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June, 2017: Eighth Annual Community Meeting

Good Afternoon, dear friends and family of Naugatuck Valley Community College.  It is a joy to welcome you this afternoon to our 8th community meeting and to thank you for joining us for an update on the first year of our “Toward a Splendid College: Naugatuck Valley Community College Strategic Plan: 2016-2026”. This is a good opportunity for us to hear your comments about our common interests as we map out the work to be undertaken in the next academic year.  How wonderful it is to see so many of you, partners and supporters, a room filled with generosity and intelligence:   members of the NVCC Foundation, of the NVCC Regional Advisory Council, wonderful educators, fellow community leaders representing so many agencies and municipal government and NVCC management, faculty, staff and students.

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May, 2017: All-College Meeting

Good afternoon, welcome to the last All College meeting of Academic year 2016-2017.  It is a pleasure to have with us friends and family of NVCC:  It is good to reflect on a year that has brought both significant achievements and challenges.  We have been able to collaborate and to manage efficiently to our students’ benefit.  The present state of the budget in Connecticut, will challenge us to move in efficient and student-centered ways.  We will manage change, as we have done in the past, with courage and generosity. We will continue to find ways to collaborate and to advocate for collaborations that will help our beautiful NVCC move forward in a generous and supportive manner for our students.  As we navigate change today and in the years to come, I know we will honor our values and stay very close to our mission and vision as a dedicated and very successful community college.  Student success is today, and has been for many years, our ultimate goal and our expectation.

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January, 2017: All-College Meeting

Good morning, and what a beautiful morning this is.  I believe our beautiful program says it all.  This is a new and beautiful year because it finds us happily situated in a new Campus in Danbury, a space that is thriving with love and life and learning.  Their enrollment numbers have exceeded our most aggressive projections. And because we are here, moved-in on time for a new semester in this gorgeously renovated Founders Hall-a new home for our Center for Health Sciences and for our Community and Economic Development programs. Both of these programs are top of the line in their own respective fields of studies; both are brought together in the splendor of this beautiful space as natural partners in the future of workforce in Health Sciences and Health Care for the communities we serve.

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December, 2016: All-College Meeting

My Dear Colleagues and Students:

    I begin with a heartfelt thank you for the humanity and generosity evidenced these past few months by our college community as we supported colleagues and students who became ill, and came together to mourn the death of two young men whose lives were cut short.  Let us begin by one moment of silence, reflection and prayer.

I am comforted by your presence as I join you this afternoon to mark the end of another academic semester and give thanks for the talent of so many who work hard and share generously with the NVCC family.  Another year comes to a close; a year when all of us continued to work hard, to see significant additions to our facilities in the renovation of Founders and creation of the Center for Health Sciences, a campus-wide improvement project and new facilities to accommodate our growing Danbury Campus.

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September, 2016: All-College Meeting

Good morning, we honor this morning the memory of Angelo Romano, a very talented artist whose generosity will bring life to the Leever Atrium for many years to come.  Angelo’s NVCC collection celebrates our human diversity-Native American traditions and myths, episodes from Cervantes’s immortal novel Don Quixote as well as honors the memory of some of our fallen heroes of 9/11.

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May, 2016 All-College Meeting

Good afternoon, welcome to the last All-College Meeting of Academic Year 2015-2016.  It is a pleasure to have with us friends and family of NVCC: from the System Office, Keith Epstein, VP for Facilities, a good friend of the College without whose support many of the wonderful facilities projects taking place would not be possible, including the Facilities Master Plan to be presented this afternoon by Bill Macintosh of Perkins and Will. It is great to see so many of you here today.  Also here, our strategic planner and Dean Kostrzewa’s able partner, Title III grant motivator and writer, Anna Pond. 

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Danbury Ribbon Cutting

Good afternoon.  What a joy it is to stand here with all of you dear students, faculty, staff, BOR colleagues, members of the NVCC Foundation and the Regional Advisory Council, elected officials and community partners and friends as we celebrate a significant moment in our journey to make a difference in the communities NVCC serves, and most particularly this afternoon, to the City of Danbury. 

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Honorary Degree

"I am deeply moved by the recognition of my literary work granted by the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD).  I augur this venerable university, the university of the people and for the people, a future that is generous in its continued exercise of good teaching and learning for all who come through its doors." Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.

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Spring 2016 New Student Orientation

Welcome to Naugatuck Valley Community College---We welcome you, dear students, and your family and significant others to our campus.  I hope you’ve had a chance to visit our beautiful facilities and to interact with our faculty and staff.

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Facilities Master Planning at NVCC

Thank you for agreeing to serve on the Committee on Facilities Master Plan at NVCC.  Your talent, expertise, generosity, creativity and care for our students and the communities we serve are assets to our beloved NVCC.  As promised, please see below a summary of the remarks I made this week as we launched the work of the committee. 

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