BEI School of Engineering launches Mechatronics concentration School of Nursing administrator at Fairfield University selected for prestigious leadership training program Saxophonist Fred Lipsius of Blood, Sweat & Tears fame to perform with Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble Dartmouth professor to lecture on French theater at Fairfield University's Quick Center WVOF to open new studios: Wednesday, March 20, at 1 p.m. Friends of the Library at Fairfield University present James Rees, alumnus and suspense novelist Fairfield University Glee Club presents its annual spring concert Flutist Paula Robison and pianist Jeremy Denk perform at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts The Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University announces summer programs for teachers, young writers Dante lecture at Fairfield University Paris Combo, French retro-cabaret quintet with a worldly sound, performs at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts
Fairfield University's BEI School of Engineering is launching a new concentration in "Mechatronics" to meet the growing interest in creating "intelligent" products through the use of miniaturized integrated circuits.
Mechatronics enables engineers to design products that integrate mechanical and electronic concepts with computer processors and could be used for more efficient assembly lines, controls on helicopters, advanced manufacturing systems or in consumer products with pre-set and sophisticated timing controls.
Dr. Richard Weber, associate dean of the engineering school, commented that the program, which awards a certificate upon completion, is aimed at engineers involved in designing products that require data analysis, control systems or energy conservation. In addition to its use in the helicopter and aircraft industry, he said Mechatronics concepts are vital in test and measurement equipment, machine tools, marine products, business machines and computer equipment.
Dr. Weber, formerly project manager at Machlett Industry in Stamford for design of medical x-ray systems, was involved in the design of the x-ray system for computer-aided tomography (CAT scan). Among the faculty teaching courses dealing with Mechatronics is Vincent McCarroll, a research and development engineer for motion control hardware and software at Robothand, Inc., in Monroe, which designs unique automation products. In addition, Dr. Weber explained that industry experts have assisted Fairfield in establishing the Mechatronics program as well as helping with other course offerings.
Noting that the BEI School of Engineering has an enrollment of approximately 350 students who attend classes part-time pursuing a bachelor of science degree, he said one-third are studying electrical engineering, one-third computer and information systems which includes the client-server concentrations, and one-third mechanical engineering which includes manufacturing engineering.
He commented that the steadily increasing enrollment "was not surprising" because the school is "user-friendly." Dr. Weber explained, "We're on call" from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and BEI focuses on the needs of students working in industry. For example, there are classes scheduled from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Counselors, department chairs and directors are available Monday through Thursday evenings. The snack bar is open at the Barone Campus Center to accommodate those coming directly from work.
Dr. Weber added that BEI draws students from virtually every industry in Fairfield County and, in particular, cited the high-tech companies along Route 7 in Norwalk, Wilton, Danbury, Ridgefield and New Milford. "We even draw students from as far away as Mt. Kisco. It's a 60-minute ride," Dr. Weber, commented "but students find it worthwhile in order to work for a degree without the loss of time on the job, at a pace that meets their own personal academic needs in a setting with advanced laboratories comparable to those found in industry."
Recent additions to the laboratories include a refrigeration training unit with a computer interface for data acquisition, and a mechanical properties testing system obtained as a result of a National Science Foundation grant. Personal computers and a computer-controlled measurement system utilizing Hewlett Packard software are provided for data acquisitions and analysis.
Citing other advances in the curriculum, Dr. Weber also pointed to courses that provide the latest in software for client-server technology. Included in this area are classes in Object-Oriented Relational Database Design; Database Concepts; Visual Programming; and Network System Concepts. The Advanced Distributed Systems include courses in Computer Capacity Planning, Network Operations Systems, User Interface Design, and Internet Programming.
Posted on August 1, 1997
Theresa Quell, assistant dean of Fairfield University's School of Nursing, has been named a fellow in the 2002 Leadership for Academic Nursing Program. Quell is among the 60 applicants from universities across the country chosen to participate in the program, which is sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). She and Courtney Lyder, an associate professor at Yale School of Nursing, were the only two candidates selected from Connecticut.
