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April 2011 Archives

Hass to Present Poetry of Robert Frost at Eastern

Written by Tim Talley

Robert Hass.JPGWillimantic, Conn. - Robert Bernard Hass, a professor of English at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and president of the Robert Frost Society, will read from his original poems on May 4 as part of Eastern Connecticut State University's University Hour series. Hass's presentation will be held at 3 p.m. in Room 301 of Eastern's Science Building.

Hass will read from his published poetry collection, "Counting Thunder (2008)." Hass also is the author of "Going by Contraries: Robert Frost's Conflict with Science (Under the Sign of Nature)," which was selected by Choice Magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title in 2004. His articles and poems have appeared in a number of other journals including "Sewanee Review," "Agni," "Black Warrior Review," "Studies in English Literature" and "the Journal of Modern Literature." Hass has won an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Association of Writers and Writing Program (AWP) Intro Journals Award and a creative writing fellowship to the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference.

Hass received his B.A., M.F.A. and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University and a M.A. from the University of Florida in 1987.

 

Governor Malloy is Eastern's Commencement Speaker

Written by Dwight Bachman

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Willimantic, Conn. --  Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy will deliver the commencement address at Eastern Connecticut State University's 121st graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 22, at 10 a.m. at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. Malloy, the youngest of eight children, was born in Stamford, on July 21, 1955.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College and continued on to receive his law degree from Boston College Law School. In 1982, Malloy married his wife, Cathy, whom he met while at Boston College.

Malloy become a prosecutor in Brooklyn, New York, serving for four years as an assistant district attorney. Returning to Stamford, he served on the Boards of Finance and Education before running for mayor and winning in a landslide victory in 1995.

 Malloy served for 14 years from 1995 to 2009, Stamford's longest serving mayor. Under his leadership, Stamford underwent a drastic transformation and became one of the country's top 10 most livable cities, according to Forbes Magazine. He brought nearly 5,000 new jobs to the city; led the fight for more affordable housing; championed transportation efforts such as the Stamford Urban Transit Way; and helped to reduce the crime rate by 60 percent. He also implemented the first city-wide pre-kindergarten program, ensuring that all four-year-olds be able to attend school regardless of their parents' financial situation.

On Nov. 2, 2010, Malloy was elected the 88th governor of the State of Connecticut. Malloy is a former trustee of the U.S.  Conference of Mayors; a former President of the Connecticut Council of Municipalities; and a former member of the Stamford Cultural Development Organization. The governor and Mrs. Malloy, a sexual assault and rape crisis center director, have three sons, Dannel, Ben, and Sam.

Lessons on Growing Potatoes and Worm Composting

Written by Julian Bass

Willimantic, CT --   On April 29 at 4 p.m., Eastern Connecticut State University will open its new urban garden space behind Burr Hall to offer lessons on how to grow potatoes, and later, compost with worms.  The learning session will focus on demonstrating how to grow food in small urban settings through the use of different containers and vertical spaces. Sessions will be led by Health and Physical Education Professor Mary Ragno and Biology Professor John Landosky. The sessions are free and open to the public.

Landosky and Ragno, along with members of facilities management and planning department, and Eastern's Green Campus Committee, are using the University's former greenhouse to develop a productive green teaching space on the unused area on the University's South Campus. The first session will focus on planting four different kinds of potatoes in three different types of containers. Landosky and Ragno wish to compare harvests and find out which planting styles are most effective for the area.

On May 13, Landosky and Ragno will hold a second session that will teach the public how to create worm composts. Worm composting can be done inside, making it possible for city dwellers to participate.  Worms are also important friends of any garden, and are very effective consumers and recyclers of food and plant wastes. Persons interested in attending should contact Landosky at landoskyj@easternct.edu or Mary Ragno at ragnoma@easternct.edu .

 

Christina Cammisa Named Harris Fellow at Yale University

Written by Dwight Bachman

cammisa Close Up in Center for Early Childhood Development.JPGWillimantic, Conn. -- Christina Cammisa, a senior from Danbury majoring in sociology and early childhood education, has been granted the prestigious Harris Fellowship in Child Development and Early Childhood Education from Yale University.  This fall, Cammisa will work and conduct research at Yale's Calvin Hill Day Care Center/ Kitty Lustman-Findling Kindergarten and the Yale Child Study Center.  Details are at http://childstudycenter.yale.edu/services/education.aspx

Fellows have a teacher mentor at Calvin Hill and a clinical mentor at the Child Study Center. They regularly meet with their mentors for support, focusing on blending educational and clinical understandings of young children and families.   

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Cammisa was chosen from a pool of nationwide candidates, including applicants from Duke and Lehigh Universities, to receive the Harris Fellowship.  She has studied abroad in Australia and is currently engaged in research work with Jeffrey Trawick-Smith, Eastern's Phyllis Waite Endowed Chair for Early Childhood Education. Cammisa recently completed her student teaching at Chaplin Elementary School, and has worked with students at Kramer and Natchaug Elementary Schools in Willimantic.

In her home town of Danbury, Cammisa volunteered with the Danbury Youth Wrestling Association, running wrestling tournaments for elementary, middle and high school students, and served as assistant coach for the Danbury Trojan Pop Warner Organization.

She also has been involved in numerous volunteer activities including Special Olympics; the Sisterhood Project in Mansfield; Big Brother Big Sister and special education students at Sweeney Elementary School in Willimantic.  

Cammisa has received numerous awards at Eastern including induction in the Omicron Delta Kappa , Eastern's leadership honor society and Alpha Kappa Delta, the National Sociology Honor Society. Cammisa also was selected to appear in Who's Who in America's Colleges and  Universities, which recognizes outstanding community involvement and scholastic achievement.

 

 

Eastern to Host Brazilian Congo pop Band Berimbrown

Written by Julianne Bass

Berimbrown photo.JPGWillimantic, Conn. -- On May 2, Eastern Connecticut State University will host Berimbrown, the internationally acclaimed Brazilian Congo pop band, for a workshop and concert. The event at Eastern is  part of a 12-day visit to the United States that will culminate with Trinity College's SambaFest at Riverfront Park in Hartford on May 7. 

The workshop, providing an introduction to Brazilian history and culture centered around the music of African slaves and their descendants, will begin with a panel discussion at 4 p.m. in the Betty R. Tipton Room.  The concert will follow at 5 p.m., also in the Betty R. Tipton Room.  Both events are free and open to the public. 

Registration is $25 per participant and includes instructional materials as well as a light supper with band members following the concert.  The workshop for teachers is sponsored, in part, by Yale University's Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, with funding from the U.S Department of Education under HEA Title VI for international, area, and foreign language studies. 

Primary and secondary school teachers interested in developing strategies for integrating Brazil and its music into the curriculum who register for the workshop will receive .35 CEUs.

For more information or to register for the workshop/dinner, contact Eastern History Professor Joan Meznar, the local coordinator, at meznarj@easternct.edu.

 

Students Inducted in Business Honor Society

Written by Tim Talley

business honor society.JPGWillimantic, Conn. - Twenty-four business majors at Eastern Connecticut State University were inducted into Delta Mu Delta, the international honor society for business administration, on April 19. The society recognizes academic excellence of students in a community that fosters the well-being of its members and the business community through life-time membership.

Inductees included Stephanie Armagno, a junior from Colchester; Mark Bettencourt, a senior from Taftville; Steven Clayton, a junior from North Haven; Justin Ferrari, a junior from Coventry; Marc Fitzgerald, a junior from Bristol; Peter Gamble, a junior from Preston; Sara Glynn, a senior from Dayville; Cody Hall, a sophomore from Newington, Ryusuke Imamura, a junior from Tokyo, Japan; Jennifer Klick, a senior from Norwich; Kimberly Kokofsky, a senior from Broad Brook; Sara Kubas, a senior from Colchester; Lindsay McGee, a junior from Glastonbury; Christopher McMahon, a senior from Suffield; Pamela Melchior, a senior from Willimantic; Jaime Mugavero, a junior from Clinton; Jean Paucar, a senior from New London; Brandi Schott, a senior from Norwich; James Schult, a senior from Wappingers Falls, NY; Destiny Taylor, a senior from Putnam; Matthew Thibeault, a senior from North Franklin; Beatrice Tomasi, a junior from East Hampton.

