Monthly Archives: May 2015

*Armen Marsoobian, professor of philosophy, was quoted extensively in an article that appeared in the April 24 edition of Newsweek magazine. The story was about why scholars generally agree that the Armenian Genocide was a genocide, but President Obama has not referred to it as such.

*The Register posted photos April 21 of the game between the Southern students and the Connecticut Spokebenders, a wheelchair basketball team.

*Daniel Elliot, one of our soon-to-be graduates, was featured April 28 on Channel 3 in a storyat the end of the 5:30 p.m. newscast. Dan is one of this year’s recipients of the Barnard Distinguished Student Award, presented for outstanding academic achievement and community service. He was a life guard in New York, having rescued hundreds of people over the years. Last summer, he suffered a major spinal injury while trying to rescue someone stranded away from shore. The injury could have taken his life, or at least, left him with serious deficiencies in his motor skills. But Dan has recovered completely, which has amazed his doctor. He was an outstanding swimmer for the Owls’ men’s swimming and diving team before sustaining the injury. The segment aired for a little more than 2 minutes.

*The Mary and Louis Fusco Distinguished Lecture, which on April 20 featured former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, and former Yankees star relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, attracted considerable media attention.

The New Haven Register, Hartford Courant, Meriden Record-Journal each ran pieces in their April 21 paper, the day after the lecture, which was in a conversational form with ESPN Sports Center anchor Linda Cohn.

The following is the link to the Register story:

The following is the link to the Courant article:

The following is the link to the Record-Journal story:

In addition, (a branch of posted a story April 20 on its website.*

*The events at Southern this week marking the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocidewere included in an April 14 article about the subject in the New Haven Register.

*The New Haven Register has posted an online photo page from the April 20 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Buley Library.

*Merritt Ruff, a student at Southern and a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, was quoted in a New Haven Register story that ran April 19 about reactions from African-American fraternities to the recent racist chant by a fraternity at the University of Oklahoma.

*Southern’s undergraduate commencement ceremony, scheduled for May 15 with featured speaker Heather Abbott, was mentioned in an April 9 roundup story about area college/university commencement events in Thursday’s New Haven Register. Heather lost part of her left leg in the tragedy, but today is helping other amputees adjust to their situation.

The Providence Journal also included a mention of her plans to speak at Southern’s undergraduate commencement in an article that ran April 10.

*The New Haven Register ran two articles about Southern in the “Education Connection” supplement that ran April 8. The supplement also ran in the Shoreline Times, Post-Chronicle and the Milford-Orange Bulletin. A story about the recent Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference was included, along with a photo from the event. And a short story on the new geospatial information science and technology minor also appeared in the supplement.

*Misty Ginicola, associate professor of counseling and school psychology, was interviewed April 6 during the 9:00 segment of the Channel 61 Morning Show about how therapy dogs are used to help children with autism read people’s faces and emotions. The live, in-studio segment aired for about 6 minutes, which is longer than most TV interviews. Misty has conducted research on multicultural competence in counseling, including the use of creative strategies in counseling sessions (such as therapy dogs). She also uses a therapy dog as part of her private counseling practice, and works as a training and evaluation associate through the Mutt-i-grees program, a social and emotional learning skills curriculum for children in grades pre-K to 12 created by Yale University and the North Shore Animal League.

*The Hartford Business Journal ran an article (scroll to Page 10) in its summer Connecticut Green Guide (published May 25) about a study conducted by recent graduate Ashley Hartle. Ashley, who graduated in December and shared a poster presentation in March at the SCSU Undergraduate Research Conference, examined the relationship between a state’s “green” commuting habits (e.g. carpooling, public transit, biking) and its quality of roads. She found that the higher a state’s percentage of environmentally friendly work commutes, the worse the quality of roads.

The piece also includes a comment from Kevin Buterbaugh, Ashley’s advisor and professor of political science.

*The upcoming open house for the university’s graduate level STEM programs (June 12)  recently garnered some attention in the New Haven Register and the Connecticut Post.

The Register ran a story in its May 26 paper:

The Post included the announcement in two of its blogs – “Education Matters,” which is related to education issues, on May 24, and “Connecticut Postings,” which is the paper’s general news blog, on May 25.

*New Haven Living magazine recently ran a story about the completion of renovations toBuley Library, and the impending opening of the Academic and Laboratory Science Building.

*Cindy Simoneau, chairwoman of the Journalism Department, was mentioned in aConnecticut Poststory during the weekend of May 23-24 about the recent Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) awards. During the ceremony, Cindy was inducted into theConnecticut Journalism Hall of Fame. She is a former assistant managing editor for the Connecticut Post and is a former president of SPJ.

*An op-ed piece co-authored by President Mary Papazian and Stephen Hegedus, dean of the School of Education, in support of the proposed relocation of New Haven’s Strong School to the Southern campus, appeared in Sunday’s New Haven Register.

The article focused on the potential benefits to students in both the New Haven Public Schools and at Southern if the Strong 21st Century Communications Magnet School and Lab is relocated to our campus. The New Haven Board of Alders has been weighing the option and a decision is expected shortly.

Southern also was mentioned in a story posted May 22 in the New Haven Independent about the proposed relocation.

*Southern’s undergraduate commencement on May 15 generated plenty of media coverage.Heather Abbott, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings, was the featured speaker at the ceremony, held at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.

