Where did the idea of fried mozzarella sticks come from?

The History club held another successful Trivia Night in the Student Center on Thursday, April 9, 2015. With roughly 30 people in attendance, challenging questions, and plenty of fried mozzarella sticks, a great time was had by all.

Not a mozzarella stick to be found

(Bonus trivia answer: the idea of fried cheese sticks dates back to c. 1400 France.)

History Alumna Saundra Catalina working for Habitat for Humanity

Saundra Catalina has recently updated us on her career following her graduation from Eastern with a History/Social Science degree. In an email addressed to Dr. Kirchmann, Saundra wrote: “Right after graduating I did a couple of years of AmeriCorps with Habitat for Humanity. Some of my assignments were behind the scenes event planning, fundraising, and creating new volunteer programs. After that I did construction for a couple of years with Habitat in Washington, D.C leading volunteers on site and in my spare time working with the office staff to increase our connection to the communities we were building in. I moved to Denver, Colorado about a year and a half ago as an Assistant Manager of one of Denver’s Habitat for Humanity ReStores (if you haven’t been to one it’s like a Home Depot thrift store that raises funds for Habitat).  Just two weeks ago I was promoted to Manager of one of our ReStores here in Denver. My goal is mostly to gain experience managing others.  I’m looking forward to learning a lot from this new position.” Congratulations, Saundra, and please keep in touch!

Congratulations to Team History (College Bowl)

While the study of history consists of far more than just facts, historians have to know more than their fair share. No surprise, then, that our department’s representatives in the Eastern College Bowl trivia competition lived up to the high standards established by past Teams History. This year Team History made it to the championship round and took second place, and is looking to win it all next year. Congratulations to Team History members Keaton Sanborn, Emily Komornick, Shawn Batchelder, and Austin Cirello.

Upcoming Careers in History talk on legal careers

Careers in History Speaker Series

Kristina M. Lenda

3-4pm, Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Webb Hall, Room 110

Refreshments will be provided

A former History major at Eastern, Attorney Kristina Lenda worked in the Connecticut State Judicial Branch for Superior Court Judges after law school and has been in private practice since 2008. Lenda joined the Glastonbury law firm Brown, Paindiris, & Scott two years ago. She has been designated by her peers as a “Connecticut Rising Star” for Family Law in the 2013 “Super Lawyers” issue of Connecticut Magazine. Lenda specializes in Family Law, and has worked on some of the highest dollar divorce cases ever brought in the Connecticut courts.  In those matters she gained experience assisting in the representation of highly compensated executives, business owners and/or their spouses.  She has worked closely with trust and estates attorneys, determining the purpose and intent of trust instruments, along with identifying trust property.  She also works with tax and financial advisors, evaluating tax ramifications for clients incident to a divorce. Lenda will speak on how her training as a History major influenced her career as a lawyer and will talk about career paths open to law graduates in Connecticut.


Kristina Lenda, Connecticut “Rising Star” lawyer

For more details contact Dr. Roland Clark (clarkrol@easternct.edu).  The event is sponsored by the History Department, the Pre-Law Society, and the Campus Activity Board.

History major Sonya Beetham wins research grant to study Picasso

During the fall 2014 semester, Eastern Connecticut State University student Sonya Beetham ’15, a history major from Montville, received a project grant that supported her research into the life of Pablo Picasso. Titled “Pablo Picasso in Time and Place,” Beetham conducted her research under the mentorship of History Professor Roland Clark.

Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon

“I am very excited about Sonya’s research project,” said Clark. “She has a solid grasp of how historians approach artists and their work, and her project draws together skills from a variety of disciplines. I am looking over Sonya’s shoulder while she is researching and writing her paper, and am learning a lot about Picasso and cubism in the process.”

In regard to her research topic, Beetham said, “The topic of ‘Pablo Picasso in Time and Place’ was first brought to my attention by Professor Clark, who developed in me an interest in artists and the social and political contexts in which they work. I wanted to continue to work with Professor Clark, so we created an independent study that allowed me to research some of the art he presented in his classes.” She continued, “Picasso was one of the first names that came to mind because of my lack of knowledge about him, as well as his primitivist and cubist works.”

“Having grants available for students to pursue research is crucial because it gives them access to unique sources, experts and archives that they cannot find anywhere else,” said Clark. “This sort of research helps develop skills that students like Sonya will use throughout their working lives.”

When asked about being selected to receive an Eastern project grant, Beetham said, “I was very excited when I found out I was chosen. I heard it was a very competitive grant; I was nervous just to submit my application, but I’m happy I did.”

Limited funds are available for Eastern students to help cover the costs of research or a creative activity project. These activities are defined at Eastern as “Original intellectual or creative contributions to the student’s discipline carried out in conjunction with a faculty mentor, culminating in formal review of that work through presentations, exhibitions and/or publications.”