Journalism Scholars Award Now Named for Alum Jim Dwyer ’79

Upon the recent passing of Fordham College alum Jim Dwyer, Class of 1979, the FCAA board voted to rename its journalism award, which will henceforth be known as the FCAA Jim Dwyer Journalism  Scholars Award.

Jim began his career at The Ram (even though he entered college as an aspiring doctor) and went on to have a fabulous career at Newsday, the Daily News and The New York Times where he was a reporter and columnist. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for commentary while at Newsday and also won in 1992 as part of a Newsday team reporting on a subway derailment in Manhattan.

At the FCAA’s Marquee Dinner in 2019.

A revered journalist, Jim, who was 63 at the time of his death from lung cancer, was a great supporter of Fordham. He was speaker at the FCAA’s first marquee dinner where he regaled guests with his great stories about New York City, its cast of leaders throughout the years, politics, his family and his beloved Ireland.

Tribute to the Class of 2020

The Fordham College Alumni Association pays tribute to the Class of 2020. You may not have had a commencement on Eddie’s, but you sure have our praise and a big welcome to the Alumni Ramily! (It’s not the video you created, but we hope this measures up.)

FCAA Video Tribute to the Class of 2020


Wine Tasting

Our most recent event was a Virtual Wine Tasting, Cellar and Vineyard Tour from Macari Vineyards in Mattituck, NY on the North Fork of Long Island
Certified Sommelier and Master of Wine candidate, Gabriella Macari, Gabelli ‘09, introduced us to two of Macari Vineyards newly released wines, their 2018 Chardonnay Estate & their 2016 Dos Aguas Red.
Via Zoom, more than 60 participants went behind the scenes of the vineyard on a “virtual tour” and learned about tasting, winemaking, viticulture and the history of Macari Vineyards, a family business.  They asked questions and learned a great deal, even a bit about Gabriella’s time at Fordham.
  • Chardonnay Estate 2018 (New Release!)
  • Dos Aguas Red 2016

Macari Vineyards made a generous donation to support the FCAA’s scholarship funds following this event. We extend sincere thanks to Gabriella and Macari Vineyards for their continued support of our organization and Fordham University.

Rev. Joseph M. McShane, SJ,
FCAA Student Achievement Award

The FCAA was proud to present the first Joseph M. McShane, SJ, FCAA Student Achievement Award to Maeve Burke, FCRH ’20, a journalism major from the Philadelphia area. Maeve has been an intern at CBS News and the Discovery Channel. Here she is (center) at the presentation with, left to right, Fordham Rose Hill Dean Maura Mast, the FCAA’s Norma Vavolizza, FCAA President Debra Caruso Marrone, and Fordham President Father McShane. (Photo taken in Father McShane’s Office.)

Our Mission

The Fordham College Alumni Association, an independent, non-profit volunteer organization, seeks to strengthen the bonds of alumni – to each other, to Fordham College Rose Hill and to the university. The organization provides scholarships and grants to current Fordham College students and holds professional networking events for alumni. Members are Fordham College graduates and students who have attended for more than one year.