Groundbreaking for $4.7 million addition to Athletic Center on March 21 Dr. Michael White to read from latest novel at Fairfield University's DiMenna-Nyselius Library Fairfield University School of Continuing Education offers four sessions this summer Quick Center for the Arts announces its 11th season Former A&M Records executive earns undergraduate degree while teaching graduate-level course Summer Festival Chorus to conduct auditions at Quick Center His/Her MBAs: Husband and wife team to graduate together Milford, Conn. Discovering the world by degrees Fairfield University School of Nursing to hold open house May 22 Judith M. Dobai named Director of Undergraduate Admission Fairfield University School of Nursing to provide Health and Wellness Center at Bassick High School under the 21st Century Lighthouse Grant
Fairfield University will break ground on its Athletic Center addition on March 21 at 2 p.m., more than tripling the size of the building. The addition, which will contain 51,945 square feet, will be located adjacent to the campus' football stadium.
Fairfield has received $3.4 million in gifts toward the $4.7 million structure with the remainder expected through other gifts.
The project adds a second floor to the Athletic Center which opened in 1995. A key component of the new area will be a high-tech academic study center with computer terminals, tutorial stations and reference materials for students competing in varsity sports. In addition, the structure will contain a practice facility designed primarily for men's and women's basketball, first-class men's and women's locker rooms, an administrative and coaching office complex to centralize its Athletic Department, as well as a multi-media recruiting center. The first floor will contain a state-of-the-art football locker room, a 4,700 square-foot weight training center and coaches' locker rooms.
Fairfield competes in 20 varsity sports, having added football, men's lacrosse and three women's sports -- soccer, lacrosse and golf in the past five years. A 21st varsity sport, women's crew, will begin in the fall.
"The Athletic Center will create a magnificent setting for a solid infrastructure to support all of our Division I programs," said Gene Doris, director of athletics. "The technology used in the construction will be a model for other institutions. The facility will enhance the ability of Fairfield's student-athletes to succeed in both the classroom and in athletic competition."
Some 4,000 square feet of space is expected to open in Alumni Hall and the Recreational Complex when offices from those two facilities move into the new 51,945 square foot building. The extra space will allow for the expansion and upgrade of exercise rooms that serve the overall student population concerned with personal fitness.
Posted on March 1, 1997
The Friends of Fairfield University's DiMenna-Nyselius Library invite the public to participate when faculty member Dr. Michael White reads from his latest novel, "A Dream of Wolves," on Friday, May 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the new library auditorium.
Of the novel, Jacquelyn Mitchard author of "Deep End of the Ocean," said "A Dream of Wolves" recalls Faulkner's ability to create a plausible imaginary universe in which painful moral choices do not depend on health, wealth or position."
The program is free and open to the public but reservations are necessary. To reserve a place or for more information, call Sharon at (203) 254-4044, ext. 2180.
Posted on April 23, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 183
This summer Fairfield University's School of Continuing Education is offering four sessions and a wide range of courses, including three on-line English courses, to help students who are juggling work and family responsibilities. The 135 courses offered this summer are scheduled as daytime or evening four-week sessions or as week-long intensive courses.
The on-line English courses include "Composition & Prose Literature" and "Introduction to Literature," (also offered in the traditional, on-campus setting) as well as an on-line course in "Technical Writing." Students in the on-line courses will meet at the beginning of the session and then work from their computers at home to complete assignments and communicate with the instructor.
Some of the other Arts & Sciences courses this summer will be a timely look at the "Modernization of China and Japan," and courses in "America in Film," "The Irish Short Story," "Contemporary Moral Problems," "Media and Politics," and "Theories of Personality."
Among the business offerings is a course on the "Principles of International Business, to be taught by Vincent Short, a visiting professor from England and France. Other business courses include, "International Management," "Consumer Behavior" and "Advertising and Promotion."
Several courses in nursing include "Health Assessment," "Basic Health Problems," "Health Promotion," and "Leadership & Management in Nursing."
Non-credit courses are available in computer graphics, and interior design, as well as the new "Spectrum Microsoft Training and Certification."
To receive a catalogue with the complete summer schedule, or to register, please call (203) 254-4220, or toll-free (888) 254-1566.
Posted on April 23, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 184
Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that its 11th season is filled with more exciting performances than ever. Joining the line-up in the 2001-02 season are: a new series with the Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble; live drama in our Black Box Theatre, i.e., a live radio drama and a play reading series; and, of course, many extraordinary music, dance, theatre and family performances.
