Thirty-three freshmen named Fellows, Presidential Scholars Introducing World War II to eighth graders Summer Festival Chorus conducts auditions at Quick Center Joseph Peller's images of modern urban life on view at Fairfield University's Walsh Gallery Fairfield University student awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarship Fairfield University students name Katherine Kidd, Ph.D 2002 Teacher of the Year Fairfield University Commencement celebrates service to those in need Stratford resident earns college degree 34 years after stint in Vietnam Woman whose faith helped her overcome hardships to receive nursing degree at Fairfield University Aimee Wagner of Mahwah, N.J., awarded Loyola Medal at Fairfield University Fairfield University engineering students to demonstrate human-powered vehicle; area high school students to be honored
Nineteen first-year students have received prestigious University Fellows Scholarships and 14 Presidential Scholarships from the University.
University Fellows Scholarships are merit-based awards of $10,000 and each recipient is given a $1,000 research stipend and the use of a personal computer. Fellows Scholars must have a combined SAT score of at least 1250 or an ACT composite score of 28 and class ranking in the top 10 percent.
Presidential Scholarships are merit-based, valued at $8,500 and are awarded on the basis of academic excellence without regard to financial need. Presidential Scholars are selected on the basis of a combined SAT score of at least 1200 or an ACT composite score of 27 and class ranking in the top 10 percent. Presidential Scholars receive a $500 research stipend in the summer following their junior year.
The following students are Fellows Scholars:
Fernando Alves was among the top students in his class at Shelton High School. He was a National Merit Scholar Commended Student and was involved in the science and philosophy club as well as vice president of the German National Honor Society. His sister Susan is a 1993 graduate of Fairfield. Fernando will major in English with a concentration in literature.
Stephanie Arapian, a resident of Germantown, MD, was the fourth-ranked student in her high school class at St. John's College in Washington, DC. She was a four-year member of the St. John's Theater group, serving as president in her junior and senior years, and the St. John's band. She was involved in the school newspaper, softball and Girl Scouts. She received the Girl Scouts Silver Award in her freshman year and the Wellesley College Book Award. Stephanie will major in communication.
Margaret Crowley attended Glenbrook South High School in Illinois. She was a varsity athlete on the track and field team and the cross-country team and served as captain on both teams in her senior year. She also was a member of the student council, the Girls Letter Club, the Key Club and her church youth group. She received the Dartmouth Book Award and was a National Merit Semifinalist.
Courtney Darts ranked fourth in her class at John S. Burke Catholic High School in Goshen, NY. She was a National Merit Commended Scholar, and was involved in community service, the theater group, the Model United Nations, the yearbook and the school chorale. She served for four years on the student council and was president her senior year. She will study English.
Marissa DeSiena graduated second in a class of 326 students at Greece Athena High School in Rochester, NY. She received the Dartmouth Book Award and the American Chemical Association Award for Excellence in Chemistry. She was a member of her school's mock trial team and the National Honor Society. She was active in her church youth group, has taken dance and piano lessons, and was an alumni representative at the National Youth Leadership Council. She will major in international studies.
Lauren Doyle was among the top students at Windham High School in Willimantic, CT. She served as secretary of her class for four years, was co-editor of her yearbook, held the first chair viola in the school's orchestra, and participated as the representative for the Diocese of Norwich to the New England Youth Ministry Council. She received the Fairfield University Book Award as well as the Xerox Award for Humanities and Social Studies. She also was selected as the 1996 Connecticut Junior Republican Intern in Washington, DC. She is studying English.
Gillian Elting graduated among the top students from St. John's at Prospect Hall in Frederick, MD. She held the number-one singles position on the tennis team her junior and senior years, winning two tournament championship titles. She was an executive board member for the National Honor Society, a writer for the school newspaper, and the treasurer for both the student government council and the Latin Club. She received the National Honor Society Sylvan Scholar Award, and was selected an All-American Scholar. She was invited to attend the U.S. Military Academy Invitational Academic Workshop. She is majoring in accounting.
