Fairfield University's Alumni Association honors six outstanding students Folk icon Joan Baez to grace the stage at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Forbes CEO and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes to speak at Fairfield University University College at Fairfield University offers "See The 'Masters' With the Experts" art lectures University College at Fairfield University offers Gardening course and seminar this fall University College at Fairfield University offers two New York Walking Tours University College at Fairfield University offers course in using Feng Shui to create a harmonious room The dynamic Drummers of West Africa to perform at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Alan C. Greenberg of The Bear Stearns Companies Inc. to deliver Charles F. Dolan lecture at Fairfield University Fairfield University President Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., announces retirement date Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., to deliver 10th annual Mooney lecture at Fairfield University
The Alumni Association honored six seniors for their leadership, community service and commitment to the Jesuit ideal at its annual Student Awards Dinner in April.
Robert Harrison will receive the St. Ignatius Loyola Medal at commencement on May 17. It is the highest honor awarded to an outstanding member of the graduating class who has maximized opportunities for intellectual, emotional and social growth.
Robert's service to the community was reflected in his work as a Project Excel tutor, Head Start volunteer, Talent Search Tutorial Program volunteer, soloist in the Fairfield University Glee Club, lead vocalist in the campus band SUPROX, chapter president of Alpha Sigma Nu, president of the Psi Chi Honor Society, and volunteer in the Bridgeport Juvenile Court System.
Front row, l-r, Bethany Walcott and Christopher Cipriano, recipients of the Student Achievement Award; Angelica Fontanez, recipient of the William J. Kramer '60 Humanitarian Award. Back Row, Robert Parmach and Elizabeth Slimmon, Student Achievement Award; and Robert Harrison, Loyola Medal.
Robert, whose grandfather was a minister, has been a devoted member of the Church of God and Saints of Christ in New Haven his entire life. While at Fairfield, he has gone home every weekend to fulfill his responsibilities as choir director, a position which he has held for five years. He was also involved as the choir director for the Tri-State Youth Choir which performs concerts throughout the tri-state area.
Robert has been a member of the Honors Program since his sophomore year and ranks in the top 15 percent of his class. He plans to attend law school to study family law and become an advocate for children in need. He has applied to law schools at Harvard, Yale, New York University, University of Pennsylvania and Columbia.
The William J. Kramer '60 Humanitarian Award is presented by the Alumni Association to a senior whose commitment to volunteerism and service to others has had a significant and lasting impact on the external community. The award is named for the first alumnus to chair the University's Board of Trustees, and was established by William Kramer's friends, Mr. and Mrs. James Daly. This year, Angelica Fontanez will receive the Kramer Award for taking an active part in the Bridgeport Hollow Community Development Corp.
Angelica wanted to see her community, the Bridgeport Hollow, improve. She was nominated to the executive board of the program and also served on the real estate committee. In these roles, she organized neighborhood clean-ups and community tag sales; identified and rehabilitated abandoned houses in order to resell to homeowners; surveyed the community to find out what they wanted to see improve; monitored businesses in order to make sure they kept their streets clean; and established community gardens in empty lots so that school children and residents could tend to them and beautify their community.
Angelica also volunteered on campus in the student government's multicultural branch, during Martin Luther King Week, as a Mission Volunteer, tutor for Spanish and calculus, soup kitchen volunteer, sub-chair for the Senior Week brunch, and for the SALSA Culture Club.
The Student Achievement Award, established in 1979 by the Alumni Association, honors one or more seniors who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to a specific Fairfield University program, activity, organization or project.
Christopher Cipriano will receive a Student Achievement Award for improving town-gown relations. Chris, as FUSA president and a member of the town's legislative body, worked closely with the Fairfield Police Department, town residents and the First Selectman to restructure Clam Jam, an annual social event at the beach, in order to control overcrowding and minimize underage drinking. Chris and fellow students initiated Safe Rides for students who had too much to drink and distribution of wrist bands to identify students and monitor them at check points. As a result, the 1997 Clam Jam was the most organized and tightly managed since it began over 10 years ago.
