Master's in Software Engineering approved by trustees Judith M. Dobai named Associate Academic Vice President for Enrollment Management Fairfield University's Open VISIONS Forum announces an intriguing 2004-05 season University College at Fairfield University offers weeklong Summer Institute for Retired Professionals Concert under the stars Christopher Marvel wins William G. McGowan Scholar award for senior year at Fairfield University's Charles F. Dolan School of Business Fairfield University Physics instructor Michael Brienza named Teacher of the Year Outstanding graduating senior mourned at Fairfield University Mark C. Reed, Dean of Students, named Associate Vice President with reporting oversight for varsity athletics Fairfield University salutes retiring President ABC News' Cokie Roberts addresses 1,330 graduates of Fairfield University's Class of 2004
A master's degree in software engineering (MSSE) has been approved by the Board of Trustees and is under review for licensure by the State Board of Higher Education, it was announced by Dr. Evangelos Hadjimichael, dean of the School of Engineering.
"The master's in software engineering is designed to educate new professionals and re-educate established professionals in fundamental and applied principles of software development appropriate to current technologies and professional practices." said Dr. Hadjimichael. "The MSSE graduates will be in a position to serve the needs of corporations, organizations, government and private business in providing software solutions to complex problems."
Dr. Hadjimichael said he is hoping to admit the program's first class in January.
The minimum requirement for earning the master's degree is 12 courses, or 36 credit hours. Seven courses are required of all students, and five electives are from one or more of the program's five tracks.
The curriculum for the MSSE program includes concentrations in Software Engineering Management, Advanced Implementation Technologies, Application Design, Enterprise Systems and Network Technologies.
The required courses incorporate a combination of design, implementation, and engineering management objectives. "The purpose is to provide the professional in information technology with the knowledge that permits him or her to develop software systems that are based on distributed computer architecture," said Dr. Hadjimichael.
Included in the required courses is a capstone professional project. For this project, students will be organized in teams and will perform technical studies or design an information technology system which is based on the requirements of a local employer's need for software solutions to specific problems, or on an area that is of general interest. "It is anticipated that the results of these projects will provide a library of case studies, designs, and tools that will be of general interest to information technology professionals in the area," he said.
Concentration courses are offered to provide depth to the students' knowledge in a specialty area that is consistent with the individual's career goals. The concentrations include Software Engineering Management, Advanced Implementation Techniques, Applications Design, Enterprise Systems and Network Technology.
The MSSE degree requires students to have sufficient knowledge and/or experience in data structures, applications programming, systems analysis and design, and statistics.
Posted on September 1, 1998
Academic Vice President Orin Grossman has announced that Judith M. Dobai, former Director of Undergraduate Admission at Fairfield, will return as Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, filling the position left vacant last summer with the departure of Edwin Wilkes.
Dobai, who has been serving as Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing at Regis College, will begin her new position the end of May.
In making the announcement Dr. Grossman said, "I am delighted that Judy Dobai will be returning to Fairfield to lead our Enrollment Management team. She brings a wealth of experience, solid judgment, and a collaborative spirit to the enterprise, and I believe Fairfield will greatly prosper from her energy and creativity."
Dobai came to Fairfield in 1997 as Associate Director of Admission after serving as Assistant Director of Admission at Mount Holyoke College for three years. In the summer of 2000 she was named Acting Director of Admission and then, effective July 1, 2001, was appointed Director of Undergraduate Admission.
During her tenure at Fairfield, she managed a team of 17 full-time and four part-time staff, setting and achieving recruitment goals that included an admission rate under 50 percent, a rate of selectivity enjoyed by only 8% of four-year higher education institutions. She established standards for processing and evaluating 7800 admission candidates yearly and conducted extensive data analysis using SCT Banner and Access to plan and monitor both annual and long-term recruitment strategies.
In accepting her new position, Dobai said, "Fairfield is an outstanding university, one that is remarkably committed to its Jesuit mission and the education of the whole student. I am honored to have the opportunity to return to Fairfield to work with the deans and the enrollment group in pursuit of these ideals."
Dobai is a member of the National Committee on Marketing and Technology for the National Association for College Admission Counseling and a member of the Regional Governing Board for the New England Association for College Admission Counseling. She also is a member of the National Catholic College Association and The College Board. From 2000 to 2003, she served on the Council of Jesuit Admission Directors.
A graduate of Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., Dobai received a master's degree in education and higher education administration from the University of Connecticut in 1991.
Prior to Mount Holyoke, she served as a senior assistant director at New York University from 1991 to 1994, a period when that university experienced a 45 percent increase in undergraduate applications.
Posted on May 5, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 277
Open VISIONS Forum, an outreach program of Fairfield University's University College, announces its eighth season, featuring distinguished and diverse speakers from the worlds of art, culture and public affairs. They are: Award-winning authors Salman Rushdie and John Irving; "Sopranos" actress Jamie-Lynn DiScala; journalists Howard Fineman and Charlayne Hunter-Gault; humanitarian and children's advocate Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia; Daniel Libeskind, lead architect on the new World Trade Center site; and Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., the counselor of death row inmates who wrote Dead Man Walking.
