Points of Pride
CCSU offers award winning opportunities to its students:
CCSU is rated among the top universities for providing students with study abroad opportunities. The Institute of International Education Open Doors 2012 report ranked CCSU’s Study Abroad program 27th among master’s granting institutions for the number of students studying abroad. CCSU’s short-term, faculty-led Course Abroad program received particular distinction, ranking 17th in the nation among master’s-level institutions.
|Courses Abroad Offered with The CCSU Center for International Education in 2013|
For the fourth consecutive year, CCSU was selected by the Princeton Review as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S.A. and Canada.
CCSU’s master’s program in Special Education has been named one of the best programs in the nation by MastersDegreeOnline.org, a leading resource for information on graduate education.
This past May, Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Geography Department, in cooperation with the Department of Continuing Education, graduated their first class of students from the brand new Geographic Information Science (GIS) Certificate Program.
Central Connecticut State University and the Travelers EDGE program, it’s close to a match made in heaven. Travelers EDGE (Empowering Dreams of Graduation and Employment) offers students a full-time scholarship while providing a year-round internship program at the insurance company. EDGE focuses on providing this opportunity to under-represented students in the hope they’ll succeed in the industry.
CCSU students are its biggest point of pride:
The CCSU Men's Cross Country Team has won the 2013 New England Championships, beating out Northeastern, Dartmouth, Boston University, and Middlebury!
CCSU students joined together to create the Sandy Hook Memorial Garden, a place of peace and reflection on campus. The effort was spearheaded by CCSU student Autumn Ingram, a resident of Newtown.
The CCSU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Carl Knox, won the prestigious 52nd annual Villanova University Collegiate Jazz Festival. In addition to winning first place in the overall competition, CCSU also won best trumpet section and best saxophone section.
Research on college students’ alcohol abuse, conducted by three CCSU Department of Psychology students, earned top honors at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference in New York City. Of the 100 student research projects, the work by CCSU graduate student Jennifer Stanger, assisted by undergraduates Ashley Arbo and Sandy Jolon, was recognized with a prestigious Regional Research Award.
CCSU history student Brent Charpentier was named the winner of the 2013 New England History Teachers Association Laska Award. Charpentier is only the second person from Connecticut to achieve this honor.
At the 33rd annual International Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Supermileage® Competition held in Marshall, Michigan on June 6 and 7 the CCSU Multi-Powered Vehicle (MPV) Club, was voted “Most Visually Appealing” and also garnered the award for “Best Newcomer.” Universities in the U.S. and Canada were required to design and build a single-person, fuel-efficient vehicle powered by a small, four-cycle engine, then travel to Michigan to compete on a 1.6 mile oval test track. Eaton, a global automotive company and co-host of the event, owns the track; Briggs & Stratton donated the engines. During the past two semesters, CCSU’s MPV Club designed and built the carbon fiber shell from scratch to custom fit the smallest team member and, after finals, worked 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. three days a week to finish in time for the competition.
CCSU faculty is second to none:
History professor Matthew Warshauer earned the 2012 Kidger Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Innovative Teaching from the New England History Teachers Association for his scholarship on Jacksonian America, his research on Connecticut and the Civil War, as well as his leadership in organizing Connecticut’s 150th anniversary Civil War commemoration.
The Royal Geographic Society in London has named Professor of Geography Richard Benfield a fellow of that learned society in England.
Kristine Larsen, Central Connecticut State University professor of physics and earth sciences, won the North East Region of the Astronomical League Walter Scott Houston Award during the Stellafane Convention in Springfield, VT, August 10.
CCSU alumni keeps the mission of excellence going long after graduation:
Erin Brady ’10 BS, was selected as Miss USA 2013. Brady, an accountant for Prudential Financial in Hartford, worked full-time while she attended CCSU, where she received a degree in finance with a minor in criminal justice.
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Tamika Knight ’00 BS, lands the Oscars of teaching! The fifth grade teacher at Annie Fisher STEM School in Hartford received the Milken Educator of the Year award which comes with a $25,000 check from the Milken Family Foundation.
The Honorable Carmen Espinosa ‘71 BS a former federal prosecutor and state appellate judge, became the first Hispanic to be appointed to the Connecticut State Supreme Court.
Tom Moore '88 MS, principal, Wethersfield HS, won the 2013 CAS Principal of the Year Award.
Two prestigious accomplishments for David Bosso ’08 BS. The Berlin High School Social Studies teacher was selected as the 2012 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the National Council for the Social Studies and as Connecticut’s 2012 Teacher of the Year.
CCSU gets invoved in the local community
CCSU collaborated with the New Britain Museum of American Art for the UMC Night At The Museum event in April 2013. The UMC, or University, Museum, Community Collaborative, is a biennial event that brings residents together with students and faculty to celebrate art and the community.