Watch Video: Alumni & Community Members Speak About Why They Give to Goddard at the 150th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend.
Dear Members of the Goddard College Community,
The Board of Trustees has nearly completed the hiring process for Interim President. Candidates for the position traveled to campus in December, were interviewed by a Board appointed Transition Task Force, and met with interested members of the college community. The Board is now in negotiation with one of the candidates and hopes to make an announcement about the appointment of an Interim President shortly.
In the meantime, the Board has appointed me, Avram Patt (pictured at left), to serve as Acting President of the college until the Interim is installed. During this brief time, I will carry out the responsibilities of CEO of the college. I will work with senior staff in a manner consistent with current directions and activities and will assist with the leadership transition to the Interim President.
Although I had not expected to end up in this position when I joined the Board of Trustees four years ago, I am glad to be able to volunteer my time to serve my alma mater at an important time in its history.
Rose will be performing at the Haybarn Theatre with Vermont Vaudeville on Jan. 25th. She graduated from Goddard's MA in Education program in 2011, with licensure in Early Childhood Education. Since then, she has worked as a children's librarian, workshop leader, homeschool consultant, performer, producer, and mom.
Rose is a second-generation performer, who has been working in theater since she was a young child. Her current project, Vermont Vaudeville, is the answer to a lifelong quest to bring high-quality theater to a local audience, and to make 'em laugh.
Charlene is a current student enrolled in Goddard's MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program.
Prior to coming to Goddard, Charlene, a writer, journalist, and photographer who was born in South Africa, met Nelson Mandela on the third day of his release from prison. She later interviewed and authored the authorized biography, Mandela: In Celebration of a Great Life.
They formed a warm friendship that spanned many years, books, and television interviews. The loss of Nelson Mandela is heavy on the world. Here at Goddard, Charlene is finding new friends, peers, and mentors, pursuing her passion, and continuing to shed light on issues of social and political import with her current project about prescription drug overmedication and addiction.
Charlene has a generous offer for the Goddard Community: she will donate a copy of her three books - Mandela: In Celebration, Robben Island, and Mandela & America - to the first three alums/students to email firstname.lastname@example.org with their name and address!
Due to unexpected health issues, Andrea Leebron-Clay (pictured above) has had to resign from her position as Chair of the Board, although she is remaining as a board member. We wish her speedy recovery, good health, and thank her for her leadership. Co Vice-Chairs of the Board Tino O'Brien and Wayne Fawbush will take over leadership of the Board while present Board Chair Avram Patt is Acting President.
Thank you for supporting
2014 Sustaining Donor Challenge
A friend of the College has pledged $20,000 if we are able to get 100 new sustaining donors to give $20 per month by March 1, 2014. Right now we need 75 donors to meet the challenge!
Imagine a future in which Goddard will not be overly dependent on tuition and the ever-changing trends in enrollment. Alumni participation is a critical factor that foundations and other funders consider, so your giving will help us leverage other gifts.
Please, 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.
Waldorf-style High School Finds a Home on Goddard's Plainfield Campus
In September 2013, the Central Vermont High School Initiative (CVHSI) set up class in the Stokes Building (pictured above). CVHSI was founded in 2011 by a group of parents and educators using the principles of Waldorf education, and responding to a need for alternative educational opportunities for adolescents in Central Vermont.
This partnership is a harmonious combination of Goddard College's mission, alternative education resources, and an initiative of Goddard's 5-year strategic plan to diversify revenue and the use of campus.
Some recent projects the high school students have done on campus include Community Lunches with the chef and owner of the local restaurant, Kismet; a tenth grade Oresteia performance at the Pratt Library; and an MLK Day 2014 Mural Project, a 5-panel mural inspired by King's "The Letter from Birmingham Jail," that will be installed at the Eliot D. Pratt Library.
You Are Invited to Recommend a Friend for a $1,000 Grant
Recommend a friend, family member, or colleague to apply to Goddard College, and they may be eligible for a grant. Recommended applicants who are offered admission to any degree program at Goddard will be awarded a one-time $1,000 grant disbursed over two semesters.
Be a first-time applicant for admission to Goddard College.
Have applied for admission and been offered acceptance into one of Goddard College's degree programs.
Confirm enrollment with Goddard College for the semester indicated on the application. The grant cannot be applied to future semesters if a student decides to defer.
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.
To avoid conflicts of interest:
Program directors and faculty members cannot write letters of recommendation for applicants to the program(s) with which they are affiliated.
Letters of recommendation cannot be written for an immediate family member.
Letters of recommendation cannot be written by currently enrolled students.
In an aim to serve listeners more effectively with live, breaking world news, the flagship syndicated world news program, Democracy Now!, moved to a live airing during drive-time at 8:00 a.m., Mondays through Fridays on WGDR/WGDH, Goddard College Community Radio (91.1fm, 91.7fm, and live streaming on www.wgdr.org).
Also, in alignment with the station's new commitment to serving the local listening community, listeners will find a new local news show, Homegrown Radio News, on WGDR starting at the end of January or beginning of February 2014. Most likely positioned midday on Fridays, the station production will feature weekly local news for Central Vermont and statewide. Stay tuned for final details on broadcast times.