Fairfield University President issues memorandum on community standards Fairfield University's new president invites business community to Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event Pfizer executive Karen Katen to deliver annual Dolan Lecture at Fairfield University Talented children's company brings "Miss Nelson is Missing: The Musical" to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Innovative Kronos Quartet to play at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Renowned author, editor and correspondent on Judaic affairs to deliver lecture at Fairfield University Fairfield University has most Fulbrights in its category Fairfield University nursing professor Kathleen Wheeler wins American Psychiatric Nurses Association award for Excellence in Education Fairfield University hosts free financial planning luncheon seminar and information session on its Financial Planning Certificate Program Fairfield University student named a qualifier for sports citizenship award, Stag golfer is one of 24 student-athletes chosen for further consideration The Princeton Review ranks Fairfield University among top 20 "Most Connected Campuses" for its computing capabilities
Editor's Note: This memorandum was written by the Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., University President, on Oct. 14, 1998, and was distributed to the University community.
I write today on a matter of deep concern and some urgency. In recent months, all of us have heard and read about alcohol-related tragedies and unsettling behavior on our college campuses. From the deaths of students at MIT and Louisiana State University to riot conditions at the Universities of Connecticut and Vermont, Miami University of Ohio and Stonehill College, we have been awakened to the harsh realities of the very real impact the abuse of alcohol can have on the lives of our young people.
I am sure, then, that many of you must share with me a concern over the recent reports of the deteriorating relationship between our students and the permanent residents of the Fairfield Beach area. Our neighbors have alleged rowdyism and outrageous behavior on the part of Fairfield students, and complaints suggest that much of the activity is alcohol related. Neighbors contend that our students act without reference to the impact that they have on others or themselves.
You, too, must find these images difficult to reconcile with those of the young adults we honor each year for their outstanding achievements and their commitments to serving others through volunteer programs.
Nonetheless, a review of the Fairfield Beach activities of the past few weeks leads to the conclusion that the behavior of some Fairfield students, and some alumni as well, has been inappropriate and must be addressed. The issues are complex, and, as we seek solutions to the problems, we must involve all parties associated with the beach community: students, University staff, landlords, town officials and the permanent residents. If true and meaningful solutions are to be achieved, we must create a constructive conversation in which all need to participate.
For my part, I would like to direct my challenge to members of the University community - students, faculty, staff and alumni - as well as to the members of our extended community, the parents of our students.
As we view and evaluate our activities as a University, we are guided by our mission statement, a codification of the principles and goals which serve as a standard against which to measure our success. The mission statement speaks directly to our obligations to the greater community:
"Fairfield has a further obligation to the wider community of which it is a part, to share with its neighbors its resources and its special expertise for the betterment of the community as a whole .... Fairfield serves the wider community by educating its students to be socially aware and morally responsible persons .... Fairfield University values each of its students as an individual with unique abilities and potentials, and it respects the personal and academic freedom of all of its members .... At the same time it seeks to develop a greater sense of community within itself, a sense that all of its members belong to and are involved in the University, sharing common goals and a common commitment to truth and justice, and manifesting in their lives the common concern for others which is the obligation of all educated, mature human beings."
If we are to achieve the aspirations identified in the mission statement, we have work to do. Finding solutions that work for all will take the commitment of a great many people. As we have in the past, members of the Fairfield University community are committed to resolving issues between residents and students and creating an environment that is rewarding for both parties.
In an effort to develop a plan for more effectively meeting the challenges of our mission, I am asking a group of eight community members - representing the faculty, students, staff and alumni - to serve on a task force that will review how we presently meet our obligations to the wider community and to recommend modifications to that approach. In addition, I am instructing each of the University vice presidents to review their operations with a similar goal in mind.
In the meantime, I encourage our faculty and staff to be rigorous in challenging our students academically and to underscore for them the seriousness of their responsibilities. I remind our alumni that you are the role models for today's students and that your actions reflect on the value of a Fairfield University degree. I ask our parents to become more involved in conversations with your children about the rights and responsibilities they have not just as students of this University but as citizens of the larger community.
