September 2013

At Yale, Umberto Eco Honors Beinecke Library, Recalls New Haven Spot Inspiring 'Name of the Rose'

10/19/13

At Yale, Umberto Eco Honors Beinecke Library, Recalls New Haven Spot Inspiring 'Name of the Rose'

Novelist Umberto Eco, whose writings are as textured as a medieval tapestry, made a rare visit to the U.S. Friday to wax philosophical about the cultural leadership of libraries.

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Western Connecticut State University in Danbury to Hold Ribbon-Cuttings for Math Emporium and Learning Commons

10/18/13

Western Connecticut State University in Danbury to Hold Ribbon-Cuttings for Math Emporium and Learning Commons

Western Connecticut State University in Danbury announced Friday that it will hold dual ribbon-cutting ceremonies on Thursday, Oct. 31, for the Math Emporium and Learning Commons, both of which offer new educational options for students.

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Poetic 'Confluencia' of Writers in New Book, Event at NVCC in Waterbury

10/13/13

Poetic 'Confluencia' of Writers in New Book, Event at NVCC in Waterbury

Connecticut is richer in talented poets than most people realize, and evidence of that will be on display Wednesday, Oct. 16, when a new collection of poetry and other types of short-form writing, will be debuted in a series of special events at Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) in Waterbury.

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In Advance of Yale's Inauguration Sunday of Its New President, Campus, City Offer Warm, Wide Embrace

10/13/13

In Advance of Yale's Inauguration Sunday of Its New President, Campus, City Offer Warm, Wide Embrace

NEW HAVEN--On a typical fall weekend, as Yale University was preparing to induct Peter Salovey as its 23rd president, the sprawling campus was bursting with activity, and numerous events took place across New Haven as part of the celebration. Events included campus tours, the Institute of Sacred Music Exhibition tour, Robots Helping Kids, the Native American Cultural Center Open House and more. The New Haven Museum opened its doors for a tour of “Wooster Square: New Haven’s First Live, Work, Build, Preserve Neighborhood.” Wooster Square was named after Master General David Wooster, who fought in the French and Indian War. The neighborhood was established in 1824. Museum Co-curator Frank Mitchell discussed the neighborhood’s history, which included...

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Chabad at Yale's New House Is a Home—for Everyone

10/07/13

Chabad at Yale's New House Is a Home—for Everyone

NEW HAVEN--Chabad at Yale dedicated its new building Sunday with words of wisdom, a bit of humor and a challenge to be a bigger and better “home away from home.” “The mission of Chabad House is to create that home, that warm, inspiring place for every member of this great university,” Rabbi Shua Rosenstein said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of 36 Lynwood Place. “The Chabad House at Yale has to be a home where students from all walks of life can come together as one family,” Rosenstein said. He is co-director of Chabad at Yale with his wife, Sara Rosenstein. The 11,500-square-foot facility, which includes a library, student lounge, guest suites, sanctuary, kitchen and dining room, is the result of a multiyear, $6 million...

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ConnCAN Launches Teachers Contract Database

10/01/13

ConnCAN Launches Teachers Contract Database

With the launch of ConnCAN's updated teacher contract database, teacher information from all across Connecticut can now be found in one online resource.

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Anna Murphy of Stafford Springs: Future Soccer Star, Philanthropist at 11

09/27/13

Anna Murphy of Stafford Springs: Future Soccer Star, Philanthropist at 11

At age 11, Stafford Springs 6th-grader Anna Murphy is an aspiring soccer star, hoping—maybe determined is more accurate descriptions—to follow in the cleat marks of her favorite player, the goal-scoring sensation of the U.S. national women’s team, Alex Morgan.

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At Yale, President of Croatia Outlines the Role of Religion

09/24/13

At Yale, President of Croatia Outlines the Role of Religion

The president of Croatia recently told a New Haven audience that his country’s social and economic future depend, in part, on the religious tolerance of its people.

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Hotchkiss, Among Nation's Top Private Schools, Even Has a Farm to Teach Sustainability

09/23/13

Hotchkiss, Among Nation's Top Private Schools, Even Has a Farm to Teach Sustainability

Think of the average Hotchkiss School student and the image of a field hand does not spring to mind. One of the nation’s most prestigious educational institutions, Hotchkiss trains its young charges to be the leaders of the future. They come largely from families of means and often from urban settings—most have never planted a seed or weeded a row of plants, let alone harvested the produce.

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Upward Arc for St. Vincent's College in Bridgeport Continues With New Fortin Learning Center

09/20/13

Upward Arc for St. Vincent's College in Bridgeport Continues With New Fortin Learning Center

Among Connecticut colleges—and in a nation where the jobs picture remains challenging—the locus of higher learning with the state’s most compelling narrative may be St. Vincent’s College in Bridgeport.

