CAMPUS VOICE NORTHWESTERN CONNECTICUT COMMUNITY COLLEGE COURSE SCHEDULES FOR SUMMER AND FALL 2015 The Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 course schedules have been activated and are now viewable online. Online registration for current students only begins Monday, April 13th. Onground, mail-in, fax-in and online registration for all students begins Monday, April 27th. ************************* Do you know someone who is interested in attending NCCC? If so, please let them know that we will be holding an Open House on Tuesday, April 7th, at 6:00pm in the Founders Hall Auditorium. MARCH 2, 2015 NCCC STUDENTS SPEAK AT APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE’S PUBLIC HEARING NCCC students attended the Appropriations Committee Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 24 to voice their concerns regarding the Governor Malloy’s dramatic cuts to higher education. The CSCU System (all the Community Colleges, all the State Universities and Charter Oak State College) was cut by $30 million. Adjust this cut with the system’s budget request, the overall cut to our system is now at $38 million. The Student Advisory Committee (SAC) was told by the system office that if tuition alone had to make up the difference, it would result in a tuition increase of 12% to 16% for the Community Colleges. The increase to the CSU’s would be 9%. It is likely that the Board of Regents will approve a combination of tuition increases and faculty/staff cuts to meet the $38 million shortfall. Rhea Drozdenko, Student Senate President and Senators, Ethan Napolitano and Jenny Martinsen testified at the Appropriation Committee’s Public Hearings in Hartford, opposing the budget cuts. Student Senate meetings are open to all NCCC students and meet on Tuesdays in GW 110 from 11:45 – 1:00. For more information, please call the Admissions Office at 860-738-6330. Come bowling with the Criminal Justice Club to support MS!! 2 Bowling Frames and Shoe Rental Proceeds go to support the fight against Multiple Sclerosis!! 4pm- 10pm CAMPUS VOICE PAGE 2 MARCH 2, 2015 Rescheduled!!! Saturday, March 7th NCCC’s Student Nurses' Association has once again formed a Penguin Plunge team to raise funds for Special Olympics Connecticut's year-round programs of sports training and athletic competition for people with intellectual disabilities. From left to right: Student Nurses Abby Halloran, Kelly Roma, Allison Middleton with our Be The Match partner Cristina Balboni NCCC'S Student Nurses' Association partnered with Be The Match Marrow Donor Program for our college's Health and Wellness Fair. The students offered informational material about the marrow donor program and assisted Cristina Balboni, the representative from Be The Match, in registration of potential donors and the collection of a cheek swab. Time will tell if they registered a potential life saver! HOW TO MAKE THE FINANCIAL AID PROCESS EASIER AND FASTER! (Helpful Hints) File your federal tax return before you file your FAFSA. This will allow you to have access to the actual income tax data you will need. (You will not have to guess reporting the information). Allow 3 weeks to go by after you file your federal tax return before you attempt to file your FAFSA. (You have to allow time for the IRS to process and put your tax return into their database). After 3 weeks, file your 2015-2016 FAFSA on the Web. (Remember that you will need a Federal PIN, and if you are a dependent student, one of your parents will also need a Federal PIN number. For a Federal PIN Number go to www.pin.ed.gov To file your FAFSA, go to www.fafsa.ed.gov (Do not go to fafsa.com) Monitor your FAFSA status by using the mycommNet.portal to enter The team is diving into the icy cold water of Highland Lake on March 7th at noon. Come cheer on the team! If you can make a financial contribution please click on this link: http://www.soct.org/ ways-give/penguin-plunge/ Select Winsted, then search for our team: NCCC Student Nurses. If you don't specifically select our team we won't get credit for your donation. For questions please contact team captain Jessica Phillips at [email protected] . Thanks in advance for your support!! Student Self-Service to access your financial aid records. Follow these navigation steps: Login: www.myCommNet.edu NetID: Student ID and Domain Ex. [email protected] Password: For very first login, use the first 3 characters of your birth month with the first letter capitalized, the Amerpsand character, and the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. Ex. (For a student whose birthdate was June 12, 1980 and SSN was 123456789, your initial password would be: Jun&6789 After you logged in, you are on the Home Page. Select the STUDENT TAB Select your Menu: Click on FINANCIAL AID. Select the 2015-16 SubMenu Select “My Eligibility”, “My Award Information”, and/or “My Overall Status of Financial Aid” Did You Know….? Do you need help with