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Lost in Translation Seminar a Tremendous Success



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      Keynote speaker Sean Bender, director of the Center for Community and Learning Partnerships at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, said that "universities are the economic engine of the 21st century."    


Willimantic, CT -- More than 100 Willimantic area businesspeople, educators, public officials, members of the local Latino community and other local leaders attended "Lost in Translation 3: Community Connections," a free, half-day seminar held on April 15 in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center at Eastern Connecticut State University. 

            The event, which was co-hosted by Eastern, the Chamber of Commerce/Windham Region and Bauza & Associates of Hartford, followed two successful workshops held at Eastern in October 2007 and May 2008. 

While the themes of bringing together Willimantic's mainstream and Latino communities and supporting local economic development were continued from the first two events, Lost in Translation 3 focused on engaging Eastern students in the Willimantic community. 

            During his welcoming remarks, Eastern's Vice President for Institutional Advancement Kenneth DeLisa said, "Today we will be exploring how we can leverage the expertise of Eastern's students and faculty to address some of our community's pressing needs while ensuring that students are gaining valuable experience and knowledge in return."   

Chamber Executive Director Roger Adams also welcomed participants, and encouraged businesses in attendance to connect more with Eastern and the K-12 school system. Adams also said that strengthening connections beyond Willimantic will be critical to economic development in the region. 

During his luncheon speech, keynoter Sean Bender, director of the Center for Community and Learning Partnerships at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, said that "universities are the economic engine of the 21st century."

            Bender explained that improving relationships between towns and universities means students, faculty and staff need to travel off campus and area residents and businesses must be willing to visit campus. "You need to 'go down the hill,' and they need to 'come up the hill,'" Bender said, referring to Eastern's geographic location in the Victorian Hill section of Willimantic.

"We are undergoing an educational evolution," he continued, "where learning takes place in the community. Universities will become like the Marine Corps for service.  This is about more than picking up trash; it's about investing in the community and the community investing in the university."                                                                

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George Hernandez of the Spanish American Merchants Association reviewed the many services available to local firms through SAMA and the Chamber during the Lost in Translation 3 seminar at Eastern Connecticut State University.


Eastern President Elsa Núñez opened the luncheon program by acknowledging both the town's "formal leaders" such as selectmen and school officials, as well as the community's "informal leaders" in nonprofit agencies, churches, PTAs, and other organizations. "Both are needed to secure the future of Willimantic," she said.

            Breakout topics in the morning included a review of the services available to local small businesses; a workshop on overcoming cultural differences in a multicultural environment; a session on expanding relationships between the University and the community; and a dialog on how to build a stronger support system for local schoolchildren.

Wilson Camelo, vice president of Bauza & Associates, described the growing Latino population, saying there are more Latinos in the United States than there are Canadians in Canada.  He presented statistics and humorous anecdotes to show the need for developing better communications to help appreciate cultural diversity and to be sensitive and respectful of cultural differences.  Camelo concluded by saying, "Our differences should not lead to a divide. This is complex, but it is not complicated. We all should be willing to learn what we do not know."                                                                                   

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Eastern Education Professors Nanette Tummers and Ann  Anderberg discuss the role of service learning in Windham public schools during the Lost in Translation seminar at Eastern Connecticut State University.


In the workshop "Education is Everyone's Business," Windham Public School Superintendent Doreen Fuller and Ann Anderberg, Eastern professor of early childhood education, said there is a need for more collaboration between government agencies and educational institutions to reduce the educational gap between low- and middle-income students.  

They also advocated linking educational and social services in Willimantic to create a community-wide system to support student progress from preschool to college.  They said schools should not be singled out for failure; that failure is the result of larger societal challenges -- housing, health care, how public education is funded and equitable employment opportunity.  A case was also made for a more efficient, regional approach to public education. 

            During the session on small business, Diane Nadeau of the Chamber of Commerce/Windham Region and George Hernandez of the Spanish American Merchants Association reviewed the many services available to local firms through SAMA and the Chamber        

Bender led the fourth morning breakout session, using the time to speak with Eastern faculty about his experiences developing the Center for Community and Learning Partnerships at Wentworth Institute of Technology.  Last year, 1,800 Wentworth students performed 116,000 hours of service in the community, involving 270 projects each semester that ranged from internships and coops to paid work/study and project teams performing pro-bono and pay-for-hire work in the community.

