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Smart Power: Local Eastern Connecticut State University Student Presentations Reflect Scholarly Research and Creativity

Eastern_Connecticut_State_1Twenty-one Eastern Connecticut State Universty students and alumni were among more than 140 presenters at the Third Annual Northeast Regional Undergraduate Research Conference, which took place recently on Eastern’s campus. The conference was sponsored by the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC).

Raena Beetham ’13 of Oakdale, CT, was one of the participating students. With the support of Psychology Professor Alita Cousins, Beetham presented “Relations Among BMI, Impulsivity and Locus of Control”. Beetham’s research examined individual differences in personalities that could contribute to obesity. The study explored relationships among Body Mass Index (BMI), overall impulsivity and locus of control. Beetham’s research provides valuable insight to weight-loss program clinicians in that the results demonstrated correlations between Body Mass Index (BMI) and impulsivity. Beetham’s major is Psychology.

Nels Frantzen ’14 of Colchester, CT, was one of the participating students. With the support of Philosophy Professor Hope Fitz, Frantzen presented “A Dip into an Ethical Critique of Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince.’” Frantzen’s research examined Machiavelli‘s “The Prince” for its seeming endorsement of amorality. Frantzen concluded that while Machiavelli is considered amoral, he does not condemn morality, but questions if morality should dictate a prince’s policy. Frantzen’s major is Political Science.

David Stein ’12 of Lebanon, CT, was one of the participating students. With the support of Biology Professor Joshua Idjadi, Stein presented “Inducible Defenses in Corals: Nematocyst Development Depends on Competitive Circumstances.” Stein’s research examined the hypothesis that corals can adjust their feeding and defensive cyanide to different competitive neighborhoods. Corals showed specialized reactions that varied with the intensity and type of competition. Stein’s major is Biology.

Mackenzie Robert ’13 of North Stonington, CT, was one of the participating students. With the support of Biology Professor Patricia Szczys, Robert presented “Does Frequency of Extra-pair Copulation Correlate with Frequency of Extra-pair Offspring in the Monogamous Whiskered Tern?” Robert’s research involved examining the copulation activities of whiskered terns (Chlidonias hybrida), a socially monogamous species. While the apparent benefit of this behavior for the males is the potential to produce more offspring, Conn and Robert have observed in extra-pair copulations, in which both sexes run the risk of parasite transfer and a decrease of fitness. Robert’s major is Biology.

east-conn-6Eastern President Elsa Núñez greeted the conference participants, telling the young scholars, “I see a sea of explorers all on a quest,” adding that undergraduate research benefits both students and faculty, “whether it is because it allows faculty to have research support that they otherwise might not have; whether it is that students provide perspectives and an intellectual context that pushes faculty to strengthen their research; or whether it is that faculty are inspired and motivated by working with young, curious, intelligent minds. At the end of the day, everyone benefits from having faculty work closely with their students on their research and creative activity.”

“This conference presents a unique opportunity to share scholarly and creative work with peers and faculty members,” said COPLAC Director William Spellman. “Board support for high impact, real world experiences like undergraduate research is part of a larger effort to provide opportunities that are integral to long-term professional success.”

Founded in 1988, COPLAC has 25 members. Institutions participating in the conference included Keene State College, The State University of New York at Geneseo, University of Maine-Farmington, Massachusetts College of the Liberal Arts, Ramapo College of New Jersey and Eastern.

Smart Power: Local High School Students Accepted at Coastal Carolina University

The following local high school students have been accepted at Coastal Carolina University for the Fall 2013 semester.

Travis Russell, a student at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, plans to major in Marketing.

Kaitlyn Morin, a student at Stonington High School, plans to major in Resort Tourism Management.

Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C. The University offers 56 areas of study toward the baccalaureate degree and seven master’s degree programs in education, writing, coastal marine and wetland studies, and the MBA. Ten new undergraduate degree programs were recently added, including biochemistry, economics, graphic design, information systems, intelligence and national security studies, musical theatre, theatre arts, as well as criminology, health and aging, and social justice tracks in sociology. More than 9,000 students from across the country and the world interact with a world-class faculty, and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 160 student clubs and organizations. Visit for more information.

