Fairfield University elects eight trustees Shanghai Ballet graces the stage in "Coppelia" at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts German artists to exhibit paintings and sculpture at Fairfield University's Lukacs Gallery The United States Postal Service and the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University celebrate the American spirit with the unveiling of a commemorative Sept. 11 heroes stamp Inspiring Irish tenor Ronan Tynan to sing at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University maintains selectivity with incoming Class of 2006 Assistant professor at Fairfield University's School of Nursing selected as a post-doctoral Scholar in gerontologic nursing Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin performs at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Federal government awards three Fairfield University students David L. Boren undergraduate scholarships for study abroad "Just So Stories" opens the Young Audience Series at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Best-selling author and Vanity Fair correspondent Dominick Dunne to speak at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
Fairfield University has elected eight new trustees who represent varied areas and include a surgeon, a Jesuit educator, a banker, two financial consultants, two insurance executives and a marketing executive. Four are Fairfield University graduates and two are alumni of other Jesuit universities. In addition, they are residents of five different states: Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas.
The new trustees are:
Dr. Patrick Carolan '59, orthopaedic surgeon in Bridgeport; the Rev. Edward Glynn, S.J., vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost at the University of Massachusetts, Boston; Sylvester Green, senior vice president, Chubb & Sons, Inc., White Plains, N.Y.; Ned Lautenbach, senior vice president, IBM Corporation, White Plains, N.Y.; Joseph Macchia, '57, chairman, president and CEO of Gainsco, Inc., Fort Worth, Tex.; William McIntosh, consultant and former managing director, Salomon Brothers; Lawrence Rafferty, '64 CEO, Rafferty Companies, LLC, Harrison, N.Y.; and Elisabeth Schwabe, '74, managing director, Chase Securities, Inc., New York.
Dr. Patrick Carolan has practiced orthopaedic surgery for 25 years in Bridgeport, is chief of the Orthopaedic Division of St. Vincent's Hospital and held the presidency and other key positions with the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Associations. He served as a trustee of Fairfield University (1979-85) and president of the Alumni Association (1977-79). A resident of Fairfield, he holds a bachelor of arts from Fairfield University, 1959, and received his M.D. degree from Seton Hall College of Medicine, 1963. His family was the first in which husband, wife and at least one child earned degrees at Fairfield University as Mrs. Betty McIntyre Carolan received her degree in 1987, Patrick in 1985 and Jennifer, 1989. Two other children hold degrees from Georgetown and one from Boston College.
The Rev. Edward Glynn, S.J., holds a bachelor's and doctorate from Fordham, a second doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. with added degrees from Woodstock College and Yale Divinity School. He has served as president of Gonzaga University, Wash., and St. Peter's College, N.J., and earlier this year was named vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost of the University of Massachusetts in Boston.
Sylvester Green, a resident of New Canaan, Conn., and a graduate of Mt. Union College, Ohio, is senior vice president and managing director of Chubb & Sons, Inc. in White Plains, N.Y. He serves on the boards of Mt. Union College, the College of Insurance, Community Baptist Church, INROADS of New York City and the Urban League of Westchester County.
Ned Lautenbach, a resident of Fairfield, is senior vice president and group executive for sales and distribution for the IBM Corporation in White Plains. He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Harvard University. He is a member of the board of trustees of the University of Cincinnati Foundation and the board of directors of the Eaton Corporation as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the committee for the Bishop's Appeal for the Archdiocese of Bridgeport.
Joseph Macchia, a resident of Fort Worth, Texas, earned his BSS degree from Fairfield University, completed graduate studies at Western University and served in the Marine Corps for four years as a first lieutenant. In 1978, he founded Gainsco, Inc., a property and casualty insurance holding company. He was previously president of the Early American Insurance Company and vice president of the Foremost Insurance Company. In 1992, he was named entrepreneur of the year for the Southwest Region's Service Category and is a member of the American Business Conference in Washington, D.C.
