Yearly Archives: 2013

*The New Haven Register ran a Dec. 26 article in which Southern was mentioned as part of a farewell article about outgoing New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. He plans to teach a class here next fall.

*On Dec. 19, The New Haven Register published two photos from Southern’s first-ever December commencement ceremony, held on Dec. 18. Additional photos are posted on the Register website.

*Sousan Arafeh, assistant professor of educational leadership, was featured in a Dec. 15 articlein the New London Day. She co-created a multimedia program, called SayitSees, in which English-speaking children can learn other languages.

*A photo from the fall semester groundbreaking of the academic and laboratory science building ran in the Dec. 10 edition of the New Haven Register.

*Jeff Slomba, professor of art, and Patrick Heidkamp, chairman of the Geography Department, were mentioned in a Dec. 6 story in the New Haven Register that previewed the Connecticut at Work conference. They participated in the conference during a discussion about income disparities. The two have created a 3-D map that displays those disparities in Connecticut.

*A front page story about the cancer research of Sarah Crawford, professor of biology, appeared in the Dec. 1 edition of the New Haven Register. The story includes a look at her latest research, which includes a Christmas fern extract that is part of a three-component cocktail designed to combat a deadly form of brain cancer. She and former student Erin Boisvert recently received a patent for it.

*A column by Randall Beach about Frank Tavares, professor of communication, ran in the Dec. 1 edition of the New Haven Register. Until recently, Frank had been a longtime announcer on National Public Radio. He also recently wrote a book on short stories, “The Man Who Built Boxes.”

Don’t be arrogant. Don’t settle for less. And don’t ever give up.

Those were the recommendations of outgoing New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. in his commencement address to about 275 undergraduates who received diplomas Dec. 18, 2013 at Southern’s Lyman Center for the Performing Arts.

The ceremony marked Southern’s first winter commencement in its history. A total of about 450 students are expected to receive diplomas during the next few weeks.

DeStefano, in one of his final addresses as New Haven’s chief

executive, told the graduates that they can often make their own luck in life through hard work and commitment. He also outlined three suggestions for the students:

“Don’t think you did this by yourself.” He said that family, faculty, coaches and others have played a part in their success, as have the taxpayers of the state of Connecticut for paying to “keep the lights on” at Southern.

“Don’t settle for less.” DeStefano said that students should expect excellence, especially from themselves, and that working a little longer, a little harder or being a little more tolerant toward someone can make a big difference in their lives.

“Don’t give up.” He said that no matter how bad things may be on a given day, God probably loves them enough to give them another day. Persistence pays off, he said.

Southern President Mary A. Papazian also provided some encouraging words to the graduates.

“I have to say that during my presidency, I have been highly impressed by the quality of our students and the self-sacrifice, determination and sheer hard work that they have put in to achieve their goals,” she said. “And today, for you, our fall graduates, all that effort comes to a happy fruition.

“At Southern, we helped you study the deepest thoughts, the most compelling language, the most beautiful art and the most historic events,” the president added. “We helped you unravel the intricacies of science and math and the latest technologies. But now, the rest is up to you.”

Other speakers included: Merle Harris, a member of the state Board of Regents for Higher Education; Chelsea Schillizzi, president of the Class of 2014; and Teresa Sirico, president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Marianne Kennedy, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented the candidates for degrees.

An evening ceremony also was held at the Lyman Center for graduate students who are receiving diplomas in December.

Mythical creatures – the unicorn, the Loch Ness monster, dragons – fascinate us because a part of us wants to believe they are real. Who wouldn’t love to catch a glimpse of a winged horse soaring across the sky?

One animal — the saola, or “Asian unicorn” – recently came to international attention when a few blurry photographs of the once-thought mythical creature came to light. Scientists have known about the saola for many years, and minority peoples in Laos and Vietnam, where the animal lives, have known about it for centuries. Michele Thompson, Professor of History, studies the saola, having first learned of it 20 years ago. She says it is of real interest to biologists because it is so rare. “No scientist has seen one in the wild,” she says. “They have only seen saola that have been captured by local peoples.”

The saola is said to have been “recently discovered,” but that is only by scientists. Archaeological evidence of it exists, Thompson says, dating from the first centuries. For instance, images of horned animals engraved on bronze Dong Son drums — produced from about 600 B.C. or earlier until the third century A.D. — were once thought to portray mythical animals, but those animals are now believed to be saola.