ePortfolio? Did you know NCCC is committed to creating a community that is safe and supportive of people of all gender and sexual identities? This pertains to the entire campus community, whether on ground or virtual, students, faculty, or staff. SART (Sexual Assault Resource Team) is a campus and community based team that is fully trained to provide victim centered compassionate service and referrals for comprehensive care. The team works in partnership with The Susan B. Anthony Project to extend services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year. Barriers to Success Subcommittee Help is now available in the Founders Hall Computer Lab (FX 111) on: Tuesdays—3:30-7:00pm Thursdays—10:30am—2:00pm PAGE 3 CAMPUS VOICE MARCH 2, 2015 STUDENT CLUB MEETING & EVENT INFORMATION Club Meeting Calendar: CJ Association—Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15pm, FH Conference Room Dungeons and Dragons Club—Tuesdays, 1-4pm, FH 301 Early Childhood Education Association— Meeting Monday, March 2, 4-4:50pm, FH207 Film Club—Thursdays, 11:45am-1:00pm, Library (ask at main desk for room number); advisor Lois Scozzari History Association—Wednesdays at 4:15, FH 306 NW Deaf Club—Tuesdays, 3:45-4:45pm, GW 304 NCCC Student Nurses Association—Monday, March 30, 2:30-3:30pm, FH Conference Room History Association 9th Annual Jeopardy Challenge Friday, March 13, 6:00-10:00pm, FH Auditorium The Challenge is a tournament for members of on-campus student groups who come together to compete in a “Jeopardy” style contest. Please contact Professor Todd Bryda at [email protected], or call (860) 738-6302 for further information on how to donate to this very worthwhile fundraiser and about the Jeopardy Club Challenge. Early Childhood Education Association Chocolate Candy Bar Sale The Early Childhood Education Association is selling Chocolate Candy Bars for its fundraiser to benefit Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Pediatric Unit and the History Association’s annual Jeopardy Challenge (March 13th). For more information or to purchase candy bars, contact Michele Better at 860.738.6305 or Mami Kajiyama-Bequillard at 860.738.6456. REAL Club—Thursday, March 12, 11:45am-12:45pm, ASB 205. Bring your lunch; snacks will be provided. Open-minded people welcome! Student Senate—Tuesdays, 11:45-1:00pm, GW 110; all meetings are open to all registered students. Contact advisor Kathy Chapman [email protected] Writer’s Club—Fridays, 2:30pm, The Oasis (behind Founders Hall) Join the Spanish Club! Next meeting on Tuesday, March 9th, at 12 noon in FH room 207. Help us plan the semester's activities (April 11 trip to NYC; trip to Hartford Stage; Fiesta de Mayo campus dance party), practice our Spanish, play games and eat Spanish-style snacks! Join us! All welcome, regardless of Spanish level. For more information, contact Jessica Treat, [email protected] NCCC Student Nurses Association Bake Sale Monday, March 30, 10am-2pm, ASB Atrium Northwestern’s Christian Students’ Association For more information contact [email protected] or call 860-738-6388 Ballroom Dance Classes Gloss is a website with original content from students of Northwestern Connecticut Community College. We have journalists covering campus and community news and writing interesting features as well as essayist, poets, short story writers, photographers and other student contributors. You may view our site at www.glossnc.cc or scan the QR code (right) using your smartphone. If you haven’t tried it, come join us and have some fun! Singles and couples are welcome. Classes will be held on the following Fridays from 7:00-9:00pm in GW 128: March 13, April 10, May 8 and May 29. FREE for registered NCCC credit students. Non-students: $10 per person payable at the door on the night of class. CAMPUS VOICE PAGE 4 MARCH 2, 2015 TRANSFER REPRESENTATIVES SCHEDULE SPRING 2015 Day & Date Time Institution Website Representative Location Visit Doug Benoit ASB General MARCH Tuesday, 3/3 10:00am-1:00pm Central CT State University www.ccsu.edu APRIL Tuesday, 4/7 10:00am-1:00pm University of Saint Joseph www.usj.edu Beverly Schott FH 1st Fl General Monday, 4/20 10:00am-1:00pm Bay Path www.baypath.edu Carolyn Freer ASB General 10:00am-1:00pm Central CT State University University of Bridgeport www.ccsu.edu Doug Benoit FH 1st Fl General www.bridgeport.edu Brittney Fandel ASB General Tuesday, 4/21 10:00am-1:00pm Additional transfer representative visits will be scheduled this semester; please check back for updates!! Mad River Literary Festival The 19th annual Mad River Literary Festival will be held April 14th and 15th in the FH Auditorium (6:30 pm). On Tuesday, April 14th, there will be a reading by students, staff and community members followed by a presentation and reading by novelist Karen Shepard (The Celestials, a Book Circle pick). The presentation will include a slide presentation and a talk about the origin of the novel. Wednesday, April 15th