Kudos!

Kudos! highlights the accomplishments and special achievements of Manchester Community College faculty, staff, emeriti, alumni and students. If you would like to submit information to Kudos!, email Mike Jordan-Reilly, public relations.


MCC students Eric Jenkins and Mike Italiano worked as extras in an upcoming 30-second TV commercial for American Eagle Federal Credit Union. The spot -- produced by the Rocky Hill, Conn.-based Pita Group -- was shot on the MCC campus and features a college-age student who gets his first auto loan. 7/16/14

Professor Rebecca Townsend, Ph.D., will be serving on the Advisory Board of the Capital Region Council of Governments to help conduct a major transit study in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Transportation and CTTransit and regional CTTransit services. 7/16/14

Stephen Pedneault has been appointed to serve on the 30-member Advisory Council of the Connecticut Society of Public Accountants (CTCPA) for the council's 2014-15 activity year. The Glastonbury, Conn.-based CPA teaches for MCC's Continuing Education Divsion and also holds an associate in science degree from the college. 7/16/14

MCC Choral students led by Professor Carolina Flores were invited by the Hartt School to join them in a choral tour of Italy at the end of May. The group performed at the Aula Magna of the University of Florence, the lower Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and Sant'Agnes in Agone in Rome's Pizza Navona. Also, while on a sight-seeing tour, the group was approached by a Tokyo-based television crew who asked them to sing in Japanese. Although the group only knew a few bars of a piece called "Akari (Light)," the crew was so impressed that they requested more -- whatever the language. The group's impromptu performance at the Spanish Steps was recorded by the crew and now has an upcoming air date on Tokyo TV. 6/14

Georgia Buckles, professor of accounting and finance, was honored by the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) with an “Educator of Excellence” award at the organization’s second annual Educators of Excellence awards night, known as “The Eddys.”  The award recognizes Connecticut accounting professors who have had a positive influence on the lives and careers of their students by exceling in teaching and mentoring, inspiring students to reach beyond the ordinary, and going the extra mile for their students.  6/14

Darlene Mancini-Brown, director of facilities and planning, was named the MCC Women’s Caucus "Outstanding Woman of the Year" for 2013. The award is given annually to a female faculty or staff member (alternating years between the two groups) who has made an important contribution to the achievements of women at the college. 6/14

Stephen Campiglio, program associate, Continuing Education credit-free programs, is the recipient of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize sponsored by The Evansville Review. He won the prize for his translation of "The Hermit" by Giuseppe Bonaviri (1924 to 2009). His winning translation was published in the journal's April 2014 issue. Campiglio has been translating Bonaviri's poetry from Italian to English since May 2013 with the approval of the Centro Studi Internazionale Giuseppe Bonaviri, curated by Bonaviri's daughter, Giuseppina. 5/14

Continuing Education Coordinator of Youth Programs Carleigh Schultz, who serves on the Manchester Arts Commission, co-chaired this event to select Manchester's first local poet laureate. Poets John Stanizzi, an MCC adjunct and Credit-Free Programs instructor; and Elizabeth Thomas, who has also taught here, read at the event. 5/14

Joe Navarra presented on MCC’s achievements under the suicide prevention grant at the conference, “Celebrating Today & Promoting Tomorrows: Suicide Prevention and Mental Health in Connecticut, held at the Rocky Hill Sheraton May 1. 5/14

President Emeritus Jonathan M. Daube received an honorary Doctor of the Uinveristy (DU) degree from the University of Aberdeen. A graduate of the university, Dr. Daube also serves as the president of its Development Trust (USA). 7/12

Ta'Shema Odoms, Program Coordinator for the college's Arts and Education Center, MCC on Main, was interviewed on WSDK 1550 by Associate Professor of Communication, Albert Kim. 7/12

Lois Ryan, Professor of Liberal Arts, was selected by the Manchester Arts Commission to be inducted into the Manchester Arts Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place in June at the Lutz Museum. 6/12

Joanne Russell, Dean of Academic Affairs; Stacy Giguere, Professor of Psychology; Bonnie Riedinger, Director of the Library and Educational Technology; Len Dupille, Professor of Psychology; Chris Paulin, Academic Division Director; Kaarina Finegan, Associate Professor of English; James Gentile, Professor of English, and Wanda Reyes-Dawes, Counselor will participate in the Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments at the University of Vermont from July 11-July 15. The goal is to develop a comprehensive plan to engage faculty from different departmetns to teach and assess integrative learning in the new General Education Core. 6/12

