Four Fairfield students selected for Fulbright Scholarships Daniel Besse awarded Hohmann Scholarship by Fairfield University Fairfield University presents Matthew F. Bradley with English Department Fiction Award Erik G. Stilp of Brookfield, Wis., honored for work in mathematics Fairfield University cites Sarah Boyle for Outstanding Achievement in Studio Art Juliette L. Basso honored by Fairfield University for Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics Deborah Edwards of Weston, Conn. honored with studio art award Fairfield University celebrates France's contribution to the world of Arts and Letters Norwalk residents win honors at Fairfield University Stephen G. Winkel of Watertown, Conn. honored at Fairfield University Donald A. Telesca of Waterbury, Conn., honored for work in physics and music
Four more Fairfield University students have been selected and recommended by the U.S. Selection Committee to receive J. William Fulbright Scholarships for study and research abroad. The final approval on their selection is expected by June and is contingent on U.S. funding and agreement by the host country.
In the past four years, eight Fairfield applicants were awarded Fulbright Scholarships for study and research in Sri Lanka, Morocco, Bolivia, Hungary, Solomon Islands, Malta, South Korea and El Salvador.
The four newly recommended students and their host countries are: Daniel Cook '96, Chile; Jun Jae '97, South Korea; Eric Roland '97, Uruguay; and Christhy Vidal '97, Argentina.
The Fulbright Scholarship was created by Congress in 1946 to promote understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges and the students were chosen through a national competition. Fairfield's participation was organized again this year by Dr. Beverly Kahn, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who was also the mentor for the applicants. She noted, "Today the Fulbright program is the U.S. government's premier scholarship program. Approximately, 4,500 students compete each year for the 700 awards."
Daniel Cook, a 1996 Fairfield graduate from Storrs, Conn., now living in Boston, plans to study the Chilean wine industry which has powered that nation's continued growth in international trade. Chile is the Southern Hemisphere's largest exporter of fruits and the world's 10th largest wine producer. Since 1987, when a democratic government took office, over 25,000 acres of new vineyards have been planted. Cook will analyze the industry in conjunction with Taller N.I.C.E., an international trade association, and will take courses at the Catholic University of Valparaiso and at the Universidad Adolfo Ibanez de Vina del Mar. He hopes to continue his studies later for an MBA in international business and focus on Latin America.
Since graduating from Fairfield last year with a major in English and a minor in International Studies, Cook has been employed as a market research assistant for Abt Associates Inc. in Cambridge, Mass., focusing on Latin America and Africa. Cook noted that during his studies in Chile, "I was able to put into practice some of the knowledge and intercultural communication methods that I accumulated at Fairfield. While studying in another country," he added, "It is clear that the value of learning is not all about textbook and theory -- the true learning often comes in your interaction with the local people and the gained perspective you receive as your journey comes to an end."
Jae Jun came with his mother to the United States as a five-year-old boy and they settled in Jersey City, N.J. Although he adjusted to this new culture and language, he said, "My mother always insisted that I should never forget my roots - my native land, traditions and family."
Included in those traditions were stories about his grandfather, a physician who died at the age of 38. As a result of those stories, Jae was encouraged to apply for and win a Fulbright to conduct research on drug dependency and neurotoxicity in Korea at the Toxicological Research Institute in Seoul. He will also pursue course work at Seoul National University. He becomes the first foreign citizen to be accepted by the toxicological institute.
At Fairfield, Jae is pre-med with a psychology major and a chemistry minor. He has been on the Dean's List, a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Med National Honor Society, the Asian Students Association, Biology Society, Psychology Society, played basketball and football in intramural sports and is a disc jockey for WVOF, the student station.
Eric Roland, a senior from of North Attleboro, Mass., is an Arts and Sciences major in international studies with minors in economics, marketing and Spanish. Eric has been an intern on campus as a market researcher in the Center for Global Competitiveness and in graphic arts at the campus Media Center.
He has been a Mission Volunteer in Ecuador working with impoverished families, and in Spain where he spent a semester in Seville during his junior year.
For his Fulbright project, he will study "The role of Uruguay in MERCOSUR (a trade bloc comprised of Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay)" analyzing the economic and political viability of Uruguay with the South American regional trade bloc. He will also take courses at the Catholic University of Uruguay. He noted that Uruguay has been undergoing rapid liberalization and he plans to research Uruguay's economic role in comparison with its neighbors.
Christhy del Milagro Vidal, a January 1997 graduate and a resident of East Hartford, Conn., was born in Peru and came to the U.S. at the age of 4. She said her family arrived in Hartford and aspired to the American dream of creating a better life. She recalls the turning point for her was when she discovered the tiny two-room children's library, Wickham Memorial Library, where "books spurred my curiosity and love for literature." At Fairfield, Christhy completed a double major in politics and Spanish and spent the spring semester of her junior year studying in Argentina.
