Fairfield University Graduate 411

February 2012

In This Issue

Welcome back all!

Despite the late start, it appears winter has us in her grasp and now is the time for boots, gloves and hats, cocoa, and soup. Although cool temperatures are a wonderful excuse to stay home, the Office of Graduate Life hopes to make it worth your while to venture out! We have some fantastic events planned for the semester, such as our Winter Wine Tasting Reception on Sunday, February 26 and the Graduate Student Awards dinner on Friday, April 27 just to name a couple. For more information on these and other events, check out the posters on campus, and our webpage and social media such as Facebook and Twitter. If you have feedback on an event or a suggestion, we encourage you to attend the Graduate Student Assembly meetings and of course, e-mail or call us! We hope the new semester is a great one!

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Student Spotlight on ... Jessica Paules!

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Jessica Paules is a current graduate student in the Dolan School of Business working toward her MBA in both marketing and international business. Here is some of what Jessica had to say about her experience at Fairfield, her degree, and life as a graduate student.

What drew you to the MBA program at Fairfield?
I decided to come to Fairfield for my MBA for a number of reasons. First, Fairfield is well known in the area for its strong business school and MBA program. Secondly, Fairfield has a flexible schedule with both night classes and fast-track courses (7-week classes and summer and winter intersessions). Lastly, Fairfield recognized my undergraduate courses and waived a number of courses which will allow me to complete my MBA in a shorter period of time.

What have you enjoyed most about your Fairfield experience?
The students. Most of the students are in a similar situation as I am, working full-time and taking classes at night and on the weekends. I think that we are all really able to relate and learn from one another through each person's different work experiences. The fact that most of the students are working adds an additional richness to the program as it is not only the professors teaching the students, but the students teaching the students

Why did you choose to double major in marketing and international business?
I currently work for a consumer goods and have acquired a taste for the marketing side of the business, so pursing my MBA in marketing allows me to explore and have a deeper understanding for the subject. I decided to incorporate international business into my major as I felt it would add an additional edge as my company is currently expanding their presence in the global market. Fairfield's curriculum allowed me to do a double major in both marketing and international business by just taking three additional courses. I am hoping that the dual major will set me apart throughout my career.

What advice, if any, would you give to other graduate students who have a variety of commitments?
Although many of us have commitments, we can all find time to fit in a little more, especially when it comes to bettering ourselves. I often surprise myself at how much and how well I can accomplish tasks when my time is limited. I find that I become much more efficient in everything I do and tend to cut out the "not so important" things. I also try to think about how I will feel in two years if I do not finish my MBA. I know I would regret it.

How do you relax after a busy day?
I either have a nice glass of wine with a friend or watch a funny show, I love Modern Family or Big Bang Theory.

If you could plan an event for graduate students to attend, what would it be?
The Business Dining Etiquette class. I believe that etiquette and social skills are very important in the real world and although we should not judge a book by its cover, the reality is that many of us do.

Grant monies to Fairfield focus two community outreach programs

Thanks to a $35,161 grant from the Southwestern Community Agency on Aging, Fairfield University's School of Nursing will implement two new community outreach programs that aim to curtail those problems for Greater Bridgeport area residents.

According to the Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention, falls were the primary cause of injury in Connecticut's older adults from 2004 to 2007. "Three out of ten people over 70 suffer falls and fall prevalence increases in adults 70 and older with each health problem," said Lydia Greiner, assistant professor of nursing at Fairfield and the project director. Read more.

Fairfield University and Bridgeport Diocese team up to find common ground in science and religion

Fairfield University biology professor Glenn Sauer, Ph.D., hates hearing religious leaders condemn scientific truths they don't fully understand. Then again, he also hates it when scientists pooh-pooh matters of faith or scoff at the idea of a higher power.

"I'm really interested in the way religious points of view intersect with science, seeing how different religions address the issues, such as Big Bang Theory, evolution, biotechnology," said Dr. Sauer, the Donald J. Ross Sr., Ph.D., Chair in Biology and Biochemistry. "I want people to be educated in what they're talking about." Read more.

Nominate yourself or a friend for a service award

The second annual Graduate Student Service Awards Ceremony will take place Friday, April 27, 2012 at 7 p.m. First, we need to hear from you! Please nominate a fellow student (or yourself) for the second annual Graduate Student Service Award. Nominations are due by March 1, 2012. Nominations may be submitted online at fairfield.edu/gradstudentlife.

A Night for Valentines
Featuring Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone

Tuesday, February 14 at 8 p.m.
Regina A. Quick Center
$55, $45 (*$100 - Ask about our "Sweets for Two" special)
Accompanied by his band, Herman's Hermits, Peter Noone consistently plays to sold-out venues the world over, charming them with his extraordinary talent, disarming wit, and compelling stage presence. Whether your group is two or twenty, join us for Valentine's Day and rock to the sweet sounds of classic rock-n-roll.