will be given over to two dynamic poets, Kate Rushin and Doug Anderson. Author websites: www.karen-shepard.com http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/182360 http://katerushinpoet.com Free Career Training for SNAP recipients at Northwestern CT Community College Persons receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) assistance may now be eligible to take one of NCCC’s 6 in-demand workforce training programs for free. These programs include Certified Nurse Aide, CT Security Officer, Emergency Medical Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Microsoft Office Suite with Bookkeeping QuickBooks Certificate, and Introduction to Manufacturing Certificate. NCCC’s Center for Workforce Development has recently been accepted as the latest partner in the SNAP E&T Program, a federally-funded initiative that provides scholarships for SNAP recipients to receive the training needed to obtain jobs, with high growth prospects. These scholarships are administered at the State level via the Department of Social Services. Note: SNAP recipients receiving TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families) funds are not eligible for the NCCC scholarship. For more information call (860) 738-6419 or e-mail: [email protected] PAGE 5 CAMPUS VOICE SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION ATTENTION ALL CONTINUING AND GRADUATING STUDENTS !! APPLY NOW FOR SCHOLARSHIPS!!! MARCH 2, 2015 MassMutual Scholars Program Scholarships Are you a high achiever? Have you entered your sophomore year at NCCC? Do you have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA? Are you interested in pursuing a career in the insurance or financial services industry? If you can answer “yes” to all of the above, then you may qualify for a $5,000 scholarship from the MassMutual Scholars Program. The Scholarship application deadline is March 27, 2015, but it is a good idea to request your letter(s) of recommendation NOW and submit your application as soon as possible. Application and further information is available at massmkutual.scholarsapply.org Deadline: March 31, 2015 For your convenience, you may view scholarship information and complete the on-line scholarship application through the NCCC website at www.nwcc.commnet.edu/scholarships.htm Or click on the link to the Financial Aid page and click “NCCC Scholarships”. The Connecticut Association of Latin Americans in Higher Education (CALAHE) will award several $1,000 scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year. Scholarship applications are available in the NCCC Financial Aid Office or may be downloaded from the CALAHE homepage www.calahe.org Deadline: April 18, 2015 For more information, contact Susan Widmer, 860-738-6423 or email at [email protected] OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Applications for the following scholarships are available in the Financial Aid Office (GW 224): Twelve $1,000 Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Auxiliary Scholarships are available students who plan to enter a health-related field. The application is available now in the Financial Aid Office. Be certain to follow the specific instructions for this scholarship including the necessity of providing two letters of recommendation, and carefully typing the application. The deadline is March 11, 2015 to have completed and returned the application form with official academic transcript and letters of recommendation. Finch College Alumni Association Foundation Trust Scholarships are available for Community College students transferring to a four-year college. Information and forms are available in the Financial Aid Office Greenwoods Hall Room 224 and at www.FinchCollege.org . Deadline: May 15, 2015 Additional scholarship information is available in the NCCC Financial Aid Office, Greenwoods Hall, Room 224. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Scholarships are awarded annually by Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) to currently enrolled students who will be continuing at NCCC in the fall 2015 semester and currently enrolled students who will be graduating from NCCC in May 2015 and transferring to a four-year college or university in the fall 2015 semester. To be eligible to apply for NCCC and NCCF Scholarships, applicants: **must be a matriculated student at NCCC (enrolled in an associate degree program) **must have completed at least six (6) credits in college-level courses (100-level or above) **full-time student scholarship recipients must enroll for at least twelve (12) credits **part-time student scholarship recipients must enroll for at least six (6) credits To apply, applicants: **must complete the on-line scholarship application (including essay) by Friday, March 27, 2015. **must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2015 (applicants must file the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid [FAFSA] to be considered for any scholarship that requires demonstrated financial need; detailed instructions for completing the FAFSA are contained in the Financial Aid section of the College’s webpage.) **must be a matriculated student at NCCC (enrolled in an associate degree program) **must submit a letter of recommendation from a NCCC faculty or staff member Tips for Winning Scholarships 1. Start searching for scholarships as soon as possible as many scholarships have very early deadlines. Understand that scholarship sources are numerous and require time to investigate. A scholarship will not fall into your lap. You have to make it happen. 