This Week @ Goodwin 11/14/11

Thanksgiving is just 10 days away, and after that, the Holiday Shopping Season (officially) gets underway. Here’s what is coming to Goodwin during the calm before the retail storm.

The Lead

Original Freedom Writer Coming to Campus on Friday, Nov. 18
Maria Reyes was just 11 years old when she was initiated into a Southern California gang. She spent much of her youth in and out of juvenile detention, before finding a new path as an original member of the Freedom Writers, comprised of fellow students and a teacher eager to change their lives. On Friday at 8:30 a.m., Maria will visit the Connecticut River Academy and Goodwin College for a presentation in the Auditorium. Stop by and hear her inspiring tale, which was featured prominently in the 2007 film adaptation of the Freedom Writers Diary.

Food Pantry Asks for your Thanksgiving Help
With Thanksgiving approaching, the Transitions Food Pantry is in need of some food staples to help fill holiday requests. Items can be dropped off in the lobby display across from the bookstore. Here are the requested items:

5lb. bags of Potatoes
Bottled Juice (any flavor)
Cake mix and frosting
Canned Peaches or Pineapples
Canned tuna
Crackers – any kind
Fruit cocktail
Granola bars
Instant Oatmeal
Microwaveable Popcorn
Minute rice
Mixed vegetables
Pancake mix
Seltzer water
Tea/Hot chocolate

Course Withdrawal Date Extended to Dec. 9
As a result of the weather-related closures earlier this month, the deadline for withdrawing from 15-week and second module courses has been extended. The new withdrawal deadline is December 9, allowing students to withdraw from class until right before Exam Week.

Get Involved in the New Goodwin Community Garden
The college is excited to announce the planning of its own Community Garden, open members of the Goodwin family! The garden will be located near Main Street in East Hartford. Participants are welcome to purchase an 8′ by 10′ plot, where they are welcome to grow fruits, veggies, and flowers. Members will also grow produce in a communal plot to aid the Transitions Food Bank.

New Archive Collection Receives National Attention
Recently, the College received a great deal of local interest after acquiring a collection of archives, artifacts, and documents tracing the history of slavery and Civil Rights in the United States. The collection, which includes Alex Haley’s original Roots research, was featured in several newspapers, and the Society of American Archivists took notice as well. The Society included Goodwin’s collection in its celebration of American Archives Month.

Lend Phlebotomy Students an Arm on Tuesday, Nov. 15
Phlebotomy students need practice as they learn how to draw blood, prick fingers, and perform other procedures. Most of the time, they practice their craft on each other, but they need a chance to draw from some unfamiliar veins as well. On Tuesday, you can lend a hand (or an arm or a finger) by Room 507 from 10-11:55 a.m. Volunteering to help the students is crucial to their experience! There will be free goodies for all brave volunteers.

Activities and Events

Grow a Moustache for the American Cancer Society
Goodwin gentleman, you are invited to rock your best ‘stache to benefit cancer research! This month is Movember, when many men grow facial hair, no matter how silly it might look, to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. A number of Goodwin Community members are taking up the challenge and invite you to join in or support them! Each participant is donating $5 and collecting contributions. Sponsor a mustachioed man today and make a difference! Contact Eric Emet for more details.

Student Nursing Association Meets on Tuesday, Nov. 15
After meeting today, the Student Nursing Association will meet twice on Tuesday in Auditorium. The first meeting begins at 4:30 p.m., and the second will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Hartford Nursing Academy to Visit Wednesday, Nov. 16
High school students from the Hartford Nursing Academy will learn about Goodwin’s nursing program on Wednesday. The event, hosted by the Admissions Department will take place in the Community Room from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan Costello, Department Chair of Nursing, will address the students about Goodwin’s Nursing Program and nursing student Heather Garrett will relate her experiences and impressions. High school students will gain information about Goodwin College in general through the new and entertaining presentation conducted by Erin Mirando and Jordan Raineault, High School Admissions Officers. Following lunch, the students will tour the campus and nursing labs. We extend a warm welcome to our guests.

Goodwin Goes to the Movies – Monday, Nov. 21
Forget Dr. House – humor and good bedside manner are important in the practice of medicine. On Monday, November 21 at 6 p.m., Goodwin Goes to the Movies presents Critical Care, a 1997 satire starring James Spader, Kyra Sedgwick, and Albert Brooks. Please join us in the Community Room.

ECE Program Hosts Book Fair Nov. 28-Dec. 1
The Early Childhood Education Program invites you to a Book Fair held from Monday, November 28, through Thursday, December 1. The highlight will be a Literacy Event on Wednesday, November 30, featuring a 45-minute show by Nappy’s Puppets. Admission to the event, which lasts from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., is one canned food item. Pizza and salad will be on sale for $2.

For a full listing of times, see this flyer. All proceeds from the fair go to the Early Childhood Education Club and its community outreach programs. To RSVP, contact Kim Mansfield at 860-913-2075.

Mr. and Ms. Goodwin – Saturday, Dec. 3
Start the buzz for the second edition of the College’s fantastic talent and fashion showcase! This year, a Ms. Goodwin will be crowned along with Mr. Goodwin. Rehearsals will soon be underway and the event itself will be held in Auditorium on Saturday, December 3, at 7 p.m. Last year’s event was a tremendous success. Let’s do even better in year two! For more information, please contact Kim Beebe.

