Foundation Events

Charter Oak State College Foundation

Charter Oak State College Foundation Events

Brighter Futures, One Degree at a Time

Employer Appreciation Breakfast Invitation, Thursday November 18 2021 7:30 am TPC River Highlands Cromwell CT

The Employer Appreciation Breakfast provides an opportunity for our Alumni and Students to show appreciation for their employer. Alumni & Students are invited to

  1. Nominate Your Boss for the Golden Acorn Employer of the Year Award (by Wed., Oct. 27, 2021)

  2. Bring Your Boss to Breakfast! for Free! Register online by Nov. 11, 2021

In 2020, we had to postpone our celebration, so this year we are recognizing two years of nominations and two Golden Acorn Employers of the Year - for double the appreciation! The breakfast is being planned as an indoor event and will adhere to public safety regulations for the well-being of all.  The TPC is spacious, allowing for social distancing.


Liberty Bank Community Kind LogoNEW BRITAIN, CT - October 27, 2021 - Liberty Bank and Charter Oak State College Foundation have joined forces to fund a new Scholarship program aimed at parents, single or married, living at or near poverty in Connecticut.

 “Liberty Bank is excited to award an additional $4,000 to the Parents Intent on Improving Tomorrow (PiiT) program...[read more]...Announced Glenn Davis, COSC Foundation Treasurer and First Vice President, Community Development/CRA Officer at Liberty Bank, “We challenge the community to match our donation, as we strive to provide scholarships for parents in need, particularly African American and Hispanic men. The Challenge begins today and will culminate at the Foundation’s Employers Appreciation Breakfast on November 18, 2021 – just under 30 days to raise $8,000!” [Press Release]

Visit [EmployerAppreciationDonation2021] to help remove disparity (Today!).


Be part of the solution to creating Brighter Futures!

We invite our community partners to support our students, alumni, and Support Equity in Education.

Associate Your Business with Student Success

Our students use their degrees to better their lives and depend on employers to help them reach their goals, to support their educational endeavors, and advance their careers.

Become an event sponsor, receive prominent recognition, and align your company with the Foundation’s mission of financially supporting higher education degree completion to help create Brighter Futures, One Degree at a Time. Sponsorships range from $1,500 Table Sponsor to $15,000 Event Sponsor

Employer Appreciation

Nominations for the prestigious - 2021 Golden Acorn Employer of the Year Award - are being accepted until, Wednesday, October 27, 2021. Students and Alumni are encouraged to submit the [Nomination Form] with a short essay expressing your appreciation for any support, guidance, or advancement opportunities you received during your degree completion journey (250 words or less).

2020 & 2021 Golden Acorn Employer of the Year Awards will be announced at the Breakfast!

Proceeds from the Breakfast will Support Higher Education Equality
Charter Oak State College Foundation is a 501(c)3 and proceeds from the breakfast will support our scholarship program intentionally aimed at removing barriers to inequality in higher education for parents living in poverty in Connecticut - Intent on Improving Tomorrow for Parents (of color) (PiiT). 

- Join the Charter Oak State College Foundation in our journey to create brighter futures, one degree at a time.

History of Foundation Events


Shea Lecture 2020 Guest speakers

What is the Shea Lecture?
The Shea Lecture Endowment was established in 1987 upon the retirement of Bernard D. Shea, Charter Oak's first President. This Endowed Fund enables the Foundation and College to sponsor public lectures which further the College's mission to engage students and the community in lifelong

The 2020 Shea Lecture Topic:
A panel of distinguished guests will discuss economic disparity within our state and country, the origins, barriers, limitations, and solutions. Subject matter experts will provide insights on economic disparity, housing inequity, higher education, career / workforce planning as well as societal. 


Beat the stay-at-home-blues

Charter Oak State College Foundation, along with Program Sponsors Sheffy Mazzaccaro and the Charter Oak Student Association, invite you to join in for some free fun!

Storytelling Live Virtual Event!

Professional Award-Winning storyteller, Terry Wolfisch Cole of Tell Me Another, provided a lineup of COSC alums, students, faculty, board members, and friends to share their personal stories - because our stories matter!

View on Facebook or YouTube:

Storytelling event

Employer Appreciation Breakfast - Friday, November 8, 2019

Charter Oak State College Celebrated Employer Benefactors and Student Success at the 2nd Annual Employer Appreciation Breakfast, Friday, November 8, 2019, 7:30 am - 9:00 am at the TPC River Highlands Club House, Cromwell, CT

Employer Appreciation Breakfast 2019  Employer Appreciation Breakfast 2019 2  Employer Appreciation Breakfast (3)

The event featured a variety of speakers including Charter Oak Alum, Seila Mosquera-Bruno, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Housing. Nitza Rivera, Aetna, VP of Talent Management, who thanked Charter Oak for the 20-year partnership and the over 200 employees that have earned degrees from Charter Oak and continue to work at Aetna. 

