Our Multicultural Selves: Building Cultural Awareness

multicultural conceptIn collaboration with Quinebaug Middle College, Killingly High School, Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School, and the NAACP, Quinebaug Valley Community College will host, “Our Multicultural Selves: Building Cultural Awareness” on Wednesday, November 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m in room W101 (Danielson Campus).

Presented by Dr. Mara Gottlieb, this interactive discussion is designed to provide participants with the resources to develop a personal and intellectual understanding of bias and discrimination, help construct a greater sense of commonality, create a greater understanding of the benefits of a community where people feel safe, seen and respected, learn and utilize strategies to engage others in sensitive conversations, and utilize concrete tools to create a more inclusive community.

This discussion is invite-only. For additional information, contact Jon Andersen at 860-932-4054 or jandersen@qvcc.edu.

 

November Coming Events

Quinebaug Valley Community College is hosting a number of events in November. These events are free and open to the public.

  • November 7 – Waiting for Yoko: The Role of Art and Poetry in Facing the Climate Crisis – Join us in the SPIROL Gallery on Thursday, November 7 from 6-9 p.m. for “Waiting for Yoko: The Role of Art and Poetry in Facing the Climate Crisis” featuring Margaret Gibson, Connecticut Poet Laureate. The poetry readings will be followed by an open mic. Light snacks and refreshments will be available. Contact: Jon Andersen (jandersen@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4054).
  • November 8 – Veterans Day Celebration – QVCC will celebrate Veterans Day on November 8 from 2-3 p.m. in the Robert E. Miller Auditorium. Bricks added to the Veterans Garden will be dedicated at the ceremony. Immediately following the ceremony, the Veterans Connection Photo Exhibit will open in the SPIROL Gallery. Afterwards, guests are welcome to visit the Veterans Garden, located in the circle outside the College’s main entrance. Contact: Annie Hill (ahill@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4114).
  • November 9 – Saturday Registration for Winter and Spring Terms – Meet with an academic advisor to pick the perfect schedule from 9 – 2 p.m. Both the Danielson campus and our Windham Technical High School location will be open. Learn more at www.qvcc.edu/register.
  • November 13 – Fall Open House – Learn about our 50 degree and certificate programs and meet with QVCC faculty at our Fall Open House on Wednesday, November 13 from 6-8 p.m. Apply on or before November 13 for your chance to win a $1,000 scholarship! Contact: Sarah Hendrick (shendrick@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4096).
  • November 20 – Financial Aid Night – Are you planning to attend college? Are you the parent of a senior in high school? Attend our presentation if you want to learn more about funding a college education, sources and types of financial aid, how to complete the FAFSA and more! Contact: QVCC Financial Aid Office (860-932-4003).

Sixth Annual Manufacture Your Future Event at Quinebaug Valley Community College

QVCC Advanced Manufacturing Technology CenterOn Friday, October 25 from 8:30am-12:30pm, Quinebaug Valley Community College will welcome more than 200 students from area high schools for the Sixth Annual Manufacture Your Future event. This event is held each year in October during Advanced Manufacturing Month in Connecticut.

Manufacture Your Future is a hands-on introduction to QVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC). Activities will include a tour of the AMTC, the opportunity to meet graduates of the AMTC program, live demonstrations and interactive workshops. The workshops the students will attend are:

  • Programmable Logic Controllers with our PLC’s adjunct who is also a representative from PepsiCo
  • Lean Concepts with a representative from Fastenal
  • Romer Arm 3D Scanning with a representative from Hexagon Metrology
  • Robotics with one of our Advanced Manufacturing/Mechatronics alums

Steve LaPointe, Director of QVCC’s AMTC, explained, “Manufacture Your Future is so important for students because it serves as a pipeline into career exploration in the field of advanced manufacturing.” He continued, “We’ve got students coming from high schools in central Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It’s great that we can show students from surrounding states what QVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Program has to offer.”

Guidance counselors are strongly recommended to attend. More than 25 business from Eastern Connecticut will be on hand to talk with students about career opportunities.

For more information, contact Jodi Clark (jclark1@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4128).

Graduation to Take Place at Woodstock Academcy

The Quinebaug Valley Community College Forty-seventh Commencement will take place on Wednesday, May 29, 2109, 6 p.m. at the Woodstock Academy Alumni Fieldhouse, 57 Academy Road, Woodstock, CT 06281.  Graduates and guests should enter through the Elizabeth Hyde Art Center Entrance.

Graduates should report to the Bates Auditorium at the Academy no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

  •  Tickets will be required for guests, who should enter the building at the gymnasium entrance.
  •  Graduates walking in the ceremony will receive five tickets when they pick up their caps and gowns.
  • Parking is available on the Green on Academy Road or Woodstock Academy parking lot.

Woodstock Academy

Earth Day at QVCC

Earth Day Group Photo

On Monday, we will be hosting our annual Earth Day celebration on campus! From 11-2 there will be activities for students to participate in to learn more about Earth Day. When students make a pledge and write it on the Earth Day Pledge Board, they will receive a free Earth Day t-shirt!

Flower Planting

There will be free food as well, hot dogs, hamburgers, and ice cream from We-Li-Kit Farm. We will have a couple vendors and you can plant your own flower in a QV mug to take home with you!

Trash to Treasure

My favorite part of the Earth Day celebration is the Trash to Treasure tables. People can bring in items to donate and on Earth Day we put out all the items and they are open for people to take for free! If you have items that you would like to donate, the collection is happening today in Room C127 at the Danielson campus from 12-6. I love being able to purge and get rid of the things that I don’t need or use anymore and the bonus is that I can find something that I really love for free in exchange! Don’t miss the Earth Day celebration on Monday, see you there!

