.

An expanding group of innovative executives have discovered a new and unusual way to increase profitability and productivity among their workers. The secret? They are leading their employees with kindness, as detailed in Baker and Michael O'Malley's book, Leading with Kindness: How Good People Consistently Get Superior Results (AMACOM, 2008).

Leading with Kindness
Sunday, October 19, 10 p.m. | WLIW New York
Sunday, November 23, 10 p.m. | Thirteen/WNET New York.

To dispel the notion that a boss has to be imperious to succeed, Thirteen/WNET president emeritus Baker and co-author O'Malley bring their book to public television viewers in the new one-hour special by the same name. The program, hosted by Baker, interviews executives of Google, Eileen Fisher and Pitney Bowes, among other leading firms. In addition to interviews with executives, the program features company profiles and expert commentary provided by O'Malley, and shows how leadership traits and business practices common among top executives have led to their company's growth and success.

Baker is president emeritus of Thirteen/WNET and executive in residence at Columbia University Business School. Michael O'Malley is senior editor for business, economics, and law at Yale University Press and adjunct professor at Columbia University Business School.

KPMG Taps CBA Junior, GLOBE-trotter for Prestigious Internship

Regis Zamudio a junior at Fordham's College of Business Administration, has been chosen for KPMG's 2008 Future Diversity Leaders (FDL) class. Zamudio is one of only 51 students nationwide who were chosen and participated in the FDL, selected for their commitment to high academic achievement, community and campus involvement and active participation in diversity organizations.

Zamudio, a finance major, is currently studying Chinese culture in Beijing, and is working with the Global Learning Opportunities and Business Experiences (G.L.O.B.E.) program to receive his international business certificate. He has studied Mandarin Chinese at Lincoln Center for the past two years and is continuing his language studies in China.

Before he departed for the Middle Kingdom, KPMG flew Zamudio to Hollywood, Calif., over the summer for a two-day training session about the firm and the opportunities it offers.

"We learned some great managerial techniques which taught us how to effectively manage, be managed, and perform under pressure situations," Zamudio writes from Beijing. "Communication skills and problem solving skills were a few of the materials we discussed and practiced. I thought the program was great. I was able to meet some terrific people who shared my similar interests and who are doing amazing things. I especially loved our discussion on the global markets and KPMG's role in the global economy. The partners we met were phenomenal and all of them were approachable and ready to answer difficult questions. The managerial leadership tips that KPMG showed us gave me better insight into how to manage properly and I'm sure I will carry that information with me for the rest of my life."

KPMG launched its FDL program a year ago, with the first group of 50 students providing leadership training and financial support for outstanding minority undergraduate business students, in its continuing effort to increase and support minority representation in the accounting profession.

Zamudio returns to New York in January. Next summer he will be working with KPMG as an intern, either at their New York office or, he hopes, back to Beijing. (There is a long and distinguished history of Jesuit education in China.) The internship prior to the senior year is a "practice internship," in which participants gain hands-on experience with clients in their chosen business area. In addition to gaining work experience, Zamudio will be mentored by a FDL faculty advisor and KPMG professionals.

"I am really hoping to return to China," Zamudio signed off his e-mail, "especially with an exciting and diverse company like KPMG."

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Public Forum: Torture and American Culture

The photographs that revealed the torture and abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib shocked the world. Further revelations of CIA rendition policies, deaths in custody, Guantanamo detainees and government secrecy raise critical questions about U.S. culture and what conditions fostered a climate in which torture is condoned, and even encouraged.

WHO: Fordham Center on Religion and Culture
WHAT: Public Forum: Torture and American Culture
WHERE: Fordham University, McNally Amphitheatre, 140 W. 62nd Street
WHEN: 1 to 5 p.m. | Tuesday, October 21, 2008
RSVP: Free and open to the public, (212) 636-7347

What in U.S. popular culture may have predisposed leaders to authorize torture or the public to tolerate it? Do TV shows, such as Lost, 24, The Wire and Sleeper Cell legitimize torture and promote it as an effective tool? What strengths and weaknesses have American leaders in law, the military and intelligence communities, religion and psychology exhibited in responding to the current controversies over torture?

On a panel discussing graphic representations of torture and violence on TV and in other media, David Danzig, director of the Public Programs Department and Primetime Torture Project at Human Rights First, will discuss his experience with television producers and writers, along with Commonweal movie reviewer Richard Alleva and Columbia Journalism School media critic Todd Gitlin. Moderator for the discussion will be Bill McGarvey, musician and editor-in-chief of the online magazine Busted Halo.

A second panel examining the responses of American elites will feature William Treanor, dean of Fordham School of Law and former Justice Department official, discussing the legal profession; Patrick Lang, retired military intelligence officer, discussing the military and intelligence communities; Stephen E. Behnke, director of ethics for the American Psychological Association, discussing psychology; and Drew Christiansen, S.J., editor of the Jesuit weekly America, discussing religious leadership.

