Alumni News: Nursing Grad Becomes Fifth Member Of Family To Earn A Capital Degree

Audrey Akuamoah was one of the 475 graduates at Capital Community College’s May 23rd Commencement held at the Connecticut Convention Center last month. After the ceremonies, Ms Akuamoah, a Phi Betta Kappa honors student and recipient of a CCC Foundation scholarship, proudly signed up for the alumni association with other graduates.

Audrey, the mother of two who worked part-time and studied full time to earn an associate in nursing degree, became the fifth Akuamoh to earn a degree from Capital — continuing a family tradition that has led to careers in nursing and the health field in her Ghanian American family.

The Akuamoah family at 2019 Commencement Exercises. Nursing Grad Audrey Akuamoah became the fifth member of her family to earn a CCC degree.

Four of Audrey’s brothers and sisters attended and graduated from Capital.  All of them were there at the  2019 commencement to celebrate the newest Capital grad with their mother and children on hand. And all joined Audrey in re-connecting to Capital by signing up to get involved in alumni activities. They included Nursing Alums Anita Akuamoah Abankwa, Jasmine Akuamoah, Edmond Akuamoah and Radiologic Technology Alum Richmond Akuomoah.

Vilma Canales, RN, BSN is joined by CEO G. Duncan Harris and Interim Student Services Dean Marsha Ball-Davis at the alumni table for the 2019 Commencement.

Vilma Canales, BSN, BS, IP, RN , who graduated in 2014 from Capital’s nursing program, volunteered at commencement to enlist new graduates to stay connected with their alma mater as they pursue employment or transfer to the baccalaureate.  Canales is an Infection Control/Staff Development nurse at Apple Rehab. “I’m a proud graduate from CCC and love being a product of their outstanding nursing program. CCC nursing graduates are respected wherever we go,” says Canales, who notes that her son followed her to Capital and is also an alumnus.

Nursing majors comprised the largest group in the Class of 2019  with 117 receiving their diplomas from the rigorous nationally accredited RN program. They were followed by associate degrees in social and behavioral sciences (77), business and technology (70) and health careers and public safety (44). Associate degrees in general studies, humanities. mathematics and science were also conferred for transfer to four-year institutions.

Class of 2019 member signs up for the CCC Alumni Association.

Seventy members of the graduating class signed up for the alumni association and expressed interest in volunteering at the college as mentors, helping with alumni sponsored programs at the downtown campus and recommending others for enrollment. They received a “Proud Alum” tee shirt.

Alumni and former students of Capital, including individuals who attended Greater Hartford Community College and Hartford State Technical College, may also connect with the Alumni Association by submitting the online Alumni Information Form.

–  John McNamara

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State EMS Council Honors Capital’s Daniel Tauber with Paul Winfield Smith Award

Daniel Tauber, Capital Community College’s Department Chair for Health Careers and Public Safety, has received the 2019 Paul Winfield Smith Award from the Connecticut Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council.

Tauber, MEd, CCEMTP, NRP, NCEE, EMS-I, is professor and program director for CCC’s Paramedic Program. Tauber holds a master’s in education from the University of Hartford. He has been a faculty member since 1994 and became Department Chair in 2018. For the last 14 years Tauber has served as a Paramedic with the Windsor Locks Lions Ambulance Corps. The EMS Council, a statewide organization of emergency medical providers and educators, links the state’s hospitals and ambulance services with current curricula training, accreditation and best practices in conjunction with the Department of Public Health’s Office of Emergency Medical Services.

The annual Award recognizes recipients for their work and commitment to educational excellence and high quality EMS programs. It is named for the late Paul Winfield Smith of Plainville who died in 2013. Smith served as Connecticut’s EMS Training Coordinator and was a founding member of EMS-ED/SEM and the CT Emergency Medical Services Foundation.

Capital Community College’s (CCC) Paramedic Program, the first and oldest program of its kind in Connecticut, marked a milestone last year when its 50th class graduated with over 200 alumni and family members in attendance at Centinel Hill Hall auditorium ceremonies. This month a 51st class of Paramedics graduated.