            "It's all about reciprocity," Bender explained. "Every partner has a bottom line and everyone has resources -- time, money, knowledge, connections.  Being open and honest about what those agendas and assets are is the basis for developing a mutually beneficial relationship." 

            Bender also said it was important when developing a student/community engagement model to  measure the "return on investment" in quantifiable numbers for each stakeholder--students, faculty members, the University, and community partners.  ###



Eastern Jazz Ensemble Pays Tribute to Miles Davis

Written by Emily Bonoyer 

Willimantic, CT -- The first concert of the Eastern Connecticut State University Jazz Ensemble will be performed on May 3 at 4 p.m. in Shafer Hall. The public is invited. Admission is free.

The group will present a mixture of standard tunes from Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Jaco Pastorious and others. Tunes by Miles Davis include "In a Silent Way," "Solar," "Spanish Key," "It's About that Time" and "Jean Pierre." Other tunes include "Cantaloupe Island" by Herbie Hancock; "Teen Town" and "The Chicken" by Jaco Pastorious; and "Bye Bye Blackbird." 


Eastern Habitat for Humanity Partners to Paint

Written by Emily Bonoyer

Willimantic, Conn. - On Saturday, April 25, students from Eastern Connecticut State University's Habitat for Humanity Club and members of the Willimantic Lions Club will form a Partnership for Humanity to paint several rooms in the home of an elderly person who lives on Summer Street in Willimantic.

            Although this is the first collaboration between these two local organizations, Lions International has had an ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity International since 1999. The Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) has committed $12 million to build homes for people having a family member with a disability. A total of 803 homes in Canada, Korea, Poland, Australia, South Africa, Kenya, Philippines, United States, Hungary and Romania have been built through the Lions-Habitat partnership.

            According to Eastern Chemistry Professor Charles Wynn, who is also chairman of the Willimantic Lions Club, "It will be rewarding for all of us to have the opportunity to brighten up the living space of a Willimantic resident who has lived in the same house since 1937. It will also be a great opportunity for Willimantic Lions to meet a group of Eastern students who have been making a difference in the community and for those students to learn about the world's largest and most active service organization."


            Lions Clubs International has nearly 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 205 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions Clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. 

            For information about the Willimantic Lions Club, please contact Club President Colin Rice at 456-1111.  For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit its web site at

            For information about the Eastern Connecticut State University chapter of Habitat for Humanity, contact Peter Bachiochi, faculty advisor, at 465-4551. For more information about Habitat for Humanity International, visit

            Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry.  Habitat welcomes all people - regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or any other difference - to build simple, decent, affordable houses for those who lack adequate shelter. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 300,000 houses, providing shelter for more that 1.5 million people in more than 90 countries around the world.


Eastern Community Service Award Winners

Written by Allison Kelly

Willimantic, Conn. -An Eastern Connecticut State University student, staff member, student club and Willimantic community partner were named the recipients of Eastern's first annual Community Service Awards. Recipients were honored in an awards ceremony held on April 22 in the University's  Child and Family Development Center.


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This year's awards ceremony took place during National Volunteer Week. The week's theme --"Celebrating People in Action"-- presents the opportunity for individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and government entities to be recognized for accomplishing extraordinary things through service.

The Community Catalyst Student Award was presented to social work major Amy Gorman '11 of Cromwell. Gorman was honored for her active participation in Eastern's service oriented student club, People Helping People. She also mentors teens at the Windham Teen Pregnancy Prevention Center; volunteers weekly at the No Freeze Hospitality Center; and served on the planning committee for Eastern's Day of Giving and Town Pride/Town Wide community service initiative. 

The Catalyst award in the faculty/staff category was presented to Nutmeg Hall Director Mark Connolly of Boston who was honored for engaging his hall residents in numerous community service projects and fundraisers. Connolly continues to encourage his resident assistants to lead service activities by promoting their endeavors, including a camera drive and a sock collection drive.