G. Duncan Harris, Dean of Student Affairs, was the key note speaker at the Greater Waterbury NAACP 69th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner held in June. 6/12

G. Duncan Harris, Dean of Student Affairs; Julie Greene, Senior Associate Director of Career Services; Cynthia Zeldner, Associate Director of Admissions; Endia DeCordova, Assoociate Dean of Institutional Development, and Carla Adams, Associate Professor of Business Office Technology, were interviewed during the 2012 spring semester by WSDK 1550 Life Changing Radio. The programs were moderated by Albert Kim and the guests were invited to talk about their program areas at the college. 6/12

Wanda Reyes-Dawes, Counselor, was selected as a member of the 2012-2014 Class of Emerging Leaders for the National Academic Advising Association. 6/12

Gena Glickman, President, was honored in May at a luncheon by the Hartford Business Journal as one of the Women in Business leaders in the Greater Hartford community. 6/12

Sandy Jenkins, Professor of Hostpiality Management, was one of four chefs to receive a Cutting Edge Award at the American Culinary Federation's Northeast Regional Conference. She was also the recipient of the Connecticut Higher Education Community Service Award. 6/12

Ivetter Rivera-Dreyer, Director of Financial Aid Services, was instrumental in organizing the US Hispanic Leadership Institute Student Leadership Series, which took place at Capital Community College. The conference provided information to Latino youth about post-secondary education, financial aid and training opportunities. 6/12

Lucy Hurston, Professor of Sociology, delivered a presentation to inmates at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center in Uncasville in celebration of Black History Month. 6/12

Dan Long, Associate Professor of Photography, exhibited his photographs at the Pegasus Gallery at Middlesex Community College. 6/12

Diana Hossain, Professor of ESl and English and Fatma Antar, Professor of Economics, were interviewed on the program Manchester Review, a Cox Cable program. They spoke about their personal experiences as Muslim women in America and their involvement in the community. 6/12

Susan Classen-Sullivan, Professor of Fine Arts, held an art exhibit at Real Art Ways which opened February 16, 2012. The exhibit is entitled "Love You More Than Life". Susan has exhibited her work in museums and galleries throughout the Northeast and in New York. 3/12

Stephen Campiglio, Continuing Education Program Associate, has assembled a collection of his poems in chapbook form. The collection, entitled Cross-Fluence, was published by Soft Spur Press, Missoula, Montana. 3/12

Donna Nicholson, Professor of Criminal Justice, cordinated a Toy Dirive that was held at the end of December and served over 300 children. 3/12

Albert Kim, Associate Professor of Communication, invited Ms. Paula Yoo, an accomplished book author( Good Enough, national journalist ( Detroit Free Press; People Magazine) and Hollywood screenwriter ( The West Wing ; Eureka) to MCC as part of the Communication Department's "Media NOW!"s" expert panel. 3/12

Kerry McNiven ,Professor/Director of Clinical Education, Respiratory Care, won a professional association's photography contest and the photo is on the cover of the Feb. 2012 AARC Times Magazine. She is also the Chair of the American Association of Respiratory Care's House of Delegate's Ad Hoc Committee on Student Mentoring. 3/12

Robert Kagan, Professor of Communication, led a film disucssion of a German science fiction film at Real Art Ways Cinema.3/12

Rick Harden, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, completed a large scale commissioned painting for the home of a Hollywood producer. 3/12

Wanda Reyes-Dawes, Counselor,has received two scholarships from the National Academic Advising Association to attend the Advising Administrators Institute and for the Assessment Institute held in San Diego, CA in February, 2012. 3/12

Endia DeCordova, Associate Dean of Institutional Development, was a presentor at the Women in Business Summit in Hartford in March .3/12

Ann L. Bonney, Director of Non-Credit Programs, participated as a panelist at the South Windsor Chamber of Commerce's Greater Hartford Women's Conference on the importance of continuing education. 3/12

Joe Fairchild, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, was elected as the first alternate for the Faculty Advisory Committee to the Board of Regents at the Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges Delegate Assembly in December. .3/12

Pauline Lizotte, Instructor of Biology, had a case study that she co-wrote published in a National Science Teachers Association book. 3/12

Rebecca Townsend, Assistant Professor of Communications and Endia DeCordova, Associate Dean of Institutional Development, participated in training from the Kettering Institute on convening and conducting deliberative forums using a variety of kinds of discussion formats with the National Issues Forum. MCC is the only National Issues Foundation network affiliated campus in Connecticut. 3/12

