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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Reception Celebrates Art Installation at Tunxis

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - March 24, 2014 - Artist Brad Guarino is shown second from right at the reception as he points out part of the installation.

Artist Brad Guarino is shown second from right at the reception as he points out part of the installation.
An opening reception for the new public art installation “Passing Through,” was held recently at Tunxis Community College in Farmington.
“The theme of ‘Passing Through’ is of a hiker trek—a community of people on a common path overcoming obstacles, searching, helping one another,” said artist Brad Guarino of the 50 life-sized stainless steel silhouette figures he created of Tunxis students and alumni that are installed in various locations on the walls of the College’s 600 Building. “This trek is a metaphor for the educational experience, for negotiating barriers and leaving the past behind en route to a better future.”
A total of 33 Tunxis participants modeled for the silhouettes, some of whom are represented twice. The 31 students and alumni shown were selected through an essay competition in which they were asked to discuss their journey to Tunxis. Tunxis President Cathryn Addy, Ph.D. and professor of English emeritus Edward Ifkovic, Ph.D., author of “A Bend in the River: Voices from a Community College, 1970-2000,” are also immortalized in silhouette.
Those students and alumni who participated are listed by town of residence below:
Avon
Damian Jovanovic
Andrea Marseglia
Bristol
Chris LaPorte
Courtney M. Mangum
Javoz Mead
Susie Petke Rotondo
David Ventrella
Burlington
Daniel P. Bereza
Cheshire
Greg Weed
Farmington
Stephen Manning
Amanda Imelda Scagliola
Hope Faith Storrs
Middletown
Scott Wilmot
Newington
Taylor Chambers
Harleigh Wider
New Britain
Jason Bounkhoun
Nichole Grant
Brandon Haas
Kenneth Haas
Plainville
Justine DePaolis
George Hairston
Alysha Mitchell
Tom Ratliff
Katy Scotella
Plantsville
Samantha Crowley
Simsbury
Antonio Negron
Southington
Naomi Lemire
Marc Verderame
Unionville
Jacob Daniel Cohen
Wethersfield
Anela Turkovic
Windsor
Amanda Whalen
Silhouettes of Tunxis participants and their stories can be viewed on the Tunxis website at http://tunxis.edu/passingthrough.
“Passing Through” was commissioned by the state of Connecticut during the 600 Building Extension construction project, in compliance with a Connecticut law which states that 1% of the cost of construction or major renovation of publicly accessible state buildings be allocated for the commission or purchase of artworks. For more on the College’s multi-phase campus expansion, visit tunxis.edu/expansion.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tunxis Events Scheduled for April

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - March 11, 2014 -

The community is invited to the following events, performances and exhibits at Tunxis Community College in Farmington. Free admission, except as noted.
April 7
Talk: Mary DeLucia from the YWCA Sexual Assault Crisis Services of New Britain, will speak on “Sexual Assault Crisis Services 101: What Everyone Needs to Know” from 10-11:20 a.m. in Room 201.
April 11 & 12
Theater Production: Tunxis Stage, will present Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest” on April 11 & 12 at 7:30 p.m. and matinee April 12 at 1:30 p.m. in Founders Hall Theater. Directed by George Sebastian-Coleman, the play is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $5, and can be purchased in the President’s Office starting March 31. Tickets can also be purchased online at http://tunxis.brownpapertickets.com for a small service fee. If the performances are not sold out, there will also be sales at the door. For more information, call 860.255.3731 or email gsebastian-coleman@tunxis.edu.
April 15
Lecture: “The Science of Violence: Preventing Violence Through Research & Education,” with Jeremy Richman, Ph.D., at 10 a.m. in Founders Hall. Richman and his wife formed The Avielle Foundation in memory of their daughter Avielle, who was one of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims. The mission of The Avielle Foundation is to prevent violence by fostering brain health research, education, and policy; and community development, engagement, and responsibility. Richman has extensive research experience that spans the range from neuroscience and neuropsychopharmacology, to cardiovascular biology, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, immunology and inflammation, and kidney disease. For more on The Avielle Foundation, visit www.aviellefoundation.org.
April 21-25
Exhibit: “Faces of Survival Exhibit” will be on view daily from 8 a.m.- 9 p.m. in the Administration Building Main Lobby to commemorate National Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. On loan from Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc. (CONNSACS), the tabletop display uses personal stories and pictures of 26 Connecticut sexual assault survivors to educate the public about the impact of sexual violence and to help combat the stigma surrounding the issue. Free. Contact Colleen Richard, Ph.D., at 860.255.3736, crichard@tunxis.edu.
April 25
Film Screening: 4th Annual “Short Film Festival,” 7-9 p.m. in Room 201. The screening celebrates the winning entries of a film competition. Speaker is Andrew Gernhard, owner of Connecticut film production company Synthetic Cinema International. Call Patrice Hamilton at 860.255.3753.
March 10-April 16
Gallery Exhibition: “New Work—Paintings and Pastels,” by Tunxis professor of fine arts William Kluba continues, which he describes as “an investigation into the mechanics of the energy behind the forms, the intuitive and spontaneous,” in the Wallace Barnes and Barbara Hackman Franklin Art Gallery at Tunxis. The Barnes-Franklin Art Gallery, located at the entrance of the 600 Building, is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and by appointment. Closed March 17-21 for semester recess. For more information, call 860.255.3661 or email William Kluba at wkluba@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.

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Tunxis Holds Opening Reception for Public Art Installation

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - February 24, 2014 - Figures-2

 The community is invited to an opening reception for “Passing Through,” the new permanent public art installation completed as part of Phase II of construction at Tunxis Community College, on Thursday, March 6, from 4-7 p.m. in the 600 Building Extension 2nd Floor Atrium. Artist Brad Guarino and Tunxis students who participated in the project will be available to talk about their roles in the art installation. Refreshments will be served.
“Passing Through” is a series of 50 life-sized stainless steel silhouette figures and inanimate objects placed in various locations on the walls of the 600 Building. A total of 33 Tunxis participants modeled for the silhouttes, some of whom are represented twice. The 29 Tunxis students shown were selected through an essay competition in which they were asked to discuss their journey to Tunxis. 
Those who would like to see the works online will soon be able to view them on the Tunxis website at http://www.tunxis.edu/passingthrough, where viewers will be able to identify students by their silhouettes and read their stories. 
“‘Passing Through’ is a metaphor for the educational experience—for overcoming obstacles, leaving the past behind, and striving for a better future,” said artist Brad Guarino. “The interactions between figures suggest the sense of a supportive community—of people accompanying and helping one another on a journey.”
The $117,000 project was commissioned by the state of Connecticut, and is required by a Connecticut law which states that 1% of the cost of construction or major renovation of publicly accessible state buildings be allocated for the commission or purchase of artworks.
Artist Brad Guarino resides and works in New London and is adjunct faculty at the University of Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State University. He did postgraduate study at Bulgaria’s National Academy of Art on a Fulbright Fellowship, and holds an MFA. For more on Guarino, see his website: www.bradguarino.com
The new 600 Building Extension, completed in August 2013 during Phase II of construction, is one of several new spaces completed at Tunxis Community College during a major campus expansion project. Phase II added 56,000 square feet of space to campus, providing additional classroom space while easing the wear on some aging buildings on campus. The new extension includes 15 general purpose classrooms, two computer labs, a writing lab, math lab, and an early childhood education program classroom. In the future, the third floor will have college offices and conference/meeting space. A certified LEED green building, the project expanded the College campus to 292,000 square feet.
Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington.
 

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