Hello Campus Community,
There is a lot happening on and around campus, especially with our CT State merger. These easy-to-scan CEO Campus Cabinet News Updates reflect our efforts to curate the latest news and events to keep you in the know. They will also include brief reminders about deadlines.
October 31, 2023
- President Maduko will be having office hours on Tuesday, Nov. 14th from 11:00am-12:00pm and Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 3:00-4:00pm. All are welcome. Please look for the invite that was forwarded to you earlier today.
- CEO Coach will have in-person office hours on Thursdays, November 16th, 30th and Dec. 14th from 3:30-4:30pm. She will also have virtual office hours on Wednesdays, Nov. 29th and Dec. 13th from 10:00-11:00am. All are welcome. Please look for the invites that were sent earlier today.
- Information about Thanksgiving week was included in the Facilities Update email sent yesterday by CEO Coach. More information will be forthcoming in a couple of days.
- An AS-Budget Mitigation mailbox has been created. Please send your cost-saving suggestions to that address. We appreciate everyone’s ideas and thoughts.
- Thank you to Dr. John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas, VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, for having a conversation with us at our All-Campus meeting last Wednesday. Please click the following link for a summary from the meeting: All Campus Oct. 25, 2023 Summary
October 23, 2023
- Check out the Fall Enhanced Census Report. It is a wonderful two-sided info sheet to share.
- Please extend a warm welcome to Ayan Dirir, Asnuntuck’s Wellness Counselor, who started on Friday, 10/20/2023.
- 735 individuals visited the pantry last month.
- Thank you to the Welding department for creating a sign holder for our front CT State sign!
- Spring registration will open on Monday, 10/30/2023 at 9:00am.
- Our next All-Campus Meeting will be this Wednesday, 10/25/2023, at 3:30pm. Dr. John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas will be our guest at the meeting, along with the contractors for our Thanksgiving week project. Some details about the project that will be expanded upon are:
- The campus is open. Only specific areas will have restricted access. The Deans will be speaking with employees to create a list of who will be working on campus. We are not requiring employees to be remote but giving them an option to do so. We will have areas set up for on-campus work and classes as needed because the campus is not closed.
- The glycol will be removed from the campus and placed into a tanker at the beginning of this process. Our guests will explain how this will be done and the processes involved. Thus, we will be circulating water and then salt water at an appropriate internal temperature for the building. Glycol is being added at a later date (12/2).
- We ask that people clean their offices (including items on the floors) because we will be regularly monitoring the spaces.
- President Maduko will be holding open office hours on Thursday, 10/26/2023 from 3:00-4:30pm. The link to join is:
- Microsoft Teams meeting
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The meeting is open to all employees who have interest in attending and sharing their perspectives with President Maduko and our campus CEOs regarding areas for continuous improvement, including solutions for any concerns noted. This meeting will be 90 minutes this month. November’s Meeting will be on November 14th, and December’s Meeting will be on December 12th.
October 10, 2023
- The preliminary Fall 2023 Census Report is attached. Incredible job, everyone!
- Recently, data was provided about the number of students shared amongst campuses. It has risen from less than 1% to about 28%. Check out this table for Fall 2023:
- Our Flu clinic is tomorrow (10/11) from 10:00am-12:00pm in the Tower Lobby.
- The transfer of funds occurred for our temporary Welding Make-up Air Units, and we should have a schedule to share about installation soon.
- We had a very successful 23rd annual Golf Tournament last week. Thank you to all who participated and volunteered! A huge shout-out to Keith, Cheryl, and the committee!
- Below you will find information about the CT State graduation application.
- We have an All-Campus meeting tomorrow from 3:30pm-4:30pm. Provost Brown, AVP Mike Stefanowicz, and Dean Justin Moore will be in attendance. We hope to see you there!
Letter from Susan Winn, Director of Degree Audit Technology about CT State graduation application
Good morning, Campus Supervisors and Campus Advising Leads. The Graduation application for December 2023 conferral is now available to students in myCTState on the student card (see screen shot below “Apply for Graduation”). The application will be available for students once they have completed over 41 credits for the Associate Degree (certificates have a smaller range based on total number of credits). Once students submit the online graduation application, they will automatically be marked as “AP” for applied in SHADEGR. Once the audit is performed, students will be marked as “PN” for pending or “MJQ” for missing major requirements.
A couple of important notes about the online graduation application:
- Students must be registered in the Fall 23 semester to access the December application. Otherwise, please have them email the degree auditor for the student’s home campus for assistance.
