January 2021

Board of Regents Appoints Dr. Jane Gates as Interim CSCU President

The Board of Regents appointed Dr. Jane McBride Gates as interim president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities.  Since 2016, Dr. Gates has served as CSCU’s provost and senior vice president for academic and student affairs – a role she will continue as she serves as interim president.

CCSU Alumnus Miguel Cardona Named U.S. Education Secretary

President-elect Joe Biden nominated Dr. Miguel A. Cardona, Connecticut State Commissioner of Education, ex-officio member of the Board of Regents, and Central Connecticut State University alumnus, to serve as U.S. education secretary.

CSCU In Second Year of GEAR UP Grant

CSCU is in the second year of a seven-year, $25.8 million Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant that will allow Manchester, Middlesex and Naugatuck Valley Community Colleges to collaborate with local school districts.

CCC Receives NEH Grant for Black Church History Project

Capital Community College received a $149,426 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to create a curriculum, exhibit and lecture series about the history of the Talcott Street Church, the first Black house of worship in Hartford.

CCSU Appoints Dr. Stacey Miller as first Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

Central Connecticut State University announced the appointment of Dr. Stacey A. Miller as the university’s inaugural Vice President for Equity and Inclusion.


Allure of New Year is Exciting if We Learn from 2020

At CCSU’s virtual Scholar for Life Speaking Series, Jim Malley, CCSU associate professor emeritus, said the potential allure of a fresh New Year could serve as a portal to a new and reimagined world.


CCSU Scholars for Life Speaking Series Offers Virtual Travel

Central Connecticut State University offers some virtual traveling through its newest Scholars for Life Speaking Series. The weekly talks, hosted by university faculty and guest speakers, include a wide range of subjects.


COVIDLAND: A Film About Survival and Hope in the ICU

Jeffrey B. Teitler, Central Connecticut State University associate professor of communication, chronicled the efforts and sacrifices of front line workers in Hartford Hospital’s Emergency Department and ICU who saved countless lives, even as COVID-19 infections soared.

COSC Foundation Receives $100,000 gift to Empower Single Mothers

The Charter Oak State College Foundation received a $100,000 gift from the Widows’ Society to support CSOC’s Women In Transition Program to help single mothers reach degree completion with minimal debt.


ECSU Video Series Is a Lifeline for Educators During the Pandemic

An online video series from Eastern Connecticut State University’s Center for Early Childhood Education has become a lifeline for instructors whose students can no longer practice teaching skills in the classroom due to the pandemic.

HCC’s New Initiative to Address Student Equity

Through financial investments and support services, ‘The Equity Project’ at Housatonic Community College seeks to increase retention, access to higher education, and academic achievement for under-resourced and under-represented students.

MCC Professor Edits Book on Best Practices in Teaching

Patrick Sullivan, Manchester Community College professor of English released his latest book on the value of a community college education.

MCC Graduate Earns Full Scholarship to NYU Stern

After earning three associate degrees and a certificate, Manchester Community College graduate Kenneth Sanders II ’17,’19,’20, was awarded a full scholarship at New York University’s Stern School of Business and is now a Pamela J. Craig Scholar.

MxCC Engineering Students Collaborate Online with French University

Last fall, students from Middlesex Community College and Université Paris-Saclay Polytech in France, studied together virtually in a course module called E3: Engineering Expertise Exchange.

Smaller Manufacturers Association Honors NVCC Student of the Year

Esteban Martinez, a Naugatuck Valley Community College Advanced Manufacturing Technology student, is honored with a Student of the Year award from the Smaller Manufacturers Association of Connecticut.

NCCC Students Receive National Science Foundation Awards

Northwestern Connecticut Community College students Renee Dunbar and Kit Fitch received National Science Foundation ATE Student/Alumni awards for their work on “Engaging Students from Classrooms and Camps to College and Advanced Technical Careers.”

Full Scholarships Available for TRCC Nuclear Engineering Technology Program

Three Rivers Community College, the TRCC Foundation, and Dominion Energy Nuclear Connecticut/Millstone Power Station, are offering 16 full scholarships for the TRCC Nuclear Engineering Technology Degree program. The deadline is Feb. 15.

TCC Graduates Students for In-Demand Health Careers

Tunxis Community College held a virtual graduation ceremony Dec. 10 for graduates of its certified nurse aide and sterile processing technician programs. A new scholarship provided free health career retraining for workers who lost their jobs during the pandemic.


SCSU’s Wharton Continues Term as Associate Graduate Dean

Jonathan Wharton, SCSU associate professor of political science and urban affairs, will continue to serve as full-time interim associate dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies for another year. He served in this role for the 2020 fall semester.


WCSU Graduate Students Study Ecological Balance of Region's Lakes

Western Connecticut State University graduate biology students are studying the region’s largest lakes to investigate the ecological balance of fresh-water resources important to the health of the local environment and economy.

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