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Chief Justice Rogers and Judge Kahn to Speak at Eastern

Written by Michael Rouleau

Willimantic, Conn. - Two high-level Connecticut court officials will speak at Eastern Connecticut State University on March 26 for Eastern's University Hour series. At 3 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre, Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers and Superior Court Judge Maria Kahn will speak with the Eastern community about justice and the judicial system in today's world. 

Born and raised in Angola, Africa, Kahn was appointed a Superior Court Judge in 2006 and currently is assigned to hear criminal matters in the Fairfield Judicial District Courthouse. She moved to the United States at 10 years of age, is fluent in three languages and serves on a number state and national Bars. 

Rogers, a Connecticut native, was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court in 2007--the second woman ever to reach this designation in Connecticut. She was also appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the State Justice Institute's Board of Directors. In addition to serving on a number of prestigious Bars and committees, Rogers is also an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

"The event is open to the public and will be organized in a question-and-answer format," said Starsheemar Byrum, coordinator of the Women's Center. "Arrive early at the Student Center Theatre to ensure a good seat."

Church Farm Family Day

Written by Ed Osborn

Church Farm.JPGWillimantic, Conn: -- Area families can enjoy a fun afternoon on the "farm" on Saturday, May 5 from 1-4 p.m. at Eastern Connecticut State University's Church Farm Center for the Arts and Sciences.  Church Farm Family Day is for children of all ages!  The event is free and open to the public.

Visitors to the farm, located at 396 Mansfield Rd. in Ashford, will engage in four interactive learning activities, including Environmental Sculpture, Nature Tokens/Monoprinting, Visual Journaling and Letterboxing, using their Church Farm Family Day "passport" to receive stamps that indicate which activities they have completed.  The learning activities are being coordinated by students from Eastern's Education, Visual Arts and Education Departments, as well as the Visual Arts Club, the Education Club, and the Writing and Illustrating for Children and Young Adults Club. 

In addition to the interactive play stations, visitors will treated to three visual exhibits of the history of the Church Farm, including "Women of the Church Farm," "Church Farm Then and Now" and "Life at the Church Farm," which will show original farm implements and the history of the farm site.  This portion of the event was created by Elizabeth Peterson, director of Eastern's Akus Gallery and Barbara Tucker, director of Eastern's Center for Connecticut Studies.

The Church Farm Center for the Arts and Sciences was gifted to the ECSU Foundation, Inc., in 2007 by Joseph and Dorothy (Church) Zaring of Washington, D.C.  The 110-acre farm had been in the Church family since the early 1800s.  The original house was built in 1791 and was replaced with the present structure in 1821.  The barn was built in 1895.  The Church family ran a successful clothing store chain in Hartford, Danielson, Putnam and Willimantic in the late 1800s and early 20th century, and used the Ashford farm as their summer home.  The farm is now on the National Historic Register.

Eastern's Excellence Expo

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, CT -- The School of Education and Professional Studies and the Graduate Division at Eastern Connecticut State University will hold its 11th Annual Excellence Expo from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on May 4. The expo will take place in several locations across campus, including the Student Center, Charles R. Webb Hall and the J. Eugene Smith Library. The public is invited. Admission is free.

            Students will present their work on a variety of topics, including economics; marketing; math and science in early childhood education; communication law and ethics; sport and leisure management; teaching typical and exceptional learners; and systems analysis, among others. Some presentations include "The Effects of Income on Healthcare: Expenditures Across Countries" by Katelyn Peacock, a junior economics major from Torrington; "Women through Media in the 21st Century" by Kristina Sisti, a senior communication major from Farmington; "Student Center CafĂ©: An Analysis of the Inventory Management Work System" by Marc Fitzgerald, a junior business information systems major from Bristol, and Douglas Evans, a junior business information systems major from Tolland; and "Investigation into Sustainability of Social Networks Usage by Student Clubs at Eastern" by Amon Gitau, a senior social work major from South Windham.

The expo will also feature a photography exhibit, an ePortfolio competition, and a preview of the of the Association of Information Technology Professionals Windham Non-profits website. 

For more information, contact Jaime Gomez, interim dean of education and professional studies and graduate division, at (860) 465-5293 or


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