The Eastern Outdoors Club won the Community Event Award for organizing the Earth Day Trail Run.

George Hernandez, a small business specialist at the Spanish American Merchant Association (SAMA), won the Community Partner Award. Hernandez teaches business startup classes to local entrepreneurs and is involved at Eastern. Recently, he spoke to a multicultural anthropology class and set up a salsa dance party after the Spanish Harlem Orchestra's performance.

All four recipients embody the characteristics of initiative, altruism, service/volunteerism and community spirit.

Eastern student Monica Rochon, faculty member Irene Cretella and the Eastern Rugby Team were also recognized for their commitment to community service. Rochon helped organize the "Capture It Camera Drive," a movement to collect old cameras from students and use them to educate Windham High School students. Cretella was honored for her work in Eastern's numerous blood drives, and the Eastern Rugby team was recognized for volunteering annually at Willimantic's Covenant Soup Kitchen.



Eastern's Distinguished Latin Americans Award Winners


Written by Este Yarmosh

Willimantic, Conn. - An Eastern Connecticut State University student, a local health services coordinator and a member of the Eastern administration were named recipients of the 2009 Latin American Distinguished Service Awards.  The award ceremony took place on April 22 at 6 p.m. in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room of the J. Eugene Smith Library.

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The awards honor people who provide outstanding service to the Latino community. Honorees included community member Maria Lazaro of Windham; Eastern student José Luis Maldonado of Willimantic; and Carmen Cid, faculty member and dean of Eastern's School of Arts and Sciences.  Carlos Ojeda Jr., a poet, writer and motivational speaker, was the keynote speaker. Music was provided by the Goza Latin Ensemble.

Maldonado, a senior from Willimantic majoring in Communication with a minor in Sociology, was honored for his ongoing involvement in campus and community activities.  He is the president of Eastern's Men Achieving Leadership, Excellence and Success (M.A.L.E.S.) Club. Maldonado has played an important role in reaching out to and helping the community through programs such as Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics, and has served as a mentor for the Positive Steps Mentoring Program with the Windham Public Schools.  He also helped to establish the M.A.L.E.S. Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Lazaro is the coordinator of the "Promotores de Salud Program," a program located in Kramer Middle School on the corner of High and Prospect Streets in Willimantic, part of the Eastern Area Health Education Center (AHEC) that bridges the gap between the Spanish-speaking community and the health care system. Through her leadership, students in the health professions are provided an opportunity to apply their skills and learning. This results in underserved populations receiving needed services they would otherwise not be able to access.

Lazaro was instrumental in encouraging women in the Health Literacy Class at Kramer Middle School to voice their concerns to their community health provider. She also participates as an active member of the health care team, coordinating two primary programs. The first program is a "Lunch and Learn Program" for migrant farm workers that focuses on HIV testing. The second program for women is "De Mujer a Mujer Program."  Forty percent of the women participating in this program have had a mammogram, and 100 percent of the women have been tested for HIV.

Cid is a nationally recognized ecologist who has been a mentor, scholar and leader on campus and in the community and at Eastern. She has presented at 46 seminars in 15 states on topics such as making cross-disciplinary connections in a liberal arts curriculum and developing strategies for infusing science literacy concepts throughout the entire undergraduate liberal arts experience. Cid's work on recruitment and retention of women and minorities in the sciences has earned her national recognition. Her "Urban Ecologist" interactive science kit for 4th-6th graders was part of an award-winning Women in Science Series funded by the National Science Foundation. Cid currently serves as chair of the Ecology Education Odum Award committee and chair of the Board of Professional Certification for the Ecological Society of America, which represents over 10,000 ecologists working in this country. Additionally, she has had a long and distinguished career at Eastern, as a professor of biology and now as the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.



9th Annual Excellence Expo at Eastern

Written by Allison Kelly




Willimantic, Conn. - The Ninth Annual Excellence Expo at Eastern Connecticut State University will be held from 2-5 p.m. on April 29. The program features a poster session, a gallery photography exhibit with a color slide show and framed prints, and research presentations in Charles R. Webb Hall, the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center, and the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room of the J. Eugene Smith Library.  The Excellence Expo is sponsored by Eastern's School of Education and Professional Studies.

