Notre Dame Vision continues to inspire Fairfield Prep students
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For the eighth straight summer Fairfield Prep sent a student and faculty contingent to South Bend, IN and participated in the Notre Dame Vision Conference for high school students. During the first summer Fairfield Prep participated (2008), five students participated with Mr. Gualtiere. This year we had 26 students and two faculty/staff members. This event is also part retreat as our students were able to explore their faith and prayer life, participate in small group discussion and reflection, listen to witness talks given by Notre Dame University students, and hear from guest speakers. Quoting from the Notre Dame Vision promotional material, “Notre Dame Vision is committed to helping young people recognize God's call in their lives and respond to that call with courage and faith.” There is an emphasis on allowing students to focus on their giftedness and how they can use their gifts to better the world around them. This is just one student’s perspective but does give us insight into the impact of this program:
ND Vision strengthens your relationship with God and deepens your faith. This was the second time I attended this retreat, and I gained even more out of it than I did the first time. ND Vision Plus allowed me to build upon what I already experienced while gaining new insight into myself. Although I knew what to expect, the results were even greater than anticipated. I was able to reflect more deeply about my life and relationship with God. I realized how I did change from last year to today. I am more aware of how God is guiding me through life and pray to Him more when I need assistance. The meetings and presentations made me understand my faith in a unique way. The experience of a deeper faith was truly remarkable. I feel closer to God after this retreat.
There is a hope that these students who participate in this program will get more involved with our Campus Ministry and Service programs. This experience has no meaning if our students do not incorporate the lessons learned into their daily lives. The Fairfield Prep community benefits on so many levels from this experience just in how our students and adults come back changed because of it.
A big thank you goes to Mr. Gualtiere, and Fr. Eagan, S.J., for leading the group this year. Sign-ups for next summer’s trip will begin in December 2015 so please be on the lookout for that information; space is limited. ND Vision is open to any student from any grade level. More information can be obtained from Mr. Gualtiere, Director of Campus Ministry.
Alumni Laxers Return for Annual Game
On June 6, Prep Alumni Lacrosse players returned to campus for their annual game. Amongst the attendees was a strong representation by the class of 2004. These Alumni Laxmen enjoyed themselves on the newly constructed Rafferty Stadium of Fairfield University, formerly Alumni Field. The beaming grandstands, the exciting jumbotron, and the freshly-laid synthetic turf made gameplay all the more action-packed!
The day featured reliving glory, reconnecting with teammates, and delicious sandwiches from A & S Fine Foods in Fairfield. In addition to the traditional pre-game prayer, attendees donated food to Operation Hope in observance of Prep's motto "men for others."
With the gorgeous, shining Rafferty Stadium as its host, its continued observance of God's presence, and its addition of a service component, the Annual Alumni Lacrosse game is poised to be a strong event for years to come on campus during spring time.
Special thanks to Kevin Cullinane '05 and Kevin Russell '04 who helped coordinate the event and facilitate the additions to the afternoon. See you all next year!
Christian Leadership Retreat trains Student Leaders
On June 4 the Campus Ministry Office sponsored a Christian Leadership Retreat and Workshop at the Incarnation Center in Ivoryton, CT. Students were recommended by faculty and staff members and then invited to apply. In the end, 28 students participated and contributed to this experience. The focus of this retreat is to afford the students the opportunity to name for themselves what leadership means to them and how they may apply their leadership skills in everyday life. The students spent time during this experience in dialogue with their peers. There is also opportunity to reflect individually on their leadership style. New this year students signed up for individual workshops focused on skill development. The workshop topics included: our motivation as leaders, giving a witness talk, facilitating small groups, leadership in the classroom and the Prep community and planning effective meetings. Students were introduced to the idea of Christian Leadership with Jesus’ own life as the example. Jesus’ leadership is service-oriented and the idea here is to think of how we can put others’ needs before our own. Students also participated in a high (zip line) and low ropes course where they worked as a team to accomplish tasks set for the by the Incarnation Center Staff. Students created leadership mission statements and these will be displayed in the new Campus Ministry space. As a way of following up with this student group, monthly meetings will be held which will continue to emphasize skill development and how the students are doing with their leadership mission statements.
The primary goal with this retreat is to get the students to think of leadership as a way of life. It is not only about being a retreat leader, a sports team captain, or club president or student government member. It is also about being a leader in the classroom, hallways, cafeteria, and home. Leadership does not have an on/off switch which we flip when it suits us but it is a part of our identity and what makes us different from other schools. Throughout the year Campus Ministry’s Student Leadership Team meets Mondays after school and during this upcoming year we will be discussing the highs and challenges of our Christian leadership; all students are welcome at these meetings. Our students need to know the adults of the community are there to support them daily in their leadership and not just when we need something out of them. A big thank you to the adults who assisted and contributed their time and talent: Brian Camus, Fr. Bill Eagan, SJ, Charlie DiCenso, Bob Ford, Jenn Mauritz, Rudy Mauritz, Matt Sather, and Jane O’Reilly. For more information about leadership opportunities at Prep including the Campus Ministry Student Leadership Team contact Elliott Gualtiere, Director of Campus Ministry.
