Community Buzz: Grants, graduates and more
Updated 1:26 pm, Friday, February 3, 2017
The Glass House is the recipient of a grant from the Bank of America 2016 Art Conservation Project. This grant will provide funding for the complete replacement of the Glass House ceiling, consisting of approximately 1,800 square feet of self-colored plaster.
The Glass House, built in 1949 by architect Phillip Johnson, is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Johnson and his partner, David Whitney, hosted legendary gatherings at the house during their life together, which brought together artists, architects, philanthropists and other cultural figures. Today the Glass House hosts exhibitions, performances and programs.
The Bank of America Art Conservation Project is a unique program that provides grants to nonprofit museums throughout the world to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of deterioration. Since the program’s launch in 2010, Bank of America has provided grants to museums in 29 countries supporting over 100 conservation projects.
Among the graduates
Ian Schmertzler of New Canaan has earned a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
Two women have been appointed to key leadership roles within the nonprofit eldercare organization Waveny LifeCare Network. Both will play active roles on the organization’s leadership team.
Lynn Iverson has been named campus administrator and will oversee the operations of the healthcare-focused services, programs and residences on Waveny’s main campus.
A registered nurse and licensed administrator with more than 30 years of both clinical and managerial experience in acute, sub-acute, rehabilitation and long-term care nursing settings, Iverson most recently served as administrator for St. Joseph Living Center, a 120-bed non-profit skilled rehabilitation and long-term care facility in Willimantic for nine years. Simultaneously, she held volunteer leadership positions with Leading Age of Connecticut, a membership organization representing over 130 non-profit healthcare provider organizations within the state, of which Waveny is a long-standing member.
Edlira Curis has been named vice president of development and will be responsible for directing Waveny’s fundraising efforts and major campaigns.
A professional fundraiser with experience in all aspects of development, including soliciting major gifts for annual giving programs and capital campaigns, Curis was most recently involved with The Giving Collaborative, a philanthropy firm that provides counsel and assistance to nonprofit organizations seeking to grow their philanthropy programs.
Tim Tebow’s ‘Night to Shine’
The nondenominational evening celebrates the unique value of every individual, with a focus on people with special needs ages 14 and older.
Guests will be celebrated as kings and queens, supported by their typical peers (age range 16-21) and event volunteers for activities, including greeting, crowning ceremony, decorations, food and beverages, paparazzi, photography, parking, safety and more. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate.
For more information, go to nighttoshinegcc.event
Preserving old burial grounds
Connecticut State Archaeologist Brian Jones and Director of the Greenwich Conservation Commission Denise Savageau will speak at the Conservation Commission meeting at New Canaan’s Town Hall on Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
The program will be hosted by Cam Hutchins, the New Canaan Conservation Commission chairman.
Savageau, director of the Greenwich Conservation Commission which has formed the Greenwich Cemetery Committee, will speak about recent findings at an ancient African-American cemetery, referred to on some charts as the “colored cemetery,” which is part of a trio of adjacent old cemeteries that also include the Byram Cemetery and the Lyon Cemetery in Greenwich. Savageau's talk will also cover municipal and state resources available to preserve and restore old burial grounds.
Jones will present a general overview of the heritage value of local burial grounds, statutes that protect them, the role of the state archaeologist in overseeing the exploration of and preservation strategies for historic ancient burial grounds like the Maple Street Cemetery in New Canaan.
This event is free but space is limited. RSVP by Feb. 7 to CitizensForNewCanaan@gmail.com to reserve a seat.
On the dean’s list
John Fiorito, of New Canaan, made the dean's list at the College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J., for the fall semester. To achieve this honor, a student must carry 12 or more credits that semester and earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average. Fiorito is studying finance.
Five New Canaan natives received dean’s list honors for the fall semester at Fairfield University: Anna Carmella Borea, Michael Alexander Donofrio, Erika Leigh Jensen, Alexandra Marie Tubridy and Robert James Valente.
To be placed on the dean’s list, students must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in a semester, have no outstanding or incomplete grades for that semester, and have attained a semester grade-point average of 3.50 or better.
Sara Connick, of New Canaan, made the dean's list for the fall semester at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. Furman's dean's list is composed of full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade-point average of 3.4 or higher on a four-point system. Connick is the daughter of Jill and Harry Connick.
New Canaan’s Charles Steele, a member of the class of 2019 majoring in mechanical engineering, was named to Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s dean's list for academic excellence for the fall semester.
The criteria for the WPI dean's list differs from that of most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade-point average.
Instead, WPI defines the dean's list by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.