William McIntosh, a resident of Kenilworth, Ill., was managing director of Salomon Brothers for 34 years and served in the New York and Chicago offices. He was vice chairman of the Chicago Stock Exchange and president of the Bond Club of Chicago. Now a consultant, he is a member of the board of trustees of the Papal Foundation, the American Ballet Theatre, Cardinal Big Shoulders Fund in Chicago and the Archdiocesan Finance Council in Chicago. He previously served as trustee for Fairfield University, 1990-1996. He is a graduate of Xavier University.
Lawrence Rafferty, a 1964 graduate of Fairfield, is CEO of Rafferty Companies, LLC an investment banking and brokerage services, founded in 1987 in Harrison, N.Y. He was previously senior vice president of the apparel division of West Point Pepperell. He is a member of National Association of Securities Dealers, United Way Strategic Action Committee, "Shake-A-Leg" Fund Raising Committee for the Handicapped and Little Flower Children's Service.
Elisabeth Schwabe, managing director of Chase Securities, Inc., was previously managing director and vice president of Chase Manhattan Bank. A 1974 graduate of Fairfield University, a resident of New York City, she has been an adjunct faculty member at the NYU School of Continuing Education, a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America and a member of Robert Morris Associates.
Posted on November 1, 1997
The Shanghai Ballet, a mesmerizing troupe known for its repertoire of classical and folk ballets, will perform "Coppelia" on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University. The Quick Center presentation is the first in its 2002-2003 Dance America series and will be followed by an "Art to Heart" question-and-answer session with the company.
Organized in 1979, the Shanghai Ballet rose to prominence when it staged the 20th-century Chinese ballet, "The White-Haired Girl." The company adheres to the international traditions of classical ballet, performing "Swan Lake," "Giselle," "Don Quixote" and "The Nutcracker," but it recognizes the importance of creating ballets based on folk traditions as well. Original works include "Thunderstorm" and "Ah Q," and its recent large-scale works, "Love of Butterfly" and "Gries."
Over the years, many dancers from the Shanghai Ballet have won medals in international dance competitions. In July 2000, Fan Xiaofeng and Sun Shenyi won the gold medals for male and female dancers in the 19th International Ballet Competition of Varna in Bulgaria. The pair, their fellow principals Chen Zhenrong, Ji Pingping and other company members are emerging as seasoned interpreters of their art.
Led by Director Ha Muti and Artistic Associate Xin Lili, the Shanghai Ballet is active in cultural exchanges with other countries, touring in major venues in Canada, France, the United States, Australia, Singapore, Japan and several other regions.
"Coppelia" is one of the most famous ballets the Shanghai company performs. First presented in Paris in 1870, it is a timeless story of love and misperceptions set in a beautiful Polish village. On one side of the village square is the home of the heroine, Swanilda. On the other is the mysterious workshop of Dr. Coppelius, a toymaker suspected of possessing magical gifts. The story hinges on Swanilda's mistaken belief that the toymaker's life-sized doll, Coppelia, is actually a lovely girl with an eye for Swanilda's sweetheart Frantz.
Heartbroken but determined, Swanilda and her friends sneak into the toymaker's shop, where they realize their mistake and dance gaily with the collection of dolls dressed in colorful ethnic costumes from around the world. A lively mazurka by the villagers and plenty of romantic merriment and intrigue fill out this memorable ballet.
Tickets to the performance range in price from $25 to $40. For tickets or more 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 August 10, 2002
Vol. 35, No. 19
"Danced Shoes - Undanced Shoes," a collection of paintings and painted cubes by German artists and sisters Suscha and Cora Korte, will be on exhibit at the Lukacs Gallery at Fairfield University from Tuesday, Sept. 17 through Friday, Oct. 11. The Kortes will present a lecture on their art following an opening reception on Sept. 17 from 5:30 to 6 p.m.
