Central Connecticut State University
|State Normal School|
Teachers College of Connecticut
Central Connecticut State College
|President||Zulma R. Toro Ramos|
|448 part-time professors|
501 part-time professors
|Campus||Suburban, 165-acre (0.258 sq mi)|
|Colors||Blue and White|
|Athletics||NCAA Division I – NEC|
|Mascot||Kizer the Blue Devil|
Central Connecticut State University (Central Connecticut, CCSU, Central Connecticut State, or informally Central) is a public university in New Britain, Connecticut. Founded in 1849 as the State Normal School, CCSU is Connecticut's oldest publicly funded university. CCSU is made up of four schools: the Ammon College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; the School of Business; the School of Education and Professional Studies; and the School of Engineering, Science, and Technology. The university is attended by 11,822 students, 9,546 of whom are undergraduates, and 2,276 of whom are graduate students. More than half of students live off campus and 96 percent are Connecticut residents. The school is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system (CSCU), which also oversees Eastern, Western, and Southern Connecticut State Universities. Together they have a student body of 32,722.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Academic and office halls
- 4 Facilities
- 5 Clubs and activities
- 6 Athletics
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 Guest speakers and honorees
- 9 See also
- 10 Footnotes
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Central Connecticut State University was founded in 1849 as the State Normal School to train teachers. It was the sixth normal school in the United States and is the oldest public university in Connecticut. It ran until 1867 when the school was temporarily closed due to opposition in the Connecticut General Assembly. Two years later, the Normal School resumed its services and continued to do so until the 1930s. During this time, the Connecticut General Assembly created the Teachers College of Connecticut and the first bachelor's degrees were granted. In 1922, the campus moved to its current location on Stanley Street.
In 1983 the school transitioned from a college to a regional university. Organizational governance changed in 2011 when the Connecticut Department of Higher Education was dissolved and replaced by the Office of Higher Education and the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.
The most popular Bachelor's programs by student enrollment are Business and Marketing, Social Sciences and Psychology, Education, Engineering, Communications, English, and Biology. Bachelor's programs are also offered in a variety of other fields such as computer information systems, literature, and the visual and performing arts. The school has a student-faculty ratio of 17:1 with 43 percent of its classes enrolling fewer than 20 students. In 2012, the 6-year graduation rate for first-time students increased to 52%.
Graduate programs are offered in all of the academic schools. These include programs in accountancy, education, literature, international studies, engineering technology, and information technology. A number of doctoral degrees are also offered.
Academic and office halls
- Copernicus Hall (nursing, biology, engineering)
- Vance (business & communications)
- Social Sciences Hall (anthropology, geography, history, political science, sociology)
- Sanford Hall (computer science, economics)
- Barnard Hall (education, graduate studies)
- Welte Hall (music)
- Maloney Hall (theatre, art)
- Kaiser Hall (fitness science, gym & pool)
- Marcus White Hall (mathematics, philosophy, psychology)
Facilities include 10 academic halls, the Student Center, the Burritt Library, and numerous laboratories. Computer labs are available throughout campus, the largest of which is located in Marcus White Hall. Dining facilities are located in Memorial Hall Hilltop Dining Center and the Student Center. Additional computers and laboratories are spread across all of the academic halls. Welte Hall, Maloney Hall, and the Student Center function as large gathering areas for events, music performances, and theater productions. Welte contains the main auditorium and Kaiser Hall houses the main gymnasium, and houses an olympic-size pool. Fitness classes are freely available to students in Memorial Hall and fitness equipment is provided in four locations across campus through RECentral.
Administrative offices, including Admissions, the Registrar, and Financial Aid are located in Davidson Hall. New building projects have expanded liberal arts classroom space and made significant upgrades to all sports facilities.
Residence halls and commuters
Residence halls can accommodate up to 2,500 students in nine residence halls in two quads, which are split between the north and south ends of campus.
A new eight-story residence hall (Mid Campus Residence Hall) opened for occupancy in the Fall of 2015. The $82 million dorm features "suite" style rooms, in addition to a 2,000 square foot fitness facility, a kitchen on each floor, and a server kitchen and main lounge with a fireplace on the main floor. The Office of Residence Life is also located on the first floor of the new facility.
During the past several years, the new $37-million Social Sciences Hall, 4,300-square-foot Bichum Engineering Laboratory, and 12,500-square-foot Campus Police Station opened. In 2011, the first floor of the Elihu Burritt Library was renovated to create a new common area with seating, couches, computers, and food vendors. Arute Field and its adjacent practice and baseball fields also underwent extensive construction and renovation from 2010 through the present, including new football, soccer, track, and practice field turf. New football, track, and soccer stadium seating was added, as well as construction on the Balf–Savin baseball field.
