Selecting the Right Wine Glasses

An avid wine collector, Arthur Godsell, co-owner and president of Godsell Construction Corporation, often visits the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions of France and the Chianti and Tuscany regions of Italy. Arthur Godsell also regularly attends local wine tastings in his free time.

Wine glasses may look very similar to the untrained eye, but their small differences often play a big role in the enjoyment of wine. The bowl of the glass impacts the oxidation of the wine once it’s poured inside the glass. Wider bowls expose more of the wine to the air, allowing for a stronger aroma to emerge. This is especially helpful for making red wines more enjoyable. Meanwhile, narrow bowls are best suited for white wines because too much air can negatively affect the taste. Narrower bowls also keep the wine chilled and are good for carbonated drinks like champagne.

A wine’s aroma is also affected by the rim of the glass. Tapered rims are useful in that they prevent spills while swirling, but they also capture released aromas. On the other hand, flared glasses direct the wine toward the mouth, making it easier to taste the different flavors.

The stem of the glass should also be considered. Stemless glasses are good for more casual wine drinking and are less formal. They can also be used for water when paired with a stemmed glass at a dinner party. However, stemmed glasses make swirling easier and prevent the wine’s temperature from being affected by the heat from your hand. The longer the stem is, the more elegant the glass looks, though they become more fragile as length increases and often times less practical.


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Studies Survivor Lifespan

For nearly 20 years, Arthur Godsell has served as the president of Godsell Construction Corporation, a company his parents founded in the late 1960s in Hicksville, New York. As a longtime philanthropist, Arthur Godsell also contributes to multiple charitable organizations, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

St. Jude recently issued a press release to announce that one of its research teams discovered evidence indicating that modifications in childhood cancer treatment have lengthened the lives of people who survived childhood cancer, partly by reducing deaths related to long-term cancer treatment effects. During the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, St. Jude researchers reviewed data from more than 34,000 childhood cancer survivors who received treatment between 1970 and 1999.

The study found that since 1970, the 15-year death rate steadily declined, which coincides with enhancements in pediatric cancer treatment and follow-up care. In May 2015, the study was presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) annual conference during the plenary session. The session features research ASCO recognizes for its superior scientific merit and impact on patient care.

Basic Golfing Etiquette

An avid golfer, Arthur Godsell, president and co-owner of Godsell Construction Corporation, enjoys playing the sport as often as he can. Arthur Godsell belongs to the Huntington Country Club and takes annual golfing trips to Scotland and Ireland with a group of friends.

When playing on a golf course, players are typically expected to follow certain etiquette rules. One of the most important of these is to play at an appropriate pace. While being a slow player is not, on its own, bad, it is considered polite to keep pace with the group in front of you (and therefore, not slow down the groups behind you). This may mean encouraging the rest of your group to move quickly or just being prepared to play as soon as it’s your turn. Try taking only around 45 seconds to hit the ball from the time you choose your club, and only search for a lost golf ball for five minutes or less.

In addition, losing your temper during the game by either sulking, cursing, or even throwing clubs, often makes a game uncomfortable for those around you. Feeling frustrated when you miss a shot is normal, but rather than outwardly venting it in a potentially offensive way, focus on finding ways to vent inoffensively or even inwardly. Lastly, this respect towards other players’ comfort extends to respecting their time, as well. If you agree to a game of golf, make sure you arrive for your tee time punctually and, if you are going to cancel your plans, do so at least a few days in advance instead of at the last minute.

Popular Attractions in Scotland

Arthur Godsell, president and co-owner of the second-generation carpentry contracting company Godsell Construction Corporation, enjoys traveling around the world. Over the years, Arthur Godsell has visited several countries in Europe, including Scotland.

Despite being a relatively small country, Scotland offers a wide range of attractions that draw in visitors from around the world. Following are just a few of the most popular attractions within the country.

Broch of Mousa: Built around 100 BC, the Broch of Mousa is the most well-preserved broch in the Shetland Island. It is a large tower that is lined with stone both inside and outside and it still has its original intramural stair, which no other broch has.