- If a student is applying for a degree and certificate both, they must fill the graduation application for each credential.
- The deadline to apply for December conferral is December 15th.Screenshots at the end of this letter show the application process.
- Step 1: Student will select degree or certificate program (student must have declared that program and it must be entered in Banner for the graduation application to appear for that program).
- Step 2: Student will see the ceremony date for their home campus (the home campus that is declared in Banner) and asked to RSVP for May ceremony date for their campus.
- Step 3: Student will select their name for the diploma. Students can edit first and middle name. Last name will remain the same as their legal name entered in Banner. The diploma is a ceremonial document—the legal name will remain on the transcript.
- Step 4: Student will see a summary page of the information to be submitted (please note we are not asking students for a diploma mailing address as some campuses will have students pick up their diplomas. In the confirmation letter to students, we will ask them to update their address in myCTState.)
- Step 5: Acknowledgement that the student has submitted their application (we’ve also added a note to have the student print this page for their records).
Applications for future terms:
- The application for May 2024 conferral will be available starting in November (once registration for the Spring 24 semester begins).
- The application for August 2024 conferral will be available in April 2024 (once registration for Summer 24 semester begins).
We are looking forward to graduating our inaugural class for CT State! We encourage you to share this information with the student-facing staff on your campus. Please reach out to the degree auditor for your campus with any questions. Thank you!
|Abdul Alsamraie||Gateway and Housatonic|
|Debbie Kidd||Norwalk & Tunxis|
|Joanne Faust||Middlesex, Manchester & Northwestern|
|Tanya Shultz||Naugatuck Valley & Asnuntuck|
|Joy Thompson||Three Rivers, Quinebaug Valley and Capital|
Screenshots of steps 1-5 showing the application process are below.
September 15, 2023
- At our All-Campus Meeting on September 13, we welcomed featured speakers Adam Rivers, Operations Manager, 107.7 WACC | Adjunct Professor, and Stacey Musulin, Campus Supervisor, Once Stop Enrollment Center (OSEC). Stacey was accompanied by special guest visitors Gayle Barrett, AVP of Enrollment and Retention Services, and Noel Rosamilio, Manager, Enrollment Services.
- Adam highlighted the various types of marketing opportunities and demonstrated how attendees could submit requests for available resources. Please see the PowerPoint here.
- Stacey provided a comprehensive overview of the One Stop Enrollment Center – what’s new, what’s not, and almost everything in between. Helpful handouts are: “Where do students go for…” and “Where do faculty go for…“.
- Kudos to Bonnie Solivan and all DEI committee members for hosting the informative kickoff and amazing flag display for Hispanic Heritage Month.
- A Flu Clinic is scheduled on-campus flu clinic on Wednesday, October 11th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Tower Lobby. Be sure to bring your insurance card with you if you plan to participate. The North Central District Health Department will be accepting the following insurance:
- CT Care
- Harvard Pilgrim
Those covered under other insurance agencies (or uninsured) can pay by cash or check ($30 for standard dose and $65 for high dose). This clinic is open to the public, so please feel free to share. Information will be sent out in a separate communication to our students.
- COVID: Our campus follows current CDC guidance for exposures and quarantine. We are looking into options with our local health department for on-campus COVID vaccination clinic(s). Here’s the link to the CDC guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html
September 8, 2023
- Have you ever needed a Wireless Guest Password for a visitor on our campus? Here are handy instructions on “How to log in to the CSCU Guest Sponsor Portal” to create one.
- Great News! Our latest Cadence Report (below) shows that we are up 9% from our FTE target! More Second Chance Pell and College Connections students are being enrolled, plus, we have late start classes still enrolling. Please see the attached CSCU enrollment report from today.
- All drops for non-payment have occurred. The NP process will occur next.
- A Flu Clinic is being planned for October 9th in the Tower Lobby. Stay tuned for more information.
- Creative proposals for $1,000 mini-grants that will enhance our student experience are now being sought. For more information and the grant application, click the following link: https://asnuntuck.edu/about-2/alumni/mini-grant-program/. Please email grant applications to Carol LaLiberte. Collaborative, cross functional applications with student input and guidance are always encouraged. Feel free to run any ideas by Carol prior to your submission.
