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10 July 2017

Annual Honors Night Celebrates the Difference Community Colleges are Making

Annual Honors Night Celebrates the Difference Community Colleges are Making

Honors Night at Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) is documented in a crisp navy blue program with regal silver type. It opens to reveal linen stock that boasts excellence on every page. Special recognition for leadership, arts, excellence in journalism, and a collection of memorial scholarships take the audience through page one. Ten additional pages of awards to NVCC students in the four academic divisions of the College fill the Mainstage Theater of the College's Fine Arts Center with congratulations and pageantryStudents and their families gathered to receive their awards and tell their stories in the tradition of NVCC.

 President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. congratulated students for excelling in their studies and choosing to make the most of their experience at the College. “As I look around this evening, I see many reasons to celebrate,” said President De Filippis. “We celebrate the courage to embrace hard work and change, the perseverance to overcome challenges and stay the course, and the triumph of the human spirit in each of your faces.” President De Filippis thanked the College’s faculty, professional staff and management team, and community partners for their dedication to NVCC’s mission. She recognized fellow college presidents and colleagues who were on hand to award four President-to-President Scholarships to graduating NVCC students transferring to a four-year college or university.

 The evening featured a total of 87 schoarships, including many awards from local foundations. Sponsored by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF), the Pasculano Scholarships were presented to current full-time undergraduate students who have a history of academic achievement. To be considered for this scholarship a student must be a  candidate from the  Female Family Economic Security Program (FESP) with a GPA of at least a 3.0, a record of campus service or activity, and plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year university or college.  They must plan to attend college full-time, or enroll in at least three-quarters of the college classes each semester to maintain their scholarship eligibility.  From the NVCC Class of 2017, 2 FESP students were eligible for Pasculano Transfer Scholarships. Awarded by FCCF, these transfer scholarships are in the amount of $5,000 in a scholarship grant, per year, for 2 years. NVCC students, Emily Solla and Angelica Idrovo, both 2017 graduates received the awards this year.

The ceremony also included memorial scholarships and industry awards recognizing students of distinction, including the Ruth Ann Leever Memorial Scholarship, presented to a student who has shown excellence in music, the Connecticut Horticulture Society Scholarship, awarded to one student showing outstanding achievement in the field of horticulture, and six annual scholarships from The Siemon Company for manufacturing and engineering students.

 Students who were inducted into the College’s honor societies were also recognized during the ceremony. New members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement, totaled 147. Ten students were honored for their induction into the Alpha Beta Gamma business honor society. Epsilon Pi Tau, which encourages academic excellence of students in fields devoted to the general study of technology, inducted 19 members during the 2016-17 academic year.

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NVCC Remembers September 11 with Campus Commemoration

NVCC Remembers September 11 with Campus Commemoration

10 October 2017
On Monday 9/11/2017, the InterFaith Center and the Newman Club of Naugatuck Valley Community College lead a memorial service at the flagpoles on the Waterbury Campus.   Emceed by Master of Ceremonies,...

On Monday 9/11/2017, the InterFaith Center and the Newman Club of Naugatuck Valley Community College lead a memorial service at the flagpoles on the Waterbury Campus.  

Emceed by Master of Ceremonies, Daniel Matthews from the Campus Ministry for the Archdiocese of Hartford, the program began with introductory remarks by NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. who reminded us that we must never forget September 11.

Naugatuck Valley Community College Honors National...

Naugatuck Valley Community College Honors National...

10 October 2017
National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 in the United States.  During this month we honor the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from...

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 in the United States.  During this month we honor the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Spanish Caribbean and Central and South America.

Danbury High School Hosts Naugatuck Valley Community...

Danbury High School Hosts Naugatuck Valley Community...

10 October 2017
NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. presented recognition awards to Danbury High School students enrolled in the Danbury Early College Opportunities (DECO) at the high School on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. presented recognition awards to Danbury High School students enrolled in the Danbury Early College Opportunities (DECO) at the high School on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

Naugatuck Valley Community College Honored with Math...

Naugatuck Valley Community College Honored with Math...

10 October 2017
The U.S. Department of Education has notified NVCC that their US DOE Math/Science Upward Bound (UBMS) grant application to support students from Crosby High School has been selected for funding.  The grant is a...

The U.S. Department of Education has notified NVCC that their US DOE Math/Science Upward Bound (UBMS) grant application to support students from Crosby High School has been selected for funding.  The grant is a 5-year grant award in the amount of $263,938 per year.  Titled “Crosby High School Project S^3, STEM Students Succeed,” it will provide Bridge-to-College programs and services.

Naugatuck Valley Community College Presents a Calendar...

Naugatuck Valley Community College Presents a Calendar...

10 October 2017
Dance is the theme for the October calendar of the International Center for the Arts at Naugatuck Valley Community College. In collaboration with the Connecticut Dance Alliance, the College will feature an Exhibition...

Dance is the theme for the October calendar of the International Center for the Arts at Naugatuck Valley Community College. In collaboration with the Connecticut Dance Alliance, the College will feature an Exhibition called “Connecticut Dances: A Visual History” from October 9 through October 22 in the Ruth Ann Leever Atrium in the Fine Arts Center on the Waterbury campus.

