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Record Number of Students Participate in Research Conference

Thumbnail image for research conference1.JPGThumbnail image for researchconference3.JPGA record 120 students presented at the 11th Annual Research Conference and Exhibition at Eastern on April 14.  More than 40 faculty members served as mentors for the students' projects. More than 40 oral presentations covered such topics as the geology of Andover Lake; the anatomy and physiology of coral competition; the media's influence on public opinion of war; an analysis of the Harry Potter books; sustainable energy and the workforce; ancient Greek history; the history of Irish-American women in Willimantic; and Alzheimer's Disease. Music students and faculty presented an experimental music performance in Science 104, and several short plays were performed by theatre students.  Other students presented their research findings using tabletop display posters.  Visual art students exhibited two-dimensional and digital art as well as a range of sculpture art.

"This is no longer just an event," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez, "it is part of our culture."  The president declared that undergraduate research is flourishing at Eastern and noted that is one of the cornerstones of the University's emphasis on experiential learning.

Eastern Hosts "The Green Campus Conference"

        DSC_8022.jpg"All environments are in decline; we want progress without pollution." That's what Tony Cortese, president of Second Nature, said in his keynote luncheon address when the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) hosted "The Green Campus Conference" in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room on April 19.  The event brought more than 100 administrators, faculty, and students from Connecticut's 17 public colleges and universities to Eastern to discuss financing green campus initiatives and the technology involved.  It was also a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the ISE.

"If all the world lived like America, we would need five planets," Cortese continued.  "Traditional economic development hurts the environment . . . we need it to become environmental development. We want sustainability to be Second Nature, which is where we got our company name."

At the conference, energy experts spoke on issues surrounding financing green campus projects and the latest energy technology. Speakers included Eastern President  Elsa Núñez; Robert Kennedy, president of the Board of Regents of Higher Education for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities; Nancy Tinker, director of facilities management and planning at Eastern; Rich Steeves, acting chair at the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund; Rob Pratt, president for GreenerU; Dave Ljungquist of the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority;  Chris Halpin, president of Celtic Energy; Robert Keefrider, director at FuelCell Energy; and CL&P program administrators Randy Pagnini and Dave McIntosh. Eastern also provided tours of the University's LEED designed facilities, building automated systems and 400KW Fuel Cell.

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Latin American Distinguished Service Awards

latin american awards.JPGLuz Burgos, an Eastern residence hall director; William Stover, director of  supplemental services for Windham Public Schools; and Eastern student Omar Rodriguez '12 received the University's Latin American Distinguished Service Awards on April 25  in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room of the J. Eugene Smith Library.

Werner Oyandel, acting executive director of the Connecticut Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, delivered the keynote address.

Burgos received the award in the faculty/staff category. As a hall director, Burgos oversees approximately 90 residential students. Burgos has served as co-coordinator of the Connecticut Statewide Conference on Latinos in Higher Education. In addition, she is an active member of Sigma Lamda Upsilon, Senoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority (SLU) Inc., an organization that provides sisterhood and support, while prompting academic achievement, service to the community, leadership and cultural enrichment.

Rodriguez '12 is a business administration major from Wethersfield. He received the award in the student category.  Rodriguez serves as president of Men Achieving Leadership Excellence and Success (MALES), assisting in leading 56 male students into academic excellence and community involvement.

Stover received the award in the community category. He created and operates an after-school program that runs four days a week to provide students with academic enrichment opportunities.

Governor Dannel Malloy Visits Eastern for Awareness Walk

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On April 17, Gov. Dannel Malloy joined more than 150 Eastern students, faculty and staff in the "Walk a Mile In Her Shoes" march. Eastern President Elsa Núñez introduced Malloy, commending him for his "bold vision on education," and praising his stewardship of the state.

Malloy said sexual assault and violence are important issues for him personally, as he spent the first 18 months of his career investigating rapes and sexual assaults. He said his wife, Kathy, also has long supported sexual assault and violence victims, as former executive director of the Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education. 

