Alumni Stories

June 2018

Why I Give to Goddard

Goddard College is home to more than 20,000 alumni globally. Our alumni tell us that their unique experience here is central to their approach to their work and has had a transformative effect on their life. Patricia Shepherd (IBA ’08, MFAW ’10) is a two-time graduate and Boston Chapter Co-Chair. Here is a statement on […]

June 2017

Alumnus Kevin Rabas Appointed Kansas’ Poet Laureate

Kevin Rabas, who earned his MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard in 2002, has been appointed to a two-year session as Kansas’ poet laureate. Kevin chairs the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism at Emporia State University, while also leading the Poetry and Playwriting tracks. He has seven books, including Lisa’s Flying Electric Piano, a Kansas […]

May 2017

Sleeping Weazel Presents Robbie McCauley

Sleeping Weazel presented “a convening in performance” in honor of Robbie McCauley’s life and work on last month, an event coordinated in collaboration with the Emerson College Performing Arts Department and Office of the Arts. The convening drew together a distinguished circle of performers, scholars, writers, and community activists who’ve been influenced, transformed, and/or mentored […]

April 2016

The Unfolding of the Heartbeet Community

Alumna Hannah Schwartz (IBA ‘01) Constructs a Cultural Hub for the Northeast Kingdom “Goddard is the reason I came to this area,” says Hannah, the executive director and co-founder of Heartbeet Lifesharing, a community that is home to 47 adults, including 16 individuals with special needs. Heartbeet Lifesharing in Hardwick, Vermont is wrapping up a […]

October 2015

The Goddard Hour, Oct. 8, 2015

Goddard alumnus Mumia Abu-Jamal (IBA ’96) is in a Pennsylvania prison. His supporters say his life is in danger as he is being denied access to needed medical care. Noelle Hanrahan of gives an update on his condition and what his supporters are doing in the legal system and the court of public opinion. Goddard alumna Neely […]

September 2015

Anne Eder’s (IBA ’12) Extraordinary Photographs

Anne Eder (IBA’12) is an up and coming photographer who is exhibiting her work internationally. After completing her BA at Goddard, Anne went on to earn an MFA in Photography from Lesley University’s College of Art and Design. Anne shares her thoughts about what her time at Goddard meant to her–plus she plans to return […]

August 2015

MFA Alumni Portrait and Commencement Speech – Jessica Plumb

Jessica Plumb is a 2010 graduate of Goddard’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFAIA) program in Port Townsend, Washington. She is a writer, co-director and producer of the film, Return of the River, which documents the plight of wild salmon and the fight to un-dam the Elwha river in the Olympic Peninsula. The film has received ten international and […]

May 2015

Alumni Portrait – Neel Murgai

Neel Murgai (MFAIA ’10) at the Brooklyn Bowl Hi, I am Neel Murgai, a 2010 Goddard MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts graduate. I am a sitarist, composer, overtone singer, frame drummer and teacher. My practice draws from many traditions, including Indian classical, jazz, minimalism, experimental music and more. I had already been a professional musician for […]

Alumni Portrait – Stacey (Zebith) Thalden

Photograph by M. Walker My name is Stacey (Zebith) Thalden. I graduated from Goddard College, Vermont Campus, in 2012 with a degree from the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFAIA) program. As a nature illustrator, I delight in the bold shapes decorating the shell of a beetle and the iridescent sheen illuminating the feathers of a bird. […]

April 2015

Phish’s Jon Fishman (BA ’90) accepts Lifetime Achievement Award from SAMMYs Hall of Fame (video)

Jon Fishman SAMMYs speech (highlights) Excerpts from Jon Fishman’s speech as he accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame By Chris Baker | on March 06, 2015 SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Thursday night at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Phish drummer Jon Fishman headlined an evening of Central New York’s biggest names […]