Basement Medicine

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

A hand of the afflicted

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

NVUnity in Burlington

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

Nolan Atkins

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

Executive Chef Michael Klein

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

Michael Dente

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

Kate Abdel-Fatah and Professor Bill Doyle

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

Left to right: Forrest Mattern, Kali Covell and Mikayla Messier

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

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

Adriana and Marisa Eldred pose with drag queens

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

CBD display at Commodities Natural Market, Stowe, Vermont

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...

NVU Cuba trip planned for February break 2019

Catching a cab in Havana

Agathe Fredette

May 10, 2018

Over the 2019 February break at Northern Vermont University, students will have the chance to travel to Cuba for an immersive arts and cultural experience like no other. Professor Tyrone Shaw, associate professor of the Writing and Journalism department, and Professor Ken Leslie, professor and chair...

Delightfully devoted to Diatoms: Genter to retire from teaching after fall 2018 semester

Delightfully devoted to Diatoms: Genter to retire from teaching after fall 2018 semester

Story and photo by Adriana Eldred

May 10, 2018

A diatom is a microorganism that lives within water, from oceans to rivers to lakes and canals. Scientists can measure water quality based on how diverse in diatoms a stream or river is and if the ecosystem is healthy or not. If Johnson State’s Environmental and Health Sciences department were a...

Malskiks and Prouty to head SGA

SGA President Jessica Malskis and Vice President Dana Prouty

Phil O'Neil

May 10, 2018

Voting for the annual Student Government Association elections has come to a close and the results are in. Jessica Malskis was elected as student body president, replacing this year’s president Shavonna Bent. Dana Prouty won the election for student body vice president, replacing Kate Abdel-Fatah,...

Doyle honored with emeritus status

Former Governor Jim Douglas and Bill Doyle

Tom O'Leary

May 10, 2018

More than 60 people gathered on May 7 at Johnson State College in the Stearns Dining Hall to celebrate the retirement of former state senator and JSC professor Bill Doyle. The event was attended by state legislators, a supreme court justice, former governors, a former VSC chancellor, JSC alumni, current...

Blood Drive yields 58 units

Calleen Ferris, Kali Covell, Mia Blackwell

Phil O'Neil

April 26, 2018

The biannual blood drive at Johnson State went off without a hitch this spring, bringing in 58 total units from 63 presenting donors. Coordinating with the American Red Cross, JSC’s SERVE office organizes two blood drives on campus each year, one at the end of October and the other at the end of...

JSC rock climbing club offers an alternative form of fitness

The JSC rock climbing club hones their knot tying skills

Agathe Fredette

April 26, 2018

Isaac Bernstein, a freshman and outdoor education major at Johnson State College, has been rock climbing for only about a year and a half. In his senior year of high school, Bernstein was peer pressured into trying out rock climbing by his friends, which, he says, is probably one of the best things to...

Wilkins hired as new freshman academic advisor

Cait Wilkins

Story and photo by Agathe Fredette

April 26, 2018

As the newly hired freshman academic advisor at Johnson State College, Cait Wilkins will be one of the first people welcoming the newly enrolled students of the first class of Northern Vermont University in the fall. The role of the freshman academic advisors is to help freshman students transition...

Textbook market is complicated

Jeremy Greenwood

Phil O'Neil

April 26, 2018

The start of any semester is a hectic time for everyone on campus. This is especially true for JSC’s Summit Bookstore, which has to stock merchandise, materials and, most importantly, textbooks for every course the college offers. In the midst of such chaos, it’s easy for things to fall through...

The Senator talks baseball

Professor Bill Doyle

Tom O'Leary

April 26, 2018

For 50 years, Senator and Professor William Doyle has played a remarkable role at Johnson State College, bringing government to generations of students and many of those students to government, and at the Vermont Statehouse. On May 7, the college will honor him with a celebration of his leadership...

Gov. Scott to speak at commencement

Phil Scott

Phil O'Neil

April 26, 2018

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott will speak at the 151st Johnson State College commencement. Scott is in his first term as governor and previously served three terms as lieutenant governor. Before that he was a senator for Washington County. Scott grew up in Barre, graduating from Spaulding High School. While...

First-generation graduates tell their stories

Margo Warden

Adriana Eldred

April 26, 2018

As a first generation student, I can attest that the challenges I face being first in my family are also the biggest reasons why I feel I am succeeding beyond what is expected of me today. It’s important to understand that being first-gen doesn’t mean an individual can’t be successful; it simply...

Full-time faculty hiring suspended temporarily

Ken Leslie

Phil O'Neil

April 26, 2018

A dip in enrollment during the NVU transition has translated to the suspension of searches for two full-time, tenure-track faculty positions. One is for a 3D sculpture position in Johnson’s Fine Arts department, while the other is for a mental health counseling position at Lyndon. According to...

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