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Eastern Named a "2013 Great College to Work For"

Written by Christopher J. Herman


Willimantic, Conn. - For the fifth year in a row, Eastern Connecticut State University has been named as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The results, released yesterday in The Chronicle's sixth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 45,000 employees at 300 colleges and universities.
        In all, only 97 institutions achieved "Great College to Work For" recognition for specific best practices and policies. Eastern won honors in three categories this year: "Collaborative Governance;" "Compensation and Benefits;" "Facilities, Workspaces and Security."
Eastern was one of only three Connecticut institutions to make the list and the only public university among the three; Quinnipiac University and Middlesex Community College were the other two.

"We are honored to be included in 'Great Colleges to Work For'," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. "Receiving this national recognition once again from the Chronicle of Higher Education is very gratifying, especially given our high ranking in three important areas of campus operations. The spirit of collaboration that exists on our campus is a strength that helps us better serve our students and the state of Connecticut." 
     The Chronicle is one of the nation's most important sources of news about colleges and universities. The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution receives recognition is employee feedback.    

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThinkLLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous "Best Places to Work" programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide. Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country.

For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle's web site at Meet 2013's Great Colleges to Work For.

Eastern a Top School for Students Interested in Military Service

Written by Christopher J. Herman

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Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University has been recognized as a top college in Connecticut for students interested in military service by the College Database, an online directory of U. S. colleges.        
The College Database is a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide free information about educational options both nationally and locally to students, parents and other interested parties. The website set out to find the postsecondary institutions in Connecticut that were affordable, had  annual tuition less than $20,000 and offered at least two Reserve Officers Training Corps programs (ROTC) -- Army, Navy or Air Force. Eastern ranks first in the state of Connecticut, with an affordable $4,124 annual tuition rate, and Army and Air Force ROTC programs. 
          "Everyone talks about service members using their GI Bill to go back to school, but rarely do people discuss current students using college to join the service," said Wes Ricketts, vice president and general manager of The College Database. "Colleges with ROTC programs give students a great opportunity, not only to explore military service, but to gain valuable leadership skills coveted by employers."
         For more information on Eastern's programs to assist students who are members of the United States Armed Services, visit  

Youth to Learn Basketball Fundamentals at Eastern Camp

Christopher J. Herman

Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Athletic Department will host its annual summer youth basketball camp from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., July 22-Aug. 2. The clinic is designed for girls and boys of all skill levels, ages 5-16. Tuition is $210 per week. All funds support Eastern's basketball program. Bill Geitner, head coach for Eastern's men's basketball team, will lead the camp, along with a group of high school and college coaches that includes current and former Eastern players.

The goal of the camp is to provide each camper with the fundamentals of basketball, including shooting, passing, ball handling, rebounding, defense and team play. The camp offers skill development, individual instruction, contests and basketball games. Individual shooting technique and offensive skill development are emphasized. The campers will be separated by age and will play two games daily.

For more information, contact Bill Geitner at (860) 465-5332 or

Teachers Participate in Advanced Placement Courses

Written by Christopher J. Herman

Willimantic, Conn. - From July 16-20, Eastern Connecticut State University will host a series of Advanced Placement (AP) summer institutes for more than 150 Connecticut teachers. Topics include introductory AP biology, AP chemistry, AP calculus, AP statisitics, AP English language and AP English literature. 
The goals of the workshops are to help increase the awareness of AP classes within
school systems and provide teachers with methods to enhance their students' knowledge in the areas of math, science and English.

For more information, contact Victoria L. Lorenzen at (860) 465-0172 or 


Players to Learn Fundamentals at Eastern's Soccer Camp

Written by Christopher J. Herman


Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Athletic Department will host its annual summer youth soccer camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 8-12. The clinic is for boys ages 5-14 of all skill levels. Tuition is $200. All funds will support Eastern's soccer program.
The goal of the camp is to provide each camper with technical skill training in dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting and heading. Individual goal-keeper training will also be available. Campers will play small-sided games involving fewer players on a smaller-sized field, which allows each camper more individual playing time and more exposure to the soccer ball.

Greg DeVito, Eastern's head men's soccer coach, will lead the camp, along with current and former college soccer players. DeVito was the 2007 Little East Conference (LEC) Coach of the Year.

"The camp is an excellent way for young players to learn the fundamentals of soccer," said DeVito. "It provides structured curriculum to promote learning and a positive, fun camp experience."

To register for the camp, interested persons should visit

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