Eastern Professor Wins Scholars for the Dream Travel Award

Written by Michael Rouleau

WILLIMANTIC, CT (01/24/2018) Christine Garcia, assistant professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University, has won a 2018 Scholars for the Dream Travel Award given by the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Garcia, who resides in Willimantic, CT, and hails from San Angelo, TX, is one of 20 award recipients, and will use it to present her research at the CCCC Annual Convention on March 15 in Kansas City, MO.

Her presentation, “Contesting the Myth of the Monolithic Linguistic Experience: Latina Student Writers, Translingualism, and Writing Across Communities,” “asks how a writing-across-communities/translingual approach to first-year college writing can cultivate agency and autonomy for the Latina student writer,” explained Garcia.

“This approach to teaching college writing practices respect for our writers’ knowledge and abilities instead of focusing on remediating the skills they lack,” she said. “I reject the notion that young college students cannot write, and instead honor them as complex language users who require contemporary and thoughtful college writing courses to continue cultivating their writing strengths and talents.”

Garcia concluded: “Much of my research is with Latina college writers, a student population whose rich linguistic repertoires and innovative ways of crafting and creating deserves recognition. My presentation at this conference, made possible by the Scholars for the Dream travel award, will be focused on highlighting and honoring Latina college writers.”

The CCCC is a constituent organization within the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The CCCC sponsors the Scholars for the Dream Awards to encourage scholarship by historically underrepresented groups, which include Black, Latinx, Asian, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander scholars.

Garcia is originally from San Angelo, TX, where she received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in English Language and Literature from Angelo State University. She received her PhD in Rhetoric and Writing at the University of New Mexico.

 

Eastern’s Imna Arroyo Presents Artwork

             Professor Emeritus Imna Arroyo Exhibits “Ancestors of the Passage”

                                               at William Benton Museum of Art

Written by Casey Collins

Eastern Connecticut State University Professor Emeritus Imna Arroyo will present her installation “Ancestors of the Passage” at the William Benton Museum of Art. The installation will be on display from Jan. 18 to March 11, with an opening reception on Jan. 25 from 4:30-7 p.m.

“Ancestors of the Passage” is a multimedia installation composed of 27 terracotta ceramic figures, each one cast in a blue sea of acrylic canvas and silk fabric. The figures have a blank stare on their face as they reach a hand out toward the viewer.

The inspiration for the installation comes from Viet Thanh Nguyen’s “The Refugees,” and the histories of voluntary and involuntary immigration that brought us to become American.” Much like Nguyen’s work, Arroyo’s installation explores the forced immigration of slaves from Africa.

Entrance to the reception is free and open to the public. For more information regarding the installation, please contact the William Benton Museum of Art at (860) 486-4520.

2 Upcoming Sustainable CT Events

            Eastern, Connecticut College Host Sites in Eastern Connecticut

Written by Lynn Stoddard

WILLIMANTIC, CT (01/22/2018) Sustainable CT, a new statewide initiative to support Connecticut’s cities and towns, will be holding two regional launch events in eastern Connecticut this coming week. The first event will be held on Jan. 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. in New London at Connecticut College, in the 1941 Room, College Center at Crozier-Williams, 270 Mohegan Avenue. The second event will take place on Jan. 26 from 9-10:30 a.m. in Willimantic, in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Room of the J. Eugene Smith Library at Eastern Connecticut State University. The events are free and open to the public.

Created by towns for towns, Sustainable CT includes a wide-ranging menu of sustainability best practices, tools and resources, peer learning and recognition. Many area municipal leaders, experts and community members have worked together for the past 19 months to develop Sustainable CT.

Delpha Very, executive director of economic & community development in Putnam as well director of the town’s redevelopment agency, helped spearhead a group of municipal leaders, nonprofits, academics and business representatives to develop the arts and culture actions in the program. “In Putnam we recognize that the creative workforce is a significant driver of our local economy,” said Very. “By incorporating actions that support arts and culture, Sustainable CT provides municipalities the opportunity and resources to advance their own economic growth.”

