Grants & Gifts

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded $177,096 for “Duke Ellington and the Development of American Popular Culture,” which is part of NEH’s “We the People” project to strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture. Dr. Laura Nash, associate professor of music, directs the project.

Annual funding of $50,000 from the State legislature and Connecticut Department of Education has been renewed for the Connecticut Writing Project, a program which has trained more than 400 teachers, kindergarten through college, to become literacy leaders in their schools since its inception in 2002. Faye Gage is the project director.


The U.S. Department of Education, Student Support Services Program has provided funding of $1,447,665 over five years for Project Excel, the University’s program supporting first-generation and low-income or disabled students with services such as academic tutoring, course-selection advice, career counseling, and financial aid. Caridad Rivera is the project director.

With a grant of $100,000 from the Arcus Foundation, Fairfield will lead a consortium including Fordham University, Yale University Divinity School, and Union Theological Seminary in hosting a series of public events in the fall to expand awareness of the many voices in the Roman Catholic Church sympathetic to the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) individuals in the Church. Dr. Paul Lakeland, the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., Professor of Catholic Studies, is the project director.

A supplemental grant of $28,250 from the Corporation for National and Community Servicewas received to provide support for the supervision and in-service training of VISTA members. Melissa Quan, associate director for the Center for Faith and Public Life, is the project director.

Fairfield University received renewed funding totaling $70,000 from the Earl W. and Hildagund A. Brinkman Private Charitable Foundation for five different projects across campus:

$50,000 – Laboratory Equipment for the School of Engineering

Funding will allow the purchase of student-accessible, hands-on laboratory apparatus to introduce engineering concepts to engineering students. Dr. Jack Beal, professor of engineering, dean, is the project director.

$5,000 – Parenting, Stress, and Adolescents with ADHD: From Analytic Model to Group Intervention

Continued funding will compile data and analyze results of interventions designed to decrease stress and increase expertise in parents of adolescents with ADHD. The project is directed by Dr. Christine Siegel, associate professor of school psychology.

$5,000 – The Impact of Addiction on the Family: Codependency Revisited

Dr. Virginia Kelly, associate professor of counselor education, received funding to complete a book on codependency and the impact of addiction on families.

$5,000 – Service for Justice Living and Learning Community

Renewed funding will support a variety of activities in the Service for Justice Residential College. Dr. Joseph DeFeo, director of Living & Learning, is the project director.

$5,000 – Diversity and Global Citizenship

As part of the University’s focus on global citizenship, continued funding will support four diversity grants developed by students, as well as student gender projects. Dr. Renée T. White, academic coordinator for Diversity and Global Citizenship, directs the project.

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