On Sept. 7, Eastern opened and dedicated the new Virginia and Charles Prewitt Office of Peace and Human Rights, located in Room 110 of Goddard Hall. Charles Prewitt, professor emeritus at Eastern, has donated more than $90,000 to the Eastern Connecticut State University Foundation, Inc. in honor of his late beloved wife, Virginia, to support the operations of the Peace and Human Rights Office and to provide additional scholarship support to students interested in the cause of peace and human rights.
In 2002, Prewitt and his wife established the Virginia and Charles Prewitt Peace and Human Rights Studies Endowment to support students who are active in the community and demonstrate an interest in peace and human rights. Prewitt began teaching the sciences at Eastern in 1952 until he retired in 1979. He continues to teach peace and human rights courses part time, bringing state and national dignitaries to campus to explore how to pursue world peace and basic human rights for all human beings.
"It is wonderful to see us dedicating this office in honor of Virginia and your own legacy," Eastern President Elsa Núñez told Prewitt. "I have enjoyed presenting each year in your classes. I have observed with pleasure how you stay connected with your students; that is how you stay young!
"We thank Dr. Prewitt for his commitment to peace and the rights of all human beings, and we are delighted to be able to dedicate this room in honor of him and in memory of his wife, Virginia."
It is fitting that a quote attributed to Prewitt is on the door of the Peace and Human Rights Office: "If you don't have a dream, how can your dream come true?"