Merrill Lynch Foundation helps create Tully Scholarship for economics students at Fairfield University Classic Crime Fighters come to life at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University Awards Dinner to raise funds for Alumni Multicultural Scholarship Fund Staying home for Spring Break: Students learn about poverty in their own back yard Hans Christian Andersen tale "The Nightingale" to be presented at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Veteran journalist Marvin Kalb to address media war coverage at press conference at Fairfield University Summer Festival Chorus celebrates a decade of music at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts The St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble offers "A Schubert Sandwich" at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts 5th Annual Aging Conference to take place at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Gladys Brooks Foundation endows scholarship in Asian Studies at Fairfield University Fairfield University Glee Club presents "A Night of Fantasy" at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
Daniel P. Tully, former chairman of the board of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., Mrs. Grace I. Tully and the Merrill Lynch & Co. Foundation, Inc. have teamed to create a scholarship at Fairfield University to assist students majoring in economics who are in need of financial assistance.
The Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., right, University President, thanks Daniel Tully, center, former chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch & Co., and David Komansky, current chairman and CEO, for the creation of the Daniel P. and Grace I. Tully Scholarship which will assist students majoring in economics who are in need of financial assistance.
With a gift of $100,000 from the Tullys and a matching gift of $100,000 from the Merrill Lynch Foundation, the University will establish the Daniel P. and Grace I. Tully Scholarship.
The Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., University President, commented that he is grateful to Dan and Grace Tully and told them, "We are truly honored to have the Tully name associated with Fairfield. I know you appreciate how critical financial aid is to students. Having this support is much appreciated."
Fairfield University is providing financial assistance totaling over $12 million this year to more than two-thirds of its 3,000 undergraduate students.
In addition, meeting with David Komansky, the chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch, Fr. Kelley thanked him for recognizing the University's pressing need. The Merrill Lynch Foundation previously established a scholarship at Fairfield with a gift of $100,000 in 1986 to provide support for minority students. Fr. Kelley noted that this scholarship is currently assisting a junior from Bridgeport who earned an enviable grade point average of 3.47 of a possible 4.0 last semester, and a second student who earned a 3.58, works part-time on campus and is president of Umoja, the African-American students' association.
The Merrill Lynch Foundation also assisted the University with gifts of $25,000 for the School of Nursing in 1976 and of $100,000 for the library in 1991. With this latest gift, the Foundation has now supported Fairfield with grants totaling $325,000.
Mr. Tully's ties to Fairfield include serving as a trustee from 1983 to 1995, as chairman of the Fairfield Awards Dinners in 1988 and 1989 to raise funds for multicultural scholarships and delivering the annual Olin Fellow Lecture of the School of Business in 1992.
He joined Merrill Lynch in 1955, became president and CEO in 1985 and later president, chairman and CEO. He has served as vice chairman of both the New York Stock Exchange and the American Stock Exchange and was a founding member of the Ireland Chamber of Commerce in the United States.
Posted on February 1, 1998
From damsels in distress to the end of the world, "Classic Crime Fighters," the third and final installment of this year's radio dramas at Fairfield University brings heroism to Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29. Friday's performance will take place at 8 p.m. and Saturday's shows will be presented at 3 and 8 p.m. The shows will be held in the Wien Experimental Theatre.
Director and actor Daniel Smith of New Haven will recreate three episodes of some of radio's most popular and dramatic shows. The cast includes Bernard Maher of Ridgefield; Josiah Rowe of Cheshire; Dakota Shephard of Brooklyn, N.Y.; John Watson of New Haven; and Kimberly Mikenis of New Haven. Sound effects director, Ted Powell of Stratford, will provide live sound effects making for a visually stimulating aspect of the show. Fairfield University sophomore, Rob Piontek of North Haven, will assist Powell.
The characters appear in vintage 1940s clothing in front of the CBS logo to give the audience a taste of what people may have seen in the studio more than 60 years ago.
