Monthly Archives: December 2014


Military Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded Goodwin College the designation of a Top School in its 2015 MAE Guide to  Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education. The Guide was released in the December issue of MAE.

The Guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year, and two-year colleges. From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE’s 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities arms students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.

“We believe the Guide serves as an invaluable tool for both education services officers and transition officers when advising servicemembers about their educational opportunities,” said Kelly Fodel, MAE’s editor. “We used strict criteria to individually evaluate the submissions of respondents, and we had a record number of schools participating this year.”

“Not only is the 2015 Guide printed in our December issue of Military Advanced Education, but also published in a searchable database online,” Fodel said. “We designed this database with the military student in mind. We want to help them make informed choices, so we are giving them access to all the survey questions and answers provided by the schools, as well as explanations about critical issues like activation and deployment policies, withdrawal policies, scholarship and financial aid information and important support information.”

About the new designation, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at Goodwin College Sandy Wirth said, “We’re delighted and honored by this recognition. One of the basic tenets of our philosophy is to remove as many barriers as possible to getting a college education for our students, including present military personnel and veterans. They enrich our College community through their life experiences and we, in turn, help them transition to the next chapter in their lives.” Click here to find out more about Goodwin’s services for military personnel.

Newest Goodwin Nurses Light Candles at 29th Pinning Ceremony

Hundreds of friends and family members of 61 excited, white-clad graduates packed the auditorium on Thursday, December 18, to celebrate Goodwin College’s 29th Nurse Pinning Ceremony. “Sixty-one students began in this cohort,” Nursing program chair Jan Costello said, “and 61 students are graduating.”

New ImageCostello lauded the hard work that the graduates had put in, and then turned the applause on the assembled audience. She urged members of the audience to stand and recognized those who had supported the graduates throughout their education: the mothers, fathers, grandparents, significant others, and children who had been there to support the graduates every step of the way.

“I want to officially welcome you all to the world of Nursing,” Dr. Maria Ellis, Chair of Goodwin’s Board of Trustees, told the graduates. “You’re going to make an impact on people’s lives.”

As the nursing graduates received their pins, Associate Professor of Nursing Pam Walker read individual affirmations that the graduates had written.

The pinning ceremony dates back to the 1860s when Florence Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George and in turn presented a pin to nursing graduates. By 1916, the practice of pinning new nurses was standard throughout the United States. As part of the ceremony, the flame from the ceremonial taper candle became a symbol of the care and devotion nurses administer to the sick and injured. Today, the chair of the nursing department lights the first candle, and the flame is then passed on from nurse to nurse.

After receiving their pins, the new graduates lit their ceremonial white candles and took the International Council of Nurses pledge: “In full knowledge of the obligations I am undertaking, I promise to care for the sick, with all the skills and understanding I possess, without regard to race, creed, color, politics or social status, sparing no effort to conserve life, to alleviate suffering, and to promote health. I will respect at all times, the dignity and religious beliefs of the patients under my care, holding in confidence all personal information entrusted to me, and refraining from any action that might endanger life or health. I will endeavor to keep my professional knowledge and skill at the highest level, and to give loyal support and cooperation, to all members of the health team.”

Click here to see photos from the ceremony.

Goodwin College and Connecticut River Academy Volunteer at Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford

“Wednesday December 10, Goodwin College’s MOVE and WISE program hosted a cookie decorating workshop for members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford. Students from Connecticut River Academy and their mentors from Goodwin College provided sugar cookies for Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford’s members to garnish with festive and tasty sprinkles, candies and icings-and to eat!” Read more at



New ImageGoodwin’s MOVE and WISE students are participating in an on-going mentoring program with students at the Connecticut River Academy (CTRA). Mentors meet with their high school mentees twice a month for a one-on-one and for a group community service sessions. This month’s group activity was volunteering at the Asylum Hill Boys and Girls Club. The Goodwin and CTRA students spread holiday cheer by bonding with the children and decorating holiday cookies. Ashley Charles, a WISE mentor, enjoyed her involvement. “It was great seeing the kids so happy. It was a fun bonding activity to spend time with not only my mentee, but with the children as well.” The children at the Boys and Girls Club were able get to know and learn from the students — and get a sugar rush at the same time! Goodwin and CTRA look forward to partnering with the Boys and Girls Club again.

Goodwin Hosts Second Annual National Magnet School Symposium

Over 80 members of the national magnet and public school choice community attended the conference on Dec. 4 at Goodwin College’s campus.

