Nyselius Library opens computer laboratory All-new Amelia Bedelia musical revue comes to Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Theatre Fairfield presents "A Class Act" at Fairfield University's PepsiCo Theatre Allman Brothers drummer Jaimoe to play with Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble Gallery director explores Early Modernism at the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University Regina A. Quick Center to screen "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears" as part of Russian Arts and Letters Festival Fairfield University's School of Engineering to host symposium Fairfield University students to build "Cardboard City" Christmas tale "The Tailor of Gloucester" takes the stage at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts The Fairfield University Glee Club performs Christmas concert at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Team of four Fairfield University students receives Honorable Mention in Deloitte Foundation's National Tax Case Study Competition
An old storage room on the bottom floor of Nyselius Library has been converted into a student computer laboratory, equipped with 25 state-of-the-art computers that have the latest software, access to the Internet through the University's fiber optic network and e-mail.
"We're really excited about this," said James Estrada, University librarian. "The primary feature of the lab is access. By bringing computers to the library, we can support all students in their scholarly pursuits and, especially, the students who live nearby in the Kostka and Claver residence halls. Another exciting aspect of this is that we're setting the stage now to provide 24-hour access at a later date."
The 1,000 square foot lab, which opened Feb. 5 and is located downstairs at the opposite end of the library from the Media Dept., has 16 Intel-based personal computers and eight MacOS personal computers that have 32 megabytes of random access memory, and two Hewlett Packard Laserjet printers that print 24 pages per minute. An additional Intel-based computer and projection equipment are utilized by librarians for the library instruction program.
The computers are loaded with Microsoft Office 97, which includes software for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations, and 15-inch color monitors rest on spacious desk tops located in custom-designed work stations. A specially made work station for the physically disabled is located nearest to the lab's entrance. To maximize the amount of space on the 44-inch by 36-inch desktops, the computers' processors - the guts of the computers - are located under the desktops and several inches off the floor, and the serpentine wiring is arranged out of sight of the computer user.
The lab is open 104 hours a week and closes a half hour prior to the closing of the library. It is staffed by members of Academic Computing.
The computer lab will complement a wide range of technology and electronic resources already in the library. The library provides online access to the full text of many journals as well as to resources on the Internet and the World Wide Web. The library also has a CD-ROM local area network that provides access for several simultaneous users to over 17 major databases. In addition, the library has an automated inventory system and online catalog which provides the author, title, subject and keyword access to all its books, journals and audio-visual materials.
Other electronic resources include computer terminals on the upper and lower levels of the library to access services connected to the University's mainframe computer. Students with computer accounts may also access e-mail, vaxnotes and the Internet.
The planning team which collaborated to create the computer lab included Michael Cusato, design architect; James Estrada, University librarian and executive director of academic computing; Joan Overfield, associate University librarian; Nicholas Papillo, director of purchasing; MaryJac Reed, director of academic computing; Richard Taylor, assistant vice president for administration; and Dr. Robert Wall, academic vice president.
Posted on May 1, 1998
Amelia Bedelia, the most beloved and befuddled maid in children's literature, comes to life in "Amelia Bedelia for Mayor! and Other Stories" on Sunday, Nov. 23, at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Performances of the TheatreWorks/USA Story Salad production will take place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. As part of the Quick Center's outreach program there will be an ArtsBound Schoolday Series show on Monday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. The outreach show is sponsored in part by Regina A. Quick and the Educational Foundation of America.
This fast-paced musical begins with the performers acting as chefs in the opening number and then becoming all the characters in the different stories that follow. Directed by G. Wayne Hoffman, the revue includes seven stories that both delight and inform.
In the title sequence, the literal-minded Amelia Bedelia throws her hat in the ring - with hilarious results. The show also includes "Uncle Nacho's Hat," a sing-along adapted by Harriet Rohmer that retells a favorite Nicaraguan folktale about breaking old habits and accepting change. Eric Kimmel's "Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock" is one of several treasured Anansi the Spider stories from West Africa and the Caribbean. In this installment, the mischievous spider tries to trick the other jungle creatures out of their goodies, but learns a valuable lesson in the end.
