Willimantic, CT -- Alex Citurs, assistant professor of business administration at EasternConnecticutStateUniversity, has been named the recipient of the outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit in the academic advising faculty category of National Academic Advising Association's (NACADA) National Awards Program for Academic Advising. Citurs will be honored on Sept. 30 during the NACADA Annual Conference in San Antonio.
Citurs has held information systems-related jobs with Allied Group, IBM and State Farm Insurance, and has also consulted with numerous companies on project knowledge management and technology adoption. He received a doctorate in management information systems from CaseWestern ReserveUniversity and a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa.
NACADA was chartered as a non-profit organization in 1979 to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to ensure the educational development of students. Established in 1983, the National Awards Program for Academic Advising honors individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. NACADA has grown to more than 10,000 members consisting of faculty members, professional advisors, administrators, counselors and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal and vocational needs of students.
Willimantic, CT - On June 3 and 4 from to , more than 1,000 students in grades 5-9 will converge on the campus of EasternConnecticutStateUniversity to participate in "College Knowledge Day." The students will hail from Hartford, Windham, Vernon, Plainfield, Wethersfield, Berlin, Bridgeport, Stamford, Bloomfield, New Britain, Woodstock, Manchester, Hamden, Oakdale, New Haven, East Hartford, Ellington and Norwich.
"College Knowledge Day" is designed to inspire students to dream of college and help them plan and prepare for their future careers. The program on June 3 will be geared toward students in grades 5-7, while June 4 will focus on students in grades 8-9.Students will also be introduced to "KnowHow2Go," a website launched nationally in 2007 by The American Council on Education, Lumina Foundation for Education and the Ad Council. The KnowHow2Go website is designed to help students start to plan and prepare for their postsecondary education.
Willimantic, CT -EasternConnecticutStateUniversity's Department of Education will host the 12th Annual Future Teachers Conference on May 28. The event will be held from to in the Geissler Gymnasium. Two hundred and fifty middle and high school students and teachers are expected to attend from across the state.
At the conference, Future Teachers Clubs, the Education Club at Eastern, high school teachers, community educators and university faculty members will offer presentations and workshops that will focus on team building, making first impressions, storytelling, math magic, public speaking and educational philosophy.
NaugatuckHigh School will be presented with an award for winning the conference illustration competition. The theme for the illustration is "Young Educators Navigate for Future Success." There will also be an award given for the school that creates the best banner for the same theme.
The conference is designed to prepare students to be future teachers as well as give them a way to experience life at Eastern. Students get to work together, have competitions and network with other students around the state.
As part of the annual Dean's Cup competition at Eastern Connecticut State University, 12 residence halls held a variety of fundraising events this spring to see which hall could raise the most funds for the Windham Textile and History Museum. On May 13, a check for the total amount of $1,786 was presented by students, administrators and President Elsa Núñez (third from right) to Brooke Shannon, executive director of the Windham Textile and History Museum (second from right).
Willimantic, CT - Part of a successful college experience is having an exit strategy, and a timely one at that.
Delaying graduation, even by a matter of months, can be quite costly to one's personal finances.Some academic experts suggest a student who puts off graduation for one semester could lose up to a year's income, when considering lost wages and other related expenses.
"The cost of delaying graduation is not just the tuition dollars that you pay. It's the foregone earnings during that time.For every month that they delay graduation, students are foregoing one-twelfth of their salary," said Rhona Free, vice president of academic affairs at Eastern Connecticut State University.
Free said some students push their graduation date from May or August to December with little thought about the economic consequences."Students may ask, 'Why should I bother taking courses over the summer? I'll just graduate in December instead.' That's four months of forgone earnings," Free said.
Depending on the salary scale of their chosen profession, that could be a considerable sum.For a graduate with a degree in marketing who might expect a starting salary of $48,000 per year, that four-month delay represents a loss of $16,000 in salary alone."Add to that the tuition that you pay, the room and board that you pay and the interest that you would pay on the money you borrow to go to school for that extra semester. If you add it all up you get a significant figure," Free said.