The Sustainable CT platform supports a range of actions, such as improving watershed management, supporting arts and creative culture, reducing energy use and increasing renewable energy, implementing “complete streets” (streets that meet the needs of walkers and bikers, as well as cars), improving recycling programs, assessing climate vulnerability, supporting local businesses, and providing efficient and diverse housing options. There is no cost to participate and communities will voluntarily select actions that meet their unique, local character and long-term vision. After successful implementation of a variety of actions, municipalities will be eligible for Sustainable CT certification.

The Town of Groton is one local community that has expressed interest in seeking certification. “In Groton we are planning for the future. In the wake of recent coastal flooding events and intense storms, we realize that there is a need to be prepared,” said Deborah Jones, assistant director of planning and development for the Town of Groton. “Sustainable CT, with its forward-looking actions provides a helpful roadmap, and potential funding opportunities that can help the town advance these goals.”

The Sustainable CT initiative was developed under the leadership of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University in partnership with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. Three Connecticut philanthropies – The New Haven-based Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the Hampshire Foundation and the Common Sense Fund – have supported the program’s development and launch.

The eastern Connecticut regional launch events are for anyone interested in learning more about Sustainable CT and how to get involved in supporting the implementation of Sustainable CT actions. Event attendees will include municipal elected officials and staff, residents, nonprofits, businesses, colleges and universities.

For more information and to register for any regional launch event, visit www.sustainablect.org.

Eastern Helps Launch Sustainable CT

               Program Lift Off on January 16 at the Hartford Public Library

Written by Lynn Stoddard

WILLIMANTIC, CT (01/16/2018) Sustainable CT, a new statewide initiative to support Connecticut’s cities and towns, will have its launch in the Hartford area on January 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the Center for Contemporary Culture at the Hartford Public Library, in collaboration with the City of Hartford. Created by towns for towns, the initiative includes a wide-ranging menu of sustainability best practices, tools and resources, peer learning and recognition.

“Sustainable CT provides support to help the City of Hartford and all of our communities achieve the shared values of improved well-being, economic vitality, and environmental stewardship,” said Shubhada Kambli, sustainability coordinator of the City of Hartford, who will also serve on Sustainable CT’s newly formed board of directors.

Many Hartford-area municipal leaders, experts and community members have worked together for the past 18 months to develop Sustainable CT, including Khara Dodds, director of Land Use Planning and Services for Glastonbury, who will also serve on Sustainable CT’s newly formed board of directors; Matthew Hart, town manager of the Town of West Hartford and co-chair of the Cultural Ecosystems Working Group; Mark Moriarty, director of Public Works of the City of New Britain and co-chair of the Sustainable CT Transportation Working Group; and Jennifer Kertanis, director of Health of the Farmington Valley Health District and co-Chair of the Sustainable CT Public Services Working Group.

The Sustainable CT platform supports a broad range of actions, such as improving watershed management, supporting arts and creative culture, reducing energy use and increasing renewable energy, implementing “complete streets” (streets that meet the needs of walkers and bikers as well as cars), improving recycling programs, assessing climate vulnerability, supporting local businesses, and providing efficient and diverse housing options. There is no cost to participate, and communities will voluntarily select actions that meet their unique, local character and long-term vision. After successful implementation of a variety of actions, municipalities will be eligible for Sustainable CT certification.

“We are excited to register and become a Sustainable CT certified community,” said Ted Shafer, first selectman of Burlington and officer of Sustainable CT’s pending board of directors. “The program provides an engaging opportunity to be recognized for our sustainability successes and to access new opportunities for funding to become an even more sustainable community.”

The initiative was developed under the leadership of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University in partnership with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. Three Connecticut philanthropies-the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the Hampshire Foundation and the Common Sense Fund-have supported the program’s development and launch.

