Eastern Congratulates 2017 Honors Scholars

SYDNEY BATCHELDER
Major Psychology Minor: Anthropology
Pursue Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina

Thesis Title: Effects of Familiarity and Praise on Learning in the Presence of Others

My thesis aimed to investigate the role of reinforcement and familiarity on changing the impact of social facilitation effects on performance. Social facilitation is a process in which   the presence of others causes a physiological arousal state that results in better performance on easy tasks and worse performance on difficult tasks.   A sample of 108 undergraduates completed two word-list learning tasks (an easy and difficult list) and two surveys measuring motivation and state-anxiety following the completion of each list. Participants were randomly assigned to a familiar or unfamiliar condition and a praise or no praise condition. There was a main effect of familiarity on word list performance, and of difficulty level on word list performance. No interaction effects were found. This knowledge could be used to offer strategies to decrease anxiety in situations where it would normally affect performance.

ABIGAIL CASELLI
Major: Psychology Minor: Digital Art & Design
Pursue Doctorate in Social Psychology at Syracuse University

Thesis Title: Gender, Gender Role Beliefs, and , Attitudes about Casual Sex in Relation to Condom, Advocacy

Two hierarchical linear regression models were evaluated to examine whether gender moderates relationships between gender role beliefs (GRBs), condom advocacy and attitudes towards casual sex. The first model was found to be significant, indicating that gender does moderate the relationship between female GRBs and condom advocacy. Those with more traditional gender roles advocated for condom use less than people with modern gender role beliefs. In the second model, gender significantly moderated the relationship between female GRBs and attitudes towards casual sex, indicating that men have more positive attitudes towards casual sex. Also, those with traditional GRBs had more accepting attitudes towards casual sex.

BRITTANY CHABOT
Major: Psychology Minor: Biology
Will attend NOVA Southeastern University’s MS Family Therapy Program

Thesis Tide: Technology Use, Attachment Styles and Relationship Satisfaction among Dating Couples

Relationship satisfaction is a key contributor toward the prosperity and enjoyment of dose romantic bonds. Technology use and attachment styles are also related to relationship satisfaction. Internet use has been associated with lower life satisfaction and those insecurely attached tend to perceive a larger amount of negative emotions in relationships. Fifty-six couples from Eastern Connecticut State University completed the Relationship Assessment Scale (RAS) for relationship satisfaction, the Close Relationships­ Revised (ECR-R) Questionnaire for and a technology use scale. Pearson r correlation coefficients found no significant associations between technology use (perceived and actual) and attachment styles with relationship satisfaction. However, a main effect was established where those with secure attachments experienced higher relationship satisfaction. This information can be applied in therapy clinics that introduce attachment style

KEVIN CONNOLLY
Major: Biology Minor: Spanish
Pursue Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences

Thesis Title: Enhancement of Collagen Production in Dermal Cells via Transforming Growth Factor- (fGF) Signaling and Other Communication Pathways

A novel method to combat wrinkling due to aging would be to stimulate collagen production in a patient’s skin cells. It is known that collagen production is stimulated by the transforming growth factor-beta (fGF) pathway. However, which other proteins may enhance collagen production is unclear. I test the hypothesis, that collagen production will be enhanced by the activation of TGF- signaling when combined with an additional pathway. In mouse fibroblast cells I altered pathways to test the activation and blockade of TGF- signaling with , and without the activation of the p38 kinase cascade and assessed effects on collagen production. Results indicate that combined pathways mildly enhance collagen stimulation compared to controls; however, collagen levels were greatest with independent TGF- activation as a factor to assess relationship success.

ASHLEY CHOLEWA
Major: English Concentration: Secondary Education
Plans to teach High School English

Thesis Tide: The Mean Reds Ain’t the Blues: Conceptual Metaphor and Color in Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s

The author uses conceptual metaphor theory to analyze Truman Capote’s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s, paying particular attention to the novel’s original usage of the term ‘the mean reds’ to describe a negative emotion. A full conceptual metaphor analysis of the phrase the mean reds and its connected conceptual metaphorical structures shows that the characters of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Holly in particular, separate themselves from their own emotions, a phenomenon which is indicative of the emotionally stultifying time period in which the novel was written–the 1950s.