"Rowdy Rooster" is based on the classic Aesop fable "The Bird Who Neighed Like a Horse," and "Jackie and the Bean Sprout" gives a little girl's take on the world of science. The final story, "My Dog and Me," is another sing-along, this time about a fun-loving, hip-hop city dog named T-Bone.
The show is geared toward children in grades K through 3.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children. Birthday party packages are 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 October 31, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 106
Theatre Fairfield, Fairfield University's student theatre company, will present "A Class Act," a showcase for student writers, performers and designers, Wednesday, Nov. 19, through Sunday, Nov. 23, at Fairfield University's PepsiCo Theatre. Performances will take place at 8 p.m. for the first four nights and at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
"A Class Act" is a theatre piece that explores various forms of performance. Act I, Creative Exposures, consists of dramatic readings of student-written poetry and prose. Act II, Creative Excursions, is a selection of one-act plays, musical pieces, monologues and other unusual performance pieces. Directed by Martha Schmoyer LoMonaco, this exciting production is an opportunity for students to explore artistic expression.
Tickets are $12 for general admission, $5 for students and $6 for senior citizens. For tickets, call the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on November 4, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 112
Legendary Allman Brothers drummer Jaimoe will be the guest artist for the Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble's winter concert on Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The ensemble will give two performances at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the Quick Center's Wien Experimental Theatre.
Born Johnie Lee Johnson in Ocean Springs, Miss., Jaimoe was one of the original six members of the Allman Brothers Band when it formed in 1969 and he was inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the band. His subtle, driving style has been an integral part of the band's blend of blues, rock and jazz fusion, especially on the seminal "The Allman Brothers at the Fillmore East." In March, the Allman Brothers Band, known as one of the best jam bands in rock history, released its first studio album in nine years, "Hittin' the Note," with Jaimoe on drums.
In addition to playing with the Allman Brothers, the versatile drummer has backed Otis Redding, Percy Sledge and Patti Labelle. Also a member of the band Sea Level, Jaimoe, who lives in Bloomfield, Conn., performed on several tours with American icon Otis Redding in the 1960s and has shared the bill with Smokey & the Miracles, Sam & Dave, Martha & the Vandellas and Aretha Franklin.
The Jazz Ensemble is an accomplished group of university students, who often invite notable guest artists to join them in concert. Past guests have included James Williams, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Steve Turre, three former members of Blood, Sweat & Tears, Dave Samuels and Ingrid Jensen among others.
Brian Torff, director of the Fairfield University Music Program, will lead the ensemble through a program of standards and original works. Selections will include Torff's "Dominating" and "Steady Flo", "A La Mode" by Curtis Fuller, "Freedom Jazz Dance" by Eddie Harris, "Gingerbread Boy" by Jimmy Heath, and "Statesboro Blues," a Willie McTell piece made famous by the Allman Brothers Band.
Torff, a noted bassist, has played with jazz legends Stephane Grappelli, George Shearing and Erroll Garner and has written scores performed by the Boston Pops, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony. The New York Times called him "a virtuoso bassist, imaginative and distinctive in his solos, but more than that, a solid composer and arranger." This summer, Torff joined an elite group of international musicians for "The Spirit of Django Reinhardt," a well-received concert tour celebrating the virtuoso gypsy guitarist that included dates at Lincoln Center, Ravinia and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Torff will appear at the famous New York City jazz club Birdland on Tuesday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Nov. 23, with the Django Reinhardt Festival.
Tickets to the Jazz Ensemble concert are $8, $5 for students. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on November 5, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 108
Diana Mille, Ph.D., director of the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University, will present "New Directions: A Study in Early Modernism" on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 12:30 p.m. The one-hour talk, the second of four lectures on art from different regions of the world, takes place in the gallery located in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
Dr. Mille will consider the sculptures of French master Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). World famous for his often-reproduced works "The Thinker" and "The Kiss," Rodin was known for his strength and realism, as well as thoughtful depictions of human beauty, passion, distress and moral weakness in such sculptures as "The Burghers of Calais," "Eternal Springtime" and "The Gates of Hell."
In future Director's Choice lectures, Mille will consider the Russian Avant-Garde and the art of Tibet.
