The University launches Fairfield Rising: A Call to Action — the most comprehensive fundraising effort in Fairfield’s history.

The University launches Fairfield Rising: A Call to Action —  the most comprehensive fundraising effort in Fairfield’s history.

Fairfield Rising: A Call to Action — the most comprehensive fundraising effort in the University’s history — was officially launched at a celebratory dinner reception on the lawn of Bellarmine Hall on Sept. 30.

The goal of the campaign is to raise $160 million by 2017 — funds that will be used for a variety of University priorities, but primarily to increase the endowment for student financial aid and faculty chairs; infrastructure projects like a new facility for nursing and health sciences and renovation to the Leslie C. Quick Recreation Center; and for the development of new programs, to name but a few priorities.

It comes at a time when the University has embraced a new Strategic Plan — Fairfield 2020. That plan — which is broad in scope — is a blueprint for what Fairfield University will become in the next several decades and it includes a number of recommendations, such as increasing the number of part-time and non-traditional students; bringing new academic programs to market more swiftly; improving the IT and communications infrastructure; and more hybrid and online learning opportunities for students. The plan calls for the University to grow in a number of areas, particularly in part-time and graduate programs.

As President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J.  said during his remarks at the launch event, “We need to expand the foundation beneath our feet so that we can build the programs and structures that meet the needs of today’s — and tomorrow’s — students,” and the campaign will provide the support for that growth.

The “silent” or leadership phase of the University’s campaign that spanned prior months was significantly supported. As of the Sept. 30 event, Fairfield Rising had raised over $115 million, thanks to generous donors, many of them gathered in the tent for the celebration.
Fr. von Arx quoted an early Jesuit educator, “The proper education of our youth will mean the transformation of the whole world,” and added,  “Such a straightforward sentiment, yet what a profound and clear statement of belief.”

“That was over 450 years ago, and yet that statement is as true today as it ever was.” Fr. von Arx continued, “Tonight we are here to celebrate Fairfield University’s place in that miraculous tradition. In our 75 years, we have formed men and women to be leaders, who have gone out into the world to transform it for the better.”

During the celebration, former Fairfield University Trustee William P. Egan ’67 and his wife Jacalyn announced a $10 million gift to Fairfield. The foundational gift will serve as the cornerstone of support for the new integrated nursing and health studies initiative.  The University’s nursing school will be named the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies in honor of Mr. Egan’s mother. Ground breaking for the expanded health sciences facility is expected in the spring.

It was also announced that University Trustee Robin Kanarek BSN ’96 and the Kanarek Family Foundation will be making a leadership gift to found the Kanarek Center for Palliative Care Nursing Excellence, which would be housed in the Egan School and is the first of its kind in the country.

University Trustee John Meditz’ 70, a speaker at the event, made a donation of $10 million to the campaign during the silent phase last year, targeted toward the $22 million renovation of the University’s Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex. That work is underway and expected to be completed in August of 2016. One of the University’s new student residence halls was recently named Meditz Hall in his honor. Another project that has already benefited from the Fairfield Rising campaign is Rafferty Stadium, a lacrosse and sports stadium supported chiefly by Larry Rafferty ’64 that was completed last year.

“They say timing is everything and I consider it a tremendous honor to be the chairman at this time,” said the new chairman of the Board of Trustees, Frank Carroll ’89 as he addressed the crowd at the launch.  “As we approach the 75th anniversary, a landmark moment in our history, and as we take this step together as a community to advance Fairfield — helping us to reach a new level of excellence — and position ourselves to be a leader in Jesuit higher education for the 21st century.”

Fundraising campaigns have played a significant role in the growth of Fairfield in pastyears. About 25 years ago, the University’s first campaign — The Campaign for Fairfield — provided the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola, the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts and the property that would become the Dolan Campus — all integral to the Fairfield community.  In September 2000, the University launched Our Promise: The Campaign for Fairfield, through which facilities and programming were expanded. As a result of that effort, the University grew with the additions of the Dimenna-Nyselius Library as it is now; the development of the Rudolph F. Bannow Science Center; expansion of the John A. Barone Campus Center; the construction of the Thomas J. Walsh Athletic Center and the completion of the Dolan School of Business.  Most importantly, that campaign more than doubled the University’s endowment, allowing Fairfield to further support students, faculty and programs.

The current campaign comes at a time when Fairfield’s profile continues to rise, as reflected in a number of recent national publications.  Earlier this year, U.S. News and World Report published their annual rankings and for the 25th consecutive year, Fairfield University has ranked in the top 5 percent for regional universities in the Northeast, granting Masters degrees. Fairfield also ranked 3rd among regional institutions for Best Undergraduate Teaching, a strong testament to the caliber of education students receive.

