Alumni attend Boston Business Breakfast & College Lunch
CLICK ON PHOTO TO VIEW SLIDESHOWIn early April, several alumni and friends of Fairfield Prep gathered at the Boston College Club for breakfast and networking opportunities. Hosted by Rev. John Hanwell, S.J., President of Fairfield Prep, and the Development and Alumni Office, Fr. Hanwell informed attendees of current happenings at Prep and what the future holds. On a bitter-sweet note, this was Fr. Hanwell's final trip to Boston representing Prep, as he will assume the mantle of Socius for the USA Northeast Province of the Jesuits in July.
Attendees were alumni from Prep classes ranging from the 1960s through the early 2000s with various careers. Brian Ferguson '86 spoke about his experiences at The Boston Company Asset Management, LLC, where he is Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of Large Cap Value for the company. His firm focuses primarily with equity in financials and health care. Brian gave a well-constructed and extremely informative presentation on the intricacies of Boston Asset as well as domestic and foreign financial trends and predictions. He noted how affordable energy stock is currently valued, the rising employment in the United States, the strengthening US dollar, and the confidence lower gas pricing is inspiring. A copy of Brian's presentation is available per request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prep hosts lunch at Boston College for young alumni
As part of the Boston trip, Fr. Hanwell and Austin Ryan '06, Director of Alumni Relations, hosted a lunch for Prep alumni at Boston College. Pictured with Fr. Hanwell above, from left: Andrew Muntean '12, Quinn Ward '12, Christian Backe '14, Austin Hughes ‘12 and Steven Bayles ‘14.
Spring Auction 2015 is May 2! All are invited!
May 2, 2015
Alumni Hall, Fairfield University
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Bryce Keblish '15 is SCC Swimmer of the Year
Bryce Keblish '15 pictured with SCC Commissioner Al Carbone (left) and Varsity Head Swim Coach Rick Hutchinson '87 (right).
The SCC (Southern Connecticut Conference) has named Bryce Keblish '15 as Swimmer of the Year. Bryce is one of the top swimmers in Prep history setting multiple team, league and state records. In 2014, Bryce had one of the best individual swimming seasons in Prep history achieving ALL-SCC and All-State honors for the third consecutive year, was an All-American in two individual events (200 IM, 100 Butterfly) and two relays (200 Freestyle, 400 Freestyle), won the State Open Title in the 100 butterfly, set a LL state record in the 200 IM and swam the third leg of the State Open winning 200 Freestyle Relay that set a CIAC record and was ranked 6th in the country. In 2015 he won two events at the SCC Championships and was named Championship Meet MVP. He was also named SCC Athlete of the Month. Bryce is a Magna Cum Laude student, member of the National Honor Society and serves as a peer tutor on campus and at the Shehan Center in Bridgeport. He has also volunteered at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club and was a founding member of the Fairfield Chapter of Scholars & Athletes serving others. Next year Bryce looks forward to continuing his athletic and academic career at the University of Virginia.
Promoting Wellness at Fairfield Prep
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On April 9, Prep’s Guidance Department presented their inaugural Wellness Fair in the lobby of Arrupe Hall and in Arrupe 103. Prep’s Guidance intern Laura Silence engineered a partnership with the Fairfield University School of Nursing as well as their Health and Counseling Centers, the Norma P. Pfriem Cancer Center and The University of Bridgeport Schools of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, to assist in raising awareness of whole body health and self-care among the students.
Fairfield University Nursing students as well as representatives of the participating agencies staffed engaging stations which provided opportunities to experience interactive activities involved with hand hygiene, the physical effects of substance abuse, skin cancer awareness, nutrition, heart and cardio-vascular care, breast and testicular cancer awareness and stress management – which included a visit from a therapy dog, Seamus, who was a big hit!
Open to the entire community, the fair served more than 300 students with faculty taking part as well. We welcomed back alumni Marty Gavin ’73 as part of the Norma Pfriem team, as well as Jim Fitzpatrick ’89 from the University of Bridgeport School of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Thanks to Laura and the many participants who presented, Prep's inaugural wellness fair was enormously successful and will serve as a model for future wellness events, as the Prep Guidance Department plans to make this an annual event open to the entire community.