"All Ears Radio Theatre" will be broadcast on WECS 90.1 Eastern's campus radio station. Marketing plans will also be on display at the expo. Research presentations will cover subjects such as public service announcements, education and economics. Students also will present master's degree comprehensive portfolios. Prizes will be awarded during the closing ceremony, which will be held at 5 p.m. in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room.

For more information, contact the dean's office of the School of Education and Professional Studies at (860) 465-5293 or via e-mail at


Two Eastern Students Win Barnard Scholar Awards



Written by Emily Bonoyer


             Willimantic, CT -- Sara Hanrahan of Oakdale and Tristan Hobbes of West Utica, NY, both seniors at Eastern Connecticut State University, are among the 12 scholars who were recognized on April 21 at this year's annual Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award Banquet held at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. Douglas Guthrie of Portland was the keynote speaker. He is the senior vice president of Comcast's Western New England Region and has 25 years experience in the communications industry.

Eastern President Elsa Núñez with Sarah's Parents.jpg     Eastern President Elsa Núñez, right, with Sarah Hanrahan and her parents.

To be considered for a Barnard Award, a student must have at least a 3.75 GPA and a record of significant community service. The students are nominated by their respective universities and presidents.  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.

             Hanrahan is a mathematics major at Eastern with a concentration in secondary education. She has a 3.98 GPA and has earned the SMART Scholarship and the ETS (Education Testing Service) Recognition of Excellence in Mathematics for scoring within the top 15 percent on the Praxis II for math content knowledge. She has been on the Dean's List each semester, and is a member of Eastern's Honors Program and the Kappa Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honor Society. She is also listed in the "Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities."

Hanrahan participated in Eastern's first International Honors Colloquia in Scotland, where she conducted original math research for her thesis. She also served as treasurer of the Honors Club, is student teaching at Norwich Free Academy and volunteers weekly at the Covenant Soup Kitchen.

"Her (Hanrahan) motivation to succeed comes from within," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. "Sara is motivated by the learning process, not by grades. Her passion is for teaching mathematics to young people. She has a particular interest in working with students who struggle with the subject.  She wants to show students that they can be good at math even if they stumble along the way, that you shouldn't give up trying even when the problems are difficult. It is no surprise that Sarah understands how important teachers are in the lives of children."

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               Eastern President Elsa Núñez with Tristan Hobbes and his parents.

                Hobbes is a communication major and sport and leisure management minor at with a 3.80 GPA. He has received the ECSU Foundation Scholarship, ECSU Scholar-Athlete Award, Joe Wojick Coaches Award and National Student Athlete Day Award. He is captain of Eastern's baseball team and was named to the Little East Conference First Team, ECAC All-New England First Team, CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors Association) Academic All-America District 1 First Team and the Little East Conference All-Academic Team.

Hobbes is president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee that coordinates "Haunted Happening" each year, a member of the Lambda Pi Eta-Tau Nu Chapter of the Communication Honor Society and a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society. He is a broadcaster on Eastern's WECS-FM (90.1) and initiated Internet broadcasts of Eastern athletics events. He was also a reporter for "My Hometown Sports" website and newspaper.

            "Training to excel in a sport and learning to master a scholarly discipline requires copious quantities of time, effort, focus and motivation," said Núñez. "Tristan makes it look easy. If you have ever played a sport at the collegiate level, you know that it is not. Maintaining a successful balance between academics and athletics requires self-discipline and impressive time management skills.  Is he a scholar? Or is he an athlete.  The answer is clear: he is both. Tristan is an exceptional young man who has distinguished himself academically, athletically and as a citizen of the Eastern community."

            Other Barnard Award recipients include Lianne DiFabbio, Steven Edwards, Ryan W. Hewey and Amanda Elaine Johnson, all from Central Connecticut State University; Alberto Cifuentes, Jr., Stamford, Megan Rudne, Catherine Shortell and Walter J. Stutzman, students at Southern Connecticut State University; and Meredith A. Liberto and Laura Telman, of Western Connecticut State University.

