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lh TaraBoydSusan Hitchcock, director of community relations for Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., presented the 2015 Fairfield University/Sikorsky Aircraft Excellence in Science and Mathematics to Tara Boyd, a junior at Lauralton Hall in Milford.

Ms. Boyd, a Bridgeport resident, was honored at a ceremony earlier this month for her outstanding achievements in the fields of mathematics and science.

The Stratford-based Sikorsky Aircraft and Fairfield University’s School of Engineering teamed up to recognized several high school students from Fairfield and New Haven counties.  Their annual Excellence in Mathematics and Science Awards ceremony honoring these students was held at the Fairfield University campus. Principals and teachers nominated the award recipients.

Bruce Berdanier, dean of the Fairfield University School of Engineering, said, “This is an excellent event on campus because it provides us the opportunity to recognize the leading high school scholars in the areas of math and science while giving them a brief glimpse of possible career paths in science, engineering and math with a great company like Sikorsky.”

The award recognition is intended to promote the study of mathematics and science as an essential building block for further STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) study and careers.

Ms. Hitchcock is a 1980 graduate of Lauralton.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.