 

Eastern's Habitat for Humanity's 2nd Annual Parade of Homes

Writen by Kate Harner

Willimantic, CT -- Eastern Connecticut State University's campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the Windham Area Habitat for Humanity will present the Second Annual Parade of Homes Walkathon from noon to 2:30 p.m. on May 1. The public is invited. Students are asked to donate a minimum of $5. The public is asked to donate a minimum of $10 to support both chapters of Habitat for Humanity.

Registration will be held at noon in the Student Center Café on Eastern's campus. From there, participants will walk a route ranging from three to four miles throughout the Windham area to view the homes built by Habitat.

A light lunch will be provided. The University of Connecticut's Women's Chorus will perform and speakers will talk about their experiences with Habitat. Eastern's Habitat for Humanity will receive its $5,000 matching grant from State Farm Insurance, which will support the organization's efforts to build safe and affordable homes for families and individuals in need.

For more information, contact Eastern's Habitat for Humanity by emailing habitatforhumanity@my.easternct.edu.

 

Eastern Presents Latin American Distinguished Service Awards

Written by Julianne Bass

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Eastern Connecticut State University President Elsa Nunez, second from left, with winners of Eastern's Latin American Distinguished Service Award (left to right) William Rivera, Lourdes Montalvo, and Michael Pina.

Willimantic, CT - Eastern Connecticut State University honored William Rivera, Lourdes Montalvo and Michael Pina on April 20 at this year's Latin American Distinguished Service Awards. The ceremony was held in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room of the J. Eugene Smith Library.

The Latin American Distinguished Service Award honors those who have demonstrated initiative within the Willimantic community by exhibiting a personal commitment to positive Latino youth development; providing leadership in serving the needs of the Latino community; and promoting and advancing the Latino community.

"Bienvendios a Eastern," said President Elsa Nunez in her opening remarks. "Every child up until nine months is developmentally the exact same. Every child is born with the same chance to succeed, however not every child is given the same resources to do so. People work hard in this great state of Connecticut to succeed and we need to do a lot more to provide the resources so that those families of lower income can also prosper. Tonight, we honor those who have overcome these barriers to make a difference, and I thank you all for what you have done; we are all greater for it."  

Michael Pina, a sophomore from Everette, MA, majoring in sociology, was honored as the student recipient. Susan Heyward, director of the Advising Center describes Pina as a student who is "well-rounded and engaging and an extraordinarily bright, articulate and mature young man." As a freshman, Pina spent 10 days in Kingston, Jamaica, helping children with cerebral palsy and Down Syndrome; served as president for Winthrop Residence Hall; as secretary on the National Association for the Advancement for Colored People (NAACP) student club; and as a senator in the Student Government Association, where he became vice president during his sophomore year.

Pina currently serves as the head student advisor of the Dual Enrollment Program; is a member of Men Achieving Leadership Excellence and Service (MALES), the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) and the Willimantic Rotary Club; and is a program coordinator and office assistant in the Intercultural Center.

The faculty and staff award was presented to William Rivera, a custodian in Eastern's facilities and management and planning department. His devotion to service began when he went on a trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua at age 18 to rebuild churches.

 In 2009, Rivera became a junior chaplain of the United Chaplains for the State of Connecticut Inc., an organization designed to help alleviate the burden of those in need and develop programs to address needs of the community. As a junior chaplain, Rivera has counseled youth in crisis and has traveled to nursing homes and hospitals, providing comfort to patrons.

Lourdes Montalvo '06 received the community member award. Montalvo serves as a commissioner for the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, which fosters progress and development in Latino communities in Connecticut. Arriving in Willimantic from Puerto Rico in 1984, Montalvo's activism began when she became the first student at Windham High School to secure funding to lead a group of students to Washington, D.C. for an official visit to the White House.

Montalvo has been involved with the State Employee Independents Union, where she developed strategies for better Latino voter registration and participation. She also is a member of a number of organizations such as Connecticut Organizing Political Elections and Democracy Works, whose purpose is to ensure consistency of voting rights for Latinos and other minority groups.

"There is no one in the Latino community who has not been touched by Lourdes' advocacy and her efforts on their behalf," said Walter Pawelkiewicz, former state representative from the 49th district. "She is loyal, honest and very committed to improving the quality of life in Connecticut, and engaging the Latino community to become an active partner in the political and voting process."

 

Eastern Announces Community Service Expo Winners

Written by Julianne Bass

Willimantic, CT - The Center for Community Engagement at Eastern Connecticut State University held a Community Service Expo on April 14 to showcase the service programs and projects that students have been working on during the past academic year. Awards were given out in different categories, including demonstrating creative efforts in protecting and raising awareness for environmental issues; working with children to promote education; providing opportunities to help youth develop leadership skills and confidence; collaborating with the community to help with community issues; the innovative use of technology and marketing strategies; and the best new program.

Local celebrities from the Willimantic area served as judges for the expo, which was held in the Betty R. Tipton Room. They included Paul Doyle, executive director of the Covenant Soup Kitchen; Julie Suedmeyer, senior manager of the Windham Region United Way Community Investment; Jean DeSmet, former First Selectman for the Town of Windham; Leigh Duffy, executive director of the No Freeze Hospitality Center; Andrew May, co-chair of the conservation committee of the Connecticut chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club; Bob Andrews, volunteer for the Connecticut Forest and Park Association; Ron Osgood, a faculty member at Indiana University; Christopher Brechlin, Eastern alumnus and manager of Cafemantic; Peter DeBiasi, president/CEO of The Access Community Action Agency; Rosie Hernandez, ASPIRA school coordinator; and Victoria Nimirowski, executive director of Windham Area Interfaith Ministry. 

The judges presented the PHP student group with the Going Green award for its recycling initiative; James Harakaly, a senior from Ashford majoring in business, won the effective communication award; Nicole Mungo, a senior from Goshen, NY, majoring in business won the Leadership Development award; Brian Mills, a senior from Tolland majoring in business won the strengthening communities award; Todd Aviles, a freshman from Hartford majoring in political science, and Kyle Droniak, a sophomore from Newtown, CT, majoring in business, won the Broadening Horizons award for their service at Windham Middle School; and Avery Doninger, a junior from Burlington with an individualized major, won the best new program award for her involvement with the Homeless Point in Time program.   

 

Eastern Presents Community Service Awards

Written by Julianne Bass

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Community Service Awards Recipients after receiving their awards (left to right) Rosie Hernandez, Dr. Nanette Tummers, Kelsey Oleynek, Suzanne Slater, Sarah Bojorquez, Amy Gorman

Willimantic, CT -Amy Gorman, a senior from Rockfall, CT, majoring in social work; Nanette Tummers, associate professor of health and physical education; Helma DeVries, assistant professor of political science; Eastern Rugby Coach Ray Aramini; Willimantic resident Rosie Hernandez; and the student group People Helping People. were honored at the Community Service Awards on April 14 in the Betty R. Tipton Room.

The awards are given to individuals who are dedicated to improving the lives of others; apply their knowledge to resolve problems within the community; encourage others to get involved; and demonstrate a social awareness and passion for human, educational and environmental justice.

 Gorman was presented the student community engagement award for her continued commitment as coordinator of Eastern's Annual Day of Giving for the past three years. This event takes place on the day before Thanksgiving every year and feeds hundreds of local community members who would otherwise go without. Gorman also serves as a student orientation counselor; as president of the student club, People Helping People (PHP), and as a coordinator of the Pathways Leadership Program

 Aramini received the community service staff award. For the past 20 years, Aramini has served on the Board of Directors for the Willimantic Covenant Soup Kitchen. Aramini is also the volunteer coach of Eastern's Rugby team, and regularly involves his players in volunteering at the soup kitchen. This past Christmas, Aramini donated a Santa Claus suit and joined his rugby players in soliciting donations on Willimantic's Main Street for food baskets for local residents. Aramini has also coordinated bicycle rides as a way of fundraising for the organization. 