“Fairfield has entered a period of profound growth and transformation as we are pivoting to meet the emerging needs and demands of today’s students,” said University Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kevin P. Lawlor ’79, P’17,’19.

“As our programs develop, we see increased applications in our undergraduate and graduate populations, and as that continues I expect we will see our national and regional reputation grow as well.”

Fairfield Rising kicked off its national tour with a campus event for students

On August 28, President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. shared the campaign vision and plans for on-and-off campus events with the University community. Over 300 student leaders, faculty and staff attended the event to share in the fun and excitement of the day. The program included a student welcome, limited edition t-shirt giveaway and the first-ever sneak peak of the new Lucas the Stag.

“Today was awesome,” said Zoe Ferranti ’17 about the Fairfield Rising community kick-off event. “A lot of energy and a lot of excitement. I’m really proud to be a Stag.”

Other campaign trail regional events, called Fairfield Rising On the Move, took place in Hartford, Conn., New York, N.Y., Chicago, Ill., Washington, D.C. and Boston, Mass. The culminating campaign event was Alumni & Family Weekend, Oct. 23 -25 on campus, where The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards and Matt and Kim gave a sold-out concert at Rafferty Stadium among many activities. Over 3,000 alumni, parents and friends returned to campus for the weekend.

Opportunity that opens doors to the world

Many of Fairfield’s alumni are the first in their families to attend college and come from diverse social and economic backgrounds. And many of our alumni were only able to attend our University because generosity towards Fairfield made it financially possible.

Doors were opened, careers, families and life-long friendships launched, in the spirit of the magis — doing more for others. At the same time, we seek to attract top students through merit awards and other scholarships that will support them in their academic research and studies. These awards build Fairfield’s reputation as a destination University for students of unique promise and ability.

Major economic shifts across the country have significantly impacted the affordability of a college education. To address this reality, increasing scholarship is a key University priority.

Jesuit education has always been inspired by this vision — to form men and women to become leaders. Providing a world-class education to men and women regardless of their circumstances is a proud Fairfield tradition. It is in our DNA.

Your Impact:

Providing scholarships to worthy students who need assistance to achieve their potential. Endowing a scholarship will create a legacy because your gift will live in perpetuity and add value to the lives of hundreds of students through an education that would otherwise be out of reach. Your gift will make it possible to attract excellent young men and women and will allow us to be true to our tradition and character for generations to come.

Leadership In Academic Excellence

Fairfield faculty and students are working to improve the world. Providing fresh water to the developing world; helping to save the sea turtles of Brazil; contributing to the search for a cure for cancer; and improving our local parks and beaches. These are just a few examples, and they couldn’t be doing this without you.

Our donors have high expectations for Fairfield University. Fairfield’s capacity to make a significant contribution to the sciences, humanities, economy and community wellbeing is directly linked to the quality of our faculty and academic programs. This impact is made possible by the generosity of alumni, parents and friends.

Philanthropy has long been the catalyst that enables Fairfield to provide undergraduate and graduate research fellowships, fund specific programs and support growth in academic disciplines.

In a world of rapid accelerated change, we must ensure that we continue to prepare men and women for the 21st century.

Your Impact:

Endowing professorships means attracting and retaining world-class scholars who teach with passion. Doing so will solidly anchor Fairfield as a leader in the renewal of Jesuit education and continue to raise the visibility of the University nationwide. Funding required research means developing world-class academic programs in business, healthcare, engineering, education, the sciences, and the arts so that Fairfield will remain a cutting-edge place of learning.


Leaders in Healthcare Locally. Nationally. Globally.

Tomorrow’s healthcare system will rely on greater interdisciplinary inquiry, innovative problem solving, and collaborative leadership development across multiple areas of expertise.

With the support of alumni, parents and friends, Fairfield University’s Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies has risen to be among the top ten schools of nursing in the country. Building on this expertise, Fairfield is positioned to address national healthcare challenges through new programming and a new, dedicated facility. As a result, we will strengthen existing health sciences and nursing curriculums and engage four schools at Fairfield with exciting new opportunities for applied learning, discovery, and student engagement — all for the good of society.

Goal: Integrate Health Studies Curriculum Across Academic Disciplines

Using a team-based approach, students will work in cutting-edge facilities alongside faculty, peers and alumni with expertise in all areas of the industry and related professions. This experience will be invaluable for students who seek to gain practical work skills that will have a direct and meaningful benefit for their future accomplishments in a given field.

