Women’s Golf Tournament Raises Funds, Awareness for Domestic Violence

5th Annual Tee Off With Women in Newington Benefits CRT, Interval House

1NEWINGTON—More than 100 women golfers hit the links at Indian Hill Country Club July 29 to show their support for domestic violence survivors and the programs that assist them. Together, golfers and sponsors brought in $33,000 during the event. Proceeds will be divided evenly between Community Renewal Team and Interval House programs that aim to prevent domestic violence and assist survivors.

The tournament happened to be played on the same day that the 2014 Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee report was issued. The Fatality Review report made a series of recommendations to strengthen communication among agencies like CRT that come into contact with victims. This year alone saw 10 deaths in Connecticut from domestic violence.

CRT President and Chief Executive Officer Lena Rodriguez called the statistics staggering as she stated that across the country three women are killed each day.

“Events like this allow us to raise awareness along with critical funds that allow us and Interval House to keep doors open to women who come to us when they face a crisis,” she said. “’Tee Off’ also provides a great opportunity for women to help other women. And when that happens -when we support each other – great things can be done.”

Key domestic violence advocates were on hand to help promote awareness of the issue, including honorary chairwoman State Rep. Mae Flexer who is chair of the Speaker’s Task Force on Domestic Violence at the Connecticut General Assembly. Flexer noted that one of four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. She said the public needs to stop asking why a woman stays with an abuser and start asking why that abuser thinks it’s acceptable to treat a woman in such a way.

“When someone gets robbed, we don’t ask why they didn’t donate all their money to charity. But when it’s about domestic violence, we blame the victim,” Flexer said.

The most compelling moments of the day came as Diana, a Farmington resident and a former client of Interval House, shared her story of escaping abuse, driving hundreds of miles with her three children and finding a safe place with Interval House, Connecticut’s largest emergency shelter for women and children victims of domestic violence. Today, she is focused on a pursuing a career, finishing her Bachelor’s Degree and enjoying a life with her children where she no longer feels afraid.

As golfers returned from the course they were treated to a great collection of raffle prizes, make overs, chair massages, handmade pottery and homemade cake balls and treats that were for sale before dinner was served.

Community Renewal Team’s domestic violence support programs help families leaving a shelter or violent relationship to establish safe and successful lives by providing transitional housing and support services through CRT’s intensive case management system. Assistance comes in many forms depending on the needs of the individual. Often times help offered includes: security deposit assistance, first month’s rent, subsidized food, clothing and transportation. Housing assistance continues to allow survivors to move in a safe, secure environment where they are able to function independently and at a higher capacity to meet their daily needs.

By offering scattered-site housing, the program empowers the individual to take control of their life back by allowing them to select the town or area within Hartford County in which they would like to live. Other CRT support services offered to participants in this program include job training, educational assistance, legal advocacy, safety planning, financial literacy training, support groups, crisis intervention, child care, and translation and transportation services.

Interval House runs a 24-hour emergency hotline. The hotline and their shelters are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Please see the Tee Off With Women webpage for photos and more information:   http://www.crtct.org/en/events/womens-golf-tournament

Community Renewal Team, Inc. is the designated Community Action Agency for Middlesex and Hartford Counties and is the largest non-profit provider of human services in Connecticut. The agency’s mission is Preparing Our Community to Meet Life’s Challenges. The mission is achieved each day by helping people and families become self-sufficient while making sure basic needs are met. CRT’s programs include Head Start, Meals on Wheels, energy assistance, supportive housing and shelters, and many others, serving people in more than 60 cities and towns in both our core catchment area and throughout Connecticut. www.crtct.org

Goodwin College Manufacturing Career Fair

Goodwin College Manufacturing Career Fair

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Goodwin College
Community Room
One Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 06118


Job Seekers:
Meet Connecticut manufacturing employers and learn more about rewarding opportunities in CNC Machining, production, quality, logistics, and more. If you are in the market for a job or want to learn more about the manufacturing industry, this event is right for you. RSVP today at www.goodwin.edu/FindAJob. Employers registered for the fair as of July 28 include:

Alpha Q, Inc.
BNL Industries
Connecticut Department of Labor
Connecticut Tool & Manufacturing
EvoAero Inc.
HAAS Factory Outlet
HFO Trident Machine Tools, LLC
Okay Industries
PTI Ind. Inc.
QuEST Global
Turbine Controls


Manufacturers interested in having a table at this event can RSVP via this online registration form by August 7. There is no registration fee for this event. The Career Fair will be advertised in the Hartford Courant, by the CT Department of Labor, and on the radio. Goodwin College students and graduates as well as local talent interested in manufacturing and logistics careers will be present.



