Tunxis Community College Foundation

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Tunxis Community College Foundation raises funds to provide support for the students, programs and services of the College.

Save the Date – Security: Global, Cyber and YOU

Wednesday, October16, 2019 at 7:30 A.M.
at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol CT

Join the Tunxis Community College Foundation for its annual Economic Breakfast and Networking Event. Proceeds from the even support students and programs at Tunxis Community College.

This year’s event will focus on SECURITY: Global, Cyber and YOU. A moderated panel of security experts will discuss trending topics and field questions about the everyday threats and risks corporations and individuals face in today’s world.

For more information, contact mrussano@tunxis.edt


Thank you to our Wine Tasting Sponsors

The Tunxis Foundation would like to thank our very generous sponsors

Bordeaux Sponsor

  • The Barnes Group
  • Webster Bank

Chardonnay Sponsor

  • Stanley Black and Decker 
  • United Bank

Merlot Sponsor

  • ConnectiCare
  • Jainchill and Beckert
  • OKAY Industries
  • Robert Voight & Family

Shiraz Sponsor

  • ACME Monaco
  • Charles Cleary
  • DBL Industries 

Special Acknowledgments to:

  • The Green Jazz Band
  • Valley Wines and Vendors





SIP for Student Scholarships

Tunxis Foundation Wine Tasting!

Join members of the Tunxis Foundation for an evening of Live Music, Art and Wine. $25 a ticket at tunxis.edu/donate or mrussano@tunxis.edu


Audubon Reincarnate

“Audubon Reincarnate,” an exhibition of graphic illustrations by Don Carter under the fine art pseudonym Edgar Allan Slothman, will be on display in the Wallace Barnes and Barbara Hackman Franklin Art Gallery January 24-February 21

Don Carter is a creative director, designer and illustrator with more than 30 years of experience designing and art directing for Connecticut ad agencies. For the past 16 years, he has been a creative director with Adams & Knight in Avon. The illustrator of seven picture books for children, Carter has also created two Disney animated short-form series, “Happy Monster Band” and “Dance-A-Lot-Robot.” He has received awards for art direction, design and copywriting from organizations such as Boston’s Hatch awards, New York’s ADC, The One Show, Clio Awards, The Effie’s, Ad Club of CT and CADC. In 2017, he was inducted into the Connecticut Art Director’s Hall of Fame.

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Dental Assisting Program Informational Sessions

Our Dental Assisting Program Information sessions will be held on:

Thursday, November 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Friday, December 14 at 12:00 p.m.

These are open to students who are thinking about applying to this selective admission program. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions and learn about the admissions requirements directly from the program coordinator.  Seating is limited and preregistration is required to attend this session.To register online, visit the Dental Assisting program web page.


“Winter Weather” Lunch and Learn with Chief Meterologist Ryan Hanrahan

Tunxis Community College Foundation is excited to partner with NBC CT to host a “Winter Weather” Lunch and Learn with chief meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan.

Join us at Tunxis Community College on Nov. 20, 11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the 600 Building, Tunxis Room/ Cyber Cafe as Hanrahan shares information on the difference between snow storm and Nor’easter, what would make a “snow day,” winter weather projections, and fun history weather facts about our region.

NBC CONNECTICUT -- Pictured: "NBC Connecticut" Logo -- (Photo by: NBCUniversal)

Refreshments will be available. Limited seating. Secure your seat today! For a map of campus, visit tunxis.edu/map.