And, as our Arts and Education series continues to grow, the Quick Center is designing more programs for the community. The great success of our recent Irish Arts and Letters Festival has encouraged us to create a fun-filled and educational set of events celebrating the French culture and its global contributions. This season's series titled, "A French Showcase: Evolving Arts," takes place from February through April 2002 and will be filled with theater, music, dance, film and more for the Francophiles among us.
The exhilarating 2001-02 season begins on Tuesday, September, 18, at 8 p.m., with an exciting not-to-be-missed "East Meets Jazz" concert of Indian and jazz fusion sounds featuring some of the greatest names in jazz, rock and R&B. Those musicians bringing a new sound in the field of fusion music are: Sandip Burman, tablo; Randy Brecker, trumpet; Steve Smith, drums; Howard Levy, harp; Jerry Goodman, violin, guitar; Paul Bollenback, guitar and Victor Bailey, bass.
The Quick Center welcomes singer/songwriter, Dar Williams, to its stage on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. One of the most acclaimed and evocative artists of her generation, Williams crafts tunes that resonate with passion and integrity and pushes her art to the next level with a collection of songs that are personal, dynamic and poignant.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago leads off our Dance America Series on Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. Blessed with razzle-dazzle style, HSDC has emerged as an innovative force in contemporary dance, combining theatrical jazz with modern and classical ballet techniques to create an unparalleled artistic style. The event will be preceded by an "Art to Heart" discussion with James A. Vincent, HSDC artistic director, at 7 p.m.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center returns to the Quick Center for its ninth season on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m., with an all Beethoven program. Guest artists include: renowned pianist Andre Watts; clarinetist David Shifrin, also the ensemble's artistic director; violinists Leila Josefowicz and Ani Kavafian; violist Paul Neubauer; and cellist Gary Hoffman. An "Art to Heart" pre-concert lecture with journalist Robert Sherman will take place at 7 p.m.
The Emerald Isle Series begins with a concert of traditional and catchy pop-rock music by Black 47 on Friday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. Known worldwide for their outstanding quality, Black 47 mixes its determination to be original with a black sense of humor that inspires not only its music but also its political and social ideals.
Spend "An Evening with the Joshua Redman Quartet" on Friday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. One of the best jazz musicians today, saxophonist Joshua Redman continues to explore new musical territory in his swinging and soulful style.
Barrage, a stunning visual and aural fusion of music, dance, theater and song centered around the ageless and powerful instrument, the violin, will take the audience by storm on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. This dynamic troupe of 11 fiddlers from Calgary, has elevated the violin to new and magical heights; their sound features a wide range of musical influences including Celtic, Calypso, swing, country, jazz, klezmer and more.
A giant of the keyboards, pianist Garrick Ohlsson, will perform an all Chopin program on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. Since his triumph as the winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, Ohlsson has established himself as a musician of extraordinary interpretive power and prodigious technical facility. A pre-concert "Art to Heart" discussion with Dr. Laura Nash, director of the university's classical music department, takes place at 7 p.m.
The Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble begins the first of its three-concert series at the Quick Center with Bach's Brandenburg Concertos on Friday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. The ensemble is acclaimed worldwide for its mastery of a diverse repertoire spanning the Baroque to the contemporary; and its musicians are renowned for their creative energy and adventurous programming. A pre-concert "Art to Heart" discussion takes place at 7 p.m., with Howard Kissell, theater critic for the Daily News.
Grammy Award-winning pianist George Winston will be in concert at the Quick Center on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. This Windham/Hill Dancing Cat recording star grew up in Montana where he began his lifelong love and appreciation for nature which is reflected in his acclaimed solo piano renderings on a variety of nature's themes.
The Black Box Theatre productions begin on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 and 8 p.m. with the Radio Drama/Theatre's "Broadcasts of a Country at War." This show incorporates a collection of American radio scripts from the time of World War II, including a drama designed to rouse public enthusiasm for the war effort, as well as the then unsubstantiated news reports of D-Day - the largest single invasion in history - which had the nation glued to its radios for hours. The evening includes a post-show "Art to Heart" discussion with the company.
Get in the holiday spirit when the New Haven Symphony Orchestra returns to our stage for a concert with all the best loved carols and songs of the season on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Jung Ho Pak, musical director and Gerald Steichen, associate conductor and host, present "Home for the Holiday," featuring guest artists, the New Haven Heritage Chorale with Jonathan Berryman, director.
