Business school renovation complete Prof. Ted Cheney, author of "Writing Creative Nonfiction" to teach subject at Fairfield University Fairfield University named to host 2007 MAAC Basketball Tournament Four Fairfield University students win Fulbright Scholarships; seven more designated as alternates Heather Logan Petraglia named Assistant Dean and Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University Fairfield University receives high marks in U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review "Sopranos" daughter Jamie-Lynn Discala to deliver Open VISIONS Forum lecture Fairfield University Orchestra invites community members to play under new conductor Charles Z. Bornstein First North American exhibition of stunning Acropolis photos to open at Fairfield University Fairfield University and The Rassias Foundation at Dartmouth College offer Weekend Immersion Programs in French, Italian and Spanish Karen Pellegrino named Director of Undergraduate Admission at Fairfield University
The School of Business is on the move. In addition to its relocation to the former Conference Center, the business school has an unmistakeable momentum, punctuated by an MBA program that is growing faster than anticipated in prestige, numbers and reach to distant lands such as Ireland and China, and its prestigious AACSB accreditation that puts it in the company of elite business schools across the nation.
Dr. Walter Ryba, dean of the School of Business, summed it up when he said recently, "I guess you could say we're on a roll."
Under the direction of Richard Taylor, project manager and assistant vice president for administration, the business school's new facility has been renovated in three short months to suit the business school's philosophy that learning is a collaborative effort, enhanced by the latest technological tools.
The former Conference Center's suites were converted into 45 faculty offices, which got power upgrades for computers, wiring for Internet access and phones, and new furniture. A Faculty Resource Center includes a reference library and three computers.
Seven classrooms were wired for multimedia, the Internet and computer projection, and the 150-seat amphitheater also was wired for computer projection.
Two labs with a total of 16 Pentium-based computers were created, along with a 49-seat Distance Learning Room where eventually classes can broadcast to remote sites. Each seat, according to Taylor, has a port for a laptop computer.
Two seminar rooms that can seat 28 students were wired for computers and are located in the faculty wing. Adjacent to the seminar rooms are six team workrooms that have three computers with Internet access and a conference table with nine laptop ports embedded in the table top. Adjoining the workrooms are two breakout rooms so students can leave during a lecture to work on projects.
In addition, Area Studies, the Center for Global Competitiveness and International Studies have moved to the new School of Business to facilitate cooperation and curricular alliances.
A spacious student lounge located near the front doors and a snack bar car serve undergraduates and evening students.
Posted on September 1, 1998
"Writing Creative Nonfiction" can be disconcerting to a literalist, Ted Cheney knows, but it's a term near and dear to this professional who has two successful books on writing to his credit. It is a term he helped popularize in the mid-eighties with a book by the same name and it's the name of a course he will be teaching at Fairfield University in September.
A multitude of synonyms have emerged over the years, including "Literary Journalism" and "Literature of Fact," but the purpose remains the same, he says, and that is "to deliver facts in ways that move the reader toward a deeper understanding of a topic."
Creative nonfiction writers "inform their readers by making the reading experience vivid, emotionally compelling, and enjoyable while sticking to the facts," he says. The concept isn't all that new, he explains, using as an example Jack London's 1906 account of the San Francisco earthquake for Collier's Weekly. Ernest Hemingway succeeded at the genre as well, with his 1937 article, "On the Shelling of Madrid," written for the North American Newspaper Alliance.
Put succinctly, Prof. Cheney says that Creative Nonfiction "requires the skills of the storyteller and the research ability of the conscientious reporter." He uses the work of several authors, to illustrate creative nonfiction to students. Susan Orlean who writes for the New Yorker is a contemporary example of someone who brings her writing to life by mastering her subject and then using writing techniques associated with fiction, to make her articles compelling. Her writing has been described as "snapshot-vivid, pitch-perfect prose" by The Washington Post Book World.
Prof. Cheney's class will meet Tuesdays, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 14. For more information, please call University College at (203) 254-4110.
Prof. Cheney is also the author of the popular, "Getting the Words Right," a classic for writers that has been revised and will be published next year.
