61 students named to Who's Who Arthur Andersen Fellows announced at Fairfield University Garth Fagan Dance Company defies gravity at Quick Center for the Arts Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in concert at Quick Center Fairfield and Georgetown professors to lead spiritual and cultural tour of Spain and Portugal Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in concert at Quick Center Mia Farrow concludes Open VISIONS 2000-01 season Judaic Studies to host Seder at Fairfield University "Studio Selects," a juried exhibit featuring works of Fairfield University art students is on display Four area residents receive Fairfield's Martin Luther King Jr. Vision Award Pilobolus Dance Theatre returns to Quick Center for the Arts
The 1997 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges will include the names of 61 students from Fairfield University who have been selected as national outstanding leaders. Campus nominating committees and editors of the annual directory have included the names of students based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.
They join an elite group of students selected from more than 1,900 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign nations. Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934.
Posted on February 1, 1997
Dr. Orin Grossman, academic vice president at Fairfield University, has named the first two Arthur Andersen Fellows for the Charles F. Dolan School of Business. They are Dr. Bruce Bradford of Milford, Conn., associate professor of accounting, and Dr. Carl Scheraga of Stamford, Conn., associate professor of business strategy and technology management.
In selecting the two professors for the honor, Dr. Grossman said he looked for outstanding teachers and scholars who were willing to try new materials and teaching techniques in the classroom.
The award, designed to attract and retain highly qualified faculty, was established by the late Dean Walter Ryba and Dr. Grossman and made possible through generous funding from the Arthur Andersen Accounting Firm.
Each professor will receive a monetary award presented each year for a three-year period and a plaque of distinction to be hung outside his office door. Joseph Berardino, managing partner at Arthur Andersen and a Fairfield University trustee and alumnus, said, "The Arthur Andersen Fellows program is intended to acknowledge outstanding scholarship and teaching on the part of faculty. We have been very pleased with the Fairfield University graduates who work for Arthur Andersen and want to recognize and support the continued commitment we see at the Dolan School of Business to innovation and technical competency, so necessary in today's business environment."
Dr. Bruce Bradford holds a doctorate in accounting from the University of Memphis and a doctorate in plant pathology from Virginia Tech. His unique science background, coupled with his accounting training, has given him an outstanding and highly regarded reputation for knowledge in producing respected research publications and conference presentations. As Director of Research for the Dolan School of Business, he has been a mentor to other faculty in their research and publication activities.
A talented teacher as well, Dr. Bradford's expertise in cost accounting and in the dramatic changes in cost accounting resulting from technology and the development of information systems, has enriched all of his classes. He has developed new and exciting course work in these areas and is instrumental in the continuous updating of all accounting courses.
Dr. Carl Scheraga, who holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Connecticut, was named outstanding teacher in Fairfield's MBA program over the last three years. Prior to coming to Fairfield, he was twice named best teacher at the University of Maryland School of Business. Dr. Scheraga is known for his use of state of the art materials, particularly on Information Technology. On numerous occasions, his students have taken his class materials and concepts back to their firms and organizations with the consequent result of having them integrated into strategic policy.
Dr. Scheraga's research has focused on technology and operations problems dealing with logistics and transportation, with an emphasis on international activities. He has collaborated with his colleague Dr. Patricia Poli, assistant professor of accounting, on several important accounting and logistics cross discipline projects and papers that have resulted in national awards.
Posted on January 23, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 113
The Garth Fagan Dance Company, whose namesake won a Tony award for choreographing the broadway hit "The Lion King," will combine modern dance, Afro-Caribbean movement, ballet and rule-breaking experimentation on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. when they take the stage in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The dynamic program also includes a collaboration with Wynton Marsalis' new work, "Trips and Trysts."
The Fagan company has been cited for its excellence and originality with a New York Governor's Arts Award. Their distinctive movement quality comes from years of training in the Fagan technique, the teaching method that Fagan, the company's founder and artistic director, developed hand-in-hand with his own dance vocabulary when he started the ensemble in 1970.
Fagan's singular dance language draws on many sources: he likes the sense of weight in modern dance, the torso-centered movement and energy of Afro-Caribbean, the speed and precision of ballet and the truthfulness of the post-moderns. The company's dancers are renowned for their individuality, unmannered approach and virtuosity.
