Kozol: Good society built on 'systematic justice' Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia to deliver Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture Informational tea planned for Fairfield University's 24th annual Italy Alumni Art Tour Gallery director considers early photography at the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University Fairfield University exchange student ranked number two bodyboarder in Rio de Janeiro "Live! Lit" considers travel stories at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Popular live radio drama series continues with Orson Welles' version of "A Christmas Carol" 15th Anniversary of Jesuit martyrs in El Salvador, Protest of School of the Americas, to highlight Jesuit Identity Week at Fairfield University Quick Center presents Storytelling and Music event featuring the Live Music Project Fairfield University announces eight new trustees "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" comes to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
A good society is not built on miracles, but on "systematic justice," said Jonathan Kozol in a speech he delivered on "Amazing Grace: Childhood, Society and Ethics in America" at Fairfield University's fourth annual fall convocation on Sept. 18.
Kozol, an award-winning author who has put the national spotlight on children in poverty for the last 30 years, said rich people know the system is rigged against poor children, but, still, "they like their power." As a result, kids such as Mario, a little boy he has befriended while visiting the after-school program at St. Ann's Church in the South Bronx, are more likely than their wealthy counterparts to die young or spend a good part of their lives in jail.
Brian Mello '99, right, talks with Jonathan Kozol
"The poor are miserably cheated in school finance," said Kozol. "How much is it worth investing in these children compared to the children of the President or CEOs? In the second and third grades, New York City spends $6,000 a year on education for children. Lift up Mario in your generous arms and put him in a school system in Great Neck (L.I.) and they'll spend $16,000 on him. We say all children are equal in the eyes of God, but in the eyes of America Mario is a $6,000 baby. If Mario grows up illiterate and angry and he commits a crime, we'll spend $60,000 to incarcerate him. What just, good, ethical, genuinely Judeo-Christian society would spend 10 times more to penalize a person than educate a baby?"
He said his rich friends, who send their kids to prep school, are dubious about spending more money on education for the poor. "Rich people always want to talk about the values of the poor," he said. "Wearing their Armani suits and their Rolex watches while they dine on decorative, but inedible, salads at the Four Seasons, they ask me if spending money can buy your way to a better education? I tell them, 'I don't, but it seems to work for you.'
"They are nervous because I want to redistribute their money. I do want to redistribute their money."
Kozol said the wealthy vote against real change, so out of guilt they give to charity or volunteer at Christmas. "Charity is blessed, but when it depends on the inequality inherent in the system, it's self-serving and colonialistic."
Kozol poked fun at "old liberals" who participated in the civil rights movement a generation ago but have since become successful businessmen and are now reluctant to talk about the struggles of the poor. "They say to me, 'John, you know, I'm not a racist. I was in the struggle.' They remember Washington, Greensboro and the bridge of Selma, the crown jewel of liberal nostalgia. To poor blacks and Hispanics, it doesn't matter what bridge you stood on 30 years ago, but what bridge you stand on now."
The Convocation Committee, which organized Kozol's lecture, the reception afterward in the Oak Room and his visit with students and faculty, was co-chaired by Dr. Debnam Chappell, acting dean of freshmen, and Dr. Alan Katz, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. It was assisted by Dr. Mary France Malone, associate academic vice president, and with the support of Sandy Robinson and Linda LaVine of the Academic Vice President's Office.
The Convocation also featured the Glee Club, conducted by Carole Ann Maxwell, which performed "Amazing Grace" and "One Voice," as well as the National Anthem and Fairfield's "Alma Mater."
A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard in 1958 and a Rhodes Scholar to Magdalen College, Oxford, the following year, Kozol left a life of privilege and became engaged in the socioeconomic problems of the poor. He volunteered to teach in a "freedom school," a summer school for black children; went on to teach in the Boston public schools; and then became a housing organizer in the civil rights movement. One of the highlights of his activism, he said, was being a bodyguard for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during one of the civil rights leader's speeches. He said he thinks the organizers of the speech were doing him a "favor," getting him close to King, because his modest size didn't fit the job description.
Kozol, who lives in Byfield, Mass., said the South Bronx is the poorest and "physically sickest" community in the Western world, where one-quarter of the mothers test positive for HIV and one-quarter of the fathers are in prison. "Depression and pediatric asthma are epidemic in black and Latino cities throughout America."
