Melissa Zablonski and Ryan Blejewski Accepted to Present at Harvard University

History major Melissa Zablonski will present her research titled “The Pension Widow: Defining the Criteria for Women in the Revolutionary Pension Process” at the Conference for International Journal of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Her research (mentored by: Professor Tucker) focuses on the review of public records of the criteria used to award pensions to widows of affluence versus those from lower social status of soldiers in the Revolutionary War.

Ryan Blejewski’s work is titled (Mentor: Roland Clark) “A Massacre in Jedwabne: A Psycho-Historical Perspective in Trying to Understand the Events of July 10, 1941.″ Ryan’s research was also accepted to the British Council for Undergraduate Research Conference.

English Students Accepted to Present at International English Honor Society Conference

Alexandra Rogan and Renee Drouin (mentored by Lisa Rowe Fraustino, Ph.D.) have had their papers accepted for presentation at the 2015 Sigma Tau Delta Convention in Albuquerque March 18-21.

Alexandra Rogan’s paper to be presented is titled “Traditional vs. New Media Publishing.”

Renee Drouin’s paper is titled “The Cooper Case of Anthropomorphism.”



Fall 2014 Recipients of Travel and Project Grants

Dominique DuBois received an UGRCA Travel Grant to present her research at the 38th Annual Meeting of the International Waterbird Society and CIPAMEX in La Paz Mexico. Her work with Dr. Patty Szczys in the biology department was titled  “Genetic Mating System of the Marsh-Nesting Whiskered Tern.”

Sonya Beetham (mentor Roland Clark) from the History Department received a Project Grant to support her research titled “Pablo Picasso in Time and Place.”


Love at First Sight Documentary Screening

December 8th, 2014, Love at First Sight: J. Alden Weir in Windham Connecticut” was screened in the Student Center Theatre at Eastern Connecticut State University. Under the direction of communications professor Denise Matthews, Eastern students videotaped interviews with the director of the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, the director of the Windham History and Textile Museum in Willimantic, and professor Anne Dawson, art historian and chair of the Art and Art History department at Eastern. Students also filmed reenactments at the Weir House and the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum. Final editing was done by Eastern student Emily Haggett in spring 2014. “Film is a new medium for me, so working with the documentary class was a new experience,” Dawson said, but added that Matthew’s class “did a really wonderful job.”

16 EES Students Present at Regional Geological Conference

Sixteen environmental earth science students from Eastern Connecticut State University and three of their professors presented findings of their fieldwork along the Rhode Island coastline at the New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference (NEIGC). The conference took place Oct. 10–12 at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA. The Eastern presentation was titled “Climate change comes to the south shore of Rhode Island: Erosion, inundation and migration.” The group’s research focused on storm damage and rising sea level, and discussed the science and management of the Rhode Island coastline.  The project was supervised by Eastern professors Bryan Oakley, Drew Hyatt and Steve Nathan. Below are the student presenters:

Daniel Grondin, Josh Bartosiewicz, Mackenzie Fannon, Dustin Munson, Stephanie Rogers, Carly Burgess, Mike Lundquist, Kevin Veilleux, Amber McDonald, Brandan Sumeersarnauth, Trent Stevens, Matt Marsie, Ujjwal Davda, Prof. Nathan and Zach Beauchesne, James Malcolm, and Vicky Szamocki

Student Researchers Present TIMPANI Toy Study Results

Alyssa Zebrowski and Kristen Krause, seniors Kimberly DePaolis, Danni Meskill and Heather Oski participated as student researchers on the ongoing TIMPANI Toy Study. Results focused on how young children play with a variety of toys in natural settings., Krause, Oski and Zebrowski, along with Dr. Trawick-Smith, presented their findings at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference in Dallas. TX, on Nov. 8.

Psychology Department Hosts first Psychological Science Night

On Wednesday, December 10th 2014, 56 student from the Psychology Department presented their research as posters and 3 students conducted oral presentations of their research. Student projects from Research Methods II courses and from departmental research labs were the focus of the evening. Students who presented their work can be found at the following link Psychological Science Night 2014. 

Ricky Magner, Undergraduate Research Fellow Presents at CCSU

On November 14th, 2014, Ricky Magner presented a Mathematics Colloquium at Central Connecticut State University titled ” Undergraduate Research in Mathematics. ” The talk focused on opportunities for performing undergraduate research in math aimed at both faculty as mentors and students as participants. Also presented was an overview of the work Ricky completed in number theory at Eastern including how the project began and progressed. The project involved a study of geometric objects motivated by number theoretic ideas called modular hyperbolas. The results obtained from his research and some open questions that other students in math may consider.

7 Students to Represent Eastern at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

The Regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, or in some instances the state, festival is a gathering of people to see one another’s work and to share ideas. In addition to performances, there are a wide range of activities that in the past have included workshops and seminars on such topics as playwriting, auditioning, voice, movement, stage combat, theater for children, scene painting, scenery construction, and so on. There are sessions for the beginning theater artist and the experienced faculty member. During January and February, a total of eight regional festivals are held throughout the country. The following students have been selected to represent Eastern Connecticut State in January 2015.

Richard Maltby Jr. Musical Theatre Award Competition Nominees: Alexis Kurtz and Corey Lorraine

Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition Nominees: Olivia Beaullan and Corey Lorraine

Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition Alternates: Scott Butler and Anny Ovalle

Stage Management Fellowship Competition Nominee: MaggieMarie Casto

Students Represent Eastern at the New England Psychological Association Conference

The following students presented their research at the New England Psychological Association Conference on October 17-18th at Bates College in Maine:

Robert Santiago presented a poster titled “Ethnic and Acculturative Factors Affecting Academic Stress and Academic Expectations. “

Brett W. Gelino and Robert J. Barry presented with their mentor Dr. James Diller a poster titled “Atheists and Theists have Similar Physiological Reactivity with Demands of God.”

Cheyanne Crawford presented a poster titled “Jealousy Differences in Sex and Sexual Orientation.”