In addition to the Tony Award for his path-breaking choreography for "The Lion King," Fagan also received the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Astaire Award. Fagan is a Distinguished University Professor of the State University of New York and teaches at the State University of New York at Brockport. He is the recipient of the Fulbright 50th Anniversary Distinguished Fellow title, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the prestigious Choreography Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
A native of Jamaica, Fagan received that country's highest honor, a Special Gold Musgrave Medal, for his "Contribution to the World of Dance and Dance Theater." He has received honorary doctorate degrees from the Juilliard School, the University of Rochester, Nazareth College of Rochester and Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Arts Achievement Award from his alma mater, Wayne State University.
Tickets to the performance are $38, $33, and $28 with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. A post-show "Art to Heart" question and answer session is planned. For tickets or information, call (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on January 25, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 120
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center returns to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. for its second concert of the season. Guest artist is violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg who will perform Stravinsky's "Divertimento for Violin and Piano," accompanied by pianist Anne-Marie McDermott. Cellist Gary Hoffman, an active chamber musician, is also scheduled to be a guest artist.
Second on the program is Rachmaninoff's "Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor" which features Hoffman and McDermott. The program concludes with Brahms' "Trio No. 1 in B major for Violin, Cello and Piano" featuring Salerno-Sonnenberg, Hoffman and McDermott.
One of the world's preeminent violinists, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is among the most dynamic, original and daring artists on the concert stage today. Her playing combines brilliant technique, passionate emotions and a perceptive knowledge of music. Her performances, heralded by the press as "unexcelled in the concert hall today," have earned her the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, awarded to instrumentalists who have demonstrated "outstanding achievement and excellence in music."
Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, an Artist Member of the Chamber Music Society (CMS) since 1995, has played more than 325 concerts with CMS. As recitalist and orchestral soloist, she performs widely throughout the United States, Canada and Japan and, as chamber musician, she is known to audiences of virtually every American chamber music festival.
Cellist Gary Hoffman, the first American to win the Rostropovich International Competition, has appeared as soloist with major orchestras in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. An active chamber musician, he has also appeared as guest with many renowned string quartets including Emerson, Tokyo, Borromeo and Brentano. An Artist Member of the Chamber Music Society since 1993, he was the recipient of a 1995 Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Tickets to the concert are $30, with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. A pre-concert "Art to Heart" discussion with journalist Robert Sherman will take place from 7 to 7:40 p.m. For information or tickets call (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on January 30, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 119
Dr. Martin A. Lang, professor of religious studies at Fairfield University, and Rev. Stephen Fields, S.J., professor of theology at Georgetown University, will lead a tour of Spain and Portugal from Tuesday, May 29, to Wednesday, June 13. The tour will include visits to historical and religious sites in Lisbon, Madrid and Barcelona, with special pilgrimage Masses at Loyola, Compostela and Fatima.
The tour begins in Lisbon with stops at the Jeronimos Monastery and the massive Memorial for the Navigators, such as Dias and DaGama, who left these very moorings to discover the new world. A two-day stay in Madrid includes an escorted tour of the city, including the Royal Palace and the famous Prado Museum.
In Barcelona, travelers will enjoy the grand boulevards and busy port, visit the Gothic Cathedral and ascend Montjuic to overlook the spectacular stadium used for the Olympics in 1992.
Midway through the journey, there is a visit to the 12th century monastery of Monserrat, the ancient pilgrimage place where people came to pay homage to the "Black Madonna," a Byzantine statue dating back as early as the sixth century.
Then it is on to Tarragona, Spain's best-preserved Roman city, where Hadrian and Augustus build their summer villas. Mass will be celebrated in the 12th century cathedral where a museum houses priceless art treasures.
The tour continues on to Zaragoza, site of the oldest shrine to Mary in Christendom, Our Lady of the Pillar. The shrine is dramatically situated on the banks of the River Ebro where tradition says the Blessed Mother appeared to St. James.
A pilgrimage in honor of St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits, takes the group to Pamplona where Ignatius was wounded serving on the side of Castille against the Navarrese. In Pamplona, the travelers will also visit the Plaza del Castillo and the Calle Estafeta, a lively area known for the "running of the bulls."
The next day, the tenth day of the journey, the tour visits Loyola, the birthplace of St. Ignatius. In the Loyola manor house, now called Santa Casa, it is possible to see where St. Ignatius was born and where he recuperated from his war wounds.