Dance lovers can start off the New Year right on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m., when Philadanco, the Philadelphia Dance Company, performs "Messages from the Heart." Hailed by critics as "exuberant" (The New York Times) and "a miracle of skill and energy" (Dance Magazine), Philadanco has established itself as one of America's foremost dance ensembles. To celebrate its 31st season, this full evening's program - in the modern dance idiom - will be created by four of the most eminent female choreographers creating dance today: Eva Gholson, Bebe Miller, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Elise Mont. A post-show Q &A with the company is scheduled.
The Quick Center's "A French Showcase: Evolving Arts" will be launched with "Hunchback," a unique theatrical production with adult themes that mixes puppetry, mask, imagery, text and acrobatics with live music on Friday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. The Red Moon Theatre Company, which received rave reviews at the Henson International Puppet Festival for creating unique theatrical productions with often-fresh adaptations of popular classics for adults, will perform this show which magnificently exploits the dualities in Victor Hugo's classic work.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's second concert of the season on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m., is an all Russian program. Guest artists are: violinists Cho-Liang Lin and Kyoko Takezawa; violists Paul Neubauer and Naoko Shimizu; cellists Gary Hoffman and Alisa Weilerstein; and pianist Jonathan Biss. A pre-concert talk by music critic Robert Sherman is planned.
Join Jimmy Bosch for a hot and steaming "Salsa Dura Dance Party" on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m., or sign up for a pre-concert salsa lesson. Bosch, a most sought after trombonist/bandleader, is a fiery exponent of the New York sound called "Salsa Dura."
The Children of Uganda will be in residency at the Quick Center for the Arts the week of February 11, 2002. This award-winning song and dance troupe is comprised of 18 young Ugandan orphans who will share their traditional African culture with American audiences on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 14 and 15 during the day for school performances and in the evenings at 8 p.m. There will also be a morning family show on Saturday, Feb. 16. All proceeds from this tour provide education, food and shelter for hundreds of Ugandan orphans and sustain a U.S. scholarship program which provides educational opportunities for these children.
"Les Miserables" leads off the French Film package on Monday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. This 1995 film was directed by Claude Lelouch and written by Victor Hugo and Claude Lelouch. Other films to be screened are: Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m., "La Haine" ("The Hate" 1995), directed by Mathieu Kassovitz with Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde and Said Taghmaoui; Monday, March 11, at 7 p.m., "Les Enfants du Paradis" ("Children of Paradise" 1945), directed by Marcel Carne, written by Jacques Prevert, starring Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault; and Monday, March 25, at 7 p.m., French Shorts - to be announced. A discussion and refreshments in the lobby will follow each film.
Two performances of "Sensual French Tales of Temptation and Suspense" by Guy De Maupassant, launch the theater component of the "French Showcase" on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 3 and 8 p.m. Enjoy these delightful tales of love, war and madness by the 19th-century master of the French short story, translated and adapted especially for this production. A post-show discussion with the company is planned.
Moliere's "The Learned Ladies" leads off the play-reading component of the French Showcase on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Other readings scheduled are: Thursday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m., "Antigen" by Jean Annuli; and Wednesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m., "The Madwoman of Chalet" by Jean Giradoux. All three plays are read in English and are presented in collaboration with the Theatre Artists Workshop.
Music Director James Sinclair will conduct Orchestra New England and CONCORA in Mozart's "Requiem" on Friday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. Performing and recording for more than 25 years, the orchestra, known for its presentation of major chamber works, will collaborate with CONCORA, a professional chorus whose extraordinary repertoire and artistic excellence is known throughout the region.
Anthony Kearns and the Gaelic-American Chorus will perform in a benefit concert for the Irish Scholarship Committee at Fairfield University for the Father John M. Conlisk Scholarship Fund on Friday, March 1, at 8 p.m. A legend in the music industry, Anthony Kearns has risen to popularity through the touring phenomenon, The Irish Tenors. A post-show reception in the lobby follows the concert.
Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin with Brazilian percussionist Thiago De Mello will perform in concert on Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m. A student of Andres Segovia and acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, Isbin is acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent guitarists of our time. Her award-winning recordings, including this concert's program called "Journey to the Amazon," explore works by composers such as Almedia, Davio, Lauro, Barrios, Montana, Brouwer, de Mello and Vianna. A pre-concert "Art to Heart" discussion begins at 7 p.m.
