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Issue 20

Spring 2013

Connecticut’s Public Liberal Arts University

EASTERN
Issue 20 | Spring 2013

In This Issue
1 From the President’s Desk
2 Victoria Leigh Soto ’08
4 Eastern Alumni
7 Back in the Day
8 Faculty Mentoring Enriches Student Research
11 A Roundup of Eastern’s Authors
14 EES Faculty Lead the Way

Features
16 Philanthropy
18 Campus News
23 Athletics
25 Class Notes
32 Final Thoughts
Inside back cover Supporting Eastern

Staff & Contributors
Executive Editor Kenneth J. DeLisa
Editor Edward Osborn
Associate Editor Amy Brenner-Fricke
Designers Kevin Paquin | Leigh Balducci
Contributors

Dwight Bachman | Meghan Carden
Danielle Couture | Peter Dane
Chris Herman | Rebecca Holdridge
Gabrielle Little | Joseph McGann | Robert Molta
Nana Owusu-Agyemang | Anne Pappalardo
Ryan Rose | Michael Stenko | Kyle Verona
Photographers Nick Lacy | Jack Wassell

EASTERN Magazine is published by the Division of Institutional
Advancement for the benefit of alumni, students, faculty, staff and
friends of Eastern Connecticut State University.
EASTERN Magazine is printed on coated paper that is certiÀ ed by three environmental groups and manufactured with 30 percent post-consumer recycled À ber.

Reц ections from the President
“Beyond the Books.” The h
headline
dli on the
h cover could
ld
mean many things. In this case, it is our way of saying that
Eastern faculty members do a lot more than assign chapters in a textbook to their students. As a teaching faculty at
a liberal arts college, Eastern professors facilitate learning,
encourage creativity and mentor exploration. They want
students to learn to think for themselves, work independently or together, and gain confidence in expressing
themselves orally and in writing.

Eastern students with guidance and supp
support on field trips,
study abroad courses and other out-of-class activities. We
eagerly wait for the opportunity to tell the story of our
theatre, music and visual arts faculty in the new Fine Arts
Instructional Center that will open in fall 2015. All of
these stories — those that appear in this issue and those
yet to be written — reaffirm the central role that Eastern’s
faculty plays in the intellectual rigor on our campus and
the learning that takes place here.

Eastern faculty also model the scholarship that they
encourage in their students — to explore a subject matter
in great depth, analyze data and other empirical evidence,
and develop and defend hypotheses and intellectual
positions. Eastern professors are authors, researchers and
artists. They bring their expertise and knowledge into every
classroom in which they teach, and their students are the
grateful beneficiaries of that knowledge.

One area of faculty expertise that has been evident on this
campus for 125 years is in the field of education. We have
been preparing Connecticut’s elementary schoolteachers since the Willimantic State Normal School opened its
doors in 1889. One of our elementary education graduates
— Victoria Leigh Soto ’08 — died a hero at Sandy Hook
Elementary School this past December. Victoria was a
devoted teacher. As an undergraduate, she blessed our campus with her spirit, her scholarship and her commitment to
the teaching profession. We will never forget her.

This issue of EASTERN Magazine explores the ways in
which Eastern’s faculty enriches our campus. One article
describes how faculty research informs and stimulates the
research of undergraduate students. Another article tells of
faculty authors and the work they have recently published.
The Environmental Earth Science (EES) Department is
featured for the “Exemplary Program Review” its faculty
undertook to receive additional resources to enhance the
faculty’s focus on providing EES students with field
research and other learning opportunities.
There are more stories about Eastern faculty yet unwritten. We have stories to tell of faculty members providing

To everyone associated with Eastern who calls themselves
a teacher, we congratulate you for the contributions you
make to this University, to our community and to our
state. You are the bedrock of Eastern and the reason our
students are transformed on our campus. Thank you.

Elsa Núñez
President
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Victoria Leigh Soto’s face has graced
newspapers, television screens and
websites throughout the world since
Dec. 14, 2012, when she died during
the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook
Elementary School in Newtown,
CT. Vicki is recognized as a hero for
her selfless actions that day as she
attempted to protect the innocent
children in her first-grade classroom.
On March 9, more than 400 people
gathered in the Betty R. Tipton
Room in Eastern Connecticut State
University’s Student Center to honor
Victoria and celebrate her life. Eastern
President Elsa Núñez thanked those
in attendance for coming and said,
“The greatest tribute we can give
Vicki is to live as she did — with a
passion for life and a bounty of love
for those we hold dear.”
“She was a remarkable person, a
loving person, an inspiration,” said
Connecticut Gov. Malloy, likening

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Victoria to the state’s official hero and
heroine — Nathan Hale and Prudence Crandall. “You could not find a
finer person than Victoria Soto.”
Those who knew Victoria told stories
about her that helped others in attendance better understand the life and
spirit of this special young woman.
Rachel Schiavone ’07, Vicki’s best
friend and college roommate, said,
“Vicki loved Eastern so much. She
was a ball of energy, up for anything.
She lit up a room with her personality. She was vibrant and witty, and
she was passionate about learning. I
wouldn’t be who I am today without
her in my life.”
Schiavone said her friend could be
funny and serious at the same time.
“Sometimes she would tell our group
of friends when we were getting
ready to go out for the evening that
she couldn’t go because she had ‘a
hot date with Eugene.’” Victoria was

referring to J. Eugene Smith, Eastern’s
third president and namesake of the
J. Eugene Smith Library.
A “hot date with Eugene” meant hours
of study in the library, but even then,
Victoria didn’t see it as work. Being a
teacher is what she had wanted to be
since she was a young girl, following
in the footsteps of her aunt, Debbie
Cronk. Vicki was a double major in
elementary education and history who
graduated with high honors.
“Vicki didn’t waste time being mad
about petty things,” Schiavone
continued. “She made the best out of
every situation. She was friendly to
everyone, and a loyal friend to those
close to her. I will never forget her
smile, her humor and her laugh, and
I will always cherish the memories
that we shared.”
Two of Victoria’s professors also
shared personal stories of her time

At left, Vicki with best friend and roommate
Rachel Schiavone. Right, Connecticut Gov.
Dannel Malloy speaks during the memorial
service, held in the Betty R. Tipton Room.

on campus. Hari Koirala, education
professor and chair of the Education
Department, said, “I was fortunate to
have Victoria in two of my courses.
Throughout these courses she demonstrated that she was a hard-working,
dedicated, passionate and reflective
student who always wanted to know
how the content she was learning
would be applicable to her teaching
in elementary classrooms. I am not
surprised that she became such an
outstanding teacher. It was what she
loved to do, and she was good at it.
To me and my colleagues at Eastern,
Victoria represents the finest image of
a teacher, and she has truly uplifted
the teaching profession. We are fortunate that we were part of her life.”

“You got to dance like
nobody’s watching. Dream
like you will live forever,
live like [you’re] gonna die
tomorrow, and love like it’s
never going to hurt.”
(Victoria Soto ’08 in her high school
yearbook; based on quotations by Victor
Hugo and Mark Twain)

Ann Higginbotham, professor of history and chair of the History Department, was Victoria’s teacher for her
senior seminar on Victorian England.
Higginbotham told of Vicki’s interest
in the British education system and of
her research on Emily Davies, a British feminist who fought for college
education for women. “Davies was
familiar with the people she was up
against,” wrote Victoria in her final
paper, “and she was prepared to fight
for her cause.” The world now knows
of the same level of commitment
found in Vicki Soto.

“She was so lovely, so lively and so
full of joy,” said Higginbotham.
“Vicki is forever a part of Eastern’s
history, and of the history of Connecticut, our nation and the world.”
Jillian Soto shared a running slide
show of photos of her older sister,
and told the audience that she always
wanted to be like Victoria. Jillian
also shared stories of Vicki’s sense of
humor, including the first day Jillian
walked into Stratford High School
as a freshman. Vicki was a senior at
the high school by then, and told her
sister that the swimming pool was
on the third floor. What seemed like
hours later, Jillian realized that the
school only had two floors — and
there was no swimming pool to be
found. “She was so silly and spontaneous!” recalled Jillian.
Interspersed throughout the program
were musical selections coordinated
by Music Professor David Belles and
performed by Eastern students, faculty members and friends, including
the Eastern Chamber Singers.
Other participants included author
Wally Lamb, who read the poem
“The Pond” by Howard Nemerov;
English Professor Daniel Donaghy,
who read “Testament,” a poem he had
written in Victoria’s honor; and Coley

O’Toole of touring artists “We the
Kings,” who performed his original
composition, “Angels on Earth,”
written in Vicki’s honor.
Eastern is known as a “family” of
alumni, current students, their families, and faculty and staff who share
common values, a belief in the power
of education, and a commitment to
working together to make the world a
better place. Victoria Soto was a very
special member of the Eastern family whose memory will be kept alive
forever on our campus.

In honor of Vicki and her heroism, the
University has created the Victoria Leigh
Soto Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Fund to support Eastern students
studying to be teachers who have
unmet Ànancial need.
Donations may be directed to:
Victoria Leigh Soto Memorial Endowed
Scholarship Fund
ECSU Foundation, Inc.
Eastern Connecticut State University
83 Windham Street
Willimantic, CT 06226
Attn: Kenneth J. DeLisa
(Please make checks payable to the
ECSU Foundation, Inc.)
To donate online, visit www.easternct.
edu/advancement/victoria_soto.html.
After Àlling out the À rst screen, you will
be directed to a second screen to
select a designation for your gift. On
the dropdown menu, choose “Victoria
Leigh Soto Memorial Endowed
Scholarship Fund.”

EASTERN ALUMNI
ALUMNI, STAFF, AND FRIENDS HONORED WITH PRESIDENT’S
LEADERSHIP AWARDS
The President’s Leadership Awards
Luncheon, held on April 4 in the Paul
E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room, recognized four people
who have made exceptional contributions to Eastern, their local communities, the state of Connecticut
and beyond.
Anna (Stankewich) AlÀero ’62
received the Alumni Association’s
Distinguished Alumni Award, which
recognizes outstanding leadership
or professional success by Eastern
graduates. AlÀero had an exemplary
35-year career in the Waterford Public School system and was named to
the inaugural class of inductees into
the National Teachers Hall of Fame
by President Bill Clinton in 1992.
AlÀero also serves as the organizer
of the Willimantic State Teachers
College Class of ’62. Last year she
chaired the committee to celebrate

Anna (Stankewich) AlÀero ’62 (center) receives
the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni
Award from Eastern President Elsa Nùñez and
Kenneth Briggs ’02/’05 M.S./’10 M.S., president
of the ECSU Alumni Association.

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From left: Professor Emeritus Stephen Kenton, Anna (Stankewich) AlÀero ’62, Eastern
President Elsa Nùñez and Steve Watts

their 50th Reunion, and she is leading
the effort to create a permanent,
endowed scholarship that will honor
the legacy of her classmates. “There
were 60 in our graduating class,” she
said, “and we were the Àrst class of
schoolteachers who were required
to take graduate credits and get our
master’s degree. We were supported and encouraged by our teachers
and fellow students, and we were
committed to leaving the world a
better place than we had found it. I
cherish those times.”
The Hermann Beckert Friends of the
University Award was presented to
Professor Emeritus Stephen Kenton.
Following a teaching career at Eastern of 38 years, during which time he
became known for creating an everexpanding network of math and
computer science alumni, Kenton
helped start an endowed scholarship
in his honor. Through his enthusiasm
and hard work, the scholarship has
raised $51,000 to support math and
computer science students. Kenton
described three students, including
his own daughter, who fell in love
with Eastern and enrolled here as
a result. “Our students really love it

here,” he said. “I feel privileged to
have been part of this University.”
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 established the Modern
Languages Department and taught
Spanish at Eastern for many years
before she passed away in 2009.
“By creating this scholarship, I know
that Lee would be happy that she
can continue to serve Eastern and its
students years after she is gone,” he
said. Watts also serves on the Board
of Directors of the ECSU Foundation.
Eastern President Elsa Nùñez thanked
the recipients for their professional,
civic and philanthropic accomplishments, and applauded the donors
present for their commitment to
assisting students in paying for their
educations.
“I am here today especially to acknowledge the hundreds of Eastern
students who, without your support,
might not be walking our halls, sitting in our classrooms, and burning

the midnight oil in the library to
achieve their goals as scholars
and budding professionals,” she
said. “We had nearly 3,000 donors this past year — including a
record-high 1,850 alumni donors,
which is a positive validation
of what we are doing here at
Eastern.”
Also receiving recognition was
Sandy Roth, who is the recipient of the Alumni Association’s
Distinguished Service Award. In
addition to receiving her master’s
degree at Eastern, Roth created
a scholarship to support history
majors in memory of her late
husband, History Professor David
Roth. She also serves on the ECSU
Foundation Board as secretary.

