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Wesleyan President Tells Graduates to Find Something They Love

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Commencement 2012 - Nunez.jpgOn May 15, 1,230 undergraduates and 88 graduate students heard the roars and cheers of thousands of their family members and friends as they celebrated their achievements at Eastern Connecticut State University's 122nd Commencement exercises at the XL Center in Hartford.

Michael S. Roth, president of Wesleyan University, delivered the Commencement address.  He told the graduates he hoped they had learned three things at Eastern: "What you love to do, how to get better at it and how to share that with others . . . I hope that at Eastern you have found something that stirs your soul, that draws what is best from you, that is an activity without which you feel impoverished, denied, not fully human."

Roth continued, "The habits of mind developed in liberal arts environments like Eastern's . . . will empower you to see opportunity where others see only obstacles." Noting the social, political and economic divisiveness that exists in our society today, Roth concluded that universities "must continue to strive to be places where young people discover and cultivate their independence and must themselves resist the trends of inequality that are tearing at the fabric of our country."

Eastern President Elsa M. Núñez told the graduates not to sit on the sidelines. "The challenges we face today as a nation and international community are ours to face and ours to solve. The point I would make is not that everything is bad but that we can make things better.  I say we, because it always takes a team of people to get the job done . . . Together, you can be the force of change that can keep our country strong.  It is your time. You are the leaders of the future, and the future starts now."

Family and Friends Flock to Eastern Celebrates!

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Thumbnail image for DSC_7728.jpgOn May 12, more than 1,100 people -- graduating seniors, their families and various alumni classes -- visited campus for the annual Eastern Celebrates festivities.  The Jubilee Class of 1962 was treated to tours of campus and a refreshing lunch in Burr Hall before joining other reunion classes at a special reception in their honor in the Student Center Café.  Later in the afternoon, alumni mingled with the Class of 2012 under the Big Top Tent to enjoy barbeque, DJ music and the company of other members of the Eastern family.

"It was wonderful to see so many families in attendance," said Ken DeLisa, vice president for institutional advancement.  "We had alumni from as far back as the Class of 1932 visiting campus. Not only are they always surprised and pleased with the growth that has taken place on our beautiful campus, they enjoy visiting with today's students and the faculty and staff who work hard to make our alumni proud of their alma mater."

Drzewiecki Wins Statewide Teaching Award

drzewiecki.jpgPeter A. Drzewiecki, associate professor of environmental earth science and assistant chair of the Department of Environmental Earth Science, was named the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System Winner of the Board of Regents/CSU Teaching Award.

Drzewiecki was recognized for his innovative use of outside-the-classroom education, including a mix of lab, field trips and student research projects. He has established an internship program for geology majors at the Connecticut Geological Survey, and his students frequently present the results of research from his class at regional professional conferences and campus symposia. Students uniformly consider his classroom teaching to be accessible and engaging.

The BOR/CSU Teaching Award is granted to faculty members who have "distinguished themselves as outstanding teachers for at least five years and have a minimum of a two-year track record of promoting instructional improvements for their programs or departments."

Jamel Ostwald, associate professor of history, was honored at the campus level for his research work. Ostwald has compiled an impressive record of research and creative activity and recently published "Vaubaun Under Siege: Engineering Efficiency and Martial Vigor in the War of the Spanish Succession," an award-winning book in military history. He also contributed three chapters on various aspects of 17th and 18th-century European military history in books published in Europe and the United States, and has written several book reviews in the peer-reviewed Journal of Military History.

Eastern students on an honor roll!

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Fourteen biology majors were inducted into the TriBeta Honor Society on April 13. TriBeta is dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research.


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Forty business majors were inducted into Delta Mu Delta, the international honor society for business administration on April 24. The society recognizes academic excellence of students in a community that fosters the well-being of its members and the business community through life-time membership.


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Twenty-nine students majoring in communication were inducted into the Tau Nu Chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society on April 26. The society recognizes students who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, have a communication studies GPA of at least 3.25, are in the upper 35 percent of their graduating class, are enrolled in good standing and display a commitment to the field of communication.


