Support for Fairfield increased 30 percent to $6.29 million in 1997 Trinity Irish Dance Company performs at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts Irish vocalist Karan Casey and traditional/folk band Dervish perform at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts presents "Sensual French Tales" radio drama Fairfield University School of Nursing Open House for adult learners Fairfield University Irish scholarship recipient reaches out to children of Haiti University students to commemorate 9/11 victims From France to Fairfield: Lyon Opera Ballet graces the stage at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University presents two lectures by Jewish scholar Chava Weissler Fairfield University's International Studies program and UNIFEM/CT present lecture by Ruth Engo, U.N. senior economic affairs officer Andrea Jung, Avon CEO, to speak at Fairfield Awards Dinner that honors Jesuit and two alumni
Thousands of benefactors - like the moms and dads who provide financial assistance to their children and grandchildren out of love and in hope for a bright future - went "beyond themselves," providing gifts to help Fairfield underwrite the costs of operating and enhancing its programs, facilities and services.
In the last fiscal year ending June 30, fund-raising for the University excluding pledges totaled $6,292,421, a 30 percent increase over 1996, it was announced by George Diffley, vice president for Advancement. In addition, the total number of donors increased 14.5 percent to 7,805, while the number of alumni donors increased 12 percent to 5,624.
Unrestricted gifts from alumni, parents and friends totaled $2,153,659 which included $1.9 million from the Annual Fund and a $240,000 bequest from a deceased alumnus. The proceeds went to help support areas such as the library, technology and financial aid.
Of the $6.29 million total, alumni gave $2.7 million or 43 percent. Over 12,000 gifts were made from the 7,805 donors.
"Beyond generating much needed revenue, the upswing in participation reflects a sense of pride in the University. Alumni, in particular, are demonstrating the value they place on their Fairfield degrees by supporting the University's Annual Fund," said Clare Schimpf, director of the Annual Fund. "AACSB accreditation of the School of Business, three of our students receiving Fulbright Scholarships, the thrill of watching five Fairfield teams capture MAAC championships - these and other countless factors in just the past year have dramatically increased the pride of alumni, and is reflected in the increased number of donors."
If you're like many families, your paycheck is spent before you receive the stub -- but not on frivolous things, mind you. For a family of five, one's hard-earned pay is spent on food and more food, clothes for the kids who outgrow their duds six months after they're purchased, doctors' bills (they get sick often), and, of course, the monthly mortgage or rent. Investing in the future becomes a luxury.
If there are a few dollars left over, they may go to a fund for the kids' education or a down payment or a much-needed vacation; unless, of course, they're not consumed by the unforeseen expense like the necessary car repair or new washer.
The University is not unlike the young family trying to make ends meet and raise enough money to spend it on the education of its kids. It has to pay the bills for electricity, food and the maintenance of its buildings. It also has to pay its faculty and staff, purchase lab and computer equipment, and underwrite student activities so that its students can maximize their opportunities to obtain a Jesuit education. Tuition and fees, which are the main sources of budgetary revenue, fall short in funding these priorities so the University relies on the Annual Fund to make up the difference and ensure its commitments are fulfilled.
"Gift income complements the budgeting process and puts the University in a position to enhance its programs and maintain fiscal stability," said Fredric Wheeler, associate vice president for development. "It permits some things to occur that otherwise would not. It's not always crystal clear; sometimes we take it for granted. Gift support helps Fairfield enhance the educational experience for students by underwriting such critically important areas as scholarships, the acquisition of state of the art technology and library development."
Other highlights of the 1997 fiscal year include:
- The receipt of $600,000 in bequests which is significant because it is realizing some of the benefits of a maturing deferred gifts program, Wheeler said, citing the role of Planned Giving Director Jim Reilly.
- Significant gifts during 1996-97 included $181,000 from the Bennett Family Foundation for the Judaic Studies chair, $122,000 from the PepsiCo Foundation for Russian Studies, and $184,000 from SCG for clinical and scholarship opportunities at the School of Nursing.
