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President Zulma R. Toro and William Fothergill, chair of the Bassett Memorialization Committee, celebrate after a March 20 naming ceremony at Ebenezer D. Bassett Hall. (Photo by John Atashian)

It took 167 years for Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett to be recognized not only as the first student of color to graduate from CCSU (class of 1853), but for his lifetime of achievements as a highly respected educator, prominent abolitionist, and the first African American ambassador from the United States.

But once the ball got...

By Amy J. Barry

Alumni Connection

Michael Zaba ’01 receives prestigious Milken Educator Award

Creative student-centered, cross-curricular learning and collaboration are core components of Michael Zaba’s teaching methodology. They are also what earned the CCSU alumnus a national Milken Educator Award. An art instructor and head teacher at Louis Toffolon Elementary School in Plainville, Zaba is the only Connecticut winner...

By Amy J. Barry

Six athletes, one team head to Alumni Athletics Hall of FameThe Central Connecticut State University Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame inducted a new class during a ceremony on May 3. The inductees include Tim...

For Rebecca Stath ’06 it all added up at CCSUWhen Rebecca Stath ’06 graduated from Southington High School in 2002, she was set to go to college in New Hampshire and study speech pathology. Then she...

Jim Murphy ’86: Engineering a path to higher educationSixteen years ago, when CCSU alumni Jim Murphy ’86 was fired from a job for his sexual orientation, it turned out to be a gift in disguise. It propelled...

Running with the TimberwolvesHow does a shy kid who’s good with numbers turn his love of basketball into a dream job? For Nick Restifo, it started with a master’s degree in...

Features

CARE Scholars program is close to co-founder’s heart

New college students often experience self-doubt. For students in the child welfare system, that uncertainty can be particularly debilitating and self-defeating, according to Chris Marinelli Scott ’17, a university assistant for Central’s Academic, Readiness & Engagement Scholars (CARE) program. “The first year...

By Kate Callahan ’14

Sometimes it pays to 'Dream Big'When Jill Crandall White ’17 of Southington graduated from CCSU’s Strategic Communication graduate program, she was so inspired by her classwork...

Africana Studies Center hosts milestone conferenceThe Center for Africana Studies marked the 25th anniversary of its annual conference on March 21 in Alumni Hall. The event featured lectures and presentations...

Campus Connection

Building on the past, CCSU reopens Willard-Diloreto complex

When the university community convened to celebrate the official ribbon-cutting of the newly renovated Willard-DiLoreto complex on Feb. 20, hundreds of well-wishers attended the festivities for what most agreed was an exciting development. But for Dr. Zulma R. Toro, the completion of the $63 million total gut renovation of the two...

By Marisa Nadolny

CCSU Nursing launches clinical partnership with CT HospiceIt’s a picture-perfect day. Expansive views of Long Island Sound greet guests of The Connecticut Hospice in Branford. In the conference room, a group of...

Campus news round-upForums bring big names to campus The University presented two special programs ahead of the November 2018 elections to engage the campus community and the...

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