The Class of 2012 Alumni Fellows was introduced to the campus on March 14. Inductees included Carla Goodwin '69, an elementary education major and now a forensic psychologist in Massachusetts; Wendy Daly '75, a psychology major and owner of a leading pediatric clinic in Louisville, KY; and Tim White '81, director of collections and operations at the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University.
"Today's Fellows are role models, the kind of graduates we want our students to be," said President Elsa Núñez during an induction luncheon in the Connecticut Room. "For them to come back to our campus to speak with our students about their career success is a wonderful gift to the University."
Over lunch, Goodwin recalled her time at Eastern when she lived in the Nathan Hale building on Main Street and had to dress up to come "up the hill" for dinner. "No slacks were allowed," she explained, and students had to sign in and out of their dormitories. Daly was taking 22 credits a semester at Eastern, and recalls the curfews at Burr Hall and the "breath tests" conducted each night when students returned from outings, presumably to ensure that no alcohol had been consumed.
Later, during an hour-long panel discussion in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room, the three members of the 2012 Class of Eastern Fellows spoke about their careers to a room full of students, faculty and staff. At the urging of Dean of Students Betty Tipton, Goodwin turned away from a planned career as a classroom teacher ("The classroom I student taught in was very small and I felt doomed!") to become a forensic psychologist. Daly, who already was a registered nurse when she arrived at Eastern, graduated, got married, and eventually moved to Louisville, KY, where she decided perhaps she had what it took to become a doctor, despite the fact only 25 percent of the medical school students at the time were women. Today, she owns a pediatric practice with four doctors and 13 employees and has also done research work in the area of vaccine development.
White has spent the past 29 years as a member of the administrative team at Yale's Peabody Museum. "Coming out of graduate school (at the University of Kansas) I thought I would end up working in the oil industry. But I saw a job at Yale on a bulletin board and the rest is history." Last year, White was a member of a group of Yale officials who returned historical artifacts from the Inca site Machu Picu to Peru. "There I was, riding in a presidential motorcade in Lima, sharing a deep, emotional moment with the people there. The artifacts were a matter of national pride."
All three Fellows offered similar advice to the students present: "Find a mentor who can help push you." "Find unexpected opportunities." "Learn to use the library, even with all the Internet resources today."