WCSU makes the Presidential ‘Honor Roll’

DANBURY, CONN. — Western Connecticut State University has been named to The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the third time.

WCSU was honored in two categories: General Community Service, a three-time recognition, and Education, a first-time award. The Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships.

In the area of General Community Service, the university was honored for its participation in the Lakes Project and Project Homeless Connect. For the Lakes Project, the university partnered with Candlewood Lake Authority and, under the direction of Dr. Edwin Wong, professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, sampled water from five town beaches to ensure that the bacteria present are not emitting toxins. Project Homeless Connect involves the university’s participation in a campus event that brings together more than 60 area agencies to provide immediate assistance to individuals who are homeless or in need of housing and social service assistance.

In the Education category, the university was recognized for its “Election Connection, Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Disease Prevention Study and the two-course sequence in the Social Work program.”

“In our education programs, we see our students involved in critical thinking and research while navigating the joys and challenges of field work with faculty in our education programs,” said Dr. Ann Atkinson, WCSU associate vice president for academic affairs. “We also see students, faculty and staff working to make a difference in our environment.”

For this award, Dr. Neeta Connally, associate professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, was recently granted $1.6 million from the Centers for Disease Control to fund a tick management study that aims to bridge the gap between tick control research and human behavior with the goal of combatting tick-borne illnesses.

Related to the same award, the Social Work program recently established a two-course sequence that allows students to work with community groups and organizations to bring about positive social change on a significant issue.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, has handed out the award since 2006 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, Campus Compact and the Interfaith Youth Core. The Honor Roll recognizes institutions in four categories: general community service, interfaith community service, economic opportunity and education.



Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

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