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Bataille looks back on Rwanda

Bataille looks back on Rwanda

Lindsay Brown

September 10, 2012

Ally Bataille wants to make a difference. This past April she returned to Johnson from her three-and- a- half-month stint in Rwanda volunteering at Le Enfants de Dieu, a center for street boys outside of Kigali. Her stay in Rwanda affected not only herself, but all of the children she helped at the center....

Questions surround college’s response to sexual harassment allegations

Questions surround college’s response to sexual harassment allegations

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

September 10, 2012

UPDATED 12 September 2012 Although a committee investigating a Johnson State College student’s accusations of sexual harassment by a JSC professor issued its findings in May 2012, repercussions of that report continue to be felt on the college’s campus more than three months later. Former JSC...

Class of 2016 marches into Dibden

Class of 2016 marches into Dibden

Mariah Howland

September 7, 2012

Incoming students were formally welcomed to Johnson State College at the convocation ceremony on Aug. 27. Under a brilliant sunny sky, the class of 2016 marched across campus from SHAPE to the Dibden Center for the Arts. Following a performance of JSC’s "Alma Mater" by the Chorale (led by Assistant...

Lower Pond restoration finished

Lower Pond restoration finished

Donny Eaton

September 7, 2012

The repairs and renovations to JSC’s Lower Pond are complete, the remaining task of filling the campus landmark now falling to Mother Nature. JSC drained the pond in the summer of 2011 after a routine inspection by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Division of Dam Safety determined the pond...

Hopes still alive for a new market in Johnson village

Lindsay Brown

September 7, 2012

A survey to gather information regarding a new grocery store in Johnson has been scrapped although according to the Friends of Johnson newsletter, town officials “remain cautiously optimistic that we can help to make the grocery store in downtown Johnson a reality.” That hope hinges most recently...

Coffee House grinds to a halt

Justin Little

September 7, 2012

Coffee House, which in years past has provided a small-space musical venue for a host of local and regional bands on Thursday nights in Stearns Stage Space, has been scrapped. According to Director of Student Activities and Community Service Krista Swahn, this change was made after careful consideration...

Arthurs gets a rehab

Arthurs  gets a rehab

Justin Little

September 7, 2012

Several of the dorm buildings on Johnson State College’s campus have been updated over the last summer, some with new fixtures and others with new policies. The most notable updates have happened to Arthurs, the campus’s designated substance-free dorm. Most noticeably, there is now a wall at the...

Late Night sees extensive changes

Mariah Howland

September 7, 2012

Of all the dining services offered at JSC, Late Night was the program most affected by the changeover from Aramark to Sodexo. Formerly a retail grab-and-go store in the Stearns Stage Space, Late Night sold prepackaged snacks, Ben and Jerry’s pints, and drinks, as well as a la carte food such as...

Benefit set to raise money for local woman

Dylan Archbold

September 7, 2012

Julie Longley-Gillen is sick, and she needs your help. On Saturday afternoon, Sept. 8, at 4:30, a series of events will be held to benefit Longley-Gillen and her family at the Lamoille County Field Days Harlow Hall. According to event organizers, any amount of financial aid would help them. A dance...

WJSC reboots

WJSC reboots

Mesa Aupperlee

September 7, 2012

WJSC 90.7 Freeform Radio is back after nearly a year of awkward silence. About a dozen students and other community members gathered in Stearns on Tuesday Sept. 4, to begin mapping the future of the college’s radio station. Scheduling, rules, regulations, new equipment and training were all considered...

Two new full-time professors join faculty

Two new full-time professors join faculty

Mariah Howland

September 7, 2012

Two new full-time faculty members—associate professors David Plazek and Amy Welch—join JSC this year. The professors specialize in political science and health sciences, respectively. Raised in Pennsylvania, Plazek earned his doctorate at West Virginia University. In 2006 he moved to Vermont to ...

Visual Arts Center celebrates reopening

Visual Arts Center celebrates reopening

Shannon Edmonds

May 3, 2012

On Thursday, April 19, a crowd of students, faculty, staff, alumni, VSC trustees and administration crowded around the entrance of the new VAC building for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Opening remarks were made by President Barbara Murphy, Chair of the Board of Trustees Gary Moore, VSC Chancellor...

Ellsworth lecture brings Civil War to life

Ellsworth lecture brings Civil War to life

Anna Maria Liccione

May 3, 2012

On April 17, Civil War historian and author William L. McKone of Cambridge presented the 28th Annual Ellsworth Lecture. Preceding the lecture, McKone organized a living history event on campus. From 1-5 p.m., a Civil War encampment could be seen on the green outside the WLLC. Multiple tents were set...

“Ay, Cuba!” A perfect trip…until the U.S. border

“Ay, Cuba!”  A perfect trip…until the U.S. border

Shannon Edmonds

May 3, 2012

Twenty-two students, faculty, and staf traveled to Havana, Cuba, over April vacation. By all accounts, the trip went smoothly until its return to the U.S. border at Highgate Springs, Vt., where all items brought back from Cuba were seized by customs officials despite the legality of the trip and clear...

Camp Abnaki celebrates 40 years of service

Camp Abnaki celebrates 40 years of service

Donny Eaton

May 3, 2012

  The Johnson State College Camp Abnaki Program, which began in 1972, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this spring. A commemorative celebration is planned for Wed., May 16, in the middle of the week-long course. Every year for the past four decades JSC students have run the outdoor education...

