Written by Jordan Sakal
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Police Department is hosting an event in the Sports Center of Eastern Connecticut State University to give students a fun and relaxing evening as the semester ends. The 18th annual C.O.P.S. Open Rec Night and will take place on Friday, Dec. 6, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. It is a non-alcoholic alternative event hosted by the Eastern Police Department in conjunction with the Student Government Association and Eastern's Office of Student Affairs and Housing.
Last year, 750 students attended and went through a mountain of food. This year will have a DJ providing music, a masseuse and the staff from Friendly's Ice Cream dishing up ice cream for the students. There will be tables of board games, arts and crafts tables, basketball and volleyball in the gym, plus racquetball. There will also be plenty of prizes every hour provided by SGA, area businesses and professional sports teams.
Written by Christopher J. Herman
Willimantic, Conn. - On Dec. 7 at the edge of Patriots Park on Coventry Lake, Eastern Connecticut State University students will be taking the plunge into chilly waters to raise money for the Special Olympics. Registration for the event starts at 10 a.m. and the plunge starts at noon. Transportation will be provided to students who are participating in the fundraiser. The registration fee for each plunger is $100.
Students or "penguins" can solicit donations from family, friends and local businesses in order to take the plunge.
For more information on the fundraiser and volunteer opportunities, contact AmeriCorps VISTA and Event Coordinator Max Goto at (860) 465-5158 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Danielle Couture
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University is accepting nominations for the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award. Nominees may be a part of the university campus community or from the greater community. Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 17.
The award recognizes members of the campus as well as the community-at-large whose actions demonstrate distinguished service in promoting King's ideals to further the goals of diversity and social equality. Three awards will be given: to a member of the community; a member of the Eastern faculty/staff; and to a member of the Eastern student body.
The awards recognize distinguished service in one or more of three categories: activities that represent a commitment to the goals of an integrated society, including activities beyond one's work obligations; leadership in a program serving the needs of a diverse community, with efforts reflecting an attempt to unify groups and or to increase sensitivity; and planning and implementation of programs to broaden representation of underrepresented groups as students and employees.
The awards will be presented at 6 p.m. on Feb. 19 in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room of the J. Eugene Smith Library. For more information regarding the ceremony or to request a nomination form, please call Kemesha Wilmot at (860) 465-4421 or email email@example.com.
Written by Joran Sakal
Willimantic, Conn. - The Eastern faculty and students will present "Magic, Myth and Mozart" -- opera suitable for children and families "--on Dec. 7, at 2:30 p.m. in the Betty R. Tipton Room in Eastern's Student Center.
The concert features two operatic selections from Mozart -- "The Marriage of Figaro" and "The Magic Flute"; Engelbert Humperdinck's classic "Hansel and Gretel"; and John Rutter's operetta "The Reluctant Dragon," based on the beloved children's story by Kenneth Grahame.
The event is directed by Professors David Belles and. Emily Riggs of the Music Department. Admission is free, but donations of a new or gently used book to be given to deserving children would be appreciated.
Written by Christopher J. Herman
Willimantic, Conn. - On Nov. 27, Eastern Connecticut State University will host its seventh annual "Day of Giving Community Celebration," a Thanksgiving dinner for community members who are patrons of local soup kitchens and other social service agencies.
The event takes place from noon-2 p.m. in Hurley Hall on the Eastern campus. Eastern served more than 450 meals at last year's event. Parking will be available at Eastern's two parking garages.
The coordinators have enlisted campus-wide support from Eastern's administration, resident assistants from the Office of Housing and Residential Life, student clubs and organizations, and Chartwells Dining Services. The local community has embraced the event by encouraging residents to attend and support food drives.
The project consists of two parts. The first is a large-scale food drive that takes place in the local community as well as on the Eastern campus. Local stores and businesses that have supported the food drive include Willimantic Food Co-op, Canterbury Better Value, Colchester's Noel Supermarket and Willimantic Stop and Shop.
Donations are distributed to area food pantries including the Covenant Soup Kitchen and the Catholic Charities Willimantic Office. So far the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) has collected 766 non-perishable food items and raised $495.
The second part of the Day of Giving is a full-course Thanksgiving meal complete with all the trimmings for members of the Willimantic/Windham community who may otherwise not have a Thanksgiving dinner. Vendors who supply Chartwells Dining Services will donate the food, and staff volunteers prepare and serve the meal. Eastern students, faculty, administration and alumni will volunteer at the event.
"Eastern's Day of Giving is a special event because it is student-driven," said Max Goto, volunteer and event coordinator for CCE. "It would not be possible without the help of several key professionals and crucial departments here at Eastern, such as the CCE under Director Kimberly Silcox; overwhelming support from the University; and especially the ECSU Foundation, Inc., without which this event would not be possible."
Written by Akaya McElveen
Willimantic, Conn. - The English Department at Eastern Connecticut State University will have its annual English Night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 in the Betty R. Tipton Room.
The festivities will include the Sigma Tau Delta induction ceremony, an announcement of the spring 2013 first-year writing award winners, the Constance Campo Scholarship ceremony, and senior seminar readings from Professor Dan Donaghy's "The Harlem Renaissance" seminar and Professor Stephen Ferruci's "The Rhetoric of the Hollywood Film" seminar.
