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New HAs for Arthur and Martinetti

New HAs for Arthur and Martinetti

Mariah Howland

February 7, 2013

  Two new Hall Advisors have joined JSC this semester, replacing Alexis King and Dominic Foti after they stepped down to focus on academics. Allie O’Hara and Aleda Boomhower respectively supervise Arthur Hall and Martinetti. A graduate student studying counseling, O’Hara earned her undergra...

Behavioral Sciences department launches search for one new full-time position

Mesa Aupperlee

February 7, 2013

The Behavioral Sciences department has begun a search to hire one new full-time faculty member to replace retiring professors, Bill Brower and Jerry Himmelstein. The committee is focused on finding one full-time staff member that can ideally fill both roles. In theory the new hire might be playing doub...

“Bees” a part of Black History Month

Anna Maria Liccione

February 7, 2013

On Feb. 20, at 8:00 p.m., American Place Theater, a New York City-based theater company, is returning to JSC to perform "The Secret Life of Bees." a novel published in 2002. This one-woman show is part of APT’s award-winning Literature to Life program, which presents professionally staged verbatim adaptations ...

Scat workshop offers focused fecal field study

Scat workshop offers focused fecal field study

Don Eaton

February 7, 2013

JSC was honored with a visit from the state’s foremost expert on scat. No, she is neither the legendary crooner Mel Torme nor a politician. She is Sue Morse, and if you’ve never heard of her, it might be time to get out from under your rock, where, by the way, she could find you without even trying...

Late Night changes reflect student input

Late Night changes reflect student input

Mariah Howland

February 6, 2013

In response to student feedback, JSC Dining Services has once again changed the Late Night. The updates to the program include a new location in the Stearns coffee shop, a menu that reflects the grab-and-go vibe of last year’s Late Night, and additional items to the menu, such as personal pizzas mad...

Russo moves on

Russo moves on

Anna Maria Liccione

February 6, 2013

On Friday, Feb. 18, Johnson State College said goodbye to seven-year employee Tim Russo, financial aid counselor. Russo recently accepted a position at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. Russo said that although this was a tough decision for him, he knew that this was as good a time as any to make a...

Shumlin proposes increased funding for Vt. higher education

Shumlin proposes increased funding for Vt. higher education

Lindsay Brown

February 6, 2013

In November 2012, the SGA sponsored a discussion on higher education funding in Vermont that was attended by both students and faculty. On January 10, 2013 Governor Peter Shumlin focused his Inaugural Address almost entirely on education. Education, particularly higher education, is a largely contemplated issu...

SGA to focus on Casino Night and VSC funding

SGA to focus on Casino Night and VSC funding

Michelle Sawyers

February 6, 2013

The Student Government Association will focus on a variety of topics this spring ranging from the annual Casino night fundraiser to increasing state support for the Vermont State Colleges. "The SGA’s biggest focus this semester will be Casino Night, said SGA President Shane Bouthillette. Johnson...

Lane’s now open

Lane’s now open

Lindsay Brown

February 6, 2013

Shawn Lane has always been interested in and working on computers and the go-to guy for all computer fix-its for his friends and family for years. But now he says, "You know what; I’m tired of making money for other people. Let’s make money for myself." So he has taken a chance and opened a shop c...

Jerry Mitchell’s quest for justice: Investigative journalist goes after civil rights-era cold cases

Jerry Mitchell’s quest for justice: Investigative journalist goes after civil rights-era cold cases

Thomas Benton

February 6, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. is projected on the screen in Bentley 207 when Jerry Mitchell, speaking on Feb. 4 as part of JSC’s Black History Month events, says he has a problem with Black History Month. "And that problem is this," Mitchell says. "It’s our history. Not black or white history. It’s...

Ellsworth Lecture set for Mar. 20

Jasmyn Carpentier

February 6, 2013

The Ellsworth Trust has selected a speaker for this year’s Ellsworth Trust lecture, a 2010 JSC alum with a degree in history and Ellsworth scholar, Scott McDowell. Currently, McDowell is enrolled in a graduate program at UVM, and will return to JSC to give his lecture. "He was chosen as this year's lectu...

Gov to SGA Prez: Don’t expect much change in VSC funding this year

Gov to SGA Prez: Don’t expect much change in VSC funding this year

By Don Eaton

December 6, 2012

Johnson State College SGA President Shane Bouthillette led a group of VSC students to the office of Jeb Spaulding, Governor Shumlin’s secretary of administration, Tuesday, Nov. 13, where they were told by Spaulding and the governor that the VSC – Johnson, Lyndon, Castleton, Vermont Tech and Community...

Himelstein to become “old retired person”

Himelstein to become “old retired person”

By Justin Little

December 6, 2012

With his languid drawl, extravagant moustache and ready laugh, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences Jerry Himelstein has become an almost iconic presence in McClelland Hall during the past six years, but that will all end in May when he retires. “One of the biggest things I’ll miss is him...

Pomerleau and Comeau close to market deal

Pomerleau and Comeau close to market deal

By Lindsay Brown

December 6, 2012

It’s been a frustrating journey of hope and disappointments, but it now appears that a new supermarket will occupy the vacant site of the former Grand Union in Johnson, empty since a flood forced the store to close in April 2011. According to village officials, it is estimated that six months after...

Bill Brower to retire after 34 years at JSC

Bill Brower to retire after 34 years at JSC

By Mesa Aupperlee

December 6, 2012

Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences Dr. Bill Brower, the college’s resident anthropologist, is retiring in May after 34 years of teaching at JSC. “Bill is an extraordinary teacher and stellar human being,” said Susan Green, Professor of Behavioral Sciences. “ He is the kindest and gentlest...

A smoke-free campus? Maybe, but not just yet

A smoke-free campus? Maybe, but not just yet

Amber Fitzgerald

December 6, 2012

It’s coming. Well, maybe. The subject of turning JSC into a smoke-free campus has come up in College Council meetings during the past few years, and the idea seems to be taking hold among some elements at the college. Creating a smoke-free campus isn’t something unheard of. According to Americans...

Murphy reflects on the current year in college address

Murphy reflects on the current year in college address

By Lindsay Brown

December 6, 2012

Following Thanksgiving break, college president Barbara Murphy addressed students and faculty on Nov. 26 to give her annual State of the College address, outlining both accomplishments and challenges. “State of the College address has a pretty fancy ring to it,” said Murphy. “So I like to think...

JSC’s website to get a total rehab

Don Eaton

December 6, 2012

Depending upon whom you talk with, Johnson State College’s website is outdated, or difficult and labor-intensive to maintain, or fails to project a cutting-edge image to prospective students. Everyone, it seems, can agree on one thing: it’s time for a complete overhaul of www.jsc.edu. “We’re...

Rep. Woodward supports pot decriminalization

Rep. Woodward supports pot decriminalization

News analysis by Don Eaton

December 6, 2012

Recently re-elected state representative for Johnson, Mark Woodward, reacted on Tuesday, Nov. 27, to Governor Shumlin’s press conference earlier that same day. Shumlin had just dropped a bombshell. “He said in his press conference he thought this year we would work through some very tricky things,...

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,...

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