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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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Eastern Connecticut State University to Showcase Undergraduate Work at COPLAC Northeast Regional Undergraduate Research Conference

Pictured (L to R): Manan Bhatt, Zachary Marrotte, Ted Straub, Eric Cerino, Lindsey Beliveau, Assist. Prof. Barbara Murdoch, Cody Lorentson, David Klein, Nick Denegre, Assist. Prof. Steve Nathan; not present: Christina Browning, Andrew Burns, Sean Duggan and Joshua Tamosaitis.

October 25 and 26th, Students at COPLAC institutions have the opportunity to present the results of their undergraduate research at regional conferences where they can meet and discuss their work with peers and faculty members. Undergraduate research projects span the disciplines and afford students the prospect of intellectual engagement beyond the formal classroom setting. Host Campus: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Participating campuses:
•    Eastern Connecticut State University
•    Ramapo College of New Jersey
•    Keene State College, New Hampshire
•    University of Maine-Farmington
•    State University of New York, College at Geneseo
•    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

The following students and faculty mentors will be representing Eastern Connecticut State University:

Visual Art Exhibition
Sean Duggan; Mentor June Bisantz Ph.D. Visual Arts
“Sentimental Journey” (Poster for Annual Hospital Gala)

Christina Browning; Mentor June Bisantz Ph.D. Visual Arts
“Sentimental Journey” (Poster for Annual Hospital Gala)

Poster Presentations
Lindsey C. Beliveau; Mentor James A. Hyatt Ph.D. Environmental Earth Science
“An Examination of Water-Produced Erosion Forms in Bedrock using Terrestrial   Laser Scanning”

Manan Bhatt; Mentor Barbara Murdoch Ph.D. Biology
“Identifying Cells Capable of Neurogenesis in the Olfactory Epithelium”

David Klein; Mentor Don Petkov Ph.D.  Business Information Systems
“Systems Analysis for Improvement at the Sales Department at Hayward Trunstiles”

Christopher (Cody) Lorentson; Mentor Stephen Nathan Ph.D. Environmental Earth Science
Geospatial and Physical Assessment of Glacial Deposits in Connecticut to Better Site Ground-Source Heat Pumps”

Oral Presentations
Andrew Burns & Joshua Tamosaitis,  Mentor Ari de Wilde Ph.D. Health & Physical Education
“Doping and Cycling in the Media: A Content Analysis of Sports Illustrated”

Eric Cerino, Mentor: Lyndsey Lanagan-Leitzel Ph.D. Psychology
“The Relations Between Academic Motivation, Self-Efficacy and Academic   Procrastination”

Zachary Marotte; Jamel Ostwald Ph.D.  History
“The Struggle to Break with the Ancients: The English Army’s Gradual Adoption of Modern Military Theory, 1660-1728.

Ted Straub; Dimitrios Pachis Ph.D. Economics
“Can Behavioral Economics Help Consumers Save?”

Nicholas Denegre; Catherine Carlson Ph.D. Environmental Earth Science
“Validation of the Economics and Energy Savings for Advanced Commercial Rooftop Unit Control Strategies”

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Ricky Magner First Undergraduate Research/Creative Acitivity Fellow

Richard “Ricky” Magner, a senior studying mathematics at Eastern Connecticut State University, is the University’s first Undergraduate Research/Creative Activity Fellow. The research fellowship program provides undergraduate students with a stipend and the opportunity to research with experienced professionals in their field. During his freshman year, Magner met Professor Mizan Khan of the Mathematics Department and was invited to take part in the research that Khan was undertaking in the field of Number Theory.

Their research has culminated in two manuscripts. The first, “Two Combinatorial Geometric Problems Involving Modular Hyperbola,”  has been accepted to the research journal Integers. The authors are M. Khan, R. Magner, A. Winterhof and S. Senger. The second, “An application of Modular Hyperbolas to Quadratic Residues,” co-authored by Khan and Magner, has been accepted for publication in the American Mathematical Monthly, the flagship journal of the Mathematics Association of America and will be published in late 2014. The monthly accepts less than 10 percent of submissions, and publication of the research represents a major milestone for Magner. A copy of article can be found here QuadResModHyprev .

Ricky believes being a research fellow will serve him well when he applies to a prestigious doctoral program in mathematics. More details on Ricky’s experience and work with Dr. Khan are available on the Eastern Connecticut State University News Flash.

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