MARTHA DENISKY
Major: Environmental Earth Science
Obtain a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Certification to teach Elementary and Secondary Earth Science

Thesis Title: Paleoecology of Mesozoic Strata in the Hartford and Deerfield Basins,
Connecticut and Massachusetts

Throughout   time, Connecticut’s   ecosystems have evolved. During the Mesozoic Era, the Hartford and Deerfield Basins formed in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Research into the sedimentology, paleontology, and geochemistry of four sedimentary formations is essential to understand the basins’ changing paleoecology. The sedimentology indicates many environments including a time of alternating playa and lake environments. The lakes in particular contain trace elements which identify a range of lake types. Fossils of fish, reptiles, dinosaurs, invertebrates, and plants have also been identified. The changing fossil specimens both spatially and temporally reveal the variations in Mesozoic ecology with
respect to environmental factors and climate.

KAYLA GIORDANO
Majors: Political Science & Economics Minor: Geography
Pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Policy

Thesis Title: Going Negative: The Effects of Direct Mail Programs on Political Campaigns

Every year, Americans make choices about who they want to represent them in the local, state, and national governments. As such, Political Scientists have long grappled with the question, • “How do voters   decide?” This study investi­gates one facet of the modem political campaign which may affect election outcomes : direct mail pro grams. This research is a case study of a 2016 Connecticut State Senate Race in which voters who received negative direct mail were sent a mail survey that explored how the content of the mail influenced their perceptions of both candidates in the race and their vote. Despite the fact that this advertising is intended to influence Unaffiliated voters the most, results indicate that negative advertising led Unaffiliated voters to op­ pose the candidate who was responsible for the ad, and favor his opponent.

KELLY HUHTANEN
Majors: Elementary _Education & English
Plans to teach in Spain for one year before returning to the U.S. to pursue a Master’s Degree in Education

Thesis Title: Transgressing the Gap Between Text and Bodies: A Critical Review and Creative Expression Concerning Digital Textual Spaces in Regards to the Ownership of a Woman’s Body

Recently, there has been a growing legacy of female writers utilizing digital textual spaces to critique normative gender roles and claim ownership over their bodies. The textual performance renderable within this digital realm allows for an increased ability to interactively employ metaphorical devices, particularly in dealing with themes of objectification and patriarchal authority. In my thesis, I examine three contemporary female authors-Jennifer Egan, Juliet Davis, and Shelley Jackson and their use of digital texts to perform feminist critiques of society, which I then implement into my own creative expression regarding the evolution of femininity from adolescence to adulthood.

MEAGHAN KENNEDY
Major: Biology Minor: Bioinformatics
Pursue Master’s Degree in Bioinformatics/Computational Biology

Thesis Title: Integrating Methylation Data into the Gene Expression Database BC-BET to Evaluate Methylation Biomarkers

Cancer is a disease characterized by changes in gene expression. Since gene expression can be altered   through   various genetic and epigenetic
mechanisms, the discovery of differentially methylated genes can lead to in­ sight about a gene’s role in regulating tumor formation. In this work, we de­ scribe the incorporation of methylation data into the Bladder Cancer Biomarker Evaluation Tool (BC-BET). Methylation data from 4 publicly available datasets were downloaded, and the methylation data was processed and evaluated using R A user can now evaluate differential gene expression and methylation between tumor and normal samples for a selected gene.

WERONIKA LEWKOWICZ
Major: Biology Minor: Studio Arts
Will attend the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine

Thesis Title: Effects of Glucosinolate Extracts from Various Brassicaceae Species on Salmonella enterica

Glucosinolates are an anti-feeding compound against herbivores, and arc found in a variety of cruciferous vegetables of the Brassicaceae. While some vegetables are bred towards low glucosinolate levels to reduce bitter flavor, others are prized for their spicy taste. A variety of Brarsicaceae species were utilized to analyze any bacteriostatic effects their glucosinolate extracts may have on Salmonella enteria. The Kirby-Bauer disk method was utilized for measuring zones of inhibition, and was compared to spectrophotometer absorption measurements of broth cultures to directly measure bacterial growth. The study showed crude glucosinolate extracts from the four vegetables chosen did not have a bacteriostatic effect on S. enterica.

STEPHEN PRICE
Major: English Minor. Writing
Accepted into the University of Texas at Dallas Graduate School

Thesis Title: Unchartered Territories: Mapping the Spaces of Grune Narrative in the Modem Action Adventure Genre

My thesis analyzes the usage of space as it connects to narrative tone and storytelling in three games from the action adventure genre: Uncharted 2, The Last of Us, and Rise of the Tomb Roider. Drawing upon spatial theorists like Henry Jenkins and Michael Nitsche, I examine how all three games use spatial archetypes to directly impact both play and narrative, from empowering the player amid a lighthearted romp to leaving them barely at the edge of survival in a post-apocalypse world. Through this examination, the importance of considering spatial design when discussing video game storytelling and genre becomes evident.