Tickets will be available on May 17.
Acclaimed author Salman Rushdie, whose controversial book The Satanic Verses won the 1988 Whitbread Award and sent him into hiding after the Ayatollah Khomeini called for zealous Muslims to kill him, opens the series on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. Born Muslim in Bombay, India, Rushdie released his first book, Grimus, in 1975, following it with the Booker prize-winning Midnight's Children in 1981. Often considering murky religious and political situations through satire, fantasy and mythology, his books have both enlightened and enraged. But despite harsh criticism and even death threats, he continues to add to his intriguing legacy.
Jamie-Lynn Discala, best known as brainy, acerbic mafia daughter Meadow Soprano on HBO's acclaimed series "The Sopranos," will speak on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. Discala first came to prominence in the mob drama, but she's been adding to her resume ever since, most recently with the title role in the USA network's "Going Down: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss." Discala unveiled her clear soprano voice in her Broadway debut as Belle in "Beauty and the Beast" in 2002 and in the national tour of "Cinderella" opposite Eartha Kitt in 2001. A survivor of anorexia, which she detailed in her book "Wise Girl," she is a spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association. Her appearance is co-presented by the Fairfield University Student Association.
Howard Fineman, Newsweek's chief political correspondent and deputy Washington bureau chief, takes the stage on Monday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. A nationally respected writer and commentator on politics, Fineman is also an NBC news analyst and was named one of the country's foremost political reporters by Washingtonian magazine. Over the years, he has covered the rise of the religious right, the power of talk radio, race and politics, the Clinton administration and scandals, the impact of digital technology and the candidacies of Gary Hart, Pat Buchanan, Jesse Jackson, Ross Perot, Steve Forbes and Bob Dole. The Forbes Media Guide lauded him as a "standout in the press corps."
Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia left her homeland as a child nearly 50 years ago, but her heart has always been with the people of that war-torn region. Praised by the Associated Press for being among the first to launch an international effort for humanitarian aid through the United Nations and her Princess Elizabeth Foundation, this outspoken advocate has worked with world leaders from Mother Teresa to Mikhail Gorbachev to the Dalai Lama to promote peace. Her efforts have meant much-needed food, clothing, supplies and schooling for thousands of refugees, children and others. She will deliver Fairfield University's annual Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture on Monday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m.
The Jacoby-Lunin lecture was created in 1951 to promote causes of humanity and brotherhood. The lecture is presented in affiliation with the University's Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies.
Daniel Libeskind, lead architect of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site, will speak on Sunday, January 23, at 3 p.m. Born in Poland, Libeskind became an American citizen in 1965 and began his career as a professional musician. He left music to study architecture at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and has developed an international reputation for designs for the Jewish Museum Berlin, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Maurice Wohl Convention Centre in Tel Aviv, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and many other sites. He is the first architect to win the Hiroshima Art Prize, which is given to an artist whose work promotes international understanding and peace.
Charlayne Hunter-Gault, CNN's Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent will be the featured speaker on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. Hunter-Gault, joined CNN in 1999, after spending two years as National Public Radio's chief correspondent in Africa. Prior to that she had a 20-year career with PBS, where she was a national correspondent for "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer." She anchored the award-winning "Rights and Wrongs," a newsmagazine dealing with human rights, and has won two Emmy awards, two Peabody awards and other honors for her work. She has also written for the New Yorker, spent a decade at the New York Times, and is the author of In My place, a memoir of her role in the Civil Rights Movement as the first black woman admitted to the University of Georgia. Fairfield University's Center for Multicultural Relations is co-presenting Hunter-Gault's appearance.
One of America's most respected novelists, John Irving, will take the Quick Center stage on Sunday, March 20, at 3 p.m. beginning with Setting Free the Bears in 1969, Irving has spent more than three decades writing some of the country's best-loved books, including The Hotel New Hampshire, The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany and A Widow for One Year. Winner of the O. Henry award and the National Book Award, he won his first Academy award for his adapted screenplay of his own "The Cider House Rules" in 2000. In addition to writing, Irving has a passion for wrestling and has coached at several private preparatory schools. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1992.
The season concludes with Helen Prejean, C.S.J., a nun whose work counseling death row inmates led to her best-selling book Dead Man Walking and the Academy award-winning movie of the same title. Prejean, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille, began her prison ministry in 1981, when she dedicated her life to the poor of New Orleans. She used her experiences with condemned inmate Patrick Sonnier as the basis for Dead Man Walking, which made the 1994 American Library Associates Notable Book List, spent 31 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Prejean continues her crusade to educate the public about the death penalty and to counsel inmates. She has received countless awards for her work, which continues with her upcoming book on two possibly innocent men on death row. Prejean will deliver the third annual Ignatian Residential College lecture, funded in part by the Lilly Endowment, on Wednesday, April 6, at 8 p.m.