Born in Flensburg, Germany, the Korte sisters have exhibited their work, separately and together, in Germany, Denmark, Poland, Italy, Egypt, Scotland, Belgium and other countries. This year, they brought their exhibit to Hunter College in New York City and the Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania.
Suscha Korte's paintings are striking trompe l'oeil treatments of plates. Her pictures present three plates of the same size with differing patterns. The patterns are meant to evoke memories of coffee and cake at Grandma's house and other happy times, making an everyday item into a thing of beauty. The large works serve as both a display of painterly virtuosity and a thoughtful exploration of the relationship between painting and everyday objects.
Cora Korte also uses imagery of everyday objects, but from a completely different viewpoint. Her illuminated cubes attract the viewer with their warmth and light. In contrast to the meditative quality of her sister's work, Ms. Korte's cubes seem full of movement and disorder. The relationship between the images and scripts she paints on the cubes is for the viewer to make sense of, bringing up personal associations with everyday things portrayed such as lemons, fleur-de-lis or a director's chair.
The sisters' exhibit is aptly named. While shoes are ordinary, dance shoes are something special. Those that have been used, or "danced," show signs of wear and tell of joyful or sorrowful experiences. Those that are "undanced" are waiting in anticipation of their performance.
Kathryn Jo Yarrington, a professor in Fairfield University's studio art program, is the exhibit's curator.
The Lukacs Gallery is located in Loyola Hall, Room 17. It is open weekday afternoons and several evenings a week. Admission is free. For more information and specific gallery hours, call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2476.
Posted on August 10, 2002
Vol. 35, No. 32
What: The U.S. Postal Service and the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University will host a ceremony that will pay tribute to the victims of the September 11 tragedy, as well as the men and women from Connecticut who aided in the search, rescue, and recovery efforts in New York and Washington. A Tribute to Heroes event will feature photos and musical presentations to these everyday heroes, and a dedication of the Heroes Stamp.
Honorees will include rescue teams members from Connecticut and New York Police and Fire Departments, family members of World Trade Center victims, military personnel, postal workers, flight attendants, AmeriCares, Red Cross and others who were touched by the events of September 11.
Who: Artist Roberta Flack and John F. Walsh, a member of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, will participate in the ceremony. Gary Suson, a photographer/actor/writer and the official Ground Zero photographer for the Uniformed Firefighters Association will present images from his 8-month work at the site. State and local dignitaries will attend the event. In addition, there will be uplifting musical presentations.
Where: Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts - 1073 North Benson Rd, Fairfield, Conn. Free and open to the public.
When: Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. Reporters interested in attending the event and/or interviewing special guests should call Nancy Habetz, Fairfield University's Director of Media Relations, at (203) 254-4190.
Additional Background: One of the highlights of the ceremony is to officially dedicate the newest United States of America postage stamp, Heroes of 2001 Semipostal First-Class Stamp. The issuance of the stamp helps to raise funds to provide assistance to families of emergency relief personnel killed or permanently disabled as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This ceremony is dedicated to honor all the heroes and heroines, who continue to inspire and reach out to others without regard to themselves... firefighters, emergency dispense teams, hospital staff, military personnel, postal employees, volunteers, and most importantly the families of those killed in the attacks. For more information and tickets, call the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. There is limited reserved seating. Tickets are no charge.
Posted on August 10, 2002
Vol. 35, No. 40
Ronan Tynan, M.D., one of the famed Irish tenors whose life story is an inspiration, will grace the stage at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is sponsored by the William and Mary Stack Fund for Irish History and Culture at Fairfield University.
Dr. Tynan will be accompanied by pianist William Lewis and violinist James Graseck. He will set the program on the day of the concert.
"We are pleased to have someone of Ronan Tynan's stature performing at Fairfield," said William M. Stack of New Canaan, who established the program in memory of his father and to honor his mother. "While this is a departure from our usual lecture format, Dr. Tynan's own story of personal courage and perseverance in developing his many talents is a wonderful example of Irish culture and spirit."
