The Art Initiative

The new Student Art Gallery in Wood Support Services, Room 223, is open for viewing.

The second annual student art exhibition, “The Art Initiative,” is on display through Nov. 3.

The gallery is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m.

After the trip students’ reflections

BUS-463 “Seminar in International Business”
International Business in an International Setting:
Global Field Trip to Barcelona and Madrid, Spain
May 2017
Faculty in charge
Dr. Emiliano C. Villanueva

After the trip students’ reflections

Evann Goss-Lemelle
“As I sat down to organize my thoughts on visiting Spain and experiencing a culture wildly different from my own, I came to an impasse. It would be wholly impossible to convey the impact this trip had on me with a Wikipedia-esque description. From beginning to end I was constantly met with one moment of amazement after another. I would not say I experienced anything like a culture shock, likely since I was not there for very long. I did have the opportunity to see what equated in my mind as a completely different world.”
“In all honesty, I was apprehensive about the Idea of going to Spain, it was just never on my list of places to visit. After going, I can say with complete honesty that it has completely changed my life, and way of thinking. I figured that it would just be pointlessly stressful trying to communicate with people whose language I didn’t know. I figured that people would look at me as just another typical American asshole out on holiday, looking over the locals and just acting like someone with no common sense. I was wrong about everything. Everyone, everywhere I went was social, and very understanding about the language barrier. Though most people spoke English, even the ones that didn’t tried to make an effort to cater to me, and unlike the way Americans tend to react to this task, they didn’t at all seem hindered by it. The people of Spain were nothing but accommodating, and it was an amazing experience.”

Nick Capone
“It’s difficult to find the right words to start a 12-15 page essay that must be written on one of the best classes and experiences you have had in your lifetime so far. BUS-436, Seminar in International Business, not only gave me an amazing experience abroad during the first two weeks of summer 2017 but it also gave me a massive extent of knowledge about Spain as a whole and at the individual level. From learning during the presentations that were part of the program to trying to order “paella”, “jamón”, or “cervezas” in my broken Spanish I know this class has vastly broadened my horizons to other cultures and what is to be expected when pursuing a career in international business.”

Mary Rotelli
“Overall, my time in Spain was well spent, and I learned more going there than I ever could from reading about it online or sitting in lectures. Being there was not only a fun experience, it was also educational and the memories I made will last a lifetime. Spain opened my eyes to more global issues and what it truly is like to live in another country. From learning about the government, to economics, to the royalty, to the economy and more importantly how it compares to the United States. Going to Spain only made me want to travel back to Europe again and learn more about what makes up the country; not to mention learn the language and even study abroad there next year for a semester. An international trip abroad is the best way to get an understanding on how international business works; by the end of my trip I not only learned how business abroad works, but also culture, everyday life, economics, politics, language, and everything else that comes along with being abroad.”

Nick Sharp
“Seeing a place like Spain is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Few places in the world have such rich history and culture. The architecture is stunning and very unique. I have always wanted to go and it was everything I imagined it
would be. Having the chance to see a soccer game at the FC Barcelona stadium was incredible. There is just so much to experience in a foreign country with as much to offer as Spain. We got to taste some of the world’s best wine and see how they make it. We got to try food that is completely different than our normal diet. I can now say that I’ve tried at least 5 new types of food after this trip. That’s what this trip was all about, experiencing something new. There was certainly no shortage of that.”

Adam Fisher
“Joining this course and going on the field trip to Barcelona and Madrid has been one of the best, most eye-opening experiences of my life. I learned a tremendous amount throughout the semester and learned even more on the visit to the two cities. Learning about the two cities throughout the semester and then having the opportunity to experience what we talked about in class and apply what we learned was incredible. One of the biggest differences that stood out to me between the United States and Spain is the way that people viewed and lived life. In the United States, we live to work and in Spain it is the total opposite, they work just to simply live. Another big standout to me was the difference between Madrid and Barcelona, during the presentations I was able to get the idea that the two cities are very different, but being able to experience the culture and the people in Barcelona and then going to Madrid and experience their culture and people I realized there is more of a difference than I realized. Spain and Catalonia have many differences, their political views are different, they have different governments, their history is different and even the language is different. I learned a lot in both cities that we visited and would like to go back someday.”

Alexander Romeo
“Overall the trip was fantastic. You can learn everything you need to know through a text book, videos or just reading things on the internet as you do in school. You will never fully understand it though till you have witnessed it firsthand.”

