News and notes from the WGS program @ Fairfield

Events

Lavender Ceremony, Thursday May 1

4298370The Lavender Ceremony is a celebration of those on campus who have supported the LGBTQ community in their time on campus and day to day lives. While open to all members of the campus, the ceremony will honor those of the graduating class in particular. If you would like to attend the Lavender Ceremony, Alliance asks that you please choose the proper response below where you will be sent to an appropriate page. The event will take place Thursday, May 1st, in the Great Room of Bellarmine Hall beginning at 4:00 pm and ending by 6:30pm.

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Hijab Day at Fairfield University

Fairfield University’s Muslim Student Association has planned a series of events in recognition of “Islam Awareness Week,” taking place from Monday, April 7 to Friday, April 11, 2014. The endeavor speaks to the University’s value of diversity on campus and its ongoing efforts to attend to the spiritual needs of its non-Catholic students by way of providing collaborations beyond the Catholic and Jesuit tradition.

The Muslim Student Association has asked us to invite women involved in WGSS to participate in Hijab Day on Wednesday. Women interested in participating can meet at the BCC Information Desk between 10am and 12pm; please bring a scarf.  The group members will help put the scarfs on. Participants then proceed to wear it of the rest of the day and reconvene again at 5:30pm in BCC 206 for a reflection and dinner.

For more information about all this week’s events, please visit: http://www.fairfield.edu/lassochannel/press/pr_index/index.lasso?id=4040

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Sister Simone Campbell to speak at the Quick Center THIS THURSDAY!

The View from the Bus: Opportunities for Making Mischief

Sr. Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK

Thursday, April 3, 7 p.m., Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Kelley Theatre

This event is free and open to the public
Reception: 6 p.m. in the QCA lobby

The Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies program will be welcoming Sister Simone Campbell to campus for a public lecture on Thursday, April 3rd at 7 pm in the Kelley Theatre of the Quick Center.  Many of us know Sister Campbell from her 2012 speech at  the Democratic National Convention, or possibly from her appearances on The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, or 60 Minutes.  She is perhaps best known as an organizer of the “Nuns on the Bus.”  Sister Campbell has worked tirelessly for healthcare reform in the U.S. and has been hailed by one of our Religious Studies colleagues as “one of the most important progressive voices in American Catholicism.”  Sister Campbell’s talk, open to the public and titled “The View from the Bus: Opportunities for Making Mischief,” will mark the 20th anniversary of Women’s Studies (now Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies) at Fairfield and 40 years since undergraduate women graduated from the University.

The following sponsors have generously contributed their support for the 40/20 celebration:  The Humanities Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences; Office of the President; Center for Catholic Studies; Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions; Student Affairs; Charles F. Dolan School of Business; The School of Nursing; The School of Engineering; Bennett Center for Judaic Studies; Campus Ministry; Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.

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Fairfield University celebrates 40 years of women undergraduates and 20 years of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program on campus


“Nuns on the Bus” activist to be keynote speaker

Image: Campbell“Nuns on the Bus” organizer Sister Simone Campbell will be the keynote speaker for Fairfield University’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of undergraduate women graduating from Fairfield and the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Studies Program (now called Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies). The public is invited to her free lecture, “The View from the Bus: Opportunities for Making Mischief,” at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 3 at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.  The lecture will be preceded by a gala reception at 6 p.m. in the Quick Center lobby.

“We are thrilled to have Sister Campbell on campus to mark this significant milestone in the history of the University and our interdisciplinary program,” said David Gudelunas, Ph.D., co-director of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGS). “Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies is one of the most dynamic programs on campus and we couldn’t think of a more dynamic speaker to help us celebrate with faculty, students, community members and hundreds of graduates of our program.”

Sister Campbell is an attorney, religious leader and renowned advocate for systematic change. She is the executive director of NETWORK, a Catholic leader in the global movement for justice and peace, which educates, lobbies and organizes for economic and social transformation. In Washington, Sister Campbell lobbies for issues of peace-building, immigration reform and healthcare and economic justice.

