State Board of Education approves Management of Technology program at Fairfield Grammy nominee Brad Mehldau to perform at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University and Connecticut Psychological Association to host "Anger in the Workplace" breakfast seminar Gallery director offers insights on Tibetan art at the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University Fairfield University among 77 colleges nationwide selected for the Princeton Review College Guide, "America's Best Value Colleges" Fairfield University's Theatre Fairfield presents Festival '04 Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business to install Arjun Chaudhuri as first person to hold the new Rev. Thomas R. Fitzgerald, S.J., Chair in Marketing Human rights advocate Ted Kennedy Jr. to speak at Fairfield University Fairfield University offers National Computer Camps for children ages 8 through 18 ABC News' Cokie Roberts to receive honorary degree and give Fairfield University's 54th Commencement Address Fairfield University professor wins prize for first book and Fulbright award for his next project
The Connecticut State Board of Higher Education has approved a master of science degree in the Management of Technology to be offered, beginning this fall, by the School of Engineering and the School of Business.
Dr. Evangelos Hadjimichael, dean of the School of Engineering at Fairfield, in announcing the Board's approval, said the new program "will guide experienced technologists who aspire to contribute to the positioning of their companies in fast-paced markets." Many companies, he noted, have been caught unprepared for the rapid development in technology and consequently, "It is incredible how many companies might improvise when it comes to technology."
Often, he noted, the people who understand the technology have been left out of the strategic planning for companies because they lacked the business background to make such decisions. Meanwhile, the decision-makers at technology-driven industries have too often lacked the expertise in technology to make good corporate decisions. "This program marries the two elements needed to position companies intelligently in the global marketplace."
The Fairfield program will offer "a judicious mix of business and technology, which is close in format to the management of technology degree offered at MIT," according to Dr. Hadjimichael. Graduates of the program "will provide technology-dependent business and industry enterprises in Connecticut with people capable of enhancing their strengths and competitiveness," Dr. Hadjimichael predicted.
Students will have 31 courses to select from, including 11 offered by the School of Business MBA program; 20 by the School of Engineering; and two from the College of Arts and Sciences. The minimum requirement for graduation is 12 three-credit courses in addition to knowledge and skills embodied in three bridge courses.
Likely candidates for this program include engineers and scientists who want to enhance business opportunities and product quality; design and manufacturing engineers charged with conforming to the ISO 9000 initiatives needed to conduct business in the Common Market; managers of technical and business activities; research and development practitioners; and technologists who need management skills to direct technology integration.
More information on the program is available by calling 254-4147.
Posted on July 1, 1998
Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, a genre-defying musician and composer of enormous passion, will perform an evening of original works on Saturday, April 24, at 8 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
Known for surprising critics with his own innovation, Mehldau often confounds those who would categorize him, playing works of Beethoven and Radiohead with the same stunning virtuosity. In concert and on his award-winning recordings, critics have praised Mehldau's ability to move "between yearning melancholy and rapturous ecstasy," carrying his listeners through a world of musical possibility.
Brad Mehldau is "universally admired as one of the most adventurous pianists to arrive on the jazz scene in years," raved The Los Angeles Times.
Like many of his contemporaries, Mehldau began his career with a heavy dose of classical training, studying piano until he was 14. As a teen, he tried rock and jazz, moving to New York in 1988 to become a respected sideman for a variety of musicians. During this time, he honed his own style, one he says was influenced by bandleaders with whom he worked, including Mark Turner, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Perico Sambeat.
Mehldau first met with international attention as a member of the Joshua Redman Quartet, a group that toured the United States and Europe and recorded "MoodSwing" with Mehldau.
In 1995, Mehldau released "Introducing Brad Mehldau," a solo album featuring bold elliptical lines, volatile rhythms and unexpected bursts of color and dissonance that showed a clever playfulness that sat well with critics and audiences.
"The originality of these compositions is startling to behold," wrote one Chicago Tribune reviewer.
