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Public invited to International Education Week events at WCSU

DANBURY, CONN. — Western Connecticut State University will host a series of International Education Week events organized by members of the Western International Center (WIC) Committee from the end of October into early November, 2017. Events will take place on the university’s Midtown campus at 181 White St., and on the Westside campus at 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The events are free and open to the public.

The complete list of events includes:

Oct. 24: ISEP Information Table. Information about the International Student Exchange Program will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Student Center on the WCSU Midtown campus. International Services Coordinator Donna Warner will be on hand to answer questions.

Oct. 24: Summer 2018 Study-Abroad Information Session. Assistant Professor of Social Sciences Dr. Christine Hegel-Cantarella will present information about “Ethnographic Field Methods: Barbados” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Student Center on the WCSU Midtown campus. Hegel-Cantarella is known for her engagement with projects that explore the intersection between art, theatre and ethnographic research. For more information about Hegel-Cantarella’s work, visit http://productiveencounters.com/wp.

Oct. 24: The 2018 Fulbright and Boren Scholarship Programs Information. The WCSU Faculty International Fellowship Committee and the Western International Center will present information about Fulbright and Boren international scholarships from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Student Center on the university’s Midtown campus. Professor of Social Sciences Dr. Rob Whittemore will be on hand to answer questions. For more information, visit www.cies.org and www.borenawards.org. WestConn has had five Fulbright scholars in recent years. Learn more at www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/fulbrights.asp.

Oct. 24: Get Your Name in Arabic, Persian and Chinese. Assistant Professor of Justice and Law Administration Mohsen Alizadeh, Adjunct Instructor of Arabic Hamid El Khalfi, Business Librarian Xiaomei Gong and Associate Professor of Marketing Dr. Xiaoqi Han will translate names to Arabic, Persian and Chinese from 3 to 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Student Center on the Midtown campus.

Oct. 25: Cultural Diversity Discussion. WCSU Chief Diversity Officer Jesenia Minier-Delgado will discuss “Cultural Diversity — Engaging Differences: A Dialogue Around Definitions, Challenges and Strategies” at 9:25 and 10:50 a.m. in Room 377B of the Classroom Building on the university’s Westside campus.

Oct. 25: ISEP Information Table. Information about the International Student Exchange Program will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Campus Center on the university’s Westside campus. International Services Coordinator Donna Warner will be on hand to answer questions.

Oct. 25: Get Your Name in Hindi and Chinese. Professor of Social Sciences Dr. Zuohong Pan and Associate Professor of Justice and Law Administration Divya Sharma will translate names to Hindi and Chinese from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Campus Center restaurant on the university’s Westside campus.

Oct. 25: Macricostas Family Foundation and Western International Center Lecture. Maria Georgopoulou, director of the Gennadius Library at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, will discuss “To Save the Country: Lord Byron, General Makriyannis and the Greek War of Independence” at 5:30 p.m. in Room 127 of White Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus. A reception will follow in Room 122 of White Hall. This event is funded by a grant from The Macricostas Family Arts & Sciences Endowed Speaker Series. For more information, visit http://wcsu.edu/news/2017/10/19/macricostas-lectures-bring-immigration-and-greek-history-to-wcsu/.

Nov. 7: Macricostas Family Arts & Sciences Endowed Speaker Series. Attorney Daniel Costa, director of Immigration Law and Policy Research at the Economic Policy Institute, will discuss “U.S. Labor Migration: Politics and Policy” at 6 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus. The event is funded by a grant from The Macricostas Family Arts & Sciences Endowed Speaker Series. For more information, visit http://wcsu.edu/news/2017/10/19/macricostas-lectures-bring-immigration-and-greek-history-to-wcsu/.

For more information about International Education Week, contact Professor of Marketing Ben Oumlil at oumlila@wcsu.edu or (203) 837-8777.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

 

 

WCSU invites proposals for exhibitions at university Art Gallery

Department of Art committee to review artist and curator submissions for 2019-20 schedule

DANBURY, CONN. — Established and emerging artists interested in exhibiting their works and curators seeking to arrange a group exhibition at the Art Gallery of the Visual and Performing Arts Center at Western Connecticut State University are invited to submit proposals for the 2019-20 gallery schedule.

