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October 2012 Archives

Finding Face: The Tat Marina Story

Written by Christopher J. Herman


Finding Face Tat Marina  Image.jpg Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Intercultural Center will host Skye Fitzgerald, director of the film "Finding Face,"  as well as Tat Marina, who stars in the film. Both will speak about acid violence as both a human rights violation and a gendered form of violence from 3-4 p.m. on Nov. 12 in the Student Center Theatre.

  "Finding Face" details the controversial case of Marina, who was attacked with acid in Cambodia in 1999. At 16, Marina was a rising star in Phnom Penh's karaoke music scene. She was coerced into an abusive relationship with Svay Sitha, Cambodia's Undersecretary of State, and subsequently attacked with acid. Marina has broken her long silence with the hope that she can gain some form of justice for human rights abuses against women, if not in the judicial system, then, at least in the court of public opinion.

 Acid violence is a worldwide phenomenon that is not restricted to a particular race, religion or geographic location. The act of acid violence rarely kills, but causes severe physical, psychological and social scarring. Victims living in developing countries have limited access to medical and psychological assistance.

 For more information on the lecture, contact the Campus Activity Board Office at (860) 465-0231.

EASTERN TO REOPEN ON WEDNESDAY

Eastern Connecticut State University will reopen on Wednesday, Oct. 31, following the closing of campus on Oct. 29 and 30 due to Hurricane Sandy. Classes will run as scheduled, offices will be open, and normal operations will take place on their regular schedule. People returning to campus are urged to be cautious in traveling on the roads.

Today, Oct. 30, for students who are on campus, the following services are available: food service is available Hurley Hall; the Student Center is open; the Sports Center is open from noon to 8 p.m.; the pool is open from noon to 2 p.m.; and Health Services is open. The computer lab in Webb Hall is closed, as is the library. The campus bus shuttle is also not available today.

For current information on the status of campus operations, visit http://www.easternct.edu/universityrelations/cancellations.htm

 

Eastern Closed on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 29-30

Due to National Weather Service projections for the path and intensity of Hurricane Sandy, and the prediction for strong winds, heavy rains and potential flooding, Eastern Connecticut State University will be closed Monday, Oct. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 30.  All classes are cancelled, offices are closed, and normal operations are suspended.  Only essential personnel should report to work.

Resident students who are safely able to return home and want to do so are encouraged to do so today, Sunday, October 28, before the storm reaches the Willimantic area.  Food service will be available for students who plan to stay on campus.  The Sports Center and Student Center will be open, but the Webb computer lab and the Library will be closed.  Shuttle service is also not available.

Please visit www.easternct.edu/universityrelations/cancellations.htm for any updates to this announcement.  ou can also call the telephone weather hotline at (860) 465-4444 or toll-free (800) 578-1449 for updates on Hurricane Sandy.

Represent Your Flag Event at Eastern

Written by Christopher J. Herman

Willimantic, Conn. - The Intercultural Center at Eastern Connecticut State University will host a day-long cultural event celebrating diversity at Eastern. The event will be held from   8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center. The public is invited. Admission is free.

The purpose of the multicultural celebration is to build relationships between Eastern students, faculty, staff and the public. Students are encouraged to bring a flag of the country from which they and their families have come from. The event will also include a cultural exhibit that explores diversity at Eastern.
The celebration will also pair students from clubs, organizations and sports teams with members of dance teams to formulate a two-to three-minute dance routine. The students will pick a genre of dance the week prior to the event.        

The Intercultural Center focuses on creating awareness and appreciation for diversity and improving the academic experience and success of multicultural, international, national exchange and commuter students.

For more information, contact the Intercultural Center at (860) 465-5749.

Eastern Presents "A Glimpse into Akus"

Written by Dwight Bachman


akus glimpse-Profiles with Bird.JPGWillimantic, Conn: -- The Akus Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University is hosting "A Glimpse into Akus: Selections from the Permanent Collection at Eastern Connecticut State University" from Oct. 25-Dec. 18. A reception takes place on Nov. 1 from 5-7 p.m.

'A Glimpse into Akus' is a series of paintings, sculpture, mixed media and work on paper featuring the work of numerous artists," said Roxanne Deojay, Akus Gallery coordinator. Featured artists include Adam Baer, Guillaume Cornelis Van Beverloo, Colette Butterick, Michael Cipriano, Laura Fragua-Cota, Sue Fuller, Ceci Garcia, Serge Geffrard, John Gregoropoulos, Hugh Kelly, Robert Kiley, Jae-Im Kim, Norman Laliberte, Bonnie Lucas, Bridget Lynch, Bartolome Mayol, Augustus Mazzocca, Laurie Sloan, Estella Tedeschi, David Teft, Frank Trapp, Marie Wheeler, Hale Aspacio Woodruff, Nahum Tschacbasovand Irene Tsachcbasov Zevon. "It's a really fine representation of Eastern's collection, excluding most recent acquisition," said Deojay.

 

akus glimpse-Groteque Head with Earphone.JPGTom Hebert, adjunct faculty member in the Visual Arts Department agreed: "It's interesting to see pieces that haven't been seen. There's such a wide flavor of abstractions and realism."

The Akus Gallery is located in the lower level of Shafer Hall at the corner of Windham and Valley Streets in Willimantic.  Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call (860) 465-4659 or visit www.easternct.edu/akusgallery.