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Fifteen students majoring in business information systems and computer science were inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the international honor society for computing and information disciplines on April 21. The society recognizes academic excellence in the computing and information disciplines. 


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On May 4, the Visual Arts Department held a reception in the Akus Gallery to showcase the art of graduating seniors.  Prior to the reception, an awards ceremony took place in the Harry Hope Theatre to recognize 25 students and their achievements in digital art; printmaking; art history; drawing/painting; and sculpture.  Five students were also recognized with Excellence in Service Awards for their contributions to the Visual Arts Department.


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On April 17, 14 history majors were inducted into Alpha Mu Alpha, Eastern's chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society. The society promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. The society recognizes students who have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours in history; have a minimum GPA of 3.1 in history; have a cumulative GPA of 3.0; and are in the top 35 percent of their class.


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On April 26, 11 health and physical education majors at Eastern Connecticut State University were inducted into their national honor society, Alpha Upsilon Chi,. The society establishes an intellectual climate by providing instruction for future professionals in the areas of health, physical education, recreation, and sport and dance, and recognizes students for their academic achievement, service and professional involvement in their field. 


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Six marketing majors were inducted into the Alpha Mu Alpha honor society on April 24. The society is committed to the advancement of excellence in the field of marketing and recognizes senior undergraduates who have a marketing concentration in the Department of Business Administration and hold a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.


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Ten math majors were inducted into the Kappa Mu Epsilon on April 21. The society recognizes students who have a 3.0 GPA; a B or better in each of the Abstract Algebra and Real Analysis I courses; at least a B+ average in higher level mathematics courses; and a junior or senior class standing.


63 Students Inducted into Psychology Honor Society

Sixty-three psychology majors were inducted into Psi Chi, the national psychology honor society on April 24. The society encourages the stimulation and maintenance of excellence in scholarship and advancement of the science of psychology. Qualifications for inductees include declaring a major or minor in psychology; at least 12 credits of coursework in psychology or sophomore class standing; a 3.5 GPA in psychology; and a 3.0 GPA overall. 


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On May 12, 14 students majoring in social work at Eastern Connecticut State University were inducted into Phi Alpha, the national social work honor society. The society builds relationships among students of social work and promotes humanitarian goals and ideals.  Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites members who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement.


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On April 28, seven Spanish majors at Eastern Connecticut State University were inducted into the national Spanish honor society, Sigma Delta Pi. Qualifications for inductees include three years of college-level Spanish (18 semester credit hours), including at least three semester hours of Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization at the junior level; a 3.0 GPA in all Spanish courses taken; a ranking in the upper 35 percent of their class; and completion of at least three semesters.

Cordon Authors New Book

Thumbnail image for CordonCover.jpgPsychology Professor Luis Cordón has authored a new book, "Freud's World: An Encyclopedia of His Life and Times," published by Greenwood Publishing. "There are easily as many detractors of Freud's work as proponents," said Cordon, "but there is no denying the far-reaching influence and legacy of his theories and methods, despite the deep-seated controversy about his techniques."

"In his book, Dr. Cordón places Freud in his historical context," said Psychology Professor Wendi Everton, chair of the Department of Psychology. "I have been impressed with the deep historical context and digging around that Luis has shown and shared with me as he wrote his book. I've learned a lot about Freud from just speaking with Luis and am very much looking forward to reading his book."

"Sigmund Freud is one of the most influential 20th-century intellectuals in Europe and the United States," writes Cordon. "His innovative theories and unprecedented practices are topics worthy of extensive review, but just as fascinating are the events of his life and the origins of his core beliefs."

Cordon said his book organizes the important components of Freud's life and work in an encyclopedia format, enabling readers to quickly zero in on the particular ideas, individuals and circumstances that contributed to his vast influence. Controversy about the scientific utility of psychoanalytic concepts is specifically addressed. "This book serves as an ideal starting point for any student interested in learning about Sigmund Freud, gathering a wide range of information into a single, easy-to-read volume," said Cordon.