47 Psychology Students Present Research at CSU Psychology Day

On May 5th, 2017 students from other CSU psychology departments participated in the annual psychology day. Forty seven students from Eastern’s Department of Psychological Science presented posters and 1 oral presentation. A complete list of students, their project titles and their mentors are listed below:

Malvina Pietrzykowski Exploring The Relationship Between Religion/Spirituality and Stress In College Students       Dr. James Diller

Emma Green  The Relationships Among Eating Habits, Physical Activity, and Stress Dr. Madeline Fugere

Kassandra Agosto     Olfaction’s Influence on Pleasantness and Physiological Arousal     Dr. James Diller

Abigail Bell     The Effect of Ego-Resiliency on Conformity Dr. Joe Dracobly

Patricia Piotrowska & Nicole Lenares         Effects of BST and Individualized Daily Email Prompts as an Intervention to Increase Sustainable Eating Behaviors        Dr. James Diller

Tania Kittoe   Relations between, Religion, and Spirituality and Social Engagement in Emerging Adults  Dr. James Diller

Madison LaRusso      Extraversion and Preference for Competition: Differences Comparing Sibling Structure Dr. Joe Dracobly

Amanda Gionfriddo  Relationships Between Internet Use, Jealousy, and Relationship Satisfaction          Dr. Peter Bachiochi

Danielle Nobitz          Sleep Quality, Anxiety, and Emotional Eating among College Students        Dr. Peter Bachiochi

Samantha Hengel      The Influence of Social Media Use on Romantic Relationships         Dr. Peter Bachiochi

Autumn Dupuis         The Effects of Work on School Involvement Dr. Peter Bachiochi

Katelyn Murray         The Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence, Empathy and Psychological Well-Being           Dr. Peter Bachiochi

Sydney Batchelder    Effects of Familiarity and Praise on Learning in the Presence of Others     Dr. Jenna Scisco

Jennifer Gumbulevich, Sarah Casolo, Alyssa Daneault, Yohan Krumov, Lauren Leavey, Rachel Scrivano, Sydney Batchelder, & Olivia Bacha     The Impact of Front-of-Package Food Labels on Parent Food Choice     Dr. Jenna Scisco

Daphne Botteron      The Effects of Emotional Intelligence and Perceived Social Support on Overall Life Satisfaction   Dr. Joe Dracobly

Melanie Byrne & Michael Pelletier  Increasing Composting Behaviors on a College Campus       Dr. James Diller

Jill Monck       The Relationship between Stress Levels, Exercise and Mindfulness  Dr. Joe Dracobly

William Watson         Impacts of Stereotype Awareness and Stigmatization on Self-Esteem        Dr. Joe Dracobly

Zachary Taylor          The Relationship Between Stress, Anxiety, and Family Dysfunction Dr. Joe Dracobly

Tyler Smith    The Effect of Music on Aggression and Negative Affect       Dr. James Diller

Tyler Smith & Sabrina McFarlane   The Reduction of Meat Consumption to Better the Environment     Dr. James Diller

Chloe Lamarre & Danielle Wieland Behavior Change Plan: Recycling with College Students       Dr. James Diller

Madi van’t Slot          Correlation between Sexual Satisfaction, Relationship Satisfaction and Self-Esteem          Dr. James Diller

Meena Niazi   Getting away with murder: A comparison of approaches to understanding criminal behavior     Dr. Joe Dracobly

Rebecca MacFarlane & Madeline vant’Slot A Study of littering behavior on campus       Dr. James Diller

Emily Cates    Relationship Between Time Management, Academic Stress, and Procrastination   Dr. Joe Dracobly

Lateesha Ware, Brianna Agosta-Lawes, & Uyen Huynh    Decreasing Shower Behavior Across Three Residential Environments        Dr. Diller

Olivia Morrison          The Relationship of Social Anxiety and Stress in the LGBTQ+ Community   Dr. Joe Dracobly

Shannon Connors     Body Image and Disordered Eating Compared between Athletes and Non-Athletes            Dr. Joe Dracobly

Anna Gallant  Relationship Satisfaction, Social Media Use, and Facebook Jealousy            Dr. Peter Bachiochi

Ashley Williams         The Effects of Sexual Behavior and Sexual Knowledge on Condom Use       Dr. Joe Dracobly

Ashley Williams & Sydney Batchelder        Promoting Shuttle Use on a University Campus       Dr. James Diller

Taylor Culver The Association Between the Big Five Personality Traits, Parenting Quality and Criminal Behavior        Dr. Joe Dracobly

