Spring-Summer 2017

In Her First 100 Days, President Toro Opens New Doors

Dr. Zulma Toro took the helm of CCSU just over three months ago with a long and ambitious list of goals she plans to check off during her tenure as the 13th president of the university. 

But this is no check list of things Toro hopes to get done — these are deeply thought out, big-picture objectives that she fully...

By Amy J. Barry

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Ken Barone and IMRP at Forefront of Racial Profiling Law

Ken Barone, a policy and research specialist, leads efforts on two provocative studies for the Institute of Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP) at CCSU: racial profiling at traffic stops and Taser use by the police force.

Barone B.A. ’09, M.S. ‘13 says that he fell into policy work.

“I came to...

By Kate Callahan ’14

Terry Gomez Lombardi: A Lifetime of LearningAs a business leader, teacher, and community and education activist, Terry Gomez Lombardi ’77 traces her...

It All Adds Up For James MarinoFor dancer James “Combo” Marino, B.S. ’16, success is all about adaptability. How else does an...

Marques Jerrell Ruff: Singing for the Greatest GoodMarques Jerrell Ruff’s number-one goal is to attain EGOT status. The acronym is used to describe those win an...

The Grille of Victory: Pinch of Passion Feeds Alumnus’ SuccessM Waterfront Grille isn’t just a restaurant. It’s an experience. With the tagline “it’s all...

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Dynamic Entrepreneurial Duo Endows Scholarship to Promote Leadership

In the early 1970s, CCSU bustled with the political and social activism that also was taking place around the country. Suzanne (’74) and Peter (’74) Berry were big players in CCSU’s student political scene. Both were heavily involved in student government and credit this experience for providing a strong foundation...

By Susan Lovitt

Curtis Robinson: Paying it Back and ForwardContinuing a lifelong legacy, Curtis D. Robinson, the recipient of the Humanitarian Award at CCSU’s 2015 Ebenezer...

Pioli Fund a Big Win for CCSU FootballThe CCSU football program scored off the field in 2016, thanks to university alumnus and NFL star Scott...

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Blue Devils Spring Wrap-upIn what has become almost standard operating procedure in New Britain, the CCSU men’s cross-country and...

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The Little Poland section of New Britain is more colorful than ever thanks in part to CCSU alumna Joanna Figat Cistulli, ’11 (Industrial Technology: Graphics).

Cistulli’s...

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