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WFUV Anchor Selected for National Radio Project

Jonathan Vigliotti (FCRH ’05), a reporter and anchor at WFUV, 90.7 FM (www.wfuv.org), the National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate on the Rose Hill campus, was one of just five students nationwide selected to participate in the Next Generation Project. Sponsored by NPR and Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI), the project is designed to train college students for careers in radio broadcasting.

Vigliotti attended a boot camp training session Nov. 3 through 6 during the National Student Media Convention in Nashville, Tenn. During the conference, Vigliotti worked with professional journalists to report on the conference itself and other issues. His reports were aired on NPR’s Next Generation website, www.npr.org/nextgen, and on the CBI website, www.collegebroadcasters.org.

— Suzanne Stevens


Law School Graduates Win Record Number of Fellowships

Public-interest fellowship awards reached an all-time high at Fordham University School of Law this year, with a record six graduates receiving placements in nationally renowned programs.

“This achievement is a testament to the fellowship recipients’ outstanding academic records and their deep commitment to service,” said William M. Treanor, J.D., dean of Fordham University School of Law. “It is, at the same time, only the most recent manifestation of the high character and moral sensibility of the students who have walked the halls of Fordham Law for the last century.”

The fellowships enable recent law school graduates to spend two years focused on a specific project for a nonprofit public-interest law center or program. The fellows receive salary and benefits plus loan repayment and the opportunity to network with other awardees. This year’s recipients are:

Afua Atta-Mensah received a Soros Community Fellowship to work at Harlem Tenants Council assisting seniors facing eviction due to gentrification.

Aya Fujimura-Fanselow received a Georgetown Law School Fellowship to work at Bread for Life in Washington, D.C., where she assists domestic violence victims.

Alycia Guichard received a Georgetown Law School Fellowship to train law students to teach street law in Washington, D.C., high schools and community settings.

Leena Khandwala received a New Voices Fellowship to represent women seeking asylum for gender-based persecution through the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies.

Esther Limb received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to work at the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center in northern Virginia to assist Korean victims of domestic violence in the area.

Jeanne Martin received a Skadden Fellowship to work on the Educational Advocacy Project at the Legal Aid Society of New York City.

The record number of placements may be directly attributed to the establishment of a faculty committee, headed by Professor Brian Glick, J.D., to promote the placement of students in public-interest fellowship programs. Approximately 100 fellowships are awarded nationwide each year.

— Michael Larkin


Student Law Group Recognized for Work With Aspiring Latino Lawyers

The Fordham chapter of the Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA) has been named Chapter of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). The chapter regularly works with young Latinos interested in law, including hosting the HNBA’s first youth conference in October. More than 300 Latino high school and college students attended the event.

“The chapter does an extraordinary job in mentoring aspiring Latino lawyers and in enriching the life of the law school community,” said William Treanor, J.D., dean of the Fordham School of Law.

LALSA raised $2,300 for a Hispanic advocacy group, created a “How to Succeed in Law School” program for first-year law students, and conducted workshops and mentoring programs for first-year Latino law students, said the HNBA’s Karla G. Sanchez, Esq.

The Chapter of the Year award was presented at the HNBA’s 29th annual conference, Oct. 9 through 12 in New York City, attended by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Gov. George Pataki, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.

— Suzanne Stevens


U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Visits Fordham

U.S. Ambassador to Ireland James C. Kenny told students at Lincoln Center that relations between the two countries remain strong despite overwhelming opposition to the U.S. occupation of Iraq among Irish citizens.
Photo by Bruce Gilbert

Despite a swell of protests against the U.S.-led Iraq War from Ireland’s traditionally pro-American population, the two countries remain on good terms, said James C. Kenny, U.S. ambassador to Ireland, during a recent visit to Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus.

Since the beginning of the military campaign in Iraq, the Irish government has granted flyover and landing rights to U.S. military transports traveling to the Middle East, but the Irish people have strongly voiced their disapproval, as was evident last June when more than 10,000 protestors greeted President George W. Bush during a visit to Ireland.

“There are days when we will disagree on issues,” said Kenny. “But the longevity of our relationship will always far outweigh the negative impact of any one issue.”

Illustrating the countries’ strong ties, he pointed to the economic boom over the last decade that has taken Ireland from being one of the poorest countries in Europe to one the richest.

“Ireland is a changed country from what it was 10 to 15 years ago,” said Kenny. “U.S. investment in Ireland is a very big part of this story.”

