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Lisa Tedesco, film student

For anyone in the film industry – or anyone interested in film, for that matter — the renowned Cannes Film Festival in France is considered one of the most prestigious festivals in the world. Each year in May, producers, directors, screenwriters, actors, and many others involved in the process of filmmaking, from all over the world, flock to Cannes to see others’ films, show their own films, and network.

This year, Southern student and screenwriter Lisa Tedesco will be among the crowds at Cannes, but not as one of the paparazzi or a mere film fan. Tedesco will be screening her short film, August in The City, one of about 200 short films chosen from among about 10 thousand submissions for the festival’s “Short Film Corner.”

Tedesco wrote the screenplay for the film and is executive producer. She teamed up with Los Angeles-based director Christie Conochalla (Once Upon a Zipper, Forever Not Maybe) to produce August in the City. Shot in Brooklyn and Oceanside, N.Y., last November, the production team has now begun its run on the film festival circuit.

August in the City has already screened at the ClexaCon Film Festival in Las Vegas, Nev. Local audiences can see August in the City on Friday, May 5, at 6:15 p.m., when it is shown in the New Haven International Film Festival.

A visionary project in lesbian filmmaking, August in the City deals with the theme of love, loss, and attempting to persevere throughout life without feeling quite whole. August (Daniela Mastropietro) is a woman who has always seen the world through her parents’ eye. They had stability and a loving relationship that August grew from and wanted. August’s husband Salvatore (John Solo) is an old-school Italian man who loves family values and the simple life. Together they have raised two daughters, Ana and Marie (Stacey Raymond and Amanda Tudor). Upon hearing of Ana’s impending return home from college with Nick (Raquel Powell), a new love, August prepares to meet him. When August sees that Nick is a young woman, not the young man she had expected, the film flashes back to 1978, the night when August let her true happiness slip away from her.

Tedesco attributes her vision for the screenplay to a story her mother wrote about her when she was off at film school, about 12 years ago. Her mother, Southern alumna Nancy Guthrie Manzi, ’76, had been an English major with a concentration in journalism while at Southern and says she has always loved to write.

“My mom had called me one night and said that she has written a little something about me,” said Tedesco. “It was about my very first love that I had in college – her name was Nick – and she was expecting to see a young man when I brought her home.” Her mother had been surprised when Nick turned out to be female. Manzi’s story sparked Tedesco’s imagination, and she began thinking about the perspective of the mother in the story.
Lisa Tedesco, film student

Tedesco asked her mom for permission to use the story. “I wanted to do more with it,” she says. She decided to do a “time hop” about the mother’s side of the story — which she adds doesn’t reflect Manzi’s experience — and delve into the fictional mother’s past. Tedesco’s screenplay for August In the City took that element from her mother’s original short story and combined it with her own dramatic touches to make something new.

Tedesco explains that her film is 16 minutes long, and within the short film genre, films can range from one minute to 30 minutes in length. “Starting out, you don’t have access to a lot of the resources you’d have with a Hollywood budget,” she explains. “Short films are good when you have a low budget. “

At film festivals, short films can help filmmakers network and sell their work. At Cannes, for instance, Tesdesco says, “the hope is that you’ll get noticed and get more money to build upon the short” and possibly produce it as a feature film. She explains that distributors from all over the world come to the Cannes Short Film Corner to see the films, and “high production value increases your chance of getting someone’s attention.”

In addition to attending Southern part time and working on her film career, Tedesco works the second shift at Sikorsky as an electrical aerospace technician. A native of West Haven, Tedesco now lives in New Haven and worked on August in the City mostly within the New York City film community.

A media studies major, Tedesco credits her professors in that department with motivating her to “go for it” and make the movie. She says that Associate Professor Charlene Dellinger-Pate “gave me a sense of stability in knowing I could overcome the stigma of women being underrepresented in the film industry.” Associate Professor Rosemarie Conforti, Tedesco says, is supportive and “just wants you to succeed at everything.” Chairperson and Professor Wesley O’Brien says he and the entire department are proud of Tedesco, adding that she is “a self-directed young woman who knows what she wants and is wise enough to pursue it.”

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President Joe Bertolino shares thoughts on Southern, how he came to the university, and the life-changing power of Camp Ockanickon.

It was the ultimate college acceptance — albeit with a bit of a twist.