Kairos 55 builds Spirituality and Brotherhood
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Fairfield Prep’s 55th Kairos Retreat took place March 24-27, 2015, at the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford, CT. Twenty eight juniors and seniors took part in the retreat. They were accompanied by twelve team members comprised of seniors and faculty/staff. The Kairos retreat provides a special time with the Lord - “The Lord’s Time.” This Christian experience focuses on prayer, reflection, friendship and community building. Student candidates gave of themselves generously and by the end of the retreat were certainly committed to the Kairos spirit. A big thank you goes out to the senior student leaders Rector AJ Mansolillo, Assistant Rector William Weishaupt, Tate Duran, Ryan Matera, Chris Mazza, and Tim Noone. Special thanks to the adult leaders Tim Dee, Jon DeRosa, Melissa Laguzza, Kristina Leonardo, Fr. Larry Ryan, S.J., and Tom Shea.
The Kairos Retreat Program began at Fairfield Prep in 1996. This retreat program has impacted thousands of students over the years. If you are a junior or senior at Prep do not miss out on this special opportunity for prayer, reflection and community. There are no more retreats scheduled for this year. The dates for next year are November 17-20, 2015; February 23-26, 2016; March 29-April 1, 2016. Applications will be available in August for the Classes of 2016 and 2017. Contact Mr. Gualtiere, Director of Campus Ministry, with questions.
SEED celebrates at Diversity Dinner!
The annual SEED Diversity Dinner was held on April 8 in the Brissette Gymnasium. Approximately 400 guests attended, honoring the graduating seniors and welcoming the incoming freshmen. Families were asked to bring dishes that represented their culture or ethnic background, and with over 100 families, the food was plentiful! Speakers included seniors and freshmen, as well as parents, who gave testimony to the success of the SEED program.
SEED (Students for Educational Excellence through Diversity) celebrated its 27th Anniversary this year as an integral and important program in the Prep Community, promoting racial, socio-economic, and cultural diversity at Fairfield Prep. Special thanks to Mrs. Alecia Thomas, Director of the SEED program, her committee, Prep families, and Prep staff members for making this evening possible.
Brendan Blees '15 wins Wakeman Club "Boy of the Year" Award
Brendan Blees '15 has been named Wakeman Boys & Girls Club - 2015 Hoyt O. Perry "Boy of the Year" winner for the Southport clubhouse. The Boy of the Year Award recognizes superior leadership skills, academic achievement and outstanding service to Wakeman Boys & Girls Club and the community. Each nominee submitted a detailed resume that included not only extracurricular activities, but life goals, obstacles overcome, and family values; plus the candidate participated in an interview process where he was judged on his public speaking skills.
Brendan has been an active member of Wakeman for 12 years and has participated in numerous athletic and education programs. A four year member of the Keystone Club, Brendan earned the Presidential Service Gold Award for his volunteer commitments to the club each year he participated. Brendan has also been the top youth fundraiser for Wakeman’s "Freezin’ for a Reason Plunge" with close to $5,000 in donations secured. As part of being a Mentor for McKinley Elementary students, Brendan provides homework, reading and social skills support to his two mentees. This is his second year involved in the program. Brendan is a true ambassador for Wakeman and the values it embodies.
At Fairfield Prep, Brendan has been a standout student and school leader. For the past three years he earned Cum Laude honors distinction in the classroom and has been a member of the National Honor Society where he serves as a Peer Mentor. This past year Brendan was Co-Director of Prep’s annual Freshman Retreat. It was yearlong position that required planning a two day overnight event for 240 freshmen as well as supervising 70 upperclassmen leaders. A commitment to Jesuit mission is evident in Brendan’s volunteer and fundraising work for Wakeman, as well as his attendance on an Appalachia Mission trip and the Notre Dame Vision Retreat. An active member of the Prep community throughout his four years, Brendan has participated in the business club, played intramurals sports, rowed crew and been an enthusiastic supporter of classmates at school sporting and performing arts events. Brendan will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall.
