QVCC Adjunct Faculty Member Honored for Volunteer Work

Many adjunct faculty members at Quinebaug Valley Community College bring years of work experience and the latest expertise to the classroom, most often to specialized programs such as allied health, computer science, and manufacturing.

One of those adjuncts also shares his skills with the community – mostly as a volunteer.

Jon Gorman, who teaches Basic Life Support at QVCC, is a nurse at Harrington Hospital in Southbridge who has worked in health care for 35 years. In addition, he works tirelessly as a volunteer trainer of CPR at many community events, schools, and other venues.

“My passion is for education for everyone, from health care providers to members of the community,” he explains. “After my father died of a sudden cardiac arrest early in my nursing career, I wanted as many people as possible to know what to do if the event ever happened to them.” Gorman has been teaching CPR and other advanced courses for close to 20 years.

Due to the costs for CPR classes, he started reaching out to the community and teaching Hands Only CPR in conjunction with the American Heart Association. Earlier in September he and the Harrington team offered Hands Only CPR training to attendees at the Eastern States Exposition Fair in West Springfield. He will spend Columbus Day weekend certifying people at Old Sturbridge Village.

Gorman was recently honored by the New England Regional Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) Committee at its meeting in Manchester, NH. He was presented the 2016-17 Outstanding Volunteer Award for having trained more than 3,500 people in Hands Only CPR during the year.

Gorman is enjoying his first semester at QVCC. “The teaching experience has been wonderful,” he says. “It is always a joy to teach individuals who want to learn!” QVCC students are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from an adjunct faculty such as Jon Gorman.

Photo L to R: Ray Barry, ECC Chairman; Gorman; Michael Smith, Director-ECC Network Relations

Released: Sept. 27, 2017



CSCU Announces Position on DACA

The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system has announced its formal position on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and has added a resources page to its website.

DACA, a program announced by President Barrack Obama in 2012, essentially means that certain children, those who arrived in the United States prior to turning 16 years of age, would no longer be a priority for deportation.

CSCU’s Position on DACA

The fundamental responsibility of a public education institution is to foster learning, innovation, and strong communities to any student willing to put in the work to learn and achieve. CSCU admits students based on a holistic approach and many of our schools are open access. CSCU does not collect or retain information on undocumented students’ immigration status, and doesn’t have a list of undocumented students. We will not create such a list or document and could not and would not share that information with others.

Our campus police do not and will not inquire about a student’s immigration status during the course of their work that including anyone seeking assistance from the police. No student will be detained solely on the basis of immigration status. This is Standard Operating Procedure for our campus police and that will not change.

The DACA: Legal and Community Resources page can be accessed here >>

Board of Regents to Meet at QVCC

The Board of Regents of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities will hold its monthly meeting at Quinebaug Valley Community College on Tuesday, September 19. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. in Room W100/101 and is open to the public.

Released: September 14, 2017

Dean’s Debate Series Returns to QVCC This Fall

The popular Dean’s Debate Series,  designed to promote spirited and thoughtful civil discourse, returns to Quinebaug Valley Community College on Monday, September 25.

These 45-minute Lincoln-Douglas style debates feature two experienced debaters: Alfred Williams, dean of academic affairs and student services, and Heath Hightower, associate professor of human services. The two will debate both sides of a controversial topic or timely issue, followed by a community cross-examination period when the audience can ask questions.

In addition, each of the debate series will include a post-debate community discussion about the topic, facilitated by Williams and Hightower. The public is invited to attend and join the conversation.

The first topic, “The Internet has benefited humanity more than it has harmed it.”, will be held from 10:30 to 11:55 a.m. in Room W100 on September 25. On Wednesday, November 15, the topic will be “Abortion is morally unjustified.” This debate will be held in the auditorium from 12:30 to 1:55 p.m.

For additional information, please contact Heath Hightower at 860-932-4139 or

Released September 8, 2017

QVCC Helps Celebrate Hispanic Heritage at 3rd Thursday in Willimantic

Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized and celebrated each year at Quinebaug Valley Community College to honor the contributions of Latinos and Hispanics to the history and development of the United States.

This fall the college is sponsoring two events, one at the 3rd Thursday Street Fest in Willimantic and the other at the Danielson campus.

The Puerto Rican folkloric music of Jose Diaz and Grupo Boriken can be heard on Thursday, September 21, from 6-7 pm, on the North Stage at 3rd Thursday. The band of seven musicians, including two singers, will play the cuartro, guitar, congas, bongos, and guiro. To hear a music clip, visit

On Monday, October 23, from 12–2 pm, the Core Ensemble brings its chamber music theatre performance of Tres Vidas to the auditorium at the college’s campus. Tres Vidas celebrates the lives of three legendary Latin American women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya, and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni. The audience will hear folk songs of Mexico, El Salvador, and Argentina as well as vocal and instrumental tangos. The three women are played by one actress.

These events are sponsored by the college’s Cultural Programming Committee. According to member Elkin Espitia-Loaiza, professor of Spanish, many groups of Latinos have settled in the Windham area and made significant contributions to economic development. In fact, the Willimantic area has the largest presence of Latinos in the country.

The public is invited to attend both performances and admission is free. For more information call 860-932-4155.


