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Written by Dwight Bachman and Ed Osborn
Willimantic, Conn. -- 1,256 undergraduates and 41 graduate students heard the roars and cheers of thousands of their family members and friends as they celebrated their achievements at Eastern Connecticut State University's 123nd Commencement exercises at the XL Center in Hartford on May 14.
Carlotta Walls LaNier, the youngest member of the "Little Rock Nine," gave the Commencement Address, telling the graduates "This is your moment, a time you have been looking forward to and working toward since you first arrived at Eastern. Celebrate the moment; seize it. Step out into your future bravely and boldly." LaNier noted that the graduates were bound to encounter challenges. Those experiences will be "the greatest teacher in the grand classroom of life. Those challenges will show you who you really are."
The Little Rock Nine was a group of nine African American students who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, AR, in 1957. Due to the segregation policies of Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus and the mob atmosphere in Little Rock at the time, President Dwight Eisenhower ordered 1,000 members of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division to Arkansas to provide protection and escort the nine students to class throughout the 1957-58 school year.
Despite the daily military escort, LaNier and her friends were kicked, hit with rocks, threatened, and shunned. Her own home was firebombed. As the onslaught continued, "the more determined I became to get my diploma." Today, she has "made peace with my past."
LaNier turned to the Class of 2013 and encouraged them to have the same commitment: "Finish whatever goals you have set for yourself. Find the strength, fortitude and determination to see it through. When you see injustice, how will you respond? I hope you take the heroic stand." LaNier was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa at the Commencement Exercises.
Eastern President Elsa M. Nunez told the graduates, "There is no other country in the world that places its future so firmly in the hands of the people. You are now the next generation of citizen leaders in our state and in our nation. . . . The world needs your energy, your enthusiasm, and your skills . . . There is a challenge out there ready for you to conquer, whether it's helping out at your church or synagogue, volunteering at the local senior center, or inventing a new surgical procedure. There is a team somewhere that needs you to complete its mission."
As an example of the contributions Eastern students are making in the world, Nunez cited more than 100,000 hours of volunteer work performed by Eastern students, faculty, and staff each year in local communities, noting that President Barack Obama's had named Eastern to his National Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the third time in four years that past March.At the same time, President Nunez told the graduates to "be yourself and do what makes you happy," and quoted New England bard Henry Thoreau, who wrote: "Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still."
From the Governor's Foot Guard Color Guard in attendance, to the plaintive sound of the bagpipes of the St. Patrick's Pipe Band and the pre-event music of the Thread City Brass Quintet, Eastern's graduation ceremonies were marked by dignity, grace and elegance. Senior Jessica Johnson sang "America the Beautiful," and Senior Class President Thomas Balestracci presented President Núñez with the class gift, a scholarship funded by more than 200 donations from the graduating class. Balestracci encouraged his classmates to continue donating so that the scholarship would grow. "We have all benefited from our experiences here at Eastern. These experiences are the ones that we will keep with us forever as we move on. They will be the ones we will look back upon and realize that they have helped us become who we are today. We lived up each day like it was our last at Eastern, and now, it really is our last day. We have turned our dreams into reality during our time at this University and we made memories that will last a lifetime."
Yvette Melendez, vice president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, the governing body for the 17 Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, brought greetings on behalf of the Board of Regents. "Congratulations to each and every one of you for reaching this incredible milestone. This is one of those moments that will forever be embedded in your memory. You are at the beginning of a future you have just begun to mold. You took the first step in that journey by enrolling at Eastern. You have much to be proud of." Meléndez urged the graduates to make their contribution to society "in the way that Eastern has taught you. You have worked exceedingly hard . . . you have learned that regardless of major, you are part of a community."
