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Marine Biologist James Carlton to Lecture at Eastern

Written by Jack Meltzer

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Willimantic, Conn. - James Carlton, professor of marine sciences at Williams College in Williamstown, MA, and director of Williams' Mystic Marine Studies Program, will speak on Sept. 16 at Eastern Connecticut State University.  Carlton's presentation, the second in Eastern's 2009-10 University Hour series, begins at 3 p.m. in Room 104 of the Science Building.  He will discuss the history, science and policy of adding species to marine communities.  A reception will follow in Room 301 of the Science Building.

            Carlton is an international authority on global marine bioinvasions, their ecosystem impacts, dispersal mechanisms and management strategies.  He received the federal governments Interagency Recognition Award for his work to reduce the impacts of exotic invasions in the sea.  He was co-chair of the Marine Biodiversity Committee of the National Academy of Sciences and he has testified nine times before the U.S. Congress concerning legislation involving invasive species.

            Featured in the Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) National Geographic series "Strange Days on Planet Earth" and Carlton is a frequent guest on National Public Radio (NPR).  He also was named an "Ocean Hero" by the Smithsonian Institute.

            Carlton holds a doctorate in ecology from the University of California, Davis and was a postdoctoral scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

            University Hour is Eastern's Wednesday afternoon cultural and educational series. For more information on this and other University Hour events, please call (860) 465-5245.

 

Cuban Art to Kick-Off Lecture Series at Eastern

Written by Jack Meltzer

                                                   

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Willimantic, Conn. - Gail Gelburd, writer, artist and professor of visual arts at Eastern Connecticut State University, will kick off Eastern's 2009-10 University Hour Series on Sept. 9.  The presentation, which showcases her work, "Ajiaco: Stirrings of the Cuban Soul," begins at 3 p.m. in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center. Two Cuban artists whose works are part of the Ajiaco exhibition, will accompany Gelburd during her lecture and presentation.

"Ajiaco: Stirrings of the Cuban Soul" also will be exhibited at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London beginning Sept. 12 and running through Feb. 21, 2010.

Gelburd has served on numerous councils, including the University of Pennsylvania Press and the Lee, MA-based Council for Creative Projects.  She has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Malloy College, Berkshire Community College and at Hofstra University, where she was also the museum director for more than 12 years.   Gelburd has also presented and lectured throughout the United States, Africa, Europe and Asia.

University Hour is Eastern's Wednesday afternoon cultural and educational series. For more information on this and other University Hour events, please call (860) 465-5245.

 

Eastern Professor Exhibits Cuban Art at Lyman Allyn Museum

Written by Jack Meltzer

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Willimantic, Conn. -   Gail Gelburd, professor of art history at Eastern Connecticut

 State University, will open her exhibition "Ajiaco: Stirrings of the Cuban Soul" at the

 Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London on Sept. 12.  The exhibition runs through Feb.

 21, 2010, with the opening reception on Sept. 12 at 1 p.m.

            "Ajiaco: Stirrings of the Cuban Soul" is part of a statewide celebration of Caribbean and Latino art that includes exhibitions in Bridgeport, New Haven, Willimantic, Waterbury and Norwalk.  The Lyman Allyn Art Museum partnered with the Hispanic Alliance of New London to provide the support for this exhibition.

            Cuban Art-Flora Fong - Syncretism 2.JPGThe exhibit seeks to discover the social aspects of Cuban art in a diverse and global context through music, performance art, food and drinks.  More than 50 pieces of art by artists such as Wilfredo Lam and Jose Bedia will be on display. Cuban art incorporates the tales of the Orisha of Africa, the calligraphy of Chinese Tao Ching, and the rituals of indigenous peoples.  Also, a book will accompany the exhibition that includes an essay by Gelburd and a preface by Jim Russell, Eastern professor of sociology.

       Gelburd, who is the curator for the exhibit said, "Isolated and yet educated, restricted and yet heralded, the Cuban artist embodies the angst of their situation and yet embraces the loftiest of goals." 

Gelburd has served on numerous councils, including the University of Pennsylvania Press and the Lee, MA-based Council for Creative Projects.  She has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Malloy College, Berkshire Community College and at Hofstra University, where she was also the museum director for more than 12 years.   Gelburd has presented and lectured throughout the United States, Africa, Europe and Asia.  She has received numerous grants and awards for her work.

On Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. Gelburd will lecture about the stories and the artists in the exhibition.  The lecture is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.  For more information, call (860) 443-2545 or visit www.lymannallyn.org. 

 

Eastern Wears Blue Jeans to Fight Breast Cancer

Written by Ed Osborn

 

 

Denim Jeans H.JPG            Willimantic -- On Friday, Oct. 2, Eastern Connecticut State University will come together for a very special "casual Friday." As Lee National Denim Day moves into its 14th year, Eastern is gearing up to participate in this grassroots program, which has raised more than $75 million for breast cancer research. Organizations across America will support this effort by putting on their jeans for a $5 donation to the Women's Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF).  Funds raised from participation in Denim Day will support:

·         Groundbreaking research at Lee Translational Laboratories nationwide to find less toxic, effective treatments.