The tour continues on to Leon, with a stop along the way in Burgos, a major resting point for the medieval pilgrims headed to Compostela. The cathedral contains the remains of Spain's greatest epic hero, El Cid and his wife.
In Leon the tour includes stops at the Cathedral Santa Maria de Regla, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, and the great shrine of St. James where both St. Francis of Assisi and St. Ignatius came as pilgrims.
As the end of the journey nears, the travelers head south through the beautiful countryside of northern Portugal and on to Fatima. Staying overnight there, the group awakens to celebrate Mass at the shrine and there is time for private devotions.
The cost of the trip is $2,887 and includes all airfares, an air-conditioned motor coach throughout the trip, all hotels first class and all breakfasts and 11 dinners.
This tour fills up quickly, so early registration is recommended to ensure space. Please call Dr. Martin Lang at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2420 for additional information.
Posted on January 30, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 115
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center returns to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 31, at 8 p.m. in their final concert of this season. Guest artist is soprano Heidi Grant Murphy. David Shifrin, artistic director, has announced that the following musicians will perform: Ida Kavafian, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; Gary Hoffman, cello; Ransom Wilson, flute; and harpist Heidi Lehwalder.
Highlights of the program include Beethoven's "Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola;" Villa-Lobos' "Suite for Voice and Violin;" Debussy's "Sonata for Flute, Violin and Harp;" and John Tavener's "To a Child Dancing in the Wind for Soprano, Flute, Viola and Harp."
Though his first fame came as a performer, Beethoven's strongest desire was to be recognized as a composer and, in the first years after arriving in Vienna in 1792, he produced a steady stream of pieces that would appeal to both the aristocracy and the amateur market.
Among his most charming works for the old classical genres is the "Serenade...," and, as was typical of the form, this serenade contains a number of short, tightly structured movements in a variety of styles.
Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos was discovered by European audiences in 1923 when Paul Claudel, then French Ambassador to Brazil, introduced him to composer Darius Milhaud who had taken refuge in Brazil from WWI. Milhaud presented him to visiting pianist Artur Rubinstein who, much taken with his music, began championing it on three continents. Villa-Lobos traveled to Paris where he wrote "The Suite for Voice and Violin," which, though thoroughly wedded to the indigenous musical style of his native Brazil, was stimulated by his residence in Paris.
Debussy's "Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp" also premiered in Paris, in 1917. For the inspiration, style and temperament of this piece, Debussy looked far beyond the Impressionism of his earlier works to the elegance, emotional reserve and textural clarity of the compositions of the French Baroque, especially during the Interlude, a durable old form of the Minuet.
John Tavener's "To a Child Dancing in the Wind" grew out of his attraction to the writings of William Butler Yeats with whom he shared a love of the mystical nature of art. This piece sets a series of Yeats' poems dealing with the stages of life - the endearing naivete of childhood, the loss of innocence, the fading of youth into old age, the confrontation with death and even an optimistic conjecture about the after-life - to music in ten movements.
The cycle is threaded together by a 25-note palindrome and is brought to a haunting, otherworldly close by "The Countess Cathleen in Paradise," during which the singer is instructed to leave the stage while intoning the song's serene melody, part chant, part folksong.
Tickets for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center concert are $30, with discounts for seniors, students, subscribers and groups. A pre-concert Art-to-Heart discussion with journalist Robert Sherman will take place from 7 to 7:40 p.m. For more information call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll-free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on February 2, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 148]
Mia Farrow, actress, children's advocate and author of the best-selling autobiography, What Falls Away, will conclude this season's Open VISIONS Forum on Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m., in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The mother of 14 children who have given her a "meaningful life," she will discuss that life and her relationships, including encounters with Thornton Wilder and Salvador Dali, as well as her recent trip to Africa with UNICEF.
Farrow began her professional career in an Off-Broadway production of "The Importance of Being Earnest," and became a household name the following year when she landed the role of Allison in the hit television series, "Peyton Place." In the past three decades, she has appeared in some 35 films including: "Rosemary's Baby," "The Great Gatsby," "Broadway Danny Rose," "Hannah and Her Sisters," "Radio Days," "Purple Rose of "Cairo," "Widow's Peak" and "Restless."
Mia Farrow is the third of seven children born in Hollywood to Irish film star Maureen O'Sullivan and Australian director and writer John Farrow. Although she had a privileged childhood, she survived a bout with polio at age nine and the untimely deaths of her adored brother and father when she was still a young teenager.
