Eastern Shares Its Message Across Connecticut and Beyond

We thought the start of the new school year was a good time to acknowledge the impact of Eastern faculty on the accomplishments of our students and let you know how the University shares their good news.  Through such engaged learning practices as undergraduate research, internships, service learning, and other high impact practices, Eastern students are winning awards, presenting at national conferences, publishing in professional journals, and demonstrating the quality of the liberal arts education they receive on this campus. The story of these successful students and alumni serves as the basis for Eastern’s marketing efforts. Using a variety of advertising and marketing communications messages on campus and throughout Connecticut and the upper Northeast, Eastern is raising its public profile and drawing attention to its growing academic reputation. Some examples of current marketing strategies include more than 30 vertical free-standing displays found across campus as well as at several community colleges in the region, each showcasing the talents and experiences of Eastern students and alumni.

Similar “testimonials” can be found in ads found in daily and weekly newspapers throughout Connecticut, including the suburbs along the shoreline in Fairfield, Middlesex and New London Counties, the suburbs surrounding Hartford, the Hartford Courant, the New London Day, the Manchester Journal Inquirer and other publications.

If you take the train into and back from New York City, watch the station gates on the MetroNorth line for kiosks and other displays featuring Eastern students and graduates; similar signage can also be found on the Long Island Railroad as the University continues to reach out to attract out-of-state students.

Eastern ads will also appear again in guidebooks distributed at regional and national college fairs in New York State, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  A new billboard campaign that makes the case that, at Eastern “you won’t get lost in the crowd” will appear on billboards in Fairfield County. In the broadcast arena, you can listen to Eastern radio spots on WNPR, and later during the winter months, tune into the final season of Downton Abbey on PBS and see our television spots there.

With a liberal arts education that features a broad-based academic core and also offers applied learning experiences to all students, Eastern continues to impress those we touch as being a campus where students can get personal attention and a transformative education. Getting the attention of potential students and their families is a top priority for the University’s marketing efforts.

Eastern Freshmen Arrive on Campus!

On Aug. 31, new and returning students started the fall 2015 semester. Prior to the beginning of classes, the Office of Housing and Residential Life welcomed more than 2,550 students to campus during the fall student move-in days, held on Aug. 29 and 30.

In keeping with its commitment to being a predominantly residential campus for its undergraduate students, Eastern was able to accommodate all first-year and transfer students as well as all upperclassmen who desired on-campus housing. Additionally, Eastern now offers on-campus housing for any graduate student who wishes to be a part of the residential experience.

With the help of a Welcome Crew of more than 150 student volunteers the move-in process went extremely well. Administrators, faculty, staff and alumni were also on hand to help roll out the welcome mat for new and returning students and their families. Students were emailed check-in instructions prior to their date of move-in, and University Police and other staff provided directions to students and families upon their arrival to campus, which helped things go smoothly.

Eastern students come from 18 countries, 23 states, and 161 different municipalities throughout Connecticut. As such, the Eastern residential population is a diverse community of scholars who will benefit from the inclusive communities, active learning opportunities, and life skills development that the residence halls provide.

Partaking of a collegiate experience like none other, on-campus students embrace Eastern’s philosophy of a liberal arts education, practically applied, and they can look forward to a productive year in Housing and Residential Life!

Freshmen Introduced to Community Service

Continuing Eastern’s tradition of introducing new students to the University’s commitment to community service, 71 incoming students participated in a variety of community projects during Warrior Welcome Weekend. Through the Center for Community Service, students volunteered at a local community garden at Lauter Park with GROW Windham. This collaboration of community partners in the Windham region is dedicated to promoting access to healthy food through the support of community food projects and food- and garden-based youth programming.

Students also helped out at Vanderman Place, a residential community that provides short- and long-term care to its patients. Volunteers assisted in a beautification project for the building’s courtyard, where many of the residents spend time enjoying nature and the outdoors safely.

Volunteers also participated in several projects on campus to support the local community, preparing welcome kits and created personalized letters of encouragement for children to stay engaged in school throughout the new academic year. New students created “Literacy Kits,” including a book and an activity, to help young children with social and literacy skills. All literacy kits will be donated to the Windham Elementary After-School Programs.

President’s Picnic and Student Activity Fair

It’s once again time for the annual President’s Picnic and Student Activities Fair. The fun gets underway on Sept. 10, from 5-7 p.m.on the Webb Hall lawn.

Students, faculty and staff will enjoy a full range of activities and delicious food. Students will have more than 100 opportunities you want to get involved in this year! Don’t miss it!

President Núñez: We Have the “Strength to Succeed!”

On Aug. 25, Eastern President Elsa Núñez provided an inspiring presentation in her State of the University address, citing numerous national honors and awards, and an increase in enrollment for the fall as a sign that “Eastern is doing very well. We continue to see a variety of metrics on the up-tick, and our budget—despite state funding challenges, demographic trends and other realities—appears to be sufficient for us to operate in the black once again.  Thanks to our collective resourcefulness in managing limited, if not diminishing financial resources, we are in reasonably good shape, and have the capacity to do some great things this year. We have the strength to succeed! Through your diligence, sacrifice, ingenuity, and hard work, we have been able to balance our budget the past six years, and we are on track to do so again. Through your professional attitude, approach, and actions, our people have consistently found ways to have a positive impact on our students and our state, managing to do this with increasingly limited resources.”

