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

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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.

E-mail: CA-foundation@capitalcc.edu

 

 

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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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Capital Receives Newman’s Own Foundation Grant For Urban Farming, Nutrition Education

A Part of $10 Million to Improve Fresh Food Access and Nutrition Education

College Teams Up With Knox, Center For Urban Research & Training In City’s Upper Albany Neighborhood

Capital Community College (CCC) 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 through its nonprofit Foundation 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 to CCC will be used to offer a tuition-free urban farming certificate course and a series of nutrition workshops in Hartford’s Upper Albany neighborhood in 2015.

The project, involving the College, the Center for Urban Research & Training (CURET) and Knox, will benefit residents who face challenges in obtaining fresh and high nutrition foods.  Graduates of the urban farming certificate course will attain knowledge and skills to run small farms, and may gain work at existing enterprises involved in local food production. Students gain expertise in managing community or school gardens.

Capital Community Colleges mission is to provide “access to higher education to the diverse residents of the Greater Hartford region.”  The College, an open admission, public institution, prepares individuals for careers and transfer to four-year schools through associate degree and certificate programs inclusive of academic and technical disciplines and provides workforce training . 

“This grant will provide resources to launch community-based instruction and nutrition education as part of our sustainable food initiative,” said CCC President Wilfredo Nieves. “The project holds great potential to empower individuals who will be involved in the course and nutrition education.”

CCC Foundation Chair David Seder said “creating access to education and changing lives is fundamental to Capital’s mission. The Urban Farming and Nutrition Outreach project will help us fulfill that mission.”

“There are so many challenges to improving nutrition access and education, especially for those who are most disadvantaged,” said Lisa Walker, Managing Director, Newman’s Own Foundation. “We are excited to help Capital Community College and many other nonprofits across the country make an impact in improving nutrition in urban and rural communities.”

For more information about Newman’s Own Foundation nutrition grants, visit:  www.newmansownfoundation.org

Capital’s Community Partners

About CURET

The Center for Urban Research and Training (CURET) is a community partner of CCC. CURET is a 24 year old nonprofit located in Hartford’s Upper Albany neighborhood that assists over 3,500 families—adults, youth, children, through programs and services designed to build on their strengths, enabling their educational enhancements, and overall well-being. CCC and CURET now work collaboratively to provide adult basic education services and transitional supports enabling nontraditional students to get to college.

About KNOX

KNOX uses horticulture as a catalyst for community engagement and forges partnerships between residents, businesses, and government to build stronger, greener, and more beautiful neighborhoods in Hartford. Since its founding in 1966, KNOX has been a key partner in improving the city of Hartford and is a nationally recognized leader in the field of community greening, community gardening, and green workforce development. The organization plants over 1,000 trees a year in Hartford while managing 16 acres of community gardens that empower the community to grow well over $200,000 worth of produce for themselves and their neighbors. More information is available at www.knoxhartford.org.

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At The Marathon: Rotaract Club Joins Hartford Rotary At Mile 5 Water Station

The founders and students of Capital Community College’s Rotaract Club joined Hartford Rotarians at  last Saturday’s 21st running of the Hartford Marathon  volunteering at the mile 5 water table for the 26.2 mile race.

More than 15,000 runners participated in the full marathon, half marathon and 5k races at the city’s biggest sporting event of the year.  They were supported by a small army of volunteers during the Columbus Day weekend event, including Rotary and Rotaract members. The Rotary Club of Hartford has participated in most of the Hartford marathons since the race began in 1993 and has been the sponsor of the Sheldon Street water station over the last five years.

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An early group of runners approach the Mile 5 water station outside Cl&P offices on Sheldon Street.

Rotarian Judith Green pours some of the hundreds of water and Gatorade cups handed off to marathon runners.

Rotarian Judith Green pours some of the hundreds of water and Gatorade cups handed off to marathon runners.

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Rotary Club Immediate Past President Pat Soucy and CCC Rotaract Club President Chris Lane before the marathon began on October 11th

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Cool and wet weather didn’t stop Capital students and Rotaract founders from volunteering at the Hartford Marathon. Participants included CCC Foundation member and alumnus Brennden Colbert, Alumna Cynthia Recoder and students Chris Lane, Xianni Santiago, Sierra Vazquez, Ramona Walters and Yulanda Henry.

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College Library “Window To The Future” Dedicated In Honor Of Dean Affleck

Capital’s longtime Academic Dean, Mary Ann Affleck, was honored on September 18th at the dedication of a “Window To The Future” at the Arthur C. Banks, Jr. Library where Affleck served as Library Director before her appointment as the College’s  academic leader.

Affleck retired in August prior to the start of the new academic year after nearly 30 years of service to the College.  Upon news of her retirement colleagues, faculty and staff emeriti and friends responded over the summer with donations to the College’s Foundation endowment funds for scholarships and the Hartford Heritage Program.

“Windows” 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.

Academic Dean Mary Ann Affleck cuts her cake at dedication of a Window To The Future in her honor at the Arthur C. Banks, Jr. Library.

Academic Dean Mary Ann Affleck cuts her cake at dedication of a Window To The Future in her honor at the Arthur C. Banks, Jr. Library. Affleck retired before the start of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Colleagues and friends at Window to The Future dedication.

Colleagues and friends at Window to The Future dedication.

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Librarian Greg Kloten thanks Dean Affleck on behalf of the library staff

Librarian Greg Kloten thanks Dean Affleck on behalf of the library staff.

Dean Affleck's "Window" and view of Main Street at the downtown campus.  Windows are part of the College Foundation's naming gift opportunities that support the endowment fund.

Dean Affleck’s “Window” and view of Main Street at the downtown campus. Windows are part of the College Foundation’s naming gift opportunities that support the endowment fund.

 

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Hartford Start Up Weekend Involves Educators, Students

Capital Community College students, including members of the Rotaract Club and Latin American Student Association, will have an opportunity to participate in “Startup Weekend Hartford: Education”  on  September 26-28.

Start Up Weekend, to be held at the Northeast Utilities CL&P Building on Sheldon Street in Hartford,  is a 54 hour event that brings together Connecticut designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains “to do amazing things”.  According organizers  the annual weekend is an opportunity “to transform your education ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with complementary skills and the passion to build an education product in one weekend. Design for learning, conduct user tests, receive coaching from experienced education designers & industry professionals and win prizes that will help take your idea to the next level.”

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!

For more information or to participate visit Start Up Weekend Hartford: Education

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