The message came by phone and the recipient, Joe Bertolino, had been invited to become Southern’s new president. Roughly eight months later, Bertolino is no longer the new kid in town. Since officially taking the helm at the university on August 22, he’s quickly become “Top Owl” in name and deed, crisscrossing campus, New Haven, and beyond in an ongoing quest to connect with students, alumni, and business and community members.

In recent months, Bertolino — or President Joe as students call him — has met with scores of legislators and industry leaders, joined the board of directors at the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA and New Haven Promise, rolled up his sleeves at the university’s day of service, jointly led an on-campus social justice forum with his partner and fellow higher education leader Bil Leipold, and connected with neighborhood schools. Among the Owls most vocal fans, he’s even tackled the t-shirt cannon, gamely shooting Southern swag to the cheering crowd at Jess Dow Field.

“Since his first days on campus, he’s been incredibly involved,” says Corey Evans, a senior political science major and president of Southern’s Service Commission, which runs student-led community outreach programs. “He’s very committed to social justice. It’s one thing to talk about it, but he puts himself out there, helping with planning and going to events. . . . When I look back at Social Justice Week and the other programs that were held on campus during his first semester, I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

Such commitment is a given says Bertolino, who has 25-plus years of leadership experience at private and public universities, the latter in Vermont, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

“I come from a social work background. I firmly believe it’s all about relationships — and students always come first.”

Before Southern, he was president of Lyndon State College in Vermont for four years, spearheading the development of new master and strategic plans, the launch of nine academic programs, and an almost 200 percent increase in annual giving in three years.

He joins Southern at a pivotal time, highlighted by the dramatic transformation of campus, including the construction of a state-of- the-art science building, a new home for the School of Business, and the expanded Hilton C. Buley Library, now twice its original size. The obstacles facing the university are dramatic as well, including a statewide budget deficit and a shrinking population of high school graduates. But Bertolino remains upbeat.

“In terms of our financial position, yes, we are facing challenges,” he says. “But I don’t want to lose sight of the fact that we have a lot to be proud of. When I look out over this campus, I see great facilities. Great research opportunities. Great faculty. A strategic plan that I am very excited about and will be particularly aggressive about implementing.”

A longtime social justice educator, Bertolino has pledged to continue championing the cause. In November, he became one of an initial 110 college and university presidents to issue a joint letter to then President-elect Donald Trump urging a forceful stance against “harassment, hate, and acts of violence.”

“I want people in this city, state, and beyond to know Southern as the university dedicated to social justice.”

It’s a message he’ll be sharing throughout Southern and the community-at-large. “At the moment, I am going to be out and about a lot. It’s kind of nonstop,” says Bertolino. Following, he pauses briefly to share some personal stories and his thoughts on the university’s future.

What role did education play in your family?

I’m the product of a traditional lower-middle class family, born and raised in the suburbs of South Jersey. Faith, family, and education were the priorities in our home — in that order. I had 16 years of private school education. My younger sister and I attended a catholic grammar school and high school. I went on to the university of Scranton, a catholic college in the Jesuit tradition. It was always assumed that my sister and I would go to college. It was just something you never questioned.

How about your parents?

Neither of my parents initially had a college degree when i was growing up. My father had a high school education and took some community college classes. He worked for the shipyard in Philadelphia and, later, for what was then bell Telephone. He was a switch operator before going into management. My mother went to nursing school after she graduated from high school. At the time, people typically didn’t think about getting a college degree to become a nurse. But when I was in about seventh grade, my mother went back to school to get a BSN [bachelor of science in nursing].

Did that make an impression on you?

Absolutely. She worked very hard. I consider myself to be a first-generation college student in the traditional sense. But my mother was the first in the family to get a college education, which she did as an adult while simultaneously raising a family.

What was your college experience like?

When I look back at grammar school and high school, it’s all a blur. I don’t have negative memories, but they’re not particularly fond either. But college was amazing. That’s one of the great benefits of higher education. It gives you the opportunity to reinvent yourself a bit . . . to explore. You find your cohorts . . . your people. I was in a group that included the band and singers. Last year, I went back to my alma mater to celebrate our former director’s 35th anniversary. Here it was 30 years later, and I was so excited to see everyone.

Your parents have many fans on campus. They made great comments about being proud of you on Facebook.

