Time Warner president to speak at dinner benefiting multicultural scholarships Fairfield University assistant academic vice president opens first full-service bookstore in Bridgeport in a decade Fairfield University students win prestigious award at Harvard-sponsored World Model United Nations conference National Writing Project awards $38,000 grant to Fairfield University-based Connecticut Writing Project Fairfield University joins prestigious Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts announces its 14th season Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts announces 2003-04 programs for young audiences Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts celebrates Russian art and culture during the 2003-04 season Summer Festival Chorus holds auditions at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University's Rev. Thomas J. Regan, S.J., named Provincial Superior for New England Province Westport artist Rosalyn A. Engelman exhibits at Fairfield University's Thomas A. Walsh Art Gallery
Richard Parsons, president of Time Warner Inc., will present the keynote address and be the honored guest at the 1998 Fairfield Awards Dinner on Tuesday, April 28, at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, Conn.
Ned Lautenbach, senior vice president and group executive for sales and distribution at IBM Corporation and a University trustee, will serve as the dinner chairman. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Fairfield Awards Dinner is an annual fund-raising dinner hosted by the Alumni Association to benefit the AHANA (African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American) Scholarship Fund. The dinner has raised over $1.3 million for multicultural scholarships since the event moved off campus in 1988.
If anyone is interested in attending or sponsoring a table at this year's dinner, contact Anissa DeMatteo, special events director, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2661.
Parsons, who will receive the University's Distinguished Leadership Award, is responsible for all corporate staff functions, including all corporate financial activities, legal affairs, public affairs and administration. He is also a member of the Time Warner Board of Directors.
As president of Time Warner Inc., a worldwide leader in the media and entertainment industry, Parsons has provided direction for many of the company's social responsibility initiatives. Time Warner's "Time to Read" literacy program is the nation's largest corporate-sponsored program with 3,500 volunteers providing more than 700,000 hours of tutoring a year for adolescents and adults at 250 locations across the country.
"Dick Parsons is an exceptional business leader with the broad experience, financial acumen and knowledge of our businesses that have strengthened our corporate management," said Gerald Levin, chairman and CEO of Time Warner.
In addition to serving on the board of Time Warner, Parsons also serves as a director of Citicorp, Citibank, Fannie Mae and Philip Morris.
Before joining Time Warner, Parsons was chairman and chief executive officer of Dime Bancorp, Inc., one of the largest thrift institutions in the United States with more than $20 billion in assets.
Prior to joining the Dime in 1988, he was the managing partner of the New York law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb and Tyler. From 1971 to 1977, he held various positions on the state and federal levels, including first assistant counsel to former New York governors Nelson Rockefeller and Malcolm Wilson, and general counsel and associate director of the Domestic Council under President Ford.
Active in community affairs, he is chairman of the New York City Partnership and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and is committed to these projects aimed at enhanced opportunities for youth and lasting revitalization for troubled areas.
At the Fairfield Awards Dinner this year, the following distinguished alumni and a member of the faculty will be honored:
Dr. Suzanne MacAvoy, a nursing professor who has been devoted to helping impoverished people in Central America, South America and in Bridgeport, Conn., will receive the award for Distinguished Faculty.
Dr. MacAvoy has been active in coordinating student nursing programs at urban centers in Bridgeport and in participating in the University's Mission Volunteer Program which sends students to serve the poor of Haiti, Honduras, Ecuador, Belize and Mexico. She has been instrumental in collecting medical supplies for Haiti and Ecuador, including on one trip several 75-pound drums of chewable vitamins, on another 32 cartons of medical supplies, and on another an ultrasound machine, EKG and respiratory therapy equipment.
She received a diploma in nursing from St. Joseph Hospital School and a B.S. in nursing education from the College of Misericordia, both in Pennsylvania; an M.S. in nursing from Boston College and an Ed.D. in education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
In 1972, she joined the University as an assistant professor of nursing, and has since served as acting dean, director of the RN program, Elizabeth DeCamp McInerny Health Sciences chair from 1990 to 1993, and most recently, director of the undergraduate program.
Donald Browne, a member of the class of 1955, will receive the award for Alumni Professional Achievement. Browne graduated with a B.S.S. in government and then went on to receive his law degree from the University of Connecticut in 1958 and his L.L.M. (criminal justice) from New York University in 1987.
He recently retired as the state's attorney. Since 1987, he has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Bridgeport/Quinnipiac College Law School.
He went into private practice with the firm of Browne & Browne from 1958 to 1973 in Bridgeport. He then served as the assistant state's attorney for Fairfield County from 1965 to 1973. In 1973 he was appointed the state's attorney of Fairfield County/Judicial District of Fairfield by the judges of the Superior Court.
He has served on the Alumni Association Board since 1993.
Robert Monk '60, who graduated from Fairfield with a bachelor of science degree in marketing, will receive the award for Outstanding Alumni Service.
Monk currently works in his own independent sales agency that services the millwork and building materials industries.
He has been active with the Alumni Association for many years as a participant in the Alumni Network, reunion chair and reunion volunteer. In 1972, he received a certificate of achievement award in recognition of distinguished service to the University, community and fellow man. He was the co-chair in 1986 for the annual fund-raising golf tournament committee, and has remained on the committee to help raise money for scholarships. He was chairman for the Alumni Fund in 1986-1987, and has served on the Alumni Association Board since 1985.
