Hartford Heritage: Remembering G. Fox Lunch & Program June 7th

A second  annual Remembering G. Fox & Company lunch and program will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Centinel Hill Hall on June 7th on the campus of Capital Community College.

The program, “Remembering G. Fox in the 1950s”, will be presented by Joe Waxman of the Connecticut Historical Society. Campus tours will be provided and information about place-based learning at the two-year college will be shared.


G. Fox Memorabilia Will Be Shared at the June 7th Hartford Heritage Lunch & Program

Capital Community College relocated to the former department store building in 2002 after a transformation of the building into a state of the art campus.  G. Fox & Company closed its historic Main Street store in 1993. The College through its Heritage program is continuing the tradition begun by G. Fox of using Centinel Hill Hall as a community gathering place for arts, culture and civic engagement. “Remembering G. Fox & Company” 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.”

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



The 2015 Remembering G. Fox Program At Centinel Hill Hall (Kim Pita Photo)

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: www.capitalcc.edu/HHP/

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 www.chs.org or call (860) 236.5621.

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“The Homestretch” Screening Focuses On Homelessness On April 18

The College’s faculty & staff Committee for Diversity & Inclusion will focus on the issue of homelessness this month with a film and discussion on Monday, April 18, at 2:30 in Room 1103.

“The Homestretch” follows three homeless teenagers as they try to stay in school, graduate and build a future.

A study released in December 2015 —“Hungry To Learn: Addressing Food & Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates “– found significant numbers of community college students among institutions surveyed experienced “high levels of food and housing insecurity.”

This semester the student Social Service Club with Professor Michelle White as the club’s advisor re-opened a food pantry on campus to aid students in need.

CDI Capital Cares Event Flyer April 2016

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Hartford Heritage: Reflections on the Power of Literature from English 220

From Connecticut Humanities Council:

In the fall of 2015, Capital Community College offered a course on Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twaintaught entirely at the Stowe and Twain museums. Below are reflections by the professor and two students on the power of literature to connect us.

From Jeff Partridge (age 51):

It was a moment that every literature teacher cherishes—an emotional and intellectual connection with a novel ignites an impassioned discussion about real life today.

We were sitting in a large circle in the parlor of the Katharine Seymour Day House at theHarriet Beecher Stowe Center. Eighteen students, ranging in age from 19 to 75, black, white, Asian, Latino, female, male, immigrant, US-born—and the topic was Uncle Tom’s Cabin, specifically, the moment when Ophelia, a New Englander, having expressed her moral indignation at slavery now reveals her abhorrence of blackness as little Eva kisses and hugs her family’s slaves.

Read more….at the Connecticut Humanities Councilmark-twain1[1]


Source: Reflections on the Power of Literature from English 220

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Concerts @ Capital: Apollo Chamber Players Bring “Texas Roots” To College’s Centinel Hall March 10th

A celebration of Texas culture through music and photography will come to Capital Community College on Thursday March 10th as part of CCC’s free public music series.

Apollo Chamber Player To Perform "Texas Roots".

Apollo Chamber Player To Perform “Texas Roots”.

Apollo Chamber Players  will present Texas Roots. The program features the fifth work of Apollo’s multi-year commissioning project, 20×2020, a string quartet based on Texas folk and indigenous music by El Paso native Arthur Hernandez, composer and Capital’s music professor and coordinator of the college’s Music Industry degree program.

Photographer Chuy Benitez

Photographer Chuy Benitez

The work will be presented alongside photographic images by award-winning photographer Chuy Benitez.

The concert also showcases music by Julia Smith, a Juilliard-educated 20th century composer born and raised in Texas. Her work to be presented, Quartet for Strings, evokes jazz and folk music elements within a distinctive Texas soundscape. Illustrating the important influence of Texas’ Czech heritage, Bedřich Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1, From My Life, will conclude the program.

Music Professor Arthur Hernandez

Music Professor Arthur Hernandez

Texas Roots offers a multicultural, multisensory concert experience. Composer Arthur Hernandez and photographer Chuy Benitez offer a creative artistic lens with which to appreciate Texas’ wonderfully unique cultural tableau,” explains Artistic Director Matthew Detrick.

Mr. Hernandez shares: “Texas is a phenomenon like no other. No state in our union quite rivals the history, indigenous cultural diversity, and larger-than-life  stature of Texas. Writing this work was a transformative experience for me. Having been an expatriate of Texas for half of my life, this project allowed me to reconnect with my native state and to learn even more about her than I had ever known.”

The March 10th performance begins at 6 p.m. at Centinel Hill Hall auditorium on the 11th floor of Capital Community College  in downtown Hartford. Concerts @ Capital are free and open to the public and are supported, in part, by the Capital Community College  Foundation.


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Capital Goes To The State Capitol: Legislative Breakfast Wednesday, February 24th

The 2016 Town & Legislative Breakfast for Capital Community College (CCC) will be held on Wednesday, February 24th, at the Legislative Office Building’s Dining Room, 300 Capitol Avenue from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with a program scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.

Legislators in CCC’s primary service area and town officials have been invited and will join President Wilfredo Nieves, Foundation & Advisory Council members, faculty, students and alumni in a discussion of college finances, financial aid issues and emerging degree and workforce training programs.

State Capitol

State Capitol

Information on Capital’s current operating budget and ongoing steps to reduce expenses and maintain programs and services  will be shared. The Governor’s 2016 state budget proposal makes across the board cuts in state government,  including $20.2 million less in what the state universities and community colleges are receiving in state appropriations.