She explains that the saola is not only its own species and its own genus, it is also its own tribe, which means that genetically it is very rare. Until recently, only the local people in Laos and Vietnam had seen the animal, which is unable to survive for long in captivity. “The issue of property rights in Vietnam got me fascinated with the saola,” Thompson says, explaining that the saola has been co-opted on a national level: the governments of Laos and Vietnam are claiming it, conservationists are claiming it and the minority peoples who know the animal best are claiming it. “There’s a tug-of-war over this animal,” Thompson says. “Who does it ‘belong’ to?” Thompson has applied for a grant to go to Laos and Vietnam next summer to study the situation with the saola.

Thompson refers to “transnational peoples” – groups that inhabit a particular area but do not recognize national boundaries. She says the transnational peoples in Laos and Vietnam had been disenfranchised but knew more about the saola than anyone else and had seen them. These peoples are being brought into the conservation effort, Thompson says, as their knowledge about the animal is recognized.

Three photos of the saola, taken at night with infrared camera, were recently released, and one of the photos appeared on CNN last month. Thompson says these images were the first such photos to appear in 15 years. Only one of the three photos really shows what the saola looks like: an antelope-like creature with two horns positioned close together on the front of its head. In profile, the two horns can appear to be one, hence the comparison with the unicorn.

Thompson says that, as with many rare animals, the saola have been poached via snares set in regions where they live. The minority peoples in the area who are now being brought into the conservation effort are being appointed as guards to remove snares put out by poachers, among other conservation measures being taken. “Snares are having a terribly detrimental effect on wildlife in Southeast Asia, not just on the saola,” says Thompson. “Hopefully the local peoples have been more empowered in their own areas by their inclusion in the conservation efforts.” Thompson credits Bill Robichaud, a saola conservationist, as having done more than anyone to bring minority people into the conservation effort.

Conservation groups are hoping to make the saola a “poster child” animal like the panda in China, Thompson says. “Everyone loves pandas, so people want to help them.” To preserve any animal you have to preserve habitat, which is good for the other wildlife and the people in the area.

Thompson’s areas of interest include Southeast Asia and the history of science and medicine. Before she became interested in the saola, she studied medicinal plants and the practice of big drug companies coming into an area and appropriating plants with ingredients needed for drugs.

To support the cause of saola protection, donations may be sent to Global Wildlife Conservation, P.O. Box 129, Austin, TX   78767-0129. Write “Saola” on the memo line of the check.

Looking at photos of the Eiffel Tower is one thing; actually standing beneath it and gazing up at its immensity, with the musical sound of the French language filling your ears, is quite another. Such a moment – and others like it – is common for students who choose to study abroad. Yet not only does international study enable a student to visit and learn about another culture, it also “challenges you to rethink and question beliefs you have had all your life,” says Erin Heidkamp, interim director of the Office of International Education (OIE). “It changes everyone in a different way.”

When Heidkamp first came to Southern about four years ago, OIE dealt strictly with study abroad. In most cases, Heidkamp explains, international program offices serve all members of the campus community and manage multiple programs and services, including individual study abroad, faculty-led programs abroad, risk management for study abroad, internships, scholarships, international insurance, immigration advising and much more. But at Southern, these programs and services developed over more than two decades in three different offices: International Programs, Sponsored Programs and Research, and International Student Services.

In January 2012, OIE was formed, merging the former Office of International Programs and the Office of International Student Services. Following Heidkamp’s appointment as interim director of OIE, she began to transition all international programs and services into a single office — the OIE.

She also took on the additional responsibility of handling H-1B visas for Southern’s full-time international non-immigrant faculty.  Thus, over a short period of time, and with no increase in staff, the landscape of the OIE changed dramatically while managing to maintain a student-centered approach. OIE’s efforts seem to be paying off: during the past year, the office sent more students abroad and welcomed more exchange students and J-1 visiting scholars than ever before, while expanding its programming to suit the needs of a much broader range of students.

Most notably, Heidkamp says, OIE has seen a 25-percent increase in study abroad participation, with even greater participation anticipated for 2014, based on long-term study abroad applications submitted for spring and fall and summer program abroad sign-up lists. Southern’s faculty-led spring break and summer program offerings for 2014 have

seen a 40-percent increase, with Jamaica, Brazil, Armenia and a re-envisioned China program joining the seven existing programs (Bermuda, Guatemala, Iceland, Paris, Rome, Spain and Tuscany), as well as a 40-percent increase in reciprocal exchange partner universities. OIE has also established National Student Exchange (NSE) as a “study away” experience for students unable or not yet prepared to study abroad.  Finally, the office reinvigorated the university’s J-1 Visa Visiting Scholar Program, with 15 international J-1 visiting scholars having visited Southern during the 2012-2013 academic year.

