Fairfield Now magazine wins national award Classic "War of the Worlds" debuts at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Booth Ferris Foundation awards Fairfield University $100,000 to fund Center for Academic Excellence The Live Music Project offers Russian program at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Court TV chief anchor Fred Graham to speak at Fairfield University Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center offers Mozart, Dvorák and Bermel at Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Chair of Fairfield University's Computer Engineering program publishes book for computer programmers seeking to learn Java Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business revises MBA program to focus on concentrations and enhances 5-year accounting or taxation program University College at Fairfield University offers "See the 'Masters' With the Experts" art lectures University College at Fairfield University offers "Introduction to Field Ornithology" seminar University College at Fairfield University offers two New York walking tours
Fairfield Now, Fairfield University's quarterly magazine, has won a national award from the Admissions Marketing Report, the national newspaper of admissions marketing. The magazine won the Gold Medal for writing, design, photography and printing for the Annual Report issue in the category for external publications for schools with between 2,000 and 4,999 students.
The magazine, produced by the University's Advancement Division, is edited by Barbara Kiernan, University editor, designed by Linda Smaligo, assistant director of Printing and Graphic Services, and printed by Lane Press of Vermont. The issue was photographed by James Marshall and Kevin Wolfthal, University photojournalist.
In addition, the Fairfield County chapter of Women in Communications has awarded its top honor to Fairfield Now and an Academic and Financial Aid Brochure produced by Barbara Kiernan. Kiernan received the chapter's Matrix Award at a dinner on May 6 at the Shore and Country Club in Norwalk.
Posted on June 1, 1998
Orson Welles' classic "War of the Worlds" - this time set in Connecticut - will round out the well-received 2003-04 season of live radio dramas at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. A troupe of seasoned actors will re-enact the historic and all-to-real script on Friday, March 12, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 13, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
First performed in 1938, this tale of an alien invasion set off in New Jersey caused widespread panic among listeners not aware it was fictional and put the future American film icon Orson Welles on the map. While Welles insisted at the time that the radio play's effect on the populace was completely unintentional, he later admitted that staffers of the show, "Mercury Theater On the Air," fielded several panicky calls during the broadcast, but he let the show go on.
The audience for the Quick Center performance will certainly be a little more relaxed, but they will be in for a few surprises. Director Daniel Smith has updated the story, having the aliens land outside his hometown of New Haven and move down the coast toward New York City. In trying to make the tale believable, the original script gets quite specific about the aliens' progress and the best escape routes for the citizenry and Smith took that into account.
"They do make their way through Fairfield and there is mention of Fairfield University," he said cryptically.
Like other Quick Center radio dramas, this production features live sound effects, including the theramin, an instrument created in the 1920s that emits the perfect otherworldly whines for heat rays and other alien sounds. In addition, the team will record its own vinyl record of pre-made sound effects similar to the one used in the original broadcast.
Tickets are $15. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com. Media inquiries should be made to Dana Ambrosini, Fairfield University's assistant director of media relations, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726.
Posted on March 4, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 208
Fairfield University's Center for Academic Excellence, an on-campus resource for professors seeking to learn and share information about the newest educational tools and techniques, has won a $100,000 grant from the Booth Ferris Foundation to continue rolling out its operations, and conduct teaching workshops.
More than 50 Fairfield University faculty members have been involved, in recent years, in various projects that try to incorporate more interactivity - particularly via technology - into the classroom. The Center is designed to centralize the efforts of and act as a resource for faculty who would like to update their teaching methods, said Dr. Laurence Miners, Ph.D., associate professor of economics, and director of the Center.
The Center for Academic Excellence was first launched in summer 2003 with part of a $200,000 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation. "We had a terrific first semester and we have great programs planned for the spring," Dr. Miners said.
Among the initiatives already undertaken, the Center has consulted with Dee Fink, Ph.D., director of the Instructional Development Program at the University of Oklahoma and president-elect of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD), Network, an organization of more than 1,200 faculty developers from various institutions. In addition to conducting faculty workshops. Dr. Fink met with key Fairfield University administrators to discuss ways for the Center to be effective in aiding professors in their attempts to improve course designs and learn about the newest pedagogical practices.
"With the additional funding, plans are underway to expand the staff of the CAE," Dr. Miners said. This spring, the Center will also be able to host a series of free workshops for faculty that will be open to educators from other institutions.
