Students learn about how to pay for college
College students and their parents who need help to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) came to the annual College Goal Sunday workshop hosted by Naugatuck Valley Community College on Sunday, October 23. For prospective students and parents who haven’t filled out the application before, it can prove a daunting and often confusing task, so the event is aimed at simplifying the process.
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 NASA CT Space Grant Consortium awarded 10 Community College Scholarships this Fall 2016 semester. Naugatuck Valley Community College students earned 6 of the 10 scholarships worth $1,500 each. The students were from different disciplines in the college represented by Josiel Batista Matos, Advanced Manufacturing Machine Technology; Lindsey Japa, Engineering Technology; Jody Jarvella, General Studies with an interest in Information Technology; Levi Reynolds, Math/Science with an interest in Physics; Andre Roscoe, Engineering Science; and Lanaya Shuler, Nursing. Each semester the NASA CT Space Grant Consortium gives 8-10 Community College Scholarships to students with an interest in a STEM field through a competitive proposal process. NVCC has had a strong showing among the scholarship recipients every semester since spring 2014, consistently at least two NVCC students have received scholarships.
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.
Leading with a creative pedagogical response to the “teachable moments” that arise in the classroom is the hallmark of a great teacher. Entry level mathematics classes at a community college, having statistically higher levels of diversity, are rich with such opportunities. Ruth Urbina-Lilback, Professor of Mathematics at Naugatuck Valley Community College recently published an article that looks at her own efforts to develop and implement successful instructional techniques within an elementary algebra classroom at a community college. Through her publicationSnapshots of Equitable Teaching in a Highly Diverse Classroom, Professor Urbina-Lilback shares her pedagogical style from which we can all learn.
Cyndi Zoldy, Executive Director of the Smaller Manufacturers Association of Connecticut (SMA), has an office in the new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC) of Naugatuck Valley Community College. Her position there enables her to mentor aspiring manufacturing students, especially the women for whom her own career in manufacturing inspires mentorship. Zoldy has a daily presence in the AMTC where she frequently meets students. Her experience and outgoing personality support the leadership role she takes to extend mentorship opportunities to students; it can start with a simple invitation to lunch. In her role as executive director, Zoldy is keenly aware of the skills, and relationships that go with a career in manufacturing. She is also deeply involved in the community in many volunteer capacities: she is a board member of the Naugatuck Community College Foundation, and the Mattatuck Museum, she supports community activities of the Smaller Manufacturers Association of Connecticut, contributes to the planning and organization of the Saint Mary's Gala, Chase Collegiate School, Highlander Theater Company, the Sports Booster Club, and the Watertown Soccer Booster Club.
According to the 2015 Center for Disease Control Suicide Fact Sheet, suicide is the third leading cause of death among persons aged 10-14, the second among persons aged 15-34 years, the fourth among persons aged 45-54 years, the eighth among persons 55-64 years, and the seventeenth among persons 65 years and older. It is a significant health problem that inspired the collaboration between the Western Connecticut Mental Health Network and the Naugatuck Valley Community College Human Services Club. Kathleen LeBlanc, MS, MSW, Coordinator for Human Services/Pre-Social Work Programs at NVCC, assisted with the outreach to invite leaders in the field of mental health to the College for what is destined to become an annual event.
Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) hosted a dedication ceremony to mark the naming of the Marianne Generali Grand Atelier in the Early Childhood Education Center. Generali was the Director of the Child Development Center laboratory school when the Center and Early Childhood Education (ECE) program adopted the Reggio Emilia Approach philosophy. Based on integrating the visual arts and utilizing graphic representation to show children’s learning, this philosophy marked a turning point in the development of early childhood curriculum.
Naugatuck Valley Community College President, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., opened the All College Meeting with a tribute to the memory of artist, Angelo Romano, whose generosity is exhibited in the colorful art collection featured in the Leever Atrium of the Fine Arts Center at the Waterbury Campus of the College. Her remarks concluded with a biographical video that highlighted Romano’s creative genius and inspiration.
The Student Government Association (SGA) of Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted Constitution Trivia on September 14, 2016. The event was the culmination of two weeks of social media, featuring questions about the U.S. Constitution, where a daily winner was selected from both the Waterbury and Danbury campuses by the SGA. A pocket reference guide called The U.S. Constitution and Fascinating Facts About It was distributed throughout the campus for the two weeks leading up to the final trivia match to increase awareness of the contest and more importantly, of the constitution.
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.
A recent report published by the United States Department of Education shows that Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) is successfully living its 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. The College was ranked as a top college, in the nation, by a survey that evaluated public two-year colleges for their effectiveness in serving low-income students with relatively high outcomes.
More than 450 new students and their families attended the Saturday Orientation program hosted by Naugatuck Valley Community College. The morning opened with a continental breakfast. The top twenty resources for an incoming college student were represented in the Leever Atrium of the Fine Arts Center on the Waterbury Campus including the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), Academic Division Leaders, the Center for Job Placement and College Opportunities, and Veteran’s Affairs to name a few. The formal program was introduced by Dean of Student Services, Sarah Gager. Welcoming remarks on behalf of NVCC President, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., were presented by Provost and Senior Dean of Administration, James Troup, who concluded his welcome with the poem, “It is I Who Must Begin” by Václav Havel.
Burton Tedesco, Assistant Professor of Theater at Naugatuck Valley Community College, loves his work. He delivers the elements defined in the mission of the Performing Arts Department, which are to provide mentorship, teach fundamental skills, create opportunities for performance and present pathways to further student training and careers.
Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) is hosting its third Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence for the academic year 2016-17. Felipe Karam, a traditional and folk violinist from Brazil will be teaching music at the College.