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Raising Money to Help Find Cure for Breast Cancer

Written by Chris Herman

Thumbnail image for Breast Cancer Logo.jpgWillimantic, Conn. - The American Marketing Association (AMA) at Eastern Connecticut State University is raising money for the breast cancer research group, Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Fundraisers will be held at 9 a.m. on Oct. 3 and Oct. 7 in the Webb Hall lobby, and at 9 a.m. on Oct. 4 and Oct. 6 in the Student Center. Students and the public are encouraged to donate.

The AMA will be selling cupcakes, ribbons and bracelets. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the largest breast cancer organization in the United States. Nancy Goodman Brinker founded the organization after her sister, Susan Komen, died from breast cancer in 1980. Susan G. Komen for the Cure uses its funds and donations for breast cancer research, public health education, health screening services and breast cancer treatment.
For more information on Susan G. Komen for the Cure, visit

Eastern to Host Connecticut Collegiate Sing-Off

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's student-run all-male a cappella group, 6 Ways to B Natural, will host an a cappella competition at 7 p.m. on Oct. 7 in Shafer Auditorium. The public is invited. Admission is free.


The competitors include 6 Ways to B Natural; Eastern's student-run all-female a capella group, Key of She; Divisi from Central Connecticut State University; Too Good for Instruments (TGFI) from The Parallel Fifths from Western Connecticut State University; and The Accidentals from Trinity College.The competition will be judged by professors from Eastern's Performing Arts Department. The audience will vote on the winner.


"An event like this has never been done before here at Eastern," said Trevor May, one of the founding members of 6 Ways to B Natural. "Television shows featuring a cappella groups have grown very popular over the past few years, so we want to utilize this interest and have a fun, statewide a cappella contest." 

For more information, contact May at

Eastern Students Create Tutoring Writing Book

Written by Kate Harner

tutor to totor book cover.jpgWillimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University has published "From Tutor to Tutor: A Guidebook for Writers," a book written by students under the leadership of Lauren Rosenberg, associate professor of English and coordinator of Eastern's First Year Writing program.

The idea for the book came from student tutors in Rosenberg's Tutoring Writing class in fall 2009. The peer tutors in Eastern's Writing Center work one-on-one with fellow students on their writing assignments for class. While the student tutors received training during the course, the books and articles they read were all written by scholars and professors of composition and rhetoric. Nothing was available by students their age. They chose to do something about it.

Throughout the fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters, the tutor-trainees met with Rosenberg to plan, write and edit a guidebook by peers for peers. "Nothing like this is out there," said Rosenberg. "We didn't model our book after any other because there are no student-written works like this."

"From Tutor to Tutor" is composed of 18 essays that range in topics from dealing with plagiarism to working with English as a Second Language students to handling unexpected experiences during tutoring sessions. Essays include "What to Do When You Have No Clue"; "Meeting with a Tutor for the 'Write' Reasons: Why Voluntary Meetings Beat Mandatory Sessions"; and "Turning Stressful to Productive," among others. Each essay is written by a student trained in Writing Center theory and pedagogy in either Eastern's Tutoring Writing or Composition and Theory Pedagogy courses.

"As a future teacher, I think the experience of contributing to this guidebook will prove especially useful to me because this is the kind of practical, hands-on activity I will want to use in my classroom," said Ken Clark, an English and education major from West Haven. "This experience epitomizes the liberal arts education. We didn't just read a bunch of theories and strategies from a book and memorize them. We discussed them and criticized them. We actually tried using them and found out what works and what doesn't. Then, drawing from those experiences and using what we've learned in the classroom and from each other, we created something of our own - something new."

"Writing an essay for the guidebook was an introspective experience because it allowed me to reflect on my tutoring methods as I considered what advice I wanted to pass down to future tutors," said Lauren Biatowas, an English and education major from Shelton. "The entire revision process helped my tutoring because I was able to get ideas and tips about tutoring strategies from my co-tutors. I found that through our essays, we shared experiences that we had never discussed before. It's exciting that all these student-written essays are published in this guidebook because it extends the conversation about tutoring to future writing tutors at Eastern."

