Phi Theta Kappa Notice Asnuntuck Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or criminal record. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Cheryl Cyr, Title IX Coordinator, [email protected] (860) 253-3045 and Maki McHenry, Section 504/ADA Coordinator, [email protected] (860) 253-3021, Asnuntuck Community College, 170 Elm Street, Enfield, CT 06082. ISSUE 56 May 2014 Monthly Newsletter for Asnuntuck Community College [email protected] this issue Student Success Asnuntuck Community College’s Alpha Lambda Zeta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society held its induction ceremony on April 4th at the college. Twenty six students were inducted into the prestigious group. Students included, Amber Badger, Jason Bullard, Krista Campisi, Marissa Campisi, Daniel Coffin, Brianna Cruz, Zlata Gallant, Wendy Garcia, Nancy Gegesky, Melissa Laferriere, Jason Lindie, Nicholas Marocchini, Heather McMahon, Katherine Mendelson, Monica Messenger, Roni-Sue Myles, Zachariah Omary, Colleen Pauluh, Anthony Perrone, Eila Soikkeli, Rachael Strimaitis, Betty Taylor, Ryan Tetrault, Hong Wang, Raquel White, and Jacqueline Yeo. Representatives from ACC’s PTK attended the recent national PTK Conference in Orlando, FL. Coach and Foley Honored by BOR Michelle Coach and Teresa Foley are photographed with ConnSCU President Gregory W. Gray at the Board of Regents Faculty Awards, 2013-14 Academic Year event held at Eastern Connecticut State University last month. Teresa (right) received a Scholarly Excellence Award and Michelle (left) received both a Teaching Award and a Board of Regents System Teaching Award. Photo by Joe Bleicher [email protected] Issue 56 May, 2014 Room Dedicated in Memory of Sherry Gelbwasser Sherry Gelbwasser, a librarian at ACC, passed away last April after a courageous battle with Cancer. The Asnuntuck community came together last month to dedicate Gelbwasser’s former office into a quiet reading and study area for both ACC students and children from ACC’s Children’s Reading Room. Gelbwasser’s brother Michael attended the unveiling. Art students from the college painted a mural on all four walls of the room; paint and supplies were donated by ACC co-workers and children’s books were donated by the Enfield Public Library and by Michael Gelbwasser. The college donated the room’s furnishings. Photos by Julie Cotnoir Dates to Remember 5/12 Last day of classes 5/13-19 Final Exams 5/15 Awards Ceremony 5/22 Instructors Final Grades due by noon 5/23Final grades can be viewed online 5/26 Holiday-College Closed 5/29 Commencement 6 p.m. Children’s Reading Room ACC’s Children’s Reading Room held their annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Children’s Reading Room is free of charge for ACC students. The Reading Room will be open this summer for students enrolled in Summer Session. Please contact Pam Keenan ([email protected]) to learn more. Photos by Julie Cotnoir President’s Message Club Information Phi Theta Kappa has had a busy spring. The honor society held its induction ceremony last month and several members travelled to Orlando for the organization’s national conference last week. See more photos inside. Photo by Julie Cotnoir Congratulations goes out to several Machine Tech students who were recently inducted into the International Honor Society for Professions in Technology. They are now members of Epsilon Pi Tau, Gamma Phi Chapter of the College of Technology of The Community Colleges of Connecticut. From left to right they are: Robert PeCommencement is just a couple of weeks away. It is ters, Tod Southard, Joanne LaVertue, and James Buntscheduled for May 29th at 6 p.m. on the college’s rear ing. Missing from the picture is a fifth recipient who field. We have announced that Len and Cherylann Gen- could not attend, Jack Dempsey. Joanne LaVertue also gel will be our Commencement Speakers. After suffer- received a $500 NASA Space Grant Scholarship to coning the loss of their 19 year old daughter during the tinue her studies. The induction ceremony was attended 2010 earthquake in Haiti the couple followed through on by Rita Moriarty and Marisa Rubera. their daughter’s last wish- sent via text message hours before she died– and they built an orphanage in her memory in Haiti. Please read more about their inspirational story at BeLikeBrit.org. You may have noticed the construction going on recently. Ground was broken in the fall and building has begun for the new welding area of ACC. I am pleased to inform you that Michaela Mullarkey is the recipient of the 2014 Educational Excellence and Distinguished Service Award. For the past 18 years, she has been an example of excellence in service to the college, students, and community. Photo by Julie Cotnoir I was fortunate enough to have been asked to judge the recent Ms. CT Senior America pageant here at ACC. I am seen here with Ollie Jones who won the competition and is also an ACC Alum! Enrollment will increase from 60 full-time and college connections students to closer to one hundred during the 2014-2015 school year. We will also be in a much improved environment to serve the needs of the incumbent worker. New equipment includes: industrial brake, shear, and roll plus the plasma cutter and water jet and 12 additional welding stations. Photo by Joe Muller STEAM Fair The Arts at ACC Volleyball Student Success Photo by Julie Cotnoir Photo by Julie Cotnoir ACC’s CCP Program Hosted their annual STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) Fair for high school students last month. Photos by Julie Cotnoir Webelos Visit Webelos 1 Den visited ACC. They saw a demonstration of how to use solid works and the machines on the floor . They were able to make a tic-tac-toe board. Photo by Joe Muller ECE News ACC’s Early Childhood Education students visited Bay Path College to learn about transfer opportunities. In other news, ECE students joined faculty at the annual Preschool Fair