Matthew Ferrizz graduated among the top students at Deer Park High School in New York. As a member of the marching band, he performed in the 1996 Miss America Pageant and New York Yankee playoff games in 1995 and 1996. He was in the Math Team, Academic Club, Peer Leadership Group, concert and jazz bands, and was co-captain of the swim team. He received the New York State Scholar Athlete Award as well as an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Science/Math Research Program in the Deer Park High School Science Exposition. He also placed sixth in the Deer Park High School Physics "500" competition. He is an undeclared major in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Rocco Guerrera ranked second in his class of 123 at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury. He was involved in band, chorus, drama, peer ministry and community service. He was the sports editor of the school newspaper and a member of the soccer and golf teams. He received the Principal's Award for Academic Achievement for four years and received an Honorable mention American Scholar Athlete Award from the Waterbury Republican newspaper. He was a member of the National Honor Society and the Foreign Language Honor Society. He is majoring in accounting.
Renee Jaques graduated from Woodlands Academy in Lake Forest, IL, where she was her senior class president. She was an Illinois State Scholar, and will continue to pursue her interests in piano, crew and peer training at Fairfield.
Margaret Maus attended Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, NY. She was a delegate at the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, DC, and also was nominated in Who's Who Among American High School Students. She participate in school musicals and was the team captain for her school's spirit event. She will major in psychology.
Anna Motoszko is a National Merit Commended Scholar from Stamford. She plays the piano and is a Polish/English translator. She is an international studies major in the School of Business.
Kevin Passalacqua was among the top seniors at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. He was a member of the football and track teams, participated in community service and earned his Eagle Scout award from the Boy Scouts of America. He also was a delegate at the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine and was nominated for the Wendy's Heisman High School Award. He is majoring in finance.
Robert Porto graduated from North Haven High School where he was the senior class president. He received the Trinity Book Award, and was the lead saxophone player in his school's band and a peer tutor. He will major in biology and concentrate on marine science and ecology.
Daniel Record graduated among the top students in his class at Cromwell High School. He was National Honor Society vice president, layout editor of the school newspaper, and has been an altar server for the past seven years. He achieved eight terms of high honors and four terms of honors with distinction. He joins his sister Kristen here at Fairfield, and is majoring in physics.
Erik Stilp of Brookfield, WS, graduated from Marquette High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society, the cross-country team, and the Model UN team. He volunteers as a Big Brother and as a grade school tutor. He wants to pursue a career in medicine.
Christian Tynan, a native of Whitestone, NY, was ranked among the top students in his graduating class at Archbishop Molloy High School. He was a National Merit Commended Student, a National Honor Society member, and has received numerous achievement awards. He was a varsity soccer captain and a volunteer soccer coach. He is an undeclared business major.
Suzanne Uzzilia ranked third in a class of 102 at Cairo-Durham High School in Cairo, NY. She was a member of the National Honor Society, and performed in the band, sang in the chorus and played on the varsity soccer, basketball and softball teams. She is majoring in psychology.
Jennifer Vittorio graduated among the top students in a class of 251 at Sanford H. Calhoun High School in Merrick, NY. She was president of the National Honor Society, a member of the National Science Honor Society and received the Scholar-Athlete Award. She was tri-captain of soccer, basketball and softball, and volunteers at the Women's Sports Foundation. Her father Michael, class of 1974, graduated from Fairfield.
The Presidential Scholars are:
Shannon Ballard, a straight A student from Hartford High School in White River, VT, will study chemistry. She was a varsity field hockey player and member of the track team. She also was a member of the National Honor Society and was a youth recreation volunteer.
Laura Bellias from Morristown High School in New Jersey will study nursing. Laura graduated with a 3.8 grade point average in a difficult AP and honors curriculum. She hopes to play soccer, the flute and participate in musical productions. In soccer, she was first-team all conference last year, all-county honorable mention, team captain and received the coaches award.
Elise Branca graduated second in her class from Riverhead High School in New York. She received numerous awards and honors, including the National Honor Society, National Science Merit Award, AP Scholars Award, and a Congressional Youth Leadership Scholar. She was a member of the tennis team and received sportsmanship and scholar-athlete awards. She is a member of the pre-med program, studying biology.
