Members of class of 2002 hail from 27 states, 10 countries Fairfield University Inauguration to be broadcast locally University students study presidential election/debate Documentary on legendary jazz bassist to be screened at Fairfield University Raucous British band The Tiger Lillies take the stage at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University to inaugurate Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. as eighth president of the University Rev. George S. Mahan, S.J., 30-year Fairfield University executive, dies World-renowned Dresden Philharmonic to perform at Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University inaugurates its first president in 25 years "Live! Lit" takes on mother/daughter relationships at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University graduate nursing students to present free health lectures during National Primary Care Week
They have arrived, some 877 strong. Selected from a pool of 5,608 applicants, the Class of 2002 brings with it the promise of academic distinction and a strong record of community involvement. With an average SAT score of 1138 (an increase of 10 points over last year and up 31 points in the last two), the class continues Fairfield's upward momentum in attracting bright students. The mid-50 percent SAT range was an impressive 1040 to 1230.
Reflecting national trends, the Class of 2002's gender breakdown is 45 percent male and 55 percent female. Of these, 114 have entered with merit-based scholarships including 14 University Fellows; 18 Presidential Scholars; and 82 Deans' Scholars. Twenty percent of the first-year students graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class and an additional 46 percent in the top 20 percent.
In terms of leadership, the class has much experience. Some 75 students served as class, student council, or honor society presidents and as editors of their high school yearbook or newspaper, Seven attained the rank of Eagle Scout. In addition to these leaders, the Class includes hundreds and hundreds of individuals with solid community service and the sense of balance that various extracurricular activities afford.
Over 14 percent of the Class of 2002 is multicultural and international, a two percent increase over the previous year. Class composition includes 4 percent Asian, 3 percent African- or Caribbean-American, 5 percent Hispanic/Latino; and less than one percent Native American or non-specified.
As to geographic diversity, Fairfield continues to spread a "wider net" in attracting students. The Class of 2002 includes residents of 27 states, DC, and Puerto Rico, as well as 10 foreign countries. The latter include Belize, Canada, Ghana, Greece, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
Of special note, the state of New York (210) edged out Connecticut (196) as the state sending the most students to Fairfield. Close behind were Massachusetts (159) and New Jersey (155), "Newcomer" and/or more distant states include Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Top cross-applicant schools continue to be Boston College, Holy Cross, Villanova, Providence, and Loyola in Baltimore.
The most popular majors for the Class of 2002 are biology (73), psychology (45), communication (38), finance (32), marketing (32), nursing (29), and accounting (29). As is typically the case, however, 45 percent of the class has not yet declared a major. These students will rely on a combination of advising and interests developed in the core curriculum before fine-tuning their intentions.
Posted on October 1, 1998
Area residents will be able to watch the inauguration of Fairfield University's eighth president, Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., from home on Channel 78 on the Cablevision System. The ceremony begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7 and will be seen in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Stratford, Milford, Orange and Woodbridge.
The event will feature over 100 delegates representing universities from around the world and across the country, including the 453-year-old Pontifical Gregorian University, originally founded as the Roman College by Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Other delegates will represent universities such as Melbourne University in Australia, the University of Oxford, Catholic Institute of West Africa, and Harvard and Dartmouth Universities. Twenty-one Jesuit universities, including Georgetown, Boston College, College of the Holy Cross, Santa Clara and Seattle, will be represented.
Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., who retired in June after serving for 25 years as president of Fairfield University, will present the Chain of Office during the investiture. Paul J. Huston of Greenwich, a 1982 alumnus of Fairfield and chairman of the Board of Trustees, will present the University Charter and Presidential Privileges and Responsibilities.
Among the honored guests offering greetings to the new president during the ceremony will be a representative of higher education, Frank M. Turner, the John Hay Whitney Professor of History at Yale University, one of Father von Arx's professors at Yale during his graduate studies there. Representing Learned Societies will be Susan Wabuda, from the Royal Historical Society and Cambridge University. The Honorable Kenneth A. Flatto will represent the Town of Fairfield.
