A Message from the President

Dear Students:

The Nov. 19 issue of News Flash, the University’s online newsletter, explains that I have been appointed to Connecticut Governor-Elect Ned Lamont’s transition team as a non-partisan member.

I am honored to be asked by the Governor-elect to offer my perspective on higher education and other issues of interest to the citizens of Connecticut, and I felt it important for our campus community to understand the non-partisan nature of my appointment.

As your president, I represent all students, faculty, and staff, and am bound by the ethics standards of the State of Connecticut. I sign a statement each year re-pledging my commitment to honoring and upholding those standards, which include prohibitions from me campaigning for any candidate. Furthermore, I have never contributed funds to any political campaigns in Connecticut. It is in that spirit and under those rules that I will be offering non-partisan advice and counsel to the governor-elect.

It was in that same spirit that I was comfortable in then-candidate Lamont’s visit to our campus on Oct. 30. The visit was initiated and hosted by the student club, Campus Democrats. As club president Alex Thompson ’20 reiterated to the audience that day, the University does not endorse any political candidate.

When candidates from other political parties are invited to campus by other student groups, we cordially make our facilities available. Over the years, numerous debates between candidates for public office in Connecticut have been held on our campus.

I want Eastern to continue to be a place where matters of interest to our campus community can be discussed in civil and open forums. Only by honoring the ethical standards and protocols I have described above can we do so in a way that is above reproach.

Each of our students has aspirations for a successful career. In addition to helping students realize those professional dreams, Eastern wants students to learn what it means for them to be engaged citizens. Participating in the electoral process is a responsibility for all active citizens; that responsibility includes following the rules. As your president, I am committed to being a role model for our students, as we work together to promote social discourse, building a culture conducive to free inquiry.

President Elsa Núñez

OLAS x CHBA Careers in Law Panel

Come learn from some of Connecticut’s best and brightest lawyers who work in a variety of legal fields and are also members of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association. They will give insight on their own journeys and answer questions relative to their experiences. Please join OLAS for this educational and informative opportunity to learn and network, whether you know you want to go into a career in law, or are unsure of what you would like to do after graduating from Eastern.

All Majors Welcomed!

Wednesday, November 14th – 6 PM
Student Center Cafe
Food and Refreshments will be served!

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Winter Session

Whether you wish to take courses toward a college degree, for personal enrichment, or to meet other educational goals, Eastern Connecticut State University welcomes you this Winter Session. Eastern offers a variety of on-ground and online courses to make it easier to earn your degree quickly. Winter Session courses fill up fast so make sure to register today!


Winter Session Options:

Traditionally Scheduled

Courses meet MTWRF from 9:00 AM-12:45 PM, 1:00 PM-4:45 PM or 6:00 PM -9:45 PM.

December 26 – January 9

Two Week Condensed (courses with 4 or more credits may not be scheduled during this session)

On Ground Courses meet 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM

Option 1: December 26 – January 11 (M, W, F)

Option 2: December 26 – January 10 (T, R, S)

Online Courses

December 26 – January 12

Make your Spring easier by taking courses in Winter Session! Have a great semester!

On-Campus Interviews

The Vice President for Student Affairs search committee has invited candidates for on-campus interviews. The committee would like to extend an invitation to students to meet the candidates as follows:

Carla Panzella – October 5, 2:15 – 2:45 p.m. – Student Center Theater
Walter Diaz – October 9, 2:15 – 2:45 p.m. – Student Center Theater
Beth Hellwig – October 11, 2:15 – 2:45 p.m. – Science 104

Copies of CVs will be available at the above sessions.  We hope you will be able to stop by and meet all of the candidates.


Jaime Gomez,
Search Committee Chair

A Message from the President

Dear Colleagues:

Racially and religiously insensitive language was found on two residential room doors overnight. The Campus Police are conducting a full investigation of the matter to determine if this constitutes a criminal act. Eastern’s Policy on Pluralism and the Connecticut State College and University System’s Policy Regarding Racism and Acts of Intolerance are clear in condemning and forbidding acts of racial and religious harassment.

At Eastern, we are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and respect for each individual on our campus. Acts of harassment and bigotry run counter to our core values and will not be tolerated. Persons found guilty of such acts shall be adjudicated to the fullest extent possible. If the guilty party is a student, they will be subject to campus judicial proceedings under the Student Code of Conduct.

Such behavior has no place in our society and on our campus. I appeal to all members of the campus community to reject prejudice and hatred, to respect each other, and to report any incidents like this to the Campus Police.

Dr. Elsa M. Núñez
Eastern Connecticut State University
Office of the President
83 Windham Street
Willimantic, CT 06226

Student File Storage

Dear Students,

This summer Eastern will be retiring the current student network file shares, known as the Z: Drive. The new default file storage system will be Microsoft OneDrive for Business.  ITS will be migrating all student data from the local Z: drives to O365 OneDrive for Business in the Microsoft cloud.  This move will not only provide greater accessibility and more granular recovery, it significantly increases storage for each student by 20,000 times the current allocation.

Additional information will be emailed during the summer and again in the fall as students return to campus. The ITS Help Desk will be available to assist all students. In addition, a series of short informational/tutorial videos on O365 OneDrive for Business are available at  https://support.office.com/en-us/article/video-get-started-with-onedrive-work-or-school-b30da4eb-ddd2-44b6-943b-e6fbfc6b8dde

Some advantages of O365 OneDrive:

  • O365 integration provides online editing and collaboration tools for Microsoft Office documents
  • OneDrive will have 5TB of storage, 20,000 times more than the current Z: Drive
  • OneDrive stores documents of nearly any file type
  • Files may be accessed from any location on any device via the Internet

Individual files may be shared with other Eastern students and/or faculty to allow for real-time collaboration/editing.

Drone Day

Eastern Mappers Club

Drone Day!

April 9th | Science Room 215
Program Begins at 5PM!

Kyle Johnson from Sky Trial Aerials will be joining us and discussing his business using drones to do photography and filmography. Food and drink will be provided.

Trip to Boston

The International Studies Program is opening up our trip to Boston to the Eastern population again this April.

There are a limited number of seats!

Cost: $20 (or transportation to and from Boston)

When: Saturday, April 28th, departing Eastern at 8:30am and arriving back at 9pm

The bus will be dropping off at the Prudential Center in Boston.

Interested participants can stop by Wood 100L to sign up and pay for their bus ticket.

Additionally, the Boston Duck Tours is a nearby activity that students can purchase tickets to on their own at www.bostducktours.com.

Please note that tickets sell out quickly.