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.
On November 12, Tunxis Community College Foundation will hold its annual Economic Conference at the Farmington Marriott. This breakfast, our major fundraiser, features a prominent speaker on business-related topics. We’re pleased to announce that our speaker this year is George Bodenheimer, former president and executive chairman of ESPN, Inc.
- Networking and registration starts at 7:30am at the Farmington Marriott
- Student Speaker Nelson Algarin – 2015 Foundation Scholarship Recipient and Veteran from the Afghanistan War
- Check out Sponsorship Opportunities and learn more on how you can support our students
- Register for this event today!
While much has changed since 1970, our founding commitment to help students access education and develop the tools they need to succeed remains the same. In addition to funding scholarships, we have expanded our support to include special learning projects, the Arts and our Veterans. We now reach far beyond the Farmington Valley into well over 15 towns and cities throughout Connecticut. Today and into the future our students live, work and play where you do business.
Please join us on November 12th and help us celebrate our 45 year history of opening doors to student success!
Saxophonist, GB Sneed, Tunxis Alumnus
7:30 a.m. – Networking and Registration
7:45 a.m. – Breakfast and Coffee Bar
8:15 a.m. – Opening Remarks
8:30 a.m. – Student Speaker Nelsen Algarin
9:00 a.m. – Keynote Speaker – George Bodenheimer
10:00 a.m. – Closing Remarks
LEADERSHIP | INSPIRATION | CONVERSATION | NETWORKING
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.
Our keynote speaker is George Bodenheimer, former President and Executive Chairman with ESPN, Inc. George began his career at ESPN as a driver in the mailroom and became President just 17 short years later.
Mr. Bodenheimer will share his experiences and insights gained during his impressive 33 years at ESPN. Come find out how important branding is both professionally and personally.
Our student speaker at this year’s Economic Conference is Nelson Algarin, a former Marine whose story and personal journey from the battlefield to the classroom is an inspiration. Nelson overcame survivor’s guilt and the difficulties of transitioning back to civilian life. Throughout his years at Tunxis he has worked hard to transform himself into a high achieving student and campus leader. He is currently President of the Tunxis Veterans’ OASIS (Operation Academic Support for Incoming Service Members). Nelson is the 2015 recipient of two Tunxis Foundation Scholarships, and he was the recipient of a Leadership and Service award for his involvement with the Tunxis Veterans’ OASIS. He plans to graduate from Tunxis in June of 2016 with an associate degree in General Studies and then go on to obtain his bachelor’s degree and attend medical school.
On November 12, Tunxis Community College Foundation will hold its annual Economic Conference at the Farmington Marriott. This breakfast, our major fundraiser, features a prominent speaker on business-related topics. We’re pleased to announce that our speaker this year is George Bodenheimer, former president and executive chairman of ESPN, Inc. Continue reading
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 differently. Continue reading
You may know that the Tunxis Foundation (TCCF) has awarded a lot of money in scholarships for tuition and fees over the years – in fact, over $370,000 since 2010. But, did you know that it also helps students struggling to pay for basic needs? The Student Emergency Fund provides a helping hand to students who find themselves in challenging situations. These may be veterans returning from combat, parents of a special needs child or students who have lost jobs.