While we await the recommendations of the task force, I appeal to our students to understand your responsibilities and the impact your behavior and lifestyle can have on your neighbors. I ask you to moderate your social activities and to be respectful of those living near you. I encourage our students living on campus to listen to your fellow students who are asking you not to make the beach the focus of your social activities. I remind all students that we will work with the local police to enforce underage drinking laws. Town authorities are committed to challenge all violations of local and state laws; if students continue the present pattern of inappropriate behavior, they threaten their own well being and the possibility of having the beach area as an option for student housing in the future.
The issues before us are eminently solvable, and I look forward to working with all of you toward a satisfactory resolution.
Posted on October 1, 1998
Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., the eighth president of Fairfield University, will welcome members of the local business community to the Fairfield University campus for a Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event on Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will take place in the Great Hall in Bellarmine.
The Business After Hours is an informal, after-work gathering for Chamber members, prospective members and guests. It is an opportunity to network with other business representatives, exchange ideas, obtain business leads and make referrals.
"Fairfield University has always been very supportive of the Chamber of Commerce and we are pleased to be able to introduce our members to the University's new president," said Patricia Ritchie, President and CEO of the Chamber. "We look forward to working with Fairfield and Fr. von Arx in the coming years to build on our strengths and continue to develop Fairfield as a thriving and vibrant community."
Fr. von Arx, S.J., a former dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill of Fordham University, and a current member of the Fairfield Board of Trustees, succeeded Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., as president of the University, this July.
Prior to coming to Fordham as Dean in 1998, Fr. von Arx began his academic career in 1982 at Georgetown University as a faculty member in the History Department where he served as chair from 1991 to 1997. At Fordham, Fr. von Arx had direct responsibility for the operation of the College at Rose Hill, the original undergraduate division of Fordham University that has a student population of 3,200.
Fr. von Arx has served or is currently on the boards of trustees of Boston College, Canisius College, Loyola Marymount University, and Xavier University. He joined Fairfield's board in 2002. He is also a member of the boards of Fordham Prep, Regis High School and St. Barnabas Hospital, all in the Bronx.
Fr. von Arx received his undergraduate degree in history from Princeton University in 1969, the year he entered the Society of Jesus. He received masters' degrees in history and philosophy and a Ph.D. in history from Yale University. A 1981 graduate of the Weston School of Theology, Fr. von Arx was ordained in 1981.
The cost to attend the Business After Hours is $10 prepaid, $15 at the door for members. Non-members and guests are $15. For more information on The Business After Hours, contact the Fairfield Chamber at (203) 255-1011.
Posted on October 8, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 66
Karen Katen, president of Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals and one of the country's most highly respected businesspeople, will deliver Fairfield University's annual Charles F. Dolan Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture, which will take place at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.
Katen joined Pfizer, the international healthcare company, in 1974, and has distinguished herself as a visionary in her field. In addition to her presidential post, she is executive vice president of Pfizer Inc., and a member of the Pfizer Leadership Team, which is the governing management body of the company.
When asked about her long-standing commitment to Pfizer, Katen told the Wall Street Journal, "I've never been bored."
As head of Pfizer's principal operating division, Katen leads the top organization in the industry with 50,000 employees around the world, annual revenue of about $29 billion and several of the world's 25 top-selling pharmaceutical products. She has been involved with marketing many new products, including Viagra, which combats impotence, and Lipitor, which helps lower cholesterol. Katen has consistently been named one of the Fortune Magazine's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business," ranking number six in the 2003 ratings. Business Week Magazine's annual ranking has named Katen one of the "25 Top Executives" and she has received 10 separate "Woman of the Year" or similar awards from civic groups, national associations and universities.
In July, the American Women's Economic Development Corporation recognized Katen with its Business Leadership Award. During the same month, the Catholic Health Care Foundation of the Archdiocese of New York presented its John A. Coleman Panis Vitae Award to Katen.
Dr. Norman Solomon, dean of the Dolan School of Business, called Katen "one of the most outstanding businesspersons on the global scene today," noting her appearance at Fairfield University recognizes the Dolan School as a leader in collegiate business education.
In addition to her duties at Pfizer, Katen is on the boards of the General Motors Corporation and the Harris Corporation, and she serves on the international council of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. She is a member of the Council for the United States and Italy, and an appointee to the 2003 U.S.-Japan Private Sector/Government Commission and the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security on policy changes to protect the U.S. infrastructure.