Allison Marino           Effects of Sleep, Stress, and Anxiety in College Students       Dr. Joe Dracobly

Jessica Hynds & Brianna Lopez       Visual Prompting Effects on Recycling          Dr. James Diller

Yohan Krumov          Interactions of Process Praise, Noise, and Extraversion on Puzzle Performance    Dr. Joe Dracobly

Courtney Binkowski  The Impact of a Working University Student on Anxiety and Stress Levels            Dr. Joe Dracobly

Brieanne McAvoy      Exercise, Happiness and Productivity Among College Students        Dr. Joe Dracobly

Nicole Fuhrmann      Self-Stigma and Gender Roles on the Attitudes Towards Mental Illness: A Correlational Study     Dr. Joe Dracobly

Rebecca MacFarlane & Madeline van’tSlot         A Study of Littering Behavior on Campus     Dr. James Diller

Ellie Frankinburger  Masculine and Feminine Face Types on Participant Rated Facial Attractive and Perceived Trustworthiness        Dr. Joe Dracobly

Hannah Byrne           Implicit and Explicit attitudes towards Homosexuality        Dr. Joe Dracobly

Arlette Pinel   Television Media’s Impact on Female’s Body Perception     Dr. Joe Dracobly

Jessica Seymour        The Relationship Between Motivation, Self-Identity and Stress-Management on Exercise  Dr. Joe Dracobly

Meagan Miller           The Influence of the Presence of a Confederate and Gender on Conforming to an Eyewitness Testimony Dr. Peter Bachiochi

English Department Recognizes Student Creative Activity

On Tuesday May 2nd, 2017 the English Department had their “English Night.” The event featured award for student writing, a poster session and Senior Seminar Presentations.

The first year writing awards are given to students in College Writing and College Writing Plus whose writing is innovative, creative, splendidly researched, or uniquely articulated. The following students received the First Year Writing Award for Fall 2016:

Creativity and Innovation:

Patrice Eugene, “A Shepherd Beyond Scripture,” written for Professor Meredith James’ ENG 100 Excellent Research paper:

Kelli Salimeno, “Alcohol Abuse on College Campuses,” written for Professor Diane Smith’s ENG 100

The following students participated in the Poster Session:

Kathryn Jankura “No Female Mind’: Charlotte Perkins Gilman on Marriage, Motherhood, and Employment” Faculty Mentor: Allison Speicher

Taylor Maier “Once Upon a Time: Darwin’s Legacy in Children’s Literature” Faculty Mentor: Allison Speicher

Kelsey Marconis “Cornerstone Hill: A Novel” Faculty Mentor: Christopher Torockio

Samuel Bolton “Stillwater: A Novel” Faculty Mentor: Christopher Torockio

The following students participated in the Senior Seminar Presentations:

Brianna Hernandez, “Incoming Call: Long-Distance Interfaith Friendships”

Scott Kompare, “The Antithesis of Duality: The Singularity of Nathan Price’s Untenable and Insular Worldview in The Poisonwood Bible

Both of these presentations were from Dr. Barbara Liu’s “Belief and Doubt in Contemporary Fictions”

Kiliana Lugo, Afro-Latino Rhythms and Culture in Puerto Rico”

Jennine Hohler, “Aspergians Come In Peace”

Both of these presentations were from Dr. Reginald Flood’s “Writing Poems/Reading Culture: Beyond the Workshop”

Students Create Original Play

Mentored by Dr. Kristen Morgan and Dr. Alycia Bright Holland, students collectively devised an original play, based on oral histories of Willimantic community members, and research conducted at the Connecticut Studies Center, Windham Textile Musem, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Whitney Museum. Thread City, the resulting work, will be produced as part of the 2017-18 Theatre Main Stage Season. Below is a list of students participating in the project:

Lita Braswell-Lane
Tielar Brown
Connor Coffey
Nathan Cusson
Emily John
Jack Kayan
Julia Leitao
Hanna Madler
Robert McDonald
Sam Nicefaro
Nicole Rivera

9 Eastern Students Perform in NYC

Since 1994 Eastern Theatre students and faculty have come together at the end of the academic year to participate in intensive learning opportunities in New York City. This May 2017, fifteen Theatre students and seven Theatre faculty will participate in Eastern’s 22nd NYC Showcase Study Tour which was originally offered every year and now is on a bi-annual basis. Students will present Scenes, Songs, and Monologues 2017 directed by Jerry Winters in the DelMonte Bernstein Studio Theater (first floor of the Fine Arts Instructional Center) on Monday, May 8th at 7pm as a preview at Eastern of what will then be presented in NYC in the Producer’s Club Crown Theatre (358 West 44th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues) on Sunday, May 21st at 4pm and Monday, May 22nd at 7pm. At Eastern, admission is free and donations towards the upcoming NYC Showcase will gratefully accepted at the door. Admission for the show at the Producer’s Club in NYC will be free for Eastern students, faculty, and staff and invited professionals  (please show letter of invitation); $5 for Eastern alumni; $10 for the general public. For reservations, please call the FAIC box office at 860-465-5123 or email theatreboxoffice@easternct.edu.