In addition, for the past four years Chris was a Eucharistic Minister, volunteer on student committees, helped with Orientation, a Mission Volunteer, and wrote for the student newspaper, the Mirror.
Robert Parmach will receive a Student Achievement Award for his work on the Dean's Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Sciences. Robert got involved with the council because he wanted to strengthen the role of advisors in aiding students in course selection, choosing a major and career planning. He organized a cross-section of 20 students, involved the deans from the College of Arts and Sciences, developed an agenda and coordinated several meetings. As a result of the meetings, informational bulletin boards were established for each department; departmental newsletters about majors and minors, events and alumni were published; and fairs to showcase majors and minors were arranged.
Robert also was a facilitator for the First-Year Experience Program, an Admission tour guide, co-captain of the varsity cross-country team, Eucharistic minister, chemistry research assistant and philosophy tutor.
Elizabeth Slimmon and Bethany Walcott will receive Student Achievement Awards for their involvement in the Adrienne Kirby Family Literacy Project, which teaches children verbal and social skills.
In their capacity as assistant project directors, Elizabeth and Bethany organized training sessions on campus for other student volunteers, scheduled all student volunteers at various school sites in Bridgeport and Stratford, coordinated cognitive testing for select classrooms to gather data for research, and secured additional resources to aid in teaching.
In addition, Elizabeth was active as a volunteer for Giant Steps Center for Autistic Children and for the Bridgeport Health Center. She also was a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society. Bethany was active as the president of the Psychology Club, a member of Alpha Sigma Nu and Psi Chi Honor Society, editor of the senior section in the student year book, the Manor, and principal flutist in the school orchestra.
Posted on April 1, 1998
Joan Baez, whose ethereal voice and staunch political views made her the epitome of the artist/activist, will perform on Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Promising singer-songwriter Josh Ritter will open for Baez, who included his song "Wings" on her latest album.
Baez was just a teenager when she took the stage at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival, a moment that would become a musical watershed both for the talented young singer and her entire generation. Fresh from the coffeehouses of Cambridge, Mass., she was the quintessential beatnik, complete with long, straight hair, turtleneck and sandals and a quirky, literate sensibility that spoke of the haunted and the hunted, betrayal and revenge, love and loss. With the country headed into the turbulent 1960s, hers seemed a voice that both sang of the moment and transcended time.
"In a career that has spanned nearly four decades, Joan Baez has become one of the foundations of the junction between traditional music and political activism," wrote Michael Parrish in Dirty Linen magazine. "Although her name will be forever linked with the 60s, Baez has matured dramatically as a musician since that time, developing her skills as a songwriter and instrumentalist as well as connecting with later generations of singer-songwriters."
Born in Staten Island, N.Y, Baez spent a year living in Iraq as a child before her family moved to California and then Massachusetts. In 1956, two things happened to the 15-year-old that would change her life: She heard a lecture by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and she bought her first guitar.
When Baez began her career, the term folk usually applied to regional or ethnic music, including the ballads of Kentucky, Mexican tunes from the Southwest and gospel hybrids from the South. By 1965, Baez was among a growing group of musicians developing a mixed repertoire of "authentic" folk songs and new compositions by contemporary poets and songwriters, such as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Pete Seeger.
Over the past four decades, Baez has amassed an array of critical raves, six Grammy nominations and seven gold records. Her hit single "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" went gold and her memorable versions of everything from "The First Noel" to "House of the Rising Sun" are major landmarks in America folk history.
Baez continues to highlight new writers, while championing traditional folk music. Her most recent work, "Dark Chords on a Big Guitar," includes songs by Natalie Merchant, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle and Ritter, while past recordings have featured songs by Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Hiatt, Johnny Cash and Donovan.
Baez is equally famous for her outspoken support for a variety of social causes. Even before benefit concerts were commonplace, Baez sang and spoke of civil rights, free speech, a nuclear freeze, nonviolence and workers' rights. She marched with the Irish Peace People in Northern Ireland, opened the United States portion of the Live Aid concerts for Africa and sang "We Shall Overcome" to an estimated 250,000 at the 1963 March on Washington for civil rights.