The student-writers who contributed to "Tutor to Tutor" include Kellin Atherton '11, an English major from Niantic; Nate Belke, a senior environmental earth science major from East Lyme; Lauren Biatowas, a senior English and education major from Shelton; April Blymiller '11, an English major from Dayville; Romiesha Briscoe '11, a social work major from Bloomfield; Alyssa Clark, a junior English and education major from West Haven; Ken Clark, a senior English and education major from West Haven; Jason Custer '11, an English major from East Hampton; Travis Dahlke '11, a visual arts major from Columbia; Dazmon Harris '11, a performing arts major from Hartford; Alex Jenkin, a senior English and mathematics major from Meriden; Emily Joyce '11, a communication major from East Hampton; Andrew Minikowski, a senior English and economics major from Colchester; Meghan Mizak, a senior English major from Mystic; Alaric Robinson II '11, a sport and leisure management major from Hartford; Nicole Rogers '11, an English major from East Hartford; Kendall Smith '10, a history major from Plainfield; and Kyle St. Jean, a senior history and social science major from Plainfield.

"Tutor to Tutor" was made possible through a Title III grant coordinated by Margaret Martin, professor of social work, as well as through a Project Compass grant with the support of Carmen Cid, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Project Compass supports efforts to increase retention and graduation rates for minority, low-income and first-generation college students.

Eastern One of Top Five Places to Work

Written by Ed Osborn

top work places_Hartford_AW_2011.jpgWillimantic, Conn:  Eastern Connecticut State University has been named one of the five top workplaces in Connecticut among large organizations in the Hartford Courant/Fox Connecticut list of Top Workplaces for 2011.  The announcement was made in a report published by the Hartford Courant on Sept. 25.  A total of 45 organizations were cited:  20 small, 15 medium and 10 large.  Eastern was the only institution of higher education recognized. 

Other organizations recognized included: NBC-TV, CT; Rogers Corporation; Comcast; Webster Bank; East Hartford Public Schools; Mark Twain House; Magellan Health Services; the UCONN Foundation, Inc.; and the Village for Families and Children. 

The survey was conducted by the Exton, PA-based independent research firm, Workplace Dynamics LLC.  A total of 793 employers were invited to participate, and in all, 12,685 employees at participating firms filled out the self-administered, anonymous survey instrument.

 "We are honored to be recognized by one of Connecticut's leading sources of news and information as a top workplace in Connecticut," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez.  "While Eastern was recognized in the large organization category, our campus has always prided itself on its sense of community and for being a welcoming, inclusive environment for students, their families and the community-at-large.  This announcement is a wonderful reminder that Eastern is also a great workplace for our faculty and staff and I am delighted that we were among those recognized." 

STEP/CAP Program Wins Grant

Written by Dwight Bachman

Willimantic, Conn:  Eastern Connecticut State University has been named the recipient of a $100,000 competitive grant from the Connecticut Department of Higher Education (DHE) to help operate Eastern's University Success Program, commonly known as the Summer Transition at Eastern Program/Contract Admissions Program (STEP/CAP).


The $100,000 grant will help fund Eastern's efforts to target students from Connecticut's low-income families and students who are the first in their family to attend college. It also will help fund year-round activities, i.e., hiring alumni mentors, peer advisors and other support services, as well as help to defray the cost of the summer 2012 STEP/CAP program.


The University Success Program is an outgrowth of the DHE's effort to close gaps in educational achievement between white, African-American, Hispanic-American and Asian-American students, and improve college enrollment, retention and graduation rates among low-income students.

For 28 consecutive summers, STEP/CAP has offered a group of approximately 65 high school graduates each year with an intensive, residential program of instruction, mentoring and advising, aimed at preparing them for the demands of undergraduate life. The students take classes in English, mathematics, social sciences, public speaking and study skills.


Over the past three years, STEP/CAP has posted significant gains in increasing the graduation rates of African-American and Hispanic-American students from low-income families who end up enrolling and graduating from Eastern. Notably, STEP/CAP's graduation rate of 40 percent exceeds the national average of less than 25 percent for students who come from low-income families and racial or ethnic groups that are under-represented on college campuses.

Mike Domitrz Lectures at Eastern

Written by Christopher Herman

domitrz image.jpg     Willimantic, Conn. -- Mike Domitrz, founder of The Date Safe Project, will be speaking from 6-7 p.m. on Oct. 13 in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center at Eastern Connecticut State University. The public is invited. Admission is free.