Those attending the lecture can also view the gallery's current exhibit, "Across Time: The Photographs of Cynthia Brumback." Washington, D.C.-based Brumback turns her keen eye to everything from florals and landscapes to intriguing images from her trips to Asia. The exhibit includes composites, two-panel couplets and folding books from the 1970s through the present.
Admission to the Director's Choice lecture is $5. Participants may bring a brown bag lunch. For more information, call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2969.
Posted on November 6, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 110
Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center will screen "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears," an Oscar-winning film about the pursuit of professional and domestic bliss, on Monday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Wien Experimental Theatre. The film is the second of a series of six screenings that are part of the Quick Center's Russian Arts and Letters Festival.
Directed by Vladimir Menshov, this enchanting tale centers on the struggles of three women, Lyudmila, Antonina and Katerina, who, though they seem to have little in common, are bound by a deep friendship. The 1979 Best Foreign Film winner chronicles their diligent pursuit of happiness in 1958 Moscow and then skips ahead 20 years to see how successful they've been.
The film screenings will continue as follows: Tengiz Abuladze's "Repentance," Monday, Jan. 26. Louis Malle's "Vanya on 42nd Street," Monday, Feb. 9; Regis Wargnier's "East-West," Monday, March 8; and Aleksandr Sokúrov's "The Russian Ark," Sunday, March 21. All films will be shown at 7 p.m. except the final screening, part of a day of Russian events at the Quick Center, which will be shown at 2:45 p.m. on March 21.
Tickets are $7 for one film, $30 for all six. 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 November 7, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 111
The School of Engineering at Fairfield University will host a symposium on (1) the automated lithography process, and (2) lean manufacturing on Friday, November 21, at 6 p.m. in room 102 of McAuliffe Hall. The workshop is the last of four in a series about new developments in technology.
The lectures and open discussions that follow are of interest to engineers working in industry as well as academic colleagues, and are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m. Kevin Violette will present "The Automated Lithography Process." In the semiconductor manufacturing process, photolithography is the method of printing circuit patterns onto silicon wafers. To meet demands of the semiconductor industry, this requires printing circuit features of around 100 nm today, a figure that will be reduced to 65 nm by the year 2005. This technology has essentially enabled the digital revolution over the past two decades. Mr. Violette will describe the automated lithography process and present information on the current state in technology and a roadmap showing where the technology is headed.
James Curry's "Planning for Lean Manufacturing," will follow at 7:30 p.m. Variability in processes, lead times and customer demand is a root cause of many problems in manufacturing and supply chain management. In high product mix environments, the problem is more pronounced, impacting service levels and financial performance. Mr. Curry will talk about a lean analysis methodology he has used successfully in major companies that is fundamental to beginning a lean manufacturing improvement program. The methodology is based on a statistical segmentation approach that he has used in both discrete process manufacturing industries at the factory level and across the supply chain.
The symposium is the last in a series of four workshops the School of Engineering has sponsored. For further information please contact Jay Hoffman at (203) 254-4000, ext. 3080 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on November 14, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 121
Fairfield University students will build a "Cardboard City" near the entrance to the Barone Campus Center on Wednesday, Nov. 19, "to raise consciousness about the plight of the homeless," said Joshua St. Onge of Waterbury, Conn., co-president of the Campus Ministry Council, which is spearheading the effort. He and co-chair Ronnie Christiansen of Staten Island, N.Y., are urging students to stay the night in the flimsy shelter against the cold, or to at least stop by and spend some time there, to get a sense of what the homeless must endure.
Beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, the students will send two or three people out across campus every hour to invite other students to visit "Cardboard City" and learn more about what is happening with the poor in America. Rev. Paul Carrier, S.J., university chaplain, will lead a teach-in and prayer service at the site at 8 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.
Fairfield students have been holding these demonstrations since 1992, when students encouraged their peers to "Live simply so others may simply live." St. Onge feels it is a message that bears repeating each year.
Students from Campus Ministry and Student Athletes will also be conducting a campus-wide drive to collect non-perishable food and money for turkeys. The foods collected will be given to homeless shelters in Bridgeport and Fairfield.
Questions may be directed to Nancy Habetz, director of media relations, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647.
