Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges... Educators, Employers, Community Partners Grant Aid is Critical Component in Paying for College By Judith Greiman, President Data from the graduating class of 2008 show that Connecticut public and private college students are third in the nation in terms of debt load upon graduation. Sixty-three percent of Connecticut graduates leave college with an average debt load of $26, 138. Only students from the District of Columbia and Iowa have higher debt loads, and Iowa’s recent action to cut need-based aid will surely exacerbate this problem. This is not a ranking in which we should take pride. 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 Reduction of the debt load for Connecticut students will be “ Connecticut public 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 quarterly newsletter • volume 14 •April 2010 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 helped by three key actions. Connecticut’s colleges and univer- and private college 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 sities have continued to increase campus provided aid and are students are third 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 working to manage their budgets to allow them to maintain this in the nation in 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 level of funding. At the federal level, Congress recently ap- 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 terms of debt load 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 proved an increase in the Pell Grant maximum for next fiscal 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 year along with a strategy for continued increases over the next upon graduation.” 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 54321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 five years for this program of grants to the neediest students. Finally in Connecticut, our legislature and Governor recognize the importance of need-based grants and have level-funded the public and private college grant programs in each draft budget released to date. It is critical that the final budget maintain this level of funding. Grant Aid (Cont. on p. 2) Wesleyan Reachs the Gold Standard in Sustainable Structures On March 15, the U.S. improved indoor en- The Allbritton Center, LEED awards points Green Building Council vironmental quality, formerly the Davenport based on site selec- awarded Wesleyan’s and stewardship of Campus Center, was a tion, public transpor- newly renovated resources and sensi- nine-month renovation tation access, roof- Allbritton Center for tivity to their im- ing materials, light the Study of Public pacts. pollution reduction, Life building a Gold energy performance, Certification based on “The Gold Certifica- refrigerant manage- the Leadership in En- tion demonstrates ment, recyclable col- ergy and Environmental Wesleyan’s commitment lection, building re- Design (LEED) stan- to sustainable de- use, building materi- dards. sign, operation and als, environmental maintenance of its and air quality, ven- LEED is an internation- buildings,” says Alan tilation and other en- ally-recognized green Rubacha, construction The Allbritton Center, formerly the vironmental factors. building certification services consultant Davenport Campus Center, was a system that verifies for the center. “From renovation project completed in August 2009. Wesleyan considered sustainable During the con- that a building or com- the salvage and re- measures throughout the redesign and struction phase, munity was designed and use of existing ma- construction, earning a Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Wesleyan was able built using strategies terials, to the de- Building Council. (Photo by Olivia to divert 303.84 aimed at improving per- sign and specifica- Bartlett Drake) tons, or 83.5 per- formance across all the tion of new materi- cent, of on-site metrics that matter als and even into the project completed in generation con- most: energy savings, site design, LEED was August 2009. water efficiency, CO2 consulted for every emissions reduction, decision.” Wesleyan (cont. on p. 3) Fairfield Jesuit Community Center, a place for Jesuits engaged in varied apostolates at Fairfield University and Fairfield Prep, opens Fairfield campus, as feet from its founda- steel to carpets. A well as Bridgeport, a tion – surround it. decaying 70-foot tall city long served by the tree at the site that Jesuit Community. “St. needed to be taken Ignatius always wanted down was milled into a us to see the world in sliding wall as well different lights, from as a cross and altar different perspec- for the chapel. A new Fairfield Jesuit Community tives.” Center has opened on the The Center also in- Fairfield University campus. The Center’s central cludes spaces for campus location posi- meetings, programs, A new Fairfield Jesuit faculty and staff Community Center whose development, guests, design balances the Art objects in the Center – and chamber music need for reflection including African masks in a hallway - represent the countries concerts. It is de- among religious men where Jesuits work. Eco-friendly signed to accommodate with their gift for elements, such as bamboo floors, a mixed generational were used in the construction. engagement and hospi- community, with the tality has opened on possibility of an easy the Fairfield Univer- reconfiguration at a sity campus. The eco- “It’s a place to perch, to sit and dream; stare later date for Univer- friendly building was sity and Prep uses, if conceived as an Apos- at the stars while The Center’s chapel