Graduate Catalog 2010-12
School of Arts and Sciences Centers
The Copernican Planetarium and
Observatory (Copernicus Hall) includes a full-function, optical
planetarium, which seats 108 people and is used for classes and
programs for the community. The observatory, located on the roof of
Copernicus Hall, is used for astronomical instruction for Physics and
Earth Sciences classes. It also supports student research in
astronomical photography and observation using a modern 16-inch
Casegrain reflector and other telescopes.
The Copernicus Science Computing
Laboratory, located in the Francis J. Rio Interdisciplinary
Science Center (Copernicus 227), serves the faculty and students in
the natural and physical sciences. The Computing Lab houses 20
networked PCs and Macs, as well as two laser printers, two inkjet
printers, a scanner and a multimedia projector.
The Institute for Science
Education, coordinated by the Department of Biological Sciences,
offers summer courses for middle, junior high, and high school
science teachers. Science faculty and students work with middle and
secondary school teachers on topics to enhance pre-college science
preparation and encourage students to pursue careers in science.
The Multimedia Language Learning
Center (Barnard 336) provides students with state-of-the-art
technology for language study and cultural enrichment. The lab is
equipped with audio, film, video and laser disc technology and a
scanner, as well as web-capable computers for interactive learning.
The Polish Studies Center
(DiLoreto 208-23) was established in an effort to foster within both
the Polish-American and the American communities an awareness of
Poland's culture, history, and civilization. In 1997 Connecticut's
first, and New England's second, Endowed Chair in Polish and
Polish-American Studies was established at CCSU. The Polish Studies
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 Lecture in Polish-American Studies, the Milewski Polish
Studies lecture, the Godlewski Evening of Polish Culture, educational
materials for teachers, movies, exhibits and scholarship aid for
Polish-American students and for students pursuing Polish Studies.
The Weather Center 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.
The Writing Center (Willard
305) provides one-to-one tutorials and small-group workshops to help
members of the CCSU community improve their writing in areas such as
drafting compositions, preparing research papers and taking essay
exams. Appointments for tutorials are available Monday through Friday
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by calling 860-832-2765.