Environmental program with Brazil expands international options for Fairfield University students Author of "Galway Bay" at Fairfield University April 19 The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dances at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts May 7 Fairfield University's celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day to include numerous events, highlighted by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. delivering the Earth Day Lecture Celebrate the Fairfield University DiMenna-Nyselius Library's acquisition of its 500,000th book on Tuesday, April 13, part of the National Library Week celebration Fairfield University Bennett Center Lecture on fascinating study of Jews and their translations of the Bible by Creighton University scholar "Tunnel of Oppression" headlines "Enough is Enough Week" at Fairfield University Fairfield University students speak up about activism at Communities in Action Summit Fairfield University takes step to reframe the language of immigration debate with "Strangers as Neighbors" white paper publication University College at Fairfield University announces two Feng Shui tours of award-winning "green" house in New Canaan May 8 Lt. Gov. Fedele to be judge at Fairfield University's Third Annual Jail N' Bail for Special Olympics CT
Fairfield University students interested in environmental studies will now have the opportunity to work in a joint program with their peers in Brazil, thanks to a $200,000 grant from The Foundation for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education. Fairfield is part of a four-university consortium that will bring students from the United States and Brazil together to study environmental problems in both a global and North-South context.
This is but the latest in a wide range of study abroad options that are increasingly popular with Fairfield University students who want to have a global view of the subjects they are studying. Most international studies majors at Fairfield, for instance, spend one or two semesters abroad in Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, Japan, China, the Middle East, Australia and Latin America.
For the last five years Fairfield has had a partnership with Herzen University in St. Petersburg, Russia, which has led to an exchange of faculty and students and Fairfield has a Florence campus that offers courses in fine arts, the humanities and social sciences. Nursing students have the option of studying for a semester at Harlaxton College in England where they have clinical experience under a system financed by the British National Health Service.
Shorter study abroad opportunities are available in programs such as the "French Experience in Paris and Angers," a 17-day intensive language program, or in Ireland and Munich and Berlin.
In the environmental studies program in Brazil, Fairfield is partnering with Washington and Lee University in Virginia to work with the Universidade Federal do Amazonas and its partner, Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense in Brazil. Non-academic partners include Centro do Tecnologia Mineral on the Brazilian side and the Audubon Society on the American side.
Under the four-year grant, Brazilian and U.S. undergraduate students from the four schools will participate in an exchange program and work together on research projects, with their faculty collaborating on research as well. As a result, a set of internet-based academic resources will be developed for use by other universities in Brazil and the United States and in countries throughout the world.
Dr. Dina Franceschi, assistant professor of economics, whose specialty is environmental economics with a focus on Brazil and global sustainable development, is leading the Fairfield team for the U.S.-Brazil grant. Working with her are Dr. Katherine Kidd, director of the International Studies Program, and Dr. Lisa Newton, director of the Program in Environmental Studies. Dr. W. Nickerson Hill, associate professor of modern languages and literatures, is coordinating the language component of the grant.
Dr. Franceschi knows well the value of studying in other cultures. While in graduate school, she visited Brazil several times, including a six-month stint in 1998 when she was collecting data and doing field work. She has presented much of her research at conferences around the world and has published on the subject of "Sustainable Development in Economies Using Exhaustable Resources."
"I'm very excited to get a student and faculty exchange going between these two countries that share so much in common and yet have great differences," she commented. While the United States and Brazil are similar in size, population and diversity, she noted that they differ greatly in economic stature and development.
Dr. Kidd, another strong proponent of students studying abroad, has conducted research in Tanzania and been active with student and faculty groups traveling to and working in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Russia. She said she was delighted students would gain a better understanding of Brazil's culture and ecological, political and social environments. "Having the opportunity to live and study in another culture is truly a life-changing experience for students," she said.
The international exposure students receive can also be beneficial when applying for grants. In the last nine years Fairfield students have garnered 26 Fulbrights to countries around the world. In the same way, experience students gain while studying abroad can make them desirable candidates for graduate programs and for employment with international companies.
Fairfield graduates have gone on to work in consulting and research with Arthur Andersen and in financial services with GE Capital, Lehman Brothers, Goldman-Sachs, and USB (Swiss Bank). In addition students have joined Hugo Boss, the Mediterranean Shipping Corporation, Starwood Hotels, Expeditors International, International Executive Service Corps and IREX or International Research and Exchange Board.
