Eric Liu

, of Darien, is a member of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s swimming and diving team that captured the first Liberty League Championship in program history.

The Engineers, who are coached by Shannon O’Brien, won its third program title in the last four years.

Liu is majoring in electrical engineering.

Olivia Giblen, of Darien, has been named to Purchase College’s dean’s list for the fall semester

Giblen is studying art history and anthropology.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must carry a semester grade-point average of 3.5 for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs and 3.75 for Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music Performance programs. They must take a minimum of 12 credits.

Gettysburg College students with a quality-point average in the range of 3.300 to 3.599 for a semester’s work are placed on the deans’ commendation list. Five Darien natives have been placed on the fall list: Amanda Barlow, class of 2021, Audrey Dannenbaum, class of 2018, Rebecca Maroney, class of 2020, Katherine Renaud, class of 2018, and Emily von Jena, class of 2019.

Darien’s Daphne Budd, class of 2020, has been placed on the Gettysburg College dean’s honor list, having earned a QPA of 3.60 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).

Four Darien natives were named to the fall dean’s list at Loyola University Maryland: Eleanor Kelley, class of 2020, Kateri Martin, class of 2021, Mary O’Boyle, class of 2018, and Sarah Raymond, class of 2020.

In order to qualify for the dean’s list at Loyola, a student must achieve a minimum QPA of at least 3.5 for the term, provided that, in the term they have successfully completed courses totaling a minimum of 15 credits.

Two Darien natives have been selected for inclusion on the dean’s list for academic achievement during the fall semester at St. Lawrence University.

Dillon M. Fitzpatrick, a member of the class of 2018, is majoring in history and business in the liberal arts. Fitzpatrick attended Darien High School.

Michael N. Weaver, a member of the class of 2018, is majoring in government. Weaver attended Pomfret School.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must have completed at least four courses and have an academic average of 3.6 based on a 4.0 scale for the semester.

New Canaan Country School’s Mothers at Work group held a Career Transitioning Panel Discussion for mothers interested in professional networking, re-entering the workforce or exploring job-changing opportunities, Feb. 5 on campus.

The panel moderator was Susanna Nichols, a founding partner of Amity Search Partners, and Country School parent.

Parent-panelists included Yolanda Coffield, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Employment Law Group; Laura Pollack, a founding partner of Third Partners; Rebecca Thornton, a consultant at Spencer Stuart, Board Practice; and Janelle Wideman, a senior HR generalist at Sikorsky Aircraft.

The Parents’ Association Mothers at Work group (“MAWs”) aims to foster a stronger sense of community within Country School for working mothers by providing them with more opportunities to connect with other mothers, creating an open and supportive environment, and sharing knowledge and skills of working mothers with the greater Country School community.

In addition to presenting the evening’s panel discussion, MAWs co-chairmen Jenny Harrington, of Norwalk, and Jennifer Millones, of Darien, announced evening meetings for working mothers throughout the year.

New Canaan Country School is a co-ed, independent, day school serving students in pre-K through Grade 9.

Dance shoes in closets around Fairfield County are being brought out for polishing as leaders of the local business community begin the demanding process necessary to compete in ElderHouse Adult Day Center’s annual Dancing with the Stars.

The fifth annual gala benefit is March 24 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton.

The gala event showcases seven Fairfield County business representatives, each paired with an award-winning dance professional from Norwalk’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio, who donate their time to practice routines, hone them to perfection, and compete in this exciting and impressive dance competition.

The notable lineup of 2018 dancers representing Fairfield County includes:

Carolyn Donohue-Ulman, assistant to president and director of Trademark Anti-Counterfeit, Dooney & Bourke in Norwalk;

Hank Fatigate, general manager of the Little Pub in Wilton;

Eric Ferraris, chief operating officer at Toohner-Ferraris Insurance Group in Wilton;

Nathan Gottlieb, co-owner of All Seasons Marine Works, located in Rowayton and Westport;

Karen Kelly, senior vice-president at First County Bank in Stamford;

Andrea Kostanecki, a realtor at William Pitt Sotheby’s in Rowayton;

Kristin McClutchy, owner of Pure Barre Darien.

Dancing with the Stars Gala Benefit is ElderHouse’s largest annual fundraising event and helps the Norwalk nonprofit to sustain its award-winning program of adult care, socialization, and recreational activities to a senior population living with aging diseases. Funds will be raised through ticket sales, pledges, onsite voting, live auction, and a paddle raise.

For more information on how to donate, make a pledge to a favorite dancer, or for event tickets, contact ElderHouse at 203-847-1998 or visit

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is accepting nominations for the 2018 Women of Distinction awards.

Nominations are sought for women who epitomize leadership and have used their skills to make the community a better place to live. Local residents and business owners are nominated by people who have recognized an impact from their unique contributions that have made a difference in the Darien and Norwalk communities.

The areas of excellence they are looking for are Racial Justice and Civil Rights, Empowerment & Economic Advancement in Women and Girls and Health & Safety of Women and Girls. Details about each practice area can be found

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk Women of Distinction Nominations Committee reviews the nominations and selects the honorees. The honorees will include five Women of Distinction and a Young Woman of Distinction 21 or younger. Candidates under 21 may nominate themselves, and the winner will receive a scholarship of $1,000.

The women chosen to receive the Women of Distinction awards will be honored at the YWCA’s annual Women of Distinction Awards and Luncheon on May 10 at the Woodway Country Club in Darien.

For information and nomination forms, go to; submission deadline is March 2.

Ever wanted to own an exotic pet but don’t have the space or time to care for it?

The Darien Nature Center is offering sponsorship opportunities for eight of its resident animals: Einstein the bunny, Shelley the turtle, Sydney the bearded dragon, Paz the white dove, Ethel the prairie dog, Hectora the iguana, Flinch the hedgehog and Luna the owl.

The sponsor is invited to come in for one-on-one time with their animal.

There are four sponsorship levels available.

You can complete a sponsorship For further information, contact Administrative Affairs Manager Leah Salomoni at 203-655-7459.

The history of the American flag is as varied and fascinating as the republic it represents and an exhibit at the Darien Historical Society, “Long May She Wave: The Evolution of Our Flag,” which opened Jan. 18, tells the story of the flag in all its red, white and blue glory.

Among the flags on display is a 35-star flag that was official from 1863 to 1865. This hand-stitched flag has stars that tilt randomly, an example of how people used to come up with creative patterns before it was formally set by Congress in 1912

In addition to several antique flags, the exhibit will include a timeline that traces the evolution of the nation’s banner through both local and national events. Spanning from pre-colonial days to the year 1960, when the 50th star was officially added, the exhibit will feature photographs, a soundtrack with music and voices from the past, and a lecture series on subjects relating to the flag’s history.

An interactive portion will challenge viewers to design a 51-star flag and also to write in a journal about a time when the flag stirred a strong emotion.

The “Long May She Wave” exhibit will run through March 13 and can be viewed during the Society’s open hours and during lectures. The exhibit is free for members, Darien’s first responders, teachers and students. The cost for non-members will be $5.

Exhibit sponsors include M3 Messenger and Christie’s Quilting Boutique of Norwalk.

The exhibit will feature several lectures including:

“The Lincoln Flag — Rediscovered” will be held March 4 at 3 p.m. After 76 years in a cluttered storage area, the flag that decorated Lincoln’s box at Ford’s Theater was rediscovered. Hear the fascinating story with Ilene Frank, chief curator at the Connecticut Historical Society.

To register, visit or call 203-655-9233. The cost for the lectures will be $5 for members, $20 for non-members and $30 for non-members and a guest. Students attend free.