On September 24, 25, and 26, 2014, the RN-BSN program at Goodwin College will have its first accreditation visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE policy requires that institutions provide an opportunity for the program’s identified communities of interest (students, alumni, faculty, employers, etc.) to provide written input into the deliberations of the evaluation team. Written and signed third-party comments will be accepted by CCNE until August 25, 2014. Please send comments to: Catherine Sneed, Accreditation Coordinator, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036. Please contact Rosemary Hathaway, RN-BSN Program Director, at 860-727-6738 or rhathaway@goodwin.edu with questions about the process.

Goodwin College Receives East Hartford Community Pride Award

BeautificationAward2014The Town of East Hartford recently recognized Goodwin College for its continuing contributions to the beautification of the local community. Patricia Ann Sirois, Chair of the East Hartford Beautification Commission, honored Goodwin at the July 15 Town Council meeting with the Community Pride Award for the beautiful landscaping of its Riverside Drive campus and other properties around town.

“We would like to congratulate you and your staff for the strong effort that has made the landscaping at all of the buildings of Goodwin College a pleasure to look at,” Sirois wrote in a congratulatory letter to the College.

Dan Larson, Assistant Vice President for Facilities at Goodwin, accepted the honor along with President Mark Scheinberg; Brian Beechinor, Director of Campus Realty and Grounds; Jerry Jarvis, Supervisor of Grounds; Conner Martin, Lead Groundskeeper; Groundskeepers Eric Todte and Brandon Boudreau; and landscape architect Christine Randazzo, designer for all of Goodwin’s properties.

“Part of the mission of the College has been to enrich our local communities and to become an integral participant,” Larson said. “This is part of that commitment.” Between 2013 and projects for 2014, Goodwin College has donated a total of $24,806 in landscaping design services and plant material for beautifying East Hartford. In 2013, the College provided $13,206 to projects at Alumni Park, Brewer House, Hockanum Elementary School, Mayberry Elementary School, and Wickham Library. This year, Goodwin has approved projects totaling $11,600 in design and plants for the Wickham Library, Raymond Public Library, East Hartford Public Golf Course, the Town Hall building front, and the Town Hall parking lot.

“I have been blessed that at this stage in my life I am able to work with a leadership team that recognizes the impact that a beautiful, clean, welcoming facility has on the environment in which students choose to learn,” Larson said. “The end result is a beautiful campus with access to the river that is a proud asset to both the College and the Town of East Hartford community. We are most appreciative of this recognition.”

Christa Allard: #mygoodwinstory

Goodwin College health science student Christa Allard posted to CT Working Moms on Twitter how being a student the second time around has changed her world for the better. She also sent a tweet to Goodwin College’s #mygoodwinstory to share her blog post on how she balances her life.

As a mom, wife, and student — as well as a high school cheerleading coach — Allard has many roles to maintain. “Multitasking is second nature now,” she says.

Allard says that as an adult learner she feels a more personal connection to the faculty and staff. “I love the dynamic here. Everyone is so accommodating, and they want you to get the most out of your education.”

New ImageHaving previously worked in nonprofit communications, she decided to re-examine her career option and return to school. Allard’s daughter was beginning preschool, and she knew it was perfect time to make change.

“The timing was just right,” Allard recalled, “I had been giving all of myself to my daughter, and it was time to find the right balance again.”

Attending school is a conscious choice, now more than in the past. “This time [making education a priority] was deliberate,” she says. “It was a decision to change directions and plot a new course.”

She credits her family and Goodwin’s faculty and staff for motivating and supporting her through this process.

Allard plans to use her education at Goodwin to become a lactation consultant. “I want to help new moms during this process. Becoming a mother impacted me greatly and with a background in advocating for women’s rights, it has been a natural transition.”