Matthew Fitzgerald, English tutor in the Academic Support Center, earned a College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) Tutor Certification. 3/12

Rebecca Jackson, a computer peer tutor in the Academic Support Center, earned a College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) Tutor Certification. 3/12

Elaine Kotler, MCC adjunct,, was a presentor at the National Science Teachers Association Confernce in Hartford in October, 2011. Her talk entitled " Earth Day Every Day" was in the strand Sustainability:Green is Growing. 3/12

Bobbi Miller , MCC adjunct, is now represented by Karen Grencik of Red Fox Literary Agency! The publisher, Holiday House, a New York Publisher, just purchased her novel, Big River's Daughter. The contract includes an option for a sequel. Her third book, Big Sally Ann and the Panther, is due for release in fall 2012. 3/12

Patricia Nelson, MCC adjunct, completed her 6th level degree in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart University in December 2011. 3/12

Greg Palmerino, MCC adjunct, published an essay last fall in Explicator titled, "DIckinson's 'My Life had Stood--a Loaded Gun'". 3/12

Carolyn Sluis, MCC adjunct, was awarded a B.S. in Earth Sciences, with a concentration in Astronomy and Geology in December 2011 from Central Connecticut State University. She graduated cum laude.

Charlie Wilcox, MCC adjunct, finished his book entitled Fundamentally Finn and is beginning to find a publisher. 3/12

Wanda-Reyes-Dawes was selected as a National Community College Hispanic Council's Leadership Fellow. As one of eighteen Hispanic community college leaders from across the country, she attended two required training sessions one in Long Beach CA in June 2011 and most recently in San Antonio, TX in September, 2011. She recieved a NCCHC Leadership Fellows pin and a certificate of completion. 10/11

Gerard Weatherby, MCC adjunct,was third author of "CONNJUR spectrum translator: An open source application for reformatting NMR spectral data,"published in the March 2011 Journal of Biomolecular NMR> In April 2011 he was first author of the poster"CONNJUR Workflow Builder: Open Source sosftware for spectral reconstruction of NMR data" at the 52nd annual Experiment Nuclear Resonance Conference. 10/11

Kathleen Smits, MCC adjunct, had her digital art selected for an exhibit in Soho, NYC. She exhibited five pieces of digital art at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art from September 7- September 14, 2011. Also, her digital art, Sky Petals, was accepted into the Faber Birren National Color Award Show in Stamford, CT. 10/11

Nora Matthews, MCC adjunct, presented " The Safe Theatre Project" at an American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) conference in Chicago and she also attended a conference held by the Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE). 10/11

Edward Knoeckel III, MCC adjunct, was selected as a guest speaker at the National Symposium of Music Theory this past February at the University of Buffalo. His presentation was entitled Politics, Patrons and the Pathetique; Hungarian Influences in Beethoven's Op. 13 Sonata. This will be published in the College Music Journal. 10/11

Joanne Ives,MCC adjunct is a full time teacher and the drama advisor at Coventry High School. Her recent productions include Arsenic and Old Lace and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. 10/11

Eric Flynn, MCC Adjunct, participated in a College of Technology and CBIA funded faculty externship and consulted with Hamilton Sundstrant ( United Technologies) on Additive Manufacturing and rapid Prototyping. He participated in a week long workshop in Manufacturing at Rapidtech in Irvine, California and traveled to Dayton, Ohio to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to sell the United States Air Force a new type of optical imaging technology. 10/11

Fitzroy Gordon, MCC adjunct, was successful in completing his comprehensive exams and is awaiting approval for his Ph.D proposal. 10/11

Jolie Rocke Brown, MCC Adjunct, sang the lead role of Harriet Tubman in the Opera " Harriet: A WOman Called Moses" by Thea Musgrave with Trilogy Opera in Newark, NJ this summer. She also desinged and implemented the Faith Summer Arts Program in collaboration with Faithlyn Johnson and Benjamin gary at Faith Congregational Church in Hartford. 10/11

Rebecca Townsend wrote the "Partnership for Inclusive, Cost-Effective Public Participation" sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration's Public Transportation Particiation Pilot Program. It has ben selected for publication in the "Public Engagement with Science" catalog funded by the National Science Foundation. 10/11

Albert Kim was invited to be the 2011 graduation speaker at ceremonies held this past June for Great Path Academy. He also helped launch a new talk radio station in Greater Hartford this spring, WSDK 1550 on your AM dial. He hosts the Rise and Shine morning show every Monday-Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. 10/11