Mehldau spent the next few years touring and working on "The Art of the Trio, Volume One," "Live at the Village Vanguard: The Art of the Trio, Volume Two," and "Songs: The Art of the Trio, Volume Three," which included his interpretation of Nick Drake's "River Man" and Radiohead's "Exit Music (for a Film)." By the time he released the Grammy-nominated "Back at the Vangaurd: The Art of the Trio, Volume Four," he had been recognized for Best Jazz Album of the Year by France's Jazzman Magazine and as Best New Talent by Musica Jazz Critics Poll of Italy and Debut Artist of the Year by New York Jazz Awards among many other honors. United Press International listed his as one of the Top 10 Albums of 1997 and he has been voted Jazz Pianist of the Year for 1999 and 2000 in the influential Down Beat Magazine annual readers' poll.
His album "Elegiac Circle" was one of Time Magazine's Top 10 Albums of 1999 and Rolling Stone highlighted his "Largo" as a must-have album.
Mehldau continues to thrill live audiences and filmgoers, who may recognize his works from the soundtracks to "Eyes Wide Shut," "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and "Space Cowboys." His pieces are featured in two recent French films, "Ma Femme et une Actrice" and "Un Ange en Danger," as well as a French documentary, "Jazz Collection: Brad Mehldau."
In recent interviews, Mehldau said he enjoys exploring melody, a facet of composing not always emphasized by the modern jazz world.
"It shouldn't be that the only people who care about melody are pop singers," he told The Philadelphia Enquirer. "For me, it doesn't matter whether we're playing an old chestnut or some kind of pop tune. Once you have a thread of a melody, the music can open up in all kinds of ways. It can be different every night."
Tickets are $30. 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.
Posted on March 25, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 238
Anger in the workplace can lead to poor morale, unhealthy working conditions, and even higher medical costs. Indeed, a recent study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation noted that angry men are at greater risk for stroke or death.
Managers and employees can learn techniques for handling anger at a panel discussion and breakfast hosted by The Connecticut Psychological Association and The Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University. "Anger in the Workplace," one in a series of Psychologically Healthy Workplace Best Practices Educational Breakfasts designed to address complex and timely issues affecting psychological health in the workplace common to all organizations in the region, will be held at Dolan School of Business Dining Room at Fairfield University on April 28 from 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
The interactive panel discussion, featuring both psychologists, business educators and, organizational consultants/trainers, will address strategic plans for managing anger in the workplace, including how to recognize early warning signs of escalating workplace violence and the effective use of verbal responses to de-escalate potential workplace aggression.
"Programs and policies that promote a psychologically healthy workplace can promote a less stressful work environment with higher morale, and improve job satisfaction and employee loyalty," said Jean Stetz-Puchalski, chair of the Educational Events Subcommittee of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Committee of the Connecticut Psychological Association.
Data suggest that these successful program outcomes can lead to bottom-line savings for companies in terms of decreased absenteeism and turnover, as well as increased productivity and retention of outstanding employees. Furthermore, direct medical, legal and insurance fees may be reduced when workers perceive their employer as concerned about their well-being.
The panel of speakers includes: Donald E. Gibson, Ph.D., associate professor of Management, Charles F. Dolan Business School at Fairfield University and executive director, International Association for Conflict Management; Susan Freedland, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, executive coach, and organizational consultant; E. Lee Lowery, training director, PMT (Physical/Psychological Management Training program) Associates, and Jeffrey Zimmerman, Ph.D., president, Beacon Behavioral Services, LLC, and chair, Psychologically Healthy Workplace Committee, Connecticut Psychological Association. Two American Psychological Association (APA) CEU credits available.
The panel discussion is among a group of programs The Connecticut Psychological Association has engaged in to highlight the importance of the psychologically healthy workplace. The Association, supported by the American Psychological Association, has also been sponsoring The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Best Practices Award for the past four years, and last year initiated an educational series to bring together Connecticut's business and psychological communities to jointly address issues impacting employee well-being and organizational achievement.