Steep yourself in the culture of Ireland at the Quick Center's annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration when the Trinity Irish Dance Company leaps on to our stage on Friday, March 8, at 8 p.m. Trinity has significantly changed the direction and scope of Irish dance, reintroducing the art form as the phenomenon it is today. A cutting-edge repertoire, flair and precision have earned the group international acclaim. A post-show "Art to Heart" Meet the Artists session and St. Patrick's celebration party are planned.
"Terror on the Airwaves," the third offering in the Black Box Theatre Radio Drama package, presents some of radio's scariest moments on Saturday, March 9, at 3 and 8 p.m. Listen and watch an episode of the first horror series in any mass medium; experience an obscure program distinguished by its uneasy psychological drama; and cringe to a show infamous for its truly shocking sound effects. A post-show discussion with the company is planned.
The Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble returns for their second concert, as part of the French Showcase, on Friday, March 22, at 8 p.m. Featured is baritone Kurt Ollmann who will perform Schubert and Ravel pieces. A pre-concert "Art to Heart" discussion takes place at 7 p.m., with Howard Kissell, theater critic for the Daily News.
The Emerald Isle Series presents the Karen Casey Band featuring Niall Vallely and Dervish who'll bring a little bit of heaven to Fairfield on Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m. Casey, a violinist, has been described by the Wall Street Journal as one of the true glories of Irish music today. Since leaving Solas she has been touring worldwide with Dervish, her band from Ireland's County Sligo, considered the most soulful of traditional Irish bands.
The French Showcase continues when flutist Paula Robison, with Jeremy Denk on piano, performs an all French program including selections from Poulenc, Debussy, Goddard and Faure on Saturday, April 6, at 8 p.m. A pre-concert discussion at 7 p.m. with Dr. Laura Nash is planned.
Another French Showcase performance by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal with Gradimir Pankov, artistic director, takes place on Friday, April 12, at 8 p.m. Founded in 1957, LGBC has made a significant contribution to the evolution of dance in Canada and is now highly respected throughout the world. The company has confirmed its commitment to tradition by performing masterpieces of the 19th century together with commissioning new works by outstanding contemporary choreographers.
Wrapping up the French Showcase is the Paris Combo, a retro-cabaret quintet, on Thursday, April 25, at 8 p.m. Fronted by chanteuse, songwriter and accordion player Belle du Barry, the Paris Combo has achieved a jazzy and intriguing twist on the chanson tradition while at the same time celebrating the rich diversity of the city that is its namesake.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center returns for its final concert of the season when it performs Rorem's World Premiere on Saturday, May 4, at 8 p.m. Guest artists include: Simon Keenlyside, baritone; Stephen Taylor, Allan Vogel, oboes; David Shifrin, clarinet; Frank Morelli, Milan Turovic, bassoons; William Purvis, Robin Graham, horns; Edgar Meyer, piano; and Malcolm Martineau on piano. A pre-concert "Art to Heart" discussion with the composer, Ned Rorem, is planned.
The final event on the Quick Center's calendar takes place on Friday, May 10, at 8 p.m. when the Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble performs an all Vivaldi program for its third concert of the season. A pre-concert "Art to Heart" discussion takes place at 7 p.m., with Howard Kissell, theater critic for the Daily News.
The Quick Center for the Arts is one of the few theaters in the area to offer free parking in one of three nearby lots, and the well-lighted Fairfield University campus is patrolled by security guards to ensure a safe and enjoyable performance.
Before each event, audiences are encouraged to tour the exhibits in the Quick Center's Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery. Past shows have ranged from gorgeous Old Master paintings and classical sculpture to the experimental and avante garde. Or, patrons can just relax in the spacious lobby as concessions are open an hour prior to each performance.
Upcoming art exhibits include: "Perfectus-Imperfectus (1980-2000)," by Michael Dillon, from Sept. 20-Dec. 9, 2001; "Shall We Dance: A Century of African-Americans in Dance," from Jan. 28-March 3, 2002; "People from Foreign Lands" - photography by Claudia Schechter," from March 26-May 5, 2002; and "The Essential Moment - a Survey of the Paintings, Works on Paper and Sculpture of Joseph Peller," from June 7-Aug. 4, 2002.