Panel: Popular Culture, Graphic Representation of Torture and Violence
1 to 2:15 p.m.
• Bill McGarvey, editor-in-chief of Busted Halo, and songwriter and performer; he recently released his second album, Beautiful Mess.
• David Danzig, director of the Public Programs Department and Primetime Torture Project at Human Rights First.
• Richard Alleva, film reviewer for Commonweal Magazine.
• Todd Gitlin, professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University, and author of Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives.

Panel: American Elites and Their Response to Torture
2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
• Frederick J. Wertz, professor of psychology, Fordham University.
• William Treanor, dean of Fordham University’s School of Law, former deputy assistant attorney general, Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel.
• Patrick Lang, longtime director, Human Intelligence Collection, Defense Intelligence Agency, and defense intelligence officer for the Middle East, South Asia and Terrorism.
• Stephen H. Behnke, director of ethics at the American Psychological Association, has degrees in law and clinical psychology from the University of Michigan.
• Drew Christiansen, S. J., editor in chief of the Jesuit weekly America, former director of the Office of International Justice and Peace of the United States Catholic Conference and counselor for international affairs to the conference.

Panel: Panelists in Conversation and Audience Questions
4 to 5 p.m.
(All Panelists)

Blood Center Thanks Fordham

Dear Fordham University Students, Faculty and Staff:

I would like to thank the students and faculty at Fordham University for their blood drive with New York Blood Center (NYBC) on Friday, October 10. We registered 60 people and collected at total of 63 units of blood, including 55 pints of whole blood and 8 units of red blood cells. This is capable of saving the lives of more than 165 people! Thank you again for helping the people of New York, and for giving the gift of life.


Rob Purvis
Executive Vice President
New York Blood Center

Top Firms Turn to Fordham Law for New Associates

Where do the most elite law firms in the United States go to hire new lawyers? According to a study released on October 13, Fordham Law School is among the 15 law schools that leading law firms turn to most often when they hire new lawyers.

Using’s list of the most prestigious law firms in the U.S., Professor Brian Leiter of the University of Chicago identified the 15 top law firms whose search engines permitted efficient identification of where their associates went to law school and prepared a report comparing how leading law schools fared at these firms. Fordham Law ranked 15th among law schools nationally. The results are posted at

Professor Leiter, whose law school rankings website is an influential source of analysis of the comparative strengths of leading law schools, described Fordham as “long a favorite with New York firms.” He attributed Fordham’s presence among the top 15 sources for elite law firms, in part, to its New York City location. New York is home to more elite law firm headquarters and branch offices than any other American city. “Fordham’s presence in New York, the superb quality of our education, and our fiercely loyal alumni combine to give our graduates virtually unrivaled career opportunities,” noted Fordham Law’s Dean William Treanor.

This new ranking is the latest measure of the extraordinary strength of Fordham Law School and a Fordham Law School education. For example, Fordham Law is one of the 15 most selective schools in the nation, measured in terms of the LSAT scores of the most recent graduating class, six of its programs are rated among the top 20, and it is one of the top five law schools, measured in terms of the number of attorneys working at the top 30 law firms. For more information about Fordham Law’s strengths, go to the Fordham Law Facts Page.

Update Oct. 16: Ranking site down due to spam attack, according to Leiter's blog.
Update Oct. 18: is back up.

Monday, October 13, 2008

GSS Students Carry Off High Honors Two Years Running

Anthony David, an advanced standing student in the Graduate School of Social Service (GSS), has been named the MSW Student of the Year by the New York State Social Work Education Association. This marks the second year in a row that a Fordham GSS student has been chosen for this award: last year’s winner was Maya Tsekenis.

David earned a BSW from Concordia College in 2007 and is currently completing his field work placement at the White Plains Youth Bureau. Tsekenis did her field placement at the United Nations with the International Federation of Social Workers a non-governmental organization that represents over 500,000 social workers in 83 countries.

Recipients of the Student of the Year award must demonstrate social work leadership skills and significant contributions through involvement in the social work program, campus activities, service to the community, or scholarly activities, and must have good academic standing

The New York State Social Work Education Association is a statewide organization whose purpose is to provide a forum for social work faculty, deans and directors, field instructors, students, practitioners and administrators to exchange information about social work education and related issues; to identify needs, issues and concerns central to social work education, and the appropriate responses to those needs; and to advocate on behalf of the social work education community.

Friday, October 10, 2008

What University Will Have A Contestant on Jeopardy?

Edith Kealey, a Ph.D. student (and adjunct faculty member) in the Graduate School of Social Service, will be appearing on Jeopardy on October 31. Kealey, the wife of Joe DiBari, Fordham's sports information director, was in Los Angeles in September to tape the show. Both Kealey's brother and sister are Fordham alumni, and she and DiBari met on campus for one of their first dates.

