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You’re going to FALL for Eastern Celebrates!

Join us on campus for a new and exciting Eastern Celebrates on Saturday, October 5, 2024 with reunions reaching back to the 1950s. We’re keeping all of the things you love about Eastern Celebrates, like the morning reception with President Núñez, campus tours, the Alumni March and Blarney’s, but we’re adding lots more.

Eastern Celebrates will be held along with Family Day, so the university will be buzzing with students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni all together on campus.

Check out these photos from Eastern Celebrates 2023!

It's not too late to make a gift! All of these scholarships were created to honor special members of the Eastern family who — individually or collectively — had a huge impact on the evolution of Eastern from normal school to a top 20 public university.

Whether you choose to mail a check or give with a credit card online or over the phone, we're here to help — just call (860) 465-4509 or email

So call your old roommates and friends and make your plans to come back!

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Save the date: October 5th, 2024

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Your Scholarship Gift Matters!

Your reunion gift to any of these endowed funds makes a world of difference to Eastern students, both tomorrow and for generations to come!

Dr. Jaqueline AbbottDr. Jacqueline Abbott Endowed Scholarship honors her 30+ years as Professor of Education, and is awarded to Education majors (preferably nontraditional students).

Dr. Juliette P. BurstermannDr. Juliette P. Burstermann Endowed Scholarship honors the first African American college professor in New England and first chair of the Elementary Education Department, and is awarded to Education majors.

Sustinet pamphlet coverClass of 2008 Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a full-time residential student who is active in a student club or organization.

water fountain with the student center in the backgroundClass of 2013 Scholarship When the scholarship is endowed, earnings from the principal will be used to award “retention scholarships” to students who have earned at least 60 credits and who are involved in extra-curricular activities.

Andy JonesAndy Jones Visual Arts Scholarship was established in 2007 with funds collected from the sale of the “Connecticut Quarter” prints designed for the U.S. Mint by Professor Jones and is awarded to juniors majoring in Art.

Dr. John LombardDr. John Lombard Endowed Economics Scholarship honors his 30+ year career as Professor of Economics and is awarded to Economics majors.

Dr. Marcia P. McGowanDr. Marcia P. McGowan Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Women’s and Gender Studies created through the generosity of Marcia McGowan, professor emeritus in English and Women’s and Gender Studies, this scholarship is awarded to students demonstrating achievement through research or the practice of principles in which this interdisciplinary subject is grounded.

President Elsa NúñezDr. Elsa M. Núñez Endowed Scholarship was created in 2007 at the time of her inauguration and is awarded to a student or students with unmet financial need.

Barbara M. TuckerAnn and Kenneth Tucker Scholarship: Barbara M. Tucker, professor emeritus of history and director of the David M. Roth Center, established this scholarship in November 2000 for Connecticut Studies. It is awarded to History majors with financial need.

Eastern Vets CenterVeterans Scholarship honors all those who served in the US Armed Forces to keep our nation safe and free. Recipients must have served in the U.S. Military with an Honorable Discharge or Medical Hardship Discharge.

oe Narotsky, David Rand, Ralph YuloNRY (Narotsky/Rand/Yulo) Endowed Scholarship was established in 1994 to benefit future teachers as well as to honor three long-time Eastern education faculty members, Professors Joe Narotsky (Mathematics), David Rand (Social Sciences) and Ralph Yulo (Science).

Dr. Leo SchneidermanDr. Leo Schneiderman Founder of Psychology Endowed Scholarship honors Eastern’s first psychology professor and clinical psychologist. It was initiated by Psychology Department faculty and is given to a Psychological Science major.

George Shafer, Frederick NobleThe George Shafer — Frederick Noble Endowed Scholarship was established in 1953 by the Alumni Association. It honors Dr. Shafer (President from 1918-47) and Dr. Noble (long-time principal of the laboratory school), and is awarded to in-state undergraduates on the basis of academic merit, financial need, and community involvement.

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Make your gift online at

If you have questions or wish to make your gift by phone or email, contact:

Michael Stenko at (860) 465-4509 or at


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