·         Development of an early detection blood test in collaboration with the Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project.

·         Grassroots advocacy work of the National Breast Cancer Coalition to help educate those faced with breast cancer.

In 2009, the program will also benefit the personal foundation of 2009 Lead Ambassador Christina Applegate of The Right Action for Women Foundation.  With this new beneficiary of the program, Eastern's donations will be working even harder to fight the disease.  In 2007, $405 was raised at Eastern, with the women's volleyball team organizing a tournament to benefit Denim Day. In 2008, $1,830 was raised, in large part due to several on-campus walks organized in support of Denim Day, as well as the generous contributions of private donors.

"We're always looking for interesting ways for our employees to get involved in important fundraising activities," said Kenneth DeLisa, vice president for institutional advancement. "Lee National Denim Day is easy and fun to do. Everyone gets to wear jeans to work in exchange for a $5 donation to help fight breast cancer, a cause that is very important to many of our employees."

"Each year, we are thrilled to see how many great organizations like Eastern Connecticut State University come together across the country and donate to make this grassroots program a continued success," said Liz Cahill, vice president of marketing communications for Lee Jeans. "This year is really special because we're able to give a portion of funds raised back to Christina Applegate's Right Action for Women Foundation, continuing the collaborative spirit this program has embraced for 13 years, and we believe now more than ever, people need to believe in the power of giving back."

To learn more about the exciting projects funded by Denim Day, visit www.Denimday.com.

Lee Jeans is a division of VF Corporation. Headquartered in Merriam, KS, Lee manufactures and markets brand denim, casual pants, shirts, fleece and knit apparel. A brand committed to the community, Lee Jeans founded Lee National Denim Day, one of the largest single-day fundraisers for breast cancer. For more information about Lee, visit www.lee.com.

As a leading charitable organization for the entertainment industry, the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) has distributed hundreds of millions of dollars to support charitable initiatives addressing critical health, education and social issues. Through its Women's Cancer Programs, EIF is funding some of the most promising breast cancer research, including Lee Laboratories nationwide focused on developing less toxic, more effective treatments and the Biomarker Discovery Project, a blood test for earlier detection of breast cancer.

For questions about EIF's Women's Cancer Programs and information about breast cancer, visit eifoundation.org or call (800) 426-0010.

 

Akus Gallery Highlights Puerto Rican Artists

Written by Jack Meltzer

 

Willimantic, Conn. - The Julian Akus Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University kicks off a  statewide celebration of Caribbean and Latino art and culture in August that will also include events in Akus Lucha Exhibit Ortiz LUCHA 3 Camacho Untitled.JPGWillimantic, New London, Norwalk, New Haven, Bridgeport and Waterbury.  The celebration begins on Aug. 20 when the Akus Gallery presents "La Lucha Por La Identidad: Puerto Rican Artists Struggle for Identity,"   The Akus Gallery is located in the lower level of Shafer Hall at the corner of Windham and Valley Streets in Willimantic.  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 public is invited.  Admission is free.  For more information regarding this and other exhibitions at Akus Gallery, please call (860) 465-4659 or visit www.easternct.edu/akusgallery. a survey exhibit of more than 50 Puerto Rican artists, including the work of José Alicia, Myrna Baez, Antonio Martorell, Rafael Rivera Rosa and Rafael Tufiño, just to name a few.  The exhibition runs through Oct. 4.  An opening reception takes place on Sept. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the gallery.  The public is invited.  Admission is free.

 The exhibition draws from several prominent collections of Puerto Rican art including  Benjamin Ortiz, Nilda Morales, Eastern Professor of Art Imma Arroyo, the Ortiz Oilvera Collection and Eastern's permanent collection.

On Sept. 23, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Eastern's Shafer Auditorium, world-renowned percussionist Carlos "Go Go" Gomez will explore the interweaving of creativity and Puerto Rican identity as he and four members of his band perform with cuatro, guitar, bajo and percussion as part of Eastern's University Hour. Gomez, a musician of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent, has played and recorded with a long list of artists such as Eartha Kitt, Mariah Carey, Tito Puente, Sade, Airto/Flora Purim, Charlie Palmieri, Gypsy Kings, Gato Barbieri, Arturo Sandoval, Jose Feliciano, Manhattan Transfer, Mickey Hart, Pharaoh Sanders and Grupo Afro-Cuba de Matanzas.

Exhibits and Events in Norwalk

Beginning Sept. 8 and running through Oct. 31, Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli's "30 Years of Self-portraits 1979 to 2009" will be on display at Norwalk Community College in Norwalk at 188 Richards Ave.  An opening reception and artist talk will be held Sept. 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The public is invited. Admission is free.  For more information, call Susan Hardesty at (203) 857-7000 or e-mail shardesty@ncc.commnet.edu.

