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Spring Arrives at the Plainfield Campus
New Interim President Takes the Helm

Goddard College's Board of Trustees is pleased to let you know that Robert Kenny has been appointed Interim President. He officially begins work April 30.

Bob Kenny is well known to many at Goddard; he had overseen finance and administration as well as academic affairs while at Goddard from 2008 to 2011.  He returns after serving as vice president of finance and administration at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J.


"I am honored and excited to accept the presidency of Goddard,'' Kenny said. "Goddard is a wonderful institution with much to offer." 

Over the next several weeks as he finishes his work in his present position at Georgian Court University, he will be increasing his involvement at Goddard as his schedule permits. Board Chair Avram Patt (BA RUP '72) will continue to serve as Acting President until Bob assumes his new position full-time.

Read the full press release here...


April 5, 7:30pm
The Haybarn Theatre Fundraiser featuring Anaïs Mitchell, with opening set by Kris Gruen (BA RUP '97) will help us match our $30,000 grant from the Vermont Arts Council. All proceeds will help fund:


Energy efficient LED theatre lights.


Permanently installed sound system and acoustic treatment


Assistive listening devices for the hearing-impaired.


Renovation of the foyer bathroom facilities to make them ADA accessible.   


Tickets: $35 online. $40 day of at the door.  


Anaïs Mitchell is "the most original artist currently working in the field of new American 'folk' music." - Independent on Sunday

"Kris Gruen is no mere imitator. He possesses a sound all his own." -
Canada's Music Authority  


CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online.  


Can't make it to the show? Donate to the Haybarn Theatre Renovation Fund. Click Here to make a donation. 





Cara Hoffman
(MFAW '09)


Cara came to Goddard in 2007, after a dedicated career as a journalist. She is now releasing her second novel, Be Safe, I Love You, with Simon & Schuster on April 1, 2014. 

Cara is scheduled for a live radio interview about her new book on The Goddard Hour on WGDR on Thursday, April 3 at 11:00am.  

"I'm proud to be an alumna of this historically progressive institution," says Cara. "Goddard College changed my life."



Cynthia Tina (BAS)
Cynthia is a level six student in the BA in Sustainability program. She lives in an ecovillage in Massachusetts and is exploring ecovillages as physical expressions of interconnection. She is also the recipient of Goddard's 2014 Sustainability Entrepreneurs' Grant, the winnings of which will support her work with NextGEN (Next Global Ecovillage Network).

"We are a team of youth working for youth," says Cynthia, "igniting the power of the next generation, and inspiring the emergence of a new world."

Dr. James S. Fitzgerald (MA PSY)

Jim retired in February after a thirteen-year career with Goddard. He and his partner Scott are looking forward to enjoying international travel and outdoor activities. Jim continues to be involved in numerous progressive causes, such as the Human Rights Campaign, and local politics.


We wish him luck!




  • 4/11 - Goddard EDU on the Road: Denver


The new Spring / Summer 2014 issue is on its way! Look for it in your mailbox. If you have recently moved, please update your address here.




Support the Goddard College Annual Fund.
Contributions to Goddard College are tax deductible as provided
by law.

Thank you!
Sustaining Donor Challenge
Extended Deadline!

A friend of the College has pledged $20,000 if we get 100 new sustaining donors to give $20 per month by May 1, 2014. Right now we need 65 donors to meet the challenge!

Alumni participation is a critical factor that foundations and other funders consider, so your giving will help us leverage other gifts. Join us to strengthen Goddard and its academic programs. Your support will make a tremendous difference to the College's future, its students, its faculty and staff. 


Click here to make a donation online or mail a check to Goddard College, Advancement Office, 123 Pitkin Road, Plainfield, VT 05667.    





