Tunxis Announces Class of 2014 Graduates

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - June 26, 2014 -

The 43rd Commencement of Tunxis Community College was held on May 30 in the College’s courtyard.
A total of 490 graduates were conferred 594 associate’s degrees and certificates, representing the largest graduating class to date in Tunxis history. Those who were conferred degrees in December 2013 were also recognized at the ceremony.  Please see the complete graduate list of degree and certificate recipients by town.
From fine arts, health, and technology to liberal arts & sciences programs, Tunxis offers over 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need.
For more information, please call 860.255.3500, or visit Tunxis online at www.tunxis.edu. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington.

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Tunxis Graduate Named to All-Connecticut Academic Team

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - June 24, 2014 - Lina Matthews

Tunxis Community College graduate Lina Matthews of Bristol was one of 12 outstanding students from the Connecticut Community Colleges to be named to the All-Connecticut Academic Team during a recognition ceremony held this spring at the State Capitol.
The All-Connecticut Academic Team recognizes the outstanding scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in Connecticut’s community and junior colleges. The students chosen for the state team also represented the state of Connecticut in the All-USA Academic Competition, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and USA Today.
“I had worked hard my whole time here, and had made Dean’s List and received scholarships, but this award was very special,” said Matthews, who received her degree in general studies on May 30.  “It was very gratifying to know faculty and administration recognized my academic achievement.”
Originally from Bosnia, Matthews came to the United States in 2008 as an au pair with hopes of a better future. Along the way, she married and decided to pursue a college degree. “I believe that if you work hard, the possibilities are endless,” said Matthews, who also received the President to President Scholarship, a renewable grant awarded to a high academic achieving transfer student. She was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s Alpha Iota Alpha chapter, and worked two part-time jobs while pursuing her associate degree.
Matthews will transfer to Central Connecticut State University where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in biomolecular sciences as she prepares to go to medical school or pursue a career in the health care field. She is thankful for her Tunxis professors, and also her husband and family in Bosnia for helping her achieve her academic goals.
The ceremony was sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the official honor fraternity of two-year colleges and the largest honor society in American higher education; and the Board of Regents for Higher Education.
From fine arts, health, and technology to liberal arts & sciences programs, Tunxis Community College offers over 60 associate degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need. For more information, call 860.255.3500 or visit tunxis.edu.
 
 

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Tunxis Announces Spring 2014 Dean’s List

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - June 5, 2014 -

Tunxis Community College in Farmington has announced the names of those students who have qualified for the Dean’s List for the Spring 2014 semester. Students matriculated in a certificate or degree program who have earned a semester grade point average of 3.4 or higher and have successfully completed 12 or more credits, or have earned a cumulative 12 credits over multiple semesters, are eligible for this academic honor.View those Tunxis students who have been named to the Spring Semester 2014 Dean’s List.
From health, human services and technology to liberal arts and sciences programs, Tunxis offers over 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need.
For more on Tunxis programs, please call 860.255.3500, or visit the Tunxis website at tunxis.edu/programs.
 
 
 
 

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Outstanding Tunxis Students Inducted Into PTK International Honor Society