Dr. Tynan, who has released five popular albums with fellow Irish tenors Finbar Wright and Anthony Kearns, won the 1992 John McCormack Cup for Tenor Voice at the National Singing Festival in Dublin and the 1996 International Operatic Singing Competition in Marmande, France. When he made his concert debut in 1994 at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Irish Times review noted Tynan's is "a rich Italianate tenor voice with wonderful facility."
Dr. Tynan's first solo album, "My Life Belongs to You," was released in 1998 and went platinum within four months.
But it isn't just his stellar singing that has brought Dr. Tynan international fame. Dr. Tynan's story is one of dogged determination to live out his dreams.
Hailing from Johnstown, County Kilkenny, Dr. Tynan was born with a lower leg disability and his legs were amputated below the knee when he was 20, after a car accident caused complications.
Within a year of the operation, he began winning medals in athletic competitions for people with disabilities. Between 1981 and 1990, he amassed 18 gold medals and 14 world records in international track and field events. He still holds the world records for bilateral amputees in discus, shot put and long jump.
In 1998, Dr. Tynan, an avid equestrian and horse breeder, represented Ireland in an Arnheim, Germany competition, where he placed fifth in the Grand Prix and third in the team event.
Dr. Tynan was the first person with disabilities ever admitted to the National College of Physical Education in Limerick. He followed that with medical training at Trinity College in Dublin and he is now a doctor of sports medicine.
His singing career didn't start until he began formal lessons at the age of 33 at The College of Music in Dublin. His 1992 win at the McCormack competition led to master classes with the famed Italian tenor Ugo Benelli in Genoa, Italy. Shortly after winning at Marmande, where one judge called his voice "a God-given gift," he was the only Irish finalist at The International Pavarotti Competition.
Dr. Tynan has sung throughout Europe and the United States with a repertoire that includes Verdi's "Requiem," Mendelssohn's "Elijah," and Puccini's "Messa Di Gloria." In his albums, he also shows a fondness for Irish and traditional favorites, including "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," " Scorn Not His Simplicity," and "Amazing Grace."
Dr. Tynan joined the Irish Tenors in 1998. This collaboration has produced 5 albums and has sold more than 1.5 million albums worldwide. The trio performed on three popular PBS specials.
Most recently, Dr. Tynan has sung for President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush and he was one of the performers at the 2001 September 11 Memorial Service at Yankee Stadium. He sings a widely acclaimed rendition of "God Bless America," which he has offered at several Yankees games, including the Division and World series.
Dr. Tynan has appeared on numerous television shows, including ABC's "20/20" and an Irish documentary called "Dr. Courageous." He released his memoir, "Halfway Home: My Life 'Til Now," in January 2002.
Tickets for the Quick Center concert are $35 and $30. For tickets, call (203) 254-4010 or toll free, 1-877-ARTS-396 or visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on August 10, 2002
Vol. 35, No. 33
Fairfield University's incoming class of 854 students has matched the selectivity of last year's class when Fairfield's admittance rate fell below 50 percent, placing it among the top eight percent of four-year colleges and universities in the nation with this level of selectivity.
The class was drawn from 6,974 applicants, the second largest number in the university's history. "We are especially pleased," said Judith Dobai, director of admission, "because the after-effect of September 11 as well as a softening of the economy had raised concerns in the media throughout the year about where and how students would attend college this fall.
"We continue to have a strong base of Connecticut students, making up 20 percent of the class, while at the same time attracting students from 29 states (up from 26 last year) and seven foreign countries," she noted. The students come from a total of 496 different high schools.
Other statistics on the new class:
- 50 percent of the class has SATs over 1200, up from 46% last year
- 70% of the class ranked in the top 25% of their high school class
- The average SAT is 1193, up 13 points from last year
- 68% of the Class of 2006 were involved in service in high school
- 138 University Scholars are among the class, including 9 Community Partnership Scholars
- 34 were editors of the yearbook or newspaper
- 33 served as class or school president/VP
Multicultural students make up 12 percent of the class, which is 43 percent male and 57 percent female. Ninety-two students have alumni ties to Fairfield, including 40 with siblings here now.