Fr. Francis T. Hannafey, S.J., will run a workshop on philosopher and thinker Parker J. Palmer's text, "The Courage to Teach."
Patricia Calderwood, Ph.D., associate professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, will hold a workshop on active learning and student outcomes, to encourage faculty to think about what they want students to come away with when they take a course.
Another workshop will focus on teaching online courses, a subject that Fairfield University faculty members have expressed interest in, Dr. Miners said. Another workshop will demonstrate how faculty members have used WebCT and other technologies in their face-to-face classes. WebCT is an online course management system to which Fairfield University subscribes, that allows professors to post assignments and grades, return graded homework and hold online chats and threaded discussions with students.
The Center will also sponsor Fairfield University's fourth annual conference on "Empowering the Learner: Technology, Pedagogy & Course Redesign IV," which will be held this summer on June 15-17.
In addition, the Center is allocating funds to support faculty release time to redesign a course. The Center is accepting proposals this spring to fund two faculty members to be released from teaching one of their classes in the fall, so that they may use the time to revamp one of their courses. The money would be used to hire someone else to teach the class for that semester.
"The grant from Booth Ferris is wonderful confirmation of the exciting work we have begun. It will help the Center for Academic Excellence become an integrated part of the campus community and a major source of pedagogical exploration and research," said Orin Grossman, Ph.D., Fairfield University's academic vice president.
Media inquiries should be made to Dana Ambrosini, assistant director of media relations at Fairfield University, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726.
Posted on March 5, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 188
The Live Music Project, a conductor-less orchestra based at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, will offer an afternoon of Russian composers on Sunday, March 21, at 1 p.m. at the Quick Center's Wien Experimental Theatre. The program, part of an ongoing Russian Arts and Letters Festival, is a tribute to the breadth of Russian composition, including Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and an intriguing reading from Dostoevsky's "Notes from the Underground" adapted for the stage with an original score.
A collaboration between the Quick Center and co-founders Daniel Smith and Netta Hadari, the ensemble of about 30 core performers includes several members of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and top musicians from around the country. The new group formed to tackle classical and modern pieces, encouraging a casual atmosphere and time for discussion of the program and composers with the audience.
The March 21 concert, the Live Music Project's second at the Quick, opens with Dmitri Shostakovich's "Chamber Symphony, Opus 110a, For the Victims of Fascism and War," a reworking of his achingly autobiographical "String Quartet No. 8." Composed in Dresden in the 1960s, the challenging composition moves seamlessly from movement to movement, incorporating a satirical waltz, Jewish folk song and the staccato sounds of crackling gunfire likely inspired by the WWII-ravaged city in which the piece was composed.
The orchestra will also play selections from Tchaikovsky's "Serenade in C, Opus 48." Starkly different from the Shostakovich, the circa-1880 "Serenade" encompasses the waltz form, Russian folk melodies and sweetly romantic tones reminiscent of his beloved ballets.
Another highlight of the concert will be an unusual presentation of passages of Fyodor Dostoevsky's controversial novella "Notes from the Underground," adapted for the stage and performed by actor Michael Lochar of Prospect. The piece, which will be presented in two parts, also includes an original musical score by Smith, the Project's artistic director.
In "Notes from the Underground," Dostoevsky considers personality, ideology and the very idea of existence. It has been both critically praised and attacked for its politics and provides a sure stepping-off point for debate, some of which might begin in the post-show Meet the Artists discussion.
"It's an edgy, clever piece," Smith said. "It's really captivating."
Concert tickets are $15 and $20.
The Sunday events also include a Russian Food Tasting, featuring perogi, babkas and more, after the concert from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. There will be a selection of vodkas available for tasting. The fee is $5. Following the food tasting, the Quick Center will host a 2:45 p.m. screening of the film "The Russian Ark." Tickets are $7.
For tickets to these events, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com. Media inquiries should be made to Dana Ambrosini, Fairfield University's assistant director of Media Relations, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726.
Posted on March 5, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 207
Fred Graham, chief anchor and managing editor of Court TV, will deliver "Antiterrorism: Personal Liberties Versus National Security" on Sunday, March 28, at 3 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Graham's talk is part of Open VISIONS Forum, a program of University College.