Jennifer Cooper graduated from Louisville High School in Woodland Hills, CA. She was an A student in a difficult AP and Honors program and a volunteer at a local hospital. She will study nursing.
Paul Genereaux of Staten Island graduated in the top five percent of his class at Monsignor Farrell High School. He is a musician who participated in the marching, concert and jazz bands in high school. He also volunteers time at his parish. He is an undeclared business major.
Edward Graham graduated seventh in a class of 58 students at Southold High School in New York. He was a three-sport athlete in high school, participating in tennis, and as captain in basketball and soccer. His sister Megan graduated last year. He is an undeclared business major.
Peter Jakubowski graduated first in his class at Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport. He is active in his parish, has served as a junior scoutmaster in his neighborhood, and has volunteered at the Grant Street Health and Rehabilitation Center. He tutored fellow students in high school and was on the yearbook staff. He will study nursing.
Megan LiVolsi graduated fourth in her class from Immaculate High School in Danbury. She participated in soccer, softball and basketball and served as a sports trainer. She is an active member of SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving) and volunteered as a CCD teacher in her parish and at the Pope John Paul Home for the Infirmed. Her sister Kathleen graduated from Fairfield in 1986. She will major in American Studies.
Kristin Mosca of Scarsdale, NY, graduated second in her class at Eastchester High School. She was involved in the Spanish Honor Society and the Spanish Club. She also played softball and was named captain and All-League in her senior year. She coaches little league softball and volunteers at a local nursing home. She is an undeclared liberal arts major.
Leslie Pusateri from Beacon Falls, CT, graduated fifth in a class of 283 students at Masuk High School. She participated in the "Frontiers in Biomedicine and Biotechnology" conference, and wrote for two school newspapers. She enjoys rollerblading. She is majoring in chemistry.
Lucy Rodrigues was the top student in her class from Naugatuck High School. She was named to Who's Who Among American High School Students. She is studying finance.
Patrick Skuret graduated from Hopkins School in New Haven. He was co-editor of the Hopkins literary magazine and was a member of the track and field team. He also was a member of the debate team and Latin Club. He is an Eagle Scout and volunteers as a tutor. His brother and father are graduates of Fairfield. Patrick is majoring in history.
Donald Telesca Jr. graduated third in a class of 123 from Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury. He was involved in his school's jazz band and the Waterbury Youth Symphony. He was a member of the National Honor Society and was editor of the yearbook. He is majoring in physics.
Dianne Wallace graduated third in her class from Morris Catholic High School in Denville, NJ. She was captain of the cheerleading squad, a member of the National Honor Society and a writer for the school newspaper. She is majoring in marketing.
Posted on September 1, 1997
Jill Secora of Fairfield, Conn., has found a unique way to introduce World War II to her eighth graders at Saxe Middle School in New Canaan. As part of her master's degree studies in American Studies at Fairfield University, she did a project on the writings of Pulitzer prize-winner Ernie Pyle, recently meeting with actor William Windom who did a one-man show on the World War II correspondent.
Windom, known for his roles as the opposing attorney to Gregory Peck in "To Kill a Mockingbird," and Angela Lansbury's confidant in "Murder She Wrote," did extensive research on Pyle for his show and was able to give Secora a lot of information she hadn't found in Pyle's writings.
She admits she chose the topic because she felt she didn't know enough about World War II herself. What intrigued her about Pyle's writings, she said, was they talked about the experiences of the typical soldier in war and what his life was like on a day-to-day basis.
Secora will begin a two-week unit on World War II with her students in mid-May and plans to eventually build it into a five-week unit.
To arrange an interview, please call (203) 254-4190.
Posted on May 13, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 225
Auditions for the ninth annual Summer Festival Chorus, conducted by Carole Ann Maxwell, are scheduled for Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m. in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
The Summer 2002 Festival, titled "Hooked on Classics," will bring together singers with a wide range of experience in, and passion for, the arts. The program features Haydn's Te Deum, as well as Broadway show tunes, American favorites arranged by Kirby Shaw, and selections from Mozart and Simon & Garfunkel. Guest pianist Joe Utterback will provide exciting arrangements of classic pop tunes.
