Southern Looks to the Future with President Mary Papazian
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ACAdEmiCS 69 undergraduate, 45 graduate degree programs ACCREdiTATiON In 2012, Southern received its reaccreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. ALUmNi 84,500 ATHLETiCS Ten national NCAA Division II team titles and 75 individual championships CAmpUS Nearly 172 acres divERSiTy More than 500 students with disabilities. Minority students comprise about 25 percent of the total enrollment. ENdOwmENT $11.3 million ENROLLmENT 11,533 fACULTy 433 full-time; 79 percent with doctoral and other terminal degrees GRAdUATE STUdENTS 2,837 OpERATiNG bUdGET $196 million RESidENCE LifE More than 2,700 students live on campus in nine residence halls UNdERGRAdUATE STUdENTS 8,696, including 1,319 new full-time freshmen
Southern welcomes New President
ardworking,” “strong” and “visionary” were just some of the adjectives used to describe new President Mary A. Papazian when her appointment was announced to the Southern community in December. “Dr. Papazian is a fantastic choice to lead the campus of Southern Connecticut State University into the future,” said Robert Kennedy, president of the state Board of Regents for Higher Education. “Her strong academic and administrative experience, and importantly, her work strengthening and supporting research and development at Lehman College will be of great benefit to Southern’s campus.” Papazian served as provost and senior vice president for academic aﬀairs at Lehman College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, from 2007-12. At Lehman, Papazian helped articulate a strategic vision and long-term goals for the college and played a lead role in their implementation. She also supported eﬀorts to build strong community relationships with the college and was a key member of the leadership team that launched the college’s first capital campaign.
President Papazian’s Inauguration Events Thursday, September 20 • 8 pm Book Discussion • This I Believe with Dan Gediman John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts friday, September 21 • 1 pm School of Business Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Tours and Reception • Crescent Street Saturday, September 22 • 7 pm Alumni Welcome Cocktail Party Under the tent between Morrill Hall and Engleman Hall monday, September 24 • 7 pm Book Discussion The Sandcastle Girls with author Chris Bohjalian Adanti Student Center Ballroom Thursday, September 27 • 4 - 6 pm Armenian Art Exhibit and Reception Lobby Gallery, John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts (exhibit runs through early October) friday, September 28 • 1:30 - 3 pm Inauguration Ceremony John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts
CAREER HiGHLiGHTS • 2007-2012: Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Aﬀairs and Professor of English, Lehman College of the City University of New York • 2004 -2007: Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of English, Montclair State University • 1999-2004: Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., where she had been on the faculty of the English Department since 1988 EdUCATiON • Received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English literature from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) • Graduated summa cum laude and elected to Phi Beta Kappa, 1981 ACAdEmiC RESEARCH Papazian’s scholarship focuses on the 17th-century English poet and clergyman John Donne. She has authored many articles and edited two books on the topic, and has been a member of the John Donne Society for about 20 years, previously serving as its president. She received the John Donne Society Award for Distinguished Publication on Donne in 1991. pERSONAL Married to Dennis R. Papazian, Ph.D., a long-time professor of history and founding director of the Armenian Research Center at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. They have two daughters, Ani, 19, and Marie, 14.
Helping to Build a Knowledge-Based economy
s Connecticut seeks to rebound from the recent economic downturn, Southern Connecticut State University is playing a key role in the recovery process, developing new programs that meet the needs of today’s marketplace and anticipate the trends of tomorrow. Under the new leadership of President Mary A. Papazian, Southern prepares its
students to work in more than 91 percent of the occupations requiring at least a bachelor’s degree for employment, as identified by the state Department of Labor’s 2012 forecast. And, with more than 80 percent of its 2,300 annual graduates staying on to live and work in Connecticut, the 119-year-old university is a major contributor in building the state’s knowledge-based economy.
AdvANCiNG THE SCiENCES Southern continues to seek new opportunities, in both growth and in-demand fields of study, to build on its 114 oﬀerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Recently, for example, the university was named as the host site for Connecticut’s first research center devoted solely to the cutting-edge field of nanotechnology. The new center prepares students for careers in this growth industry through hands-on experience with specialized equipment, including a stateof-the-art microscope that uses electrons to image materials on the atomic scale. Concurrent with the launching of the Southern-based center is the establishment of a graduate certificate program in nanotech at the four Connecticut State universities. Initial courses were oﬀered at Southern last summer.
