Hometown: Milford, Connecticut
Major: Double major in Psychology and Justice & Law Administration-Criminology
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Justice & Law Administration-Criminology
Activities: Secretary then vice president of the Astronomy Club, secretary then president of the Roger Sherman Debate Society,
social events chair for the National Society of Leadership and Success,
Kathwari Honors Program,
Honors and Awards: Dean’s List for eight semesters, induction into Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society 2016, Willerman Memorial Award (Psychology) 2016, Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award 2016, induction into Alpha Phi Sigma IOTA Alpha Chapter – JLA Honor Society 2016, Justice and Law Administration Award (for Highest GPA) 2015, Kathwari Honors Program Merit Scholarship, T.J. Lobraico Memorial Scholarship 2015, Alumni Scholarship 2013-15, Eric Wellman Scholarship 2015, Jason & Ellen M. Hancock Student Scholarship 2015, induction into National Society of Leadership and Success 2015.
Colleen Mair decided to come to Western because "I felt welcomed and encouraged by the Honors Program. It was also a very affordable option," she says.
After switching her major a few times, Mair spoke with Honors Program Director Dr. Chris Kukk and Professor of Justice and Law Administration Dr. Casey Jordan, who helped her figure out what major (criminology) would allow her study the commission of crime. "I declared a second major in psychology after working with the mental health unit during my internship at the Office of Adult Probation in Bridgeport."
While at Western, Mair says she was fortunate to meet "wonderful" mentors. "My JLA adviser Dr. Jordan helped me decide on a major in JLA with a focus in criminology. Throughout my time at WCSU, she provided me with information about internships and classes, and tremendous support when I began applying for graduate school programs. Dr. Divya Sharma has been a wonderful, but challenging professor. I had the pleasure of taking Criminology, Advanced Criminology, Research Methods and White Collar Crime with her. She also worked with me to prepare and edit the writing sample for my graduate school applications. My Psychology adviser was Dr. Rondall Khoo. I am so grateful for the extremely important skills I learned by taking his Principles of Research in Psychology, Psychological Statistics and Experimental Psychology courses. He has always supported me and offered useful advice. Dr. Kukk has been a wonderful supporter, adviser and friend. He has always encouraged and celebrated me. He has made the Kathwari Honors Program a safe and welcoming place."
Asked what she will remember most about her Western experience, Mair says, "My most memorable experiences have been the connections I have made. I have been able to interact and work with so many different people in different capacities. From these interactions, I learned so much about who I am and what I believe."
After commencement, Mair plans to start pursuing a Ph.D. in Criminology at SUNY Albany on a full scholarship in fall 2016.
Mair’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Be bold and courageous when opportunities present themselves. It may not always work out perfectly, but you are capable of achieving so much more than you think."