Posted on March 1, 1998
Rainy Faye, a new full-service bookstore in downtown Bridgeport, will celebrate its official opening on Thursday, May 1, said Georgia F. Day, Ph.D., owner of the bookstore and an assistant academic vice president at Fairfield University. The Bridgeport Regional Business Council will participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for me to serve the community," Dr. Day said. "I'm particularly excited about being a part of the re-vitalization of downtown Bridgeport."
At Fairfield University, Dr. Day oversees the University's three programs, which are sponsored by the United States Department of Education, for low-income and/or first generation college students. The programs are available to eligible students in the target areas of service. Project Excel works with Fairfield University students, while Upward Bound and Talent Search work with students in the City of Bridgeport.
Rainy Faye, also the name of Dr. Day's on-air radio personality on WDJZ and WICC, is the first full-service bookstore to locate in Bridgeport in a decade. Other than specialty bookstores, Barnes & Noble was the last bookseller to serve Bridgeport, before leaving in 1993.
"We're always pleased anytime something like this happens because it sends out a signal to the whole community that Bridgeport is an excellent place to do business," said Tim Bartlett, Vice President of Membership Services at the BRBC, a non-profit organization dedicated to expand and retain Bridgeport area businesses.
The BRBC will officially welcome Dr. Day and hold a ribbon-cutting at Rainy Faye, located at 940 Broad Street, at 1 p.m. on May 1. The store has been open for about two weeks.
The bookstore will carry current bestsellers, books on spirituality and self-help, and rare books. It will also incorporate an art gallery. The store will also feature appearances by authors, live comedy, poetry, storytelling and jazz.
For more information, call Rainy Faye at 336-6911.
Posted on April 24, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 276
Students at Fairfield University helped put their Model United Nations club on the map this year by winning an esteemed Diplomacy Award at one of the most competitive conferences, the Harvard-sponsored World Model United Nations Conference, which was held in Heidelberg, Germany.
At the five-day conference in March, Fairfield University students Brian Gosselin and Julia Cunico represented the African nation of Sierra Leone before a committee investigating the issue of "conflict diamonds," which are used to fund terrorism and warfare. Gosselin and Cunico conceived the resolution that was ultimately chosen by their committee to tackle that problem.
About 156 country delegations participated in the conference, which gathers more than 800 university students each year.
"We had an extraordinary experience," said Cunico, a sophomore from Long Valley, N.J. who is majoring in politics.
Their work in creating the idea for the resolution and developing a coalition to draft it, won over the majority of delegations at their committee, despite competing resolutions put forth by delegates from Ivy League schools. The WorldMUN presents Diplomacy Awards to teams that display a variety of virtues that are emblematic of the spirit of the conferences, such as diplomacy, compromise, knowledge, learning and friendship. In winning an award in their committee, Fairfield University's delegation joined the ranks of delegates from Brown University, Yale University, and West Point.
Katherine Kidd, Ph.D., a director of the International Studies Program at Fairfield University, suggested the students look to the Montreal Protocol, a real-life successful U.N. initiative to regulate the movement of chlorofluorocarbons (which deplete the ozone layer), for inspiration in dealing with the issue of administering the Kimberly Process, which regulates the international diamond market and the trade of conflict diamonds.
The two problems were remarkably similar in that they both involved attempts to stop the production of illicit materials, said Gosselin, a junior accounting major from Andover, Mass.
Gosselin and Cunico worked with student delegations representing Egypt, Israel, Botswana and South Africa to draft a resolution.
"They represented their country well," Dr. Kidd said. "They had an innovative way of thinking about the problem that was convincing to other people in the conference."
"Model U.N. provides a concrete example of just how valuable experience-based education is for our students," said Norman Solomon, Ph.D., dean of Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University. "Dolan School of Business students are consistently exposed to 'real world' issues in their classes and many of these issues have international dimensions. Competitions such as Model U.N. give our students the opportunity to use their knowledge and skills in ways that contribute to better understanding amongst nations and peoples.
"Especially gratifying however is the fact that the students participating in the program come from academic disciplines across the university. The success of Fairfield's participation is a tribute to faculty advisor, Dr. Katherine Kidd who herself directs the International Studies Program which is based both in the College of Arts & Sciences and in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business," Dr. Solomon added.
About 40 students participate in the Model U.N. Club at Fairfield University, now in its second official year. "The entire group has grown tremendously in their passion for the program," said LeAnne Mistysyn, the club's advisor. She noted of the seven students who attended the WorldMUN, that "every student exceeded our expectations in Heidelberg. Fairfield is lucky to have such great students."
Model U.N. is the type of experience that stays with you after college and can have a significant impact on your future career, Mistysyn said. "If you go to a job interview, that's the thing that recruiters notice and ask you about," Mistysyn said, noting that everyone who participates in Model U.N. is excited to discuss their experiences with others.
"It exposes you to things you wouldn't necessarily get in class," Gosselin said.
The Model U.N. circuit also fosters relations among students worldwide who are interested in foreign policy. "Model U.N. teaches you the value of working with other people from different backgrounds," Cunico said.
Winning the award is particularly gratifying for Fairfield University students because unlike most of the teams they are competing against, they get no academic credit for their Model U.N. work, Dr. Kidd said.
"It's completely extracurricular," Dr. Kidd said, noting that the WorldMUN is one of the most competitive conferences. Successes at this level could open Fairfield University up to participating in invitation-only conferences. The Fairfield Model U.N. Club attended the Georgetown invitational, McGill and Harvard National Model United Nations conferences this academic year in addition to the WorldMUN.
