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Campus Briefs

Published on May 17, 2022

Campus Briefs

River Walk | Neville Brown | Silent Film

Physical education students trek through Mount Hope River  

Students enrolled in Physical Education Professor Darren Robert’s student teaching seminar trekked through the Mount Hope River in Storrs this May — an annual excursion that had been put on hold due to the pandemic. “We start out walking on a trail alongside the river,” said Robert, “and then, (after) a bit of Native American poetry about love and respect for nature and rivers, we find the right place to cut into the river to make our way back to the start. 

“The depth is usually between six inches and six feet, depending on the path you choose to take,” he continued. “Walking against the swift current provides for a very challenging experience. The 40ish-degree water is usually forgotten about quickly because the body is working hard enough to sweat! The teamwork and bonding of the participants is amazing to witness. Having these pre-service teachers experience something that is new… helps them to realize (the varying abilities of P-12 students) and gain a new, much-needed perspective on the developmental appropriateness for each individual student.”  

Art major wins Eastern’s Library Research Award 

Art major Isabel Butterick ’21 was awarded this year’s J. Eugene Smith Library Research Award, which recognizes exemplary undergraduate research projects that utilize library resources. Butterick’s project, “Empty Persons, Empty Portraits,” tackled a philosophical problem within the history of portraiture representations of the self, especially in Zen Buddhist visual culture.  

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Music students create sound for classic silent film ‘Metropolis’  

Students enrolled in Music Professor Anthony Cornicello's "Multimedia Composition" course created an original soundtrack of music and effects to segments of the 1927 silent film “Metropolis” directed by Fritz Lang.  

Senior Art Exhibition showcases graduating students   

The Art and Art History Department held its annual Senior Art Exhibition in the Fine Arts Instructional Center Art Gallery from M ay 6–15. The showcase featured more than 40 students who specialize in a range of visual art disciplines, from sculpture to digital art.  

Neville Brown

Neville Brown inducted int CT Soccer Hall of Fame  

Neville Brown, associate director of financial aid, was inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame this past April. Growing up in Jamaica, Brown moved to Connecticut on an athletic scholarship to attend the University of New Haven (UNH), where he became one of UNH’s all-time leaders in scoring and assists. He graduated cum laude in 1974 after earning All New England recognition three times in four years, and was inducted into the UNH Hall of Fame in 1996. Since then, he has remained involved in Connecticut soccer, funding Caribbean Island Productions in 1976 to promote soccer tournaments in the Greater New Haven area, as well as being a prolific coach in the Connecticut Soccer League, player in the Men’s Over 40 and Industrial Soccer League, and youth coach for the Martin Luther King Soccer League.