It’s very, very sweet. [laughs] My mother always emphasized education, but it was important to my father, too. He started his professional life as a blue-collar worker and worked very hard. The summer after I graduated from high school, he found a job for me at a cable TV factory. Later, when I was packing to leave for college, he came to my room and asked how I had liked working there.

‘I hated that job,’ I told him. ‘It was horrible. horrible.’ He looked me in the eye and said, ‘And that is why we are sending you to college. Don’t forget it.’ I never did.

Now, both my sister and I work in education. She works in pre-K and here I am in higher education.

You recently were named to the board of directors at the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA. You’ve had a long association with the YMCA. How did it start?

It was the summer after my freshman year of college. The local newspaper — the Courier-Post — had a job listing: ‘Counselors Wanted.’ I remember thinking, ‘I’m majoring in psychology. I can be a counselor.’ I didn’t have a clue. . . . So I went to the interview. Drove up and there’s a big sign: YMCA Camp Ockanickon [in Medford, N.J.] I went to the director’s office, and he proceeded to ask me a series of questions. Have you ever been to camp? Nope. Do you swim? Nope. Play any sports? No. Boat? Nope. Practice archery? No. Arts and crafts? Maybe. Umm, no.

How about working with children? I’d like to, I told him — and he thanked me and I left. Soon after my mother called to tell me they’d offered me the job . . . which I thought was just crazy.

So was that director right? Was it a good fit?

I worked at camp every summer — both when I was in college and, after, while working as a high school teacher. I went on to serve on the camp’s board of directors for 13 years and was the president of the board from 2006 to 2010.

It’s the relationships that stand out. I met Stephan, one of my first campers, when he was 9. His parents were getting divorced that first year. From then on, he came back and stayed in my cabin every summer. Eighteen years later, I was the best man at his wedding. His oldest son, Matthew, is my godson. Last summer we sent Matthew off to Camp Ockanickon, where he stayed in the cabin where his dad and I met.

Camp has been the single most important influence in my life. I credit the fact that I am sitting in this chair — that I’m the president of Southern — to that camp.

An article in Vermont Business magazine mentioned that you contemplated becoming a priest?

I was in the seminary in Scranton for a year and a half. In hindsight, it was far more conservative than I would have liked. But I didn’t leave for religious reasons or a lack of faith; I left because I wanted to forge my own path — and that presented an unexpected opportunity. I took a leave of absence and was assigned to teach religion at a Catholic school in South Jersey. I never went back to the seminary. Teaching led to graduate school, which led to my starting a career in Student Affairs in higher education — and I’ve never left higher education.

What led you to pursue the presidency at Southern?

Southern is a highly diverse community located in a great, culturally rich, urban environment. The university educates many first-generation college students and is positioned to be a strong community partner — the traits that I really love in a university setting. New Haven is also a great city, and it’s a lot closer to my family than Vermont. My partner Bil and I talked about it — and I thought I had nothing to lose by throwing my hat into the ring. It’s a great opportunity. So here I am. Bil and I recently closed on a home in Morris Cove in New Haven. We are excited.

You’ve been described in the press as one of the country’s first openly gay university presidents. Does that carry an added responsibility?

When I started at Lyndon [State College] there were about 20 to 25 openly gay presidents in the U.S. There are now about 70 to 75. I do think that for the LGBTQ community — and also for the Student Affairs community — I feel an added responsibility to “represent” . . . to go above and beyond. But I also remind folks that I am not the gay president. I am the president who, by the way, just happens to be in a committed relationship with a man. Period. It’s not really a focus for me and the work that I do. That said, I am certainly honored if my role at Southern inspires others — lets them see the possibility of holding a public leadership position.

Describe your leadership style in five words.

Compassionate. Kind. Collaborative. Relationship focused.

What are your immediate goals for Southern?

Topping the list, I would like Southern as a community to become even more focused on social justice — in every possible way. I have been a social justice educator for more than 25 years, and my administration will be committed to social justice, not just in word, but in action and deed. Secondly, raising the profile of the institution is key. As I said during my interview [for Southern’s presidency], ‘I’m a PR man!’ I welcome the opportunity to share Southern’s accomplishments and all the benefits it offers to our students, our community, and the state. Third, we will be having solid discussions to address our financial challenges through the promotion of entrepreneurship, the development of new and innovative community partnerships, and a greater emphasis on private fundraising. And this is extremely important to me — we are focusing on student success, furthering efforts to enhance academic excellence, remove obstacles to graduation, and improve retention.

