Monthly Archives: December 2012

English as a Second Language Students Graduate from the Program

By Hannah Stacy

The ESL graduates stood proudly as they received their certificates on Wednesday December 12, 2012. Their teachers and other students in various stages of the program listened as they spoke about experiences, difficulties, and accomplishments along the way. This day has been one in which these students have looked forward to for many months. The journey has been difficult for most, but each student has worked incredibly hard to get to this point.

ESL grads at the Dec. 12 ceremony.

ESL grads at the Dec. 12 ceremony.

The closeness among the students is evident as some are brought to tears while discussing the friends they have made and the gratitude they feel toward their teachers and Goodwin College. “Coming here was the best decision I’ve made,” one student said.

It is also apparent that the relationships with their teachers are full of encouragement and positivity. Each student is so appreciative of the support and patience they have received. While in the presence of this group there is always laughter and gratefulness. Important life lessons can be learned from their persistence and motivation to succeed in America. It takes courage to do what these students have done and will continue to do.

Good luck to all the graduates and as one of the students said, “Never give up!”

A Look Back at 2012

The past year saw Goodwin College continue to grow, literally and figuratively. The College’s enrollment keeps climbing, our number of employees is getting bigger, and the Campus has spread from the River to points throughout East Hartford. Here’s a recap of the events, milestones, and memories that made 2012 special.


Gov. Malloy Helps Break Ground on Connecticut River Academy

Gov. Dannel Malloy at the Connecticut River Academy groundbreaking ceremony in January.

Gov. Dannel Malloy at the Connecticut River Academy groundbreaking ceremony in January.

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, Governor Dan Malloy visited campus to speak at the groundbreaking for the permanent home of the Connecticut River Academy. The Governor praised Goodwin for its role in higher education as well as the bold steps the College has taken in establishing a network of magnet schools.

Construction on the Academy is on schedule for the new building, which will be the second-largest structure on the River Campus, to be completed for the 2013-14 school year.

Board of Trustees Freezes Tuition for Fiscal Year 2012

The Goodwin College Board of Trustees, recognizing the economic hardships facing students, voted to freeze tuition for the 2012 academic year. The freeze was effective as of July 1, 2012, and continues until the close of the fiscal year on June 30, 2013.



Goodwin College Celebrates Black History Month

A drummer from Sankofa Kuumba, a Hartford-based African dance troupe, keeps a beat during opening ceremonies for Black History Month.

A drummer from Sankofa Kuumba, a Hartford-based African dance troupe, keeps a beat during opening ceremonies for Black History Month.

Goodwin made celebrating Black History Month a priority in 2012. The calendar was full of events, from dance troupes to Roots screenings to much more. This year, Black History Month will include a retrospective on 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.


Hoops Team Completes Introductory Season

2012 was a big year for the development of the Goodwin Athletics program. The College fielded competitive teams in indoor soccer and basketball, with the latter competing in a Hartford league. The Navigators completed its hoops season in March.


Goodwin Welcomes New VP of Advancement

Following a national search, the College hired Brooke Penders as the Vice President for Advancement. She began her new role in April and has made great strides in securing funds for student scholarships and services.

College Opens Community Garden on Main Street

A fearsome flamingo guards a plot at the Goodwin College Community Garden, which opened in April.

A fearsome flamingo guards a plot at the Goodwin College Community Garden, which opened in April.

Goodwin opened its Community Garden in April, giving local residents and College staff and students a place to grow vegetables, flowers, and help beautify the community. The Garden was a great success and we can’t wait to see what grows in 2013.

EPA Awards Goodwin for Environmental Efforts and Design

The Environmental Protection Agency took notice of the College’s efforts to revitalize a polluted section of the community and turn it into something wonderful. In April, the EPA bestowed Goodwin with an Award of Merit for the College’s River Campus.

Connecticut Sun Establish Scholarship

The WNBA’s Connecticut Sun proved a wonderful new partner to the College by donating $20,000 for scholarship efforts.

Volunteers Unite for “Rebuilding Together”

It’s become a tradition every spring for the Goodwin community to unite for a day of volunteerism to benefit a family in need. In April, Navigator employees and students joined with Connecticut River Academy students and staff participated in “Rebuilding Together,” helping to spruce up a Manchester house.


