Congress of Connecticut
Community Colleges
October 15, 2015
Bob Fernandez Hired as Political Organizer
The 4Cs received over fifty applications for the Political Organizer position advertised in July. The field was narrowed to eight by the Search Committee. Following all eight interviews, four candidates were forwarded to President Bryan Bonina for a second interview.  After a week of discussion, deliberation, and reference checks, Bryan offered Bob Fernandez the position, which he accepted. Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Bob to the 4Cs team!

"Bob is clearly the best person for this position. I'm convinced his institutional knowledge, direct experience in the CSCU system, and political aptitude make him the best choice," stated Bryan. "Bob is well known at the Legislative Office Building, throughout Connecticut, and within the labor movement, both locally and nationally. He knows our stakeholders and their needs extremely well. I'm looking forward to continuing our work with Bob to collectively represent the best interests of SEIU Local 1973 and its members."

Bob worked for many years at Quinebaug Valley Community College in different roles, including Director of the Willimantic Center and Director of Financial Aid. Bob also has taught as an adjunct faculty member in American Government and History. Bob also worked at Capital Community College as the Director of the Center for Professional Advancement. During his tenure at the colleges, Bob served the 4Cs as its Legislative Director. He also has volunteered on behalf of numerous political campaigns and community groups, including serving on the Latino Puerto Rican Affair Commission (LPRAC) and the Board of Directors for the Windham United Way. 

Thank you to the members of the 4Cs Political Organizer Search Committee for all your hard work: Seth Freeman (Capital), Merja Lehtinen (Asnuntuck), William Army (Quinebaug Valley), Lorraine Li (Gateway), Minati Roychoudhuri (Capital), and Ellen Benson (4Cs Staff). 

Inequality the Focus for Campus Equity Week 
The 4Cs is busy planning activities during the last week of October in celebration of Campus Equity Week, which is an international event "to bring greater awareness to the precarious situation for contingent faculty in higher education, organize for action, and build solidarity among our colleagues" ( ). 

The 4Cs will be sponsoring tables to share information at:
  • Middlesex on 10/26 from 10am-2pm in the Pavillon
  • Capital on 10/27 from 10am-2pm on the 7th Floor
  • Tunxis on 10/28 from 10am-2pm in the Courtyard
  • Three Rivers on 10/29 from 10am-2pm (TBD)
  • Housatonic on 10/29 from 10am-2pm (TBD)
  • Manchester on 10/31 from 10am-2pm (in conjunction with the Joint Forum on Inequality - see sidebar for more information)
Come by and support us! Volunteer to help staff the tables! 

The 4Cs is in the process of setting up radio interviews and other media that week.  And finally, don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter . We will have social media campaigns supporting the celebration of Campus Equity Week too. 

4Cs Calendar
Thursday, Oct. 15
Chapter Meeting
, noon-1, Draper Center

Tunxis Chapter Meeting, 4-5, 2-201

Friday, Oct. 16
4Cs Negotiating Committee ,   noon-3, 4Cs office, 907 Wethersfield Ave, Hartford

Monday, Oct. 19
Middlesex Chapter Meeting,  Room 808C Chapman Hall

Wed, October 21
Quinebaug Valley Chapter Meeting

Thurs, October 22
MCC Chapter Meeting, 3:45pm

Joint Forum on Inequality
Join MCC for presentations and discussion of student & faculty work and experience on Saturday, October 31 from 10-noon at the GPA Commons. Presentations will include:
  • ENG 101 Discussion Guide/Learning Module: Robert Reich's Inequality for All
  • Health Management and Disparities
  • Reporting and Writing News Stories: Communities in the News
  • Ending the War on Drugs
  • Renewable Energy and the Environment
  • MCC Unites and Student Government at MCC
Dialog and Discussion:
  • Inequality in Education and Shaping Our Future
  • Interactive Timeline of Inequality in the U.S.