NFA World - Sun., Dec. 9

NFA to Host Connecticut History Day

Connecticut History Day is coming to NFA this spring. For the first time, NFA has been selected as the host site for the Southeastern Connecticut region of this annual competition. 

The program encourages students, grades 6-12, to explore local, state, national, and world history through selecting topics, conducting research and analyzing their findings with a final project to demonstrate their work.

The projects are entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level. Professional historians and educators evaluate them.

Karen Cook, Head of the History & Social Studies Department, is excited to bring the competition to campus. “It’s a great opportunity for NFA,” she said. “We hope to have 40 of our own students participating.”

The event is expected to draw about 100 students from all over Southeastern Connecticut. NFA is one of 6 regional sites in the state.

Connecticut History Day is one of 57 affiliate programs of the highly regarded National History Day program.

Students interested in competing can reach out to their teachers or contact Karen Cook at 860-425-5690 or


Chamber Singers Rock Out on Stage

NFA’s Chamber Singers choir joined members of the rock band Foreigner during their recent tour stop at Mohegan Sun Arena to perform the band’s hit song “I Want to Know What Love Is.” Photo credit: Mohegan Sun.

(back, l-r): Zach Damboise ’19, Marus Gada ’19, Brooke Gottshall ’19, Angel Ladford ’19

(front, l-r): Solmari Aviles ’21, Johanny Ortiz ’19, Maddison Minski ’19




Holiday Shopping at the Cat Shack

Officially branded NFA gear makes a great gift! Stop by the Cat Shack, located in the Converse Building, during these holiday hours to shop for your special Wildcat:

Fri., Dec. 14 -- 2:30 - 6 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 15 -- 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tue., Dec. 18 -- 5 - 8:30 p.m.


Winter at Slater Memorial Museum

Join the Slater Memorial Museum for a series of events highlighting the holiday and winter seasons. For more information visit

Deck the Halls
December 14, 2:30-6 p.m., December 15 & 16, 1- 4 p.m.

A special exhibit featuring holiday trees and wreaths created, and generously donated, by local organizations and artists. Bring one home - all proceeds support the Museum and its mission. 

Holiday Shopping Night
December 14, 2018, 2:30-6 p.m.

A special night of deals, festive snacks, and extended hours for holiday shopping at the museum gift shop. Complimentary gift-wrapping included! To view a list of all event deals and discounts visit

Fine Art Sale
December 14, 2:30-6 p.m., December 15 & 16, 1-4 p.m. 

Give the gift of an original work of art! Featuring William McCloy prints and Ronald Wing pastels. Unframed works are $15; framed works are $50. Free artist booklet with purchase!

Make Your Own Wreath
December 16, 1-3 p.m.
$8 Member/$12 Non-Member
Pre-registration required

Wreath ring and greens will be supplied to each participant. Bring any items you would like to personalize your wreath. Space limited, pre-registration required. Payment is required to hold your spot. Please register by calling 860-425-5563.

Students Help Local Homeless Population

Mon., Dec. 3, Members of the Project Outreach committee “Hope Lives Here” presented checks to organizations that help the local homeless population. The group raised $3,178 from hosting a variety show in September during the Rotary Club Diversity Week, and with an annual Homeless Overnight event in October, during which students spend the night outside to gain an understanding of homelessness.

Mike Van Vlaenderen of the Reliance Health Outreach to Homeless program complimented the students on their efforts. “You are really making a difference,” he said.

The committee planned and organized the events and are now working on another fundraiser for the spring.

Project Outreach is also collecting donations of toiletries such as soap, toothbrushes, and personal care items listed on tags on the Giving Tree located in the Tirrell building on campus. Donations will be divided among several local shelters.

(l-r) Lilyana Sherbanee ’20, Bailey Buchan ’19, John Paul, TVCCA (Thames Valley Council for Community Action) Supportive Housing, Jillian Corbin, St, Vincent DePaul Place, LeeAnn Gomes, Norwich Human Services, Mike Van Vlaenderen, Reliance Health Outreach to Homeless Program, Jillian Derjue ’19, Liberte Pellerin ’19, Sarah Carter ’19

Not in photo – Kathy Allen, Youth Engagement Team Initiative of Southeastern CT