Discounts are available to subscribers and groups. For ticket information or a copy of the Quick Center's 2001-02 calendar, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll-free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on May 1, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 201
Working with Janet Jackson and Sting at A&M Records was a long way from the college classrooms where David Steffen spent only three semesters as a young man. "Historically, the music business has gone after people who have a knowledge of music instead of a resume," he explains, and so starting as a local promotion manager in Chicago in 1972, he rose to senior vice president of sales and distribution at the Hollywood-based company.
Six years ago David started taking courses at Fairfield University, and on Sunday, May 20, he will receive a bachelor's degree summa cum laude in American Studies. But all that experience and expertise in the music industry was an education in itself, and so while he has been studying for an undergraduate degree, he has been teaching a graduate-level course at New York University, "Principles & Practice in the Music Industry," and an undergraduate course, "Introduction to the Music Industry" at Fairfield University.
Teaching was an awakening for him. There's no hiding how good I feel in front of a class," he says. And so, with a goal of teaching full-time at the university level, the student/professor will be studying in the Ph.D. program at the New School in New York City this fall.
At the same time, David is launching his own business, The Fox Run Group, Inc., in West Redding, Conn. The small, music-related company will specialize in publishing select out-of-print books and release select and previously unavailable soundtracks to musical and music-documentary films. The first compact disc, "Sun Ra," is due out this year.
Following the sale of A&M Records in 1990, he joined BMG Music in New York as senior vice president and general manager. In 1996 he was brought in to turn around the financially troubled GRP Recording Company. One year later the business was "on plan" and then profitable the following year.
He says both business and technology have changed in the music industry, making it less appealing for him. Today, he points out, five large companies control 90 percent of the business.
Still, what really motivated him to take a new direction was the time spent away from home. Returning from a three-week business trip that took him to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris, Frankfort, London and other major cities, he saw the pile of postcards he had mailed to his 10-year-old daughter, Catie, and knew he didn't want to miss her childhood.
At Fairfield, David was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and is a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda, a national honor society, and Alpha Mu Gamma, a national foreign language honor society.
To arrange an interview, please call Nancy Habetz, director of media relations, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647.
Posted on May 1, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 207
The eighth annual Summer Festival Chorus, conducted by Carole Ann Maxwell, has scheduled auditions on Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m. in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
Arranged for the experienced choral singer, the 2001 Summer Festival Chorus will bring together singers with a wide range of experience in, and passion for, the arts. This year's program features some "sizzlin'" choral arrangements that are definitely "Too Hot to Handel," as well as that composer's "Ode to St. Cecelia's Day."
At the audition, candidates should come prepared to sing vocal warm-ups and exercises. Previous participants need not audition. Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 10 p.m., from June 28 to August 9, in the Quick Center's air-conditioned, acoustically perfect, Kelley Theatre.
The concert is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m., in the Quick Center. For more information call (203) 254-4010 or toll-free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on May 6, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 213
When Pfizer transferred Carlos Arandia from his native Venezuela to work for Schick in Milford, his wife Maria planned to study for her MBA in the states. They went to Fairfield University to get information, and Carlos got so excited about the program, he decided to enroll as well. On Sunday, May 20, the husband-and-wife team will receive their MBAs together.
Last year Carlos was promoted to Production Manager for Assembly and Packaging at Schick and Maria is an Export Analyst with Unilever in Trumbull.
To interview the Arandias, please call Nancy Habetz, director of media relations, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647. After business hours, (203) 259-1884.
Posted on May 6, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 213
After Sunday, Alison O'Shea of Fairfield will hold two degrees from Fairfield University - the bachelor's degree she received in 1993 and the brand new MBA she is receiving. In between she picked up a degree from the Culinary Institute at Hyde Park, N.Y., and this fall she will be off to law school to work on a JD in employment law.
Following her graduation from the Culinary Institute where she specialized in pastry, she worked in San Francisco and Florida before returning to Connecticut as head pastry chef at the Inn at National Hall in Westport.
Alison has been working in the Development Department of Fairfield University while specializing in Human Resources in her MBA studies. Earlier this year she was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the highest recognition a student of business anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate or master's degree program at a school accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Allison may be reached at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2027.
Posted on May 6, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 210
The Fairfield University School of Nursing will hold an open house on Tuesday, May 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. Nursing faculty will be on hand to explain the School's various bachelor and master's degree programs, including two new tracks in management and health care law that were recently approved by the Department of Higher Education. They are part of the Master's of Science in Nursing in Healthcare Systems Track, intended to provide an opportunity for non-clinical graduate education for nursing professionals.
