Fairfield University's commencement to hear NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw Robert Pinsky, United States Poet Laureate, to speak at Fairfield University Quick Center for the Arts announces Young Audience Series and Outreach Programs Fairfield University honors Rebecca Hilliker for creative writing Fairfield University honors Heather Green for outstanding work in Classical Studies Jennifer Flynn awarded Croteau Scholarship by Fairfield University Fairfield University cites Edward Dunn for Outstanding Performance in Engineering Laura Donohue awarded Croteau Scholarship by Fairfield University Fairfield University cites Alison Dignam for Outstanding Achievement in Spanish Fairfield University cites Marissa DeSiena for academic excellence in international studies Fairfield University Awards National Scholarship to Anna C. Czerwinska
The class of 1997 comprised of about 1,000 graduates will hear NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw deliver the main address at Fairfield University's 47th annual commencement on Sunday, May 18, it was announced by the Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., University President. Fr. Kelley added that Brokaw, the managing editor for NBC Nightly News, will receive an honorary doctorate.
In addition, an honorary doctorate will be awarded to Larry Doby, who 50 years ago became the first African American baseball player in the American League, joining the Cleveland Indians just 11 weeks after Jackie Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Also receiving honorary degrees will be George Harvey, former chairman of the board of directors of Pitney Bowes, and Elizabeth Pfriem, retired president and treasurer of The Bridgeport Post, The Telegram and The Sunday Post, now The Connecticut Post, whose philanthropic achievements have focused on the welfare and education of children throughout the area.
Statistics compiled by the Office of the University Registrar show that at this time, 1,002 are eligible to receive diplomas as a result of completing their course work in August 1996, January 1997 or May 1997. In the College of Arts and Sciences, 365 will receive bachelor of arts degrees and 132 bachelor of science. The School of Business will award 204 B.S., 26 master of business administration, and 8 master of science in financial management; School of Nursing, 77 B.S. and 1 M.S.
Also, Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, 113 M.A. and 18 certificates of advanced study; BEI School of Engineering, 28 B.S. and 7 associates in engineering; Continuing Education, 20 associate of arts, 2 bachelor of arts in general education and 1 B.S.
In honoring Brokaw, the University is citing a journalist who won numerous awards for his enterprise including Emmys for the NBC special "China in Crisis" and NBC News' coverage of the Midwest floods of 1972. He is known for covering convulsive changes in world capitals and for monitoring events in small towns and inner cities of the United States, both from his anchor desk and on location as news breaks.
Brokaw is also host of "Internight," a half-hour prime-time talk and interview program on MSNBC Cable; was the NBC White House correspondent during the Watergate era; and covered every presidential election since 1968. As a newsman, he has achieved a number of "firsts," including the first U.S. exclusive one-to-one interview with Mikhail Gorbachev and was the first American to report on human rights abuses in Tibet. He has reported from rooftops in Beirut, from the Great Wall in China, from the Berlin Wall as it fell, and from the streets of Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm.
He joined NBC News in 1966 after reporting and anchoring at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, WSB-TV, Atlanta and KMTV, Omaha.
The honors for Larry Doby at Fairfield University come as Major League Baseball marks the 50th anniversary of the breaking of the color barrier. Doby, a feared hitter and star centerfielder, will also be honored at this year's All-Star Baseball Game. Like Jackie Robinson, he suffered abuse and loneliness as he was not allowed to eat in the same restaurants as the white players or stay in the same hotels. He was bombarded with racial insults by fans and opposing players and even snubbed by some teammates. A teammate would not even let him borrow a glove he needed in order to play first base.
At the age of 22, Doby was leading the Negro National League in batting with a .415 average and in home runs while playing second base for the Newark Eagles when he was brought to the Major Leagues and converted into an outfielder. He became the first black baseball player to hit a homer in a World Series game, played on six consecutive All-Star teams and over a 13-year career at one time or another led the American League in home runs, runs batted in, runs scored, and slugging percentage and was a key player as the Indians won two pennants and a World Series.
He retired as a player in 1959, became the manager of the Chicago White Sox in 1979 - the second black manager in history - and today at 72, he works for the Major Leagues Properties Division, involved in licensing promotions for former players.
George B. Harvey joined Pitney Bowes Inc. in 1957 and rose to be elected chairman, president, and chief executive officer. He served Pitney Bowes in a number of capacities including accountant, treasurer, controller, vice president-finance and in 1978 he was elected group vice president for business equipment with responsibility for the company's United States mailing and copying systems operations. He was elected to the board of directors in 1980 and elected president and chief operating office in May 1981.