Also, the event included the awarding of the prestigious 2019 Golden Acorn Employer of the Year Award. This year’s recipient was Middlesex HealthCare. Suzanne D’Amato, Operations Manager, Health Information Services, of Middlesex Healthcare was nominated by current Charter Oak student Kelly Carlson.

Gold Sponsors,Liberty Bank, blumshapiro, Scalia & Associates, and Sheffy Mazzaccaro, made it possible for Charter Oak's community of learners to bring their boss to the complimentary breakfast. Hall said, "The Foundation appreciates and thanks employers who recognize the importance of higher education, and our community sponsors who helped to create this opportunity to honor many of them."

Follow the links to see photos on Facebook, or read more and view photos with captions. Proceeds to benefit the Student Crisis Fund.

COSC 45th Anniversary Celebration

Thank you Just Isn’t Enough! We had a record number of attendees, sold-out the mystery wine wall, enjoyed the music by DJ Love, Julio Casiano, and just had a real ball (disco style!). The Charter Oak celebration included old and new friends, staff, faculty, and volunteer leadership.  Awards were presented and testimonies were given as we celebrated the life changing work and mission of Charter Oak and the Foundation - degree completion. Please take a moment, view below and follow the links - help us acknowledge our sponsors and donors, plus see the story of the evening in words and photos!

45th Anniversary Celebration : [Program Book] | [Press info] | [photo gallery] | Charter Oak Changes Lives! Testimonial Video






Thank you to all of our supporters:


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Thank you to our Faculty/Staff Emeriti Award Members

Photo below includes: From right to left, Emeriti Award Winners with President Ed Klonoski, Linda Larkin, Dr. Merle Harris, Pat Derech, Robert Zabek, Shyamala Raman, Irene Clampet, Provost Shirley Adams, Donald Brodeur, and  David Sloane. 

disco photo


The First Annual Employer Appreciation Breakfast was held on Nov 30th 2018 at River - Waterfront Restaurant, in Wethersfield, CT.

Thank you to our Gold Sponsor:

FIA LogoOther Sponsors can be viewed in the Event Program!

Alums and Students were encouraged to "bring their boss to breakfast" and the 2018 Golden Acorn Employer of the Year Award was presented. Click Here to view our photo gallery!

The 2018 Golden Acorn Employer of the Year - Hartford Healthcare!  From left to right, Shelly Johnson, Kwame Asamoah, COSC Student and Scholarship Recipient, Debbi Wright, RHIA, System Director of Health Information Management and Guest Speaker. (Missing from the picture is supervisor, Celia Rodriguez.)

The 2018 Golden Acorn Employer of the Year - Hartford Healthcare!  From left to right, Shelly Johnson, Kwame Asamoah, COSC Student and Scholarship Recipient, Debbi Wright, RHIA, System Director of Health Information Management and Guest Speaker. (Missing from the picture is supervisor, Celia Rodriguez.)

Proceeds from the breakfast will be used for the Student Crisis Fund, to help students overcome unforeseen financial hardships in realtime, keeping students on track for degree completion. It is not too late to make a donation to the Student Crisis Fund! Simply follow this link: Thank you!

Entrepreneurial Workshop

Monday, November 26, 2018, FREE Entrepreneurial Workshop Step Three: Go

Monday, October 15, 2018, FREE Entrepreneurial Workshop Step Two: Set

Tuesday, September 25th, FREE Entrepreneurial Workshop Step One: Ready

Career Development Workshops

Complimentary Career Workshop [1, 2, and 3] Presented by Calculus of Talent!

Spring Fundraiser and 2018 Shea Lecture, May 1, 2018

Thank you to our 2018 Shea Lecture - Art of Wellness Panel!

Sheal lecture Panel, Maureen Andy and Andrea

Andy Lee, M.A., Chief Mindfulness Officer, Aetna
Maureen McIntyre, M.A.
, CEO, North Central Area Agency on Aging (NCAAA)
and Andrea Mullin, B.S., Client Manager, United Healthcare, and WIT Program Graduate

2018 Shea Lecture Panel Andy, Nancy, and Andrea

and (centered) Nancy Billias, Ph.D., Professor, University of Saint Joseph, and Core Consulting Faculty, COSC,


2017 Foundation Fall Fundraiser - Celebrating Forty Years!

Cyber Safety Video Presented by Liberty Bank and Charter Oak Foundation

Watch Jeff Lanza's How Cyber Safe are YOU?

Read Jeff Lanza's Simple Safeguards: Preventing Identity Theft

Sponsored by Liberty Bank and the COSC Foundation Rankin Chair

2017 marked 40 years of the COSC Foundation's active service for students of Charter Oak State College

A dinner celebration was held Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Back Nine Tavern on Stanley Golf Course. Charter Oak Foundation Board Members, Alums, Staff, and faculty gathered for dinner and a presentation of the scholarship awards, plus the feature presentation on cyber security safety by Jeff Lanza, retired FBI agent.

Proceeds benefited the Student Crisis Fund Endowment and also provided a free public service presentation.

Thank you to all for making our event a success and providing for students in crisis.


Questions? Contact Carol Hall, Associate Director of Development at or (860) 515-3889