Two Alumni Chosen for Prestigious Awards

Goodwin recognized two of our alumni as award winners, in recognition of their service to their communities and to the excellence they bring to their fields. Tiffany Hoxie won the Distinguished Alumni Award for her work with children and teenagers. Robert Misbach won the Community Service Award in recognition of his work in the town of Colchester.


The College Celebrates the Navigators of 2012

Valedictorian Alyson Cooke leads the procession of graduates during Commencement 2012.

Valedictorian Alyson Cooke leads the procession of graduates during Commencement 2012.

On June 9, more than 530 students graduated from Goodwin College, including several recipients of Bachelor’s degrees. Senator Christopher Dodd spoke at the Commencement Ceremony, offering his congratulations to the graduates and wishing them the best in the future.

Kelly Falvey Named CTRA Teacher of the Year

Social Studies teacher Kelly Falvey was named Teacher of the Year at the Connecticut River Academy. The popular educator was chosen for her dedication to her students and learning and for setting a wonderful example for fellow teachers to follow.


Construction Begins on Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School

On July 10, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman was among several notable guests to help the College break ground on its new Early Childhood Magnet School. The facility is being constructed on Willowbrook Road and is set to open next year, serving 240 students in prekindergarten and kindergarten.


Crash Crew Dances Up Downtown Hartford

Ebb and Flo dance it up in Constitution Plaza during a Hartford visit from the Goodwin Crash Crew in August.

Ebb and Flo dance it up in Constitution Plaza during a Hartford visit from the Goodwin Crash Crew in August.

The Goodwin College Crash Crew hit Hartford on August 3, bringing some smiles to warm and humid Friday afternoon. The Crew, led by Ebb and Flo, danced it up and passed out flowers to crowds in Constitution Plaza.

Student Contributions Dominate Beacon II

The second edition of Goodwin’s literary magazine was released in August, and this time around, it was student submissions that led the way for The Beacon. The volume included many works of poetry, short stories, and essays from students and staff from Goodwin and the Connecticut River Academy.

Mark Scheinberg Celebrated for 30 Years at Goodwin

President Mark Scheinberg hit a momentous anniversary in 2012. He has been president of Goodwin College since its days as Data Institute, and over 30 years, Scheinberg has seen the institution grow into something very special. In late August, the College celebrated Scheinberg’s distinguished career with a ceremony and party on campus.


Golf Tourney Raises $180,000 for Student Scholarships

The Goodwin College Foundation outdid itself with this year’s golf tournament. The annual event raised over $180,000 for student scholarships on Sept. 19. Our thanks to all the golfers who hit the links with us at Topstone Golf Course in South Windsor for a terrific cause.

Pathways Academy Third New School to Begin Construction

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman is in the center as dignitaries break ground on the Pathways Academy for Technology and Design.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman is in the center as dignitaries break ground on the Pathways Academy for Technology and Design.

A host of dignitaries was back on Sept. 20 for the third of three major school projects to break ground at Goodwin in 2012. Work in underway on the Pathways Academy for Technology and Design, under construction on Pent Road.


Goodwin Launches ACE Program for Older Adult Learners

Recognizing that learning knows no age limit, Goodwin launched its new Adult Continuing Education program in October. ACE provided free courses to adults ages 55 and older in a variety of topics, from coping with a loved one’s Alzheimer’s disease to basic sign language.

Half Moon Returns, Survives Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy forced the crew of the Half Moon to batten down the hatches as the ship waited out the storm at Goodwin's deepwater dock.

Hurricane Sandy forced the crew of the Half Moon to batten down the hatches as the ship waited out the storm at Goodwin’s deepwater dock.

The Half Moon returned to campus for the fifth consecutive year, bringing the replica ship up the Connecticut River for another great visit. Hurricane Sandy brought a great deal of drama to this year’s voyage, with the ship docked at Goodwin through the duration of the storm. All was well and the ship returned safely to upstate New York.


