“ If you take the power of love and combine that with spiritual soundness , dedication , and courage , you have the concepts that make good men or women great . It ’ s really the stuff that truly great leaders are made of . I began to learn this at Fordham Prep : the strength and talents you have been given are God ’ s gifts to you . What you do with those strengths and talents will be your gifts back to God .”
the consequences of their actions .” It ’ s an ethos that has carried Moglia for five decades - through successful careers as both a football coach and a business executive on Wall Street .
Moglia ’ s support of the Prep has been steadfast and generous , as have his gifts of time and talent . Joe has served on the Fordham Prep Board of Trustees as a member of its Executive Committee , as a well as member of the Prep ’ s Shea- McDonough Planned Giving Society . He has addressed the Prep ’ s Wall Street Forum at the Yale Club of New York City and also delivered the Prep ’ s 2005 commencement address which he closed with this statement :
If you take the power of love and combine that with spiritual soundness , dedication , and courage , you have the concepts that make good men or women great . It ’ s really the stuff that truly great leaders are made of . I began to learn this at Fordham Prep : the strength and talents you have been given are God ’ s gifts to you . What you do with those strengths and talents will be your gifts back to God .
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Joe Moglia is a great American success story and Fordham Prep is a vital part of his story .
We were in the same home room class , 1C , in freshman year . Joe had a maturity as a freshman ( not that he didn ’ t occasionally get goofy like the rest of us ) and early on , exhibited a tremendous competitive streak . He excelled at both football and baseball and was a good student .
We both moved on to the Greek Honors program in sophomore year with a group of extremely talented classmates , so many of whom moved on to very successful academic and business careers . The teachers we had for those three years were phenomenal . Joe wasn ’ t very vocal in that group as he had concerns about a slight stammer that some mistook for lack of ability . Wow , were they wrong .
A couple of things that stood out about Joe in high school were his drive and an ability to focus . These traits , along with the advantage of coming from a wonderful family , have been a big part of his success in both football and business .
Joe paid for his Fordham University education by working in the Post Office . And he spent time as an assistant coach at the Prep doing what he loved , coaching young football players . After graduation , as he was progressing to be a head coach at a high school in Delaware , he focused intensely on his public speaking skills . He told me years later , that his goal at the time was to get a standing ovation every time he spoke . He turned what had been a slight deficit into a huge advantage .
At age 34 , Joe transitioned from Dartmouth Defensive Coordinator to a Merrill Lynch training program filled with Ivy League MBAs . An unusual move to say the least . Joe brought those speaking skills , an incredible work ethic , maturity and natural leadership to the table . Adding those skills to the intense desire to win that fueled his coaching success , Merrill Lynch upper management quickly recognized they had hired someone with huge upside .
When Joe was moving up at Merrill Lynch , we kept in touch and compared notes on what was going on in each of our lives and careers . A couple of guys from the Bronx and Queens who didn ’ t expect to be in the positions we were in . It wasn ’ t that often we were in the same city at the same time but we had some great conversations ( and laughs too ) when we got together . I marveled at Joe ’ s successful move from football to financial services and how he kept moving up .
I doubt there was a single time we didn ’ t credit our parents and our years at Fordham Prep for whatever success we achieved . For that reason , the generosity Joe has shown towards the Prep in so many ways is not only impressive but important . Like many of us , I believe he wants to see deserving students whose families are not able to afford Prep tuition , have an opportunity for a values based , Jesuit education that he was so fortunate to have received .
Let ’ s hope his and others ’ generosity will help Fordham Prep continue to create more great American success stories .
Dennis FitzSimons ’ 67 Former Chairman & CEO , Tribune Company ; Chairman of the Board of the Robert R . McCormick Foundation
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CL ASS RE P SPOTL IGHT
By Arinze Uddoh ’18
The Udukoro Empowerment Organization
is a nonprofit that provides academic and
material support to economically challenged
students living in the greater Umuahia
region of Nigeria. Its goal is to increase
and improve support for students and their
families living in the village of Afara.
My journey to Udukoro started in December
of 2008, when I took my first trip to Nigeria
to spend Christmas break with my family.
During my time in Umuahia, I helped
my grandmother organize a Christmas
celebration in Afara. Children from across
town gathered in our family compound for
an exciting day full of festivities. We also
provided each child with food, water, and
a present for the holiday season. I felt
great pride as I watched the children open
their gifts and celebrate with my family.
