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Dec. 1, 2014
Tidings of Renewed Vitality 

Bob Kenny

The giving season is upon us, and I find it a good time to reflect on what I have witnessed thus far of the generous Goddard community. Goddard's endurance lives in the passion and commitment of the people who work and learn here--from the staff member who goes above and beyond to support the student experience, to the faculty member who, in their travels, spreads the word about Goddard's unique pedagogy. This individual commitment to our institution gives me tremendous hope that the College will continue on its path toward sustainability and vitality.


College-wide goals toward a renewed vitality include stabilizing and increasing enrollment; moving toward financial sustainability; and supporting the College community through this period of transition. Campus morale has improved and people are working together to accomplish the tasks at hand and stay true to the Goddard mission and strategic direction.


With the support of the entire Goddard community, we can continue to realize our best hopes for the College: stabilizing our strong, leading-edge academic programs and remaining at the forefront of innovative, progressive education in a world of autocratic scholarship.


To that end, I invite you to give to the Goddard College Annual Fund; in this way, you will help steward our students--and future students--into a period of renewed vitality, and, ultimately, support a College that continues to change lives.   


With gratitude,



Bob Kenny, Interim President     


P.S. Just in time for holiday shopping, Goddard College has joined with AmazonSmile, so now you can support Goddard as you shop online.    




2015 Sustaining Donor Challenge 
Sustain the magic of Goddard with a monthly gift
We are building a sustainable Goddard, one donor at a time.  An anonymous donor has pledged $15,000 to the College if we get 50 new sustaining donors to sign up by June 30, 2015.  Gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated.  
Click here to join, and be sure to choose "monthly" in the recurring drop down box.  Thank you!  Questions? Contact the Advancement Office at 


Goddard College Joins #GivingTuesday  
Taking imaginative action in the world of giving
Fitting right in with the Goddard Mission, the College has joined #GivingTuesday to help encourage spending with a purpose.

#GivingTuesday takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and is a global movement of charities, families, individuals, and businesses coming together on social media to inspire and celebrate giving during the holiday season.

This Tuesday, December 2nd, help us change the narrative of the typical shopping season. Goddard will be spreading the word about our 2015 Sustaining Donor Challenge on social media. Follow us on Twitter @goddardcollege and share #GoddardGivingTuesday.


Fall 2014 Enrollment Report  
Making strides in gaining new students
Facuty & Student
Faculty Advisor Maike Garland introduces Laurel Byrne (IBA '14) at the Undergraduate Commencement on
Oct. 5, 2014

Goddard enrolled 160 new students in the Fall 2014 semester, an increase of 10.3% from Fall 2013.  Out of 2,105 inquiries this fall, 266 completed applications, 255 were accepted, and 160 enrolled. 


Goddard has a total of 538 students enrolled to date, and projections are underway for 2015 enrollment.


Spread the word about Goddard College to a friend or family member - they may be able to receive a $1,000 Friend of Goddard Grant if they enroll. 



Goddard College Sustainability Entrepreneurs' Grant  
All Goddard students eligible to apply
Going Green Picture
Are you a current student with a desire to start a business that offers solutions to local or global sustainability issues?  Apply for the Goddard College Sustainability Entrepreneurs' Grant (GCSEG).

The GCSEG awards annually $2,500 to a student enrolled in any degree program who is starting or developing a business or non-profit that promotes sustainable living, social equity, climate change mitigation and adaptation, or ecological protection and restoration.

The grant will be awarded to the student entrepreneur whose business promises to most successfully address these concerns, as judged by the Goddard Sustainability Review Team. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2015.

Clockworks Magazine   
Call for 'Class Notes' submissions
Clockworks Fall IssueSubmitting your news and achievements to Clockworks, Goddard's alumni community magazine, is a great way to share your post-Goddard accomplishments with your fellow Goddard cohorts.

Have you recently published a book, story or poem?  Did you get married or start a family?  Have you won an award, grant or fellowship?  Did you earn another degree, certification or license?  We want to hear from you!

Deadline for inclusion in the Spring issue is January 1, 2015. To submit a 'Class Note' fill out this online alumni update form, or email


News from WGDR/WGDH Radio    
WGDR has a new vehicle donation program
It's time to start thinking about 2014 tax planning. One great way to save on your taxes might be to donate your unwanted car, truck, or boat to WGDR. They handle all the paperwork and give you a tax receipt for your donation.

Call their toll-free number at 1.800.646.9437, or email them at, to find out just how easy it is, and if your car qualifies. Visit their website to learn more.


Grottoblaster Fun  
A highlights reel from Halloween Weekend
Grottoblaster Highlights Reel, 2014Grottoblaster, an interactive, hip-hop inspired puppet show & adventure with a cardboard arcade, was created by Cardboard Teck Instantute Professors Pete Talbot and Ben t. Matchstick, a current MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts student. The show took place to sold-out crowds at the Haybarn Theatre over Halloween Weekend. (Video credits: ORCA Media, Pete Talbot, and James Gantt.)



Upcoming Concerts & Events    

Dec. 3 | 3:00pm
Conference Call

A prospective student informational call for anyone who is interested in learning more about Goddard's low-residency Master of Arts in Health Arts & Sciences program. Hosted by Goddard College faculty member Lori Wynters.

Students at Goddard
Dec. 4 | 8:30pm
Conference Call

A prospective student informational conference call for anyone interested in learning more about Goddard's low-residency Master of Arts in Education programs. Hosted by Program Director Kumari Patricia Younce.

Session Americana
Dec. 12 | 8:00pm
Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
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Session Americana is a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. " absolute must-see, must-hear!"

Ruth Ozeki
Jan. 7 | 7:00pm
Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College, Plainfield, VT

Novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki will read selections from her work. Presented by the MFA in Creative Writing Program's Visiting Writers Series.

Charlie Bondhus
Jan. 9 | 7:00pm
Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College, Plainfield, VT

Poet and Goddard alumnus Charlie Bondhus (MFAW '05) reads from his work. Presented by the MFA in Creative Writing Program's Alumni Reader Series.

Neel Murgai Ensemble
Jan. 17 | 8:00pm
Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
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Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and Goddard alumnus Neel Murgai (MFAIA '10) performs with The Neel Murgai Ensemble. Featured on NPR's 'Song of the Day,' the ensemble plays raga chamber-jazz, combining sitar with violin, cello and tabla.

Jan. 31 | 9:00am to 5:00pm
MLK F.A.M.E. Community Center in Seattle, WA

The Center for Linguistic and Cultural Democracy, the King Country Dual Language Taskforce, and Goddard College's Education Program in Seattle present this conference on the theme, Bilingual-Special Education Interface. Keynote speakers: Dr. Rebecca Hawley and Nahaan, with performances by Bomba, Grupo Bayano, Mak Fai Washington Kung Fu Club Lion Dancers, and Kutt-N-Up Hip Hop.  



Wing Light Simple Sky
Thru Jan. | 9:00am to 4:00pm
Eliot D. Pratt Library Art Gallery, Plainfield, VT

An ongoing exhibit of nature art from the boreal forest by members of The Wilderness River Expedition Art Fellowship (WREAF). 


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