Acting Ensemble Biographies:

Scott Butler of Salem, Ct, is a Senior double major in Music with a Vocal Performance concentration and in Theatre with a concentration in Acting and Directing. At Eastern, he acted in Two Gentlemen of Verona, the Musical and in Cervantes’ Pedro, The Great Pretender (Proscenium Theater); Pornography; South Pacific; and in Ferris Wheel as part of Short Stuff 2015 (Harry Hope Theatre) and The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (Student Center Theatre). Scott co-directed Awkward Silences as part of Short Stuff 2017 (DelMonte Bernstein Studio Theater).

Nathan Cusson of Windham, CT, is a Junior Theatre major with dual concentrations in Acting and Directing. At Eastern, Nathan acted in Two Gentlemen of Verona, the Musical and Cervantes’ Pedro, The Great Pretender (Proscenium Theatre); Hamlet for children of all ages and in Power Plays: Medusa’s Tale and in The Man Who Turned Into A Stick (DelMonte Studio Theater); Julius Caesar; Phoenix New Plays Series: Shorts 2016 – Bad-News-Diner Dinner; and the Freshmen Showcase (Student Center Theater). Nathan directed Attack Of The Moral Fuzzies as part of Short Stuff 2017 (DelMonte Bernstein Studio Theater). Shows outside of Eastern include The Diary Of Anne Frank, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Miracle Worker and Marcus is Walking with the Windham Theatre Guild. He is also an active member of Drama Society, Reading Between the Lines, and the Improvisation Club. He participated in Eastern’s LA Spring Break 2016 Theatre Program study tour.

Emily John of Woodstock Valley, CT, is a Junior Theatre major with a concentration in Acting and Directing and minors in Music and English. At Eastern, she performed in Two Gentlemen of Verona, the Musical  (Proscenium Theater); Power Plays: Medusa’s Tale (DelMonte Studio Theatre) and in South Pacific (Harry Hope Theatre). Outside of Eastern, she acted in Tango With
the Moon (workshop model productions); Frost Nixon (Bradley PLayhouse); The Four Seasons Ballet (The Complex Performing Arts Center); Les Miserables (Hyde School); and Godspell (Complex Performing Arts Center). Emily directed The Man Who Couldn’t Dance as part of Short Stuff 2017 (DelMonte Bernstein Studio Theater).

Julia Leitao of New Britain, CT, is a Junior double major in Theatre with a concentration in Acting and in Education. At Eastern she performed in The Battle Of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry and in The Philadelphia (DelMonte Bernstein Studio Theater); Two Gentlemen of Verona, the Musical and Cervantes’ Pedro, The Great Pretender (Proscenium Theatre); Phoenix New Plays Series: Shorts 2016 – Ebol-A-Rama (Student Center Theatre) and in Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (directed by guest artist Lenore Grunko) in the Harry Hope Theatre. Outside of Eastern, she performed in Aladdin; Nutcracker; Into The Woods; Hairspray; and Shrek. Julia participated in Eastern’s LA Spring Break 2016 Theatre Program study tour.

Corey Lorraine of Oakdale, CT, is a Senior double major in Theatre with a concentration in Acting and Directing and in Mathematics. At Eastern, he acted in Electric Roses as part of Short Stuff 2017 (DelMonte Bernstein Studio Theater). Two Gentlemen of Verona, the Musical and Cervantes’ Pedro, The Great Pretender (Proscenium Theatre) for which he was chosen as a KCACTF Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Candidate; Doubt; Johnsonville 2015; South Pacific (Harry Hope Theatre) for which he was chosen as a KCACTF Richard Maltby Jr. Musical Theatre Candidate); The Laramie Project; Prelude to a Kiss (directed by guest artist Gloria Trombley) and in The Skin Of Our Teeth (directed by guest artist Jerry Winters). Outside of Eastern, he acted in Footloose; Guys and Dolls; and The Music Man.