An after-party will be held following the ceremony, featuring DJ Big Steph.

Sell Your Wares at the Goodwin Craft Show on Thursday, Dec. 9
On Thursday, Dec. 8, the Art Club will host a Craft Fair in the Community Room from 11 a.m. to 6 pm. You are invited to show off your talents and sell your own crafts by buying a table. The cost is $10 for the entire event. Contact Sandy Pearce for more information.

Holiday Extravaganza in New York – Saturday, Dec. 10
Tickets are going fast for the Holiday Extravaganza in New York City, sponsored by the Goodwin College Alumni Association. In fact, bus-only tickets have sold out, but there is still time to purchase a combo pack with the bus trip and the Radio City Music Spectacular, featuring the World Famous Rockettes!

You are invited to join students, alumni, staff, and family for the Manhattan bus trip on Saturday, Dec. 10. See Times Square, the tree at Rockefeller Center, do some shopping, and enjoy some of New York’s famous restaurants.

The cost is $119 per person for the trip and the ticket to the 4:30 p.m. show. The bus leaves the River Campus at 9:30 a.m. and boards in New York at 7:30 p.m. To reserve tickets, contact Alumni Relations Coordinator Vanessa Pergolizzi.


Goodwin College Foundation Sends its Thanks
The Goodwin College Foundation is pleased to announce that your gifts raised nearly $300,000 in 2011, surpassing the goal by $10,000! The money raised is critical to students and has led to the awarding of scholarships, student aid, and other services to assist students. The Foundation is very thankful for all the support. Please see this postcard for the full details of what your gifts have meant for our students.

Clubs, Activities, and Features

Goodwin Staff Triumph Over Students in Indoor Soccer
The second half proved to be the difference in the Goodwin Staff’s 14-6 victory over the student Navigators last Thursday. Here’s Eric Emet’s recap of the game:
The Staff got on the boards first when Advancement’s Guy LaBella headed a beautiful feed from Todd Andrews past the Navigator goalie to take a 1 – nil lead. Shortly after that, Todd followed with his first of a two goal evening, which gave the staff an early 2 – zero lead. Bartosz Piekarski (Respiratory Care) tallied the first Navigator goal, cutting the deficit in half, and the two sides battled back and forth until the horn sounded, ending the first half. Going into the break, the staff was leading the Navigators by a score of 6-5.

The second half was all staff! Cullen Bostock and Sarah Burgess each lit the lamp 3 times throughout the contest, while the Navigators could only manage a goal by David Mable (Criminal Justice), one of his four on the night, thanks in large part to the stellar goaltending of the staff’s David Zoppoli.

The Navigators fall to 0-2, and will next play team TKO this Thursday at 9:30.
The Goodwin staff evened their record at 1-1, and will play the Dynasty Futbal Club immediately following the Navigator’s contest; approximately 10:30 pm.

Staff: Guy Labella, Todd Andrews (2), Sarah Burgess (3), Alan Dingfelder, Cullen Bostock (3), Pedro Pozo (2), Kim Predella, Anthony Miller
Navigators: Bartosz Piekarski (2), David Mable (4)

Note: We are still seeking a few more players for the Navigators (students) team. The rosters become locked this Thursday, Nov. 17. Anyone interested should get in touch with Eric Emet by Wednesday.

Tango Lessons – Tuesday, Nov. 15, 5 p.m.
Who doesn’t want to learn to dance a great Tango? The Ballroom Dancing Club will cover the tango during the next meeting on Tuesday, November 15. Classes run from 5 to 5:45 p.m. in the Community Room. No experience or partners required: if you want to dance, please join us! The cost is $12 for employees and $6 for students. Please wear shoes that allow easy movement across the floor (no sneakers please, and no heels required for women). For more information, contact Amanda Daddona.
Cafe Soup Menu
Monday – Buffalo Chicken
Tuesday – Italian Wedding
Wednesday – Beef Barley
Thursday – Crabby Butternut
Friday – Chef’s Choice


Many people were correct in identifying Edison’s greatest rival. It was Nikola Tesla, a man whose contributions to science are no less great that the “Wizard of Menlo Park.” Tesla and Edison were at the heart of the “War of Currents,” with Edison advocating DC and and Tesla pushing for AC. Rocker David Bowie played Tesla in the 2006 film, The Prestige, where he was quite more understated than his role in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. Congrats to Jessica Greenleaf. Your name was drawn, and you win the soda.

This Week: Video Game Bad Guys
Every kid who’s ever clutched a controller knows the anticipation of the final boss battle: you’ve played the entire game, dominated every level, and all that remains between you and glory is one last bad guy. Below is a list of games well known to members of the Nintendo and Sega generations. Match the games with the most prominent bosses for each for your chance at the soda.

1. Punch Out! – Mike Tyson or Mr. Dream
2. Mega Man –
3. Sonic the Hedgehog –
4. Castlevania –
5. Metroid –
6. The Legend of Zelda –

Please email your responses to Matt at

Thanks and have a great week! If you know of anyone new to Goodwin, either as a student or employee, please forward us their email address.

If you have something you’d like included in upcoming newsletters, please email us at by the end of the week preceding your announcement.


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