New ImageGoodwin College’s Center for Magnet and School Choice Leadership held their second annual national symposium on December 4, hosting top leaders in the magnet school field to share their latest research with colleagues from New England, New York, Washington D.C., North Carolina, and around the country.

The Center’s second annual Magnets in a School Choice Arena: Innovators of Change conference took place at the College’s main building and involved presentations from leading researchers and educational leaders in school policy, law, administration, curriculum, and instruction. These field experts shared findings on the future of public school magnet programs in light of court rulings, policy developments, and research findings.

“Goodwin has an excellent magnet school program, and we’re excited to be able to provide a forum where educators and researchers can learn and share with colleagues from around the country,” Goodwin’s Magnet School Specialist Alex Henschel said.

Addressing critical topics to educational progress, this year’s keynote speakers included Richard D. Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation, Washington, DC; Dr. Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, Professor of Sociology, Public Policy, Women and Gender Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and Dr. Jia Wang, Senior Researcher and Project Director, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing at UCLA. Wang shared her highly anticipated research findings for the first time at the Goodwin symposium.

Morning and afternoon sessions included panels addressing evaluation of choice programs in Connecticut and increasing access to magnet schools for English Language Learners.

Goodwin hopes that sharing the information at the symposium will help to further grow and perfect the region’s magnet school culture. “We are reaching out to our partners in the area — Hartford Public Schools, East Hartford, Bloomfield, CREC, the State Department of Education and other colleges and universities — in the hope of applying this research to Connecticut’s magnet schools moving forward,” Goodwin’s Dean of Magnet Schools, Alan Kramer, said.

All presentations will be posted on the Goodwin College website. For more information, contact William Magnotta, Director, Center for Magnet and School Choice Leadership at 860-913-2109 or Dr. Robert Brooks, Conference Coordinator, at

Jan Costello Named “Health Care Heroes” Finalist

Goodwin College is proud to announce that Jan Costello MSN, RN was named a finalist in the Hartford Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes program and honored at a reception at the Connecticut Convention Center on December 2. This initiative recognizes individual who have contributed significantly to their respective areas in health care.

New ImageIn her role as chair of the Nursing program at Goodwin College, Jan has been an inspiration to hundreds of nurses. The influence of Jan’s commitment to quality patient care can been found in the work of her students throughout the state. “No one will work you as hard as I do,” she tells her charges, “and no one will love you as much.”

In 2013, the Connecticut League for Nursing (CLN) recognized Jan with its President’s Award for nursing leaders who have contributed significantly to their profession through volunteerism, commitment, and active participation. She has developed clear competencies to enhance the learning experiences for her students at Goodwin and is a passionate advocate in the area of geriatric education. She is a visionary with a strong capacity for leadership and planning, evident through her work with the National League for Nursing’s Evaluation & Testing Division, as well as her work with CLN on a statewide basis holding the positions of president-elect for the Board of Directors, chairperson of the Eldercare Workgroup, and active member of the Council of Deans & Directors.

In her work at Goodwin College, Jan guides students with care and concern. For those who apply to Goodwin’s highly selective Nursing program but are not accepted, she is a first-rate counselor in helping them find other meaningful careers in health care and human services. Students who are fortunate enough to make it into the program find in Jan a role model for what she terms “the most noble profession.”

Congratulations, Jan!

Go to the HBJ’s Health Care Heroes edition.

Histology Hybrid Program

Goodwin College is now offering a hybrid Histology program, in which students take didactic lectures online and attend Saturday in-class labs.

Students are able to spread their workload out into four semesters, making it more manageable. Students with a full-time job, family commitments, or various other obligations can still receive an education that will prepare them for a position in this lucrative health care field.

“I’m very excited to have this option to offer students who work during the week,” said Kelli Goodkowsky, Histology Program Director

Goodkowsky noted that Goodwin’s average student age recently increased from 28 to 30. “We’re hoping to attract a more experienced student who can bring real-life experience to the classroom – online or in-person.”

This specific program is open to seven students per year. Justin Kovalcek, current hybrid student, enrolled in Histology because of his fascination with the health care field.

“The study of tissue interested me and it seemed like a good fit. The program works well with my schedule and lifestyle. I stay home with my four-year-old during the day and I work nights.”

At 41, Kovalcek has been in the health care field for many years. His favorite part of the program is the hands-on lab work. “It’s not just about tissue. It’s about staining and dying molecules and organs. The program is carefully managed and involves critical thinking and working with leadership skills.”

Goodwin hopes to expand the hybrid program in years to come to account for students who lead a busy life, but still wish to receive an education in the health care field.