In the News – May 2015

In the News – May 2015

*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.