 

Veterans Day Challenge

Written by Gabrielle Little


veterans day.JPGWillimantic, CT - Eastern Connecticut State University will host its third annual Veteran's Day Challenge from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 9. The event consists of a demanding one-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups and 300 air squats, followed by another one-mile run. Participants can compete as teams of four or individually, and can increase the number of points received by wearing a 10-or 20-pound weight vest. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

vets challenge mcgraw.JPGThe Veterans Day Challenge competition is based on the workout of Medal of Honor recipient and Navy Seal Lt. Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in 2005 during a tour in Afghanistan. The Navy Medal of Honor website expresses Murphy's sacrifice: "Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing it would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, with complete disregard for his own life, moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men."

The event is hosted by the University's Division of Student Affairs and the Veterans Education and Transition Services Center. Persons interested in participating in the Veterans Day Challenge should contact Lary Schmitz at (860) 465-0402 or e-mail veterans@easternct.edu.

Alverio to Discuss Women in Business

Written by Gabrielle Little

alverio.jpgWillimantic, CT - Marilyn Alverio, an urban markets strategist, will present at Eastern Connecticut State University's University Hour Series from 3-4 p.m. on Oct. 31 in the Student Center Theatre. The public is invited. Admission is free.

Alverio is an expert on developing strategic approaches to marketing and communicating in a multicultural environment. Alverio also serves on the executive committee for the board of directors of the Connecticut Health Foundation, and is most noted for her work as the former national director of ethnic marketing for a Fortune 100 company.

"End of an Era; Past Identity/Future Vision" Exhibition

Written by Anne Pappalardo


textile-smokestackwreckingball.jpgWillimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University Visual Arts Professor June Bisantz and History Lecturer Jamie Eves are collaborating on the exhibition, "End of an Era: Past Identity/Future Vision," being presented by the Windham Textile and History Museum at ArtSpace Gallery, 480 Main Street, Willimantic, from Nov. 9-Dec. 3, 2012.  The exhibition is supported by an AAUP-CSU Research Grant. Publicity materials for the exhibition were designed by Eastern Connecticut State University digital art and design students.

"End of an Era" features large photographs by Connecticut artist Harrison Judd depicting the American Thread Mill Smokestack as the last symbol of Willimantic's industrial past. The smokestack defined Willimantic's identity until fall 2011, when storm damage forced its demolition. The exhibition documents the demolition from the first hit of the wrecking ball to the last pile of bricks. The exhibition's catalog features an essay by Jamie Eves, who is also the executive director of the Windham Textile and History Museum, along with a short essay by Maurice Sendak, recently deceased author and illustrator.  For more information on the exhibit, contact Jamie Eves, executive director of the Windham Textile & History Museum, at (860) 456-2178 or e-mail evesj@easternct.edu or themillmuseum@gmail.com.
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Eastern Connecticut State University is the state's public liberal arts university and serves approximately 5,300 students each year on its Willimantic campus and satellite locations.
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Born This Way

Written by Christopher J. Herman

bornthisway logo.jpgWillimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Intercultural Center will be hosting "Born This Way," an anti-bullying initiative, from 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 23 in the Betty R. Tipton Room located in the Student Center.                                                                                   
       Inspired by a national outcry against bullying, students will be asked to write their biggest insecurity on a white t-shirt for the day. The event gives students the opportunity to embrace their differences and express their individuality.

  Led by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, the Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2011 to foster a more accepting society, where people of all ages, gender and ethnicities are able to express themselves. The foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a kinder, braver world.

For more information on the event, contact Starsheemar Byrum at 860-465-4314, or byrums@easternct.edu

Printmaker Ramón Vargas Ártiz Presents Master Classes

Written by Ed Osborn

 

ramon-1.jpgOn Oct. 24, Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, printmaker and artist-in-residence Ramón Vargas Ártiz of Havana, Cuba, will be conducting two master printmaking classes each day.  Class I is from noon to 2:45 p.m., while class II is from 7-9:45 p.m. Both classes are in the Printmaking Studio in Shafer Hall 207.

These hands-on workshops are on reduction printmaking ("taco perdido)," a technique using a single printmaking plate. Reservations are required; to register, contact Professor Imna Arroyo at (860) 465-5209 or arroyoi@easternct.edu.

 

ramon ARTIZ-2.jpgRamón Vargas Ártiz's is a graduate of the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, San Alejandro.  His recent works include a series of reduction prints based on Bantu philosophy and its harmony with nature. His work is informed by African spirituality, particularly Bantú/Congo-based religions and their philosophical and aesthetic legacy in the African Diaspora. Vargas Ártiz's scholarship and artwork are devoted to recovering the visual language of the Bantu/Congo culture and reinterpreting it in a contemporary context. Vargas Ártiz has exhibited worldwide and his works are in major collections in Latin America and Europe. His residency is sponsored by Eastern Connecticut State University, BOZart, LLC, City Lights Gallery and the Hispanic Alliance of Southeastern Connecticut/MS17 Initiative.

