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November 2013 Archives

CECE's New Video

Written by Jordan Sakal

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The Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE) has announced the release of "Investigating Trees," a new video highlighting the work of teachers at the Child and Family Development Resource Center (CFDRC).  Investigating Trees explores how teachers engaged toddlers and preschoolers in a variety of learning activities while studying trees and the animals that live in them.  The video features teachers Patty Gardner, Amy Tyler and Amie Theriault, as well as CFDRC Director Niloufar Rezai.

Investigating Trees is the fourth in the "Investigating" video series.  Each video in the series captures one topic of investigation in the CFDRC, and illustrates how teachers involved children in literacy, math, science, art and other activities through the three to four months of investigation.

Media production specialist Ken Measimer directed Investigating Trees. Communication student Sean Leser served as editor and videographer; Communication students Amy Dillon and Sarah Pierce served as production assistants. To watch the video, visit http://www.easternct.edu/cece/investigating_trees.html.

ACCESS Agency Honors ProfessorGruenberg

Written by Danielle Couture

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Education Professor and outgoing Access Community Action Agency Board member Ann Gruenberg was presented with a Volunteer Service Award at the Access Annual Meeting and Dinner on Oct. 24 at Wright's Mill Farm. Nancy Tinker, director of facilities management and planning, will take Gruenberg's place on the board.

Eastern's Day of Giving

Written by Christopher J. Herman

 

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 Willimantic, Conn. - On Nov. 27, Eastern Connecticut State University will host its seventh annual "Day of Giving Community Celebration," a Thanksgiving dinner for community members who are patrons of local soup kitchens and other social service agencies. 

The event takes place from noon-2 p.m. in Hurley Hall on the Eastern campus.  Eastern served more than 450 meals at last year's event. Parking will be available at Eastern's two parking garages.
  

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The coordinators have enlisted campus-wide support from Eastern's administration, resident assistants from the Office of Housing and Residential Life, student clubs and organizations, and Chartwells Dining Services.  The local community has embraced the event by encouraging residents to attend and support food drives.
 
The project consists of two parts. The first is a large-scale food drive that takes place in the local community as well as on the Eastern campus. Local stores and businesses that have supported the food drive include Willimantic Food Co-op, Canterbury Better Value, Colchester's Noel Supermarket and Willimantic Stop and Shop.

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Donations are distributed to area food pantries including the Covenant Soup Kitchen and the Catholic Charities Willimantic Office. So far the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) has collected 766 non-perishable food items and raised $495.

The second part of the Day of Giving is a full-course Thanksgiving meal complete with all the trimmings for members of the Willimantic/Windham community who may otherwise not have a Thanksgiving dinner. Vendors who supply Chartwells Dining Services will donate the food, and staff volunteers prepare and serve the meal.  Eastern students, faculty, administration and alumni will volunteer at the event.

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"Eastern's Day of Giving is a special event because it is student-driven," said Max Goto, volunteer and event coordinator for CCE. "It would not be possible without the help of several key professionals and crucial departments here at Eastern, such as the CCE under Director Kimberly Silcox; overwhelming support from the University; and especially the ECSU Foundation, Inc., without which this event would not be possible."

English Night!

Written by Akaya McElveen

Willimantic, Conn. - The English Department at Eastern Connecticut State University will have its annual English Night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 in the Betty R. Tipton Room.
 
The festivities will include the Sigma Tau Delta induction ceremony, an announcement of the spring 2013 first-year writing award winners, the Constance Campo Scholarship ceremony, and senior seminar readings from Professor Dan Donaghy's "The Harlem Renaissance" seminar and Professor Stephen Ferruci's "The Rhetoric of the Hollywood Film" seminar.
 
Family and friends are welcome to attend the event. English Chair, Lisa Fraustino notes special thanks is due to Dean of Arts and Sciences Martin Levin for contributing to the refreshments.

Eastern Ranked Highly for Serving Student Veterans

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Eastern has been named one of the top eight public regional universities serving veterans in the North by U.S. News and World Report. The North region includes 11 states from Maine to Maryland and west to Pennsylvania. This is the first year that U.S. News and World Report has ranked colleges based on their services to veterans. 