The Paramedic Program at Capital, established in 1988 in partnership with Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, is nationally accredited and prepares students for careers as paramedics, emergency medical technicians, hospital and public health coordinators and first responders. It is the only college-based program in the state and was the second program in New England to earn national accreditation from The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions in 1993.

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Dr. Reginald J. Eadie, Trinity Health’s President and CEO, Will Keynote Capital’s 2019 Commencement On Thursday, May 23rd

Reginald J. Eadie, MD, MBA, the President and CEO of Trinity Health of New England, will address graduates at the 72nd Commencement Exercises of Capital Community College (CCC) at the Connecticut Convention Center, Thursday, May 23rd, at 6 p.m.

Dr. Eadie, an emergency medicine physician, became Trinity Health of New England’s President and Chief Executive Officer in 2018. He leads a health care delivery system that includes Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury and Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs.  CCC’s nursing, paramedic and health professions programs have longstanding partnerships with Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as clinical sites for associate degree students.

Dr. Reginald J. Eadie

A native of Detroit, Dr. Eadie earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Before joining Trinity Health, he was the Detroit Medical Center’s Chief Operating Officer. His book “How To Eat & Live Longer” published in 2008 uses biblical and medical knowledge to address the health challenges facing inner city residents.

Insurance executive Tracy L. Rich, Counsel of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, will be honored with an honorary degree for a distinguished career in law and insurance and for his leadership in advancing financial literacy at community colleges at Guardian.  Rich has been instrumental in establishing Guardian’s Money Management for Life initiative that has brought  tuition free personal finance courses and internship opportunities to the college.

Dr. G. Duncan Harris, Capital’s Chief Executive Officer, will be presiding at his first commencement for Hartford’s community college. Dr. Harris previously served as Manchester Community College’s Dean of Student Affairs and as Executive Director of the CSCU Student Success Center.  College commencement officials include: David Seder, Chair of the CCC Foundation,  interim Dean of Student Affairs Marsha L. Ball-Davis, interim Academic Dean Dr. Miah LaPierre-Dreger and Dr. Stephen O. Fagbemi, Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences, who will bring greetings from the faculty.

Mark E. Ojakian, President of CT State Colleges and Universities, will welcome graduates and guests.  Joining Ojakian from the Board of Regents will be Elease E. Wright and Renee Colman-Mitchell, Commissioner of the Department of Public Health.  Nursing Professor Nancy Casey will serve as the Faculty Marshal.

CCC’s Class of 2019 includes 475 associate degree and certificate candidates completing studies in Business & Technology, Health Careers and Public Safety, Humanities, Nursing, Science and Mathematics and General Studies.

2019 Commencement Exercises will be held at the CT Convention Center

Capital Community College, one of 12 community colleges in Connecticut, is located in the center of Hartford in the renovated, historic G. Fox building.  CCC is the result of the 1992 merger of Greater Hartford Community College (founded in 1967) and Hartford State Technical College (founded in 1946). Through the years Capital and its founding institutions have provided central Connecticut with postsecondary educational opportunities by granting associate degrees, preparing students to transfer to baccalaureate studies and offering workforce and career development programs.


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Save The Date: Back To College Game Day, Wednesday August 28th at Dunkin Donuts Park


J. McNamara| CCC Foundation

Capital Community College (CCC) will kick off a new academic year next August at Dunkin’ Donuts Park on Wednesday, August 28th  as faculty, students, alumni and friends will attend an Eastern League evening game between the Harrisburg Senators and the Hartford Yard Goats.   Gates open at 6 p.m. and game time is 7:05 p.m.

It’ll be the third annual CCC Game Day at the downtown ball park next to the campus in third season of play for the Yard Goats, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies of the National League. Fall classes start on Tuesday, August 27th.


Your ticket comes with a 2.5 hour Ballpark Classic buffet including 1/3  grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken and assorted BBQ sauces, mac ‘n cheese, pasta salad, garden salad, kettle chips, chocolate chip cookies and non-alcoholic beverages.