"Gallows to Guns" is recreated from an original Lone Ranger episode. America's greatest western hero and his faithful companion, Tonto, ride in to save the day, accompanied by the original Lone Ranger theme song, of course. Legendary horse Silver comes to life, courtesy of Powell using half coconut shells on gravel.
Only one hero knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men - The Shadow. In "Poison Death," a darker episode, The Shadow uses his hypnotic power to capture the villain who is using chemical toxins to pollute people's water supply.
The final episode is "The Corpse in the Murphy Bed." This is a humorous drama focusing on the cases of private eye Sam Spade. Following him through the streets of San Francisco, listeners are in for a good, wisecracking caper.
Tickets for the show are $10. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on March 7, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 217
Merrill Lynch CEO keynote speaker; Two "Pioneers" among honorees
E. Stanley O'Neal, chief executive officer of Merrill Lynch, will deliver the keynote address at Fairfield University's Awards Dinner on Tuesday evening, April 1, at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in New York City. The annual dinner benefits the Alumni Multicultural Scholarship Fund at Fairfield and honors distinguished alumni and a member of the faculty or administration of the University. The chair of the dinner is Michael Neal of Weston, Conn., a university trustee and president and chief executive officer, GE Commercial Finance, and senior vice president, General Electric Company.
The University will present Mr. O'Neal with the Distinguished Leadership Award. Named last year by Fortune magazine as the most powerful black executive in America, he will become chairman of Merrill Lynch on April 28, 2003, joining the elite group of African-Americans to head Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. O'Neal joined Merrill Lynch in 1986 and has held leadership positions throughout his career there, including in the areas of global capital markets, investment banking, and client strategies. From 1998 to 2000, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer, responsible for worldwide financial and risk management. In 2000 he was named president of the U.S. Private Client Group and two years later, chief executive officer of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. O'Neal worked for General Motors Corp. in New York and Madrid, Spain. While working part-time on a GM auto assembly line in Georgia, he attended Kettering University (formerly known as the General Motors Institute), graduating in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in industrial administration, and then earning an MBA with distinction from Harvard University in 1978.
Mr. O'Neal is on the board of directors for GM, the NASDAQ Stock Market, and the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., formed to oversee redevelopment following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. In addition, he is former vice chairman of the Securities Industry Association and a member of the Capital Markets Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange. He serves as a trustee of the National Urban League, Ronald McDonald House of New York, Catalyst, and the Buckley School, and also serves on the advisory board of the Bronx Preparatory Charter School.
Among the other honorees are two "pioneers" who helped open the university in 1947: Rev. Victor Leeber, S.J., a member of the first faculty; and Arthur Laske of Trumbull, Conn., a member of the first class (1951) at Fairfield. Also being honored are Maive Scully of Fairfield, Conn., class of 1976 and senior vice president and chief financial officer of GE Consumer Finance operation in Stamford, Conn.; and Kurt Schlichting, Ph.D., of Fairfield, Conn., class of 1970 and professor of sociology and anthropology at Fairfield.
Fr. Leeber will be presented with the Honorary Alumnus Award. As a member of the original faculty, he founded and chaired, for 26 years, the modern languages department, teaching Spanish, French and Italian to generations of students. He also founded five varsity sports programs, including track, football, men's and women's swimming and men's basketball and over the years served as chaplain and mentor to scores of student athletes.
Fr. Leeber retired from teaching in 1992, but remained active as a tutor and mentor to student athletes. Upon his retirement, the first Rev. Victor F. Leeber, S.J. Scholarship was established through the generosity of countless friends, family, faculty and staff. Eight years later, in 2000, a second scholarship was named for Fr. Leeber through the generosity of William Egan '67 and his wife Jacalyn. Last October, Fr. Leeber moved from the Fairfield Jesuit Community to Campion Center in Weston, Mass., where he is gathering historical data on the university with plans to write a history of Fairfield.
