Written by Trevor May
Willimantic, Conn. - Stacey Close, professor of history at Eastern Connecticut State University, will be the keynote speaker at Eastern's Black and White Ball on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center. The Black and White Ball is part of Eastern's monthly cultural celebrations and is designed to commemorate the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"The event is a reflection of the 1960s of where we have come from, where we are today and where we are headed." said Maiyah Gamble-Rivers, who is coordinating the event. The ball is co-sponsored by several Eastern organizations, including the Campus Activity Board (CAB), the Women's Center, the Intercultural Center, the Center for Community Engagement, and the Office of the Housing and Residential Life.
Eastern President Elsa Nunez with History Professor Stacey Close
Close is currently serving as an American Council on Education Fellow (ACE) at Wesleyan University. The ACE Fellows Program is the nation's premier higher education leadership development program in preparing senior leaders to serve American colleges and universities.
Close has been named the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including Eastern's Teaching Excellence Award; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award; Student Club Advisor of the Year Award; and in 1999, was named one of the Hartford Courant's "12 Hot Professors" Award.