Prep Pride Campus Store opens in Student Life Center
The new Prep Pride Campus Store has re-opened in the Student Life Center. Featuring a full array of Fairfield Prep spirit wear for men, women and children, gifts and accessories, the store is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 AM to 2 PM. The online store will reopen shortly.
All proceeds from the sale of items at Prep Pride benefit Prep. The store accepts cash, check, Visa, Mastercard and American Express. The Store Manager is Beth Enriquez P'06, '08, '10.
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Bellarmine Guild welcomes Prep Moms
The Bellarmine Guild, Fairfield Prep's club for mothers/guardians of students, sponsored a Welcome Back Coffee on August 27 in the new Student Life Center. Mothers had the opportunity to learn about and sign up for many of the club events throughout the school year. They also were welcomed by the new co-chairs Gail Golden P'16 and Lisa Kral P'16, '18 as well as new Prep President Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J., Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, and Dean of Enrollment & Marketing Greg Marshall.
Prep welcomes new Faculty and Staff
Fairfield Prep is pleased to welcome new faculty and staff members:
|Dr. Joseph Barreira – Last year, Dr. Barreira served as a part-time Spanish teacher during the second semester. He received his BA from Southern CT State University, his MA from Middlebury College, an MA from the University of Paris and a PhD from University of CT. Dr. Barreira has taught Portuguese, Spanish and French at the United States Air Force Academy, the Department of Defense Language Institute in Monterey, the University of Connecticut and at Greenwich Catholic Elementary School. He will be teaching Spanish and French at Prep.|
|Andrew Davenport '08 – Mr. Andrew Davenport is a 2008 graduate of Fairfield Prep. He received his BA from Kenyon College where he majored in English and minored in Art History. He comes to us from Brooklyn Jesuit Prep where he taught since 2013. Mr. Davenport will serve as Admissions Counselor and will assist Mr. Greg Marshall, Dean of Enrollment & Marketing.|
|Robert Fosse-Previs '87 – Mr. Robert Fosse-Previs is a 1987 graduate of Prep. He received his BA from Franklin Pierce University where he majored in graphic communications. Over the course of the years, he has taught art and music at St. Martin de Porres Academy, Milford Public Schools, Lauralton Hall and the Kennedy Center. He has also worked for many years as a graphic designer and now has his own company. Mr. Fosse-Previs will teach Art.|
Lise Heller – Mrs. Lise Heller comes to us from Denmark where she received her undergraduate degree and her master’s degree from the University of Copenhagen, and her Diploma of Education from the University of Southern Denmark. She has taught as a tenured teacher at a Danish high school. During the summer of 2006, she volunteered in a school for disabled children in Tonga and in 2007 in an orphanage for disabled children in Tanzania. Mrs. Heller will be teaching Algebra and Geometry.
|Ciro Romero – Mr. Ciro Romero is a native of Colombia where he received his BA from La Gran Colombia University in Bogota. He has taught Spanish for over ten years in elementary school through advanced adult education including Greenwich Catholic, Trinity Catholic, Fairfield Public Schools and Naugatuck Community College. Before teaching, he had a long career in Security Management and served as Head of Security operations in Colombia and Mexico for American Skandia Life. Mr. Romero will be teaching Spanish I and III.|
|Bret Stockdale, S.J. – Fr. Bret Stockdale, S.J., is no stranger to Fairfield Prep having served as a Theology teacher from 2008 to 2011 and subsequently having generously donated his time to support our retreat and service initiatives. He returns to us after serving in the University Chaplaincy program. Fr. Stockdale will replace Father Larry Ryan as Student Chaplain while Larry will become our Chaplain to the Alumni.|
|Patricia Schickler – Mrs. Patricia Schickler worked all last year as the ESL teacher for our Chinese students. She has returned this year to continue her academic support of these students.|
Prep's Freshman Class attends Orientation 2015
Freshmen arrived at Prep on August 24 to participate in a variety of activities, including attending homeroom, getting schedules and locker assignments, hearing information from speakers at the assembly, meeting new Prep President Fr. Tom Simisky, S.J., participating in a prayer service, and playing in the Freshman Olympics. See slideshow and YouTube videos: Freshman Olympics and Fight Song. Go Prep!
