Alumni Weekend Residency FAQ’s
Is there a registration deadline?
Yes, we ask that you register at least 10 business days prior to the event so the kitchen and housekeeping staff can plan accordingly. Please register by Sept 8, 2017.
Can my registration be reimbursed if I cancel?
Yes, if you cancel by Sept 15, 2017 you will receive a reimbursement minus a $20 processing fee. Cancelation must be made in writing to Meg.email@example.com by Sept 15, 2017.
What if I can’t afford the registration fee?
The Alumni Weekend Residency Planning Committee is committed to making this event as accessible and affordable as possible and therefore created a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to raise money to supplement the costs for those in need. If you would like to request financial support to offset your travel or registration for the Alumni Weekend Residency please use the Alumni Weekend Funding Request Form by Sept 1, 2017 or reach out to the planning committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: 1) the amount of financial support available will be based on the success of the campaign; 2) funding is capped at $400 per alumni/ae.
Can I bring my spouse, partner, childcare provider, or friend?
Yes, please plan on coming for a productive yet relaxing fun weekend of engagement among Goddard’s alumni community. We would like to welcome those close to you to join in. If they are a part of your community, they are part of ours. Anyone attending does need to pay the registration fee and those planning to stay on campus will need to purchase their housing accordingly.
Can I bring my child(ren)?
Yes, you are welcome to bring your child(ren) but please keep in mind that there is no current programing or childcare provided by Goddard College. Registration for a children under twelve is $35 and will cover all of their meals for the weekend. Housing will need to be purchased separately to accommodate for your child(ren).
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are not allowed on campus unless they are your service or emotional support animal. Alumni who have service or emotional support animals as an accommodation for documented disabilities should contact us prior to the Alumni Weekend Residency so that the accommodation can be processed.
Can alumni who attended a program in Port Townsend or Seattle attend this event?
Yes, please do! This Alumni Weekend Residency is intended for all alumni from all current and legacy programs and all of Goddard’s campus. (Believe it or not, Goddard College took place in many places throughout its history.) Goddard’s Plainfield, VT campus is the only campus owned by the College which is our least expensive way to host a large gathering at this time. While we recognize that it makes it more difficult for alumni to travel from the west coast we hope it gives reason to visit our beautiful New England campus during its peak foliage season.
Will there be an event on the west coast?
The advancement department is currently working to host Alumni Gatherings in major cities around the country in effort to start Regional Alumni Chapters that collaboratively will be the engine of our new Alumni Association. Recent gatherings were held in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Brooklyn, and Southern Vermont. Meg Hammond of the Advancement office is currently scheduling gatherings in Seattle, Port Townsend, and Tampa for the coming year. As we grow the Goddard College Alumni Association, it may be possible rotate the location of an Alumni Weekend Residency.
Can I just show up on campus for the Alumni Weekend Residency?
Goddard’s Plainfield campus is not fully operational outside of its low-residency program schedule. The Alumni Weekend Residency registration fee is what is makes it possible to staff the campus for the weekend, prepare meals, chop the wood, provide security, assist registrants, and to provide the campus cleanup which is necessary when many people come together. We encourage you to help sustain Goddard and its efforts to provide alumni gatherings by helping us cover the costs through the registration fee. Your support is what will continue to sustain Goddard.
What’s the deal with meals?
Eating meals together fosters a sense of community and connection. All of your meals throughout the weekend starting with Friday’s welcome dinner through Monday farewell brunch are included in your registration fee. (Friday-dinner/ Saturday-breakfast, lunch dinner/ Sunday- breakfast, lunch, dinner/ Monday- farewell brunch) Goddard College is committed to supporting local and organic food sources (and in some cases is able to buy direct from our local alumni farmers!) The kitchen is thankful for your support and hopes to meet your dining needs.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Goddard College aims to meet your dietary needs. When you fill out the registration form you will be presented with a question to this regard. In addition, the kitchen staff are happy to help answer questions or seek solutions. Please reach out as you need.
Do I have to have a roommate to choose a double room?
No, if you would like to stay in a double room you don’t need to indicate who your roommate will be. Those who leave this question blank on the registration will be assigned a roommate.
Can I stay off campus?
Yes, you are more than welcome to seek alternative housing during this gathering but we encourage you to stay on campus for a more united community feel. If you are interested in finding alternative housing options click here to see some of your options or try Airbnb.com. Please keep in mind that this is peak foliage season for Vermont so you must plan ahead to book hotels, etc.
How do I possibly get to Plainfield, VT?
Yes, Plainfield is not the easiest place to get to and obviously not an easy place to leave based on the amount of Goddard alumni living in the hills of central Vermont. Please visit this following link for all of your transportation needs: https://www.goddard.edu/about-goddard/plainfield-transportation/
Is there a carpooling system?
At the moment we don’t have a system in place but are working to create one. Please stay tuned.
Will there be a last minute option to present during the weekend?
Yes, if you know that you want to participate in a particular program such as the cabaret or the pecha kucha go ahead and sign up so we can get an estimated count for participants even if you are not quite sure what you will present. If you don’t want the pressure to decide now or the moment moves you and you are encouraged or decide last minute to present, we are here to remind you that Goddard College is good at making spontaneity prosper.
Additional Questions? Comments? Concerns? Organizing a one-size fits all event for alumni from around the country and beyond who come from various economic and cultural backgrounds is not a simple task. We are working hard to make this event as accessible as possible and hope to meet the needs and desires of all of our alumni. If you have questions, comments and/or concerns please reach out and help us find a solution! Please direct your questions to Meg Hammond at email@example.com or 802-322-1685.