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Richard Magner Receives Barry Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship established in 1986 recognizes, outstanding students in the areas of mathematics, natural sciences or engineering. Ricky was nominated by Eastern Connecticut State University. This honor adds to his research presentations and 2 publications with his mentor Mizan Khan and as our first Undergraduate Research Fellow. Ricky was 1 of 6 Honorable Mentions for the State of Connecticut.

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Concert Chorale to Perform at Carnegie Hall

The Eastern Concert Chorale have been invited to perform composer John Rutter’s “Requiem” on Monday March 17th at world famous Carnegie Hall as part of a concert series sponsored by Mid-America Productions in New York City. This is the culmination of a 2 month rehearsal process at not only Eastern Connecticut State University but at also a 4 day residency with choirs from Arizona, California, Connecticut and Kentucky. The following students will be performing: Devannie Cesar, Emily Chubet, Conner Cummings, Mindy DeDominicis, Talia Erris,  Andrew Faria, Kyle Girard, Tyler Hinde, Alexis Kurtz, Jordan LaRusso, Tom Law, Moriah Perrett, Josh Perry, Judy Reid, Zach Rice, Ally Rollins, Erik Russell-Shepherd, Cecile St. Jean, Renae St. John,  Thomas Wazny, Matthew White, and Mikayla Zagata.          

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Students Graphic Designs on Display

Working with Faculty Mentor June Bisantz, graphic design students  will have their work for the Green Lights Initiative on display at the Kerri Gallery in Willimantic from February 2 to March 5th. The students involved are Kara Berglund, Melissa Blazejak, Christina Broccoli, Laura Cardeno, Joshua Cranmer, Braden Herrick, Lauren Hodkinson, Cynthia Kapp, Solinda Keth, Colleen King, Hannah Lewis, Cassandra Marion, Chris McMenamey, Seth Myers, Kristin Palka, Joseph Perez, Robert Picone, Mark Raleigh, Alyssa Reilly, Alexa Senia, Chelsea Taylor, Tyler Scott and Julie Vega.

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Mathematics Student Presents Research

Rebecca Keenan  presented her research with students from Wesleyan University, Concordia College and Valparaiso University in the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings held in Baltimore, MD in January. The project titled “Estimating the Volatility in the Black-Scholes Formula” was created during her participation at a National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduate) site last year.

Rebecca is continuing her research with Dr. Anthony Aidoo.

Left to right: Rebecca Keenan (Eastern Connecticut State University), Rachel Lane (Concordia College) & Josh Matti (Wesleyan University)

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5 Students to Present their Research at National Conferences in Spring 2014

Eric Cerino of the Psychology Department and mentored by Dr. Jennifer Leszczynski will represent Eastern Connecticut State University at the 18th Annual Posters on the Hill Conference in Washington DC. Their research titled “Investigating Subjective Age, Level of Activity and Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults” was 1 of 60 posters selected from approximately 600 submissions. All presenters will also be able to discuss the impact of their research experience with members of Congress.


The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research NCUR have selected 3 students to present their work in April 2014. These projects were selected from over 4,000 submissions and will represent Eastern Connecticut State University at this prestigious conference. The following are the students names and presentation titles as well as their departments. Rebecca Keenan, Math Department (Mentor: Anthony Aidoo) will present her research titled ” Estimating the Volatility in the Black Scholes Formula.

Mentored by Dr. Terri Toles-Patkin of the Communications Department,  Kacey Rainone (Presentation Title: ” Slut: The Deconstruction and Recoding of a Defamatory Term) and Jordan Sakal (Presentation Title: “The Effect of Social Media on Political Awareness).

Krysta Valerio of the Health and Physical Education Department (Mentor: Greg Kane Ph.D.) has also been selected to present  at the North American Society for Sport Management Conference in May 2014. Her research titled “Real-Time Analysis at Sports Venues” was selected from from 487 abstracts.


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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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