Fairfield University Celebrates Scholarship with 28th Annual Awards Dinner


Media contact: Teddy DeRosa, tderosa@fairfield.edu, 203-254-4000 ext. 2118.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (December 9, 2015) — Fairfield University's 28th Annual Fairfield Awards Dinner, "Celebrating a Tradition of Opportunity," will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City.

The Fairfield Awards Dinner benefits the Fairfield University’s scholarship funds, expanding access to higher education to worthy students from all social, cultural, and economic backgrounds.

Held annually since 1989, the Fairfield Awards Dinner has raised more than $15 million for the endowed scholarship funds, providing support to hundreds of students.

Fairfield Awards Dinner Co-Chairs are Douglas W. Hammond ’86 chairman/CEO

at NFP who resides in Cold Spring Harbor, New York and William A. Malloy ’80, P’17,’11 of New York, New York who serves as partner at Aquiline Capital Partners LLC.

The Fairfield Awards Dinner will also recognize alumni, parents, faculty, and staff for the highest levels of professional achievement, outstanding leadership, academic excellence, and meritorious service. The 2016 dinner honorees are:

Alumni Professional Achievement Award:  Patricia E. Glassford ’85 isvice president & chief financial officeratGE Energy Management. Previously, she held a number of leadership roles including EVP and CFO NBC Universal Film and Parks, SVP and CFO NBC TV Stations and NBC West Coast, manager, Finance GE Plastics Commercial and Manufacturing, and executive audit manager. Glassford graduated from Fairfield University with a B.S. in Finance in 1985 and GE's Financial Management Program (FMP) in 1988.  She lives in Stamford, Connecticut.

Alumni Service Award: Andrew M. Davis ’89, Matthew McLaughlin ’89 and Joseph Solimine, Jr. ’89, are three friends who created the Michael R. Andrews ’89 Scholarship in May of 2005 to commemorate their fellow alumnus Michael Andrews whose life was tragically taken during the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. To date, nearly $500,000 has been raised in Mike’s honor at an annual golf outing and other signature events stewarded by the trio. Andrew M. Davis ’89 is a commercial finance manager at PA Consulting Group and lives in Fanwood, New Jersey; Matthew McLaughlin ’89 is a vice president and general sales manager at Fox Stations Sales and lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey; and Joseph Solimine, Jr. ’89 is CEO at Meridian Risk Management and lives in Pelham, New York.

Distinguished Faculty, Administrator Award:Carole Ann Maxwell P’02, director of Choral Music at Fairfield Universitysince 1980, is an award-winning conductor of collegiate, community and professional choral ensembles. She also serves as the artistic director and conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut and the chorus master for Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra. A current resident of Trumbull, Connecticut, she was inducted into the Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu in 2012.

Parent Leadership Award: William and Margaret Atwell P ’08 are the parents of Christopher Atwell ’08, a business major and lacrosse player, whose education they believe was transformative.  Since their son’s time on campus, they have both been actively involved in the vision for Fairfield’s future. Together, they created the Margaret M. Atwell Scholarship dedicated to female students at the Dolan School of Business. William, managing director at Atwell Partners LLC, served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees from 2012-2015. They are residents of Darien, Connecticut.

Honorary Alumnus Award: George E. Diffley P’97, ’96 served as vice president of Fairfield’s Advancement Division for 30 years until his retirement in 2006. Diffley was appointed to head the division in 1975 and lead the institution through its first two capital campaigns among many endeavors that inspired Fairfield’s fundraising efforts. A recipient of the Rev. Barry M. McGannon, S.J. Award from the Jesuit Advancement Administrators, Diffley currently serves as special assistant to University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S. J. Diffley is a longtime Fairfield, Connecticut resident.

For additional information, contact Fairfield University at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2115, or visit www.fairfield.edu/awardsdinner.

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Fairfield University is a Jesuit University, rooted in one of the world’s oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 36 states, 47 foreign countries, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are enrolled in the University’s five schools.  In the spirit of rigorous and sympathetic inquiry into all dimensions of human experience, Fairfield welcomes students from diverse backgrounds to share ideas and engage in open conversations. The University is located in the heart of a region where the future takes shape, on a stunning campus on the Connecticut coast just an hour from New York City.

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