Kelly Sheehan
“And so it began, our adventure across the Atlantic. “Bienvenidos a España” were the first words we heard as our plane pulled up to the airport gate. I was excited, I thought I was ready, but it turned out that the differences are much more immense than a diploma in Spanish can prepare you for. I felt confident in my speaking skills and knowledge of Spanish culture, however, nothing can prepare you for your world turning upside down: Language, culture, transportation, food. Everything was entirely different.”

Joshua Lamoureux
“Spain and Catalonia offer an alternate perspective to those who may have never left their own country. A less black and white political system that has morphed over time through fascist dictatorships to near socialistic governments. A crippling economic depression that forced the country to think differently and allowed Catalonia in particular to prosper. A comeback fueled by capitalizing on tourists.”

Evan M. Tavera
“The Global Field Course to Barcelona and Madrid was fourteen days of experiences that never in my young life would I have imagined doing with such a great group of people. Between aimlessly roaming the cities, to the visits to world renowned businesses such as Estrella Damm and Freixenet, I learned an immense amount about Spanish history, culture, lifestyle, and even things about myself. The structure of this course led to a success trip for us students due to the fact that during class time, we were immersed with information pertaining the diverse setting, compared to our normal, everyday life, which we soon would be entering.”

It Is Time To Lend a Hand

Over the past three weeks, two hurricanes of unprecedented force and destructive power have devastated southern Texas and Florida.  While rescue and recovery efforts have now begun, the two states face years of rebuilding following the damage caused by the hurricanes.

There are many ways to help the people affected by these natural disasters. To ensure that the Eastern campus community has the most impact in contributing to the recovery efforts, a small ad hoc group of faculty, staff, and students is working to coordinate a planned response.

Given the urgent nature of some of the services and support needed in Texas and Florida, we want to provide the campus with some short-term options for offering support to those with immediate needs. At the same time, with the reality that clean up and recovery efforts will take years, we also want to develop opportunities to provide long-term, ongoing support.  Even though raising and donating funds to the recovery is certainly a valid strategy, we also believe that service opportunities for students, faculty and staff to volunteer their time over the long term may be the most enduring way we can support the people of south Texas and Florida.

At the moment, we are reviewing the needs of communities in Texas and Florida and learning about the various organizations that are working in those local areas to provide services.  The needs are overwhelming and the number of options to support those in need are also numerous. As we research the best avenues to pursue, three immediate areas of attention are evident: supporting educational institutions (“Adopt a School”); assisting in some way to rebuild homes lost in the hurricanes; and rescuing stray pets by partnering with animal shelters and other organizations.

We realize there are many other ways we can assist, and we are researching those as well.  In the meantime, we are asking members of our campus community to do the following:

  • If you have ideas on how Eastern can assist in supporting hurricane survivors in south Texas and Florida, please send them to Kim Silcox, Director of the Center for Community Engagement.
  • If your student club, residence hall, department, office or other organization on campus is already considering some type of relief effort, please let Kim know so that we can support your plans or otherwise coordinate with you.
  • If you know of any relief organizations that we should be aware of, please let Kim know.

If you have any other contacts in the affected areas that could assist us in maximizing the contributions that our University can make, again please let Kim know.  She will share all your information with our Ad Hoc team as we develop and communicate our plans. In the next few days, we will also be posting a webpage so that the campus community can stay informed of hurricane relief efforts while also providing a two-way conduit for information sharing.

Eastern has rallied in many other times to support those in need — following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, and other times during our history.  It is time again to lend a hand.  With your assistance, we can fully join in the international efforts to respond to the devastation in Texas and Florida.  Thank you for being a valued member of the Eastern community!

Laurie Halse Anderson


National Book Award finalist, Michael L. Printz Honor, Los Angeles Times Book Award winning
Laurie Halse Anderson
Thursday, April 27 4pm
Webb 110
Presentation, Q & A and Book Signing
Open to All

Ms. Anderson will visit English classes on 4/27 & 4/28 and they will be open to the academic community:
• Thursday, April 27, ENG209 Writing for Children and Young Adults, 11am -­ 12:15pm, WEBB 110
• Friday, April 28, ENG328 Children’s Literature, 10 – 10:50am, WEBB 216

These events are generously sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut State University Education Department, English Department, J. Eugene Smith Library, and Sexual Assault & Interpersonal Violence Response Team (SAIV-­‐RT), Student Affairs