Eastern Student Wins 2012 Chemistry Achievement Award

Wynn's Chemistry Prize Winner.jpgSean Kellarson, a junior from Stafford Springs majoring in Environmental Earth Science with a concentration in Sustainable Energy Studies, has been named the recipient of the 2012 CRC (Chemical Rubber Company) Press Chemistry Achievement Award. "The award is presented to the student with the highest test average in General Chemistry,"  said Charles Wynn, professor of chemistry, who says Kellarson's career goal is to attend medical school. The CRC Press Chemistry Achievement Award is sponsored by the CRC Press, and includes a commemorative scroll and a copy of the "CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics."

The CSU NYC Showcase of Student Talent

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for scenes, songs and monlogues choke scene.jpgEastern and Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) Theatre students performed at the Annual CSU New York City Showcase of Student Talent at the Producers Club Crowne Theatre on May 20 and 21. This showcase, which began in 1994, enables students to put theory into practice by performing in an off-Broadway theatre, and engages students in outstanding learning experiences through participation in workshops and master classes, as well as technical and design tours led by working professionals in the field. This year, Eastern juniors and seniors presented "Scenes, Songs and Monologues 2012," a compilation of short works; SCSU Theatre majors performed a one-act play titled "The Book of Liz."

Robin Carus, casting director of J & R Creative, led a question and answer session following the Monday evening show, where students learned about the next steps necessary to prepare for life and work in theatre in New York City. In addition to this real-world experience of taking a show on the road and networking with theatre artists, students also attended Broadway shows; toured cutting edge design companies; participated in a backstage tour of the Broadway musical, "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert"; and took an intensive movement workshop at the Actors Movement Studio in the heart of Broadway.  Above, Liz Swan, left, and Hilary Osborn, right, perform in "Scenes, Songs and Monologues."

Dean's Cup Raises Money for Natchaug PTO

deans cup donation.JPGAs part of the annual Dean's Cup competition, the 12 residence halls collected Box Tops for Education this year to donate to the Natchaug Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Throughout the academic year, a total of 6,005 box tops were collected from residents and donated to the PTO, which then submits them to Box Tops and receives a check for those submitted. With Eastern's help, the PTO exceeded their goal, with Eastern donating $600.50 worth of eligible box tops. The hall that raised the most box tops was Windham Street Apartments (WSA) with more than 1,900 box tops. Eastern also submitted 479 Labels for Education to Natchaug. Funds raised assist the PTO with paying for field trips and special events.  Pictured are (right to left starting in the back): Angela Bazin, director of housing; Tony Gleason, WSA hall director; Paul Serignese, assistant director of housing; Mr. Jeff Wihbey, principal of Natchaug Elementary School; Shelissa Newball, WSA hall director; Walter Diaz, dean of students;, and Lauren Townley, teacher and co-chair of Natchaug PTO.

2012 Library Research Award Winners

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Last month, Library Director Patricia Banach announced the winners of the Second Annual Library Research Award for 2012. The award has been established to recognize and celebrate exemplary student research projects that demonstrate the ability to locate, evaluate, select and apply information from appropriate library resources. Primary emphasis is place on the creative and effective use of library resources, services and collections encompassing print, microform and online data bases.

Anna Sobanski, a sophomore from Glastonbury majoring in English and pre-secondary education, won $350 in the freshman/sophomore category for her paper, "True Stories by Matilda Laimo and Harry Potter." Sobanski's work was reviewed and recommended by June Dunn, assistant professor of English. Andrew Minikowski, a senior from Colchester majoring in English and Economics, won the $350 prize in the junior/senior category for his paper, "A Bullet or Siberia: Pride, Redemption and Character Relationships in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment." Barbara Little Liu, associate professor of English, recommended Minikowski. The winning research papers can be found on the Library Research Award Guide.

Associate Librarian Janice Wilson chaired the Library Research Award Committee. Other members included associate librarians Carolyn Coates, Hope Marie Cook and Carol Reichardt; Biology Professor Elizabeth Cowles; Associate Professor of History David Frye; Associate Professor of Psychology Madeleine Fugere; and Business Administration Professor Elizabeth Scott. Heidi Roberto, administrative assistant in the library, provided organization and logistical support for the committee.