Addressing Healthcare Challenges

Today, more than 10,000 Fairfield Alumni continue a tradition of ethics and excellence in the healthcare professions. But with more than five million new healthcare jobs to be created by 2020, Fairfield must be prepared to lead a new approach to the development of uniquely educated health professionals.

Goal: Educate More Health Professionals Through Dedicated Facilities

A new Nursing and Health Studies center will rise as a cohesive center of scientific excellence that will attract, educate and place more health professionals while accommodating expanded enrollment within a nationally ranked School of Nursing.

Your Impact:

There are many ways to donate to Fairfield’s healthcare initiative. These include annual gifts that increase scholarship assistance and support field work and mentorship opportunities; major and endowed gifts that are invested and provide funding in perpetuity to students and programs; and capital gifts that break new ground on cutting-edge facilities.


Vibrant Centers for Student Life & Wellness

The University depends on programs and facilities to build community and character. And our loyal donors have all made it possible.

The Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex; The Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola; the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery; Rafferty Stadium; Lessing Field; Meditz Hall; The DiMenna-Nyselius Library; Alumni Hall — are among the many centers of living and learning that serve the development and wellbeing of our students.

From the very beginning, what has distinguished Jesuit education has been the understanding that a true education means care for the whole person. At Fairfield, the mind is sharpened in the classroom and the body strengthened through healthy avenues of physical fitness and recreation. Today, over 98 percent of our students use the Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex for personal physical fitness, intramurals, sports clubs and general recreation.

Your Impact:

The wellbeing of our students is the foundation on which a rewarding and successful life is built. Investment in the Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Recreation Complex Renovation is critical to the overall development of our students. By supporting initiatives that address physical health and wellness, your investment will help countless students build a healthy lifestyle that will last a lifetime.


Strength Through Annual Gifts

Rarely does generosity have such an immediate impact on the lives of others than through annual gifts to the Fairfield Fund. Why? Because these unrestricted gifts provide flexibility through the immediate availability of resources to be directed where they are most urgently needed.

Ensuring day-to-day operations are funded and special initiatives and programs are strengthened, means that we can spend more time focusing on the future, continuing to be a university that inspires young men and women to follow their dreams and succeed in the world.

Your Impact:

Instruction, Academic Support, and Student Services:
Gifts to The Fairfield Fund create an essential bridge between tuition revenues and the actual cost of educating a Fairfield student, ensuring access to a first-rate education.

Student Life and Career Services:
The Fairfield Fund provides resources to support Student Government, Career Services and Student Clubs from the Sports Clubs to the Glee Club, essential aspects of the University experience.

Financial Aid:
With approximately 8 out of 10 Fairfield students relying on financial aid, sustaining and increasing assistance for talented students is a top priority.

Institutional Support and Administration:
Fairfield University is not unlike a small city. Dollars from The Fairfield Fund make it possible for us to provide the wide range of services and support necessary to keep Fairfield operating at our fullest potential 365 days a year.


The Road To National Prominence

The sound of a starter’s pistol on a bright, fall day in 1948 not only started a cross country race but also began a journey. For nearly 70 years, Fairfield Athletics has provided young men and women the opportunity to fully live their Jesuit education.

Our athletics program continues to grow and excel yet we know we have further to go. A successful athletics program serves as a powerful source of pride for alumni and current students, binding generations together. It is also a significant factor in enrollment — young men and women with many choices want to be part of an institution that excels and they enjoy being part of a winning tradition. At Fairfield, our goals for the future include raising our stature as a Division 1A Athletics university, and we need you to reach that goal.

Working shoulder to shoulder as a member of a team and striving in the pursuit of a common goal. Finding within oneself, the determination to improve, to reach a higher potential. These are just a few of the virtues that our athletics programs and sports clubs impart to our student-athletes. In the time-tested tradition of Jesuit education, there has always been the understanding that we are at our best when body and mind are united in the healthy pursuit of excellence — a sound mind, in a sound body, as the saying goes — mens sana in corpore sano. That’s why our athletics programs are an exemplary expression of our ideals as a University community.

Your Impact:

Supporting student-athletes, sustaining coaches and recruiting efforts and investing in top-of-the-line facilities will help pave the road to national prominence.

There are so many ways to support students as a part of the Fairfield Rising campaign through our athletic initiatives, including annual friends gifts that increase support for important team travel, equipment, and events; major and endowed gifts that are invested and provide funding in perpetuity to student scholarships or create coaching positions; and capital gifts that keep our facilities cutting-edge and our programs viable.