Performing Arts Student Wins First Place in Singing Competition

More than 90 singers from across the state came to Eastern on March 5 for the annual student auditions of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (CT-NATS). Awards were given to the top three singers in each of eight categories. Six singers from Eastern participated in the auditions including Halie Poirier, Hannah Bythrow, Abigail Perreira, Moriah Perrett  and Judy Reid.


Theatre major Alexis Kurtz ’16 placed first in the College Musical Theater Division and will represent Eastern at the Winner’s Recital in April. “While the CT-NATS auditions rotate locations every year, this was the first time Eastern hosted the event, thanks in large part to the resources available in our new Fine Arts Instructional Center,” said Emily Riggs, music professor at Eastern and member of the board of directors of the CT-NATS.

Environmental Earth Science Student Presents Research

EESat-Geological-2016-Meeting-1024x540Environmental Earth Science (EES) faculty and students recently attended the Geological Society of America (GSA) Northeast Section 51st Annual Meeting in Albany, NY. One of the students, Joshua Bartosiewicz, and his faculty mentor EES Professor Bryan Oakley, presented their research project titled, “The Benthic Geological Habitats of Long Island Sound in the Vicinity of the Thimble Islands and Branford River, CT, USA.”

“Undergraduate research is one of the cornerstones of the work we do as faculty mentors. It offers our students an opportunity to apply classroom studies to real-world problems, and is an important part of training students to be independent, competent scientists,” said Oakley.


Student to Present at the Society for American Archaeology Conference

Erin Strickland will presenting her research titled “Preliminary Results from Two Late Woodland Trash Pits from Block Island, Rhode Island.” The conference will take place April 6th to the 10th in Orlando Florida.

Erin was a recipient of a Project Grant from the Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity Council. Her mentor is Sarah Baires, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology.

Student Chosen as Regional Finalist at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Congratulations to Theatre major, Stephanie Madden, who served as a Stage Manager at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (1/26-31/16) for contributing to the success of the following new play which has been chosen as a regional finalist in the NATIONAL PLAYWRITING PROGRAM!

National Playwriting Program KCACTF Regional Finalist in the 10-Minute Plays Competition:

I WANNA BE FAMOUS, by Chase O’Neill (Hartwick College)

Directed by Ted Clement, Region Co-Vice Chair, KCACTF Region 1

Stage Managed by Stephanie Madden (ECSU)


Eastern Student Presents at 2016 Posters on the Hill

Sabreena Croteau (Mentor, Dr. Salka) presented her research at the Posters on the Hill Conference April 19-20th. The title of the project is “Democratic Elections in the American States: A Case for Reform.”

Croteau POH 1

To provide some context on this acceptance, going back to 2005, only 1 school has been selected to represent the state of Connecticut. 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 5 times out of 10.  Only the University of New Haven has been selected more than 1 time in the past 10 years.

Sabreena Croteau, Political Science, Eastern Connecticut State Univesity


Richard Magner, Mathematics, Eastern Connecticut State University


Eric S. Cerino, Psychology, Eastern Connecticut State University
Investigating Subjective Age, Level of Activity, and Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults


Connor Halem Gustave Patros, Psychology, Eastern Connecticut State University
Temporal Discounting & Cardiovascular Reactivity


Erika Harrington, Psychology, Eastern Connecticut State University
Perceived Racism as a Predictor of Depression, Anxiety and Cultural Mistrust

10 Students Present at the 2016 National Conference on Undergraduate Research Conference

Congratulations to the students listed below and their mentors on representing Eastern at the NCUR Conference in April! Eastern had 12 students accepted out of 15 submissions. According to the acceptance email from NCUR, the selection process was much more competitive this year due to the number of submissions (over 4,000).  The work of the students accepted to present at this conference “demonstrated a unique contribution to their field of study.”