Annual Scholarship Awards

Scholarship awards.jpgOn April 12, nearly 300 Eastern students filled the Betty R. Tipton Room to attend the annual ECSU Foundation Competitive Scholarship reception. The ECSU Foundation awarded the students competitive scholarships totally a record $450,000 for the 2012-13 academic year. The competitive scholarship awards are based on merit and, in many cases, unmet financial need. The scholarship process is coordinated by the Office of Institutional Advancement in concert with the Office of Financial Aid.

"The ECSU Foundation plays an important role in that it often provides financial support to our students for the last critical amount of money they need to continue their goal of obtaining a college degree," said Kenneth DeLisa, vice president for institutional advancement. "Our ability to respond in a positive way with this financial support, often to purchase required books, is possible due to the generosity of our donors and the strong relationship that we have with our students. They know they can reach out to us when they are confronted with financial problems."

National Police Officers Week

police officer day.JPGOn Oct. 1, 1962, President John Kennedy proclaimed May 15 of each year as "Peace Officer's Memorial Day."  On May 15, U.S. flags across the nation are lowered to half-staff to honor federal, state and municipal officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.

This year, National Police Officer's Week began on May 13, ending on May 19. In tribute, on May 15, Eastern's Police Department placed a black banner on the Police Department sign in front of its building. In addition, the department conducted a brief ceremony and placed a wreath in front of its sign.  Officers also wore black bands over their badges in respect of their fallen comrades.

"In 2011, 166 U.S. law enforcement officers lost their lives in the line of duty," said Police Chief Garewski. "We honor the men and women who, night and day, stand guard over our communities. The officers and staff of Eastern's Police Department would like to thank the university community for its continued support and cooperation in providing a safe and secure environment for us all."

Eastern's Rathbun, Cooper are NFCA All-America Picks

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Eastern senior right-handed pitcher/designated player Molly Rathbun, of Hebron, and junior third baseman Arielle Cooper, of Mystic, have been named to the 2012 National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) Division III All-America team. Rathbun becomes the first member of the program to earn the honor each season of a four-year career, while Cooper becomes the program's first third baseman to receive the honor since Michelle Cunningham was named to the second team in 1998.

Rathbun was named to the first team for the third straight year after gaining second-team accolades as a freshman. Cooper was honored for the first time in her career, earning a spot as the only third baseman on the second team. Rathbun was also named to the All-New England Region first team for the fourth straight season while Cooper was selected all-region for the second team, the first time to the first team.

Rathbun completed a record-shattering career this spring by winning a program-record 33 games against three losses with a program-record 339 strikeouts and just 39 walks and a 0.73 ERA in 212 1/3 innings. She won 29 straight decisions heading into NCAA regional play and ended up beating every team that she had a decision against at least once. In addition to strikeouts, innings and wins, Rathbun also set season marks this year for appearances (42) and starts (29). She threw two no-hitters and also a perfect game against regional champion Tufts University.

Cooper smashed the program record with a 33-game hitting streak, set season marks with 123 total bases, tied the 26-year-old mark with 69 hits, tied the season record with a .783 slugging average and led all players with a .439 batting average, which equals the fifth highest in a season in program history. She was named MVP of the LEC tournament with nine hits and seven assists in the field without an error.

Spring University Meeting

IMG_7509.jpgAt the spring University Meeting on May 8, President Elsa Núñez reviewed the progress made over the past five years under Eastern's 2008-13 Strategic Plan, citing "the three foundation stones of Eastern" -- its people, the lessons learned from planning and the progress made towards become a premier public liberal arts university. Núñez also announced that Political Science Professor William Salka will be her co-chair for the next Strategic Planning Committee, which will begin its work this fall.  (Click here for Dr. Núñez's complete remarks.)