In addition, Fairfield will be enrolling 69 transfer students, its largest group of transfers ever, up 35 percent from last year.
Posted on August 10, 2002
Vol. 35, No. 44
Jean W. Lange, RN, MN, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Fairfield University, was chosen by The John A. Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing to be a Scholar in its 2002 Geriatric Research Scholars and Fellows Program.
Dr. Lange, who lives in Woodbridge, was selected for having a significant research program in gerontologic nursing and for her strong leadership potential. She is one of 11 nurses from the Northeast region who were selected for the program, now in its fifth year, which fosters new gerontological nursing researchers with the goal of improving the quality of health care for older adults. The Scholars and Fellows attended an intensive week-long seminar, during which they met with nationally recognized experts in geriatric nursing, addressed issues and obstacles in undertaking high-quality research and received individual mentoring and critiquing.
"I am interested in pursing a research career in gerontology because of the critical need," Dr. Lange said. "Not only are numbers of elders mushrooming in the US, but also important aspects in this significant population have been neglected. For example, the needs of elders living in nursing homes have only recently become an area of research interest."
The grant positions Dr. Lange to pursue her study of this population.
"During my week at the Hartford Scholars program, I drafted a proposal looking at cultural differences between long term care residents and caregivers," Dr. Lange said.
Dr. Lange hopes to join with one of the partners created under the Geriatric Education grant sponsored by the John Hartford Foundation to study how these varied perspectives may influence health care.
"I think she's going to be one of the leaders in research and teaching of best practices in the care of older adults," Jeanne M. Novotny, Ph.D., FAAN, dean of Fairfield University's School of Nursing, said of Dr. Lange.
"Our program aims to bring together outstanding new scholars who are conducting significant research in gerontologic nursing and to give them an opportunity to interact with leading experts in the field," said Terry Fulmer, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, co-director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing. "This unique opportunity to hone research skills helps these individuals gain the competitive edge they need to attract research funding and publish the results."
The John A. Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, part of the New York University Division of Nursing, seeks to shape the quality of health care that older Americans receive by promoting the highest level of geriatric competency in all nurses who deliver care.
Posted on August 10, 2002
Vol. 35, No. 48
Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin, whose subtle craftsmanship has won over fans, critics and Grammy voters alike, will perform Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University.
Ms. Colvin's sure voice and solid guitar playing have caught the ears of folk music lovers since her 1989 debut album, "Steady On," which took the Grammy for "Best Contemporary Folk Recording" that year. On subsequent releases "Fat City" and "Cover Girl," a collection of songs written by other artists, she gained a reputation for gentle but penetrating lyrics and seamless, earthy vocals.
But it wasn't until 1996, when she released "A Few Small Repairs," that Ms. Colvin became a bona fide star. Her first gold album, the collection contained the hit "Sunny Came Home," a haunting tale of a woman bent on vengeance. Ms. Colvin took home Grammys for "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year" for the memorable song.
Ms. Colvin's musical roots extend back to her childhood in Vermillion, S.D. There her father, a staunch folkie, passed on to his children his love for the Kingston Trio, Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte and other music icons. Ms. Colvin was just 10 when she picked up her brother's Harmony 4-string guitar and a basic chord book and was hooked.
As a young teenager, Ms. Colvin moved with her family to London, Ontario and then to Carbondale, Illinois, and the budding guitarist spent her free time listening to Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles and The Who. While performing with a friend in a folk duo, she discovered folk legend Joni Mitchell and, she says, "then all else changed."
Ms. Colvin honed her musical and theatrical skills in high school productions before graduating and enrolling in Southern Illinois University. She dropped out of college after a year, spending the next several years in Texas and California, playing everything from hard rock to country swing. In the 1980s, she made her way to New York City, performing with bands and alone at coffeehouses and open mikes and later singing backup for fellow singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega.
