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Eastern Takes "The Norwich Nine" on the Road

Written by Dwight Bachman

 

Norwich9lo.jpgWillimantic, CT -- Members of the Theatre Program at Eastern Connecticut State University are going on tour with the original Reader's Theatre play, "The Norwich Nine," the story of nine Norwich men who fought in the Civil War and died in a prisoner of war camp in Andersonville, GA. 

The Norwich Nine, produced and performed by Eastern students, will be presented to 300 students twice on Jan. 7 at Norwich Free Academy - at 9 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. - and to 100 students at 9 a.m. on Jan. 8 at Windham High School in Willimantic.

In 1866, officials from Norwich traveled to the infamous Andersonville Prison in Georgia to retrieve the dead bodies of the Civil War soldiers.  The men and boys were disinterred, returned to Norwich and honored for their service before being buried in Yantic Cemetery.

          "We are excited to bring the show to Norwich, in particular, as it is the town's local history," said Ellen Brodie, director of theatre at Eastern, who directed the play with theatre major Shane Williams Kegler '10.  "And Windham High School is where one of our actors, Michael Lessard '00, an Eastern alumnus in history and theatre, is a full-time history teacher and a graduate student at Eastern." 

Several other Eastern students and faculty collaborated on the play. It was written by Eastern Communication Professor Edmond Chibeau and alumnus Matt Hulten '06.  History Professor Barbara Tucker and history students Heather Brine '10, Kelly Harrison '09, Katie Lewinstein '09, Elizabeth Tefft '09 and Jennifer Vickers '08 conducted original research on the play. 

"The results of the collaboration were a surprise," said Tucker. "Some of the men who were reported to have died at Andersonville and who have a gravestone at the Memorial Gun site did not die in the Civil War. They were found alive decades later living in New England."

Last year, "The Norwich Nine" was part of a series of Eastern events created to celebrate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth. David Regan, playing Lincoln, and Luke Boyd '09 will be guest actors in the play.

 

 

 

Eastern's Chatterton Finishes 41 Marathons

     Written by Dwight Bachman

CharlieChatterton Lacrosse Team Members.JPGGovernor M. Jodi Rell was among a list of dignitaries saluting Eastern Connecticut State University Health and Physical Education Professor Charles Chatterton after he finished running his 41st marathon at Skinner Road Elementary School in Vernon on Dec. 22.  The marathon project, "Taking Strides to Brake the Cycle of Poverty," was designed to raise public awareness about the 41 million people living poverty in America.

Chatterton in the Cold_BEST.JPGThe 41 marathons totaled 1,078 miles through 11 states and the nation's capital.  Chatterton ran 41 marathons in 40 months in a little more than 156 hours, beginning in September 2006.

Chatterton Citation.JPGCitations were read from Governor Rell, Eastern Connecticut State University President Elsa M. Núñez and Vernon Mayor Jason McCoy.

 The biggest cheer for Chatterton came from the students attending Skinner Road Elementary School.  In unison, the screamed "Mr. C! Mr. C!" as Chatterton ran into the school after a day-long run in frigid temperatures.

  Chatterton with kids.JPG Chatterton told the students, "The marathon is just a run; what's important is that we all try to do something about helping the 41 million people climb out of poverty. I hope we will all do our part."

 

Chatterton-DeLisa-Silcox-kids.JPGThe students, through an after-school "Hoops for Hunger" project that was timed to begin when Chatterton ended his race, donated food items that were to be delivered to the Cornerstone Foundation in Rockville, which provides shelter and food to those in need. $600 was also raised for the program.

 

NASA Awards Fellowships to Two Eastern Students

Written by Emily Bonoyer

 

  ees-nasa armistead.JPG                                                    Lauren Armistead

 

 

            Willimantic, CT -- Two Eastern students, Lauren Armistead '12 a business administration major from Lisbon, and Connor Morrison '11 an individualized major from Coventry, have been awarded undergraduate fellowships from the Connecticut Space Grant College Consortium, (CSGCC), a member of the NASA-funded national Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. CSGCC promotes and supports aeronautic-and space-related research in Connecticut.

 

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                                                     Connor Morrison

           

The two students are conducting this research under the guidance of Professor Alevtina Smirnova, who teaches sustainable energy science in the Environmental Earth Sciences Department. Smirnova is a leading research scientist in a rapidly developing field that uses nanotechnology to develop fuel cells, solar cells, and high-density storage devices.