During the 2010 congressional debate about healthcare reform, Sister Campbell wrote the famous “nuns’ letter” supporting the reform bill and got 59 leaders of Catholic Sisters to sign, a sign seen by many as critical to the passage of the Affordable Care Act. In 2012, she was instrumental in organizing the “Nuns on the Bus” tour of nine states to oppose a budget she felt would decimate programs to help people in need. She recently completed another cross-country Nuns on the Bus tour in 2013 focused on immigration reform.

Sister Campbell has been a keynote or featured speaker in many national events, including the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She has appeared on “60 Minutes,” “The Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” among other media stints.

Sister Campbell is the former executive director of Jericho, a California interfaith public policy organization and she was the general director of her religious community, the Sisters of Social Service, leading sisters in the United States, Mexico, Taiwan and the Philippines.

Sister Campbell’s appearance is the centerpiece of the yearlong 40/20 celebration on campus. Though professional schools admitted women students before the 1970s, the first class of women undergraduates walked across the Bellarmine Hall terrace at Commencement in 1974.  Since then, female students have gone on to many leadership roles on campus and many successful careers after graduating from Fairfield.

“News of Sister Campbell’s visit has been met with great enthusiasm and meaningful support across the university,” said Emily Orlando, Ph.D., co-director of WGS. “ The WGS minor is flourishing and given Sister Campbell’s demonstrated commitment to social justice and her status as a strong female leader and advocate for change within the Catholic church, she struck us as an ideal choice for a celebration of the WGS program in particular and the achievements of Fairfield University women in general. We are so pleased that this event has been met with such widespread support from all corners of campus.”

WGS is an interdisciplinary program that challenges the cultural, intellectual, social and political assumptions about sex, gender and sexuality systems. Courses in the program critically engage issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and other key components of identity, and the ways they intersect. The program was first developed by a group of faculty who met over the two years from fall 1991 to spring 1993 to first envision and then write the proposal for the program. The program was formally approved and inaugurated in fall 1993.

For more information, visit www.fairfield.edu/4020 and follow the WGS program on Twitter @WGSFairfield.

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WGS is excited to welcome Sister Campbell to campus for a FREE lecture and reception at the Quick Center on April 3

WGS is excited to welcome Sister Campbell to campus for a FREE lecture and reception at the Quick Center on April 3 – mark your calendars!!

Check out Sister Campbell’s 2012  speech at the Democratic National Convention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgzQ5tjV_Fo

For more info, check out http://www.fairfield.edu/academics/schoolscollegescenters/collegeofartssciences/undergraduateprograms/womengendersexualitystudies/celebrate4020withwgs/

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Another event about women: Beyond Wool and Chastity: Roman Women in Public View

Today, Tuesday, March 11  5 pm at CNS 15

 

Professor Jacqueline Carlon (University of Massachusetts, Boston) will talk on “Beyond Wool and Chastity: Roman Women in Public View.”

 

Prof. Carlon will examine evidence of Roman women’s presence in public life, in contrast to the sheltered role Roman ideology assigned them.

Another great lecture on the topic of women during Women’s History Month!

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March is Women’s History Month – Celebrate Fairfield Firsts on Monday, March 10

Celebrate Women’s History Month by attending our panel on “Fairfield Firsts” on Monday, March 10 at 5:00pm at the Kelley Center Presentation Room

What was it like to be part of the first wave of women students at an all-male school? How were women treated when they joined the university as faculty members in the 1970s? How have things changed for women in leadership positions and in the other roles that were once reserved for men? Come join the discussion and add your questions, as we talk with “Fairfield Firsts” and celebrate Women’s History Month.

Light refreshments will be served.