Baez continues to pair her political and musical passions. In 1997, she appeared at a fundraising event for her cousin, who was fighting charges stemming from his operating a medicinal marijuana clinic. In 2000, she joined an all-star cast at three Honor the Earth benefits on reservations in Montana. This year, she is among 32 female artists featured on "Respond II," a two-CD compilation benefiting families affected by domestic violence.
"My concern has always been for the people who are victimized, unable to speak for themselves and who need outside help," she has said of her career.
Her work has not gone unnoticed. Baez has won three San Francisco Bay Area Awards, a 2003 International Bluegrass Award, the Governors Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the American Civil Liberties Union's Earl Warren Civil Liberties Award, the Lennon Peace Tribute Award and many other accolades.
Tickets range from $35 to $45. 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. 73
Steve Forbes, a widely respected economics prognosticator and former presidential candidate, will deliver "The Economy and The Price of Freedom: Global and Domestic" on Monday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Open VISIONS Forum, a program of University College at Fairfield University, will present this lecture/discussion.
Forbes is president and chief executive officer at Forbes and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, the nation's leading business magazine with a circulation of 850,000. Well-known for his insightful economic forecasts, Forbes also ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1996 and 2000, vigorously championing a platform that included a flat tax, medical savings accounts, parental choice in schools and a strong national defense.
"Creating personal wealth - not redistributing it - should be one of America's highest priorities as we move into the new century," he wrote in his 1999 book, "A New Birth of Freedom." "The real source of wealth and capital in this new era is not material things. It is the human mind, the human spirit, the human imagination and our faith in the future. That's the magic of a free society. Everyone can move forward and prosper because wealth comes from within."
Born in 1947 in Morristown, N.J., Forbes graduated cum laude from the Brooks School in North Andover, Mass. From there, he headed to Princeton University, where he founded his first magazine, Business Today. With a circulation of 200,000, Business Today became the country's largest magazine published by and for students.
In 1985, Forbes made a name for himself in another arm of the media when President Ronald Reagan named him chairman of the bipartisan Board of International Broadcasting, a post he held until 1993. He oversaw the operation of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, two stations broadcasting behind the Iron Curtain. Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, former president of Poland, once praised these broadcasts as being critical to the struggle against Communism.
Forbes assumed the top post at Forbes in 1990. In addition to his executive duties, he is chairman of the company's American Heritage division and publisher of American Heritage magazine and two quarterlies, American Legacy and American Heritage of Invention & Technology.
But it is with Forbes magazine that he has made his mark on the country's economic outlook. He is the only four-time winner of the highly prestigious Crystal Owl Award, formerly given by USX Corporation to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.
"Steve Forbes has made Forbes magazine one of the most influential business periodicals in the world today," said Norman Solomon, dean, Charles F. Dolan School of Business, Fairfield University. "The insights provided by the magazine are highly valued by academics and practitioners alike. Steve's own wit and sharp analysis lend a tremendous level of sophistication to the business press."
Forbes turned his attention to national office in the mid-1990s, running energetic campaigns for the Republican nod. While he's best known for touting a controversial flat tax plan, he also spoke out for school choice, term limits, a new Social Security system and a host of other issues. Shortly before his 2000 run, he released his book, "A New Birth of Freedom," (Regnery, 1999), which outlined his ideas for the new millenium.
Though his presidential bids were not successful, many credited him with strongly influencing the national debate.
"Without Mr. Forbes' ideas, indeed, neither John McCain nor George W. Bush would have much of an agenda of his own this year," the Wall Street Journal said of his 2000 run.
In between campaigns, Forbes was honorary chairman of Americans for Hope, Growth and Opportunity, a grassroots, issues-advocacy organization striving to advance what it called pro-growth, pro-family and pro-freedom issues.
Prior to that, Forbes served as chairman of the board of directors of Empower America, a political reform group founded by former presidential candidate Jack Kemp, former Secretary of Education William Bennett and former United Nations Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick.