Companies can find out how their own programs measure up by registering to apply for the 2004 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Best Practices Award. It is designed to recognize organizations making a commitment to programs and policies that enhance the quality of the work environment for their employees, the awards are granted to large, small, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations based on the following criteria: employee involvement, family support, employee growth and development, and health and safety.
Organizations wishing to apply for the 2004 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Best Practices Award can obtain information and applications at the Connecticut Psychological Association website: www.connpsych.org.
To register for the "Anger in the Workplace" seminar, contact Betty Ann Foy, administrative director, Connecticut Psychological Association, by e-mail at email@example.com, by phone (860)-586-7522, or fax (860) 586-7550. Registration forms may be downloaded from the website www.connpsych.org. Space is limited so R.S.V.P by April 12. The cost is $28.00 per person. However, FREE to all Fairfield University students.
The Connecticut Psychological Association (founded in 1963) provides opportunities for professional growth and the increase and diffusion of psychological knowledge through the exchange of ideas and information, by means of meetings, professional contacts, papers, discussions, and the encouragement of research in psychology.
Posted on March 25, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 234
Diana Mille, Ph.D., director of the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University, will present "Wisdom and Compassion: The Art of Tibet" on Wednesday, April 28, at 12:30 p.m. The one-hour talk, the last of four lectures on art from different regions of the world, takes place in the gallery located in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
Those attending the lecture can also view the gallery's current exhibit, the 2004 Fairfield University Faculty Studio Art Exhibition, featuring works by several faculty members from Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University. The exhibit offers an intriguing selection of multimedia installations, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and printmaking that reflects both individuality of expression and uniqueness of process.
Admission to the Director's Choice lecture is $5. Participants may bring a brown bag lunch. For more information, call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2969.
Posted on March 31, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 244
Fairfield University is one of the nation's 77 "best value" undergraduate institutions, and the only one in Connecticut, according to The Princeton Review's just-released America's Best Value Colleges (Random House / Princeton Review, March 30, 2004, $15.95). The book is a guide to colleges with outstanding academics, low-to-moderate tuition & fees, and generous financial aid packages. It includes public and private colleges and universities in 35 states and D.C.
Dr. Orin Grossman, academic vice president at Fairfield, said he was very pleased that Fairfield was recognized by the New York-based education services company. "We have this balancing act of working to provide our students with a very high quality education while still making Fairfield accessible to all talented students, regardless of income. This isn't always easy to achieve, so this recognition is particularly gratifying."
The Princeton Review selected the schools based on its analysis of quantitative and qualitative data the company obtained from administrators at over 500 colleges, and surveys of students attending them. Says Robert Franek, Asst. V.P. / Admissions Services, The Princeton Review, "We identified over 30 factors by which we rated the colleges in three categories: Academics, Tuition, and Tuition GPA: the sticker price minus average amount students receive in gift aid scholarships and grants. The 77 schools we chose for this book may not be the least costly colleges in America, but they are all great education deals. We highly recommend them to students and parents seeking the best academic bang for their buck."
America's Best Value Colleges has three-page profiles on the colleges, advice about applying for admission and financial aid, and a ranking list of the "Top 10 Best Value Colleges" overall. It is one of over 200 Princeton Review books published by Random House. The Princeton Review is known for its test-prep, education, and college and grad school admissions services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University or ETS.
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Posted on April 1, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 250
Fairfield University's Theatre Fairfield will present Festival '04, April 21-25 at the PepsiCo Theatre. Students will get the opportunity to show off their talent and creativity in student-written and student-directed one act plays.
All students involved in Festival '04 applied to direct, design or script the shows. The scripts, written by two Fairfield University undergraduates and one graduate of the class of 2003, were chosen by a play-reading committee and the students in the theatre department and were assigned to the three senior directors.
Director Alex Pavone is a double major in marketing and theatre from Albany, N.Y. He has been involved in every Theatre Fairfield production since his freshman year. In addition to his theatre work, Pavone can be found singing in three singing groups, The Fairfield University Glee Club, Chamber Singers, and Sine Nomine, a four-part a cappella group. Pavone is directing a show called "The Audition," written by Paul DeSena '03. It is a play about the relationship between a mother and her son and revolves around the son's piano audition.