A new master’s degree in applied physics has also been approved, providing an educational pathway for individuals seeking applied research and management positions in the state’s high-tech industries, and a source of trained professionals for technology employers. And students and faculty at Southern and in New Haven schools will be able to create and examine new materials at the atomic level thanks to a National Science Foundation-supported partnership with Yale University. The National Science Foundation recently allocated a six-year, $13 million grant to enhance the universities’ joint Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena, headed by Southern’s Physics Department Chairwoman Christine Broadbridge.
dOCTORAL pROGRAmS mEET wORKfORCE NEEdS Southern has also launched its second doctoral program — an Ed.D. in nursing education geared to help oﬀset the state and national shortage of nurses and nursing faculty. This collaborative program — oﬀered jointly with Western Connecticut State University in Danbury — is among only a handful in the country and classes begin this fall. The 51-credit program, largely oﬀered online, is designed for part-time students. It is geared toward individuals who work full-time, especially nurses who might want to teach in their current profession. The program complements other recent eﬀorts by Southern to address the nursing shortage. These include an accelerated program enabling individuals with a
bachelor’s degree in any discipline to change careers and earn a B.S.N. in one year, cutting in half the time it usually takes to earn such a degree. Southern began oﬀering its first doctoral program, an Ed.D. in educational leadership, in 2002. This degree is specifically geared to oﬀset the shortage of qualified candidates for top school administrative posts in the state, and has been designed as an aﬀordable, accessible option for Connecticut residents. The university already licenses more teachers than any other institution in the state, and prepares the greatest number of principals and superintendents through its educational leadership programs.
• Above: The joint ed.D. in nursing education, collaborative with wCSU, will help increase the number of nursing faculty in the state.
Barbara Aronson (center) is the program’s coordinator. • far left: Christine Broadbridge is director of education for the Yale-Southern materials science center. • Left: The state’s first nanotechnology research center is based at Southern.
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COmmUNiTy pARTNERSHipS Southern is also committed to improving educational standards and opportunities at the grassroots level. As part of this eﬀort, hundreds of Southern students and faculty are involved each year in dozens of community initiatives and partnerships: from internships and volunteer projects to innovative collaborations with city schools and other organizations. For example, the Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science is helping to increase the number and quality of students in those fields with scholarship opportunities for outstanding students. And a new Center for Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders provides current and future educators with best practices when teaching students with autism. In addition, thousands of youngsters
and adults come to campus each year for educational workshops and seminars, cultural and sporting events, college preparation programs and summer camps. In fact, Southern is one of three higher education institutions in the state to partner in a seven-year, $31.5 million Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) grant to improve college access and readiness for Connecticut’s students. The funding will be used to significantly increase the number of low-income students prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education, and to provide scholarships for eligible high school seniors. Southern will serve about 320 seventh graders from eight New Haven middle schools.
• Above Left: Ruth eren, director of the Center of excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders, discusses with students how iPhones can be used to help those on the autism spectrum. • Above: New Haven teachers collaborate with Southern faculty through the Center for excellence in Mathematics and Science. • Left: graduate students work with preschoolers at the west Haven Child Development Center.
• Above Left: Junior Amanda Thomas is proving to be a star in Southern’s swimming program. • Above: The Crescent Players’ production of Misalliance. • Left: The Haven String Quartet is now officially in residence at Southern. • far left: Michael J. Fox entertains and moves an enthusiastic Lyman Center audience.
ARTS ANd ATHLETiCS Southern has become an integral part of the arts community as well. Partnerships have been established with Long Wharf Theatre, Music Haven, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. And campus events at the John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts bring a wide range of aﬀordable, cultural activities to the general public, including the center’s acclaimed annual smooth jazz series, and performances by The Crescent Players student theater company. The annual Mary and Louis Fusco Distinguished Lecture Series has emerged as a signature Southern event, annually drawing up to 1,500 people to campus for the visits of leading public figures and
newsmakers such as former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, renowned journalist Walter Cronkite, actor and disability activist Christopher Reeve, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, actor Michael J. Fox, and Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State (1997–2001). In athletics, Southern has one of the top NCAA Division II programs in the country, with 10 national team titles and 75 individual championships. the most recent by junior swimming sensation Amanda Thomas, who captured national titles in the 200-yard and 400yard individual medley in March 2012. Thomas was also named NCAA Division II Swimmer of the Year.
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mAKiNG A diffERENCE Southern strives to be a good neighbor – both by welcoming the public to campus and by reaching out to the wider community. Southern students help clean up parts of New Haven and work with local social services agencies as part of the annual Southern Day of Service and the Big Event. And they organize and participate in charitable events, such as the Freshman Backpack Project, Jail ‘n’ Bail (supporting Special Olympics) and the Adopt-A-Family food drive. More than a quarter of the student body is engaged in some kind of leadership or community service during the academic year.