The seasoned live performer found a receptive audience in Cambridge and Boston, Mass., and in 1988 she played her first headlining concert at Harvard University's Paine Hall.
Aside from her solo albums, Ms. Colvin's songs have appeared in several films, including the blockbuster "Armageddon," "The Emperor's New Groove" and "Serendipity." Over the years, the singer also honed her acting skills in small roles on television's "Suddenly Susan," "The Larry Sanders Show" and "The Simpsons" and in the Sigourney Weaver/Jennifer Love Hewitt film "Heartbreakers," in which she played a robe-wearing New Age priest.
Ms. Colvin's most recent album, 2001's "Whole New You," teams her with her longtime friend, producer and co-writer John Leventhal, who has been writing music to her lyrics since the two met in the mid-80s. While she's always written about relationships, some of the new songs reflect the major changes in Ms. Colvin's life since her "Few Small Repairs" breakthrough, including her 1997 marriage to photographer and graphic artist Mario Erwin and the birth of their daughter, Caledonia.
"Motherhood affected me across the board," she told The Boston Globe recently. "It affected me as an artist. It affected my priorities and who I thought I was and who I was becoming and wanted to be."
It also affected the amount of time Ms. Colvin had for her music. Though at the peak of her career, the then 42-year-old singer put everything on hold for her pregnancy and her daughter's early months. She didn't write for nearly two years.
Once she did find the time to return to her first love, Colvin paired her new themes with a variety of musical styles. The songs on "Whole New You" range from the melancholy, stream-of-consciousness of "Another Plane Went Down" to the title track's expressions of parental tenderness to the full-out rocker "Bound to You."
Ms. Colvin, who lives in Austin, Texas, spent much of 2002 on tour. The summer saw her crisscrossing the country, playing at large and intimate venues, including The Fillmore in San Francisco, Los Angeles' House of Blues and the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I. She was joined by a four-piece band and her daughter, who often joined her mom onstage to sing a few lines of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
"There is part of me that says just stay at home in Austin, but music is also part of me," Ms. Colvin told the Los Angeles Times. "When I couldn't write for a while, I wasn't always happy about that. There were times when I was depressed. I loved my baby, but I also missed my music. Now, I've got them both again."
Tickets to the Shawn Colvin concert are $30. For tickets, call (203) 254-4010 or toll free, 1-877-ARTS-396 or visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on August 10, 2002
Vol. 35, No. 21
The National Security Education Program has awarded the David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship to three Fairfield University students to study in Russia, Hungary and the Czech Republic this year.
Created by the National Security Education Act of 1991, the prestigious scholarships are intended in part to increase Americans' understanding of less commonly taught languages and cultures. In the past three years Fairfield University students have garnered three of the scholarships - one each year.
That three Fairfield students were chosen this year, all for Eastern European nations, showcases the growing strength of Fairfield University's Russian and Eastern European Studies program, said Katherine Kidd, Ph.D., director of the International Studies program at Fairfield.
In addition to increasing their knowledge of foreign cultures, the scholarship recipients will be in a better position to seek jobs in the diplomatic arena, Dr. Kidd said. In exchange for the scholarship, students are required to work for the government in a security capacity for a certain time period. That obligatory internship is actually another foot in the door for students, Dr. Kidd said. "It opens up a lot of opportunities as far as students interested in government service," Dr. Kidd said.
Jessica L. Viner, of Wolcott, Conn., leaves for Russia at the end of this month. She will spend her junior year at Herzen University in St. Petersburg studying the language, as well as history, politics and other subjects taught in Russian.
"It's going to be kind of an adventure," Viner said.
Viner pursued the Boren scholarship after a visit to Ukraine in the summer of 1999. "I just really fell in love with the Slavic culture," said Viner, who has a double major in international studies and politics at Fairfield.