Allard feels that she is on the right path and is confident in her decision to come back to school. “Goodwin is preparing me for a very specific career. I’m receiving an education that will allow me to hit the ground running when I graduate.”

If you’d like to share your story, send a tweet to Goodwin College using the #mygoodwinstory hashtag for a chance to win a gift card!

Check out the CT Working Moms website to read more of Allard’s blog posts: http://ctworkingmoms.com/christa-allard/

By: Hannah Stacy




WAVE Encourages Female Students to Believe in Themselves

“Be proud of how far you’ve come, and have faith in where you are going.”

Dr. Sherrilyn Bernier of Goodwin College’s Human Services department opened the June meeting of Women Achieving Voices of Empowerment (WAVE) the way she usually does: with words of inspiration. Even though summer meant that turnout was lower than usual, everyone launched enthusiastically into a discussion that ranged from faith to self-doubt to holistic medicine.

WAVE is a women’s empowerment group committed to creating a space for women in the College community to come together and share their experiences, while giving the group a place to unwind and de-stress. Dr. Bernier conducts the meetings monthly in order to offer female students and faculty a place to get away from the hectic school day and relax.

The meetings begin with an inspirational quote and a conversation topic that Dr. Bernier picks, but the conversation is allowed to veer towards whatever is needed at the time — whether it is relationship issues, building self-esteem, or stress management techniques.

Jennifer Budkofsky, the president of WAVE, spoke up about how she changed on the road to achieving her associate degree, which she received this spring from Goodwin. She is now pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Human Services.

“I learned that it’s important to interact with others — that the smallest things make a difference. Like a small act of kindness,” she said.

Dr. Bernier said this about her own personal and educational journey: “I’m proud because when I was in high school, they said I could maybe go to community college. Now I have my doctorate.”

In addition to sharing advice on getting rid of self-doubt, she provided simple stress relief exercises for students who might feel overwhelmed or exhausted. “Before you go to sleep, say ‘I will awake relaxed and refreshed,’” she advised.

Dr. Bernier, who has been a certified consulting hypnotist since 1998 and runs her own private practice, led the group in a guided imagery exercise designed to reduce stress and relax the body, accompanied by soft music. This is how all of the meetings are concluded so that group members may leave feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the rest of the day.

The WAVE meetings may be another resource for female Goodwin students feeling stressed out or seeking a place to unwind and connect with other women. The meetings take place once a month at 2:45 p.m. and 5 p.m., seminar-style, with snacks provided. Female students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. Contact Dr. Bernier at (860) 913-2153 or at sbernier@goodwin.edu for more information.

Goodwin’s Focus Creates Careers And Strengthens The Economy

careerstoryJuneThe goal of providing students with a career-focused education influences every part of the Goodwin College experience. Whether serving traditional students getting their first taste of college life, returning students completing a degree, or working adults hoping to advance within their organizations, Goodwin’s mission benefits graduates and employers as well as the regional economy.

Well-regarded for its nursing program, Goodwin also boasts a wide range of offerings in business, education, health sciences, human services, and public safety and security. Recently created initiatives in manufacturing and management and leadership were created in response to input from Connecticut employers who are facing challenges to hire qualified workers.

Goodwin invests considerable energy helping students connect with jobs through the Career Services Office. “We’ve structured our team to provide the most comprehensive placement assistance possible,” explains Lee Hameroff, Director of Career Services at Goodwin. “College career centers traditionally offer counseling and employer relations to assist students in obtaining employment. We’ve gone a step further by adding a Placement Coordinator, who bridges the gap between the graduate and the employer through more intensive counseling and networking.”

A Passion For Success

Matching graduates to jobs is more than a service for the Goodwin team: it’s a passion. In a unique, individualized approach, they evaluate graduates on the basis of their skill sets, then present them as candidates for positions that have been identified through outreach and networking. It’s a two-sided process in which Goodwin builds relationships with the employers as well as the graduates.

“Looking back on 26 years of experience in diverse work cultures, I can say that my position at Goodwin is truly the most personally rewarding,” says Placement Coordinator Patricia Cicchetti. “By the time I work with our students, they have already received excellent coaching from the Career Services team.”

