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)