Posted on September 28, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 68
Students who have been studying both American politics and the journalism of politics at Fairfield University, will meet at the Charles F. Dolan School of Business on Thursday, Sept. 30, to watch and critique the first presidential debate between President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry.
The students are part of a "cluster course" in which together they study two related subjects. Teaching the courses are Dr. John M. Orman, professor of politics and an expert on the U.S. presidency, and Dr. James Simon, director of the journalism program and a former AP bureau chief.
Simulation of election
In another class that Dr. Orman teaches, an honors class on the Presidential Election of 2004, students will spend Thursday, Sept. 30, in their 2 p.m. class, simulating the election by taking on roles in the campaign, including those of President George W. Bush, V.P. Dick Cheney, Senator John Kerry, Senator John Edwards, Ralph Nader, Bill O'Reilly and others.
The class will follow what is happening in the blue and red states, and study special interest groups, before casting their votes, using the latest polling data, to determine their votes.
The Vote tour
For media following the Vote tour, led by Bruce Springsteen and opening Oct. 1 in Philadelphia: Dr. John Orman, an expert on the U.S. presidency, is the author of a book, "The Politics of Rock Music," which he is in the process of editing for republication later this year.
For more information, please call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647; after business hours: (203) 259-1884.
Posted on September 29, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 69
Milt Hinton may not be a household name, but in jazz circles the journeyman bassist is a legend - a grandson of slaves whose incomparable talent and vision led him to gigs with Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Dizzy Gillespie, and a career as one of the most recorded musicians of all time.
On Monday, Nov. 1, filmmaker David Berger will bring his intriguing documentary "Keeping Time: The Life, Music and Photographs of Milt Hinton" to Fairfield University for a free public screening. The film, which has been shown at film festivals, but has not been released commercially, will be shown at 7 p.m. in the multi-media room of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library.
Brian Torff an accomplished bassist and composer and director of Fairfield University's Music Program, considered Hinton a trusted mentor.
"Milt was one of the great jazz musicians and bassists of the 20th century," Torff said of Hinton, who died in 2000. "He played with everybody and helped people get started and, more than that, he was a really soulful guy."
Hinton was born in 1910 in Vicksburg, Miss., and his first home was a two-room cabin on stilts over the Mississippi River. His mother was one of 13 children and his father, who abandoned the family early in the marriage, was a Monrovian missionary from Africa brought to the United States to teach former slaves about agriculture.
"Keeping Time" touches on the times in which Hinton grew up, especially on racial tensions in the South. Lynching was so common, Hinton's grandmother sprinkled pepper in his socks "so the bloodhounds wouldn't come near," he remembered.
Hinton seemed destined to find a career in music. After moving to Chicago, he was a childhood friend of his church minister's son, future star crooner Nat King Cole. He soon got a paper route, joining the Chicago Defenders, a paper boys' band that included then-drummer Lionel Hampton, who would grow up to be a legendary jazz percussionist. On Saturdays, Hinton took music lessons alongside a young, aspiring clarinetist named Benny Goodman.
Soon, the inspired bassist was playing and socializing with some of the greats. He toured with the Cab Calloway Orchestra, recorded with Hampton, Gillespie, Holiday and Dinah Washington, and rubbed elbows with Eubie Blake, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and others. When he had a free moment, Hinton was always willing to help up-and-coming musicians who sought him out for lessons and advice.
Though he wasn't a marquee name, Hinton was so respected and prolific, his New York Times obituary recalled him as "one of the most recorded musicians of all times and the dean of American bass players."
In addition to his music, Hinton honed his visual skills through photography, assembling a huge collection of photos he took that document the hardships and elation of the jazz world. The documentary, which Berger co-directed with photographer Holly Maxson and filmmaker Kate Hirson, includes more than 180 of Hinton's photos.
"I was only interested in seeing us the way we see ourselves," Hinton said of his photography, a medium he revered as "the closest a man can come to having a child."
In addition, 32 of the 39 musical selections on the soundtrack feature Hinton on bass.
Hinton was well aware of his place in history and how his life might inspire others, and the vision he passed on to those inspired by him is a cornerstone of the extraordinary film.
