President's Newsletter
July 2017 News
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Save the Date

8/28 - Last Day to Register for Fall Classes

8/29 - First day of Classes

9/4 - Labor Day, college closed

9/5 - Welcome Week Kick Off: Obstacle Course, Dunk Tank, Italian Ice and more 

9/6 - Get the Scoop

9/7 - Meet and Mingle BBQ

9/8 - TRCC Family Night

9/22 - Professional Day

10/19 - Three Rivers hosts the Board of Regents Meeting

10/19 - Tutoring Center Ribbon Cutting

In the Gallery
"What is a Woman?" by Becky Marnard is on display at The Gallery at Three Rivers through August 14. Learn more about the exhibit.

Dear Colleagues, 
Where has the summer gone! Students will be gracing our halls for the first day of classes in less than a month!
The summer has been a very busy one here at the College! The President's Cabinet has met throughout the summer, focusing on three major initiatives:

1) Fifth Year Interim Report for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges/Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC CIHE) -- Mike Stutz, Laura Qin and Jerry Ice are working to finalize this before the start of the fall semester.

2) Strategic Plan Metrics -- We will share the plan for feedback and discussion on September 22 at the College Professional Development Day meeting. 

3) Enterprise Risk Management Plan (ERM) -- The President's Cabinet has been working on this for the CSCU system office. Will O'Hare, President of the College Congress, will bring this plan to the Congress for their feedback and discussion in September.
Meanwhile, the Tutoring Center and the Cyber Café are undergoing exciting renovations. Read more below in the News.

I hope this newsletter finds you well! For those who have had time off and for those taking vacation, I hope that the summer provides time for you to relax and enjoy summer's warmth!
Enjoy the fleeting days of summer!
With best wishes,

Mary Ellen 

Three Rivers in the News 
Three Rivers Named a "2017 Great College to Work For"
Three Rivers joined the ranks of Duke, Hofstra and the University of Michigan when it was honored as a "2017 Great College to Work For." The College earned its place from a survey conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities. This is the first time that Three Rivers has been honored, and it achieved this recognition on its first participation in the survey, which is the largest and most comprehensive workplace study in higher education. Read more.
The 2017 Spring Dean's List Released 
Congratulations to the students who made the Dean's list! To make the list students must achieve a 3.4 or higher grade point average based on a minimum of 12 credit hours. View the student names here. 
Bill Stanley Named Next Crawford Award Recipient
Three Rivers College Foundation President  Bill Stanley has been named t he 2017 recipient of William Crawford Distinguished Service Award by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut. Bill is the  vice president of development and community relations at Yale New Haven Health/Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and has worked tirelessly for community organizations in Southeastern Connecticut. Read more here.
House and Senate Pass SEBAC & 4Cs Tentative Agreements
On July 31, the Connecticut Senate passed the SEBAC Tentative Agreement by a vote of 19-18, with Lt. Gov. Wyman casting the tie-breaking vote. In the prior week, the Agreements were approved by the House by a margin of 78-72. Learn more here.
Orientation Was a Success
Student services greeted over 200 incoming students on July 18 with handbooks and friendly faces. Incoming students and their families learned more about the College and had a great time playing the TRCC trivia game Kahoot. 
Tutoring Center and Cyber Café Renovations Almost Complete! 
The Tutoring Center renovations are progressing quickly, with the goal of opening for the start of the academic year. There is more space for students and tutors, and it's brighter with more windows and new lighting fixtures. The President says, "We hope to have a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 19 when Three Rivers hosts the October Board of Regents meeting. A committee is being formed to plan this event. So, please save the date because we would like to have the community involved and participating in this event."
The Cyber Café across from the bookstore is getting a new facelift! The paint colors are new, more furniture will be added and the Three Rivers logo is being painted on the walls. This space will provide a brighter and lighter area for students to study and collaborate. 
Great Work, Three Rivers Maintenance Staff! 
Maintenance has been hard at work waxing the floors, touching up paint and making Three Rivers shine in time for the fall semester. Thank you for all your hard work, maintenance staff! 

News from Three Rivers College Foundation 
There is still time to register for the Golf Classic
The 20th Anniversary Three Rivers College Foundation Golf Classic  is just a few weeks away on Monday, August 14 at Fox  Hopyard in East Haddam.  

Over the past two decades, the Golf Classic has raised nearly one million dollars to fund college initiatives and programs, student scholarships, books, classroom equipment and so much more.
In addition to a great meal, golfers will also  receive either Adidas or Callaway g olf shoes as their golf gift.There is still time to become a sponsor or register as a golfer.    Learn more here.