Smart Power: Bethany Juber Makes Cazenovia College Dean’s List

Cazenovia College recently released names of students honored for academic achievement during the fall semester of 2012. The College is home to about 1,000 degree-seeking students; those named to the Dean’s List have achieved a 3.5 or better grade point average for all courses attempted, and have earned 12 or more academic credits during the semester.

Bethany R. Juber of Ledyard, Conn., is on Cazenovia College’s 2012 fall semester Dean’s List. Juber is a junior majoring in Interior Design, and is a graduate of Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, Conn.

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Brian Valdini Participates in Siena College’s Theatre Production, “Anti Gone Today”

The Siena College Creative Arts Department and Stage III theatre club presented “Anti Gone Today,” a new spin on the Greek classic “Antigone”, in performances this November.

Brian Valdini served as a Scene Shop Student. Valdini, a resident of Colchester, is a Freshman Biology major at Siena.

Directed by Professor of Creative Arts Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, MFA, SED, the show infused today’s political landscape into the Sophocles tragedy. Tapes of speeches by President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney were integrated into the performance to add references that could be understood by today’s audience.


Area Residents Make the Dean’s List at RIT

The following local residents made the Dean’s List for Fall 2012 quarter at Rochester Institute of Technology:

Taylor Carpenter of Colchester, Conn., a third-year student in RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.
Andrew De Voe of Colchester, Conn., a third-year student in RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.
Jeremy Dominijanni of East Lyme, Conn., a third-year student in RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.
Cole Dubord of East Lyme, Conn., a third-year student in RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.
Kyle Jackson of Stonington, Conn., a fourth-year student in RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.
Andrew Kline of Gales Ferry, Conn., a first-year student in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.
Maxwell Levesque of Colchester, Conn., a first-year student in RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.
Megan Minucci of Niantic, Conn., a first-year student in RIT’s College of Health Sciences and Technology.
Erin Moore of Voluntown, Conn., a first-year student in RIT’s College of Science.


Sarah Watson Selected as Gettysburg College David Wills Scholar

Sarah Watson of Essex, a current first-year student at Gettysburg College was awarded a David Wills Scholarship by the College. Gettysburg College recognizes students’ academic achievement in high school by awarding merit scholarships. The David Wills Scholarship goes to top-ranking applicants based upon their grade-point average, class rank, and SAT or ACT scores.


Local Students Earn High Honor Roll distinction for Fall 2012 at Pomfret School

The following area students were was recently named to the High Honor Roll for the fall term at Pomfret School.

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


Daniel Perrotta Jr.  Graduates from York College of Pennsylvania

Daniel Perrotta Jr. of Groton, CT, graduated from York College of Pennsylvania on Dec. 19. Perrotta Jr. earned a BS degree in Biology.


Area students earn fall season athletic awards at Pomfret School

Pomfret School recently announced the recipients of the school’s deeded sports awards and other distinctions earned by varsity athletes for the fall sports season.

Lindsay Barber of Stonington, a member of the varsity field hockey team, made the NEPSAC All-tournament team. Lindsay is a member of the Pomfret class of 2013.
Amanda Kewer of Oakdale, a member of the varsity field hockey team, received the Coaches’ Award.. Amanda is a member of the Pomfret class of 2015.
Mark Kozlowski of Oakdale, a member of the varsity soccer team, made the NEPSAC soccer Junior Bowl.. Mark is a member of the Pomfret class of 2014.


 Sierra  Hollingsworth of Uncasville named to Harding University Dean’s List

Uncasville resident Sierra Hollingsworth, a sophomore at Harding University, is among more than 1,000 University students included on the dean’s list for grades achieved during the fall semester.

The dean’s list is published each semester by Dr. Larry Long, university provost, honoring those who have achieved high scholarship. To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade-point average and no incompletes.