Mr. Laske of Trumbull, Conn., will receive the Alumni Service Award. A 1947 Fairfield Prep graduate and a business major who commuted from Trumbull, he has said that the experience of being in Fairfield's very first class gave him and his classmates "a pioneering spirit" and a bond that continues today. He served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for 16 years and helped organize his class reunions in 1991 and 2001. His oldest daughter, Susan, is a 1983 Fairfield graduate with a degree in psychology.
A longtime member of the President's Circle at Fairfield, Mr. Laske is a director of the William T. Morris Foundation. He is a member of the board of the Somir Petroleum Foundation and the St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation and an usher at Christ the King Church in Trumbull.
Maive Scully of Fairfield, Conn., senior vice president and chief financial officer of GE Consumer Finance operation in Stamford, Conn., will receive Fairfield's Professional Achievement Award. During a 26-year career with GE, she has held various financial management positions with GE and GE Capital. Named vice president, finance, for GE Consulting Services in 1988, she was promoted to portfolio manager for GE Capital Services in 1990 and then chief financial officer of GE Capital's Structured Finance Group in 1992. Prior to her current position, she was in a cross-functional role as Managing Director of Global Telecom within SFG, responsible for developing investments in the telecommunications area.
A 1976 graduate of Fairfield with a bachelor of science degree in finance, Ms. Scully was a member of Fairfield's Board of Trustees for two terms, from 1993 to 1999 and was the National Alumni Annual Fund chair in 1998. A member of the President's Circle, she served on the Fairfield Awards Dinner Committee from 1993 to 2000.
Kurt Schlichting, Ph.D., of Fairfield, Conn., professor of sociology and anthropology at Fairfield University, will receive the Distinguished Faculty Award. A 1970 graduate of Fairfield, Dr. Schlichting earned a master's and a doctoral degree from New York University in sociology and returned to his alma mater in 1974 as a member of the faculty.
As a sociology professor, he encourages discussion on topics such as inequality, social structure, and urban/suburban relationships, while also teaching statistics and data analysis - tools that can help bring about social change. He is the director of the Fairfield County Research Center, established at the University in 1987 to provide statistical information and data analysis for local governments and non-profit organizations.
In 2001 his book, Grand Central Terminal: Railroads, Architecture and Engineering in New York, was published by Johns Hopkins Press and went on to receive the Association of American Publishers 2002 Best Professional/ Scholarly Book Award in the category of Architecture and Urbanism.
In 2002 he and the University were among the fewer than five percent of applicants awarded a grant from the Federal Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. The three-year grant will be used to implement Geographic Informations Systems technology at five area high schools, two of which serve predominantly inner-city students. He has also received major grants from the Archbold Charitable Trust, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Trust.
Michael A. Neal, who is chairing the dinner, is president and chief executive officer of GE Commercial Finance, an array of businesses with assets of more than $180 billion that offer financial services and products to businesses of any size. Previously, he was president and chief operating officer of GE Capital Corporation.
He has held various assignments at General Electric Company since he began in 1979. In 1990 he became general manager of Commercial Equipment Financing and in 1994 was appointed executive vice president of GE Capital. He has been recognized for planning and implementing GE Capital's successful core growth strategies, acquiring and building throughout Asia, most notably in Japan. Recently he led the effort to acquire Heller Financial Services, which at $20 billion dollars is GE Capital's largest-ever acquisition.
A graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, Mr. Neal is a member of the U.S. Advisory Board of the European Institute of Business Administration, the Georgia Tech Foundation and the Board of Stamford-based Soundwaters. He has been the chairman of the GE Capital New York/Connecticut/New Jersey tri-state United Way campaign and participates in several local community volunteer activities through GE ELFUN.
Anyone interested in attending the dinner should contact the Special Events Office at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2661.
Posted on March 10, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 235
While many of their classmates are enjoying sunny climes this week, after an unusually cold and snowy winter, nine Fairfield University students have traveled 10 minutes east to learn what life is like for the poor in neighboring Bridgeport.