Posted on August 3, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 36
|Lyn Carlotto (center), executive director of the Arena at Harbor Yard, proudly displays a plaque presented to her by MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor (right) on the occasion of the announcement that Fairfield University and the Arena have been chosen to host the 2007 MAAC Men's and women's Basketball Championships. Also on hand for the news conference were Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi (left) and Fairfield President Jeffrey von Arx, S.J. (center).|
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has named Fairfield University as host and the Arena at Harbor Yard as the site for the 2007 MAAC Basketball Tournament. The announcement was made at a morning press conference on Wednesday.
"Three years ago, Fairfield University joined the city of Bridgeport and the Arena at Harbor Yard, creating a successful team to bring the best in college basketball to southwestern Connecticut," Fairfield University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. said at the news conference. "Today, we add a new teammate to this successful team - Commissioner Rich Ensor and the MAAC."
Located in Bridgeport, the Arena at Harbor Yard has served as the home court for the Fairfield University men's and women's basketball programs for the past three seasons. The 9,000-seat facility also hosted the sold-out 2004 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball first and second rounds. Fairfield has been selected to host the 2006 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball championship at the Arena.
"I am pleased that the 2007 MAAC tournament will be played in Bridgeport," Fairfield Director of Athletics Eugene P. Doris said. "We received a great deal of support with sold-out crowds for the 2004 NCAA women's basketball tournament, and expect the MAAC tournament will generate the same excitement in 2007."
The 2005 MAAC tournament takes place at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo on Thursday, March 3 through Monday, March 7. The 2006 conference tourney will be played in Albany, N.Y.
"It is great to bring the championship to Connecticut and have our local fans presented with the opportunity to attend the event at the Arena at Harbor Yard," MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor said. "Rotating the championship between cities allows all our fans the opportunity to experience top-level NCAA basketball on a regular basis. The basketball championship has been a well-received event in Albany, Buffalo and Trenton, and we anticipate that it can be equally successful in Bridgeport."
"This is a great day for the City of Bridgeport," City of Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi said. "We often come down to cheer on the Fairfield University basketball teams. We are very happy to be part of this tournament."
Posted on August 3, 2004
Four Fairfield University graduates have been chosen to receive Fulbright Scholarships for the 2004-2005 academic year, while seven more have been listed as alternates who would be awarded Fulbrights should another student decline the honor. Initially, 14 Fairfield University students were recommended by the Institute of International Education (IIE) National Screening Committee.
The Fulbright Grant is the most prestigious scholarship awarded by the U.S. government. The grant funds students to go abroad for one year after graduation to engage in independent research, study and work. A primary goal of the scholarship is to increase mutual understanding between peoples of the United States and other countries.
The four new award winners bring to 33 the number of Fairfield University students who have been awarded Fulbrights since 1993. "It is a great tribute to our wonderful students that so many receive Fulbright awards. It is also a great acknowledgement to an extraordinarily devoted team of faculty and administrators who dedicate so much time and energy to mentor these students and help them navigate the complex application process," said Orin Grossman, Ph.D., academic vice president at Fairfield University.
Students at Fairfield University who are interested in applying for a Fulbright go through an intensive process of developing a proposal and refining it with the help of the Fairfield University Fulbright faculty committee, said Miriam Gogol, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Gogol joined Fairfield last year and administers the University's rigorous Fulbright process, which includes screenings, interviews, and several redrafts of student proposals. "It's a marvelous system that we have here; it's an arduous system," Dr. Gogol said. "The faculty are very demanding of the student applicants and we have a strong student support system, particularly in the College of Arts and Sciences."
Even students who do not win Fulbrights ultimately benefit from the process of learning to create independent intellectual projects and present themselves before faculty, Gogol said.
This year Fairfield University had an exceptional number of students go very far in the Fulbright process. Ultimately, four graduates were awarded Fulbrights.
Gerald Abbey traveled throughout Europe during an educational exchange in the spring of 2003 and now the Blue Bell, PA, resident will immerse himself in another culture altogether: through his Fulbright scholarship he will spend a year teaching in Taiwan. While it might seem intimidating to some, Abbey is anticipating the opportunity to visit "the other side of the world" and enter a foreign culture with a language completely unknown to him.
"This is what I want to continue doing; to travel, teach, and learn," said Abbey, an English major with minors in education, philosophy and Spanish.
Abbey will spend the year working with children ages 6 to 12. He will serve as a teacher's assistant, consulting on the curriculum to make it well rounded and culturally accurate. The goal of this is to provide the optimum environment for the students to learn American English. Abbey already has some experience under his belt working with young people. He served as an assistant coach for Fairfield College Preparatory School's wrestling team. In addition, Abbey recently completed student teaching at Trumbull High School in Connecticut.
