Two business students at Fairfield named as first McGowan Scholars Dr. Edward J. Deak will be first to hold Roger M. Lynch Chair in Economics University College at Fairfield University presents free lectures on health and wellness, China, and laughter as the best medicine Dazzling Arab musicians mix traditional and world fusion as part of "The Arab-American Experience" at Fairfield University "The Summer of the Swans" comes to life at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University Security officers and staff to participate in "Tip A Cop" fundraiser for Special Olympics at Southport Brewing Co. Scholar-In-Residence, Reuven Firestone, to discuss "Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Dialogue and Dissent" at Fairfield University Lively musical version of "Corduroy" comes to the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts New study links higher educated nurses with lower mortality rates in hospitals Press conference advisory for Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern Piano virtuoso André Watts to perform with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
Two students with outstanding records in the classroom, as corporate interns and as community service volunteers, have been named Fairfield University's first William G. McGowan Scholars, created in honor of the telecommunications pioneer who developed the MCI Communications Corporation.
The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund has awarded Fairfield University $37,770 for full tuition for two students who will be entering their senior year in the fall: Dorothy Carbone of Danbury, Conn., and Erin Collins of Flushing, N.Y. They were chosen based on their high academic achievement, a major in business, an essay on the contributions of William G. McGowan and other criteria.
Dorothy Carbone is an accounting major who was on the Dean's List four semesters and interned at Sorvall Products LP in Newtown, Conn., where she applied her classroom knowledge of finance and accounting to a corporate setting. A member of the Accounting Club at the University, she is now active in petitioning for the creation of a chapter of the Accounting Honor Society, Beta Alpha Psi.
As a community volunteer, she prepared and served dinners at the Prospect House Soup Kitchen in Bridgeport, helped raise money to feed the hungry by painting a playground as part of Campus Ministry's national award-winning Hunger Cleanup Campaign, and has served as a tutor for students in finance, management and accounting. She is a graduate of Danbury High School.
In her essay, Carbone noted that McGowan purchased half of the troubled Microwave Communications Inc. in 1968 and, through his determination, changed the nature of telecommunications and "therefore the world of business. As a result of his success, the monopoly held by AT&T was disbanded and competition was introduced into the industry. Consequently, prices were lowered and the companies were forced to come up with innovations and services to stay on top."
Erin Collins, who ranks second in her class, is a dual major in accounting and finance and achieved the Dean's List for five semesters. She entered Fairfield as a Presidential Scholar as a result of her academic achievement at her high school, Mary Louis Academy. Her volunteer activities at Fairfield include serving as a driver for the Emergency Beach Task Force for Safe Rides, and working to combat drunk driving.
As an intern at Consolidated Edison Company of New York, she served in the general accounting department, and, as a member of the Financial Reports and Analysis Team, she was responsible for preparing charts and other monthly and quarterly reports, and managed the compilation and distribution of the Executive Package.
In her essay about William G. McGowan, she pointed out that he "revolutionized the world of telecommunications by placing emphasis on human potential and innovation." She added that he "recognized the strong linkage between telecommunications and economic growth" and cited his humanitarian contributions that helped produce an artificial heart.
Thanking the McGowan Fund in behalf of the University and the Scholars, Dr. Walter Ryba, acting dean of the School of Business, said "This support further enhances the recognition of the school, its students and our innovative curriculum that emphasizes the interrelationship of organizational behavior, production and operations, finance, marketing and international business."
Through the scholarships, the McGowan Charitable Fund, based in Washington, D.C., seeks to provide selected colleges and universities with a method to identify and honor outstanding students as well as to increase the stature and prestige of institutions receiving the grant. Fairfield University's School of Business is among just 300 schools of business in the U.S. accredited by the AACSB (American Assembly of Schools of Business). It has enrollment of 900 undergraduates and almost 300 graduate students pursuing an MBA.
Posted on March 1, 1998
Edward J. Deak, Ph.D., professor of economics at Fairfield University, has been named the first to hold the new Roger M. Lynch Chair in Economics in the College of Arts & Sciences. The installation ceremony will take place on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 4: 30 p.m. in the Kelley Theatre of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts and will feature an address by Dr. Deak on "Economics and Public Policy." The public is welcome to attend.
Known throughout the state and beyond for his role as Connecticut Model Manager for The New England Economic Project, Dr. Deak is often called upon by the media to comment on economic developments. His talk on Oct. 2 will address mergers in the entertainment industry, including the one just announced by Vivendi Universal and General Electric's television network, NBC; as well as News Corp.'s proposal to purchase the Direct TV satellite system.
