Alumni “Meet & Greet” Will Follow May 7th Concerts @ Capital Student Performance

A final 2014-2015 Concerts @ Capital featuring student musicians and singers will be held Thursday, May 7th  at Capital Community College’s Centinel Hill Hall beginning at 6 pm.

Following the concert shortly after 7 pm. an “Alumni Meet & Greet” reception will be held for CCC graduates and former students.

Music will be provided by the Capital Student Ensemble, including the Capital Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jason Schwartz and Capital Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Joshua Hummel.Concerts@Capital-May-07-2015

All alumni are invited to the concert and “Meet & Greet” reception which is an opportunity to strengthen Capital’s alumni network and become involved in the College’s alumni association. Said Alumna and organizer Debra Mauldin: “The concert reception is an opportunity to return to the college, share your memories and build an alumni organization that support the College’s mission of creating access to higher education.”

Alumni interested in learning more  about current programs and services  or to re-connect with the college may  update their information by completing an online information form

To RSVP for the alumni reception contact Debra Mauldin at Call the Advancement Office at 860-906-5102

For more information on the music program please contact Professor Arthur Hernandez, DMA,  at 860-906-5039 or e-mail




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College Teams Up With Knox, Center for Urban Research & Training For Urban Farming, Nutrition Courses

Project Funded By Newman’s Own Foundation And Part Of Initiative To Improve Fresh Food Access and Nutrition Education In Underserved Communities 

The Center for Urban Research & Training (CURET), located in Hartford’s Upper Albany neighborhood, is organizing new classes and workshops  for residents focused on urban farming and nutrition  in a partnership with Capital Community College (CCC) and KNOX.

Capital Community College has been awarded a $25,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. The award to Capital  was made by Newman’s Own Foundation as part of its $10 million commitment over three years to improve fresh food access and nutrition education for underserved communities.

The grant, part of Capital Community College’s Sustainable Food Program, will be used to offer a tuition-free urban farming certificate course and a series of nutrition workshops in Hartford’s Upper Albany neighborhood.

Participants will enroll  in a 120-hour urban farming certificate course that provides knowledge and skills in urban horticulture and to engage participants in local food production, community and school gardens. The  course, involving 1.5 hours class time and an externship each week, covers topics for farming in the city including food justice, botany, soil, carpentry, Hartford’s ecosystem, irrigation, plant health and crop management .

A series of workshops on obtaining fresh and quality foods on limited budgets will be offered in tandem with the urban agriculture course and will cover topics important to healthy nutrition , preparing foods and local options to obtain affordable and nutritious food near city neighborhoods.

Tuition is free for the Urban Agriculture course and nutrition workshops.

Classes are organizing now for spring and summer. For more information or to apply call CURET at 860-247-0123 or e-mail  .   The Center for Urban Research & Training is located at 1443 Albany Avenue in Hartford.


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Retired ESL Director Nancy Caddigan Recognized With A Window To The Future

Nancy Caddigan, Capital Community College’s longtime director of the College’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program, was honored at a “surprise” April 9th reception held at the Student Success Center on Capital’s campus.

More than 100 colleagues, friends and former students attended the gathering for Caddigan who retired from the College five years ago.  Caddigan continues her work  as an Intercultural Liaison at the Hartford Public Library as part of its immigrant civic engagement program.

Northwestern Community College President Barbara Douglas (left) speaks at April 9th Window To The Future reception for Nancy Caddigan (center). Douglas formerly served as Provost (Academic Dean) at Capital.  At right is Travelers Vice President Carlos Figueroa. (McPhoto)

Northwestern Connecticut Community College President Barbara Douglass (left) speaks at April 9th Window To The Future reception for Nancy Caddigan (center). Douglass formerly served as Academic Dean at Capital in the 1990s. At right is Travelers Vice President Carlos Figueroa. (McPhoto)

Faculty and staff members led by Business Professor Mary Jean Thornton, Program Coordinator Jennifer Kriksciun and Faculty Secretary Amy Lemire led a drive to honor Caddigan with a Window To The Future. During the Spring semester donations to the College Foundation’s endowment fund paved the way for permanent recognition of Caddigan at one of the fourth floor Main Street windows near the ESL laboratory.

Caddigan was credited for her dedication to helping students overcome language barriers on the path to college degrees and careers. Colleagues and friends praised her as a guiding force in the creation of the College’s ESL Lab where today more  than 200 students of different nationalities speaking more than 30 languages enroll each semester.

