University's Multicultural Scholarship Fund raised to $1.3 million Kerry E. Schardien of Union, N.J., honored at Fairfield University Fairfield University Awards Scholarship to Jacqueline Farinon Keith Wagner of Stratford, Conn. honored for work in visual arts Timothy P. Healy of Port Ewen, N.Y., honored at Fairfield University Carolyn A. Hronis of North Haven honored at Fairfield University Awards Ceremony Bassick Business students in new program at Fairfield University Courtney Darts of Monroe is valedictorian at Fairfield University Kimberly E. Siebel of Chatham, N.J. selected for Studio Art Award Fairfield County Foundation awards Fairfield University $15,000 literacy grant Kevin C. Hayes of Scranton, Pa. awarded Loyola Medal at Fairfield University
Fairfield University smashed all previous fund-raising records for the Annual Fairfield Awards Dinner as it added $280,000 in April for the Multicultural Scholarship Fund. Since 1988 when the event moved off campus, the dinner has raised more than $1.3 million.
The dinner was sponsored by the University and the Alumni Association and was chaired by Thomas Quick '77. It featured the presentation of awards for distinguished leadership to Isiah Thomas, 12 -time NBA all-star and now executive vice president of the Toronto Raptors; Alumni Service Award to Richard Badolato '62, partner in the New Jersey law firm of Connell, Foley & Geiser; Alumni Professional Achievement Award to Joseph Sargent '59, P '86 and '89, president and chief executive officer of the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America; and Stephen Jakab '62, M.A. '74, associate vice president for administration at the University.
Thomas delivered the main address and declared that five fundamentals enabled him to achieve his dreams. His list was comprised of:
1. Have a dream and "be faithful to it." 2. "Find a teacher of mentor as a role model." 3. "Measure at the roots" which means "be true to who you are and where you come from." 4. "Be part of a team but don't be a cog." He explained, "We always need to be ourselves as well." 5. "Play with your head and heart but shoot from your soul," explaining practice, practice but "when the game is on the line, let your heart and soul take over."
During his talk he described how he came from a family of nine children and the strong influence of his mother who "kept me alive on the streets" and instilled the principles that led him to return to Indiana University to get his degree even after he was earning millions as a star for the Detroit Pistons. "There were hot summer days when I'd drive to campus in my Mercedes and then go sit in a stuffy classroom and wonder what I was doing there. Well, I made my mother a promise and I kept it."
The Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., University President, commented that Fairfield's AHANA (African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American) students "often go far beyond their initial assessment of their aptitude to realize more fully their innate abilities. "He noted that in "bringing the blessing of diversity to Fairfield, our AHANA students enrich the life and learning of every student."
The dinner also featured a performance by the Prayer Tabernacle Mass Choir of Bridgeport and a six-minute video developed by the Media Center, about the importance of financial assistance to students and the achievements of AHANA graduates.
Posted on May 1, 1997
Kerry E. Schardien of Union, N.J., was honored the William J. Kramer '60 Humanitarian Award from Fairfield University's Alumni Association at its annual Student Awards Dinner.
Kerry was recognized for her extraordinary service to others both at Fairfield and in her home community. Starting at age of14, Kerry volunteered at the Center for Hope Hospice, assisting nurses and home health aids with the care of terminally ill patients.
Since 1994 she has been a camp counselor at Camp Fatima of New Jersey, an overnight camp experience for children with severe developmental disabilities. As a counselor she provided 24-hour care for a camper, meeting any special, physical and emotional needs. She also volunteered for adult weekends at the Camp for adults with developmental disabilities.
At Fairfield University, Kerry has been a Mission Volunteer to Duran, Ecuador, where she assisted in community services for leprosy patients and orphans and in Inez, Ky., where she worked with the Christian Appalachia project building a house for an underprivileged family. She has also been active with Hunger Clean-Up, Urban Plunge, the Adrienne Kirby Family Literacy Project and Prospect House Shelter.
In addition she was a Eucharistic Minister with Campus Ministry, a Freshman Retreat leader and a member of the Varsity Women's Crew.
A psychology major with a double minor in sociology and peace and justice studies, Kerry will be serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps during the next year. Then, inspired by her work with the Deirdre O'Brien Child Advocacy Center in Morristown, N.J., she plans on pursuing a master's degree in social work with the goal of working with abused children.