He also pointed out that the Bronx is a 16-minute train ride from Bloomingdales in Manhattan to emphasize the separation between rich and poor. "Kids live in separate universes. It is not only their loss but ours."
Kozol said Jesse Jackson, Mr. Rogers and David Gergen, a Republican journalist and former spokesman for President Clinton, have visited him and the children at St. Ann's. When Mr. Rogers visited, Kozol was concerned that the children may not know who he was because of racial divisions in the country. "We walked a block and a man in his 60s, driving a sanitation truck, got out and hugged him. When Mario spotted him, he hugged Mr. Rogers and said, 'Welcome to my neighborhood.'
"When I struggle to fight off despair and loneliness, I think of Mario."
In closing remarks aimed especially at students, Kozol, who turned 62 last month, said his mother, who is 95, has been a "rock" all his life and "had guts" for not only supporting his participation in the civil rights movement but joining him once on a picket line. "I pray like a little kid that she'll live forever. When you're young, you think you're going to live forever. I used to be scared if I took big chances, my parents would disown me - maybe your parents will join you. Life goes so fast; use it well."
Posted on October 1, 1998
Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, among the first to launch an international aid effort for her war-torn homeland, will deliver Fairfield University's annual Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture on Monday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Her appearance, which is part of the popular Open VISIONS Forum series in affiliation with the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, is made possible by a grant from the Frank Jacoby Foundation.
Princess Elizabeth left the former Yugoslavia as a child nearly 50 years ago, but her heart has always been with the people of the region. To that end, she launched an international effort for humanitarian aid through the United Nations and her own Princess Elizabeth Foundation. For the past 15 years, she has worked with world leaders, including Mother Teresa, Mikhail Gorbachev and the Dalai Lama, to promote peace among all ethnic and religious groups.
"I do not understand how people can feel superior to those of another faith or race," she has said. "Such intolerance is deeply rooted in fear, which helps to perpetuate injustice and hatred. This deep programming prevents people from honoring and celebrating life's differences."
Princess Elizabeth need look no farther than her homeland to see the devastating effects of intolerance. While Eastern Europeans celebrated the end of Communism, which fell in Yugoslavia in 1989, they also saw the rise of historic religious and ethnic rivalries that had been suppressed by the Communists. Within the next few years, the former Yugoslavia would evolve into one of the most explosive trouble spots in Europe since World War II.
Princess Elizabeth was among the first prominent individuals to recognize the growing threats to peace and attempt to stem the tide. She spoke out in Europe and the United States about ethnic hatreds, working behind the scenes with several United Nations programs. In 1989, she traveled to the Vatican to ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs to help improve relations between Catholic and Orthodox communities in Yugoslavia.
At the end of 1990, the princess created the Princess Elizabeth Foundation, a non-profit, non-political organization that strives to bring humanitarian aid to the region. Since the civil wars, the Foundation has focused on transporting medical supplies, food, clothing and blankets to refugees, finding homes for children victimized by war and placing older students in schools and colleges in the United States.
Praised by the Associated Press for her early and lasting efforts, Princess Elizabeth strongly believes that religious leaders on all sides should work together to forge a lasting peace.
"Love and compassion are one language, yet religions do little to foster that common language because they're all on different tracks," she has said. "If they worked together, this horrible killing, committed in the name of God, would not happen. Humanitarian inroads work through ecumenical aims."
In recent years, Princess Elizabeth has continued her work for the urgent needs of the people of the former Yugoslavia, now divided into the states of Slovenia, Croatia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro. In 1998, she brought physicians and staff from the Tennessee-based International Children's Heart Foundation to operate on 18 children with congenital heart defects. Later that year, she organized a symposium in Belgrade on orthotics and prostheses.
Now a U.S. citizen, Princess Elizabeth has strong ties to many of the royal houses of Europe. The daughter of Prince Paul, the Prince Regent of Yugoslavia after the assassination of his cousin King Alexander in 1934, she is a second cousin to Charles, Prince of Wales, and Queen Sophie of Spain. On her mother's side, she is a descendant of Catherine the Great of Russia and she is the great-great-granddaughter of Karageorge, a near-mythic figure who started the first uprising against the Turks in 1804.