For instance, a student who borrows $16,000 to pay for a fifth year of college and pays it back at 6.8 percent over 10 years will pay $6,095 in interest. In the long run, and depending on the actual salary a graduate achieves, delaying graduation could cost about $6,000 a month. If a student takes courses during the summer and graduates in August instead of delaying until December, they could save $24,000, experts said.
Since some college degrees and career paths pay better than others some students would have more to lose by delaying graduation.
Other costs related to changing graduation dates are not as obvious, but should also be considered, said Edmund Chibeau, associate professor of communication at Eastern."It is not just a matter of missing a year's income but missing a year's seniority, promotion and cost of living allowances," he said.
"Contracts change; the contract that people came in under this year might be different from the one that is offered next year, especially with medical benefits or retirement plans in time of recession," Chibeau added.
There are many more reasons to stay on a four-year track, including professional opportunities and reputation, or at the very least, the perception that may come with delayed graduation.
"There are jobs available to graduates that are not available to undergraduates, so the sooner you are on the market, the longer your period of growth.If we are reasonably competent in our job and stay with it for a few years, then every once in a while we will get a lucky break," Chibeau said. "The longer you are in your profession, the more likely you will be in position to get that lucky break."
"From an employer's point of view or a graduate school's point of view, a student who has been able to finish in four years and just a couple of summer courses looks like a more dedicated and organized student than one who's got to stretch it out longer," Free added. "They look more focused. In the long run it's good to have on your transcript that you graduated with your class, which you can do if you take a couple more courses over the summer."
It also makes graduates more competitive in the job market, according to Shelly Gimenez, dean of the school of continuing education."It gives them an edge and anything that gives them an edge makes them more employable."
"You can waste your time and not take a summer course or make your time count and the payoff will be graduation.You can stand still or take action and help yourself graduate sooner and put yourself on the market sooner," Gimenez continued.
To those students who might consider putting off graduation because of the economic downturn and fear there are no jobs to be had, Free said they could and should be making better use of their time by volunteering, which could help augment their educational experience and make them more employable. "Even if it's hard to get a job, there are valuable activities that students can do after graduating that look better on their resume than extending time in college for an extra semester," Free said.
"Not only do volunteer opportunities increase our skills, but demonstrate our dedication to the field and our interest in serving the larger community.Employers are always interested in people who have given something back," Chibeau added.
Eastern has numerous on-site and online courses available to keep students on the track to graduation this summer.A growing number of online courses makes it possible for students to take a course with one of the professors that they know and do it from their own home, said Carol Williams, associate dean of the school of continuing education.
Gimenez said students can possibly fulfill a graduation requirement by taking an online course and earn money by working during the summer as well, which allows them to build work credentials.
For a full list of summer intensive and online courses at Eastern or for registration information visit the www.easternct.edu/ce.
Willimantic, Conn. - Sixteen Eastern Connecticut State University students have been named the recipients of awards presented by the University's Department of Visual Arts.An awards ceremony will take place at on May 14 in the Shafer Auditorium in Shafer Hall, on the corner of Windham and Valley Streets in Willimantic.The student winners include:
Hilary A. Opperman '09 Art History AwardVoluntown/New Haven
Digital Art and Design
Jason L. Evans '10Design Excellence for Web DesignMilford/Stratford
Bryan P. Gabiga '09Design Excellence for Print DesignLisbon
Christopher R. Gunderson '09Design Excellence for Print DesignPlainfield
Charles S. Larkin '09Honorable Mention for General DesignStonington
Jordan W. Harris '09Honorable Mention for General DesignGroton/Ledyard
Hanna M. Shea '09Honorable Mention for General DesignNorth Stonington
Painting and Drawing
Katherine T. Riotte '09 Best in Painting AwardEast Lyme/Niantic
Kelly L. Mastrianna '09Best in Drawing AwardThomaston
Theresa L. Frechette '09Most ImprovedLedyard
Jaclyn T. Kregling'09Honorable MentionSeymour
Jorge L. Alvarado '09Honorable MentionWillimantic
Elaine A. Herman '10Printmaking AwardPreston
Wendy D. Lavigne '05 (GradSchool)Honorable MentionColumbia
Tara B. Sherwood '10Honorable MentionStamford
Katherine M. Livingston '09Sculpture AwardWest Hartford
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University senior Adam Hemphill has been named recipient of the second annual UWire 100, a free membership organization for college student media which honors the nation's top collegiate journalists. UWire 100 winners were selected from more than 825 nominations and represent students from more than 135 schools. A UWire panel evaluated each candidate based on demonstrated excellence in the field of collegiate journalism.