Eastern's Arroyo Featured in "Shared Memories" Exhibition

Written by Dwight Bachman

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La Sagrada Familia Poster includes three linnoleum block prints:  Ochun, Ibeji twins,  and Chango by  Imna Arroyo

 

Willimantic, Conn: -- Imna Arroyo, visual arts professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, is one of 14 artists and writers included in "Shared Memories/Memorias Compartisas," an exhibition that runs from Oct. 25 through Nov. 21 at City Lights, located at 37 Markle Court in Bridgeport, and from Nov. 30 to Feb. 22, 2013, at the Provenance Center in New London.

An opening reception for the exhibition in Bridgeport takes place on Oct. 25 from 6-9 p.m. Artists will talk and present readings on Nov. 9 from 6-9 p.m. The public is invited. Admission is free.

The limited editions artist book, "Eleggua," and the portfolio of "The Sacred Family" accompany the "Shared Memories" exhibition. The artist book, authored by Eastern English Professor Raouf Mama and Cuban writer and critic Roberto Zurbano, includes  prints by 12 artists -- nine from Cuba, including master printer Ramon Vargas Artiz, 2012 Artist-in-Residence at Eastern; Amanda Lebel and Cynthia Guild, part-time faculty members in Eastern's Visual Arts Department; and Arroyo, a native of Puerto Rico.

 

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Un guerrero no descansa  / A Warrior Does Not Rest, 2012, Color silkscreen, Ed. 3/7 & studio blind stamp, 39 ½" x 23 ½" by Ramon Vargas Artiz

 

"Eleggua" was inspired by storytelling traditions from Benin and the Afro-Cuban Yoruba trickster tales. The portfolio is a collaboration between Artiz and Arroyo, inspired by 31 Orichas or deities from the Yoruba Pantheon. Both projects are a collection of linoleum cut prints that celebrate the storytelling traditions of Africa, including scholarship and artwork devoted to recovering the rich visual language of Beninese and Afro-Caribbean Yoruba mythology and folklore.

  

In addition, recent artworks by Ártiz are featured in the exhibition. Benjamin Ortiz of the City Lights Gallery and Migdalia Salas of the New London-based Provenance Art Center, are curators for the exhibition.

Artwork in the book was printed at the Taller Experimental de la Grafica de la Habana Cuba, El Templo Printmaking Studio de Santiago de Las Vegas, Cuba and Ama-Bel Press Printmaking Studio in Willimantic. Estampas Ancestrales/Ancestral Imprint, 2012, publishes the books.

The "Shared Memories" Exhibition is organized by Arroyo and is sponsored by research grants from the Connecticut State University System; Taller Experimental de la Grafica & Museo Casa Africa, Habana, Cuba; BOZarte, LLC; and Salas, founder/director of the Hispanic Alliance of Southeastern Connecticut/MS 17 Arts Initiative.

City Lights gallery hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information on the "Shared Memories" exhibition visit www.citylightsgallery.org or call (203) 334-7748.

Willimantic Orchestra to Perform at Eastern

Written by Nana Owusu-Agyemang

Willimantic Orchestra.jpgWillimantic, Conn. ¬¬- Eastern Connecticut State University's Performing Arts Department will host the Willimantic Orchestra on Oct. 28 at 3 p. m. in Shafer Auditorium. The public is invited. Admission is free, though a donation is encouraged. Shafer Auditorium is in Shafer Hall, located at Valley and High Streets in Willimantic.

The performance will feature pianist Benita Rose on piano, performing Berlioz's "March to the Scaffold" (fourth movement of Symphonie Fantastique) and Liszt's "Totentanz." Other pieces for the night include Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain"; Gounod's "Funeral March of a Marionette"; and Bernard Hermann's "Psycho Prelude." David Vaughan, part-time professor of performing arts, will conduct the orchestra.

The Willimantic Orchestra is a non-profit orchestra of local community members committed to playing authentic orchestral music. For more information regarding the Willimantic Orchestra, visit www.willimanticorchestra.org.
For more information about the performance, contact Fred Wengrzynek, president of the orchestra, at (860) 228-4008 or fred.wengrzynek@charter.net or David H. Vaughan, conductor of the orchestra, at (860) 429-0865 or dhvaughan@charter.net.

 

Eastern To Host Roberto Zurbano

Written by Nana Owusu-Agyemang


Zurbano.jpgWillimantic, Conn. ¬¬-  Eastern Connecticut State University will host author, scholar and cultural critic Roberto Zubano to talk on "Hip Hop and Race" on Oct. 23 in selected Performing and Visual Arts classes on campus.
Zurbano is the editor/publisher of  "Casa de las Americas," a Havana, Cuba-based magazine that publishes the work of writers, artists, musicians, playwrights and scholars of literature and the arts, as well as social sciences of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Zurbano is a graduate of the University of Havana. He completed advance studies at the Casa de las Américas, Instituto de Literatura y Lingüística de Cuba and the Sorbonne in Paris, France.  He has published numerous books including, "Elogio del Lector," "Ramón Rubiera. Un Astro Ilusorio," "La Poética de Los Noventa" and "Los estados Nacientes: Literatura Cubana y Postmodernidad."

Zurbano founded "Catauro, the Cuban Journal of Anthropology," and is the founding director of "La Isla en Pesom," a bi-monthly digital literary magazine of Cuban poetry, and "Moviemiento: The Journal of Cuba Hip Hop." He also maintains a bi-weekly television column on literary criticism.