The Jacoby-Lunin Lectureship is an endowed series now in its seventh year at Fairfield University. It was started by Frank Jacoby, a Jewish immigrant from Hungary, who found his way to Bridgeport, Conn., and became a successful businessman and philanthropist. He founded the lecture series bearing his name to promote brotherhood and humanitarianism. Past speakers have included Morris Dees, civil rights activist and founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center; singer/humanitarian Harry Belafonte; former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke; Walter Turnbull, founder and director of the Boys Choir of Harlem; and Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister of Pakistan.
Tickets are $25 with discounts available 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 www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on October 27, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 80
Adventurers looking for a little learning with their leisure are invited to an informational meeting regarding Fairfield University's 24th annual Italy Alumni Art Tour, a nine-day "flying seminar" in March that includes tours of Rome, the picturesque Amalfi Coast and the fables isle of Capri. The informal tea will be held on Monday, Nov. 22, at 4 p.m. in Bellarmine Hall, Room 114.
Open to the University community and the public, "Papal Palaces and Seaside Villas" is organized through University College of Fairfield University in affiliation with the Office of Alumni Relations.
The tour will take place from March 4 through 13 and includes formal walking tours of many of Italy's most beautiful and historic sites. Travelers will visit the Roman Pantheon, Tivoli and the retirement palace of the Emperor Hadrian, St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Church of the Gesu (the Jesuits' 'mother church') the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Orvieto Cathedral, the excavated ancient city of Pompeii, and other points of artistic and spiritual significance.
The fully escorted tour includes round-trip airfare, banquet-style lunches and dinners, breakfast daily, accommodations in first class four-star hotels and all taxes and museum entrance fees. The all-inclusive tour cost is $3,290 per person based upon double occupancy.
The tour leaders are three members of the Fairfield University community who have strong knowledge of Italian life, culture and history: Philip Eliasoph, Ph.D., professor of art history; Yael Eliasoph, adjunct lecturer, Italian language and culture; and the Rev. Charles Allen, S.J., executive assistant to the president.
Tour accommodations are limited and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on the tour or to reserve a seat at the information meeting, call Elizabeth Hastings at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2688.
Posted on October 27, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 89
Diana Mille, Ph.D., director of the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University, will present "The Expanding Domain 1854-1918" on Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the gallery, located in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Dr. Mille will introduce the world of early photography and its subjects, including portraits and documentation of travel, architecture, nature, science and war. She will also discuss the various processes of early photography.
The talk is the second of four Director's Choice lectures on selected topics in modern and contemporary art scheduled for the 2004-05 season.
Those attending can view the gallery's current exhibit, "Photographs of the Athenian Acropolis: The Restoration Project," which will be on display through Sunday, Dec. 5. The collection of nearly 100 black-and-white photos includes a section of the Parthenon's marble floor and details of architecture and sculpture. It documents about a quarter-century of restoration and conservation work on the site, one of the most recognized and revered examples of High Classical architecture in the world.
Admission to the Director's Choice lecture is $5. For more information, call (203)254-4000, ext. 2969.
Posted on October 30, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 97
Athletes come to Fairfield University from all over the globe to receive an education and compete for the school sports teams. One of the finest athletes enrolled in the University however, does not play for one of its sports teams. Nor can she even practice her sport in the state of Connecticut. Roberta Pinheiro de Souza, an exchange student from Rio de Janeiro, is ranked as the number two bodyboarder in her home city, and last year ranked number five in all of Brazil.
Pinheiro, 23, recently traveled to North Carolina to compete in the Feminine Open of the East Coast American Circuit of Bodyboarding and won first place. This year, she competed in the Brazilian Regional Amateur Circuit in Campos and earned a fourth place finish. In 2003, she competed in ten Rio de Janeiro Circuit contests and appeared in eight finals, giving her the number two ranking in Rio de Janeiro. She plans to compete in Brazil after her stay at Fairfield University is over in December.
Bodyboarding is a form of surfing in which a person lies stomach down on a smaller, more rectangular foam board and attempts different tricks and maneuvers while riding waves toward the shore.
