Karen Werner, PhD, MEd's blog
Welcome to the Summer 2014 installment of our Undergraduate Program (UGP) News & Achievements, highlighting accomplishments of faculty, alumni, and students of our BA in Sustainability (BAS), BA in Health Arts & Sciences (BA HAS), and BA in Individualized Studies (IBA) degree tracks.
Graduating student Johnny Ridenour (BAS '14) chimes in about what brought him to Goddard:
"When I finally got it together to return to school after 20+ years off, I thought of Goddard. My Dad did the same thing when he looked for a way to fit graduate school into a busy family life in the late 1970s. He found Goddard’s low-residency program. He was thrilled to have folks like Raymond Carver as advisors.
Maryanne Bartzen-Murray (IBA ‘12) is graduating this spring from the New School University in New York with an MA in Media Studies and Media Management. Maryanne got married in March 2013.
"Goddard! Shivers up my spine like fingertips, the name does rouse me like a life. The place has given me no less than life, in fact – and a life of the kind I thought was out of the question.
"I came to Goddard in 2010 at a younger age than many these days, at eighteen or nineteen. I had been looking for and failing to find an institution of higher education that would, for reasons both political and pragmatic, trust me enough to give me a degree while staying out of my hair for four years.
BA in Health Arts & Sciences student Juanita Martin, entering her Level 8 semester, on what makes Goddard College special:
"I landed at Goddard at the ripe age of 51 with more college experience than a graduating PhD student, but I had not completed any one degree. I had credits in various fields, from business management to fashion design to holistic healing.
I met Doyle Canning (BA EDU '02) this fall during the National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Day of Mourning is organized every year on Thanksgiving by the United American Indians of New England and builds a powerful counter-narrative about Thanksgiving.
A highlight for me of the Spring 2013 Port Townsend Undergraduate residency was our guest presenter Tracy Rector (photographed above by David Conklin.) Tracy is Executive Director and Co-Founder of Longhouse Media whose mission “is to catalyze indigenous people and communities to use media as a tool for self-expression, cultural preservation, and social change.”
Jim Tolpin is a woodworker, prolific author, and faculty member at our neighboring Port Townsend School of Woodworking. We were delighted to have Jim as a guest presenter at the Spring 2013 Undergraduate Residency in Port Townsend, Washington.
Jim taught a hands-on workshop, “By Hand and Eye: Design Strategies of Pre-Industrial Artisans for Post-Industrial Artists.”
In the fall of 2010, six months after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, Jenna Schmitz (BA HAS ‘13) moved to Hinche in Haiti’s Central Plateau, 37 miles north of Port-au-Prince. Trained as a Certified Professional Midwife at Birthwise Midwifery School (which has a credit-bearing partnership with Goddard College), Jenna volunteered with a Haitian-led organization called Midwives for Haiti.