May 2011 Archives
Written by Tim Talley
Willimantic, CT -- Michelle Kaczynski of New Milford and Connor Patros of Columbia, two Eastern graduates majoring in psychology at Eastern Connecticut State University, were honored as recipients of the Connecticut State University System (CSUS) 23rd Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award on May 11 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.
Kaczynski and Patros were two of 12 CSUS students to win the award; each was nominated by their respective universities. The award is named for the first U.S. commissioner of education, Henry Barnard, a distinguished Connecticut educator who was the state's first superintendent of schools and principal of what later became Central Connecticut State University.
Chandler Howard, president and chief executive officer of Liberty Bank and Eastern's Business Executive in Residence for 2010-11, delivered the keynote address. Chandler shared his own life lessons with the 12 Barnard winners, applauded their accomplishments, and told them "most of all, never give up."
Kaczynski earned a 3.83 GPA and has been on the Dean's List every semester while studying at Eastern. She has served as president of Eastern's Honors Program and the Psi Chi Honor National Psychology Honor Society. In her introduction of Kaczynski, Eastern President Elsa Nunez said professors called Kaczynski "the total package," one who "excels in virtually every aspect of what we describe as the liberal arts experience; an over-achiever in the very best sense."
Kaczynski participated in an international field experience during a trip to Northern Sweden as part of the Honors Program International Colloquium. She also served as president of the Honors Club and Psi Chi, and has a record of volunteer service on and off campus, including as a peer mentor for Eastern's First-Year Program, and as a member of Habitat for Humanity.
Nunez said Kaczynski's honor's thesis - "Examining Age Differences in the Conceptualization of Romantic Love - was "positively groundbreaking." Kaczynski was invited to present her findings at the national conference of the Association for Women in Psychology. Her research is also being submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Patros graduated with a 3.68 GPA and a 3.91 GPA in his major. Under the tutelage of Psychology Professor Diller, Patros developed ideas for research, collected and analyzed data, and presented and prepared numerous manuscripts for publication.
Patros has presented at local, regional, and national professional conferences, including the Association for Behavior Analysis International, the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges undergraduate research conference, the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill event and the CSUS Psychology Day conference. Patros also co-authored two manuscripts that are currently under review for publication; completed two internships; and participated in baseball and track and field at Eastern.
Citing Patros's professional activity, Nunez said he "is the perfect example of a student who has used his time at college to mature both personally and intellectually, and to discover his life's passion in the process." Diller agreed: "Connor has accomplished a phenomenal amount in his time at Eastern, which reflects his dedication to his work and his high level of ability. Working with Connor was much more like working with a graduate student than an undergraduate." Patros has been accepted into the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Oklahoma State University, and begins graduate studies this fall.
The major sponsors for the 22nd Annual Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Awards Banquet are Comcast, Otis Elevator Company and People's United Bank.
Written by Dwight Bachman
Willimantic, CT -Eastern Connecticut State University's Department of Education will host the 14th Annual Connecticut Future Teachers Conference on May 27. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center. More than 300 middle and high school students and their mentor teachers are expected to attend from across the state. They will be greeted by Rhona Free, vice president for academic affairs, and David Stoloff, professor of education and director of Eastern's Center for Educational Excellence.
This year, students hail from Bristol, East Hartford, Glastonbury, Groton, Ledyard, Middletown, Montville, New Britain, New London, Mystic, Norwich, South Windsor, Thomaston, Waterbury, Waterford and West Hartford.
At the conference, Future Teachers Clubs, the Education Club at Eastern, high school teachers, community educators and university faculty members will offer presentations and workshops that will focus on team building, making first impressions, storytelling, math magic, public speaking, sustainability, music and dance, chemistry, foreign language, college planning and educational philosophy.
John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury will be presented with an award for winning the conference illustration competition. The theme for the illustration is "The Highway to Education is a Road Worth Traveling." There will also be an award given for the school that creates the best banner for the same theme.
The conference is designed to prepare students to be future teachers as well as give them a way to experience life at Eastern. Students will work together, have competitions and network with other students around the state. The conference is sponsored by the YES Clubs of the Capitol Region Educational Council (CREC), LEARN and Eastern, with assistance from the Connecticut State Department of Education.