Posted on June 1, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 245
Jacqueline M. Farinon of Glen Head, N.Y., a member of Fairfield University's Class of 2002, was recently awarded the Rev. Victor F. Leeber, S.J., Scholarship for her outstanding work in Spanish on the recommendation of all of her teachers. This award honors Rev. Victor F. Leeber, S.J., for his many years of devoted service to Fairfield as a teacher of Spanish and chair of the department.
Farinon, who is majoring in Modern Languages & Literatures, will study in Spain this summer. A Spanish tutor, she will also participate in the Freshman Orientation Program. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in Spanish literature.
Posted on June 6, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 258
Keith B. Wagner of Stratford, Conn., was honored with the Award for Distinguished Work in Visual and Expressive Arts at the Fairfield University's College of Arts & Sciences Awards Ceremony. The award calls for a project of substantial scope with an original concept, that is well executed showing artistic and technical skill.
Keith used materials such as found objects, vintage clothing, paint and glue to create a series of large scale collaged paintings on wood about death and dying. His work was on view at both the Walsh Art Gallery and the Lukacs Gallery on campus.
A studio arts major, Keith just received his bachelor's degree from Fairfield and plans to continue his studies in art in graduate school.
Posted on June 9, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 251
Timothy P. Healy of Port Ewen, N.Y., was honored with a Student Achievement Award from Fairfield University's Alumni Association at its annual Student Awards Dinner. He was recognized for his leadership on the Student Court.
As Chief Justice of the Fairfield University Student Court, Tim was pro-active on student rights, authoring two opinions on the subject. His responsibilities included recruiting, training and overseeing nine additional justices who assisted him on the court. His professionalism and integrity led to a respected judicial body that created a vital balance between the students and the administration.
A politics major with minors in legal studies, English and religious studies, Tim has demonstrated a commitment to politics and public service. While a student at Fairfield, he ran for public office and won a seat on the Town of Fairfield's governing board, the Representative Town Meeting.
On campus he also was a co-coordinator for the Freshman First Year Experience Committee, in which he selected, trained and managed over 120 students to implement the program. He was also active with the Fairfield University Election Commission Chair and wrote the student newspaper, The Mirror. He is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national politics honor society.
Tim, who graduated from Fairfield on May 20, plans to pursue a master's degree in politics and enter public service.
Posted on June 10, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 247
Carolyn A. Hronis of North Haven, Conn., received the Italian Consulate Award at the annual Arts & Sciences Award Ceremony at Fairfield University. The award is given every year to the student who has done outstanding work in Italian.
Carolyn, who has excelled in advanced Italian courses, studied in Florence last fall where she investigated the impact of cellular phone use in Italian society. An International Studies major, she is entering her senior year at Fairfield.
Posted on June 11, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 250
It may be the start of summer vacation for some, but 21 ninth and tenth-graders from the Bassick Business Magnet program in Bridgeport will be getting up early to catch a ride to Fairfield University to take part in a new program the week of June 25-29. Arriving in time for breakfast at 8 a.m., the students will stay through lunch and dinner until 7 p.m., getting a taste of college, and more specifically business school.
Dr. Winston Tellis, acting dean of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, has been bringing Fairfield students to Bassick to work with high school students and decided this was the next step, to have the Bassick students come to Fairfield. He said the high school students can expect to be challenged by Fairfield University business faculty, and motivated by people like Russell Goings, an African American who helped break down barriers on Wall Street; Kenton Clark, president of Computer Consulting Associates in Southport; and Rashad Ford, a recent Fairfield University graduate who is a Certified Public Accountant in Hartford, Conn. In addition, the students will be given help in developing their study skills.
It won't be all work, though. The students will have time to enjoy the University Recreation Complex and some after dinner entertainment.
There will be a closing ceremony on Friday June 29, between 10:30 and noon. The board members of the Academy of Finance at Bassick Business Magnet as well as representatives from the Bridgeport Board of Education are expected to be on hand.
For more information, please call Dr. Tellis at (203) 254-4070.
Posted on June 15, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 271
Courtney Darts of Monroe, N.Y., garnered several academic awards at Fairfield University, capping off her many achievements with the honor of being awarded the Bellarmine medal as this year's valedictorian.
In her commencement address, Courtney challenged her classmates to adopt the values of their Jesuit education and not succumb to the "culture of mainstream America, with its emphasis on personal gain." Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, she said, "To believe in something and not to live it, is dishonest."
Saying "It is possible to reconcile one's personal ambitions with social commitment," she told of two Fairfield graduates: Stephen Borla '96, who works for the disadvantaged "in one of the poorest, most dangerous areas of the city," and Joseph DiMenna '80, "whose business genius allowed him to amass a fortune that has made the construction of a desperately needed new library possible. Two very different men, yet each I think has found a way of living that embodies in some way the values they learned at Fairfield."
