Assumption Catholic School receives 3D printer

Assumption Catholic School in Fairfield has been selected as one of 400 schools to receive a 3D printer as part of the GE Additive Education Program. Over 3,000 primary and secondary schools worldwide applied for this grant.

Assumption will receive a Polar Cloud Classroom Pack which includes a Dremel Digilab 3D45 high-performance 3D printer with six rolls of filament, curriculum and lesson plans from STEAMtrax, Makers Empire, Tinkercad, and Blocks CAD, as well as a Premium Polar Cloud account to store and share designs and creations.

“I am so excited to be awarded this grant and grateful to GE Additive for making this possible,” said Principal Steven Santoli. “This will be a great addition to the Innovation Lab which coincides with our personalized learning initiative.”

According to the GE Additive website, the Additive Education Program was created in January and they are committed to invest $10 million over the next five years to develop future talent in additive manufacturing. By providing schools with access to 3D printers, GE hopes to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing.

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is the process of using digital designs created using computer aided design software, then building the part by laying horizontal layers of material extruded from the three dimensional printer.

For information, visit www.assumptionfairfield.org.

Kiwanis Club

to host second annual Field

of Valor

To honor military veterans and those actively serving our country, the Kiwanis Club of Fairfield will create their second annual Field of Valor. American flags can be purchased and will be displayed at Jennings Park in Fairfield for the two weeks surrounding Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

All are invited to purchase flags for $25 for each. Your honoree and sponsor name will be proudly displayed on a card attached to each flag. Those feeling patriotic without a direct connection to a veteran can purchase flags to honor all veterans.

Proceeds will support Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport. They provide housing and vocational training to help their clients leave homelessness behind. Homes for the Brave has assisted nearly 1,200 men and women most of whom are veterans.

Flags can be ordered online at www.fairfieldkiwanis.org or by calling club president, Paul Giacalone at 646-872-0112.

Fairfield businesswoman

a presenter at women’s forum

Caryn Sullivan, of Fairfield, the creator of PrettyWellness.com, will be one of four workshop presenters at Connecticut’s longest-running full-day leadership conference for women, the Business Women’s Forum. This year’s forum will take place Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.

Sullivan’s workshop is titled the “Happiness Through Hardship-Inspiring Leaders to Take Care of Themselves.” Ms. Sullivan is a two-time breast cancer survivor who spent nearly 20 years working in the world of sports and entertainment largely with Disney and ESPN and the Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx. After being diagnosed with stage four cancer, she launched PrettyWellness.com to inspire others with her journey toward wellness.

During her interactive workshop, Sullivan will inspire attendees through her personal experiences and share best practices for how individuals can take care of themselves. Participants will discover ways to instill positivity, resilience, and self-care in the workplace and at home which plays a powerful role in leadership in the busy, hectic lives.

The buzz for the 2018 BWF surrounds keynote speaker Bethenny Frankel, creator of Skinnygirl cocktails, TV talk show host and star, as well as a motivational speaker and actress Linda Larsen.

An anticipated 500-plus participants will be able to choose from six workshops, including two “Power Networking Hour” sessions, to bring new knowledge and expertise back to their workplace and to network with workshop presenters. Workshop topics will include the importance of self-care for quality leadership, successful negotiation tactics, the role of nonverbal communication and body language at work, managing the talents of multiple generations.

Two “Power Networking Hour” workshops during the 2018 BWF will provide the opportunity for attendees to connect one-on-one to create new business relationships and potentially generate business leads. Participants should bring business cards and be ready to provide their 30-second “elevator description” of their business to other conference attendees.

The $195/person admission includes a day of speakers, breakfast, lunch, professional training workshops, networking opportunities, door and raffle prizes, hors-d’oeuvres and beverages.

Grant funds Fairfield Museum programs

The Fairfield Museum has received a grant from Connecticut Humanities for professional development and public programs to support events on the topic of fake news and how teachers, students and citizens can best navigate the proliferation of information that they encounter every day.

Programs at the museum will include workshops for parents and teens and panel discussions focusing on developing the skills to evaluate news and media.

An Election Day lunchtime lecture, “Get Your Facts Straight,” will take place Nov. 6 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. It is free and recommended for students in high school and college, parents, educators and adults. Adam Rugg, associate professor of communication at Fairfield University, will discuss how to be a savvy media consumer. Bring smartphones for an online activity that demonstrates how the internet can easily skew perspectives. Register online: www.fairfieldhistory.org/events/nov6

On Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m., the public is invited to “Museum After Dark: The Media and the Mid-Term Elections.” A panel of journalists and professors, moderated by Larry Rifkin, will examine the state of journalism, news consumption today in relation to the recent midterm elections. Panelists include Daniela Altimari, statehouse reporter at the Hartford Courant; Jocelyn Borczka, associate professor of politics at Fairfield University; Steven Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning multimedia photojournalist and associate professor of visual journalism at the University of Connecticut; and Ebon Udoma, senior political report for WSHU. A reception will be held prior to the event from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Register at www.fairfieldhistory.org/events/mad-nov-15-18

An educator workshop will take place Nov. 6. More information can be found at www.fairfieldhistory.org/programs-events/fake-news/ or by calling 203-259-1598.