Quell recently attended an AACN leadership conference March 21 through 23 in Washington, D.C., as part of the yearlong fellowship. The fellowship's function is to enhance the leadership skills of those new to or aspiring to become leaders of baccalaureate or graduate nursing programs. The program is supported by the Helene Fuld Health Trust, the nation's largest private funder devoted exclusively to nursing students and nursing education.
Quell, a 1979 graduate of the university's School of Nursing, lives in Norwalk. She has worked at the School of Nursing for 17 years.
Posted on March 15, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 196
Fred Lipsius, the award-winning saxophonist best known as a member of the 1960s' rock 'n roll/jazz band Blood, Sweat & Tears, performs with the Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble, Friday, April 26 at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Showtimes are 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Lipsius will accompany the Jazz Ensemble on several original student compositions, including "Warming Up a Dream," by senior Larry Valliere and "Night," by graduate student Eric Donnelly. The program also features original compositions by Lipsius and Jazz Ensemble director Brian Torff. "We're honored to be working with Fred Lipsius, whose brilliant arrangements helped Blood, Sweat & Tears become the premier jazz/rock band of its day," said Torff, a renowned bassist and composer who is also the university's Music Program Director. "Blood, Sweat, and Tears set an impeccable musical standard that is still inspiring today. For me, they will never be out of style."
Blood, Sweat & Tears blew audiences away in 1967 with a unique blend of rock 'n roll and jazz that was part throwback to the days of the Big Band and part tribute to the psychedelic music of the '60s. Between 1967 and 1971, Lipsius, a featured soloist on saxophone and piano, won nine gold records. He also earned a Grammy Award for his arrangement of "Spinning Wheel"; arranged the hit single "Hi-De-Ho"; and co-arranged another hit single, "You've Made Me So Very Happy."
Lipsius toured Europe and Japan with Simon and Garfunkel in 1982 as part of a nine-piece backup band. Two years later, he became an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he continues to teach. Lipsius has written five books on jazz improvisation. He produced, arranged and is featured as alto saxophone on two compact discs, "Dreaming of Your Love" and "Better Believe It." His compositions for commercial television include the CBS logos "Something's In the Air" and "It's a Whole New Thing."
Tickets for the performance are $8 for general admission and $5 for students. For information or tickets, call the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-ARTS-396 or visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on March 15, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 198
Dartmouth College professor John Rassias, Ph.D., will lecture on the literary movements that influenced French theater, Thursday, April 11 at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. "Meat and Mysticism from Naturalism to Symbolism: French Theatre in Shock," is scheduled for 7 p.m. The lecture is part of the Quick Center's "A French Showcase: Evolving Arts," an eight-week celebration of the contributions the French have made to the worlds of arts and letters.
Rassias will present the stage as a battleground between two vigorous literary movements in France from 1850 to 1900. Naturalism, which originated with the French writer Émile Zola, featured characters whose attempts at free will and choice were governed by forces beyond their control. Symbolism, which emerged among French poets and spread to painting and theater, made use of highly metaphorical language or symbols to express human experience. In dynamic fashion, Rassias will trace the philosophy that shaped these movements and describe how young authors threw themselves into the struggle for artistic dominance. The lecture, he said, will address "the battle between two ideologies for dominance of mind and art."
Rassias is the William R. Kenan Professor of French and Italian at Dartmouth, where he teaches French language and culture, 18th century literature and French theater. During the 1960s, he developed an immersion language and culture program to train Peace Corps volunteers. He later adapted the method for college instruction, and today, the Rassias Method is used in classrooms across the country to teach 180 different languages. Rassias is president of The Rassias Foundation, a non-profit affiliate of Dartmouth College that assists academic institutions, corporations, government agencies and individuals in their efforts to learn foreign languages through the Rassias Method. The foundation's mission is to further the study of, and interest in, second language learning.
