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Midnight Brain Food

Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, doles out a hearty late-night breakfast to hungry students who are studying for finals. The President’s Midnight Breakfast, an annual Fordham tradition, took place on May 5 at the McGinley Center cafeteria on the Rose Hill campus. Father McShane also fed students on the Lincoln Center campus on May 6.

—Gina Vergel

Himmelberg to Serve as Interim Dean of A&S Faculty

Robert F. Himmelberg, Ph.D., has agreed to serve as interim dean of the arts and sciences faculty for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Himmelberg’s academic and administrative leadership at Fordham spans nearly five decades, including service as a faculty member and chair of the Department of History, and as a member and president of the faculty senate.

He also served as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; interim dean of the faculty of business and the Graduate School of Business; and interim dean of the arts and sciences faculty.

He has been a force in planning and implementing the transition to a 3-2 course load; in working with academic departments to articulate and develop strategic plans; and in identifying and hiring an outstanding complement of new faculty, said Stephen Freedman, Ph.D., Fordham’s senior vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer.

Himmelberg earned his bachelor’s degree from Rockhurst College, his master’s degree from Creighton University and his doctorate in history from Pennsylvania State University. He has authored and edited numerous books and articles in his field, most recently The Great Depression and the New Deal (Greenwood Press, 2000).

—Patrick Verel

Jacobson to Direct Academic Programs at Fordham Westchester

Ron Jacobson, Ph.D., has been named executive director of academic programs at Fordham Westchester, the University’s new campus opening in the Fall 2008 semester. As the University moves its Westchester campus from Tarrytown to the new facility in West Harrison, Jacobson will coordinate the academic affairs initiative and work with individuals and units across the University to support and advance educational opportunities.

Fordham’s adult undergraduate college and its graduate schools of business administration, education, social service, and religion and religious education will offer courses and degree programs at the new campus.

“In consultation with the deans and their staffs, I also look forward to developing structures for offering new courses and programs in continuing education that are both market-smart and mission-relevant,” Jacobson said.

Jacobson is currently the associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of the Summer Session, positions he will continue to hold. He is an 18-year veteran of the University, during which time he has held various positions, including undergraduate associate chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies, and associate dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill. He is also the founder and co-instructor of the popular Summer Sports Communication Institute, now in its ninth year.

Jacobson holds a Ph.D. in telecommunications and film from the University of Oregon. He has also completed post-doctoral work in leadership and management in higher education institutes at Columbia and Harvard universities.

Actor Talks Trade With Fordham Students

Beau Bridges spoke to students in Fordham’s Theatre Program on April 20 on the Lincoln Center campus. A Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor, Bridges is known for his role in the Fabulous Baker Boys. He shared his experiences on the craft of acting.

—Gina Vergel

Fordham President Tapped for MTA Commission

Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, was appointed to the Commission on Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Financing by New York Governor David A. Paterson on June 10.

The 12-member commission, chaired by former MTA Chairman Richard Ravitch, is charged with recommending strategies to fund MTA capital projects and operating needs over the next decade. The commission includes experts on transportation and finance, and will submit a report to the governor and legislative leaders by Dec. 5, 2008.

“I’m honored to be asked to serve on this commission, and pleased that I can contribute to its very important mission,” Father McShane said. “At Fordham, we consider New York City our campus, and there are few things as important to the life of the city as its mass transit infrastructure. Ensuring rational, predictable sources of funding for the MTA is a critical component of the city’s economic and cultural development.”

Other commissioners include Elliot G. Sander, executive director and CEO of the MTA; Laura L. Anglin, New York state budget director; Mark Page, director of the New York City Office of Management and Budget; and Denis Hughes, president of the New York State AFL-CIO.

The commission’s work will include an estimate of capital needs for the MTA through 2018; consideration of funding requirements for normal replacement and repair projects, as well as the cost of completing existing large projects and undertaking additional system expansion; and a review of scenarios developed by the MTA to predict the range of operating budget shortfalls over the next 10 years. The commission also will propose actions to address MTA funding requirements.

Graduating Seniors Commissioned as Officers

Army cadets receive their commissions in a ceremony on May 16.
Photo by Ken Levinson

Midshipmen are sworn in at a commissioning ceremony at Duane Library.
Photo by Ryan Brenizer

The New York City Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) commissioned 16 cadets as second lieutenants at a swearing-in ceremony on Friday, May 16 at Fordham University Church on the Rose Hill campus. The New York City Navy ROTC commissioned two midshipmen in a separate ceremony at Duane Library.

“Through your willingness to serve our nation, you have taken upon yourselves the important task of protecting and nurturing the ideals upon which America has been built and sustained,” Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, said at the Army ROTC ceremony.

“This is a most important responsibility. I admire your courage. I am grateful for your generosity,” he said. “I am challenged—as I always am when I am in the presence of heroes—by your selfless love of our nation.”

—Gina Vergel

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