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Eight Professors Take Up Endowed and Distinguished Appointments

Eight professors have received endowed chair or distinguished professorship appointments in the 2008-2009 academic year at Fordham University, the Office of the President announced.

Barbara Hilkert Andolsen, Ph.D., has been named the James E. Buckman, Esq. Chair in Applied Christian Ethics. Andolsen will teach in the Department of Theology. She was formerly the Helen Bennett McMurray Professor of Social Ethics at Monmouth University.

William F. Baker, Ph.D., has been named the Claudio Aquaviva Chair and Journalist-in-Residence. Baker will teach in the Graduate School of Education.

David V. Budescu Ph.D., has been named the Anne Anastasi Chair of Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology. Budescu is formerly a professor of psychology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Brian E. Daley, S.J.,
(FCRH ’61), Arts and Sciences, has been named the St. Ignatius Loyola Chair. Father Daley, the Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, will teach in the theology department during the fall semester 2008.

Heather Dubrow, Ph.D., has been named the John J. Boyd, S.J., Chair in Poetic Imagination. Dubrow is formerly the Tighe-Evans Professor and John Bascom Professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and will teach in the English department.

Stephen Fields, S.J., has been named the St. Ignatius Loyola Chair. Father Fields is an associate professor of theology at Georgetown University and will teach in the theology department during the spring semester 2009.

Gerald Fogarty, S.J., Arts and Sciences, has been named the St. Ignatius Loyola Chair. Father Fogarty is a professor of history from the University of Virginia and will teach in the history department during the academic year.

Brenda G. McGowan, D.S.W., has been named the James R. Dumpson Chair in Child Welfare Studies. McGowan formerly held the Ruth Harris Ottman Professorship of Family and Child Welfare at Columbia University. McGowan will teach in the Graduate School of Social Service.

—Janet Sassi

Fordham President Honored for Service to West Side

Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, was honored on Tuesday, Oct. 7 with a 2008 Westy Award for his contributions to the life and vitality of the West Side of Manhattan.

He was one of 27 New Yorkers who received the citations, which were given by Manhattan Media, LLC in a ceremony at Jewish Home Lifecare on 106th Street.

“We’re here tonight to celebrate our favorite thing about the West Side: West Siders,” said Charlotte Eichna, executive editor at Manhattan Media. “We West Siders should be proud to have neighbors of this caliber working in our part of town.”

Father McShane won in the clergy category, along with Rabbi Allen Schwartz of Congregation Ohab Zedek.

“As president, Father McShane is currently shepherding Fordham through a multi-year expansion of its Lincoln Center campus,” said Howard Rubenstein, founder of public relations giant Rubenstein Associates, who hosted the event.

“Father McShane is very, very happy to receive this award, and thanks his friends on the West Side for recognizing him in this way,” said Thomas A. Dunne, vice president of government relations and urban affairs at Fordham, who accepted the award on Father McShane’s behalf.

Other winners included restaurateur Don Evans, the owner of Compass, who helped spearhead “The New Taste of the Upper West Side,” a food and wine fundraiser; Deputy Police Inspector Keith Spadaro, commanding officer of the 20th Precinct; and Annemarie Legendy, coordinator of the Westside Crime Prevention Program’s Safe Haven Project.

In addition to Manhattan Media, the event was co-sponsored by Jewish Home Lifecare, Continuum Health Partners and the Gotham Organization.

—Joseph McLaughlin

Top Firms Turn to Fordham Law for New Associates

Fordham School of Law is among the 15 law schools that leading law firms turn to most often when they hire new lawyers, according to a study by Brian Leiter of the University of Chicago.

Leiter, whose law school rankings website is an influential source of analysis of the comparative strengths of leading law schools, described Fordham as “long a favorite with New York firms.” Fordham Law ranked 15th among law schools nationally.

In the Oct. 13 report, he attributed Fordham’s presence among the top sources for elite law firms, in part, to its New York City location. New York is home to more elite law firm headquarters and branch offices than any other American city.

“Fordham’s presence in New York, the superb quality of our education, and our fiercely loyal alumni combine to give our graduates virtually unrivaled career opportunities,” noted Fordham Law dean William Treanor.

This new ranking is the latest measure of the extraordinary strength of Fordham Law School and a Fordham Law School education. For example, Fordham Law is one of the 15 most selective schools in the nation, measured in terms of the LSAT scores of the most recent graduating class, six of its programs are rated among the top 20, and it is one of the top five law schools, measured in terms of the number of attorneys working at the top 30 law firms.

UFordham Runs Successful Evacuation Drill of Lincoln Center Campus

The safety and security department at Fordham University, along with the New York City Police Department, ran a successful evacuation drill of the University’s Lincoln Center campus at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3.

The drill’s objective was to test the readiness of Fordham to respond to a campus-wide emergency at its Manhattan location. The University community was told about the drill on Oct. 1 in an e-mail message from John Carroll, assistant vice president for safety and security.

“This drill was necessary to ensure that our University community is prepared and confident should an actual emergency occur in the future,” Carroll said. “We have practiced such scenarios in the past as tabletop exercises, but there is no better training than a live drill.”

The entire University community was told about the drill, as many students, faculty and staff at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus in the Bronx also spend time at the Lincoln Center campus. At 2:45 p.m., Fordham sent a reminder about the evacuation via its emergency notification system.

Carroll added that the drill was timed at 3 p.m. on Friday so that it would have the least possible impact on the mission of the University while still accomplishing its goal of providing an accurate assessment of Fordham’s emergency preparedness.

Evacuees were told to follow the directions of the floor wardens within their buildings, members of the University’s safety and security staff, facilities personnel assigned to assist in the drill, and police officers stationed on West 62nd Street.

The University sent an all-clear message at 4:05 p.m., again through its emergency notification system, letting the campus community know that the drill had reached a successful conclusion.


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