Delegation Visits Ghana, Examines Distance Learning Opportunities

A Goodwin delegation visited the west African nation of Ghana in November as the College looks into the possibility of creating distance learning opportunities in the growing country. The delegation included President Scheinberg, program directors, and other College executives.

“Life After Goodwin” Brings Stories of Alumni Success

Some of the College’s most successful and inspiring alumni returned to Riverside Drive on Dec. 15 to share their experiences of “Life After Goodwin.” The event gave current students the chance to ask questions about employment and career opportunities that follow college and the panelists explained how they have benefitted from their Goodwin degrees.


Nursing Program Pins 1,000th Nurse

Nursing Program Director Jan Costello passes the first flame as the new nurses prepare to recite their oaths at the December pinning ceremony.

Nursing Program Director Jan Costello passes the first flame as the new nurses prepare to recite their oaths at the December pinning ceremony.

It’s been an amazing eight years for the Associate Degree in Nursing program, and on Dec. 13, the College hit a tremendous milestone. Since 2004, more than 1,000 nurses have graduated from the program, which has grown to become the largest in the state. The pinning ceremony for the newest nursing cohort celebrated the accomplishment, to the cheers and tears of many in the audience.

How to Help the Families and Friends of the Sandy Hook Victims

Compiled by Hannah Stacy

Please note that as a result of an outpouring of support, the Town of Newtown has requested that the public suspend the donation of toys and supplies indefinitely. Your support is very much appreciated!


As we grieve for the loss of 27 victims of the Sandy Hook Massacre, many may be wondering how to help the families and friends who have lost children, sons, daughters, and teachers. Here’s how you can get involved.

Healing Hearts

Healing Hearts was formed to help take back the Holidays for the children in the grief-stricken Newtown community. Volunteers will collect toys, tokens of love and support, and other gifts to be delivered on Christmas Eve.

Goodwin College is one of the drop-off sites for donations. If you are interested, drop off a new, unwrapped gift here any time before Saturday. Other drop off locations include Templo Fe, 1019 Broad St., Hartford, and Audio Media Solutions, c/o Healing Hearts, 87 Church St., East Hartford.

Sandy Hook School Support Fund

United Way, a global nonprofit organization that works to improve education, income stability, and health, has set up the Sandy Hook School Support Fund through its Western Connecticut chapter. The fund will provide support services to the families that have been affected by the mass shooting. “We will stand with the community and everyone affected directly and indirectly by this tragic event as we face the days and weeks ahead.

 Donations can be mailed to:

Sandy Hook School Support Fund c/o Newtown Savings Bank

39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470

 Donations can also be submitted online here:

Danbury Hospital

Danbury Hospital has partnered with other local counseling and mental health agencies within the community and is providing crisis intervention services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “At Western Connecticut Health Network our hearts are heavy with loss.”

Find out how you can contribute here:

Noah’s Ark of Hope Fund

Six-year-old Noah Pozner, the youngest of the 20 children killed during the shooting on Friday leaves behind four siblings, including his twin sister, Arielle. Supporters have set up the Noah’s Ark of Hope Fund to provide Noah’s siblings with counseling services, education, and basic needs.

Donations can be mailed to:

Congregation Adath Israel,

P.O. Box 623, Newtown, CT 06470

(Please print “For the Family of Noah Pozner” in the memo line)

 Donations can be submitted online as well:\

Lauren Rousseau – Pi Beta Phi Scholarship

Lauren Rousseau was working as a permanent substitute teacher at the elementary school at the time of the shooting. Lauren attended the University of Connecticut where she was initiated into Pi Beta Phi in 2002. She later received her master’s degree in education at the University of Bridgeport. To honor Lauren, a scholarship has been established at Pi Beta Phi Foundation in her name. All memorial gifts received in Lauren’s name will be used to support the scholarship.

A memorial gift can be made online at:

Or by calling the Foundation’s office: (636) 256–1357.

Learn more about Lauren’s story:

Friends of the Engel Family Fund

Six-year-old Olivia Engel was killed during the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. To help the Olivia’s family supporters have set up the Friends of the Engel Family Fund.