Zurbano is the fall 2012 Scholar-in-Residence at the Griffis Art Center-International Program in New London.  His residency includes speaking engagements in cultural and academic institutions throughout the United States, including Eastern, Connecticut College, Emory University, Morehouse College, Spellman College, Norfolk State University, University of Connecticut, University of Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt University, and the Malcom X and Betty Shabbazz Educational Center in New York. His visit to the United States is co-sponsored by Norfolk State University.

Zurbano is also a contributing writer for "Book Eleggua," which is part of the Shared Memories exhibition project, a project which Eastern is a cosponsor. For more information on the Shared Memories Exhibition, visit http://sharedmemoriesproject.blogspot.com/p/eleggua.html.

Currently, Zurbano is working on two books, "The Invisible Triangle of Twentieth Century Cuba: Literature, Race and Nation," and "Outside the Club: A Map of the Nation of Hip Hop in Cuba."

For more information on Zurbano's visit to Eastern, contact Imna Arroyo on (860) 465-5209, or at ARROYOI@easternct.edu.

O'Krepkie to Discuss "Trading Fixed Income Securities"

Written by Rebecca Holdridge


okrepkie speaking.jpgWillimantic, Conn. George O'Krepkie, president of Bonds.com Group, Inc. and a member of the firm's board of directors, will speak at 11 a.m. on Oct. 25 in the Paul E. Johnson Community Conference Room of the J. Eugene Smith Library. The public is invited. Admission is free.

O'Krepkie will discuss "Trading Fixed Income Securities." Before joining Bonds.com Group, Inc., he was the head of dealer relationship management at MarketAxess Inc. He also served as the director of Fixed Income, BTIG. O'Krepkie began his focus in electronic trading at Trading Edge, which merged into MarketAxess.
 
 O'Krepkie began his career at Kidder Peabody & Company, and later moved to Lehman and Merrill Lynch, where he assumed roles of increasing responsibility in sales. Eastern's Business Administration Professor Chiaku Chukwuogor sponsored his visit to campus.

Interschool Walk for Warmth

Written by Christopher J. Herman


Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University is looking for volunteers to help with the Interschool Walk for Warmth from noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 25 on the Windham Middle School track. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about poverty. The public is invited to participate. Transportation for Eastern students will be provided.
 The event is being organized by Windham Middle School students. During their after-school programs and classes, students are reminding local residents about the rise of poverty in Connecticut and the United States by participating in a marathon and playing educational games. Volunteers are needed to assist in activities and setting up tables and booths.

 If you are interested in being on the planning committee or volunteering on the day of the event, contact Jacqui De Cormier at decormier@easternct.edu.

Interschool Walk for Warmth

Written by Christopher J. Herman

 

Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University is looking for volunteers to help with the Interschool Walk for Warmth from noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 25 on the Windham Middle School track. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about poverty. The public is invited to participate. Transportation for Eastern students will be provided.

 The event is being organized by Windham Middle School students. During their after-school programs and classes, students are reminding local residents about the rise of poverty in Connecticut and the United States by participating in a marathon and playing educational games. Volunteers are needed to assist in activities and setting up tables and booths.

 If you are interested in being on the planning committee or volunteering on the day of the event, contact Jacqui De Cormier at decormier@easternct.edu.

Eastern to Hold Concert Band Performance

Written by Nana Owusu-Agyemang

 

Willimantic, Conn. ¬¬- Eastern Connecticut State University's Department of Performing Arts will present Eastern's Concert Band at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 in Shafer Auditorium. The public is invited. Admission is free. Shafer Auditorium is in Shafer Hall, located at Valley and High Streets in Willimantic.

The ensemble will be conducted by Kathryn Niemasik, part-time professor of music. The 90-person ensemble, including Eastern students, faculty and community members, will perform a bass, percussion and woodwind-filled assorted mix of literature, including Robert Sheldon's "Rhapsodic Celebration" - a piece from the repertoire Niemasik called one of her favorites.

The 45-minute performance also includes "Summon the Heroes" by John Williams (arranged by Paul Lavender); "O Waly, Waly" by Jay Bocook (A Rhapsody for Band); "Chester Overture for Band" by William Schuman; "Rhapsodic Celebration" by Robert Sheldon; "The Seal Lullaby" by Eric Whitacre; "Fantasy on a Mountain Song" by William Himes; and "Russian Sailors' Dance" by Reinhold Gliere (from The Red Poppy).

The musicians who will perform are enrolled for the Music 107 Concert Band course that teaches both student and community musicians on Wednesday nights.

For more information, contact Kathryn Niemasik on 860-465-5193 or at niemasikk@easternct.edu.

M'Bemba Bangoura to perform at Eastern

Written by Gabrielle Little

mbemba bangoura.jpgWillimantic, CT - Internationally-renowned master drummer M'Bemba Bangoura will lead a class in West African Dance during Eastern Connecticut State University's University Hour on Oct. 24 from 3-4 p.m. in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center. The public is invited. Admission is free.

 According to Starsheemar Byrum, coordinator of the Intercultural Center, "Audience members will have the opportunity to learn about and experience the culture of Guinea, West Africa, through the medium of their eyes and bodies.  All participants and observers are guaranteed a positive, engaging and uplifting experience."