Experienced choral singers are invited to audition and should be prepared to sing vocal warm-ups and exercises. Auditions are not required of previous participants. Rehearsals will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., June 27 through August 8. Rehearsals are conducted in the Quick Center's air-conditioned and acoustically perfect Kelley Theatre.
A grand finale concert is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Quick Center. For more information, call (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396 or visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on May 13, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 223
"The Essential Moment - A Survey of the Paintings, Works on Paper and Sculpture of Joseph Peller" will be on display at the Thomas J. Walsh Gallery at Fairfield University, June 7 through August 4. An opening reception, including an informal lecture and gallery walk-through with the artist, will take place Saturday, June 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Peller's goal is to capture the unnoticed rituals of modern urban life: A group of women seated in a murky nightclub, for example, or a garment worker taking her coffee break. He carries a notebook with him at all times to record gestures, quick impressions and changes in light - observations that he can apply to the artwork he creates in his New York City studio. Peller experiments with a wide range of techniques, including oils, pastels, printmaking, drawing and sculpture.
Born in Toronto in 1953, Peller studied privately with the Canadian artist A. K. Scott and formerly at the University of Toronto's School of Architecture, the Art Students' League and the National Academy of Design. His work is exhibited in public, private and corporate collections across the United States and Canada and his awards include the National Sculpture Society Award for Figurative Sculpture in 1992 and the Len G. Everett Award for painting in 1994.
The Walsh Gallery is located in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Peller's work can be viewed Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2969.
Posted on May 13, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 222
Matthew Smylie, a junior at Fairfield University, has received a scholarship from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier award for undergraduate students who plan to pursue careers in math, the natural sciences or engineering.
The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by the U.S. Congress in 1986 to pay tribute to Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, the conservative, five-term Republican from Arizona. The scholarship program was created to foster and encourage excellence in mathematics and science.
Goldwater Scholars will receive up to $7,500 towards the cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board during the 2002-03 school year.
Smylie, a native of Glencoe, Ill., holds a double major in physics and German. A Dean's List student, he was one of four juniors named to Phi Beta Kappa, the prestigious national honor society, and has served as president of the German Club and of Alpha Mu Gamma, a chapter of the national foreign language honor society. Last summer, he remained on campus to conduct research under the direction of physics professor Nancy Haegel, Ph.D. As part of a five-student team, Smylie worked on a variety of projects involving semiconductor physics and infrared detectors.
According to Haegel, Smylie possesses "ability, curiosity, creativity, new ideas and a passionate interest in how the world works" - characteristics, she said, that will guarantee his success in graduate school and beyond. "Matt thrives on the challenge of research work and can quickly make the connections between his work and his classroom studies," Haegel said.
A total of 1,155 sophomores and juniors from nearly 500 post-secondary institutions across the country were nominated for the Goldwater Scholarship awards last August. Smylie was among the 309 recipients nationwide. Other Connecticut universities with Goldwater Scholars are: Yale University, Wesleyan University and Trinity College.
Goldwater scholars must meet impressive academic qualifications. They are often the recipients of post-graduate distinctions; for example, recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 44 Rhodes Scholarships and 39 Marshall Awards.
Posted on May 13, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 226
Katherine Kidd, Ph.D, director of the International Studies program at Fairfield University, has been named 2002 Teacher of the Year by members of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society.
Kidd's selection was based on her effectiveness in the classroom, her availability to students and her contributions to the university. She was honored May 15 during an alumni-sponsored Senior-Faculty brunch and will be the guest speaker at the Alpha Sigma Nu induction this fall.
Kidd's primary role is to assist students with applications for prestigious national scholarship programs, including the Fulbright and National Security Education programs. She encourages students to strive for an "internal standard" by constantly revising and improving their application essays.
Kidd also teaches three to four courses each year in the International Studies program. The program gives students an eye-opening - and sometimes hands-on - view of the world through class offerings on everything from the politics of Northern Ireland to the major powers of Asia to Third World economic development. Last spring, Kidd accompanied students in her "Justice in the Developing World" class on a weeklong trip to Nicaragua. "This isn't a major for the faint-hearted," she says. "It's a lifestyle major."