Forbes currently serves on several boards, including the board of trustees of Princeton University, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and the National Taxpayers Union, and the board of overseers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He holds honorary degrees from Lehigh and Pepperdine universities, Iona, Hiedelberg and New Hampshire colleges, New York Institute of Technology and many other institutions.
Forbes' appearance is the second of seven Open VISIONS Forum lecture/discussions this season. Tickets are $22, with discounts available 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 September 26, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 74
Before you visit that upcoming art exhibit, consider learning a bit about it first. University College at Fairfield University will offer a series of preparatory lectures to enhance your artistic knowledge and increase the enjoyment you will experience when you do visit the exhibit.
The lectures, which take place on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., are held at Fairfield University.
The series kicks off on October 15 with a seminar on "Schoenberg, Kandinsky, and the Blue Rider." Philip Eliasoph, Ph.D., professor of Visual and Performing Arts at Fairfield University, will deliver the lecture, which corresponds to an exhibit running October 24 through February 12 at The Jewish Museum.
On October 22, Gertrude Grace Sill, professor emeritus of Visual and Performing Arts at Fairfield University, will prepare her students for "Copley to Cassatt: Masterworks from the Terra Museum of American Art," which runs through Dec. 7 at the New Britain Museum of American Art.
Gita Rajan, Ph.D., associate professor of English, will round out the series on October 29 with a lecture for "Traces of India: Photography, Architecture, and the Politics of Representation, 1850-1900," which runs from October 16 through January 11 at the Yale Center for British Art.
The cost of each lecture is $35, or $99 for the series. To register by phone, call (203) 254-44288. For more information, call (203) 254-4307 or visit University College at www.fairfield.edu.
Posted on September 29, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 77
For those who like to have a beautiful garden all year long, University College at Fairfield University is offering a course on "12 Months of Gardening."
Join Katherine Neville, owner of Katherine's Gardens, a floral and garden design company in Milford, to learn the tips and tools needed for a colorful and continually productive garden all year long. The course runs Wednesdays, Oct. 18 through Nov. 5, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Each two-hour lecture will cover one season, taking students from spring bulbs, to summer annuals and perennials, to fall vegetables, and to winter berries and barks.
"It's how to care for your garden year round and how to enjoy it. And maybe make it a little different than your neighbor's," said Neville, a past president of the Westchester Fairfield Horticultural Society. Students will learn how to extend the growing season until first frost and creatively bring the outside indoors during the dreary months of winter. They will also learn to create mixed borders that offer year-round interest and enhancement to the home and garden.
For those with a little less time on their hands, "Fall and Winter Containers for Your Gardens," will offer ideas and illustrate how, through proper care and maintenance, garden containers can be utilized year-round by using plant material suitable for colder weather. The two-hour seminar will, which run on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, will be taught by B.B. Stamats, owner of Stamats Landscape Design, Inc. Stamats is a contributor to Fine Gardening magazine and lectures at the New York Botanical Garden and at garden clubs in Westchester and Fairfield counties. The cost of the seminar is $39.
To register by phone for either class, call (203) 254-4288. For more information call (203) 254-4307 or visit University College at www.fairfield.edu..
Posted on September 29, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 69
Explore New York's historical and ethnic past and view its architecture in the context of its fascinating multicultural history. University College at Fairfield University will host two New York Walking Tours this month.
The two-part series starts with a lecture on "Irish New York" on Friday, October 17, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., by Jim Mullan, Ph.D., chair of the Irish Studies Program at Fairfield University. The walking tour will then take place on October 23 at 11 a.m. Participants will explore the former Little Ireland district of Lower Manhattan. Stops include Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, the founding site of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Al Smith's childhood home, and the former sites of Tammany Hall and the Five Points Slum.
