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$7 Million Gift Made Real in Rose Hill Signing Ceremony

Thomas P. Salice, CBA '82, watches along with Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, as Susan Conley Salice, FCRH '82, signs the couple's $7 million gift.
Photo by David Wentworth

Thomas P. Salice, CBA ’82, and Susan Conley Salice, FCRH ’82, were honored on Dec. 6 at a signing ceremony at the office of Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham. The couple had pledged to give $7 million for Salice and Conley Halls, two conjoined dormitories rising in the southwest corner of the Rose Hill campus.

After the signing, which was attended by the couple’s daughters, parents and other family members, Father McShane took the group to the site, which is ringed with a fence that reflected renderings of the buildings. An afternoon lunch at Enzo’s Restaurant in nearby Belmont followed, bringing back “wonderful memories.”

Salice and Conley, who met on the “A” train while chaperoning a group of Bronx schoolchildren to a playground while attending Fordham, have long pursued a path of service to others. Salice, a member of Fordham’s Board of Trustees, was the first member of his family to attend college; Conley was one of the first in her family.

The new residence halls, two towers joined at the base, will provide housing for 460 students. Together, they will encompass 76,000 square feet and are expected to open their doors in June 2010.

Thomas Salice is a co-founder and managing member of SFW Capital Partners, a private equity firm, and the chairman of its investment committee. His firm’s investment activities are focused in the analytical tools and outsourced analytical services sectors. He largely attributes his interest in finance, and entrée into that world, to Fordham.

—Patrick Verel

Con Edison Creates Fordham Scholarship for STEM Students

Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., has established an endowed scholarship at Fordham University for minority and underrepresented undergraduates studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

The Con Edison-Fordham Endowed Scholarship Fund provides a $62,500 gift to be used for scholarship support for STEM undergraduates studying on the Rose Hill campus, beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year. Recipients of the scholarship will be recommended by the dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, in consultation with the Office of Enrollment Services.

“Today’s high-tech, global economy demands a special emphasis on science and related disciplines,” said Frances A. Resheske, Con Edison’s senior vice president of public affairs. “A quality education is the key that opens many doors, and we are pleased to be able to join with Fordham to help make sure that bright students have a bright future.”

Traditionally, minority and disadvantaged students are underrepresented in employment in the STEM fields. At Fordham, several programs bolster enrollment in those areas, including the CSTEP program, which supports 200 undergraduates, mostly of African-American and Latino descent.

“This gift is a perfect match between a great company and the great promise of Fordham students,” said Brennan P. O’Donnell, dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill. “It’s a recognition by Con Ed of the quality of our STEM-discipline students, faculty and advisors.”

A 2004 American Council on Education study shows that college programs cultivating talent in STEM fields receive strong public support; student, faculty, and business focus groups see such programs as making America more globally competitive in the 21st century.

—Janet Sassi

Professor’s First Novel Celebrated by Latin American Studies Institute

Lloyd Rogler, Ph.D., Albert Schweitzer Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, is no stranger to the world of publishing. During more than 50 years as an academic and medical researcher, he has authored eight books.

Though Rogler is reticent about his body of work, he admits to feeling a bit of pride for his most recent publication, Barrio Professors: Tales of Naturalistic Research (Left Coast Press, 2008).

The book, his first work of fiction, was celebrated on Dec. 5 by his former colleagues in the Latin American and Latino Studies Institute with a party and book signing at Duane Hall.

“After years and years of research, I felt that I had things to express in fiction,” said Rogler, 78, the former director of Fordham’s Hispanic Research Center. “I’m a sociologist, but my father instilled in me a love of reading literature, and I always wanted to become an author of fiction. I thought it would be the greatest thing ever.”

Rogler—once designated a “superstar” in medical research by health economists from Columbia University due to his high attainment of research grants—didn’t just sit in front of a computer and bang out a book. He enrolled in the University of Iowa’s renowned Writers’ Workshop for five consecutive summers.

Barrio Professors draws on Rogler’s experiences as a participant observer while researching mental illness in the slums of Puerto Rico and the inner city of New Haven, Conn. Rogler’s descriptions of the neighborhoods and its residents are quite vivid.

The informants—or “barrio professors”—whom he encountered during his research were a great source of information during his career, he said.

“They are composites of people I have known,” Rogler said of characters in his book who refuse to surrender to despair and poverty. “I’m glad I’m able to tell their stories.”

—Gina Vergel

Fordham Families Feast with the Big Guy

With Christmas just around the corner, members of the Fordham community and their families flocked to the annual Christmas party on Dec. 13 at the McGinley Center. This year’s festivities included arts and crafts, cookie-making, a holiday buffet and lots of gifts for children from Santa himself. The event was sponsored by the Fordham University Association, which is made up of the faculty as well as administrative, clerical and maintenance staffers.

—Janet Sassi

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