Celebrated writers Bessy Reyna and John Stanizzi will lead two workshops this fall as part of Tunxis Community College’s “Bend in the River” series.
• Writing Your Memoir, Sat., Sept. 27: Poet and former Hartford Courant columnist, Bessy Reyna will conduct a one-day workshop on memoir writing. Through guided discussions and exercises, she will help participants build a foundation that will support their efforts to explore and capture significant life moments. Reyna has led memoir writing workshops at the Mark Twain House, the Hill-Stead Museum, and many other venues. Her bilingual poetry collection “Memoirs of the Unfaithful Lover” was published by tunAstral press, Mexico. Her work has also appeared in literary magazines and anthologies throughout the United States and Latin America. Fee: $95
• Poetry Reading and Writing, Sat., Oct. 18: A one-day workshop for those who want to hone their skills in reading and writing poetry, with teacher, author and poet John Stanizzi. Stanizzi will help workshop participants become more adept at close reading, gain a better grasp of some great poems, and create their own draft of a potential poem or two. Stanizzi is the author of “Ecstasy Among Ghosts,” now in its fourth printing, “Sleepwalking,” “Windows,” “Dance Against the Wall,” and “After the Bell.” Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, in 1998 Stanizzi was named The New England Poet of the Year by The New England Association of Teachers of English. He teaches English at Manchester Community College and Bacon Academy. Fee: $95
“Bend in the River” is a series of short non-credit courses for those who love to learn and experience new challenges. With no exams or grades to worry about, courses are designed for intellectual stimulation and enrichment, and include offerings such as arts, music, film, health, and social networking. All classes are held on campus in Farmington. For more information on these and other courses, visit tunxis.edu/bend, or call 860.314.4700.
Celebrated writers Bessy Reyna and John Stanizzi will lead two workshops this fall as part of Tunxis Community College’s “Bend in the River” series.
Credit Registration for the fall 2014 semester is under way at Tunxis Community College in Farmington. For information on how to apply and register, contact the Admissions Office at 860.773.1490, or visit tunxis.edu/apply. Late registration will take place August 25.
Tunxis offers over 60 associate degrees and certificates that prepare students for transfer to four-year degrees and transition into the workforce with such programs as business; computer information systems; early childhood education; engineering; criminal justice; graphic design; human services; liberal arts and sciences; and technology.Financial aid and payment plans are available for those full- and part-time credit students who qualify.
For those who seek the flexibility of learning off-campus, online courses are also available.
Continuing education (non-credit) registration is ongoing, offering career training for professions such as certified nurse aide; registered medical assistant; phlebotomy technician; pharmacy technician; central sterile processing technician; veterinary assistant, patient care technician; EKG technician; and medical billing & coding. Many of these programs are approved for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding through the Connecticut Department of Labor. Professional development and personal interest courses are also available. For continuing education courses, there are a variety of convenient ways to register.
Tunxis Community College is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177. Visit the Tunxis website at tunxis.edu.
Music of the Jewish Soul
Tunxis Community College will present a free concert/workshop with celebrated mezzo-soprano Dr. Monika Krajewska on August 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Tunxis Cyber Café.
Discover the music of Israel, klezmer, Yiddish theater, and major Jewish composers in this free, unique performance and discussion.
Performing with Krajewska will be Natasha Ulyanovsky, piano and Walter Mamlok, clarinet.
A special preview of the new “History of Jewish Music” course taught by Krajewska this fall at Tunxis, the concert will feature performance and discussion of music of the ancient synagogue, the shtetl, Yiddish theater, opera and Broadway, Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein and more.
Praised by The New York Times for her “reach and strong tone that expresses not only beauty, but a luminous sense of peace and comfort,” Krajewska has sung in signature roles with major opera companies and orchestras around the world. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in Mozart’s “Requiem.” A co-founder of Connecticut Lyric Opera and of Alla Breve Opera & Consort, Krajewska has released CD recordings of “Russian Romances and Encores,” “Favorites Arias and Songs,” “Yiddish Songs,” and recently “Jewish Cantorial Music.”
Krajewska specializes in performing and lecturing on Jewish and Slavic music. Her book on Jewish music, “Contemporary American Jewish Music and Its Practical Performance,” was published earlier this year by ARS NOVA. Among her degrees, she holds a doctorate from the Paderewski Music Academy (Poland) and master’s degree in music from Yale University.
“History of Jewish Music” will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30-9:20 p.m. starting September 2. For more information on the course, call 860.773.1647. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington. Directions and maps of campus can be found online at www.tunxis.edu/directions.
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 860.773.1300, or visit Tunxis online at www.tunxis.edu. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington.
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 860.773.1300 or visit tunxis.edu.
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 860.773.1300, or visit the Tunxis website at tunxis.edu/programs.
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:
Angela Marie Volpicella
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.
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 860.773.1300.
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.
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.