Fairfield University Graduate 411

November 2012

In This Issue

Moving Forward from Hurricane Sandy

For two days, the East Coast stood still; the normal bustle of traffic, coffee on the go and daily agendas sat unattended. Many of us have experienced some of the chaos that Sandy brought, some more than others. For those who work and live in the Fairfield Beach Area and other local coastal regions the damage has been much more extensive and it has been difficult to get back into "the swing of things."

Many of us will experience the effects of this storm for many weeks after the dust has settled and the rest of the country has moved on, which is why it is so important to stand together as a community to support one another. Thanks to the hard work of many men and women on campus, power was restored to campus in a matter of hours. The Residence Life Staff and RAs worked together to keep residents calm during the storm and are now working to place students who have been displaced by the storm. The Dean of Students office has been answering questions and directing students as to what steps to take to move forward and perhaps most importantly, the University as a whole has recognized this crucial time to be with friends and family while dealing with the aftermath of Sandy and cancelled classes for the week.

Now, the bustle of the East Coast returns, slowly and hesitantly and many are ready to resume a normal routine. For about 300 students of Fairfield who lived on the beach, returning home is not an option. As of now, the beach remains uninhabitable and will continue to be for another four to eight weeks. Fairfield University has asked that faculty, staff, and alumni that are able to do so, house the displaced students. If you have space in your home and would like to help students who are looking for a place to stay, please complete this form.

As we move forward, we want to remind you of upcoming events that you might enjoy. The Brooklyn Rider concert will be held Friday, November 9 at 7:15 p.m. in the Quick Center. There will be free refreshments and one free glass of wine; just enough to warm you up! In addition, we have the annual holiday Glee Club Concert with a post-concert reception. Nothing welcomes the holidays like holiday tunes and time with old and new friends! The Glee Club Concert will be held on Saturday, December 1 at 2 p.m. in the Quick Center. For additional details and more events please refer to the calendar of events listed on the right side of this page.

Both of these events require an R.S.V.P. so let us know if you are interested in attending so we get an accurate headcount. These events are free to graduate students and their guests.

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September Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) recap

Thank you to those who attended the September GSA meeting! We had a chance to review last year's goals, which included a stronger social media presence and ease of access to StagWeb. We also discussed the Fall Graduate Student Orientation and received suggestions such as offering both campus and Barone Campus Center maps at check-in. Finally, we discussed upcoming events and future plans such as holding GSA meetings at The Levee, the campus pub, having speakers present at GSA meetings, and trips to museums or to see shows on Broadway, a bonfire at the beach, paint balling, and snow tubing. If you have other suggestions or concerns, please attend the next GSA meeting on Saturday, November 17 (see below for details) or e-mail us at gradstudentlife@fairfield.edu.

Attend the Open GSA meeting

The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) and Leadership Council meet at least twice per semester to discuss how to best serve graduate students. This month's meeting will be held Saturday, November 17 at 9 a.m. in the Barone Campus Center Mezzanine above Einstein Bros Bagels. All graduate students are welcome! This meeting, the last for the semester, will recap the beer tasting event, and review volunteer opportunities and events for next semester. This is the perfect forum to discuss your interests and concerns. If you would like to attend, e-mail gradstudentlife@fairfield.edu or call (203) 254-4000 ext. 2747 for more information.

Bestselling author and marketing titan Jack Trout to speak at Fairfield

Bestselling author Jack Trout, whose idea of 'positioning' has become the number-one marketing strategy for top corporations, will present 'Marketing Warfare - How to Survive in Today's Killer Economy,' offering vital tactics for succeeding in the global marketplace on Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m. at the Quick Center.

Tickets are free to Fairfield University students and alumni and $25 for the general public. For more information, please contact the Quick Center at (203) 254-4010 or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396, or visit www.quickcenter.com. Learn more.

Fairfield University professor wins prestigious book award

Wendy Kohli, Ph.D., professor of educational foundations at Fairfield's Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, has won a 2012 Critics Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) for her book Feminism and Educational Research. The AESA said the book "makes an outstanding contribution to scholarship in the Social Foundations of Education field" and added it to the 2012 winners list. Read more.

Volunteer opportunities available for graduate students

Are you looking for a way to be more involved with the community but without a rigid time commitment? Then these volunteer opportunities might be exactly what you are looking for. They offer flexibility while allowing for the, "I did a good deed" feeling!

Wi-Mentor is an innovative e-mail based mentoring program for high school students. The Wi-mentor program uses a secure online portal for mentors and mentees to communicate via e-mail. The program lasts for one school year and mentors/mentees e-mail each other weekly, exchanging thoughts on writing prompts provided. The time commitment is on average 45 minutes a week through e-mail and a minimum of four face-to-face meetings through the year at Wi-Mentor sponsored events. If interested, complete the online application at bridgeportedu.imentorinteractive.org or contact us at gradstudentlife@fairfield.edu.