Hanna Madler of South Windsor, CT, is a Senior double major in Accounting and in Theatre with a concentration in Acting and Directing. At Eastern, Hanna has acted in Cantilever; Two Gentlemen of Verona, the Musical; and Cervantes’ Pedro, The Great Pretender (Proscenium Theatre); Broken Hearts as part of Short Stuff 2017 and Power Plays: Out Of Our Father’s House (DelMonte Studio Theater) for which she was chosen as a KCACTF Irene Ryan nominee; and in the Harry Hope Theatre in Pornography; The Skin of Our Teeth (directed by guest artist Jerry Winters) and has been a costume runner for The Laramie Project (Harry Hope Theatre). Hanna worked as wardrobe head for Prelude to A Kiss (directed by guest artist Gloria Trombley); On The Verge; and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (directed by guest artist Lenore Grunko) in the Harry Hope Theatre. She was the assistant costume designer for South Pacific and co-designer with Kayla Mainuli for the Experimental Theatre show Johnsonville (Harry Hope Theatre). During Summer 2015, Hanna was an Arts Administration Intern at The Hartford Stage and also Arts Management Assistant for the Theatre program’s Director of Theatre (AY 2015-2016).

Sam Nicefaro of Hamden, CT, is a Senior Theatre major with a concentration in Acting and Directing and a minor in Communication. At Eastern, he acted in The Philadelphia and Attack Of The Moral Fuzzies as part of Short Stuff 2017; Hamlet for children of all ages; and in Power Plays: Love of One’s Neighbor (DelMonte Bernstein Studio Theater); in Cervantes’ Pedro, the Great Pretender (Proscenium Theater); Pornography; Duet For Bear And Dog as part of Short Stuff 2015 (Harry Hope Theatre); Phoenix New Plays Series: Shorts 2016 – Cheating, Charming, Bastard (Student Center Theatre); and in Whacked (Shafer Auditorium). Outside of Eastern, he has acted in The Whitney Player’s production of Back to the 80’s; in Sacred Heart Academy’s production of White Christmas; and in SHA’s production of Annie. Sam is a member of Eastern’s Drama Society and is one of the four regular hosts on Turntables and Tiger Drivers on Eastern’s radio station. Sam participated in Eastern’s LA Spring Break 2016 Theatre Program study tour.

Lucy Shea of Bethel, CT, is a Senior double major in Theatre with a concentration in Acting and Directing and in Political Science. At Eastern, she acted Cantilever; Two Gentlemen Of Verona, the Musical; and in Cervantes’ Pedro, The Great Pretender (Proscenium Theater); Power Plays: Out Of Our Father’s House (DelMonte Bernstein Studio Theater) for which she was chosen as a KCACTF Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Candidate; The Skin of our Teeth (directed by guest artist Jerry Winters); South Pacific; and Prelude To A Kiss (directed by guest artist Gloria Trombley) for which she was chosen as a KCACTF Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Candidate (Harry Hope Theatre); in Murder Is A Game; and in Whacked (Shafer Auditorium); in AVP Musical; and in The Little Sisters of Frontstalag (Student Center Theatre). Lucy directed Hamlet for children of all ages (DelMonte Bernstein Studio Theater). Outside of Eastern, she acted in Blithe Spirit and at The Sherman Playhouse of CT, in Arsenic and Old Lace and Anne of Green Gables. During Summer 2016, she was accepted into the apprentice program at Shakespeare on the Sound, where she was cast as Hamlet in the preshow. She is President of Drama Society. Lucy participated in the Summer In London 2014 Theatre Program and studied Shakespeare at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland for the Fall 2015 semester.

Sinque Tavares of New Haven, CT, is a Senior Theatre major witha concentration in Acting and Directing. At Eastern, he acted in Two Gentlemen of Verona, the Musical and in Cervantes’
Pedro, The Great Pretender (Proscenium Theater) for which he was chosen as a KCACTF 2017 Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Candidate and progressed to the Final Round of the competition; Attack of The Moral Fuzzies and Cameras as part of Short Stuff 2017; Hamlet for children of all ages and in Power Plays: Love Of One’s Neighbor (DelMonte Bernstein Studio Theater); Pornography; Johnsonville; South Pacific; The Laramie Project; and Prelude to a Kiss (directed by guest artist Gloria Trombley) in the Harry Hope Theatre. Sinque directed Interrogation as part of Short Stuff 2015 (Harry HopeTheatre) and directed two shows as part of the Phoenix New Play Series: Ebol-ARama and The Lighter (Student Center Theatre). He is the Dance Captain of the Fusion Dance Crew at Eastern. In the summer of 2011, Sinque attended RSAC (Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory) at Rutgers University. In high school he performed in plays such as Hairspray; Better Judgment; and The Wiz. Sinque participated in Eastern’s LA Spring Break 2016 Theatre Program study tour.