Now she will return to South America to research "Redemocratization in Argentina: Grassroots Initiatives." She was invited to enroll in courses and conduct research at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), an international think tank created by UNESCO. She will also take courses at the University of Buenos Aires.
Christhy seeks to analyze the ways Argentina has built popular support for its new democratic system which started in 1983 after years as as one of the world's most repressive regimes. Christhy plans to go on to earn a Ph.D. in comparative politics with a concentration on Latin America and then teach at the college level.
Posted on April 1, 1997
Daniel Besse of Oakham, Mass., a member of Fairfield University's Class of 2003, was awarded the Fr. William Hohmann, S.J. Scholarship at a recent awards ceremony. This scholarship was established by alumni and friends in memory of Father Hohmann who was chairman of the university's economic department until his retirement.
Besse, an economics major and member of the honors program, received the scholarship on the basis of his academic record and financial need. A drummer and avid skier, he hopes to have a career on Wall Street.
Posted on June 1, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 226
Matthew F. Bradley of Northbrook, Ill., who graduated from Fairfield University on May 20, received the English Department's Fiction Award for his story, "Boxing American." To compete, candidates must submit a body of work on fiction that shows promise and consistency.
With echoes of Kafka, Bradley's story was called a "most original and very ambitious work" by one of the judges. Another commented that it is "a story that creates it own unique world." The general consensus among the judges was "this story is unlike any boxing story one is likely to read." Bradley was an English Major.
Posted on June 1, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 227
Erik G. Stilp of Brookfield, Wis., was honored with the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics at Fairfield University's College of Arts & Sciences Awards Ceremony.
Erik, who graduated magna cum laude from the Jesuit university in Connecticut on May 20 with a bachelor of science degree, held the highest math GPA of the senior class. He studied under a Fairfield University Fellows Scholarship at Fairfield where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society, and Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society.
While attending Fairfield, Erik completed internships at Hewitt Associates, a human resources consulting firm, and at Bridgeport Hospital. He served as the head coach of the Bridgeport Boys and Girls Club State Basketball Team and was a missionary volunteer with Campus Ministry to Ecuador and the Dominican Republic.
Erik will be working next year in Boston, Mass., at the Nativity Prep Middle School as a volunteer math teacher and basketball coach. Nativity Prep is a Jesuit-run, all boys Middle School for families below the poverty line with children who are willing and able to commit to an accelerated academic program.
Posted on June 28, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 269
Sarah E. Boyle of Colts Neck, N.J., who graduated from Fairfield University on May 20 with a degree in studio art, has received the Mary Louise Larabee Award for outstanding achievement in studio art.
Boyle, who minored in marketing, displayed overall excellence as demonstrated by her outstanding grade point average, impressive performances in capstone seminars and dedicated service to the studio art program. She spent the fall semester of 2000 studying at Fairfield University's center in Florence, Italy, where she advanced her talents as an artist and gained a special appreciation for the arts of Renaissance Italy.
Posted on June 1, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 239
Juliette L. Basso of New City New York, who graduated from Fairfield University on May 20, received the Arthur F. Dershowitz Award in Mathematics. This prize is given to students who have shown evidence of curiosity and scholarship beyond classroom performance and who show promise of becoming life-long learners and seekers in the many dimensions of living.
Basso served as President of the Fairfield University branch of Pi Mu Epsilon, a national math honor society. In this capacity, she received the award for Student Leader of the Year. Next year, Basso plans to teach mathematics at the high school level.
Posted on June 1, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 224
Deborah Edwards of Weston, Conn., received the Mary Louise Larabee Outstanding Achievement Award in Studio Art at Fairfield University's College of Arts & Sciences Awards Ceremony.
A studio arts major, Deborah has achieved an outstanding grade point average and impressive performances in the capstone seminars. She has been an artist assistant for Professor Kathryn Jo Yarrington, traveling to Glasgow, Scotland last March and to Rome, Italy in June.
Posted on June 1, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 251
Ooh la, la! C'est manifique! Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts will present a "French Showcase: Evolving Arts" from Sunday, Feb.10, through Monday, March 25. The six-week festival offers a perspective on and celebrates the many contributions the French have made to the world in the areas of arts and letters.
Opening Day Events:
The festival opens with a lecture on Sunday, Feb.10, at 3:15 p.m, "The Pleasures of Paris," with Dr. Diana Mille, director of the Thomas A. Walsh Art Gallery who will explore the sites and sounds of this "City of Lights" - the cafes, theaters, boulevards, circus and racetracks - during the "belle époque," and discuss the paintings and graphics of artists from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries.
