Charter Oak State College Foundation Shea Lecture and Fundraising Reception on October 27, 2011
Despite the arrival of an early snow storm, many came out for an evening of thought-provoking conversation for the Annual Shea Lecture and Fundraising Reception at The Hartford Tower Auditorium in Hartford. This year’s lecture entitled “Eyewitness Testimony: Fact or Fiction?” was free and open to the public.
The Fundraising Reception immediately followed the Shea Lecture. Proceeds from this fundraising event will be utilized to fund scholarships, including the Sgt. George R. Dingwall Scholarship, established in memory of a Charter Oak graduate who lost his life in the line of duty as a law enforcement officer in Middletown, CT. Hartford Chief of Police Daryl K. Roberts received the Charter Oak State College Foundation Innovation Award at the reception, which is given to an individual, organization, or business that offers new and creative techniques for serving the public. In addition, Ruth Garby Torres was awarded the Charter Oak State College Alumni Citation, given annually to a graduate on the basis of accomplishment in a field of endeavor and loyalty to the College.
This event was informative, enjoyable and very well received. “I am very proud to have had my name associated with the Shea Lecture and program that followed. The speaker was delightful and informative. The distinguished panel that followed added to the quality of the presentation. The honorees were first-rate choices, the venue was excellent, and my hat is off to our President and the COSC staff that made it such a fine affair.” – Foundation Board Member
The Shea Lecture is supported by an endowment established in 1987 upon the retirement of Bernard D. Shea, Charter Oak’s first President. The endowment enables the College to sponsor programs which further the College’s mission to engage students and the community in lifelong learning.