The Fairfield University Alumni Association presented Courtney with a Student Achievement Award for her leadership of the Debate Team where she chaired the Board and excelled in several competitions. From finishing first with a teammate out of a field of 70 teams that included Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, to placing at the World Debate Invitational, Courtney was applauded for bringing the team to new heights.
A double major in English and Art History, Courtney was awarded the English Department Award for Best Senior Major, the Mary Louise Larrabee Award for Outstanding Achievement in Art History and the Lieutenant William Koscher Award in Arts. In April, Courtney was among three Fairfield University students honored in Hartford, Conn., with an official citation from the State of Connecticut General Assembly for outstanding academic achievement.
The recipient of a University Fellow Merit Scholarship, Courtney was a member of the Honors Program and, because of her exceptional academic record, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. She is also a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society; and Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.
Courtney was a member of the Fairfield University Glee Club, wrote for the student newspaper, The Mirror, and studied at Fairfield's Campus in Florence, Italy last spring.
She plans to attend graduate school in comparative literature with the goal of becoming a professor at the college level.
Posted on June 15, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 219
Kimberly E. Siebel received the Mary Louise Larabee Outstanding Achievement Award in Studio Art at Fairfield University's Arts & Sciences Awards Ceremony. She was chosen for her overall excellence in the studio art program.
Following her freshman year, Kimberly studied during the summer at the Burren College of Art in Ireland and then in the fall of her junior year studied at Fairfield's campus in Florence, Italy. Last spring she completed a studio art internship by working in a gallery in New York City and doing research for American Artist Magazine. This spring she worked in a magazine internship while completing a distinguished capstone project in studio art.
Posted on June 15, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 253
The Fairfield County Foundation's Board of Directors has approved a $15,000 discretionary grant to Fairfield University to support the University's and the Action for Bridgeport Community Development's (ABCD) new partnership with Housatonic Community College to enhance Housatonic Community College's family literacy program. The grant will enable Project Director Judith Primavera, Ph.D., of Fairfield University and ABCD to embark on a collaborative training relationship with Housatonic Community College. Under the supervision of Dr. Primavera, Fairfield University and ABCD's Adrienne Kirby Family Literacy Project will create three family literacy training modules for dissemination to the larger Bridgeport community.
The modules include: a) working with Housatonic's Early Childhood Laboratory School to create a literacy-rich classroom environment training model; b) developing family literacy/parent workshops for Housatonic Community College; and c) creating enhanced service learning opportunities for Housatonic students in the family literacy field.
This project is made possible by a grant from the Fairfield County Foundation (FCF), the county's community foundation. FCF is a growing community foundation with assets of more than $42 million in over 160 different donor funds established by individuals, organizations, families and corporations to serve Fairfield County now and in the future.
Through the Foundation, donors support programs for: the arts, children and youth, women and girls, community and economic development, the environment and health and human services. The Foundation was established in 1992 as a result of the merger of five smaller community foundations: Danbury, Greenwich, Stamford, Five Town and the Fairfield County Cooperative Foundation - part of the New York Community Trust.
In the past year, according to Fairfield County Foundation Chair Ann S. Mandel, the FCF has awarded grants to nonprofit organizations totaling $4.1 million - including grants of $1.7 million made from the Newman's Own Fund of FCF. In addition, the Fairfield County Nonprofit Loan Fund has provided approximately $9 million to nonprofit organizations since 1992.
For more information about the Fairfield County Foundation, call (203) 834-9393 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on June 15, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 217
Kevin C. Hayes of Scranton, Pa., was awarded the St. Ignatius Loyola medal at commencement ceremonies at Fairfield University. The Loyola medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association, is given to a senior who is committed to "the service of faith, of which the promotion of justice is an absolute requirement."
Kevin was active in student government throughout his college career, culminating with his election as president. In that role he met regularly with students and members of the university administration and local town government, to promote understanding and cooperation.
He was also a leader for T.E.A.M., or Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism, an organization that works to achieve a diverse living and learning environment. In addition, he was a member of the Fairfield University Crisis Management Team, a lector for Campus Ministry, a member of the College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Search Committee and a coordinator for Freshman Orientation.
Beyond his extraordinary involvement on campus, Kevin participated in Global Outreach to Duran, Ecuador, in which faculty, administrators and students live and work among the poor.
A politics major at Fairfield, Kevin is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society, and Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.
Posted on June 15, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 221