Additional information may be obtained by contacting Fairfield University's Office of Study Abroad at (203) 254-4220.
Dr. Dina Franceschi, assistant professor of economics at Fairfield University, shows economics major Joseph Masullo of New Canaan, Conn., the area in Brazil where Fairfield faculty and students will be doing research.
Posted on January 15, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 132
Mary Pat Kelly, author of "Galway Bay" (2009) a historical novel about Ireland, will give a public reading/presentation, followed by a question-and answer session, in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library's Multimedia Room at Fairfield University on Monday, April 19, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The Chicago-born author incorporated her family's oral history into her novel, drawing on stories told over the generations about the Great Hunger of 1845-1849 that led to more than a million deaths and massive emigration to the United States, passage in the deadly "coffin ships," and fighting in the American Civil War. She also includes Irish myths and historic events dating back to the 17th century, such as Cromwell's conquest of Ireland and the Protestant plantations in Ulster. As reviewer Tom Deignan wrote in Irish American magazine, "Kelly has ambitiously attempted to capture the 19th-century Irish-American experience, and manages to help us understand how we are still living with this legacy today."
Dr. Kelly has written six other books, including two on Martin Scorsese and "Proudly We Served: The Men of the USS Mason, about a World War II warship manned by an African-American crew that served as a role model for the integration of U.S. Navy ships. The book was accompanied by a documentary broadcast on PBS stations nationwide and was a winner of a CINE Golden Eagle award.
Kelly, who holds a Ph.D. in literature from the City University of New York, will be on the Fairfield campus for two days during which she will visit classes in Irish literature and Irish history and hold a seminar for faculty. Her visit is being sponsored by the
Fairfield University Humanities Institute. Co-sponsors are the Irish Studies Program, the Women's Studies Program, the Center for Faith and Public Life, and the English Department.
For more information, contact Prof. Marion White, Irish Studies Advisory Committee, at email@example.com, or ext. 3021.
Posted on April 07, 2010
Vol. 42, No. 262
"A breath of fresh air! The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has 12 engaging and very good dancers and two ambitious and smart directors who know their choreographers. One looks forward to a return visit." Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times
The young and vibrant Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (ASFB) company comes to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Friday, May 7 at 8:00 p.m. There will be a post-show Art to Heart Q & A with the company following the performance. This presentation is part of the Arts & Minds season at Fairfield University.
The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company has only just begun its second decade (it was founded by Bebe Schweppe in 1996) and already it has received acclaim nationally as well as internationally. The company was founded on the idea of acquiring repertoire and inviting top choreographers in the field to create works for the company.
This performance features Twyla Tharp's nine-part suite "Sue's Leg," which is the final component of Tharp's '30s music trilogy. It remains the best known of her three tributes to a group of recorded music artists, which the choreographer has affectionately called the "old guys." This piece was first recorded in the 1976 broadcast of "Dance in America" on PBS. "Sue's Leg" is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts' American Masterpieces: Dance Initiative, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts.
Jean-Philippe Malaty, executive director of the company, has been instrumental in building ASFB from the ground up and he is joined in the vision of seeing dance as a celebration of the human spirit by Tom Mossbrucker, artistic director. Their early experiences as dancers solidified a kinesthetic knowledge of the power dance has to persistently challenge, enliven and educate both audiences and dancers.
Malaty, a native of the Basque region of France who trained in Europe and Mossbrucker, a native of Tacoma, Wash. whose training was in New York City at the School of American Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School, have taken Schweppe's founding concept and infused it with an individual and collective personality that has served to expand the company into one that has been embraced locally, nationally and internationally.
ASFB has been seen on such stellar stages as The Joyce Theater in New York and the famed Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival; it has captured audiences from The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to New York City Center's "Fall for Dance Festival" and has made a mark in foreign venues including Canada, France, Italy and Guatemala.
Tickets are $45, $40, $35 and are available at fairfield.edu/quick or by contacting the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010 for more information. The toll free number is 1-877-ARTS-396. Special offers and discounts are available through the Quick Center's e-mail list. Join, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. And become a fan of the Quick Center for the Arts on Facebook! Keep up-to-date with the latest performance news, plus special offers and discounts! Find the Quick Center at www.facebook.com/FairfieldQuickCenter.