“Our students like the faculty-led programs,” Heidkamp says, explaining that many Southern students have never left the United States before, so they appreciate the structure a professor adds to the experience. She points out that with so many Southern students having jobs and other outside obligations, taking a whole year or semester to go abroad is not always feasible, thus the popularity of the shorter-term programs. Heidkamp says she had expected that the longer-term programs would have a bigger impact on students but has found that students return from the four- to six-week programs “transformed.”

Strengthening the university’s program in international education was part of the university’s 2007-2012 Strategic Plan: “Preparing students and faculty for life and work in a global society” is one of the plan’s overarching goals and strategic initiatives, and such preparation includes expanding international opportunities for both students and faculty. Heidkamp says it remains to be seen how global education will fit into the university’s new strategic plan, as well as the ConnSCU plan, but both President Mary Papazian and interim Provost Marianne Kennedy have been very supportive of OIE and its efforts to grow the university’s international offerings.

“We must recognize that we are part of a global marketplace, and we must strive to give our students more international exposure at home and abroad,” Papazian said in her State of the University address earlier this semester. “We can achieve our goal of preparing our local students for a global world both by increasing opportunities for study abroad programs and by attracting more foreign — and out-of-state — students to attend Southern and further enrich the diverse tapestry of our campus.”

OIE holds an annual welcome back event in October, to acknowledge the significance of students’ study abroad experiences, and a scholarship ceremony in April. This year, Heidkamp says, her office is coordinating with GEAC to hold a spring international festival on campus with speakers, performances and foods from around the world.


    Art Professor Mia Brownell, a painter, will have two important solo shows opening in the same week in January. One show will be in a gallery in the heart of the art district in New York City, and the other is Brownell’s first museum show, in New Jersey.

    From Jan. 9-Feb. 8, J. Cacciola Gallery in New York will present Delightful, Delicious, Disgusting, an exhibition featuring new paintings by Brownell. All are welcome to attend the opening party on Jan. 9 from 6-8 p.m. Brownell also plans to be available to students at the gallery on Jan. 24 from 2-4 p.m. In addition, a traveling retrospective of her work will be at The Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, N.J. from Jan. 12-March 9. A reception and artist talk will take place at the museum on Jan. 12 from 2-4 p.m., and Brownell will offer a workshop on drawing still life at the museum on March 1 from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Brownell’s paintings are inspired by molecular models and the history of still life painting and simultaneously draw on images retrieved from Protein Data Bank files (where the structures of proteins and nucleic acids are recorded) and the history of the painted food still life. She emulates the masters while introducing a crosscurrent of contemporary themes including the complexities of the industrialized food complex as well as the fundamental schemes of the natural universe.

    In the new series of work to be exhibited at J. Cacciola Gallery, Brownell adds to her vocabulary the connection of pollination and the industrialized food complex. She brings attention to the recent astronomical loss of honeybees in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The work focuses on primal questions about food – from how it is grown to how it functions as a signifier in society with a particular focus on pollination.

    Brownell studied painting at Carnegie Mellon University and Parsons School of Design in Paris before earning her M.F.A. at SUNY-Buffalo. Her work is included in several public and private collections, including the Addison Gallery of American Art, National Academy of Sciences, Fidelity Investments, and Wellington Management. She has exhibited extensively, and throughout 2014 her traveling retrospective will move from the Hunterdon Art Museum in New Jersey to the Juniata College Museum of Art in Pennsylvania and the Housatonic Museum of Art in Connecticut.

    For more information about the J. Cacciola Gallery show, call (212) 462-4646, email or visit the gallery’s website. For information about the Hunterdon Museum show, call (908) 735-8415 or visit the museum’s website.

    If you’re a college student, chances are you’re busy this week studying for final exams. In fact, some of you may have taken at least one exam already.

    And high school students, your first-semester (or second-marking period) is probably about to close after the first of the year. And you know what that means. It won’t be long after the holidays that the Exam Grinch comes knocking at your classroom door.

    High school and college students are preparing for their semester exams.
    High school and college students are preparing for their semester exams.

    Denise Zack, a counselor in Southern’s University Counseling Office, has plenty of good advice about how to keep your stress levels to a minimum during this time of year.