Sydney Batchelder  (PSY)  “Shame, Vulnerable Narcissism, and Social Anxiety²  Mentor: Dr. James Diller


Alexandra Cross (PS) “Straightening Out the Russian Mold: How State Controlled Nationalism Ostracizes the LGBT Population²  Mentor: Dr. Martin Mendoza-Botelho


Sabreena Croteau (HIS) “Influence and Interference: U.S. Foreign Policy towards Saudi Arabia 1956-1971²  Mentor: Dr. Caitlin Carenen


Erin Drouin (PS) “From Tradition to Twitter: An Analysis of Traditional Media and Social Media Coverage of Sexual Assault on College Campuses² Mentor: Dr. Nicole Krassas


Michael Freilich (KPE) “Motivations and Points of Attachments for Attending Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Games² Mentor: Dr. Ari de Wilde


Seth McCullock (COM) “Technology on Communicative Ability ³  Mentor: Dr. Jeon Jehoon


Moriah Perrett (PSY) “The Relationship of Gender Role Beliefs and Sociosexual Orientation with Rape Myth Acceptance² Mentor: Dr. Alita Cousins


Ian Peters (ECO) “It’s All Very Taxing: Interstate Tax Competition and the Balanced Budget²  Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Brown


Mackenzie Williams (BIS)   “Dynamic Continuity: The Power of Adaptability in the Graphic Design Industry²  Mentor: Dr. Niti Pandey


Gabriela Wrobel (SOC) “The Effects of Paid Family Leave on the Wages of Female Faculty in New England²  Mentor: Dr. Kim Dugan


Departments Showcase Student’s Scholary Work

The following departments have created forums to present student work:

Biology Department

The Biology Department has established the Biology Undergraduate Research Page to” inform Eastern Biology majors of research, funding, and presentation opportunities available both on and off campus. It will also highlight the accomplishments of students participating in undergraduate research in the department.

English Department

Eastern’s student literary journal, Eastern Exposure, showcases the creative writing of Eastern Connecticut State University students. Fiction, poetry, plays, scripts, creative non-fiction pieces, and texts written in hybrid forms fill Eastern Exposure‘s pages. The Eastern Writers Guild carefully selects the work included in each issue during the fall semester and publishes its annual issue during the spring semester.

History Department

Germina Veris is a peer-reviewed, online, open access journal dedicated to publishing outstanding papers, research notes,  transcribed primary documents, or translations by senior History students at Eastern Connecticut State University. Each semester students produce original, thought-provoking research on a variety of topics. Germina Veris – “the buds of spring” – makes some of this work available to the general public. Each article is carefully considered by specialists in the field based on the depth of original research, its contribution to existing scholarship, and the scientific rigor of its analysis.

3 Students Presented with Undergraduate Student Library Research Award

The following students were received the 2015 J. Eugene Smith Library Undergraduate Student Library Research Award:

Freshman/Sophomore Award: Nicole Green (English) for “The Cat in the Hat v. Piggybook: Where do Women Belong?” (Mentor: Dr. Fraustino)

Junior/Senior Award: Bryan Lehner (Biology) for “Catalytic Efficiencies of Enolase from Fast- and Slow- Killing Genotypes of Paenibacillus Larvae” (Mentor: Dr. Koenig)

Honorable Mention (Junior/Senior) Laura Perez-Handler (Sociology) for “Intergenerational Transmission of Monotheistic Religions: A Proposal for a Comparative Study” (Mentor: Dr. Dugan)


3 Students Receive Research Scholarships

The Jean H. Thoresen ECSU-AAUP Scholarship is a competitive scholarship which supports ECSU undergraduate students conducting independent or collaborative research projects by assisting with the costs involved in completing one or more research or creative projects and/or presenting research at an academic conference.

The following 3 students received a scholarship in 2015:

Erin Drouin (Fall 2015) for Twitter’s Influence on the Issue of Sexual Assault on College Campuses. Supervising faculty mentor: Nicole Krassas, Ph.D, Political Science.

Emily Komornik (Spring 2015) for Divine Intervention: Images of the Catholic Ghost within Shakespearian Tragedy. Supervisingfacultymentor:MaureenMcDonnell, Ph.D., English.

Richard Squires (Spring 2015) for Identification of Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptors in Chick Olfactory Tissue. Supervising faculty mentor: Barbara Murdoch, Ph.D, Biology.