     Domitrz has traveled the country for more than a decade to teach and lecture to students, parents, educators, professionals, organizations and the news media. His lecture series, "Can I Kiss You?" addresses sensitive issues such as healthy dating, consent, date rape and sexual assault awareness. He balances humor and candor to create a comfortable environment for students. He advises parents on how to teach their sons and daughters to make the right decisions on dating, intimacy, alcohol, drugs and helping friends.

 Domitrz created the Date Safe Project and the Can I Kiss You lecture series after his sister was the victim of rape. This traumatic event compelled Domitrz to want to make a difference. He began a one-person show that powerfully uses the tool of humor to connect with students. This lecture series is presented in schools, universities, military installations and numerous other organizations. The Date Safe Project, established in 2003, creates educational materials on consent, respect, sexual assault, and supporting survivors of sexual abuse.

For more information, call Eastern's Women's Center at (860) 465-4313.

New Star Projector Debuts at Eastern

Written by Gabrielle Little

Star Projector color 1 (2).jpgWillimantic, Conn. - The Robert K. Wickware Planetarium at Eastern Connecticut State University will host its first fall public star show at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 3. The public is invited. Admission is free. Russell Sampson, associate professor of physical sciences, will host the star show, which will showcase a new state-of-the-art Spitz System 512 Star Projector and a new $17,000 LED Cove lighting system.

The new 512 Star Projector replaces the 40-year-old Spitz A4 projector. It can display 2,350 stars, almost twice as many as the old projector, as it contains the latest electronic controls, projection systems and precision motors. With the new equipment, the new projector can create the appearance of the simulated night sky in a more realistic fashion. "The new star projector provides a truly awe-inspiring simulation of the night sky," said Sampson. "The projector keeps Eastern at the forefront of astronomy education in Connecticut and will also improve our already high community outreach capabilities."

Star Projector color 2.jpgSampson will also showcase the planetarium's new $17,000 LED Cove lighting system, a form of indirect lighting built to highlight decorative ceilings. Unlike the old 1970s era incandescent system, the new LED Cove lights can mix any color daytime sky. Cove lighting is valued because it hides the fixtures and provides a very even, warm light.

Each year the Robert K. Wickware Planetarium is used to teach up to 250 Eastern students. Eastern has also started the country's first minor in astronomy outreach and public presentation. This minor teaches students how to operate a planetarium. "The new Spitz System 512 will keep students in the minor competitive for jobs in schools and museums that have their own planetariums and star projector systems," said Sampson.

The planetarium is also used as an outreach service that presents free astronomy shows to students and staff, as well as local K-12 classes and community groups.  The outreach programming reaches nearly 1,000 people per year.

Sampson believes that science education is an integral part of maintaining a productive and healthy society.  "Astronomy is one of the most popular sciences I believe improving our planetarium teaching and outreach capability provides a gateway to higher education and lifelong learning," he said.

Upcoming Planetarium shows will take place on Nov. 7 and Dec. 5, both starting promptly at 5:30 p.m. For tickets or free private star shows, contact Zoran Pazameta at (860) 465-5300 or, and Russell Sampson at (860) 465-0188 or

Walk for Crohn's and Colitis Disease

Written by Ebony Minottcrohn's and colitis logo.jpg FEMALES (Females Excelling Maturing to Achieve Leadership, Excellence and Success), a women's leadership club at Eastern Connecticut State University, will host its third annual "Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis" walk from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Mansfield Athletic Complex.

The cost is $5 for single participants and $25 for a group (no less than 5 people and no more than 15 people in a group). Proceeds will benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).

"It's an honor for us to help support the foundation of a disease that afflicts many people," said Bethany Delaney, president of FEMALES. "A lot of people are unfamiliar with Crohn's disease and colitis, so the walk is a good way to help promote awareness about them. FEMALES hopes the walk will grow bigger each year to raise more money towards a cure."

Crohn's disease is a chronic disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive or gastrointestinal tract. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition that mainly affects the colon.

Both diseases belong to a larger illness called inflammatory bowel disease. The two diseases are extremely difficult to distinguish due to their similar symptoms. According to CCFA, approximately 10 percent of colitis cases are unable to be pinpointed as either ulcerative (chronic) colitis or Crohn's disease, and are called indeterminate colitis. Currently there is no cure for Crohn's disease and colitis, but available treatment options can make life easier for those affected by the disease.