Tickets for Capital’s Game Day are $60 pp (children under 3 are free).

Grand Slam ($1,000) and Home Run ($500) sponsors receive  tickets to the game, game day recognition and first week of classes recognition on campus, online and in college and college foundation social media.

Tickets are limited. For reservations and information contact the Advancement and Foundation office at 860-906-5102 or by email:


Rain Check: In the event 5 innings (or 4 1/2 if Yard Goats are ahead) are not played group tickets may be exchanged for a regular season home game of equal or lesser value. For hospitality events (Party Deck) event will be held regardless of weather unless gates do not open due to weather. The outing will then be re-scheduled to an available date. Make checks payable to the CCC Foundation. Net proceeds will benefit the College Foundation’s annual fund.

A Capital Community College Foundation Event

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Professor Emerita Evelyn Farbman Brings Her “Sentence Sense” To Digital Learning And Back To Capital

Professor Emerita Evelyn Farbman presented her Sentence Sense website to faculty members in the Fall 2018 semester.

Professor Emerita Evelyn Farbman taught English and writing classes for 25 years at Capital Community College, instructing a generation of traditional and non traditional students in composition and the basics of writing well.

Farbman’s lesson plans on sentence structure and grammar led her to author a widely used textbook, Sentence Sense: A Writer’s Guide, first published in 1985 by Signals, Houghton Mifflin. A second edition came along in 1989 —  a four-part, book “to provide beginning college writers with several approaches to improving their writing skills.”

During her tenure at Capital Professor Farbman teamed up with her colleague and friend, the late Charles Darling (the College’s first webmaster and Poet-In-Residence), to create an early online version of Sentence Sense that complemented Darling’s comprehensive Guide to Grammar & Writing now hosted by the Capital Community College Foundation.

Along with the Guide To Grammar and Writing, Sentence Sense was accessible at the college website from 1999 to 2014 making Darling and Farbman pioneer developers of online writing tools.  Both the Guide and Sentence Sense, initially developed just for students at Capital, quickly became popular on the web for teachers and students at all levels and around the globe.

Before her retirement from the college in 2011, Farbman recognized that her college-based web page, developed with Darling’s help at the dawn of personal computer use, was encountering increasing problems and frustration for users owing to the outmoded computer languages that created it.

Sentence Sense: A Writer’s Guide. 1989 Edition

Working independently and at her own expense, Farbman  started building a new site for Sentence Sense that could deliver again what the original book and web page offered: “an introduction to the way sentences work, particularly in writing and a learning tool for adults who want to use Standard English with greater ease and clarity.”

Along the way Farbman enlisted the help of  a group of students at the University of California, Irvine. An Informatics class taught by Professor Hadar Ziv and assisted by Six Silberman and Tao Wang. Students Pen Han Chang, Tsz Hang Ng, Derick Nguyen, Dylan Shigekawa, and Darien Vidaure completed a preview of the new site in March, 2015.

According to Farbman the new version at  http:/ “offers a descriptive grammar that explores how Standard English sentences work. Its focus is on the underlying structure of sentences, filling a gap left by the many existing prescriptive grammar websites that focus on error-correction. Sentence Sense addresses a wide range of learners between the ages of 12 and 102.”

The 2019 interactive and friendly Sentence Sense includes eight chapters including an introduction and sections on verbs, subjects and completers, modifiers, embedded thoughts, sentence combining, punctuation and English language learning.

In the Fall 2018 semester Farbman shared  her work in progress to enthusiastic Humanities and English faculty members, showing how the newly formatted online guide can be a valuable writing resource again in composition and English classes and on the wider web.

Professor Farbman met again at the College last month with  CEO Dr. G. Duncan Harris, interim Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Miah LaPierre-Dreger, Humanities Chair Dr. Jeffrey Partridge and Interim Business & Technology Chair Seth Freeman.

Planned is a partnership that will engage Capital students in Computer Information Systems (CIS) to complete development of the interactive writing guide leading to CCC again hosting a state-of-the-art resource for teachers and students.