Approximately one-third of U.S. investment in Europe is in Ireland and nearly half of the foreign companies in Ireland are U.S.-owned, said Kenny. In 2003, U.S. investment in Ireland approached nearly $5 billion and was more than twice the amount of U.S. investment in China. Additionally, there are more than 100,000 U.S. citizens working in Ireland.

The country’s economic success has been so extensive that, according to Kenny, many of the newer countries in the European Union are looking to model their economic strategy on Ireland.

Kenny’s visit to Fordham was sponsored by the Fordham University Institute of Irish Studies.

— Michael Larkin

International Antitrust Leaders Call for Cooperation in Global Economy

Antitrust leaders from 35 countries convened at Fordham Law School’s 31st Annual Conference on International Antitrust Law and Policy, one of the premiere forums worldwide focusing on global competition. The consensus among those gathered on Oct. 7 and 8 was that with more than 100 economic regions enacting sometimes opposing policies to protect national economic interests, the need for cooperation among international antitrust organizations is greater than ever.

“Different people have different pieces of the puzzle. We need cooperation, we need more dialogue in the international community,” said Sheridan Scott, commissioner of competition for the Canadian Competition Bureau in Gatineau. “By sharing information, learning how other agencies work and identifying approaches that are most effective, we can create a more efficient market environment.”

The growing reach of the business sector into regions and countries that have not historically been players in the global economy, such as Southeast Asia and China, has raised concerns that protectionist and anti-competitive national policies will emerge and subsequently constrain the market.

The International Competition Network, formed in 2001 and comprised of nearly 70 developed and developing nations, including the United States and the European Union, has provided a platform for the high level of cooperation that many say needs to take place within the international community.

“We need to develop more trust, more comity among the international antitrust community,” said R. Hewitt Pate, assistant attorney general of the antitrust division in the U.S. Department of Justice. “Cooperation among international antitrust enforcement agencies can produce substantial cooperation in the fight against international conglomerates.”

More than 400 professionals and academics in competition and antitrust law attended the annual two-day conference that featured such notable panelists as Mario Monte, commissioner for competition for the European Commission, and Deborah Majoras, chairman of the United States Federal Trade Commission.

— Michael Larkin


Landmark Black Neighborhood Comes Alive on Walking Tour

Mark Naison, Ph.D., professor of African American studies and history, led a group of more than 40 people, including longtime Bronx community advocate Leroy Archible (in baseball cap), on a walking tour of the historic Morrisania neighborhood in the South Bronx.
Photo by Christ Taggart

The cultural, political, historical and economic vitality of Morrisania, a predominantly African American neighborhood in the South Bronx, was on full display during a two-mile walking tour on Oct. 16. A thriving African American community between 1930 and 1960, Morrisania is home to many historically significant places, including the school yards of PS 99 and PS 23, important sites for early hip hop; and the infamous Bronx Slave Market, located on East 161st St. The market was one of several locations in the 1930s throughout New York City where black women lined up to be hired as domestic help by white women for little pay.

The tour was led by Mark Naison, Ph.D., professor of African American Studies and history at Fordham and principal investigator for the Bronx African American Oral History Project, who said Morrisania became the community of choice for many black families beginning around 1930.

“Harlem was overcrowded in the ’30s, and families began looking for larger apartments, better schools and better shopping,” said Naison. “Most of the African American families who settled in Morrisania were upwardly mobile, leading to the vibrant community life.”

Naison, who for the past two years has been compiling an oral history of the Bronx, discovered the importance of Morrisania while interviewing Bronx residents. To date, 85 Bronx residents have been interviewed about their experience in the Bronx. Naison ultimately hopes to interview 300. The Oral History Project is part of Fordham University’s partnership with the Bronx Historical Society to compile a historical archive of African American life in the borough.

— Suzanne Stevens

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Conference Explores Human Sexuality in the Catholic Tradition

As the Roman Catholic Church in America continues to feel the repercussions of the sex-abuse scandals, some pastoral counselors believe that an even greater crisis is looming if issues related to sexuality and Catholicism continue to be ignored.

“The recent church scandals raise deep questions about human sexuality and the implications for the failure to foster healthy patterns of sexuality,” said Harold D. Horrell, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious education in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GSRRE) at Fordham University. “If [religious leaders] cannot talk about it and cannot give the proper guidance, especially to teens, who are experiencing sexual impulses for the first time … [young Catholics] will instead take their cues from popular culture.”

