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.

January

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.

 

February

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.

March

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.

April

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.

May

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.

June

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.

July

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.

August

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.

September

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.

October

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.

November

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.

December

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.

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Posted on December 20, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Awesome job Vanessa! These highlights truly speak volumes to the dedication Goodwin has to higher education, it’s students, and the community.

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