Edinburgh Castle: Located at the top of black basalt rock, Edinburgh Castle was built in the 13th century and has overlooked the city of Edinburgh ever since. Visitors enter the castle by drawbridge and can view several city landmarks from its walls.

Loch Ness: The second largest lake in Scotland, Loch Ness has become known worldwide as the home to the mythical Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie. The lake is around a mile wide in most places and maintains a unique air of mystery.

Isle of Skye: as the largest of the country’s inner isle, the Isle of Skye offers a wide range of attractions for nature lovers, from mountain scenery and valleys to waterfalls, caves, and beaches. The island is only 50 miles long and is home to several small villages.

Villanova’s LEVEL Group and Its Spring Casino Night Fundraiser

An active member of the professional community, Arthur Godsell has held several board and committee positions at various organizations and is a member of several groups. Arthur Godsell is currently a member of the parents’ executive board at Villanova University, where he is involved with the college’s fundraising and working with the University’s LEVEL initiative to provide a handicap accessible van to students who are differently-abled.

Villanova University’s student group LEVEL was formed with the intention of expanding the idea of community on and off campus by bringing together students with different abilities and disabilities. Through LEVEL, students learn about communicating with individuals who have disabilities and change their views of able-ism. The program has also eliminated the need for adult assistance by encouraging students to help their peers who may have difficulty typing their homework or notes.

LEVEL recently held Leveling Las Vegas, an annual spring fundraising event that brings students who are differently-abled together with their friends and peers for a night of fun. Held in Villanova’s Pavilion, the event included activities such as blackjack, roulette, and various carnival and Wii games. Rather than exchanging won chips for money, students traded them for raffle tickets for a wide range of prizes that were given out. The funds raised through Casino Night went towards new LEVEL innovations and projects, helping the program expand.

The World’s Most Challenging Ski Slopes

When he is not working as the co-owner and president of Godsell Construction Company, Arthur Godsell enjoys traveling and skiing. In recent years, Arthur Godsell has visited ski destinations in Canada, the Alps, and the Colorado Rockies.

The difficulty of individual ski slopes are generally graded against other slopes in the area, meaning that a black diamond on one mountain may be marked as a blue square on another. However, there are several slopes that have been recognized as the most difficult and potentially dangerous ski trails in the world. Corbet’s Couloir in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is one of the most well-known runs in the country. The trail begins with an abrupt 30-foot drop that is quickly followed by a number of sharp turns before skiers are rewarded with a mostly open black diamond slope. Corbet’s Couloir is often compared to La Chavanette in Switzerland and France, which begins with nearly 100 meters of moguls at a 55 percent gradient. This iconic trail technically begins in France, with the end of the run finishing in Switzerland.

Based in Courchevel, France, Grand Couloir, Sous Pylons, and Emile Allais are a trio recognized as three of the world’s most fearsome runs. While a cable car takes riders a good deal of the way, skiers intent on attempting these slopes must subsequently brave a narrow, icy 200-meter ridge simply to reach the start of Grand Couloir. Grand Couloir is the easiest of the three, though only the most advanced riders should take on its array of brutal moguls and tricky snow conditions.

The Fresh Air Fund Host Family Program

Arthur Godsell is a philanthropist and businessman working in and around Hicksville, New York. In addition to overseeing activities at Godsell Construction Corporation, Arthur Godsell assists city children in spending their summers outside as part of the Fresh Air Fund.

Every summer approximately 4,000 children leave New York City to enjoy the outdoors with a rural or suburban host family as part of the Fresh Air Fund Volunteer Host Family Program. Volunteer families extend along the East Coast, ranging from Maine to Virginia. Fresh Air Fund communities, also known as Friendly Towns, are overseen by local community members who have taken on promotional responsibilities with the Fresh Air Fund. Each individual committee is overseen by a head chairperson, while the committee itself is managed by a direct representative of the Fresh Air Fund. Local committees not only take care of organizing the community as a Friendly Town, but also provide support to host families while a Fresh Air Fund child is visiting.