Hard work, dedication, research and a certain amount of luck are all necessary to win awards at Model U.N. conferences, Gosselin said. Sierra Leone was a good country to represent for the topic of conflict diamonds. "We got the right topic with the right country," he said.
"The work of Ms. Mistysyn, Dr. Kidd, and this fabulously dedicated bright group of students is a model unto itself," said Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University. "First, it represents the form of experiential learning to which many of our faculty are turning. This is particularly important, not just in the sciences, where it is more traditional, but in our humanities and international education, as well. Second, the quality of these students' work is testimony to the increasing quality of our student body."
Posted on April 24, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 268
The National Writing Project has awarded $38,000 to the Connecticut Writing Project (CWP) at Fairfield University for 2003-2004 to aid in enhancing its program of strengthening students' writing abilities by improving the teaching and learning of writing and expanding the professional role of teachers.
The grant to CWP is matched by funds from the budget of the Connecticut State legislature. An additional supporting grant comes from the Tauck Foundation.
"The Connecticut Writing Project - Fairfield is part of a national network that uses the model of teachers teaching teachers," said Faye Gage, Director of CWP-Fairfield. "Through the exchange of ideas by highly qualified professionals and the use of current research regarding theory and effective practices in promoting literacy among students of all ages, participants in the various CWP Institutes learn both theory and appropriate strategies to bring back to their classrooms."
This form of professional development is one of the few that is deemed effective by the Carnegie Institute and is unique in that it offers a network of supportive activities for teachers who have already been in the classroom but want to continue to improve their teaching skills, Gage said. "Teachers come away from the CWP-Fairfield Institutes reinvigorated and newly committed to being lifelong learners. They become dedicated to improving the literacy of their students," Gage said.
CWP-Fairfield is in its third year of existence at Fairfield University. It has trained more than 250 teachers, kindergarten through college, in areas such as math, science, history, English and language arts. CWP-Fairfield offers a rich assortment of programs including nationally recognized speakers on reading, writing and learning issues; the Institute on the Teaching of Literature for Grades 6-12, a weeklong program focusing on ways to promote students' interest in reading and writing in a reader response classroom; the Young Writers Institute, a two week program for students entering grades 6-11; and an Advanced Writers Institute, for past fellows.
The goals of CWP-Fairfield include improving the writing and learning skills of students' in kindergarten through college; extending the uses of writing in all disciplines; providing schools, colleges and universities with an effective professional development model and identifying, celebrating and enhancing the professional role of successful classroom teachers.
The grant will be spent to bring 18 Fellows to Fairfield University for a four week, intensive Institute in the Teaching of Writing. During this time, teachers will do research in regard to theory and practice in teaching writing, they will write and share their writing on both personal and professional issues, and they will give demonstrations on the results of their research and their own successful classroom practices. Former Fellows will attend sessions to share their own experiences and to coach the new demonstrations.
Teachers who complete the Institute become teacher-leaders who provide staff development for teachers in their own and other districts. Currently, teacher-leaders are working at Smalley Academy in New Britain, Six to Six Magnet School in Bridgeport, the high schools and middle schools in Norwalk, Bridgeport, Bethel, Westport, and New Fairfield as well as elementary schools in Groton, Bethel and Hartford. Particular emphasis is on providing staff development in schools where there are many low-income students for whom English is a second language.
Since Connecticut law requires teachers to complete their Master's Degree within 5 years of initial certification, teachers in this area need to take courses for which credit is available. Teachers may take all of CWP-Fairfield's summer courses for credit.
Questions about CWP-Fairfield programs should be directed to Chris Lawton at (203) 254-4000 ext. 3124.
Posted on April 28, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 274
Joining the ranks of schools such as Wagner, William and Mary, Emory and Harding, Fairfield University is chartering an Omicron Delta Kappa chapter on campus. new members will be inducted on sunday, may 4th, at 2 p.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The public is welcome to attend.
Omicron Delta Kappa is the national leadership honor society for college students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary character. the society recognizes achievement in five areas: scholarship; athletics; community service, religious activities, campus government; journalism, speech and mass media; and creative and performing arts. founded on dec. 3, 1914 at washington and lee university in lexington, virginia by 15 student and faculty leaders, Omicron Delta Kappa membership is a mark of the highest distinction and an honor that is recognized in both the academic and business worlds.
Of 125 applicants, 30 students, three alumni, and six faculty and staff members were selected for induction this year. Their membership links them with the likes of politicians, (George Bush, inducted 1997-Harding University, former President and Vice President of the United States); Pulitzer Prize winners, (Hodding Carter, inducted 1953-University of the South, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper editor and author); astronauts, (F. Story Musgrave, inducted 1984-University of Kentucky, NASA Astronaut in SKYLAB Program); and distinguished professors, (Cornel West, inducted 1998-Plattsburg State, Harvard Professor of African American History and Philosophy). Faculty members that currently serve are David McFadden, Ph.D., professor and chairman of the History Department and director of Russian and East European Studies; David Sapp, Ph.D., assistant professor of English; Aaron Seymour, assistant dean for Undergraduate Students in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business; and College of Arts and Sciences Dean Timothy Snyder, Ph.D.
Kelli Rainey, director of Student Activities and advisor within Omicron Delta Kappa, has been actively involved in bringing an Omicron Delta Kappa chapter to Fairfield University.