On Thursday, October 30, join Walter Petry, assistant professor of history at Fairfield University and long-time resident of Washington Heights, on a trip through "The Three Harlems." Harlem, one of New York's most intriguing and culturally important neighborhoods, is steeped in the rich musical and literary history of the Harlem Renaissance. Visit Harlem, Spanish Harlem (El Barrio), and Italian Harlem. Stops include the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Striver's Row, the Schomberg Center, and sites associated with Zora Neal Hurston, Marcus Garvey, A. Phillip Randolph, and Langston Hughes. Participants will lunch at Sylvia's (not included in course fee).
The cost for each tour is $50. Comfortable shoes are a must. Participants will meet their guide at a pre-determined location in New York for the tour. To register by phone, call (203) 254-4288. For more information call (203) 254-4307 or visit University College at www.fairfield.edu.
Posted on September 29, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 79
Students can learn to apply the ancient Chinese art of placement to home and workspaces in "Feng Shui: How to Create a Harmonious Room," a three-week course offered by University College at Fairfield University.
The course, which runs on Monday mornings 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. from November 3 through November 17, will be taught by Mary Moross, a Norwalk-based certified Feng Shui practitioner. Moross lectures at various colleges in the greater tri-state area and is an experienced artist, teacher, and home furnishings designer.
Feng Shui is a 4000-year-old system that had not been taught in the United States until the last 25 years, Moross said. "The information was totally guarded by eastern cultures and used only for emperors and now in modern China for those who search out a Feng Shui Master," Moross said. "Our culture is beginning to recognize the eastern world has systems, such as acupuncture, and Chinese medicine that can be effective in changing our lives. Feng Shui is part of that same system of knowledge," Moross said.
Students will learn various Feng Shui techniques for using color, shape, and furniture placement to help reinforce their intentions for expanded prosperity, loving relationships, and good health. With Feng Shui, students learn to create a space that looks and feels right.
The cost of the course is $99. To register by phone, call (203) 254-4288. For more information call (203) 254-4307 or visit University College at www.fairfield.edu.
Posted on September 29, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 65
The wildly energetic and technically astounding Drummers of West Africa bring their vibrant percussion repertoire to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m.
Under the artistic direction of Senegalese national treasure Doudou N'Diaye Rose, the Drummers are one of the most revered percussion orchestras in the world. More than 30 strong and all related to Rose, they have played the capitals of Europe, the United States and South America and recently opened the Cannes Film Festival. Their charismatic leader, whose stage antics have been compared to Mick Jagger and Elvis Presley, has collaborated with an eclectic array of popular artists, including Miles Davis, Peter Gabriel, Dizzy Gillespie and the Rolling Stones.
The troupe's bold musicality, bright traditional garb and stage presence have left more than one reviewer breathless.
"The possibilities - the coming together and breaking apart and remerging of rhythm and hard or deep textures, loud or soft - were endless. And just when you thought they were exhausted, it was all made fresh again," wrote Dave Ferman of the Star-Telegram of Fort Worth. "It was, at times, just too good to believe."
The Drummers of West Africa begin and end with Rose, the 73-year-old patriarch of one of the great families of Senegal. Entertainers and genealogists by caste, his family is known for songs of praise and for mastery of the sabar, a vertical drum with a goatskin head and narrow, decorated body.
Although his family did not want him to go into music, Rose was fascinated with drums at a young age. Over the years, he studied the fine points of percussion, researched drumming history and amassed one of the greatest collections of West African drums in the world. In fact, his experimentation with drum shape and sound have lead to new techniques and whole new instruments.
Rose's passion extends to sound and harmonies and he often serves as conductor to his orchestra, as they offer intricate call and response chants and other traditional melodies over the polyphonic rhythms. Much of the music they perform stems form the innumerable rhythms used throughout Senegalese society.
While touring, Rose often takes time to lead percussion workshops, introducing complex West African styles to drummers in Japan, France, Africa and the United States. Concertgoers get a taste of history and tradition, too, as the Drummers sometimes break to explain their instruments and how music is such an intrinsic part of Senegalese life. Always present at weddings and other ceremonies, music also is used to treat ailments such as animal bites, and drummers are often required at the sick bed for up to a month.