Katen began her career at Pfizer, after receiving her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Chicago. She rose rapidly through a series of marketing and general management positions. During the 1990s, she brought 10 innovative pharmaceuticals to the U.S. market. With the acquisition of Warner Lambert in 2000 and Pharmacia in 2003, she managed the largest integrations in the industry's history. As a result of the acquisitions and internal growth, the Global Pharmaceutical Group posted about $43 billion revenues in 2003, up nearly nine times from 1993.
The Charles F. Dolan Lecture series, featuring highly accomplished, visionary and internationally recognized business leaders, was inaugurated in 2001 with Jack Welch, then-chairman and chief executive of General Electric. C. Michael Armstrong, then-chairman and chief executive of AT&T, delivered the second Dolan Lecture in 2002, and Alan "Ace" Greenberg, chairman of the Executive Committee of The Bear Stearns Companies Inc., delivered the 2003 lecture.
To reserve seats for Katen's Dolan Lecture, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on October 10, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 75
The Omaha Theater Company for Young People will perform its wild and wacky adaptation "Miss Nelson is Missing: The Musical" on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Two more performances, part of the Quick Center's ArtsBound Schoolday Series, will take place on Monday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. and noon.
The award-winning musical, geared to children in grades K through 6, is adapted from one of the books in the popular Miss Nelson series by Harry Allard and James Marshall. In this installment, the ill-behaved kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they're faced with what they think will be an even easier mark - a substitute. Then they meet Miss Viola Swamp, the crabby substitute in the ugly black dress. After a few hours with her, they understand the old adage: You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.
With book, lyrics and music by Joan Cushing, "Miss Nelson is Missing" is directed by James Larson and features a cast of seasoned actors from the Omaha Theater Company for Young People, the nation's third largest professional children's theater. The company presents a full repertoire of children's classics and offers classes and outreach programs around the country.
Tickets to the Sunday performances are $12 for adults, $10 for children. The Monday performances are geared to school groups and study guides are available. Tickets to those performances are $7. 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 14, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 78
Kronos Quartet, an award-winning ensemble that thrives on musical experimentation and innovation, will take the stage on Friday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. A pre-concert Art to Heart discussion with New York Daily News critic Howard Kissel will take place from 7 to 7:40 p.m.
The concert is one of the San Francisco-based quartet's few East Coast appearances this season, as it will spend much of 2004-05 touring Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Named 2003 Musicians of the Year by Musical America Directory, the 31-year-old string quartet continues to embrace the eccentric and the extraordinary, commissioning challenging new music and unearthing older pieces not usually found on a classical program. The Quick Center program includes works by such varied composers as Michael Gordon, Charles Mingus, Felipe Pérez Santiago and Franghiz Ali-Zadeh.
"My feeling has always been that the greatest piece for string quartet hasn't been written yet," Kronos founder and violinist David Harrington told Classical Music magazine. "If there was a perfection you wouldn't need to do it - you wouldn't need to hear another note."
The other three members of the quartet are: John Sherba, violin; Hank Dutt, viola; and Jennifer Culp, cello.
Kronos Quartet began its musical journey in 1973 and has been commissioning new works since its inception. To date, more than 450 pieces have been written or arranged for the group.
The group's extensive repertoire ranges from Alban Berg and Alfred Schnittke to Astor Piazzolla and Hildegard von Bingen. Kronos has collaborated with countless others in unique performances, including work with singer Dawn Upshaw, Beat poet Allen Ginsberg and filmmaker Darren Aronofsky ("Requiem for a Dream").
Kronos tours extensively, with more than 100 concerts a year around the world. Its eclectic style opens doors at both concert and recital halls and jazz festivals and clubs. Past appearances have included Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, the Ravinia Festival, London's Barbican and Moscow's Conservatory of Music. Their discography includes dozens of albums and collaborations with The Tiger Lillies, Philip Glass, Joan Armatrading and the Dave Matthews Band.
Credited with bringing a younger audience back to traditional classical concert halls, the quartet has won acclaim from critics and peers as well. Among its many awards are a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance, three Edison Prizes from The Netherlands, France's Les Diapason d'Or de Mai and Germany's Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
The Quick Center program begins with Michael Gordon's "Potassium," a piece that was commissioned for the Kronos Quartet to mark its 25th anniversary. Gordon, who is known for his exploration of rhythm, has said "Potassium" was born of an attempt to distance himself from everything he knew about string quartets. From there, it moves to Charles Mingus' "Children's Hour of Dream," an intense piece by the American jazz experimentalist that is meant to depict the terror of a nightmare to a young sleeping child. It is part of Mingus' two-hour masterwork "Epitaph."