Viner has been president of Fairfield's Model United Nations for the past two years and was a finalist for a U.S. State Department Thomas A. Pickering fellowship. She hopes to pursue a career in the United Nations, foreign service or a related venture.
Viner's roommate and vice president of Model United Nations is off to Hungary.
Stephanie Medvigy, of Aurora, Colo., just returned from a three-week intensive French study at the American University in Paris. Now she's going to Budapest. "My father was born in Budapest," said Medvigy, who will be a junior this year. "I've always been interested in his history."
Medvigy is also looking forward to the follow-up federal service requirement.
"I want to work for the government in some capacity, which is why this scholarship is excellent," said Medvigy, who has one major in international studies and hopes to add an individually designed major in Russian and Eastern European studies. Medvigy is also a member of the Fairfield University Dance Ensemble and is vice president of the French club.
Brian J. Gosselin, a junior from Andover, Mass., wasn't the typical applicant for the David L. Boren Scholarship. Past recipients had often majored in international studies or a related field. But Gosselin feels his accounting major may have given him a leg up on the competition.
The Czech Republic is still making the transition from communism to capitalism, Gosselin said, which prompted him to choose the nation for his study.
"They're in a huge economic transition right now," said Gosselin, who will spend a semester there. He will take courses in the language, the history of Central and Eastern Europe, and art and architecture at Charles University in Prague.
Gosselin also hopes the experience and internship in a government agency will prepare him for a job in government.
"I don't want to do accounting in the traditional sense," Gosselin said. He is considering a government auditing occupation, such as in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency or the U.S. Department of Treasury. Gosselin is a senator with the Fairfield University Student Association and a University tour guide. He spent the summer interning at a real estate investment firm in Boston.
Posted on August 10, 2002
Vol. 35, No. 25
"Just So Stories," a rollicking musical about change and diversity, opens the Young Audience Series at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 and 3 p.m. Appropriate for children in grades k-4, the show will be repeated on monday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. as part of the Quick Center's "Artsbound" Schoolday series, a program funded in part by Regina A. Quick, The Educational Foundation of America, the Kiwanis Club of Fairfield and the Greater Bridgeport Area Foundation.
Staged by Theatreworks/USA, "Just So Stories" is set in a once-upon-a-time land of trunkless elephants, thin-skinned rhinos, spotless leopards and humpless camels. Everything is "just so" until a great adventure transforms them all. While the songs and stories appeal to a youngster's sense of fun and love of nonsense, the show also incorporates richer themes of change and diversity.
The Dr. Suess-like topsy turvy world of "Just So Stories" is the creation of Theatreworks/USA, the nation's largest professional not-for-profit theater company for young audiences. The company has brought its lively shows to such far-flung venues as Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center and Native American reservations in the Dakotas.
"Theatreworks/USA is a children's theatre with a difference - and the difference is its quality," says theater reviewer Clive Barnes of The New York Post.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children, with subscription rates available. Tickets for the "Artsbound" Schoolday show are $5. For tickets, call (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396 or visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on August 10, 2002
Vol. 35, No. 24
Dominick Dunne, best-selling author, Vanity Fair special correspondent and victims' rights advocate, will speak at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Dunne's talk is part of the Open VISIONS Forum, a program of University College, formerly the School of Continuing Education.
An unparalleled observer of the American court system and the criminal entanglements of the rich and famous, Mr. Dunne is the author of several best-selling novels and works of non-fiction, including "People Like Us," "The Way We Lived Then," "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles," and, most recently, "Justice: Crimes, Trials and Punishments." His savvy coverage of the high-profile trials of Claus von Bulow, the Menendez brothers, O.J. Simpson and, most recently, Michael Skakel have made him America's premiere court reporter.
Mr. Dunne's interest in justice and the nature of celebrity started at a young age. Born in 1926 to a prominent Hartford, Conn. heart surgeon and his wife, Mr. Dunne has a deep understanding of the trappings of wealth and power. While in boarding school in 1943, he developed a fascination with the sordid case of a socialite's murder, even risking expulsion to sneak off campus and read accounts of the trial in the New York papers.
