Helene Fuld Health Trust awards grant to Fairfield's School of Nursing to purchase equipment for acute care at home, in hospital "Babes in Toyland" takes the stage at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Student artists put their work on display at Fairfield University's Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery Fairfield University student theatre troupe presents 11 short plays in "Director's Cut" Civil Rights photographer James Hinton's penetrating work on view at the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University Fairfield University professor of economics issues forecast for Connecticut economy, available for interviews The New Haven Symphony Orchestra graces the stage at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Documentary director to screen film on Italian prisoners of war at Fairfield University's DiMenna-Nyselius Library Fairfield University partners with Columbia University making the Biosphere 2 Center in Arizona available to Fairfield students Financial Planning Association to hold free public seminar on Financial Planning at Fairfield University on November 16 Fairfield University Finance department ranks in top 20 percent of 923 institutions nationwide for amount of published research
The prestigious Helene Fuld Health Trust has awarded the School of Nursing a grant to purchase state-of-the-art equipment that will be used to enhance students' abilities to provide acute care to patients in hospitals and at home.
Dr. Theresa Valiga, dean of the school, said the grant is important because, "It addresses changes in the health care field that are putting greater responsibility on nurses to care for patients. Especially in home settings where the nurse is very independent, it is important that nurses are confident in making decisions and executing procedures that were performed only by physicians or confined only to hospital situations."
In announcing the gift she noted, "We are honored and grateful that the Helene Fuld Trust, the largest charitable trust in the United States devoted exclusively to nursing education, has selected our program for support. It is a great vote of confidence in the quality of our programs."
The grant will make possible the purchase of several pieces of equipment. A monitor and 12-lead EKG, for example, will give nursing students the practice they need to become proficient in taking and interpreting electrocardiograms, a procedure once restricted to physicians.
An injectable training arm with replacement kit, "blood," and fluid supply stand will help students master intravenous administration procedures and the withdrawing of blood samples. Dr. Sheila Grossman, associate professor of nursing who will be guiding students as they become increasingly proficient with the new equipment, explained, "With nurses being so independent in the home, they have to be able to handle any situation, such as taking samples of blood from a patient's catheter. We can even simulate problems, such as the catheter slipping out of the vein and fluid getting into surrounding tissue, a situation that can do damage as well as cause pain. We want our nursing students to be able to assess a situation like this and know how to manage it."
With the peritoneal dialysis simulator students will learn how to help patients who manage their dialysis at home. "Home dialysis is a cost effective way to allow patients to filter the toxins from their blood four times a day at home instead of having to travel to a medical center and be connected to a machine for five hours at a time," said Dr. Grossman. "People need a great deal of help and support to master the technique and a nurse may work with a patient for four to six weeks before the patient can be self sufficient."
Other equipment to be purchased with the grant includes a "Mr. Superskeleton" that will help students learn about tendons, bone structure and muscles. An increase in sports injuries and a desire to increase mobility among the elderly and acutely ill make this a valuable teaching tool.
In the application that won the $33,724 Helene Fuld Health Trust grant, Fairfield noted that it had increased its students' experiences in the community in response to the shift from hospital to community-based care. The School of Nursing's Health Promotion Center has operated in Bridgeport for four years, serving the poor, under-served, and multicultural populations in schools, community centers, senior high-rise centers, homes playgrounds and other sites.
The School of Nursing, founded in 1970 and accredited by the National League for Nursing, offers a bachelor of science in nursing degree program for full-time high school graduates, registered nurses and individuals who hold a degree in another field and wish to change careers to nursing. It also offers a master of science in nursing and a post-master's certificate with specialties in family primary care and mental health primary care.
Posted on December 1, 1997
The enchanting family musical "Babes in Toyland" comes to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Sunday Dec. 15 at 1 and 3 p.m. Appropriate for all ages, the show will be repeated on Monday, Dec. 16 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 American Family Theater, the Christmas-time classic has entertained generations of children since its creation in 1903. The show brings Little Boy Blue, Simple Simon and a host of other fairytale and nursery rhyme characters to life in the magical world of Toyland.
"Babes in Toyland" begins with the evil Barnaby bullying the good Widow Piper for her mortgage payment. When she tells him she can't pay, he says he'll forgive the debt - if she agrees to let him marry her lovely daughter Mary. Mary doesn't want to marry a man twice her age, so she and her true love Alan devise a plan to get around the wedding with a little help from Jack and Jill.
