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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iQuilt Partnership Brings G. Fox Holiday Redux To College’s Mallett Gallery


An original horse-drawn carriage that was part of G. Fox & Company’s holiday decorations is on display at Capital Community College’s Mallett Gallery. The Gallery space is located in the Main Street windows on either side of the main entrance. (J. McNamara photo)

The holiday season brings back memories of shopping in downtown Hartford for many Greater Hartford residents of a certain age. And the most prominent retail venue on Main Street was G. Fox & Company Department Store that now houses Capital Community College (CCC).

It has been more than 12 years since CCC moved downtown to a renovated G. Fox building – a more than $50 million transformation that consolidated campuses and led to a decade of double-digit enrollment growth for the college formerly named Greater Hartford Community College.

During this holiday season  G. Fox memories are stirring again for campus visitors who remember the grand Christmas displays and storefront marquee at G. Fox.

The College’s Conrad L. Mallett Gallery is featuring some of the original displays from G. Fox’ past. The Gallery exhibit has been made possible through The iQuilt Partnership which works with nearly 50 cultural, historic and community organizations, including the College.

A holiday mouse and figures are back on Main Street in December at Capital Community College.

A holiday mouse and figures are back on Main Street in December at Capital Community College.

The iQuilt Partnership’s G. Fox display complements the  Hartford Heritage Program, a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supported project at the College that uses themes that explore Hartford’s culture and history for courses, learning communities and development of “place-based” learning.

The iQuilt Plan links downtown assets with a vibrant and innovative pedestrian network. Its centerpiece is a proposed GreenWalk, a one-mile chain of parks and plazas connecting the gold-domed Capitol in Bushnell Park to the waterfront of the Connecticut River.MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

The goals of iQuilt are a “more walkable, sustainable” downtown with “an improved cultural network” that enhances the center of Hartford as a place for work, culture and economic growth.  The City of Hartford, using $11 million in federal funds and matching city funds, has launched the Intermodal Triangle Project designed to implement significant roadway, pedestrian, transit, landscaping and traffic signal improvements. Elements of the iQuilt Plan are included in project along with upgrades to Union Station, State House Square, the Asylum Street, Pearl Street and Bushnell Park North.

A College Committee is also planning to establish a permanent, rotating display on G. Fox’ history in the main lobby of the College. The College Foundation is planning a March 19,  2015 “Remembering G. Fox” luncheon at the College’s 11th floor auditorium. The auditorium, known by its original name “Centinel Hill Hall”, has been restored in its art-deco design as a lecture and concert hall and community gathering place.

— John McNamara

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Giving Tuesday: The Value of Scholarship Giving @ Capital

“Growing up in inner city Hartford, the youngest of twelve children, college seemed out of reach. Capital Community College not only afforded me the opportunity to obtain a college education but also gave me my career in nursing….I applaud the community college concept and wanted to give back to the college that once helped me….”

Madelaine (Boucher) Binner , Class of ’77

Through the generosity of individuals, companies and foundations Capital Community College is creating more college access and supporting programs for academic success at Hartford’s community college.

Contributions above and beyond operating budgets provide the margin necessary for new scholarships, tutoring, advising and resources for teaching and learning.

Capital, with a mission to provide residents CCC_Grad_malesolowith a “quality, affordable education”, lowers the cost roadblock that so many people encounter in pursuit of college. Students are getting an education here that is vital to a rewarding job, career and life.

In 2015, it’ll take $143 tuition to pay for one credit hour, $429 for one course and $1,716 for a semester of full-time study. Contributions to Capital, no matter the amount, make a “quality and affordable education” within reach of individuals who otherwise could not pursue college.

Contributions are welcome on Giving Tuesday and throughout the year.  Gifts may be made online through the College Foundation’s Network For Good Giving Page.

And many thanks to the College’s donors, sponsors and friends for your support throughout 2014.

For giving, alumni and volunteer opportunities and information contact: Capital Community College Foundation, 950 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103. Telephone: 860-906-5102.




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10th Gala Recognizes Changing Lives Scholars And Support For Scholarships

The  Changing Lives Gala, the College Foundation’s annual event for scholarships and student success, was held for a second year at the Welcome Center atrium on November 13th.

The Gala, begun at the downtown campus in 2004, has each year “addressed the cost roadblocks that so many encounter in their pursuit of a post-secondary education and career,” said CCC President Wilfredo Nieves. “This event has moved individual donors and groups to step up to create new scholarships at a time of rising tuition and fees.”