    There is no way, of course, to avoid some anxiety of exams. And frankly, a little bit of stress can actually enhance your success on the exams. But high school and college students run the risk of “stress overload,” which can detract from your optimal performance.

    For some suggestions on how to cope with pre-exam stress, check out our May 21 post.

    Good luck on your exams!

    For more than a decade, colleges and the business world have been trying to adjust to the distinctive characteristics of the Millennial Generation – those who were born from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s.

    The differences among the generations often create misunderstandings.

    For example, that sense of independence – if you want to do it right, do it yourself approach — brought to the workplace by Generation X (born from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s) was clashing with the collegial ethos of the Millennials. And unlike the Baby Boomers (born 1946 to the early 1960s), who put a lot of value in working long hours at the office, Millennials place a higher premium on getting the job done efficiently.

    Keynote speaker Kim Lear talks about generational differences during a recent forum at Southern.
    Keynote speaker Kim Lear talks about generational differences during a recent forum at Southern.

    For Boomers and Xers, the unwritten rules at work said that as you climbed the hierarchical ladder, you would be involved in discussions of higher importance. That workplace culture is almost anathema to Millennials, who want to be part of those discussions from their earliest days at an organization. They prefer a collegial, more horizontal organizational.

    The differences among the generations are often stark. But just as some organizations have learned to adjust to the Millennials’ expectations and create a more peaceful co-existence among the generations, a new generation with its own trends and traits is beginning to emerge.

    Generation Edge – those who were born since the mid-1990s – is about to enter colleges starting next year. And some have already joined the workforce.

    Will they be like the Millennial Generation – tech savvy, team-oriented, optimistic and with high expectations? While they are likely to be even more technologically advanced, the early indications are that they are quite different in many respects.

    Cheshire High School students -- members of Generation Edge -- share a moment with Kim Lear (standing, fourth from left).
    Cheshire High School students — members of Generation Edge — share a moment with Kim Lear (standing, fourth from left).

    That subject was among those discussed recently at Southern during a forum, “Ready or Not, Connecticut, the Millennial Generation is Here!…And the GenEdgers Aren’t Far Behind.” The forum looked at the characteristics of the various generations throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Kim Lear, an expert on generational trends and changes for a Minnesota-based company called BridgeWorks, gave the audience a glimpse into what the early research says about Generation Edge, sometimes referred to as Generation Z or NetGen.

    She pointed to three budding trends:

    *The brains of today’s youth may actually be changing, probably as a result of their technological immersion. Lear said that while people often refer to “multitasking” as a skill, it is not something the human brain can actually do. She notes that the actual skill should be called “switch tasking,” which is based on how much or little effectiveness you lose in between tasks, such as doing your homework while reading your text messages and watching part of a television show. “There are Harvard studies so far showing that GenEdgers are losing significantly less (effectiveness) than the rest of us do,” Lear said. “This is a function of their brain that other brains may not actually have.”

    *GenEdgers may be able to create authentic, meaningful relationships with people via Skype and other technological devices in which people can see each other, even though they may be physically a long distance away from each other. “When the virtual world was becoming really big, there were a lot of studies to see if human beings can create relationships through a screen,” Lear said. “The conclusion was basically ‘no.’ But there is a study being done right now on young children and their relationships with their grandparents. There are some kids who are spending a lot of time on FaceTime and Skype and who only see each other once or twice a year. There are some theorists who are projecting that this may be the first generation that can build real connections with people through a screen. That obviously would completely change the workplace and even the marketplace over the next 15 or 20 years.”

    *While Millennials are known for having a collaborative spirit, GenEdgers have a much more competitive spirit. This may be due to a change in parenting styles. Baby Boomers are largely the parents of Millennials, while GenXers are usually the parents of GenEdgers. Lear pointed out that GenXers are known for their straightforward, no sugar-coating style of communication. “We are actually seeing that their direct style of communication is exactly how they are speaking to their kids,” Lear said. “And when we are talking with 12-year-olds, their knowledge of the recession is unbelievable. Their parents are telling them money doesn’t grow on trees. Student loans exist. And these kids know that they’re not just competing for jobs with the people sitting next to them. They’re competing for jobs with kids in China who can do with that they can do, maybe better, and for less. That is going to have a huge impact on the way that people work and what they are motivated by in the future.”

    The following is a chart of the 20th and 21st century generations, the corresponding birth years and the characteristics/milestones of each:

    *A story ran in the Nov. 25 edition of the New Haven Register about a fundraising effort ofLisa Siedlarz, loan administrator for the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, which will benefit wounded veterans in Connecticut.

