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Gateway Foundation Donors Response to COVID-19
220 student inquiries received for the Helping Hands Fund, providing a minimum of $250 per student for expenses for food, rent, utilities and daily essentials.
642 laptop scholarships were awarded, raising over $266,248 to help students transition to distance learning.
126 students served by the Family Economic Security Program (FESP) a transformative retention program which provides vital services for low-income students.
Thank you to all the Foundation donors who generously donated to the Helping Hands Fund, the three rounds to award Laptop Scholarships and funding to support FESP. The Gateway Foundation and its Board of Directors remain committed to serving the Gateway community throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Gateway Community College Foundation
Bridge to Equity
Listen to Paul McCraven and Dr. Brown talk about this year's Hall of Fame
Welcome Dr. William "Terry" Brown
The Gateway Community College Foundation Board of Directors welcomes William “Terry” Brown, Ph.D. to Gateway Community College.
“I'm delighted that such a vibrant and visionary leader has been selected as the new Chief Executive Office of Gateway Community College. Dr. Brown’s devotion and distinguished career in higher education places him in high regard in which he is held across the community college system. The Foundation Board believes he will strengthen the school’s resources and reputation, work on closing the equity and achievement gap, and create a better educated workforce and a stronger community. This is an exciting chapter for the College and the Foundation Board wishes him much success.”
-Paul A. McCraven, Board Chair
Gateway Community College Foundation.
Rahteisha Pittman, Gateway Community College's 2020 Student of the Year
6/23/2020 - When it came to achieving her dream of becoming a nurse, Rahteisha “Teisha” Pittman didn't let anything get in her way: not an abusive relationship, renal failure, kidney dialysis, and certainly not the COVID-19 pandemic.
The long journey neared its end as Pittman was recently “pinned” at a unique outdoor ceremony at Gateway’s North Haven campus. She has also received Gateway’s Student of the Year Award. As she awaits GCC’s virtual June 25 graduation and word on when she can sit for her NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) to become a registered nurse, the 38-year-old mother of two is looking for nursing jobs and has been accepted into Quinnipiac University’s RN to MSN program.
Pittman’s first attempt at higher education was at Housatonic Community College, when she was 24. While carrying her second son, her high-risk pregnancy required her to leave school. Two years later, she enrolled at the University of Bridgeport to study accounting, which she thought would provide the regular hours she needed to raise her children. Then, Pittman had to relocate to New Haven to remove herself and her boys from an abusive relationship.
“I had to start all over and put school on the backburner,” she explains. She worked in customer service and later became an insurance agent. In 2012, she began a committed relationship with her now-partner Candis. Four years later, and at Candis’ urging, Pittman sought treatment for terrible headaches, only to learn she had end-stage renal failure caused by uncontrolled hypertension.
Family Economic Security Program (FESP)
A new addition to the Gateway Community College portfolio of support services is a grant-funded program that provides students with wrap around services – a mixture of academic, career, financial and personal support. The goal is to support students every step of the way
to degree completion.
The Family Economic Security Program, or (FESP), features rigorous criteria and significant benefits for student participants.
The Big Read 2019
5/8/2019 - The 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read was The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. The GCC Library hosted an event in partnership with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas that included a panel of international students and a staff member who spoke of their experiences in this country as immigrants and their cultural identities. Gateway has partnered with Arts & Ideas to host Big Read programs focused on a single book as a point of departure for conversations throughout New Haven.
Cooking with Chef Jean-Pierre Vuillermet
Gateway Community College
Virtual Commencement 2020
Gateway Community College honored and celebrated more than 700 graduates during its Virtual Commencement on June 25. Thomas Coley, acting president of Gateway Community College and regional president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Shoreline-West, conferred the degrees for this diverse cohort of graduates, which included 720 motivated and talented individuals including 88 nurses, among them GCC’s Student of the Year Rahteisha Pittman; 17 veterans representing five branches of the military; and 81 Business majors including several award-winning Entrepreneurs.
“The Class of 2020 has much to celebrate,” Coley said. “It is a class of resilient and determined students who have overcome many obstacles. Although Gateway's celebration is virtual, it in no way diminishes the accomplishments of these individuals, who will go on to affect positive change in our communities, our state and our nation in the years ahead."
