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Grant-funded course seeks to change campus culture

Grant-funded course seeks to change campus culture

By Alex Goudreau

December 6, 2012

A new course, The Psychology of Peak Performance, is coming to JSC this spring and will focus on how to maximize student potential through healthy choices and behaviors, with the ultimate goal being to change the culture at JSC. “The objective of the course is for students to play a role in developing...

College hopes to host Relay for Life in April

College hopes to host Relay for Life in April

By Kayla Friedrich

December 6, 2012

A community executive for the American Cancer Society was on campus Thurs., Nov. 29, to discuss the possibility of Johnson State College hosting Relay for Life next semester. The Relay for Life event is being coordinated by Donne Rae Decatur, community executive of development for the American Cancer...

One night, $260

One night, $260

By Justin Little

December 6, 2012

The Break Away date auction on Oct. 16 was for a good cause. Break Away leaders Danielle Hoppe and Kailie Gulino arranged the event this year to fund the November trip to New Orleans, where they planned to help repair houses and learn more about the importance of art in the community. Gulino said...

Lamoille Family Center plans move for 2015

By Drew Bressel

December 6, 2012

The Lamoille Family Center is expanding to a larger facility to provide more opportunities for teens, young adults and their families. The move, however, is still three to four years away due to zoning and fundraising issues, said Executive Director Scott Johnson. According to Johnson, the Family...

Undercover (sort of) DLC agent targets binge drinking on campus

Undercover (sort of) DLC agent targets binge drinking on campus

Michelle Sawyers

November 15, 2012

Young and casually dressed, she could easily be mistaken for a JSC student, and that’s just the way she wants it. Meet Kari Tucker, a Vermont State Police officer working with the Department of Liquor Control (DLC). She has joined forces with Johnson State’s Public Safety, and her mission is...

Projects done for now: village sighs with relief

Projects done for now:  village sighs with relief

Mesa Aupperlee

November 15, 2012

Route 15 in Johnson has been under construction for several years. The end is finally in sight with all major construction now finished and a final paving planned for the summer of 2014. New streetlights, bike racks, and sidewalks now line Main Street along with new crosswalks and other improvements. The...

Welfare Brat Mary Childers recalls hard climb from poverty

Welfare Brat Mary Childers recalls hard climb from poverty

Mesa Aupperlee

November 15, 2012

Mary Childers, author and ombudsperson at Dartmouth, brought an intensely personal first-hand account of growing up in rough poverty as she discussed her book, “Welfare Brat: a Memoir” at JSC on Nov. 7. Her message was about much more than her book, however; she shed light on subjects like the...

SERVE Fri helps get in the wood for the Lamoille County Firewood Project

SERVE Fri helps get in the wood for the Lamoille County Firewood Project

Justin Little

November 15, 2012

As part of Johnson State College’s SERVE Friday volunteer group, I assisted with the Lamoille County Firewood Project on Fri., Nov. 2. Though we were a few weeks late for the initial volunteer drive, there were still Lamoille citizens who needed our help. Our group consisted of SERVE coordinators...

Spring semester sees modest cuts in part-time sections

Kayla Friedrich

November 15, 2012

Reflecting declining revenues tied to a drop in enrollment this fall, Academic Dean Dan Regan has asked department chairs to make a collective $75,000 reduction in part-time and overload faculty expenditures for the spring semester. This $75,000, according to Regan, represents only 2.9 percent of...

Laraway goes solar

Laraway goes solar

Mesa Aupperlee

November 15, 2012

Laraway Youth and Family Services has installed 10 new solar trackers on its campus. Laraway is a non-profit agency offering alternative education, therapeutic foster care and public school-based intervention programs to at-risk children and youth from all parts of Vermont. In 2011 Laraway relocated...

Biomass could save the college big bucks

Biomass could save the college big bucks

Jasmyn Carpentier

November 15, 2012

Engineer Richard Hahn paid a visit to JSC’s campus on Wed., Nov. 7, to talk about his growing business, Pelletco, and how the Johnson State College campus could benefit from its services. Pelletco is a company that installs pellet-burning fuel systems into large buildings such as schools, hotels,...

Staying warm costs cold hard cash

Justin Little

November 15, 2012

As Johnson State College transitions from fall to winter, the cost of heating an entire campus becomes a top priority issue. According to Green Solutions Advisor Russ Weis, 2011’s total projected heating costs will be $403, 274.85, using 145, 676 gallons of oil. “We have contracted for a maximum...

Cop turns ghost hunter

Cop turns ghost hunter

Lindsay Brown

November 15, 2012

When Stacey Jones was 6 years old, her mother told her a story about how she had once seen her deceased father at the front of the classroom on the first day of school. From then on, Jones knew she wanted to be involved with the paranormal and give her mother an answer as to what exactly she saw because...

W[h]ither IT?: Long-term concerns come to a head after faculty meeting

W[h]ither IT?: Long-term concerns come to a head after faculty meeting

News Analysis by Don Eaton

November 1, 2012

Johnson State College has a problem, it’s not quite sure what that problem is, and it’s not quite sure how to solve it, but almost every member of this community knows it exists-- and where it exists. It pulses like a blinking cursor: the problem is our Information Technology. The Faculty Assembly...