            Armistead will use her fellowship to develop miniature fuel cell components from ceramic materials. Fuel cells convert fuels such as hydrogen, methane hydrates and natural gas directly to electricity with high efficiency. Morrison will synthesize new aerogels that will be used to make super-capacitors. Capacitors store electric energy; and super-capacitors have the potential to replace batteries as the main storage device used in renewable energy applications.

            Armistead and Morrison, working under the supervision of Smirnova, will conduct their research in the new environmental earth science research facilities in Eastern's Science Building. The results of both projects will be presented at the School of Arts and Science Reasearch and Exhibition in March 2010 and at the Materials Research Society national meeting in Boston during the spring 2010 semester.

 

Eastern's Gospel Choir to Perform

Written by Jack Meltzer

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             Eastern Praise Dancer Sharday Alston

 

Willimantic, Conn. - United Voices of Praise (UVOP), Eastern Connecticut State University's 65-member gospel choir, will present its 11th annual Winter Gospel Concert on Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. in Shafer Auditorium.  The public is invited. Admission is $5.

            The concert, "Sounds of Praise in Connecticut," is directed by UVOP Founder Paul Cameron and showcases three choirs and 145 voices. Nevel Lendor of Hartford and Michele Clay of Middletown will serve as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies. 

Two other two choir groups performing include the 89-member Genesis Choir from Faith SDA Church in Hartford and the 48-member Unity Choir from Cross Street AME Zion Church in Middletown.

The performance will include such gospel classics such as "Soul'd Out" by Hezekiah Walker; "My Name is Victory" by  Jonathan Nelson and Purpose; the Chicago Mass Choir's "God Is My Everything"; and "As Long as You are There" by Donnie McClurkin; and others.  Eastern's "Praise Dancers," who are student members of the gospel choir, will also perform, as will well known Connecticut guitarist and singer Gary Ness.

             For more information, call Cameron at (860) 881-3666 or e-mail paulpreciouscam@aol.com.

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Eastern Praise Dancer Sharday Alston

 

Eastern Seeks Nominations for MLK Award

Written by Jack Meltzer

 

martin luther king color image.JPGWillimantic, CT-  Eastern Connecticut State University is accepting nominations for the 2010 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award. Nominees may be a part of the university community or from the greater community. Nominations will be accepted through Dec 21.

            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 the 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 award ceremony will be presented at 6 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2010 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 Michelle Delaney at  (860) 465-0105 or email delaneymi@easternct.edu.

 

Eastern Student Jumps in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Written by Emily Bonoyer

macy's day parade - jumping rope.JPG            Willimantic, CT -- While most people were preparing a delicious feast on Thanksgiving to enjoy with family and friends, Samantha Stevens was one of the 10,000 in marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Stevens '13 from Torrington, majoring in Education and Math, jumped with the Forbes Flyers, a jump rope team from Forbes Elementary School in Torrington, as a part of Team USA Jump Rope (USAJR). Team USAJR consisted of 143 jumpers from across the United States.

 

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Samantha Stevens '13, right, marches in the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade in New York City.

Stevens was a co-captain on the Forbes Flyers in 2008-09, and was responsible for leading practices, designing shows and creating new routines. She has competed regionally and nationally, bringing home medals and ribbons. She also has traveled across Connecticut and throughout the region, promoting jump rope at shows, festivals and workshops. She has traveled to the Apollo Theater in New York to participate in the Double Dutch Tournament held each December. Jump rope winners go to the nationals and ultimately, the world competitions. 

Stevens has been jumping rope since third grade. Some of her biggest accomplishments include placing regionally with her team this past April in New Hampshire; placing bronze at nationals in Galveston, Tx, in June; performing at half-time shows at UCONN and the Mohegan Sun; performing at the annual NBC/WVIT-TV Health and Wellness Festival and appearing on "Good Morning America".

 

macy's day parade - group shout.JPG"I have been jumping for 11 years. Ever since I heard about the Forbes Flyers I wanted to join," said Stevens. "My neighborhood friends were on the team, so I tried out in second grade, and was able to finally get on the team in third grade."  

Stevens hopes to continue her involvement by judging competitions in the future. "Former jumpers understand jumping better, so I am looking forward to being judge," said Stevens.

USAJR was formed on Oct 1, 1995, as a result of the merger of two national jump rope organizations. USAJR is a nonprofit organization committed to the exchange and sharing of jump rope knowledge and experience. The organization offers a variety of information about jump rope to its members, coaches and physical educators through books, video tapes, the Internet and other resources.

All members of the Forbes Flyers are students or former students from Forbes Elementary School. The team is led by Physical Education Coach Janice Harrington. All members, whether on the Fitness Team or Travel Team, must maintain a certain grade average and display appropriate behavior both in and out of school.

 

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