Five more students recommended for Fulbright Scholarships Walsh replaces Runnicles in St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble performance at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Orchestra New England to play all-Copland concert at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Jazz workshop accepting registrations at Fairfield University Holocaust Remembrance Service planned at Fairfield University Former hostage and author Terry Waite to speak at press conference at Fairfield University Nationally syndicated columnist and author Arianna Huffington to speak at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts The Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University offers a host of workshops for teachers and young writers Fairfield University stages mock accident this Wednesday to warn students about drinking and driving Strobe Talbott, former deputy secretary of state and current president of the Brookings Institution, to deliver Fairfield University's 2003 commencement address Jazzman's Cafe brings the cyber-cafe trend to Fairfield University
Five more Fairfield University students have been chosen by the U.S. Selection Committee and recommended to receive J. William Fulbright Scholarships for study and research abroad. The final approval for their selection is expected by June and is dependent on U.S. funding and agreement by the host country.
In the past five years, 12 Fairfield students or recent graduates were selected for the prestigious scholarship.
The newly recommended students and their host countries are: Angela E. Allen, Germany; Kristen M. Cammarata, Morocco; Stacey L. Pascarella, Canada; Edward R. Siuda, Sweden; and Robert E. Varley, Korea.
The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946 in the aftermath of World War II in order to build mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas sponsored the legislation. Each year, approximately 4,500 students compete for the 700 Fulbrights, considered the U.S. government's premier scholarship program.
Angela Allen, a resident of Long Lake, Minn., and a senior at Fairfield, plans to serve as an assistant in a German high school teaching English. Upon return to the U.S., she will enter a graduate program for a master's degree and teach English and German at a high school. Her long range plans are to earn a Ph.D. and teach at a university.
This will be her third trip to Germany after a 1993 trip to Geislingen as a high school exchange student and her 1997 junior year study abroad at Freiburg. At Fairfield, she has been active as a Head Start volunteer, campus tour guide, Mirror staff writer, volunteer mentor and in the Honors Program.
She is a triple major in German with a dual concentration in English literature and writing. Her senior thesis will compare the American and German educational systems.
Angela attributed her interest in studying German to growing up in Minnesota, a state deeply rooted in German traditions. During her stay in Germany, she plans to share the experiences she gained while traveling in the United States. She explained that the day after Christmas each year her family would drive to Colorado for a ski trip and her father never drove on the interstate. He said he was giving them "a taste of what spanned between our house and the mountains."
In addition, because of the her mother's influence during 27 years as a second grade teacher, Angela has participated as a volunteer in teaching programs for small children and high school students. "What I have attempted to instill in each of them is the value of education and the important role it plays in each of our lives."
Kristen Cammarata of Walpole, Mass., a 1991 graduate with an M.A. from Brown University, has been selected for environmental studies in Morocco in order to assess the potential for marine-based aquaculture. After her return to the U.S. she plans to continued working on aquaculture and food security issues. She also hopes to pursue a doctorate and work for an international development organization.
At Fairfield, she majored in politics with an English literature minor and she has also been an assistant language teacher for four years in Japan and a research assistant in environmental studies at Brown. In regard to her project, she explained, "As a result of over-harvesting, poor management, pollution and abuses of technology, many of the world's fisheries are approaching maximum sustainable yields. Aquaculture--the cultivation and harvesting of fish and other marine species for food--is a possible solution to satisfy the demand as well as a potential means to conserve the resources of wild fisheries."
Stacey Pascarella, a senior from Milford, Conn., will combine two of her interests - sports and psychology - for her project as an intern in the National Hockey League office while attending the University of Toronto. Stacey pointed out that Canada is losing franchises and players to the United States. The franchises in Winnipeg and Quebec moved to the U.S., Edmonton "is on the endangered list," and the league is considering creating four more teams, all in the U.S. She added, "Fan reaction seems to reflect a lost sense of history."
