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The students accompanied by their two professors (Drzewiecki, left, in red; Cunningham, right, in blue) pose in front of the Grand Canyon.

Eastern Student Alexia Bohnenkamper of Collinsville Tours the Geology of Arizona

WILLIMANTIC, CT – Nine environmental earth science (EES) students from Eastern Connecticut State University toured the state of Arizona this past March to examine its rich geological heritage. Accompanied by EES Professors Dickson Cunningham and Peter Drzewiecki, the group hiked into the Grand Canyon, studied the colorful stratigraphy of Sedona, climbed cinder cone volcanoes and explored the stunning geology and desert ecosystems of the Sonoran Desert.

Among the students was Alexia Bohnenkamper ’18 of Collinsville, who majors in Environmental Earth Science.

Other highlights included geological walks through the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park, examining the spectacular Meteor Crater, studying the Sinagua Native American culture at Montezuma’s Castle and Wupatki Pueblo, and receiving a guided tour of the Asarco Mission Copper Mine and its ore processing facilities.

The trip ended with geological hikes in the Santa Catalina Mountains high above Tucson. “Throughout the trip, the weather was warm and sunny – only one cloud was observed in 10 days!” recounted Cunningham and Drzewiecki in a joint statement. “The rattlesnakes kept away and we all returned healthy, sun tanned and educationally enriched by the sights and adventures we shared.”

Canton’s Emily Barger named to Emerson College Dean’s List

BOSTON, MA –  Emily Barger of Canton has been named to the Emerson College Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester. Barger is majoring in Film Production. The requirement to make Emerson’s Dean’s List is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.

Eastern Student David Canny of Collinsville Concludes Successful Season with Warriors Basketball Team

WILLIMANTIC, CT – The Eastern Connecticut State University Men’s Basketball team concluded its 2016-17 season this March with a stellar 21-9 record, becoming champions of the Little East Conference (LEC).

Among the team’s student-athletes was David Canny ’17 of Collinsville, who played center. Canny majors in Health Sciences.

Head caoch Bill Geitner said, “David possessed an inside presence, both offensively and defensively.”

Canny averaged 7 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game and 0.5 assists per game.

Upon taking the LEC championship, the Eastern Warriors competed in the NCAA Division 3 Tournament.

Eastern Student Lillian Hyde of Collinsville Participates in Global Field Course to Mojave and Great Basin Desert Regions

WILLIMANTIC, CT – A group of students from Eastern Connecticut State University recently participated in a global field course (GFC) to conduct research in the Mojave and Great Basin Deserts. The students were accompanied by Assistant Biology Professors W. Brett Mattingly and Matthew Graham.

Lillian Hyde ’17 of Collinsville was one of the students who attended. Hyde’s major is Biology.

According Professor Graham, “The goals of the trip were to immerse the students in the desert ecosystems that they have been learning about all semester; gather data on plant diversity in the Mojave and Great Basin deserts for analysis and interpretation as part of a class writing assignment; and teach them the basics of desert camping and hiking, which are essential for conducting biological field work in the southwest.”

Students stopped to hike at Big Dunes in Nevada and conducted scorpion, vegetation, arachnid and herpetofauna surveys. They camped at various campgrounds including one near Lone Pine, CA, and Death Valley National Park. They also hiked the Sierra Nevada and Death Valley National Park regions, visited the Baldwater Basin salt flats, Amboy Crater, Kelso Dunes and a number of other locales. The students were also able to tour a joshua tree forest.

Emma Plourd named to the Dean’s List at Fairleigh Dickinson University

MADISON, NJ – Emma Plourd, of Canton, a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus, located in Madison, NJ has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must carry a 3.2 or better grade point average out of a possible 4.0 and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 letter-graded hours (four courses).

Local residents named to RIT Dean’s List for fall semester

ROCHESTER, NY – The following local residents made the Dean’s List at Rochester Institute of Technology for fall semester 2016-2017:

  • Walter Dylag of Canton, who is studying in the civil engineering technology program.
  • Deryk Parsons of Canton, who is studying in the chemical engineering program.

Jacob G. Schaetzel of Collinsville named to Dean’s List at Clemson University 

CLEMSON, SC – Jacob G. Schaetzel of Collinsville has been named to the Dean’s List at Clemson University for the fall 2016 semester.

Schaetzel is majoring in General Engineering.

Wheaton College Student Emily Guersch Performs in Symphonic Band Concert

WHEATON, IL –Wheaton College student Emily Guersch of Collinsville performed in a Symphonic Band concert on campus. Guersch played clarinet.

The Wheaton College Symphonic Band performs traditional and contemporary wind band music. It is composed of both music majors and liberal arts majors who enjoy a close community and sharing their musical gifts.

Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.) is a coeducational Christian liberal arts college noted for its rigorous academics, integration of faith and learning, and consistent ranking among the top liberal arts colleges in the country. For more information, visit wheaton.edu.

Hope Hiza Named to Dean’s List at Ithaca College 

ITHACA, NY – Hope Hiza, a resident of Collinsville and Health major, was named to the Dean’s List in Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance for the fall 2016 semester.

Wheaton College (Ill.) Student Emily Guersch Performs in Viola and Clarinet Recital 

WHEATON, IL – Wheaton College student Emily Guersch of Collinsville performed in a viola and clarinet recital on campus. Guersch is a Music Performance major in the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music.

The Wheaton College Conservatory of Music provides students with comprehensive instruction that cultivates creativity, proficiency, and achievement in a Christ-centered environment. For more information, please visit wheaton.edu/conservatory.



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