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May 2018 News
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6/6 - First day of 8-week module summer session

6/15 - Last day to apply for fall graduation

7/4 - College Closed for Fourth of July

7/12 - First day of 6-week module summer session

7/17 - New Student Orientation for Fall semester

In the Gallery
Women of Shahnameh  by Afarin Rahmanifar is on display in The Gallery at Three Rivers from Thursday , June 14 - Friday, July 14, 2018.

The opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 14 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Three Rivers in the News


Faculty and Staff in the News
New London art exhibition gives immigrants a voice

Teacher's dilemma: Should author's bad behavior ban the book?

Lighten Up: Aging does matter when it comes to eating

Alumni in the News
Groton City fire chief to retire after 21 years

Waterford college student headed to NASA

Dear Colleagues, 
Welcome to our May Newsletter. You'll see we continue to improve upon it. This month we've added: Faculty and Staff in the News and Alumni in the News. This features all the ways our community is making headlines.

Commencement made it's own headline on May 23. It was a lovely day to see almost 600 students achieve an academic milestone. 

I want to thank each of you for your contributions and commitment to the mission of Three Rivers. May this summer provide time to relax and enjoy warmer weather and a change of pace!

With best wishes, 

Mary Ellen
Three Rivers News 
580 Degrees and Certificates Awarded at Three Rivers Community College Commencement
Friends and families packed the campus green to cheer on the Three Rivers Community College graduates at the 53rd annual Commencement on May 23. 580 students earned a total of 543 associate degrees and 74 certificates. Eight students earned two degrees, 28 earned both a degree and certificates, and seven students earned a Medallion for Academic Excellence, which is achieved by maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. 

Visit the  Commencement page on our website  for a video of the event, speeches, full media coverage, a gallery of photos  and more. 
Pinning Ceremony Celebrates 32 Nursing Students
On Thursday, May 24, Three Rivers Community College held the Fifty-First Nursing Pinning Ceremony. During the ceremony, 32 nursing students received their nursing pin, marking the completion of their nursing degree and serving as a symbol of their readiness to serve as compassionate professional caregivers.
Three Rivers Graduates can Attend Charter Oak College This Fall
at Community College Tuition Rates
Three Rivers is excited to announce their new Community College Tuition Match Scholarship Agreement with Charter Oak State College. This allows Charter Oak to provide the last two years of a bachelor's degree to graduates of associate degree programs at Three Rivers for the same cost of tuition and fee rates as Three Rivers. Not including fees, a three-credit course at Charter Oak would cost $894, but with the tuition match scholarship it will cost only $489, the Three Rivers rate. This agreement goes into effect for the Fall 2018 semester. 
Three Rivers Hosted "Parallel Lives - Bridging Communities"
On May 8, Holocaust survivor Henny Simon and longtime civil rights activist Jacqueline Owens were honored posthumously at the inaugural Henny Simon Remembrance event. "Parallel Lives - Bridging Communities" featured tributes to the two women, music, entertainment, youth speakers and refreshments. 
Manufacturing Pipeline to Receive  Additional Grant Monies
Governor Malloy announced an eight million dollar workforce investment by the State of Connecticut to continue Manufacturing Pipeline. In addition to the established programs, Three Rivers is also implementing a high school Intro to Manufacturing Program this summer for Norwich Free Academy. 
Over 50 Students Inducted into National Society of Leadership and Success
The National Society of Leadership and Success Induction Ceremony, held on May 10, was a very well attended event. Dean Finton provided an inspirational welcome, and Louise Summa delivered an exceptional and interactive keynote address. Approximately 50 students were inducted into the Society and seven received their National Engaged Leader Award.
End of the Year Party a Good Time for All
On May 15, over 250 students collected their gowns and participated in games, enjoyed stuffed potatoes, ice cream, prizes, music, kettle corn, and fresh squeezed lemonade. Faculty and staff were encouraged to celebrate the students' success as well. It was a joyful send off to the 2017-2018 Academic Year.
Literary Art Transcends the Page at 4th Annual Infusion
The 4th Annual InFusion: Where Literary Art Transcends The Page featured New London Poet Laureate Rhonda Ward and special guests poet Kate Rushin and bassist Nat Reeves. They read and performed at Expressiones Cultural Center in New London on May 11. 

InFusion is a literary and performing art series that was founded and organized by Professor Frederick-Douglass Knowles II. This free event was presented by Three Rivers Community College Community Involvement & Support Committee, Three Rivers College Foundation and Expressiones Cultural Center.
All College Meeting
The day before commencement, faculty and staff gathered for an All College meeting where updates were given on the Master Plan, Commencement and more. Interim Academic Dean Jerry Ice will be departing Three Rivers at the end of August and will assist in the search for a permanent Academic Dean.
Epsilon Pi Tau Inducts 18 Three Rivers Students
Eighteen Three Rivers Community College students were inducted into Epsilon Pi Tau, an international honor society that recognizes high performing engineering technology students, during two ceremonies, the first held on May 4 at Manchester Community College and the second held on May 9 at Three Rivers.
News from Three Rivers College Foundation 
Three Rivers College Foundation Awards $410,000 in Scholarships 
Proud families of Three Rivers Community College students packed the room on Wednesday, May 2, when the Three Rivers College Foundation held the twenty-sixth annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony.

Generous contributions led to a record-breaking number of scholarships awarded to 212 students. The total sponsorships awarded came to just over $410,000 which includes $50,000 of summer scholarships!
Student Success
Congratulations to the recently graduated Design Engineering class in the Manufacturing Pipeline Program. This is the sixth class to graduate and nearly all have conditional offers from Electric Boat. 
From left to right: Michael Reilly, Glen Vrabel, Brendan Blazas, Keith Machi, Ronald Henk, Joel Hickey (holding certificate), Jason Mioduszewski, Thomas Hall, Gabriel Luongo, Elizabeth Friskey, Dylan Lord, Andrew Hitchcock, Andre Vanchot. Jonathan Maloy (not shown).