Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Second Annual FCRH State of the College Breakfast Address
Thursday, 17 November 2011 | 8 – 10 a.m.
New York Yacht Club | 37 W. 44th St., New York, N.Y.
Fordham College at Rose Hill alumni are invited to join Michael Latham, Ph.D., Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, for a breakfast discussion addressing the state of the college's recent accomplishments and goals for the upcoming year.
Kindly RSVP by November 4.
For more information, contact Kimberly Morgan at (212) 636-6566 or email@example.com://www.alumni.fordham.edu/calendar/detail.aspx?ID=2284
Friday, October 14, 2011
For future alumni (or our current students) the association provides financial support in the form of several endowed scholarships, research grants, and the Rev. George McMahon, S.J. Travel Fellowship. In addition physical gifts, such as the furnishings on Keating Hall’s lounge, are ever present reminders of the associations’ commitment to Fordham.
Historically, the University’s Founder’s Dinner as well as Dean’s Day, can be traced back to the associations’ efforts. More recently, items like co-events with the Mimes and Mummers Alumni Association and WFUV (for their 60th Anniversary), demonstrate the organic relationship between our alumni, the association and the College. We will be continuing that legacy with upcoming events and more programming on the near future.
Finally, my thanks to the entire FCAA Board, with special thanks to Kristin Nazario one of our most active directors, for giving the association the venue for our voice. Keep those posts coming, and Go Rams!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Just want to extend congratulations to fellow alum Barbara A. Lenk (TMC ’72, magna cum laude), who was appointed Associate Justice of Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court. Since 1995, Barbara served as a justice on the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Quite a history since graduation. After establishing her credentials at Rose Hill in spectacular fashion, Barbara received her doctorate in political philosophy from Yale University, and then her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School (but we know where she got her start). When she heard the news, former TMC Dean Jean Murphy could not stop kvelling—and that’s the only way to describe it.
|WFUV's home remains in Keating Hall, but little else |
has remained the same since the 80's.
Those of us who are alumni of WFUV, particularly those from the 70's and 80's took issue with comments by the recently retired general manager of the station, Ralph Jennings.
Jennings was the subject of a New York Times story by Jim Dwyer, a Fordham alum who was editor of The Ram. Dwyer plied accolades on Jennings for the station's transformation from a student run operation with a modest listenership and a meager budget to a major metropolitan station with a greatly expanded audience and lots more money.
From an outsider's point of view, Jennings did just that and deserves credit. The station, which had been operated on a shoestring, now competes with the bigs in the market.
But that's only part of the story. What the former GM told the Times, an incredibly public forum, was wrong.
“You had a 50,000-watt radio station in New York City that covers 13 million people, acting as a sandbox,” Dr. Jennings told the newspaper. Dwyer chimed in: "When he arrived at Fordham in 1985 as the general manager, WFUV (90.7), in the tradition of college radio, featured student rock shows that were long on charm, guitar solos and shout-outs to the dudes back in the dorm."
NOT TRUE responded a number of FUV alumni who joined a heated discussion on the WFUV Alumni Facebook page, some now noted broadcasters and journalists in their own right.
"To call FUV a 'sandbox' when we ran it is a total insult from Jennings and completely untrue," said one such alum. "Plus, Dwyer saying that we had 'shout-outs to the dudes in the dorms' is utterly ridiculous. Perhaps we weren't such a 'professional' station as Jennings wanted us to be before he stepped in, but we accomplished a great deal and contrary to what he says, we were very professional in many ways... That's just complete arrogance on his part."
Another said: "The article makes the era preceding Dr. Jennings arrival sound like Romper Room. We all know that is NOT the case."
And yet another: "I think it has been made quite clear by those of us who were students at Fordham and active participants at WFUV in the 1970's that we were coming up with innovative programs, providing news, sports, music and entertainment that reached - and were supported by - listeners in the metro area. It was a wonderful experience."
I, too, worked at WFUV during the late 70's and early 80's as a member of the board of directors, first as news director and later as promotion director.
From the moment I walked through the door on the third floor of Keating Hall (the station now resides in bigger, better studios on the basement level), still 17 years old, it was drilled into me: "This is a professional radio station; we have 50,000 far-reaching watts of power. There are thousands of listeners throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut." And most of all, we were reminded that the station was governed by the Federal Communications Commission and if we didn't abide by the rules laid down by the Communications Act of 1939, we risked losing Fordham University's license to operate a radio entity on the public airwaves.