Faculty and staff meet with Professor Emerita Evelyn Farbman in the Fall 2018 semester.


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Remembering Math Tutor and Mentor Col. Wilfred J. Talbot, Jr. Ph.D

Col. Wilfred J. Talbot, Ph.D, a public school educator and beloved mathematics tutor at Capital Community College between 1990 and 2005, died on March 4th at the age of 88.

For 15 years “Wil”  Talbot tutored and guided community college students from many backgrounds at the Woodland Street and Main Street campuses.

At Capital Talbot continued a passion for teaching and mentoring after a distinguished career as a teacher at Silas Deane Junior High School in Wethersfield and later in Winsted as a secondary school principal.  An Army veteran of the Korean War, Talbot used the GI Bill to get his education at the University of Connecticut earning a degree in botany and a master’s and doctorate in education.

An outdoorsman and avid gardener, Dr. Talbot pursued rock hunting and minerology leading mineral expeditions for the Connecticut Audobon Society. Those interests led him to play an instrumental role in the founding of Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill.

“Wil inspired others to believe in their abilities, to pursue their passions and to invest in themselves with education or vocational training,” according to his family in a March 10th obituary in The Hartford Courant.

Retired Col. and educator Wilfred J. Talbot, Jr. tutored and mentored students at Capital’s Math Center for 15 years from 1990 to 2005.

Those sentiments are shared by a former student and colleague of Wil Talbot during his time at the college.

“Wil was a great human being, a very trustworthy tutor and educator,” said Leonel Carmona, an alumnus and an associate professor of mathematics at Middlesex Community College in Middletown.  Carmona was earning his associate degree in liberal arts when he met Wil Talbot. As one of Talbot’s “tutees” Carmona would  go on to earn a degree in electrical engineering at Trinity College and a master’s in mathematics from CCSU before returning to Capital as an instructor and in 2015 joining the math department at Middlesex. “His ‘tutees’ remember him as a very humble person and an extremely caring teacher. Furthermore, Wil was a very generous person and a man with a big heart. He’ll be truly missed by his family, his friends and his students,” said Carmona.

Kathy Herron, a Professor of Mathematics at Capital, reflected on knowing and working with Talbot upon hearing of his passing:

“I worked with Wil Talbot in Capital’s Math Center for 10 years.  He started working as a math tutor after he retired from a long and distinguished career in public school education.  Wil seemed to love coming to work at Capital—he enjoyed the interaction with the students very much. His approach with each student was kind and gentle and he helped reduce the anxiety of many students.  One of his hobbies was gardening and he helped me start my own perennial garden.  He wanted to nurture both people and plants.  Wil had a positive impact on many people, including myself.”

Following the example of Dr. Talbot who annually made contributions to Capital’s scholarship fund, his family invited donations to Gifts of Love in Avon for school supplies and contributions  to the Capital Community College Foundation in his memory.


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Capital’s Career Fair & Conference Thursday, April 4th, Features Employers, Personal Finance Workshops

Capital Community College will welcome more than 40 employers on Thursday, April 4th, at its first annual Career Fair and Conference from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centinel Hill auditorium at the 950 Main Street campus.

The event is free and open to the public. Students, alumni and community partners are encouraged to participate.

Capital Community College’s Career Fair and Conference on Personal Finance on April 4th is free and open to the public.

In addition to employment opportunities, the fair will feature workshops on personal finance, financial coaching and investing led by financial planners and counselors.

The career conference, organized by the FIRST Center of the College’s School of Work Force and Continuing Education, will also offer resume review and assistance and information on how to use  the College Central Network to connect with jobs.  The FIRST Center is a personal finance and counseling resource on campus providing coaching, tax preparation and workshops on budgeting.


The roster of employers participating in the Career Fair includes major insurance companies and banks, hospitals and health care providers, construction companies and utilities, information technology firms and social service and early education providers.

For more information on the Career Fair and Conference contact  FIRST Center Coordinator Hannah Gregory, 860-906-5080,

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