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CCSU Associate Professor of History Leah S. Glaser appeared on WNPR’s "Where We Live" on Feb. 13. Glaser joined show host Lucy Nalpathanchil and a panel of experts and fellow historians to discuss how towns and cities across Connecticut and the Northeast are engaging residents in local history. Glaser teaches history and oversees the Public History Project at CCSU. Her current research and service interests include exploring the relationship between public history and issues of environmental sustainability. She chairs a National Council for Public History task force on the issue. 

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The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities honored the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project at CCSU with its Alvin W. Penn Award for Excellence in Leadership Award on Nov. 16 during the third annual Civil Rights Leaders and Legends Awards. CHRO presents annual awards to community-nominated civil rights leaders and legends for their contributions to civil rights in six categories: leadership, using media as a platform for social change, business or law, community activism, education, and social justice.

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The CCSU marching band earned an Appreciation Award at the 25th annual Festival of Bands at Rockville High School on Oct. 14. The band performed in exhibition at the festival, which showcases high school marching bands from around the state. Band members Kaitlyn Rice and Josh Hollm, both graduates of Rockville High, joined drum majors Cortney Els and Andrea DiCesare in accepting the award.

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CCSU Nursing students assisted the Lions Club of New Britain with the club’s fall Kidsight Vision Screening campaign. CCSU students and volunteers helped to screen approximately 6,500 elementary and middle school students in the New Britain school system.

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Twenty students participated in the Nov. 5 Shipman and Goodwin/CCSU Elevator Pitch Competition, competing for cash prizes donated by Shipman & Goodwin, LLP. A crowd of approximately 60 students, judges, and friends watched pitches for a range of ideas, from a mini-trash compactor for automobiles to a mobile app to find sports team members for pick-up games.

Jonathan Walker, a senior Marketing major, won the “Most Promising Idea” award for his pitch to create DIY wheel repair kits for skateboarders. Michael Vessichio, a senior General Management major, won for “Best Quality of Pitch” for his Fan Zone aggregating system for people who play in multiple fantasy sports systems.

Erin Vecsey, a senior Marketing major, won the award for the best “Main Street Business” for her pitch for a BMX track with a summer training camp.

Shane Okeefe, a Management major, won the grand prize for Radio Control Duck Decoy pitch.

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Professor of Biology Sylvia Halkin appeared on the Oct. 12 edition of WNPR’s “Where We Live” as part of a panel discussion on early-autumn animal behavior. Halkin discussed her research on deceptive behavior among squirrels around their food stores, work she’s conducted since 2004 with the assistance of her biology students.

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Carl A. Antonucci Jr., director of CCSU Library Services, and professor Kenneth DiMaggio of Capital Community College co-authored an article titled “To Fight for Italy, to Fight for America: For Italians in Connecticut, It Was a Fight for Liberty.” The article ran in the Spring 2017 edition of the Connecticut History Review.

Antonucci also edited The LITA Leadership Guide: The Librarian as Entrepreneur Leader and Technologist (Rowman and Littlefield; May 2017).

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The Latin American Studies Association selected an article by History professor Mary Ann Mahony as a top winner in its annual Section Awards. Submitted to the Brazil Section of LASA, Mahony’s piece, “The Life and Times of João Gomes: Slavery, Negotiation and Resistance in the Black Atlantic,” explores the life of João Gomes, an enslaved man born in the first half of the 19th century to Kongo parents in Angola. In her abstract Mahoney notes, “Gomes’ story makes clear that understanding the specific historical context in which they were born, rather than assuming a generalized ‘African’ past, is essential to understanding the thoughts, emotions, and strategies for survivals of Africans enslaved in Brazil.” The article appeared in Revista Crítica Histórica in June 2016.

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Psychology professors Carol S. Austad, Carolyn Fallahi, and Rebecca M. Wood contributed research to a study, “Longitudinal influence of alcohol and marijuana use on academic performance in college students,” in the online journal PLOS ONE. Their research was conducted as part of the Brain and Alcohol Research with College Students initiative, sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. BARCS, a collaboration by CCSU, Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center, Trinity College, University of Connecticut, and Yale University, is designed to answer find answers to questions frequently asked by scientists, legislators, students, and users of alcohol.

Among the study’s conclusions, the authors noted, “Overall, our study validates and extends the current literature by providing important implications of concurrent alcohol and marijuana use on academic achievement in college.”

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The Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association inducted Physical Education & Human Performance professor Kathy Pirog into its prestigious ’49 Club in January. The club was established to recognize professionals in the field of athletic training for their contributions, accomplishments, and dedication to service, leadership, and professionalism. This award is EATA’s highest honor.

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Men’s basketball coach Donyell Marshall, Dr. Joseph P. Paige, Philosophy lecturer Stephen Balkaran, Ramon Hernandez ’90, and Johnny Kidd ’93 were honored Oct. 20 at the 100 Men of Color Black Tie Gala at The Bushnell. The 100 Men of Color Black Tie Gala & Awards recognizes honorees’ contributions in business, education, entrepreneurship, government, entertainment, and service and the impact they have made on the lives of people in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. 

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The Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants reappointed assistant professor of Accounting Marie G. Kulesza, CPA of Plantsville, to serve as a member of its Advisory Council for the organization’s 2017-18 activity year, representing the Educators Interest Group. 

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