Technical Note

On October 7, we received a "potential spam blog" notice from Google Blogger, and users coming to the page had to navigate past a warning screen. Apparently we passed the Turing Test, because by this morning the warning screen (and notice on the Blogger dashboard) had disappeared.

Tick, Tick, Tick Index

The University’s Tick Index was created and is maintained by Tom Daniels, Ph.D., of the Vector Ecology Laboratory. The index is an estimate of the risk in Westchester County of being bitten by a nymphal or adult deer tick, both of which are carriers of Lyme disease.

After several weeks of low risk, the index begins to climb again this weekend as the adult ticks emerge. There are three stages in the tick life cycle: larvae, nymph and adult. The nymphs peak in June and July and cause the largest number of Lyme disease infections because their greatest numbers coincide with increased activity of lightly dressed humans in the woods, and because the nymphs are much smaller than adults (about the size of a poppy seed) and so are harder to spot.

Adult ticks are active in the fall. Risk of infection from adult ticks will diminish and eventually fall to zero once average temperatures consistently fall below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. For this weekend’s index, go to:

The Vector Ecology Laboratory is housed at Fordham’s Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.

War & Peace & War

Robin Anderson spoke on a panel, "Christians in a Warmaking State: Fighting for Peace in Vietnam and Iraq," at Boston College last week 0n the 40th anniversary of the trial of the Catonsville Nine. Led by Catholic priests Daniel Berrigan, S.J., and his brother, Rev. Philip Berrigan, the Catonsville peace activists sparked movements for civil disobedience against the U.S. invasion of Vietnam and are a source of inspiration to activists seeking to end the war in Iraq.

Andersen, director of the the Peace & Justice Studies Program at Fordham, is co-editor of the Berrigan play, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A Matter of Course

Fordham Westchester is offering a new course, "Conquering the Course: Maximize Your Business and Golf Performance," through the Executive Education Program. Patrick Montana, Ph.D., is the instructor.

"There are many similarities in management and golf, as well as in teaching management and golf. Both require strategic thinking, planning, execution, control, evaluation and feedback. Given golf's popularity and global reach as well as its multibillion dollar market, we are constantly seeking ways to nurture this vibrant sport and make it and our business more efficient and effective."
Patrick Montana, Ph.D.

See the Web release for more details on the course.

Fordham in the News

Several Fordham faculty were in the news yesterday. We see four or five faculty mentions on an average day. Many of our faculty are bloggers, as well, and we'll be adding links to those as we go along. Fordham faculty who'd like to see there blogs listed here should e-mail us at fordhamcoms at gmail dot com.


Lehman CEO under scrutiny for investor statements
Reuters 6/10
“I think what is going to be looked at very closely by the government is what statements were made to the public, by whom, and whether those statements differed materially from what those people thought was actually the case," said Paul Radvany, a law professor at Fordham University in New York and a former federal prosecutor.


McCain, Obama headed to town hall
The Hollywood Reporter 6/10
"The town hall debate is McCain's best debate format," said Paul Levinson, a professor at Fordham University in New York. "Obama ... clearly is a much better speaker to a huge crowd or an interviewer (than he is at a debate)."
Multiple stories on this topic

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Teething Pains

We received this little billet doux this morning from Google Blogger: "Your blog at: has been identified as a potential spam blog. To correct this, please request a review by filling out the form at http://etc…"

So for those of you who've had to click past a warning screen this morning, we apologize. We'll resume our regular programming as soon as Google wetware gets to our account.

Monday, October 6, 2008

How Green is My University

This week Fordham launched its Sustainability page with information on reducing our carbon footprint, University recycling initiatives and green building plans.

In 2007, Fordham joined Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s challenge to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent over the next decade.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Fordham, FBI Team Up on Cyber Security

ICCS 2009


The Federal Bureau of Investigation has teamed with Fordham University's Department of Computer and Information Sciences to bring together global leaders in emerging cyber threat analysis and enforcement. In January 2009, the two institutions will launch the first International Conference on Cyber Security (ICCS 2009) in New York City, the information center of the world.

With the number of cyber threats escalating worldwide, the need for comprehensive security analysis and solutions has reached a critical juncture. Join us at ICCS 2009 for a first-hand opportunity to discover and share critical intelligence on issues shaping the future of cyber security.

ICCS 2009 will feature distinguished speakers, presentations and vendor exhibits. This gathering of international cyber security experts will host more than 300 delegates from around the world. The world's foremost experts in cyber threat analysis and enforcement will engage in a dialog and develop strategies for combating cyber threats across the globe. With shared expertise and insight into a myriad of cyber security trends, tools and techniques, this conference will create an unparalleled opportunity for the international advancement of cyber threat analysis and enforcement.