Monthly Archives: November 2014

Cold Night in Cardboard City Leads to Understanding for Students

On Friday, November 14, 50 MOVE and WISE students joined 70 other college students to participate in Journey Home’s Cardboard City Sleep Out at the University of Hartford to brace the frigid cold temperatures and raise awareness for homelessness. This was the first event in the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week.

Journey Home, a local non-profit focused on ending chronic homelessness in Hartford, organized the annual event. The students took part in a number of activities throughout the night. They watched a documentary about homelessness in Hartford, listened to stories from current and former homeless people, participated in the food stamps challenge, engaged in a candle light vigil honoring homeless people who have been victims of violence, and led a privilege walk.

“[The students] were very engaged. It’s obvious they were really listening because they asked very deep questions that got to the heart of what it means to be homeless. It was apparent they were trying to understand the plight these people have experienced,” said Journey Home Deputy Director, Amanda Girardin.

The students gained awareness and knowledge about homelessness not only in Hartford, but nationwide and what they can do as college students to help end homelessness.

Check out some videos of the event:

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Red Thread in East Hartford Donates 239 Pounds of Food Transitions

New ImageA local business’s generosity is helping to feed hungry members of the Goodwin College Community after hosting a “Grab a Roll” food drive for the Transitions Food Pantry. The Red Thread showroom at 300 East River Drive, East Hartford, creatively used their leftover rolls of fabric as rewards for eager designers who brought in non-perishable food items to donate to Goodwin’s Transitions Food Pantry.

“Transitions is a local organization for East Hartford and Red Thread,” account manager Raquel Walton said. “We wanted to give back, and help out locally.”

New Image1Walton said that the company held a fun reception for the designers, who were allowed to take home a large roll of fabric after making a donation for the food bank. In total, Red Thread raised 239 pounds of food. “We’re so thankful for Red Thread’s generous donation,” Transitions assistant director Mike Rotondo said. “We rely on these donations to assist those in our community who sometimes need a little help. At Goodwin, we’re a family that assists each other when we’re in need.”


Goodwin College Hosts Magnet School “Innovations of Change” Symposium

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On Thursday, December 4, the Goodwin College Center for Magnet and School Choice Leadership will welcome educators from throughout the country to a symposium on magnet education. Goodwin’s main campus at One Riverside Drive will host the conference from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is a minimal charge to attend and preregistration is required.

“Magnets in a School Choice Arena: Innovators of Change” brings together leading researchers, parents, and educational leaders in school policy, law, administration, curriculum, and instruction to share findings on the future of public school magnet programs in light of recent court rulings, policy developments, and research findings.

Presentations will cover a diverse set of topics, including the effect of magnets on student achievement; the impact of integration and resegregation on school equity and academic achievement reform; and the impact on the importance of merging research on parents’ choice values and priorities.

Attendees have the opportunity to visit magnet schools on campus or nearby in East Hartford and Hartford. Goodwin College has three magnet schools on campus – The Connecticut River Academy interdistrict high school, Pathways Academy of Technology and Design, and the Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School.

Register online at Program GPS units to route to 211 Riverside Drive, East Hartford. For nearby hotel information, contact Dr. Robert Brooks, Conference Coordinator, at For more information on the Center, call 860-913-2109 or email Bill Magnotta at bmagnotta@goodwin.eduDownload invite.

Goodwin College Turkey Drive Raises $2,700, Over 80 Turkeys for Foodshare

Gary Craig from 96.5 TIC broadcast live from the Goodwin College campus from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Nov. 17 to support the fundraising efforts.

On Monday, Nov. 17, Goodwin College partnered with Foodshare to collect turkeys and money for hungry families this Thanksgiving.

15641698978_d4cbf948b7_oMembers of the College were joined by Foodshare’s CEO and President Gloria McAdam and WTIC’s Gary Craig on the cold, rainy morning to collect donations from the Goodwin community and generous East Hartford residents. In total, the turkey drive raised over 80 turkeys that will go to needy families on Thanksgiving, and $2,700 towards Foodshare.



In 2013, Foodshare distributed nearly 12 million meals worth of food to pantries, community kitchens, homeless shelters, and other programs, according to their website.  That year Foodshare involved thousands of people to provide traditional Thanksgiving meals for 20,000 households in poverty, plus food for hungry neighbors year-round.

This was the second year that Goodwin College collected turkeys for Foodshare. Last year’s the College collected 22 turkeys for needy families.

Check out photos here.

Goodwin Hosts Connecticut Histology Meeting

3On Saturday, November 8, Goodwin College hosted a meeting of the Connecticut Society of Histotechnology. Speakers included Richard Catrun of Hartford Pathology Associates, discussing case studies in diagnostic immunohistochemistry; Paulette Stelmach of Dako, an Agilent Technologies company, offering “Let’s Be an Artist with Special Stains”; and Dr. James Gill, Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Connecticut, speaking on Forensic Histopathology.

Goodwin Health Science faculty member Kim Reese gave a well-received and informative talk on Ebola, and Todd Schreiber of Milestone covered New Technologies in Histopathology. Five vendors were also in attendance and represented various technologies in the field.

Kelli Goodkowsky, Histology Program Director, was proud that Goodwin was able to host this event. “It was an opportunity for students and those working in the field to network and connect. Being able to offer this type of meeting to students and graduates of the program was phenomenal. It shows that students have an interest in learning and that graduates are moving forward in their careers.”