As a result, for her project "Psychology of Sport: National Hockey League in Canada," she will study such areas as fan development, violence in hockey, and demographics pertaining to the number of Canadian children playing hockey and Canadian NHL players.
At Fairfield, she majored in psychology with a minor in sociology and was also a member of the varsity volleyball team, a marketing assistant in the Athletic Department, assistant trainer in Sports Medicine, an intern for the bowling industry, and a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Her interest in sports began early as she followed her father, the head football coach and athletic director at Milford Academy, to the gym and practice fields, and absorbed a love for sports. She was also a volunteer for Head Start, helping inner-city children prepare for kindergarten, and for Giant Steps, a private institution for autistic children. Her long-range plans include earning a master's degree in sports marketing. She previously studied abroad at the University's campus in Florence, Italy.
Edward Siuda, formerly of Enfield, N.J., earned a degree in biology at Fairfield in 1996 and is now a research coordinator in cell anatomy at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City. For his Fulbright, he will enroll at Lund University in Sweden for research on bacteria that create infections in humans, and upon his return to the U.S., will enroll in a graduate program so that he will eventually earn an M.D. and Ph.D.
At Fairfield, he was active in the Biology Society and Circle K service organization and was a member of the yearbook staff. A dean's list student, he was a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-medical honor society, received the Biology Department Service Award and was a summer fellow at Hartford Hospital in the Department of Anesthesiology. He previously studied abroad in 1995 at the University of Salzburg in Austria.
For his project, he explained, "The use and misuse of antibiotics have yielded bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. With so few antibiotics remaining, modern society may become susceptible to Third World, or 19th Century, diseases. There is an urgent need for new antibiotics.
"My interest in this topic led me to Dr. Ulf Sjobring of Lund University whose cutting edge work in bacterial pathogenesis has been published in many prestigious journals. With his guidance, we are planning a project that has never been done before and which will aid in understanding bacterial diseases."
Edward plans to focus on the bacteria responsible for a variety of afflictions ranging from sore throats and impetigo to rheumatic and scarlet fevers and even necrotizing fascitis, "the flesh eating disease."
Robert Varley, a senior from Yonkers, N.Y., with a major in English and a minor in film production, plans to teach English in Korea. As a freshman at Fairfield, he began learning Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial art, and found himself engaged in the mental and spiritual dimensions. He began studying Asian films and developed interests at the same time in English, American and Australian literature and films, freelance journalism and volunteer service with children, becoming a literacy coach for the Head Start Program in Bridgeport.
He has traveled previously to Australia, spending six months at the University of Melbourne, and will go to Duran, Ecuador with the University's Mission Volunteer Program this summer.
As a member of the marital art club, he won two trophies at a local tournament and through the University's Ham Channel, he produced a short film that won the student film festival's Best Editing and Best Sound Awards.
In Korea, he plans to live with a family, improve his Korean language ability and continue his study of Tang Soo Do and films.
Dr Orin Grossman, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, commented that the awards are a tribute to the excellence of the students and "the extraordinary dedication of Associate Dean Beverly Kahn and the faculty advisors who work with the candidates to help them present their applications. Dean Kahn and the faculty advisors spend many hours with each of these students to help them apply for this distinguished honor."
Posted on March 1, 1998
Diane Walsh will replace Principal Conductor Donald Runnicles as the guest pianist for the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble's April 11 concert at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
The concert, "A Schubert Sandwich," will include two pieces by Franz Schubert flanking a composition by Joseph Haydn. The performance begins Friday at 8 p.m.
During her 35-year international career, Walsh has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and concert halls from Italy to Brazil. She is a past winner of the J.S. Bach International Competition, the Concert Artists Guild Award, the Young Concert Artists International Competition, the Munich International Piano Competition and the Salzburg International Mozart Competition.
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 performs internationally, with a repertoire ranging from the baroque to the contemporary.
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.