For more information, email the F.E.M.A.L.E.S account at

Erin Davies to Speak on Hate Crimes

Written by Gabrielle Little

Erin Davies.pngWillimantic, Conn. -Erin Davies, activist and co-founder of the Fagbug Project, will speak at Eastern's University Hour Series from 3 to 4 p. m. on Oct. 19 in the Student Center Theatre. Davies' presentation, "Creating Change in Ourselves," shares her inspirational story of traveling across the United States and Canada to raise awareness about hate crimes and homophobia.  The public is invited. Admission is free.

Davies refused to be silent when her VW Beetle was vandalized and marked with homophobic slurs in 2007, just because it sported a rainbow bumper sticker.  Her presentation at Eastern will raise awareness about her belief to give a voice to those who are silent; inspire others to take a stand against bullies; and be an example of how to overcome obstacles with creativity.

Upon founding the project four years ago, Davies has gained sponsorship from the Volkswagen Group of America and the Sundance Film Festival. In addition, Davies has produced a documentary of her journey, which can be found on her website at

Poverty Awareness Marathon at Eastern

Written by Chris Herman

Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University is hosting its third Annual Poverty Awareness Marathon with a goal of collecting 462 nonperishable items that will be donated to the Covenant Soup Kitchen. The marathon takes place from 7 a.m. to noon on Sept. 23. Donations should be dropped off at the Sports Center or the Center for Community Engagement, located on the second floor of the Woods Support Services Center by Sept. 3.    

     Health and Physical Education Professor Charlie Chatterton, Eastern's men's lacrosse team, Eastern's women's soccer team, and numerous other Eastern organizations are participating in the marathon. Donors and supporters will have the opportunity to run, walk or cheer on the participants during the marathon. An information program will be held at noon.  

     According to a new national census, more than 46 million Americans are living in poverty, the highest number in 52 years. Charitable events like the marathon help spread awareness of those directly and indirectly affected by poverty.

     For more information, call the Center for Community Engagement at (860) 465-0684.

Eastern's Alzheimer's Awareness & Benefits Event

Written by Ebony Minott

Willimantic, CT -- The Psychology Club at Eastern Connecticut State University will host an Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Benefit at 7p.m. on Sept. 27 in the Student Center Café. The event is open to the public. Admission is free.

At the event, participants will visit different tables, where local agencies will advertise their services and advocacy. Students will also learn about volunteering opportunities. Participants also will be able to donate money to the 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer's, which takes place at 10 a.m. on Oct. 2 at Hartford's Bushnell Park. "This is only the beginning of a career of supporting Alzheimer's victims and their families", said Melissa Griffin, vice president of the Psychology Club. "I plan to use my psychology training to treat behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease and train caretakers to care for the disease as best as possible," said Griffin.

           The club hopes to create a comfortable environment where individuals can discuss their personal stories and experience with Alzheimer's Disease. To provide that type of atmosphere, it has arranged for "The Phantoms," a local band composed of Eastern students and alumni to perform at the event.  The Phantoms received the 2011 United Nations Arts for Peace Emerging Artists Award for their humanitarian work this past January, when they volunteered in Haitian orphanages and spread their message of love and peace through music.  

The Alzheimer 's Disease Awareness and Benefit is co-sponsored by The Center for Community Engagement, Alzheimer's Association, Bagel One, Applebee's, Mansfield Movieplex, Angellino's, Hallmark, Culinary Expressions Catering, Domino's Pizza, Angie's Pizza & Restaurant, New England Pizza & Restaurant, Stop & Shop, Community Companion & Homemaking Services, and Candlewood Valley Health & Rehabilitation Center.

For more information about this event, contact Eastern's Psychology Club via email,


Who' s Menacing Whom? Human Threats to Sharks and Rays

Written by Gabrielle Little

john mandelman.jpgWillimantic, Conn. - John Mandelman, research scientist at the New England Aquarium, will speak at Eastern's University Hour Series from 3 to 4 p. m. on Oct. 5 in Room 104 of the Science Building. The public is invited. Admission is free.

  Mandelman will discuss "Marine Bycatch," his research on threats to marine species, including human-induced threats to sharks and their survival.

