STUDENT SUCCESS STORIES - Olivia Stacey: “There is no way you could fail”

In January 2014, Olivia Stacey’s father passed away, altering her life path significantly. From a young age, Stacey had watched as her father studied to become a nurse. “He got his nursing degree later in life,” she noted.

She recalled that at her father’s wake, so many of his fellow nurses wanted to pay their respects that many had to change their shifts at the hospital.

Stacey wasn't sure what kind of career she wanted to pursue, but found strength and motivation following in her father’s footsteps. “Nursing was his passion. It was who he was,” she said.

Stacey sensed her father’s presence as she became increasingly more focused and determined. “I think it was his way of saying ‘get it together,’” Stacey recalled.

Stacey found out about Goodwin College through her doctor, who recommended that she look into the school. She knew Goodwin was the right choice for her once she stepped onto campus and attended a nursing seminar. “I just knew. It was fate.” She is now enrolled in the Pre-Nursing program at Goodwin.

When Stacey met Dan Noonan, Vice President of Enrollment, Marketing, and Communications and a Goodwin professor, she said her experience at Goodwin was greatly enhanced. “His presence alone and willingness to help changed everything.”

Stacey was struggling in her math class; when she expressed concerns to Noonan, he in turn connected her to Eric Emet, Director of Student Retention. Emet was able to secure a math tutor in the Academic Success Center to get her on the right track.

“I was able to talk to people I felt comfortable with,” she commented. “The way it’s set up, there is no way you could fail.”

Once she graduates from Goodwin, she hopes to work in pediatrics. Her brother was a teen dad, which inspired her to want to help children. “As a nurse, you have to put your heart into it. Having extra love to give sets you apart.”

Stacey’s father’s passing inspired her to find a meaningful career — one that would honor him. “His death was a setback, but in many ways it also moved me forward.”


Stacey is well on her way to becoming a compassionate, hardworking nurse just like her father.


DRAGON BOAT PRACTICES



If you are interested in paddling in this summer's Dragon Boat races (Saturday 8/15/15), you will need to register through the Recreation Office by June 28th. Email eemet@goodwin.edu for information. There is no cost to the student for this event. For details, and a history of the event, click here.

Practices scheduled:
Friday July 31st - 5:00 to 6:15 PM
Wednesday August 5th - 6:00 to 7:15 AM

FREE TICKETS FOR CT FORUM — May 9


Free tickets are available to the CT Forum’s next event, A Conversation with David McCullough and Stacy Schiff; Looking Back and Looking Forward with Two Pulitzer Prize-Winning Authors. Moderated by Washington Post opinion writer and MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart, the event will be held Saturday, May 9, at The Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford. A number of free tickets are available for the Goodwin community. Contact Nicole Miller at nmiller@goodwin.edu for tickets. To learn more about the event: http://www.ctforum.org/forum/conversation-david-mccullough-stacy-schiff.

CONGRATULATIONS DOUGLAS SHELDON - EMPLOYEE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT


CAREER FAIR - MAY 27

SERVICE MEMBERS PAST AND PRESENT - COMPLETING THE JOURNEY BACK HOME


PITCH PERFECT 2 MOVIE PASSES


Free Pitch Perfect 2 movie tickets for Bow Tie Criterion Cinema in West Hartford. Showing: May 6 at 7 pm. Contact Nicole Miller at nmiller@goodwin.edu.

RED CROSS OFFERS FREE SMOKE DETECTORS



Helping save lives, one household at a time: the American Red Cross has launched an initiative that aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years with the Home Fire Campaign. The Red Cross is asking every household in America to take two simple steps that can save lives: check or install smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home. Red Cross teams are ready to install FREE smoke alarms and share fire safety information. You do not need to own your home to be eligible. If you need smoke alarms and fire preparedness information, request a visit at http://www.redcross.org/ct/schedule-a-visit.

