This Week @ Goodwin 11/28

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that your Black Friday wasn’t too bleak. And away we go with the rundown…

The Lead

Mr. and Ms. Goodwin – Saturday, Dec. 3

The big week is finally here as we countdown to the crowning of the second Mr. Goodwin and the first ever Ms. Goodwin! Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium, the contestants will take the stage as they dazzle us with their talents, their style, and in the case of the gentlemen, their legs. Tommy Correa, creator of last year’s competition, returns to host. DJ Big Steph will provide the soundtrack for the event as well as the afterparty following the show.

Appetizers will be served following the event and students, staff, faculty, and the public are all invited to attend the afterparty. Tickets are $5 at the door. Please join us for a night that won’t fail to entertain! For more info, contact Kim Beebe

ECE Program Hosts Book Fair Today Through Thursday

The Early Childhood Education Program invites you to a Book Fair held today 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.

Dine Out and Give Back Tonight and Saturday

The Student Nurses Association invites you to help support the Hospital for Special Care in the most delicious way possible! Tonight, Bertucci’s in Glastonbury (Map it) will give back 10 percent of proceeds to the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain. To participate, you must present your server with this flyer. Have some pizza or pasta and help make a difference!

Perhaps something a bit more spicy is your speed? The Student Nurses Association will host another Give Back event on Saturday at the Glastonbury Chili’s (Map it). It works the same way, and once again, you need a flyer for the promotion to be honored.    

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. 

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. 

Connecticut River Academy – the Students’ Take  

As the Connecticut River Academy makes its way through its second year, students are taking time to reflect on their experience at the magnet high school. In this video, you can see and hear for yourself what makes the Academy a great experience for the students, and how the partnership with the College is benefiting learners. 

Activities and Events

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.

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 résumé 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. 8 

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 exhibitors. 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 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. This session will be in the FIP Room 311 (not 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 are looking for students to play as a members of the Navigators! This week’s games are earlier than the previous games. 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. We need students to join! Contact Eric Emet for more information.   

Fantasy Football Heads Down the Stretch
We’re weeks from awarding the first-ever Scheinberg Cup to the winner of the inaugural season of the Goodwin College Staff Fantasy Football League! Most teams are still in contention to make the playoffs, and with only a few weeks left in the regular season, it’s wide open. Liz Bessette continues to lead to Navigators division. Jordan Raineault has Tom Brady to thank for helping lead the Trailblazer Division, and Kim Beebe is proving almost unstoppable atop the Half Moon Division. The winner gets the 27-inch tall Scheinberg Cup, which will be passed down from winner to winner over the years to come. It’s going to be an exciting finish!

Cafe Soup Menu

Monday – Buffalo Chicken            

Tuesday – Italian Wedding             

Wednesday – Mushroom Barley             

Thursday – Turkey Vegetable with Pasta      

Friday – Chef’s Choice     


Fool you once, shame on me, and you were all fooled on last week’s trivia question. No one successful answered the question on the Turkey Pardon, though one person was very close, only getting the first name of the fictional president incorrect. As a result, there will be no free soda this week. Here are the correct answers: 

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

2. What Republican President was the first to officially pardon a turkey? – George H. W. Bush 

3. What fictional president pardoned one turkey and drafted another into military service on a West Wing episode? – Josiah “Jed” Bartlet   

This week’s category: Toxic Holidays

What’s more dangerous than a kiss under the mistletoe? Well, eating the mistletoe, for one thing. Traditional mistletoe is highly toxic, and pet owners know to keep their beloved dogs and cats away from the plants. However, mistletoe isn’t the only poisonous plant that people use to decorate their homes for the holidays. For the chance at a free soda, tell us: what other holiday plant can cause skin irritability or intestinal discomfort if ingested? And, since that one is kind of an easy one, here’s the follow-up: what spice, very popular this time of year, is possibly hallucinogenic and deadly if injected into the bloodstream?   

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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