 Mandelman's core expertise incorporates the physiological responses to anthropogenic stressors in elasmobranch fishes, sharks and sting rays. In addition, he studies the physiological status and viability of discarded elasmobranch bycatch in fishing operations and tactics to diminish the occurrence of captured elasmobranchs.


Family Day at Eastern

Written by Chris Herman

Willimantic, Conn. - Admitted students and their families are invited to Eastern Connecticut State University's annual Family Day from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 24 in front of the Student Center. In order for Eastern to plan accordingly for the event, tickets must be purchased by Sept. 21. The fee is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

            Students and families will check-in and be given a list of scheduled activities for the day from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Student Center Patio. Meal tickets for the campus barbecue will also be handed out during the check-in process.

The "Power Info Hour" will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre. The session will show how to navigate the scholarship process, secure an internship, and access abroad opportunities.

Activity booths will be open from 11 a.m. to noon in the Student Center Patio and the Jim O'Connor Trio will provide musical entertainment. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. under tents on the Wood Support Services Center lawn. Families will also be able to watch two sporting events while on campus. The women's soccer team will host Plymouth State at 1 p.m. in the Mansfield Complex. The women's volleyball team will square off against Keene State at 1 p.m. in the Geissler Gym.

            In case of inclement weather, activities will be held in the Student Center. For more information, call the Student Activities Office at (860) 465-0036.


Federal Reserve Official Comes To Eastern

Written by Ed Osborn

Willimantic, Conn. - Jeffrey C. Fuhrer, executive vice-president for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, will speak at Eastern Connecticut State University on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Room of the J. Eugene Smith Library.


Fuhrer is a senior advisor to the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee which formulates and implements the nation's monetary policy.   Fuhrer's presentation is sponsored by the David T. Chase Free Enterprise Institute.  He will discuss current regional, national and international economic trends with particular emphasis on the regional New England economy. The public is invited. Admission is free.


Fuhrer has done research on econometric inflation, interest rate and employment models, and on monetary policy initiatives by the Federal Reserve System. Fuhrer received his undergraduate degree in economics from Princeton University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Harvard University.


Virginia and Charles Prewitt Honored for Peace Efforts

Written by Dwight Bachman

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Eastern President Elsa M. Nunez congratulates Charles Prewitt, professor emeritus at Eastern, after the University opened and dedicated the new Virginia and Charles Prewitt Office of Peace and Human Rights, located in Room 110 of Goddard Hall.

On Sept. 7, Eastern opened and dedicated the new Virginia and Charles Prewitt Office of Peace and Human Rights, located in Room 110 of Goddard Hall. Charles Prewitt, professor emeritus at Eastern, has donated more than $90,000 to the Eastern Connecticut State University Foundation, Inc. in honor of his late beloved wife, Virginia to support the operations of the Peace and Human Rights Office and to provide additional scholarship support to students interested in the cause of peace and human rights. 

In 2002, Prewitt and his wife had established the Virginia and Charles Prewitt Peace and Human Rights Studies Endowment to support students who are active in the community and demonstrate an interest in peace and human rights. Prewitt began teaching the sciences at Eastern in 1952 until he retired in 1979. He continues to teach peace and human rights courses part time, bringing state and national dignitaries to campus to explore how to pursue world peace and basic human rights for all human beings.

Prewitt and his wife, Virginia, worked with Philosophy Professor Hope Fitz and others to establish the Peace and Human Rights minor on campus.  In October 2004, Eastern presented the Prewitts the "Herman Beckert Friends of the University Award" for their contributions to Eastern and the cause of peace.

"It is wonderful to see us dedicating this office in honor of Virginia and your own legacy," Eastern President Elsa Nunez told Prewitt. "I have enjoyed presenting each year in your classes. I have observed with pleasure how you stay connected with your students; that is how you stay young!

"We thank Dr. Prewitt for his commitment to peace and the rights of all human beings, and we are delighted to be able to dedicate this room in honor of him and in memory of his wife, Virginia."