Q & A wiT H THE pR E S idE NT
A Passion for Higher Learning SCSU: You were a very successful student, graduating summa cum laude and being elected to Phi Beta Kappa. What fueled your success? MP: I grew up in a family that was very much committed to education. My mother, who was a teacher, was really the star of the family. She graduated from high school at 16 and was the first student elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior at UCLA. My father was born in Greece of Armenian parents and came to this country as a college student. He was an avid reader, so we were always surrounded by books. It was just something that was part of our household. I have three brothers and we’re all within a four-year span from top to bottom, so maybe there was a little bit of competition. For whatever reason, I seemed to do well in school. Some children are made for school and others succeed in other ways. I seem to be one of those who was made for school. All of my brothers also earned advanced degrees. You attended the first ArmenianAmerican high school. I am of Armenian parentage on both my mother’s and my father’s side. My mother’s family came to the United States in the late 19th century, very early for Armenians. My father immigrated in the 1950s and met my mother at college. I actually was raised in my early years in more of an American environment. The '60s weren’t a time of celebrating your ethnicity. We were coming out of the '50s and it was a time of everyone fitting in. Initially, my brothers and I went to the public schools. But when I was 12, we moved from one part of Los Angeles to another. Right before the move, my mother had started to teach English and American history at Ferrahian High School. When we moved, we became students there. We happened to live next door to the principal and we didn’t have
ties to the local schools. It’s a wonderful small school, with a college-prep environment. The students have done very, very well. I recently went to my reunion and it was a lot of fun to see how well our graduates have done.” The Armenian-American media covered your appointment with a sense of pride. It’s a small community with a common history that was born most recently out of the tragedy of the 1915 Armenian genocide, but actually has a manythousand-year history marked by many successes. Because the American Armenian community is so small — and because it emerged from that tragedy early in the 20th century — people really do have common interests and a strong connection. There is a lot of celebrating of and pride in each other’s successes. You mentioned that your mother taught English. Did this factor into your decision to become an English literature major? There’s probably a direct connection. She was an English major and taught English literature for many years. From the time that I was about 5, I knew I was going to go to UCLA to study English literature. It was nothing that was forced on me; I just really enjoyed reading and the vistas that it opened. Majoring in English was a great opportunity to study something that I loved. “At the time, my father, the practical one, would say, ‘What are you going to do with that degree?’ — which is what parents sometimes say to children who want to study the arts or the humanities. But the truth is you find a way to be successful if you have passion for something, and I always had passion for literature.
Q & A wiT H THE pR E S idE NT
“i am committed to ensuring that Southern maintains and strengthens its balance between the liberal arts core and professional education to best prepare students to become leaders in the workforce of the 21st century.” You served as a professor for many years. What led you to become an administrator? I had the opportunity to participate in the university self-study for accreditation for Oakland University, Michigan. That experience exposed me to the entire university, academic and non-academic. Ultimately the success of the self-study is what led me to be invited to be associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. But it’s important to note that I never call myself simply an administrator. I consider myself an academic administrator, because I’ve always continued to nurture my identity as a faculty member. I try to stay active in my field as much as possible given the time constraints. At the end of the day, it’s what really motivates me . . . teaching, reading and writing about what I love and sharing that passion with students and colleagues. In my experience, the best academic leaders are those who come out of rich academic traditions. What was it about Southern that attracted you? I found that I felt a strong resonance with Southern's powerful mission of engagement, social justice and creating access, but with a strong commitment to excellence at the same time. It was very much aligned with the kinds of institutions that I have been at from the beginning of my career and so I saw that there might be a nice fit here. What are some of your immediate goals? There are long-term goals and short-term needs. One of my long-term goals is to ensure that Southern continues to be a very significant player in the higher education landscape in the state of
Connecticut and the region. Southern has a particular mission as a public institution to connect actively with its community and to create pathways to success for students who might not otherwise have them. I am very much committed to the access mission, but I am also committed to the excellence mission of the university. The 21st century has a knowledgebased economy, so we need to be developing a knowledge-based workforce. Southern has in its curriculum a very strong liberal arts core. That liberal arts focus prepares our graduates to continue to reshape themselves as the economy reshapes itself . . . and helps them to become more independent in their thinking and, ultimately, to become leaders in their chosen fields. Southern also has a strong commitment to science education, the arts and to everything in between. I am committed to ensuring that Southern maintains and strengthens its balance between the liberal arts core and professional education to best prepare students to become leaders in the workforce of the 21st century. In the short term, we have to look at the nature of our graduate programs to make sure they are best serving the needs of the business community and our students. We also have to look at how the new state system of higher education evolves as it brings together the state’s public institutions of higher learning — the two-year colleges, the four-year universities, and Charter Oak — and determine how we can become a leader in shaping its future. Those are some of the immediate challenges that we face, and I am confident that Southern is up to the task.
