During the University Meeting on Jan. 17, several individuals were recognized for their years of service to Eastern. Ten-year service awards were given to Nick Messina, Peter Drzewiecki and Kim Silcox; and 25-year service awards were presented to Susan Heyward, director of the advising center, and Steve Nelson, technical support specialist.
Several staff and faculty who are retiring were also recognized, including Sally Keating in the Math Department, who came to Eastern in 1987; Margaret Hebert, associate director of the Academic Services Center and the heart and soul of the STEP/CAP program, who has been at Eastern for 31 years; and Vice President Dennis Hannon, who is retiring after 14 years at Eastern.
In addition to recognitions, Rhona Free, vice president for academic affairs, and Professor David Stoloff discussed how Eastern will use recommendations contained in the NEASC accreditation report to help guide the next strategic planning process.
President Elsa Núñez gave brief remarks, talking about the new Board of Regents and some of their policy initiatives -- developing Connecticut's workforce; college readiness; the achievement gap; and improving community college-university transfer.