Travelers Is Campus Sponsor For 2017 Changing Lives Gala
Alumni from nursing, the health professions and insurance will be recognized at Capital Community College’s Changing Lives Gala at the 950 Main Street campus on Thursday October 19th.
The Gala in support of annual scholarships will be held at the college’s Centinel Hill Hall from 5:30 to 9 p.m. as part of the College’s 50th anniversary as a two-year community college.
Thanks to an innovative partnership with Travelers launched at the 2007 Changing Lives Gala Capital each year has graduated a group of high achieving students, preparing them for the baccalaureate, graduate school and careers in insurance.
On the 10th anniversary of the Crossroads to Careers program (re-named the Capital Career Advancement Program) the first group of graduates from 2008 will be recognized.
Travelers , which has provided grants targeting academic and career success over the last decade to Capital and other colleges and universities through EDGE (Empowering Dreams for Graduation and Employment), is the 2017 campus sponsor for the Changing Lives event that has been held at the downtown campus since 2004. Of the 12 EDGE Scholars in 2008 enrolled at Capital eight have moved on to careers at Travelers after completing their higher education degrees.
Recognized in the field of health care will be Rocio Chang-Angulo, Psy.D., MA, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Medical School in Farmington. Dr. Chang-Angulo, a native of Peru, began college in the then newly established English As A Second Language (ESL) program at Capital Community College in the 1980s. Her associate degree in liberal arts degree led to the baccalaureate in neuroscience at Trinity College and a Master of Arts and Psy.D degrees from the University of Hartford.
Dr. Chang-Angulo, an expert in the area of childhood and adult trauma, is sought after to provide specific training on assessment and treatment of complex trauma, and in particular she has been a resource to Latino organizations. Chang-Angulo has worked to develop a Spanish curriculum on the intersection of domestic violence, mental health and trauma with the Connecticut Coalition against Domestic Violence and the National Alliance of Mental Illness. She was Capital’s 2016 Commencement speaker.
Nursing alumna Vicie Brooks RN BSN whose career at Hartford Hospital has spanned 47 years, will be a Changing Lives honoree for professional accomplishments and community service. Vicie currently is Community Liaison Nurse at Hartford Hospital. She is a founding member of the Northern Connecticut Black Nurse Association (NCBNA) where she has served as Treasurer for past 5 years. The mission of NCBNA is to “provide a forum to facilitate the collective action by Black nurses to advocate for, and educate about the health care needs of under-represented populations, and to implement strategies that reduce health disparities and inequities.” Hartford Hospital is a benefactor sponsor of the Changing Lives Gala
Individual reservations for the gala are $100 per person. Complimentary parking is available in the Morgan Street Garage. For more information call 850-906-5102.