Monthly Archives: January 2015

Robert Misbach: From Printing Presses to Environmental Safety Consulting

Jan 12 2015 015(edit)When the printing company where he had worked as a pressman for 23 years shut down, Robert Misbach came to Goodwin College in search of a career change and decided to pursue environmental studies. “I’ve always been an outdoorsman, so it seemed like a natural transition,” Misbach stated.

He began his studies in 2008, graduated with his degree in 2010, and later secured a position as the environmental health and safety director at Microbest, a precision machined components and assemblies company in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Misbach is in charge of OSHA record keeping and the safety of over 200 employees. “I perform safety counseling for hazardous waste disposal, storm water control, and pollution,” he noted.

Goodwin’s Environmental Studies program laid down a solid foundation for Misbach to work from. “The College had a lot to do with me getting a job. They get you in the door.”

Misbach used his degree to help him branch off into safety. Working in the field has broadened his skill set and he hopes to learn more about machinery. “I see myself here years from now, but continuing to grow and learn.”

Misbach plans to enroll in manufacturing courses at Goodwin to gain more experience and knowledge in machine maintenance. “I have already had a great experience at Goodwin, and the most important thing I learned is that hard work pays off.”

By: Hannah Stacy

Winter Meadow Walks Scheduled for 2015

New ImageThe Great Meadows Conservation Trust is offering guided winter nature walks in the Meadows along the Connecticut River in Glastonbury, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, and East Hartford through the end of February. Two of the walks, February 21 and 28, will feature Goodwin College’s Bruce Morton, Program Director of Environmental Studies.

Jim Woodworth, the trust’s stewardship chairman, urged people to take advantage of the opportunity to learn about and appreciate the Meadows area. Bald eagles are common in the area, so a sighting is likely, he said. “It’s just great to be out in nature and the fresh air, especially in winter when you just don’t get out as much,” Woodworth said. “It can be beautiful if the sun is shining.”

The Meadows is a low-lying area along the Connecticut River just south of Hartford that remains largely undeveloped because of frequent flooding. The Great Meadows Trust is a nonprofit group that owns parts of the Meadows. It educates residents about the area and advocates for its preservation.

Walk schedule:

Saturday, Jan. 31, 10 a.m., Rocky Hill

Hikers should meet at 78 Goff Brook La, off of Old Main St. The walk is expected to be about two hours.

Sunday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m, in Glastonbury

Walkers will meet behind Glastonbury Town Hall, at 2143 Main St.

Saturday, Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m., Glastonbury

Meet at the Connecticut Audubon Center at 1361 Main St.

Saturday, Feb. 21, 9 a.m., Wethersfield

Meet Jim Woodworth and Bruce Morton at the Putnam Park parking lot, 100 Great Meadow Road, just north of the Putnam Bridge. We’ll peel away the centuries to imagine the river bank before the bridge, and explore the 300+ acre Crow Point property owned by Goodwin College. We’ll observe the process of nature reclaiming the land and waterways excavated for fill to build the highway across the ancient farmland and wetlands of the great meadows.

Saturday, Feb 28, at 9 a.m. in East Hartford

Meet Jim Woodworth and Bruce Morton at Hockanum Park, 324 High St. Explore our Wilson-Carvalho and Hockanum Meadows parcels in the “Wethersfield Triangle” of land marooned on the east side by the meandering of the river. Goodwin College students are studying environmental science here, experimenting with invasive species control and habitat enhancement.’

For more information, please contact Bruce Morton at

Seon Altius: Caribbean Native to Environmental Studies Graduate

Jan 7 008Seon Altius started his journey at Goodwin in 2007 on Burnside Avenue and graduated with an associate degree in Environmental Studies in May 2013.

His fascination with the environment began on the tropical Caribbean island of St. Lucia. “Growing up in St. Lucia and being outside in nature, I became interested at a young age. It’s truly my passion.” Altius noted.

“My family gets tired of hearing me talk about it,” he added with a laugh.

Inspired by his early experiences on the beautiful island, Altius wanted to make a difference in how we steward our planet, so he enrolled at Goodwin College hoping to build a career that would reflect his passion. Through his studies, he gained in-depth knowledge on such topics as water systems, ecology, river systems, species, plants, and water tables.

Thanks to Goodwin’s unique location, students are able to use the Connecticut River as a classroom for hands-on learning in environmental studies. “We were able to actually see what we were reading about — you gain a lot more by doing,” Altius explained. “Having the campus on the banks of the river is a big plus. The school is ‘in the field’ — literally.”

Altius connected with the down-to-earth professors who helped him every step of the way. While still in school, he landed a job as a public health inspector and was able to work full-time while completing his degree. In his position, he inspects properties for pollution, trash, or debris. If he notices a violation, he issues a citation to the property owner, thereby helping to maintain a healthy, safe environment.

Altius hopes eventually to move into a lab position that is more hands-on and research based.

“Goodwin really is different than other colleges. The majority are working students who are dedicated to improving their lives and their world,” he said.” By coming to Goodwin, a lot of doors opened for me.”

By: Hannah Stacy

Goodwin College Announces Homeowners Incentive Initiative for Employees

The Goodwin College Homeowners Incentive Program will offer employees the opportunity to receive a $10,000 forgivable loan to help purchase a home in East Hartford.

New ImageIn an initiative focused on helping employees establish permanent roots in the area and strengthening ties to the East Hartford Community, Goodwin College President Mark Scheinberg recently unveiled the school’s new Homeowners Incentive Program.

“East Hartford is Goodwin College’s hometown,” Scheinberg stated. “We’re committed to ensuring its future, and one way to do that is to encourage our employees to live, as well as work, here. The Incentive Program provides us the opportunity to support our valued workforce and help promote employee recruitment and retention while developing direct investment in the East Hartford community.”

Through the program, employees can receive a one-time forgivable loan of $10,000 to help support their purchase of a house or condominium in East Hartford. The recipient must be purchasing a home in East Hartford, and then continue to live in that home. The loan will not accrue interest, and $2,000 of the loan will be forgiven for each year of residence and continued employment.

To be eligible for the loan, the applicant must be a full-time Goodwin employee, have at least one year of full-time service, and remain in good standing with the College. This pilot Incentive Program loan will be awarded to approximately five employees annually on a first-come, first-served basis.

East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc lauded the new program.

“Over the years, Goodwin has added to the community by remediating land, constructing new buildings, and supporting local businesses,” she said. “Now, committing the financial resources to bring homeowners and their families to East Hartford makes a powerful statement about the bond between the College and the Town.”

For more information, visit the Goodwin College Homeowners Incentive Program webpage