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Eastern is proud of its 30,000 living alumni, some of whom went to Eastern when it was still the Willimantic State Teachers College more than 60 years ago. Throughout its name changes, new buildings and student population growth, Eastern has remained a family of learners connected by shared values and a common educational experience. Eastern continues to maintain close connections with its alumni through social events, professional networking and alumni services. At the same time, Eastern alumni support current students through scholarship funds, internship placements and other assistance.

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Eastern Celebrates
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My Eastern. My Story. The oral history project.
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Alumni Recognition Programs

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Eastern Fellows

Established in 2009, the Eastern Fellows program recognizes alumni who have achieved professional success. Alumni from the sciences, business, academics and other professions have been honored.

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President's Leadership Awards

Eastern recognizes outstanding alumni and leadership donors at an annual luncheon; alumni are recognized for accomplishments and service, and leadership donors are honored.

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Education Awards

Sponsored by the Education and Kinesiology & Physical Education Departments, the Education Awards recognize current students as well as alumni teachers in Connecticut school districts.

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Eastern Magazine

EASTERN magazine is the University’s premier publication. Appearing twice a year, its principal audience is Eastern alumni. Features detail alumni accomplishments as well as the latest campus news, including events, student achievements, faculty recognitions, major initiatives, and athletics. Regular sections include “Class Notes,” “Matches Made at Eastern” and “Back in the Day.

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Director of Alumni Communication and Advancement
Christopher Dorsey
Gelsi-Young Hall, Room 127
(860) 465-4398
(860) 465-4518
Director of Alumni Affairs
Michael Stenko
Gelsi-Young Hall, Room 130
(860) 465-4509
(860) 465-4518
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Alumni Testimonials

Quanece Williams
Cornell University

Quanece Williams ’16

Quanece earned her law degree at Cornell and works for a law firm in New York City. “My Eastern experience was transformative. As a student, I took rigorous courses, conducted research, served as a teacher’s assistant, and went on a global field course to Europe. I learned to think critically, seize new opportunities and strengthen my leadership skills.”

Ryan Gable

Ryan Gable ’22

Ryan is a content associate at ESPN producing video and graphic elements for the ACC Network. He makes montages, highlights and graphics that tell many different stories of athletes, teams and games. “I enjoy every minute that I’m a part of ESPN as this has always been my passion ever since I was a little kid. Eastern prepared me for fast-paced environments and most importantly, sports storytelling.”

Melissa Starkel

Melissa Starkel ’20

“I work at a nonprofit educational organization as a communications manager in Washington, D.C. My education from Eastern has equipped me with the necessary skills and experience to thrive in the ever-evolving world of communications. Through my coursework, internships and extracurricular activities, I was able to refine my written and interpersonal communication skills, hone my problem-solving abilities, and strengthen my leadership capabilities.”