Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Alumni Career Networking Nite
March 29, 2007

We held our Annual Alumni Career Networking Nite in the 12th Floor Lounge of Fordham's Lowenstein Hall in midtown Manhattan overlooking Lincoln Center.

Our speakers were:

  •   Ms. Marcella Gift (IPED Class of '04), Finance Associate, Latin American Division, JP Morgan Chase;
  •   Ms. Mariela Lazaro (IPED Class of '06), Credit Analyst, Commodity Structured Finance - Latin America, BNP Paribas;
  •   Ms. Daniela Ilea (IPED Class of '04), Public Policy Analyst, NYC Office for Budget Management; and
  •   Mr. Greg Bastian (IPED Class of '02), East and Southeast Asia Regional Representative, Catholic Relief Services.
Ms. Gift and Ms. Lazaro spoke about their careers in investment banking and the need for strong quantitative skills.  Approximately half of our alumni are employed in the financial services industry.  Ms. Ilea spoke about her work in public service and the need to combine both political and economic analysis.  About a fourth of our alumni work in the public sector.  And Mr. Bastian spoke about the opportunities that exist in relief and development work in the non-profit sector.  He reported on his recent trip to East Timor and the good governance problems facing that country.  About 15% of our alumni work in the non-profit sector.


Language Immersion Study Awards Emerging Markets Travel Scholarships

Prof. Crystal and Prof. Bruke awarded the Language Immersion Study Awards to Matthew ($4,100 to study Spanish in Central America), Jhin ($4,100 to study Portuguese in Brazil), Mae ($5,100 to study French overseas), and  Adam ($5,100 to study French in West Africa).  They also awarded the Emerging Markets Travel Scholarships to Dan ($1,000 plus 6 credits of tuition scholarship to work in the Dominican Republic).

Arrupe Field Placement Stipends Public Service Field Placement Stipend
Dr. Burke and Dr. Crystal awarded the Arrupe Field Placement Stipends to Emily ($3,500 for summer assignment with Women's World Banking in Benin, West Africa) and Liz ($3,500 for summer assignment with Save the Children in Burkina Faso).  They also awarded the Public Service Field Placement Stipend to Patrick ($3,000 for summer assignment with the US State Department at the US Mission to the United Nations).

We thank the Alumni Association for their generous support of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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