    *A Nov. 24 article about Tim Parrish, professor of English, and his book, “Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist,” ran in the New Haven Register. The story talks about his descent into racism during his youth, followed by a turning point in his young life that spurred him away from racism.

    *The retirement of Southern football coach Rich Cavanaugh, who piloted the team since 1985, generated media coverage:

    Channel 8 ran a story during its Nov. 20 broadcasts, and the New Haven Register published an article in its Nov. 21 edition.

    A variety of other media outlets also carried the story, including the New England Cable Newsnetwork.

    *Southern’s Nov. 18 forum, “Ready or Not, Connecticut, the Millennial Generation is Here!…And the GenEdgers Aren’t Far Behind,” drew tremendous media coverage. The program examined the trends and characteristics of the Millennials (those born between the early 1980s and the mid-1990s), as well as Generation Edge (those born since the mid-1990s), while comparing them to previous generations.

    The state’s largest four largest newspapers — Hartford Courant, New Haven Register, Connecticut Post and Waterbury Republican-American — are among those media outlets that wrote about the event, either on the day of the program of in advance of it.

    The media coverage follows:

    • The Republican-American ran a lengthy advance story on Nov. 15.
    • A Nov. 15 entry in the Post blog, “Education Matters,” written by reporter Linda Lambeck, offered a preview of the forum.
    • On Nov. 16, WTIC (1080 AM) aired an interview with keynote speaker Kim Lear as a preview of the forum. The interview was part of the station’s “Saturdays with Ray Dunaway” morning show.
    • Joe Amarante, a reporter/columnist with the Register, wrote a column that ran in the Nov. 17 edition of the paper in advance of the event.
    • The Register also ran an advance of the forum online on Nov. 6, and posted four photos from the event online on Nov. 18.
    • The Courant ran a story on Nov. 19 in the paper’s business section.
    • An article that previewed the forum was posted online in the Courant’s MyTowns section on Oct. 31.
    • Channel 30 aired a brief segment on the forum during its 5:30 p.m. newscast on Nov. 18.
    • WQUN (1220 AM) aired a segment on the station’s newscasts on Nov. 18.
    • The Connecticut (Television) Network (CT-N) aired the program several times, beginning on Nov. 19.
    • The Cheshire Herald ran a story with photos in its Dec. 5 edition.

    *The New Haven Register ran a Nov. 14 article about a panel discussion at Southern pertaining to trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder.

    *Christina Baum, director of library services, was quoted in a Nov. 14 article in theConnecticut Post about a master plan for the future of Bridgeport’s downtown library and four branches. She talked about how the plan is worthy and ambitious, but that today’s rapid changes in technology can alter even the best laid plans.

    *Channel 8 aired a story on Nov. 13 about Sarah Crawford, professor of biology, receiving a patent for an “anti-cancer cocktail” designed to fight a deadly form of brain cancer. Christmas fern extracts are part of that three-component cocktail that has shown promise in pre-clinical testing.

    *On Nov. 12, Channel 8 broadcast a segment about the Gear Up program’s Celebration Day on campus.

    *A preview of a talk by Mitch Albom ran in a Nov. 11 column by Joe Amarante of the New Haven Register. Albom is the author of the novel, “The First Phone Call from Heaven.” He spoke at the Lyman Center.

    The Hartford Courant also previewed the talk in a Nov. 12 column by Mary Ellen Fillo.

    *The Hartford Courant ran a Nov. 10 story about a mural that was on display in the Lyman Center. The mural was created by Michael Borders and honors Connecticut business and industry.

    *The New Haven Register ran a Nov. 7 preview story of a talk to be given by Buddy Valastro, also known as The Cake Boss.

      Connecticut college students interested in pursuing the applied sciences will have more opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research thanks to the newly designated ConnSCU Center for Nanotechnology at Southern.

      The designation by the state Board of Regents for Higher Education opens the door for students and faculty members from the 16 other institutions in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System to pursue collaborative research and partner with representatives from business and industry.

      The center has been operating for several years as a Southern-based facility, offering hands-on training in a field that draws upon several scientific disciplines – including chemistry, biology, physics and engineering. Students use specialized equipment, including a state-of-the-art microscope that uses electrons to image materials on the atomic scale.

      The National Science Foundation estimates that 2 million workers will be needed to support nanotechnology industries worldwide within the next 15 years. Nanotech is already being used to produce new medicines, improved medical imaging tools and more durable construction materials, as well as energy-efficient power sources like fuel cells, batteries and solar panels.