THE INTERCULTURAL INCLUSIVITY COMMITTEE - TASTE OF GOODWIN AUDITIONS

NURSING PINNING CEREMONY - MAY 7

Please note that the date of the upcoming Nursing Pinning Ceremony has been changed from Thursday, April 23, to Thursday, May 7. The event will still take place in the Goodwin College Auditorium at 7 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact Marlene Harris in the Nursing Department at 860-727-6918 or mharris@goodwin.edu with questions.

GRADS...DON'T LEAVE WITHOUT COMPLETING YOUR FA EXIT COUNSELING


FLIGHT TRAMPOLINE PARK OVERNIGHT

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM FORMING NOW!

ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT MELANIE SAWYER


TEXTBOOK BUYBACK — TUESDAY APRIL 21st THROUGH SATURDAY APRIL 25th

Get cash for your books at Semester-end Textbook Buyback! Conducted in front of the bookstore Tuesday, April 21, through Thursday, April 23, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bring any unwanted books and our buyers will pay you cash for anything with market value! Donated books for our Books For Africa program will also be accepted during buyback. 
Questions or comments, please contact bookstore@goodwin.edu.

CTRA PRESENTS THE WEDDING SINGER

TRAVELERS CAREER FAIR


Jury Duty: Would You Know What To Do?



The Goodwin Library Advocacy Committee will sponsor a workshop covering what you need to know about serving on a jury. Guest speakers from the State of Connecticut Judicial Department will cover topics including juror eligibility and responsibilities. Join us Friday, April 17, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room. No RSVP required. 


Please contact Marlene Harris at mharris@goodwin.edu or (860) 727-6918 with questions.

CONGRATULATIONS TO EAST HARTFORD WOMAN'S CLUB SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT


JOB OPPORTUNITY UPDATES FROM THE CAREER SERVICES DEPARTMENT

April 22--Wednesday-4:00-6:00 pm—Travelers Job Information Session—Library!!

May 21--Thursday-12 Noon--How to Prepare for a Career Fair -A Step Up! - -Lunch & Learn with guest Facilitator-Maureen Ross Gemme-Room 311


May 27, 2015--The Career Fair- -Wednesday—3:00-6:00 pm--Approximately 25 Employers representing a cross-section of organizations/companies--Building 195

BASKETBALL - STAFF VS CLUB TEAM





Come out to see the Navigators Club Basketball team take on the Staffs from Goodwin College, and the Connecticut River Academy, in the 5th annual "Shiver by the River"!

Day:   Saturday
Date:  April 18th
Time: Tipoff at Noon
Place: Connecticut River Academy Gymnasium

Honor Earth Day With Us This Wednesday!


ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION STUDENTS PRESENT PROJECTS — APRIL 13



Join Goodwin students, professors, and administrators, business leaders, and community partners for an evening of inspirational presentations. Students in the Business Administration program’s business writing class will discuss their experiences working with local small businesses and share their insights about building bridges between higher education and the local community. The event will be held on Monday, April 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the River Campus building of Goodwin College. Food and drink will be provided. This event is made possible by the support of the Business Administration program. Please contact Randy Laist at rlaist@goodwin.edu or (860) 913-2080 with questions.

OPTICAL TRAINING STORE – OPEN HOUSE — APRIL 23



The Goodwin College Ophthalmic Science staff is excited to invite all students and employees to an open house at the new Optical Training Store, preparing to open for business this summer. The Open House will be held Thursday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 403 Main Street. Guests at the open house will have the opportunity to visit the store, tour other areas of the facility, and see a demonstration of polarization and transition lenses. Most importantly, they will learn how the Optical Training Store can mean custom service and cost savings for everyone in the Goodwin community. Guests will also be eligible to enter a drawing for a free eyeglass frame from a select collection, with the purchase of lenses. Light refreshments will be available… drop in anytime between 10 and 1! For more information, contact Maryann Santos, Ophthalmic Science Program Director, at msantos@goodwin.edu.