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CRAG-VT buys Bolton Dome

CRAG-VT buys Bolton Dome

Madison Doucette

November 29, 2017


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On Sept. 25, a local member-supported rock climbing group known as CRAG-VT, signed a purchase agreement for what was once the heart of Vermont rock climbing, The Bolton Dome. Formerly known as the Trailer Park Crag, The Bolton Dome is Bolton’s tallest cliff, but has been closed to climbers since...

For Moskowitz and his students, Idaho beckons

For Moskowitz and his students, Idaho beckons

Nellie Tamboe

November 29, 2017


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While Idaho may seem like a dull destination for some people, Professor of Environmental and Health Sciences Brad Moskowitz sees it in a different light. “The Sawtooth range of the Rocky Mountains in Idaho tends to have some of the best snow and the best skiing conditions in the country,” he said....

Sports Management Club gears up

Shannon Rooney

November 29, 2017


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Students and staff in the Johnson State Business program have formed a new club based on the sports management focus that involves helping Johnson athletics with promotion, marketing and volunteering, while also giving students an opportunity to learn and experience more about the sports management world...

Genter to return to Yellowstone with students in July

Genter to return to Yellowstone with students in July

Madison Doucette

November 29, 2017


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This July, Environmental and Health Science Professor Robert Genter will take eight students into the majestic wilderness of Yellowstone National Park for a spring semester field course. They will study the geology, ecology, and natural history of the park, while also exploring and enjoying all the beauty...

February Cuba trip cancelled

February Cuba trip cancelled

Nellie Tamboe

November 29, 2017


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Much to the disappointment of Professors Tyrone Shaw and Ken Leslie, as well as students hoping to attend, their exciting endeavor to Cuba next semester has been cancelled. For the first time in four years there weren’t enough students signed up for the course to run. “By Oct. 30th, which was our...

JSC Faculty Assembly conditionally approves new NVU gen-ed: final vote in December

JSC Faculty Assembly conditionally  approves new NVU gen-ed: final vote in December

Jacob Greenia

November 29, 2017


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JSC’s Faculty Assembly voted unanimously to approve Northern Vermont University’s (NVU) revised general education Core Curriculum on Nov. 14, with the stipulation that the proposed capstone course be removed, and, that students be required to take either a climate change, sustainability or social...

SERVE donates 72 Thanksgiving food baskets

SERVE donates 72 Thanksgiving food baskets

Patrick Bell

November 29, 2017


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Every year since 1993, JSC’s SERVE program has helped families in need celebrate the Thanksgiving holidays by collecting donations to raise over $1,500 to put together 72 baskets . They work with the Johnson Food Shelf to see who needs food and how many baskets they need. “The purpose of the Thanksgiving...

Fake JSC college IDs played a role in federal fraud fiasco

Fake JSC college IDs played a role in  federal fraud fiasco

Tom O'Leary

November 29, 2017


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Johnson State College Security Officer Michael Laflin testified as one of 30 witnesses to a $1.6 million fraud case during the first week of Nov. When the trial concluded on Nov. 7, the defendant, Alison Gu, 41, of Winhall, Vermont was found guilty of three felonies by the U.S. District Court in Burlington....

She just feels lucky: a life in balance

She just feels lucky: a life  in balance

Seana Rowell

November 8, 2017


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Early in the 1960s, two sisters are playing in their home in Dover, a small town in the seacoast region of New Hampshire. Inevitably, the girls, aged four and six, begin to squabble, arguing over which of them will get to marry their father. Deciding to bring the case before the man himself, they run...

WPE pass rate down slightly for fall 2017

BM Staff

November 8, 2017


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The fall 2017 Writing Proficiency Exam, taken by 139 students, had a pass rate of 72 percent, a decline of 5 percentage points when compared with spring 2017. However, it represented a modest increase of 2 points from the fall 2016 exam. “Pass rates fluctuate from semester to semester,” said Associate...

Biofeedback can help relieve stress

Biofeedback can help relieve stress

Ryan Thompson

November 8, 2017


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Just relax. How nice if it were just that easy, but as many people have discovered, relaxation can be elusive. Fortunately, therapy is returning to Johnson State College to help the afflicted manage stress and anxiety. The Biofeedback program is run through the Wellness Center and the Behavioral Medicine...

Writer’s club offers feedback and sanctuary for writers

Emily Clark

November 8, 2017


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Last year was the start of the JSC Writer’s Club, a student-run club dedicated to honing the skill of writing. The initial goal of the club’s founding members was to create a space outside of classes for students to workshop their writing. The members also aim to have the club become a stable...

Former governor speaks of a life in public service

Former governor speaks of a life in public service

Patrick Bell

November 8, 2017


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Former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas visited Bill Doyle’s American Politics and Government class on Oct. 31 to talk to students about his long political career that took him from being a campus Republican activist in the 1960’s to four terms as governor of his adopted state. As he told the class,...

Ongoing program tackles thorny social issues

Ongoing program tackles thorny social issues

Patrick Bell

November 8, 2017


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This month at JSC, a series of events will focus on men’s health awareness as part of ongoing fall program focusing on sexual consent, domestic violence and men’s health issues . Run by Denisha Arsenault, graduate assistant hall advisor of Governors dorm, and Michelle Whitmore, associate dean...

Writers’ series on hold for semester

Writers’ series on hold for semester

Joseph Kifner

November 8, 2017


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The visiting writers’ series, typically run by the JSC Writing and Literature department, is not running this semester. According to Assistant Professor of Writing and Literature Jensen Beach, this break has been a chance for he and his colleague, Associate Professor of Writing and Literature Elizabeth...