"While we are very gratified to receive this recognition," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez, "we accept it in honor of more than 400 veterans who study, teach and work at Eastern, as well as countless Eastern alumni who are past and present members of the Armed Services.  The Veterans Education and Transitional Services Center that we opened four years ago to assist veterans on our campus is our commitment to those who have selflessly defended our country. Supporting student veterans on our campus as they pursue their academic and career goals is our way of saying 'thank you' for the many sacrifices they have made on our behalf.'"

Eastern was ranked as one of the top-ranked schools that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members to apply, pay for and complete their degrees.

The rankings include only numerically ranked schools in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges Guide that meet each of the following criteria: are members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium; are certified for the GI BIll; and  participate in the Yellow Ribbon PRogram.

U.S. News ranked these qualifying schools numerically and in descending order based on their 2014 Best Colleges ranks. There are 234 ranked schools across 10 separate ranking categories: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities (North, South, Midwest and West) and Regional Colleges (North, South, Midwest and West).

Schools reported on their veteran benefits as part of the broader survey and data collection of undergraduate schools by U.S. News during spring 2013.

 

 

LQM Gallery's Contemporary Ink Trio Art Exhibition

Written by Akaya McElveen

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Willimantic, Conn. - The LQM Gallery in New London will feature "Contemporary Ink Trio," an art exhibition from Nov. 16-30. The opening reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 16. Qimin Liu, professor of art at Eastern Connecticut State University, is the LQM Gallery's artistic director.

"Contemporary Ink Trio" is LQM Gallery's latest exhibition featuring three Chinese artists taking part in the ICAS (International Contemporary Art Space) International Residency Artist program. These young artists bring together the masterful techniques of traditional Chinese Ink Painting, with edgy and original contemporary concepts, each with their own distinct style. From abstractions to detailed line work, "Contemporary Ink Trio" offers interesting concepts, fresh representations, and an incredible amount of passion and skill that is evident in the works.

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Liu Jing works in the traditional medium of ink while combining both technical accuracy and abstraction for harmoniously balanced compositions. With a wide variety of subject matter, Liu Jing draws inspiration from the world around him and represents the essence of these things with the expressive touch of the brush.
Wang Peng creates works of art which defy typical categorization with the combination of symbols and motifs present. Elegant and dignified figures, theatrical masks, ink washes and stylized line work come together as one in these expressive, yet solemn pieces.
 

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Yue Xiaofei works in both watercolor and ink, and creates stunning realistic works of art with a skilled touch of expression and contemporary subject matter. Figures, geometric shapes and symbols of our modern world come together to tell stories in a way which caters to one's undying curiosity about the world. The artists draw on the past while incorporating current techniques and concepts to achieve a remarkable visual balance.

The artists will be available to meet with the public at the opening show on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit runs from Nov. 16 to Nov. 30 and is free and open to the public. In addition to the exhibition, the artists will also be available to meet with and work alongside local artists and members of the community interested in participating in group discussions of artwork and culture as well as group figure drawing and landscape painting sessions.

LQM Gallery is located in the Harris Building Atrium, Room 106, at 165 State St., New London CT. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information or to set up an appointment, please contact the gallery at info@lqmgallery.com, or call Artistic Director Qimin Liu at (860) 237-1081 or Gallery Director Clint Slowik at (860) 501-9024.  Also visit www.lqmgallery.com or the LQM Facebook page at facebook.com/LQMGallery for updates about this and future events, workshops and exhibitions.

 

Eastern Presents "Hair Matters: Unresolved Issues"

Written by Danielle Couture


Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Intercultural Center will present "Hair Matters: Unresolved Issues" as part of the University Hour Series in the Student Center Theatre from 3-4 p.m. on Nov. 20.
 
The program consists of a panel including staff members Kemesha Wilmot, coordinator of the Intercultural Center, and Julisa De Los Santos, hall director of Laurel Hall, as well as students Kaitlyn Jolley and Erica Byrd.
"Hair Matters" will discuss political, social and other aspects surrounding women of color and their hair. Attendees will learn about taking care of their own hair as well as learning about other people's hair in order to build bridges across ethnicities.
 
University Hour is free and open to the public.

 

Tip-a-Cop Turns Huge Profit for Special Olympics

Written by Jordan Sakal


Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Police Department hosted an event on November 9, 2013 at Nita's Restaurant in Willimatic, CT. The goal of the event was to raise money for the Special Olympics of Connecticut and the results did not disappoint. 

