Rosemary (Milewski ’79, M.S.’08) and Mitchell (M.S.’91) Danaher, P’14

Submitted by Web Communications on November 15, 2011

 

Fairfield embodies the Jesuit ideals that differentiate it from many other liberal arts schools…Young adults are being challenged to think critically, to ground themselves morally, embrace their spirituality and to give of themselves to those who are less fortunate… This is why my husband and I give to Fairfield.

Rosemary (Milewski ’79, M.S.’08) and
Mitchell (M.S.’91) Danaher, P’14

Rosemary: Math teacher    Mitch: Deputy Controller

Advanced Degrees

Rosemary: I worked for about 25 years as an IT programmer and then as a project manager. The critical thinking and analytical skills I developed as a math major served me well in this role. Shortly after September 11, 2001, I did some serious introspection about my life’s work and decided to pursue my first love, the teaching of mathematics. I returned to Fairfield, this time as an evening graduate student, and earned an M.S. in mathematics. The encouragement that I received from the math department faculty was reminiscent of what I had experienced 25 years earlier as an undergraduate student. I am now teaching mathematics at the college level.

Mitch: I was looking for a high quality master’s degree program that would augment the finance skills that I had acquired as an undergraduate business student. Fairfield offered a part-time program geared for people like me who work full-time. The program was rigorous but flexible, offering weeknight and Saturday classes. The professors were excellent, and regularly integrated practical business experiences into what they taught.

Shortly after I completed my master’s degree, I was selected to serve as an Industry Fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board, and shortly after that, to serve as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the International Accounting Standards Committee. These experiences provided me with the opportunity for extensive international travel, where I learned about different financial reporting regimes and economic systems of countries in Europe and Asia. I currently serve as Deputy Controller, working on accounting policy matters and external advocacy and I still use many of the skills I learned at Fairfield in the work I do today.

The Right Choice

Rosemary: Coming from a very traditional Italian household, my mom gave me one choice, Fairfield. She liked the fact that it was close to home and had a very strong reputation. Initially, I was quite unhappy that she was not willing to let me explore other options, but I can honestly say that it could not have worked out better for me. I met several Jesuits who had a profound impact on me—in particular, Father Anthony Eiardi and Father Frederick Kelly. We remained close friends until their passing, and still remain with me in spirit.

Both: When looking at colleges, Fairfield satisfied two of our son Matthew’s top criteria: a very strong academic program as well as a strong Division I men’s soccer program. Matthew participated in an overnight on-campus recruiting event hosted by the men’s soccer team and immediately felt welcome. Several other highly regarded schools were also interested in Matt, but when he returned home from that event he knew that Fairfield was the right choice for him.

While we are both very fond of Fairfield, we felt it was important that he pick a school that he felt was right for him, so it was especially gratifying when he chose Fairfield on his own.

Why We Give

Rosemary: Fairfield embodies the Jesuit ideals that differentiate it from many other liberal arts schools. While the number of Jesuits is fewer than when I attended in the late 1970s, I know that their mission remains strong. Young adults are being challenged to think critically, to ground themselves morally, to embrace their spirituality and to give of themselves to those who are less fortunate, qualities modeled daily by faculty members such as Dr. Winston Tellis. This is why my husband and I give to Fairfield.

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