Panelists include: Dr. Dorothea Braginsky, Dr. Phyllis Braun, Janet Canepa, Dr. Robbin Crabtree, Dr. Doris Lippman

Moderator: Dr. Anna Lawrence

Sponsored by the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program

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A history of Women’s History Month:

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.”  Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.”  In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.”  Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.  Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

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March 10 at 5pm – Fairfield Firsts: 40 Years of Women Making History at Fairfield University

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Mon. March 10, 5-6:30pm

Kelley Center, Presentation Room – Light Refreshments will be served.

What was it like to be part of the first wave of women students at an all-male school? How were women treated when they joined the university as faculty members in the 1970s? How have things changed for women in leadership positions and in the other roles that were once reserved for men? Come join the discussion and add your questions, as we talk with “Fairfield Firsts” and celebrate Women’s History Month.

Panelists include: Dr. Dorothea Braginsky, Dr. Phyllis Braun, Janet Canepa, Dr. Robbin Crabtree, Dr. Doris Lippman

Moderator: Dr. Anna Lawrence

Sponsored by the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program

 

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A Nun on the Bus – a new book by Sister Simone Campbell, our 40/20 Celebration Speaker

coverIn the summer of 2012, Sister Simone Campbell and a group of fellow Roman Catholic nuns toured parts of the country to rally support against Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget, a plan that cut vital social programs for the hurting poor and the struggling middle class.

Prayer groups turned into rallies and small town meetings became national media events. Sister Simone became a galvanizing force for progressives of all stripes and remains a driving force for programs and policies that support faith, family, and fairness.

Rooted in a deep spirituality of compassion and service, Sister Simone gives voice to the hunger, isolation, and fear that so many people in America are feeling right now and shows us how we can create real transformation in our communities and in our own hearts through the contemplative life of prayer.

Powerful, inspiring stories from the Nuns on the Bus tour and from Sister Simone’s own life offer readers a fresh vision for a lived spirituality that is at the heart of today’s progressive Christian movements working for change. http://www.networklobby.org/BookOrdernyt2

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An Evening with Isabel Wilkerson – Tomorrow at 8pm at the Quick Center

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Fairfield University’s signature lecture series, Open VISIONS Forum, presents “An Evening with Isabel Wilkerson” with best-selling author Isabel Wilkerson, the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism. In her presentation, Ms. Wilkerson will discuss “The Warmth of Other Suns,” her award-winning work of narrative nonfiction that tells the epic story of three people who made the decision of their lives in what came to be known as the Great Migration. “The Warmth of Other Suns” became a national best-selling book, a National Book Critics Circle Award Winner and a New York Times, USA Today, and Oprah Magazine Top 10 Best Book of the Year winner.

 

Introducing Isabel Wilkerson will be Fairfield University student Janice Herbert ’15. Following Ms. Wilkerson’s presentation, there will be an informal conversation and discussion with Yohuru Williams, Ph.D, Chair Department of History and Director of Black Studies, Elizabeth Hohl, Ph.D, history lecturer, and Philip Eliasoph, Ph.D, professor of art history and founder/moderator of Open VISIONS Forum. This program is made possible in part by the generous support of Sheaffer, CT Humanities, and Pequot Library. Moffly Media is the exclusive magazine sponsor for the 2013-14 Open VISIONS Forum series.

 

For more information, visit the website below.

 

Single Tickets are $45.

 

Related web site: www.quickcenter.com

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Martin Luther King, JR. Celebration on campus this week

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The University community is invited to take part in this week’s exciting 2014 MLK Celebration events, featuring an all-new MLK Convocation format, which kicks off with a reception. The reception requires an R.S.V.P, so please click here to respond today if you plan to attend.

 

Tuesday, January 28

·         Memorial Marchat 2 p.m. through campus

·         Justice and Action Fairat 3:30 p.m. in the Barone Campus Center

·         Movie Screening: Lee Daniels’ The Butler at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Barone Campus Center

 

Thursday, January 30

Convocation events take place in the Regina A. Quick Center

·         Convocation Receptionat 5:30 p.m.

Note:  The reception replaces the Vision Awards Dinner. Today is the last day to RSVP for the Convocation Reception. Please click on this link to respond.