The quartet will play Kevin Volans' "String Quartet No. 8 (Black Woman Rising)," the South African composer's fourth commission from Kronos. The quartet is a retrospective piece that harks back to several other compositions he wrote over the last 20 years. Volans calls it a "celebration of the empowerment of those who for centuries have been oppressed."
Terry Riley's "One Earth, One People, One Love" from his "Sun Rings" finishes the first half of the program. The piece includes sounds a University of Iowa professor "harvested" from the solar system - the crackling of solar winds, the whistling of deep-space lighting and other cosmic events.
Kronos will also play Mexican-born Felipe Pérez Santiago's "CampoSanto" and Franghiz Ali Zadeh's "Oasis," a piece the composer wrote about the dreams of a weary traveler that includes the structure of the love poems of her native Azerbaijan.
The concert is a good example of the quartet's desire to explore musical possibilities around the globe.
"This audacious ensemble has changed our perception of not just what a string quartet can be, but what music can be in this 21st-century global village," said Mark Swed of Musical America.
Tickets to the Quick Center concert are $35, $30 and $25. 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 20, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 85
The Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University will present a free lecture by Yossi Klein Halevi, contributing editor and correspondent for The New Republic and a columnist for the Jerusalem Post, on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Halevi will deliver the Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Lecture in Judaic Studies, entitled "The Future of Diaspora-Israeli Relations," in the Barone Campus Center Oak Room.
Halevi also contributes regularly to the Los Angeles Times on Israeli affairs, and occasionally to the New York Times and the Washington Post. He is an Associate Fellow of the Shalem Center, an institute for Jewish social thought and Israeli public policy in Jerusalem. Of his book "At the Entrance of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land" (2001), the Los Angeles Times wrote: "Seldom has a religiously themed book been as prescient and deserving of attention…His words echo with the possibility of transcendence." He is also the author of "Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist" (1995), and is active in Middle Eastern reconciliation efforts and educational projects.
His 1985 documentary film "Kaddish," directed by Steven Brand, a senior producer for "20/20" at the time, focuses on Halevi's relationship with his father, a Holocaust survivor. It was named by the Village Voice as one of the ten best films of the year.
Halevi is currently writing a book about the Israeli paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem in 1967 and what happened to them over the next 35 years. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. and now lives in Jerusalem with his wife and their three children.
The lecture is open to the public, but space is limited and reservations are requested. For information and to register, please contact Judaic Studies at Fairfield University at (203) 254-4000, ext 2066.
Posted on October 20, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 84
Fairfield University has ranked number one among universities that grant master's degrees, in the Fulbright Program's list of colleges and universities that produced 2004-2005 U.S. Fulbright Fellows. Four Fairfield University graduates have received Fulbright Scholarships for this academic year, besting 55 other schools in the category, including Villanova University.
The Institute of International Education (IIE), the non-profit agency which administers the Fulbright program, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, ranked schools with Fulbright winners in four groups: doctoral/research universities, master's institutions, bachelor's institutions and "other specialized institutions," which includes arts colleges and Military academies. The categories were based on classifications of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
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, teach, study and work. Under the program, 1,100 American students in 104 different fields of study have been offered grants to study, teach English, and conduct research in more than 110 countries throughout the world beginning this fall.
The four new award winners at Fairfield University bring to 33 the number of Fairfield University students who have been awarded Fulbrights since 1993. This years winners were: Blue Bell, Pa. resident Gerald Abbey (Taiwan); Lancaster, Pa. resident James Allwein (Greece); Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. resident James DiGuglielmo (Germany); and Wilbraham, Mass. resident Aelee Kwon (South Korea).
"We are thrilled to receive this recognition," said Miriam Gogol, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "At Fairfield we take the Fulbright process extremely seriously. We have a deeply devoted faculty committee which tirelessly works with our student applicants and we consider this opportunity an integral part of student education here." Gogol administers the University's rigorous Fulbright process, which includes screenings, interviews, and several redrafts of student proposals.
This year Fairfield University had an exceptional number of students go very far in the Fulbright process. In addition to the four winners, seven applicants were listed as alternates who would be awarded Fulbrights should another student decline the honor. Initially, 14 Fairfield University students were recommended by IIE National Screening Committee.
