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Written by Danielle Couture
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Arts and Lecture series will present Madeline Albright, 64th Secretary of State of the United States, in the Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium at 7 p.m. on March 28, where she will speak about "Economy and Security in the 21st Century."
Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1993-1997. From 1989-1992, she served as president of the Center for National Policy. Previously, she was a member of President Jimmy Carter's National Security Council and White House staff, and served as chief legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Edmund S. Muskie.
In 1997, Albright was named by President Bill Clinton as the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, she reinforced America's alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor and environmental standards abroad.
Albright is an endowed professor in diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She co-chairs the United Nations Development Programme's Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor and serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Trustees for the Aspen Institute and the Board of Directors of the Center for a New American Security. Albright is also chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm. She is the author of five books and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
Written by Danielle Couture
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Office of Equity and Diversity will present "A Conversation with Maurice Clarett" as part of the University Hour Series at 3 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the Student Center Theatre.
Clarett's life has been very public as football took him places he never could have imagined. In his freshman year at Ohio State University, Clarett rushed for 1,247 yards and helped lead his team to the national championship. Clarett has been referred to as one of the greatest impact freshman collegiate football players to ever play the game by many sports enthusiasts. His life choices in the years following that stellar freshman year lead to his dismissal from college and a four-year prison sentence. In this University Hour event, Clarett will share his life story with the hope of imparting wisdom he has learned the hard way.
University Hour is free and open to the public.
Written by Ed Osborn
Elsa M. Núñez, president of Eastern Connecticut State University, has joined the board of directors of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the largest charitable organization in New England focused exclusively on education. Warren Simmons, executive director of Brown University's Annenberg Institute for School Reform, has also joined the board.
The years of experience and commitment that Núñez and Simmons bring to their new roles will help Nellie Mae succeed in making education more equitable and effective. "We offer a very warm welcome to Dr. Núñez and Dr. Simmons to Nellie Mae's board of directors," said Nick Donohue, president and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. "Their commitment and close ties to both local and statewide communities, as well as their strategic visions and depths of experience, will bring value to the group and offer critical insight to the long-term success of our educational system."
Núñez has worked in education for more than 40 years and is a recognized leader. She has been at Eastern Connecticut State University since 2006, where she has made a profound and lasting impact. She has established Eastern's role as Connecticut's only public liberal arts university, while also providing valuable support for faculty and undergraduate research and academics.
Her commitment to education access has contributed to Eastern having the highest percentage of minority faculty among all colleges and universities in Connecticut and has enhanced the retention rates of underrepresented student populations. Under her leadership, Eastern achieved the largest gain in the six-year graduation rate of Latino students from 2004-10.
In addition to Nellie Mae Education's board of directors, Núñez currently serves on the boards of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the Connecticut Association for Human Services, Leadership Greater Hartford, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. Simmons currently co-chairs the Aspen Urban Superintendents Network, and serves on the National Research Council's Committee on Strengthening Science Education through a Teacher Learning Continuum.
Simmons directs the work of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, which aims to improve outcomes and practices in urban schools, especially those serving economically disadvantaged students. He also team teaches a course in Urban Systems and Structure in Brown University's Urban Education Policy Master's Program.
Simmons is a recent recipient of the Distinguished Citizens Award from the National Governors Association and has served on the advisory groups and boards of several prominent national organizations including the National Center on Education and the Economy, Public Education Network, the Merck Institute, the National Equity Project, PLATO Learning, Inc. and the Campaign for Educational Equity.
Written by Jordan Sakal
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University will be holding eight University Hour events during the spring 2014 semester. The University Hour series includes events held by campus offices or clubs to build awareness on campus of ongoing issues in society. The events are held from 3 to 4 p.m on Wednesdays. at various locations on campus.
The first event is a seminar on women and wealth set to occur Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre. Hosted by the Women's Center, the event will help women plan for a healthy financial future.
The semester's second event will occur Feb. 19 at 3 p.m., also in the Student Center Theatre. Sponsored by the Intercultural Center, the event "Half of Me" discusses diversity issues on campus focused on the LGBTQ community.
The semester's third event is "A Conversation with Maurice Clarett." Hosted by the Office of Equity and Diversity in the Student Center Theatre, the former Ohio State University football star discusses his rise to stardom playing college football and the lifestyle he chose that resulted in four years in prison.
Eastern Connecticut State University's Pride Room, Women's Center, Intercultural Center and Office of Equity and Diversity will host Division 1 basketball player Kye Allums on March 5 in the Student Center Theatre. Allums, is the first transgender Division I NCAA athlete. He will discuss the challenges and triumphs of coming out as a transgender individual with his coaches, teammates and family.
March 12 brings the Girl Rising Project to Eastern, as the Women's Center hosts a groundbreaking feature film in the Student Center Theatre that spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. The film captures their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives.
On March 26, Chief Justice Chase Rogers of the Connecticut Supreme Court visits Eastern to discuss women and access to justice. The event is hosted by the Women's Center in the Student Center Theatre and seeks to empower women and teach them about their legal rights and responsibilities.
