All of my experiences to date have shaped my life into what it is today—none probably greater than my experience at Fairfield and the relationships forged during that time. It feels right to give back to a place that has been so pivotal to my current happiness. Tom Pomrink
Tom and Courtney (Tart) Pomrink ’03
Tom: Investment banker Courtney: Full-time mother
Home Away From Home
Courtney: I was very nervous to go to Fairfield for orientation. I was somewhat of a shy young woman and was petrified to go to college. I remember from the moment I arrived at Fairfield for orientation, those fears disappeared. The administration as well as the students that ran the weekend had a way of making me feel at home. By the time I left, I knew that I was going to have a wonderful experience at Fairfield. I was ready to embark on the next four years of my life that would forever change me. I also have to mention that I met my husband, Tom, at that orientation!
Tom: I spent the majority of my junior and senior year at the business school, and while most of the staff was accessible and helpful, I would have to say that the courses I enjoyed the most were the marketing courses taught by Professor Ligas. Although I chose a different career path, his sincerity and teaching style made you want to become a teacher at times.
Courtney: Dr. John McCarthy from the Psychology Department changed the way I look at the world and the people in it. I was a student in his class for abnormal psychology where we volunteered at a homeless shelter in South Norwalk. I remember how scared I was to go to the shelter and how out of my “comfort zone” it was to be around people that were different from me. But, I also remember the rewarding feeling of helping other people. Sitting down and playing chess with a homeless man, sewing a zipper for a man going on his first job interview in years, and the feeling of disappointment when people you start to care about disappear, were all important elements of my learning experience. I’ll never forget that Dr. McCarthy showed me the miracle of service.
Tom: Right after graduation, I began working with the same firm I work for today. I was hired by a Fairfield resident (Jim Mangines) for whom Courtney and I sometimes babysat. I was fortunate to begin with a firm that was growing and was able to grow with them. I work at a mid-sized investment bank where I invest and trade mortgage-backed securities institutionally. Certainly this has been an interesting and trying time for many, but much like my experience at Fairfield, the people I work with have made all the difference.
Courtney: My current job is a full-time mom to my son Charlie. In 2003 when I graduated Fairfield, however, I jumped right back into academia as well as the work force. I enrolled in Long Island University for my master’s degree in childhood education as well as special education. I was employed in the Cold Spring Harbor School System on Long Island until I moved to Connecticut and became pregnant with my son. Fairfield gave me the foundation to reach my goals professionally and academically. It wasn’t easy going to graduate school and working concurrently, but I learned as a student at Fairfield the skills and work ethic that helped me along the way.
It Feels Right to Give Back
Tom: I have a deep satisfaction with my professional life and, more importantly, wonderful relationships with family and friends. My wife and I have been blessed with a son. All of my experiences to date have shaped my life into what it is today—none probably greater than my experience at Fairfield and the relationships forged during that time. It feels right to give back to a place that has been so pivotal to my current happiness.
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