Student leaders from Jesuit institutions of higher learning will visit Fordham next summer when the University hosts the National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC).

Held annually since 1997, the conference promotes and supports student leadership in the Jesuit tradition. Fordham has participated each year, but next year marks the first time it will host the event.

The conference, which is scheduled from July 28 to Aug. 1, 2010, will feature prominent speakers, academic sessions, social activities and a day devoted to community service in the Bronx.

“For five days in 2010, Fordham will be the focus of all 28 Jesuit universities,” said Mike Trerotola, a rising senior in the College of Business Administration who organized the student committee that bid to host the conference. “This is a great opportunity to show off Fordham to our Jesuit sister schools.”

Working closely with Jennifer Mussi, Ph.D., assistant dean of the Office of Student Leadership and Community Development, the student committee submitted a bid in January to host the event, and was notified in March that Fordham was chosen. Planning is in the early stages, Trerotola said.

Fordham will be responsible for scheduling speakers and planning events. Attending schools will also present lectures. Participants will be housed at Rose Hill and attend sessions there and at Lincoln Center. In addition, they will have ample opportunity to explore New York City.

“Hosting NJSLC at Fordham is going to provide an excellent opportunity for our student leaders to show off their love of Fordham,” Trerotola said.

“Because NJSLC will take place at Rose Hill and Lincoln Center, Fordham students from both campuses will have an opportunity to work with each other closer than ever before,” he said. “As an added benefit, planning this conference will help to build great working relationships between student leaders from both campuses.”


Gina Vergel is Senior Director of Communications. She oversees the digital news coverage, public relations, and social media for the university. Before joining Fordham in 2007, Gina worked as a reporter for the Home News Tribune, and The Ridgewood News, where she won Society of Professional Journalist (New Jersey chapter) awards for breaking news and feature writing, respectively. She can be reached at [email protected] or (646) 579-9957.