Fairfield University is also approved to offer three advanced practice nursing options In the Practitioner Track: adult nurse practitioner, the family nurse practitioner and the psychiatric nurse practitioner.
With the nursing shortage a national concern, Fairfield offers several routes to entering the undergraduate and graduate programs. Registered Nurses without a bachelor's degree may pursue a degree in nursing or professional studies and then matriculate into the master's program. Registered Nurses with a bachelor's degree in another field may enroll in a bridge course and complete prerequisites of health assessment and community health and then enter the master's program. The Accelerated/BSN program is available for those seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing.
Men and women who have graduated with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field may enter the Graduate Entry into Nursing Practice program, leading to licensure as a registered nurse in just five semesters. The master's degree may then be completed in another four semesters. Since summer semesters are included, the program is completed in three years.
Posted on May 6, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 205
Judith M. Dobai has been named Director of Undergraduate Admission, effective July 1. Edwin Wilkes, associate academic vice president for enrollment management, announced the appointment last week at the conclusion of a national search to fill the position.
Dobai has served as acting director of admission since last August and as an associate director of admission at Fairfield since 1997. Prior to joining Fairfield, she worked in the admission offices at Mount Holyoke College, New York University and the University of Connecticut.
As director of admission, Dobai will be a member of the enrollment management team and will be responsible for implementing a strategic undergraduate recruitment and admission plan for Fairfield while managing the daily operations of the admission office.
"Judy understands the importance of our Jesuit history and mission, and the role that must play in our recruitment efforts," Wilkes said. "She shares my vision of what is necessary to increase Fairfield's visibility and diversity and move the University to the next level of selectivity among the prestigious institutions of the East and among our various constituencies and markets."
Wilkes cited Dobai's respect "across campus and within the admission profession" in announcing her appointment and said, "She has excellent managerial, organizational and creative skills, important in an office that has seen tremendous growth in terms of increased admission applications over the past four years and dynamic change in the proactive manner in which we approach undergraduate recruitment and admission."
Dobai said, "It is truly a privilege to continue to serve Fairfield as director of admission. During my time at Fairfield, I have been impressed by the campus-wide support for the admission efforts, including faculty, administrators and students. I am also gratified to work with such a dedicated, hard-working group of individuals in the Office of Admission. Through their efforts, we have surpassed our goals for nearly every measure of the incoming class, including overall selectivity, academic talent and diversity. I look forward to continuing these gains into the future."
Dobai is a 1988 graduate of Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and she received a master's degree in education and higher education administration from the University of Connecticut in 1991.
She served as a senior assistant director of admission at NYU from 1991-1994, a period when that university experienced a 45 percent increase in undergraduate applications. From 1994-1997 she was an assistant director of admission at Mount Holyoke, where she coordinated the activities of more than 600 admission volunteers and selected, trained and managed a team of paid admission tour guides. While at Fairfield, she has managed communications activities for the admission office, organized on and off-campus events for prospective students and their families, and managed the admission office's use of online application technology and web site presence. Since last August, she has overseen the undergraduate admission activities, managing a team of 18 full-time and four part-time staff in planning and achieving recruitment goals.
Posted on May 6, 2001
Vol. 19, No. 11
Open House on Wednesday, May 30, 3 p.m.
Location: Off Clinton Avenue between Fairfield Avenue and State Street
Go to the left of Bassick - near parking lot - Enter door at southern end of high school - look for EMT van outside door.
The School of Nursing at Fairfield University has been doing outreach programs to Bassick High School from its Health Promotion Center on Washington Avenue for four years. Now, under the 21st Century Lighthouse Grant to the City of Bridgeport Department of Youth Services, the School of Nursing has been subcontracted to provide a Health and Wellness Center that will be located at Bassick High School.
The Health and Wellness Center will be particularly beneficial to residents in the West and South of Bridgeport, but is open to all Bridgeport residents. The Center will operate after school hours, anytime between 3 and 10 p.m., and programs will be designed specifically for the community.
Dr. Philip Greiner, director of the Health Promotion Center (HPC) and associate professor of nursing, said the project at Bassick is the HPC's first subcontract. "The Health Promotion Center has provided its services to the residents of Bridgeport since1994. Our goal is to provide health screenings and educational programs that help people of all ages enjoy good health. We are pleased to have this opportunity for an even higher level of involvement in the community."
For additional information, please call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647.
Posted on May 15, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 218