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Google Glass at Yale: Football Through the Quarterback's Eyes

09/18/13

Google Glass at Yale: Football Through the Quarterback's Eyes

Ever wonder what it’s like through the eyes of a quarterback? Well, Yale and the New Haven-based digital first creative agency Digital Surgeons made that happen Tuesday. In the closing stages of Yale’s football practice, Bulldogs senior Henry Furman wore Google Glass to capture the game through the eyes of a quarterback — literally. Google Glass is essentially a wearable, voice-activated computer that fits around one’s head like a pair of glasses. It records video, takes pictures, browses the internet, connects to a cell phone and more. Google gave out just 8,000 pairs as part of its Google Glass Explorer program, and Digital Surgeons were one of the recipients. “It’s a great thing for the kids to see and to be part of something like...

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Smith College Grad Katie Weiser of Litchfield at Syracuse Pursuing Career in Song

09/17/13

Smith College Grad Katie Weiser of Litchfield at Syracuse Pursuing Career in Song

"There are going to be times that you’re the only one who believes in yourself, and you have to believe in yourself all the way,” is what Katie Weiser says is the most important piece of advice she’s ever received.  For Ms. Weiser, a Litchfield, Conn., native, this has underscored her musical career as she works to develop and perfect her vocal talent. And talent is no joke for Ms. Weiser, who has honed her ability from a very young age and has a number of local achievements to prove it. For seven years, beginning at age 7, she performed with Chorus Angelicus, a Torrington, Conn.-based, semi-professional children’s choir—an engagement that not only shaped her musical career but also underscored her adolescence with national and international...

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Yale Student Magazine Offers a Passport to U.S. Foreign Service

09/16/13

Yale Student Magazine Offers a Passport to U.S. Foreign Service

Leave it to the globetrotters over at The Politic to pivot from the Arab Spring to Borat. The Politic, a student political journal at Yale University, has published a series of in-depth interviews with more than 100 U.S. ambassadors. The series is called “Diplomatic Discourse,” and it touches on some of the most pressing international issues of the day.

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Quinnipiac University's New Medical Campus Was Fueled by Generosity

09/15/13

Quinnipiac University's New Medical Campus Was Fueled by Generosity

Thursday’s celebration of Qunnipiac University’s new Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, as well as the $100 million Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, came on the heels of some rather generous gifts to the university.

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Southern Connecticut State University Gets $3 Million to Aid Marine Studies

09/10/13

Southern Connecticut State University Gets $3 Million to Aid Marine Studies

With its sights set on educating Connecticut’s workforce, Southern Connecticut State University announced a $3 million donation to the university Monday to facilitate coastal and marine studies.

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Connecticut's Public School Enrollment Continues to Decline

09/05/13

Connecticut's Public School Enrollment Continues to Decline

Connecticut's student population continues to dwindle even though the state's overall population will grow over the next decade.

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NASCAR Bound Student at Forman School in Litchfield a Dyslexia Philanthropist, at 17

09/03/13

NASCAR Bound Student at Forman School in Litchfield a Dyslexia Philanthropist, at 17

Inspired by the Forman School and its work with children with dyslexia and other learning differences, David Garbo Jr. decided to give back, even at the tender age of 17. A budding race star who drives for the Fathead Racing Team in Late Model Stock series, he established a foundation called The David Garbo, Jr. Foundation. He is donating all his winnings this race season, including a $1,650 purse he earned in the high profile Showdown in Richmond, Va., where he traded paint with elite drivers that included Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart and teammate David Ragan, all NASCAR drivers.

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After Residency Battle in Tiny Kent, Family Bruised, Student at Private School

09/01/13

After Residency Battle in Tiny Kent, Family Bruised, Student at Private School

Barbara and Clint Bishop have won their battle with the Kent Board of Education over whether they are legal residents of the community. The state Department of Education decreed Aug. 23 that they do, indeed, live in Kent and that their son can be enrolled in the local elementary school. But, in another sense, they lost the war.

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Back-to-School Inspiration: Wallingford Student's 'Transformation' Philanthropy

08/28/13

Back-to-School Inspiration: Wallingford Student's 'Transformation' Philanthropy

School started in many districts across the state this week, which meant families all over Connecticut had survived a back-to-class ritual that likely involved significant expenditures on everything from new backpacks, notebooks and supplies to the latest fashions, or uniforms. Even as parents surely wanted to discuss things like upping grades a notch and gilding scholastic résumés with extracurricular activities, students doubtless pushed the conversations toward their need for iPads and smartphones. Anyone feeling fatigued by the process, or jaded about misplaced priorities in the world of education, might benefit from the perspective offered by the story of 12-year-old Ryan Bell of Wallingford, who will start 7th grade next Tuesday at James H. Moran Middle...

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