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Written by Dwight Bachman

Willimantic, Conn. - The Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE) at Eastern Connecticut State University has been named the recipient of a prestigious Telly Award for the production of "The Importance of Play," an "E-Clip" educational video featuring Education Professor Jeffrey Trawick-Smith.

The Eastern video received a bronze award in the Online/Education category. The Telly Awards honor outstanding television, video and film production programs. This year the awards program received more than 11,000 entries from five continents.

The "E-Clips" series was conceived of and developed by Denise Matthews, associate professor of communication, and involves a number of Eastern faculty, staff and students. This is the Center for Early Childhood Education's second Telly Award for an "E-Clips" video.

"Our original goal was to use the expertise of our early childhood faculty to develop powerful videos for training current and future early childhood teachers -- and we've received very positive feedback about the video content from professionals across the United States," said Julia DeLapp, the CECE's program coordinator.  "The video series has also provided an important opportunity for involving Eastern's communication students in developing professional-level videos under the direction of Professor Matthews.  This award, which recognizes the technical quality of the video, demonstrates that Eastern students can gain meaningful professional experiences when paired with committed faculty.  We're thrilled to have their collaborative efforts acknowledged by such a prestigious award."

In addition to Matthews, individuals responsible for developing "The Importance of Play" include Ken Measimer, production coordinator; Trawick-Smith; student Kerin Jaros-Dressler, editor; student Jessica Barbieri, production assistant; and DeLapp, executive producer. To read more about "E-Clips" or to view the video, visit


HS Soccer Players Prepare for Season at Eastern Clinic

Written by Arielle Cotoia

Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Athletic Department will host a soccer clinic from noon-8 p.m. Aug. 17-19. This clinic is for boys ages 13-18. Tuition is $100. All funds will support Eastern's soccer program.  

The clinic is designed to lead into high school athletes' preseason. Players can attend individually or as a team. Each player will go through three to four training sessions and play in three full matches over a three-day period. Each day will consist of one to two training sessions and one match. Players coming as a team will train and play with their teammates. Sessions will consist of technical, tactical and fitness training.

Men's soccer head coach, Greg DeVito and Adam Phaiah, men's soccer assistant coach, will lead the clinic, along with current and former college soccer players. DeVito was the 2007 Little East Conference (LEC) Coach of the Year and Phaiah was the 2007 Thomac Kruseski Young Coach of the Year.

"Players will be put into competitive situations designed to make them better players," said DeVito, who is the clinic director. "It's a great way for them to prepare for their high school season."

Participants include soccer teams from Windham Technical High School, Tolland High

School, RHAM High School, Cromwell High School, Coventry High School and Bacon


To reserve your spot in the clinic, interested persons or teams should visit For more information, contact Greg DeVito at (860) 465-4334 or


Continuing Education Grant Helps Adult Students REACH

Written by Arielle Cotoia

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Stan Beckford shows a presentation to his students in "Business Report Writing."

Willimantic, Conn. - The School of Continuing Education at Eastern Connecticut State University and the ECSU Foundation Inc. have received a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut to fund scholarships for adult students from Southeastern Connecticut who wish to advance their education.

            Regional Education and Career Change (REACH) scholarships will be distributed by qualified adult students to allow them to complete academic credits at Eastern's Groton site.

            REACH scholarships are designed to assist individuals who may be unemployed as well as underemployed adults who are at risk of losing their jobs due to lack of credentials.

REACH release photo 2 student giving presentation.jpg           Urban Anthropology professor, Joan Greene (seated right) listens to a student's presentation.

 "The availability of financial aid for regional adult students is an essential part of the economic recovery of southeastern Connecticut," said Carol Williams, associate dean of the School of Continuing Education. "Retraining and credentialing the local workforce provides them with opportunities to advance their careers."

 "Southeastern Connecticut retains one of the highest unemployment rates in the state," said Williams. "As the state's only public liberal arts university, Eastern reached out to the Community Foundation as a partner to support these adults as they ready themselves for new employment opportunities as they arise."

            Since the early 1970s, Eastern has earned a reputation for serving adult students in

Connecticut by offering courses and programs at times and places convenient for working adults. Eastern offers flexible degree programs for adults through its Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree available on campus and at several off-campus locations. Eastern also offers a Credit for Lifelong Learning program that allows adults to earn credit for college-level learning acquired at work or through other life experiences. By capitalizing upon their prior experiences and learning adults can speed up the completion of a baccalaureate degree.

