This Week @ Goodwin 11/21

It’s an abbreviated week, but there’s still plenty of things happening as we slip into Holiday mode. Here’s the weekly rundown…

The Lead

A Holiday Limerick from Goodwin College

Once again the Holidays are near,

And so we let out a great big cheer,

For turkey, stuffing, potatoes and pie

Plus elastic waistbands and couches to lie

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here!
No Class After Wednesday
Here’s a reminder that the College will be closed for the Thanksgiving break beginning on Thursday. We will reopen on Monday. The Connecticut River Academy will have a half day on Wednesday, with students dismissed at 11:30 a.m., and will likewise be closed for the rest of the week.   

Apply to Win an All-USA Scholarship

An exciting new scholarship opportunity is now available for students. Several sponsors are collaborating to present the All-USA Community College All Star team, comprised of 20 students from across the country. Every team member receives a $2,500 scholarship and a medallion. Each winner will also be profiled in USA Today and will be invited to a special reception at the Phi Theta Kappa AACC Conference in Orlando in April. Details are available on this website

To be eligible, students must have earned a minimum of 36 credits, with at least 30 of those earned within the past five years. Students must be on track to receive an associates or bachelor’s degree and must have a GPA of 3.5 or better. Further eligibility requirements are located here.  

For more information, contact Dean of Students Sandy Wirth. All applications must be received by her office no later than Wednesday, November 30. She has all the pass codes needed to help students fulfill the process. 

Student Council to Distribute Food Baskets Today

Seven needy East Hartford families will receive baskets of Thanksgiving food today, courtesy of the Student Council’s 4th annual food drive. The East Hartford Department of Social Services identified the families as needing Goodwin’s help.   

Those same seven families will be the beneficiaries from the annual Holiday Clothing and Toy Drive. The Student Council is collecting items in the Learning Resource Center. Stop by today and see how you can help fulfill some wishlists.   

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. 

Goodwin Goes to the Movies – Tonight

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.     

Goodwin in the News

Freedom Writer Visits Connecticut River Academy

It would have taken quite the hard heart to not be inspired by Maria Reyes. The former Los Angeles gang member turned her life around as one of the famous

Freedom Writers, and last Friday, she stopped by the Connecticut River Academy and Goodwin College to share her story. The Hartford Courant joined us for the event. Read the story here.

President Scheinberg Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award
Our own President Mark E. Scheinberg was honored on Thursday as one of four winners of the 2011 Hartford Business Journal Lifetime Achievement Award. President Scheinberg was credited as a visionary and for making great strides in education. Alan Lazowski, CEO of LAZ Parking and a member of the Goodwin College Foundation Board of Directors, was a fellow honoree. Read about it here.   

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. You can donate to the cause here       

Congrats to Our Halloween Contest Winners

The October Nor’easter delayed a bit of glory for the winners of two Halloween Contests, but they are not forgotten!

First, congratulations to the Histology Department, winner of the Halloween departmental decoration contest.  

Second, Halloween Cake Wars proved to be a festive and tasty affair. After the last of the icing has set, one team stood supreme. Congrats to the team of Dr. Arthur Crowell, Jamie Mattos, Courtney Franklin, and Jennifer Budkowski. Their winning cake brought a whole new meaning to “til death do us part.” Check out the winning cake on our Facebook page.   

Get Informed on Financial Aid

There are a number of financial aid reference books in the library, donated by Jerry Emlet, our VP of Finance. Please take advantage of these resources and get educated about financial aid and the cost of college.

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.  

Connecticut State Troopers Recruiting Tuesday, Dec. 6

Members of the Connecticut State Police will be on campus on Tuesday, December 6, to meet with students from the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Programs about future opportunities with the State. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., troopers in the lobby will answer questions about future employment and determine whether their line of work is right for you.

Make sure your resume is sharp, and dress to impress. Anyone with questions should contact Career Counselor David Zoppoli by email or at 860-727-6768. 

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 or sign up here 

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 Christmas 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.  

 Clubs, Activities, and Features  


Swing Lessons – Tuesday, Nov. 29, 5 p.m.
As the old song goes, “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.” The Ballroom Dancing Club will cover swing during the next meeting on Tuesday, November 29. 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.

Soccer Resumes on Thursday, Dec. 1  
The Goodwin College Indoor Soccer teams get some time to rest up before retaking the Oakwood turf. Both teams – the Goodwin staff and the student Navigators – are off for Thanksgiving. The staff plays its next game on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. The Navigators will play in the next contest, scheduled for 7:30 p.m.   


Cafe Soup Menu

Monday – Cream of Broccoli          

Tuesday – Chicken and Corn Chowder           

Wednesday – Sausage Minestrone           

Thursday – Closed    

Friday – Closed  



Nice job by those who knew their video game bosses. It takes a calm mind, great hand-eye coordination, and the occasional cheat code to beat the likes of some of the bosses we mentioned. Congrats to Joel Garcia, who won the soda from last week’s question. Here’s the recap: 


1. Punch Out! – Mike Tyson or Mr. Dream

2. Mega Man – Dr. Wiley 

3. Sonic the Hedgehog – Dr. Robotnik 

4. Castlevania –  Count Dracula 

5. Metroid – Mother Brain 

6. The Legend of Zelda – Ganon   

This Week: Turkey Pardon

Every year, 170 million turkeys never live to see Black Friday. However, one lucky turkey gets spared the axe, the result of a presidential pardon. In fact, the tradition has gone on for decades, in both official and unofficial fashion. With the pardon in mind, here’s the three part question for your chance to win a free soda from the bookstore:  


1. What founding father campaigned to make the turkey the national bird?  

2. What Republican President was the first to officially pardon a turkey?

3. What fictional president pardoned one turkey and drafted another into military service on a West Wing episode?   


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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