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U.S. News Ranks Fordham Law No. 30 in Nation

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

New Adviser Tapped to Help Veterans Transition into Academia

Fordham Receives Award From Girl Scouts

Stepping Up the Avenue

U.S. News Ranks Fordham Law No. 30 in Nation

In its 2012 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” released March 15, U.S. News & World Report ranked Fordham Law No. 30 among 190 United States law schools included in the rankings. The school’s evening program moved up one spot and is ranked No. 2 out of 80 such programs across the country.

The trend over time for the law school in terms of the U.S. News ranking’s objective and subjective measures of excellence has been positive. The student-quality data analyzed by U.S. News—particularly GPA and LSAT scores—was even stronger than in the previous year. In addition, the school’s reputation score with bench and bar voters moved up from 3.2 to 3.5.

In the 2012 edition, Fordham Law remained among the country’s most diverse law schools, and several specialty programs were ranked nationally, including:

• dispute resolution at No. 11;

• intellectual property law at No. 12, up three spots from last year; and

• clinical training at No 13.

—Carrie Johnson


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

Margaret Mead helped develop the anthropology program at Fordham College at Lincoln Center and taught there from 1969 to 1971.
In March 1968, the Fordham community learned that famous anthropologist Margaret Mead would come to the liberal arts college that was newly established at the Lincoln Center campus.

Mead could have gone anywhere, but came to Fordham because she would have latitude in developing the academic program, said Arthur A. Clarke, S.J., dean of the college, in the March 26 edition of The Ram.

“There has never been a completely Margaret Mead program anywhere,” he said, adding that she would serve as a consultant until coming to Fordham full time in September 1969.

Mead served as a professor of anthropology at the Lincoln Center campus until 1971. She founded the urban studies program and also helped found the University’s Division of Social Sciences, which she chaired.

A prolific author who popularized anthropology, Mead wrote many influential works including Coming of Age in Samoa (William Morrow and Co., 1928), which described the importance of culture in the development of adolescents.

—Chris Gosier


New Adviser Tapped to Help Veterans Transition into Academia

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


Fordham Receives Award From Girl Scouts

Michael Gillan, Ph.D., accepted the award on behalf of Fordham.

Photo by Gina Vergel


Fordham received a community service award on March 15 from Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Inc., at its fourth annual Community Partnership Luncheon.

The event honored dedicated individuals and business friends who—through community service and support—have made a positive impact on the lives of girls. Funds for Girl Scout camps and other activities were raised through a silent auction at the luncheon, dubbed “The Power of the Promise,” which was held at the Abigail Kirsch/Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown, N.Y.

Michael Gillan, Ph.D., associate vice president for the Westchester campus, accepted the award on behalf of the University.

“When we opened our new campus at 400 Westchester Ave. (in West Harrison), we were committed not just to providing first-rate degree programs, but also to deepening and extending our roots and connections with important organizations in the community,” Gillan said.

“Is there a more important and fitting group than Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson?” he asked. “Fordham’s core commitment is not just educational excellence for its own sake, but as our Jesuits say, education for the formation of ‘men and women for others,’ something that is consistent with the Girl Scouts’ promise.”

—Gina Vergel



Stepping Up the Avenue

Fordham enjoyed pride of place at the 250th New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark, FCLC ’79, served as Grand Marshal, while more than 500 Fordham alumni, students, family and friends marched up Fifth Avenue as one of the largest collegiate contingencies in attendance.

Earlier thatmorning, alumni gathered at the Princeton Club for a pre-parade brunch. Christopher Maginn, Ph.D., director of Fordham’s Institute of Irish Studies, and Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of the University (center), addressed the group before a performance by the Broome County Celtic Pipes and Drummers.

—Miles Doyle





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