For more information, contact David Stoloff at (860)-465-5501 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Arielle Cotoia
Willimantic, Conn. - Six professors of Visual Arts at Eastern Connecticut State University will showcase their work, "Forget-Me-Nots" in an art exhibition at the Hygienic Art Galleries at 79-83 Bank Street in New London. The exhibit will be held from May 28 to June 25. The opening reception is 7 to 10 p.m. on May 28. Artists include June Bisantz, Lula Blocton, Sharon Butler, Ted Efremoff, Tom Hébert and Jane Rainwater. The public is invited. Admission is free.
"The pieces selected for this exhibition bring forward ideas, memories and images gleaned from the artists' pasts," said Butler, who organized the "Forget-Me-Nots" exhibit. "Each artist transforms transient thoughts and vague private recollections, allowing them a place in our shared memory and collective history."
Bisantz's work creates thought-provoking public art on billboards, buses, movie theater screens, shopping mall advertising panels, architectural facades, traffic-control devices and solar-powered street signs. She has received commissions for public art projects in New Haven and Willimantic, CT; Pittsfield, MA; and Charlotte, NC.
Blocton is fascinated with color, structure and the illusion of transparency. She has traveled to Africa and Europe to study major museum collections and vernacular art. Her work is in numerous collections, including those of the Albright Knox Museum, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Eastern Connecticut State University, Prudential Life Insurance Company and the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Butler is a cross-disciplinary artist whose work comprises abstract painting, Web 2.0 social networking media, and writing. In "Forget-Me-Nots," Butler presents paintings based on the structure of isolated observation towers that were inspired by the paintings her reclusive father, who worked as a stockbroker in New London for more than 40 years, made in the 1960s. Butler is the founder of the award-winning art blog, "Two Coats of Paint."
Efremoff, born in Moscow, Russia, is a cross-disciplinary artist engaged with performance, video, installation and social sculpture. His primarily interest lies in exploring how storytelling has the capacity to overcome the immediate constraints of space and time. Efremoff has performed and exhibited at Chashama performance spaces, Sideshow, and PSII Galleries in New York City; the Museum of American Art in Philadelphia; the Gongju National Museum in South Korea; the National Center of Contemporary Art in Moscow; the Night of Museums in Belgrade, Serbia; and the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Hébert, whose recent work includes photorealist paintings and collages that combine digital images and wood construction, has exhibited at OK Harris, Semaphore and Exit Art in New York; Real Art Ways in Hartford; and many other galleries throughout New England. He has work in collections throughout the United States and Europe, including Aetna, Mobil Oil, Slater Museum and Stux Gallery in New York; Center for the Arts Museum in Vero Beach, Florida; Lewis and Clark Museum in Oregon; and Gesamthochschule Universitat in Kassel, Germany.
In her artwork, Rainwater explores the paradox of "horrible beauty" in drawings,
diagrams, installations, sculpture, performance and prints. Her aim is to engage the viewer with seemingly innocent decorative pleasantry, which upon closer examination reveals darker truths. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield; ArtSpace in New Haven; the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport; and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN.
The Hygienic Art Galleries is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 12 to 3 p.m. on Sundays. For more information about "Forget-Me-Nots," contact Sharon Butler at (860) 465-4345 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Written by Dwight Bachman
Governnor Malloy Speaking Sunday to Eastern Graduates at Commencement at the XL Center in Hartford.
Willimantic, Conn. -- Graduates at Eastern Connecticut State University's 121st Commencement Exercises heard the roars and cheers of thousands of their family members and friends as they celebrated their accomplishments at the XL Center in Hartford. In all, 1,077 undergraduates and 102 graduates earned their degrees.
Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy delivered the Commencement address. Malloy reminded the graduates that the ceremony proved they each, through hard work and effort, could overcome adversity and achieve. He told the students they should believe in progress and in the future. "We're a forward-thinking people. We internalize this concept - and then we get to work. This class stands as a testament to that mindset."
Malloy ask the graduates for their help in rebuilding the state of Connecticut. "As the saying goes, a rising tide raises all boats. I need you to be that tide that sweeps across the state. Find a way to reach back and make stronger our society and our communities. If you do that, Connecticut will continue to be the great state that it is. Our nation will be stronger. We will all be better for it."