By: Hannah Stacy

CT River Academy Welcomes One-of-a-Kind Research Vessel

On November 10, an excited crowd at the Connecticut River Academy cheered as the newest addition to their school — a unique, 40-foot student research vessel — returned to the dock after its inaugural trip on the Connecticut River. “This vessel is the last piece of the puzzle to complete CTRA,” Principal Linda Dadona said of the boat, dubbed the R.V. Goodwin Navigator. “I want to thank everyone here who, over the last four-and-a-half years, worked toward this moment.”

New ImageThe only freshwater school research vessel of its kind in the region, the Navigator will offer the students of the environmentally-focused school unprecedented access to two-and-a-half miles of Connecticut River coastline. “Today scholars, educators, and I were able to use this vessel for the first time,” CTRA junior Cameron Schmelter said of the inaugural trip. “I am honored to be a student at CTRA, and I hope that all students push to be able to use this vessel as much as they can.”

The research vessel can carry 28 students at a time along with its crew, and has a bow door designed to fold down so that students can offload right onto the banks of the Connecticut River to conduct their research into one of Connecticut’s most diverse natural environments.

“This is part of Goodwin College’s commitment to opening the Connecticut River to our students,” said Todd Andrews, Goodwin’s Vice President of Economic and Strategic Development. “Our students will get to access the history of the Connecticut River every day thanks to the R/V Goodwin Navigator.”

“It connects you with the river, the campus, and your learning opportunities,” Goodwin’s Dean of Magnet Schools Alan Kramer told the assembled students. “We want to congratulate you all.”

Click here to link to video report by Channel 8 on the launch.

Read article in the Hartford Courant.

Click here to see photos.

Goodwin and CTRA Students Work Together to Improve Health of CT River

The Connecticut River Academy and Goodwin College are located along the banks of the Connecticut River. The river gives the magnet school and College a strong identity and instills a sense of responsibility in the community to maintain its health.

New ImageCTRA freshmen are enrolled in a class focused on the Connecticut River Watershed where they learn about the region and partake in a stream sampling lab on the river as part of an interactive learning experience.

Bruce Morton, Goodwin’s Environmental Science Program Director, and Goodwin students join them to provide insight. Together, students measure the flow rate, determine pH levels, monitor bacteria in the river, analyze the impact of rain and runoff, and perform other chemical analysis.

Michele Saulis, CTRA Environmental Studies Theme Coach, noted, “Bruce has such a strong knowledge of the Connecticut River Watershed area. Our students are able to learn from him and observe college students passionate about making a difference in the community.”

Recently, Goodwin students volunteered in a cleanup effort where they uncovered tires, a snow blower, shopping carts, and other debris polluting the river.

New Image2CTRA students celebrated National Green Day of Service where presentations were given by many of the key players involved in designing and building CTRA, which has many green features such as controlled lighting, paperless hand dryers, a rain water reclamation system, and flooring made from sustainable recycled materials.

Students are encouraged to think about how individual actions as well as society’s actions impact the health of the environment and begin to develop and demonstrate standards for awareness, both personal and global.

In celebrating the river, students are building a connection to the environment and taking responsibility.

Taking it one step further, CTRA and Goodwin have announced the arrival of a research vessel which will allow students access to the river and more in-depth studies. The vessel will dock at CTRA at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, November 10.


Best-Selling Author Marcus Engel Shows Goodwin Students How Compassion Changes Lives

The best-selling author and inspirational speaker shared his story of trauma and hope with several hundred Goodwin students, faculty, and staff.

3On November 3, inspirational speaker and best-selling author Marcus Engel spoke to a large crowd of Goodwin College health care students, faculty, and staff as part of an ongoing effort to provide insight and strategies for excellent patient care. Engel shared his harrowing, amazing health care story with several hundred students — primarily from the College’s nursing program — during two 90-minute conversations in the auditorium.

As a college freshman, Engel was struck by struck by a drunk driver in a traumatic car accident after that left him hospitalized for months and permanently blind. Through two years of rehab, more than 300 hours of reconstructive facial surgery, and adaptation through a multitude of life changes, Engel witnessed the good, the bad, and the profound in patient care.

“My real passion is helping the people in the industry that helped me,” Engel told the Goodwin students. “This is where my passion is; this is what I like to do.” Engel related to the future nurses what a difference they could make in the lives of a patient in need, and how the everyday gestures of kindness made all the difference during his painful ordeal. Having obtained a master’s degree in Narrative Medicine, Engel hopes to teach nurses how to use writing and their own stories to help combat burnout and “compassion fatigue,” he said.

His keynote presentations have been witnessed by tens of thousands of health care professionals and his books are used in scores of nursing schools to teach the basic foundations of caregiving. Engel has authored four books and is at work on a fifth, Narrative Nursing, designed to help lead nurses into using proven techniques and therapeutic resources for dealing with the effects of compassion fatigue and avoiding burnout. His previous books include After This…An Inspirational Journey For All The Wrong Reasons; The Other End of the Stethoscope: 33 Insights for Excellent Patient Care; I’m Here: Compassionate Communication in Patient Care; and Everyday Inspiration. Information about Engel can be found at