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Fordham Business Students Take First Place
in Investment Research Competition

Five Fordham business students beat out some of the nation’s premier business schools in the Third Annual NYSSA Investment Research Challenge on April 21.

It was a nail-biting finish, with Fordham’s team breaking a tie against Pace University by only three-tenths of a point.

“The results came as a big relief for the Fordham team,” said Harsh Acharya, an MBA student from New Delhi, India, who was a member of Fordham’s winning team.

Four Fordham MBA students and one Fordham Business undergraduate beat out teams from Columbia, NYU, Rutgers, Pace, St. John’s and Seton Hall.

“It is a great feeling to beat all the major business schools of the area, including some of the better-known B-schools like NYU and Columbia,” Acharya said.

The teams were judged by a panel of distinguished Wall Street heavyweights, including Steven Kent, managing director of Goldman Sachs, and John J. Apruzzese, managing director of the U.S. Trust Corporation.

In addition to Acharya, the Fordham team featured John Bitzer, an MBA student; Anita Erzetic, an MBA student from Australia; Michael J. Odell, a student at Fordham’s undergraduate College of Business Administration; and Jacek Trzepla, an MBA student from Poland.

“The quality of analysis by these students was exceptional,” said Stephen J. Buell, director of global equity research at Prudential Equity Group. The team will now spend a day with Buell at Prudential to find out what a day in the life of an analyst is really like.

Fordham’s winning team was coached and mentored by Fordham Business alumnus Erik C. Chiprich, associate analyst of equity research for Harris-Nesbitt; John L. Hunter, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of finance at Fordham; and Steven Najdzionck, associate dean of the College of Business Administration.

Fordham Serves as Model for
International Universities

Lesley A. Massiah, assistant vice president for Fordham’s Office of Government Relations and Urban Affairs, accepts a gift from Ihab Mohamed Zaghloul Elrafa, a public relations specialist at Alexandria University in Egypt. Elrafa was among a delegation of higher-education officials from the Near East and North Africa who visited Fordham in March through the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Fordham was one of a handful of schools selected to serve as a model of how universities work cooperatively with various government agencies,
businesses and surrounding communities.

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Fordham Recognized Among Top Universities for Hispanics

Fordham University is among the top colleges and universities for Hispanic students in the United States, according to a survey published in the May 9 issue of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. This year, Fordham ranked 27th in the nation among colleges graduating Hispanic students with master’s degrees and 83rd in the nation for awarding doctoral degrees to Hispanics. When it comes to total enrollment of Hispanic students, Fordham is ranked 87th. The survey, conducted and published each year by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, is derived from 2003-2004 data gathered by the National Center for Education Statistics.


Fordham Wins Awards For Campus Restoration Projects

The New York Landmarks Conservancy has awarded Fordham University two Lucy G. Moses Preservation Project Awards for excellence in historic preservation for the recent renovations to the University Church and Duane Library, two of the oldest buildings on the Rose Hill campus.

“The New York Landmarks Conservancy has raised public consciousness of the importance of preserving our architectural heritage, not only for official landmarks but for all structures of historical significance,” said Brian J. Byrne, Ph.D., Fordham’s vice president for administration. “Although the University Church is a landmark building, Duane Library is not. However, Fordham has treated them with equal respect by investing in preservation so that these two signature buildings on the Rose Hill campus can serve generations of the Fordham family for years to come.”

The awards highlighted the restoration of the University Church’s stained-glass windows and the adaptive use of Duane Library.

Built in 1845 and officially declared a New York City landmark in 1970, the University Church has undergone a series of renovations, but none as extensive as the most recent. During the yearlong, $5 million project, the entire building was re-pointed and most of the ornamental details were replaced. In addition, the six 19th-century antique stained-glass windows were removed from the University Church and transported to the studios of Rholf’s Stained and Leaded Glass in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. Each window was photographed and then disassembled, allowing craftsmen to painstakingly clean every piece of glass. The renovation was completed and a rededication ceremony was held in October.

For more than 70 years, Duane Library served as the architectural and intellectual centerpiece of the Rose Hill campus. But Duane was closed in 1997, when the William D. Walsh Family Library opened its doors to students. The most significant change during the three-year, $12 million project was the removal of the original stone porch in front of the building, which allowed the basement to become the first floor and main entrance. The original limestone from the former porch was used to create a new entryway and surrounding plaza.

