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Research at Work Research at Work

Amy Batallones, FCLC ’13, suits up in welding gear to do mechanical work at one of Con Edison’s steam-generating stations. She’s doing hands-on work as an associate in the energy company’s GOLD Program, where she’s not only gaining technical skills, but also developing a business acumen.
Two Passions, One Major Two Passions, One Major

Joseph Gorman would love to work for Google someday. “Going to Silicon Valley would be great,” he says, “or even investing in companies like that behind the scenes would make going to work every day really interesting.”

The incoming Fordham freshman from Wooster, Ohio, cannot think of a better place to study business “than the heart of Manhattan” at the Gabelli School of Business at Lincoln Center, where he plans to major in digital media and technology. This major combines two things that Gorman loves, communication and technology.
Fordham Student Documents Conflict in her Homeland Fordham Student Documents Conflict in her Homeland

When she’s not studying for her classes in marketing, Adriana Krasniansky, a rising senior at the Gabelli School of Business, is devoting her spare time to a passionate conviction: Trying to save her homeland.

Krasniansky, who was born in Ukraine, helped found Group for Tomorrow’s Ukraine in response to the deadly conflict between European-aligned nationalists and pro-Russian forces. She formed the group last November along with five non-Fordham students she grew up with in Cleveland. Through their website and social media, the team hopes to creatively and accurately relay events transpiring in Ukraine to an English-speaking audience.
High-Power Pep Talk High-Power Pep Talk

Fordham alumnae Marianne Cooper (center) and Christine Driessen (right), both successful executives, chatted with the women’s basketball team in the Rose Hill Gym.
Pre-Med Student Sets his Sights on Research Pre-Med Student Sets his Sights on Research

With support from an alumnus, Fordham has given future medical student Jonathan DeAssis a chance to conduct valuable vision research using state-of-the-art equipment.
Beaming on Broadway Beaming on Broadway

Fordham College at Lincoln Center alumnae (from left) Erin N. Moore, Marija Juliette Abney, Taeler Elyse Cyrus, and Monique Smith sizzle on stage in costumes by fashion designer Isabel Toledo in Broadway’s After Midnight, which earned a 2014 Tony nomination for Best Musical.
Basketball on the Brain Basketball on the Brain

The numbers say it all. 485 points. 130 assists. 61 steals. Erin Rooney had an amazing 2012-2013 season. The Christchurch, New Zealand, native helped lead Fordham to the Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

She was among the top scorers and best free-throw shooters in the league. But even she can’t fully explain why an excellent player might hit one foul shot and miss the next one. Why is a shot that seems so simple sometimes so hard to make?
Chemistry Grad Trades Lab for Literacy Chemistry Grad Trades Lab for Literacy

The countdown to graduation had already begun, and suddenly Isabella Fante’s resolve to become a chemist wavered.

A Clare Boothe Luce Scholar, Fante, FCRH ’13, had devoted a year to organic chemistry research with Shahrokh Saba, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry. But as she approached the fall semester of senior year—a season of deadlines for many postgraduate opportunities—she felt a twinge of doubt.
Fordham Named Top Fulbright Producer Fordham Named Top Fulbright Producer

For the fourth time in the school’s history, Fordham University has been named as one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright scholars.

Fordham’s 12 awards placed the University at a four-way tie for No. 14 on a list of a select 41 research institutions to earn double-digit Fulbrights. Fordham tied with University of California, San Diego; the University of Southern California; and Washington University in St. Louis.
Dance and Math Major Calculates Her Moves Dance and Math Major Calculates Her Moves

As Lauren Vogelstein, FCLC ’13, guides visitors through New York City’s Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), she does so with great poise and grace. That’s because the young mathematician is a dancer. “Some people think it’s strange that I love dance and I love math but I see a million and one overlaps in how they work,” says the Wilmette, Ill., native. “The problem-solving, the creativity, and the pattern-seeking in mathematics definitely come out in the arts.”

Vogelstein, who completed a B.S. in mathematics and a B.F.A. in dance at Fordham, was recently hired as a full-time employee at MoMath, one of the first museums in the United States to be devoted entirely to math.
Starstruck Senior Takes the Stage Starstruck Senior Takes the Stage

Daniel Velasco first encountered two-time Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington on the set of the 2004 film The Manchurian Candidate.

Early in the movie, Maj. Ben Marco, the character played by Washington, delivers a speech to a Boy Scout troop about his experiences in the first Persian Gulf War. One of the extras in that scene was 12-year-old real-life Boy Scout Daniel Velasco.

Fast forward to October 2012, when Washington took a break from publicizing his latest film, Flight, to visit with Fordham Theatre students— including Velasco, then a junior at Fordham College at Lincoln Center.
Gabelli Student Makes His Own Road in China Gabelli Student Makes His Own Road in China

When Jim Lechleitner, GSB ’10, arrived at Fordham, he knew he wanted to challenge himself. He grew up in Middle Island, N.Y., and for most of his life had “never really been exposed to much outside my comfort zone.”

But in high school, he traveled to Italy with the choir, and later went to Nicaragua. “I’d never seen so many stars,” he says. Traveling opened his eyes to new experiences and cultures.

“It made me want to try something completely different. As a business major, for me, that was Chinese.” He enrolled in a Mandarin course on the Lincoln Center campus and earned an A.

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