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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
dorseyc@easternct.edu
Director of Alumni Affairs
Michael Stenko
Gelsi-Young Hall, Room 130
(860) 465-4509
(860) 465-4518
stenkom@easternct.edu
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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.”

Chris Brown ’17
Accountant

Chris Brown ’17

Chris is a financial reporting and investment accounting specialist at AXA XL. As an Eastern student, he volunteered with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to income-tax preparation assistance to lower-income families and individuals with preparing their income taxes. “VITA helped me to realize how much I enjoy tax accounting, which is what I primarily focus on in my current position.”

Cy Colon ’17
Art

Cy Colon ’17

Cy earned his master’s degree in architecture at Florida International University in 2021. He works as a design coordinator at Stantec and aspires to design eco-friendly, sustainable buildings. “I’ve always been interested in working with my hands, that’s why I’m an artist. Architecture blends well with art.