Please Register or | Log in | Member services
  enhanced by Google
Our Towns special section
MARKETPLACE
> Find a job
> Buy a car
> Find real estate
> Find a mortgage
> Rent an apartment
> See Classified ads
> Place Classified ad
> Shopping
> Coupons

Columnists
Connecticut
Education
Election 2004
Health
Latest News
Lottery
Nation/World
Photo/Video Gallery
Politics
Special Reports
Today's Courant
Towns
Traffic
Weather


Arts & Theater
Attractions
Columnists
Dining
Events
Movies
Music
Teens
TV & Radio


Auto Racing
Baseball
Basketball
> UConn Men
> UConn Women
College Sports
Columnists
Golf
Football
> UConn
High School Sports
Hockey
Scores & Stats


Columnists
Real Estate
Technology
Web 100
Your Money


Books
Celebrity
Columnists
Food
Home & Garden
New England Guide
Northeast Magazine
Style & Shopping
Travel


Columnists
Commentary
Editorials
Letters
Other Opinion
Place


Business Directory
Find a Person
Search By Phone #
Courant Corrections
Courant Archives
Courant Photo Reprints
Courant Permissions
ctnow.com Media Kit
Newsletters
Obituaries
Reader Representative
Maps/Directions
Shopping Map
Site Map

 HARTFORD REGION

EDUCATION BRIEFS

Nextel Founder Praises State Entrepreneur's Aid
September 21, 2004

Virginia Gov. Mark Warner told an audience at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic Monday that it was $1 million in venture capital from entrepreneur David T. Chase that helped him co-found Nextel, the cellular phone company.

So Warner, a 1973 graduate of Rockville High School, was pleased to be giving an address sponsored by the David T. Chase Free Enterprise Institute at Eastern.

During his campus visit, Warner also received the Chase Medallion from Eastern President David G. Carter for "bettering the social, educational and economic interests of others," Eastern officials said in a press release.

Warner, a Democrat elected as Virginia's 69th governor in November 2001, spoke of his failed business ventures before Nextel took off, his efforts to balance Virginia's budget and the importance of technology in education.

As chairman of the National Governors Association, Warner last week announced a yearlong initiative encouraging states to redesign America's high schools, in order to better prepare students for college and successful careers.



  • Fairfield University announced Monday it has raised a record $137.9 million in a capital campaign launched publicly four years ago.

    The amount surpasses the original goal of $100 million. The goal was later raised to $125 million.

    The Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, Fairfield's president, announced that the campaign, begun by his predecessor, the Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, had dramatically changed the campus.

    Seven buildings - the John A. Barone Campus Center, the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, the Rudolph F. Bannow Science, Apartment Village, the Thomas J. Walsh Jr. Athletic Center and Alumni House - have either been built or renovated with the capital campaign funds.

    Of the total pledged to the campaign, $68 million has been designated to build the university's endowment.



  • Sandra Phair, a teacher at West Hill Elementary School in Rocky Hill, has been selected by Phi Delta Kappa International, a national professional education association, as Wal-Mart's Teacher of the Year in Connecticut.

    Phair was selected because of her contributions to education and the positive impact she has on her students.

    She was honored during a ceremony at the school on Sept. 16 during which representatives from Phi Delta Kappa and Wal-Mart in Rocky Hill presented Phair with a $10,000 educational grant from Wal-Mart to the school.



  • Ingrid Russell, a professor of computer science at the University of Hartford has received a $99,469 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop ways to teach college students about artificial intelligence.

    Russell's was one of only 10 computer science proposals funded in a national program aimed at improving the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

    A number of hands-on laboratory projects will be developed into a one-semester course on artificial intelligence. Russell is working on the project with Zdravko Markov of the computer science department at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain and Todd Neller of the computer science department at Gettsyburg College.



  • Berel Lang, of the philosophy department at Trinity College in Hartford, has been awarded a Lady Davis Faculty Fellowship at Hebrew University in Jerusalem for the spring and summer terms in 2005.

    Lang, who has written about the Holocaust, will be working on a project titled "Minorities in a Majority World: From Genocide to Group Rights."



    This week's Education Briefs column was written by Courant staff writers Melissa Pionzio and Kate Farrish.

    If you want other stories on this topic, search the Archives at ctnow.com/archives.
    TMS Reprints Click here for article licensing and reprint options.
  •  UTILITIES
      E-mail story
      Printer-friendly version


    ADVERTISERS
    cars.com

     


    HOME | NEWS | ENTERTAINMENT | SPORTS | BUSINESS
    NEWSPAPER ADS | JOBS | CARS | REAL ESTATE | CLASSIFIED
    Contact Us | Advertise Online | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service

    ctnow.com is Copyright 2004 by The Hartford Courant