A Court TV host since the network launched in 1991, Graham draws on an illustrious career both in front of the camera and as a trusted counsel to many government concerns for his insightful reports.
"The nation is currently debating the limits of personal freedom being compromised by ominous worldwide terrorist threats," said Philip Eliasoph, Ph.D., founder/director of Open VISIONS Forum. "We are indeed fortunate to have Fred Graham's long range views on this timely theme."
Over the past 35 years, Graham's worn many hats - as a practicing attorney, a government official, a legal writer for The New York Times and a CBS News law correspondent. Most recently, he's known to viewers as the host of the daily trial coverage and analysis program "Open Court."
Graham has received numerous awards for his reporting, including the George Foster Peabody Award and two American Bar Association Silver Gavel Awards, and he participated in three Emmy Awards. In addition, he is the author of four books, including "The Self-Inflicted Wound" (MacMillan, 1970), a look at the criminal law decisions of the Warren Court, and "Happy Talk" (W.W. Norton & Co., 1990), which considers issues surrounding television news.
Graham served as law correspondent for CBS from 1972 through 1987, covering the activities of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Justice Department, the FBI and the legal profession. He often served as substitute anchor on "Face the Nation," "Nightwatch" and "The CBS Morning News."
During those years, Graham lent his expertise to radio, hosting a weekly commentary "The Law and You," and covered the Watergate cover-up and the trials of David Ellsberg, John Connally, John Hinkley and John DeLorean.
Graham came to CBS from The New York Times, where he was Supreme Court correspondent from 1965 through 1972. Prior to that he served as Special Assistant to Secretary of Labor W. Willard Wirtz and was deputy chief counsel of the President's Committee of Equal Employment Opportunity.
Born in Little Rock, Ark., Graham attended Yale University on an academic scholarship, receiving his bachelor of arts degree before serving the U.S. Marine Corps from 1953 to 1956 in Korea and Japan. Upon his return, he received his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School, where he was managing editor of the Law Review, and attended Oxford University on a Fulbright Scholarship. He practiced law in Nashville from 1960 to 1963.
Graham's articles have appeared in many newspapers, magazines and law reviews, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Harper's, Esquire, The New Republic and The American Bar Association Journal. He is a founding member of the Reporter's Committee for Freedom of the Press and is a member of its steering committee. In 1980, he served as a Regent's Lecturer at Boalt Hall, the School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and in 1992, Vanderbilt Law School named Graham its Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.
Graham is married to Skila Harris, a director of the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Graham's talk is the sixth of seven Open VISIONS Forums this season. The program continues on Wednesday, April 21, with Ted Kennedy Jr, the son of the Massachusetts senator, who is an advocate for civil rights and health care for those with disabilities and terminal illnesses.
Tickets are $22, $18.50 for seniors. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website www.quickcenter.com. Media inquiries should be made to Dana Ambrosini, Fairfield University's assistant director of media relations, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726.
Posted on March 5, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 212
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center blends the old and new with a program of Mozart, Dvorák and Bermel on Saturday, March 27, at 8 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Journalist Robert Sherman, a classical music writer for The New York Times, will lead a pre-concert Art-to-Heart discussion from 7 to 7:40 p.m.
The Chamber Music Society, the resident company of Lincoln Center and one of the world's premier chamber ensembles, is known for its extraordinary repertoire of classics and its commitment to the commission of new works. The ensemble's dual identities are well-represented in the March 27 program.
The concert will begin with one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's last works, his "Quintet for Two Violins, Two Violas and Cello in E-flat major." Completed in 1790, a year before his death, the quintet exhibits much of the optimistic spirit and rich sonority of his beloved opera "The Magic Flute." It includes folk-like melodies and a set of fantasy variations in its memorable andante movement.
albert einstein was once so touched by the movement he commented publicly that it represented "the pinnacle of achievement in the combination of concertante and chamber-music elements - brilliance, workmanship, repose and joy in creation all together." Music expert Melvin Berger said the finale is a reflection of the composer himself, "boisterous, zesty, full of life, and bubbling with mischievous humor."
The second work on the program is "Soul Garden," a piece for solo viola, two violins, viola and two cellos by contemporary composer Derek Bermel. The Chamber Music Society commissioned the piece in 2000 for violist Paul Neubauer, who will play in the Quick Center performance.
