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GSS Institute Gets New Name, New Direction

Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Students Perform

Lecture Explores the Realities of Promoting Democracy in Iraq

Resolving the Nuclear Standoff with North Korea

Fordham Honors Longtime Faculty and Staff

GSS Associate Dean Receives Fulbright Grant

 A Marymount Sister Will Teach Spirituality in Africa

GSS Institute Gets New Name, New Direction

The Institute of Managed Care and Social Work has a new name and a broadened mission that better reflect today’s complex healthcare environment. The Graduate School of Social Service (GSS) has renamed the center the Institute for Social Work and Urban Healthcare Policy.

The original institute was founded in 1998 to focus on the impact of managed care on social services. But managed care no longer dominates the healthcare landscape due, in part, to its failure to contain costs and patient complaints of diminished services.

“Widening the institute’s scope of concern will better reflect the school’s commitment to examining the broader issues between healthcare and social work,” said Peter B. Vaughan, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School of Social Service.

Barry Rock, director of the institute and associate professor at GSS, said the new institute will study the continuity of care; health disparities by race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status; behavioral health, including integration of health and mental health services; managed care and prospective payment systems; dual and multi-diagnosis patients; and public health.

— Michael Larkin

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Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Students Perform

Students in the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. dance program performed March 31 in Pope Auditorium on the Lincoln Center campus to raise money for scholarships. Founded in 1998 by Ailey School director Denise Jefferson and Fordham University’s Edward Bristow, Ph.D., professor of history, the innovative four-year program blends academic courses with intense dance training. Most of the program’s graduates now dance with professional companies.

Photo: Julieta Cervantes-Ladd

Lecture Explores the Realities of Promoting Democracy in Iraq

In order for democracy to take hold in Iraq, the Bush administration needs to rethink its definition of the word. That was the message delivered by Rashid Khalidi, Ph.D., director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University, during a March 31 lecture on the Lincoln Center campus.

“This administration doesn’t understand democracy the way most people understand it, which is to give the Iraqis the power to decide on leadership that works for them, not what we think works for them,” said Khalidi. “We are imposing democracy at the barrel of a gun and ignoring calls from Iraqis for elections.”

In his forthcoming book, Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America’s Perilous Path in the Middle East, Khalidi argues that America is less safe today than it was before it went to Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein. And the Bush administration’s resistance to hearing opinions from Middle East experts that counter the current political direction is putting Americans in even more danger. For instance, said Khalidi, Iraqis have faced years of oppression and colonial occupation, leaving citizens with an inherent mistrust of outside powers. Current U.S. policies don’t reflect that historical perspective.

“We are widely disliked in the Middle East, and this should be a warning against ignoring experts who know something about this region,” said Khalidi. “Even Iraqis who were happy to see Saddam leave don’t necessarily welcome long-term occupation or the heavy-handed dictatorial direction that’s been taking place.”

The United States will be in Iraq for the foreseeable future, according to Khalidi, who called the June 30 handover of power an “artificial milestone” because of the huge U.S. military presence—100,000 soldiers—and embassy staff—3,000—that will remain in the country.

Khalidi’s book will be released by Beacon Press in May. His lecture was co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Middle East Studies Program at Fordham.

— Suzanne Stevens

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Resolving the Nuclear Standoff with North Korea

The international spotlight may be focused on Iraq, but the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program could escalate at any time, according to Leon V. Sigal, Ph.D., director of the New York-based Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project. Sigal said the unwillingness of the United States to negotiate with North Korea is exacerbating an already dangerous situation.

“Until a deal is struck, North Korea will keep reprocessing plutonium and generating more spent nuclear fuel in its Yongbyon reactor,” said Sigal, who explored the crisis during a March 25 lecture, “Nuclear Crisis with North Korea,” on the Lincoln Center campus.

The two countries have been in a virtual standoff since the United States accused North Korea of enriching uranium in 2002. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il offered to halt his country’s uranium production in exchange for a commitment of non-aggression from the United States and economic assistance, including regular imports of fuel oil. The Bush administration refused, saying North Korea must verifiably dismantle its nuclear program and allow inspectors into the country before any security guarantees or economic aid are considered.

While North Korea actively seeks negotiations, said Sigal, the Bush administration is planning potential air strikes and attempting to line up support for an economic embargo and naval blockage. Despite multilateral talks between North Korea, the United States, Japan, China, Russia and South Korea, this hard-line approach, according to Sigal, is preventing meaningful dialogue that could bring about a peaceful resolution.

“Threats will not lead to cooperation with North Korea,” said Sigal. “The U.S. administration cannot bring itself to understand that cooperation with strangers is more important now than ever."

Sigal’s lecture was sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Fordham.

— Elizabeth Sanders

Fordham Honors Longtime Faculty and Staff

Thirty-five members of the Fordham community were honored on March 28 for their dedication and service to the University. The event, attended by family and friends, was held in the McGinley Center Ballroom on the Rose Hill campus.

