Our 10 Most Viewed Posts of the Year

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The beauty of our campuses, Fordham’s mission of social justice, our 175th anniversary, and the personal and academic achievements of our community resonated with our largest global audience ever in 2016. We want to thank you, our site visitors, for sharing Fordham’s countless stories and images with others beyond our campuses.

Here are our most popular posts of the past year:

Lyn Kennedy Slater, PhD., a clinical associate professor at the Graduate School of Social Service (GSS), has long had an interest in fashion, but never expected that just a year after launching her fashion blog, Accidental Icon, she would top 21,000 followers on her Instagram account, make the cover of Grey magazine, and amass fans worldwide.

Makena Masterson, a sophomore marketing major at the Gabelli School of Business, is the creator and owner of SNOX, a company that sells non-slip, non-skid grip socks and donates 100 percent of profits to charity. The idea for SNOX came when at the age of 14 Masterson developed a four-inch blood clot in her arm, and vowed to give back to the hospital that treated her.

Maurice J. (Mo) Cunniffe, FCRH ’54, and Carolyn Dursi Cunniffe, Ph.D., GSAS ’71, took their philanthropy to an even higher level than their previous generosity, with a transformative $20 million gift that will be devoted to funding student financial aid.

The Bronx’s Pugsley Pizza was responsible for one Fordham alumni couple’s romance, but it was Fordham’s Global Outreach trips—his to Tijuana, hers to Mississippi—that developed their desire to work for social justice. The couple went on to join the Peace Corps together and serve in Ecuador.

Fordham welcomed 2,192 members of the Class of 2020 this fall with added fanfare: the class arrived during the 175th-year celebration of Fordham’s history, dubbed the Dodransbicentennial year, and enjoyed a reenactment of founder Archbishop John Hughes’ greeting of the very first class.

A legendary sports broadcaster and voice of the Dodgers for nearly seven decades, Scully, FCRH ’49, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Nov. 22 from President Barack Obama, who gave him a tribute that was by turns stirring and whimsical.

Fordham alumnus Denzel Washington, FCLC ’77, who received a lifetime achievement award at the 2016 Golden Globes on Jan. 10, once played the title role in a Fordham Theatre production of Eugene O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones. “I bluffed my way into my first [college acting] job,” said the Oscar-winning actor and director.

You could say that, with more than 11,000 comments/shares and a million people reached, a minute-long drone video of our campuses proves that we all want to fly! Definitely, the soaring views of grass quads, treetops, building spires, and modern high-rise halls brought our Rams back home.

Outperforming other posts on both social media and our news site was Joseph M. McShane, S.J.’s statement that he’d joined with presidents at Jesuit, Catholic, and other universities to express support for undocumented students, calling them “valued and loved members of our community.” It was the most viewed story of 2016.

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