*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.