Open VISIONS Forum is an art, culture and public affairs lecture series designed to challenge "the life of the mind." Since its founding in 1997, the series has attracted a range of notable speakers, including actress Mia Farrow, former presidential candidate Steve Forbes, PBS filmmaker Ken Burns, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and acclaimed author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. Philip Eliasoph, Ph.D., professor of visual and performing arts, is director and moderator of the series.
All lectures take place in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University. Ticket prices are $25 for each lecture, with discounts available for senior citizens and students. For tickets or subscriptions, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com. For information on becoming a patron of Open VISIONS Forum, call University College at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2688.
Posted on May 10, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 269
University College at Fairfield University invites retired professionals to enjoy a thought-provoking week on the philosophy of old age, the ethics of modern biological research, and the global and national implications of U.S. foreign policy.
The "Summer Institute for Retired Professionals," which is open to anyone age 55 or older, will run from Monday, June 7, through Friday, June 11, on the campus at Fairfield University. The weeklong institute, which costs $165, will comprise three lectures each day for five days. Attendees will wrap up the week at a festive dinner on Thursday, June 10, at 5:30.
Kick off each day with a class on the "Philosophy of Old Age from the Pre-Socratics to the Renaissance," from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. King Dykeman, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy, will share what some of the world's greatest philosophers and thinkers, such as Cicero, Seneca, and Plato, had to say about the relationship between virtue and old age.
"Cicero felt that virtue changes with age," Dr. Dykeman said. "Plato thought that wisdom is the key."
The religious, theological, and ethical questions raised by advances in modern biological research and the influences of these deeply controversial issues on scientific breakthroughs will be explored in "God and Modern Biology." Glenn Sauer, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, will teach this course, which will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Politics professor Edward Dew, Ph.D., will wrap up each day with a look at U.S. foreign policy, and how it is shaped by America's role in the world. "U.S. Foreign Policy from the Cold War to the Present Day," will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and will consider how history and political culture play a key role in understanding how Americans see their role in the world and how others interpret that role.
Coffee, tea and dessert will be served during luncheon breaks throughout the week. Members are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch each day, or they can purchase lunch at the trendy Jazzman's Café in the Barone Campus Center. Members can also bring guests to the June 10 dinner at an added cost of $25 each. Registration is ongoing. To register, contact Elizabeth Hastings at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2688.
Posted on May 14, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 281
A blockbuster Pops concert, featuring Broadway and Hollywood hits, patriotic tunes, opera favorites and light classics, will delight audiences of all ages at the Greater Bridgeport Symphony's free outdoor performance on Saturday evening, June 26th.
The 8 p.m. concert - featuring a return engagement of charismatic guest conductor Matthew Savery, who has charmed audiences for six years in a row - will take place at Fairfield University.
This year's concert will move to a new location in front of the Dimenna-Nyselius Library, which is located between the Quick Center for the Arts and the Barone Campus Center. The site was chosen because of the library's expansive, rolling lawn, which will easily accommodate the anticipated audience of 10,000. In past years the orchestra performed from Bellarmine Hall Terrace, the main administrative building, which is currently undergoing a renovation.
"The new site is larger than Bellarmine Lawn and has a natural amphitheater shape. The audience will also have a better sight line of the orchestra," comments Jena Maric, GBS Executive Director. "There are some stately trees that will provide great shade during the pre-concert program. Because it's a gentle rolling lawn, we are suggesting that people bring blankets and picnic baskets instead of tables and chairs."
Sponsored by Elizabeth M. Pfriem, with additional assistance from the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and Fairfield University, the 50-member orchestra will perform music from Broadway smash hits The Producers, The Music Man and The Wizard of Oz. The program will also feature light classics including Rimsky-Korsakov's Procession of the Nobles, a selection from Grieg's popular Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Mozart's Marriage of Figaro Overture, Offenbach's lively Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld, Debussy's romantic Claire de lune, Strauss's upbeat Radetsky March, Gade's seductive tango, Jalousie; and Tchaikovsky's monumental 1812 Overture.
This year's program will feature the gifted young soprano Elly Erickson hailed for her "powerful, smooth, incredibly flexible and intense coloratura voice and charming stage-presence." The Winner of the Barnum Festival's 2003 Jenny Lind Competition, will perform such enchanting arias as "Der Holle Rache" from Mozart's Magic Flute; "Mein her Marquis" from Strauss's Die Fledermaus and the jazz ballad, "Come Rain or Come Shine" from Saint Louis Woman.
"I have been fortunate to conduct outdoor engagements throughout the United States, and the venue at Fairfield University, I believe, is the most splendid of all," comments the handsome 37-year old maestro. "It's wonderful to see young and old enjoy an evening of fun, relaxation and great music. Even though we'll be in a different site on campus, it will still be the same great show."
About to celebrate his eleventh anniversary season as Music Director of the Bozeman (Montana) Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir, Matthew Savery enjoys a rapidly expanding reputation for his multi-faceted career as an electrifying performer, dedicated orchestra builder, and inspiring teacher.
