Charter Oak State College Alumni Association

Students proceed to the graduation ceremony


The Alumni Association is comprised of volunteer leadership uniting the COSC’s Alumni Community through meaningful connections.

The Alumni Board is committed to building relationships and empowering the pursuit of education and career satisfaction. Together, we work to support Charter Oak State College's educational and service goals; and provide professional and social opportunities for members and alumni in general. We are better with YOU.


How can YOU be a Part?

Join ~ Volunteer ~ Participate


Alumni Association Membership is open to everyone who has received a degree from the College. Simply pay online (see links below and in the sidebar) and email your membership application to

Prefer to Mail?  Send your membership application along with a check payable to: COSC Alumni Association | 55 Paul Manafort Drive, New Britain, CT 06053.

2020 Recap - The Value of Membership

New for 2021:  Receive a Gift with your membership!

Squirrel and Mug alumni membership gifts 2021

   $175 Lifetime Membershipplus Alumni Squirrel and COSC Oversized Mug
   $40 1-Year Membership plus (choose one gift) Alumni Squirrel or COSC Oversized Mug
Membership gifts will be shipped to the address listed on your membership application. Be sure to return the application to  We look forward to getting to know YOU!

Name reveal video The Big Reveal: Our Beloved Squirrel has a Name!
Take five minutes to meet John Thomas, Alumni Association Board President and watch the reveal here ...
or scroll down to see the announcement.



To learn more, please complete the online form → Alumni Opportunities Survey.


Together, we raised $425 for FoodShare (Spring 2021) with the support of 16 generous donors!

Together, we helped - Sound the Alarm - for the American Red Cross and educated families on fire prevention safety.


Welcome New Board Members!

Traci O'Brien Headshot

Traci O'Brien, Class of '2021
Lifetime Alumni Association Member

Holly Palmer Howery

Holly Palmer Howery, Class of '14, 17 & '20
Lifetime Alumni Association Member
Traci is a 2021 honors graduate of Charter Oak State College, earning a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration. She is Co-Owner of Senior Insurance Consultants, an insurance agency dedicated to helping the Medicare Community.
Traci is a volunteer with the New Haven Walk to End Alzheimer's, as well as the Co-Founder of Senior Wishes CT - a non-profit that grants wishes to underprivileged seniors in CT.
Holly joins the Charter Oak State College Alumni Association as our newly appointed Secretary, and also serves on the board of the CT Board of Regents for Higher Education.
Holly is a Health, Wellness, and Transition Coach who earned her A.S. degree in 2014, then went on to complete her B.S. in Organizational Leadership in 2017. In 2020, Holly earned her M.S. in Organizational Leadership & Effectiveness.


Upcoming Events!

Legal Shield Zoom Sessions


Alumni Virtual BINGO!
Back by popular demand!
You won't want to miss out on the games, fun, and prizes!
Date TBD | Stay tuned!

Get Your Bingo On



COSC Alumni WolfPack Hockey Night

* Friday, February 11, 2022 *

Be Part of the Action!

ICE LEVEL Lounge Tickets include rink-side seats, dinner buffet, and private lounge. Or, choose STADIUM SEATING for an affordable action packed evening.


whats new





LegalShield & IDShield is now being offered as a benefit for Charter Oak State College Alumni! 

Services are available for as low as $24.95 per month and includes coverage for spouse and children up to 26 years of age with the legal plan. Some of the areas of coverage include:

  • Estate: Will Preparation, Living Wills, Healthcare & Financial Power of Attorney

  • Advice:  Advice and consultations on any personal legal matter

  • Financial: Collections, Warranties, Guarantees, IRS Audit Assistance

  • Real Estate: Landlord/Tenant Issues, Mortgage, Purchase, Refinance, Foreclosure

  • Auto: Moving Traffic Violations, Car Accidents

  • Family Matters: Uncontested: Divorce, Separation, Name Change and Adoption

  • 25% Discount for contested divorces and other covered legal matters

  • Identity Theft Protection: Credit Score Monthly Updates, Continuous Credit Monitoring, Identity Restoration

  • MemberPerks: Discounts at over 400 partner companies including: Cell Phones, Apparel, Electronics, Entertainment, Rental Cars, Hotels, and more.

To get more information or to enroll with the service, visit:

Questions? Feel free to contact Kevin Palache, LegalShield Independent Associate, at 860.716.8208 or


The Charter Oak State College Alumni Association Squirrel has a new name! 