Nana Owusu-Agyemang of Ghana, West Africa, delivered the Senior Class Address. She thanked the faculty for their support, saying, "During my time here at Eastern, I have met professors that I simply cannot forget -- professors who really care for their students. It will forever strike me how much time professors at Eastern are willing to spend with each student...how much of themselves they give. It's not just the professors who make Eastern what it is. At Eastern it's not just about imparting knowledge, it's about joining hands to mold each student into a richer person academically and mentally, as well." Owusu-Agyemang closed by quoting the late philosopher Alan Watts, who once said, "The attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be."
"May our truth be a good truth," said Owusu-Agyemang. "May our world be a good world. May our mark be a good mark."
Carlotta Walls LaNier made history at age 14 when she enrolled at Central High School as a sophomore. On the first day of school she was surrounded by an angry mob that prevented the nine African American students from entering the building. After two weeks of protests and violence, President Dwight Eisenhower sent U.S. Army troops to Little Rock to protect the "Little Rock Nine" by escorting them to class for a year. Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus closed Little Rock schools for the 1958-59 school year, forcing LaNier to take correspondence courses. In June 1960, she became the first African American female student to graduate from Central High School.
LaNier has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the prestigious Spingarn Medal from the NAACP in 1958, and the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian award, which was bestowed upon the Little Rock Nine in 1999 by President Bill Clinton. She is also the author of "A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice of Little Rock Central High School."
Written by Rebecca Holdridge
Willimantic, Conn. Eastern Connecticut State University will hold an open house for prospective students from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 14. During the open house, potential students will learn about the benefits of Eastern's liberal arts education and can also tour the campus.
From noon to 4 p.m. an academic, athletic and activities fair will be held in Geissler Gymnasium, where faculty, staff and coaches will discuss a wide range of opportunities for students who enroll at Eastern. At 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. in Room 104 of the Science Building, the Admissions Office will offer guidance on the admissions process. For Spanish-speaking students, a concurrent session will be held at 1:15 p.m. in Room 115 of the Student Center.
At 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre, Eastern's Housing Office will discuss what is expected of students who live on campus. At 12:30 p.m. in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center, Eastern President Elsa Núñez will share her vision for Eastern.
At 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Room 219 of the Student Center, Political Science Professor Bill Salka will discuss the University Honors Program. The Financial Aid Office will hold information sessions at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Betty R. Tipton Room. At 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in Room 110 of Webb Hall, the Department of Education faculty will discuss Eastern's Teacher Education Program, including how to apply and why the program is unique.
Campus tours of the Child and Family Development Resource Center, the J. Eugene Smith Library, the Science Building, and other facilities will be provided throughout the afternoon.
Written by Ed Osborn
Willimantic, CT -- For the third year in a row, Eastern Connecticut State University is ranked in the top 30 public universities in the North Region in U.S. News and World Report's 2013 edition of Best Colleges. Eastern was the highest ranked university among the four Connecticut state universities. Again, Eastern was in the top 100 regional universities -- both public and private -- in the region.
Regional universities such as Eastern are ranked on the basis of criteria that include peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. The North Region includes colleges and universities from New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.
"On behalf of the entire Eastern campus community, I am honored to learn that Eastern Connecticut State University is again ranked in the top 30 public regional universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez.
"We are honored to be a Tier One institution with a public mission to provide an outstanding liberal arts education to students from all walks of life. Today's news is a tribute to our entire campus community. To continue to be ranked this highly in the U.S. News ratings is a sign of an improved academic reputation and the quality of our faculty and educational programs. We are also working hard to give Eastern students more opportunities to apply their classroom learning in such experiences as internships, paid co-ops, service learning, undergraduate research and other applied settings. This is a great day for our faculty, staff, students and alumni."
This year's U.S. News and World Report rankings included reviews of 1,391 schools nationwide and are available at www.usnews.com/colleges. They will also be published in the Best Colleges 2013 Guidebook, published by U.S. News & World Report and available on newsstands starting Sept. 18.
Over the past two decades, the U.S. News and World Report rankings, which group colleges based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, have grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.
The 2013 Best Colleges program provides the most thorough examination of 1,391 accredited four-year schools, compared on a set of 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence.