Visit the Friends of the Engel Family Fund’s Facebook page to learn more:

 Donate to the Friends of the Engel Family Fund here:

 Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund

Ryan Kraft, a former Sandy Hook student who babysat for Adam Lanza, the shooter who carried out the massacre on Friday, was inspired to set up the Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund. Money raised will be used to help victims, families, and others affected by the tragedy. Donations will be directed to the Sandy Hook Elementary School PTSA, according to the fundraising site.

Find out how you can get involved here:

Newtown Memorial Fund

The Newtown Memorial Fund aims to help victims’ families pay for funeral costs, set up a community-wide memorial, and a college scholarship fund for the students of the Newtown Public Schools. Find out how you can get involved here:

Emilie Parker Memorial Fund

Six-year-old, Emilie Parker, was one of 26 victims killed on Friday in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Emilie Parker Memorial Fund has been set up to support Emilie’s parents in paying for medical expenses, arranging for a funeral in Utah, and taking off from work to spend time with family and friends.

Checks can be mailed to:

Emilie Parker Memorial

PO Box 12751
Ogden, UT 84412-2751.

 To donate via PayPal, use the email

My Sandy Hook Family Fund

A group of Newtown parents have created My Sandy Hook Family Fund to tend to the immediate needs of the victims’ families. Organizers are working to provide anything from airline tickets and hotel accommodations for out-of-town family members to attend funerals to delivering warm meals for grieving parents. “We ask the world to join us not only in our grief but also in our burning need take some of the burdens off these families in their time of incredible pain – to bear their cross in some small way.”

Find out how you can donate here:

Newtown Youth and Family Services

Newtown Youth & Family Services, Inc., a nonprofit mental health clinic, remained open for emergency counseling over the weekend for families, community members or staff involved in the Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy and is accepting donations. They say no appointments are needed and those needing help may walk in.

Find out how you can help:

 Newtown Parent Connection

The Newtown Parent Connection, a nonprofit that addresses issues of substance abuse, also offers bereavement group counseling on the first Wednesday of every month. They hope to bring in additional counselors to accommodate the needs of those affected by the Sandy Hook shooting. “We desperately need your help. We have the passion, energy, and educational resources to provide the kind of quality parent and student education programs that are needed: we simply need the resources.”

Contribute here:

Project Linus

Project Linus, a nonprofit organization that brings comfort to children in crisis, has arranged to send hundreds of warm, handmade blankets to children affected by this tragedy.

Find more information here:

The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross of Connecticut provided more than 50 units of blood platelets and plasma to the Danbury Hospital, where some of the victims were transported. The aid organization has also distributed food and water to first responders and is setting up a family reception center that will provide initial grief counseling. More than 100 Red Cross workers, including mental health professionals, are on the ground in Newtown helping to support the community. The Red Cross is not seeking blood donations at this time. The organization has what it needs to support efforts in Newtown, and is asking that those wishing to donate to families and the community, direct their contributions to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

Lutheran Church Charities

The organization ‘Lutheran Church Charities’ has sent a team of ‘comfort dogs’ to the community. Chewie, Barnabas, Hannah and others will be visiting schoolchildren, attending funerals and memorial services.

Click here to donate and help support the dogs’ visit to Newtown:

Save the Children

Save the Children has opened a “child-friendly space” in Newtown to give kids a place to play and express themselves while parents seek support or counseling. The space is located in Newtown’s Reed Intermediate School, where students of Sandy Hook elementary go after graduating. They have also released 10 tips for parents wondering how to help their children cope.

26 Acts of Kindness

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Ann Curry of NBS News sent out a tweet stating: “Imagine if all of us committed to 20 mitvahs/acts of kindness to honor each child lost in Newtown. I’m in. If you are RT #20Acts.” Since then, tens of thousands of people seized the idea and increased it to 26 acts of kindness to represent and include every life that was lost. Any act of kindness, big or small, will make a difference and bring happiness.

Send a Letter

The US Postal Service has added a P.O. Box for those who wish to send letters of condolence to the residents of Newtown.

Please address mail to:

Message of Condolence,

PO Box 3700, Newtown, CT 06470.

* The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection says anyone wishing to volunteer should call 211 or (800) 203-1234.

