Fairfield University Inauguration to be broadcast locally


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.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on September 28, 2004

Vol. 37, No. 68