Goddard Storyphone
Phyllis Katz de Mantalvo (BA RUP '67)

Phyllis Katz de Mantalvo (BA RUP '67) called the Goddard Storyphone to tell us her memories of Goddard College in the late 1960s. "I remember the sheer beauty of it..." she says, speaking of the historic Plainfield, Vermont campus.
Narrated by her brother Jonathan Katz (BA RUP '71), this is the Storyphone finale of our yearlong Goddard story collection project in celebration of Goddard's 150th Anniversary in 2013.
GoodSearch for Goddard Students 
A Simple Way to Support the Corrine Mattuck & Employee Sponsored Student Emergency Fund


Good Search is a web browsing option, similar to Bing or Google, and
each search earns one cent for Goddard's Student Emergency Fund.  


To start, go to  download their app, and select Goddard College-Student Emergency Fund.  


In addition to using this as your search engine, you can take surveys, play games, dine out at participating restaurants, and shop online from participating vendors. Any time you participate you earn money for Goddard students! 


Since we began partnering with GoodSearch, we have raised hundreds of dollars, just by surfing the web, buying music from iTunes, and playing solitaire. Please give it a try and help us raise even more money for our students in need. Spread the word to your friends and family, too.


Learn more about the Student Emergency Fund here.  





Goddard Blogs
The Newest Posts by our Faculty & Students

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts 
"News & Achievements: February 2014"
by Michael Sakamoto 


MFA in Creative Writing 

by Michael Klein

MA in Psychology & Counseling
"Expressive Arts Reflection"
by student
Mushkan Defilippo (MA PSY '14) 



MA in Psychology & Counseling  
by Dr. Wendy Phillips



MA in Psychology & Counseling
"Self-Compassion at the First"
by Michele Clark



BA in Individualized Studies
"Rouse Me Like a Life
by student Desmond Peeples (IBA '14)


BA in Health Arts & Sciences
"Why I Love Goddard"
by student Juanita Martin (BA HAS '14)


What's New at WGDR? 
Spring Pledge Drive April 28-May 5
WGDR's "Spring Pledge Drive Spectacular" begins April 28 and runs through May 5. They have an ambitious goal this season: to raise $18,000 in support of community radio, and, with your help, they just might reach that goal!

Stay tuned to WGDR/WGDH, Goddard College Community Radio at 91.1fm, 91.7fm, and live streaming on, for more information about pledge gifts and tabling events in the Montpelier and Hardwick areas.


Click here to learn more about supporting WGDR.  





From the Archives
Skiing & Winter Fun at Goddard
Skiers: Muriel Oliver (BA '52), Thelias Kosmos (BA '66), Charlotte Cantor (BA '53)

The Plainfield campus ran a ski school, and, with the help of Work Program students in the late 1930s, built and operated a small, powered tow-rope on Clay Hill. During ski season, local residents were invited to join The Clay Hill Ski Association for downhill skiing at Goddard. 


A brief history of skiing exhibit of photographs and other artifacts from the Archives is now on display in the Eliot D. Pratt Center Library. The exhibit begins with photographs of Goddard Seminary students skiing on Seminary Hill in Barre, Vt., during the 1930s, and shows students and community members enjoying sledding, skiing, and winter carnivals.  


The exhibit is open March 1st through April 30th during scheduled library hours (some weekends included). Contact the Library at 802.322.1604 to check on library hours, or contact archivist with questions or comments.



Goddard "On the Road" Tour  
A Smattering of EDU Program Info Sessions
A dedicated group of Education Program faculty, students, and alumni have recently launched a "Goddard On the Road Tour." They will be traveling the country to spread the word about Goddard's unique approach to community education and self-designed study.

If you or anyone you know is interested in earning a bachelor's or master's degree in Education from Goddard, or if you are a program alum and you would like to reconnect with advisors and help spread the word, join us at one of the EDU Road Tour stops.

See the upcoming events sidebar or contact Jackie Fisher.




Dual Language Conference Wrap-up 
16 Language Groups + 150 People = Success!


The 4th Annual Dual Language Conference,  "Language, Culture, and Identity," held at the EDU Seattle residency on Feb. 1, 2014, attracted over 150 attendees in support of scholarships for Goddard's education students. At least sixteen language groups were represented, with a diverse group of visiting guests presenters.


Click here to view a photo slideshow. 


The 5th Annual Dual Language Conference, "The Bilingual Education: Special Education Interface," is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.