Fairfield University to inaugurate Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. as eighth president of the University


Media Advisory

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.

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

Posted on October 2, 2004

Vol. 37, No. 58