Dr. Carolina Flores was named President Elect of the CT American Choral Directors Association. She will serve in thee role of President-elect through 2013 when she will be elevated to the position of President for the following two years. She has also been appointed an Artist Teacher at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. She will help strengthen the bridge between MCC's Music Program and the program at Hartt School of Music. 10/11

Jean Wynn participated in the following two week Chautauqua Short Course in Guatemala: "Journey to the Maya Pilgrimage of Volcano Tajumulco: Modern Maya Spirtuality in the Highlands of Guatemala". She traveled with several Mayan Shaman and their families.They conducted ceremonies at several sacred sites and went to a number of cities. 10/11

Jonathan Morris atended a three day Coverts Project Seminar at Yale Forestry Camp in the Great Mountain Forest in Norfolk, CT. This seminar is an annual event sponsored by the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System, Connecticut Forest and Park Association , and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 10/11

Rae Strickland is in the process of having "Composing Our Identities: Teaching Composition in an American Community College" published by Lambert Academic Publishing. 10/11

Steve Torres is the new Fiction Editor for Crimespree Magazine. 10/11

Stephen Campiglio, One of his poems "Cause and Effect" was recently published in the anthology, New Hungers for Old: One-Hundred Years of Italian American Poetry ( Star Cloud Press) edited by Dennis Barone,, professor at St. Joseph's College. He also will have a chapbook, Cross-Fluence, published by Soft Spur Press this year. 10/11

Ken Klucznik and Kim Hamilton Bborow co-authored the session proposal entitled "Critical Innovations: General Education Reform at the Two Year College". This proposal has been accepted for the conference General Education and Assessment: New Contexts, New Cultures which will take place in New Orleans in February 2012. Additional MCC presenters will be Christopher Paulin and Catherine Seaver. 10/11

Bob Segall MCC adjunt,, was teh 2011 recipient of the David Blick Education Award from the NEAG School of Education at the University of Connecticut. 10/11

Aynsley Diamond, Regional Coordinator for the SOAR program, initiated edcuational outreach initiatives as part of the agreement between Connecticut Clean Energy Fund and Manchester Community College. Aynsley was instrumental in organizing the Connecticut Municipal Climate Network Workshop which was held June 20, 2011 at Manchester Community College. 6/11

Wanda Reyes-Dawes, MCC Counselor, was selected as NACADA's ( National Academic Advising Association) Region 1 Liaison for the First Generation Interest Group. She also holds membership with NACADA's Steering Committee, Advising Administration Commission, Awards Selection Committee, Advising Today Article Committee, and the Hot Topics Session for Annual Conference. 6/11

Grace Talaga, Social Science and Hospitality Academic Assistant, received her Master's degree in Marrige and Family Therapy. 6/11

Joseph Navarra, MCC Counselor, presented a lecture in February at the Educational meeting of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Manchester. 6/11

Jason Scappaticci, Student Retention Specialist, presented an illustrated lecture for the Manchester Historical Society's June television show entitled Hartford's Changing East Side on Television. 6/11

ETDL Director Bonnie Riedinger and LAS Director Mike Stefanowicz are co-directing a pilot online adult success center funded by Davis Education Foundation and FIPSE grants administered by the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium. 6/11

Fine Arts Professor Susan Claussen-Sullivan's art students hosted Nathan Hale School students who created art projects to be displayed at the grand opening of the Spruce Street Neighborhood Center. 6/11

Kaarina Finegan and Albert Kim coordinated and starred in "Recipe for Murder," MCC's second annual dinner theater performance on April 26, 2011. 6/11

Five faculty members from Manchester Community College have been honored by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) for excellence in teaching: Michael Diraimo, Bobbi Fox, James Gentile, Rick Harden and Negussie Tirfessa. They have also received the MCC Excellence in Teaching Award. 6/11

Endia Decordova and Rebecca Townsend attended the National Issues Forum supported by the Kettering Foundation in June. Their focus will concentrate on the high school dropout rate. 6/11

The National Junior College Athletic Association has honored two MCC baseball players. MCC pitcher Kevin Madera was named a first team All-American for the second consecutive year and freshman shortstop Jesse Sutherland was named to the second team All-American. 6/11

Susan Classen-Sullivan had works featured in the following exhibitions:

Mind Sets Exhibition: A show featuring work by artists in response to reserach projects by scientists from the Yale Haskings Labortories, New Haven, CT

Grey Area Exhibition: work by Recipients of Connecticut Commission on the Art Fellowship Grants 50th Anniversary Exhibition: John Slade ELy House, Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT 3/11