- Reminder: Our Golf Tournament is October 4 at Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow. If you are interested in volunteering, please discuss with your supervisor, and let Cheryl Cyr know at email@example.com or by calling 860.253.3191.
|All CT State||Asnuntuck|
|Home Campus Enrollment as of 08 Sep 2023|
|Home Campus Headcount||35,255||1,291|
|Headcount % to Target||101%||94%|
|Seat Campus Hours as of 08 Sep 2023|
|Seat Campus Hours||326,167||12,439|
|Seat Campus FTE (Hours/15)||21,744||829|
|FTE % to Target||106%||109%|
|FAFSA & OPEID Correction Outreach|
|Valid FAFSA, Enrolled Fa23||24,741||1,011|
|Valid FAFSA % of Enrolled Fa23||70%||78%|
|FAFSA Packaged, Enrolled Fa23||21,990||967|
|No FAFSA, Enrolled Fa23, Bad OPEID||1,758||44|
|Balance Due, All Student Accounts|
|Compliant (Balance <$500)||30,782||1,095|
|Compliant % to Enrollment Target||88%||80%|
|Noncompliant (Balance $500+)||4,456||193|
|Waiver/Third Party Payer %||1%||1%|
|Total Noncompliant Balance Due||$7,537,157||$262,579|
|Average Noncompliant Balance Due||$1,691||$1,361|
|Dropped for Nonpayment (DNP)||2,977||66|
|Re-enrolled % of all DNP||64%||62%|
|Re-enrolled % w/ Balance $500+||22%||29%|
|Re-enrolled % w/ FAFSA||36%||27%|
|Re-enrolled % w/ Waiver||1.5%||10%|
|New Student % of Re-enrolled||15%||17%|
|Continuing Student % of Re-enrolled||74%||71%|
|Full Time % of Re-enrolled||27%||20%|
August 11, 2023
- We need to remind all employees and students of the importance of swiping in and out each day at one of the PeopleTrack scanners. As mentioned by President Maduko in his email yesterday, modifying facility hours of operation are a measure that is under consideration per our budget mitigation strategies. Having everyone’s cooperation with swiping in and out of PeopleTrack will increase the accuracy of knowing how many students and employees are on the campus each day. In addition to having accurate data to inform discussions, the daily headcounts logged into PeopleTrack are used for justifying days and hours for the café to be open, staffing levels for security, parking and traffic issues, and safety and security aspects during an emergency. Please swipe in on one of the PeopleTrack scanners every day. If you experience problems with the scanner not recognizing your card, please let Campus Security know, so they can determine if you need a new ID card, if you are swiping properly, or if repairs or adjustments are needed to the hardware or software.
- Work is underway to secure sponsorships and foursomes for our fall Golf Tournament, which will be held October 4th at Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow, MA.
- The ATM located outside of the Veterans’ Oasis Center is being removed soon due to the lack of usage.
- The Calling Campaign to contact 774 students to correct their OPEID on their FAFSA application and make payment on their classes has made a lot of progress. To date, 537 of 774 calls to students have been made, bringing the effort 69% complete. Kudos and thank you to everyone making these calls!
- CT State Convocation will take place August 30 at noon. It will be live streamed in our Conference Center. Feel free to bring your lunch.
- The 08/10/2023 Cadence Report from JD Mathewson, Interim AVP Institutional Effectiveness and Planning shows:
|All CT State||Asnuntuck|
|Home Campus Enrollment|
|Headcount as of 10 Aug 2023||27,477||806|
|Headcount % to Target||78%||59%|
|Hours as of 10 Aug 2023||261,554||8,549|
|Full Time Equivalent (Hours/15)||17,437||570|
|FTE % to Target||85%||75%|
Thank you, everyone, on your efforts towards our enrollment goals!
Please note: We received reports yesterday that some building 1 campus areas were warm, and we had to reset the chiller last night. If you encounter warm conditions, please send an email to AS-Maint-Request@acc.commnet.edu.
August 4, 2023
- Our CT State Provost, Dr. Levy Brown, visited Asnuntuck August 2 to become familiar with our campus, meet with CEO Dr. Michelle Coach, and tour our campus. Student Ambassador Maham Aftab, who is enrolled in our Psychology Studies and Liberal Arts and Sciences program, had the pleasure of serving as our tour director for Dr. Brown. Thank you, Maham!
- Preliminary Save the Date: On August 30, President Maduko will broadcast a convocation event at noon. Please stay tuned for more information.
- Wellness Counselor interviews have been completed for our Asnuntuck Campus. We hope to make an offer to the selected candidate soon. More information will be communicated as it becomes available.