- The President's Circle membership rose to 770 from 680, reflecting growth in alumni participation, a good economy, and a refined effort on the part of the Annual Fund staff.
In addition, income this year from the Fairfield Awards Dinner, which provides scholarships for AHANA students, was $250,000, up from $190,000 in 1996. Diffley attributed the increase to the Awards Dinner having established itself as a strong, traditional event which has developed a dependable corps of individual and corporate donors, and the "terrific" leadership of (Chairman) Tom Quick, class of 1977.
Wheeler said the track record for fund-raising has been steady and dependable. Gift income receipts over the past five years totaled $26 million of which $9.4 million was unrestricted. This total does not include pledges. "If you look at endowment growth, alumni support and average size of gifts, we compare favorably to institutions of similar size."
Wheeler attributed Development's progress to the "renewed collaborative effort" between Advancement and academic leadership that is creating new traditions. "The University is realizing the rewards," he said.
Posted on August 1, 1997
Trinity Irish Dance Company, innovators of the lightning-fast footwork and dramatic choreography that paved the way for the "Riverdance" craze, gives an adrenaline-packed performance Friday, March 8 at 8 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. A post-show St. Patrick's celebration and "Meet the Artists" party will follow.
Founded in 1990 by international Irish dance champion Mark Howard, Trinity Irish Dance Company is comprised of 22 dancers, ages 18 to 24, many of whom were groomed at the award-winning Trinity Academy of Irish Dance in Chicago, Ill. and Milwaukee, Wis. Dressed in colorful costumes, the troupe takes to the stage with fuel-injected footwork, intricate rhythms and high-kicking jigs. Trinity's form of progressive Irish dance has been called "impossibly complex" by The New York Times and "simply intoxicating" by the San Francisco Examiner.
Director Howard blends traditional Irish dance-a centuries-old art form synonymous with Irish independence and cultural identity-with influences from Japan's Kodo drummers, Mexico's Ballet Folklorico and Chicago's modern dance scene. He collaborated with African-American tap dancers to produce "Turf" in 1994, and, in 1992, melded East Indian, African and Irish traditions in "Umoja."
Trinity has appeared at New York's Joyce Theater, Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center, Princeton, N.J.'s McCarter Theatre and the National Arts Center of Canada, among other venues. In addition, they have been invited to perform for Monaco's Royal Family; Mary Robinson, president of Ireland; and Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, the Indian meditation master. The troupe has appeared in "Backdraft," a 1991 Ron Howard-directed adventure, and several other feature films, as well as on television programs hosted by Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and Oprah Winfrey. Trinity's appearance on the PBS special "World Stage" earned them an Emmy.
The performance is part of the Quick Center's Emerald Isles Series. Tickets are $40 and $35, with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. For tickets or information, call the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-ARTS-396, or visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on February 23, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 155
Karan Casey, the soloist whose wide-ranging voice has been called "willowy" with a "fiery core," and Dervish, the traditional Irish band known for its strong vocals and soaring, plunging instrumentals, perform in a powerful night of Irish music, Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The performance is part of the Quick Center's Emerald Isle Series.
In a nod to her exceptional two-and-a-half-octave voice range, The Wall Street Journal has dubbed Casey "one of the true glories of Irish music today." The vocalist spent four and a half years with the traditional Irish quintet Solas, recording three award-winning albums and a concert video with the band, before going solo in 1999. She has recorded two albums as a soloist: "Songlines" and "The Wind Begins to Sing."
Born in County Waterford, Casey has studied piano, voice and jazz. In a voice described as gentle yet strong and full of emotional resolve, she sings Gaelic dirges as comfortably as she does jazz numbers such as Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit." The Boston Globe marvels that Casey can "whisper an ancient Gaelic lament as though the cause of her grief had happened yesterday."