The event raised $1,112.90 for Special Olympics CT and it could not have been possible without the drive and dedication both of the Eastern Police and the surrounding community who came together to support such a worthy cause. Lieutenant Tom Madera said, "Thank you for making a difference in the lives of those with intellectual disabilities, this success could not have been possible without your support." The next event will be held Saturday December 6th, 2013, it's the annual Penguin Plunge event at Coventry Lake. Anyone out there who is brave enough to jump into the cold water can contact Officer Dave DeNunzio or visit http://soct.org/plunges/

Cid Honored by Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame

Written by Ed Osborn

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On Nov. 6, Carmen Cid, interim president of Quinebaug Valley Community College and biology professor and dean of Eastern's School of Arts and Sciences, was inducted in the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame Education and Empowerment for 2013 during a ceremony at the organization's 20th annual celebration.

One of 10 women honored, Cid has served as dean at Eastern for nine years. Over her 29-year career in higher education, she has worked to improve the representation of women and minorities in science fields.

"This year's honorees are leaders throughout the state who have devoted their careers to educating and empowering women and fostering their advancement," said Katherine Wiltshire, executive director of the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame. "As we mark 20 years of highlighting remarkable women's stories, we celebrate the incredible community we are building to inspire the next generation and women of all ages."

This year's inductees included Rosa DeLauro, U.S. Representative for Connecticut Third District; Barbara Hackman Franklin, president and CEO of Barbara Franklin Enterprises, who served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President George H.W. Bush; Linda Koch Lorimer, vice president of Yale University; and Augusta Lewis Troup, union organizer, journalist and promoter of the suffrage movement.

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra Rocks the House

Written by Zachary Marotte

 

Aardvarks.jpgJazz lovers were treated to sophisticated rhythms and urban melodies when Eastern hosted the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra on Nov.1l in Shafer Auditorium. The orchestra, a 41-year project committed to preserving the legacy of such jazz greats as Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Miles Davis, simultaneously pushes the genre forward with energetic explorations of the musical tradition's limits.

Assembled in 1972 by Mark Harvey, the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra has produced 11 albums, and has conducted numerous world tours.  The orchestra's website says it has "premiered more than 130 works for jazz orchestra."  From original compositions to modern renditions of classics by Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington or Miles Davis, the Orchestra has kept jazz alive for some two generations.

The show began with three original compositions by Harvey. The first, and perhaps most ambitious of these was titled, "Three B's and a Bop," which was, in Harvey's own words, "a more formalized version of the type of jazz music that was made up on the spot in the 1930s."

The performance also featured a new song, "Merry Go Round," by Harvey that showcased Eastern's Concert Chorale Ensemble and the Eastern Thread City Jazz Ensemble. As the concert continued, the songs became increasingly sophisticated in their delivery of sound. This became abundantly clear as the Orchestra eased into a sleek modern rendition of Charles Mingus's 1959 classic "[Goodbye] Pork Pie Hat," which had been dedicated to Mingus's friend and fellow jazz legend Lester Young.

The performance's next song, a rendition of a Duke Ellington 1957 hit titled "Such Sweet Thunder," was by far the most memorable due to its use of what Harvey described as "tone parallels" to create a "slinky, seductive feeling." Originally performed as part of a suite, where each song represented a different character from Shakespeare's plays, "Such Sweet Thunder" flowed smoothly from start to finish from each instrument, enlightening the ears of modern listeners to the glory of the late great Duke.

 

Veteran's Day Ceremony

Written by Christopher J. Herman

 

Willimantic, Conn.  - Eastern Connecticut State University is hosting this year's Veteran's Day Ceremony at 9 a.m. on Nov.11 in the Student Center. Eastern students, faculty, staff and the surrounding Willimantic community are welcome to attend to remember past veterans and support the brave men and women who currently serve in the Armed Forces. Both the "National Anthem" and "America the Beautiful" will be performed.
     The ceremony will commence with opening remarks from Eastern's Father Lawrence LaPointe and Vice President for Student Affairs Kenneth Bedini. Eastern President Elsa Núñez will speak at the event, and will be followed by distinguished guest speaker Master Sergeant James F. Duncan. Closing remarks will be given by Veterans Center Coordinator Lawrence Schmitz '14.            For more information on the ceremony, contact Eastern's Veterans Center at (860) 465-0402 or e-mail veterans@easternct.edu.

