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A big welcome

Published: July 02, 2018

On May 10, university officials named the welcome center in Memorial Hall after friend, supporter, and alumnus Paul Gianaris, ’70.

In her remarks, President Zulma R. Toro said, “The space we are dedicating today is a fitting tribute to Paul’s generosity. This is a welcome center, and one of the first places prospective students visit when they tour campus. Paul has done so much to ensure students feel welcome here, and his legacy will carry on that goodwill starting right here.”

To date, Gianaris has made more than $346,000 in gifts to the University. His family’s scholarship fund, which is valued at $511,163, has been awarded to 16 students in the School of Business or the School of Engineering, Science, and Technology. He remains an avid Blue Devils fan and is the former treasurer of the Track Club.

As executor of the Anthony and Helen Bichum Estate, Paul directed more than $5 million dollars to the School of Engineering and to scholarships and athletics. The combined value of the Bichum funds now is $7.4 million.

A plaque in Gianaris’ honor posted outside the welcome center reads:

“Paul Gianaris Student Welcome Center

“With grateful appreciation for his support of the students, faculty and programs of Central Connecticut State University”.

On May 10, university officials named the welcome center in Memorial Hall after friend, supporter, and alumnus Paul Gianaris, ’70.