In addition to his duties with the Bozeman Orchestra, where his innovative subscription, family and children's programming earns consistent praise and sold-out houses, Savery regularly offers the state's schools a "Conductor in Residency" program that, for the past several seasons has accounted for dozens of hours per school year. He is much in demand as both a competition adjudicator and an in-school clinician, and has guest conducted throughout the region. Until 1999 he also served five seasons as Music Director of the Butte Symphony Orchestra and Chorale.
Following his debut last summer at Connecticut's famed "Summer Music at Harkness", Matthew Savery's recent season was highlighted by performances with the Saginaw Bay and Springfield (MO) Symphony Orchestras, as well as a return to the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra.
Savery will be making his tenth appearance with the GBSO when he leads the orchestra in its upcoming December 4th subscription-series Pops concert at the Klein Auditorium, in Bridgeport. The program is entitled "Holiday Magic," and will feature selections from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Rossini's Magic Toy Shop, and other festive sounds of the season.
A native of Western Massachusetts, just "down the road" from the famed Tanglewood Music Festival, Savery graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music and received his Master of Music Degree from the University of Michigan, where he was the recipient of a Teaching Assistantship to the prestigious studio of Gustav Meier. In addition to Mr. Meier, his principal teachers have been Pascal Verrot and Frank Battisti.
While at the University of Michigan, Matthew Savery was the founding Music Director of the University Campus Chamber Orchestra. Subsequently, he also served as Music Director of the Comic Opera Guild of Ann Arbor, Massachusetts' Stockbridge Sinfonia, and the Tecumseh Orchestra in Michigan. He has also led performances with the Fort Wayne and Long Island Philharmonics, Sioux City, Quad City and Virginia Symphony Orchestras, the Missouri Chamber Orchestra, Cape May Music Festival and Canada's Victoria Symphony. In June 2001, he made a notable debut with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, opening its acclaimed summer series at Conner Prairie. Savery was a member of the first class of the International Institute for Conductors in Kiev, Ukraine, and has led that country's National Symphony Orchestra in public performance. Matthew Savery is a recipient of the Eugene and Sadie Power Award for the Performing Arts. In 1998 he and the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra were the subjects of a special feature on "CBS Sunday Morning."
Soprano Elly Erickson won first place at the 2003 Jenny Lind Competition and the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation Competition. Over the last ten months, she has received career grants from the Bronx Council on the Arts, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, and a special opportunity grant funded by the New York Foundation for the Arts/New York State Council on the Arts. In the last year, Erickson performed a concert tour in Sweden, interpreted the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann, and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. She was also heard singing Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras, was featured at the Special Olympics and in a documentary on opera singers last spring. Next season she will debut with Nashville Opera in productions of Carmen, Die Fledermaus and Hansel and Gretel. She will also be debuting with Delaware Valley Opera as Clorinda in La Cenerentola this summer.
Erickson has performed numerous opera and musical theater roles. She has interpreted one of her signature roles, the Queen of the Night, with El Paso Opera, Taconic Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, and with her alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A lover of twentieth century music, the soprano has performed Rorem's Ariel, Foss' Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, and Ravel's Shéhérazade. In 2000, she sang backup for Barbra Streisand's Farewell Concert at Madison Square Garden.
A free-lance writer, Erickson's publications include "Getting into a Young Artist Program" and "Trends in Opera" for the November 2003 issue of Classical Singer Magazine. As a consultant for the United Nations DPI/NGO Committees, Erickson served as the Chair of the Youth Liaison Committee for the 2002 and 2003 DPI/NGO Peace Conferences.
The Greater Bridgeport Symphony and Fairfield University share an early history. Both began operating in the mid-forties, and the Symphony's famous "Music under the Stars" summer series at Fairfield University drew tens of thousands from the late 40s to mid-60s. These outdoor concerts featured celebrities such as Roberta Peters, Bob Hope, Paul Whiteman, Eileen Farrell, Woody Hermann, Johnny Mathis, Eartha Kitt, Andre Kostelanetz and Louis Armstrong.
In 1992 Fairfield University invited the Greater Bridgeport Symphony to perform an outdoor Jubilee Pops Concert as part of the University's 50th anniversary celebrations. Starting in 1996, thanks to the generosity of Elizabeth M. Pfriem, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony has performed eight consecutive outdoor summer concerts on the campus, drawing a crowd of nearly 10,000 people.
The upcoming June 26th outdoor Pops Concert will also feature Moxie, a 7-piece band that performs new arrangements of great popular swing tunes, showcasing three-part vocal harmony plus two violins and jazz rhythm section. Moxie's upbeat swing music draws primarily from the jazzy styles of the famous female vocal trios of the 1930's and 1940's like the Andrews and the Boswell Sisters. Famous songs include "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and the "Chattanooga Choo Choo." Forties style costumes complete the act. Members of the Group include Dorothy Goldberg of Wallingford, vocals; Kate O'Brien of Orange, violin and vocals; Diane Orson of Hamden, violin and vocals; Tim Moran of Hamden, saxophone; Walt Gwardyak of Bloomfield, keyboard; Steve Bulmer of Cromwell, bass; and Joe Belanger of Clinton, drummer.