"Mr. Eastern"

Written by Christopher J. Herman

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Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Competitive Cheerleading Team hosted the first ever "Mr. Eastern" on Nov. 5 in the Betty R. Tipton Room and crowned Shane Daniotti as the winner. The event was held not only to raise funds for Eastern's cheerleaders, but also to encourage students to participate in school functions. The program was a multi-part event which included a presentation of the male contestants, an informative questionnaire and a talent show. 

Each male contestant was asked a series of questions discussing various topics. They were tested on their ability to spell, and their knowledge of Eastern's cheerleading cheers, and also answered a random question asked by the audience. The questionnaire was followed by a talent show where the future Mr. Eastern performed a talent of his choice.
 
Missy Dupont, Eastern's cheerleading coach and event moderator, was grateful for the attendance of Eastern students and faculty. "I just wanted to thank Eastern's cheerleaders for supporting us and all Eastern students and staff that attended tonight," said Dupont.  

Mr. Eastern contestants included Dan Eisemann, Brendan Germano, Brendan Gilloti, Ryan Houmiller, Jake Hynds, Tyler Matusek, Steven Nixon, Andre Reynolds and Shane Scavello. They were accompanied by Eastern cheerleaders Brittany Bronner, Taylor Gaparino, Emily Wigglesworth, Carissa Riccio, Lauren Clapp, Bridjette Neals, Danni Meskill, Angela Beaupre, Jennifer Pepin and Jillian Soucie.  

      
For more information on Eastern's competitive cheerleading team and their upcoming events, email Compcheer@my.easternct.edu.

 

Alumna Kileen Gilroy to Present Poetry Reading

Written by Akaya McElveen

Kileen Gilroy.jpgWillimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's English Department will present a poetry reading by alumna Kileen Gilroy on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in Webb 110.

Gilroy received her B.A. in Secondary Education /English as well as a minor concentration in Writing, with Magna Cum Laude honors. During her time spent at Eastern, she was the chief editor of the University's literary journal, "Eastern Exposure," as well as the vice president of the English Club.

Gilroy is an emerging poet and aspiring artist who has been writing poetry for the past 13 years. Her work primarily concerns the journey of the self and the many relationships individuals must endure to obtain some sense of discovery, purpose and realization.

She presented her poetry at the University's Research Conference and Exhibition for three consecutive years (2008-10) and was the recipient of the University's Contributions to Cultural Life on Campus Award in 2009. Gilroy also participated in the 11th Annual Writer's Conference and Workshop at the University of Rhode Island in June 2012 with Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, and has read at several venues in Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York City. She currently teaches English at Lincoln High School, is applying for graduate school, and is writing a full poetry manuscript.

Gilroy's literary and online publications include The North Central Review, The New Plains Review, Inner Art Journal, Imitation Fruit, Silkworm: 4, Eastern Exposure (editions 1, 2, & 3), Nefarious Ballerina, The World Voice Project: Inspiring a Conscious Signature, The Kaleidoscope Project, Maintenant 6: A Contemporary Dada Art & Literary Journal and Poetry & Art Exhibition Book. She was the featured poet for Caught in the Net in June 2011 and her poetry was also incorporated in the local film project, Villanelle (fall 2012).

Her mixed media work has also been exhibited in several Gallery X shows in New Bedford, MA,  including "Public Hanging," "I am Curious Red," "From Olympus to Alderaan," and "Low Brow." Other art exhibits include "Duality" with Keith Ranaldi at Java Madness (June 2012); "Places of the Small Point" commissioned for Bonnet Beach Club restaurant (June 2012); "Memphest: In Memory of Matt Sands" donation piece to raise scholarship funds; and The Wickford Art Association "Poetry and Art" exhibit with Kerstin Zettmar.

 

Art in the Environment

Written by Akaya McElveen

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Willimantic, Conn.: Robert L. Greene, assistant professor of sculpture at Eastern Connecticut State University, is exhibiting work at the Deedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, MA. The exhibition runs through Nov. 30.