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Live out Prep's Mission Sept. 12-13 during National Weekend of Service
The Jesuit mission of Fairfield Prep and the Profile of a Graduate at Graduation call all members of our community to be "men for others." As Prep begins its 74th year, it is important to remind ourselves of our commitment to seeking the magis - to seek more in ourselves by helping those around us do the same.
Ipso facto, join fellow alumni throughout the United States to participate in Fairfield Prep's annual National Weekend of Service on September 12-13. We will renew our commitment to helping those less fortunate than ourselves alongside our Prep brothers in the spirit of brotherhood and compassion.
See the service options and information below. Click the links for more information. Please confirm your participation with the Prep Alumni Office at 203-254-4237:
- Saturday, September 12
- Sunday, September 13
- The Alumni Office is looking for service opportunities in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and a California based site. If you know of a site looking for volunteers, contact the Prep Alumni Office.
We look forward to seeing you as we ban together in service ad majorem dei gloriam! Any questions may be directed to Austin M. Ryan '06, Director of Alumni Relations, 203-254-4237.
Dear Prep Alumni, Families, and Friends,
We hope you are enjoying your summer. The Prep campus is fairly quiet now, but in just a few weeks, our school will once again be filled with the enthusiasm of 900 boys as they begin the 2015-16 school year. With the opening of school also comes the start of another season of Prep football. This season, like most for Prep football, is filled with high expectations. New leadership for the team is in place as former defensive coordinator Keith Hellstern takes over as head coach from the highly successful Tom Shea '73. In addition, the players have been working hard this off season to ensure that they are fully prepared to meet the demands of a schedule that matches Prep against some of the most competitive programs in the state.
But, perhaps the biggest excitement surrounding the upcoming season is the transition of the team’s practice field on the Barlow Road corner of campus from a natural grass surface to a synthetic turf field. The change in playing surface will offer a variety of benefits not only to the football team, but other Prep athletic teams as well. Resurfacing will accomplish the following:
- replicate actual playing conditions;
- reduce the risk of injury to our athletes;
- send a message to parents and potential students that Prep is serious about athletic competition;
- be the first step in a strategic assessment of all our athletic and extracurricular needs.
Work on the field transition started in mid-June thanks to seed capital from a small group of leadership benefactors. We are now asking for additional leadership support from Prep alumni, parents and friends to help us “cross the goal line” and complete funding for this project. Please take a few minutes to watch the videos below from Prep football coaches from the past and present as they discuss their endorsement of the Barlow Field project:
I hope you will become a leader and MAKE A GIFT to this important project today.
Larry Carroll '63
Vice President for Advancement
2015-16 Opening of School -Important Info
Dear Prep Parents:
I hope that your son is enjoying his summer vacation and that he returns to school well rested and ready to meet the challenges of another academic year. I would like to share with you several important pieces of information concerning the 2015-2016 academic year. This letter will also be posted on our website where you will be able to directly access all forms, registrations and fee payments through active links on the Prep website at www.fairfieldprep.org. Once on the homepage of the website, go to QUICKLINKS at the top of the page. Among the documents available are the following:
FORMS & DOCUMENTS
- HEALTH FORMS – State Health Assessment Record, Sports Physical Form, and Medication Order forms can all be printed, taken to your doctor, and then mailed to Fairfield Prep. Under Connecticut State Law, no student may take any medication during school (including the use of an inhaler) without specific authorization from a physician. A valid sports physical must be on file to participate in any sport at Prep.
- ATHLETIC FORMS & DOCUMENTS – This section includes documents for athletes and their parents. Participation in Prep athletics requires the reading of the documents and submission of the Online 2015-2016 Athletic Registration form.
- ACADEMIC FORMS & DOCUMENTS – Please review this year’s Student/ParentHandbook for the rules and regulations currently in effect. Also included in this section is the SAT Preparation Course Registration.
- TECHNOLOGY FORMS – In order for your son to be permitted to use our computer facilities and to have access to his accounts, you and he must return electronically an acknowledgment of the Computer Acceptable Use Policy found on our website.