The students are part of this year's "Urban Plunge," a program begun more than 10 years ago by Fairfield University's Campus Ministry on the Jesuit campus. Melissa Reardon, assistant university chaplain who is leading the group, says the purpose of the program is to help students understand poverty and see the drastic differences that exist between people living in the same region.
The program is both educational and service oriented. The students will prepare dinner for a homeless shelter and help with an after-school program for inner-city youth, in addition to other outreach programs. Speakers from the Bridgeport School System; Ground Work Bridgeport, an urban revitalization program; the New Haven Catholic Worker; and Center Edge, a project of the Social Justice Office of the Bridgeport Diocese's Catholic Family Services, are among the people the students are meeting with during a week of studying the various aspects and causes of poverty.
Posted on March 10, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 230
Hans Christian Andersen's timeless tale "The Nightingale" will take the stage on Sunday, April 6, and Monday, April 7, at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The Sunday performances will take place at 1 and 3 p.m. The Monday shows, which are geared to school groups, will take place at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
Part of the Washington, D.C.-based Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration on Tour, "The Nightingale" is the story of an emperor locked away in his porcelain palace. He believes himself to be the wisest man in China and his bumbling courtiers, who comply with his every wish, do nothing to change his high opinion of himself.
One day, the king hears the lilting strains of a nightingale and its enchanting song of freedom and joy makes him realize there is more to life. He tries to hold the bird captive and when she inevitably escapes, he builds an ornately decorated mechanical replica. While beautiful, the bird cannot sing and is of no comfort when the king falls ill. When the live nightingale returns, she strengthens the king with her song. In the finale, the king realizes that to be truly wise is to be compassionate and free to discover the joys of the world and one's own true self.
Acclaimed writer/director Mary Hall Surface and choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess reshaped this classic tale into a powerful theatrical presentation filled with dance, colorful sets, humor and action.
Surface is an internationally recognized author of 15 plays for family audiences. She has written plays about the lives of Jackie Robinson and Alexander Calder, and her play "Prodigy," about the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was published in a 1990 anthology of the best new plays for young audiences in Europe.
Burgess is the founding director of Moving Forward: Contemporary Asian American Dance Company. His choreography has graced the stage at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and The United Nations. He is the 1994 recipient of the Washington, D.C. Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding Excellence in the Arts and is an appointed Arts Commissioners for the District of Columbia.
The Kennedy Center production features a comprehensive package of educational materials designed to help teachers enhance the performance for school groups.
Tickets for the Sunday, April 6, performances are $12 for adults, $10 for children. Tickets for the Monday, April 7 show are $5. The Monday performances are part of the Quick Center's "ArtsBound" Schoolday Series, which is funded, in part, by Regina A. Quick, the Greater Bridgeport Area Foundation and the Educational Foundation of America. 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 at www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on March 10, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 228
Editors: Television and radio reporters are invited to attend the press conference.
What: Fairfield University will host a press conference with Marvin Kalb, former chief diplomatic correspondent for NBC News and CBS News and an astute observer of American media. Mr. Kalb will address media war coverage in Iraq. The press conference will precede a 3 p.m. lecture sponsored by Fairfield University's Open VISIONS Forum.
When: Sunday, March 23 at 2:20 p.m.
Where: Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
Contact: Reporters interested in attending the press conference or the lecture should contact Dana Ambrosini, assistant director of media relations at Fairfield University, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, or (203) 209-9849.
Over a distinguished 30-year broadcast career, Kalb served as a key correspondent for both NBC News and CBS News and was the moderator of "Meet the Press." Since leaving his full-time television post, his interest in the medium has not waned: He was the first director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University. He is now the center's senior fellow and a lecturer in Public Policy and faculty chair of the Washington programs of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. A frequent commentator on PBS' "NewsHour" and other radio and television programs, Kalb continues to produce provocative lecture series and television programs about politics and journalism.