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - June 5, 2014 -

The Alpha Iota Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Tunxis Community College in Farmington announced the names of those students who accepted membership in the honor society. They were formally recognized in May at an induction ceremony.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is recognized by the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges as the official honor fraternity of two-year colleges. To achieve eligibility for PTK, a student must complete at least 12 hours of associate’s degree course work and earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher. Throughout their enrollment, they must maintain high academic standing, generally a 3.25 GPA. About 100,000 students are inducted into Phi Theta Kappa each year.
The PTK chapter at Tunxis provides opportunities for leadership, college and community service, exchange of ideas and ideals, scholarly fellowship, and academic excellence.
Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education, with more than two million members and 1,200 chapters in each of the 50 states, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates and Palau.
The new members of PTK, listed by towns of residence are:
Avon
Monica Khersonsky
Barbara Paine
Berlin
Rebecca Lunt
Bristol
Chiara Boibeaux
Erin Caruso
Heather Correa
Christina Cyr
Matthew Diblase-Daley
Adam Hayes
Richard Hoffman
Chantel Johansen
Ericka Lowell
Kendra Roy
Ellen Stockman
Angela Marie Volpicella
Wieslawa Warszawik
Burlington
Taylor Bettcher
Victor Neves
Canton
Brianna James
Cheshire
Ashley Bowman
Michael McMinn
Collinsville
Shannon Emilia
Farmington
Julie Cardenas
Volha Kavalenka
Hartford
Lyz Meza-Villantoy
New Britain
Briar Holyst
Brittany Larese
John Oliver
Jesse Pastore
Israel Rosario
Julie Szczesniak
Paul Thibodeau
Urszula Tondos
Paula Zalewska
Newington
Melissa Bengston
Antu Stettler
Plainville
Billie-Jo Sauvron
Zachary Scholl
Prospect
Christopher Moccio
Southington
Penny Barbour
Kaitlin Koczon
Sara Popielarczyk
Waterbury
Zidane El-Alaoui
West Hartford
Doreen Atkins
Augusta Kovaleski
Malaya Mount
Miriam Ostrozynski
Windsor
Talitha Kuttler
 

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Science, Theater and Fun for Kids This Summer at Tunxis

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - June 4, 2014 -

Tunxis Community College in Farmington will offer a variety of summer science and theater workshops for children ages six to 11 starting in July. Taught by certified teachers, the following courses will be offered:
• Build Your Own Vehicle, Hover Craft and Egg Drop Car; July 7-11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The laws of motion, energy, air pressure, friction, lift, speed and elevation will be explored as children design and build an air-powered Hover Craft and Egg Drop Car to bring home. Once they’re up and moving, they’ll experiment with defying gravity and controlling direction by using their creativity. Cost is $149.
• Can You Dig It? Dinosaur Fossil Hunt; July 14-18; 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Each child will join in a simulated fossil excavation, uncovering different bones before assembling them to create a three-dimensional dinosaur to take home. Children will also make plaster fossil replicas, identify 20-million-year-old shark’s teeth, cave bear teeth, dinosaur eggs, rocks and minerals. Excavation tools, labels, and specimen bags included. Cost is $149.
• Make It and Take It Home: Science Projects That Are Fun; July 7-11, 12:45-3:45 p.m.
Students will make and take home a wide assortment of toys designed to teach science concepts. Among the projects are growing a crystal tree, making an energy bracelet, ice cream making, building a working electric motor out of household items, and make-your-own bubbling blobs, Silly Putty, glowing goo, and more. Bring a 100% cotton t-shirt for one of the activities. Cost is $149.
• Harry Potter: Join Our Magical Mystery Tour; July 14-18, 12:45-3:45 p.m. 
Children will join in the escapades of Harry and his friends as they experience where the magic of science, art and literature meet. They will play Quidditch, make an edible wand, “brew” potions to drink, experiment with colored magic sand, create and watch chemical reactions, and make crystals. Cost is $149.
• Children’s Summer Theater Camp (Ages 6-10); July 8-22, 9-11:30 a.m., with performance on July 24 for “The Wizard of Oz;” or
July 29-Aug. 12, 9-11:30 a.m., with performance on Aug. 14 for “Peter Pan’s Magical Neverland.” 
This class will explore the use of makeup, imagination, and creativity. Children will bring out individual expression through pantomime, theater games, improvisation, props, and character development. Performance held at the end of each session. Cost is $85 with a $5 materials fee for each session.
The courses are among many available through Tunxis Workforce Development and Continuing Education. To view course details and additional summer non-credit offerings, see the Tunxis Continuing Education summer course schedule online at www.tunxis.edu/cesched.  Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington.

