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JSC leadership conference helps students prepare for future

JSC leadership conference helps students prepare for future

Victoria Greenia

February 15, 2014

The Johnson State College –sponsored student leadership conference, “Preparing for your Future,” covered a variety of professional-development topics by JSC staff, students, and special guests.  The Feb. 7 event, which ran from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., was attended by 34 students. That’s up...

Sit and Breathe

Sit and Breathe

Victoria Greenia

February 15, 2014

A year of slogging through a backlog of homework, research papers, and presentations for four or more classes while also trying to hold down a job and still spend time with friends and family can overwhelm even a hearty person. Toss pressure from parents to excel or friends to socialize into the mix...

Business and Economics dept. redesigning major

Business and Economics dept. redesigning major

Josh Lemay

February 15, 2014

The Business and Economics Department at Johnson State College is undergoing an overhaul that will take effect sometime in the next few academic semesters. The new model will allow for a more dynamic program of study for students and faculty, as well as creating a core program that all business students...

College seeks to solve retention riddle

College seeks to solve retention riddle

Kayla Friedrich

February 6, 2014

Johnson State College’s administration, staff, and faculty are working to raise the current retention rate of 63 percent between first and second-year students, which is below the average among the state colleges. The current retention rate, although low, is not the lowest that Johnson State’s...

JSC launches search for eight new faculty

JSC launches search for eight new faculty

Josh LeMay

February 6, 2014

A plan to fill eight new full-time faculty positions is now underway at Johnson State College. This extensive process began last semester with the chairs of each department consulting with their colleagues and developing proposals for new faculty hires. These proposals were presented at a council of...

State investigation clears Sodexo of sick-day policy illegality

State investigation clears Sodexo of sick-day policy illegality

Kayla Friedrich

February 6, 2014

Sodexo Food Service at Johnson State College has been investigated by the state after a former employee testified before the Senate Economic Development Committee that the company’s sick-day policy forces employees to come to work sick. Former Sodexo employee Michelle “Esther” Hasskamp lost...

Commencement speaker to continue Detroit theme

Commencement speaker to continue Detroit theme

Max Van Wie

February 6, 2014

The Johnson State College graduates of the 2014 spring semester will be met with graduation commencement speaker, Veronika Scott. Scott, a College of Creative Studies Product Design graduate and social entrepreneur has already, in her young age, been awarded many prestigious awards including the International...

Walsh tapped as new career development coordinator

Walsh tapped as new career development coordinator

Ben Simone

February 6, 2014

Johnson State College’s new career development coordinator, Beth Walsh, is trying to get more students focused on their career development and plans after college. To that end, she has begun initiating a series of changes in the way the college approaches career counseling, beginning with increased...

Bye, Hub; Hi, Downtown Pizzeria and Pub

Bye, Hub; Hi, Downtown Pizzeria and Pub

Max Van Wie

February 6, 2014

Local bar and restaurant, the Hub, has been sold and is under the new ownership. Chris Ferguson, the former manager of The Hub, and Allison Tafuri will  be the managers of the restaurant. Ferguson is well acquainted with both the restaurant business and the Johnson/Jeffersonville area. “We pretty...

College welcomes 30 spring transfer students

College welcomes 30 spring transfer students

Ben Simone

February 6, 2014

This semester Johnson State College is welcoming 30 transfer students from across the Vermont and out of state. “We certainly have worked hard on the support end to improve what kinds of support and services we offer for transfer students,” said Sara Kinerson, director of the advising and career...

Mireault suggests students speed date–sort of

Mireault suggests students speed date–sort of

Ben Simone

February 6, 2014

Get lost. Speed date. Be a baby. Such was the advice Professor of Behavioral Sciences Gina Mirault offered on Wednesday, Jan. 22, in her talk titled “Where are you now? and other (Dis) orienting Questions.” Margo Warden, director of first year experience, began the school’s  (Re)Orientation...

Northeast Kingdom development project: is there a role for JSC?

Northeast Kingdom development project: is there a role for JSC?

Colin Santee

February 6, 2014

It is not often that the president of a ski resort has a profound impact on higher education, however just the opposite is the case of Bill Stenger and Jay Peak Resort. Stenger has been leading a widespread economic overhaul in the Northeast Kingdom, with planned development not only including the...

SGA looks to a packed spring agenda

Josh LeMay

February 6, 2014

The first meeting of the spring semester saw the Student Government Association discussing student petitions, club fairs, and Casino Night on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The next big project the SGA will undertake will begin within the next few weeks.  The Vermont State College Student Association has started...

Himalayan Cataract Project opening eyes

Himalayan Cataract Project opening eyes

Victoria Greenia

February 6, 2014

“Be willing to take advantage of opportunities you might not think is in the area of where you are going,” Job Heintz, Vermont lawyer and chief executive officer of the Himalaya Cataract Project, said to the Creative Audience crowd in Stearns Performance Space Monday, Feb. 3. “Happiness will go...

Acclaimed author is visiting writer for spring term

Acclaimed author is visiting writer for spring term

Deb Bouton

February 6, 2014

Award-winning author David Huddle will spend the 2014 spring semester at Johnson State College, where he will serve as visiting writer and a teacher and mentor to students in the college’s B.F.A. degree program in creative writing. Huddle taught for 38 years at the University of Vermont and has...

JSC “Hunger Games” to benefit Nicaragua trip

JSC “Hunger Games” to benefit Nicaragua trip

Lindsay Brown

December 10, 2013

Johnson students will have the opportunity to become tributes in the campus arena during the “Hunger Games” game which will be hitting campus on Monday Dec. 9 as a fundraiser for SERVE. The game will last five days, starting at 6 a.m. Dec. 9 and lasting until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 13. “The game...

