National Catholic Register

Education

Education Notebook

BY Jim Cosgrove

October 24-30, 1999 Issue | Posted 10/24/99 at 2:00 PM

 

Sixties 101

FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY—The Jesuit school located in Fairfield, Conn., is presenting the “'60s Project,” which will be “a unique, university-wide, semester-long examination of the 1960s 30 years after the end of that turbulent but momentous decade,” according to the school's Web site.

Speakers in the series included Christopher Hitchens, famous for saying Mother Theresa was “a demagogue and obscurantist, and a servant of earthly powers,” who spoke on Sept. 21.

Homosexual activist journalist and folk singer Janis Ian spoke on campus Oct. 2, and top abortion lawyer Morris Dees addressed the campus on Oct. 13.

In the coming weeks, two more speakers will visit campus, Gloria Steinem and former senator Eugene McCarthy.

In addition to the speakers, Fairfield had a “roundtable discussion on the use and abuse of psychoactive drugs” and plans a theatrical performance of the ‘60s musical Hair in November.

Gannon Celebrates 75 Years

GANNON UNIVERSITY—Gannon plans to celebrate its 75th anniversary not by creating new events, but by emphasizing traditional Gannon activities throughout the 1999-2000 academic year, according to its web site.

Gannon plans to enhance its anniversary celebration with a special service project to return something to the community of Erie, Penn. With the help of the aentire campus community, volunteers will build library and resource centers for the elderly as well as low-income families.

Gannon University's 75th anniversary celebration “will be marked by a celebration of its rich heritage, service to God and neighbor, and the ambition to shape the future.”

14 Years of Growth

UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD-Once again, UIW has an increase in student population, adding another 100 students, according to the school's Web site. With 3,600 total students, UIW's greatest growth came from a 7% spike in graduate students. The growth is part of a 14-year trend for the university, which has set enrollment records each year.

Dr. Louis J. Agnese, president of UIW, said the graduate enrollment increase is due to the greater variety of degree programs now available as well as the university's commitment to offering degree programs to nontraditional students through evening and extended-studies programs.