This production includes the timeless music of Victor Herbert with 11 memorable songs from "Where There's a Will" and "I Can't Do That Sum" to the classic "Toyland."
The show is part of the Broadway for Kids line of performances from American Family Theater, which has created family friendly selections in 350 cities for the past 30 years. Don Kersey, a veteran stage writer and director, is artistic director for this production.
"Their shows burst with energy, song and special effects," Leslie Bennett of the New York Times wrote of the troupe. "Their engaging productions wonderfully command the attention of young audiences and the spirit is contagious."
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children. Tickets to the "Artsbound" Schoolday show are $5 and study guides are available for school groups. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on November 15, 2002
Vol. 35, No. 122
"What Now: Contemporary Painting, Sculpture, Photography and Multi-Media Installation," organized by an independent group of students and recent graduates from the tri-state area, will be on display at the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University from Dec. 11 through Dec. 22.
An opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. The artists are "soon-to-be" or recently graduated from Fairfield University, New York University, Yale University, Trinity College and other institutions.
The exhibit explores the most recent techniques and approaches to traditional media and development of gallery space. What seems to link the 11 artists in the exhibition is a reaction to contemporary mass media and the environment in which they are placed. While the aesthetic in each artist's work varies in content and form, the unifying element in all cases is a sense of uncertainty and the exploration of the times in which we live.
"I believe it is important today for young artists to exhibit their work collectively, often because space and exposure is limited for up and comers in the context of the contemporary art world," said Keith Wagner, artist and curator. "Therefore, it is recent art history that points us to the success and intrigue that large collaborative shows have had on the public eye. And that 'What Now' ideally, as an art show hopes to represent, is that leading universities can collaborate with one another when the project is put in the hands of the students themselves."
Posted on November 15, 2002
Vol. 35, No. 126
Theatre Fairfield, Fairfield University's student theatre company, will present "Director's Cut 2002," a selection of 11 short, student-directed plays, on Thursday, Dec 5 and Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 and 9 p.m. at the PepsiCo Theatre at Fairfield University. Final performances will be Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 and 4 p.m.
"Director's Cut 2002" is the culmination of a semester-long project of students studying directing at the university and it will feature 24 actors. The directing ensemble, under the mentorship of Marti LoMonaco, Ph.D., director of Fairfield University's theatre program, includes: Megan Bell, Elizabeth Capinera, Lauren Drzata, Kristy Farrell, Jessica Harper, Angela Lewonczyk, Alex Pavone, Paul Robinson, Nicole Smith, Jason Stowe and Danny Williams.
The short plays range from "Layla Miserables," which follows the surreal journey of one man on the road to happiness, to "Truth and Sex," the story of a young couple discovering their fears and finding a deeper love. "Hope 'n Mercy" recreates the love and sin that lead up to a woman's death and the angst her grandmother goes through to find forgiveness. The imaginative "Cabbage Head" finds a young woman returning to her trailer park home to find her mother in an affair with the television, her father suffering unusual punishments and the refrigerator filled with cabbage.
Tickets are $12, $5 for students. For tickets, call the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts box office at (203) 254-4010. There is a special discount for those who wish to stay for two shows in one day. For more information, call Theatre Fairfield at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2274.
Posted on November 15, 2002
Vol. 35, No. 123
The provocative works of James Hinton, whose camera captured the public and private sides of the Civil Rights Movement, will be on display in "Images from the 1960s - Photographs of James Hinton" from Thursday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, March 23 at the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Jan. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gallery, which is located in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Mr. Hinton will lecture on his work at 6:30 p.m.
Mr. Hinton, who is an award-winning filmmaker, began his career just as the Civil Rights Movement was gaining momentum and produced an archive of thousands of photographs from that era. An affable man with a deep commitment to full rights for African Americans, he established a rapport with many activists and documented their work. But his collection also includes those who walked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., angry crowds gathered beside march routes in the North and South, and literary and cultural figures, such as Mahalia Jackson and Muhammad Ali, who lent their names to the cause.
"The poignant black and white photographs of James Hinton offer both a first-hand account and personal perspective of the 1960s - a period of great struggle, tumult and consequence for all who experienced the decade," said Philip Verre, director of the Hudson Valley Museum, which exhibited his works in 2000.
Hinton began exhibiting his photographs as early as 1963 and trained at the highly regarded Kamonge photography workshop for African Americans in New York in 1965. He shot for black-issue news and television programs before he turned to commercial film production in the late 1960s.