Steve Watts accepts the ECSU Foundation’s 2013 Distinguished Donor Award.

2013 “EASTERN FELLOWS” ARE INDUCTED
Two Eastern alumnae who have
made their marks in their chosen
professions were inducted into
the distinguished ranks of Eastern
Fellows on March 6. Inductees were
Kathleen Kennedy ’74 and Kathy
(Leary) Gentilozzi ’81, both of whom
have risen to the highest executive
levels in corporate human resources
management.

Kennedy and Gentilozzi entered the
Àeld of HR management through
unplanned steps, and advanced
their careers not only through hard
work but by making wise choices
and capitalizing on solid relationships
with senior executives along the way.
They spoke with Eastern students,
faculty and staff during a day of

activities that included a panel discussion and classroom presentations.
Kennedy, a sociology and social
relations major, was encouraged by
several Eastern faculty members to
attend graduate school. She went
to Columbia, where she earned two
master’s degrees while working in
career counseling at Barnard College. She was eventually attracted
to the world of Ànance, where she
has held a number of executive HR
positions leading to her current job
heading all United States recruiting,
in-house and outsourced, for international giant UBS Financial Services.
Gentilozzi came to Eastern expecting
to be a teacher and graduated with
an education degree. But in 1981
there were few teaching positions
available, so she substituted and
took a part-time job as a salesperson
in a clothing store, soon becoming
an assistant manager and then store
manager. She eventually transitioned
to human resources within the retail
clothing industry, and is now senior
vice president of human resources

From left, Kathleen Kennedy ’74, President
Núñez and Kathy (Leary) Gentilozzi ’81

for the well-known youth clothing
retailer Aeropostale.
The Eastern Fellows program was
established in 2008 to recognize
and engage distinguished Eastern
alumni in the life of the University. This
program is a means of enriching the
educational experience of Eastern
undergraduates by exposing them
to alumni who are able to share their
work experiences with students.

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For the past few years,
Eastern has been “on the
road,” bringing alumni together in a variety of locales
for social and professional
networking while spreading
the news of Eastern’s prominent rise as a quality public
liberal arts university. Networking events and alumni
receptions have been held
in Willimantic, Hartford,
Putnam, New London,
New Haven, Stamford and
Middletown, CT; Providence,
RI; Los Angeles, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta, GA;
Tampa, FL; New York, NY;
and Washington, DC. We
might be coming to a city
near you very soon!

ALUMNI EVENTS GROW IN POPULARITY

Providence Bruins game (from left): Mary Fitzmaurice,
“Samboni” and James Fitzmaurice ’07/’09 M.S.

Middletown (from left): Kristin Juaire ’07, Alyssa
Morello ’07 and Jennifer Malone ’72

To receive e-mail invitations
to alumni events, contact
the OfÀce of Alumni Affairs at (860) 465-5302 or at
alumni@easternct.edu, or
like our Facebook group
“ECSU Alumni Association.”
Hartford (from left): Brittany Johnson ’09, Sylvia Stevens ’12,
Audriana White ’12, Eric McKenzie ’10 and Alicia Dixon ’11

Stamford (from left): Cory DeWeese ’90, Ryan Rose ’00/’11 M.S., Robert
Casey ’79, Bill Miller ’79, Brendan Sobolewski ’96, Alyssa Deegan ’13,
Jared Beazley ’98, Thierry Francois ’00, Greg Brasher ’95, Ian
Beazley ’01 and Marie Zamor ’97

Providence (from left): Laura Mlyniec ’03,
Tristan Hobbes ’09, Kristen Ruel ’02, Jason
Ruel ’99 and Bonnie Bryden ’03

Hartford (from left): Gregory Bowen ’00, Dru Schlosser ’00, Jeffery
Ganley ’99 and Anthony Napolitano ’99

New York City (from left): Caitlin Cherner ’09; Audriana White ’12; Michael Stenko, director of alumni affairs; Carrie Dorfman ’03; Patti Meadows ’97; Stefania Distefano ’08;
Cynthia Bajana ’08; Daniel Simonetti ’08; Derrick Gibbs ’08; Johnathan Alpert ’95; and
Jason Herskovitz ’10

New London: Troy Graham ’12 and Michelle Thakur ’11

Back in t he Day
For Brenda
d ((Winakor)
i k )
Holmwood ’62, living
on campus provided
lifelong memories of
friendship and camaraderie: “If you have
the opportunity to live
on campus, it’s something you’ll always
remember! The whole
experience of living
with other people was
wonderful — it helped
us to grow as people
and become more
tolerant of others. In
the evenings we would go to each other’s rooms and
hang out. I had a roommate who didn’t particularly enjoy
doing that, so I would have to wait until she fell asleep so
I could sneak out and go visit my neighbors. I didn’t want
her to feel bad about me leaving her alone in the room!
I remember one time she woke up and wanted to know
what I was doing, and I had to tell her that I just woke up

and couldn’t sleep! But I just loved socializing late at night.
That’s when you got to talk about this and that. There was
a certain closeness — it was like having a sisterhood. We
became like an extended family.”

Brenda (Winakor) Holmwood (above, at right) shared a
light-hearted moment with classmate Anna (Stankewich)
AlÀero ’62 at Eastern Celebrates in May 2012. The two have
been good friends since they met during sophomore year
at Willimantic State Teachers College.

to serve as ofÀciant. “We were involved
with the Campus Ministry when we were
students. So when we decided to get
married, we came here and asked Father
Larry, and he agreed to marry us. And it
was really special to us for him to do that,”
said Lisa.

Scott and Lisa Proctor live in Meriden. Their
son, Justin, is a 2012 graduate of Eastern. Their
daughter is a nursing student at Fitchburg
State University.

Scott and Lisa (Boutot) Proctor, both graduates of
the Class of ’82, met at Eastern’s snack bar/campus pub during their junior year — and have been
together ever since. The facility, called the “End-ofthe-Line Pub,” was located on the Àrst Áoor in the
Student Center in the early ’80s and was a popular
on-campus hangout. “It was a Thursday night. We
met through a friend of mine — he knew Lisa, and
he Àxed us up,” said Scott. When the Proctors began
planning their wedding after graduation, they came
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Biology Professor Patricia Szczys explains equipment in the laboratory to a group of students.

Faculty mentoring enriches student research
BY DWIGHT BACHMAN

While research at large “research one” universities is typically reserved for graduate students
and their faculty, undergraduate students at Eastern Connecticut State University have unique
opportunities to conduct research while earning their bachelor’s degrees.
Undergraduate research projects at Eastern span disciplines and afford students the prospect
of intellectual engagement beyond the formal classroom setting. Moreover, undergraduate
research projects have proven to help students acquire important scientific and problemsolving skills.
Such research experiences do not happen in a vacuum, however. The most important component to the process is the interaction that each student has with their faculty mentor — a
component that offers as much meaning to the faculty member as it does for the student.
“Undergraduate research benefits students and faculty,” said Eastern President Elsa Nùñez,
“whether it is because it provides faculty with research support that they otherwise might not
have; allows students to provide perspectives and an intellectual context that pushes faculty to
strengthen their research; or inspires and motivates faculty by working with young, curious,
intelligent minds. At the end of the day, everyone benefits from having faculty work closely
with their students on their research and creative activity.”
Faculty members who are committed to disseminating knowledge through teaching, research,
engagement and creative expression describe how rewarding it is to see their students grow in
maturity, confidence and expertise as they engage in research.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of faculty life at Eastern is the opportunity to mentor student research,” said Biology Professor Patricia Szczys, who recently guided Eastern students
Erin Conn and Mackenzie Robert as they conducted biological research on the Whiskered
Tern, a socially monogamous species of seabirds. Conn and Robert, along with 13 other

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students in different disciplines,
presented their research findings at
the Third Annual Northeast Regional
Council of Public Liberal Art Colleges
Undergraduate Research Conference
(COPLAC), held at Eastern this past
October.
Szczys said she considered it “a pleasure” to work with Conn and Robert
in her population-genetics lab. “It
was wonderful to see their curiosity
and commitment to the project. They
spent two semesters collecting data
in the lab and then presented their
preliminary results,” she said, adding
that she enjoys serving as a faculty
mentor to undergraduates. “It is a joy
to watch students gain confidence
and skill as they progress through the
biology program.”
Education majors Ariel Levesque,
Erin Murphy and Suzanne Slater
also presented their research findings
at the conference, having observed
and analyzed teacher-child interactions during iPad usage. Education
Professor Sudha Swaminathan
served as their mentor and said her
experience was exhilarating from
beginning to end, as “it blurred the
boundaries of teacher versus student
as we all became partners in this
research.”
“My student researchers were very
insightful in their perspectives and
opened my outlook into seeking
alternative angles. It made me realize
anew the value of plurality of thought
and perspectives and the value of
collaboration with like and yet fresh
thinkers,” said Swaminathan.
“I learned so many valuable and
professional skills by conducting this
research,” said Murphy. “Sudha was a
great mentor; she was there to guide,
support and lead us to success. She
was always there if we needed anything and had an open mind to any
suggestions we had.”

Students from Theatre Professor Ellen Brodie’s Children’s Theatre class perform “All About Trees” at
the Child and Family Development Resource Center.

Biology Professor Joshua Idjadi, who
mentored David Stein ’12 throughout his research project on inducible
defenses in marine corals, agrees
about the benefits of conducting
research with students.
“Through hours of research in the
literature, David expanded our knowledge of the defensive structures that
corals use to survive and compete.
On his own, he took the project into
new realms by using our confocal
microscope to create spectacular images of the internal structures of these
animals,” he said, adding that Stein’s
research efforts greatly aided Idjadi’s

own findings. “David’s work was part
of a project that I presented at the
2011 Western Society of Naturalist
meeting in Vancouver, WA, and the
2011 Moorea Coral Reef Long Term
Ecological Survey meeting in Santa
Barbara, CA.”
Business Information System (BIS)
major Charles Hooper’s research on
the Traveler’s Insurance work system
for the production of the company’s
“sell sheets” benefitted tremendously
from the tutelage of BIS Professor
Doncho Petkov. Petkov, whose own
work has appeared in more than
115 refereed papers, is proud of the
achievements of his students, and
says his goal is to “successfully infuse
in young scholars an enthusiasm for
research.”
In January, Petkov received news that
another paper by two of his students,
Jacob Rusconi and Dylan Ross,
which proposed improvements in
the operations of a public water
monitoring laboratory, was accepted
for the prestigious National Conference in Undergraduate Research
(NCUR) in 2013. Another student,

Biology Professor Joshua Idjadi and David Stein ’12
conducted research in Tahiti.

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Erica Sgambato ’11, a social informatics minor and social work major,
combined her interdisciplinary skills in a study on the use of social
networks by Eastern students that was presented at NCUR in 2011.
For Visual Arts Professor Gail Gelburd, the true meaning of teaching and mentorship is motivating students to take the teachings of the
class to a unique and creative level, as evidenced in the work of Eastern
student Vincent Aloia ’12, who presented “Of Cuba: Bound to the
Clay,” an oil on canvas, at the COPLAC conference. Carolina Galvez,
another Gelburd mentee, also presented a double-hung digital print at
the conference.
Aloia’s work was influenced by a study trip to Cuba last year, which
was coordinated and led by Gelburd. As soon as the ban on student
travel to Cuba was lifted, Gelburd, who has researched the Cuban art
scene for 20 years, planned the global field study course to the island
for visual art majors; students in the Education and Business Administration Departments participated as well. The study abroad program
coincided with the Havana Biennale, one of the largest international art
festivals in the world. Aloia, a painting student of Art Professor Qimin
Liu, embraced the opportunity to travel, study the people of Cuba, and
ultimately create a series of paintings on what he saw as a core aspect of
the country. 
Under the direction of Theatre Professor Ellen Brodie, Children’s
Theatre Class students Olivia Beaullan, Amanda Conkey, Jessica
McDonald, Melissa DiPasquale, Keri Smart and Corey Welden created an original show of songs, short stories, poetry, movement, mime
and shadow puppetry, titled “All About Trees,” which they presented
for both preschool age children at the Child and Family Resource
Center and at the COPLAC conference.
Throughout the process, the students took ownership of this project as
producers, directors, writers, performers, costumers and props masters.
Though this was a class project and the students were responsible for
all aspects, they looked to Brodie for advice, guidance and expertise.
Brodie’s mentorship was primarily one of encouragement, inspiration and feedback to her students’ choices of literature, and choices of
characterization, movement and other staging decisions.
Additional Eastern faculty members who mentored students at the
COPLAC undergraduate research conference included Assistant
Professor of Psychology James Diller; Philosophy Professor Hope
Fitz; Professor Emeritus Fred Loxsom, retired chair of sustainable
energy studies; Sociology Professor Kimberly Dugan; Associate
Professor of Psychology Alita Cousins; and Associate Professor of
English Maureen McDonnell.
Top, Professor James Diller meets with Eastern student and research
assistant Danielle Gillespie, who is using psychophysiological equipment to collect data for a research study. Middle: Professor Emeritus
Fred Loxsom explains the internal workings of a solar hot water heater
collection panel to a class of students. Bottom: Education Professor
Sudha Swaminathan provided guidance to Erin Murphy and two
other students on a study about iPad usage in the classroom.