Hernandez, who was presented the community member award, is coordinator of the Willimantic-based ASPIRA program. ASPIRA is dedicated to developing the educational and leadership capacity of Hispanic youth. Hernandez works with Windham Middle School students, helping them learn English, enabling students to become bilingual. Hernandez has also played an integral role in the newly formed mentoring program at the middle school.

            Tummers and DeVries were presented the Service Learning award. Tummers was recognized for her work on The Sisterhood Project, a stress management workshop and mentoring program for local youth that Tummers has coordinated for the past five years. Through her selflessness and concern for the community, she has helped many local at-risk girls realize the school, family and social pressures facing them and find better ways of handling them. 

            DeVries was honored for engaging her students in an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign. She arranged for her classes to work with a coalition of local nonprofits, such as the Windham AIDS Program, to rally support for the cause. The campaign hosted numerous events including a rally, march and vigil to raise awareness about the impacts of HIV; a social justice poetry slam; and participation in World AIDS Day.

The student group People Helping People (PHP) was presented the Community Event award for its Pen Pal Program. This program links members of PHP with Natchaug Elementary School students, who then write back and forth to each other. The program was created as a way to help promote better literacy, by helping the elementary students formulate and write down their thoughts. The program also helps Natchaug students realize the opportunities available to them in the future, with their Eastern pen pals serving as role models.

The Community Service Awards take place every year during "National Volunteer Week," and are dedicated to celebrating people in action and recognizing students, faculty and staff, and community members who are committed to helping foster positive change within the Eastern and local community.

 

Eastern To Hold Annual Tip-a-Cop Fundraiser

Written by Julianne Bass

Willimantic, CT -- The Eastern Connecticut State University Police Department will hold its annual Tip-A-Cop event from 8 a.m. to noon on April 30. The event will be held at Dunkin' Donuts, 1015 Main St., Willimantic. Police officers will work behind the scenes at the Dunkin' Donuts to solicit donations for Special Olympics of Connecticut. All tips will be matched by the Dunkin' Donuts franchisee.

In past years, the Eastern Police Department has been able to raise upwards of $7,500 for Special Olympics of Connecticut.  The Special Olympics, the charity of law enforcement officers all over the world, provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them the opportunity to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Checks can be made out to Special Olympics Connecticut or sent to Eastern Connecticut State University, Attn: Officer David DeNunzio, 83 Windham Street, Willimantic, CT 06226.

 

Seeking Peace in Darfur

Written by Kate Harner

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                                                        Jerry Ehrlich

Willimantic, CT -- Doctors Without Borders member Jerry Ehrlich and Tim Salem, award-winning former assistant principal of Danbury High School, will present a lecture on their experiences in activism in local and international communities at 3 p.m. on May 4 in Charles R. Webb Hall Room 110. The public is invited. Admission is free.

Ehrlich has served a pediatrician in private practice in New Jersey since 1966. He left practice multiple times to go on humanitarian aid missions to Sri Lanka, Haiti, Republic of Georgia and Darfur as part of Doctors Without Borders. He also spent time in Darfur during the summer of 2004, at the peak of the region's violence. Since his return to the United States, Ehrlich has given hundreds of presentations about his experiences in Darfur to create public awareness that will hopefully help the country's citizens.

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                                           Tim Salem

Salem is the principal of Scotts Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield. In his prior position as history teacher and assistant principal at Danbury High School, Salem and a team of students created two award-winning documentaries centered on the atrocities in Darfur. Since 2005, teams of students have joined Salem in making hundreds of presentations on Darfur to middle schools, high schools and college campuses throughout the tri-state area and beyond. In 2007, the group was issued a bi-partisan invitation from Congress in Washington, D.C., to make a presentation at the Capitol about advocacy and outreach concerning Darfur. Salem has received the 2006 Mahatma Gandhi-Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Award by the Connecticut Education Association and the 2009 National Educator of the Year Award from the Anne Frank Center, USA.

For more information, contact Brittney Cava at cavab@my.easternct.edu.

 

Eastern's Excellence Expo

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, CT -- The School of Education and Professional Studies and the Graduate Division at Eastern Connecticut State University will hold its 11th Annual Excellence Expo from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on May 4. The expo will take place in several locations across campus, including the Student Center, Charles R. Webb Hall and the J. Eugene Smith Library. The public is invited. Admission is free.

            Students will present their work on a variety of topics, including economics; marketing; math and science in early childhood education; communication law and ethics; sport and leisure management; teaching typical and exceptional learners; and systems analysis, among others. Some presentations include "The Effects of Income on Healthcare: Expenditures Across Countries" by Katelyn Peacock, a junior economics major from Torrington; "Women through Media in the 21st Century" by Kristina Sisti, a senior communication major from Farmington; "Student Center Café: An Analysis of the Inventory Management Work System" by Marc Fitzgerald, a junior business information systems major from Bristol, and Douglas Evans, a junior business information systems major from Tolland; and "Investigation into Sustainability of Social Networks Usage by Student Clubs at Eastern" by Amon Gitau, a senior social work major from South Windham.

The expo will also feature a photography exhibit, an ePortfolio competition, and a preview of the of the Association of Information Technology Professionals Windham Non-profits website. 

For more information, contact Jaime Gomez, interim dean of education and professional studies and graduate division, at (860) 465-5293 or gomezj@easternct.edu.

 

Eastern Students Inducted into Economics Honor Society

Written by Tim Talley

economics honor society.JPGWillimantic, Conn. - Eight students majoring in economics at Eastern Connecticut State University along with honorary inductee Chandler Howard, CEO of Liberty Bank, were inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon on April 21. Eligible students must earn a 3.25 GPA overall and must have taken at least 15 credits of economics classes. The society is dedicated to the encouragement of excellence in economics and seeks to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in their academic programs.

Inductees included Christopher Chobot, a junior from Colchester; Justin Glownia, a junior from Bristol; Patrick Hardy, a senior from Enfield; Andrew Minikowski, a senior from Colchester; Taylor Morelli, a junior from Southington; Jaime Mugavero, a junior from Clinton; Patrick  Warren, a senior from Stratford; and Maggie R. Young, a junior from Waterford.

 

Students Inducted in History Honor Society

Written by Tim Talley

History Honor Society.JPGWillimantic, Conn. - On April 26, 12 history majors at Eastern Connecticut State University were inducted into Alpha Mu Alpha, Eastern's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta.

The society promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. The society recognizes students who have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours (four courses) in history, have a minimum GPA of 3.1 in history, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and are in the top 35 percent of their class.

            Inductees included Clancy Anderson, a senior from Willimantic; Danielle Berube, a junior from Berlin; Nicholas Cuesta, a junior from Brooklyn; Kira Lyn Holmes, a junior from Milford; Katie Kehoegreen, a junior from Colchester; Jennifer Levesque, a junior from Stafford Springs; Laura Macaluso, a junior from Wethersfield; Karen Mason, a senior from Canterbury; Rachel McCarthy, a senior Lisbon; Genevieve Nowosad, a senior from Lebanon; Alessandro Poletti, a junior from Norwich; and Kyle St. Jean, a junior from Plainfield. 

 

Students Inducted in Business Honor Society

Written by Tim Talley

business admin honor society.JPGWillimantic, Conn. - Twenty-four business majors at Eastern Connecticut State University were inducted into Delta Mu Delta, the international honor society for business administration, on April 19. The society recognizes academic excellence of students in a community that fosters the well-being of its members and the business community through life-time membership.