Submissions by artists and curators are now being accepted for review by a committee of faculty and staff members of the WCSU Department of Art. The committee will determine which submissions will be selected for the 2019-20 season based on artistic quality, conceptual strength and feasibility of the proposed exhibition. The call for proposals is open to all artists and curators who wish to present new and innovative ideas in the context of an academic gallery space. The deadline for submission is Feb. 1, 2018.

Submissions are not guaranteed selection for exhibition, and will not be considered if they do not follow WCSU guidelines for entry. All proposals must be submitted online at https://wcsuarts.slideroom.com, with an administration fee of $10 for each submission. Applicants will receive notification of committee decisions by May 31, 2018. Some submissions that are not chosen for the 2019-20 gallery schedule may be held on file for consideration for inclusion in future exhibitions.

Inquiries should be directed to info.gallery@wcsu.edu. For more information, visit http://wcsu.edu/art/gallery/artist-curatorial-proposals.

 

 

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York.  Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

 

WestConn welcomes New York and New Jersey students

DANBURY, CONN. Western Connecticut State University will offer in-state tuition to all residents New York and New Jersey starting with the fall 2018 semester.

Students from the two states will be able to enroll at the same amount paid by Connecticut residents, which stands at $10,017. Out-of-state tuition and fees has been $22,878. This is an extension of a program that offered in-state tuition to residents of seven counties in seven New York Hudson Valley counties. The extension was approved by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education as a two-year pilot program for WestConn.

“We will be providing our New York and New Jersey neighbors the same high-quality and affordable education as Connecticut residents enjoy,” said WCSU President John Clark. “I invite everyone in those states to expand your college search and come visit our beautiful campuses.”

The new pricing will save New York and New Jersey students more than $12,000 a year.

Among Western’s 38 bachelor degree programs are numerous professional degrees – including business management, marketing, accounting, biology, nursing, education, counseling, communication, psychology and justice and law administration. It is the designated school for the visual and performing arts in the system of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) and features a $97 million facility that houses a concert hall, art gallery, two theaters and rehearsal and classroom spaces.

With easy access from Interstate-84 or Metro-North, WCSU students enjoy up-to-date sports facilities for intermural, club and Division III athletics, more than 80 student clubs, a nature preserve, suite-style residence halls, and a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Students looking for the highest academic challenge can explore the innovative Kathwari Honors Program, open to students in all of the university’s four schools.

The Board of Regents approved the tuition offer at its Oct. 19, 2017, meeting. Members said they expect the new rate will benefit residents in Connecticut, as well as New York and New Jersey, as highly educated residents strengthen the regional economy along the states’ borders.

The previously approved tuition program for Hudson Valley students increased the number of New York residents studying at WestConn by about 250 percent. Those students filled seats that were left increasingly empty as the university’s enrollment declined by about 700 over the past several years.

WCSU admissions counselors will visit New York and New Jersey high schools to introduce students to the university and its offerings, but residents are invited to learn about WCSU by visiting www.wcsu.edu/ny/ for more information.

The WCSU Office of Admissions will answer any questions at (203) 837-9000 or admissions@wcsu.edu.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

 

 

Macricostas lectures bring immigration and Greek history to WCSU

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Daniel Costa, director of Immigration Law and Policy Research at the Economic Policy Institute

DANBURY, Conn. — Reflecting the immigrant roots of Constantine “Deno” Macricostas, who rose from childhood poverty in Greece to become the founder of Photronics in Brookfield, the inaugural Macricostas Family Arts & Sciences Endowed Speaker Series at Western Connecticut State University will present a talk by a longtime observer of immigration in America.

Daniel Costa, director of Immigration Law and Policy Research at the Economic Policy Institute, will discuss “U.S. Labor Migration: Politics and Policy” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury.

Labor migration — the movement of people from one country to another for the purposes of employment — is a complex and often controversial issue in most countries. Costa will offer a background on the basics of the U.S. labor migration systems, including the various pathways through which migrants enter the U.S. labor market, and explore what a fair immigration system could look like. The talk will be free and the public is invited.