Because of his friendships with national figures, Hinton had access to places were supporters met with leaders, such as the offices of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Black Panthers, as well as the Lewis Michaud bookstore in Harlem and Pasquel's Motel cafe´, where several black leaders met for a strategy breakfast on the morning of King's funeral. Most of his images were shot in Chicago and Harlem, but he also chronicled events in Alabama, Mississippi and California. In addition, his oeuvre covers public demonstrations both for and against the Vietnam War.
"Collectively, the work of James Hinton speaks personally and poignantly of a complex and troubled period in American history," Verre said.
A longtime Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. resident, Mr. Hinton teaches filmmaking at the State University of New York at Purchase.
Mr. Hinton's work will be on view at the Walsh Gallery Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (203) 254-4010, ext. 2969.
Posted on November 15, 2002
Vol. 35, No. 121
The stagnant Connecticut economy will remain sluggish throughout 2002 although the situation will improve a tad in 2003, according to Edward Deak, Ph.D., professor of economics at Fairfield University.
Enclosed is a summary of Dr. Deak's forecast of Connecticut's economic outlook for the New England Economic Project. Please feel free to quote from Dr. Deak's forecast with credit. Dr. Deak is also available for interviews on breaking news or year-end economic wrap-up stories.
To receive a copy of Dr. Deak's full report, please contact Nancy Habetz, assistant director of media relations at Fairfield University, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647. Dr. Deak can be reached at his office at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2866 or at home at (203) 268-6088.
Posted on November 15, 2002
Vol. 35, No. 121
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the fourth oldest in the United States, will perform a holiday concert on Friday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. This program of traditional carols and classic selections from a wide variety of ethnic and cultural sources will feature the Elm City Girls' Choir and an end of the evening sing-along.
The program for this festive concert includes such standards as "White Christmas," "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and "Fantasia on Greensleeves," as well as the girls' choir's rendition of "Deo gracias," "Wolcum Yole" and "This Little Babe." Associate Conductor Gerald Steichen will direct the evening's concert.
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) first rehearsed in 1894 and gave its inaugural concert in January 1895. It is the fourth orchestra to form in the United States, following the New York Philharmonic and the Boston and Chicago symphonies. Since its inception, the NHSO has performed regularly in New Haven and has toured extensively throughout the state and beyond, including performances at Carnegie Hall.
In addition to presenting a classical repertoire, the orchestra has a long tradition of performing pops concerts. Its stellar roster of guest artists includes Reneacute;e Fleming, Benny Goodman, Marvin Hamlisch, Buddy Rich, Sarah Vaughn and James Taylor.
Assistant Conductor Gerald Steichen will conduct the 70-member orchestra. A member of the New York City Opera staff, Mr. Steichen spent several years conducting the national tour of "Phantom of the Opera" and also conducted the final performances of the longest-running show in Broadway history, "Cats."
The Elm City Girls' Choir offers girls in the Greater New Haven area an opportunity to sing choral music in a professional ensemble format. Members are chosen from diverse cultural, racial and socio-economic backgrounds based on their talent and motivation. The group provides musical training primarily through the study of a cappella pieces and formal training leading to musical literacy.
The girls' choir has had concerts in Connecticut and in Boston and has performed with the Saint Olai Girls' Choir of Sweden, the Moscow State Orchestra and others.
Tickets for the concert are $30 and $35. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on November 15, 2002
Vol. 35, No. 118
Director Camilla Calamandrei brings her film "Prisoners in Paradise," an intriguing look at Italian prisoners of war in the United States during World War II, to Fairfield University on Monday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. The screening will be held in the multimedia room of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library.
Held in conjunction with the Italian American Experience course taught by Dr. Mary Ann Carolan, director of Fairfield University's Italian Studies Program, the event is sponsored by the Italian Studies Program, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Graduate Program in American Studies.
"Prisoners in Paradise" chronicles a little-known chapter in American history that Ms. Calamandrei first learned of while chatting with her uncle in Italy a decade ago. During World War II, more than 51,000 Italian soldiers were brought to the United States as prisoners of war. Captured primarily during Italian dictator Benito Mussolini's doomed North African campaign, the soldiers were loaded onto cattle cars, then put on ships. They didn't know where they were going until they saw the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline.
Once here, the Italian soldiers, who had been living on little more than bread and water in Africa, were amazed by their surroundings. The barracks were clean, the POWs were treated humanely and there was an abundance of food. For many, being captured was a stroke of good fortune.