            The major sponsors for the 21st Annual Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Awards Banquet are Comcast, Otis Elevator Company and People's United Bank.


Willimantic Orchestra to Perform at Eastern

Written by Este Yarmosh


Willimantic, Conn. - The Willimantic Orchestra will perform in Eastern Connecticut State University's Shafer Auditorium, located at the corner of Windham and Valley Streets in Willimantic, on April 26 at 3 p.m.  The public is invited.  While admission is free, donations are welcomed.

The Willimantic Orchestra, conducted by David Vaughan, will present Vaughan Williams' "5 Mystical Songs," featuring the Eastern Concert Chorale, conducted by Professor David Belles; Mozart's "Flute Concerto in G," which will be performed by Lidiya Selikhov, winner of the Windham Regional Arts Council Competition; Beethoven's "King Stephen Overture"; and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol."

Eastern Celebrates Earth Day All Semester

Written by Allison Kelly


Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's energy-conscious campus is continuing its observance of national Earth Day on April 22, which has evolved into a semester-long series of activities at Eastern. From April 1 to May 2, the University will host a series of events and lectures to raise public awareness on energy-related issues.  The public is invited to all events. Admission is free.

            From April 1 to 3 the Outdoor Club will show the BBC (British Broadcasting Company) Planet Earth Series in the Science Building Lecture Hall from 8 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. On April 4 and 5, the viewings will run from 3 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Two episodes will be shown each seating.        

On April 11 at 10 a.m., the Earth Day Three-Mile Trail Run gets under way at Mansfield Hollow State Park. The race participation fee is $10 if postmarked by April 1; $15 on race day; and $5 for all Eastern students with valid student identification. Checks can be mailed to: Eastern Connecticut State University, 83 Windham Street Willimantic, CT 06226,  ATTN: Norma Vivar-Orum. The first 50 registrants will receive free T-shirts.       

 On April 16, Adam Lambert, assistant professor of biology, will give a lecture on "Sustainable Gardening and Landscaping: Using Native Plants to Attract Wildlife."

            On April 21 from 11 a.m. to noon, a tour of the Science Building will be provided. The tour meets in Room 132 in the Science Building. A renewable energy demonstration will take place outside of the building from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

On April 23, a tour of the Geothermal Heating Plant will be given from 11 a.m. to noon. The tour begins in Room 132 of the Science Building. A second renewable energy demonstration will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

On April 22, at 1 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre, the University will present its inaugural Earth Semester Awards. The awards will recognize students, faculty, staff and area residents for six different categories. Following the awards, students who attended the "Power Shift" conference in Washington, D.C., will present original slide shows of their own experience with the environment. Also on April 22, the Eastern Outdoor Club will host a Rock Wall Challenge as part of Eastern's "No Student Left Inside," mission during Earth Semester.

            On April 23 at noon in the Science Building Resource Room, a discussion will take place on Michael Pollan's book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma, A Natural History of Four Meals." The discussion will be moderated by English Professor Miriam Chirico.

On May 2, Adam Lambert will lead a nature walk at Church Farm. The walk begins at 9:30 a.m. in the library parking lot.

For more information concerning Earth Day events, contact Norma Vivar-Orum at (860) 564-5729, email or visit

Eastern to Host Research and Exhibition Conference

Written by Allison Kelly


Willimantic, Conn. -- Eastern Connecticut State University will host its Ninth Annual Research and Exhibition Conference on April 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center and Alvin B. Wood Support Services Center.  More than 60 projects will be presented by Eastern undergraduates. The public is invited. Admission is free.

             The students will touch on numerous research topics, including "Blues, Verbal Genres, and Defiance of Patriarchal Society in Alice Walker's Novel 'The Color Purple'; "The Synergistic Effects of Insecticides on Various Insect Populations"; "Organizing a Service Learning Project for Sustainable Energy in Lucea, Jamaica"; and "Computer Simulation, Fabrication and Testing of Balanced Amp." Students will also present original creative literary works including, "They Fell Like Confetti: A Novella"; "Faeries of the Heart: a Poetical, Visual and Spiritual Journey"; and visual works such as "Package Design: Branding, Bottle and Label Design - Organic Salad Dressings."