- A Calling Campaign is currently underway in an effort to contact 775 students to correct their OPEID on their FAFSA application and make payment on their classes. Thank you to all who are making these calls, adjusting schedules for students, and registering students! Enrollment efforts are in high gear!
- Reminder: To be responsive and provide immediate attention to concerns as they arise, immediately follow these steps if you experience any facility concerns, odors, or disruptions:
- Contact security (dial “0” on a campus phone).
- Contact your dean, the CEO, or a member of the campus leadership.
- Notify maintenance by sending an email to: AS-Maint-Request@acc.commnet.edu). This email address sends a message to eight different maintenance department members, including the maintenance supervisor.
- In response to our need to create budget mitigation strategies, we are welcoming any and all cost savings ideas you may have. Please send your comments to your cabinet member’s email. Please note: We ask that you do not include the request to use reserves in your ideas or suggestions. That is not a campus decision or choice we can utilize.
July 27, 2023
REMINDER: The buildings will be closed starting Friday, 07/28/2023, at 4:30pm and will reopen on Monday, 07/31/2023, at 7:00am.
- The schedule for our “All-Campus” meetings (formerly “All-College”) this upcoming 2023-2024 academic year is:
- Sept: 13: One Stop (Stacey Musulin and Noel Rosamilio) Enrollment
- Sept: 27: Chief Chute, Security
- Oct: 11: Provost Brown (tentative)
- Oct: 25: John Paul Chaisson-Cardenas, DEI
- Nov: 8: Forrest Helvie, Promotion & Tenure Process
- Dec: 13: Holiday Party
- Jan: 17 & 18: Welcome Back & PD
- Feb: 7: TBD
- Feb: 28: TBD
- Mar: 20: TBD
- Apr: 10: TBD
- Apr: 24: TBD
- May: 15: End-of-the-Year Picnic
- Dr. Levy Brown will be visiting our campus for a quick tour on Wednesday, August 2nd. He is working on scheduling more detailed campus visits once the semester begins. Our visit is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, October 11th.
- Budget meetings are being held on an ongoing basis, and information will be shared as it becomes available.
- Communications explaining the name change from ‘BIT’ (Behavioral Intervention Team) to ‘CARE’ (Coordinate, Assess, Respond, and Educate) will be forthcoming (https://ctstate.edu/care-team).
- Our recent Enrollment Report is attached. Incredible job, everyone! We will include enrollment reports in these campus news updates and when we have them available.
- Attached is a draft of our Visitor/Vendor/Contractor Procedure. It is currently undergoing final reviews. If you identify any information that is missing or needs clarification, please contact Fred DiMauro.
Please Note: Since its inception, the CEO Campus Cabinet News Update has been published Monday evenings following cabinet meetings. With our new 2023-2024 schedule, the update will be published Thursday evenings, following our cabinet meeting, or the next morning. As in the past, if information is of immediate note, it will be published separately.
Visitor Vendor Contractor Procedure
Preliminary Enrollment Report
June 20, 2023
The below communication from President Maduko depicts a momentous occasion for our campuses. We have been waiting to hear this news and have worked extremely hard to get to this point. We have more work ahead of us, which we will complete together. Today, the below announcement needs to stand on its own. We will share more news updates next week.
June 12, 2023
- Summer hours for Liberty Café are Mon-Thurs 9am-2pm and Friday 9am-1pm.
- Our Food Pantry served 540 students and families in May.
- Five candidates are being interviewed this week for the Criminal Justice position. We appreciate your attendance at the open forums!
June 5, 2023
- As soon as we know information about the budget, we will share it with you.
- Chief Chute will be on campus this Wednesday, June 7th. He will be meeting with Associate Dean of Campus Operations Fred DiMauro and Security Officer Brad Gilchrist to discuss campus security and speed bumps.
- The Library’s summer hours are as follows: May 31–August 25, Monday–Thursday 8:45AM–6:00PM and Friday 9:00AM–2:00PM.
- The Library is hosting a Staff Book Club on behalf of the Staff Council. We are reading “Broke: The Racial Consequences of Underfunding Public Universities” in June and July and “The Final Revival of Opal & Nev” in August and early September. Email Erica Charis-Molling for more information or to join the conversation!
- Liberty’s Café hours are 7:45AM-2:00PM. Stay tuned for any changes to summer hours. Check out their website: Liberty’s Café
- IT has quite a few exciting projects planned for this summer, including updating equipment and imaging. Below are projects slated for June.