Also in Norwalk, starting Sept. 24 and running through Nov. 7, "Creative Dialogues: Latin American Printmakers," will be on display at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk at 2299 West Ave.  These exhibits will showcase the works of Imna Arroyo, Antonio Marerro and Antonio Frasconi, as well as Cuban artists and others from Latin America.  The opening reception begins at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 24. The public is invited. Admission is free. For more information, call (203) 899-7999.

 

Exhibits and Events in Bridgeport

Starting Sept. 9 and running through Oct. 16, "Transplanting Roots/ Transplantando Raices: Caribbean, Latin American and Latino Artists Living and Creating in Connecticut," will be on view from 5 to 8 p.m. daily at the City Lights Gallery and Frame Shop in Bridgeport at 37 Maple Court. The opening reception is on Sept. 9 at 5 p.m.  The public is invited.  Admission is free.  For more information, call Suzanne Kachmar, at (203) 334-7748 or e-mail citygallerybpt@yahoo.com.

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Eastern Professors Arroyo and Gelburd Featured in New London

From Sept. 12, 2009 to Feb 10, 2010, "Ajiaco: Stirrings of the Cuban Soul," will be on display at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London at 625 Williams Street.  Eastern Professor of Visual Arts Gail Gelburd will speak on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. about the stories behind the art and the artists in the exhibition. The lecture is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.  The opening reception will start at 1 p.m. on Sept. 12 and is free and open to the public.  For more information, call (860) 443-2545 or visit www.lymanallyn.org.

Also beginning on Sept. 12, 2009, and running through Feb. 21, 2010, "Imna Arroyo, Ancestral Passage," will be on view at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London at 625 Williams Street.  Arroyo, professor of art printmaking at Eastern, will discuss her work, heritage and art on Feb. 7 at 2:30 p.m.  The event and lecture are free and open to the public.  For more information, call (860) 443-2545 or visit www.lymannallyn.org.

Exhibits and Events in New Haven

From Sept. 18 to Oct. 23, "Through the Architect's Eye: New Haven and the World" will be at City Hall in New Haven at 165 Church Street. This exhibit presents photographs from around the world through the eyes of Latin American architects. An  opening reception on Sept. 18 begins at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited.  Admission is free. The event is sponsored by ARTE, INC. For more information, call Daniel Diaz and David Greco at (203) 469-4536. 

Also in New Haven, beginning Sept. 27 and running through Oct. 23, "Through the Eyes of a Child Photography Exhibit" will be showcased from noon to 5 p.m. in the Arte Gallery at 19 Grand Ave. in New Haven. The public is invited.  Admission is free.  The opening reception begins Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. and the cost is $30.  Advanced ticket purchases includes dinner, drinks and entertainment.  For more information, contact David Diaz and David Greco at (203) 469-4536. 

Exhibits and Events in Willimantic and Waterbury

Starting Sept. 25, 2009, and continuing through Feb. 7, 2010, "F. Luis Mora and the Expression of Beauty at the Mattatuck Museum," will be on display each day from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center in Waterbury at 144 West Main Street.  The opening reception will be on Sept. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The public is invited.  Admission is free.  For more information, call (203) 753-0381, or visit www.mattatuckmuseum.org

On Sept. 26, The Eighth Anniversary Celebration of the Julia de Burgos Park will take place at the Poets Corner, 319 Jackson Street in Willimantic, beginning at 1 p.m. The celebration will showcase live music, poetry readings and Latin food. The public is invited. Admission is free.  For more information, contact Colectivo.mestizal@snet.net.

 

 

Eastern Students Awarded for Excellence in Biology

Written by Jack Meltzer

                                                    

  Biology Awards 2009.JPG Eastern Connecticut State University Biology Award Winners Andrea Zullo, Jaime Seligmann and Matthew Boser.            

Willimantic, Conn. -  Nine students majoring in biology at Eastern Connecticut State University were honored during the department's recent annual awards ceremony.

            Andrea Zullo '09 of Bethany was presented the Barry and Ella May Wulff Prize for Outstanding Biologist, the department's most prestigious individual award.  Jamie Seligmann '09 of Middletown won two awards: the Yaw Barwuah Award for best outstanding performance on a research project, and the Dr. Joseph N. Pereira Biology Award for best oral presentation at Eastern's Annual Research Conference and Exhibition.

            Matthew Boser '10 of South Windsor also won two awards: the Biology Research Award for quality performance on a research project, and the Yolanda Pereira Award for best poster presentation at the research conference.

            Seligmann and Boser, along with Kyle Rockett '11 of Ledyard and Michelle Churma '12 of Wallingford, won the Comprehensive Examination Award.  It is given to four students, one in each class, based on achieving the highest score on the comprehensive exam. 

            The department also awarded a student from each class year an Academic Excellence Award.  Kimberly Kelly '09 of Andover; Josh Harold '10 of Brooklyn; Annissa Turner '11 of New London; and Elizabeth Hebner '12 of Easton were the top academic achievers in their class.  

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