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In the Gallery
The first Visual Fine Arts Graduates Exhibition features Mary Baudro, Rbecca Richardson, Lisa Viele, and Brianna Weaver.  The show will be displayed in The Gallery at Three Rivers  through April 9, 2019. 

Three Rivers in the News
Three Rivers to Host Vets Connects


High School Seniors Invited To Senior Night At Three Rivers CC
TRCC to host annual veterans resource fair

Adventures in Lifelong Learning to offer classes
Faculty in the News

Dear Colleagues, 

News on Students First seems to be everywhere these days. CSCU has been sending out regular updates that you have been receiving in your email. There was also the March 26 congressional hearing, by the  Higher Education Committee Forum on the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Students First Consolidation Plan, that you can watch in its entirety here

The proposed structure has three regions, each with a Regional President, and  CSCU recently announced the finalists in Region One, Capitol-East.  All three candidates visited the region the week of April 1. There is a link to the recorded sessions below.

I will continue to update you as news comes in on Students First. 

With best wishes, 

Mary Ellen
Three Rivers News 
Three Rivers Awarded Shared Governance Award 
The BOR, in conjunction with the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC), established the CSCU Shared Governance Award in 2016 to annually recognize a CSCU institution for its outstanding contribution to shared governance within CSCU. Shared governance is defined as communication, collaboration, and mutual accountability between administration, faculty, staff, and students which advances excellence in the operation of CSCU institutions.

The committee agreed that Three Rivers has forged a new shared governance model that fosters an environment of open discourse, transparency and reflection.  Three Rivers was chosen from a pool of applicants by a four-member Selection Committee made up of current members of the FAC and BOR. 
Legislative Breakfast Sparks Discussions on Budget and Students First
Students, faculty and staff gathered on March 25 for the annual Legislative Breakfast featuring State Senator Cathy Osten as well as representatives from other offices. Alice Pritchard, Chief of Staff for CSCU President Ojakian, also joined the group. 

Joseph Victorino, President of the TRCC Student Government Association, spoke about the creation of the Student Leadership Council at Three Rivers. Senator Osten discussed ways that the state was reducing costs and went into detail on the funding of former pension programs. Pritchard also answered questions from the audience on Students First. 
Hartford Poet Laureate and Associate Professor to deliver Commencement address at Three Rivers
Frederick-Douglass Knowles II, Hartford Poet Laureate and associate professor at Three Rivers, will be the keynote speaker at the College's fifty-fourth commencement ceremony, which will take place on Wednesday, May 22 at 5 p.m. outdoors on the campus green.

"Frederick-Douglass's community activism, appointment as Hartford's inaugural poet laureate, and close ties to Norwich made him a natural choice for Commencement Speaker," said Three Rivers President Mary Ellen Jukoski. "We are honored that he will be speaking and fortunate to call him one of our own."  Read more here.
Capitol-East Regional President Finalists Visit Campus
CSCU announced the Presidential candidates for  Region One, Capitol-East, which consists of the following five community colleges: Capital Community College, Manchester Community College, Middlesex Community College, Three Rivers Community College and Quinebaug Valley Community College.
The Region One finalists are: 
  • Ronald G. Cantor - Special Advisor to the Maine Community College System and former President of Southern Maine Community College - visited Three Rivers on Monday, 4/1 at 1:30-3:30 pm. 
  • Rob Steinmetz - Vice President for Student Affairs, Portland Community College, Portland, OR - visited Three Rivers on Tuesday, 4/2 at 10:20-11:50 pm. 
  • Timothy L. Taylor - Former President, Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills, MI- visited Three Rivers on Wednesday, 4/3 at 3:30-5:00 pm. 
Three Rivers Nurses Can Now Continue on at Charter Oak
CSCU President Mark Ojakian announced on March 13 that an agreement signed between six Connecticut Community Colleges and Charter Oak State College, Connecticut's public online college, will guarantee students of the Connecticut Community College Nursing Program admission to Charter Oak's new online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The agreement additionally provides a seamless path for the transfer of nursing credits to Charter Oak's program. Read more about the agreement here. Learn about the Nursing Bachelor's Degree here.
Rhonda Spaziani honored with Janice Fletcher Memorial Award by the Jordan Porco Foundation
The Jordan Porco Foundation recognized Rhonda Spaziani, instructor and former Director of Student Programs at Three Rivers Community College, with the Janice Fletcher Memorial Award. This award was created to recognize a Fresh Check Day coordinator who embodies the same spirit and commitment of Janice Fletcher, the former Director of Counseling at Lasell College, who passed away last July. Spaziani received the award at the eighth annual Jordan's Journey Gala on March 23, 2019 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. Read more here.
Center for Teaching Presents How to Support Student's in a Crisis Moment
As a follow up from the Professional Development Day discussion, the Center for Teaching offered a Teacher Talk on March 20 on  How to Support Student's in a Crisis Moment.   The discussion was led by Kerry Lee, Clinical Director from Reliance Health. 

This topic addressed questions on how to support a student in the moment (classroom, office, etc.). The discussion included the protocol for when a student discloses or is showing evidence that they are struggling and how faculty can be supportive but also maintain appropriate boundaries. 

News from Three Rivers College Foundation 
Scholarship Celebration to be Held May 7
The Three Rivers College Foundation will hold the 27th Annual  Scholarship & Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 7 at 5:30 pm. Over $410,000 was awarded last year. A scholarship reception will immediately follow the ceremony. 

New Endowed Scholarship Established 
Director of Student Activitie s Alycia Ziegler recently established The Blanche Bert√© Illenberg Memorial Scholarship in honor of her grandmother. Alycia explained that although her grandmother had only a high school diploma, she always advocated for education and continuously supported Alycia along her own educational journey. This new scholarship will be managed by the Three Rivers College Foundation. Learn more here.

Student Success
Pictured above from left to right are, Professor Jim Sherrard, Zachary Deziel, President Mary Ellen Jukoski, and John Moran, President of the Connecticut Yankee Chapter of the American Society for Non-Destructive Testing. 
Congratulations to Zachary Deziel,  a nuclear program freshman. He was awarded a $500 scholarship by the Connecticut Yankee Chapter of the American Society for Non-Destructive Testing for his essay on "How the Nondestructive Testing Field will Help the World of Tomorrow."
Congratulations, Jonah Godrey-Fogg. Last semester, while taking the Architectural Design class, Jonah completed a project for the Norwich Rose Arts festival to redesign the layout of the Chelsea Parade. After reviewing all of the class submissions, the festival organizers have chosen Jonah Godfrey-Fogg's design and plan to implement it.