Foundation Chair David Seder welcomed guests and acknowledged sponsors and supporters including Travelers, the 2014 campus sponsor, Atrium sponsor VOYA Financial, Hartford Hospital and the Metro Hartford Alliance.  On behalf of the College, Dean of Students Doris Arrington introduced a program that recognized three 2014 Changing Lives Scholars: student Jose Diaz and alumni  Colema Walker (’13) and Horace Hamilton (’09).

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Changing Lives Scholars Horace Hamilton (left) and Jose Diaz (second from right) accepts congratulations from Matt Fleury, CT Science Center CEO and member of Board of Regents and CCC President Wilfredo Nieves.

Diaz, the president of CCC’s Latin American Student Association, was one of five students selected in 2013 for the Crossroads to Careers program (C3) supported by Travelers Insurance Companies — a nationally recognized partnership that has created career opportunities in insurance and transfer to four-year schools for Capital students and students from other institutions since 2007.  Colema Walker, now a student at Central Connecticut State University, was also a C3 intern at Capital and continues at Travelers as an IT intern while she pursues her bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems.  Crossroads, part of Travelers’ Empowering Dreams for Graduation and Employment (EDGE), has spread to other campuses, including  CCSU.

Foundation Chair David Seder thanks sponsors and supporters.

Foundation Chair David Seder thanks sponsors and supporters.

Horace Hamilton, who earned his bachelor’s in network technology from CCSU in 2012, is now pursuing his master’s degree. Earlier this year Horace joined the Information Technology staff at Capital, working alongside the faculty whom he credits with giving him his start in higher education and a career. Hamilton left his native Jamaica in 2007 to pursue college with encouragement from his cousin, Capital alumna Nickesha Smallhorne-Davis.

Changing Lives Scholars were introduced by Alumnus and Air Force veteran Brennden Colbert (’13), a member of the Foundation board and founder of Capital’s Rotaract Club.

Dean of Students Doris Arrington welcomes Changing Lives guests to the college.

Dean of Students Doris Arrington welcomes Changing Lives guests to the college.

This year’s gala drew 130 guests and raised $28,000.  Since 2010 the College’s Foundation has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships to Capital students through galas and annual contributions.

Seventy percent of  all students at Capital qualify for some form of financial aid. More than 90 percent of  first-time degree seeking students are eligible for financial aid. A primary goal for the College’s Foundation and its annual fund is reducing the costs of getting to and graduating from college without debt.

Scenes from Changing Lives Gala 2014  – (Riley Johnson photos)

Travelers' Crossroads alumni at Changing Lives Gala.

Travelers’ Crossroads alumni at Changing Lives Gala.

 IT Faculty Member Michael "DJ Mike" Ligon.

IT Faculty Member Michael “DJ Mike” Ligon.

Rotaract Club members with Brenden Colbert ('13)

Rotaract Club members with Brenden Colbert (’13)


Changing Lives Gala guests: Patricia Rehmer, CT Commissioner of Mental Health & Addiction Services, (left) with Director of Nursing Cindy Adams and State Rep. Peter Tercyak, an alumnus of the nursing program

Changing Lives Gala guests: Patricia Rehmer, CT Commissioner of Mental Health & Addiction Services, (left) with Director of Nursing Cindy Adams and State Rep. Peter Tercyak, an alumnus of the nursing program

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Early Childhood Faculty Member Miriam Mercado  and the Gala Committee's Amy Lemire.

Early Childhood Faculty Member Miriam Mercado and the Gala Committee’s Amy Lemire.

Nursing Professors Emerita Dannie Kennedy and Jo Ann Anfinson

Nursing Professors Emerita Dannie Kennedy and Jo Ann Anfinson

25th State Representative Bobby Sanchez presented legislative proclamations recognizing Changing Lives Scholars.

25th State Representative Bobby Sanchez presented legislative proclamations recognizing Changing Lives Scholars.

Special thanks to the faculty and staff gala committee and student organizations for their participation: Brennden Colbert, Jane Bronfman, Nancy Casey, Cynthia Recoder, Pat Duclos-Miller, Maryjoan Forstbauer, Horace Hamilton, Jada Jenkins, Nancy LaGuardia, John Lagosz, Lorraine Lee, Amy Lemire, Michael Ligon, Bruce Miller, The CCC Rotaract Club and the Latin American Student Association.

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