Alpha Sigma Lambda induction ceremony at Fairfield University honors founding dean, dedicated professor and working students

Alpha Sigma Lambda induction ceremony at Fairfield University honors founding dean, dedicated professor and working students

The 2006 Alpha Sigma Lambda Induction ceremony at Fairfield University was an evening to honor two people who helped build the University College community, and celebrate students for their leadership and academic accomplishments. The late William F. Murphy, Ed. D., the founding dean of the School of Continuing Education, now known as University College, and Aviva Cohen, professor of sociology, were remembered as people who took the extra step to help students, especially adult learners. Dr. Murphy was killed in a car accident in the fall, while Ms. Cohen passed away earlier this year of an illness.

Edna F. Wilson, Ph.D., dean of University College, said to inductees that both always put students first. "We congratulate you on your path to future success, but remember those who forged pathways here."

Rev. Walter J. Conlan, S.J. said both educators remained committed to Jesuit ideals and building communities at Fairfield. "They enabled learners to help others to change the world for the better. We also hope you will carry that torch."

Karen Donnelly, academic counselor, presided over the installation of Ms. Cohen as an honorary member of Alpha Sigma Lambda, which recognizes dedicated adult students who handle their life responsibilities while achieving and maintaining high scholastic standards.

The fifteen students inducted into the honor society were applauded for working hard to juggle school and jobs. They are Craig F. Alonzo, Michelle R. Armstrong, Emilie Bierman, Isaac Brickett, Rose-Mary Rodrigues Chipelo, Norine Fullan, Jeanette A. Jennings, Christina M. Mandarano, Stephanie O'Hara, Jason Pflomm, Jocelyn Popovici, Jillian Ross, John C. Storto, Lincoln Tirado, and Dawn Walmsley.

Students were praised for not only their scholarly efforts, but excelling at Fairfield while working for such area institutions as the United States Postal Service, Bridgeport Hospital, Norwalk Hospital, Pitney Bowes, and United Illuminating.

Lincoln Tirado and Jillian Ross were the recipients of the 2006 William F. Murphy Scholarship. Tirado epitomized many of the inductees. A Professional Studies major, he works full-time for Bridgeport Hospital in the Information Technology department, but is seeking a degree to expand his opportunities. His father worked for Fairfield University 30 years ago as a chef. "I'm glad my dad is here tonight," said Tirado, a Bridgeport resident. "It is a special night for him, too. I have gained so much from being here. I really take everything in, from the courses, to the pretty campus to the professors who have taught me so much. I really appreciate everything."

Orin L. Grossman, Ph.D., academic vice president, presented the annual Leadership and Service Award to Janice Miles Dunn, Director, Distance Learning, noting that she has been instrumental in building the program.

At the heart of University College is a commitment to lifelong learning, a Jesuit value. This ideal is rooted in Jesuit tradition of 'cura personalis,' Latin for 'care for the person.' Courses are designed to meet the needs of lifetime learners, so they are offered at an array of times, including late-afternoon, evening and online, and of varying lengths. UC also provides students the opportunity to customize their educational curriculum, and works closely with students to help them balance their lives with school.

Posted On: 12-20-2006 10:12 AM

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