Bermel, an award-winning composer, as well as a clarinetist, conductor, vocalist and jazz and rock keyboardist, was born in 1967 and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. His "Soul Garden" is a fluid piece inspired by gospel music and the vocal inflections of such popular performers as Stevie Wonder and Sarah Vaughn.
The concert concludes with Antonin Dvorák's "sextet for two violins, two violas, and two cellos in a major, Opus 48." Composed in just two weeks in 1878, the piece blends folk-inspired idioms with the endearing Viennese lyricism of Schubert and Brahms. The middle two movements, a dumke and a furiant, are so influenced by traditional Slavic melodies, that music critic Alec Robertson wrote "the work has the effect of a brightly colored travel poster advertising Czechoslovakia." The brisk finale brings a set of five variations into a whirlwind coda.
Six musicians from the Chamber Music Society will perform at the March 27 concert. They are: Ida Kavafian and Joseph Silverstein, violins; Toby Appel and Neubauer, violas; and Fred Sherry and Ronald Thomas, cellos. David Shifrin is the artistic director.
The Chamber Music Society will return to the Quick Center for a final performance this season on Saturday, May 8, at 8 p.m. The all-Dvorák program features performances by the smaller Orion String Quartet and the Opus One Piano Quartet.
Tickets for the March concert are $30. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 330-9396 of toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on March 5, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 210
As more and more computer programming jobs are shipped overseas, domestic programmers are seeking ways to maintain their marketability, said Douglas Lyon, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Computer Engineering department in Fairfield University's School of Engineering.
With that need in mind, Dr. Lyon recently completed his third book, "Java for Programmers" (Prentice Hall 2004), to help "re-skill" computer programmers who were trained in older computer languages as well as those who need a more advanced understanding of Java.
"Programmers are hurting," Dr. Lyon said, noting that his students often express their concerns about their jobs being exported. "The only constant in this industry is change and nothing goes dull so fast as a skill set. Re-skilling has become a primary way to maintain competitiveness in the industry."
"Most of the new jobs that appear in industry are in newer languages, like Java. Older languages, like FORTRAN, Pascal, Visual Basic, C, and even C++, are falling out of favor," said Dr. Lyon.
For example, a www.dice.com search showed that there are 50 Java jobs for every FORTRAN job. With Pascal jobs the ratio is more than 280 to 1. With Visual Basic, a more modern language, the ratio is a bit better, at over 4 to 1. Even the more modern object-oriented languages, like C++ are falling out of favor (with a ratio of 1.6 to 1) and C is even worse off, Dr. Lyon said.
Java was only invented in 1995, and has gained acceptance as a widely used language in only 9 years. "Computer programmers whose current positions rely on older languages find their skills are now obsolete. Many programmers in this area may have gotten their start in the defense industry, but in order to parlay their talents to, say the 450 dot-com companies in Fairfield County, they would likely need to learn upgrade their skill set," Dr. Lyon said.
Dr. Lyon will use his new text in courses he teaches at Fairfield University for the Master's program in Electrical and Computer Engineering offered by the School of Engineering. Dr. Lyon is co-director of the ECE program.
"Java is becoming the lingua franca of the Internet, as well as the favorite vehicle for a first course in programming," said George Nagy, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in his foreword for the book. "Dr. Lyon has set out to do for Java what Strunk and White did for English: he shows how to write pithy, effective Java code."
Carl Weiman, Ph.D., Cooper Union, writes: "Dr. Lyon's book is unique and refreshing because it spans all the novel and valuable features of Java Technology, such as OOP and built-in web functionality, in a clear, head-on fashion. His crisp writing style and clear examples carry the reader to the heart of Java and implant the concepts firmly in the reader's mind. This book is a must-use for teachers of Java at all levels and for professional developers in any field of application that uses Java."
Dr. Lyon is President of Milford-based DocJava Inc., a Java technology consulting firm that does industrial training, program architecture and development. Dr. Lyon holds a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has worked as a researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and as chief scientist at Raytel Inc. Dr. Lyon worked at AT&T Bell Labs prior to becoming a faculty member at the University of Bridgeport, where he was also founding director of the image sequence processing lab. Dr. Lyon joined Fairfield University in 1999.
In addition to "Java for Programmers," he has published "Java Digital Signal Processing" (MIS Press 1997), and "Image Processing in Java" (Prentice Hall 1999).