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The walk began in front of the Student Center, proceeded to downtown Willimantic and came back up High Street to campus. "Walk a Mile In Her Shoes" was coordinated by Eastern's Women's Center to raise awareness of sexual assault and violence towards women.  Other events focusing on sexual violence during the week included "My Story, Your Story, Our Stories" on April 19; and "Revolutionary Balladry" on April 18, all part of Eastern's "Take Back the Night," where students discussed social issues such as rape, domestic violence and sexual abuse. 

Eastern Hosts Service Expo and Awards

Thumbnail image for service event2.jpgMaiyah Gamble-Rivers '12 was among the winners at Eastern's Service Expo and Awards on April 19 in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center. Gamble-Rivers won in the Student Engagement category. In addition, Health and Physical Education Professor Charlie Chatterton received an award in the faculty category. Chatterton ran 50 marathons to increase public awareness about poverty in America. Sally Milius of Mansfield was presented an award for Community Partner Engagement for her commitment to gardening, nutrition and education of Windham children and their families. 
nick and patrick ride.jpgNick Fitzner and Patrick Scully of Eastern's Rugby Team  received a Community Project Award for their Ride for Hunger to Washington, D.C. and back, which raised awareness of hunger issues and funds for the Covenant Soup Kitchen. Psychology lecturer Peter Cavanagh won the Service Learning Award for his work with students and individuals with developmental disabilities.

During the Service Expo, students who volunteered during the 2011-12 academic year showcased their volunteer efforts through poster presentations. Area residents from the Willimantic community and the Eastern faculty and staff served as judges.

Eastern's 2012 Barnard Scholars

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Above, left to right, Brittney Cava, Eastern President Elsa Nunez, and Kate Harner

Eastern students Kathryn Harner, an English major from Oxford, and Brittney Cava, a political science major from Torrington, were honored at the 24th Annual Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award Dinner on April 23 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

Harner and Cava were two of 12 state university students to win the award; each was nominated by their respective universities. The award is named for the first U.S. Commissioner of Education, Henry Barnard, a distinguished Connecticut educator who was the state's first superintendent of schools and principal of what later became Central Connecticut State University. A $500 award comes with the honor.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy delivered the keynote address. Malloy applauded the accomplishments of the 12 Barnard winners, calling them "exceptional people" who he said he hopes will stay in Connecticut and "contribute mightily to the economic growth and development of the state."

"Brittney was very engaged on campus in multiple clubs, including People Helping People," said Eastern President Elsa Nunez. "She played a key role in conducting research with Dr. Nicole Krassas that deconstructed race and gender in the 2008 primaries, and was very dedicated to improving the Eastern and Willimantic community." The president said Cava and Harner are best friends who work together as members of numerous student clubs.

Harner earned a 4.0 GPA and has been on the Dean's List every semester while studying at Eastern. She also has served as president of the student volunteer group People Helping People, and as co-coordinator of Eastern's Fifth Annual "Day of Giving" Thanksgiving meal and food drive.

Cava completed the majority of her academic studies in just three years, while maintaining an impressive 3.85 GPA. While finishing up her last remaining degree requirements this year, she is working full time as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Eastern's Center for Community Engagement (CCE). Cava is entering a graduate program in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration at the University of Vermont this fall, while Harner will be pursuing a master's degree in Public Communication at Clemson University.


Eastern Student Honored by State for Community Service

Maiyah Gamble-Rivers, a senior from Providence majoring in Visual Arts, was one of five students and faculty from Connecticut colleges and universities  honored on April 24 for their exemplary service to their communities at an awards ceremony at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

Gamble-Rivers was one of two winners in the Individual Student Award category. The awards were presented by William Dyson, chair of the Connecticut Commission on Community Service, and Jane A. Ciarleglio, executive director of the Office of Financial and Academic Affairs for Higher Education, at the Connecticut Higher Education Community Service Awards ceremony. One hundred eighty students, faculty and administrators from across the state attended the dinner

Gamble-Rivers organized a two-day Arts and Culture Series in November for nearly 200 elementary school students, exposing them to workshops in the visual arts, dance, performing arts and music. More than 50 student volunteers from Eastern led interactive projects for the youngsters.

