Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011
School of Arts & Sciences Centers
The Copernican Planetarium and Observatory (Copernicus Hall) includes a full-function, optical planetarium that seats 100 people and is used for classes and community engagement and outreach. The observatory, located on the roof of Copernicus Hall, and a selection of portable telescopes, are used for astronomical instruction and community engagement and outreach. Students are particularly encouraged to work with faculty and staff and become trained in the workings of these facilities.
The Institute for Science Education, coordinated by the Department of Biology, offers summer courses for elementary, middle, junior high, and high school science teachers. Hands-on activities that can be transferred to the classroom are emphasized. Topics have included the environment, the aquatic world, coastal ecology, science and the citizen, field biology, and plants in the laboratory.
The Polish Studies Center (DiLoreto 208-23) was established to foster within both the Polish-American and the American communities an awareness of Poland's culture, history, and civilization. In 1997, CCSU established the S. A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish and Polish-American Studies, the first endowed chair in Polish Studies in Connecticut and the second in New England. The center offers courses in Polish history, politics, culture and civilization, language, and the Polish community in America. The center's other resources include the Polish Heritage Book Collection, the Connecticut Polish American Archive, the annual Fiedorczyk-Wodarski lecture in Polish American Studies, the Milewski Polish Studies lecture, the Godlewski Evening of Polish Culture, the Koproski Lecture in Polish Business and Economics, the Nowakowski Conversations, and the Rudewicz Polish Music Series. It also includes educational materials for teachers, movies, exhibits, scholarship aid for Polish-American students and for students pursuing Polish Studies and the Martin and Sophie Grzyb prize for Excellence in Polish Studies, and the Blejwas Award for graduate Studies in Polish affairs.
The Weather Center (Copernicus 538) is a fully-functional weather forecasting facility, including a satellite downlink to the National Weather Service, computer data retrieval capability, color weather radar, and satellite access. It supports forecasting for the University community as well as faculty and student research in the atmospheric sciences.