"I think the main purpose of this organization is not only to unite students but also to bring in faculty, staff, administrators and alumni for a common cause," said Rainey. "It's not necessarily something we lacked but it can help make the university stronger."
The charter process began during the fall of 2001 by student leaders who also worked on the constitution, a summary of requirements and bylaws, which the circle is to follow. Recruitment consisted of letters to faculty and staff for their nomination of eligible juniors and seniors. Student membership candidates must rank in the upper 35 percent of their class and must show leadership in at least one of the five areas. Membership is also extended to graduate students, faculty, staff administration, alumni and to persons qualifying for "honoris causa," achieving distinction in his or her chosen profession or rendering outstanding service through leadership. Fairfield recognizes the establishment of Omicron Delta Kappa on campus as a great opportunity for its students, in addition to other honor societies and the dean's list.
On more than 260 college campuses throughout the country, Omicron Delta Kappa is an organization that not only recognizes outstanding collegiate leadership, but encourages and fosters leadership through a variety of programs. Of the many programs to take place, the Fairfield chapter has initiated a Student Leadership Awards Ceremony in partnership with the Office of Student Activities, which is intended to run independently by the circle within a few years. The circle is also active in service projects such as the MS Walk for multiple sclerosis. For next year the circle is planning a Leadership Conference for student leaders on campus and extending that into a Leadership Conference for high school students, which would serve a double purpose: to get students involved in thinking about college and attract their attention to Fairfield University.
Posted on April 29, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 285
Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts announces a 2003-04 season filled with dance, music, theatre, family shows and a six-month Russian Arts and Letters Festival. In addition to returning favorites, such as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, the 14th season features singers Joan Baez and Ute Lemper, Irish traditionalists Altan, pianist Andre Watts, dance-illusionists Pilobolus, and the stirring Drummers of West Africa.
The season kicks off with a thrill on Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. with "Radio Horror," the first of three evenings of live radio drama recreated in the Quick Center's Wien Experimental Theatre. Directed by Daniel Smith of New Haven, the show, which will also be presented Saturday, Oct. 4, at 3 and 8 p.m., will include a collection of tales from yesteryear, accompanied by original music and sound effects. "Dangerous Romance on the Air" will be presented on Friday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 14, at 3 and 8 p.m. The final show is the classic "War of the Worlds," which will be presented Friday, March 12, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 13, at 3 and 8 p.m.
The Bacon Brothers take the stage at the main Kelley Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. Fronted by Emmy-winning musician Michael Bacon and his film star brother, Kevin, the band blends folk, rock, soul and country into its own distinct sound.
On Sunday, Oct. 5, the Quick Center debuts "Live Lit!" a series of readings of short fiction by masters of the genre. The first, "20th-Century American Writers," features Philip Roth, Flannery O'Connor and Dorothy Parker. The second afternoon of readings, "On Marriage," with stories by Ivan Klima, Julian Barnes and Andrea Lee, will take place Sunday, Nov. 9. The third in the series, "Icons of Russian Literature," on Sunday, Dec. 7, is part of the Quick Center's Russian Arts and Letters Festival, more than 20 events celebrating Russian art, film, dance, music, literature and the humanities. Each Live Lit! event starts at 3 p.m. and will be preceded by afternoon tea at 2 p.m.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center returns to the Quick Center on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. with piano virtuoso Andre Watts. The nation's premier repertory chamber music ensemble, under the artistic direction of David Shifrin, will offer pieces by Brahms, Meyer and Schubert during its first concert of the season. A second concert follows on Saturday, March 27, at 8 p.m., featuring the world premiere tour of the Maw String Sextet and Dvorák's "Sextet for Strings in A minor." An all-Dvorák program is on tap for Saturday, May 8, at 8 p.m. An "Art to Heart" discussion with journalist Robert Sherman will be held before each concert from 7 to 7:40 p.m.
The incomparable Joan Baez, folk singer and social activist, takes the stage on Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. Since being recognized for her unique soprano voice at a folk festival, she has attained international fame for her influences on the folk and pop music cultures. She, one reviewer wrote, "more than any other modern singer, exemplified the artist as activist."
The season's World Arts offerings begin on Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m. with the Drummers of West Africa. Under the direction of Doudou N'Diaye Rose, this powerful group is widely recognized as the premier percussion orchestra in the world. Originally from Dakar, Senegal, the ensemble has toured the globe, amazing audiences with innovative technique and traditional rhythms.
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet performs Friday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. This versatile and lively group is being hailed as one of the world's top guitar ensembles. The evening's performance will feature works by Martin, Gismonti, Rodrigo, York and Shohl. A pre-concert "Art to Heart" discussion featuring Laura Nash, Ph.D., director of Fairfield University's Classical Music Department, will begin at 7 p.m.
The acclaimed Pilobolus Dance Company will take the stage for two shows, the first of which is part of the Russian Arts and Letters Festival. On Friday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m., the dance company, known for its invention and athleticism, will team with the St. Lawrence String Quartet for "Sweet Purgatory" and other selections. The second performance, on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m., is an evening of mixed repertory from the imaginative troupe.
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra will offer traditional carols and classical selections from a wide variety of cultural and ethnic sources at its holiday concert on Friday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Associate Conductor Gerald Steichen will lead one of the oldest symphony orchestras in America for the memorable evening.
The St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble returns to the Quick on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m. The first of two concerts this season, "Baroque and Before" will consider the Celtic tradition and features harpist Siobhan Armstrong and tenor John Elwes. The second concert, "Baroque and Beyond" on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m., will highlight the works of J.S. Bach, Pergolesi, C.P.E. Bach and Haydn. Howard Kissel, chief drama critic for the New York Daily News, will lead "Art to Heart" discussions over tea before each concert at 2 p.m.
