Centennial Update May/June 2003
April 27, 2003
Nearly 300 fitness enthusiasts entered the Campus-to-Campus 5K on
Sunday, April 27. The event was held in conjunction with the
university’s Centennial celebration.
Starting on the Westside campus, the runners and fitness walkers
traveled a 3.1-mile route through downtown Danbury to the Midtown
campus. With the help of the WestConn and Danbury police
departments, participants were able to run on roads closed for this
As the participants crossed the finish line on White Street,
volunteers and friends cheered as members of the WestConn Spirit
Band played. Local vendors were on hand to supply refreshments and
massages to all. Prizes were awarded in various age categories and
to the top finishers in the alumni, student and employee divisions.
Participants ranged in age from 9 to 70 years old and traveled from
throughout New England for the event.
Special thanks to our sponsors: What About A Bagel?; Crystal
Rock; Coffee, Please!; Cendant Mobility; FastSigns; Economy
Printing; Dandy Distributors; Ritz Camera; Outback Steakhouse;
Chuck’s Steakhouse; Molly Darcy’s; Sheraton-Danbury; A New
Beginning; Laidlaw and Courtyard by Marriott.
WestCafé marks end of Centennial celebration
More than 150 faculty and staff members attended the May 8
WestCafé marking the end of the yearlong Centennial celebration. The
event honored WestConn employees who participated, volunteered or
attended events during the Centennial.
“It was our chance to say thank you to everyone who made the year
possible,” said Richard Sullivan, vice president for finance and
administration. “The turn-out was fantastic, just as it was for
Centennial events all year.”
Those in attendance received a commemorative Centennial mug
designed especially for the occasion.
Centennial Ball raises funds for university programs
(l-r): Susan Tritter, Henry Tritter, Dr. Denise Hogan and Dr.
James R. Roach pose for a picture during the Centennial Ball
festivities on May 3 at the Ethan Allen Hotel & Conference Center in
Danbury. More than 200 people attended the event, which raises funds
for university programs.
Spotlight on a Centennial Committee member
Jason Davis, Director of Publications & Design, Alumnus ’97
The Office of Publications & Design had the creative
challenge of incorporating the Centennial logo into all printed
campus materials. Was this an easy task?
Once the design was developed, it was pretty straightforward
to make everything uniform. The challenge was developing the look to
best represent the Centennial. I think we probably went through
about 50 to 100 different iterations before settling on the swirl
and the logo that was finally developed. The swirl and the logo
became a real part of the Centennial, and everybody knew what it
meant early on in the Centennial year.
What will you remember most about the Centennial
The stories told by people who I had no idea had any
relationship with WestConn. It was fun hearing people who graduated
30, 40 and even 50 years ago tell stories about their days here, and
I was surprised by how similar some of the stories were to those
told by students today. It also was great to have the U.S. Poet
Laureate, Billy Collins, and James Earl Jones — in the same week.
All the individual department special events, the 5K and the
Centennial Ball were great, too. Every event did well in attendance,
not only from the university community, but also from the general
What is your message to fellow graduates about the future
Stay involved with your university! WestConn is a great
school with great people. Take some time to give back. Come to an
event, go to Homecoming, attend the Alumni picnic, read the
“AlumniNews” and “Communiqué.” Just stay in touch. You’ll be glad
Alumni Golf Outing
Tuesday, July 1
Watertown Country Club
For more information, call the Alumni Office
Centennial Steering Committee Members
|James R. Roach
G. Koryoe Anim-Wright
Mary V. Figueroa
Shirley C. Ferris
For more information, call the Office of Public Relations at (203) 837-8486