In the News

*The Guilford Courier ran a lengthy profile on May 28 of recent graduate Jamie Lawler. Jamie graduated magna cum laude and was one of this year’s Henry Barnard Foundation Distinguished Student Award recipients. She overcame tremendous adversity in her youth, including a stint as a homeless teen. But she will be headed to the UConn Law School this fall.

*President Mary Papazian was quoted in a May 28 post in the “Capitol Watch” blog that appeared in the Hartford Courant. She discussed during a roundtable discussion how income levels are a predictor of attaining college degrees. The roundtable included higher education officials and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

*Undergraduate commencement attracted considerable media attention.

  • The New Haven Register ran a story on May 17. Video clips from the proceedings and many photos are also available on the paper’s website.
  • The Connecticut Post ran a couple of photos in the May 17 edition of the paper. A slew of photos also is included on the paper’s website.

Both papers also gave the commencement ceremony a mention in the days leading up to the event.

  • The Register ran a roundup story in its May 2 edition.
  • The Post advanced the commenement ceremony in a blog post, “Education Matters,” which ran May 15.

*Two of our graduates were featured in the online publication, CT Latino News. Julio Mansillaand Bernardo Falcon were both interviewed in an article that was posted on May 18.

*Rick Bassett, associate professor of management information systems, was featured in the May 14 edition of the North Haven Courier as the paper’s Person of the Week. Rick was highlighted for his work in the Rotary Club, on which he currently serves as a district governor.

*The Valley Independent Sentinel posted stories on May 12 about two Southern students:

  • Krystina Morgan, a student who is traveling to Peru as part of a Cruz Blanca mission trip to help poor Peruvian children.
  • Jennie Ellis, who was selected to participate in the Lipper Internship Program, which teaches students about the Holocaust.

*Armen Marsoobian, chairman of the Philosophy Department, was the focus of a May 8 articlein Today’s Zaman, a Turkish newspaper.

*Jan Jones, associate professor of recreation and leisure studies, was quoted in an online financial publication, WalletHub.

*Deputy Chief of Police Phil Pessina was highlighted in an April 24 article in the Hartford Courant about receiving the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Michael L. Green Award for outstanding community service. Phil has been very active in the Middletown community, serving in its police department for 33 years before coming to Southern. He also has served as a member of the town’s common council, as well as volunteering at community events.

*The April 7 forum, “Crisis in Ukraine: What Happened and What’s Next?” generated a plethora of recent news coverage. The event drew about 250 people, including about 100 high school students from classes at 4 area high schools.

Media highlights included:

  • CT-N (Connecticut Network) aired the program several times in its entirety, starting on April 9.
  • The New Haven Register ran an article in the April 15 paper about the forum.
  • Channel 61 had aired a 2 ½-minute segment several times during its morning news show on March 31 to preview the forum. The piece included interviews with Greg Adams, chairman of the Sociology Department, and Kevin Buterbaugh, professor of political science.
  • Greg and Kevin also were interviewed recently on WNPR’s “Where We Live” talk show on March 20. The forum was mentioned several times during the broadcast.
  • Kevin was interviewed on WTIC (1080 AM) on April 2 and WATR (1320 AM) on March 28 about the situation in Ukraine with a connection to the forum.
  • Greg was interviewed March 31 on WQUN (1220 AM) about the crisis in Ukraine with a connection to the forum.
  • The Connecticut Post ran a short article that previewed the forum. And the Danbury News-Times ran a post on March 20 in its blog, “Off Beat” that previewed the event.

In addition, the SCSU blog, “Wise Words,” includes a post about the event with several pictures.

*A preview of a comedy show at Southern by Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie ran in the April 11 edition of the New Haven Register.

*A column by Randy Beach ran April 13 in the New Haven Register about the recent visit to Southern by Billy Collins, a former U.S. poet laureate. The visit – which included readings by the poet – was held April 9.

*Abbey Pantani, an officer in the university’s Police Department, was interviewed April 10 onChannel 8’s “Connecticut Style” program about the April 23 Jail N’ Bail event on campus.

