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The CCE Family April 28 2017

Fall Program Information Coming Soon!


The Spring Semester Ends with a Bang

As the semester winds down we want to share great news. This year over 20,000 hours of student energy and inspiration were contributed to over 40 local schools and community service programs. Factoring in the IRS valuation of volunteer work gives a wonderful result – almost a half-million dollars of student work was donated in the spirit of volunteerism, engagement and service learning. Any Eastern student can join this effort and share the journey!

The Family at CCE Congratulates
all 2017 Eastern Graduates!

CCE Hands Reaching

If you cannot join us for graduation at the XL Center in Hartford on May 16, 2017, you can listen live on Eastern radio and online at 6:00 pm!

WECS Radio 90.1 FM serves the Eastern Connecticut region and programming is also available on the web from anywhere at: Listen and enjoy!

Information for Graduation 2017

TWTP 2017 Flier


Eastern’s Service Expo 2017
Wednesday April 12 from 2-5 PM
St. Joseph’s Church, Willimantic

CCE Service Expo Save the Date 17 Poster

Written by Michael Rouleau, University Relations

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. — On April 12, Eastern Connecticut State University will host its annual Service Expo and Awards ceremony in the Parish Hall of St. Joseph Church in Willimantic, CT, from 2-5 p.m., with the award ceremony starting at 4 p.m.

The annual service expo, hosted by the Center for Community Engagement, showcases collaborations between Eastern students and the greater Windham community. With more than 20 programs and special events on display, guest judges will evaluate programs in seven categories, allowing students an opportunity to highlight their achievements and articulate their accomplishments. Programs include in-school and after-school tutoring and mentoring, teaching senior adults learn how to use computers, providing resume help and job search support for adults in recovery, socialization with adults with disabilities and more.

The event also features service awards honoring faculty, staff, students and community partners. Catina Caban-Owen will receive the Faculty/Staff Community Engagement Award for her extensive work advocating for children and families in Windham. Caban-Owen, a social worker at North Windham School and a faculty member in the Department of Social Work at Eastern, started the Windham Task Force to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect to educate parents and others of the signs of child abuse, and on how to help prevent future abuse. The Center for Community Engagement is also proud to honor Avery Lenhart with the Community Partner Award for her continued work as shelter manager at the Windham Region No Freeze Hospitality Center and for her leadership in ending youth homelessness in the Windham region.

The United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut will be recognized with the Outstanding Community Event Award for its support for grade level reading by grade 3. The “United Way Readers” program serves 23 children at Natchaug Elementary School during the day and after school.

The Service Learning Award will go to John Murphy, lecturer in Eastern’s Department of Communication, for his enhancement of service learning courses at Eastern.  Murphy has created a collaboration between his media course and courses in video production and business to engage students in the community through media production work for local non-profits.

The Center for Community Engagement will honor Jasmine Carvalho ’17 from Meriden, CT, with the Student Community Engagement Award. Carvalho helped create Eastern’s prison tutoring program in collaboration with the Petey Greene Program, recruiting and training student volunteers to work with incarcerated students at Brooklyn Correctional Institution and Radgowski Correctional Institution.

For more information regarding the Service Expo and Awards event, please contact Kimberly Silcox by email at or by phone, (860) 465-4426.

Art & Culture Series for Windham Elementary Schools
April 3 from 2:00 – 6:00 PM




A very special annual event that brings the After School Programs from Sweeney, Barrows, North Windham, Windham Center, and Natchaug Elementary schools to Eastern for an educational event to enrich the students in various aspects of a certain culture. For 2017 the cultural theme is Jamaica! The culture and people will be explored through display stations and activities that allow the children to experience the food, dance, music, literature, language and art of Jamaica.

Bowlathon 2017 Another Success!

CCE Bowlathon 2017

Over 100 members of the Windham and Eastern communities came together at Willi Bowl on March 4, 2017, with sponsored teams of Eastern student mentors and Windham Middle School students from the Puentes al Futuro program and Windham High School. The Bowl-a-thon provides a unique and fun opportunity for Windham kids to interact with mentors outside of the school atmosphere. Eastern student volunteers were paired with a student from Windham Middle School or Windham High School.

Thank you all from the family at CCE!

The CCE Congratulates the 2017 Honorees!

MLK Awards 2017 Poster

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony happened on February 22, 2017 at the Eastern Student Center. The awards recognize members of the campus and community whose actions promote the civic ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Awards 2017 #1 3 Winners(Left) Kemesha Wilmot, Faculty/Staff Award Recipient, Associate Director of the CCE
(Center) Elijah Oliver, Community Award Recipient
(Right) Taylor Hemphill, Student Award Recipient

More awards information is available at University Relations: Link to University Relations Press Releases





I am reaching out to all students with some inspiration for you to think creatively and strategically now about your future after graduation. What are the real takeaways from your personal and financial investments at Eastern? Do you wait until your senior year to worry about what to do next, or are you planning ahead to have more control over your choices?

As important as completing your degree is, it is essential to have more than a diploma in your hands when you apply for work or further study. A hard reality check to always keep in mind in today’s socio-economic environment is what people look for when all applicants are equally qualified and look good. The things you do outside the classroom can make all the difference in this equation and in the way your application is considered.

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) offers students a road map and lifeline to the real world you will encounter when you pursue your path of life and work after school. It is an amazing resource for Eastern to connect its faculty and academic programs to a wide range of volunteer community service opportunities that provide significant learning experiences. The local needs are immense and the service options are unlimited.

Imagine this army—currently over 1000 Eastern students contribute over 20,000 volunteer hours to 40 local schools and community organizations every year. Students are moving forward with their academic and personal growth goals while they are making a real difference in local lives. You can be part of this army and meet some of the most interesting and creative people on campus. The CCE is the spirit of family in action!

This is personal for me and I care very much about how students are making it through these times, not an easy thing! I work in local media and have been teaching as adjunct faculty in the Communication Department for over thirty years. I love Eastern and working with students and the spirit of service and community pervades this place! I have been with the CCE for the past two years as their Communication Coordinator and it is a joy for me to see the rainbow of wonderful work of students and faculty who care.

Like the Bod Dylan songs says, “You Gotta Serve Somebody” and that is so true! So what are you doing now to protect or expand your potential future choices about what you are going to do and share with your mind, your values and your precious life energy? Make the most of your time at Eastern and consider connecting your program and life interests with the CCE.

Visit the CCE crew at our Victorian house at 333 Prospect Street on south campus. The CCE website is loaded with information and media stories and you may find something that catches your interest. Go to and your journey with us can begin now.

John Murphy
CCE Communication Coordinator



Why Volunteer?

  • Become empowered to effect change
  • Interact with social, political, and economic issues you study in class
  • Connect with Eastern students who share your interests
  • Develop professional and leadership skills
  • Gain exposure and develop experience in a career field