Fairfield University to present mission volunteer program Felipe J. Polanco of Garnerville, N.Y., honored at Fairfield University Whitney J. Talcott wins academic honors at Fairfield University Sheniqua V. Rowe of Brooklyn, N.Y., honored by Fairfield University Leading Italianist to lecture on Dante's Inferno at Fairfield University's DiMenna-Nyselius Library David A. Gorman of Beacon Hill in Boston, Mass., wins academic honors at Fairfield University Annabelle M. Moseley of Dix Hills, N.Y., receives academic awards at Fairfield University Amy Beth Filipowicz of Manchester, N.H, honored for academic excellence in biology Katie S. Jeffrey of Stonington, Conn., receives sociology award Stefania Lombardi of Torrington, Conn. awarded scholarship for study in Italy
Fairfield University will sponsor a mission volunteer program in May in which 30 students and six adults will aid the people of Ecuador, Mexico, Honduras and Kentucky for two weeks. This program is a service to the poverty-stricken people of those areas and is considered to be meaningful for the students as well. According to the Rev. Paul E. Carrier, S.J., University Chaplain, the volunteers gain a first hand experience of what it's like to be poor, and through this program, they will hopefully learn what's important and what it truly means to be a human being.
The Mission Volunteer Program is conducted by Fr. Carrier and the Campus Ministry.
The barrios of Duran, Ecuador receive aid from the missionaries of St. James the Apostle. The Fairfield volunteers will work with the the parish priests in the schools, dispensary, soup kitchen and mission stations in the countryside of Duran. Daily activities will include painting, sidewalk construction and recreation. Volunteers will learn from leaders of Christian base communities and then will help to maintain the living quarters by shopping at the market, cooking and cleaning. This year will mark the eighth trip to Duran.
While in Tijuana, Mexico, volunteers will be working with two established social service organizations, Los Ninos and Casa del Migrante. Los Ninos is a bi-national organization since Tijuana is on the border of the United States and Mexico. Projects include construction of schools and day care facilities in barrios. Casa del Migrante works solely with Tijuana and is designed to aide the workers deported from the United States as well as migrants from the south. Volunteers will work with the Casa in an effort to provide these people with a place to sleep, medical care, food and human compassion. This will be the fifth trip to Tijuana.
Of the 35,000 inhabitants of Juticalpa, Honduras, a large part of the population lives in rural, small villages concentrated in fertile valleys. Volunteers will live together and help the people of Juticalpa with shopping, cooking and cleaning. This will be the first trip to Juticalpa.
The Mission Volunteers will also be traveling to Inez, Kentucky, on the West Virginia border. The 11 group members will be serving in the Christian Appalachian Project's Home Repair Program in Martin County. The Volunteers will be doing basic construction on low-income or elderly families' homes, or families with special needs. The group of volunteers will be staying in the Activity Center. The trip will also include supper and prayer in which the group may join the Inez Volunteers as well as daily reflections where Fairfield Volunteers will discuss the day's activities. Under the Christian Appalachian Projects Organization, Fairfield Mission Volunteers have previously made one trip to Kentucky and one to Maine.
Mission Volunteers have also worked in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Oaxaca, Mexico; Punta Gorda, Belize; Quito, Ecuador; and Kingston, Jamaica.
Posted on May 1, 1997
Felipe J. Polanco of Garnerville, 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 with Habitat for Humanity.
Known on campus for his commitment to social issues, Felipe worked to institute a Habitat for Humanity Chapter at Fairfield and then got it operating smoothly as its president. In organizing student support for Habitat, he helped to educate the campus community and raised funds to build or renovate homes for the inadequately sheltered. He describes Habitat as an organization that builds communities and families.
In addition, Felipe served as vice president of multicultural relations for the Fairfield University Student Association. In that role he organized the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, bringing in exceptional speakers and activities. This year he spearheaded the awarding of the first Martin Luther King Jr. Vision Awards to local residents who "instill and inspire the teachings and ideals of Martin Luther King Jr. in today's youth."
He also served as executive coordinator and co-chairperson of the First Year Experience orientation program and was a mission volunteer to Duran, Ecuador. Earlier this year he was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education for his leadership in community service.
An economics major, Felipe was selected to receive the Rev. William Hohman, S.J. Award in Economics, given to the senior who best represents the ideals of the founder and first chairman of the Economics Department.
Posted on June 20, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 225
Whitney J. Talcott of Redding, Conn., is the recipient of the Passarelli-Guinta Award for Academic Excellence in Politics, awarded at Fairfield University's Arts & Sciences Award Ceremony. A politics major, Whitney just graduated from Fairfield magna cum laude and plans to pursue post-graduate study.