Constitution Trivia Premiers in Second Annual Production...

Constitution Trivia Premiers in Second Annual Production...

10 October 2017
Through a collaboration between Academic Affairs and Student Services to promote awareness of the U.S. Constitution, Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted its second annual “Constitution Trivia” on...

Through a collaboration between Academic Affairs and Student Services to promote awareness of the U.S. Constitution, Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted its second annual “Constitution Trivia” on October 3, 2017, in Café West. Presented in a game-show format punctuated with the musical theme from Jeopardy, the event featured questions about the U.S. Constitution. Keeping with the 18th century tradition of our founding fathers, the contestants and game hosts wore the traditional white wigs (sans powder). During the early history of the United States, the court dress of judges and practicing lawyers closely mirrored British court dress of the 18th century; both wore white powdered wigs and (typically) black robes. 

Naugatuck Valley Community College Hosts All-College Meeting To Open Fall Semester and Encourage Advocacy
10 October 2017

Naugatuck Valley Community College Hosts All-College Meeting To Open Fall Semester and Encourage Advocacy

Naugatuck Valley Community College President, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. opened the Fall 2017 All-College Meeting with welcome remarks and the promise of a challenge to students, faculty and staff.

NVCC Hosts Dominican Activist to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
10 October 2017

NVCC Hosts Dominican Activist to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

For the first time in forty years, Diputado Nacional (National Congressman) Fidelio Despradel visited the United States, making NVCC his first stop. Considered a senior statesman in the Dominican Republic, he is recognized as a hero for his continuous fight on behalf of the rights of the poor. His tireless advocacy for the construction of a modern Dominican Republic, based on tolerance and human rights principles, began with the Revolution and the War of April 1965, and continues today. He has sustained a life of sacrifice, including incarceration as a member of the underground movement designed to overthrow the government of then Dominican Dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo.

Naugatuck Valley Community College Preparing Festivities to Celebrate 50 Year Anniversary and Ribbon Cutting of the New Center for Health Sciences
1 September 2017

Naugatuck Valley Community College Preparing Festivities to Celebrate 50 Year Anniversary and Ribbon Cutting of the New Center for Health Sciences

Save the Date!

NVCC has multiple reasons to celebrate. This fall marks 50 years of higher education and community service as well as the formal opening of its newest building- the Founders Hall Center for Health Sciences.  The ceremonies begin on Thursday, October 12, when the traditional NVCC Confluencia poetry reading will feature the presentation of the anniversary volume published by the College to honor this milestone. The Confluencia program also includes an open mic and readings from faculty and staff poets. It will open with a reception hosted by President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., who initiated the tradition of Confluencia nine years ago, when she first came to NVCC. The event is free and open to the public.

NVCC Students Celebrate Back to School by Doing Good for the Community
1 September 2017

NVCC Students Celebrate Back to School by Doing Good for the Community

Members of the Naugatuck Valley Community College Student Government Association (SGA) took advantage of the energy around the opening of the fall semester to support the United Way and the Special Olympics. On Monday, before the official first day of fall classes, the students volunteered at the Special Olympics Golf Tournament at Waterbury Country Club. They staffed the registration tables, organized the giveaways and helped participants through the course from their station on the 8th hole.  They also sold raffle tickets for gift cards to benefit the Special Olympics.

NVCC Welcomes Students to New Academic Year at Danbury...

NVCC Welcomes Students to New Academic Year at Danbury...

President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., the faculty and staff of Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted Orientation programs to open the Fall 2017 semester. In Danbury, the college welcomed...
Naugatuck Valley Community College Faculty Prepare for...

Naugatuck Valley Community College Faculty Prepare for...

The Barnes Seminar is a two-and-a-half day residential program built on the Great Teachers’ Movement model.  It is broadly interdisciplinary and inter-generational; the workshops allow...
NVCC Campus Community Shares Glasses to View Dazzling...

NVCC Campus Community Shares Glasses to View Dazzling...

On Monday, Aug. 21, the solar eclipse dazzled viewers across the United States. At NVCC, students, faculty and staff gathered on the plaza to watch as the moon’s path crossed the...
NVCC’s Strong Curricula in Engineering Technology,...

NVCC’s Strong Curricula in Engineering Technology,...

The Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) and the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) programs at NVCC stood tall against the measuring arm of ABET, Inc.  Last fall NVCC President Daisy...
‘Super Saturday Registration Blitz’ Packs the Halls at...

‘Super Saturday Registration Blitz’ Packs the Halls at...

The convenience of a “one-stop” process to apply, test and register for fall 2017 classes offered by the “Super Saturday Registration Blitz,” was a big hit with students...
NVCC Alumna Sends Back to School Greetings

NVCC Alumna Sends Back to School Greetings

NVCC Alumnae sent greetings to the College’s student newspaper, The Tamarack, to share their success and encourage our new students. Steve Parlato, faculty advisor to The...
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