Spoken Word: My Agency to Social Justice with Mariposa

Written by Gabrielle Little

mariposa.jpgWillimantic, CT - María Teresa Fernández (Mariposa), an award-winning poet, will present at Eastern Connecticut State University's University Hour Series from 3-4 p.m. on Oct. 17 in the Student Center Theatre. The public is invited. Admission is free.
 
Fernández's work has been featured in numerous journals and anthologies as well as
the HBO Latino series, "Habla Ya!"; the critically-acclaimed HBO documentary, "Americanos: Latino Life in the U.S."; Black Entertainment Television (BET); Lifetime; and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Panel Discussion: Faith vs. Science Compatible or in Conflict

Written by Christopher J. Herman


 Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University will host an informative panel, Faith vs. Science Combatable or in Conflict, from 3-4 p.m. on Oct. 16 in Room 104 of the Science Building. The public is invited. Admission is free.

Faith vs. Science Compatible or in Conflict is an event that aims to explore the topics of science and religion and whether they are capable of co-existing with one another. This program will contain a panel moderated by Father Larry from the Campus Ministry and Professor Swanson from Physical Sciences.
 
The panel will build upon the questions of what religion and science have in common and also what differences they have. Through moderated questions, the panel will have an opportunity to discuss various subtopics of religion and science.

The audience will also get an opportunity to interact with the panel through questions and discussion. This program seeks to foster a sense of communication amongst the campus and provoke a stimulating, but civil conversation around these two topics.

For more information on the event, contact Starsheemar Byrum at 860-465-4314, or byrums@easternct.edu

Panel Discussion: Faith vs. Science Compatible or in Conflict

Written by Christopher J. Herman


christians, jews and muslims together- wagner lspoint stoloff.jpgWillimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University will host an informative panel, Faith vs. Science Combatable or in Conflict, from 3-4 p.m. on Oct. 16 in Room 104 of the Science Building. The public is invited. Admission is free.

Faith vs. Science Compatible or in Conflict is an event that aims to explore the topics of science and religion and whether they are capable of co-existing with one another. This program will contain a panel moderated by Father Larry from the Campus Ministry and Professor Swanson from Physical Sciences.

 
The panel will build upon the questions of what religion and science have in common and also what differences they have. Through moderated questions, the panel will have an opportunity to discuss various subtopics of religion and science.

The audience will also get an opportunity to interact with the panel through questions and discussion. This program seeks to foster a sense of communication amongst the campus and provoke a stimulating, but civil conversation around these two topics.

For more information on the event, contact Starsheemar Byrum at 860-465-4314, or byrums@easternct.edu

20th Annual Health, Wellness and Benefits Expo

Written by Elizabeth Kavanaugh

health expo vendor.JPGWillimantic, Conn. - Nearly 50 health agencies, vendors and benefits representatives will converge on the Eastern Connecticut State University campus on Oct. 16 to participate in the University's 20th Annual Health, Wellness and Benefits Expo. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Betty R. Tipton, and will include demonstrations, performances and free health screenings throughout the day. The public is invited. Admission is free.

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AETNA Student Health; Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield; CVS Caremark; Connecticut Department of Children and Families' Foster Care Services; Hartford GYN Center; Juice Plus; Planned Parenthood; Eastern's Health Services; and the Willimantic Food Coop are just some of the health providers participating in the health expo. CVS Caremark will offer a free flu vaccination clinic for state employees, their dependents over age 18 and retirees in Room 219 of the Student Center.

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A main attraction at the event will be a robotic surgical device called the "Da Vinci Surgical System," which will be on display at the expo for the first time.

The health expo will provide free HIV, STD and HEP C testing; body fat analysis; healthy nutrition counseling; blood pressure and cholesterol screenings; foot measuring; massages; passport applications; and giveaways in the form of protein/fiber bars, grip strength, hand sanitizers, and health and wellness materials to expo patrons.

For more information, contact LaShawn McBride, manager of human resource programs, at (860) 465-5220 or email mcbridel@easternct.edu; and/or Jane Neu, nurse practitioner in Health Services at (860) 465-5263 or email neuj@easternct.edu.

Eastern to Host Core Ensemble for "Tres Vidas" Performance

Written by Nana Owusu-Agyemang


roseanne_alfonsina.jpgWillimantic, Conn. ¬¬- Eastern Connecticut State University will host the chamber music theatre group Core Ensemble for a theatrical performance of the production, "Tres Vidas" (Three Lives) at 7 p. m. on Nov. 1 in Shafer Auditorium. The public is invited. Admission is free. Shafer Auditorium is in Shafer Hall, located at Valley and High Streets in Willimantic.

The Core Ensemble includes Tahirah Whittington on cello; Cyrus von Hochstetter on piano; and Michael Parola on percussion, accompanied by actress Roseanne Almanzar.

"Tres Vidas" celebrates the lives of three legendary Latin American women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo; Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya; and Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni. The play involves music ranging from traditional Mexican folk and Argentine tango songs sung in Spanish to instrumental works by composers such as Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Golijov. Almanzar, who will portray the three legendary Latinas, portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello, piano and percussion.

With storylines including Frida Kahlo's dramatic and passionate relationship with painter Diego Rivera, Rufina Amaya's survival of the massacre at El Mozote and Alfonsina Storni's lifelong challenges as Argentina's first great feminist poet, "Tres Vidas" presents dramatic situations, timeless in their emotional appeal and connection to audiences across all gender and ethnic spectrums.

