U.S. News and Fiske Guide give Fairfield high marks "Live Lit!" series finale considers "Icons of Russian Literature" at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University Glee Club Takes Manhattan at Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts American College of Critical Care Medicine inducts Fairfield University nursing professor Fairfield University Health Promotion Center and McKinley School host health fair Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center offers all-Dvorák program at Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Todd Pelletier of West Hartford, Conn., honored at Fairfield University Jessica Michael of Clifton Park, N.Y., honored at Fairfield University Robert D. Keder of Seymour, Conn., honored at Fairfield University Gregory S. Iorio of Ramsey, N.J., honored at Fairfield University Michael Ciavaglia of Emerson, N.J., honored at Fairfield University
In the latest survey by U.S. News & World Report, Fairfield University was ranked number three among regional colleges and universities in the North, improving its position from number four a year ago. Fairfield tied with four other institutions, including the College of New Jersey, Loyola College of Maryland, SUNY College of Arts & Sciences and the University of Scranton. Topping the list were Villanova University and Providence College.
The magazine rates the top 15 institutions in each of four geographic regions of the country from among 504 institutions defined as regional universities. Dr. Robert E. Wall, academic vice president, said, "It's always nice to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report, especially since it is so widely read and discussed." He noted that the report on Fairfield which appears in the recently released "Fiske Guide to Colleges 1999" was also very favorable. "I think both reports reflect the dedication of our faculty and the increasing achievement levels of our students," Dr. Wall noted.
The Fiske Guide noted that "Fairfield University's mission to 'develop the creative intellectual potential of students and to foster in them ethical and religious values and a sense of social responsibility,' is being realized now more than ever. Evidence is in Fairfield students, who praise their intimate academic community for its inspiring teachers and caring atmosphere."
Posted on September 1, 1998
The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts' "Live Lit!" series concludes Sunday, April 25, with "Icons of Russian Literature," live readings of Pushkin, Chekhov and newcomer Gary Shteyngart. Afternoon tea will precede the 3 p.m. performance by seasoned, professional actors in the Quick Center's Wien Experimental Theatre. The performance was originally scheduled for December 8, and tickets from that date will be honored.
The afternoon begins with Shteyngart's "Shylock on the Neva" read by Bridgeport resident Tom Zingarelli, the Quick Center's executive director. Shteyngart, one of the most promising young Russian writers, was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later.
Katie Sparer of Stratford will read "The Squire's Daughter" by Alexander Sergeyovitch Pushkin. Some scholars credit Pushkin with single-handedly creating modern Russian literature, tackling everything from the ennui of aristocratic life to the simple joys of the Russian commoner.
The afternoon concludes with Anton Chekhov's "A Day in the Country." Danbury resident William Jess Russell will read the work. One of Russia's most cherished storytellers, Chekhov is best known for his plays, which include "Uncle Vanya," "The Seagull" and "The Cherry Orchard," and insightful shorter works.
The Live Lit! series is directed by Tess Link of Westport.
Tickets are $10. 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 19, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 268
The Fairfield University Glee Club will be in a New York state of mind at its spring pops concert, "The Glee Club Takes Manhattan," on Monday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
The varied program includes a number of pop and Broadway favorites, including "Sit Down You're Rockin' The Boat" from "Guys and Dolls" and a medley of "West Side Story" songs. In addition, several soloists, the Men's Ensemble and Sweet Harmony will perform.
The Glee Club, under the direction of Carole Ann Maxwell, is continuing its 55-year musical legacy at Fairfield University. A mixed chorus of more than 130 undergraduate and graduate singers, the Glee Club has performed in churches, schools and recital and concert halls throughout Europe, singing from Galway to Rome and Florence to London. It has performed at Carnegie Hall, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Westminster and Southward Cathedrals in London, and the Aula Paolo VI at the Vatican.
Tickets are $10, with discounts available for staff, faculty and students. 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 19, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 267
Fairfield University School of Nursing Associate Professor Carol Epstein, Ph.D., RN, FCCM, was recently inducted as a Fellow into the prestigious American College of Critical Care Medicine during its Annual Scientific Congress in Orlando. Dr. Epstein was also selected as a Hartford Institute/AJN Geriatric Nursing Research Scholar for summer 2004.
