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FBI Thanks Fordham for Partnering on Conference

Joseph M. Demarest of the FBI presents a plaque to Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham. Demarest also thanked John Tognino (FCLS ’75), chair of the Fordham Board of Trustees, for his assistance.
Photo by Chris Taggart

The New York Office of the FBI presented Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, with a plaque of appreciation on Jan. 7 for hosting the International Conference on Cyber Security.

“The conference has been an apparent, and huge, success,” said Joseph M. Demarest, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York division. “We’re giving this to you to express our sincere appreciation to Fordham University.”

Demarest also thanked John Tognino (FCLS ’75), chairman of Fordham’s Board of Trustees, for his participation and hosting of the three-day conference, which examined the emerging global threat of cyber crime and cyber terrorism.

“The conference has been great in providing networking opportunities,” Demarest said. “The presentations have been outstanding.”

The conference, which attracted some 300 international experts on cyber security as well as representatives from 37 nations, was sponsored jointly by the FBI’s New York division and Fordham’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

It is the first conference in which the FBI and a university have collaborated on global solutions to cyber crime with participants from law enforcement, academia and industry.

Father McShane presented Demarest and others in the FBI with pens featuring the Fordham logo and Fordham University baseball caps.

“We were truly delighted when we were asked to be partners on this conference,” Father McShane said. “We hope this is the beginning of a long partnership with the FBI and the first of many conferences.”
Father McShane also thanked Anthony Ferrante (FCRH ’01, GSAS ’04), a special agent with the FBI.

“You’ve done remarkable work coming up with the idea for this conference,” Father McShane said. “We’re very proud of you as a Fordham University graduate.”

Ferrante, who earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science at Rose Hill, worked in private industry after graduating from Fordham. He then earned a master’s degree in computer science from the Fordham Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and became a special agent with the FBI.

Ferrante, who works out of the FBI’s New York Division, focuses on what he calls the top two priorities of the agency—cyber counterterrorism and cyber counterintelligence matters.

—Gina Vergel

Take a Walk on the Alternate Side with WFUV

Fordham University’s public radio station WFUV (90.7 FM) is known for eclectic and varied programming that can’t be found elsewhere on radio. The station recently expanded its offerings even further with the launch of The Alternate Side, an indie music destination at and on HD radios at 90.7 FM WFUV-HD3.

The station will highlight up-and-coming talent from the New York City area, including Santogold, MGMT and the Menahan Street Band, alongside more established acts like TV on the Radio, the National and Sonic Youth.

“New York has always been known for its musical exports. But unless you happen to live here and be an avid venue-hopper, it’s almost impossible to keep up with all the new music,” said Rich McLaughlin, content director for The Alternate Side.

“For the first time, there’s an Internet site and HD radio channel devoted to emerging New York City artists and bands,” he said. “And the best part is that people in Los Angeles, Düsseldorf or Tokyo will have the same access tothe local music scene as someone in Williamsburg.”

The site takes full advantage of opportunities afforded by the Internet. In addition to a full-time music stream, artist interviews, broadcasts from local music venues and videos, the site features the latest Web 2.0 tools such as blogs and user-generated concert calendars. The site’s social networking platform gives musicians the ability to upload and share music, and allows listeners to play disc jockey by building custom mp3 playlists from a database filled with local talent.

“With its launch of The Alternate Side, WFUV has become a kind of multiplex for music lovers,” program director Chuck Singleton said. “If you’re already a fan of FUV, we’re bringing you more flavors of music, with new choices across three Web streams and HD radio channels. If you’re new to FUV, it’s another reason to get acquainted with New York’s go-to station for musical discovery.”

—Patrick Verel

Fordham University Association Hosts Winter Wonderland Fun

Jean Walsh, senior executive secretary at the William D. Walsh Family Library, gets ready to dig into a bowl of ice cream at the Winter Wonderland luncheon.
Photo by Bruce Gilbert

Fordham staff and faculty came together for the annual Winter Wonderland luncheon organized by the Fordham University Association (FUA) on Jan. 9 in the McGinley Ballroom on the Rose Hill campus. Approximately 75 staff shared holiday stories and lunch while preparing for the return of the student population.

Patrick Ryan, S.J., vice president for University mission and ministry, opened the afternoon with a prayer of thanksgiving. Preparing for the feast, he added:

“Tomorrow we diet.”

Ann Gannon, co-president of FUA, handed out prizes at the post-luncheon raffle, which included tickets to South Pacific at Lincoln Center and to the New York Philharmonic.

The Fordham University Association is made up of members of the faculty, administrative, clerical and maintenance staff at the University. The group is sponsored by the Office of the President. FUA’s goal is to sponsor events and activities that bring the Fordham community together for fun and fellowship.
It is planning a Bring Your Child to Work Day in April, as well as its annual Easter Egg Hunt.

—Gina Vergel

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