SGA pushes petition drive to drop student loan interest rates to 1 percent

Josh LeMay

December 10, 2013

The start of a Vermont State Colleges Student Association petition to reduce the interest on student loans was the main topic of discussion at the Nov. 20 meeting of the Student Government Association. This petition would start a legislative process that would drop the interest rate of federal student...

Reel Rock 8 tour features thrills and chills, but too little of each

Reel Rock 8 tour features thrills and chills, but too little of each

Luca Kueshguerian

December 10, 2013

The Reel Rock 8 tour, featuring world-class climbers sending cutting-edge rock climbs, showcased Friday night, Nov. 15, sponsored by the Outing Club. The film was divided into four sections: The first segment, “The Sensei,” told the story of Yuji Hirayama, a famed Japanese climber, teaming up...

JSC’s $30 million budget: where the money comes from, where it goes

JSC’s $30 million budget: where the money comes from, where it goes

Ben Simone

December 10, 2013

Thirty million dollars seems like a lot. Until you start spending it. According to the JSC 2013 budget report, the college has a budget of almost $30 million. So, where does the money come from? Although Vermont is a publicly-funded institution of higher learnng, legislative fiscal support for its...

Writing Proficiency Exam pass rate hits record high

Mariah Howland

December 8, 2013

The Writing Proficiency Exam pass results have come in at a record high this semester with a 79 percent pass rate. Writing and Literature Professor Tyrone Shaw, the exam coordinator believes the improved pass rate possibly reflects a variety of elements, including increased preparedness among the...

Film highlights a national scourge

Film highlights a national scourge

Travis LeClair

December 5, 2013

Students, faculty, and community members were gathered in Bentley 207 to watch the 2012 documentary “A Place at the Table,” which explored in depth the problem of food insufficiency in America.  Nearly 100 people attended the film on Monday, Nov. 11,  after Theresa Snow,  of the local non-profit S...

Salvation Farms founder wages battle against hunger in Vermont

Salvation Farms founder wages battle against hunger in Vermont

Travis LeClair

December 5, 2013

The issue of global hunger and poverty was brought to the Johnson State College campus on Thursday Nov. 14 with an Oxfam Hunger Banquet hosted by the SERVE office in coordination with Arthur Hall Advisor Allie O'Hara. Oxfam (Oxford Committee for Famine Relief) is an international confederation of...

College and Sodexo put together 50 Thanksgiving baskets for local food shelf

College and Sodexo put together 50 Thanksgiving baskets for local food shelf

Kayla Friedrich

November 27, 2013

Johnson State College joined forces with Johnson Food Shelf and the neighboring communities the week before Thanksgiving to help feed hungry families. The holiday season often brings awareness of the hunger that families experience when costs are rising, and they can't afford food. During John...

College to offer new accounting program

College to offer new accounting program

Kayla Friedrich

November 27, 2013

In response to changes in the Vermont certified public accountant (CPA) exam requirements, Henrique Cezar, professor of business and economics at JSC, created the new certificate of proficiency in Accounting Program, which will begin in the fall 2014 semester. The changes that Vermont has made for...

SGA struggles with sharply reduced budget

SGA struggles with sharply reduced budget

Josh Lemay

November 27, 2013

The JSC Student Government Association began the current academic year with a sharply reduced budget, down by nearly a third from those in recent years. The current budget of $40,000 is $20,000 less than it has been in past years. With a 30 percent decrease, the SGA has struggled to hammer out a ...

R.A.D. offers women reasonable self-defense tactics

R.A.D. offers women reasonable self-defense tactics

Victoria Greenia

November 27, 2013

Johnson State College teamed up with Lamoille County Special Investigation Unit to hold two days of Rape Aggression Defense sessions Nov. 16-17. The self-defense program was opened to any female in the community age 16 and up. According to the R.A.D. website, this program consists of “realistic self-defense...

Oxfam Hunger Banquet spotlights global hunger

Oxfam Hunger Banquet spotlights global hunger

November 27, 2013

  The issue of global hunger and poverty was brought to the Johnson State College campus on Thursday Nov. 14 with an Oxfam Hunger Banquet hosted by the SERVE office in coordination with Arthur Hall Advisor Allie O'Hara.  Oxfam (Oxford Committee for Famine Relief) is an international confederation ...

Former Vermont Governor Kunin: “I don’t know how to retire.”

Former Vermont Governor Kunin: “I don’t know how to retire.”

Victoria Greenia

November 27, 2013

  Leader. Motivator. Advocate. Steward. Feminist. Public servant. These words and many more shot out of the projector and onto the photographs displayed at the far end of the room. The room was full of political science majors and professors who all watched as the same face materialized in and ou...

Norm McElvany retires after 22 years at JSC

Norm McElvany retires after 22 years at JSC

Story and photo by Victoria Greenia

November 27, 2013

  Norm McElvany sits behind his desk, glasses perched on his nose as he talks. Although he hasn’t found any lost national artifacts (that he disclosed) or has been chased by violent cult members (that he admitted to), for a marketing professor he’s had some exciting classes in European countries. ...

Murphy authorizes five full-time faculty replacements, announces $1 million bequest

Murphy authorizes five full-time faculty replacements, announces $1 million bequest

Kayla Friedrich

November 17, 2013

  During her annual State of the College conversation on Nov. 4, JSC President Barbara Murphy discussed the continuing decline in enrollment, presented an overview of the college’s progress in developing the current strategic plan and announced she had authorized searches for five new ful...

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