The American College of Critical Medicine is part of the Chicago-based Society of Critical Care Medicine, the international organization for intensive care healthcare providers. The College honors a select group of people who have shown dedication to critical care, participated in the development of programs or systems related to critical care, made educational contributions in the area of critical care, and assumed leadership roles in professional organizations associated with critical care.
Dr. Epstein, a resident of Stratford, is one of fewer than a dozen nurses who have been inducted into the College. As a Fellow, she will review research proposals, serve on committees of the College, and make presentations on their research in critical care.
Dr. Epstein has also been chosen as a Hartford Institute/AJN Geriatric Nursing Research Scholar for summer 2004, which will enable her to attend a research seminar at New York University this July to study conceptual approaches to research methods related to older adults. In addition, the Graduate End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), funded by the National Cancer Institute, will send Dr. Epstein to a three-day educational program to integrate end-of-life care issues - such as hospice, pain management, and quality-of-life concerns - into Fairfield University's graduate nursing program.
Dr. Epstein joined the faculty in the School of Nursing at Fairfield last fall. In addition to teaching a course in nursing research and medical-surgical nursing, she practices as a clinical instructor at Yale New Haven Hospital and will teach the critical care nursing course next year.
"Dr. Epstein has already proven a stellar addition to Fairfield University's nursing faculty. Her induction into the prestigious American College of Critical Care Medicine is further evidence of the strength of her work in critical care. We look forward to hearing her results from her education in the Hartford Institute and Graduate End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium programs," said Jeanne Novotny, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing.
Dr. Epstein had previously spent two undergraduate years at Fairfield. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Cornell University, a BSN from Ursuline College, and Master's and Doctoral degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.
After 20 years as a critical care nurse, her most recent endeavor is focusing on her research on weaning the critically ill older adults from mechanical ventilation as soon as they are able. Dr. Epstein is working with Constantine Manthous, MD, Medical Director of medical intensive care at Bridgeport Hospital, to study test interventions that may enhance the process of weaning and improve patient outcomes.
"We're trying to add more science to the process of weaning," Dr. Epstein said. "Right now it's a lot of art."
Posted on April 20, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 255
Want to learn more about staying healthy? Fairfield University's School of Nursing, in cooperation with the McKinley School in Bridgeport, Conn., will host the McKinley School Health Fair, a health promotion fair open to the entire community on Tuesday, May 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Adults and children alike are invited to partake in fun activities and receive health information and screenings.
"We are collaborating to bring health screening and information to the McKinley School as well as members of the broader community," said Lydia Greiner, manager of community services at the School of Nursing's Health Promotion Center (HPC). "The fair will offer information on a variety of health issues such as nutrition and exercise, as well as health screenings."
The HPC, a community nursing center based in Bridgeport, provides health education, screening, and referral services in the greater Bridgeport area, focusing on lead poisoning and cardiovascular risk reduction. On May 4, staff and students from the Fairfield University School of Nursing will provide free blood pressure, blood sugar and lead screening. St. Vincent's Medical Center will also be present to provide mammography and free prostate screening and the Sickle Cell Association will provide sickle cell screening for a small fee.
Families who attend the fair will also be able to learn about the Lead Free Families program, a new program funded by the Connecticut Department of Public Health and administered by Fairfield University's School of Nursing Health Promotion Center.
Lead Free Families regularly offers free lead screenings in the community, and provides follow-up care and education for children and their families who are affected by lead. Lead poisoning is a serious problem in children that, if undiscovered, can cause lasting effects, including difficulty learning, behavior problems and hearing loss. Lead Free Families is a free program that is open to any East End family with young children.
McKinley School is located on 345 Logan Avenue in Bridgeport. For more information, please call the Health Promotion Center Manager of Community Services at (203) 335-6751 or the McKinley School Home School Coordinator at (203) 576-7784. To schedule a mammogram or prostate screening, please call (203) 576-5501.
Posted on April 20, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 266
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will offer an all-Dvorák program for its final concert of the season on Saturday, May 8, 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. This concert will include performances by the Orion String Quartet and Open One Piano Quartet, two smaller ensembles that incorporate Society members.