Released September 7, 2017

Free Speech and Hate Speech Topic of Panel Discussion

A topic that has been in the forefront of the news will be the subject of a panel discussion at Quinebaug Valley Community College on Wednesday, September 13.

As the United States experiences increasingly charged political discourse, moral questions concerning the limits, if any, of the nation’s sacrosanct freedom of speech frequently become the focus of intense debate. What should and should not be protected speech? Is incivility ever justified in the face of “hate speech”? What is “hate speech”? Who decides?

“Free Speech, Hate Speech, and (In)civility in 2017” is the first event of the academic year sponsored by the college’s Cultural Programing Committee and On Cue Speakers Series. It focuses on the 2017-18 learning theme “Civility and Freedom in a Connected World.

Featured panelists include Bryan Stascavage, a Wesleyan University student; Bishop John L. Selders Jr., Amistad United Church of Christ pastor; Linus Owens, associate professor of sociology at Middlebury College; and Melvin Medina, advocacy and outreach director at ACLU-CT. The panelists will explore competing ideas regarding these issues and engage audience questions.

The event, free and open to the public, starts at 2 p.m. in the Robert Miller Auditorium on the Danielson campus. For more information please contact Professor of English Jon Andersen at 860-932-4054 or Reference and Instruction Librarian M’Lyn Hines at 860-932-4056.

Released August 30, 2017

QVCC is Offering New Personal Trainer Course

Quinebaug Valley Community College is partnering with World Instructor Training Schools (WITS) to offer a National Certified Personal Training course this fall in Willimantic.

The nine-week program includes 16 hours of lecture on topics such as biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage, and health assessment, along with 16 hours of hands-on practical training. An option to complete an internship is also available.

WITS leads the fitness industry in collegiate educationally based training for national personal trainer certification. This course is offered at numerous colleges and universities through the United States.

The Certified Personal Training course runs from September 19 to November 16 and will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at CLiCK, 41 Club Road, Windham. For more information or to register, call Continuing and Professional Education at 860-932-4005.

A free online information session will be held September 7 at 4 pm. Register at

Released August 8, 2017

QVCC Will Hold Special Enrollment Day for STEM Programs

Released June 29, 2017

Students interested in studying one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs at Quinebaug Valley Community College are invited to attend a special enrollment day on Tuesday, July 25, from 1-6 p.m.

QVCC offers certificates and degrees in computer services, engineering, manufacturing, and technology studies, as well as transfer programs for students wishing to major in science or mathematics.

Faculty from these disciplines will be on hand to answer questions and advise on course selection. Tours of the campus, including the new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, will be available. Students can submit an application for admission and be enrolled the same day.

Appointments are not necessary. Fall semester classes start Tuesday, August 29. For additional information, contact Bob Kozlowski, director of advising and retention services, at 860-932-4109.

QVCC Offers CT Resident Tuition to Rhode Island and Massachusetts Students

Released June 28, 2017

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QVCC to RI and MA

Students from neighboring towns in Rhode Island and Massachusetts will now pay the same tuition rates at Quinebaug Valley Community College as Connecticut residents.

Previously, tuition for Rhode Island and Massachusetts residents was 50 percent higher than in-state tuition, though considerably lower than what out-of-state residents were charged. This was part of the New England Regional Student Program run by the New England Board of Higher Education.

With the new tuition structure, it will be less expensive for Rhode Island and Massachusetts students to attend QVCC than Community College of Rhode Island or Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester. A full time student who chooses to attend QVCC will save between $258 and $1,198 during the first year.

For more information about enrolling at QVCC, contact the Admissions Office at 860-932-4002.


Aili Galasyn Recognized by QVCC Foundation

Released June 20, 2017—

Canterbury resident Aili Galasyn was recently honored by the Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation and awarded emeritus status in recognition of extraordinary contribution to the Foundation’s mission.

Photo of Christian Sarantopolous and Aili Galasyn
Foundation President Christian Sarantopolous presents Aili Galasyn with a heart-shaped rock that symbolizes the solid foundation access to higher education provides.

“The Foundation appreciates the commitment and dedication all members bring during their tenure,” said Monique Wolanin, director of institutional advancement, “but recognizes only select individuals for emeritus status.”

“Aili has served QVCC for over 46 years,” said President Emeritus Dr. Robert Miller. “She was one of the first members of the Citizens Planning Committee, made up of representatives from the towns in Windham County. This committee was a major force in bringing about the establishment of QVCC. She was an original member of the Regional Advisory Committee and the first female president of the QVCC Foundation. Aili is a wonderful example of the extraordinary support of QVCC by the residents of Northeastern Connecticut.”

“I have had the honor of working with Aili for ten years,” said Wolanin. “There is no doubt in my mind that it is thanks to the dedication and work of individuals like Aili that the QVCC Foundation is now able to provide over $200,000 annually to local students. Her commitment to education and passion for this College inspire us every day. We owe Aili our sincere gratitude for all she has done and continues to do for QVCC.”

The Foundation has seven other emeritus members: Rheo Brouillard, Laurence Hale, Dr. Miller, Frank Postemski, Donald St. Onge, Steven Townsend, and Dianne E. Williams.