Inductees included Stephanie Armagno, a junior from Colchester; Mark Bettencourt, a senior from Taftville; Steven Clayton, a junior from North Haven; Justin Ferrari, a junior from Coventry; Marc Fitzgerald, a junior from Bristol; Peter Gamble, a junior from Preston; Sara Glynn, a senior from Dayville; Cody Hall, a sophomore from Newington, Ryusuke Imamura, a junior from Tokyo, Japan; Jennifer Klick, a senior from Norwich; Kimberly Kokofsky, a senior from Broad Brook; Sara Kubas, a senior from Colchester; Lindsay McGee, a junior from Glastonbury; Christopher McMahon, a senior from Suffield; Pamela Melchior, a senior from Willimantic; Jaime Mugavero, a junior from Clinton; Jean Paucar, a senior from New London; Brandi Schott, a senior from Norwich; James Schult, a senior from Wappingers Falls, NY; Destiny Taylor, a senior from Putnam; Matthew Thibeault, a senior from North Franklin; Beatrice Tomasi, a junior from East Hampton.

 

Complete YOUR Steeplechase Journey!

Written by Tim Talley

Willimantic, Conn. - James Holland and Ted Efremoff, lecturers in Eastern Connecticut State University's Visual Arts Department, will host a participatory event on April 27 where attendees will be playfully challenged by an interactive and collaborative multimedia project that tests academic survival against human nature. The event is part of Eastern Connecticut State University's University Hour series and will be held at 2 p.m. on April 27 in the Betty R. Tipton Room located in Eastern's Student Center. The public is invited. Admission is free.

The artists, along with students and colleagues, provide a spatial model of the college experience in the form of a goal-oriented steeplechase that has mystery, standards, hierarchy, ranking, merit and imaginary solutions.

Attendees will be provided with a blank report card upon entrance and an opportunity to receive a degree from "Steeplechase University" in 20 minutes. Graduates will receive a free T-shirt, available on a first-come first-served basis while supplies last. The Steeplechase experience is composed of a sequence of 20 stations, each station representing a standard university service, office or organization. Student performance at Steeplechase is evaluated based on a point system. Attendees who have earned enough points will "graduate" and receive a Steeplechase T-Shirt.

            "We understand that not every student may graduate," said Holland. "Students that either fail or drop out, as long as they have tried to complete their 'degree,' will also receive a t-shirt while supplies last."
            Efremoff's artwork focuses on everyday objects. He is a recipient of the 2010 Artist Fellowship Grant in New Media from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. His artwork has been exhibited in the United States, Italy, Germany, Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia and South Korea.

Holland's artwork crosses disciplinary boundaries, combining movement, kinesthetic disciplines and visual art forms. In 2002, he received a fellowship to attend The Photography Institute's National Graduate Seminar at Columbia University.

Holland has collaborated previously with Efremoff on numerous projects, including the Bread Cycle Works community art project (2010) and I-Park's juried "Thanatopolis" exhibition (2010).

            For more information, contact Holland at (860) 465-0197 or at hollandj@easternct.edu.

 

Eastern to Present "Echoes"

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, CT -- Students from Eastern Connecticut State University's Theatre Program will perform "Echoes: Voices from the Church Farm," at 3 p.m. on May 6 and 7 at the Church Farm Center for the Arts and Sciences, located at 396 Mansfield Road in Ashford. The public is invited. Admission is free.

The play is written and directed by J.J. Cobb, assistant professor of theatre. For the past two years, Cobb has researched the history and property of the Church family, aided by previous research by Barbara Tucker, director of the Center for Connecticut Studies and history professor at Eastern. "Echoes" combines scenes, poetry and movement-based performance throughout the Church Farm property. Audience members will stroll about the property witnessing the scenes that depict life on the farm throughout the 19th and 20th centuries in this site-specific performance.

"Site-specific theatre is the concept that theatre cannot only adapt to the constraints of a particular site - as with Environmental Theatre - but can be written to illuminate how that location influences events," said Cobb. "In this instance, the 280 years of primary-source documentation throw a unique light on the family, the rural community and Connecticut's Quiet Corner as a whole. The scenes are performed in a loop format with the actors taking a short break in between repetitions. The audience takes this opportunity to move to another scene performed elsewhere."

For more information, contact Lana Raymond at (860) 465-5325 or raymondla@easternct.edu.

 

Habitat for Humanity's 2nd Annual Parade of Homes

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, CT -- Eastern Connecticut State University's campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the Windham Area Habitat for Humanity will present the Second Annual Parade of Homes Walkathon from noon to 2:30 p.m. on May 1. The public is invited. Students are asked to donate a minimum of $5. The public is asked to donate a minimum of $10 to support both chapters of Habitat for Humanity.

Registration will be held at noon in the Student Center Café on Eastern's campus. From there, participants will walk a route ranging from three to four miles throughout the Windham area to view the homes built by Habitat.

A light lunch will be provided. The University of Connecticut's Women's Chorus will perform and speakers will talk about their experiences with Habitat. Eastern's Habitat for Humanity will receive its $5,000 matching grant from State Farm Insurance, which will support the organization's efforts to build safe and affordable homes for families and individuals in need.

For more information, contact Eastern's Habitat for Humanity by emailing habitatforhumanity@my.easternct.edu.

 

MCC Graduates Transition to Eastern

Written by Ed Osborn

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 Eric Williamson's anthropology class is one of the courses Eastern offers on the MCC campus on Saturdays.

Willimantic, Conn. --  Eastern Connecticut State University will be offering selected business courses at Manchester Community College (MCC) in fall 2011. The program is a collaborative project to deliver select upper division business courses on the MCC campus involving Eastern's School of Education and Professional Studies, the Department of Business Administration, and the School of Continuing Education, as well as the University's partners at MCC.  Students who graduate from MCC with an associate's degree have the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree with a concentration in Management at Eastern by taking select courses delivered by Eastern at MCC.

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Becca Osborne listens attentively in Eric Williamson's anthropology class.

 

"I am delighted that we are able to offer upper division courses in flexible formats at Manchester Community College," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez.  "Busy adults seeking to advance their business careers can now take Eastern courses in Manchester with the knowledge they can eventually earn their bachelor's degree on our campus.  Manchester Community College is one of our strongest educational partners, so we take great pleasure in offering an easier path to their students seeking a liberal arts education at Eastern."

"This is a wonderful opportunity for students who have graduated from MCC to meet many of the requirements for a Bachelor of General Studies offered on our campus by Eastern Connecticut State University," said Gena Glickman, president of Manchester Community College.  "We are happy to be entering into this educational partnership and know that many of our students will benefit from this program."

Since 2008, Eastern has been offering Saturday courses leading toward a BGS degree with a concentration in Human Services at both Manchester Community College and Capital Community College.  Students have been able to complete a BGS degree by taking these courses as well as select EasternOnline courses, courses at Eastern's main campus, and additional courses as needed at Capital and MCC.

"Over the past year we have been in further discussions with MCC pursuing a mutually beneficial partnership to link their programs in accounting and business administration to Eastern's Bachelor of General Studies, with a major concentration in management," said Shelly Gimenez, dean of Eastern's School of Continuing Education.  "We have been working with Joanne Russell, dean of academic affairs; Catherine Seaver, director of the Business, Engineering and Technology Division; Robert Turner, director of the Counseling Center; and Georgia Buckles, chair of the Accounting, Business and Paralegal Department.  We have been asked to work up a similar program for MCC's General Studies degree."

The BGS is an individualized course of study for each student.  A recommended course of study is targeted to a cohort of students who will most frequently need the courses proposed.  Students will not be able to complete their entire Eastern bachelor's degree on the MCC campus.   However, classes taken at MCC can be used toward the degree, and participating students will be able to meet many of Eastern's requirements right at MCC.  Eastern courses being offered at MCC have been selected to avoid any duplication with MCC's curriculum.  The minor concentration must be taken through MCC.

The first classes leading toward the Major Concentration in Management through the BGS will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings at 7 p.m. at MCC, commencing this fall.  For more information, call (860) 465-5125.