Cesar Chavez Blood Drive Challenge

blood drive 3 students.jpgEastern hosted its fourth and final Red Cross Blood Drive of the year on April 17 in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center.  This drive was dedicated to honor the legacy of labor leader Cesar Estrada Chavez, who fought for better living and working conditions for migrant farm workers in California.  He also founded the first successful farm workers union and became president of the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO.  He accomplished this through his philosophy of non-violence.

To help promote the Chavez legacy, three Eastern students, Tanika Dixon, Daasha Mallory and Leah Hershberger, all social work majors, ventured out into the Willimantic community to talk with business owners and school directors in an effort to recruit new Hispanic blood donors, as well as sign them up for the bone marrow registry, which ran concurrently with the blood drive.  The students designed flyers to distribute in the schools and community in both English and Spanish.

"144 students, faculty, staff and community members donated and generated an amazing 110 productive pints of blood on one day!" said blood drive organizer Irene Cretella. "The many new donors who came were impressed by how well the drive was run, and how comfortable the staff and volunteers made them feel. We were fortunate to have 32 student volunteers who worked 58 hours helping with donor recruitment, check-ins, and of course, the popular canteen."

Eastern Hosts Fresh Check Day Program

fresh check2.jpgOn April 19, Eastern was the first college campus in the nation to host Fresh Check Day -- a concept created by The Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation that is designed to bring the campus community together to "check-in" on the mental health and wellness of college students.

Eastern's Fresh Check Day began in the Student Center, where relaxation and stress relief were addressed through a vibrational sound massage exhibit, "Gong the Planet" and "Tails of Joy Therapy Dogs."  In the evening in the Betty R. Tipton Room, Jordan Burnham from Active Minds spoke. Burnham, a nationally-recognized speaker, told the story of surviving a nine-story fall/suicide attempt. "Life After the Fall" is a moving presentation that addresses mental health issues, suicide and survival.

fresh check1.jpgThe signature events of Fresh Check Day took place on April 21, when Webb Lawn was transformed into an expo-like atmosphere to bring together 10 interactive exhibits, combined with free food and raffle giveaways. The band, Barefoot Truth, kicked off Eastern's popular Battle of the Bands.

Students attending Fresh Check Day earned Dean's Cup Points. The 10 expo booths offered students ways to relax, de-stress, reach out and recognize depression in their friends.

All events were organized by the Offices of Counseling and Psychological Services and Student Activities, student volunteers and representatives of The Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation. For more information, please visit www.freshcheckday.com.

Eastern's Nancy Tinker Named "2012 Woman of Accomplishment"

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Above, PVCCT President Wendy Venoit, right, presents Nancy Tinker

with "Woman of Accomplishment" Award.

Nancy Tinker, director of facilities management and planning, has been named the recipient of the third annual "Woman of Accomplishment" Award by Professional Women in Construction - Connecticut Chapter (PWC-CT). The award was presented on April 3 during a ceremony held at the Marriott in Rocky Hill. 

PWC-CT supports education in the fields of architecture, construction and engineering, and recognizes ongoing professional excellence through its annual awards program. The "Woman of Accomplishment" award, instituted by PWC-CT in 2010, is designed to honor a woman who has been working in the A/E/C industry for at least 15 years, and who exemplifies outstanding professional achievement, performance and contributions within her field of endeavor. 

Tinker, who has more than 25 years of experience in facilities management, is responsible for managing a capital project budget of more than $250 million and an operational budget of more than $8 million. This includes overseeing the regular maintenance and operations of Eastern's facilities, and developing and implementing its campus and master plan, which includes 57 buildings totaling 2,247,672 gross square feet.

