Special Events at Gateway

The Gateway Community College Foundation supports a variety of special events at Gateway, connecting students and the community.



On Thursday, March 24, 2022, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Gateway Community College’s Curran Community Center, Dr. William ‘Terry’ Brown, Helene A. Augustine, and the Board of Directors of the Gateway Community College Foundation celebrated the Ribbon-Cutting and reception for the naming of the Amour Propre Fund/LindyLee Gold Center for Counseling and Wellness at Gateway Community College. 


On Friday, March 18, 2022, in Gateway Community College’s Curran Community Center, the Gateway Community College Foundation and Washington Trust Wealth Management® presented Sip N’ Song, a cabaret evening that featured Andy Rubenoff at the piano accompanied by several community artists.


The Gateway LEEDers Sustainable Recycling Program and the Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit Program

The Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) Tax Credit Program is designed to provide funding for municipal and tax exempt organizations by providing a corporation business tax credit for businesses who make cash contributions to these entities.

Webster Bank and The Suzio York Hill Companies participated in the NAA that provides support for the Gateway LEEDers Sustainable Recycling Program.

Gateway Community College is very cognizant of its role as an innovator among Connecticut state colleges and takes its role of sustainability and environmental responsibility seriously, as exemplified by the construction and opening of Gateway’s 358,000 square foot gold-level LEED certificate building in an urban campus in downtown New Haven in 2012.

Gateway’s LEEDers Sustainable Recycling Program is designed to educate and train Gateway Community College students, faculty and staff about the 50 environmental features of Gateway’s building while they participate in a campus-wide sustainable recycling program.

The students who greatly benefit by being involved to implement the LEEDers Sustainable Recycling Program plan are the students enrolled in the Step Forward Program that is part of The GREAT Center, Gateway Community College’s Resource, Education and Training Center. They create rosters, sets up the recycling route and is delegates task assignments. The students who are employed through the LEEDers Program can use this work experience to help the students build skills, self-esteem and establish a work history.

Expanding their learning experience at Gateway beyond the classroom students have actively engaged in on-campus collaborative efforts with their colleagues and faculty, and have reached out to increase awareness about recycling environmental responsibility, and how to apply their new found knowledge.

The Gateway Community College Foundation extends hearty congratulations t Step Forward student graduates Amari Jones and Alexa Wardell wo participated in the LEEDers Sustainable Recycling Program. On hand to congratulate the students were Jeffrey Klaus, Regional President, Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, Webster Bank and Leonardo H. Suzio, President and Owner of The Suzio York Hill Companies.


2018 The Big Read & Gateway host acclaimed Poet and Author Claudia Rankine

A highlight of the year was Gateway Community College Foundation’s partnership with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas and the New Haven Free Public Library in the NEA’s 2018 The Big Read of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling Poet and Recipient of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship.

Gateway faculty used the book in their spring curriculum content engaging students in fostering inquiry and critical thinking around the book’s theme about race. Gateway students, faculty and staff learned that Claudia Rankine’s voice and poetry are about some of the most relevant and troubling social themes of the 21st century.

Claudia Rankine visited the Gateway campus to participate in a student-author panel discussion on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.  The discussion was well attended and the student panelists included: Jesus Garzon, Marlon Hagwood, Arlinda Griffin, Carlos Mejia, Valeria Araujo and Patreena Charles.  Questions evoked lively exchanges around how Citizen uses poetry, essay and cultural-criticism, and visual images to explore what it means to be an American citizen living in a “post-racial” society.

Gateway looks forward to bringing Claudia Rankine back to campus in fall 2018 to further the discussion around the emotional and psychic tensions that mark the experiences of many living in the twenty-first century America.

Cabaret at the Café Benefits Gateway Community College’s Family Economic Security Program (FESP)

The first Cabaret in the Café was held on June 1, 2018, featured Mimi Lines, Board Chair of the Gateway Community College Foundation and a partner at Robinson + Cole. The sold out audience was treated to tasty delights catered by David McCoart. Mimi is a trained singer and has held Cabaret nights locally and in New York City. The proceeds from the Cabaret benefited FESP at Gateway Community College.

Gateway Community College is pleased to announce that it is launching FESP at the Gateway campus this fall. This program will provide students, from low -to moderate-income families, with coaching in four areas: academic, financial, career and personal.

FESP is the only program that serves New Haven and the surrounding communities focused on implementing proven strategies designed to remove student success barriers and applying wraparound services on a college campus with the goal of increasing college degree attainment by students. FESP is based on successful models at Housatonic and Norwalk Community Colleges. Gateway will be the third site for this program.

Esther Haseltine Schiavone Cultural Fund

This fund was established in 2006 through the Gateway Community College Foundation, Inc., to bring cultural and artistic events to the College for public enrichment. The fund was named for Esther Haseltine Schiavone by her daughter Jennifer Schiavone, who set up the endowment in her mother’s memory to help the arts programs put on at GCC by her longtime friend and author, GCC Professor Franz Douskey.

The fund has brought to the Gateway campus such speakers as Emmy Award-winning TV journalist Diane Smith, internationally renowned forensic scientist and chief emeritus of the Connecticut State Police Dr. Henry Lee, and George Silano, an Emmy Award-winning cinematographer, to campus.

For more information on special events contact the GCC Foundation by calling (203) 285-2617