"The goal of Festival is for students to have a hand in creating theatre as a student community. The faculty serve as advisors," said Pavone, who believes that Festival really allows students to get their hands dirty, using previous mainstage production involvements as learning tools.
"Mrs. Something-Or-Other," a play directed by Danny Williams and scripted by junior Cait Davis, is a romantic comedy about a love triangle between an engaged woman, her fiancé and the man with whom she is truly in love. Hailing from Long Island, N.Y., Williams is also not a stranger to the stage and as a Marketing major and Theatre minor, has worked on every Theatre Fairfield production since his freshman year.
"It's actually my favorite production because it's all about the students. We get to apply everything we've learned. It's a great opportunity to celebrate our creative talents," remarked Williams about Festival.
Williams is also a member of the Fairfield University Glee Club. He is a Eucharistic Minister, involved in Campus Ministry, part of On the Spot, the campus improvisational group, and an intern at Straw Hat, a company for summer stock theatre. Currently auditioning for summer theatre work in Boston and New York, Williams hopes to eventually end up in New York working in public relations or marketing.
Paul Robinson is the director of the hilarious "15 Minutes of Fame, Shame, & a Ruler's Demise: A Comedy," written by freshman Jared Mezzocchi. Robinson is excited to be directing again for a piece that he refers to as "drop-dead funny - literally." The show picks up after the end of the Sophocles' "Antigone," and takes the audience back in time in an attempt to mend the past of the ruler Creon. Characters come back to life as Creon fixes his mistakes of the past.
An English major and Theatre minor, Robinson is from Wayland, Mass. He is a member of On the Spot and also directs an improvisational group. Robinson looks forward to moving to Chicago to pursue his passion for improvisation.
"The neat thing for me is that I had never acted before I came to Fairfield and Festival my freshman year was the first show I ever acted in," said Robinson. This makes his directing experience for this show even more special. Robinson says that Festival creates a "good vibe" because of the student involvement.
"It's a really awesome opportunity for people who don't have a lot of experience, but are maybe hesitant to act, to get their foot in the door," commented Robinson who attributes this to the casual and comfortable, yet professional way in which Festival is run.
Festival '04 runs Wednesday, April 21-Friday, April 23 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students, $6 for seniors and staff, and $12 for general admission and are available by calling the Quick Center for the Arts Box Office at (203) 254-4010, or toll free 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on April 2, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 224
Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., president of Fairfield University, has announced that Arjun Chaudhuri, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Marketing Department, will be the first person to hold the newly created Rev. Thomas R. Fitzgerald, S.J., Chair in Marketing in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business. An installation ceremony will take place on Monday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m. in the dining room of the School of Business.
The chair has been named for Fr. Fitzgerald, the sixth president of Fairfield University, who oversaw the creation of the School of Business, and the construction of the Student Recreational Complex and the Center for Financial Studies, which has since become the home of the School of Business. The new position has been endowed with funding from a $25 million gift made by Charles F. and Helen Dolan in 2000.
"Dr. Chaudhuri has distinguished himself as a scholar, teacher and a department chair. Under his inspired leadership the Marketing Department at Fairfield University has graduated more Marketing majors than ever before," said Norman Solomon, Ph.D., dean of the Dolan School of Business. "His own classes are highly sought after by graduate and undergraduate students alike."
Dr. Chaudhuri has served as chair of the Marketing Department since 2001. Under his guidance the department has enhanced both its undergraduate and graduate curriculum, adding two concentrations to the undergraduate degree and a number of classes to the graduate requirements. Dr. Chaudhuri joined the University in 1991 as an instructor of marketing.