Tinker has long been a proponent of sustainable design and of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, offered through the U.S. Green Building Council. She also heads Eastern's Green Campus Committee, which leads the University's  efforts to practice environmental stewardship on campus. Eastern has established  a goal of using LEED standards to design all new campus construction; adopted an ENERGY STAR policy for purchasing of products; and begun purchasing or producing at least 15 percent of the institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.

Jail N' Bail: $8,000 and Counting!

DSC_5073.JPGPsychology Professor Peter Bachiochi, long-time advisor for the Eastern student chapter of Habitat for Humanity, is overjoyed, and for good reason. On April 18 on the Webb Hall Lawn, the group collaborated with the Connecticut Special Olympics on the annual Jail N' Bail fundraiser and raised more than $8,000! "That smashes the record for any previous Jail N' Bail. I can't wait until next year!"  Last year, the fundraiser raised $2,000.

DSC_5033.JPGThe event begins by requesting a warrant to 'arrest' either students or faculty. When the participants arrive at the 'jail,' their bail is set by a judge. The prisoners must find friends/family to bail them out. Some professors even considered having their entire classroom full of students in the jail during their class period!

The prisoner who raised the most money won a three-day, two-night trip for two (airfare not included) to any pre-selected destination around the world. There also was a lucky winner for an additional three-day, two-night trip for two for those who participated in filling out warrants with a suggested donation.

Bachiochi thanked the entire campus for participating. "A huge thank you to everyone who made our first collaborative Jail & Bail event such a success!  The generosity of the Eastern community was really on display.  At the risk of leaving someone out, I do need to give a few individuals their due. First, to Jean-Pierre Godbout in facilities and management planning, who built our new and significantly improved jail cell! To the Facilities crews for tent set-up and more. To Blimpie's, who kept the guards and prisoners fed. To all the judges who volunteered to sit in judgment and set bail. To Media Services for the very cool live web feed! To the Fairfield University police who volunteered their time to help with apprehensions. Lastly, to the jailbirds who volunteered their time to help raise money for the causes!"

Bachiochi also thanked event coordinators Eastern Police Lieutenant Thomas Madera and Officer David DeNunzio, and Jaclyn Giuntini from Eastern's student chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Women's Softball Team Dedicates New Field

softball dedication.JPGState officials and members of the campus community helped the Eastern women's softball team dedicate its new field on April 24 prior to a Little East Conference doubleheader with Western Connecticut State University. The Warriors had played all of their games on the road for the past two years while the facility was being constructed. Eastern is the two-time defending NCAA New England Regional champion. The team finished its regular season ranked second in the nation in Division III with a 31-1 record, and will host the LEC Conference Tournament May 3-5, and a NCAA Regional Tournament May 10-14.

Ella Grasso Award Winners Announced

grasso.jpgAshley Lovett, a junior from Marlborough majoring in sociology; Eastern Connecticut State University alumna LaShawn McBride; and Christy Calkins, assistant program director of the Journey House in Willimantic, were named recipients of Eastern's 2012 Ella T. Grasso Distinguished Service Awards on March 28. "In just four short years, this award has become a cherished tradition at Eastern," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez as she opened up the ceremony. "We are an institution built on values. Among those are the values of inclusion, empowerment and integrity. I believe that protecting women's rights and recognizing women leaders is fundamental to upholding the values of our institution."
Teresa Younger, executive director of the Connecticut Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, delivered the keynote address. She encouraged the audience to model Grasso's career. "Push the limits and go one step further."

Lovett has committed her time to service both on and off campus. Currently a resident assistant in Niejadlik Hall, Lovett develops leadership skills and fostering personal self-esteem by volunteering at Journey House at Natchaug Hospital, a transitional living community for adolescent girls. "Nothing that I do feels like work," said Lovett. "I love every part of what I do."

