Bill Cosby to headline Fairfield Awards Dinner


Bill Cosby, whose multi-talented career and commitment to humanitarian causes has made him one of the nation's best-loved and influential stars, will be the keynote speaker at The Fairfield Awards Dinner on Monday, April 5, at the Sheraton New York. The annual dinner is a fundraiser for multicultural scholarships at Fairfield University.

At the dinner awards will be presented to Dr. Mary Frances Malone, associate academic vice president at Fairfield University, and two alumni, David H. Chafey, Jr., senior executive vice president of Banco Popular in Puerto Rico; and John G. Swanhaus, Jr., vice president, Pepsi Cola Company.

Bill Cosby's humor touches on everyday situations, opening insights into the lives of parents, children, family members, and men and women. The 1984-92 run of "The Cosby Show" and his books, "fatherhood" and "Time Flies" made him a familiar and trusted friend in homes across America. Now in his third year of "Cosby" and the second year of "Kids Say the Darndest Things," he continues to have a special rapport with his audiences.

He is the author of "Little Bill," a book series designed to encourage literacy for children ages six through ten, which will soon become a television series. He is writing and starring in a feature film version of his famous comedy routine, "NOAH" for MGM/UA. In addition, he has released a number of jazz recordings, including, "hello, friend; to ennis with love," released in 1997, and has earned five Grammy Awards for best comedy album.

Throughout his career, Cosby has been a crusader for a better world and for better understanding between people. Besides his involvement with a host of charity organizations, he is an active trustee of his alma mater, Temple University of Philadelphia. As philanthropists, he and his wife Camille have made substantial gifts in support of education, most notably to predominantly Black colleges, and to various social service and civil rights organizations.

In addition to his bachelor's degree from Temple, Bill Cosby earned a master's degree and doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts.

He and Camille have four daughters, Erika, Erinn, Ensa and Evin, and one son, the late Ennis Cosby. The family resides in New England.

Dr. Mary Frances Malone will be honored with the distinguished faculty/ administrator award. She joined Fairfield University in 1983 as an assistant dean and was named assistant academic vice president in 1989, responsible for assisting the academic vice president in reviewing and coordinating all academic programs, assisting in long-rang planning and in preparing and administering budgets for the academic division. In 1993 she was named associate academic vice president.

At Fairfield, Dr. Malone has spearheaded three major grants initiatives which have brought more that one million dollars to the University for innovative programs. Two Lilly Endowment grants, totaling nearly $890,000, supported the establishment of Collegium, a national institute based at Fairfield, that explores the relationship between faith and intellectual life as it relates to higher education.

Another initiative, College Access, won grants from the GE Foundation, Heublein Foundation, Southern Connecticut Gas Company, and Title II Mathematics and Science Grants Program, totaling over $180,000. The summer program helped multicultural students improve their mathematical, scientific and writing skills in preparation for college. In addition, The Tetley Teaching Scholarship, funded by the Tetley Foundation, provided $123,500 in financial support for minority students planning to teach in the Bridgeport School System.

Known on campus for her fair and reasoned approach to problem-solving and a strong commitment to Fairfield's Jesuit tradition, Dr. Malone is often called upon to offer her expertise and wisdom to university programs. She has chaired the Academic Support Group, the University Board on Readmission and the Valedictory Committee. She is a member of the Honorary Degree Committee, University Council, Liturgy Committee, and the University Self Study on Program and Instruction.

She co-chaired the Canisius Hall Renovation Committee in 1994, playing a critical role in creating a professional and welcoming environment within the refurbished academic structure. She also teaches communication in the College of Arts and Sciences.

A graduate of Molloy College, Dr. Malone earned a master's degree in American history and literature from Fordham University and a doctorate in organizational behavior and administrative studies from New York University. She has chaired committees for Advertising Women of New York and the American Association for Higher Education. She is a member of the American-Irish Historical Society and the American Nobel Committee.

Dr. Malone resides in New Canaan, Conn. with her husband, Kieran.

David H. Chafey, Jr., senior executive vice president of Banco Popular since 1990, and of its holding company, Popular, Inc., the largest financial institution in Puerto Rico, will receive the Alumni Professional Achievement Award.