"This is a remarkable group of journalists," said Joe Weasel, CEO of UWIRE."Each has made a significant impact on the field already - they are talented, hard workers and gifted storytellers. Each was nominated by their peers and advisers, who recognized their potential to shape the ever-changing media industry in the coming years."
"Adam will always be on the cutting edge of technology because he has a cutting edge intellect," said Eastern Communication Professor Edmond Chibeau who recommended Hemphill for the award." He understands more about how online journalism will be positioned in the next 20 years than most of the managing editors of print journals in the United States,"
The announcement of the UWIRE 100 is the culmination of a three-month national search for the country's top 100 collegiate journalists.The selected students have excelled in one or more mediums, have a proven commitment to journalism, and have the potential to help revolutionize their industry. The UWIRE 100 students hail from schools ranging from small liberal arts colleges to large state universities.
UWIRE is operated by Palestra.net, an online network of student multimedia reporters on more than 100 college campuses. In addition to distributing more than 2,500 articles to campus media member outlets each week, the site enables young media talent to interact, share user-generated content, and deliver their work to a national audience through UWIRE's Syndication Service. UWire reaches a variety of national content partners, including CBS News, FOX News, Yahoo! and LexisNexis. UWIRE.com features the first online career networking community dedicated exclusively to college journalists and aspiring media professionals.
Willimantic, Conn. - The Campus Police Department atEastern Connecticut State University will celebrate National Police Officers Week from May 10 to May 16, in tribute to the federal, state, and municipal officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. On May 10, the Police Department placed a black banner on the sign in front of police headquarters, and at 7:30 a.m. on May 15, National Peace Officer's Memorial Day, police officers will place a wreath in front of the sign. During the ceremony, officers will wear black bands over their badges in respect to their fallen comrades.
Photo Caption: Leahy poses for a picture with Ira Leighton, Region I acting regional administrator, left, and Stephen Perkins, Region I acting deputy regional administrator.
Willimantic, Conn. - Bill Leahy, chief operating officer for the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University, has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for his work in bringing energy efficiency to schools across the state. Leahy was honored by the EPA with an Environmental Merit Award on April 22, Earth Day, in Boston's Faneuil Hall.
The award recognizes significant contributions to environmental awareness and problem solving. Given out by the EPA since 1970, the merit award honors individuals and groups who have shown particular ingenuity and commitment in their efforts to preserve the region's environment.
The Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) was established in 2001 to identify, develop, and implement sustainable energy programs. In addition to managing ISE's daily operations, Leahy and his staff created a one-week course to train school building management staff as well as develop a curriculum for high school students. Through his efforts, more than 60 school systems and 200 schools have been trained to work on energy efficiency.
Willimantic, Conn.-- Members of the Eastern ConnecticutStateUniversity
Campus Police Department will participate in a "Tip-A-Cop" fundraiser from to on May 16. Police officers will work behind the scenes at the Dunkin' Donuts on 1015 Main St. to solicit donations for Special Olympics Connecticut. All tips will be matched by Dunkin' Donuts franchisee Manny Jose. The Special Olympics games takes place in New Haven from June 6-7. Checks can be made out to Special Olympics Connecticut or sent to EasternConnecticutStateUniversity, Attn: Officer David DeNunzio, 83 Windham St., Willimantic, CT06226.
Willimantic, Conn. -- For 10 days only, the Julian Akus Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University will present "People You May Know: Senior Art Exhibition 2009," a group exhibition featuring more than 70 pieces by 35 students majoring in Visual Arts. The show will open with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. on May 14 and runs through May 24. Also on May 14, an awards ceremony for seniors will be held in Shafer Auditorium at 3 p.m.
