Eastern to Hold Annual Service Expo and Awards

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at Eastern Connecticut State University will hold its 10th annual Service Expo and Awards Ceremony on April 18 from 2–5 p.m. in the Foyer of the Fine Arts Instructional Center. The event will showcase the many service projects Eastern students have participated in throughout the Windham area during this academic year.

Student volunteers will present posters describing their efforts, which include service projects at public schools, soup kitchens, hospitals, addiction recovery centers, senior living facilities and more. The program will begin at 2 p.m. with keynote speaker Ryan Matthews, director of community programs for Nutmeg Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Guest judges from the community and Eastern faculty/staff will present awards to outstanding programs. The Service Learning Award will go to Terry Lennox, professor of digital art and design at Eastern; the Community Program Award will go to John Schwartz of the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery, Windham Recovery Community Center; and Community Engagement Awards will go to Carolyn Stearns of EASTCONN’s Windham Heights Community Center; Cara Bergstrom-Lynch, sociology professor at Eastern; and Shawn Dousis, student organizer of Shawn’s Cupboard food pantry.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the CCE at (860) 465-0090 or CCE Associate Director Kemesha Wilmot at wilmotk@easternct.edu.

Written by Bobbi Brown