Goddard College News

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 […]

July 2015

New Goddard Library at Port Townsend

Goddard College recently renovated a new space to house its Port Townsend library collection. The library is now located in the Schoolhouse building on the ground floor, Room C, at Fort Worden, 298 Battery Way. According to Director of Information Access Clara Bruns: “The new room is beautiful, accommodates the collection much better than the former space, and […]

Goddard Announces the Appointment of New Chief Academic Officer

PLAINFIELD, Vt. – Goddard College President Robert P. Kenny today announced the appointment of Lewis Jones, Ph.D., as the Chief Academic Officer and Academic Dean of the College. Jones joins the College on September 14. “We are extremely happy that Dr. Jones has agreed to assume this pivotal role at Goddard College,” President Kenny said. […]

Goddard Reaches Agreements with Faculty, Staff Unions

Favorable ratification ends nearly three years of negotiations PLAINFIELD, Vt.—Goddard College faculty and staff voted overwhelmingly in favor of the terms of new, three-year union contracts. The ratification ends 27 months of negotiations between the College and bargaining units. “This is a contract that management and labor worked very hard to craft together,” said Goddard […]

Goddard community urged to ‘confront racism in every corner of our lives’

PLAINFIELD, Vt. – The Goddard College Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution declaring their support for the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where nine people were killed in a racially motivated mass shooting. The Board motion, which was adopted at the Board’s June 27 meeting, reads: Consistent with the values of the College, the […]

June 2015

Goddard Hires New Director of Human Resources

Plainfield resident Gloria Abbiati to lead HR department Plainfield, Vt.— Goddard College has announced that Gloria Abbiati, PHR, of Plainfield, Vt., is the College’s new director of human resources. “We welcome Gloria and her extensive human resources experience to Goddard. With a proven track record in strategic guidance, creative problem solving, and administering core human […]

May 2015

MFA Alumna Wins 2015 Donald Justice Poetry Prize

Congratulations to Pat Valdata (MFAW ’91) who, with Jeff Hardin, has won the Donald Justice Prize for poetry in 2015. Each will receive a $1,000 prize and their books will be published by West Chester University. The competition, for a book-length manuscript written primarily in form, was judged by poet Dick Davis. Valdata, adjunct associate […]

The Power of Acknowledgement

The following commencement address was delivered at the graduation ceremony for the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFAIA) program in Plainfield, Vermont, on July 27, 2014, by MFAIA student Christine Brubaker: I want to share something I’ve been thinking a lot about over the past year–the power of acknowledgement. I want to talk about the possibilities […]

Student Nikhil Goyal speaks in Denmark

Goddard Undergraduate Program student Nikhil Goyal was an invited presenter at the 2015 LEGO Ideas Conference held in Denmark this April. Nikhil’s talk, “What We Do to Children,” covers the history of progressive and alternative education and how we can best support childrens’ learning. Nikhil advocates for truly democratic schools. At the age of 19, […]

April 2015

Fall/Winter 2015 Alumni Arts Project Award Winners

New grant supports graduates who bring the arts into their communities PLAINFIELD, Vt.—Goddard College is proud to announce the recipients of the inaugural Alumni Arts Project Award, a new bi-annual grant that aims to bring the arts to communities by supporting new work by graduates of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program. Five alumni artists […]