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Student News: May 1, 2015

Student News: May 1, 2015


Orange, CT Eastern Connecticut State University Students Participates in University Club

Willimantic, CT—Many students who attend Eastern Connecticut State University participate in a variety of the University’s numerous clubs and organizations. The student club programs range from social to educational, physical to spiritual, and civic engagement programs that benefit and enrich the Eastern community. During the Fall 2014 semester, Jeremy Proto ’15, General Studies major, participated in the Ice Hockey Club; Dana Blydenburg ’16, Psychology major, participated in the Psychology Club; and Connor Dunleavy ’18, Environmental Earth Science major, participated in the Habitat for Humanity Club. Eastern students who participate in clubs/organizations excel in the classroom and do better academically than students who do not participate. Students participating in clubs had an average GPA of 3.10, much higher than the 2.94 average for those students not taking part in any of the 73 clubs/organizations.

Clubs/organizations planned and implemented 322 events for the fall 2014 semester alone. These programs have a direct impact on the daily life of all students on Eastern’s campus. The programs range from social to educational, physical to spiritual, and civic engagement programs, many of which also benefit the local community.

Eastern Connecticut State University is the state’s public liberal arts university and serves approximately 5,300 students each year on its Willimantic campus and at satellite locations. A predominantly residential campus, Eastern offers more than 30 majors and 50 minors while emphasizing a strong liberal arts foundation grounded in applied learning experiences. For more information, visit

Dean’s List

Orange Students Named to Tufts University Dean’s List

Medford, MA – Gabrielle Cella and Kevin O’Brien were named to the Dean’s List of Tufts University for the Fall semester 2014. Cella is a senior majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Linguistics. Dean’s List honors at Tufts University require a semester grade point average of 3.4 or greater.


Southern Connecticut State University Announces December 2014 Graduates

SCSU has awarded degrees to the following Orange students: Angelina Annicelli, Sarah Chadbourne, Kevin Collesano, Brittany Fantarella, Khaled Hasan, Michael Jodon, Melinda Luth, William Meade, and Daniel Provenzano.


Jennifer Heyman Inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Baton Rouge, LA—Jennifer Heyman of Orange, Conn., was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Heyman is pursuing a degree in Psychology at Pennsylvania State University. Heyman is among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.


Eastern Student Sean Sayers Recognized for Merit within the Communication Department

Willimantic, CT—Sean Sayers ’16 of Orange recently received recognition at the Communication Department’s spring 2015 “Celebration of Excellence” ceremony. Sayers’s major is Communication. The event, held annually, seeks to give special distinction to students who have continued to go above and beyond the call of duty. Sayers was recognized for Excellence in Journalism. Professor John Hale, chair of the Communication Department, said of this event, “External validation is always a positive boost for a program. Through this event, the Communication Department supports students who exemplify excellence in our program.”

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