Among speakers paying  tribute to Caddigan were Northwestern Connecticut Community College President Barbara Douglass, English Professor John Christie, English Professor Emerita Evelyn Farbman, Dean of Students Doris Arrington and Business Professor Mary Jean Thornton.  Well wishers who could not attend were invited to send brief video clips to be included in a montage for Caddigan.

A Window To The Future plaque permanently recognizes the ESL  work of Nancy Caddigan. It  will be mounted next to a fourth floor Main Street window where the ESL lab is located.  (McPhoto)

A Window To The Future plaque permanently recognizes the ESL work of Nancy Caddigan. It will be mounted next to a fourth floor Main Street window where the ESL lab is located. (McPhoto)

The mission of Capital’s English-as-a-Second Language Program, developed by Caddigan and her colleagues in the 1990s,  is to enable non-native English-speaking students to develop and synthesize the core English language proficiency skills necessary for success in diploma and certificate programs at the College.

“Windows” endowment gifts began when the college moved to its downtown campus in 2002. The renovation of the former G. Fox building into the new home of Capital included the restoration of more than 90 windows with views of Main Street and downtown.

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Alumni Saturday Is February 21st At Capital Community College

Are you a graduate or former student of Capital Community College?

Alumni Saturday for the Spring 2015 semester will be held at Capital Community College (CCC) on Saturday February 21st from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 950 Main Street campus in the Student Union and cafeteria.950 Main

The event is open to graduates and students who attended the city’s public community college formerly known as Greater Hartford Community College. Alumni from Hartford State Technical College, an institution that was consolidated into Capital in 1990, are also welcome.

Alumni Saturday includes coffee and refreshments with information on campus events , activities and ways to become involved.  Information on new degree programs and course offerings at the School of Workforce and Continuing Education will be shared.  Tours of the downtown campus will be available.JoinAlumni2015flyerMembership (Online Application) in Capital’s Alumni Association is open to individuals who have graduated from Capital Community College (including Greater Hartford Community College and Hartford State Technical College) in a certificate or degree program or who have accumulated academic credits for transfer and professional development.

The mission of the Association, founded in 1988 and re-established in 2007, is to support and promote the college’s mission and goals and to plan activities supportive of students and alumni.

To RSVP and for more information contact the Office of Institutional Advancement: 860-906-5102 or by e-mail

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“From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: G. Fox Co. in the 1950s”: Lunch and Program At Centinel Hill Hall March 19th

Capital Community College Foundation and the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) are teaming up to present “From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: G. Fox Co. in the 1950s” on Thursday, March 19th, from noon to 1:30 pm. at the College’s 950 Main Street campus that occupies the 11-story former department store building.

The lunch and program will be held at Centinel Hill Hall — now the College’s auditorium –and will be presented by CHS’  Joe Waxman, a volunteer for the Society’s adult outreach program.  Capital relocated to the Main Street campus in 2002 after a top to bottom renovation of the downtown landmark.

Campus tours will be provided for luncheon guests with photographs and memorabilia of the landmark department store on display.


Capital Community College is continuing the tradition begun by G. Fox of using Centinel Hill Hall as a community gathering place for arts, culture and civic engagement.

The “Remembering G. Fox & Company” program is part of the College’s Hartford Heritage project, made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), that makes connections between course content and the cultural institutions of the city to enhance students’ learning and understanding of Hartford.

For most Connecticut residents, the word “Fox’s” holds powerful associations. The name evokes images of a beautifully decorated, tall department store on Main Street filled with every imaginable garment, home furnishing or, domestic necessity dreamed of and warm memories of sharing time with family and friends. Presenter Joe Waxman, retired from a sales and marketing career, remembers growing up in Hartford where G. Fox & Company was a part of his life. He says that Fox’s “touches people’s personal history.” Joe will also talk about his admiration for Beatrice Fox Auerbach whose accomplishments were significant on both local and national levels.

The lunch and program are an opportunity to remember G. Fox Co. and re-visit the place where area residents shopped and worked and “where the customer was always right!”

Tickets to the luncheon program are $25 and may be reserved by calling 860-906-5102. Email Net proceeds will benefit the College’s Hartford Heritage Project.  To reserve online please go to DONATE NOW.

