CCSU professor Fellows to get prestigious award

By Brenda Maguire

NEW BRITAIN — The Connecticut Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance will honor Central Connecticut State University professor Catherine Fellows at its annual awards banquet Thursday.

Fellows will receive this year’s Professional Honor Award, which is “the highest honor that we bestow to members,” according to Connie Kapral, executive director of the association.

The award is given to a person who has contributed to the profession over a minimum of 15 years.

“She meets all of the qualifications and beyond,” said Kapral, adding, “It’s all about the contributions that you make to the profession.”

Fellows is a professor and director of the dance program at CCSU and has been on the faculty since 1976.

In her time at CCSU, Fellows has pioneered, designed and implemented the dance major and minor in the Department of Theatre. She also brought the CT dance teacher certification program to CCSU so that students can become certified dance instructors. Fellows established the artist-in-residence program at CCSU.

“She’s brought in extraordinary choreographers and dance companies over the years,” Kapral said.

The banquet is part of the association’s annual fall conference being held Thursday and Friday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell.

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