Naugatuck Valley Community College is often in the news for the work it does to serve our 22-town service area. A string of student opportunities and success recently landed the college in the newsletter of U.S. Congressional Representative, Elizabeth Esty.
Community Leaders including Danbury and Waterbury Mayors Reflect on Shared Goals for Coming Year
More than 100 community partners and NVCC academic leaders met at a leadership breakfast held at Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Waterbury campus today. The annual Leadership Breakfast “Responding to Our Mission” reflected the individual and shared goals of legislative, municipal, and community leaders in the 22-town NVCC service region.
Darlene Stromstad, FACHE, President & CEO, Waterbury Hospital and Greater Waterbury Health Network (GWHN) presented NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. with a $150,000 contribution in support of the new Center for Health Sciences at the College. Stromstad noted, “it’s about recognizing and honoring the important relationship between GWHN and NVCC. We are pleased to be the first health care sponsor for the Center. Our new parent company, Prospect Medical Holdings, recognizes the NVCC/Greater Waterbury Health Network partnership and the positive impact it has had on healthcare in our region. We are proud to be part of this new venture and look forward to it further bolstering our local healthcare workforce.”
On Wednesday, November 30, NVCC held the final Confluencia of 2016 at the Playbox Theatre on its Waterbury Campus. The evening began with a casual reception where students, staff, and faculty enjoyed refreshments and conversation amidst jazz standards played by NVCC’s own student ensemble. Among the evening’s readers were César Sánchez Beras, a writer, poet, and educator born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, who has published numerous poetry collections in Spanish; Julia Petitfrere, a fiction writer and Assistant Professor of English at NVCC; Mark Saba, author of poetry collection Painting a Disappearing Canvas, and poet Marianela Medrano
Thomaston Savings Bank Scholarship Awarded to High-Performing Student Along with Presidential Awards Presented to Other Top Performing Students
Fifty-two Naugatuck Valley Community College students who will graduate in January and May with certificates in Advanced Manufacturing were recognized Friday at the Fifth Annual Presidential Awards Ceremony. The event was held at NVCC’s Technology Hall on its Waterbury campus and sponsored by the Smaller Manufacturers Association of Connecticut (SMA). The students are enrolled in a two semester program in Advanced Manufacturing Technology. The program equips them with skills to foster career growth in the manufacturing field. NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., Provost James Troup, faculty and staff from the College along with industry partners and representatives from Thomaston Savings Bank were present to commemorate the achievement.
NVCC held a Capital Campaign luncheon at Waterbury City Hall on Friday, November 4. The lunch was hosted by Neil M. O’Leary, Mayor of Waterbury, and Mark E. Ojakian, President of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU). The program featured welcoming remarks by Mayor O’Leary followed by a Campaign Call to Action by President Ojakian, NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., and Dr. Peter J. Jacoby of Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. In his remarks, President Ojakian recognized the importance of the College’s new Center for Health Sciences in Founder’s Hall and the college’s commitment to its students. As campaign champion, Dr. Jacoby explained that the effort will raise capital to fund the equipment, expertise, and programs that will run out of the Center.
On a bright, warm autumn afternoon, 60 staff, faculty, and students walked to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The walk, held on October 19, began at the College’s Atrium Plaza and was sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Student Activities Department of NVCC. The SGA sold t-shirts featuring the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation logo and the NVCC logo on the front and the team name “Chelsea’s Champions” on the back. The shirts and team were created to honor a student who suffers from the illness and to raise money in her honor. The shirts, which have been on sale since September, are $10 each and all proceeds raised through their sale will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Walkers completed one lap around the NVCC campus and celebrated the end of their walk with an after party where refreshments and music by New York-based EDM Trap band Trillmatik were enjoyed. The walk is part of the SGA/Student Activities “give back to the community initiative” which runs the entire academic year.
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted a special evening of music and poetry featuring three award-winning writers and poets at Confluencia on October 12 in the College’s Playbox Theater. The evening began with music played by a student ensemble and refreshments and moved onto college President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., opening remarks followed by an “open mic” featuring NVCC students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Greater Waterbury community who offered readings of original works as well as poetry and prose by noted writers.
Naugatuck Valley Community College inducted seven new students into the prestigious President’s Circle during an October 21st ceremony held in the Technology Hall Dining Room. Membership represents the highest honor a student may receive while matriculating at the College. Inductees have a minimum GPA of 3.4 and they represent a select group of outstanding achievers who serve as the College’s student ambassadors. President’s Circle ambassadors have the opportunity to attend major college events with the President and/or her Cabinet and lend voice to their experiences as NVCC students.
Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., led a discussion around stories of farming and El Cuento Del Cafecito, or, A Cafecito Story a book by Dominican-American author Julia Alvarez which was translated by President De Filippis. The event, which was hosted at the College on October 14, brought together students, faculty and staff from NVCC, and students from Hartford’s Prince Technical High School around narratives of coffee and farming. Helping coordinate the event was the Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury, a community organization that offers free programs for adults in basic literacy, ESL, family literacy, and building workforce and job readiness skills.
Work and family obligations often compete with dreams of going to college. Naugatuck Valley Community College has created an affordable solution. Through the College’s new part-time accelerated weekend Business Management Certificate and/or degree program, students who work full-time can get an associate degree or certificate in Business Management. The new program offers the opportunity to complete a fully transferrable associate degree in two or three years, by attending part-time classes that meet on weekends. At both the Waterbury and Danbury campuses, classes will be held on Friday evenings, Saturdays (Sundays-Waterbury campus only.) Financial aid is available for qualified students.
The sidewalks and streets of downtown Danbury were filled with pageantry and celebration to mark the opening of the new and expanded Danbury campus of Naugatuck Valley Community College. President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., welcomed a standing-room-only crowd of almost a hundred people who came to wish the College well. Provost and Senior Dean of Administration, James Troup opened the festivities with a note of thanks to all who made this moment possible. The President continued by thanking Governor Malloy, CSCU President Mark Ojakian, the legislative delegation, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, the faculty and staff of the College. “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. What a generous journey it has been thus far. Today marks the beginning of what promises to be a wonderful partnership.”
The University of Santo Domingo (UASD) honored Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., with an Honorary Doctorate in the Humanities, on October 6, 2016. In a ceremony marked by academic processions and congratulatory remarks, the UASD conferred the honorary degree in recognition of the President’s contribution to Dominican, Caribbean and Dominican Diaspora literature.
Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) hosted Governor Dannel Malloy at a roundtable with students from the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Criminal Justice Program. The event opened with a welcome by NVCC President, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. where she complimented the Governor for his brave direction on criminal justice reform.
Set your GPS for 190 Main Street Danbury, CT and you will be pleasantly surprised to find a 1920’s art deco building getting a major makeover to accommodate the thousands of college students who are about to make it their new campus. Work crews are hurriedly braving the heat and humidity while taking advantage of the long summer days to complete the vision driven by the NVCC mission, to offer “quality, affordable education and training in response to evolving community needs by providing opportunities to individuals and organizations to develop their potential.”
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted its ninth annual Principal to President Scholars Awards Ceremony in Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted its ninth annual Principal to President Scholars Awards Ceremony in Technology Hall Dining Room on June 6, 2016. The scholarship program is available to selected students from among the public and private high schools in our region. The program bridges the relationship between the region’s high schools and NVCC. It defines the College and college education, as a whole, and as a point of destination for our young people. Founded in 2008 by President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., the NVCC Presidential Scholarships encourage high school seniors to expand their horizons and explore choices for future post-secondary education in the liberal arts and professional programs.
The seventh annual community meeting celebrated the College’s plan for “A Decade of Vision and Service.” Hosted in the Technology Hall Dining Room for the last time, the community event, which will be moved to the new Community Room in the newly constructed Center for Health Sciences which opens December 2016, was enthusiastically attended by 90 campus and community partners.
On Thursday, April 21, NVCC held the final Confluencia of 2015-2016 at the Palace Theatre in Danbury. Professor of English, Lisa Shuchter, Jay Halpern and Bonnie Goulet travelled with their classes to the event. Chris Connelly, NVCC music student, provided the musical prelude for the reception. James Chatman, the SGA Senator for the Danbury Campus, provided the welcome message for the evening.
Spring marks the time for Naugatuck Valley Community College to recognize outstanding achievement by students who have overcome significant challenges. The annual Women’s Tea ceremony is a traditional afternoon tea celebrating women who have overcome adversity and found success at NVCC. President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. opened the annual celebration with remarks about the progress of the honorees. “Education is the path to freedom. I know that you understand it. It is about opening your mind and your world to another way of being. It is about being able to find employment and grow as a professional and as a human being. It is about being able to help others. This is why you have struggled so much to get to our doors and to study and to succeed.”
NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. has officially announced that the College received final approval to lease a new larger, more modern space for its Danbury Campus. The new location for the Danbury Campus is in the downtown district at 190 Main Street, across the street from the Danbury Public Library and the current NVCC Campus. The entrance is on West Street, just off the corner of Main Street.