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Honor Society Inductions at Stonehill College

EASTON, MA (04/14/2014)– The following local residents were inducted into the national honor society of their field of study at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.

Emily Skalski of Quaker Hill was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society.

Abby Singer of Mystic was inducted into the Kappa Mu Epsilon Honor Society.

Molly Kalla of Norwich was inducted into the Psi Chi Honor Society.

Molly Kalla of Norwich was inducted into the Sigma Delta Pi Honor Society.

Abby Singer of Mystic was inducted into the Sigma Delta Pi Honor Society.

Alexandra Trausch of Old Lyme was inducted into the Sigma Zeta Honor Society.

Stonehill is a selective Catholic college located near Boston on a beautiful 384-acre campus in Easton, Massachusetts. With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, the College engages over 2,500 students in 80+ rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional fields. The Stonehill community helps students to develop the knowledge, skills, and character to meet their professional goals and to live lives of purpose and integrity.

Eastern Inducts New Class of Alumni Fellows

Willimantic – Eastern Connecticut State University inducted its sixth class of Alumni Fellows on March 26 in the Paul E. Johnson Community Room of the J. Eugene Smith Library.  Inductees included Robert Hacker ’86, a dentist who runs a successful practice, and William Kelly ’82, deputy director of securities lending for Bank New York Mellon.
Hacker ’86 earned his degree in biology at Eastern and went on to Tufts School of Dental Medicine where he earned his Doctor of Medical Dentistry Degree. Hacker practiced with other dentists for three years before buying a Branford practice from a retiring dentist. While running his own practice, he advanced his dental education at Americus Cosmetic Institute in New York City, which led to be one of the first practices in the area doing cosmetic dentistry.
Hacker travels to Ecuador annually with his family to provide free dental work for poor children. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, the Connecticut State Dental Association and the Branford Chamber of Commerce.
Kelly ’82 double majored in Economics and Public Policy and Government at Eastern. Today he serves as deputy director of securities lending for Bank New York Mellon, a role in which he is responsible for more than $300 billion of business activity, and Global Head of Client Management, where he makes sure the bank’s list of clients are satisfied with the services provided by the investment professionals he supervises. As part of his job, Kelly has traveled throughout the United States and to nearly 30 countries.
Both Hacker and Kelly give credit to Eastern for getting them to where they are today. When Hacker went to graduate school at Tufts, he couldn’t believe he was chosen to be in the same class as people from schools like Yale, Cornell and Harvard. “Seeing all these Ivy League schools and competitive universities made me nervous about who I was up against,” he said, “but I quickly realized that Eastern had prepared me well. I had a solid knowledge of basic sciences and the team of teachers I had not only got me into one of the top dental schools, but allowed me to compete with other students from universities around the country and the world.”
Hacker talked about how having a liberal arts education contributed to the success of his career. He had to take a psychology class as part of the core curriculum, which helped him relate to his patients later on. “I would recommend taking the opportunity to get a well-rounded education and be creative when picking your classes, because you never know where skills from those classes will be needed later in your life,” said Hacker.
Kelly says he gained crucial skills from Eastern that helped land him his first job in the field. “I was chosen for a leadership position because of my ability to communicate effectively and my ability to demonstrate leadership experience that I learned from my foundation at Eastern,” said Kelly.
He also explained how one opportunity in his work led to many more opportunities and experiences. He advised students to keep in touch with their networks whether it be through Eastern or through professional ranks. “Become associated, become active within your particular field and have that desire to reach out beyond your comfort zone,” said Kelly. “It’s easy to get settled in, but the opportunities that are afforded to us as young professionals are limitless.”
The Eastern Fellows program was established in the 2008-09 academic year to recognize and engage distinguished Eastern alumni in the life of the University.  This program is a means of enriching the educational experience of current Eastern undergraduates by exposing them to alumni who are able to share their work experiences with students in realistic terms. The program is an exciting and stimulating way for our students and faculty to benefit from the knowledge of accomplished professionals.

Local Students Named to Dean’s List at Becker College

WORCESTER, MA (03/31/2014)(readMedia)– The following students were named to the Becker College Dean’s List for fall 2013.

Christina Boucher of Pawcatuck

Katelin Burdick of Pawcatuck

Jessica Chandler of Preston

David Deschenes of Gales Ferry

Sarah Duchesne of Lebanon

Timothy Farina of Niantic

Jessica Fox of Amston

Alyssa Nilson of North Stonington

The Princeton Review ranks Becker College as one of the best 378 colleges in the U.S. Becker’s undergraduate video game design program has been top-ranked by The Princeton Review for four consecutive years and is one of the top three in Massachusetts and top 15 nationwide. Becker is ranked #1 among private undergraduate nursing programs in Massachusetts, with a 98 percent NCLEX pass rate for pre-licensure nursing graduates in 2012. In 2011, Becker was designated by state officials as host of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI). With a 99% placement rate for its graduates for employment or further study, Becker serves more than 1,900 students from across the country and around the world and offers a wide range of quality degree programs-from nursing to veterinary science, and a variety of adult learning options-that prepare world ready graduates. Fifty-four percent of Becker students are enrolled in STEM-based programs of study. With campuses in Worcester and Leicester, MA, Becker College traces its history from the union of two Massachusetts educational institutions-one founded in 1784 and the other in 1887-and has more than 18,000 alumni worldwide.

