* Ten Western Connecticut State University voice students have garnered prestigious honors in competition with collegiate singers across New England and the nation sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the National Opera Association. Nine WCSU student singers were notified in April that they won or placed in the NATS New England Regional Competition, qualifying them to advance to this year’s online NATS National Semi-final Competition. Among the WCSU students earning placement in the semi-finals were Anthony Deluco of Cheshire and Ariana Keller of Oxford.
* Asma Rahimyar, a junior at Southern Connecticut State University, has been awarded the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship for her “outstanding potential for leadership, commitment to public service, and academic excellence.” Awarded by the Washington, D.C.-based foundation named for the 33rd president of the United States, the scholarship was awarded to 62 outstanding students from 773 applicants nationwide and grants recipients up to $30,000 for graduate studies. The first Truman Scholar in Southern history, and the first among the four Connecticut State Universities, Rahimyar has worked to promote equity, social justice, and inclusion both on and off campus. After graduation, she plans to practice international human rights law.