Duane Library reopened in May 2004 and now houses the Department of Theology, the Office of Admission, the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, a visitors’ center, lecture rooms and a University Commons.

McGannon Center Moving to a New Home

After conducting and promoting nearly two decades of research dealing with public ethics and communication policy, Fordham University’s Donald McGannon Communication Research Center has run out of space for its expanding library.

This summer, however, the McGannon Center will leave its cramped office on the fourth floor of Faculty Memorial Hall and move into 2532 Hughes Avenue, a newly refurbished house adjacent to the Rose Hill campus. The new facility will contain offices for staff members, a conference room and space for the center’s library.

“The new space will go a long way towards making it easier to coordinate and oversee the many different research projects we have going on,” said Philip Napoli, Ph.D., associate professor of communications and media management at the Fordham Schools of Business and the center’s director. “It will also help demonstrate to potential funders that the center has the necessary infrastructure to grow and handle larger-scale projects.”

The move was necessitated not only by the center’s rapidly expanding library but also by the addition of several graduate research assistants, made possible by recent grants. This fall, the center will host the first of a series of postdoctoral research fellows.

— John Blakeley


Marymount Women’s Day

Desta Lakew, director of patient marketing for Open Door Family Medical Centers in Ossining, N.Y., described her childhood in Ethiopia, during a panel discussion titled “Sharing Our Stories” at the 25th Annual Women’s Day at Marymount College of Fordham University on April 13. More than 70 students, faculty and alumnae attended the daylong conference, which included workshops about body image, the politics of women and war, and honoring women’s creativity.

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Calder Center Awarded a Grant for Student Housing

Fordham University’s Louis Calder Center Biological Station received a $202,697 grant from the National Science Foundation to build student housing at its 113-acre preserve in Armonk, N.Y.

“Lack of on-site housing for students has been a constant battle for years,” said John Wehr, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and director of the Calder Center. “Because students spend a large amount of time here, they need to be able to live here rather than commute every day from as far as New Jersey and Brooklyn.”

The center is planning to build three modern log cabins that can accommodate as many as four students each. Wehr is hopeful construction will begin this summer.

The new housing will enhance the training of current students by eliminating commutes as long as two hours, while also making the facility more attractive to prospective students from outside the New York metropolitan area. Only three of the center’s 15 full-time graduate students who conduct research at the facility year round live currently on site.

“As soon as we have broken ground for the cabins, we will begin a vigorous effort to recruit students from across the country,” said Wehr.

Founded in 1967, the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station is used to train biologists for work in environmental science and conservation. The center has a 10-acre lake for aquatic studies, a modern laboratory for biological and chemical analyses, and forest, field and wetland habitats for teaching and conducting research in ecology and conservation.

— John Blakeley

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Bishop Kallistos Ware Shares
Greek Orthodox Vision of Creation

His Grace Bishop Kallistos Ware described the Earth as a gift from God and cautioned his audience not to allow selfishness to destroy its resources, during a lecture titled “Ecological Crisis, Ecological Hope: The Orthodox Vision of Creation,” on April 5 in the Fordham University Church on the Rose Hill campus. Kallistos is the bishop of Diokleia in the Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, the Spalding Lecturer in Eastern Orthodox Studies at Oxford University, and the author of The Orthodox Church (Penguin, 1977). His presentation was part of Fordham’s Orthodoxy in America Lecture Series, which is designed to strengthen the ties that bind the Fordham and Orthodox communities.

Red-Tailed Hawks Make Home on Rose Hill Campus

While students and faculty were busy making their way around Fordham’s Rose Hill campus during the spring semester, a pair of red-tailed hawks quietly nested themselves among the trees and hatched two baby hawks.

Several employees at the William D. Walsh Family Library have been observing the nest near the library’s north wing since early February. They first saw the chicks on Tuesday, May 9. According to James McCabe, Ph.D., the University librarian, the male hawk has been a Rose Hill resident for several years, often perching himself atop Martyrs’ Court, while the female is relatively new to campus.

Walsh Library employees have named the male, Hawkeye Pierce, in honor of Fordham alumnus Alan Alda’s (FCRH ’56) character in the television series M*A*S*H. They named the female Rose Hill. The chicks, now almost fully grown, will soon be leaving the nest.

Christopher Lyons, a clerk at the library and an avid bird watcher, noted that red-tailed hawks are not unusual to New York City and said he has enjoyed watching the family grow.


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