President's Newsletter                                                                Winter 2017
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3/13-3/19 - Spring Break

3/29-4/28 - Visual Fine 
Arts Graduate Shows

4/10-11 - Advising Days

4/6 - "TRCC has Talent" Talent Show

5/19 - Nursing Pinning Ceremony

5/24 - Commencement

In the Gallery

Daniel Charron | Recent Works, on display at The Gallery at Three Rivers through March 24. 

Missed Professional Development Day? Interested in the lectures? Videos are available online.

Professional Development Day took a new form on  January 18. Attendees were invited to break into groups and attend a series of lectures  taught by faculty and staff on a variety of subjects. 

There were four 20-minute lectures per session and four sessions over the course of the morning with a brief break in between  
to allow attendees to find  the next classroom and instructor. 

Most lectures are available below. "Simulation-An Experiential  Learning Tool" was not filmed due to its location in the nursing lab. 

Welcome to the new and improved n ewsletter.  You'll see we've had an eventful two months.  With our new look, we will be moving to a monthly format to keep up with our very busy campus. 

While we await word from Hartford on the new budget, many of you are focused on the future, working hard on our strategic plan. We'll continue to keep you informed via email of the progress on both fronts. 

Next up -- Spring Break.  I hope you have a relaxing break. 
With warmest wishes,
Mary Ellen

Three Rivers in the News 
President Ojakian 
Legislative Breakfast Sheds Light on CSCU Budget 
On March 1,  President Ojakian shared his thoughts concerning the state budget to our state  legislators   and federal legislative aides, as well as TRCC  faculty, staff and students. He answered questions from the audience, then various legislators discussed their work as it affects TRCC. Attendees were also treated to the new  Dominion video about their partnership with our Nuclear Engineering Technology program campus. 
Jodi Calvert Wins National Award
On Saturday, February 11, Jodi Calvert received Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate at the 36th Annual Conference on the First Year Experience in Atlanta. She was one of only two in the nation to be recognized for her work at a community college.  Learn more.
$920,169 Approved  for Three Rivers Renovations
The State Bond Commission passed almost $1 million in funding for Three Rivers Community College to make improvements to its campus in Norwich.   Learn More.
TRCC Named 2017 Military Friendly School
Three Rivers is pleased to have made the list of Military Friendly® Schools. This list is provided to service members, veterans and their families, to help them select the best college to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.  Learn more. 
Strong Turnout for Seminar on "How to Afford College and Minimize Student Debt"
On January 30, Kenneth Briggs, Director of Financial Aid, and Ed Muenzner, chair of the Three Rivers Business Department, spoke to a packed room on how to best utilize financial aid as well as how to take advantage of educational tax breaks. Watch a recording of the presentation.
Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative Featured on WTNH News 8
Reporter Tina Detelj visited our welding class at Grasso Tech where she spoke with Three Rivers students and Associate Dean of  Workforce Development Marjorie Valentin.  Watch the story here. 
Winter Ball Raises $4,550
The Winter Ball was a huge success. Attendees danced the night away, bought fun-filled baskets, and had a great time. Student Programs was excited to announce that the ball raised over $4,550, which will be used to support Departmental Scholarships.
Three Rivers Takes Home Gold for Marketing Campaign
Three Rivers received the Gold Award from Education Digital Marketing Awards in the category of Electronic Advertising for Two Year Colleges with an enrollment of 2,500-7,500 for its summer digital marke ting campaign, Building Fall 2016 Enrollment.

News from Three Rivers College Foundation 

People's United Bank Provides Generous Donation -  On December 20, Dianne Kent, Sr. Community Relations of People's United Bank and TRC Foundation Board Member,  presented President Mary Ellen Jukoski and members of Student Services with a generous donation of $3,500 to the Three Rivers College Foundation's Emergency Fund.
Buy Your Tickets Today for A Dream Realized -  The evening includes the dedication of the Dr. Grace Sawyer Jones L ecture Hall, a Silent Auction, and dinner. Sponsorship opportunities, tickets, and limited sponsor nameplates are available. This event is almost sold out.  Learn more about sponsorships and tickets here.
Dime Bank Employees Donate to the Foundation General Fund - On January 13,  Chris Gauthier, Vice President of Dime Bank and TRC Foundation Board Member (left), and Todd Bower, Assistant Vice President of Dime Bank, gave  Meaghan LaCasse a donation of $235 to the Three Rivers College Foundation General Fund from Dime Bank employees who participated in Dress Down Day.   
Students Network with TRC Foundation Board -  Karen Stearns, Assistant Vice President of Chelsea Groton Bank and TRC Foundation Secretary, shakes the hand of a  student at Career Connections. This TRC Foundation event was held on December 7 and provided an opportunity for students to network with Three Rivers Alumni and Foundation Board members.


Congratulations to the Three Rives Nursing Class of Winter 2016 on receiving your nursing pins.  
Congratulations to Dr. Laura Qin on successfully defending her dissertation,   "Assessing the Relationship between Student Success and Multiple Measures Placement at a Community College,"  on Friday, January 13. She has earned the degree of Doctor of Education, Ed.D. from Johnson & Wales University. 
Congratulations also go to Dr. Joan Graham. On February 9, she earned her Doctor of Nurse Practitioner, DNP, from  American Sentinel University by successfully defending her dissertation, " Evaluating the Impact of High-Fidelity Simulation on Standardized Test Scores of Associated Degree Nursing Senior Students." 

Three Rivers looked sharp on February 3 for Wear Red Day, raising $125 for the American Heart Association.