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Student & Faculty News
Each year, CACS publishes two newsletters detailing Concentrator and Faculty achievements.  To subscribe to our newsletter, email us.

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Class of 2014
  • Stephen Gan served in 2013-2014 as Megas Prytanis (National President) of ΗΣΦ, the national classics honor society.  He translated the previously untranslated Jacobus Pontanus’ Progymnasmata for the Fordham Undergraduate Research Symposium (FURS) and will attend The Commonwealth Medical College in PA in the fall. 
  • Thomas McCarthy was nominated for the Alpha Mu Alpha honorary society for marketing He will begin work as an Account Manager with CDW, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Chicago, in June. 
  • Eric Mollo was inducted into Fordham’s chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa (TAK), the national honor society for students of Theology and Religious Studies.  He served as an Exectuive Board Member for Global Outreach (GO!) and was named WFUV Sports' official New York Giants beat reporter for the 2013-14 season, covering Superbowl XLVIII from Met Life Stadium.  He also interned at NBC Sports as an Olympic Research Intern and as an Executive Office Intern. 
  • Jennifer Monsalve will begin work as the Community Coordinator for Santa Clara University’s Casa de la Solidaridad study abroad program in August. 
  • Alex Whiteaker was nominated for a Fordham Student Leadership Award and served this year as Executive Vice President of the Residence Halls Association. 
  • Heather Foye was a member of the GO! Dominican Republic team, in which she traveled to the remote village of Esperanza to teach classes and play with children served by the Joan Rose Foundation. She also continued to volunteer with Catholic Charities in their Office of Refugee Resettlement, helping with resume development and teaching an intermediate ESL class twice weekly to immigrants and refugees. 
  • Ann Pierret was awarded the Walsh Scholarship from the Communications Department and Dean's office ($20,000) on the basis of exemplary work in the field, academic standing, and extracurricular involvement and participated in GO! San Diego.  
  • Celia Aniskovich served as an intern for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.  She was inducted into four honor societies:  Lambda Pi Eta, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Sigma Tau.  She will begin work as an NBC Page after graduation.

Class of 2015
  • Marc Alibrandi participated in the Global Outreach immersion trip to El Salvador in January.  This summer, he will intern with Senator Robert Casey (D-Pa.) in Washington D.C. 
  • Hailey Cox was honored on the Dean’s List and A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll for Fall and Spring 2013.  With Harrison Pidgeon, she participated in the Colombia Community Health Project in Cali, Colombia, to meet with medical students and professors, as well as surrounding community leaders, to learn about how cultural competence plays a role in healthcare.  This summer, Hailey will travel to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago from Leon to Santiago de Compostela as part of a Camino study course.  After that, she will intern in Kumasi, Ghana, shadowing medical professionals and participating in outreach programs in under-served areas; she received a George McMahon, S.J. Travel Fellowhsip Award to cover travel costs.  Hailey was also accepted as a Peace Corps Volunteer. 
  • With Alina Kenealy, Rachel Nass will be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, Fordham’s Honor Society.  Rachel will also be inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta, the Sociology honor society.  This summer, she will work as a home visitor through the child welfare agency New Alternatives for Children. 
Class of 2016
  • Maria Barsoum received a certificate of participation from the FURS for her work with Dr. Robinson on pollen.  She was accepted into the Gateway for Dental Medicine Internship at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine this summer and the SMDEP Internship for Dentistry at Rutgers. 
  • Erica Restaino will travel to Beijing as part of a Study Tour with GSB’s Global Business Honors Program. After that trip, she will represent the Hudson River Presbytery in Detroit as a Young Adult Advisory Delegate for the 221st Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly.
  • Jennifer Venegas will travel to Rome and Assisi on pilgrimage this summer.  In preparation for the pilgrimage, she has been participating in “Project Outskirt,” in response to Pope Francis’ call to proclaim the gospel on the margins of society.  She hopes to the present the fruits of her labor in a private meeting between her group and the Pope. 
  • Kathleen Hayes was a member of the GO! Nicaragua team this Spring Break. 
  • Sarah Carr was a member of the Dean’s List and a participant in Fordham’s Matteo Ricci seminar. 
  • Chris Hazlaris served as a Resident Assistant in Queen’s Court during this academic year.  He was a member of the Dean’s List (first honors) and is a member of Fordham’s a cappella group, The B-Sides.  This summer, he will participate in the GO! South Africa trip and a Fordham-sponsored study abroad course, “Reformation Texts.” 
  • This semester, Caitlin O’Keefe studied French and French History at the Sorbonne in Paris.  She was also awarded a research grant by her study abroad program.  While in France, she is working as a historical research intern at the Centre de Recherche du Chateau de Versailles.
  • John Caruso presented at the Fordham Undergraduate Research Symposium in both 2013 and 2014.  He also received a Science Internship from Fordham for summer 2014.
  • Grace Hulseman was named to the Dean's List and accepted to the Matteo Ricci program.  She spent the semester interning with CitySquash, a local non-profit based on Arthur Ave. She has served as a volunteer tutor/mentor at the Rosedale Achievement Center.  For the second summer in a row, Grace will intern with Avis Budget Group in the Revenue Management department, where she hopes to continue the development of her economic analysis skills.
  • Tessa Bloechl will travel to Nepal and India.  She will spend 5 weeks researching human rights and teaching English to Buddhist monks in Nepal. Then, she will travel with her family to Agra, Varanasi, Jaipur, Bangalore, and Goa where she hopes to enjoy a few days on the beach. She will return to the USA after visiting extended family in Belgium.
Recent Graduates
  • Colleen Taylor (2012) has completed an MPhil in Irish Literature at Trinity College, Dublin.  She will enter the PhD program in the English Dept at BC in the Fall. 
  • Patrick Kelly (2012) is a volunteer teacher at Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in the Federated States of Micronesia. He teaches three courses: sophomore and senior religion and freshman history.  In addition, he coordinates clubs on campus, including the traditional canoe carving club (in partnership with a local organization: Waa'gey), the debate team, and the astronomy club and helps in organizing a monthly Catholic Youth Mass and activity evening.  In the fall, he will enroll at Harvard Divinity School to pursue a Master of Theological Studies degree. 
  • Kaitlin Campbell (2012)  recently joined the editorial staff at COMMONWEAL magazine. 
  • Kate Mroz (2012) completed an MA in Theology at Harvard and is in her first year of the PhD program in Theology at BC. 
  • Michael Providenza (2012) completed a year in JVC and is in his first year pursuing a Master's Degree in Philosophy at Boston College. 
  • Elizabeth Scheib (2012) is pursuing a Master's degree in Sociology - Applied Social Research, at Queens College. 
  • Colleen Chambers (2012) will enter JVC in the Fall. 
  • Sean McLaughlin (2010) is in his first year pursuing a Master's degree in Theology at BC. 
  • Aimee Della Porta (2010) is pursuing a Master's degree in the School of Social Work at Tulane University and works as a counselor at the New Orleans Counseling Center. 
  • Original CACS Concentrator Daria Moringiello married Joseph Mulhall on December 27, 2013.