Outside of the company, he has been active in a number of corporations, business and industry organizations as well as community and human interest groups. He is a director of Merrill Lynch, McGraw Hill Inc., Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company, Pfizer, United Way of America, United Way of Tri-State, and Catalyst. Harvey has received many honors including Stamford Citizen of the Year as selected by the Robbins Post Jewish War Veterans, National Human Relations Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews; the Urban League of Southwestern Connecticut Partnership; the Terrence Cardinal Cooke Medal for Distinguished Service in health care; and the Regional Plan Association Award for Tri-State Planning Leadership.
He was born in New Haven, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and a resident of New Canaan, Conn.
Elizabeth M. Pfriem distinguished herself as publisher of the one-time largest independently-owned newspaper in Connecticut as she brought innovations to The Post including a state-of-the-art computer system and a conversion of presses. Since her retirement, her philanthropic activities have been extensive and varied. She was co-founder of the Regional Youth Substance Abuse Project, founder of the Post-Telegram Sunshine Campus Fund, now the Elizabeth M. Pfriem Fund within the Greater Bridgeport Area foundation and has been a major supporter of colleges, with particular assistance to Fairfield University for scholarships for multicultural students. She donated the John E. Pfriem, a 65-foot sailboat named for her late husband to the Bridgeport Regional Vocational Aquaculture School in Black Rock and provided the seed money to establish what is now the L'Ambiance Plaza Scholarship Fund.
She was the first woman ringmaster of the Barnum Festival, sponsored its children's Wing Ding Parade and Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren contest and has provided funds to the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation to renovate the hospital's pediatric unit in a circus theme. She also funded a P.T. Barnum theme renovation for an indoor playground at the Children's Special Needs Center of St. Vincent's Medical Center.
Posted on April 1, 1997
Robert Pinsky read the dictionary and daydreamed about the sounds of words as a child, later finding inspiration in the work of Yeats, Ginsberg, Frost and Eliot. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Pinsky, Poet Laureate of the United States from 1997 to 2000, will speak at Fairfield University's Open VISIONS Forum. "Keeping the Humanities Alive Via Poetry" is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
Pinsky, a Long Branch, N.J. native, is poetry editor of the online journal Slate, a regular contributor to "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS and a professor in the graduate writing program at Boston University. After an acclaimed writing and teaching career of 30 years, he joined the company of Robert Penn Warren, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz and others when he was named the nation's poet laureate in 1997. Pinsky's endeavor to create an archive that would allow Americans to read their favorite poems for video recording was enormously successful; in addition to a print collection and a website, the "Favorite Poem Project" resulted in a set of 50 short video documentaries, permanently housed at the Library of Congress.
Known as "the people's poet," Pinsky combines the esoteric with the everyday in his poetry, often trying to mimic in his writing the rhythm of the saxophone, an instrument he plays. He has published six books of poetry, most recently a collection titled "Jersey Rain." His 1996 work, "The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1965-1995," received the Lenore Marshall Award and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. And his 1994 translation of Dante's "Inferno" made the 600-year-old classic a best seller, earning both the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry and the Howard Morton Landon Prize for translation.
Pinsky's honors also include an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters award, Poetry magazine's Oscar Blumenthal prize, the William Carlos Williams Award and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Paris Review and the Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry. From 1979 to 1986, Pinsky was poetry editor at The New Republic. He taught at Wellesley College and the University of California, Berkeley before joining the faculty at Boston University. He lives in Newton Corner, Mass.
Open VISIONS Forum is an outreach program of the School of Continuing Education. The Pinsky lecture is co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute and the College of Arts and Sciences. Tickets for the event are $15, with discounts available for seniors and students. Call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on February 1, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 151
A lion, a witch, a bull, a snow queen, flaming idiots, a rainbow and a brother named Fudge will delight children young and old as they all come to life at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Young Audience Series for the 2001-02 season.
"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" leads off the season on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 1 and 3 p.m. Based on C.S. Lewis' enchanting adventure of four children transported to the fabled land of Narnia, the show is appropriate for children in Grades 2 -7. "The Lion...," is staged by Theatreworks/USA, the recipient of numerous awards and the troupe that helped launch the careers of such noted actors as Danny Glover, Henry Winkler and Susan Egan of Broadway's "Beauty and the Beast." The show will be repeated on Monday, Oct. 15, as part of the Quick Center's outreach program, Schooldays Series.