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Summer
2009

A ROUNDUP

OF EASTERN’S AUTHORS

Eastern’s faculty members have a strong tradition of pursuing research and creative projects. Often those projects
result in published works, bringing recognition to the
author and the University and enhancing the learning
experience for the students. Whether the goal is to make a
subject more accessible to students, to answer an important
nt
question or to give voice to those often forgotten, Eastern’ss
faculty members are working to contribute their expertise
to the broader academic community, enriching their class-rooms in the process.
Lisa Rowe Fraustino, professor of English and associate
chair of the English Department, has published numerous works written for children, young adults and adults,
and has edited three anthologies of short stories. In 2010
she released a chapbook of poetry and her latest children’s
book, “The Hole in the Wall,” which won the 2010 Milkweed Prize for Children’s
Literature.
Fraustino’s main focus is on
children’s literature, with an
interest in giving voice to
those often overlooked. “I
like to envision what might
have been, the way life
would have been for women
and children, those whose
lives did not make it into the
history books,” she said.
Fraustino’s story ideas come to her constantly – from
sights, sounds or snippets of conversations, and can result
in a fantasy novel, historical fiction or a story dealing with
mental illness. She is currently teaching a class on anthropomorphism and is working on a creative project on the
subject.
Prem S. Mann, professor of economics and chair of the
Economics Department, has found success in writing
textbooks. His first book, “Introductory Statistics,” is in its
eighth edition and has been translated into Chinese, Serbian and Portuguese. He is also the author of “Introductory
Statistics Using Technology” and “Statistics for Business
and Economics,” and co-author of “Practitioner’s Guide to
Statistics and Lean Six Sigma for Process Improvements.”

BY MEGHAN CARDEN

His interest in writing textbooks began with his teaching
career. “I used many statistics books, and I was not very
happy with them,” he said. “They were written more for
the professor than for the
student.” He composed a
few chapters and sent them
off to publishers, ultimately
deciding to work with John
Wiley & Sons, Inc., who had
an international reach and a
respected reputation.
“My approach was to first
decide who the textbook
would be written for. Did
I want to write for the top
tier – Yale or Harvard, the
middle tier, or the bottom? I
decided to write for the average student. I wanted to write
for the mainstream audience, not for the outliers,” he said.
In addition to writing textbooks and making changes for
each new edition, Mann is the author of several scholarly
articles. He is currently working on another textbook,
“Essentials of Statistics,” which will be finished by the end
of the year.
For Assistant Professor of History Caitlin Carenen, writing a book “contributes in a meaningful way to a wider
conversation.” Her first book, “The Fervent Embrace:
Liberal Protestants, Evangelicals, and Israel,” published in
2012, illustrates how liberal Protestants laid the groundwork for the current support of Israel.
Carenen’s research began
while studying for her
erdoctorate at Emory University, when she explored thee
American Protestant influence in the development of
ce,
the U.S. and Israeli alliance,
and religion’s influence on
n
foreign policy in general.
“Historical research begins
ns
h
by asking a question worth
answering,” she said. Her
exploration of the topic
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took her to Cincinnati, OH, Washington, DC, New York,,
Germany, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Last spring, Carenen was named an Academic Fellow by
rthe Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a non-partisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, DC.
She traveled to Israel for an intensive course in terrorism
studies, and in particular, how democracies can defeat the
worldwide terrorist threat. The program included lectures
ll
by academics and military and intelligence officials, as well
as diplomats from Israel, Jordan, India and the United
States. It also included “hands-on” experience through
visits to police, customs and immigration facilities; military bases; and border zones to learn the practical side of
deterring and defeating terrorists.
The experience led to her next book, which she is in the
process of writing. “I was at the West Bank, thinking of
how Americans think of terrorism,” she said. The book will
examine whether ethnic groups influence foreign policy,
with a particular focus on
terrorist groups in Northern
Ireland, South Africa, and
the Palestinian territories.
Last fall, Reginald Flood,
associate professor of English
and coordinator of the African American Studies Program at Eastern, was named
the recipient of a Creative
Writing Fellowship in Poetry
from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
The fellowship brings with
h award
d off $$25,000. Competition
C
it a cash
for the grant is
rigorous. Of 1,173 applications, only 40 received grants.
NEA fellowships enable recipients to set aside time for
writing, research, travel and general career advancement. 
Flood’s first book, “Coffle,” was published in March 2012.
A collection of poems written in traditional forms that
complement canonical slave narratives, “Coffle” is the first
in what Flood hopes will be a trilogy.
Flood plans to use the fellowship to travel to conduct
research for the second collection of poetry in his trilogy,
“There is Still War in the World.” The collection focuses on
slave narratives recorded during the Great Depression as
part of the Works Progress Administration Federal Writer’s
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“The fellowship will give
me the financial ability to
retrace the journey many
of the former slaves made
from Mississippi to Arkansas
as slaves before they were
freed,” he said.
Professor Jeffrey TrawickSmith is the Endowed
Chair of Early Childhood Education and a
CSU Professor, the highest
title bestowed on a faculty
b in C
member
Connecticut’s’ state universities. Trawick-Smith
is internationally recognized for his work on multicultural
child development and his research on children’s play and
how play enhances language. He is the editor of three
textbooks and the author of two others, including “Early
Childhood Development: A Multicultural Perspective,” a
textbook on early childhood development that has been
translated into multiple languages and is used in classrooms around the world.
“I am really proud of it,”
Trawick-Smith said, adding
ted
that he is particularly interested
d,
in children’s ability to pretend,
c“as it is one of the best predictors of children’s academic
ability later on.”
Sociology Professor Dennis Canterbury has written
several books. “Neoliberal
Democratization and New
d
Authoritarianism,” published
in 2005, explores the dynam-h
h Third
d
ics of change that sustain authoritarian
states in the
World. It highlights certain aspects of democratization
that have not been fully investigated, and focuses on
development politics and political sociology, and provides
insight into globalization, authoritarianism and transition
in developing countries. It was published to rave reviews,
including one that called the book “an exemplary work
which will be a valuable text in classrooms dealing with
development studies, and for activists and policymakers.”
In 2010 Canterbury published “European Bloc Imperialism.” The book focuses on the means by which EuroAmerican capital is currently spread around the globe and

the different ways it pillages the wealth of the developing countries in African, Caribbean
and the Pacific. Most recently, Canterbury’s “Capital Accumulation and Migration” was
published by Brill Publishers in 2012. The book “explores a topic that is remarkably absent in
he
the voluminous literature spawned under neoliberal capitalism by the renewed interest in the
development impact of migration,” according to the publisher.
ene
Philosophy Professor William Newell has published several books, including “Desire in Rene
nGirard and Jesus” (Lexington Books). Lexington said Newell’s book “presents a comprehenres.
sive analysis of Rene Girard’s work on the origins of culture and the depths of human desires.
Newell challenges Girard’s interpretation of Jesus’s Passion as non-sacrificial, and offers a
close reading of Girard’s works on mimetic desire, scapegoating and sacrifice.” Boston College
ege
Theology Professor Harvey Egan cited Newell’s book as “a must-read for anyone interested in
al
this original thinker who has become increasingly important in psychological, philosophical
and theological circles.”
Faculty authors abound!
Sociology Professor James Russell
is the author of six books, including
“After the Fifth Sun: Class and Race in
North America” and “Double Standard:  Social Policy in Europe and the
United States.” His most recent work,
“Class and Race Formation in North
America,” is a comparative exploration of how patterns of class and racial
inequality developed in the United
States, Mexico and Canada from the
colonial pasts to the beginning of the
North American Free Trade Agreement and beyond.
Music Professor Okon Hwang
published “Western Art Music in
South Korea: Everyday Experience
and Cultural Critique” in 2009. The
book discusses the way South Korean
history, music, culture and identity is
influenced by Western art music. It
also explores perspectives of aspiring
and professional musicians from youth
to experienced performers in music
education.
Chris Torockio, associate professor
of English, is the author of several
works of fiction, including “The Soul
Hunters,” “Floating Holidays” and
“The Truth at Daybreak.” In 2003 and
2004, Torockio earned the Pushcart
Prize Special Mentions, a prestigious

award given for literary work such as
poetry, short fiction or essays published
in small presses.
Daniel Donaghy, assistant professor
of English, is the author of several
books of poems, including “Start With
the Trouble” and “Streetfighting,” a
Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist.
Professor of Anthropology Mary
Kenny is the author of “Hidden Heads
of Households: Child Labor in Urban
Northeast Brazil.” The book focuses
on the phenomenon of child labor in
Brazilian cities by exploring the questions of why these children migrate
to the cities; how they negotiate their
existence; and why they stay.
Barbara Tucker, professor of history
and director of the Center for Connecticut Studies at Eastern, has written
several books on the history of Connecticut industry. Her works include
“Samuel Slater and the Origins of the
American Textile Industry: 17901860” and “Industrializing Antebellum
America: The Rise of Manufacturing
Entrepreneurs in the Early Republic.”
Psychology Professor Luis Cordon is
the author of “Popular Psychology: An
Encyclopedia” and “Freud’s World: An
Encyclopedia of His Life and Times.”

Education Professor Ann Gruenberg
co-authored “A Practical Guide to
Early Childhood Inclusion: Effective
Reflection.” Published by Prentice
Hall, the book is designed to help
early childhood professionals reflect on
overcoming barriers to the inclusion
of young children with developmental
challenges in general early childhood
classrooms.
In his book, “Reforming State Legislative Elections: Creating a New
Dynamic,” William Salka, associate
professor of political science, takes a
critical look at the way state elections
are held throughout America. Through
an analysis of 49 states, the book
explores issues such as the level of political competition faced by entrenched
incumbents and the effect of excessive
campaign spending, and discusses
what really works in electoral reform.
In 2009, History Professor Jamel
Ostwald received a prestigious Distinguished Book Award from The Society
for Military History for his book,
“Vauban Under Siege: Engineering Efficiency and Martial Vigor in the War
of the Spanish Succession.” The award
was given for the best work in military
history on a non-U.S. topic.

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Professor Drew Hyatt
shows EES student
Lindsey Belliveau how
to use a scanning
instrument for topographic surveys.

Reflecting Eastern’s commitment to academic excellence,
the faculty in the Environmental Earth Science (EES)
Department received word this past fall that they would be
allocated additional resources, based on an intensive review
by the University’s Exemplary Academic Program Review
(EAPR) Committee. The committee was created to support
the creativity and scholarship of faculty seeking to strengthen their academic programs, using a set of benchmarks that
academic departments can voluntarily pursue in the process
of self-evaluation and continuous improvement.
The EAPR process includes a formal departmental selfassessment, an evaluation by Eastern’s EAPR Committee
and a site visit by selected external reviewers. Based on
such criteria as curriculum, instruction, program culture,
facilities and equipment, the EES Department was found
to excel in the areas of student retention and graduation
rates. Data indicates a two-fold increase in the number of
enrolled majors since 2005, and the number of EES graduates has also increased significantly over the past four years.
“The EES faculty is exceptionally committed to student
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updating of course content and their use of innovative
teaching strategies that emphasize technology and field
experiences to promote student learning,” said Provost
Rhona Free.
One of the strengths of the EES program is the opportunity for undergraduates to engage in field research, mentored
by faculty who are researchers in their own right. Ian
McCary ’12 and Kristina Cedrone ’12, both of Manchester, completed research projects that involved taking
Vibracore samples and using 3D ground-penetrating radar
to image the bottom of Andover Lake in order to reconstruct a depositional history of the lake.
“I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Dr.
Hyatt on an independent study project during my senior
year,” said Cedrone about EES Professor and Department
Chair James “Drew” Hyatt. “His passion for the earth
sciences is infectious, and not only did my research come
to some interesting scientific conclusions, the journey there
was incredibly fun and educational as well.” Cedrone is
now employed as a full-time energy technical specialist at
Eastern’s Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE).
In describing how other EES professors mentor students,
McCary gave kudos to Assistant Professor of Geographic

Right: Ian McCary ’12 and Kristina
Cedrone ’12 collect groundpenetrating radar data at
Andover Lake.
Below, left: Professor Dickson
Cunningham instructs a student in
a mineralogy laboratory class.
Below, right: Assistant Professor
Meredith Metcalf specializes in
Geographic Information Systems.