Family and friends are welcome to attend the event. English Chair, Lisa Fraustino notes special thanks is due to Dean of Arts and Sciences Martin Levin for contributing to the refreshments.
Eastern has been named one of the top eight public regional universities serving veterans in the North by U.S. News and World Report. The North region includes 11 states from Maine to Maryland and west to Pennsylvania. This is the first year that U.S. News and World Report has ranked colleges based on their services to veterans.
"While we are very gratified to receive this recognition," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez, "we accept it in honor of more than 400 veterans who study, teach and work at Eastern, as well as countless Eastern alumni who are past and present members of the Armed Services. The Veterans Education and Transitional Services Center that we opened four years ago to assist veterans on our campus is our commitment to those who have selflessly defended our country. Supporting student veterans on our campus as they pursue their academic and career goals is our way of saying 'thank you' for the many sacrifices they have made on our behalf.'"
Eastern was ranked as one of the top-ranked schools that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members to apply, pay for and complete their degrees.
The rankings include only numerically ranked schools in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges Guide that meet each of the following criteria: are members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium; are certified for the GI BIll; and participate in the Yellow Ribbon PRogram.
U.S. News ranked these qualifying schools numerically and in descending order based on their 2014 Best Colleges ranks. There are 234 ranked schools across 10 separate ranking categories: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities (North, South, Midwest and West) and Regional Colleges (North, South, Midwest and West).
Schools reported on their veteran benefits as part of the broader survey and data collection of undergraduate schools by U.S. News during spring 2013.
Written by Akaya McElveen
Willimantic, Conn. - The LQM Gallery in New London will feature "Contemporary Ink Trio," an art exhibition from Nov. 16-30. The opening reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 16. Qimin Liu, professor of art at Eastern Connecticut State University, is the LQM Gallery's artistic director.
"Contemporary Ink Trio" is LQM Gallery's latest exhibition featuring three Chinese artists taking part in the ICAS (International Contemporary Art Space) International Residency Artist program. These young artists bring together the masterful techniques of traditional Chinese Ink Painting, with edgy and original contemporary concepts, each with their own distinct style. From abstractions to detailed line work, "Contemporary Ink Trio" offers interesting concepts, fresh representations, and an incredible amount of passion and skill that is evident in the works.
Liu Jing works in the traditional medium of ink while combining both technical accuracy and abstraction for harmoniously balanced compositions. With a wide variety of subject matter, Liu Jing draws inspiration from the world around him and represents the essence of these things with the expressive touch of the brush.
Wang Peng creates works of art which defy typical categorization with the combination of symbols and motifs present. Elegant and dignified figures, theatrical masks, ink washes and stylized line work come together as one in these expressive, yet solemn pieces.
Yue Xiaofei works in both watercolor and ink, and creates stunning realistic works of art with a skilled touch of expression and contemporary subject matter. Figures, geometric shapes and symbols of our modern world come together to tell stories in a way which caters to one's undying curiosity about the world. The artists draw on the past while incorporating current techniques and concepts to achieve a remarkable visual balance.
The artists will be available to meet with the public at the opening show on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit runs from Nov. 16 to Nov. 30 and is free and open to the public. In addition to the exhibition, the artists will also be available to meet with and work alongside local artists and members of the community interested in participating in group discussions of artwork and culture as well as group figure drawing and landscape painting sessions.
LQM Gallery is located in the Harris Building Atrium, Room 106, at 165 State St., New London CT. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information or to set up an appointment, please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Artistic Director Qimin Liu at (860) 237-1081 or Gallery Director Clint Slowik at (860) 501-9024. Also visit www.lqmgallery.com or the LQM Facebook page at facebook.com/LQMGallery for updates about this and future events, workshops and exhibitions.
Written by Danielle Couture
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Intercultural Center will present "Hair Matters: Unresolved Issues" as part of the University Hour Series in the Student Center Theatre from 3-4 p.m. on Nov. 20.
The program consists of a panel including staff members Kemesha Wilmot, coordinator of the Intercultural Center, and Julisa De Los Santos, hall director of Laurel Hall, as well as students Kaitlyn Jolley and Erica Byrd.
"Hair Matters" will discuss political, social and other aspects surrounding women of color and their hair. Attendees will learn about taking care of their own hair as well as learning about other people's hair in order to build bridges across ethnicities.
University Hour is free and open to the public.
Written by Christopher J. Herman
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University is hosting this year's Veteran's Day Ceremony at 9 a.m. on Nov.11 in the Student Center. Eastern students, faculty, staff and the surrounding Willimantic community are welcome to attend to remember past veterans and support the brave men and women who currently serve in the Armed Forces. Both the "National Anthem" and "America the Beautiful" will be performed.
The ceremony will commence with opening remarks from Eastern's Father Lawrence LaPointe and Vice President for Student Affairs Kenneth Bedini. Eastern President Elsa Núñez will speak at the event, and will be followed by distinguished guest speaker Master Sergeant James F. Duncan. Closing remarks will be given by Veterans Center Coordinator Lawrence Schmitz '14. For more information on the ceremony, contact Eastern's Veterans Center at (860) 465-0402 or e-mail email@example.com.