 Rebecca Holdridge, of Groton, Wins Campo Scholarship at Eastern Connecticut State University

Rebecca Holdridge ’13, a senior from Groton majoring in English at Eastern Connecticut State University, has been named the recipient of the University’s Constance Campo Scholarship. Holdridge was presented the award on Dec. 5 during the English Department’s “English Night.”

Holdridge maintains a GPA of 3.98 and is vice president of the Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society, and also serves as secretary of Eastern’s Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society.


Berry College: Local Students Named to Dean’s List

The following local students have been named to the fall 2012 Dean’s List at Berry College:

Kristan Dziurzynski of North Stonington, CT
Missy Smith of Uncasville, CT

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 or better.


Amanda M.  Woods Makes the President’s List at Coastal Carolina University

Amanda M. Woods, a Elementary Education major from Gales Ferry, CT, has made the President’s List at Coastal Carolina University for the Fall 2012 term.

To qualify for the President’s List, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average. All students must be enrolled full time.


Local Students Named to Dean’s List at University of Delaware

Several local students have been named to the University of Delaware’s Dean’s List for Fall 2012. Those students include:

Alexandra Buckingham, of East Lyme, Buckingham.
Emma Fontaine, of Norwich, Fontaine.
Taylor Gelinas, of Waterford, Gelinas.
Calvin Linderman, of Old Lyme, Linderman.
Elizabeth Luketich, of Mystic, Luketich.
Emily Mooradian, of East Lyme, Mooradian.
Rebecca Runkle, of Lebanon, Runkle.
Karie Simmons, of East Lyme, Simmons.
Stephen Uccello, of Amston, Uccello.
Courtney Vinchesi, of Old Lyme, Vinchesi.

To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above for the semester.


Local students honored for outstanding academic achievement at The Citadel

The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, honored the following students with Gold Stars for academic excellence during the fall semester of the 2012-2013 academic year.

Gold Stars are awarded to students that achieve a 3.7 grade point average or higher. Gold Star recipients will be recognized during a military dress parade on Jan. 25.

Cameron Sean Pollard (a cadet), of Gales Ferry, CT. Major: Political Science . Home zip: 06335
Joshua James Tassone (a cadet), of Oakdale, CT. Major: Civil Engineering . Home zip: 06370

Gold Stars are worn on the collar of the cadet full dress and dress uniforms and the summer leave uniform.


SUNY Potsdam Student Ellen Lehet Earns Spot on College’s President’s List

Ellen Lehet of Waterford, CT, was recently named to the President’s List at The State University of New York at Potsdam. Lehet, whose major is Mathematics, was among nearly 900 SUNY Potsdam students who were honored for academic excellence.

President Dr. John F. Schwaller honored a total of 884 SUNY Potsdam students for earning the highest marks in the Fall 2012 semester.

To achieve the honor of being on the President’s List, each student must have satisfactorily completed 12 numerically-graded semester hours, with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.


Hartford Stage’s 15th Anniversary of A Christmas Carol Features Students from the Hartt School

Bill Raymond, center, plays Scrooge in Hartford Stage's 'A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas,' by Charles Dickens. This is the 12th time Raymond has played the miser, who, ultimately, has a change of heart.

Bill Raymond, center, plays Scrooge in Hartford Stage’s ‘A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas,’ by Charles Dickens. This is the 12th time Raymond has played the miser, who, ultimately, has a change of heart.

Hartford Stage’s 15th Anniversary of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas, by Charles Dickens, adapted and originally directed by Michael Wilson, directed by Maxwell Williams, will feature 12 performers from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford.

The Hartt School student cast members for A Christmas Carol include Caitlin Blauvelt actor training major from Hillsborough, NJ; Josh Boscarino actor training major from Ellington, CT; Dakota Dutcher musical theatre major from Carson City, NV; Kelsey Flynn musical theatre major from Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Sarah Kozlowski musical theatre major from Coventry, CT; Lars Lee musical theatre major from Minneapolis, MN; William Macke musical theatre major from Simsbury, CT; Andrew McMath musical theatre major from Scituate, MA; Seth Peterson actor training major from South Bristol, ME; Matthew Reddick actor training major from Saratoga Springs, NY; Tara Reuter English literature and actor training major from Fairfield, CT; and Hannah Spacone musical theatre major from Providence, RI.

