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Issue 40 cover imageIn the spring 2024 issue of Eastern Magazine, read about the career and legacy of President Elsa M. Núñez; learn about the teacher shortage and meet education alumni/students who are facing this national crisis; see how Eastern practices sustainability on campus and in the community; pick up gardening tips from faculty experts; and more.

To experience the issue in its entirety, click on the magazine cover at the bottom of this page and have a digital look at the print version.

President Núñez posing for photoA Legacy of Leadership

18 years committed to excellence and opportunity


President Elsa Núñez’s journey to Eastern began in the rolling hills of western Puerto Rico. Through personal dedication and the opportunities granted by a college education, she made it to the helm of Eastern in 2006. Eighteen years later, her legacy is defined by a commitment to the liberal arts and educational access for all.

exterior view of the Science building at Eastern

Sustaining by Example

Eastern is proud to follow the United Nations’ interdisciplinary approach to sustainability with numerous efforts to reduce climate impacts and improve social justice.

illustration of a plant

The Eastern Gardening Guide

This guide provides gardening advice from four faculty biologists who are experts in various plant-related sciences.

photo of rising water on a city street

Swelling Seas and Shifting Shores

As sea levels rise, even small storms can have catastrophic impacts. This was the message from environmental earth science Professor Bryan Oakley following a streak of stormy weather this winter that left a picturesque seaside community three feet underwater. 

nursing students and professor using training dummy

Nursing students will learn skills in simulation labs

In support of Eastern’s new bachelor’s degree in nursing, remodeled space in Goddard Hall now houses three simulation labs equipped with high-fidelity manikins and other hospital equipment.

illustration of four students sitting'What would make them stay?'

Teachers persevere in a challenging environment


From its 1889 founding as a “normal” school, Eastern continues to attract students who want to be teachers — a vital profession for today’s world as teacher shortages impact communities across the country. In this story, learn about the factors that are contributing to the crisis and meet education alumni and students who are facing it.

photo of Philip Morales '99

Why I Give

The steady generosity of Philip Morales ’99 recently launched a scholarship for students majoring in STEM fields. He explained why he’s proud to make Eastern a philanthropic priority. 

photo of Dan and Melissa (Heath) McIsaac '12

Matches Made at Eastern

Read about the Eastern-made love stories of Terry and Bette (Shea) Lomme and Dan and Melissa (Heath) McIsaac.

Eastern's Women's Swimming and Diving team (2024) posing with their champion banner and plaque




Women’s swim team claims first LEC title; Men’s golf wins third straight conference championship; Women’s basketball fights breast cancer; Men’s soccer honored for sportsmanship; Meet the Hall of Fame class of 2023

students and professor examining documents


ECSU Foundation gifts benefit 3 programs on campus


Recent gifts to the ECSU Foundation will benefit the Center for Connecticut Studies, the Office of Career Success and the Summer Transition to Eastern Program (STEP/CAP).

aerial view of a 'house' that is shaped by surrounding trees and a body of water


Sustainability Starts at Home


Patty Szczys, executive director of Eastern’s Institute for Sustainability, explains how individuals can counter climate change by living greener at home.

President Núñez


Farewell But Not Goodbye


In her 35th and final Eastern Magazine message, President Núñez expresses gratitude to the Eastern community and well-wishes for Eastern’s future.

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Class Notes and In Memoriam

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