Friday, January 04, 2008

Troops Get Connecticut Review

CCSU Students, Faculty Play 'Key' Role in Sending
Prestigious Literary Magazine to Connecticut Troops Abroad

NEW BRITAIN (January 4, 2008) Connecticut Review, a nationally respected literary journal, edited by Central Connecticut State University Professor of English Dr. Stuart Barnett and published semi-annually by the Connecticut State University System will provide 400 copies of its latest edition for shipment to Connecticut-based members of the U.S. Armed Forces stationed overseas.

Assistant Professor of English Dr. Aimee Pozorski, advisor to the CCSU chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society is coordinating the effort which was suggested by a recently inducted student as part of a larger program to promote world literacy. Society membership is open to only the top 15 percent of upper classmen academically and those who are accepted tend to be civic and campus leaders as well, according to Pozorski.

At the end of each semester the organization's CCSU chapter sponsors a book drive. Previous beneficiaries have included the Janet York Women's Correctional Institution in Niantic and Books for Africa, through Better World Books.

In November, Golden Key inducted about 100 new members, including Shane Matthews, a Trustee for the State Department of Veterans Affairs. Matthews suggested that books be donated to Connecticut units deployed overseas, primarily the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion that works to help rebuild the infrastructure in countries like Afghanistan and Iraq. Based in Danbury, the unit is augmented by soldiers from all over the nation and since 2005 has coordinated important programs such as Operation ICAN (the Iraqi Children Assistance Network at ). The 411th is also tasked with providing Tactical Civil Affairs Support Teams to Multi-National Force Iraq, plus general support in areas such as public health, public works and utilities, public safety, and public education. The unit also hosts conferences for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) helping rebuild Iraq.

Central's Golden Key chapter president, Elizabeth Urbanucci, was instrumental in organizing members who donated their time collecting books during fall semester finals week on the CCSU campus, Dr. Pozorski said. The Connecticut Review contribution resulted from a campus-wide email from Pozorski.

Dr. Barnett saw the plea and offered 400 copies of the prestigious publication. He noted the Review is published as a "public service contribution to the national literary and intellectual discourse," by the CSU System.

The semi-annual journal as been published since 1967 and has included literary plays, translations, creative nonfiction and essays as well as poetry, artwork, photography and academic articles of general interest. In recent years Connecticut Review has won awards from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and National Public Radio. Pieces published in the magazine have also earned Pushcart Prizes and appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and Best American Poetry.

Those interested in submitting material for consideration should visit the website at: .


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