Prior to that, Dr. Chaudhuri had worked as an assistant professor of marketing at King's College and then Eastern Connecticut State University, as well as a visiting instructor and graduate assistant at the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Chaudhuri received his bachelor's and first master's degree, both in English, from Calcutta University in India. He went on to earn a second master's, this time in Communication Science, from the University of Connecticut, where he went on to get his Ph.D. in that field in 1992.
Dr. Chaudhuri has been studying the role of emotional communication in advertising and marketing and the relationships between psychological responses and marketing phenomena, for more than a decade. In April 2001, he reached a pinnacle in his field when he co-authored an article published in the Journal of Marketing, a leading, peer-reviewed publication with a circulation of more than 20,000. Dr. Chaudhuri has written and co-authored a number of other articles, which have been published in several journals, including Human Communication Research, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Zeitschrift fuer Sozialpsychologie, International Journal of Research in Marketing and others. Dr. Chaudhuri has frequently won best paper awards and nominations at leading conferences.
"Dr. Chaudhuri's path breaking research in the areas of branding and the role of emotions in branding have brought international acclaim and recognition to himself and to the Dolan School of Business," Dr. Solomon said. "We are indeed fortunate to have a faculty member of Dr. Chaudhuri's caliber."
Dr. Chaudhuri said he enjoys working at Fairfield University and looks forward to continued successes in the marketing department - particularly in growing the graduate program.
"Fairfield allows me the freedom to do the research that interests me, and I am deeply grateful for this recognition," Dr. Chaudhuri said.
Fr. Thomas R. Fitzgerald, S.J., was born in 1922 in Washington, D.C. A graduate of St. Paul's Parochial School and Gonzaga High School, he studied at Georgetown University from 1938-1939, when he entered the Society of Jesus novitiate at Wernersville, Pa. Fr. Fitzgerald received his B.A. in 1945 and an M.A. in 1948 from Woodstock College. Ordained a priest in 1952 in Belgium, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in Classical Languages from the University of Chicago in 1957.
Prior to joining Fairfield University, Fr. Fitzgerald taught at St. Joseph's Preparatory School, the Wernersville novitiate, Fordham University and Georgetown University, where he was made the academic vice president in 1966.
Fr. Fitzgerald served as president of Fairfield University from 1973 through 1979, overseeing the construction of the Student Recreational Complex and the Center for Financial Studies, which has since become the home of the Dolan School of Business. He also directed the creation of the School of Business in 1978, which had been the Department of Business Administration for 31 years within the College of Arts and Sciences. The new school, approved in the fall, offered majors in accounting, finance, management and marketing. Fr. Fitzgerald felt his successes in growing the University were the result of careful planning and he envisioned even more milestones for Fairfield that would come to pass after his departure, including another academic building and a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. "The planners of the late 1940's and early '50's could not have seen exactly what would happen here," he said in a 1979 Fairfield Now article. "But what we have at the University today is, in some ways, a great fulfillment of their dreams and aspirations." Fr. Fitzgerald, who went on to serve as president of St. Louis University and then Rector of the Jesuit community at Loyola College in Maryland, passed away in late March 2004.
Mr. Dolan is a trustee of the University and founder and chairman of Cablevision Systems Corporation. He and his wife, Helen, are the parents of two Fairfield University graduates, and will be given honorary alumni degrees at this year's Fairfield Awards Dinner, in recognition of their years of service to the University.
Posted on April 5, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 231
Ted Kennedy Jr., a senator's son who has turned early tragedy into a life of advocacy, education and public service, will deliver "Facing the Challenge," the second annual lecture of the Lilly Endowment for the Ignatian College, on Wednesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Kennedy's talk is part of Open VISIONS Forum, a program of University College.
Following in the tradition of his family's dedication to public service, Kennedy has devoted his life and work to being the voice behind the poster child. Lecturing to the community, he suggests we should all come together to bolster self-esteem and identify role models for people with disabilities. Examining the vital importance of debunking myths, Kennedy hopes to show audiences that quality of life for people with disabilities is not poor, only different.
