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Time Warner CEO Offers Students Keys to Success

Richard Parsons, chairman and CEO of Time Warner.
Photo by Bruce Gilbert

The key to success in today's global economy is rooted in communication skills, Time Warner chairman and CEO Richard Parsons told an audience of more than 100 visiting students on June 14 in Pope Auditorium on Fordham's Lincoln Center campus.

“The ability to inspire and communicate directly—at the end of the day, it is the single most important characteristic you can bring to the table,” Parsons said.

Parson's lecture was part of a conference sponsored by the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media and hosted by the Donald McGannon Communication Research Center at Fordham from June 11 to 14. The Bowen Foundation works to increase access to permanent job opportunities for minority students by connecting them with internships that start at the end of their junior year in high school and continue through college.

Nearly 130 “future CEOs in training,” as Parsons described them, participated in the foundation's media industry program this year. He encouraged them to be true to themselves as they set out to reach their goals in life.

“Figure out what you need to do to be deemed successful,” he said. “The rest takes care of itself.”

— Megan Dowd

Fordham Law Launches Exchange Program

Seated, (l  to r): Jorge Clua, LL.M.; Juan Manuel Egea Ibañez, the consul general of Spain in N.Y.; Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University; John Tognino, chairman of Fordham University Board of Trustees; and John Hollwitz, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs at Fordham. Standing, (l to r): Joel R. Reidenberg, J.D., professor of law at Fordham; and William Michael Treanor, J.D., dean of Fordham Law School.
Photo by Chris Taggart
Juan Manuel Egea Ibañez, the consul general of Spain in New York, joined Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, as Father McShane signed a student exchange agreement between Fordham University School of Law and the ICADE of the Universidad Pontificia Commillas. Beginning this year, both schools will select up to three students per year to spend a semester at the partner institution to earn credits toward their law degree.

Fordham University School of Law was founded in 1905, and has more than 14,000 alumni practicing in all 50 states and throughout the world. Over the past 20 years, Fordham Law School has secured a place as a national leader in public interest law, legal ethics and human rights law.

— John Blakeley

Fordham Business Students Ring NYSE Opening Bell

Photo courtesy of the New York Stock Exchange.
IThe team of Fordham Business students who won the NYSSA Investment Research Challenge rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on June 13. Sharon P. Smith, Ph.D., dean of the Fordham Schools of Business; John Tognino, chairman of the Fordham University Board of Trustees, and several other Fordham administrators also attended the NYSE opening.
Four Fordham MBA students and one Fordham Business undergraduate beat out teams from Columbia, NYU, Rutgers, Pace, St. John's and Seton Hall to take first place. The teams were judged by a panel of distinguished Wall Street heavyweights, including Steven Kent, managing director of Goldman Sachs; and John J. Apruzzese, managing director of the U.S. Trust Corporation.
Fordham's winning team was coached and mentored by Fordham Business alumnus Erik C. Chiprich (GBA 2000), associate analyst of equity research for Harris-Nesbitt; John L. Hunter, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of finance at Fordham; and Steven Najdzionck, associate dean of the College of Business Administration.

— Michele Snipe

Calder Center Receives Grant for Student Housing

Fordham University's Louis Calder Center Biological Station received a $202,697 grant from the National Science Foundation to build student housing at its 113-acre preserve in Armonk, N.Y.

“Lack of on-site housing for students has been a constant battle for years,” said John Wehr, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and director of the Calder Center. “Because students spend a large amount of time here, they need to be able to live here rather than commute every day from as far as New Jersey and Brooklyn.”

The Calder Center is planning to build three modern log cabins that canaccommodate as many asfourstudents each. Wehr is hopeful construction will begin this summer.

The new housing will enhance the training of current students by eliminating commutes as long as two hours, while also making the facility more attractive to prospective students from outside the New York metropolitan area. Only three of the center's 15 full-time graduate students who conduct year-round research at the facility currently live on site.

“As soon as we have broken ground for the cabins,” said Wehr, “we will begin a vigorous effort to recruit students from across the country.”

Founded in 1967, the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station is used to train biologists for work in environmental science and conservation. The center has a 10-acre lake for aquatic studies, a laboratory for biological and chemical analyses, and forest, field and wetland habitats for teaching and conducting research in ecology and conservation.

— John Blakeley

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