At the meeting, English Professor Raouf Mama was honored with the 2012 Distinguished Professor Award. History Professor Jamel Ostwald was named recipient of a 2012 Connecticut State University System Research Award, while Environmental Earth Science Professor Peter Drzewiecki was named recipient of a 2012 Connecticut State University System Teaching Award. Phyllis Waite Endowed Chair Jeffrey Trawick-Smith was honored for being named a CSU Professor.

Excellence Awards were presented to Education Professor Sudha Swaminathan for full-time teaching; to Nicholas Simon for part-time teaching in the Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work Department; and to Business Administration Professor Doncho Petkov for creative activity. Amy Coffey, associate dean of Arts and Sciences, and Fran Champney, secretary in the Education Department receive Excellence Awards for Service.

Ten-year service awards were presented to Donna Snell, Nancy Harper, David Mariasi and Charles Warrington. A twenty-year service award was presented to John Luond, electrician in facilities. Twenty-five year service awards were presented to Carlos Hernandez, Peter Connell, and Beverly Canfield. Faculty promotion and tenure was also announced for 25 members of the faculty, and six retirees were honored for their 104 years of accumulated service to the University:  David Mason; Ramona Rodriguez; Mariam Hutson; Emil Pocock; David Yeo; and Fred Loxsom.

Excellence Expo Showcases Students in the School of Education/Professional Studies

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Two hundred and thirty-five students, supported by 13 faculty mentors, participated in the School of Education and Professional Studies 12th Annual Excellence Expo on May 2.  Students from the Business Administration, Communication, Economics, Education and Health and Physical Education Departments presented their research projects in the Betty R. Tipton Room; the Student Center Theatre; the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room; and other venues on campus. Eight Eastern faculty and staff, along with nine representatives of area businesses and social service agencies, served as judges at the Expo.

Presentations included health education curriculum electronic portfolios; early childhood education presentations; a photography exhibit; a poster research competition; and research sessions utilizing technology.  Presentations covered a wide variety of topics crossing numerous disciplines, including communication law and ethics; sport and leisure management; business information systems; economics; nonverbal communications; technology and education; and much more. Above, Michael Radlbeck, discusses his electronic portfolio for health education curriculum. (at right) Tulin Karasay talks about her research poster "Is All Publicity Good Publicity?" with expo judge Linwood East, vice president for sales and marketing at Hayward Turnstiles.

Jean Chery: Campus Movie Festival Winner

Jean Chery.jpgJean Chery, a senior from Montville majoring in Communication, won the top award in the Campus Movie Festival (CMF) for his film "Reflections."  Reflections is about a young girl dealing with the loss of her boyfriend who died in a fatal car accident. Throughout the film, the young girl reminisces about the good times they had. In the end, she understands that even though he's gone, they will always be together through reflection.

"Jean was in my field production class a couple of years ago," said Associate Professor of Communication Andrew Utterback. "He is an excellent videographer. His work is thoughtful and careful -- he is thinking through the viewfinder. Jean has matured into a very talented filmmaker."

"I've always had a passion for film, said Chery, a senior member of the News22 group. "Whether it's being a camera man or editing footage, creating stories is a true passion of mine. Campus Movie Fest was the perfect opportunity for me to show what I had learned during my time at Eastern. I hope to continue to do it as a professional."

Chery credits his success to Utterback and as Denise Matthews, associate professor of communication. "Both professors have given me great filming advice since I arrived at Eastern four years ago. It wasn't until the film was finished that I realized how far I've come as a student. I am truly thankful for their advice and support throughout my years at Eastern."  Winning the award gives Chery the opportunity to participate in the CMF Hollywood Festival this summer in California. To see "Reflections," visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzKHc6T1eTc

Students Win High Honor with "A Common Life" Documentary

Thumbnail image for common life video.jpg"A Common Life," a documentary video produced by four Eastern students in Denise Matthews's  Documentary Video Production class in fall 2011, won third place in the Audience Choice category at the Trinity Film Festival on May 5.  The film was one of 23 selected from nearly 50 student entries from across the country to compete in the festival. Student producers  included Jenn Silva, Katherine McManus, Stephanie LaPointe and Tim Crouse, all Communication majors. McManus and LaPointe are also Performing Arts Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for common life katharine mcmanus, right, and stranger.jpgmajors.