By Anne Pappalardo

Information Systems Meredith Metcalf. “She helped revise and construct my application letter to attend a geology
field camp in Wyoming fully sponsored by Exxon-Mobil,”
he said. “These aren’t things that she had to do, but she
genuinely has an interest in the success of her students.”
Lindsey Belliveau ’13 of Hebron has completed multiple
EES research projects, including work with geographic
information systems (GIS) on the effect of bedrock on
Connecticut’s topography and tracking and monitoring
interpolate hotspots at Yellowstone Park. “My favorite part
about being an EES major is the hands-on field experience
that I get,” said Belliveau. “I feel very prepared for graduate
school and real-world experience.”
“The EES faculty are deeply involved in their own research and link it to their work with undergraduates,
giving students exceptional opportunities to participate in
field research,” said Free. “The result of this focus is that
the program graduates a remarkable number of students
who go directly into Ph.D. programs or into challenging
positions in geology, energy industries and environmental
science.”
EES student research projects and independent study
projects also lead to presentations at professional and na-

tional meetings including the Geologic Society of America
(GSA), the American Geophysical Union, the National
Conference on Undergraduate Research and the Council
of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) conference.
McCary, Cedrone and Belliveau have all presented at the
northeastern section conference of the GSA.
The primary benefit of a department being judged to have
exemplary potential includes the allocation of additional
resources. New faculty members in the EES Department
include Nathan, Metcalf, Dickson Cunningham and
Bryan Oakley, with a new endowed chair in sustainable
energy science still to be filled. In addition to more faculty
lines, the department was allocated $25,000 for summer
undergraduate research.
“We are thrilled to be recognized as having qualities that
are considered exemplary,” said Hyatt. “All of our faculty
members consistently put our students first, perhaps nowhere more clearly than in our efforts to involve students
in faculty-mentored undergraduate research. Faculty positions and the enhanced support for undergraduate research
provided through this review process will enable us to do
more for our students.”
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HFPG joins SBM and First Niagara
in support of Dual College Enrollment Program
Eastern Connecticut State University
recently received its third significant
grant commitment for the Dual College
Enrollment Program (DCEP) when
the Hartford Foundation for Public
Giving (HFPG) notified the University
that it would be receiving $269,200
over a three-year period starting in fall
2013. HFPG joins the SBM Charitable
Foundation (the first major supporter
of the program with $250,000 over
three years) and First Niagara Bank
as the top benefactors of the program,
which has been recognized by the New
England Board of Higher Education
and the College Board for its unique
approach to making access to higher
education a reality for many underrepresented students.
The DCEP started in 2008 when
Eastern enrolled 10 students from
Hartford Public High School who had
not seen themselves as potential college
students at a four-year institution. They
enrolled in four remedial courses at
Quinebaug Valley Community College
and took one class at Eastern while living on Eastern’s campus and immersing
themselves in campus life. The students
went on to take a full load of classes at
Eastern in the spring semester.

The program was expanded in 2011 to
include Manchester High School. The
program will include students from
Weaver and Bulkeley high schools in
Hartford this fall when the sixth cohort
of DCEP students arrives on campus.

Eastern owes a debt of gratitude to the
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for their faith in and support of the
Dual College Enrollment Program from
its inception in 2008.
“The Foundation staff and board recognized the critical and unique characteristic of the program that required the
students to live on campus where the
environment exists to support academic and social success,” said Kenneth

DeLisa, vice president for institutional
advancement. The first HFPG grant of
$40,000 in FY2009 provided the credibility that led to several other grants
in support of the program. “The most
recent grant will provide for the expansion of the program to other Hartford
high schools and at Manchester High
School, thereby making a four-year
college experience a possibility for less
advantaged students having academic
promise, in concert with Eastern’s mission of providing educational access.”
The ECSU Foundation also received an
anonymous grant that provided Eastern with $18,000 for a professionally
produced video capturing the essence
of the DCEP. The video premiered in
March at the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities Board of Regents
for Higher Education board meeting
on Eastern’s campus, with 17 college
presidents and several hundred community members and the local print
and broadcast media in attendance. It
was also shown on April 7 when Eastern
President Elsa Núñez gave a keynote
address to more than 4,500 attendees at
the Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference of the North Central
Association of Colleges and Schools in
Chicago.

Student Ambassadors serve
as Phonathon callers
Eastern students manned the phones in
March and April to reach out to alumni
and parents during their traditional
Annual Fund calls.
Last year Eastern students placed 19,143
calls to alumni asking for scholarship
support for current students with unmet
financial need. A record 1,850 alumni
contributed in FY12 and our goal this
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If you would prefer to give online
you can do so at www.easternct.edu/
advancement/donate.htm. Your consideration is appreciated and your gift,
regardless of the size, is needed and will
have a positive impact.
For more information about Eastern’s
Annual Fund program, contact Kyle
Verona at (860) 465-0003 or veronak@
easternct.edu. 

Tricia Murray, a senior English major and seasoned phonathon veteran, speaks to a donor in
the new call center with Àrst-time caller Akaya
McElveen in the background.

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In Memoriam
Endowed scholarship honors life of John Kearney ’75

John Kearney ’75

John Kearney ’75 distinguished
himself as an alumnus of Eastern, in forging a notable career
and in giving service to his alma
mater. He devoted much of his
adult life to work he felt was in
the public interest, including service on the Alumni Association
Board of Directors and ECSU
Foundation Board of Directors.
He served two terms as president
of the Alumni Board, in 199899, and 2002-03.

For more than a decade until his death from cancer in October 2012, Kearney was president and CEO of Titan Energy
New England, Inc., a business with offices in Rocky Hill
and New Hampshire that works with energy suppliers and

consumers to help people make cost effective and environmentally sensible energy choices.
Kathleen Kennedy ’74, an Eastern Fellow inductee this
year who was a contemporary of Kearney’s at Eastern and a
former fellow Alumni Board member, said she “knew him
on campus as a leader, as a fun guy and someone who cared
deeply about life and the contribution that he would make to
the world.”
Kearney’s connection to Eastern was strong enough that
when he passed, his family asked that memorial contributions
be made to the John F. Kearney Jr. ’75 Memorial Endowed
Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will be awarded annually
to a student or students majoring in political science and
demonstrating financial need. If you would like to contribute
to the Kearney Scholarship, contact Joe McGann at
(860) 465-4514 or at mcgannj@easternct.edu.

STEP/CAP’s Margaret Hebert feted at retirement ceremony
Margaret Hebert
retired this past
spring after working with the STEP/
CAP Program for
28 years. In those
years, she had a
profound effect on
the lives of many
students.
It was estimated
that Hebert helped
more than 1,800
students to enroll in the
STEP/CAP program, with
more than 1,700 admitted
to Eastern following the
summer program. Over the
years, she saw more than
1,400 STEP/CAP students
graduate from college.  “I
found my calling,” Hebert

dents. She is able
to always connect
with students
from different
backgrounds even
though many of
us come from
communities
that have taught
us not to trust
people,” he said.

explained. She said she was
proud to have spent her 33year career in higher education promoting educational
opportunity, adding “We still
have a lot of work to do.”
On Oct. 19, more than 120
Eastern alums, colleagues,
friends and family members

celebrated Hebert’s career
accomplishments at a dinner
reception held in the Betty
R. Tipton Room of the Student Center. Kevin Booker
Jr. ’00 served as keynote
speaker for the event. “Dr.
Hebert is a mentor, mom,
grandmother and aunt — she
identifies with many stu-

A scholarship
fund in Hebert’s
honor was set up to help
students in the STEP/CAP
Program who have unmet
needs. If you would like to
contribute to the Margaret
Hebert Scholarship, contact Joe McGann at (860)
465-4514 or at mcgannj@
easternct.edu.

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Executive Vice President Michael Pernal retires after 43-year career
Students, faculty, staff and friends packed the Paul E. Johnson
Sr. Community Conference Room in the J. Eugene Smith
Library on Dec. 6 to say farewell to Executive Vice President
Michael Pernal. Pernal retired on Feb. 1, 2013, after more than
43 years of distinguished and dedicated service to Eastern. 
Eastern President Elsa Núñez hosted the retirement reception.
“Few of us have the opportunity to make an impact on an organization or institution the way Dr. Pernal has,” said Núñez.
“Mike has made a lasting contribution to the growth and success of our University. Through his expertise, patience, fairness
and integrity, Mike has brought stability and innovation to our
campus and state. His loyalty to Eastern and his colleagues, his
professionalism and his character have served Eastern well.”
She continued, “Dr. Pernal, you have left an indelible imprint
on this University. You are a big part of why Eastern is where
we are today.  You will never be forgotten by your friends and
colleagues.”

Former Executive Vice President Michael Pernal (right) with his wife,
Maureen, at his retirement party on Dec. 6.

Eastern students visit Hawaii for site-speciÀc theatre project
the performing and writing, and reached an emotional depth
that some of us weren’t expecting.”
“The class had great direction and a great bond,” agreed Pina,
a senior sociology major whose play imagined what life could
have been for the first victim found at Pearl Harbor.

From left: Ashley Lovett, Chad Dominique, Paul Lietz, Melissa Conkling,
Robert Morgan, Michael Pina and Darcy Bruce

When Eastern students Darcy Bruce, Michael Pina, Ashley
Lovett, Chad Dominique, Paul Lietz, Melissa Conkling and
Robert Morgan signed on for Assistant Professor of Theatre
j.j. Cobb’s global field course on site-specific theatre, they had
to learn to perform in locations outside of a standard theatre,
write their own plays and travel to Oahu, HI, to bring their
work to life in locations across the island.
“I was proud of everyone in the class,” said Bruce, a senior
history major whose play explored the concept of Hawaiian
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Once in Oahu, the class met with students from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, who gave advice and performed their
own piece spoken in Hawaiian. When the students weren’t
performing, they explored the island and learned about the
Hawaiian people. “We were told to split up and meet four
different people per day to help us get a feel of Hawaii. It gave
us more perspective when we performed,” said Pina, who
discovered that there was more to the island than what he had
seen on the Travel Channel. “Native Hawaiians’ traditions
are ingrained in their everyday lives. They are genuinely nice
people and see everyone as family.”
Since their trip, several of the students have continued to
develop an interest in theatre. Bruce has applied to the
University of Hawaii and Manoa’s MFA program in playwriting, while Pina landed one of the lead roles in Eastern’s spring
production of “Once on This Island.”
“Students should go outside of their comfort zone,” said
Pina. “Take advantage of travel and study abroad, or take a
global field course. I never thought that I could, but with the
support of my family, friends and the campus community, I
made it a reality.”