Last summer, prior to officially becoming president, you attended an on-campus dialogue, “A Campus Conversation on Race, Policing, Advocacy, and Action.” You briefly shared your concerns for Joel (pronounced Jo-el), a young man from Jamaica.

My family is very nontraditional. I refer to Joel as my son, though he’s not in a legal sense. But I believe family is defined by love, not by blood or paperwork. When Joel’s first baby was arriving, he told me, ‘You are going to be a grandfather.’ His son Roman calls me Grandpa Joe.

It’s important for people to know how we define family . . . who in our lives are important to us — especially if this helps me to better understand the young men and women at Southern.

[Bertolino first met Joel Welsh Jr. at Queens college. Then a student, Joel worked as his exercise trainer. Today, he is the head strength and conditioning coach at Delaware State University.]

You’ve invited the students to call you President Joe. Why is this important?

I want members of the community to think of me as a person . . . a member of the community. I also want to be somewhat informal. But that doesn’t take away from the seriousness of my role. I tell people not to confuse my smile and my informality with a lack of seriousness. But too many times, people get stuck in their own hype. I think ‘President Joe’ invites people to engage in a conversation and build a relationship.

Speaking of conversations, you’ve been talking to many constituencies — from students and alumni to faculty to legislators. Have you learned anything that surprised you?

One thing I am really excited about is the quality and the caliber of our student population. The academic excellence and rigor at Southern is far beyond what many realize. Our students are sometimes underestimated. In the sciences, a team of Southern students recently won a bronze medal at an international synthetic biology competition. Southern’s Society of Professional Journalists was named the Outstanding Campus Chapter in our region [Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island]. Our freshman class includes many top students, including three high school valedictorians. We are a community of scholars, artists, and community activists. I’m looking forward to seeing all that we accomplish.

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— This article was featured in Southern Alumni Magazine, Spring 2017

Once again, Southern goes for the green!

For the third year in a row, Southern has been named one of the 361 most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com). The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features the university in the 2016 edition of its free book, The Princeton Review Guide to 361 Green Colleges.

Published October 4, the 160-page guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this seventh annual edition of its “green guide” based on data from the company’s 2015-16 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools’ commitments to the environment and sustainability.

The profiles in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 361 Green Colleges provide information about each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body stats. They also include “Green Facts” about the schools with details on the availability of transportation alternatives at the schools and the percentage of the school food budgets spent on local/organic food.

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Suzanne Huminski, SCSU sustainability coordinator, says, “The SCSU community should be proud of this rating, because it is a hard-won reflection of the effort by our campus community.” Huminski points to Southern’s long and strong leadership record with energy efficiency, green building design, waste reduction and recycling. The university is also recognized for sustainability in curriculum, research, student involvement, and community outreach, and finding symbioses among all of these elements to strengthen the campus community and surrounding neighborhoods.

Southern’s focus on food security has been an important contributor to these kinds of connections. Huminski explains that student volunteers collect excess food from Conn Hall and campus retail locations and deliver it to soup kitchens and pantries in the New Haven area, primarily St. Ann’s soup kitchen on Arch St., near Southern’s campus.

“This project could never happen without a strong partnership and collaboration with our administration, dining services staff, management, and students,” Huminski says. She credits public health and geography faculty and students with research in the area of food insecurity. In addition, CARE [Community Alliance for Research and Engagement], newly arrived on the SCSU campus, is integrally involved with reducing hunger in New Haven, establishing food security as a priority at New Haven City Hall, and developing a network of non-profits that have streamlined goals and communication. Multiple student organizations organize food drives and donations, and for Southern students experiencing food insecurity, the SCSU Office of Alumni Relations coordinates campus visits from a mobile food pantry.

“There is a great deal of potential to further align and unify these campus-wide efforts, and together we’re working on this,” says Huminski.

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The Princeton Review first published its green guide in 2010. It remains the only free, annually updated downloadable guide to green colleges.

CARE, New Haven

Above, left to right: Yan Searcy, associate dean of the School of Health and Human Services; Sandra Bulmer, dean of the School of Health and Human Services; Alycia Santilli, CARE director; and Jeannette Ickovics, CARE founder

The Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE) is partnering with Southern Connecticut State University to enhance its ongoing efforts to improve the health of residents in New Haven’s lowest-income neighborhoods.