"When I look back I realize that I've achieved and experienced things in my life I never expected to do," Hinton once told Torff in an interview. "I see my talents as God given and in that sense they belong to everyone and deserve to be shared. I see it as my responsibility to pass on what I have to future generations and I hope I've done everything possible to achieve that goal. If I spot a young child who is interested in the bass, I try to help because it's tough for a family to pay five or six hundred for a bass. So it goes on."
The screening of "Keeping Time" is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For more information, contact the library at (203) 254-4000, ext. 4044.
Posted on October 1, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 70
The Tiger Lillies, an irreverent British band whose music defies convention, if not description, will perform its only Connecticut show this year on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
Based in London, the 15-year-old band combines social commentary on the darker side of life with outrageous humor, borrowing liberally from such diverse sources as opera, cabaret, gypsy music and the spirits of Edward Gorey and Bertolt Brecht. Known for wild stage antics and costumes, the band has steadily developed a cult following in England, Germany and the United States, but band members freely admit they're an acquired taste.
"We try to be challenging," says Martyn Jacques, the band's frontman/accordionist/agent provocateur. "I sing about the dark, unpleasant aspects of the human psyche. I sing honestly about the human condition. I have no barriers when writing songs."
And write he does. Jacques and his fellow band members - Adrian Huge, who plays drums, percussion, toys and kitchen utensils, and Adrian Stout, who sings and plays contra bass and musical saw - have released several albums, including the Grammy-nominated "The Gorey End," a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet. They're best known for their music and performances in "Shockheaded Peter," a raucous "junk opera" that won a 2002 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment in London. Jacques, whose vocal intonations range from sneering growls to passionate operatic castrati, won Best Supporting Performance in a Musical for the show.
"Shockheaded Peter" is based on the cautionary tales told to willful Victorian children - and the grim results that occur when they don't take heed - but it also comments on the cruelty of a society that would spawn such frightening imagery in the name of good parenting. Populated with thumbsuckers who wake to find their digits severed and toddling pyromaniacs who go up in flames, the musical's darkly comic world played to favorable reviews both in London and abroad.
"As spoof theater goes, 'Shockheaded Peter' is in its own highly sophisticated league," wrote Ben Brantley of the New York Times. "This visual treat of a show is masterly in enjoying its poisoned cake and debunking it, too."
In recent years, The Tiger Lillies have continued to confront societal mores with their unique brand of often shocking, in-your-face commentary and song. Jacques says he enjoys showing his audiences the dark underbelly of life they might not see, but is still real.
"I want to disturb and intimidate the audience. I'm a monster on-stage," he told a reporter. "But I also want the audience to be intelligent enough to understand that when I'm on stage, it's just a persona. It's not who I really am."
Tickets are $20. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit www.quickcenter.com
Posted on October 1, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 56
What: Fairfield University will officially inaugurate Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., a former dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill of Fordham University, as Fairfield University's eighth president, at a formal investiture ceremony. The event will be a formal, academic convocation with delegates from 90 higher education institutions, including Jesuit universities from across the nation, as well as University alumni and friends, and family, friends and colleagues of our new President.
The ceremony is part of a week-long series of events to celebrate Fr. von Arx's inauguration. Please see the schedule below for a list of the other events.
When: Thursday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. A reception will follow at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Bellarmine Lawn at Fairfield University. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at Alumni Hall and the reception will be held in the Barone Campus Center.
Media Information: Press credentials will be distributed to representatives of the media who wish to attend the investiture. Convenient parking will also be made available to members of the press. Please contact the Office of Public Relations at 203-254-4190 prior to the event to receive credentials and parking information.
Event Schedule for Inauguration of Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J.
Friday, October 1
3 p.m. - Conversations with the faculty at a high tea. Located in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business.
8 p.m. - Inaugural Dance for students. Located in Alumni Hall.
Saturday, October 2
7 p.m. - Cocktail reception for special guests. Located in the Wien Experimental Theatre in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
8 p.m. - Paul Taylor Dance Company performs. Located in the Kelley Theatre of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
The innovative Paul Taylor Dance Company takes the stage for an evening of modern dance, celebrating the storied troupe's 50-year history. At the helm is the man The New York Times called "the reigning master of modern dance" and the evening includes some of his most beautiful and intriguing work. During the evening, Fr. von Arx will present Taylor with the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Award for Excellence in the Arts. An Art to Heart question-and-answer session with the company will take place after the performance.