In thanking Núñez for the new office, Prewitt said, "I am happy that our students will be able to benefit. We have a Peace and Human Rights minor, and I am looking forward someday to a major." Prewitt's peace and human rights story began more than 70 years ago when he and his wife were hired to work as chemists for DuPont. Eventually FBI agents told them that they were  part of the Manhattan Project to develop the first atomic bomb. The Prewitts did not want to be part of creating a weapon of mass destruction and opted out of the project.  Later, in the 1960s, Prewitt left Eastern for a period of time to travel with his wife to Burma, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, where he taught science teachers and spread their message of peace and understanding among people. 

Prewitt eventually returned to Eastern to continue teaching, and today he and his wife's legacy of peace remain vibrant and alive.  It is fitting that a quote attributed to Prewitt is on the door of the Peace and Human Rights Office:  "If you don't have a dream, how can your dream come true?"


Social Justice Educator Art Munin at Eastern

Written by Chris Herman

art munin picture (2).jpgWillimantic, CT. - Art Munin, well known activist, author and educator in student advocacy and student conduct, will speak at Eastern Connecticut State University from 3-4 p.m. on Sept. 28 in the Student Center Theatre. Munin's lecture will address issues of privilege and diversity in higher education.  The public is invited. Admission is free.

            Munin, professor and assistant dean of students at DePaul University, has taught and lectured on such topics as leadership ethics, social justice, the nature of privilege, oppression, racism and social justice movements. He also explores the concept of white privilege and its effect on history. Munin believes that educating college students on diversity and social justice can lead to a society with a more increased attention on movements involving ethical social messages.

            Munin has co-authored chapters in the books "Handbook for Student Leadership Development" and "When Minorities are Strongly Encouraged to Apply." He is currently writing a book titled "Color by Number: The Facts and Stats on Children and Racism." For more information on Munin's books and lectures visit


The Anti-Sissy Boy Project

Written by Gabrielle Little 

Willimantic, Conn. - Maris Murphy, whose brother Kirk Andrew Murphy committed suicide years after being subjected to "The Sissy Boy Experiment," will speak on "The Anti- Sissy Boy Project" during the University Hour Series at Eastern Connecticut State University from 3 to 4 p. m. on Sept. 14 in the Betty R. Tipton Room, located in the Student Center. The public is invited. Admission is free.

  Murphy's presentation is sponsored by Eastern's Intercultural Center, which promotes awareness and advocacy about suicide and suicide prevention. The Sissy Boy Experiment was a government-funded project that took place at UCLA during the 1970's to purge boys with effeminate behavior of what researchers called the "Sissy Boy Syndrome." 

Murphy has been featured in Anderson Cooper's CNN documentary series "The Sissy Boy Experiment." In the documentary, Murphy expresses her emotions on the death of her brother and her thoughts of the program.

Murphy's lecture is designed to inform the public about her brother's story, while raising awareness about sexuality, gender roles in our society and suicide prevention.  Because suicide can be a sensitive and personal subject, Murphy will be answering questions through a mini-feed on her Twitter account.


Brother of Unabomber to Visit Eastern

Written by Gabrielle Little

david kacynski).jpgWillimantic, Conn. - David Kaczynski and Bess Klassen-Landis will speak as "New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty" at Eastern Connecticut State University at 3 p. m. on Sept. 21 in the Betty R. Tipton Room, located in the Student Center. The lecture is part of Eastern's University Hour Series. The public is invited. Admission is free. Kaczynski is the brother of Theodore Kaczynski, otherwise known as "The Unabomber."

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Bess Klassen-Landis was 13 years old when her mother was brutally raped and murdered. Together they will tell their stories in hope of raising awareness on what is called "The Restorative Justice Approach." This method is currently utilized nationally and globally, and seeks to repair the harm suffered by all parties affected by crime and victimization, while making offenders more accountable for their actions and acknowledging the needs of victims.


Mayda Del Valle to Perform at Eastern

Written by Kate Harner

Maya delvalle close up.jpgWillimantic, CT -- Award-winning spoken-word artist Mayda Del Valle will perform her poetry at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14 in Eastern Connecticut State University's Betty R. Tipton Room. The event is hosted by the Division of Student Affairs. The public is invited. Admission is free.

Del Valle has appeared on Russell Simmons' "Def Poetry Jam" on HBO and was an original cast member of the Tony Award-winning "Def Poetry Jam" on Broadway. She toured with Norman Lear's "Declare Yourself" Spoken Word Tour, a project that encouraged youth to register to vote for the 2004 presidential election. Oprah's "O Magazine" named Del Valle one of 20 women in the first "O Power List." She was invited to perform at the White House for the president and first lady in 2009. She has been featured in the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Urban Latino, Latina Magazine, The Source and Mass Appeal.