- TRANSPORTATION & FEES – This section currently includes the forms for the shuttle bus and as appropriate, other special student activities (ACT Plan for sophomores, AP Exams).
WHAT’S NEW AT PREP?
- The Student Life Center
The new Student Life Center is scheduled to open before the start of student orientations on August 24. This state-of-the-art, technology-enriched, multi-purpose facility will feature a number of specialized, but functionally related spaces including:
- A dining/commons area to accommodate 450 students for lunch, and other functions such as school sponsored parent meetings, parent sponsored activities, sports dinner, faculty meeting, development events, class reunions, and any other school sponsored activities.
- Student Seminar Rooms
- The Prep Pride Store
- Office space to house:
- Mr. Andy Mancini, Assistant to the Director of Student Discipline and Dean of Operations
- Mr. Jon DeRosa, Director of Christian Service and Student Activities
- Campus Ministry which includes:
- Mr. Elliot Gualtiere, Director of Campus Ministry
- Father Bret Stockdale, S.J., Chaplain to the Students
A word of caution: McInnis Road ("Prep Alley") has been narrowed to two lanes. Please do NOT drop off your sons on this road as it will block the flow of traffic and will create a dangerous situation for students who are crossing the road to enter the Student Life Center.
- The Daily Time Order has changed:
All classes will begin prompty at 8:30 am and will end at 2:35 pm. Thus, students should arrive at school no later than 8:20 to be assured that they are in their classes ready to work by the 8:30 AM bell. Other changes in the schedule:
- The 60 minute period has been extended to 70 minutes. All science classes will meet daily, and all science labs will be held during the 70 minute period.
- There are only two lunch periods. Lunches will be designated by building rather than by class. Thus, class location will dictate the assigned lunch period.
The new regular time order is as follows:
|BERCHMANS||XAVIER / ARRUPE|
|1) 8:30 - 9:10||1) 8:30 - 9:10|
|2) 9:15 - 9:55||2) 9:15 - 9:55|
|3) 10:00 - 10:40||3) 10:00 - 10:40|
|4) 10:45 - 11:25||4) 10:45 - 11:25|
|L) 11:25 - 11:55||5) 11:30 - 12:40|
|5) 11:55 - 1:05||L) 12:40 - 1:10|
|6) 1:10 - 1:50||6) 1:10 - 1:50|
|7) 1:55 - 2:35||7) 1:55 - 2:35|
Buses will pick up and drop off in front of Alumni Hall. Since Loyola Drive will be only one lane in and out of the campus, parents are asked to continue to pick up and drop off their sons in the parking lot adjacent to the main entrance in Arrupe Hall.
- All exterior doors will be locked throughout the day. Students must use their ID cards to gain entrance to any door that has swipe card access.
- All visitors must enter the school through the main entrance in Arrupe Hall via the security buzzer system.
- Armed Public Safety officers will continue to monitor the exterior and interior of the University and Prep campus. We also have our own plainclothes armed security presence within the school.
- We continue to expand our security camera system to monitor all corridors, stairwells, key gathering places, points of access, and parking lots on a 24 hour basis. These cameras are tied into the communications system at the Department of Public Safety for the purpose of dual supervision and monitoring.
As I have said many times, all of our security measures can be overridden by one polite student who opens a door for a stranger. Please instill in your sons the importance of not opening doors for strangers and not propping open doors for classmates. Please remind them to bring their ID cards to school every day since it is required that their ID be on display throughout the school day.
Please visit our online bookstore to access links to our booklists, Summer Reading and Summer Assignments for all students, FAQs, and information on how to order textbooks from classbooks.com. Please note that the Fairfield Prep booklist for the 2015-2016 academic year will be posted on August 1, and all course books will be available for purchase at the Prep Bookstore, www.classbooks.com/frfld.asp. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Director of Student Discipline, Harold Davis, who is the contact person for the bookstore at email@example.com.