Get Involved!

QVCC Acapella

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to sing with the Acappella club at Voices in Concert. The event was a fundraiser for the QVCC Foundation and also Killingly High School. The show was packed with talented performers from our community. The Foundation also held a silent auction which helped to raise even more money for student scholarships at QVCC. One of the reasons that I love QVCC so much is the amazing support that we receive from our community and Saturday was another great example of that, over 800 people showed up to support the event.

Get Involved

I have been involved in different groups on campus since I started here at QV but this is my first semester with the Acappella club. I have really enjoyed singing with this group and have been able to learn a lot. Getting involved on campus is a great way to make the most of your time at QVCC. While you may not get the same experience as a 4 year school because students don’t live on campus, getting involved in clubs and other student groups gives you a chance to meet new people and try different things that you may not have done before. I have been singing my whole life but I have never sang acappella before. Even though it’s my last semester I am still glad that I was able to join this group and try something new.

If you haven’t joined a club on campus yet, you should check out our club list and find a group that interests you! We have many groups meeting regularly and we are always adding to the list. Not seeing something that interests you? Start your own club! It’s really easy to do and I’m sure you will find others on campus who are interested in joining. All you have to do is find the president and treasurer of the club and ask a faculty or staff member to be your club advisor. Once you have those people, fill out the club form, come to a Student Government meeting and you’re official! Get involved and make the most of your college experience here at QVCC!

Full Scholarship for Putnam High School Graduate

Steven and Marjolaine ’87, ‘88 Townsend Continued Support of Higher Education in Northeast Connecticut

The Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation, Putnam High School and Steven and Marjolaine ’87, ’88 Townsend are pleased to announce The Steven and Marjolaine’87,’88 Townsend Putnam High Scholar’s Scholarships, beginning with the 2019 academic year.

A full-tuition scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to one student and is renewable for a second year as long as the recipient continue to meet eligibility requirements.  There will also be three $1,500 scholarships awarded to Putnam residents.  The cost of tuition and student fees for two-semesters, full-time (more than 12 credits) at QVCC is $4,400.  The full scholarship allows for money for textbooks, as well as any additional fee required by some degree programs.

QVCC Director of Institutional Advancement, Monique Wolanin, stated, “QVCC, The Foundation and QVCC students thank Steve and Marge Townsend, once again, for their continued generosity.  The Townsends care deeply about residents of Northeast Connecticut and for providing a debt-free education at QVCC.”

Steve is a nationally recognized business leader who co-founded United Natural Foods (UNFI) in Danielson, CT.  A long-time member of the QVCC Foundation, in 2012 Steve was honored with emeritus status for his “extraordinary contribution to the Foundation’s mission.” Marge is an active community volunteer whose hard work and dedication has helped many. Steve and Marge are proud Putnam High School graduates and the first members of their respective families to attend college, starting at QVCC. They hope that in providing these scholarships, students will pursue their dreams and one day be in a position to help others do the same.

Putnam residents are encouraged to apply for the scholarships beginning February 1, through the annual QVCC Foundation scholarship process.  Application and additional requirements are online www.qvcc.edu/scholarships . Contact Monique Wolanin for additional information, 860.932.4174.

Fall Festival

Last Wednesday, Fall Festival was held on the Danielson campus by the Student Government Association (SGA) and it was a huge success! Events like Fall Festival are fun but SGA has a lot of planning to do so thanks to everyone who showed up.

We had a variety of activities and things for students to take home with them. One of my favorite give aways was the QV mason jar mugs from the President’s Office! Look at these!

One of the staples of Fall Festival is The Big Green Pizza Truck so we brought it back again this year. The artisan pizza is always sooo good and they cook as much as all the students can eat! Check out some photos I got of the truck and students enjoying their pizza.

We also got to have Cedar Knoll Farms back on campus with their two beautiful horses who gave wagon rides to students. This is always a big hit!

 

What did you guys think of Fall Festival? Were you able to make it? We had a great day with yummy food, fun activities, and more! It’s always a nice break from the craziness of the first month of school. I know it’s one of my favorite events of the fall semester. I’m obsessed with fall!

 

Introducing … Thriving in Chaos!

Did you know that 41% of community college students attend school part-time and work full-time? 22% of students attend school full-time and also work full-time! Whether you are a student attending full-time or part-time your schedule is probably pretty busy. For me, I’m a full-time student taking 5 classes, and I also work 3 jobs. I have a crazy busy schedule so I understand all the struggles you face as a busy community college student.

I’m Roxy Huckaby and Thriving in Chaos is a blog about my life at QVCC. Anything from student life and student activities to trying to keep up with everything else going on in life, because we all know that sometimes that’s hard. I work in the Student Success Center, I am President of Student Government and I’m also a Student Ambassador. To say the least, life is crazy!

It’s been a pretty long week for me, what about you?

QVCC Acapella Group to Sing National Anthem

fall acapella meetingThe Quinebaug Valley Community College acapella group will have their first performance of the academic year singing the National Anthem at the QVCC Foundation Annual Golf Tournament, Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

The group is in its second year at the College and has added more than ten new faces to add to the core group from last year.   The group is under the direction of Elle-Jordyn Goslin, QVCC Director of Alumni Affairs.  Goslin, who is actively involved the local performing arts community in Northeast Connecticut, will be in the upcoming performance of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, at The Little Theater on Broad Street beginning October 11.  Goslin stated, “The group is filled with talented and dedicated musicians who are willing and eager to perform. Our students at QV are extremely talented and it’s important they have an outlet to share their music. I know everyone will be just as impressed as I am when they hear them sing!”

Released: September 18, 2018