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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Tunxis Professor Receives Board of Regents Teaching Award

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - April 14, 2014 - Terry Casidy color for print


Tunxis Community College Professor Terry Cassidy, Ed.D., is a recipient of the Connecticut Board of Regents Teaching Awards for 2014. Awards are granted to nominees who have distinguished themselves as outstanding faculty through exceptional teaching methods and creative instructional delivery that enhance student learning.
“Terry is an outstanding and also humble member of the Tunxis faculty who exemplifies compassion for his students and a commitment to innovative teaching practices,” said Michael Rooke, Ph.D., Tunxis dean of academic affairs. “Terry’s leadership of our faculty professional development initiative, the Center for Teaching, exemplifies his continued dedication to his colleagues. We are proud to recognize Terry’s contribution to both the college and to the wider system of colleges.”
An associate professor of English, Dr. Cassidy began teaching at Tunxis as an adjunct instructor in 2003 before joining the college full-time in 2006. As coordinator for the Center for Teaching at Tunxis, he conducts monthly instructional skills workshops and discussions on enhancing teaching techniques for faculty. Cassidy also leads one of the groups at Tunxis tasked with implementing outcomes based learning initiatives. In 2012, he was elected nominating committee chair for the Two-Year College English Association Northeast, a national organization under the National Council of Teachers of English. Cassidy has taught a variety of courses at Tunxis including English composition, “Perspectives in the Humanities,” “Survey of Literary Genres” and several developmental English courses.
“It is a real honor to be recognized for this award by my colleagues,” said Cassidy, who resides in West Hartford. “However, it is essential to thank my students who over the past 10 years have helped me become an effective instructor.”
Teaching Awards are granted annually by the Board of Regents for Higher Education to faculty from each of the 12 community colleges, four state universities and Charter Oak State College as part of the system of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities.
Located in Farmington, 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.
 
 

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Tunxis Art Professor to Share Insights on Creativity at Book Signing

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - April 4, 2014 - William Kluba, © Hunter Neal.

William Kluba, © Hunter Neal.
Tunxis Community College professor William Kluba will talk about his new book, “Where Does Art Come From?” during a discussion and book signing on Tuesday, April 15 at 3 p.m. in the 600 Building Cyber Café at Tunxis. Books will be available for purchase. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served.
A combination of narrative and autobiography which draws on examples from art history, Kluba’s book explores the origins of inspiration and ideas to help readers understand where creativity comes from. It includes techniques to foster inspiration and the creative process.
“I wrote this book after many years of experience with students who had difficulties in their pursuit of creating, and the surrounding issues everyone at some point comes across,” said Kluba, a first-time author. “I want to open doors for the art process that eliminate the fears and insecurities we have when creating and viewing art, and connect people to their internal desires so that they can find a path that suits them.”
Kluba has been a professional artist for more than 40 years and has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. His paintings, drawings, pastels, digital art, and mixed media have been on display at the New Britain Museum of Art, William Benton Museum of Art in Storrs, Slater Museum in New Haven, Springfield Museum of Art in Springfield, Mo.; and Wustom Museum of Fine Arts in Racine, Wis. among many others. His works are also held in a number of collections including the Library of Congress, Prudential Life Insurance Company, and Springfield Museum of Art (Mo.).
Kluba is a professor of fine arts and gallery director of the Wallace Barnes and Barbara Hackman Franklin Art Gallery at Tunxis Community College. He is teaching drawing and pastels this semester. Kluba holds an M.F.A. from University of Wisconsin, Madison and resides in Wethersfield.
“Where Does Art Come From?” is published by Allworth Press and is available at Amazon.com and major booksellers. It will be featured in a display on inspiration at Barnes and Noble, Blue Back Square in West Hartford starting April 22.
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. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington. For directions, visit tunxis.edu/directions.

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Tunxis Professor’s Works Featured in National Exhibitions

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - April 1, 2014 - Klema’s “Hobbes’ Claw 2” (2013) on view in Evergreen, Colo.

Klema’s “Hobbes’ Claw 2” (2013) on view in Evergreen, Colo.
Large-scale outdoor sculptures by Tunxis Community College professor Stephen Klema are on display in national juried exhibitions through summer 2014.
“Hobbes’ Claw 2,” a 4-foot by 12-foot wood, metal and plastic robotic mining saw blade prototype, is one of 15 outdoor sculptures that was selected through a national competition for the 2013-2014 Sculpture Walk in Evergreen, Colo. Installed in June 2013, the sculpture will remain on view through June 2014. One sculpture will be eligible for the Sternberg Award for Excellence, chosen by a specially selected juror. A People’s Choice Award will also be awarded by majority vote, which accepts online   votes at http://www.mountainart.org/sculpture_walk.php through July 30.
“Hobbes’ Claw—Unsheathed 2,” is on exhibition for the Jackson, Tenn./ Union University Sculpture Tour (JUST) 2013-2014. Klema’s was one of two artists’ works selected in 2013 to join a permanent outdoor sculpture exhibition, originally started in 2002 to beautify the city of Jackson in the wake of a destructive tornado. “Hobbes’ Claw—Unsheathed 2” will remain on view through August.
A professor and graphic design program coordinator at Tunxis for 25 years, Klema has produced over 50 pieces for exhibition throughout his career, and several of his works are held in private collections. He holds an M.F.A. from University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School and a B.F.A. from Atlanta College of Arts. Klema resides in Winsted.
For more information, visit Klema’s personal website at StephenKlema.com. To learn more about the graphic design program at Tunxis Community College, visit tunxis.edu.
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. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington.
 

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