Posted on April 07, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 257
Orchestra New England will present an all-Copland concert, including his beloved "Appalachian Spring" and excerpts from "The Tender Land," on Friday, May 9, at 8 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
Orchestra New England, conducted by James Sinclair, has been praised by the New Haven Register as "one of the region's cultural treasures." Formed in 1974, it is considered one of the country's finest small orchestras and its recordings and live performances have been heard on Connecticut and National public radio broadcasts.
Hailed by some as the dean of American composers, Copland is certainly one of the most beloved. Born in 1900, he cemented his place in history in 1944, with the music he composed for Martha Graham's ballet, "Appalachian Spring." The following year, Copland fashioned the piece into a suite and, in this form, it won a 1945 Pulitzer Prize for music and became one of the world's most widely recognized classical works.
"Aaron Copland created a musical language that represents the ideas, hopes and aspirations of the entire nation," said Copland biographer Vivian Perlis of Weston, who will provide narration during the Quick Center performance. "Copland's superb musicianship is nowhere more evident than in the lyrical suite from the ballet "Appalachian Spring," which has become a symbol of the courage and spirit of the American people."
The tale of young love set around an Appalachian farmhouse, "Appalachian Spring" is cast in eight brief parts that are played without interruption. The final section is based on the traditional Shaker tune "Simple Gifts," which is treated to a series of variations.
Copland's second opera, "The Tender Land," was commissioned by Rodgers and Hammerstein for The League of Composers. It was first produced at the New York City Center of Music and Drama in 1954. The opera revolves around the isolated world of the rural Moss family and the impending graduation of the eldest child, Laurie. As Laurie deals with her new adult choices and an unexpected romance, her mother must accept her daughter's burgeoning independence.
Orchestra New England will play excerpts from the opera, including the overture, Laurie' stunning Act I aria, the moving chorus "The Promise of Living," the love duet, and "Daybreak Will Come," the mother's final aria.
The cast for the opera, all members of the Yale University Opera program, includes: Sarah Jane McMahon, Amanda Ingram, Michael Scarcelle, Peter Tantsits and Michael Cavalieri.
Perlis will narrate the opera excerpts, tying together the selections and the plot. Copland and Perlis co-authored "Copland," an award-winning, two volume autobiography. She is a senior research associate at the Yale School of Music and Music Library, and the founding director of the Oral History Project of America Music.
Sinclair, a native of Washington, D.C., has been the music director and principal conductor of Orchestra New England since its founding in 1974. A native of Washington, D.C., he was educated at Indiana University and the University of Hawaii, where he also taught before coming to New Haven in 1972. He has been a visiting lecturer in music at Yale and oversees the John Kirkpatrick Papers and the Charles Ives Papers, which are on deposit at Yale.
One of the world's outstanding scholars of the music of Charles Ives, Sinclair was music director for four PBS television documentaries, including the Peabody Award-winning film about Ives, "A Good Dissonance Like A Man." In addition to his leadership in New Haven, he has conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony.
Tickets for the Quick Center performance are $25, with discounts for students and senior citizens. 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 April 09, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 254
Aspiring musicians have a chance to hone their skills and perform together at the 2003 Summer Jazz Workshop at Fairfield University. The intensive, five-day jazz experience, led by virtuoso bassist Brian Torff, conductor of the Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble, is accepting registrations for the session, which runs from July 7 through 11.
Sponsored by University College at Fairfield University, the workshop is open to middle school, high school and college-age student instrumentalists. Participants must have at least two years experience on their instruments and have a basic music reading ability.
Summer Jazz Workshop combines jazz instruction, improvisation and theory with summer recreational activities. Students will perform in jazz ensembles and at classes and workshops in theory, improvisation, rhythm, world music, history of jazz, jazz arranging and composition. On Friday, July 11, the students will perform in concert.
Camp counselors will provide full supervision for students.
Torff, director of Fairfield University's Music Program, is a noted bassist and composer, who has toured extensively in the United States, Europe, Brazil and South America. He recently appeared at Birdland in New York City and the French Consulate in Washington, D.C. He is bassist for the jazz-rock band Thunderstick and was a co-chairperson for the music advisory board for the National Endowment for the Arts.