Kennedy speaks from experience on several fronts. In 1973, newspapers across the country told the nation that the then 12-year-old Kennedy, the son of Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, had lost one of his legs to bone cancer. Almost three decades later, he continues to work as an advocate for the civil rights of people with disabilities and terminal illnesses.
Kennedy has worked extensively in the corporate world to expand job opportunities for people with disabilities, all the while working to persuade policy-makers to do the same. Executive director of Facing the Challenge, a non-profit advocacy and public policy office for disability-related issues, he is also a teaching fellow on disability policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
In addition, Kennedy has been on the executive council of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, the executive committee of the 1995 Special Olympics, and, since 1992, has worked on the research faculty of the Yale University School of Medicine. He is currently studying environmental factors that may lead to disease and disability.
Kennedy is the co-founder and president of the Marwood Group, a healthcare financial services firm based in New York. Serving many Fortune 500 clients in the healthcare and financial services sectors, Kennedy assists companies in identifying and executing key business opportunities and strategic partnerships.
Before founding Marwood, Kennedy served as counsel to the law firm of Wiggin & Dana in New Haven. His health law practice focused on state and federal regulatory and reimbursement issues affecting hospitals, home care agencies, long-term care providers, physicians and mental health providers. He also served as director of legal and regulatory affairs at the Connecticut Hospital Association, counseling acute care providers and policy-makers on a wide variety of emerging health care issues.
Kennedy received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and he holds a master's degree from Yale and a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is married to Katherine Kennedy, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. The couple has two children.
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.
Posted on April 5, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 239
In the late 1970s, computers were best known for their lumbering size and difficult negotiations. Few businesses owned one, and fewer people still, had one in the home. But Michael Zabinski, Ph.D., was convinced that personal computers would some day be ubiquitous in America's homes and offices. So, Dr. Zabinski, a physics and engineering professor at Fairfield University, founded National Computer Camps (NCC) in 1977 to prepare America's young people for a world with computers.
America's original computer camp, today NCC attracts as many as 70 campers per week and 1,000 per year in locations in Fairfield, Conn., Pittsburgh, Pa., Cleveland, Ohio and Atlanta, Ga. The program has served more than 25,000 youth thus far. This year, several weekly sessions of the popular program will be held on the Fairfield University campus. The camps teach children to write programs, create graphic videos, take computers apart, use the Internet, create a home page, and author educational computer games. New this year campers can prepare for the A+ hardware certification. A+ is one of the most respected entry-level IT certificates.
The first National Computer Camp was held in a junior high school classroom in Orange, Conn., where Dr. Zabinski resides. Campers ranging in age from about 10 to 14 years were introduced to Wang computers and were taught the computer language BASIC. Today, the camps are usually held at colleges or universities, where campers can stay overnight in dormitory rooms.
Of course, the complexity of the programs has only increased with time. A recent group of campers wrote a program to play the game Connect Four against the computer, Dr. Zabinski said.
For Daniel Perelman, NCC has been a summer must for seven years. The 15-year-old Amity Regional High School student has learned loads about computers, including a variety of different languages, such as BASIC, C and Java.
"It's a very good way to learn," said Perelman, who may someday translate his interest in programming into a career.
He would not be alone.
"There are 13, 14, 15-year olds that are so knowledgeable that if they were more mature, they could go out in the workforce and earn as much as college graduates," Dr. Zabinski said. However, while some of the campers are very advanced, a good 25 percent are beginners, whose only familiarity with computers is from tinkering around with them at home, he noted.
Participants spend a minimum of five hours learning about computers each day. An optional sports program (soccer, basketball, swimming, tennis) is also available in the afternoon. It's not unusual for participants to come back to the camp summer after summer for years, Dr. Zabinski said. "There's a lot to learn," he said. "You never overlap, the curriculum is continuous."
NCC campers often go on to become instructors in the program. Such was the case for Michael Capriotti, a mathematics teacher at New Canaan High School who also teaches at the camps during the summer. Capriotti, a graduate of Fairfield University, attended NCC for two or three years when he was in middle school.
