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Tunxis Art Professor to Share Insights on Creativity at Book Signing

Posted by Melissa Lamar - 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 Melissa Lamar - 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 Melissa Lamar - 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 Melissa Lamar - 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 860.773.1635 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 860.773.1637, 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 860.773.1643.
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 860.773.1621 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 Melissa Lamar - 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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“In My Shoes” Performance at Tunxis Brings Voices of Women In and Outside of Prison to the Stage

Posted by Melissa Lamar - February 11, 2014 - Photo by Nick Lacey and Lisa Beebe, courtesy of The Judy Dworin Performance Project.

 
Photo by courtesy of The Judy Dworin Performance Project.
Tunxis Community College invites the community to “In My Shoes,” a free performance by The Judy Dworin Performance Project on March 13 at 10 a.m. in Founders Hall. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
“In My Shoes” brings the voices of women in and outside of prison to the stage in spoken word, dance and song and asks audiences to engage in what it would be like to be in someone else’s shoes as it challenges us to explore issues of criminal justice from the stance of our common humanity.
The piece is described as “an authentic, provocative, soul-searching journey through the twists and turns of the walk to prison and back and what it means to be truly free.”
“In My Shoes” is performed by women who have reentered the community from York Correctional Institution joined by the Judy Dworin Performance Project’s ensemble.
The Judy Dworin Performance Project is an award-winning organization of professional artists based in Hartford whose work on stage, in schools and in prison communities raises awareness of social issues and provides multi-arts performances and residencies in the community.
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 and campus map, visit tunxis.edu/directions.
 

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Tunxis Offers New Series of Personal Enrichment Workshops

Posted by Melissa Lamar - January 23, 2014 -

Tunxis Community College will offer “Bend in the River,” a series of short non-credit courses this spring 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 are taught by Tunxis faculty and other experts in their fields. All classes are held on campus in Farmington. A few of the courses offered are listed below. For more information on these courses, visit tunxis.edu/bend, or call 860.314.4700.
• Memoir Workshop, Feb. 15, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
An intensive workshop with Tunxis professor Sally Terrell will help participants start writing their own memoir. Class includes writing exercises, learning how to apply writing elements, discussions of models and peer feedback.
• Love and Romance in the Cinema, Feb. 20, 27 and March 6, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
View and discuss three of the world’s top romantic films from the past 20 years. Learn how different directors from different cultures explore this topic. Films include “Midnight in Paris,” “A Very Long Engagement,” and “Il Postino.” Instructor Bob Kagan teaches film study at Manchester Community College and leads film discussions at the Wadsworth Atheneum and Real Art Ways in Hartford.
• An Invitation to Mindfulness, March 22, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Learn how to practice mindfulness and be more present in the moment. Instructor Sharon Gutterman is an acclaimed presenter on helping people use mindfulness strategies to manage stress and cultivate health, balance and energy. Her teaching is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., author and founding executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
• Hartford Symphony Orchestra Pre-Show Presentation: Mozart’s Requiem & Bernstein’s Jeremiah, March 29, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
A presentation by Jeffrey Martin, HSO’s director of community engagement and education, will provide a more complete understanding of the live concert performance with these two explorations of faith through music. Those who attend will receive a voucher to purchase a $10 ticket for the HSO’s performances of these works. Concert performances are April 10-13 at The Bushnell.
• Rebooting Your Career and Life, April 11 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Come to this workshop to re-discover who you are and identify what you want to do with your career and life. Awarded the “Distinguished Professional Award” by the Connecticut Counseling Association, instructor Eleta Jones, Ph.D., LPC, brings more than 30 years of experience as a career coach and counselor to her work.
• Poetry Reading and Writing, April 12, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Gain confidence in analyzing poetry, writing a poem, and presenting your work. This day-long workshop will explore several poems ranging from classic to contemporary. Celebrated poet, teacher and author John Stanizzi will help you become more adept at close reading, gain a better grasp of some great poems, and create your own draft of a potential poem or two.
Tunxis Community College is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington. See the college website for directions and maps.
 

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Tunxis Offers Lean Manufacturing Course in February

Posted by Melissa Lamar - January 17, 2014 -

Tunxis Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division will offer a Lean Manufacturing Principles and Tools Certification course starting in February.
The introductory program is designed to instill Lean thinking for improved business performance through continuous improvement training.
Participants will learn about the Toyota Production Systems (TPS) model, and other topics to help prepare for a focused and organized Lean implementation. The class utilizes lecture, video, simulation, 
hands-on tools, and group activities. Those who complete the 40-hour, 10-session course will receive a Certification in Lean.
Taught by an experienced Lean instructor who has over 20 years of experience in manufacturing and service industries, class will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 18-March 20 from 5-9 p.m. at 430 North Main Street in Bristol. The fee is $529.
For more information on non-credit Lean manufacturing courses, professional development and customized training at Tunxis Community College, or to register, call 860.314.4700 or email tx-bcc@tunxis.edu. Visit the college website at tunxis.edu.
 
 

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Register for Spring Semester at Tunxis

Posted by Melissa Lamar - January 8, 2014 -

[IMPORTANT: FOR QUESTIONS ON REGISTERING  for credit courses, please contact Admissions at 860.773.1490, or email tx-admissions@tunxis.edu.]
Credit Registration for the spring 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/admissions. Late registration will take place January 21.
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.
 

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Tunxis Announces Fall 2013 Dean’s List

Posted by Melissa Lamar - January 7, 2014 -

Tunxis Community College in Farmington has announced the names of those students who have qualified for the Dean’s List for the Fall 2013 semester. Full-time students who are matriculated in a certificate or degree program and successfully complete 12 or more credits with a GPA of 3.4 or higher during the semester are eligible for this academic honor. For more information, the Fall 2013 Dean’s List has a complete list of student names by town.
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 website at tunxis.edu/programs.
 
 

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