The French Showcase events are sponsored in part by the university's Humanities Center and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Tickets to the lecture are $10. To reserve a seat, 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 March 15, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 184
Fairfield University's world-wide, state-of-the-art radio station opens for business on Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at 1 p.m. in a brand new three-studio complex in the John A. Barone Campus Center.
"But wait!" You say, "Little wvof a world-wide station?" Yes! Through the wonder of the internet, WVOF is reaching listeners throughout the world. That was evident two years ago when WVOF's Mike Gross was named Disc Jockey of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists. With a mix of historical and contemporary country and western material, Mike has many fans, not only throughout the United States, but in Europe where his show is heard at mid-day.
Matt Dinnan, associate dean of students and advisor to WVOF, says people who work at the station hear regularly from listeners in South America, Europe, the West Coast and Canada. "The reggae shows, for instance, reach people in the islands, and the people in Ireland listen in to our Irish show. The technology transcends the FM limitations we had."
A web cam will be permanently posted in the main studio so there will be both audio and visual transmission worldwide. Meanwhile, people on the air will be able to receive email on line for music requests and to open up dialogue for talk shows.
Adding to the excitement of the opening, is the announcement Fairfield University will now offer its students a minor in radio, through a partnership between WVOF and the Media Center. Cassey Timoney, formerly of the Ham Channel, the student TV station, will be working with students interested in learning more about radio. Cassey, whose friends already listen to WVOF in Boston, says he expects the web will be a big hit.
Showing a visitor around the main studio, Matt Dinnan points out that the equipment allows for the downloading of 32,000 songs, mostly from CDs. Still, he says, a turntable will also be in service for that "certain sound" that some people like.
Visitors walking by the glass-enclosed studio, will hear the show being broadcast through an speaker mounted in the lobby. The studio has the capability to broadcast throughout the building.
For more information, please call Nancy Habetz, director of media relations, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647.
2 In Da Mix (R&B, Hip-Hop, Soul, Club & Dance Music)
Acoustic Jazz Show
Afternoon Jam (reggae)
Arney and the Rabbi
Endangered Species (jazz, interviews, poetry)
Golden Irish Melodies
John Lamb Show (opinions on news, sports, politics, jazz, blues, local artists)
Music for Your Soul (R&B)
Rock Block (popular rock, punk and alternative)
Scandinavian House Party
Sharin' the Groove (Bands from Jam Band scene)
Upper room with Joe Kelley (funk, R&B, jazz, Latin, gospel)
Posted on March 15, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 187
James Rees, Fairfield University Class of '89, does more than expose the dark underbelly of urban life in his gritty page-turner, "Silent Assassins." He exposes each one of us: The real "silent assassins" unwilling to get involved and give back to our communities. Rees will read from this debut novel on Thursday, April 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library. The reading is hosted by Friends of the Library at Fairfield University.
Rees will answer questions, discuss why he believes in community service and explain how he got published. His novel revolves around an elusive drug lord called The Titan, a string of shantytown murders and an FBI agent haunted by his past. But Rees, who started a tutoring program for at-risk youth in Mamaroneck, N.Y., also imbeds an anti-drug, pro-education message in the story.
The reading is free and open to the public, but reservations are needed. To attend or for more information, contact Keith Stetson at (203) 254-4044, ext. 2184.
Posted on March 18, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 183
The British are coming! The British are coming! The Fairfield University Glee Club, under the baton of Carole Ann Maxwell, presents "The British Explosion," its annual spring concert, Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
The program begins with selections of psalms by British composers and concludes with a tribute to those four British mop tops, the Beatles. Accompanying the 130-member Glee Club will be Galen Tate, organist and director of music at St. Thomas More Church in Darien, and the Festival Orchestra, with guest artists Beth Palmer and Gunnar Sahlin.