Interpersonal violence affects everyone in society. On April 9 in the Student Center Theatre, Eastern remembers those who survived, faced or lost their lives to intimate partner and sexual violence. Join the Women's Center for a discussion on current issues relating to interpersonal violence and a community response that empowers all to use their voice, their influence and their actions to become a part of the solution to interpersonal violence.
April 23 is the semester's final University Hour and will cover "The Economic Argument for Ethnic Studies" with host Jim Estrada. The event seeks to enrich professionals so that they become culturally aware of the changing world around them as business becomes increasingly more diverse, multinational and multiethnic.
All University Hour events are free of charge and open to the public.
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 email@example.com.
Written by Ed Osborn
Willimantic, Conn. -The Connecticut premiere of the film, "Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea," will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 7-8:30 p.m. in Webb Hall Room 110 on the Eastern Connecticut State University campus.
"Ocean Frontiers II" brings audiences face-to-face with those now embarking on the nation's first multi-state ocean plan. The film prominently features Rhode Island and is an inspiring story of citizens coming together to promote healthier economies and healthier seas across New England.
"Ocean Frontiers II" is the second of an award-winning film series produced by Green Fire Productions. After the film there will be a Q & A discussion with the filmmaker and ocean experts. The event is free and open to the public.
"The people of New England impressed us with the passionate effort that has gone into ocean planning in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island," said Karen Meyer, Green Fire Productions executive director and producer of "Ocean Frontiers II. "This work is an ideal example to share with New England and the rest of the country as ocean planning across the region gets underway."
"Ocean Frontiers II" highlights the historic and emerging ocean uses of New England waters and introduces viewers to people working on the Northeast regional ocean planning initiative. In a region steeped in old maritime tradition, we see a modern wave of big ships, energy industries and a changing climate now testing the limits of an already crowded sea. But in a pioneering trial of far-sighted planning--pushed by blueprints for offshore wind energy--old residents and new are coming together to keep their ocean and livelihoods alive.
A spotlight on Rhode Island reveals how collaborative planning reduces conflicts over ocean resources and puts us on a new path of ocean stewardship. Fishermen, coastal planners, Native American tribal leaders, environmental advocates, scientists and wind energy executives are featured in the film.
The premiere of "Ocean Frontiers II" is presented by Eastern Connecticut State University, The Department of Environmental Earth Science, The College of Arts and Sciences and Green Fire Productions.
To screen the "Ocean Frontiers II" film trailer visit www.ocean-frontiers.org/trailer. Press images are at www.ocean-frontiers.org/press. Visit www.facebook.com/OceanFrontiers or twitter@Ocean_Frontiers.
Written by Akaya McElveen
Willimantic, Conn. - Bernard Lafayette Jr., a prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement, spoke on "Reaching Beyond Your Grasp" on Oct. 9 in the Student Center Theatre at Eastern Connecticut State University. His presentation was part of Eastern's University Hour Series.
More than 200 Eastern students, faculty and staff heard Lafayette say he was "glad" and "shocked" that he is still alive today, in response to a question asked by a student. Lafayette's life has been threatened on many occasions, including a night when white men came to his house to kill him.
More than 200 Eastern students, faculty and staff heard Lafayette describe how resolute the Freedom Riders were while facing terrifying mobs.
Being the target of many death threats, Lafayette had expected his life to have ended already. In fact, he said he that he and his peers, realizing the dangerous journey they were about to begin, created a will before taking part in the Freedom Riders, who were African American and white college students. "No one can take your life if you've already given it," said Lafayette. He said the Freedom Rides of the 1960s provided the momentum for the Civil Rights Movement, and provided an in-depth, personal look at what life was like for the Freedom Riders.
Left to right, Stacey Close, Eastern's associate vice president for equity and diversity; Prudence Allen, former administrative assistant to the late Coretta Scott King; Lafayette, Sociology Professors Dennis Canterbury and James Russell pose for a photograph.
Lafayette played a riveting clip from a documentary on the Freedom Rides, which showed scenes of white mobs as they burned and bombed the Freedom Riders' buses and beat them with crow bars, baseball bats and any other weapon they could pick up. Law enforcement and city officials had made a deal; the mob of people was given 15 minutes to do whatever it wanted to the Freedom Riders and they would not get punished for it. Once the 15 minutes were up, Lafayette said the officers announced, "Alright, you've had your fun," and told the mob, "Not one soul will ever be arrested."
Lafayette shakes hands with Akaya McElveen'14, an English major from Waterbury.
There was a moment in the film when a black woman went to a police officer to explain that her husband was being attacked, only to be knocked to the ground by that same officer.
Lafayette said media exposure of the mob violence and city officials' sanction of it played a leading role raising public awareness. News of the mob and police brutality was heard around the world, with America's European allies making it clear to President Kennedy that they were embarrassed by the violence.
Lafayette, left, with former vice president for equity and diversity at Eastern,and administrative assistants Carmen Diaz and Kathy Escobar.
The speaker also said there is a misconception that the Freedom Rides were about integrating the buses: "The demonstrations were really about bus stations and the right to be treated equally in them." Lafayette also talked about the importance of community engagement, saying that all colleges and universities should be involved in the community. "You've got to bring young people together and organize them. If you don't use your rights, you will lose your rights." As an example, he said students could initiate a voter registration drive by hosting a public birthday party for eighteen-year-olds, where the cost of admission would be showing their voter registration cards.