Since its founding in 2007 at the Yale School of Public Health, CARE has worked to identify solutions to health challenges such as diabetes, asthma, and heart and lung diseases through community-based research and projects focusing on social, environmental, and behavioral risk factors. During the next three years, CARE will transition from Yale to SCSU’s campus, with SCSU becoming responsible for CARE’s community engagement work. Yale will continue to manage and finance CARE’s research agenda while gradually shifting that work to SCSU.

“This partnership with SCSU represents a powerful next step in the evolution of CARE by engaging with a local state university to drive deeper change into our neighborhoods,” said CARE founder Jeannette Ickovics. “This is an opportunity of mutual benefit:  a way to extend CARE’s work in New Haven, provide continuity and new energy to the work, and provide a platform to launch a center at Southern. “

The new SCSU Center for Community Engagement will help foster student service learning, advance community-engaged scholarship, and benefit CARE’s community partners, said Sandra Bulmer, dean of SCSU’s School of Health and Human Services (HHS). With Alycia Santilli as director, and Ickovics serving in an advisory capacity, CARE is beginning its transition to SCSU this month, Bulmer said.

Southern’s School of Health and Human Services is unique in Connecticut in combining seven disciplines under a single umbrella –  communication disorders, exercise science, marriage and family therapy, nursing, public health, social work, and recreation, tourism, and sport management. As a result, academic opportunities are highly interdisciplinary, while the school’s wide range of internships means that students participate in the community while earning their degrees.

“SCSU’s students and faculty are tremendous assets that will bring CARE expanded opportunities in community-based research, programming, and policy change, leading to further improvement in the health of New Haven residents,” Bulmer said.

During the transitional period, YSPH will remain as the central hub of CARE’s research activities, with a focus on data analysis from its New Haven Public Schools and neighborhood health surveys, said Santilli, who began her employment with SCSU Sept. 23 as a special appointment faculty member in the Department of Public Health.

“The potential of student, faculty, and staff power, combined with the legacy of work initiated over the past decade at the Yale School of Public Health, will be leveraged in a new way that I hope will have a lasting impact for another decade to come,” Santilli said.

“I am excited about the capacity and resources that this expanded partnership can bring to the SCSU campus community and the Greater New Haven area. As I become familiar with SCSU, two things stand out: the drive to best serve students and the commitment to social justice. These are simultaneously familiar and fresh perspectives from which CARE can begin to refine our focus on improving health in the New Haven community.”

Santilli, who has been with CARE since 2007, will spend the coming months transitioning CARE’s operations to Southern’s campus, developing CARE’s new strategic plan, and launching its new community engagement activities. She will split her time between offices at Lang House and Southern on the Green in downtown New Haven.

More information about CARE, including its accomplishments and publications, can be found on the CARE website.

The New Haven Register ran a front page profile June 13 on Jonathan Wharton, assistant professor of political science, focusing on his new role as New Haven Republican Town Committee chairman.

Rick Leddy, former sports information director at Southern who retired in 2007, was featured in a June 13 article in the New Haven Register for being accepted into the College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame (Class of 2016). The story recounted his 38-year career at Southern.

The New Haven Register ran on June 12 a front page story on Frank Harris, associate professor of journalism, pertaining to his research on the history of the n-word.

Articles on the narrowing of the presidential search at Southern have appeared in various media outlets since the announcement was made on June 10.

The New Haven Register ran a story in the June 10 edition of its paper.

The Connecticut Post ran an article in the June 11 edition of its paper.

The Hartford Business Journal posted on June 10 a short piece online.

The Hartford Courant ran a story on June 14.

The Connecticut Post posted an online article on May 27 about Southern’s M.S. and 6th year certificate in reading programs earning accreditation from the International Dyslexia Association and its affiliate, the Center for Effective Reading Instruction. The program met the standards outlined by the association’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teaching of Reading. Southern was one of nine universities nationwide to earn the accreditation.

Terricita Sass, associate vice president for enrollment management, was quoted in an articlethat was posted May 22 in the online version of the Chronicle of Higher Education pertaining to enrollment issues facing regional public universities. As part of a plan to address enrollment challenges, she pointed to the university’s efforts to consider students who might not have the grades/SAT scores, but who have shown evidence of motivation and improvement, particularly in their junior and senior years. She also talked about the importance of sustained mentoring of students as a strategy to improve retention rates. The article is running in today’s hard copy of the Chronicle.

The undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 20 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport attracted considerable media attention.

The New Haven Register ran a story and photos in its May 21 edition, and posted an extensive online photo album that night from the proceedings.The Connecticut Post ran multiple photos in its May 21 edition, and also posted an online photo album on May 20.

The Hartford Courant ran a story in its May 21 edition.

Channel 8 aired a story on May 20 during its 5 p.m. newscast. The segment included an interview with President Mary Papazian and some students soon after commencement exercises. The piece talked about challenges students are facing after graduation.

The New Haven Register ran a Page 1 article Sunday that profiles 5 of our graduates-to-be. The story looks at the varied paths these students took to obtain their degrees. You could say that in each case, they truly took the “road less traveled.”

The 18th annual Mary and Louis Fusco Distinguished Lecture generated considerable media attention. Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” spoke to a sold-out crowd Friday evening at the Lyman Center for the Performing Arts. She focused on the challenges she has faced in her life emanating from two bouts with cancer.

The New Haven Register ran an article on Page 1 in its May 7 edition.

The Register also posted a photo album taken from the event. The album, posted May 6, includes pictures taken during the lecture, as well as a pre-event meeting with small groups of students.

Channel 8 aired a segment from an interview with Robin Roberts before the lecture.

Channel 61 also aired a segment from the lecture during its Friday evening newscast.

The New Haven Register ran a story in the May 2 paper about how two of our students –Laeticia Iboki and recent alumna Jackie Desrosier – recently presented their scientific research on Capitol Hill. The students found and tested a type of bacteria that has antibiotic properties and enhanced the growth of tomato plants. They were selected among only 60 projects nationwide to participate in the Posters on the Hill program.

Southern received extensive media coverage for the “Connecticut Primary Day Viewing Party” held in Engleman Hall, Room A120, during the evening of April 26. The event was co-sponsored by the College Democrats and College Republicans, as well as the Political Science Department and Office of Student Conduct and Civic Responsibility. Students of all political persuasions watched the returns throughout the evening and engaged in a passionate but respectful conversation. Student panel discussions, as well as a faculty/administrator panel, also were part of the evening’s events.

Channel 61 did a live broadcast from the viewing party for its 10 p.m. newscast. The station also previewed the party with a story that aired during the early evening newscast. That preview segment included an interview with Jonathan Wharton, assistant professor of political science, as well as two of our students – a College Republican and a College Democrat.

The Huffington Post posted a live stream from the viewing party on its Facebook page. The reporter interviewed Jonathan and students from both parties.

Channel 3 covered the viewing party and interviewed students during the evening. The station reported live from the campus during a special 8 p.m. newscast in which students were just beginning to assemble. Interviews conducted during the evening were aired on the 11 p.m. newscast.

WSHU/WNPR aired a story during the morning of April 27, when the station interviewed two of our students – a Republican and a Democrat — during the event.

The New Haven Register posted several photos online on April 27 from the viewing party. The photos were part of the paper’s overall CT Primary Day coverage.

The following photo of two of our students was included online in the Register on April 27 and accompanied a story about the Democratic contest:

The New Haven Register also included quotes from Jonathan and Theresa Marchant-Shapiro, associate professor of political science, as part of a preview of the Connecticut Primary in its April 24 edition.

Channel 30 interviewed Jonathan, as well as our students, during a preview of the viewing party aired April 26 on an early evening newscast.

Vara Neverow, professor of English and women’s studies, was quoted in an April 25 article in the Women’s eNews publication regarding the pending eviction of the Feminist Library in Southwark, London.

The Southern football team was highlighted in the April 22 edition of the New Haven Register. An article talked about the team’s commitment, which includes spring practices starting before 5:30 a.m. Coach Tom Godek was quoted extensively in the story:

Armen Marsoobian, professor of philosophy, was quoted in the April 21 edition of Newsweekregarding recent ads pertaining to the Armenian Genocide. The ads deny that Turkey was responsible for the deaths that took place about 100 years ago. Armen said that these kinds of denials are generated by Turkey and seem to occur each year, especially in the United States, around April 24 – the anniversary date of the start of the genocide. But he said Turkey is responsible for the genocide.