"It has all really helped me prepare for teaching," he said of his experiences.
James Allwein, a native of Lancaster, Pa., will spend the year in Athens, Greece, where he will work on modernizing corporate governance and financial reporting regulations through a research assistantship at Capital Link Inc., an investor relations services provider. In the spring, Allwein will do an internship at the Athens Stock Exchange, where he will be involved in researching the development of new financial instruments. He will also take classes through the doctoral program of economics at the University of Athens.
"Greece has undergone major economic change over the last decade to become a part of the European Union," said Allwein, a finance major, who said he was interested in observing how Greece is going to sustain and support economic growth since becoming an EU member. "It is a country with unique prospects for economic growth." Allwein was president of Fairfield University's chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business school honor society. He has also been a member of On the Spot, Theatre Fairfield's improvisation troupe.
Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. resident James DiGuglielmo will participate in cutting edge physics research at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Golm, Germany, this year. His Fulbright will provide the opportunity to work with one of only three instruments worldwide used for the detection of gravitational waves. Physicists theorize that any object that passes through a gravitational field creates waves, though they are usually too miniscule to be detectable. However, massive astronomical events, such as a supernovae explosion, create such a violent surge of energy that scientists believe the resultant gravitational waves can be detected on earth by specialized instruments that use lasers to measure changes in the length of the detector, thereby yielding valuable information as to the structure of the incident waves.
"I have an interest in gravitational theory and astrophysics in general," said DiGuglielmo, a double major in physics and philosophy with a double minor in German and mathematics. "It would give me first-hand experience into what the field is all about." That experience will help him decide whether to pursue graduate studies in the field.
In addition to his research, DiGuglielmo will take classes at the University of Hanover. Throughout his years at Fairfield University, DiGuglielmo has served as a Eucharistic Minister and a volunteer at a Salvation Army soup kitchen. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Nu (the Jesuit honor society), Alpha Mu Gamma (the language honor society) and Pi Mu Epsilon (the mathematics honor society), DiGuglielmo also participated in the debate team.
For Aelee Kwon, a resident of Wilbraham, Mass., a Fulbright to teach English as a second language in South Korea will also provide her with the opportunity to explore the country in which her parents were born.
"I went when I was five but I haven't been back since," said Kwon, who hopes to meet and visit with her relatives in Seoul during her stay. "It will give me a way to reconnect with the family and learn about my culture."
The teaching assignment will also help Kwon, who has a major in English and a minor in Studio Art, determine whether she would like to pursue a career in education. Kwon will spend the first six weeks of the year in a training program at a University two hours outside of Seoul before getting her official assignment, to teach basic conversational English to middle or high school students in another South Korean city. Kwon also hopes to pursue interests in writing and photography throughout the year.
In addition to her Fulbright, Kwon is a winner of the Christopher B. Love Student Achievement Award, which the Center for Multicultural Relations presents to minority students at Fairfield University with a grade point average above 3.0. A mission volunteer in Tijuana, Mexico, with Fairfield University's Campus Ministry, Kwon has worked as a tour guide throughout her four years at Fairfield University. She was also assistant editor of The Sound, the student literary magazine, to which she has submitted some of her work in photography.
"Fairfield's continuing success in the Fulbright program comes from a synthesis of creativity from our students, our faculty, our staff, and our administration. Many of our students - and those who teach and mentor them - are 'thinking Fulbright' even before the students arrive for their first year on campus," said Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University. "The learning, discovery, discernment, and global concerns and care that eventually lead them to apply for these awards are all hallmarks of Jesuit education. We are happy that Fulbright is there to lead our students to yet another level, and we are proud to be immersed in the program."
"Fairfield University's success in the Fulbright Program shows both our commitment to excellence in scholarship and our commitment to educating our students to be global citizens," said Norman Solomon, Ph.D., dean of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield. "That we do so well in the Fulbright competition is a tribute to the hard work of our faculty in mentoring these outstanding young women and men and to the world vision of the students themselves."
Posted on August 4, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 16
Heather Logan Petraglia was recently appointed to the position of assistant dean and director of undergraduate programs in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University. She previously served as assistant dean of freshmen at Fairfield University.