Bellarmine Guild sponsors Mother-Son Lenten Service Project
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For the second year in a row, the Bellarmine Guild sponsored a Mother-Son Lenten service project. On March 26, the moms and sons made hundreds of sandwiches, which were delivered to the Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport. Last year, the project made and delivered sandwiches to the Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport. Both of these community centers provide needed support to the homeless and jobless in the Bridgeport area.
Online Re-Enrollment & Enrollment for 2015-16 is now underway
Re-enrollment for returning upperclassmen in 2015-16 and the completion of the enrollment process for rising freshmen is now being conducted ONLINE. On Monday, March 30, an email containing the enrollment/re-enrollment contract along with additional information was sent to the "Bill 1" email address of Prep parents. If you have not received this email, please contact Prep’s Business Office at email@example.com .
Due Date for submission of enrollment & re-enrollment requirements is April 20, 2015.
Prep Community donates bags of socks and clothing to help the homeless!
Members of the Spanish Honor Society get ready to load a SUV with bags of new socks and clothing donated for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. From left: Kelvin Alvarez '15, Alejandro Correa '15, Steven DeMoura '15, K.C. Maloney '15, Peter Campbell '15, Ignacio Altamiranda '16, Brey Jackson '15, and Emil Friis '15.
Every year the Spanish Honor Society sponsors a clothing drive to help those in need at the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Those people who are fortunate to stay in a shelter for the nights are often turned out in the early morning with no place to go until the shelter allows them back in at night. They are frequently outdoors in the most frigid conditions. The drive collected hundreds of pairs of new socks, plus underwear, which will be distributed by the Mission. Ms. Billie Brooks, Spanish teacher and moderator of the club, thanks the Prep Community for your kind contributions.
Prep's $25,000 Tuition Raffle is back!
The $25,000 Tuition Raffle prize can be used for any K-12 schools, colleges or universities, located and accredited in the U.S. Additionally, it can be used to pay back college loans! Only 1,000 tickets are available for sale at $100 per ticket. (500 tickets must be sold, or buyers will receive a full refund.) Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the scholarship and student enrichment programs at Fairfield Prep. The drawing will be held at the Spring Auction on Saturday, May 2, promptly at 10:30 p.m. at Alumni Hall on the Fairfield University campus. Winning ticket holder does not need to be present to win.
To purchase tickets for the raffle stop by Fairfield Prep's Development Office Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 p.m., call (203) 254-4237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More info available: www.fairfieldprep.org/raffle.
Christopher Specht '15 named Fairfield Prep’s DAR Good Citizen
Each year the Daughters of the American Revolution recognize one outstanding young person from each area high school. To be considered for DAR Good Citizen recognition a student must exhibit the qualities of dependability (defined as truthfulness, loyalty and punctuality), service (cooperation, courtesy and consideration for others), leadership (personality, self-control and ability to assume responsibility) and patriotism (unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation) – all to an outstanding degree. From Fairfield Prep, Chris Specht is this year’s DAR Good Citizen and he was recognized in a ceremony held on March 9 in Fairfield.On campus Chris is an outstanding student, among the very strongest in the Prep Class of 2015. Chris is a Summa Cum Laude Scholar, a National Merit Commended Student, an AP Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. Chris has dedicated his energies to furthering his interests in politics, government and current issues on a local, state, national and international level. In pursuit of this passion, he is founder and current President of Prep’s Model United Nations Club and Editor in Chief of Zeitgeist, the political newspaper of Prep’s Political Awareness Club. Chris shares his academic gifts on campus as a Peer Tutor and offers his energies to the community through service at the Kennedy Center and Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport. He has chosen to explore and deepen his faith by both experiencing and leading Kairos and through his role as a Freshman Retreat leader. In all areas of his life Chris serves as a fine example of the values and activities which epitomize a DAR Good Citizen.