Following the lecture there will be a "Crepe Demonstration" at 3:30 p.m. with David G. Smith from Lighthouse Personal Chef Service, who will prepare hot crepes including: Savory crepes, Sweet crepes, and classic Suzette. The production of the crepe batter and Suzette sauce will be the highlight of this demonstration which includes a flambé sauce which is poured over the crepe.
In addition there will be a "Wine Tasting," "Vin d'Honneur" by the oldest distributor in Connecticut, Hartley & Parker, Ltd., in conjunction with the Wine Seller Spirits of Fairfield, CT, who will offer tastes of five outstanding French wines exploring an array of regions. A variety of light crisp white wines ranging to deep full-bodied reds are waiting to be discovered. Tickets for all three events are $15. The afternoon will also include French music, crafts, a travelogue, language labs and more.
The musical component of the French Showcase begins on Friday, March 22, at 8 p.m. when the Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, featuring Kurt Ollman, baritone, performs works by Ravel and Schubert. A pre-concert "Art to Heart" discussion with Daily News Chief Critic and Cultural Tourist, Howard Kissell, takes place at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30.
The second concert of the festival takes place on Saturday, April 6, at 8 p.m., and features Paula Robison, dubbed "The First Lady of the Flute," and award-winning pianist Jeremy Denk, a 1998 recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 1997 winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Robison and Denk share an artistic collaboration that combines the magical sounds of the flute with the many colorations and enormous palette of the piano.
The duo will perform a French program of: Poulenc's "Sonata for Flute and Piano," Debussy's "Syrinx for Solo Flute," two Preludes for Solo Piano, four Melodies for Flute and Piano, Godard's"Suite de Trois Morceaux for Flute and Piano" and Faure's "Sonata in A Major" (adapted by Robison from the Sonata for Violin and Piano). A Pre-concert "Art to Heart". discussion with Dr. Laura Nash, director of Fairfield University's Classical Music Department, takes place at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30, $27, $24.
The retro-cabaret quintet, Paris Combo, arrives on Thursday, April 25, at 8 p.m., to celebrate the rich diversity of the music of contemporary Paris. Fronted by chanteuse, songwriter, and accordion player, Belle du Berry, Paris Combo has perfected a jazzy and intriguing twist on the chanson tradition. Therefore, Berry has inevitably been compared to Edith Piaf. However, trumpet player David Lewis traces the group's sound to the influence of flamenco, blues and cabaret tradition that flourished in Paris before World War II. Tickets are $20.
The dance component of the festival opens on Tuesday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. when the internationally acclaimed ballet company, Lyon Opera Ballet, under the direction of Artistic Director, Yorgos Loukos, performs new versions of the great classical ballets. The company has commissioned works by a wide range of international choreographers and the Quick Center's All-Ravel repertory program will showcase his "Bolero," choreographed by Australian choreographer Meryl Tankard, which premiered on Dec. 26, 1998, and his "Gaspard," choreographed by Finland's Tero Saarinen, which premiered Feb. 12, 1999 at the Lyon Opera House. Tickets are $38, $33 and $28.
The theater segment of the festival opens on Saturday, Feb.16, with the Radio Drama: "Sensual French Tales of Temptation and Suspense" 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, Guy De Maupassant, translated and adapted especially for this production by Bob Adrian. The director is Brett Somers of Westport. A post-show "Art to Heart" discussion with the company follows the production. Tickets are $10.
Three classic French readings, presented in collaboration with the Theatre Artists Workshop are planned in conjunction with the festival: Moliere's "The Learned Ladies," directed by Katie C. Sparer, takes place on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m.; Jean Anouilh's "Antigone," directed by Muriel Nussbaum, takes place on Thursday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m.; and Jean Giradoux's "The Madwoman of Chaillot," directed by Mark Basile, takes place on Wednesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for all three productions are $15. Single tickets are $7.
The Quick Center's cutting-edge Monday night French film package includes: "Les Miserables" (1995), to be screened on Monday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m., directed by Claude Lelouch, written by Victor Hugo and Claude Lelouch; "La Haine" ("The Hate") (1995), to be screened on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m., directed by Mathieu Kassovitz with Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde and Said Taghmaoui; "Les Enfants du Paradis" ("Children of Paradise") (1945), directed by Marcel Carne (chosen in honor of his passing in 2001), to be shown on Monday, March 11, at 7 p.m., written by Jacques Prevert, starring Arletty, and Jean-Louis Barrault; and "Tatie Danielle" (1990), screened on Monday March 25, at 7 p.m., directed by Etienne Chatiliez, starring Tsilla Chelton, Catherine Jacob, Isabelle Nanty, Neige Dolsky.
