Monthly Archives: April 2016

Buckle Up: Dr. Michael Buckley is Off to Retirement

Dr. Michael BuckleyAfter teaching as an adjunct for Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business for two years, Dr. Michael Buckley joined the faculty of Fordham University in 2003. He’s a Senior Lecturer in Economics, and teaches courses such as Financial Analysis and Global Financial Markets, which are taken by many IPED students. Before joining Fordham, Dr. Buckley worked in the private sector for twenty-five years, gaining expertise in foreign exchange, internal risk, and emerging market lending.

In a recent conversation with Ms. Donna Odra (IPED ’12), Dr. Buckley discussed his time at Fordham. He described teaching with IPED as one of the many high points of his career at Fordham. In terms of what kept him here, he mentioned that the work never ceased to be interesting, as there’s always a fresh crop of students, and he could come up with new courses, or improve the one’s he already teaches. Although he will of course miss his colleagues and his students (not least of which IPED students) as he enters retirement, Dr. Buckley is very much looking forward to spending more time with his twenty-month-old grandson in Brooklyn, birding with his wife, traveling, and reading. He certainly won’t miss giving make-up exams and grading!

Join us in thanking Dr. Buckley for his significant contributions to Fordham University and in particular the IPED program. We will be celebrating Dr. Buckley on Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30pm in the Economics Conference Room, Dealy Hall.

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Student Spotlight: Liz Parr at Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation

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Liz Parr (IPED 2017) is a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow Intern at Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation (FBHC). FBHC is a nonprofit community organization that provides safe and affordable housing to over 3,000 low- to moderate-income families in the Bronx. Currently, it owns and manages close to 100 apartment buildings.

Liz works in the Department of Construction and Development of FBHC. She assists the department with writing grants and project proposals, tracks internal budget changes, and creates progress reports on FBHC’s current construction projects in various stages of development and completion. “These projects are huge. For example, the project I’ve worked on the most is part of a larger Fordham Bedford community project that will ultimately consist of three residential buildings that will provide housing to seniors,” she adds.

Liz shares that she likes her internship a lot. “Not only does FBHC provide affordable housing, but it also strives to offer an increased quality of life for its residents, which is something I am proud to be part of,” she says.

The internship with FBHC is part of the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship offered to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

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2016 IPED Alumni Networking Night

The 2016 Fordham IPED Alumni Networking Night was an unmitigated success. It took place on Thursday, March 10 in the Fordham Lincoln Center campus.

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Dr. Schwalbenberg welcomed current IPED students, professors, alumni, and guests to the event.

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IPED alumni Ramon Fuentebella (L), Jane Wilkins, Thomas Moviel, and Claudia Pessagno discussed their impressive careers in the public and private sectors, and indicated the role Fordham IPED played in advancing their careers.

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This year’s Language Immersion Study Awardees (LISA). Ryan Barthel (L) will study Mandarin in Taiwan. David Masagbor will study Arabic in Egypt. Jaclyn Yap plans to study French in France. Andy Munn will study Quechua in Bolivia. Lastly, Armand Acquino plans to study French in France.

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This year’s Arrupe Overseas Field Placements include Katie McCann (C), who will be taking a French immersion course in France, and Daina Ruback, who will be pursuing entrepreneurship research with TechnoServe, Emory University, Oxfam, and Value for Women in Mexico and Guatemala.

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This year’s Public Service Field Placements include Grace Avila (L), who will be working with the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Mission in Myanmar, and Tyler Falish, who will be pursing policy centered research focused on sub-Saharan Africa in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations, among others.

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Dr. Jonathan Crystal provided the closing remarks, and once again questioned his decision not to pursue the grueling career path of a stand-up comic.

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Alumni night is a great opportunity for current IPED students to mingle with alumni from past years.

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Student Spotlight: Andrew Wilhelm and Zach Thompson at the Fordham Road Business Improvement District


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Andrew Wilhelm (IPED 2017) and Zach Thompson (IPED 2017) currently serve as Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow interns at the Fordham Road Business Improvement District (Fordham Road BID). Fordham Road BID is a nonprofit organization primarily consisting of local retailers dedicated to promoting economic development and improving the quality of life along Fordham Road, a major retail street serving various immigrant and low-income communities in the Bronx.

As an intern, Andrew is responsible for engaging with businesses and other local organizations to seek their support and sponsorship for Fordham Road BID events. He also liaises with relevant stakeholders to obtain permits for events, attends meetings, and performs various administrative duties. Currently, he is also working with Department of Transportation to have some new benches installed along Fordham Road.

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Meanwhile, Zach shares that his favorite part of interning at Fordham BID is the variety of the work he does, which keeps the day unpredictable. Within a few weeks, he has contributed to Fordham Road BID’s annual report, has begun planning themes and logistics for events throughout spring and summer, and has liaised with local businesses and the American Cancer Society on an upcoming promotion. Later in the year, Zach will be working on the newly reconstructed Fordham Plaza, which should be an exciting opportunity to bring even more life to the Bronx.

Last December, Andrew and Zach also helped in the planning and preparation of “Sparkling The Heart of Fordham,” Fordham Road BID’s annual holiday celebration and biggest event. During the event, there was gift-giving to local children, a tree-lighting ceremony, and performances all throughout the night.

“On the day of the event, it was great to see everyone’s hard work pay off when hundreds of people attended the event and had a great time. It was especially fun for me to see how excited people were about the raffle prizes I obtained by endlessly calling sports teams, theaters, and museums,” Andrew shares.

“This was the first big project I had the opportunity to work on for Fordham Road BID, and seeing the happiness and joy of the children and families who were at the event was a great experience,” Zach adds.

The internship with Fordham BID is part of the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowships offered to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

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Student Spotlight: Adam Pearlman at the University Neighborhood Housing Program

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Adam Pearlman (IPED 2017) is a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow Intern at the University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP) in the Bronx. UNHP is a community-based non-profit organization that has worked for over 30 years to create and preserve affordable housing and bring resources to the northwest Bronx.  Their projects typically focus on low-income and homeless demographics. Since 2006, 12 Fordham IPED Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows have been hosted at UNHP.

As an intern, Adam performs studies and surveys and analyzes data in various areas such as housing policy, affordable water policy, and energy conservation, among others. Currently, he is focusing on an assessment of daycare provider subsidies that allow low-income working parents to afford childcare so they can maintain full-time employment. His assessment shows that daycare subsidies, which have been stagnant for over a decade, do not cover the costs of providing the service. Together with colleagues at UNHP, he facilitates dialogue between stakeholders to address issues, share best practices, and develop solutions.

In addition to his work on daycare subsidies, Adam helps in the Free Tax Preparation Program which assists low-income Bronx residents in preparing their taxes and contributes to the updating of databases on the status of city housing, which are used by lending institutions to assess their investments.

Adam shares that “My experiences at UNHP have increased my awareness and understanding of low-income and urban issues in the United States. The work of UNHP and other similar community development organizations is vital to the success of developing urban society, and I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to work with UNHP and contribute to these efforts.”

The internship with UNHP provides hands-on learning and valuable work experience in an urban environment. It provides an opportunity for fellows to develop valuable career skills, enhance their professional acumen, and increase their awareness and understanding of low-income and urban issues. The internship is part of the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship offered to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers at Fordham.

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