The Hartford area regional launch event is for anyone interested in learning more about Sustainable CT and how to get involved in supporting implementation of Sustainable CT actions. Event attendees will include municipal elected officials and staff, residents, nonprofits, businesses, college and universities. Tabling organizations will be present to highlight existing sustainability initiatives and successes in the Greater Hartford region.

Regional launch events will be held throughout the state in January. For more information and to register for any regional launch event, visit www.sustainablect.org.

Eastern Gallery to Present ‘Still/Live’

WILLIMANTIC, CT (01/12/2018) The Art Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University will present “Still/Live” from Jan. 16 to Feb. 22. An opening reception will be held on Jan. 25 from 4-6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“Still/Live” explores how four contemporary artists working in photography and time-based media (video and kinetic sculpture) have reimagined the genre of still life. Mauricio Alejo’s photographs and videos focus on everyday objects in familiar domestic spaces. Through these careful arrangements, Alejo invites the viewer to see simple objects anew. While Dave Greber’s trilogy of video loops combine still lifes with video game aesthetics, Cynthia Greig uses drawing and photography to create hybrid still life images and videos. Through his kinetic sculptures, Robin Mandel draws upon the still life tradition to investigate tension between stillness and motion, presence and absence, materiality and immateriality.

The Art Gallery is located in Room 112 of the Fine Arts Instructional Center on the Eastern campus. Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 11 to 5 p.m., Thursday 1 to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. Parking is available in the Cervantes Garage and in the Student Center parking lot. For more information, call (860) 465-4659 or visit http://www.easternct.edu/artgallery.

Eastern to Host Community Forum

     Public to Discuss Art Installation related on Whitewater Partnership

WILLIMANTIC, CT (01/10/2018) Members of the public are invited to attend an information session and community forum at Easten Connecticut State University on Jan. 17 regarding the design competition that will result in a new community art installation on Bridge Street in downtown Willimantic. The forum will run from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Room of Eastern’s J. Eugene Smith Library. Interested community members are encouraged to attend to ask questions and share ideas regarding the project. Light refreshments will be served.

The design competition arose from a collaboration between Willimantic Whitewater Partnership, the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Eastern Connecticut State University, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Office of the Arts (COA) and the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI).

Three Connecticut-based design teams were recently selected as finalists in the competition to design the art piece, which must also generate renewable energy. Representatives from the three teams will be present to get feedback and community input as they craft their designs. The three teams include Pirie Associate Architects of New Haven, Gray Organschi/Howeler & Yoon Architecture of New Haven and Boston and Swiftwater Hub of Mansfield and Hartford. In March, a single design will be selected and the winning team will develop working blueprints.

More information can be found at www.landartgenerator.org/lagi-willimantic.html.

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Eastern Offers New Certification

          Earn Certification in Professional Human Resources 

WILLIMANTIC, CT (01/05/2018) Aspiring and veteran human resources professionals can now attain professional certifications from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at Eastern Connecticut State University. The registration deadline is Feb. 15 for the session running from Feb. 21-May 16. Classes will take place on Wednesdays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Webb Hall, room 215, on the Eastern campus. The course costs $1,250 for SHRM members and $1,400 for non-members.

As an official SHRM Education Partner, Eastern is offering a certification course that will prepare individuals for the SHRM Certified Professional and Senior Certified Professional exams while equipping them with the most up-to-date knowledge in the human resources industry.

Learn from a certified instructor who provides expertise, insight and one-on-one guidance. Network, share experiences and discuss topics with a diverse group of HR professionals. Stay on track to earn your certification with a structured learning experience. Take advantage of funding options such as tuition reimbursement.

The SHRM exam window is May 1-July 15, 2018. The exam application deadline is March 23; the late exam application deadline is April 13.

Eastern will offer more SHRM certification sessions in the future. For more information or to register, contact Sandra Rodriguez at rodriguezsan@easternct.edu.