This comedy shows the relationship of an oh-so-nice Tate Danielle and her family when she finally meets her match! Tickets for all four films are $20; single tickets are $7. French Bistro fare including salads, soups, cheeses will be available for sale prior to each film.
In addition to the aforementioned opening day lecture, "The Pleasures of Paris" with Dr. Diana Mille, director of the Thomas A. Walsh Art Gallery, the Quick Center will also present: "Meat and Mysticism from Naturalism to Symbolism: French Theatre in Shock," which will explore the battle between two ideologies for dominance of mind and art, on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. with Dr. John Rassias, executive director of the Rassias Foundation at Dartmouth College (which has developed an innovative and highly effective approach to teaching languages). Rassias is also a professor of 18th-century French literature at Dartmouth, former director of language programs and consultant for the Peace Corps, workshop leader, theater writer, director and actor in the United States and in Europe and author.
The Quick Center for the Arts has also planned a trip to the Hill-Stead Museum and Connecticut Culinary Institute in Farmington, CT, on Wednesday, April 24. The schedule is as follows: Participants will depart the Quick Center at 9:30 a.m. and return at approximately 4:30 p.m. At 11 a.m. they'll visit the Culinary Institute and observe students preparing food and talk with the director Bill Mellow. At noon travelers will enjoy a buffet lunch featuring a special French menu prepared in honor of our French Showcase.
At 1 p.m. the group will drive to the nearby Hill-Stead Museum to view the art work which includes an extensive collection of French Impressionists' works. They will also have the opportunity to visit the beautiful sunken garden on the Hill-Stead property. Tickets are $40 per person and include transportation and lunch.
Discounts on tickets are available for seniors, students and groups. For more information about any of these events, please call the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396 or visit our web site at www.quickcenter.com. Voila!
Posted on January 15, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 137
Patricia M. Bilik and Michelle M. Todeschini, both residents of Norwalk, were honored at the annual Arts & Sciences Award Ceremony at Fairfield University.
Patricia Bilik, who majored in professional studies and graduated magna cum laude, received the Alumnae Forum Women's Studies Award for her senior project, "Fungibles in the Information Technology Industry." Her exploration of women's role in this relatively new industry covered history, economics and business.
Patricia studied through the School of Continuing Education where she was recently inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. She is a senior research analyst at Gartner in Stamford and plans to begin studies for an MBA in the fall.
Michelle Todeschini was awarded the Rev. Victor F. Leeber, S.J. Scholarship in Spanish, given every year to an outstanding major in Spanish. She is entering her senior year and will be studying in Spain this summer. Active in the Spanish Club, Michelle tutors Spanish and plans a career in teaching Spanish on the secondary level.
Posted on June 1, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 248
Stephen G. Winkel of Watertown, Conn., was honored with a Student Achievement Award from Fairfield University's Alumni Association at its annual Student Awards Dinner for developing a student leadership program at Fairfield.
During a two-year internship in student activities, Steve researched the S.K.I.L.L program at other Jesuit institutions and developed a program for Fairfield. S.K.I.L.L is a leadership program that helps individuals to develop their interpersonal and communication skills. The letters represent: Service exemplifying Jesuit ideals and service to the community; Knowledge of oneself and how one works with others; Integrity in building one's character; Linkages to the business world and other resources; and Literacy for communication.
The S.K.I.L.L. program at Fairfield has grown from 20 participants to over 70 students, paving the way for future student leaders.
Steve also served as director of publicity for the Fairfield University Student Association, was co-coordinator for special events for new student programs, and oversaw all aspects of Senior Week for the Class of 2000.
In addition, he was a member of the Glee Club, a facilitator to the Class of 2003 and served as a Mission Volunteer to Duran, Ecuador, through Fairfield's Global Outreach program.
Posted on June 1, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 246
Donald A. Telesca of Waterbury, Conn., was honored for his work in physics and music at Fairfield University's College of Arts & Sciences Awards Ceremony. A physics and music major, Donald received the Award for Academic Excellence in Physics for his performance in both the classroom and in research. The Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Music, was presented to him for demonstrating exceptional growth and understanding in the history, theory, and performance of music.
A Presidential Scholar during his four years at Fairfield, Donald was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, and Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit national honor society.
As a physics major, he participated in undergraduate research at Fairfield and last summer at Columbia University in a National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates Program.
With a second major in music, Donald studied the complexities of music theory and composition. For six semesters, he worked on building this theoretical knowledge, coming to terms with the interaction of the many components of music, especially harmony and timing.
Donald performed with both the University Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble and was president of the Glee Club, where he was a member of the Chamber Singers.
Donald graduated magna cum laude on May 20, with a bachelor of science degree. In the fall he will enter Columbia University where he will be working towards a Ph.D. in physics, while continuing his interest in music.
Posted on June 28, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 270