"The Fulbright Scholarship opens doors internationally and nationally," Dr. Gogol said. "Our candidates are often offered high-level positions as a result of their successful completion of their studies abroad."
Posted on October 20, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 87
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) has presented its 2004 Excellence in Education award to Kathleen Wheeler, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., professor of nursing at Fairfield University.
The association, the major professional organization for psychiatric nursing in the United States, presented the award to Dr. Wheeler at its annual conference in Phoenix, Ariz. According to the APNA, the award is made each year to a nurse who demonstrates: "contributions to the education of nurses through innovative approaches in disseminating new knowledge in the field of psychiatric-mental health nursing, collaboration with other disciplines, and positive mentoring to peers and new nurses."
"It is a great honor to receive this award," said Dr. Wheeler, a resident of Westport. "I never dreamed of how rewarding my career would be as a psychiatric nurse and educator. Rewarding not just because of a recognition like this but rewarding on a personal, day-to-day basis working with patients, with students, being present and making a difference in a very immediate way through relationship with another person."
Dr. Wheeler joined Fairfield University in 1992 and developed the University's Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program in 1994, making it the only one of its kind in the state at the time. The program provides registered nurses with a master's degree and prepares them to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.
Dr. Wheeler has served on a number of APNA committees and last year co-chaired The National Panel sponsored by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties that worked to create universal competencies and guidelines for schools offering psychiatric nurse practitioner programs. Those guidelines will be used by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education to accredit the schools, and have been endorsed by 13 major nursing organizations in the United States. "Prior to the competencies psychiatric nursing education was kind of fragmenting with many different curricula for graduate psychiatric nursing education," Dr. Wheeler said. "By doing this we got buy-in from all of the major stakeholders in psychiatric nursing which we believe will help to unify and strengthen the specialty."
Dr. Wheeler earned her B.S. in nursing from the Cornell University-New York Hospital School of Nursing, which this year honored her with its Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Wheeler holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in nursing from New York University. In addition to making numerous academic presentations in her field, she has published more than 30 articles, edited a book on critical pathways and received numerous research and program grants.
In addition to her work at Fairfield University, she maintains a part-time private psychiatric nursing practice, and is an ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) certified clinical specialist in adult psychiatric mental health nursing. She holds certificates in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, hypnosis and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Dr. Wheeler is "an exceptional educator and researcher," said Anne Manton, Ph.D., APRN, BC, FAAN, and former associate professor and acting dean of nursing at Fairfield University. "As one who has spent most of my nursing career in the specialty of emergency nursing, I was struck by Dr. Wheeler's knowledge and passion for the care of the psychiatric patient," Dr. Manton wrote of her colleague. "It was through her example and with her encouragement that I pursued a career path as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner."
Posted on October 20, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 82
Good financial planning requires more than just socking some money away in your 401(k). It involves developing an integrated plan that matches your individual financial needs with the right combination of investment vehicles so you can meet your long-term goals.
Alexander Williams, a certified financial planner and adjunct professor at Fairfield University, will share his insights on planning for retirement, saving for educational needs, choosing a good financial planner, and a host of other topics, at a free luncheon seminar on Friday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. in the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University. The seminar will be followed by a question and answer session.
Williams, who teaches in University College's Financial Planning Certificate Program, will also provide information on the certificate program for those interested in pursuing a career in financial planning.
"Financial Planning is not a product, but it is a process," said Williams, a CFP with Financial Network in Brookfield. "Think of it as a road map. A way to get from here to there in a designated time frame with the fewest detours and potholes along the way. Financial planning is life planning."
The University College Financial Planning Certificate Program is designed for people working in financial planning, insurance, banking, investments, accounting, law, and other fields that require a solid understanding of the financial planning process.
The program consists of six courses, approved by the CFP Board of Standards, including Fundamentals and Principals of Personal Planning, Insurance Planning and Risk Management and Estate Planning. Students who complete the program and receive the certificate can go on to take a review course and then sit for the state comprehensive certification exam.
The seminar at Fairfield University is one of many public awareness events held each year in October by local chapters of the Financial Planning Association, to increase understanding about the role and necessity of financial planning.
The seminar and buffet luncheon is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat, please call (203) 254-4307.