Kathy Manizza, Coach-of-the-Year

Written by Casey Collins

Eastern Connecticut State University cross country coach Kathy Manizza was named Little East Conference (LEC) Cross Country Coach-of-the-Year this fall after leading the Warriors to their first-ever LEC title. Manizza, who resides in Lebanon, has been coaching at the university level for more than 24 years, serving as head coach of Eastern’s cross country and track and field teams for the past six years. She is the first LEC Cross Country Coach-of-the-Year in Eastern’s history.

At this year’s LEC championships, the Warriors found themselves matched up against a daunting field of competitors. Eastern’s main rival, Keene State College, entered the championship as the 17-time defending conference champions. In the end, Eastern placed all five of its scoring runners within the top 14 finishers, out of a seven-team field from seven schools. As a result, the Warriors edged out second-place Plymouth State University by a mere eight points to take home the championship.

“This was my dream team,” said Manizza. “We had been building this team for the past five years, and we had an outside chance of winning the conference last year. We knew that it was a small chance, but we also knew that we had the talent to do it.”

Junior Christina Gosselin has been running for Manizza for the past three years. When asked about her head coach she said, “Coach Manizza has been a great mentor and coach to me. Not only has she helped me become a stronger runner, but she has led our team to achieve success and many accomplishments over the year.”

Sophomore Samara Johnson just concluded her first year running on the team, and said of her coach: “Coach Manizza is always supportive, encouraging and pushing us to do our absolute best. If anyone deserves coach-of-the-year, it’s certainly her.”

Eastern Supports Community Art Project

                                            Teams up with Willimantic Whitewater Partnership

Written by Lynn Stoddard

Three world-class design teams from Connecticut have been selected to prepare detailed design concepts for public artwork that generates renewable energy for the future Willimantic Whitewater Park site.

The invited design competition arose from a collaboration between Willimantic Whitewater Partnership, the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Office of the Arts and the Land Art Generator Initiative.

From proposals submitted by 15 multi-disciplinary teams, the selection committee chose Pirie Associate Architects of New Haven, Gray Organschi/Howeler & Yoon Architecture of New Haven and Boston and Swiftwater Hub of Mansfield and Hartford to develop detailed designs. The designs are due at the end of February. In March, one winning design will be selected and the winning team will develop working blueprints. More information about the project can be found at http://www.landartgenerator.org/lagi-willimantic.html.

Members of the public are invited to attend an information session and community forum on Jan. 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Room of the J. Eugene Smith Library at Eastern Connecticut State University. All interested community members are encouraged to ask questions and share their ideas regarding the project at this public event.

Students Recognized at “English Night”

Written by Jordan Corey

On the evening of Dec. 6, English enthusiasts gathered in the Betty R. Tipton Room for Eastern’s “English Night,” which showcases student excellence in the English Department.

Hosted by English Professor and department chair Barbara Liu, the event featured the awarding of scholarships, the Sigma Tau Delta induction and three senior seminar presentations.

The Connie Campo Memorial Scholarship — awarded to non-traditional English students — was given to Yanira Hernandez. Liu highlighted Hernandez’s dedication to her studies and undeniable contribution to the department.

The First-Year Writing award, presented by Stephen Ferruci, English professor and coordinator of the First-Year Writing Program, was given to Christopher Oski.

The Sigma Tau Delta induction ceremony was the largest in its chapter, Alpha Epsilon Delta, with 36 new members joining. According to its official website, Sigma Tau Delta — the International English Honor Society — has more than 880 active chapters located in the United States and abroad, there are more than 1,000 faculty sponsors, with approximately 9,000 members inducted annually.

The products of months’ worth of effort, senior seminar projects from Maureen McDonnell’s Liberation Literature course were thoughtful and engaging. Students featured were Jacob St. Jean, Montgomery Kupson and Jason Osman.