Fairfield University and Rotary Club partner to present discussion on town gown relations with Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. and First Selectman Michael Tetreau

Image: Fr von ArxFairfield University's Program in Applied Ethics and The Rotary Club of Fairfield will present a series of breakfast ethics discussions open to the entire town community beginning in January. Leaders from the community and the University will share their thoughts on topical issues like town and gown relations at the breakfasts, which will be held at the new Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road.

"Town and Gown: Mutual Opportunities and Responsibilities," featuring speakers Fairfield University President Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., and Michael Tetreau, First Selectman of Fairfield, is the first discussion, taking place on Wednesday, January 18 at 7:45 a.m. Admission to this inaugural event is free. Doors will open for coffee and a light breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and the program will run to 8:45 a.m. Seating is limited. If you plan to attend, contact David P. Schmidt, Ph.D., at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2837, or dschmidt@fairfield.edu.

Dr. Schmidt, a faculty member in the University's Dolan School of Business and director of the Program in Applied Ethics, said "Ethics is on everyone's mind today. This series of public discussions is a new opportunity for people to share their questions and ideas about vital issues that face us all."

When Borders Books & Music Store closed its Post Road location, the University welcomed the opportunity to turn this location into a vibrant community resource. In addition to selling books and apparel and featuring a cafe, the bookstore will offer programming to the community. The breakfast discussion series is the first program to be co-sponsored by the University and a leading community group.

"For over 70 years, Fairfield Rotary has served the needs of our town and the surrounding region," said Fairfield Rotary Club President Paul Greatsinger. "We are a volunteer organization of professional and business leaders who act on the principle of 'Service Above Self.' Partnering with the University's Applied Ethics Program is a welcome opportunity to better serve our community."

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on January 4, 2012

Vol. 44, No. 154

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