The New Haven Register and Hartford Courant both posted stories that ran in their May 16 editions. In addition, the Register posted an online photo album, while the Courant posted an online video. The Connecticut Post ran photos in its May 16 edition, while also posting a photo album. And Channel 8 ran a story on the day of the event.

In addition, several out-of-state television stations – including the New England Cable Newsnetwork (NECN) – ran stories that referred to the SCSU commencement, even though the stories themselves focused on Heather’s reaction later in the day to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev being sentenced to death in connection with the bombings.

And on May 16 , Heather mentioned the SCSU Commencement and our students during aninterview with the TodayShow.

*The New Haven Register ran a May 5 story on Michelle Grecni, a pole vaulter on the women’s track and field team, as she prepares to compete in the Division II national championships later this month.

*President Mary Papazian was mentioned in an article that was published May 5 in theArmenian Weekly newspaper as a co-moderator of an event in Times Square (New York) to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

*The May 4 signing ceremony to launch the partnership between Southern and the city of New Haven to boost the region’s biotechnology industry garnered media coverage in the New Haven Register and the New Haven Independent.

The following is the link to the story that appeared on May 5 in the Register. (The link also includes photos that were posted online yesterday of the ceremony and of the construction of the Academic and Laboratory Science Building.):

In addition, an op-ed by President Mary Papazian and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp ran in the May 5 edition of the Register. The op-ed discussed topics such as the new partnership and the need for more graduates with a degree in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines.

The following is a link to the Independent story, which also includes some photos and was published on May 4:

*David Kemler, a professor of exercise science and an expert on sports psychology, was interviewed for a story on Channel 3 that aired May 4 during the 5 p.m. newscast. The interview focused on whether cash incentives can help people reach fitness goals.

*Police Chief Joe Dooley was quoted in a Hartford Courantstory May 4 about the use of body cameras by police in Connecticut.

*Steve Abbagnaro, a student who is graduating this month and whose company has been working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was highlighted in an article May 3 in the Middletown Press. A computer science major, he also has found security flaws for prominent companies in the past.

The way you are perceived by your closest friends may predict how long you will live, according to a study co-authored by a Southern Connecticut State University adjunct professor.

You’ve almost certainly seen at least one of those tests that attempts to predict how long you’re going to live. They are usually based on lifestyle choices and heredity – are you a smoker? Do you exercise? What is your diet? How old did your parents and relatives live?

While imperfect, these tests can give you some insight into the potential health challenges you face. But another test also has proven to be a good predictor of longevity, and the questions have more to do with personality characteristics then genetics or how much you work out. In fact, the most accurate predictor in this study has to do with your friends’ perceptions of your personality – while you are in your 20s.

A study co-authored by Madeleine Leveille, an adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Department at Southern, and her husband James Connolly, who previously has taught as an adjunct at Southern, shows that how your five closest friends perceive your personality is a key forecaster of your longevity. Leveille and Connolly were among five co-authors of the study.

For men, the most predictive personality trait was conscientiousness. Those whose friends rated them highly enough to place among the top 25 percent of participants with regard to this characteristic lived an average of 10 to 12 years longer than those who were ranked in the bottom 25 percent.

“The difference is roughly the equivalent of that between smokers and nonsmokers,” Connolly says.

Openness (to ideas and experiences) also was a predictive quality for men with an average of 3 to 4 years difference in longevity between those who scored among the highest and lowest quartile in this category.

For women, emotional stability was the most important personality trait with a 3- to 4-year differential between those in the top and bottom 25 percent. And agreeableness was the second most important quality for women, with an average gap of 2 years.

Now, you might be thinking that this test sounds like something from a bygone era – particularly with how women are judged. And in some ways, it is. The data for the study were collected between 1935 and 1938 by the late psychologist E. Lowell Kelly. About 300 engaged couples – most of whom were residents of New England with an average age of 25 — were interviewed separately from their betrothed. Their friends, as identified by the participants as individuals who knew them well enough to provide accurate assessments, were questioned. Most of the participants named five friends, although the number ranged from three to eight, and most were members of their wedding party.

“This was in an era before the long-term employment of women became the norm,” Connolly says. “Would the personality characteristics change among later generations? It’s possible, but we won’t know conclusively for some time.”

All participants were scored in five personality characteristics – conscientiousness, openness, agreeableness, emotional stability and extraversion.

Leveille and Connolly, who have their own psychology practice in Waterford, followed up the data from the study several years ago. The results were published in a recent edition of the prominent journal “Psychological Science.”

“If you think about it, the results of the study make sense,” Leveille says. “Who knows you better than your friends? And when you look at the key personality traits involved, men who are conscientious are less impulsive and less likely to take unnecessary risks. And those who are open-minded were more likely, for example, to give up cigarette smoking after the scientific evidence mounted in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s that it is harmful to your health.

“As for the women, you have to keep in mind that these individuals grew up in the 1920s and 30s. Being agreeable back then probably meant being a good housewife and having a close network of friends.”

The study also looked at how individuals perceived their own personality characteristics. Some correlation between self-perceived personality traits and longevity existed among men. In other words, men who gave themselves high marks for conscientiousness and openness tended to live a little longer, but it was not as much of a factor as their friends’ perception. Among women, self-perception was not a factor at all.

How would your closest friends evaluate you?