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CNBC’s Kudlow Kicks Off Course Featuring Cadre of Equity Analysis Gurus

Ann Orsi, University Fixture for Nearly 40 Years, Dies at 77

• Cosby Scholars Encouraging Reading Success Among NYC Children

The Rev. Edward F. Maloney, S.J., Dies After Long Illness

Legal Practitioner Series Opens Eyes of Law Students


CNBC’s Kudlow Kicks Off Course Featuring Cadre of Equity Analysis Gurus

Fordham University’s Schools of Business are offering a unique graduate-level course in equity analysis during the spring semester that features a series of highly regarded guest lecturers who are sharing their professional expertise with aspiring analysts.

“We are tapping into New York City’s enormous wealth of talent to offer our students valuable insight into the intricacies of the industry,” said Christopher Blake, Ph.D., a professor of finance who serves as the course moderator. “We are in the financial capital of the world and these professionals are considered the top in their field all over the world.”

Fordham University Trustee Lawrence Kudlow of CNBC’s Kudlow & Cramer kicked off the course with a lecture on Wed., Jan. 7. Kudlow told students that the stock market is the most basic and important aspect of an analyst’s forecast and that profits are a key variable for evaluating the economy.

“The big story for 2003 was the rise of the stock market, like Lazarus rising from the dead,” said Kudlow. “No one expected it.” He predicted that increased productivity in the United States will drive a bullish market in 2004.

“Things are looking up,” he said.

Other guest speakers include Jack Rivkin, the chief investment officer at Neuberger Berman, who lectured on Jan. 14; Bruce Wilcox, the chairman of the money management firm Cumberland Associates, who lectured on Jan. 21; and analysts from Deutsche Bank, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch and other firms, all of whom are considered star analysts by publications such as Institutional Investor and Forbes.

The course, the brainchild of Fordham board members Gerold F. L. Klauer, FCO '64, and John N. Tognino, ICO '75, covers the economic issues analysts face, the investment process for money managers and how equity analysis is used in making investment decisions. Students also focus on equity analysis within specific industries, including financial services, energy and technology.

— Michele Snipe

(From left to right) Professor Christopher Blake, Ph.D., Trustee Lawrence Kudlow, Dean Sharon P. Smith, Ph.D., and trustees Gerold F. L. Klauer, FCO '64 and John N. Tognino, ICO ’75

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Lawrence Kudlow


Ann Orsi, University Fixture for Nearly 40 Years, Dies at 77

Ann Orsi, former secretary in Fordham’s Office of Campus Ministry who retired in 2002 after 38 years of service to the University, died on Dec. 22 after a long illness. She was 77.

Orsi was born on Aug. 29, 1926, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and moved to the Bronx as a young woman. In 1964, she came to Fordham as a secretary in what was then the Department of Religious Education. Seven years later, she moved over to the Office of Residential Life, where she became a surrogate mother to many Fordham undergraduates. In 1975, she made the move to Campus Ministry.

“There is not a Fordham administrator, faculty member, staff member or student over the last 40 years who doesn’t have an Ann Orsi story,” said the Rev. Joseph Currie, S.J., director of Campus Ministry. “I’ll always treasure her quick wit, warmth and dedication, which enriched our team and the entire University community for so many years.”

Outside of Fordham, Orsi was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her husband of 53 years, Mario, has spent his retirement as a volunteer ministering to the sick and elderly. She would accompany him regularly on weekends in the same ministry.

In addition to her husband, Orsi is survived by two sons, Robert and Francis, their wives and two granddaughters, Claire and Jessica. A funeral was held in Fordham’s Loyola Chapel on Christmas Eve and was attended by many members of the Fordham family, both past and present. A memorial service was held Feb. 20 in Our Lady’s Chapel at the University Church.

— Ryan Thompson

Ann Orsi, below right, and Sandra Lobo, director of Fordham's Community Service Program

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Cosby Scholars Encouraging Reading Success Among NYC Children

Fordham’s Graduate School of Education and Hello Friend/Ennis William Cosby Foundation awarded graduate certificates to 23 New York City elementary school teachers on Jan. 29 for their successful completion of a program designed to help children read. The program has trained more than 103 teachers and reached more than 6,000 children with learning differences.

"The success of the program can be seen in the smiles on the faces of the children," said Regis G. Bernhardt, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School of Education. "Six thousand children impacted, that's tremendous. And the program continues to expand, continues to reach out in all directions."

