In the News – February 2016

In the News – February 2016

Jodie Mozdzer Gil, assistant professor of journalism, wrote a column that appeared Feb. 25  in the New Haven Register regarding compliance with the state’s Freedom of Information (FoI) laws. The project was conducted, in part, by SCSU’s journalism students – and coordinated by Jodie and Jerry Dunklee, professor of journalism, as well as Viktoria Sundqvist, managing editor for Central Connecticut, Digital First Media. It sampled government agencies in Connecticut communities to determine if they complied with FoI.

The Connecticut Post ran a Page 1 story Feb. 19 about a reading intervention program offered by Southern’s Psychology Department at St. James School in Stratford. Faculty and students have been working with those first- and second-grade students at the school who are below grade level in reading comprehension. Assessment tests showed major gains by those students during the 2014-15 school year. Deborah Carroll, professor of psychology; Cheryl Durwin, assistant chairwoman of the psychology department, and Emily Spoto, an SCSU psychology major, were quoted in the story. Three photos accompanied the article.

On Feb. 23, the Connecticut Post ran an editorial Tuesday that gave a “thumbs up” to Southern for this reading intervention program.

A story on Elizabeth Hamilton, an adjunct faculty member in the English Department, ran Feb. 19 in the Hartford Courant. The article looked at how musical settings of her poetry were going to be performed last Saturday.

Armen Marsoobian, professor of philosophy, was featured in the Feb. 12 edition of The Armenian Weekly for various projects he has conducted associated with his family’s witness to the Armenian Genocide.

A roundup story on Feb. 7 in the New Haven Register about enrollment trends included a prominent mention of Southern, and was accompanied by two front page photos of Southern students. The article examined racial and ethnic diversity among Connecticut colleges and universities, as well as international programs, applications and graduate programs. Terricita Sass, associate vice president for enrollment management, was quoted in the story. SCSU students Melissa Watts and Bridget Frouge also offered positive comments about Southern.

The Register ran a piece on Feb. 5 announcing that the Elm Shakespeare Company has entered into a formal partnership with the university as the theater-in-residence at Southern.

Channel 30 aired a segment last Wednesday about the forum on Islam held that day. The program was sponsored by the SCSU Faculty Senate, in partnership with the SCSU Muslim Student Association.