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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“In My Shoes” Performance at Tunxis Brings Voices of Women In and Outside of Prison to the Stage

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

[IMPORTANT: FOR QUESTIONS ON REGISTERING  for credit courses, please contact Admissions at 860.255.3555, 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 860.255.3555, 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 Lamar, Melissa W - 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 860.255.3500, or visit the website at tunxis.edu/programs.

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Outstanding Tunxis Students Inducted Into PTK International Honor Society

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - December 19, 2013 -

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 December 6 during 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.
See the list of new members of PTK Alpha Iota Alpha Chapter, listed by towns of residence.

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Entries Sought for Film Competition at Tunxis

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - December 18, 2013 -

Tunxis Community College invites the community to submit short video/films for a competition culminating in a screening of winning entries at its 4th Annual Short Film Festival in Farmington. The deadline for the competition is March 21. Cash prizes will be awarded for winning entries, which will be shown at the screening on April 25.
Films of 20 minutes or less may be submitted in the following genres: comedy, drama, documentary, animation/FX, high school student film, sci-fi/horror, and commercial/PSA. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning films. Submissions must be on DVDs, with an entry fee of $10 for students and $20 for all others.
The competition will be judged by members of the student Media Club at Tunxis, which is sponsoring the event. For more details on how to enter, call Patrice Hamilton, the club’s advisor, at 860.255.3753 or email phamilton@tunxis.edu. Entry fees by check should be made payable to Patrice Hamilton.
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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Tunxis Continuing Education Enrollments Grow by 12%

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - December 17, 2013 -

Tunxis Community College enrollments for non-credit workforce development and continuing education courses grew by 12% this fall, especially for allied health programs that have helped reduce the shortage of health care workers in the state.
Some of the largest increases were in programs that provide training for careers as certified nurse aides, EKG technicians, registered medical assistants, central sterile processing technicians, EMTs, and patient care, phlebotomy, and pharmacy technicians.
“Our credit-free allied health programs are very popular because of their high quality and the fact that they lead to employment in a relatively short period of time,” said David England, Ed.D., dean of institutional effectiveness and outreach. “That’s important in these times of high unemployment and underemployment. Area health care facilities have a lot of respect for our programs and are eager to hire our graduates.”
A number of factors in Connecticut will keep demand for health care workers strong, including new long term care options and a large aging population which is expected to grow by 64% from 2006 to 2030, according to the Connecticut Commission on Aging.
Tunxis Workforce Development & Continuing Education, which has the third largest continuing education enrollment among the Connecticut Community Colleges, is currently accepting registrations for its allied health programs. Classes start in January and February for most programs. To request an application packet and register, please call 860.255.3666. More information is also available on the Tunxis website at tunxis.edu/cehealth.

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Tunxis Student Veterans Get Private Holiday Tour of Governor’s Residence

Posted by Lamar, Melissa W - December 11, 2013 - veterans photo

Veterans from the Tunxis Community College student Veterans Club received a private tour of the Governor’s Residence decorated for the holiday season on December 4, prior to the start of its annual open house.
First Lady Cathy Malloy (center) greeted the group of Tunxis veterans, which included (L to R, front): Amanda Searle, Doreen Melendez, Tunxis Veterans’ mentor Karen DeBari, Peter Spano, Corina Scagliola, (back row) Will Shuff, John Rios, Tunxis Veterans’ Advisor David Welsh, Tracey Melanson, Marc Melanson, and David D’Agostino.
The 1909 Colonial Revival home, located at 990 Prospect Avenue in Hartford, had four decorated Christmas trees on display with a number of other donated decorations.
Students in the TCC Veterans Club group are among over 245 veterans on campus at Tunxis Community College.
For those who would like more on veterans benefits for education at Tunxis, call 860.255.3513 or email dwelsh@tunxis.edu. Visit the Tunxis website at tunxis.edu for more on associate degree and certificate programs. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington.

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