The event is part of Eastern's annual cultural celebration, "Social Justice: Your Voices. Your Movement. Your World." For more information, contact the Intercultural Center at (860) 465-5749 or the Women's Center at (860) 465-4314.


Reception to Unveil New Hispanic U.S. Stamps

Written by Ebony Minott

stamps-latin-music-2011.jpgWillimantic, CT -- Eastern Connecticut State University will host the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission's monthly board meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Sept 21 in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room of the J. Eugene Smith Library.

Immediately following the meeting, the commission will host a reception to reveal five new United States postal stamps of famous Hispanics. They include Celia Cruz, a Cuban-American salsa singer; Tito Puente, a Latin jazz and Salsa musician; Selena, a Grammy Award winner; Carlos Gardel, a well-known singer, songwriter and actor from Argentina; and Carmen Miranda, a Brazilian samba singer.

For more information about the board meeting, contact the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission at (860) 240-8330.


Bouley, Business Executive-in-Residence, to Speak

Written by Christopher Herman

bouley-lg1.jpgWillimantic, Conn:  Kevin Bouley, president and CEO of Nerac, Inc., a global technology and innovative product advisory research firm located in Tolland, CT, has been named Eastern's 2011-12 distinguished executive in residence, and will visit the campus from from 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 21 in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center.  The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Following an interactive presentation by Bouley, the audience will break out into small teams to engage in creative discussions, with the goal of enhancing Eastern students' understanding of how innovative individuals and groups can form successful entrepreneurial organizations.

            Bouley is a recognized leader in the information industry and a Connecticut native. He earned his undergraduate degree in finance in 1980 from the University of Connecticut (UConn). After several promotions in sales and accounting, he was named vice president of Nerac in 1987, and held that position before acquiring the company in 1999. Under Bouley's direction, Nerac has grown steadily, more than doubling in size, with Bouley leading a transformation of the company's business model and nearly every facet of its operations.

            Nerac has been named to Deloitte & Touche's prestigious Technology Fast 50 program five times for Connecticut, a program which ranks the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the state. Bouley has actively nurtured innovation and invested money and resources in numerous small business start-ups, many of which are hosted within the unique business development environment at Nerac. 

            Bouley serves on the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation Advisory Board and the UConn School of Engineering Advisory Board. He formerly served on the boards of the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) and the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA).   He is a past president of both the National Association of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) and the Association of Information Dissemination Centers (ASIDIC).


Open House at Eastern

Written by Christopher Herman 

Willimantic, Conn. - Thousands of prospective students and their families are expected to visit Eastern Connecticut State University when it holds its fall Open House from 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 16 in Geissler Gymnasium.

            Students will be able to learn first-hand the unique aspects of Eastern's public liberal arts education curriculum. The program will provide information on Eastern's academic majors and minors and allow visitors the opportunity to meet with university faculty, staff and students.

            At 1 p.m., Eastern President Elsa M. Núñez will welcome the students and their families,  

who will also be provided information on Eastern's academics and honors program; study abroad and national student exchange program; admissions and financial aid; academic support services; athletics; and the multitude of university clubs and organizations. The University will also provide a tour of residence halls, classrooms, laboratories and the J. Eugene Smith Library.   

For more information about the Open House, please contact the Office of Admissions, Eastern Connecticut State University, 83 Windham Street, Willimantic, CT, 06226, by calling (860) 465-5288, or visit


Women's Rights Activist Jane Roberts Visits Eastern

Written by Christopher Herman

Jane Roberts.jpgWillimantic, Conn: Jane Roberts, well-known activist, author and co-founder of the 34 Million Friends of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), will speak at Eastern Connecticut State University from 3 - 4 p. m. on Oct. 12 in the Women's Center, located in the Arthur L. Johnson Unity Wing of the Student Center. The public is invited. Admission is free.