Lower Pond rehab work begins

Lower Pond rehab work begins

Donny Eaton

May 3, 2012

The construction to repair and restore the Lower Pond is finally underway. Walker Construction of Waterbury began site work Mon, April 23. The pond was drained last summer after the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Division of Dam Safety determined that the 40-year old dam no longer met its requirements. The...

Baranyay steps into new data management post

Baranyay steps into new data management post

Donny Eaton

May 3, 2012

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations has recently filled its newly created position of Database Manager with Lisa Baranyay, who began her new job about 4 weeks ago. The database, called Razor’s Edge, contains information regarding alumni and donors, is essential to the efforts of the office,...

Cambridge Music Festival set for July 21 at Boyden

Cambridge Music Festival set for July 21 at Boyden

Anna Maria Liccione

May 3, 2012

Last May, something besides coffee was brewing at the Mix Café in Jeffersonville. Justin Marsh was chatting with a regular customer on the back deck about their mutual love for Grace Potter. Potter’s “Grand Point North Tour” had just been announced, and they were lamenting the fact that there...

Farm Store moves to Jeffersonville village

Farm Store moves to Jeffersonville village

Leisa Kelsey

May 3, 2012

For those seeking to buy local, organic, healthy foods, Jennifer Bishop’s Farm Store, which opened in March, offers a local option. Bishop originally created a farm stand at Waiora Farm in 2010 and soon started adding on different products from local farms in the area. It soon evolved into more...

ECE celebrates innovative learning

ECE celebrates innovative learning

Mariah Howland

May 3, 2012

The 6th annual Extended Classroom Experience event showcased JSC’s student involvement and innovative learning environments to throngs of prospective students on April 13. The event featured presentations by individual classes, student projects, teams, and clubs all together in the SHAPE Center’s...

Witte-Townsend retires

Witte-Townsend retires

Leisa Kelsey

May 3, 2012

Teaching teachers to teach is what Professor of Education Darlene Witte-Townsend does and has done for much of her life, but after 38 years in teaching, 19 of which have been at JSC, she has decided to retire. By any standard, Witte-Townsend has been very busy. New articles are being published and...

Community meals to continue with Sodexo

Leisa Kelsey

May 3, 2012

The Community Meals program at the Johnson United Church will continue with its regular bi-weekly schedule despite worries of its termination when the Vermont State College system announced it had signed a contract with a new food service provider, Sedexo. Uncertainty over the program was never an...

Reeve, Reynolds and Griswold retire

Reeve, Reynolds and Griswold retire

Leisa Kelsey

May 3, 2012

“Are you going to print this?” That is the first response given by those interviewed about the soon-to-be-retiring Walter Reeve, circulation coordinator at the Willey Library and Learning Center. All agreed on his propensity to talk and that he is always in a good mood. “He makes me laugh,”...

Convocation honors excellence

Mariah Howland

May 3, 2012

At least 300 students, alumni, donors and family members filled Dibden Center for the Arts April 26 for the annual JSC Honors Convocation award ceremony. For over two hours, the college celebrated achievements across the community, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni. First on the roster...

Faculty Assembly approves new Gen.Ed.

Leisa Kelsey

May 3, 2012

At its April meeting, The JSC Faculty Assembly gave final approval to a new general education program, which will take effect in fall 2013. Designers of the program hope that it will strengthen the college’s emphasis on a liberal arts education. Those working on the new model wanted it to be more...

Poster Girl: Bearing witness to the horrors of war and its aftermath

Poster Girl: Bearing witness to the horrors of war and its aftermath

Donny Eaton

April 12, 2012

  A packed house at JSC’s Bentley 207 on Tuesday, Mar. 27, sat stunned and appalled, both during the documentary “Poster Girl” and afterwards, listening to the director and the star answer questions from the crowd. A palpable tension enveloped the room as the documentary rolled. While...

Talent show raises funds with fun

Talent show raises funds with fun

Anna Maria Liccione

April 12, 2012

On Wednesday March 28, the Break Away group, “Food, Justice and Youth,” held a Talent Show fundraiser in Stearns Performance space to raise money for their Spring Breakaway trip to Washington D.C. A relatively informal event, guests were asked for a $3 donation at the door. There was also a 50/50...

Dolci, Mireault and Haverkamp awarded new round of research grants

Dolci, Mireault and  Haverkamp awarded new round of research grants

Donny Eaton

April 12, 2012

Three professors at JSC have just been awarded another year’s worth of grant money to continue their ongoing research projects. The money comes from The National Institute of Health (NIH) through the Vermont Genetics Network (VGN) in the form of INBRE (Idea Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence)...

Fall book chosen

Fall book chosen

Shannon Edmonds

April 12, 2012

The Common Book for JSC’s next batch of freshman will be “420 Characters,” written by Lou Beach. The book was selected by committee, which included Director of First-Year Experience Margo Warden, Assistant Professor of Writing and Literature Jacob White, Assistant Professor of Education Kathleen...

Learning beyond the walls

Learning beyond the walls

Donny Eaton, Staff Reporter, Copy Editor

April 12, 2012

The sixth annual showcase for the Extended Classroom Experience, JSC 101, happens this Friday, April 13, in the SHAPE Center, and both gymnasiums are expected to be packed with students, families, faculty, staff, community partners, guests, donors, and, perhaps most importantly, prospective students....

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