Kidd is also the university's co-director of a federally funded program that makes it possible for faculty members from the former Soviet Union to study at Fairfield. And she acts as a consultant to other universities seeking to "internationalize" their curriculum.
In addition, Kidd coordinates a volunteer program that gives students the opportunity to work with refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants, and moderates the Model U.N. group on campus.
Kidd was an adjunct professor of politics at Fairfield from 1991 to 1993, before heading across town to Sacred Heart University, where she was director of global studies and assistant professor of political science. She returned to Fairfield in 1997 and was named the first full-time director of the International Studies program.
She holds a bachelor's degree in history and German from Pacific Lutheran University; a master's degree in Soviet studies from Harvard; and a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kidd's interest in world culture is evidenced by her experiences abroad. She spent a junior year abroad at the University of Vienna and lived in the Netherlands as an American Field Service (AFS) student and in Argentina for the Lutheran World Federation. She has also volunteered for ecumenical programs in East Africa and Central America. At the end of the day, she calls Fairfield, Conn. home.
Posted on May 13, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 229
Commencement 2002: Stories and pictures
There were 1,225 graduating seniors.
Fairfield University conferred an honorary doctor of laws degree on Loretta Brennan Glucksman, chairman of The American Ireland Fund that supports educational, cultural and public service projects in Ireland, and the Rev. George W. Bur, S.J., president of the Gesu School in Philadelphia that serves inner-city children; and an honorary doctor of science degree on John P. Sachs, Ph.D., of New Canaan, Conn. a former trustee of Fairfield University and former president and CEO of Great Lakes Carbon Corporation.
Martin J. Dempsey of Ansonia, Conn., delivered the valedictory address. He told his classmates, "in the tragic events of September 11 we were forced to look beyond the problems and circumstances of our own lives and recognize our personal problems are often trivial in light of the greater problems that exist in the world." He challenged them to "take a moment to step back and evaluate your situation. never take for granted the simple things in life because they will not always be there."
Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S. J., university president, presented the Saint Ignatius Loyola Medal for outstanding university service to Aimee V. Wagner of Mahwah, N.J., and the Bellarmine Medal for the highest four-year academic average to Brett J. Yacoviello of Trumbull, Conn.
Posted on May 13, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 234
Robert Mahmood of Stratford was just a kid of 19 out of high school when he was drafted for the Vietnam War. After his stint in the Army he got a job at Sikorsky, married his sweetheart and took on the responsibilities of raising their two sons, Michael and Nicholas. A college education didn't seem even a remote possibility back then, but Robert Mahmood will be graduating on Sunday, May 19, at 10 a.m. from Fairfield University with a bachelor of science degree in business management.
Even ten years ago, when Sikorsky offered him the opportunity to take classes right at his work site, he had his doubts. Enrolled in "The Art of Effective Writing" his wife Celeste remembers his struggling with that first course and saying, "I'm not going to be able to do it."
But his persistence paid off and his work was so outstanding that he was inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda, the honor society of Fairfield University's School of Continuing Education.
A tool and die maker when he started at Sikorsky, Bob has had a series of promotions and now supervises 45 employees in Blade Shop/Composite Development.
Posted on May 13, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 232
The degree of obstacles in Ellen Miller's life has been counter-balanced by the depth of her faith - and this weekend the scale tips in favor of faith as those obstacles are overcome. Ellen will be graduating with a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Fairfield University on Sunday, May 19. Her daughter Jennifer graduates from Fordham University on Saturday, and the following week her son Christopher graduates from Immaculate High School in Danbury with a scholarship in hand to follow in his sister's footsteps to Fordham.
Leaving an abusive marriage in Ecuador 13 years ago, Ellen came back to the United States where she had grown up and sought to find a way to raise her two children. She has been working as a home health aid with the Ridgefield Housing Authority's assisted living program for seniors and decided eight years ago to pursue her nursing degree. She says she didn't know where the money would come from each semester; she just knew that somehow God would make it possible. "God takes care of everything," she says. He and the Blessed Mother. "My faith has really sustained me all these years." She credits staying close to the Lord and working hard with getting her this far.
