In the News – December 2015

In the News – December 2015

*Two photos from the Dec. 18 Undergraduate Commencement ceremony appeared on the front page of the New Haven Register on Dec. 19. In addition, the Register posted a photo album online from the ceremony.

*On Dec. 17, the New Haven Register ran a story on the recently approved public utility management program – a collaborative effort between SCSU and Gateway Community College, along with the cooperation of the Regional Water Authority and other area utility companies. Southern will develop a specialization within the B.S. degree in business administration as part of an effort to meet the workforce needs of Connecticut public utilities. The public utility industry in the region projects that 1/3 of its existing workforce – mostly managerial and technical jobs – will be eligible to retire within the next five years. Therefore, the utilities are seeking to educate existing employees, as well as future hires, for those positions. The aging of the workforce is part of a state and national trend, and Southern may be the first university to offer a specialization to address this workforce need. The article quotes Ellen Durnin, dean of the SCSU School of Business, extensively in the article.

The Harford Business Journal posted a short article on the program on Dec. 22.

*Kelly Mabry, associate professor of communication disorders, was interviewed on Dec. 9 during the “Better People” segment of Channel 3’s “Better Connecticut” program. Theinterview – lasting nearly 6 minutes – pertained to her recent trip to Bolivia, where she participated in Operation Smile’s effort to help poor children with cleft palates and cleft lips. With her background as a craniofacial expert, she screened more than 300 children. Many of the kids had successful surgeries during the effort.

*The recent partnership between Southern and Liverpool John Moores University (England) garnered media attention with a Dec. 1 story in the New Haven Register. The partnership is designed to offer students the chance to study on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and enable them to benefit from dual-taught undergraduate and graduate programs delivered by faculty from both institutions through video link and guest lectures. President Mary Papazian, as well as Jim Tait (professor of the environment, geography and marine sciences); Edward Harcourt, pro-vice chancellor of Liverpool John Moores; and SCSU student Shayne O’Brien were quoted in the article.

*An opinion piece written by SCSU studentJustin Hitchcock was published Dec. 1 in CT Viewpoints, a sister publication to CT Mirror. Justin, who wrote the piece on why Connecticut should value its teachers more, is a student of Will Hochman, a professor of English who specializes in writing.