This Week @ Goodwin 12/5

It’s beginning to look a lot like… well, Finals. Good luck to all our students as you use this week to prepare for exams. Here’s what’s going on outside of the Hoffman Family Library. Click here for an abbreviated audio version.

The Lead

Congrats to Our New Mr. and Ms. Goodwin!
First he was Goodwin Idol, and now Joshua Fritho can add another title to his name: Mr. Goodwin! Joshua became the second winner of the annual competition, held Saturday night in the Auditorium. Joshua used spoken word to charm the judges during the talent competition en route to his big victory.

Krystal Lleras was also crowned the inaugural Ms. Goodwin. It was a tough competition, but after formal wear and a question and answer session, Krystal reigned as the champion. The party continued after the show, where a dance was held in the Community Room to celebrate our new Goodwin dignitaries. Congratulations, Joshua and Krystal! Check out some of the highlights!

Bulkeley High School Students Visiting Today
The Admissions Department is excited to host a visit today for students from Hartford’s Bulkeley High School. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Goodwin College majors, the steps to apply for financial aid and the general admissions process. The event will take place in the Auditorium and Community Room from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visitors will have an opportunity to ask questions, take campus tours, win raffle prizes and eat lunch in the Community Room. We extend a warm welcome to our guests!

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.

Holiday Craft Fair – Thursday, Dec. 8, Community Room
On Thursday, Dec. 8, the Goodwin College Art Club will host a Craft Fair in the Community Room from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Fair will feature the very best in homemade crafts, glassware, needlework, jewelry, and much more. Admission is free for all guests. Stop by the fair and find some wonderful gifts.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship Application Deadline Extended
The Fall Common Scholarship application deadline has been extended until Wednesday, Dec. 7. This gives you a few more days to get your applications ready for Phi Theta Kappa scholarships. All materials, including transcripts and recommendations, must be submitted no later than 6 p.m. on Wednesday. For more information, contact Dean of Students Sandy Wirth.

Last Week to Withdraw From Classes
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.

Hoffman Family Library Extends Hours This Week
With Finals approaching fast, hours at the Hoffman Family Library have been extended to allow you to maximize your study time. Monday through Friday, the library will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 10, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and then on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Activities and Events

Last Chance for Holiday Extravaganza in NYC this Saturday
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 friends 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 a 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.
Feast of Many Lands – Wednesday, Dec. 14, Noon to 6 p.m.
It’s time for our delectable multicultural potluck! On Wednesday, Dec. 14 you are invited to the Feast of Many Lands, the Student Council’s annual celebration of food from all cultures. From noon to 6 p.m., stop by the Student Lounge to sample some delightful food. Bring a dish representing your own heritage and enjoy in the deliciousness.

Free Coffee and Danish During Finals Week
Exams are enough trouble without hunger getting in the way. The Student Experience Committee wants to help. During Finals Week, from Dec. 12-17, free coffee, water, and pastries will be offered in the Student Lounge. Stop by between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and enjoy a coffee and a snack on us.

Early Childhood Literacy Conference – May 3, 2012
Mark your calendars! On May 3, 2012, Goodwin College will hold an Early Childhood Literacy Conference, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Sonia Nieto. Her remarks will focus on helping teachers promote literature in a diverse society.

Clubs and Features

Samba Lesson – Tuesday, Dec. 13, 5 p.m.
Feel the driving beat and get ready to do the Samba, one of the most popular music and dance styles of Brazil. The Samba is the next dance to be taught in the ballroom dancing course, available to all who are interested. The next session will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 5 p.m. in the Community Room.
For more information, contact Amanda Daddona.

New Facebook Page for Indoor Soccer Squads
The Goodwin College Soccer Club has established its own Facebook page to keep players and fans up to date on what’s happening with our Navigators and Staff. Both teams will be in action again this Thursday, with the Staff taking on Wonder Balls at 7:30 p.m. and the Navigators playing the Honey Badgers at 8:30 p.m. All games are at Oakwood in Glastonbury.

Cafe Soup Menu
Monday – Tomato Basil
Tuesday – Loaded Potato and Bacon
Wednesday – New England Clam Chowder
Thursday – Sweet and Sour Chicken
Friday – Chef’s Choice

Congratulations to Courtney Franklin. She was one of several people to successfully identify some popular holiday decorations and spices that can be toxic if taken the wrong way. The poinsettia, for one, can cause skin irritation and intestinal discomfort if eaten. No worries, though: as long as you don’t attempt to dine on the flower (or allow Fido to take a bite), the poinsettia is harmless. Same goes for nutmeg. As long as you are sprinkling it on coffee or using it to spice up a pumpkin pie, it’s nothing but delicious. Inject it into your bloodstream, however, and it turns into a strong hallucinogen and potentially deadly poison. Courtney got both answers, and as a result, she gets the free soda.

This Week’s Category: Holiday Movies with an Edge

Not all holiday movies display the true meaning of Christmas or require Tim Allen to don a fat suit. In fact, some Holiday movies are a bit on the dark side or tackle subjects not exactly appropriate for viewing by the 10 and under crowd. Below are some more “Matt’s Notes” of some “Holiday movies” that have more of an adult theme. Identify them for your chance at a free soda from the bookstore.

1. When an evil new Santa seeks to rid the world of Hanukkah, a smooth-talking Jewish private investigator turns the tables and saves the Festival of Lights – The Hebrew Hammer

2. A group of well-armed villains crash an LA highrise during a Christmas Party. Unfortunately for them, Detective John McClane is proving to be quite the Grinch. Yippee-ki-yay. –

3. It’s Christmas in London and romance is in the air for several people, including the Prime Minister, a philandering executive, and a boy with his first crush. The movie features nearly every famous modern British actor and actress.

4. Billy Bob Thornton drinks and swears through days playing a mall Kris Kringle, all while planning a heist with his dwarf accomplice. Rest in peace, John Ritter. –

5. The rules were simple, but Billy couldn’t stop his new pets from getting wet or eating after midnight. The result? Christmas chaos for a small New Jersey town. –

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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