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Centennial Update March/April 2003

Happy 100th birthday, WestConn! Citywide celebration a success

Members of the university and Greater Danbury communities came together to celebrate WestConn’s 100th birthday on March 3.

The event helped 42 area organizations honor about 1,500 WestConn graduates at their places of employment. Each organization received birthday cake and commemorative Centennial pins for its celebration.

WestConn faculty, staff, students and emeriti enjoyed campus receptions throughout the day. The day’s events culminated with a WestConn alumni-employee reception in Warner Hall.

Special thanks to Costco General Manager Tom Daley and the Costco baking team, Executive Director of the Danbury Chamber of Commerce Stephen Bull, President and Publisher of the News- Times and Co-chair of the Centennial Community Committee Wayne Shepperd, and the 42 participating organizations for making the celebration a success!

Silent auction, dancing planned for May gala

Plans are in the final stages for the upcoming Centennial Ball, slated for Saturday, May 3, at the Ethan Allen Hotel and Conference Center in Danbury. The black-tie event will focus on the university’s Centennial theme, “Celebrating Our Past, Imagining Our Future,” while raising money for student academic support.

The event will feature live entertainment by the WestConn music department during the cocktail hour (beginning at 6 p.m.) and a silent auction. The band “Higher and Higher” will perform during dinner and dancing.

“The silent auction raised more than $11,000 last year,” said Beth Molinaro, silent auction staff coordinator. “The best-selling items are weekend get-a-ways, sporting event tickets, spa treatments and home entertainment packages.”

“Decorations for the gala will reflect the Centennial theme and will feature the Centennial Photo Exhibit, as well as a few surprises,” said Janet McKay, decorations committee member. “We don’t want to reveal too much.”

Committee members expect 250 people to attend this year’s gala, which includes a large number of corporate-sponsored tables.

Tickets for the event are $200 per person and can be purchased by calling Junis Nicholson in the Office of Institutional Advancement at (203) 837-8279.

Volunteers needed for Campus-to-Campus 5K in April

With only four weeks to go, the Centennial Campus-to-Campus 5K Committee is wrapping up its final plans for the inaugural race on Sunday, April 27.

“Planning the event has been a tremendous undertaking,” remarked committee member Gene Tosetti. “Due to the distance between the campuses, we had to involve the Danbury Police Department, State Department of Transportation Commission and about a hundred volunteers to make the event safe and successful.”

Many WestConn employees, family members and students have signed up to participate in the race. Those who don’t plan to run or walk in the 5K and want to get involved can volunteer to serve as course marshals, breakfast coordinators, finish line officials, shuttle bus coordinators and prize organizers. Other volunteer needs include two individuals to enter the winners’ names on the race certificates and someone to input last-minute entrants’ names into the computer. Volunteers will receive a commemorative race T-shirt and breakfast.

“We have been fortunate to have so many volunteers at all the Centennial events this year. I hope the WestConn community hasn’t ‘run out of steam’ and will help the university during this new campus event,” said committee member Jason Davis.

Volunteers will be asked to report on the Midtown campus at 7:30 a.m. and to stay until approximately 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 27.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call Mary Figueroa at (203) 837-8832.

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 Centennial.

April 10
Joseph Califano Jr.

April 24-26
8th Annual Jazz Festival

April 27
Campus-to-Campus 5K

May 3
Centennial Ball

May 4
Centennial Team Century Bike Ride

May 18

July 1
Alumni Golf Outing

Centennial Steering Committee Members

General Chair Committee Members
James R. Roach
G. Koryoe Anim-Wright
Henry Tritter
Mark Boughton
Anthony Caraluzzi
Edward Farrington
Isabelle Farrington
Mary V. Figueroa
Carol Hawkes
John Leopold
Caroline Norelius
Ronald Pugliese
Wayne Shepperd
Theresa Canada
Theresa Eberhard
Gene Eriquez
Shirley C. Ferris
Richard Gerber
Herbert Janick
Helen Masterson
James Pegolotti
Bernard Reidy
Richard Sullivan

For more information, call the Office of Public Relations at (203) 837-8486

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