- Campus-wide computer imaging (All Faculty, Staff, and Student workstations).
- Software cut-off was April 20th – Faculty/Student image is already completed (pending deployment).
- Upgrade/Refresh two AMTC Computer Labs with brand new workstations, monitors, keyboards, and mice (June/July).
- $120,000 of equipment purchased, expected to arrive week of 6/5.
- Upgrade/Refresh Mac Lab (Room 215) with iMac Minis and 27” 4K UHD Displays.
- Equipment on-site, pending deployment (June)
- Purchased 30 laptops for employees to continue Staff and Faculty upgrades, older model Staff/Faculty laptops become Student loaners.
- Pending receipt of equipment (expected mid-June)
- Purchased 30 iPads to make an iPad Cart available for Faculty use this Fall semester.
- Pending receipt of equipment (expected mid-June)
- Did You Know? During the 2022-2023 Academic Year the Academic Tutoring Center (ATC) logged 1535 individual sessions with students for a total of 1220 hours. The door counter at the ATC entrance recorded a total of 9253 individual visits which included students coming in for tutoring sessions, calculator rentals, general assistance, test proctoring, computer usage, and class visits.
May 29, 2023
On this Memorial Day, our campus community and communities across our country will pause—to remember, to honor, to celebrate—the countless brave soldiers who paid the ultimate price defending our freedom. We remember their unwavering commitment to the ideals upon which our nation stands. We honor their selfless sacrifice with moments of silence and reflection. We celebrate the memory of our fallen heroes and pay tribute to them with memorial services, parades, and ceremonies.
As our hard-working students, faculty, and staff celebrate Memorial Day with families and friends. I wish you all a very happy and safe holiday.
- This is IT! We’re here… well, almost. This Thursday, May 25th, will mark our 50th anniversary commencement celebration! We look forward to honoring our graduating students, our faculty and staff, our alumni, our guests, and the rich legacy and record of Asnuntuck Community College. Congratulations!
- Liberty Café will remain open during the summer. They are subsidizing their ability to stay open by creatively utilizing Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub, etc. Please note: You may see drivers stopping by for orders.
- Summer classes began today for AMTC and Allied Health programs. All other summer classes begin next week.
- Congratulations to Adam and Nicole Rivers who gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on Saturday, May 20th. Welcome Mason Stanley Rivers!
- Coming Soon: Eagle Spotlights will shine the light on individual students and feature tips for new students.
- Fourth of July Enthusiasts: Join fellow Asnuntuck colleagues and participate in the parade and festivities on July 8th. For details, contact Dawn Bryden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Asnuntuck is in the process of forming a hospitality partnership with MGM. More information will be forthcoming.
- Thank you to all who collaborated to make our Inaugural Manufacturing Challenge and Showcase such as rousing success. We had many campuses present, along with businesses, CSCU representatives, Paul Lavoie, and the Enfield mayor!
- Thank you also to those who helped make this year’s PTK Induction ceremony so memorable! Also, thank you to all who attended this event on a Friday evening.
- If you are planning to attend the Barbeque Reception at this year’s Graduation, please be sure to RSVP today.
- Regalia is available for pickup at the bookstore.
- Wednesday, May 17 from 11:00-2:00, is our picnic. Come ready! Wear comfy clothes and sneakers, and don’t forget to bring sunscreen and change for raffles! Bring pom poms and cowbells to cheer on your favorite Cornhole, Tug-a-War, and Kick-ball Teams. There is still time to sign up. Please bring your lawn chairs as well!
- If you have an urgent need to make a purchase, please use a P-card. All such purchases must be invoiced and paid by June 30, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact the Business Office.
- Save the Dates! Our fall semester “All Campus” meetings, formerly known as “All College” meetings, are scheduled for the following dates: September 13, September 27, October 11, October 25, November 8, and December 13. We will be hosting guest speakers and timely topics. Please mark your calendars. More details to come.
- President Maduko will visit our campus on Thursday, May 11, 10:00am, to speak about the budget and deficit mitigation efforts. Please plan to attend the meeting in the Conference Center or via Teams.
