Archive for October, 2010

Art, Poetry and Music Festival

October 26th, 2010 No comments

On Tuesday October 26, Jack B. Bedell, the touring poet for the 2010 Connecticut Poetry Circuit was the featured guest speaker at the annual Poetry/Music/Art Event at Tunxis Community College.  Dr. Bedell is the author of five collections of poems for which he has received numerous awards and acclaim. Currently Dr. Bedell is the Women’s Hospital Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also serves as editor of Louisiana Literature and director of Louisiana Literature Press.
This event was sponsored by the Humanities Department.  Students of Art, Sculpture and Photography, and members of the Art Club displayed their work. Following his reading,  Dr. Bedell signed copies of his books which were available for sale, while students and faculty read original poetry at an Open Mic.  Refreshments were served as all enjoyed the music of Kevin O’Neil and his Jazz Ensemble and the festive Fall decorations.

Part 1 of 3 | Part 2 of 3 | Part 3 of 3

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Bristol Ukulele Club plays the Tunxis Cafe

October 21st, 2010 No comments

Bristol’s Ukulele Club uked the house at a lunchtime concert on Tuesday, October 19th. The Ukulele Band includes leader Ted Jeffries and band mates: Brian Vaugh, Pete Johnson, Frank and Dolly Bonisch, Debby Shapiro, and Bill Stone. The band’s set list features works by the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, and Lloyd Price.
The Tunxis Library sponsored this event to celebrate the success of circulating ukuleles in the Library. The Bristol Ukulele Club meets once a month at the Ingraham Manor in Bristol and welcomes new members any time.

Ukulele Concert Part 1 | Ukulele Concert Part 2

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Orientation for General Studies Students

October 19th, 2010 No comments

The following is a General Studies orientation that took place in May 2010 outlining some of the innovations of the program as well as helpful information for new students. The General Studies program at Tunxis has a blog with more information.

Intro by Dean Rooke |Rafaele Fierro | Susan Gentry/ Barbara BoccaccioAlison McCarthy

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Mock Debate for Senatorial Candidates

October 18th, 2010 No comments

On Monday October 18, Tunxis Faculty organized a spirited “mock” debate between the two major-party U.S. Senate Candidates  from CT.  Linda McMahon was played by Professor Sally Terrell.  Professor Bob Brown played the part of Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Assistant Professor Rafaele Fierro was moderator Wolf Blitzer.

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Tunxis Hosts The Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra

October 14th, 2010 No comments

The evening program included Beethoven’s String Quartet opus 18 no. 4 and Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B-minor performed by members of The Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra: Adrian Sylveen, violin; Brunilda Myftaraj, violin; Aaron Packard, viola; Melissa Morgan, cello; and Jonathan Towne, clarinet .   For more information, visit

watch the concert!

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Tunxis joins the world in celebrating International Day of Peace

October 14th, 2010 No comments

Thanks to a Strategic Initiative Grant, The Tunxis Library and the Early Childhood Center held its International Peace Day Celebration in the Courtyard at 11 am on International Day of Peace, September 21st. A Peace Parade featuring the children of the Early Childhood Center carrying homemade flags began our celebration. Next, students, faculty and staff shared peace readings, sayings, poems and music in English and other languages. The peace pole slogan was read in English “May Peace Prevail on Earth”, and in Polish, Spanish and Arabic. The free giveaway of 5 peace messenger bags took place, then we moved into Founders Hall for soup and Professor Marguerite Yawin’s presentation of her experience working for the Peace Corps in Niger.

videos: Presentation in Courtyard | Prof. Yawin’s Peace Corps Experience

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Tunxis hosts Fundraising Breakfast with Anna Post of The Emily Post Institute

October 7th, 2010 No comments
The Emily Post Institute

Over 150 people attended Tunxis Community College Foundation’s annual economic conference, “Business Etiquette and Its Impact on Your Bottom Line,” with Anna Post of The Emily Post Institute on October 6, 7:30-9 a.m. at Avon Old Farms Inn, Avon. Over $35,000 was raised to support student scholarships and special projects at Tunxis Community College, located in Farmington.
During the session, Post discussed the significance of condensed deadlines, ever-evolving technology and tight office spaces as new challenges for a modern workforce. Key topics included: How should you respond to overbearing questions during a presentation? Is e-mail the right choice in all cases? What is proper etiquette in an open cubicle environment? Post discussed the importance of effective business etiquette skills and how they can improve employee retention, productivity, and company profits.
Anna Post is the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, and an author and spokesperson for The Emily Post Institute. She is a popular presenter of Emily Post Business Etiquette Seminars, based on the content from “The Etiquette Advantage in Business,” by Peggy Post and Peter Post (Collins, 2005). A regular columnist for Reuters and a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post, Anna Post writes about etiquette in the 21st century, covering topics ranging from business etiquette and politics to pop culture and Internet civility. She is also a well-known media source who has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal,, The New York Times, USA Today, Real Simple, and many others.

VIDEO:   Pt. 1 of 3 |   Pt. 2 of 3 |   Pt. 3 of 3

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