Part of the magic of Drummers of West Africa is genetic: Rose has 39 children and several grandchildren, many of whom are master drummers who are part of the ensemble. The Drummers includes both men and women, a revolutionary concept pioneered, in large part, by Rose. Some of his daughters and granddaughters even formed "Les Rosettes," a 30-year-old all-female group that would have been unheard of a few decades ago.
"The common bloodline gives the group an obvious synergy that few artists could ever hope for," wrote Pete Chakerian of the Akron Beacon Journal. "It was sheer electricity."
Tickets are $28 to $38. 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 October 1, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 82
The third Charles F. Dolan lecture at Fairfield University will be delivered on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. by Alan C. "Ace" Greenberg, chairman of the Executive Committee of The Bear Stearns Companies Inc., the parent company of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., a leading Wall Street investment banking and securities trading firm.
Charlie Rose, an acclaimed interviewer and broadcast journalist and host of the popular PBS series "Charlie Rose," will serve as moderator of the event. The program will feature Mr. Greenberg and Mr. Rose in a conversation-style format, during which they will cover a variety of topics including business leadership and other timely issues.
The event will take place in the Kelley Theatre of Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University sponsors the event, and a limited number of tickets are available to the general public.
Mr. Greenberg has been affiliated with Bear Stearns for more than 50 years, joining the firm in 1949 as a clerk and subsequently becoming a trader. He was made a partner in 1958 and was named chief executive officer in 1978. In 1985, when the firm went public, he was named chairman of the board as well. He relinquished his title as chief executive officer in 1993 and retired as chairman in June 2001.
During his long career, Mr. Greenberg has built a reputation as one of Wall Street's most successful traders and industry visionaries. Under his leadership, Bear Stearns became one of the industry's top market makers and clearinghouses.
"Mr. Greenberg is a legendary figure in the financial services industry," said Norman Solomon, Ph.D., dean of the Dolan School of Business. "His business acumen, his compassion for his employees and his strong support of a variety of philanthropic endeavors clearly make him a role model for our students. We are indeed fortunate to have an individual of Mr. Greenberg's stature visit us."
Mr. Greenberg's accomplishments extend well beyond his professional career. An avid sportsman, professional-level magician and dog trainer, he also won a national bridge championship. He was knighted by the Queen of Denmark (1984), was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1995) and became a member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans (1997).
Mr. Greenberg grew up in Oklahoma City, Okla., and attended the University of Oklahoma on a football scholarship. He transferred to the University of Missouri and earned his business degree there in 1949.
Founded in 1923, The Bear Stearns Companies Inc. (NYSE: BSC) is the parent company of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., a leading investment banking and securities trading and brokerage firm. With approximately $33.5 billion in total capital, Bear Stearns serves governments, corporations, institutions and individuals worldwide. The company's business includes corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, institutional equities and fixed income sales, trading and research, private client services, derivatives, foreign exchange and futures sales and trading, asset management and custody services. Through Bear, Stearns Securities Corp., it offers financing, securities lending, clearing and technology solutions to hedge funds, broker-dealers and investment advisors. Headquartered in New York City, the company has approximately 10,500 employees worldwide.
Emmy award-winning journalist Charlie Rose has been praised as "one of America's premier interviewers." He is the host of "Charlie Rose," the nightly PBS program that engages America's best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists and other newsmakers. USA Today calls the program "TV's most addictive talk show." New York Newsday says, "Charlie's show is the place to get engaging, literate conversation. Bluntly, he is the best interviewer around today." Journalist Morley Safer of CBS' "60 Minutes" calls the program "the last refuge of intelligent conversation on television."
Guests on the show include major international political figures and a mixture of renowned personalities from literature, theatre, film, dance, fashion, sports, science, medicine, and business. Guests have ranged from United States Presidents Clinton and Bush to international statesmen Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev to Nobel laureates Toni Morrison and Seamus Heaney to leaders in business like Bill Gates and Andy Grove.
Charlie Rose Special Edition presents hour-long profiles on such prominent entertainers as Meryl Streep and Peter O'Toole as well as weeklong specials on the cutting edge of science like the Human Genome Project. Mr. Rose also is a correspondent for "60 Minutes II," the CBS news magazine program.