Mehrdad Faezi attended a 5-day Pressure Sensor Cleanroom workshop at Southwest Center for Microsystems Education(SCME); a National Science Foundation supported Advanced Technological Education Center associated with University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. 3/11

In December 2010, Bobbi Fox was elected as a board member to the newly formed " National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission." 3/11

Theresa Janeczek accepted an award for being a "Recognized Partner to Connecticut Small Business Development Center's Third Annual Achievers Breakfast on behalf of the MCC Entrepreneurship Center.3/11

In January 2011. Bob Kagan provided introductory remarks and led a film discussion on a documentary about Ernest Shackelton at Real Art Ways, in Hartford, CT. He will also be introducing and leading a discussion of the Jack Lemmon film "The Out of Towners' at Eastern Connecticut State University on February 12. Bob has also introduced and led discussions at a number of film screenings at the Wadsworth Atheneum and Real Art Ways in Hartford.. 10/11

Albert Kim and Rebecca Townsend presented a paper in November 2010 entitled " Rubrics Cube: Assessment of Public Speaking, ALignment of Interests, and Program Revision" at the Fall Forum of the New England Educational Assessment Network( NEAAN) at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA. 3/11

Albert Kim, Bonnie Riedinger, and Catherine Seaver attended an Academic Impressions' National Higher Education Online Learning Conference entitled "Planning & Growing Online Learning Initiatives, in Atlanta, GA in October, 2010. 3/11

Dan Long exhibited his photography in three venues:

Silverman Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT November 14-December 23, 2010. Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, MD, October 10-October 31, 2010 and Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, N.Y. October 8-October 30, 2010. 3/11

Tanya Millner-Harlee led a roundtable discussion in November on her paper "Part-time Faculty at Community Colleges: Are They Satisfied.?" at the Association for the Study of Higher Education Conference in Indianapolis, IN. 3/11

Jon Morris participated in a Mastering Biology Development Summit in San Francisco in November 2010. He also gave a presentation and workshop on bioluminescence to teachers a the National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Professional Development Conference in Minneapolis. 3/11

Francine Rosselli-Navarra coauthored two research papers:

Behavioral Symptoms of Eating Disorders in Native Americans: Results from the Add Health Survey Wave III by R. Striegel-Moore, F. Rosselli, N. Holtzman, L. Dierker, A. Becker, & G. Swaney, was published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders ( January 2011). 3/11

Health Services Use in Women with Binge Eating Disorders by J. Dickerson, L.DeBar, N.Perrin, F. Lynch,G.T> Wilson, F. Rosselli, H. Kraemer, & R. Striegel-Moore was also published in the International Journal Of Eating Disorders ( October 2010) 3/11

Sharon Serow attended the Annual Connecticut Bar Association Meeting in June 2010. Sharon is also a member of the Estates and Probate Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. 3/11

Guocun Yang was elected to the Connecticut Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History in September 2010. CCCPH has provided assistance to and worked with various organizations and agencies to promote the study of the state's rich history for over 30 years. In April 2011 he was elected president of the Association for the Study of Connecticut History(ASCH) for a second year term. 10/11

Joe Fairchild, MCC Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, was honored recently for his tenure as Thomaston Judge of Probate where he served from January 6, 1999 to January 4, 2011. A plaque was presented to him by the new District 26 Probate Judeg Diane Blick on January 5, 2011. In June he completed a course entitled " Forensic Anthropplogy for Educators" and in July 2011, the Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court appointed Joe as a Connecticut Probate Court Magistrate. 10/11

Albert Kim, MCC Assistant Professor of Communication, has been on staff with CBS Radio for the past 7 years and serves as a part-time On-Air Talent for Lite 100.5FM WRCH/Hartford. On January 1, 2011, he helped ring in the 2011 New Year on Lite 100.5FM during their 10 a.m.-3 p.m. midday shift. 1/11

Robert Segall, MCC Adjunct was awarded the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award for a part time instructor at Manchester Community College. A resident of Manchester, he has taught for 16 years as an adjunct professor of Chemistry at Manchester Community College and is also an adjunct professor in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. 1/11

Carla Adams and the Administrative Professionals Club collected over 300 personal care items for local homeless shelters, which were assembled into 50 personal care "kits" for men, women and children and delivered to local shelters. 12/10

