November 13, 2020
November 2020 - Alumni News
Hello, Charter Oak State College Alum,

Twenty-Twenty is certainly a year for the history books. We have all experienced so much, discovered how flexible and resilient we can be, and have learned a new virtual environment for connection.

As a graduate of an online college, you know first hand the importance of staying on top of the latest and greatest technology and skills. But do you know What's New at Charter Oak?

Please read on as we reflect on some good news and share an invitation or two.

We are #CharterOakProud of our Alumni, Faculty, Board Members, and Students making Headlines and Helping our Neighbors in Need.
  • Seila Mosquera-Bruno, Alum and Connecticut Department of Housing Commissioner, is making a difference for Veterans! Housing for homeless vets opens in Meriden (Record Journal)
  • Randell Orner, Alum and Faculty member, is making a difference by giving back to help the CharterOak Cares Emergency Fund.
  • Mary-Jane Foster, Alum and Executive Director of Interval House, is making a difference for victims of domestic violence.
  • Jason Jakubowski, Faculty, Foundation Board Member, and CEO of Food Share, is making a difference in our community for many impacted by food insecurities and joblessness.
  • Marcia Anderson-Esson, Alum, Association and Foundation Board member, is making a difference for front-line workers! As a Snellville, Georgia Lions Club member, she created over 200 masks to donate to Parkside and Cambridge Nursing Homes. (photo top of page)

How about YOU?

Please share YOUR good work, news, or photo with us on Facebook or via email:
Upcoming Events:

Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 5:30 pm (Eastern)
What's New at Charter Oak!

Charter Oak State College is continuing to expand, add new programs, and make improvements. You are a valuable member of our alumni and your input and participation can make a difference in the lives of others seeking college degree completion. Join us for an hour of interactive conversation!

  • Enjoy a 2020 update from Charter Oak’s, Lori Gagne Pendleton, Director of Admissions and Moses Terrell Adgers, Senior Associate/Health Programs Specialist.
  • Meet YOUR fellow COSC Alumni Association Members, Ambassadors, and Acorns in Action.
  • Brainstorm ideas for upcoming volunteer opportunities and events.
  • Discover (your superpower) new ways YOU can help!
You are encouraged to bring YOUR ideas to the conversation! 
Register by emailing, with your name, grad year, and preferred email, we will send you a link to the WebEx meeting.
Free Virtual Series Open to the Public

Thursday, December 3, 2020 | 3:30 pm (Eastern) | Shea Solutions Registration

The 2020 Shea Lecture series is a three-part, free virtual series consisting of live engaging discussions on the topic of economic disparity within our state and country, along with the the origins, barriers, limitations, and solutions.

Subject matter experts will provide insights on economic disparity, housing inequity, higher education, career / workforce planning, health care, food insecurity as well as societal impact. Q&A opportunities.
If you missed either, please take an hour or so to view the recordings below and plan to join us on December 3, 2020 | 3:30 pm.

Shea Lecture (1) | Video Recording
Housing, economic and community development, financial, and the history of economic and racial disparity. [New Britain Herald]

Shea Lecture (2) | Video Recording
The Conversation Continued with Health Care & Education Inequities and Food Insecurities

Shea Lecture (3) Registration | Our experts come together to discuss solutions and develop a plan with actionable, achievable steps.
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