- Join us Friday, May 12 at 12:30pm, for an exciting manufacturing challenge, showcase, and robot maze competition. Attendance is free, we ask that you reserve your ticket on EventBrite. If you plan on attending, please discuss your plans with your supervisor to ensure adequate coverage. First Annual Manufacturing Challenge and Showcase Ticket Page (EventBrite)
- The cut-off date for purchase requisitions to be submitted to Procurement is this Friday, May 12th. This allows for approvals, receiving items purchased, and final invoices to be processed and paid this fiscal year, which ends on June 30. Smaller purchases can continue to be made on P-Cards until Friday, June 16. For more information, please reference the email: “Purchasing requirements for the remainder of this fiscal year” sent on 5/2/23 at 11:21am.
- Thank you to the faculty members on the Instructional Excellence Committee and Center for Teaching for hosting Springle!, a spring mingle social event.
- Asnuntuck’s Student Art Exhibition 2023 is located on the first floor, South hallway, and runs until May 31st. Be sure to check it out!
- Congratulations to Adam Bernard, Art Part-time Lecturer, for receiving the Ray Mercik Award for Teaching Excellence. This is a faculty created award to honor Ray Mercik and goes to a part-time faculty member who exemplifies Ray’s desire to continually improve his teaching, dedication to finding that spark within each person that helps fuel their belief in their own abilities, and commitment to the ideals of Asnuntuck and all community colleges – that we open our arms to all members of our community.
- On Awards Night, May 4, over $34,000 in various scholarships was awarded to our students. In total, over $70,000 in scholarships have been awarded this academic year. Congratulations to our many scholarship recipients! A special thank you to those who presented and were involved in the planning and execution of the event! It was amazing!
- An end of year picnic will be held May 17, 11:00am-2:00pm. In order to allow everyone to participate in this event, cabinet encourages all offices to close during the gathering time. This means that faculty and staff can enjoy the picnic without any interruptions or distractions. Please post a notice on office doors this week, so that our ACC community is aware. We encourage everyone to attend and look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions about the picnic, please contact any of the following: Bonnie L Solivan, Staff Council Chair; Michelle Howard-Swan, Faculty Council; or Thayre Trzepacz, All College Chair. Register today: https://forms.office.com/r/sKQ6SuGXhG
- We recently implemented a 7-mph speed limit on campus for the safety of students, employees, and visitors. It is critical for everyone to adhere to the speed limit on campus, be alert to pedestrians, and watch for cars backing out of spaces. Please stop for pedestrians. Pedestrians also need to be alert and aware of their surroundings and not distracted by phones when walking to and from the buildings. To encourage safety and compliance, we have installed speed bumps at various locations around the campus. It is recommended to slow down to no more than 3-5-mph when driving over a speed bump to avoid adverse impact on your vehicle. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
- Mark Your Calendars! Awards Night is Thursday, May 4th. The reception starts at 5:15pm. We look forward to celebrating our students!
- A presentation on the CT State merger will be made to our ACC students at noon tomorrow (5/2/23) by Monica Kedzior, Stacey Musulin, and Emily Santaniello in the Conference Center.
- Follett recently announced a restructuring that would affect several campus bookstores. Fortunately, the bookstore staffing at Asnuntuck is unaffected.
- CT State Enhanced Census Report, Spring 2023 was released last week. A tremendous amount of CT State-wide and Campus-specific information is depicted with visually impactful graphics. See for yourself!
Enhanced Ct State Census Report Sp23 002
Dear Campus Community,
We need your help. Discussions regarding the state budget and overall funding for CSCU are ongoing. While the Appropriations Committee provided increased funding over the Governor’s proposal, the funding still falls significantly short of the anticipated needs for our campus operations and could negatively impact our students. If we want CSCU to continue to be the state’s primary engine of workforce development, upward mobility, and opportunity for our residents, we need to fully fund our operations. Below please see highlights from President Cheng’s email:
- If you would like to advocate for increased funding please join us, and representatives from across the system, on Thursday, April 27, for a CSCU day of action at the Capitol. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators will gather to speak with legislators about the importance of the CSCU system and how the current budget proposal would harm institutions, students, employees, and the communities we serve.
- Students who are not working or in class and employees are encouraged to participate. Employees should discuss their plans with their supervisor to ensure that department operations, adequate coverage, staffing, etc. are maintained.
- We will meet in the Atrium of the Legislative Office Building (LOB) at 10:30 a.m. and proceed to the Capitol where we will engage and lobby members outside the House and Senate chambers, where they are expected to gavel in at 11:00 a.m. We anticipate the event will last two to three hours. Also, we encourage you to wear your Asnuntuck apparel/gear.
