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BAB reveals trip locations

Ryan Thompson

October 26, 2017


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Badger Alternative Breaks has announced its destinations for their departure during February break: New Orleans, Louisiana; Boulder Creek, California; and an international trip to Nicaragua. The environmental trip will be going to Boulder Creek, California, to work with young inner-city students on...

Path of Cuban reform is uncertain

Path of Cuban reform is uncertain

Richard Ahlgrim

October 26, 2017


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As part of a two-day visit to the campus by Professors Rafael Betancourt and Consuelo Martin Fernandez, both from the University of Havana, Betancourt provided a crisp overview of the state of reform in Cuba during a 45-minute presentation in Stearns Performance Space on Oct. 3. Betancourt first focused...

VSCS gets first significant funding increase since 2008

VSCS gets first significant funding increase since 2008

Jacob Greenia

October 26, 2017


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After years of low state fiscal support, the Vermont State College System (VSCS) received a $3 million boost to its ongoing base appropriation among other initiatives following the passing of its balanced fiscal year budget for 2018 (FY2018). The hike garnered wide support in the Vermont Legislature...

JSC community reacts to “Do North” brand

JSC community reacts to “Do North” brand

Jacob Greenia & Tom O'Leary

October 26, 2017


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Last month, an email sent out to all Johnson State College and Lyndon State College students, faculty and staff unveiled Northern Vermont University’s first official “Do North” brand with new designs, colors, phrases and fonts synthesizing aspects of both campuses. The viewbook’s bold white...

NVU marches in Gay Pride parade

NVU marches in Gay Pride parade

Caroline Loftus

October 2, 2017


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Flamboyant, bright, colorful and energetic could aptly describe the Sept. 10 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride March on Church Street in Burlington.   The parade proceeded throughout the entirety of Church Street and ended up in Battery Park to finish off with a...

SERVE looks forward to volunteering opportunities in the coming semester

Ryan Thompson

October 2, 2017


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SERVE has embarked on what promises to be a busy semester. According to Graduate Assistant of Student and Leadership Services Andie Flavel, more community service volunteers are needed and welcome.   SERVE, which coordinates volunteering events for students, works with clubs on campus, student...

Lyndon students, faculty and alumni offer their thoughts on the upcoming unification

Emma Quinn

October 2, 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. In the fall of 2016, the Vermont State College Board of Trustees officially voted to merge Lyndon State Co...

Model UN club seeks additional funding methods

Model UN club seeks additional  funding  methods

Patrick Bell

October 2, 2017


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JSC’s Model UN club is turning to individual fundraising for additional income to finance this year’s trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts.   Every year, the club takes eight students to Harvard to participate in a four-day conference where each of the visiting schools from around the world...

Eckenroth hopes to expand Dibden’s profile in the arts

Eckenroth hopes to  expand Dibden’s profile  in the arts

Richard Ahlgrim

October 2, 2017


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As the new semester begins, a new Dibden director steps in to replace departing director Will Davis who, along with his wife Casey, has relocated to Florida.   Hailing from Providence, Rhode Island, Jason Eckenroth aims to bring a new era of performances to Dibden during his time as director.   Eckenroth’s...

JSC class to explore Cuba once again

Jacob Greenia

October 2, 2017


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The fourth Art and Culture of Cuba study tour is set to run in February of JSC’s spring 2018 semester, offering an interdisciplinary format for all participants.   Led by Associate Professor of Writing and Literature Tyrone Shaw and Professor of Fine Arts Ken Leslie, the course will introduce...

On-campus food pantry will serve students

On-campus food pantry will serve students

Joseph Kifner

October 2, 2017


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The JSC food pantry is ready for those who need it.   Beginning in the fourth week of classes, the pantry will be open to Johnson students between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday, according to Krista Swahn, the director of student activities and community service.   “We’re...

Hayes departs from Office of First-Year Experience

Madison Doucette

October 2, 2017


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The fall of 2017 brought about many changes at JSC, including the smoking ban, the ongoing merger with Lyndon State, and new faculty and staff hires. The college also lost some as well, including Coordinator of First-Year Events Matt Hayes.   Hayes’ last day at JSC was the day before new...

Fall enrollment up 11 percent

Fall enrollment up 11 percent

Jacob Greenia

October 2, 2017


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JSC’s student enrollment numbers are climbing for the fall 2017 semester during a time when there are fewer students from which to choose in the Northeast. The uptick has been credited to the college’s leadership and focus on exploring different learning platforms since 2015.   For the...

JSC seeks funding options for a turf field

JSC seeks funding options for  a turf field

Patrick Bell

October 2, 2017


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Every year, JSC’s spring sports face the same issue: poor playing conditions due to the hostile Vermont weather. That may change with the upcoming project of putting in turf facilities for all sport and club programs. Coordinating work with the athletic department and alumni relations, the college...

Acclaimed author to be honored at alumni reunion weekend

Acclaimed author to be honored at alumni reunion weekend

Nellie Tamboe

September 14, 2017


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Sept. 16 will be an exciting day for any fans of hard-boiled detective mysteries. Famous novelist and JSC alumnus Walter Mosely will be visiting JSC to receive the Distinguished Career Award.   “Walter will be the second ever recipient of that award. It’s kind of a special one,” said...