There was no joking around on the air. There were no "shout-outs." Any goofiness was consistent with what other radio stations did and still do.
More importantly, we students did everything we could to learn how to be professionals before we were even allowed to be on the air.
We took diction lessons. We attended workshops. We applied for FCC licenses to enable us to take transmitter meter readings, the gateway to hosting a music program. We reported the news from such locations as national political conventions, presidential election headquarters, City Hall and more.
Being on the air was regarded as a great privilege, one not taken for granted.
I shouldn't have to repeat the names of the many FUV'ers who went on to great radio and television greatness. There are so many. I'd hate to leave anyone out, but readers should feel free to add names in the comments section.
Ralph Jennings should take credit for his accomplishments. WFUV now has a professional staff featuring its own breed of notable broadcast professionals. The studios are amazing and the programming is top notch.
But, his efforts to remove the station's amateur, though not childish status, also meant the removal of a hands-on tool that contributed to the experience and skill set of so many successful individuals, in and out of the media arena. And to insult those individuals did no service to them or to his own reputation.
All the best to Ralph and I wish him a long and happy retirement. I wish, though, he hadn't used The New York Times, arguably the loudest, most listened to voice in the world, to disparage the work of so many great alumni of WFUV, which by the way stands for Fordham University's Voice.
Debra Caruso Marrone, owner of DJC Communications in New York City, is a member of the Fordham College Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Breakout groups will be formed on topics critical to both career and life success. The event will end with open networking, allowing young alumni to spend additional time engaging with the mentors.
Dress code: Recommended dress code is business attire.
Engagement -Underscored in the President’s Council brochure, making magis a living ideal is at the root of the Council’s mission. Magis, meaning “more, to a greater extent,” is a core principle of Jesuit education fully embraced by the President’s Council through its leadership financial support, mentoring, and guest lecturing. Each of the engagement opportunities below supports students striving to reach their full potential, advancing their intellectual and personal development. Please consider how you can best participate.
For more information-Tim Dinneen at (212) 636-7068 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Highlighting a Fordham University event on Oct. 6, Philip A. Pizzo, FCRH ’66, dean of Stanford Medical School and a practicing physician for nearly five decades, praised the funding of broad scientific research, which, he said, often leads to important medical discoveries with multiple applications."
Many seats filled by pre-med and chem students from Rose Hill . Introductions by President McShane , Provost Freeman , Dean Latham . Other faculty and administration were in attendance as well as Board Members J.Tognino and P. Guenther( and respective spouses) . Great alumni event (turnout and response could have been better.)
Monday, October 10, 2011
As I walked on campus for the first time in a number of years, I found myself transported in time. I am sure that the young students and the faculty who passed by me thought perhaps I was crazy. I found myself smiling, no beaming as I recalled taking the very same steps more years ago than I would like to own to. I realized how much my Fordham education meant to me and how my life evolved because of it. Can I remember the details of my classes? Vaguely yes, but what I do remember was Fordham's promise to teach students how to think. Fordham was the foundation that I have bulit my life and career on. Throughout the years the one constancy has been my ability to think.
I want to be able to play a part in making this a reality for other young people who are very much as I was 30 years ago: fresh, vibrant, ready to take on the world but needing the polish and credibility that a liberal arts education can provide.
I am also a graduate of the HEC Paris and I would like to see Fordham adopt a philosophy similar to theirs. It is a fact that once you graduate from the HEC you can call on any other alum and they will take your call using the familiar "tu" not "vous". I think we all do bond as fellow alumni, but let's make it the Fordham "Tu".
Thank you Rich and fellow board members for allowing me to join you.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Funded by the Alumni Association of Fordham College to honor the Reverend George J. McMahon, S.J., a former Dean of the College, this five thousand dollar ($5000.00) fellowship is intended to help a student defray the cost of travel during the summer of 2010.
The McMahon Travel Fellowship competition is open only to Fordham College students who are members of the Fordham Club, United Student Government, the University Band, or the University’s intercollegiate sports teams. The 2011 recipient has recently been announced. Helena Guzik, an Art History major in the honors program, will travel to Italy to study Renaissance painting.
Richard Platoni - President Fordham College Alumni Association.