Grammy-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman, who deftly combines romantic sentiment, digital dexterity and jaw-dropping bravura, will take the stage on Friday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. A 7 p.m. "Art to Heart" discussion with Laura Nash precedes the appearance by this internationally acclaimed virtuoso.
Known worldwide for combining the artistry of dance with laugh-out-loud humor, Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo returns to the Quick Center on Friday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. This 29-year-old, all-male dance company performs parodies of classical works from "Giselle" to "Swan Lake," delighting audiences with their unforgettable antics. The performance includes a post-show "Art to Heart" Q & A session with the company.
On Sunday, Feb. 29, at 3 p.m., the Quick Center is proud to present the premier performance of The Live Music Project. Founded by Daniel Smith and Netta Hadari, in cooperation with the Quick Center, the group is designed as a haven for top-notch musicians who want to create exciting concerts in a friendly, open environment that includes only musicians and audience, no conductors. The Feb. 29 program features Bach, Mozart and a world premier of Smith's "Overture in A minor." Part of the ongoing Russian Arts and Letters Festival, a second show on Sunday, March 21, at 1 p.m. will feature Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and selected readings from Fyodor Dostoevsky's "Notes from the Underground." Both performances include a post-show "Meet the Artists" session.
Stellar Irish traditionalists Altan will be on hand Sunday, March 14, at 3 p.m. for a St. Patrick's Day Celebration, part of the season's World Arts events. With their lively performances of classic Irish jigs and reels and original ballads, "they're poised for greatness and under no circumstances should they be missed in concert," says The Irish Echo.
An Evening with Kate & Anna McGarrigle will take place Saturday, March 20, at 8 p.m. These Canadian singer-songwriters, who are also sisters, have delighted audiences with their distinctive vocal harmonies, intelligence and charm for decades.
German-born vocalist Ute Lemper has attained worldwide fame for her unique voice and facility with cabaret songs. Best known for her performances in London and Broadway productions of "Chicago," she brings her sultry, perceptive "All That Jazz!" to the Quick Center on Saturday, April 3, at 8 p.m.
Grammy-nominated pianist Brad Mehldau, whose playing Stereophile praises for its "yearning melancholy and rapturous ecstasy," brings his intriguing brand of jazz with traditional elements to the stage on Saturday, April 24, at 8 p.m.
In addition to the eclectic lineup scheduled for the year, the Quick Center will host a six-month-long Russian Arts and Letters Festival. The offerings encompass all facets of Russian art and performance, including "Peter and the Wolf" by the Salzburg Marionettes, a concert by the Yale Russian Chorus and an exhibition of Russian stage and costume design. A performance by the Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia and the Moscow Festival Ballet's "Giselle," both part of the Quick Center's Dance America series, are also highlights of the festival. From November through March, the Quick Center will present Russian films from the last three decades, including "Solyaris," "Vanya on 42nd Street," and "Repentance." Also planned are readings of works by Chekhov and Pushkin, an Amadeus Trio concert featuring Russian composers and a Russian food tasting.
On Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m., Sergei Khrushchev, Ph.D., senior fellow in foreign policy development at Brown University, will lecture on cultural similarities and differences in the United States and Russia. Khrushchev, the son of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, will have a book-signing following the lecture.
The Thomas A. Walsh Art Gallery, located in the Quick Center, will be part of the festival through "A World on Stage: Russian Costume and Stage Design from the George Riabov Collection of Russian Art," running from January 24 through March 21. Other exhibitions planned for the 2003-04 season are: "Across Time: The Photographs of Cynthia Brumback," Sept. 18, through Dec. 14; "The 2004 Fairfield University Faculty Studio Art Exhibition," April 1 through May 2; and "The Connecticut Women Artists' Exhibition," June 17 through August 1, 2004.
Gallery Director Diana Mille, Ph.D., will offer four "Director's Choice" lectures throughout the year. This year's topics include Egyptian art, Early Modernism, the Russian Avant-Garde and Tibetan art.
Discounts for Quick Center events are available to subscribers and groups. For ticket information or a copy of the Quick Center's 2003-04 calendar of events, call the 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 May 01, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 288
Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts announces a new season of programs for young audiences, including productions that bring to life literal-minded maid Amelia Bedelia, the poems by Shel Silverstein and Beatrix Potter's "Tailor of Gloucester." In addition, children of all ages will enjoy "Peter and the Wolf," a staging of the oft-told tale featuring the enchanting Salzburg Marionettes, which is part of the Quick Center's Russian Arts and Letters Festival.
Most of the performances are part of the Quick Center's Young Audience Sunday Series. Many are repeated the following Monday through an outreach program for school groups called the "ArtsBound" Schoolday Series. In addition, two performances are unique to the outreach program, which is funded in part by Regina A. Quick, The Educational Foundation of America and the Greater Bridgeport Area Foundation.
The "ArtsBound" Schoolday Series opens Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. with "The Summer of the Swans," a Theatreworks/USA production. Based on Betsy Byars' Newberry Medal-winning book, the story focuses on 14-year-old Sara, and her younger brother, who has special needs. When young Charlie wanders off, Sara realizes the depth of her love for him. This memorable performance is suitable for middle school groups.