Eastern to Host Annual Take Back the Night March and Rally

Written by Este Yarmosh

Willimantic, Conn. - The Women's Center at Eastern Connecticut State University will host the University's annual Take Back the Night march, rally and speak-out on April 30.  The rally begins at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Café.  A candlelight vigil and march will convene at 8 p.m. at the Foster Clock Tower, and will include survivor testimonials.  The evening will also feature a coffeehouse and performance at 9 p.m. in the Student Center Café. 

The first Take Back the Night rally in the United States. started in San Francisco in 1978 following an anti-pornography conference.  Today, sexual assault victims' speak-outs are an inseparable part of Take Back the Night.  Throughout its history, Take Back the Night has inspired women and men to confront a myriad of social ills, including rape, sexual violence, domestic violence, violence against children and violence against women. 


Professor Releases Book on Yoga

 Written by Allison Kelly






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Willimantic, Conn. - Nanette Tummers, professor of health and physical education at Eastern Connecticut State University, is author of a new book, "Teaching Yoga for Life: Preparing Children and Teens for Healthy, Balanced Living." The book aims to help children become more confident and self-directed, guide them to manage stress more effectively and use holistic approaches to enrich students' lives. The book provides clear, step-by-step directions and ample illustrations to present each of the activities and lessons. "Teaching Yoga for Life" also includes information on the scientific and movement principles of yoga, anatomy and physiology of breath, breathing and relaxation exercises, and understanding yoga in the global spectrum.

"Yoga is gaining popularity in schools and community programs for good reason," said Tummers. "It provides an antidote to our fast-paced, technology-based society in which we never stop to relax, dig deeper, and learn more about ourselves and the world around us."

Tummers has been teaching human movement, including yoga for 30 years. She has taught older adults, students in after-school programs for obese adolescents and girls at risk, women in recovery, mentally challenged adults and athletes. She is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

"Teaching Yoga for Life" is available online at

College/Community Choral Festival at Eastern

Written by Este Yarmosh


Willimantic, Conn. - The Eastern Concert Chorale will host and participate in the first annual College/Community Choral Festival on April 18 in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center.   A morning clinic for the choirs involved in the festival will begin at 10:30 a.m.  The public performance will begin at 2:30 p.m.  Admission for the performance is free, but a suggested donation of $5 is welcomed. 

            Featured choirs include the Eastern Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers, Schenectady County Community College Vocal Chamber Ensemble of New York and the Concert Choir of Northeastern Connecticut.  During the morning clinic, choirs will sing for each other with the opportunity to receive feedback from conductors other than their own.  Choirs also will prepare two compositions which will be presented at the culmination of the festival.  For the afternoon public concert, each of the four choirs will sing selections from the morning clinic.  The concert will conclude with more than 110 vocal performers singing together for the grand finale.

Visual Arts Exhibition at Eastern

Written by Este Yarmosh


Willimantic, Conn. - The Visual Arts Department at Eastern Connecticut State University will present the Spring Visual Arts Exhibition starting on April 18 and running through May 8 in the Alvin B. Wood Support Services Center and in Eastern's Student Center.   The opening of the show will coincide with Eastern's School of Arts and Sciences Research and Exhibition Conference on April 18, which showcases more than 60 undergraduate research and creative projects. 


FTC Commissioner to Speak at Eastern

Written by Este Yarmosh



Willimantic, Conn. - The Honorable J. Thomas Rosch will lecture on the topic, "Regulatory Issues in the U.S. Economy," at Eastern Connecticut State University on April 23, 11 a.m. in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Room of the J. Eugene Smith Library.  The event is part of the Chase Institute speaker series. 

Rosch is commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC).   He was named commissioner in 2006.  In 1990, Rosch served as chairman of the American Bar Association's Antitrust Section.   From 1973 to 1975, he was director of the FTC's Board of Consumer Protection. 


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