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Alumni Lend Their ‘Fordham Voices’ to Audio Archive

Learning about life at Fordham requires nothing more than an Internet connection.

Listen to the alumni audio archive at:

All manner of minutia about the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses are served up daily on websites, e-newsletters, student blogs, Twitter feeds and discussion boards.

But what was the Fordham experience like 30, 40, or even 70 years ago?

To answer that question, the University has launched “Fordham Voices,” an audio archive that stores the recollections of alumni from every generation.

The project began at Homecoming 2008, when staff members fanned out across the Rose Hill campus to solicit stories from graduates. A similar effort at Jubilee 2009 led to even more anecdotes.

For example, Gabriel Vitalone (FCRH ’44) chronicled a freshman banquet at the Hotel Roosevelt in Manhattan. The class president called a meeting in Father Duffy Square, where the students decided to storm the ballrooms around Times Square, chanting “Beat NYU.”

“We went into each of the hotels in Times Square, walked into the ballroom, boldly requested that the orchestra play The Ram, and we would sing,” Vitalone said.

What happened next—plus dozens of other alumni recollections—can be found at The archive will be updated periodically, as more stories and remembrances are collected at upcoming alumni events.

—Joseph McLaughlin

Fordham Asks: ‘So You Think You Can Cook?’

Do you think your favorite home recipe is creative and delectable enough to win over the taste buds of the Fordham community?

Fordham’s Hospitality Services invites you to prove it by entering its culinary competition this fall.

Open to students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff, the competition continues a tradition begun last year with the search for Fordham’s signature dessert.

The dessert title was given to the Maroon Velvet Cake recipe submitted by Rick Manista, then a senior at Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Since then, the cake has been a “very popular dessert at a lot of University events,” said Brian Poteat, general manager of Food Services.

This year, the search is on for the best non-dessert recipe, which opens the field to entrees, salads, sandwiches—anything that falls under the category of “family traditional food,” Poteat said.

“We started with the dessert competition, which was so successful and so much fun, we said, ‘Why don’t we try to build on it and try something new?’ So we took it a step farther,” he continued.

Six finalists with the best recipes will be selected to work with the Fordham team of culinary experts to prepare 200 tasting portions in The Marketplace on Nov. 6, when the final judging will take place.

As part of Family Weekend, the tasting event will bring together parents and other family members with students, staff, faculty and alumni to sample each dish and choose the winner.

While participants will be asked to provide detailed step-by-step instructions for their original recipes, the culinary team also wants to learn the history of the dish and why it’s a special recipe.

Some of last year’s entries included details about recipes in family histories, how they were related to Fordham and even how they were associated with the Jesuits, Poteat said.

“We received some very funny and fascinating stories,” he said. This year, Poteat is hoping for more of the same.

The winner of “So You Think You Can Cook?” will receive an assortment of Fordham merchandise. He or she also will be featured in Fordham online and print media, and will be photographed with Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, and Michael DeMartino, executive chef.

The winning recipe may even be added to the Food Services menu cycle and become part of Fordham’s culinary history, Poteat said.

Poteat hopes the culinary competition tradition at Fordham will continue to evolve, adding, “Next year might be a favorite party appetizer.”

All recipes (one per person) must be submitted online by Oct. 1. For more information or to submit an entry, go to Hospitality Service’s website:

—Nina Romeo

This Month in Jesuit History…
New Religious Order Approved on Sept. 27

Pope Paul III

It was this time of year when Pope Paul III formally approved a new religious order with broad ambitions.

The year was 1540, and a small, ardent group of believers had proposed a new order dedicated to helping souls, by which they meant helping the whole person. They would provide physical nourishment, knowledge and other help as they sought to bring people closer to God.

They bound themselves to go anywhere in the world at the pope’s behest. Unlike other religious orders, they wanted to recite the canonical Hours privately, and not in choir, so they would be free to perform charity.

Many religious communities had fallen into disrepute, and some prelates wanted to reduce their number. But the small band had won praise in many corners of Europe, and on Sept. 27, Paul III formally established the new order, the Society of Jesus, soon to be known as the Jesuits.

Within eight years they would be operating schools.
—Chris Gosier

Graduate School of Education Launches Blog

Fordham’s YouTube channel

Fordham’s Graduate School of Education (GSE) officially launched its blog on Aug. 25 at http://fordham The blog, maintained by GSE’s Office of Admissions, Marketing & Media Relations, will feature news and event listings, including:

• Announcements of new program launches and other GSE academic news;

• Notices from admissions, division offices, and the dean’s office for prospective and current students, such as open houses, information sessions and deadlines;

• Notice of events open to GSE students, including lectures, conferences, happy hours and other social events;

• Links to websites or articles of interest to students and faculty in all divisions;

• Links to other Fordham blogs, as well as to faculty blogs or websites;

• Video clips;

• Notice of faculty publications, as well as any additional faculty and student accomplishments;

• Graduation and honor society induction information;

• Student life information, including University and GSE services and resources available to GSE students.

GSE is seeking contributions from faculty, students and staff, including news items, publications,events, program updates, or other information. Send submissions for consideration to Michelle Adams at

—Michelle Adams

Fresh Fordham Faces Help Celebrate Mass of the Holy Spirit

Fordham embraced two newcomers to the University community on Sept. 13 at the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit.

New York City’s newly installed prelate, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, celebrated the Mass at the University Church. It was his second official visit to the Rose Hill campus since his elevation.

Archbishop Dolan referred to the University Church as the most venerable of chapels in the Bronx, and said that Fordham and the Archdiocese of New York have been “sacred allies” for 168 years.

Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, J.D., J.C.L., the University’s new vice president for University mission and ministry, read to the packed congregation from the Gospel. He came to Fordham from the Diocese of Scranton, where he served with distinction in several parishes, and took his new position on July 31.

—Patrick Verel

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan (right) celebrates the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the University Church. Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, J.D., J.C.L., did the Gospel reading.
Photo by Ken Levinson

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