by Cindy Pena
Central Connecticut State University continues its efforts to strengthen their relationship with the New Britain community through the Student Government Association’s Good Neighbor Campaign. Last Saturday marked the last campaign for the Fall 2017 semester.
Kassandra Fruin, Chair of the Public Affairs Committee and Senator of the SGA, said the event was a success.
“Members from the Public Affairs Committee worked very hard to get to the point we are now. We are so proud to know that the surrounding New Britain residents are pleased with our effort to bridge the gap between college students and neighbors,” Fruin said.
“We’ve attended Town and Gown [meetings], which is a collaboration between the city and university, and have gotten nothing but positive feedback on our initiatives. With that being said, I can say that the goal set for the Good Neighbor Campaign was accomplished this semester,” Fruin continued.
College parties are one factor that have strained the relationship between the university and the neighborhoods surrounding CCSU.
The goal of the program is to better their relationship through community service. Members of the SGA, C.A.N. and Greek Life went door-to-door handing out pamphlets and picking up trash.
“Students are what make the campaign a success. Student to neighbor interaction is vital to the impact of the initiatives. Residents are always pleased seeing students who care about their community and the people who lived here longer than we have,” Fruin said.
“As a student who lives directly off campus, I can’t tell you the amount of negative things I’ve seen students do on the weekends. Therefore, getting students who want to make a difference involved with the Good Neighbor Campaign is something we really value,” Fruin continued.
CCSU President Dr. Zulma Toro also participated in the last campaign of the semester. Fruin said Toro’s and CCSU faculty’s participation was impactful to their cause.
“We were pleasantly surprised when Courtney McDavid, the executive assistant to President Dr. Toro, reached out to us and expressed Dr. Toro’s interest in attending. What this means to the campaign is that our administration cares deeply about our students and how they are acting in the New Britain community,” Fruin said.
“We’ve hosted the CCSU police, Dr. Toro, Vice-President Dr. Troiano, and Director of SA/LD Scott Hazan this semester at our initiatives and hope to see more administrators involved in the Spring.”
Fruin hopes to continue to grow their support system and get more students, faculty and New Britain community members involved for next semester.
“Our hopes for next semester is that we continue to grow Good Neighbor,” Fruin said.
“We are hoping that by the time of our last initiative next semester, that neighbors know about us and that it’s a tradition of the University. We hope that the last initiative we have sparks an event on campus where we invite the New Britain community to have a conversation with us on what we can improve and set standards for students who live off campus.”