Posted on March 12, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 243
The popular Summer Festival Chorus of Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, under the direction of Carole Ann Maxwell, will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year with a concert of favorites and the premiere of a new composition by jazz pianist/composer Joe Utterback, Ph.D.
The Quick Center choral program brings together singers with a wide range of experience in the arts and a passion for music. After auditions in June, about 100 seasoned vocalists from around the region will rehearse twice a week for a grand finale concert in August.
This year's program features Dr. Utterback's "The Music Makers," which was commissioned especially for the event, accompanied by brass and percussion ensemble. In addition, the eclectic performance will include Schutz's "Psalm 100," a jazz arrangement of Gershwin's "Summertime," portions of Schubert's "Magnificat," the spiritual "Ain-a That Good News" and choral favorite "Danny Boy." An accompanying slide show will offer photos of past concerts culled by the 10th anniversary committee, which is busy contacting all past members about the celebration.
Dr. Carole Ann Maxwell's ability to pick challenging, yet popular pieces is one reason the Summer Festival Chorus is so popular with both the singers and the audience, according to Lin Clayton, an eight-year veteran of the Quick Center program.
"She picks music that singers want to sing," Clayton said. "And it's music people want to hear. There's something for everybody."
The program also provides a rare summer singing opportunity, said Don Walters, who has performed in all nine concerts. Walters is a member of the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut, which, like many other choruses and church choirs, takes a summer break. Past choristers have traveled from as far away as Southbury and Brewster, N.Y. to participate in the Quick Center program, he said.
"It's the high point of the summer for many people," Walters said.
The chorus enjoys a loyal following, playing to a standing-room-only audience. Clayton hopes the committee's work will mean even more success, including securing sponsorship that might make it possible for the group to hire more instrumentalists. This year a special classification of donors will be formed, "Friends of Summer Festival Chorus." It is hoped that the Friends' donations will enable the chorus to enhance its concerts by including professional instrumentalists. In this, the first year, the Friends will be invited to a champagne reception prior to the performance.
"We are very delighted how the chorus program has grown in popularity," said Deborah Sommers, the Quick Center's director of programming. "Besides presenting its regular professional season, the Quick Center has many programs for adults and young people in the community because that partnership is important to us."
Auditions for the 2003 Summer Festival Chorus are scheduled for June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Quick Center. Experienced choral singers are invited to audition and should be prepared to sing vocal warm-ups and exercises. Auditions are not required for previous participants. Rehearsals will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from June to August. A grand finale concert is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, call the Quick Center at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396, or visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on March 12, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 209
Two Franz Schubert works flank a composition by Joseph Haydn for "A Schubert Sandwich," the last of three performances of the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble this season at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The performance begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 11.
St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, New York's preeminent chamber ensemble, is the artistic core of the larger Orchestra of St. Luke's. The smaller group includes 21 virtuoso musicians who perform nationally and internationally with a repertoire ranging from the baroque to the contemporary.
The Quick Center concert begins with Schubert's "String Trio in B-flat, D. 471," an unfinished piece that was almost entirely unknown until after the young composer's untimely death in 1828 and went unpublished until 1890. Lyrical throughout, it covers a remarkably wide range of emotions. Though only one movement long, it shows the young genius, not yet out of his teens, aiming for lofty Beethovenian heights.
The second piece of the evening will be Haydn's "Divertimento in C major, Hob. II: C5." A relatively recent find from the prolific composer, this work had its first modern premiere in Vienna in 1975. Found in the library of a Benedictine monastery in Seitenstetten, Austria, the well-worn manuscript showed it to be quite a popular piece among the monks. Like all divertimentos, it is intended to delight and amuse. Written in a rollicking dance rhythm, it includes two violins, cello and double bass, an ensemble that's unusual for the period.
