Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award


Keynote remarks by awards banquet guest speaker Chandler J. Howard
Banquet to be held on Wednesday May 11, 2011, Aqua Turf Club in Southington, CT.

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Recognizing Academic Achievement & Community Service

12 outstanding college seniors who attend Central, Eastern, Southern and Western Connecticut State Universities are†honored each academic year by the CSUS Foundation during the annual Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Awards Banquet, which has been held in the spring for more than twenty years. The event is one of the highlights of the academic calendar, recognizing the scholarship and dedication of inspiring students.

To be considered for a Barnard Award, a student must have at least a 3.7 GPA and a record of significant community service. The students are nominated by their respective universities and presidents.†

The award is named for Henry Barnard, the first U.S. commissioner of education, and a distinguished Connecticut educator who was the stateís first superintendent of schools and principal of what later became Central Connecticut State University.

 

2011 Winners

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Mary-Jo
Callaghan

Central Connecticut
State University

Rustan Javier
Crespo

Central Connecticut
State University

Kathryn
Lonczewski

Central Connecticut
State University

Lauren Marie
Salvia

Central Connecticut
State University


Michelle Marie
Kaczynski

Eastern Connecticut
State University

Connor
Patros

Eastern Connecticut
State University

Samantha
Benson

Southern Connecticut
State University

Logan
Lentz

Southern Connecticut
State University
 

Raymond
Nardella

Southern Connecticut
State University

Jennifer Lee
Peterson

Southern Connecticut
State University

Brian
Bielefeldt

Western Connecticut
State University

Emily
Cole

Western Connecticut
State University
 

2010 Winners

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Joshua
Fischer

Central Connecticut
State University

Andrew
Lefebvre

Central Connecticut
State University

Elzbieta Barbara
Sikora

Central Connecticut
State University

Damek
Spacek

Central Connecticut
State University
 

Casey Brooke
Bessette

Eastern Connecticut
State University

Douglas W.
Hackenyos

Eastern Connecticut
State University

Emily Elizabeth
Brown

Southern Connecticut
State University

Lauren Kathleen
Chicoski

Southern Connecticut
State University
 

Edward
Dostaler

Southern Connecticut
State University

Allison
Kelly

Southern Connecticut
State University

James
Fraguela

Western Connecticut
State University

David T.
Strout

Western Connecticut
State University
 

2009 Winners

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Lianne
DiFabbio

Central Connecticut
State University

Steven
Edwards

Central Connecticut
State University

Ryan W.
Hewey

Central Connecticut
State University

Amanda Elaine
Johnson

Central Connecticut
State University
 

Sara
Hanrahan

Eastern Connecticut
State University

Tristan
Hobbes

Eastern Connecticut
State University

Alberto
Cifuentes, Jr.

Southern Connecticut
State University

Megan
Rudne

Southern Connecticut
State University
 

Catherine
Shortell

Southern Connecticut
State University

Walter J.
Stutzman

Southern Connecticut
State University

Meredith A
Liberto

Western Connecticut
State University

Laura
Telman

Western Connecticut
State University
 

2008 Winners


Katelynn
Marie Ferranti

Central Connecticut
State University

Allison
Godbout

Central Connecticut
State University

Lara Jane
Kaplan

Central Connecticut
State University

Ryne
Nutt

Central Connecticut
State University
 

Kevin
Douglas

Eastern Connecticut
State University

Jenna
Germain

Eastern Connecticut
State University

Brittany
Galla

Southern Connecticut
State University

Jennifer
Gleason

Southern Connecticut
State University
 

Samantha
Pouncey

Southern Connecticut
State University

Laura Anne
Taylor

Southern Connecticut
State University

Brittany
Serke

Western Connecticut
State University

Kathryn
Kupchik

Western Connecticut
State University
 


About Henry Barnard

Henry Barnard was born in Hartford on January 24, 1811, becoming a lawyer after graduating from Yale in 1836. In 1837 he was elected to the General Assembly where he introduced legislation to help the blind and the deaf. He also participated in debates over the funding of public education, and henceforth became focused on improving Connecticutís school system. For Barnard, public education was the means of ensuring that the American people remained capable of self-government, and he subsequently spent much of his personal fortune to publish journals advocating educational reform.

In 1838 he became secretary of the Board of Commissioners of the Common Schools and began to issue a series of reports detailing the problems he hoped to solve. At that time, elementary education was the responsibility of school districts in which the primary concern was cutting costs. Above all, the school districts were loath to spend money on teachers or on educational material. Barnardís solution was to invoke the authority of the state government to force each district to meet certain standards for buildings, teachers, attendance and textbooks.

Barnardís program was resisted, and he even lost his position for a time as a result of politics. Gradually, however, his concept of what a school should be became the accepted norm. In 1850 Barnard became the stateís superintendent of schools and principal of the New Britain Normal School (now Central Connecticut State University). In 1867 he was named the first United States commissioner of education. These appointments indicate the acceptance of his ideas on the state and national levels.

Barnard died in Hartford on July 5, 1900, at the age of eighty-nine.

Source: James P. Walsh, The Connecticut Humanities Council, 2007