Written by Dwight Bachman
Willimantic, Conn: -- Eastern Connecticut State University is one of the best colleges in the Northeast, according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. Eastern is one of 222 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Northeast" section of its website feature, "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region," that posted Aug. 20 on PrincetonReview.com.
"The University community is honored to be included in The Princeton Review's 'Best Colleges in the Northeast' for the third time in four years," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. "What is most gratifying is that much of this recognition can be attributed to the survey of our students that The Princeton Review conducted. Our students seem to appreciate the residential, liberal arts experience that we offer -- small classes, personal attention from faculty, and a vibrant campus life. The fact our students feel Eastern is affordable is also important to families in these challenging economic times."
"We're pleased to recommend Eastern Connecticut State University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president/publisher. "We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists."
For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues -- from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food -- and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site. Student comments in the profile on Eastern are "A smaller school with smaller classes;" Eastern's "thorough liberal arts curriculum" is conducted within a "comfortable learning environment;" and "I went to academic advising and I was amazed about how fast I was helped and it actually made a positive difference in my work." The campus life was also highlighted: "There are always activities gong on such as movies, parties, crafts and comedians. You will never be bored at this school."
Eastern Connecticut State University is the state's public liberal arts university. Eastern serves approximately 5,600 students each year on its Willimantic campus and satellite locations.
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Written by Dwight Bachman
Willimantic, Conn. - For the fourth 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 today in The Chronicle's fifth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 46,000 employees at 294 colleges and universities.
In all, only 103 of the 294 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."
"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 the nation's most important source of news about colleges and universities. "The institutions that the Great Colleges program recognizes provide innovative educational experiences - while also offering their employees outstanding workplace experiences - and we are eager to help readers learn more about them," said Liz McMillen, The Chronicle's editor. 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 received recognition was 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 http://chronicle.com/academicworkplace.
Written by Dwight Bachman and Ed Osborn
Wesleyan University President Michael Roth speaking Tuesday at the Eastern Connecticut State University Commencement at the XL Center in Hartford.
Willimantic, Conn. -- 1,230 undergraduates and 88 graduate students heard the roars and cheers of thousands of their family members and friends as they celebrated their achievements at Eastern Connecticut State University's 122nd Commencement exercises at the XL Center in Hartford on May 15.
Michael S. Roth, president of Wesleyan University, delivered the Commencement address. He told the graduates he hoped they had learned three things at Eastern: "What you love to do, how to get better at it and how to share that with others . . . I hope that at Eastern you have found something that stirs your soul, that draws what is best from you, that is an activity without which you feel impoverished, denied, not fully human."
Eastern President Elsa M. Nunez congratulates a graduate in the XL Center.
Roth also told the Class of 2012, "The habits of mind developed in liberal arts environments like Eastern's . . . will empower you to see opportunity where others see only obstacles."
Noting the social, political and economic divisiveness that exists in our society today, Roth concluded that universities "must continue to strive to be places where young people discover and cultivate their independence and must themselves resist the trends of inequality that are tearing at the fabric of our country."
Approximately half the Eastern graduates were the first in their families to earn a bachelor's degree. As Connecticut's only public liberal arts university, Eastern draws students from 165 of the state's 169 towns. Approximately 90 percent of graduates stay in Connecticut to launch their careers, contribute to their communities and raise their families.
Eastern seniors celebrate their graduation day.
Eastern President Elsa M. Núñez told the graduates not to sit on the sidelines. "The challenges we face today as a nation and international community are ours to face and ours to solve."The point I would make is not that everything is bad but that we can make things better. I say we, because it always takes a team of people to get the job done . . . There is no other country in the world that places its future so firmly in the hands of the people. You are now the next generation of citizen leaders in our state and in our nation. Together, you can be the force of change that can keep our country strong. It is your time. You are the leaders of the future, and the future starts now!"