They juggle swords. They juggle fire. They even juggle themselves. Kids of all ages are in for a treat when the Flaming Idiots take the stage on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 1 and 3 p.m. Named Gyro, Pyro and Walter, they're more than just a juggling act. Their flaming-hot show is crammed with mind-bending contortions, side-bursting humor, death defying juggling and more.
The whole family will enjoy the Quick Center's holiday show, "The Snow Queen," on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 1 and 3 p.m. This Hudson Vagabond Puppets production, based on the Hans Christian Anderson tale, is danced in a narrated ballet by larger-than-life puppets, scored by Archangelo Correlli and is appropriate for children in all grades.
Towering "Bunraku" puppets, as high as 15 feet, and masked dancers tell the story of a little girl's journey to the North Pole and the friendship and love that drives her to save her brother from the Snow Queen. The show will be repeated on Monday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m., as part of the Quick Center's outreach program.
Kids in Grades K-4 will be delighted with Theatreworks/USA's production of "Ferdinand the Bull," on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 1 and 3 p.m. This new bilingual musical adaptation of the beloved tale of Ferdinand - the young bull who would rather sit and smell the flowers than fight - is a fun-filled way to teach kids about resisting peer pressure. This show will be repeated on Monday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m., as part of the Quick Center's outreach program.
"Reading Rainbow," another Theatreworks/USA production, will be presented on Sunday, March 10, at 1 and 3 p.m. Geared for children in Grades 2-7, "...Rainbow" is a sparkling musical revue based on the Emmy Award-winning PBS-TV series and features, among other books, Amazing Grace, Owen, Martha Speaks, Borreguita and the Coyote (bilingual) and Imogene's Antlers. This show will be repeated on Monday, March 11, at 10 a.m., as part of the Quick Center's outreach program.
The Young Audience Series will conclude on Sunday, April 14, at 1 and 3 p.m., with "Superfudge." With a brother like Fudge, life is never dull! And more excitement is on the way - a new baby is coming to the Hatcher household. Can the family survive another Fudge? Find out in this wacky new musical based on Judy Blume's hilarious bestseller. No birthday parties are available for this show. Theatreworks/USA will repeat "Superfudge" for Grades K-6 on Monday, April 15, at 10 a.m., as part of the Quick Center's outreach program.
The Quick Center's outreach program, known as the Schools in Partnership Schooldays Series, began 11 years ago as a one-week summer camp, but has been greatly expanded upon over the past several years by Deborah Sommers, the Center's program director since 1992.
The Schooldays Series is designed to give children throughout the region the opportunity not only to experience live theater but to become sophisticated audiences as well. Nine productions will be offered in the coming season. In addition, the Quick Center raises funds to offer grants for economically disadvantaged children to attend these performances by making tickets and transportation possible. These shows enrich the lives of more than 4,000 inner-city children by providing tickets for and transportation to its events. All-in-all, more than 12,000 area children experience the arts each year through the Quick Center's programs.
In addition to the six aforementioned programs, the Quick Center has added three more productions to its outreach program. Study guides, designed to enhance the learning experience, are available for all outreach programs.
Kids in Grades 2-7 will thrill to a performance of "The Mystery of King Tut" on Monday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m. This Theatreworks/USA production is a musical about Howard Carter, the man who discovered the tomb of King Tut, "the boy king," in 1922 after ten years of searching.
In a very special event, arranged especially for students in Grades 4 and up, on Friday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m., Philadanco! the Philadelphia Dance Company will perform innovative works by American choreographers in dramatic programs that have great audience appeal. The company has performed worldwide to unanimous acclaim and will include in its program works by women choreographers from their full-length evening program, "Messages from the Heart."
Students from middle school to high school are invited to a Theatreworks/USA production of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." This tale of feuding families and star-crossed lovers, where world's collide, will take place on Wednesday, March 20, at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. "For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo."
The Schooldays Series concludes on Monday, April 15, at 10 a.m., with the aforementioned, "Superfudge," a wacky new musical based on Judy Blume's hilarious bestseller.
The Quick Center's Outreach Program is funded in part by the Kiwanis Club of Fairfield and Schools in Partnership with Unilever H & PC. Subscriptions for the Young Audience Series are $48 for adults and $36 for children. Single ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets for the Schooldays Series are $5. Discounts are available for the Young Audience Series as part of the Quick Center's special birthday package which includes accommodations for a party in the Quick Center. For more information call (203) 254-4010 or toll-free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on May 28, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 200
Rebecca Hilliker of Worcester, Mass., a member of Fairfield University's Class of 2003, recently received the Santo Lalomia Sound Prize for Creative Writing. This award is given to the student who has demonstrated excellence in preparing a portfolio of creative works that can be published in the student journal, "The Sound."
