Summer/Fall Edition| September 2019
20 Years of Changing Lives through Education
When students and visitors come to the college’s main campus they are greeted by beautifully manicured grounds, sculptures and a stunning view of the Connecticut River. For as inviting as the campus is today, that wasn’t always the case. What a journey it has been. Beginning with the purchase of the Data Institute Business School in 1981, President Mark Scheinberg has been dedicated to improving the lives of Connecticut working women and men to attain certificates, associates degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and now master’s degrees at what is now Goodwin College. What started as an unassuming business school that was once on top of a pizza place has grown into a gleaming and productive nonprofit institution of higher education on the banks of the Connecticut River, formally becoming Goodwin College on June 16 th , 1999.
Countless lives have been changed by Goodwin College whether it is the lives of those who have graduated or those who teach at this educational institution. In this series, we celebrate those who give back through education.

Alumni participate in Mock Interviews

Thank you to all the alumni and industry experts who came out to support our Alumni Mock Interviews at the Business and Manufacturing Center on April 9 th . The Department of Business, Management, and Advanced Manufacturing is appreciative of the time and dedication you provided to our students. The event was a huge success and the students learned a lot from industry experts and alumni who are hiring managers in various industries!

If you want to get involved please reach out to Mike Wolter at or

From top to bottom: Lee Housley '15, Marie Howell and Lisa Carmona '16
From Volunteer to Second Grade Teacher
Merilee DeJohn, a second grade teacher at Highcrest Elementary School in Wethersfield, Connecticut, was inspired to pursue her passion for education through volunteerism. Read about Merilee’s journey and how she continues to give back to the Goodwin community. 

Q&A With Dr. Sheri Bernier
A Goodwin College Educator
Carol Nelson sits down to talk with Dr. Sheri Bernier about her time at Goodwin. Click the link below to read the interview and learn more about Dr. B.

The Goodwin Awards
On March 23, 2019 Goodwin College kicked off the 20th anniversary festivities with the inaugural Goodwin Awards. Emceed by Damon and Cory from 92.5, the evening was filled with fun, food, and friendship. The main event for the evening was the honoring of two outstanding alumni, an important and valued community partner of the College, and our own retiring Executive Vice President and Provost, Ann Clark, for her more than 20 years of service to Goodwin College.

Goodwin Students Write Their Truth
What is your truth? How have your experiences shaped the person you have become? What obstacles have you faced in your life, and how did you find the strength to overcome them?

In their new book, Writing Our Truth: Stories of Struggle and Survival , a team of student writers at Goodwin College addresses these difficult questions. In the form of short, evocative personal essays, these students describe their own experiences with homelessness, immigration, domestic violence, economic insecurity, teen pregnancy, illness, heartbreak, and death. While many of the students’ stories are full of pain and anxiety, the overarching message of the book as a whole is one of hope and faith.  

The Hartford Yard Goats!
The Alumni Association sponsored a great night out at the ballpark for alumni and their friends and family. It was the perfect night for a game and a lot of fun was had on the Party Porch at Dunkin' Donuts Park. Keep an eye out for more events in the future!

Tiffany Hoxie ’11  recently celebrated her engagement to fellow alum Kevin Costa ’11, ’12 
Robin Bowen ’15 recently started her own business as a professional breeder. Robin is focused on small breeds including Yorkshire Terrier and Shih Tzu.
Lee Housley ’15  graduated from the University of Hartford with a M.S. in Organizational Psychology in May of 2019.
Marie (Belletti) Howell ’15  celebrated her wedding to Victor Howell on September 18, 2018. Marie also accepted a new position of Human Resources Business Partner at Bristol Hospital.
Travis Samuels ’15 will be continuing his education studying at the University of Saint Joseph. Travis will be pursuing a Master’s in Social Work starting fall of 2019.
Marcia Bennett-Duffus ’17 recently accepted a new position as a Specialty LPN at the VA of Central Western Massachusetts.
Kaleigh Miller ’17  accepted a promotion from her employer Aerotek Aviation. Kaleigh is now the On Premise Account Executive based in Hunstville, Alabama.
Simone Dion ’17 , along with husband Pete DuBuldo, welcomed daughter Lillian “Lily” into the world on April 15, 2019. Lily weighed in at 7 lbs., 9 oz.
Michael Clarke ’18 accepted a position with the New York State Comptroller’s Office as a State Program Examiner. Michael spends his time auditing state programs to identify fraud, waste, and abuse of government funds.
In Memory
The Goodwin community is saddened by the loss of two alumni.

Nancy E. Uhlman '16 (photo on the right)

To read the full obituary: Click Here

Brittany Velluci '16

To read the full obituary: Click Here

Both Nancy and Brittany are graduates of the nursing program.
Congratulations Class of 2019!
We invite you to leave your mark on the campus by supporting the 2019 graduate gift program with a donation of $20.19 today in honor of your graduating class!

Joshua Adams
Bernice Aljoe
Damien Allen
Shayla Almonte
Andrea Anderson
Stephanie Andrade
Hema Aniesa-Singh
Ali Azhar
Tonya Banning
Nancy Baptista
Shareena Belin
Raymond Bilodeau
Cornelia Biscette
Latroya Blue
Sarah Bradshaw
Ginnette Chaves
Allison Clemens-Roberts
Jessica Colon
Diosdada Josie Cox
Kiomara Cruz
Kelvin De Souza
Allison DeMarest
Jillian Dole
Paige Dzialo
Eric Emet
Jonathan Famiglietti
Dean Farnsworth

Jacqueline Fong
Jestine Funnie-Berger
Jessica Galatro
Ruth Gardner
Daffney Gelin
Robert Gorski
Madeline Graham
Helen Green
Javier Guzman
Thomas Hainsworth
Osmond Hanchard
Gesenia Hasbun
Tamara Hawkins
Nicaurys Henriquez
Chenille Hernandez
Lee Housley
Jahnell Howes
Betzaida Jones
Carmen Kelley
Elizabeth Kline
Sharon Kyc
Nicole LeBrun
Yolonda Lewis
Tammy Litz
Joshua Lopez
Martha-Kim Luu
Sasha Mayoliz

Gladys Mercado
Ruby Morant
Anne Louise Morrison
Stephanie M. Nolan
Dana O'Leary
Kawan Pender
Stacia Petersen
Nicole S. Pratt
Karen Richardson
Jessica Rivera
Rosalie Rivera
Veronica Rosario
Jennifer Ruff
Kristi Saifi
Kimberly Salerno
Kady Santana
Luis Santiago
Andrea Saunders
Jervimi Scott
Zaris Seijas
Simone Sewell
Alexis Torres
Brittany Tramontanis
Sara Turk
Eleonora Vercosa
Creola Williams
Jessica Wright    
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