In March, Dr. Deak published a book, "The Economics of e-Commerce and the Internet," in which he tackles misconceptions about the economics of the Internet. Contrary to popular belief, he says, the vast majority of Web businesses did not fail. He examines the strategies, successes, and failures of some of the key e-Commerce firms, both business-to-consumer and business-to-business.
Dr. Deak has published extensively over the years on such topics as New England's Competitiveness: Risks and Opportunities in the Global Economy; Will Labor Shortages Derail New England's Economy? New Urban Strateges in Advanced Regional Economics; Tariffs as Symbolic Communication; and New and Emerging Patterns in Consumer Loan Markets.
He testified on the Y2K problem before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Financial Services and Technology, and was the Governor's appointee and chair to the Connecticut Economic Conference Board.
Dr. Deak joined Fairfield University in 1970, reaching the rank of full professor in 1980. Among his areas of expertise are regional economic analysis, banking and finance, antitrust and regulation, industrial organization, transportation economics and global competition and competitiveness.
The new chair in economics has been named for Roger M. Lynch who retired last fall after chairing Fairfield's Board of Trustees for seven years. He has been a key member of the board since 1988 and was appointed chair in 1995. During a period of dramatic development for the university, he provided invaluable leadership. In addition, he and his wife Nancy have been shown great generosity to Fairfield, particularly during the current capital campaign.
A 1963 graduate of Fairfield University who majored in economics, Mr. Lynch had a lengthy and distinguished career with Goldman Sachs & Company, where he was a Limited Partner when the firm went public in 1998.
Throughout his career, Mr. Lynch has been a devoted alumnus of Fairfield. He has served on a multitude of committees and boards, always striving to make Fairfield accessible to talented students regardless of their means, while enhancing its academic stature and maintaining its Jesuit character.
Posted on September 17, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 57
University College at Fairfield University is offering a series of free lectures to the general public this fall. The lectures will take place in the Multimedia Room of Fairfield University's DiMenna-Nyselius Library.
In conjunction with St. Vincent's Medical Center, University College will present two lectures on Health and Wellness. The first, "Take Control of Your Heart," will be delivered on Tuesday, October 7, at 1 p.m., by Dr. Jose Missri, MD, FACC, Chairperson, Cardiovascular Medicine, St. Vincent's Medical Center. Anthony R. Iorio, DPM, MPH will deliver the second, "Oh, My Aching Feet," which will take place on Tuesday, October 21, at 1 p.m.
Professor Edwin Williams, president of TraveLearn, will deliver "China: The Sleeping Giant Awakes," on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. Prof. Williams has been traveling to China since the early 1980s and has witnessed firsthand China's spectacular economic growth since the inception of its "free-market economy." The one-hour presentation will be followed by a question and answer session during with Professor Williams will respond to questions about China's past and present as well as answer travel questions or concerns of those possibly planning a trip to China.
On Thursday, November 6, Dr. Steve Sobel will provide the audience with his unique ideas on bringing more laughter, joy, and optimism into their lives and into the lives of the people they deal with daily. His 2 p.m. lecture, "Laugh More, Live Longer," will leave the audience feeling rejuvenated and light-hearted. The lecture is presented in conjunction with St. Vincent's Medical Center and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Seating is limited at each lecture. Please contact Elizabeth Hastings at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2688, to make reservations.
Posted on September 17, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 61
Eclectic Arab musician Simon Shaheen and members of his internationally known Qantara bring their blend of traditional melodies and modern world fusion to Fairfield University on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. The performance, which will be held in the Oak Room of the Barone Campus Center, is part of the on-going campus series "The Arab-American Experience."
Shaheen is one of the most significant Arabic musicians performing and composing today. His work incorporates the historical tunes and rhythms of Arab music and continues to move it forward, embracing many other world music elements along the way. For the past six years, he has focused his considerable energies on Qantara, a band that embodies his vision of the unbridled fusion of Arabic, jazz, Western classical and Latin music.
In 1994 the National Endowment for the Arts honored the New York City resident with a prestigious National Heritage Award for his contributions to music.
"I want to create world music exceptionally satisfying to the ear and the soul, which is why I selected members for Qantara who are all virtuosos in their own musical form, whose experience can raise the music and performance of the group to the spectacular," he has said of his unique sound.
