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September 2023

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Welcome Week kicks off fall semester

Eastern Connecticut State University welcomed the class of 2027 and returning students to campus with a fun array of events during Welcome Week from Aug. 29 – Sept. 2. Hosted by the Campus...

Posted on September 11, 2023 by Elisabeth Craig

Yaps scholarship recipient and administrators

Aidan Reiss receives inaugural Yaps Memorial Scholarship

Music major Aidan Reiss ’26 of Stafford Springs is the first-ever recipient of the Wendy (Taylor) and Everett W. Yaps Memorial Endowed Scholarship, which was funded through a historic gift...

Posted on September 06, 2023 by Ed Osborn

Teresa Balough

Balough authors book on disputed composer Percy Grainger

Teresa Balough, lecturer of music history for almost 33 years at Eastern, recently published her book, “The Life and Work of Percy Aldridge Grainger: Till Life Become Fire.” As the...

Posted on September 12, 2023 by Marcus Grant

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Eastern documentary on Tulsa Race Massacre well received at film festivals

A documentary film directed by Eastern Connecticut State University’s theatre Professor Brian Day about the Tulsa race massacre of 1921 captured attention at several film festivals this past...

Posted on September 08, 2023 by Elisabeth Craig

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Teaching a book’s history reveals another story
Emily Todd co-edits collection of essays

Emily Todd, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, has always been drawn to studying literature and history. She has combined the two interests in her new book, “Teaching the History of the...

Posted on September 11, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

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Hunter Hayes to perform fall concert on Shaboo Stage

Eastern Connecticut State University will host musician Hunter Hayes on Sept. 24 on Shaboo Stage in downtown Willimantic as part of its annual fall festival.

Posted on September 12, 2023 by Noel Teter

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Madeline Miller’s ‘Circe’ selected for Eastern’s 2023 ‘Big Read’ program

As part of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read program, Eastern Connecticut State University students will have the opportunity to read Madeline Miller’s novel...

Posted on September 12, 2023 by Marcus Grant

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Students recall summers abroad

Eastern Connecticut State University offers countless opportunities for students to grow as intellectuals, professionals and people. Over the summer, students had the chance to travel outside the...

Posted on September 12, 2023 by Marcus Grant

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Hundreds turn out for Student Involvement Fair

Representatives from nearly 100 clubs and organizations gathered at the annual Student Involvement fair on Sept. 7 to introduce themselves to students. From academics to sports to cultural groups,...

Posted on September 12, 2023 by Marcus Grant

Creative Writing Abroad course

English students immerse in Italian culture

Seventeen Eastern students traveled to Florence, Italy, for a six-week creative writing course this past summer. During their time there, students could travel around the country, seeing beautiful...

Posted on September 13, 2023 by Marcus Grant

Intercultural Center

Student Center Block Party highlights Unity Wing

The Student Center hosted a Block Party on Sept. 8, highlighting the resources and offerings of the Unity Wing, Student Government Association (SGA) and Office of Student Activities.

Posted on September 13, 2023 by Elisabeth Craig

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Biochem students use supercomputers to study complex disease treatments

Three biochemistry students at Eastern Connecticut State University are expanding their understanding of how supercomputers can be used to solve complicated health issues, under the guidance of...

Posted on September 18, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

Andrew Shetland

Veteran Andrew Shetland receives Future STEM Teacher scholarship

Andrew Shetland ’25, a U.S. Army veteran, father and graduate candidate at Eastern, received a Future STEM Teacher scholarship from TEACH Connecticut, a nonprofit founded by the U.S....

Posted on September 20, 2023 by Marcus Grant

Ryan Kelly

Alumnus Ryan Kelly named East Haddam's Teacher-of-the-Year

Eastern Connecticut State University alumnus Ryan Kelly ’18 was recently named Teacher-of-the-Year in East Haddam. He credits much of his success and drive to the influence of his professors...

Posted on September 21, 2023 by Marcus Grant

Blood on a Cat's Neck

Eastern announces 2023-24 season of theatre and performance media

Eastern Connecticut State University’s Department of Communication, Film and Theatre has announced four upcoming productions for the 2023–24 academic year. Season ticket bundles are...

Posted on September 21, 2023 by Marcus Grant

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Scientists to discuss beech leaf disease in seminar at Eastern

Two scientists from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) will describe their efforts to study and manage the beech leaf disease nematode, an invasive worm that is killing beech...

Posted on September 21, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

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Computer science students create tree-planting app to win their first hackathon

Brainstorming paid off for Eastern Connecticut State University computer science students Ian Valeta and Diego Hernandez Ramirez when their plan for a tree-planting digital game won them the top...

Posted on September 21, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

Global Field Courses for 2024

Students can travel the world via 5 global field courses in 2024

Students will be able to travel the world with their Eastern peers during five global field courses in the coming spring/summer 2024 semesters. Departments offering courses include education,...

Posted on September 26, 2023 by Marcus Grant

Gov. Lamont and students

Gov. Lamont urges students to seek jobs in Connecticut

Gov. Ned Lamont urged Eastern Connecticut State University students to build careers in Connecticut during a visit with the Student Government Association (SGA) on Sept. 18. During the SGA meeting,...

Posted on September 25, 2023 by Elisabeth Craig

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CCE barbecue promotes community programs, volunteerism

An open house sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement at Eastern Connecticut State University on Sept. 18 promoted its mission and encouraged students to volunteer.

Posted on September 25, 2023 by Elisabeth Craig

Isabelle Lastrina

Lastrina paves her way for a career in human rights law

A political science major at Eastern Connecticut State University was recently accepted into a scholarship program that will enrich her law school application. Isabelle Lastrina ’24 was...

Posted on September 27, 2023 by Noel Teter

Timothy Cochran presents his book.

Cochran discusses new book on music in film

A faculty researcher at Eastern Connecticut State University recently celebrated the release of his book about the various functions of music in film. “Musical Sincerity and Transcendence in...

Posted on September 27, 2023 by Noel Teter

Nancy Avalos

Biology students prep for grad school with summer research

Three biology students at Eastern Connecticut State University presented their summer research to peers and faculty on Sept. 22, describing projects that ranged from studying epilepsy in mice to...

Posted on September 27, 2023 by Elisabeth Craig

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Biologists find new signs of gene expression in model worm
The worm’s gene expression may have implications for human conditions

In research recently published in the online scientific journal “microPublication Biology,” Eastern Connecticut State University biology professor Amy Groth and her former undergraduate...

Posted on September 27, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss


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ECSU Jazz Combo

CAB, Jazz Combo collaborate for National Coffee Day

Eastern Connecticut State University’s Campus Activity Board (CAB) and the Jazz Combo recently collaborated for a morning of entertainment in recognition of National Coffee Day. CAB hosted...

Posted on October 06, 2023 by Noel Teter