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Central focus

Managing editor of Central Connecticut State University's alumni magazine

Since 2008 Jim Smith has been managing editor of Central focus, the alumni magazine of Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), the state’s oldest public university. CCSU was founded in 1849 in New Britain, which was settled in 1687 and which, at the dawn of the 20th century, was known as “The Hardware Capital of the World.”

Though many of the old manufacturing companies that once made New Britain a bustling industrial center have long since left or succumbed to the shifting economics of the past century, New Britain is still home to The Stanley Works and boasts a popular minor league baseball franchise and one of the best art museums in Connecticut.

CCSU is one of the engines that helped the city remain vibrant when many other Northeast cities slumped into a kind of chronic rust belt malaise as their industrial base slipped away. “Central is a school with great traditions,” says Jim. “It has highly acclaimed academic programs, many of them unique in the state. Its athletic teams are consistently scrappy, and many alumni – like Dave Campo, Justice Hairston and Scott Pioli – have gone on to distinguish themselves in professional sports.

“Central provides exceptional service to a very diverse population and it is a powerful economic engine within the large central Connecticut region it serves. We try to reflect all of those values in Central focus. We’ve worked hard to enhance both the magazine’s overall look and its readability, showcasing alumni, like world renowned bird carver Floyd Scholz and Connecticut State Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni, whose amazing careers reflect very positively upon their CCSU education. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished.”

Click on the link at left to view the Winter 2010 issue of Central focus magazine.

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