features a being rooted to the and when the Jesuit tolic outreach center cross, ambo and altar made out of Community no longer for 27 Jesuits engaged a decaying tree that had to be site and to reconnect with our Jesuit broth- requires this space. taken down. It also features altar stones from all the chapels ers in different parts xxx on campus. of the world,” said Rev. Gilbert Sunghera, tions the Jesuit Commu- S.J., project advisor nity so that they are and assistant professor closer to the Univer- of architecture at the sity and Prep. “Stu- Grant Aid (Cont. from p. 1) University of Detroit dents and Jesuits will Mercy. He said the literally cross paths,” As noted in The Inno- architects, New Haven- Fairfield University vation Imperative in based Gray Organschi President Jeffrey P. Manufacturing done by The Center’s Great Room was Architecture, are “a intentionally positioned to look von Arx, S.J. said. “I The Boston Consulting team respectful of our out onto the University and believe this will lead Group, “A skilled, Fairfield Prep campuses, as well sacred mission of to new learning oppor- educated work force is as Bridgeport, a city served by education, and our goal the Jesuits. tunities, and that new the most critical to be good stewards of and as yet unforeseen element for innovation the Earth.” opportunities for success, and countries in varied apostolates, creative and collabora- and states with strong and their colleagues, The Center features a tive engagement between education systems do both at the University, host of creative earth- the University and the better in the global Fairfield College friendly innovations, Jesuit community will battle for innovation Preparatory School and such as a geo-thermal emerge as this new leadership.” As elsewhere. It also is heating and cooling Jesuit Community Center further noted, “Put home to 12 Jesuits. system that will reduce comes to life.” simply, innovation carbon dioxide emis- “It combines a sense sions, a garden roof requires capable and The Center is situated skilled people.” of reflection and peace full of sedum plants in such a way that from Connecticut’s skilled – it is a place rooted designed to cool the p2 in prayer and a sense many of its rooms, building and catch workforce will grow people may feel as if only if all of our of the sacred,” re- rainwater run-off, they are sitting in a talented students are marked Rev. Walter sustainable Cypress ‘treehouse,’ an often- able to access the Conlan, S.J., rector of doors, floor-to-ceiling used word to describe resources necessary to the Fairfield Jesuit windows to let in the facility. A grove pay for college. Community. The Center natural light, bamboo of Centennial beech XXX was built to look floors, and recycled trees - intentionally directly onto the content from structural saved and standing just University of Hartford Responds to Demand for Wesleyan (cont. from p.1) Healthcare Practitioners enough practitio- The University’s first struction waste from ners to respond to Doctor of Physical the landfill. Most the demand. Therapy (DPT) class waste was sent to re- will graduate in May, ceiving agencies to be Responding to 2010. In its 11-year recycled. demand is exactly history, the physical what the University therapy program has Most material used in of Hartford’s grown from bachelor’s this project adheres College of Educa- to master’s to DPT. to the U.S. Environ- tion, Nursing and Along the way, the mental Protection Health Professions program has gained Agency’s limits on (ENHP) did. First, newly renovated space volatile organic com- Ryan Cline (foreground) and Kelly pounds (VOC). Compos- Brooks, students in the Newington ENHP’s department of that includes a state- Certificate Program in Orthotics Physical Therapy joined of–the-art clinical ite wood and agrifiber and Prosthetics (NCP), work with resources with the teaching facility as materials used on the Bob Pelletier (sitting on table), Newington Certificate well as three dedi- project contain no an amputee who uses a prosthetic leg. Matt Parente (standing), Program in Orthotics cated research spaces; added urea-formalde- associate director of the and Prosthetics to the Human Performance hyde. Paints and coat- Newington Certificate Program and now clinical program director in introduce a Master of Research Lab, the ing products comply the University’s Physical Therapy Science in Prosthetics Pediatric Research with “Green Seal” Department’s orthotics and and Orthotics (MSPO) Lab, and the Motor standards. Carpet and prosthetics program, oversees what the students are doing. with the first class Control Lab. Addition- carpeted cushions com- scheduled to enter in ally, the on-campus ply with the Carpet and According to the U.S. 2012. In just a few clinic, University Rug Institute’s Green Department of Labor, months, it became Physical Therapy Label Plus Program, the allied health evident that demand for allows faculty to which ensures that professions will grow the program is ex- continue to provide customers are purchas- faster than any other tremely high, so the clinical services and ing among the lowest occupation in this start date for the provides students a emitting carpet, ad- country over the next first class has been place for integrated hesive and cushion decade creating demand moved up to 2011. clinical experiences. products on the mar- for trained profession- ket. The building also als at all levels of The University’s MSPO Hippotherapy, or uses low-flush toilets the health-care system. program will offer two physical therapy with resulting in a 46.4 paths to obtaining the horses, is an