• Sprint Designs Exclusive Offer for Fordham’s 14,000 Students
• Fordham Business Redesigns Accounting Programs
• GSE’s School Psychology Doctoral Program Reaccredited by the APA
• Joseph Mitros, S.J., Holocaust Survivor and Church Historian, Dies
Sprint Designs Exclusive Offer for Fordham’s 14,000 Students
Sprint and Fordham University began a new partnership last August that will provide students the option of using a wireless phone for their voice and data needs. The offer is available to more than 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students at the University’s Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses.
Students who use the Sprint PCS phones will soon be able to access their Fordham e-mail accounts and will be able to receive University alerts regarding school closings, for example, at any time. Also, important campus phone numbers, including the number for the registrar’s office, will be pre-programmed into the handsets.
“This is a tremendous new offering for Fordham students,” said Charles Hodulik, vice president for Lincoln Center and chief information officer. “By taking advantage of Sprint’s Vision services, we’re offering students not just a voice solution, but a device that will help them be much more effective in their daily routines.”
Sprint and Fordham will be working with Privatel, Inc., to provide the University with a one-billing platform. Students will receive their individual phone bills electronically from Privatel, with an online payment option that will send remuneration directly to Fordham. They will then make one comprehensive payment to Sprint per month. This setup will substantially reduce operating costs for University telecommunications.
A number of basic PCS handsets will be provided to interested students free of charge if they opt for Sprint wireless service. For those interested in purchasing more sophisticated phones, Sprint is offering a $100 credit toward their purchase. The calling plan provides unlimited night and weekend minutes and unlimited data, with the option of per-minute usage packages.
Fordham Business Redesigns Accounting Programs
AAt a time when the accounting industry is immersed in an ethical crisis, Fordham’s Schools of Business is meeting the challenge of educating future accountants by adapting its curriculum in light of new state requirements.
As of 2009, New York state will require students entering the accounting profession to have 150 credit hours of education before they take the certified public accountant examination. To meet this requirement, Fordham has designed several dual-degree programs and revised its six existing accounting programs.
“Fordham has clearly articulated a strategic focus in responding to the 150-hour requirements, ” said Sharon P. Smith, Ph.D., dean of Fordham’s Schools of Business. “The [restructured] curriculum is designed to address ethical, international and technological changes in the business environment, while preparing accounting students intellectually capable of sound decision-making in today’s complex business arena.”
Fordham Business was the first program in New York State to address the new requirements, according to the state’s Department of Education. Mindful of the pending changes, which were announced in 1997, Fordham Business immediately began examining ways to meet the new requirements. The schools built a model for a 150-credit program that has since been employed by other New York schools, said Barbara Porco, Ph.D., director of Fordham’s dual-degree accounting program.
Fordham’s program is unique in that it will include ethics and accounting courses designed especially for students planning to work in the financial services sector.
The Joint Council of the Schools of Business, a group of business faculty, administrators and students that governs curricular changes, has approved the new degree programs. State approval is forthcoming. Students entering Fordham accounting programs in the fall of 2004 will be required to pursue the new degree programs in order to meet the 150-credit requirements. These students may choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree in public accounting, accounting information systems, or applied accounting and finance. Students may then pursue their dual degree — a master’s degree in professional accounting or professional taxation.
GSE’s School Psychology Doctoral Program Reaccredited by the APA
Fordham’s Doctoral Program in School Psychology, housed in the division of psychological and educational services at the Graduate School of Education, was reaccredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) last June.
Since its first accreditation in 1984, the program has been listed annually among accredited professional psychology programs in the American Psychologist, a nationally disseminated APA journal. Accreditation by the APA, the leading national professional organization in psychology, involves a rigorous process of self-study, an intensive on-site review and an ultimate evaluation by the APA’s accreditation committee.
A summary of the committee’s reaccredidation review highlighted the Fordham program’s excellence in implementing a scientist-practitioner philosophy, with an emphasis on the development of knowledge and skills for the practice of urban professional psychology; honoring and demonstrating a high level of diversity through its curriculum and in the composition of its faculty and student body; fostering positive relationships and a sense of community among faculty and students; and being an integral component within the Graduate School of Education, while speaking to the mission of Fordham University.
Joseph Mitros, S.J., Holocaust Survivor and Church Historian, Dies
PJoseph Francis Mitros, S.J., a church historian who survived the Dachau Concentration Camp, died on Sept. 5. He was 91.
Father Mitros was born in Barglow, Poland, and entered the North Poland Province of the Society of Jesus in 1933. He studied philosophy at the Jesuit College in Cracow, Poland, from 1935 to 1938 and began studying theology at the University of Lublin, Poland, in 1939.
He was still a seminarian when he was sent to Dachau in 1940. He spent five years in the camp and would later tell friends that he survived his internment because he was a skilled builder and was made to construct buildings at the camp.
When he was freed in 1945, Father Mitros went to Rome where he studied theology at the Gregorian University, earning his doctorate in theology. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1947. He arrived at Fordham in 1951, where he worked toward a doctorate in the philosophy ofreligion, which he earned in 1955. He taught German for one year and then theology from 1956 until his retirement in 1982.
Father Mitros lived in Loyola Hall, a Jesuit retirement community at the Rose Hill campus, where he was considered a valuable resource for information about historical and contemporary church issues. He also served for many years as the book review editor for Thought magazine, a Fordham University Press publication.
In his retirement, Father Mitros still read fervently and stayed abreast of church trends and current events. Every Friday, he religiously mowed the lawn at Mitchell Farm, a Jesuit retreat location. The “master of the grass,” as one friend called him, was signed up to tend to the grass the very morning he died.
“He was a wonderful man…and a wonderful resources for church history,” said Norris Clarke, S.J., a longtime friend and colleague. “He was the oldest member of the retired Jesuit community and one of the last great Christian witnesses of the war.”
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