Faculty News
  • Director Christine Firer Hinze served as keynote speaker at gatherings of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities meetings, presenting on “Why Jesuit, Catholic Universities Matter.”  In September 2013, she was a panel presenter for “Six Months of Pope Francis,” a public event co-sponsored by CACS and the Fordham Department of Theology.  In October, Prof. Hinze received the Elizabeth Ann Seton Award for a Distinguished Woman Theologian and gave a lecture entitled “Catholic Social Teaching, Solidarity, and the Common Good Across the Catholic University Curriculum” at Mt. St. Joseph’s University, Cincinnati, OH.  In March 2014, Prof. Hinze served as the Organizer and Convener for a day-long scholarly symposium, “The Good Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” which featured Prof. Daniel Finn, Inaugural Visiting Chair in American Catholic studies and scholars from theology, ethics, business, and economics at Fordham University.  On April 24, she delivered the annual Madeleva Lecture at St. Mary’s University in Notre Dame, IN, entitled “Glass Ceilings and Dirt Floors: Women, Work and The Global Economy in Catholic Social Perspective.”  An extended version of the lecture will be published next year in book format by Paulist Press.  In 2015, she will publish “Unleashing Catholicism’s Stranded Assets in the Fight for Just Sustainability,” in C. Peppard & A. Vincini, eds., Just Sustainability, published by Orbis Books.

  • Associate Director Angela Alaimo O’Donnell’s fifth collection of poems, Waking My Mother was published this past September and was selected as one of the Best Books of Poetry in 2013 by Christian Century magazine. She also completed a memoir, Mortal Blessings, which will be published in September of 2014. A brief biography and introduction to the writings of Flannery O’Connor will appear in 2015.  She has been awarded a writing residency by the Collegeville Ecumenical Center at St. John’s University in Minnesota to work on the latter project this summer.  In addition, O’Donnell published essays in Mezzo Cammin, Christianity & Literature and Spiritus and three columns in America magazine.  A number of her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies.  In addition to her writing, Prof. O’Donnell enjoyed a week’s residency at The Breadloaf Writers’ Conference in Erice, Sicily this past fall.   She presented a paper at West Chester University Poetry Center’s celebration of the 80th birthday of Sylvia Plath in October and gave numerous poetry readings.  This spring she will present her poems at Poet’s House in Battery Park and will be the featured reader at St. Paul’s Poetry Club in Manhattan. 

  • Associate Director John Seitz was recently selected as one of ten Young Scholars in American Religion for 2013-2015. Supported by the Lilly Endowment and based at the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, the program promotes innovation both in research and teaching.  In 2013, Seitz published an essay on methods in the ethnographic study of religion entitled “Keep Research Weird: Psychoanalytic Techniques and Fieldwork in the Study of Religion” in Method and Theory in the Study of Religion.  In 2012, he published a book review entitled “Perfect Priests and their Sacrificial Lambs” in National Catholic Reporter, a review of Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: Gender, Power, and Organizational Culture.  He also published a piece about parish shutdowns and American religious history entitled "Placeholders: Catholic Tradition and Faith to the Parish" in Commonweal, September 2, 2013.  John is contributing an essay to an international research project sponsored by the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism entitled "The Lived History of Vatican II." John's research for this project concerns life at St. John's Seminary in Boston during the 1960s. 

  • Associate Director Michael Peppard received a Fordham Faculty Fellowship and grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation for research during 2013.  He has nearly completed a new book, Christ on the Euphrates: Bible, Art, and Ritual at the World’s Oldest Church.  Peppard was honored with the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise for his first book.  Prof. Peppard presented “Torah for the Man Who Has Everything (Mark 10:19),” in the Economics and the Biblical World section of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, published several book reviews, and was an invited panelist in a session on “Christian Responses to Imperial Art” at the annual meeting of the North American Patristics Society.  In addition, Peppard wrote numerous pieces and appeared on MSNBC to discuss Pope Francis’ election and papacy.  He continues to write for Commonweal and other outlets on American Catholicism.

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