Since releasing the first of its six albums in 1993, Dervish has gained recognition as the most soulful traditional Irish band today. Hailing from County Sligo, Dervish takes the stage "like a force of nature," according to the folk music magazine, Dirty Linen, creating music that "soars, turns and plunges." Musicians Brian McDonagh, Liam Kelly, Tom Morrow, Shane Mitchell, Cathy Jordan (vocalist), Seacute;amus O'Dowd and Michael Holmes play guitar, fiddle and the harmonica, as well as instruments traditional to Irish music, such as the bodhr‡n (a drum) and the lute-like mandola and bouzouki.
In 1995, Dervish's second album, "Playing with Fire," reached number one on the Irish folk music charts. Their third album, "At the End of the Day," won the Hot Press Traditional/Folk Album of the Year award one year later. And in 1997, Dervish was named Best Overall Traditional/Folk Band by the readers of Irish Music magazine. The band's latest album, "Decade," was released in 2001.
Tickets for the performance are $30, with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. For tickets or information, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396, or visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on February 24, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 168
"Sensual French Tales of Temptation and Suspense," two vignettes of love, war and madness by the 19th century short story master, Guy de Maupassant, will be presented in a live radio drama at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. The two tales-among 300 written by the prolific French writer-were translated and adapted especially for this production by Bob Adrian of New York City, who also plays several roles in the production. They are: "Une Aventure Parisienne" (translated, "A Parisian Adventure") and "Boule de Suif" (translated, "Butter Ball" or "Ball of Fat").
"Une Aventure Parisienne" is the story of a provincial French housewife who dares to live out her fantasies. "Boule de Suif," set during the Franco-Prussian War, tells the story of a well-known prostitute, nicknamed "Boule de Suif," whose selfless actions save a group of captive bourgeoisie. Some consider it de Maupassant's masterpiece-no small distinction, given that during the 1880s, he authored 300 short stories, six novels, three travel books and one volume of verse. De Maupassant counted Henry James, Gustave Flaubert and Émile Zola among his literary circle.
"Sensual French Tales" is directed by Brett Somers of Westport, with music provided by Daniel Smith of New Haven and sound effects by Ted Powell of Stratford. Featured in the cast are: Wendy Long and Cindy B. Haynes of Fairfield; Nancy Elyze Brier of Westport; Josiah P. Rowe of Chesire; Damien Langan of Bridgeport; Nadine Willig of Wilton and Chilton Ryan of Weston.
"Sensual Tales," the second in a series of three live radio dramas, is also part of the Quick Center's "French Showcase: Evolving Arts," a celebration of French contributions to the arts and letters running through late April. Tickets are $10 and a post-show "Art to Heart" discussion with the company will follow the production. For tickets or more information, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on February 25, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 149
School of Nursing will be offering an open house for adult learners on Thursday, March 14 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The School of Nursing is located at 1073 North Benson Road, in Fairfield Conn.
The open house is offering a variety of programs to adult learners who are interested in rising to the challenge of providing nursing care in new ways and in unique settings, regardless of education or career experience.
Registered Nurses without a baccalaureate degree may apply to the school's RN to baccalaureate degree in nursing program or its fast track RN to master's degree in nursing program (MSN).
For adults with no nursing background, the School of Nursing offers an accelerated baccalaureate degree in nursing program, as well as graduate entry into the MSN program. Non-nurses also have the option of pursuing a traditional Bbachelor of science degree in nursing, whether it is full or part-time.
The open house will also discuss full and part-time master's degree programs. The Practitioner Track offers Adult Nurse, Family Nurse, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner programs. In addition, the Practitioner Track has the option of post master's certificates.
The new Healthcare Systems Track which includes programs in Healthcare Management and Healthcare Law will also be discussed at the open house. This unique course of study includes courses offered by the School of Nursing and the School of Business.
Posted on February 27, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 150
When 22-year old Denise Kelly of Limerick, Ireland was chosen as the recipient of this year's Father John M. Conlisk scholarship award, she didn't expect her studies at Fairfield University to take her to Haiti. A graduate student studying for her master's degree in International Business, she soon heard of Campus Ministry's Global Outreach program to Cap Haitian, Haiti, and wanted to learn more.