 

·         Pre-Convocation Performanceat 6 p.m. with The Glee Club’s Sweet Harmony and Bensonians

·         Convocationat 7 p.m. featuring Wil Haygood, author of The Butler, Vision Award Presentations, and Fairfield University/Connecticut Post Essay Contest Winners

Vision Award Winners: 

- Student: Eric Salgado ’14
- Faculty: Dr. Yohuru Williams, Faculty Member in Applied Ethics
- Staff: Jocelyn Collen, Campus Minister
- LaFarge Award: Todd Pelazza, Director, Department of Public Safety

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Spring 2014 – an exciting semester for WGSS!

We hope you all had a very happy and restful winter break!  We are excited for an eventful semester as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of women first graduating from Fairfield University and the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Women’s Studies program (now Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies). 

sister-simone-campbell1As part of our semester long celebration, on April 3, we welcome Sister Simone Campbell to campus.  She is a  religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues.

Stay tuned for more updates throughout the semester!

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Need a break from studying? Stop Kiss is now playing!

Theatre Fairfield opened its second show of the season, STOP KISS by Diana Son, Wednesday night, December 4 at 8 PM, at the PepsiCo Theatre. STOP KISS is about falling in love, sexual identity, gender, and the repercussions of a kiss–all ripe topics for a college campus. The show runs 90 minutes and is a perfect post-Thanksgiving break for students, faculty, and staff alike, that will entertain and engage.

There are six performances–December 4 through 7 at 8 PM and December 7 and 8 at 2 PM. Tickets are $5 for students, $6 for staff, $12 for the general public and gratis, as always, for university faculty. Please call the Quick Center Box Office or stop by to reserve your seats.

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Stop Kiss presented by Theatre Fairfield

Come out to support Theatre Fairfield and enjoy a wonderful play.  December 4-7 & December 7-8

“Sara and Callie are walking through New York City’s West Village very late at night, when they share their first kiss. This leads to a vicious attack by an angry bystander, in which Sara is horribly injured. She falls into a coma, which becomes one of the major subjects of the play. George, Callie’s good friend, tries to help with the situation, but there is little he can do. Peter, Sara’s ex-boyfriend from St. Louis, comes to help nurse her back to health. Throughout Stop Kiss, relationships are explored, formed, and even ended. Diana Son elaborates on the depths of human emotion and compassion in this play.”

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WGSS New Faculty Open House

The WGSS Annual New Faculty Open House was a great success.  Thanks to all who participated!

Hey students!  Do you know we offer a WGS Individually Designed Major?  Check out the application at http://www.fairfield.edu/media/fairfielduniversitywebsite/documents/academic/cas_wgss_indp_major.pdf .

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Mark your calendars – Nov 19 – “Buying the Field: Women Religious in a Renewing Church”

Mark your calendars for this important lecture on women and the Catholic Church

The 20th Annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J. Lecture in Theology, Religion, & Society

Tuesday, November 19  8:00 p.m.

Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Sandra Schneiders, I.H.M. will deliver the lecture entitled, “Buying the Field: Women Religious in a Renewing Church.” According to Schneiders, the lecture “will address an issue which has been at the center of the renewal of women’s Religious Life since the Council, has received enthusiastic endorsement from a large segment of the laity while raising serious concerns among or even scandalizing some others, and has been the object of Vatican suspicion and even public confrontation of U.S. Religious and their leaders. The issue is the “separation from the world” or even “rejection of the world” that had, for centuries, been a virtual definition of Religious Life in contrast to “ordinary” lay life. This lecture will attempt to shed some light on the repercussions for Religious and their life of the “turn to the world” which the Church embraced at the Council and which Religious have made central to their self-understanding and ministerial commitment over the past 50 years.”