BLACKBOARD & NETCLASSROOM
At the end of August you will receive a mailing with instructions for logging into Blackboard and NetClassroom. Blackboard gives students and parents access to class information, homework, announcements, etc. NetClassroom allows parents access to progress reports and report cards. Please save this important document as you will need it throughout the year.
Please review/download the Important Dates for the 2015-2016 School Year. The Master Academic Calendar will be available for review August 18 on the Prep website. Here are a couple just to get the week started:
Monday, August 24...................Freshman Orientation
Tuesday, August 25..................Senior Retreat / Orientation
Wednesday, August 26............Sophomore / Junior Orientation
Thursday, August 27.................All Classes Begin
Our annual "Back-to-School" night will be held from 7 – 9 PM on Wednesday, September 9. During this evening, you will be able to meet your son’s teachers by attending an abbreviated version of his class schedule. Before the “Back-to-School" night, the Guidance Department will hold a special College Information Evening for parents of seniors from 5:30 to 6:30 in the Student Life Center.
OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES
- E-MAIL ACCESS - To access the e-mail address of any member of the faculty or staff use the first initial of the first name followed by the last name (no space) followed by @fairfieldprep.org. For example, Robert Perrotta is accessed through firstname.lastname@example.org. A full directory is available on the website under About Prep>Contact Us.
- IMPORTANT SUMMER TELEPHONE NUMBERS:
254-4200 Ext. 2239 Mr. Gregory H. Marshall, Dean of Enrollment and Marketing
254-4200 Ext. 2721 Dr. Robert A. Perrotta, Principal
254-4200 Ext. 2690 Dr. Donna Andrade, Academic Dean
254-4200 Ext. 2629 Ms. Madeline Namin, Registrar
254-4200 Ext. 2238 Mr. John Hanrahan, Dean of Guidance and College Advising
254-4200 Ext. 2880 Mrs. Kathy Krochko, Assistant Business Manager
254-4200 Ext. 2255 Mr. Elliott Gualtiere, Director of Campus Ministry
254-4200 Ext. 2247 Mr. John DeRosa, Director of Student Activities and Christian Service
254-4200 Ext. 2105 Mr. Thomas Curran, Director of Athletics
254-4200 Ext. 3375 Technology Help Desk
- ATHLETIC TRYOUTS - In order to participate in tryouts for any Prep sport, it is mandatory that the following information be submitted:
- Current valid physical
- Online registration for the specified sport
- Soccer: All candidates, freshman through seniors will begin practice on Thursday, August 27, at 3:00 pm on Grauert Field
- Football: Mandatory conditioning drills for all candidates will take place on Monday, August 17, at 2:30 pm on Barlow Field. These conditioning drills are required of all freshmen and all returning players. All candidates should bring shorts, tee shirt and cleats for conditioning practice.
- Cross-Country: All candidates, freshmen through seniors will meet for practice on Thursday, August 27, at 3:00 pm on the track area that surrounds Lessing Field. Be prepared to run!
- Crew: All candidates, freshman through senior are to meet on August 27 at 3:00 pm in the erg room in McAuliffe Hall.
- Sailing: Will meet in room B102 on August 27 at 3:00 pm for a pre-season meeting to go over the tryout process.
For up-to-date information of practice times and locations, consult the Fairfield Prep website at www.fairfieldprep.org >Athletics>Teams & Schedules. If you have any questions concerning our athletic programs or participation requirements, please refer to the Prep website or call our Athletic Director Mr. Curran at 254-4200, Ext. 2210 (email@example.com).
- TRANSPORTATION - Buses are provided for students residing in Fairfield. Their routes will be published in late August in the local newspapers and will be posted on the main bulletin board in Berchmans Hall at the end of August. The shuttle bus from the Fairfield RR Station will begin on Monday, August 25. To help defray the cost of shuttle bus transportation, a yearly fee will be charged. In order to receive a sticker, which will enable your son to ride the shuttle bus, you must enroll and pay online via the link on Forms & Documents. Shuttle Bus Fee Payment will be active in August. Your son will receive his sticker during the first week of school. If your son does not obtain a sticker, shuttle bus transportation will not be provided.