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Tunxis Commencement is May 30

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - May 8, 2014 -

Tunxis Community College will hold its 43rd Commencement on Friday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m. Nearly 500 students are expected to receive associate degrees and certificates.
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) will give the keynote address to the graduating class. Valedictorian for the Class of 2014 is Francine Casalino of West Simsbury, who will receive both an associate in science degree and certificate in early childhood education. She will present a speech at graduation.
Commencement ceremonies will be held rain or shine in the Tunxis courtyard. Tunxis Community College is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington. For more information, please call 860.255.3500.
From fine arts, business, health, and technology to liberal arts & sciences programs, Tunxis offers over 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need. Over 6,000 students enroll in credit and continuing education programs at Tunxis each semester. For more information, visit the Tunxis website at www.tunxis.edu.
 

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Tunxis Dental Students and Faculty Help Those Without Access to Dental Care

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - May 6, 2014 - In photo, left to right, front: Kate McLennon, Jasmin Gomez. Back:  Eralda Bici, Tunxis Professor Robin Knowles, Elizabeth Morfis, Alice Abbassi, Ashley Ludwig, Kayla Bernacki, Lindita Hida, and Lisa Roberge.

In photo, left to right, front: Kate McLennon, Jasmin Gomez. Back: Eralda Bici, Tunxis Professor Robin Knowles, Elizabeth Morfis, Alice Abbassi, Ashley Ludwig, Kayla Bernacki, Lindita Hida, and Lisa Roberge.
Over 70 dental hygiene and dental assisting students, faculty and alumni of Tunxis Community College volunteered their services for the Connecticut Mission of Mercy’s (CTMOM) seventh annual clinic, held April 25-26 at the XL Center in Hartford.
The large-scale, multi-chair dental clinic provides free dental care to the underserved and uninsured in Connecticut, and is one of several community based learning experiences in which Tunxis dental students participate each year.
Tunxis faculty and alumni who are registered dental hygienists and dental assistants, provided patient care, while students assisted the hygienists, and helped with set-up, X-rays, oral hygiene instruction, sterilization and triage.
Over 2,300 patients received approximately $1.6 million of free dental services during the clinic.
“Community service is an integral part of the allied dental curriculum at Tunxis,” said Robin Knowles, Tunxis professor of dental hygiene and a registered dental hygienist, who was among the Tunxis faculty who attended. “Experiences such as CTMOM allow students to apply the knowledge that they have gained in their courses to real world situations. Our students learn about health disparities in class, and CTMOM allows them to see for themselves the impact of issues related to lack of access to care.”
CTMOM, which is organized by the Connecticut State Dental Association, travels around the state to identify underserved areas where there are not enough dental practitioners to adequately address the oral health needs of the community.
The only public college in Connecticut to provide a degree program in dental hygiene, Tunxis is also the only known college in New England with a dental hygiene program that utilizes community clinic sites for the majority of students’ clinical experiences. Students gain practical experience at clinical sites throughout Connecticut under professional supervision while providing care to underserved populations, many of whom are children or elderly.
From fine arts, health, and technology to liberal arts & sciences programs, Tunxis offers over 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need. Visit the Tunxis website at tunxis.edu.

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Tunxis to Host Talk by Notable Early Childhood Expert and Author

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - April 25, 2014 - Photo by Vanessa Lenz