Through Hartford Stage’s Partnership in Training with the Hartt School, Hartford Stage is recognized by Actor’s Equity Association as an Academic Theatre, and is one of only two professional theatres in such a partnership with a BFA program.  It is a unique collaboration, where students gain valuable knowledge from workshops, master classes, and the Career Preparation class taught by Hartford Stage staff, as well as experience on stage in A Christmas Carol andother Hartford Stage performances.

Director Maxwell Williams said, “We’re very excited about our unique Partnership in Training with the Hartt School. I’m personally very proud to be a graduate, and it seems like the training and the program grows stronger and stronger each year. With A Christmas Carol as the centerpiece, we’ve now also had Actor Training and Music Theater students perform in many of our major productions, from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams to To Kill a Mockingbird. Hartt grads are now regularly being nominated for Tonys, Obies, you name it – and we’re thrilled to continue to deepen the relationship between our institutions.”

Hartford Stage brings the magic of Dickens’ heart-warming classic to life in this Connecticut holiday tradition! The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the heartless miser who discovers the true meaning of the holiday season after a Christmas Eve haunting, features all of Charles Dickens’ beloved characters: Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Ghosts take flight and soar across the stage, carols are sung and snow falls capturing the spirit of a Victorian Christmas forever warming the hearts of adults and children alike.

The production runs November 23 to December 29. Evening performances are weeknights and weekends at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances are Sundays and selected weekdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. For specific schedule of performances or to buy tickets for A Christmas Carol, call the Hartford Stage box office at860-527-5151 or visit

Town of Eastford Partners with the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut To Enhance Scholarship Program

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

In the spring of 2012 the Town of Eastford and the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut joined forces to simplify the Town’s scholarship program. For decades, elected officials, staff and volunteers from the Town oversaw the scholarship program’s fund accounting, invested its financial assets, worked with residents to create new scholarship opportunities, processed donations, oversaw the student selection process, and completed a variety of other tasks to sustain and grow the Town’s scholarship funds.

When the Town began looking for alternative resources to support its scholarship program, a committee determined that the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut was the right fit. For nearly 30 years the Community Foundation has worked with students, families, donors, high schools, postsecondary education institutions, and civic groups. The Foundation currently manages nearly 100 scholarship funds.

In the coming years the partnership will ease the workload for the Town’s staff and volunteers while keeping the core functions – selecting the award recipients and fundraising activities – in the hands of Eastford residents.

For more information on the Town of Eastford’s scholarship program please contact Kip Parker, Division Director at the Community Foundation: 860-442-3572 or

Students Raise Trout and Tilapia

Sean Coleman, General Manager of Grossman’s Seafood Inc., is happy to be selling fresh, locally raised rainbow trout like the one MacKenzie Coty, a junior at the Marine Science Magnet High School in Groton, participated in growing as part of her aquaculture program.

story & photo
by Anna Trusky

Area diners can now enjoy fresh, locally raised trout and tilapia, thanks to recently passed legislation that allows students from the Marine Science Magnet High School (MSMHS) in Groton to sell the fish they raise as part of their aquaculture curriculum to Grossman’s Seafood Inc.

Bill 5447 permits the Commissioner of Agriculture to license aquaculture facilities in the state to sell farm-raised aquatic animals—tilapia, rainbow trout, soft-shell crabs, oysters, and shrimp—to seafood distributors and restaurants in Connecticut. Stakeholders from MSMHS worked with State Senator Andrew Maynard to develop and pass the bill; before the students, teachers, and MSMHS Principal Dr. Nicholas Spera testified earlier this year, there was no law that allowed state aquaculture facilities to sell aquatic animals for food.

“Our MSMHS family is excited to acknowledge all the stakeholders who helped make this dream a reality,” Dr. Spera said. “We are proud of the hard work and efforts that were accomplished by our students, parents, staff, and community leaders, which allowed for the passing of this bill and for the sale of our fish.”