"Java for Programmers" retails for $50 and is available at Amazon.com and other booksellers. The book can be purchased directly from Dr. Lyon via his website: www.docjava.com for $45. For more information about the book, please contact Dr. Lyon at (203) 254-4000, ext. 3155. Media inquiries can be made to Dana Ambrosini, assistant director of Media Relations at Fairfield University, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726.
Posted on March 6, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 201
The Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University will begin offering a revised curriculum for its Master in Business Administration degree starting this fall. The total number of required credit hours will decrease and more focus will shift to the field of concentration chosen by the student.
The Dolan School of Business will also offer a revised fifth year MBA Program in Accounting or Taxation. The program is designed to allow graduates with a bachelor's degree in accounting from Fairfield University or other schools to get their MBA in accounting through one year of classes beyond their undergraduate program.
The Dolan School reworked its overall MBA program to put more focus on concentration courses, put credit requirements in line with those of other schools accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and make a business law and ethics course obligatory, said Norman Solomon, Ph.D., Dean of the Dolan School of Business.
The revised curriculum requires students to have completed basic economics and statistics courses, as well as a college-level math course, before entering the program - thus raising the level of students that participate and enabling the school to enhance core and breadth requirements within the program. "We're strengthening the program by expecting students to have certain basic classes completed," Dr. Solomon said. "Class interaction will be enhanced because everyone will have the same fundamental background before beginning the MBA."
At the same time, it adds more credit hour requirements to the concentration area. The program offers concentrations in accounting, taxation, finance, information systems & operations management, international business, management & human resources, general management and marketing.
The total number of required credit hours for students without a business undergraduate degree will decrease from 62 to 54, which is more in line with the norm for schools accredited by the AACSB International. The Dolan School received AACSB accreditation in 1997.
Students with an undergraduate business degree from a school accredited by AACSB International may apply for course waivers, which may enable them to complete the program with 36 required credit hours. The average part-time student with an undergraduate business degree should be able to complete the program in two to three years.
As a result of the new requirements, students who enter the program together, will also be more likely to progress through it together as a group, Dr. Solomon said.
The new program also includes a mandatory business law and ethics course in the breadth section. Whereas the old program allowed students to waive this requirement if they had taken a similar course in their undergraduate studies, the new MBA does not.
"In the current business climate, when we discussed it with faculty, they thought this is an area where students would be advantaged by advanced-level work," Dr. Solomon said.
Revised 5th Year MBA in Accounting or Taxation
The 5th-Year MBA in Accounting or Taxation will allow students who graduate with a degree in accounting to complete their MBA in one of the two concentrations with, usually, just one more year of courses. The number of classes in the program ranges from 12 to 19 depending upon the business courses a student completed in undergraduate studies and whether the classes were taken at an AACSB-accredited school.
Students in the program can choose between a concentration in accounting, which has an emphasis on auditing and financial accounting, or taxation. The concentration in accounting prepares students for entry-level positions in large public accounting firms, said Paul Caster, Ph.D., an accounting faculty member and Director of the Graduate Accounting Program. Many of Fairfield University's students begin their careers on the audit staff. The concentration in taxation is designed for those students who begin their professional careers on the tax staff.
Fairfield University had previously offered a 5-Year MBA Program in Accounting that consisted of three and one half years of undergraduate work and one and one half years of graduate work. However, that formula prevented many students from other schools from applying to Fairfield University's fifth year MBA. The new MBA program alleviates this problem, features an updated curriculum, and provides more convenient course scheduling, Dr. Caster said.
"We are pleased to be able to offer this valuable program to students from other universities who have graduated with a degree in accounting and would like to quickly and efficiently obtain their master's degree," Dr. Caster said.
For more information or to register for any of the Dolan MBA programs, call the Office of Graduate Admissions at Fairfield University at (203) 254-4184 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Posted on March 8, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 137
Not everyone can be an artist, but anyone can learn to appreciate and enjoy artwork through better understanding. University College at Fairfield University will offer three preparatory lectures this April for participants interested in enhancing their artistic knowledge. The lectures will prepare participants for special spring exhibits offered by the Metropolitan Museum and the Jewish Museum in New York City.
Three Fairfield University Art History faculty members will deliver lectures on Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the university. Once imbued with a history and knowledge of the exhibits, participants can visit them at their leisure.
