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VTC reboots nursing program in Lamoille County

Phil O'Neil-St. Pierre

March 15, 2018


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This fall, Lamoille County residents will once again be able to pursue a nursing degree locally through Vermont Technical College. The nine-student cohort will utilize a new telecommunications classroom on the Johnson State College campus, funded by a USDA grant, and will be able to complete their...

Badgers in Boulder Creek

Badgers in Boulder Creek

Adriana Eldred

March 15, 2018


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During February break, the Badger Alternative Breaks programs set off to fulfill their community service hours, including the service group that went to Boulder Creek, California. There, the group of 10 students became camp councilors for YMCA’s Camp Campbell, a three-day intensive experience for inner-city...

Growin’ Dat in Nola

Growin’ Dat in Nola

Phil O'Neil-St. Pierre

March 15, 2018


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Inclement weather gave a group of Johnson students a couple of extra sunny days in New Orleans when they were there for a week-long service trip as part of the Badger Alternative Breaks program. Seniors Shannon McDuff and Kali Covell led the group of 10, whose focus this year was on hunger and food...

Faculty sabbaticals announced

Faculty sabbaticals announced

Agathe Fredette

March 15, 2018


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This semester, four Johnson State College professors were granted sabbaticals for one or more semesters of the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. Each of these professors was granted these sabbaticals to pursue a variety of academic endeavors, personal pursuits and projects, and travel plans. Dr. Greg...

Sodexo: upping its hours and services

Sodexo: upping its hours and services

Adriana Eldred

March 15, 2018


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Sodexo has recently implemented a new schedule for their serving hours: all day, from 7:30am to 4:30pm. During the expanded times, students will have access to the continental breakfast, grill, salad bar, pizza station, deli and dessert sections. While the change seems sudden, Tom Fondakowski, general...

Two new members join Vermont State Colleges System board of trustees

Two new members join Vermont State Colleges System board of trustees

Phil O'Neil-St. Pierre

March 15, 2018


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`Last month, two Johnson State College alumni were elected to four-year terms on the Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees. David Silverman, president and CEO of Union Bank, was approved by the board to take the place of former chair Martha O’Connor. Vermont State Representative Dylan...

Be-longing for Justice Initiative still here after a year

Be-longing for Justice Initiative still here after a year

Adriana Eldred

February 20, 2018


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Johnson’s demonstrators have become a familiar sight, at least for anyone passing through Main Street on Tuesday afternoons between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6 was a crisp evening with friendly snowflakes falling like cotton balls from the dimming sky, only highlighted in the soft light pooling from...

Legal pot poses potential public safety problems for police

Legal pot poses potential public safety problems for police

Phil O'Neil-St. Pierre

February 20, 2018


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While Governor Phil Scott’s signing of marijuana legalization bill H.511 was the culmination of years of hard work and cause of celebration for many, it presents an entirely new set of challenges for law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Law enforcement officials remained steadfast in their...

Beach guiding JSC’s summer Portugal trip

Beach guiding JSC’s summer Portugal trip

Richard Ahlgrim

February 20, 2018


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Have you ever dreamed of taking a long stroll along Lisbon’s magnificent waterfront bathed in the famous Iberian sunlight with the one and only Jensen Beach? For some students, this dream could come true on this summer’s Portugal trip. From July 1-14, Assistant Professor of Writing and Literature...

Maple Syrup Club seeks tapping approval

Maple Syrup Club seeks tapping approval

Adriana Eldred

February 20, 2018


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According to Vermont.gov, Vermont produces 47 percent of the country’s maple syrup products. This may be why the Maple Syrup Club is the newest addition to the campus’s club selection. Junior Heidi Serrano initially conceived this club. “We were all sitting around, having breakfast like always,”...

NVU solidifies new class schedule

NVU solidifies new class schedule

Richard Ahlgrim

February 20, 2018


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As the college gets closer to its last graduation as Johnson State College, preparations are accelerating for a new era as Northern Vermont University. Administration, faculty and staff are working through a variety of challenges ranging from creating a shared general education program to significant...

JSC awarded distance learning grant

JSC awarded distance learning grant

Phil O'Neil-St. Pierre

February 20, 2018


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Last month, Johnson State College (JSC) was awarded a grant by the USDA’s Rural Utility Services division for the expansion of its distance learning programs. The approximately $389,000 will be used to purchase video and desktop conferencing equipment that will enable students to participate in...

Sterling Market sold to Associated Grocers of New England

Sterling Market sold to Associated Grocers of New England

Phil O'Neil-St. Pierre

February 20, 2018


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Last month, Mike Comeau finalized the sale of his five Vermont grocery stores to the Associated Grocers of New England (AGNE), which included Johnson’s Sterling Market, Village Market in Waterbury, Shelburne Market, Jericho Market and Comeau’s first store, the Richmond Market. AGNE is a New Hampshire-based...

Jumping for recovery

Jumping for recovery

Adriana Eldred

February 20, 2018


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The Polar Splash took place on Lake Elmore on Saturday, Feb. 10 on a clear, chilly day. Spectators gathered around the six-foot-long triangular hole in the ice, where people clad in Hawaiian shirts, wigs, face paint and other costumes took the leap to raise money for the Northern Central Recovery Center. NCRC...

Creative Audience programming offers a wide range of options

Creative Audience programming offers a wide range of options

Adriana Eldred

February 8, 2018


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Emily Neilson, director of Creative Audience, and Margo Warden, director of the first-year experience office, have prepared a new line-up of Creative Audience events, providing what they both hope will be explorative and inspirational experiences. These events will include presentations, dance and stage...