Cicchetti’s work includes creating a strategy for finding the right job, assessing tools to navigate the job search, and — perhaps most important — building confidence. “Our meetings include sharing facts and emotions. Understanding where the graduates are in their lives is a critical part of the process.”

Bringing Employers And Students Together

A 2014 Goodwin Career Fair brought potential employers to campus to meet with students for one-on-one conversation. Participating organizations included AFLAC, American Eagle Federal Credit Union, A2Z Global Staffing, Change Incorporated, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Community Health Resources, CW Resources Inc., Community Health Center Association of CT, Farm Tek, Hartford Public Schools, Human Resource Association of New Britain, Maxim Staffing Solutions, Mary Kay Cosmetics, StayWell Health Center, USA Security Services, and YMCA of Hartford.

“We received a lot of positive feedback from employers, who were impressed with the quality and professionalism of our students,” explains Hameroff. “Employers felt the structure of the Career Fair made it easier to have meaningful conversations with students. Not only was the fair a great opportunity for students to network, it also allowed us to recognize employers for their continued support of Goodwin College Career Services.”

A Connection After Graduation

Goodwin maintains its partnership with graduates even after they have found employment by sharing news appropriate to their careers. As a result, a number of Goodwin alumni have come full circle with Career Services, notifying them of job leads within their organizations that may be of interest to upcoming graduates.

The value of the Goodwin program is evident in these thoughts from students: “I really appreciated the encouragement. It paid off because I just received a call for an interview — I believe I would be a perfect match!” “I can’t tell you how much you helped me get focused in the right direction for my job search. I’m excited to get to work.” “The mock interview was a huge step in preparing me for the job interview today. I was more open and less nervous… I think I nailed it!”

Cicchetti is equally enthusiastic about the process: “I find myself crying tears of joy along with my students when I hear of a successful job placement.”

Learn More About Career Services at Goodwin

Goodwin College believes fully in designing programs for degrees that lead to jobs. To learn more, visit http://www.Goodwin.edu/LearnMore or call 800-889-3282.


Clambake by the River: Nets of Seafood Net Support for Scholarships

clambakewrap  The evening of June 20 was ideal in every way: weather, location, company — and the perfect reason for a riverside celebration on the Connecticut River Academy patio, as more than 150 guests gathered to generously support scholarship opportunities at Goodwin College. From the moment they were greeted by the bountiful seafood bar of oysters, clams, and shrimp, the guests — most decked out in their summer blues and whites — knew that the Goodwin College Clambake would be something special.

Donors, faculty and staff members, local officials, and other friends of the College spent the beginning of the evening sampling the hors d’oeuvres and socializing with Goodwin students, some of whom had benefitted from past scholarship support. There was also a nautically themed Selfies Booth for those that wanted to dress up in costume and snap a photo or two.

At 7:30, the guests were called to dinner with catering by Flanders Fish Market and J Restaurant. Certainly one of the highlights of the evening was the red and white baskets stuffed with nets of steamed mussels, clams, potatoes, and corn, and topped with fresh, hearty lobsters. Experienced lobster lovers coached the newbies on the best ways to crack the shells and get every bit of meat.Collins

During dinner, President Mark Scheinberg addressed the crowd, thanking them for their support of Goodwin’s mission. In particular, he called attention to Dan and Betty Russell and Frank and Ceil Collins, whose recent generous leadership gifts to the scholarship fund will make a critical difference in the lives of a number of Goodwin students. This year’s student Commencement speaker, Jenette Davis, offered an abridged version of her speech and was warmly received by the guests.

Throughout the evening, the Cobalt Rhythm Kings kept the mood lively, inspiring a few brave partiers to take to the dance floor while others enjoyed their summer desserts. View photos of the festivities.

If you are interested in making your own gift to the scholarship fund, please contact the Goodwin College Foundation at (860) 291-9934.

Connecticut River Academy Graduates First Four-Year Class


With more than half of the graduates having earned college credits, 20 inducted into the National Honor Society, and 12 having volunteered more than 100 hours of individual community service, the Connecticut River Academy (CTRA) Class of 2014 had much to be proud of. The honor most frequently mentioned during the graduation ceremony on June 17, however, was something no one else will ever be able to claim: these students were the first to complete four full years in the CTRA program.

