"What Fairfield Means to Me" Video Among Essay Contest Winners
At 75, Fairfield’s greatest legacy lies in the impact it has had on our students, faculty, staff, alumni and Jesuits. To learn firsthand how Fairfield has made a difference in the lives of our community members, Nancy Dallavalle, Vice President for Mission and Identity, sponsored a contest seeking answers to the question: “How did Fairfield shape who you are?”
All Fairfield community members were invited to submit essays, videos or artwork this spring. As of the deadline on April 21, the committee was thrilled to have received over 50 thoughtful, personal responses from all areas. Three judges then began the difficult job of narrowing the entries to eight winners.
This past Monday, Nancy Dallavalle and contest judges honored the winners at a reception in Bellarmine’s Great Hall, where each received a $250 prize.
- Lori Boccuzzi ’06 shared a poignant essay about the death of her father who said in his last days, “The fact that we both went to Fairfield - that will always be our special memory.”
- Abigail Corning MBA ’16 expressed how secure she felt on campus and appreciated the balance between its serenity and the constant stimulation that campus has to offer.
- Nicole Rosania ’20 created a video about her journey at Fairfield and how far she has come already since she moved to campus last fall.
- Jeanne Di Muzio wrote an essay about her 27-year career at Fairfield and how each position in Student Affairs, and beyond, holds memories of special people, from RAs to Jesuits to students and alumni.
- Christine Ducey ’19 expects her transformation to continue after graduation when she can make the world better because of her Fairfield University education.
- John Falzone, P’06 shared how the relationships with Jesuits, colleagues, and most of all students in his role as mentor, has meant the most to him.
- Maura Hegley ’90, P’20 said whe wouldn’t be the person she is today without Fairfield University; her family, and her Fairfield family, have become one and the same.
- Anna Kamradt ’19 explained how transferring to Fairfield was the best decision she has made and that she would not be the individual she is today without the University.
- An Honorable Mention was given to Rev. Thomas J. Fitzpatrick, S.J., for “The Presence,” a poem he wrote on the occasion of Fairfield's 75th anniversary.
Nancy Dallavalle concluded the ceremony by commenting that the “interest and enthusiasm for ‘A Fairfield vocation’ by all our participants speaks strongly of the promise of Fairfield’s future!”
In the coming weeks and months, all the contest responses will be featured in various communications as we celebrate the positive and creative force of this institution’s history.
View some pictures of the awards ceremony.
See all the anniversary-related activities and recordings of special events at our 75th anniversary website.
Pictured above is one of the contest winners, Lori Boccuzzi '06, at right with a guest.
The contest was sponsored by the Lilly Foundation Inc., through a Council of Independent Colleges NetVUE Vocation Grant.
Nicole Rosania ’20: Watch the video Nicole created