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Performing Arts Students Award Winners at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Joseph Staffa projection design work for Once on this Island won first place for Scenic Design Excellence at this year’s conference.  As such, he wins a one week trip to Washington DC’s national conference.  This is the second year in a row a student of Faculty Mentor Kristen Morgan has won a first place national KCACTF award for their Projection Design.

Keri Smart won a one week scholarship at the prestigious Stage Craft Institute of Las Vegas for her costume design of Eastern’s production of The Birds. Anya Sokolavskaya was Keri’s mentor and advisor in designing and building the costumes which featured a highly creative use of feathers.  Her award includes an experience with Las Vegas’ famous Jubilee costume design and run crew.

“Once on this Island” directed and choreographed by Alycia Bright-Holland won a regional Merit Award for Excellent use of African and Caribbean dance and performance in a theatrical context.

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Performing Arts Students and Faculty Members Attend Kennedy Center American College Festival

This year Eastern has twenty students and five faculty members in attendance at the Kennedy Center American College Festival, a yearly event at which over 1000 students and faculty from colleges all across the Northeast participate.  This year’s festival is in Hyannis Massachusetts.

As in year’s past, our students have been very active in the conference’s events, workshops and competitions.  For their performances in Eastern theatre productions, four of our actors, Stephanie Madden, Kinde Queenan, Dan Fernandez, and Kelsey Guggenheim were nominated to participate in the event’s Irene Ryan acting competition.  Emily Rieser, Mya Ta, Chad Dominique, and Alexis Kurtz performed in the competition as partners to our nominated performers.

The quality work at Eastern of four of our Design/Tech/Management students, Amanda Conkey, Joe Staffa, Matt Pryke, and Keri Smart was such that the four of them were nominated to participate in the conference’s Design/Tech/and Management Exhibition.  Three of these students, Joe, Matt, and Keri have been selected as three of fifteen finalists in this competitive event.  For her performance in Eastern’s musical Once on this Island, Amanda Conkey was selected to compete in the last night’s Malthy Musical Theatre performance.  Zach LaSala auditioned for, and received a part in, the conference’s One Act Play competition.

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Fall 2013 Jean H. Thoresen ECSU-AAUP Scholarship Awards

The following 2 students received the Jean H. Thoresen ECSU-AAUP Scholarship to support their undergraduate research.

Eric Cerino, Subjective Age and Senior Center Activity’s Relation to Depressive Symptoms in an Elderly Sample, Psychology Department

Jessica Patrizi, Can Extracellular Matrix Molecules Enhance Neurogenesis in the Chick Olfactory Epithelium?, Biology Department

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2014 Summer University Research Program

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