As I enter my fourth month I am aware of how much people have accomplished at Goddard in such a short period of time, and, it goes without saying, how much we still have left to do. The accomplishments make me appreciative and the remaining work gets me energized (when it doesn't make me weary).
As of the day I write this, the fifth residency of the fall term has launched. Each residency requires a lot of focus and work, and, this time around, our staff is quite a bit smaller than the last time. Still, the four residencies that we have completed have been successful and well done, though we some times prove ourselves to be human, as in "to err."
At our August 6th Community Meeting, we rolled out our 2014-2015 budget, our administrative reorganization plan, and provided a year-to-date enrollment report. Changes based on community feedback are now being implemented.
Broad, community-wide meeting and communication are a challenge at Goddard as, by design, we are not all present on the Vermont campus, and virtual connections are not as effective. The meetings are nonetheless useful, even necessary, as we look to understand the challenges before us and put our collective shoulders to those tasks.
There are challenges before us. Yet, based on the hard work, good will and flexibility of all members of the community and the strengths and significance of what Goddard has to offer, we will overcome those challenges and return, once again, to the important leadership role that Goddard has played for decades in the realm of learner-centered, experienced-based education.
ANNUAL FUND UPDATE
Fundraising Success in Fiscal Year 2014
New students incoming to the Goddard Graduate Institute's fall 2014 residency in Plainfield, VT. Photo by David Hale, on left.
THANK YOU! With the support of alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty, staff, foundations and corporations, and YOU, Goddard College raised a total of $573,049.63 in charitable gifts, grants, sponsorships and miscellaneous income for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2014.
We were also successful in:
Meeting a $20,000 Sustaining Donor Challenge gift made by an anonymous donor. We met our dollar goal and gained new sustaining donors!
Matching a $30,000 Grant from the Vermont Arts Council for significant renovations to the Haybarn Theatre.
Goddard's MA in Individualized Studies, MA in Health Arts & Sciences, and MA in Social Innovation & Sustainability, are now housed together under the Goddard Graduate Institute (GGI), which brings together faculty from across the humanities, social sciences, and health arts disciplines.
"This is the culmination of years of collaborative research and development by faculty, staff, and students," said Ruth Farmer, director of the Graduate Institute. "The degree tracks complement each other academically and professionally; yet retain their unique approaches."
building new storage for our Steinway Grand Piano, and
installing a new LCD projector.
See the new LED light system, ground-breaking soundsystem, ADA bathrooms, flooring and fancy doors in the Haybarn entrance on September 5th, when the Goddard College Concerts Series resumes with the David Wax Museum and Rusty Belle concert.
Goddard College announced the addition of five new members of the board: Lucinda Garthwaite, Caleb Pitkin, Richard Schramm; faculty constituent Nicola Morris, and MFA student Kelly Bowen (not pictured).
"Caleb, Lucinda, Richard, Kelly and Nicola, each in their own ways, bring to the Board strong past and present connections to Goddard College, as well as the kind of forward-thinking and thoughtfulness we need," said Board Chair Avram Patt.
WGDR was recently awarded a $20,000 Innovations and Collaborations Grant from the Vermont Community Foundation to expand their Youth Radio Curriculum and Partnership, Indie Kingdom.
Indie Kingdom pairs local schools, organizations, and WGDR staff to design syllabi for area youth to learn media literacy and more. Students will gain support from WGDR in producing compelling audio reports, creative communication skills, and trainer/teacher collaboration on production themes. Trainer and teacher will design curricula that work like a menu, offering schools a way to build unique programmatic outcomes (and durations) that meet state and common core standards.
You are invited to recommend friends or colleagues to apply to any of Goddard's degree programs. Recommended applicants who are accepted for admission to the College will be awarded a one-time $1,000 grant dispersed over two semesters.
"I graduated from Goddard with a BA in jazz improvisation," says Max, "though... the category of music I would come to play, and the kind of work I would later do, had not been invented yet."
Max obtained his MA in Counseling Psychology from Antioch College in L.A. He now writes and records guided imagery audio programs, and his bestselling program, "The Healing Waterfall," won About dot com's award for Best Meditation Tool in 2012.
Larken is a clinical herbalist, health educator and co-director of the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (VCIH). She is also a regular guest presenter at residencies for the MA and BA in Health Arts and Sciences programs.
Larken and VCIH are currently "Seeding a Wellness Revolution" to raise funds to "bring medicinal plants to kitchens and medicine cabinets everywhere!" They have currently raised
Congratulations to David White, of Braintree, Mass., who has recently been selected as research assistant to interdisciplinary artist and faculty member Devora Neumark (MFAIA) on a work entitled "Ageing in Place: Understanding Older People's Perceptions and Experiences."
David is currently writing his thesis on mimesis and representation of Native spirituality in American cultural narratives.
Undergraduate Program faculty member Bobby Buchanan is coordinating a Goddard presence at the People's Climate March in New York City on September 21+22, coinciding with the U.N. Climate Summit.
If you'd like to join the Goddard College student, alumni, staff, and faculty contingent, contact Bobby.
The Eliot D. Pratt library welcomes this traveling exhibit of book art and poetry, created by artists in response to a 2007 car bomb explosion on Al-Mutanabbi Street in the cultural and historic book-selling district of Baghdad, Iraq.
Photo: detail of an art book by Ann Forbush.
The exhibit will be on display in the Pratt Gallery through October 10th, 2014.
Will Hamlin taught at Goddard from 1948 to 2001. He was a great philosopher, educator, and steward of the natural world. In this brief interview, he speaks about the Goddard model, the difference between individualism and individuality, and about the strong relationship between faculty and students.