Born in Tarshiha, Galilee, Shaheen grew up surrounded by music. His father, Hikmat Shaheen, was a professor of music and master of the oud, the Arab lute. His son began studying the oud at the age of five and later studied violin at the Conservatory for Western Classical Music.
He graduated from the Academy of Music in Jerusalem and taught Arabic music, performance and theory there. He later moved to New York City and completed his graduate studies at Manhattan School of Music and Columbia University.
In the early 1980s, Shaheen formed the New Eastern Music Ensemble and began lecturing and offering workshops everywhere from elementary schools to universities. He still devotes 50 percent of his time to teaching, having worked with many U.S. institutions, including The Juilliard School and Princeton, Brown, Yale and Harvard universities.
In the 1990s, Shaheen released four albums, including "Saltanah," "Turath" and "Taqasim." He contributed to the soundtracks for the feature films "Malcolm X" and "The Sheltering Sky" and wrote the entire soundtrack for the documentary, "For Everyone Everywhere."
Shaheen's concert credits include Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Cairo's Opera House and Belgium's Le Palais des Arts. In 2000, Shaheen appeared at the Grammy Awards with Sting, arranging the violin section for his longtime friend's live performance of "Desert Rose." Shaheen's playlist often features "Tea in the Sahara," a Sting-penned song inspired by Paul Bowles' novel "The Sheltering Sky."
Admission to Shaheen's Fairfield University concert is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the University's Humanities Institute, and the Women's Studies, American Studies, English and History departments. For more information, call Ralph Coury, Ph.D., professor of English, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2110.
Posted on September 17, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 62
"The Summer of the Swans," a new drama based on Betsy Byars' Newberry Medal winning novel, takes the stage at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. The TheatreworksUSA performance is part of the Quick Center's ArtsBound Schoolday Series, sponsored, in part, by Regina A. Quick and the Educational Foundation of America. It is geared toward middle school classes.
The play, written by Julia Jordan, centers on a confusing summer in the life of 14-year-old Sara Godfrey. She's dealing with her bossy Aunt Willie and her absentee father. Her older sister is beautiful and popular, while Sara's only claim to fame is that she has the biggest feet in school. Then there's Charlie, Sara's younger brother with special needs, who wants nothing more than to sit at the edge of the lake, watching the swans glide by. Sometimes Sara wishes she could join them, flying away from everything and everyone she knows.
One morning, Sara awakens to find that Charlie has wandered off in the night. Filled with a new sense of purpose, she searches the lake, the fields and the woods in a desperate attempt to find her brother. Along the way, she discovers the depth of her love and realizes that the most important things in life have nothing to do with beauty, popularity - or dainty feet.
Playwright Julie Jordan's work is included in "Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 1997" Her short film, "The Hat," premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has been shown on the Bravo and IFC television channels.
Jordan won the Francesca Primus Prize and was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award for her play "Tatiana in Color." She was a joint winner of the Heideman Award for her play "Mpls./St. Paul" and her play "Nightswim" will be published in a new collection soon. Jordan was a playwriting fellow at Juilliard and recently completed a year in residence at Manhattan Theatre Club. She holds a master's degree in creative writing from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
The ArtsBound Schoolday Series is geared to school groups. Study guides are available for teachers. Single tickets are available for $7. 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. Media inquiries should be made to Dana Ambrosini, Fairfield University's assistant director of media relations, at 203-254-4000, ext. 2726.
Posted on June 27, 2008
Vol. 36, No. 60
Officers and staff from Fairfield University's Security Department will lend their time and service to the wait staff at Southport Brewing Co. on Sunday, September 21, in an effort to raise money for Special Olympics Connecticut.
About 10 Fairfield University security officers and staff will take part in the fundraiser, which will run from 3 p.m. until the restaurant closing. Officers and staff will help to assist the wait staff and serve customers, who will be asked to donate funds to the Special Olympics by putting money in envelopes provided at their tables.
The "tip a cop" fundraiser concept has been used by many law enforcement agencies to raise money for charitable causes, but this will be the first such event for Fairfield University Security officers, said Todd A. Pelazza, director of Security at Fairfield University.
"The Security Department has been involved with Special Olympics for a long time and this is just another way to help contribute to this important organization," Pelazza said. All of the money raised in the fundraiser will go to Special Olympics Connecticut, Pelazza said.