Pot legalization raises questions

Pot legalization raises questions

Phil O'Neil-St.Pierre

February 8, 2018


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January was an exciting and historic month for the Vermont Legislature as they made nationwide headlines, becoming the first state to legalize recreational marijuana through legislation. Lawmakers wasted no time, taking up the bill on the first day of the 2018 session, passing it with surprising haste. The...

Mr. and Miss JSC pageant set for March 16: no experience necessary

Mr. and Miss JSC pageant set for March 16: no experience necessary

February 8, 2018


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JSC undergraduate student Amber Dutkiewicz is hoping to put together a Mr. and Miss JSC pageant to take place in Dibden on March 16. Dutkiewicz says she is excited to put together something for the campus that it hasn’t seen much of. When she chose to do this pageant as her senior project, she chose...

Hindes elected new chair of VSCS board of trustees

Hindes elected new chair of VSCS board of trustees

Richard Ahlgrim

February 8, 2018


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On Tuesday, Jan.9, the Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS) Board of Trustees elected J. Churchill Hindes by unanimous vote to be chairman of the board following the resignation of his predecessor, Martha O’Connor, who has nevertheless agreed to remain on the board. O’Connor is credited with...

IT changes leave frustration in their wake

IT changes leave frustration in their wake

Phil O’Neil-St. Pierre

February 8, 2018


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Since returning from break, students, staff and faculty have noticed a sharp increase in the number of times they’re asked for their login credentials on the Vermont State Colleges portal. This, along with some other issues, comes as a result of an extensive upgrade done to the identity management...

Professor Bill Doyle to retire

Professor Bill Doyle to retire

Tom O'Leary

February 8, 2018


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“After more than 40 years teaching Political Science at Johnson State College, I’ve decided it’s time for me to retire,” wrote JSC professor and former Vermont State Senator Bill Doyle in his retirement announcement to Vermont State Colleges System Chancellor Jeb Spaulding on Jan. 25, 2018. Doyle...

Chancellor: VSCS not going to pot

Chancellor: VSCS not going to pot

Phil O'Neil -St..Pierre

February 8, 2018


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Despite a landmark change in the state’s prohibition of marijuana, there will be no change in policy at the Vermont State Colleges. In a letter sent out to the VSC community, Chancellor Jeb Spaulding reiterated that despite the change in state law, possession, use and cultivation of marijuana would...

Butt out

Butt out

Kylie Brown

December 13, 2017


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Smoking is a choice, quitting is an even better one. With the upcoming smoking ban on the Johnson State College campus, cigarette smokers might want to consider a few methods to help quit smoking. For JSC smokers, it will become increasingly difficult to be a smoker on campus, especially in the...

iWOW coming to JSC

Shannon Rooney

December 13, 2017


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iWOW, otherwise known as Incubator Without Walls, is an existing program at Lyndon State College for students looking to gain experience, money and or credits through practical application involving work with small businesses, and will soon be a part of Johnson State’s campus as well. The Incubator...

Business department trip to India set for May

Business department trip to India set for May

Jacob Greenia

December 13, 2017


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Business Practice and Civic Engagement (BUS-3125-J01) is set for its launch in spring of 2017. The class will culminate in a trip to India a day after commencement on May 19 through May 30 and fulfills students’ civic perspectives credits for their general education requirement. Students will be...

Last supper for JSC winter grads

Last supper for JSC winter grads

Nellie Tamboe

December 13, 2017


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The end of this semester also marks the end of a college career for some Johnson State College students. On Dec. 20, the school will be hosting its annual commencement dinner for the August and December graduates. While many of them will also walk in May, the small ceremony held in Stearns is nevertheless...

Giving Tuesday results best of any year yet

Giving Tuesday results best of any year yet

Patrick Bell

December 13, 2017


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Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28, raised just under $13,000 in the course of a day’s work. Donations came from students, faculty and alumni to meet the goal set by the campaign managers, Mary Fafard, the alumni database manager, and Director of Development and Alumni Relations Lauren Philie. Started in 2012...

Starstruck in Bentley 207

Starstruck in Bentley 207

Nellie Tamboe

December 13, 2017


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John O’Meara, physics professor and department chair at St. Michael’s College, is unsurprisingly smarter than I am. In fact, he is so much smarter that when I sat in on his lecture for the Environmental and Health Science Speaker Series, Fingerprints of the First Stars: Unraveling the Atomic History...

How does net neutrality affect you?

How does net neutrality affect you?

Madison Doucette

December 13, 2017


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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to vote on Dec. 14 to dismantle net neutrality rules created in 2015. These rules, established by the Obama administration, were set up to create an open internet where Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are required to give equal access to all legal...

IT department staffing changes and upcoming update to Moodle

IT department staffing changes and upcoming update to Moodle

Jacob Greenia

December 13, 2017


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JSC and LSC’s newly unified Information Technology (IT) department has undergone several changes since the spring ’17 semester as former Coordinator of Instructional Technology Robert Gervais has assumed new duties, now assisting staff and faculty directly with instructional technology support. Michael...

Maclay breaks world lifting record at Vegas championship

Maclay breaks world lifting record at Vegas championship

Patrick Bell

November 29, 2017


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Do you even lift, bro? For Chaz Maclay, sophomore at JSC, he surely does and he has a world record to prove it. At a weightlifting competition in Las Vegas, he set a world record for his age and weight class, deadlifting 645 pounds. Five years ago, Maclay wasn’t even thinking about breaking world...

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