Eastern President Elsa Nunez with Karl Lamonthe of Voluntown
Approximately half the Eastern graduates were the first in their families to earn a bachelor's degree. As Connecticut's only public liberal arts university, Eastern draws students from 165 of the state's 169 towns; approximately 90 percent of graduates stay in Connecticut to launch their careers, contribute to their communities and raise their families.
Eastern President Elsa M. Núñez told graduates not to sit on the sidelines. "As you go out into the workforce and forge your own way, build your professional careers on the values you have been taught. You are now the next generation of citizen leaders in our state and in our nation. Together, you can be the force of change that can keep our country strong. It is your time. You are tomorrow's leaders, and tomorrow starts now!"
LaShawna Jarrett of Bloomfield waves to family member who called her from the bleachers in the XL Center.
From the Governor's Foot Guard in attendance, to the plaintive sound of the bagpipes of St. Patrick's Pipe Band, to Eastern's "Make a Wish" tradition, in which graduating seniors toss a penny into a wishing well, Eastern's graduation ceremonies were marked by dignity, grace and elegance. Eastern also conferred an honorary degree on Anthony J. Brandenburg, chief judge of the Intertribal Court of Southern California. Brandenburg is a member of Eastern's Class of 1975. In 2010, he was named recipient of the University's Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Dazmon Harris, second from right, from Hartford, is congratulated by his friends, Eddie Brown, left, from Hartford, Class of 2012; Levar Mitchell, second from right, from Hartford, Class of 2012; and Akeem Popley-Bailey, left, from Hartford, Class of 2013.
Connecticut State University System (CSUS) Acting Chancellor Louise Feroe told the graduates, "We need your insights, your point of view, your lives to build the future - so I implore you: step up; shape events; influence outcomes; engage colleagues; drive agendas; go after things. We have seen what you can do, so keep at it."
Ninsis Batista from Norwich enjoys reading her hard-earned diploma.
"Get involved, and strive for excellence in everything you do, large and small," said CSUS Vice Chairman Richard Balducci. "Looking at all of you today, one cannot help but be encouraged. You have the attitude. You have the education. You have the experience, practically applied."
Tim Talley, center, from Columbus, Ohio, is congratulated by, left to right, his brother Josh, sister-in-law Rosanna, and parents Bernadette and Richard Talley.
Olivia Grace Puckett of Columbia delivered the Senior Class address. She encouraged the graduates to thank their parents and Eastern's faculty and staff for arriving at this point in their lives, and to think about all that has transpired in the past four years. "We are the generation facing and creating a remarkable shift in the world. We participated in our first presidential election, witnessing the historical inauguration of President Barack Obama. The Class of 2011 will continue creating a dynamic future for the world.
Julianne Bass, of Mansfield, with brother Andrew; sister Charissa; and mother, Karen.
Albert Vertefeuille, a member of the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Department of Higher Education and a 1960 Eastern graduate, told the class, "Your degree is a sign of your willingness to devote your time and energy to achieving a goal. The degree you are receiving this morning does not relieve you of your responsibility to continue to grow, no matter what your age or path in life. The overall aim of this fine state university is to encourage you to explore new ideas, to think critically, to distinguish between the significant and shallow, to make informed and responsible decisions and to contribute your talents back to your communities."
A jubilant Kassandrea Scozzafava of Bantan expresses her joy.
Senior Class President Sarah Potrikus presented President Núñez with the class gift, a scholarship in the name of the Class of 2011, funded by donations from the graduating class. She encouraged the class to continue donating so that the scholarship would grow, telling the class, "Leave today knowing that every one of you made a difference to Eastern, whether as an All-American athlete, a community service volunteer, a student leader, or an academic scholar. The accomplishments held by this class, both professional and personal, set even higher standards for future students than those who graduated before us."
Written by Kate Harner
Willimantic, CT -- Social work majors at Eastern Connecticut State University collaborated with several local businesses and organizations to organize two career fairs in April. The first, the "Hop to Success" career fair on April 8, took place at Natchaug Elementary School in Willimantic. Megan Berube, a junior from Columbia; Namgyal Gyalnor, a senior from Greenwich; Delia Welge, a senior from Ledyard; and Wajiha Yasmeen, a senior from Mansfield Center, participated.
