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You’re going to FALL for Eastern Celebrates!

That’s because we’re moving Eastern’s annual reunion weekend from May to Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. We’re keeping all of the things you love about Eastern Celebrates in the spring, like the morning reception with President Núñez, tours of the campus, the Alumni March and Big Tent Barbeque. But we’re adding lots more! This year Eastern Celebrates will be held in conjunction with Eastern’s annual “Family Day,” which means more students, more parents, more faculty and staff, and more to do than you ever thought possible!

Registration by Monday, September 26 is strongly recommended.

There is no charge for any of the events, courtesy of the Office of Alumni Affairs and the ECSU Foundation, Inc.

We look forward to seeing you on campus!

Eastern Celebrates Calendar of Events

Friday, September 30

6:00 PM Student center 15th Anniversary Celebration

Betty R. Tipton Room – Student Center

Student workers, supervisors and campus leaders return to celebrate the Student Center’s 15 years as the busiest building on campus.

8:00-11:00 PM Young Alumni Bash (Classes of 2012 through 2022)

Blarney’s Cafe – 49 High Street

Free food, drink specials and extra-special specials for alums from the Classes of ’22, ’17 and ’12.

Saturday, October 1

8:30 AM-2:00 PM Alumni Check-In

Tent between Student Center and Fine Arts Instructional Center.

Be sure to pick up your free gift when you arrive.

9:00 AM Alumni Reunion Reception Hosted by President Elsa Núñez

Student Center – Café – Upper Level

President Núñez offers an insider’s view of today’s Eastern, honors all of the reunion classes gathered on campus and presents the members of the Class of 1972 with their “Golden Diplomas.”

10:15 AM Class Photos

Student Center Mezzanine

10:30 AM Free Time or Campus Tours

Tours leave from the Student Center Mezzanine

  • Shuttle Bus Tour of Campus, Athletic Complex and downtown Willimantic
  • Goddard Hall and Communication Building
  • Shafer Hall and Burr Hall

Walking tours are scheduled following lunch.

10:30 AM-3:00 PM Eastern Celebrates Family Photo Challenge

Test your knowledge of Eastern in this Photo Scavenger Hunt.

10:30 AM-3:00 PM Alumni Lounge

Communication Building Lobby Relax in the beautiful lobby of the renovated Communication Building.

10:30 AM-4:00 PM Bookstore Open

Student Center – Upper Level

10:30 AM-4:00 PM Women at War: 14 Ukrainian Artists

Art Gallery - Fine Arts Instructional Center Main Level

Features works of leading contemporary women artists working in Ukraine and provides a context for the current war, as represented in art across media.

11:45 AM Line-Up for Alumni March

Student Center Café – Upper Level

Noon Alumni March and the 15th Annual Big Tent Barbeque

Big Tent – Fine Arts Instructional Center Parking Lot

The Class of 1972 leads the Alumni March!

Noon Women’s Soccer vs. Keene State University

Rick McCarthy Field – Mansfield Athletic Complex

12:30 PM Student Club Performances

Student Center Ampitheatre

Student organizations perform just for us!

1:00 PM Women’s Volleyball vs. Keene State University

Frances Geissler Gymnasium – Sports Center

1:30 PM Campus Walking Tour

Meet at Student Center Information Desk – Upper Level

1:30 PM New Media Tech Meets Oedipus the King

Proscenium Theater – Fine Arts Instructional Center – Main Level

Theatre/Performance Media Professor Kristen Morgan and Obie award-winning Director Bob McGrath discuss cutting-edge technology used in a new main stage production of the ancient Greek tragedy.

1:30 PM Planetarium Show

Wickware Planetarium

Watch the stars shine over Eastern. Register in advance as seating is limited.

2:00 PM Campus Walking Tour

Meet at Student Center Information Desk – Upper Level

2:30 PM Faculty Recital Series Featuring David Ballena, Piano

Concert Hall – Fine Arts Instructional Center – Main Level

2:30 PM My Story Takes Flight: Story Time with Dr. Mama

Student Center Theater – Upper Level

Beloved by children and adults alike, Dr. Raouf Mama is an award-winning storyteller and best-selling author who tells folktales from his native Benin.

2:30 PM Planetarium Show

Wickware Planetarium

Watch the stars shine over Eastern. Register in advance as seating is limited.

3:00 PM Field Hockey vs. Plymouth State University

Richter Park Golf Course, Mansfield

3:30 PM Planetarium Show

Wickware Planetarium

Watch the stars shine over Eastern. Register in advance as seating is limited.

3:00-5:00 PM Alumni Reunion Happy Hour

Blarney’s Cafe – 49 High Street

The little building at the bottom of High Street has been a favorite to generations of Eastern students. Enjoy free snacks and drink specials.

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.

Dr. David G. CarterThe Dr. David G. Carter Endowed Fund honors the memory of Eastern’s fifth president (1988-2006) and Chancellor of the CSU System (2006-11), and is awarded to students with financial need. (All gifts to the Dr. David G. Carter Endowed Fund through June 30 will be matched by the Lester E. and Phyllis M. Foster Foundation.)

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

The Class Of 1962

The Class Of 1962 Endowed Book Scholarship was created by the class following their 50th Reunion as their legacy to Eastern and to support students with financial need.

Steven B. EvertonSteven B. Everton Memorial Endowed Scholarship was created by retired Psychology Professor Wendi Everton in memory of her brother, a Human Service Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Development, and a devoted advocate for the disadvantaged. It is awarded to Psychological Science majors interested in working in human services.

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.

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

All Saturday events are open to all Eastern alumni, regardless of graduation year. Please register by Monday, September 26

If you need assistance with online registration or if you have questions, please contact:

the Office of Alumni Affairs at OR call (860) 465-5302

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