Mr. Platoni is a 1982 graduate of Fordham College, and a member of that year's Fordham Club. After completing a Congressional internship for the 23rd District of NY, he attended graduate school at New York University. Mr. Platoni spent the next twenty years working for several Wall Street Firms including: Shearson, Lehman Brothers, Citigroup and Smith Barney. In 2007 he formed his own consulting firm, LTS Advisors, LLC. He is a life long resident of Bronx County, currently residing in Riverdale.
Paul Gerkin, Vice President
Kristin Nazario, Web Director and Treasurer
FCRH '02: BA in English and Minor in Philosophy
GSAS '04: MA in English
CCNY '09: MA in English Education
Kristin worked as a study abroad advisor at Fordham before joining the New York City Teaching Fellows program. She now teaches 8th, 9th and 12th grade English in the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus, just across the street from Fordham.
In 2010 Kristin was awarded a Fund for Teachers grant for her self-designed proposal to study "Philosophy in School" at Oslo University College in Norway and conduct independent research in Helsinki and Copenhagen. Kristin has worked with the NY State Education Department to help create state exams and has coordinated the school's first international trips (France and Spain, April 2009) (London, Paris and the Alps, 2010) and (Italy and Greece, 2012). Kristin is also an adjunct professor of English at Iona College.
As an undergraduate, Kristin was an editor of The Ram and a Varsity athlete, throwing shot put for the track team. She also played ultimate frisbee, drove the ram van, and sang in the Folk and Concert choirs, performing locally and as far away as Chicago and California. She spent one semester studying abroad in the English countryside. During her senior year, Kristin was inducted into the Fordham Club and has remained an active alumni participant, attending social events, retreats, Global Outreach New Orleans, and singing with the Fordham Choir at Midnight Mass each Christmas Eve.
Margaret-Ann Cole, Secretary
Margaret-Ann Cole is Vice President and Leader for DBM’s North American Talent Development Practice. Margaret-Ann has over 25 years of experience in Human Resource transformation, organization structure and design and re-engineering processes. She works with senior HR leadership teams to develop talent strategies through organizational assessments; organizational structure analysis; and applying change management practices and methodologies. Margaret-Ann works with companies to identify and develop talent for improved organizational, team and individual performance. Prior to joining DBM, Margaret-Ann held senior consulting positions with large consulting firms including Towers Watson and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Margaret-Ann graduated with a degree in economics and psychology from Fordham University. She holds a global executive MBA from TRIUM, an alliance of the New York University Stern School, the London School of Economics, and the HEC Management School of Paris.
Frank G M Corbin, FCRH ‘50
A native of New York City, Frank Corbin came to Fordham under the G I Bill in 1946 following three years of service in the U.S. Army. Having received a direct commission as a second lieutenant in France in 1945, he served as a part time instructor for ROTC while at Rose Hill. In his junior/senior year, he was editor-in-chief of The Ram.
Upon graduation, he was employed by the Scripps Howard news organization, working in Cleveland and NYC. He moved into the field of Public Relations, directing communications programs for a wide variety of private and public institutions including the Society of the Plastics Industry; NYU Medical Center and Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborn advertising agency.
Appointed Deputy Director of the NYC Economic Development Administration, he was involved in formulating policy while frequently serving as a spokesperson on the City’s economy.
He was founding principal of the independent public relations firm, Burke & Corbin Associates, representing a wide variety of clients in the U.S. and overseas. Later, he established his own firm, Corbin Communications Counsel, which serves clients, mainly in education and religious areas.
He has been an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham for nearly six decades, receiving two “Bene Merenti” medals. His late wife, the former Carmen Sheehey, whom he met at Rose Hill, was an alumna of Fordham, Ed.’51. Both his daughter, Catherine, FCRH’79, LAW ’82 and his son, Peter, FCRH ’82, are also graduates.
Kat loved Fordham from the moment she received her acceptance letter! She lived on campus all four years, experiencing the highs and lows of life and dining plans in Queens Court, Tierney Hall, and Millennium Hall. She joined the Mimes & Mummers, The RAM, the Paper, Cinevents, and tutored at Rosedale Achievement Center in the South Bronx for four years. Between her jobs at WFUV and operating the campus movie theatre, she spent lots of time in Keating Hall and still considers its ghosts to be friends. Kat has been on every roof and inside every tunnel at Fordham and once held the master keys to all campus buildings. In spite of all this mischief, she managed to be an RA in Millennium Hall, obtain a bachelors degree in Medieval Studies, a double minor in Spanish and Fine Arts, and do internships at the Bronx Zoo, Botanical Gardens, and Christie's Auction House.
