New Information Resources and Services organization established - Librarian James Estrada named V.P Peter Steele, S.J., Jesuit and poet, to speak at Fairfield University The New Haven Symphony Orchestra graces the stage at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Connecticut Society of CPAs awards Fairfield University MBA student $2,500 grant College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University awarded grants for diversity course and project on China Fairfield University School of Nursing wins $5,000 grant to integrate spirituality into geriatric nursing curriculum and bring international expert to speak at University People's Bank provides Fairfield University scholarships to two Bridgeport students University College at Fairfield University hosts Chartered Financial Analyst Open House Banish the winter doldrums by auditing a course at Fairfield University through the Institute for Retired Professionals The Live Music Project celebrates fiddlers at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Ethiopia photo exhibit opens at Fairfield University's Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery
In a move to support and coordinate the effective uses of technology on campus, University President Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. announced Sept. 24 the establishment of a new University organization, Information Resources and Services, and the appointment of James Estrada as Vice President, Information Resources and Services and University Librarian.
The appointment took effect immediately, and under the new organization, the library, academic computing, SCT, CTS and the media center are reporting to Estrada, who joined Fairfield in 1996 as University librarian and executive director of academic computing.
In a letter to the campus community, Fr. Kelley wrote, "I have become very concerned about the challenges presented to the University by the rapid changes in technology. One of these challenges is attempting to support and coordinate the uses of technology on campus when the traditional lines between computing, telecommunications, media and information services are continually blurring."
The president said, "While many institutions have reorganized and created new structures to better coordinate and leverage information resources on their campuses, Fairfield has followed a more traditional approach. It has allowed its various technology providers to develop their own separate products and services. In some cases the results have been exceptional, in others the decentralized approach has resulted in duplication, overlap of responsibilities, confusion among users and a competition for scarce resources that was not always coordinated with overall university priorities."
In his letter, Fr. Kelley also pointed out that the five units responsible for supporting information technology on campus reside in different University divisions, making "management, coordination and planning difficult, if not impossible." Those units include academic computing, the library, media center, administrative computing (SCT) and communication and technology services (CTS).
Of Estrada, Fr. Kelley said, "His major responsibility will be to take a holistic view of the academic and administrative technology needs of the University as they relate to its principal goals and objectives. It would not be possible to overstate the importance of this appointment for the enhancement of our academic and educational mission. It will have a profound impact on the quality of our operations and ensure that we will not only maintain but enhance our competitive advantage among our peer institutions in the area of technology, information services and learning."
Estrada had been assistant director for Regional Campus Libraries and director of the Harleigh B. Trecker Library for the University of Connecticut before joining Fairfield two years ago. There he had, since 1990, been responsible for the overall delivery of services, research support, and general oversight of the five Regional Campus Libraries. He also provided leadership in strategic planning and implementation, introduced team-based management systems, and expanded the library automation and networked information services.
He is a former senior systems analyst at Yale University Library, and earlier in his career was head of cataloging and systems analyst at the University of Connecticut Health Center Library. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, with bachelor's and master's degrees in Latin American Studies and a master of library science degree in library and information science.
Posted on October 1, 1998
Peter Steele, S.J., a prolific writer and poet from the University of Melbourne, will speak at Fairfield University on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m., in the Multimedia Room of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library. The public lecture, "Encountering the Image: Art into Poetry," is being sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.
A native of Perth, Western Australia, Fr. Steele has published four books of poetry, Word from Lilliput (1973), Marching on Paradise (1984), Invisible Riders (1999), and Plenty: Art into Poetry (2003), the last of which contains 52 ekphrastic poems, each accompanied by its prompting work of art. He has also published Jonathan Swift: Preacher and Jester (1978), Expatriates: Reflections on Modern Poetry (1985), The Autobiographical Passion: Studies in the Self on Show (1989), and Peter Porter (1992), together with over a hundred essays and chapters on literature and ideas. In 2003 he published a book of homilies, Bread for the Journey. He is now at work on a second book of ekphrastic poems, expected out in 2005.
Fr. Steele joined the Society of Jesus in Melbourne, Victoria, in February 1957. After the noviceship and three years' study of philosophy, he went to the University of Melbourne, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (Hons) in English Literature in 1966 and a Master of Arts degree in 1968. He then studied theology for four years in Sydney and in Melbourne. In 1976 he received a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Melbourne, where he has taught for many years and where he holds a Personal Chair.
