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Save the Date for the 2019 Fairfield Awards Dinner

Thursday, March 28 at the Grand Hyatt New York

Since 1988, the annual Fairfield Awards Dinner has raised more than $18 million for scholarships to help students realize their full potential through a Fairfield education, regardless of economic or social barriers. In addition, the event honors accomplished alumni, parents, faculty and staff who embody the Jesuit ideal of being men and women for others through their professional achievements, volunteer service and contributions to the University.

For more information on sponsorships, tickets or journal ads, please contact Anissa DeMatteo at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2115

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Meet the 2018 Honorees

Kathleen A. Murphy ’84: Alumni Professional Achievement Award

A summa cum laude graduate of Fairfield with a BA in economics and political science, Kathleen is president of Personal Investing at Fidelity Investments, where she also oversees Fidelity’s life insurance and annuities business, its workplace savings business for tax-exempt organizations, all of the firm’s brand and advertising programs, and Fidelity’s digital programs. Among her many accolades, Kathleen has repeatedly been named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business” by Fortune magazine.


Thomas J. Fanning, Sr. ’78, P’10, ’06: Alumni Service Award

Thomas’s most recent post as chair of the Dolan School of Business Advisory Board is just one of countless ways he has given back to his alma mater. He has served on the Trustees Advisory Council, and he has also been a reunion committee chair and volunteer. Further, Thomas is an avid Fairfield admissions advocate, consistently promoting the University in his professional network as founder and co-managing partner of Heritage Strategies LLC, and in his personal life, sharing his alma mater with two children, Tom Fanning, Jr. ’10 and Heather Fanning Geyer ‘06.


David W. Frassinelli MS’92: Distinguished Faculty/Administrator Award

With 2.262 million square feet of buildings, Fairfield’s 210-acre campus has often been compared to a small city that never sleeps. As Vice President of Facilities Management, David tirelessly oversees everything from snow removal to new building projects. Under his tremendous leadership, the campus has welcomed Rafferty Stadium, the expanded Tully Dining Hall, and the new Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies building, to name just a few. And David is not finished yet, as dormitory construction continues and a new home for the Dolan School of Business gets underway.


Joseph and Mary Carlucci, P’18, ’10, ’09: Parent Leadership Award

As co-chairs of the Parents Leadership Council and hosts of many memorable student send-offs, Joseph and Mary’s passion and commitment to Fairfield University is an inspiration to all. Stag pride is a family affair for the Carluccis as their son, senior Ryan Carlucci ’18 follows in the footsteps of alumni brothers Nicholas Carlucci ’10 and Patrick Carlucci ’09. In addition, Mary and Joseph Carlucci have made a Fairfield education possible for other deserving students, through the establishment of an endowed scholarship.


Meet a few of our Scholarship Recipients

Safirah Fequiere ’18

Major: Double Major in Political Science & American Studies
Hometown: Trumbull, Conn.

“My experience as an undergraduate at Fairfield University has been nothing short of amazing. The University has very strong core values and a great social environment, which made me the person that I am today. Not only was I able to find my true self here, but Fairfield also allowed me to create myself.”


Jeff DeJean ’18

Major: Electrical Engineering
Minor: Math
Hometown: Bridgeport, Conn.

“I am thankful for your contribution to my education at Fairfield University. With your help, I am able to pursue a college education and a chance of achieving my dream. With your help, I met a lot of close friends who I consider part of my family. Words cannot describe how thankful I am.”


Ariela Rodriguez ’20

Major: Accounting
Hometown: Bridgeport, Conn.

“I am grateful to be recognized for my hard work and dedication during my time here at Fairfield. I am majoring in accounting, and may double major in Finance and minor in Entrepreneurial studies. I am considering using my knowledge gained at Fairfield to start my own company.”


Aliyah Phipps ’18

Major: Chinese Studies and Communication double major
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.

“At Fairfield, nothing makes me happier or keeps me more focused than being a part of the Cheerleading Team. I have been the captain since my sophomore year which has taught me much about responsibility, leadership, and time management. Thank you so much for again supporting my education at Fairfield. Your donations have greatly contributed to my ongoing success at Fairfield.”

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