Saint Anselm College student Jessica Farley of Preston inducted into honor society

MANCHESTER, NH (03/31/2014)(readMedia)Saint Anselm College student Jessica Farley, of Preston, a senior nursing major was inducted into the college’s TAU Chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society. Forty Saint Anselm College students were inducted in a ceremony on campus.

Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national scholastic honor society for students, faculty, and alumni of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition. Juniors must have a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and seniors a 3.1 cumulative grade point average to apply for membership. Applicants are selected by a committee of TAU chapter faculty and administrators based on academic standing, leadership, and service to the college and community.

The inductees and their guests were welcomed at Mass and a brunch before the beginning of the official induction ceremony. Montague Brown, Ph.D., president of Tau Chapter and chair of the philosophy department presided over the induction. Rev. Mark A. Cooper, O.S.B., Abbot of Saint Anselm Abbey, performed the opening invocation.

Saint Anselm alumnus Dr. Joseph Pepe, MD, gave the induction address. Dr. Pepe, a biology major from the class of 1983, is now the president and chief executive officer of CMC Healthcare System in New Hampshire.

Founded in 1939, it recognizes academic accomplishments, to foster scholarly activities, and to encourage a sense of intellectual community among its members. Saint Anselm College is a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts college in Manchester, NH.

Local students earn High Honor Roll recognition for Winter Term 2013-2014 at Pomfret School

POMFRET, CT (03/24/2014)– The following area students recently achieved High Honor Roll status at Pomfret School for the 2013 – 2014 Winter Term.

Alicia Brisson of Colchester, a member of the Pomfret class of 2014. Alicia earned high honors with a 3.5 average and no grade below a B-.

Amanda Kewer of Oakdale, a member of the Pomfret class of 2015. Amanda earned high honors with a 3.5 average and no grade below a B-.

Mark Kozlowski of Oakdale, a member of the Pomfret class of 2014. Mark earned high honors with a 3.5 average and no grade below a B-.

Breana Lohbusch of Lebanon, a member of the Pomfret class of 2016. Breana earned high honors with a 3.5 average and no grade below a B-.

Founded in 1894 and coeducational since 1968, Pomfret School is an independent college preparatory boarding and day school for approximately 360 students in grades 9 through 12 and postgraduates, and the more than 40 faculty members involved in their lives. Set on 500 acres in the celebrated Last Green Valley of Northeastern Connecticut, Pomfret offers eight academic disciplines, 19 AP and 16 Honors courses, over 100 elective courses; 25 sports options, and numerous opportunities to participate in community outreach and service programs. At Pomfret we endeavor to teach, guide, and above all, inspire.

Devyn Frank Receives Degree from Western New England University

SPRINGFIELD, MA (03/21/2014)– Devyn M. Frank of Mystic, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Western New England University on February 14, 2014.

Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England serves 3,800 students, including 2,500 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy, and the School of Law.

Dear Mystic Business Owners

Dear Mystic Business Owners,

The 2014 Mystic Irish Parade is fast approaching. This year the parade will be held on March 23rd at 1pm. The parade has seen phenomenal growth over the last few years thanks in part to your great support and assistance. The parade committee, along with the Groton and Stonington Police departments would like to commend you for your diligence and efforts that enabled us to have a trouble-free parade last year.

In conjunction again with local businesses, the Groton and Stonington Police departments and the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation would like to ask for your continued support and efforts to ensure public safety and the integrity of the parade.

This year, as in previous years, we need to continue to address the issue of open liquor containers in and around the parade route. In order to accomplish this we need your continued support ensuring that all of the state liquor ordinances are upheld; therefore, we need your assistance once again to maintain a zero alcohol policy along the parade route. It has been noted by local law enforcement that some of the local bars as well as other businesses along the parade route continued to allow people to leave their establishments with alcohol in hand. We have been informed by both police departments that drinking outside of establishments will not be tolerated and will be enforced strictly throughout the parade day. The police presence for both departments will be increased dramatically. The MIPF fully supports this enforcement which will only enhance the parades family experience.

We would like to ask that your establishment again review your security on parade day so that you do not risk your liquor license or the safety of the parade participants and spectators. The local police departments have identified potential problem areas and will be monitoring these throughout the day.

In addition, we would like to ask the local businesses that may hold “private parties” or “customer appreciation parties” that serve or allow alcohol to be on the premises to please monitor the consumption outside of their property line.

As the parade has grown our policing costs have risen significantly. The MIPF has thus far been able to cover these expenses. However, we have reached the tipping point and should the costs be raised any further we will no longer be able to host the parade and thus many of you will lose the opportunity to make significant money or host the parties. We realize we can’t control everything and also understand that things do happen. However, if we are ALL more vigilant then we can stop any potential issues before they escalate.