In her emotional address, senior speaker Erica Beavers stated, “We are the pioneers. We set the standards.” This was the class that chose to leave the safety of their former schools back in August of 2010 to take a chance on a different kind of future for themselves at the environmentally-themed magnet school.

Several speakers spoke wryly of “The Sandbox,” the original accommodations for CTRA, “a hallway with classrooms to the left and classrooms to the right,” as one called it. That picture changed dramatically when CTRA moved into its stunning new home along the banks of the Connecticut River on the Goodwin College campus in East Hartford. With facilities and equipment to support the school’s programming, the move heralded a new day for the students: “a world of infinite opportunities,” Beavers remarked.

While CTRA principal Linda Dadona and Goodwin College president Mark Scheinberg both spoke at graduation of the marvels of the new building, they both agreed that the real marvel was the growth that took place among the school community, faculty as well as students. “You are the explorers,” Scheinberg stated. “You adapted to the challenges. You met new people, learned to get along, and created a diverse community. In the end, you are the best of what the magnet school system was created for.”

Dadona thanked Scheinberg for his vision for the Academy. She spoke about how the students and faculty had grown along with the school, calling out incidents that were both humorous and moving. She took a moment to reflect on her own growth at CTRA and thanked the community for teaching her lessons of patience, understanding, and flexibility.

The capacity crowd of family and friends in the CTRA gymnasium then watched as the 88 graduates received their diplomas and took part in the ceremonial turning of the tassels before recessing to the song “Send Me On My Way.”

Steve Forbes Speaks in Goodwin College ‘Vital Voices’ Lecture Series

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As part of Goodwin College’s Vital Voices lecture series, former presidential candidate and editor-in-chief of Forbes Magazine Steve Forbes told an interested audience that money was not as complicated as they might have thought.

Forbes came to Goodwin College on Thursday, June 12, as part of Vital Voices: The T. Boone Pickens Endowed Lectures Series in Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This innovative speaker series focuses on first-hand perspectives of leaders who are making their mark in the business community and the world.  Forbes’s lecture was held in conjunction with the CT Forum and R.J. Julia Booksellers.

“It’s very special for us to have this particular guest gracing our stage,” Goodwin President Mark Scheinberg said. “You have here a gentleman willing to speak truth” to those in power, he continued.

Forbes shared insights from his new book Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy—and What We Can Do About it to an audience of over 180 people in Goodwin’s auditorium.  He said that though economic theory and monetary policy could be seen as boring topics, they were vitally important to the future of the country.

“Any students here who are on a bad date and you want out?” he joked, addressing the Goodwin College students in attendance. “Start talking about monetary policy and you’ll never see that person again.”

He told the audience that though the perception of money is that “only a handful of high priests at the Federal Reserve understand it,” the concept is much simple than is commonly thought.

“Money makes it easier to buy and sell between each other,” Forbes said. “That’s all it does.”

After a lecture on topics ranging from reverting to the gold standard, reforming the healthcare system, and simplifying the tax code, Forbes took questions from the audience. The question-and-answer session was moderated by WNPR Business Desk Editor Harriet Jones.

When asked by an audience member what advice he would give the new head of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, Forbes quipped: “Besides buy my book?”

His actual advice: “Get back to basics.”

With a circulation of more than 900,000, Forbes’ flagship publication, Forbes, is the nation’s leading business magazine. In 1996, Forbes entered the new media arena with the launch of Forbes.com. Now averaging 47 million unique monthly visitors, it has become a leading destination site for senior business decision-makers and investors.

Under Forbes’ leadership, the company has launched a variety of new publications and businesses, which include ForbesLife, the dedicated luxury lifestyle and culture magazine; Forbes Europe; Forbes Asia; and Forbes licensee editions published in over 30 countries.

In 1985, President Reagan named Forbes chairman of the bi-partisan Board for International Broadcasting, where he oversaw the operations of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. He was reappointed to his post by President George H. W. Bush and served until 1993.

Forbes serves on the boards of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, The Heritage Foundation, and The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He is also on the Board of Overseers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Board of Visitors for the School of Public Policy of Pepperdine University.

By: Robert Muirhead


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