Petraglia began her career at Fairfield University in 2000 as a graduate counseling intern in the Dean of Freshmen Office and was later appointed to the position of assistant dean. In this role, she assessed the adjustment process of first year students, specifically pertaining to student development, academic success, and collegiate fulfillment. Petraglia has been an active member of the campus community and currently serves as a clinical supervisor for counselors-in-training through the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.
Petraglia, a Nationally Certified Counselor, is a 2001 graduate of Fairfield University with a Master of Arts Degree in Community Counseling and a 1996 graduate of William Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. Petraglia maintains membership in national and local professional associations including the American Counseling Association and the American College Counseling Association. She resides in Westport, Conn.
Posted on August 9, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 27
Fairfield University has once again placed number three among the Best Universities in the North with master's degree programs, according to the new rankings just released by U.S. News & World Report's 2005 edition of "America's Best Colleges." The survey considers 165 colleges and universities from Maryland to Maine in determining where schools rank in this category. Fairfield has stayed at the top four of the rankings for the last 14 years.
Earlier this week Fairfield University was also included in the Princeton Review's "The Best 357 Colleges 2005 Rankings." Fairfield is also the only Connecticut school among 77 nationwide to make another Princeton Review publication, "2005 Edition of America's Best Value Colleges." The Best Value edition made note of Fairfield's significant financial aid program and said the university has a "tremendous array of first-rate academic resources, and schedules more extracurricular programs, speakers, and events than you could ever shake a stick at." It also said, "Community service is a big deal, and the Jesuit ideals of educating the whole person are taken quite seriously."
Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., who began his tenure as Fairfield's eighth president just last month, said he was pleased but not surprised by the solid rankings Fairfield achieved. "As a member of the Board of Trustees I have had the opportunity to see firsthand the quality education Fairfield provides its students. We have a dedicated and highly credentialed faculty, along with first-rate students, so I am confident we have a very solid base on which to build."
Judith Dobai, associate vice president for enrollment management, said the guides are helpful and should be accompanied by campus visits when possible. "I am delighted to see that Fairfield has again been recognized as an outstanding institution. We know these guides can be useful tools for students and families in deciphering the college selection process. However, there are important qualities in education that can be difficult to measure, and that's where a campus visit can make a big difference." At Fairfield, she said, education is whole-person-centered and values based. "We know families who spend time exploring our community gain even greater insight into these and other qualities that can make a difference in selecting a college."
Posted on August 20, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 35
Jamie-Lynn Discala, who, at just 23, has won raves as mob daughter Meadow on television's acclaimed "The Sopranos," headlined in "Beauty and the Beast" on Broadway, successfully battled an eating disorder, released an album and penned an autobiography, will speak at Fairfield University on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. Her talk, entitled "Wise Girl: What I've Learned About Life, Love and Loss," is part of Open VISIONS Forum, a program of University College, and will include a post-lecture discussion session.
A native New Yorker, Discala has been acting and singing since she was seven years old. Getting her start in regional theater, she has starred in more than two dozen productions from "Annie" to "Gypsy."
Discala rose to national fame in 1999, when she first appeared as Meadow Soprano, the feisty, brainy daughter of a mob boss on HBO's critically acclaimed "The Sopranos." She has played Meadow for all five seasons of the show, taking her from a high school honor student to a newly engaged young woman who manages to balance her respect for law and justice with a fierce loyalty to her family.
"I am so proud to be Jamie's 'dad,'" James Gandolfini, who plays Tony Soprano, has said of his TV daughter. "She is not only a talented actress but also a bright, generous, and inspiring young lady."
Despite being one of the youngest members of a talented cast, her work has not gone unnoticed. She received the 1999 and 2000 Hollywood Reporter Young Star Award for Best Young Actress in a Dramatic Television Series and she has a 2000 Screen Actors' Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast. Discala, who is of Greek and Cuban descent, also received nominations for American Latino Media Arts Awards in 2001 and 2002.
The notoriously long stretches between "Sopranos" seasons have offered Discala time to work on other projects. In October 2002, she made her Broadway debut as Belle in "Beauty and the Beast," a role she played through February 2003. She also starred opposite Eartha Kitt in a 2001 national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" and offered a memorable turn as Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss in the made-for-television movie "Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss."