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM WGSS

Happy-HalloweenWishing you all a happy Halloween!  As the campus ends LGBTQ History Month, join us for an emerging campus tradition – the late-night, dress up, participatory fun fest that is the Rocky Horror Picture Show! Come in wild costumes, yell at the screen, and enjoy the 1975 cult favorite starring Tim Curry as a sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania.This is not an event to be missed!

Related web site: http://www.fairfield.edu/student/studentlife/studentdiversityprograms/lgbtqevents/

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Join us for “Cloudburst” part of the LGBTQ History Month Film Series

Join us this Wednesday, October 30, 7:00PM in BC200 for a truly special movie – Cloudburst

Oscar winners Olympia Dukakis (in a powerhouse career-defining performance from the 80-year-old Dukakis) and Brenda Fricker star as an elderly lesbian couple whose clueless granddaughter wants to send Fricker’s character into a nursing home. In between the laughter is an amazing 31-year love story that has survived through unbelievable odds. This is a must-see, tell your friends and family kind of movie.  You’ll be glad you saw it first with us!

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LGBTQ History Month Film Series: I Do (2012) – Tomorrow Night!

 

 

MV5BMTAxNzg2MTM5NjdeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU3MDM4NjQ1MTg@._V1_SY317_CR2,0,214,317_Fresh off the Supreme Court decision this past summer, I Do explores issues surrounding bi-national same-sex couples and immigration. A gay Brit living in New York marries his lesbian best friend to remain in the country and stay with his family, but things get complicated when he meets the love of his life and is forced to make an impossible choice. Starring writer/producer David W. Ross and featuring Alicia Witt and Jamie Lynn Sigler, I Do is a beautiful film that will resonate inside you long after you’ve seePreviewn it.

Wednesday, October 23  7:00 pm

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LGBTQ Keynote Speech, tonight!

Come out for a great event tonight!

Tonight, Chris Stedman, author of “Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious,” will deliver the LGBTQ History Month’s keynote speech.

Stedman is assistant Humanist chaplain at Harvard University and emeritus managing director of state of formation at the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue. He founded the blog NonProphet Status and is a frequent contributor to Salon, CNN, MSNBC, The Advocate, USA Today, and The Washington Post. The Huffington Post named his work as one of the Top 11 Religion Stories of 2011 and dubbed him one of the top interfaith activists on Twitter.

His talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center Presentation Room.

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Peer Led Safe Space Training this Monday, October 7

As part of LGBTQ History Month, Fairfield University will offer its first ever peer-led, peer-focused Safe Space Training.  Students will learn about the experiences of LGBTQ individuals, develop cultural  competencies relative to the LGBTQ community, and learn effective tools to serve as allies to the community.  This is an excellent leadership opportunity for all students – it also counts for FYE credit!

Join us for this great event on Monday, October 7 at 7PM at 70 McCormick Loungeallylogo

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October is LGBTQ History Month

WGSS is proud to once again co-sponsor LGBTQ History Month here at Fairfield University!  In honor of National Coming Out Day on October 10, Fairfield University will be celebrating LGBTQ History Month this October with a wide-reaching and engaging series of events that focus on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community. In a long-standing partnership between Academic and Student Affairs, the programs intend to bring together all members of our community to reflect on the history, culture, and future of the LGBTQ community.

Please check out the attached document for a full list of events. Poster 2013LGBT-Flag

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Where Science is Cool: Fairfield University BASE (Broadening Access to Science Education) Camp Program

Twenty-three high school girls dove into research this summer at a unique camp exploring an array of issues, from how oceans move to leukemia cell growth to troublesome marine ‘invasions’ in the Long Island Sound.

 

It all took place at Fairfield University’s BASE Camp, a two-week, residential camp designed to engage young women in hands-on, research-based experiences in the natural sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Now in its sixth year, BASE (Broadening Access to Science Education) Camp is a program free to students from Bridgeport, Connecticut, schools.

