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Celebrating Fairfield’s 75th Anniversary A Proud Past, An Amazing Future

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Celebrating Fairfield’s 75th Anniversary 1941 The Jesuits buy the Mailands 76-acre estate from Oliver Gould Jennings for approximately $42,000 to establish their new school. Early in 1942, they purchase the 105-acre Lashar Estate, which includes Hearthstone Hall (now Bellarmine) for $68,500. 1942 Rev. John J. McEleney, S.J., is given a new assignment: Head of a soon-to-beestablished Jesuit educational institution in Fairfield, Conn. MARCH 17, 1942 Rev. John J. McEleney, S.J., and his Jesuit brothers create Articles of Association and By-Laws for an institutional entity for both high school and college-level education: The Fairfield College of St. Robert Bellarmine. This is the beginning of both Fairfield College Preparatory School and Fairfield University. 1947 First class of 303 male students admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences.

1970 Women are admitted to all undergraduate programs at Fairfield University. 1971 Bannow Science Center is constructed. 1977 The School of Nursing is completed.

1979 The School of Continuing Education is established. The Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex is completed.

1990 The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is completed.

1990 The Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola is completed.

1947 Berchmans Hall and Xavier Hall are opened. The Glee Club performs its first concert. Rev. Victor Leeber, S.J., founds the cross country team, the first team sport at Fairfield.

1995 The Thomas J. Walsh Athletic Center is constructed.

1950 The first graduate school classes are held on a coeducational basis.

1999 The School of Engineering is established as its own school.

1951 Fairfield University celebrates its first commencement, with 210 graduates receiving diplomas and 4,000 guests in attendance.

2000 The School of Business is named to honor Cablevision founder, Charles F. Dolan.

1955 Loyola Hall is constructed as a muchneeded residence hall for the growing student population. 1963 The Fairfield Rugby Team becomes the first club sport team. 1968 Nyselius Library is built. It is renovated and renamed DiMennaNyselius Library in 2001.

2009 Fairfield’s mascot is officially named “Lucas” in honor of long-serving financial administrator William B. Lucas, and a large bronze statue of a stag is erected in his honor in the quad. 2010 The Bellarmine Museum of Art opens its doors; it was recently renamed the Fairfield University Museum of Art. 2015 Rafferty Stadium construction is completed. 2016 Groundbreaking ceremony held for the Center for Nursing and Health Studies, home to the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies. Grand opening of the fully-renovated RecPlex.

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Rev. James H. Dolan, S.J., formerly the provincial, becomes the second rector and president of the college.

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Rev. William C. McInnes, S.J., becomes the fifth president of Fairfield University.

Rev. Thomas R. Fitzgerald, S.J., becomes the sixth president of Fairfield University.

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Rev. Joseph D. Fitzgerald, S.J., becomes the third president of Fairfield University.

Rev. James E. Fitzgerald, S.J., is appointed the fourth president of Fairfield University.

Alumni House is completed.

2006 The Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center is completed, a state-of-the-art administration building and welcoming center.

Rev. John J. McEleney, S.J., is appointed as the first president of Fairfield University.

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Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., is installed as the seventh president of Fairfield University.

Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., is installed as the eighth president of Fairfield University.

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The first college administration and faculty in 1947 was comprised of 11 Jesuits and four lay associates. Fairfield’s Jesuit priests and faculty continue to play an integral role in the lives of current students and alumni. S U N DAY New Year’s Day Solemnity of Mary

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Student-Athlete Talent Show

Mock Interview Day

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From the Streets of the Bronx to the Courts of the US Open, The James Blake Homecoming

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The Bellarmine Society Many individuals have created a lasting legacy assuring the future of Fairfield and its Jesuit mission by including the University in their estate plans. They are recognized as members of the Bellarmine Society.

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The Queen of the Prom is announced at the 1957 Junior Prom, which later became the Dogwood Dance. Since 2003, the President’s Ball, a main event of the fall semester, has been held under a big tent behind Bellarmine Hall. S U N DAY

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Stag Pride Day In February, the Student Alumni Association hosts Fairfield’s annual “Stag Pride Day!” This day gives students the opportunity to express their school spirit – from signing a “Once A Stag, Always A Stag” banner, to taking a photo with Lucas, or by giving back through monetary donations – it’s all about showing why they’re proud to be a Stag!


March

Fairfield students cheer on their fellow Stags in this photo from the 1960s. Today, the Fairfield University Cheer and Dance teams perform at many events on and off campus. S U N DAY

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STAGiving Day & Fairfield Awards Dinner Two signature fundraising events promoting the importance of giving back to Fairfield students. STAGiving Day 2017 – make a gift in honor of our 75th birthday and set a new donor and dollar record! Fairfield Awards Dinner – over $16 million has been raised for student scholarships since 1988.