"We have one of the strongest city-states in Brazil for bodyboarding," she said. The level of competition in Brazil is very strong and the waves are so difficult that the Brazilian girls "have to surf like men to get something," she said. In fact, the bodyboarding in Brazil is so intense, she found the ten-foot waves in North Carolina to be less of a challenge.
Pinheiro recently went back to North Carolina for fun and surfed in a men's competition and placed seventh. She received many praises from the crowd, and noted that some people were "shocked," to see a young woman competing with the men.
Pinheiro is a biology major at Fairfield and researches environmental science. She enjoys comparing the environment and development of Connecticut with that of Brazil. "Coming here is a good experience," she said. "(America) is one of the richest countries." She says she is unsure of what she wants to do after she is done with her education. "I would like to do research and education in Brazil and work on a doctoral thesis. After that, I don't know what's going on with my life; it's open," she said.
Pinheiro attended the Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense in Brazil, which has a partnership with Fairfield University through a government funded grant from the Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education. In partnership with Fairfield is Washington and Lee University in Virginia and one other Brazilian institution: the Universidade Federal do Amazonas. "I knew she was adventurous from the beginning," said Dina Francheschi, associate professor of economics who specializes in environmental economics with a focus on Brazil and global sustainable development. "She was bold enough to seek out this exchange experience from her University in Brazil. When she arrived at JFK, I saw her come out of the gate area with her surfboard. I thought 'where is she going to surf around here?'"
The exchange program with Brazil has been a great opportunity for both sides, said Katherine Kidd, director of the International Studies Program. "The exchange program with Brazil has brought about many surprises for students studying in Brazil and for those of us who work with Brazilian students in the U.S.," she said. "When we started we never expected to learn so much about bodyboarding, golden lion tamarins, or fisheries in the Amazon."
Pinheiro hopes that coming to America will give her recognition and exposure for her bodyboarding. "We don't have good sponsors in Brazil," she said. "Maybe here, in America, I could have good sponsors."
Pinheiro's hope is to one day compete in the world bodyboarding championship that is held every year in Hawaii. There isn't enough funding in Brazil to get her to Hawaii, and she would need to attract a good sponsor to fulfill her dream.
Pinheiro chose to study at Fairfield because it seemed to her that it was the most prestigious University that was a part of the exchange program. "The waves were not a priority as I felt being away from the ocean would make it easier to study," she said. "When I found out there were waves in New Jersey and Long Island it was a nice bonus."
Pinheiro has practiced her bodyboarding in Rhode Island, Long Island, New Jersey and North Carolina. When she goes to North Carolina, she takes a 5:30 a.m. train to New Jersey to meet three friends, two of whom are also Brazilian bodyboarders residing in America. Together they travel down to North Carolina where they only have one hour to surf in the freezing water before they head back home. The long trip and icy water does not bother Pinheiro. "It's something I love to do," she said.
Posted on November 1, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 114
Travel is the theme for the next "Live! Lit," an afternoon of readings of some of the world's best short fiction, on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Following a 2 p.m. tea, professional actors will read three stories in this ongoing Quick Center series.
Live! Lit: "On Travel" will be directed by Stephen Stout of Fairfield, who will also read "The Ocean" by Frederick Reiken. Norwalk resident James Noble will read "Grape Bay" by William Maxwell and Tom Zingarelli of Bridgeport will read T.C. Boyle's "Friendly Skies."
Tess Link, an actress, writer and member of the Westport-based Theatre Artists Workshop, is the series creator.
"Live! Lit" continues on Sunday, Jan. 30, with "Stories from India," featuring the writing of 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 November 3, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 98
The Live Radio Drama series at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts kicks off the holiday season with "A Christmas Carol," the vintage radio delight adapted by Orson Welles. Seasoned actors will present the classic tale on Friday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 20, at 3 and 8 p.m. in the Quick Center's Wien Experimental Theatre.
Daniel Smith of New Haven will direct the production, which includes period commercials, live music and live sound effects. "A Christmas Carol" was the first radio drama performed at the Quick Center when the series began a few years ago and fans of the popular series have requested a reprisal of the timeless classic.
