In my short time here I have had a fair share of chances to see Goddard at its best. Particularly inspiring were the "Meet and Greet" sessions, Community Retreat and, most recently, the Work Day on Tuesday, May 13th.
The Work Day was especially inspirational because it is tied to the College's founding in 1938, as a work college, and it holds a special place in my memory as I view the results of work days which I participated in during my last time here. This year's work day featured community members, most of whom spend their days at desks in offices, digging sod, moving stones, painting railings and greenhouses, improving trails and washing windows with other community members they may seldom encounter in a normal day's activity. In the process, much work was accomplished, and we came to find in each other something that can only be discovered by putting our shoulders to the same wheel for an end that benefits the community, without expectation of a benefit to ourselves or any one particular individual.
At the end of each of these events there was a glimmering of lightness and enthusiasm and hope that was heart-warming to see, feel and hear. There was a strong sense that we were laying the groundwork for the future. Perhaps our most important discovery was that we can alter our path to a great extent by altering our attitude. On that note, I extend my thanks to everyone as we find our way through this period of change with an objective of emerging as a strong voice for experimental, progressive, and transformative education.
Mike is one of thirty winners in a national competition that attracted more than 1,200 applicants. He will receive tuition and stipend support worth up to $90,000 towards his study in Communications at University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is a PhD candidate studying cybersuicide.
Cassie has a unique success story: she self-published her first novel, The Pecan Man, which took ten years to write while working full time and raising her family. The book has been so successful, she has been able to leave her day job, focus on writing full-time, and go back to school...here at Goddard.
Cassie's advice for aspiring writers: "It's never too late to follow your dreams. You CAN make a living at what you love to do..."
GEAR: Goddard Education Alumni Retreat & Conference July 14-17, 2014
Join us at the beautiful, Plainfield, Vermont campus for a conference and retreat on the theme "21st Century Literacy."
Held during the BA and MA in Education residency, GEAR includes workshops and discussion sessions following an Unconference model, along with professional development (minimum of 10 hours), swimming, yoga, music, and hiking. Open to the public as well as to alumni - all educators are welcome! Housing available on a first come, first serve basis.
We recently uncovered a few historical photos of the beloved Haybarn Theatre, which, as its name suggests, was originally a working hay barn on the Martin Family Farm. Erected in 1868, it was moved to its current location on the Greatwood Campus in 1910.
Anaïs Mitchell on stage at the Haybarn Theatre (photo by Josh Larkin)
The April 5th Haybarn Theatre Fundraiser with Anaïs Mitchell and Kris Guren was a hit. Our Cultural Facilities Grant has been matched, with funds raised for the completion of Phase 1 renovations, now in full swing. Fundraising for Phase 2 will begin late summer, with the Goddard College Concert Series kicking off September 5th with David Wax Museum and Rusty Belle.
Spring/Summer 2014 Issue Features Dr. Tommie Smith
Check your mailbox for the newest issue of Clockworks, our alumni community magazine. Email us with your mailing address if you didn't receive a copy, or view it online HERE.
MFAIA Faculty Kira Obolensky Accepts Fellowship
MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts advisor Kira Obolensky recently resigned to accept a fellowship from the Mellon Foundation. She will work full time with a theater company called Ten Thousand Things in Minneapolis, writing plays and bringing the theater to a variety of non-traditional audiences and locales. The College wishes her well and thanks her for her contributions to the MFAIA program.
ANNUAL FUND UPDATE
Still Time to Join Sustaining Donor Challenge
Help sustain Goddard's future, its current students and faculty, by making a sustaining donation today!
A friend of the College will give $20,000 to the Annual Fund - which helps support every facet of the College, from library resources and campus gardens, to staff and faculty salaries and student scholarships - when 100 new sustaining donors, giving $20 per month, donate to the Annual Fund.
Alumni participation is a critical factor that foundations and other funders consider, so your giving will help us leverage other gifts. Your support will make a tremendous difference.
Click here to make a donation online (be sure to click "Monthly" in the drop down box) or mail a check to Goddard College, Advancement Office, 123 Pitkin Road, Plainfield, VT 05667.
RECOMMEND A FRIEND TO GODDARD
$1,000 Friend of Goddard Grant Available
From left to right: Otok Ben-Hvar (MFAIA '12), Lucinda Garthwaite (MFAW '96), Registrar Josh Castle, Heather Bryce (MFAIA '13)
Members of the Goddard community are invited to recommend friends or colleagues for admission to any of Goddard's degree programs. Recommended applicants who are offered admission to the College will be awarded a one-time $1,000 grant dispersed over two semesters.
To be awarded a Friend of Goddard Grant, applicants:
Must be a first-time applicant for admission to Goddard College.
Must have applied and been offered acceptance into one of Goddard College's degree programs.
Must confirm enrollment with Goddard College for the semester indicated on the Application for Admission. (The grant cannot be applied to future semesters if a student decides to defer.)
Must have a personal relationship with an alumni, staff member, current or former Goddard trustee, faculty member, or program director who will write one of the applicant's recommendation letters as part of the admissions process.
In May, the Goddard College Board of Trustees elected Kelly Anne Bowen as the new Student Trustee, in accordance with Goddard's bylaws and policies regarding constituent trustees.
A resident of St. George, Vt., Kelly is a current student in the MFA in Creative Writing program. After a 20-year career with organizations involved in promoting international trade, she is now self-employed, and active as a volunteer and board member in her community. Kelly serves on the St. George School Board, the Chittenden South Supervisory Union board, and others.
She will attend the next meeting of the board on June 13-14, 2014.
WGDR/WGDH radio has grown by 14,864 -- dollars, that is!
Thanks to all who donated, pledged, volunteered and put their hearts and backs into this year's spring pledge drive to help Goddard College Community Radio grow! It was a very positive event--one in which the station had a chance to hear your thoughts for WGDR.
A special thanks, too, to all who performed in the studio and to the generous premium donors and local businesses.
There's still time to show your support for our local radio station. Click Here to donate online to WGDR/WGDH.
THE VERMONT MOVIE
Goddard College, Democracy & Education
Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie is the first-ever documentary series about Vermont. The six-part film is a collaboration of three dozen critically acclaimed Vermont filmmakers, led by award-winning filmmaker Nora Jacobson.
The Goddard College segment of the movie was filmed in 2008 and 2009. This version has been re-edited in places by Dustin Byerly, and traces the evolution of the College from its Universalist roots at the Goddard Seminary in Barre, Vt., to an experimental progressive College in Plainfield.
Featured alumni and former faculty include Barry & Lorrie Goldensohn, Peter and Elka Schumann, Dan Chodorkoff ('71, '73), Dustin Byerly ('01), Ginny Callan ('74), Joanna Andrews, Fred Wilber ('73), Mark Schulman, Mark Greenberg, Paij Wadley-Bailey ('79), Murray & Bea Bookchin, Robin Mascitti ('90), Janet Van Fleet ('95), Francis Voigt and Avram Patt ('72).