The workshop fee is $300 before May 15 and $350 after May 15. For more information or to register, call University College at (203) 254-4307.
Posted on April 11, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 261
A Holocaust Remembrance Service will be held at Fairfield University's Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola on Monday, April 28, at 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University, Campus Ministry and KADIMA, the university's undergraduate Jewish student organization.
Rabbi Michael Cahana, senior rabbi of Temple Israel in New Rochelle, N.Y., will be the guest speaker. His talk, "Second Generation: The Problems and Responsibilities of Being a Child of a Survivor," will be part of a brief service led by various university students, faculty and staff.
Rabbi Cahana took his post at Temple Israel in 2000, after serving congregations in Providence, R.I.; Kalamazoo, Mich.; and Kitchner, Ontario. He has also served as Director of Judaic Programming for the Jewish Community Center of Toledo and he is chair of the Central Conference of American Rabbis Ad Hoc Committee on Physician Assisted Suicide.
In 1999, Rabbi Cahana and his family were featured in the critically acclaimed film "The Last Days," which tells the true stories of five Hungarian survivors of the Holocaust. His mother, Holocaust artist Alice Lok Cahana, was one of the five. During filmmaking, the Cahana family traveled back to the concentration camps Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz, where Mrs. Cahana poignantly demonstrated to her son how the inmates secretly celebrated Shabbat in the latrines.
Produced by Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, "The Last Days" won the 1999 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
With his wife, Cantor Ida Rae Cahana, Rabbi Cahana has created a musical and prose performance piece called "Through My Mother's Eyes," which tells his mother's story in her own words accompanied by Yiddish and Hebrew music of the period.
Born in Houston, Rabbi Cahana comes from a long rabbinical tradition that includes his father and brother. After a career in theater, he studied architectural lighting at Parsons School of Design in New York, earning a master of fine arts degree in the field. After several years at a Mahattan design firm, he began studies at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion and was ordained in 1994.
The Holocaust Remembrance Service and lecture are free and open to the public, however registration is requested. To register, call the Judaic Studies center at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.
Posted on April 11, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 252
What: Fairfield University will host a press conference with humanitarian and author Terry Waite, a former hostage negotiator who was once held hostage for nearly five years himself. The press conference will precede a 7:30 p.m. lecture sponsored by Fairfield University's Open VISIONS Forum.
When: Monday, April 14, at 6:45 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.
With a keen interest in humanitarian concerns, international relations and conflict resolution, Mr. Waite drew international attention in the 1980s by successfully negotiating the release of hostages in Iran and Libya. His life took a fateful turn in 1987, when, while negotiating for the release of Western hostages in Beirut, he was taken into custody. He spent five years in captivity, four of which were spent in solitary confinement. In the years that followed his ordeal, Waite has written three books, including a memoir of his detainment, "Taken on Trust" (Bantam Books, 1994). He lectures extensively and works with humanitarian groups striving for compassion and understanding around the globe.
Mr. Waite will present the inaugural lecture for the Ignatian Residential College at Fairfield University The lecture/discussion, entitled "Personal Faith, Public Service" is part of the Open VISIONS Forum, a program of University College. A generous gift from the Lilly Endowment funded the establishment of the Ignatian Residential College, an academic program for selected Fairfield University sophomores.
Posted on April 14, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 259
Arianna Huffington, an outspoken syndicated columnist and author who is leading the much-talked about Detroit Project against gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles, will speak on Wednesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Huffington's lecture is part of Open VISIONS Forum, a program of University College at Fairfield University, and is sponsored, in part, through generous support from and The Patrick J. Waide, Jr. Fund for Ethics and Public Policy and WSHU-FM. Huffington will sign copies of her latest book, "Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption are Undermining America," after the program.
