NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., gleefully jingled the keys to the newly renovated Founder’s Hall where the new Center for Health Sciences will live. “It’s official,” she said with a smile to the standing-room-only crowd at this morning’s annual Leadership Breakfast. Finished ahead-of-schedule, the new building is a symbol of progress, and promise. The Certificate of Compliance/Temporary Certification of Occupancy gives NVCC full use of our new building in time for the start of the spring semester.
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
In an effort to keep its curriculum current for its students and to help close the skill gap in the state, Naugatuck Valley Community College turned to the experts on November 29th at its Financial Services Summit. Focused on industry careers and trends in the financial services sector, the summit was hosted by Financial Services firm NewOak at its Danbury, Connecticut, office. The summit provided an opportunity for professionals in the financial services industry to discuss the skills, educational background, training, and experiences that are most sought after in prospective employees.
Horticulture Program’s Michael Schwartz to Receive Superior Service Award
During the warm months, the rose gardens at Naugatuck Valley Community College are a thing of beauty to behold; they are serene spots on the College’s Waterbury campus where students and community members can stop to contemplate the wonder of nature. But the impact of these gardens goes well beyond aesthetic splendor.
Naugatuck Valley Community College faculty and staff gathered for the end-of-semester All-College Meeting on December 7. The agenda included an update on the Founders Hall Capital Campaign, approval of applicants for January conferral, a report from the Curriculum and Educational Affairs Committee, 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 new and expanded 190 Main Street Danbury campus has become a destination for more than 1,200 students who are enrolled there. The campus is preparing for spring 2017 classes with its first Danbury New Student Orientation on January 11, 2017 from 5-6 pm. Associate Dean of the Danbury campus, Antonio Santiago noted that “Students come to the new campus and they stay. They are embracing the new campus. It’s exciting to see them find a home at this campus.”
Eight students receive career-launching certificates
Eight Naugatuck Valley Community College adult students who completed their certificate requirements were recognized on December 14. The students are enrolled in a first-of-its-kind 22-month program in Advanced Manufacturing Technology held at Henry Abbott Technical High School in Danbury. 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 Abbot Tech Principal Stacy Butkus were present to commemorate the achievement. The students embarked on the journey back in August of 2015 when NVCC launched a second cohort in its Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program at Abbott Tech.
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.
The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., (ABET, Inc.) is a non-governmental organization that accredits post-secondary education programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. A federation of 35 professional and technical member societies representing these fields, ABET reviews curriculum for accredited programs every six years. NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., the faculty, and staff of STEM Division’s Engineering Technology Department hosted the ABET re-accreditation site visit team from October 9-11.
Nearly 400 middle and high school students and more than a dozen companies from the STEM and Advanced Manufacturing Technology sector participated in the Waterbury Regional Chamber’s STEM and Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Exposition held Friday, November 18 at Naugatuck Valley Community College.
More than 40 colleges and universities from across Connecticut and beyond were represented in the Café West at NVCC’s Waterbury campus College Transfer Fair on October 19. Held every spring and fall semester, the event is organized by the College’s Center for Academic Planning & Student Success (CAPSS). At NVCC’s Danbury campus, students participated in a Transfer Fair on November 9. The new space allowed the College to invite a larger number of representatives than in past semesters and organizers reported a great turn out from colleges and universities in Connecticut and New York.
NVCC students unraveled lights, unpacked bulbs from boxes, and laid out strands of golden garland last week in the College’s Prism Lounge to trim a tree that will provide aesthetic cheer during this holiday season.
For students at high schools like Bethel High or Waterbury’s W.F. Kaynor Technical, the first steps on the college path are taken before graduation. That’s thanks in part to an early college opportunity program supported by Naugatuck Valley Community College, and directed by the office of Academic Affairs and the Bridge to College Division.
ESL Program Coordinator, Karlene Ball, writes of the vibrancy of the ESL program which boasts a richly diverse and incredibly resilient student body.
From Afghanistan to Venezuela, from Brazil to Yemen, from Gambia to Uruguay—they’ve come to the NVCC campus. This fall we welcomed students from some 40 countries to NVCC’s English as a Second Language Program. With these newcomers, we now boast a diverse group of students from about 54 countries around the world.
On November 9th, Naugatuck Valley Community College honored the country’s veterans and staff, faculty, and students who are current military members through a touching, interactive ceremony held in the College’s Leever Atrium. Sponsored by the Veterans Affairs Office and the Veterans Club the ceremony included speeches, singing, poetry, and a dedication of a wreath followed by a moment of silence. Koralin Dains, Secretary of the College’s Veterans Club, and a member of the Army National Guard who was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012, greeted the dozens of community members present. Gerald Mullings, a Naugatuck Valley student, led attendees in an emotionally resonant rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. provided opening remarks and a reading of Emily Dickinson’s poem, “‘Hope is the Thing with Feathers.” To the College’s 250 student veterans, President De Filippis said, “We hope that in your studies here and in your engagement with us, you find the respect and the solace and the strength, and the hope to come back, if you’ve been in battle, and engage in meaningful ways in a society that is grateful for your service.”
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.
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.