The MIPF understands that many of you attract a great deal of business on this day and we hope that we can continue to offer this economic stimulus to downtown Mystic for years to come. However if we DO NOT address these challenges NOW we run the risk of losing the parade in future years.

The parade foundation, along with local law enforcement, will also be monitoring the general public along the parade route to ensure that alcohol is not prevalent. Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to a successful parade.


The Mystic Irish Parade Foundation

Local residents make fall 2013 Dean’s List at SUNY New Paltz

NEW PALTZ, NY (03/18/2014)– The following local residents were named to the Dean’s List at the State University of New York at New Paltz for the fall 2013 semester.

Matthew Alfultis, Waterford. Alfultis’s major is Undeclared.

Alexandra BousquetNorwich. Bousquet’s major is Theatre Arts.

Alec Johnson, Salem. Johnson’s major is Biology.

Dean’s List designation is reserved for students who excel academically and earn at least a 3.3 grade point average in a semester with a full-time course load.

Located in the heart of a dynamic college town, ninety minutes from metropolitan New York City, the State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective college of about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

One of the most well-regarded public colleges in the nation, New Paltz delivers an extraordinary number of majors in Business, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Fine and Performing Arts, and Education.

New Paltz embraces its culture as a community where talented and independent minded people from around the world create close personal links with real scholars and artists who love to teach.

Brenau University’s Zachariah Ivins from Waterford, Conn., Participates in the Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s Production of “Chicago”

GAINESVILLE, GA (03/17/2014)Zachariah Ivins from Waterford, contributed to the Gainesville Theatre Alliance‘s spring musical performance at Brenau University’s Hosch Theatre from Feb. 11-22. He worked on the sound crew for the GTA production of “Chicago.”

Ivins is a sophomore majoring in theater at Brenau University.

“Chicago” has been honored with six Tony Awards, two Oliver Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations. The book is by Joe Masteroff, and music is by Jerry Bock.

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance is a collaborative ensemble of students, community members and professionals that recognizes learning and growth as its primary goal. The GTA nurtures the development of skills, intellect, commitment and a generous spirit.

Founded in 1878, Brenau University enrolls students in graduate and undergraduate studies on campuses and online. The Gainesville, Ga.-based liberal arts institution, which includes the residential Brenau Women’s College, also operates campuses in Augusta, Kings Bay, Norcross and Fairburn. The Princeton Review routinely lists Brenau among the Southeast’s best colleges and universities. Brenau offers doctorate and terminal M.F.A. degrees, as well as – in more than 50 areas of study – a range of master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees and professional certifications. The Women’s College provides a full range of academic and extracurricular experience, including 10 nationally competitive varsity sports, national sororities and honor societies, and outlets for artistic expression and community service. Brenau offers year-round art exhibitions, lectures and literary readings, and performances of theatrical and musical works. www.brenau.edu

Kira Smelser of Colchester Named to Dean’s List at Quinnipiac University

HAMDEN, CT (03/17/2014)Kira Smelser of Colchester has been named to the dean’s list at Quinnipiac University for the Fall 2013 semester.

To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 with no grade lower than C. Full-time students must complete at least 14 credits in a semester, with at least 12 credits that have been graded on a letter grade basis to be eligible. Part-time students must complete at least six credits during a semester.

Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 6,400 full-time undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students in 58 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs of study in its School of Business and Engineering, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, School of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report‘s America’s Best Colleges issue. The 2014 issue of U.S. News & World Report‘s America’s Best Colleges named Quinnipiac as the top up-and-coming school with master’s programs in the Northern Region. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review‘s “The Best 377 Colleges.” The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Quinnipiac among the “Great Colleges to Work For.” For more information, please visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu. Connect with Quinnipiac on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/quinnipiacuniversity and follow Quinnipiac on Twitter @QuinnipiacU.

Over $400,000 in Scholarships Available in Eastern CT

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
offering more than $400,000 
in scholarship assistance for this fall

But apply now: the April 1 deadline 
is fast approaching
The online application makes it easy

Thanks to nearly 100 scholarship funds established by education-minded charitable individuals and families, the Community Foundation is offering almost 200 scholarships throughout eastern Connecticut, most for the school year beginning this fall.
Like the Cornelius & Mary Jane York Scholarship, which has been helping students study agriculture and natural resources at UConn since 1993.      Or the new Thomas J. Ellis, Jr. Scholarship (see more below), a four-year award for Stonington High School graduates.


For all types of pursuits

You can study the arts, health care, business, history, English, marine science, engineering, and more. Each scholarship has its own criteria, which may include town of residence, high school, field of study, and/or other factors.

Awards are approved in early June and sent directly to the college the student is attending.

Read here how to apply for a Community Foundation scholarship.

     The Community Foundation’s scholarship section also includes Frequently Asked Questions hat can help parents and students with other matters of financial aid and higher education.

Check with your high school guidance counselor and college financial aid office, too.


But don’t forget: 

The hard and fast deadline is April 1. Apply today!