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Catamount Arts coming to Dibden with new tech director

Catamount Arts coming to Dibden with new tech director

Rebecca Flieder

December 6, 2018


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After some tumultuous months, Dibden Center for the Arts will finally have a permanent Tech Director. With this development comes the potential to significantly transform performing arts at NVU-Johnson and the surrounding communities. "This is a very exciting opportunity for Dibden," says Isaac Eddy, ...

NVU offers resources for understanding and reporting sexual assault

NVU offers resources for understanding and reporting sexual assault

Rebecca Flieder

December 6, 2018


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Five rapes were reported on campus last school year. In the last 10 months, there have been 11 reported cases of sexual misconduct, as reported by the campus crime log. These numbers are low as compared to other schools in the nation, but they are troubling nonetheless. 23 percent of undergraduate females...

NVU provides an array of services on campus for veterans

NVU provides an array of services on campus for veterans

Mike King

November 9, 2018


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According to the department of Veterans affairs, over 1 million vets or their family members are attending college on the post-9/11 G.I. bill. The G.I. bill was adopted in 2008, following the war in Afghanistan. This benefit not only pays 100 percent of tuition costs for the student soldier, but it ...

NVU-J receives $1.8 million grant

NVU-J receives $1.8 million grant

Kylie Brown

November 9, 2018


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NVU-Johnson has received a Title III grant for $1.8 million over five years. The grant is meant to create integrated academic support for students. It aims to continue NVU-Johnson’s strong first-year experience efforts as well as to provide additional support for years two through four. "This grant w...

No changes to Title IX at NVU

No changes to Title IX at NVU

Rebecca Flieder

November 9, 2018


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Under the current presidential administration, the Department of Health and Human Services is trying to redefine the definition of gender under Title IX to "define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with" according to an article written by Eri...

Campus sponsors multiple voting efforts

Campus sponsors multiple voting efforts

Rebecca Flieder

November 9, 2018


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On election day, students had many opportunities to get down into town to vote in the midterm elections. Along with three shuttle rides organized by Director of Student Activities and Community Service Krista Swahn, students could also choose to attend the 10 a.m. walkout organized by Mackenzie Murdo...

NVU enrollment up 12 percent

NVU enrollment up 12 percent

Patrick Bell

November 9, 2018


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In the first year of the Johnson and Lyndon merger, the university has seen a 12 percent increase in enrollment as Northern Vermont University, after several years of a decline. Dean of Enrollment and Marketing at both NVU campuses, Michael J.Fox is new to NVU this year as he was hired over the summer...

Collins delivers an upbeat address

Collins delivers an upbeat address

Adriana Eldred

November 9, 2018


Filed under Campus & Community

With a message of optimism and hope, Northern Vermont University President Elaine Collins gave the annual state of the university address to a packed Stearns Performance Space on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Her presentation comes at a time when the university is just beginning to see results after its rebrand...

Women’s triathlon finishes fifth in National Championship meet

Women’s triathlon finishes fifth in National Championship meet

Patrick Bell

November 9, 2018


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In their first year as a program at NVU-J, the women’s triathlon team placed fifth at the Division III National Championship, which was held in Tempe, Arizona. Senior Margaret Connelly came in eighth, posting team-best times for the 20k bike ride and the 5k run. Sophomore Ellery Kiefer finished...

NVU internship requirements on the rise

NVU internship requirements on the rise

Adriana Eldred

October 29, 2018


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Internships are an essential part of the college experience, and often one of the biggest stresses; at NVU’s Johnson campus, it just got a little harder. For all new internship contracts, the credit hour requirement has gone from 40 to 45. This change has been made&nb...

Serve plans a busy fall

Serve plans a busy fall

October 29, 2018


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This month there are going to be several community events put on by NVU-Johnson’s Serve office. Serve supplies NVU Johnson with community service opportunities and supports students who want to make a difference in their community. It also gives students on-campus jobs, work-study, opportunities to...

Focusing on community

Focusing on community

Danielle Christina

October 29, 2018


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Every Monday and Wednesday evening at six o’clock, students begin to file into classroom 213 of the Willey Library Learning Center. The instructor greets the class with a smile, introducing himself as he takes a seat among the many chairs arranged in a small circle. He’s excited to begin today’s l...

NVU-J campus holds third-annual self defense class

NVU-J campus holds third-annual self defense class

Ciarra Annis

October 29, 2018


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The R.A.D. women’s self-defense program is running on the Johnson campus for the third consecutive year starting on Oct. 24. The Rape Aggression Defense system is a four-week course meeting once a week that seeks to teach young women realistic self-defense techniques to create a safer future for th...

Public Safety releases campus crime and fire stats

Public Safety releases campus crime and fire stats

Rebecca Flieder

October 29, 2018


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Every year, Johnson’s Public Safety department releases a Campus Fire and Safety report, which alerts students, faculty, staff and other interested parties about the happenings on campus. This report outlines not only the fires that have occurred in the last three years, but also campus crime. "Thou...

Performing arts fest draws high school students from around Vermont

Performing arts fest draws high school students from around Vermont

Magnificent Schmidl

October 29, 2018


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It’s a brisk but sunny Friday morning as students dressed in black and blue make their way to Dibden Center for the Performing Arts, carrying their hot teas close to their faces and clutching their folders to their chests. Girls are tripping over their skirts and boys are hurriedly straightening their ...