The concert, which features extraordinary psalms sung throughout the church's liturgical cycle, is the first in a series of six being recorded as documentation for Maxwell's doctorate degree in sacred music. In Biblical times, psalms were a way for the Israelites to respond to triumphs and tribulations in their lives. The spring concert features five settings representing three different periods of musical styles. Among them are William Boyce's "I Was Glad" (Psalm 122) and John Rutter's "O Clap Your Hands" (Psalm 47).
During the second half of the program, the Glee Club will perform "Do You Hear the People Sing?," the recognizable anthem from Broadway's "Les Misérables." Next, Sweet Harmony, a choral group under the direction of Allison Morrow and Elizabeth Illengwarth, and the Men's Ensemble, under the direction of Michael Rubin and Michael Ciavaglia, will perform the music of British composers. The program concludes with "Awkward Silence," a Beatles tribute featuring Tom DiGiacomo and Chris Calamera on guitar, Matt Krupa on drums and Larry Vallerie on bass.
Founded more than 50 years ago, the Fairfield University Glee Club is the parent organization of the Sine Nomine Singers, Sweet Harmony, the Men's Ensemble and the Chamber Singers. Collectively, these choral ensembles have presented concerts in prestigious venues throughout the United States and Europe, including New York's Carnegie Hall, Washington, D.C.'s National Cathedral and London's Westminster Cathedral.
Maxwell, the director of choral and liturgical music at Fairfield University since 1980, is one of America's preeminent conductors of collegiate, community and professional choral ensembles. She serves as artistic director and conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut and is chorus master for Yale Orchestra and the Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra.
Tickets to the concert are $6 and $8 and may be reserved by calling the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll-free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on March 20, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 180
In an artistic collaboration that marries the beautiful intonations of the flute with the many colorations of the piano, musicians Paula Robison and Jeremy Denk perform together at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Saturday, April 6 at 8 p.m. a pre-concert "Art to Heart" discussion with Dr. Laura Nash, director of the university's classical music department, will take place from 7 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.
The French-inspired program opens with Francis Poulenc's "Sonata for Flute and Piano." The composition reflects Poulenc's two melodic styles: A straightforward and tuneful style based on the ditties of street performers, and a more deeply-felt style, as exhibited in his opera and religious works. Next on the program are three works by composer Claude Debussy: "Syrinx for Solo Flute"; "Two Preludes for Solo Piano"; and "Four Melodies for Flute and Piano." Debussy's work is followed by Benjamin Godard's "Suite de Trois Morceaux for Flute and Piano." Finally, the program concludes with Robison's adaptation of Gabriel Fauré's "Sonata for Flute and Piano in A Major."
Praised for her technical mastery, beautifully varied tone and diverse repertoire, Robison has been called "The First Lady of the Flute." She performs classical recitals in venues around the world, often partnering with Denk, guitarist Eliot Fisk or pianist Timothy Hester. Her annual performances at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art feature thematic programs of music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Debussy and other composers. Denk has recorded nine CDs; two of them-"Brasileirinho" and "Rio Days, Rio Nights"-reflect her interest in Brazilian music.
Currently co-director of Boston's Gardner Chamber Orchestra, Robison helped found the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and served as co-director of chamber music for the Italian and American Spoleto festivals. As a student at The Julliard School, the Tennessee-born flutist was invited by Leonard Bernstein to be a guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic. She was 19.
Denk, a pianist always in search of greater heights, has won numerous awards. He was a 1997 winner of the Young Artists International Auditions and a 1998 recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant. His performances include the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Julliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall and the Brahms Piano Concerto in D Minor with London's Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall.
The performance is part of the Quick Center's "French Showcase: Evolving Arts," an eight-week festival celebrating the contributions of the French to the worlds of arts and letters. Tickets are $30, $27 and $24. 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 March 20, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 177
Applications are being accepted for the Young Writers' Institute, a two-week summer program at Fairfield University where budding scribes can sharpen their craft, meet editors at top publications like Rolling Stone magazine and comb for writing ideas on field trips to Fairfield Beach and elsewhere. The institute, now in its sixth year, is sponsored by the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University. It runs July 8 through July 19.