He served as Rector of Campion College, a House of Jesuit Studies in Melbourne, from 1973 to 1977. He continued teaching from 1978 until 1984 before being appointed Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in Australia, a position which he held until January 1991. In 1994 he was appointed to a Personal Chair at the University of Melbourne.
He has been a visiting professor at the University of Alberta, at Georgetown University, and at Loyola University Chicago. In 1984 he gave the Martin D'Arcy Lectures at the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Posted on November 15, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 106
Music from the hit film "The Polar Express" will be featured in a holiday concert by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, on Friday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. This program includes highlights from Kapilow's score for the movie, selections from Handel's "Samson" and Bach's "The Christmas Oratorio," and other sacred and secular holiday favorites.
Assistant Conductor Gerald Steichen will lead the orchestra and soloists Kathleen Callahan-Hardman, soprano, and Jeff Mattsey, baritone. The Litchfield County Children's Choir, with Conductor Anna Jedd, will make a guest appearance.
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) first rehearsed in 1894 and gave its inaugural concert in January 1895. It is the fourth orchestra to form in the United States, following the New York Philharmonic and the Boston and Chicago symphonies. Since its inception, the NHSO has performed regularly in New Haven and has toured extensively throughout the state and beyond, including performances at Carnegie Hall.
In addition to presenting a classical repertoire, the orchestra has a long tradition of performing pops concerts. Its eclectic roster of guest artists includes Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Benny Goodman, Judy Collins, Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, André Watts, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Sarah Vaughan and Van Cliburn.
Steichen will conduct the 70-member orchestra. A member of the New York City Opera staff, Steichen spent several years conducting the national tour of "Phantom of the Opera" and also conducted the final performances of the longest-running show in Broadway history, "Cats."
Tickets for the concert are $35 and $30. 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 15, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 105
Jennifer Gulianello, a resident of West Haven, has been chosen to receive a Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants' Educational Trust Fund (CSCPA ETF) grant. The $2,500 Candidate's Award will help defray the costs of her education.
Gulianello is enrolled in Fairfield University's 5-year MBA in accounting program. She received her bachelor's in accounting from Fairfield University in May of 2004, and will graduate this May with the MBA degree following another full year of full-time classwork.
The CSCPA ETF established the Candidate's Award in 1999 to help foster the accounting profession in Connecticut. Students who have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, attained a GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale, and are enrolled in a formal program in Connecticut to satisfy the 150-hour requirement of the Connecticut State Board of Accountancy, are eligible to apply for the scholarship.
Gulianello was one of two statewide winners this year. Gulianello is the first Fairfield University MBA student to receive a Candidate's Award. She was already a winner of a $500 scholarship from the society's Educational Trust Fund as an undergraduate. An intern at General Electric, Gulianello has signed on to work for as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers upon graduation. In that capacity, she will have the opportunity to work with a variety of different client firms. "I decided to sign with PwC because from an external auditor's perspective, as opposed to an internal accounting department's viewpoint, you have the ability to become acquainted with a broader range of business strategies, infrastructure, as well as cultures."
Gulianello is eager to finish her degree and enter the working world full-time.
"After having interned for GE Capital's corporate tax department since my sophomore year, I've been fortunate to get a taste of the accounting profession," Gulianello said. "Yet, I'm excited to finish graduate school and finally delve into my career!"
Gulianello is an excellent student, said Norm Solomon, Ph.D., dean of the Dolan School of Business.
"She is an outstanding student and highly regarded by both her faculty and classmates," Dr. Solomon said. "She brings a powerful presence to our graduate program."
The Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University is a leader in business curriculum innovation. An AACSB International-accredited program, The Dolan School annually serves 1,500 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs, preparing students to advance within their professions and empowering them to become leaders in their fields. In addition to substantial professional business experience, faculty are recognized nationally and internationally for their scholarship. The School itself is housed in a technology-rich building dedicated to excellence in a business-learning environment - a facility that is among the best in the nation. For more information on the Dolan School of Business program offerings, call (203) 254-4070, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on November 18, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 107
The College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University has received a $7,500 grant in support of a Diversity Seminar Course in the Psychology Department. Another $4,000 has been awarded to the College for a project entitled, "China: It's People and Culture."
