Plunge for Hunger 2015

Covenant Soup Kitchen

Plunge for Hunger 2015

Saturday, February 7th @ Noon

Where: Lauter Park, 115 Ash Street, Willimantic, CT (Transportation provided through the CCE)
How to get involved: Register on the CCE website
Raise $50.00 or more to support the cause! (donations are tax deductible)
The Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation will match all donations up to $50,000

The plunge benefits the Covenant Soup Kitchen, which has been serving the community’s food needs for over 33 years through the meals program and the emergency food pantry. This fiscal year we expect to serve more than 150,000 meals to those in need.


Gail Gelburd

Professor of Art History Gail Gelburd has curated more than 20 exhibitions in eight countries, focusing on non-Eurocentric contemporary art and the intersection of art, politics and spirituality. In addition to her own research in India and Japan, she has also led student tours of Cuba.

Mike Adams

Professor of Biology Mike Adams has taught at Eastern for more than 25 years. His research focuses on the green alga, Chlamydomonas. Over the years, many Eastern students who have assisted in his lab have gone on to prestigious graduate programs.

Denise Matthews

A documentary filmmaker who has won 14 national video production awards and directed more than 100 video productions, Communication Professor Denise Matthews’ video production students have also won state and national awards for their TV advertisements, documentary films and educational videos.

Branko Cavarkapa

Business Administration Professor Branko Cavarkapa’s research and consulting work has been in the areas of international marketing, advertising and market research. He also serves as a reviewer for several academic journals and has published articles in marketing journals in Europe and the United States.

Jeffrey Trawick-Smith

Early Childhood Education Professor Jeffrey Trawick-Smith is an expert on young children’s play. “It seems like a frivolous area of study, but play is one of the most important things children do. It is one of the best predictors we have of later social and intellectual development.”

Olugbenga Ayeni

Associate Professor of Communication Olugbenga Ayeni‘s advertising students have won statewide communication competitions about the dangers of underage drinking. “Students learn faster and better when they are able to put the theories they learned in the classroom into practice.”

Tim Swanson

Physics Professor Tim Swanson is Eastern’s longest-serving faculty member. The minor programs in the Physical Sciences Department “are recognized for their unique emphasis on hands-on learning experiences for students as faculty members concentrate on the practical applications of what they teach in the classroom.”

Prem Mann

Economics Professor Prem Mann has authored three statistics textbooks used in college classrooms around the globe. “Teaching economics and its applications in real life gives me pleasure and satisfaction. I have probably learned as much from my students as they have learned from me.”