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.


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.


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


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.




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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Tickets On Sale For 10th Changing Lives Gala; Gala Briefing 9/22 at 4 p.m.

The 10th Changing Lives Gala for Hartford’s Community College will be held  Thursday evening November 13, 2014 at the downtown campus.  The gala will be held from 6 to 9 p.m.

The 2014 Gala will feature music, auctions, complimentary beverages and food from Hartford favorites Agave Grill and Wood-n-Tap.


For 47 years Capital has been a stepping stone to higher education and careers in Greater Hartford. The Gala supports the College’s mission  to provide residents with a “quality, affordable education.” Support from the community translates into greater access to college and strengthens programs of study as public funds for student financial aid and academics decline.


The event is an occasion to share uplifting student and alumni success stories and to highlight programs such as the Crossroad to Careers program, part of Travelers’ Empowering Dreams for Graduation and Employment (EDGE) that has spread to other campuses since Crossroads’ start at Capital in 2007.  Travelers is the  Campus Sponsor of the 2014 Gala.

Student hosts at the 2013 Gala. Student and Alumni success stories are a part of the Gala program.

Student hosts at the 2013 Gala. Student and Alumni success stories are a part of the Gala program.

The Changing Lives Gala committee seeks  sponsorships, ticket purchases, journal advertising and donations t0 auctions as part of the College’s signature event for access to college and student success.

Tickets ($100) are now on sale for the Gala by calling 860-906-5102 or e-mailing  To order tickets and advertising  online go to

A Fundraising and Community Relations briefing on the Gala will be held Monday, September 22nd, at 4 p.m. in the President’s Conference Room (11th floor) for the campus community and  interested volunteers. 

Thanks To Our Campus Sponsor


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A New Early College Partnership: Capital Magnet Academy Opens

Fifty high school juniors and seniors from Greater Hartford  became the first group of students to enroll in Capital Community College’s Magnet Academy when the fall semester began on September 3rd

The first group of students, 50% of whom are from Hartford , were selected through the Hartford District Choice Lottery. This year families with students in transitional and non-transitional grades, applied during an extended lottery time period to enroll in the area’s regional magnet schools at all grade levels.

The college-based Capital Academy aligns student schedules so that they can be totally immersed in college course work as they finish high school. Graduating seniors will eventually earn up to 30 college credits to get a jump on their degree studies.

A strength for the new academy on Capital’s Main Street campus  is expected to be partnerships with downtown Hartford business, cultural and historic institutions, giving  students access to internship positions in their fields of interest.  Internships for Capital undergraduates in business, cultural, governmental and nonprofit workplaces have grown considerably since the move to downtown in 2002.  In addition, the Humanities-based Hartford Heritage Program for undergraduates has extended the classroom into history and arts institutions and place-based learning options are available to all students.

The Academy’s Dean of Academics, Christian Arsenault, says 44 of the Academy’s first 50 students began by taking a college course, including 13 students who are already taking three or four college courses. All Academy students will take the College’s IDS 105 College Success course, a three-credit freshman class that  focuses on essential academic skills, time management, critical reading and thinking, library research and information literacy.

Capital Community College Academy's  first group  of juniors and seniors will earn up to 30 college credits in the College's new partnership with Hartford Public Schools. (photo courtesy of CCCMA)

Capital Community College Academy’s first group of juniors and seniors will earn up to 30 college credits in the College’s new partnership with Hartford Public Schools. (photo courtesy of CCCMA)

Appointed the Academy’s founding academic leader in July, Arsenault brings six years’ experience as a social studies teacher at Hartford Public High School’s nursing academy and previously served as a Principal In Residence for Achievement First. He completed  Achievement First’s Residency Program for School Leadership that provides one year of  training and support to a corps of future leaders in Hartford Public Schools.

“I can’t believe how supportive everyone on the campus has been from the President on down to get the school started,” says Arsenault,  who earned a bachelor’s at the University of Connecticut and M.S in school and guidance counseling at Central Connecticut State University.

