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The Generosity of Eastern Friends

On April 4, Eastern recognized several individuals who have made exceptional contributions to Eastern, their local communities, the State of Connecticut and beyond at the President's Leadership Awards Luncheon. Anna (Stankewich) Alfiero '62 received the Alumni Association's 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award. Sandy Roth, who created a scholarship to support history majors in memory of her late husband History Professor David Roth, was the recipient of the Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award.

The Hermann Beckert Friends of the University Award was presented to Professor Emeritus Stephen Kenton. Following a teaching career at Eastern of 38 years, Kenton helped start an endowed scholarship in his honor. The scholarship has raised $51,000 to support math and computer science students.

Receiving the ECSU Foundation's Distinguished Donor Award was Steve Watts. In 2010, Watts established the LeClaire B. Watts Endowed Scholarship in memory of his wife, Lee, who taught Spanish at Eastern for many years before she passed away in 2009. Watts also serves on the Board of Directors for the ECSU Foundation.

On April 11, 325 Eastern students filled the Betty R. Tipton Room to attend the annual ECSU Foundation Competitive Scholarship reception. The ECSU Foundation awarded the students competitive scholarships totaling $500,000 to 325 students for the 2013-14 academic year. The competitive scholarship awards are based on merit and, in many cases, unmet financial need. The scholarship process is coordinated by the Office of Institutional Advancement in concert with the Office of Financial Aid. Juniors Sarah Mooney and Kyle Nitz were selected to read their award-winning essays.

In September 2012, as part of Otis Elevator's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, President Elsa Núñez spoke about the achievement gap and Eastern's Dual College Enrollment Program (DCEP) at the annual United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Diversity Council fundraising gala for Otis Elevator and other UTC employees. The DCEP received half of the proceeds from the event.