WestConn honored individuals and one special institution at the annual University Ball.
The ball’s theme, "A Beacon on Main," was chosen to illustrate the decades of work that Union Savings Bank has undertaken to foster independent and community growth in Western Connecticut.
The WCSU Foundation Board created two new awards this year and announced them at the ball.
The Ruth Haas Community Leadership Award was presented to chemistry professor Dr. Paul Hines and his wife, Dr. Ann Hines, who with Paul has devoted many years to community service.
Richard and Marie Sturdevant, who have also been community volunteers for several years, were presented the Gino Arconti Civic Award.
Proceeds from the ball benefit the WCSU Foundation, which offers 29 scholarships across all academic disciplines. The awards help many students stay in school or take classes without having to work multiple jobs.