Former Washington Post Publisher Addresses Eastern Graduates

                                     Eastern Graduates 1,238 at XL Center

Commencement-2017-Crowd_7167Former Washington Post Publisher Donald Graham told the graduates at Eastern’s 127th Commencement exercises to “treasure this college. Eastern has given you a wonderful education . . . once you are making a living, give something back so that you can help Eastern continue to be great in the future.” The annual graduation ceremony was held at the XL Center in Hartford on May 17, with more than 12,000 family members and friends cheering on their sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, as 1,180 undergraduates and 58 graduate students received their diplomas. Continue reading

Top Eastern Students Named Barnard Scholars

 Kevin Connolly, right, and Elizabeth Del Buono with Eastern President Elsa Núñez.

Kevin Connolly, right, and Elizabeth Del Buono with Eastern President Elsa Núñez.

Elizabeth Del Buono ’17 of Southington and Kevin Connolly ’17 of Enfield, both biology majors, are this year’s Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award winners. The 29th annual Henry Barnard awards banquet, held on April 4 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT, recognized 12 outstanding undergraduates from Connecticut’s four state universities – Central, Eastern, Southern and Western. Continue reading

Students Achieve High Honors

Eleven graduating seniors from Eastern were recognized at the Honors Program Reception at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year. The competitive Honors Program contains some of the university's highest-achieving students, who must undergo a rigorous academic schedule and maintain a high GPA in order to remain in the benefit-rich program.

Eleven graduating seniors from Eastern were recognized at the Honors Program Reception at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year. The competitive Honors Program contains some of the university’s highest-achieving students, who must undergo a rigorous academic schedule and maintain a high GPA in order to remain in the benefit-rich program.

Sixteen Eastern biology students were recently inducted into Eastern's Eta Omega chapter of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society The event recognizes students who major in biology and who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, research and other academic pursuits. Twelve other Eastern biology students received awards from Eastern’s Biology Department.

Sixteen Eastern biology students were recently inducted into Eastern’s Eta Omega chapter of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society The event recognizes students who major in biology and who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, research and other academic pursuits. Twelve other Eastern biology students received awards from Eastern’s Biology Department.

Nineteen Eastern students majoring in computer science and business information systems were inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the national honor society for the computing and information disciplines.

Nineteen Eastern students majoring in computer science and business information systems were inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the national honor society for the computing and information disciplines.

Thirteen gifted mathematics students at Eastern were inducted into Kappa Mu Epsilon (KME), the national honor society for the field of mathematics, at the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

Thirteen gifted mathematics students at Eastern were inducted into Kappa Mu Epsilon (KME), the national honor society for the field of mathematics, at the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

Twenty students from Eastern’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education were inducted into the Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Upsilon Chi (AUC) honor society on April 20. AUC is the international honor society for health, physical education, recreation, sport and dance, and recognizes college students for their academic achievements and professional involvement in these fields. Eastern founded AUC in 2006, and has since inducted more than 100 majors into the honor society. At the ceremony, in addition to inducting AUC members, several students majoring in physical education and sport and leisure management were presented awards for outstanding academic achievement. The guest speaker was alumnus Jimmy Olayos ’10, who is the clinical director at Sports Performance Enhancement and Rehabilitation’s (SPEAR) Brooklyn Heights, NY, location. As always, the event was dedicated to Dana Clark, department chair and professor of physical education from 1967-85, whose initiative developed Eastern’s physical education major and saw the program graduate its first seven students in 1982.

Twenty students from Eastern’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education were inducted into the Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Upsilon Chi (AUC) honor society on April 20. AUC is the international honor society for health, physical education, recreation, sport and dance, and recognizes college students for their academic achievements and professional involvement in these fields. Eastern founded AUC in 2006, and has since inducted more than 100 majors into the honor society.
At the ceremony, in addition to inducting AUC members, several students majoring in physical education and sport and leisure management were presented awards for outstanding academic achievement.
The guest speaker was alumnus Jimmy Olayos ’10, who is the clinical director at Sports Performance Enhancement and Rehabilitation’s (SPEAR) Brooklyn Heights, NY, location. As always, the event was dedicated to Dana Clark, department chair and professor of physical education from 1967-85, whose initiative developed Eastern’s physical education major and saw the program graduate its first seven students in 1982.

Five students were honored when the World Languages and Cultures Department recently held its annual induction ceremony for Sigma Delta Pi, the national honor society for Spanish.

Five students were honored when the World Languages and Cultures Department recently held its annual induction ceremony for Sigma Delta Pi, the national honor society for Spanish.

Five aspiring teachers from the Department of Education were recognized at the Education Awards Ceremony at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year.

Five aspiring teachers from the Department of Education were recognized at the Education Awards Ceremony at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year.

Thirty-three Eastern social work majors were recently inducted into Eastern's chapter of Phi Alpha, the national social work honor society.

Thirty-three Eastern social work majors were recently inducted into Eastern’s chapter of Phi Alpha, the national social work honor society.

Thirteen high-achieving economic students at Eastern were inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODK), the international honor society for economics, at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year.

Thirteen high-achieving economic students at Eastern were inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODK), the international honor society for economics, at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year.

