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Lessons From Connecticut State Universities

There's a lot to be learned at Connecticut colleges and universities, from paying attention to the past to impacting the future. Check out these educational offerings, courtesy of cool Connecticut universities.

History Lesson From a Hero
Albert the Great came home to his namesake, Albertus Magnus College (New Haven), a Catholic college in the Dominican tradition. No, the 13th-century scientist, philosopher, and theologian wasn't raised from the dead -- but his 9-foot, 4-inch, 800-pound bronze statue now guards the entryway of the school's new Academic Center for Science, Art and Technology.

Described by a contemporary as a man "so superior in every science that he can fittingly be called the wonder and miracle of our time," Albert looks toward Aquinas Hall, named for his pupil St. Thomas Aquinas, who himself was a great philosopher and theologian. How's that for encountering a piece of history every day on your way to class at Connecticut state universities?

Raising Community-Consciousness
Want to make a difference in your community through universities in Connecticut? Saint Joseph College (West Hartford), the state's only four-year women's college, recently launched a program in Latino community practice. This academic program -- one of a kind in the region and possibly in the country -- provides a bilingual and bicultural credential to students from every academic major at the college. Since many cities across the country contain a fast-growing ethnic (primarily Hispanic) population, the minor was created to increase the number of students graduating with bilingual skills, regardless of concentration or major, and ultimately, to enhance opportunities available to Hispanic citizens.

In addition, the college offers a certificate in homeland security, which can be earned as part of the college's graduate management degree. Not just for people in law enforcement, this advanced degree is suited to men and women with a variety of undergraduate degrees who want a role in strengthening the nation's ability to prevent terrorism. The certificate is one of the first of its kind to offer advanced study and formalized best practices for prevention, protection, response, and recovery.

Overseas Efforts
At Connecticut state universities like Quinnipiac University (Hamden), students are impacting the lives of those in completely different cultural contexts as well. As reported by QUDaily, the school's online newspaper, a Quinnipiac professor and forensic nursing expert, along with four graduate nursing students, are spending their spring break in Barbados. But it's not for fun in the sun -- the purpose of the trip is to discuss the impact and aftermath of sexual assault with the locals.

Under the present justice system in Barbados, the police doctor, often in the police station, is the one who examines a woman who is raped. This system can deter women from reporting the crime. Students are hoping to help the country improve its quality of life and establish new protocols, and will offer training for nurses and physicians in the forensic examination and treatment of survivors.

As you can see, opportunities for applied learning abound at Connecticut universities. Isn't it time you took a hands-on role in your past, present, and future?


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