Discala has several upcoming films - some listing her in the cast by her maiden name, Jamie-Lynn Sigler - including "eXtreme dating," an action-comedy revolving around the romantic misadventures of four 20-something friends. She is also slated to appear in "Lovewrecked" with teen starlet Amanda Bynes.
Having unveiled her clear soprano voice on "The Sopranos," Discala released her first CD, "Here to Heaven," in 2001. The album includes a variety of ballads and catchy pop tunes, three of which are sung in Spanish.
In 2002, Discala took time out to reflect on her busy life in "Wise Girl" (Pocket Books), an autobiography that revealed her longtime battle with an eating disorder and a bout of Lyme Disease that left her temporarily paralyzed from the waist down. She also became an active spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association in an effort to help and educate others.
"I went public with my eating disorder because I wanted to make some good come of this terrible episode in my life," Discala has said. "I want to reach young girls and let them know that there is a way out; there is help available. No one should have to suffer in silence."
Discala, who married her manager AJ Discala in 2003, divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.
Tickets are $25, $22.50 for seniors 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 August 20, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 26
The Fairfield University Orchestra will reconvene for the 2004-05 season under a new conductor, Charles Z. Bornstein, a scholar of Leonard Bernstein and an educator with the New York Philharmonic. Participation in the Orchestra is open to any and all community members and students interested in playing.
Bornstein, a Fairfield resident, has been involved in music and conducting for more than three decades. He has served as the musical director/principal conductor for half a dozen musical organizations including the Rubin Academy of Music Jerusalem (2002-03); the Rockford Symphony Orchestra (1986-1992); the London, Canada Mozart Festival (1985-1987); and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (1982-1984).
As a member of the education department of the New York Philharmonic, Bornstein has unusual access to the complete archives of Leonard Bernstein, and plans to utilize them to enhance the experience of the Fairfield University Orchestra.
"We will be using Mr. Bernstein's own materials that he used in his own concerts and recordings," Bornstein said.
Bornstein has been a guest or assistant conductor for various orchestras and symphonies in more than a dozen different countries including the United States, Austria, Germany, England, Yugoslavia, Portugal and France. He debuted as a guest conductor in 1985 with the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. Since then he has worked with dozens of different professional orchestras and symphonies including the BBC Philharmonic and Chorus in Huddersfield, England; the Krakow Philharmonic and Chorus; the Hochschule, Vienna Musikverein; and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
In 1974 he received his B.M. from the Julliard School and then earned a diploma from the Mozarteum. He went on to study at the University of Vienna where he received his M.M. in 1975. He graduated in 1975 as a part of the Vienna Master-class. He has been a guest lecturer internationally and has written several articles and publications. Bornstein is currently writing a book on the works of Gustav Mahler, the Austrian conductor and composer from the late romantic epoch.
The Fairfield University Orchestra has been in place for nearly 15 years and has always been made up of both community members and Fairfield University students. There are no auditions and participation is free. The Orchestra begins rehearsals this year on Monday, Sept. 13. Community members interested in joining the Orchestra are welcome to attend the rehearsal, which will take place in the Gonzaga Auditorium at Fairfield University at 7:30 p.m.
"Charles' expertise is in translating Bernstein's interpretive genius, making it accessible to both players and the audience," said Laura Nash Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Fairfield University. "Given his expertise and extraordinary access to Leonard Bernstein's materials, the Fairfield University Orchestra will be performing at least one Leonard Bernstein interpretation of a piece in each concert."
The Orchestra will perform its semi-annual concerts in December and May at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University. This year the Orchestra will be playing Schubert's "Symphony 5" from Bernstein's materials, Elgar's "Sea Pictures" an evocative song cycle, as well as Sviridov's "The Snowstorm," a piece based on a Pushkin short story.
"I'm actually trying to duplicate as an art form, or as an experience, the Bernstein interpretive essence," Bornstein said. "Participants will get a unique experience in the town in which Bernstein lived, to understand first-hand one of the world's greatest interpreters of music."
