The past year has seen an increase in student-initiated campus events and activities, a trend the College supports through growth in student affairs staffing and increased funding to student organizations.
At the same time, 2011 saw the continuation of campus traditions, such as the Half Moon voyage and Golf Tournament.
And amid all the wonderful happenings and bold new initiatives, there were whimsical surprises that brightened our year. Like when, seemingly out of nowhere, the College made national news for the advent of an oversized hamburger named in honor of our president.
The student group STAND (Students Taking Action Now Darfur) organized an awareness dinner. Carl Wilkens, the only American to remain in Kigali, Rwanda when genocide began there in 1994 was the featured speaker.
The College unveiled The Beacon, a literary magazine and anthology featuring original writing by students, faculty members, and staff. The first volume included poetry, short stories, and essays compiled by the Goodwin College Writers Guild.
The Goodwin Community had an incredible showing at this year's Rebuilding Together effort, with 63 volunteers participating to repaint and landscape a Manchester home for a resident in need.
With over 1,500 ballots cast in an online contest, the Navigators were officially adopted as the mascots for Goodwin College. Chosen by students over the Trailblazers, the Navigators represent the pioneering spirit of our students and the rich nautical history of the region.
Nursing Professor Pam Walker was the recipient of the VNA Healthcare Nightingale Award, presented at a gala honoring nurses who go above and beyond the call to embrace their profession.
Goodwin College conferred degrees and certificates to nearly 500 grads — including the first three bachelor's degrees ever awarded by the College. Honorary Doctoral Degrees were bestowed on the First Lady of Ghana, Ernestina Naadu Mills and retired ballplayer Garry Maddox, now a businessman and community leader.
An annual tradition, the replica tall ship Half Moon made a return voyage to Goodwin College in July 2011. The ship was once again crewed by students and teachers from Goodwin's Connecticut River Academy and this year's visit included a live historical encampment and guided tours. More than 1,000 visitors came to campus to see the ship over its two-week visit.
In conjunction with the local "Game Over Car Club," students organized Goodwin's first car and bike show.
Goodwin opened a new building on the River Campus at 195 Riverside Drive. The 15,750 ft2 building more than doubled the temporary space for the Connecticut River Academy.
With all player slots sold out, over $130,000 was raised for student scholarships. Click for more about the 6th Annual Golf Tournament.
After a car accident robbed Marcus Engel of nearly everything, including his sight, he turned his pain into a passion to inspire others. Engel visited Goodwin College for a thought provoking presentation entitled "The Other End of the Stethoscope" with over 500 in attendance.
The College acquired a collection of historical artifacts that trace the African American experience in the United States. Several of the artifacts were research materials used by author Alex Haley while writing Roots.
Goodwin College introduced the new Transitions Food Pantry to help families in need. The pantry collects donations from students, faculty, and staff and distributes food discretely to recipients.
One of four winners of the Hartford Business Journal's Lifetime Achievement Award, President Scheinberg was credited as a visionary making great strides in education.
Local eatery Augie & Ray's introduced the Big Mark Schein-Burger — topped with bacon, fried onion rings, choice of cheese, and barbecue or horseradish sauce — with a portion of sales donated to the Goodwin College Foundation to support student scholarships.