Pinning Marks 1,000th Goodwin Nursing Grad

Kimberly West was walking in the footsteps of 999 previous graduates and classmates when she stepped up to receive her pin on Thursday, Dec. 13. And, as program director Jan Costello pinned West, personal and institutional milestones were reached.

West was one of 43 students in the latest cohort to graduate from the program, which has grown to become one of the largest in the state. The pinning ceremony was an emotional night for the students and their families, marking the successful completion of the Associates degree program.

Goodwin's newest Nursing grads recite their oath by candlelight.

Goodwin’s newest Nursing grads recite their oath by candlelight.

Some of the grads will seek to enter the workforce immediately. Others may seek to return to Goodwin to achieve a Bachelor’s degree in nursing through the College’s RN-to-BSN program.

Goodwin President Mark Scheinberg told a packed auditorium that while the number of graduates is great, it’s the quality of the nurses produced and the care that they show to their patients that really makes him proud.

“Besides being good test takers, you’re going to be incredible nurses,” Scheinberg said.

Maria Ellis, the Chair of the Goodwin College Board of Trustees and a practicing OBGYN, welcomed the new nurses to the healthcare field. She told the grads that she wanted to give all of them her personal thanks.

“Tonight you’re crossing over to become part of the Goodwin tradition,” Ellis said. “We’re very, very proud of you.”

Susan Kosman, Chief Nursing Officer for Aetna, served as a special guest during the ceremony and has a daughter who is enrolled in the Goodwin Nursing program. She called the pinning a great opportunity to reflect on what’s already been accomplished and expressed her excitement for what will come next.

“You can all help shape the future of what healthcare is going to be and to me, that’s very exciting,” Kosman said. “Nursing, like life, is a journey. Bon voyage.”

Costello imparted her own advice to the grads, all of whom she has gotten to know personally through their experiences in the program. She asked the new nurses to treat the whole patient, not just the disease.

The ceremony drew on traditions that date back to nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale. After receiving their pins, the students lit candles and read their oaths by candlelight.

A balloon bouquet bearing “1,000” signified the achievement for the program, which was established in 2004 in response to a statewide and national shortage of qualified nurses. Prior to the program, Costello shared a video retrospective of Nursing at Goodwin, featuring several graduates and some of the students who were pinned later in the ceremony.

Point – Counterpoint: Columnists Debate at Goodwin

Election Day may have come and gone, but there was still plenty to debate on Wednesday when two of the Hartford Courant’s most opinionated columnists discussed the issues facing Connecticut.

The East Hartford Chamber of Commerce brought popular writers and government critics Rick Green and Kevin Rennie to Goodwin for breakfast and a debate. Veteran reporter Duby McDowell moderated the contest, which saw Green and Rennie take opposing views on issues ranging from electoral politics to the state deficit, sprinkling in thoughts on higher education and social media for good measure.

Columnist Kevin Rennie responds to a question as Hartford Courant colleague Rick Green listens.

Columnist Kevin Rennie responds to a question as Hartford Courant colleague Rick Green listens.

Rennie, a former Republican state senator from South Windsor, and Green, a senior political columnist for the state’s largest newspaper, didn’t mince words as they tackled the issues. Among other points of contention, they disagreed on the level to which Connecticut is a “blue state” and the potential for a Republican to get elected to national office.

Rennie said that in Connecticut, as a state that on the whole leans Democratic, it is very difficult for a Republican to get elected to Congress or other office during a presidential election.

“In those years, Connecticut is an impossibly Democratic state,” said Rennie.

In response, Green chided the “blue state” identity as a repetitive complaint, arguing that there were some good Republican candidates this year who just got beat.

“What gets really tiresome is to hear all the Republicans saying Connecticut is such a blue state. You’re hearing that everywhere now,” Green said. “that’s a good strategy for the future.”

While their opinions largely differed, they found common ground over media accessibility of political

“Candidates have become very isolated,” Rennie said. “Arranging to meet one of them was like trying to get a package through the Berlin Wall.”

Green agreed, saying that social media, particularly Twitter, has become the main platform for candidates to make cases to constituents.

“Twitter is the best resource for a political reporter these days,” Green said.

