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Barbara (Ferguson) Detrick '50 and William H. Detrick '50, observe, "We believe in public education. It's important that students can afford to go to college. We want to give and we wish we could give more."

Patty Panetta '71 says, "I attended Central on a scholarship, and so I want to help other students have the benefit of the many excellent programs Central offers." Bill Panetta '69 adds, "I was one of the early graduates of the business administration program. It provided a very solid base for my acceptance and enrollment in a full-time MBA program. These educational experiences contributed significantly to my 35-year career with UTC."

Peter M. Rosa '68, MS '74 and Pamela Rosa MS '02 say, "We are regular donors because we want to acknowledge the role the University played in our development. We believe in Central's mission to serve students who cannot afford more expensive colleges, many of whom are first-generation college students, such as those who are admitted through the Educational Opportunity Program. We have fond memories of CCSU and are proud of the vital role it plays in the region and the state."

Anthony Bichum, who last year made the largest gift ever to the University, says, "As a son of Russian immigrants, I came from a family that didn't promote education. I left school early and worked hard as a tool and die maker. I've had a good life and I've done well in the stock market. But I believe highly in education because I never had it. Maybe my giving will inspire others to give a gift, because those who benefit from education have an obligation to help those who follow."

Former Blue Devil student-athlete and coach Sal Cintorino'87 was synonymous with CCSU football for more than a decade. Captain of both the football and wrestling teams while Central competed at the Division II level, Cintorino became the first Blue Devil to earn Kodak All-America honors. He also was tri-captain of the wrestling team, helping lead CCSU to the New England wrestling title in 1987. He served as head football coach from 1992 to 2000 and is currently Assistant Chief Administrative Officer at CCSU.

Associate Professor of Teacher Education Karen Riem says, "I relish the challenge of combining a love of content and children with the sciences of psychology and learning, and the art and craft of fine pedagogy. In my classes we enlarge our perspectives on whom and what we are teaching. And through our ongoing engagement with a diverse community school in Hartford, we hone those skills and attitudes necessary to learn and teach well."

David Magnan, described as one of the very best student researchers Central has ever seen, has had his research published in professional academic journals and has given several presentations at academic conferences. His work has been supported by CCSU student-faculty research grants. He is now pursuing a doctorate in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine.

Rick Mickens '00 capped a remarkable career for the Blue Devils by helping lead CCSU to its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament in 2000. Mickens, named Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the Northeast Conference that season, is the fifth all-time leading scorer in school history. After graduation, he played professionally in Iceland, England, and France, as well as for the CBA Connecticut Pride. In 2004 he became a firefighter in New Britain.

Elizabeth Torres came to Central from the mean streets of inner-city Hartford. Thanks to our Educational Opportunity Program, she excelled both in and out of the classroom as a student leader who earned academic distinction. Now enrolled in CCSU's Counseling & Family Therapy graduate program, she is preparing to make a difference in the lives of others.

Associate Professor of Biomolecular Sciences James Mulrooney, MA '95, explains that "with our strong emphasis on research, we prepare students to pursue advanced degrees for careers in the medical and veterinary fields and the pharmaceutical-biotechnology industry. Students conduct research in state-of-the-art laboratories, working alongside faculty and fellow students. New students form strong bonds with the faculty and other students over pizza during our department-wide weekly seminars."

David Szewczul '76 remains one of the most decorated men's golfers in CCSU history. He and his teammates won the New England Collegiate Championships in 1972 and 1973. The Blue Devils qualified for the NCAA Championships every season during his tenure and were ranked as high as eighth in the country in 1973. Individually, Szewczul won the Dartmouth Invitational in 1972 and the Toski Invitational in 1973. He continues to excel in golf on the amateur level.