at the Enfield Square Mall. ACC Student Jerry Fink’s art (left photo) is currently on display in the ACC Student Gallery. This month features the Student Arts Showcase. A series of one-act plays will be held at 1 p.m. on May 6th in the auditorium. A film marathon titled SciFi from Metropolis to War of the Worlds will be held on May 7th in the auditorium from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Guitar II will hold their recital on May 8th at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium with Guitar I’s being held the same day at 11 a.m. The dance showcase will be held on May 9th at 10 a.m. in the auditorium. The Student Art Exhibition (see photo, far right) will be on display in the hallway near the library and auditorium through June 6th. Photos by Julie Cotnoir Freshwater Fifteen years ago, Asnuntuck English Professor Emerita Edwina Trentham began working with students in Poetry Magazine Production I and II. They produced the college’s first Freshwater Poetry Journal. The Poetry Magazine Production three-credit classes are limited to five students a semester, and students read from 1,500 to 2,000 poems submitted by poets from throughout the United States and the world. Trentham is retiring from Asnuntuck in June, after twenty-five years of full-time teaching and two years of part-time teaching. Freshwater will continue under a new editor, who will also teach the Poetry Magazine Production classes. The Fifteenth Anniversary Freshwater Poetry Festival, celebrating the Fifteenth Anniversary Issue of Freshwater, will take place on Friday, May 9th and Saturday, May 10th. On Friday night at 7:00 p.m., Asnuntuck student Nicholas Ruel will play the piano in Café II, and his performance will be followed by a reading by the winners of the Twenty-Second Annual Student Poetry Contest, first prize winner Jay Thumar of Middletown, who attends Asnuntuck Community College part-time; second prize winner Tyler Scott, from Central Connecticut State University and third prize winner Diana Goulding of Ellington High School. All three Honorable Mentions selected by the judge are Asnuntuck students. Jamie Crepeau won first Honorable mention for his poem, “Lonely Day”; second honorable mention Emilea Gartrell won for her poem “The Ritual”; Third Hon- orable Mention Julia Alexander won for her poem, “Denotation.” The three concurrent afternoon workshops will run from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Workshops are $25.00 each or two workshops for $45.00. Students and seniors pay $20.00 per workshop or $35.00 for two workshops. The buffet lunch is available for $15.00. Copies of Freshwater 2014: Fifteenth Anniversary Issue, and Freshwater mugs, tote-bags, and teeshirts, together with books by the poets and a variety of books on writing, will be available for sale throughout the day. CEU’s are available. More information, including detailed descriptions of the workshops, can be found on the Freshwater website, http://www.asnuntuck.edu/freshwater or contact Edwina Trentham at 860-253-3105 or [email protected] Walter Bauer never dreamed that college would be a possibility for him. He headed to a broadcasting school a year after high school and had an internet radio show. He then decided to explore the country. He headed to Arizona and Virginia. He came back to Connecticut in 2009 and at the urging of a friend who was coming out of the Marines he decided to go to school. He started at Asnuntuck in the Spring of 2011. His First Year Experience class with Wendy Nelson provided the motivation he needed to continue. “Wendy treated me like an adult and worked me hard.” He said his connection to the college strengthened when he joined ACC’s Student Senate in the Fall of 2013. The ACC student says he has received additional support from the Dean of Student Services Katie Kelley and ACC’s Interim President Jim Lombella. He is using the radio skills he gained years ago in a new Student Senate project. Bauer and Student Senate President Jessica Pierce now host the Senate’s first radio show on WACC 107.7. The show offers a way to keep students, staff, faculty and the public up to date on the latest happenings on ACC’s campus. A recent show focused on the topic of Autism. The radio show, which airs every other Wednesday from 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m., focused on the activities ACC was doing to promote Autism Awareness and also allowed families, including a former ACC student to share their triumphs and struggles they have had with their children who have autism. Future plans for Bauer include majoring in psychology and minoring in drug and alcohol counseling. Bauer says ultimately he would like to earn a Masters from the University of North Carolina. But for now he is content to continue his studies here at ACC. “It is a nice little gem-this school.” Business Club ACC’s new Volleyball Club sponsored a faculty vs student competition last month in the gym. New Book Photo by Julie Cotnoir John Sheirer, ACC Professor of English, has a new book. Libby Speaks: The Wit and Wisdom of the World's Wisest Dog contains more than 100 photos and life lessons communicated by Libby, John's happy and delightful Border Terrier. Libby Speaks is available through Amazon.com. You can follow Libby and John's adventures at the book's Facebook page (https:// www.facebook.com/ LibbySheirer). Health Fair State of Connecticut Employee & Retiree Freshwater students work with Instructor Edwina Trentham (far left) on preparations needed for the upcoming Freshwater Festival. Photo by Julie Cotnoir Lisa Bonner made a second visit to ACC on April 9th to work with students. The resume writing workshop was sponsored by ACC’s Business Club. Photo by Julie Cotnoir OPEN ENROLLMENT HEALTH FAIR May 15, 2014 9:00am – 11:00a.m. in ACC’s gym. ACC’s Medical Assistant students will be on hand for free screenings.
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