Written by Chilean poet/writer Marjorie Agosin, "Tres Vidas" offers powerful portrayals of each woman, and includes the singing of traditional Mexican folk songs, as well as Argentinean popular and tango songs made famous by Mercedes Sosa and Carlos Gardel. Additional music by Astor Piazzolla, Orlando Garcia, Pablo Ortiz, Alice Gomez, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Michael DeMurga and Osvaldo Golijov round out the musical score.

The Core Ensemble has toured in Australia, England, Russia, Ukraine, the Caribbean and across the United States. "Tres Vidas" will tour the United States during Hispanic Heritage Month, performing in California, Washington, Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Illinois, Connecticut and Maine. It receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts;  State of Florida; the U.S. State Department; Florida State Division of Cultural Affairs; A.D. Henderson Foundation; the Florida Humanities Council; and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.

For more information, please call Ricardo Perez at (860) 465-0191 or e-mail perezr@easternct.edu.

20th Annual Health, Wellness and Benefits Expo

Written by Elizabeth Kavanaghe


health expo vendor.JPGWillimantic, Conn. - Nearly 50 health agencies, vendors and benefits representatives will converge on the Eastern Connecticut State University campus on Oct. 16 to participate in the University's 20th Annual Health, Wellness and Benefits Expo. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Betty R. Tipton, and will include demonstrations, performances and free health screenings throughout the day. The public is invited. Admission is free.

AETNA Student Health; Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield; CVS Caremark, Connecticut Department of Children and Families Foster Care Services; Hartford GYN Center, Juice Plus; Planned Parenthood; Eastern's Health Services; and the Willimantic Food Coop are just some of the health providers participating in the health expo. CVS Caremark will offer a free flu vaccination clinic for state employees, their dependents over age 18, and retirees, in Room 219 of the Student Center. A main attraction at the event will be a robotic surgical device called the "Da Vinci Surgical System", which will be on display at the expo for the first time.

 

health expo-da vinci surgical system.jpgThe health expo will provide free HIV, STD and HEP C testing; body fat analysis; healthy nutrition counseling; blood pressure and cholesterol screenings; foot measuring; massages; passport applications; and giveaways in the form of protein/fiber bars, grip strength, hand sanitizers and health and wellness materials to expo patrons.

For more information, contact LaShawn McBride, manager of human resource programs, at (860) 465-5220 or email mcbridel@easternct.edu; and/or Jane Neu, nurse practitioner in Health Services at (860) 465-5263 or email neuj@easternct.edu.

 

Eastern to Host "cartoondancemusic"

Written by Gabrielle Little

 

Willimantic, CT - An improvisational trio composed of political cartoonist Bob Englehart of the Hartford Courant; dance artist Brad Roth; and musician and composer Neely Bruce, will perform "cartoondancemusic" at Eastern Connecticut State University's University Hour from 3-4 p.m on Oct. 10 in the Betty R. Tipton Room located in the Student Center. The public is invited. Admission is free.
 
During the improvisational performance, Englehart will draw cartoons in real time, projecting them onto a large screen, Wesleyan Music Professor Neely Bruce will play the piano, while Eastern adjunct faculty member Brad Roth dances in the spaces in-between.
 
Event organizers say "the performance will focus on the national elections, national issues, the primary and general election campaigns, while the backgrounds and personalities of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates will be explored in-the-moment through these complimentary art forms in a 'fair and balanced' manner."

 

Eastern to Host Second Congressional District Debate

Written by Ed Osborn


election2012.jpgWillimantic, Conn.-- Eastern Connecticut State University will host a debate between the candidates for Connecticut's Second Congressional District on Monday, Oct. 22 from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center.  The debate is being sponsored by The (Norwich) Bulletin.  The public is invited. Admission is free.
            All of the candidates currently on the ballot-- Democratic candidate and incumbent Congressman Joe Courtney; Green Party candidate Colin Brolin; Republican candidate Paul Formica; and Libertarian candidate Dan Reale will participate in the debate.
 
            The debate is expected to focus on educational issues that concern students and other issues of importance this election year.  Opinion Editor Ray Hackett of The Bulletin will serve as the moderator. Radio Station WJJF, 94.9 FM will broadcast the debate live, and the Connecticut Television Network (CT-N) will tape and rebroadcast the debate.

            For more information, contact Hackett at (860) 425-425 or by e-mail at rhackett@norwichbulletin.com.

FEMALES Host Charitable Walk for Crohn's and Colitis Disease

Written by Gabrielle Little

Willimantic, CT -- FEMALES (Females Excelling Maturing to Achieve Leadership, Excellence and Success), a women's leadership organization at Eastern Connecticut State University, will host its fourth annual "Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis" walk from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 7 at the Mansfield Athletic Complex.

The cost is $3 for single participants and $25 for a group (no less than 10 people and no more than 15 people in a group). Proceeds will benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).

For more information, email the FEMALES account at females@my.easternct.edu.

 

Maria Falzone Speaking at Eastern

Written by Chris Herman

maria falzone.jpgWillimantic, Conn. - The Women's Center at Eastern Connecticut State University will host Maria Falzone, a comedian and one of the most sought after speakers on safe sex at the college level, from 7-8 p.m. on Oct. 11 in the Student Center's Betty R. Tipton Room.