The lecture is the culminating event of International Education Week at the university, coordinated by Professor of Marketing Dr. A. Ben Oumlil. A second lecture sponsored by the Macricostas Family Foundation and the WCSU Western International Center, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in White Hall 127 on the Midtown campus.

At that presentation, Maria Georgopoulou, director of the Gennadius Library, of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, will discuss “ ‘To Save the Country,’ Lord Byron, General Makriyannis and the Greek War of Independence.”

Costa, in his role at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., has criticized the government’s recent decisions regarding the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, that benefited young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children by their parents. The program allowed DACA recipients to get work permits and stay in the country legally, subject to two-year renewals. The Trump administration rescinded DACA in September but gave Congress six months to amend the law, potentially allowing about 800,000 immigrants to continue to receive benefits during that time.

Costa argues that not only does DACA help young immigrants earn at least the minimum wage, but it also benefits their American coworkers by enforcing legal workplaces.

“Research has shown that unauthorized immigrants suffer much higher rates of wage theft than U.S. citizens,” Costa said. “The reasonable fear unauthorized workers feel keeps them docile and quiet, which in turn diminishes the bargaining power of Americans who work alongside unauthorized workers. Ending DACA and forcing these young workers out of the formal, regulated labor market, thus making them easily exploitable, will not help American workers, it will do the opposite.”

The lecture series, featuring Costa as its first speaker, was created as the result of a 2014 gift by the Macricostas family, which also supported the naming of the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences. The annual lecture is intended to bring renowned speakers to the university for the benefit of students and the community. 

For more information, call the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

 

 

Shakespeare to be staged two ways by WCSU Department of Theatre Arts this month

Image from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Thomas Ovitt, as Guildenstern, and Howard Hendrix Powell (foreground), as Rosencrantz

DANBURY, CONN. — The Western Connecticut State University Department of Theatre Arts will present two takes on Shakespeare with performances of “Hamlet” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” this month in the Studio Theatre in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

Often described as one of the greatest tragedies in literature, “Hamlet” is a story of politics, murder and revenge. Prince Hamlet wreaks havoc upon his Uncle Claudius after the Ghost of his father reveals that he has been murdered by his brother, who married his wife and seized the throne.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” is the absurd journey of Hamlet’s best friends and what happens to them as the events of “Hamlet” unfold around them. The duo of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern engage in philosophical debates related to their experiences and the world around them in Elsinore.

Performances will be as follows: “Hamlet” at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21; at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 28; and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. Get tickets at /www.eventbrite.com/e/hamlet-tickets-36696849264. “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21; 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22; 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27; 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29. Tickets for this show can be found at www.eventbrite.com/e/rosencrantz-guildenstern-are-dead-tickets-38447115357.

Area high school students interested in theatre are invited for free with school ID to see “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, and “Hamlet” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26. Ticket information for these performances is available at www.eventbrite.com/e/preview-nights-hamlet-rosencrantz-guildenstern-are-dead-tickets-38146689776.

The cast includes Sam Everett, of Kent, as Hamlet; Noah Todd, of New London, as Ghost; Joey Calabrese, of Harwinton, as Claudius; Alicia Napolitano, of Woodbury, as Gertrude; Stephanie Brown, of Waterbury, as Ophelia; Larry Weatherspoon, of Buffalo, New York, as Laertes; Leah Ciccone, of Wolcott, as Horatio; John Mudgett, of Danbury, as Polonius; Howard Powell, of West Haven, as Rosencrantz; Thomas Ovitt, of New Milford, as Guildenstern; Christina Branfuhr, of Northford, as Voltimand; Lloyd Simmons, of Danbury, as Cornelius; Jason Keane, of Trumbull, as Bernardo and Osric; Jake Capelli, of West Haven, as Marcellus; Jeff Jannito, of Hamden, as Gravedigger; Kevin Durkee, of Orange, as Fortinbras; Ryan J. Taylor, of New Fairfield, as Player; and Katrina Karl, of Bethel, as Player Queen.

The ensemble also includes Colin Gallaher, of Wappingers Falls, New York; Kezia Waters, of Waterbury; Julia Purdy, of Highland, New York; Victoria Purdy, of Highland, New York; Jordan Cowan, of Sherman; Jared Hirsch, of Monroe; and Serena Kelly, of Auburn, Massachusetts.