“We recognize and value the importance of engaging and connecting with students early on in their academic careers to ensure success and are pleased to partner with Hartford Public Schools in the establishment of this new magnet school,”  Capital Community College President Wilfredo Nieves said when the Magnet Academy was announced last winter.

The Capital Community College Magnet Academy is part of the Board of Regents for High Education’s Transform 2010 initiative that includes strategies to increase enrollment and expand early college programs on campuses of the 17 community colleges and state universities.

Among the other Hartford schools on college campuses are University High School of Science and Engineering (University of Hartford), Great Path Academy (Manchester Community College), the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy and the Pathways Academy of Technology and Design at Goodwin College in East Hartford.

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Campus Rotary Club Meeting To Hear UCONN’s Warde Manuel Monday, 7/21

Warde J. Manuel, the University of Connecticut’s Athletic Director, will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Hartford’s second summer meeting on Capital’s campus, on Monday, July 21st, at noon at the Walter Markiewicz Community Room, 2nd floor Welcome Center.

UCONN's Warde Manuel

UCONN’s Warde Manuel

Manuel, whose experience in  intercollegiate athletics ranges from being a student-athlete to a director of athletics, is a 1990 graduate of the University of Michigan where he played both football and track and field. Prior to joining UCONN, Manuel was  the Director of Athletics at the University at Buffalo for six years.

The Rotary luncheon will begin at 12 noon and will conclude at 1:30 p.m. The cost of lunch for members and guests is $20.  RSVPs are required and may be made to the Advancement office 860-906-5102 or via email  by Friday, July 18th.

Rotary Club meetings @ Capital will also be held in August featuring Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen on August 4th and Leadership Greater Hartford’s Ted Carroll on August 18th.

The Rotary Club is taking a summer hiatus from its usual meeting place, The Hartford Club, to meet on the campus.

About Capital Community College and Hartford Rotary

The Rotary Club of Hartford, one of the city’s oldest community service organizations and the 21st club established by Chicago-based Rotary International, established a scholarship endowment fund for Hartford residents at the College’s Foundation in 2012 and chartered a student Rotaract Club in the last academic year.



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Widows Society Grant To Provide Scholarships For Hartford Women

A new scholarship program for Hartford women who attend or plan to attend Capital Community College is available for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The Widows Society, a volunteer, philanthropic organization established in 1825, has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Capital Community College Foundation to provide scholarships for women for whom “this help will make a significant difference in their ability to move forward in their lives.”

Eligible applicants for the Widows Society Scholarships will be single women of any age, living in Hartford, who are heads of their households or self-supporting. The scholarship is open to new or continuing students enrolled at Capital on a part- or full-time basis who demonstrate financial need.

Capital Community College, located in the center of Hartford, is a public, open-door educational institution granting associate degrees and certificates in more than 60 programs of study. Forty percent of current credit students reside in Hartford and three-quarters of first-time, degree-seeking students qualify for some form of financial aid. Tuition and fees total $520 for a three-credit course and $3,810 for one year of full time study. Capital enrolls 6.500 students annually in academic and continuing education programs at its Main Street campus, formerly the G. Fox & Company Department Store.

The Widows Society is one of the Hartford area’s oldest philanthropic organizations with a primary purpose of helping single women in Hartford address basic needs for housing, medical care, food and other necessities.

The College’s nonprofit Foundation maintains scholarship funds and endowments and seeks support for programs and initiatives to improve academic quality, campus life and expand educational opportunity

“This gift means more opportunities for Hartford women who otherwise would not be able to attend college,” said CCC Foundation Chairman David Seder. “We are grateful to The Widows Society for helping more women in Hartford gain access to a post-secondary education that is important to sustainable jobs and careers.”

Widows Society Scholarship Applications are available from the Capital Community College Office of Financial Aid, 950 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 Telephone: (860) 906-5090, E-mail: . The deadline is August 25th. Classes for the Fall Semester begin Wednesday, September 3rd.

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