Members of the Orchestra and of the Fairfield University faculty and staff, are also welcome to attend Bornstein's events at the New York Philharmonic, free of charge. For information on the Fairfield University Orchestra, please contact Dr. Nash at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2638 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on August 25, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 43
On the heels of the Olympic Games in Athens, Fairfield University will celebrate Greek antiquities this fall with the first ever North American exhibition of nearly 100 photographs of the ongoing Acropolis restoration project. The presentation will also feature companion exhibits, a production of a classic Greek drama and intriguing workshops for schoolteachers and students. On Wednesday, Sept. 15, the University's Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery will unveil "Photographs of the Athenian Acropolis: The Restoration Project." This much-anticipated exhibition by photographer Socratis Mavrommatis documents more than 25 years of work by the Acropolis Restoration Service of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture (ARS). This team of experts is charged with preserving and conserving the ancient monuments of one of the most recognized and revered examples of High Classical architecture in the world.
The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be on display through Sunday, Dec. 5, in the gallery, located in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Mavrommatis will be on hand at the opening and will introduce excerpts from two films on the restoration, including footage never shown outside Athens. On Thursday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m. he will present a free public lecture on the restoration in the Quick Center's Wien Experimental Theatre.
The exhibit is funded, in part, by the Schecter Foundation and sponsored by the Fairfield University Humanities Institute.
"The Walsh Art Gallery is most fortunate to be the first North American venue for this stunning series of photographs," said gallery Director Diana Mille, Ph.D., who has worked with colleague Katherine Schwab, Ph.D., associate professor of art history at Fairfield, to organize the exhibit and related activities.
Dr. Schwab will present "The Athenian Acropolis: New Discoveries," a public lecture on the restoration and the treasures of the Acropolis, on Wednesday, October 6, at 12:30 p.m. in the Walsh Art Gallery. Tickets are $5.
Mostly shot in black and white, the collection includes a photo of a section of the Parthenon's marble floor, details of architecture and sculpture and one very large color photograph of the Acropolis taken in late afternoon from the nearby hill of the Pnyx.
Formed by the Greek Ministry of Culture, the ARS is removing corroded 19th-century iron dowels and clamps as well as incorporating newly identified fragments of the structures. Each building has its own team of engineers, architects, conservators, stone-workers and other specialists who hope to stabilize and preserve the buildings for future generations.
Mavrommatis, the ARS' chief photographer, has had access to all phases of the project. Long intrigued by the potential melding of art and scientific documentation through photography, he has chronicled the entire restoration, producing thousands of photos of the individual temples and buildings in summer's blazing heat, in different light and even the rare winter snowfall, revealing astonishing aerial views and whimsical close detail.
The photographs coming to Fairfield are organized into four elements: the Acropolis prior to restoration; detailed preparation efforts; the work itself; and images of the monuments throughout the process. The exhibit also includes close-up photos of the 160-meter-long Parthenon frieze illustrating the procession to the Acropolis to honor the goddess Athena. The renowned frieze includes depictions of 360 divine and human figures and more than 250 animals.
The photographs were on exhibit in 2003 at University College in London, and have also been shown in Brussels and Rome.
The link to Fairfield University stems from a professional friendship between Mavrommatis and Dr. Schwab, who makes frequent trips to Athens to conduct research on the Parthenon metopes. Mavrommatis will spend 10 days at Fairfield, during which he will collaborate with Dr. Mille and student interns for the installation in the gallery and lecture on photography and archaeology. The exhibit - and related teaching materials and high-quality scale models that will be part of the permanent Fairfield University collections - will provide enormous educational opportunities for University students and educators and public school classes across the region.
The gallery will offer tours and activities for kindergarten through 12th grade teachers and students, university students and the public, incorporating detailed scale models and teaching kits. Teachers at Holy Family Roman Catholic School in Fairfield will incorporate the exhibit into social studies classes for all students in grades 5 through 8. Students identified as gifted and talented through a Johns Hopkins University program will also include the exhibit in their studies.
Four large plaster casts on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, including two stunning sections of the Parthenon frieze, will grace the Quick Center lobby during the Acropolis exhibit.
Theatre Fairfield, the University's resident theater company, will present Aristophanes' "The Birds," a Classical Greek play, in the fall and the University plans to host a Greek film series in conjunction with the exhibit. Both events will be open to the public.
The Quick Center will exhibit a series of albumen photo prints of the Parthenon frieze taken by British photographer W.A. Mansell in the 1880s. The photos will be placed side by side with similar shots by Mavrommatis, offering intriguing comparisons of a century's effect on the site.
Fairfield University professors are incorporating the exhibit into Art History, Studio Art, Music, Theater, Film/TV/Radio and Classical Studies.