The April 2016 edition of the New Haven Register supplement, “Education Connection” featured an article about how Southern business students participated in the recent statewide course, “New Venture Challenge.” The course enabled Southern students to join with about 100 students from colleges and universities throughout Connecticut to form teams that worked on putting together hypothetical businesses centered on student products and services. It marked the first time Southern participated in the program.

Priscilla Maldonado, a graduate student in social work, was quoted in a story that ran in the April 17 edition of the New Haven Register about the New Haven Promise program. Priscilla is a New Haven Promise Scholar. Her photo accompanied the story.

Carlos Torre, professor of elementary education, was interviewed in the April 15 edition of La Voz Hispana that previewed the Latino and Native American Film Festival.

The New Haven Register highlighted recent research by Betsy Lewis Roberts, assistant professor of biology, with an article in the April 14 edition of the paper. The research involves the discovery of a fungus — produced by a common type of grass in Connecticut – which can help protect lawns. In effect, it’s a “probiotic” for lawns.

Jonathan Wharton, assistant professor of journalism, was profiled April 11 in the New Haven Independent. He recently took over as chairman of the New Haven Republican Town Committee.

The recent lecture by political analyst John Heilemann drew the attention of the Connecticut Network (CT-N), which taped and recently broadcast the program.

Southern’s Journalism Department and the university chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists sponsored a journalism conference on campus on April 8 and 9. One of the Friday sessions – which focused on police body cameras and state Freedom of Information laws — wascovered by the Connecticut Network (CT-N).

An April 12 article later appeared about the session in the CTNewsJunkie.

Also, the New Haven Register ran a photo April 11 from one of the panel discussions at the event.

Southern was mentioned April 8 in a New Haven Registerstory as a participant in a recent conference for colleges and universities that focused on adapting to climate change. Suzie Huminski, sustainability coordinator at Southern, was quoted in the article.

Stephen Hegedus, dean of the School of Education,  was quoted in a New Haven Registerstory that appeared April 8 about the proposed “lab” school that would be built in Southern’s campus. The proposal could be mutually beneficial with elementary school students having opportunities to learn on a college campus, while providing Southern students with an opportunity to gain valuable classroom experience before becoming teachers.

Stephen also was quoted in a Page 1 story on April 4 in the New Haven Register about how colleges and universities prepare future teachers to avoid improper relationships with students. He discussed how Southern has multiple gates in place to prevent individuals who might endanger students from entering the classroom and becoming teachers.

Jonathan Wharton, assistant professor of political science, was quoted in a story that appeared April 4 in the Hartford Courant about the presidential election. Jonathan talked about how businessman Donald Trump, a Republican presidential candidate, has been attracting disaffected Democrats and independents during the primaries and caucuses this year.

The “SlutWalk” event held on campus yesterday generated plenty of media attention. The event was part of an international effort to educate people not to blame the victims of sexual assault, harassment and verbal abuse. A panel discussion was held, followed by a campus march.TheNew Haven Register ran a Page 1 story in the April 1 edition of the paper. A Page 1 photo, and a series of online photos, also were included in the coverage.

The New Haven Independent published an article April 1 on its website.

Channel 61 aired a segment about the event during the evening newscast on March 31.

Jeff Van Lone, director of counseling services, was quoted in a March 20 article in the New Haven Register pertaining to mental health care at area universities. Jeff talked about how most Southern students who seek to talk to a counselor are usually able to do so that same day.

Cristal Guevara, a Southern student and a New Haven Promise scholar, was quoted in a New Haven Registerstory that ran on March 19. She was one of several college students who talked to students at John Daniels High School in New Haven about the program. A photo that included Cristal accompanied the story.

The Stamford Advocate ran a story in its March 19 edition about Southern’s efforts to train teachers in how to teach students who are English Language Learners. The story focused on one such class that was given to educators in the Stamford school district. The story included Marisa Ferraro, Training All Teachers program manager, and Lorrie Verplaetse, Training All Teachers project director.

Misty Ginicola, associate professor of counseling and school psychology, was interviewed on two TV stations about the use of coloring books as a form of stress/anxiety therapy for adults.

Channel 8 aired an interview on March 16 during its 5 p.m. newscast.

Channel 61 interviewed Misty at its studios on March 17 during the station’s 9 a.m. newscast. The segment lasted for 5 minutes.