Ellie Hawthorne, co-trustee with her brother for the Earl W. and Hildagunda A. Brinkman Family Foundation, based in Rochester, N.Y., has presented $7,500 to Elizabeth Gardner, Ph.D., professor of psychology, which she will use for the creation of a Diversity Seminar Course for senior psychology majors. The course, tentatively titled "Psychological Implications of the Concept of Race," would include knowledge of the psychology of discrimination, bias, and stereotypes as well as current literature on implicit measures of those items. Additional goals may include raising consciousness about diversity and justice issues related to differences, establishing a basis of conceptual understanding, and the development of skills for taking concrete action.
Ellie Hawthorne, a trustee of the foundation, earned her bachelor's in psychology and religious studies from Fairfield in 1985 and her master's in counseling from Fairfield's Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions in 1988.
Ellie Hawthorne and her brother, as co-trustees of the family foundation, are responsible for choosing projects worthy of funding. Recalling her psychology classes at Fairfield, Ellie remembers Dr. Gardner as one of her outstanding teachers for both cognitive and neuro-psychology classes. As a result of this, Dr. Gardner was chosen to receive a grant from the Foundation.
The course will build upon the "Cognition, Culture, Race and Identity" psychology course that Dr. Gardner and Dr. Larri Mazon, director of Fairfield University's Center for Multicultural Relations, currently co-teach.
Dr. Gardner will work with Dr. Mazon and the Center, as well as the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, University College and other departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, to develop the new course.
"One of the things that we're considering is the possibility of adding a little bit more of a research element, to look more closely at attitudes and behaviors associated with race, culture and the other elements considered in the first course," said Dr. Mazon.
In a separate award, Danke Li, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at Fairfield, has received $4,000 from the Bethesda, Md.-based Li Educational Foundation (no relation), in support of "China: Its People and Culture," a year-long series of programs.
The funding will support lectures, four film screenings, and performances by Chinese musicians, Dr. Li said. Matching support from the University will provide the resources for the creation of a web site for the Asian Studies program that will feature this project along with various other important achievements of the program's students and faculty.
"Recently, an article in the New York Times Magazine has declared that the 21st century is the Chinese Century," Dr. Li said. "The substantial role that China plays in today's global affairs requires us to provide quality education on China to our students. The events sponsored by the Li Educational Foundation will promote the awareness of the 'Chinese Century' at Fairfield."
Dr. Peter Kwong, Urban Affairs professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York and an expert on Chinese American immigrant and labor issues, will present the first lecture in the series on December 1. Another speaker will be scheduled for next semester.
For more information about the China lectures and events, contact Dr. Li at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2353.
Posted on November 22, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 107
The John J. Barcklow Foundation has awarded Fairfield University's School of Nursing $5,000 to consider ways of integrating spirituality into its geriatric nursing curriculum.
Sister Mary Elizabeth O'Brien, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., of the Catholic University of America, will deliver a free lecture on that topic on Tuesday, Dec. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the School of Nursing Auditorium at Fairfield University. The lecture is open to the public.
Spirituality can be an essential aspect of care for older adults with medical problems, particularly those in long-term care situations, said Meredith Wallace, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor of nursing at Fairfield University. However, as a secular society we often shun those needs, Dr. Wallace said.
"We're in a culture that is afraid to address patients' spiritual needs because they may be in conflict with our own," Dr. Wallace said, noting that Fairfield's Jesuit mission makes it even more important that the school address the issue.
The grant project will design and implement a clinical rotation within Fairfield University's current geriatric course for the spring of 2005, with a substantial emphasis on spirituality. Ten selected students and faculty members will be educated in faith-based nursing care through consultation with nursing experts specializing in this area. Low-income patients in one faith-based nursing home will be selected as recipients of this specialized care.
Including spirituality in nursing care may involve facilitating relationships between patients and their pastors, rabbis, etc.; praying with patients; escorting them to religious services; watching a televised service; or responding in other ways to their spiritual needs, Dr. Wallace said.
The grant is also funding Sr. O'Brien's visit. An internationally renowned expert on spirituality and nursing, she is the author of many books and articles on the topic, including: "Nurse's Calling: A Christian Spirituality for Caring for the Sick," "Spirituality in Nursing: Standing on Holy Ground," "Parish Nursing: HealthCare Ministry within the Church," and "Care in Nursing: The Spirituality of Compassionate Caregiving."
