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Eastern Professor's Blog Wins Award

Written by Kate Harner

            Willimantic, CT - Sharon Butler, digital art and design professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, recently was awarded with a 2010 Mindshare Award by for her blog, "Two Coats of Paint."

            Butler's blog won third place in the Visual Arts category. The eLearners Mindshare Awards recognize innovative websites that support life-long learning, creativity, professional skills and social responsibility.

Butler started "Two Coats of Paint" because she wanted to find and share art criticism from different regions. Butler also considers her blog to be a community for painters and writers of art. Blog posts consist of excerpts from articles about painting and related topics.

            "I'm honored that 'Two Coats of Paint' has been selected for a Mindshare Award," said Butler. "I hope the awards help increase awareness among academics that the best blogs and online journals make terrific additions to traditional course materials, as well as providing respectable publishing alternatives for research and scholarly articles."

The eLearners site connects prospective students with higher education programs that fit their needs, and has earned a reputation for championing the causes of adult learners and higher education students, sponsoring nationwide initiatives like Project Working Mom and the Career Stimulus Package scholarship plan.

For more information, visit "Two Coats of Paint" at


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