More than 100 church leaders and lay people attended the two-day conference “Human Sexuality in the Roman Catholic Tradition” held in the McGinley Center on Oct. 28 and 29. Organized by Horrell and GSRRE Associate Professor of Theology Kieran A. Scott, Ed.D., the conference was designed to begin a dialogue that addresses sexuality from a spiritual perspective. It was sponsored by GSRRE and funded by the K.F. Landegger Charitable Foundation.

Pastoral leaders could benefit from re-imagining the spiritual dimension of sexuality, according to John Heagle, J.C.L., and Fran Ferder, F.S.P.A., co-directors of Therapy and Renewal Associates (TARA), a counseling and renewal center in Seattle. For instance, the creation stories found in the book of Genesis suggest that our purpose in life is to “be generative and to be mutual—a life giver and lover,” Father Heagle said. “How can I give life, and how can I share love? These are questions deep in all of us.”

To begin opening up dialogue in the church, the pair said, church leaders need to reconcile the spiritual dimensions of sexuality and become more comfortable discussing issues of sexuality in their roles as spiritual counselors.

— Michele Snipe


Homecoming 2004

More than 5,000 alumni, students, faculty and staff reunited with friends and celebrated Fordham during Homecoming 2004 on Oct. 9. The day began with tailgating and family activities “Under the Tent” in the H-Lot parking area. Children got their faces painted and photos taken with the Fordham Ram mascot, while a DJ entertained the crowd and Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, mingled with alumni. From the tent, Fordham fans were led by cheerleaders and the University band to Jack Coffey Field, where the football team lost a nail-biter to Brown 27 to 20 in overtime.

Photos by Jon Roemer


Library Passport Brings Jesuit Library Resources to Fordham

Fordham faculty can now tap into the vast library resources of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities nationwide, including Boston College, Georgetown, Fairfield, Santa Clara and Seattle universities. Using the Jesuit Library Passport, a nationwide reciprocal borrowing program, faculty from participating schools have access to more than 20 million books, 200,000 print journals, 30 million microforms and 800,000 audio/visual materials.

For more information or to establish online borrowing privileges, contact the reference department at any of Fordham’s three libraries (212.636.7400 at Lincoln Center, 718.817.3595 at Rose Hill or 914.332.8388 at Marymount). Access includes circulating and electronic materials, in addition to facility privileges for study and research space at participating schools.

— Suzanne Stevens

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Latinas-Mentoring Project at Marymount College Gets Additional Funding

Ellen Silber, Ph.D., professor of French and director of the Marymount Institute for the Education of Women and Girls, has been awarded more than $90,000 in grants to expand the Latinas Mentoring Project.

Last year, nearly 50 Hispanic girls from Sleepy Hollow Middle School in Westchester County received support and guidance from young, successful Hispanic women through the Marymount project. Each of the 14 Marymount mentors met weekly with three or four Sleepy Hollow girls at their school for tutoring and to provide the girls with an opportunity to talk about school and social issues that they may not be comfortable discussing at home.

“Both students and mentors spoke enthusiastically about their participation,” said Silber, who added that the middle school students said they’d learned about health issues, social skills and personal responsibility. “These results have inspired us to take the project to a second school.”

This year, more than 20 Marymount students will serve as personal mentors to young girls from Eastview Middle School in White Plains, N.Y., and from Sleepy Hollow Middle School.

“[The Marymount mentors] will once again get a chance to have an impact on the lives of young girls who are in many ways like themselves,” said Silber.

Silber received grants of $25,000 from the J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation, $10,000 from both the Union Free School District of Sleepy Hollow and the RHSM Center/United Way, and $50,000 from an anonymous donor to support the project.

— John Blakeley

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Fordham’s Ultimate Dining Experience Celebrates Grand Opening

The red carpet, chocolate-covered strawberries, tuxedo-clad waiters and jazz ensemble are not permanent features of Fordham’s new Ultimate Dining Experience on the Rose Hill campus—but they certainly jazzed up the grand opening on Oct. 26. The dining hall in the McGinley Center on the Rose Hill campus was recently renovated by the University in cooperation with Sodexho USA, which operates all of Fordham’s dining facilities.

The Ultimate Dining Experience is state-of-the-art in terms of design and nutrition, and was called “destination dining” by an editor at Newsweek magazine, which featured the new cafeteria in its 2005 Kaplan College Guide. New floors, lighting, seating and equipment have been installed, not to mention an array of new menu and service options, including newly designed and laid out bakery, sandwich, pizza and vegan stations; a Euro station; grilling and deli platforms; and a salad bar. The $6 million project took six months to complete.

— Suzanne Stevens

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