Farrow was married at age 19 to Frank Sinatra, and later to conductor and composer Andre Previn with whom she had six children. During her marriage to Previn, Farrow lived in England where she appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company in plays by its namesake, and those by Chekhov, Gorky and Garcia Lorka. After producing thirteen films together, her twelve-year relationship with Woody Allen ended in 1992.
Farrow lives on a farm in Connecticut where she is currently at work on a novel. Her primary focus, however, has always been her fourteen children; the seven youngest, ranging from four to 17 years old, still live at home with her along with a vast assortment of family pets.
Tickets to the Mia Farrow lecture are $35, $25 for seniors, with discounts available for students. The Open VISIONS Forum, a program of Fairfield University's School of Continuing Education, is sponsored in part by Advest. For information or tickets, call (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on February 6, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 141
The Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies will host its annual interfaith Passover Seder on Tuesday, April 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Arrupe Center's McGrath Room in the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Dr. Ellen Umansky, Professor of Judaic Studies, assisted by Carolyn Rusiackas, Assistant University Chaplain, will lead the Seder. The ceremony will include a brief explanation of the historical and theological connection between Passover and Easter, a tasting of the ceremonial foods and readings from the Haggadah.
The Seder is open to the administration, faculty, staff and students of Fairfield University. Admission is free but space is limited and reservations are recommended. To reserve, call Elaine Bowman in the Judaic Studies office at ext. 2066.
Posted on February 6, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 144
"Studio Selects," a multi-media juried exhibition featuring the works of Fairfield University art students will be on view in the Thomas J. Walsh Gallery in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts from Wednesday, March 21, to Tuesday, May 1. There will be an opening day reception on March 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Sponsored by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, "Studio Selects" consists of paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, printmaking and multi-media installations. Created by the students from a variety of studio art classes at the university, the exhibit reflects each artist's individuality of expression and uniqueness of process.
The display can be viewed in the Walsh Gallery at Fairfield University, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2969.
Posted on February 6, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 142
Four area residents will receive Fairfield University's Martin Luther King Jr. Vision Award during a program that honors the slain civil rights leader on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 3:30 p.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The recipients are Rev. John S. Kidd of Fairfield and Rev. Phyllis J. Leopold of Stratford, for their work with the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport; Richard Fuller, Sr. of Norwalk, for his leadership with the George Washington Carver Foundation, Inc. in Norwalk; and Andre C. Willis of New Haven, for his contributions as an educator.
The award recognizes their "tireless effort to instill and inspire the teachings and ideals of Martin Luther King Jr. in today's youth." Patricia J. Williams, J.D., the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University School of Law and a widely published author, will speak on "Seeing a Color-Blind Future." The program is open to the public.
Rev. Kidd and Rev. Leopold have worked to develop and strengthen the Bridge Building Initiative attracted over 1,000 people to programs that cultivate positive relations across divisions of race, municipality and religious affiliation, including Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Muslim.
Executive Director of the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport since 1983.
Rev. Kidd led the Council's efforts in 1995 to bring religious and community leaders together to address the issues of segregation in Connecticut raised by the Sheff vs. O'Neil case. The Council's efforts to engage people from various religions and backgrounds in relationships and dialogue led to the Bridge Building Initiative.
Under Dr. Kidd's leadership, the Council has led or collaborated in the initiation of several other programs, among them the Hunger Resource Center, The Project on Aging, Janus House for the '90s, Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers of Greater Bridgeport and the Urban Ministry Project.
An ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Rev. Kidd received his master's of divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1975 and returned there in 1997 as a Merrill Fellow. In 1975-76 he studied in an ecumenical seminary in Buenos Aires and did field work in Lutheran, Methodist, Disciples of Christ and Benedictine settings, becoming fluent in Spanish.
Married to Dr. Katherine Mancke Kidd, he is the father of two girls, Elizabeth and Christine.
Rev. Leopold has served as director of the Bridge Building Initiative since 1999, organizing, marketing and implementing 50 "community dialogues," that engaged over 1,000 participants. The dialogues have helped to heal racial and religious divisions. Under her leadership, the Bridge Building Board expanded from six community advisors and six dialogue facilitators to 15 advisors and 100 facilitators from diverse backgrounds.
A graduate of Gettysburg College with a degree in sociology and anthropology, she received a master's of divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and has studied in the doctoral program at Hartford Seminary.