Prep Continues to Build "Bridges" in 2015
Since February 2010, Fairfield Prep has been bringing a group of students to Tierra Blanca, El Salvador, during February vacation week. Tierra Blanca is a small village near Usulutan, located about 90 minutes from the country's capital city, San Salvador. While on this trip students, under the supervision of Prep faculty and administrators, lived as the El Salvadoran people live. They ate like they ate, slept like they slept, and worked like they worked. Prep students also met and heard the stories of a number of survivors from the country's civil war (1979-1992). A large part of this trip was visiting different villages, learning about the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero, visiting the University of Central America and other sights in San Salvador. There is a rich, Jesuit history in the country of El Salvador that Fairfield Prep's students who attended this trip experienced. The February 2015 trip was a great immersion trip for the participants. See slideshow and reflection below.
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Excerpt from a reflection written by Connor Bercik '16...
Faith, love and community are all very vibrant within El Salvadorians and I believe this is what drives them to live happily each and every day. Even though their conditions are beyond poor, they manage to maintain strength in their communities and survive because of this. This trip gave me many ways to experience these values: building fences for the community, experiencing the Christian-based communities, talking with Tierra Blanca residents, and much more. I could expand forever about the details on each and every moment, but I’d rather focus on the emotions within these moments and how that changed me. For instance, building fences was not for mere service, but rather was a way to bring all of us down to the level of the Salvadorians. Other members of the community saw us working and immediately offered help and tools to us. This moment displayed the purity of the Salvadorian spirit. Being a part of this showed me how kinship is very possible in any circumstance, and that we should not be afraid to expand our limits to others.
Freshmen host Field Day for Bridgeport school children
On March 12, freshmen began their journey as Men for Others by participating in their first official Prep service project, Freshman Field Day. This one day event is designed to expose freshman students to those with life circumstances somewhat different from their own. Freshmen were paired with elementary school students from Cathedral Academy of Bridgeport. They exchanged letters describing themselves with their new buddies before meeting them at Prep. The day was held in Fairfield University's Alumni Hall and Rec Plex Fieldhouse, and all of the students participated in parachute games, obstacle courses, football tosses and many more fun activities. The smiles show the positive feedback to a great day! See photos below and Prep You Tube!
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Tyler Bernier '15 and Quinn Pollard '15 named Evans Scholars
Pictured from left: (Front) Quinn Pollard '15 and Tyler Bernier '15; (Back) Dean of Guidance & College Advising Mr. John Hanrahan, Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, President Rev. John Hanwell, S.J., and Guidance Counselor Mr. Rick Hutchinson '87.
Tyler Bernier and Quinn Pollard recently were awarded the prestigious Charles “Chick” Evans Scholarship, a full four-year tuition and housing scholarship awarded to golf caddies. Tyler and Quinn both have caddied at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield for several years, and are the second and third Brooklawn caddies to receive this award, and the first ever from Fairfield Prep.
Tyler and Quinn were selected from over 750 applicants this year, following a formal interview in New York City with many representatives of the Western Golf Association. Selected recipients of the Evans Scholarship must have a strong caddie record, excellent grades, outstanding character and demonstrated financial need. Currently, 870 caddies are enrolled at 18 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 10,000 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.
In addition to their outstanding citizenship and success in the classroom, Quinn and Tyler have each made meaningful contributions to the Prep community:
In his Prep years Quinn has explored his interests and talents in initiating the MSG Varsity High School Cube program which presents live broadcasts of Prep sporting events to the community. He has further served the Prep community through the Cardinal Key Society, attended the Notre Dame Vision Christian Leadership program, participated in Prep’s Appalachia Mission trip, and served in junior year as a group leader for the Freshman Retreat. Quinn has reached out to the local community through service at the Wakeman Boys and Girls Club through the Keystone Club and coaching basketball, and currently volunteers in the after-school program at Riverfield Elementary School.
Tyler is a Magna Cum Laude honor student, member of the National Honor Society, and has served the Prep community as both a Peer Tutor and as a member of the Cardinal Key Society. Tyler participated in Prep’s Appalachia Mission trip. In junior year he was a group leader for the Freshman Retreat and in senior year he led a Kairos Retreat. Tyler is a four-year member of the golf team, elected captain for his senior season. He also played hockey while at Prep. He has volunteered with the Connecticut Storm Hockey program which assists special needs children and adults, and currently volunteers at Achievement First Academy in Bridgeport where he tutors children after school.
Congratulations to both Quinn and Tyler who will attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, this fall.