- We appreciate any and all outreach (calls and emails) to our legislators in support of increased funding. Please see this link to find your legislators.
Please view the Capitol News Briefing that occurred this morning at the LOB.
Thank you in advance for your participation and support of these important efforts. Please send along any questions you have.
- CEO Michelle Coach, Jen Brown and Miriam Taub are participating tonight in an episode of “Senator Kissel and Friends” at the PATV15 Studio.
- Thank you to Michael Kunze, Cheryl Turgeon, and Michele Howard-Swan for testifying before the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee for SB 1246 An Act Authorizing The Continuation of CSCU 2020, Adjusting Certain Powers Of The Board of Regents For Higher Education, Adjusting Certain State Contracting-Related Thresholds And Replacing And Reducing Certain Bond Authorizations.
- Please consider writing testimony in support of the work needed at Asnuntuck, citing support of SB 1246 via this link: Submit Written Testimony (cga.ct.gov)
- Nominations/ elections are now open for 2023-2023 College Council. Please submit your vote for a member(s) in your union by clicking on the respective link that follows:
- Save the Date! You are invited to the First Annual Manufacturing Challenge and Showcase on Friday, May 12, 12:30-2:30pm at ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center. Attendance is free, but you must reserve your ticket on EventBrite.
- Registration for fall semester opens Tuesday, April 4th! The fall 2023 schedule is up for view in myCTState. Thank you to all the faculty and staff who have worked tirelessly to pull the schedule together!
- On March 23, over 150 students participated in Fresh Check Day, which was run by the Office of Student Activities, Student Government Association, Pantry & Wellness Center, Student Ambassador Program, and Campus Activities Board, with NAMI & Pride assisting. Fun-inspiring booths included Younique, Ubelong, Know Your Limit, Paint Your Art Out, 9 Out Of 10, It Takes A Village, Mood Matters, In It For Life, and Registration for a chance to win tee shirts and swag. Students from Massage Therapy provided free chair massages to showcase their skills. Thank you to all who helped make this event such a success!
- CT State Police Chief Christopher Chute visited our campus March 27 and shared his vision and priorities with members of the CEO Campus Cabinet, Threat Assessment committee, and security staff. An overview of our campus security was provided by ADCO Fred DiMauro, and concerns about speeding were included. Overall, Chief Chute was pleased with the security measures implemented, and he communicated his advocacy for us going forward. He plans to return to campus next week to continue conversations.
- Mark Your Calendars! Sound Healing will be held Thursday, April 6, at noon in the Freshwater Reflection Room. Please contact Andrea Church if you are interested in attending.
- The DEI Committee has begun meeting and is planning Listening Tours this month.
- Our first cohort of 12 students to complete AMTC’s Intro to Quality Inspection certificate program graduated Wednesday, March 30th after having completed 280 hours of training. The quality inspection program was the first ever to be designed in partnership for Pratt & Whitney and in collaboration with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT). Students will participate in further training provided by Pratt & Whitney and will officially start their new jobs at Pratt on May 1st. Congratulations to our graduates as they begin their new careers in manufacturing!
- Over 200 people joined the festivities at our Dueling Pianos Fundraiser held this past Friday evening. Money was raised to support our students and campus. Thank you to all who worked behind the scenes to make this happen, and thank you to our Foundation members and community partners for making this such a successful event!
- Campus leaders gathered Friday at Gateway Community College to discuss a Climate Survey that will be administered to the campuses sometime in the future.
- Tim St. James, Dean of Students and Faculty, and several staff members recently attended a two-day Psychological First Aid and Post-Traumatic Stress Management training. Dean St. James and Associate Dean of Student Development Dawn Bryden participated in a two-day Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) training. Both trainings better prepare us for responding to students’ social and emotional needs.
- When shopping at Big Y, please keep in mind two things: 1) You must present the Big Y card for tax exempt status and 2) You must use a P-card for payment.
- The online Fall 2023 Course schedule went live today (3/27/23) on myCTState for public viewing. Actual registration functionality will go live April 4th. The site features a much more robust filtering capability for students (e.g., by subject, campus, time, etc.).
- The system-wide Library eResources survey ended last Friday (3/24/23). Of the 470 responses received, 140 were from the Asnuntuck community. Way to go Asnuntuck! Let our voice be heard.
