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E. Gerald Corrigan Honored

Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, greets E. Gerald Corrigan and his wife, Cathy E. Minehan, during a celebration in Corrigan’s honor.
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Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, joined the University’s Board of Trustees, members of the financial industry and faculty in hosting a celebratory dinner on May 29 for E. Gerald Corrigan, Ph.D., (GSAS ’65, ’71), whose gift has created the Corrigan Chair in International Business and Finance in the Graduate School of Business Administration.

“Mr. Corrigan is a towering figure in the world of finance,” said Father McShane. “Both in his tenure at the New York Federal Reserve and Goldman Sachs, he has established for himself a reputation for being one of the wisest and most honest men in international business. Therefore, the fact that he chose to establish the E. Gerald Corrigan, Ph.D., Chair in International Business and Finance is especially gratifying.”

Corrigan, former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, is a managing director of financial-services giant Goldman Sachs. The Corrigan chair will bolster Fordham’s reputation as a global business center focused on economic and business research and policy.

A portion of the gift will further build the E. Gerald Corrigan Endowed Scholarship Fund at Fordham College at Rose Hill, which has provided financial support to minority students for nearly a decade.

Corrigan received his master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Fordham.

— Janet Sassi

New Theatre Department Head Wins Second Obie Award

Matthew Maguire, chairman of the Department of Theatre and Visual Arts
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Matthew Maguire, M.F.A., chairman of the Department of Theatre and Visual Arts at Fordham University and the newly appointed director of the theatre program, received an Obie Award on May 21 for his play, Abandon.

Maguire, who wrote and directed Abandon, a drama about a young woman who is desperately afraid of love, won in the best director category. This is the second Obie for Maguire, who was previously honored in 1998 for his performance in the one-man play, I Don’t Know Who He Was and I Don’t Know What He Said. The Obie awards, or Off-Broadway Theatre Awards, are given annually by the Village Voice for outstanding achievement in Off-Broadway productions.

“I really love all aspects of the theater and I try to practice in more than one area,” said Maguire, who has written more than a dozen plays. “So this Obie is recognition that it is possible to accomplish that.”

Maguire’s award comes on the heels of his appointment in April to the director’s post. He had served as acting director following the death of Lawrence Sacharow in August of last year. He has been a faculty member in the department since 1992, where he directs the playwriting program, and has been the department chair since 2006.
“As the search committee interviewed distinguished theater professionals from around the world, it became clear to every member of the committee that Matthew Maguire was far and away the best person to lead our theater program into the future,” said Robert Grimes, S.J., Ph.D., dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center. “His second Obie is simply confirmation of what we already knew.”

— Janet Sassi

Humanitarian Aid Workers Converge at Fordham for Monthlong Program

Diplomat-In-Residence Peter Hansen discusses humanitarian affairs with students taking part in the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance program.
Photo by Bruce Gilbert
A cohort of 38 humanitarian aid workers from 25 countries began the monthlong International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance program at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus on June 4.

The aid workers take part in multidisciplinary courses designed to simulate a humanitarian crisis. It is run by Fordham’s Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA), headed by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D. (FCRH ’57).

The program is offered three times a year and rotates between Fordham, and humanitarian aid hubs abroad such as Cairo, Geneva and Nairobi. Since its inception in 1997, more than 800 humanitarian workers have graduated from the program.

“We live in a universe with humanitarian affairs that has changed explosively in the last 50 years,” said former United Nations diplomat Peter Hansen, who greeted the aid workers on their first day. “We have gone over changes more profound in these last 50 years than the period from the Treaty of Westphalia to the Second World War.”

As part of the program, Vanessa Redgrave, the Academy Award-winning actor and social activist, met with the humanitarian aid workers and screened a documentary film by her son, Carlo Nero, about UNICEF.

Alumni Celebrate Jubilee 2007 at Rose Hill

Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, thanks alumni for their support during Jubilee Reunion festivities.
Photo by Chris Taggart
More than 1,400 alumni and friends of Fordham University returned to a sunny Rose Hill campus on the weekend of June 1 to take part in the 2007 Jubilee Reunion, which raised nearly $12.6 million in gifts and pledges for scholarships and programs.

The event, sponsored by the Office of Alumni Affairs, included everything from a family barbecue on Martyrs’ Court and a party on Murphy Field hosted by Frank McLaughlin, executive director of athletics, and various coaches to a talk by Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, on “The Theology of the Church According to Benedict XVI.”

Among the weekend’s highlights was the 50th anniversary celebration of the Class of 1957, which had the largest class attendance of the weekend. The class was inducted into the Golden Rams, Fordham alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago. Class gifts were presented during a lavish Jubilee President’s Club reception at O’Keefe Commons, which was attended by more than 300 alumni and guests.

Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, greeted alumni enthusiastically at an opening reception, telling them that Fordham has always been the “golden door” for students who come from modest means; he asked them to continue to be the University’s ambassadors.

“Talk about Fordham,” he said. “Talk about how it changed your life, so that it will continue to be a place of great transformation for others.”

— Janet Sassi

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