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.
Tradition sets the stage for the NVCC Student Government Association’s annual production of the Leadership Banquet at the Grand Oak Villa. “This year’s banquet hosted over 300 students and staff. Evening highlights included dinner, dancing, showcasing student talent and recognition of club accomplishments,” said Karen Blake, Student Activities Director. The event is a way of honoring students and advisors who have volunteered their time and energy working within the clubs that comprise the Student Government Association (SGA) to make NVCC a better place.
NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., established the President’s Award for High Achievement in the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program back in 2012 when the manufacturing center opened.
The President established this award to reward students whose grades were “B” or better combined with a record of good attendance, attitude, and work ethic. These students received Solid Works and OSHA 10 Certification classes for one week at the expense of the college. The awards program includes an extra incentive for the top ten students in the class, which is an Introduction to Welding in a one week class.
Spring is the season for academic recognition. In the spirit of such recognition, NVCC hosted ceremonies to mark the pinning of students in both Nursing and Respiratory Care.
Tamarack, NVCC's student newspaper continues its winning tradition. The paper recently
achieved a personal best, taking five awards for Excellence in
Journalism in the Collegiate Division of the Connecticut Society of
Professional Journalists 2016 contest.
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.
Naugatuck Valley Community College is bursting with pride as
one of our own alumna Jahana Hayes, ’02 is honored with the 2016 National
Teacher of the Year Award. Hayes is an NVCC graduate who earned an associate
degree from Naugatuck Valley Community College, a bachelor of science from Southern
Connecticut State University, a master of arts from Saint Joseph University,
and a certification from the University of Bridgeport.
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.
Science Professors from the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Division of Naugatuck Valley Community College collaborated to produce the annual Women in Science Seminar on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Naugatuck Valley Community College.
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.
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.”
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted its fourth annual Spring Open House on Sunday, April 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Technology Hall Atrium at 750 Chase Parkway in Waterbury. Over 400 prospective students and their families visited the Waterbury Campus. Faculty, staff and student leaders were on hand to talk one-on-one with prospective students and visitors about applying to and attending NVCC. Campus tours were conducted throughout the day with stops at the Library, Academic Center for Excellence, Student Center, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, Hospitality Management Program, allied health labs and other popular locations. The event featured workshops on topics including financial aid, admissions and one workshop held exclusively in Spanish. New this year was an expanded tour which included the NVCC Digital Arts Technology (DAT) lab and the opportunity for students to start the FSAID process, apply to the College and complete on-site acceptance.
Young scientists with a flair for Chemistry will head to the Playbox Theater at Naugatuck Valley Community College for the You Be The Chemist Challenge® on Saturday, April 30. The competition is an interactive academic competition for students in grades 5-8 that uses the excitement of competition to encourage students to study chemistry concepts and their real-world applications. The Challenge was created by the national nonprofit organization the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF). There are school, local, state, and national levels of Challenge competition. While the Challenge is an individual competition, students must attend a participating school in order to participate in the Challenge. Each Challenge cycle begins with participating schools administering a multiple choice test, called the Challenge Qualifier, to determine which students from a given school will advance to the next level of competition.
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.”
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.
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.”