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Sociology Doctoral Students Land Academic Appointments

Two doctoral students in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology have received academic appointments, one as a tenure-track professor and the other as a National Science Foundation (NSF) fellow.

Natalie Byfield, a sociology doctoral student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at the Rose Hill campus, begins her term as assistant professor of sociology at St. John’s University beginning September 2007. Her area of concentration is race, ethnicity and social theory.

Andrew Tiedt, also a sociology doctoral student in the department, will attend the 2007 East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes in Tokyo, Japan, run jointly by the NSF and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Tiedt will spend two months conducting research on population aging in the developed world.

“One of the most rewarding aspects of working with graduate students is seeing them leave Fordham and make their mark on the world,” said Jeanne Flavin, Ph.D., director of graduate studies for the department.

— Janet Sassi

Photo by Chris Taggart

Symposium on Actor Training

Veteran actress and acting teacher Dianne Wiest discusses the art and craft of acting at the Symposium on Actor Training at Pope Auditorium on the Lincoln Center campus on March 19. The panel discussion was moderated by Matthew Maguire, M.F.A., chair of the Department of Theatre and Visual Arts at Fordham.

The Observer Honored By the Associated Collegiate Press

Fordham University’s student-run newspaper, The Observer, received an honorable mention at the 23rd annual Associated Collegiate Press National College Newspaper Convention held in Portland, Ore., on March 11.

The Observer earned the honor in the Best of Show contest for four-year non-daily newspapers. It was one of five newspapers nationwide to receive the honor.

“I’m delighted at The Observer’s achievement in the Best of Show competition,” said Elizabeth Stone, Ph.D., professor of English and communication and media studies and The Observer’s faculty advisor. “Its significance is even clearer considering that The Observer has only been attending the Associated Collegiate Press conference for the past three years and has, so far, been singled out for excellence twice.”

The paper has won numerous awards over the years, including being listed as Most Outstanding University Newspaper for 2005-2006 by the American Scholastic Press Association’s 2006 Newspaper Review. The Observer was founded in 1981 and is based at the Lincoln Center campus.

— Janet Sassi

Photo by Ken Levinson

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

AKaitlin Tavas, 4, gathered her share of Easter eggs on March 31 at the McGinley Center. Kaitlin, daughter of doctoral student Michael Tavas, and dozens of other children and their parents attended the annual Easter Egg Hunt for University employees. The event, sponsored by the Fordham University Association, featured an appearance by the Easter bunny, arts and crafts and a puppet show.

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