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Fordham Commended, Easily Earns Middle States Reaccredidation

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education renewed Fordham University’s academic accreditation in June, commended the University for the quality of its self-study, and set the date for the next review in June 2011.

“As a result of the hard work of many members of the University community, our Middle States reaccreditation visit turned out to be a great success,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, in a letter to the University community. “Since it is highly unusual for any institution to receive a commendation for the quality of its self-study, I know that you will join me in congratulating and thanking those members of the University community who worked so hard on it during the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 Academic Years.”

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Fordham Remembers the Victims of 9/11

Prayer services will be held at the 9/11 memorials on each campus at noon on September 11 to mark the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks, in which 36 Fordham alumni and three evening students lost their lives. By the time the counting was complete, more than 70 women and men deeply rooted in the Fordham family were lost. We will gather together for Mass in the University Church at 5:30 p.m. on September 11, 2006, to remember them.

In 2001, the University established the Fordham Family Memorial Scholarship Fund to provide tuition assistance to current and future students whose families experienced financial hardship as a result of losses in the 9/11 attacks. Candidates qualified to receive aid from this endowed scholarship include children of Fordham alumni, New York City police officers, firefighters and public servants lost in the attack or rescue operations on 9/11. “Fordham Remembers” t-shirts are on sale in the University book stores, all proceeds from which go to the Fordham Family Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The Walsh Family Library is exhibiting “Fifth Anniversary of 9/11/2001: We Remember Them,” from August 21 through December 21, 2006, featuring profiles of Fordham alumni lost on 9/11, and a collection of literature depicting the horrific events of that day.

Principals Leadership Institute Announces School Change Awards

Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education held its ninth annual National Principals Leadership Institute (NPLI) from July 8 through 15, at which the institute announced its 2006 School Change Awards. The six schools recognized were: Roosevelt Elementary School, Long Beach, Calif.; Heather Hills Elementary School, Indianapolis, Ind.; Oil City Elementary School, Oil City, La.; Brockton High School, Brockton, Mass.; Chicora Elementary School, North Charleston, S.C.; and Brighton High School, Brighton, Tenn. The awards are conducted and co-sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Fordham’s Graduate School of Education and Pearson Education.

“Fordham’s NPLI provides thought-provoking presentations, and rich networking and collaboration opportunities,” said Stacy Allison, world-class mountaineer and business leader, who was one of NPLI’s keynote speakers this year. “This institute helps participants discover usable solutions to the challenges facing their schools.”

Award winners are chosen from schools that have dramatically improved students’ academic performance. The award comes with a $5,000 grant funded by Pearson Education, and subsidized attendance for the schools’ principals at NPLI. The winning schools participate in a national research project on how schools achieve significant improvements, headed by the institute’s director, Lew Smith, Ed.D., associate professor of education at Fordham. Smith’s research will be published by Corwin Press in 2007.

Since 1998, more than 1,500 educators from 39 states, the Virgin Islands, Canada and China, have attended NPLI. Participants break into teams for a week long problem-solving exercise, then present their results orally and as a written report to panels of educators. .

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Fordham Law Opens New York Stock Exchange

William Treanor, J.D., dean and professor of law, Fordham Law School, rang the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, August 18, in celebration of the Law School’s 100th anniversary. The opening was broadcast live on CNBC and Bloomberg News. Left to right: Robert J. Reilly, LAW '75, assistant dean, Feerick Center for Social Justice and Dispute Resolution; Constantine N. Katsoris, LAW '57, Wilkinson Professor of Law; Doreen Mogavero, president & CEO of Mogavero, Lee & Co. Inc; Ignatius J. Melito, LAW '76, senior partner, Melito & Adolfsen, P.C.; Kathy Kinney, NYSE group president and co-COO; Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University; Thomas J. ("T.J.") Maloney, LAW '79, president, Lincolnshire Management, Inc.; William Michael Treanor, dean, Fordham Law School; Denis F. Cronin, LAW '72, senior partner, Cronin & Vris, LLP; Julie A. Lucas, assistant dean, institutional advancement, Fordham Law School; Stephen J. Fearon, LAW '63, partner, Condon & Forsyth LLP; Vincent R. Cappucci, LAW '84, senior partner, Entwistle & Cappucci, LLP.

Longtime Fordham Administrator Named to State Board

Angela Van Dekker, assistant vice president of student financial services at Fordham, was named to the board of trustees of the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), by the state senate on June 26. HESC administers the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), guaranteed student loans and the College Savings program for students and families.

“I am the one financial aid administrator on the board,” said Van Dekker, who came to the attention of HESC president James C. Ross as an advocate for students and a presenter at HESC. “Over the last four years student aid has sharply decreased—at Fordham we’ve lost between $800,000 and $900,000 in student work study funding, with no increase in Pell grants. I spend a lot of my time trying to find funding sources for financial aid.”

Van Dekker has worked at Fordham University for 23 years in a variety of financial aid positions. She graduated in 1963 from the University’s undergraduate School of Education (then located on Broadway in Lower Manhattan), received her master’s degree from the Graduate School of Education in 1964, and her M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business in 2001. She has held numerous positions in the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association and other statewide and national financial aid membership organizations, and serves on the advisory boards of several lending institutions. She also served on the 22nd Congressional Education Advisory Committee from 1989 to 2002.

HESC provides more grant and scholarship money to college students than any other state agency in the nation, guaranteeing more than $6 billion in new and consolidated student loans, and providing $875 million to more than 395,000 students through TAP last year. The senate confirmed four other members of the higher education community to HESC’s board in June, all of whom serve five-year terms.

Fordham RETC Brings Robotics Training to Students, Teachers

This summer Fordham’s Regional Educational Technology Center (RETC) taught robotics classes to 20 CSTEP Bronx students at RETC, and to area teachers at the Lower Hudson BOCES (LHRIC), in Elmsford, N.Y. Kathleen King, Ed.D., professor of education and director of the RETC, and Mark Gura, the center’s coordinator of outreach, are editing a book on robotics in education to be published by Information Age Publishing. The book will include information on curricular applications of robotics for student learning and student robotics groups.

Early Childhood Conference at Fordham Links Research, Treatment

James Hennessy, Ph.D., dean of Fordham’s Graduate School of Education, with keynote speaker Barbara Burns, Ph.D.
Photo by Michael Dames
More than 200 teachers, administrators, parents and health professionals attended the 4th Annual Early Childhood Conference at Fordham’s Lowenstein Center in May, to explore how relationship-based treatment approaches can best benefit young children with developmental and autistic disorders.

The day long conference, sponsored by the Graduate School of Education and Los Ninos Services, kicked off with a keynote address by Barbara Burns, Ph.D., chief clinical officer of the New York City Early Intervention Program, who discussed current research, made possible by new brain imaging technology, that shows a neurological link between positive family relationships and physical brain development in young children.

The conference also hosted presentations from Bank Street Family Center, the Department of Clinical Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the National Alliance for Autism Research, and the Resiliency Project at the Mailman School of Public Health, among others.

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