Chris Piscitelli, assistant dean of students and director of student conduct, and Junior Larson, a freshman at Southern, were quoted in a March 15 article in the New Haven Register about the bill that would require “affirmative consent” by students before engaging in sexual activity at all Connecticut colleges and universities.

The Hartford Courant ran a story on March 14 that included a mention of Southern’s bioscience pathway partnership with the city of New Haven. Christine Broadbridge, director of STEM initiatives, and biology student Bryan Pasqualucci were quoted in the story, which focused on these types of cooperative ventures between colleges/universities and the bioscience industry throughout Connecticut.

A photo of Southern alumnus Raphael Massie, associate director of the Elm Shakespeare Company, appeared in the March 14 edition of the New Haven Register. The photo was taken during a ceremony earlier this month to mark the partnership between Southern and Elm. Elm will officially be “in residence” at Southern.

Southern’s hosting of the mobile food pantry twice a month was highlighted in a story March 13 on Page 1 of the New Haven Register. The story, which included the headline, “SCSU addresses student hunger,” included an extensive interview with Michelle Johnston, director of alumni relations. Also included were comments from Stephen Monroe Tomczak, assistant professor of social work, and Corey Evans, a student who is chairman of the SCSU Service Commission.

Misty Ginicola, associate professor of counseling and school psychology, was featured as the Page 1 centerpiece story on March 12. She teaches students about the use of coloring books as a form of anti-anxiety, anti-stress therapy. She also uses the books for clients in her private practice. In addition to the story, a color photo of Misty was included as part of the package.

Frank Harris, professor of journalism, was interviewed March 10 on WNPR’s “Where We Live” show about his research on the history of the n-word. The project culminated in a film he produced that explores the history and modern day usage of the n-word, as well as dispelled some myths associated with it.

The Post-Chronicle — a weekly newspaper covering Hamden, North Haven and Wallingford — included a mention of Southern’s R.E.A.D.S. program in the March 8 paper. Southern’s Psychology Department faculty and research students work with young elementary school students in Hamden (and Stratford) to bolster their reading comprehension. The story focused on a Hamden business owner providing books to the children and her partnership with several organizations, including Southern.

Business New Haven published an extensive three-part series on Southern’s new science building during the last several months, concluding with the March edition.The following links showcase three aspects of the building:

Rock Wall and Garden
Nanotechnology
Werth Center for Coastal and Marine Studies

New Haven Register photographer Peter Hvizdak published an online photo essay on March 8 to complement a lead sports page photograph of the Connecticut Spokebenders wheelchair basketball team playing with students from Southern at Pelz Gymnasium Tuesday night.

Tess Marchant-Shapiro, associate professor of political science, was a source for analysis of theSuper Tuesday contests.

Tess was quoted March 1 in a front page story in the Stamford Advocate, which also appeared in the Advocate’s sister Hearst Newspapers (Connecticut Post, Greenwich Time) about the timing of the April 26 Connecticut primaries.

On March 2, she also appeared on the morning news show of Channel 61 to talk about the results of Super Tuesday.

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.

President Mary Papazian’s acceptance of a job offer as president of San Jose State University received major news coverage, not only here in Connecticut, but in California.

The media coverage in Connecticut included Connecticut’s three largest newspapers – theHartford Courant, New Haven Register and Connecticut Post, which all ran pieces on Jan. 28.

Will Hochman, professor English, was a guest Jan. 26 on WNPR’s Colin McEnroe Show, where he was among the panelists who discussed the use of the “unreliable narrator” in literature. He talked about its use in the novel, “Catcher in the Rye.”

Julie Liefeld, director of the Marriage and Family Therapy program, was interviewedJan. 25onChannel 61’s5 p.m. newscast regarding a new program for veterans and their families being offered by the SCSU Family Clinic.

A book by Armen Marsoobian, chairman of the Philosophy Department, was highlighted in the Jan. 16 edition of the English-language Turkish newspaper, Today’s Zaman. The book, “Dildilian Brothers: Photography and the Story of an Armenian Family in Anatolia, 1888-1923,” has recently hit the shelves in Turkey.

The Norwalk Hour ran a Jan. 6 article about a new specialization in public utility management that is being created at Southern. The program is designed to prepare public utility employees with the training and education necessary for the 21st century. A large percentage of the existing workforce in that field is retiring during the next several years.