Central Connecticut State University
|Connecticut Normal School
Teachers College of Connecticut
Central Connecticut State College
452 Full-Time Professors500 Adjunct Professors
|Location||New Britain, Connecticut, USA|
|Campus||Suburban, 165-acre (0.258 sq mi)|
|Colors||Blue and White|
|Athletics||NCAA Division I – NEC|
|Sports||18 varsity teams|
Central Connecticut State University is a regional, comprehensive public university in New Britain, Connecticut. Founded in 1849 as Connecticut 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 over 12,000 students, 9,871 of whom are undergraduates, and 2,166 of whom are graduate students. It is part of the Connecticut State University System, which also oversees Eastern, Western, and Southern Connecticut State Universities. Together they have a student body of over 34,000. As a commuter school, more than half of students live off campus and ninety percent are in-state students.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Recognitions and rankings
- 4 Academic and Office Halls
- 5 Facilities
- 6 Clubs and activities
- 7 Athletics
- 8 Notable Alumni
- 9 Guest Speakers & Honorees
- 10 See also
- 11 Footnotes
- 12 References
- 13 External links
In 1849 CCSU was founded as Connecticut Normal School to train teachers. It was the 6th Normal School in the US 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%.
There are over 400 full-time faculty, 83% of whom possess the terminal degree in their field. Another 480 part-time instructors also teach at the University.
Graduate programs are offered in all of the academic schools. These include programs in accountancy, education, literature, engineering technology, and information technology. A number of doctoral degrees are also offered.
Recognitions and rankings
- Ranked 111th by U.S. News & World Report for Regional North Universities
- Association of American Colleges and Universities: one of 16 "Leadership Institutions" in the nation
- Honors Program called "Absolutely Outstanding" in Princeton Review's "The Best Northeastern Colleges" (2006)
- The Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education designated the International Studies and the School of Technology as "Centers of Excellence"
Academic and Office Halls
- Copernicus Hall (biology & engineering)
- Vance (business & communications)
- Social Sciences Hall
- Sanford Hall (computer science, economics)
- Barnard Hall (education, graduate studies)
- Welte Hall (music)
- Maloney Hall (theatre, art)
- Willard Hall
- DiLoreto Hall
- Kaiser Hall (fitness science, gym & pool)
- Marcus White Hall (computer lab, 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 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 & 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) is on track for occupancy in the Fall of 2015. The $82 million dorm will feature "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 will be moved from its current location in Barrows Hall to 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
- CCSU Club Directory - 160 Total
- CCSU E-sports
- 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
- RECcentral Intramurals & Fitness Classes
- 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.
Athletes and coaches
- Steve Addazio - Football Head Coach at Boston College (2013–present), various assistant coaching positions at University of Florida
- Ricky Bottalico - Major League pitcher 1994-2005; 1996 All-star Philadelphia Phillies. Currently Phillies analyst for Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.
- Al Bagnoli - Head Coach in football, with nine Ivy League titles at the University of Pennsylvania, Hesd Coach at Columbia University (2015- )
- Dave Campo – Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Defensive Coordinator of the Cleveland Browns, and Defensive Backs Coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, current defensive coach with the Dallas Cowboys
- Justise Hairston - Football player drafted by the New England Patriots.
- John Hirschbeck – Major League Baseball Umpire
- Skip Jutze - MLB player (catcher) with the St Louis Cardinals and Seattle Mariners from 1972-1977
- Scott Pioli – General Manager with the Kansas City Chiefs, and executive with the New England Patriots.
- Rich Ranglin - Offensive Lineman for the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League.
- Evan Scribner - MLB Relief Pitcher for the Oakland Athletics (2010–Present)
- Mike Sherman – Offensive co-ordinator for the Miami Dolphins; former head coach of the Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M Aggies
- John Skladany – Defensive coordinator of the Houston Cougars and current special teams assistant for the University of Central Florida Knights.
- Bob Zuffelato - Scout for the Toronto Raptors; former NBA assistant coach for the Mavericks, Warriors, and Timberwolves; former Head Basketball coach (1971-1977) Boston College
- Erin Brady - Miss Connecticut 2013, Miss USA 2013
- Richard Grieco - Actor, 21 Jump Street, Booker.
- Kenny Johnson - Actor, The Shield, Sons of Anarchy (2002–Present)
- Colleen Ward - Miss Connecticut 2015, contestant in the 2015 Miss America Pageant
- William Berloni - Animal behaviorist known for his 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
- Walter Eli Clark - Governor of the District of Alaska, appointed by President William Howard Taft on May 18, 1909
- Dawn Hochsprung - Principal during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting (2012)
- Michael J. Ingelido – WWII fighter pilot, Distinguished Service Cross recipient, Air Force Major General (1960s)
- John Larson – Congressman (D-CT) (1999–); former Connecticut Senate President
- Fran P. Mainella - 16th Director (2001-2006) of the National Park Service
- Francis M. Mullen – Head of US Drug Enforcement Administration (1981-1985)
- Maria L. Sanford – Educator(1870), has statue in the Capitol's National Statuary Hall Collection from the state of Minnesota
- Carmen E. Espinosa - Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court; appointed by Governor Daniel Malloy on January 7, 2013, and took office on March 6, 2013. Her current term expires in 2021
- Justice Ofei Akrofi – Archbishop, Church of the Province of West Africa
- Frederic Beecher Perkins – United States Editor, Librarian and Writer
Guest Speakers & 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.
- Charter Oak State College is located across the street from Central Connecticut State University.
- Connecticut's other three state universities are:
- The University of Connecticut is also a public university.
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