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Arts and Lecture Series wraps up 12th year
On Oct. 9, former “CBS News” anchor and “60 Minutes”
correspondent Dan Rather kicked off Eastern’s 2012-13
Arts and Lecture Series with a lecture on the 2012 elections
to 2,000 students, faculty, staff and guests in the Francis E.
Geissler Gymnasium.
Rather, who has more than 60 years of experience working
in the media, has covered stories ranging from every presidential campaign since 1952 to serving as the White House
correspondent for “CBS News” during the administrations of
Presidents Johnson and Nixon. In his closing, Rather encouraged people of all ages, especially students, to engage in civic
activity in their communities. “We have a multi-religious,
multi-racial, multi-ethnic country, and we can stand united
and hold ourselves together. Whether you’re a student, a
teacher or a laborer, the country needs you and your work
right now, more than ever. The country needs you to be alert,
active, engaged and involved in the affairs of our country.”
An audience of 350 people enjoyed a history lesson on the
“Cradle of Civilization” from United States Marine Colonel
Matthew Bogdanos on Nov. 15 in the Geissler Gymnasium.
Bogdanos, a district attorney in New York City and a member
of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, recounted his work as the
lead investigator into the looting of the Iraq National Museum in April 2003. Bogdanos received a National Humanities Medal from President George W. Bush for his leadership
in the recovery operation. In a slide show based on his book,
“Thieves of Baghdad: One Marine’s Passion to Recover the
World’s Greatest Stolen Treasures,” Bogdanos detailed the
historical significance of the Mesopotamian region, which
included the civilizations of Babylon, Assyria, Sumer and
others spanning more than 6,000 years.
On Feb. 5, a packed Shafer Auditorium crowd enjoyed a free
concert by the “The Masters of Swing” U.S. Coast Guard
Swing Band. Formed in the summer of 1989, the band
spotlights swing-era music of the ’30s and ’40s and performed
such compositions as “Cheek to Cheek,” “Avalon,” “Yesterdays,” “Beautiful Dolls” and “A Smooth One.”
On March 12, 900 students, faculty, staff and other guests
heard award-winning journalist and author Bob Woodward
warn that a government shrouded in secrecy has the potential
to undo democracy. Woodward’s lecture concluded the Arts
and Lecture Series.
“We overlook reality if the truth comes from people we don’t
like,” said Woodward, who along with Carl Bernstein won
the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for their book, “All the President’s
Men.” The book helped expose the Watergate scandal and the
subsequent resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.

Top, Dan Rather. Center, Executive Vice President Michael Pernal and
U.S. Marine Colonel Matthew Bogdanos. Bottom, Bob Woodward

Woodward, who has worked for The Washington Post since
1971, visited the Campus Lantern staff and other students
before the lecture. He later told the assembled crowd, “The
truth is being drowned out. Unnecessary secrecy by our government, not knowing what’s going on, is bad for the country.
Business done in darkness is frightening. Democracies die
in darkness. We’ll lose our democracy if it’s not stopped.”
Woodward said journalists must answer their calling and have
the courage to hold people accountable.
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Math Team Wins 36th College Bowl

Math Team members pose with their College Bowl plaque. From left: Rebecca
Keenan, Richard Magner, Professor Timothy Swanson, Robert McDonald and
Joseph Perreault.

What do Desdemona, the Punic Wars, the infant or
“larval” stage of a butterfly (caterpillar), and “Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark” have in common? All were answers to questions hotly contested
in the 36th Annual Eastern College Bowl held
on March 18 in the Student Center Theatre. The
finalists in the competition were two teams of four
students representing the Biology and Mathematics
Departments. The math team won in the end, but
only by scoring bonus points on the very last question of the competition. Tim Swanson, associate
professor of physics, has been master of ceremonies
for the annual event since its inception. The winning team gets to display the College Bowl plaque
in its department offices for a year. A picture of the
winning team will also be on display in the Science
Building for the next 12 months.

Eastern President Elsa Núñez receives multiple honors, awards
is designed to recognize an individual
from the communities served by Liberty
Bank who has been a leader in connecting people who are different — whether
those differences are of religion, race,
ethnicity, economic status, age or any
other aspect of diversity. 
As this year’s award recipient, Núñez
was able to direct a $5,000 charitable
donation from the Liberty Bank Foundation to the nonprofit organizations
of her choice. She selected the ECSU
Foundation scholarship fund to receive
the donation. 
Elsa M. Núñez accepts the Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award. From left: Mark
Gingras, chairman of Liberty Bank; Willard McRae; Elsa Núñez; Chandler Howard, president
and CEO of Liberty Bank

On Nov. 15, Liberty Bank officials
presented Eastern President Elsa Núñez
with the 2012 Willard M. McRae
Community Diversity Award at a gala
reception in the Betty R. Tipton Room 
attended by more than 400 friends,
family members, students, faculty, staff,
bank officers and community leaders.
“In choosing the award recipient, we
look not only for people who have given
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organizations, but for those who have
made it their mission to make opportunities available to all,” said Chandler
Howard, president and CEO of Liberty
Bank. “There is not a shadow of a doubt
that Elsa Núñez is such a person.” 
Introduced in 2001 as the Liberty
Bank Community Diversity Award, the
award was renamed in 2009 in honor
of Willard M. McRae, a past chairman
and board member of Liberty Bank. It

“Leadership is all about vision, and Dr.
Núñez has a big vision,” said Edward
Osborn, Eastern’s director of university
relations, who nominated Núñez for the
award. “In her mind, the ‘tent’— this
campus, community, state, nation or the
entire world — includes all of us. Even
with such a big vision, Dr. Núñez sees
each person as the unique individual
they are.”
In accepting the award, Núñez spoke
passionately about the need to address
the educational achievement gap: “The
conditions for every American in our
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society are not what you and I consider fair. When we see
that the college graduation rate for African American students is 20 percent lower than that of white students — and
that Latinos are half as likely to finish college — we realize
that we have to create change in our communities and our
universities.”
On Nov. 3, Núñez received the 2012 Transforming Lives
Award from Hartford-based Family Life Education during its
25th anniversary gala at the Connecticut Convention Center.
In accepting the award, Núñez talked about the challenges
and struggles that Latinos have faced in Connecticut and the
impact that education can have on a person’s life.
“When someone in a Puerto Rican family, an African
American family or an inner-city student from a low-income
family is the first family member to attend college, it not only
transforms one life,” she said. “Graduating from college tells
a student, ‘Yes, you can.’  It tells his or her family, ‘We are
strong.’  It tells an entire neighborhood, ‘We can succeed.’ It
is like a pebble tossed into still water — it ripples and ripples,
until it reaches all shores.”
“President Núñez is a powerful example of career achievement
for Family Life Education clients, especially the girls and
women who are served by our organization,” said Candida
Flores, Family Life Education’s executive director. “She has
devoted her entire career to the field of education, with special
attention to supporting communities of color obtain access to
higher learning, including the development of a program

Candida Flores, Family Life Education’s executive director, presents
the Transforming Lives Award to Eastern President Elsa Núñez.

identifying Hartford students who have the capacity to succeed academically.”
In addition, the Hartford Courant/Fox 61 announced their
Top Workplaces Awards for 2012 at an awards presentation
held Sept. 20 at the Aqua Turf in Southington, where Núñez
was honored as the Top Leader in the Large Organizations
category. The Courant/Fox CT Top Workplace Awards are
based on employee surveys of hundreds of organizations in
Connecticut, conducted by an independent firm. Núñez’s
award was based on the ratings of Eastern employees; the
University was also honored as one of the top five Top Workplaces in the Large Organizations category.

Dedication ceremony held for fuel cell power plant
President Elsa Núñez joined representatives from UTC
Power, the Connecticut Energy Finance Investment Authority (CEFIA) and other guests to formally dedicate Eastern’s
new fuel cell power plant on Oct. 4 in the Science Building.
Under a 10-year Energy Services Agreement, UTC Power has
installed a PureCell system combined heat and power fuel cell.
This was made possible by a federal American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act grant through the Clean Energy Fund.
“We are thrilled that our Connecticut-grown fuel cell technology is helping Eastern build upon their commitment to energy
conservation. Our PureCell system is a great fit for Eastern
because it delivers clean, efficient, affordable energy to the
University, while reducing their impact on the environment,”
said Joe Triompo, vice president and general manager of
UTC Power.
Eastern is using 100 percent of the energy produced by the
fuel cell system to provide a majority of the power required for

From left: Rick Ross, CEFIA senior manager of clean energy deployment;
State Rep. Susan Johnson ’77; Connecticut Colleges and Universities Board
of Regents President Lewis Robinson; Joe Triompo, vice president and general manager of UTC Power; and Eastern President Elsa Núñez.

the Science Building, while maximizing the use of the heat
output available from the plant. By generating power with a
PureCell system, Eastern can reduce its “carbon footprint” by
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Eastern partners with Windham Textile
and History Museum on Latino migration exhibit
Eastern Connecticut State University has partnered with the
Windham Textile and History Museum to present “The Latino Migration Exhibit,” which opened on March 22 and runs
through Dec. 8.
The exhibition is a multi-media documentation of the cultural, religious, political and economic life of Latinos in
Willimantic, the result of almost two years of collaboration
between the museum’s board of directors and Eastern faculty
and staff. The Latino Migration Exhibit is part of a series of
ethnic exhibitions by the Windham Textile and History Museum to document the history of immigration to Windham
and Willimantic. The exhibit also acknowledges and celebrates
the significant contributions that immigrants from Europe,
Canada, and Latin America have made to the development
and growth of the region since the 19th century.

Kenneth DeLisa, vice president for institutional advancement; Art Professor
Imna Arroyo; and Jamie Eves, executive director of the Windham Textile
and History Museum

“While the emphasis is mostly on Puerto Ricans because they
still constitute the largest Latino sub-group in the town, we
have also illustrated the recent history of immigration from
Mexico, Guatemala, Panama and the Dominican Republic,”
said Ricardo Pérez, associate professor of anthropology at
Eastern and guest curator. “We wanted to create a better representation of the changing landscape of Latino immigration
to the town, which mirrors current trends in Latino immigration to other parts of the United States.”
The exhibit was installed by Roxanne Deojay, collections
manager of Eastern’s Akus Gallery, and Art Professor Imna
Arroyo, a well-known Puerto Rican artist whose work critically explores issues about culture and identity.
“The main purpose of this exhibit is to celebrate the historical,
economic and cultural contributions of a very dynamic and
diverse Latino community,” said Arroyo.

The exhibit showcases a variety of Latino artifacts, including clothing
items used in festivals and celebrations.

The exhibit focuses on four themes: labor migration, culture,
religion and politics. It showcases Latino artifacts, music,
festivals, lectures, traditions, paintings, printmaking, sculpture
and video kiosks, with images reproduced electronically. The
exhibition also includes historical documents and materials.
“Though the exhibit room is not large, it is filled to the rafters
with an impressive display of the culture and history of Latinos,” said Jamie Eves, executive director at the museum.

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“I am very pleased that our faculty and staff are part of this
wonderful exhibit featuring the life of Latinos in Willimantic,”
said Eastern President Elsa Núñez, “and we are proud of the
faculty members who have curated the exhibit. I think patrons
and visitors of the Textile Museum will be impressed by the
breadth of culture and history on display. I encourage our entire community to visit the exhibit over the coming months.”
The exhibition is on display at the textile museum, located
at 411 Main St. in Willimantic. Museum hours are Fridays,
Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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E-Club Hall of Fame inducts Àve alumni
The 19th Eastern Connecticut State University
E-Club Hall of Fame class was inducted during ceremonies on Oct. 21, 2012, in the Betty
R. Tipton Room on the University’s campus.
Pictured in top photo with Hall of Fame chair
Scott Smith (left) are Erin (Byrnes) Klemyk ’01
(women’s lacrosse), Scott Chiasson (baseball),
Norman Worthington ’90 (baseball), Michelle
Cunningham ’08 (softball/volleyball) and
Donna Poyant ’93 (softball).
Everett Watson ’54 (center, in bottom photo)
and Dr. Gerard Lawrence (right) were presented
with the Michael A. Atkind Exceptional Service
Award. Also shown at far left is Hall of Fame
chair Scott Smith. Following a four-year basketball career, Watson continued to serve the
University on a volunteer basis as president of
the E-Club and also served a 12-year term on
the E-Club Hall of Fame Committee. Lawrence
was the Eastern athletic department’s original
team physician, serving as Eastern’s orthopaedic
surgeon from 1969 until 2001. He was formerly the chief surgeon in the department of
orthopaedic surgery at Windham Hospital. The
Atkind Award has been presented in conjunction with the E-Club Hall of Fame since 1992
in memory of Michael Atkind ’75, who served
as administrator of baseball affairs and alumni
field supervisor for nearly two decades until his
death in 1991.