Shuttle buses to Fairfield Prep will leave from the Fairfield train station at the following times:
- 7:50 (one bus)
- 8:05 (two buses)
- 8:30 (one bus)
Student discounted train tickets MUST be purchased online through the Metro North web site. There is no longer a need to obtain a discounted student form from Prep to purchase a discounted ticket. Fairfield Prep submits its roster of students directly to Metro North. Please complete and submit the Metro-North Student Registration form.
- ORIENTATION SCHEDULES:
Student ID Cards are required for all students. Beginning at 8:00 am on the assigned orientation days, ID pictures will be taken in the Arrupe Lobby. Any student who dees not have a Prep ID care must have ID picture taken before departing from the orientation day. It is REQUIRED that students display their ID cards throughout the day. ID cards also serve as "swipe cards" allowing access to the buildings.
On orientation days, students report to homeroom promptly at 8:30 am where academic schedules and locker assignments will be distributed. Student homeroom information will be posted on the main bulletin board in Berchmans Hall.
- Freshman Orientation will take place on Monday, August 24 from 8:30 to 2:30 (lunch provided). Parents of freshmen are asked to drop students off in front of Arrupe Hall where they will be met by our upperclassmen leaders.
- Senior Orientation and Retreat will take place on Tuesday, August 25 from 8:30 to 12:30. Important: Bring your iPads.
- Sophomore/Junior Orientation will take place on Wednesday, August 26 from 8:30 to 12:15. Important: Bring your iPads.
Orientation Dress Code: For their orientation day, students may wear a collared polo shirt, casual pants/shorts (no jeans), and athletic footwear.
FIRST DAY OF CLASSES - Classes for all students begin on Thursday, August 27. The normal dress code is in effect for freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Seniors may substitute their class of 2016 polo shirt for the dress shirt and tie requirement from August 27 through September 11. Seniors will return to the normal dress code on Monday, September 14.
- ON-CAMPUS PARKING PERMITS - Permits for campus parking will be limited to designated area on campus. All juniors and seniors who wish to obtain a permit must follow this procedure in order to register: Report to the Security Office in Loyola with a license, Prep ID, car registration, and a check made payable to Fairfield University for $120.00. This must be completed by 3:00 pm, Friday, Sept.4 in order to obtain a permit. Unregistered cars will be ticketed beginning Sept.8.
- SENIOR SAT COURSE – The fall SAT course designed to prepare seniors for the October 3 SAT exam will begin on Sunday, September 13 according to the following schedule:
- Sunday, September 13 10-3
- Sunday, September 20 10-3
- Saturday, September 26 10-3
- Sunday, September 27 10-3
- Wednesday, September 30 SAT Practice Test 3-6:30, Academic Center
All classes will be held in Arrupe 103. Beginning August 3, you may enroll your senior sone online from the link above. The cost of the course is $250. The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 9.
- STUDENT RULES AND REGULATIONS – Please review the 2015-16 Student/Parent Handbook (available online) for the rules and regulations currently in effect: Allow me to highlight some areas of concern:
- DRESS CODE- Our dress code will be in effect from 8:25 to 2:35 in all areas of the Prep campus except the gymnasium and the weight room. No student may wear any outerwear within the school buildings (jackets, coats, etc.) Only sweaters, vests, and dress jackets are permitted to be worn over the dress shirt and tie. Sweatshirts are not acceptable outerwear and may not be worn in school. In addition, only certain styles of shoes will be considered acceptable. The dress code and several pictures that illustrate acceptable dress and shoe styles can be found at www.fairfieldprep.org/dresscode. Students who are not in dress code will face disciplinary sanctions.
- STUDENT ATTENDANCE- In order to receive academic credit for course work at Prep, students must meet a residency requirement. No credit will be granted in any full year course in which a student has more than 18 unexcused absences regardless of the student’s grade in the course. ALL ABSENCES are considered to be unexcused except those that are authorized by the school administration for school related activities (early dismissals for sports, attendance at retreats, etc.) or emergency medical reasons. All absences must be reported by the parent/guardian via the online Student Absence Report Form which must be completed by 10 AM for each and every day that your son will be absent (full day or part of the day).