Posted on November 14, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 122
An original musical version of the beloved Beatrix Potter story "The Tailor of Gloucester" comes to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Well-known to generations of readers, this timeless Christmas story is geared toward children in grades K through 5.
Said to be Beatrix Potter's own favorite among her many children's tales, "The Tailor of Gloucester" tells the story of a poor tailor who is asked to make a splendid cherry-colored waistcoat for the Gloucester mayor's Christmas Day wedding. Finding beautiful cloth and adornments for the piece, he works his fingers to the bone, only to realize he hasn't enough thread to finish the coat. Fretful, he heads home to find his sly cat, Simpkin, has spent the day trapping mice under teacups and he lets the poor creatures go.
The mice don't forget his kindness and, when the magic of Christmas Eve makes friends from natural enemies, the sun breaks on a miraculously happy day for all.
"The Tailor of Gloucester" was published 100 years ago in 1903, just a year after the publication of Potter's best-known book "The Tale of Peter Rabbit." This Theatre IV production features music and lyrics by Paul Deiss.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children. 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 November 17, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 114
"The Many Moods of Christmas" is the theme for the Fairfield University Glee Club's annual holiday concert on Friday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. Both performances will take place at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
Since the first Christmas, cultures around the world have expressed the joy, wonder and hope of the holiday through song. Under the direction of Carole Ann Maxwell, the Glee Club will take listeners through many traditions - from across Europe, Africa and the United States - presenting several compositions in their original languages. The varied program includes Pavel Chesnokov's "Spaseniye Sodelal," sung in Slavonic; composer Via Olatunji and arranger Wendell Whalum's "Betelehemu," a Nigerian piece sung in Yoruba; Ariel Quintana's "Hodie Christus Natus Est;" "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Eddie Pola and George Wyler; and two sections of "The Many Moods of Christmas Suite" by Robert Russell Bennett and Robert Shaw.
The Rev. Charles Allen, S.J., is the moderator for the Glee Club and Galen Tate will accompany on organ.
The Glee Club is a mixed chorus of more than 120 undergraduate and graduate students continuing a 50-year legacy of musical excellence on campus and abroad. The choir has performed at Carnegie Hall, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Westminster Cathedral in London, the Aula Paolo VI at the Vatican and the U.S. Military academies at West Point and Annapolis.
In addition to the full choir, the holiday concert will feature soloists singing Christmas favorites and performances by the Glee Club's four smaller ensembles, the Chamber Singers, the Men's Ensemble, Sweet Harmony, and the Sine Nomine Singers, the resident quartet.
Dr. Maxwell, director of Choral and Liturgical Music for Fairfield University since 1980, is also the artistic director and conductor of The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut and chorus master of The Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra. She has conducted choruses for the Prague Radio Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Orchestra, the Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra and the Yale Opera Ensemble.
She has shared the stage with jazz icon Dave Brubeck and the Dave Brubeck Quartet, opera legends Sherrill Milnes, Marilyn Horne and Renee Fleming, and composers Stephen Schwarz, Stephen Sondheim and Charles Strouse.
Tickets are $10, with discounts for staff, faculty and students. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on November 18, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 119
|Pictured are: Dr. Kathleen Weiden, assistant professor in the Dolan School of Business, and students Jonathan Spongberg, Liam O'Sullivan, Tessa Criticos, and Bruce Reiprich.|
A team of four Fairfield University students who recently took part in the Deloitte Foundation's annual National Tax Case Study Competition, was awarded an Honorable Mention, placing it among the top 10 of 37 undergraduate teams in the regional competition. It was the first year Fairfield University participated in the competition.
"These students took up the challenge and gave it their all," said Dr. Kathleen Weiden, assistant professor in the Dolan School of Business. "They are smart, hard-working and dedicated, and although still completing their studies, already 'professionals' in every sense of the word. Fairfield University takes great pride in the accomplishments of these students."
According to Deloitte: "Teams of up to four students were given five hours to complete a complex, hypothetical tax case study that required them to identify issues and consider alternative federal tax treatments for a fictitious client situation. The scope of topics covered in the case and the level of technical complexity were consistent with a typical first course in taxation."
The Fairfield University team was awarded $500 for its performance.
Posted on November 18, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 123