Three sisters share a dream, then an alma mater

(From left) Elizabeth Angelillo, Christina Perez-Burby, and Cynthia Rivera are shown here at the EOP 50th anniversary celebration in Alumni Hall on June 29. (Photo by Johnathon Henninger)

When they were girls living in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, N.Y., two sisters dreamed of growing up to be career women. With some help from the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at CCSU, Elizabeth Angelillo and Christina Perez-Burby realized their dream years later and a world away in Connecticut.


By Loretta Waldman


Carol Ammon takes on a new mission

When Carol Ammon ’73 retired as CEO of Endo Pharmaceuticals in 2007, she redefined the term. “Retirement” from the company she created brought with it a comparable workload, thanks in part to her active participation on several nonprofit boards of directors. She even joined a few new ones. Then she decided to go to...

By Marisa Nadolny

EOP: 50 years old and going strongHalf a century ago, CCSU launched a program that has opened the doors of higher education to thousands of students, many of whom were the first in their...

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Creative confidence drives alumnus Jeff Boratko

Jeff Boratko ’16 started what might be called the overture to his future career at CCSU. “I learned more about creativity here than any other place in my life,” he says.   That creative boost fueled his undergraduate workload, which grew to include an unexpected turn as a composer for four Theatre...

By Kate Callahan ’14

Alumni carve out careers as pottersWhat happens when two CCSU students, one a Math major and one a Geography major, meet in an elective ceramics class and fall in love with the art form and each...

Matt Friedman ’83 takes on human trafficking industryWhen Matt Friedman graduated from CCSU in 1983 with a degree in biology and psychology, he never imagined he would end up as an international human trafficking...

Wendell Davis: Leading for the long termWendell Davis graduated from CCSU in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science — what he calls an important “stepping stone” on his...

Mann ’84 named director of LGBT Center, joins full-time History facultyWilliam J. Mann ’84, awarding-winning biographer, historian, and LGBTQ activist, has been hired as the new director of Central Connecticut State...

Lukas Murphy empowers English speakers in Brazil and beyondLukas Murphy ’97 has lived and taught English all around the world. Most recently, his skills brought him to Brazil. As recipient of a U.S. Department...

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A big welcome from Paul Gianaris

On May 10, university officials named the welcome center in Memorial Hall after friend, supporter, and alumni 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...

The power of partnershipOn the morning of May 19, most members of the CCSU community had one thing on their minds: commencement. That quickly changed when President Zulma R. Toro...

Willard-DiLoreto set to open in JanuaryVisitors to campus likely will hear and then see the flurry of construction work underway at Willard and DiLoreto halls. If all goes according to plan, the...

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