Exciting new projects continue to progress on campus, including breaking ground on new buildings and upgrading our IT systems. Plus, our new spaces bring new experiences to Stag Country.
The familiar sound of footsteps has filled the campus as our students have returned to Stag Country. Also heard around campus: construction equipment breaking ground for a new state-of-the-art building that will house the Charles F. Dolan School of Business. The building, slated to open in Fall 2019, will support Dolan's nationally ranked business programs and include innovative and interactive learning environments for modern simulated trading, a data analytics lab, an entrepreneurship center, gaming and programming labs, and more. Additionally, construction continues to progress on our new residence hall, which will house sophomore students participating in our Ignatian Colleagues Program, as well as Honors Program students.
Some of the major projects on campus are less visibile, but equally as important. The University is upgrading its technology systems for improved workflow, faster service, and enhanced learning. In addition to around-the-clock advanced information security, new Wi-Fi in campus buildings, and continuing the successful iPads for Faculty program, Fairfield is the first higher education institution to use a collaborative tool, Quip, which provides new ways to stay engaged in the learning experience including online discussion boards, writing spaces, and a mobile-friendly interface. Faculty and staff will soon move to Workday, a program that will replace decades-old technology for Human Resources and Finance needs. Workday is more intuitive, has more self-service functions, and robust reporting and data entry capabilities. Said Jon Carroll, CIO: "It's an exciting time to be part of the University, where technology continues to play a key role in our modernization efforts."
The new Tully Dining Commons in the Barone Campus Center has proven to be a hit on campus. Participation is up 9% from the same time last year, due in part to an array of dining options and events, including on Tuesdays when Chef Matt instructs at the "create a meal" station. Most recently, Chef Matt taught students how to make their own pasta. Stay tuned to see what the Tully cooks up next…
Fairfield University’s athletics teams and student-athletes are consistently named to MAAC All-Academic Teams each year. To support and advance the University’s student-athletes, the Walsh Athletic Building is renovating and upgrading the academic center that, according to Paul Schlickmann, director of Athletics, will positively impact the daily experiences of all 450 student-athletes. The space will be outfitted with a variety of new areas for student-athletes to study, new furniture, computer stations, and a large conference room. Additionally, three new offices have been created which will be the home of the athletics academic staff and tutors. The building will also house a “fueling station” in the strength and conditioning area that will have nutritional food, food education, and healthy supplements on a regular basis. Both spaces help all student-athletes to be the best they can on and off the playing field.
The once-in-a-lifetime exhibit, The Holy Name: Art of the Gesù: Bernini and His Age is officially open. This landmark art exhibition features many never-before-seen in America artistic treasures from the the Gesù, including Bernini’s bust of Bellarmine (patron saint of Fairfield University), Giovani Battista Gaulli’s monumental painted wood model of the apse, a gilt bronze altar sculpture by the versatile painter, draftsman and sculptor Ciro Ferri, the sumptuous jeweled cartegloria from the altar of St. Ignatius, and the magnificent embroidered chasuble of the church’s great benefactor, Cardinal Alessandro Farnese. These masterpieces are joined by more than forty paintings, sculptures, rare books, precious objects, drawings, prints, and historical documents by Bernini, Domenichino, Gaulli, Ciro Ferri, Carlo Maratti, and Andrea Pozzo, among other Italian Baroque masters, on loan from American museums and private collections. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and runs through May 19.
For more information on projects and initiatives, visit fairfield.edu/moderncampus