Rev. Leopold has served as associate pastor of the Nichols United Methodist Church in Trumbull and as pastor of the United Methodist Churches in Brooklyn and Manhattan. She is chair of the Diversity Committee for Amistad America and a member of Haymarket's Undoing Racism Initiative.
Richard N. Fuller Sr. has served as executive director of the George Washington Carver Foundation, Inc. in Norwalk since 1978, where he has helped thousands of urban youth develop their job and study skills, self-esteem, knowledge and confidence needed to reach their full potential. His efforts to bring hundreds of urban minority students to tour historically Black and Connecticut colleges has resulted in two-thirds of the participating students receiving post-secondary degrees or diplomas.
A native of Norwalk, Mr. Fuller attended local schools where he was a leader on the sports field as well as in the classroom. He attended Virginia Union University for one year, before transferring to Fairfield University under a scholastic scholarship through the efforts of the Catholic Interracial Council of Fairfield County. At Fairfield he was a member of the Cardinal Key Society and the student branch of the NAACP, providing services to the school and tutoring Bridgeport inner city students. These activities set the foundation for a lifetime of community service.
In addition to his bachelor's degree in history, Mr. Fuller also earned a master's degree in counseling and a certificate of advanced studies in administration from Fairfield University's Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions. He taught social studies and was a guidance counselor at Brien McMahon High School for seven years before accepting the position with the Carver Foundation.
Mr. Fuller has chaired the United Way Campaign, the NAACP Education Committee, and was a board member of the Greater Norwalk Community Council. He was recently elected to his fifth four-year term on the Norwalk Board of Education.
Mr. Fuller and his wife, Carolyn, have two sons, Bryan and Richard Jr.
Andre C. Willis, an instructor in religious studies at Fairfield University who is completing his doctorate at Harvard University, has spent much of his teaching career helping young people learn about the African American experience.
At the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., he taught courses in "African American Religious Strategies" and "Visions of Community in African American Religious Thought" and was named the W. E. B. DuBois Visiting Instructor there. He was a Teaching Fellow both in Yale University's philosophy department and at Harvard College where he was the Head Teaching Fellow for Professor Cornel West.
Dr. Willis is the author of the book, "Faith of our Fathers: African-American Men Reflect on Fatherhood," published by E. P. Dutton. He has also published "Black Cultural Criticism at the Crossroads," in Elementary; "Jazz People" in Transition; and "Rap Music and the Black Musical Tradition," in Radical America.
Posted on January 15, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 136
Experience movement in its most glorious form when the acclaimed Pilobolus dance theatre returns to Fairfield University for two shows on Friday, March 23, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m., in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. A major American dance company, Pilobolus is recognized for its innovative works and varied repertories combining a startling mix of humor and invention. The Quick Center will serve as co-commissioner for a new piece, "Tsu-ku-tsu," with music by Leonard Eto, to be performed during their appearance here.
Since its remarkable emergence from a Dartmouth College dance class in 1971, Pilobolus has been forging a new vision of modern dance. It takes it name from a phototropic zygomycete, a sun-loving fungus, only one-quarter inch tall, that grows in barnyards and pastures and is so feisty that it can throw its spores nearly eight feet. Like its name, it is a highly unusual dance company, now in its 31st year of evolution.
Pilobolus, a deeply collaborative effort boasting four artistic directors and six dancers, is a completely self-sufficient organization with its members choreographing, dancing, managing and publicizing its own programs. The physical vocabularies of its works are not drawn from the long traditions of codified dance movement but are invented, emerging from intense periods of improvisation and creative play.
The company has grown, expanding and refining its unusual methods to produce a body of more than 70 choreographic works; and, while it has become a stable and influential force in the world of dance, Pilobolus remains as variable and surprising as ever. Its three decades of creating dances now stand as testament to the company's position as an artistic collective of remarkable fruitfulness and longevity.
Pilobolus is based in rural Washington Depot, Connecticut, but performs all over the world. Its works are represented in the repertoires of several major dance companies including: the Joffrey, Feld, Ohio, Hartford and Arizona Ballets in the United States as well as many in Europe. The company is the recipient of many prestigious honors: the Berlin's Critic's Prize, the Brandeis Award and a 1997 Primetime Emmy Award.
Tickets to Pilobolus are $38, $33 and $28 with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. For more information call (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on February 11, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 146