Kat remained in New York after graduation and has turned her language skills and passion for the city into a career as a concierge in boutique hotels such as the Hotel Elysee, Mandarin Oriental's Mark Hotel, the Fitzpatrick Hotel Group and Intercontinental Hotels. She made a short detour into fashion with a stint at Gucci and learned that the devil wears much more than Prada.
Kat remains active with Fordham as a member of the alumni association board, by marching in the St. Patrick's Day parade with Fordham alums, and participating in alumni volunteer events. She belongs to the Irish American Business Association and is an amateur mandolin player.
Sean McCooe has carried on a family tradition, started by his father, John “Jack” McCooe, CBA ’52, and graduated from Fordham College in 1984. His wife, Rosemary Gunther, is a 1985 Lincoln Center graduate, and their eldest son, John IV, is Class of 2013!
Sean channels his energies and capabilities into his thriving business, McCooe & Associates, an executive search firm specializing in higher education, healthcare, life sciences, not-for-profit, construction materials, and allied products leadership searches for over 35 years. Sean has continued his education with studies at NYU, completed ITAC’s Fast Trac® Training Program, and is a Leadership New Jersey Fellow, Class of 2001.
Sean is passionately involved in community affairs and has been a long-time supporter and Board member of Family & Friends Supporting Cystic Fibrosis (NYC) and The Hermitage. He has actively led the fundraising activities for the Jamboree Scholarship Fund (college scholarships) and Dad’s Night (funds the elementary schools).
Sean has been a Board Member of the Fordham College Alumni Association since September 2009. He is the President of the Fordham New Jersey Alumni Chapter since June 2009.
Norma VavolizzaThomas More College, ’69
B.A. Communication Arts
Norma is founder and principal of NV Communications, a marketing agency that works with small businesses and non-profits on their communications programs.
Over the years, Norma has guided her agency into various business sectors, including travel/entertainment, hospitality/gaming, publishing, conferences, and food. Her not-for-profit experience includes secular and faith-based institutions operating locally and globally and serving both English- and Spanish-speaking markets.
Norma is active in professional, community, and civic affairs, and volunteers her time as a communications consultant. She is a member and past president of the Religion Communicators Council/NY chapter; a member of Hudson Guild’s Public Relations Advisory Committee; a Board member of Thorpe Family Residence; an advisor to Seva Mandir; a member of the Collegiate Chorale; and a volunteer at the Irish Repertory Theater.
During her undergraduate years at Fordham, Norma was a member of the women’s Glee Club and a reporter for The Ram. After leaving TMC and Fordham, she earned a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from The George Washington University.
Ed Randall’s name is synonymous with baseball, held in the highest esteem as one of the game’s foremost authorities by cultivating a winning national broadcasting career.
He is considered one of the nation’s preeminent baseball interviewers on television and radio, which attests to his regular appearances as a valued contributor on ESPN Classic’s anthology shows and now, on the new MLB Network.
His critically-acclaimed series, ED RANDALL’S TALKING BASEBALL, developed an enviable heritage of journalism, the result of more than 500 compelling interviews with the Who’s Who of baseball. The program aired on various regional sports networks across the country and was seen locally on MSG-Network.
In March of 2002, he began hosting the only weekly radio show in the #1 media market devoted entirely to baseball, ED RANDALL’S TALKING BASEBALL, on 1050- ESPN-Radio.
One year later, he was privileged to have that franchise lured to WFAN-Radio, the nation’s leading sports radio station, where the wildly popular program has been heard on Sunday mornings at 9AM. With its audience growing exponentially, it is in eighth season.
When he is not there, he is hosting on the MLB Home Plate Channel of Sirius/XM Radio and MLB.com as an anchor/reporter/play-by-play broadcaster.
Thanks to his extraordinary access within the baseball community, Mr. Randall wrote his first book at the invitation of Sports Publishing LLC, MORE TALES FROM THE YANKEE DUGOUT. The original stories of 75 people presently or formerly associated with the franchise received critical acclaim.
In 2003, he completed the text for Tom Seaver’s book, “THE OLD BALLGAME.”