About Capital Community’s College Hartford Heritage Project:

The Hartford Heritage Project makes Hartford’s rich and diverse cultural institutions, landmarks, and neighborhoods an extension of our classroom. Hartford Heritage courses make connections between course content and the city of Hartford in order to enhance learning and to increase our understanding of Connecticut’s capital city. Visit:

About the Connecticut Historical Society (@ConnHistSoc):

Established in 1825, Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is a non-profit museum, library, and education center. It is one of the oldest historical societies in the nation and houses one of the most distinguished collections in New England. CHS is home to one of the most comprehensive research libraries in the State, helping people to discover their own family stories, towns and relationships to the greater community. CHS is also one of the State’s largest providers of museum education programs for school, youth and community groups and offers hands-on, interactive learning experiences for both students and their families. In addition to its own collection, CHS showcases a variety of exhibits, guest speakers, and programs throughout the year. Visit or call (860) 236.5621.


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In Memoriam: Dr. Claudia Mallett, Science Teacher And Activist For Peace and Civil Rights

Dr. Claudia Gwendolyn Jones Mallett, spouse of Capital Community College President Emeritus Conrad L. Mallett, died peacefully at her Bloomfield home on January 30th at the age of 85.

Dr. Mallett, a Chicago native who earned a baccalaureate and her advanced degrees from Wayne State University, was an award-winning and beloved science teacher at West Hartford’s Sedgwick Middle School until her retirement in 1996. During her career she received a national “Science Teacher of the Year” recognition from the National Science Teachers Association.  Dr. Mallett and President Mallett have long been active in support of the College and other Greater Hartford educational, social and cultural organizations.

Dr. Claudia Mallett and President Emeritus Conrad Mallett at the 2008 dedication to a Window to the Future in their honor.

Dr. Claudia Mallett and President Emeritus Conrad Mallett at the 2008 dedication to a Window to the Future in their honor.

As a young wife and mother, Claudia Mallett was active in the civil rights movement in Detroit where the Malletts previously lived and worked. She was the President of the Independent Negro Committee (INC) to End Racism and Ban the Bomb and also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Women’s International Strike for Peace.  In 1963, she along with other members of the INC and the United Auto Workers (UAW) joined with the Reverend C. L. Franklin to organize the Detroit March for Civil Rights, Peace and Justice led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She was on stage when Dr. King first introduced the “I Have a Dream” speech made famous in August of that year.

In 2008 the College’s Foundation, in receipt of gifts in honor of the Malletts, dedicated a Window to the Future at the second floor Welcome Center in support of the Mallett Scholarship endowment fund.    “President Mallett and Claudia Mallett are well-recognized in Greater Hartford for their longstanding support of the arts, economic opportunity, social justice and education,” read the dedication statement. “Together they have generously given their time and talent to these causes and continue to do so. Both have been exemplary educators in our community.”

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday (February 6, 2015) at Sacred Heart Church, 26 Wintonbury Ave., Bloomfield, Connecticut. Her family will receive friends on Thursday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church.  More information is available at

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Responses To President’s Free Community College Initiative

I Owe It All to Community College: Tom Hanks on His Two Years at Chabot College

“President Obama hopes to make two years of free community college accessible for up to nine million Americans. I’m guessing the new Congress will squawk at the $60 billion price tag, but I hope the idea sticks, because more veterans, from Iraq and Afghanistan this time, as well as another generation of mothers, single parents and workers who have been out of the job market, need lower obstacles between now and the next chapter of their lives. High school graduates without the finances for a higher education can postpone taking on big loans and maybe luck into the class that will redefine their life’s work. Many lives will be changed.”

New York Times Op-Ed: January 14, 2015


“The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities applauds President Obama’s endorsement of the Tennessee plan as model for the nation to offer a free community college education for all eligible high school graduates. Investing in this initiative would strengthen the country’s workforce and increase opportunities for underrepresented populations to seek a college education. Hispanics would particularly benefit from such initiative as a majority of those in college attend community colleges.”

Statement of Antonio R. Flores, President and CEO, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

Obama’s Free College Proposal Could Be ‘Game Changer’ For State’s Students

“If Congress is able to pass this important proposal to increase access to higher education, we will implement it….Increasing access to Connecticut’s community college programs will benefit all our citizens by attracting new employers and matching graduates with good jobs.”

CT Governor Dannel Malloy from Hartford Courant, January 12, 2015

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