"If you want to learn anything about a computer, this is the place to learn it," Capriotti, a resident of Fairfield, said of the camps.
Capriotti learned how to program with computer languages BASIC and Assembler, saving his work on large floppy disks.
Fifteen years later, he teaches campers to program using C++ and Java, today's much richer programming languages, on much faster machines with much larger capacities.
NCC offers young people more than just computer training, Dr. Zabinski said. It provides them with an environment to meet peers with an equal interest in computers. "These kids are really into computers," he said.
Students may sign up for one or more weeks of camp; sessions run from June 27 to July 30 in overnight ($825/week) or day ($695/week) program format. Registration is underway now. For more information, check out NCC's website at http://www.nccamp.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (203) 795-9667.
Posted on April 6, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 228
Three other honorary degree recipients announced
ABC News' award-winning political commentator Cokie Roberts will be the speaker and receive an honorary degree at Fairfield University's 54th commencement on Sunday, May 23. The veteran newswoman has covered Congress, politics and public policy for ABC for 15 years. She also serves as senior news analyst for National Public Radio. From 1996 to 2002 she and Sam Donaldson co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program This Week.
Other honorary degree recipients are Reverend Mother Dolores Hart, Prioress, O.S.B., at Pax Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn.; United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit Guido Calabresi of Woodbridge, Conn.; and James F. Hanrahan of Oakdale, Conn., founder, chancellor and headmaster emeritus of Saint Thomas More School.
In more than 30 years in broadcasting, Cokie Roberts has won countless awards, including two Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting.
Roberts, along with her husband, Steven V. Roberts, writes a weekly column syndicated in newspapers around the country. They are also contributing editors to USA Magazine and together wrote From this Day Forward, an account of their more than 35-year marriage and other marriages in American history. The book immediately went onto The New York Times bestseller list, following a six-month run on the list by Cokie Roberts' other book, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters. The number one bestseller is an account of women's roles and relationships throughout American history. Roberts is now working on another book, Founding Mothers, the stories of the women who raised this nation.
Cokie Roberts serves on the boards of several non-profit institutions and this year was appointed to the newly formed President's Commission on Service and Civic Participation.
She and her husband have two children and four grandchildren.
Mother Dolores Hart, a cloistered Benedictine nun, was a well-known and successful actress of film, stage and television when she left her career to join the Regina Laudis Community in 1963. She is often cited as starring opposite Elvis Presley in "Loving You" (1957) and "King Creole" (1958), but she also worked with such Hollywood giants as Anthony Quinn and Anna Magnani in "Wild is the Wind" (1957) and Montgomery Clift and Myrna Loy in "Lonelyhearts," (1958). On Broadway she starred opposite George Peppard in "The Pleasure of His company," for which she received a Tony nomination. Her television work included "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Playhouse 90" and "The Virginian."
She had top billing in "Where the Boys Are," (1960); played St. Clare in "Francis of Assissi," (1961) and had completed "Come Fly with Me," with Hugh O'Brian, Lois Nettleton and Karl Malden in 1963 when she left Hollywood and entered the Benedictine order. In a recent interview she said she did not consider her decision to join the Abbey a "walking away from Hollywood" but more "walking into something more significant and by that, I took Hollywood with me. I really loved my work and the people I worked with." She remains a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
One of 40 women of diverse personal and professional backgrounds at the Abbey, Rev. Mother has worked in most areas, including the farm and carpentry. She is an artistic director of The Gary-The Olivia Theater built on the Abbey grounds in 1983 and sings in the abbey choir which released its third CD last summer. The community observes the Divine Office, beginning with the Matins at 1:50 a.m., and continuing seven times throughout the day.
Before Judge Guido Calabresi was appointed United States Circuit Judge in July, 1994, he was the Dean and Sterling Professor at the Yale Law School where he began teaching in 1959. He continues to serve as a member of that faculty as Sterling Professor Emeritus and Professional Lecturer.
