Academic Open House Fair

On Sunday, October 11, 2015, over 600 visitors, prospective students and their families, participated in an Open House at Eastern. Alaiana Torromeo, a History and Social Science major, the Department of History student worker, and a recent recipient of the History Department’s Roth Scholarship, helped to staff the History information booth at the Academic Fair. Together with the Department’s Chair Dr. Anna Kirchmann, they spoke to prospective history majors and their families and answered their questions about the history program and departmental events and activities.

Congrats to History grad John Allen

We just heard from our recent alum, John Allen, who has started in his new job as a Social Studies teacher at Putnam High School. John is teaching Civics to four classes of Freshmen and AP American Government to a class of Sophomores. He says he enjoys teaching very much and feels well prepared to meet the challenges of his new role. He credits Eastern professors from the Department of History for that, and particularly Professors Tucker, Meznar, Higginbotham and Kirchmann, who offered him their support throughout his college career. “I am proud that I am an Eastern grad,” says John. And we are very proud of you, John Allen!

Because we’re never done Making History

The Chair persons of History Departments from Eastern, Central, Western, and Southern met last month to discuss the organization of the second annual research conference “Making History.” The first conference, which took place last Spring at Southern, featured presentations from both students and faculty members, and became a great success. In the Spring 2016, “Making History” will be hosted by the History Department at Central. Save the date: March 11, 2016!

Conference organizers and departmental chairs (from left): Dr. Katherine Hermes (CCSU), Dr. Kevin Gutzman (WSCU), Dr. Anna Kirchmann (ESCU), and Dr. Troy Paddock (SCSU).

Mock GREs

For those interested in going on to grad school, many graduate programs (in many disciplines) require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). It’s a good idea to take a practice exam if at all possible.

So this semester, Psi Chi, the honor society in Psychology, will be hosting four sessions of the Mock GREs here at Eastern. This computerized test is created by ETS, and scores are provided at the end of the session.

Sessions will occur on: October 6 from 6-8 PM; October 9 from 3-5 PM; November 11 from 1-3 PM; and November 12 from 6-8 PM.

All sessions will be in Webb 307, and the cost is $5, paid in cash or check made out to ECSU Psi Chi (paid at the testing session). Proceeds go to the Rich Bronson Scholarship Fund to defer costs of graduate school for Psi Chi members.

Please email Dr. James Diller in Psychology ( to reserve a seat.

Registration Approacheth

It’s that time of the year – time to have nightmares about being closed out of courses and failing to graduate on time. You can avoid such concerns by signing up to meet with your History advisor, and then registering on time.

The new Advisement Newsletter can be found here.

The details:
eWeb opens for registration at 7:00 on the morning of the student’s assigned registration start date.


Advisement Dates

Registration Start Date

Credit Range

Senior October 5 -9 October 12 90 or more credits earned
Junior October 12 – 16 October 19 60 – to under 90 credits earned
Sophomore October 19 – 23 October 26 30 – to under 60 credits earned
Freshman November 2 – 6 November 9 Under 30 credits earned

History Tutor available

For any students (both majors and non-majors) seeking help with lower-level History courses, History Tutor Erin Strickland can help! Her office hours at the Academic Services Center are:

Mondays 2-4
Tuesdays 1-3
Wednesdays 2-4.

Spread the word.

Come Clubbing with the Profs

Eastern’s History Club is sponsoring a brownie social tomorrow (Wednesday, 16 Sept) from 3-4 in the Faculty Lounge (3rd floor Webb, end of hall). Some of the department’s most famous historians will be there to sign autographs, and generally eat baked goods. So come see your professors in their natural habitat.

Thoresen Scholarship for individual research projects

Once again the Jean H. Thoresen ECSU-AAUP Scholarship is being offered to ECSU Undergraduate students who are conducting independent or collaborative research projects. Up to $500 in scholarship money is available.

For more details on this scholarship, brought to you by Eastern’s branch of the American Association of University Professors, consult the website here – or go to and click on the tab “Thoresen Scholarship” at the top. Or, you can ask an Academic Department Secretary for the informational Thoresen Brochure that describes all of the application requirements. Deadline is September 21 (3rd Monday of September, 2015).

This is what we call historical perspective

ECSU History major Tim Panzarella published an op-ed in the Hartford Courant (2 September 2015) contextualizing the current, sometimes heated, debate over immigrants in America. As Tim’s case study of Italian Americans in Connecticut one hundred years ago shows, History may not repeat itself exactly, but it often rhymes. Those interested in a broader perspective on immigration and its place in American history should read Tim’s piece here.

Congratulations Tim, for providing some needed historical context.

Tim Panzarella