             Individuals who think they may qualify for a REACH Scholarship through the School of Continuing Education should call Gail Turner at Eastern's Groton site, (860) 446-9457.


Career Services Director Named Outstanding Career Practitioner

Written by Arielle Cotoia

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NCDA Trustee, Ron Cathey, congratulates Nancy DeCrescenzo for winning the 2011 Outstanding Career Practitioner Award.

Willimantic, Conn. - Nancy DeCrescenzo, director of career services at Eastern Connecticut State University, has been named the recipient of the National Career Development Association's (NCDA) Outstanding Career Practitioner Award for 2011. NCDA officials presented DeCrescenzo the award at its Global Career Development Conference on July 1 in San Antonio, TX.

The NCDA award recognizes practicing career counselors for outstanding performance with at least eight years in several areas: working directly with people in career development in education, business, and/or private practice; quality service indicated by innovative programs; recognition by local organizations and publications; and service to the profession through leadership in professional associations at the local, state and/or national levels.

For more than 15 years, DeCrescenzo has served as a career counselor in college career centers -- the past six years at Eastern. Her National Career Development Month model has been presented and implemented at state and national levels. Her innovative programs such as the Reverse Career Fair, Networking Picnic and Love Your Career Day have received corporate sponsorship, generated revenue for Eastern and were featured in local publications. DeCrescenzo also manages Eastern's Employer Advisory Board, which has allowed alumni and recruiters to participate in creative ways on campus.

"I am honored and humbled to be recognized by my colleagues of the NCDA. The leaders in

our profession are the leaders of NCDA, and to be acknowledged by them is wonderful," said DeCrescenzo.

          DeCrescenzo is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and Wesleyan University.  She is president of the Connecticut Counseling Association; former president of the Connecticut Career Counseling and Development Association; and former president of the Connecticut Cooperative Education and Internship Association. 


Visual Arts Lecturer Exhibits 'Plein Air' Landscapes

Written by Arielle Cotoia

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Miller's acrylic painting of Lancrigg, an inn in Grasmere, Lake District, England.

Willimantic, Conn. - Muriel Miller, visual arts lecturer at Eastern Connecticut State University, will showcase "Landscapes in Plein Air," Aug. 7-24 at the Vanilla Bean Café in Pomfret. The opening reception is from 4-6 p.m. on Aug. 7.

            The theme of her show is painting in 'plein air,' which refers to painting outside in open air or on site, as Miller's acrylic paintings are landscapes. "One sees the colors and the atmospheric sense of place at that particular time of day or season," said Miller. "I am attracted to the colors and the effects of shadow and light. These qualities aren't possible with using photographs."

Miller's choices of subjects reflect a combination of the familiar and unfamiliar. Her paintings include landscapes of familiar Connecticut surroundings and unfamiliar landscapes of foreign countries. Her show will feature landscapes from her recent trip with art students from Eastern, Central and the University of Hartford, to Ireland, England and Wales. She added, "I am visually stimulated by landscapes that I have never seen before, and I try to capture the uniqueness and spirit of a place."

Vanilla Bean Café is located at 350 Deerfield Rd. in Pomfret and is open Mondays and Tuesdays 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Fridays 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information about "Landscapes in Plein Air," contact Muriel Miller at


Players to Learn Basketball Fundamentals at Camp

Written by Arielle Cotoia

Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Athletic Department will host its annual summer youth basketball camp from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., July 25-29 and Aug. 1-5. The clinic is designed for girls and boys of all skill levels, ages 5-16. Tuition is $195. All funds support Eastern's basketball program.

The goal of the camp is to provide each camper with the fundamentals of basketball, including shooting, passing, ball handling, rebounding, defense and team play. The camp offers skill development, individual instruction, contests and basketball games. Individual shooting technique and offensive skill development are emphasized. The campers will be separated by age and will play two games daily.

Bill Geitner, Eastern's head men's basketball coach, will lead the camp, along with high school and college coaches, including current and former Eastern players.

Campers should bring their own lunch but may purchase snacks and drinks at the camp store.

To register for the camp, interested persons should visit:

  For more information, contact Bill Geitner at (860) 465-5332 or


Business Courses will help 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 is offering selected business courses at Manchester Community College (MCC) this fall. 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.

"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.  For more information, call (860) 465-5125.


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