Recipients named for Holly E. Zimmerman Award
The 18th annual Holly E. Zimmerman Memorial Award
was presented on Jan. 26 in the Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium. This year’s recipients included (holding plaques,
from left) senior swimmer Julie Pietrycha of Newington,
junior softball player/athletic trainer Stephanie Johnson of
Plantsville and senior athletic trainer Brittany Garnelis of
Ellington. The award is given in memory of Zimmerman,
who attended Eastern between 1989–93, played basketball
and served as a student athletic trainer. Recipients must
possess Zimmerman’s personal characteristics of loyalty,
thoughtfulness, humility and academic determination and
must have made significant contributions to the Eastern
intercollegiate athletic program as either members of
an athletic team or as student athletic trainers and have
overall GPAs of 2.70 or above.
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S F ROM TH E
N OT E

Eastern’s soccer

only the third freshman — and the À rst since 1998 — to gain

teams have been

all-region accolades when she joined Marchitto on the fourth

recognized by the

team. Q

National Soccer

Student-athletes achieve on
and off the playing Àeld

Coaches Asso-

Senior women’s volleyball player Katie Wilson was the À rst

ciation of American

member of the program to earn All-New England honors from

(NSCAA) for their

the ECAC when she was selected to the À rst team this past fall.

successes on the

Wilson was the only middle hitter chosen to either the À rst or

playing Àeld and in

second team and was among four honorees from the Little East

the classroom. The

Conference. Wilson was also selected to participate in the New

men’s soccer team

England Division III senior all-star games this past fall. Q

was awarded an
NSCAA Team Academic Award as one of 226 Division I, II and III

Senior soccer players Jordan Munsell and Cory Tobler were

member institutions to record an overall grade-point average of

named to the 2012 NSCAA Men’s College Division Scholar All-

at least 3.00 for the 2011–12 academic year. Eastern’s men’s soc-

East Region Team. Munsell was a third-team selection at goal-

cer team’s GPA was 3.03.

keeper, and Tobler an honorable mention pick at forward. The
two four-year letterwinners were among only three selections to

In addition, three members of the Eastern men’s program and

the academic team from the Little East Conference.

two women’s team members were recognized with NSCAA AllNew England honors for 2012.

Candidates must have reached junior status and must have
compiled an overall cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 in

For the men, senior forward Matt Furman was voted to the À rst

their undergraduate work. Munsell has an overall 3.51 GPA as a

team, while senior defender Bradley Fletcher and senior keeper

psychology major, while Tobler has compiled a 3.86 GPA as a

Jordan Munsell were second-team selections. Fletcher, Furman

health and physical education major. Q

and Munsell were also selected to participate in their respective
New England Division III senior all-star games this past fall.

Head Men’s Soccer Coach Greg DeVito was honored as the
Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (CJSA) Coach-of-the-

For the women, senior forward Daniela Marchitto repeated as a

Year at the annual President’s Awards Dinner on Jan. 25. Q

fourth-team selection and defender Gia Karahalios became

Men’s, women’s soccer teams receive 2012 NSCAA Ethics Awards

Eastern is one of only four institutions nationwide, and the
only one from New England, to have both its men’s and
women’s soccer programs qualify for a 2012 National Soccer
Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Ethics Award.
The Eastern men’s and women’s soccer team both qualified
for a Bronze Team Ethics Award for accumulating 10 or fewer
yellow cards and no red cards over the course of the 2012
season. The Eastern men were issued eight yellow cards in 20
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was given three yellow cards in 18 matches during a 9-6-3
campaign.
“I am so proud of our student athletes from the men’s and
women’s soccer teams,” said Eastern Athletics Director Jeff
Konin. “This past fall, not only did they perform successfully on the field and were exemplary in the classroom, but
the recognition of being just one of four universities in the
nation to have both men’s and women’s teams receive the
award demonstrates the high standards portrayed every day at
Eastern. Additionally, our coaches are to be commended for
instilling these values in our student athletes.”

philanthropy athletics campus news class notes
Ruth Rosebrooks devotes much of
her time doing volunteer work in
Simsbury and Granby. Ruth’s mother and
grandfather were both teachers, two of
her nieces are retired teachers and her
grandniece is a teacher in Woodstock.

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Barbara (Fitts) Cairns worked
for the Department of Defense
Dependent Schools in Canada, Germany and Panama before retiring as
an elementary school principal in 1999.
Since retirement, she has had two books
published, “Cracker Cow” and “Gatsby’s Grand Adventures.” She lives in
Florida with her husband, Ian, and keeps
busy writing, painting and volunteering
at a local wildlife park.

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Mary Lou (Cobert) DeVivo and
Barbara (Yauch) Zulick were on
hand during Freshman Move-In Day in
fall 2012 to answer questions and distribute refreshments to freshmen and their
parents.

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Donna (Drader) MacDonald ’61, Bill Tobin ’61
and Jill (Fernald) Hute ’61

Jill (Fernald) Hute has been enjoying life since attending her Jubilee
Reunion. She writes, “I don’t know what
happened exactly, but I came alive
after attending my 50th…what fun! And
even more fun reading the mail. Have
kept in touch with my college roommate
and another classmate but…Eastern…
the ‘old Willi’ has brought back some fun
memories.”

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Patricia (Hart) Tomkunas and her
husband moved to Florida from
Eastham, MA, two years ago. They enjoy
the weather in Florida, their family and
grandchildren, and traveling.

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Hazel (Little) Barber, James Forrest,
and Mary (Moran) McCarthy returned to campus for Freshman Move-In
Day, where they set up a table outside
the dorms to answer questions and offer
refreshments to the parents and new
students.

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Paulann (Bunny) Lescoe and her
husband, John Lescoe ’71, are
both retired, but Bunny still works part
time as the Democrat Registrar of Voters
for the Town of Windham. John taught
for 32 years, primarily as a physical

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education teacher in Columbia. Bunny
taught for 16 years in public school
systems and at Eastern, then owned and
directed a day care for 20 years. Bunny
was on the Windham Board of Education for 10 years, and John served Windham as À rst selectman, mayor and state
representative. They have two children.
David Engelson is the chief executive ofÀcer of the Hockanum Valley
Community Council. He was recently
presented with the Outstanding Citizen
Award from the Rotary Club of Rockville
and was installed as the Rotary’s newest
member.

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Faith Middleton, host of “The Faith
Middleton Show” on WNPR, was
inducted into the Connecticut Women’s
Hall of Fame during a ceremony on
Oct. 18.

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Trenton Wright ’76

Jennifer Malone is a social work
supervisor with the Department of
Children and Families in Hartford.

recently, “The Dog Who Danced,” both
published by St. Martin’s Press. She is at
work on an eighth novel that is expected
out in early 2014. She and her husband,
David, parents of two grown daughters,
have lived for more than 20 years on
Martha’s Vineyard, where she also writes
an occasional column for the local
newspaper.

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Michael Kennedy is the founder
and president of The Kennedy
Consulting Group, an educational
consulting À rm specializing in the Àeld
of college admissions. Mike is a nationally recognized speaker, and conducts
seminars for high schools and businesses
focusing on the admissions process and
latest trends in the Àeld. He has served
as director of college counseling for two
college preparatory schools and has
clients on three continents. Mike lives
and works in Flat Rock, NC, having just
relocated the À rm from Florida.
Richard LaVecchia has been a teacher
with the Lyme-Old Lyme school district
for his entire career of nearly 40 years,
and for the past four as a sixth-grade
social studies teacher in the middle
school. He has also been a leader in the
district’s teachers union. As its chief negotiator, he successfully led the group to
a contract extension about a year ago.
He and his wife, Jean, an executive with
Northeast Utilities, are the parents of two
grown daughters and live in Killingworth.
Joan (Marsh) Racicot ’73/’77 M.S. is a
tutor for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal
Nation Education Department.
Ronald Racicot retired from teaching in
the North Stonington Public Schools. He
now works as a starter and ranger for the
River Ridge Golf Course in Griswold.
Scott Rhoades, a retired art teacher,
won the Best of Show award for a painting he submitted to the MansÀeld Festival on the Green Downtown Partnership
Juried Art Show.
Susan (Hidler) Wilson is the author of
seven novels, including the 2010 best
seller, “One Good Dog,” and most

James Dennis worked for Yellowbook, now HIBU, for 12 years before
purchasing a sign business, Sign-A-Rama, in Wallingford.

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Claire Connelly will have her biography housed at the Sophia Smith
Women’s History Archives at Smith College in Northampton, MA, as part of the
Oral Herstory Project, including 60 pages
of text, photos and news clippings.

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Trenton Wright received the Barbara
Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to the Association of Fundraising
Professionals at the Connecticut Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon. Trenton is
the coordinator of institutional advancement at Middlesex Community College
and has served on Eastern’s Hall of Fame
Committee. On Feb. 23 he set the World
Record for Farthest Distance on a Static
Cycle, logging 187.13 miles in 12 hours, in
an effort to raise funds for the Northern
Middlesex YMCA and the Middlesex
Community College Foundation.
Robert Ulrich is now executive
vice president of marketing and
sales for North America for AECOM, the
largest engineering and architecture
À rm in the United States and a Fortune
500 company. The company brought
him back to Connecticut, where he lives
in Norwalk after having spent about
three decades in the Washington, DC,
area working in government relations,
marketing and related Àelds. He has also
recently become engaged to classmate
and longtime friend Myriam Blinn of

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Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers return for Alumni Reunion Concert
On Oct. 27, Eastern’s choral program celebrated Music Professor David Belles 10th anniversary with a special concert featuring the Eastern Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers. The “Alumni Reunion Concert” included approximately 40 former
Chorale singers as well as the world premiere of Nicholas White’s “Te Deum,” which was commissioned especially for the
occasion.
“What an outstanding day filled with terrific music,” said Belles, director of vocal studies. “It was great to have so many former
singers return to share the stage with us, and to commemorate the occasion with the world premiere of a composition written
specifically for the Eastern Concert Chorale was a thrill. It was a great time to reflect on the tremendous growth of the choral
program during the past 10 years. To celebrate a decade of making music with so many outstanding people was humbling
indeed.”
Alumni in attendance at the concert included Maria Arteaga ’09, Anastasia Askitis ’12, April Blymiller ’10, Chelsea Brown
’10, Elizabeth Cargill ’09, Carolyn Carter ’08, Brennan Collins ’12, Jo-Ann Cope ’97 M.S., Rachel DePenning ’11,
Veronica Dicso ’10, Erin Dutton ’05, Jill Dutton ’12, Doretta Gladysz ’09/’11, Laureen Gosselin ’86, Loretta Haeger ’95,
Christopher Lemos ’10, Meghan Mizak ’12, Kathryn Opalenik ’09, Linda Ouellette ’89, Ruthellen Ouimet ’02, Nicholas
Parenteau ’10, Kevin Ring ’12, Jessica Ryan ’06, Michelle Thakur ’11 and Erik Williamson ’03.
Old Lyme, who operates Renaissance
Collaborative, a New Haven property
management À rm with properties across
the state.
John Chayka is the founder and
president of AFCON Products, Inc.,
a company in Bethany that specializes
in engineering, repair and spare parts
manufacturing for highly specialized
generators and other electrical Àeld
units for the Department of Defense and
military contractors. Jack started the
company with his father in 1981, and it
has since acquired other companies in
similar manufacturing specialties. He
and his wife, Pierrette, and their daughter, Meghan, a sophomore at Cheshire
Academy, live in Cheshire.

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Carol Duggan, a À rst-grade teacher at
Anna Reynolds Elementary School, was
named the 2012–13 Teacher of the Year
for the Newington Public Schools.
Walter Crosby is an agent/owner
at Sumner & Sumner in Willimantic.
He and his wife, Olga, have been married for 25 years.

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Michael Cotela, who has spent
his career with the Boys and Girls
Clubs of America, is now the executive
director of the Stamford club. He was
a standout varsity basketball player at
Eastern, and earned two advanced degrees following his graduation, including
an education doctorate in youth program management from Nova Southeastern University. Mike and his wife,
Yolanda, parents of two grown children,
live in Orange.

David Solomon ’86/’88 M.S. released a CD of his original compositions in October 2012, titled “Music of
David Solomon Orchestrated by Christopher Wilson.” Information is available
at http://cdbaby.com/cd/christopherwilson2.

George Jordhamo is engineering
manager at the IBM microelectronics facility in East Fishkill, NY, responsible for the semiconductor engineering
and manufacturing operations there. After graduating from Eastern, he earned
a master’s degree in polymer science
and engineering at Lehigh University, a
program with materials science emphasis, and it led to his IBM career. George
and his wife, Susan Jordhamo ’83, a
seventh-grade life science teacher in
the Arlington Central School District,
have three children and live in Hopewell
Junction, NY.

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Carolyn Whye is an account representative for Spirit Mart in Atlanta.

