September 2013 Newsletter

News from the Library, ACE, & Bridge to College

Coming this fall at your Library...

New Website and Database Changes

The library's web site has a new look! Please note! There have been changes to the databases your students use, including the addition of Academic Search Premier, Professional Development Collection, and ERIC. Several other databases were discontinued. Review our periodical collection with A to Z Journal Locator. To request Research Guides for course assignments go to Library Services. Schedule Library Instruction there too. We continue to provide Reserve Textbooks on short loan to students. This service gets heavy usage!

Highlights from the Circulation Desk

Circulation Supervisor Elaine Milnor, EAs Naomi Toftness, Julie Schumacher, Allyssa Bruce, and Liza Zandonella, returning student workers Aubrey Nieves, Jodee London, Fedia Boiteux, and new student workers Michelle Victory (at right) and Angel Bleggi, make up our public service team at the main entrance in L523. Please stop by and say hello.

A Message from the Acting Director of ACE, Rob Sheftel

I am thrilled to be a part of NVCC and enthusiastic about contributing to our student success. In my new role as the Acting Director of the Academic Center for Excellence, I plan to collaborate with various departments and individuals. The goal is to expand ACE services and create more innovative programs to support students’ successful navigation of developmental courses and general education offerings. I envision incorporating the use of technology to maximize student utilization and outcome. The Academic Center for Excellence is a free resource for our students and offers tutoring services seven days a week. The ACE is located on the Waterbury campus in Ekstrom Hall, Room E500 and on the third floor at the Danbury Center. Students can come early and come often. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information call us at 203-596-8717 or visit us on the web at

Bridge to College: Community College Scholars

The Community College Scholars program conducted a successful summer session for 50 incoming first-time, full-time NVCC students. During July, students completed their First Year Experience class and attended workshops conducted by NVCC offices and groups including the CAPSS office, men’s and women’s groups, and Bridge to College programs. The scholars also attended field trips to Yale’s British Art Museum and Riverfront Recapture in Hartford.The Riverfront Recapture trip was an opportunity for students to meet each other and learn valuable team-building skills. The trip was also captured by NBC news cameras for a piece they were doing about Riverfront Recapture. Check out the video here. The program concluded with a lunch with the President and Provost of NVCC on the plaza. With their summer program under their belts, the CCS students are prepared for success at NVCC. For more information contact Nicole Ariyavatkul at

Bridge to College: Workforce Initiative: A Summer Program

As part of the ConnCAP program, 20 students take part in a Workforce initiative funded by the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board. This summer, the Workforce students became researchers, photographers, writers, editors, and publishers. Based on their work studying and visiting Fulton Park in Waterbury, the students created a book that highlights the history, beauty, and bright future of the park. The students learned everything that goes into creating a professional publication starting with research on the ground and in cyberspace. In the classroom, students used the internet to find quality sources describing the past and present of Fulton Park to help them prepare for their onsite research at the park. Visiting Fulton, students learned more about its history and future, toured the park and took pictures of the impressive scenery. Upon returning from the park, students wrote copy, edited pictures, and published a 24 page, full-color, hardcover book titled “Lewis Fulton Memorial Park: Waterbury’s Jewel Shines Again.” Students used digital cameras, Microsoft Powerpoint and Word, Google Drive and Google Documents, and publishing software to design book layouts. Contact Andy Pelletier at for more information.
Liz Frechette and Tiara Arnold, editors