Posted on September 21, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 52
The Carl & Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University will present the fourth annual Judaic Studies Scholar-In-Residence lecture, by Reuven Firestone, Ph.D., on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Firestone, professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, will take on the timely topic of "Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Dialogue and Dissent," in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business. Dr. Firestone's lecture is made possible by a gift from Edith and David Chaifetz and Praxair, Inc.
Dr. Reuven Firestone is also director of the Louchheim School of Jewish Studies and the Department of Graduate Studies at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). Dr. Firestone has lived in Israel and traveled extensively throughout the entire Middle East. He has been involved in a variety of committees and commissions exploring Jewish-Muslim and Jewish-Arab relations in the United States. He has also served on the international "Voice of Peace" radio project. Dr. Firestone's areas of expertise include early Islam and its relationship with Jews and Judaism, and scriptural interpretation of the Bible and the Qur'an.
Born in Santa Rosa, Calif., in 1952, Reuven Firestone received his B.A. in sociology/anthropology (Middle East area studies) in 1974 from Antioch College. He earned his M.A. in Hebrew Literature and History in 1980 from Hebrew Union College. Ordained a rabbi in 1982 by HUC-JIR, he received his Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from New York University in 1988.
Dr. Firestone taught Hebrew literature and directed the Hebrew and Arabic language programs at Boston University from 1987 to 1992. Prior to joining HUC-JIR in 1993, Dr. Firestone was awarded the Yad Hanadiv Research Fellowship at the Hebrew University, where he did research on holy war in Islamic tradition. In 2000, Dr. Firestone was awarded a fellowship for independent research from the National Endowment for the Humanities for research on holy war in Judaism. In 2002 he was made a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies and the University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to authoring numerous articles on Judaism, Islam, and comparative studies between Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Dr. Firestone has also written the books "Journeys in Holy Lands: The Evolution of the Abraham-Ishmael Legends in Islamic Exegesis" (SUNY Press), "Jihad: The Origin of Holy War in Islam," (Oxford University Press), "Children of Abraham: An Introduction to Judaism for Muslims" (Ktav). Dr. Firestone has been published in a variety of publications, including "The Journal of Semitic Studies," "The Journal of Near Eastern Studies," "The Journal of Religious Ethics," "The Journal of the American Academy of Religion," and "The Journal of Jewish Studies."
There is no charge for admission to the lecture; however, reservations are suggested. For information and reservations, please contact Judaic Studies at Fairfield University at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.
Posted on September 24, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 33
Theatreworks/USA brings its energetic musical version of the beloved children's story "Corduroy" to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The show is geared for children in kindergarten through fourth grade.
"Corduroy" is based on Don Freeman's popular tale of how a teddy bear helps a lonely little girl beat the blues. Lisa is a new kid in a big city, trying to find her way. One day, she spots a teddy bear sitting alone and unloved and she knows she has to adopt him.
This new musical is set in Harlem and features a lively jazz and R&B score that's sure to please audience members of all ages.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children. Birthday parties are not available for this show. 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 September 24, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 72
A new study, just released yesterday, that links nurses with higher education degrees with lower mortality rates in hospitals where they provide direct patient care, comes as no surprise to Jeanne M. Novotny, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean of the Fairfield University School of Nursing. "This study confirms what we have known for a very long time. It validates the importance of having a highly educated nursing workforce."
Today's health care system, she says, "is very complex and will continue to grow in its complexity. Nurses with baccalaureate degrees are grounded in the sciences and nursing research. They know the processes of care and the interventions that lower mortality rates in patients."
The study, conducted by Dr. Linda Aiken and her colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, found that in hospitals, a 10 percent increase in the proportion of nurses holding Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees decreased the risk of patient death and failure to rescue by 5 percent. Patient mortality and failure to rescue would climb to 19 percent lower in hospitals where 60 percent of nurses were educated at that level, the study said.
Titled "Educational Levels of Hospital Nurses and Surgical Patient Mortality," and published in this week's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the study was based on an analysis of the outcomes of 232,342 surgical patients in 168 Pennsylvania hospitals over a 20-month period. The percentage of baccalaureate and higher degree nurses in those hospitals ranged from 0 to 77 percent. Only 11 percent of the hospitals studied had 50 percent of more of their registered nursed at the BSN or higher level.
Dr. Novotny said, "The research of Dr. Aikens and her colleagues is critical to the health and well being of patients across the nation. The public needs to begin to ask hospitals about the educational level of nurses employed."