*The work of Dana Casetti-Dinescu, assistant professor of physics, was highlighted in anarticle published April 4 in Scientific American, a prestigious science magazine. Her work focuses on how gas from two nearby galaxies (Magellanic Clouds) that orbit the Milky Way Galaxy has collided with gas from the Milky Way to create new stars.

*President Mary Papazian was interviewed in the March 27 edition of the New Haven Register about Southern’s new downtown presence, “Southern in the Green.”

*Rafael Hernandez, professor of Spanish and Portuguese, was quoted in a March 27 story in the Meriden Record-Journal about the debate as to whether individuals from Portugal, or of Portuguese heritage, are considered Latino.

*Greg Adams, chairman of the Sociology Department, was interviewed March 7 on WTICradio’s morning show (1080 AM) regarding the situation in Ukraine (no link available). He is one of the panelists for the March 31 SCSU forum, “Crisis in Ukraine” What Happened and What’s Next?”

*An article about the university’s “Southern on the Green” initiative — which involves leasing the 10th floor of the 900 Chapel Street building from the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce — was posted March 6 on the New Haven Register’s website. The space will be used for fundraising, classes and customer service purposes.

*Frank Tavares, professor of communication, was interviewed on March 6 by WUTC, a Chattanooga, Tenn. radio station, about his career that has included his faculty position at Southern, the former “voice” of National Public Radio and as an author.

*President Mary Papazian was quoted in a March 5 New Haven Register  story pertaining to a visit by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to the Whitney Center in Hamden. The president spoke about the governor’s proposed Transform CSCU 2020 program that would infuse $134 million into the ConnSCU schools next year.

*The Waterbury Republican-American ran a March 2 story about a recent book of short stories written by Frank Tavares, professor of communication. The book is called, “The Man Who Built Boxes.”

*A talk at Southern by Jared Bernstein, former chief economist and economic advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, was covered in a March 1 story in the New Haven Register. As one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), he discussed that topic during the event.

*Armen Marsoobian, professor of philosophy, was interviewed Feb. 28 for a story inArmenian Weekly that was a preview of a talk he gave in Las Vegas titled, “Survival and Resistance in the Heart of Darkness: The Story of an ‘Islamized’ Armenian Family in Marsovan, 1915-1919.”

*Jim Barber, director of community engagement, was the focus of an article that ran in the Feb. 23 edition of the New Haven Register for an award he received from the West Haven Black Coalition. He received this year’s Rev. Dr. Edwin R. Edmonds Humanitarian Award at the organization’s recent Carroll E. Brown Scholarship and Community Awards dinner.

*The New Haven Register ran a front page story in the Feb. 16 paper that focused on Krystyna Gorniak-Kocikowska, professor of philosophy. The story discussed her observations – based on considerable research — pertaining to the increase in robotic use in today’s society. Robots are beginning to be used to teach children and to assist nurses in hospitals and nursing homes. Krystyna discusses ethical questions related to future uses of robots.

*Southern’s efforts to recruit students into the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines recently received some notoriety with a Feb. 12 article in CT Latino News, an online publication. The article talked about how the university is seeking to increase the number of minority students, particular Latinos, in the STEM programs. The article served as the lead story in the Feb. 12 edition of the publication. Pablo Molina, chief information officer at Southern, was quoted extensively in the article. He noted that the state and national need for more STEM students, coupled with the changing demographics, make this an especially important effort.

*The New Haven Register ran a story in the Feb. 9 edition about the Connecticut Youth and College Summit that was hosted by Southern and the university’s chapter of the NAACP. The paper reported that the event drew more than 100 high school, middle school and college students.

*Lisa Lancor, chairwoman of the Computer Science Department, was interviewed at 8:50 a.m. Feb. 4 on WTIC radio’s (1080 AM) “Mornings with Ray Dunaway” show about cybersecurity. She talked about some of the latest hacking threats and what people can do to protect their computers.