"With our close proximity to New York and many of the major museums and art collections in the nation at our doorstep, this is a natural link bringing interested art devotees in touch with the latest themes and issues being discussed by Art Historians and art critics," said Philip Eliasoph, Ph.D., professor of Visual and Performing Arts at Fairfield University. Dr. Eliasoph will begin the series on April 7 with a lecture about "Childe Hassam: American Impressionist." The seminar corresponds to an exhibit running June 10-September 12 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
On April 14, Jesus Escobar, Ph.D., professor of Visual and Performing Arts, will prepare his students for "Painters of Reality - The Legacy of Leonardo and Caravaggio in Lombard Art," which runs May 27-August 15 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Ending the series on April 21, Diane Mille, Ph.D., professor of Visual and Performing Arts and director of the Thomas A. Walsh Gallery, will deliver a lecture entitled "Modigliani." The seminar about Italian/Jewish sculptor and painter Amedeo Modigliani corresponds to "Modigliani: Beyond the Myth," an exhibit opening May 21 at the Jewish Museum.
The cost of each lecture is $35, or $99 for the series. To register by phone, call (203) 254-4288. For more information, call (203) 254-4307 or visit University College at www.fairfield.edu. Media inquiries can be made to Dana Ambrosini, assistant director of media relations at Fairfield University, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726.
Posted on March 8, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 186
What does it take to be a successful bird watcher? Those interested in bird watching as a hobby, or simply learning more about the skill, won't want to miss "Introduction to Field Ornithology," a three-class seminar offered by University College at Fairfield University and the Connecticut Audubon Society.
Through an instructional and hands-on experience, participants will join Milan Bull, senior director of Conservation and Science for the Connecticut Audubon Society of Fairfield, both in the classroom and in the field to explore the basics of field ornithology. The classes will run on three Tuesdays in April, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
On April 13, class will meet at Fairfield University where participants will be taught the topics and terms necessary to be knowledgeable field ornithologists, as well as learn how to keep a field book. Slides will be used to help participants in identification techniques and the recognition of the migratory patterns of birds in the Northeast.
On April 20, participants will visit the Connecticut Audubon Society on Burr Street in Fairfield to discuss the contribution of amateur ornithologists to the field of ornithology. Participants will also get to enjoy a live demonstration on the techniques of bird banding, the process of marking birds in order to track them.
On April 27, the final class will take place on the Connecticut shoreline and give participants the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned through identifying birds and beginning their field books.
The cost of the course is $99. To register by phone, call (203) 254-4288. For more information call (203) 254-4307 or visit University College at www.fairfield.edu. Media inquiries can be made to Dana Ambrosini, assistant director of media relations at Fairfield University, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726.
Posted on March 8, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 183
The weather is temperate, the sky is blue, and spring is here. What better way to spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon than to explore New York's rich ethnic and architectural past? University College at Fairfield University will host two New York Walking Tours this season.
On Saturday, April 17, at 2 p.m., participants will discover the history and architecture of the Murray Hill neighborhood of New York City. Participants will visit the Sniffen Court Historic District, walk past Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt's first home, and see the original site of Tiffany's. Both a visual and learning experience, walkers will find out about the first baseball game in America and learn the history of the brownstone. Walkers will stop at 16 New York City and 11 national landmarks along the way.
Visit the Lower East Side and learn about Jewish Heritage on Saturday, May 22, at 2 p.m. This tour will focus on the history of 19th Century Jewish immigration and the history and architecture of the Yiddish Rialto. Walkers will see the sites of former Yiddish theatres and synagogues, as well as walk past existing synagogues, Shearith Israel's first cemetery in New York, the original Henry Street settlement houses, and visit the Second Avenue Deli. These are just a few of the landmark stops on this cultural and historical tour.
The cost for each tour is $50, or $99 for both. Comfortable shoes are a must. Participants will meet their guide at a pre-determined location in New York for the tour. Lunch is included in the price. Tours last approximately 3 hours and are limited to 20 participants. To register by phone, call (203) 254-4288. For more information, call (203) 254-4307 or visit University College at www.fairfield.edu. Media inquiries can be made to Dana Ambrosini, assistant director of media relations at Fairfield University, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726.
Posted on March 8, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 184