The Young Audiences Series kicks off Sunday, Oct. 19, with "Corduroy," the story of a lonely teddy bear and the little girl who loves him. Recommended for grades K-4, this new musical based on Don Freeman's popular book, "Corduroy" is set in Harlem and boasts a lively jazz and R&B score. Performances are at 1 and 3 p.m.The show, staged by Theatreworks/USA, will be repeated Monday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m., as part of the "ArtsBound" series.
Everyone's favorite maid takes the stage on Sunday, Nov. 23, with "Amelia Bedelia for Mayor & Other Stories." This Theatreworks/USA production finds the hard-working, if a tad confused, housekeeper throwing her hat in the mayoral ring. Also included in the show are "Uncle Nacho's Hat," a sing-along adapted by Harriet Rohmer, and many other surprises. Performances are at 1 and 3 p.m. The show, suitable for grades K-3, repeats Monday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. as part of the "ArtsBound" series.
One of Beatrix Potter's beloved tales, the holiday classic "The Tailor of Gloucester," will be presented Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1 and 3 p.m. The story revolves around a mayor's order for a cherry-colored coat for his Christmas wedding and the poor tailor who works his fingers to the bone to make it. The magic of Christmas Eve makes friends of natural enemies in this delightful production. Suitable for grades K-5, the show will be repeated for the "ArtsBound" series on Monday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m.
Take a journey to the ocean's depths with the most unusual band of deep sea denizens ever in "Under the Sea with Silly Jellyfish," which takes the Quick Center stage on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 1 and 3 p.m. Known for their larger-than-life puppets - some as high as 15 feet - the Hudson Vagabond Puppets tell the stories of a discontented sea dragon, a well-meaning jellyfish and their undersea pals. This show is sure to please children in grades K-5.
"First in Flight: The Wright Brothers" is up next on Monday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m. Part of the "ArtsBound" series, this Theatreworks/USA musical considers whether the Wright Brothers' constant rivalry created the creative spark they needed for American's first flight. Based on Arthur Giron's play "Flight," the show is suitable for grades 3-7.
Sergei Prokofiev had children in mind when he wrote his Opus 67, or "Peter and the Wolf." With each instrument taking on the part of an animal in the story, it is both the tale of how a boy outsmarts a wolf with the help of a bird, and a fine introduction to the sounds of the symphony. On Sunday, March 7, at 1 and 3 p.m., children of all ages can enjoy an innovative production from The Salzburg Marionettes.
The final show of the 2003-04 season is "Shel Siverstein's The Giving Tree and Other Stories" from The Little Theatre of the Deaf on Sunday, April 18. Taking Silverstein's popular children's poetry as a base, the company combines spoken word and American Sign Language into a unique visual language one critic described as "poetry for the eye and ear." Performances are at 1 and 3 p.m. The production, appropriate for all grades, will be repeated on Monday, April 19, at 10 a.m. as part of the "ArtsBound" series.
The "ArtsBound" program, started 13 years ago, has grown from a one-week summer camp to a full season of performances. Its goal is to introduce children throughout the region to theater and to integrate arts into the classroom curricula. All told, about 14,000 youngsters attend the Young Audience and "ArtsBound" programs each year. Study guides, designed to enhance the learning experience, are available for all "ArtsBound" shows.
Tickets to Young Audience Series programs are $12 for adults, $10 for children. Subscriptions are available at $54 for adults, $42 for children, for all six performances. Tickets for "ArtsBound" performances are $5.
Discounts to Young Audience Series shows are available as part of a birthday party package: Purchase 10 or more tickets, get $2 off each ticket and enjoy the use of the Quick Center "party" room. Birthday parties are not available for "Corduroy" or "Peter and the Wolf."
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 May 01, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 289
Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts will host a Russian Arts and Letters Festival featuring more than 20 events celebrating Russian music, art, dance, film, literature and more. Running from November 2003 through April 2004, the festival includes performances by the Moscow Festival Ballet, the Salzburg Marionettes, the Amadeus Trio, dance-illusionists Pilobolus, the Yale University Russian Chorus and the Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia, and a lecture by Sergei Khrushchev, son of the late Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.
The cultural festival is a biannual Quick Center program, which began in spring 2000 with an Irish Arts and Letters Festival, followed by "French Showcase: Evolving Arts" in spring 2002, said Deborah Sommers, the Quick Center's director of programming. Russian culture was selected for the coming season because of its major contributions to the world and because of the concentration of people of Russian descent living in the region.
"A major goal of the festival is to bring a higher level of understanding to the global significance of these important contributions to culture," Sommers said. "The festival theme focuses on the idea of global discussion and increased understanding between cultures."
In addition, about 75 Connecticut artists will take part in festival events, giving local performers a showcase for their talents.
The festival begins Friday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. with a joint performance of Pilobolus and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Since its inception in 1971, Pilobolus has been pushing the boundaries of dance form with its wildly inventive acrobatics and athleticism. The internationally known St. Lawrence String Quartet, are known for what the Washington Post called "emotionally high charged but never out of control" musicianship. "Sweet Purgatory," one of the evening's selections, will feature innovative choreography set to music by Russian master Dmitri Shostakovich.
On Monday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m., the Quick Center will screen the first of six Russian films, covering three decades of Russian cinema. "Solyaris," a 1972 science fiction film by director Andrei Tarkovsky, will be followed by Vladimir Menshov's "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears," a 1979 film set to screen on Monday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. The four other films are: "Repentance" (1987) by director Tengiz Abuladze, Monday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m.; Louis Malle's "Vanya on 42nd Street" (1994) Monday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.; Regis Wargnier's "East-West" (1999), Monday, March 8, at 7 p.m.; and Aleksandr Sokurov's "The Russian Ark" (2002), Sunday, March 21, at 2:45 p.m.