The goal of the career fair was to educate, motivate and inspire elementary school students to explore future career options and the importance of education.
"The participation and cooperation from the organizations and professionals attending the fair, as well as the local businesses that provided donations, made this career fair a big success for the third- and fourth-graders at Natchaug," said Berube.
Participating organizations and professionals included Gloria Corluso, a biology professor at Eastern; the Brio Academy of Cosmetology; the Willimantic Police K-9 Unit; Villari's Martial Arts; Eastern's Information Technology and Health Services departments; the United States Navy; the Willimantic Fire Department; and the Department of Environmental Protection, among others.
On April 15, students from Eastern's social work program hosted the seventh annual "Endless PAW-sibilities" Career Day for the third- and fourth-grade classes at North Windham School. The day was organized by the Eastern students in hopes of increasing awareness of different career paths that students can take after high school. Eleven professional presenters come from across the state to talk about what they do for a living, including animal scientists, members of the North Windham Fire Department, Willimantic police and K-9 officers, a butcher and baker from Big Y, three departments from Windham Hospital, Computer Tamers, Brio Academy, Beacon Pharmacy and an independent filmmaker.
Written by Kate Harner
(from left) Representative Christopher Davis, Kimberly Kokofsky and Representative Richard Roy.
Willimantic, CT -- Eastern Connecticut State University students Kimberly Kokofsky and Matthew Lance, along with six other students attending universities in the Connecticut State University System, were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement by the Connecticut State General Assembly at College Academic Day on April 27.
Kokofsky, a senior business administration major from Broad Brook, currently holds a 3.77 GPA. She has participated as secretary and vice president of Eastern's chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA). As part of AMA, Kokofsky attended this year's AMA International Conference in New Orleans, where she and other members won awards for outstanding chapter plan, outstanding communications and community service. She has served as the marketing intern for the Windham Chamber of Commerce, which gave her opportunities to plan and organize events such as the Golf Tournament, Seasonal Sips Wine Tasting, the Business Expo, the Health and Wellness Exop and the Leadership Recognition Ice Cream Social. Kokofsky is a group leader at the East Windsor Family Resource Center (EWFRC), where she assists teachers in classrooms and creates activities for the children during after-school hours. She is also an EWFRC camp counselor during the summer. She created the EWFRC dance program and has facilitated it for five years.
(from left) Matthew Lance and Representative Richard Roy.
Lance, a senior health and physical education major from Stratford, holds a 3.96 GPA. A member of Eastern's Honors Program, he also is the recipient of the Health and Physical Education Outstanding Major of the Year Award and the Mary Benvento Scholarship. He was selected as Connecticut's Outstanding Future Teaching Professional in Physical Education at the Eastern District Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) in Long Branch, NJ.
Lance is currently completing his student teaching at Two Rivers Magnate Middle School in East Hartford and will receive his teaching certification in health and physical education. He collected and analyzed data as a student researcher for the Sisterhood Project headed by Nanette Tummers, associate professor of health and physical education. He presented his research on the project at the Connecticut Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CTAHPERD) in Cromwell in 2008 and at AAHPERD in Tampa, FL, in 2009. Lance has student taught in Colchester and East Hartford; counseled at the 4-H Leadership, Interactions, Friends and Talents Program in Windham; and worked with special education students as a unified sports coach at Jack Jackter Intermediate School in Colchester.
The students received an official citation from the Connecticut General Assembly in recognition of their academic achievement. In addition, the students were formally introduced to the State Senate and House of Representatives and were joined by legislators during a reception at the State Capitol. Sponsors of the event included State Representatives Richard Roy, 119th District and Pamela Sawyer, 55th district.
Written by Kate Harner
Willimantic, CT -- Students from Eastern Connecticut State University's Visual Arts Department will showcase their work at the Annual Senior Art Exhibit from May 12 - 22 at the Julian Akus Gallery, located in Shafer Hall at the corner of Windham and Valley Streets in Willimantic. The opening reception is from 3-6 p.m. on May 12. The public is invited. Admission is free.
"I am amazed at just how creative our students can be," said Gail Gelburd, chair of the Visual Arts Department and associate professor of art history. "Our students in painting, sculpture and digital art have displayed not only their ability to conquer technical and problem-solving issues but also their innovative and exciting works of art."