The program is a dramatization of the beloved Charles Dickens tale, which was first broadcast in 1938, only two months after Welles rocketed to fame with "War of the Worlds." Cast members for the Quick Center production include: John Watson of New Haven; Hank Greer of Fairfield; Joe Mango of Beacon Falls; and Tom Zingarelli of Bridgeport. Stratford resident Ted Powell will provide live sound effects.
The radio drama series continues with "Strange and Unusual Programs" on Friday, Jan. 28, and Saturday, Jan. 29. The final program of the year is "Murder and Consequences," which is set to take the stage on Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19.
Tickets are $15. 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 November 3, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 93
Fairfield University will have a week of reflection, discussion and prayer during Jesuit Identity Week, November 14-20. The major events, open to the public, pay special attention to the 15th anniversary of the Jesuit martyrs in El Salvador, a protest of the School of the Americas, and a discussion of the death penalty led by Rev. Walter Everett, whose son was shot and killed in 1987.
The week opens Sunday evening, Nov. 14, with Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, university president, saying a 9 p.m. Mass in memory of the six Jesuits and their housekeeper and her daughter who were murdered on Nov. 16, 1989. The Jesuits, who had worked on behalf of the poor of El Salvador, were attacked by armed men, later identified by the Salvadoran government as members of the U.S.-trained elite Atlacatl Batallion.
On Monday, at 6:30 p.m., a short film, "Question of Conscience: The Murder of Jesuit Priests in El Salvador," will be shown in the Community Room in Campus Ministry, located below the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola. A discussion, led by Rev. Paul E. Carrier, S.J., University chaplain, will follow.
Following the El Salvador film on Monday, Rev. Walter Everett, pastor of United Methodist Church of Hartford whose son Scott was shot and killed in Bridgeport, Conn., in 1987, will lead a discussion of the death penalty from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the McGrath Room of Campus Ministry. For a year, Rev. Everett lived with anger that was destroying his ability to function in his work and in his relationships with other people. His decision not to allow Scott's death to lead to his own spiritual and emotional death led him through the long hard struggle to forgiveness and into the life-long process of healing.
Before joining the Hartford congregation in 1993, Rev. Everett served churches in Easton, Conn., New York and New Jersey. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation, CT Network to Abolish the Death Penalty, and Community Partners in Action, a Hartford-based organization that focuses on restorative justice principles, including alternatives to incarceration.
On Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m., Father Carrier will lead a short prayer service as 16 members of the Fairfield University community, including 13 students and a Campus Minister and two faculty members, depart to take part in the School of the Americas protest in Benning, Ga. On Friday and Saturday there will be Ignatian Family Teach-Ins. Last year all 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States were represented. The protest march takes place on Sunday.
Eucharistic Adoration will take place in the Fairfield University chapel from 11 p.m. Wednesday to 12 p.m. Thursday. Other events during the week, geared to students, include a scriptural rosary, an Ignatian reflection, community dinner and other gatherings. Humor has also been injected into week with table tents in the campus dining hall that, along with information about Jesuits include Jesuit jokes. "Did you hear the one about the Jesuit who made it to the Pearly Gates?"
Fr. Carrier, S.J., sees the week as an opportunity for the University community to celebrate the richness of Jesuit history and heritage, and for students especially to understand the depth of the challenge offered them as inheritors of the Jesuit vision to be "men and women for and with others."
Posted on November 5, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 100
Four local storytellers and The Live Music Project, a conductor-less orchestra, will celebrate the spoken word tradition with "Storytelling and Music," a family event taking place on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 2 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Geared to children of all ages, the performance will weave together a selection of classical music and stories from around the world and will conclude with a question and answer session with the readers and musicians.
Founded by pianist/composer Daniel Smith and violinist Netta Hadari, the Quick Center-based Live Music Project aims to change the way audiences think about chamber music. Smith and Hadari, both of New Haven, have created a haven for musicians who want to create exciting concerts in a friendly and open environment with an emphasis on interaction with the audience. Now in its second year, the group includes some of the region's top musicians, including several members of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the oldest orchestra in the United States.
The Nov. 28 concert is a departure from the Live Music Project's usual performances. The music for the day includes a section of Handel's oratorio "Solomon," Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings," Barber's "Adagio for Strings" and music written for the program by Smith.