Catherine Seaver has accepted the position as the Division Director, Center for Business and Technologies at MCC. Catherine has a MS in Educational Technology from Eastern Connecticut State University, a MS in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix, and a BS in Manufacturing Engineering from Miami University in Ohio. She is currently enrolled in the Ph.D program in Higher Education Administration at the University of Phoenix. Before coming to MCC in 2002, Catherine was employed for many years in industry as a systems engineer, systems manager, and IT project manager. She was a Professor of Engineering and Technology at Manchester Community College and for the past four years has served as the department chairperson. 11/10

Mike Stefanowicz has accepted the position of Division Director, Liberal Arts Division. He has a Masters of Education in Counseling and Psychological Services from Springfield College and his Bachelors of Arts in English from Bucknell University. He has served as the Director of Transitional Programs at Manchester Commuity College for over three years and has worked in higher education for over eleven years as Coordinator of Advising, Lead Counselor, and Counselor at Manchester Community College and Assistant Coordinator of Vocational-Technical Education at Asnuntuck Community College. 11/10

Dr. Fatma Salman has been hired as an Instructor of Physics. Dr. Salman has a PH.D and Masters Degree in Physics from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL and Masters degree and BS degree in physics from Ain-Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. Most recently, she was a full-time professor at Valencia Community College, Orlando,FL. Fatma will be teaching the broad range of Physics courses as well as Astronomy. 11/10

Dr. Carolina Flores has been hired as an Instructor of Music. Dr. Flores has a Doctor of Music Arts in Choral Conducting from the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, CT, a Master of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy from the Royal Superior Conservatory of Music, Madrid , Spain and a Bachelor of Musical Arts in Music Education, Superior COnservatory of Music, Zaragoza, Spain. 11/10

Dr. Pamela Mitchell-Crump is MCC's new Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Dr. Crump has her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Masters in Public Administration from the University of Hartford and her B.S. in Justice and Law Administration from Western CT State University. She has worked in higher education for over seventeen years as an Associate Dean of Academic Finance and Assistant to the Senior Vice President at Westfield State College as well as an instructor teaching graduate level students leadership, supervision, human resource management and thesis preparation at Springfield College in Springfield, MA. 11/10

Susan Meisler's article about women artists at the Wadsworth Atheneum,"Do Women have to Appear Naked to Get into Museums?!" was published in the Wadsworth Atheneum's "Docent Dialogue" and she has shared her research at two community venues.11/10

Stephen Campiglio won honorable mention in the 2010 Worcester County Poetry Association's Frank O'Hara Poetry Prize, read at the winner's reading in September and the poem will be published in the Fall 2010 issue of The Worcester Review. Stephen also has a poem forthcoming in the annual literary journal, Caduceus, which is published through the Yale Medical Group/Art Place in New Haven and had a poem selected for a 2011 anthology from Star Cloud Press, called New Hungers for Old: 100 Years of Italian American Poetry.11/10

The Department of Higher Education has approved the licensure and accreditation of the Culinary Arts degree program. The entire Food Management and Culinary Arts Department, lead by Jayne Pearson, Program Coordinator worked for rmore than two years to obtain the licensure and accreditation. 10/10

Dr. Linda J. Burk served as chair of the evaluation team for the Foreign Languages Discipline Review at Gateway Community College in May and as chair of the evaluation team for the Foreing Languages Discipline Review at Tunxis Community College.11/10

Dr. Carolina Flores, Dr. Deborah Simmons and Pat Carrigan planned and offered a Music/Visual Arts Adjunct in-service on August 18th, which was attended by twelve adjunct faculty.11/10

Pat Carrigan is a 2010 Recipient of Individual Artist Fellowship Grant for works on paper from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. During spring 2010 she exhibited her work at Alexy von Schlippe Art Gallery UConn at Avery Point. This fall she will be exhibiting new work at Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, CT. 11/10

Dr. Lois Coleman's dissertation project was published with the Lambert Academic Publishing Company. The title is: Michelle Cliff's Fiction: Rescuing the Past, Engendering Frontier Consciousness 11/10.

