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To our friends,

Welcome to the first Western Connecticut State University Annual Report to be published exclusively online.

This Annual Report is in keeping with the spirit and priorities of our times — the first completely “green” report that requires no paper, ink or postage and thus conserves our precious natural and financial resources. Moreover, electronic publication opens up an impressive array of new tools that enable us to provide information in a more effective and efficient manner. Through innovations such as expanded photo coverage and links giving you direct online access to additional background on featured events and people at WestConn, this year’s Annual Report shares our story in ways that would have been impossible solely in the traditional printed report.

Even as we keep pace with the conservation and information demands of a new century, we have remained faithful to our time-honored commitment to provide a comprehensive, enlightening and entertaining overview of the university’s progress in every Annual Report. We focus in this year’s report on the university’s deepening connections to the community, at every level — local, regional, national and global. In these pages, you will discover the latest chapters in WestConn’s pursuit of educational opportunity, academic excellence, cultural diversity and community engagement. The story unfolds and inspires through the accomplishments of our students, the instructional innovations and pioneering research of our faculty, and the many outreach efforts that have forged productive collaborations with our donors and with our partners at area schools, businesses and civic organizations.

I invite you to read about the university’s progress over the past year and share in the excitement of the WestConn story. I welcome your comments and suggestions by telephone at (203) 837-8300 or e-mail at


James W. Schmotter, President