University officials expect the Olympic Games to spark renewed interest in Greece and its important architecture and archaeology. Mavrommatis sees his photographs as having a dual purpose for those who view them.
"The photographic documentation of the Acropolis monuments, before and during the restoration project, beyond its obvious necessity and value, serves as a historical apology for the changes made by the intervention," he said.
The exhibit will open to the public at a 6 p.m. reception on Sept. 15. Museum hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2969.
Posted on August 25, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 31
Advanced beginners and intermediate level speakers in French, Italian and Spanish are invited to hone their language skills through an intensive weekend of study and practice designed to reinforce and improve speaking ability in a short period of time.
University College at Fairfield University has teamed up with The Rassias Foundation at Dartmouth College to offer Weekend Immersion Programs (WIPs) at Fairfield University during the weekend of October 1-3, 2004. Another series of WIPs is tentatively scheduled for April 22-25, 2005. Prospective participants interested in languages other than French, Italian and Spanish are encouraged to inform University College of their language preferences for future programs.
The WIPs utilize the "Rassias Method" for language teaching and the Dartmouth Intensive Language Model (DILM), which were adapted to the needs of Fairfield University by Joel Goldfield, Ph.D., associate professor of modern languages and literatures at Fairfield, in 1998. Conceived by Prof. John Rassias, the "Rassias Method" is a way to develop proficiency in another language through the use of physical demonstrations and frequent guided speaking. It eliminates the need to translate a new word into its equivalent word in the students' native tongue.
"The Rassias Method builds team spirit and group communication while emphasizing individual practice within an atmosphere of good humor and play with the language," Dr. Goldfield said. "Independent testing has shown that participants make rapid progress with the emphasis on 'speaking to learn:' immediate oral practice applying what one has been learning."
The aim of the Rassias Method is to make the student feel comfortable and natural with the language in as short a time as possible. This is achieved through a series of specific teaching procedures and techniques that:
- create and maintain a dynamic classroom pace and atmosphere, thus capturing and holding students' attention,
- provide for unusually high student involvement in the use of the language (an average student response rate is 65 times per hour),
- foster spontaneity of expression and creative use of the language, even in the earliest weeks of language training,
- reduce the learner's natural self-consciousness and fear of mistakes,
- emphasize the relevance of the language to the student's own life and experience.
Tuition for the program is $400 plus a non-refundable $100 registration fee due at registration. A $10 materials fee is also due at registration. Full payment is due 10 days prior to class. Lunches with staff are mandatory and included in the cost of the program. Breakfast, dinner and transportation to and from Fairfield are not provided. The University has held a block of rooms at the nearby Fairfield Inn at a reduced rate of $70/night and will provide transportation to and from the Inn in the morning before class and evening following its conclusion. The registration deadline for the WIPs is September 23. A phone interview is required. For more information, call University College at (203) 254-4307.
Posted on August 25, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 39
A native of nearby Stratford, who spent most of her career in Jesuit education, has been named the director of admission at Fairfield University. Karen Pellegrino comes to the Fairfield campus from Fordham University where, since 2001, she managed admission offices at Fordham's three campuses and developed recruitment and admission strategies to boost enrollment.
Prior to joining Fordham, Pellegrino worked at Boston College from 1986 to 2001 as senior assistant director of admission. She began her career as assistant director of admission at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, N.Y., from 1984 to 1986.
Pellegrino said she knows of Fairfield's strong academic reputation through friends and family who attended the University. "Fairfield University's reputation has continued to grow in recent years, and I am honored to be joining the University community at this exciting point in its history," she said.
Pellegrino received a bachelor's degree in psychology and English in 1984 and a master's degree in higher education administration in 1996 from Boston College, where she is presently a doctoral candidate in higher education administration.
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Judith Dobai said, "Karen brings a wealth of experience in the field of selective college admission and Jesuit education. She is highly regarded among admission professionals and school counselors for her understanding of the issues and concerns facing families regarding college choice and for her sound judgment and advocacy for students in the process. Fairfield is very fortunate to have someone of her caliber leading our undergraduate admission team."
Pellegrino said she was especially pleased to continue working with a Jesuit university. "I believe very strongly that Jesuit institutions provide a unique opportunity for students to combine a tradition of academic excellence with a community that nurtures an individual's personal and spiritual development."
Posted on August 25, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 37