The stories, chosen and edited by Smith, are a selection of tales from China, Ethiopia, Ireland and other countries, that offer a wide range of subject matter and emotional content. Titles include "The Name That Was Too Long," "The Stonecutter," "The Dove's Egg" and "The Ballad of Belle Dorkas," an old American slave story. In addition to Smith, who will read a story he wrote for the Barber piece, the storytellers are: John Watson of New Haven, Fairfield resident Brianne Schickler, and Stamford resident Lot Therrio.
Watson and Schickler are known to Quick Center audiences for several appearances in the venue's popular Live Radio Drama series. Therrio is a storyteller, psychotherapist and minister, who has told stories professionally at schools, libraries, houses of worship, nursing homes, corporate seminars and camps across the area. His work has been featured in The New York Times and The Boston Globe.
The Live Music Project offers two more concerts this season. "Fiddler's Three," a program of classical, Klezmer and American fiddling, will take place on Friday, Dec. 10. "The Letters and Music of Mozart" is scheduled for Friday, April 15.
Tickets to the Nov. 28 performance are $15 for adults, $10 for children. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. FFor more information, visit www.quickcenter.com
Posted on November 8, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 102
Two Jesuits and six alumni have been elected to the Fairfield University Board of Trustees.
Rev. John A. Baldovin, S.J., is professor of historical and liturgical theology at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., a position he has held since 1999.
Previously, Fr. Baldovin was with the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, beginning in 1984 as assistant professor of historical and liturgical theology. During his tenure there he was interim dean for one year, director of liturgy, and acting president from 1997-1998. He was a full professor when he left in 1999 to accept his appointment at Weston.
Fr. Baldovin has also taught at Le Moyne College and Fordham University and is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and of Societas Liturgica and sits on the advisory board of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL). He has published widely in the area of Christian liturgical studies.
A 1969 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1969 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1975. He holds a Master of Divinity degree with distinction from the Weston School of Theology and a Master of Arts, a Master of Philosophy and a Ph.D. in theology from Yale University.
Rev. Terrence A. Baum, S.J., was named president of Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo., earlier this year. He has served as an administrator at three other Jesuit schools: St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Xavier High School in New York City, and Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill. He is a member of the board of directors of Creighton Preparatory in Omaha, Neb., and Boys Hope Girls Hope in Kansas City. He previously served on the boards of the Nativity Mission Center, Regis High School and Loyola School, all in New York City, and the Jesuit Secondary Education Association,
Fr. Baum joined the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus in 1973, following his graduation that year from Xavier University in Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. He taught for three years at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago and then studied at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge where he was awarded a Master of Divinity degree with distinction. He was ordained in 1981. He earned a Master of Science degree in supervision and administration from Fordham University in 1991.
Ronald F. Carapezzi is President of GE Commercial & Industrial Financing, a part of GE Commercial Equipment Financing (CEF). His 21-year career with GE has included 15 years with CEF where he began the successful Capital Funding Unit. He left CEF in 2001 to become Senior Managing Director of GE Merchant Banking, before assuming his current position.
A 1981 graduate of Fairfield with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance, Carapezzi was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds' minor league baseball team where he spent a year before applying to GE's financial management program.
In 2003, he and his wife, Newell, established the Richard Magro Jr. '81 scholarship at Fairfield to honor the memory of his friend and classmate. Carapezzi is also active with his former high school, St. Joseph's in Trumbull, Conn., has served on the board of the Domus Foundation in Stamford, Conn., and is active in the Hephzibah Children's Association in Oak Park, Ill. He and his wife live in Fairfield with their two children
Kevin M. Conlisk is the principal and chief financial officer of Alinabal Holdings Corporation, a diversified manufacturer of industrial products, headquartered in Milford and employing over 300 people. Prior to joining the company in 1982, he held administrative positions with A B Murray and Dolan Steel. A 1966 graduate of Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, he began his career with Price Waterhouse, after serving three years as a U.S. Naval Officer and earning his CPA designation.
Conlisk has been the driving force behind the Father John M. Conlisk Irish Scholarship Fund, named in memory of his late brother, which has made it possible for 12 Irish-born students to study at Fairfield University since 1991. He was honored with Fairfield's 2001 Alumni Service Award.