The Ensemble will finish the evening with Schubert's most beloved chamber composition, "Quintet in A major, D. 667, for piano, violin, viola, cello and bass," otherwise known as "The Trout." During the summer of 1819, Schubert took a vacation trip to Upper Austria, discovering the sights and sounds of this beautiful country. The piece takes its nickname from the fourth movement, which is based on one of Schubert's popular songs of the time, "Die Forelle (The Trout)."
Including a non-traditional fifth movement, the piece begins with a bubbling Allegro, which moves into a slower Andante based in sonata form. The propulsive Scherzo relaxes into its trio. The fourth movement uses the folk song style to take listeners on a musical fishing expedition for a wily trout and the piece ends with the lively triplets of the closing movement.
Members of St. Luke's who will play in this Quick Center performance are: Krista Bennion Feeney and Naoko Tanaka, violin; Maureen Gallagher, viola; Myron Lutzke, cello; and John Feeney, bass. St. Luke's Principal Conductor Donald Runnicles will be the guest pianist.
Since its inception in 1974, the Ensemble has won praise for tackling the masters and newer programs with equal zeal. In its rigorous performance schedule, the group has made time for Bach and Brahms, as well as André Previn, Zhou Long and Philip Glass.
The ensemble's more than 70 recordings include three Grammy winners, John Adam's "Nixon in China" and Samuel Barber's "Knoxville: Summer of 1915" and "Bel Canto" with soprano Renée Fleming. Recent recordings include "Haydn: Morning, Noon and Evening," and a soon-to-be-released CD of Mozart's Symphonies 39 and 41.
"St. Luke's serves up a diverse feast for the ears year-round," according to Chamber Music Magazine.
Tickets to the Quick Center performance are $30. 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 March 12, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 229
Fairfield University's School of Nursing, in collaboration with the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging (SWCAA), will sponsor, "Developing Cultural Competence - A Provider's Challenge" for its 5th Annual conference on aging on Friday, April 11th, at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
Geared towards health care professionals who serve older adults, this conference has swelled to maximum capacity in past years. Registration this year begins at 8:30 a.m. with refreshments and an opportunity to view exhibits. Award-winning lecturer Josepha Campinha-Bacote, Ph.D., APRN, BC, CTN, FAAN, president of Transcultural C.A.R.E. Associates, will deliver the keynote address: "An Overview of Cultural Competence." She will discuss the definition of cultural competence in healthcare delivery and its components.
Lois Hayman-El, MSW, LSW, training specialist of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, will follow with "Assessment and Intervention," which will include information on how to gather private and personal information, transcultural communication, key concepts of culture and diversity in conducting needs assessments and care plans, and ways of avoiding cultural collisions. Dr. Hayman-El is also Continuing Education instructor at Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
The afternoon panel representing the African American, Hispanic, Gay/Lesbian and Asian American communities will address what the culture is about, family interactions, the best ways for service providers to be accepted, and outreach suggestions.
Panelists include: Yuhwa Eva Lu, Ph.D., associate professor at New York University's Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School of Social Work, Jose R. Ortiz, NSW, CSW, executive director of the Spanish Speaking Elderly Council; Brooklyn and Colleen Anne Richard, MSW, doctoral candidate, School of Family Studies, UCONN and Dr. Hayman-El.
"SWCAA and Fairfield University School of Nursing have worked well together over the past five years to put on an excellent conference for providers of services to adults," says Meredith Wallace, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing at Fairfield University. "However the timeliness of the topic, as well as the quality of the speakers, will undoubtedly make this year's conference excel in the ability to improve the care of older adults."
This program has been approved for four Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for Social Work Licensure renewal. The cost for the conference is $75, including lunch. For more information or to register, call Catherine Rogers at SWCAA at (203) 333-9288.
Posted on March 12, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 225
The Gladys Brooks Foundation has awarded Fairfield University $100,000 to establish an endowed scholarship in Asian Studies. The scholarship represents an important component in an expanding program in Asian Studies at the Jesuit university and is the second significant gift by the Gladys Brooks Foundation in support of Asian Studies at Fairfield.