Through the global outreach program, Fairfield students travel to a Third World country, either Ecuador or Haiti, and immerse themselves in the lives of the poor for one week. The program is in keeping with the Jesuit ideal of a commitment to serving the poor. Denise Kelly, who has done volunteer work in Ireland, immediately jumped at the chance to volunteer during the semester break in January. Haiti was a natural choice for her, since she studied in France for five months and knew that she would be able to communicate with the French-speaking people of Haiti.
Her destination was Project Pierre Toussaint in Cap Haitian, a haven for homeless boys. The project provides a school for the boys and meals. In recent years cottages have been added that house eight boys each, along with a houseparent.
"Before I went to Haiti, people asked me what difference would it make to go there? What I learned from my trip is that everything makes a difference and that everyone can make a difference. This trip just put everything in perspective for me," Denise stated.
The group of students that traveled to Haiti quickly formed a close bond. Together, they witnessed little kids who wore the same tattered clothing every day. But what amazed the students most was how happy the children were. They had nothing, but they gave so much. "I got back ten times what I gave", Denise said about her time with the children.
Spending time with children who have so little was an illuminating experience for the Fairfield group. They found that the Haitian children wore bright smiles on their faces, and love radiated from within their hearts for those who share their time and energy in helping them to help themselves. It was obvious that these people deeply cared for and respected one another. Each day Denise and her friends were warmly welcomed with hugs and kisses from children who had just met and had so much love to share. It is a beautiful thing, Denise noted, to watch small children with empty hands reaching out and yet giving so much.
Father Paul Carrier, S.J., one of the leaders on the trip, said, "Denise was not only a wonderful presence for the Fairfield group but for the children as well, because she has such a loving and kind presence about her."
Denise has continued her volunteer activities by working with the MAACS program at Bassick High School and Harding High School in Bridgeport. Twice a week, she meets with students from the high schools for intervals of one hour each. She works with them on either their English language skills or any other schoolwork where they need help. Denise says, "It is great because I have built relationships with the students not only through tutoring them but by mentoring and being their friend as well. It is a very rewarding experience."
The Father John M. Conlisk Scholarship that supports the Irish Committee has provided 18 Irish-born students the opportunity to live and study at a local University for one year since its origin in 1981. It is dedicated to the purpose of perpetuating the Irish culture and strengthening educational and cultural relationships.
Although Denise admits that earning her master's degree in one year is very intense, she is enjoying her classes and thankful for the chance to get it all completed in one year. She credits her family back home in Ireland as being very supportive of all her decisions.
It is clear that reaching out to the community is an important lifestyle choice for Denise Kelly. She loves being a member of the Fairfield University community and is grateful to all the families and Irish Committee members who have been so welcoming and generous in making this year possible.
Posted on March 1, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 170
Students from Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University will hold a memorial on Thursday, April 11 at 5 p.m., behind John J. Sullivan Independence Hall in Fairfield, to honor the victims of the September 11 attack. They will be dedicating two English Oak "skyrocket" trees, along with a park bench, in memory of the victims.
Joseph Piagentini, president of the Fairfield University Student Association, and Thomas Pesce Jr., president of Sacred Heart University Student Government, are spearheading the effort to establish a permanent memorial. First Selectman Ken Flatto's office has been working with the students on the arrangements. Tree Warden Ken Placko assisted in the purchasing of the trees.
The ceremony will include remarks from university officials and from the First Selectman. There will also be music by members of the Sacred Heart Band and the Fairfield University Glee Club and a dedication by the Student Governments.
The public is welcome to attend.
Posted on March 1, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 197
Lyon Opera Ballet, the French ballet company known for its experimental and adventurous repertory, performs Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The performance will be followed by a post-show "Art to Heart" question-and-answer session with the company.