- ACC’s IT department received $440K in technical bond funding for 2023, which will be split between IT and Media Services. $200K-$220 will be allocated to upgrading audio visual equipment in classrooms. Funds will also be allocated to ensure IT standards on our campus are compliant with CT State standards. The Mac lab will be upgraded with Mac mini’s, 4K displays, and Dell peripheral devices. Two AMTC computer labs will be upgraded and laptop carts, which are much more flexible for students, will be purchased.
- For Staff: Training & Technology Survey – https://forms.office.com/r/hvQdLnw3C4. This survey is to learn more about the Asnuntuck community’s training needs/goals to plan the upcoming year’s Teaching & Learning Center activities. Please know that the outcome of this survey is for local use only, with no intention to be shared with the system office. We appreciate your taking the time to complete this 14-question survey.
- For Faculty: Teaching & Technology Survey – https://forms.office.com/r/7CgwV1S4uc. This survey is to learn more about the Asnuntuck community’s training needs/goals to plan the upcoming year’s Teaching & Learning Center activities. Please know that the outcome of this survey is for local use only. We appreciate your taking the time to complete this 30-question survey.
- Did You Know?
- The Asnuntuck Tutoring Center’s (ATC) total sessions recorded by tutors from the start of the semester (1/23/23) through Wednesday (3/23/23) was 290. The breakdown is as follows:
16% General assistance (this is mostly computer assistance, study skills, and calculators)
12% Computer Courses
- The link is now live for the Wellness Counselor positions. Please share far and wide! https://ctstatecommunitycollege.applytojob.com/apply/MS49tmufyW/Wellness-Counselor
- “You Can Help A Student” trainings are being held this Tuesday, 3/21/23 from 3:30pm-5pm (Room 217) and Thursday, 3/23/23 from 1:00pm-2:30pm (Conference Center) – please choose one, if you are interested in attending. There is no need to sign up or RSVP. There will be a sign-in sheet when you arrive.
- An Open House for area high school students was held last week to highlight all that Asnuntuck has to offer. The event was a very successful, multi-department collaboration that will serve as a model going forward.
- Assistant Director of Finance, Niki Rittenhouse, will be reaching out to Deans and Department Heads for input on FY24 budgeting and to close unneeded FY23 PO’s.
- If you have purchased items at Big Y using one of the cards in the Business Office, please note that payment method is no longer being honored. Please use a PCard. This is effective immediately. If you have any questions, please let Niki know.
- The Federal regulations for Second Chance Pell are changing in July to enable more students to qualify for Pell financial aid.
- CEO Campus Cabinet members who did not attend the all day, system-wide manager DEI training in February will be attending the manager DEI training this Friday.
- ACC will be holding a Legislative Breakfast on Tuesday, 03/21/2023 at 8:30am.
- Did You Know:
– According to the Fall 22 Holistic Student Support Survey data, 11% of ACC respondents reported being worried about running out of food without having money for more during the preceding 30 days. In February, our pantry had 729 unique guests visit.
- The 2023 Curriculum Proposal Governance Feedback Period is until April 6, 2023, 11:59pm. Please remember to participate in the survey. For each proposal you are providing feedback, fill out the Curriculum Proposal Feedback Form Email each completed feedback form to: CO-GovernanceFeedback@ct.edu The North Central Chamber of Commerce will be holding a breakfast in our Conference Center tomorrow morning.
- Liberty Café is closed March 13-17 for Spring Break.
- 2023 scholarships are being offered through our Asnuntuck Foundation for college credit and continuing education students that meet the criteria. Applications have been simplified and are accessible online: ACC Foundation Scholarship Application The deadline is Friday, March 24th. Please encourage students to apply.
- Dueling Pianos is Sold Out! This ever-popular fundraiser event, scheduled for March 31st, supports our students with scholarships.
- The “Tell Someone Report” has been added to our website and is located on the right side of the Campus Security & Safety page. The report will be used by the Behavioral Intervention team now being formed.
- Speed Bumps! In addition to the newly installed Speed Limit signs (7 MPH), speed bumps will be positioned strategically on our campus roads once the threat of snow has passed. This is part of our ongoing emphasis to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. Please adhere to safe, slow driving on our campus.
- Dunkin Stadium has been secured for our 50th Anniversary Commencement ceremony on May 25th. Guests will include Dr. Scott Kalicki, Dr. David DiMattio, and Mike Stefanowicz.
- Did You Know?
– Our highest system-wide area of study is Allied Health (28%).
– Over 3400 respondents (67%) voted for the same selection during a recent CT State branding survey. Results will be shared soon.