The General Assembly is also considering bills on financial aid programs that may affect CCC’s new and continuing students.   These include legislation on the Governor’s Scholarship Program (HB 5332) and institutional aid for students without legal immigration status (SB 147).   Three-quarters of Capital students seeking degrees and certificates are eligible for some form of financial aid. Full-time tuition for one year of study is $4,100. It takes $562 to enroll in a course.

Seating is limited and RSVPs are required to the February 24th breakfast. The breakfast is sponsored by the CCC Foundation & Advisory Council. For more information contact the college’s advancement office at 860-906-5102 or email  CA-foundation@capitalcc.edu.  To contact your legislators visit the Connecticut General Assembly

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Remembering Phil Knecht: Alumnus And Longtime Booster of Capital Community College

Memorial Scholarship Fund Established; Services To Be Held February 28th

Alumnus Philip Knecht (A.S.’12, Honorary ’07), a longtime booster and friend of Capital Community College, passed away on February 3rd with his family at his side. He was 87.

Phil Knecht '12, '07 Honorary

Phil Knecht ’12, ’07 Honorary

Knecht, a real estate appraiser and property manager in his working years, has been a familiar face at Capital for three decades. He started as an instructor in the Continuing Education division where he taught Real Estate Principles and Practices.

When he was 65 Phil, a native of Brooklyn, New York, enrolled in one class.  Others — one at a time — followed over 20 years. Eventually those courses added up to his 2012 graduation with an associate in science degree five years after the College conferred an honorary degree for Knecht’s decades of volunteer service to the college.

The graduation of the oldest person to earn a degree from Capital prompted Phil’s grandson, Joseph Maltese, to publish a heartfelt tribute to his grandfather:

Upon his slow, cane-aided walk across the stage to earn his scroll, the crowd stood to their feet, cheering as the oldest college student in Capital’s history graduates. We were all inspired by the moment, each of us 1,500 people. Everyone knows Phil, and Phil knows everyone and then some. At 83 years old, he is the busiest man you will ever meet, balancing his life of family, friends, real estate, journalism, teaching, attending classes, and his countless volunteering for local and national political campaigns, as well as at food shelters and religious organizations. Despite recently being without a car, his social life has not been affected at all. If I can be half as involved or passionate about my actions when I am his age, I will consider myself the luckiest man alive.

In addition to his career in real estate appraisal and property management, Knecht’s pursuits have involved Democratic politics dating back to John F. Kennedy. His reputation for getting voters to the polls and working on campaigns was well-known in his town of Wethersfield, in Hartford and throughout the state.

Phil Knecht (standing second from right) at a Changing Lives Gala.

Phil Knecht (standing second from right) at a Changing Lives Gala with alumni and President Nieves.

But education and access to Capital Community College were Phil Knecht’s real passions be it as a teacher, student or mentor. Knecht served on the student senate and was a lifetime member the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society through his continuous involvement on campus.  More than anything else Phil wanted to make it possible for others to attend his alma mater. When his birthdays rolled around every November Knecht would ask friends instead of a personal gift to make a scholarship donation. In January, friends from Capital took the ailing Knecht to lunch at Ginza Restaurant not far from his Silas Deane Highway residence. He brought with him a last contribution for scholarships at Capital.

“Phil’s passion for life touched many lives” noted his family in his obituary. “He leaves a legacy of political activism, commitment to education and a mission to reach out to all people and cultures, especially those in need.”

Phil Knecht is survived by his daughters Sherry Maltese and Wendy Payton, his daughter-in-law Deby Van Ohlen, his grandchildren Joey Maltese and Sarah Maltese and her fiancé Matt Brown, and the mother of his daughters, Bernice Knecht.

His family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Capital Community College Foundation, Phil Knecht Memorial Scholarship Fund, 950 Main Street, Hartford CT 06103.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Sunday, February 28th from 1:00 – 2:00 at the Carmon Funeral Home Chapel, 807 Bloomfield Avenue, Windsor CT. A memorial service to celebrate Phil’s life will immediately follow at 2:00.


Phil Knecht at the 2015 Commencement Reception

Phil Knecht at the 2015 Commencement Reception

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Community College Student Is A Special Guest Of Obamas for Last State of the Union message

President Obama will deliver the last State of the Union address of his Presidency on Tuesday, January 12th. To highlight the value of  community colleges helping non-traditional students earn degrees and obtain career track employment, Jennifer Bragdon, a Texas mother and community college student, will be a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama.

Throughout his Presidency Obama has emphasized an expanded role for community colleges in educating working Americans toward degrees and sustainable jobs.

According to the White House, Jennifer Bragdon’s story “showcases how community colleges can adapt to the needs of students.

“Jennifer, 42, and her husband, George, work full-time to pay for bills and provide childcare for their one-year-old daughter, and Jennifer’s other responsibilities restrict her to one class at a time. Even though she won’t graduate for a few more years, she plans to complete her degree and become a middle school teacher. She enrolled in a new developmental math course at Austin Community College (ACC) after being out of a traditional classroom for more than 20 years, and has now successfully completed her college algebra requirements.

In March, Dr. (Jill) Biden met Jennifer at ACC and learned about the campus’ high-tech learning lab that provides more than 600 computer stations for individualized learning and small group sessions, highlighting the ways community colleges are providing flexibility and support for students to stay on track to earn their degrees. Jennifer works as a massage therapist and lives in Austin, Texas with her family.”

Information about all special  guests, including CT Governor Dannel Malloy,  and news about the State of the Union is available at WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU.


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