Looking back: Fall of 2006

Ribbon cutting unveils new student center

The $36.5 million Michael J. Adanti Student Center was completed and dedicated in the former president’s name. “The building is a tribute to the warmth that President Adanti felt both about the campus and the students, and I think that the building conveys that warmth perfectly,” said Brad Crerar, student center director. The dedication ceremony’s featured speaker was Linda Adanti, widow of Michael Adanti.


• Enrollment for the class of 2010 was a record breaker for the university. According to Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management Shannon Brennen, there were 7,500 freshmen transfer applicants and 1,500 enrolled for the fall semester.

• A freshman, Herschel Wolff, a 19-year-old resident of Brownell Hall, was arrested for sexual assault in the first degree. The alleged assault occurred in the woods by Lot 9. Wolff was removed from housing and the university and released on a $75,000 bond.

• The university remembered Christopher Thomas Sawyer II after the 20-year-old junior was found dead in his Schwartz Hall room. Medical examiners said he died of natural causes. This was the first time a student died on campus in Southern’s history.

• Associate Professor of earth science Thomas Fleming won the Connecticut State University Trustee Research Award. It was Fleming’s interest in volcanoes that helped him win the award and a $2,000 cash prize.


• Business professor Omid Nodoushani filed a lawsuit against university officials for false arrest and malicious prosecution. He was arrested in 2005 for allegedly attempting to bill the university for reimbursement for an ethics conference he never attended

• Southern men’s soccer team won the NCAA Regional Championship for the first time since 1999 and landed in the elite eight. The title was gained after beating No. 1 seeded Franklin Pierce.


• A chlorine leak led to the evacuation of 500 people in Moore Field House after complaints of itchy eyes and difficulty breathing at the Girls Class S Interscholastic Athletic Conference Swimming championship.

Compiled from the Southern News archives by Jessica Guerrucci, Managing Editor

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