“Hamlet” is directed by Anthony Cochrane. Pam McDaniel is directing “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.” McDaniel is producing both shows.

Get tickets at www.eventbrite.com/o/visual-and-performing-arts-center-at-western-connecticut-state-university-6275173871.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

 

 

New Career Success Center helps WCSU students become career-ready

DANBURY, CONN. — The Western Connecticut State University Career Success Center has moved to the Westside campus and upgraded its many services as part of a major rebranding effort to better serve students and alumni.

The center has revamped its focus on shaping career success with increased engagement through a variety of face-to-face and online programs that guide students to take the steps to “discover, experience, create and activate” their career opportunities.

A new job board called “WESTCONN Works” can be used by students and alumni to view job postings from employers in the regional community or even nationally. WESTCONN Works makes the connection with the Career Success Center an easy one, and when supplemented with other new career tools for assessment, research, job readiness, practice and resumes, the opportunities to improve career readiness are plentiful.

The career readiness of college graduates is an important issue in higher education, in the labor market and in the public arena. The National Association of Colleges and Employers, through a task force of college career services and HR/staffing professionals, has identified the top eight competencies associated with career readiness. The Career Success Center has developed strategies and tactics around these competencies to close the gap between higher education and the world of work, and increase the chances of a successful transition into the workplace.

Kathleen Lindenmayer, the center’s director, said she wants students to answer the question, “Are you career-ready?” with a resounding “Yes!”

Students and alumni will continue to receive individualized help with career coaching, resume review and opportunities for credit-earning internships. The center now provides these services through an increased number of workshops, appointments and “drop-in” opportunities for students, alumni and business partners.

“We want every student to know about our programs and tools, and to use them to chart their own course before and after graduation,” Lindenmayer said. “We also want every student to have a meaningful, fulfilling job when they graduate. That’s why we are pushing so hard to get students into our offices and engaged in our programs.”

The Career Success Center regularly offers workshops, speakers and guidance from staff, alumni and members of the business community, as well as opportunities to meet with local companies that have human resource needs that WCSU students and alumni can fill.

The center is sponsoring its first career fair for the many kinds of jobs in the finance and accounting industries from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center, along with a full schedule of additional events.

Business owners wishing to participate in Career Success Center events can email careersuccess@wcsu.edu, call (203) 837-8263, or register for an account at WESTCONN Works.

The center’s new offices are located in the Westside Campus Center, Suite 300, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

For more information, call the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

 

 

WCSU’s Jane Goodall Center invites public to help prep university’s Permaculture Garden

DANBURY, CONN.— The Jane Goodall Center for Excellence in Environmental Studies at Western Connecticut State University will hold Community Days for volunteers to participate in mulching the university’s Permaculture Garden from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in the garden adjacent to the Science Building on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury.

Launched during the 2014-15 academic year, the garden serves multiples purposes, including course curriculum across many disciplines — and its yield provides healthy, locally grown food for WCSU students in the campus cafeterias and at area food pantries.

The community is invited to learn more about permaculture gardening and to participate hands-on in the soil preparation of WCSU’s garden. Both event days will be dedicated to preparing the garden for winter.

The Jane Goodall Center is dedicated to wildlife research, education and conservation. The Center offers interdisciplinary events, programs, classes and workshops that are aligned with the core values of The Jane Goodall Institute.

For more information, email Permaculture Garden Manager Roman Mendieta at mendieta002@connect.wcsu.edu.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

 

 

Public invited to observe, participate in cider-making at WCSU

DANBURY, CONN.— Western Connecticut State University students will grind apples and make fresh apple cider as part of a biology class on plant natural history from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, on the patio of the Student Center on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. In the event of rain, the event will take place in the Student Center lobby. The public is invited to observe or participate in the process and enjoy a free sample of the end product.

Students will create cider through a multi-step process. Whole apples have to first be ground up in an apple mill. The resulting mash will be gathered into a cloth bag before being processed by an apple press. Cider is separated from the rest of the apple byproduct and gathered in a bucket. A total of 600 pounds of apples will be utilized for the event, and the resultant product is estimated to be between 30-40 gallons. The apple presses being used are originals from the late 1800s to early 1900s, rebuilt by Professor of Biology Dr. Thomas Philbrick.

