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March 2018 News
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4/11 - Emeriti Reception, 3:30-5:30 pm, F-117

4/11 - Leadership Success Program

4/12 - Lavender Graduation, 6 pm

4/13 - Faculty Senate hosting Retirement Party

4/23 - Othello, 1:30 pm, F-117

5/2- 26th Annual Scholarship and Awards Ceremony, F-117

5/11 - Last day of classes

5/23 - Commencement

5/24 - Nursing Pinning Ceremony

In the Gallery
The Visual Fine Arts Graduate Show #1 is on display in The Gallery at Three Rivers from Thursday, March 22 - Monday, April 2, 2018.

This exhibition features the  work of the following students who will be graduating in May 2018 with an associate degree in Visual Fine Arts.:  Emily Dye, Hunter Lane, Ray Stephenson and Smith Thomas.

Three Rivers in the News
On trade, Trump risks repeating mistakes that led to Great Depression 

Dear Colleagues, 
March certainly roared in like a lion. We had a snowy month of upheaval, but fortunately we can now look ahead to warmer temperatures and spring flowers. 

I hope everyone had a restful spring break and is ready for a busy and productive April as we work towards the end of the Spring semester. 

With best wishes, 

Mary Ellen
Three Rivers News 
CSCU and CPTV Partner on Documentary 
The documentary, College Bound: A 
Look into Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, features all 17 institutions and follows students, counselors, professors, and alumni who discuss their experiences and share their insights. The documentary answers questions like, " Does paying tens of thousands for tuition each year mean students will get a better education?" and "What's the difference between public and private colleges?" 

The program premiered on February 22 and will air again on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., and on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 9 a.m. on CPTV, or you can watch it here.
Master Plan Update in Action 
Through a collaborative effort between college stakeholders, the system-office representation and the consultant team, the Master Plan Update will integrate the college mission and Three Rivers Strategic Plan, as well as recognize system-wide goals into a comprehensive vision for the use of our facilities. It will promote the advancement of higher education at Three Rivers through state-of-the-art planning projections over the next 10-years.

Concepts will reinforce current strategies and institute new long-term strategies that guide college decision-making for capital investment.
Workforce Presents at New England Workforce Network Conference 
Associate Dean Marge Valentin presented "General Dynamics/Electric Boat: Educating future manufacturing employees through creative college and high school partnerships" at the   New England Workforce Network Conference panel presentation o n March 16. It was well received by the group and participants had many questions during the Q&A session. 
Pictured below from left to right are:  Workforce Development Manufacturing Pipeline Coordinator Bret Jacobson, Three Rivers;  Mark Hill, Eastern Workforce Investment Board;  Chad Babcock, General Dynamics/Electric Boat; Professor Mark Vesligaj, Three Rivers; Electric Boat Manager of Engineering Programs Howard Jenkins, Three Rivers Foundation Board Member; and Associate Dean Marge Valentin, Three Rivers. 
Workforce Graduates the Seventh Welding Class!
Congratulations to the students of the seventh welding class and to Manufacturing Pipeline Coordinator Bret Jacobson and his team at Grasso Tech. To date they have trained over 200 students through the Eastern CT Manufacturing Pipeline! 
CSCU Submits Substantive  Change Request for Consolidation Plan
On March 16, t he Board of Regents submitted a Substantive Change request seeking approval from CIHE-NEASC to consolidate the 12 accredited Connecticut community colleges into one accredited College with 12 campuses. The document includes details on the consolidated organizational structure and integrated administrative functions and outlines the vision for an academically integrated institution. The full document can be found here.  
Adventures in Lifelong Learning Hosts Welcome Reception
On March 23, the Adventures in Lifelong Learning held a Welcome Reception for those joining the program this semester. At the reception, the lifelong learners discussed upcoming field trips, the calendar of events, met the lecturers and discussed other highlights of the upcoming semester.
Veterans Resource Fair Attracts Large Crowd 
Three Rivers hosted the fifth annual Veterans Resource Fair , a one-stop resource for jobs, education, health services, networking and more. This year the fair was expanded to include 13 yellow-ribbon colleges and additional employers. The event benefited our veteran students as well as veterans from the community, and many came to take advantage of the pool of resources that Sharon Lincoln pulled together. 
Three Rivers Representatives Testify on Raised Bill 369
On March 28, Acting Dean of Student Services  Steve Finton,  Associate Dean of Workforce Development  Marge Valentin and Manufacturing Pipeline Coordinator Bret Jacobson went to the public hearing at the Senate Appropriations Committee in support of Connecticut's Senate Bill 369, Senator Cathy Osten's Advanced Manufacturing and Submarine jobs bill. The purpose of the bill is to review job development and training programs in the state and the funding for such programs. While there they saw Bill Stanley, President of the Three Rivers College Foundation Board, who was present for another state initiative. 
HEAT: Fighting the Opioid Epidemic
Community members, students, faculty and staff turned out to hear Assistant United States Attorney Robert Spector speak about the rising opioid epidemic on March 28. He was accompanied by a DEA agent who discussed the factors that made the epidemic grow so rapidly in Connecticut in particular. The discussion then turned very personal when a father, whose son battled addiction and lost his life, told his family's story. 

The audience also watched a clip from a film produced by the FBI and the DEA to fight the epidemic, "Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict. You can watch it here.  The event was funded through a Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative grant that was awarded to Three Rivers and Norwich Human Services to educate the community, students, faculty and staff on the growing opioid crisis in Southeastern Connecticut.
News from Three Rivers College Foundation 
The 26th Annual Scholarship and Awards Ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 2 at 5:30 pm in the MPR. New this year, the Foundation will host a Scholarship Reception immediately following the ceremony. 

This occasion is a time for donors, scholarship recipients, faculty, staff, family and friends to come together to recognize the achievements of the students and to thank donors for their philanthropy.
Student Success
Congratulations to Environmental Engineering Technology student 
Andrew Nymand 
for  receiving the American Society of Civil Engineers Connecticut Chapter Student Award for his scholastic achievements. 

Three Rivers alumnus, Chris Donahue, is running for the Democratic party's nomination the 43rd District state representative seat, which is being vacated by nine-term Democrat Diana Urban of North Stonington.  You can find the  links to their stories in the  Three Rivers In The News purple panel to the left.