Alumni Profiles

Chimamanda Adichie ’01
“Amanda” Adiche shares her stories of the Nigeria of her childhood with the world through her talents as a novelist and writer of short stories and nonfiction. more...


Marc Freeman ’93
Marc received his Ph’D from Yale University and is an assistant professor of neurobiology at UMASS Medical School. As a leading cancer researcher, he recently won a five–year Howard Hughes Early Career Award as one of the nation’s top young scientists. more...


Edith and Franklin Prague Scholarship
Katie Balkan ’05 recently won Teacher of the Year in Windham. Her mother Elizabeth received the Edith and Franklin Prague Scholarship in 1992 as a part-time psychology student. State Sen. Edith Prague ’65 is a long-time Eastern supporter. more...


The Devivo Family
Mary Lou DeVivo ’60 and her sons, Tim ’89, and Tom, own Willimantic Waste Paper Co., one of Willimantic’s higher profile businesses, which was started by Mary Lou’s father-in-law Patrick DeVivo in the 1940s. more...


Dr. Francis Y. Falck, Jr. ’75
Dr. Francis Y. Falck, Jr. is an ophthalmologist / cataract surgeon and director of Falck Eye Center, LLC, of Waterford and Mystic. He has patents on several eye surgery technologies and is highly regarded in the field of ophthalmology. more...


Mark Dressler ’79 and Michael Weitz ’88
A short walk from Eastern is D & W Development and Design Center East, where Mark Dressler and his half-brother, Michael Weitz, have built their family- owned construction business from the ground up. more...


Dr. Michael P. Johnson ’97
Michael Johnson is an oral surgeon with Hamden-Shoreline Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, P.C. of Hamden, Guilford, and Clinton. He has been featured as one of Connecticut’s top oral surgeons by Connecticut Magazine. more...


Thierry Francois ’00
Thierry Francois majored in business administration with a concentration in finance, and minored in information systems. He currently works as a senior financial analyst in the events department at Gartner, Inc. in Stamford. more...


Tyler Richards Hewes ’02
Theatre major Tyler Hewes has held several positions in the San Diego theatre industry, including as executive director of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. He is currently associate director of Mainly Mozart, which brings classical music to Southern California. more...


Andrew Gutt ’09
In 2009, Andrew Gutt opened Cafémantic, a café serving coffee, espresso, tea and light fare, in downtown Willimantic. He sees his restaurant as “a symbol of the community taking another big step forward in uniting the town and the University.” more...


Carla (Banelli) Goodwin ’69
Carla (Banelli) Goodwin is a forensic psychologist and one of three commissioners who oversee the fiscal, personnel and operational matters of the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission. more...


James Endowed Scholarship
Teresa (Lemieux) James ’49, established the Carleton P. and Teresa H. James Endowed Scholarship in memory of her husband Carleton, so that she could assist students from the Willimantic area who were studying to be school teachers yet needed help going to college. more...


Carol Pandiscia ’89
Carol Pandiscia is senior vice president of technology, program management and portfolio planning at ESPN and oversees project management and business planning for the company’s technology division. She began working at ESPN shortly after graduating from Eastern. more...


Pamela Riccio ’87
Pamela Riccio is vice president of business process and technology at Gartner, Inc., a $1 billion information technology research and advisory firm headquartered in Stamford. Riccio has worked at Gartner for 21 years. more...


Arthur Johnson Unity Fund
The Dr. Arthur L. Johnson Unity Fund was created in 2001 to provide emergency support to students in good standing. Recently, Dr. Johnson’s widow initiated a book scholarship that will be awarded annually to a student with unmet needs. more...


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