School of Visual & Performing Arts

SVPA Dean’s Circle

The Dean’s Circle is a premier leadership society for annual giving towards the School of Visual and Performing Arts (SVPA) at Western Connecticut State University. Members of the SVPA Dean’s Circle provide vital contributions towards the Dean’s support funds, which are used to sustain and grow the school’s wide-ranging and ever-expanding educational opportunities.

  • Supporting SVPA students in financial need
  • Sponsoring student trips to supplement their education, for example, trips to the Kennedy Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Broadway shows and more
  • Enhancing technology in our educational and performance spaces, allowing students the ability to explore emerging technologies and expand industry knowledge
  • Funding renowned guest artists of diverse backgrounds and offering masterclasses and workshops to enrich our students' education and the community
  • Membership provides important resources that directly impact the student experience at SVPA. In gratitude, members receive special SVPA benefits, good for one year after date of contribution

Join the SVPA Dean's Circle at the Supporter Level for $500.00

Supporters receive recognition in SVPA programs and the SVPA website. Supporters also receive recognition in the special Dean's Circle annual newsletter.

Join the SVPA Dean's Circle at the Soloist Level for $1000.00

Soloists receive all the benefits of Supporters. In addition, Soloists also receive a VIP invitation to an SVPA event.

Join the SVPA Dean's Circle at the Principal Level for $2,500.00

Principals receive all the benefits of Supporters and Soloists. In addition, principals will have their name engraved on the Dean's Circle Principal Membership Installation. This will be on display in a prominent location in the state-of-the-art Visual and Performing Arts Center. Principals will also be given the opportunity to present an award at the School of Visual and Performing Arts Honors Convocation, a night to celebrate and honor the academic achievements of students in the Art, Music, and Theatre Arts departments at WCSU.

To join the SVPA Dean’s Circle, please visit this page.

For questions, contact the Office of Dean Vernon at (203) 837-3222 or email

Dr. Missy Alexander, 2023
Brian T. Vernon, 2023

Dennis Beirne, 2022

Dr. William Petkanas, 2023
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