Eastern Presents Cesar Chavez Distinguished Service Awards

Left to right, Sierra Colon, Carlos Hernandez and Gloria Bent

Left to right, Sierra Colon, Carlos Hernandez and Gloria Bent

Sierra Colon, a political science major from Wethersfield, CT, and president of the Organization of Latin American Students at Eastern Connecticut State University; Carlos Hernandez, a member of Eastern’s maintenance staff; and Gloria Bent, past president of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut, have been named recipients of Eastern’s 2017 Cesar Chavez Distinguished Service Awards. Continue reading

Service Expo and Awards Recognize Community Service

The Le Le Project, represented by FEMALES club members Amanda Peterson, Jay Ortiz and Kiana Wiggins, won the Leadership Development Award. Their project focused on spreading awareness of domestic violence.

The Le Le Project, represented by FEMALES club members Amanda Peterson, Jay Ortiz and Kiana Wiggins, won the Leadership Development Award. Their project focused on spreading awareness of domestic violence.

More than 20 projects were on display at Eastern’s annual Service Expo and Awards program on April 12. Held at St. Joseph Church in Willimantic, the annual ceremony was hosted by Eastern’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE) and showcased a variety of volunteer and service-learning work completed by Eastern students in the Windham community. Continue reading

Walter Diaz Finishes Leadership Fellowship

Diaz, left, with other Leadership Fellows

Diaz, left, with other Leadership Fellows

Walter Diaz, dean of students, has successfully completed the 2016-17 New Leadership Academy (NLA) Fellows Program. The NLA is a leadership development program sponsored by the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and hosted at the University of Michigan. Continue reading

Three Chinese Scholars Visit Eastern

 

Chuanfang Zeng, Shengting Zhang, Eastern’s Jian-Zhong Lin and Yixuan Wang. Professor Lin met the scholars at a conference organized by the Chinese-American Professors’ Association in Connecticut (CAPA-CT)—of which he is a board member—and used the connection to bridge the Eastern campus with China.

Chuanfang Zeng, Shengting Zhang, Eastern’s Jian-Zhong Lin and Yixuan Wang. Professor Lin met the scholars at a conference organized by the Chinese-American Professors’ Association in Connecticut (CAPA-CT)—of which he is a board member—and used the connection to bridge the Eastern campus with China.

Three scholars from China — including two Fulbright Scholars — visited Eastern on April 26 for a lecture titled “Teaching American Literature and American Culture in China.” Shengting Zhang, professor of English at Xi’an International Studies University, is a Fulbright Scholar at Yale University; Yixuan Wang, associate professor at the Institute of Literary Studies at Shanghai International Studies University, is a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University; and Chuanfang Zeng, professor at Sichuan International Studies University, is a visiting scholar at Suffolk University. Continue reading

Local Schoolchildren Learn about Jamaica

Jamaica 1Reggae music filled the air and the colors of black, green and yellow adorned the Student Center on April 3, as hundreds of local schoolchildren converged on Eastern’s campus to learn about Jamaica. Approximately 300 children from Windham’s five elementary schools and Barrows STEM Academy came to Eastern for the ninth annual Arts and Culture Day, organized by the Center for Community Engagement (CCE). Continue reading

Jail and Bail: $2,000 and Counting!

"Jailbirds" plea for someone to pay their bail.

“Jailbirds” plea for someone to pay their bail.

On April 19, Psychology Professor Peter Bachiochi, longtime advisor for the Eastern student chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and members of Eastern’s Police Department, joined the Connecticut Special Olympics on the annual Jail N’ Bail fundraiser and raised more than $2,000! Continue reading

Eastern Presents ‘Cantilever’ on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Arizona Retreat

Cantilever 1“Cantilever,” the final main stage production of the academic year, was performed  at Eastern Connecticut State University from April 25-30. Presented by Eastern’s Theatre Program and Drama Society, “Cantilever” told the story of the apprentices of Frank Lloyd Wright, the prolific 20th-century architect who ran a fellowship program on his extraordinary Arizona estate, Taliesin West. Continue reading

The Windham Project Showcases Willimantic

• Local artist John Byrne installs “Leaves of Grass” on a Main Street building in Willimantic. The sculpture is composed of backlit pieces of cast fiberglass.

• Local artist John Byrne installs “Leaves of Grass” on a Main Street building in Willimantic. The sculpture is composed of backlit pieces of cast fiberglass.

The opening reception for the Windham Project, a six-week public art showcase in downtown Willimantic, occurred on April 20. Starting at Kerri Gallery, the “progressive” reception traveled down Main Street and visited several Windham Project art installations along the way. The project was founded in 2015 by Gail Gelburd, professor of art history at Eastern, as a way for the University and town to highlight Windham’s art scene and boost the local economy. Continue reading

Campus Promotes Campus Sustainability

Keynote speaker, Gina McCarthy, former head of the CT Department of Environmental Protection and former Administrator of the EPA under President Obama spoke to participants

Keynote speaker, Gina McCarthy, former head of the CT Department of Environmental Protection and former Administrator of the EPA under President Obama spoke to participants

On March 31, the Connecticut Alliance for Campus Sustainability (CACS) held a statewide conference at Wesleyan University, to bring together higher education students, faculty and staff who share a common interest with campus sustainability.  As CACS co-chairs, Eastern’s Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) organized the conference with the Office of Sustainability at Yale University. Continue reading