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Alpha Sigma Nu Honors Professors and Students

New Program Recycles Pens for Charity

Concerts and Lectures Fete Distinctive Churches

Alpha Sigma Nu Honors Professors and Students

Robert Hume, Ph.D., receives the 2010 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award from Father McShane.

Photo by Ken Levinson
The Fordham chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu (ASN) welcomed 137 new students and two faculty members on April 7, and honored another professor with its annual book award.

Robert Hume, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science, received the 2010 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award in professional studies for How Courts Impact Federal Administrative Behavior (Routledge, 2009). Hume received the award from Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, and John Harrington, Ph.D., dean of the arts and sciences faculty.

Faculty members Henry Schwalbenberg, Ph.D., professor of economics and director of Fordham’s International Political Economy and Development Program, and Anne Marie Kirmse, O.P., Ph.D., research associate for the Laurence J. McGinley, S.J., Chair in Religion and Society and adjunct professor of theology, received honorary induction into the chapter.

The student honorees hailed from all of the undergraduate, graduate and professional schools of the University.

“This evening, we honor students who not only excel in their academic studies, but also in loyalty and service to Fordham and to their communities,” said Rosemary A. DeJulio, Ph.D., assistant to the president and faculty adviser to ASN for the past five years.

Giving a keynote speech, ASN member George Drance, S.J., artist-in-residence in the Department of Theatre and Visual Arts, told students that his own experience of scholarship, loyalty and service has led him deeper into his own discipline of theatre, and toward becoming more fully who God has created him to be.

Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities, encourages a lifelong commitment to core Jesuit values. It is open to juniors, seniors and graduate students who are in the top 15 percent of their class academically and have a demonstrated record of service and loyalty to the Jesuit ideals of education.

—Janet Sassi


New Program Recycles Pens for Charity

The Fordham procurement department has teamed up with New Jersey-based Terracycle to recycle Paper Mate, Sharpie and Expo writing instruments.

The effort is part a program that “up cycles” the used pens into new products and makes a donation to a charity of the donor’s choosing. So the next time your pen runs out of ink, don’t pitch it into the trash, which ends up in a landfill.

Donation containers can be found:

• on the Rose Hill campus—Faculty Memorial Hall room 128 and McGinley Center room 204;

• on the Lincoln Center campus—Lowenstein Center room 128A; and

• on the Westchester campus—room G13.

For every pen collected, .02 cent will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

—Patrick Verel


Concerts and Lectures Fete Distinctive Churches

Fordham hosted a pair of spring concerts on April 9 and 10 that focused on the art and architecture of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle and the Fordham University Church.

The Fordham University Women’s Choir conducted by Stephen Fox and the Fordham University Choir conducted by Robert Minotti performed Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Mark Jennings’ O Crux and Gabriel Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine and Requiem. The Bronx Arts Ensemble provided the music.

Gregory Waldrop, S.J., assistant professor of art history, discussed the mural The Crucifixion on April 9 at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle. The mural, which was painted by William Laurel Harris from 1906 to 1908, hangs above the door of the church.

The story depicted in the artwork is very familiar and has a “classic cast,” as Father Waldrop called it, featuring Jesus surrounded by golden ether, the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene and St. John.

The crucifix in the mural is in axis with the cross over the altar at the front of the church.

“The conjunction of images of Christ’s saving body defines a space, and gathers up in that space all those present in the church—the flock, who gather to praise God on the cross, who gather to hear the word proclaimed from the pulpit, who gather to receive Eucharist at the altar,” Father Waldrop said.

Father Waldrop discussed details that only can be seen by looking closely at the mural from the balcony. He described the gold shimmer that coats the pink sky and purple city in the artwork. He said that the city scene and sunset are based on the actual Jerusalem, at least in mood and lighting, and show a definite moment in time.

The city painted in the mural above the entrance of church is contrasted with New York, the “very real, very alive, very specific city where hope is made concrete in our living out the love that God has shown us,” he said.

Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, vice president for University mission and ministry, spoke on April 10 about the Stations of the Cross at the University Church.

—Jenny Hirsch

The Fordham University Choir conducted by Robert Minotti

Photo by Michael Dames





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