Stag Sports

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Looking for more detailed stories and updates on your favorite Stags sports teams? Sign up for the e-newsletter just for Fairfield Athletics, the Stags Sports Report. For more Stag Sports, visit the Stags Official Athletics site.

Library Corner

The library is more than books and media! Visit the library in person or online.

Text a librarian - Did you know you can text a Librarian for research help? The new text message number is (203) 295-7542. So add the Library to your address book. This service is usually available 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., when the library is open.

Database name change - Several of our Proquest Library databases have undergone a name change in order to make the discovery process more uniform. For example, Proquest Education Journals is now Education Journals and Proquest Psychology Journals is now Psychology Journals. So if you can't find a Proquest database under the "Proquest" title, try the shortened version.

Refworks news - The Library will be holding drop-in RefWorks classes every Wednesday beginning February 1 from 1-2 p.m. during the spring semester. If that time does not work for you, schedule an individual appointment to learn how to use Refworks.

What is Refworks? RefWorks is citation manager software that keeps track of the sources you are using for your research and your own notes about them. Returning users to Refworks will notice that, as of January 1, Refworks has been upgraded. To learn more, visit our Refworks guide.

Chef's Table: Chef's Table is open from 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday for your convenience. Chef's Table is noted for its fresh soups and delicious, creative salads.

Color printing - We now have color printing in the Info Commons area of the Library. Cost is 25 cents per page.

FILMS on demand - Want to make your presentations pop? Check out this great database of academic videos.

Group room reservations - Do you need a place to study with a group? Work on a project? Book a room at the Library! Now you can book a room online too! Go to the Library homepage and click on the Reserve a Room in the Library to reserve a group study room.

Research Guides and Help: Best Bets for Starting Your Research Guides are here to help. Check out Best Bets Guides in your discipline.

Research Assistance is available by phone (203) 254-4000, ext. 2178, e-mail, by IM to fairfieldulib, or by visiting the Reference Desk. The library recommends individual appointments for those returning to research after a hiatus. Schedule an appointment.

Library Research Prize: Apply for the DiMenna-Nyselius Library Prize in the graduate school category for a chance to win $250! Learn more.

Bulletin Board

Join us for a free Friday movie! Movies are shown in the newly refurbished Gonzaga Auditorium at 10 p.m. on Fridays. Check the posters and your e-mail for the latest movie!

View the campus map online: The campus map has been updated to reflect the new construction and renovation projects. Visit the online map.

Chef's Table in Canisius: The menu includes soups, salads, and sandwiches, along with coffee, tea, and assorted snacks and beverages. Cash and StagBucks are accepted. E-mail Chef's Table at chefs2@optonline.net.

"Like Us" on Facebook! We are trying to reach the graduate student community, which means you! We challenge you encourage your friends and family to like The Office of Graduate Life Facebook page! Keep up with your fellow Stags with up-to-the minute information about ongoing events, announcements and more!

Upcoming Graduate Student Life Events

Free Friday Night Movies
Fridays at 10 p.m.

Gonzaga Auditorium
Movies include Moneyball, Puss in Boots, 50/50, Footloose, Tower Heist, Twilight: Breaking Dawn I and Sherlock Holmes.

Leonardo Live
Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.

"De-Coding Da Vinci - Seeing is Believing" - Introduction by Professor Philip Eliasoph at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets (General Admission):
Regular - $15
Senior/Child - $10
Students - $5
A close-up look at the National Gallery of London's sold-out exhibition - Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan. The show features seven of Leonardo's 14 surviving paintings as well as some 60 drawings.

Winter Wine Tasting Reception
Sunday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m.

Barone Campus Center
Oak Room

Join us for a wine tasting and socializing with Super Discount Liquor. Learn a little about wine and your fellow graduate students. Limit: one guest per student. To reserve your space call (203) 254-4000 ext. 2747 or e-mail us.

Annual Hunger Cleanup
Saturday, March 31, at 9 a.m.

Barone Campus Center
Lower Level

Hunger Cleanup is a one time opportunity to give back to the community. Create a team with your friends or school. After a morning of hard work, participants are rewarded with lunch. For more information or to participate contact Wylie Blake or the Office of Graduate Life. Open to all grad students!

Spirit of Uganda
Sunday, April 1
Refreshments at noon

Walsh Art Gallery
Show at 1 p.m.
Regina A. Quick Center
Spirit of Uganda brings the sounds and movements of East Africa to Fairfield. Performed by ambassadors for Uganda's 2.4 million orphans, the troupe has thrilled audiences around the world. Twenty tickets are free for graduate students and their guests (one guest per student). To reserve tickets call (203) 254-4000 ext. 2747 or e-mail the Office of Graduate Life.

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