A Common Life is a documentary about a married couple who adopted a boy named Christian through from the Connecticut Department of Child and Families. The family lives in Lebanon. Christian began kindergarten at the Lebanon Elementary school this past fall. In Lebanon, Christian and his parents are living a common life in every way except one -- Christian's parents, Eastern Professor of Music David Belles and his husband Eric Ouelette, are both males.

A Common Life also won the top award at the Eastern Video and Animation Festival on April 19, and was featured at Eastern's School of Education and Professional Studies' Excellence Expo on May 2. At left, Stephanie LaPointe and Katharine McManus, two members of the four-person team who made the film.

Eastern Hosts Early Childhood Education Conference

early childhood speaker-helm.jpgMore than 125 early childhood educators attended Eastern's Early Childhood Investigations Conference on April 27.  The conference theme was "Using Projects to Foster Children's Cognitive Development."  Visitors from across the state of Connecticut attended the day-long conference, co-hosted by the Center for Early Childhood Education and the Child and Family Development Resource Center. Judy Harris Helm, author, early childhood consultant and president of Best Practices, Inc., delivered the keynote address, early childhood conference wide shot.jpg"Projects That Power Young Minds: You Can Do It and Here's How."

The conference was designed for preschool and toddler teachers, administrators and teacher educators who are interested in learning more about using projects with young children.  Presenters came from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Illinois.

"Hosting the conference enabled us to provide professional development to early childhood teachers throughout Connecticut, and also gave Eastern students the opportunity to experience a professional-level conference," said Julia DeLapp, program coordinator for the Center for Early Childhood Education.  "Thirteen Eastern students gave poster presentations during the conference, and 18 other students attended as participants. What a fantastic chance for our students to interact with and learn from a diverse group of early childhood professionals."

Eastern students majoring in early childhood education presented professional posters about their work with young children in the CFDRC; their attendance was made possible by the sponsorship and financial support of the ECSU Foundation, Inc.  Seven students from Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) also attended in part due to support from ACC's foundation.

The conference featured a number of hands-on workshops, including "Listening to Children's Voices:  A Year-long Investigation of an Artist's Work"; "Balls: Projects, Inquiries, Investigations"; "Building a Preschool City"; and "Going Green: Reconnections, Collective Actions and Investigations."

Dance Ensemble Showcases its Talent

dance- group shot.jpgEastern's Competitive Dance Team, Repertory Dance Troupe and Modern Movement put on a show on May 1 in the Betty R. Tipton Room. Above, dancers Kerry Peterson, Erin Zenzie, Chanelle Howell, Camille Kostel,  Dannea Reali and Emily Skurja perform a piece choreographed in Susan Murphy's Dance Practicum.

Interschool Field Day: A Day of Pure Fun

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A cloudy day did not dampen the spirits of more than 200 students from four Windham Elementary Schools -- Sweeney, Natchaug, Windham Center and North Windham -- who participated in Eastern's Annual Field Day on the Intramural Field. With more than ten stations run by 74 Eastern volunteers, the young people rotated through a variety of activities including relay races, spud, Frisbee and more.

Children in the after-school program at Windham Middle School also participated in Field Day, which was organized by Center for Community Engagement (CCE) staff members Max Goto, a junior from Hamden, and Elliott Woolworth, a junior from Bristol. Above, the students play, and Ryan Barton '13 is in hot pursuit during a game of TV Tag.

Dean's Cup Raises $2,500!

Dean's Cup Check.jpgEastern's Dean's Cup raised $2,500 for the Willimantic Teen Center this year. The Dean's Cup is an annual competition between 12 residence halls, with each hall given the opportunity to display their commitment to personal and academic success along with hall and school spirit.