*Mike Donnelly, coach of the men’s basketball team, was co-featured in an article Feb. 4 in theNew Haven Register about how both Southern and the University of New Haven have turned their men’s basketball programs around. The story previewed the SCSU-UNH game that evening.

*Michael Finnegan, a Southern student who is active in the National Guard after serving three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, was profiled in a Feb. 3 article in the New Haven Register. He has produced several documentaries that tell the story about everyday Americans.

*The Connecticut Post  blog, “Education Matters,” included a post that previewed the “Materials and Manufacturing Institute” at Southern. The post was written by reporter Linda Lambeck.

*The soon-to-be launched accelerated MBA program was the focus of a Jan. 31 article in the Business Section of the New Haven Register. The story outlined the new program — its requirements, strengths and design.

*A story appeared in the Jan. 29 edition of the New Haven Register that referenced U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s visit to Southern last fall. The article previewed her visit Monday to Yale University.

*Channel 8 aired a segment Jan. 24 about the men’s basketball team getting off to an excellent start for its 2013-14 season.

*Channel 30 aired a piece on Jan. 16 about the New Haven Public Schools’ high school fair that brought about 1,400 eighth graders to Southern. The GEAR UP program, of which Southern is a key component, worked with the New Haven Public Schools to help coordinate the fair.

*An article appeared Jan. 10 in the “Education Connection” supplement of the New Haven Register pertaining to Southern’s newly restructured master’s degree program in computer science. The program now focuses on cybersecurity and software development.

*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.”

*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.

*Jonathan Ruiz, who works at Southern as part of the AmeriCorps Campus Compact, and Southern student volunteers were noted in an Oct. 30 story in the New Haven Register. the article was about a Halloween party for kids from the Westville section of New Haven.

*Jim Tait, associate professor of science education and environmental studies, and Ezgi Akpinar Ferrand, assistant professor of geography, were quoted in an Oct. 27 story in the New Haven Register about the recovery of coastal communities a year after Hurricane Sandy. Jim and Ezgi, as well as their students, have been working with the communities of East Haven and West Haven to analyze beach erosion and flood damage. The goal is to help those towns develop a plan to restore those beaches and mitigate damage from future storms.

An article about Southern’s efforts in East Haven and West Haven also appeared in the Register’s October education supplement, “Education Connection.”

*Southern attracted considerable media attention in relation to the Oct. 21 visit to campus byU.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor:

  • The New Haven Register ran a Page 1 story that ran on Oct. 22. It also published online a series of photos from the event.
  • The Connecticut (Television) Network (CT-N)broadcast the event in its entirety several times, beginning on Oct. 22.
  • WQUN (1220 AM) aired a segment about the visit during its Oct. 22 newscasts.
  • Frank Harris, a columnist with the Hartford Courant (and associate professor of journalism here at Southern), wrote a column that ran in the Oct. 24 edition of the paper and referenced the event.
  • The Connecticut Post ran two blog posts —  published Oct. 18 and Oct. 20 — which previewed the event.

*Frank Tavares, professor of communication, was interviewed Oct. 17 on the “Where We Live”show on WNPR (90.5 FM) about his new book, “The Man Who Built Boxes.”

Frank also was interviewed by WNPR about the upcoming change in National Public Radio funding credits. Although it did not air, the clip was posted on the station’s website.

*Joe Fields, professor of mathematics, was “in the news” on back-to-back days for his development of an open-source textbook that has been used by many of his students over the last several years. The book is available online at no cost to his students, or to anyone else who chooses to use it for their own classes or reading.

On Oct. 14, he was featured in an article that appeared on the front page of the New Haven Register. Len Brin, assistant chairman of the Mathematics Department, and Aaron Clark, associate professor of mathematics, also were quoted in the story.

On Oct. 15, Joe was interviewed on the Channel 61 Morning Show about the book and a budding trend in higher education toward open-source textbooks.

*An Oct. 10 article in the New Haven Register previewed the conference, “Title IX: Equality in Action: The Enduring Legacy of Title IX.” The conference was held the following day. The daylong event focused on the history of the landmark federal legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity receiving federal money on the basis of sex.