Sunday, October 3
3:30 p.m. - Inaugural Mass. Located in the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola.
4:30 p.m. - Family picnic following the mass. Located in the Oak Room of the Barone Campus Center and the Campus Center patio.
Monday, October 4
6 p.m.-7:15 p.m. - Reception with graduate students. Located in the Dolan School of Business.
Tuesday, October 5
8 p.m. - Anne Drummey O'Callaghan lecture on Women in the Church featuring Joan Chittister, OSB. Located in the Kelley Theatre of the Quick Center.
Joan D. Chittister, OSB, a leading voice in contemporary spirituality and world issues for more than 25 years, will deliver the fourth annual Anne Drummey O'Callaghan Lecture on Women in the Church. A widely published columnist and an internationally noted speaker, Chittister is the author of more than 30 books, including "Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir" published in spring 2004.
9 p.m. - Reception following the Chittister lecture for all attendees. Located in the lobby and Wien Experimental Theatre of the Quick Center.
Thursday, October 7
3 p.m. - Official investiture ceremony. Located on the Bellarmine Great Lawn.
4:30 p.m. - Reception. Located on the Bellarmine Great Lawn.
Posted on October 2, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 58
A Jesuit, whose warm personality and gift for remembering everyone he met made him a revered part of Fairfield University's early history, died on Sunday, Oct. 3, at Campion Health Center in Weston, Mass. The Rev. George Stirling Mahan, S.J. joined Fairfield College Preparatory School in 1950 as an assistant principal. In 1951, he was appointed assistant dean and director of admissions for Fairfield University and 10 years later became executive assistant to the president and started the first Alumni Fund. In 1972, he took on the job of director of development for Fairfield Prep.
Fr. Mahan served under four Fairfield University presidents: Fr. James Fitzgerald, S.J., Fr. William McInnes, S.J., Fr. Thomas Fitzgerald, S.J., and shortly with Fr. Aloysius Kelley, S.J. For ten years, he lived as a housemaster on corridor with the students. He was also responsible for bringing the New York Giants football teams to Fairfield's campus where they conducted pre-season training for eight years. When he retired from Fairfield in 1980, the Giants presented him with a watch inscribed "A Giant at Fairfield."
Frank Rice, Ph.D., professor emeritus of biology at Fairfield University, worked with Fr. Mahan for 19 years. "He was very effective in meeting people and dealing with people," Dr. Rice said. "He was very well-liked and very efficient in his work, especially in fundraising."
Fr. Mahan was active with the United Way, the American Red Cross, the Connecticut Commission for Higher Education and the Diocese of Bridgeport. In recognition of his service to Fairfield University, Fairfield Prep and the community, he was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters at the University's commencement in 1980. He left Fairfield in June of that year and went on to guide development at Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River, Mass. From there he served the Newbury Street Community in Boston and then went on to the Campion Center.
Fr. Mahan participated in archeological digs in Lebanon and Jordan in the 1930s. He was a co-author of "Teleilat Ghassul II" on excavations by the Dead Sea, published by the Pontifical Biblical Institute. Before joining the Fairfield community, he taught at St. Robert's Hall, Pomfret, Conn.; the University of Chicago; Boston College High School; and the School of St. Philip Neri near Boston.
A member of a family that included 28 priests and nuns, Fr. Mahan was born on Dec. 2, 1909 in Dorchester, Mass., and entered the Society of Jesus on Aug. 14, 1928. He earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in philosophy and a Ph.L. in Theology from Weston College in Weston, Mass. He was ordained in 1940 and went on to complete ascetical studies at St. Robert's Hall in Pomfret, Conn., and studied at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute.
In addition to his Jesuit brothers, Fr. Mahan is survived by a sister, Ms. Margaret Mahan. Condolences may be sent to her at Apt. 413, 151 Hallet Street, Dorchester, MA 02124-5445, or to Fr. Mahan's cousin, Fr. George Nolan, at Campion Center.