She will be putting her new nursing degree to work with the Visiting Nurse Association in a program connected with Danbury Hospital. As she makes home visits, her effectiveness in working with low-income Portuguese and Spanish populations will be enhanced by her language skills - she originally went to Ecuador to study Spanish - and her own experiences with struggling to make ends meet. She knows she can relate to their situations.
She has enjoyed her work with the elderly and says she has learned a lot of wisdom from her patients. "I have a special place in my heart for older adults. They're survivors."
Among the many angels in her life have been the members of the Ridgefield Thrift Shop who provided her with a nursing scholarship for eight years, and the American Association of University Women in Ridgefield and New Canaan that supported her education. A friend of one of her patients told Ellen about the Philanthropic Educational Organization Sisterhood, which has a chapter in Ridgefield where she lives. The international organization works to support women with their education. Vicky Yoran, who is a member of the Ridgefield group, says she admires Ellen and it has been the group's pleasure to help her. Ellen also received a scholarship from the Fairfield University School of Continuing Education where she enrolled to earn her nursing degree.
And she can't speak highly enough of the people in her parish at St. Mary's who have showered here with "a lot of love and care and believing in me." Father Robert Morrissey helped her confront her past and the domestic violence she endured. "I wouldn't have gotten so far and I'm a better nurse," she said, for having confronted this chapter in her life.
Ellen has some words of wisdom herself, which she has surely passed on to her children: "You get a future when you have an education."
Posted on May 13, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 234a
Aimee Wagner of Mahwah, N.J., a scholar athlete at Fairfield University who devoted her time to various volunteer programs, was awarded the St. Ignatius Loyola medal during commencement ceremonies in may. The Loyola medal is the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association and is given to a senior committed to the "service of faith" and "promotion of justice."
During her senior year, Aimee was leader of the university's chapter of Best Buddies, an organization that pairs college students with the mentally challenged. She cultivated new members and established an Internet friendship system called "E-Buddies." Over the course of four years, she fostered a special friendship with her "Best Buddy" Lisa. The women had lunch together and went bowling and hiking.
As a mission volunteer in Tijuana, Mexico, Aimee helped build schools for the poor. She repaired homes in a rural Appalachian town in Kentucky as part of a North American Mission Experience. And she worked with AIDS children as a camp counselor for AmericaKids. The experiences, she said, "challenged me to become personally responsible for the well-being of others, whether they live five minutes or 5,000 miles away."
In addition to her service work, Aimee was a lector for Campus Ministry and captain of the women's varsity crew team. Her academic achievements include: Dean's List; several scholastic awards from the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association; and membership in Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society, and Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most highly respected academic honor society.
In accepting the Loyola Medal, Aimee said: "The ultimate challenge that my classmates and I face... is taking all that we have learned in the classroom, in the lab, in the chapel, on the water, in Mexico or Kentucky, from our 'best buddies' and from the many relationships that we have established over the years, and simply living out the ideals of a Jesuit education wherever we might be."
Aimee plans to spend a year working with a service program before pursuing a graduate degree in biological developmental research.
Posted on May 13, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 235
Monday, June 3 at 11:30 a.m.
Fairfield University's School of Engineering and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation host the annual "Excellence in Mathematics and Science Awards" luncheon, Monday, June 3 at 11:30 a.m. in the Oak Room of the Barone Campus Center. High school juniors from more than 17 towns, ranging from Greenwich to Milford to Danbury, will receive awards for their outstanding work in science and mathematics.
In addition, Fairfield University engineering students will demonstrate a three-wheeled, human-powered vehicle that they conceived, designed and constructed. "The Big Wheel," so nicknamed for its large, 36-inch diameter back wheel, has a metal frame similar to a bicycle's. It also features an engineered steering mechanism and power train, and with effort from its rider can reach speeds of 30 to 40 mph. The vehicle was not as fast as some others, but placed second for design, report and presentation in a competition held May 18 through 20 at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Ten other universities participated in the competition, which was meant to inspire ideas for alternatives to gas-powered vehicles.
For more information, call Public Relations at (203) 254-4190.
Posted on May 13, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 242