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Fall’s Writing Proficiency Exam conducted remotely: spring will be more of the same

November 28, 2020

The Writing Proficiency Exam is NVU-Johnson’s way of measuring a VSCS-mandated graduation standard and has been conducted the same way for years with students having the option between writing their...

Winter graduation COVID style

November 28, 2020

This December, Northern Vermont University will be holding the winter graduation for August and December 2020 candidates. This semester’s graduation will be similar to the spring ceremony and will be...

TRiO receives new grant funds

Dr. Karen Madden
November 28, 2020

Northern Vermont University-Johnson’s Trio program has just received some good news about its funding. The Trio office, which is a part of the Academic Support Services umbrella at NVU-J, earned its...

A new major is coming to town

Professor of Political Science David Plazek.
November 28, 2020

Amidst an ongoing conversation about the future of academics at Northern Vermont University, three departments are finding common ground in a new major. Professor of Political Science David Plazek, Professor...

Dr. J moves on

Dr. Leslie Johnson is moving on to work for the state of Vermont.
November 28, 2020

Dr. Leslie Johnson, associate professor of behavioral sciences-psychology at Northern Vermont University-Johnson, is leaving NVU at the end of this semester. In a recent interview with Basement Medicine,...

No new COVID rules anticipated for next semester

NVU Academic Dean Johnathan Davis
November 28, 2020

NVU implemented social distancing and mask-wearing rules last semester in an attempt to keep students COVID-19-free. As of Nov. 21, the Johnson campus has only had one positive case associated with a residential...

NVU renews testing contract with BROAD

The BROAD Institute in Cambridge, Mass.
November 28, 2020

For the Spring 2021 semester, NVU will continue working with BROAD Institute for COVID-19 testing according to Jonathan Davis, NVU dean of students. The entire VSCS signed a contract with BROAD Institute...

Trustees outline priorities

Trustees outline priorities
November 28, 2020

At its Oct. 16 meeting, the Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees established three priorities for the system: affordability, accessibility, and quality and relevance of academic programming,...

NCHEMS report due Dec. 4

November 28, 2020

In less than two weeks, NCHEMS (National Center for Higher Education Management Systems) representatives will present their final draft of their recommendations for the Vermont State College System’s...

SHAPE stairs nearing completion

The stairs in front of the SHAPE facility get a makeover after some much needed repairs.
November 13, 2020

The staircase outside the SHAPE fitness center has been long overdue for a rebuild, and that process is finally underway. The old concrete stairway has been completely demolished and carted away, and preparations...

Clark new SGA Prez

Melissa Clark
November 13, 2020

After the Student Government election on Sept. 8, Melissa Ann Clark was voted president of the Johnson Student Government Association for 2020-2021. Clark ran uncontested for the position after her first...

VSCS Social Justice Partners present “equity and inclusion” plan to trustees at Oct. 16 meeting

Hannah Miller
November 13, 2020

Across the Vermont State Colleges System, people have been working on social and racial justice issues in campus-based groups, but several months ago, the disparate efforts banded together, and last month,...

NCHEMS presents preliminary report

November 13, 2020

During and after their presentation to the Vermont Select Committee, NCHEMS (National Center for Higher Education Management Systems) representatives Brian Prescott and Dennis Jones were met with opposition...

Unifying the libraries

The lower lobby of Willey Library stands empty during the COVID pandemic.
November 13, 2020

The Vermont State Colleges System is considering unifying the Northern Vermont University, Castleton and Hartness libraries under one system-wide structure. The VSCS has convened a task force to investigate...

Collins delivers state of university address

Collins delivers state of university address
November 13, 2020

On Thursday, Nov 5, NVU President Elaine Collins presented her State of the University address to a Zoom webinar, highlighting achievements from both NVU campuses, talking briefly about the 5-year strategic...

McClelland for sale?

November 13, 2020

Multiple buildings at Northern Vermont University are up for sale or lease, including McClelland Hall and Senators South on the NVU-Johnson campus. In a Nov. 4 interview, NVU Dean of Administration Toby...

Rampaging rodents rile residents

Apartment resident Opal Savoy found this furry little friend in her trashcan.
November 13, 2020

The rodents that have been plaguing NVU-Johnson’s campus apartments will hopefully see a decline with the introduction of traps to the outsides of the most affected buildings. “The first time I knew...

Academic Support offers full services virtually

Leila Bandar and Shane Stacey
October 26, 2020

During this time of transition from face-to-face to virtual learning, NVU-Johnson’s academic support team has implemented virtual academic support for students. Students can find digital applications...

For Gina Mireault, research is still a laughing matter

For Gina Mireault, research is still a laughing matter
October 26, 2020

There’s likely nothing funnier to witness than a baby laughing. Of course, if you are Dr. Gina Mireault, professor of psychology at Northern Vermont University-Johnson, you are also probably wondering...

COVID-19 forces changes to Writing Proficiency Exam

October 26, 2020

The Sunday, Oct. 25 deadline for submitting this fall’s Writing Proficiency Exam is fast approaching. This year is the first time the exam is being delivered remotely through Canvas. In the past, this...

Curricular task force submits proposal

David McGough
October 26, 2020

The Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees approved on Oct. 16 recommendations from a VSCS Forward task force team regarding review of low-enrolled majors and program duplication at Northern Vermont...

VSCS Board of Trustees updates priorities

VSCS Board of Trustees updates priorities
October 26, 2020

The Vermont State Colleges System adopted a new set of strategic priorities and welcomed two new members to the board at its Oct. 16 meeting. VSCS Chancellor Sophie Zdatny introduced the updated strategic...

Sites for sore eyes

Sites for sore eyes
October 26, 2020

If the average student takes five classes a semester, all with 1-hour Zoom classes or asynchronous equivalents and does all their homework online, how much time is that student spending looking at a screen?...

Making it count: wrapping up the 2020 census

Making it count: wrapping up the 2020 census
October 26, 2020

The United States Census is a vast operation affecting the distribution of trillions of dollars in federal money. As of Oct. 13, Vermont had collected 99.9 percent of its census data. And after many back-and-forths...

Former controller takes on new role as dean of administration

Toby Stewart
October 26, 2020

Northern Vermont University hired a new dean of administration this year, Toby Stewart, the former controller of the University. Stewart has replaced Sharron Scott, who has moved on to the chancellor’s...

Title III committee looks to recruit focus groups for input

Kathleen Brinegar
October 26, 2020

Northern Vermont University’s Title III grant wants to hear from you. There has been much recent talk about the state of the student academic experience at NVU this semester, for both campuses. Tales...

Pass/Fail policy extended

Pass/Fail is now an option through the end of the semester
October 26, 2020

Both the NVU-Johnson and Lyndon Faculty Assemblies have approved a motion to allow students to select a pass/fail option until the end of the academic term, meaning the last day of final exams. “The...

NVU announces two-day break for students, faculty

Elaine Collins and the Executive Team giving students the two day break.
October 26, 2020

At the NVU-Johnson Faculty Assembly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13, the faculty unanimously passed a motion to give students a five-day break from Wednesday, Oct. 28 through the following Sunday. Three days...

What they think: part 2

October 8, 2020

The first installment of this article can be found here. Basement Medicine asked legislators one question: “The financial difficulties of the Vermont State Colleges System are well known. The VSCS...

Librarians resign

The reference section in the library.
October 8, 2020

The director of the Northern Vermont University libraries and a technical services librarian at NVU-Johnson both resigned separately during the past few weeks. The resignations appear to be unconnected....

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