Clearly there are budgetary challenges. I grew up and went to school in California. I worked in Michigan, New Jersey and New York — these are states that have had their share of budgetary challenges. Limited budgets are the nature of public higher education today. Our challenge is to work within these constraints, while building resources and support from those who believe in what we’re doing. Then we can continue to move forward with a positive agenda. Where does the corporate community fit into the equation? It’s a win-win situation. We are only as strong as our partnership with the larger community, which includes the business community. They, in turn, are only as strong as Southern is because it’s our students who will be recruited as employees and, ultimately, business leaders and community leaders. The business community will help us understand how we can best prepare our students going forward. They can help us anticipate the future because they have to anticipate their own needs. We can then align our curriculum in a positive way, while always maintaining our liberal arts core, which is timeless. The relationship between Southern and the business community can become very powerful. We will be looking for a win-win situation where we invest in them and they invest in us. Much of your scholarship focuses on the English poet John Donne. Do you have a favorite line from Donne’s work? There are so many, but I’ll give you one. I have written a lot on Donne’s ‘Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions.’ There is a
very famous line that comes from the work, which not everyone realizes is from Donne: ‘Never seek to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.’ What I find so moving about the line is that it talks about our common humanity and how we are all linked. It’s about how what happens to one person aﬀects all of us . . . and how we need to think about the good we do in the world. I find it to be a very moving line.” You’re the parent of a college freshman. Has this provided any new insight? One thing that the experience has really called to mind — and this is an interesting issue for Southern — is the balance between the residential student experience and the commuter student experience. I was a commuter student in college. It was the only way my parents could manage to send four of us to college in such a short period of time. Our older daughter, a freshman at Tufts University in Boston, lives on campus. She’s very happy and has adjusted beautifully. But I’ve noticed that she talks as much or more about what goes on outside of the classroom as what goes on in the classroom. It’s not that she’s not interested in academics — but she is really interested in and aﬀected by all that goes on outside of class. Here at Southern, this is something we have to pay a lot of attention to on behalf of all of our students — both those who live on campus and those who commute. Their education extends beyond the classroom. It’s a critical part of our students’ growth and we have to think about their education holistically to best meet their needs.
“The relationship between Southern and the business community can become very powerful. we will be looking for a win-win situation where we invest in them and they invest in us.”
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Master Building Plan Moving Ahead
outhern continues its development as a thoroughly modern campus, with a new School of Business having opened this summer, and an expanded library and new science building in progress. The university’s master plan also calls for a new fine arts center, an expansion of Moore Fieldhouse and a building to house Southern’s health and services programs. Left: The renovated former Student Center opened this summer as a new home for the School of Business. Encompassing about 23,000 square feet, the building houses faculty oﬃces, classrooms, conference and meeting rooms and a Wall Street-style trading room. below: design is proceeding for a 98,332-square-foot science building that will house teaching and research laboratories for Southern’s growing programs in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines, which have seen enrollments increase by more than 17 percent in recent years. Embracing an innovative, sustainable design, the building will be home to nanotechnology, physics and optics, cancer research, astronomy and other sciences.
Above: following completion of a 135,000 square-foot addition that doubles the size of Buley Library, the orginal portion of the building is being completely renovated. The new-look library will incorporate general classroom space, a learning commons, information technology operations oﬃces, an adaptive technology area, faculty oﬃces and storage for the university’s art collection, which will also be displayed throughout the building. Left: Campus parking availability should be improved by the construction of a new, 1,200-space parking garage on the site of Lot 7, at the side of Moore Fieldhouse on Wintergreen Avenue. The project will be completed early in the fall 2012 semester and will net about 800 parking spaces for students and employees.
Sustainability efforts earning National Recognition
its school colors may be blue and white, but Southern has stamped itself as one of the up-and-coming green campuses in the nation. The university recently placed fourth of 98 schools in the country in reducing its electricity use during the Campus Conservation Nationals 2012, a competition among colleges and universities to reduce energy consumption. As one of the top 10 schools in the conservation contest, Southern also will receive a credit for 200 megawatt hours of renewable energy from Sterling Planet, a company that works with organizations toward becoming carbon neutral. The 200 megawatt hours of free energy should be enough to power one of the university’s smaller residence halls for about a year. Other recent sustainability eﬀorts at Southern include: • Becoming a charter signatory to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which calls for schools to bolster their conservation eﬀorts in pursuit of eventual carbon neutrality. • Purchasing graduation caps and gowns made from recycled plastic bottles. • Adopting a single-stream recycling program. • Reducing pollutants by 50 percent through burning ultra-low sulfur fuel in the campus Energy Center. Also, this fall Southern will launch a Sustainable Living Learning Community, in which students can opt to live in a residence hall with sustainability as a focus.