Once known for praising former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and boosting her then husband Michael's Republican Senate bid, Huffington has, in recent years, become one of the country's leading liberal voices. Her wit, tenacity and often blistering style of commentary have made her a sought-after guest on the talk show and lecture circuit.
"I would call myself a progressive populist," Huffington told Publishers Weekly of her political leanings. "I think the main thrust of my writing is populist. My outrage comes out of the fact that I believe we're living in two nations. Different rules apply to these two nations. The game is increasingly rigged."
Born in Greece in 1950, Huffington was the child of a self-educated mother and a father who had survived a German concentration camp and published an underground newspaper. At 16, she saw a magazine article about Cambridge University and, though she knew nothing more about the prestigious school, she applied, won a scholarship and moved to London with her mother and younger sister.
Huffington's thirst for knowledge and love of a spirited discussion took root during her college years: She graduated with a master's degree in economics and, at 21, was president of the Cambridge Union, the school's famed debating society.
Huffington freely admits her first two books, "The Female Woman" (Random House, 1974) and "After Reason" (Stein & Day, 1978), did not set the world on fire. But, after taking advice from a publisher who told her to work on her storytelling skills, she produced "Maria Callas: The Woman Behind the Legend" (Simon & Schuster, 1981), which quickly became an international bestseller. She followed that with "The Gods of Greece" (republished by Atlantic Monthly Press, 1993), a look at the power of myths, and "Pablo Picasso: Creator and Destroyer" (Simon & Schuster, 1988), another bestseller later turned into the Merchant-Ivory film "Surviving Picasso" starring Anthony Hopkins.
During the 1996 presidential campaign, Huffington, who lives in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, teamed with comedian/commentator Al Franken to provide political coverage for cable TV's Comedy Central. She and Franken appeared in a popular point-counterpoint segment called Strange Bedfellows on "Politically Incorrect" with Bill Maher. Huffington has also appeared on "Larry King Live," "Oprah," "Charlie Rose," "Crossfire," "Hardball," "48 Hours" and many other talk shows.
Her latest books, the Clinton administration-inspired "Greetings from the Lincoln Bedroom" (Crown, 1998), "How to Overthrow the Government" (Regan Books, 2001), and "Pigs at the Trough" (Crown, 2003) have brought Huffington back to her original love: politics and public policy. She also shares her views in a twice-weekly syndicated newspaper column and a syndicated show on National Public Radio.
"As only she can, Arianna breathes energy and passion into the reform agenda," Republican Senator John McCain said of "Pigs at the Trough." "A withering, breathtaking, quintessentially controversial book that will inspire, inflame and educate."
In addition to her writing, Huffington works for political and social change by serving on the boards of several organizations. They include: The Points of Light Foundation, an organization inspired by former President George Bush, for which she chairs the communications committee; the Do Something organization that challenges young people to work for social change; A Place Called Home, which helps at-risk children in South Central Los Angeles; and the advisory board of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University.
Huffington also heads up The Detroit Project, a highly publicized ad campaign aimed at America's sport utility vehicle owners. Parodying the government's anti-drug campaign that links drug use with aiding terrorists, the campaign targets owners of America's gas-guzzlers.
Huffington believes the satirical ads, which some networks have refused to air, point out the hypocrisy she sees at the highest levels of American government. And she believes she's not alone in her views.
"I'm optimistic," she told a reporter recently. "I believe this is an amazing moment where a lot of things are happening underground and politicians are missing that moment. They react to little eruptions here and there, but they are not leading it. The next book I want to do is 'The Leader in the Mirror,' because I believe that this is the time for all of us to acknowledge the leader in the mirror. We need to grow up, to stop waiting for the knight on the white horse to save us."
Huffington's speech is funded, in part, by WSHU Public Radio Group, a not-for-profit, member-supported station that brings the best in public broadcasting to more than 199,600 listeners in Connecticut and Long Island. WSHU airs quality NPR programs, such as "Morning Edition," "All Things Considered" and "Car Talk," as well as locally produced classical music programming and in-depth news. In the Fairfield and Westport area, WSHU can be heard at 91.1 FM and 1260 AM.
