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Southern Conn. State University

Southern Connecticut State University is one of four state universities in Connecticut, and is located in the West Rock neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut.


501 Crescent St
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Life began for Southern Connecticut State University on September 11, 1893, when three teachers and 84 students met at the old Skinner School in New Haven to create a two-year teacher training school, New Haven State Normal School. By 1937, Southern had grown into a four-year college with the power to grant bachelor's degrees. Ten years later, Southern teamed up with Yale University's Department of Education to offer a master of science degree. In 1954, the State Board of Education authorized the institution�then known as New Haven State Teachers College�to assume complete responsibility for this graduate program. In 1959, six years after the institution had moved to its present location on Crescent Street, state legislation expanded Southern's offerings to include liberal arts programs leading to bachelor's degrees in the arts and sciences. At the same time, New Haven State Teachers College became Southern Connecticut State College. For the next 24 years, Southern grew, modernized, and diversified, expanding its undergraduate and graduate programs and opening up entirely new fields of study and research. But March 1983 brought even greater changes: Southern Connecticut State College was rechristened Southern Connecticut State University, and made part of the Connecticut State University System, along with Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, and Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.

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Southern Connecticut State University provides exemplary graduate and undergraduate education in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. As an intentionally diverse and comprehensive university, Southern is committed to academic excellence, access, social justice, and service for the public good.



Timothy I. Ahern � U.S. Air Force general Tony Amendola � actor, graduated in 1974 Kevin Anderson � head men's soccer coach at Columbia University Joe Andruzzi � player with the New England Patriots Lynn Austin � Christy Award-winning author John Ball (soccer) � former professional soccer player Brian Bliss � former professional soccer player Shawn Boney � former player with the Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) Steve Bush � former professional football player Jacques Cesaire � former American football defensive end with the San Diego Chargers John DeBrito � former professional soccer player James Economou � arena football player with the Iowa Barnstormers Anthony Fantano � host of WNPR The Needle Drop music program[10] Ancil Farrier � professional soccer player Kevin Gilbride � New York Giants offensive coordinator Marilyn Giuliano � Connecticut State Representative Tim Holt � former college and professional football coach Chris Houser � former professional soccer player Gilbert Jean-Baptiste � former professional soccer player Mike Katz � professional bodybuilder and former professional football player with the New York Jets, graduated in 1966 George Kiefer � head men's soccer coach at the University of South Florida Dan Lauria � actor, graduated in 1970 Bonaventure Maruti � professional soccer player Nangolo Mbumba � Namibian politician Scott Mersereau � former defensive end for the New York Jets Nick Nicolau � former college and professional football coach Olivier Occ�an � professional soccer player Andrew Olivieri � former professional soccer player Bo Oshoniyi � former professional soccer player Juan Carlos Osorio � former professional soccer player Paul Oyuga � former professional soccer player Chris Palmer � former professional football coach Rob Parker � professional television journalist [Detroit, Mich.] Mike Petke � former professional soccer player Ray Reid � head men's soccer coach at the University of Connecticut Carlos Rocha � professional soccer player Jordan Russolillo � former professional soccer player Cristian da Silva � former professional soccer player Parrish Smith � Member of hip-hop group EPMD and also former tight-end for Southern Connecticut State University Football team Victoria Leigh Soto � teacher killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting Jeff Stoutland � Alabama Crimson Tide offensive line coach Andy Talley � Villanova University head football coach Heidi Alice Voight � Miss Connecticut 2006 Norby Williamson � ESPN vice president of studio and remote production, graduated in 1984



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