*Tim Parrish, professor of English, was interviewed on two Louisiana radio stations for his recent books: “Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, A Memoir,” and “The Reading Life.”

An interview aired on Oct. 8 by the Baton Rouge-based WRKF, a National Public Radio affiliate, for “Fear and What Follows.” It is part of that station’s “All Things Considered” program.

On Oct. 9, he was interviewed on WWNO, the University of Louisiana’s station for “The Reading Life.’

*Yahoo! Canada ran a story on Oct. 8 that offered 13 tips on how to feel your absolute best this month. It mentioned a study conducted a few years ago by William Lunn, assistant professor of exercise science, which indicated chocolate milk is an excellent beverage when recovering from a strenuous workout.

*The Hartford Courant posted an article Sept. 28 in its online MyTowns section, as well as a subsequent hard copy version of MyTowns, regarding the groundbreaking ceremony for the academic and laboratory science building.

Similarly, an article and photo from the groundbreaking appeared in the “Education Outlook” section of various Hearst newspapers — including the Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate,Greenwich Time and the Brooks Newspapers (several Fairfield County weekly papers). The supplement was included in those papers during the weekend of Oct. 12-13.

*Will Hochman, professor of English, was interviewed Sept. 21 on a Montreal-based radio station, CJAD, during the “Viewpoints” show. The interview focused on the life and works of J.D. Salinger, author of the iconic “Catcher in the Rye.”

He was previously interviewed Sept. 9 no the Channel 61 Morning Show to discuss the life of Salinger. That interview included questions about the movie, “Salinger.”

*The SCSU Veterans Club was mentioned for its support of various veterans and charitable fundraisers in a Sept. 21 article in the New Haven Register.

*The Sept. 9 announcement of a $3 million gift to Southern from the Werth Family Foundation — the largest donation to the university in its 120-year history — attracted plenty of media attention.

Channel 30 ran a segment that featured an interview with President Mary Papazian during the station’s 5:30 p.m. newscast on Sept. 9.

WTIC radio (1080 AM) and WQUN radio (1220 AM) both aired sound bites from an interview the president.

The New Haven Register ran a Page 1 story on Sept. 10.

The Connecticut Post ran an article its Sept. 10 edition.

The story also was picked up by the Associated Press, which enabled word about the gift to spread throughout Connecticut, the Northeast and the nation.

*A preview of the SCSU football team for the 2013 season ran in the Sept. 5 edition of the New Haven Register.

*Adam Goldberg, assistant to the dean of the School of Education, was interviewed Sept. 4 onChannel 61’s Morning Show (during the 9:00 hour) about what can be done to change students’ perceptions of math. Studies have shown that students seem to fear and dislike math more than other subjects.

*Will Hochman, professor of English, was interviewed Sept. 3 on WNPR radio’s (90.5 FM) Colin McEnroe Show about the life of J.D. Salinger.

*Tricia Lin, director of the Women’s Studies program, was quoted Sept. 3 in a New Haven Register story about the language used to describe sex trafficking. The story looked at how words can shape perceptions.

*Paul Stepanovich, chairman of the Management Department, was interviewed Sept. 2 on theChannel 30 11 a.m. newscast about the mistakes many bosses make with regard to trying to get the best performance from their employees. Paul talked about how the effects of rewards and reprimands are often misinterpreted by managers.

Paul was also the focus of a Page 1 story in the Sept. 2 edition of the New Haven Register on the same topic.  Both interviews were the result of a recent post in the SCSU blog, “Wise Words.”

*A photo pertaining to the groundbreaking ceremony of the Buley Library renovation project appeared in the Sept. 1 edition of the New Haven Register.

*Channel 8 and Channel 61 aired news segments on Aug. 13 pertaining to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s visit to campus to discuss the latest developments about student loans. He met with students to talk about interest rates, debt and other related issues recently debated in Congress.

The Hartford Courant ran an article on the talk in its Aug. 14 edition:

The following is a link to the Channel 8 story:

The following is a link to the Channel 61 segment and the Courant story:,0,3482530.story