New London welcomes President Bergeron at downtown reception
Celebrating a mutually beneficial relationship as old as Connecticut College itself, more than 100 members of the New London and College communities gathered at the city’s Thames Club yesterday to meet and mingle with the College’s new president, Katherine Bergeron.
The community reception, hosted by the College, kicked off a week of activities leading up to Bergeron’s on Saturday, April 5.
In brief remarks to the crowd, which included city officials, business leaders and many of the College’s community partners, New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio formally welcomed Bergeron to New London and said he is looking forward to working with her to reinvigorate the historic partnership between the city and the College.
Bergeron told the guests that she has enjoyed meeting so many influential community leaders and experiencing firsthand "the warmth and generosity that characterizes the city of New London.”
She emphasized the College’s reciprocal relationship with the city is tied to its mission as an educational institution, adding there is nothing more important for the development of students as leaders than getting involved in the community. Each year, nearly 600 Connecticut College students do internships, complete coursework and work-study placements, or volunteer at nearly 50 local agencies, schools and organizations. The College has also founded a number of signature education programs that support New London schoolchildren and youth.
When Bergeron shared that she was born at New London’s Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, making her return to the city a homecoming of sorts, the crowd erupted into applause.
March 28, 2014
Members of the New London community welcome Connecticut College President Katherine Bergeron at a March 27 reception. The event was the first in a series of Inauguration events leading up to Bergeron's April 5 installation ceremony.
Bergeron and her husband, Joseph Butch Rovan, professor of music and chair of the music department at Brown University, are introduced by the College's Vice President for Administration Ulysses Hammond.
Hammond (right) and New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio (center) lead guests in a round of applause for the College's new president.
Speaking to the more than 100 business and community leaders, Finizio officially welcomes Bergeron to New London.
Bergeron and Finizio converse at the event.
Bergeron shares a laugh with Reona Dyess, executive director of New London's Drop-In Learning Center. Many Connecticut College students volunteer and work in the center, which provides enrichment programs for children.
Guests enjoy an a cappella performance by a Connecticut College student group, The Shwiffs.
Bergeron chats with New London attorney James McGuire and his wife, Ellen.
The Williams Street Mix, another student a cappella group, performs.
(From left) Taryn Kitchen '16, Audrey Schlette '14, staff member Andrew Nathanson '13 and Melanie Thibeault '14 talk with Bergeron. Kitchen was one of two student pianists who provided ambiance music during the event.
Bergeron congratulates Jessie Durning '16 (left) and Caroline Noonan '16, members of The Shwiffs a cappella group, on their performance.