Four Fulbrights for CAS

Three College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) students and one faculty member received prestigious Fulbright Scholarships in 2012.

Erin Eife ’12, of West Chester, Penn., traveled to Ireland after graduation in May. Eife double-majored in politics and sociology, with minors in both Irish studies and peace and justice studies. She aspires to a career in criminal justice. Her Fulbright will allow her to study the country’s proactive programs of re-integration of women prisoners into Irish society.

Julianne Whittaker ’12, of Acton, Mass., headed to Jordan with an English Teaching Assistantship. Whittaker double majored in international studies and economics at Fairfield. She spent fall 2010 studying at the University of Jordan, where she also interned with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees. She will work to foster better understanding between citizens of the Arab world and Americans.

Kathryn Bimson ’12, of Montauk, N.Y., traveled to Thailand where she plans to integrate her interests in biodiversity into teaching English to students. Bimson majored in biology with a peace and justice studies minor.

A stand-out biology professor at Fairfield, Dr. Brian Walker won his first Fulbright Fellowship to study stress physiology in the green saltator, a small singing bird that is being affected by the rampant development now prevalent in Brazil.

Board Meetings


  • CAS held two joint board meetings last year with the School of Nursing (SON) and the Charles F. Dolan School of Business (DSB). The joint CAS/SON meeting focused on developing plans to integrate health and applied science initiatives that will continue to distinguish Fairfield as a provider of excellent preparation for pre-health professionals. The joint CAS/DSB meeting discussed “reciprocal integration” of business and liberal arts education.
  • CAS faculty received many prestigious grants, including a $380,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to enhance the “Broadening Access to Science Education” program led by Dr. Shelley Phelan, associate professor of biology. Dr. Glenn Sauer, associate professor of biology, received a grant of $171,000 for “God and Modern Biology: Educational Enrichment in Science and Religion for Catholic Parish Leaders” from the John Templeton Foundation.
  • The “International Year of Chemistry” celebration at Fairfield included an alumni gathering at which Fairfield graduates from all decades shared their professional journeys with current students. The event was a collaboration between the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Science Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Career Planning Center, and the Western Connecticut Section of the American Chemical Society.
  • The Psychology Department hosted the 51st Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association, which brought more than 500 scholars and practitioners from around the region to present their research. Several Fairfield students presented research. Dr. Judy Primavera, professor of pyschology, served as chair for the highly successful meeting.