Partnership with Vermont Woodworking School produces new B.F.A. program

Partnership with Vermont Woodworking School produces new B.F.A. program

Cayla Fronhofer

September 14, 2017


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When Burlington College announced its closure last spring, it left current and prospective students in the lurch. JSC stepped in to help where possible, accepting many of Burlington College’s students, and acquired an entirely new degree program in the form of a B.F.A. and an A.A. in Fine Woodworking...

Jochnowitz to head Criminal Justice program

Jochnowitz to head Criminal Justice program

Patrick Bell

September 14, 2017


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If you take a walk down the hill to McClellan Hall, you will find JSC’s newest assistant professor in the behavioral services department — Dr. Leona Jochnowitz, also known as Libby.   She comes to Johnson with an impressively varied resumé related to the field of criminal justice. “She...

Core library staff return to full-time hours

Patrick Bell

September 14, 2017


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After three years of working reduced hours, the core library staff in the Willey Library and Learning Center have returned to full-time schedules.   Raymond Brior, the library’s interim director and technical services librarian notes that while the restoration of a full-time schedule is...

Hoffman joins ed. department

Hoffman joins ed. department

Madison Doucette

September 14, 2017


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Audrey Hoffman smiles from behind her desk in McClellan Hall, a “Throwback Thursday” playlist has been emanating softly from her computer as she works.   It’s a typical Friday afternoon in the cheery office of the Education department’s new assistant professor. She is one of five...

Cuban academics to visit campus

Cuban academics to visit campus

Jacob Greenia

September 14, 2017


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Two Cuban academics will visit JSC Oct. 1-3 as a step forward in what is hoped to be a deepening relationship with the Communist island nation that remains subject to stringent trade sanctions by the United States.   Funded by the Ellsworth Trust, Cuban economist Rafael Betancourt and his...

Fafard returns to JSC as Alumni and Development Office database manager

Fafard returns to JSC as Alumni and Development Office database manager

Tom O'Leary

September 14, 2017


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Recent Johnson State College graduate, Mary Fafard, returned to the institution as the alumni database manager for the fall semester, less than four months after completing her degree.   Fafard graduated with a B.A. in Communications and Community Media (CCM) with a concentration in Public...

Rito joins Fine and Performing Arts department

Rito joins Fine and Performing Arts department

Nellie Tamboe

September 14, 2017


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In the middle of Dr. Justin Rito’s office stands a grand piano. On his desk are two large speakers, a soundboard, and a cup of coffee. It seems that Johnson’s new assistant professor of performing arts is settling in nicely.   Rito’s musical talents blossomed into a potential career...

NVU launches strategic plan initiatives

NVU launches strategic plan initiatives

Jacob Greenia

September 14, 2017


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Since July 1, 2017, the transition team that was charged with aligning the Johnson and Lyndon campuses has shifted its priorities to generating a coherent strategic plan and unifying the operations for the launch of Northern Vermont University (NVU) on July 1, 2018.   During the spring 2017...

JSC joins International Student Exchange Program

JSC joins International Student Exchange Program

Richard Ahlgrim

September 14, 2017


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For many years, Johnson State College students could participate in the National Student Exchange, which enabled them to study for a semester or two at another participating institution in the United States. Those opportunities have now expanded, thanks to the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP).      The...

Wi-Fi and phone upgrades total $500,000

Richard Ahlgrim

September 14, 2017


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IT staff at Johnson and Lyndon have had an extremely busy summer updating and installing new campus-wide technology. In total, $500,000 has been allotted to NVU from the state to renovate phone, Wi-Fi, computer and IT support services.   The renovations began with combining multiple campuses’...

New psych hires to bring changes to counseling program

New psych hires to bring changes to counseling program

Jacob Greenia

September 14, 2017


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JSC’s Behavioral Sciences department is revamping its graduate counseling program this fall with the hiring of Dr. Kim Donovan and her husband Dr. Dan Weigel.   The duo will fill the position vacated by former counseling program director David Fink, who retired last year after 28 years at...

Common Book author to come to JSC

Common Book author to come to JSC

Madison Doucette

September 14, 2017


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Each year, during summer orientation, new incoming students to JSC are given a book to read before beginning their studies. This year, that book was “How To Be Black,” written by black activist Baratunde Thurston.    The book, chosen by a Common Reading Initiative Selection Committee,...

Warden tapped for Vermont higher education leadership award

Warden tapped for Vermont higher education leadership award

Basement Medicine Staff

September 14, 2017


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Director of First-Year Experience Margo Warden has been named this year’s recipient of the Jackie Gribbons Leadership Award.   Presented annually by the Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE), this award honors exemplary service in education. In a letter to the JSC community, JSC President...

Get your butt out of here: Smokers feel the squeeze

Get your butt out of here: Smokers feel the squeeze

Tom O'Leary

September 14, 2017


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Beginning in July 2017, the Vermont State Colleges System (VSC) implemented policy 314, which requires each of its five subsidiaries to enforce and maintain a tobacco-free campus by July 1, 2018.   Under the new policy, tobacco use in any form is now strictly confined to designated areas located...

NVU team works toward a unified gen-ed plan

NVU team works toward a unified gen-ed plan

Nellie Tamboe

September 14, 2017


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With the pending unification of JSC and LSC, eight professors — four from each college — are in a race to create a new, singular general education program for the incoming students of fall 2018.   The Northern Vermont University Core Curriculum Team began planning the new gen-ed program...

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