      “It’s a very exciting time for us, especially as we await the opening of a new science building (projected in 2015), which will enable us to do more things with a state-of-the-art facility and equipment,” says Christine Broadbridge, chairwoman of the Physics Department and the center’s director.

      The new center will soon include research in the nano-medicine field. Broadbridge says that Southern faculty from the departments of Chemistry, Biology and Physics will be working together to develop topics such as examining how drugs are delivered in the human body, and research and development for new medical devices and implants.

      The center will also feature environmental applications of nanotechnology — such as testing products that can sense microscopic pollutant particles — and manufacturing applications of nanotech. These include creating more durable products and examining devices that can enhance the speed of computers.

      Broadbridge notes that a fellowship program affiliated with the new center is being developed. Several students who participate in nanotech research at the center will be awarded a stipend annually. The stipends will be geared primarily to Southern undergraduates.

      “The idea is that the stipends will enable those students to engage in their research projects without having to worry about working a job during that period,” she says. “It also gives those students the opportunity to learn the business side of science, such as marketing products.” The fellowship program will be funded through a gift from the Werth Family Foundation, which recently contributed $3 million to Southern’s science programs.

      The center itself is being funded through a variety of sources, including grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

      Rich Cavanaugh has announced his retirement as head football coach at Southern, effective January 1, 2014. Cavanaugh has enjoyed an affiliation with the university since 1982 and served as head coach of the Owls’ gridiron squad since 1985.

      “Rich Cavanaugh has left an indelible mark on both our football program and our institution as a whole over more than three decades of service to Southern Connecticut State University,” said Director of Athletics Patricia D. Nicol. “Over the course of his tenure, he guided our program to newfound heights on the playing field, in the classroom and in the community.

      “The impact that Coach Cavanaugh has had on thousands of student-athletes goes far beyond the wins and losses. Through his commitment and dedication, our institution has been impacted in such a profound way. I thank Rich for his service to Southern Connecticut State University and wish him and his wife, Carol, all the best in retirement.”

      Cavanaugh concludes his career as the winningest (170 victories) and longest tenured head coach in program history. He recorded 19 winning seasons on the Owls’ sidelines, highlighted by four consecutive NCAA Championship appearances from 2005-08.

      “It has been a great honor to serve as the head football coach at Southern Connecticut State University for the past 29 years,” Cavanaugh said. “The success that we have enjoyed as a program over that time has been the byproduct of support from an extensive group of individuals.

      “I want to thank everyone affiliated with our administration during my time here at SCSU, beginning with Ray DeFrancesco for providing the opportunity to serve as our head coach, and stretching up to today with the great support from our university President Dr. Mary Papazian and Director of Athletics Pat Nicol.

      “I also want to thank all of the assistant coaches and student-athletes who have been a part of our program during my time here at SCSU. Each and every one has had a profound impact on my life. I am forever grateful for their hard work and dedicated efforts to making our program and our university the best it could be.”

      Southern Connecticut claimed its first NCAA playoff victory during the 2007 season under Cavanaugh’s guidance. The Owls also earned a share of three Northeast-10 Conference Championships (2006, 2009, 2010).

      Over the course of his career, Cavanaugh coached 148 All-Conference selections, 66 All-New England honorees, 53 All-ECAC performers, 17 All-Americans, 14 All-Northeast Region picks, six Offensive Players of the Year, three Northeast-10 Most Valuable Players, three NE-10 Rookies of the Year, three NE-10 Defensive Players of the Year, two NE-10 Defensive Linemen of the Year, two Division II-III Gold Helmet Award winners (Jim Lukowiak in 2005 and Steve Armstrong in 2007) and two NE-10 Offensive Linemen of the Year.

      The 2008 Northeast-10 Coach of the Year, Cavanaugh finishes his career with an overall mark of 170-131-1 in 29 seasons as head coach. He ranks No. 29 in NCAA Division II history in coaching victories with his 170 triumphs.

      Several Owls moved on to the National Football League after playing for Cavanaugh at SCSU, including Joe Andruzzi (10-year career with the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns; three-time Super Bowl Champion), Jacques Cesaire (eight seasons with the San Diego Chargers), Scott Mersereau (eight seasons with the New York Jets) and Travis Tucker (three seasons with the Cleveland Browns).

      A national search for Cavanaugh’s successor will begin immediately.