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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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Although last May’s Eastern Celebrates Reunion Weekend was cancelled, watch here for virtual reunion events taking place this fall for class years ending in “0” and “5”!

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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

Chris Brown ’17
Accountant

Chris Brown ’17

Accounting and Psychology major Chris Brown is a staff accountant at Harvey & Horowitz, P.C. 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 is pursuing a master’s degree in architecture at Florida International University. He 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.

Jamie Belden ’17
Art

Jamie Belden ’17

Jamie is a graphic designer for Pinpoint Promotions in West Haven, CT. “I love creating design solutions and seeing my work come to life. I’m thankful for all that I learned from the great professors and facilities at Eastern. They prepared me with the knowledge and skills to excel in the real world.”

Lindsay (Delosier) Serra ’13
Art

Lindsay (Delosier) Serra ’13

Lindsay is the owner of Sea Breeze Design Company. “The Visual Arts program helped me channel my love for art in many ways. I was able to express my creativity through screen printing, drawing and sculpture. Furthermore, my graphic design classes helped to solidify my style in design. I graduated with the pride and confidence to work at the best of my ability in my career.”

Melissa Nosal ’13
Visual Arts

Melissa Nosal ’13

Melissa is a graphic designer at the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence. “The Visual Arts program laid the groundwork for my knowledge in color theory, page layout, typography and other rules of design. It also introduced me to the creative software I now use daily to create digital illustrations, retouch photos, and design all sorts of materials."

Olivia Provey ’14
Art

Olivia Provey ’14

Olivia is a designer at Eskayel, a Brooklyn-based textile design firm. “It was during my printmaking classes at Eastern when I started to become interested in textiles. I was able to do an independent study where I focused on relief printing on fabrics. This led to my career in the textile design world.”

Brandon Bair ’10
Biology

Brandon Bair ’10

“As an emergency room pharmacist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, team dynamics is critical in my daily work. Eastern taught me how to work with different types of people to successfully complete a project. This transfers directly into the emergency room, where I interact with many strong personalities on a rotating basis, and we all work together for the benefit of patients.”

Brian Magna ’83
Biology

Brian Magna ’83

“At first, I wanted to be a dentist, but along the way, Coach Clyde Washburn opened my eyes to athletic training, physical therapy and the spirit of teamwork. Today, I own my own sports medicine business. Students need to take advantage of all that Eastern has to offer to make the most of their education in preparation for future careers.”

Kevin Connolly ’17
Biology

Kevin Connolly ’17

Kevin was a Barnard Scholar at Eastern and earned his master’s degree in medical laboratory sciences at Quinnipiac University. He is now pursuing a doctorate at Brown University. “At Eastern I was fortunate to formulate my own research question and learn not only the satisfaction of obtaining significant findings, but the hardships that go along with conducting research and how to overcome those struggles.”

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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