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Centennial Update May/June 2003

Campus-to-Campus 5K
April 27, 2003

Nearly 300 fitness enthusiasts entered the Campus-to-Campus 5K on Sunday, April 27. The event was held in conjunction with the university’s Centennial celebration.

Starting on the Westside campus, the runners and fitness walkers traveled a 3.1-mile route through downtown Danbury to the Midtown campus. With the help of the WestConn and Danbury police departments, participants were able to run on roads closed for this special event.

As the participants crossed the finish line on White Street, volunteers and friends cheered as members of the WestConn Spirit Band played. Local vendors were on hand to supply refreshments and massages to all. Prizes were awarded in various age categories and to the top finishers in the alumni, student and employee divisions. Participants ranged in age from 9 to 70 years old and traveled from throughout New England for the event.

Special thanks to our sponsors: What About A Bagel?; Crystal Rock; Coffee, Please!; Cendant Mobility; FastSigns; Economy Printing; Dandy Distributors; Ritz Camera; Outback Steakhouse; Chuck’s Steakhouse; Molly Darcy’s; Sheraton-Danbury; A New Beginning; Laidlaw and Courtyard by Marriott.

WestCafé marks end of Centennial celebration

More than 150 faculty and staff members attended the May 8 WestCafé marking the end of the yearlong Centennial celebration. The event honored WestConn employees who participated, volunteered or attended events during the Centennial.

“It was our chance to say thank you to everyone who made the year possible,” said Richard Sullivan, vice president for finance and administration. “The turn-out was fantastic, just as it was for Centennial events all year.”

Those in attendance received a commemorative Centennial mug designed especially for the occasion.

Centennial Ball raises funds for university programs

(l-r): Susan Tritter, Henry Tritter, Dr. Denise Hogan and Dr. James R. Roach pose for a picture during the Centennial Ball festivities on May 3 at the Ethan Allen Hotel & Conference Center in Danbury. More than 200 people attended the event, which raises funds for university programs.

Spotlight on a Centennial Committee member

Jason Davis, Director of Publications & Design, Alumnus ’97

The Office of Publications & Design had the creative challenge of incorporating the Centennial logo into all printed campus materials. Was this an easy task?
Once the design was developed, it was pretty straightforward to make everything uniform. The challenge was developing the look to best represent the Centennial. I think we probably went through about 50 to 100 different iterations before settling on the swirl and the logo that was finally developed. The swirl and the logo became a real part of the Centennial, and everybody knew what it meant early on in the Centennial year.

What will you remember most about the Centennial celebration?
The stories told by people who I had no idea had any relationship with WestConn. It was fun hearing people who graduated 30, 40 and even 50 years ago tell stories about their days here, and I was surprised by how similar some of the stories were to those told by students today. It also was great to have the U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, and James Earl Jones — in the same week. All the individual department special events, the 5K and the Centennial Ball were great, too. Every event did well in attendance, not only from the university community, but also from the general public.

What is your message to fellow graduates about the future of WestConn?
Stay involved with your university! WestConn is a great school with great people. Take some time to give back. Come to an event, go to Homecoming, attend the Alumni picnic, read the “AlumniNews” and “Communiqué.” Just stay in touch. You’ll be glad you did!

Alumni Golf Outing
Tuesday, July 1
Watertown Country Club

For more information, call the Alumni Office
(203) 837-8290

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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