The Grand Marshall was Stephen Fries, one of Gateway’s longest serving faculty members and a widely syndicated food columnist and author who leverages his professional activities to raise scholarship funds and internship opportunities for Gateway students. The Commencement Speaker was Reverend Professor John Henry Scott III, a revered Business faculty at Gateway, pastor of Jesus Stands for Love and Justice Ministries, Inc., New Haven., and the president and CEO of Wellness and Living the American Dream, Inc.
The virtual ceremony included special messages from Governor Ned Lamont, followed by greetings from Matt Fleury, chair of the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education, and Mark Ojakian, president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities.
2019 Hall of Fame Honorees - DeCosta, Naclerio, Hummel, Pepe and Middleton inducted into the Gateway Community College Foundation Hall of Fame
10/17/19 - The Bridge to Excellence 22nd Annual Hall of Fame Induction & Reception was held on October 17, 2019 recognizing and honoring those who support the next generation of achievers. The Hall of Fame event is largest source of Foundation scholarship aid. Congratulations to the 2019 Hall of Fame Honorees: Alumni Honorees Keith T. DeCosta, Signal Maintainer Helper, Amtrak and Nicholas S. Naclerio, CPA, Vice President Corporate Tax, AllianceBernstein (AB); Corporate Honorees Jill Rubin Hummel, President and General Manager, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shiled and Gregory Pepe, Founding Principal, Neubert, Pepe & Montieth, P.C. and Community Honoree Faith Middleton, Two-time Peabody Award-Winning Journalist and Culinary Goddess.
LIVE from the ‘Big G”, CT Public radio broadcasting from the Gateway Community College campus in downtown New Haven
2/14/2018 - Connecticut Public announced an exciting new partnership with Gateway Community College that they have relocated their New Haven radio studio on our campus and will host live and taped programs and provide valuable internships for our students. Diane Orson, Connecticut Public’s local host for Morning Edition and the New Haven bureau chief will be on campus for live broadcasts. Diane is a longtime reporter and contributor to National Public Radio.
The opening event, “For the Love of Public Media, included live radio broadcasts; taping of a program later aired by the New England News Collaborative; and sessions for students, faculty and the public to meet and hear from Connecticut Public’s on-air personalities that included Faith Middleton, John Denkowski, and Colin McEnroe.
The partnership, first announced in 2017, is providing program and internship opportunities for Gateway students through Connecticut Public’s Institute for Advanced Media. In the internships, students learn about editing audio, developing journalist pieces, and ultimately covering local events for WNPR. Gateway is frequently mentioned on-air as the originating location for WNPR programs, raising the college’s profile across the region. WNPR is heard throughout Connecticut, Western Massachusetts and Eastern Long Island.
The Big Read 2018
In 2018, the NEA Big Read was "Citizen: An American Lyric"' by Claudia Rankine. Gateway partnered with the International Festival in bringing Ms. Rankine on campus to participate in a student led panel discussion.
The NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. A note of special thanks to the NewAlliance Foundation for their on-going support that provided 50 books for students and books for the Gateway Library collection.
Klaus, Melton and Chapman Inducted into Gateway Community College Foundation Hall of Fame, Along with 218 Alumni Employed at YNHH
10/5/18— The Gateway Community College (GCC) Foundation celebrated its 21st annual Hall of Fame induction, October 4 with over 200 donors and supporters who were on hand to celebrate and cheer on this year’s inductees.
Jeffrey A. Klaus (Jeff) was inducted as this year’s Corporate Honoree, along with Community Honorees, Elsie Blackshear Chapman and Ruby H. Melton. Distinguished Alumni honors were conferred on 218 Gateway Community College alumni that are currently employed at Yale New Haven Healthcare's (YNHH) Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and Radiation Oncology.
Join Us In Honoring And Remembering Our Friend, Dr. John Soto
10/8/18— It is with deep sadness that I share the news of the passing of John Soto, a great friend and supporter of Gateway Community College and its students. John was a self-made man who built a successful manufacturing company and was known throughout the State of Connecticut for his commitment to our community. He was appointed by the Board of Trustees to the Search Committee that hired Dr. Dorsey L. Kendrick as president of Gateway.
We will all miss his kindness, compassion and sense of humor. Our hearts go out to Gladys, Pedro and the Soto family.
