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On September 16, the office of CSCU Board of Regents President Mark Ojakian issued a press release spotlighting the good work being accomplished at...

1 Oct 2016

1 Oct 2016

Meet Our Fulbright

Meet Our Fulbright
This week, I had the opportunity to interview Felipe Karam, a music professor joining NVCC for the semester as scholar-in-residence. Karam, from Brazil, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, allowing him to teach abroad. Up to 8,000 Fulbright recipients, students and teachers, expand their education and experience in as many as 160 countries annually. Roughly 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars, and 900 visiting scholars receive awards per year.
Author: Jessica Ney
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1 Oct 2016

Alumni Showcase: Focused on Success

Alumni Showcase: Focused on Success
I’m Daniel Perkins, 2014 NVCC grad from Seymour, CT, and I’m excited to share my journey post-NVCC. After getting my Associate Degree in Video & Audio Production, I became content producer/editor for a small video production company in NYC. My duties included meeting with clients, writing scripts, marketing strategy, shooting and post-production. I’ve worked on weddings, commercials, kick-starter projects, live event coverage, and shorts.
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1 Oct 2016

Happenings @ Other Colleges

Happenings @ Other Colleges
At 82-years-old, Rene Neira is continuing his pursuit of a college degree, proving it’s never too late to fulfill a lifelong dream. Initially beginning in the 1950s, he is back at it again, and this time he is not doing it alone. Both Neira and his granddaughter, Melanie Salazar, have just started their first semester at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas. While 18 year-old Salazar is a freshman, Neira has just one class left to complete his associate degree. Salazar is incredibly proud of her grandfather, taking to Twitter to express her pride. On their first day of class, Salazar posted pictures of herself and her grandfather captioned, “I’m so proud of my grandpa for finishing his first day at PAC this semester! 82 years old and not giving up!!!” Neira quickly became a social media sensation as the tweet gathered over 5,400 likes. While Neira is not keen on the extra attention, he expressed, “If I’m helping people, inspiring and motivating them to get their education, that’s fine with me. It makes me feel good.” There is no doubt Neira is an inspiration. Although he faces challenges keeping up with the latest technology, he doesn’t plan to stop with an associate degree. Neira intends to apply to University of Texas San Antonio to continue his pursuit of an economics degree.
Author: Brittany Bosse
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1 Oct 2016

A Cry for Help

A Cry for Help
September marked National Suicide Prevention Month, established to raise awareness of this epidemic. Suicide statistics have risen for years; to increase education around this complex issue, NVCC hosted a symposium and training in the Mainstage Sept. 9th. Co-sponsored by the Western CT Mental Health Network and NVCC’s Human Services Club, the event was well-attended and extremely informative. 
Author: Jessica Ney
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1 Oct 2016

Youtube's Unappealing Appeal

In a recent policy change, Youtube has instated brand new guidelines to make its general content base more appealing to advertisers. These guidelines include omitting or censoring the following: profanity, discussions of war, politics, anything controversial, anything violent, and anything remotely sexually suggestive. Violating these guidelines will not lead to videos being taken down. They will, however, lose the ability to become monetized and gain advertiser revenue for their content. 


Author: Bradley Edwards
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1 Oct 2016

Healing the Past

Attempting to make amends for the past, Georgetown University has publicly apologized for their complicity in selling slaves. According to the Maryland Province Archives, in June of 1838, Thomas Mulledy agreed to sell 272 men, women, and children to Henry Johnson and Jesse Beatty of Louisiana for $115,000 (equivalent to $3 million today) in order to pay off the college’s debt. The sale of slaves was not the extent of the institution’s involvement in the inhumane treatment of others. Slaves were brought to campus by students or rented for various labor on the school grounds.  
Author: Nicole Hayes
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1 Oct 2016

Celebración de la Herencia

As the fastest growing ethnicity in America, Hispanics are graduating college in ever-greater numbers. Designated a Hispanic-serving institution, NVCC plays a major local role in this encouraging statistic. This makes it a natural fit for our college to honor Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated from September 15th through October 15th.
Author: Christopher Gordon
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1 Oct 2016

A Degree of Security

Before class, you receive an email notification, a message from Apple stating your account’s been hacked. Without considering the consequences, you click the hyperlink to change your password. Zap! You’ve fallen victim to a social engineering attack. 
Author: Nicole Hayes
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1 Oct 2016

Faces in the Crowd: Home at Last

Faces in the Crowd: Home at Last
I was born in Irvine, CA in 1998, then moved to Wilton, CT at one year old. I grew up in a small house on a hill with my parents, older brother, and younger sister. When I was in 3rd grade, like in many families, my parents divorced. I was torn between two households, essentially two completely different worlds.
Author: Trevor Lilly
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