Barnard Scholar Winner Kate Harner, of Oxford, enjoys the Commencement ceremony.
From the Governor's Foot Guard Color Guard in attendance to the plaintive sound of the bagpipes of St. Patrick's Pipe Band, Eastern's graduation ceremonies were marked by dignity, grace and elegance. Eastern also conferred an honorary degree on Roth.
"Graduates of the Class of 2012, you have participated and helped create a vibrant community, and you have learned and grown in ways I'm sure few of you could have imagined," said Zac Zeitlin, a member of the Board of Regents for Higher Education. "I want you to leave here tonight with conviction that what you've learned will help you tremendously in your careers and in your personal lives."
Audriana White delivered the Senior Class address. She encouraged the graduates to thank their parents and Eastern's faculty and staff for arriving at this point in their lives. "We're all here in part because we've successfully absorbed Eastern's six core values that have prepared us for our significant life goals: Academic excellence, engagement, inclusion, integrity, empowerment and social responsibility . . . Each year we gave back. We showed appreciation to our Willimantic community in so many ways and it has been such a terrific feeling . . . With Eastern's core values firmly in place as we set forth in our life's journey, all I can say to you all is 'ready, set, fly.'"
Senior Class President Benjamin Foran presented President Nunez with the class gift, a scholarship funded by donations from 222 seniors. Foran encouraged the graduates to continue donating so that the scholarship would grow, telling his classmates, "For many of us graduating tonight, college was a time for self-discovery, immense change and personal growth. Eastern has given us all incredible opportunities, which have allowed us to flourish and succeed . . . Because of your commitment to give back to our University, we are able to pass on experiences and opportunities that we have enjoyed to future students for years to come, so that they too may benefit from the University that has given us so much."
Written by Ed Osborn
In observance of the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, which left more than 3,000 people dead, Eastern Connecticut State University will hold a number of events during the week of Sept. 5, 2011.
"Each year at Eastern, we mark the passing of Sept. 11 with a moment of silence and personal reflection," explained Eastern President Elsa Núñez. "We felt this year's 10th anniversary of 9/11 was an opportunity to come together as a community and spend time remembering those who perished that day. As Americans, we should never forget what happened 10 years ago. We owe it to the innocent people who died that day and their families to honor their memory."
To honor those who lost their lives and to support the causes of world peace and global understanding, students working in the Center for Community Engagement spent the summer making 1,000 paper peace doves that will be displayed in the Student Center throughout the weeks of Aug. 29 and Sept. 5. Students, faculty and staff will write their names on the doves and then display them prominently in the center.
On Sept. 7, Professor Charles Wynn will describe how the events of Sept. 11 inspired him to write the book, "And God said, 'Let there be evolution!'; Reconciling the Book of Genesis, the Qur'an and the Theory of Evolution." The book explains how Darwin's Theory of Evolution can be reconciled with Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Wynn's lecture is the first event in this year's University Hour series, and will begin at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre.
At 11 a.m. on Sept. 9, a memorial service to honor those who perished on Sept. 11, 2001, will be held in front of Gelsi-Young Hall. A permanent tree "9/11 Tribute Tree" has been planted at that site to honor those who died.
On Sept. 10, Eastern students can sign up for a trip to the Connecticut Historical Society's 9/11 Exhibit in Hartford. The event is open to the first 20 students; to register, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, Eastern students will hold a candlelight vigil at the Foster Clock Tower. If it rains, the vigil will take place in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Room in the J. Eugene Smith Library.
Throughout the week of Sept. 5, Eastern's Center for Community Engagement will be working in four local elementary afterschool programs to help children understand the events of 9/11. A giant banner, with handprints of schoolchildren and Eastern students, will be on display at the University's Student Center and hung in the Windham Town Hall the following week.