Another successful year of charity for annual Throw-A-Thon

Another successful year of charity for annual Throw-A-Thon

Nellie Tamboe

November 8, 2017


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On Oct. 20, Johnson went to pot, hosting its 23rd annual Throw-A-Thon . The event was overseen by Amy May, part-time instructor of ceramics. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and various community members all showed up to take part in this fundraiser for a variety of charities. “Turnout this year...

NEASC approves NVU accreditation

NEASC approves NVU accreditation

Tom O'Leary

November 8, 2017


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The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) has approved the unification Johnson State College and Lyndon State College as Northern Vermont University (NVU). “There are nine standards that any institution has to meet to be accredited,” said NVU President Elaine Collins. “We’ve...

JSC faculty endorses core curriculum learning outcomes

JSC faculty endorses core curriculum learning outcomes

Jacob Greenia

November 8, 2017


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The semester’s end is drawing near and Northern Vermont University’s (NVU) unified general education program is emerging with a more streamlined path for future NVU students. Supported by funds from the Davis grant from the Davis Educational Foundation, NVU’s Core Curriculum Team, comprised...

JSC celebrates “Do North” branding

JSC celebrates “Do North” branding

Jacob Greenia

November 8, 2017


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“Although today we are branding a new university, this day comes within a context of change that has followed our two colleges across the historical road to unification,” said NVU President Elaine Collins in her opening remarks of NVU’s brand launch celebration last week in Bentley 207. NVU’s...

Howrigan wins award for stand-out work with incoming students

Howrigan wins award for stand-out work with incoming students

Nellie Tamboe

November 8, 2017


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During the process of applying to JSC, many students have probably spoken to the enthusiastic Penny Howrigan, associate dean of enrollment services. Her dedication to TRIO students, as well as all other students, has led to her nomination and reception of the Carolyn Donahue Friend of Equal Opportunity...

Stowe poised for first winter under Vail ownership

Stowe poised for first winter under Vail ownership

Madison Doucette

November 8, 2017


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Vail Resorts is one of the largest ski corporations in the world. The company runs ski areas all over North America: in the West, where the iconic Vail and Breckenridge sit in Colorado, in the North, where Whistler/Blackcomb dominates skiing in British Columbia, and in the South, where Park City looms...

Interdisciplinary Studies: A major for all reasons

Interdisciplinary Studies: A major for all reasons

Seana Rowell

November 8, 2017


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From the time of our earliest remembering we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As small children, our answers ranged from the improbable to the outright impossible: an “astronaut fire man” because, “mommy, someone has to put out the fires in space!”; or a “ballerina...

Collins delivers an upbeat assessment in State of the College address

Collins delivers an upbeat assessment in State of the  College address

Jacob Greenia

November 8, 2017


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A boost in state funding for unification and VSCS base costs, a receding budget deficit and future enrollment and retention goals for Northern Vermont University (NVU) headlined JSC and LSC President Elaine Collins’ third annual State of the College Address on Monday, Nov. 6, in the Stearns Performance...

LSC welcomes new atmospheric science professor

LSC welcomes new atmospheric science professor

Emma Quinn

October 26, 2017


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Editor’s Note: Emma is an Electronic Journalism Arts student at Lyndon State College. This article is part of a collaboration with Basement Medicine to better represent our unified community. Over the summer, Dr. Aaron Preston joined Lyndon State’s Atmospheric Science Department. He comes to Lyndo...

Mills explores diversity in outdoor activities

Mills explores diversity in outdoor activities

Kylie Brown

October 26, 2017


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“An American Ascent” follows a group of African American mountaineers and captures their journey up the highest peak in North America, Alaska’s Mount Denali. The movie shows the group’s struggles, setbacks and triumphs through members’ monologues and action footage of the trek. More importantly,...

New radio show offers hands-on sports marketing experience

New radio show offers hands-on sports marketing experience

Shannon Rooney

October 26, 2017


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Business students at Johnson State College are getting a hands-on marketing experience on the 90.7 WJSC radio station in the sport branding and promotion class that will focus on the society of sports and the promotion of Johnson sports initiatives. Badger Sports Talk, a radio show run by students...

College’s new drone will be able to map topography digitally

College’s new drone will be able to map topography digitally

Patrick Bell

October 26, 2017


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If you take a walk across campus, you might well hear a loud buzzing coming from Bentley. No, it isn’t some giant killer bee; it’s the new drone that the Environmental and Health Sciences department purchased at the beginning of the semester. Over the last year, the department considered purchasing...

Feiner takes new position as Coordinator of Disability Services

Feiner takes new position as Coordinator of Disability Services

Gabe Densmore

October 26, 2017


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On a recent Monday afternoon, Michele Feiner sits at her desk in Academic Support Services office, on this particular day responding to emails as part of her new job as Coordinator of Disability Service. According to Feiner, this job is essentially a rebranding of the former Learning Specialist position...

Telepresence tech helping to close the distance between JSC and LSC

Telepresence tech helping to close the distance  between JSC and LSC

Joseph Kifner

October 26, 2017


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For Associate Professor of Business and Economics Henrique Cezar, room 211 in Bentley, the result of a $50,000 investment in new technology, is already paying dividends. Dubbed the telepresence classroom, it allows him to teach a course at JSC that is simultaneously available to students in a similar...

JSC and LSC to celebrate NVU

Nellie Tamboe

October 26, 2017


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As unification continues to push forward, Johnson and Lyndon students are being given the opportunity to celebrate becoming Northern Vermont University. On Nov. 1, an event will be held in the Twilight Theatre at 11:30 a.m. for the LSC campus, then in Bentley 207 at 4 p.m. for the JSC campus. Melissa...

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