across campus, including the Student Government Association, the Agri-Bio Club
and Student Activities staff joined together to produce a campus-wide Earth Day
celebration on April 27th. In what has become an annual tradition at NVCC,
students cleaned the pond area beside the falls near
the Poet’s Circle. About 25 students, faculty and staff participated to clean
and then shared time with the President to turn on the fountain in the
garden. Lunch was provided to all who participated.
Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, the students, faculty and staff joined forces with the students and administration of the other colleges in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system to lobby state legislators for support of their academic institutions in an informal “meet and greet.”
NVCC’s Student Government Association and Student Activities Office partnered with Safe Haven of Waterbury to offer a “Campus Conversation Series” covering social media, internet safety and sexual assault. The series runs during the months of March and April.
The campus conversation series began at the start of the 2015/2016 academic year and concludes in May. The series has included conversations on topics such as sexual assault/domestic violence, cyber bullying, healthy relationships, financial aid and more.
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.”
On Saturday, February 27, three Naugatuck Valley Community College students and two staff members took the plunge in Highland Lake for a great cause, the Special Olympics. The "NVCC Ice Breakers" raised over $2,000 dollars for the organization. Half of the proceeds will be directed to the Waterbury Special Olympics.
Naugatuck Valley Community College and the United Way of Greater Waterbury have launched a series of free financial literacy workshops for members of the campus community and the general public. The series is held in cooperation with the Connecticut Association for Human Services. So far, the workshops have covered “financial aid tips for new or continuing students” and “tips for budgets, spending wisely and making and saving money.”
Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Interfaith Center welcomed the public to its Waterbury campus on March 3 for a public forum entitled “Cultivating a Diverse Response to Public Violence.”
The Black Student Union (BSU) at Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted a series of events throughout February to mark Black History Month. The events celebrated African-American culture, food, music, dance and history.
Five Naugatuck Valley Community College students traveled to the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on February 10 to speak out on behalf of their College and voice concerns about proposed cuts to higher education before the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee. The NVCC contingent was joined by students from across the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system.
It was in October 2011 that evening bus service was restored to Waterbury after sixty years—due in large part to the efforts of Naugatuck Valley Community College students, faculty and staff, in partnership with the City of Waterbury, the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the city’s legislative delegation in Hartford. As of December 31, 2015, the service has provided 1,003,049 evening rides. North East Transportation of Waterbury estimates that the service eclipsed the mark of 1 million rides sometime around Christmas Day.
Members of Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Student Government Association presented Special Olympics Waterbury with a check for $1,001.78 on January 13—the result of student fundraising efforts during the fall semester, which included bake sales, candy sales and game-room activities. The contribution puts the non-profit group over the top in a $10,000 fundraising challenge from MacDermid Inc. of Waterbury, which is matching the first $10,000 raised.
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted more than 350 students in grades four through six for the 23rd annual Connecticut Association of Schools Elementary Leadership Conference on January 12. Teams of students and their chaperones from 53 schools from across the region participated in a variety of activities to learn new skills and broaden their knowledge and understanding of key concepts—with the aim of bringing that new knowledge back to their schools and sharing it with classmates.
Alex Achlioptas ’17 didn’t take the most direct route to success, but things have worked out quite well. The Naugatuck Valley Community College nursing student did the opposite of what most students do. He began his higher education at Quinnipiac and Southern Connecticut State Universities before enrolling at NVCC.
Naugatuck Valley Community College honored the successes of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center students during the fall semester on December 21 with a graduation and presidential awards ceremony. The event recognized the program’s 14 evening cohort graduates, the recipients of the fourth annual Presidential Awards and the winner of the annual scholarship generously presented by Thomaston Savings Bank.
Join the Navy or go to college. That was the decision facing Davey Peguero after high school. Considering that no one in his family had attended college and he didn’t know how he’d pay for it, it was a daunting decision.
It was during a chance conversation while playing basketball with an old friend who attended Naugatuck Valley Community College and sang its praises, that Peguero decided he would choose higher learning. “If it wasn’t for that conversation I don’t know what I’d be doing today,” he says. With the help of a Federal Pell Grant, Peguero was soon enrolled at NVCC and regularly spending 14 hours a day on campus.
Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Hospitality Management Program was well represented as celebrity chef Robert Irvine brought his live cooking show to the Palace Theater on December 4. Program graduate Michael Spinella and current student Benjamin Rosado were invited to help the Food Network star prepare for the show.
Students in Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Honors Institute presented their research projects for the fall semester at the Honors Institute Showcase on December 3. Research topics ranged from monetary policy to children’s literature.
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted Eastern Connecticut State University President and Board of Regents Vice President for State Universities Dr. Elsa Núñez on November 30 to discuss her latest book, Hanging Out and Hanging On: From the Projects to the Campus with students from NVCC’s Workforce Achievers Value Education program and A.I. Prince Technical High School. Núñez was accompanied by Board of Regents for Higher Education Interim Provost and Senior Vice President Estela López, Ph.D., an expert in Spanish literature, who has served NVCC as interim dean of academic affairs and associate dean of institutional effectiveness.
When Axay Patel immigrated with his family from India to Connecticut at the age of 22, he says attending Naugatuck Valley Community College was “a perfect way to start,” even though he was close to earning a bachelor’s degree in his homeland.
CTrides, which connects commuters with sustainable solutions to get to school or work, has honored Naugatuck Valley Community College for its participation in the Connecticut College Challenge, which seeks to find “green” rides for college students across Connecticut. More NVCC students pledged to take a sustainable ride during the first week of October than students at any other community college in the state.