Thanks to his leadership in helping the MSMHS to develop Bill 5447, as well as to achieve the highest CAPT scores in Connecticut, Dr. Spera was honored with the William Cieslukowski Outstanding First-Year Principal of the Year Award from the Connecticut Association of Schools at their annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. The award is named after a late Killingworth elementary principal who was known for his leadership.

MSMHS acknowledged all those who were instrumental in creating and passing the bill, including Senator Maynard and Senator Andrea Stillman; David Carey, director of the CT Bureau of Aquaculture; Dr. Virginia Seccombe, executive director of LEARN; and Sean Coleman, general manager of Grossman’s Seafood.

“This is just the beginning,” said Senator Stillman. “I wish you great success, and I thank Grossman’s for selling locally grown fish.”

After the ceremony, a few dozen students trooped off to the aquaculture lab, followed by state legislators, representatives from Grossman’s, teachers and administrators, and a phalanx of reporters and photographers. When they got to the lab, the students donned special bright-orange gloves—not a pre-Halloween touch, but to make it easier to capture the wriggling fish. Then the intrepid students caught, weighed, and measured several hundred slippery tilapia and trout!

Junior Hayly Fogg of Ledyard recorded the statistics as they were called out by classmates who were measuring and weighing the wriggling critters. The fish ranged between 24 and 26 centimeters and 125 to 200 grams. “They can get bigger, but this is a good restaurant size,” she said as she jotted down numbers.

Once they’d been checked for size, the fish were plopped into buckets so they could be put on ice for shipping to Grossman’s. Hayly’s classmate MacKenzie Coty, who was putting the fish into the buckets, managed to hold onto a slippery trout long enough to have her photo taken. “I’ve really learned a lot,” she said.

Always willing to pitch in, Senator Maynard removed his blazer, rolled up his sleeves, and helped catch a few fish. “I can handle this—I grew up in Noank,” he said with a chuckle. “I remember fishing off the docks for fluke when I was a kid. I kind of miss it!”

Sean Coleman said, “I’m very excited to have this opportunity to sell locally raised fish. Our industry is changing through depleting stocks in the wild and increasing government regulations. To see this happening locally is incredible!” The fish are available in Grossman’s stores as well as in the restaurants Grossman’s supplies. Bill Hendriks, Executive Chef of Grossman’s catering business, is coming up with delicious recipes for customers to enjoy during the holiday season and all year-round.

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Bensko Earns Dean’s List at Berklee College of Music
Bradley Bensko of Gales Ferry is on the Dean’s List at Berklee College of Music, having done superior work for the summer semester of the 2012 academic year. The Berklee curriculum, focusing on practical career preparation for the music industry, was founded on the principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music.

Lydia Rose Krause  of  Colchester Enrolls at Clemson University
Lydia Rose Krause of Colchester recently enrolled at Clemson University. Krause is majoring in Biological Sciences. Krause is among nearly 3,400 freshmen at Clemson for the fall semester.

Ledyard Resident  Amanda  Hutchinson Inducted into Honor Society at Ithaca College
Amanda Hutchinson, of Ledyard, was inducted into Ithaca College’s Oracle Honor Society in November. First-year students who maintain a GPA that puts them in the top 10% of all students in their school throughout their first full academic year are invited into the society. Hutchinson is majoring in Journalism in the college’s Park School of Communications.

ECSU Students Design Posters for Windham Hospital Auxiliary Gala
Ten Eastern Connecticut State University students recently participated in a poster project as part of Visual Arts Professor June Bisantz’s Eastern Design Group course. The students designed posters for the Windham Hospital Auxiliary’s 17th Annual Autumn Gala, which was held recently at the Marriott Hotel in Hartford.

Sean Duggan ‘13 of Norwich (Visual Arts), Robert Gaines ‘13 of Uncasville (Visual Arts), and Kaitlin Morris ‘13 of Waterford (Visual Arts) were three of the students who designed posters for the event.

The posters reflected a Veterans Day and World War II-era theme for the event, “Sentimental Journey,” which raised funds for a local women’s health center. Each student created two posters. The students’ posters can be viewed here.