McBride is a 1993 graduate of Eastern with a bachelor's degree in sociology and applied social relations.  She has been employed at Eastern since November 1989, and currently serves as the coordinator of human resources programs. Recognizing the need for young women to develop self-esteem and leadership skills, McBride helped launch Females Excelling Maturing to Achieve Leadership Excellence and Success (FEMALES), a group of female students on campus. Since 2005, McBride has served as the FEMALES advisor. "Although the task isn't always easy, it is very rewarding to see the transformation of students from their freshman year up to when they graduate," said McBride.

Calkins is the assistant program director at Journey House. Through her leadership, the program has helped more than 90 girls achieve personal success through building self-confidence, positive self-image, healthy relationships, academic success, and management of anger and stress.

Eastern Honored for Community Service

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While 642 institutions of higher learning were acknowledged on President Obama's "Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll," Eastern was one of only 110 schools Obama FINAL iMAGES -Calvin Underwood, Tom Przybylek and Todd Mitnick .JPGin the country to be admitted to the special honor roll category, "With Distinction." Of 14 colleges and universities in Connecticut who made the honor roll, Eastern was joined only by the University of Connecticut in the "with distinction" category. 

"Community service has been a hallmark at Eastern since our earliest days in the 1890s as the Willimantic State Normal School," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. "Today, our Center for Community Engagement works closely with our faculty to ensure that the service that our students perform in local communities aligns with their academic programs.  In providing thousands of hours a year of service to dozens of social agencies and nonprofits, Eastern students are demonstrating their social responsibility while learning valuable professional and organizational skills. To be recognized by President Obama as a university that exemplifies such service is something that everyone on our campus should be proud of."

"This is a tremendous honor for Eastern, its faculty, staff and students," said Robert Kennedy, president of the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education. "While students attend an institution of higher education, in many cases, to advance their career options, it is becoming increasingly important for students to have real-life, demonstrable skills in areas outside the classroom, as well."

Eastern's Cid Presented Higher Education Honor of Distinction

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Carmen Cid, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences for the past seven years, has been named the first recipient of the American Council on Education's Women's Network/Connecticut Women in Higher Education Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award. This award was created to recognize and honor women who have distinguished themselves by providing outstanding leadership in their institutions, in their profession and in society at large. 

"Dr. Cid is an inspiration to women everywhere," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez, "especially young women considering careers in science. As our Dean of Arts and Sciences for the past seven years, Dr. Cid has supported undergraduate research, led efforts to enhance access and retention for underrepresented student populations, and advocated for our faculty and students to have research opportunities in science.  She is a distinguished member of the biology faculty who leads by example."

Cid's advocacy of women in higher education began in 1991 with her appointment as chair of the Women and Minorities Committee of the Ecological Society of America (ESA).  She successfully laid the foundation for this newly established committee through initiatives and programs for mentoring and promoting career development of women and minorities. During her three-year term, Cid, a native of Cuba, developed the first Careers in Ecology brochure, coordinated the first provision of child care at the ESA annual meeting, and coordinated the publication of the first ESA article on career options for dual-career couples. 

In 1994, Cid was one of the first recipients of four-year National Science Foundation funding for developing programs to improve participation and mentoring of girls and women in the sciences, with the project entitled "United Connecticut for Women in Mathematics, Science and Engineering."  

Since 2005, Cid has been an active member of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS), the national professional organization for deans of arts and Sciences.

Arroyo Honored by Hispanics in Higher Education

Imna Arroyo pic.jpgImna Arroyo, CSU professor of printmaking, has been named recipient of the Outstanding Latino/a Cultural Arts, Fine and Performing Arts Award by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). The AAHHE presented the award to Arroyo at an awards luncheon on March 10 in Costa Mesa, CA.
Arroyo was selected by a panel of experts in higher education for her significant accomplishments and her contributions to a greater public understanding of the Hispanic community and culture through arts expression.

