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Pelham Resident, Others To Be Honored By Connecticut University

Joseph Solimine Jr., a Pelham, N.Y. resident and graduate of Fairfield University in Connecticut, is among those being recognized at the school's annual Awards Dinner in March.
Joseph Solimine Jr., a Pelham, N.Y. resident and graduate of Fairfield University in Connecticut, is among those being recognized at the school's annual Awards Dinner in March. Photo Credit: Provided

PELHAM, N.Y. -- Pelham resident Joseph Solimine Jr., and two other Fairfield University grads, are among those slated to be recognized at the Connecticut school’s annual Awards Dinner in March.

Solimine, a CEO at Meridian Risk Management; Andrew M. Davis, of Fanwood, N.J.; and Matthew McLaughlin, of Ridgewood, N.J., are three friends who created a scholarship fund to honor another member of the Class of 1989 -- Michael R. Andrews.  Andrews was killed in 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

To date, nearly $500,000 has been raised in Andrews’s honor at an annual golf outing and other signature events stewarded by the trio.

Davis is a commercial finance manager at PA Consulting Group; McLaughlin, a vice president and general sales manager at Fox Stations Sales.

Also to be recognized for their achievements, and their categories, are:

  • Distinguished Faculty, Administrator Award: Trumbull resident Carole Ann Maxwell P’02, director of Choral Music at Fairfield University since 1980. Maxwell – an award-winning conductor of collegiate, community and professional choral ensembles – is the artistic director and conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut and the chorus master for Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra.
  • Alumni Professional Achievement Award: Stamford resident Patricia E. Glassford , Class of ’85. Glassford is vice president and chief financial officer at GE Energy Management. Previously, she held leadership roles at a number of businesses, including EVP and CFO at NBC Universal Film and Parks, and SVP and CFO at NBC TV Stations.
  • Parent Leadership Award: Darien residents William and Margaret Atwell P ’08. The Atwells are parents of Christopher Atwell, Class of ’08, a business major and lacrosse player, whose education they believe was transformative. They created the Margaret M. Atwell Scholarship dedicated to female students at the university’s Dolan School of Business. William, managing director at Atwell Partners LLC, served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees from 2012-2015.
  • Honorary Alumnus Award: Fairfield resident George E. Diffley P’97, ’96. Diffley served as vice president of Fairfield’s Advancement Division for 30 years until his retirement in 2006. He has lead the institution through its first two capital campaigns among many endeavors that inspired Fairfield’s fundraising efforts. A recipient of the Rev. Barry M. McGannon, S.J. Award from the Jesuit Advancement Administrators, Diffley is special assistant to University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S. J.

The awards dinner is set for March 31, at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City.

Held annually since 1989, the event has raised more than $15 million for the university’s endowed scholarship funds, which provide support to hundreds of students, it said.

For more information, call Fairfield University at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2115, or click here .

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