 

Students Inducted in Marketing Honor Society

Written by Tim Talley 

Marketing Honors.JPGWillimantic, Conn. - Twelve marketing majors at Eastern Connecticut State University were inducted into the Alpha Mu Alpha honor society on April 19. The society is committed to the advancement of excellence in the field of marketing and recognizes senior undergraduates who have a marketing concentration in the Department of Business Administration and hold a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.

            Inductees included Blain Aponte, a senior from Tolland; Melissa Healy, a senior from Watertown; Kelsey Hicks, a senior from Coventry; Jennifer         Klick, a senior from Norwich; Kimberly Kokofsky, a senior from Broad Brook; Jessica Lenares, a senior from Newington; Christopher McMahon, a senior from Suffield; Jean Paucar, a senior from New London;      Megan Savage, a senior from Lebanon; James Schult, a senior from Wappingers Fall, NY; Eric Vasil, a senior from Southington; and Taylor Zurowski, a senior from Moosup.  

Students Inducted in Education Honor Society

Written by Tim Talley

Education Cropped.jpgWillimantic, Conn. - Forty-eight education majors and one faculty member at Eastern Connecticut State University were inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society on April 9. The society was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. Kappa Delta Pi recognizes students who sustain an honored community of diverse educators by promoting excellence and advancing scholarship leadership, and service.

Inductees included Ann Anderberg, an associate professor of education at Eastern from Canterbury; Paula Bailey, a junior from Hampden, MA; Matthew Banas, a junior from Willimantic; William Barrett, a junior from Enfield; Sarah Bartosiak, a junior from Killingworth; Diana Bartus, a graduate student from Tolland; Lauren Biatowas, a junior from Shelton; Katelyn Black, a senior from Colchester; Nicole Cacio, a senior from South Windsor; Lauren Daddona, a senior from Enfield; Nicole Daigle, a junior from Wallingford; Amy Dias, a senior from Willimantic; Danielle Drury, a junior from Wallingford; Kristen Fitzsimons, a senior from Enfield; Ethan Fortuna, a junior from Stafford; Jerod Fromme, a senior from Hebron; Claire Fryer, a junior from West Hartford; Kimberly Germain, a senior from Berlin; Elizabeth Goldberg, a graduate student from South Windsor; Lisa Handfield, a graduate student from Lebanon; Ashley Joy Harrington, a graduate student from Pomfret; Kathryn Harry, a junior from Stratford; Lynda Hayward, a graduate student from South Windsor; Erin Hazzard, a graduate student from Lebanon; Katie Kehoegreen, a junior from Colchester; Jan Lawrence, a graduate student from Hebron; Laura Macaluso, a junior from Wethersfield; Michael McCarthy, a junior from Plainville; Chelsea Mitchell, a junior from North Granby; Michele Monnerat, a senior from Wolcott; Erin Murphy, a senior from Marlborough; Gina Murray, a senior from Willimantic; Nicole Myers, a graduate student from Suffield; Lisa Parent, a graduate student from Stafford Springs; Alicia Pelletier, a senior from Salem; Alessandro Poletti, a junior from Norwich; Kimberly Rockefeller, a graduate student from Andover; Angela Romprey, a graduate student from Colchester; Jacquelyn Russo, a senior from East Haven; Jennifer Sierra, a senior from East Hartford; Suzanne Slater, a junior from Brooklyn; Stephanie Smith, a junior from Plainfield; Lauren Tiberio, a junior from Shelton; Christina Vann, a junior from East Hartford; Lisa Vinick, a junior from Manchester; Kimberly Wallert, a graduate student from Tolland; Kathryn Witkun, a graduate student from Vernon; Jennifer Wolff, a senior from South Windsor; Kelly Anne Zimmermann, a graduate student from Storrs.

Eastern Student Wins Chemistry Achievement Award

Written by Tim Talley

chemistry award winner.JPGWillimantic, CT. - Kevin Chen, a freshman Biology major from Montville, has been named the recipient of the 2010 CRC (Chemical Rubber Company) Press Chemistry Achievement Award. The award is sponsored by the CRC Press and includes a commemorative scroll and a copy of the "CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics."

Charles Wynn, professor of chemistry, likes the direction Chen is headed. "Kevin has performed well on class tests and actively and insightfully participated in class discussions."

Chen is in the Honors Program at Eastern. His career goal is to attend medical school.

Get the Most out of YOUR Stargazing!

Written by Tim Talley

planetarium1.jpgWillimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Department of Physical Sciences is hosting a show titled, "Seeing the Sky--How to Get the Most out of Your Stargazing" at 5:30 p.m. on May 2 in the Robert K. Wickware Planetarium. The public is invited. Admission is free.

            Guests will be shown how to use a planisphere, a device that shows the constellations any time of the night and any time of the year.  They will also learn how to maximize and preserve night vision so they can see the faintest stars. If time allows, the visitors will be shown several simple ways to take pictures of the stars and some of the celestial events that might be visible in the coming months, such as the Perseid meteor shower in August or the Northern Lights.

            Russell Sampson, associate professor of physical sciences and assistant director of the Planetarium, wants guests to learn how to identify constellations, brighter stars and visible planets that are in the night sky. "We will use the star projector to simulate the starry sky and give the visitors a sense of what they can expect to see under the clear eastern Connecticut skies," said Sampson. "We hope our show will give students a better appreciation of the night sky, how to understand it and how to appreciate it. It is one of our greatest natural wonders, but at the same time it is threatened by the spread of artificial lighting.  By educating our students as to the great beauty contained in a pristine night sky, we hope to help preserve this natural resource for future generations to come."

            For reservations or more information contact Zosia Carlquist at (860) 465-4317 or email her at carlquistz@easternct.edu, or Russell Sampson at (860) 465-0188, or email him at sampsonr@easternct.edu. Tickets are free. Seating is limited to 55 available seats. Eastern's Planetarium offers yearly public and private shows. Public star shows are intended for ages 10 and up.

Students Inducted in Communication Honor Society

Written by Tim Talley

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Communication Honor Society.JPGWillimantic, Conn. - Forty-eight students majoring in communication at Eastern Connecticut State University were inducted into the Tau Nu Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta on April 7 at 4 p.m. in Eastern's Student Center Theatre. The society recognizes students who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, have a communication studies GPA of at least 3.25, are in the upper 35 percent of their graduating class, are enrolled in good standing and display a commitment to the field of communication.

            Inductees included Anthony Amato, a junior from South Windsor; Amanda Ardel, a senior from Coventry; Tori Atkins, a senior from Ledyard; Joseph Bartle, a senior from Uncasville,  Julianne Bass, a senior from Mansfield Center; Daphne Beckers,  a junior  from Manchester; Sara R. Billy, a senior from Columbia; Jason Bleau, a senior from Quinnebaug; Todd Buckholt, a junior from New London; Christine Cardot, a junior from Norwich; Arielle Cotoia, a junior from Amston; Christopher J. Cramer, a senior from Manchester; Joshua Cyr, a junior from Ashford; Kara Drenzek, a junior from Middlefield; Hallie Faulkenberry, a junior from Moosup; Kathleen Finegan. a junior from Manchester;  Joan Gallagher; a junior from Killingworth; Katlyn Greenman, a junior from Waterford; Lauren Guerrere, a senior from Monroe; Malcolm Jones, a senior from Norwhich; Stephanie LaPointe, a senior from Willimantic; Timothy Manko, a junior from Madison; Molly McArdle, a senior from Stamford; Kelly McDowell, a junior from Bristol; Ian McGlynn, a junior from Branford; Katharine Rose McManus, a senior from Columbia; Jo-Ann Merheb, a junior from Bethel; Camille Moore, a senior from Bloomfield; Cara Mullen, a senior from Quinnebaug; Aaron Myers, a junior from Oakdale; Courtney Noyesa senior from Norwich, ; Kaitlyn Nystrom, a senior from Norwhich; Courtney Ojard, a junior from Vernon Rockville; Amanda Quiñones, a junior from Trumbull; Taylor Renaud, a junior from Pomfret Center; Michael Rouleau, a somphmore from Vernon; Lawrence Schmitz, a junior from Willimantic; Joelle Schrock, a junior from Stratford; Jennifer Smith,a junior from Manchester; Timothy Snopkowski, a junior from Torrington; Chelsea E. Socha, a junior from Sommers; Timothy Talley, a senior from Valley City, OH; Kaitlin Taylor, a junior from South Windsor; Stephanie Urciuoli, a senior from Newington;Ariana White a junior from Middletown; Audriana White, a junior from Middletown; Caron Wunderlich, a senior from Preston; and Nicholas Zeni, a senior from Enfield.