Thank you to Our 2018 Economic Conference Sponsors

United Bank – Signature Sponsorship Level

Acme Monaco – Textbook Sponsorship Level

 Barnes Group, Inc. – Library Sponsorship Level

 Stanley Black & Decker – Presenting Sponsorship Level

  Berkshire Bank – Coffee & Tea

360 Federal Credit Union  – Bronze

Mott Corporation – Gold

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Tracy, Driscoll & Co. – Tea & Coffee


TRUMPF – Bronze

First Bristol Federal Credit Union – Textbook Plus

Maier True Communication – Bronze

Webster Bank – Silver

Jainchill & Beckert, Attorneys at Law  – Bronze


Okay Industries – TXCC Book



Stanley Black & Decker CEO to Speak at Tunxis Foundation Networking Breakfast

Jim LoreeTunxis Community College Foundation invites the public to a talk on manufacturing and its role in building a more sustainable Connecticut economy, with Jim Loree, President and CEO of Stanley Black & Decker at its Annual Economic Breakfast and Networking Event on October 2, at 7:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol.

Proceeds from the breakfast will support student scholarships and campus initiatives at Tunxis Community College in Farmington.

Jim Loree joined Stanley Black & Decker in 1999, first as CFO, then COO, before his promotion to President and CEO in 2016. In these roles, he led restructuring of the manufacturer and company portfolio, increasing annual revenue to $13 billion through acquisitions, mergers and organic growth.

Under Loree’s CEO leadership, the company’s central focus is creating a sustainable enterprise to ensure the company’s long-term success. Stanley Black & Decker is the world’s largest tool and storage company, with more than 58,000 employees across 60 countries. The Fortune 500 manufacturer aims to increase revenue to $22 billion by 2022 with a strategy to become an organization focused on delivering societal good through its innovations and business model approach.

During his tenure as CEO, the company has been recognized in a number of notable lists, including Forbes’ America’s Best Employers for Diversity, Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies, Fortune’s Most Admired Companies, Dow Jones Sustainability Index, Mogul’s Top 100 Innovators in Diversity & Inclusion and Top 100 for Millennial Women.

Prior to Stanley Black & Decker, Loree had a successful 19-year career with GE, as well as positions in financial and operations management in industrial businesses, corporate, and commercial banking. He is an active member of the business community and non-profit sector. He is also a director of Whirlpool Corporation, serves as Trustee of his alma mater, Union College, and is a director of both Hartford Hospital and the Jim and Rebecca Loree Foundation. Loree is a member of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, the Business Roundtable, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Fortune’s CEO Initiative and the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion. He is also a director for the National Association of Manufacturers.

Sponsorship levels and program book ads are still available. Individual admission is $70 and is tax-deductible. Tickets and sponsorships must be reserved by September 21, which can be purchased online at tunxis.edu/donate, or www.tunxisfoundation.org. For more information, please call 860.773.1357; or email mrussano@tunxis.edu.

Tunxis Community College Foundation, established in 1970, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization led by an executive director and managed by a board of directors composed of faculty, business and community leaders. Its mission is to raise funds for Tunxis Community College to support scholarships, special learning projects, the arts and student veterans. Visit the Tunxis Foundation website at www.tunxisfoundation.org.


Tunxis Community College Foundation has announced the appointment of Keith Madore as its new Executive Director

Keith MadoreIn this role, Madore will work with a board of directors to accomplish its mission of providing financial support to Tunxis Community College while creating a new annual fund appeal, conducting events management, business and community outreach, and other fundraising activities.

Madore comes to Tunxis CC Foundation with a background in event planning, community outreach, annual fund giving and donor cultivation. He has nearly 24 years of higher education experience, 12 of which have been in institutional advancement.

“Keith’s advancement experience and enthusiasm will add valuable perspective as the Foundation reaches for the next level of success,” said Tunxis CC Foundation President Sal Vitrano. “We look forward to working with him to achieve our goal of enhancing the academic mission of Tunxis Community College by providing students and faculty with the support they need and deserve.”

Madore is the director of institutional advancement and community engagement at Asnuntuck Community College, where he has led advancement efforts since 2014. While at Asnuntuck, Madore has revitalized the campus annual appeal, reaching its highest goals to date. He has also secured some of the largest donations in Asnuntuck’s history, established new scholarships, led the college’s capital campaign and forged partnerships with surrounding industry.