Four of MCC's math faculty, Dr. Paul Edelen, Myrta Groeneveld, Chris Hamelin and Milaim Tahiri, were awarded a $40,000 grant from the National Center for Academic Transformation ( NCAT) to support the redesign of developmental math education. 11/10

Mehrdad Faezi conducted a workshop for 23 teachers from around the country and Puerto Rico entitled "Engineering Challenge for the 21st Century" from July 11-17th at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as part of the College of Technology's Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing ( COT's RCNGM) and in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Engineering Department 11/10

Dr. Stacy Giguere delivered a paper entitled "Childbearing: Revelations of Another World in Other Words" delivered at the International Human Science Research Conferene in Seattle, WA. 11/10

Ann Hadley ws selected to be a presenter at a National Science Foundation leadership workshop designed to strengthen the national role of two year colleges in Geoscience Education. This workshop was held in June 2010 in Washington, D.C. 11/10

Kim Hamilton Bobrow was admitted to Brandeis University PHD program in English and American Literature. 11/10

Diana Hossain was the recipient of the Educational Excellence and Distinguished Service Award in May. Throughout 2010-2011 she will be engage in professional development activities to enhance her work in peace studies with an emphasis on conflict resolution.11/10

Susan Classen-Sullivan and Patricia Carrigan have works of art exhibited at the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism Gallery in Hartford from November 19-January 21, 201. 11/10

Dr. Tanya Millner-Harlee earned her doctorate from Georgetown University after successfully defending her dissertation in June. She has been invitd to present her research ,"Part TIme Faculty at Community Colleges: Are They Satisfied?" at the Association for the Study of Higher Eduction Conference in November, 2010. 11/10

Dr. Heather Ricker-Gilbert has been nominated to the Alumni Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania State Higher Education Program, ranked as one of the top programs in the country.11/10

Dr. Francine Rosselli-Navarra co-authored two articles which appeared in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and the International Journal of Eating Disorders. 11/10

Dr. Steve Torres had a novel published in March by St. Martin's Press: Blackout in Precinct Puerto Rico. 11/10

Dr. Rebecca Townsend has been invited to work with the Kettering Foundation.11/10

Members of the Psychology Department at MCC ( Dr. Francine Rosselli-Navarra, Dr. Stacy Giguere, Dr. Len Dupille, and Dr. Jean Wynn) are presenting the study" Assessing Research Methods Learning Outcomes in Introoductory Psychology at a Community College: An examination of the Scope and Nature of Existing Assessment Strategies". 11/10

Albert Kim and Dr. Rebecca Townsend presented their assessment work in Public Speaking at the NEEAN Fall Forum Assessment Conference at the College of the Holy Cross on November 5, 2010. 11/10

Dr. Negussie Tirfessa received the Manchester Community College Excellence in Teaching Award on August 25, 2010. 11/10

Ta'Shema Odoms was a Presenter/Panelist for New England Transfer Association Annual Professional workshop"Transfer-The Contemporaory Mix", in September 2010. Her topic was Boots to Books: Addressing the Needs of Returning Veterans-How MCC supports its student veterans. She also received a Sam's Club Community Grant for $1,000 towards Veterans OASIS center.11/10

Julie Greene is Chair of the CT Community Colleges Career Services Council and a member of the Planning Committee for the Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership annual "Colleg2Career Expo". She also serves as a planning committee members for CT Learns and Works annual conference. She also runs the successful 12th annual Part-Time Job Fair and the 12th annual Community Service Fair. 11/10

Camille McGadney, MCC adjunct, is a member of the CT Community Colleges Career Services Council, a planning committee member of Hartford -Springfield Economic Partnership annual "Colleg2Career Expo" and a planning committee member for CT Learns and Works annual conference. She was a workshop presenter, Town of Tolland Public Library on resume writing, interviewing and job search strategies. 11/10

Joan Kantor, MCC adjunct, published a book of poetry in July, 2010 Shadow Sounds, with Antrim House. She was also a guest poet at Mishi Maya Gat, a poetry and musical program at MCC. 11/10

Vince McCann attended the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) 34th Annual Conference at Disney's Coronado Springs in Florida in October, 2010. 11/10

Wanda Reyes-Dawes was selected as one of ten international NADADA Emerging Leaders, Class 2010-2012 and was recently paired with a NACADA mentor. She attended and presented at NACADA's National Conference in Orlando, Florida in October, 2010 as an Advising Administrator Commission member on the topic of higher enrollment v.s. flat advising staff. Wanda was nominated as the secretary for the Connecticut Council for Acadmic Advising Coordinators for the 2010-2011 year. 11/10

Georgia Buckles, Accounting and Business Administration department chair, is recognized for her work on the recently signed articulation agreement between Manchester Community College and the University of Hartford Barney School of Business. This agreement will allow the smooth transfer of MCC graduates in the Accounting and Business Administration Transfer A.S. program to the University of Hartford Barney School of Business.11/10

