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Archbishop on Francis Xavier
and the Jesuit Jubilee

Archbishop Joseph Pittau, S.J., Sophia University, Toyko, Japan, delivered the third Jesuit Jubilee Lecture to a full house in October in the McGinley Center Ballroom, on the Rose Hill campus. The lecture, on Francis Xavier, was sponsored by the Rector of the Jesuit Community at Fordham University and the Vice President for University Mission and Ministry.

(Left to right) Patrick J. Ryan, S.J., vice president for University Mission and Ministry; Archbishop Joseph Pittau, S.J.; and Vincent J. Duminuco, S.J., rector of the Fordham Jesuit community.
Photo by Ken Levinson

Center for Educational Partnerships Debuts at Fordham

Shelia Evans Tranumn, associate commissioner of New York state’s Department of Education.
Photo by Bruce Gilbert
Anita Batisti, Ph.D., associate dean for partnerships at the Graduate School of Education, with James J. Hennessy, Ph.D., the school’s dean.
Photo by Bruce Gilbert
More than 100 educators, policymakers and politicians celebrated the grand opening of the Graduate School of Education’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CEP) in October. The $7 million center expands Fordham’s role in providing educational services to metropolitan-area teachers and students.

“This is a great step forward for the Graduate School of Education, which is, and always has been, a service school and a partner school,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham. “This is what Fordham is about—teaching teachers, and helping them set hearts on fire in their students, so that a greater city and a greater nation can be built.”

Father McShane praised James J. Hennessy, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School of Education, as the genius behind the initial vision of the Center and its development. Since January 2006, Hennessy and Anita Batisti, Ph.D., associate dean for partnerships, have shaped the center into a five-part program meeting the needs of school children through grassroots outreach on several levels. Shelia Evans Tranumn, associate commissioner, New York State Department of Education, declared the Graduate School of Education a partner with the state.

CEP’s current programs include New York State Bilingual Education Centers (BETACs) at the Rose Hill and Tarrytown campuses; scholarships for shortage areas, a program in partnership with the New York City Department of Education offering 100 students full scholarships at Fordham in the short-staffed areas of adolescent biology and adolescent mathematics; teacher coaching in math and literacy for K-12 students; and Improving Literacy Through Libraries, a program in the Yonkers Public Schools and Yonkers public libraries (in partnership with Sirius Thinking, Ltd.), to provide family literacy workshops.

In addition, CEP is developing three new programs: a partnership with the Boston-based Schoolworks to provide professional development for charter schools; a special education initiative; and a partnership with Mentoring USA to initiate a volunteer mentoring program with Fordham students and K-12 students. All programs are under the direction of Batisti, andinclude faculty participation.

— Janet Sassi

Paul E. Sigmund, Ph.D.: Go back to the message of Jesus, which is one of peace and non-coercion, and recognize that religion is a matter of individual belief and individual relationship to God and not of coercive rules.
Photo by Michael Dames

Sullivan Lecturer on Religion and Liberalism

Paul E. Sigmund, Ph.D., Department of Politics, Princeton University, delivered the annual Sullivan Lecture in November at Lowenstein Center on the Lincoln Center campus. Sigmund spoke on “Religion, Liberalism, and the Religion of Liberalism: A Reply to Ann Coulter.” The Daniel J. Sullivan Memorial Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, was inaugurated in the Spring of 1986 in honor the professor of philosophy who served at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus as a teacher and administrator from 1936 until his death in 1984.

Actress and alumna Patricia Clarkson speaks with Fordham drama students in the Black Box Theatre at
the Lincoln Center campus.
Photo by Jon Roemer

Alumna Patricia Clarkson Shares Insights on Acting

Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Clarkson (FCLC ’82) returned to the Black Box Theatre at the Lincoln Center campus on Dec. 10, where she told aspiring performers that acting is the only thing she has ever wanted to do and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

“But,” she warned them, “it’s a very competitive business and it’s a long and difficult road.”

Clarkson’s work has spanned nearly two decades on Broadway, in films and on television. Soon after graduation, she landed her first film role in the 1987 movie The Untouchables. She has since appeared in more than 25films and acted in some 30 stage productions, including the Broadway plays The House of Blue Leaves and Eastern Standard.

Her turn as Sarah O’Connor in the HBO series Six Feet Under won her an Emmy in 2002, and she was nominated for an Oscar in 2004 for her role in the film Pieces of April. Her most recent film is All the King’s Men, which was released in September, and she’s been cast in four films that are scheduled for release over the next two years.

— Victor M. Inzunza

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CBA professor Sarah J. Wu helps her daughter Victoria, age 2, make a “reindeer bag” at the annual Christmas party at the McGinley Ballroom.
Photo by Michael Dames
Giggles the Clown entertained a large group of staff and
faculty’s children, including Jared Christopher Williams,
son of Payroll and Accounting’s Donna Grant-Williams.
Photo by Michael Dames

Francoisline Freeman, assistant director of Student Financial Services, enjoys a laugh with Santa Claus.
Photo by Michael Dames

Children’s Christmas Party

Fordham’s annual Children’s Christmas Party for faculty, administrators, staff and their families, was held on Dec. 16 in the McGinley Center Ballroom, Rose Hill campus. The holiday luncheon is organized each year by the Fordham University Association (FUA), comprised of members of the faculty, administrative, clerical and maintenance staff of the University, a group sponsored by the Office of the President.

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