The development program, “Young Readers at Risk,” is an 18-month course crafted to give kindergarten through second-grade classroom teachers the knowledge and skills necessary to teach all young children to read.

"Ennis stood for all childrento beeducated, notone should be left out," said Russell Cosby, guest speaker and uncle of Ennis William Cosby. "The program sets the foundations for literacy. It gives graduates the tools to teach in multiple ways, to recognize children's learning differences and deal with them accordingly."

The Cosby family established the foundation (www.hellofriend.org) in 1997 to fulfill the goals and dreams of their late son Ennis. His common greeting to old friends and new acquaintances, "Hello, friend," inspired the name of the foundation. The foundation promotes early recognition, compassionate understanding and effective education for all people with learning differences.

— Elizabeth Sanders

 

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Erica Cosby

GSE Dean Regis G. Bernhardt, Ph.D., gives a graduate certificate to Margaret Steel, a teacher at P.S. 36 in Harlem.


The Rev. Edward F. Maloney, S.J., Dies After Long Illness

The Rev. Edward F. Maloney, S.J., passed away at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in the Bronx on Dec. 23 after a long illness. He was 80.

Father Maloney had been the superior of the Loyola Hall Jesuit Residence on the Rose Hill campus since 1997. Prior to that, he served as president of Fordham Preparatory School at Rose Hill from 1980 to 1996. During his tenure at the Prep, both Leonard Theatre and the gymnasium were built.

“These major expansions were due to his leadership,” said the Rev. Joseph Parkes, S.J., the current president of Fordham Prep. “He was warm, kind, compassionate and upbeat. Father Maloney served at Fordham Prep for 17 years with great distinction.”

Born in Brooklyn, Father Maloney entered the Society of Jesus in 1942 and was ordained into the priesthood in 1955. He attended St. Andrew-on-Hudson from 1942 to 1944, and went on to study philosophy at West Baden Springs in Indiana from 1946 to 1949 and theology at Woodstock College in Maryland from 1952 to 1956. In between his studies, he taught at Brooklyn Preparatory School from 1949 to 1952.

He spent many years at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., as a professor, an academic dean and as the dean of faculty. He completed his graduate work in education at New York University from 1971 to 1973 and then returned to Canisius as the executive vice president for Department of Academic Affairs.

Father Maloney is survived by his sister, Mary Gilbride, his brother, Richard, and several nieces and nephews.

—Michele Snipe


Legal Practitioner Series Opens Eyes of Law Students

Barry Rashkover brought law students inside the world of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at a meeting of the Business Law Practitioner Speaker’s Series on Jan. 22.

Rashkover, the director of the SEC’s northeast regional office, spoke to students about recent trends in SEC enforcement. He outlined how the agency responds to allegations of impropriety, discussing how evidence is collected and ultimately how the SEC decides whether to begin a formal investigation. He has worked on many high-profile investigations and cases, including the unfolding accounting scandal at Computer Associates.

Rashkover is just one of a long list of accomplished business lawyers who have been opening the eyes of law students to the vast world of business law since the speaker series was created in 2002 by the Center for Corporate, Securities and Finance Law. Its recent speakers have included Justice Jack Jacobs of the Delaware Supreme Court and John Peloso, chair of the center’s board of advisers and a top securities litigator. Other featured speakers have included entertainment, tax, antitrust and project finance lawyers as well as in-house corporate counselors and experts in white-collar criminal litigation.

“When you are in the classroom, the subject matter is often one-dimensional,” said Natacha Carbajal, a third-year law student. “The series has really helped me fill in the gaps. It is a very good complement to the classroom experience, and in the end it really helps students make better choices.”

The series gives students the opportunity to meet and speak with practicing business lawyers. According to Jill Fisch, director of the Center for Corporate, Securities and Finance Law, the series has given many students some direction in selecting a career path.

“The students get the chance to hear people talk about their own career path, how they got to where they are and what kind of course background and work experience are useful in that area of the law,” said Fisch.

The informal settings of the lectures make them perfect opportunities for students to question practicing lawyers about their fields and what their jobs are like.

For a schedule of future speakers and other information about the Center for Corporate, Securities and Finance Law, visit www.fordham.edu/law/faculty/fisch/source.html.

The next meeting on Feb. 26 will feature several lawyers from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in a panel discussion about the day-to-day responsibilities of a corporate associate in a large firm.

— Michael Larkin

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