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Graduates in the Spotlight : 2019 Graduates in the Spotlight

Bill Brimmer

image of Bill BrimmerHOMETOWN: Newtown, Connecticut

MAJOR: English Literature

WCSU DEGREE: Bachelor of Arts in English

ACTIVITIES: Sigma Tau delta Chapter of the International English Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Pi Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, volunteer at Dorothy Day House in Danbury and St. Rose of Lima in Newtown, member of Newtown book-reading group called The Cellini Society, member of the Newtown Men’s Literary and Social Club, works in Human Resources Consulting and Employee/Leadership Development Training for Learning Dynamics Inc. in Wallingford, and serves as a bank director at Newtown Savings Bank

HONORS AND AWARDS: Dean’s List since matriculating as a student, 3.75 GPA



Bill Brimmer began his career at WCSU as a part-time student, so his journey began in the fall of 2015 with two courses.

What drew the nontraditional student from Newtown to WCSU? “The location was a big factor,” he says. “But, an inspiring conversation with Carlton Lee in the Admissions Office sealed the decision. I have always had a passion for the written word, so the decision to major in English was an easy one.”

Brimmer says he found a great deal of support in the program he pursued. “Dr. Margaret Murray was my mentor. I could always count on her for sound advice, and she went out of her way to support my efforts. With her guidance, we developed a strategic plan that was evaluated each semester. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the wonderful teaching of the members of the English Department: Dr. Michael Chappell, Dr. Shouhua Qi, Dr. Cigdem Usekes, Dr. Heather Levy, Dr. El Khalfi and Dr. Anam Govardhan.”

Asked what he will remember most about his WCSU experience, Brimmer says, “My most memorable experience, among many, was the first class I took on this journey. It was with Professor M. Judith Sullivan, former chairman of the English Department. She told the class, ‘Every word counts,’ and proceeded to illustrate her point. The world of important literature opened for me, and I became a more disciplined reader.”

After graduation, Brimmer says, “I am considering studying for another degree at WCSU.”

His advice to new students entering WCSU is: “Commit to getting your degree and trust the professors you will have to be committed to help you achieve your goal. Match their commitment.”