Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals, and leaders in a global society. To achieve this, they offer undergraduate and graduate programs that weave together liberal arts and professional education and instill a desire for life-long learning. Sustain a vibrant, inclusive campus that connects individuals through co-curricular programs, cultural events, and service to the community. Attract student-centered faculty who are passionate teachers and accomplished scholars. Establish partnerships that create opportunities for internships, research, and experiential learning. Western has two campuses (Midtown and Westside) located three miles (5 km) apart and connected by a campus shuttle service. The Midtown Campus is the original campus, located on White Street near Downtown Danbury and the Main Street Historic District. It is home to the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Professional Studies, and most of the schools administration. Dormitories on this campus include Fairfield Hall, Litchfield Hall, and Newbury Hall. The Midtown student center is located on this campus. Western started as a teachers college, training the primary and secondary school educators for Connecticuts Fairfield County and surrounding areas. The schools name has changed over the years as it has focused on additional areas of study. First named the Danbury Normal School, in the 1950s it was called the Danbury State Teachers College. The college was renamed Danbury State College in 1959, then Western Connecticut State College in 1967, and finally, in 1983, Western Connecticut State University. In 2011, governance of the University was transferred to the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education. In 2012, the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso visited the university for two public talks. WCSU became home to the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation, and is now officially one of two universities in the country to be recognized as a “University of Compassion” by the Compassion Action Network. The Sikyong (prime minister) of Tibet, Lobsang Sangay, also lectured at the universitys midtown campus earlier that year.