The exhibition is designed to bring art to the environment and provide visitors with opportunities to experience nature and art in new ways. Whether in the open landscape or along the newly developed sculpture path in the woods, Greene's art offers him challenging opportunities to experiment; to explore his art on an expanded scale; and to create sculpture for an environment.

Greene's work has to do with the fragmented figure and creating order from chaos. His pieces are intended to weather with time and will eventually turn grey and blend with the environment. For more information please visit the gallery's website at http://dedeeshattuckgallery.com/.

 

Eastern to Present "The Skin of Our Teeth"

Written by Danielle Couture

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Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Performing Arts Department and Drama Society will present "The Skin of Our Teeth," written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Thornton Wilder, in the Harry Hope Theatre in Shafer Hall. The play, directed by adjunct professor Jerry Winters, will run from Nov. 19-23 at 7:30 p.m., with a 4 p.m. matinee on Nov. 24. The public is invited. Admission is $5 for students and groups of 10 or more; $10 for Eastern faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens; and $12 for the general public.

A social and political satire on the indomitable American spirit, Wilder wrote the play immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Winters has modernized the production to consider a contemporary audience.  The human dilemma and human spirit are presented boldly and bravely in the struggles for survival of the wildly wonderful characters of "The Skin of Our Teeth."

"The audience will experience the stage performance, as well as live 'framed moments,'" said Winters, who conceptualized the stage set up with set designer Kristen Morgan. "These moments will create a subtle through line about how the media both frames and manipulates our perception of disasters."

To reserve tickets for "The Skin of Our Teeth" call the University Box Office at (860) 465-5123. The box office will open one hour before showtime. Please note, reservations will be held until 15 minutes before the start of the show.  Unpaid tickets may be released at that time for purchase by other patrons.

Eastern Presents "Social Issues and Steampunk"

Written by Danielle Couture

Willimantic, Conn. - Diana Pho, a Vietnamese-American activist also known as "Ay-leen the Peacemaker", will present "Social Issues and Steampunk" as part of Eastern Connecticut State University's University Hour series in the Student Center Theatre from 3-4 p.m. on Nov. 13.

Pho will discuss race, gender and other social issues as they relate to the evolving subculture of Steampunk. Pho strives to broaden people's understanding of Steampunk. Her talk will go beyond a traditional mindset to educate people on the many happenings elsewhere in the globe (i.e. China, Vietnam and India) that occurred during the 19th century, and to discuss issues of racism and cultural appropriation as people create their costumes and characters.
Students are encouraged to attend in Steampunk attire.

University Hour is open to the public and admission is free.

Global Field Course to Hungary and Poland

Written by Christopher J. Herman


 Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Communication and History Departments are conducting a multi-credit global field course titled "The Nazi Aftermath in Central Europe: History, Media and the Holocaust," from May 15-June 1, 2014.

The course is being offered as a 1-credit course in the summer for COM 471, a 1-credit course in the spring for HIS 470 and a 3-credit course in the summer for HIS 471. Global Field Course cost per student will be a maximum of $3,600 with a small group of 10 students, and will be less with a larger group of 15 to 20.
Students will investigate how the Holocaust is represented by the present-day Polish and Hungarian media; meet with major media, embassy officials, and historians; and visit historical and cultural sites including the Warsaw Ghetto, Auschwitz-Birchenau Concentration Camp, Krakow's Kazimierz Jewish Quarter and Budapest's Dohany Synagogue.

 For more information on the course, contact Communication professor Cesar Beltran at (860) 465-4389 or beltranc@easternct.edu.

21st Annual Health, Wellness and Benefits Expo at Eastern

Written by Danielle Couture

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More than 50 health agencies, vendors and representatives convened on Oct. 15 in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center for the 21st Annual Health, Wellness and Benefits Expo. The theme this year was "Balancing Your Mind, Body and Soul." The program included demonstrations, performances and free health screenings throughout the day.

Free chair massages, free HIV and STD testing, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, body fat analysis and free health food samples were some of the offerings at this year's event. Among the day's activities were a variety of demonstrations, descriptions and performances including yoga; accupuncture; massage therapy; and CPR training offered by Windham Hospital's Emergency Medical Services. In addition, representatives were on hand with information about retirement, finances, health insurance and cancer prevention.

The Health Expo was sponsored by Student Health Services and the Office of Human Resources.

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