Concertgoers are encouraged to come early to set up picnic baskets and blankets. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., and shuttle buses will run continuously from the parking lots on campus to the concert site. No pets are allowed on campus.
In case of rain on Saturday, June 26th, the concert will take place on Sunday, June 27th, starting at 6:30 p.m. for the pre-concert program and 8 p.m. for the GBS Pops concert.
Fairfield University is located one half mile north of the Connecticut Turnpike (I-95), off of Exit 22. (Note: Due to the concert, the Dimenna-Nyselius Library will close early on Saturday, June 26th at 3 p.m.)
Those interested in directions to the upcoming Pops concert or a free brochure on the Symphony's new 2004-2005 season may call the GBS Office at (203) 576-0263; write to the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, 446 University Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604; or visit online at www.bridgeportsymphony.org.
Posted on May 15, 2004
Fairfield University student Christopher A. Marvel has been chosen to receive a prestigious William G. McGowan scholarship of $21,000 to go toward his senior year tuition in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business.
The award, which is open to students enrolled in accredited business schools throughout the United States, rewards applicants who achieve academic excellence, demonstrate leadership skills, show an intellectual curiosity, display entrepreneurial potential, and are involved in campus and community activities.
The Washington, D.C.-based William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc., is a philanthropic organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to students continuing their educations in selected academic institutions. The fund is named after its late founder William G. McGowan, former chairman of MCI Communications Corp.
For Marvel, a resident of Manasquan, N.J., the scholarship is a means to alleviate financial pressures on his family and avoid taking out loans that would make it harder for him to immediately continue his schooling. Marvel, who has a major in accounting, is considering going to law school after graduation. "I'm really concerned with justice," said Marvel, who is pursuing an internship in forensic accounting this summer. Possessing the ability to communicate in a second language is also very important to Marvel, who has a minor in Spanish and another in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. "Exceptional communication skills and a strong regard for social justice are paramount to becoming a good leader in my opinion," Marvel said.
"Chris Marvel is an exemplary student who lives Fairfield University's mission every day," said Norman Solomon, Ph.D., dean of the Dolan School of Business. "He is a serious scholar who is committed to the well being of his fellow students and to the well being of the community at large. The essay Chris wrote for the McGowan award is outstanding. He is truly deserving of this great honor."
The McGowan fund found its origins in his own struggle to finance his education. After being accepted to Harvard University for graduate work, he realized he would not have enough money to pay for his first year. McGowan ultimately benefited from a scholarship program that enabled him to finish his studies at Harvard.
While researching McGowan and his accomplishments, Marvel developed a deep respect for the man who, as head of MCI in the 1960s, took on the powerful AT&T.
"The timeless story of David and Goliath comes to mind as analogous to William McGowan's ongoing struggle against AT&T and the regulatory and legal battles that they fought," Marvel wrote in his scholarship essay. "The impact of the foundation of MCI and his subsequent victories in gaining access to AT&T's lines of communication are numerous and subtle."
Marvel went on to praise McGowan for his commitment to social responsibility. "Yet the founder of MCI, after being stricken with severe heart problems by 1986, sought to aid the institutions responsible for the health and intellectual development of Americans and create enduring funds to support innovation in medicine and education that would improve other people's lives."
With a cumulative GPA of 3.94, Marvel has made the Dean's List every semester at Fairfield University. A member of the Dean's Roundtable Advisory Council for the Dolan School of Business, Marvel is perhaps most proud of his recent induction into Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honor society. It had been the fervent hope of his late grandfather, Benedict Harter, a former dean of the graduate school of business at Fordham University, that his grandson be eligible to join. "That was really important to me, as a tribute to him," Marvel said.
In addition to his studies, Marvel has been a radio co-host on Fairfield University's WVOF-FM, a member of the Greek Club, and a campaign manager for a Fairfield University Student Association presidency candidate. Marvel has also played Club rugby and intramural softball. Marvel is also an accounting tutor with Beta Alpha Psi Honor Society (the professional business and financial information fraternity). Recently elected to the Student Beach Resident Association, Marvel hopes to foster a "clearer, stronger relationship between the campus and its beach resident students."
Last summer, Marvel worked as a refinance closing agent at the law offices of Harter & Pfleger in Colts Neck, N.J., where he gained valuable insight in the real estate market and compiled refinance packages, coordinated information and communication among clients, banks and title companies, reconciled municipal taxes for Q3 with escrow amounts, and performed other duties
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Posted on May 17, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 279
It's almost painful for some of Dr. Michael Brienza's students to admit how much they enjoyed a physics course.