Shortly after the prisoners arrived in the U.S., Italy officially switched sides in the war and more than 90 percent of those captured agreed to collaborate with the Allies. Suddenly men who spoke little or no English and gained their understanding of America through movies and books found themselves living the dual life of both prisoner and ally.
Though still restricted and kept under guard, the prisoners worked with American soldiers in 26 states and were allowed to receive visitors and visit the homes of U.S. citizens on the weekends. Local Italian-American communities welcomed the soldiers and many developed long-lasting relationships with those they met. Some eventually married and set up their own homes here.
Featuring rare footage of the POW camps, "Prisoners in Paradise" follows six of the POWs, chronicling their extraordinary journey. In its final act, the hour-long film follows four of the married couples through the challenges they've faced in the war's aftermath.
Through the prisoners' touching, often humorous, stories,"Prisoners in Paradise" considers the cultural affinity between Italians and Americans and the meaning of national identity during wartime. The film has received critical acclaim, with favorable reviews in Variety, The New Republic and the Providence Journal. "Prisoners in Paradise" was named Best Documentary at the Rhode Island Film Festival and was the third place honoree at the New Haven Film Festival.
Ms. Calamandrei's uncle, Novaro Bagnoli, was a prisoner of war in the United States. After talking to him about his experiences, Ms. Calamandrei found Louis Keefer, who wrote1992's "Italian Prisoners of War in America, 1942-46: Captives or Allies?" then the only book about the imprisonment published in the United States. Keefer helped Calamandrei track down other former POWs for interviews that Ms. Calamandrei combined with newsreel footage and photographs.
"Prisoners in Paradise" is Ms. Calamadrei's first full-length feature. Her short film, "At Arm's Length," premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1990 and won a Merit Award from the Dance on Camera Festival in New York City. She has shot six short documentaries. Ms. Calamandrei is also an award-winning game designer, who worked for both Scholastic Inc. and LEGO. She holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a master's degree in Documentary Film Production from Stanford University.
Posted on November 15, 2002
Vol. 35, No. 113
For thousands of students, life in a glass bubble offers the ultimate chance to put Mother Earth under the microscope.
Fairfield University has partnered with Columbia University's Biosphere 2 Center to allow Fairfield students to receive Fairfield credits while they spend a semester learning at the Arizona facility, which features a three-acre glass- and steel-domed laboratory. Beginning in the spring semester of 2003, Fairfield will send two to three students to the 250-acre Arizona facility in the Santa Catalina Mountains just north of Tucson to live and learn.
The Center, constructed in 1984, gained headlines for its mission to see if a crew of men and women could sustain themselves for two years in a closed environment. Today the Center is an offshoot of Columbia University that attracts more than 180,000 visitors annually. The southwestern ecosystems accessible from Biosphere 2 campus serve as living laboratories for studying Earth's physical and biological processes.
Alexandra Galeano, a sophomore at Fairfield University, will be among the first students from the university to experience Biosphere 2. Galeano, an international studies major going for a business degree, said that she is excited about fulfilling her science requirements at Fairfield by studying environmental concerns in a hands-on setting.
"It's important no matter what subject you're studying," said Galeano, a Norwalk resident. "Every business has to make decisions about the environment; for example, whether they will use methods in their business that are more expensive for the company, but better for the environment."
Fairfield is the 37th institution to partner with Columbia on the Biosphere project, joining such schools as the University of Notre Dame, Assumption College, and Smith College. Since Columbia University began managing the Center in 1996, more than 1,400 undergraduate students from the United States and around the world have completed semester or summer programs. Biosphere 2 preferentially admits and houses students from partner schools. "This is one of the most exciting research facility in the world," said Lisa H. Newton, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and director of the program in environmental studies at Fairfield.
"This program provides students who want to link international issues and environmental issues with a world-class educational program that explicitly combines scientific study of the environment with policy analysis," said Katherine Kidd, Ph.D., director of the International Studies program at Fairfield University.
"Fairfield students who succeed academically in their Biosphere 2 semester will be eligible for preferential admission to Columbia's new MPA program in Earth Systems Science, Policy and Management a wonderful new graduate program of Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs."
Students in Earth Semester spend the 16-week program exploring the unique laboratory of Biosphere 2, the surrounding Sonoran desert and global issues such as greenhouse warming and land-use change.
Universe Semester students immerse themselves in an intensive astronomy and astrophysics program that takes advantage of southern Arizona's dark skies for observation, utilizing Biosphere 2 Observatory's 24-inch telescope as well as the larger professional telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory.
