New York (July 17) – In celebration of Fordham University’s role as a leading educational institution in New York City, and in recognition of the unique partnerships the University has formed with the city’s business community, Fordham University President the Rev. Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., opened the NASDAQ on Monday, July 17. Pushing a button that illuminated an array of video screens inside the NASDAQ and a giant screen on Times Square, Father O’Hare opened another day on the market. Father O’Hare noted that it is appropriate that the NASDAQ, the fastest growing stock market in the U.S., and the world’s first electronic stock market, is located in New York City, the capital of commerce and culture. In fact, the allure of this mixture and the dynamic business environment here has increasingly helped Fordham attract top-notch students to its business school. In the past five years applications to Fordham’s College of Business Administration has grown by 80 percent, due, in part, to unique partnerships the School has formed with institutions such as the NASDAQ. It is through these innovative partnerships and creative new business specializations that Fordham is able to prepare students to meet the inevitable challenges in today’s new business climate.