Antonin Dvorák (1841-1904) was born in Czechoslovakia and stayed true to his roots musically, but he also spent many of his composing years in the United States, serving as director of the National Conservatory in New York from 1892-1895. The composer, who gained early attention and praise from Brahms, was particularly well received in England and the United States, creating several beloved pieces, including his well-known Ninth Symphony, "From the New World."
He was also known for his chamber works and the May 8 performance begins with a fan favorite, Dvorák's "Quartet for Strings in F major, Opus 96," often called the "American." One of his landmark works, it is known for its pentatonic leanings.
The performance also includes "Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano in E-flat major, Opus 87" and "Romantic Pieces for Violin and Piano, Opus 75." The evening ends with another popular selection from Dvorák's oeuvre, "Quintet for Two Violins, Two Violas and Cello in E-flat."
Six musicians from the Chamber Music Society will perform at the May 8 concert. Members in the Orion String Quartet are: Daniel Phillips and Todd Phillips, violin; and Timothy Eddy, cello. Members in Opus One Piano Quartet are: Ida Kavafian, violin, and Anne-Marie McDermott, piano. Violist Steven Tenenbom plays with both quartets and Peter Wiley, who is not a member of the Chamber Music Society, will play cello with Opus One.
Tickets for the May 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 April 20, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 263
Todd Pelletier of West Hartford, Conn., has received the William J. Kramer Humanitarian Award from the Fairfield University Alumni Association. He received the honor during the association's annual Student Awards Dinner on Tuesday, April 20.
Presented in memory of William J. Kramer, '60, the first alumnus of Fairfield University to serve as chairman of its board of trustees, the award is given annually to a senior, who, through service to the external community, has shown a true spirit of volunteerism and best exemplifies the Ignatian tradition of being men and women for others.
Pelletier has shown that spirit since he was 15, when he became a ski patroller in Maine and was recognized as Junior Ski Patroller of the Year. During high school, he augmented his skills by completing Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician training.
Since his freshman year at Fairfield, Pelletier has volunteered for Stratford Emergency Medical Services two or three nights a week and, during his sophomore year, he was among the many volunteers called to assist following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist acts in New York City. He took part in the effort and helped treat patients.
Pelletier joined Stratford EMS' Special Operations Division, a unit trained to provide special assistance on atypical events in the region. He was recently promoted to the rank of lieutenant in that division.
In February, Pelletier attained another volunteer milestone: He logged his 3,000th hour with the service.
Pelletier has also worked in Hartford for American Medical Response and has been an assistant instructor for Emergency Medical Technician courses in southwestern Connecticut. In 2003, he participated in a nursing internship program in Yale-New Haven Hospital's Pediatric Emergency Room and he is pursuing a career in pediatric critical care nursing.
Posted on April 21, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 254
Jessica Michael of Clifton Park, N.Y., has received a Student Achievement Award from Fairfield University's Alumni Association for her dedication to the Adopt-A-Grandparent program. She received her award during the association's annual Student Awards Dinner on Tuesday, April 20.
Always close to her own grandparents, Michael spends a lot of time with older residents at Bridgeport Health Care Center, where she has been a social services intern for the past two years. Noticing many could use some company, she went to a 2002 Campus Ministry meeting with a sign-up sheet and recruited about 30 volunteers who wanted to adopt a grandparent. Fairfield students continue to visit with the seniors, playing checkers, chatting and going for strolls in the sunshine, and Michael is busy training a successor to lead the vital program.
In addition to her commitment to Adopt-A-Grandparent, Michael has succeeded academically, pursuing a chemistry major and math minor and pre-med concentration. She's consistently made the Dean's List and is a member of three honor societies: Alpha Epsilon Delta, for pre-med professionals; Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society; and Pi Mu Epsilon, for mathematics. She received the Chemistry Department's Book Award and the Analytical Chemistry Award.
Michael participated in four Theatre Fairfield productions, played intramural softball, sang with the Loyola Singers and chaired the International Student Orientation Program. In addition, she leads chemistry review sessions for freshmen and offers one-on-one tutoring. She was also part of a recent Mission Volunteer trip to Ecuador.
Posted on April 21, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 259
Robert D. Keder of Seymour, Conn., will receive the St. Ignatius Loyola Medal during commencement ceremonies on May 23. The Loyola Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Fairfield University Alumni Association, is given to a senior committed to the "service of faith" and "promotion of justice."