"I want to express my deepest appreciation to the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). This recognition of my work is not just for me alone. It is a celebration of the kindness and vision of those who have helped to bring me to this moment. This moment is a re-affirmation of the powerful African adage: 'I am because we are. We are because I am.'"

Eastern Professor to be Part of London Olympics

LavinJ_Olympic Torch lorez (2).jpgJim Lavin, professor of health and physical education, has been chosen to be an Olympic torchbearer for the London 2012 Olympic Games. More than 60,000 people were nominated for this honor; only 8,000 were chosen. The criterion for the honor was that the torch bearer has an inspirational story to tell, and has helped to shape sporting excellence in the United Kingdom. Lavin was chosen because he has been training physical education teachers in England for 30 years. During that time, he has influenced thousands of physical education teachers and, indirectly, thousands of children.

A precise ritual for the lighting of the torch is followed at every Olympic Games. It is first lit from the sun's rays at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, in a traditional ceremony amid the ruins of the home of the ancient Games. After a short relay around Greece, the torch will be taken to England, where it will visit more than 1,000 towns and cities. "I feel proud and honored to have been chosen to carry the Olympic torch. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the Olympic ideal," said Lavin. "I came to Eastern because of a longstanding link between my university in the United Kingdom and Eastern in the field of Physical Education. Eastern has an outstanding reputation in Physical Education and Sports and Leisure Management, and I feel privileged to be part of this."

Lavin will carry the torch on June 22 through his home town of Kendal in Cumbria, England. He will be in a uniform provided by his sponsor, Lloyds TSB, and will run about 300 yards before he passes the flame onto the next torch bearer.

Eastern Kicks Off Lead by Example Energy Efficiency Program

Thumbnail image for lead by example.jpgConnecticut taxpayers will save $136,061 annually thanks to a lighting system upgrade at Eastern, one of the first projects to be funded by Governor Dannel Malloy's Lead by Example state building energy efficiency program. Administered jointly by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Department of Administrative Services, Lead by Example offers funding and technical assistance to state agencies interested in lowering their energy consumption through energy efficiency upgrades.

Under the program, Eastern will install a control system in the J. Eugene Smith Library that will allow building occupants greater flexibility over lighting -- including occupancy sensors, remote monitoring of lighting and day-lighting strategies -- resulting in a 20 percent reduction in overall electricity consumption.

"We are excited to have been chosen as a pilot project for the State of Connecticut's 'Lead by Example' program," said Nancy Tinker, director of facilities management and planning at Eastern. "Our library is open more than 85 hours a week, so strategies such as occupancy sensors, remote monitoring and taking advantage of daylight will make a big difference in our energy use."

Professor Russell Pens New Book

Thumbnail image for russell bookcover.jpgSociology Professor James Russell has authored a new book titled, "Escape from Texas: A Novel of Slavery and the Texas War of Independence" (Sloan Publishing). "Escape from Texas" is the novel of James Robinson, a slave who dreams of freedom in the years leading up to the Texas War of Independence.  Confronting his dreams are ranchers who have other plans for Texas.

The book is receiving critical acclaim. "No other novel has portrayed this turbulent period of time from the perspective of a slave," said Ben Vinson III, professor of Latin American History at Johns Hopkins University and author of "Black Mexico and Flight: The Story of Virgil Richardson, A Tuskegee Airman in Mexico." Vinson says the book is "a tantalizing, compelling and learned look into an under-examined period of history that bridges the experiences of African-Americans, Mexicans, Afro-Mexicans, Native-Americans and Anglo-Americans alike. Few other books have so keenly explored what border life may have been like in the years leading up to the Mexican-American War. Certainly, no novel has so astutely captured the mindset of black slaves and their complicated relationships with Mexico during this era. This is an unusual piece of fiction, both for its tight historical accuracy and the scope of its imagination. This is a gripping and wonderful narrative, packed with surprises, as well as new lessons in history."