Tickets to Huffington's talk are $18, with discounts available for senior citizens and 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 April 14, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 260
The Connecticut Writing Project (CWP) at Fairfield University will offer eight writing programs, including an exciting opportunity for aspiring writers in grades 6 through 10, on campus this summer.
The courses, some of which can be taken for graduate credit, are geared toward advanced writers, teachers and young writers. Programs for teachers include such topics as early literacy, teaching for the elementary and high school levels, teaching literature and instructing students whose native language is not English.
"Connecticut Writing Project is a lot of things," said CWP Director Faye Gage. "It's a place for renewal. It's a place to come and learn more about current research. It's a place where teachers can come to talk about what works and what doesn't work in the classroom."
One focus this summer will be the Young Writers' Institute, which runs July 7 through 18. Now in its third year, the program offers 60 students in grades 6 through 10 a chance to create new pieces of writing, share their work with others, gain confidence, listen to guest writers and publish their work in an anthology. The course is team-taught by exemplary, credentialed local teachers who are CWP teacher/consultants.
"We're finding more and more kids want to find time for writing and working with other youngsters who really love writing," said CWP Director Faye Gage. "You can find other kids who want to play soccer or other activities, but it's hard to find kids who want to write, so they really respond to this."
Past participants have given the program high marks.
"This institute has made it obvious to me that writing is my true passion," one Newtown eighth-grader wrote in the final anthology. "All doubt was drowned by the constant support of my instructors and fellow students."
The group will meet daily from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and lunch will be provided. Transportation and partial scholarships are also available.
Tuition is $600. To apply, students must submit an application, a writing sample and a teacher recommendation. A committee of teacher/consultants will choose the participants.
CWP is also offering a workshop for seasoned writers who want to indulge themselves with a week of writing. Participants in the Advanced Institute for Writers will be given a variety of writing activities to awaken them from "writer's slump" and challenge them to try new techniques in a relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere.
The Advanced Institute for Writers runs from July 20 through July 25. Hours are 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tuition is $150 and participants may choose to stay in campus housing at an additional cost of $200.
Teachers can choose from six summer programs through CWP. Tuition for each is $495 and participants may elect three graduate credits at an additional cost of $700 pending approval by the Fairfield University Graduate School of Education and Applied Professions.
The Early Literacy Institute, which runs from June 30 through July 15, will examine current, research-based practices for effective early literacy instruction in the kindergarten through second grade classroom. Participants will explore comprehension strategies, phonics, fluency and vocabulary with emphasis on strategies that meet the needs of children of diverse backgrounds. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Institute for Exploring Writing Craft is designed for elementary teachers in grades 2 through 5. Running from July 14 through 25, the program will consider strategies that support students' growth as they move from early writing into crafting, with a primary focus on the management of Writer's Workshop and other classroom structures. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Institute on the Teaching of Writing at the Secondary Level will run from July 7 through 18. A program for experienced teachers in grades 7 through 12, this institute will consider critical perspectives on writing instruction, evaluation and assessment, writing and technology, writing across the curriculum and addressing the needs of diverse populations. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Participants in the Institute on the Teaching of Literature will read and discuss contemporary literature in various genres and explore strategies to help students become attentive and thoughtful readers, while preparing them for success on the CAPT, a standard test for 10th-graders. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June 30 through July 11.
The Institute for Teachers of English Language Learners (ELL) will run from June 30 through July 11. The course is designed for both mainstream K-12 teachers and ELL teachers and will address writing assessment and ways to help students improve. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Summer Institute in the Teaching of Writing, running from June 30 through July 11, includes 16 teachers invited to become Fellows in the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University. The program focuses on writing, research, presentations and discussions of literary issues for students of diverse backgrounds. Participants are granted six graduate credits or receive a small stipend. With successful completion of this institute, Fellows become teacher/consultants who lead in-service sessions. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Applications for all institutes are available by contacting Chris Lawton at (203) 254-4000, ext. 3124 or email@example.com. The deadline is May 15.