Written by Dwight Bachman
Willimantic, Conn. - For the third year in a row, Eastern Connecticut State University has made the list of "Great Colleges to Work For" released by The Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE). ModernThink LLC, an independent research company, surveyed 310 colleges and universities and more than 44,000 employees at those institutions to develop its findings. Only 111 colleges were awarded the prestigious honor. The program is the second largest workplace recognition program in the country, after Fortune Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" program.
Between 400 and 600 employees were surveyed at each college or university and each institution was also asked to fill out an organizational questionnaire. In addition to being recognized as a "Great College to Work For," Eastern won honors in four subcategories this year: "Collaborative Governance"; "Compensation and Benefits"; Facilities, Workspaces and Security"; and "Confidence in Senior Leadership."
"We are honored to be included in 'Great Colleges to Work For' three years in a row," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. "Receiving this national recognition from The Chronicle of Higher Education is very gratifying especially, being recognized in so many critical areas of campus interaction. The spirit of collaboration that exists on our campus gives us a heightened capacity to better serve our students and the State of Connecticut."
"Even in a down economy when many colleges are freezing salaries or having layoffs, employees still find good in their work," said CHE editor Jeffrey Selingo. "Great workplaces are about more than dollars and cents. Great Colleges to Work For don't always pay the best, but they have created environments where people feel appreciated and valued."
Richard Boyer, principal and managing partner of ModernThink, LLC, agreed: "It's easy to be a great workplace during good times, but it's when times are tough, the commitment to workplace quality really gets tested. And those institutions that measure up during times of economic hardship reinforce their already strong cultures and put even more distance between them and their peer institutions for whom they compete for talent."
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Written by Dwight Bachman
Governnor Malloy Speaking Sunday to Eastern Graduates at Commencement at the XL Center in Hartford.
Willimantic, Conn. -- Graduates at Eastern Connecticut State University's 121st Commencement Exercises heard the roars and cheers of thousands of their family members and friends as they celebrated their accomplishments at the XL Center in Hartford. In all, 1,077 undergraduates and 102 graduates earned their degrees.
Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy delivered the Commencement address. Malloy reminded the graduates that the ceremony proved they each, through hard work and effort, could overcome adversity and achieve. He told the students they should believe in progress and in the future. "We're a forward-thinking people. We internalize this concept - and then we get to work. This class stands as a testament to that mindset."
Malloy ask the graduates for their help in rebuilding the state of Connecticut. "As the saying goes, a rising tide raises all boats. I need you to be that tide that sweeps across the state. Find a way to reach back and make stronger our society and our communities. If you do that, Connecticut will continue to be the great state that it is. Our nation will be stronger. We will all be better for it."
Eastern President Elsa Nunez with Karl Lamonthe of Voluntown
Approximately half the Eastern graduates were the first in their families to earn a bachelor's degree. As Connecticut's only public liberal arts university, Eastern draws students from 165 of the state's 169 towns; approximately 90 percent of graduates stay in Connecticut to launch their careers, contribute to their communities and raise their families.
Eastern President Elsa M. Núñez told graduates not to sit on the sidelines. "As you go out into the workforce and forge your own way, build your professional careers on the values you have been taught. You are now the next generation of citizen leaders in our state and in our nation. Together, you can be the force of change that can keep our country strong. It is your time. You are tomorrow's leaders, and tomorrow starts now!"
LaShawna Jarrett of Bloomfield waves to family member who called her from the bleachers in the XL Center.
From the Governor's Foot Guard in attendance, to the plaintive sound of the bagpipes of St. Patrick's Pipe Band, to Eastern's "Make a Wish" tradition, in which graduating seniors toss a penny into a wishing well, Eastern's graduation ceremonies were marked by dignity, grace and elegance. Eastern also conferred an honorary degree on Anthony J. Brandenburg, chief judge of the Intertribal Court of Southern California. Brandenburg is a member of Eastern's Class of 1975. In 2010, he was named recipient of the University's Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Dazmon Harris, second from right, from Hartford, is congratulated by his friends, Eddie Brown, left, from Hartford, Class of 2012; Levar Mitchell, second from right, from Hartford, Class of 2012; and Akeem Popley-Bailey, left, from Hartford, Class of 2013.