For more information about Russell's book, visit  http://www.escapefromtexas.com/

The Art of Art Writing

sharon butler1.jpgVisual Arts Professor Sharon Butler is speaking on "Arts Writing" at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, on April 20. Guest artists D.W. Burnam, Amanda Manitach, Matthew Offenbacher and Emily Pothast will join her.

Although most state governments recognize that building strong arts communities can help revitalize struggling neighborhoods, the role of arts writing in sustaining arts communities is often overlooked. Outside the major metropolitan areas, too often calendar listings and event reporting take the place of serious arts writing, the best of which challenges artists to develop stronger work, precipitates a critical dialogue among artists, and puts local artists' work in a larger art historical context. Acknowledging the need for meaningful arts writing, many artists have taken up the free tools of Web 2.0 and social media and have begun to write. Butler will be discussing how artists become writers and how writing affects their art practice.

In addition to her teaching at Eastern, Butler maintains the award-winning art blog Two Coats of Paint, and is a contributing writer at The Brooklyn Rail. Her latest project, An Inverted Curve, is an art criticism blog covering the Connecticut arts community.

Prem Mann's Book Moves into its Eighth International Edition

Thumbnail image for mann book VERY BEST.jpgEconomics Professor Prem Mann is preparing the eighth edition of his "Introductory Statistics" book, scheduled to be published by the end of this year. Mann's books are used in many countries and "Introductory Statistics" is among the best-selling introductory statistics books. The book's earliest editions have been translated into the Chinese, Portuguese and Serbian languages. Mann has also authored "Statistics Using Technology and Statistics for Business and Economics," which was translated into Chinese. He co-authored (with Mikael J. Harry, Ofelia C. De Hodgins, Richard L Hulbert, and Christopher J. Lacke) the book, "Practitioner's Guide to Statistics and Lean Six Sigma for Process Improvements," published in 2010.

Nepalese College Representatives Visit Campus

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On April 3, Ulbin Pokharel, former Eastern student Shristi Limbu and Laxman Mandal of Little Angels College in Kathmandu, Nepal, visited Eastern to talk with faculty on how to create global field courses in Nepal. President Elsa Núñez welcomed the visitors, who engaged in an informal forum with faculty from the Psychology, Political Science, Social Work, Performing Arts, Education and Business Administration Departments.

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Students Visit Energy Efficient Homes

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On March 31, Professor Janis Mink's art students and Professor Fred Loxsom's energy studies students visited two energy-efficient homes in Columbia and North Franklin. The house in Columbia uses passive solar heating to heat the house, panels to provide electricity, and solar batch heaters to heat water. The large PV array generates enough electricity some months so that the owners can sell the excess back to Connecticut Light and Power. The house's "double envelope" design circulates air so that it provides heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. The super-insulated solar heated house in North Franklin uses structural insulated panels (SIPs), consisting of an insulating foam core sandwiched between two structural hardboard. The house also features a geothermal heat pump and a green roof. The joint meeting brought together the two sides of architecture: engineering function and artistic design. The two instructors plan to continue their collaboration.

Softball Streak at 18

rathbun.JPGThe Eastern Connecticut State University softball team won its 17th and 18th straight games Tuesday nightwith 5-0 and 9-6 triumphs over Trinity College at the Eastern Softball Field.

Eastern's (19-1) winning streak is the second-longest in school history behind the record 27-game streak set by the 1988 team which finished 35-7.

Senior right-hander Molly Rathbun of Hebron won her 12th straight decision and 13th in 14 decisions this year with her fifth shutout of the season in the opener, then struck out two in the seventh inning of the nightcap for her third save to preserve the first collegiate win of freshman righty Erin Miller of Waterford. Through Sunday's games, Rathbun ranked second nationally in ERA and least hits per game, and third in strikeouts per game and Arielle Cooper was rated ninth in home runs per game.




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