As a professor of physics at Fairfield University who, along with regular physics courses, teaches core courses, Dr. Brienza is accustomed to having students in class who are there for only one reason: to fulfill their science requirement and move on. But as one student put it in an essay nominating Dr. Brienza for Teacher of the Year, his courses aren't the customary treks through arcane formulas and stultifying lab experiments.
"This is no ordinary physics class," wrote sophomore Mary Vingelen, in her nomination form. "I have learned more about life and myself because of Dr. Mike. He urges us to 'be passionate about something, and don't do anything if you're not passionate about it.' He teaches us not to take anything for granted, and to do our best at everything we do. Dr. Mike is an extraordinary teacher, mentor and friend, and I am a better person because I have had the wonderful opportunity to get to know him."
Commendations such as those earned Fairfield-resident Michael Brienza, Ph.D., visiting instructor in Physics, the title of Fairfield University 2004 Teacher of the Year, which was conferred by a committee of students in Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society.
"I am just so thrilled that the people I serve, and I mean that very sincerely, tell me I'm doing a good job," Dr. Brienza said.
Father Charles Allen, S.J., moderator of Alpha Sigma Nu (who oversees the committee), said he was extremely impressed by the amount of time and effort which the Alpha Sigma Nu Selection Committee gave to choosing this year's Teacher of the Year. "There were a number of faculty members who received multiple votes from the student body and the Committee considered many excellent candidates before choosing Dr. Brienza," Fr. Allen said.
Making physics agreeable has been Dr. Brienza's goal ever since he began teaching at Fairfield University in 1995. His method is to incorporate real-world applications, many from his own career, for the physics principles he teaches.
Last year, concerned that the physics experiments in the curriculum "were about as interesting as watching grass grow," Dr. Brienza and colleagues Nancy Haegel, Ph.D., a former professor of physics at Fairfield University, and Olivia Harriott, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology at the University, redesigned the physics curriculum to base much of the learning and experiments on human physiology.
"Did you know that the brain uses a tremendous amount of its computing power just to keep you erect? It interprets messages from the ears about balance, and all in all keeps this tall, awkward body balancing on two relatively small feet. We have students measure parts of the body, and learn about stability, forces and torques. We use headphones to demonstrate how the ears locate sound and determine where it comes from. In the lab, we have students measure their own eyes and write a prescription for themselves." The point, he says, is not just to make the learning fun. "I want them to see that it's relevant," he says.
Indeed, Dr. Brienza stresses the relevance of physics to a variety of careers in the everyday world. His own background helps. Dr. Brienza holds a BS and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Brienza has worked in a variety of industries, from aerospace to the sewing machine business, and holds 29 patents in everything from lasers to sewing machines to radar.
"Michael Brienza is truly to be admired. His enthusiasm for physics and the care and dedication he has for his students are exceptional," said Orin Grossman, Ph.D., academic vice president of Fairfield University. "I am delighted that he is being recognized by Fairfield's students as Teacher of the Year."
Just prior to joining Fairfield he worked for nine years at Norden Systems, then a division of United Technologies Corp., where he started as a program manager/engineering manager of a project and moved on to broader management positions, culminating in director of business development.
He believes that an understanding of physics is beneficial to a variety of professions, from finance to marketing, and of course, other sciences.
"Creativity and innovation occur at the interfaces of technologies," Dr. Brienza said. "We are bordering on a bio-physics/bio-chemistry interface that's going to be phenomenal. The days of pure science are over."
It is that balance between pure science and broader skill development that guides Dr. Brienza's teaching philosophy. He knows that while students will likely forget memorized formulas, they will retain the processes they learned for how to think about a problem when they are presented with new challenges throughout their careers and lives.
"We're not here to teach you to solve old problems," Dr. Brienza said. "Our job here is to turn out a well-rounded and well-developed person."
Posted on May 17, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 284
A Fairfield University graduating senior, who had been selected to deliver the valedictory address at this Sunday's commencement ceremonies, died early Thursday morning in a tragic accident in Newport, R.I. Francis J. Marx V, 21, died as the result of injuries received during a bus/pedestrian accident.
A resident of Richboro, Pa., Marx had traveled to Rhode Island to attend a dance sponsored by Wheaton College. He is the son of Fairfield alumnus Francis Marx Sr., class of 1976, and Maureen Marx and is survived by his two sisters, Lauren and Katelyn and his brother Patrick.
A Memorial Mass was held on campus at 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening in the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., University president, said, "This is such a tragic loss on so many levels. Frank was a very gifted student who truly believed in the Jesuit ideal of service to others. He will be greatly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and his many friends."
The tragedy has shaken the entire university community which is profoundly saddened by the loss of such a valued member of the Fairfield family.
A finance major and economics minor in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, Marx was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest honor society for undergraduate students, and had been inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, a leadership honor society, in his junior year. He had interned in the GE Capital Financial Management Program and been selected for GE's intensive two-year Financial Management Program, considered by many to be the premier program of its kind.