4th Consecutive Year Eastern Student Selected for Posters on the Hill

Kayla Giordano Political Science & Economics,  presented at Posters on the Hill (POH) in April. Kayla’s work is titled Going Negative: The Effects of Direct Mail Programs on Political Campaigns was mentored by Dr. Bill Salka. Kayla discussed her work and the importance of undergraduate research in education with members of congress, including Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (Connecticut’s 5th District).

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The overall acceptance rate at POH is approximately 10-20%. Of the years where a CT school was selected to present at POH, Eastern has been represented 6 times out of 11.  Below are past presenters:

2016
Sabreena Croteau, Political Science, Eastern Connecticut State University
“Democratic Elections in the American States: A Case for Reform” Mentor Dr. Bill Salka.

2015

Richard Magner, Mathematics, Eastern Connecticut State University

2014

Eric S. Cerino, Psychology, Eastern Connecticut State University
Investigating Subjective Age, Level of Activity, and Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults” Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Leszczynski

2017 CREATE Conference

Over 300 students participated in Eastern’s showcase for student work. Celebrating Research Excellence and Artistic Talent (CREATE) is in its 3rd year and continues to surpass expectations. Students from all disciplines presented their work including Documentaries, Art Exhibits, and Performances.

At CREATE, two student were recognized for exceptional undergraduate research and creative activity with the inaugural President’s Award. Both students receive a medal and $1,000.00. Below are details:

Jacob Dayton (Biology) and his mentor (Dr. Patricia Szczys) worked on their research titled “Population Structure of the Eurasian Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) a Species Exhibiting Demographic Expansion.”  The project was presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Waterbird Society in New Bern, North Carolina (September, 2016). The project ended up with Mr. Dayton as a first author in a journal in his discipline.

    Jacob Dayton, Mateusz Ledwon, Jean-Marc Paillisson, Nataly Atamas & Patricia Szczys (In Press). Genetic Diversity and Population Structure of the Eurasian Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrid hybrida), a Species Exhibiting Range Expansion. Waterbirds

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Nicole Garcia (Performing Arts) worked with her mentor Dr. Kristen Morgan on the project “Scenic Design, Two Gentlemen of Verona (the Musical).” The project was initiated during Summer Session C resulting in 3-D models of the sets and  presented at the 2016 COPLAC Undergraduate Research Conference at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

The play ran for 2 weeks early in 2017 and the final designs presented at the 2017 National Conferences on Undergraduate Research, Memphis, TN.

RiveraCREATETwo faculty members were also recognized with the yearly Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity Mentor Award.

Dr. Ari de Wilde (Kinesiology & Physical Education) was nominated by 4 student for mentoring their research. Rosamaria Riccobono & Erica Benoit presented their research titled  Culture of Women’s Athletics at Eastern Connecticut State University in the NCAA vs. In the AIAW at the 2017 NCUR Conference. James Doucette III (Mentor: Ari de Wilde), a Sport and Leisure Management major in KPE, was awarded a National Undergraduate Scholar award by the American Kinesiology Association. He also presented his research titled “A Kantian Dilemma: Gender Discrimination Toward Contemporary Women’s Elite Sport” at the North American Society of Sport 2016 Conference In Tampa Bay, Florida.

deWildeCREATEDr. Patty Szcyzs (Biology) was nominated by her student Jacob Dayton (recipient of the President’s Award) for mentoring him through a presentation and publication. Further, Jacob and Dr. Szczys have begun work on a new research project.

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Honors Student Present Research

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Nine students from the Honors Program presented their research at Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference held in Pittsburgh from April 6-9th. The students were accompanied by Dr. Bill Salka, Director of the Honors Program. The students represented work diverse fields including Mathematics, Psychology, Biology and Political Science. Below is a list of the student presenters, their work:

Catherine Falvey, Eastern Connecticut State University
“A Walk across the Bridges of Pittsburgh: Analyzing ‘The City of Bridges’ Through Graph Theory”

Yohan Krumov, Eastern Connecticut State University
“Effects of Sleep Disturbance and Respiration Rate on Stress Response During Electric Shock”

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Weronika Lewkowicz, Eastern Connecticut State University
“Effects of Glucosinolate Extracts from Various Brassicaceae Species on Salmonella Enterica”

Kevin Connolly, Eastern Connecticut State University
“Enhancement of Collagen Production in Skin Cells Via Cell Communication Signals”

