ANSON SMITH AT 203-332-5229


Induction set for Nov. 21

LeVar Burton Special Guest

The Housatonic Community College Foundation is looking for three distinguished alumni to be the first members inducted into the newly established Alumni Hall of Fame. To that end, the Foundation is asking the public to nominate HCC alumni who have achieved success in their careers, are having a positive impact on their communities, and whose accomplishments stand as a tribute to the high academic standards of the college.

Three alumni chosen from the nominees will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Foundation’s fundraising Gala on Saturday, November 21 in the college’s new Beacon Hall event center.  The black tie dinner dance will feature a special presentation by renowned literacy advocate LeVar Burton, famous for his roles as Kunta Kinte in the miniseries Roots, as Geordi LaForge in the Emmy award-winning television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and as the long-time host of the highly acclaimed PBS children’s series Reading Rainbow.

 In addition to honoring all HCC alumni and the inductees in particular, the event is intended to inspire the current student population.  “In bestowing this prestigious award on these outstanding alumni, we hope to impress our students with the knowledge that with education, they too have the potential to achieve success and fulfillment,” Ms. Johnson added.

The vast majority of HCC students require financial support to get through their studies, but unfortunately, according to Ms. Johnson, the Foundation’s Scholarship Fund does not have the financial resources to meet the demonstrated need. “An additional goal of the gala is to call attention to this critical disparity, and help us jumpstart our fundraising efforts so our students can receive the education they need to achieve their personal goals and contribute to the economic development of the region,” she said.  Event sponsors, alumni and attendees will have the opportunity to support the Foundation’s Scholarship Fund through sponsorships, general contributions and by purchasing tickets to the event.  

Alumni Hall of Fame nomination forms can be found on the home page of the Housatonic Community College website, .  For more information, call the HCC Foundation at 203-332-5038 or e-mail .

The deadline for nominations is Sept. 1, 2009.