ACC's Phi Theta Kappa inducted 68 students into the local chapter's honor society.  See more photos from the evening by visiting Read more about PTK's latest news in this month's newsletter and more about the ceremony on ACC's website.  Photo by Julie Cotnoir 

President's Message

Spring is always an exciting time on ACC's campus and this spring is no exception. We have welcomed international guests on campus, raised awareness for important causes and recognized our students' academic and leadership success! We are closer to seeing our new additions to campus completed. Continue to follow ACC on Facebook and see photos of the progress.

Thank you to ACC's students who attended President Ojakian's Town Hall at the State Capitol last month. Your voice and input is important as President Ojakian presents his proposal to the Legislature.

A Mohegan Sun favorite, Jim Spinnato, comes to Asnuntuck Thursday, June 1, for an evening of comedy with a cause. All proceeds from this ACC Foundation event will benefit Asnuntuck Community College's continuing education students and its programming. More information is on ACC's website.

ACC was pleased to welcome Pakistani educators to our campus last month. The group toured credit and non-credit classrooms and Advanced Manufacturing Technology's new building. Read more about their visit and see additional photos from their tour on Asnuntuck's Facebook page.

This month we celebrate the arts on campus. See information in this month's newsletter about the Student Art Showcase. Freshwater will be holding their Literary Festival on May 4th and author Jane Yolen will speak at that event.

I am looking forward to seeing graduates, their families and ACC's staff and faculty on May 25th at 6 p.m. for Commencement at Springfield Symphony Hall. Students keep your eyes on the prize as you complete this semester's studies! Those continuing with ACC can register now for summer session and the fall semester. Visit for more information.

President Lombella 

  ACC Employee Organizes Fundraiser for Head Start
ACC's Admissions Administrative Assistant Holly Brunette organized a  Reading Room
Ride-A-Thon for Enfield Head Start. Holly was a member of the first graduating class of ACC's Women's Leadership Institute. Graduates of the program were asked to create and execute a community action project following the completion of the program. Holly collaborated with Pam Keenan in ACC's Children's Reading Room on the fundraiser. Children from the Reading Room rode their tricycles for a two-day total of 723 laps around the gym. 
Sponsorship from students, staff, faculty and the community resulted in $650 being pledged in donations!  Head Start will use the funds to purchase specialty puzzles for their facility. They will also be able to provide social emotional curriculum for all of their classrooms.  
Art Showcase 
ACC is hosting the Spring Student Arts Showcase May 1-May 31. A series of One Act Plays was held on May 1 in ACC's Auditorium. The Student Art Exhibition will run May 3rd-May 31st in the northwest corner of the college. The Art Exhibition reception will be held TODAY at 5 p.m. Guitar 1 and Guitar II performances also took place this week in the Auditorium. A dance presentation will take place Friday, May 5th at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium.

Asnuntuck Against Violence Week 

Asnuntuck's Diversity Committee sponsored various activities and events for Asnuntuck Against Violence Week. Speakers, music, an art exhibit and opportunities to pledge against violence, were all part of the week. See more photos on Facebook.  

PTK Student Recognition
The All-Connecticut Academic Team Awards Ceremony was held in the Old Appropriations Room at the State Capitol on Friday, April 28th. Two students, from each community college in the state, were named to the Academic Team. ACC's Team Members, each achieving a 4.0 GPA, are Izabela Karch and Jie Zou.  ACC PTK Advisor Michelle Coach, All-Connecticut Academic Team member Izabela Karch, ACC Dean of Academics Michael Stefanowicz, All-Connecticut Academic Team member Jie Zou and, ACC PTK Advisor Heather D'Orlando attended the All-Connecticut Academic Team Awards ceremony at the State Capitol . See more PTK and All-Academic photos on Asnuntuck's Facebook page. Photo by Julie Cotnoir
In other PTK news the New England Region of Phi Theta Kappa held their Regional Convention this spring in Concord, New Hampshire, and two ACC students were elected to regional positions. Evan Leslie was elected New England Regional President and Johanna Connors will serve as Southern New England Regional Vice President. During the awards ceremony, ACC received three regional awards:
Heather D'Orlando was awarded the Paragon and Horizon Advisor Awards. The ACC chapter was awarded the Honors in Action and they were named First Runner-up for Theme 4.  
A group of 9 students (see photo below) traveled to Nashville, TN for the International Convention, Catalyst. Two awards were presented to ACC advisors at the convention.  

At the International convention Heather D'Orlando was awarded the International Paragon Advisor Award and Michelle Coach received Distinguished Region-New England.  
ACC Students  
ACC students, staff and faculty, all enjoyed a spirited game of Taboo last month, with a rematch later in the month! Both were sponsored by ACC's Student Government and Activities Board. Check out ACC's Facebook page for more photos. Photo by Julie Cotnoir

ACC's Student Government and Activities sponsored last month's Spring Fling. The day included a dunk tank, live music, games and free lunch for students. Check out more photos on Facebook. Photo by Julie Cotnoir

                                          Amely Cross' Intro to Physics class toured the Hangar
                                          Museum at Pratt & Whitney.

   Elle Van Dermark's U.S. History 1 students presented
their final projects to President Lombella's Cabinet.  

ACC News  

ACC Faculty member Marilynn Turner participated in a poetry reading on Sunday, March 20, for Women's History Month at Two Wrasslin' Cats in East Haddam, CT. The event was sponsored by Together We Rise.


ACC's Library Director Matt Hall ran in the 121st Boston Marathon. It was the first time Matt has run the race. It is the oldest contested marathon in the world. The race was held on Monday, April 17th which is Patriots Day in Massachusetts. Congratulations to Matt! Read more about the race

President Lombella and representatives from ACC's faculty attended a recent event celebrating the Barnes Seminar on Teaching's 30th anniversary.  

Eppendorf Graduates 
Asnuntuck Community College's Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center is proud to announce that five Eppendorf employees have completed a 78-week program for Electro-Mechanical Maintenance at the college. The students were Daniel Ferreira, Krystal Williams, Mike Senecal, Christopher Moody and Mike Rattell. The program was designed in concert with Eppendorf and Asnuntuck. A second program is currently on-going. The students are expected to complete that program this October. Read more.

Career Services 
Want to have a 15-20 minute one-on-one discussion with ACC's Career Advisor Cat Carter? No appointments are necessary. Talk about choosing a major, get some help on your resume and/or cover letter. The next "Career Chats with Cat" is scheduled for Thursday, May 4th from 3-4 p.m. in the Center for Advising and Student Achievement (Room 111), first come, first served.Contact Cat Carter: or 860-253-3072 for more information.