“Keith brings many years of experience in higher education and institutional advancement to this position, and will make a strong addition to the Tunxis Foundation with his commitment to engaging a diverse range of stakeholders,” said Dr. James Lombella, president of Asnuntuck Community College and Tunxis Community College.

Prior to joining Asnuntuck, Madore spent 18 years at the University of Maine at Presque Isle where he served as the director of development and alumni relations. Madore holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Maine at Presque Isle.

To learn more about the Foundation, opportunities to help Tunxis students in need, and upcoming events, contact Keith Madore at 860.253.3041 or email kmadore@asnuntuck.edu. The Foundation website is tunxisfoundation.org.

Founded in 1970, Tunxis Community College Foundation and Advisory Board Inc. is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization led by a 39-member volunteer Board of Directors comprised of corporate, financial, business, municipal, and community leaders as well as students, faculty and alumni.


$86,765 in scholarship funds were awarded during the 35th Annual Student Achievement Recognition Ceremony

To view and download photos from the evening, visit http://ow.ly/sBLd30kavc0.

Over 80 Tunxis students received awards and scholarships at the 35th Annual “Student Achievement Recognition Ceremony,” held this spring at Tunxis Community College, Farmington.

Close to 80 scholarships and $86,765 in scholarship funds was awarded.

(provided by Tunxis Community College Foundation and Advisory Board, Inc.)

  • Tunxis Foundation Academic Excellence: Justin Barrington (New Britain), Goulsina Becker (Torrington), Leslie Coughtry (Bristol), Patrycja Duliban (Southington), Afkar Mubarak (Bristol), Darae Park (New Britain), Rajvee Ramji (Southington), Jayadevi Singh (New Britain), Alexys Thomas (New Britain), Leslie Valdes (Rocky Hill)
  • Accounting Scholarship: Amy Bryda (New Britain)
  • Acey Family Scholarship: Bethany Root (Middletown)
  • American Way Veterans Scholarship: Kelli Parady (Newington)
  • Andrew Feiner Veteran Scholarship Award: Dustin Harrison (Farmington)
  • Bencivengo Family Scholarship: Olivia Sagan (Suffield)
  • Beverley Family Memorial Textbook Scholarship in Memory of John Beverley, Sr.: Luis Lopez (Plainville)
  • Brigitte E. Spangberg Memorial Fund Scholarship: Emily Carter (New Milford)
  • Christopher Anthony Sirois Memorial Scholarship: James Lynch (Berlin)
  • Clinton S. Roberts Foundation Scholarship: Jordan Lopez (Bristol), Jessica Marquis (Middletown), Kelli Parady (Newington), Silvia Yanez Solis (Bristol)
  • D. Jean Lewis Memorial Scholarship: Sam Najarian (Plantsville), Sarah Tillinghast (Watertown)
  • DBL Industries, Inc. Textbook Scholarship: Martha Landrette (Plainville)
  • Dr. Sidney L. Roth Auxiliaries Scholarship: Leslie Valdes (Rocky Hill)
  • ESL Behnaz Perri Scholarship: Goulsina Becker (Torrington)
  • Follett Higher Education Group Scholarships: Kailynn Carrano (Branford)
  • Future Passport Scholarships: Michelle Haines (Suffield), Hannah Naumec (Ellington)
  • GB Saxplayer- Fans, Friends and Followers Scholarship: Shianne Vance (Winsted)
  • Gregory and Helen G. Sneed Scholarship: Nineveh Yaghmor (New Britain)
  • Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Scholarships: Andreia Dos Santos Leite (West Hartford), Katherine Ferland (Unionville), Dustin Harrison (Farmington), Hania Kabatilo (Windsor), Rebecca Morey (Manchester), Samantha Nunes (Newington), Farukh Tashmuhamedov (West Hartford), Vivian Vickers (Hartford), Allison Volpe (West Hartford), Loupgarou Whitesides (Hartford)
  • Housing Authority of the City of Bristol Scholarships: Lisa Calderoni (Bristol), Nathan Duffy (Bristol), Heidi Lucey (Bristol), Sarah Nichols (Bristol) Silvia Yanez Solis (Bristol)
  • Kendall C. Scott Criminal Justice Scholarship: Dustin Harrison (Farmington)
  • Liberty Bank Foundation Scholarships: Khulood Al-Aqel (New Britain), Ireoluwa Oluwasina (West Hartford), Roberta Wray (New Britain)
  • Matthew Marc Melanson Memorial Scholarship: Joshua Norton (Terryville)
  • Mott Corporation Scholarship: Kevin Skrocki (Farmington)
  • My Brother’s Keeper Award: Cliff Sargis (Plainville)
  • Peggy and Dick Ficks Scholarship: Indisha Bosworth (Springfield, MA)
  • Peters-Zhakov International Textbook Scholarship: Darae Park (New Britain), Shahbaz Shaikh (East Hartford)
  • Professor Ronald Miecznikowski Scholarship: Marisa Rosol (New Britain)
  • Rosalie & William Logvin Memorial Scholarship: Hania Kabatilo (Windsor)
  • Schaller Auto World Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain Scholarships: Allison Hatch (Southington), Natasha Lardie (Southington), Ryan Carter (Southington), Roberta Wray (New Britain)
  • Smith Family Scholarship in Honor of Glenn Smith: Joshua Norton (Terryville)
  • Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association (SADHA) Foundation Awards: Hannah Naumec (Ellington), Indisha Bosworth (Springfield, MA)
  • Student Government Association (SGA) Scholarship: Nathan Duffy (Bristol)
  • Sydelle B. Seltzer Dental Hygiene Scholarship: Amy Parente (Durham)
  • The Hartford Scholarship: Monique Blasiak (Bristol)
  • Tunxis Community College Veterans’ OASIS Textbook-Techbook Scholarship: Visoud Kong (Southington)
  • United Bank Scholarship: Martha Landrette (Plainville), Brock Steinfeldt (Simsbury)
  • Vitrano Family Scholarship: Brittany Daley (West Hartford)
  • Voight Family Scholarship: Visoud Kong (Southington)
  • Webster Bank Textbook Scholarship: Darlene Brown (Torrington)