2. Get organized; develop an action plan with a time schedule. 3. Use a free scholarship matching service that has a reputation for maintaining an updated database like FASTWEB.COM. Avoid scholarship organizations that charge any fee or guarantee a minimum number of scholarships. 4. When conducting your search, allocate sufficient time to build an expansive personal profile to maximize the potential for matching your characteristics and interests with a database. 5. Look for local scholarships advertised on bulletin boards near the financial aid office or listed in the local newspapers. Look at the College’s scholarship webpages for any named scholarships which are targeted to your academic goals or program of study. Check back next week for five additional tips for winning scholarships! MARCH 2, 2015 CAMPUS VOICE PAGE 6 CAMPUS EVENTS CALENDAR Improv for Everyone March 6 March 8 March 13 Ever watch “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” and thought you would have fun doing that? Join us on Thursday Nights March 15 March 15-22 March 27 March 31 April 9 April 10 April 11 April 14-15 April 22 Open, Drop-in IMPROV Workshops Thursdays at 6:30pm—ASB 205 through May 21 FREE No registration required. Join us at any point. Learn about improvisation by actually playing in an informal setting with improvers of all skills. Try it out and have fun doing it. Open to all ages from high school to senior citizens. This one-hour intro to improv is open to all ages. This is an opportunity to find out about improv theater and try it for yourself without any obligation. www.facebook.com/pages/NC-Cubed/258678297648120 April 23 CJ Club—Bowling Tournament Men’s Basketball Game*, 10am Ballroom Dance, 7-9pm, GW 128 Jeopardy Challenge, 6-9pm, FH Aud. Men’s Basketball Game*, 9am Spring Break—No Classes DANCE—Save the date; info TBA May Graduation Applications Due Art Festival—Save the date; info TBA PTK Induction Ceremony NYC Bus Trip Mad River Literary Festival Faculty/Staff vs Students Volleyball Tournament (rain date April 23) Spring 2015 Book Circle For more information, check out the online Campus Events Calendar log on the College’s homepage at http://www.nwcc.edu/ Contact Jack Bourque, [email protected] for more information or Student Activities, GW 110, 860-738-6344 or [email protected] NCCC’s Men’s Basketball Team Schedule Spring 2015 Sponsored by your Student Senate. OPEN GYM Mondays—Thursdays, 10am-4:30pm (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:30-4:00pm reserved for basketball only) The NCCC Gym (GW 128) is open to all registered students for basketball, ping pong and, with advanced requests, volleyball and dodge ball. Equipment is provided. Stop by Student Activities (GW 110) to sign in. If you have ideas or suggestions, please let us know. March 8 at 10:00am March 15 at 9:00am Playoffs begin March 22 All games held Sundays at Pearson School in Winsted. Call 860-738-6444 or 860-738-6484 to register or stop by the CWD offices at the Goulet Building, 56 Park Place. BASIC LIFE SUPPORT (BLS) for HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS and RENEWALS This American Heart Association course teaches CPR, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), barrier devices, bag-valve masks and foreign-body airway obstruction relief. This 5-hour course is intended for the health care professional. Cost includes text and AHA certification fee. CRN: 1158, Saturday, March 14, 8:00am-1:00pm, $76 COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM CERT is a training program that prepares you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a disaster. During an incident, emergency personnel may not be able to reach everyone right away. By getting trained in CERT, you will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives and protect property. Instructor: Thomas Vannini, Emergency Preparedness Program Specialist for the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, State of CT. CRN: 1426, 8 Wednesdays, March 11 – April 29, 6:30pm-9:30pm This program is offered FREE of charge, however pre-registration is required. For more information on non-credit course offerings for Spring 2015, pick up a copy of the NCCC Spring 2015 Schedule of Credit and Non-Credit Courses today.
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