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Kathleen Woods joined Volunteers for
Educational and Social Services for a
year after graduating from Eastern. She
then taught in the Philippines as a Peace
Corps volunteer before returning home
and completing her master’s degree.
Kathleen now teaches in Palm Beach,
FL.
Neal Curland ’87 M.S. is a special
education teacher and boys’
basketball coach at Norwich Free Academy. He is also the chair of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference
boys’ basketball committee.

Donna Sarmiento is senior project
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but leading a national AT&T team that
is responsible for melding data from
various regions as a result of company
mergers and acquisitions into a company-wide data repository. One of Donna’s
Àve daughters, Cindy Claffey ’96, is a
counselor at Henry James Memorial
School in Simsbury.
Andrew Mitchel operates Andrew
Mitchel LLC in Essex, providing
counsel involving tax issues to clients involved in international business. He holds
a J.D. from the University of Connecticut
and a master’s degree in law from New
York University. Andrew is also a C.P.A.,
but his work mainly involves providing
legal counsel. His wife, Monica Miller ’86,
works for the Connecticut Department
of Income Maintenance. The couple has
two daughters and live in Ivoryton.

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Michael Swaby-Rowe works in the advising center at the University of Baltimore
Merrick School of Business, where he
counsels undergraduate business students.

Craig Powers is assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction
and assessment for Waterford Public
Schools. He oversees curriculum development, instruction assessment and
grants management, including helping develop new classroom programs
aimed at improving student achievement. Craig was principal of a Waterford
elementary school for eight years and
director of curriculum for the district
before being promoted to his current
position. He lives in New London.

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Tracey Duval Caterine is teaching
English literature to 12th-grade girls
in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

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Jennifer Soloff is a guidance counselor
at Henry Kaiser High School in Honolulu,
HI. She is married to Eric Hu, a lieutenant
commander with the Navy SEALS.
Wendy Ernst opened Kirby Veterinary Hospital in MansÀeld.

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Himansu Karunadasa founded a successful software development company
in Sri Lanka and co-founded a network-

ing site called Ensemba, which recommends web resources based on the
user’s interests. Himansu lives in Texas
with his wife and two children.
Geraldine Tom is co-owner of Barry’s
Cleaners & Launderers, dry cleaners
with stores in New London, East Lyme
and Niantic. The company also owns
and manages commercial properties in
the New London area. Geraldine is past
president of the New London chapter of
Rotary International and currently serves
on the Rotary’s Board of Governors for
her region, composed of 62 cities and
towns in the southern tier of Connecticut.
Paulette Haines is a member of the
Georgia Democrats Yellow Dog
Club. She attended the Democratic National Convention and was present for
President Barack Obama’s acceptance
speech.

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Maribel Luzunaris is a bond claims
account manager at Hartford
Financial Group Services.

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Eastern alumni LEAP into leadership
Nearly 100 students gathered in the Betty R. Tipton Room
on Nov. 14 to hear six alumni talk to students about what
it takes to successfully land a good job in today’s economy.
The presentation, “Leap into Leadership,” featured Roger B.
Boucher Jr. ’95, pathologist assistant at Carilion Roanoke
Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, VA, and an organ and tissue
recovery specialist and resident anatomist for Lifenet Health,
Inc.; Dannika Byrd ’02, assistant director for student affairs
and registrar for the Physician Associate Program at Yale
School of Medicine; Bonnie Edmondson ’87, education consultant for the Connecticut State Department of Education;
Peter McDevitt III ’88, parole officer with the Department
of Correction; Kevin Reese ’01, veteran radio personality
with CBS Radio and certified holistic health coach and detox
specialist; and Victor Thomas ’01, business development and
marketing manager for the eGovernment Applications Division at PCC Technology.

From left: Candace DeAngelis, associate director of student activities;
Peter McDevitt III ’88; Bonnie Edmondson ’87; Roger Boucher Jr ’95;
Victor Thomas ’01; Dannika Byrd ’02; Kevin Reese ’01; and Carmen Cid,
dean of Eastern’s School of Arts and Sciences

“In March 2001, I sent my demo in about 28 times and
finally got an interview with Victor Starr, program director,”
said Reece. “Victor asked me why I should be hired and I
explained to him how hard I worked at Eastern in the TV
and radio station.  He listened and said ‘you are hired!’”  

vates you? What fires you up? What are you passionate about?
Ultimately do what you are passionate about; make some
money; give back; and never forget where you came from.”
Edmondson advised students to “Dare to dream and set high
expectations for yourself.”

Thomas is responsible for half of PCC Technology’s $30 million business. His advice: “Have a plan — even a three-month
plan.” He challenged students to ask themselves, “What moti-

The Leap into Leadership Series is sponsored by the Office of
Student Activities, Center for Internships and Career Development and the Office of Institutional Advancement.
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In his current position as assistant
superintendent of schools for
personnel and staff development in
Meriden, Thomas Giard is the “primary
recruiter of talent for the district.” Among
his other duties are handling negotiations for the Board of Education with the
district’s eight unions and building and
implementing programs to increase staff
professionalism. He came to the Meriden
school district as director of personnel
in 2010 after serving for several years as
principal of Tyl Middle School in Oakdale. Tom lives in Clinton with his wife,
Lisa, and their daughter, Ella.

96

Cindy Claffey ’96, is a counselor at Henry
James Memorial School in Simsbury.
Veronica Montalvo, vice president of
enrollment management for Post University’s Online Education Institute, has
won a “40 Under Forty” Award from the
Hartford Business Journal.
Diana (Valliant) Brennan is working
at Pomfret School as the assistant
to the director of advancement, a position she returned to in 2009 after taking
time off to care for her granddaughter.

97

Linda Smith is the chief Ànancial ofÀcer at Reliance House in Norwich.

98
99

Atif Faruqui earned his Project
Management Professional and

Green Belt certiÀcations and is working
for PÀ zer.
Ryan Zengou, a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine,
is a neurosurgeon at the UConn Health
Center. He returned to Connecticut after
extensive residency training at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
Kimberly Hatcher-White is attending graduate school at Johns Hopkins University and will earn her master’s
degree in museum studies. She is also
working toward a CertiÀcate in Fundraising from the School of Philanthropy at
the University of Indiana.

01

Kenneth Briggs ’02/’05 M.S./’10
M.S. is the associate director of
Ànancial aid at Three Rivers Community
College in Norwich.

02

Kristyn (Grassi) Leary owns two businesses — a home daycare and a party
planning business called The Invisible
Hostess. She is a mother of two.
Benjamin Lopez is working for Liberty
Mutual in Norwich as a sales representative.
Bonnie Bryden was voted employee of the month in August at
WPRI-12 in Providence. In September she
became a dance teacher at The Dance

03

School in SmithÀeld, RI, and recently
received two golds and one high-silver
trophy at the Headliners National Dance
Competition.
Mike Eagle is teaching physical education at the Catherine M. McGee Middle
School in Berlin. He is also the head
football coach at The Morgan School in
Clinton. Mike is married with two sons:
Aaron, 4, and Ethan, 2.
Katherine Fortier is the director of a new
community program she developed
through the Access Community Action
Agency called “Access to Assets.” The
program rehabilitates blighted properties in the Windham area to connect
struggling families with safe, affordable
housing.
Laura Mlyniec completed her master’s
degree in intercultural relations at Lesley
University in May 2012.
Nelson Pereira worked for several years
for PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax and
Legal Services Group. He is currently employed at Commonfund in Wilton, where
he was promoted to senior analyst in
July 2012.
Charlene Ferranti ’04 M.S. is the
marketing coordinator for the
South County Tourism Council in WakeÀeld, RI.

04

greetings from the alumni association | spring 2013
No matter when we graduated, each of us left Eastern to take our place in a world of opportunity and promise. While the joy of commencement may have faded, and that great
big world has grown smaller as we’ve aged, our education will always be a part of who we
are. The imprint of the men and women who taught us is as much a part of us as our own
names — and if we take the time to really think about it, each of us will have at least one
professor on the list of people who had the greatest influence on our lives and careers.
Today, Eastern’s faculty continues a rich tradition of opening the world to new generations of students. As in decades past, teaching, advising and mentoring are all critical
elements that mold Eastern students into productive members of our great American
democracy. But now more than ever, undergraduate research, service learning and internships have become indispensable enhancements that give our students the best chances to
secure good jobs when they graduate. Without our faculty, and the relationships they develop with practitioners in the field, many of these
experiential learning opportunities would simply not exist.
As I think about my own experience at Eastern, I recall the people who saw my potential, and who pushed me to achieve it. Without their
influence – and their encouragement – my life would be dramatically different. They made me glad I chose Eastern for my education, and
they make me proud to be an Eastern alumnus every day of my life!
Great liberal arts universities share the same characteristics: a student body that thirsts for learning; an administration that creates the best
possible environment to support that learning; an engaged alumni which desires to enhance that learning; and, most certainly, a faculty
that nurtures, challenges and inspires their students every day.
Who are the Eastern professors who inspired you? And how did they change your life? Please e-mail me at alumni@easternct.edu and let
me know. I’d love to hear from you!
Kenneth M. Briggs ’02/’05 M.S./’10 M.S., President, ECSU Alumni Association
Support Eastern’s faculty by giving to the Annual Fund. Contact the Office of Institutional Advancement
at (860) 465-0003, or give online at http://www.easternct.edu/advancement/development/giving.htm.

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Nominations sought for 2013 President’s Leadership Awards
Each year the Alumni Association proudly recognizes and honors alumni, faculty, administration, staff and friends of the
University for distinguished professional achievement and outstanding service to Eastern and the local University community.
Nominations are now being accepted for the following awards:
• The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes outstanding achievements by Eastern graduates who have demonstrated leadership or have achieved professional success or distinction.
• The Distinguished Service Award is presented to a graduate or former student who has rendered meaningful
service to Eastern and/or his or her local community and has a demonstrated record of involvement with the
university.
• The Hermann Beckert “Friends of the University” Award is presented to any friend(s)* of the University who has
rendered service to Eastern and the nation, and/or state and/or their local communities. *“Friend(s)” means an
individual; parent of a current and/or former student; organization; corporation; or member of Eastern’s faculty or staff.
The awards will be presented at a luncheon on campus. For more information, or to request nomination forms, contact the
Office of Alumni Affairs at (860) 465-5302 or by e-mail at alumni@easternct.edu. Nomination forms are also available at
www.easternct.edu/alumni/awards.htm. Self-nominations are welcome. The deadline for nominations is June 3, 2013.

Brian GrifÀ ths
recently returned
from South
Africa, where he
and his wife led
a group of senior
UConn nursing
students who are
working in Cape
Town for the
Brian GrifÀths ’04
semester. Brian
gave lectures in
nursing classes
on the topic of
women’s health,
nurses’ health and exercise, with a focus
on strength training. He received a master’s degree in allied health from UConn
in 2009, and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Manchester Community
College in the Math, Science and Health
Careers Department.
Patricia (Cornish) Maxwell is the physical education teacher at Northeast
School in Rockville. Patty and her school
were recently recognized by the Vernon
Board of Education for promoting physical activity and wellness among Vernon
Schools as part of the “Vernon Gets
Moving” program.
Michael Wolter ’04/’09 M.S. was hired
by Goodwin College as an assistant
professor in the organizational studies
program. He is working toward his doctorate in organization and management
at Capella University and is expecting
his À rst child with his wife, Christina.
Kristopher Sortwell, a program manager in Project Genesis’s Acquired Brain
Injury program, received the 2013 Brain
Injury Alliance Connecticut Community
Service Award. The award recognizes an
individual for community service which

Maribel Sanchez welcomed her daughter, Abigail Cecilia Serrano, into the
world on Oct. 5, 2012. Maribel serves as
secretary of the board of directors of
Eastern’s Alumni Association.
Heidi Devine teaches elementary
physical education at Killingly
Memorial School in Danielson. Her son,
Harrison David Devine, was born on Nov.
3, 2012.

06

Danielle DiMartino is the intake specialist for the Providence Center and is also
a running specialist at Dick’s Sporting
Goods.
Kristopher Sortwell ’04 accepts a community
service award from Kathy Rathan, chief operating ofÀcer of Project Genesis

has improved the lives of brain injury
survivors, their families and caregivers.
Kris was recognized for his facilitation
of the Willimantic BIAC Support Group.
He joined Project Genesis as a program
manager in 2008 and became a certiÀed brain injury specialist in 2010. Kris is
also currently a member of the Eastern
Employer Advisory Board.
Jeff Cahill married Jacqueline
Ferreira ’06 on Sept. 1, 2012.
Eastern alumni in the wedding party
included Sjur Soleng ’02, Bard Soleng
’04, Matthew Buono ’04 and Stacee-Lynn
Helms ’06. Jacqueline works for Zenith
Media in digital advertising and Jeff is a
carpenter and owner of Home Solutions.