The John J. Barcklow Foundation is a robust, full-service non-profit support organization that provides a wide range of services and products to promote compassion and quality of life for the elderly.
"We are grateful to the foundation for supporting this important initiative," said Jeanne Novotny, Ph.D, dean of the School of Nursing at Fairfield University. "As nurses, it is our vocation to meet all of the care requirements of our patients. Integrating spirituality into the nursing curriculum will help our nurses respond to those needs in our patients and further the Jesuit mission of our school."
Posted on November 22, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 109
Fairfield University students M. Isabel Torres and Danielle Spears have been chosen to receive People's Bank scholarships for the year 2004-2005. The scholarships are given each year to Bridgeport residents who can establish a financial need.
"People's Bank has been an integral part of the Fairfield County community since its founding in 1842," said Barbara Johnson, senior vice president, Corporate Community Relations. "Education is key to the future of our youth, and People's Bank is pleased, through our scholarships, to make higher education more affordable for two very bright young women."
Torres is the recipient of the $8,900 People's Bank Minority Scholarship. The sophomore nursing major plans to work in a pediatrics hospital setting when she graduates. A member of the nursing club and the Model United Nations Club, she has also participated in student government at Fairfield University, serving on the student senate in her freshman year.
Torres said the scholarship is a big help.
"In order to experience and appreciate education in general, it's always of help," Torres said.
Junior Danielle Spears has been awarded the Thomas P. Legen '78 Memorial Scholarship of $2,500. Spears transferred to Fairfield University this year from Pennsylvania's Temple University. She was looking for a university with a smaller class size that could provide more one-on-one attention.
Spears is a member of UMOJA, a campus organization of African-American and Caribbean students, and wants to join the intramural basketball team. A biology major, she plans to attend medical school after graduating, to become a pediatrician.
The Legen Scholarship is named for the late Thomas P. Legen, a former senior officer at People's Bank and summa cum laude graduate of Fairfield University, who passed away in 1994 of pneumonia.
"Financial assistance continues to be a priority for Fairfield. The fact that People's Bank established this endowment to benefit Bridgeport multicultural students makes it very special to me," said Cathleen Borgman, Director of Corporate Relations at Fairfield University. "We are grateful to People's for their interest in assisting local students."
Posted on November 22, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 101
Financial planners, students and members of the public interested in learning about the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential, are invited to attend a free open house on Monday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the dining room of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University.
The CFA designation is one of the most respected and valued credentials in the global finance community. It is the symbol of distinction and excellence in the investment management fields. University College at Fairfield University has partnered with Stalla CFA Review to offer a preparation course for taking the state CFA licensure examination.
"The open house will explain what the credential is and what it can do for you," said Julie Carroza, marketing coordinator for Becker Professional Review, which administers the Stalla CFA Review.
The Stalla System is a flexible, yet structured methodology developed to focus a CFA candidate's time and effort. The program includes Interactive PassMaster software to allow students to track their progress, focus on specific topics, and take practice exams. The course also provides an online Personal Tutor to answer questions.
Refreshments will be served at the open house. For more information, contact Rich Slusz at (877) 232-0333.
Posted on November 23, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 111
College isn't just for young adults. University College at Fairfield University invites you to bridge the generation gap by joining the Institute for Retired Professionals (IRP).
University College will host an open registration day for the IRP on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the dining room of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business. Refreshments will be served. IRP participants and those interested in the program can register and select courses, or simply learn more about what it has to offer.
The IRP is an association of retired professionals who participate in broadly based monthly symposia, audit a wide range of University courses and attend special interest programs.
Trumbull resident Vince Murphy was a psychology professor and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University when the group was just getting its start.
"It was a question of continued learning and a social outlet," said Vince Murphy, a member of the IRP who has since served on its board. The original concept, which started with course auditing, grew to include symposia, scholarship fundraisers, day trips and other activities. "It just grew wildly."
The IRP currently has some 125 members and continues to grow. Members are allowed to audit one undergraduate course each semester from the University College program. The classes generally meet from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; however, some are offered during the day. During the academic year, IRP members participate in enriching monthly symposia that tackle a range of subjects and expose members to the viewpoints of a highly diversified group of professionals. Past symposia topics have included: literature, music, art, finance, medicine, psychology, politics, interpersonal relationships, technology, ethics, communication and environmental concerns.