Connecticut State University System (CSUS) Acting Chancellor Louise Feroe told the graduates, "We need your insights, your point of view, your lives to build the future - so I implore you: step up; shape events; influence outcomes; engage colleagues; drive agendas; go after things. We have seen what you can do, so keep at it."
Ninsis Batista from Norwich enjoys reading her hard-earned diploma.
"Get involved, and strive for excellence in everything you do, large and small," said CSUS Vice Chairman Richard Balducci. "Looking at all of you today, one cannot help but be encouraged. You have the attitude. You have the education. You have the experience, practically applied."
Tim Talley, center, from Columbus, Ohio, is congratulated by, left to right, his brother Josh, sister-in-law Rosanna, and parents Bernadette and Richard Talley.
Olivia Grace Puckett of Columbia delivered the Senior Class address. She encouraged the graduates to thank their parents and Eastern's faculty and staff for arriving at this point in their lives, and to think about all that has transpired in the past four years. "We are the generation facing and creating a remarkable shift in the world. We participated in our first presidential election, witnessing the historical inauguration of President Barack Obama. The Class of 2011 will continue creating a dynamic future for the world.
Julianne Bass, of Mansfield, with brother Andrew; sister Charissa; and mother, Karen.
Albert Vertefeuille, a member of the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Department of Higher Education and a 1960 Eastern graduate, told the class, "Your degree is a sign of your willingness to devote your time and energy to achieving a goal. The degree you are receiving this morning does not relieve you of your responsibility to continue to grow, no matter what your age or path in life. The overall aim of this fine state university is to encourage you to explore new ideas, to think critically, to distinguish between the significant and shallow, to make informed and responsible decisions and to contribute your talents back to your communities."
A jubilant Kassandrea Scozzafava of Bantan expresses her joy.
Senior Class President Sarah Potrikus presented President Núñez with the class gift, a scholarship in the name of the Class of 2011, funded by donations from the graduating class. She encouraged the class to continue donating so that the scholarship would grow, telling the class, "Leave today knowing that every one of you made a difference to Eastern, whether as an All-American athlete, a community service volunteer, a student leader, or an academic scholar. The accomplishments held by this class, both professional and personal, set even higher standards for future students than those who graduated before us."
Written by Kate Harner
Gelburd and Liu share a gift from Hanshan Normal University in Guangdong with President Elsa Núñez.
Willimantic, CT -- Gail Gelburd, visual art department chair at Eastern Connecticut State University, and Qimin Liu, associate professor of art at Eastern, traveled to China under a Connecticut State University System (CSUS) Research Grant this past June.
The grant enabled Gelburd and Liu to visit the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts; Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts; Shanghai Normal University; Shanghai University; Hanshan Normal University, Chaozhou; Hunan University, Zhangzhou; and Qingdao University. The purposes of these visits included studying new media, painting and drawing facilities offered at the schools; reviewing facilities and exhibition areas; and meeting with faculty and staff. Artists and professors of art interacted with each other to better understand the cultural and educational similarities and differences between Eastern and schools in China. Gelburd and Liu have been invited to return as visiting professors and consultants at these universities.
Gelburd and Liu lectured at Hanshan Normal University on liberal arts education and American contemporary art to more than 500 students and faculty members. Liu also presented a lecture on painting at Qingdao University to more than 300 students and faculty members.
Gelburd and Liu also visited galleries and museums in Beijing, Shanghai, Chaozhou, Souzhou, Lhasa Tibet and Xian. They are creating an online joint project with each of the universities they visited; are working on developing a student/faculty exchange program; and are planning to invite faculty and artists and performers from the National Academy of Theatre Arts in Beijing to Eastern.
For more information on the Gelburd-Liu visit to China, and the emerging faculty exchanges, contact Carla Sheldon at (860) 465-0197 or email@example.com.