Ed asked Hall of Famers and contemporary players to reminisce about their careers in baseball.
He later contributed numerous interviews for Donald Trump’s “The Best Golf Advice I Ever Received” for Triumph Books.and wrote portions of Larry King’s book, again interviewing celebrities for “My Dad and Me: Life’s Lessons Learned from My Father.”
His newest entry, “BASEBALL FOR THE UTTERLY CONFUSED,” has just been published by McGraw-Hill.
After serving in 2001 as the television play-by-play voice of the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn League, who won the league championship in their first season, he moved across the harbor to serve as the play-by-play voice of the Staten Island Yankees on the YES Network. His presence again proved to be a lucky charm as they also won
the league championship in 2002.
His most important life’s work is as a cancer survivor, having established ED RANDALL’S BAT FOR THE CURE, a 501-c3 charity promoting awareness, prevention and benefiting prostate cancer research at the St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. Since its establishment in 2002, the charity has helped raise almost half a million dollars. This past season, the charity, designated as an Official Charitable Partner of Minor League Baseball, hosted prostate cancer awareness nights
in more than 130 minor league ballparks nationwide and complimentary prostate cancer screenings in concert with the Chicago Bulls, Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees.
He is a distinguished alumnus of All Hallows High School and Fordham University.
Debra Caruso Marrone
Debra Caruso Marrone (Class of 1981) has owned the media relations firm, DJC Communications in New York City, for the past 21 years. Her firm represents corporate clients, universities and non-profit organizations.
Ms. Caruso is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Press Club and represents the organization as its public relations consultant. A graduate of Fordham University with a degree in journalism, she was previously vice president at Sheehan Communications, Inc.
A known expert on the media, she has been quoted in The New York Times, ABC News Radio, WNYC, E-Commerce Times, Portfolio.com, MacNewsWorld, Arizona Republic, Forbes.com, AOL WalletPop, Christian Science Monitor and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel among others.
Married with two children, Ms. Caruso is author of the blog, TV Takes All, is featured in Who’s Who of American Women and serves on the Board of Directors Jazz 2 Cure, which raises funds for music therapy for cancer patients. She is a fundraising committee member for St. John’s Bread & Life.
Debra has also authored articles on public relations in such publications as Ragan.com, O’Dwyer’s PR Magazine and CommPro.biz. Her writing on media has been featured in the DailyNational.com.
Ann M. McNulty
Pace University School of Law
Juris Doctor received June 1981
Bachelor of Arts received June 1977
BAR ADMISSION New York State, Second Judicial Department
United States District Court (Eastern and Southern Districts)
United States Supreme Court
LICENSES NASD Series 7, 63 and 65
NYS Variable Annuity and Life Insurance Licenses
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Financial Advisor and Financial Planning Specialist, (1998-present). Advise high net worth individuals and small businesses about investments and retirement plans that are appropriate with regard to their risk tolerance, time horizon and financial goals.
Denis Sweeney, former President and Treasurer
Denis graduated from Fordham College in 2002. His academic career included a major in Economics, an minor in Philosophy, study abroad in Cambridge, UK, and fulfillment of the Honors Program. During college, he was active in the Crew team, Cross Country, Ultimate Frisbee, Mimes and Mummers, and with Residential Life as a Resident Assistant. After graduation, he worked for three years as an investment research analyst with a private consulting firm, focusing on Telecommunications, Media and Technology, and earning the CFA designation. He then transitioned to become a firefighter with the New York City Fire Department, and is currently assigned to Engine 81 in The Bronx.
As Denis is currently in Law School in addition to his work responsibilities, he is taking a leave from the board, although he is still in touch and a big supporter of our association.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
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I write to share some exciting updates regarding our Early Action decision process and the beginnings of the Regular Decision pool.
Before the winter break, our first group of talented applicants were admitted to the class of 2015.
The big news from this weekend, which was the Regular Decision deadline, is that we have already received over 30,000 applications- marking our 20th consecutive year of growth!
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Admitted student outreach will include some regional events. Four of these events will be in conjunction with Alumni Relations and held in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Ft. Lauderdale, and Tampa.
Keep an eye out for events near you.
Happy New Year!
Associate Director of Admission
Director Fordham Alumni Support Team
Liz Davis GSB '08
Young Alumni Coordinator