Archive for April, 2010

Dr. Terry Cassidy Enters National Poetry Contest

April 15th, 2010 No comments

The Two-Year College English Association is sponsoring their Second Annual Poetry Competition.  T.Y.C.A. will be posting a new poem each day through the month of April in celebration of National Poetry Month.  Our own Terry Cassidy is an accomplished poet and is seen here reading three of his writings.

I’m Watching West Side Story With 22 College Freshmen | To E. Dickinson | Miss America: 1921-2008 (contains strong language)

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Second Annual Jazz Night

April 13th, 2010 No comments

Tunxis Community College in Farmington  hosted its 2nd annual Jazz Night on April 7, 6:30-10 p.m. in Founders Hall.  The event was free and open to the public, and community musicians were invited to participate in the jam session.  As part of a “Jazz Improvisation” course offered by the College this spring, the evening featured demonstrations, performances and an open jam session. The following is a list of performers:
Dr. Wayne Pierce will demonstrate the Akai EWI, an electronic wind instrument, and its potential for creating new sounds for jazz and world music.
The Tom Briggs Trio
Brian Jenkins Quartet
Open improvisation.Community musicians and vocalists were invited to join members of the band and the Tunxis “Jazz Improvisation” class for a jam session.

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Artist Talk: Frank Noelker

April 13th, 2010 No comments

Frank Noelker, an award winning photographer, presently a professor of Photography at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, recently gave an enlivened talk about his work and life as a professional photographer. Mr Noelker spoke about his focus on photographing animals, especially zoo animals who are imprisoned in their unnatural environments. Mr Noelker’s stories were exciting and deeply moving creating a powerful atmosphere in the room.  His images can be viewed in his recent book Captive Beauty or at his website. Please take the time to view his talk.
Bill Kluba, Director, Barnes- Franklin Gallery

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Women Achieving Greatness Symposium-Overcoming Adversity = Achieving Success

April 5th, 2010 No comments

The path to success is not often straight or paved.  Women, especially, find challenges like parenting, relationships, family, illness, or financial constraints can make that path seem more like an obstacle course.  In this symposium, participants heard from women who have faced barriers, jumped hurdles, and navigated detours and still achieved success.  Our keynote speaker this year was Gayla Holmes, retired Director of Counseling at Three Rivers Community College.  Facilitators were Kendra Braxton, Project Technician at MassMutual; Estelle Carenza, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs at Tunxis Community College; Kathy Gunkel, Director of Nursing and Quality Management at the New York University Student Health Center and adjunct faculty for the NYU College of Nursing; Pamela Hippolyte, Affordable Mortgage Loan Officer and, Assistant Vice President in the residential lending department of People’s United Bank in Bridgeport; Lucretia Holley, Acting Registrar at Tunxis Community College; Shanda McClendon, therapist for NAFI CT juvenile probation team; Anne Peck, a motivational trainer and consultant; and Rita Ricciardi, a Campus Advocate with Sexual Assault Crisis Services, a program of the YWCA, New Britain.

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