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Student Receives British Marshall Scholarship

Fordham University Senior Vincent Evans has been awarded the prestigious British Marshall Scholarship, which allows him two years of advanced study at an English university. Evans, a philosophy major at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, will attend the philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) program at Oxford University next fall.

“Vincent Evans is an outstanding student of philosophy and politics. He combines a first-class intellect with a passionate commitment to public service and social justice,” said Jay Iselim, C.B.E., chairman of the New York Marshall selection committee. “In time, we believe he will emerge as an important and innovative policy thinker and political leader.”

The Liberty, N.Y., native was one of 22 finalists in the New York region and was among winners from the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Stanford University. Evans, 21, the only Marshall recipient from a Jesuit University, has a 3.8 G.P.A. and participates in various extracurricular activities, including Tae Kwon Do, the College Democrats, Gannon Speech and Debate, and Alpha Sigma Nu, an honor society that promotes the core principles of Jesuit education—scholarship, loyalty and service.

Evans is one of more than 100 Fordham students who have received prestigious fellowships in the last several years under the guidance of Fordham’s Office for Prestigious Fellowships. Since its inception six years ago, the office has had great success in fulfilling its two-part mission: to increase the number of prestigious fellowships awarded to Fordham students and to promote the overall intellectual activity of the University.

The Marshall Scholarship is financed by the British government and was established in 1953 as a gesture of thanks to the United States for its assistance under the Marshall Plan following World War II.

— Michele Snipe


Walsh Scholarship Awarded

Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, with Walsh Scholarship recipient Jonathan Vigliotti (FCRH ’05).
Photo by Ken Levinson

Jonathan Vigliotti (FCRH ’05) is the 2004-2005 recipient of the Edward A. Walsh Scholarship. The award honors the memory of Walsh, a longtime communications professor at Fordham, and is presented annually to a communication and media studies major.

Vigliotti is a reporter and news anchor at WFUV, 90.7-FM (www.wfuv.org), the National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate on the Rose Hill campus. He was one of five students selected nationally to participate in the prestigious Next Generation Radio Project this past summer. Sponsored by NPR and Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI), the project is designed to train college students for careers in radio broadcasting.

“This is surely a young man with a bright future,” said Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, at a Nov. 19 luncheon honoring Vigliotti in the President’s Dining Room on the Lincoln Center campus. “I’m happy that Fordham College has been so obviously a good place for him to get his start.”

— Suzanne Stevens


Former Times Managing Editor Receives Sperber Award

Arthur Gelb (right), former managing editor of The New York Times, with Dominic J. Balestra, Ph.D., dean of faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Photo by Ken Levinson

Fordham University honored former New York Times managing editor Arthur Gelb with the 2004 Ann M. Sperber Award for his autobiography City Room (Berkley Publishing Group, 2003). The award was presented during a Nov. 23 dinner in the 12th-Floor Lounge of the Lowenstein Building.

Gelb, who rose from copy boy to managing editor during his 45 years with The Times, chronicles his decades covering city politics, interviewing then unknown celebrities such as Woody Allen and Barbra Streisand, and leading a newsroom that set the national standard.

“Arthur Gelb’s autobiography resonates with a great deal of love for The New York Times,” said Al Auster, associate professor of communication and media studies at Fordham University. “The book covers many of the country’s major news stories between 1940 and Arthur’s retirement in 1989.”

The Ann M. Sperber Award, sponsored by the Department of Communication and Media Studies, honors authors who have published exemplary biographies about journalists or media figures. Sperber’s 1986 book, Murrow: His Life and Times,was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and was used by Fordham University Press to launch a book series in media studies. The award is made possible by a generous donation from Lisa Sperber, in honor and memory of her daughter Ann.

— Suzanne Stevens


Longtime Staff Honored

Recipients of 1841 medals for longtime service to the University, pictured here with Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, include (front row, left to right) Lourdes Ramirez, 21 years; Carole Lazarou, 40 years; Linda Perri, 20 years; Karen Cunniffe, 20 years; (back row, left to right) Gaspare Campanella, 21 years; Richard Cunningham, 20 years; Patricia Tsikitikos, 20 years; and John Vargas, 20 years. Not pictured are Thomas Carelli, 20 years; and Murray Sewdass, 20 years.
Photo by Leo Sorel

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Fordham Named Partner of Peace Corps Fellows/USA

Fordham is now partnered with the Peace Corps in its Fellows/USA program. The University joins 34 other colleges in providing reduced-cost graduate-school tuition to former Peace Corps volunteers, who agree to complete internships in underserved U.S. communities in addition to their graduate course work.

While working toward a Master of Arts in Fordham’s International Political Economy and Development (IPED) program, the Peace Corps Fellow will engage in fieldwork that addresses the creation, preservation and financing of affordable housing in the Bronx. The University will provide one full-tuition scholarship each year, valued at $28,000, to a qualified Peace Corps volunteer.

"Fordham proudly welcomes Peace Corps Fellows as important members of our University community that centers its mission on the Jesuit philosophy of homines pro aliis, training men and women who want to devote their lives and talents in the service of others," said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University.

