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Advancement Services
Downtown Campus
185 Main Street
New Britain, CT 06051
Room 204000

Monday - Friday  8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Phone: (860) 832-1740
Fax: (860) 832-2585 



The CCSU Alumni E-News is designed to keep alumni and friends up-to-date with news from the University, including important announcements, student and alumni achievements, athletic news and upcoming events.

CCSU Alumni Association Donates $75,000 to CCSU

The CCSU Alumni Association has made a generous $75,000 gift to support a range of programs, including Community Central, a student-run "store-front" in New Britain providing CCSU students opportunities to become leaders in helping community businesses and residents. The funds will also be used for scholarship support for CCSU students with significant financial needs.


Alumnus Joe Ward Named Director, National Business Center


After a distinguished 26-year career in financial management for the US Air Force, Joseph Ward, Jr. ’82 has been appointed to a high level job at the US Department of the Interior. As director of the National Business Center, the New Britain native oversees human resources, information technology, acquisition services, budgets, and more for the Interior’s eight bureaus, agencies, and offices. Ward has received many awards for his accomplishments, including recognition by the Department of Defense as one of its top accounting and finance officers.

Alumni Are State's Best Teachers & Educational Leaders

Continuing a proud tradition, several CCSU alumni were selected as this year's best teachers: Jaime Pitkin '01,'04, a math teacher at East Hartford Middle School, was named the East Hartford Teacher of the Year; Jessica Bruenn '99, a fifth-grade teacher at Strong Elementary School, is the 2011-12 Southington Teacher of the Year; and Timothy Maule '91, a teacher at Hubbard Elementary in Berlin, CT, was named District Teacher of the Year. The CCSU School of Education's motto is "Preparing Leaders for Service in our Communities," and that too is a vital tradition: Dr. G. Duncan Harris '00, dean of student affairs at Manchester Community College, was named Man of the Year by the State of Connecticut African American Affairs Commission. And Judith Palmer '90 (MS) was elected President of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents.
Jessica Bruenn. Photo: Jason Vallee/Southington Patch
 Judith Palmer

Alumni Robert Laraia & Brandon Marinelli: Business Champions

  The Hartford Business Journal selected NorthStar Wealth Partners LLC, a wealth management firm led by partners Robert Laraia '86 (right) and Brandon Marinelli '01 (left) as Business Champion in the Re-Invention category. The Journal notes that Laraia and Marinelli, heads of the firm, rebranded their former company and are thriving, adding new offices, wealth advisors, and clients.

July E-News & AAA

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Upcoming Alumni Events of Note

The 9th Annual CCSU Baseball Alumni Golf Tournament
Friday July 22, 2011
9:30am - 10:30 am
11am sharp
included, refreshments
4:00 p.m. buffet style
$150 (includes raffle entry this year)
Contests, Prizes & Blue Devil Gift for each golfer. This outing is not limited to CCSU Baseball. Alumni, please invite others to attend. The event is expected to sell out again this year. To register or become a sponsor, contact Ed Vescovi ’84 at 203-315-2444 ext. 450 or Ed@fidelitymortgage.com

CCSU Night at the RockCats
Wednesday, August 24
. Watch for details in the next CCSU Alumni Enews or call the Alumni Office 860-832-1740.

Mark Your Calendars:
Homecoming: September 30--October 1, 2011

Preparations are underway for an exciting Homecoming weekend. For more information and to register, click here.

How is Your Life Better Because There is a CCSU?

President Jack Miller has challenged the University to make life better for the people of Connecticut. As was said then, we are interested in you and we invite you to let us know how your life is better because there is a CCSU. We have received several thoughtful responses already, and we look forward to receiving yours. Simply email us at alumninews@ccsu.edu. This will let us know what's working for you and help us in strengthening the University to better serve all of Connecticut.

CCSUCCESS Campaign for Annual Giving

  Your support of Annual Giving helps ensure that current and future students have access to the educational excellence that defines CCSU. To make a secure online gift, please click here.

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Make your gift using AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, Discover online or check. Contact the Development Office at 860-832-1740 or development@ccsu.edu with questions.    Give Online

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