OWL Summer | 11 a news supplement for alumni and friends of Southern Connecticut State University Dear Friends of Southern, The lazy days of summer are upon us, but life is far from slow here at Southern. As you will read in this supplement to Southern Alumni Magazine, we are about to undertake one of the busiest summer construction programs in recent years, highlighted by the renovation of the former student center as a new home for our School of Business. Also beginning this summer is our new Southern Academy, an intensive six-week program aimed at providing young New Haven children with the essential educational tools they need for success in school and in life. In addition, we present some of the highlights of an outstanding past year, filled with academic accomplishment, inspiring special events, and athletics triumphs. I wish you an enjoyable summer with friends and family and thank you for your ongoing support of Southern Connecticut State University. Stanley F. Battle Interim President Congratulations Class of 2011! United in accomplishment and pride, some 1,500 members of the Class of 2011 were honored at Southern’s undergraduate commencement ceremony, held on May 27 at the Connecticut Tennis Center in New Haven. Byron Pitts, chief national correspondent for “CBS News,” delivered the keynote address, stressing the importance of humility. “Be humble, yet bold,“ said Pitts, an Emmy Awardwinning journalist, who is also a contributing correspondent to CBS’ “60 Minutes.” “Each of you has the power to be a leader, but seek to be a servant leader.” Southern also held two graduate commencement exercises on May 26 in Southern’s John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts. Carol Stiff, ’83, vice president of programming and acquisitions for ESPN, spoke at the afternoon ceremony for the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Health and Human Services. Bishop Theodore L. Brooks Sr. delivered the graduate commencement address for the School of Education at an evening ceremony. Bishop Brooks is the pastor of Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church in New Haven, the president and chief executive officer of the Beulah Land Development Corporation, and serves on the board of directors of many organizations.