"Senior Visual Arts students have produced an impressive body of work this spring," said Akus Gallery Director Elizabeth Peterson. "This includes bold, incisive public service posters, engaging product designs, lushly painted oils, encaustics, acrylics, polished and contemplative sculptures, and fantastic children's book illustration among other media. It is clear this graduating class is well prepared to face a tough, competitive art market."
The Visual Arts Department at Eastern offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, Digital Art and Design, Painting and Drawing, Printmaking and Sculpture.
The gallery is located in the lower level of Shafer Hall at the corner of Windham
and Valley Streets in Willimantic. Parking is available on both cross streets. The gallery
is fully accessible. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1 to 7 p.m. on
Thursday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The gallery is closed Mondays and
Fridays.For more information regarding this and other exhibitions at Akus Gallery,
please call the Akus Gallery at (860) 465-4659 or visit the website at
Willimantic, CT -- The Psychology Department at EasternConnecticutStateUniversity is hosting the Connecticut State University System (CSUS) Psychology Research Conference on May 14 from to in Eastern's StudentCenter. The public is invited. Admission is free.
Eric Bressler, assistant professor of psychology at Westfield State College in Massachusetts, will deliver the keynote address on "The Effects of Humor on Human Sexual Attraction." Bressler's primary research interest is in the role humor plays in creating and maintaining romantic relationships. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2000, and his Doctorate of Philosophy in Evolution and Social Behavior from McMasterUniversity in 2005.
Willimantic, Conn. - The Department of Performing Arts at EasternConnecticutStateUniversity will perform original one-act plays, "Short Stuff 2009," at on May 7, 8, 9 and at on May 10.The performances will be held in the HarryHopeTheatre, located on the ground floor of Shafer Hall, on the corner of High and Valley Streets in Willimantic.Tickets for "Short Stuff 2009" are $5 for Eastern students and groups of 10 or more; $10 for Eastern faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens; and $12 for the general public.
The "Short Stuff 2009" plays are written by Eastern scriptwriting students and are directed by Eastern advanced directing students.
Additional performances of "Short Stuff 2009" will be held at the SargentTheatre, located on 314 West 54th Street, 4th floor, between 8th and 9th Avenues in New York, New York at on May 29 and 30.Tickets are free for all Eastern students, faculty and staff; $6 for alumni; and $12 for the general public.
For tickets, contact the Harry Hope Theatre Box Office at (860) 465-5123.
Eastern students winners of the American Marketing Association Awards:Back row, from left:Robert Regan, Ryan Pierson, Henry Hotkowski; front row:Marlana Carroll, Ashley Barnum, Tara Fitzgerald, Khrytyna Stefak.
Willimantic, Conn. - Seven members of EasternConnecticutStateUniversity's chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) accepted three awards at the 31st AMA International Collegiate Conference, which took place from March 26-28 in New Orleans.The awards included the Outstanding Chapter Plan; Outstanding Professional Development Award; and the Outstanding Community Award. The students included Khrytyna Stefak, Marlana Carroll, Robert Regan, Ashley Barnum, Tara Fitzgerald, Henry Hotkowski and Ryan Pierson.Their faculty advisor, Katalin Eibel-Spanyi, professor of business administration, attended the conference.
"This was the result of dedicated professional work throughout the academic year," said Eibel-Spanyi."The students demonstrated their ability in planning, executing and operating a student organization like a nonprofit business in the field of marketing.I am extremely proud of these students and very happy to be their faculty advisor."
This year, 1,300 students from 145 schools across the country, including Puerto Rico, competed in various marketing events at the AMA Conference and attended sessions taught by professionals and other AMA peers.
Willimantic, Conn. - On Saturday, April 25, students from EasternConnecticutStateUniversity'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 www.lionsclubs.org.
For information about the EasternConnecticutStateUniversity chapter of Habitat for Humanity, contact Peter Bachiochi, faculty advisor, at 465-4551. For more information about Habitat for Humanity International, visit www.habitat.org.
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.