 

Amanda Harper-Leatherman, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and camp director, said the overall goal is to excite and inform female students about the promise of science. “The program specifically targets young women, based on the overall disproportional under representation of women in science, math, and engineering careers in general,” Dr. Harper-Leatherman continued. “It’s part of an effort to increase interest in the pursuit of STEM and health careers after college.”

 

The camp also speaks to Fairfield University’s growing institutional commitment to promoting women in science. Serving as female scientist role models were faculty and undergraduates from Fairfield’s College of Arts & Sciences and School of Engineering.

 

Shelley A. Phelan, Ph.D., professor of biology and the Elizabeth DeCamp McInerney Chair of Health Sciences at Fairfield, started the program “because students from underfunded, inner city schools are at a major disadvantage in pursuing careers in science, given their often-limited science resources in high school, and the level of experience and aptitude typically required of science majors in the very first year of college. By the end of the first college years, many interested students leave the major – not because they can’t do it, but because they were behind right from the start.”

 

The camp, including meals and lodging, comes at no cost to students, thanks to a grant Dr. Phelan received from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparity Populations, part of the National Institutes of Health.

 

This year was the first that engineering was taught.

 

“Some campers had never heard of engineering,” said Shanon Reckinger, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering. As the Clare Boothe Luce Professor at Fairfield, Dr. Reckinger researches ocean modeling, one way to understand why climate is changing. Three of the students were studying her work this summer. Undergraduates Katherine Pitz and Blanca Aca assisted.

 

“Do you guys want to talk about gravity waves, and the sun and the moon at all?” inquired Pitz, a mechanical engineering major.

 

The answer was a unanimous yes.

 

For Bianca Colon-Hernandez, learning about engineering seemed a logical move because she’s curious about architectural design. And then there’s the fun part of meeting other kids with the same interests. “I don’t talk about science much at my high school with other girls,” noted the soon-to-be junior at Bullard-Havens Technical High School. “But here I’ve been talking about it with everyone.”

 

For Veona Lanham, 15, getting to know Dr. Reckinger and the BASE Camp experience has made her realize that she would like to major in mechanical engineering. “I want to come here,” said the Bullard-Havens student.

 

Several said that living in a campus residence hall made them look forward to going away to college. “I’m kind of getting the green light to go to college,” said Shante Miller, a soon-to-be senior at Bassick High School who hopes to become a medical examiner.

 

Dr. Reckinger observed, “They really like explaining what they’ve learned to other campers.”

 

This was music to Dr. Harper-Leatherman’s ears. “Engineering definitely does have fewer female than male undergraduate students nationwide, so it is important to encourage high school girls into this field,” she explained.

 

To Dr. Phelan, a molecular cell biologist who has been awarded grants to study peroxiredoxins in breast cancer, BASE Camp is an essential annual event. Her hope is that it will inspire other young women “to pursue science and health career paths that will address public health issues.”

 

“We have seen so many bright young women motivated by the program, and many already declared science majors in universities – including our own,” she said. “We hope we can continue to inspire young women from our neighboring Bridgeport community for years to come.”

Originally published: http://www.sfgate.com/business/press-releases/article/Where-Science-Is-Cool-Fairfield-University-s-4773079.php 628x471

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“An Evening with America Ferrera” on Monday, October 7 at 8:00PM at the Quick Center

 

Come check out “An Evening with America Ferrera” on Monday, October 7 at 8:00PM at the Quick Center.  In addition to acting, she is an advocate for women and children worldwide.

America Ferrera’s acting career met with early and award-winning success with the films The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Lords of Dogtown, and her lead role in the highly popular ABC series Ugly Betty to her credit.In addition to her work as an actress, her attention has turned to a number of important, international causes, including Save the Children and the documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Co-sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.

Ferrera served as an artist ambassador for the global humanitarian organization Save the Children. She traveled to India with Nicholas Kristof to visit Urmi Basu and the New Light shelter.

Ferrera served as an artist ambassador for the global humanitarian organization Save the Children. She traveled to India with Nicholas Kristof to visit Urmi Basu and the New Light shelter.

 

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