Monthly Archives: July 2014
Goodwin College Manufacturing Career Fair
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
One Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 06118
Meet Connecticut manufacturing employers and learn more about rewarding opportunities in CNC Machining, production, quality, logistics, and more. If you are in the market for a job or want to learn more about the manufacturing industry, this event is right for you. RSVP today at www.goodwin.edu/FindAJob. Employers registered for the fair as of August 12 include:
Advance Mold & Manufacturing Vision Technical Molding
Alpha Q, Inc.
Connecticut Department of Labor
Connecticut Tool & Manufacturing
HAAS Factory Outlet
HFO Trident Machine Tools, LLC
PTI Ind. Inc.
Technical Metal Finishing
Manufacturers interested in having a table at this event can RSVP via this online registration form by August 7. There is no registration fee for this event. The Career Fair will be advertised in the Hartford Courant, by the CT Department of Labor, and on the radio. Goodwin College students and graduates as well as local talent interested in manufacturing and logistics careers will be present.
On September 24, 25, and 26, 2014, the RN-BSN program at Goodwin College will have its first accreditation visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE policy requires that institutions provide an opportunity for the program’s identified communities of interest (students, alumni, faculty, employers, etc.) to provide written input into the deliberations of the evaluation team. Written and signed third-party comments will be accepted by CCNE until August 25, 2014. Please send comments to: Catherine Sneed, Accreditation Coordinator, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036. Please contact Rosemary Hathaway, RN-BSN Program Director, at 860-727-6738 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the process.
The Town of East Hartford recently recognized Goodwin College for its continuing contributions to the beautification of the local community. Patricia Ann Sirois, Chair of the East Hartford Beautification Commission, honored Goodwin at the July 15 Town Council meeting with the Community Pride Award for the beautiful landscaping of its Riverside Drive campus and other properties around town.
“We would like to congratulate you and your staff for the strong effort that has made the landscaping at all of the buildings of Goodwin College a pleasure to look at,” Sirois wrote in a congratulatory letter to the College.
Dan Larson, Assistant Vice President for Facilities at Goodwin, accepted the honor along with President Mark Scheinberg; Brian Beechinor, Director of Campus Realty and Grounds; Jerry Jarvis, Supervisor of Grounds; Conner Martin, Lead Groundskeeper; Groundskeepers Eric Todte and Brandon Boudreau; and landscape architect Christine Randazzo, designer for all of Goodwin’s properties.
“Part of the mission of the College has been to enrich our local communities and to become an integral participant,” Larson said. “This is part of that commitment.” Between 2013 and projects for 2014, Goodwin College has donated a total of $24,806 in landscaping design services and plant material for beautifying East Hartford. In 2013, the College provided $13,206 to projects at Alumni Park, Brewer House, Hockanum Elementary School, Mayberry Elementary School, and Wickham Library. This year, Goodwin has approved projects totaling $11,600 in design and plants for the Wickham Library, Raymond Public Library, East Hartford Public Golf Course, the Town Hall building front, and the Town Hall parking lot.
“I have been blessed that at this stage in my life I am able to work with a leadership team that recognizes the impact that a beautiful, clean, welcoming facility has on the environment in which students choose to learn,” Larson said. “The end result is a beautiful campus with access to the river that is a proud asset to both the College and the Town of East Hartford community. We are most appreciative of this recognition.”
Goodwin College health science student Christa Allard posted to CT Working Moms on Twitter about how being a student the second time around has changed her world for the better. She also sent a tweet to Goodwin College’s #mygoodwinstory to share her blog post on how she balances her life.
As a mom, wife, and student — as well as a high school cheerleading coach — Allard has many roles to maintain. “Multitasking is second nature now,” she says.
Allard says that as an adult learner she feels a more personal connection to the faculty and staff. “I love the dynamic here. Everyone is so accommodating, and they want you to get the most out of your education.”
Having previously worked in nonprofit communications, she decided to re-examine her career option and return to school. Allard’s daughter was beginning preschool, and she knew it was perfect time to make change.
“The timing was just right,” Allard recalled, “I had been giving all of myself to my daughter, and it was time to find the right balance again.”
Attending school is a conscious choice, now more than in the past. “This time [making education a priority] was deliberate,” she says. “It was a decision to change directions and plot a new course.”
She credits her family and Goodwin’s faculty and staff for motivating and supporting her through this process.
Allard plans to use her education at Goodwin to become a lactation consultant. “I want to help new moms during this process. Becoming a mother impacted me greatly and with a background in advocating for women’s rights, it has been a natural transition.”
Allard feels that she is on the right path and is confident in her decision to come back to school. “Goodwin is preparing me for a very specific career. I’m receiving an education that will allow me to hit the ground running when I graduate.”
If you’d like to share your story, send a tweet to Goodwin College using the #mygoodwinstory hashtag for a chance to win a gift card!
Check out the CT Working Moms website to read more of Allard’s blog posts: http://ctworkingmoms.com/christa-allard/
By: Hannah Stacy
“Be proud of how far you’ve come, and have faith in where you are going.”
Dr. Sherrilyn Bernier of Goodwin College’s Human Services department opened the June meeting of Women Achieving Voices of Empowerment (WAVE) the way she usually does: with words of inspiration. Even though summer meant that turnout was lower than usual, everyone launched enthusiastically into a discussion that ranged from faith to self-doubt to holistic medicine.
WAVE is a women’s empowerment group committed to creating a space for women in the College community to come together and share their experiences, while giving the group a place to unwind and de-stress. Dr. Bernier conducts the meetings monthly in order to offer female students and faculty a place to get away from the hectic school day and relax.
The meetings begin with an inspirational quote and a conversation topic that Dr. Bernier picks, but the conversation is allowed to veer towards whatever is needed at the time — whether it is relationship issues, building self-esteem, or stress management techniques.
Jennifer Budkofsky, the president of WAVE, spoke up about how she changed on the road to achieving her associate degree, which she received this spring from Goodwin. She is now pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Human Services.
“I learned that it’s important to interact with others — that the smallest things make a difference. Like a small act of kindness,” she said.
Dr. Bernier said this about her own personal and educational journey: “I’m proud because when I was in high school, they said I could maybe go to community college. Now I have my doctorate.”
In addition to sharing advice on getting rid of self-doubt, she provided simple stress relief exercises for students who might feel overwhelmed or exhausted. “Before you go to sleep, say ‘I will awake relaxed and refreshed,’” she advised.
Dr. Bernier, who has been a certified consulting hypnotist since 1998 and runs her own private practice, led the group in a guided imagery exercise designed to reduce stress and relax the body, accompanied by soft music. This is how all of the meetings are concluded so that group members may leave feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the rest of the day.
The WAVE meetings may be another resource for female Goodwin students feeling stressed out or seeking a place to unwind and connect with other women. The meetings take place once a month at 2:45 p.m. and 5 p.m., seminar-style, with snacks provided. Female students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. Contact Dr. Bernier at (860) 913-2153 or at email@example.com for more information.