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STAGiving Day Make a gift to celebrate our 75th birthday! Biology Lecture Series, IMO Dr. Donald J. Ross, Sr.

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Don’t miss our annual gala in NYC.

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The Fairfield University Glee Club performed its first concert under the direction of Dr. Simon Harak in 1947. The Glee Club, under the direction of Carole Ann Maxwell, D.S.M., is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2017 with a gala concert at the Quick Center on April 8. S U N DAY

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Did you know that over 10% of Fairfield alumni marry a fellow Stag? Alumni couples have one thing in common; they met and fell in love because of Fairfield University.

Fairfield in Focus, An Admitted Student Open House & Legacy Event

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Phi Beta Kappa, Zeta Chapter chartered in 1995

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Fairfield University celebrated its first commencement in June 1951. The ceremonies took place at the band shell on Alumni Field. Commencement is now held on Bellarmine Hall lawn the third Sunday of each May. S U N DAY

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F R I DAY Cinco de Mayo

S AT U R DAY Final Exams

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Senior Week 50th Reunion Class of 1967

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67th Commencement

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50th Reunion Class of 1967 GSEAP – 51st Reunion

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Memorial Day

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50th Reunion Each May, the 50th Reunion Class is celebrated and inducted as Golden Stags. Over 2,100 alumni are members of the Golden Stags.

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Seniors enjoy a special dinner at the Senior Banquet in 1953. Each spring, the Dolan School of Business hosts an etiquette dinner for students to enhance their professional style in preparation for their careers after Fairfield. S U N DAY

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The Allen Society Founded in 2015, The Allen Society, named in honor of Fr. Charles Allen, University Chaplain and Special Assistant to the President, recognizes Fairfield alumni, parents and friends who make a financial gift for two or more consecutive years.

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Time is running out to make your annual gift to Fairfield this fiscal year. Please make your gift this month!

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Fairfield’s Fiscal Year ends – have you made your annual gift yet?

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Courtesy Fairfield Museum & History Center.

Since the 1950s, the beach area has been a focal point for fun and relaxation. ‘The Naut,’ a popular hangout through the 1980s is now called The Seagrape or, “The Grape,” and remains a big draw for students and alumni to gather together.

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Fairfield Legacy Association Fairfield University’s legacy families consist of students and alumni whose family members attended or currently attend Fairfield. Throughout the year, a number of special programs help legacy families stay in touch with Fairfield and one another.

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August

Beginning in the 1960s, Fairfield’s Orientation consisted of activities designed to build class spirit, including a tug of war over Bellarmine Pond. Orientation is still an important component of the new student experience. S U N DAY

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Student Alumni Association The mission of this organization is to strengthen the connection between students and alumni by promoting the importance of giving back to Fairfield. It offers networking opportunities with alumni, organizes community service projects and educates students on the impact and tradition of giving back.

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From a few hundred students in 1966 to over 1,000 students in the Class of 2020, Move-in Day still remains an exciting and emotional time for first-year students and their families. S U N DAY

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The Fairfield Fund & The Parents Fund These two fundraising priorities are critical to Fairfield. Gifts are used immediately to provide our students with financial assistance as well as strengthen student life, career services and other programs.

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Homecoming has always been a major fall event on campus. Now each October, thousands of alumni and family members come to campus for Alumni & Family Weekend’s StagFest, athletic competitions, exhibits and fun for all. S U N DAY

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Alumni & Family Weekend Alumni and parents return to campus for Alumni & Family Weekend’s traditional events such as networking panels, alumni and varsity sporting events and the Taste of Fairfield.

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Service has always been a central component of Fairfield’s mission. In 1969, 40 students who participated in a service project in rural Kentucky, were cited in a letter from President Nixon. Fairfield’s students continue to participate in many service learning opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. S U N DAY

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Friends of Fairfield Athletics Gifts support the Athletics Department and the daily activities of our teams. Funds are put to use immediately to meet program needs such as travel, equipment improvements and technology as well as staffing and recruiting enhancements.

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During exams, life on campus can get a bit stressful. There’s no better way to take a break than by building a snowman in the Quad, like these students in 1967. Today’s students unwind at Midnight Breakfast, which is served by faculty and staff. S U N DAY

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The President’s Circle Alumni, parents and friends of the University whose leadership giving and enthusiastic commitment to Fairfield set an example and inspire others. As our thank you for their generosity, they receive exclusive invitations and presidential communications. You can join by making an annual gift of $1,000 or more.

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T H U R S DAY Last month to make your calendar year-end gift to Fairfield.

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S AT U R DAY Glee Club Concert

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