A wake will be held on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and from 7 to 8 p.m. at Campion Center in Weston. A prayer service will be conducted at the Center at 4 p.m. The funeral will take place the following day, Friday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m., also at Campion Center.
Posted on October 4, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 74
The legendary Dresden Philharmonic and critically acclaimed violinist Julia Fischer will play an all-Brahms program at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. A pre-concert Art to Heart discussion with Laura Nash, Ph.D., director of the Fairfield University Classical Music Department, will take place from 7 to 7:40 p.m.
The program features Brahms' "Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 77" and "Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68."
The Dresden Philharmonic has been captivating audiences around the globe since its inception in 1870. Some of the world's greatest composers - Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and Strauss - are among the giants of classical music who have conducted the orchestra over the years. The orchestra's international tours of Europe, China, Japan, Israel, South America and the United States have added luster to the ensemble's popular appeal.
The Dresden Philharmonic traces its origins to the formal opening of the first concert hall in Dresden, a beautiful riverside city often called 'Florence on the Elbe.' The hall's opening marked a social change in the city from concerts for the aristocracy to concerts given for the enjoyment of the general public. From 1885, the "Gewerbehausorchester," as it was then known, gave full seasons of symphonic concerts in Dresden, earning its current title, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, in 1915.
The list of previous music directors of the Dresden Philharmonic includes such luminaries as Paul van Kempen, Michael Plasson and Kurt Masur. Masur, laureate conductor of the orchestra, also founded the orchestra's three choirs - the Philharmonic Choir, the Philharmonic Children's Choir and the Philharmonic Youth Choir - in 1967.
The Quick Center performance features the Dresden's principal conductor, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, who maintains a busy conducting schedule throughout Germany, Italy, Spain and Japan. Frühbeck de Burgos also conducts the Boston Symphony in both its Boston and Tanglewood seasons and appears regularly in New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Montreal, including Lincoln Center's Brahms Festival this fall.
The celebrated conductor will bring his expertise with Brahms to the Quick Center. The program begins with the German master's violin concerto, an extremely challenging virtuoso piece that one early critic described as being "written not for the violin but against the violin." Over the years the piece has gained deserved recognition for tender, lyrical passages and expansive, emotional development and a zesty final movement that is a violinist's tour de force of precarious passagework and gypsy-inspired charm.
The second piece, Brahms' Symphony No. 1, follows in the tradition of the man often called the last of the great Classical composers. A fervent admirer of Beethoven, he was moved to write in this form to be linked to the tradition of the symphony as set by the great master.
the featured soloist for the evening is violinist julia fischer, who has achieved critical acclaim for her expressive artistry and a grace and poise that belies her age, just 21. dubbed "worthy of a hailstorm of superlatives" by one reviewer, the Munich-born violinist has won several prestigious prizes, including the 1995 International Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition, the 1996 Eurovision Competition for Young Instrumentalists and the 1997 Prix d'Espoir presented by the Foundation of European Industry.
She has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Chicago Symphony and received a standing ovation for her Carnegie Hall debut in 2003 with conductor Lorin Maazel.
Tickets for the Quick Center performance are $65, $53 and $40. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on October 6, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 72
Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. becomes Fairfield's eighth president
Under a bright October sky, more than 1500 people gathered as Fairfield University inaugurated its first president in 25 years and the eighth president of the university, Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J.
For the former dean and associate professor of history at Fordham College at Rose Hill of Fordham University, who previously served as chair of history at Georgetown University, it is a return to Connecticut, where he spent most of the 1970s at Yale University in New Haven earning a Ph.D., a Master of Philosophy and a Master of Arts degree, all in history.
In his address, Fr. von Arx used the two themes of his inauguration, learning and integrity, to challenge the university community to work together to achieve three leadership goals in Catholic higher education: the renewal of Jesuit liberal arts education; the integrity of life and learning; and the integration of Jesuit values in professional education.
As an historian, Fr. von Arx said, "I am convinced that there is nothing more difficult for people to realize than the ways they are constrained, and, indeed, sometimes enslaved by their own cultures. Not that everything about a culture is bad, but some things are, and it takes wisdom and moral judgment to say which is which."