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Kayla Giordano, Eastern Connecticut State University
“The Effects of Direct Mail Programs on Political Campaigns”

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Christopher Morris, Eastern Connecticut State University
“Got a Donkey in the Crosshairs: The Partisan Anticommunism of Senator Joseph McCarthy”

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Thomas Luckner, Eastern Connecticut State University
“Modular Sum-Set Application to Sum of Two Squares”

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Emily Miclon, Eastern Connecticut State University
“Rap Music Bridging the Divide; Examining Modern Civil Rights Concerns through Rap Music”

Jessica Miclon , Eastern Connecticut State University
“Trigger Warnings and the Glorification of Self-Harm”

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23 Students Present Research at National Conferences on Undergraduate Research

Catherine Allegretti (ENG) Caulfield’s Cognitive Crisis: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye Mentor: Dr. Lisa Fraustino

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Lauren Atkinson (BIO) Isolating Antibiotic Compounds from Soil Microbes Mentor: Dr. Barbara Murdoch

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Sydney Batchelder (PSY) Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation as Predictors of Anxiety and Depression Mentor: Dr. Kristi Salters-Pedneault

Sydney Batchelder (PSY) Familiarity and Reinforcement Interact to Predict Performance in the Presence of Others Mentor: Dr. Jenna Scisco
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Tess Candler (PS) Contextualizing Conservative Support for Environmental Policy Mentor: Dr. Courtney Broscious

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Abby Caselli (PSY) Relationship Between Attitudes Towards Casual Sex, Gender Roles and Condom Advocacy Mentor: Dr. Kristi Salters-Pedneault

Brittany Chabot (PSY) Technology Use, Attachment Styles and Relationship Satisfaction Among Dating Couples Mentor: Dr. Madeleine Fugere

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Adam Courbin (AH) An American Man: A Semiotic Analysis of Cultural Mythology in Photojournalism from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Mentor: Dr. Gail Gelburd

Eilizabeth DelBuono (BIO) An Investigation of Odd-Skipped Genes in C. Elegans Mentor: Dr. Amy Groth

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Tashanna Edwards (ENG) Shooting Heaven, A Young Adult Novel in Progress Mentor: Dr. Lisa Fraustino

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Olivia Godin (COM) Differences Between Men’s and Women’s Communication Mentor: Dr. Teri Toles-Patkin

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Nicole Green (EDU) Analysis of Transition Resources for Siblings of Individual’s with Disabilities Mentor: Dr. Tanya Moorehead

Ashlyn Hart (ENG) Real Bodies: Understanding the Importance of Representation in Disability Mentor: Dr. Maureen McDonnell

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Phillip Hoeps (ECO) Statistical Analysis of Policy Solutions to Ocean Pollution Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Brown

Marisa LaBrecque-Grenier (PSY) Thought Suppression, Negative Affect and Worry Mentor: Dr. Kristi Salters-Pedneault

Marisa LaBrecque-Grenier (PSY) Sociosexuality, Adult Relationships Attachment Style and Current Relationship Satisfaction Mentor: Dr. Kristi Salters-Pedneault

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Kaitlyn Macisco (COM) How Romantically Themed Television Influences College Student’s Views on Relationships Mentor: Dr. Jehoon Jeon

Susan McLean (COM) Social Media Trust Study Mentor: Dr. Jehoon Jeon

Jolene Potter (ANT) Perceptions of Rape Culture from Eastern Connecticut State University Students Mentor: Dr. Marry Kenny

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Rosamaria Riccobono & Erica Benoit Culture of Women’s Athletics at Eastern Connecticut State University in the NCAA vs. In the AIAW Mentor: Dr. Ari de Wilde
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Nicole Rivera (PA) Two Gentlemen of Verona Scenic Design Mentor: Dr. Kristen Morgan

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Alexandra Steel (PSY) Animal Assisted Therapy, Mood and Social Facilitation Mentor: Dr. Peter Bachiochi

Alexandra Steel (PSY) Conscientiousness and Implusivity Relations to Discount Tasks Mentor: Dr. Kristi Salters-Pedneault

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Kayla Tenore (COM) Technology Usage and User Age, Effecting Well-Being Mentor: Dr. Jehoon Jeon

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Christina Welch (BIO) The Long Road to Recovery: How Can We Coax the Brian to Self-Repair Mentor: Dr. Barbara Murdoch

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Courtney Werner (ENG) Adam Stands Alone: The Effect of the Oedipus Conflict in Cormier’s I am the Cheese Dr. Lisa Fraustino

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