Falzone builds into her performance messages about body image, self-esteem and other critical topics for young men and women. Her comedy routines are meant to diffuse any possible sense of awkwardness surrounding the idea of safe sex. Alcohol, STDs, communication, relationships and personal responsibility are also covered throughout her comedic lecture.

Falzone reached headliner status in the top comedy clubs throughout the United States and Europe more than 15 years ago, and was invited to perform at the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival, where she met Suzi Landolphi, the creator of "Hot, Sexy and Safer." Landolphi hired and trained Falzone to perform her show. A year later, Falzone created her funny, frank and personal lecture, "Sex Rules!" She also performed standup on ABC, A&E, Showtime and TBS.
For more information on Falzone and her speaking engagements, visit www.sexrules.org.

Maria Falzone Speaking at Eastern

Written by Christopher J. Herman


Willimantic, Conn. - The Women's Center at Eastern Connecticut State University will host Maria Falzone, a comedian and one of the most sought after speakers on safe sex at the college level, from 7-8 p.m. on Oct. 11 in the Student Center's Betty R. Tipton Room.

Falzone builds into her performance messages about body image, self-esteem and other critical topics for young men and women. Her comedy routines are meant to diffuse any possible sense of awkwardness surrounding the idea of safe sex. Alcohol, STDs, communication, relationships and personal responsibility are also covered throughout her comedic lecture.  

Falzone reached headliner status in the top comedy clubs throughout the United States and Europe more than 15 years ago, and was invited to perform at the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival, where she met Suzi Landolphi, the creator of "Hot, Sexy and Safer." Landolphi hired and trained Falzone to perform her show. A year later, Falzone created her funny, frank and personal lecture, "Sex Rules!" She also performed standup on ABC, A&E, Showtime and TBS.

For more information on Falzone and her speaking engagements, visit www.sexrules.org.

Eastern to Perform "Biloxi Blues"

Written by Nana Owusu-Agyemang 

 
 Willimantic, Conn. - The Theatre Program at Eastern Connecticut State University will present the Neil Simon autobiography, "Biloxi Blues," in Harry Hope Theatre in Shafer Hall. The play will be performed on Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 23-24 at 7:30 p.m., with a 4 p.m. matinée on Oct. 21. The public is invited. Admission is $5 for students and groups of 10 or more; $10 for Eastern faculty, staff and senior citizens; and $12 for the general public.
 Written by Simon as the second in his autobiographical trilogy and directed by Theatre Professor Ellen Faith Brodie, "Biloxi Blues" is set during World War II, but presents young people in challenging situations similar to those experienced in today's world -- bigotry, sexual identity and one's readiness for combat in war and  everyday life. Brodie says what excites her about directing this play is Simon's "amazing ability to use comedy while presenting the most poignant and painful possibilities of human nature." She says that the play also reminds her that "we also have the ability to transcend and forgive ourselves and others, and importantly, learn from the past to make a better future."

"Biloxi Blues" is the first of the Harry Hope Theatre's season of shows for the fall 2012 semester.

Eastern Joins "A Commitment to the Future"

Written by Ed Osborn


Willimantic, Conn: -- On Oct. 2, Eastern Connecticut State University joined more than 460 other public colleges and universities across America in signing the "Commitment to the Future," which calls for increasing the number of undergraduate baccalaureate degrees by 3.8 million between now and 2025. The goal of the "Commitment to the Future" campaign is to increase the percentage of American adults with college degrees to 60 percent of the nation's population. 

The commitment, a project of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), pledges to enhance educational quality while containing per student educational costs. The initiative also calls for a renewed partnership among public colleges and universities, the states and the federal government to achieve its goals.

Specific objectives contained within the overall goal of increasing the number of college degrees awarded include reaching out to former students who have attended college but have not finished their degree; reducing the average time for students to complete their degree; working closely with P-12 systems and community colleges, especially in the STEM fields and other areas of critical need; controlling per-student educational expenditures while pursuing enhanced quality; upholding the principles of access and diversity; and supporting regional and national economic growth through research and innovation, commercialization of technologies and economic development.

"I am pleased to be a signatory to the 'Commitment to the Future,' with Eastern joining more than 460 other public colleges and universities in this campaign to increase the number of college graduates in our country," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. "The United States is currently only 12th among the nations of the world in college degree attainment of young adults ages 25-34. We have slipped significantly over the past decade from our former number-one ranking. If the United States is to regain its economic position and leadership role in the world, we need to aggressively pursue strategies to increase our degree completion rates. That means that government, education and industry must work collaboratively on this important national initiative."

(Other Connecticut public colleges and universities signing on the Commitment to the Future include the University of Connecticut; Central Connecticut State University; Southern Connecticut State University; Western Connecticut State University; and the Board of Regents for Higher Education of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities.)

(Excerpt from the "A Committee to the Future" statement released by the APLU and the AASCU on Oct. 2)

"During the past 20 years, many states have maintained tight, regulatory institutional oversight while per-student investment in public higher education steadily declined until 2008 when the decline accelerated, in part, because of the recession.