  • Business Administration: Olivia Filipiak (New Britain)
  • Business Office Technology-Medical: Crestina Walker (Newington)
  • Computer Information Systems: David Follacchio (New Britain)
  • Criminal Justice: Alicia Anachasian (Farmington)
  • Dental Assisting: Jessica Marquis (Middletown)
  • Dental Hygiene: Kylie Pearson (Wethersfield)
  • Early Childhood Education:Yukiko Sobue (Avon)
  • Engineering Science: Giselle Koo (Hartford)
  • English: Deven Valliere (Burlington)
  • General Studies: Chloe Trotta-Smith (Southington)
  • Graphic Design: Athena Valerio (New Britain)
  • History: Joseph Taillon (Bristol)
  • Honors Computer Science – Math: Derek Hinton (Plantsville)
  • Human Services: Gisel Collazo (Farmington)
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences : Autumn Cipriano (Wolcott)
  • Mathematics: Elena Bolotova (East Berlin)
  • Pathway to Teaching Careers: Tara Nyari (Wethersfield)
  • Psychology: Korrin Leslie (New Britain)
  • Science: Tram Nguyen (Bristol)
  • Sociology: Jennette Gonzalez (New Britain)
  • Technology Studies: Inga Kuklinska (New Britain)
  • Visual Fine Arts: Susan Krauss (Avon)

From fine arts, health, and technology to liberal arts & sciences programs, Tunxis offers over 60 associate degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need. New Advanced Manufacturing Technology programs are coming this fall. For more information on Tunxis, call 860.773.1490, or visit the Tunxis website: tunxis.edu.

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Presdient Sal and Lombella

Foundation President, Sal Vitrano, Students Andrew Albert, Eric Doughty and Tunxis President Dr. James Lombella