Eight Political Science students were recently inducted into Alpha Beta Gamma, Eastern’s chapter of the national honor society for political science, Pi Sigma Alpha. The society recognizes the most promising students in the discipline.

Eight Political Science students were recently inducted into Alpha Beta Gamma, Eastern’s chapter of the national honor society for political science, Pi Sigma Alpha. The society recognizes the most promising students in the discipline.

Eastern Environmental Earth Science students were recently honored for research or academic excellence at the department's annual awards ceremony.

Eastern Environmental Earth Science students were recently honored for research or academic excellence at the department’s annual awards ceremony.

Forty-seven Eastern students were recently inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the national honor society for the field of communication.

Forty-seven Eastern students were recently inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the national honor society for the field of communication.

Eastern recognized the academic achievements of African, Latino, Asian and Native American (ALANA) students on May 5 during its Fifth Annual Inclusive Excellence Awards ceremony. Nine awards were given and 165 students were recognized for achieving GPAs of 3.5 or higher.

Eastern recognized the academic achievements of African, Latino, Asian and Native American (ALANA) students on May 5 during its Fifth Annual Inclusive Excellence Awards ceremony. Nine awards were given and 165 students were recognized for achieving GPAs of 3.5 or higher.

Seventeen Eastern students were honored during the University’s annual induction ceremony of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honor society.

Seventeen Eastern students were honored during the University’s annual induction ceremony of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honor society.

Twelve students displayed research posters, showcased senior seminar presentations and were presented with awards for outstanding performance when Eastern’s English Department hosted its spring semester English Night

Twelve students displayed research posters, showcased senior seminar presentations and were presented with awards for outstanding performance when Eastern’s English Department hosted its spring semester English Night

Thirty-eight high-achieving psychology students were inducted into Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, on April 24. Psi Chi's mission is to encourage excellence in scholarship and to foster the advancement of psychological science. Also, 15 high-achieving psychology students were awarded Departmental Honors.. Thirteen more students were awarded High Distinction and two others with the award of Highest Distinction.

Thirty-eight high-achieving psychology students were inducted into Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, on April 24. Psi Chi’s mission is to encourage excellence in scholarship and to foster the advancement of psychological science. Also, 15 high-achieving psychology students were awarded Departmental Honors.. Thirteen more students were awarded High Distinction and two others with the award of Highest Distinction.

Eastern inducted 26 Business, Business Information Systems were inducted into Delta Mu Delta. and 12 Marketing students were inducted into Alpha Mu Alpha, the marketing honor society.

Eastern inducted 26 Business, Business Information Systems were inducted into Delta Mu Delta. and 12 Marketing students were inducted into Alpha Mu Alpha, the marketing honor society.

Eastern’s 23rd annual Accounting Banquet, which honored and celebrated Accounting students, alumni and friends, was a huge success.

Eastern’s 23rd annual Accounting Banquet, which honored and celebrated Accounting students, alumni and friends, was a huge success.

Thirteen Eastern history majors were recently inducted into Alpha Mu Alpha, Eastern's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for the study of history.

Thirteen Eastern history majors were recently inducted into Alpha Mu Alpha, Eastern’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for the study of history.

The Department of Art and Art History at Eastern hosted its annual Senior Art Exhibition and Awards Ceremony. Graduating student artists were recognized and their work was on display in the Art Gallery from May 5-15.

The Department of Art and Art History at Eastern hosted its annual Senior Art Exhibition and Awards Ceremony. Graduating student artists were recognized and their work was on display in the Art Gallery from May 5-15.

Students Win Library Research Awards

Library Research Awards 2Three Eastern students, Malvina Pietrzykowski ’19, Kimberly Mines ’17 and  Isabella Rossi ’17,received Library Research Awards at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year. The sixth annual awards program recognizes exemplary research projects that demonstrate the ability to locate, evaluate and apply information from the physical collections and online databases of Eastern’s J. Eugene Smith Library.

Theatre Students Perform Off-Broadway in Eastern’s NYC Showcase

NYC showcaseNew graduates and select students from the theatre program at Eastern brought their skills to New York City for the program’s annual NYC Showcase. On May 21-22, at the Producers’ Club Crown Theatre, 13 students and alumni acted or worked behind the scenes in “Scenes, Songs, and Monologues 2017.” Directed by Jerry Winters, the production was a compilation of short works, including contemporary and classical texts, original dance and songs from Broadway musicals.

Students Present at 2017 NCUR Conference in Tennessee

ncur in tennesseeA record number 23 students from Eastern presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Memphis, TN. Three students made two presentations, bringing the total number of presentations from Eastern to 26. Over the past four years, Eastern has sent 53 students to this national conference, twice the number of UConn and other CSUS combined, and more than fellow COPLAC members Truman State and Genesseo combined. The conference was established in 1987 and is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study.

University Meeting

UnivMeeting Nunez speakingAt the spring University Meeting, President Elsa Núñez focused on two areas of academic excellence — the Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE) and the Center for Sustainable Energy, as she saluted Eastern’s dedicated and talented faculty for playing a role in transforming the lives of Eastern students. Read more Continue reading