After graduating from Williams College, he served in World War II, earning a Bronze Star at the age of 18 for saving the life of a wounded soldier in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he moved to New York City, landing a job as the floor manager for "The Howdy Doody Show." Mr. Dunne later moved to Los Angeles, where he directed the critically acclaimed "Playhouse 90" and became vice president at Four Star Pictures.
Mr. Dunne and his wife, the former Ellen "Lenny" Griffin, settled in Beverly Hills with their two sons, actor/director Griffin ("American Werewolf in London," "After Hours") and Alex, now a teacher and writer; and their daughter, Dominique, an actress who appeared in the film "Poltergeist."
As Mr. Dunne's star rose in Hollywood, so did the Dunnes' name on some of the most star-studded guest lists in town. The couple became known for lavish parties at their own mansion, where they hosted Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner and Truman Capote among others.
But Hollywood is a fickle place and, in 1979, smarting from the failure of some of his films and his pending divorce, Mr. Dunne left, pointing his car north to Oregon. There he rented a cabin for six months, wrote a book, sold everything he had and moved to Greenwich Village to start a career as a writer.
His first book, "The Users," a novel about life in Hollywood, did not fare well with reviewers. But his initial professional failure was soon overshadowed by one of the most devastating moments in his life: In October 1982 his ex-wife called to tell him Dominique was in a coma, having been strangled by her ex-boyfriend, John Sweeney. She never regained consciousness and died in November, just weeks shy of her 23rd birthday.
Mr. Dunne vowed to return to L.A. for the trial. The night before he was to leave he attended a dinner party, where he happened to be seated next to a young Englishwoman named Tina Brown, the person who would turn his professional fortunes around.
Ms. Brown was about to take over as editor of Vanity Fair magazine and she was taken with Mr. Dunne's obvious storytelling talent. She asked him to keep a journal at the trial. Dunne agreed and was in the courtroom each day until Sweeney's manslaughter conviction, which lead to a sentence of 6.5 years. Sweeney was released after serving just 2.5 years.
"Justice: A Father's Account of the Trial of his Daughter's Killer," which deals with the Dunne family's experiences at the court proceedings, ran in the first issue of Vanity Fair edited by Ms. Brown. A poignant story, it showed Dunne's eye for potent detail and a moral authority that colors much of his later work.
In the next five years, Mr. Dunne wrote many Vanity Fair articles and completed "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles" and "People Like Us," two novels that deal with wealth and power. This time around, reviewers took notice.
"There's more to it than getting the labels and the street names right," New York Times reviewer Jill Robinson wrote of "People Like Us." "He shows he knows by the way he tells you how his people feel, the way they listen, the things they cover up and the things they don't."
In recent years, Mr. Dunne, who lives in New York City and Hadlyme, Conn., has blended his interest in celebrity with his strong belief in victims' rights and criminal justice. He has covered some of the most celebrated court cases of our time, including the 1975 slaying of Greenwich, Conn. teen Martha Moxley, a crime that is the basis of his fictional "A Season in Purgatory." When her former neighbor, Eunice Shriver's nephew Michael Skakel, was convicted of the crime earlier this year, Mr. Dunne was once again in the courtroom.
Mr. Dunne's most recent book, "Justice," opens with his account of his daughter's death and the trial that followed. It also includes essays on a half-dozen high-profile cases, highlighting the often bizarre cast of characters found in a courtroom.
On June 17, Mr. Dunne brought his trenchant eye for injustice back to television, debuting "Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice," a weekly documentary series on Court TV. Each episode considers a single high society crime, its investigation and resolution.
"In my everyday life over the last 50 years," Mr. Dunne writes in the introduction to "Justice," "it has been my curious lot to move among the rich and famous and powerful, always as an outsider, always listening, watching, remembering."
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Posted on August 10, 2002
Vol. 35, No. 26