Even though I was only eight years old at
the time, I knew that I wanted to continue
working with my grandmother to support
these underserved families.
As I grew older my passion for connecting my
ethnicity through public service grew. When
my grandmother returned to New York,
we brainstormed ideas on how we could
positively affect the Afara youth. I would
also continue to travel to Nigeria frequently
and take on a greater role in organizing
the Christmas celebration. In December of
2015, my grandmother pulled me aside to
tell me she planned on creating a non-profit
organization that would help to expand our
reach in the Afara community. I was thrilled
at the idea and vowed to help in whatever
way I could. At that moment, the Udukoro
Empowerment Organization (UDO) was born.
My initial roles were to maintain the
organization’s digital presence and
continue to help plan for and execute the
now annual Christmas benefit. While my
daily priorities centered on completing my
Fordham Prep education and preparing
for college, I made time to remain active
with UDO. We successfully carried on
the tradition of hosting our Christmas
celebration and also began to organize
book donations for local schools and
libraries in Afara.
On March 1st, 2019, only a few weeks after
my 19th birthday, I learned of the passing of
my grandfather. While my grandfather was a
man of few words, his legacy of selflessness
and dedication to providing for his family
spoke directly to me. However, his loss
was the catalyst in my decision to embrace
my role with UDO. Determined to honor his
legacy, I vowed to my grandmother to help
expand the organization’s reach. Aside from
putting the final touches on our webpage and
social media accounts, I began to spread the
word among my peers at Amherst and plan
fundraising events for the fall semester.
Later that summer, I formally took on a new
role to establish UDO’s brand in the United
States while also raising funds to further
our initiatives back in Nigeria. I appeared
at events and on radio stations in Boston
which helped add to our fundraising totals
and grow our donor base. By the end of
the summer, our official logo was created.
When that year’s Christmas celebration
took place, we had raised over $1,000 in
support of our cause.
Like all non-profit organizations around
the world, we have been impacted by the
COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Christmas
celebration was canceled and reimagined
as a spring benefit which saw us host
over 500 children. We successfully altered
our mission to provide aid to hundreds of
members of the Afara community through
the distribution of masks and food. Since
the pandemic began, out monthly newsletter
has grown to over 200 members.
In my work with the organization, I often
think of my grandfather. One of his favorite
sayings was, “A man’s wealth resides
within his family; that without his family,
a man is, indeed, poor”. I feel moved by
his spirit and by the spirit of St. Ignatius
Loyola. The foundation I received from my
grandfather and at Fordham Prep continues
to challenge me to be a “man for others”.
With their help, I will continue to support
the Afara, Umuahia, Abia State, and the
greater country of Nigeria.
Brothers Glenn and Joe Petriello’s connections to the
Prep are strong, and they are many. Glenn ’03 joined the
Class Rep Program upon his return from the Inaugural
Alumni Service Trip in the Summer of 2019 and he hasn’t
looked back. He’s attended nearly every Prep Alumni
Event, and most recently offered to match $5 for every
one of his classmates who donated to the Turkey Bowl
Challenge this past fall, driving the class of 2003’s
numbers to new heights (and handily beating Xavier’s
’03 Knights). Glenn’s profession is HR, but his passion
is chocolate, and the company he founded in his spare
time, Chocotastery, has become a hot ticket during the
pandemic. Glenn’s wealth of knowledge on all things
chocolate and the popularity of virtual tastings have
given him the chance to offer virtual chocolate tastings
to the general public. His tastings are so popular that he
was recently featured in New York Wire, who said “His
company Chocotastery is the number one destination
for chocolate education and tasting experiences. They
offer their customers an opportunity to deepen their appreciation, love, and
enjoyment for craft chocolate.” Keep an eye out for Glenn and Chocotastery
at this year’s Virtual Igniting Our Mission on May 8th!
It’s hard to miss the impact Joe ’98 has on the Prep and its community; he is,
after all, the principal of Fordham Prep. And not only that, in an unprecedented
and complex year that’s required so much of his attention, he has also found
the time to join the Class Rep Program to help keep his fellow ’98 classmates
updated on the Prep.
Glenn and Joe are one of six sets of brothers who help out in the Class Rep
Thanks Glenn and Joe!
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