Calendar of Events

Spring 2015

Monday, January 26 – Stories from Jamaica and Ecuador: Student reflections from international immersion trips, Egan McGrath Commons @ 430PM

Students will share experiences from abroad, just a few weeks removed from life-altering service trips in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Monday, February 2 – AmeriCares: Internship & volunteer opportunities, Library Multimedia Room @ 4PM

AmeriCares representatives, Sanja Davidovic ’09, an IL alumna and Mr. Matthew Quinones, will discuss upcoming opportunities with the Stamford-based humanitarian aid organization

Thursday, February 5 – The Ukrainian crisis: Why a new Cold War? , Kelley Center Presentation Room @ 7PM

Dr. Stephen F. Cohen, a renowned scholar of Russian Studies, History, and Politics at Princeton University and New York University, will give a public lecture on the Russia-Ukraine crisis. Dr. Cohen’s lecture is part of a 20-year anniversary celebration of Fairfield’s Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies Program. Dr. Cohen will be accompanied by his partner, Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation magazine.

Tuesday, February 10 – Lunch & Learn: Career planning for International Studies, DMH 251 @ 12PM

Ms. Kim Nickolenko, director of internship & student support in the Career Planning Center, will discuss what IL majors can do with their degree, and offer resume and cover letter tips before the Spring 2015 Career Fair

Wednesday, February 18 – Lunch & Learn: Career exploration for International Business students, DMH 251 @ 1PM

Ms. Tara Berwick, Director of Internships in the Dolan School of Business, offers advice to International Business majors on career options for internships and post-graduation employment

Tuesday, March 17 – Private justice: Prosecutorial accountability and access to justice in Chile, Guatemala, and Mexico, Library Multimedia Room @ 530PM

Dr. Veronica Michel, professor of Political Science at John Jay College-CUNY, will discuss her latest research on human rights and justice in Latin America

Wednesday, March 25 – Lunch & Learn: Sam Olyaei ’11, Gartner, Inc., DMH 251 @ 1230PM

Mr. Sam Olyaei ’11 returns to share experiences from internships he completed as a Fairfield student and his post-graduation successes.

Thursday, April 9 – Lunch & Learn: Friendship Ambassadors FoundationDMH 251 @ 1230PM

Mr. Patrick Sciarratta, Executive Director and Mr. Victor Izquierdo ’02, Program Manager/Intern Coordinator will visit to discuss a variety of opportunities for students with the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation. Mr. Izquierdo is an International Studies alum.

Fall 2014

**Tuesday, September 9 – Lunch & Learn: Alexandra Luna ’05, Fisher International,  Donnarumma Hall Room 251 @ 1230PM

Alexandra Luna ’05 earned her B.S. in International Business from Fairfield. Since 2005, she has worked as Manager Research Associates with Fisher International in Norwalk.

Tuesday, September 16 – Lunch & Learn: Career planning for IB/IL majors with Cath Borgman, Director of Career Planning & Michael Rizzi, Director of Student Services at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Canisius Hall 200 @ 1230PM

Mr. Rizzi serves the highly regarded University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). The GSPIA is a member of the prestigious Association of Professional Schools and International Affairs (APSIA).

Wednesday, September 17 – Samantha Bremer ’12, Coordinator at the International Institute of Connecticut, BCC 200 @ 6PM

Samanta Bremer ’12 earned her B.A. in International Studies from Fairfield. As a student, spent a semester abroad in Argentina. Afterwards, she secured an internship with the International Institute of Connecticut, which located in Bridgeport. The internship eventually turned into a full time position with the organization.

**Monday, September 22 – Lunch & Learn: Laurel McCormick, Internship Coordinator at Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, Donnarumma Hall Room 251 @ 1230PM

Laurel supervises all volunteer and internship activities for the Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS). The New Haven-based organization serves refugees and asylees from Afghanistan, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, Sudan, and other countries.

Tuesday, September 23 – Pizza night for undeclared students!! Donnarumma Hall Room 251 @ 6PM

International Studies Program faculty meet with undecided students from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Dolan School of Business to discuss our International Studies and International Business majors.

**Thursday, October 2 – Lunch & Learn: Nicole Moffa, Fairfield U Study Abroad Coordinator, Donnarumma Hall Room 251 @ 1230PM

This is a study abroad advising session for International Studies Program majors and minors that could not attend the Study Abroad Fair last month.

**Tuesday, October 7 – Lunch & Learn: Ana Nobleza Siscar, Esq, Founder of Ana Nobleza Siscar, LLC,  Donnarumma Hall Room 251 @ 1230PM

Attorney Siscar is an expert in immigration law and international law. Previously, Attorney Siscar taught human rights and international relations courses at Fairfield.

**Wednesday, October 15 – Lunch & Learn: Tara Berwick, Director of Internships in Fairfield U Dolan School of Business, Donnarumma Hall Room 251 @ 1PM

Tara Berwick supervises internship placements for all Dolan School of Business students, which includes our International Business majors. Tara, a Fairfield MBA graduate (2013), is running a Professional Development Series for Dolan School of Business students.

Monday, October 20 – Kelsey Greelish ’12: Two Years in Morocco, Canisius Hall Room 15 @ 7PM

Kelsey Greelish ’12 received in her B.A. in International Studies from Fairfield. Afterwards, Kelsey was selected to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. Her primary project was youth and community development. She has returned to Fairfield to share stories and photos from her two-year journey.

**Wednesday, October 22 – Lunch & Learn: Maureen Shanley, Vice President & Bill Evan, President, CT Quest for Peace, Donnarumma Hall Room 251 @ 1230PM

The Connecticut Quest for Peace is a Bridgeport-based non-profit organization that provides humanitarian aid to communities in Nicaragua. The organization runs a donation center in Bridgeport and a series of advocacy programs throughout the state of Connecticut.

Monday, October 27 – Dr. Terry-Ann Jones and Mr. Jermain Griffin, International Business/Studies Advising & Information Meeting, Canisius Hall Room 15 @ 630PM

The International Studies Program will provide an overview of its curriculum and co-curricular opportunities. This is also an opportunity for both majors and undecided students that are interested in our majors to receive personalized advising in lieu of Spring 2015 registration.

Tuesday, November 11
Mam-Yassin Sarr, co-founder, Starfish International
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room @ 4:30 p.m.

Starfish International is a non-profit that seeks to empower Gambian girls by providing them with an advanced education that is focused on service to humanity while at the same time providing international service-learning opportunities for our volunteers.

Wednesday, November 12 – Celebrating Life and Culture in El Salvador, Barone Campus Center 200 @ 5 p.m.

Panel presentation of Fairfield alumni and friends who have lived in El Salvador, and a chance to taste Salvadoran food.

Wednesday, November 12 – Nostalgia for the Present: Ethnography and Photography in Moroccan Berber Village, Fairfield University Bookstore @ 7 p.m.

Dr. David Crawford, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, will discuss work surrounding his new book, Nostalgia for the Present: Ethnography and Photography in Moroccan Berber Village, co-authored with Bart Deseyn.

Friday, November 14Fairfield University Model United Nations High School Conference, Various buildings, 8AM-430PM

** This is a brown bag activity. Please bring your own lunch. Refreshments will be provided.

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