Mr. Rose was born in Henderson, NC, and graduated from Duke University and Duke University School of Law. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has received honorary doctorates of law from C.W. Post College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He is the recipient of the George Peabody Broadcasting Award, the Emmy Award and The CableACE Award. In 2000, he accepted the Futrell Award, an award given to Duke University alumni who have demonstrated excellence in communications. The Charlotte World Affairs Council also honored him as the world citizen for the year 2000.
The Charles F. Dolan Lecture series, featuring highly accomplished, visionary and internationally recognized business leaders, was inaugurated in 2001 with Jack Welch, then-chairman and chief executive of General Electric. Geoffrey Colvin, editorial director at Fortune magazine, moderated. C. Michael Armstrong, then-chairman and chief executive of AT&T, delivered the second Dolan Lecture last year, with Mr. Rose.
The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To reserve seats, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on October 2, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 58
Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., seventh and longest-serving President in Fairfield University's history, announced Friday that he intends to retire at the end of the current academic year - June 30, 2004, after 25 years of service. The decision was made public by Board of Trustees Chair Paul Huston '82 at the conclusion of the Board's annual fall meeting held October 2-3 on the Fairfield campus.
"This is truly the end of an era - and one that will become known as an extraordinarily successful one," Huston said. "Under Fr. Kelley's leadership, Fairfield University has experienced dramatic growth institution-wide; an increasingly qualified student body; major facility enhancement; large gains in the endowment; and, finally, sound financial health - a major achievement in and of itself in a time of escalating costs in the complex and technology-driven world of higher education."
"Father Kelley is both popular and successful and he will be greatly missed," Huston said. "At the same time, he leaves a strong legacy on which his successor may build, leading to an even more exciting future for the institution. Father Kelley deserves our credit and thanks for his enormous accomplishments," Huston continued.
The President made his plans known through a letter to the Board in which he said that serving Fairfield as its president and contributing to the advancement of Jesuit higher education has been one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. He went on to state, "I have given considerable thought during the past few years to the timing of my departure from Fairfield. I continue to believe that the end of the current academic year is the most appropriate time to retire, because it will mark both the successful conclusion of Our Promise: The Campaign for Fairfield University and the completion of my 25th year as president.
"I believe it is the ideal time for a transition to new leadership, as the University is poised and ready to be taken to new heights," Father Kelley said. "Fairfield has achieved remarkable success - enhanced academic reputation, programmatic development, facilities expansion and endowment growth. These successes have come about through the dedication and support of the Board; the collaboration of faculty, administrators and staff; and the devotion of so many generous alumni and friends. For that partnership, I am most grateful."
His letter went on to say that he was looking forward to the remainder of the 2003-04 academic year. "I want it to be a productive one - one that engages the entire Fairfield community in looking forward to the excitement of a new era. When I depart in June 2004, I will do so with profound gratitude for the blessings that have helped shape the Fairfield University we know today, and for the privilege of having served this great institution for so many years."
Huston indicated a committee, composed of representatives from the Board of Trustees, faculty, students, administration, alumni and the Jesuit community, will be named early next week to assist in the search for a Jesuit successor. Selection of a new President is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees.
Fr. Kelley's decision marks the end of a tremendously successful 25-year tenure during which Fairfield University has become one of the preeminent Jesuit schools in the country. As the longest serving president of the nation's 28 Jesuit colleges and universities, arriving at the University in 1979, Fr. Kelley has presided over the graduation of 64% of Fairfield's 38,000 alumni.
During his tenure, Father Kelley worked tirelessly in collaboration with the University's faculty, alumni, parents and friends with extraordinary results. Facility expansion has been a major priority resulting in the construction and acquisition of 14 new facilities and renovation/expansion of 12 others. Among the new buildings are the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts; Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola; Thomas J. Walsh Athletic Center; Donnarumma Hall classroom and office building; the Charles F. Dolan School of Business (formerly the Center for Financial Studies); Alumni House; the residential townhouse complex and the Apartment Village.
