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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 Reunion Weekend is May 15 & 16, 2020

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Alumni Services

Alumni Events

Attend an event and connect with your fellow alumni.

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Career Services

No matter where you are in your career, Eastern provides resources to help you keep moving forward. Click here to see how Eastern can help you land your next job!

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Transcripts Requests

Alumni can make online and written requests for transcripts and diplomas by contacting the Registrar’s Office.

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Transcripts

Diploma Requests

Alumni can make online and written requests for diplomas by contacting the Registrar’s Office.

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Diploma Requests

Sports Center Passes

Eastern alumni can purchase sports center passes at a reduced rate to access athletic facilities such as the gym, weight room, racquetball courts and pool.

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Nationwide

Nationwide Insurance offers discounts on homeowners and automotive insurance to Eastern alumni. Check out their favorable rates and take advantage of this offer!

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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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Alumni Testimonials

Kyle Sorensen ’16
Thailand

Kyle Sorensen ’16

Philosophy major Kyle Sorensen is teaching English in Thailand. “While philosophy is a field of study that trains students to think critically about issues, it is also a means to unexpected careers. Philosophy allows any student who studies rigorously to find alternative ways to engage with the world.”

Jacob Dayton ’19
Goldwater Scholar

Jacob Dayton ’19

Biology major Jacob Dayton was Connecticut’s only Goldwater Scholar in 2018. “This recognition is a testament to the strength of Eastern’s biology program and the value of the research experiences I’ve had.” Throughout his time at Eastern, Dayton has conducted leading research about migratory birds with his mentor Biology Professor Patty Szczys. He intends to earn a Ph.D. and pursue a research career in genomics.

Liselotte Hammer ’18
University of Bristol

Liselotte Hammer ’18

Sociology and Criminology double-major Liselotte Hammer is pursuing a master’s degree in sociology at the University of Bristol in England. “I had the best experience at Eastern. The classes were outstanding, my fellow students provided such a strong support system, but the best part was the professors. Every single one of them went out of their way to make sure their students understand the material.”

Elizabeth DelBuono ’17
Genetic Counseling

Elizabeth DelBuono ’17

Biology major Elizabeth DelBuono is pursuing a master’s degree in genetic counseling at Sarah Lawrence College. Her internship at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine — where she conducted breast cancer research — solidified her career aspirations: “I was surrounded by some of the most brilliant individuals in the world, and was immersed in the race to find an answer, a gene, a treatment, a cure.”

Precious Baker ’17
Public Health Technician

Precious Baker ’17

Health Sciences major Precious Baker is a public health technician for the Connecticut Air National Guard, a patient care technician at Windham Hospital and a graduate student in public health at UConn. “Eastern’s health sciences program taught me the foundations of public health and developed my writing and critical thinking skills.”

Rachel DiNatalie ’18
Master’s in Occupational Therapy

Rachel DiNatalie ’18

Health Sciences major Rachel DiNatalie is pursuing a master’s degree in occupational therapy at Sacred Heart University. “The opportunities I’ve had at Eastern have affirmed my decision to pursue a career in the healthcare industry and prepared me for graduate school to become an occupational therapist.”

Alejandro Tobon Corrales ’17
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Alejandro Corrales ’17

Alejandro is pursuing a doctorate of physical therapy at the University of Hartford. “My experience with the health sciences program was exceptional. The well-organized curriculum allowed me to attain the knowledge to be accepted into my doctorate program.”

Justin Brown ’09
Cancer Researcher

Justin Brown ’09

A former research fellow at Harvard Medical School, Justin was recently selected to lead the Cancer Metabolism Research Program at Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation in Louisiana. “Eastern provides an environment that is intellectually engaging, culturally diverse and socially enriching. It is my professional opinion that the faculty in the KPE department are among the best educators in the country.”

Ying Chen ’15
Tax Accountant

Ying Chen ’15

Accounting major Ying Chen is a tax accountant at Fiondella, Milone and Lasaracina LLP. “The accounting program at Eastern covered a broad range of accounting studies — taxation, informational accounting, governmental and non-profit accounting and so on. My educational experience at Eastern prepared me well to become a tax accountant in an accounting firm.”

Director of Alumni Affairs
Michael Stenko
Gelsi-Young Hall Room 130
(860) 465-4509
(860) 465-4518

Associate Director of Alumni Affairs
Ryan Rose
Gelsi-Young Hall Room 132
(860) 465-4517
(860) 465-4518

Development Assistant for Institutional Advancement
Meghan Carden
Gelsi-Young Hall Room 120
(860) 465-5267
(860) 465-4518

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