Kathryn Plourde, pictured with John Gallant, Tunxis Foundation Board Member
Our student speaker, Kathryn Plourde is a motivator and a mentor in many aspects of her life. Kathryn works full time for Filomeno & Company, P.C. as the supervisor of an administrative team of four. She leads the Firm’s “50 Acts of Kindness” campaign as the Director of Culture. In June, she earned the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Scholarship. As a student at Tunxis Community College, one of the most significant lessons she has learned is the balance between school, work, and the most important person in her life, her 11-year-old son, Ryan.
2016 Economic Conference Friday, November 18th at the
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Bonnie Stewart, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs and General Counsel for Connecticut Business Industry and Association (CBIA).
Key issue areas for Stewart have included business taxes, labor and ...
On November 12, the Tunxis Foundation held its annual Economic Conference and Networking Breakfast at the Farmington Marriott. Keynote speaker George Bodenheimer, former president and executive chairman of ESPN, addressed an audience of about 190 on “ESPN’s Strategic Advantage: Mission, Brand and Culture.” Tunxis student and veteran Nelson Algarin Jr. spoke about personal leadership and how Tunxis changed his life.
Close to $78,000 was raised which will fund student scholarships and provide emergency services and textbooks for students in need at Tunxis Community College in Farmington. Major sponsors of the event included ESPN, Stanley Black & Decker, DeLoitte, Webster Bank, Barnes Group, D’Amato Construction Company, Follett Bookstore, TRUMPF Inc., and 29 other community partners and individuals.
Our student speaker, Nelson Algarin is a leader in his own right. Nelson is an Afghanistan War Veteran who overcame survivor’s guilt. Throughout his time at Tunxis Community College he has transformed himself into a campus leader. He is currently the President of the Tunxis Veterans’ OASIS (Operation Academic Support for Incoming Service Members). Nelson is the 2015 recipient of two Tunxis Foundation Scholarships.
A Student Veteran Struggles to Fit Into Civilian Life and Emerges as Student Leader
Attired in a t-shirt, cargo shorts and flip flops, 23-year-old Nelson Algarin looks like a typical college student. His confident smile and clean-cut good looks belie his troubled past as a former Marine struggling with personal demons. As he tells his story, he strokes the dog tags around his neck, those of a fallen comrade.
Algarin’s return from Afghanistan began promisingly with a heartwarming welcome home and the excitement of returning to civilian life. Unfortunately, things began to unravel quickly. He soon found himself caught between living in the present and not being able to let go of the memories of the past. These memories included being shot in the back and losing two of his closest friends to war. In addition, he found he had difficulty relating to family and friends who seemed to view him ...
In a hospital room packed with family and friends, 78-year old Peggy Ficks achieved her lifelong goal of graduating from college.
Ficks was supposed to walk with her classmates at the Tunxis Community College Commencement ceremony but a terminal illness and hospitalization derailed that plan. Shortly after learning of the situation, Tunxis President Cathryn L. Addy and Dean of Students Kirk Peters decided to bring graduation to her. With “Pomp and Circumstance” playing on a cell phone, a fully robed Addy and Peters marched down the hall of the hospital wing to Peggy’s hospital room. A private graduation followed and she earned her associate degree in general studies. Says her daughter Laura Ficks, “That degree made our mother’s life complete. It was the last thing she wanted before she died. We will never be able to find words to describe the gift that Dr. Addy and Dr. Peters gave our mother. ...
“After spending all year raising money, this is the night we get to give a bunch of it away to students looking to make a better life for themselves.”
The 32nd Student Achievement Recognition Ceremony, held in Founders Hall on May 21, cast a spotlight on star students whose accomplishments merited special recognition. Amidst applause, students walked to the podium to receive their awards as faculty, staff and family members looked on proudly. The ceremony marked the culmination of hard work and dedication on the part of the students, many of whom face obstacles to their studies. President Cathryn L. Addy remarked, Tonight shows that for Tunxis students, the journey is as important as the destination.”
Tunxis Foundation board member, Tim Fitch, emceed the portion of the evening during which the Foundation handed out over $57,000 in scholarships. He explained that this was a big night for the Foundation because, “After spending ...
“…as a recipient of this scholarship, I want to say thank you for your support and please continue supporting this great foundation so another life can be touched as well.”
– Herbie Browne
Motives and Thoughts
I am humbled to be in front of you all to share my story. A story deeply rooted into Tunxis Community College and I am very grateful to the Tunxis Community College Foundation for not only giving me the scholarship to advance my education but for also allowing me to be here to speak.
In 1970, Sophia Naaman-Browne and a few others founded Tunxis Community College. Her vision of this educational institution was phenomenal. Tunxis provides anyone with the ability to enhance or even change their career as long as they are willing to work. Knowing that my great—grandmother had a part in the creation of this institution gives me a much deeper appreciation and connection. She ...
Tunxis Foundation Scholarship Recipient, Dental Hygiene Service Learning Participant
Thanks to Tunxis Foundation donors, I participated in oral health service learning projects where I was able to put my experience in the classroom to work in the community by helping underserved populations.
Tunxis Foundation Scholarship Recipient, General Studies Major
Because of Tunxis Foundation, I got to experience Navajo life, culture and arts firsthand and gained valuable skills along the way as I helped the Navajos document aspects of their culture that are in danger of extinction. I was able to put my knowledge to the test long before my career starts.
Tunxis Foundation Scholarship Recipient, General Studies Major
I work to support myself, so it has not been easy to pursue my education. But with the help of a scholarship from Tunxis Foundation, I am able to focus my time and energy on academics.
Let's rally for Dr. Cathryn Addy retires Tunxis, 23 years
Tunxis Community College Foundation raises funds to provide support for the students, programs and services of the College.