 

 

Students Inducted in Biology Honor Society

Written by Tim Talley

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Willimantic, Conn. - Sixteen biology majors Eastern Connecticut State University were inducted into the TriBeta Honor Society on April 8 at 2:30 in Eastern's Science Building. The society Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research.

Inductees included Angela Casanova, a senior from Bloomfield; Jeremy Choleva, a senior from Hebron; Lindsay Curran, a senior from North Franklin; Jillian Dymek, a junior from Webster, MA; Christopher Finch, a junior from East Haddam; Adam Geriak, a junior from Bethel; Nora Helmes, a senior from Canterbury; Rachel Joy, a senior from Huntington Station, NY; Michelle Ocampo, a senior from Lovenstad, Norway; Sarah Salois, a senior from South Windham; Donna Sawyer, a senior from Mystic; Erica Sinko, a senior from Preston; David Stein, a senior from Lebanon; Stephanie Timek, a junior from Meriden; Richard Verikas, a senior from Amston.

 

Students to Present at Research Conference and Exhibition

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, CT -- The School of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Connecticut State University will hold its 10th Annual Student Research Conference and Exhibition from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 16. The conference will take place in several locations across campus, including the Science Building, Wood Support Services Center and the Student Center. Parents, friends, alumni, corporate representatives, as well as staff from graduate and professional schools are expected to attend this event.  The public is invited. Admission is free.

The event opens in the Science Building Auditorium (Room 104) with a keynote address from Dennis Canterbury, associate professor of sociology at Eastern. More than 85 students supported by 35 faculty mentors will present nearly 80 projects and presentations showcasing 11 departments and 13 majors in the School of Arts and Sciences.

From 9:30-11:50 a.m., students will present oral presentations in the Science Building. From 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., poster presentations will be on display in the Science Building Lobby, as well as visual arts exhibits in the Wood Support Services Center and Student Center. These exhibits include digital art, prints, paintings, drawings, jewelry, sculptures and books made by Eastern students.

The projects range from presentations such as "The Relationship between Social Support, Stress and Participation in Clubs and Activities" by Carline Charmelus, a junior psychology major from Norwich, to "Genetic Variation and Population Structure of Black Terns in Europe and North America" by Karl Lamothe, a senior biology major from Voluntown.

In her presentation, "The Ghana Experience: A Closer Look at Sanitation and Development in Ghana," Soncheray Hall, a senior sociology and applied social relations major from East Hartford, describes her first-hand experience in Ghana and the underdeveloped country's sanitation issues. In "The Philosophical Origin of Yoga and Eight Original Steps of Meditation Stipulated in Patanjali's 'Yoga-Sutras,'" Garrett Halstead, a sophomore English major from Bridgeport, discusses the history of yoga and its importance in Eastern philosophy.

The closing reception features Eastern's Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Joe Tomanelli, part-time professor of performing arts.

For more information on the Research Conference and Exhibition, contact Carmen Cid, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, at (860) 465-5295 or cid@easternct.edu.

 

Eastern Students Give Coventry a Spring Cleaning

Written by Ed Osborn

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Max Goto, front, a sophomore from Hamden majoring in History and Murphy Almonte, back, a freshman from Bridgeport majoring in Psychology, lead

other Eastern students as they paint the band shell at Patriots Park in Coventry.

Willimantic, Conn. -- Student volunteers from Eastern Connecticut State University gave Coventry a "spring cleaning" on April 9 and received a warm reception from grateful townspeople.  Approximately 200 volunteers registered for "Community Day 2011," putting in a 4- to 5-hour workday to clear hiking trails, paint the band shell at Patriots Park, landscape that and several other parks and spruce up other town facilities, including the Nathan Hale Homestead and two properties of the Coventry Historical Society.  In all, Eastern students worked on 16 different projects during the day.

"The work the Eastern students did today was amazing," said Coventry Parks and Recreation Director Wendy Rubin.  "I'm just thrilled.  The work would not have been done if these students hadn't been here.  It has changed the face of our town and created pride in our community.  I also had an opportunity to get to meet a number of Eastern students.  I was very impressed." Colin Doherty and Kristina Scherber, VISTA coordinators in the Center for Community Engagement (CCE), organized the day.  "Because this is the first time we have come to Coventry, we spent a lot of time planning the day so that we would be ready once we got here," explained Doherty. 

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Left to right, Stephen Taylor, freshman from Haddam majoring in Sociology; Kate Harner, junior from Oxford majoring in English; Sarah Bojorquez, freshman from Columbia majoring in Sociology; and Nicolle Hill, freshman from Willimantic majoring in Communication.

Jennie Navarro, a senior English and Elementary Education major from Pomfret Center and a student employee in the CCE, worked behind with scenes with the Coventry Parks and Recreation and Public Works departments to identify projects for Eastern students to work on.  "They were very appreciative and cooperative, and I think, as a result, we had some great outcomes today." "This was a fantastic experience -- lots of unique projects and a great turnout, given that all of us had to travel from campus," said Alex Cross, a senior history and political science major from Manchester. "Everyone here is a volunteer.  That's what it's all about."

In addition to resident and commuter students, volunteers included members of the men's soccer team, as well as members of such clubs as the Organization of Latin American Students, the Campus Activity Board, People Helping People, the American Marketing Association, and Men Achieving Leadership, Excellence, and Success (MALES). "It's great knowing we can make a difference in the community," said Kate Harner, a junior communication major from Oxford.  "As we were working, Coventry residents were walking by to thank us. It was extra special to hear their appreciation.  It was a gorgeous day."

Student Government President Wiley Dawson, a junior history and education major from Bridgeport, Julie Nguyen, a freshman from East Hartford and Todd Aviles, a freshman from Hartford, visited 15 middle school students at the Channel 3 Kids Camp, sharing with them the importance of going to college and discussing what living on a liberal arts campus was like. "This is a great opportunity for Eastern students, faculty and staff to come together to achieve a common goal -- serving our communities," said Dawson. "In the process, we get to practice one of our University's core values -- social responsibility.   I look forward to this event every spring."

"This was not just our students," remarked CCE Director Kim Silcox.  "One of our retired police officers, Louise Wright, brought her church group and we also had a Daisy Girl Scouts Troop with us. Food for lunch was provided by Bidwell's, LJ's Barbeque and Country Kitchen and Dimitri's Pizza.  It's all about working together with the community to improve our local towns." 

In years past, Eastern has focused the annual spring cleanup in its hometown of Willimantic.  "We have students from 164 of Connecticut's 169 towns," explained Silcox, "and alumni throughout eastern Connecticut and elsewhere.  We thought it made sense to share our students' energy and time with other communities as well."

 

 

Ella Grasso Award Winners

Written by Julianne Bass

Willimantic, CT -- Students Heather Cyr '11 and Christina Vann '12, retired Eastern Psychology Professor Ann Marie Orza and community member Diane Tarricone were named recipients of Eastern Connecticut State University's 2011 Ella T. Grasso Distinguished Service Awards on March 30 at a ceremony in the J. Eugene Smith Library.

The Ella T. Grasso Distinguished Service Awards are presented annually to students, faculty and staff and community members in the Willimantic area who have shown an unwavering commitment to the advancement of the rights of women and the ending of gender inequality.