Núñez cited higher SAT scores and 500 new students in five new majors as reasons to be proud, but challenged faculty and staff to pitch in on helping to retain students. “We need to sell our campus to every student who arrives here. Our advocacy for the education taught on this campus cannot end once students enter as freshmen.  If we believe in what we do here, then we can all agree that keeping a student at Eastern for their entire undergraduate career is best for them.”

Also during the meeting, 10-year service awards were presented to Alex Citurs, assistant professor of business administration; Daniel Donaghy, associate professor of English, Melanie Evans Keyes, associate professor of psychology; Reginald Flood, associate professor of English; Weiping Liu, associate professor of business administration; William Lugo, associate professor of sociology; Maureen McDonnell, associate professor of English; Christopher Dorsey, director of admissions and enrollment management; Jamel Ostwald, associate professor of history; George Whiting, payroll and position control coordinator; Joseph McGann, director of institutional advancement; Paul Serignese, assistant director of housing; Natalie Clark, financial analyst; Leigh Balducci, associate design and publications officer; Julia DeLapp, program coordinator for the Center for Early Childhood Education; Leah Tanger, Secretary II in modern and classical languages; Heidi Roberto, administrative assistant in the library;  and Lance Bennett, custodian in facilities management.

English Professor Raouf Mama , Public Relations Officer Dwight Bachman, and Biology Professor Yaw Nsiah crossed the quarter-century mark in years of service to the University.

Sonja Cabezas, student collection assistant in the Bursar’s Office; Bruce Babcock, skilled maintainer in facilities management; Hari Koirala, professor of education; Nicole Krassas, professor of political science; Jian-Zhong Lin, professor of English; and David Stoloff, professor of education, were presented awards for 20 years of service, while Public Relations Officer Dwight Bachman, Biology Professor Yaw Nsiah and English Professor Raouf Mama received awards for 25 years of service.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dimitrios Pachis, right, congratulates Bruce Babcock, skilled maintainer in facilities management, upon his retirement.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dimitrios Pachis, right, congratulates Fran Champney, secretary II in the Department of Education, upon her retirement.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dimitrios Pachis, right, congratulates Marion Kervin, secretary II in education and professional studies, upon her retirement.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dimitrios Pachis, right, congratulates Gerald Provost, skilled maintainer in facilities management, upon his retirement.

Diane Osunniyi, processing technician in the Bursar’s Officer; Bruce Babcock, skilled maintainer in facilities management; Gerald Provost, skilled maintainer in facilities management; Fran Champney Secretary II in the Department of Education; and Marion Kervin, Secretary II in education and professional studies, were honored as they retired from the University.

Princeton Review Names Eastern a 2016 “Best College in the Northeast”

The Princeton Review has named Eastern as one of the “Best Colleges in the Northeast” in its 2016 edition of “Best Colleges: Region By Region.” In the 11-state region, 225 colleges were recognized in the report, which was released on Aug. 3.

“We chose Eastern and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president-publisher of the Princeton Review. “We also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project.”

Only schools that permit the Princeton Review to independently survey students are eligible to be considered for the regional “best” list, and only schools with a strong level of student satisfaction make it on the final list. The survey asks students to rate their colleges on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life.

The 225 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Northeast” 2016 list are located in: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont—and the District of Columbia.

Eastern Receives National Recognition as an Outstanding Workplace

For the sixth time, Eastern is one of the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For,” according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Of the 281 institutions participating this year, Eastern was one of only 42 schools that were named to the program’s “Honor Roll.”

Eastern is the only four-year institution in Connecticut to earn this accolade, and the only public four-year institution in New England. Recognized in nine of the program’s 12 job satisfaction categories, this is the best Eastern has fared in the prestigious program.

“We are delighted to be included on the ‘Great Colleges to Work for’ Honor Roll,” said Eastern President Elsa Núñez, “and honored to again be recognized as one of the nation’s top higher education workplaces. The spirit of collaboration and unity that exists on our campus is a strength that helps us better serve our students and the state of Connecticut. Receiving this national recognition once again from the Chronicle of Higher Education is very gratifying, especially given our high ranking on nine of the program’s 12 criteria.”


Eastern was recognized for its collaborative governance; professional/career development programs; compensation and benefits; facilities, workplace and security; job satisfaction and support; confidence in senior leadership; supervisor/department chair relationships; employee respect and appreciation; and tenure process for faculty.

English Students Travel to Italy for Global Field Course

This summer, eight students from Eastern traveled to Florence, Italy, with English Professor Christopher Torockio to participate in the course, “Creative Writing Abroad.” This intensive writing course encourages students to produce daily, original works of poetry and fiction in a foreign country.

“As writers, it is our job to capture the human essence as much as we can to make our work more believable, authentic and relatable to our audience,” said senior English major Mikayla Zagata. “In that respect, seeing people from a different culture and the distinct differences and similarities between us gave me a much better understanding of the human condition.”

