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Fordham Names Associate Vice President for Development

Roger Milici Jr. helped raise $100 million at Tufts University.
Photo courtesy of Tufts University

Roger A. Milici, Jr. has been named associate vice president for development in Fordham University’s Office of Development and University Relations, the office announced on March 12.

Milici currently serves as senior director of development and alumni relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a post he has held since June 2001.

“Roger has over 17 years of development and alumni relations experience in senior executive positions,” said Al Checcio, Fordham’s vice president for development and University relations. “I have no doubt Roger will have an immediate positive impact on our development and alumni relations programs.”

During his tenure at Tufts, Milici designed and executed a $100 million fundraising effort at Fletcher as part of the university’s billion-dollar Beyond Boundaries campaign. He also supervised a dramatic rise in Fletcher’s annual-fund revenue and strengthened the university’s global philanthropic culture.

Milici’s career in advancement and nonprofit management began in the United Way system in Connecticut, where he was one of the country’s youngest presidents/chief professional officers of a United Way chapter, in Greater Waterbury, Conn.

Prior to working at Tufts, Milici served as chief development officer for the Congregation of Holy Cross at Stonehill College. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in international relations and a master of arts degree in social and public policy, both from Duquesne University, and serves as a trustee of the Cardinal Tardini Charitable Trust in Pittsburgh.

“I am impressed with and inspired by Fordham’s mission and visionary leadership led by Father McShane,” said Milici, who begins his duties effective May 1. “I look forward to serving the Fordham community.”

— Janet Sassi

Fordham Students Dominate Pollie Awards

Eleven graduate students in the elections and campaign management program at Fordham have won or shared Student Pollie Awards given by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). The awards span several categories, including Best Television Ad, Best Radio Ad and Best Website.

Awarded annually by the AAPC, the Pollies are the most prestigious awards in the political campaign and public affairs industry. This year, Fordham students received more Pollie Awards in more categories than any other program.

Fordham’s Pollie Award recipients are:

Joseph Ferris (writer and producer), John Farrelly and Vincent Azzinaro (producers) for Best Television Ad (Gold): “Send Mr. Smith Back to Washington”
John Farrelly for Best Website (Gold): “College Democrats”
Jennifer Burner (writer and producer), Maggie Seidel, Nuria Ferragutcasas and Amanda Martini (producers) for Best Television Ad (Bronze): “It’s Time”
John Farrelly for Best Website (Bronze): “Bill Stachov”
Jennifer Burner for Best Radio Ad (Bronze): “The Economy”
Hailey Wierzbicki (writer and producer), Rich Alicea, Alison Walsh and Sean Jacobus (producers) for Best Television Ad (Honorable Mention): “Main Street”

“We are so proud of our students, and delighted that the AAPC has recognized these students for excellence in political advertising,” said Costas Panagopoulos, Ph.D., director of the master’s program in elections and campaign management (ECM) at Fordham. “The Pollie winners exemplify the standard of excellence that students in the ECM program are trained to achieve.”

Most of the entries that Fordham students submitted were created as part of the “Strategies and Mechanisms of Political Communication” course co-taught during the fall 2008 term by veteran instructors and leading political strategists Joseph Mercurio and Bart Robbett.

“The AAPC Student Pollies are a great way for students to receive national recognition for work in their campaigns,” said Angela McMillen, executive director of the AAPC. “Our entries increased 60 percent over last year, and we hope this continues to grow.”

The AAPC is a multi-partisan trade association with more than 2,500 members from all 50 states, territories and other countries. Membership reflects a wide range of ideologies, partisan affiliations and professional specialties, and includes students and academics.

— Syd Steinhardt

Genovese Remembered in Death and Life at Forum

Vincent Genovese reminisces about his sister, Kitty.
Photo by Janet Sassi

The death of Kitty Genovese in 1964 may not have been ignored by as many people as was initially reported, but it nonetheless had a profound effect on American society.

That was the conclusion of “Remembering Kitty Genovese: 45 Years Later,” a two-hour-long panel held March 12 in the Cafeteria Atrium of the Lowenstein Center at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus.

The event occurred on the eve of the 45th anniversary of Genovese’s stabbing outside a bar in Kew Gardens, Queens. When word got out at the time that 38 people had seen or heard her being attacked and chose not to intervene, it spurred citywide soul searching.

Marcia M. Gallo, Ph.D., professor of history at the University of Nevada, compared Genovese, who had chosen to stay in the city after her family moved to New Canaan, Conn., to a chalk outline on the pavement after a crime—a symbol of something horrible that had happened.

“Her name and her story resonate because they are useful to so many people. For some, she symbolizes deadly indifference; for others, vulnerability. For many people, she’s attained quasi-religious status, the embodiment of what can happen due to a failure of community, she said.”

Harold Takooshian, Ph.D., professor of psychology, said the lack of a response was an example of what has become known as “diffusion of responsibility.”

“It wasn’t that the 38 bystanders didn’t care about Ms. Genovese,” Takooshian said. “But there was a diffusion. Who would help? Or should she be helped? Or how should she be helped? It created such a confusion that she just wasn’t helped.”

Understanding this has made people more aware that they need to be vigilant, he said, noting that in experiments conducted in the 1970s, children who told strangers that they were lost were helped half the time. In recent years, similar experiments have yielded assistance rates of 80 percent.

Genovese’s younger brother, Vincent, who brought along a film crew to film his participation for a documentary he is making, reminisced about his sister, who was 12 when he was born.

“She’d come up to New Canaan and we’d spend till 3 o’clock in the morning talking about relativity,” he said. “A lot of people don’t know she was married for a couple of years to a person who turned out to be a fairly well-known nuclear engineer. I’d ask, ‘What’s that belt buckle made of?’ and he’d tell me: limestone, iron ore, charcoal. All that stuff would interest me.”

He also addressed some questions about the official account of his sister’s killing, as reported by New York Times editor A.M. Rosenthal in Thirty-Eight Witnesses (University of California Press, 1999).

“What we’ve discovered is that we think maybe there were five or six people who actually knew what was going on,” Genovese said. “Whereas 38 may have heard something, it was a city kind of thing—screams in the street at 3 o’clock in the morning with an active bar across the street.”

— Patrick Verel

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