Presentation highlights internships

Presentation highlights internships

Justin Little

November 1, 2012

Professor of Environmental and Health Sciences Brad Moskowitz believes that internships are a critical way for students to apply what they have learned in college to a real professional environment. The evidence for that belief was on display Oct. 25, when he hosted a showcase of successful internships in...

ECHO race exhibit included as Creative Audience event

ECHO race exhibit included as Creative Audience event

Lindsay Brown

November 1, 2012

The ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington will be hosting the exhibit, “RACE: Are We So Different?” until Jan. 27. This exhibition was developed and produced by the American Anthropological Association with funding from the Ford Foundation and National Science Foundation. A flier...

Freshman enrollment down

Mesa Aupperlee

November 1, 2012

Each fall enrollment numbers are collected and turned into the US Census Bureau. On average the JSC welcomes 276 new students a year. The number of incoming freshman this fall according to official census numbers released on Oct. 15 are the lowest the college has seen in five years at 240 students,...

Harris, Sodexo put focus on sustainability

Harris, Sodexo put focus on sustainability

Jasmyn Carpentier

November 1, 2012

What is sustainability? That was the question asked of the audience at the campus sustainability day address on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Few attempted to take on the answer of the proposed question, and those who did didn’t seem to have the correct definition. Sustainability, in terms of environmental...

Blood drive boosts much-needed regional supplies

Blood drive boosts much-needed regional supplies

Drew Bressel

November 1, 2012

The Oct. 27 blood couldn’t have been more timely. According to Graduate Assistant Tara Robinson, who coordinated the blood drive at JSC, donations were down regionally about 200 units in October. Last Thursday’s drive yielded 138 pints, which while short of last fall’s drive total of 154 units,...

Mireault appears on PBS series

Mireault appears on  PBS series

Don Eaton

November 1, 2012

Scientific research currently being conducted at Johnson State College has been highlighted and broadcast to over 100 countries around the world thanks to a recent episode of NOVA scienceNOW, an award-winning spin-off of the venerable science show, NOVA. Gina Mireault, a professor of psychology in...

Cannon works to involve students in leadership and alcohol awareness

Cannon works to involve students in leadership and alcohol awareness

Spencer van Gennep

November 1, 2012

Kristin Cannon is Johnson State College’s new coordinator of student athlete development and also assistant women’s soccer coach. As coordinator of student athlete development, Cannon provides a support system for student athletes on campus. “I’m here to provide skill support in terms of academics,...

Vermont’s silent voices

Vermont’s silent voices

Mariah Howland

November 1, 2012

They are all around us, but we do not see them. They help produce the food we feed our families, yet they labor under often difficult conditions without the protection of the laws we take for granted because they must live outside the law. On Nov. 14, JSC will host the showing of “Silenced Voices,”...

Media Arts major creates digital literacy, starting next spring

Media Arts major creates digital literacy, starting next spring

Tom Benton

November 1, 2012

  Hurricane Sandy’s violent winds rush across the screen in the MARS Lab. The website projected on the screen shows wind direction and speed across America. The website says it’s 2:59. It’s actually 4:00. Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Sean Clute steps away from his animation class...

JSC video instructor wins international award

JSC video instructor wins international  award

Mesa Aupperlee

November 1, 2012

Jacqueline Langley, videography instructor at JSC, won the 2012 International Communicator Award, Silver Award of Distinction, for her company’s video “Heartbeet Lifesharing Community.” The video tells the story of Heartbeet Lifesharing community. Located in Hardwick, Vt., Heartbeet is a residential...

Discovery Program seeks volunteers

Amber Fitzgerald

October 30, 2012

The college is seeking volunteers for a new mentoring opportunity, The Discovery Program, which will focus on middle-school students who learn better with a more hands-on approach. Mentors will actively work with the students on various activities such as helping with homework, playing various sports,...

Cross-country coach Sean Woods weighs in

Cross-country coach Sean Woods weighs in

Patrick Dunn

October 18, 2012

 What is your previous coaching experience before Johnson State? I have coached high school, at Spaulding high school in Barre for 21 years. Cross country and track and field. And before that I had coached in Massachusetts for a while. Just looking at the records this season, for either team, they...

Westman focuses on health care

Westman focuses on health care

Don Eaton

October 18, 2012

Freshman State Senator Rich Westman is seeking re-election on Nov. 6, and he said the three most important issues for him in the next session are health care, transportation projects in Lamoille County, and the cloud computing issue. Addressing health care, Westman described what he sees as problems...

Woodward sets priorities

Woodward sets priorities

Don Eaton

October 18, 2012

State Representative Mark Woodward, (D) Lamoille County, who is seeking re-election, cites health care reform, education funding, and high-speed internet as the three most important issues for the upcoming session. "That would be my number one priority, health care reform," Woodward said. Woodward f...

Federation slams 311 investigation findings

Federation slams 311 investigation findings

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

October 18, 2012

The Vermont State Colleges Faculty Federation has issued a statement asserting that the Policy 311 investigation into allegations that JSC Professor Fred Wiseman harassed former JSC student Nicole Daigneault was "not conducted in a fair or balanced manner." The statement reads as follows: "While the Fa...

A lifetime in politics and the classroom

A lifetime in politics and the classroom

Lindsay Brown

October 6, 2012

Professor of Humanities William (Bill) Doyle, has served as a Vermont state senator for Washington County since 1969 and has taught a wide array of political science, government, and history courses at JSC for 54 years. He graduated from Princeton University and went on to get his Ed.D from Columbia...

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