            Roberts has dedicated her life to women's access to education, health and human rights. Her work deals with teaching reproductive health, family planning, surviving childbirth, prevention of STDs, avoiding HIV/AIDS and the prevention of gender-based violence. The fund, co-founded by activist Lois Abraham, is a grassroots movement that has supported health initiatives since 2002. The group was created in response to the Bush administration withholding the $34 million that was always given to the UNFPA. The project asks Americans to donate $1 to the organization, which goes to UNFPA.

            In 2005, Roberts and Abraham were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in international human rights. Roberts has also published a book, "34 Million Friends: Of the Women of the World," which gives details on Roberts and Abraham's mission to achieve social justice for women. The book is available at and


Wynn Talks Evolution at University Hour Series

Written by Gabrielle Little

wynn on evolution.jpgWillimantic, Conn. - "And God said, "Let there be evolution!":  Reconciling the Book of Genesis, the Qur'an, and the Theory of Evolution,"  a book authored by Eastern Connecticut State University Chemistry Professor Charles Wynn, will kick off Eastern's 2011 Fall University Hour Series from 3 to 4 p. m. on Sept. 7 in the Student Center Theatre. The public is invited. Admission is free.

The book deals with the continuing conflict between scientific understandings and religious beliefs.  In the book, David Kay, a scientist and conservative rabbi in Florida; Howard Van Till, professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at Calvin College in Michigan and devout Christian; and pediatrician T.O. Shanavas, a Muslim living in Michigan, present scientific evidence in support of Darwin's Theory of Evolution, and then explain how they reconcile that theory with their respective religions. Each concludes that accepting evolution does not require abandoning one's faith.


"And God said, "Let there be evolution!": Reconciling the Book of Genesis, the Qur'an, and the Theory of Evolution,"  has recently been published in trade paperback, Kindle and Nook by All Things That Matter Press. This is the fourth in a quartet of books about science, pseudoscience and religion by Charles M. Wynn Sr., and Arthur W. Wiggins.  It is available at or


Eastern to Host Worm Harvest!

Written by Dwight Bachman

Eastern to Host Worm Harvest!

                        Willimantic, CT - At 4 p.m. on Sept. 7, members of the Green Campus Committee at Eastern Connecticut State University will host "Worm Casting Harvest," their second vermicomposting workshop. The workshop, led by Biology Professor John Landosky, will be held in the urban garden (former greenhouse) behind Burr Hall on Windham Street.  The workshop will discuss the benefits of starting a worm bin as well as demonstrate how to set up a worm bin and harvest worm castings. During the event, participants will build a worm bin and one lucky participant will walk away with the bin and worms to start their own vermicomposting system." 

"Our worms have been very prolific this summer.  Their population size is at about maximum capacity for our bin.  Now is an excellent time to split the clew (worm speak for colonies) and establish another bin," said Landosky.  "We hope lots of people come and see how to harvest worm castings and possibly be the one lucky attendee who will take home a fully functional bin."

Landosky and Health and Physical Education Professor Mary Ragno began holding public composting sessions this past May that teach 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.

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.

Persons interested in attending the worm composting workshop should contact Landosky at or Mary Ragno at .


Eastern Professor to Present Work at ArtSpace

Written by Kate Harner

miller's houses and moutains.JPGWillimantic, Conn. - Muriel Miller, part-time professor of visual arts at Eastern Connecticut State University, will present her exhibit, "Landscapes in Plein Air," at the ArtSpace Gallery from Sept. 9 to Sept. 24. The opening reception, which will feature music by Dennis Waring, will be held Sept. 9 from 5-8 p.m. at the gallery, located at 480 Main Street, Willimantic. The public is invited. Admission is free.

Miller creates large-scale acrylic landscape paintings that incorporate expressionist color choices and an impressionist rendering of light and atmosphere. Her work expresses both the familiar and unfamiliar in paintings of northeastern Connecticut, where she is a resident, as well as observations of the landscapes she has encountered in her travels to Australia, England, Ireland and the national parks of the West.

Since 1995, Miller has taught printmaking, painting, drawing, color theory and location studies abroad at Eastern, Central Connecticut State University and Paier College of Art, Inc. She has received several awards for her artwork, and has had her work exhibited in galleries, libraries and businesses across Connecticut.

The gallery is open on Sept. 10, 17 and 24 from 1-4 p.m. or by appointment. Persons interested in making appointments for this exhibit should contact Miller at (860) 455-9918 or


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