Philbrick, who teaches the plant natural history class, said, “There’s nothing that says ‘fall in New England’ more than apples and cider. The process is simple and everyone will be welcome to join in.”

For more information, send an email to Philbrick at philbrickt@wcsu.edu.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

 

 

 

WCSU Minorities in Medicine Club to host motivational speaker

DANBURY, CONN.— The Western Connecticut State University Minorities in Medicine Club will host Dr. Karen Morris-Priester, who will discuss “How to Succeed When Everyone Thinks You Are Failing” at noon on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Room 125 of the Science Building on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The talk will be free and the public is invited.

Morris-Priester is an anesthesiologist and motivational speaker. The 45-year-old mother of five graduated from the Yale School of Medicine in 2007 and was the first grandmother to do so. Her story attracted the attention of talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who featured Morris-Priester in a segment.

Morris-Priester first came to the club’s attention due to her presence at the Yale Summer Medical and Dental Education Program. After learning of her story, club members sought to bring her to WCSU in hopes of inspiring other students.

Daisy Aguilar, president of Minorities in Medicine, said the club was founded in spring 2017 and serves socially underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students who wish to explore the medical field and prepare for professional schooling as a team.

Aguilar said, “I hope those who attend the event will be empowered by her story and aspire to pursue their goals — whether it’s to become a medical doctor, architect, journalist or anything else.”

For more information, send an email to Aguilar at aguilar012@connect.wcsu.edu.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

 

 

Federal grant allows WCSU to expand crisis training

DANBURY, Conn. — Western Connecticut State University will use a $1.8 million federal grant to improve and expand training for students in programs that teach them how to respond to mental health crises.

Dr. Gabriel Lomas, professor of Education and Educational Psychology, led the application for the grant, which was made available through last year’s passage of the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, which was supported by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) as an original cosponsor of the bill.

“A key aspect is to grow our program so we can increase the behavioral health workforce in the area,” Lomas said. “We will be able to place more students in primary care with physicians and train all students in the behavioral health program in trauma and crisis models. If we have space, members of the community will be able to take the training, too.”

The grant is the largest research grant the university has received, surpassing the $1.6 million grant earned last year by Dr. Neeta Connolly, assistant professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, to study the ticks that transmit Lyme disease.

“Too many kids and adults with mental health needs in this country don’t get the timely care they need for one reason: we don’t have enough trained behavioral health specialists to care for them,” Murphy said. “I worked hard to reauthorize this grant program as part of my Mental Health Reform Act because I believe that it should be as easy to access a doctor or get prescriptions for an illness of the mind as it is for an illness of the body.”

The Mental Health Reform Act reauthorized the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program, which approved WestConn’s four-year grant.

“WCSU prides itself in being a community partner, developing curricula that are responsive to regional needs,” said WestConn Provost Dr. Missy Alexander. “This grant is just another example of our commitment to Danbury and the surrounding area. We are extremely proud of Dr. Lomas and the work that he has done to secure these funds.”

Patricia Ivry, dean of the School of Professional Studies, said the grant confirms the good work of the department and of Lomas.

“Receipt of this grant calls attention to the significant demand for the region to prepare professionals to address mental health issues,” Ivry said. “Working collaboratively with other SPS departments such as nursing, social work and health promotion, Dr. Lomas enriched his proposal. The results will be felt with more qualified professionals serving the mental health needs in the area. We are proud to take the lead in this initiative and thrilled to have faculty like Dr. Lomas in our school.”

Lomas came to WestConn with a strong background in helping communities respond to crisis. He was a member of a school-based crisis response team and clinical crisis response team in Texas, and he helped to create a Regional Crisis Team in the Western part of Connecticut to assist area schools in crisis response preparation. When a disaster happens, the team pools the resources of the university and school districts to provide support immediately after an event such as a shooting, death, natural disaster or other crisis.

Gabrielle Jazwicki, director of the Office of Sponsored Research Administrative Services, worked with Lomas to secure the funding.

“This grant will allow us to build on everything we have been doing over the past several years,” Lomas said. “The community will benefit as we teach more students to handle and prevent crises based in behavioral health.”

For more information, call the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.