Centennial Update November/December 2002
Centennial 5K event scheduled for April
It’s time to get in shape for the Centennial Campus-to-Campus 5K Road Race on Sunday, April 27. The event will be
open to the public and will include running and health walk divisions.
“We wanted to plan an event in which students, faculty, staff, families and our alumni could
participate. The linking of our two campuses was a perfect fit for our Centennial year,” said Denna Stachelek, Women’s
Lacrosse coach and 5K-committee member. “This unique 5K will be more than just a fitness event, it will be a fun day for
the entire community.”
WestConn will have live music and water stations along the 3.1 mile course. All pre-registered participants will
receive a commemorative race T-shirt, goodie bag, continental breakfast and complimentary massage at the finish. Prizes
will be awarded to the top male and female finishers, top WestConn employee male and female finishers, top WestConn
student male and female finishers, top alumni male and female finishers, top corporate team finishers and a 65+
division. In addition, a special prize will be awarded for the “most creative use of WestConn colors” in the event.
The race course will start on the Westside campus on University
Boulevard. The route will move onto Lake Avenue, West Street, Liberty Street, Patriot Drive and end on White Street in
front of the university parking garage.
Shuttle buses will transport participants back to the start line on the Westside campus after the event. The course
is certified and will be professionally timed. Registration for the event is $15 in advance and $18 after the Friday,
April 18, 2003, deadline. Participation for WestConn students is free. Proceeds will benefit WestConn wellness programs
For more information, to volunteer on race day, or obtain event registration forms, contact Mary Figueroa in the
Office of Public Relations/Centennial Office at (203) 837-8832.
Local company supports Centennial activities
Richard Gerber (R) WestConn Vice President for Institutional
Advancement, discusses the university’s new endowment fund with Robert J. Reby (L), founder of the Danbury-based Robert
J. Reby & Company, Inc. Reby’s wealth management firm donated $25,000 in support of WestConn’s $5 million Centennial
Capital Campaign. In addition, the company donated $7,500 in radio advertising on WLAD for Centennial-related activities
and student recruitment.
Citywide birthday party planned for March
The Centennial Committee, in conjunction with the Danbury Chamber of Commerce, will celebrate WestConn’s 100th
anniversary with a citywide birthday party on Monday, March 3. This event will honor local businesses that employ
WestConn graduates as well as businesses that provide internships to further prepare WestConn students for the business
world. These companies will receive a free birthday cake and commemorative Centennial pins. The university also will
celebrate with its own cake for students and employees. WestConn employs almost three hundred of it’s own alumni.
WestConn is working closely with the Danbury Chamber of Commerce to identify local companies for solicitation. If you
know of a business that may be interested in participating in this Centennial event, contact Mary Figueroa at (203)
837-8832 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Night at the Theatre a success!
More than one hundred members of the WestConn community attended the “Centennial Night at the Theatre” on November 7.
Sponsored annually by the Office of Public Relations, guests were treated to dinner, door prizes, live music by the
WestConn Jazz Club and tickets to the CTA production, “Meet Me in St. Louis.”
Thanks to all who attended!
Spotlight on a Centennial Committee member
Dr. James Pegolotti, emeritus faculty
Describe your feelings during the Centennial
Kick-Off Celebration on Sept. 14.
My first feeling was that of relief—that the weather provided a pleasant day. On campus, the hundreds of alumni,
first-time visitors, and WestConn friends all seemed to be wandering about with big smiles on their faces. Over their
heads, one could imagine a cartoonist’s balloon filled with hundreds of question marks, a manifestation of their
wonderment at the transformation of the campus in recent years.
As a member of the Centennial Award for Excellence Selection Committee, what impressed you most about the
Some years ago, I am told, WestConn was referred to as “White Street U.” Well, the several hundred nominees of alumni
certainly wiped away the provincial allusion of such a name. Here were men and women who changed lives of people
throughout the world, be they as dean of the department of education at Stanford University or as the first
African-American woman to graduate with a music degree from WestConn on her way to 41 years of teaching throughout
Connecticut. The nominees—and they were but a snapshot of all alumni—proved that “White Street U” has done its work
When WestConn celebrates its 200th anniversary, what should their committee see when they open the Centennial
A copy of “The Echo,” a sampling of student records of graduates (with names removed) indicating the courses taken at
WCSU; first-person statements from a variety of faculty and administrators as to why they prefer to stay at WCSU rather
than go elsewhere.
Don’t miss these upcoming events!
The Kick-Off Celebration on Sept. 14 was just the start of a yearlong calendar of events to commemorate the
Citywide Birthday Celebration
Campus-to-Campus 5K Run/Walk
$15 registration fee
T-shirts, prizes, live music
For more information, call the Office of Public Relations/Centennial Office at (203) 837-8486.
Centennial Steering Committee Members
|James R. Roach
G. Koryoe Anim-Wright
Mary V. Figueroa
Shirley C. Ferris
For more information, call the Office of Public Relations at (203) 837-8486