- STEALING - Stealing the property of another is intolerable within the context of a Jesuit Catholic School of Excellence. Consequently, we will continue to enforce a zero-tolerance policy concerning stealing. Any student who steals the property of another student will be expelled from our community. We ask all students to put their names on their belongings and to secure them in their assigned lockers when they are not being used. Lockers must be locked at all times.
- CELL PHONES- Cell phones are not permitted to be used inside the Prep buildings during the school day (8:25 – 2:35) except for academic purposes under the direction of a teacher or administrator or in the cafeteria. Any cell phone seen in the possession of a student during the school day will be confiscated, and the student will be subject to the following disciplinary sanctions:
- First Offense one day detention
- Second Offense two days detention
- Third Offense parent must pick up the cell phone from the Director of Student Discipline.
- ACADEMIC INTEGRITY (Cheating) - The Academic Integrity Policy is strictly enforced. Please review this policy with your son so as to avoid any misunderstandings on the procedures that are followed when an breach of the policy occures.
- STUDENT DIRECTORY: Fairfield Prep’s Student Directory is online. The online version of the directory provides enhanced search options. You are able to search on several different parameters, including last name, first name, town, parents, etc. The online Student Directory is updated as soon as a change is reported to the registrar. Please note that accessing the Student Directory page requires the use of a password. (The password was sent in the email to parents.) Please note also that the Student Directory information resides in a secure area of the website. Information provided in the Student Directory is intended solely for the legitimate, personal use by enrolled students at Fairfield Prep, and for professional use by employees of Fairfield Prep. All other uses of the information provided in the online Student Directory are strictly prohibited, including but not limited to any commercial use, any political use, any distribution of the information by any means to any third party, and any use of the information that is inconsistent with its stated purpose.
- BELLARMINE GUILD AND FATHERS' CLUB: The Bellarmine Guild (mothers) and Fathers' Club are comprised of parents/guardians of currently enrolled Prep students. Please visit the Prep website to learn more about the events they sponsor, their calendars, and how you can get involved.
As you can see, although it is only July, we are all busily preparing for the start of school. If you have a question concerning any of the enclosed materials, please do not hesitate to call the appropriate office any time after Monday, August 10.
May you have a restful and enjoyable summer.
Robert A. Perrotta, JD, EdD
Student Art Show is named for the late Louis A. Saracco Jr.
The annual end-of-year Student Art Show was dedicated to the memory of the late Louis A. Saracco Jr., beloved social studies teacher. Lou inspired many students in the lifelong love of art. He served with distinction not only as an educator but as a friend, colleague and mentor to thousands of students and members of the Prep community from 1959-2009. Pictured from left: Steve Jakab Jr. ’84, George Holmes ’65 and Tim Murphy ’85.
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Chicago Alumni Bid Fond Farewell to Fr. Hanwell
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On June 15-17, Fr. Hanwell, S.J., made his annual and final visit to Chicago as president of Prep to visit with alumni and friends, and thank them for their years of enthusiastic support. At a dinner held downtown on Monday, Fr. Hanwell was presented with a personalized Blackhawks jersey. The timing couldn’t have been better as the hometown team captured the Stanley Cup later that night! On Tuesday evening, Fr. Hanwell welcomed alumni and guests to a cocktail reception and toasted the continued success of the Prep Chicago alumni chapter.
Dear friends, students, and colleagues,
It is with great pleasure that I write to you as President of Fairfield Prep. I feel honored to be part of our mission in Jesuit secondary education, and especially blessed to have met so many of you this past year.
I cannot imagine a better transition, having the chance to facilitate Prep faculty retreats for two years prior to my arrival, teaching Spanish and working with the administration beginning last August, and serving as a Jesuit priest here at many Masses, retreats, and extracurricular events. After the public announcement of my appointment in January, I visited other Jesuit schools and conferences around the country to learn their best practices. These experiences all cause me to rejoice in gratitude for what we share at Fairfield Prep.