Akus Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1-7 p.m. on Thursdays and 2-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The gallery is closed on Mondays and Fridays.
For more information regarding the exhibit, visit www.easternct.edu/akusgallery.
Written by Kate Harner
Willimantic, CT -- On May 7, students from Eastern Connecticut State University's Habitat for Humanity Club and members of the Willimantic Lions Club formed a Partnership for Humanity to paint several areas in the home of an elderly person who lives on North Street in Willimantic.
This project is the third collaboration between these two local organizations. "It was rewarding for all of us to have the opportunity to work together to brighten up the living space of an elderly Willimantic resident," said Charles Wynn, professor of chemistry at Eastern and Partnership for Humanity chairman of the Willimantic Lions Club. "It was also a great opportunity for the Willimantic Lions to meet a group of Eastern students who have been making a difference in the community and for those students to learn about the world's largest and most active service organization."
WILI-FM supplied t-shirts with both organizations' logos. A donation from Wal-Mart of North Windham helped subsidize the purchase of paint for the project.
Written by Ed Osborn
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University is hosting a breakfast seminar for small businesses from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on May 18 in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room of the J. Eugene Smith Library. The seminar is designed to assist local small businesses in conserving energy, implementing energy efficiency processes, lowering energy costs and accessing federal funding for green jobs training.
Eastern is partnering with the Windham Region Chamber of Commerce to bring a number of organizations to campus on May 18, including utility company representatives and local officials.
"Eastern is one of Connecticut's greenest campuses, and was recognized last year by The Princeton Review as one of the nation's leading green colleges," said Eastern President Elsa Nunez. "Helping the small business community to lower energy costs is a natural extension of our own interests in sustainability. We are delighted to partner with the chamber, Connecticut Light and Power and other organizations to share resources and information on energy conservation with local businesses."
Speakers include Nunez; Windham Mayor Ernie Eldridge; William Leahy, director of Eastern's Institute of Sustainable Energy; Randy Vagnini, senior energy engineer for Connecticut Light and Power; Tim Murney, green job coordinator for the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board; and Madeline Priest of the Neighbor2Neighbor Program and Clean Water Action.
The breakfast seminar is free of charge; participants should pre-register by May 13 by visiting www.windhamchamber.com or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut State University Foundation and the Windham Region Chamber of Commerce.
Written by Ed Osborn
Chen Sanpang and President Núñez signed a formal exchange agreement that sets the stage for further collaborations between Eastern and Hanshan Normal University in Chaozhou.
Willimantic, Conn. -- Eastern Connecticut State University President Elsa Núñez and Eastern's Visual Arts Department hosted a delegation from Hanshan Normal University in Chaozhou, a city in Guangdong Province, China, during a visit to Eastern's campus April 27-29. Following a full agenda that included lectures in Eastern classrooms and campus tours, President Núñez and Hanshan officials met to sign a formal exchange agreement on April 29.
"We look forward to exchanging students and faculty with you as we build the relationship between our two schools," said Núñez. "Our two institutions both share a common heritage of preparing teachers to teach in local schools and a commitment to improving the economy of our regions. Thank you for your hospitality in welcoming Art Professors Qimin Liu and Gail Gelburd to your campus this past summer. That successful trip is why we are able to come together today."
While Hanshan is about 100 years old in its present form as a university, it began as a institution of learning 920 years ago. Like Eastern, it has always had teacher education as the core of its mission, and is proud of its motto, "Teach and study diligently, and behave as a model accordingly."
Like Eastern, Hanshan has expanded from its teacher preparation roots, and is organized roughly into an equivalent number of departments offering a similar number of majors across the academic spectrum to those at Eastern. With 15,000 full-time students, it is larger than Eastern, but still shares many common interests. The exchange agreement with Eastern adds a U.S. presence to a list of other Hanshan exchange programs with colleges and universities in Kazakhstan, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
"We are really enjoying our stay," said Hanshan University Vice President Chen Sanpang, "and we are honored to be your guests. We had a campus tour this morning, and I was impressed by your beautiful campus and your energetic students. I am also amazed by all of the beautiful artwork that you have displayed throughout your buildings. Eastern clearly appreciates art! You are learning about us too. We feel connected to you -- we share a common mission and Professor Liu has now built a bridge between our institutions. While this relationship is starting in the area of fine arts, we do not want to limit our relationship to that area. On behalf of our president, we hope to invite Dr. Núñez and an Eastern delegation to China."