The program opens with the American premiere of Meryl Tankard's 1998 "Bolero," an imaginative tribute to the city of Lyon set to the Ravel classic by the same name. Tankard, an Australian dancer, was so struck by the layers of history represented in Lyon's architecture that light, shadow and projected images of various sites in the city play a large role in "Bolero." The dancers' moving bodies are seen in silhouette behind a scrim, their shadows changing in scale according to the musical moment.
Next on the program is another American premiere set to Ravel's music. "Gaspard," by Finnish choreographer Tero Saarinen, is set to Ravel's "Gaspard de la nuit," a quintet that explores the dual nature of music-how its tender surface may mask a darker passion beneath. Finally, the program concludes with Nacho Duato's "Remansos," a haunting work titled after the Frederica Garcia Lorca poem by the same name. "Remansos" means still water in Spanish.
The present Lyon Opera Ballet, with its commitment to contemporary choreographers, was created in 1984. Under the direction of Yorgos Loukos, it has commissioned ballets by a wide range of international choreographers, including Mats Ek, Maguy Marin, William Forsythe, Bill T. Jones and Susan Marshall. As with "Cendrillon," its magical adaptation of the Cinderella story, the company recreates classic tales, producing updated works that are stunning both visually and stylistically. The Los Angeles Times has called Lyon Opera Ballet a "chameleon company" for its ability to perform equally well across the spectrum of 20th century repertory.
The Quick Center is one of the company's earlier stops on its cross-country, 14-city American tour, which runs March 29 through May 11. The performance is also part of the Quick Center's "French Showcase: Evolving Arts," an eight-week festival celebrating the contributions the French have made in the areas of arts and letters. Tickets to the performance are $38, $33 and $28, with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. For tickets or information, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-ARTS-396 or visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on March 4, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 179
Chava Weissler, Ph.D., author, groundbreaking scholar, and professor of Jewish civilization at Lehigh University, will present two public lectures as part of her visit to Fairfield University as its 2002 Judaic Studies scholar-in-residence.
On Monday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m., Weissler will speak on "Jewish Renewal: Revitalizing Contemporary American Judaism." The talk will be held in the university's Charles F. Dolan School of Business and will reflect her recent research into the Jewish renewal movement and how it fits into America's spiritual marketplace.
On Tuesday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m., Weissler will present a second lecture in Multimedia Room 101 of the university's DiMenna-Nyselius Library. The title of this afternoon lecture is "Voices of the Matriarchs: Prayers of Early Modern Jewish Women." It will focus on her 1998 book by the same name, which won the Koret Award for Outstanding Work in Jewish History in 1999 and was a National Jewish Book Award finalist. Weissler's work in women's devotional literature was inspired by her pioneering studies of the religious lives of 17th- and 18th-century Jewish women. She began to study devotional Yiddish literature in the mid-1980s, examining nearly 1,000 cards for tkhines, which are prayers written in Yiddish for and sometimes by women.
Weissler was born in Washington, D.C., in 1947. Her interests in academics and Jewish life were nurtured early on. As a young girl, she attended Jewish summer camps and participated in Habonim, the Labor Zionist youth group. By age 12, she had taught herself Hebrew.
Weissler attended Brandeis University and studied abroad her junior year at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She graduated Brandeis in 1967 with top honors and a degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. As an aspiring scholar of Jewish studies, a rabbinical program was the next logical step for her, but the Jewish Theological Seminary of America did not accept women at that time. Therefore, Weissler took a job as a secretary in the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C., where she continued to make use of her Hebrew.
Weissler earned a master's degree in library service from Columbia University in 1970 and received a doctorate in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982. Increasingly, her attention turned to the religious lives of ordinary Jewish people, with a special interest in the ritual, food, narrative, devotional literature and aesthetics of everyday Jewish life. In 1988, she joined the faculty at Lehigh University as the Philip and Muriel Berman Professor of Jewish Civilization. She was promoted to full professor in 1999.
The Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies is under the direction of Ellen M. Umansky, Ph.D. The Weissler lectures are free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. Call Judaic Studies at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.
Posted on March 5, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 192
Ruth Engo, Ph.D., a native of Cameroon, West Africa, and a senior economics affairs officer at the United Nations, delivers a lecture titled "African Action on AIDs: A Strategy for Social Change," Monday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Fairfield University's DiMenna-Nyselius Library. Engo's visit is sponsored by a number of organizations, most notably the university's International Studies program and UNIFEM/CT, the Connecticut chapter of the United Nations Development Fund for Women. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Founded in 1976, UNIFEM supports projects throughout the developing world that promote the political, economic and social empowerment of women. Engo held positions with UNIFEM from 1985 to 1990, responding to issues of gender equality and economic recovery in Africa and other developing nations. Currently, she is Senior Economic Affairs Officer for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations. She co-founded Advocates for African Food Security in 1986, and in 1991 founded African Action on AIDS. The organization, of which she is president, has locations in 18 African countries.
Engo is also a founding member and past president of the United Nations African Mothers' Association. She is an expert in the area of women's issues, particularly as they relate to Africa, food security and AIDS. She has been a participant in a number of world conferences, including the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, and has served on the boards of many international organizations, including Oxfam, the Forum for African Voluntary Development Organizations and the World Sustainable Agriculture Association.
Engo received her doctorate in social sciences from Paris University in 1971 and was director of labor in the Republic of Cameroon from 1980 to 1984. She is a mother who enjoys writing poetry and collecting special African textiles and memorabilia of traditional African women.
Other organizations sponsoring the lecture are: Bahai/CT chapter, American Association of University Women/CT chapter, 50 50 by 20 20, and UNA/USA/CT, as well as several on-campus organizations. They are the School of Nursing and the Women's Studies and African Studies programs.
No reservations are required. For additional information, contact Deborah Sommers, Director of Programming for the Quick Center, at (203) 254-4242.
Posted on March 6, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 186
Andrea Jung, the CEO who successfully transformed Avon Products, Inc., by defining its vision as the company for women, will receive the Fairfield University Distinguished Leadership Award and give the keynote address at the Fairfield Awards Dinner on Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. Held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in New York City, the dinner benefits the Multicultural Scholarship Fund at Fairfield University.
Also honored at the dinner will be Rev. Thomas J. Regan, S.J., associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and associate professor of philosophy; and two alumni, the Honorable William J. Lavery, Chief Judge of the Appellate Court for the State of Connecticut, and Laura Incerto, former president of the Alumni Association.
Since taking over Avon in November 1999, Andrea Jung has given Avon products a more sophisticated look. New blockbuster products have been launched with amazing speed, including a new line called "Wellness," which brought items such as aromatic therapy oils and vitamins to market.
In a bold move she introduced Avon products to retail stores where sales are expected to reach $300 million in five years. She revitalized the Avon Lady concept, developing a leadership program that rewards representatives for recruiting other Avon Ladies.
Avon is now the world's leading direct seller of beauty and related products with $5.7 billion in annual revenues. In the little over two years that Ms. Jung has been CEO, annual sales have climbed from 1.5 percent to 6 percent and Avon's stock rose over 70 percent.
In 1997 Ms. Jung received the National Outstanding Mother Award and was identified as one of the "25 Women to Watch" by Advertising Age magazine. Fluent in Chinese (Mandarin), she is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in English literature. She serves on the Board of Directors of General Electric Company and is a member of the International Advisory Board of Salomon Smith Barney.
Rev. Thomas J. Regan, S.J., associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and associate professor of philosophy, will receive the Distinguished Faculty Award. An inspiring teacher who challenges his students to expand their horizons, Father Regan had just finished his doctorate and moved into a full-time teaching position in 1984 when students of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society, selected him Teacher of the Year.
The key to his effectiveness as a teacher is that he truly loves to be in a classroom with young people and his enthusiasm for his subject is contagious. A double major in history and philosophy at Boston College, he says, "I still love history, but what could be more fascinating than philosophy?"