While noting that Fairfield already provides an Honors Program and "cluster courses" that provide interdisciplinary learning across the curriculum, he said, "I'd like to challenge my colleagues on the faculty to rethink the connectedness and the integration of the core so as to make it as meaningful an experience for our undergraduate students as it possibly can be."
Calling for leadership in Jesuit education in the integration of life and learning, Fr. von Arx said, "I cannot help but be deeply concerned about the dissociation between living and learning in the lives of undergraduates today." He said most students he has encountered are a credit to their upbringing, but he expressed concern that there "is often no clear sense about how their studies connect with their living and their other activities." It is a problem, he said, that "gets replicated in the compartmentalization of professional, family and public life." The integration of life and learning, he said, "will require new models of collaboration between divisions at Fairfield, and we may need to rethink some of our structures in order to accomplish these goals."
In defining the third goal, he called for Fairfield to play a leadership role in instilling Jesuit values in graduate and professional education. "Professional education is appropriately concerned about the development of practical professional competence," he said, but it is also concerned about integrity: "not just the moral integrity of the honest practitioner, but also about the wholeness of the professional as a person concerned about the contribution of the professions to the common good."
He invited faculty, students and the administration to form three task forces to work on the goals in the coming year, saying he would like them to draw on resources and expertise on campus and outside of Fairfield. The recommendations of the three groups will then be integrated into a university-wide strategic planning process. "It is my hope and expectation that in the course of two years, Fairfield will develop a plan for its future that will map out our growth and development for the next five to ten years."
In his welcoming remarks, Fr. von Arx paid tribute to his predecessor, "the man who has led Fairfield for almost half of its history and really stands as the second founder of Fairfield University, Fr. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J." During the hour-long ceremony, Fr. Kelley presented the Chain of Office to Fr. von Arx, and Paul J. Huston, class of 1982 and chairman of the Board of Trustees, presented the University Charter and Presidential Privileges and Responsibilities. The Very Rev. Thomas J. Regan, S.J., provincial of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus, officially invited Fr. von Arx to service as president of Fairfield University.
The formal academic program was highlighted by the colorful academic dress of more than 100 delegates who represented universities and learned societies from around the world and across the country, including the 453-year-old Pontifical Gregorian University, originally founded as the Roman College by Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Other delegates were from universities such as the University of Cambridge, Melbourne University in Australia, the University of Oxford, Catholic Institute of West Africa, and Harvard and Dartmouth Universities. Twenty-two Jesuit universities, including Georgetown, Boston College, College of the Holy Cross, Santa Clara and Seattle, were also represented.
The Most Rev. William E. Lori, Bishop of Bridgeport, offered the invocation and Rabbi James Prosnit of Congregation B'nai Israel, unable to attend, had his benediction delivered by Dr. Ellen Umansky, the Carl and Dorothy Bennett professor of Judaic Studies. Greetings were presented by Frank M. Turner, the John Hay Whitney Professor of History at Yale University who represented Higher Education, and by Susan Wabuda from the Royal Historical Society of Cambridge University, representing the Learned Societies.
Representatives from the University community who extended their good wishes were: Faculty: Irene T. Mulvey, Ph.D., professor of mathematics; Undergraduate Students: Paul A. Duffy '05, president of the Fairfield University Student Association; Graduate Students: Amy Boczer '99, Charles F. Dolan School of Business MBA candidate; Paul A. Richards, '71, president of the Fairfield University Alumni Association; and The Rev. Michael G. Boughton, S.J., president of Fairfield College Preparatory School.
Dr. Orin L. Grossman, academic vice president was the master of ceremonies and the 100-member Fairfield University Glee Club, under the direction of Carole Ann Maxwell and accompanied by Galen Tate, presented a musical interlude. The Brassalad Quintet provided the music for the academic procession.
Posted on October 7, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 77
"Live! Lit," a series of dramatic readings of some of the world's best short fiction, takes on mother/daughter relationships on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Each of the Sunday performances includes fine literature read by seasoned professional actors preceded by an afternoon tea at 2 p.m.