Under a scholarship from the Institute for Study Abroad, Marx had studied in the United Kingdom for a semester during his junior year. This past year he received the prestigious William G. McGowan Scholar award, presented to students enrolled in accredited business schools who achieve academic excellence, demonstrate leadership skills, show an intellectual curiosity, display entrepreneurial potential, and are involved in campus and community activities.
Marx was a Eucharistic Minister at Fairfield, a freshman participant in the University's S.K.I.L.L. Leadership program and a member of the Finance Club. He was a captain of the Fairfield University men's crew team that received a Student Leadership Award for "Most Outstanding Student Organization," as a result of the team's volunteer work at the Malta House Shelter for Homeless Women in Norwalk, Conn.
His volunteer activities included tutoring grade school children through the North End Boys & Girls Club, in Bridgeport, Conn., and serving as both a driver and mentor for Woods Services, a housing facility for the physically and mentally challenged based in Langhorne, Penn.
At Fairfield, the staffs of residence life, the counseling center and campus ministry are reaching out to all students, particularly those close to Frank.
Posted on May 20, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 291
President Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. announced Wednesday that the University's Athletic Department will no longer report directly to the President but will be integrated into the Division of Student Services. He also promoted current Dean of Students, Mark Reed, to the position of Associate Vice President to oversee the varsity program. The Recreation Department, including club sports, intramurals, other recreation programs, and the Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Recreation Complex are currently under Reed's supervision.
Kelley said, "My time spent with the program has not only expanded my understanding of the important role varsity athletics plays in the life of an institution, but has also provided me with greater insight into the complexity of issues such programs face." He stated further, "A fully developed program of both intercollegiate and recreational opportunities is vital to the Jesuit educational mission of educating the whole person. I am confident that varsity athletics at Fairfield will be better served by integrating it into the Division of Student Services where it will receive even more attention. It is also hoped that the reorganization will lead to greater involvement by the entire student body."
"I have enjoyed immensely working with Gene Doris, Director of Athletics, during the past 10 years," Kelley said. "He is a seasoned administrator, extremely well informed, and exercises good judgment in addressing the issues involved in major collegiate athletics."
Praising Reed, Father Kelley said "During his tenure at the University, Mark Reed has distinguished himself as an outstanding administrator. His energy, spirit, and devotion to an increasingly vibrant campus environment for students will serve the institution well as he and Gene Doris collaborate with our new President in support of an even stronger program for Fairfield."
"I see this as a win-win for students," Reed said of the change. "It will open new doors of possibility for intercollegiate athletics and help student athletes be more fully engaged in the life of the University. Gene Doris and I already have a close relationship and I welcome the chance to work with him on this important area of student life."
Reed indicated that the level of the President's involvement in major policy issues concerning athletics would not diminish under this new reporting structure and he is assured that President-elect Jeffrey von Arx, S.J. will be engaged in and committed to a strong program of intercollegiate and recreational opportunities. Reed will report directly to the President on issues involving athletics.
Gene Doris, who is in his 10th year as athletics director, said, "During his tenure at Fairfield, Mark Reed has been a staunch advocate of intercollegiate athletics. His experience on several committees dealing with athletic issues positions him to further the interests of student athletes. In addition, as an alumnus, he brings a unique perspective on the value that intercollegiate athletics can add to a university community and its extended family."
Mark Reed will assume the position of Associate Vice President and Dean of Students on June 1. A Fairfield resident, Reed is also an alumnus of the University. After receiving an undergraduate degree in mathematics, he spent four years teaching and coaching at the secondary level while earning an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Boston College. He returned to Fairfield as assistant to the Dean of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business and later served as Associate Director of Annual Giving. He also received an M.B.A. from Fairfield. In 2001, he was named Dean of Students. In that role, Reed, in addition to overseeing club sports, recreation and intramurals, is responsible for judicial affairs, residence life and housing, student life and university activities, new student programs, off-campus student affairs, and is involved in student advocacy issues including Title IX compliance. Reed also serves on a number of University committees such as the Athletic Advisory Committee, and chaired the Equity, Welfare and Sportsmanship subcommittee for the NCAA interim report in 2002. He has taught as an adjunct both in the Mathematics department and in the MBA Program.
Fairfield University sponsors 19 varsity sports, all of which compete at the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Fairfield is a founding member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The varsity program includes eight men's sports - baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving and tennis, and 11 women's sports - basketball, crew, cross country, field hockey, golf lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball. Approximately 400 students compete in varsity sports.
The University also fields nine club sports including equestrian, ice hockey, karate, men's crew, men's rugby, men's volleyball, ski and snowboarding, track and field and women's rugby, along with a host of intramural and fitness programs. More than 1700 students participate in these programs annually.
Posted on May 20, 2004
Vol. 21, No. 7
Fairfield University honored its retiring President yesterday by creating an endowed chair of Catholic Studies in his name and establishing a fund to support initiatives related to Fairfield's Jesuit and Catholic mission.
More than 400 individuals, including members of the Fairfield University Board of Trustees, benefactors and friends of the University, gathered Sunday to pay tribute to Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., and to honor his legacy of 25 years of service to the institution.
