Fordham Notes: November 2008

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.