Ultimately students come to college, "not to get a degree, but to get a life," he has said, and life is what students discuss in Fr. Regan's class. "The kinds of questions we're asking help students develop their critical thinking and self identity."
Currently he is finishing a two-year appointment as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. This fall he will return to teaching and become co-director of Fairfield's new Ignatian Residential College. Funded by the Lilly Endowment, he says the College will "give students thoughtful, reflective support on their journey to becoming whole persons."
In addition to his degree from Boston College, Fr. Regan earned a master's degree and doctorate in philosophy from Fordham University, a master's of divinity with distinction from Weston School of Theology, and a post graduate diploma from Heythrop College at the University of London in pastoral theology.
He has served as president and secretary of the Jesuit Philosophical Association of the United States and Canada and was national president for six years of Alpha Sigma Nu. He has also published extensively.
The Honorable William J. Lavery '59, Chief Judge of the Appellate Court for the State of Connecticut, is being honored with the Alumni Professional Achievement Award.
Throughout his 21-year tenure on the bench, Judge Lavery has earned the respect and admiration of Connecticut's legal community for his scholarship, fairness and independence. Attorneys who have worked with him or appeared in his court, describe him as being an independent thinker who is committed to Connecticut's residents, "particularly the disadvantaged and the disabled," while maintaining a "dominant concern with procedural fairness balanced by a deference to the fact-finders in a case."
Judge Lavery served from 1991 to 2000 on the Judicial Evaluation Advisory Panel and from 2000-2001 on the Chief Justice's Committee to Revise Grievance Rules.
A graduate of Fordham Law School, he served in the United States Army Reserve, where he was assigned to two tours of active duty during1960 through 1962.
While in private practice, Judge Lavery was elected to the Bridgeport Board of Alderman (1963-1967) and the Connecticut House of Representatives (1967-1971). Throughout the 1970s, he served as counsel for the Bridgeport Housing Authority, the Majority Party in the Connecticut House of Representatives, and the Town of Newtown. He was vice-chairman of the Connecticut Commission on Hospitals and Healthcare and a member of the State's Council on Environmental Quality.
He is a director of the Pope John Paul II Center for Health Care in Danbury and the Aids Project Greater Danbury, and a trustee of the Cyrenius H. Booth Library in Newtown. He has also served on the advisory committee of the Mercy Learning Center and on the board of the Newtown Scholarship Association and the Family Counseling Center.
Judge Lavery lives in Newtown with his wife, the former Joan Murcko. Between them they are the parents of eight children and have one granddaughter.
Laura Incerto, class of 1981 and a resident of Fairfield, Conn., will receive the Alumni Service Award. A past president of the Fairfield University Alumni Association, where she has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1984, Laura has been a member of the Fairfield University Trustees Advisory Council since 1998 and a long-time member of the university's President's Circle.
Elected president of the Alumni Association in 1998, Laura helped bring to completion the building project for the new Alumni House, which is located at the entrance to Fairfield University. In addition, she initiated a revision of the bylaws for the Alumni Association.
As a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Laura served on several committees, including the Alumnae Forum, Undergraduate and Graduate Relations, the Fairfield Awards Dinner, Sons and Daughters Scholarship and Golf. As vice president, she helped plan events for the celebrations of the University's 50th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of co-education.
Active in the community as well, Laura serves as Development Committee Co-chair for the All Saints Catholic Regional Grammar School in Norwalk and is a member of the Legal Advisory Board for Norwalk Community Technical College.
Dow Chemical recruited her for its management training program in Atlanta, Ga. She has since worked as a trade show marketing manager with Reed in Stamford, Conn., and an account executive with International Paper Company. Earlier this year she joined Bridgeport Metal Goods in Stratford, Conn., as a sales manager.
Tickets to the Dinner are available through the University's Office of Special Events: (203) 254-4000, ext. 2660.
Posted on March 11, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 19