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Fordham Ranks in Top 10 for Internship Placement

This Month in Fordham History:
Fordham Welcomes Famous Anthropologist to Lincoln Center

Catholic Relief Services Worker to Receive IPED Award

Westchester Forum Offers Ways to Cope with Alzheimer’s

Fordham Ranks in Top 10 for Internship Placement

Fordham has placed fifth on a U.S. News & World Report ranking of universities that produce the most interns.

According to the magazine, 75 percent of the 1,885 students in the Class of 2009 completed at least one internship during their time at the University.

Fordham tied with Duke University on the list of top 10 institutions.

U.S. News
tabulated the statistics by using internship data for the Class of 2009 submitted by 692 schools.

Internships have become a particularly important part of the college experience, the magazine noted, as the increase in people with college degrees outpaced U.S. population growth by more than threefold over the past decade.

Gaining career-development experience as an undergraduate is one way that a student can stand out. Fordham was ranked with other high-performing institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania (No. 1), University of Pittsburgh (No. 7) and Johns Hopkins University (No. 9).

One common thread for many of the schools in the top 10 is an urban setting; George Washington University and American University are in Washington D.C., for instance, while Seton Hall University is near New York City.

—Patrick Verel


This Month in Fordham History…
Fordham Celebrates 125th Anniversary with Visit from Superior General

In April 1966, Fordham marked its 125th anniversary with a historic visit from the superior general of the Society of Jesus, Pedro Arrupe, who is often called the society’s second founder.

Arrupe spoke at a convocation where, in an ecumenical spirit, honorary degrees were awarded to representatives of the Jewish, Protestant, Orthodox and Roman Catholic faiths.

Echoing the language of Vatican II’s “The Church in the Modern World,” Arrupe called on Fordham to foster dialogue between believers and unbelievers and reconciliation between faith and science. A Catholic university must always protect freedom of inquiry, he said, because without it, “the dialogue the church must continually carry on with the changing world of human culture is seriously crippled.”

He also likened the American dream to “the dream of mankind itself,” and hailed Fordham for helping to realize that dream by opening its doors tothe poor, the underprivileged and the children of immigrants.

—Chris Gosier


Catholic Relief Services Worker to Receive IPED Award


Matthew McGarry (GSAS '04)

Anne Kelly Treantafeles, L.M.S.W., has been named Fordham’s new veterans entry adviser.

Treantafeles, who succeeds Lynne O’Connell, M.P.H., assistant dean of Fordham College of Liberal Studies, will oversee the University’s veterans initiative, launched in the spring of 2009 to help veterans return to college under the current federal G.I. Bill.

The University currently serves about 235 veterans in its Yellow Ribbon Program, which removes any financial obstacles between eligible post-9/11 service members and a Fordham education. The University was one of the first in the nation to commit to full participation in the program, which got underway in 2008-2009.

Treantafeles’ new duties will be part of her new position as assistant director of admissions, marketing and recruitment for the Graduate School of Social Service (GSS). Since 2005, she has worked in the capacity of executive secretary to the GSS/Westchester assistant dean.

In addition to her Fordham experience, Treantafeles brings experience in veterans’ issues to her new role. She serves as the veterans’ issues chair for the National Association of Social Workers—Westchester Division and she recently completed a yearlong clinical social work internship at the Veterans Administration Hudson Valley Health Care System in New York.

The search for a new adviser was overseen by Michael Gillan, Ph.D., associate vice president for Westchester, and Peter Vaughan, Ph.D., dean of GSS. Gillan and Vaughan are co-chairs of the FordhamVets Task Group.

—Janet Sassi


Westchester Forum Offers Ways to Cope with Alzheimer’s


Rina Bellamy (GSS ’05)

Photo by Gina Vergel


A forum on Alzheimer’s Disease at Fordham Westchester focused on the treatment of those stricken with the illness and ways to support the people who care for them.

Ellen Imbiano, a care consultant at the Alzheimer’s Association, presented facts and information about the disease, which affects an estimated 5.4 million Americans.

Imbiano discussed the differences between normal signs of aging and indicators of dementia at the March 24 event. She said that Alzheimer’s diagnoses are expected to increase because Americans are living longer.

Rina Bellamy (GSS ’05) extolled the virtues of Mount Kisco-based My Second Home, an award-winning intergenerational adult day care program that she directs as part of Family Services of Westchester.

My Second Home offers a day program where adults have a safe, supervised home-like environment with wellness activities, personal care, nutrition and transportation. It shares a building with the Mount Kisco Child Care Center, a program for children and teenagers. As a result, both organizations partake in “Joining Elders with Early Learners” (JEWEL), a program that brings older adults and children together on a daily basis to share activities and life experiences.

Every day, children and their “grandmas” and “grandpas” from My Second Home come together in small groups. Whether they are drumming, dancing, creating great works of art, sharing stories or just eating breakfast together, these interactions are filled with fun, acceptance and mutual respect, Bellamy said.

“When you put children and older adults together, natural order kicks in. It’s almost like, ‘I’m the older person and I’ll take care of you,’” she said.

Bellamy recalled an instance in which a woman with Alzheimer’s, who didn’t want to eat, was joined in the cafeteria by a child who also didn’t want to eat. Upon learning this, the older woman told the girl she had to eat “to be strong” and then proceeded to eat as an example.

“We just stood back and watched it happen,” Bellamy said. “It really is amazing.”
The March 24 event was cosponsored by the Ravazzin Center of Aging, which is a part of Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service.

—Gina Vergel





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