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Alumni gather for Class Reunions!
Approximately 250 Alumni and guests attended the Fairfield Prep Reunion for classes ending in 0 and 5, held on June 13, 2015, at the Barone Campus Center. Guests attended a Mass concelebrated at the Egan Chapel by President Rev. Jack Hanwell, S.J., homilist Rev. Stephen Gleeson Jr. '55, Msgr. Andrew Varga '70, President-elect Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J., and Rev. Larry Ryan, S.J. A reception followed in the Oak Room and dinner was served in the dining room of the Barone Campus Center. The previous day, all alumni were invited to attend the Annual Golf Outing at Great River Golf Club, and Alumni Jam at Brennan's Shebeen in Black Rock which featured Prep alumni performing music. All enjoyed the action-packed weekend and reconnecting with Prep classmates.
NYC Business Breakfast features Dr. Robert Witt '58
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Alumni and friends enjoyed breakfast and an educational presentation by alumnus Dr. Robert Witt '58, current Chancellor of the University of Alabama System and former president of the University of Alabama. The event was held at the Union League Club in New York on June 9. Bob spoke about his career and management of the successful transformation of the university into becoming one of America’s fastest growing public universities and top-ranked academic institutions. In a Q & A session he answered questions regarding college trends, student athletes, academics and athletics.
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Prep Golfers enjoy Annual Outing!
Over 100 alumni, parents and friends of Fairfield Prep enjoyed a beautiful day of golf at Great River Golf Club in Milford on June 12 to support Prep's scholarship in honor of former head golf coach Roger Ratchford. The day consisted of friendly competition, great golf and a lot of Prep memories. A special thanks to the tournament committee chaired by John Chiota '86 and consisting of John Chiota '61, Kevin Foley '73, Tom Welch '83, Jim Butler '86, Alex Oracheff '94 and Kevin Kozlowski '99.
Special thanks to alumni who helped at the event: Ed Krygier ’60, Ron Grywalski ’65, Shawn McDonnell ’72, Ray McKelvey ’64 and Bob Anderson ’59. Also, thanks to Nestle Waters North America for the water on the course! Also, thanks to NEJ, Inc. and Ed Mascolo for the golf Shirts the players received.
The tournament was organized as a shamble and offered lunch and dinner. Most importantly, the group was able to raise money for Prep. Everyone is looking forward to this great event next year.
1st Gross – Cob Carlson ’71, Bill Fitzpatrick ’67, Paul Fitzpatrick ’70, Allen Stanczyk ’72
2nd Gross – John Chiota ’61, John Chiota ’86, Athan Crist ’78, Jim Butler ’86
3rd Gross – David Woodward ’91, John Bauman, Dan Ford, Finn Boyton
1st Low Net – Kevin Foley ’73, Carl Massaro ’73, Dan Pengue ’73, Bob Lyons ’73
2nd Low Net – Alex Oracheff ’94, Greg Chiota ’94, Richard Douglas ’93, Michael Brennan ’92
3rd Low Net – Bob Donahue '87, John Lucas '87, Chris Rotondo '86 & Rob Rotondo '86
Closest to the Pin –Tom Maxwell ’94
Longest Drive – Tom Maxwell ’94
Putting Contest Winner – Kevin Foley ’73
Peter Campbell '15 and Brendan Blees '15 win Rotary Service Above Self Scholarships
Pictured from left: Peter Campbell, Rotary Club Director Marjory Tracy, Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta and Brendan Blees
Prep seniors Peter Campbell and Brendan Blees recently received Fairfield Rotary Foundation scholarships, which are awarded to high school seniors who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service and exemplify the Rotary motto "Service Above Self." Scholastic achievement is also considered in the application process. The Fairfield Rotary Club is a member of Rotary International, an organization of business and professional people dedicated to humanitarian service and international understanding.
Peter Campbell has shared his many talents liberally with both the Prep community and the local community during his time at Fairfield Prep. His efforts have earned Peter the Rotary “Service Above Self” Scholarship for this service and for his extraordinary academic achievements. On campus Peter has served as a Peer Tutor, assisting fellow students with their academic success and has served as an Open House host. As President of Prep’s Spanish Honor Society chapter, Peter has organized a number of drives to benefit the needy in the local community. He has also shared his musical talents with KEYS, a local organization dedicated to bringing and teaching music in Bridgeport. Peter is an Eagle Scout whose project benefited Sherwood Island State Park. Additionally he has dedicated his energies to assisting at the Westport Senior Center and Bridgeport Hospital in the Pathology lab. Peter is an excellent student who will continue his studies at Johns Hopkins University beginning in the fall of 2015.
