In Her First 100 Days, President Toro Opens New Doors

Dr. Zulma R. Toro is the 13th president of Central Connecticut State University.

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 Central to be a...

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 determination and compassion back to the...

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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 Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award in...

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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 Bassett Day Ceremony, surprised...

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 Pioli.  Pioli, recently named assistant general...


Donyell Marshall is Building a Better Basketball Team

Central Connecticut State University head men’s basketball coach Donyell Marshall has had quite the career. An All-American in college and 18 years in the NBA probably set him up well for his first head coach job, right?  “My experiences in college and in the NBA help me relate to the kids every day. I can share...

By Tom Pincince, MS ’14

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

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