Thank you to the over 300 participants, who provided names and voted.  We appreciate you playing along!

Squirrel Name Voting

Acorns in Action! Volunteer Network

The Charter Oak State College Alumni and Students join forces as Acorns in Action to support local community initiatives.

Do you have an upcoming event that you are volunteering for? Let us know so we can mail you a COSC T-shirt!

Submit the following online form and be sure to include your event info and t-shirt size.* Don’t forget to tag us on social media wearing your shirt! #ActionsInAction

*Sizes are limited – first come, first served.

Register as a volunteer to be sure you hear of upcoming opportunities (Acorns in Action Volunteer Form)
Share Your Volunteer / Community Involvement and receive our a volunteer t-shirt, simply email

Alumni Ambassador Program! 

Alumni Ambassador


A way to pay-it-forward, refer family friends and others and they receive an application waiver fee. Register or Refer - here -


Official Charter Oak Alumni Store!


Show Your Charter Oak Pride and Support Scholarships!  A portion of the sales benefits the Alumni Association Graduate Degree Scholarship.  [Order Online]


About Charter Oak Alumni Board of Directors

The COSC Alumni Association is comprised of an all volunteer board of Charter Oak graduates [Board of Directors.] committed to providing benefits, programs, and opportunities for the Alumni Community of Charter Oak State College.

We are eager to grow our community and involve all of our alumni, in all states. The Board meets approximately five (5) times a year. Subcommittees are established to assist with scholarship review, social/network planning, commencement committee opportunities, the ambassador program, and more. 

We are looking for new members to join our Alumni Association Board!

Charter Oak  Alumni Insurance Program

Charter Oak State College Alumni Association now sponsors an Alumni Insurance Program as a service to our Graduates.

Meyers and Associates

The program offers a variety of attractively-priced insurance products, most of which are available to alumni, students, faculty, and staff, as well as their spouses, domestic partners, children, parents, and siblings.  Visit or contact Meyer and Associates at 800-635-7801.

Stay Connected


We keep our alumni up to date with Alumni News: Connections.

Alumni Spotlights

Check out our special Alumni Spotlights on Lisa Vincent, Trudi Lebron, Dave Peterson, Jack DaLuz, Harry Chichester, Bruce Brown, Johnny Mason, John DeCarlo, David Matthews, Ruth Garby Torres, Matt Fleury, and.... you! -

Please send your news updates to - promotions, job changes, graduate degrees, awards, births, marriages and other significant successes in your life!

Send Updates to


Social Networking for Alumni

Engage with fellow alums on our Facebook Alumni Group and our LinkedIn Alumni Group. Be sure to add Charter Oak State College to your Facebook education history and your LinkedIn education history.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram and continue to follow Charter Oak State College on Facebook and @CharterOak on Twitter.


The Charter Oak State College Alumni Association | Strategy Planning Sessions

Jan 2020 Strategic Planning   Strategic Planning Feb 2020   COSC Hat and Acorns in Action Pin


Shop Online?

Support Scholarship with AmazonSmile

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Visit and simply use your existing account login. Select The Charter Oak State College Foundation as your charitable organization and start shopping!

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Foundation. The Charter Oak State College Foundation, a 501c3, annually awards almost 100K in scholarships and grants to Charter Oak students.

Past Events:



Conversations with...Traci O'Brien, Class of '21 and Co-owner of Senior Insurance Consultants, an insurance agency dedicated to helping the Medicare Community.
"Navigating Medicare:  Helpful Tips" ~ Learn more about CT's Best Kept Secret for helping Medicare beneficiaries with their prescription drug costs under the Medicare Savings Program, as well as important dates to know for enrolling into Medicare or a Medicare Plan. 


Conversations with... Emilee Tucker, Class of '19 & '16 and a Learning and Development Specialist at Hartford HealthCare.
"Being an Effective Leader: 7 tips to build your leadership skills and the importance of mentoring."


MusicNotesAlumni Association Summer Outing
Our Charter Oak State College Alumni Association Leadership will be attending the August 12th Summer Concert in South Windsor, CT. 
Please join us for an evening of free music and fun! We will have swag and snacks at the Alumni Association "table." 
Please RSVP by August 11th.





