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June 2013 Archives

Three Eastern students; Eastern's intercollegiate athletic teams; the club rugby team; the University's Food and Justice Committee; and Eastern's public relations officer were nominated as finalists for the 2013 Connecticut Higher Education Community Service Awards. The award program is hosted each year by the Connecticut Commission on Community Service, Office of Higher Education. The award ceremony was held on April 23.

Brittany Cava '12, a political science major from Torrington; Ashley Lovett '13, a sociology major from Marlborough; and Suzanne Slater '13, a psychology major from Brooklyn, were nominated for the individual student awards. Eastern's 17 varsity athletic teams, as well as the Food and Justice Committee and the club rugby team, were nominated in the student group category. Dwight Bachman, Eastern's public relations officer, was nominated in the "Special Person" category. All were nominated by Kimberly Silcox, director of Eastern's Center for Community Engagement, who based her submission on nominations from individuals on and off campus.

The awards honor individuals, student groups and a faculty or staff member who offered personal service and made a sustainable impact with their institution and the community during the 2011-12 academic year.

Governor Dannel Malloy delivered the keynote address at the April 23 event, saying all citizens have an obligation to leave this world a better place. "It is a gift to give back, as giving back is its own reward, and is one of the greatest rewards you will ever have. Public service makes for a stronger society."

"This honor says something about the quality of the kids we attract to our program," said Rugby Coach Ray Aramini. "Our main focus is family, academics, community and then rugby. If you come out to play rugby, you know part of the expectation is that we are going to be giving back to our community."

(pictured below;  Eastern's rugby team with Governor Dannel Malloy)

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SOAR Program to Help Prepare Students for their First Year

Written by Christopher J. Herman

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Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) program, mandatory for all new first-year students, starts on Eastern's campus on June 24 and runs through July. The program, which is designed to make first-year students aware of the resources available to them, consists of six two-day sessions, during which approximately 165 incoming students per session will attend informational meetings and social events.

The goal of SOAR is to provide opportunities for new students to learn methods of academic and social success at Eastern. SOAR allows incoming students to meet other new students, current student leaders and members of the academic and student affairs staff.  Students will receive academic advisement and then register for the fall semester.

During SOAR, students will stay overnight in Constitution Hall, one of Eastern's freshman residence halls, to give them an opportunity to experience life on campus. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in several group sessions facilitated by student orientation counselors (SOCs), where they will engage with other students socially; have discussions; and be able to ask student leaders questions about their experiences at Eastern. There will also be sessions about living on campus and commuting to Eastern.

Laurel Girl's State to Promote Citizenship and Democracy

Written by Christopher J. Herman

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Willimantic, Conn. - From June 28-July 3, Eastern Connecticut State University will host more than 200 high school students from around the state who will participate in the Laurel Girls State program.            

Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Laurel Girls State prepares young women for careers in government through citizenship and democracy. Program officials will focus on patriotism by involving students in all aspects of government, and by enhancing pride in America. Students will elect officials on a local and state level, who will then carry out the duties of their offices. In a mock setting, students will also write bills and enact legislation.

"We are delighted to host Girls State for the eighth year in a row," said Victoria Lorenzen, program facilitator in the Office of Institutional Advancement. 
The Girls State program has provided students with hands-on citizenship experience and government participation for more than 65 years. Girls State officials hope the experience will result in lifelong participation in government.



Boys State Educates Students about Government

Written by Christopher J. Herman

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Willimantic, Conn. - From June 22-27, more than 200 high school juniors from across the state will converge on the campus of Eastern Connecticut State University to attend the 26th   Annual American Legion Boys State.

During Boys State, the students will learn how state and municipal governments operate. They will set up and run mock town, city and state elections and engage in role-playing where towns are represented. Mayors will lobby and representatives and senators will debate and enact legislation.

A number of state legislators and senators have been invited to speak throughout the week. This year's guests include former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, who is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. on June 22.  United States Senator Richard Blumenthal will speak at 7:30 p.m. on June 23.    

For more information on Boys State, contact Victoria Lorenzen at or 860-465-0172.



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