We spend our days doing meaningful work within a community marked by its strong sense of fellowship and generosity. The Grad at Grad presents goals not only for our students, but ones that all of us as educators, parents, and alumni strive to attain. To thrive as an institution is to continually ask ourselves, “How can we be more open to growth, intellectually competent, loving, religious, and committed to doing justice?”
So many times this past year I have witnessed Grad at Grad ideals in action: families welcoming one another at S.E.E.D. events, parents sharing meals after games with players from opposing teams, committed teachers learning new technology and pedagogical techniques to reach their students in creative ways, fine arts performances that weave a multitude of talents into a unified production, coaches who put in countless hours to model how true love and sacrifice can be cultivated through sports, students courageously sharing life stories with one another on Kairos retreats, and alumni who regularly return to be renewed in their “Prep Brotherhood.”
God, the source of all that is good, is present in these life-giving expressions of gifts received. There is much for which we have to be grateful. With opportunities come challenges and responsibilities. We must never lose our focus on developing transformative leaders who will engage the troubles of our world in constructive, faith-filled ways. Hope for a world of peace and justice has to be infused into the projects we embark upon and everything we communicate to these young men. We challenge them, because we know that the challenges of our global context are great. Our confidence comes from knowing that God’s redeeming love surpasses all.
The president of any non-profit institution functions as its chief executive officer and head fundraiser, setting strategic goals and ensuring sufficient resources are assembled to meet those objectives. My role at Fairfield Prep is no different, and I enthusiastically undertake this responsibility because I am convinced in the value of our mission. At the same time, I view my moral obligation as head of a Jesuit work to be that of pastor to this extended Prep family, both in terms of pastoral presence and as one to shepherd us forward as we discern future growth beyond our coming 75th anniversary.
I encourage us to deepen our commitment as a learning, discerning, apostolic community through prayer and collaboration. And I invite you to participate in some Prep event you haven’t yet attended, appreciating the many facets of our school. See you soon around the halls, fields, and theater of Fairfield Prep.
Rev. Thomas M. Simisky, S.J.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam – For the Greater Glory of God
Alumni Jam Kicks Off Reunion Weekend
On June 12, Prep Alumni musicians performed at Brennan's Shebeen in Black Rock for the Annual Alumni Jam. This event was an excellent start to the Reunion Weekend as over 60 years of alumni were on hand.
The evening featured Mark Vossler '89 with an opening solo act on the acoustic guitar. Following Mark was the impromptu trio of Dan Carlucci '98 and Rob Maresca '00 on guitar and vocals, and Chris Adams '11 on the drums. The three wowed all as this was their first time performing together, most impressive was their cover of The Beatles' "Hey Jude".
Alumni, current parents, and friends of Prep all enjoyed drink and appetizer specials, and excellent musical performances. Special thanks to Mike Brennan '92 of Brennan's Shebeen for hosting the event. We look forward to continuing this rising tradition as part of Reunion weekend.
Alumni Baseball Game Punctuates Reunion Weekend
On June 14, Prep Alumni Baseball players returned to campus for their annual game. This game was an excellent conclusion to the Reunion Weekend as over 50 years of alumni were on hand. These Alumni enjoyed themselves on the beautiful Alumni Diamond of Fairfield University. The beaming bleachers, the fresh-cut grass, and the sounds of metal and leather snapping made the afternoon all the more action-packed!
The day was extremely eventful: retired coach Ed Rowe '59 sharing stories; head coach Rudy Mauritz '94 operated the pitching machine and provided color commentary; alumni reconnected with teammates; and John Pellegrino '87 of Super Duper Weenie in Fairfield sponsored fresh hot dogs and burgers. Added to the program was an opening prayer, celebrated by Fr. Larry Ryan, S.J., and attendees donated Stop & Shop gift cards to sponsor the Merton House Food Pantry. These additions helped observe Prep's mission and motto "men for others."
With the historic Alumni Diamond as its host, its added observance of God's presence and a service component, the Annual Alumni Baseball game is set to be a strong event to cap reunion weekend for years to come. Special thanks to Coach Rowe, Coach Mauritz, John Pellegrino, and Fr. Ryan, who helped coordinate the event and facilitate the additions to the afternoon. See you all next year!
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.