Media Contact: Joan Grant, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, email@example.com
Posted on April 06, 2010
Vol. 42, No. 261
Fairfield University's celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day will be highlighted by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. discussing "Our Environmental Destiny."
Multiple activities encouraging the campus community to walk the talk of sustainable living are planned, including a "green cleaning party," plastic bag mountain, and the Earth Day Concert, Picnic and Eco Fair. Fairfield University's Student Environmental Association and the Green Campus Initiative are the sponsors.
Monday April 19
- Plastic bags are major contributors to landfills nationwide. Fairfield's first annual "Plastic Bag Mountain" will serve as an opportunity for the campus community to dispose of them in an eco-friendly way. Barone Campus Center Lower Level, beginning at 8 a.m.
- Decorate your own canvas shopping bag, a 'green' alternative to the aforementioned pesky plastic bags that take eons to biodegrade. BCC Lower Level, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will deliver Fairfield's Earth Day Lecture, "Our Environmental Destiny," at the Third Annual Students' Forum. (Tickets for Fairfield University students are free with student identification.) Tickets are $45 and are available online at fairfield.edu/arts/ov_schedule.html or at the Quick Center Box Office, (203) 254-4010. The toll free number is 877-ARTS-396. His visit is presented by the Fairfield University First Year Experience, Student Affairs, the Student Environmental Association and the Green Campus Initiative, in collaboration with Open VISIONS Forum. Quick Center for the Arts, 8 p.m.
Tuesday April 20
- "Letters to Senators" is an effort to urge lawmakers to address pressing environmental issues. Student environmentalists will have on hand the names and addresses of students' respective senators. Jazzman's in the BCC, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- "DIRT," an intriguing film that takes viewers "inside the wonders of the soil," will be screened. It tells the story of "Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility, from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation." BCC Mezzanine, 8 p.m.
Wednesday April 21
- "Letters to Senators" continues. BCC Info Desk, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- "Cookies for Comments" is an opportunity to ask a question about the environmental movement on campus and receive a free baked good. BCC Information Desk, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday April 22
- Faculty, staff and students interested in taking part in the annual Earth Day cleanup are asked to gather at the check-in table near the BCC Info Desk. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- What are tiger trucks and how do they fit into Fairfield's sustainability initiative? Where is the geo-thermal heating and cooling system located? Learn the answers as "Cookies for Comments" continues. BCC Info Desk, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- The water bottle art event aims to help stop the flow of water bottles into garbage cans and landfills. BCC, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday April 23
- The "Green Cleaning Party" will offer instruction on how to make non-toxic, eco-friendly homemade cleansers. Students are planning this event, citing reports that many commercial household cleaners contain toxic chemicals linked to health problems. Bannow, Room 319, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Students will recite Dr. Seuss's "The Lorax," a story about how a beautiful forest struggles against an encroaching and careless society. BCC Lower Level. Time to be determined.
- Students are asked to turn the lights off to conserve energy and participate in games outside. Quad, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday April 25
- The annual beach cleanup will begin at noon. Students are asked to meet at the BCC Info Desk.
The annual Earth Day Concert, Picnic and Eco Fair for students will feature locally grown food, eco-minded vendors and area bands. Oak Room patio, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on April 09, 2010
Vol. 42, No. 263
What: Please join in the celebration of a significant achievement by the DiMenna-Nyselius Library - the acquisition of its 500,000th book.
When: Tuesday, April 13, at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Fairfield University's DiMenna-Nyselius Library
Background: Many people, including past and present librarians and faculty, contributed to the development of the library's vast collection over the 60-year history of Fairfield University.
While the library continues to purchase print books, it has recently adopted a new model and has added access to 150,000 electronic books. This new model reflects students' desire for electronic access as well as a more cost effective approach to material selection by the library in these challenging financial times.
While attending the celebration that coincides with National Library Week, enjoy cake and visit the library's Romeo and Juliet display - another photo opportunity - featuring designer Sonya Berlovitz's costumes, design drawings and an original costume. (The related R&J Project is a university-wide, multidisciplinary exploration of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.) To learn more about the exhibit, go to http://blog.fairfield.edu/The_DNL_Report/?p=1293.
Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, email@example.com
Posted on April 12, 2010
Vol. 42, No. 264
Jewish translations of the Bible provide important evidence for how different Jewish communities understood, interpreted, and made use of the Hebrew Bible.
On Tuesday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m., Leonard Greenspoon, Ph.D., professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Creighton University, will speak at Fairfield University on this intriguing topic and provide perspective on how Jews viewed the Christian majorities in most of the lands in which they lived. "Everything, from the format of the Bible, its title page and cover, to its wording and the way it is printed on the page, reveals another piece of evidence in this fascinating study of Jews and their translations of the Bible," said Dr. Greenspoon, an authority on religion and popular culture.
Sponsored by the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, the lecture, free and open to the public, is entitled, "Textually Speaking: How and Why Jews Translate the Bible." It will take place in the Dolan School of Business.
In his talk, Dr. Greenspoon will briefly look at the entire history of Jewish Bible translations and then emphasize editions that have been produced over the last hundred years or so. Most examples will come from translations from Hebrew into English. He also will shed light on a topic that has not yet attracted as much attention as it should: Jews have continued to translate the Hebrew Bible, from efforts in antiquity through contemporary times.
Dr. Greenspoon holds the Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton, a Jesuit Catholic institution in Omaha, Neb., where he has taught for the past 14 years. For most of those years, he chaired the department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies.
He writes and lectures on a variety of topics related to Bible translation, especially Jewish translations, from the earliest to the most recent. He is especially interested in the social, political, cultural, historical, and religious contexts in which translators operate. He sponsors an annual Klutznick Symposium (now called the Klutznick-Harris Symposium) each fall, which likewise attempts to "translate" the work of specialists in certain fields into language that can be understood by an educated general audience.
Dr. Greenspoon, who has edited or authored 15 books, has received fellowships and grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Oxford University, among others.
He taught for nearly 20 years at Clemson University. He earned a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University.
Seating is limited for the lecture so call the Bennett Center to reserve a seat at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066. For more information, visit the website.
Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on April 12, 2010
Vol. 42, No. 265
What: A Tunnel of Oppression, designed to increase awareness of issues of privilege, oppression, and social justice, is a simulated exercise that lets viewers feel forms of oppression and discrimination, then reflect on what they or their global peers may be doing to contribute to the problem.
Originally founded at Western Illinois University in 1993, the Tunnel of Oppression is a national diversity initiative.
When: Wednesday, April 14 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Thursday, April 15 from noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Oak Room in the John A. Barone Campus Center
Who: Sponsored by University Activities, Residence Life, New Student Programs, Student Diversity Programs, Career Planning, Dean of Student Development, Living & Learning, Mission & Identity, 12 to 21 Educational Consulting, Division of Administrative & Student Affairs, the Earl W. and Hildagund A. Brinkman Private Charitable Foundation, and the Center for Academic Excellence.
Media Contact: Traci Dantoni, Class of 2010, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, email@example.com
Posted on April 14, 2010
Vol. 42, No. 269
Fairfield University students and faculty will host a "Communities in Action Summit" which will consist of performances, panels, presentations, and posters promoting social justice, activism, and diversity on Friday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the John A. Barone Campus Center. With a slogan of "Dare to Act - Act to Change," the summit marks the culmination of the University's Year of Activism theme.
Featured during the summit are 23 presentations by students, faculty, and staff who will share their experiences with and perspectives on activism and justice.
Samples of the student presentations are:
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
"Dirty Laundry" - Barone Campus Center (BCC) Lower Level
Invites members of the campus community to consider social taboos that most of us feel uncomfortable about or choose to ignore.
10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. - BBC 200
A Carousel From the Sun - Courtney Dumais & Michael Leavitt
Highlights our work exploring alternative energy sources at the Beardsley Zoo.
Creating a Sustainable Change in Education in Haiti
Deidre Forrest, Melissa Hannequin, Andrea LaRosa, & Marena Wisniewski
Information session about the education system in Haiti and a planned project to provide school children with education supplies.
Is There Hope for Sudan: Fairfield Women for Others - Julie Whittaker
Learn from the Just-Us Residential College about the issues of social justice in Sudan and fundraising efforts for Hope for Ariang.