Ivette Rivera-Dreyer, Director of Financial Aid Service, received the 2010 Latino de Oro award in Education in November, 2010 for her active involvement with Hispanic youth and students to encourage them to pursue a college education. 11/10

Paula Raum attended the District 1 Annual Conference for the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations in October, 2010 and was awarded bronze medallions for the Student Handbook and Online Marketing and Advertising. 11/10

Nancy Lentocha was awarded a bronze medallion in the Wild Card category at the Distrit 1 Annual Conference for the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations in October, 2010 for the design of the strategic planning banners.11/10

Patrick Sullivan, Professor of English, in collaboration with Howard Tinberg and Sheridan Blau, edited a second book entitled What is "College-Level" Writing? This is a sequel to the first volume of What is "College Level Writing", published in 2006. 11/10

Sandra Jenkins, Professor of Hospitality Management at MCC, coordinates the "kids Up Front" program at the college. This is a six-week interactive progam emphasizing healthy cooking, food safety and food resource management. Students and faculty in the college's Culinary Arts program host a group of 3rd to 5th graders from the Asylum Hill Boys and Girls Club in Hartford. For a video of this program please use this link: 11/10

Amy Garcia, of Oakdale, is a recipient of the 2009 Phi Theta Kappa Leaders of Promise Scholarship. Thirty Phi Theta Kappa members from 21 states have been named recipients of this award.  Each student received a $1,000 scholarship to further their associate degree education.11/09

Dr. Gena Glickman, president of Manchester Community College, was appointed to serve as a member of the American Council on Education’s Commission on Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity.  Glickman will serve a three-year term.   The Commission comprises thirty-five presidents from various academic institutions and provides counsel to the American Council on Education and to the Center for Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity on policies, programs and issues that influence equity, access and diversity in higher education. Dr. Glickman was also appointed to serve as a member of the Commission on Research, Technology, and Emerging Trends through the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).  Glickman will serve a three-year term.  Each of AACC’s six commissions focuses on a key aspect of the Association’s work on behalf of its member colleges.  These commissions act in an advisory capacity to the AACC Board of Directors. 11/09

MCC student Lydia Johnson, of Manchester, has been elected as the non-technical member to the Standing Advisory Committee of the Board of Governors for Higher Education.  Johnson was elected by the 2009 CT Community College Student Electoral Assembly, which consists of 48 student representatives from the twelve Connecticut community colleges. 11/09

MCC was awarded a $77,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Federal Transit Administration.  The grant will fund the Public Transportation Participation Program at MCC, where students will learn how to conduct discussions on transportation planning issues. Dr. Rebecca Townsend, instructor of communications, and Martin Hart, instructor of business and accounting, will coordinate the program at MCC.  The program is scheduled to begin in spring 2010.  11/09

Bobbi Miller, adjunct instructor of English, has recently published two children's books. “One Fine Trade,” illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, was released in February 2009, and “Davy Crockett Gets Hitched,” illustrated by Megan Lloyd, was released in July 2009. Copies of each book are available in the MCC library. 6/09

Dr. Deborah Simmons, professor of music, has recently published a children’s book, entitled “Little Deboo and Her Big Sister Rose: Learning About Diabetes.”  Dr. Simmons is both author and illustrator.  The creation of the project was a three-year process, involving reviewing current research on diabetes among minorities, diabetes and youth, and the use of children’s literature to promote health issues; writing a storyline targeting a 6th-grade readability level incorporating the research findings; and creating vibrant illustrations to support the text.   An abstract of the creation of the book was accepted and presented at the 2009 Center for Disease Control Conference on Diabetes Transitions, in Long Beach, California.  The conference hosted over 500 educators, advocates and health practitioners from around the world.  Copies of the book are available in the MCC library.6/09

Patrick Sullivan, professor of English and advisor of the Alpha Upsilon Alpha chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Manchester Community College, received the Distinguished Chapter Advisor award at the 2009 Phi Theta Kappa International Convention.6/09

Dr. Rebecca Townsend, instructor of communication, was published in the prestigious journal, Research on Language and Social Interaction, Volume 42. Her article, “Town Meeting as a Communication Event: Democracy’s Act Sequence” is based on a chapter from her doctoral dissertation 6/09

Joan Walden, adjunct instructor of communication, edited a book, entitled “Remembering the Old Neighborhood: Stories of Hartford’s North End.”  The book was conceived by Estelle Kafer, executive director of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, and features stories of some of the people who lived in one urban neighborhood that was a true American melting pot in the early to middle years of the 20th Century. 6/09

Last Update: July 16 2014
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