Fairfield awards dinner honors alumni, parents, friends of Fairfield University

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Alumni parents and friends of Fairfield University were honored during the annual awards dinner. Shown, from left, are William Atwell, Cynthia Bigelow, Nancy Lynch, Walter and Erin Slattery Appelle, James and Linda Slattery, Fairfield University President the Rev. Jeffery P. von Arx, Carlos Cardoso, Gene Doris, Robert Berchem, Alumni Association president Maureen Errity Bujno and Gavin O’Connor.

Fairfield University’s 26th annual Fairfield awards dinner, “Celebrating a Tradition of Opportunity,” was held at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City on April 10.

The dinner honors alumni, parents and friends of Fairfield University and is the highlight of a university effort to raise additional need-based financial aid funds to support students from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. The 2013 awards dinner celebrated more than $2 million dollars contributed in new funds in support of this scholarship effort and will benefit students from various racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds from around the country and the world.

The dinner featured as keynote speaker Cynthia R. Bigelow, president and chief executive officer of Bigelow Tea. It also recognized alumni, faculty and staff for the highest levels of professional achievement, outstanding leadership, academic excellence, and meritorious service.

Honorees included Alumni Professional Achievement Award, Carlos M. Cardoso, chairman, president and CEO, Kennametal; Alumni Service Award, Robert L. Berchem, principal and president, Berchem, Moses & Devlin; Honorary Alumna, Nancy Lynch; Distinguished Faculty/Administrator Award, Eugene Doris, director of athletics, Fairfield University; and The Fairfield Award, James P. and Linda C. Slattery and the Slattery Family.

Awards dinner co-chairs were Bill and Peggy Atwell, Frank and Susan Carroll, and Gavin and Marybeth O’Connor.

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