Posted on April 21, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 272
Fairfield University students want their peers to view the wrecked cars and tragic aftermath of a simulated automobile accident in hopes it will make them think about the effects of drinking and driving.
The Fairfield University Student Association's Freshman Class Council spearheaded the project to display the mock accident, with support from the Security Department and the Office of Wellness and Prevention. Fairfield Fire and Police departments, emergency medical technicians and Spear Funeral Homes are also actively involved in the project.
The mock accident will take place in front of Campion Hall at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23. Students from FUSA requested the simulation to warn their fellow students before the upcoming social events of May Day weekend, the last weekend before finals.
"We'd like to heighten the awareness of the ramifications of drinking and driving," said Todd Pelazza, director of security at Fairfield University.
Students from the University of New Haven's Fire Science Club, which regularly stages mock accidents, will pose as the operators and passengers of the vehicles.
Posted on April 21, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 273
As graduating college students prepare to enter the workforce during a time of war, Fairfield University's Class of 2003 will hear words of advice from a seasoned diplomat and former journalist, who will deliver the University's 53rd commencement address on Sunday, May 18. The ceremonies begin at 10 a.m.
Strobe Talbott was named president of the Brookings Institution, an independent public policy research organization, in July 2002. Before that he served as founding director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and was deputy secretary of state from 1994 to 2001. His tenure at the State Department also included time as ambassador-at-large and special adviser to the secretary of state for the new independent states of the former Soviet Union.
"At a time when our foreign policy is so much a part of American discussion and debate," said Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., president of Fairfield University, in making the announcement, "Mr. Talbott brings to the Fairfield campus a wealth of expertise as a scholar, writer, teacher and diplomat."
During the commencement ceremonies, Fairfield University will bestow honorary doctor of laws degrees on Mr. Talbott; Sister Mary Rose McGeady, D.C., president and chief executive officer of Covenant House; and Major (ret) Michael Donnelly, a Persian Gulf War fighter pilot who became an advocate for all Gulf War veterans with war-related illnesses. Grayce M. Sills, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., a leader in nursing and psychiatric mental health nursing for more than 40 years will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.
Mr. Talbott's years of government service were preceded by a long career in the Fourth Estate. He spent 21 years as a journalist at Time magazine, which culminated in positions as Washington bureau chief, editor-at-large and foreign affairs columnist. As a reporter, he covered Eastern Europe, the State Department and the White House.
Mr. Talbott has also written for Foreign Affairs, The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, International Security, The Economist, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Slate.
Among Mr. Talbott's many books are: "The Russia Hand: A Memoir of Presidential Diplomacy" (Random House 2002), "At the Highest Levels: The Inside Story of the End of the Cold War" with Michael Beschloss (Little Brown & Company 1993), "The Master of the Game: Paul Nitze and the Nuclear Peace" (Knopf 1988), "Reagan and Gorbachev" with Michael Mandelbaum (Vintage Books 1987), and "Deadly Gambits: The Reagan Administration and the Stalemate in Nuclear Arms Control" (Random House 1984).
Sister Mary Rose McGeady, a member of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, has dedicated a lifetime of service to children. Beginning at Nazareth Child Care Center in Boston, where she worked with homeless and disturbed children and their families, Sister McGeady moved on to become executive director of the Astor Home and Clinic for Children in Rhinebeck, N.Y., a treatment center for disturbed children and youth. Sister McGeady went on to work for Brooklyn Catholic Charities and eventually became executive director of the Kennedy Child Study Center in New York City.
Sister McGeady holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Emmanuel College and a master's in clinical psychology from Fordham University. She has pursued doctoral studies at Fordham and the University of Massachusetts.