11 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Volunteerism, Service, and Academic Experiences for Social Justice in Latin America - Gisela Gil-Egui, Ph.D., Melissa Martinez, Jennifer Zocco, Steve Bottari, & John Haskins - BCC Lower Level
Multimedia presentation (in a PowerPoint loop) combines oral testimonies and images from Fairfield University students who have participated in internships, service trips, semesters abroad, and research experiences in Latin America.
Adopt-a-City Initiative and Letter Writing Campaign
Dana Paice, Jennifer Lance, Christina Dunne, Mike Callahan, Carlin O'Donnell, Grace Neubauer, Chandler Oliphant, Meghan Sullivan - BCC 206
A partnership with Pierre d'Haiti and Bridgeport's Haiti Relief Resources Office focuses on sustainable relief and proactive action.
Public Forum on the He Said/ She Said Controversy
Shawne Lomauro - BCC Lower Level
Open conversation between members of the community, Mirror staff, and community activists regarding the controversy that took place this year around the He Said/She Said Column.
Keynote address by Renée White, Ph.D., professor of sociology, director of Black Studies, and academic coordinator of Diversity and Global Citizenship, and Fr. Gerald Blaszczak, S.J., Ph.D., university chaplain.
12:45 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
Poetry for Peace
Prof. Nels Pearson, Prof. Jerelyn Johnson, Brittany Hill, & Stefana Cambanis
BCC Lower Level
"Poetry for Peace" discusses the relationship between the imaginative language of poetry and the imaginative thinking required to work for peace. A poetry contest for K-8th grade students from Bridgeport and Fairfield schools on the theme of peace resulted in over 700 submissions..
Take Back the Night
Alicia Bissonnette, Mikaela Tierney, & Nicole Fogliano - BCC Lower Level
A reading of the monologue from the vigil for "Take Back the Night."
1:15 p.m.-2 p.m.
Ever Think About Who Picks Your Tomatoes: Fairfield for Fair Wages
Julie Whittaker, Kim Ruoff, & Melissa Hannequin, joined by members of Students for Social Justice and participants in the Florida Spring Break Service Trip - BCC 206
90% of tomatoes produced in the US come from Florida, where farm workers face sub-poverty wages, lack the right to unionize and to overtime pay, and in the most extreme cases have been subjected to modern day slavery. Learn how you can fight for justice through Students for Social Justice's "Fairfield for Fair Wages" campaign.
Agricultural Sustainability in Haiti
Lauren DiBartolomeo, Megan Solomon, Kelly Williams, Muller Gomes, & Jackie Brimley- BCC 200
Action research project with Organization Rehabilitation for the Environment with goal to introduce better agricultural practices and alternative fuel to the Haitian countryside.
Invisible Children - The war in Northern Uganda
Nicole Shagoury, Laura Gilmartin, & Sheila McCarthy - BCC 200
Aims to educate students on campus about the 23-year and ways for people to get involved and help bring this war to an end.
The event is sponsored by the Peace & Justice Studies Program and co-sponsored by: The Humanities Institute of Fairfield University, Center for Catholic Studies, Office of Academic Engagement, Women's Studies, Black Studies, Just-us Residential College, Politics Department, History Department, Visual and Performing Arts Theater Program, Project Peg, JUHAN, Office of Service Learning, Students for Social Justice.
Posted on April 14, 2010
Vol. 42, No. 268
Fairfield University's Center for Faith and Public Life has taken the first step in an effort to try to transform the national discourse on the much politicized immigration debate, with its initiative, "Strangers as Neighbors: Religious Language and the Response to Immigrants in the United States." This effort comes as immigration rights advocates have implored President Obama to move the issue to the top of his agenda.
Seeking ways to create the conditions for insightful dialogue and action on immigration reform, the Center for Faith and Public Life led a series of meetings and academic workshops over the past year that brought together some 100 individuals, including religious leaders of different faiths, politicians from different parties, NGO and non-profit organization leaders, advocates, and scholars to discuss the status of immigration reform.
The interfaith dialogue of the initiative has proved to be a productive one, a sharp contrast to the rancor that so often has pervaded the conversation in the public square. The Center for Faith and Public Life's recently issued white paper collection captures the highlights of the feedback gained from these leaders, politicians and scholars weighing in on highly charged issues.
Funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, the project was co-directed by Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S.J., director of the Center for Faith and Public Life and professor of sociology; and Jocelyn Boryczka, Ph.D., director of Fairfield's Peace and Justice Studies Program and associate professor of politics. "We believe these papers, taken together, have the potential to provide everyday citizens with tools for reflection, a framework for thinking, and the language to move the conversation on immigration forward," said Fr. Ryscavage, a nationally known expert on migration who is a former national director for Jesuit Refugee Service USA.
The Center is seeking funding for the next phase of the project, with the intention of continuing an interfaith dialogue on the debate through regional town hall-like meetings that bring together religious leaders, politicians, advocates and others vital to making a difference. The white paper collection is being disseminated nationally to those who participated in the forums, religious leaders, NGOs, academic institutions and others.
The Center for Faith and Public Life examined ways in which religious language can affect the discussion of immigration. Two central questions drove the discussion:
- How can faith groups, acting in concert, reframe the language of the national debate on immigration?
- What is the nature of the deliberative processes necessary to bring different faith groups together in a constructive dialogue about immigration?
Among the key findings surrounding religious language and immigration is the role of fear in immigrant and non-immigrant communities; and the powerful force of law as dominating the current discourse on immigration. "Addressing these key findings may provide an alternative way for the humanistic perspective of faith-based communities to enter into the national discourse on immigration, rather than limiting the conversation to the dominant legalistic approach," according to the white paper.
Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on April 15, 2010
Vol. 42, No. 270
On Saturday, May 8, Feng Shui practitioner and interior design instructor Mary Moross will lecture briefly on the fundamentals of the ancient art of Feng Shui at Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business then travel with the group to New Canaan for an extensive tour of a state-of-the-art sustainable home. There will be two tours; from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost is $20 per person and space is limited.
The event, which is offered through University College, is an opportunity to visit an "earth friendly" home and examine the harmonies of site, construction and interior design guided through the perspective of Feng Shui. Etta Kantor, co-owner of the residence will be present and participate on the tour. The Kantor home is an award-winning residence receiving a Platinum LEED rating, an Emerald rating in the National Green Building Program as well as the 2009 Energy Project Award on behalf of the Association of Energy Engineers, Connecticut Chapter.
The 5,000 square foot home is situated on 4.5 acres of New Canaan property and includes an orchard of fruit trees, a pond, a picturesque stream and a solar heated pool. The craftsman-style house is heated by solar panels and generates its own electricity from photovoltaic cells on the property. It also features a furnace from Germany that uses re-composted material, recycled ceramic tiles, and counter tops using composite glass.
Moross sees the Kantor home and property as a fusion of the principles of Feng Shui and modern day green and sustainable practices. The tour offers participants the opportunity to see some of the basic principles of Feng Shui in situ as well as a Platinum LEED certified home and its surrounding environs.
Moross will also teach a six-week course entitled "Beginning Feng Shui," at University College Monday mornings beginning May 24, 2010 and again in the fall in the evenings.
To reserve a spot on a tour, please contact Laura Keller at (203) 254-4110. For information about Moross' summer and fall courses, visit www.fairfield.edu/interiordesign.
Posted on April 13, 2010
Vol. 42, No. 266
Lt. Governor of Connecticut Michael Fedele will appear as a celebrity judge at Fairfield University's third annual Jail N' Bail event to raise money for Special Olympics Connecticut. The event, which will be held on Wednesday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., will take place in the traffic circle in front of the John A. Barone Campus Center.
For a $5 donation, students, faculty, and staff can fill out a "warrant" for someone's arrest. Public Safety then "arrests" that person and brings him/her to a "jail cell" located outside the Campus Center, where a panel of judges sets the "bail" that must be paid. Those arrested will then use phones to call colleagues, friends and family to raise money for their bail.
Also lending their support to the event are the Connecticut State Police and police officers from Fairfield, Stratford, and Bridgeport. Food, mug shots, and t-shirts will be provided for all participants.
For the past two years, Fairfield's Jail N' Bail has placed among the top five fundraisers in Connecticut's Law Enforcement Torch Run, the largest statewide campaign to raise money for the Special Olympics. Fairfield University's Department of Public Safety has been supporting Special Olympics Connecticut for over 20 years.
For more information regarding donations, filling out warrants and paying bail please go to http://www.fairfieldjailnbail.com or call (203) 254-4090 to speak with Sgt. Robert Didato.
Posted on April 16, 2010
Vol. 42, No. 271