Following these remarks, Chen Sanpang and President Núñez signed a formal exchange agreement that sets the stage for further collaborations between the two schools.
Other guests from Hanshan included Xie Hengxing, chair of the Department of Fine Arts; Liang Zhitao, vice chair of the Department of Fine Arts; Hong Peiwei, director of Finance and Administration; and Huang Peizheng, vice director of Foreign Affairs.
Written by Julianne Bass
Communication Professor Denise Matthews and the producer of the documentary, "Child Left Behind," Katelyn Forster, Class of 2010.
Willimantic - A team of Eastern Connecticut State University students have been named winners of the Best Student Documentary Short in the national Broadcast Educators Association Annual Media Festival Awards for 2011. The awards were presented to the students in Las Vegas in April.
Dan Young, Michelle Jarvis, Jason Wadecki and Estelle Crews worked on the film, "The Child Left Behind," during their Documentary Production class in fall 2009, with producer Katelyn Forster completing the project during her spring 2010 internship under the supervision of Communication Professor Denise Matthews. Education Professor Maureen Ruby inspired the idea for "The Child Left Behind" after she shared her story with the students.
Of the experience, production team member Jarvis said, "I was so surprised and excited that we had won. A lot of time was put into this project. It was such a rewarding experience. It really made me aware of the obstacles children with learning disabilities have to face."
The documentary tells the story of Putnam, CT, parents of middle school children with special needs who protested that their child had not been taught to read. This parental advocacy led the Putnam School District to hire Ruby, a reading specialist. "Not providing data-driven, evidence-based and differentiated instruction to children with disabilities may leave these students behind when it comes to reading skills," said Ruby. "This is particularly true for students with cognitive deficits." Ruby provided training to veteran Putnam middle school teacher Fran Bousquet, with remarkable results.
"The Broadcast Education Association's Media Festival is a very important production competition in our field," said Professor Matthews."This is a great validation of the quality of our production program by national standards. We have good equipment; a solid curriculum taught by Andrew Utterback and myself; technical support from Media Service's Paul Melmer; strong administrative support from Jamie Gómez Dean of Eastern's School of Arts and Sciences; and Rhona Free, vice president of academic affairs; and great students. We should all be very proud."
Written by Tim Talley
Willimantic, Conn. - - Twenty-nine students majoring in business information systems and computer science at Eastern Connecticut State University were inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the international honor society for computing and information disciplines, on April 27. The society recognizes academic excellence in the computing and information disciplines.
Inductees included Brian Bergeron, a senior from Baltic; Mark Bettencourt, a senior from Taftville; James Bly, a junior from Lebanon; Alan Brisson, a senior from Willimantic; Kyle Calhoun, a junior from Norwich; Michael Calvo, a senior from Mansfield Center; Barbara Davis, a senior from Storrs Mansfield; Justin Ferrari, a junior from Coventry; Marc Fitzgerald, a junior from Bristol; John Giovannini, a junior from Columbia; Harrison Guzman, a junior from Old Lyme; Ryan Harrings, a senior from Gales Ferry; Jonathan Henk, a senior from Ledyard; John Hilditch, a senior from Manchester, CT; Xingya Ji, a senior from Willimantic; Gregory Krol, a junior from Stafford Springs; Sara Kubas, a senior from Colchester; Robert Martin, a junior from South Windsor; Thomas McAvoy, a senior from Colchester; Walter Mercier, a senior from Canterbury; V.S. Lakshmi Perumalla, a senior from Waterford, CT; Michael Proudfoot, a junior from Stratford; Joseph Pullaro, a senior from Washington Depot; Debie Ramirez, a senior from Willimantic; Gloria Rivera, a senior from Willimantic; Sean Sorensen, a senior from Columbia; Corey Summers, a senior from Stafford Springs; Matthew A. Thibeault, a senior from Stafford Springs; Toni Thomas, a senior from Norwich.