In a packed house at the Palace Theater, more than nine hundred students celebrated their graduation from NVCC. The graduates from 85 municipalities across Connecticut and eight states in total, ranged from youngest to oldest, 17 to 72 years of age. The eldest graduate received an associate degree in general studies and an associate degree in hotel management. The largest field of study was represented by general studies in which 318 associate degrees were awarded. The Class of 2016 earned 1,359 total awards. This is the fifth consecutive year that NVCC celebrated the achievement of granting more than 1,000 awards.
The Mainstage Theater at NVCC was the stage for the annual Honors Night Awards. In celebratory fashion, NVCC traditionally takes this night to honor students whose academic achievement has earned scholarships and support towards continuing their education.
On Monday, April 18, Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted a symposium with Board of Regents Chairman Nicholas M. Donofrio and former Chairman Lewis J. Robinson, Esq. Chairman Donofrio’s intellectually invigorating presentation on Making Value for America was well-attended by NVCC faculty, staff, and management. The program led to a discussion on the role higher education and public libraries play in transforming the U.S. economy from one in which ideas are generated to one in which those ideas produce long term value. Chairman Donofrio’s visit marked the beginning of an exciting week of intellectual discourse for Academic Affairs and the Faculty Senate at Naugatuck Valley Community College.
In collaboration with host company, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., the faculty and staff convened a summit on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 to discuss the skills and education required by companies who specialize in the fields of bioscience and biotechnology.
In advance of the spring semester, Naugatuck Valley Community College welcomed more than 100 new students and their families to campus for an orientation session on January 19 on the College’s Waterbury campus. The event featured a welcome from administrators, faculty and staff; over a dozen information tables on various College services and activities; campus tours; and special programs for parents, covering topics ranging from financial aid to academic advising.
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.
Collaborates with Waterbury Symphony Orchestra and Bravo Waterbury
Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. announced on January 5 that the College will receive its third Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence grant for the 2016-17 academic year. The grant will host Felipe Karam, a Brazilian musician and composer.
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 faculty and staff gathered for the end-of-semester All-College Meeting on December 9. The agenda included approval of applicants for January conferral, a report from the Curriculum and Educational Affairs Committee, an update on NVCC’s strategic planning process and special recognition of members of the campus community for their service to the College and the State of Connecticut.
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.
Connecticut State Senator Toni Boucher of Wilton delivered a guest lecture to international relations students at Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Danbury Campus on November 30. Sen. Boucher, who has served in the legislature for nearly two decades—first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate—was invited to speak to the course by Political Science Instructor Frances Pulle.
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.
Naugatuck Valley Community College’s GEAR UP and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Division partnered with the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund on November 6 to host the fourth Girls and STEM Expo. More than 100 tenth-grade female GEAR UP students visited the NVCC campus for STEM-related activities to foster awareness of STEM careers, encourage young women to explore STEM-related subjects in high school and beyond and to provide resources to female students which will prepare them for success in college.
What is your vision for Naugatuck Valley Community College ten years from now? What are the College’s most important goals? How do those goals align with NVCC’s mission? These were some of the questions asked at strategic planning sessions hosted by NVCC’s Institutional Planning and Administrative Councils during the first week of November.
Waterbury Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Leif Bjaland explored the close link between poetry and music with British Literature and Music students in a guest lecture on October 29 at Naugatuck Valley Community College. Bjaland led the class of 35 in reading and dissecting works of classic poetry before playing the works set to music.
Take on a lot of debt to attend a four-year institution or attend classes closer to home and fulfill prerequisites at a fraction of the cost at a community college. That was the question facing Jacob Dooling after high school. At the urging of his mother, Dooling opted to attend Naugatuck Valley Community College—and it paid off.
The music program at Naugatuck Valley Community College has received a generous donation of 16 gently used choir gowns from the Connecticut Choral Society. The dresses will be available to members of the NVCC College Chorale who don’t already have concert attire, thus relieving them from the expense of purchasing a gown.
The final structural beam for Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Center for Health Sciences was hoisted into place during a topping off ceremony on Friday, October 9 on NVCC’s main campus. Adorned with an American flag, the beam bears the names of campus leaders and community partners who signed it for posterity before it was placed atop the new structure. The ceremony was hosted by construction manager Morganti, whose president, Nabil Takla, vowed to deliver a building to the College that is a “jewel.” But even more precious, he noted, will be the students, faculty and staff who will occupy the structure.
Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Hospitality Management Program kicked off its regional Italian cooking luncheon series on September 30 with a Tuscan menu designed by Foodservice Management student Maria Elena Engle. A signature dessert of tiramisu, biscotti and fruit tart—all made by NVCC Hospitality Management students—topped off the meal of crostini with assorted toppings, fresh arugula salad with shaved parmesan cheese, braised pork loin with white beans, roasted cauliflower, lemon-rosemary potatoes and sautéed escarole with oil and garlic.