“You are not merely the foundation of the University,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University. “You are, in a very real sense, the University itself. To borrow from Saint Peter’s urgent and loving letter to the early church, you have endowed our buildings with your love and devotion. Therefore, the University breathes your spirit and is immeasurably the richer for it.”

The Archbishop Hughes Medal for Service honors administrative staff members with 20 years of service, and the Bene Merenti Medal honors faculty who have provided either 20 or 40 years of service.

Archbishop Hughes Medal recipients

From left to right: Bryan J. Byrne, Ph.D., vice president for administration; Dorothy Marinucci, executive assistant to the president; John W. Buckley, assistant vice president for undergraduate enrollment; Patricia Carlucci, director of administrative application services, CIMS; Elliott S. Palais, TRIO upward bound director; Tami M. Masson, assistant dean of administrative services, Graduate School of Education; Maria I. Rijos Marini, associate director, TRIO upward bound program; Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University
Photo: Ken Levinson

Bene Merenti Medal recipients

Front row (left to right): Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University; Leo P. Cooley, Ph.D., professor of English; Nan H. Mutnick, M.S., associate professor of human ecology; Ellen Marie Keane, R.S.H.M., Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy; Kathleen Connell, R.S.H.M., Ph.D., professor of history; Berthold Ringeisen, Ph.D., associate professor of modern languages; Roger Panetta, Ph.D., associate professor of history; Grace Kinkela, M.B.A., assistant professor of business and economics; Nancy A. Busch, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; John Hollwitz, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs

Middle row (left to right): Andrea Scott-Ram, assistant professor of business and economics; Constantine N. Katsoris, J.D., LL.M., Agnes and Ignatius M. Wilkenson professor of law; Gabriel J. Gomes, Ph.D., professor of theology; Valery Frants, Ph.D., professor of computer and information sciences; Stanislaus Skalski, Ph.D., associate professor of physics; Esther Solomon, associate professor of management systems; Paul I. Trensky, Ph.D., professor of Russian; Dianne T. Meranus, Ph.D., associate professor of human ecology; Marion Fahey, R.S.H.M., M.B.A., assistant professor of business and economics; Eileen Burchell, Ph.D., associate professor of modern languages

Back row (left to right): Anthony J. Siano, adjunct associate professor of law; John Vincent Antush, Ph.D., associate professor of English; Donald J. Moore, S.J., professor of theology; James Patrick Minogue, Jr., adjunct instructor of management systems; Peter Witkowski, Ph.D., adjunct associate professor of history; Fawzia Mustafa, Ph.D., associate professor of English and African and African American studies, and associate chair of English for undergraduate studies; Theodore Gerard Faticoni, Ph.D., professor of mathematics
Photo: Ken Levinson

Cosgrove Receives Fulbright Grant

John Cosgrove, Ph.D., the associate dean in the Graduate School of Social Services (GSS), has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant in social work. The grant will allow him to make three two-week visits to the University of Guyana, where he will serve as a consultant to U.S. academics and professionals who are providing faculty instruction in grantsmanship and program development.

Cosgrove oversees GSS's exchange program with the University of Guyana. The program, "Social Practice in the U.S. and Guyana," brings Guyanese students to New York City for two weeks of seminars and instruction.

Cosgrove received a Fulbright Fellowship 15 years ago and served one year as a visiting professor in the Dominican Republic.

— Mike Larkin

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Marymount Sister to Teach Spirituality in Africa

Sister Kathleen Connell, R.S.H.M., will spend her summer in Africa providing spiritual guidance to young Sisters. In 1997, on her first trip to teach spirituality in Africa, Sister Kathleen was touched by the graciousness of African people and the happiness of their children. But she encountered a very different face of African society when she visited a poor rural province.“Out of about 100 people living there, 85 were children and the rest were elderly. I realized I was looking at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in Zimbabwe,” said Sister Kathleen, a professor of history at Marymount.

Sister Kathleen will spend six weeks in the Zambezi region, which binds Zimbabwe and Zambia, and expects to see more children living with the sorrow of the AIDS epidemic.

Zimbabwe is the world’s most HIV-infected country, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development . At the end of 2001, 34 percent of the country’s adult population was living with HIV/AIDS. Women make up 60 percent of Zimbabwe’s AIDS patients, and children under five account for 15 percent.

The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary’s(R.S.H.M.) focus is on “women and children whenever possible,” according to Sister Kathleen, and those Sisters working in Zimbabwe offer hospice care, bereavement counseling and spiritual guidance for AIDS patients and their families.

The R.S.H.M., a community of 1,000 women working in 14 countries, has been in Africa since 1952 providing HIV/AIDS ministry, education, pastoral outreach and other programs to empower women. They opened and now run a library in Dangamvura, an African township, as well as several schools, including one for girls in Chivuna and one for deaf, blind and handicapped children, now run by lay people, in Choma. Their novitiate program in Chinhoyi prepares young Sisters.

— Maja Tarateta

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