At Fairfield Whitney was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. Fairfield University is among the 260 colleges and universities that are qualified to award memberships.
Whitney is the daughter of Ann and Frank Talcott and a graduate of Joel Barlow High School.
Posted on June 20, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 249
Sheniqua V. Rowe of Brooklyn, N.Y., was honored with a Student Achievement Award from Fairfield University's Alumni Association at its annual Student Awards Dinner.
Sheniqua was selected for her leadership of UMOJA, a support organization for African-American and Caribbean students. Serving two terms as president, Sheniqua and her executive board developed the club into a unique organization that helps multicultural students gain support in their diversity and celebrate it. Their perseverance and dedication resulted in UMOJA being named the Club of the Year for breaking down barriers and increasing programming for cultural awareness on campus.
Sheinqua also founded the Unity Ball, the capstone event of Fairfield's three-day Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations. She served on the AHANA (African-American/Hispanic/Asian/ Native American) Student Council and was a program leader for T.E.A.M. (Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism), an organization that works to create a diverse living and learning environment. In addition she was a director of the Council of Student Organizations for the Fairfield University Student Association.
Sheniqua's exceptional academic success was recognized with the Christopher Blake Love Award for the past three years and she has been named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Posted on June 23, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 222
Political rivalry between the Pope and the Holy Roman Emperor stirred emotion in Renaissance Florence and stoked the imagination of a 12th century poet named Dante, who went on to write the Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso (the Divine Comedy). On Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m., leading Italianist Giuseppe Mazzotta will discuss the politics in Dante's Inferno in the multi-media room of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University.
The Italian-born Mazzotta immigrated to Toronto at age 15, received a doctorate from Cornell University and taught Romance Studies there before joining the faculty at Yale University in 1983. In 1996, he was named the Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of Italian Language and Literature. An internationally respected literary thinker, Mazzotta is the author of two books on Dante, as well as books on Boccaccio, Petrarch and the 18th century Neapolitan thinker Giambattista Vico.
The lecture, sponsored by the Humanities Institute and Italian Studies program, is free and open to the public.
Posted on January 25, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 136
David A. Gorman of Beacon Hill in Boston, Mass., was honored with two awards at Fairfield University's College of Arts & Sciences Awards Ceremony.
An English major who is entering his junior year at Fairfield, David won the Frank F. Bukvic memorial Scholarship in German and the English Department Essay Award. David is a member of Alpha Mu Gamma, the foreign language honor society. He plans to study in Freiburg, Germany this fall in Fairfield's Baden-Wurttemberg Exchange Program.
The Essay Award was for a piece entitled, "Where His Blood Lingered," described by the judges as "a compelling subject," with a narrative that is "vivid and graceful." David plans a career in publishing or the business world.
Posted on June 25, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 252
Annabelle M. Moseley of Dix Hills, N.Y., is the recipient of several academic honors from Fairfield University. She was singled out at the College of Arts & Sciences Awards Ceremony for three: The Gerard Manley Hopkins Award for Poetry; The Small Pond Award for the Best Poetry Portfolio; and The James G. Weber Memorial Scholarship.
An English major with minors in religious studies and peace and justice, Annabelle has become an accomplished poet, whose work is described by faculty members of the English Department as "beautiful," "polished," "professional," and "moving."
Annabelle graduated from Fairfield University summa cum laude in May. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, and Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society. She studied in the honors program at Fairfield and was President of the Canisius Academy.
Posted on June 25, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 253
Award for Academic Excellence at Fairfield University's College of Arts & Sciences Awards Ceremony.
Amy worked as a teaching assistant and did an internship with SoundWaters, an environmental organization. She completed two research papers that have been accepted for publication in marine journals.
Amy graduated cum laude in May and will be attending the graduate program in marine biology at the University of Charleston in the fall.
Posted on June 28, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 254
Katie S. Jeffrey of Stonington, Conn., received the Harry Fishman Award in Sociology, given to the sociology major with the highest academic achievement. While at Fairfield, she did an internship with the Department of Campus Planning and Operations and designed a butterfly garden for the campus.
Katie was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, and graduated magna cum laude in May.
Posted on June 28, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 254
Stefania Lombardi of Torrington, Conn., has been awarded the Margot Spit Memorial Scholarship in Italian at Fairfield University's College of Arts & Sciences Awards Ceremony. The scholarship is given every year to a student who is studying at the Fairfield program in Florence, Italy. It honors Margot Spit who taught at the Lorenzo de'Medici Art Institute of Florence for many years.
Stefania, who combines a minor in Italian Studies with majors in politics and economics, is entering her senior year. She spent the fall semester of 2000 on the Fairfield campus in Florence.
Posted on June 28, 2001
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