Connecticut Food Bank hosts College Night at the local food bank each month to fill bags with child-friendly foods for children in need. The time commitment is from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. every 4th Wednesday of the month at the local food bank warehouse at 74 Linwood Ave. College Night is 11/28, 1/23, 2/27, 3/27 and 4/24. If you are interested, please e-mail us or contact Kim Damien directly at kdamien@ctfoodbank.org

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Library Corner

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

Preparing for exams? Need space for a group project? - Book a room at the library!

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.

Citation style guides and RefWorks - Need help creating Works Cited lists? Check out Citation Style Guide Help pages. The library also provides access to RefWorks, a bibliographic manager, to help keep track of resources! E-mail for more information.

Chef's Table - Chef's Table is open from 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Library Related Storm News

Did Library material you checked out get damaged or lost in the storm? Let's talk about it! Please come to the Library Circulation Desk before Nov. 19 to discuss this or contact Sharon Sparkman, Head of Circulation, at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2189 or e-mail. If possible, please bring the damaged material with you so we can assess whether it can be repaired. Overdue fines will be eliminated on damaged or lost material with the due date extended to November 19.

Due to Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, the due dates for items originally due back from Oct. 26-Nov 5, 2012 will be extended to Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.

For more information, go to Library Due Dates Extended to Nov. 9 and also to Your Library Items Damaged in Storm?

Please Complete the Academic Integrity Survey!
This is your chance to speak up about the academic integrity climate on our campus, including specific behaviors that some people might consider cheating. Your anonymity will be absolutely protected in the process of gathering the data and in the distribution of the results.

In advance, thank you for completing the survey. We look forward to sharing the results of the survey with you.

Questions? Contact Dr. Kathy Nantz or Librarian Jackie Kremer.

Bulletin Board

Join us for a free Friday movie! Movies are shown in the newly refurbished Gonzaga Auditorium at 10 p.m. on Fridays (with the exception of Thanksgiving week). View the list of upcoming movies.

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

"Like Us" on Facebook! Tell your friends and family about 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!

Grad Student Life website: For a list of upcoming campus events for graduate students and the weekly movie series, check out our website.

Upcoming Graduate Student Life Events

Graduate Student Assembly Meetings
Open to all
Saturday, November 17 at 9 a.m.
Barone Campus Center, Mezzanine

All graduate students are encouraged to attend the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) meetings. If you have an idea you would like to share, come to the next meeting! Refreshments will be provided.
Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Student Life

Free Movie Fridays
Every Friday at 10 p.m.
Gonzaga Auditorium

Every Friday this semester the Office of Residence Life presents a free movie in the lovely Gonzaga Auditorium. Movies include The Dark Knight Rises, Total Recall, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, and more. The full movie schedule is listed on posters around campus.
Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Student Life

Jewish-Christian Engagement
Dr. Paula Fredriksen "When Christians were Jews"

Monday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m.
DSB Dining Room

Speaker Dr. Paula Fredriksen is the Aurelio Chair Emerita of the Appreciation of Scripture at Boston University and Distinguished Visiting Professor of comparative religion at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

The talk will focus on the years 33-70 CE, when Christianity was still a Jewish movement. Following her lecture will be a response by Dr. Paul Lakeland, the Aloysius P. Kelley Professor of Catholic Studies at Fairfield University. Please R.S.V.P. for this event by calling (203) 254-4000 ext. 2066.
Sponsored by the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and the Center for Catholic Studies

Brooklyn Rider
Friday, November 9
Pre-performance discussion at 7:15 p.m.
Show begins at 8 p.m. Wine and refreshments served during intermission

Genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider combines a wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that is attracting legions of fans and drawing critical acclaim from classical, world, and rock critics. Brooklyn Rider builds programs that careen from the romantic to the contemporary. Twenty tickets are reserved for graduate students and their guests (limit one guest per student). R.S.V.P. by e-mailing or calling the office, (203) 254-2747.
Sponsored by the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts and the Office of Graduate Student Life

Glee Club Concert with Post-Concert Reception
Saturday, Dec. 1
Concert: 2 p.m., Quick Center
Wine Reception: 3:30 p.m., Alumni House

his year's holiday Glee Club concert, "On this Night" will be taking place in the Quick Center and will be followed by wine and refreshments for graduate students and their guests at Alumni House. Please bring a non-perishable food item (per individual) to donate to the St. Charles Food Pantry. Donations will be accepted at Alumni House for admittance into the reception. Event is for graduate students and their guests (limit 2 guests per student). Individuals must be 21 and over to attend the reception.
Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Student Life

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