Tunxis Community College held its third Annual Art and Academic Challenge on October 23, 2010. Avon, Berlin, Bristol Eastern and Central, Canton, Farmington, Lewis Mills, Plainville, Miss Porter’s, New Britain Simsbury,and St. Paul High schools competed this year in Art, Music, Math, Science, a Jeopardy-style history current event, Theater, Short Story and Poetry. At the same time Tunxis has held its annual holiday festival featuring many local craft vendors, food and ongoing demonstrations of Ballet, Hip-Hop, Ballroom and Jazz dance along with martial arts. This event celebrates both academic excellence and local businesses as Tunxis Community College continues to invite the community to visitor beautiful facilities and honor student success, both on the high school and college level.
On December 3, 2010, Daniel Hartington, guitar instructor for the Virtuosi Music Academy, gave an excellent solo classical guitar performance in the intimate setting of the Farmington Bank House on the campus of Tunxis Community College. Works on this podcast includes Daniel’s performance of Rodrigo’s “En Los Trigales” and “Tiento Antiguo”; the rolling (tremolo) melody of Tarrega’s “Recuerdos de la Alhambra”; Wallace’s “Dreams on a Lullaby”; and Giuliani’s “Gran Sonata Eroica, op. 150”. Daniel concluded the recital with the works of York and Bach. See Daniel’s biography and his guitar was made by Alan H. Chapman.
On November 19, 2010 the Tunxis Breakdance Club hosted the CT Slaughterhouse event in the cybercafe on the Tunxis campus. There were more than 150 people in attendance. B-boys and B-girls from CT, MA, NY and NJ came to compete. Refreshments were served and dancers held dance competitions called “battles”. It was a truly awesome event.
The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment recently gave recognition to the Ability-Based Outcomes video produced at Tunxis and featured on the website. Here is an excerpt from the letter from NILOA:
We are pleased to inform you that the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) has chosen Tunxis Community College’s assessment video to be featured on the NILOA website: learningoutcomesassessment.org.
The NILOA Featured Website is a service intended to point others to promising practices in innovative and transparent online communication of student learning outcomes assessment.
Your institution was chosen in the Creativity category. This is what we wrote about your site:
At Tunxis Community College, faculty identified a number of abilities for students to master, so in addition to letter grades students receive an ability score. The details of the “Ability Based Education” are communicated through a creative and informative video. The video explains the background for ABE, the reason for ABE, the impact it has on students, the 10 ability areas, and the descriptions of the ABE scores. The video and institutional program around learning outcomes at Tunxis is a great example of how institutions can make learning outcomes their own, in a creative way. For this innovative way of thinking about learning outcomes and the entertaining video introducing the concept to students.
The NILOA website will have a link to your website and we will announce your site as the Featured Website in our newsletter. Thank you for illustrating your assessment information in meaningful ways and for being a good example of institutional transparency.
Francena Dwyer and James Revillini came up with the concept for the video and production was handled by James Revillini and Mike Zych.
“Men on a Unicorn” ©Michael Hsiung.
On December 3, 2010, the Tunxis Chapter of the international honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, held its fall induction ceremony. Twenty-five students were honored for their academic excellence and formally welcomed into the honor society. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa requires a minimum GPA of 3.5 and completion of 12 or more credits. Members also have the opportunity to engage in on-campus activities with the Tunxis PTK club. The special guest key-note speaker, Bob Ross, former Academic Dean of Tunxis Community College, offered words of encouragement and inspiration. President Catherine Addy, and Academic Dean Michael Rooke joined in celebration of Tunxis’ best and brightest!
What happens to the imagination in an era of ever-accelerating technological media? F. Scott Scribner, Ph.D shared his beliefs on how the power to produce images appears to be no longer exclusively within us but outside of us, as we become less creative producers of our own images than mere consumers of them. He also shared his views concerning where human beings locate themselves within this shift to an externalized imagination, and discussed our relationships to media innovations and trends.
F. Scott Scribner, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at the University of Hartford, is a specialist in 19th and 20th-century European philosophy who applies 19th century German idealism to thinking about the impact of media upon our lives. He is the author of “Matters of Spirit: J.G. Fichte and the Technological Imagination” (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010). Scribner received his doctorate from SUNY-Binghamton and has studied extensively in France and Germany.