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Fairfield University is a dynamic learning community of individuals who measure their lives by how they influence the world for the better. Our faculty, staff, students, alumni and programs are featured frequently in local, regional and national media. Here are recent stories:

“Choking on the Truth: Race, Justice, and the Thin Blue Line”

Dr. Yohuru Williams, associate vice president for academic affairs, discusses the history of the national debate on police and excessive force and the recent grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York. “Sympathy can not be found in empty expressions of grief for their loss, but the impetus for real change that must begin with a hard look at the entire criminal justice system in the United States and a move toward real reform if not whole scale revision.”

Published in The Huffington Post on 12/8/14

Without Fail: Teachers Pass the Test, All of Them

“If there is a bell curve [of teaching quality] across the state, the higher end of the bell curve would be in Greenwich,”said Dr. Bryan Ripley Crandall, director of the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University. “It definitely is a desirable district for many reasons, and many excellent teachers would gravitate towards it.”

Published in Greenwich Time on 2/22/14

Fairfield University Partnership with City Schools Cited

This blog posting mentioned Dr. Bryan Ripley Crandall’s work as director of the Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield at Fairfield University, which provided more than 100 hours of service to students and faculty at Bassick High School, including sponsored workshops to design stronger high school curriculum for college and career-ready writing.

Published in Connecticut Post on 3/1/14

High Schoolers in College: Inside the Growing Movement to Enroll High School Students in College Courses

“We’ve taken a more proactive role in the admissions process this year,”Dr. Bryan Ripley Crandall, director of Fairfield’s dual enrollment program told University Business. “We’ve interviewed students and gotten recommendations from their English teachers and school counselors.”

Published in University Business in 4/14

Administrators: Students Should Take the Tests

“The real world wants individuals to be well-rounded, creative, flexible and passionate,”Dr. Bryan Ripley Crandall, director of the Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield at Fairfield University told the Greenwich Time. “Sadly, these are not the outcomes sought by the examinations. This, I believe, is why so many parents are opting out.”

Published in the Greenwich Time on4/26/14

Cheers for the Artists We Call Teachers

Dr. Bryan Ripley Crandall, director of the Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield at Fairfield University, wrote in an op-ed: “Teachers are listeners, mentors, experts, coaches, entertainers, wizards and scientists. As John Mastroianni, Connecticut’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, recently stated, ‘Teaching is an art.’ So, teachers are artists, too.”

Published in Connecticut Post on 5/7/14

Fairfield U’s Connecticut Writing Project to hold literacy institute for immigrant teens from Bridgeport

Based on the African philosophy of Ubuntu – “I can be me because of who we are together”– the Academy will offer English language learners, including refugee youth with limited or interrupted formal education, 10 full days of literacy learning through graphic novels and digital storytelling.

Published in Connecticut Post on 7/6/14

Pelto sees Bridgeport and Battleground

“Jonathan Pelto is a folk hero in educational circles because he is articulating the real needs of urban educators,” said Dr. Bryan Ripley Crandall, director of the Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield at Fairfield University.

Published in Connecticut Post on 8/6/14

Experts: ‘Home Rule’ Hampers Desegregation Efforts

“The only way were going to see achievement gaps close is if we create Zip code equity, and right now we’re far from it,”said Dr. Bryan Ripley Crandall, director of the Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield at Fairfield University. “Not just me, but a lot of researchers are saying that integrated, countywide schools are the only way to promote upward mobility.”

Published in Connecticut Post on 9/21/14

Common Core, Education’s Front-End Alignment

“The suggested materials tend to be culturally insensitive and developmentally inappropriate for many students. At a certain point, top-down management creates readicide,”said Dr. Bryan Ripley Crandall, director of the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University.

Published in Greenwich Time on 10/5/14

Archeologist’s Eye: Art Notes

“An Archaeologist’s Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab,” currently on display at the Georgia Museum of Art through Sunday, Dec. 7, seeks to examine what has been preserved and what has been lost within the mythological narratives decorating the Parthenon.

Published in Flagpole on 10/1/14

Wheat Warfare: Islamic State Uses Grain to tighten Grip in Iraq

Discussing the current state of ISIS in Iraq and Siria, a reporter for The Jordan Times wrote “Joy Gordon, a political philosophy professor at Fairfield University in Connecticut and author of the 2010 book Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions, estimates that two-thirds of Iraqis ‘were dependent primarily or entirely’ on food subsidies between 1990 and 2003.”

Published in The Jordan Times, The Times of India, Reuters, The Huffington Post, and many other publications on 10/1/14

Ranking and Networking

A story on LinkedIn now ranking colleges – The Charles F. Dolan School of Business was named among the best for accounting professionals: “There are some surprises in the rankings, however, with lesser-known institutions placing well. For example, Fairfield University and Bentley University were among the top 25 in accounting…”

Published in Inside Higher Ed on 10/02/14

Prenatal screening for intimate partner violence: A qualitative meta-synthesis

An important paper/research by Jenna LoGiudice, MSN, CNM, RN ’06, assistant professor of nursing: “The aim of this meta-synthesis was to glean an understanding of healthcare providers’ experience with prenatal screening for intimate partner violence.”

Published in Applied Nursing Research in 2014

10 ways to manage labor pain without drugs

Jenna LoGiudice, MSN, CNM, RN ’06, assistant professor of nursing, shared her expertise in this article: If the contractions are higher, a rebozo can create pressure in a different spot, said Jenna LoGiudice, a certified nurse midwife and assistant professor at Fairfield University’s School of Nursing. “That counter pressure helps to balance some of the labor discomfort,” she said.

Appeared on Fox News on 6/22/14