The new grant will support a scholarship to be awarded annually to a student with a major or minor in Asian Studies who demonstrates academic achievement, leadership ability and significant involvement in academic, campus and community activities.
In 1989 the Gladys Brooks Foundation awarded Fairfield University another $100,000 to establish an endowment to support acquisitions for the Asian library collection. Since the first funds were available in 1990, over 1,500 books and hundreds of films have been added to Fairfield's collection. In addition, the endowment supports subscriptions to 14 Asian Studies Journals.
Alan Katz, Ph.D., professor of politics and director of the Program in Asian Studies, said the size and quality of the library in Asian Studies is unusual for a school the size of Fairfield and has been invaluable to students conducting research. "We have seen a significant increase in the number of students interested in studying about Asia and the Gladys Brooks Foundation has played a key role in making that possible," he said. "The addition of this endowed scholarship provides important support for students interested in Asian Studies.
Fairfield offers a minor in Asian Studies, but students also are given the option to craft a major and as a result there are presently three majors as well as 20 minors. Two Fairfield students have studied in China and four more are there this semester. Another student is studying in Vietnam.
Fairfield's program focuses on China and Japan and the entire Asian land mass bounded by the Pacific, Arctic, and Indian oceans.
In many ways Fairfield offers fertile ground for an Asian Studies program to take root. Several faculty members teach specialized areas of Asia, including Danke Li, Ph.D., assistant professor of history and an Asian scholar; and Ronald Davidson, Ph.D., professor of religious studies and an internationally recognized scholar in Buddhism. Lik Kuen Tong, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, is the founder of The International Institute for Field Being, which bridges eastern and western thought.
The Gladys Brooks Foundation in New York, created under the will of the late Gladys Brooks Thayer, establishes and supports non-profit libraries, educational institutions, hospitals and clinics.
Posted on March 13, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 232
The Fairfield University Glee Club will whisk listeners away to a witches' lair, a mythical Scottish glen and the dream of two young lovers in "A Night of Fantasy" on Saturday, April 12, at 8 p.m. at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University.
The evening's sumptuous program, under the direction of Carole Ann Maxwell, includes more than a dozen flights of fancy, including performances by soloists, the Men's Ensemble, the Sine Nomine Singers and the Chamber Singers.
The evening begins with the university's alma mater followed by Ivan Erod's "Viva la Musica." From there the Glee Club will move through selections from Lerner and Loewe's beloved musical "Brigadoon." Program highlights include: Leonard Bernstein's "Symphonic Dance (Dream Sequence)" from "West Side Story;" "Witches Chorus" from Verdi's "MacBeth;" Borodin's "Polovetzian Dance and Chorus" from "Prince Igor;" and "The Impossible Dream" and "Finale" from "Man of La Mancha."
The Rev. Charles Allen, S.J., is moderator for the evening and instrumentalists are Galen Tate, John Primavera and John Gallagher. Beth Palmer will be a guest pianist.
The glee club is continuing its 55-year musical legacy at Fairfield University. A mixed chorus of more than 130 undergraduate and graduate singers, the glee club includes four additional ensembles: the acclaimed Chamber Singers; the resident quartet, Sine Nomine Singers; the Men's Ensemble; and Sweet Harmony.
The Fairfield University choirs, under Maxwell's direction, have presented concerts in churches, schools and recital and concert halls throughout Europe, singing from Galway to Rome and Florence to London. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Westminster and Southward Cathedrals in London, and the Aula Paolo VI at the Vatican. This year, the singers will be performing in Philadelphia, New York and several communities in Connecticut.
Maxwell has served as director of choral and liturgical music at Fairfield University since 1980. She is also artistic director and conductor of The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut and chorus master of the Yale Opera. She has prepared and conducted choruses for the Prague Radio Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, the Springfield Symphony, the Philadelphia Lyric Opera and others.
Tickets for the Quick Center concert are $8, $5 for students. 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 March 18, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 231