The study was applauded by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). In a press release issued from their Washington, D.C. office, AACN called it a "landmark study" that "finds that surgical patients have a 'substantial survival advantage' if treated in hospitals with higher proportions of nurses educated at the baccalaureate or higher degree level."
Dr. Novotny has been a consultant with the American Red Cross, the University of Zimbabwe, Yonsei University in Seoul Korea, and has worked on projects in Thailand, Chile, Mexico and Brazil. Her Ph.D. Is from Kent State University, and her BSN and MS are from The Ohio State University.
To arrange an interview with Dr. Novotny, please call Nancy Habetz, director of media relations, (203) 254-4000, ext. 26407; or (203) 451-1725.
Posted on September 24, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 76
Editors please note: Reporters must arrive early for Fairfield University press conference with Prime Minister of Ireland
Journalists who wish to attend Fairfield University's 7 p.m. press conference Thursday, Sept. 25, with Bertie Ahern, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of the Republic of Ireland, must arrive early enough to be seated in the Wien Experimental Theatre of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts by 6:45 p.m. At the request of security traveling with the Prime Minister, no press will be admitted to the press conference after 6:45 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.
What: Fairfield University will host a press conference with Bertie Ahern, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of the Republic of Ireland. The press conference will take place just before Mr. Ahern delivers the annual William and Mary Stack Lecture in Irish History and Culture at Fairfield University. Mr. Ahern, who will also receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, will present "Ireland Today: Building on Peace" at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
When: Press conference is Thursday, September 25, at 7 p.m. The lecture is at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Lawrence A. Wien Experimental (Black Box) Theatre in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
Posted on September 25, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 70
Master pianist André Watts will be the guest artist for a concert with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The performance is the first of three concerts the ensemble will offer this season. There will be a pre-concert Art-to-Heart discussion with Robert Sherman, journalist and New York Times music writer, at 7 p.m.
Watts will perform Brahms' "Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114" and Schubert's "Quintet for Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass and Piano in A." The Chamber Music Society will also offer Meyer's "Trio No. 1 for Violin, Cello and Bass." Watts will be joined by: Ani Kavafian, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; Gary Hoffman, cello; Edgar Meyer, contrabass; and Artistic Director David Shifrin, clarinet.
Watts burst on the music scene at the age of 16, when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic in its Young People's Concerts. Only two weeks later, Bernstein again tapped the promising young pianist, this time to substitute at the last minute for the ailing Glenn Gould in performances with the Philharmonic, launching his career in storybook fashion.
More than 30 years later, Watts is still among the classical elite, considered one of the finest pianists in the world. He routinely plays sold-out recitals at the world's most prestigious concert halls and international festivals.
During the 2002-03 season alone Watts performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and the National, Detroit, Dallas, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Colorado, Atlanta and San Diego symphonies. He is also well known for his many television appearances, including performances on PBS and the BBC with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.
Watts received the coveted Avery Fisher Prize in 1988 and, at the age of 26, he was the youngest person ever to receive an honorary doctorate from Yale University. In 1984, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University honored him with its Distinguished Alumni Award and, in 1997, his alma mater again recognized his achievements with an honorary degree to add to his many others. He has been artist-in-residence at the University of Maryland since 2000.
The Chamber Music Society is the nation's premier chamber music ensemble, devoted to both outstanding performance and the creation of new works. Its pioneering structure of 18 artist members augmented by invited guests allows Shifrin to present concerts of every instrumentation, style and historic period. In addition, the Grammy-winning ensemble is committed to new compositions, having commissioned more than 110 pieces in its 32-year history.
The five artists appearing with Watts have all had long histories with the Chamber Music Society. Edgar Meyer, who has played 400 concerts with the ensemble, is a Grammy-winning bassist who has collaborated with Bela Fleck and Yo-Yo Ma. The ensemble will present one of his original compositions during the Quick Center concert.
Shifrin, who is celebrating his twelfth season with the group, has performed with the Dallas, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee, Denver and Memphis symphonies. Ani Kavafian has been playing violin with the ensemble for 24 years and is a winner of the coveted Avery Fisher Prize and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
Violinist Paul Neubauer first appeared with the group in 1985 and is a winner of the Whitaker D'Angelo and Lionel Tertis international competitions. He is a former principal violinist for the New York Philharmonic. Cellist Gary Hoffman, a 10-year Chamber Music Society veteran, is the first North American to have won the Rostropovich International Competition and has toured and recorded extensively.
Tickets are $30. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on September 25, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 71