Conlisk and his wife Mary Beth live in Stratford, Conn., and have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Michele Macauda is the president and chief executive officer of SBC East, formerly known as SBC SNET, where she has overall responsibility for the company's wireline telephone operations in Connecticut.
Macauda joined SNET in 1978, following her graduation from Fairfield with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. She rose through the ranks, holding various administrative positions before being named vice president of network infrastructure switching, engineering, and outside plant construction and vice president of network services.
Macauda is vice chair of the Connecticut Technology Council and a member of the Advisory Board of the Fairfield University School of Engineering. She has been a leader in fundraising efforts for victims of domestic violence and cancer, and a volunteer with Connecticut Special Olympics and the March of Dimes. She is also a strong advocate and volunteer for mentoring programs that encourage students to pursue careers in technology.
Macauda resides in Monroe, Conn., with her daughter.
William V. Malloy is the president and chief executive officer of the Europe/Middle East region for Marsh Inc, the world's leading risk and insurance services firm. In 2001 he was appointed regional chief executive officer for Marsh's business in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. In 2002 he moved to Paris, where he is presently based, to take on the additional responsibility for Marsh's Nordic, Southern and Eastern European regions as well as the Middle East.
Malloy joined Marsh Inc. in 1995 in New York as head of the U.S. Professional Liability Practice. He was promoted to various positions within the Financial and Professional Client Industry Practice group, which eventually led to his relocation in London, England in 2000. That year he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Marsh Europe and served on the European Executive Committee.
Malloy began his career in 1980 with Chubb and Son Insurance Company, moving in 1982 to the Financial Lines division of American International Group in New York. In 1990 he relocated to Paris, France, to assume responsibility for AIG's European Financial Lines business.
A 1980 graduate of Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Science degree in management, Malloy has served as a trustee of the Marymount School in Paris and the Oratory Prep School in Summit, N.J. He and his wife Debra have three children.
Christopher C. Quick is chief executive officer of Fleet Specialist, one of the largest specialist firms on the New York Stock Exchange and a part of the Bank of America Corporation. In 1982 he was instrumental in the acquisition by Quick & Reilly of Colin Hochstin, the first of seven acquisitions that eventually became Fleet Specialists.
Quick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance in 1979 from Fairfield University where he has chaired the Fairfield Awards Dinner, the university's largest fundraising event for multicultural scholarships. He sits on the board of the New York Stock Exchange and serves as a trustee of St. Vincent's Medical Center and the New York Foundling Hospital. He is a Knight of Malta and a member of the executive committee of the Cardinal's Committee of the Laity of the Archdiocese of New York,
Quick and his wife Ann live with their four daughters in Purchase, N.Y.
Lawrence C. Rafferty is founder and chief executive officer of Rafferty Holdings, LLC, an investment banking and brokerage services firm in Garden City, New York. From 1987 to 2000 he was the founder and C.E.O. of Cohane Rafferty Securities, LLC.
A 1964 graduate of Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, Rafferty served as a committee chair for Major Gifts during Fairfield's recently completed capital campaign, "Our Promise: The Campaign for Fairfield University." He is a trustee for National American Bank, Potomac Mutual Funds and St. Vincent's Services; and is active with the Wall Street Charity Fund, Little Flower Children's Services of New York and Abbott House.
He and his wife Barbara live in Garden City and have two children.
Posted on November 9, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 100a
"Twas the Night Before Christmas," a fresh musical take on the classic Santa Claus tale, will take the stage on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 1 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, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. and noon.
The musical, which is suitable for children of all ages, takes the audience into the home of Clement Clark Moore, the New York educator and poet who wrote the timeless 1823 poem "A Visit From Saint Nicholas." It's December 24th and Moore is pressed for time, worrying about his ill daughter and the fact that he hasn't written the family's annual Christmas poem. With the holiday spirit in the air, the story takes a magical turn for the best and ends as a beautiful expression of a father's love and the mysteries of Christmas.
"'Twas the Night Before Christmas" is a creation of Richmond-based Theatre IV, which is both the nation's second largest theatre for young audiences and the Children's Theatre of Virginia. With a book, music and lyrics by Bruce Miller, the musical has been delighting audiences for 13 years.
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 November 12, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 103