The tribute began with a Mass of Thanksgiving in Fr. Kelley's honor at the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola - one of nine major structures built during Fr. Kelley's tenure. Following Mass, a reception and tribute ceremony took place in the Kelley Theatre of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
"Today we celebrate the accomplishments of a man who by all accounts can only be called extraordinary," said Board of Trustees Chair Paul Huston. "For the last twenty-five years, Father Kelley has led this institution with integrity and a passion for excellence that has resulted in its evolution into one of the nation's foremost Jesuit universities."
Citing the four leadership pillars noted in the book "Heroic Leadership" by Chris Lowney, a former Jesuit who for 17 years served as a managing director for J.P. Morgan, Huston said looking at the tenure of Fr. Kelley, "There is no doubt, that Fairfield University and those in its immediate and extended family have been blessed with a heroic leader among us."
Huston announced the following ways in which the University and its benefactors are honoring the retiring leader:
- Through gifts from current and former trustees and their families, a $2 million endowment was established for the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., Chair in Catholic Studies.
- As the result of a generous $500,000 gift from the Mary B. Radwick Trust, the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., Endowment in Support of the Facilitator for Jesuit and Catholic Mission and Identity has been established. The gift was made possible by James Stapleton of Fairfield, an alumnus, past trustee of the University and trustee of the Radwick Trust.
- With other gifts received from alumni, parents and friends, the University has established an endowment fund to support initiatives to further Fairfield's mission as a Jesuit and Catholic University.
- The Board also bestowed upon Fr. Kelley the title of President Emeritus and approved the naming of a new building slated for construction next year after the retiring President. The building will house the offices of undergraduate and graduate admission, financial aid, the University registrar and the bursar.
Those in attendance gave an enthusiastic and prolonged standing ovation to Fr. Kelley following his remarks, in which he said of his experience as president: "It has been the most enjoyable and rewarding experience of my life by far. I do not expect it to be equaled."
Sunday's program also included a premier showing of a video entitled; "Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. - The Man. The Priest. The President." In addition, an exhibit featuring 40 photographs highlighting Fr. Kelley's presidency was unveiled at the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at the Quick Center. Video tributes to Fr. Kelley from Connecticut's U.S Senator Christopher Dodd and Congressman Christopher Shays were also part of the program as was a letter of tribute from President George W. and Laura Bush.
Fr. Kelley announced his retirement in October 2003. His last day as President will be June 30. His successor is Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., Dean of the College of Rose Hill at Fordham University who was in the audience, as was Boston College President Rev. William Leahy, S.J.
Posted on May 20, 2004
Vol. 21, No. 6
ABC News' Cokie Roberts offered words of encouragement and solace to graduates of Fairfield University's Class of 2004, during her commencement address Sunday. The University's 54th graduation ceremony, the last under the tenure of President Aloysius P. Kelley., S.J., was both celebratory and sad, as students also mourned the recent loss of one of their peers.
Francis J. Marx V, 21, of Richboro, Pa., was killed Thursday in a bus/pedestrian accident, just days before he was to make the valedictory address at the graduation ceremonies. A moment of silence was observed at the ceremony in honor of Marx, and his parents, Maureen Marx and Francis Marx IV, of Fairfield University's Class of 1976, accepted their son's diploma.
Roberts, ABC News' award-winning political commentator and senior news analyst for National Public Radio, drew upon a theme of service and action that Marx had hoped to share with the class.
Marx had written in his valedictory address: "Dedicating ourselves to what we are most passionate about will allow us to be the best at what we do and will translate into the fulfillment of our responsibility to achieve for others." Later in the speech he wrote: "Do not live passively, but be extraordinary and represent Fairfield well by making a difference in the world."
"You can make a remarkable difference if you do it in public service," Roberts said, suggesting such a career as a way to fulfill the Jesuit ideals of service to others that the students had been taught during their years at Fairfield, a Jesuit university.
"Our civic society is really all we have by way of nationhood," Roberts said, noting that Americans do not share a common language, history or ethnicity, but that they do share common institutions created by the Constitution.
Roberts commiserated with the class over the loss of Marx and the difficult times they had shared together, including Sept. 11. She reminded the class of the conviction that God brings good out of evil.
"It is the theological virtue of hope that leads us to believe that," Roberts said.
Roberts received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Fairfield University. Other honorary degree recipients were Reverend Mother Dolores Hart, Prioress, O.S.B., at the 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.
The commencement marked the largest ever for Fairfield University, with 1,330 graduates from the University's six schools. It was also unique in that it was the last for Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., who has announced that he will retire this June after 25 years of service as president.
Fairfield University awarded its Saint Ignatius Loyola Medal for outstanding university service to Robert D. Keder of Seymour, Conn. The Bellarmine Medal, which is given to the student with the highest four-year academic average, went to Christine A. Carpino of Macungie, Pa., and Allison Marie Michal of Lincroft, N.J.
Posted on May 23, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 290