Sergei Khrushchev, Ph.D., son of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, will present the lecture "Russia and the United States: Cultural Differences and Similarities" on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Author of "Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower," Khrushchev is a senior fellow at the Center for Foreign Policy Development of the Thomas J. Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. A book signing will follow the lecture.
On Saturday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m., the Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia will bring its beautiful music, intricate steps and ornate traditional costumes to the Quick Center's Kelley Auditorium. The unique folklore and dance of the Siberian region have given the company an international following.
The Quick Center's Russian Festival and its new Live Lit! series converge on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. with "Icons of Russian Literature." The afternoon of readings includes "Shylock on the Neva" by Gary Shteyngart, "The Squire's Daughter" by Alexander Sergeyovitch Pushkin, and "A Day in the Country" by Anton Chekhov. An afternoon tea will precede the readings at 2 p.m.
On Saturday, Jan. 24, the Quick Center will celebrate Russian costume and stage design with a lecture and art exhibit opening. At 6:30 p.m., Alla Rosenfeld, Ph.D., director of the Department of Russian Art and curator of Russian and Soviet Non-Conformist Art of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, will present "Russian Stage and Costume Design 1900-1960." The lecture will give listeners a better understanding of the exhibit opening in the Quick Center's Walsh Art Gallery that day. "A World of Stage: Russian Costume and Stage Design from the George Riabov Collection of Russian Art" will run from Saturday, Jan 24, through March 21. The exhibit includes works by artists of the pre-Bolshevik years as well as Russian émigrés working in Western European and American productions.
Shortly after the lecture, at 8 p.m., the Yale Russian Chorus will offer a concert in the Kelley Auditorium. With a repertoire spanning the 12th through the 20th century, the chorus is known for its interpretations of Tchaikovsky, Bortnyansky, Kedrov and Chesnokov. Its latest CD, "Chants and Carols," hit the critic's choice list in The New York Times and was described by InTune Magazine as "an eye-bulging work of art ... In balance, timbre, and intonation, the 20-member choir is stunning."
On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Quick Center kicks off a series of Russian Theatre Readings with Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull." Ivan Turgenyev"s "Fortune's Fool" follows on Thursday, March 18, with Maxim Gorki's "The Inspector General" finishing the series on Thursday, April 15. All readings are at 7:30 p.m. in the Wien Experimental Theatre.
The stellar Amadeus Trio and distinguished actors James Noble and Kier Dullea will team up on Saturday, March 6, at 8 p.m. for a Quick Center production of "L'Histoire du Soldat" (A Soldier's Tale), one of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky's most-loved pieces. The intriguing program also includes works by Shostakovich, Tchaikowsky and Arensky. A pre-concert "Art to Heart" discussion with Laura Nash, Ph.D., director of Fairfield University's Classical Music Department, will take place from 7 to 7:40 p.m.
The next day, Sunday, March 7, the Salzburg Marionettes will take the stage with Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf." Prokofiev wrote the piece especially for children with each animal represented by a different instrument. The amusing marionettes that bring this tale to life should delight children of all ages.
On Sunday, March 21, the Quick Center will offer an afternoon devoted to Russian arts. The events begin at 1 p.m. with "Russian Masters of Music and Literature," a program of The Live Music Project. Founded by composer Daniel Smith and violinist Netta Hadari, in cooperation with the Quick Center, this new group will present Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings" and Shostakovich's "Chamber Music for String Orchestra, For the Victims of Fascism and War." In addition, the group will be joined by Michael Lonchar for a performance of selections from Fyodor Dostoevsky's "Notes from the Underground," with an original score written for this performance. A Meet the Artist "Art to Heart" event will take place after the show.
Later in the day, at 2:15 p.m., the Quick Center will host a Russian Food Tasting, followed by the 2:45 p.m. screening of "The Russian Ark."
The festival comes to a memorable close on Friday, April 16, at 8 p.m. with the Moscow Festival Ballet's performance of "Giselle." With a style that embraces the highest classical elements of the Boshoi and Kirov ballets, Sergei Radchenko, a legendary principal dancer with the Bolshoi, founded the Moscow Festival Ballet in 1989. The company has won rave reviews in tours of Europe, Asia and the United States and its production of "Giselle" left one reviewer marveling at the troupe's "apparently effortless energy, verve and perfect grace." The performance is sponsored, in part, by the New England Foundation of the Arts Expeditions program.
Tickets are available for single events, with discounts for students and seniors and some subscription plans. 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 May 09, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 292
The popular Summer Festival Chorus of Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts will hold auditions for its 2003 program on Tuesday, June 17, at 7 p.m. in the Quick Center's Kelley Auditorium. The chorus, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, will present a gala concert on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m.
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 until the August concert.
The 2003 concert, under the musical direction of Carole Ann Maxwell, will feature the premiere of "The Music Makers," a new composition by jazz pianist/composer Joe Utterback, Ph.D. that was commissioned for the event. Also on the program are favorites from concerts past, including Gershwin's "Summertime," portions of Schubert's "Magnificat," the spiritual "Ain-a That Good News," and "Danny Boy."
