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Graduate Students Honored at Awards Ceremony

Ken Mondschein (left), a doctoral student in history, with Nancy Busch, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and associate vice president for academic affairs, and Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University. Mondschein has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study in France.
Photo by Bruce Gilbert
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) honored more than 25 master’s and doctoral degree students at its sixth annual awards ceremony on May 4 in the Great Hall of Duane Library on the Rose Hill campus.

The graduate students were recognized for receiving competitive awards during the 2006-2007 academic year, including Fulbright Fellowships to such places as France and China, as well other prestigious scholarships.

Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, presented the awards, and Mary Bly, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of graduate studies in the Department of English, delivered the keynote address.

GSAS also recognized the more than 50 recipients of its various funding awards that assist students with expenses related to conference presentations, research and the completion of their dissertations.

— Janet Sassi

Students Flock to Spring Weekend on Rose Hill Campus

Comedian and radio personality Chuck Nice does his standup act at Fordham’s Spring Weekend.
Photo by Bruce Gilbert
Students rock out at a performance of local band Hiroko Saki on the Rose Hill campus.
Photo by Bruce Gilbert
It was a spring fling at Fordham University from April 26 to 29, as thousands of students took part in Spring Weekend festivities at the Rose Hill campus.

The featured event was a concert by pop-punk band Yellowcard on Saturday, April 28, at Martyrs’ Lawn, and festivities ranged from the traditional 3k run around the Rose Hill campus to a comedy show.

Spring Weekend, organized by the Campus Activities Board, is held annually as a celebration of the completion of the academic year and as a way for students to have fun and relax before the start of finals.

The theme of this year’s celebration was the Best Weekend Ever. The comedy show featured Johnny Cardinale and other comedians from VH1’s Best Week Ever performing a live version of the show.
Other events included a dance inside a tent at Martyrs’ Lawn, a performance by the Ramblers, a Fordham vocal ensemble, and even the Fordham rugby team’s annual Irish-Italian game at Murphy Field.

— Victor M. Inzunza

Wall Street Executive Emphasizes Importance of
International and Internship Experiences

Ken Mondschein (left), a doctoral student in history, with Nancy Busch, Tim Smollen (CBA ’84), global head of Dresdner Bank’s agency securities lending business, discusses his career and opportunities in investment banking with College of Business Administration students.
Photo by Bruce Gilbert

Fordham University’s College of Business Administration hosted Tim Smollen (CBA ’84), on April 25, as part of its executive breakfast series at the William D. Walsh Family Library’s O’Hare Special Collections Room.

Smollen, global head of Dresdner Bank’s agency securities lending business, said international experience is essential to his business and encouraged the gathering of more than 30 CBA students to travel abroad during their time at Fordham. He also emphasized the importance of practical experience in addition to their coursework.

“I cannot over-emphasize the importance of internships,” Smollen said. “What you guys really need is to get those names [of the top financial firms] on your resumés and to get those experiences and this is the advantage we have at Fordham. … It is truly the key advantage we have over guys who are coming in from the University of Michigan or Duke University and places like that.

“Those are great, great schools but they don’t have access to Wall Street like we do.”

Smollen joined Dresdner, part of the Munich-based financial services giant Allianz Group, in June 2002 to build and run a securities lending program, which is now one of the largest in the world, with more than $150 billion worth of securities on loan. He was initially appointed global co-head with regional management responsibility for Europe, the Middle East and Asia and was based in London. He assumed the sole leadership role in June 2005, and his operation now stands at some 70 employees in New York, London and Frankfurt. Before joining Dresdner, Smollen served as head of securities lending for Europe, Asia and the Middle East at Deutsche Bank.

CBA also held an executive breakfast in November that featured Michael P. Guarnieri, the head of global credit research at Lehman Brothers.

— Victor M. Inzunza

More Fun than Work For Fordham Kids

Photo by Bruce Gilbert

Approximately 60 children of Fordham University employees visited the campus for the first daylong Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day on April 26 at the Rose Hill campus. Students were treated to a campus tour that included interactive workshops at Fordham’s seismic station, the robotics lab and the Army ROTC Land Navigation Course. Below, 10-year-old Brandon Roque, son of Jonathan Roque, assistant director of student accounts in the Office of Enrollment Services, jumps rope with the Fordham track team in the Rose Hill Gymnasium following an event-packed day. The event was sponsored by the Fordham University Association.

— Janet Sassi

Students Line Up for Midnight Breakfast

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Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University (left) and Keith Eldredge, dean of students, Lincoln Center, serve up some sausages and conversation at the annual Midnight Breakfast on the Lincoln Center campus on May 3. The event, a tradition at Fordham, gives students a break from studying for finals by having a hearty late-night breakfast of pancakes, sausage and eggs. The breakfast is co-sponsored by the Office of the President and Sodexho.

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