SouthernLife Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 501 NEW HAVEN, CONN. A NEWSPAPER FOR THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY Southern Connecticut State University MAY 2013 • Vol.16 No. 6 inside: 4 Romancing the Stones 5 Grace Under Pressure An International Perspective: Graduate Student Wins Prestigious Fulbright Award Brendan Walsh, a student in the M aster of F ine A rts in C reative Writing program, has been selected for a Fulbright U.S. Student Award for 2013-2014 to Laos, where he will teach English at Ventiane University, assisting an English professor. Walsh, who will graduate from the M.F.A. program this month, is also an administrative assistant in the Office of International Education. He had previously taught ESL (English As a Second Language) for a year in South Korea, as well as at Hartwick College, where he received his undergraduate degree, graduating magna cum laude and with departmental distinction in English. Walsh has received a number of accolades for his writing, including the Anna Sonder Poetry Prize of the Academy of American Poets and the Leslie Leeds Poetry Prize for the Connecticut State University System, and was a featured reader at the New American Writing Festival in Oneonta, N.Y. A poet with several of his poems published in literary journals, Walsh has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and since 2011 has been poetry editor of Noctua Review, Southern’s graduate art and literary magazine. Michael Schindel, associate coordinator and risk management liaison in the Office of International Education, is the Fulbright program advisor for SCSU. He helps students with Fulbright applications, coordinates the campus Fulbright committee review — which in this case was performed by Schindel, Erin Heidkamp, Elena Schmitt, Ilene Crawford and Gregory Paveza — and handles outreach efforts relating to Fulbright. Schindel says of Walsh, “It was a real pleasure working with Brendan on his Fulbright application. He is someone who believes wholeheartedly in the benefits of travel and is truly excited when helping our SCSU students begin their own adventures. Brendan is someone who devotes himself completely to achieving whatever goal he sets out to accomplish.“ When Walsh had the idea of pursing a Brendan Walsh is the second Southern student in the history of the university to earn a Fulbright U.S. Student Award. Fulbright award after completing his M.F.A., he began researching potential placements and realized this would be his opportunity to live in Laos. “Once he had that in mind, there was really no stopping him. He was quick and thorough in his application responses,” Schin- del says. “He worked extensively on draft after draft of his personal statement. He also began thinking of ways to work in Laos during his non-teaching hours, finding orphanages and schools where he could volunteer his time.” In his proposal for the Fulbright award, Fulbright continued on page 6. An Unconventional Success Story Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder to Address Class of 2013 J e r ry G r e e n f i e l d , entrepreneur, advocate for socially responsible and co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 17. The ceremony begins at 10:15 a.m. with an academic procession at Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena. Greenfield and his long-time friend and business partner Ben Cohen are the men behind one of the most talked about and least conventional success stories in American business. Co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, business Inc., Greenfield helped to build a storefront venture into a $300 million ice cream empire by making strengths of social responsibility and creative management. With his best seller, "Ben & Jerry’s DoubleDip: Lead with Your Values and Make Money, Too," co-authored with Cohen, Greenfield created both a nuts-and-bolts guidebook to the promise and pitfalls of “values-led” business, and an inspiring wake-up call about the growing international influence of the “socially conscious” or “mission driven” corporation. Greenfield was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., four days before his future business partner. Greenfield grew up and went to school in Merrick, Long Island, where he first met Cohen in junior high school. The two have remained close friends ever since. Greenfield graduated from high school with a National Merit Scholarship under his belt and enrolled at Oberlin College to study pre-med. At Oberlin, Greenfield got his first taste of the ice cream industry when he took a job as a scooper in the college cafeteria. After graduation, he worked as a lab technician in New York and lived with Cohen in an apartment on East 10th Street. In 1977, with Greenfield tired of his occupation as lab tech, the two friends decided to fulfill a dream they shared: running a food business together. The two eventually settled on ice cream as their product, and, after a bit of research (and a $5 Penn State correspondence course in ice cream making), opened Ben & Jerry’s Homemade ice cream parlor in Burlington, Vt., in May 1978. Both men soon became known throughout Vermont for their rich, unusual flavors and community-oriented approach to business. They sponsored a Fall Down Festival and a free outdoor movie festival, and celebrated the company’s anniversaries with a Free Cone Day. Greenfield began by making all the ice cream, but as the company expanded into new markets, he soon found himself handling everything from distribution to orientation to Success continued on page Remembering the Heroes of Sandy Hook Elementary This year’s graduate commencement will have a special poignance. Four educators with Southern ties – three Southern alumnae and one student taking graduate courses at Southern – all died in the Dec. 14, 2012, shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Their lives will be remembered at the 7 p.m. ceremony for students of the School of Education. Principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, M.S. ’97, 6th Yr. ’98; teacher Anne Marie Murphy, M.S. ’08; school counselor Mary J. Sherlach, M.S. ’90, 6th Yr. ’92; and teacher and current master’s degree student Victoria Soto, will all be honored with the SCSU Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Soto’s family will accept a posthumous master’s degree in education for her. “The care and compassion shown by these educators demonstrates their strength of character, their total dedication to their students, and also their high moral fiber,” says President Mary A. Papazian. “Indeed Dawn, Mary, Anne Marie, and Victoria showed themselves to be true heroes, for their last actions were attempts to protect the children in their care without concern for their personal well-being. And so we honor their memory; we mourn their loss; and we continue to hold all who were impacted by these terrible events in our hearts and prayers.” Both the 7 p.m. commencement ceremony and the 2 p.m. ceremony (for students in the schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Health and Human Services) will b e held in the Lyman Center for the Performing Arts. e 6.