As a Jesuit university, Fordham is already committed to community service through the University Neighborhood Housing Program, in which undergraduates volunteer in low-income neighborhoods in the Bronx. Fordham has historically given special consideration for enrollment to former Peace Corps volunteers who exhibit a similar commitment.

For more information about the Fellows/USA program at Fordham, contact Henry Schwalbenberg, Ph.D., at 718-817-4064 or iped@fordham.edu.


Founders Day Celebrated at Marymount

Photo by Bruce Gilbert
In honor of the 97th anniversary of the founding of Marymount College of Fordham University, Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, celebrated Mass in Butler Chapel on Dec. 8. Sister Rosamond Blanchet, provincial superior of the eastern American province of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, the nuns who founded the college in 1907, offered the homily. During the Mass, the college also presented gifts collected from a campus Giving Tree to Sister Susan Gardella, director of the R.S.H.M. Life Center, to benefit local children from underprivileged families.


The Psychology of Pricing

Using non-traditional pricing language to advertise sale items can help retailers move discount merchandise. That was the conclusion of a study introduced during the 7th annual Behavioral Pricing Conference held Oct. 29 and 30 in the 12th-Floor Lounge on the Lincoln Center campus. The event attracted behavioral pricing experts from around the world.

In his study, “The Effect of Novel Price Discount Framing on Consumers’ Deal Perceptions and Processing Strategy,” Hyeong Min Kim, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing at Baruch College, experimented with different language to sell discount items.

For instance, said Kim, an advertisement that says, “Pay 80 percent of the original price,” might have greater influence on consumers than “Get 20 percent off.”

Other topics addressed at the conference included the psychology and behavioral aspects of pricing, and how color in advertising affects men and women differently. Donald Lichtenstein, Ph.D., professor of marketing at the Leeds School of Business Administration at the University of Colorado, was honored for his research into consumer perceptions of price, quality and advertising.

The Behavioral Pricing Conference was sponsored by the Pricing Center at Fordham’s Schools of Business.

— Pam Renner


Holiday Cheer

The holidays were ushered in at Fordham with the annual “Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols.” The Fordham University Choir and the Bronx Arts Ensemble performed on Dec. 4 at St. Paul the Apostle Church, adjacent to the Lincoln Center campus, and on Dec. 5 in the University Church on the Rose Hill campus.
Photo by Chris Taggart

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Grandparents Empowered by Parenting Training

Fourteen grandmothers who serve as primary caregivers for their grandchildren graduated on Dec. 2 from the Graduate School of Social Service’s (GSS) seven-week Grandparent Empowerment Training Program.

More than two million grandparents nationwide—84,000 in New York City alone—care full time for their grandchildren. The caregiver role can take a financial, physical and emotional toll on seniors. The Fordham program was created to teach them skills to succeed and how to pass on what they’ve learned to other caregiver grandparents in their communities.

“This was the best workshop ever,” said Peggy Johnson, a grandparent from Brooklyn, who participated in the graduation ceremony in Pope Auditorium on the Lincoln Center campus. “You have given us empowerment, and now we have the courage and knowledge to go out and tell others how to do it.”

Grandparents learn public speaking and presentation skills and are coached on issues, such as AIDS prevention, dealing with abandonment issues their grandchildren might feel and legal issues related to caring for them.

“The empowerment program works to develop and strengthen the skills that many of these extraordinary women already have,” said Carol Cox, Ph.D., director of the program and a GSS professor. “By empowering them, they will feel more in control of their lives and subsequently become advocates for themselves, their families and the community.”

Former graduates report that they have been better able to deal with their grandchildren and the legal and social systems affecting them. Many have become community advocates working for legislative changes, while others have developed their own support groups reaching out to other grandparents.

“In taking part in this program, you are saying that the contributions made by grandparents are not only in the past but right now and in the future,” said Edwin Mendes-Santiago, commissioner of the Department for the Aging, which funds the program. “We want to thank you for that.”

— Michael Larkin

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Fordham Hosts Screening of Stolen Childhoods

Stolen Childhoods producersand co-directors Len Morris (left) and Robin Romano (center), with Aram Schvey, J.D., the 2004-2005 Fordham University Joseph R. Crowley Fellow in International Human Rights.

Filmmakers Len Morris and Robin Romano shared the challenges of making their documentary, Stolen Childhoods, during a Dec. 5 screening in McNally Amphitheatre at Fordham Law School. The 90-minute documentary, narrated by Academy-Award-winning actor Meryl Streep, offers an unblinking look at 246 child laborers on six continents, and how governments and corporations sometimes perpetuate the problem while a small number of fair trade groups work to rectify it.

Morris and Romano spent seven years making the film, which includes personal testimonies from child laborers. Collecting these personal stories was at times dangerous. Two journalists investigating the issue were murdered in Brazil the week before Morris and Romano arrived in the country to begin filming.

The film is scheduled for nationwide release in spring 2005. The screening was sponsored by nine Fordham organizations, including the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs, the Graduate School of Social Service, the Joseph R. Crowley Program in International Human Rights and the Vice President for Mission and Ministries.

— Harold Takooshian

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