Celebrating Fairfield's 75th Anniversary: A Proud Past, An Amazing Future

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Celebrate 75 Years With Us


Our Proud Past

In 1941, Rev. James H. Dolan, S.J., Provincial for the New England Province of the Society of Jesus, received written permission from Bishop Maurice McAuliffe of the Hartford Archdiocese to establish a Jesuit high school and college in the Bridgeport area of Connecticut.

“Kindly accept my immediate acknowledgement of Your Excellency's communication… regarding the founding of a School by the New England Province of the Society of Jesus in the Bridgeport area… I note with pleasure that in confirming the invitation to establish a high school, Your Excellency extends the favor… to include the founding of a college in the same area. Your expression of the cordial wish for every success in our efforts to build up a strong center of education at the new foundation is deeply appreciated.”

– Rev. James H. Dolan, S.J., in a letter to Bishop Maurice McAuliffe, September 16, 1941

View A Work of the Society: Jesuits and Fairfield’s Past, Present and Future

View the Bellarmine Lecture with Fr. Thomas Regan, S.J. Fairfield 1942-2017: 75 Years and Counting

View the 2017 75th Anniversary Calendar

Fairfield Wins in College Bowl

In 1963, a team of Fairfield University students won three consecutive games on the nationally-televised General Electric College Bowl.

75th Anniversary Essay Contest

At 75, Fairfield’s greatest legacy lies in the impact it has had on students, faculty, staff, alumni, Jesuits and community members. Our 75th anniversary contest, What Does Fairfield Mean to You?, was launched in March to learn about the many ways Fairfield has impacted our community. We are thrilled to have received 50 submissions. The top award winners are:

  • Nicole Rosania ’20

Watch the video Nicole created:

  • Lori Boccuzzi ’06
  • John Falzone, P’06
  • Abigail Corning MA ’16
  • Jeanne Di Muzio
  • Christine Ducey ’19
  • Maura Hegley ’90, P’20
  • Anna Kamradt ’19

Honorable Mention

Rev. Thomas Fitzpatrick, S.J.

Questions? Call ext. 2364 or e-mail ndallavalle@fairfield.edu.

75 Hours for Fairfield's 75th

As Fairfield University marks it’s 75th birthday, we invite everyone to consider committing to 75 hours of service during this celebration year! Fairfield University has a strong history of serving the community around us and there is no better way to celebrate our anniversary than giving back.

e-mail kbyrnes@fairfield.edu to find out how you can get involved in our anniversary celebrations and service for Fairfield! Tell us how you’ve volunteered your time for this year by tweet us @FairfieldU with #Fairfield75.

Anniversary Events


Essay Contest
Tradition and Its Trajectories

Residential College Course
Tradition and Its Trajectories


The Bellarmine Lecture
with Fr. Thomas Regan, S.J. “Fairfield 1942-2017: 75 Years and Counting”
Dolan School of Business at 7 p.m.
Event is free and open to the public
Call 203-254-3415 or e-mail mross@fairfield.edu for more details.


STAGiving Day

Fairfield University and the World: Highlights from the History of Student, Faculty,and Institutional Exchange
Library Multi-Media Room at 5 p.m.

Reflections on the growth of Fairfield’s international reach with Dr. Philip Eliasoph, Jennifer Ewald, Dr. Orin Grossman, Dr. Terry-Ann Jones, Dr. David McFadden and Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J.
Fairfield’s 75th Birthday Flag Raising & Employee Reception
Assemble at the flagpole at 11:30 for the raising of our 75th anniversary flag, then walk over to Bellarmine Hall for a lunch reception.
Weekday Mass at 12:10 p.m. in Egan Chapel of Ignatius Loyola

Fairfield University Bookstore 75th Anniversary Open House
Downtown bookstore from 3-5 p.m.
Stop by and celebrate with refreshments, snacks and activities!
Theatre for One Offers a Unique Live Theatre Experience
Presented by the Quick Center for the Arts, mobile theatre company Theatre for One comes to the Fairfield University campus.
Noon - 6 p.m. daily
FREE and open to the public
Barone Campus Center
Learn more →

March (continued)

Opening Reception — H.A. Sigg: Abstract Rivers
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Fairfield University Art Museum presents a new exhibition.
Register here →
Student Brunch Tailgate
Students can enjoy a special brunch menu from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. before heading over to Rafferty Stadium

Stags Anniversary Men’s Lacrosse Game vs. Villanova
Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium at 1 p.m.
Exciting halftime show!
Catholic Studies and the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies Concert Performance of “Annelies”
Quick Center Kelly Theatre at 3 p.m.
Event is free and open to the public

Birthday Brunch & Evening Mass for Students
Fairfield Awards Dinner
Grand Hyatt in NYC from 6 - 9 p.m.


70th Anniversary Gala Glee Club Concert
Rev. John P. Murray, S.J./ Dr. Simon Harak Memorial Concert
Quick Center at 8 p.m.
$10 General Admission, $6 Students
Box Office: 203-254-4010
Student Awards Ceremony
70th Anniversary of the Loyola Medal
Essay or artwork submissions due.
A Work of the Society: Jesuits and Fairfield’s Past, Present and Future
Kelly Center Presentation Room at 4 p.m.
In conversation with Professor Kurt Schlichting, members of the Fairfield Jesuit Community will reflect on their association with the University.
Will Your Stuff Last 75 Years?
DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Room 114 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Learn how to preserve your digital/print files, including photographs, newspapers, or other unique objects. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to bring in an artifact for a brief consultation with the University Archivist and Librarians.
StagMates Mass & Reception


A Fairfield Vocation: How Did Fairfield Shape Who You Are? Presenting the winners of the 75th Anniversary Essay Contest
Great Hall, Bellarmine at 4:30 p.m.
Faculty and Staff Trivia Night at The Levee
4:30 p.m.
Register here →
FUSA Induction
70th Anniversary
50th Reunion Weekend
for the Class of 1967
67th Commencement


75th Anniversary Exhibit
at the Fairfield Museum and History Center
Reunion Weekend
Classes of 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012 and the Golden Stags
Legacy Association Welcome Breakfast


First-Year Academic Gathering
President’s Ball
75th Anniversary Exhibit
at DiMenna-Nyselius Library


Alumni & Family Weekend 75th Anniversary Celebration
Legacy Association Mimosa Reception

February 2018

Treasures of the Gesu Exhibit at the Fairfield University Art Museum

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