"Ella Grasso was a role model and still is an inspiration to many people," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. "When I was a young professor in New York I used to go to Bella Abzug's speeches. She used to say, 'We may not have been at the Last Supper but we certainly will be at the next one.' Gains have been slow and steady and I am very proud of the women we honor tonight."

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Cyr and Vann both exemplify the dedication to women's rights reflected in the Grasso Award.  Cyr recently was named the recipient of the Connie Campo Award, which recognizes students in the English Department who show commitment to diversity and women's issues. She has worked as a teaching assistant in Introduction to Women's Studies courses, where she helped 70 students navigate through their coursework with ease. Cyr also participated in Southern Connecticut State University's annual Women's Studies Conference, not usually open to undergraduates, where she presented a paper she wrote that focused on incorporating community activism and feminist principles into the classroom.

Grasso Award - vann.JPGVann has been an active participant in numerous Women's Center programs. She recently spearheaded the 2011 Vagina Monologues production, which she also organized in 2010. She helped coordinate the Take Back the Night event designed to increase public awareness of sexual violence; helped with guest lecturers for University Hour; developed the Women's Center website; and documented the history of the Women's Center. She recently was accepted into Eastern's Early Childhood Education program and was awarded the program's Minority Teachers Scholarship.  

During her 27 years at Eastern, Professor Orza focused heavily on empowering women through her teaching, mentoring, research and curriculum development. Orza prided herself on mentoring thousands of students, helping them find jobs and internships; taking some into her home when they had nowhere else to go; and acting as a role model. Thumbnail image for grasso award orza.JPG

One of her proudest achievements was the development of the first course at Eastern on the psychology of women, now one of the liberal arts core courses and one of the most popular courses at the University. Orza was a leader in the development of the Women's Studies minor and the Women's Center. She also was a member of WVIT-TV's public affairs show, "What About Women," serving on the board for more than 20 years.

Tarricone, has served in the mental health field for 25 years through numerous counseling positions at the Rainbow Center at the University of Connecticut; the Partial Hospital Program at Natchaug Hospital; and as an adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Department at Eastern since 2005, and at Goodwin College since 2002.

Thumbnail image for Grasso Award tarricone.JPGA major focus for Tarricone has been her service as director of the Next Step Cottage, a work release and substance abuse treatment program in Willimantic designed to help women re-renter the community after incarceration. The program helps participants develop independence, responsibility and job skills through therapy and a 12-step program. Tarricone stresses the importance of education, art and culture to those in the program encouraging them to attend events at Eastern.

 

Classical Flamenco Guitarist Comes to Eastern

Written by Tim Talley

anna maria.jpgWillimantic, Conn. - Anna Maria Cardinalli-Padilla, an internationally known classical flamenco guitarist and opera singer, will share Latino culture through her music as part of Eastern Connecticut State University's University Hour series. Cardinalli-Padilla's presentation will be held at 3 p.m. on April 20 in Eastern's Student Center Theatre. The public is invited. Admission is free.

Cardinalli-Padilla, of Spanish and Sicilian descent, captures her proud heritage in her musical style. She is an 18th-generation Santa Fean, an original link to the Spanish colonial culture. Cardinalli-Padilla recorded her first album and successfully launched her own label, Musica Mundial Productions at the age 15. Her musical talents have brought her international recognition as she has performed at the Kennedy Center, for the Prince of Spain and with the Santa Fe Opera. Cardinalli-Padilla has also provided vocals for an album featuring Kanye West and John Legend, "Good Morning Good Night."  She was awarded the Mother Theresa Award for her artistic efforts.

Cardinalli-Padilla has a great passion for her country. During her doctoral dissertation, Cardinalli-Padilla became an expert in the cultural relationships between Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, she used her expertise to assist U.S. government efforts to improve cultural understanding and aid in combating terrorism.

Cardinalli-Padilla also served as a senior social scientist with the U.S. Army on an Army Human Terrain Team, where she was embedded with the U.S. Marines, and has travelled to Iraq and Afghanistan while working for the FBI. She has received the Joint Service Civilian Commendation Medal and the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism for her service to her country. Cardinalli-Padilla's interaction with Afghan communities was filmed by National Geographic Explorer for its opening piece next season.

Cardinalli-Padilla is currently a professor of Intelligence and National Security Studies at American Military University. She completed her bachelor's degree summa cum laude at St. Mary's College of California at age 18. At 20, she completed her master's degree at St. John's College in New Mexico. At age 25, Cardinalli-Padilla also became the youngest person, 25, to receive a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

            For more information, contact Michelle Delaney, director of student affairs/activities, at (860) 465-0105 or at delaneymi@easternct.edu.

 

Eastern Fellows Influencing the World

Written by Dwight Bachman

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 Eastern President Elsa Nunez, second from right, poses for a picture with 2011 Eastern Fellows Rob Nieto, left, Carol Pandiscia and Paul Provost.

Willimantic, Conn.--On March 30, Eastern inducted its third class of Alumni Fellows, a group selected from the field of media and communication. Inductees included Paul Provost '97, president and publisher of the Norwich Bulletin; Carol Pandiscia '89, senior vice president for technology program management and business planning at ESPN; and Rob Nieto'96, senior open producer for the nightly CBS-TV show, "Inside Edition with Deborah Norville."

"Colleges and universities ultimately are defined by the success of their graduates," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez.  "For a liberal arts institution, it is especially important to showcase the rich diversity of career success that our graduates achieve.  Each of the three new inductees into the Eastern Fellows program -- Carol Pandiscia, Rob Nieto, and Paul Provost -- demonstrates the transformational impact of an Eastern degree. As a group, they bring great honor and pride to our University for what they have done in their professional careers."

The three alumni visited classes taught by Communication Professor Terri Toles-Patkin and Business Administration Professor Kevin Synott to share their career experiences with students. In addition, during a panel discussion in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room, all three members of the Eastern Class of 2011 credited Eastern with success in their careers, saying they received a top flight education at Eastern. "Two words will ensure a successful future for you," said Provost. "Work ethic. You only get out of life what you put into it. Find something that excites you; something for which you have passion, and bring a solid work ethic to it."

Neito encouraged students to make the most of internships. "When I first began working, I could always reach back to something I learned at Eastern because John Zatowski had me doing so many different things in the radio station." Pandiscia also encouraged students to immerse themselves once they find a job. "I became a sponge when I first started at ESPN 21 years ago. I soaked up everything and became a generalist, something I learned from my liberal arts education at Eastern. I ran tapes; worked nights and weekends, you name it, I did it."

The Fellows encouraged the students to stay current; develop the ability to be agile in a fast-changing work place; be true to themselves; and most important, be ethical and proud of the way they treat other people. "Be inclusive so everyone can be a part of the process," concluded Pandiscia. Take obstacles out of their way, and share as much as you can."

 

Eastern to Present "Working, The Musical"

Written by Kate Harner

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                                                       Nora Cole

Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Theatre Program will present "Working, the Musical," April 12-17 in the Harry Hope Theatre in Shafer Hall. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on the evenings of April 12, 14, 15 and 16. A 6:30 p.m. performance will follow a 5 p.m. reception on April 13. Matinees will be presented at 11 a.m. on April 15 and 4 p.m. on April 17. The public is invited. Tickets 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.

            "Working, The Musical," which is based on the novel by Studs Terkel, focuses on people from all walks of life sharing their stories about their jobs through song. The diversity of the characters emphasizes the changing dynamics in American society. The show ran on Broadway and became an American classic on national tour.

            The performance is directed by guest artist Nora Cole. Cole has directed previous shows at Eastern, including "The Head of Mary," "America, Hurrah!" and "The Black Girl in Search of God." She has also performed on Broadway and throughout the country in regional theatres in shows such as "Fences," "Jelly's Last Jam," "The Good Times Are Killing Me" and "Joe Turner's Come and Gone."

For reservations, call the Box Office at (860) 465-5123.