Live! Lit afternoons include three stories based on a common theme. The November 7 performance is titled "How I Learned to Cook" and features stories from the forthcoming anthology of the same name on mother/daughter relationships. E. Katherine Kerr of Wilton, who is director for the afternoon, will read Kate Braverman's "Lithium for Medea," and Bethel resident Marty Bongfeldt will offer "Just Another Movie Star" by Jamie Callan of New Haven. Joyce Aaron of Redding will read "Fierce Attachments" by Vivian Gornick. Some of the featured writers will be available for book signing following the performance.
Tess Link, an actress, writer and member of the Westport-based Theatre Artists Workshop, is the series creator.
"Live! Lit" continues on Sunday, Dec. 5, with "On Travel," including stories by T. Coraghessan Boyle, Frederick Reiken and William Maxwell. On Jan. 30, "Stories from India" will feature Santha Rama Rass, Rabindranath Tagore and Jhumpa Lahiri. "Masters of the Genre," which takes place on Feb. 13, will include O. Henry, Anton Chekhov and Katherine Mansfield. The final program, "On Parenting," takes place March 13 and features Damon Runyon, Robyn Joy Leff and Gish Jen.
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 www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on October 7, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 73
Two graduate nursing students, from Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University, have joined forces with the Bridgeport Community Health Center to host three free health lectures during Connecticut's National Primary Care Week. The events, which are free and open to the general public, take place at noon on Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 19-21, at the Bridgeport Community Health Center, at 982 East Main Street in Bridgeport.
Following a written request from the nursing students, Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell has proclaimed the week of October 17-23 as National Primary Care Week in the state. Connecticut's initiative is part of a nationwide National Primary Care Week effort promoted by the American Medical Students Association (AMSA). This year's focus is on health care for the underserved population. Health professionals from across the country will host and participate in special educational programs, symposia, workshops, lectures, community outreach programs and health fairs. "I urge all our citizens to join me in recognizing the importance of general practitioners and primary care providers for their contributions to healthcare," wrote Gov. Rell in an official statement.
The AMSA has awarded the two local nursing students, Sharon Benard and Jennifer Nelson, $200 each to defray the costs of providing the lectures at the Bridgeport Community Health Center.
The association also provided another $200 to Connecticut's Southwestern Area Health Education Center, based at Sacred Heart University, to make additional support available to the schools in this effort.
The first lecture, which is on Tuesday, Oct. 19, will discuss "Current Treatment for Coronary Heart Disease and Hypertension." The speaker will be Denise Buonocore, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with Bridgeport Hospital and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Registered Dietician Cindy Kozak, CDE, will present "Diabetes and Your Body" on Wednesday; and Thursday's lecture will cover "Prescription Assistance Programs for Connecticut," presented by Gail Diez, CHOICES Coordinator from the Agency on Aging. Kevin Losty, a Senior Therapeutic Specialist from Glaxo Smith Kline, will also talk about prescription programs as part of the Thursday lecture. Each lecture will begin at 12 p.m. and run for approximately one hour.
"Our goal is to bring health care information to the underserved population so that they can take the information we give them and use it in their everyday lives," said Jennifer Nelson, a Sacred Heart University graduate student enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner program who is co-organizing the event as her final project. Nelson has worked at Yale-New Haven Hospital and The Hospital of St. Raphael.
In partnership with Nelson is Fairfield University graduate student Sharon Benard, who is also a Family Nurse Practitioner Student as well as a Nurse Associate with the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Group, Inc. Benard is also co-organizing this event for her final project. "We want to assist the Bridgeport community to obtain information that would help them improve their lifestyle," Benard said, noting that the purpose of National Primary Care Week is fourfold:
- to improve the students' understanding of primary care;
- to introduce role models and leaders in the field of primary care;
- to describe clinical and non-clinical careers related to primary care, especially addressing community health and underserved populations; and
- to help students to discover the importance of collaboration between primary care practitioners and the community.
For more information please contact the Bridgeport Community Health Center, located at 982 East Main Street, at 203-696-3260 and dial "0" for the operator.
Media contact: Funda Alp at Sacred Heart University,(203) 396-8241
Posted on October 8, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 76