Please join us on Tuesday, August 3rd at 12pm EST as we kick-off "Conversations with..." A new complimentary series of Professional & Personal Development discussions.
Our inaugural topic is You as a Unique Valuable Asset: Tips on Career Changes with Insight into Interpreting Job Posts through the lens of Transferable Skills with guest presenter, Damon DePaolo.
Damon is a COSC Graduate & Lifetime Alumni Member and the Director of Cyber Talent & Education Management for the Office of Cyber Security at MassMutual.
The 30 minute virtual conversation will include a short presentation followed by a Q&A session.
Registration is required by August 2nd. 

MindfulMondayMarch Mindful Mondays

The COSC Alumni and Student Association(s) have joined together to bring you Wellness Workshops for three Mondays in March!

Registration is Required ~ there is No Charge to Attend!

Mondays, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (EDT)
  • March 15:  Navigating Change & Building Resilience
  • March 22:  Creating Balance within Your 'New Normal'
  • March 29:  Supporting Grief & Loss with Empathy & Compassion
Register for 1 workshop or attend all 3!


Alumni BINGO Night!

Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 6:30pm EDT


Join the live, virtual fun! Music & Traditional BINGO hosted by Get Your Bingo On! Prizes, laughter and (at home) fun for the whole family/household!
Free to Charter Oak Alumni, Volunteers and Board Members. Guests are welcome to attend for a small fee.

Register by Monday, March 22nd


Alumni Board Recruitment Sessions ~ Meet YOUR Alumni Board of Directors!

Thursday, February 25, 2021 @ 6:30pm EST and Saturday, February 27, 2021 @ 9:30am EST

Join the virtual, interactive conversation.

Is 2021 the year you try something new? Take an hour and meet current board members, learn about the strategic endeavors and the opportunities that await new board volunteers. Get your questions answered too!

Register by emailing, with your contact information and the preferred virtual session you wish to attend. WebEx login information will be emailed to you once your registration is received.

Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm EST

Curiosity Courses for a Cause!

Curiosity Courses Banner

The COSC Foundation invites you to indulge your curiosity, for a cause! 

 Live, Virtual Experiences designed for YOU!

Indulge Your Palate ~ Master Your Kitchen ~ Tell Your Story!

All while helping to raise funds to support Degree Completion of Charter Oak Students.

For more information, visit Spring 2021 Fundraiser.


The Wolf Pack Hockey Game & Fundraiser was Saturday, January 25, 2020, 7:00 pm  [view (or add) photos on Facebook]

Alumni Association Wolf Pack 2020

Acorns in Action

Thank You to all of our Acorns in Action!
Volunteers over a two day period helped Foodshare collect over 200 of the 15,059 turkeys needed for Thanksgiving and raised over $5,000.
FoodShare and Charter Oak Turkey Drive


Thursday, Aug. 22, 6:00 pm | Hartford Yard Goats Baseball & BBQ

Charter Oak @Hartford Yard Goats! Thursday, Aug. 22 with 110 registered alumni, students, and staff members. Thank you to all who attended and made it a great night!  (View photos on Facebook)

yardgoats group pic


Saturday, March 30, 2019 - Charter Oak State College 45th Anniversary!

[Press Info] |45th Anniversary Celebration photos |Charter Oak Changes Lives - Testimonial Video

disco dance picture


Thursday, February 28, 2019 | Night of Networking | 5:30 pm – 7:00pm


Saturday, January 26, 2019 | Wolfpack Hockey Game and Fundraiser!

The Alumni Association along with friends and family gathered at the XL center as the Wolfpack took on the Charlotte Checkers. Click HERE to check out the photos that we took at the game!

wolfpack group pick

Monday, December 3, 2018 | The Alumni & Student Holiday Happy Hour!

The Alumni & Student Associations Holiday happy hour was on December 3, 2018 at Five Churches Brewing. It was full of excitement and holiday cheer. Click HERE to check out some amazing photos we took at the event!

holiday happy hour

December 2017: Holiday Happy Hour - Thomas Hooker Brewery - Cheers!

Alumni Holiday Happy Hour

Alumni Meet & Greet Summer 2017 - Yard Goats, Dunkin Donuts Park, Hartford, CT!

Charter Oak Alumni at the YG Club

A good time was had by all! The Charter Oak State College Alumni Association Summer 2017 Meet, Greet and Baseball was held Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the Yard Goats Stadium, Hartford. The sky was clear, the air was warm and the park was full of excitement as another sold out baseball game took place. The Social began in the climate controlled YG Club as Charter Oak Alumni, Association and Foundation Officers, and College Staff gathered for food & drink.

Charter Oak State College Alumni Association
55 Paul Manafort Drive, New Britain, CT 06053 | 860.515.3889 |