East Hartford Chamber of Commerce President Tim Coppage, Courant columnist Kevin Rennie, veteran reporter Duby McDowell, and Courant columnist Rick Green.

East Hartford Chamber of Commerce President Tim Coppage, Courant columnist Kevin Rennie, veteran reporter Duby McDowell, and Courant columnist Rick Green.

The debaters also squared off on issues including the state’s projected $415 million deficit and its potential impact on the 2014 gubernatorial race. Rennie and Green included some thoughts on the growth of the state’s public higher education hierarchy a being a great expense to Connecticut.

Goodwin College President Mark E. Scheinberg kicked off the event, saying it was a pleasure to welcome some of his heroes of the Fourth Estate to campus.

CT-N, the Connecticut Network, broadcast the debate, which is available to view online at

Goodwin Nursing: 1,000 and Counting

From helping welcome new life into the world to caring for the sick and elderly in their last moments, Goodwin College Nursing graduates have experienced the full gamut of what their profession has to offer.

Over 1,000 Goodwin Nursing grads have cared for patients one-on-one through clinical assignments, experiencing firsthand the moments that can be heartwarming, and at times, heart-wrenching. This direct approach to patient care prepares Goodwin’s graduates to become leaders in the nursing field.

Program Director Jan Costello with graduating nurses at the August. 2012 pinning.

Program Director Jan Costello with graduating nurses at the August. 2012 pinning.

On Thursday, December 13, Goodwin will reach a milestone by graduating its 1,000th person from its Associates Degree in Nursing program, which has grown to be the largest in the state of Connecticut.

“What is more important than the number of nurses who have graduated from Goodwin College is the quality of those nurses,” Goodwin College President Mark E. Scheinberg said. “All credit goes to an incredible faculty and staff, who value quality bedside care above every other skill our students master.”

The College began the Nursing program in 2004 with the goal of addressing a statewide and national shortage of nurses. Goodwin sought to give its nursing students a well-rounded and complete education, producing qualified and eager graduates.

“Eight years ago, most published references to the word ‘nursing’ were followed by the word ‘shortage,’” Scheinberg said. “The nursing shortage remains a national issue, but Connecticut is now in better shape than most states.  We believe Goodwin College has been part of this success.”

Healthcare is a demanding field which requires nurses who are not only skilled and well-educated, but also empathetic and nurturing. Goodwin’s Nursing program seeks to foster those qualities, both acquired and natural, that create great professionals who make a great impact on their profession.

“We are graduating students that understand both the art and science of nursing, and as a result we graduate nurses who are very caring and compassionate,” said Jan Costello, Director of Goodwin College Nursing Program.

“We have many second career people among our students and graduates,” Costello continued. “They chose nursing because they have a passion for it.”

Nursing is not only the most popular program at Goodwin College, but is also one of the most challenging and demanding. Students must fulfill requirements in the classroom and in the field, taking on clinical assignments in hospitals and clinics.

The program fosters a diverse background of students where the atypical has become typical. Like much of Goodwin’s student population, the College’s prospective nurses come from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Some start at Goodwin College right after graduating from high school. Others are professionals seeking new career paths in a meaningful field, and some are even grandparents seeking to fulfill lifelong ambitions of giving back and caring for the sick.

Costello said that many of the students enrolled in the program balance extremely busy lives following their passion to become nurses, including family responsibilities and full-time jobs. Goodwin College supports these students through tutoring, peer mentorship, and flexible class scheduling.

RNAug12__001The College held its first pinning in August 2005, after founding the Nursing program in 2004. Since its inception, the program has grown into the largest in the state, with more Goodwin-educated nurses entering the workforce each year.

Thursday’s pinning ceremony will be a special event for students, faculty, and family alike. Each graduate will dress all in white and one-by-one is called to receive their pins, which represent their readiness to enter the field. Once reassembled, the lights will dim and the students recite their oath by candlelight.

The ceremony draws on the legacy of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, whose dedication to her patients and steadfastness in their care have made her a hero to generations of nurses.

Many who complete the Associates Degree program are now returning to Goodwin to seek their Bachelor’s Degrees in Nursing. The RN-to-BSN program is one of several four-year Bachelor’s Degree programs that the College offers.