Brendan Blees has been awarded the Fairfield Rotary “Service Above Self” Scholarship by distinguishing himself for both his service to the community and by his scholarship. Brendan has been a standout in the area of service both on the Prep campus and in the surrounding community. On campus Brendan has served as a Peer Tutor, assisting fellow students with their academic success and he took on the extraordinary role as co-director of Prep’s Freshman Retreat this year. In the community Brendan’s service has qualified him for the Presidential Gold Service Award for the past three years for his numerous roles in local service. Brendan has participated in the Wakeman Boy and Girls Club Keystone Club and McKinley Mentoring program. His tremendous efforts resulted in Brendan being named Wakeman Boy of the Year. Brendan is a standout in his academic life at Prep and will continue his studies at the University of Michigan beginning in the fall of 2015.
Connor Jamison '15 is Wakeman Mentor of the Year
Connor Jamison '15 was one of two teens named Wakeman Boys & Girls Club’s “2015 Mentor of the Year” on June 15 at Wakeman’s Annual Kids Awards Night in Southport. The award recognizes teens for their volunteer service as a Mentor with the Wakeman Outreach at McKinley School. Connor volunteered more than 100 hours with his Mentee over two years, making a significant difference in his Mentee’s life. This year, more than 120 teens volunteered through the Outreach as Mentors, where they supported their elementary-aged Mentees academically, socially and with healthy habits. Connor will be attending Endicott College in the fall.
Fr. Jack Hanwell, S.J., honored at Farewell Reception
Members of the Prep Community attended a farewell reception for Fr Jack Hanwell, S.J., on June 7 at the Kelley Center, Fairfield University. Over 100 guests had the opportunity to extend their best wishes to Fr. Hanwell as he embarks on his new assignment as Socius of the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus.
Fairfield University President Fr. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., presented Fr. Hanwell with a special Apostolic Blessing issued by His Holiness Pope Francis. Additionally, Fr. Hanwell received an Official Citation issued by the State of Connecticut General Assembly from State Representative Laura Devlin P'10 and State Senator Tony Hwang.
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Nominations for St. Ignatius of Loyola Alumni Award will open September 1
Fairfield Prep will open nominations for the annual St. Ignatius of Loyola Alumni Award on September 1. The award will be given to recognize those alumni of Fairfield Prep who exemplify the characteristics that Prep seeks to instill in its graduates. Last year, the Prep Community recognized Mr. John Altieri '64, the late Mr. Dick McCarthy '64, and Monsignor Joseph Potter '46 for their extraordinary dedication to their faith and service to others.
Information about the online form will be announced, and the form will be available in September.
Please take the time to consider submitting a nomination for a worthy alumnus. Any questions, please contact the Director of Alumni Relations Austin Ryan '06 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-254-4237.
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The Class of 1965 gathered for an activity-filled reunion weekend May 29-31, beginning with a golf outing at Patterson Country Club, followed by a welcome reception at the Trumbull Marriott on Friday, and a breakfast, presentation and tour at Prep on Saturday morning. The classmates and guests attended Saturday evening Mass at Egan Chapel with principal celebrant President Fr. John Hanwell, S.J., and concelebrants Fr. Paul Holland, S.J., Fr. Bill Eagan, S.J., and Fr. Larry Ryan, S.J. The homilist was Fr. Thomas Fitzpatrick, S.J.
All enjoyed a delicious pig roast dinner held under a tent in Pelletier Quad. The Class of '65 made a $146,000 gift to Prep, which is the fourth largest gift from a 50th reunion class! Sunday events continued with breakfast at Prep and the 73rd Commencement at Alumni Hall, where the Class of 1965 processed with the Class of 2015 and received their golden diplomas. All attendees enjoyed reminiscing and reconnecting with their classmates.
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Senior pitcher Stone helps Fairfield Prep past Hall in state tournament
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Fairfield Prep baseball advanced in the state tournament Wednesday. The Jesuits defeated Hall in a close one, 3-2.
A big reason for the win was the guy the sent to the mound. Senior right-hander Kevin Stone did it with the glove and bat, knocking in a run with a first-inning double.
Stone is a four-year varsity player for Prep, which is very rare. He’s been getting some looks from big league scouts. He can hit 90 on the radar gun and has a 6-5 frame that he’ll grow in to.
Next year, the honors student will attend Harvard, and is already preparing for the Ivy League work load.
“It’s amazing. It’s kind of surreal still. I’m getting my summer workouts and writing placement exams all this summer, so it’s starting to hit me a little bit,” said Stone. “I’ve had a couple of scouts come to games and while that’s crazy to think about, it would take a significant draft selection, signing bonus, and what not to pull me away from Harvard.”
His team is back in action Thursday against Stamford.