Local Residents Selected to Serve as RAs at Saint Michael’s College
Cameron Gonzalez, son of Ms. Beverly A. Gonzalez of Groton, a sophomore psychology major who graduated from Robert E. Fitch Senior High School before coming to Saint Michael’s, was selected for the 2012-2013 academic year as a Resident Assistant for the Office of Student Life at Saint Michael’s College, a liberal arts residential Catholic college located in Burlington, Vermont, one of the top 10 college towns in the country.

Resident assistants are selected from the entire Saint Michael’s undergraduate student population on the basis of faculty and staff recommendations. They display excellent leadership abilities, maturity and likelihood of being good role models for their peers. As a resident assistant, he or she lives in a campus residence hall and is readily available to help students.

Author and Past CAPA President Dan Uitti to Speak at SECAPA Meeting November 19th

The Southeast Chapter of the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association will present author, publishing guide, and past president of CAPA Dan Uitti at its next open meeting Monday, Nov. 19th, at the Groton Inn & Suites, 99 Gold Star Highway, Rte 184 at 6:30 PM.

Dan Uitti is the author of Keep Your Computer Alive and as a publishing shepherd, has been involved in publishing over 30 titles. Dan shares the imperative to talk about your book and expertise where the customers are. The Internet, Webpage, Blog and Social Networking are sure-fire locations, but too many people underutilize these venues. At this meeting, Dan will talk about how Twitter works, how it can reach a million people, and how you can take advantage of this zero cost marketing tool.

Writers and others who encounter challenges keeping up with social networking will find his presentation “Twitter Marketing” informative. It will follow a brief business meeting that commences at 6:30 PM and refreshments will be served. For more information contact SECAPA Chairperson Tom Santos by phone at 860-599-5067 or email him at To learn more about CAPA and SECAPA visit the websites: and

Local Eastern Connecticut State University Students Chosen as Resident Assistants

Eastern Connecticut State University recently released its list of resident assistants for the fall 2012 semester.

April Beckman ’13 of Groton, CT, has been chosen as an RA for the fall 2012 semester. Beckman’s major is Elementary Education.

Shayla Miller ’15 of New London, CT, has been chosen as an RA for the fall 2012 semester. Miller’s major is Pre-Elementary Education.

Jeffrey Sciullo ’13 of Waterford, CT, has been chosen as an RA for the fall 2012 semester. Sciullo’s major is Pre-Secondary Educ Certification.

RAs at Eastern are carefully selected and trained to help dormitory residents create an environment that is conducive to individual and social growth. Each RA creates recreational, educational and community service programming to involve students in the residence hall community and the community at large. RAs assist individual students in their social and personal development.

Approximately 60 percent of all Eastern undergraduate students live on campus. The peer support of resident assistants in bridging a student’s academic, residential and social life on campus is a critical element of Eastern’s liberal arts environment. Small classes, more than 70 student clubs and a vibrant cultural calendar contribute to the overall campus experience found at Eastern.

Baltic Area Halloween Parade Invites Kids—and Donations

The Baltic Volunteer Fire Department is hosting the annual Safe Halloween Program on Wednesday, October 31, for all Sprague children accompanied by a parent from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Baltic Fire House.
Costume-parade participants should be lined up at the Sprague Town Hall by 6 p.m., prepared to be escorted by Baltic Fire Engine Company #1. The participants will be allowed into the firehouse first—so take part in the costume parade or come prepared to stand in line, the organizers say.
Quantities of candy will once again be given out to all of the children and their parents who call Baltic, Versailles, and Hanover their home. A costume contest—with six bicycles as prizes—will be judged throughout the evening by volunteers.
Amgraph Inc. is traditionally the primary sponsor, and the prize bicycles are donated by Sharkey’s Pizza. Further donations are greatly appreciated: make checks payable to the Baltic Fire Department Halloween Program, noting “Safe Halloween Program,” and mail to the Baltic Fire Department, P.O. Box 314, Baltic, CT 06330. Contact Reg Patchell at 860.917.5064, or by e-mail at  with any questions.