05

Erin Dutton recently took a senior copywriter position within the risk control
department at Travelers.

April-Anne Norman, along with her husband, started the company Snap Berry
Photo Booth. The company is based in
Rhode Island and provides a compact,
open-air photo booth for use at weddings, reunions, parties and corporate
events.
Jessica (Troiano) Ryan and Matthew
Ryan are married with two daughters.

07
Corey McConnell is a special education
instructor with EastCONN.
Brooke Nici is a high school science
teacher at Ellis Technical High School
in Danielson. She is teaching biology,
forensics and physical science.
Evan Parker is working as a service coordinator for ATG Rehab in Rocky Hill.
Adam Wurtzel is the on-air reporter and
producer for NBC Nashville’s weekday
entertainment and lifestyle program
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Marlana Carroll is a Latin and ballroom
dance professional at Royal Palace
Dance Studio, LLC.
Ogoegbunam Chukwuogor passed the
CPA exam in August 2012.
Emily Hein is in the Connecticut National
Guard out of Stratford. She is the platoon
leader for the 1048th Transportation
Company, which will be transferring
supplies and providing their own security
in and around the Kandahar province in
Afghanistan.
Kimika Hunter is the high school coordinator at Corinthian Colleges.

Men’s basketball team hosts alumni game
Attending the annual men’s basketball alumni game on Nov. 10 were: front, from left:
Chris Morgan ’03, Mike Bartunek ’05, Hamilton Levy ’12, Steve Bartunek ’13, Kris Johnson
’09, Matt Albon ’13, Nick Nedwick ’13, and Jordan Levy ’11. Back, from left: Bryan Hall
’00, Ryan Magee ’02, Bill Roveto ’12, Dan Trudeau ’07, Daryl James ’09, Broderick Sawyer
’11, Kevin Zalucki ’08, Jeroy Smith ’10, Coach Bill Geitner, and Chae Philips ’13.

08

Jessica Ashton is a middle school
world language teacher with the
Vernon Board of Education.

Kathryn Opalenik works for GZA Geoenvironmental at New England Bioassay as
a lab technician.

Courtney DiTarando is the physical
education teacher at Martin School in
Manchester.

Rachelyn Provencher is a public relations
and marketing representative for the
EnÀeld Health and Wellness Center.

Beverly King ’08 M.S. is employed at
Northwestern Connecticut Community
College as the director of education
technology and distance learning. Her
daughter, Colleen, is a junior at Eastern
majoring in visual arts while her other
daughter, Katie, is a freshman majoring
in mathematics. Both are members of
the swim team.

Maria Sayles is a child guidance clinician for United Services, Inc. in Dayville.

Ashley Avila is a special education teacher with Killingly Public
Schools.

09

James Fitzmaurice works for the Ledyard
Board of Education where he is a thirdgrade teacher, math coach and math
club advisor.
Michael Greenberg is the ingredient
buyer at New England Confectionery
Company, Inc.
Richard Hernandez is a mental health
counselor at the Wheeler Clinic in Hartford.
Tristan Hobbes is the assistant director
of athletic communications for Bryant
University.
Clara Juncadella teaches Spanish in
grades seven and eight at Regional
School District 13 in Durham.

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Danielle Wilby is a community services
representative for the Connecticut Department of Labor.
Veronica Dicso is working as a
bank teller and sings in the choir at
St. Emery Church in FairÀeld.

10

Nikole Doolittle is working as the executive administrative assistant to the vice
presidents of engineering at the United
Technologies Aerospace Systems corporate ofÀce in Charlotte, NC.
Christopher Lemos has been working
for the U.S. Department of Labor as a
compliance ofÀcer since 2010.
Patrick O’Sullivan is working for the New
Britain Rock Cats as the media and account executive. He also sits on Major
League Baseball’s Board of Directors for
the RBI Baseball Program for Hartford.
Nicole Marie Retano is a direct support
professional for the SARAH Foundation in
Westbrook.
Ashley Barnum is the administrative
assistant for human resources at
Prince Telecom.

11

Sarah Larson, designer/web developer
at Miranda Creative, Inc., an advertising, marketing, design and new media
À rm in Norwich, has been honored for
her achievements as a “40 Under Forty”
recipient for southeastern Connecticut.
The award is sponsored by The Day
newspaper of New London and two
area chambers of commerce. Among
awards for her work was one from the
New England Society of Healthcare
Communications for her creation of an
internal news portal for Lawrence and
Memorial Hospital in New London. Sarah
lives in Colchester.
Samantha Randall is a full-time health
and physical education teacher at Killingly Middle School in Danielson.
Lindsay Raymond is in her second year
as the physical education teacher at
Niantic Center Elementary School in
East Lyme and as the health teacher at
Lisbon Central School
in Lisbon. She is also
the head coach of
the Shoreline Sharks
travel U-13 girls lacrosse team.
Khrystyna Stefak
is working for Trinity College as the
residential services
assistant.
Melanie Zurmuhlen
works for MARC, Inc.
of Manchester as a
Ànancial assistant.

Khrystyna Stefak ’11

Angelica
Booker is a
teacher associate at
Eastern’s Child and
Family Development
Resource Center.

12

Allison Coleman was
selected as one of
only two women’s
basketball players
tabbed as inaugural
inductees into the
Little East Confer-

Allison Coleman ’12

philanthropy athletics campus news class notes

2003 Final Four women’s basketball team recognized at reunion
Players and coaches from the women’s basketball team that finished as the national runner-up in the 2003 NCAA Division III
Tournament gathered on campus in January for a 10-year reunion. They were introduced after a Jan. 17 game against the University of Southern Maine, followed by a luncheon in the President’s Dining Room in Hurley Hall. Back, from left: Jeff Konin
’88, director of athletics; Sandra Mosley ’07; Morgan Perry ’04; Kristyn (Grassi) Leary ’02; Sarah (Wofsy) Pontbriant ’06;
Lindsey Karsmarski ’07; Allison Coleman ’12; Caryn (Ayers) Kupferschmid ’04; Deanne Prior ’04; Head Coach Denise
Bierly; and Jim Dinello. Front, from left: Lauren (Proniewych) Padolecchia ’05, Lindsey McDonald ’05, Sarah McDonald
’05, Kathleen (Burdelski) Adams ’04, Jennifer Bergeron ’05 and Meghan Phelps Martelli ’04.
ence Hall of Fame, which enshrined an
11-member inaugural class composed of
Àve athletic administrators, four former
student-athletes and two coaches on
Oct. 27 at the Providence Marriott. She
was the only four-time All-American
and four-time LEC Player-of-the-Year in
Eastern’s history.

Casey McGarvey is working at the Coast
Guard Academy as the PA announcer
for the women’s basketball team.

Shawn Craver is the owner and software
engineer of Sandy Cove Software.

Joelle Schrock is an underwriting assistant for WSHU Public Radio.

Kolin Ebron ’12

Kolin Ebron
is pursuing a
master’s degree
in the nutritional
sciences program at UConn.
His focus is community nutrition
and his thesis
topic is “How
supplementation can affect
individuals with
Metabolic Syndrome.”

Meghan Mizak is teaching English at
Woodstock Academy.
Stephen Moker is an interactive marketing assistant at The Taunton Press.

Jasmine Williams ’12

Jasmine Williams
is attending the
University of Connecticut for her
master’s degree
in social work. Her
concentration is
on group work
and she is in the
advance standing
program. Jasmine
is also interning at
the East Hartford
Polaris Center,

working in the alternative school with
adolescents.

Marriages
Jeff Cahill ’05 to Jacqueline Ferreira ’06
on Sept. 1, 2012
Elizabeth Nunes ’12 to Nathaniel Walsh ’12

In Memoriam
Ronald Murphy ’56
Jo-Ann (Donahoe) Shirer ’58
John Kearney, Jr. ’75
Walter Swistak ’85
Beverly Batsie ’91
Muriel Gladys Traut ’99
Michael Kieltyka ’01
Adam Liebman ’08
Victoria L. Soto ’08
Kenneth E. Shane, adjunct professor of
business administration

Send Us Your News! Have you moved or married? Have you taken a new job or had an addition to your family? Have you
had a “mini-reunion” with your former classmates? Please send your information and photos to: Michael Stenko, Director,
OfÀce of Alumni Affairs, Eastern Connecticut State University, 83 Windham Street, Willimantic, CT 06226, alumni@easternct.
edu. Visit www.easternct.edu/alumni for news about alumni receptions and networking events. Stay connected with other
Eastern alumni through: Facebook – search “ECSU Alumni Association,” LinkedIn – search “Eastern Connecticut State University Alumni – ECSU” and Twitter – search “ECSU Alumni Assn.”

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final thoughts

As Dr. Núñez reminded us at the outset of this issue of EASTERN Magazine, our
faculty is the cornerstone of our educational enterprise. The quality of our curriculum,
the teaching that occurs within the classroom, the support the faculty provides students
outside of the classroom, and the role models that our professors represent are all factors
that contribute to the quality education that Eastern students receive.
Even after 125 years of existence, we are still fortunate to have a relatively small campus
community, where students get to know their faculty mentors and our campus community shares many common experiences. At any given event — a basketball game, a
lecture by such noted speakers as journalist Bob Woodward, or a theatrical production
performed by Eastern students — students, faculty and staff sit side-by-side, experiencing the same campus cultural life.
It is in this collegial atmosphere that our faculty and students thrive. But we could
not provide the liberal arts education that our students receive without the continued
support of our donors. In addition to a record $500,000 in scholarship funds provided
to upwards of 325 students this past year, the generosity of alumni and other donors
supports specific programs that strengthen teaching and learning on this campus. The
Travel Fund created through the ECSU Foundation supports faculty and student trips
to regional and national conferences, honing their writing and presentation skills while
building their self-confidence. The Global Citizenship grant fund allows us to provide
students without financial means the opportunity to study abroad. We also provide
funding to support summer projects that allow faculty and undergraduate students to
focus on a particular research topic.
In all these ways, it is our goal to continue to support the faculty in leading students on
their quest for knowledge, research expertise and analytical skills as they prepare to join
a global workforce that is increasingly competitive and technology based. We are able
to provide this support due only to the philanthropic spirit of a record-number 1,850
alumni donors and a total of almost 3,000 donors. With this commitment to Eastern
and its students, the University looks forward to continued success as Connecticut’s
public liberal arts university. Thank you for your support!

Kenneth J. DeLisa
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

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Gifts come in many
different packages.
Dorothy (Nye) Carlyle ’56 met her husband,
Cameron (“Ron”), during her freshman year at
Willimantic State Teachers College while he was
a student at the University of Connecticut. They
have long recognized the impact that college had
on their lives — and, as Dorothy points out, the
couple believes that “anything we got in the form
of scholarship support was a tremendous help.”
After attending Dorothy’s Jubilee Reunion at
Eastern in 2006, the Carlyles decided to make
the University the beneficiary of a charitable
remainder uni-trust (CRUT)*. In addition, the
Carlyles also established the Dorothy N. Carlyle
’56 Endowed Scholarship fund for students with
unmet financial need who are working to put
themselves through school. “We needed to give
back, because we lived through that ourselves,”
said Dorothy. “For us, the greatest joy and
reward we get is when we go to the scholarship
award receptions and get to meet ‘our’ students.
That’s why we do this.”
The Carlyles have added to the CRUT and the
scholarship in recent years. “We have always
been impressed with Eastern’s public liberal
arts mission and the vision of Dr. Núñez,” said
Dorothy. “Ron gave this scholarship to Eastern
in my name as a gift to me — and it is the
greatest gift I have ever received.”
*A charitable remainder uni-trust (CRUT) is the
most popular and flexible type of life income.
Cash, securities, real property or other assets are
transferred into the trust. The trustee manages the
trust assets and pays you or others you designate a
variable income for life or for a term of years. When
the trust terminates, the remaining assets in the trust
are transferred to Eastern.

To find out more, contact Kenneth DeLisa,
vice president for institutional advancement, at
(860) 465-5267 or delisak@easternct.edu.

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