Posted on October 21, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 88
Fairfield University women's golfer Jill Macari (Reading, Mass.) has been named a qualifier for The John Wooden Trophy, a sports citizenship award, as announced by Athletes for a Better World's Executive Director, Dan G. Tripps, Ph.D.
The mission of Athletes for a Better World (ABW) is to use sports to develop character, teamwork, and citizenship through commitment to an athletic code for living that applies to life, and to create a movement that will play a significant role in the transformation of individuals, sports, and society.
To that end, The John Wooden Trophy is presented to two distinguished athletes - one intercollegiate and one professional - that best display character, teamwork, and citizenship, the attributes Athletes for a Better World deems central to transforming individuals, sport, and society. The award establishes the recipients as athletes of excellence both on and off the field, role models both as performers and persons, the most important and distinctive honor athletes can achieve.
Macari, who spent the 2004 spring semester studying abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, was nominated for her efforts involving the Baphumelele Children's Home, an orphanage 20-kilometers southeast of Cape Town.
Shortly after arriving on campus, Macari volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. She became part of a build that was assigned to add a structure onto Baphumelele and while on the job, Macari and several fellow builders became interested in becoming more involved with the orphanage itself. Through the University they arranged for transportation to take them to the orphanage where they volunteered for 15 to 20 hours a week. Seeing the needs of the orphanage firsthand, Macari decided to use her resources back in the United States to help even more. Through her efforts, she raised more than $2,500, which the orphanage was able to use to purchase essentials, like diapers and formula, as well as a stove, a freezer, and coats and shoes for more than 60 children.
Macari and 23 other student-athletes were selected from 96 nominations for the college category. She will find out next week if she is named one of the 12 semi-finalists. From there, six athletes will appear on a national ballot which will be voted on in November. The awards ceremony will take place on January 10, 2005, in Los Angeles, Calif.
Contact: Julie Greco (203) 254-4000, ext. 2878
Posted on October 26, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 90
Fairfield University has ranked 18th nationwide in The Princeton Review's second annual list of the "Top 25 Most Connected Campuses," which considers colleges' computing prowess. Among the top schools were Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania. Fairfield ranked higher than schools including the University of Vermont and Boston University.
To identify the colleges on the list, The Princeton Review collected responses from the colleges in its "The Best 357 Colleges" guidebook, to a survey on computing capabilities. Criteria included the ratio of school-owned computers accessible to students; the breadth of the computer science curriculum; and the sophistication of campus technology, including streaming media of classes and extracurricular offerings; availability of school-owned digital cameras and equipment for student use; wireless Internet access on campus, and support for handheld computing.
"We've made significant investments in campus networking infrastructure," said James Estrada, vice president for Information Services at Fairfield University. Fairfield University has recently completed a three-year project to upgrade the wiring in the student residences and has made enhancements to the network infrastructure to support the latest technology, including streaming media. Additionally, the University has made upgrades to the Media Center's production studios, started construction that will establish an Information Technology Center in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, begun the addition of Smart Classrooms, and made numerous improvements to classroom projection equipment.
Fairfield University's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has refined its computer science curriculum in the last few years. The major in computer science now offers three tracks: a systems track, for students interested in learning about computer architecture in order to work on computer systems; a mathematics track, which focuses on using computer applications to solve mathematical problems; and a cognitive track, which combines psychology and computer science to delve into areas such as artificial intelligence. The department has also created a freshman sequence of courses to help identify students who may be interested in pursuing a major in computer science.
Colleges that embrace technology are providing their students with more than just the creature comforts that come with having Internet access and other tools, said Erik Olson, director of Guidebook Publications. They are creating a culture that "engenders an instinctive embrace of technology of the students."
"High tech has become an integral part of the students' experience - whether it enhances their academics, their entertainment or their ability to communicate. Each year we find the bar raised higher and higher as students' consider a sophisticated computing environment central to their college experience," said Robert Franek, Editorial Director, The Princeton Review. "These students also know that honing their tech skills in college can be crucial in their job searches and careers after college."
The full list of the "Top 25 Most Connected Campuses," can be found at http://www.forbes.com/lists/2004/10/20/04conncampland.html. Media representatives can contact Robin Raskin or Harriet Brand at The Princeton Review at (212) 874-8282.
Posted on October 26, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 91