15 to Finish initiative targets timely graduations

15 to Finish initiative targets timely graduations

Thomas Streeter

October 29, 2018


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Only 42 percent of Freshman go on to their Sophomore year with 30 credits, a statistic that has multiple implications for students as they try to complete their university education in four years. The 15 to Finish initiative puts students on path for a timely graduation by encouraging them to take 1...

NVU takes a 15 percent hit under new funding formula

NVU takes a 15 percent  hit under new funding formula

Robbie Maher

October 29, 2018


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At the end of September, the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees approved a recommendation from the board’s Finance and Facilities Committee that changes allocation of state appropriation funding within the VSCS, changes that mean NVU will lose 6.1 percentage points or approximately 15 percent ...

26 Months: Slater’s intensive research for “The 57 Bus”

26 Months: Slater’s intensive research for “The 57 Bus”

Rebecca Flieder

October 3, 2018


Filed under Campus & Community

For many Johnson students, Oakland, California, is very far away. Sasha and Richard’s tale of woe is just as distant. But for Dashka Slater, it was a story close to home. “This crime happened in my neighborhood,” she said. “I live walking distance from where the actual crime occurred.” And...

He wants your vote

He wants your vote

Kylie Brown

October 2, 2018


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Northern Vermont University- Johnson student, Mike King, is running for house seat. King is running because he feels Lamoille county isn’t represented very well by Montpelier, mainly the working class and the working poor. He describes himself as fiscally conservative and socially liberal. King...

There’s a club for that

There’s a club for that

Rebecca Flieder

October 2, 2018


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Looking for something interesting to pursue in your downtime? Want to spend time with other Johnson students doing the same? Join a club! “People finding their people, and doing the things that they like to do,” says Krista Swahn, director of Student Activities and Community Service at NVU-J, “that’s...

Confessions of an ignoramus

Confessions of an ignoramus

Rebecca Flieder

October 2, 2018


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With a manuscript that touches on race, class, sexuality, gender, romantic inclination, criminal justice, and forgiveness, Dashka Slater, author of “The 57 Bus,” could have talked to a full Dibden about anything. I certainly expected her to talk about Sasha and Richard, and what they’d done since...

Libertarian party formed in Johnson, Lamoille County

Mike King

October 2, 2018


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Six men met in the basement of the Johnson Public Library recently to officially form both the Johnson Libertarian party and the Lamoille County Libertarian party. The Sept. 15 meeting opened with introductions, followed by nominations for positions within the Caucus. Will Angier, the party organizer,...

Campus gets mixed reviews for accessibility

Adriana Eldred

October 2, 2018


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However angelic and heavenly Northern Vermont University-Johnson’s scenic campus is, its facilities are not completely friendly to all. The initial quality of universal accessibility on campus is not immediately apparent, but it is not entirely complete either. Michele Feiner, the coordinator of...

Campus plagued with hand, foot and mouth disease

Campus plagued with hand, foot and mouth disease

Magnificent Schmidl

October 2, 2018


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Hand and Foot and Mouth, oh my! One of the downfalls of being a part of a tightly-knit community such as the one on campus is that you essentially live in a large petri dish. People from all over the country have accumulated on our campus, bringing with them a slew of new bacteria to share with their...

Announced transition from Moodle to Canvas elicits both cheers and frustration

Announced transition from Moodle to Canvas elicits both cheers and frustration

Robert Maher

October 2, 2018


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Surprise and frustration have greeted a surprise announcement from the Chancellor’s Office that will put the kibosh to the learning management system (LMS) Moodle in the Fall 2019 semester. VSCS Chief Academic Officer Yasmine Ziesler said that around a year ago, the Chancellor’s Office decided...

Who’s minding the store?

Who’s minding the store?

Kylie Brown

October 2, 2018


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Dibden Center for the Arts has been improvising as it struggles with  the absence of a full-time technical director.   “I work in experimental theater and improvisation and I love being able to be creative with our resources. Some of the best work is done with not all the resources...

NVU marches in Gay Pride parade

NVU marches in Gay Pride parade

Danielle Christina

October 2, 2018


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The morning of Sept. 8 begun with a typical Vermont chill, the air pleasant though biting and buzzing with unbridled excitement. College students, children, and adults alike stood with voices filled with vibrancy, like the rainbowss donning their cheeks, their backs, their hands, their clothes. This...

New telepresence classrooms added at both campuses

Rebecca Flieder

September 18, 2018


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Following a $389,000 grant awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture to Bobbi Jo Carter, the associate dean of distance education programs, NVU has added three telepresence classrooms to its campuses. This grant, awarded in January by the Rural Utilities Service office, was given through...

New Librarian to focus on information literacy

Nellie Tamboe

September 18, 2018


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Part of the unification between Johnson State College and Lyndon State College included the coalescence of each campus’ libraries, Willey library and Samuel Read Hall Library respectively. Both libraries are directed as one under Samuel Boss, who was originally hired at Lyndon State College back in...

NVU offers new mental health graduate programs

NVU offers new mental health graduate programs

Adriana Eldred

September 18, 2018


Filed under Campus & Community

On the same date Northern Vermont University became official – July 1, 2018 – the new institution also adopted an additional graduate program: Program in Clinical Mental Health, or PCMH. The program is taught in five states, including Maine, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Alaska and Vermont. Retrospectively,...

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