Mr. Chafey joined Banco Popular in 1980, as vice president of the Investment Division, moving to senior vice president and supervisor in 1985. From 1990 to 1995 he was in charge of the Financial Management Group and supervised the Comptroller's, Investment, Treasury and Trust divisions of Banco Popular. He was appointed chief financial officer and supervisor of U.S. Operations in 1991.

Named senior executive vice president in 1995, Mr. Chafey supervises the Bank's nine regions and more than 200 branches in Puerto Rico, as well as the specialized units of financial and investment services and alternative delivery channels. Mr. Chafey is a member of the Board of Directors of Banco Popular and Popular, Inc. as well as several subsidiaries, including Popular Leasing and Rental, Inc., Popular International Bank, Inc., Equity One, Inc., and Popular Securities, Inc. He is also president of Puerto Rico Investors Tax-Free Fund I, II, III, IV and the Puerto Rico Investors Tax-Free Target Maturity Fund, Inc.

In addition, Mr. Chafey is a member of the Trust for the Conservation of the National Parks of Puerto Rico, the Governor's Economic Council on Productivity and the Steering Committee for Private Capital of Puerto Rico. He is president of Grupo Guayacan, a Private Equity Strategy Steering Committee and the Research Foundation of San Jorge Hospital. He serves as vice president of the Puerto Rico Bank Association and is a member of the United Way of Puerto Rico and the Financial Committee of Colegio San Ignacio.

A 1976 graduate of Fairfield, with a bachelor of science degree in finance, Mr. Chafey pursued graduate studies in finance at New York University Graduate School of Business. He is married to Laura Gonzalez and they have five children.

John G. Swanhaus, Jr., vice president, Pepsi Cola Company, will receive the Alumni Service Award for his many contributions to Fairfield University.

Mr. Swanhaus has held numerous senior management positions during his 25-year career with PepsiCo. As president of PepsiCo Wines & Spirits International, a major part of his responsibility was PepsiCo's supply to the U.S. market of Stolichnaya Russian Vodka as part of a countertrade agreement to sell Pepsi products in the Soviet Union.

As senior vice president of Pepsi-Cola's International Division handling sales and marketing, he had worldwide responsibility for consumer marketing and consumer management in the 190 countries outside the United States and Canada where Pepsi-Cola products are sold. He currently heads up marketing for Pepsi-Cola's Fountain Beverage Division.

Mr. Swanhaus was instrumental in forging a partnership between Fairfield University and PepsiCo following Fairfield's hosting of the Russian American Bankers Forum in 1992. A $566,000, five-year grant from PepsiCo in 1994 launched Fairfield's PepsiCo Russian and East European Studies Program. Jointly sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Business, the program gives students an interdisciplinary understanding of Russia that includes the business aspects of dealing with a changing country. The program has introduced several levels of Russian language courses into the curriculum and an agreement with Herzen University in St. Petersburg has led to the exchange of students and faculty, internships for students and a permanent office for Fairfield faculty at the Russian university.

A 1967 graduate of Fairfield University, Mr. Swanhaus was a member of Fairfield's Board of Trustees for six years, serving as vice-chairman during his last year. He also chaired the Fairfield Awards Dinner in 1995. Mr. Swanhaus earned an MBA from Michigan State.

He lives in New Canaan with his wife Betsy. They have four children.

Chairing this year's dinner committee is Christopher C. Quick of Purchase, N.Y., president of Fleet Specialists, the largest specialist operation on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. A graduate of Fairfield University, Mr. Quick joined Fleet Specialists in 1982 and was named president four years later. Last year the firm became part of Fleet Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: FLT), one of the nation's largest and most successful financial services firms and holding company for one of the nation's largest banks.

Mr. Quick and his wife Ann have four children.

The annual dinner is hosted by Fairfield's Alumni Association to benefit the University's Multicultural Scholarship Fund. During the 10 years the dinner has been held, it has raised over $1.6 million.

Anyone interested in attending or sponsoring a table at the dinner, may contact Anissa DeMatteo, director of special events, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2660.

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

Posted on March 1, 1999

Vol. 31, No. 214