Chemistry Professor Charles Wynn with Benjamin Gramlich
Willimantic, Conn. - Benjamin Gramlich, a sophomore Biochemistry major from Cutler, ME, has been named the recipient of the 2009 CRC (Chemical Rubber Company) Press Chemistry Achievement Award.The award is sponsored by the Chemical Rubber Company Press; it includes a commemorative scroll and a copy of the "CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics." Charles Wynn, professor of chemistry at Eastern, announced the award, and said, "Winners of this award are chosen on the basis of outstanding academic achievement in chemistry.Benjamin Gramlich clearly deserves the award because he had the highest test score average in general chemistry this year."
Gramlich will transfer to the University of Connecticut, where he will pursue a degree in pharmacy.
Willimantic, Conn. -Veteran broadcast journalistFaith Middleton '71, host of her own show on Connecticut Public Radio, will deliver the keynote address at Eastern Connecticut State University's Commencement on May 24. The ceremony, which will confer 1,095 undergraduate and 96 graduate degrees, begins at in the XL Center in Hartford.
Eastern will confer an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters on Middleton, who has won two Peabody Awards, the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize for print journalism. Eastern also will confer an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters on Jonathan Daube, recently retired after 21 years aspresident of ManchesterCommunity College. Daube received the New England Board of Higher Education's 2008 Merit Award for his contributions to higher education in Connecticut.
In recognition of her skills as an interviewer and host, Faith Middleton has twice received the Peabody Award. In May 2008, she received the Mark Twain Award from the Connecticut Press Association and a Humanitarian Award from The Children's Community Programs of Connecticut.
Middleton recently received a Distinguished Public Service Award from the Connecticut Bar Association, joining the ranks of Helen Keller, Richard Rodgers, Arthur Miller and Dr. Henry Lee. Now in her 29th year as the host and executive producer of "The Faith Middleton Show,"Ms. Middletonis heard in prime-time six days a week in Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York on WNPR-FM, as well as on the Internet at wnpr.org.
With her unique style and thought-provoking questions, Faith Middleton has been described as "an institution" in her broadcast region. For 11 consecutive years, the readers and editors of Connecticut magazine have voted her "Best Radio Talk Show Host" in Connecticut. In 2008, the magazine named Middleton to its Hall of Fame.
In addition to her radio work, Faith Middleton has hosted and produced several popular television series for Connecticut Public Television; one aired nationally. She has been a regular contributor to NPR's "All Things Considered," "Morning Edition,"and"Weekend Edition," and has guest-hosted NPR's"Fresh Air with Terri Gross."
Ms. Middleton describes her work as "a never-ending exploration of the richness of life," conducting interviews she hopes will enlighten as well as entertain. The wide-ranging subjects she brings to her listeners include culture, food, sustainability, news, politics, entertainment, poverty, community issues, architecture, work, leisure, design, science, sports, education, religion, history, medicine, humanity and art.
"Faith Middleton is one of the most distinguished radio voices of our time," said Eastern President Elsa Nuñez. "Faith was Eastern's Commencement speaker in 1993 and is back by popular demand. As she was in 1993, she continues to serve as an inspiration for our students, faculty and staff, and the families and friends of our graduates. We are in for a rare treat."
Under President Daube's leadership Manchester Community College (MCC) has enabled MCC to become a vibrant education center and a catalyst for regional growth and development.
Daube's accomplishments include overseeing the improvements to MCC's physical plant over the past several years as well as fostering a culture of diversity and inclusiveness at the college, making it a place where communities can come together to find common ground, mutual interest and connections.
His vision and leadership was the moving force behind the establishment of the GreatPathAcademy, the first public high school constructed on a college campus in Connecticut, where high school students from throughout the region are able to immerse themselves in a college community and accelerate their post secondary school studies.
Daube was honored as the Connecticut recipient of the New England Board of
Higher Education's 2008 Merit Award for his contributions to higher education.
He has been elected president of the Board of Directors of the University of Aberdeen Development Trust USA in Scotland; and is widely known on the state, national and international levels as a true educator who is admired for his scholarly interests and his sincere dedication to students.
The media is cordially invited to attend. If you have any questions regarding parking or clearance, please call the Office of University Relations at (860) 465-5114.