Hilliker's poetry has been described as highly imagistic and noted for its use setting. In addition, the English major, has been praised for her use of free verse form and intricately structured verse form.
Posted on June 1, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 261
Heather A. Green, of Owings Mills, Maryland, who graduated from Fairfield University on May 20, received the Classical Studies Award for her outstanding work.
Green received the highest grade point average as a Classical Studies minor - straight A's. Despite her heavy course load as a Biology major, she found the time and had the interest to take more than the minimum requirements in Classical Studies and to participate in the program's outside activities.
Posted on June 1, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 260
Jennifer S. Flynn, of Merrimac, Mass., a member of Fairfield University's Class of 2004, was recently awarded the Arsene Croteau Family Scholarship to study French. The scholarship was established to honor Professor Arsene Croteau who taught French at Fairfield for many years and is granted each year to an outstanding major in French.
Flynn, a Modern Languages & Literatures major, is a dedicated student who shows great promise in French. She also has a keen interest in other cultures and languages, especially French and Russian. She plans to become a teacher of French or perhaps seek a career in international affairs.
Posted on June 1, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 259
Edward P. Dunn of Highland Falls, New York, a member of Fairfield University's Class of 2002, recently received the Arts and Science Award for Outstanding Performance in the Co-Op 3/2 Engineering Program in recognition of his academic excellence.
After working for three years at Fairfield, Dunn, an honors student, will now go on to complete his technical and engineering coursework. In the fall he will enter either Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute or Columbia University to complete his coursework in electrical engineering. At the end of this five-year program, Dunn will receive two degrees, one from Fairfield, the other from the cooperative institution.
Posted on June 1, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 257
Laura A. Donohue of Dommerston, Vermont, a member of Fairfield University's Class of 2004, was recently awarded the Arsene Croteau Family Scholarship to study French. The scholarship was established to honor Professor Arsene Croteau who taught French at Fairfield for many years and is given each year to an outstanding student in French.
Donohue, who is majoring in Modern Languages & Literatures as well as International Studies, is an excellent student who demonstrates great interest in the French language and culture. She was an exchange student in France during her junior year in high school where she plans to return to study during her tenure at Fairfield. She has also expressed an interest in attending graduate school to study the French language and literature and intends to use the language in her future career.
Posted on June 1, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 256
Alison Dignam of Chicopee, Mass., who graduated from Fairfield University on May 20, received the Departmental Award for Outstanding Work in Spanish. The award is given each year to a senior Spanish major who has demonstrated excellence in the subject.
Dignam, who majored in Psychology and Modern Languages and Literatures, studied in Chile in the fall of 1999. She is a tutor and assistant teacher of Spanish Language Oral Practice Sessions. In addition, she is active with campus ministry's community programs and with the Fairfield University Student Association and Senate.
After a summer of European travel, Dignam hopes to work as a volunteer at the Annunciation House Program in Texas and Mexico.
Posted on June 1, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 244
Marissa DeSiena of Rochester, N.Y., who graduated from Fairfield University on May 20 with a degree in international studies, received the International Studies Award for Academic Excellence, given to the senior International Studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences with the highest grade point average.
DeSiena also received the Kenneth G. Phelan Memorial Book Award for excellence in the study of history. DeSiena, who is in the Honors Program and has double minors in History, Russian and Eastern European Studies, has studied abroad in the United Kingdom and Russia. She received the Phelan Award for her outstanding paper, "The British Role in the Origins of the Cold War, 1944-47."
A finalist for an International Research Exchange Board's Young Leaders Fellowship to study the history of U.S./Russian relations at the Academy of Sciences in Moscow, she has also been admitted to the Ph.D., program in the History of U.S. Foreign Relations at UCLA. An active member of the Glee Club, she participated in a variety of campus drama productions and plans to be a college professor of U.S./Russian Relations.
Posted on June 1, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 243
Anna C. Czerwinska of Charlton, Mass., a member of Fairfield University's Class of 2004, was a scholarship finalist in the National Security Education Program, funded by the federal government and designed to encourage students to study abroad in non-traditional locations. She competed at the national level for a scholarship to study abroad during the summer or the academic year.
Czerwinska, an international studies major, has been active in a variety of groups on campus this year - including working as a volunteer with refugees at the International Institute and as a member of Fairfield's Model U.N. team. She will study at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland this summer.
Posted on June 1, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 242