Major renovation and expansion have also contributed to transforming the campus. Such enhancements include the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, John A. Barone Campus Center and Rudolph Bannow Science Center. There were also significant upgrades in all residence halls, the Leslie C. Quick Recreation Complex and numerous other facilities.
The intellectual environment also thrived during Fr. Kelley's tenure. Fairfield was accepted for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected academic honor society in the United States. The Charles F. Dolan School of Business was accredited by the esteemed AACSB - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The School of Continuing Education (now University College) was established. The University acquired Bridgeport Engineering Institute as its new School of Engineering. Numerous master's degree programs were established. The Office of Jesuit and Catholic Mission and Identity was created as was the Ignatian Residential College. Several endowed chairs were also established.
The population served by Fairfield has also evolved and with it the faculty. On the undergraduate level Fairfield this year set an all-time record in the number of applications - 7655 for 850 seats in the incoming class. During Fr. Kelley's presidency, the average combined SAT score for the entering class has increased from 1065 to 1197. Fairfield's admit rate for this year's entering class placed it among the top five percent of four-year colleges and universities in the nation in terms of selectivity. The ethnicity of the student population has also changed. In 1979 there were 3.2% students of color compared to a current figure of 12%. The number of full-time faculty has increased from 151 to 220 and 94% of the faculty have a Ph.D. or the terminal degree in their respective field.
On the financial side the institution's endowment has increased from under $2 million in 1979 to $131 million currently. In 2000, Our Promise: The Campaign for Fairfield University was launched publicly. The goal was $100 million for facilities, endowment and operations. In May 2002, based on the campaign's initial success, the Board of Trustees increased the goal to $125 million. As of September 2003, $122 million has been raised. The campaign will close on June 30, 2004.
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Posted on October 3, 2003
Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University, will deliver the 10th annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J., Lecture in Theology, Religion and Society on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The lecture, entitled "Do We Still Need a Catholic Apologetics?" will take place in the Kelley Theatre.
An internationally acclaimed author, Cardinal Dulles has been a professor or visiting lecturer at more than a dozen universities both in the United States and Italy. His 22 books include "Models of Revelation," "The Reshaping of the Catholicism," "The History of Apologetics," and his most recent, "Newman."
"Cardinal Dulles is among the most influential Catholic theologians since Vatican II," said Dr. John Thiel, Professor of Religious Studies, Fairfield University. "It is an honor for Fairfield University to host him as this year's Mooney lecturer, especially since he was a friend of Father Christopher Mooney, S.J., whose memory the lecture celebrates."
Father Mooney was academic vice president and professor of religious studies at Fairfield University from 1981 to 1993.
Born in Auburn, N.Y., Cardinal Dulles was the son of U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and his wife, Janet Pomeroy Avery Dulles. A Harvard graduate and former lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, he was created a Cardinal of the Catholic Church by Pope John Paul II in Rome in 2001.
Cardinal Dulles' teaching career began when he became an instructor of philosophy at Fordham in the early 1950s, but his first position as a professor was at Woodstock College in Maryland, where he taught theology from 1960 to 1974. He was then appointed a professor of Systematic Theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he taught from 1974 to 1988 and is still a professor emeritus. From there, he took his current post at Fordham.
Cardinal Dulles has been a visiting professor at The Gregorian University in Italy, Boston College, Oxford University, the University of Notre Dame, Yale University, Union Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Episcopal Seminary, Lutheran Theological Seminary and other institutions.
The author of more than 700 articles on theology, Cardinal Dulles has been a long-respected source on matters of faith. He is past president of both the Catholic Theological Society of America and the American Theological Society. He has served on the International Theological Commission and as a member of the U.S. Lutheran/Roman Catholic Coordinating Committee. He is an advisor to the Committee on Doctrine of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Cardinal Dulles' lecture is sponsored by Fairfield University's Department of Religious Studies. Admission is free. For more information, call Religious Studies at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2130.
Posted on October 3, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 83