Residence halls conduct approximately 50 events throughout the course of the academic year, as part of the Dean's Cup. The residence hall with the most points at the end of the competition is awarded the Dean's Cup. This year, Constitution Hall walked off with top honors. Events throughout the year included Arts and Lecture series, University Hour lectures, blood drives and an energy conservation contest. Other factors considered in determining the winning residence hall include the residence hall with the highest community service participation, highest cumulative GPA and athletic competitions. Since the Dean's Cup competition began, residence halls have raised $12,600 for Willimantic community agencies.

Former Ambassador to Benin Visits Eastern

benin ambassador.jpgGuy Landry Hazoume, former ambassador to the United States from the country of Benin, West Africa, shared news and stories about his country  at a University Hour presentation on April 25 in Webb Hall. That evening, Hazoume also met with student clubs in the Student Center Café. Above, Landry speaks in Sociology Professor Dennis Canterbury's Introduction to Sociology class.

Eastern's Caitlin Carenen Named to Academic Fellowship in Terrorism Studies

Thumbnail image for carenen eo forite.jpgThe Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C., has named Caitlin Carenen, assistant professor of history, an "Academic Fellow" for 2012-13. Carenen will travel to Israel at the end of May for an intensive course in terrorism studies, and in particular, how democracies can defeat the worldwide terrorist threat.

The FDD Academic Fellows program provides a 10-day learning experience for U.S.-based teaching and research professionals to provide them with cutting edge information about defeating terrorist groups.  The program, which will be conducted at Tel Aviv University from May 27 to June 6, includes lectures by academics and military and intelligence officials, as well as diplomats from Israel, Jordan, India and the United States. It also includes "hands on" experience through visits to police, customs and immigration facilities; military bases; and border zones to learn the practical side of deterring and defeating terrorists.

Carenen also has just published a highly-acclaimed book, "The Fervent Embrace: Liberal Protestants, Evangelicals, and Israel." Frank Castigliola, professor of history at the University of Connecticut, said the book is "Deeply researched, insightful, and sharply focused. 'The Fervent Embrace' appears at a time when foreign/international relations history is waking up to the crucial importance of religion in shaping policy." Stephen Spector, professor of English at Stony Brook University, agrees: "The Fervent Embrace is the product of remarkable research and shows a commendable mastery and balance. A welcome contribution."

Community Life Improvement Project

CLIP.JPGThe Community Life Improvement Project (CLIP) at Eastern, a collaborative effort between the University and the local Willimantic community to promote a drug and alcohol-free community, held a kick-off event on May 3 on the patio in front of the Student Center. The CLIP coalition, formed in October 2011, consists of University faculty, staff and students, and local community leaders, residents, landlord and liquor license holders. The May 3 event was supported by a recent four-year, $300,000 grant from the State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).

Athletes Excel in Spring Sports

With nine national championships between them, Eastern's baseball and softball teams have high standards and expectations each year they take the field. 

molly rathbun.JPGThe women's softball team -- third and fifth in the nation the previous two years -- fell just short of returning to the national NCAA Division III Tournament in Salem, VA, for the third year in a row. The Warriors finished second to Tufts University at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Tournament held May 10-13 on Eastern's new softball field at the Mansfield Sports Complex. Despite not meeting all of its goals, the team has an outstanding year, finishing with an overall record of 44-3, breaking the the program's all-time record for victories.  Coach Diana Pepin became the all-time leader in wins by an Eastern softball coach with 286. The team won the Little East Conference for the third year in a row and made the NCAA tournament for the fourth year in a row. In addition to a record 28 home runs during her Eastern career, senior three-time All American Molly Rathbun ended the season with a 33-3 record, and ended her career with 103 wins (including nine no-hitters and a perfect game) and 1,135 strikeouts, both program records. Arielle Cooper had a record-breaking streak of 33 games with a hit, and Priscilla Alicea broke the all-time school record for hits with 206.

baseball.jpgRanked ninth in New England entering the Little East Conference Tournament, Eastern's baseball team needed to win the event to guarantee a ticket to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Instead, the Warriors were eliminated after sustaining consecutive one-run losses to second-seeded Keene State College, 4-3 in 12 innings, and sixth-seeded Plymouth State University, 1-0.  The team finished the season at 29-13.

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