Clubs and activities
- Alpha Upsilon Alpha, Beta Kappa chapter
- Car Club
- Central A Capella Society
- Central Activities Network
- CCSU Club Directory - 160 Total
- CCSU E-sports
- CCSU Accounting Society
- Computer Club
- Dance Team
- Education Club
- Football Club
- Formula SAE
- Helix Magazine
- Hillel Foundation
- Iota Phi Theta, CCSU chapter
- Intramural & Club Sports (through RECentral)
- Lambda Theta Phi, Tau chapter
- Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Center
- LGBT Center
- Marketing Club
- Multi-Powered Vehicle (SAE SuperMileage)
- Mural Program
- Off-Center Magazine
- Outing Club (hiking)
- Phi Delta Theta, Connecticut Alpha chapter
- Phi Sigma Sigma, Iota Delta Chapter
- Physics & Earth Science
- Polish Club
- RECcentral Intramurals & Fitness Classes
- Rugby Club
- Society of Mathematics
- Student Government Association
- Tea Club
- The Recorder
- WFCS 107.7
The university's athletic teams are known as the Blue Devils. Their mascot was originally named Victor E, but was changed to Kizer in 2011 after unveiling a new logo. Central Connecticut State participates in NCAA at the Division I (Football Championship Subdivision football) level as a member of the Northeast Conference. The university fields 18 varsity sports, eight men's sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, as well as indoor and outdoor track & field; and ten women's sports: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, indoor and outdoor track & field, and volleyball.
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Athletes and coaches
- Brian Leblanc – The single greatest volleyball player of all time, won the school many medals and is now teaching physical education at Simsbury, he still plays volleyball in his free time, Godlike status.
- Ricky Bottalico – Major League Baseball pitcher 1994–2005; 1996 All-Star, Philadelphia Phillies analyst for Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
- Al Bagnoli – football head coach at Columbia University (2015–), formerly at University of Pennsylvania (1992–2014) with nine Ivy League titles
- Dave Campo – former head coach of Dallas Cowboys, defensive coordinator of Cleveland Browns, defensive backs coach of Jacksonville Jaguars
- Justise Hairston – football player drafted by New England Patriots
- John Hirschbeck – Major League Baseball umpire 1984–2016
- Skip Jutze – MLB player (catcher) with St. Louis Cardinals and Seattle Mariners 1972–1977
- Scott Pioli – formerly General Manager of NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, executive with New England Patriots, presently assistant general manager for the Atlanta Falcons
- Rich Ranglin – offensive lineman for San Jose SaberCats of Arena Football League
- Evan Scribner – MLB relief pitcher for San Diego Padres (2011); Oakland Athletics (2012–2015); Seattle Mariners (2016–2017)
- Mike Sherman – Head Coach, Montreal Allouettes (2018– ); former head coach of Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M Aggies
- John Skladany – defensive coordinator of Houston Cougars, special teams assistant for University of Central Florida Knights. Now retired.
- Bob Zuffelato – NBA scout for Toronto Raptors; former assistant coach for Mavericks, Warriors, and Timberwolves; head coach (1971–1977) at Boston College
- Erin Brady – Miss Connecticut USA 2013, Miss USA 2013
- Richard Grieco – actor, 21 Jump Street, Booker.
- Kenny Johnson – actor, The Shield, Sons of Anarchy
- Colleen Ward – Miss Connecticut 2015, contestant in 2015 Miss America pageant
- William Berloni – animal behaviorist known for training of animals for stage, film, and television
- Ebenezer D. Bassett – first U.S. African-American ambassador (to Haiti), appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1869
- Erin Stewart – Mayor of New Britain (2013–present), youngest-serving female mayor in U.S.
- Walter Eli Clark – Governor of the District of Alaska, appointed by President William Howard Taft on May 18, 1909
- Michael J. Ingelido – WWII fighter pilot, Distinguished Service Cross recipient, Air Force Major General (1960s)
- John Larson – Congressman (D-CT) (1999–present); former Connecticut Senate President
- Fran P. Mainella – 16th Director (2001–2006) of National Park Service
- Francis M. Mullen – head of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (1981–1985)
- Maria L. Sanford – educator (1870), has statue in Capitol's National Statuary Hall Collection for the state of Minnesota
- Carmen E. Espinosa – Justice of Connecticut Supreme Court; appointed by Governor Daniel Malloy on January 7, 2013, took office on March 6, 2013; current term expires in 2021
Guest speakers and honorees
CCSU's commencement speakers are often successful alumni such as Congressman John B. Larson (D-1st), CitiFinancial CEO Michael Knapp, and CCSU professor Kristine Larsen. The most recent four governors of Connecticut have spoken at CCSU commencement exercises.
Robert C. Vance Distinguished Lecture Series
Since 1983, twenty-three speakers have been featured as part of the Vance Distinguished Lecture Series. These have included well-known journalists such as Anderson Cooper, Dan Rather, and Bob Woodward, as well as figures from government such as Robert Gates, Rudolph Giuliani, and Shimon Peres.
Recipients of CCSU honorary degrees
CCSU began awarding honorary doctoral degrees in 1985. Honorees have included the CEOs or Chairmen of six major corporations, four U.S. Presidents, and heads of state of Canada, Germany, Hungary, and Poland.
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