Manufacturing Engineering Lab Named for Sotos and Family
8/8/15—Gateway Community College Foundation celebrated on October 7, 2015 the naming of the John and Gladys Soto and Family Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory.
A naming ceremony commemorated the event, which was attended by Thomas Griggs Jr., Chair, Gateway Community College Foundation Board; Dorsey L. Kendrick, Ph.D., President, Gateway Community College; and John and Gladys Soto. Eric Flynn, interim Department Chair, GCC Engineering Technology, Joseph Kardos, Manufacturing Instructor, and Wilson Luna, Dean of Students, were also on hand to celebrate. [Read more]
Scholarship Donors and Recipients Celebrate at GCC Foundation Luncheon
6/24/15—The Gateway Community College (GCC) Foundation celebrated Gateway’s scholarship recipients and the generous donors who support the scholarship program at a June 5 luncheon at the New Haven Lawn Club.
More than $111,000 in scholarships was made available to Gateway students—the largest amount awarded since the Foundation’s establishment in 1993.
Gateway Celebrates Naming of The Curran Community Center with May 20 Ceremony
5/21/2015—Gateway Community College (GCC) celebrated on May 20 the naming of The Curran Community Center, named for William E. Curran, philanthropist and retiree from Halsey Associates. The ceremony was held from 5:00-6:30 pm.
The evening's speakers were Thomas Griggs Jr., Chair, Gateway Community College Foundation Board; Dr. Dorsey L. Kendrick, Ph.D., President, GCC; William E. Curran; and Professor Lorraine Li, Business Department, GCC.
Scholarship Recipient’s Hall of Fame Remarks Underscore Vital Need for Financial Assistance
12/22/2014—When Sabrina Paradis stepped to the podium at the Gateway Community College Foundation’s 17th Annual Hall of Fame Induction & Reception on Oct. 18, her remarks demonstrated that the true meaning of the event wasn’t solely to honor deserving community leaders and outstanding Gateway alumni.
Rather, at its very core, the Hall of Fame is the Foundation’s largest fundraiser, and the proceeds help provide vitally important scholarships to deserving students, enhance the college’s learning environment, and help faculty and staff develop their professional and educational skills.
Gateway Honors First Niagara With the Naming of Its Library and Learning Commons
6/10/2014—Representatives from First Niagara Bank and Gateway Community College (GCC) celebrated the naming of the college’s First Niagara Library and Learning Commons with a June 10 ribbon cutting and reception.
The new library was made possible in part through a charitable grant from First Niagara Foundation, the philanthropic arm of First Niagara Bank, N.A.
GCC Celebrates Naming of The Regional Water Authority and The Watershed Fund Chemistry Lab
5/29/14—On May 29, the Gateway Community College Foundation celebrated the naming of The Regional Water Authority and The Watershed Fund Chemistry Lab at Gateway Community College.
Larry L. Bingaman, President and CEO of The Regional Water Authority, and Richard G. Bell, Esq., President of The Watershed Fund, were on hand to commemorate the event, as well as Dorsey L. Kendrick, President of Gateway, and Thomas S. Griggs, Jr., Chair of the Gateway Community College Foundation Board. Professor Robert E. Tremblay, Math/Science Department Chair at Gateway, closed the evening’s program.
Yale-New Haven Hospital Names GCC Nursing Suite
4/28/2014—Yale-New Haven Hospital and Gateway Community College (GCC) celebrated the naming of the college’s nursing suite with an April 28 ribbon cutting and reception. The ribbon cutting event punctuates Yale-New Haven Hospital’s longstanding commitment to Gateway’s nursing and allied health programming.
“Yale-New Haven Hospital has been a dedicated and generous partner since the beginning of our nursing program,” said GCC President Dorsey Kendrick. “We are so grateful for all Marna Borgstrom and her team have done to support the college’s mission to create a first-class healthcare workforce. Wherever you go for health care in this region, you are sure to meet a Gateway graduate.”
Gateway Celebrates NewAlliance Foundation Art Gallery Grand Opening with Holocaust Memorial Exhibit
4/10/14—On April 10, Gateway Community College celebrated the naming of the NewAlliance Foundation Art Gallery with a new exhibit, "Memory and Legacy," and a program of speakers.
The grand opening was the first of many naming ceremonies slated for Gateway's campus.