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 May 09, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 271
Rev. Thomas J. Regan, S.J., associate professor of philosophy at Fairfield University, has been appointed Provincial Superior of the New England Province by Very Reverend Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. New England is one of 10 provinces in the United States and 93 worldwide, each with a Provincial Superior who in authority is next to the Superior General who resides in Rome.
Fr. Regan, 49, succeeds Very Rev. Robert J. Levens, S.J., who is a 1966 graduate of Fairfield and earned a master's degree there 1968. Father Regan's six-year term of office will begin on July 31, 2003, the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order.
Among Father Regan's responsibilities will be the governance of some 400 Jesuit priests, brothers and seminarians of the New England Province. The Jesuits of New England sponsor, in addition to Fairfield University, Boston College and College of the Holy Cross, as well as Boston College High School, Cheverus High School in Maine, Nativity Prep School in Jamaica Plain, Mass., and Fairfield Preparatory School. They also conduct Gonzaga-Eastern Point Retreat House in Gloucester, Mass., and Campion Renewal Center in Weston, Mass.
In addition the Jesuits staff five parishes, St. Ignatius in Chestnut Hill, Mass., Sts. Peter & Paul in Norwich, Conn., St. Thomas Aquinas in Storrs, Conn., and in Maine, St. Edmund's in Westbrook and St. Joseph in Eastport. They also conduct the Jesuit Urban Center/Church of the Immaculate Conception in Boston. Beyond the six-state regions, they are involved in education and parish work in Jamaica, West Indies, and Amman, Jordan.
In responding to Rev. Kolvenbach's announcement, Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., university president, said, "Father Regan has served Fairfield University and its community for more than 15 years. His service as both a faculty member and an administrator have been exemplary, surpassed only by his commitment to students, which reaches well beyond their years at Fairfield. His contribution to the success of the Ignatian Residential College is typical of the passion with which he approaches his ministry. While we will miss him, his strengths make him an excellent choice for this position."
Father Regan has been an important presence on the Fairfield campus since 1980 when he arrived on campus as an adjunct/instructor while pursuing his master's degree and doctorate in philosophy at Fordham University. So great was his impact on the students that he was elected Alpha Sigma Nu "Teacher of the Year" in 1984.
After serving as a visiting instructor at Boston College for two years and being ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1987, he returned to Fairfield in 1988 as assistant professor of philosophy, becoming involved in all facets of university life. He has served on numerous committees, including the university rank and tenure committee, which he also chaired, and the Blue Ribbon Committee for Core Review.
In 1993 he was promoted to associate professor and named chair of the Department of Philosophy. From 2000 to 2002 he served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He was selected one of Fairfield's five most influential educators for five years in a row and in 2002 was presented with the Distinguished Faculty Award at the Alumni Association's Fairfield Awards Dinner. That same year he was named co-director of Fairfield's new Ignatian Residential College.
Father Regan is a member and former president of the Jesuit Philosophical Association, and was recently elected to a three-year term on the Executive Council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. He served a six-year term as National President and Chair of the Board of Directors of Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society, and since 1998 has been a member of the board of Consultors to the New England Provincial.
A native of Waltham, Mass., Father Regan earned a bachelor's degree in history and philosophy from Boston College. After graduation he entered the Society of Jesus in 1976. Following his master's and doctorate at Fordham, he did his theological studies for the priesthood at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, receiving his master's of divinity degree with distinction in 1987, and at Heythrop College, University of London, where in 1988 he received a post graduate diploma in pastoral theology.
Posted on May 12, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 291
The luminous works of Westport artist Rosalyn A. Engelman, whose strong brushstrokes evoke abstract landscapes, seasons and historical events, will be on display from Sunday, June 15, through Sunday, Aug. 10, at Fairfield University's Thomas A. Walsh Art Gallery. Engelman will do an informal walk through of the exhibit during the opening reception on June 15 from 4 to 6 p.m.
"Crescendo Works by Rosalyn A. Engelman" will offer a look at some of the artist's most recent pieces, which are often inspired by her recollections of places she's visited, Biblical scenes and moments in time. Building on her love of rhapsodic music, calligraphy and haiku, the paintings offer a glimpse of imagined space and mood.
Engelman began painting in the 1980s and has built a large body of work over the years. Many of her earlier works are responses to sociopolitical events involving people in Europe and Africa. Her distinctive painterly style has evolved, becoming less representational as her themes began to center on her personal experiences and attendant feelings.
The pieces in the exhibition are all relatively new and firmly rooted in the basic tenets of her medium. Many show Engelman's interest in juxtaposition of color and the deliberate strokes she creates with a lushly loaded brush to collapse a three-dimensional idea onto her two-dimensional canvas.
Engelman does not set out to paint a scene, but rather an understanding of a given space, centering on its unique light or a preponderance of shades of one color. A fan of the French masters of the turn of the century, including Pierre Bonnard and Eduard Vuillard, she often employs an abundance of shimmering hues and repetitive patterns when constructing her own paintings.
The French countryside has been a major influence on Engelman's work. Her "Poem of Provence" pulsates with the imaginary light, movement and vibrant orange and red hues that evoke the pastoral setting. She uses a similarly intense light in "Cicadas of Autumn," which brings to mind the unmistakable sounds of summer and the melancholy of passing time.
Engelman has taken Biblical passages as her inspiration for "Cast Thy Bread Upon the Waters" and "Wither Thou Goest." Both seek to show that the wisdom behind action and conduct is far more important than worldly possessions.
Engelman'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 May 13, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 294