Keder is involved in a number of campus activities, but University officials said it is the tremendous passion and dedication he shows that make his a stellar example of Jesuit ideals.
Academically, Keder is a member of several honor societies, including Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national premedical honor society; Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society; Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society; Psi Chi, the national psychology honor society; and Phi Beta Kappa.
For all four years, Keder has been a member of the board of the Hunger Cleanup, helping to fundraise and recruit volunteers for the one-day work-a-thon each spring. He is also a Eucharistic Minister and retreat leader, who created a moving video that asked the friends of each EM to show why he or she is an everyday hero.
Keder has been an essential leader of the Ballroom Dance Club, for which he has been president and treasurer. He also implemented an annual Halloween Masquerade Ball and "Dinner, Dancing & Murder," an annual charity fundraiser.
Keder was a resident assistant and worked to implement Ignatian Residential College, a program for selected sophomores that incorporates academic, cultural, mentoring and worship opportunities. He spent his sophomore year spring break living and working on the Passamaquoddy reservation in Maine, was a Mission Volunteer to Kentucky and participated in the Urban Plunge in Bridgeport.
Keder spent three summers researching the effects of technology and literacy on children and families with Judy Primavera, Ph.D., professor of psychology. He credits Dr. Primavera and Robert Chessin, M.D., a Trumbull pediatrician who allowed Keder to "shadow" him at his practice, with fostering his desire to pursue medicine. This fall, he will begin his studies at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
Posted on April 21, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 257
Gregory S. Iorio of Ramsey, N.J., has received a Student Achievement Award from Fairfield University's Alumni Association for his dedication to the University Pep Band. He received his award during the association's annual Student Awards Dinner on Tuesday, April 20.
Iorio is known to many as president of the Fairfield University Pep Band, carrying a trombone and sporting the brightly painted face of a loyal Stag fan. He has been a dedicated member, working to gain the band club status, conducting the group and spending many hours before and after basketball games assembling and breaking down sound equipment.
When not playing, Iorio was busy working in the S.K.I.L.L. leadership training program and serving as a Eucharistic Minister. Iorio has led several retreats and helped coordinate the other Eucharistic Ministers on campus.
In addition, Iorio was an apartment and townhouse manager and president of the Residential Apartment Student Organization, working to enforce school policies while fostering a fun environment with activities and programming.
Iorio made the Dean's List each of his eight semesters and has been inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honor society; Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society; Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society; Alpha Mu Gamma, the national foreign language honor society; and the National Residence Hall Honor Society.
After graduation, Iorio hopes to pursue an MBA.
Posted on April 21, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 258
Michael Ciavaglia of Emerson, N.J., has received a Student Achievement Award from Fairfield University's Alumni Association for his dedication to University and community music programs. He received his award during the association's annual Student Awards Dinner on Tuesday, April 20.
At the age of six, Ciavaglia began singing with his church choir at the Orthodox Christian Church of Christ the Savior. Two years before he entered Fairfield University, he was already an apprentice conductor for the church group.
By second semester of his freshman year, University Glee Club Director Carole Ann Maxwell had recognized his talent, naming him director and conductor of the Glee Club's Men's Ensemble. In addition, he has served as a cantor and song leader at weekly Mass at the University's Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola.
Ciavaglia has shared his time and talents off campus as well. Since his freshman year, he has been the assistant choir director for the Holy Ghost Russian Orthodox Church in Bridgeport, and, in his sophomore year, he joined the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut. Ciavaglia also studies voice at Yale University, where he is a member of the acclaimed Yale Russian Chorus.
Last summer, Ciavaglia worked as student conductor of the Summer Festival Chorus of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts and conducted the Mendelssingers, an outreach choir that brings music to hospitals and nursing homes.
"I have rehearsal just about every day of my life, but I love it," Ciavaglia said of his life's passion.
Ciavaglia is an all-around academic standout, studying three languages and consistently making the Dean's List. He sits on Fairfield's orientation board and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Sigma Nu, the national honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities.
Ciavaglia will continue his music studies as one of an elite few chosen for the Temple University conducting program.
Posted on April 21, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 256