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NVU internship requirements on the rise

NVU internship requirements on the rise

Adriana Eldred

October 29, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,...

Chef Michael stresses local sourcing

Chef Michael stresses local sourcing

Kylie Brown

September 18, 2018

Among many other changes occurring on the Johnson campus, Northern Vermont University welcomes new chef, Michael Klein. Klein began his career working for a restaurant associated with the CIA (Culinary Institute of America), located in New York. He then furthered his craft by working with a certified...

Merger brings IT improvements

Merger brings IT improvements

Rebecca Flieder

September 18, 2018

Since the NVU merger in July, IT has worked to unify the two campuses digitally. According to Michael Dente, chief technology officer for both NVU campuses, not only does this mean a more cohesive system for Johnson and Lyndon, but new alignments between the two campuses’ IT policies. Four years...

About each other

About each other

Jessica Malskis, President of the Student Government Association

May 11, 2018

Note: This article is from the SGA Seniors Shavonna Bent and Katharine Abdel-Fatah have been two of the hardest working, intelligent, dedicated, and inspiring students Johnson’s campus has seen. When speaking to either of them, you would never know just how much they do considering how humble, swee...

Public Safety officer receives Freda Hebb award

Adriana Eldred

May 10, 2018

Freda Hebb is a JSC alum from the class of 1925 who worked at the college for almost 40 years as the president’s secretary, as well as a one-person registrar, bookkeeper, personal and business manager, taking on more than fit in her job description. Her legacy lives on today, in the Freda Hebb Room...

BFA exhibits up through May 12

BFA exhibits up through May 12

Story and photo by Agathe Fredette

May 10, 2018

On Thursday, May 3, Johnson State College seniors Kali Covell, Mikayla Messier and Forest Mattern presented their senior Bachelor of Fine Arts thesis exhibitions and accompanying artist talks. On the rainy spring afternoon, the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery was packed with students, teachers, faculty,...

Symposium highlights multiple disciplines

Symposium highlights multiple disciplines

Story and photo by Phil O'Neil

May 10, 2018

Johnson State College’s second annual student symposium went off without a hitch, prefacing several full-length performances and presentations that will close out the semester for a few dozen seniors. The symposium provides a unique opportunity for students to learn and practice professional etiquette...

SERVE increasing community service events

Patrick Bell

May 10, 2018

Another year is in the books for SERVE as they continue to work with groups in the Johnson area to better life here in this small community. Andie Flavel, graduate assistant for leadership and service, took over SERVE at the beginning of the school year and hasn’t looked back, organizing and planning...

Drag show stays abreast of spring fashions

Drag show stays abreast of spring fashions

Story and photo by Adriana Eldred

May 10, 2018

Johnson State College hosted their second annual Drag Show Competition in the Stearns Performance Space on Friday, April 27. Hosted by professional drag queens Emoji Nightmare and Nikki Champagne, this competition features a drag make up tutorial a few hours before show time, several hilarious performances...

On the alternative edge: CBD offers hope

On the alternative edge: CBD  offers hope

Story and photo by Phil O'Neil

May 10, 2018

While some Vermonters are gearing up for the legalization of recreational marijuana use that kicks into effect on July 1, others may have already noticed a sharp increase in the number of “green” products around the state. Cannabidiol, or CBD, products have been legal in Vermont since 2013 when...

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