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Southern Owls Finish Year with a Spring Flurry
uccess remained a constant in all facets for Southern’s Athletic Department in 2011-12. The Owls achieved record-setting success in the classroom, in the community and on the playing fields, highlighted by their sixth straight finish among the top 20 percent of more than 300 Division II institutions in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. This annual award recognizes broad-based athletic excellence in NCAA competition. Southern’s runner-up finish in the Northeast-10 Conference Presidents’ Cup race was also the highest in school history and marked the third time in the past four years that the Owls finished in the top three. Seven programs were represented in NCAA action, including the softball team’s first appearance in the College World Series. On an individual level, Southern also claimed three NCAA national championships – two by swimmer Amanda Thomas and the other in the heptathlon by Nick Lebron – along with two runner-up marks and 20 All-America selections. On the academic front, Southern recorded 324 selections to the Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll during the year, including 178 studentathletes in the fall semester. Student-athletes must maintain a 3.0 semester grade point average to earn recognition. A total of seven student-athletes – Jackie Fede (women’s soccer), Paul Templeton (men’s soccer), Amanda Burden (women’s swimming and diving), Brittany Bucko (softball), Kristin Whitley (softball), Stenson Jean-Baptiste (men’s track and field) and Logan Sharpe (men’s track and field) – were named Academic All-Americans by the College Sports Information Directors of America for their athletic and academic prowess this year. Southern also had 14 Academic All-District honorees and 36 selections to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Academic Teams, the most among all Northeast-10 Conference Schools. In addition, Amanda Burden (women’s swimming and diving) was named as a 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award winner for her success in both the classroom and the pool. Southern student-athletes continued to make an outstanding impression in the community, as well, having volunteered more than 3,000 hours of their time to more than 75 events both on campus and in Greater New Haven this year.
• Above: Jayme Larson, a 26-game winner, is set to deliver a pitch for the Owls. • below left: Nick Lebron (right) racks ups points in the 110-meter hurdles, one of this best events during the decathlon at the NCAA Division ii Championships, where he placed fifth. During the winter, Lebron won the national heptathlon indoor title. • Above left: The men’s track and field team shows who is number one after winning the Northeast10 Conference championship at Jess Dow Field. • Top left: Southern’s softball team takes a moment to celebrate its first berth in the College world Series in Louisville, Ky.
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The Lucas BroThers and MichaeL BLausTein Wednesday, September 5, 2012 • 8 PM General admission $10 General Public Free Faculty/Staff, SCSU student guests (limit 2) Free SCSU students with valid ID (limit 1) BiLL Burr Saturday, November 3, 2012 • 8 PM General admission $35 General Public $25 Faculty/Staff/Active Alumni, SCSU student guests (limit 2) $10 SCSU students with valid ID (limit 1)
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Lorraine warren Wednesday, October 24, 2012 • 8 PM General admission $10 General Public $8 Faculty/Staff, SCSU student guests (limit 2) $8 SCSU students with valid ID (limit 1)
dan gediMan Author of the best-selling book This I Believe Tuesday, September 25, 2012 • 8 PM Free show, tickets required General admission
garrison KeiLLor Sunday, April 14, 2013 • 7:30 PM • Reserved seating $55 Premium seating $45 Regular seating $35 Regular seating: Faculty/Staff, SCSU students $35 Sections U1 & U12 Special: $100 Pre-show meet and greet reception with Premium seating
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MAINSTAGE The rocKy horror show Book, Music & Lyrics by Richard O’Brien Directed and Choreographed by Larry Nye Friday, October 12, 2012 • 8 PM Special Midnight Show Saturday, October 13 Wednesday - Saturday, October 17 - 20 • 8 PM Saturday & Sunday, October 20 & 21 • 2 PM hay feVer By Noel Coward • Directed by Sheila Hickey Garvey Tuesday - Saturday, March 5 - 9, 2013 • 8 PM Saturday & Sunday, March 9 & 10 • 2 PM KENDALL DRA MA LAB sTudenT-direcTed one acTs Thursday - Saturday, November 29, 30, December 1, 2012 • 8 PM Sunday, December 2 • 2 PM juLius caesar By William Shakespeare • Directed by Raphael Massie Tuesday - Saturday, April 23 - 27, 2013 • 8 PM Sunday, April 28 • 2 PM
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Southern is looking to the future with new president Mary A. Papazian