 

Eastern Faculty and Guests Perform Una Duo

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, CT -- Jeff Calissi, assistant professor of music, and Rebecca Calissi, part-time professor in Eastern Connecticut State University's Performing Arts Department, will perform "Una Duo" at 2:30 p.m. on April 10 in Shafer Auditorium. The public is invited. Admission is free.

Guest artists who will also perform include marimbist Andy Kolar, vocalist Lisabeth Miller and flutist Sandra Rosado, associate librarian and head of technical services at the J. Eugene Smith Library. The concert will feature works of American composers in support of the Performing Arts Department's "Year of the Arts" initiative supporting American Identity. Songs will include Wes Robertson's "Folk Song," Anthony J. King's "Le Tour De Danse," Lynn Glassock's "Five Songs for Voice and Marimba," Nathan Daughtrey's "Almost Beyond," Robert S. Cohen's "Ant's World" and Richard P. Anderson's "Excursions."

"Una Duo was formed with the goal of expanding the repertoire of duo literature for the marimba and piano," said Calissi. "Since the history of piano literature is far greater than percussion, Rebecca and I have commissioned, composed and arranged music by placing both the marimba and piano on equal footing in melodic and technical material."

For more information, contact Lana Raymond at (860) 465-5325 or raymondla@easternct.edu.

 

Willimantic Orchestra to Perform at Eastern

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, Conn. - The Willimantic Orchestra will present a concert at 3 p.m. on April 17 in Shafer Auditorium at Eastern Connecticut State University. Admission is free; however, a donation is suggested.

The orchestra will perform with Eastern's Concert Chorale, directed by David Belles, associate professor of performing arts. The concert's program features Copland's "Outdoor Overture," Barber's "Essay for Orchestra, op. 12," Hanson's "Song of Democracy" and Kabalevsky's "Piano Concerto No. 3 'Youth.'"

The orchestra will perform with piano soloist Hannah Glenister, winner of the Windham Regional Arts Council's Young Artist Competition.

The Willimantic Orchestra is a non-profit orchestra made up of local community members committed to authentic orchestral music. David Vaughan, part-time professor of performing arts, conducts the ensemble. 

For more information, contact Fred Wengrzynek, president of the orchestra, at (860) 228-4008 or fred.wengrzynek@charter.net. For more information regarding the Willimantic Orchestra, visit www.willimanticorchestra.org.

 

Osgood to Present Film "My Vietnam, Your Iraq"

Written by Tim Talley

ron osgood.jpgWillimantic, Conn. - Ron Osgood, filmmaker and professor of video productions at Indiana University, will discuss his film, "My Vietnam, Your Iraq" as part of Eastern Connecticut State University's University Hour series. Osgood's presentation will be held at 3 p.m. on April 13 in the Betty R. Tipton Room located in Eastern's Student Center. The public is invited. Admission is free.

            The documentary features families from two generations who have served in U.S. wars--the parents in the Vietnam War and their children in The Iraq War. Osgood will discuss military service as public service and the impact that service has had on the eight families highlighted in the documentary.

            The film will also be shown on April 14, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre and will be followed by a question and answer session. The event is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, the Department of Communication, the VETS Center and the Center for Community Engagement.

            Osgood served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and has a bachelor's degree in communication and a master's degree in education from Southern Illinois University. He specializes in teaching documentary storytelling and production.

            For more information, contact Eastern's VETS Center at (860) 465-0402 or at vetstu@easternct.edu.

 

Mycoskie to Close Out 2010-11 Arts and Lecture Series

Written by Tim Talley

Blake-Mycoskie.jpgWillimantic, Conn. - Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS Shoes, Inc., will wrap up the 2010-11 Arts and Lecture Series at Eastern Connecticut State University when he speaks at 7 p.m. on April 12 in the Betty R. Tipton Room. Mycoskie has revolutionized the way consumers shop by giving a new pair of shoes to less fortunate children around the world with every pair sold. Since 2006, TOM's one-for-one business model has encouraged conscientious consumers to purchase and donate more than one million pairs of new shoes to children in need.

            Mycoskie is an entrepreneur who has created five businesses since college. His first was a successful national campus laundry service. His second start-up, Mycoskie Media, caught the attention of Clear Channel Media, which later bought out the company. Between business ventures, Mycoskie competed in the CBS primetime series, "The Amazing Race," with his sister, Paige.

            In 2009, at the Clinton Global Initiative University plenary session, former President Clinton introduced Mycoskie to the audience as "one of the most interesting entrepreneurs (I've) ever met." People Magazine featured Mycoskie in its "Heroes Among Us" section, and TOMS Shoes was highlighted in the Time magazine article, "How to Fix Capitalism."

            In addition to free admission to Eastern faculty, staff, and students, admission to the Arts and Lecture Series events is free to all middle school, high school and college students, who are encouraged to attend. Admission for the general public is $10 per ticket; tickets can be reserved by calling (860) 465-0036 or sending an email to tickets@easternct.edu. For information on the 2010-11 Arts and Lecture Series, visit www.easternct.edu//ecsu/arts_lecture/.

Marketing Students Take Home Six Awards from New Orleans

Written by Tim Talley

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Eastern students hold up their awards at the 33rd Annual International Collegiate Conference. from left to right Back left: Paul Rossitto, Alicia Demers, Nick Furlani, Gary Andrews, Josh Jenkins, Jennifer Daignault, Lisa Cassella and Eibel-Spanyi Front row: Michelle Thakur, Alyssa Deegan, Kim Kokofsky, Rob Regan, Marlana Carroll, Jenn Cushing, Laura Wooley, Jessica Roessler, Hannah Hirschfeld, Nicole Mungo

 

Willimantic, Conn. - Sixteen Eastern Connecticut State University students from the American Marketing Association (AMA) helped Eastern walk away with six awards at the 33rd Annual International Collegiate Conference held in New Orleans, LA, March 24-26.

            The Eastern contingent received a trophy for being one of the top AMA chapters, winning a silver award while competing with more than 300 chapters internationally. "This is an incredible accomplishment," said chapter advisor and Marketing Professor Katalin Eibel-Spanyi.  "Our students excelled in chapter planning, professional development, membership building, community services and communications."

            Eastern's AMA members also won five awards for participating in multiple competitions at the conference and throughout the academic year. The five awards were a first-place "AMA Saves Lives" award for social media posts from Jan. 1-March 18, 2011;  a third-place "AMA Saves Lives" award for donor registrations during the same time period; a third-place "AMA Saves Lives" award for a video series in January-March; an Outstanding Small Chapter Award; and recognition for Marketing Week activities.

            "I am excited and proud of our club's success," said Jenn Cushing, a sophomore from East Lyme. "We have been awarded the highest placement in the history of Eastern's AMA.  Not only did we gain real-life experiences from an upfront approach, we also gained insight into how things operate in a competitive marketing world through hosting events such as 'Love Your Body Day' and information about organ donation on social media sites.  We attended several different sessions where there were successful marketing speakers who taught us how to efficiently and effectively market ourselves. AMA has had an amazing year and we hope to take this experience with us to next year's conference."

            Eastern was represented at the conference by students Alicia Demers, a senior from Broad Brook; Alyssa Deegan, a sophomore from Durham; Gary Andrews, a senior from Newton; Hannah Hirschfeld, a junior from Fisher's Island, NY; Cushing; Jennifer Daignault, a junior from Middletown; Jessica Roessler, a sophomore from Waterford; Kim Kokofsky, a senior from Broad Brook; Laura Wooley, a sophomore from Monroe; Lisa Cassella, a sophomore Bristol; Marlana Carroll, a junior from Hamden; Michelle Thakur, a senior from Salem; Nick Furlani, a senior from East Lyme; Nicole Mungo, a senior from Goshen; Rob Regan, a junior from Enfield; and Josh Jenkins, a junior from Windsor; and advisors Eibel-Spanyi and Paul Rossitto, the hall director for Niejadlik Hall.

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