innova- percent water reduc- Due to a number of master’s degree. In the tive physical therapy tion. factors – including 4-plus-2 program, program in the depart- students who already ment. The benefits The Allbritton Center, aging baby boomers, an have a bachelor’s include improved named after Robert ’92 increased number of degree in health sci- balance, posture, and and Elena ’93 diabetics who have lost ence can apply to the muscle tone. For the Allbritton; Mr. limbs due to their traditional two-year past five years, Allbritton is also a disease, and veterans master’s program. physical therapy Wesleyan Board of returning from Iraq and University of Hartford students have used Trustee member. The Afghanistan – demand is the only school in hippotherapy to work Allbritton Center was for prosthetics and the Northeast that also with children at the dedicated in Septem- orthotics (P&O) practi- offers an undergraduate American School for ber 2009. The origi- tioners is expected to combined Bachelor of the Deaf in West nal structure was com- overwhelm the supply in Science in Health Hartford. pleted 1904 and was coming years. Science and Master of redesigned in 1984 as Prosthetists and Science in Prosthetics The health care world Davenport Student Cen- orthotists design, and Orthotics 3-plus-2 is ever changing and ter. It ceased to be make, and fit appli- program in which stu- the University of used as a student cen- ances for individuals dents earn a bachelor’s Hartford is changing ter in 2007 with the who have lost limbs. P&O professional orga- and master’s degree in with it. The Univer- opening of the Usdan p3 five years. Both paths sity, which has a Center. The renovation nizations expect the include a postgraduate, mission to be a “Pri- of the building began number of patients two-year residency vate University with a soon after that. using artificial limbs to reach nearly 10 requirement as a pre- Public Purpose,” once Wesleyan’s Fauver Field million by the year requisite for the board again has responded to Residence Halls also have 2020 and are concerned exams. a need—this time in a LEED Basic Certifica- that there may not be the health-care field. tion. XXX Goodwin College Students Score Highest in Nation on Histotechnician Exam Since moving to Goodwin College from Hartford Hospital in 2006, the Histologic Science program — the only training program of its kind in Connecticut — has consistently achieved outstanding results, both in terms of student performance on the national certifying exam, and a 100 percent job-placement rate. The Independent Voice is a publication of the Connecticut Conference of In February, Goodwin’s program achieved a new milestone, as the release Independent Colleges, a public policy of 2009 testing data revealed that graduating students had the highest association representing Connecticut’s average score on the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s nonprofit independent higher education Histotechnician Exam from among the 28 such programs in the United institutions. States. The exam is required in order to earn certification as a histotechnician. Chair Mr. Neil Salonen Histotechnicians President, University of Bridgeport specialize in the Vice Chair preparation and Dr. James Jones staining of tissues President, Trinity College for microscopic ex- President Judith B. Greiman amination. Dyes and Connecticut Conference of chemicals are used to Independent Colleges highlight tissue ph: 860.236.0900 structures, enabling fax: 860.236.0910 pathologists to more e: firstname.lastname@example.org accurately diagnose www.theccic.org disease, including Membership cancers. Albertus Magnus College Connecticut College According to the Fairfield University National Society for Goodwin College Histotechnology, the Mitchell College technique dates back Quinnipiac University to 1664 when Robert Hooke cut sections of cork with a pen knife and Rensselaer at Hartford observed them under a microscope. Today, histology is a complex science Sacred Heart University focused on cellular morphology, chemical composition, and function of Saint Joseph College normal and abnormal tissue. Saint Vincent’s College Trinity College Goodwin’s program, which draws students from as far away as Maine, fre- University of Bridgeport quently ranks in the top five in terms of exam scores, according to University of Hartford Program Director Zoe Durkin. In 2009, two of the top ten individual exam University of New Haven scores in the nation were achieved by Goodwin students, out of 271 first- Wesleyan University time examinees. Yale University Durkin says the successes are due to the rigor of the classes and the The Independent Voice follows a regular expertise of instructors. rotation schedule featuring four of the sixteen member institutions in each “The students have to work very hard, but our instructors work very well quarterly issue. with them,” Durkin said. “There is also a capstone class at the end of the program that helps prepare students for the exam.” Students in the program can graduate in as little as one year if they attend classes full-time for three academic sessions. Applicants must have taken biology, chemistry, and algebra courses to be admitted. p4 Just as noteworthy as the outstanding exam scores is the program’s em- ployment outcomes. All graduates of the program have found employment in the field, including jobs with hospitals, labs, and pharmaceutical compa- nies. Histotechnicians can earn an average salary of $40,000 or more, according to the Connecticut Hospital Association. More information is available online at www.goodwin.edu/histology.asp.