Born in Milan, Italy, Judge Calabresi immigrated to the United States for political reasons in 1939. He and his parents became naturalized citizens in 1948. In a stellar academic career, he would go on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, from Yale College in 1953, a Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class Honors from Magdalen College, Oxford University, in 1955, an LL.B. degree, magna cum laude, in 1958 from Yale law School, and a master's degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University in 1959.
A Rhodes Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif, Judge Calabresi served as Note Editor of the Yale Law Journal while graduating first in his law school class.
Following graduation, Judge Calabresi clerked for Justice Hugo Black of the United States Supreme Court. He is the author of four books, including Ideals, Beliefs, Attitudes and the Law: Private Law Perspectives on a Public Law Problem, which received the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award; and A Common Law for the Age of Statutes, awarded the Triennial Book Award, Order of the Coif; and over ninety articles on law and related subjects. He is a member of the Connecticut bar.
He and his wife, the former Anne Gordon Audubon Tyler, have three children.
James F. Hanrahan was the coach of the Fairfield University men's basketball team and a teacher of mathematics at Fairfield College Preparatory School when he left in 1952 to establish Saint Thomas More School, a college preparatory boarding school in Oakdale, Conn., that serves 200 young men. The school strives to motivate and challenge students who have good intellectual ability but who have not had the academic success of which they are capable. The highly structured environment helps to educate the whole person intellectually, physically, morally and socially. As a result, just about all of its graduates attend college, including, among others, Fairfield University, Boston College, Duke, Fordham, Harvard, Brown, the Coast Guard Academy, and the University of Connecticut.
A native of Waterbury, Conn., James Hanrahan attended Saint Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Conn., and St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, Md. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1947 and received a Master of Arts degree from Fairfield University in 1953. He was headmaster at the school he founded for 37 years. His son, James F. Hanrahan Jr., followed him as headmaster.
James and his wife, the former Patricia Sweeney, have 13 children, six of whom graduated from Fairfield University.
Posted on April 8, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 251
Jesús Escobar, Ph.D., director of the Art History Program at Fairfield University, has won a respected art history award for his first book and a Fulbright Senior Scholar award to continue research on his next project.
Dr. Escobar's 2003 debut "The Plaza Mayor and the Shaping of Baroque Madrid" (Cambridge University Press) won the Eleanor Tufts Award, a prize given by the American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies (ASHAHS). An in-depth look at how architecture and planning related to society, politics and Spanish culture, the book considers the transformation of Madrid from a secondary market town to the cosmopolitan capital of the Spanish Habsburg Empire.
In their comments on the book, the judges said they were particularly impressed by the thoroughness of Dr. Escobar's research, the rigor of his arguments and the significance of his findings.
"This book makes an important contribution to the study of Spanish architectural history, it fills a need for a book in English on the topic, and will likely remain an authoritative reference on the Plaza Mayor and the growth of Madrid... for years to come," they wrote.
Dr. Escobar, who holds a doctorate from Princeton University, first researched his topic for a dissertation in the early 1990s. The professor, who was a Fulbright Scholar in Spain as a graduate student and also holds a bachelor's degree from Columbia University, put the work aside for a few years when he started teaching at Fairfield in 1996.
In March, Dr. Escobar won a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to continue his research in Madrid, this time for a new project tentatively titled "Architecture and Politics in the Madrid of Philip IV." This book will look at a series of case studies of architecture and urban design in Madrid at its height as a ceremonial city in the 17th century.
"What interests me is that Madrid achieved its most spectacular appearance at the very moment that Spanish political power began to wane," he said.
Dr. Escobar will spend the fall semester researching at Madrid's municipal and notarial archives and the city's department of urbanism, and taking photographs of Baroque monuments for the book. While there, he will be affiliated with the Modern History Department of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
He expects to complete the book in about five years, but hopes to publish some articles on aspects of his study as well.
Dr. Escobar was raised in Sacramento, Calif., and lives in New York City. A specialist in early modern architecture and urbanism, he has published articles and reviews in leading art history journals in the United States, Italy and Spain. He was a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Posted on April 15, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 253