Students used class readings and their surroundings for inspiration in producing original work every day. Zagata said of this experience, “One of the most challenging things was creating descriptions in our writing that accurately captured our surroundings. Florence is just so majestic that it’s hard to put into words sometimes.”

The students stayed within minutes of the famous Duomo, a cathedral that has been thd main church of Florence since 1436. They also visited the Galleria dell’ Academia, which houses Michelangelo’s statue of David.  They were never far from a palace or grand building that was either under Medici control at one time or a former Medici residence. The group also had the opportunity to explore different areas of Tuscany such as Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa.

A Toast to Professor Villanueva

Emiliano Villanueva, assistant professor of business administration, has co-authored a book that won an important prize from the International Wine Organization (OIV). The book, “La Economía del Vino en España y el Mundo” (“The Economy of Wine in Spain and the World”), won the International Wine Organization (OIV) 2015 Book Award.
Villanueva’s chapter (#19, in Spanish) is titled “Innovation in the World’s Wine Business: The Influence of the United States and Australia.”

The OIV gives its OIV Book Award to the best books published in the world of wine in the previous two years. “I am thrilled with the news,” said Villanueva. “In 2013, I participated on a Spanish publication sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture that was finally published in December 2014. This was a joint effort led by Spanish Professors J.S. Castillo and R. Compés that had the participation of more than 15 co-authors from universities in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Chile, Argentina, and myself from the United States.”

The book won the “OIV Award” for the year 2015 after competing with 55 other publications coming from 17 different countries Judges selected the book because of “its original and relevant contribution, and international scope.”

Congratulations to Professor Rosenberg

Lauren Rosenberg, associate professor of English, has published what has been described as “a groundbreaking book” — “Desire for Literacy: Writing in the Lives of Adult Learners.” Rosenberg’s book is part of the National Council of English Teachers’ (NCTE) Studies in Writing Series (SWR). The NCTE is the professional home of the English language arts community. “This series is as prestigious as it gets in her field,” said English Professor Lisa Fraustino.

The NCTE writes, “Lauren Rosenberg’s qualitative study illustrates that marginalized adult learners are quite capable of theorizing about their position in society, questioning dominant ideas, disrupting them, and challenging traditional literacy narratives in American culture.

“Focusing on the experiences, knowledge, and perspectives of four adult learners, Rosenberg examines instances in which participants resist narratives of oppression, particularly when they become authors, demonstrating that these adult learners are already knowledgeable individuals who can teach academics about how literacy operates, especially in terms of how students, instructors, and scholars of composition think about the meanings and purposes of literacy.”

Rainwater Presents “Violent Nature” Exhibit in Manchester

Corina S. Alvarezdelugo
The Red Wall I
Encaustic, textiles, Pan pastels, and ink on panel

Jane Rainwater, adjunct professor of visual arts, is exhibiting “Violent Nature” at the Dehn Art Gallery at Manchester Community College through Oct. 18. “Violent Nature” is an exhibition of sculpture, painting, drawing, installation and photography by nine artists who use weapons and images of weaponry in their work as a response to violence in contemporary society.

Jane Rainwater
Butterfly Monarch
Pen and Ink, collector’s box

“Where does this violent behavior come from?” Rainwater asks. “Is it part of our inherent nature or de we learn this behavior? Are there ways to move beyond being violent people? Periods of war and violence are also periods of intense cultural production. Can the power of art bring visibility and recognition to these traumas? Can art advance social change? We hope that the artworks in this show will illuminate the issue of violence in our society and create a path of understanding and healing.”

Linda Lighton
Love and War: The Ammunition

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call (860) 647-6030 or visit www.mcconmaing.org

1990 Pitching Ace Boskus is E-Club Hall of Famer

Steve Boskus, the number one pitcher on the most dominant starting pitching staff in Eastern baseball history, has been selected for induction into the E-Club Athletic Hall of Fame.

A six-foot, 185-pound left-handed pitcher, Boskus became the second pitcher in program history to win as many as nine games in a season without a loss, pitching into the ninth inning of regional and national tournament-opening victories in 1990 as the Warriors ran the table in seven NCAA Division III postseason tournament games en route to their second national championship.

Boskus is the fourth announced E-Club Hall of Famer in the five-person Class of 2015, joining women’s basketball All-America forward Jen Zabek (1995-99), men’s lacrosse All-America attack Jeff Reinhart (1998-01), and Laura (Oberstadt) Boardman, who earned All-New England distinction eight times as a four-year starter in two sports between 1988 and 1993.

Boskus earned a B.S. Degree in Physical Education from Eastern and an M.S. Degree in School Counseling from the University of Hartford. He has been employed for the past 13 years by the Nauset (MA) school district as a guidance counselor. Boskus resides in his hometown with wife Christie and two young children.

The 22nd E-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception is scheduled for Oct. 10 in the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center. A 4 p.m. reception will precede the 5 p.m. ceremony. A buffet meal will be available following the ceremony. Tickets are priced at $50 and must be reserved in advance by contacting Scott Smith at (860) 465-4326 or at smithsc@easternct.edu or visit https://easternct.prestosports.com/Hall_of_Fame/index