The benefits of IRP membership include: free on-campus parking, use of the Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreational Complex (for an additional fee), and access to the DiMenna-Nyselius Library. Members can also get discounted tickets to Open VISIONS Forum, Fairfield University's distinguished lecture series, and to Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts performances.
But one of the biggest benefits of all is the opportunity to meet people who share similar interests, said Joe Feeley, chairman of the IRP advisory board. "You meet, really, people with outstanding backgrounds," Feeley said, noting that the membership boasts lawyers, doctors, business people and a host of other retired professionals.
IRP membership costs $198 per semester; $157 for spouses. The tuition covers the cost of instruction and materials, exclusive of textbooks. IRP members can also choose to support the Albert M. Loch Scholarship for the IRP, which subsidizes a deserving University College student each semester. For more information about the IRP or the open registration day, call Elizabeth Hastings at (203) 254-4307.
University College at Fairfield University is the gateway for individuals seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional certificate programs, study abroad and personal enrichment opportunities. With an emphasis on quality, convenience and flexibility, University College offers a wide variety of evening, day, online and weekend programs taught by a distinguished faculty. University College offers an enriching personal and powerful educational experience that is backed by the resources and reputation of a great Jesuit university. For program information e-mail email@example.com or visit www.fairfield.edu or call (203) 254-4184.
Posted on November 29, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 112
What do a Bach gigue, a mountain hoedown and a Romanian hora have in common? They're all meant to be played on the violin and will be featured in "Fiddlers 3," an 8 p.m. concert on Friday, Dec. 10, by the Live Music Project at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. This informal conductor-less orchestra will consider the possibilities of the violin through Klezmer, classical and American styles, taking time out throughout the concert to improvise and discuss the history of the cultures behind the varied music.
Featured performers will be American fiddler Stacy Phillips, Klezmer fiddler Cookie Segelstein and classical violinist Netta Hadari, one of the orchestra's co-founders. The concert is suitable for all ages.
Founded by Hadari and composer Daniel Smith, The Live Music Project aims to change the way audiences think about chamber music. Now in its second season, the group includes some of the region's top musicians, offering exciting concerts in a friendly environment with an emphasis on interaction with the audience. The ensemble tackles both classical and contemporary works of all kinds, sometimes featuring world premieres of compositions by Smith, who also provides music for and directs the Quick Center's popular series of live radio dramas.
Tickets are $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 the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on December 1, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 110
"Ethiopia: Religious Pageantry and Tribal Traditions," a collection of stunning photos depicting the daily life and customs of a region many in the West will never see, will be on display from Thursday, Jan. 27, through Sunday, March 20, at Fairfield University's Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 27 in the gallery, which is located in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
Photographer Barbara Paul, a Westport resident, often travels to rural areas in Asia and Africa and her photography reflects her deep interest in the ethnic dress, religious practices, festivals and traditions of the people she encounters. Her Ethiopia photo collection features the 13th-century rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, the mysterious monasteries on the islands of Lake Tana and the colorful and passionately observed Timkat Festival at Gondar in the country's northern regions. Paul's photos also capture daily tribal life in the Oma Valley in the South, where she visited the Mursi tribe, one of the few groups on Earth in which women wear large clay plates inserted in their lower lips.
Paul found Ethiopia and its people visually striking and wonderful subjects for her lens. At times, she found herself swept along with the exuberant crowds at festivals, becoming a part of the events she chronicled.
"The biblical atmosphere of the North is so transforming, and the tribal life and customs of the South so intriguing - even sometimes shocking - that I was constantly challenged to try to capture it all on film," she said of her travels.
Paul has spent many years traveling the world, as her past photo exhibits show. Earlier this year, she displayed photos from Papua New Guinea in Rye, N.Y., and her photos from Vietnam have been exhibited at Gallery Vietnam in New York City. Other recent exhibits include "Mali: From Dogon to Desert" at Earthplace in Westport and "Rhythms of Rural Asia" at the Westport Library.
Paul is a graduate of Wellesley College and earned an MBA from New York University.
Admission to the exhibit is free. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call (203) 254-4010, ext. 2969.
Posted on December 3, 2004
Vol. 37, No. 113