The Connecticut Writing Project also offers opportunities for teachers. Teachers may apply for one of eight summer writing seminars on topics such as early literacy and teaching literature. The first of these begins July 1.
The Young Writers' Institute is team-taught by credentialed teachers who have been trained as Connecticut Writing Project consultants and is open to 50 students in grades six through 10. Students will gain confidence in their skills, share their work with their writing peers and learn tricks of the trade from published guests. Applicants need not be the best writers in their class, but must have an enthusiasm for writing and a willingness to learn more.
"This is an opportunity for students not only to hone their skills, but also to find a community of peers who are like-minded about writing," says program director Faye Gage. "Writing can really help those in this age group to define who they are and what their places are in their families, their schools and their communities."
The institute will be held daily from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with lunch provided. Transportation from designated, centrally located pick-up and drop-off sites will also be available. Tuition is $600, but students with demonstrated financial need may quality for scholarships.
Interested students should submit an application and writing sample by mid-May. Classroom teachers will be contacted for a recommendation, and a committee of Connecticut Writing Project teachers/consultants will make the final selections.
The Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University is an affiliate of the National Writing Project. Funding for the non-profit program is provided by an anonymous donor, and, in past years, by the Fairfield Community Foundation.
For an application or additional information about the Young Writers' Institute or the programs for teachers, contact Christine Lawton at (203) 254-4000, ext. 3124.
Posted on March 21, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 182
Professor John Freccero, chair of Italian Studies at New York University and a noted author of critical works on Dante, will be speaking at Fairfield University on Thursday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m. His lecture on "Heavenly Clockwork in Dante's Paradiso X" will be held in the Multimedia Room of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library.
Professor Freccero will be discussing selections from the last canticle of the Divine Comedy as an intersection of medieval theology and astronomy. The lecture, sponsored by the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Italian Studies Program, is free and open to the public.
Posted on March 23, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 197
Paris Combo, the retro-cabaret quintet with an eclectic musical sound, jazzes up the stage at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. Prior to the show, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., several area restaurants, including the exquisite La Colline Verte of Fairfield, will provide French food for tasting. Hartley & Parker Ltd. Wine Distributors of Stratford will offer a sampling of wines that complement French fare.
Fronted by chanteuse, songwriter and accordionist Belle du Berry, Paris Combo produces a melting pot of music that celebrates the rich diversity of past and present Paris. The band offers a jazzy twist on the chanson tradition; its music has been described as a meeting of Latin, Mediterranean, gypsy, swing, North African and flamenco rhythms. The group is sometimes compared to the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and Billboard magazine has called Paris Combo "the hottest cabaret act to come out of the City of Lights in a long time."
Paris Combo formed in 1995 and released an acclaimed self-titled album in 1997. A third album, "Attraction," is due out April 16, and the band embarks April 23 on a 12-city North American tour, with Fairfield University as its second stop.
Paris Combo's diverse sound is reflected in its musicians, who hail from the world over. Francois-Francois (drums/percussion/xylophone) comes from France, as does du Belle, who likes to explore diverse musical worlds from post-punk to dada to dance songs from the '20s, '30s and '40s. David Lewis (piano/trumpet) is Australian, and self-taught guitarist Potzi has a Mediterranean background. Finally, Mano Razanajato (contra bass/guitar/percussion), adds dashes of influence from Madagascar, Brazil, Cuba and Jamaica. Paris Combo favors the sound of traditional instruments, eschewing synthesizers and other sound-altering devices. The result is a classic acoustic sound with a modern edge.
The Paris Combo concert is part of the Quick Center's "A French Showcase: Evolving Arts," an eight-week celebration of the contributions the French have made to the worlds of arts and letters, sponsored in part by Fairfield University's Humanities Institute and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Tickets are $20, with discounts available for seniors, students and groups.
Posted on March 23, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 193