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Communitas Alumni Newsletter Vol IV Issue 1


C O M M U N I T A S 
The Newsletter of Fordham University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences | Vol. IV  Issue 1 

Communitas Newsletter The historian and winemaker 
"Kamal Y. Azari, Ph.D., GSAS '88, a native of Iran, was halfway through his dissertation when the Iranian Revolution caught fire. In the chaos that followed, the University of Shiraz, which had offered Azari a teaching position, closed its doors, and he was left trying to make sense of the situation. 

Under the guidance of his mentor, John Entelis, Ph.D., professor of political science and director of the Middle East Studies program at Fordham, Azari tore up his original thesis and turned to the Iranian Revolution . 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>>

training global thinkers
Since he started teaching at Fordham in 1970, John Entelis, Ph.D., professor of political science, has done a great deal to help the University fultill its mission of helping students understand world issues beyond the classroom.   more>>  

awareness through assessment
"The goal is to improve accountability, efficiency and efficacy."
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. 

strong science, sound advice
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>>

the myths of community college
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>>

My Community College
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>>

opportunity knocks
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>>

those who can, Teach
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>>

The Road Less Traveled
"In today's academic ecomony, we should  look carefully and closely at all the employment advice we give."
Lenny Cassuto, Ph.D., a professor of English at Fordham University, is known as the "Graduate Adviser." Through his column for The Chronicle of Higher Education, he advises thousands of graduate students around the world.  more>>

Pay it Forward
Arvind Thomas, GSAS '05 and '10, was a strong candidate for the open position of lecturer at Yale University.  more>>

Upcoming Events
Click on the link above to view the upcoming events  more>>

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, GSAS '11 who earned her master's degree student in English. She was the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences's blogger in residence for the 2010-2011 academic year. She currently resides in Boston, Mass., where she works in higher education.

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