Sister McGeady was appointed president and CEO of Covenant House by the board of directors in September 1990. Since then, services have been constantly expanded with the organization serving 61,000 children in 2000. The program has been enriched by the addition of job training and placement for older adolescents and an apartment program, which helps them to become re-established in the community. Every site also has a Community Service Center, which seeks to serve children at risk, to prevent runaways and help families survive. Based in New York City, Covenant House has 2,200 employees and 1,800 volunteers. Since its inception, the organization has served nearly 2 million children.
Major (ret) Michael Donnelly was a Persian Gulf War fighter pilot who developed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and became an advocate for all Gulf War veterans with war-related illnesses. A 1981 graduate of Fairfield University, Maj. Donnelly had completed 44 combat missions over Iraq during Operation Desert Storm and was awarded four Air Medals before being diagnosed at the age of 36 with ALS.
While battling his own disease, Major Donnelly became a champion for other Persian Gulf War veterans suffering from ALS, cancer and other illnesses. In 1998, he published "Falcon's Cry," which in addition to his wartime memoirs told the story of the tens of thousands of Gulf War veterans with war-related illnesses. Now unable to speak and confined to a wheelchair, Major Donnelly's only means of communication is by blinking his eyes.
In December 2001, Anthony Principi, Secretary of Veterans' Affairs, announced that a recently released VA study revealed that Persian Gulf War veterans are more than twice as likely as other veterans to develop ALS and acknowledged Major Donnelly's efforts in this cause. He also announced that the VA would grant full benefits to all Gulf War veterans diagnosed with ALS.
Grayce M. Sills, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., has been a leader in nursing and psychiatric mental health nursing for more than 40 years. A professor emeritus at The Ohio State University College of Nursing and an international consultant for community-based mental health nursing, Dr. Sills has been a visiting professor this year at Fairfield University's School of Nursing.
A past president of the American Nurses Association, she serves as an editor of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and chairs The Ohio State University Hospitals Board. An internationally acclaimed scholar and past president of the American Nurses Foundation, Dr. Sills was named a "Living Legend" by the Governing Council of the American Academy of nursing in 1999. In June 2000, she received the Hildegard Peplau Award from the American Nurses Association for her contribution to psychiatric nursing.
Posted on April 22, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 266
The concept of the "cyber-café" has successfully integrated the Internet with the popularity of coffee houses. Manhattanites have long enjoyed their cappuccinos and biscottis while surfing the 'Net; now Fairfield University students can take part in the same luxury with the construction of Jazzman's Café.
More than an ordinary coffee bar, this café offers a selection ranging from smoothies and energy drinks to lattes and iced drinks. In addition to salads, sandwiches, fresh baked goods and other culinary delights, six new iMac computers are available for online use.
Jazz music plays in the background and the aroma of coffee wafts about as patrons can choose to eat, study, or relax at the bar or one of the private, round tables. In addition to food, students can also purchase Jazzman's travel mugs, custom CDs and specialty mints.
"Absolutely, Jazzman's has been successful," said Jim Fitzpatrick, Assistant Vice President of Students Services. "It provides students with a prime location in the middle of the campus center where they can pick up something quick and, as the name suggests, it's a jazzy type of locale."
"I think Jazzman's is a prime example that the school is aiming to increase the quality of its services to students," said senior Christina Padron. "The quality of food and its setting is a great addition to the campus."
During the week, Jazzman's boasts a central spot for Fairfield University students but on the weekend it serves as the site for Game Nights. Various board games are available for student use along with light refreshments free of charge.
The decision to create Jazzman's came from a tremendous interest in the inauguration of a coffee bar, according to a focus group of students from the student center and FUSA, says Fitzpatrick.
Plans for Jazzman's began in March 2002 and it has been fully operational since February 2003. Jazzman's is a new Sodexho operation the company is trying to install in a number of colleges and it has been tailored to accommodate Fairfield University students. It was chosen among other ideas, presented by Sodexho, the school's culinary provider, including an Italian pizzeria and a grill.
Hours of operation are: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-12 midnight; Friday 9 a.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m.-12 midnight.
Posted on April 23, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 265