Photo by Vanessa Lenz
Tunxis Community College will host a talk by author and early childhood expert Ellen Galinsky on her book “Mind in the Making: Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs” (HarperCollins, 2010), on May 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Founders Hall. The talk is free and open to the public, and will include a book signing. The first 200 registrants will receive a free copy of Galinsky’s book. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve a seat, email jcoyne@tunxis.edu.
How do you keep the fire for learning burning in children’s minds? Galinsky believes all children are born with a passion to learn but life experiences stifle that passion for far too many children in what she has identified as a gap in children’s engagement in learning. Galinsky will share the results of her journey in interviewing and filming the best research in child development, neuroscience, cognitive science, literacy, and children’s learning. Among her findings is the importance of promoting key life skills, all based on executive functions of the brain.
Galinsky is president and cofounder of the Families and Work Institute, a think tank that addresses the changing nature of work and family life. At the institute, she continues to conduct seminal research on the changing workforce and changing family. Her more than 40 books and reports include “Ask the Children: The Breakthrough Study That Reveals How to Succeed at Work and Parenting” and “The Six Stages of Parenthood.” She has received numerous honorary degrees and awards including the 2004 Distinguished Achievement Award from Vassar College. She served as the elected president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 2005. She holds a master’s degree in child development and education from Bank Street College of Education and a bachelor’s degree in child study from Vassar College. A popular keynote speaker, Galinsky was a presenter at the White House Conference on Child Care in 1997 and on Teenagers in 2000. She is featured regularly in the media, including appearances on Good Morning America, World News Tonight and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
The talk is sponsored by the Tunxis Early Childhood Professional Educators’ Consortium, supported through a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain’s First Years First initiative.
Tunxis offers associate’s degrees in early childhood education and pathways to teaching careers, and certificates in early childhood education and early childhood administration. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington. Visit the Tunxis website at tunxis.edu.

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Register for Summer Courses at Tunxis

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - April 17, 2014 -

Registration for summer credit courses is under way at Tunxis Community College in Farmington. Approximately 140 traditional classroom and online courses are offered in five- and eight-week sessions: June 2-July 3; June 2-July 22; and July 7-August 7.
Students who attend other colleges may enroll in courses at Tunxis and transfer the credits earned during the summer to their baccalaureate or associate degree programs. Many save an average of $800 or more per course by attending Tunxis for their summer transfer credits.
Among the courses Tunxis offers that transfer directly to meet four-year degree requirements at many colleges are: Accounting, American Literature, Anatomy & Physiology, Art Appreciation, Art History I & II, Biology, Business Law, Calculus for Business & Social Science, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Earth Science, English Composition, Macroeconomics, Marketing, Math for the Liberal Arts, Microbiology, Microeconomics, Music History and Appreciation, Organic Chemistry I & II, Philosophy, Physics I & II, Political Science, Precalculus, Principles of Finance, Principles of Management, Principles of MarketingPsychology, Public Speaking, Spanish I & II, Statistics, Sociology, Survey of Literary Genres, U.S. History I & II, and Western Civilization II.
Visit www.tunxis.edu/summer to view summer credit courses online. Registration for summer credit courses can be completed by mail, fax, web or in person. Financial aid is available to those students who qualify, and eligible veterans can use the GI Bill for summer courses.
Continuing education (non-credit) registration is ongoing, for training in professions in need of skilled employees. Continuing education programs include electricians’ license renewal training; registered medical assistant; certified nurse aide; EMT, EKG technician; phlebotomy technician certification; patient care technician; pharmacy technician; central sterile processing technician training; and computers. Choose from a variety of courses in career/workforce development; small business; health and leisure; and personal enrichment; as well as motorcycle safety courses. For continuing education courses, there are a variety of convenient ways to register: http://tunxis.edu/continuing-education/registration-non-credit/.
Tunxis Community College is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177. For more information, call 860.255.3500.

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Career Fair at Tunxis

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - April 16, 2014 -

Tunxis Community College will host a Career Fair on April 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Administration Building corridor. The public is invited to attend free of charge.
Organizations seeking to hire, as well as job placement agencies, will be represented by over 20 exhibitors.  Employers at the fair represent a range of industries including financial services, telecommunications, shipping, law enforcement, insurance, residential services, manufacturing, social services, hospitality, food, security and retail.
Those who attend are encouraged to wear business attire and bring copies of their résumé. For more information, call 860.255.3546, or email kjames@tunxis.edu.
Tunxis Community College is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington. Visit the Tunxis web site at tunxis.edu.
 

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