Category Archives: Coronavirus

Southern Alumni nurses caring for COVID-19 patients at Waterbury Hospital


Sofia Rositani – Reporter   From Southern to the emergency room of Waterbury Hospital, two nurses are working to care for COVID-19 patients while also taking care of themselves and their families. Registered Nurse Brenda Lupo graduated from Southern with a bachelor’s degree in business and a concentration in marketing. Afterwards, she decided to go to Naugatuck Valley Community College to get her RN license. Lupo has been at Waterbury hospital for seven years now. Lupo said the COVID-19 has personally brought her

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Shabbat goes virtual with Hillel’s a virtual candle lighting


Sofia Rositani – Reporter The Hillel Jewish Student Organization has been hosting a “Virtual Shabbat Candle Lighting” Friday evenings to celebrate the Shabbat. According to Rabbi Barbara Paris, this event is open to all religions and for those who may be interested in learning about Judaism. The virtual Shabbat candle lighting has been every Friday for the last three weeks.

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SAGE Center Sends out Lavender Certificates Honoring LGBTQ Graduates


Jackson Volenec – Reporter The SAGE center is conducting the Lavender Graduation, a ceremony for LGBTQ students. Its main objective is to give proper acknowledgement to the LGBTQ population, as graduating itself is a major accomplishment. “Lavender Graduation is a way to honor LGBT students and acknowledge their accomplishments as a student on campus,” said Marlena Oliveri, a graduate intern

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Admitted students experience campus virtually


Jessica Guerrucci – Managing Editor Sofia Rositani – Reporter Admitted students had to tour the campus virtually as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak,, but Director of Admissions Alick Letang said for the 1,000 students who attended, Southern staff still tried to highlight the adventure. “We had to deliver some type of opportunity for students to connect with our community,”

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Southern Strong Award recipients make an impact during pandemic


Abby Epstein – News Writer Southern Strong; members of the Southern community put in the overtime hours to help their community. Five members have been given the Southern Strong Award.   Michelle Johnston, Suzie Huminski, Joan Kreiger, Renee Villarreal and Bo Zamfir are the five individuals who are the Southern Strong awardees. Each individual has found a way to make an impact during this pandemic.   “I just absolutely melted into tears,” said Johnston after

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Diane Ariza becomes the inaugural Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


 Abby Epstein – News Writer  The nationwide search for a Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is over. Diane Ariza will officially begin the new job in July of 2020.   “The way Southern has positioned themselves to be the social justice university in the state of Connecticut, is really exciting and that the community wants to be seen as a social justice university was very attractive,” said Vice

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