The center has opportunities for a variety of Fairfield's students, said Susan Fitzgerald, director of the International Education Office of the University College at Fairfield University. "We're excited about this new opportunity for our undergraduates both for the science major and the non-science major," Fitzgerald said.
Fairfield University students attending a Biosphere 2 program will live on Columbia's campus there in newly opened apartments. Classes at Biosphere 2 range from Ecological Systems to Human Role in Environmental Change to Observational Astronomy, Galactic Astronomy and Astrobiology. In addition, students undertake a semester-long independent research project and go on field trips that focus on the region's geologic, biologic and cultural diversity.
"We are pleased to add Fairfield University to the Biosphere 2 Center partnership family," said David Downie, Ph.D., director of educational partnerships, Columbia Earth Institute. "Fairfield's commitment to interdisciplinary education and preparing students to effect positive change is in keeping with our educational mission."
For more information, contact Dr. Newton at (203) 254-4000, ext. 4128 or Fairfield University's Study Abroad office at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2914.
Posted on November 15, 2002
Vol. 35, No. 70
The Fairfield County Council of the Financial Planning Association and Fairfield University will co-host a financial planning seminar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The seminar is free and open to the public.
The seminar will be broadcast by WINE 940 AM in Brookfield, and listeners will be able to call in with their own financial planning questions. The call-in number is (203) 254-4201.
Certified Financial Planners will tackle seven financial planning topics in lectures that will be held in the Walsh Art Gallery throughout the seminar:
- How a financial planner can help you...and how to choose the right one
- 10 questions to ask when choosing a financial planner
- Planning for long-term health care
- Planning for the costs of higher education
- Planning for the stages of retirement
- How to survive financially after a job loss
- Coping with death and injury: financial considerations in a time of need
Many people do not realize what they should be doing, when to start and how many different components there are when it comes to financial planning, said Alexander B. Williams, Jr., CFP(TM), president of the FPA Connecticut/Fairfield County Council and an investment advisor representative with Financial Network Investment Corp. "You could start planning for college now even before your child is born," Mr. Williams said.
Mr. Williams will be joined in the seminar by five other Connecticut certified financial planners: David Bue of Affirmative Financial Services in Westport, Thomas J. Casey of AdvisorsOne in Wilton, Gregory T. Cimmino of New England Financial Group in Waterbury, Rameela Patel of Financial Focus in Riverside, and George L. Taylor of Temenos in Farmington.
University College at Fairfield University now offers a certificate program in financial planning. The program is designed for people working in the areas of financial planning, insurance, banking, investments, accounting and law, as well as other professionals interested in learning more about the financial planning process. Students who complete the six courses and earn a letter grade of C or better receive a certificate in financial planning and may sit for the two-day Certified Financial Planners certification examination.
For more information about the event, please contact Mr. Williams at (203) 740-0574 or University College at Fairfield University at (203) 254-4307.
Posted on November 15, 2002
Vol. 35, No. 110
A report to be included in the official publication of the Financial Management Association has ranked Fairfield University's Finance Department 188 out of finance departments in 923 institutions worldwide for the amount of finance literature it has published.
The study, which was presented at the Financial Management Association's national meeting in San Antonio, Texas in mid-October, was based on the number of Journal of Finance-equivalent pages of research published by each institution in 16 of the top financial journals. The results will also be discussed in an article in the forthcoming issue of Financial Management. The study was conducted by Kam C. Chan, Carl R. Chen and Thomas L. Steiner of the University of Dayton.
Gregory D. Koutmos, Ph.D., chair of the the finance department in Fairfield's Charles F. Dolan School of Business, ranked 208 out of the top 1000 authors for prolific finance writings, also as measured by the number of pages in 16 core finance journals.
Fairfield's finance department ranked ahead of those at Brown University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Lafayette College and Amherst College.
"Dr. Koutmos is a world-renowned finance academic and certainly reflects the distinction associated with an endowed chair in finance in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business," said Norman A. Solomon, Ph.D., dean of the school of business.
As a midsize school competing with other, larger counterparts, Fairfield's ranking in roughly the top 20 percent of finance departments is noteworthy, Dr. Solomon said.
"This is a great achievement because we're competing with top echelon schools that not only have undergraduate and masters programs, but also doctoral programs that enable them to have doctoral students assisting professors in their research," Dr. Solomon said.
Posted on November 15, 2002
Vol. 35, No. 107