Congratulations to Library Research Prize Winners Kelan McDonnell and Tara Hall

On Friday May 1, Kelan McDonnell and Tara Hall were awarded the 2015 Library Research Prizes.

Dr. Joel Goldfield, Kelan McDonnell and Rev. Jeffrey von Arx

Kelan McDonnell was awarded the undergraduate Library Research Prize for his research in support of his  translation of Monsieur Chasse! for course FR 377/ French Translation Seminar.  For his senior capstone course final project, Kelan translated the first act of George Feydeau’s Monsieur Chasse! from French into English.

His professor Dr. Goldfield’s commented  “No student of French to my knowledge has ever engaged in this breadth of research at Fairfield University, and all for the admirably applied and appropriate goal of making well-advised translation choices from nineteenth-century French into nineteenth-century English in the style of Oscar Wilde, a brilliant parallel.”


Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, Tara Hall and School of Nursing Dean Dr. Meredith Kazer

Tara Hall was awarded the graduate Library Research Prize for her research in support of her evidenced-based practice proposal for  NS 608/ Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice.

Her evidenced-based practice proposal "Discharge Phone Calls and Effect on CHF Readmissions" was for a nursing project to study whether discharge phone calls will decrease hospital re-admissions for patients with chronic heart failure.

Her professor Carole Shea wrote, "I have every confidence that she will not only complete this study, but continue to pursue inquiry and research as a major means to continuously improve her advanced nursing practice."


Thank you to Fairfield University's School of Nursing, the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Engineering for their financial support of the prizes, in addition to the Library's financial commitment.

Special thank you to the selection committee -  librarians Elise Bochinski, Dominic LaFlamme, and Jackie Kremer, and professors Shannon Kelley and Uma Balaji.