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Communitas Alumni Newsletter Vol III Issue 2


C O M M U N I T A S 
The Newsletter of Fordham University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences | Vol. III  Issue 2 

Communitas Newsletter The Cycle of Empowerment
Scyatta Wallace, GSAS '98 and '02, isn't just spreading knowledge — she's spreading power  
Scyatta Wallace, Ph.D., still has the acceptance letter from Fordham University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) sent her more than a decade ago. 

Today, Wallace -- who came to Fordham for applied development psychology program -- is an associate professor of psychology at St. John's University and the newly elected chair  of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Committee on Psychology and Aids. more>>

Letter from Dean Nancy Busch
In the last issue of Communitas, I wrote about the preferential option for the poor that is a characteristic of the Jesuit tradition. When individuals express this preferential option they become homines pro aliia (men and women for others). How does the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences  (GSAS) develop these men and women for others? Within GSAS, many of our activities focus on empowerment of both GSAS students and those they serve. more>>

A new voice
At Fordham, graduate students don't get just a voice -- they get a vote.  
Zachary Smith sits on three different councils at Fordham University. Every year, he speaks at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences orientation. His name appears on the first page of the Graduate Student Handbook.   more>>  

Learning to Teach: GSAS's New Seminar in Jesuit Pedagogy
For the last four years, the Seminar in Jesuit Pedagogy at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has empowered students to develop teaching philosophies rooted in the 500-year-old Ignatian tradition.  
In the spring of 2006, Fordham University's Graduate school of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) began planning for a new Jesuit pedagogy seminar for advanced doctoral students. 

Developing Students, Fostering Leadership
The name of the game in Fordham University's Office of Student Development (OSD) is "constant contact", according to Nicol Gotsis, director of the office. more>>

Fordham Students Give Back through BRAC
A collaboration helps students help others 
Each spring the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) hosts a poster/video competition for students and faculty to learn about research in other academic areas. more>>

Joining the Conversation: The Power of Social Media
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences uses social media to foster community on campus and beyond.  
Social media's not just for students anymore. Like other institutions of higher education, Fordham University recognizes the importance of social media. Which is why the University is harnessing this power to make connections.  more>>

International Innovator to Deliver Spring Gannon Lecture
Susan Davis is the founder, president and chief executive officer of BRAC USA, an international organization that works to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease, and social injustice. more>>

Upcoming Events
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Thank you for supporting GSAS
Donations to the GSAS Annual Fund is on the rise, thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends.  The Annual Fund provides funding for student research and travel, as well as pilot funding for new initiatives such as theSeminar in Jesuit Pedagogy. Many individuals have also established scholoarships and fellowships, or departmental funds to support students and faculty. Looking toward the future, alumni support for GSAS will be more important than ever: GSAS programs are now competing with some of the best in the country to recruit top students. To give a gift or make a pledge to support GSAS, please contact Valerie Longwood, development director for GSAS, at  (212) 636-7439 or

P.S. This issue of Communitas was written by Alexandra Loizzo, a second-year master’s degree student in English. Her areas of interests are Renaissance and Victorian literature, as well as gender and psychoanalytic theory. She is the school’s blogger in residence for the 2010-2011 academic year. Read more of her work at,  where she writes regularly about GSAS.

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