Lafayette with Hope Fitz, professor of philosophy and a scholar on nonviolence.
Lafayette said that he is genuinely interested in what the next generation will contribute to the Civil Rights Movement. "Maybe the movement never really stopped; it's continuous." He said young people should never surrender to violence and injustice. "If you do, the psychological wounds will run deep and may never end." He encouraged the audience to keep the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream alive, quoting the late Civil Rights leader, "We must live together as sisters and brothers or die separately as fools."
Lafayette ended his presentation by entertaining the audience with a country song about the struggle of poor white Americans.
Written by Danielle Couture
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Arts and Lecture Series will present the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra at 7 p.m. on Nov. 11 in the Shafer Auditorium.
Now in their 41st season, the Aardvark Orchestra is one of the longest-running large jazz ensembles in the world. The band returns to Eastern with classics from Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington and more.
The show will feature a new song "Merry Go Round" by band director Mark Harvey that will feature Eastern's Concert Chorale Ensemble and the Eastern Thread City Jazz Ensemble.
Tickets for Arts and Lecture Series events are $10 for the public. To reserve your ticket, call (860) 465-0036 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Dwight Bachman
Ghanaian high school principals pose for a photograph on the steps of the J. Eugen Smith Library.
Twenty-six school high school principals from Ghana, West Africa, visited Connecticut Sept. 1-8. Mathematics Professor Bonsu Osei arranged their visit, which was designed to have the Ghanaian educators interact with their counterparts in Connecticut on issues such as ethics, educational leadership and service to their respective schools. Sociology Professor Dennis Canterbury provided an orientation for the principals.
Education Professor David Stoloff presents a workshop on the use of technology in education.
"The visit also encouraged a broader discussion on global issues of education, and offered students' opportunities to study abroad," said Osei. "We hope that students from Ghana will be encouraged to undertake their undergraduate education in Connecticut, especially Eastern."
Shannon Fitzpatrick'14, a business administration major, conducts a campus tour for the prinicipals.
The principals met with Connecticut's African-American Affairs Commission, which showcased some of Connecticut's model educational programs with the principals. "Ghana is a nation that many African-Americans can trace their ancestral roots to, so it is fitting to share knowledge and expertise to improve educational outcomes for both countries," said Glenn Cassis, executive director of the commission. "It is an honor for the commission to serve as a host."
Two principals present Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rhona Free a gift.
Eastern Sociology Professor Dennis Canterbury provided the principals an orientation at the Ramada Hotel in East Hartford. They held a series of discussions on public policy and practices in Connecticut, and participated in lectures, seminars and workshops on information technology for educational management.
Ghanaian principals purchase souvenirs and clothing items in the bookstore.
They also visited high schools in Bloomfield and East Hartford; toured the Connecticut Science Center; visited state government officials at the State House and Legislative Office Building; and met with Connecticut Department of Education officials to discuss financial and behavioral management, supervision, evaluation and professional development; assessment and testing and school safety issues.
After dinner at Biology Professor Yaw Nsiah's home, the principals present Academic Servics Center Director Susan Heyward with a desk pen holder as a gift.
On Sept. 6, the Ghanaian principals toured Eastern's facilities and enjoyed a luncheon hosted by Provost Rhona Free. That evening, they dined at the home of Yaw Nsiah, professor of biology and a native of Ghana, where they expressed gratitude "for Eastern's fine and gracious hospitality" and vowed to send students from their respective schools to Eastern.
Written by Dwight Bachman
Willimantic, Conn: --Bernard Lafayette Jr., a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, will speak at Eastern Connecticut State University on Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre. Lafayette, who the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hand-picked as one of King's deputies during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, will lecture on "Reaching Beyond Your Grasp." His presentation is part of Eastern's popular "University Hour" series.
"Rev. Dr. Lafayette began his career fighting non-violently for peace, human rights and equality as a college student, and continues to be vigilant in that struggle as one of the deans of the struggle today," said Stacey Close, Eastern's interim associate vice president for equity and diversity. "This year marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech. Dr. Lafayette was an active participant in the critical moments and changes in our nation's history. We are truly fortunate to have such a visionary leader visiting our campus."
Lafayette is recognized as a major authority on strategies for nonviolent social change and nonviolent direct action in the world. As a student in 1960, he was a co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. Lafayette was also involved in the struggle for civil rights in Nashville.
A year later, he and other African American and white college students joined the call to become part of the Freedom Riders, a movement to enforce federal integration laws on interstate bus routes, as a way to nonviolently transform the nation.
Later in 1965, Lafayette played a leading role in organizing the voting rights campaign in Selma, AL. He also served as national program administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. appointed Lafayette to be national program administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and national coordinator of the 1968 Poor People's Campaign.
Lafayette is a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Candler School of Theology, at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He received his B.A. from American Baptist Seminary, and earned his Ed.M. and Ed.D. degrees from Harvard University. He founded and served for several years as the director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island. He has published widely and has lectured throughout the world.