Quanece Williams

Quanece Williams was named one of Eastern’s two 2016 Barnard Scholars — an annual award given to only 12 students from Connecticut’s four state universities (Central, Eastern, Southern and Western). From studying abroad in Eastern Europe, to assisting professors in their research, to interning with the state government, to volunteering with local Hispanic children to develop English literacy, Williams has been a broadly involved, quintessential liberal arts student. With particular interest in immigration law, she aspires to be an attorney. “I want to be a person who is able to represent someone whose rights have been infringed upon,” she said. “It’s important to advocate for those who can’t advocate for themselves, or don’t know how to.”

Quanece Williams ’16
Political Science and History double major

Quanece Williams

Sabreena Croteau

Sabreena Croteau was named one of Eastern’s two 2016 Barnard Scholars — an annual award given to only 12 students from Connecticut’s four state universities (Central, Eastern, Southern and Western). Croteau’s impressive research projects — several of which she has presented at national conferences — and travels abroad helped earn her the distinction. From the Middle East to France to Honduras, Croteau says of traveling, “When you go out of your comfort zone and go somewhere that counters your worldview, your mind opens and you grow as a person.” Croteau aspires to attend graduate school to study international relations and comparative politics in pursuit of a career in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Sabreena Croteau ’16
Political Science and History double major

Sabreena Croteau

Hannah Bythrow

“Because Eastern is smaller, you’re able to dabble and step your foot into different worlds,” said Hannah Bythrow. “I’m interested in theatre as well as music, and because I want to become a music therapist, I’ve added a psychology minor.” Thinking back to her Eastern audition, she added, “I loved the vibe; it was calm and I felt relaxed, and the faculty are very friendly. I loved Eastern when I first saw it, and when I found out about the new fine arts building, that sealed the deal for me.”

Hannah Bythrow ’17
Music major, performance concentration

Hannah Bythrow

Sinque Tavares

“When I first got here I didn’t know much about other types of dance, but my eyes have been opened to other dance forms and how to choreograph in a different perspective,” said Sinque Tavares. “Now I like to incorporate different genres into the same dance — hip hop, jazz, modern tap — I like to do everything.” Tavares is among Eastern’s growing number of dancers who are enjoying the stunning Dance Studio in the new Fine Arts Instructional Center. “I love the new studio, the tall glass windows, the natural lighting. There’s going to be new history started here. Right now we’re setting the bar.”

Sinque Tavares ’16
Theatre major, acting/directing and dance concentrations

Sinque Tavares

Nicholas Khan

“When I was applying to colleges, I got into UConn, Roger Williams, Clark University, Rhode Island School of Design and Eastern,” said Nicholas Khan, a painter specializing in acrylic oil and water color. “It came down to finances; rather than paying $50,000 a year, I figured I’d give Eastern a shot. When I came to campus they were having the groundbreaking for the new fine arts building, and that convinced me to stay.” He continued, “Not only does it attract people by being a nice-looking building with great equipment, but there’s so much room for growth.”

Nicholas Khan ’16
Visual Arts major, painting/drawing and art history concentrations

Nick Khan

Caitlyn Braasch

“In high school I never thought that I would get the solo or that I would be the one to play out,” said flute player Caitlyn Braasch, considering the sheer number of musicians to compete against at large music schools. But at Eastern she plays lead parts in several instrumental ensembles, in addition to taking private lessons and an independent study on musical composition. “When I graduate I want to play in scores and soundtracks for movies and video games. I think that would be the coolest.”

Caitlyn Braasch ’17
Music major, performance concentration

Caitlyn Braasch

Alexis Kurtz

“The opportunities I’ve received from the Theatre Program have been very influential in my development as an actor,” said Alexis Kurtz, who has performed in several of the program’s main stage productions. “The Music Department has been equally important to me, as I’ve had the privilege of taking private voice lessons with Professor Emily Riggs for all four years of my study here. Both departments have been critical to my personal growth in musical theatre. Listening back to my vocal recordings from the summer before freshman year, it is clear how much I can thank Eastern for fostering my growth towards the performance proficiency I now enjoy.”

Alexis Kurtz ’16
Theatre major, acting/directing concentration
Alexis Kurtz

Jennifer Madinabeitia

Jennifer Madinabeitia’s first impression of Eastern occurred as a community college student, when she participated in a summer research program on our campus in 2014; she planned to attend Arizona State University that fall. After her involvement in the summer program, Jennifer changed her mind and decided to pursue her bachelor’s degree in biology at Eastern. “I was so inspired by the passion of the professors and students,” she said. “I knew that I wouldn’t be able to get that level of interaction at a large school. Also, Eastern’s science programs are really strong, which was a big sell for me.”
Class of 2016

Zachary Hutchinson

“Every credit I took at MCC transferred to Eastern, which made the process seamless and encouraging. Coming to Eastern saved me both time and money so I could finish my degree and get started on my career.”
Zachary Hutchinson
Communication