During this same period, public colleges and universities contained per-student educational expenditures to about the rate of inflation. These circumstances forced public institutions to raise tuition to compensate for the significant loss of state dollars. The total educational expenditures per student have been stable for many years, but the mix of student tuition versus state appropriations has shifted dramatically and continues to deteriorate. This trend must be reversed for public colleges and universities to continue to meet their obligations as institutions of public purpose. In short, the full partnership between public colleges and universities, the states and the federal government needs to be reestablished with each partner fulfilling its responsibilities.

The states must provide sufficient appropriations to support students and the discovery of new knowledge while extending greater operational flexibility for public colleges and universities. The federal government must maintain its: commitment to student financial aid; support for research and innovation; and encouragement of states to continue their support for public colleges and universities. Public colleges and universities must be more innovative in the performance of their essential roles while containing educational expenditures.

Education, including research, is the only public investment that provides both a social and an economic return. Policymakers need tangible evidence that public higher education is transforming to meet economic and educational needs. Achieving these commitments will ensure greater economic security for America and the next generation of citizens."

Jesus Nebot: Presidential Election 2012: It's Your Choice

Written by Chris Herman

Jesus_Nebot-2[2].jpgWillimantic, Conn. - Jesus Nebot, a filmmaker and transformational speaker, will present a political lecture titled, "Presidential Election 2012: It's Your Choice," from 3-4 p.m. on Oct. 8 in the Student Center Theatre. The public is invited. Admission is free.

Nebot's lecture will be an interactive presentation on the upcoming presidential election. The presentation encourages first time voters to exercise their right to vote.
 
Nebot's mission is to inspire personal and social healing and transformation through his speaking engagements, training seminars and artistic endeavors.  He is a renowned filmmaker and social entrepreneur who has lectured to educational, cultural, non-profit, business and civic organizations in more than 30 states and 10 countries.
 
For more information on Jesus Nebot and his speaking engagements, visit www.jesusnebot.com.

Red Flag Campaign

Written by Chris Herman


 Willimantic, Conn. - The Women's Center at Eastern Connecticut State University will host the Red Flag Campaign, a public awareness mission designed to promote the prevention of dating violence on college campuses, from Oct. 8-12 throughout the day in Room 116 of the Student Center. The public is invited. Admission is free.

The Red Flag Campaign was launched in October 2007 on college and university campuses in Virginia before being launched nationally. The campaign was created using a "bystander intervention" strategy, which encourages friends and other campus community members to say something when they see warning signs for dating violence in a friend's relationship. Research indicates that in 21 percent of college dating relationships, one of the partners is being abused. That's one in five relationships.

The campaign is a project of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, and was created by college students, college personnel and community victim advocates. The campaign is funded by grants from the Verizon Foundation, Verizon Wireless, Macy's Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information on the Red Flag Campaign, visit www.theredflagcampaign.org.

Professor David Yosifon to Speak at Eastern

Written by Gabrielle Little

yosifon (2).jpgWillimantic, CT -  David Yosifon, assistant professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law, will speak at Eastern Connecticut State University's University Hour Series from 3- 4 p. m. on Oct. 3 in Room 104 of the Science Building. The public is invited. Admission is free.
 
Yosifon's presentation "Corporate Speech and the Future of American Democracy," will discuss the effects of the decision of the 2010 case of "Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission," where the Supreme Court ruled that the first amendment forbids government from restricting the political speech of corporations. 

Yosifon has served as a law clerk to Patti Saris of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and a litigation associate at the Boston firm of Ropes & Gray, LLP.

Jesus Nebot: Presidential Election 2012: It's Your Choice

Written by Christopher J. Herman

 Willimantic, Conn. - Jesus Nebot, a filmmaker and transformational speaker, will present a political lecture titled, "Presidential Election 2012: It's Your Choice," from 3-4 p.m. on Oct. 8 in the Student Center Theatre. The public is invited. Admission is free. 

Nebot's lecture will be a highly interactive presentation on the upcoming presidential election. The presentation encourages first time voters to exercise their right to vote.
Nebot's mission is to inspire personal and social healing and transformation through his speaking engagements, training seminars and artistic endeavors.  He is a renowned filmmaker and social entrepreneur who has lectured to educational, cultural, non-profit, business and civic organizations in more than 30 American states and 10 countries.

For more information on Jesus Nebot and his speaking engagements, visit his website at www.jesusnebot.com.

Red Flag Campaign

Written by Christopher J. Herman

Red-Flag-Avon-Ribbon-for-website2[1].png Willimantic, Conn. - The Women's Center at Eastern Connecticut State University will host The Red Flag Campaign, a public awareness mission designed to promote the prevention of dating violence on college campuses, all day in the Arthur L. Johnson Unity Wing in the Student Center from Oct. 8 - 12. The public is invited. Admission is free.

The Red Flag Campaign, launched in October 2007 to college and university campuses in Virginia before launching nationally. The campaign was created using a "bystander intervention" strategy, which encourages friends and other campus community members to say something when they see warning signs for dating violence in a friend's relationship. Research indicates that in 21 percent of college dating relationships, one of the partners is being abused. That's one in five relationships.

The campaign is a project of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, and was created by college students, college personnel and community victim advocates. The campaign is funded by grants from the Verizon Foundation, Verizon Wireless, Macy's Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For more information on the Red Flag Campaign, visit www.theredflagcampaign.org.

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